SparkPeople Reaching our Goals in 2014! Team Messageboard This Team is to support anyone on a Healthy Lifestyle Journey in 2014. Whether your goal is to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, or any other goal, we are here to support you! We can do it! SparkPeople Reaching our Goals in 2014! Team Messageboard my most sincere apologies I disappeared for a while. Totally unplanned. <BR> <BR> I had a really tough time getting to the site from my phone, then I decided I'd give up Spark for Lent since I couldn't get tot the site any way. <BR> <BR> then work & life got SUPER busy, but I think I'm getting back to my normal <BR> <BR> I'm really sorry that I baled on you guys. I missed Spark so much! <BR> I also went vegetarian for Lent. Staying away from Spark was MUCH more difficult than giving up meat. <BR> <em>252</em... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:17:59 EST Team Chat 2014 I didn't see a team chat room so hope you don't mind I made one................................ <BR> <BR> Happy Monday. Hope you're having a good day. <BR> I just called to pre-register Bob for blood work in the morning for 2 doctor's. Luckily it only takes one needle to do it all as he's needle phobic. Hoping the lab work doesn't show he's having new issues. I'm afraid his sugar could be up. He's a borderline diabetic and take Metformin for that, but they may want to increase his dosage if... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:09:11 EST VICKI-B-N-FLA'S 2014 GOALS My goals have changed somewhat over the last 6 weeks. I was really gungho to drop a bunch of weight this year, but after thinking it thru more fully, I realize I need to take things slower. So I reset my goals today to carry me thru the rest of the year. <BR> My goals are: <BR> <BR> Lose 2 lbs a month every month starting March 1st. <BR> Cut my portion sizes by half. <BR> Get in at least 15 minutes of some kind of exercise daily, but to be sure to add at least 5 minutes of stretching. <BR> W... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:53:17 EST SABLENESS's 2014 Goals Hi! I'm new to this team, but not to efforts to make it in 2014. <BR> <BR> Some of my goals: <BR> 1. Drink green tea every day <BR> 2. Earn a 1000 fitness min trophy every month of 2014 <BR> 3. Blog daily <BR> 4. Check in and huddle with current teams daily <BR> 5. I want GOAL MET by every month below <BR> Jan <em>248</em> <BR> Feb - I've done the first four faithfully; can't wait to add my monthy goal met! I'm excited about it! <BR> Mar <BR> Apr <BR> May <BR> Jun <BR> Jul <BR> Aug... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:14:35 EST Inspirational Fitness Quotes <link><BR>3/192/1922729/07a1d427521cd790_quit.xx<BR>xlarge/i/Source-Pinterest.jpg </link> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:52:28 EST Vicki's 2014 Goals and Skills I seem to work best when <BR> I SET GOALS and SKILLS each year <BR> GOALS 2014 <BR> Goal#1 Open Web Biz <BR> *Have made contact with SCORE for my county <BR> * registered for web classes <BR> I can do this, <BR> Below is the icon for the Award presented to me on 12, 1999 for my second career. <BR> Leadership <BR> <BR> Goal#2. embroider birthday cards on 15th of every month <BR> Goal#3 embroider Christmas cards on 25th of every month <BR> Goal #4. Finish a PHD every month <BR> [PH... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:09:25 EST Is metabolic conditioning for you? <link><BR>onditioning </link> <BR> <BR> This is a new concept for me, sorta. I already knew what High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT was and knew the concept was to stir up your metabolism but I am not a big cardio fan but I started it back up any way. <BR> <BR> I was telling the phys ed teacher about me starting it back up and lamenting about having to do it and he suggested I use alternate with MetCon. <BR> <BR> o_O!? <BR> <BR> He told me to d... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:48:23 EST February team challenge only 7 days left in January - time to start thinking about challenges for February. <BR> <BR> since it's a short month, it's a good one to give something up (no sodas, no added sugar/artificial sweeteners, no eating out, no red meat, no chocolate, etc.) <BR> <BR> or we could make February a 'choose your own' challenge month. <BR> <BR> what do you think? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:47:12 EST KJ's 2014 Goals 1.) to get back to 180 lbs <BR> 2.) to get my "V" back (i need a wider chest/shoulders and tiny waist) <BR> 3.) to over head press 75% of my body weight <BR> 4.) to deadlift 250% of my body weight <BR> 5.) to bench press my body weight plus 25lbs <BR> 6.) to have the roundest buttocks I have ever had (actually it's pretty round now compared to most men my age but when I was in my early forties I had no butt whatsoever) <BR> <BR> Since 2010 I have been on a quest to gain as much muscle mass ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:33:00 EST Thanks everyone My inbox is getting more and more over whelmed from all the groups that I have joined, and my job hunting, and other stuff. So I am not ignoring msgs, just trying to dig out from them. I will try to keep up with the challenges and other stuff with the group as best as I can. <BR> Janette <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:26:11 EST January Challenge - EXERCISE! I'd like us to have a monthly challenge, and am open to suggestions from everybody on what the challenge should be. <BR> <BR> since January is SOOO crowded at the gym, we'll start the year with a workout challenge. We may have to find some other way to get in our regular exercise. You might have to change your schedule (the gym is less crowded before work than after work), or you may have to find an alternative to the gym. That can be tough if it's really cold where you are. <BR> <BR> so... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 04:15:29 EST song of the day NILLAPEPSI suggested we share some of our favorite w/o music. I thought if we made it a 'song of the day' the thread might stay active longer. <BR> <BR> this is the one that I've been hooked on - maybe because it's a new year? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wYONEI </link> <BR> (it's Changing by The Airborne Toxic Event) <BR> <BR> BTW - don't feel that you have to post a link to the song. If I'm posting from work, I won't be able to post a link (can't access Y... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 02:12:34 EST post your suggestions for the team HERE! here are a few of my ideas: <BR> <BR> monthly challenges (weight, fitness, nutrition related) <BR> <BR> a vent forum - when you just need to get something off your chest <BR> <BR> tips - share links that you think will help, or share what is working for you <BR> <BR> PLEASE post your suggestions! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:43:40 EST interested in getting this team going for 2014??? this team currently has no leader. I sent emails to the few members who appear to still be active on Spark (status update in the last 30 days). <BR> <BR> if anyone wants to get this team going again, PLEASE let me know. <BR> <BR> THANKS! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:59:33 EST Wrapping up 2013 shortly Hi everyone, <BR> Seeing as how we're wrapping up the year soon I suppose we should change our name! Any suggestions? <BR> I'm interested to know how many of our members reached their goals this year! <BR> I have also noticed that a lot of inactivity in our group has happened and I'm wondering why. Every so often I notice our members are dropping down. Not too long ago we had 46 members and now we have 41. Any ideas on how to have some extra team spirit during the spirit of the holidays... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:23:52 EST Happy November Here in Canada, we have our Thanksgiving before Halloween. Thanksgiving is really not a big deal here, but it's always nice to get together with friends and family for a nice dinner. <BR> With the holiday season approaching, how do you plan on putting yourself first? I find when there are a lot of family demands I wind up feeling exhausted in the evening (after having exercized in the morning when it's completely dark out, bleh!) and hitting the hay early. I joke about feeling like a mole ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:51:51 EST Halloweeny Treats! What are you doing to celebrate Halloween in a healthy way? <BR> <BR> My husband and I had bought a little bit of candy and gave some of it to our nephews, some to our staff and the rest I donated to a women's shelter. We will be going over to some friends' house to help hand out the candy. I'm bringing a healthy main course with me (veggie lasagna) and I'll make sure we both eat before we get there so we don't binge on the sweet, sweet candy goodness! We will most likely have popcorn and... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:30:06 EST October Motivation This month, I'd like to know what's motivating you? <BR> For me, it's making sure all my clothes fit! I had a severe bloat going on during that time of the month and was joking about buying maternity pants! Instead, I also got myself a newly used elliptical of of kijiji for $150. We have a small apartment that we live in, so it's crowding into the dining room, so I figure if I trip over it enough I'll make it more of a habit! I also am lucky to have my hubby who is keeping himself in chec... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:32:30 EST September Goals I read somewhere that September is great for getting back into our routine. I sure made a mess of my routine this summer, so I am glad to welcome September! <BR> What are your goals for September? <BR> I began today with my exercize routine and I enjoyed getting up early and being productive. I was very energetic afterwards and threw together a soup inthe crockpot before heading out to work which is something that I'd never normally do. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:36:56 EST What healthy thing did you do in August? Sorry I haven't been around lately, a lot of bussiness in my life happened and I wasn't able to have access to the internet for a while, which I think was a positive thing. I read a lot more and didn't get much of a chance for exercizing (it was so hot here and at work we have no a/c), but I did get a lot of exercize with work. Of course I felt like I just was lazy because I wasn't getting up at the crack of dawn. Hope you guys didn't feel neglected! <BR> I'm interested to know how your Au... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:32:50 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals July 31-Aug12 My main goal is to enjoy walking but not over do it because I managed to flare up my tendonitis in my legs (thanks to years of pointe work, they are vulnerable). <BR> I also am going to try having a smoothie in the evening because it's filling and nutritious, as opposed to chips and dip (fried or baked, it's almost the same to me). <BR> Hope everyone's summer is going well and that no one has got sunburned! :) Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:31:45 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals July 23-30 So sorry about not posting goals for last week. I wound up with really bad heat exhaustion plus a virus. But...did eat well and got better for my friend's wedding, which was Sunday! <BR> I'm now feeling normal, so I'd like to get back into my routine of exercizing. <BR> I want to have one green drink (kale and other green veggies from the garden, and an apple blendered up with some water) a day, just because there are so many leafy green veggies and sometimes just eating salad makes me feel... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:33:18 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals for July 7-14 I hope everyone had a fun Fourth of July! <BR> For Canada Day I saw some amazing fireworks, so that was really fun. <BR> I let my exercize routine totally lapse, but I was also under a large amount of stress. I maintained doing the things I normally do and came close to my exercize goal, but I like to always be above and beyond. However I realized I needed a rest. <BR> I'm going to get back into my little routine for this upcoming week. I have a friend who is getting married on the 21st o... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:53:09 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals June 28-July 6 Sorry I didn't start this on the 26th as I planned to! It's just so busy right now. <BR> We have Canada Day on Monday. I'll be in the city visiting my parents and friends. I'm going to allow myself a treat a day. There will be a lot of walking involved, so I'm not too concerned with exercize while in pseudo vacation mode. <BR> Once I get back to my regular daily life, I'm going try to increase my dwindling fittness routine. I have been going to bed too late to be functional and want to e... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:52:43 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for June 18-25 My husband's birthday falls on the 18th, so we're having a BBQ at his parents'. I'll make the brownies he likes, but I'm going to do them as cupcakes because then it's a bit more portion controlled for him. He's now a sparkie too! I luck out being gluten free because I'm essentially not making myself anything fancy because I don't really see the point lol! <BR> This week was preparation for a Medieval Fair that's in the city so I didn't get a lot of time and energy to spend on my normal rout... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:11:19 EST What's your favorite exercize DVD? I'm curious about what you reccomend! <BR> <BR> I was really into yoga and pilates for years and I find that Giam is queen in those areas. I also like Windsor Pilates. <BR> Yoga Booty Ballet is extra fun on days where my motivation is lacking <BR> I've seen the best results with Carmen Electra's Fit to Strip oddly enough! <BR> SELF has a bikini-ready workout that I've been using since January (along with Carmen's workout) and I've really leaned out from them. I usually bulk really bad. <BR... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:06:21 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals for June 10-17 I had a really fun weekend and I didn't go overboard with fun treats, so I'm happy. I finally reached the weight I wanted to and I do not want to have it slip into the larger territory... <BR> So this upcoming week will be having fun with my husband (we're going to a Medieval festival on the weekend) and eating fun foods with my parents (it's my husband's birthday next Tuesday, but we're getting together on the weekend). <BR> My "game plan" is to just eat smaller portions of the treat type f... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:53:42 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals for June 2-9 Last week I had major pains, so this week I will work on stretching out more often, particularly in the evenings. I have to learn to just say no to junk food, and I did last night! So I will try to keep on going with that. With BBQs going on, I'll just have to stick to what I know is right for me and not worry about offending anyone by not eating something they prepared. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:32:24 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for May 27 to June 1 While I continue to see shrinkage on myself, I notice that I have really slipped on a few areas. I would like to be exercizing in the morning like I had been (otherwise I work till 6, get home and don't get going with exercize until 6:30ish and end up energetic and eating at 8pm then not going to bed until later). I'm also going to monitor more of my nurtients, like saturated fat. <BR> Have a good week everyone!!! Mon, 27 May 2013 16:36:14 EST Exercize & Nutrition Goals for May 18-24 Sorry for the delay in posting this. It was the May Long Weekend here in Canada and I wound up ill. Feeling better now though. <BR> Because I was ill, I was unable to exercize at all for a period of almost a week. My goal is to ease myself back into my workouts. Nutrition-wise, I am going to focus on eating as minimal as I can of meat just because I want to see what other protein sources there are. I can't have soy. My mom has found hemp protein, so I'll give that a go when I see her ne... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:17:24 EST Exercize & Nutrition Goals for May 11-17 I hope everyone had a nice week....we got a bit of a cold spell, so I didn't get the chance to be outdoors as much as I would have liked to. <BR> How are you celebrating Mother's Day? In my case, I will never be a mother (by choice and biology), but I sent Mom a card. Usually I make her a nice brunch, but my husband and I are unable to afford travelling to see her, so we're going to spend time with his mom and 94 year old grandma. He is doing some yard work for them and I will probably hav... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:56:02 EST Exercize & Nutrition Goals for May 4 - 10 I started feeling well after that flu (for a while) then it became "that time of the month"! I've still been exercizing and eating well, but I would like to just make a habit of going to bed early. It seems that my snacking in the evening, even on healthy things, just makes it harder to unwind. <BR> I made the mistake of having a latte at 5pm yesterday and was I ever wired! So yet another rule I'll have to put in place is no caffine after 3pm. My husband and I are planning on going kayaki... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:24:45 EST Win a free copy of SparkSolution <link><BR>st=read_the_first_reviews_of_the_spark<BR>_solutionand_enter_to_win_a_copy </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:24:39 EST Hello from me... <BR> Not new to Sparkpeople, I simply keep coming back. <BR> <BR> Although, I've only ten pounds to lose every time I come back my goal weight is raised a couple of pounds and the distance from it stretches. <BR> <BR> In the last two years I've developed symptoms of anaemia, though my doctor has only diagnosed me with depleted iron - which is supposed to have no symptoms... So I now have an extra reason to have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:45:07 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goals for April 27 to May 3 I was down this past week for 3 days with a horrible flu that my husband also caught from me! Once everything gets back to normal, I'd like to continue my regular routine with a bit more flexibility exercizes. I would also like to limit my sugar, especially at night...I've been eating a few jellybeans here and there. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:17:12 EST Exercize and Nutritional Goal for April 20-26 This week I have been stiff and sore! I am going to add a bit of yoga into my routine. I also am trying to have more pure water in my diet...I drink a lot of herbal teas and Mio in my water and I just find that I would like to have more pureness in my diet. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:28:59 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for April 13-19 Hope everyone is all better and back on the wagon! <BR> I am hoping to go for walks after work with my husband, now it's warm enough here to do so! I also want to try to eat more veggies in non-salad form. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:57:22 EST Exercize and Nurtritional Goal For April 6 - 12 Now that I've got rid of that flu, my goal is to keep up my morning exercize routine and make time for walks in the evenings after work. I am going to try to eat less in the evenings (it's been cheese cravings) and try to have veggies as a snack instead. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:30:48 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for March 30-April 5 I wound up with a bad chills and fever duet of a flu from Thursday until present. <BR> My goal is to get better and get back into my routine as soon as I can and to enjoy more veggies. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:40:13 EST Goals over Easter This is a time where a lot of chocolate lovers go nuts because everything is so darn cute! I have no kids so I do not have that need to keep seasonal chocolate in the house for them. <BR> What are your plans for Easter? <BR> My husband and I are just planning on relaxing and enjoying being together. My mom usually goes all out with food and so does his, so we're just going to do our own thing and maybe make a fancy omlette for one of our meals! <BR> I have noticed around work so many people... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:49:49 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for March 23-29 How did all the cardio go last week?! <BR> Inadvertently I wound up also increasing my cardio, as I bought myself a new DVD (Tracy Anderson Cardio Dance) and have done it 3 times already, plus my regular cardio! I really need to stretch before and after a lot but it's all good. <BR> For the upcoming week, I want to keep up my increased cardio method and try to have less calorie dense snacks in the evenings. I know veggies and dip is a better option, so I'll aim for something along that line... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:56:01 EST What healthy thing did you do today? I would like to encourage you to share, on a daily basis if possible, what you did to make today healthier for yourself! <BR> I am drinking green tea instead of coffee this morning! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:22:28 EST 5 Recipes from SparkSolution <link><BR>p?cookbook=735402 </link> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:15:09 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for March 16-22 What are your goals this week? <BR> I'm going to be visiting my mom from tommorow until Tuesday, so I want to try to keep up with my exercize. It will be more cardio from all the walking and tasks I have to get done, but I want to burn off what I normally do (around 300 calories a day). <BR> Nutritionally, I want to keep making healthy descisions while I'll have more choices available. Mom is making me my banana cream pie, so I'll stick with just one slice. <BR> St. Patrick's Day: I'll be ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:27:25 EST Recipes to Try Here is where we can post our recipes! <BR> I'm still searching to find a good muffin recipe, I want something apple-y! <BR> Found this one that looks like it it'll hit the spot, I'll let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=684846 Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:59:49 EST Exercize & Nutritional Goal for March 8-15 What can YOU do to make March 8-15 healthy? <BR> <BR> This weekend I am planning on tinkering with healthy gluten free recipes for muffins (if I find a good one, I'll post it) to drag to work. <BR> Exercize-wise, I'm planning on adding more stretching to my regimen as I'm quite stiff. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:15:10 EST Temptations! When was the last time you "fell off the wagon"? How did you get back on? <BR> <BR> For myself, I think it was last Sunday at my birthday Brunch. I ate more than I expected I would because someone made me brownies, and even though it was just one (plus the egg the the coffee and bailey's) when I figured out how much nutritionally I ate, I almost fell over! The next day I resumed what I normally eat and exercized like how I do (Sundays are my day off) it was... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:01:55 EST Ideas for this Team! Hi everyone! <BR> I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or suggestions for what they would like to discuss here. I have to eat gluten free plus am on a thyroid pill that doesn't allow me any soy, so dietary considerations and weight loss could be a topic. <BR> For instance, I have noticed that there has not been much activity with our goals. I don't own a pedometer, I just walk for 30 minutes for fun on weekends, so would that be something others would like to have as a goal? <BR> I'm tot... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:34:35 EST Plateau busting Hubby saw this article on MSN this morning. It's great!! Thought I'd share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ys-speed-your-slim-down </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:42:55 EST Check-In In another thread, some other members mentioned that it may be beneficial for us to have a place to check-in with each other and kinda help each other stay on track. <BR> Since the New Year, I think I have lost about 5 lbs or something along that line. I definately need to have that continuing! I found out that my thyroid is underactive (part of the reason why I'm a bit sluggish and having a hard time losing weight) so I am now taking some perscribed meds. They take 6 weeks to kick in, but... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:46:17 EST January Fittness How is everyone doing with theirs? Anyone trying anything new? <BR> I have been squeezing time in after work for eliptical time and sometimes a DVD with weights. My husband and I have been snow bound for the last 2 days, so while he's out, ploughing the driveway I have been exercizing. <BR> The numbers on the scale have stopped moving, but I was told that I have an underactive thyroid from one of my meds; so I get to take a new pill to get it working again! So while it's been a bit dishear... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:45:25 EST Back into the Swing of Things Just wondering how everyone is faring with the holidays being completed. <BR> Have you begun a new schedule for exercize? <BR> I have stuck with my after work routine. <BR> Have you tried a new type of exercize? <BR> Wishing everyone well! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:25:45 EST Some things to try in 2013! Ok, so if you want to improve your health and or lose weight in 2013, here's a few things to try: <BR> <BR> 1. Try one new SparkPeople recipe a week <BR> Go on the recipe finder, find a healthy lower calorie recipe and make it for dinner <BR> <BR> 2. Add an extra fruit or veggie serving a day- make sure you get at least 5! <BR> If you have only been eat 1-2, make sure to add at least 1 more a week until you get to 5, if you are already at 5, try for 6- see what happens. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat a... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:16:52 EST The Holidays are Over! Thank you Lisa! So, the holidays are finally done! I want to thank Lisa for putting the effort into starting this group and helping all of us to stay on track. It was great to have this extra layer of support and a place to talk things through during a challenging time of year. <BR> <BR> I've missed my mini-goal for weight loss in December, mostly due to a lingering cold that has slowed my exercise routine. However, I managed to make it through the holidays without gaining ANY weight. In fact I lost s... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:00:45 EST Starting strong in 2013 with BeFit in 90 Hi team! So the Holiday have been hard on me, but I'm ready to start fresh with this new year! <BR> Recently I decided to start the year with not one but 2 challenges. <BR> I registered to BLC21 (and I'm super excited about it!) and I also decided to try BeFit in 90. It's a 90 days fitness program free on Youtube. I'm really thrilled about that. The workouts are 35 minutes long including warm-up and stretches, and you have 2 days off each week. I don't think I'm ready for Insanity or P90X plu... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:06:21 EST What are your Healthy Lifestyle Goals for 2013? Please list what your goals are for this year: <BR> They don't have to be about pounds lost or inches lost, or numbers: <BR> <BR> They can be: Exercise 3 times a week, Log into spark daily and track food, drink 8 glasses of water, try 1 new workout video or new workout class a month, lower your cholesterol or sodium intake: <BR> <BR> whatever your goals are, pledge them here and we will all support you in reaching them! <BR> <BR> Best wishes for an awesome year! <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:59:09 EST So how did everyone fare over Christmas? I will kick this topic off by saying that I did gain a little this past week. I'm not the slightest bit worried about it. I was feeling off all week and didn't really exercise much, as doing so seemed to make me feel worse. I'm still feeling off but enough is enough, so tonight after work I will get in at least a light workout. <BR> <BR> I've always called my family's Christmases "The Eating Olympics." I hosted this year and was as guilty as anyone of making too much food. I kept a few... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:34:42 EST What should we change out team name to in 2013? Soooo.... <BR> <BR> The holidays are almost over! <BR> <BR> I want to keep us going on our healthy lifestyle journies- some of us are still needing to get to that goal- and even if we are at our goal- maintenence is another goal that needs to be worked on. <BR> <BR> So: <BR> What should we change our team name to? <BR> <BR> We can change it to : <BR> 1. Lose weight after the Holidays <BR> 2. Losing weight in 2013 <BR> 3. Lose weight before summer <BR> 4 New year, New me! <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 03:25:06 EST Game Plan for Xmas Eve, Xmas Day & New Years Eve Just wondering what everyone is planning on doing for these dates, goal-related. Are you planning on exercizing? <BR> I am planning on exercizing my regular 5 days a week, including Xmas Day (but switching it from an evening workout to a morning one). My husband is very supportive. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:47:42 EST Spark Buddy Hi. I'd like to have a Spark Buddy or Buddies to share this 10 days of making it through the New Year. And I can be there too by communicating on this site. <BR> Jag Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:47:42 EST Travel/Diet Tips So I am going on a trip for the next 5 days. This is not actually holiday-related since I am traveling for medical appointments, but I will have time to see some old friends. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of things that help me to stay (mostly!) on track when I travel: <BR> <BR> --Carry a loaded gym bag...I throw my standard (very large) gym bag in the car, stuffed with everything I need for Zumba, for swimming or just a regular cadio/weight workout...there is also a string bag in there wh... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:22:09 EST A blow to my health I was doing so well and now I found out I might have to go on cholesterol medicine. I was on it before and was able to get off it. Today has been hard I just kind of want to give up and eat everything in sight. I'm not going to and I am really trying to be good. I lost 1.5 pounds this week so I am happy about that. Just feel bummed. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:50:47 EST Rewards for reaching goals What types of rewards do you use for motivation to help you reach your goals? <BR> <BR> I have small rewards, medium rewards & big rewards, depending on the magnitude of the goal. <BR> <BR> Small (for losing 1 pound or keeping up my SparkStreaks): <BR> New books for my Kindle (I love to read, so this one is awesome for me) <BR> A new (smaller) item of clothing <BR> New music for my MP3 player <BR> Nice long bubble bath <BR> Scented lotions or body sprays <BR> <BR> Medium (for losing 5 poun... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:19:42 EST finding time to exercise I know I need to exercise but I just can't seem to find time. I know everyone says start out with 10 minutes. For me 10 minutes means 20 or so because I then have to shower. I have been more active lately but that is not getting my heart rate up. It is very frustrating. I want to stick to this plan but I never get to the exercise part. I know these are excuses but I just can't seem to get it. Now with the holidays here I am even more busy. Help Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:45:58 EST Calorie Free Chit-Chat Didn't see a regular check-in forum so hope you don't mind I started one. <BR> It's chilly here right now but supposed to warm up nicely by noon. We're going to a seafood tasting event this evening. Should be fun. <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:11:45 EST Do you want a Spark Buddy? Please post what you want in a spark buddy and what you will offer: <BR> For instance: <BR> <BR> I'd like a spark Buddy to email me twice a week to see how I am doing, and I will email them at least twice a week. <BR> <BR> or I want a spark Buddy to excahnge recipes with <BR> <BR> Or a spark buddy that will hold me accountble to 3 of my goals <BR> <BR> Whatever you are looking for. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:20:03 EST 1 week after Thanksgi ving.... For those of us that have celebrated Thanksgiving, how are you doing 1 week post? <BR> <BR> Did it set you back at all? <BR> <BR> Please don't let 1 day or 1 weekend make you go backwards, even if you fell short of your goals last week, you can start fresh today! <BR> <BR> Please remember we are all here for you. <BR> <BR> Let us know how you are doing. <BR> Lisa Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:17:50 EST Please leave 1-5 strategies to lose weight.... Please leave 1-5 tips/strategies that have worked for you to lose weight, or one that you have noted that someone successful in weight loss has used, and you are started to use. <BR> <BR> It's ok if its a repeat, that will just show us how important that strategy is. <BR> <BR> Here are Mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Track your food- And try to track it BEFORE you eat it! <BR> (If you eat 2 cinnamon rolls then look it up later and find out it had an extra 200 calories, it can set you back) <BR> <BR>... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:53:44 EST What is your Biggest weight loss challenge? I would like everyone to say what your biggest weight loss challenge has been, and then please anyone that has some solutions, please post them here. <BR> <BR> We can support each other and reach our goals!!! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:25:45 EST Weekend reflections The holiday wasn't difficult diet/fitness wise in the least. I kept my calories in check and managed to get in a good, brisk walk in the country while visiting my sister. <BR> <BR> The snow arrived and I spent Friday clearing our whole block. That burned 714 calories, which ended up to be a good thing because I really didn't have time before work Saturday to get any exercise in. More snow fell while I was at work Saturday night, so I shoveled a couple of driveways when I got home. I ba... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:04:44 EST How did you do this 1st Holiday weekend? So, How did everyone do this First Holiday meal? <BR> <BR> I want everyone to remember, if you did fall short of your goals this one day, you can always start from Today. <BR> <BR> To make up for any overindulgence is to stay on the low end of your calorie range the next 3 days, and step up some exercise. <BR> <BR> You can still do this!! <BR> <BR> Lisa Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:06:25 EST 17 tips to avoid holiday weight gain This article was shared on one of the message boards. <BR> <BR> Also, please everyone share your tips to avoid Holiday weight gain! <BR> <BR><BR>-holiday-weight-gain-survivial-guide-1<BR>7-tips-to-not-gain-a-pound/ Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:26:17 EST Biggest Holiday Challenges? What are the hardest challenges that you face in getting through the holidays? <BR> <BR> In a way I have it easy because I work alone from home and don't have to deal with co-workers bringing in tempting treats or with going to holiday parties for work. Other than my parents, I don't have any family either, so that's less of an issue for me that it is for some people. My biggest challenges this time of year are: <BR> <BR> 1. The gym. Mine is closed every Sunday, has limited Saturday ho... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:38:15 EST What is your ultimate Goal after weight loss? What is 1 or 2 goals you have when you reach your goal weight? <BR> <BR> For some people, it will be fitting in their smaller size clothes, for some people it will be to look great on a special occasion like wedding or high school reunion, some people it's to get off of medications.... <BR> <BR> Whatever your ultimate goal is, write it down, daily somewhere, and remember that goal when offered extra sweets and before you take a second plate of food. It will help! <BR> <BR> Lisa <BR> <BR>... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:54:16 EST Is everyone ready for the Holidays? Are you ready for the first big Hliday, Thanksgiving? ANyone needing some extra support or encouragement? <BR> <BR> Lisa <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:51:36 EST Eating slower really does help! Ok, I admit it, I am a fast eater, I am always eating on the run and in between tasks. Today I got to wok a little early (I work 7pm-7am) and I was so hungry. I warmed up my food, sat down, took a couple bites, took my vitamins, drank some water, signed in to Sparkpeople and then ate a little more. I started getting involved in Spark and noticed I was starting to feel full. I left at least 1/4 of my meal on my plate, and I can eat it later. <BR> <BR> I am going to learn to slow down for... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:41:56 EST What day is your weigh in Day? Which day of the week do you weigh in? <BR> <BR> Make sure to keep weighing yourself over the holidays, it keeps you accountable! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:30:08 EST Trimmer Thanksgiving Sparkpeople posted an article on how to have a Trimmer Thanksgiving: <BR><BR>quick_tips_for_a_trimmer_thanksgiving <BR> <BR> Please share your ideas for others here! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:29:03 EST Hi everyone, let's do this! Hi, my name is Tonya and I'm from Georgia. My personal challenge was to not gain weight over the holidays, but losing it is even better. I'm aiming for at least 8 pounds. Good luck everyone! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:04:18 EST How to lose weight over the Holidays. Here's how you can lose weight (not gain) during the Holidays. <BR> <BR> 1. Set a goal and make it a priority. <BR> <BR> 2. Make your extra bonus meals or treat meals Once a week, not every day during the holidays- like if you know your work holiday party is Friday, don't indulge in Holiday cookies on Monday. <BR> <BR> 3. Know your calorie range (sparkpeople can make that for your weight loss goal) and try to stay on the low end of it on non-Treat days. that way, you'll have an extra 750 ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 03:25:13 EST Post your Goal here Please post what your weight loss goal is by Christmas or By New Years. ALso Pledge what you will do to make this happen: <BR> <BR> You can pledge: <BR> <BR> 1. To track your food on non holiday days <BR> 2. To step up your fitness program, even by a small amount <BR> 3. To plan ahead <BR> 4. to Only make Treat days once a week. <BR> 5. To keep weighing yourself/measuring yourself. <BR> <BR> we can do this! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 03:19:03 EST