SparkPeople SP Class of August 5-11, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56148 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from August 5-11, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 5-11, 2012 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=56148 Did you join Spark on August 5th 2012? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x56322216 I've been adding Spark points to this Team each day as I log in, and I realize that I don't even check out this team. So, when I checked into it today to see what is happening - I see that it is labeled as an inactive team looking for an active leader. So now I am wondering how many people who joined on August 5th 2012 - as I did - are still checking out this team. Are there any challenges that Aug 5th people are involved with that may help me to get motivated? It is time for me to get mo... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:44:08 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50831135 <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, 14 Nov 2012 21:20:30 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50818075 <BR> <BR> 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! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:39:21 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50805378 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to do one or more of these below.... <BR> <BR> 1-POST SOMETHING INSPIRATION ON YOUR TEAM HUDDLE AREA. <BR> <BR> 2-Send out an encouraging word for your fellow team members. <BR> <BR> 3- Give a goodie to a team member <BR> <BR> Your words just might help someone that is struggling with food, exercise, or motivation. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:32:10 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50783374 <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you!! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. <BR> Your activity, intensity, and duration are up to you. This could be as easy as a brisk walk, or as tough as a spinning class. It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:39:05 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50751825 <BR> 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, 8 Nov 2012 23:37:53 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50737227 <BR> 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> *Pole walking <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! <BR> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:30:49 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50723407 <BR> 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 & 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, 6 Nov 2012 23:10:54 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50707842 <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. 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, 5 Nov 2012 21:38:40 EST Listen While You Spark to SparkPeople Radio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x50706274 Listen While You Spark (or Anytime) with SparkPeople Radio <BR> Monday, November 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Hey, SparkPeople members! <BR> Are you ready to get sparked like you've never been sparked before? <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce the launch of SparkPeople Radio, a premium on-demand radio show that lets you listen to our latest and greatest content anytime! This is unlike anything we've done before, though we have done radio interviews in the past. This time, we have our OWN SHOW, desi... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:55:23 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50689848 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TACKLE THINGS ON YOUR TO DO LIST. <BR> Make a list. Get busy. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:24:26 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50652131 <BR> <BR> Have a happy Friday! <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! <BR> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 23:33:25 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50637386 <BR> Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> How did you do with your October cardio minutes If you are unsure, go back in the archives for the October cardio minutes and see what you accomplished in October. <BR> <BR> Your challenge TODAY is to make a challenge for yourself for November cardio minutes. This is your personal challenge. Don't worry about what others are challenging themselves. Post what you think is a good goal for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Thursday! <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:43:05 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50622729 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> *Taking out the recycle for an elderly neighbor <BR> *Giving the person in front of you the change they are short <BR> *Striking up a polite conversation with a complete stranger, and wishing them a good day <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PASS IT ON! <BR> Throw out random acts of kindness. <BR> With all of the craziness on the news and in our lives, it feels pretty good to spread the smiles around you. <BR> <BR> Once you read this, put on a ha... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:56:45 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x50608216 BPH gets me up 4 - 5 times a night and the dopamine agonists I take for RLS keep me up. That 's why I have to get to bed now. I was up very early. Also, I have friends in New York City I am worried about. Sorry to dwell on my troubles. I'll take time to read the board tomorrow. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:33:20 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50607821 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit & vegetable group. 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. Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possible too. <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:01:08 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50585646 <BR> Happy Monday 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> t is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:37:25 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50554030 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work on your CORE areas (i.e. stomach, back, sides). These are the areas that most of us have trouble with. <BR> <BR> Exercising your core helps your posture 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 worked ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:57:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50538523 <BR> <BR> 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. Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a HYDRATING Thursday! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:10:11 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50524960 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> Have a FANTASTIC Wed... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:30:42 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50508485 <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, 22 Oct 2012 22:31:11 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50485330 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> *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> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:10:19 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50453309 <BR> Happy Friday 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 Friday! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:49:29 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50436595 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! The mid time of each month, we take our measurements. 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> Suggested... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:56:26 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50422888 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> We ALL do it...."eyeball" portion sizes and guess the approximate size of what we have eaten. However, when we "guess" that we are eating a cup of cereal, are we really? Is it more like 1.5 cups of cereal? That extra .5 cups adds more calories to our day. Calories that we aren't keeping track of. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to first get out your: <BR> <BR> measuring cups, measuring spoons, and kitchen scale <BR> <BR> After you have done that, ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:35:29 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50407403 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you eating enriched, white flour in your foods? If you are, STOP!!! 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 & 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. When I go shoppin... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:18:07 EST You Can Now Connect Your Fitbit to SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x50406745 <BR> You Can Now Connect Your Fitbit to SparkPeople! <BR> Monday, October 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today we are THRILLED to announce that we have partnered with Fitbit, a market leader in fitness devices. Fitbit has a full line of tracking devices to help you automatically and wirelessly track your distance, steps, calories burned and even fitness minutes. There are a lot of fitness tracking devices out there, but some products stand well above the othe... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:40:11 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50387233 <BR> 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! 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 kick boxing,martial a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:50:29 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50352108 <BR> <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? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 23:05:33 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50337785 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your week is almost over. How are you holding up? Are you needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. Hmm....that's a GREAT IDEA! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. <BR> Have one in the morning after your body has used the energy from your breakfast. <BR> Have a healthy snack during the late afternoon when your body is startin... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:22:48 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50322011 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Let's get a little creative and help each other at the same time. <BR> <BR> 1) Get some paper, scissors, and a pen <BR> 2) Find a jar, small box, or small container <BR> 3) Cut your paper into strips. You should get about 20 on a 8x11 sheet <BR> 4) Come up with ideas of things you can do INSTEAD OF EATING RIGHT NOW <BR> <BR> The idea here is that when you are bored, frustrated, sad, angry, etc. and ARE NOT REALLY HUNGRY (your tummy isn't growling), y... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:13:27 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50305497 <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. 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> So how many points did you get today,come and share....... <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday!! <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:12:07 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50281938 <BR> Happy Monday 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> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:37:15 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50248093 Have a happy Friday! <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> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 23:09:42 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50233026 <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. <BR> Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! <BR> Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> Tell us what you did for "YOU" <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <BR> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:15:05 EST Thank You for Voting for SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x50232290 Thank You for Voting for SparkPeople! <BR> Wednesday, October 03, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, we told you that SparkPeople was a finalist in the OMMA Awards (Online Media, Marketing & Advertising) for Website Excellence. We asked you to help us Spread the Spark by logging on and voting for us in the Members' Choice Award category. <BR> <BR> And vote you did! SparkPeople members logged on to show their support by voting for SparkPeople. SparkPeople received an “unpreced... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:18:12 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50216351 <BR> Happy Wednesday 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? <BR> How much is that for a month? <BR> Can you increase that for the month of October? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to 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 2012. <BR> Don't put off until tomorrow, w... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:19:24 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50199071 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit & vegetable group. 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. Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possible too. <BR... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:25:19 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50170374 <BR> <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> *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> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Mond... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 09:58:50 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50141711 <BR> <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? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:16:32 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50125511 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Sodium. It seems to be in almost everything we eat. Even foods that aren't necessarily salty, have sodium in them. Are you reading your labels? Are you watching your sodium? <BR> <BR> Why is sodium good for you? The body uses sodium to: <BR> <BR> *Regulate blood pressure and blood volume <BR> *Help maintain the right balance of fluids in your body <BR> *Help transmit nerve impulses <BR> *Influence the contraction and relaxation of muscles <BR> *Sodium... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:23:15 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50110084 <BR> 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 & 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 Sep 2012 23:33:20 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50093866 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to accomplish these THREE (3) things: <BR> <BR> *Read Today's Feature <BR> *Do the Exercise of the Day <BR> *Read (feel free to also post) on one of the Message Board Hot Topics <BR> <BR> Pretty simple, huh? YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:05:27 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50068002 <BR> Happy Monday 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. It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 12:03:09 EST a struggle to stay started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x50039734 hello, ive been using this site for a little bit now, and thought I should introduce myself and get a few friends here to help motivate myself to stay trying, . I am really struggling to get the first 10 pound off. ive gone backnd forth with 8 for about 2 months, so I need to kick things in gear and really do this this time. I would love any friend requests, thanks for listening. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:48:15 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50033732 <BR> <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? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> <BR> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:12:10 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50016205 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! The mid time of each month, we take our measurements. 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> Sug... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:32:28 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x50001186 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEND OUT THREE (3) SPARK GOODIES TO THREE RANDOM MEMBERS. It is preferable that you send these goodies to members that you don't usually correspond with. These could be three people on three different boards. These people could be new members. These people could be ones that are asking for guidance/motivation in their blog. <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:58:32 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49984457 <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, 17 Sep 2012 22:29:53 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49961198 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT. <BR> Today would be a great day to: <BR> <BR> *Clean house <BR> *Put away laundry <BR> *Go through your house for items to donate <BR> *Clean out the fridge & pantry of tempting foods <BR> *Wash & detail your car <BR> *Garden <BR> *Clean off your desk <BR> *Go through junk mail in your electronic and postal boxes <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:11:51 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49925830 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn off AT LEAST 300 CALORIES. Get moving! Here are some suggestions that can get your body on the move: <BR> <BR> *Take the stairs instead of the elevator <BR> *Park your car far out in the parking lot <BR> *Walk or take your bike to work or school <BR> *Walk on your lunch break or after dinner <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Do strength exercises while you are waiting for a commercial to end <BR> <BR> You get the id... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:47:43 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49909410 <BR> 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 tim... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:26:19 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49889033 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you know anyone that needs ENCOURAGEMENT? <BR> Don't think just in terms of your job. Think about family, friends, or even a stranger that could use some encouragement, advice, or even a reassuring hug . <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to OFFER ENCOURAGEMENT TO SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE <BR> <BR> Keep any negative words to yourself. <BR> Offer only kindness, sound advice, and praise. <BR> By lifting up another, you help yourself as well. <B... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:18:47 EST 30 YR OLD WITH A BMI OF 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49884595 Hi everyone, I'm kennie. I currently weigh 240 lbs and Im just 30 yrs old. Sometimes I really hate myself for the person that I have become today. I know that I lack discipline and motivation. I need help because I want to be healthy. I really do. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:56:30 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49872241 <BR> 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! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:31:59 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49843470 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> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:37:59 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49806652 <BR> Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. <BR> This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. <BR> The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Great Friday! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:49:19 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49788866 <BR> <BR> 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. Take a sip here and there. Before you know it, you have had your water for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a HYDRATING Thursday! <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:28:18 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49775193 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR ABDOMINAL (and Obliques) MUSCLES. <BR> Do at least (3) different exercises (12-15 reps each) that target these areas. <BR> Feel free to use: stability ball, weighted vest , weights, gym equipment, and/or resistance bands for more challenging exercises. <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:15:53 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49757038 <BR> <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... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:28:48 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49736199 <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> *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> ****always remember to work at your own pace and fitness level**** <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <B... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:26:30 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49702027 <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 30-45 minutes of cardio today? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:58:49 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49686477 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you have a list of OTHER GOALS for you to do each day? <BR> Did you know that you have this "virtual check list" on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> Go to your Sparkpoints review page. You will find all the areas where you can rack-up daily Sparkpoints. One of these areas is TRACK OTHER GOALS. Your challenge today is to get those goals done. <BR> <BR> This is your personal list, so you can have items pertaining to you, your home, your work, etc. As an exa... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:18:04 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49671179 <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". 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 you... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:41:59 EST New Videos--Plus SparkPoints for watching.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49661303 New, Better-than-Ever Videos--Plus SparkPoints for Watching! <BR> Tuesday, August 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning, everyone! <BR> <BR> We're excited to unveil today a redesign of our video pages! Our videos are now easier to browse, thanks to tags and categories that separate them by body focus, intensity level, type of workout/video and more. <BR> <BR> We've also added new videos from our partner Everwell that cover various nutrition and wellness topics as chosen by our edito... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:04:38 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49656457 <BR> Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to get moving..... <BR> 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, 27 Aug 2012 23:29:00 EST hey there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49654162 Hi everyone! Just thought I would take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Kayla, hailing from Terre Haute, IN. I'm currently balancing graduate school, my new life with my fiance, and a healthy lifestyle. My current goal is to just become more healthy, in both my body and my mind. I'd love to become more active around the forums, but I'm kinda shy, so give me time! I hope to get to know you guys and make a few friends! <BR> <BR> -Kayla Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:38:40 EST Check Out SP Coach Nicole in SELF Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49652019 Check Out SparkPeople's Coach Nicole in SELF Magazine <BR> Monday, August 27, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> In case you haven't heard the news yet, we're thrilled to tell you that Coach Nicole is currently featured in the September issue of SELF magazine—on newsstands now. Our very own fitness expert designed the cardio and strengthening workout plan for the SELF Diet Club, a weight-loss plan that combines a calorie-controlled diet along with Coach Nicole's... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:05:20 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49632811 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW. <BR> Do something fun, and creative. How about: <BR> <BR> *Work on your hobby <BR> *Plant in your yard or in a pot <BR> *Try a new recipe <BR> *Try a new hobby <BR> *Try a new exercise <BR> *Try a new Spark Team <BR> *Crank up the music and dance (it is okay if you make up your own style LOL!) <BR> *Sew <BR> *Move the furniture around <BR> *Go to the mall and try on an outfit you normally wouldn't we... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:16:21 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49598280 <BR> 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> Enjoy the special dishes that you don't usually have throughout the year. <BR> Don't beat yourself up for having something that isn't "diet friendly". <BR> Instead, have a small portion and savor it. ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:21:17 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49582374 <BR> 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 tim... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:49:36 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49565930 <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> BURN OFF THOSE "Summer" 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> ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:41:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49558042 I'm beginning the lose-the-weight journey, the weight that I gained with my 3rd child. I can't blame it on the pregnancy anymore since my daughter will be 3 in a month. lol. So, here I am ready to go! I've been at this a couple of weeks, and I'm trying to keep on keeping on. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:36:27 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49551828 <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> <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> Come back and tell us how many points you got... <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR>... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:47:52 EST Tips for travelling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49535194 Typically travelling is my most dangerous time. It's harder for me to get the time to exercise (I travel often for work and when I'm working, it'll usually be at a conference and 12+ hours a day). And eating habits can be strained too. <BR> <BR> Are there any good tips on how to handle both of these in the "unusual" situations where you're not in your comfort zone of home? Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:33:42 EST today's quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24011x56148x49528471 Count your blessings. Once you realize <BR> how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, <BR> the smiles will return, the sun will break out, <BR> the music will play, and you will finally <BR> be able to move forward the life that God intended <BR> for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. <BR> - Og Mandino <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:09:45 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49528374 <BR> Have a happy Monday! <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! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:03:35 EST The 10 Most Filling Foods........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49526596 <BR> The 10 Most Filling Foods <BR> Satisfy Your Appetite With These Delicious Choices <BR> For a sure-fire way to manage weight, stock up on these filling foods so you'll be prepared when hunger strikes. <BR> <BR> By Madeline Vann, MPH Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> <BR> Even for the healthiest of eaters, good intentions can fly out the window when your stomach begins to rumble. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, finding the right ki... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:32:27 EST Most Filling 100-Calorie Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49503166 Most Filling 100-Calorie Snacks <BR> <BR> ¼ of an avocado <BR> 1¾ cups apple slices <BR> 1 medium banana <BR> 1 cup grapes <BR> 2 cups berries <BR> 1½ cups sliced peaches <BR> 1¼ cups orange sections <BR> 1¼ cups blueberries <BR> 2 cups diced watermelon <BR> 1 cup sliced pears <BR> 11/3 cup diced pineapple <BR> 1½ cups raspberries <BR> 1 cup cherries <BR> 2 large kiwifruit <BR> 3 clementines <BR> 4 cups cherry tomatoes or 10 plum tomatoes or 3 large beefsteak tomatoes <BR> 1 medium baked swe... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:52:18 EST Getting my life in order! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49491750 Hi everyone <BR> My name is Lisa and last month I turned fifty and fabulous! I'm a proud mother of two young adults and three dogs. I am on a mission to become spiritually and physically fit. I am practicing meditations and aligning my life with the word of God. One aspect of my journey is to become healthy, fit, and eat healthy foods. Another aspect of my journey is pursuing my doctorate degree. This is a big challenge but one formula of success I learned was " God causes everything to work... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:53:03 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49479009 <BR> Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> It is MEASURE time! On or around the 15th of each month, we take our measurements. 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 Aug 2012 22:46:48 EST Modmick99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49468870 Hi <BR> I have just come across Sparkpeople in the past week and have decided to give it a try. I am still trying to get my head around the website - there is so much to take in. However, I am slowlly managing to get the hang of it - I think!. <BR> I am about to turn 54 in a few days time and, while in general good heath, am aware and have been advised that I need to loose about 50 lbs. The recent death of a sister at the age of 56 has also concentrated my mind. <BR> While I manage to get so... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:43:57 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49464838 Happy Wednesday 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. It is up to you. <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:33:34 EST Today didn't go as I expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49464653 Today I ended up running errands from 9 AM until 4:30 PM so I didn't get my daily walk in and I didn't get lunch. I did well at breakfast and dinner and my snack. Tomorrow I will walk in the morning and will plan better. Tonight I am trying to get more water in. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:12:28 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49459934 Hello, I'm working on a new beginning.. In the past 10 years, my life has been a challage. My husband and I started raising two of our grand childern. It is not easy starting over with kids when you get older. But two years ago, I lost my husband to cancer, so it has been a big change for me and the kids, I have gained about 50 pounds these past two years. I'ts so hard to get this weight off. I see the sparkpeople ad, I said thank you Lord, I now can see some light. So throughout this proces... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:28:38 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49452799 Hi my name is Ann. I am 56. I have 3 grown sons and a brand new grandson. I am struggling with my weight. This site was recommended to me by Anthem. I do not have internet access at my home, so getting on line is not always possible. I live in the mountains where service is not good. I will do my best to check in when possible. This is not a journey that I wanted to do again, but I am committed to do it. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:42:24 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49447282 <BR> Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT. <BR> Today would be a great day to: <BR> <BR> *Clean house <BR> *Put away laundry <BR> *Go through your house for items to donate <BR> *Clean out the fridge & pantry of tempting foods <BR> *Wash & detail your car <BR> *Garden <BR> *Clean off your desk <BR> *Go through junk mail in your electronic and postal boxes <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <BR> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:20:42 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49442515 My name is Lisa. I live in sunny Miami, FL and last month I turned 50 years young. I am now trying to do major lifestyle changes while working on my doctorate. I want to lose over 40 lbs and continue on the finacial track to retire within 3 years. I am spiritual and I want to live my life the way God planned it. Thanks for welcoming me to your team and I look forward to hearing motivational and inspirational stories from you. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:26:05 EST Hi newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49437958 Hi everyone. New to Spark people, and this looks like a very cool site. I have a goal to lose about 70 lbs. I should also tell you all that I have the gastric band. I got banded 2 years ago. and lost about 30lbs. It is a tool for sure not a quick fix. Well I look forward to chatting and getting/giving support, tips and advice. :) Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:49:27 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49430453 <BR> Happy Monday to you! <BR> <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> <BR> Spark Fitness has great suggestions for core exercises. <BR> <BR> *Take a class such as aquafit in the pool or yoga class. <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video that focuses on your core muscles <BR> <BR> *Do what works for you at your level of fitness <BR> ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 22:01:50 EST Weigh-in-Facing theTruth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49423878 Today is my first weigh in for this forum. I have been trying to get myself back into exercising and eating right for the past month or so. I haven't been very successful with my efforts so, I felt it was time to try something different. Honestly, I really dreaded this morning, I knew that the number staring back at me from the scale wouldn't be pretty. I had lost a little,but have gained it all back. <BR> <BR> I also know that to conquer these extra pounds and my unhealthy condition that I... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:39:54 EST Hello from Minnesota! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49418518 Hi, I'm Leah. I'm 22 and a college student in the Minneapolis area. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 01:18:31 EST Show me the weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49415521 I'm from the Show Me State. I really want to lose my belly weight. It keeps my blood pressure high and keeps me from feeling my best. I hope this site is something i can do. I am a little computor dumb ola.. ha ha so i hope this is something i can do... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:29:57 EST offer your birthday wishes for August here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49414138 <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> THESE ARE TEAM MEMBERS WHO HAVE A BIRTHDAY IN AUGUST! <BR> <BR> IF THEY HAVE A LINK BELOW THEIR NAME (it means they have a page set up already) <BR> <BR> FEEL FREE TO OFFER YOUR WISHES ON THEIR SP PAGE TOO <BR> <BR> SARAJP0804 -4 <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SA<BR>RAJP0804 </link> <BR> <BR> VickiSSp ~ 11 <BR> VickiSSp ~ 26 (43rd wedding anniversary!) <BR> Nelly82645 birthday is August 26... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:11:47 EST Rey_Woww here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49413841 Hello there! <BR> <BR> I've been on sparkpeople before, had great success then just fell off track. I've started up again with going to the gym but know that logging, being accountable and getting support from others going through the same thing is what helped me the first time. <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 young professional finding my way though my career path. I'm always working which would be the hardest obstacle for me on this journey. <BR> <BR> Looking for sparkbuddies who are around the... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:33:46 EST Spark Coach free x 2 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49411911 Take your SparkPeople experience to the next level with SparkCoach!Increase your odds of weight-loss success with: <BR> • Unlimited access to virtual coaching with step-by-step guidance and feedback from your coach <BR> • Structured daily program that features premium video instruction from top health & fitness experts <BR> • Ongoing motivation, accountability, and rewards for your hard work <BR> We believe in the power of SparkCoach so much that your first two weeks are 100% free—no obligati... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 14:55:36 EST 'Nother Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49405709 Greetings and blessings to all! <BR> <BR> I'm AJ. Newly married to a fit guy who believes I'm the most gorgeous woman in the world. Of course, he'd like to see that woman be able to bound along the hiking trails at his side instead of gasping for air and clutching a muscle cramp twenty yards behind his dust. <BR> <BR> I used to have really solid reasons for why I put on this weight. However, I have decided to start disciplining the inner whiny brat who wants junk food and to sit down 90% ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 01:37:10 EST I know what I want, but I'm not sure Ill get there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49397753 IS this really going to work this time? Im confsed if I should even bother or not. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:01:43 EST MMcBride524 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49395739 Hello everybody! I'm new to this site. I've browsed around it looks pretty awesome and helpful! I am a 27 yr old female who is struggling now more than ever with my weight. I can't seem to stay motivated or manage my time very well. I am getting ready to start college for the first time since I graduated high school. I'm nervous about that. I want to change my life around and make it the way I imagined it to be at this point in my life. I love meeting new ppl. Stop by and say hi or send me a ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:33:14 EST Just joined the SparkPeople community! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49391692 Hi everyone I would like to introduce myself to the SparkPeople community. <BR> <BR> I came here to find others for motivation and support since I've been struggling with weight for a very long time. The only time I ever remember being at a healthy weight was when I was a child. It is tough to be looked down upon by people and the opposite sex for being unfit and people think that you don't care about yourself. I do, it is just that I lose weight and gain it right back very easily. Some ma... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:45:55 EST LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49391352 HI IM MD AND IM LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY ME :) HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:30:37 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49391186 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa. I was conversing with my sister-in-law about carbs. and she told me about Sparkpeople.com. I was keeping a written daily food log (with the help of Calorie King) and had lost 10 pounds before starting Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to have the tracker tools available here; nutrition, fitness, wealth of information. Now I can track my nutrition and exercise daily and chart progress. <BR> <BR> K, just utterly shocking when you list everyth... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:55:34 EST friday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49390749 <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? Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Have a FANTASTIC Friday! <BR> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:08:59 EST Looking for some support!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49389227 I used to be an MMA fighter. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Tang Su Do and a brown in Jiu Jitsu. Since those wonderful years.. I have had two babies... ovarian cancer... and stress. This lead to me being 50 lbs over weight. I want that fighting body back... and I will fight for it. <BR> <BR> What I am looking for are some friends that will keep me accountable!! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:56:36 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49389143 Hi My name is Sylvia & this is my first official day with SparkTeam! I'm starting with a good attitude so I'll say I'm going to lose and keep it off! Since I signed up yesterday I've gotten more support for free than I did when I Joined Jenny Craig(which did work but I'm broke today). I need an affordable way of life and that staying healthy to me a way of life. If I keep my mind free of the negative then I will be just fine. I've been on many diets but I think that's always the problem DIET... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:47:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49376825 Hi everyone, I just joined Spark people and I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Chelsea and I'm currently in a journey to shed off some pounds and look and feel good in the process. I hope we will be able to help each other through out this journey. Thanks. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 04:15:43 EST In MUCH NEED of motivation & support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49374904 Hi, I am Bri, I am 19 years old & a mother of 1. <BR> Before i got pregnant i weighed 127lbs, my weight when i found out i was pregnant was 134lbs & my weight when i was 9 months pregnant was, 168 at the highest. After i gave birth to my daughter Ryleigh, i was able to breast feed for 3 weeks till my milk supply decreased. i lost about 40lbs and weighed about 145lbs... <BR> I know this is a lot to take in, but i now weigh 160.. and i am super depressed about my body, my weight and this one of... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 23:18:05 EST I'm new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49372700 Hi everyone, I am new to Sparkpeople and would love to chat with you about fitness and nutrition. I have lost about 40 pounds so far and would like to lose 110 more. I was diagnosed with HBP in April and have been trying to lose weight and I also take a water pill to control it. I am hoping to lose enough weight that I can avoid taking a stronger BP medicine. I have been feeling very unsure of myself the last week and can feel my motivation slipping and I am afraid I will begin to gain weigh... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:48:47 EST thursday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49371840 <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday 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 Thursday! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:55:04 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49369607 This is my first week..my energy level was pretty high yesterday, but today I feel tired and run down. Also had bad dream about mom (deceased) that might have something to do with it. Don't really feel much like eating today either. Hope this changes. Anyone else have days like this? <em>39</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:41:56 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49369336 Hello to all being new is scary but starting a wellness and fitness life is scarier. I am determined to make this my last change in these subjects I have been rollercoasting for years. I finally said enough is enough so here I am. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:17:29 EST Hi Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49365280 Hello sparkpeople. I'm Michelle, back here for a repeat visit after a long hiatus. I've discovered (through trial and error, unfortunately) that I need a community or at least a buddy to help me stay on track and reach my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> I'm following a slooow (les than 1lb/week) weight loss plan, and I want to incorporate running and strength training. I absolutely hate strength training, but I know it'll help me reach all my other fitness goals, so I will grudgingly add it to ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:06:41 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49364475 I've come here hoping to get the tools and support I need, it's so hard just to get started! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 10:18:12 EST Hi I'm Madison :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49363416 Hey everyone! My name is Madison Franetic and I am 21 years old. I currently attend Florida State University (Go Noles!) going into my last year and in the past, when heading back to school, I haven't made the best eating decisions. I gained about 13 pounds my last semester just through not taking care of myself the way I should be. I lost 15 pounds so far and I am pushing to lose another 10 to reach my goals! I'm trying to stay motivated and focused, but it's definitely been difficult and it... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:13:01 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49358329 Hi, my name is Lisa and I am wanting to lose some lbs. and just start eating healthier. I am addicted to caffeine so it is really going to be hard for me to switch to drinking water. I'm not a big fan!!! Thanks to making me feel so welcomed. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:38:40 EST wednesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49358108 <BR> Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. 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> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:26:04 EST hi i am wanda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49352859 ready to lose 10 lbs Tue, 7 Aug 2012 15:36:14 EST trying to figure out how all this works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49349633 Good Morning, <BR> My daughter got me interested in Spark People and I decided to give it a try. I am in my 50's and recovered from a severe horseback riding accident one year ago this week. I need to get in better shape so I can continue with my passion which is horses. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:39:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49349516 Hi my name is Tina. I am 36 years old and very overweight (357 lbs). I have been seeing a nutritionist and a counselor for my emotional eating issues. I need to get my weight down to a healthy weight so I can be happy again. I have two beautiful children ages 16 and 12 and have been married for 16 years. <BR> I am contemplating having gastric bypass done as I have tried dieting and it works then I just gain it all back plus some. I have been in the gastric bypass classes since June and my sta... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:31:34 EST Back and looking for support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49341481 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am returning to the Spark website, hoping to make better use of some of the community features for support this time out - I think it's a piece that I'm truly missing in all my attempts. <BR> <BR> I am turning 32 next week, have two boys (ages 6 and almost 5), a husband who is less-than-supportive most of the time and a demanding job. But I'm tired of excuses getting in the way. I had to go shopping for an outfit to wear to a conference I was speaking at last week, ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:03:52 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49340698 I'm a 50+ year old missionary, living in rural Honduras and I have about 30 pounds to take off. Until 7 years ago, I maintained a fairly decent weight and had a relatively active lifestyle. However, then i began a journey with chronic pain caused by various physical alignment issues. The slower lifestyle combined with medications have caused weight gain. An additional challenge to healthy lifestyle is that I live 2 hours away from a grocery store, and even then, low fat products are not ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:15:56 EST Hi everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49339526 My name is Sammie, I am 25 yrs old, I've been overweight all my life. I am joining SparkPeople in the hopes to lose about 100 lbs in the next year or more. I know it will take time and patience but I am willing to take that first step and make a decision to start. I hope with support I can accomplish my goal and become a healthier me. I'm excited and scared at the same time. It's daunting to think about the goal that I've set for myself but I'm yearning for a change and I think beginning with... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:04:48 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49338728 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Dionne and I am restarting the Spark program. I have made many excuses over the past few years, and I am ready for a change and to stop making excuses and start taking control. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:02:53 EST tuesday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49338694 <BR> 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> 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 one another. Right? RIGHT! <BR> <BR> For today's challenge: <BR> Your challenge today is... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:00:42 EST First day on this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49337841 Wanted to star an exercise routine today, so i joined this community ans made a plan. While doing it i got the worse migraine I've in years. Not a good beginning and it is not helping to strengthen my motivation!! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 17:49:43 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49335423 I've never tried anything like this before. Some of my friends are interested in having our own group. Is that possible? Recommended? Thanks for any input. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:29:48 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49334926 Hello Spark Community! I've browsed Spark message boards before, but this is my first time posting. <BR> <BR> As a textbook yo-yo dieter I've lost and gained 80+ lbs twice in the past 10 years. Several weeks ago as I was getting ready for an appointment with my endocrinologist, I got on my scale at home to mentally prepare myself for what it might say during my visit. I am still having a hard time believing the number I saw - the heaviest I had ever been. I seemed to be gaining weight in mu... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:55:44 EST Excited About Getting Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49334190 Hello, I am looking forward to having a support group. I worked out and ate healthy until my 40's. I am in my late 40's now, and it is time to get back on track. Happy dieting everyone. Let's do this together. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:09:14 EST Hey guys! I need your help :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49333802 <BR> So just like everyone else on this site, I want to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. No more excuses. About 2 years ago I lost a lot of weight about 30-40 lbs. Sadly, I have gained it all back. I am finding it hard to find the motivation I had 2 years ago. So I am asking you guys for your help to help motivate me and live healthier, and maintain the healthy life style. I know I want this; however, sometimes it is just easier to give up than to work hard. <BR> So here is wha... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:39:46 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49332273 Hi, <BR> so an introduction hmm, ok well, Im Andrew from the UK (currently residing in Dorset), 32, married to Alexa. <BR> looking to lose a good chunk of weight and be able to buy clothes with only one X in the size label!! <BR> <BR> Doing the couch to 5K running program with my wife in the hope this will start some weight loss arse kicking!! <BR> <BR> loving the calorie counting food tracker thingy btw, just like weight watchers but free!! great Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:55:42 EST Hello hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49329091 Hi all I'm Jason from Aurora, IL. Im a 33 your old man trying to live a little healthier, I am preparing for a major surgery and want to lose some weight before hand. I quit smoking and now im trying to just get myself in better shape, hopefully the best shape of my life. I joined the site so i may have a guideline in front of me as well as the support of its members. Have a good day Mon, 6 Aug 2012 07:46:45 EST hey all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49327952 hi im becky!! im here for encouragment and to get fit and be healthier. i currently weigh 208 i know some may say thats not alot but its not where i want to be. i miss being skinny and i want to be fit and healthier. i want to set good examples for my son also. <BR> im very friendly and love to hear advice and give whatever advice i can. feel free to talk to me im new to the site!! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 04:52:44 EST Motivated Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49326484 The truth is, I've never much thought about what I eat, or how much exercise I'm getting, but I feel like I have always thought about how I look. I'm finally ready to take that step out of denial and put two and two together. I'm 27 years old and ready to start life-long habits that will keep me fit and healthy for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> -Lose 44 pounds in the next 10 months <BR> -Look and feel better in my clothes <BR> -Get back in the habit of regular exercise <BR> -Eat out ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:57:23 EST Hello From Rowsie, the newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49326122 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get the ball rolling with a quick introduction. I have reached a point where I need something to make me accountable and have read a lot of great things about sparkpeople.com. I am hoping this is just the thing I need to get these 60lbs off and start living my life again. I look forward to taking this journey with all of you! I hope I can be as much of an inspiration as I'm sure you all will be to me. <BR> <BR> Let's do this!!! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:22:07 EST Monday morning starts a new journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49324087 Hi my name is Cory and I am really excited to find some people on Spark that have the weight loss goals that I have to help me stay on track. Tomorrow morning begins a new adventure and this time it is going away for good! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:50:03 EST Dom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49321750 hi Im Dom just joined here and saying hello Sun, 5 Aug 2012 18:01:50 EST hey im new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49321713 hi my name is amanda, and today i went clothes shopping for my college semester starting aug 29th. i was buying a new bra, and went to get fitted. it turns out its not just my pants size that has gone up it is also my boob size. im now a 36 dd. which is incredibly hard to find at a regular store and more pricey then the smaller bras. so i decided i want to lose some weight. to not just lose inches from my tummy or boobs but to just look a little slimmer. <BR> this is going to be hard as i liv... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:58:48 EST Hi! My name is Kelly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49320557 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I'm here because I overeat. Contrary to my existing belief - I know nothing about nutrition and fitness. I hope to learn. I've heard lots of good things about Spark People and look forward to learning and achieving. <BR> <BR> I have an amazing husband and kids - they support me 100%. But, I sure would like to meet some new friends who can relate to my journey. <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful day! I'm going to be busy navigating this site... <BR> <BR> Kell... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 16:24:04 EST Newbie saying Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x56148x49314033 Hi to everyone, <BR> <BR> Have just joined and wanted to introduce myself to you all. I'm Dawn, 43 busy mum to two girls and am finally in the right frame of mind to try (again!) and lose weight and get fit. I would love to get encouragement from new friends on here and, of course, this will be reciprocated! Look forward to chatting with you x Sun, 5 Aug 2012 07:13:29 EST Olympics Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49251413 Are you watching the Olympics? Into it? Enjoying it?? <BR> <BR> I just got cable to watch the Olympics and it just got installed today (Tuesday - July 31st). I am LOVING it!!! <BR> <BR> Just watched the Swimming Men's 800 M Relay and that was fabulous!!! Also enjoyed the women's Gymnastics team final. Go USA!! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, since this team is for people starting during one of the week's of the Olympics, I thought we needed a thread about it. :) Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:56:44 EST Start Up Sunday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49218508 This challenge is for your start up day.. Sunday or other.. <BR> <BR> Please make a SparkPage. This is so helpful for people to be able to support you and send you SparkGoodies and comments of inspiration. You can do blogs or not, as you choose, even vlogs - video blogs, which I often make. You can't even have friends add you unless you make a SparkPage. Make it as pretty as you like..And put some pix of you on there if you're comfortable with that. Take before pictures.. because even if you... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 02:38:16 EST monday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49211042 <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> 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 MUSCULAR Monday <BR> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:00:25 EST How to Eat Healthfully All the Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24010x56148x49211001 How to Eat Healthfully All the Time <BR> <BR> Try these simple techniques to help you become an 'intuitive' eater <BR> <BR> By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, LD, RD <BR> WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column <BR> <BR> We've all been there: Stuffed from dinner, yet still eating dessert or snacking mindlessly on a bag of chips in front of the television. Then, after the last bite, we feel frustrated, weak, and out of control. <BR> <BR> Beating yourself won't stop it from happening again. To gain ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:57:19 EST Enjoy the Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49210969 this is uplifting........... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>lshs64.com/enjoytheride.html </link> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:54:38 EST Pledge for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49210939 i found this article but can't find the link for posting..............i thought i was worthwhile so here it is......what do you think????? <BR> <BR> By Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH, Prevention <BR> <BR> <BR> "I was doing really well until..." As a doctor who counsels women trying to lose weight, I've heard this too many times. An upset patient settles into the overstuffed armchair across from my desk, and utters her tale of defeat. <BR> <BR> <BR> You've probably said those words yourself, do... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:52:12 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24009x56148x49210913 pole walking Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:49:40 EST Small doses of exercise make a big difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49210892 Do you set huge exercise goals for yourself that you couldn't possibly accomplish? Do you pay for expensive gym memberships, equipment or DVDs that you never use? Do you always intend to exercise but then tell yourself that you don't feel like it? If so, you're not alone. This week's tip could help you finally get out there and start moving. <BR> <BR> We all know that exercise makes a huge difference to your health, your well-being, and your peace of mind. But, why is it so hard to do it, an... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:48:18 EST Body Size or Exercise: Which Matters Most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24010x56148x49210788 Body Size or Exercise: Which Matters Most? <BR> The answer may put you on the path to a more active life <BR> By RealAge <BR> <BR> <BR> What's Your Biggest Barrier to Exercise? <BR> Choose the description below that best reflects the issue that keeps you from being more physically active and find out how to get around it: <BR> <BR> I'm getting older, don't know what to do at my age, and am worried about injury. <BR> I'm out of shape and it seems like such a long road ahead. <BR> I'm simpl... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:40:20 EST Word Association Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24011x56148x49203447 just post the next word you think of from the previous post. <BR> <BR> Starting word: Hungry Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:40:55 EST Give a Goodie game - every post divisible by 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24011x56148x49203432 <BR> Reply and count to the next number from the one before. If your post is a number divisible by 5.. ie. 10, 15, 20, 25 (ends with a 5 or 0), pick another member of the team - or just the person who posted before you, and send them a SparkGoodie. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Post number 1 Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:39:42 EST apple season game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24011x56148x49202195 see how many you can do.........enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g2/apple<BR>game.htm </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:41:57 EST how many points on the wheel today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24011x56148x49202161 <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:38:33 EST Getting Started..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49202130 What is it and Why should you use it? <BR> <BR> NUTRITION TRACKER - Many people 'think' they know what they are eating but are suprised once they enter their food into the tracker. Successfull weight loss and a change in your lifestyle means knowing what you put into your body and how it affects your system. Enter everything from fruits/veggies to those Oreos you snagged while your kids were snacking. <BR> <BR> Losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle does NOT mean deprivation!!! Ea... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:36:20 EST Write Your Own Contract for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56148x49201501 Write Your Own Contract for Success <BR> <BR> A Simple Way to Make Yourself More Accountable <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> You know that keeping yourself accountable is a key to weight loss success. Even with all the information in the world and all the right intentions, you won’t get very far if you let yourself off the hook when it’s time to actually do what you should. <BR> <BR> There are two very effective ways to increase your accountability. The fi... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:54:47 EST