SparkPeople All Health Professionals Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=5576 For members who work to help others be healthier. A few examples: dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers, nurses, doctors, corporate wellness professionals, mental health professionals, etc. SparkPeople All Health Professionals Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=5576 wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67066341 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF Y... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:25:16 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67061354 <BR> Happy tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PUSH YOURSELF A BIT HARDER/LONGER with your cardio or strength training. <BR> <BR> Are you doing cardio today? <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> *Going faster? <BR> *Going farther? <BR> *Going longer? <BR> <BR> Are you doing strength training today? How about: <BR> <BR> *Adding a bit more resistance or weight? <BR> *Doing a few more repetitions? <BR> *Going up a level in difficulty? <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:02:34 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67054976 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. <BR> Steer clear of processed, junk foods. <BR> You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar &amp; fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit <... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:59:04 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67037911 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:15:54 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67032259 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Thursda... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:17:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67026208 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to MEASURE EVERYTHING YOU EAT/DRINK &amp; STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> You CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:58:23 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67020451 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday <BR> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:15:09 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x67014731 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:32:21 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66998622 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here to ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:07:58 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66992877 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC T... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:53:23 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66987182 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to RELIEVE OR WALK AWAY FROM STRESS. <BR> <BR> When you find yourself in a stressful situation today, try one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *If possible, remove yourself from the situation completely <BR> <BR> *Count to 10, 20, etc. to calm yourself down before dealing with the situation <BR> <BR> *Go for a walk to clear your mind <BR> <BR> *Delegate the situation to someone else <BR> <BR> *Mentally tell yourself th... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:54:59 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66980840 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the bette... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:59:01 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66974554 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. <BR> You can choose cardio, strength training, or a combination of both. <BR> The activity, duration, and intensity are all up to you. <BR> When you are done with your workout, come back online and boast about what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:48:31 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66959582 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> You have TWO challenges today. <BR> They are: <BR> <BR> 1) Do a daily exercise of your choice. <BR> <BR> 2) Get in TEN (10) glasses of water <BR> <BR> Staying hydrated is very important. <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Fri, 9 Jun 2017 01:16:01 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66953420 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR LOWER BODY. <BR> Can you do 3-5 lower body exercises? <BR> <BR> Spark exercises (there are many more under Fitness): <BR> <BR> *Genie Sit <BR> *Squats <BR> *Calf Raises <BR> *Lunges <BR> *Lying Abduction <BR> *Seated leg extensions (w/band too) <BR> <BR> Use your imagination. <BR> The weekend is almost here. <BR> Let's get moving! <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level****... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 00:52:36 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66946905 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. <BR> This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> What will you do that i... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:50:27 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66940713 Happy Tueday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Tue... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 23:46:26 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66933893 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to watch your carbohydrate and refined sugars. <BR> Stick to whole grains, rolled oats, and low sugar foods. <BR> Try to keep your carbohydrate level between the low and middle of your range. Carbohydrates are not the only food that will help you to feel satisfied. <BR> Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Low fat proteins (poultry, fish, lean cuts of beef) <BR> *Raw fruits/vegetables <BR> *Legumes and soy <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTI... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 22:23:11 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66916801 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:29:09 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66909823 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: <BR> <BR> 1) Give 2 Spark Goodies to some "just because". It could be for a post you liked. It could be to cheer someone up. It could be for job well done. <BR> <BR> 2) Give 1 Spark Goodie to YOURSELF. What have you done lately that you need a pat on the back for? Send yourself a goodie and a note saying that you are proud of yourself because.... <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Wed, 31 May 2017 23:02:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66903648 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is this: <BR> Can you cut your daily sugar or switch your regular sugary foods for lighter versions? <BR> Instead of: <BR> <BR> *A regular soda - Try a diet soda <BR> *A spoon of sugar in your coffee - Try a partial packet of artificial sweetener <BR> *Regular chocolate - Try a sugar-free version <BR> <BR> As Spark says: Take small steps! What small change can you make today? <BR> <BR> P.S. Get in AT LEAST 8 glasses of water t... Tue, 30 May 2017 23:24:52 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66897583 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing challenges <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday Mon, 29 May 2017 23:52:10 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66891024 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do as many of the choices you can from the liist below: <BR> <BR> 1-Drinking 8 cups of water <BR> 2-Eating a fruit and/or vegetable every day <BR> 3-Not eating in front of the TV <BR> 4-No soda or coffee <BR> 5-Eat breakfast every morning <BR> 6-No candy or potato chips <BR> <BR> Tell is how you did! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 28 May 2017 21:21:12 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66874342 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Thu, 25 May 2017 23:01:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66868678 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> ... Wed, 24 May 2017 23:36:12 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66862673 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BREAK OUT THE EQUIPMENT. <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength today, you need to make your workout more demanding by using one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Resistance bands <BR> *Weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Weighted gloves <BR> *Trampoline <BR> *Pull Up bar <BR> *Push Up handles <BR> *Exercise Wheel <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> * Pilates or yoga bricks, resistance balls, rings, etc.... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:30:59 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66856318 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bra... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:46:05 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66849895 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.co... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:44:38 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66833729 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:12:31 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66827554 <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about 15th of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there.... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:31:02 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66821984 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC ... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:54:22 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66816153 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> 1. Get 60 minutes of cardio exercise.....go to the gym, go for a long walk, or even break it up into smaller intervals of 10 or 15 minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, take your vitamins and get enough protein. <BR> <BR> 3 Track it all....your water, your food, protein and/or any other vitamins or minerals that you want to watch. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 15 May 2017 23:31:24 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66809963 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great... Sun, 14 May 2017 22:55:12 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66793549 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:14:45 EST Looking for candidates for magazine story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5576x66790300 SPARK_COACH_JEN <BR> At Goal &amp; Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A reporter has reached out to us, looking for weight loss success stories to feature in a national magazine. Here are the requirements: <BR> <BR> - A woman in her 30's or 40's <BR> - Must be located in the U.S. <BR> --IMPORTANT: you should not have already shared your story with another publication. <BR> - Someone who has lost 35 pounds or more. <BR> - Someone with an "a ha" ... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:43:40 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66787437 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! Wed, 10 May 2017 23:30:47 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66781826 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the bet... Wed, 10 May 2017 00:01:28 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66775258 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 8 May 2017 22:01:38 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66769633 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. <BR> Steer clear of processed, junk foods. You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar &amp; fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit <BR> *D... Sun, 7 May 2017 23:51:47 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66751491 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half &amp; half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is ... Thu, 4 May 2017 22:26:40 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66745852 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thusday to you! Wed, 3 May 2017 23:54:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66738900 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BREAK OUT THE EQUIPMENT. <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength today, you need to make your workout more demanding by using one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Resistance bands <BR> *Weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Weighted gloves <BR> *Trampoline <BR> *Pull Up bar <BR> *Push Up handles <BR> *Exercise Wheel <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> * Pilates or yoga bricks, resistance balls, rings, etc.... Tue, 2 May 2017 21:41:33 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66725350 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/m... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:30:28 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66708014 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:17:44 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66694821 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:27:08 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66689220 Happy Tuersday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC T... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:56:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66682086 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:33:30 EST Physician Assistant Student, new to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x5576x66611934 Hello! I am a second year Physician Assistant student hoping to improve my health before starting rotations in July. I have struggled to find a balance between school, home, and health since starting the program last January, and would like to improve on that as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:50:31 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66554472 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do something that makes YOU truly happy. <BR> It could be a million things. Here are few ideas: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in or take a nap <BR> *Call or see a dear friend <BR> *Play a board game with the family <BR> *Curl up with your favorite beverage and a good book <BR> *Watch a special movie or go to one <BR> *Ask someone special for a back or foot massage <BR> *Go hiking, swimming, bike riding, etc. <BR> *Take a long, hot bath... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 00:05:25 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66547489 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walk... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 23:37:21 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66528824 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:32:46 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66522814 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you find that you have the following symptoms at times: tiredness, lethargy, looking pale, feeling faint and breathless? If so, your body might be running low on iron. <BR> <BR> Your CHALLENGE FOR TODAY is to get in your iron (see your Spark nutrition table for your personal needs). <BR> Many of us take a multi-vitamin for vitamins/minerals that we might not be getting through food. That is great, but for iron you can also try: <BR> <BR> * Roas... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:45:55 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66516249 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Take the dog for a walk <BR> *Push the kids in your jog stroller <BR> *Run errands and get some exercise on your bike <BR> *Play with the kids in the pool <BR> *Jump on the trampoline <BR> *Pop in an exercise DVD for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:13:23 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66510945 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less process... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:55:37 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66504192 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.ab... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:30:01 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66486277 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: <BR> <BR> 1) Give 2 Spark Goodies to some "just because". It could be for a post you liked. It could be to cheer someone up. It could be for job well done. <BR> <BR> 2) Give 1 Spark Goodie to YOURSELF. What have you done lately that you need a pat on the back for? Send yourself a goodie and a note saying that you are proud of yourself because.... <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:21:02 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66480499 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, HARDER, AND LONGER! <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you are scheduled for cardio or strength training today, your challenge is to push yourself. Make your exercise(s): <BR> <BR> *Harder-as in more resistance or a more difficult level <BR> *Longer-as in do more repetitions or go further <BR> *Faster-as in covering the same distance, but at a quicker pace <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday!... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:20:45 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66473676 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> You have TWO (2) CHALLENGES today! <BR> <BR> #1) Get in AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> #2) Take all your multi-vitamins and medication that you need for a healthy body <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a WELL HYDRATED Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:26:35 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66467559 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. <BR> You are not up against anyone else with this challenge. In order to get a bunch of points for the day, you need to eat well, exercise, drink water, and participate in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> How many points can you get today? <BR> <BR> GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:39:16 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66460111 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday <BR> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:44:48 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66442502 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:43:30 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66436260 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! <BR> A round the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR>... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66429810 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do any Spark Fitness Video. <BR> Use the link below to get to the Spark Fitness Video page. <BR> Once you have done one of the workouts, share with the group which one you did and what you thought of it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos.<BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> It is that easy! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Wednesday! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:33:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66423768 Have a great Tuesday! <BR> <BR> UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE! <BR> <BR> When you post to a board, many folks click on your photo and read your Sparkpage. <BR> I am sure you have done it too. <BR> You find a picture or post that is interesting and click to learn more about that person. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to update your Sparkpage. <BR> If you haven't started your page, <BR> GET TO IT! <BR> Folks want to know about you. <BR> Already have a Sparkpage going? <BR> GREAT! Today ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:16 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66415795 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Take the dog for a walk <BR> *Push the kids in your jog stroller <BR> *Run errands and get some exercise on your bike <BR> *Play with the kids in the pool or the park <BR> *Jump on the trampoline <BR> *Pop in an exercise DVD for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:07:03 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66398329 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:00:31 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66391959 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT WHOLE, HEALTHY, &amp; HEARTY! <BR> That means that you need to concentrate on eating: <BR> <BR> *Whole Grains <BR> *Healthy foods that are NOT fried or full of unhealthy fats, full of sugar, or full of sodium <BR> *Lean meats <BR> *Lowfat dairy products <BR> *Healthy fats that are full of Omega 3 acids (nuts, olive oil, flax seeds, etc.) <BR> <BR> Also, remember to drink HEALTHY beverages that aren't full of sugar or e... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 01:09:24 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66384703 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. <BR> <BR> This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> What will you do ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 23:44:41 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66377083 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:39:13 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66369692 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. <BR> Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. <BR> There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 22:22:08 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66349211 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:44:51 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66341892 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:32:33 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66332968 Have a great Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Pump that Pedometer <BR> Strive for your 10,000 steps per day today. <BR> Take a walk on your lunch break, after dinner and/or before breakfast. <BR> If you already do 10,000 steps can you increase that number today? <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:05:55 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66325774 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to update your Sparkpage. <BR> If you haven't started your page, GET TO IT! <BR> Folks want to know about you. <BR> Already have a Sparkpage going? <BR> GREAT! <BR> <BR> Today you can: <BR> <BR> *Add a new picture <BR> *Add a favorite saying, song lyrics, etc. that inspire you <BR> *Add to your journal entry (or start one) <BR> *Post your goals for the coming year <BR> *Tell folks what you love about Spark <BR> <BR> Once ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:19:03 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66318838 Happy Monday To You! <BR> <BR> I thought we could start off the week with a "to do list". <BR> <BR> Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:43:59 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66291926 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of any Teams you belong to and encourage them. You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail or even a goodie! <BR> <BR> Let's show one another that WE ARE LOSING WEIGHT TOGETHER!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:31:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66285477 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO ONE STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISE (and appropriate reps) IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> *Arms/Shoulders <BR> *Core (including back) <BR> *Legs/Hips <BR> <BR> You got it! <BR> <BR> We are WORKING IT ALL OVER today! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:04:46 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66278159 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO PROGRAM. <BR> Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods &amp; beverages consumed <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:44:01 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66271037 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:33:05 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66250519 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:50:21 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66244248 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! <BR> On or about 15th of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR>... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:39:48 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66236927 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:16:17 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66229574 Happy Tuesday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. <BR> Your activity, intensity, and duration are up to you. <BR> This could be as easy as a brisk walk, or as tough as a spinning class. <BR> It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:17:28 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66222223 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:21:02 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66201894 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:34:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66195588 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to find 3-5 members of any Team you are on and encourage them. <BR> You can respond to their blog, send on note on the Sparkpage, or send them a note via Sparkmail or even a goodie too! <BR> <BR> Let's show one another that WE ARE LOSING WEIGHT TOGETHER!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 23:46:49 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66188283 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 00:04:18 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66180814 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit &amp; vegetable group. <BR> Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. <BR> Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. <BR> Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever po... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:31:44 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66172541 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> <BR> ps: have been down with the flu never had it this bad before........ <BR> have a great ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:41:22 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66095020 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:14:35 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66087108 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANT... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:24:19 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66079640 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:34:03 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66071874 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:18:59 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66051092 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:33:48 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66043956 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:54:36 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66035180 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Winter can bring so many things... <BR> <BR> *Snow <BR> *After holiday sales <BR> *Renewing of eating/exercise goals <BR> <BR> AND..... <BR> <BR> COLD SEASON! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET IN YOUR VITAMIN C. <BR> Research suggests that Vitamin C may help with your common cold AND allergies (something that Texas has a hard time with during "Cedar Fever" season). <BR> <BR> Foods that are high in Vitamin C are: <BR> <BR> *Citrus... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:10:00 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66027939 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work on your CORE areas (i.e. stomach, back, sides). <BR> These are the areas that most of us have trouble with. <BR> <BR> Exercising your core helps your posture <BR> and MAKES YOU LOOK THINNER. <BR> Who can argue with that? <BR> <BR> See the Spark Fitness area for CORE exercises that are appropriate for your fitness level. Feel free to share what you did. You can also share a fitness DVD or type of gym class that you ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:48:59 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x66019126 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. Steer clear of processed, junk foods. You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar &amp; fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit <BR> *Diet So... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:51:06 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65996821 Happy Friday to you ! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT IN MODERATION. <BR> Get a smaller plate and serve yourself a small portion of your favorite foods being served. <BR> Put your fork down between bites. <BR> Drink water throughout your meal. <BR> Enjoy the company around you. <BR> <BR> Don't beat yourself up for having something that isn't "diet friendly". <BR> Instead, have a small portion and savor it. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Friday! <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:51:41 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65988378 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:01:46 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65981296 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Oh! How we love carbohydrates and fat! <BR> We should be more watchful of them in our diets. <BR> That sounds like a challenge. Doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try to stay within the middle to low side of your fat and carbohydrate range. <BR> <BR> Some fats are "good fats". Why not try: <BR> *Olive Oil <BR> *Nuts <BR> *Avocados <BR> *Dark Chocolate (more rich so you eat less) <BR> <BR> When eating carbohydrates, go for Whole Gra... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:46:53 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65973361 Happy Tuesday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. <BR> Your activity, intensity, and duration are up to you. <BR> This could be as easy as a brisk walk, or as tough as a spinning class. <BR> It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 23:32:07 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65965100 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 22:02:14 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65943497 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your JANUARY CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of JANUARY? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF JANAUARY. <BR> Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2017. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, what you c... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:10:20 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65935664 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, HARDER, AND LONGER! <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you are scheduled for cardio or strength training today, your challenge is to push yourself. Make your exercise(s): <BR> <BR> *Harder-as in more resistance or a more difficult level <BR> *Longer-as in do more repetitions or go further <BR> *Faster-as in covering the same distance, but at a quicker pace <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:56:53 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65927557 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. <BR> According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed t... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:25:03 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65919400 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday to you! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:14:29 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65910267 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:51:39 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65889996 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:48:53 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65883176 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT 3 HEALTHY MEALS &amp; 2 HEALTHY SNACKS. <BR> You will need to plan ahead for this one so you don't go over on your calorie range. <BR> <BR> Keeping your body fuelled throughout the day keeps those "binges" away. <BR> Pack a lunch box. <BR> Bring healthy snacks to work or in your glove box. <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:07:28 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65877788 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> BURN OFF THOSE CHRISTMAS CALORIES <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 01:43:44 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65871463 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bra... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 01:13:44 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65865569 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> What is a great way to relieve holiday stress? Laughter! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do something fun that makes you laugh. Here are a few suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Watch a silly movie <BR> *Play charades or a board game with family/friends <BR> *Listen to a comedian (online, on television, on the radio) <BR> *Go to a park and play on the equipment <BR> *Play a playground game as if you were a kid (i.e. hopscotch, jump rope, kick ball, jacks, et... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:16:58 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65850596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/061de8c6-bc10-4d70-8dac-5bdbd209eecd.gif"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> wishing you and yours all the blessings of CHRISTMAS!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:52:38 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65844741 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. <BR> Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. <BR> We are looking to encourage others. Who knows? Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:51:38 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65838553 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DA... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:39:17 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65832091 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get moving.....you can walk and shoot for that 10,000 steps, go to the gym and do some time on a stationary bike or an elliptical. or you can do something as simple and inexpensive as dancing to music videos or the radio. <BR> Let's get moving and get the blood flowing and shoot for 400 to 500 calories burned. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:21:33 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65807743 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about 15th of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:25:02 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65801805 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT WHOLE, HEALTHY, &amp; HEARTY! <BR> That means that you need to concentrate on eating: <BR> <BR> *Whole Grains <BR> *Healthy foods that are NOT fried or full of unhealthy fats, full of sugar, or full of sodium <BR> *Lean meats <BR> *Lowfat dairy products <BR> *Healthy fats that are full of Omega 3 acids (nuts, olive oil, flax seeds, etc.) <BR> <BR> Also, remember to drink HEALTHY beverages that aren't full of suga... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:53:51 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65795286 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to MEASURE EVERYTHING YOU EAT/DRINK &amp; STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> You CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:30:55 EST Contribute to an Upcoming SparkPeople Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x5576x65791644 Hey everyone! How would YOU like to share your experiences with Spark Coach Jen and possibly be featured in an upcoming SparkPeople article? <BR> <BR> Contact Spark Coach Jen via SparkMail at: SPARK_COACH_JEN <BR> <BR> Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article about what happens when people are told they need to lose weight because of health concerns. <BR> <BR> It's a piece about what to do next when you're given that info by your doctor. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:18:09 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65789309 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:59:06 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65782325 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walk... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:56:06 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65764370 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:05:40 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65758173 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OR MORE OF WATER <BR> <BR> Get out your recyclable bottle first thing in the morning, and fill it up. <BR> Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 01:03:09 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65751580 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> BURN OFF THOSE Hallloween candiy CALORIES off. <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <B... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 01:12:52 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65744509 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Winter is almost upons us and can bring so many things... <BR> <BR> *Snow <BR> *After holiday sales <BR> *Renewing of eating/exercise goals <BR> <BR> AND..... <BR> <BR> COLD SEASON! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET IN YOUR VITAMIN C. <BR> Research suggests that Vitamin C may help with your common cold AND allergies (something that Texas has a hard time with during "Cedar Fever" season). <BR> <BR> Foods that are high in Vitamin C are: <BR... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:42:19 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65738004 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:02:48 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65718805 Have a happy Friday! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> 4) You choose your exercise for your level of fitness <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:45:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65712134 Happy Thursday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. <BR> Your activity, intensity, and duration are up to you. <BR> This could be as easy as a brisk walk, or as tough as a spinning class. <BR> It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:36:18 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65704837 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep a close eye on your consumption of processed foods. <BR> You know which ones these are: <BR> <BR> *High Fat <BR> *White Flour <BR> *Low Fiber <BR> *High Salt <BR> *High Sugar <BR> <BR> Make an effort to eat: <BR> <BR> *High fiber &amp; Whole Grains <BR> *Low Salt/Fructose (simple sugars) <BR> *Lean Proteins <BR> *Low Fat Dairy <BR> *Whole fruits &amp; vegetables <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday ever... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:44:44 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65698459 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:47:36 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65690462 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:30:26 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65673134 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Remember that you don't have to burn these calories through one workout. <BR> Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:31:47 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65667991 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> You have THREE(3) CHALLENGES today! <BR> <BR> #1) Get in AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> #2) Take all your multi-vitamins and medication that you need for a healthy body <BR> #3) Do the exercise of your choice today. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Happy Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:54:39 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65661494 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. <BR> Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. <BR> We are looking to encourage others. <BR> Who knows? <BR> Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, fee... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:24:54 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65654870 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Fall can bring so many things... <BR> <BR> *Snow <BR> *After holiday sales <BR> *Renewing of eating/exercise goals <BR> <BR> AND..... <BR> <BR> COLD SEASON! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET IN YOUR VITAMIN C. <BR> Research suggests that Vitamin C may help with your common cold AND allergies (something that Texas has a hard time with during "Cedar Fever" season). <BR> <BR> Foods that are high in Vitamin C are: <BR> <BR> *Citrus <BR> *St... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:43:01 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65648255 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:57:15 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65628538 Have a great Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> Drink your daily quota of water <BR> Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> Let us know what you are going ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:40:35 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65621516 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about 15th of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". <BR> You should be able to find many out there.... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:52:50 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65615449 Have a great Wednesday! <BR> <BR> UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE! <BR> <BR> Isn't it nice to know that others are experiencing the same trials and accomplishments as you are on Spark? <BR> <BR> When you post to a board, many folks click on your photo and read your Sparkpage. I am sure you have done it too. You find a picture or post that is interesting and click to learn more about that person. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to update your Sparkpage. If you haven't started your page, GET TO... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:38:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65608511 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP. <BR> For many of us, getting a full night of sleep is next to impossible. <BR> In order to complete this challenge, you need to turn off the television, or put down the book. <BR> <BR> Take a warm bath, put on your jammies, and GET SOME SLEEP! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEET DREAMS Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:51:45 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65601517 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:56:09 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65581987 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our November cardio minutes! <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. <BR> You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> Feel free to break up the minutes. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires.... <BR> WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone! <BR> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:29:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65575737 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BREAK OUT THE EQUIPMENT. <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength today, you need to make your workout more demanding by using one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Resistance bands <BR> *Weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Weighted gloves <BR> *Trampoline <BR> *Pull Up bar <BR> *Push Up handles <BR> *Exercise Wheel <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> * Pilates or yoga bricks, resistance balls, rings, etc. ... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:38:40 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65569184 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO PROGRAM. <BR> Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods &amp; beverages consumed <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:19:03 EST This is me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x5576x65565493 I am a 39 year old Nurse creeping up to my 40th birthday. I have a few blood tests out at the doctor's that will basically clear me to start an exercises program yesterday... basically the doctor said that the only thing keeping me from losing weight is my own head. He is pretty smart and we work together so he knows what I am capable of. My doctor calls me out on my bull crap. I have been married to my second husband for almost a year and we are in a coop relationship. He knows me and is... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:55:04 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65562075 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT 6 or more SERVINGS OF FRUITS and/or VEGETABLES. Great ways to get in servings can be: <BR> <BR> *Make fresh fruit/vegetable juice in your juicer <BR> *Have a fruit smoothie <BR> *Have a bowl of fresh fruit salad <BR> *Have a big vegetable salad <BR> *Put vegetables on your sandwich <BR> *Chop up vegetables and dip them in hummus or salsa <BR> *Have a bowl of vegetable soup (watch that sodium!) <BR> *Grill vegetables on ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 23:26:02 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65553976 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:01:45 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x5576x65545596 Hi, Everyone! <BR> This is my first time joining a team though I'm a long-term SP member. I work in the mental health field as an administrator and also in private practice. I'm getting going on my self-care again after 3 tough years of work-related duties that lead me to prioritizing constant sedentary work over healthy eating and exercise. Was at my highest weight in the last year of 227lbs. (I'm a 5'10.25" female) and between that and beginning to experience some scary health stuff, I deci... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 13:52:10 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65535980 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:19:31 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65528718 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your NOVEMBER CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of NOVEMBER? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER. <BR> Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2016. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, what y... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 23:05:45 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65520972 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is an interesting challenge: <BR> Watch your Sugar intake. <BR> <BR> Some of us drink our coffee with sugar, or have a regular soda during our busy days. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is this: <BR> Can you cut your daily sugar or switch your regular sugary foods for lighter versions? Instead of: <BR> <BR> *A regular soda - Try a diet soda <BR> *A spoon of sugar in your coffee - Try a partial packet of artificial sweetener <BR> *Regular... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:55:35 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65506378 Happy Monay to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> 4) You choose your exercise for your level of fitness <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:29:06 EST friday & weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65486763 Happy Friday &amp; Weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do , make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:22:29 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65480488 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO PROGRAM. <BR> Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods &amp; beverages consumed <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! <BR> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:59:33 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65473860 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to JUST SAY NO! <BR> <BR> Say NO to: <BR> <BR> *Second helpings <BR> <BR> *Fats &amp; sugars that you don't need (i.e. in your coffee, butter instead of jam, frying instead of broiling/grilling, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Eating fast food instead of making something healthy <BR> <BR> *Buying from the vending machine <BR> <BR> *Staying sedentary - GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> *Taking on more than you can chew (I don't mean food either) ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:36:54 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65466171 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:45:14 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65459216 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:52:43 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65439722 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> tailor your cardio workout to your fitness level. <BR> If you are: <BR> <BR> *New to Exercise - Try to get in <BR> 30 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a <BR> while (more than a month) - Try to get in 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> *Have been exercising for a long <BR> while - Try to get in 60 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> Remember to... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:23:39 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65433126 <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about middle of each month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out ther... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:56:16 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65426068 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto y... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:21:37 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65418573 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:25:59 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65411619 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. <BR> We are looking to encourage others. <BR> Who knows? <BR> Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:50:12 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65391628 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Whew! What a week! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:52:34 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65384253 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OR MORE OF WATER <BR> <BR> Get out your recyclable bottle first thing in the morning, and fill it up. <BR> Take a sip here and there. <BR> Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> ps: don't forget your vitamins too...... <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:23:31 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65377197 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Take the dog for a walk <BR> *Push the kids in your jog stroller <BR> *Run errands and get some exercise on your bike <BR> *Swim in the pool <BR> *Jump on the trampoline <BR> *Pop in an exercise DVD for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:56:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65370227 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to ONLY EAT HEALTHY FOODS. <BR> Steer clear of processed, junk foods. <BR> You know which ones: <BR> <BR> *Regular Chips <BR> *Candy Bars packed full of sugar &amp; fat <BR> *Cookies <BR> *Ice Cream <BR> *Full-Sugar Soda <BR> *Deep Fried Foods <BR> *Pastries, donuts, full-fat muffins <BR> *Sugared cereals <BR> <BR> Instead of eating these today, try to focus on healthy alternatives such as: <BR> <BR> *Fresh Fruit ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:40:39 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65363676 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.co... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:58:12 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65344958 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself missing (or skipping) meals? <BR> When you do, do you find yourself famished to the point of eating junk? <BR> Have you realized that your body needs fuel? <BR> <BR> Our bodies are amazing things, aren't they? <BR> When we want to lose weight, the WORST THING TO DO IS STARVE YOUR BODY. <BR> Our body needs to be continuously fueled. <BR> By filling our stomachs with healthy food, we are ENCOURAGING our bodies to burn calories mo... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:40:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65337181 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> CHOOSE TO DO ANYONE OF STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES (and appropriate reps) IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> *Arms/Shoulders <BR> *Core (including back) <BR> *Legs/Hips <BR> <BR> You got it! <BR> We are WORKING IT ALL OVER today! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Thursday! Wed, 5 Oct 2016 22:00:19 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65329818 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. <BR> <BR> This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> What will you do that i... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:06:41 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65321895 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. <BR> You can choose cardio, strength training, or a combination of both. <BR> The activity, duration, and intensity are all up to you. <BR> When you are done with your workout, come back online and boast about what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:18:00 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65313878 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your OCTOBER CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of OCTOBER? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. <BR> Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2016. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow,... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:51:01 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65293015 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:07:49 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65285568 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Skiing <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, Kickboxing, etc.) <BR> *Jumping rope, squats, lunges, jumping jacks <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ps remember everyone is at a different level of ability so do what is best for you!! <... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:22:35 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65278190 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to accomplish your goals whatever you choose! <BR> <BR> Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Get in some sort of cardio or strength exercise <BR> *Spoil Yourself at least once <BR> *Eat 5 Fruits/Vegetables <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:45:51 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65271057 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> For today's challenge <BR> Your challenge today is to give 5 genuine compliments to folksinside or outside of Sparkpeople. <BR> You never know how much your uplifting words will encourage others. <BR> Not only that, giving a complim... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:45:56 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65262734 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:01:27 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65242110 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:44:51 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65234229 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR ARMS! <BR> Find 3-5 exercises (with appropriate reps for your level) and work out your arms. <BR> eel free to incorporate: a kettle bell, resistance bands, or hand weights. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:59:17 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65227685 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *track your food <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do your exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DAILY GOALS. ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:22:58 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65220819 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP. <BR> For many of us, getting a full night of sleep is next to impossible. <BR> In order to complete this challenge,you need to turn off the television, or put down the book. <BR> <BR> Take a warm bath, put on your jammies. <BR> GET SOME SLEEP! <BR> Come back and share how you did!! <BR> <BR> Have a SWEET DREAMS Tuesday! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:44:42 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65213265 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:20:45 EST friday & weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65192829 Happy Friday &amp; weekend to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> <BR> Take time out to spoil yourself. <BR> <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do make sure to take time for YOU. <BR> <... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:42:44 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65185631 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Remember when Mom told you to drink your milk? Mom was a smart woman and knew what was good for you. <BR> Foods that are rich in calcium help prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones strong. <BR> <BR> What foods are high in calcium? How about: <BR> <BR> *Dairy products (i.e. yogurt, milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.) <BR> *Dark green leafy vegetables <BR> *Broccoli <BR> *Sardines, salmon, shrimp <BR> *Soybeans <BR> <BR> How will YOU get in your calciu... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:56:43 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65178186 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> You have TWO challenges today. <BR> They are: <BR> <BR> 1) Do your daily exercise of choice <BR> <BR> 2) Get in TEN (10) glasses of water <BR> <BR> Staying hydrated is very important. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:35:03 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65171684 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. <BR> You are not up against anyone else with this challenge. <BR> In order to get a bunch of points for the day, you need to eat well, exercise, drink water, and participate in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> How many points can you get today? <BR> GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:43:58 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65164616 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:13:58 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65144492 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for YO... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:41:36 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65130011 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANT... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:36:47 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65121889 Happy Tuesday to you ! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT IN MODERATION. <BR> Get a smaller plate and serve yourself a small portion of your favorite foods being served. <BR> Put your fork down between bites. <BR> Drink water throughout your meal. <BR> Enjoy the company around you. <BR> Don't beat yourself up for having something that isn't "diet friendly". <BR> Instead, have a small portion and savor it. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN YOU DO THIS RIGHT? <BR> <BR> Have a Great Tuesday! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:31:08 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65096138 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday!! <BR> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 03:42:09 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65088160 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your SEPTEMBER CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of SEPTEMBER? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. <BR> Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2016. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, wha... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:31:39 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65081102 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANT... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:39:01 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65074211 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the better. Bra... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:03:25 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65067205 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:17:47 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65047275 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for Friday is to: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) REST - Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:51:14 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65040384 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday everyone! <BR> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:26:22 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65033563 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Yoiur challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> ...etc. Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF Y... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:34:38 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65026814 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Over the last two days, you have spoiled You &amp; Someone Special. <BR> Today's challenge is to SPOIL THE WORLD. <BR> There are many things you can do with this one. <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Recycle <BR> *Donate <BR> *Beautify your community <BR> *Show kindness to strangers <BR> *Give to charity or a person in need <BR> *Pick up trash that isn't yours (while walking/hiking, etc.) <BR> <BR> Make the world a better place today! <... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:10:32 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65019992 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Take the dog for a walk <BR> *Push the kids in your jog stroller <BR> *Run errands and get some exercise on your bike <BR> *Play with the kids in the pool <BR> *Jump on the trampoline <BR> *Pop in an exercise DVD for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:16:36 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x65000376 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> As we start to "get a hang" of this lifestyle change, we become confident that we can "eyeball" a serving. <BR> Have you gotten to this point? Do you: <BR> <BR> *Pour cereal straight from the box into your bowl? <BR> *Say "that looks like about 2 Tbsp. of half &amp; half"? <BR> *Say: "I'm sure I ate only 1/2 cup of ice cream"? <BR> <BR> If you find yourself overly confident about your portions, you might be in for a shock. <BR> <BR> Your challenge tod... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:18:18 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64993409 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:13:48 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64986109 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to get focused and STICK TO YOUR PROGRAM. <BR> Can you: <BR> <BR> *Stay within your calorie limit <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Move your body to burn off calories <BR> *Log all foods &amp; beverages consumed <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday everyone! <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:27:19 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64979310 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Tu... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:53:42 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64972638 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT AT LEAST 5 FRUITS &amp; VEGETABLE SERVINGS. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have an great Monday! <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:13:18 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64952862 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is to: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Exercise of your choice- <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:47:30 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64946581 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC T... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:32:33 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64939595 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. <BR> Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. We are looking to encourage others. <BR> Who knows? <BR> Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:01:11 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64933073 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself grabbing for food and thinking: "Why am I eating this? I'm not hungry." <BR> <BR> That could be your body saying I NEED WATER, but your brain is getting the signal confused. <BR> <BR> Do you ever get so busy with your day that you "forget to eat"? Later, you eat, and eat, AND EAT because you are ravenous. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is: <BR> <BR> *Get in AT LEAST 8 glasses of water (not soda or juice) <BR>... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:27:24 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64924969 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:57:34 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64907193 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CATCH UP! <BR> That means that whatever you haven't been able to get to all week, now is the time. <BR> <BR> I plan on doing laundry, going grocery shopping, paying bills, etc. <BR> <BR> What do YOU need to do today? <BR> Let's get to it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:07:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64900138 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR ARMS! <BR> Find 3-5 exercises (with appropriate reps for your level) and work out your arms. <BR> Feel free to incorporate: a kettle bell, resistance bands, or hand weights. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Thursday! <BR> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 23:51:49 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64892915 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 250 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Take the dog for a walk <BR> *Push the kids in your jog stroller <BR> *Run errands and get some exercise on your bike <BR> *Play with the kids in the pool <BR> *Jump on the trampoline <BR> *Pop in an exercise DVD for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:25:14 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64886309 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 23:57:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64878608 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> check out the link below: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.tv/ </link> <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:34:04 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64859633 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO SOMETHING KIND (&amp; unexpected) FOR SOMEONE either in Sparkland or real life <BR> Spoil someone you care about today. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:05:55 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64852979 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC Thursda... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:27:18 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64845781 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to JUST SAY NO! <BR> <BR> Say NO to: <BR> <BR> *Second helpings <BR> <BR> *Fats &amp; sugars that you don't need (i.e. in your coffee, butter instead of jam, frying instead of broiling/grilling, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Eating fast food instead of making something healthy <BR> <BR> *Buying from the vending machine <BR> <BR> *Staying sedentary - GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> *Taking on more than you can chew (I don't mean food either) ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:54:48 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64839294 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to accomplish any or all the GOALS below! <BR> <BR> They are: <BR> <BR> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> *Get in some sort of cardio or strength exercise <BR> *Spoil Yourself at least once <BR> *Eat 5 Fruits/Vegetables <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:28:17 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64832887 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was everyone's weekend? <BR> Did you get a bunch accomplished? <BR> Did you spend time with loved ones? <BR> Did you rest and relax? GREAT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE! <BR> You can do any (or all) of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do at least THREE exercises (and appropriate reps) that work your CORE area. <BR> Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as kickboxing or martia... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:35:18 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64814409 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:37:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64807978 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BREAK OUT THE EQUIPMENT. Whether you are doing cardio or strength today, you need to make your workout more demanding by using one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Resistance bands <BR> *Weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Weighted gloves <BR> *Trampoline <BR> *Pull Up bar <BR> *Push Up handles <BR> *Exercise Wheel <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> * Pilates or yoga bricks, resistance balls, rings, etc. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:54:06 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64801181 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> Like many, I turned to food because I was filling an area of my life that was missing (love). With the help of Spark and its members, I have realized that food and love are two different things. <BR> They shouldn't be confused with ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:41:10 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64794172 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SAY NO TO EMPTY CALORIES. <BR> That means, steer clear of: <BR> <BR> *Donuts, pastries, cookies, crackers, cereals, and baked goods filled with processed white flour and loads of sugar <BR> <BR> *Drinks loaded with sugar <BR> <BR> *Chips <BR> <BR> *Candy and "junk food" <BR> <BR> Really concentrate on eating healthy today. <BR> Make every meal &amp; snack count. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:56:49 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64787002 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. <BR> Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. <BR> Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. <BR> The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a Great Monday! <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:55:50 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64768594 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you ever find yourself missing (or skipping) meals? <BR> When you do, do you find yourself famished to the point of eating junk? <BR> Have you realized that your body needs fuel? <BR> <BR> Our bodies are amazing things, aren't they? <BR> When we want to lose weight, the WORST THING TO DO IS STARVE YOUR BODY. <BR> Our body needs to be continuously fueled. <BR> By filling our stomachs with healthy food, we are ENCOURAGING our bodies to burn calories mo... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:23:59 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64762138 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, Kickboxing, etc.) <BR> *Jumping rope, squats, lunges, jumping jacks <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:20:19 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64755128 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> ...etc. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF Y... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:18:35 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64747865 Happy Tuessday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC T... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:46:48 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64740260 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.co... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:34:26 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64719965 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here t... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 00:10:04 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64711932 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your JULY CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of JULY? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF JULY. Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2016. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do TODAY. ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:00:53 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64705210 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. <BR> This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> <BR> What will you do that i... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:11:01 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64698274 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. <BR> Your activity, intensity, and duration are up to you. <BR> This could be as easy as a brisk walk, or as tough as a spinning class. <BR> It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:41:08 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64690790 Happy Monday To You! <BR> <BR> I thought we could start off the week with a "to do list". <BR> <BR> Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:41:02 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64669646 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:37:56 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64662395 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Hope all have a FANTASTIC T... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:48:43 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64648150 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:11:10 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64640471 Happy Monday To You! <BR> <BR> Make a note of 3/5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY THE WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> You can jot down the 3/5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:06:43 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64620098 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:02:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64613019 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Stop by and share what you did! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:14:02 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64605923 Happy Wednersday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday!! <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:46:10 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64599125 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit &amp; vegetable group. <BR> Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. <BR> Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. <BR> Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever po... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:33:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64590199 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 3-5 strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> You can find exercises to match your current fitness level in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Need a bit more of a challenge? <BR> <BR> You can incorporate weights, bands and/or balls into your arm workout. <BR> <BR> Remember to have fun, drink plenty of water and rest between reps. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:37:20 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64572309 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:24:57 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64565492 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER YOU! <BR> <BR> Take time out of your day to spoil yourself. <BR> <BR> Simple ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Take a relaxing bubble bath <BR> *Buy something for yourself <BR> *Rent a special movie or go see one <BR> *Buy a healthy food you rarely buy <BR> *Ask family or friends to make YOU dinner for once <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, make sure to take time for ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:29:39 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64558837 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to leave THREE different Spark members messages on their Spark page. <BR> Send a note regarding their weight loss, something they said that really inspired you (or that you can relate to), a "WELCOME TO SPARK", etc. <BR> We are looking to encourage others. <BR> Who knows? Maybe YOU will get a few on your page today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Should you get the urge to leave more than THREE, feel FREE... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:37:37 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64551928 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. <BR> You are not up against anyone else with this challenge. <BR> In order to get a bunch of points for the day, you need to eat well, exercise, drink water, and participate in the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> How many points can you get today? GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:24:28 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64544375 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:01:36 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64525037 Happy Friday to you ! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT IN MODERATION. <BR> Get a smaller plate and serve yourself a small portion of your favorite foods being served. <BR> Put your fork down between bites. <BR> Drink water throughout your meal. <BR> Enjoy the company around you. <BR> Don't beat yourself up for having something that isn't "diet friendly". <BR> Instead, have a small portion and savor it. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Friday! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:56:41 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64518855 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday to you! <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 01:10:19 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64511611 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit &amp; vegetable group. <BR> Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. <BR> Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possib... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:36:04 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64504243 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Come back and share how you did! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 22:32:48 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64497345 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/m... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:52:33 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64476428 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> To do this, you need to: <BR> <BR> *Plan ahead <BR> *Read Labels <BR> *Use your kitchen scale, measuring cups/spoons <BR> *Log every morsel and sip <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:26:38 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64469422 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday everyone! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 23:46:33 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64461467 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> It is time for determining your JUNE CARDIO MINUTES. <BR> How many minutes of cardio are you doing daily? <BR> How many is that in a week? How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of JUNE? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to <BR> DETERMINE HOW MANY CARDIO MINUTES YOU CAN DO IN THE MONTH OF JUNE. Make a pledge to yourself. <BR> You DESERVE to be healthy IN 2016. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do T... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 01:10:53 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64453579 :Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's BURNING 400 CALORIES TODAY! <BR> <BR> Let's get moving folks. <BR> <BR> Burn off those extra calories. <BR> <BR> We CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 30 May 2016 23:42:05 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64446646 <BR> Have a happy Monday! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Get in 10-12 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 2) Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> 3) Just kick back and enjoy your day. <BR> <BR> 4) You choose your exercise for your level of fitness <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:59:55 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64428416 Happy Friday to you ! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT IN MODERATION. <BR> Get a smaller plate and serve yourself a small portion of your favorite foods being served. <BR> Put your fork down between bites. Drink water throughout your meal. <BR> Enjoy the company around you. <BR> Don't beat yourself up for having something that isn't "diet friendly". <BR> Instead, have a small portion and savor it. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Friday! <BR> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:26:00 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64421544 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! ... Wed, 25 May 2016 23:55:20 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64415215 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you eating enriched, white flour in your foods? <BR> If you are, STOP!!! <BR> Foods full of enriched, white flour are not as good for you as foods full of whole grains. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT WHOLE GRAINS &amp; SKIP THE WHITE FLOUR. <BR> Try whole grains in: <BR> <BR> *Your cereal <BR> *Your bread, bagel, tortilla <BR> *Your rice, pasta <BR> <BR> Remember to READ LABELS! Look for a high fiber content in what you are eating. ... Wed, 25 May 2016 01:15:19 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64407730 <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT AT LEAST 5 FRUITS &amp; VEGETABLE SERVINGS. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have an great Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 23 May 2016 23:45:59 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64400746 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BREAK OUT THE EQUIPMENT. <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength today, you need to make your workout more demanding by using one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> *Stability Ball <BR> *Resistance bands <BR> *Weights <BR> *Medicine Ball <BR> *Weighted gloves <BR> *Trampoline <BR> *Pull Up bar <BR> *Push Up handles <BR> *Exercise Wheel <BR> *Jump Rope <BR> * Pilates or yoga bricks, resistance balls, rings, e... Mon, 23 May 2016 00:16:34 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64381110 Happy Friday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post here to ... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:51:51 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64373990 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or about mid month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <BR> Suggeste... Wed, 18 May 2016 23:55:21 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64367075 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TRY SOMETHING NEW. <BR> <BR> This could be: <BR> <BR> *A healthy food, recipe, beverage, or restaurant <BR> *An exercise or piece of equipment incorporated into exercise <BR> *Tackling something in your life that you have never done before (i.e. a project, facing a fear, etc.) <BR> *A new way of doing something that you do regularly <BR> <BR> These are just some suggestions. <BR> What will you do that is NEW TO YOU today... Wed, 18 May 2016 01:07:57 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64359785 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. <BR> According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:23:50 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64352248 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING or whatever you do for exercise! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:15:22 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64331978 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> How does it make you feel when you get a compliment out of the blue? <BR> Makes your day a bit brighter, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GIVE FIVE UNEXPECTED COMPLIMENTS. <BR> This can be to a family member, co-worker, Spark Member, or complete stranger. <BR> Make the day of five people with your kind words. <BR> <BR> Just think about this.... <BR> <BR> "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:56:59 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64324714 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! ... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:05:52 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64317738 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> <BR> They are a great motivation because you get Sparkpoints wh... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:06:15 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64310912 Happy Tuesday to you!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something to make you feel satisfied: <BR> satisfied with your self that you have spent your time well.. <BR> <BR> Some examples are: <BR> <BR> 1-Drink your daily quota of water <BR> 2-Do your daily intake of fruits and veggies. <BR> 3-Meet you cardio or strength training goal. <BR> 4-Stay within your calorie and/or protein range. <BR> <BR> You can use one of these or you can make up your own. <BR> <BR> Post here to let... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:58:41 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64303292 Happy Monday to You! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THR0UGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Let's start the week right. <BR> <BR> Get moving team!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 23:31:52 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64283803 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 6 May 2016 01:12:45 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64276377 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR ARMS! <BR> Find 3-5 exercises (with appropriate reps for your level) and work out your arms. <BR> Feel free to incorporate: a kettle bell, resistance bands, or hand weights etc. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Thu, 5 May 2016 00:46:53 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64268677 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto y... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:07:33 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64260951 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get together and kick up our MAY cardio minutes! <BR> Your challenge today is to get in 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO. <BR> You don't have to do 45 minutes of continuous cardio. <BR> Feel free to break up the minutes. <BR> <BR> So...put on your exercise shoes, grab your gym bag, pump up your bike tires.... <BR> WE ARE MOVING NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone! <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 23:28:20 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64252978 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday everyone! Sun, 1 May 2016 23:25:47 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64231181 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Whew! <BR> What a week! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> Can you fit in 45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:51:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64224517 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Our challenge is to RACK UP AS MANY SPARK POINTS AS POSSIBLE TODAY. <BR> This challenge can be tough, as you will need to work on lots of areas: <BR> <BR> *Eating right and logging everything <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Being active on your Community Huddles <BR> *Posting comments <BR> *Spinning the wheel <BR> *Doing extra activities <BR> <BR> Check back in at the end of the day with your points. <BR> REMEMBER:: You are compe... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:36:00 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64216652 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> Eat lots of food with fiber. <BR> <BR> More and more research is showing that a high-fiber diet may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight gain. According to new research from the University of Texas in Austin, women who maintain a healthy weight fill up (without filling out) on fiber. <BR> <BR> How can you get more fiber in your day? <BR> <BR> * Eat a variety of foods - the less processed the bet... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:33:23 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64209536 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> TRY TO GET IN EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Whether it is cardio or strength training, set time aside today FOR YOU. <BR> Feeling stressed out? <BR> Exercise is a great stress reliever. <BR> Get in some cardio and burn off some of those calories. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday everyone! Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:44:14 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64202761 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:03:34 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64182067 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 30-45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:54:13 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64174570 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! <BR> On or about mid month, we take our measurements. <BR> Keep track of your measurements as soon as you can to see how your are progressing. There are times when the scale is a "frustrating beast", but the tape measure can show you that you are indeed shrinking. <BR> <BR> If you don't have a tape measure, just go online and type in your search engine "printable tape measure". You should be able to find many out there. <BR> <... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:26:24 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64167676 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> challenge: COMPLETE ALL YOUR DAILY GOALS. <BR> <BR> You can change your personal daily goals under: <BR> *Nutrition <BR> *Change Nutrition Goals <BR> *Add Another Kind of Goal to track <BR> <BR> Some ideas for daily goals: <BR> <BR> *Brush teeth 2x <BR> *Make Bed <BR> *Meditate/pray <BR> *Take multi-vitamin <BR> *Drink 10 glasses of water <BR> *Do Upper body exercises <BR> ...etc. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to complete ALL OF YOUR DA... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:23:30 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64159348 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. <BR> Go out of your way to make others smile. <BR> Make people feel good about themselves. <BR> Some ideas could be: <BR> <BR> *Open doors for others <BR> *Let people go ahead of you in line/traffic <BR> *Tell a stranger that they are doing a good job <BR> *Tell a co-worker, neighbor, friend, or family member how much you appreciate them <BR> *Do something nice "just because" <BR> *Do a chore fo... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:37:44 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64151999 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Strap on your pedometer - <BR> We are going WALKING! <BR> Your challenge today is to put on your pedometer (if you own one) and try to get in 10,000 steps. <BR> If you don't have a pedometer, that is roughly a 5 mile walk. <BR> This is a great way to burn off the extra calories we consumed over the week. <BR> click on the link below to match your exercise into steps... <BR> Activity - Steps per minute <BR> <BR> <link> http://walking.about.com/od/measure... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:35:17 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64130167 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Whew! What a week! <BR> <BR> Let's finish up this busy week with a great workout. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in 45 minutes of cardio today? <BR> <BR> Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:14:39 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64122990 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:33:17 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64115228 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> To do this, you need to: <BR> <BR> *Plan ahead <BR> *Read Labels <BR> *Use your kitchen scale, measuring cups/spoons <BR> *Log every morsel and sip <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:37:44 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64107567 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many Sparkpoints you can get. <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints page to see ways to earn points. <BR> Some areas are: <BR> <BR> *Drinking your water <BR> *Exercising <BR> *Reading articles <BR> *Making a recipe <BR> *Completing Lifestyle scale <BR> *Eating right <BR> *Web search <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:33:57 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64099437 Happy Monday To You! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> Make a note of 5 things that YOU WILL GET DONE BY THE WEEKEND! <BR> <BR> You can jot down the 5 things that you will get done here (or keep them somewhere that you can refer to them). <BR> <BR> Also, let's shoot for 8-10 glasses of water today. <BR> <BR> Starting the week of hydrated is a great beginning to a sure to be busy few days. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Monday! <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:59:19 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64077498 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TAKE 30 MINUTES OF PEACE &amp; QUIET. <BR> Set aside just 30 minutes to: <BR> <BR> *Relax <BR> *Take a snooze <BR> *Enjoy nature <BR> *Meditate or pray <BR> *Read something inspiration or comforting <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, <BR> DO IT FOR YOU! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:11:47 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64070396 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT YOUR LEGS. <BR> Great exercises to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Brisk walking <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Skiing depending on where you live? <BR> *Swimming <BR> *Exercise video or gym class (i.e. Spinning, Kickboxing, etc.) <BR> *Biking <BR> <BR> How will YOU work out your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Wed, 6 Apr 2016 23:35:49 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64062515 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to CONSUME 5-7 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> For some, this may sound like a lot of "healthy rabbit food". <BR> However, getting in your fruits and vegetables doesn't have to be difficult. <BR> Try any of the following to get in extra fruits and vegetables: <BR> <BR> *Fruit Smoothies <BR> *Vegetable juices (watch the sodium) <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Grilled vegetables <BR> *Saute vegetables into an omelet or put onto your sa... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 23:56:05 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3453x5576x64054959 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO ONE STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISE (and appropriate reps) IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> *Arms/Shoulders <BR> *Core (including back) <BR> *Legs/Hips <BR> <BR> You got it! <BR> <BR> We are WORKING IT ALL OVER today! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Tuesday! <BR> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 01:24:23 EST