SparkPeople Believe In Yourself! Team Messageboard If you believe in yourself, you can conquer anything. We are all in this together, even though we all have different goals. We are here for support and friendship during this journey! Good luck :) SparkPeople Believe In Yourself! Team Messageboard Going Through the Emotions... 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 13:54:14 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? 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 08:15:27 EST Encouragement Eases Exercise.... 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 08:15:31 EST How to Get Ripped Off....Gua aranteed!! 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 08:33:15 EST 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward.... 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 09:07:40 EST Tools for a Healthy Kitchen... 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 09:02:54 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day... 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 08:24:09 EST Causes of High Blood Pressure... <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 10:05:46 EST Feeling a Little Mixed Up About Your Diet? 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 09:46:45 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation... 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 09:33:58 EST 4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food..... 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 07:39:17 EST What is Cholesterol? 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 04:13:23 EST Howdy from Houston, Tx Hiya. <BR> <BR> I'm on here to reach my goal of losing 175 pounds, almost 1/2 my current size. I am a widow and was given a new lease on life. I really want to stay motivated to lose the weight I need to. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:54:32 EST 7 Things ...Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers. 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 08:03:16 EST Is Your Car Making You Fat?..... 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 08:02:02 EST Chew Slowly to Prevent Heartburn.... 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 06:57:38 EST Goal Buddies are Golden.... 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 07:54:12 EST "Free" Foods for Diabetes... ''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 11:55:08 EST The Surpising Benefits of Being in Love... 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 06:55:53 EST 31 DAYS....TO A HEALTHIER DIET... 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 06:06:38 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS...... 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 07:30:05 EST Choosing a Walking or Running Route... 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 08:21:37 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to the team today. I have been trying to lose about 30 pounds for the last couple of years. I am a 54 year old grandmother of seven and i want to be able to enjoy my grand babies for a very long time. <BR> Interestingly enough, I receive e-mails from SPARK almost daily at the office but have never joined. <BR> I enjoy walking and have just started for about 15 minutes a day on my lunch hour. <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:38:43 EST Hello. Thank you for the invite! One of the biggest goals in my life right now is to be healthy. It's one of the things that'll help me reach my full potential, so I'm looking forward to support from SP! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:30:01 EST He Did What He Had No Business Doing... 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 07:36:45 EST Your Fitness Plan for Weight Maintenance.... 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 07:51:48 EST TRX training Hey Everyone! I have discovered TRX training and am in love with it, problem I am having is Im not sure its a good workout for me since Im trying to lose weight. A friend told me she thinks TRX is actually going to cause me to get bigger cause it builds muscle. I thought it was more of a cardio/ab exercise since youre using your body weight as resistance. Anybody got any advice for me? I really enjoy it, but if its not what I need to be doing right now, then I need to stop!!! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:25:54 EST How to Choose and Use a Pedometer... 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 08:52:02 EST 7 Secrets to Outsmart Your Supermarket... 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 08:17:52 EST Are You a Workaholic? 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 08:50:39 EST Yoga Helps Prevent Middle-Age Spread.... 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 07:25:26 EST Gender : How Your Sex Affects Your Success.... 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 07:51:20 EST Did you know that some of these are REAL FRUITS... 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 11:09:36 EST Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise... 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 08:25:14 EST Slip into a Steady Slumber.... 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 and... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:58:38 EST 7 Good Reasons to Smile..... 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 08:33:35 EST Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles.... 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 07:24:45 EST 7 Reasons for Eating Chocolate Today..... 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 08:35:25 EST Soda Drinkers Beware! 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 07:58:43 EST hi Hope Im doing this right <em>40</em> First, thank you for the invite. A little about me: Im a mother of two (5 and 9). Ive been fighting with my weight since my first pregnancy, and am looking for someone to hold me Seems like I can give myself every excuse n the world, and my husband is always telling me I'm fine...lets go out to But I truly am ready for a change, and ready to get back to being me. Looking forward to meeting everyone Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:49:52 EST Whole Grains are the Whole Package... 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 cook wit... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:05:47 EST Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.... 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 already... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:35:09 EST new to the team... Hi everyone, I am new to the team, here because I received an invite in my inbox. I am returning SP member, have been away for a long time caring for an elderly parent. She is now in assisted living and my life has been given back to me...not completely but I am so excited to return. <BR> <BR> I had lost 60 pounds last year but once I became the sole caregiver for Mom, the stress, just blew that loss to kingdom come! I gained nearly all of it back BUT... I am starting over and so excited abo... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:58:24 EST What to Do After a Workout..... 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 08:34:05 EST What is your take on these Valentine Treats ? 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 08:15:54 EST 8 Lessons from "The Biggest Loser" 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 07:41:42 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation..... 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 07:27:00 EST Meditate Daily to Reduce Blood Pressure... 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 06:37:15 EST DAILY CHALLENGE .....GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT.... <em>306</em> <BR> When was the last time you measured? Today, measure and make a note (either in a notebook, on a sticky note, on your computer, etc.) for the following areas: <BR> <BR> *Bust <BR> *Chest <BR> *Tummy <BR> *Hips <BR> *Neck <BR> <BR> If you like, you can also measure upper arms and thighs. Refer to this once a month for your progress. Sometimes, the scale might not move but your measurements say that you are doing a FANTASTIC job. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! <em>7</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:42:38 EST The 10% Solution.... 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 07:30:45 EST hello My name is Windy. I am 42 years old. I live in the St. Louis area. I am hoping to loose about 20 pounds before my trip to Cancun :) Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:53:42 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House.... 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 09:09:48 EST Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt... 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 07:47:11 EST Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk <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 18:31:45 EST computer <BR> Gaye for posting this message. Right now I'm on DH iPad. It,s taking me along time to cut and paste information. So please be patient with me as I figure out DH iPad usage. I may not be able to reach all forums in the next couple of days. Thanks for you patience everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:16:58 EST WHISPERINGP INE9...Marj MESSAGE 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 08:27:40 EST Shoot For The Moon.... 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 08:21:20 EST Smart Shopping Tips For Small Households.... 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 buy... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:12:51 EST 10 Signs You're Watching Too Much Television.... 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 o... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:12:42 EST JUST SAY HI.....EMOTICON <em>213</em> welcome to the team. All the best to you on reaching your goals. <em>306</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:55:43 EST What is "Normal Eating "?.....Part 3 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 a... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:50:55 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 2 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, es... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:49:37 EST What is "Normal Eating"? ....Part 1 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” ea... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:48:46 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY.... <em>91</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:47:19 EST DAILY CHALLENGE .....GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT !!! <em>306</em> ......GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT.....JAN. 26TH <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make an entry in your personal Spark journal page AND read 2 Spark articles <BR> <BR> If you read something that really inspires or enlightens you, share it with the group so others can read it. <BR> <BR> Have a Sparking Saturday! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:46:53 EST A _Z.....words with double letters A - Apple Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:45:51 EST SPARK POINTS....PLUS BONUS 2 plus 20 <em>48</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:45:11 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE You should never be concerned with how others perceive you. It's commonly said but the words ring more truths than one would realize. If I was concerned about proving something to anyone else but myself, I would be down a very different path. Have pride in who you are and know that you're exactly where you need to be, even if others are having a hard time understanding the path you've chosen. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:40:33 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY......????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which SparkPeople Community feature is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <BR> Message boards <BR> SparkTeams <BR> SparkPages and blogs <BR> SparkMail <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me.....All my spark teams first, than Sparkpages and blogs, and I love reading the articles and collecting sparkpoints. <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:39:49 EST