SparkPeople Hugs and Friends and Support Team Messageboard This team is for people who just need a HUG, a FRIEND and SUPPORT. SparkPeople Hugs and Friends and Support Team Messageboard Emoticon If Have Gotten 10 Minutes Of Activity Like SparkGuy says, get in ATLEAST 10 minutes of activity every day. Even if it is only 10 minutes, you will see the difference! So, when you do get 10 minutes, simply emoticon here. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:25:26 EST Sparkpeople Pen Pals Would you like a pen pal to keep in touch with you throughout your day? Maybe you get lonely. Maybe you need the accountability. Maybe you need the support. <BR> <BR> Post here if you would like to be a person's pen pal or need a pen pal. <BR> <BR> Personally, I am available to be a pen pal. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:33:42 EST Prayer Request If you have ANY prayer requests, just ask here. <em>247</em> <em>43</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:28:20 EST Emoticon How You Feel Today <em>252</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:22:30 EST PRAISE THE LORD!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! <BR> <BR> God is still answering our prayers. Last month, my dear hubby had his 75th birthday. Today, we are celebrating our 13th Wedding Anniversary. In November of this year we will celebrated 20 years of being together. Someone, tell me that God isn't good, I dare you! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. <BR> <BR> {{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}} to all of you! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:19:49 EST Prayers Being Answered We are seeing answers to prayers. For the past few days, I've been seeing an improvement in my dear sweet hubby. His appetite is beginning to increase and he's been moving around better. He is still having headaches occasionally from the Glaucoma, but not bad enough to take medication. <em>304</em> all for your continued prayers and standing in faith with us. I do ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers. <BR> Blessings to all. <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:28:26 EST Looking for a friend Greetings all, just found this team and relatively new to SP. I'm 64 and retired, Moved to SC from PA to escape the winters. I'm type two diabetic that needs to loose about 50 lbs to reduce or hopefully eliminate the need for insulin. Live in an active adult community, love playing golf, tennis and pickleball. Looking forward to finding a new friend for mutual support. <BR> <BR> Bob Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:12:17 EST Wanting to join a small group I'm just dropping by to introduce myself. I was looking for a small personal group and this seems great. I'm 55 years old and work at one of the larger hospitals in our city on the med-surg unit. I've worked the 7p-7a shift for 15 years and love. Some days I probably won't be posting because I have to work that night. With the help of a lifestyle coach and program at our hospital, my husband and I are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and make better food choices. A healthier life ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:52:13 EST My intro Hi! my name is Katie. I'm a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I began my weight loss journey in 1996 weighing 250 pounds. I am currently 176 pounds. I have 43 pounds to go before reaching my goals weight. I hope to make friends here will mention this team on my blog. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:28:29 EST LEAVING TEAM I'm finding it increasingly hard to feel able to be a leader in my current teams. Not because I don't care for everyone, but because of my own changing of direction in how I'm thinking about my own process. I think a good leader should feel strongly for the principles behind any team they lead, and I just feel that for me to push losing weight, inches, or controling what you eat, or not listening to your own body is wrong for me to do. So I'm going to be stepping down as a co-leader in all my... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:57:15 EST QOTD: APRIL 28TH What is the one thing you wish you had done years ago in regards to your weight loss journey? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> I wish I'd have continued to eat and exercise in the manner I had done before I got married in 1996. But ultimately, I wish I'd never gone on my first diet as it has taken me 34 years to realize how screwed up the dieting industry is, and how ultimately it's helping us be the fa... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:39:44 EST QOTD: April 27th If there was one thing you could say to someone just starting a diet, what would it be? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> I'd tell them not to diet, but to make healthier choices when it came to what they ate. And to try to do something fun that gets their heart pumping hard. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:54:03 EST QOTD: APRIL 26TH When it comes to food, what is your worst temptation? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************** <BR> I love peanut butter on saltine crackers and that's my "to go to" when nothing else sounds good as a snack. My problem is that once I start, it's hard to stop. That happened last night and I ended up with a huge stomach ache and ended up having to take baking soda in water to ease my stomach. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:07:20 EST Weigh in & Measurements 2013 At my last weigh in I was : <BR> <BR> Weight: 261 lbs <BR> Bust: 50 <BR> Waist: 44 <BR> Hips: 50-1/2 <BR> Thighs: 27 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:46:07 EST QOTD: APRIL 25TH How do you handle it when well meaning friends or family come over and bring you a bunch of snacks or other foods not on your food plan ? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************** <BR> Generally if it's something I can freeze, I'll immediately freeze it for another time, or if it's something Bob will eat that I won't eat, I just leave it up to him to eat it. I try to stay positive and thank the person for thinking of me ( or u... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:43:35 EST QOTD: APRIL 24TH When you think of rewards for mini goals met, what kind of reward would you want? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> I know when I drop 4 inches off of my waist I plan to get a short curly perm put in my hair. <BR> My hair is very, very thin on the top and crown and I think a short, tight curl would make that less noticeable. As it is right now, I never leave the house without a ball cap on. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:54:57 EST QOTD: APRIL 23RD When you look in the mirror, do you actaully see yourself as you are, or are you seeing a distorted image of yourself? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> I know for me, I've gotten to the point where I try to avoid looking in the mirror as much as I can. It seems like for the past couple of years I've been wearing blinders or rose colored glasses, but I'm finally seeing myself for the size I really and trully... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:49:35 EST QOTD: APRIL 22ND How long have you been pushing to get your weight down? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************* <BR> <BR> For me, since 2006. In 2005 I started gaining but it didn't really get out of control until 2006. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:15:06 EST fruit and veggie names A-Z A= apples Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:50:39 EST Hoping to inspire better nutritio /REMOVED Sorry, I was told that I couldn't post the full article as it was a no-no. I don't have the link anymore so I'll just take it out. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:19:26 EST QOTD: MONDAY, OCT. 1ST Sorry I missed yesterdays qotd. Had too much going on. <BR> <BR> Todays question is; <BR> <BR> What qualities do you consider it takes to call a woman beautiful or a man handsome? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************* <BR> To me, a beautiful woman or handsome man doesn't necessarely have anything to do with their outward appearance. To me it's someone that holds their heads up high, and shows they're confident. It's ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:36:34 EST One Week Challenge: Oct. 1-7 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay under 1500 grams sodium EACH day <BR> 3) Exercise for 45 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> My challenge will be to stay... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:07:50 EST Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> Yogurt may help prevent hypertension as part of a healthy diet, an observational study suggested. <BR> <BR> People who ate at least the equivalent of one serving every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate no yogurt at all, Huifen Wang, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston, and colleagues found. <BR> <BR> An even stronger effect was seen among individuals who were not taking antihypertensive dr... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:03:46 EST QOTD: SEPT. 29TH, SATURDAY- IMPORTANT! What are your October goals? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> My Goals for October: <BR> 1) To do something active outdoors every day (weather permitting) <BR> 2) To cut out all sodas, diet or otherwise <BR> 3) To stay within my nutritional limits. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:28:44 EST baby steps/minor changes/s uccessive approximation Whatever you want to call it, forward momentum in positive ways is what it refers to. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post tiny alterations that helped you succeed. <BR> <BR> I still need to work on taking my meds as they are supposed to be taken. It is more of a tiny change rather that a major challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:28:56 EST QOTD: FRIDAY, SEPT. 28TH When you think back over the last 9 months, what would you have done differently if you had the chance for a do-over? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> I would have thrown away the scale ( or hidden it) so that I could focus more on my progress that I could physically see and feel instead of going by just what the numbers on the scale were telling me. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:04:05 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital <BR> Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements. <BR> By Melanie WinderlichMedically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark c... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:08:07 EST QOTD: THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 What would you like to see in this team? Let me know your ideas. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:38:20 EST QOTD: WED., SEPT. 26 Which do you think tells the truier tale; the scale or tape measurer? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************************** <BR> <BR> I will no longer be weighing weekly or monthly. I will only weigh at the doctors office. I will do my measurements once a month on the 1st of each month. <BR> I think the tape measurer tells a truier tale cause it shows you for certain if you've lost inches compared to a scale not telling you if you're retaining fluid or have... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:33:45 EST QOTD: SEPT. 25, TUESDAY Do you try to eat a salad every day or is that something you rarely eat? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> We got thru spurts of wanting salads 3-4 times a week, but then if hubby's stomach starts acting up from all the added roughage, then he doesn't want me buying it for weeks at a time. I try telling him if he'd eat a small amount daily, his system would get used to it but he refuses and money is too tight right now ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:24:25 EST QOTD: MONDAY, SEPT. 24TH What did you do today to get some exercise? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> I worked in my flowers, moving huge potted plants and getting everything pruned and fixed up like I wanted it. I also got in a 45 minute walk. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:41:04 EST QOTD: SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 Are you the type person that has to have a full breakfast right after waking up, or are you just a coffee and / or yogurt type of person? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> <BR> Don't give me food right after getting up. My stomach can't handle it. About the only thing I want is my morning coffee and then about a hour later I'll have a yogurt or a couple slices of toast. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:19:37 EST congradulations wishing everyone a big congradulations for doing great this week... <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:16:08 EST 15 Best and Worst Foods for Weight Loss 15 Best and Worst Foods for Weight Loss <BR> Put down those potato chips and pick up some pistachios! New research reveals the most common foods that cause weight gain, and the healthier choices that actually help you lose weight. <BR> By Susan Amoruso <BR> <BR> The average adult gains one pound per year, and this steady weight creep may be directly related to what (and not just how much) you eat, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyz... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:08:09 EST One Week Challenge: Sept. 23-30 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay within your nutritional limits EACH DAY <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> My challenge for this... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:19:07 EST Weekly or Monthly Weigh In / Measurements Post here to let us know if you've lost or gained so we can cheer and support your efforts. <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> Bust: 49 <BR> Waist: 44 <BR> Hips: 49 <BR> Thighs: 27 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:13:49 EST articles that give insight This article was very insightful for me. <BR> <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=685 <BR> <BR> Looking at the solution rather than dwelling on the problem makes perfect sense and presents a healthy change of perspective. <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:53:01 EST helpful article There is a very interesting and short article about triggers at I tried to set up a link but couldn't. I'll try to copy it here from Microsoft Office 2003. <BR> <BR> Triggers <BR> Stop! Don't Pull That Trigger <BR> <BR> <BR> By michelle_may_md on Sep 20, 2012 10:00 AM in Dieting & You <BR> <BR> By Michelle May, M.D. <BR> Our environment is loaded with triggers for eating when we're not really hungry and for continuing to eat past the point of satiety. Learning to recog... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:58:26 EST BACK FENCE CHIT-CHAT Hope you don't mind I added a topic... <BR> <BR> Hi team. Hope you're having an awesome Monday and making the healthiest choices you can. I didn't make the best choice myself for lunch. Had soup, which was fine in itself. But I added a bunch of saltine crackers to it to make it thick and mushy like I like it. That put me over on my sodium for the day. Supper had already been figured in so as long as I don't eat anything over what I already have written down, I'll only be over by about 400 gr... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:14:57 EST Recipes this is where you list a recipe to share... <BR> Black Berry Pie <BR> blackberries about 2 cups <BR> 1 cup of water thicken berries and water with corn starch <BR> pour into pie crust bake for 40 min. at 375* let set till cool then cut and serve with cool whip Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:40:18 EST From A-Z list why a hug is important A- Always makes you feel great Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:36:40 EST Stopping in to say Hello This where we introduce ourselves and say Hi <BR> My name is Leanna and I want to say Hi to all and offer a support and hugs to all. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:34:57 EST Hug a day Add your hugs here each day <em>247</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:32:37 EST