SparkPeople Loving Yourself Team Messageboard Loving ourselves is the best motivator in improving our health. For when you love a person you will do anything for them. We must hold ourselves in the same regards! For LOVE CONQUERS ALL : ) SparkPeople Loving Yourself Team Messageboard Beauty/He alth/Make Up Tips **Post Here** <img src=""> Tue, 6 Mar 2018 07:52:42 EST MARCH MEATLESS MONDAY 4 WEEK CHALLENGE MONDAY MARCH 5TH - MONDAY MARCH 26TH <BR> <BR> <BR> NO BEEF <BR> NO PORK <BR> NO FISH <BR> NO CHICKEN <BR> NO MEAT <BR> <BR> DAIRY PRODUCTS ARE ALLOWED <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:10:20 EST MARCH MEATLESS MONDAY -------------------------------MARCH MEATLESS MONDAY CHALLENGE---------------------------- <BR> <BR> <BR> - ------------------------ <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <em>474</em> <em>45</em> <em>482</em> ----------------------- <BR> <BR> The challenge is 4 week starting Monday March 5th ends Monday March 26th <BR> <BR> in addition let's try to have one Plant Based Meal Tuesday -Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> --------------- <img src="http:... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:17:05 EST Movie/Book reviews? Post Here! : ) If anyone has any movie or book recommendations that they enjoy please feel free to post here! Let's share with the team! <BR> <BR> **I saw BlackPanther over the weekend** <em>67</em> <em>214</em> I really enjoyed it! <em>224</em> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:54:30 EST SOS - Late Night Eating I'm pretty good at following my healthy eating plan during the day. BUT Lawd when the sun goes down I am ravenous! Healthy food, snack food, etc. are prey. <BR> <BR> Welcoming any tips for holding the "eating after 7:30 pm meemees" at bay. <BR> <BR> " <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:21:05 EST ~~Fitness Funnies or Inspirations Post Here~~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:30:37 EST Seven Day Smoothie DETOX Challenge!! SIGN UP HERE! <em>227</em> <em>235</em> Seven Day Smoothie Detox Challenge <em>227</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Smoothie <BR> Lunch: Smoothie <BR> Dinner: High Protein Dinner **NO CARBS** <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (NOTE: You can have your dinner for lunch and have your smoothie for dinner if ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 16:52:34 EST Question: how to keep track daily water Dear Loving Yourself team: <BR> <BR> Any easy way to keep track of how much water you drink each day? <BR> <BR> I know I drink water in the morning and at night. I also bring water with me to workouts. However, I want to post how much water for our group goal and don't ever remember if I reached 6 or 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> I know this is an important goal for me to do every day and want to be accountable. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:45:29 EST Favorite Quote "Act as if...If you become." Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:47:55 EST New here Good day fellow Sparkers. Thank you for the invitation to this team I look forward to being an active member of this team and unifying to help each other achieve our goals. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:26:55 EST We can keep pushing. I am making slow progress and I am happy,181 pounds to 174 pounds. My goal is to get to 168 by January 1 to lower my BMI. I intend to track my food this week,drink more than 6 glasses of water daily, and exercise 5days this week. I appreciate this Spark team. The daily comments and check-ins are Fantastic!!! Thanks. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:48:43 EST What did You Have For Breakfast? I had Oatmeal, teaspoon of cinnamon, and a little Silk Almond/Coconut milk. Several cups of java too. Oh ya, 1 TBS of Ground Flaxmeal Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:55:45 EST WINTER WONDERLAND CHALLENGE! COMING SOON! DEC 4th Our Winter Wonderland Challenge is coming soon! We are almost at our halfway point into our "Fall Back Into Fitness Challenge" we have to <em>386</em> ! Remember it's all about being consistent! That's why I will always post monthly challenges! Setbacks will happen but each month will bring a new opportunity in creating healthy habits while staying focused! Remember if at first you don't succeed DON'T QUIT try again! Eventually, a routine will kick in! Trust me anyone who was successful at... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:40:02 EST Any Healthy Snack or Food Suggestions? Post Here! <img src=""> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:58:03 EST Sign Up Where do I sign up for team Progression? Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:31:48 EST Sign Up Where do I sign up for Team Progression? Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:27:45 EST Hello New to the Team and just wanted to say Hello and thanks for the invite. Been at this weight loss game for a while now and hoping that this will be the ticket. You can call me Ola Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:03:51 EST What am I challenge!! The more that is taken, the more you leave trailing.What am I? <BR> <BR> The answer will be posted Monday morning! <em>224</em> <BR> Can you guess it? <em>211</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:42:44 EST Give shout out or goodie on a team mate page! <em>590</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:32:32 EST **FALL BACK INTO FITNESS CHALLENGE!! NOV. 6 ** : ) <em>235</em> I'm so excited for this challenge! This challenge will start Nov 6th and will run up to Dec. 4th. I will keep the challenges going on this team. Basically, we can look at it as a four season challenge. Each change of the season I will be posting a new challenge. Our current challenge will consist of two teams. Team A: Team Progression and Team B: Team Accountable. The descriptions will be listed below. Whichever team you feel you will be a good fit for please sign up under that... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:58:18 EST Post a food item. Post a food item. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 23:27:41 EST Post something yellow. Post something yellow. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 23:26:04 EST What If What if you had two very bad weeks, where nothing went your way. Where you felt like you were losing the battle and wanted to lose it. Well, that is where I have been for the last two weeks. It has been very rough. Thinking about my parents and my sister who passed away in February. Wondering why I was left and if I could have done something more with my sister. Susan drank a lot and would not stop - she had many health issues. I tried hard with her and tried to help her son as much as... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:35:31 EST Important life lessons learned in 2015!! Tell yourself you are worth it. When I hit my first goal and saw how much weight I lost I looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself. All the hard work I put in I was stunned for I finally reached my goal; however I started to slowly drift back into old habits for I became complacent and celebrated to much of my success instead of pushing harder!! I learned that one break through is just the beginning!! There are more to come!! <em>386</em> DON"T GET TO COMFORTABLE!! STAY CONSISTENT ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 14:03:36 EST How is 2016 going to be better than 2015 for you? Staying committed and when I hit my first goal to KEEP PUSHING and not LOOKING BACK this time!!! <em>104</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 13:59:18 EST Your personal "2016" New Year Challenge!! **************What I would like to do in this forum is for everyone to post their very own specific 2016 New Year Challenge******** <BR> <BR> The reason for this is that all of our needs are different. Some of us may already be at our weight goal, some of us may want to get a new job, or heck even a new car....Whatever it is let us post it here and motivate one another!!!! Let's try and keep this as updated as possible. Let's first start by posting our "Resolution" and go from there and upda... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 13:58:00 EST How Did You Make Fitness FUN Today? Please share what you did FOR yourself ........ and how did it become FUN? ........ When we make our fitness centered around FUN ........We tend to make goals that become lifestyle .... and stick to them! ........ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today ........I kick started the year by an enjoyable very brisk mall walk ....... brisk window shopping at the same time! ....... Call me a Fitness multi-tasker! ......... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:33:43 EST Having a great day? Share with the team!! <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>208</em> I'm feeling so good about 2016!! We can do this!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:09:13 EST Having a bad day? Lets Talk about it! The forum is for the days that we have that may be more challenging than others. Here we can motivate and uplift one another when the going gets tuff! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:28:08 EST New Year New Me Challenge Still Brainstorming on this!! <em>247</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:22:42 EST Goals for 2016?? Hit the ground running!! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:34:36 EST 2016 New Years Challenge!! Any suggestions? Within the next couple of days I will be working on a New Years challenge!! Any suggestions please post here! <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:33:24 EST Fall Challenge Check in? How's it going? For myself I'm doing okay. Not my 100% effort which is going to change this week. My goal is to hit 185 by the end of this challenge! <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:02:17 EST :) I'm starting a few days late on the Four Season Challenge for Fall, but I want to join in the fun! SO looking forward to Fall and preparing for a run I will be doing next month. I'm struggling but one day I will win the fight. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:54:12 EST What is your purpose in life? To help others and inspire others that dreams are possible. That we are loved. If you still have breath in your body it's never to late for change or happiness <em>247</em> . That God loves us and to share his love with others!! <em>43</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:20:51 EST What are your personal challenge goals? To drop 15 pounds!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> #1 Exercise 1 hour a day. Possibly an additional 15 minutes before bedtime "Pilates or Yoga" <BR> #2 Not to intake no more than 1400 calories daily. <BR> #3 Limit my "Starbucks Frappachino to (1) weekly <em>224</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:09:51 EST Your Fall Challenge Quote of the day! <img src=""> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:08:35 EST Fall Back Into Fitness Challenge 9/14- 11/14! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> Standard Goals: <BR> <BR> #1 At least 30 Minutes of exercise daily <em>311</em> , if not daily at leas... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:05:37 EST What do you like to do for fun? Read <em>102</em> I know this may sound boring to some! Currently I'm a Biblical Studies/Theology Major so this has a big part to do with it! <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Spending time with my family, going on family trips! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:02:59 EST Fall " Pre "Mini Challeng e"WooHoo to Join In! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 7 - 13 <BR> <BR> Okay here we go! This challenge is going to be short and brief <em>104</em> . I would like to use this week 9/7 - 9/13 as a detoxification week to get prepared for our Fall Challenge that's kicking off on September 14th. <BR> <BR> I would like to challenge the team in the following areas: <BR> <BR> 1. No sodas for the week or highly sweetened beverages. Hea... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:06:29 EST Healing Sundays I wanted to create a place where we can come and share weekly and uplift one another in spirit. Whatever struggle you are dealing with please feel free to post here. Prayer request are open here. <BR> <BR> Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For this week I pray for added strength in remaining positive and grounded in all that is to c... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:48:00 EST Question Of The Day! If you and your family had no choice but to live on a "bare deserted island" for 15 days and you were only allowed to bring two things, what would they be? Inquiring minds want to know! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ****Note: Food and "Medical Prescriptions" already provided**** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:21:05 EST Coming Soon! Our Fall 2015 Season Challenge!! <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> *****Our Autumn 2015 Challenge will be Commencing soon****** <BR> Kick Off Date Will be Wednesday, September 23 <BR> Wrapping up on Monday, December 21 to start our <BR> Winter Challenge!! <em>104</em> ********* <BR> <BR> ****More details will becoming soon**** Any ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:12:18 EST Intro Hi there, <BR> <BR> My name is Lori, I'm 42 married to an awesome fella for 23 years. I have two great girls 12 & 10. I totally agree with everyone. I am finally at that point where I can't stand it any longer. I am 5'2 and about 160 lbs. I would have to say that this is the heaviest that I have ever been. I have been thinking how did I lose the weight last time. ??? well, I got to do something . Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:22:20 EST Team B Intermediate! 1200 -1400 Calorie Challenge! I've created this team for those who have been successful at dropping the pounds, but may experience a few hiccups here and there! A few of the goals I have for this team is: <BR> <BR> #1 To work out at least five times a week for at least 45 minutes per workout. <BR> #2 Be sure to include at least 10 minutes of strength training into your workout. <em>328</em> <BR> #3 Continue to write down what you are eating daily to stay within your calorie goal. <BR> #4 If you have lost focus tell u... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:14:46 EST Team A Beginners!! 1600 Calorie Goal This forum is for everyone who is either beginning or having a really hard time staying focus with this weight loss battle! What I recommend for this team is during the first week to keep a daily journal and write down everything you eat and to stay within a 1600 calorie range. Many of us have to first cut back on what we're eating before simply jumping into working out for the body simply feels to lethargic. I have two sisters who have dieted this way. They had to get off the sugars, and ca... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:03:41 EST Your song Was just wondering what song speaks to you about yourself? The one that motivates you to not give give up or give in? I have 2 both are Katy Perry songs. Firework and Roar. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:58:01 EST non scale victory! I had a non scale victory of sorts last night. I was reading a diet book around Christmas time and I had made a chart like the book recommended of my weight and measurements. On the chart was an area for my current weight loss, my weight loss after one month, after six months and after one year. I had forgot about making the chart or even reading the book for that matter until I stumbled upon this chart. I was surprised when I looked at the chart and saw how far I had come since December. In ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:51:23 EST The POWER of Moderation Today has been a STRONG & AMAZING day 4 me. I have allowed myself 2 slightly indulge, & it has lifted a weight off of me that I have been carting around for the last 7 days! I have had NO SUGAR, or PROCESSED foods/CARBS & I've FOUGHT off those cravings ALL WEEK! I decided today that I need 2 learn 2 embrace MODERATION, Have it, ENJOY it & just B Done with it! I'm MORE Mentally focused right now then I have been when I started last Sunday. MY Sailor doesn't follow ANY eating plan & sometimes i... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:39:40 EST WooHoo! Accomplished a milestone! My milestone is to break the 200s. Got my fingers crossed! <em>104</em> Four pounds to go and it's taking forever to drop! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:30:59 EST .... Hi! Currently in university has a super rough semester and gained some weight back after my initial weight loss. I plateaued from fatigue I think from my previous attempt. I have a problem with pain and soreness from workout's and its super deterring for me. I have to work on my diet cause I have a sweet tooth. Enough Rambling! Ally 23 currently 227 gained two pound already and I have been working out :(. Diet ! Diet Diet! Sigh.... <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:50:34 EST Your successful weight loss tips! Post here! Good Morning, <BR> <BR> ***This post is for anytime in your life when you successfully lost weight*** <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My Successful tips: <BR> <BR> #1 Setting a calorie range for myself not to exceed; for instance setting a 1400 calorie range diet per day and not skipping any meals helps me greatly. Notating everything I eat daily so I can stay on top of my calorie intake. <BR> <BR> #2 EXERCISE, EXERCISE, <em>104</em> there is no getting around this. I like to aim for 60 minu... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:39:35 EST blogs I'm thinking on starting a blog to track my weight loss battle. If I do this it will be in July after I move to CT and get settled in my new home. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on how often I should post and if it is okay to kinda use it as a diary of how things are going. Any feedback is appreciated. You are all inspiring me to stay on track, even when I fall off here and there. Thanks. <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:22:48 EST How do you stay on track all the time? I am in need of some ideas to remain on track all the time. I am doing good with the exercise portion of it. I have been getting in exercise around 5 days a week since september. However, when it comes to the healthy eating and staying within my calorie limits I don't do as well. I will do well for a week at a time then do not so well for a week. I have lost and regained the same 5 pounds since April. I feel like I'm getting nowhere lol. I know I cant give up and I don't even want to gi... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:33:04 EST What was the last movie you saw? Did you like it? Avengers Age of Ultron! It was a good movie but I like the very first one the best! I guess it's nothing more better than watching an original for the first time! <em>224</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:36:29 EST What did you have for breakfast today? <em>481</em> <em>474</em> What I will have a few hours from now. Some good old classic oatmeal! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:24:50 EST Pre-Diabetes Friends plz share your journey here. I wanted to create this post to stop and prevent pre-diabetes as well as diabetes. This is a serious condition and many people do not even realize they have it. I was first diagnosed with this condition three years ago and within a year was able to drop my blood sugar levels from 5.9 to 5.5 it took much hard work and determination but I was able to get it done. Basically 5.6 and below are healthy numbers according to my Doctor. I was slightly disappointed when I found out my condition returne... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:34:53 EST Fitness Fun "Post your funnies here" <img src=""> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:45:05 EST Any healthy snack suggestions? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One suggestion I have is <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also love smoked Gouda cheese...Oh my goodness I never been a cheese fan but I love this cheese. I may cut up two slices, along with a green apple, and green tea. Love it! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:41:43 EST Where is everyone from? I was born and raised in California. I have lived in Oregon, Indiana, Tennessee, and have been in Kentucky off and on for 13 years. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:17:06 EST What did you do on your 21st birthday? Went to the club and got turned up <em>246</em> Meaning had a blast! <em>244</em> <em>335</em> <em>346</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:50:31 EST What are some of your favorite websites? #1 Google <em>246</em> Sorry <BR> #2 <BR> #3 SparkPeople <em>224</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:48:06 EST Where do see yourself one month from now? 199 Pounds wearing a beautiful <em>346</em> <em>551</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:48:55 EST What are you truly passionate about? Fulfilling what I was called to do! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:44:19 EST What do you think about more than anything else? My future <em>88</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:42:48 EST What was one of the best days of your life? When I was 23 years old and saw the ultra sound picture of my daughter.. <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 01:19:26 EST What is the wisest thing you heard someone say? Nothing beats a failure but a try! <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 01:15:28 EST Having a rough go of it. In the last couple of weeks I have hit a downward slide. I was going along doing great and then I fell and hit a bad backslide. I have no motivation, no energy, and suddenly no will power. It started when I got hurt overdoing the landscaping. I couldn't move for a couple of days but I was eating right. Then my parents were driving out from Oregon and had a car accident totaling the car in Utah. Both are alive but broken bones and lots of pain for them both. That same day I received a phone ca... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:26:35 EST Thank you for inviting me <em>524</em> I am trying to familiarize my self here. It looks so positive and loving. <BR> <BR> I had lost 70 lbs a few years back it brought me to 190, after going on insulin I ended up at 238. Crappy stuff happening made me not care about myself so much, but now I am fighting back..a week and a half ago I was down to 221 and am hoping to have gone lower by now. <BR> <BR> I am on my recumbent bike every morning from 15 minutes to an hour, and do arm weights about 3 times a week. I man... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:13:00 EST Gain 1/2 pound A bit discouraged today. I've been working really hard this week and hoped to have lost a few pounds but I gained 1/2 pound. I know where I went wrong so I'm a bit down. I think it is also because we are having a very gloomy day outside and it is suppose to get cooler this week. Hopefully, I can get myself in a good mood. I know I can lose this 1/2 pound but it is just my mood today. Take care all. Fri, 29 May 2015 15:07:16 EST Which childhood movie or show do you still love? "THE GOONIES" <em>224</em> Thu, 28 May 2015 07:38:52 EST What is your favorite vacation or hang out spot? I would have to say "Hollywood". We had so much fun <em>244</em> even though we stood in line for hours trying to get into the "Price is Right" <em>246</em> They turned us around.... for they already reached their quota for the morning taping; however they gave us free tickets to return the next day but we had to fly out! Thu, 28 May 2015 07:34:19 EST What's the most important lesson you learned? Stop worrying about things I have no control over, and fix the things I can control. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 08:58:50 EST If you really knew me, you'd know I've been knocked down so many so many ways, but refuse to give up!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 08:51:44 EST What gives you joy? #1. Knowing that there are still good people in this world. <BR> #2. Relying on Gods strength when I fall short. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:04:58 EST What is your biggest distraction with weight loss? Time Management <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 19 May 2015 06:00:51 EST What is the best compliment you ever received? "You are a kind genuine person don't ever change" <em>252</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:41:34 EST What is the best gift you ever received? On valentines day "2015" my 10 year old daughter made me a card that said mommy I love you, you are <em>104</em> ! I was blown away for it completely caught me off guard <em>2</em> I cried she didn't see it but it really did something to my spirit...and this was the beginning where I hit the reset button and started focusing my thoughts back on my health. This reminded me that how we see ourselves does not determine how others see us... <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <e... Mon, 18 May 2015 06:32:21 EST Where do you see yourself a year from today? Stronger, and 50 pounds lighter would be <em>345</em> !! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:26:01 EST A book on your life, what would the title be? "The Power of Forgiveness" <em>247</em> <BR> Once I learned how to forgive people especially from things that happen in my childhood I was able to move forward in my healing and growth. Mon, 18 May 2015 06:20:01 EST What's your dream job? Christian Ministry <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:12:40 EST What would constitute a perfect day for you? Accomplishing my daily goals and helping someone in the process. <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:09:56 EST For Fun! Describe one embarrassing moment u had. LOL I laughed out loud just thinking about it..Okay when me and my husband first started dating back in "2001" he came to visit me at work one day. I was standing guard in front of the ships I was talking to him I saw a fellow employee walking fast who needed to be let in through our ships pier gate.... for she was carrying a bunch of boxes in her hands...Okay so in the mist of this I ran a few paces to open the gate for her and in the process I slipped ...not only did I slip my sli... Sat, 16 May 2015 09:22:21 EST What is the last picture you took on your cell? Just the other day I was driving under a tunnel during a sever thunderstorm and as I drove out of the tunnel before me appeared this beautiful "Double Rainbow" I had to snap it. It was simply breath taking! Thu, 14 May 2015 06:35:41 EST Going back in time..What year would you go to?? 1989 <em>224</em> I was nine years old and life was simply a BIG FUN GAME <em>247</em> Thu, 14 May 2015 06:33:14 EST What is your biggest success up until now? I have two daughters one age 6 one age 11. My oldest daughter has "Auditory Processing Disorder" and ADHD..To make a very long story short she went from not talking until she was four years old....being in all Special Education classes back in 2010. Now she has fully transitioned out of Special Education to a regular classroom setting making Honor Roll and receiving numerous awards within the last couple of years. Her medical condition improved by 85% <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The reason why... Thu, 14 May 2015 06:24:26 EST End of the day Goal Accomplishments Here! What was your goal accomplishments for the day? <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 07:01:08 EST If you won the lottery what would you do first? Most likely black out <em>246</em> Hopefully I'm in the comfort of my own home when this happens! <em>246</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 06:58:39 EST What is your favorite book of all time? I've read so many great books through the years but if I had to pick one it would be the Bible! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 06:54:39 EST What is your best memory? Going to visit my grandparents every summer in Philadelphia as a child. <em>211</em> During summer breaks I would go and visit them and I had such a wonderful time. The trip was so peaceful and fun and I felt so loved! No matter how hard thing was for me growing up as a child knowing I had that summer trip to look forward to greatly balanced everything out! <em>345</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 06:40:49 EST Check In WooHoo Your exercise of the Day?? 60 minutes mixture of cardio and strength at the GYM!! Remember whatever your aim is start slow than gradually increase... <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 12:25:24 EST Game For The Day Solve Sentences and Win Some Goodies <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Check out the Emoticon for clues!! <BR> <BR> #1. ILEF SI UTIAEBLUF <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> #2. EOLV FLESUORY NDA BEEVEIL <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Bonus Sentence: <BR> <BR> #3. SNOITMOE LIWL OTN TEG NI EHT YAW FO YM SSENPPAH <em>46</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Whoever solve all three first is our first "Loving Myself" game winner! <em>244</em> <em>3... Sun, 10 May 2015 00:58:01 EST Where do you see yourself three months from now? A Happier healthier version of me!! Also a size 12 would be nice <em>224</em> <em>386</em> <em>33</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 00:42:38 EST Most unexpected thing someone has done for you When I pulled up to pay for my order at Starbucks the cashier informed me that the car in front of me already paid for it. Needless to say I was very confused <em>101</em> I said are you sure? I think you may have the wrong person. The cashier said no worries it's paid...I was like well okay than <em>224</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 00:32:44 EST If your life was a song which one would it be? Destiny Child "I'm a Survivor" <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 00:24:18 EST What is Your Goal workout for today? Stair Climbing 10 Minutes <BR> Kettle Bell Boot Camp Workout 20 Minutes <BR> Toning exercises 10 min to include "Arm Circles, and Crunches" <em>104</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 08:35:07 EST Best Health Advice if you ever received? If I was stranded on a Island and had to choice between two things to eat to keep me alive one more healthier than the other most likely I will choose the healthier item; therefore why should my present choices be any different? Sat, 9 May 2015 07:43:28 EST Weekly Weigh In Here : ) Weekly weigh in here!! <BR> <BR> You can select a start day here. I recommend either starting on a Monday or Wednesday. <BR> Please either post your "Weight Loss" tracker here after you weigh in or simply post "Starting Weight and present Weight with the date" This way we can keep track of our team progress : ) Be mindful that if you gained weight or stayed the same please still post!! That's why we're here to discuss these things and see what's going on!! For it can be a number of reasons a... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:36:55 EST WE CAN, WE WILL, WE MUST. Lets Talk Healthy!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> On my journey in getting healthy there has been much trial and error. I'm finally seeing steady positive results and just wanted to share a few of these steps with you guys! Please feel free to share yours, we would love to know <em>224</em> : <BR> <BR> 1. Even if I'm having a bad day such as cheating on my diet, feeling down, etc.....I STILL WORKOUT....If we can mentally condition ourselves to work out on our bad ... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:30:12 EST Our game of the day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hidden Item Game!! <em>244</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 00:27:32 EST What's New? Feel free to discuss anything that's on your mind. Also if anyone have any prayer requests! <em>220</em> please post here! Fri, 8 May 2015 00:21:11 EST Team Articles for the Day : ) Choosing a weight loss program: <em>101</em> <BR> <BR><BR>loss-programs.htm <BR> <BR> Seven habits of highly organized people: <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> http://www.operationorganizationbyheidi.<BR>com/2011/09/7-habits-of-highly-organiz<BR>ed-people.html Fri, 8 May 2015 00:11:06 EST What do you love about yourself? My Endurance <em>104</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:48:18 EST Weekly Weight Monitoring "Lets get on that scale" Starting Weight 218 <BR> Current Weight 210 <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:45:21 EST What is your daily exercise goal? Cardio mixed with strength training 60 min daily. Mind you I started our gradually and worked my way up to this point! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:42:49 EST Your top three areas of renovation 1. Lack of consistency <em>198</em> <BR> 2. Organization <BR> 3. Trusting others Thu, 7 May 2015 12:39:33 EST Emoticon an obstacle your facing <em>91</em> <em>102</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:36:48 EST Why is self love so important? We have to love ourselves in order to like ourselves! This is where positive changes start <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:33:58 EST What are your goals and aspirations? To become a better version of myself both spiritually, physically, and mentally! Thu, 7 May 2015 12:29:36 EST What made you join the self love team? I wanted to share with others the importance of loving who we are, accepting who we are, and having the strength to know we can accomplish anything we put our mind to!! <em>381</em> <em>224</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:26:03 EST Any health concerns?? Currently I'm a Pre-Diabetic and I'm working really hard to take care of this condition. I've been diagnosed with this first at the age of 32 and was able to defeat it with hard work and exercise. I just recently went back to the Doctor and found out that I'm borderline high cholesterol and my Pre-Diabetes made its appearance again. I'm working hard to defeat this. I'm also diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and it's currently being maintained. These concerns will not get me down! For I'm strong a... Thu, 7 May 2015 12:21:40 EST What steps have you taken to improve your health? As soon as I wake up I meditate by putting God first thinking about all he has done for me. <BR> I workout daily, and treat others how I wish to be treated!! <em>224</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:17:37 EST How can we become more positive? Stop looking at everything that's wrong and focus on the things that's right. <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:10:19 EST Questions or Concerns?? <em>198</em> Any questions are concerns please post here! We're here to help! <em>306</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 12:05:28 EST New Members be sure to check your page settings!! <em>235</em> For all the new members please be sure to check your settings on your SparkPeople edit page. This way you can receive friend requests and invite others to view your page. Below is an example of the page securities: <BR> <BR> <BR> Only allow my SparkFriends to see my page <BR> Turn my page offline <BR> Link to my recent message board posts <BR> Allow comments on my page (you have ability to delete) <BR> Email me when I receive a comment (on my page, a photo, or blog), Spa... Thu, 7 May 2015 12:02:12 EST Word game. Take the last letter of the word and make a new word for example. <BR> apple <BR> elephant Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:21:57 EST Did you huddle with the team today. yes Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:20:03 EST Hugs Hug someone today. For me it was nervous time for me but it is getting better. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:19:06 EST Daily "Streak" check-in I just wanted a place to keep track of my 2 new streaks, which are <BR> 1) staying in my calorie range and <BR> 2) walking my dog everyday <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 on both! <BR> YAY, me! Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:37:26 EST I'm battling Demons. "You're a pretty girl you know" I was told, two weekends ago. I paused. For a moment I thought he was speaking to somebody else, somebody behind me. Then I wondered, "what does he want?" failing that, the voice in my head told me. "Eh, he is only telling you that because you're his friend." I smiled awkwardly "...thank you" I replied, practised, having learned to reply gracefully to compliments, while my inside wanted to scream "oh, my hair is a mess, and I'm feeling bloated, and fat and excu... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:56:12 EST Self Love Hello! I am new to this team, and new to Sparkpeople. I have come to realize that self love needs to be the foundation of my weight loss, and am happy to find a group with the theme of self love. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 14:28:06 EST Into to Extreme Self Love Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so really happy to have found this Team. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and activity. Glad that we have found each other on this journey! <BR> <BR> Cheers,... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:35:29 EST Huzzah! New to this team, not to spark, have been on and off here for years. Full disclosure on my current user name, am NOT a chef, just a person trying to learn to cook more at home now that my career life is less busy. <BR> <BR> Was browsing teams a while ago and can't tell you how the concept of "extreme self love" lept out at moi, as I am very down today for some reason. <BR> <BR> I do suffer from extreme self love lol ... most of the time ... it is a good thing to suffer from. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:32:31 EST Hi! I'm Eydie. I just realized that I've had this team photo on my bathroom wall for years with the caption "What matters most is how you see yourself." It's been a long journey but I finally love myself and see myself as worthy. I finally truly understand that taking care of myself, eating well, exercising, and all those "worldly" things are important ways to show love for ourselves. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:12:58 EST Lose 5% over 12 weeks This is a challenge I got from a fellow Sparker. <BR> <BR> The goal is to lose 5% of your weight over the next 8 weeks. For me, that means losing just 11 lbs. My final goal is to lose 106 lbs and that can be pretty intimidating, but 5% of my weight is really do-able! <BR> <BR> So today, I re-set my spark goal to lose just 11 lbs over the next 8 weeks, and I am going to commit to tracking my calories, staying within my limits, and exercising everyday, for the next 8 weeks. I want to weigh ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:23:13 EST Hump Day Challenge Wednesday is halfway through the week and some of us start losing our "ooomph" about then, so I thought everyone might enjoy a short, week long challenge--starting every Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Since today is Wednesday, I have a challenge for us for the week: <BR> Everyday this week, get at least half an hour of cardio exercise. It can be anything you want to do (biking, dancing, running, walking, treadmill, etc) but it should be enough to get your heart pumping and make you sweat at least a ... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:05:17 EST Daily Team Chat Man...I can say yesterday was not a ME day. <BR> Being grandparents my husband and I babysat our grandtwins for 10hours!!!! <BR> I was in bed by 8pm...i <em>102</em> <BR> A real workout up and down the stairs...and running after them...omg..they are not 2yrs. old yet.. <em>198</em> <BR> We enjoyed them...and I made ME FIRST today.. <em>271</em> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great day... <BR> It's raining and cloudy..and resting my achey body... :-) Wed, 9 May 2012 14:54:59 EST Hello/Barb b/Delaware :-) Hi.. <BR> I'm Barb from Delaware..Just turned 60 and it's time to start caring for me <em>104</em> <BR> I am thrilled to have found this group... <BR> Hope to get to know everyone...Barb <em>188</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 21:28:49 EST Hello! Hello Team! <BR> My name is Raquel I', 28 years old. I'm single and I want to achieve this new superhealthy lifesityle before I turn 30, but, my low self esteem gets in the way. That's why I joined this team, Im looking forward to participate and get inspired by all of the team members. <BR> Sat, 5 May 2012 16:17:49 EST Turning negatives into positives. I created this thread because I caught myself doing some negative self talk today. I was thinking, "I tend to be impulsive..." and I tried to correct it to something more positive but I couldn't seem to change it, because I really do act impulsively sometimes. <BR> <BR> But then I remembered that being impulsive is also being spontaneous. And spontaneity is a wonderful thing! <BR> <BR> So this thread is to help us learn to think of ourselves and describe ourselves in positive terms. If you ... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 14:23:04 EST 10 Commandments for Healthier Eating This is adapted from the Nutritional Article about 10 Commandments for Parents when feeding their kids. This 10 Commandments is more about feeding yourself in a more healthful way: <BR> <BR> 1) I will not "force" myself to eat anything <BR> <BR> 2) I will include 5 fruits and veggies, 3 whole grains, and 3 servings of calcium rich foods in my diet each day <BR> <BR> 3) I will take responsibility for the planning, preparation, and cleanup of my meals--and I'll make it enjoyable! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 07:41:47 EST Hi from Angel Hi everyone! <BR> I saw this group on my friend CurvyElvie's list and it sounds perfect for me. :) <BR> I am trying to put myself first so I can take better care of others. I have a 5 year old. My mom thinks I need to skip doing any 5Ks so I can be there all the time for my son and I don't see why I can't get some help to watch him once in awhile so I can do a 5K. <BR> <BR> I'm at 243 lbs today. Proud of 3 lbs gone this week! Total loss of 6 lbs in March. <BR> I did my first 5K yesterday - P... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 22:22:13 EST 5-Minute Pep Talk vs Self Love Meditation This was a comment I put in a thread and I wanted other ppl to see it so I am making it a post here. Please DO NOT REPLY to this post because it will get buried and folks won't see it. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many folks know the difference between a "pep talk" and a "self love meditation" so I thought it would be useful if I clarified it: <BR> <BR> Pep Talk: <BR> Using positive self talk, and keeping it up for 5 minutes. I open a word document and continually type positive "bullets" unti... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 22:09:58 EST hey peeps :) i'm josie. i'm 30 and live in indianapolis, indiana. i was on sparky (that's what I call it) a long long time ago. it worked then, and then i fell of track. not sure why i never came back, but here i am, and this team sounds AWESOME!! Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:27:29 EST April challenge This first month's challenge is to help us just get started taking control of our (emotional) eating patterns. For April, all we are going to do is plan our meals ahead, and then follow the plan. We can do this planning in the tracker, so we'll all be tracking our nutrition and by the end of April we should have really mastered it! <BR> <BR> For this challenge, you will need to plan your nutrition ahead and follow the plan, 8 days out of 10 (80% of the time). So by the end of April, you shou... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:43:53 EST Good morning from Mississippi!!! Hey y'all! My name is Amanda, I am 28 years old, and I am a married mother of three girls, ages 10, 7, and 5. I have been married to my (sometimes) wonderful husband for eleven years and we work together, so we are literally together TWENTY FOUR/SEVEN!!! <BR> <BR> I have always had self esteem problems and problems telling people NO when I should. I joined this team to meet others like me. I have let people walk all over me for most of my life, and I am tired of it. I will be thirty next yea... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:12:57 EST First Challenge: Membership Drive! We only have about a week left of March, and I would like to use this short time for our first challenge: It's time to get some new members to join our team! Lets aim for at least 3 new members each, and if you know others who would enjoy and benefit from, this team, invite them!!! <BR> <BR> Then beginning next month, we'll have a 30 day challenge each month so we can focus on one aspect of taking care of ourselves, and really make it a habit! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:14:57 EST Self help (or other) book you are reading I'm working on building up my confidence so I have a lot of that kind of book at the moment but what I am reading right now is called "Get Anyone to Do Anything" by David J. Lieberman. It's not that I want to be a control freak, I am just tired of ppl ignoring me and treating me with no respect, and these kinds of books are about developing leadership and charisma traits. I haven't actually started it yet and I hope it's good. I'll let you know tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:29:39 EST Did you reward yourself today and how? I gave myself a sparkly green clover sticker for my calendar and one square (1/4 serving) of a Lindt 70% cocoa bar. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:16:53 EST Beauty Focus for the month This is a place to make a commitment to your beauty and appearance. If you have let yourself go, then NOW is the time to start taking better care of yourself! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:23:32 EST Overcoming Emotional Eating This is a place for activities and goals that will help us all develop healthier relationships with food. Some of the challenges I have planned are: <BR> <BR> 1. journaling about WHY you are eating, BEFORE you eat. <BR> <BR> 2. a self affirming Hindu meal prayer or a similar prayer of your choice <BR> <BR> 3. eating mindfully <BR> <BR> 4. focusing on fullness <BR> <BR> 5. changing your comfort foods <BR> <BR> 6. other suggestions? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:51:53 EST 5 things I am proud of, or love about myself today Today I <BR> 1. got up and made myself a healthy breakfast <BR> 2. made a commitment to change my life <BR> 3. complimented myself for cleaning house last night <BR> 4. planned something fun and active to do with my son Dominic today (rollar skating) <BR> 5. started this team <BR> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:13:02 EST My name is Reina.. Hi, I'm Reina! <BR> I'm originally from Texas, but currently I live in Wisconsin. I am 48 years old, a college student, and the mother of 2 teen boys and 2 adult girls. I'm pagan, I dream of homesteading, and I am an outdoorsy, adventurous kind of girl. I'm tired of putting myself down and putting myself last, and I am not going to abuse my body any more! I am committed to building my self esteem and learning to love myself. I hope to find others that feel like I do! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:00:45 EST Basic Care This is a challenge to take the best possible care of yourself, inside and out. The goal is to provide yourself with the same loving care you would give to your child. Use this thread to post your "Daily 5": <BR> <BR> 1. Feed yourself well: a nutrient-dense diet rich in veggies and fresh fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthful fats. It has to be beautiful and delicious, and you must give yourself enough time to eat it in peace. Aim for at least 5 fruits and veggies a day. Aim for ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:22:38 EST Self-Love Meditation Once each day, just take a moment to thank your body for being there for you. As you rub lotion into your skin, thank your legs for taking you everywhere even when you have neglected them. As you use a loofah or pumice stone, thank your feet for holding you up even when you have allowed yourself to be too heavy. Thank your body for "being there" for you. It sounds a little funny but you will be AMAZED at the transformation in how you begin to feel about yourself. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:12:25 EST What gift did you give yourself today? This is a place to post a daily gift. It should usually be an act of nurturing or an experience, with only an occasional gift of a purchase. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:09:19 EST Did you give yourself a 5 minute pep talk today? Replace that negative self talk with affirmative action! Post if you gave yourself a pep talk today. Here's an example of a GREAT pep talk, to get you started: <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:05:05 EST