SparkPeople SP Class of October 28- November 3, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from October 28- November 3, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of October 28- November 3, 2012 Team Messageboard Hello All hello everyone! thanks for all the interesting reading!! you guys are awesome!! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:25:46 EST hi everyone hi everyone, my name is toya, and this year i want to focus on losing weight, toning up and becoming healthier all around. this is my year because i plan to do it. i know with the help of my spark family i will be able to do so. hope everyone has a great day Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:54:18 EST Happy New Year everyone! My name is Sarah... ... and I am here to make a difference from the inside out, and work forwards to where I was 3 years ago - better all round. So, there are 44 pounds / 20kg to be lovingly moved back into the custody of the Universe (rather than my belly), stamina and strength to build up, cycling, sailing and hiking adventures to go on and a lovely wardrobe to fit into once again. Specifics are posted on my sparkblog, comments welcome! <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=SMARTOAK ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:18:52 EST How to Increase Team Participation? Hello! I've noticed our group is pretty stale with the exception of posts from the leader. Can anyone think of any ideas to get us all more involved? Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:38:02 EST Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake... Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake <BR> It's Easier (and Tastier) Than You Think! <BR> -- By Christine Seymour, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fiber is one of the easiest nutrients to incorporate into your diet, and one of the most important. However, many Americans don’t get the much needed 25 to 30 grams recommended daily for a healthy diet. Insufficient fiber intake can increase your risk for many health problems, including constipation, high cholesterol, weight gain, irr... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 04:41:18 EST Don't Remember if I Introduced Myself What a basketcase! I'm Patricia!! <em>198</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:34:02 EST drinking water today <em>244</em> <em>91</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:45:37 EST A - Z Things in your Refrigerator Apples Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:44:11 EST A - Z four letter words.... arns Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:43:21 EST Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss..... Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss <BR> Sleepless Nights Stop Progress <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So you already know that a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise program are keys to your weight loss plan. But are you listening to that other recommendation you’ve heard more than once in your life? Get plenty of sleep. Recent medical studies show that sleep loss can increase hunger and affect your body’s metabolism in a way that makes weight loss more ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:42:39 EST Troubles getting started. Anyone else? Hi all, <BR> <BR> In week one my goals where to get familiar with the website and track everything I eat. This is a time-consuming thing in the beginning! But I'm doing oké I guess; shocked to see what goes into my body even when I am paying attention like this week. (I should really give up drinking wine with dinner and later in the evening). <BR> <BR> So this week my goal is to start setting up an exercise program for myself. It is the thing I think is most difficult to find motivation ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:03:07 EST trying to become a better me i have had weight problem since i could rember i got down to 160 once and i loved every minute of it then i had to kids oldest 2 and youngest 1 and its been a terrible battle every since then but i am commited to becoming a better me Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:33:55 EST The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths.... The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths <BR> Don't Believe These Tall Tales! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would your friends lie to you? They just might be... <BR> <BR> This time of year is all about starting fresh—new goals, solid plans, better habits. You probably have a new exercise routine to help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals. Along the way, whether in the gym, reading the latest books, or talking with your friends, you’ll hear a lo... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:47:13 EST 10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry 10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry <BR> And What You Can Do About It! <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We've all done it, and sometimes we don't even realize when it's happening. Maybe you graze when you're bored, or reach your hand into the office candy jar each time you pass by. Perhaps when you're feeling sluggish in the afternoon, you head to the vending machine for a pick-me-up. All of these are opportunities to eat for reasons o... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:54:04 EST fusp fusp Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:42:49 EST Sparkpeople questions Hi all, <BR> <BR> can someone tell me how the spark-friends thing works? I guess you can just add people as your friends but they have to return the favor for you to be able to see the friendfeeds? <BR> Are there any rules I should know about? <BR> And last but not least; I could use a few virtual friends <em>334</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:55:17 EST Reset Your Article SparkPoints... Reset Your Article SparkPoints <BR> If you're having trouble finding new SparkPeople articles that you haven't already earned SparkPoints for reading, you reset your articles so you can reread (and get SparkPoints for) all articles you read more than six months ago.(You will NOT lose any SparkPoints by resetting your articles, but this will remove the checkmarks showing that you have read these articles.) To reset your articles: <BR> <BR> Go to your Account/Email Preferences page (or go to t... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:54:43 EST Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relation hip?.... Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship? <BR> The Real Issues and How to Address Them <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person i... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:58:03 EST Be Your Own Cheerlea der..... Be Your Own Cheerleader <BR> 12 Ways to Build a Support System--and Be Your Own! <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It can be tough to stay motivated when it comes to weight-loss and fitness goals. Why else do so many people make the same New Year's resolutions year after year? If motivation flits in and out of your life, don't worry—there are ways to make it a constant companion rather than a fickle friend. <BR> <BR> One of those ways is to have a so... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 04:28:04 EST The Loopholes of food Labeling.... The Loopholes of Food Labeling <BR> What Food Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know <BR> -- By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert and Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're shopping in the grocery store, you may notice that food packages are always labeled with the latest buzz words. When the new food guide pyramid touted the importance of whole grains for example, suddenly words and logos for "whole grains" plastered the fronts of cereal boxes, crackers, breads ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:18:40 EST New to Sparks Hi all! I am new to Sparks just today, but I look forward to putting the tools to work to help me on my weightloss journey! <em>334</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 13:08:52 EST New to Sparks Hi all! I am new to Sparks just today, but I look forward to putting the tools to work to help me on my weightloss journey! <em>334</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 13:04:26 EST Add a "success" Image to Your Profile... Add a 'Success' Image to Your Profile <BR> Our "pounds lost" icons are popular ways to share your success with others in the SparkPeople community. We've also added new success icons, such as "I ran my first 5K," "Creating a New Me" and "Getting Fit" that you can choose from. To add one of our success icons to your profile: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Go to your SparkPage. Click the "Edit My SparkPage" button near the top right of your Page. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Look at the right side of your P... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 05:44:30 EST Post Your Favorite Exercise .....Emoticon <em>216</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:48:54 EST 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Set ting.... 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting <BR> Plot Your Strategy for Weight-Loss Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Once you've created your vision statement for weight-loss, you probably know the general direction you want to move. The next step is to work out the particular short- and intermediate-term goals that will get you moving in that direction, followed by concrete action steps you can take right now to get going. <BR> <BR> If y... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:38:19 EST Well Hello There! Hello everyone, My name is Laryn and I am 24 years young. I use to be a proffesional dancer and dance teacher for children and would love to get back to that. I have a 3 year old daughter, Part time job, Im a full time student, and a bride to be. I know my plate is full but I just want o stay on a healthy journey to success and could use a alot of guidance. I am pleased to meet everyone and Im trying to break out of my shell....:) Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:05:55 EST How To Add A Video Blog to Your SparkPage... Add a Video Blog to Your SparkPage <BR> In addition to writing blogs, you can also upload a video blog entry! To do this, simply go to your blog page, just as you would for adding a text blog. There, click on the button that says "Add a Video Blog" (near the top right of the page, below the "Add a Blog Entry" button). Uploading a video blog involves 3 easy steps: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. On the first page, enter your video blog title and description, check the box to agree to the video Terms... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:08:46 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE It is literally true that you can succeed best and <BR> quickest by helping others to succeed. <BR> - Napoleon Hill <BR> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:39:36 EST 6 Things to Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel 6 Things to Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel <BR> How to Shop for Workout Clothes <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A cool wind whipped around me as I crested the final hill along my running route. "Ah, relief!" I thought, pulling my dripping T-shirt away from my skin. This will cool me off. But instead of making me feel refreshed, the wind chilled me to the bone. "So much for a great workout," I mumbled as I shivered the rest of the way home. I t... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:33:43 EST new to spark people H, i am a 40 year old obese woman. My weight is affecting my health. I have been told time and time again if i lose weight i will feel a heck alot better physically and emotionally. I have sleep apnea,I have been sleeping with a cpap machine close to 5 months now. And i suffer from depression and low self esteem. My joints and my muscles ache alot i dont know if its arthritis or just my weight. I am on a mission to get healthy and lose weight. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 05:04:17 EST Fed Up Fed Up! Ha! That's my play on words! I'm fed up with my weight and what I'm feeding myself. I've always gone to the gym and as long as I watched what I ate, my weight was fairly stable. But since I hit 50, that's not working anymore. When the kids were home, evenings were spent running them back and forth to activities. Now that they've all left home, I find myself turning to food more and more in the evenings. I've put on a lot of weight the last 4 years or so and I NEED HELP!!!! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:03:50 EST Will work for weight loss Hi everyone. My name is Sue and I am brand new to Spark People. I am not new to weight loss. As a matter of fact, I have lost hundreds of pounds. Unfortunately I didn't keep it off. So I come to you, willing to make another effort, open to suggestions and in great need of support. All your experience, strength and hope is welcome! For my part, I will be honest, open-minded and willing, to the best of my ability. <BR> <BR> Ok, here we go... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:31:24 EST Hello I'm new to this site. I'm 40 years old and live in SD. I need to change my life to be there for my children. Both my parents have passed away both in the early 60's. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:03:04 EST Hello spark people Hello. I have returned to spark people with a new found hope for success. I am looking for and will be very open to support for weight loss and diabetes control. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:06:53 EST Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan..... Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan <BR> Avoiding Common Fitness Pitfalls <BR> -- By Antigone Arthur, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting a fitness program doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you are armed with the proper tools to get things rolling. Once you’ve committed to getting in shape, there are several things you can do to ensure you’ll exceed your short and long term fitness goals. There are also some things you should avoid at all costs to ensure you stay on the p... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:23:45 EST Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen.... Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen <BR> Clearing the 12 Most Common Exercise Hurdles <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tra... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:21:28 EST Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthoughs! Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthroughs! <BR> Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> -- By Chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Consistency, so important to the SparkPeople System, is something our society often overlooks. People are so focused on wanting things now that they aren't willing to spend the time consistently doing small things over time. This attitude results in loads of stress and lost opportunities. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can reap the benefits of consistently doing small things: <BR> <BR... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:12:32 EST Introduction Hello all, My name is Sarika...and I am eager to lose weight and keep it off, I have PCOS and it is definitely hard for me to keep it off and I am determined this time to do so. So if anyone has any ideas or motivation, please do not hesitate to throw it my way. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:39:23 EST japristov hi. last year i had lost 15 pounds and then went on vacation. since then, i have slowly put all the 15 pounds back on. right now i have no motivation to workout. we do eat pretty healthy though. I want to start working on my weight again by diet and working out. how do you all feel about 'calorie shifting'? is it helpful? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:44:21 EST new member i started here last night but lost everything,hi my name is bridget, ive been on myfitnesspal for bout a year now and so far have lost 45 lbs, iwant to keep this journey going with as much support i can get to get me threw this ...i deal with anxiety disorder on a daily bases,but im hoping that with this weight lose i may not have to deal with it forever, i wanta become more healthier for me and my family and look and feel awesome when i look in the anyone out there willing to h... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:55:31 EST Last Fruit or Veggie you ate...... <em>265</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:53:55 EST Did you track your Nutrition...... <em>224</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:52:19 EST Did you track your Exercise...... <em>224</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:51:23 EST using the message board Well now I m trying to figure this out. My into post got responses from the teams I chose to join but I am wondering how I post more messages. Like now if I post a message does it go to all of the teams or just to the individual who message I posted on? Basically I am wondering if there is a post message button somewhere on my spark page that I am overlooking? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:24:18 EST new member Hi ,im new to this site ,have been doing mfp for over a year and my goal is to lose this weight and support i can get.i will not give up ive already lost 45lbs and with more support i feel i can make this journey for better health n better body a success.... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:22:20 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am new to spark and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jessica and I am here for support and encouragement to lose weight. A friend was recommending so here goes. I am overweight and want to do this for real. I have been on so many diets but the weight I lose comes right back. I am mustering up the courage to join a gym to start somewhere. I am hoping to get some encouragement here. All the best to you all as well...! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:08:14 EST Just started I just started today! I have been thinking about "starting" for a long time. Usually it is every Monday morning I say I am going to "start" eating right, but when Monday comes I am in a hurry or something comes up and it never works out. My breaking points were last Saturday and today. On Saturday my sons had their birthday party and I was jumping in their jump house and I could barely jump a foot high and after 5 minutes of this so call jumping, I was barely doing, I was out of breath. Then ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:41:17 EST Jewelsrealm Hi all - just ready to get going on this journey to lose some weight and stay healthy. Day 1 feeling a little overwhelmed but ready to give this site a try! I need to lose about 30 lbs in a healthy way. I lack motivation, but need to get moving before things really get out of hand! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:29:00 EST im a new spark member hi my name is ali i just started i will need some help on what to do Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:56:26 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi! This is my first time on sparkpeople. I need to lose 100 pounds. I want to have less pain and be able to play with my kid. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:42:24 EST New here I and new to your team. I was here at sparkpeople once but I wanted a fresh start so hopefully this will be good for me Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:51:23 EST hello!! Ok. New to this site. How is everyone doing? Planning on low Carb no sugar diet. How does everyone like this site.? <BR> I'm from Orlando Fla. Two small children. Full time student. Part time work. Hope to chat with you soon. <BR> Summer Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:48:25 EST New to SparkPeople... Hi, <BR> My name is Stacey and i am 20 years old. Ive tried many times to lose weight, but failed everytime. I did manage to lose about 10 kgs already since returning for a holiday in August last year when i was my heaviest. Since being the weight that i am now, i find it really hard to lose weight. I have discovered i am a binge eater. I eat constantly, when im not hungry. I found myself eating a whole block of chocolate, just because it looked good, i wasnt even hungry. <BR> I am hoping th... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:52:10 EST Hi my name is Monica I'm offacially at the end of my rope. I'm 28 and I'm at the heaviest i have ever been. I hardly recognize myself. I have always been heavy but comfortable in my skin but recently i have lost my edge i just stoped caring. I contribute this to being stressed. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and have had no sucess, i know my weight has a lot to do with it. But today is the day i have decided to chance my life. i dont want a diet, i want a lifestyle change i want to be healthy when... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:45:54 EST I'm Jae and I 'm on a mission With the change of seasons and gardening behind me it is time to focus on the insides . That means my insides and the houses insides. So I have joined Spark People as of today and hope to find support and advice as I begin my journey. I am over 50, my mothers caregiver, the mother of teenagers and young adults a grandmother to 4 as well as a wife. My world is upside down, topsy turvey and running in all directions. I have had focus and lost focus, I have drive and determination with no ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:41:34 EST Time to get to work Hi all! <BR> <BR> I have been working on losing weight for a while now but always "give up" due to lack of support or motivation. I am joining spark people in hopes that I can draw from everyone's support and enthusiam. <BR> <BR> I have lost 30 pounds in the last year but still have about 50 to go before I am at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know everyone better as we head down this journey together!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:05:59 EST debsmith58 Hello, <BR> I must lose about 60 pounds. My food is out of control. I know that I have spirtual deficit I must work on, a plan of eating, and support. If I don't start now, I am scared about what I could become. I am willing today with God's help. I need an online OA sponsor. Are there any out there who are available? <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or encouragement out there is welcome. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:38:35 EST Having trouble finding something on Spark? Any questions or concerns on how to find something on Spark, please let me know. I'll do my best to either answer, or point you in the right direction! <em>252</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:14:13 EST What emoticon are you today? Hi! What emoticon shows how you are feeling right now? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Have some fun with the emoticons! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:16:05 EST What the heck is a Freggie? Freggies is a term you may see thrown around here on other Teams and Boards on Spark. The first time someone told me to get more Freggies in, I wasn't 100% I hadn't been sworn at. What is the heck is a Freggie? <BR> <BR> A Freggie is a combo of the words "Fruit" and "Vegetables" - and is a term used by Sparkers to speak about getting your daily dose of the above mentioned. A Banana is a Freggie, and so is an Onion. Get it? <BR> <BR> Use your Nutrition Tracker to help keep track of how m... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:13:34 EST Can you get 10 minutes of Fitness in a Day? A Spark Streak that can really get people is just 10 minutes of Fitness in a Day (this is intentional ADDED Fitness... if you are a Nurse for a living, you don't get to add all the walking you do on the job. But if you go for an extra walk at night - that is Intentional Fitness). Most people start out on a diet, and immediately try to do 2 hours of Fitness in a day. What happens is the first day you miss it, it seems like it isn't worth trying to get back into it because you have already b... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:10:08 EST Can you drink 8 glasses of Water in a Day? One of the first Spark Streaks you can get started on is getting more Water in your day. Believe it or not, the average Adult is consistently dehydrated. And the nice added benefit of Water is that it can help to squeeze out some of those other calorie filled drinks you've been drinking! <BR> <BR> So, can you get 8 glasses of water in? <em>91</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:06:59 EST