SparkPeople BODIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION TEAM Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=58393 Many times, we are apprehensive to start new things in life. "Change is the only constant" and we have to keep moving ahead in our life to bring this change. Let's make 2014 the year of Change. SparkPeople BODIES UNDER CONSTRUCTION TEAM Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=58393 There;s a New Super Food In Town! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58894520 Nutrition 101: There's a New Super Food in Town! <BR> <BR> By: Tanya Jolliffe, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> Move over green tea and red wine, there is a new antioxidant-rich super food that's becoming more and more popular. The pomegranate used to be nothing more than a seasonal novelty--even though it is a fruit that has been around for centuries, as referenced in Persephone, Homer's Odyssey and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Over the last few years, however, there have been more... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:41:10 EST 9 Little Tricks that Make Working Out A lot Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58891417 9 Little Tricks that Make Working Out A Lot Easier <BR> 236 <BR> SHARES <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 9/7/2011 10:00 AM : 81 comments : 47,817 Views <BR> See More: fitness, excuse busters, habits of fit people, motivation, <BR> <BR> I am not a morning person, but a few times a week, I make myself a morning exerciser. It's the only way I'm guaranteed to fit in my runs. A couple weeks ago, I was too darn tired to wake up early to run, so I decided I'd do it duri... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:50:31 EST Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58874068 Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss <BR> Find Out Why You've Set Your Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> If you’re like most people, you probably want to lose weight because in your mind that will make it easier for you to live the kind of life you want to live. <BR> <BR> What this means in concrete terms will be different for everyone. It may involve solving or preventing medical problems; living to see children and grandchildren gro... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:29:16 EST July....What Exercise Did You Do Today??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x58395365 3.5 miles walking <BR> 10 min workout video <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:56:46 EST July....Come On In And Say Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x58395288 <em>524</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:52:05 EST July....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x58395276 20 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:51:17 EST accountably http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x58313731 Hi everyone I got off track for a while but now I am hoping to get back on track. I could really use some help. If anyone out there wants to hold me accountable by making me check in with you I would really appreciate it. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:43:16 EST Alcohol and Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58171349 Alcohol and Weight Loss <BR> Can You Have Both? <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> . <BR> <BR> Alcohol and weight loss are enemies, but an occasional drink can have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many experts note the potential health benefits of consuming a single drink per day, including a reduced risk for high blood pressure If, however, you are exceeding one drink daily, you might be sabotaging your weight loss plans. <BR> <BR> Alcohol is metabolized differen... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:37:56 EST How to Maintain Your Workout Motivation All Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58148184 How to Maintain Your Workout Motivation All Year Long <BR> 12 Tips to Keep Moving Today, Tomorrow--and Beyond! <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> When you first start a new fitness routine, you are energized and your motivation levels are at an all-time high. But over time, that motivation begins to wane and what used to seem easy to do (popping in that workout DVD, heading out for a walk or getting to the gym) is now like pulli... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:44:41 EST Surround Yourself with the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58138325 Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you c... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:05:39 EST The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58127705 The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals <BR> Being Overwhelmed is So Over <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site. <BR> <BR> Setting and achieving goals can be very overwhelming if systems aren’t put in place. A system can take many different forms. It can be a simple post-it reminder or it can be a routine that you follow on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Once you start setting goals, it’s tough not to wan... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:24:07 EST June....What Exercise Did You Do Today?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x58083913 7 miles walking Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:26:55 EST June....Say Hi To Your Team Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x58083629 <em>524</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:02:20 EST June....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x58083614 2 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:01:12 EST Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58047545 Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses <BR> Winning the Fight Against Yourself <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> I got into a fight this morning. It was not a “discussion." It was not a “disagreement.” It was a full blown fight. No, it wasn’t with my wife or kids or even the other drivers on the highway. The fight started before work and even before anyone else in the house was awake. The person I had a fight with was myself. <BR> <BR> You see, if I am... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:05:33 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58036644 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today <BR> Don't Give Up on Your Goals! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You were confident that you were going to reach your goals once an... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:08:44 EST How to Deal with Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58024802 How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep i... Wed, 28 May 2014 08:54:43 EST Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58012723 Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <BR> Are Your Friends and Family Making You Fat? <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s one in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step forward to gain dominion over food, they’re at your elbow-- offering you a brownie, some chip... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:22:33 EST Heart Healthy Benefits of Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x58000634 Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise <BR> Your Body Benefits from Your Hard Work <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site. <BR> <BR> "Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the heart-heal... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:42:46 EST Pave the Way for Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x57990477 Pave the Way for Persistence <BR> Be Consistent and Persistant to Reach Your Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to permanent weight loss, persistence is where the tire meets the road. There will be many ups and downs along this road, and you'll have to keep yourself going even when things get tough. If you’ve been working the previous eight steps in this plan, you have already done much of the preparation necessary to cultivate... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:49:35 EST Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x57990386 Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake <BR> Don't Let Toxic Guilt Wipe Out Your Willpower <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this story sound familiar to you? You’re doing pretty well sticking within your calorie range until that box of candy shows up in the office, or all heck breaks loose and the only way to squeeze in lunch is at the local fast food joint. You give in to the candy or the double cheeseburger with fries and after that, thin... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:42:34 EST May....what exercise did you do today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x57700736 This thread will open tomorrow. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:22:55 EST May...Say Hi To Your Team Mates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x57700716 This thread will open tomorrow. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:21:52 EST May....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x57700708 This thread will open tomorrow. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:21:21 EST April...Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x57302496 On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:04:08 EST April.....Say Hi To Your Team Mates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x57299617 <em>213</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:07:31 EST Just wondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x57133538 I am wondering if any of you had had your Gall Bladder removed? I just got mine out a week ago. I am not sure what to expect....still a little sore doing more than I should but I am afaid that my eating has increased....any insight would be helpful. Thanks Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:07:18 EST Southern WV Mommy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x56955003 Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Mar. Challenge....30 mins. fitness for 31 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x56934266 Come here and post what exercises you can do to keep yourself fit and energized.. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:05:30 EST Mar.....Come In Say Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56932903 <em>524</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:34:41 EST Mar......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56932878 On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:32:27 EST What's your favorite exercise today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56625688 <em>319</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:14:07 EST Emoticon....How are you feeling today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56625628 <em>104</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:09:12 EST Emoticons for sparks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56625592 <em>244</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:06:37 EST Quotes For Today....Come Share!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56625539 Don't let yesterday use up too much of today! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:03:43 EST WOOHOO....If you Huddled today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x56625513 <em>244</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:01:22 EST Chasing Butterflies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24766x58393x56625453 <em>88</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 07:56:16 EST Feb....Hearts and Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24766x58393x56625432 <em>255</em> <em>214</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 07:54:59 EST The food chain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24766x58393x56598139 Here's how this works. I'll post a food and the next person will take the last letter of the word I posted and post a new word (food) that starts with that letter. Got it? Good. <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple (the next person will post a food that starts with the letter "E") Sat, 1 Feb 2014 04:19:37 EST Feb.....Say Hi For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56587323 <em>524</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:12 EST FEB......New Question Each Day ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56587295 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you feel about the ads on Sparks and do you click on them? <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me... The ones on the side are fine but the moving ones on the top are very distracting. I realize that they are helping to keep this site going for free. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:05:26 EST FEB....GO ODIES.... 30mins for 28 days challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x56580135 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:54:32 EST FEB......New Question Each Day ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56574774 I will post a new question of the day in February. Come join in and see what the other members have to say. <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:40:58 EST Feb.....Say For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56574757 <em>524</em> .....This challenge will start on Feb. 1st. I've already handed out this month goodies for Jan. Thanks for participation...Let's make Jan. rock! <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:39:01 EST Feb.....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56574689 This thread will start on Feb. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in h... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:34:52 EST Buddies 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56309225 I would Like to set up buddies for 2014... However I only would like people to reply if ONLY you will try to reach out to your buddy! I got a few questions before I assign you with your buddy after 2-3 weeks sometime, in that time I will post the list of buddies...Here are the questions now... <BR> <BR> 1. What goals do you have set for yourself in 2014 (Both long and short term goals)? <BR> 2. Where are you from? <BR> 3. When is your Birthday? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:12:31 EST Jan....GOODIES 30 mins for 31 days challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x56114152 <em>381</em> Come and post how many minutes you worked out today. Any kind of exercise will do. walking, skiing, swimming, golfing, weight lifting....you name it, you can do it! At the end of Jan. I will hand out goodies for all those that take on the challenge. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:30:42 EST Jan.....Say Hi For Goodies Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56113976 <em>524</em> .....This challenge will start on Jan. 1st. I've already handed out this month goodies for Dec. Thanks for participation...Let's make Jan. rock! <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:12:20 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x56111788 This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:48:40 EST Hi from BC Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x55898868 Hi there, I'm new to Spark People and this forum. Sounds like fun though. I'm challenging myself to get toned up again and back into my jeans! I've always loved working out, but this past year and a bit have struggled to get the weight off! I enjoy weights, some jogging, and want to start some group classes at my gym. I also noticed workouts on this site so will try those as well! Looking forward to joining a motivating group as the pounds come off! Christmas holiday season is particularly... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:10:41 EST New member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x55857149 My name is Janet. I am 36 years old. I have 2 kids ages 11 and 13. I started my weight challenge this past march. I have lost 50 pounds so far. I want to loose 70 more. 50 by next September. I took my kids to Walt Disney world last May and didn't feel good about getting my pics taken so I wasn't in any of the pics. When we go back this September I want to feel good about myself that I will get my pics taken with my kids. I started tanning this past summer in a tanning salon while I was dressi... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:59:46 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x55793409 Use an emoticon or write what you did today or plan on doing today to get those beautiful bodies moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Dec. 1st..... (Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:04:30 EST Dec......Hi's For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55793369 This challenge will start on Dec. 1st....(Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:59:57 EST Bonus Points For Our Team.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55594163 On the main page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> <BR> If you don't have time to post to all your teams, keep a tally of the points and the dates f... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:25:44 EST Nov....Daily Hi's for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55461724 <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:26:59 EST NOV.....GET UP AND GO FOR GOODIES CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x55460678 Emoticon or right what exercise you did today. Let's just GET UP AND GO. At the end of the month I will hand out goodies to all those that challenge themselves to getting back into shape. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:10:20 EST Greetings and Salutations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x55341747 Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Mary and I am 44 years old. I reside outside of Raleigh, NC, and I have a wonderful husband and 3 awesome boys. <BR> <BR> I recently had a change in medications and gained nearly 20 pounds. Now I am looking to be healthier and still stable in my medical treatment. <BR> <BR> I work full time and am a full time student, working on a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies. <BR> <BR> My kids and my husband are the bright spots in my life, next to the t... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:06:40 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x55322202 <BR> My name is Kassi. I am 20 years old and I weigh 305 pounds. I just recently started noticing how much of an effect this weight has on my body. I don't want to let my weight hold me back anymore. I joined spark because I am looking for some major support. <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:02:57 EST Binge :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55271829 Yesterday I was so pumped to get myself back on track...My vacation started and I knew I would have all kinds of time to make sure I did the right things...What did I do? <BR> <BR> Eating Binge....I really don't know why I did it or what I really was thinking :( <BR> <BR> Even though I have still had success while not really eating the right way over the past few weeks...33 lbs lost to date....I Don't know why I have the Blahs and Binges? <BR> <BR> Anyone have any advice for me to get my... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:53:08 EST did the team name change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55264363 I just got an email from this team and I don't remember joining it ..... soooo.....I'm really confused. Did the name change and I missed the memo? .... I really hope so. Cause if not .... my memory has gotten really bad. <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:25:03 EST CLICK....IF YOU LOVE SPARKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55246081 <em>252</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:46:48 EST OCT.....GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x55110688 3 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Team Total.... 3 miles Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:50:30 EST DID YOU SLEEP WELL LAST NIGHT??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x55078902 <em>102</em> but DH woke me up with a <em>106</em> of coffee <em>334</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:05:34 EST October...Daily Hi's for Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x55076230 Come on in and say hi. It only takes a second and makes a great start to our day. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:28:06 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x54802157 1st Place.....Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team <BR> 2nd Place.....A Brand New Road Ahead Team <BR> 3rd Place......V.I.P....Your License To Succeed Team <BR> 4th Place.......World's Best Grandmas and Grandpas Team <BR> 5th Place........Strengthen and Tone Your Body Team <BR> 6 the Place.....Calling All Canadians Team <BR> 7th Place.........Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................243.75 miles <BR> V.I.P.....A License To Succ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:33:59 EST September: DAILY HI"S and POST FOR GOODIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x54737382 <em>213</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:40:40 EST SEPT.....GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x54725437 Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for Sept. called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, elliptical, treadmill or walking (with or without a pedometer). Go to our TEAM CHALLENGES FORUM and join in on the thread GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Post what you did for the day....week. Add your miles to the last miles posted. <BR> <BR> I will han... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:42:24 EST DID YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL TODAY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x54480505 Yes I did my strenght training today. Haven't did them in awhile. Getting back on track. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:35:23 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS...Do Not Post Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x54406818 Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................28.4 miles <BR> Working Together to Reach Our Goals Team.......74.5 miles <BR> Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team............................177.79 miles <BR> 60's and Beyond Team......................................<BR>.........45.0 miles <BR> World's Best Grandmas And Grandpas Team....103.13 miles <BR> A Brand New Road Ahead Team..............................99.13 miles <BR> Video Challenge Team......................................<BR>......... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:34:35 EST GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x54353385 Make sure after you post your mileage to add it to the teams total!! Have fun!! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:44:47 EST LIST A SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x54338589 Let's think of something that you would like to accomplish today!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine would be to go for a walk Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:33:28 EST Good News Will Be Where You Look For It.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54287002 Good News will be Where You Look for It <BR> Optimism Lengthens Lifespan <BR> -- By Rachel Von Nida, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a big believer that attitude and outlook on life accounts for a lot. Research clearly shows that people are actually healthier and much happier when they wake up each day with a positive mind-set. For example, in a 23-year study by Miami and Yale Universities, people with a positive perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer. <BR> <BR> This notion may ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:45:20 EST Why Strength Training is a Must For Everyone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54275272 Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone <BR> Strength Becomes More Important with Age <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age. <BR> <BR> Everyone, no matter how young or old, should be doing some kind of regular strength training. This could be at the gym, or a... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:22:36 EST Tune In to a Healthier You..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54249059 Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:26:40 EST Sunny Disposition and Your Heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54235146 Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems <BR> Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Being cheerful and optimistic may greatly reduce your risk of heart problems, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> "If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events," study leader Lisa Yanek, an assistant professor in g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:48:18 EST The Causes of Allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54220039 The Causes of Allergies <BR> Most Factors are Out of Your Control <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer & Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While scientists don’t completely understand why allergies develop, they do believe that a combination of things create the immune system confusion, from genetic predisposition to environmental factors. <BR> <BR> There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to the development of allergies—those that you can't change,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:28:26 EST The More You Spark The More You Lose.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54209278 The More You 'Spark,' The More You'll Lose <BR> Groundbreaking Study Shows Using SparkPeople Improves Weight-Loss Results <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Editor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Researchers have been studying what works—and what doesn't—for real, permanent weight loss for years. Various weight-loss interventions (from specialized diets to in-person support groups to educational sessions to weight-loss apps) have been analyzed, scrutinized, and reviewed in hopes of finding "the" a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:08:08 EST Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54162250 Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 <BR> Motivation to Lose <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster. <BR> <BR> A 10 pe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:50:53 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54148866 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce yo... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:59:07 EST 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54137428 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic <BR> Holiday Gifts for the Active People in Your Life <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's holiday gift time again, and, like me, you may be at a loss as to what to buy your fitness-loving loved ones, especially those who are already decked in top-notch performance wear and already own the best workout gear. Well, here's an often-forgotten gift idea for your loved ones: beauty produc... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:24:33 EST Transition into a Healthy Retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54123373 Transition into a Healthy Retirement <BR> Retirement Can Be A Renaissance <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a distinguished politician who went into retirement after a long career of hectic schedules, important tasks, and continual limelight. After hanging around the house for the first week of his new-found freedom, he was gently chastised by his wife, who informed him that she ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:50:48 EST FUNctional Fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54112439 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> -- By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert & Author <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:39:10 EST So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54097640 So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! <BR> How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a time in recent history when the closest Americans willingly came to soybeans was by driving through farm country. The only milk you could find at the grocery store came from cows, and the word “tofu” conjured images of bell-bottomed hippies. Times have changed however, and what was once a staple only in Asian markets has found its way to mainst... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:54:56 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Weight Loss Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54084604 Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:43:51 EST Healthy Smile, Healthy Body.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54070881 Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet them, and... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:12:47 EST "You Know You're a SparkPerson When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54057224 ''You Know You're a SparkPerson When...'' Contest Rules <BR> See if your favorite is a winner! <BR> -- By SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Recently we held a contest based on the Message Board thread "You know you're a SparkPerson when…" Members were asked to vote for their favorite responses, and below are the top 10! <BR> <BR> You know you're a SparkPerson when… <BR> <BR> 10…You mentally count the calories that other people eat too. (KARMONSTER) <BR> <BR> 09…You look forward to your time at the gy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:49:58 EST 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54044000 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks <BR> Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While a walking program can be exciting and challenging at first, you don’t want to fall into a rut by doing the same thing month after month. Here are some ways to add variety to your workouts, whether outdoors or inside on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Add an Incline <BR> Even adding a moderate hill can significantly boost your energy exp... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:16:22 EST how to Set and Reach SMART Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54030979 How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> A Printable Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might be gung-ho about tackling new goals in the New Year, but not so fast! The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul. After reading the explanation of SMA... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:03:05 EST 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54019632 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> Boost Your Body's Defenses <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your immune system is important. Very much like your own personal army, it guards your body against attacks from invaders (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses), defending against infections and several kinds of cancer. And it’s smart, too, often “remembering” certain infections so it’s ready for them the next time they try to attack. But just like any other bod... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:12:36 EST 10 Signs You Need to Loose Weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x54008680 Top 10 Signs You Need to Lose Weight <BR> Can You Relate? <BR> -- By John McGran, Professional Writer (and Dieter) <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I’d rather laugh than cry when life sneaks up on me and cracks me right between the eyes. Case in point: my weight. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t that long ago that I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. But being the yo-yo dieter that I am—with emphasis on the yo-yo p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:25:38 EST Beat the Crowds at the Gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53997215 Beat the Crowds at the Gym <BR> 9 Ways to Wait Less and Work Out More <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have a gym membership, you know how frustrating it can be when the gym is too crowded for comfort. Isn't it tough enough to muster the motivation to head out the door to exercise? Then you arrive, dressed and ready for a workout, only to find a fitness center so crowded that the waiting time for an elliptical is longer than the line for a mo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:03:45 EST Stop Weekend Binges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53984496 Stop Weekend Binges <BR> Is Weekend Eating Destroying Your Diet? <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The structure of the work (or school) week can be extremely conducive to maintaining good eating habits. If you have a very predictable daily routine, it can be easier to plan meals and snacks and eat on a consistent schedule so that you never get too hungry. But when the weekend comes, all that structure disappears and leads many people into making unhealthy eating c... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:17:25 EST JULY.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x53971214 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON JULY 1ST...2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:46:03 EST Taking Care of Yourself When You are the Caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53970717 Taking Care of Yourself When You Become the Caregiver <BR> Finding Health and Balance When Caring for Others <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I sat across the cafe table from my dearest friend, Margie, I was struck by how tired and drawn she looked. This was the first time we had seen in each other in months. Before, we had made a point to meet for lunch or coffee once a week. Now that she had moved her folks close by to help with her father’s c... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:13:05 EST JULY...HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x53959292 FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF JULY. REMEMBER ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GREAT....TENNIS, GARDENING, GOLFING, SWIMMING etc. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN JULY ) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR P... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:52:11 EST 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53955946 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise Like Normal <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 10/4/2012 2:00 PM : 32 comments : 13,498 Views <BR> See More: injury, exercise, sunscreen, <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had a spot removed from my shoulder. My dermatologist cut out a pretty hefty chunk that required several stitches and has left me with a one-inch scar. <BR> Relief that the sketchy spot was history was soon replaced by panic when I was given post-op instructi... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:06:02 EST 31 DAYS....TO LESS STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x53943010 Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more .But summer is the perfect time to relax,slowdown,and Just enjoy the weather.What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> I will post a daily tip each day this month to help make your summer more enjoyable. <em>414</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:55:24 EST Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53942684 Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of streak—when you consistently meet a goal, like tracking your fo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:29:54 EST How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53931810 How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist <BR> Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch? <BR> <BR> Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a girl, ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:32:21 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53918576 Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:18:56 EST Snacking Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53906922 Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:18:28 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53893340 The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards and conse... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:03:17 EST Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53880599 Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative <BR> Cook as the Mediterraneans Do <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Would you be surprised to learn that you CAN feel good about fat in your food? Here’s a refresher on one source of fat – olive oil – the healthier oil of all oils and the natural juice of the olive fruit. Its most talked about benefit may be its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (the good cholestero... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:07:24 EST Exercises to Boost Your Brian Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53865901 Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power <BR> Strengthen Your Mind with These Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific organ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:48:27 EST Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53852297 Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking <BR> Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “How do you do it?” my friend asked me one day over coffee. “You’ve had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you’re still so cheerful. What gives?” <BR> <BR> My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I’d gotten divorced and I’d been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:25:32 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53840834 What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what you eat before and after your workouts, too? <BR> <BR> Usually not. If you’re eating a health... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:13:06 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53828009 A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:52:05 EST What to Wear When You Walk.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53815082 What to Wear When You Walk <BR> Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here are some tips to help you stay cool, dry and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! <BR> <BR> Feet... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:01:30 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53803224 A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market <BR> The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From hot summer days through those cool early fall months, farmers markets are in full swing, yielding a bounty of beautiful, fresh, local produce. Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> While grocery stores boast... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:22:39 EST Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53789549 Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Calories after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! This article will help you figure out how to use SparkPeople’s tools just as effectively to maintain your weight as you have used them to lose that weight in the first place. Make sure you’re logged in now so that the links below will work for you. <BR> <BR> Ste... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:12:08 EST Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53773986 Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re watching your calorie intake, the most problematic part of your anatomy may be your sweet tooth. Our bodies are hard-wired for an attraction to sweet foods since sweetness signals that we’re taking in the calories (energy) needed for survival. The problem arises, of course, when we’re not burning those calories. But we can ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:12:00 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53761897 Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:44:58 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53751056 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a c... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:14:45 EST Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53738216 Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet <BR> Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian, with Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk. It does a body good. <BR> <BR> Unless it doesn't, that is. <BR> <BR> While milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein, up to 75% of the world's population cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. When they try, the result is tummy trouble that can range from a mild discomfo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:40:44 EST Think Yourself Fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53724690 Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:48:07 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53710343 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer <BR> Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try th... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:58:32 EST How to Avoid the Diet Blues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53695377 Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mor... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:17:00 EST 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Season.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53681145 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Spring <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/17/2013 6:00 AM : 87 comments : 25,258 Views <BR> See More: fitness, cardio, spring, <BR> <BR> Do you love spring as much as I do? It's so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors without wearing a coat, and see the green grass and tiny flower buds flanking the streets. Every sunny day, I lament that I'm in the office instead of outdoors, which is why I get outside ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:08:33 EST Sharing Is Achieving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53667120 Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:31:50 EST The Truth About Juicing and Your Health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53655672 The Truth about Juicing and Your Health <BR> To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple decades ago, juicing was something that only overzealously health-conscious people did. You just knew someone was into healthy living if he or she owned a juicer or drank fresh juice regularly. Today, it's much more popular. People are juicing to lose weight, to cleanse and to consume more nutrients. Juicers are pop... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:48:08 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53642391 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> Let Cupid Take Aim at You <BR> -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No matter how close-to-perfection body you have (and just what is the ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:22:19 EST 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53628424 5 Healthy Habits that Can Cause Headaches <BR> These Good-for-You Habits Might Be a Pain in the Head <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Headaches can be frustrating, popping up when you're tense, stressed, dehydrated or otherwise unbalanced. It's easy to blame them on the obvious culprits: a late night, a skipped meal or an insane work schedule. But some of your healthiest habits could be to blame for that recent headache, too. Here are five good-for-you habits that can ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:11:54 EST The Secrets of Success: Sneak in More Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53614163 The Secrets of Success: Sneak In More Exercise <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/10/2010 6:05 AM : 108 comments : 53,156 Views <BR> See More: fitness, weight loss, secrets of success, <BR> <BR> We've been talking a lot in the past few weeks about exercise and weight loss: why it matters, how much you need, and ways to vary your routine for better results. What if working out and dieting alone aren't really enough to lose weight? Yes, both exercise and a healthy, calo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:02:44 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53599518 Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success <BR> Good Things Come to Those Who Believe <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! <BR> <BR> But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or e... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:54:20 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53584264 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/31/2013 6:00 AM : 67 comments : 47,441 Views <BR> See More: fitness, stretching, sitting, work, <BR> <BR> Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a computer. I love writing and editing, but I don't ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:51:48 EST Sneaky Ways to Get Fit & Healthy. .Without trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53570766 10 Sneaky Ways to Get Fit and Healthy—Without Really Trying <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 9/23/2009 7:33 AM : 193 comments : 146,485 Views <BR> See More: quick tips, excuse busters, healthy living, getting started, changes, <BR> <BR> Faster than a speeding bullet, there's a new approach to healthy living can make you fit as a fiddle. And it's as easy as 1-2-3! <BR> <BR> It's called "stealth health" and it's a philosophy that's gaining ground among experts, food m... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:34:37 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53557279 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obvi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:47:51 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53544999 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> A Look at Self-Destructive Thoughts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:02:04 EST Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53531795 Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? <BR> <BR> By: Becky Hand, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/8/2013 12:00 PM : 40 comments : 79,159 Views <BR> See More: weight loss, healthy eating, spring, diet myths, <BR> <BR> Spring is right around the corner, and as I glance around my home, I see that a thorough cleaning is in order. Dust bunnies are multiplying under my bed, spider webs are glistening on my chandelier, and a layer of dust has settled on all places too difficult to comfortably reach... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:29:26 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53519025 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains <BR> Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work <BR> -- By SparkPeople Staff <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people struggle with pain. Whether it's short term from an injury or chronic due to disc issues, neuropathy or Fibromyalgia, we all want to find relief. Pain clinics and medical interventions are great places to begin, but some pain sufferers look for additional ways to find relief that don't always involve drugs, appointments or doctor ... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:53:50 EST A Beginner's Guide to Container Veggie Gardens.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53509472 A Beginner's Guide to Container Vegetable Gardening <BR> A Versatile Way to Grow Your Favorite Plants <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth and Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributors <BR> <BR> Container gardening is a useful method of growing both edibles and ornamentals when you have little or no yard, have compromised soil, or you simply enjoy the freedom to move your plants from place to place. It is an ideal technique for those in urban situations such as apartments. One of the biggest bonuses to contai... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:57:49 EST Have You Found Your Inner "Normal Eater"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53493213 Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no getting ob... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:32:31 EST Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53471536 Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines <BR> How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Often described as an intense throbbing or pulsing in one specific area of the head, a migraine headache is a condition that can't--and shouldn't--be ignored. This severe headache can last for a few hours or up to several days. People who suffer from migraines are often left incapacitated, seeking a dark, quiet place to rest and recupe... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:23:34 EST 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53460116 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets <BR> What the Bottle Won't Tell You <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Want to enjoy that sun-kissed look without the risks of tanning? Whether you just want to touch up some tan lines or need all over bronzing, the latest generation of self-tanners will have you glowing in a matter of minutes. <BR> <BR> The active ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA, a simple sugar that turns golden brown when exposed to certain proteins. Wh... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:44:45 EST Concentrate On Your Core... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53447634 Concentrate On Your Core <BR> Exercise Your Body from the Inside-Out <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If your core is weak, you are susceptible to poor posture and injury. Lower back pain is also more likely to occur. <B... Thu, 23 May 2013 08:01:11 EST Can You "Cheat" on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53435973 Can You 'Cheat' on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight? <BR> How Cheat Meals and Cheat Days Affect Your Weight Loss <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Cheating" is the act of deceiving others or being dishonest. The word conjures up images of copying someone else's answers during an exam, fudging your taxes, or counting cards. Needless to say, these are not positive activities. But does the same negative connotation apply to a cheat meal (or day) for a person on a... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:24:52 EST 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53421136 10 Best Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss Success <BR> What Really Works to Keep the Weight Off Forever <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you don't just want to lose weight, you want to lose the extra weight forever. Ta-ta. Sayonara. Good riddance. While losing weight does take focus and dedication, it's important to remember that losing weight isn't really a start-and-end process. Sure, you have a weight-loss goal to... Tue, 21 May 2013 06:25:31 EST Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53409042 Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow <BR> 4 Ways to Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? <BR> <BR> Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals an... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:22:11 EST Shopping Cart Essentials.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53395607 Shopping Cart Essentials <BR> Stock Up on these Healthy Staples <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you’re going to start eating healthy. Congratulations are in order—and so is a trip to the grocery store. Stocking up on some new items is a must. If your pantry is full of healthy fare, you’ll stress less about meals, and you’ll be less likely to snack on nutritionally-empty junk. <BR> <BR> But should you buy 12-grain or whole wheat bread? Low-... Sun, 19 May 2013 07:22:36 EST Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53386452 Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? <BR> What the Research Really Says about Acai, Green Tea, Carbs and Dairy <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:55:38 EST Allergy Tips for Every Season.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53374490 Allergy Tips for Every Season <BR> Don't Let Symptoms Prevent You from Enjoying the Weather <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every season of the year brings new obstacles to allergy sufferers. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as sensitivity to pollen in the spring or mold in the fall), or allergies that are a nuisance in every season (like pet dander and dust mites), there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your symptoms year-rou... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:45:35 EST Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53364986 Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions <BR> Got Money Problems? Find Peace with Your Paycheck <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got money problems? These days, when many people earn the equivalent of 4 gallons of gas per hour, who doesn’t? <BR> <BR> For many people, money problems go beyond coping with rising prices or tweaking your budget to keep your expenses within your means; they're a way of life. No matter how much money you have, it's ... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:44:52 EST 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53352977 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims <BR> Separate the Food Fact from the Fiction <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants in food we should shun to avoid illn... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:18:19 EST MOTIVATION BOOT CAMP NEEDED... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x53343443 Would you believe I have been cleared from all doctors to resume my workouts and normal life and I am not one bit motivated. I don't know if it is just me, or was it from the car accident back in March but I have no desire to do this health thing. <BR> <BR> I start each day saying, "Ok Mikki, we got to do our walking videos and get back to the gym" but that never happens. I do walk outside for about a mile or 2 but only because I have too. I was told my dog was gaining too much weight so I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:30:48 EST How to Deal With Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53339939 How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:06:04 EST Body Composition Measures Results.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53324648 Body Composition Measures Results <BR> Use these Numbers to Track your Progress <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work is paying off. They want to gauge their progress a different way. Give them numbers on paper, or som... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:46:51 EST Common Myths about Happiness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53313624 Common Myths about Happiness <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish this sentence: “I could be happy if…” <BR> <BR> Did you answer something like, “If I lost 15 pounds,” “if I got that promotion,” or “if I had more money”? If so, you’re not alone. <BR> <BR> For many people, happiness is some elusive thing that’s always out of reach. You’re never happy right here and now—your happiness depends on something that’s got to happen in the future, something outs... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:11:39 EST An Exercise in Self-Esteem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53302092 An Exercise in Self-Esteem <BR> Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re like most people who want to lose weight, you probably think that shedding a few pounds will help you feel better about yourself. And chances are, you see exercise simply as something you need to do to accomplish that goal. But here’s something you may not know: this "necessary evil" approach to exercise may actually be prevent... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:24:12 EST Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53290321 Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations <BR> Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. <BR> <BR> Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Thei... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:38:03 EST Put the "I" Back in Your Vocabulary.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53276208 Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary <BR> Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you believe me if I told you that knowing the answer to one simple question could improve your chances for weight loss success by up to 100%? Well, it’s true. Here’s the question: <BR> <BR> Which of the following is the single most important factor in long-term weight loss success? <BR> <BR> A. Calorie Counting <BR> B. R... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:29:11 EST An Active Approach to Managing Menopause... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53264668 An Active Approach to Managing Menopause <BR> Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve heard the jokes and the horror stories. But often, faced with the onset of menopause, most of us don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Luckily, if you’re determined to stay fit—or get fit— there’s no time like perimenopause to begin a sensible physical regimen. <BR> <BR> Physical activity, the most effective alternative therapy available for women ... Wed, 8 May 2013 08:09:39 EST 100...POINTS A DAY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x53254486 167 Tue, 7 May 2013 11:26:37 EST 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53252436 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate <BR> Melting the Myths for Good <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you prefer a gooey chocolate truffle or a mug of hot cocoa, chocolate is the number one indulgence for most of us—especially on Valentine’s Day. But this indulgence comes at a price, right? After all, isn’t chocolate bad for us, full of caffeine and saturated fat? Not so fast—new research has shown that chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet af... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:04:48 EST 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53238389 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home <BR> Make Your Home Workplace Work for You <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Working from home may seem like a dream. You have no boss popping up behind you. No employees to interrupt you with the latest office gossip. No donuts to avoid. But, working from home—with all of its perks and pluses—also presents some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:26:59 EST No Pain = BIG Gain..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53224655 No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your ... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:30:53 EST Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53215209 Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many of these people rely on medication to fall asleep, but research shows that relaxation and meditation exercises can also be effective at treating insomnia. <BR> <BR> A new study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospi... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:32:49 EST Find Meaning in a Job Well Done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53203289 Find Meaning in a Job Well Done <BR> How to Make All Your Work Rewarding & Satisfying <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For most of us, work is a fact of life. Whether your paycheck helps care for a family, a home, tuition, or simply what you need to stay alive, we spend a large percentage of our waking hours doing some kind of work. <BR> <BR> According to recent research, most of us also have conflicting feelings about our work. Over 84 percent of... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:01:05 EST Getting Rest with RLS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53191907 Getting Rest with RLS <BR> Control Restless Legs Syndrome to Sleep Better <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> When your legs ache, you can usually lie down and relax to alleviate your symptoms. But for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS for short), relaxing only makes them hurt more. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 12 million Americans are suffering from RLS, which... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:06:10 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53176435 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring <BR> 8 Fresh Ideas for Healthier Skin and Hair! <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tulips and daffodils are pushing up through the thawing ground, buds are exploding from once-lonely tree branches, and I’ve got mashed carrot and avocado all over my face. No, I’m not spoon-feeding a baby, but I am babying my skin with a spring-inspired face masque. Carrots and avocados are excellent sources of skin-nourishing vitamins that can help... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:02:00 EST 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53162706 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings <BR> Spread the Spark to the World Around You <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're eager to be a positive force, there’s no shortage of people that could use some help. In 1994, 10-20% of every U.S. state’s population was considered obese. By 2001, the numbers in 30 states grew to 20% or more. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1 of every 4 adults in Alabama is obese. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is an int... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:06:02 EST Prevent Fitness Sebacks Before They Happen.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53148830 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... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:38:56 EST Break Out of Your Food Rut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53136551 Break Out of Your Food Rut! <BR> 5 Ways to Make Happier Meals <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's for dinner? What are you eating for breakfast or lunch tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If you aren't feeling excited about your meals, or if your kids are complaining about eating chicken again, you may be in a food rut. <BR> <BR> It happens easily; between work obligations, social plans, and kids' soccer practices, we tend to fall back on easy-to-prepare staple mea... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:01:54 EST 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53125379 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend <BR> How to Stay on Track 7 Days a Week <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how it goes. You make good food choices, avoid temptations, and work out every morning only to find that on Friday or Saturday night, your willpower goes out the window. Somehow you begin noshing on chicken fingers and guzzling beer then snoozing through your Spinning class the next morning. Sound familiar? <... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:24:07 EST How to Stop a Migraine in it's Tracks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53114750 How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks <BR> Triggers & Treatments for Migraine Pain <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you live with migraines, you might already be familiar with the pain and discomfort they cause. Migraines are a specific type of headache often identified by episodes of throbbing pain and, sometimes, nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Migraines can be mild or severe, and they occur more commonly in women than in men. <BR> <BR> Some people... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:22:12 EST Hello from NC. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x53109101 Hi everyone glad to be on the team. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:24:08 EST Surround Yourself with the Positive.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53103070 Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you can d... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:29:15 EST Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53089482 Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking <BR> Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> Starting a regular walking program offers numerous health and fitness benefits! <BR> <BR> Good for your heart: Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. <BR> According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 female nurses, th... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:16:47 EST Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53077355 Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back <BR> Plus 5 Ways to ''Green'' Your Workout <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people would only run if a bear were chasing them. Others do it to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress. But Wisconsinite Samuel Huber runs to help the planet. He is part of a growing movement of runners who realize that this form of exercise doesn't just get you from point A to point B, but can also be a vehicle for change. <BR> <BR> Huber is a ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:16:52 EST Managing Arthritis with Exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53065144 Managing Arthritis with Exercise <BR> Pain, Pain, Go Away <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the towel – this would be it, right? Wrong! <BR> <BR> In fact, when arthritis is a problem is precisely the time for you to get up and get mo... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:54:11 EST The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53050038 The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals <BR> A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams! <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at that point to break it down into short-term goals… practice some chords in the evening, run on the weekends, or arri... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:39:40 EST Healthy Eating Horoscopes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53041277 Healthy Eating Horoscopes <BR> Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're struggling t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:28:42 EST Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53027283 Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe <BR> Smart Substitution: Baking Ingredients <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s dinner time again and all of your tried and true recipes your family loves call for cups of oil, sticks of butter, and several ounces of whole milk. But you have the solution – smart substitutions. <BR> <BR> Cookware <BR> For starters, invest in a good set of non-stick pans and skillets. These alone will help cut down the amount of oil you use to cook... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:52:32 EST 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53014607 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick <BR> Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired? <BR> <BR> To s... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:09:33 EST Finding the Courage to Win...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x53001883 Finding the Courage to Win <BR> A Lesson about the Strength of Vision <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> This is the story of an unassuming electrician working hard at a city zoo. He was not known as the kind to stir up trouble, but as mounting injustice swirled around him, he couldn't help himself. He wrote and published a couple of essays expressing his beliefs - and was promptly arrested and sentenced to 1... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:56:35 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52987392 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> Good for You, Your Home and the Planet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it’s finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs, and take on your annual spring cleaning. But often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. And the way we clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn’t ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:56:16 EST Boomerang Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52973797 Boomerang Kids: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D., Yahoo! Contributor Network <BR> Sep 8, 2011 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.". <BR> More: <BR> Boomerang Kids <BR> Boomerang Generation <BR> Coping with Unemployment <BR> <BR> Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with sc... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:25:48 EST Boomerang Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52973790 Boomerang Kids: <BR> <BR> <BR> When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D., Yahoo! Contributor Network <BR> Sep 8, 2011 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.". <BR> More: <BR> Boomerang Kids <BR> Boomerang Generation <BR> Coping with Unemployment <BR> <BR> Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with school l... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:25:29 EST A Solution -Focused Approach to Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52973648 A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss <BR> Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you don’t achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for? <BR> <BR> Do you resolve to cut calories even more, try harder to resist temptations, or log extra treadmill time? These ideas could work—if you’ve been doing less than what you know you need to do to lose weight in the first place. <BR> <... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:15:57 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52959209 Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation <BR> The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do with your time once your children leave the nest? You may not have thought about it, but a new career path could be your best option. The years of parenting are spent focusing on other people’s needs, often with little time for self-reflection. Career exploration is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and personal ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:40:08 EST Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52949025 Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia <BR> Dietary Changes for a Better Night's Sleep <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is a good night’s sleep eluding you? <BR> Tossing and turning the whole night through, <BR> Drowsiness, fatigue, a lack of sleep, <BR> There is more help than just counting sheep. <BR> <BR> There are many factors that can cause sleep problems, and even more potential solutions. The steps you take to improve your sleeping pat... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:48:25 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52935279 Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when you might experience ongoing hunger, eve... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:15:56 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52921674 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing <BR> These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than rea... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:06:38 EST Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52907533 Do You Suffer from Diet Rage? <BR> Rules of the Road to Help You Reach Your Destination <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After slowing down to an unexplained stop for the 147th time in the space of 2 miles, I decided that I hated the world. Surrounding me were an ocean of maddening brake lights, rain pelting the windshield and thousands of tons of steel and fiberglass flung around by a clueless pack of selfish morons who obviously didn’t know the first thing about d... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:48:36 EST Think Your Too Busy to Eat Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52893008 Think You're Too Busy to Eat Healthy? <BR> Quick Shopping & Cooking Tips for People on-the-Go <BR> -- By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you're overworked or just plain overstressed, time is valuable to all of us. When making a lifestyle change, it can easily seem overwhelming to include new habits like exercise and healthy eating into your jam-packed days. Between everything else you've got going on, how are you also supposed to find time to prepare healt... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:25:51 EST The Worst Reasons to Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52878427 The Worst Reasons to Work Out <BR> Stay Motivated by Exercising for the Right Reasons <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have our own reasons for working out. And while all reasons have merit (and there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel good about the reflection you see in the mirror), some reasons for hitting the gym are definitely better and more motivating than others. <BR> <BR> In fact, the goals you set and t... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:10:36 EST 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52863990 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party <BR> Resist Temptation at Your Next Celebration <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Temptations abound at parties, but celebration doesn't have to mean overindulgence. Follow these tips to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Say no the first time to passed hors d'oeuvres. Chances are good that food will come around again. See what's being served before you decide what to eat. <BR> <BR> Limit your alcohol. Inhibitions are lowered w... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:00:56 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52851376 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a "happiness cocktail." After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain. <BR> <BR> While getting dressed, I thought about the many natur... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:18:57 EST Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52837020 Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes <BR> Manage Glucose, Lose Weight, and Reduce Complications <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If your doctor has diagnosed you with Type 2 diabetes, then she has probably already told you about the importance of adding exercise to your treatment plan. Physical activity can help you improve your blood sugar control, lose weight, and reduce your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease and nerve problems that are of... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:52:17 EST 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52823462 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated <BR> Ways to Rediscover Your Drive <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?" <BR> <BR> Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up o... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:05:36 EST Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52808824 Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new study from the National Institutes of Health found that the most sedentary individuals (i.e. couch potatoes) are 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia than regular exercisers. Dementia is a condition of declining mental abilities ( especially memory) that affects your personality, skills (like driving a car), and verbal abilities. <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:59:08 EST April Challenges. ...Calories IN...Calories OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x52796119 This challenge can be done seperately or in combination with each other. This is a great way to visually see how we are doing with Calories IN (food and drinks that we put into our bodies) and Calories OUT (the exercises that we do each day) that will wear calories away. You may want to post your day before results each day. <BR> <BR> Let's be accountable for the amounts of food or drinks that we par-take in each day and the amount of activities that we do in order to achieve the results tha... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:49:45 EST How a "Bad Food" Attitude Can Backfire.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52793707 How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire <BR> Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you struggle with cravings and wish you had the will power to cut out certain foods completely? When we work toward a healthy diet, so many of us think that making a list of food culprits and calling them off-limits will help us to succeed. However, if you take a deeper look at the psychology behind this flawed method, you’ll see so ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:15:39 EST Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52777211 Wake Up to the Importance of Exercise <BR> Working Out Improves Sleep Patterns <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You stayed up late last night to finish a project, woke up groggy only to realize that you’d slept through the alarm clock, skipped breakfast, then almost fell asleep in the middle of an important morning meeting. It’s now mid-afternoon and, as you’re having yet another cup of coffee to stifle yet another yawn, you realize you’re seemingly sleep walking ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:17:28 EST APRIL....30 DAYS....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52776453 Each day I will post a daily tip to help us keep our planet cleaner.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days,you maywonderwhere to start.But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple,and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money,limit waste,enhance your health and even increase your over all physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. <em>432</em> <em>433</em... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:30:51 EST Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52762563 Are You a Veggie Head or Just Plain Fruity? <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study randomly selected 508 adults and categorized each of them as either a vegetable lover or fruit lover by using a cross-classification technique, based on their preference ratings for fruits and vegetables and by each participant’s self-perceptions. Vegetable lovers differed from fruit lovers in both their cooking habits and their foo... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:14:17 EST Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52752051 Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? <BR> What the Research Really Shows <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some advertisements claim that hormonal changes from high stress lead to weight gain. These ads offer products that will supposedly normalize your hormones, thus decreasing your waist size. Should you use these products? <BR> <BR> Research does support some link between stress and weight. Stress often causes people to drop good eating and exercise habi... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:33:53 EST Pave the Way for Persiste nce..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52740758 Pave the Way for Persistence <BR> Be Consistent and Persistant to Reach Your Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to permanent weight loss, persistence is where the tire meets the road. There will be many ups and downs along this road, and you'll have to keep yourself going even when things get tough. If you’ve been working the previous eight steps in this plan, you have already done much of the preparation necessary to cultivate an... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:51:20 EST Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52725457 Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure <BR> A Love Affair with Good Reason <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For years, you’ve tried to break it off. You’re certain this relationship is wrong, even sinful. But try as you might, you just can’t end it—your willpower inevitably crumbles, and you always go back for more. <BR> <BR> We’re talking of course about your love affair with CHOCOLATE— that dark seducer even more likely to attract as you're surrounded by heart-sha... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:59:52 EST Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52712402 <BR> Building a Weight-Loss Wardrobe on a Budget <BR> <BR> 6 Tips for Finding Clothes When You're on Your Way to Your Goal Weight <BR> <BR> -- By Caitlin Boyle, SparkSavings Contributor <BR> If you ever stared at your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear,” imagine how Amanda McQueen, a 28-year-old from Alabama, felt during her weight loss journey. “I’ve lost 115 pounds in total. I started at 260 pounds and a size 22, and now I’m at 145 pounds and a size 8,” she says.... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:37:39 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52696914 How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed <BR> Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. You have countl... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:18:02 EST How To Make Fitness Matter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52681907 How To Make Fitness Matter <BR> Framing Your Big Picture <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To stick around and work, weight loss has to fit within the bigger picture -- and then made into a daily priority. Like a movie extra struggling to be seen on a blockbuster film, if weight loss isn’t in the big picture, it won’t get watched. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is a classic “out of sight, out of mind” matter. If you’re busy with bigg picture stuff (which hopefully you are), ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:58:37 EST 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52668447 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time <BR> Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s that time of year again, when we reset our clocks and try to readjust to the time change associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST). Some of us breeze through the change seamlessly, yet others feel out of sorts for days. If you have trouble dealing with this sudden disruption in your routine, it is for good reason. <BR> <BR> Even thou... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:40:32 EST Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52657126 Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine reported that laughter not only enhances your mood, but it may also protect your heart. During the study, 20 healthy participants were shown 2 movies: a funny comedy and a war saga. After viewing the war (stress-inducing) film, participants' blood vessels constricted and blood flow wa... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:10:18 EST Manage Yourself in No Time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52645337 Manage Yourself in No Time <BR> Tips to Fit More Into Your Day <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the world of technology evolves, there are more and more devices to make life easier for us. Think of all the time we save with things like garage door openers, snow blowers, remote controls, dishwashers, elevators, high speed internet, digital everything, laundry and cleaning services, gas powered mowers, online shopping… <BR> <BR> It seems like no matter how many ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:55:50 EST Throw a Fitness Party!.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52630353 Throw a Fitness Party! <BR> Burn Calories While You Bond <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I needed to get a social life. This revelation hit me late on a Friday night when I realized I had spent another evening knee-deep in laundry when I really wanted to be out having some fun. Busy with work and family, I hadn’t seen my girlfriends for weeks. I was so overwhelmed with housework and children’s activities that I couldn’t remember the last time I had pi... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:56:55 EST 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52613276 5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss <BR> The Time to Commit to Losing Weight is Now <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's easy to say that you want to lose weight. It's also easy to find the motivation to hit the gym regularly and choose the right foods in the beginning. After a few weeks, our motivation seems to wane and those old, unhealthy habits of yours start to creep back in. What seemed so easy at firs... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:34:01 EST Garlic: The Big Flavor with Benefits..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52599375 Garlic: The Big Flavor with Benefits <BR> Behind Garlic's Bold Taste is a Healthy Nutritional Profile <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Garlic is a great way to add bold taste to your cooking without extra calories or sodium. But did you know that garlic offers more than big flavor? It's such a common ingredient in so many dishes that it's easy to overlook its health benefits. <BR> <BR> Garlic is a member of the Allium family, along with onions, leeks and ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:05:06 EST Going Through the Emotions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52588685 Going Through the Emotions <BR> Why It's Worth the Trouble <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world can be a beautiful place, full of possibilities and life. You can feel invincible and in control. But it’s not always like that, is it? The world can also be a stressful, upsetting, confidence-crushing place. At times, it seems like even something as clear-cut as weight loss is harder than it really needs to be. Is it worth the trouble, you ask. Why am I banging my ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:50:23 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52569473 Vacations: The Perfect Reward? <BR> Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve tried every reward you can think of to keep yourself motivated. You’ve coaxed yourself with new clothes, rewarded yourself with nights out or days off, even promised yourself a new CD if you would (please, please, please) just get up this once, lace on those shoes and go jogging this morning in the rain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the rewards are worki... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:09:57 EST Encouragement Eases Exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52556552 Encouragement Eases Exercise <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Bloomsburg University study found that women reported that their treadmill workouts seemed easier when they received positive feedback from another person. Encouraging words like "You can do it," "Good job," or "Keep going" can come from a friend, trainer, instructor, or buddy. Researchers aren't sure why the words have such an impact—whether the commen... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:11:53 EST How to Get Ripped Off....Gua aranteed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52543184 How to Get Ripped Off - Guaranteed! <BR> Tips for Consumers <BR> -- By Christopher Stormann, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bogus exercise equipment and nutrition scams have been assaulting us for about as long as anyone can remember. According to author Dr. James Harvey Young, the scams date back as early as 1630. That was the year Nicholas Knopp of Massachusetts Bay was fined five pounds for vending, as a cure for scurvy, nothing more than high-priced water. <BR> <BR> Flash forward to 2007 a... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:30:37 EST 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52528426 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward <BR> Don't Let a Setback Stop You from Pushing Ahead <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb <BR> "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams <BR> "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." - Chinese Proverb <BR> "Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." - Winston Churc... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:05:53 EST Tools for a Healthy Kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52513078 Tools for a Healthy Kitchen <BR> Save Time & Eat Healthy with these Small Appliances <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Standard kitchen appliances like ranges, ovens, and refrigerators undoubtedly revolutionized the way we prepare food. Chances are you probably have all three, and use them constantly. But there’s a whole world of gadgets and small appliances that can further reduce the time and effort you have spend creating delicious and healthy cuisine. These ga... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:00:24 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52497252 Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day <BR> <BR> Small Changes, Real BIG Energy <BR> <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> 7:00 a.m.: An infuriating alarm jolts you awake. <BR> 7:30 a.m.: After three snooze delays you finally turn it off and force yourself to jump out of bed. <BR> 8:15 a.m.: Two cups of coffee later, you're stuck in maddening morning traffic. <BR> 2:30 p.m.: You practically fall asleep at your desk. <BR> <BR> "I got eight hours of sleep last night," ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:20:24 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x52486245 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this forum. Last Friday, I took the plunge to better myself. I want to lose 15-20 lbs. I know it doesn't sound much, but believe me, it is hard. I found your forum. I love the <BR> postive feelings of what people have to say. May God bless you all. :) Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:53:57 EST Causes of High Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52482621 <BR> The Causes of High Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> Lowering your blood pressure isn't always as simple as eating fewer high-sodium foods. The fact is that multiple factors combined affect your blood pressure. There are two main categories of risks that contribute to hypertension—those that you can't change, and those that you can. <BR> <BR> Uncontrollable Risk Fac... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:03:03 EST Feeling a Little Mixed Up About Your Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52467510 Feeling a Little Mixed Up about Your Diet? <BR> Here's a Fun Game that Will Straighten Things Out <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Let’s take a break and have a little fun! <BR> <BR> Dieting is important business, but that doesn’t mean we have to take it so darned seriously. Time to play a game! <BR> <BR> Below are some jumbled up words and short phrases. See how long it takes you to solve the puzzles (answers are below with a short explanation). <BR> <BR> Hint: Each word sp... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:44:15 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52454509 Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation <BR> The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do with your time once your children leave the nest? You may not have thought about it, but a new career path could be your best option. The years of parenting are spent focusing on other people’s needs, often with little time for self-reflection. Career exploration is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and personal ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:30:05 EST 4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52438988 4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food <BR> The Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Produce <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re buying California-grown organic strawberries because you know organic food is better for the environment, then you might want to reconsider your purchase—or at least your motivations. While choosing organic over "conventional" does reduce the pesticide burden on the ecosystem, shipping organic food thousands of miles across the country cre... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:38:06 EST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PAGE CONTEST!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x52425635 <em>244</em> <em>441</em> March 17th is St. Patrick's day! We'd love to see your talents, humor, ideas or whatever you have on your mind for a page! <BR> <BR> 1. Deadline is March 16th. <BR> <BR> 2. You can update it, change it as many times as you want but by the 16th your page must be done in order for voting to be done. <BR> <BR> 3. You will be notified on the 19th who the winner is. <BR> <BR> 4. Everyone can vote!!! We'd love to have everyone involved so all team members get to ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:03:29 EST What is Cholesterol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52423127 What Is Cholesterol? <BR> Get the Facts & Improve Your Numbers <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance. It is a building block of body cells and hormones, makes up 50 percent of your nervous system, and is necessary for metabolism. In moderate amounts, it is essential to good health. But the dangers of high cholesterol, including artery blockage and damage, are well-documented. Other studies suggest that very low ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 04:11:32 EST Howdy from Houston, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x52416852 Hiya. <BR> <BR> I am sorta new to spark. I tried it in the past, but wasn't really ready to loose weight. Now that I am a widow and had my wake-up call, I want to stay determined and really loose the weight this time. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:49:39 EST 7 Things ...Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52409835 7 Things that Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers <BR> How to Stay on Top of Your Game <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> As you've probably figured out, winning at weight loss is about making long-lasting, life-altering change. Just like any sport or skill, you might start out a little rocky. Choosing healthy foods, trying different workouts, and finding the strategies that work for you will take a lit... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:01:46 EST Is Your Car Making You Fat?..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52394543 Is Your Car Making You Fat? <BR> More Drive Time May Mean More Unwanted Pounds <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You needed a few things from the store, so you drove a couple blocks to pick them up. Then you were hungry (but in a hurry), so you pulled through Big Burger. And now, ready for your requisite workout at the gym, you’re repeatedly rounding the parking lot trying to find a spot near the door. <BR> <BR> What’s wrong with this picture? More to the point, w... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:59:55 EST Chew Slowly to Prevent Heartburn.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52377947 Chew Slowly to Prevent Heartburn <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Heartburn may feel like your heart is on fire, but what’s “burning” is actually your esophagus. Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the stomach acids enter the esophagus, causing pain and burning sensations. Left untreated, GERD can lead to serious medical consequences, including narrowing of the esophagus, bleeding, or even a condition call... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:55:45 EST Goal Buddies are Golden.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52364025 Goal Buddies are Golden <BR> Who's Your Buddy? Anybody! <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What would you call people who can help keep the weight off, boost your confidence, and help make fitness fun? You might call them "miracle workers." <BR> <BR> We call them Goal Buddies. <BR> <BR> Most people make the mistake of going it alone. Sometimes, it’s just too tough to stay consistent by yourself. But a good fitness buddy won’t let you quit. <BR> <BR> Fitn... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:52:36 EST "Free" Foods for Diabetes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52351198 ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes <BR> A List of Foods That Don't Impact Blood Sugar <BR> -- By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. Since many foods contain carbohydrates, this can be a challenge. One must learn not only which foods co... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:43:08 EST MAR. CHALLENG .....EAT A RAINBOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x52335316 <em>437</em> Since March is the month for eating healthy diet why not make it more fun by doing this challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit & vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit & veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> *Eat as many fruits & veggies as you like. <BR> *If you only eat the inside of a piece of fruit or veg, you don't count th... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:03:05 EST The Surpising Benefits of Being in Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52335218 The Surprising Health Benefits of Being in Love <BR> How Positive Relationships Boost Wellness <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was newly home from graduate school and working my first full-time job, finding a husband and starting a family seemed to be the next expected step in the progression toward adulthood. I was looking forward to having someone to share my life with—someone to be a steady roommate, a sharer of responsibilities, and a t... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:53:30 EST Emoticon, something healthy or something green... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24766x58393x52335034 <em>368</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:30:55 EST 31 DAYS....TO A HEALTHIER DIET... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52334851 This month I will post a daily tip on how to work towards a Healthier Diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> You've probably heard the phrase "you are what you eat."While it's true that food is fuel, it's also true that food is broken down and transformed into cells, hormones, muscles and YOU! When you think of food in this light, it can make it easier to make healthy and nutritious choices for your body. March is National Nutrition Month--a time to focus on making informed food choices for a balanced and he... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:04:18 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52319794 Alternative Therapies for IBS <BR> Relieve Symptoms Naturally <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes uncomfortable and painful symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. In the U.S., this condition affects between 10% and 30% of the population. Traditional treatment for IBS usually involves medication, which is effective, but often causes undesirable side-effects. However, according the National I... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:28:09 EST Choosing a Walking or Running Route... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52305517 Choosing a Walking or Running Route <BR> On the Road to Fitness <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness can be incredibly simple. Sometimes, the most effective workouts don't need celebrity spokespeople or a payment plan. Walking and running are excellent ways to stay in shape year-round. These basic workouts are convenient, feasible almost anywhere, and require only a good pair of shoes- all you need is a place to go! <BR> <BR> Depending on the time of year, as... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:19:40 EST He Did What He Had No Business Doing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52289334 He Did What He Had No Business Doing <BR> The Story of Art Tatum <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cheers to a boy who didn’t know any better. <BR> <BR> Cheers to a man who didn’t let a little thing like reality stand in his way. <BR> <BR> Cheers to a self-taught musician whose creativity and skill is the stuff of legend. <BR> <BR> Cheers to Art Tatum, maybe the greatest jazz piano player who ever lived. <BR> <BR> Art Tatum was remarkable before he was good. Blin... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:34:45 EST Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52273683 Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Fitness Program after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re thinking that reaching your goal weight means you can finally slack off when it comes to exercise, then it’s time to change that thinking right now. The fact is that people who are successful at maintaining their weight loss over time do as much or more physical activity than they did while lo... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:49:54 EST DID YOUR TRACK YOUR NUTRITION and/or EXERCISES ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24767x58393x52259462 <em>248</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:12:25 EST A Little Imagination Can Boost Your Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52259173 A Little Imagination Can Boost Your Motivation <BR> Building a Better Body Image <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I really want to lose weight. I hate the way I look and feel, and I know things will be much better when I get the weight off. But I just can’t stay motivated to do it. I think there must be something wrong with me.” <BR> <BR> If this sounds like something you say to yourself, I’ve got good news for you. There probably isn't anything ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:48:25 EST How to Choose and Use a Pedometer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52246223 How to Choose and Use a Pedometer <BR> Get Fit the Right-Left-Right Way <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study from the RAND Corporation found that people who live in the suburbs are more prone to chronic physical health problems than people living in compact urban areas. The theory is that "suburban sprawl" reduces the time people spend walking, thus increasing the time they spend sitting in cars, which is associated with higher rates of obesity, high b... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:49:30 EST 7 Secrets to Outsmart Your Supermarket... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52232208 7 Secrets to Outsmart Your Supermarket <BR> Look Past the Super Marketing to Protect Your Wallet and Your Waistline <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Conniving. Manipulative. Scheming. I’m not talking about your ex; I’m talking about your grocery store. On your next trip, be prepared to fight back against the tactics most supermarket chains use to get you to spend more money on "extras" that you don't really need—tactics that affect your wallet and your health... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:15:25 EST Are You a Workaholic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52218260 Are You a Workaholic? <BR> How Overworking Can Hurt Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> We live in a culture that's always on the go. We are constantly plugged in to the Internet and are accessible to everyone all the time. We eat in our cars, rushing from must-dos to have-tos. We get in to the office early. We stay late. We take care of our families. We d... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:47:40 EST Yoga Helps Prevent Middle-Age Spread.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52202555 Yoga Helps Prevent Middle-Age Spread <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington has found that regular yoga practice may help normal-weight people prevent middle-age spread and may promote weight loss among those who are overweight. <BR> <BR> The study involved 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women (between the ages of 45 and 55) and measured ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:21:55 EST Gender : How Your Sex Affects Your Success.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52187967 Gender and Weight Loss: How Your Sex Affects Your Success <BR> Fitness and Weight Loss Differences Among Men and Women <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No, this is not an article on that ever-popular question about whether sex counts as aerobic exercise. (It doesn't. Get over it.) <BR> <BR> This article is about gender differences in exercise and weight loss. This is your chance to get the facts you need to answer such burning questions as: <BR> Does... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:48:30 EST Obesity Myths Exposed in new study... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52184646 This paper raises serious questions about our understanding of obesity. Links: <BR> <BR> http://conscienhealth.org/2013/01/obesit<BR>y-myths-busted-in-the-new-england-jour<BR>nal-of-medicine/ <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30<BR>/obesity-myths-debunked-sex-calories-s<BR>nacking-bad_n_2585332.html <BR> <BR> http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJ<BR>Msa1208051 (New England Journal of Medicine) <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:45:53 EST Did you know that some of these are REAL FRUITS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52175736 As I was eating my share of Avacado today...I asked my DH if avacados are considered a fruit or a vegetable. He didn't know for sure so I looked up on the internet for some answers. I guess I'm using some fruits as vegetables such as....peas, beans, cucumbers and much more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A: Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Abiu, Acai, Acerola, Ackee, Arhat, American Mayapple, African Cherry Orange, Amazon grape, Araza, Alligator apple, Ambarella <BR> <BR> B: Banana, Berry, Bayberry, Blueb... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:07:39 EST Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52173004 Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise <BR> Use Fitness, Not Food, to Change Your State of Mind <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some days, I am just in a mood. I don’t know what you call it, maybe stressed, bored, lonely, angry, sad, anxious, or tired. I call it "getting into a funk." When it happens, I have allowed my circumstances to dictate my attitude and my thinking and then—bam! Before I know what hit me, I’m in a full-blown funk. While I like to e... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:22:08 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x52160778 My name is Jenn. I am 25 yr old, and have been married to a wonderful man for 5 yr this April. We have 3 children together; 2 boys and 1 girl. Connor our oldest son was born 9/2009, Trevor our second son was born 4/2011, and Addie our daughter was born 1/2013. <BR> I gained a lot of weight with my first pregnancy, and remained overweight through my second. Before I conceived my daughter last year, I had lost almost 30 lb and was down to 150, a mere 15-20 lb from my ultimate goal of getting b... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:47:07 EST Slip into a Steady Slumber.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52159029 Slip into a Steady Slumber <BR> Tips for Curing Insomnia <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep is something that your body craves, but also something that everybody struggles with periodically. You’ve tried to cure it the right way. You stopped drinking caffeine late in the day; you didn’t eat a heavy meal right before bed; you made sure that the lights were off; you’ve tried to keep a definite bedtime schedule consistently. And yet, as you lie in bed sleepless an... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:54:34 EST 7 Good Reasons to Smile..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52146465 7 Good Reasons to Smile <BR> When You Smile, the World Smiles Back <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Smiling happens without much thought. When you watch a friend do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. And when you are recognized for your top performance in academics or at work, you beam. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. <BR> <BR> But did you... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:30:39 EST Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52132829 Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles <BR> Decode, Treat and Prevent 5 Common Types of Post-Workout Pain <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have "been there, done that" when it comes to musc... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:18:56 EST 7 Reasons for Eating Chocolate Today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52120073 7 Reasons You Can Feel Good about Eating Chocolate Today <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, DailySpark Blogger <BR> 2/14/2013 6:00 AM : 4 comments : 958 Views <BR> See More: chocolate, health, treats, valentine's day, <BR> <BR> Chances are good that you'll encounter chocolate at some point today. Chocolate has earned a bad rap as a guilty pleasure, but this superfood has some pretty amazing health benefits. We think you should feel good about eating chocolate--the dark variety, in moder... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:33:39 EST Soda Drinkers Beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52119513 Soda Drinkers Beware! <BR> Nutrition News Flash <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Studies now correlate an increase in certain health risks with soda consumption. For four years researchers tracked the soda drinking habits of 50,000 women. When women went from drinking one regular soda drink a week to at least one a day, they gained an average of 10 pounds over the 4-year period. An increase in body weight was also seen when using fruit drinks, but... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:56:01 EST Whole Grains are the Whole Package... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52105209 <BR> Whole Grains are the Whole Package <BR> These Natural Grains Pack a Nutritional Punch <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Health experts agree that we need to eat more whole grains for optimal health. But most people don’t know what whole grains are. They have been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but knowing the health benefits doesn't help you find them in your local grocery store or learn how to c... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:57:55 EST Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52089927 Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques <BR> All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the most important factor of success and achievement? IQ, self-confidence, perseverance? <BR> <BR> Actually, that's a trick question. According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above. In fact, the tendency to set goals is the #1 predictor of success. <BR> <BR> Your SparkPeople program is based on a goal. You've alread... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:31:56 EST What to Do After a Workout..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52075006 What to Do After a Workout <BR> When Exercise is Over, the Work Isn't <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of us have a great pre-workout and workout routine. We drink plenty of water before and during exercise, warm up, stretch, work the entire body, and even get in some cardio training as well. Then, after the last exercise, we promptly head back to the locker room, change, and journey home. <BR> <BR> What so many out there do not realize is the importance of... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:31:19 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52061539 Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up <BR> Are Your Weight-Loss Expectations Realistic? <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In fact, chronic stress tends to make you into your own worst enemy, impairing your judgment, making you e... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:04:58 EST What is your take on these Valentine Treats ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x52047870 How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Valentine's Treats? <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Melinda Hershey : 2/9/2013 6:00 AM 2 comments : 659 Views <BR> <BR> Whether you're single, taken, or somewhere in-between this Valentine's Day, one thing is for certain: You're bound to be bombarded with chocolate. From the office candy jar, to the red and pink display in the grocery store, there's no escaping decadent truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other pretty, sugary delights. The good news is t... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:11:39 EST 8 Lessons from "The Biggest Loser" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52047542 8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser'' <BR> Advice to Take Away from the Show <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> They say that people love a winner. Well, I love losers! In October 2004, NBC introduced the reality show called "The Biggest Loser." Today, after completing its fifth season, it is a fan favorite. The show features individuals, couples, and — coming next season — families, who sign on to get fit and lose weight. These individuals are assigne... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:37:45 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52033438 A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The word "meditation" is likely to conjure up a mental image of a cross-legged person sitting still in a quiet, peaceful room. While this is the method of choice for many who meditate, others choose a more active route to mindfulness. It's called walking meditation, and by doing it, you get to enjoy the benefits of walking (health and endurance) and meditation (awa... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 07:24:26 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x52025787 I lost 30 pounds my last time at Spark then left because of health problems. I'm back to lose some more, take better care of my health and learn how to maintain! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:35:08 EST Meditate Daily to Reduce Blood Pressure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52017971 Meditate Daily to Reduce Blood Pressure <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the United States, hypertension (chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease and stroke) is most prevalent among African Americans. In fact, 34 percent of the African American population has high blood pressure—a rate higher than any other racial or ethnic group. A year-long study, reported in the American Journal of Hypertensi... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:34:05 EST The 10% Solution.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x52002481 The 10% Solution <BR> You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you a weight loss failure? <BR> <BR> Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what failure means. <BR> <BR> A recent study found that, in the nonsensical weight loss world, most failure has more to do with failing to meet faulty expectations than with failing to lose weight. This may not seem like a big difference, but in reality, it’s HUGE. <BR> <B... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:27:16 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51987345 Get Fit Without Leaving the House <BR> <BR> Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable <BR> <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine a gym you can commute to in seconds. It’s open 24-hours, so you can come and go as you please—on your time. It’s comfortable, and you feel completely at ease when you work out there. Oh, and membership is free. You may be daydreaming, but the perfect gym is a dream that can come true…in your own home. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:05:36 EST Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51969241 Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt <BR> Remember to Think Positive <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you’re brand new to SparkPeople, or a seasoned veteran, you have no doubt noticed that we put a lot of emphasis on setting goals. From the small first steps you take during the "Fast Break" phase, to the long-range visions that shape the new lifestyle you are trying to create, we know that the people who succeed at permanent weight loss are the on... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:43:33 EST Waist- to -Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51947787 <BR> Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <BR> <BR> Are You an Apple or a Pear? <BR> <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how some people can have big bellies but lean legs, or how women tend to store most of their fat in their thighs, hips, and butt? These are examples of fat distribution, which refers to where your b... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:27:36 EST WHISPERINGPINE9 Marj http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x51908287 Hi, everyone, my name is Gaye and I got an email from Marj this morning and she wanted me to let all concerned know that: <BR> <BR> I received this message from Marj this morning, and she wanted you all to know the following: <BR> <BR> Just dropping you a quick note to let you know that my computer. Broke down today. I'm on DH's iPad right now. I don't know when I can get someone in to fix it. Might be next week. That also means I won't be able to get into my email account either. I have to... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:24:17 EST Shoot For The Moon.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51892197 Shoot for the Moon <BR> Harnessing a Child's Enthusiasm to Achieve Your Goals <BR> -- By Sue Dickinson <BR> <BR> <BR> Whoooosh! As I relaxed in a lawn chair, my six-year-old sank yet another basket. Watching his skill develop, I couldn’t help but dream about him becoming an NBA star some day. I could just picture it…I, his proud mama in the stands adorned in the appropriate team sweatshirt. After the game - a big hug and kiss for his mom while fans surround him and scream "We’re Number One... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:18:41 EST Whoops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51882944 Sorry...I can't figure out how to delete this topic...I am new, and can't seem to figure out how to post a new entry in an already current Forum. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:03:11 EST Smart Shopping Tips For Small Households.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51876909 Smart Shopping Tips for Small Households <BR> 11 Ways to Save Money and Stop Food Waste <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how the grocery shopping experience seems specifically designed to entice us to buy more? With all of the family-size packaging, buy-one-get-one sales and better deals for bigger quantities, food shopping can be particularly challenging for small households. Those of us who live alone or with one other person often end up bu... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:09:47 EST 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51858827 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television <BR> Is Your TV Habit Interfering with Your Healthy Habits? <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people claim that they don't have time to work out or cook healthy meals, yet they do find the time to park themselves in front of the TV. In fact, the average American watches 31.5 hours of TV per week, according to a 2010 Nielsen report. That's almost as many hours as most of us spend working! That's a lot ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:10:07 EST 10 Ways to Save Money at the Gym..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51843565 10 Ways to Save Money at the Gym <BR> Get Insider Tips from a Gym Expert! <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Joining a gym is not a decision you should take lightly—especially since it affects your wallet. Fitness centers come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, offering everything from basic workout equipment to upgrades like massages, tanning, and even laundry service! But most of us are pinching our pennies and stretching our dollars these days... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:37:25 EST What is "Normal Eating "?.....Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51829203 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 3 <BR> Eat Mindfully, Lose Weight, Be Happy <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often feel like your weight loss efforts are a constant battle, with as many defeats as victories? Are you plagued by frequent cravings when you stick to your diet, and by guilt or shame when you don’t? Do you even remember what real hunger feels like? How much time do you spend thinking about food, counting calories, and worrying ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:14:49 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51829150 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 2 <BR> Checklist of Disordered Behaviors & Attitudes <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often wonder how “normal” your eating habits are, or how they compare to what experts consider to be a “healthy” approach? <BR> <BR> If you’ve adopted SparkPeople's "lifestyle” approach to weight loss, then you know that a crash diet—or any other temporary diet—isn’t a good idea. But what does “normal” eating look like, e... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:08:38 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51829112 What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 1 <BR> Test Your Knowledge with the Normal Eating Quiz <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you often wonder how “normal” your eating habits are, or how they compare to what experts consider to be a “healthy” approach? <BR> <BR> If you’ve adopted SparkPeople's philosophy of a "lifestyle” approach to weight loss, then you know that a crash diet—or any other temporary diet—isn’t a good idea. But what does “normal” e... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:04:33 EST Ack! I need help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x51827468 My husband took me and the kiddos out for Mexican food tonight and I don't know how to track the nutrition, (or lack of...) can anyone help me out? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Sophia <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:50:30 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51820798 wow what a great site. I was hoing I could find something like this that is free. It is really helping keep me on track. Thanks for being here. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:30:22 EST 3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51814665 3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency <BR> Because Consistency is the Key to Success! <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You don’t have to be an expert to figure out that consistency is pretty essential to successfully change your life, your health, and your weight. But it’s also pretty clear that building a consistent routine of regular exercise and healthy eating is not an easy thing to do. <BR> <BR> You start off the day with the best intentions—to ex... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:11:16 EST Streaking (but not like I did in the 70's) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51810561 This is my 2nd day as a member AND my second day of exercising for at least 10 minutes. <BR> I am hoping to reach my modest goals mainly by exercising. Physical pleasure comes mostly from eating, and I try to eat healthy (if it tastes good spit it out!), but I am not presently limiting myself by portion control. <BR> This week I have been using exercise clips from you-tube. I try to in-line skate all year round but the warmest it has been all week is -11, and the trail is beside the bay, and ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:11:48 EST NO MORE EXCUSES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51810357 This program is set up great!!! im excited everyday to log in and change my eating habits...the charts are a great help! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:59:08 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51801073 Hello! I'm Bree and I am ready for something new in my life! I am trying to become healthy and feel better! I am looking for a group of people to help encourage and talk me through this. I look forward to getting to know some of you and work together! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:01:47 EST Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51799025 Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths <BR> Don't Let These Myths Get in the Way of Your Success <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 calories burned. "Wow," you think. "That's enough to ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:00:18 EST Quote from my face book friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x51797143 I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:38:41 EST Eating to Prevent Osteopor sis..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51782377 Eating to Prevent Osteoporosis <BR> Early, Continuous Prevention is Key <BR> -- By Jennifer Putnam, Nutritionist <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good eating habits are directly related to the prevention of osteoporosis in both men and women. It is often thought that only women suffer from this disease, but this is not true. While women are more prone to develop osteoporosis, men also suffer from this preventable disease. <BR> <BR> Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and density. As the bones beco... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:58:48 EST Journalin g/Logging Nutrition vs. Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x58393x51778700 So I am on Day 3 of my journaling/logging of my nutrition and exercise so I am proud of myself so far, but I am also confused. <BR> <BR> I've gone over calories, but stayed under for Fats, Carbohydrates, & Proteins. When I look at what I've eaten, I've measured and kept everything to individual servings, but how can calories be over and the rest be right on track? <BR> <BR> Also, I can't find a report that shows my nutrition for the day with my exercise and how that has affected the rest..... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:35:20 EST Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51766145 Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals <BR> How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know that getting support and encouragement is crucial to losing weight and becoming healthier. That’s why the Message Boards, SparkPages, SparkMail, and SparkTeams are such important components of the SparkPeople program. <BR> <BR> But getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equally... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:16:13 EST 12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51748082 12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day <BR> Water Tactics that Make Every Day an 8-cup Success <BR> -- By Cindy Dyson, SparkPeople member <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eight glasses of water every day? No matter how you pour them, that’s a lot of liquid. We're talking cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting your daily quota—increased fat burning, healthier skin, more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings—doesn't make drinking it (or dealing with increased bathroom visits) ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:37:18 EST Difficulty with Tracking Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58393x51742701 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am recently new to Spark People, but not to weight loss...like others, it has been a yo-yo for various reasons/excuses including a recent bounce back from a pretty bad back injury. I am trying to get back into the gym 5-6 days a week and trying to be more consistent with my tracking. A family friend has pointed out to me that I just need to take the time and stop making excuses. Today is the beginning of a new week and a new start. I am dedicating myself to be mor... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:28:38 EST What Are Sugar Alcohols?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51732582 What Are Sugar Alcohols? <BR> What You Need to Know <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you spend any time looking at nutrition labels, you’ve probably noticed some intriguing ingredients in sweet foods that are touted as diet-friendly, sugar-free, low-carb, or even formulated for people with diabetes. One ingredient, known as sugar alcohol, is a special type of sugar replacement that is frequently found in soft drinks, gums, cookies, and sugar-fr... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:44:29 EST Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24768x58393x51718652 Be Ready When Opportunity Knocks <BR> Take Risks to Take Your Life to the Next Level <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Certified Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of life's biggest ironies is how often people complain about their circumstances, yet rarely do anything about them. It's not that they don't have good intentions, or the desire for change isn't great. It's that change is scary and risky. Even when we're unhappy with our current situation, we are familiar with it. Change is ju... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:36:04 EST