SparkPeople Motivation Station (Weekly Challenges) Team Messageboard This is a Station where we will pick you up and help you make healthier choices. We will do everything to see you happy and achieve your goals. SparkPeople Motivation Station (Weekly Challenges) Team Messageboard Weekly Challenge: August 24 - 30 Monday : 20 minutes upper body exercises <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 20 minutes lower body exercises <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 20 minutes stretch/flexibility training <BR> <BR> Thursday: Full body workout <BR> <BR> We are to report our progress on a daily basis as much as it's in our power. We shall be resting next week so let's put our best in this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> You can use the sparkpeople workout generator. Or any other site that you can use to get exercises. <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:56:13 EST Weekly Challenge: 17 - 23 August I can see that we are doing well over the week and the challenge is helping us to do more <BR> <BR> Our Challenge this week is as simple as 10 minutes workout and as moderate as 30 minutes and as hard as 45 minutes <BR> <BR> Challenge; <BR> Do one workout DVD one time this week. We give out goodies as reward for every participation and more goodies for a more minutes. <BR> <BR> Have a lovely week ahead. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:02:06 EST Weekly Challenge: 10 - 16 August, 2014 This week will be about working on our shoulders/upper body: <BR> <BR> - I have some suggestions on the site below; <BR> <BR> - you can pick any 2 shoulders/arms exercise <BR> <BR> - do it 2 times this week. <BR> <BR> - do any number of reps that is convenient for you. <BR> <BR> - You are to report this by Friday 15th this week. <BR> <BR> - the exercises are in nos, 33 - 37 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>xercises-you-can-do-anywhere </link> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:42:12 EST Weekly Challenge: August 3 - 9 It's a new week today and I believe we are ready to take it on with some energy and enthusiasm. Let's roll it! <BR> <BR> 1. Clean just one area of your house one time this week. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Dance to a silly song, 2 times this week. <BR> <BR> 3. Stretch for at least 2 minutes two times this week. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Never forget to report your activities on Thursday 7 August. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:45:15 EST 30-Day Streak Remember the story of Chris Downie the founder of Sparkpeople who started this site with a simple task of keeping at a streak. We can start something with our streak too. Let's do this in the month of August. <BR> <BR> 1. Spin the spark wheel daily <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Post any emoticon of your choice on any one team member's page one time 3 days in a week within August. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> You can do it if you really want to. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:58:55 EST Week 2: 27 July - 2nd August. The challenge for this new week: <BR> <BR> 1. Comment on the a spark member's blog this week <BR> <BR> 2. On any spark member's page of choice, nominate her as a motivational member (the box is by left above the spark goodies column) <BR> <BR> 3. Do 10 calf raises just before taking your bath each morning. <BR> <BR> As usual we will be reporting our challenge by Thursday 30th of July. <BR> <BR> I hope we will do better this week with better report and participation. <BR> <BR> <em>381<... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:24:14 EST Week: 20 - 26 July We will be starting with a task as easy this week. <BR> <BR> Send 3 sparkgoodies to 3 members of the team before Thursday 24th July. On Friday 25th July, we shall converge here to give a report of what each member received as goodie and what it meant to them. <BR> <BR> NB - Study a sparkpage before dropping the relevant goodie. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:42:10 EST Type It Anyway. This is a game and I hope we will all catch some fun. All you need do in this challenge is to type a statements (it could be anything) while closing your eyes and then retype the word to let us know what you intended typing. BE SURE TO TYPE A HEALTHY STEP YOU HAVE TAKEN THAT DAY. (You can use both hands with eyes closed). Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:43:09 EST TOTAL'S FOR WEEK & MONTH !! <BR> <BR> O.K. <BR> WEEK ENDING THIS MORNING:- 86,730 STEP'S=43.01 MILES <BR> MONTH ENDING:- 323,673 STEP'S= 162. 71 MILES. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> THAT'S MOTIVATION. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 04:39:36 EST THANKSGIVING DAY CHALLENGE !! WELL, IT IS ALMOST OVER. DID ANYBODY TO ANY WALKING TODAY? <BR> WELL,SINCE 3 AM UNTIL NOW 4:37 PM I HAVE 13,636 STEP'S IN. <BR> DID YOU WATCH YOUR FOOD INTAKE, DRINK PLENTY OF <em>194</em> . <BR> ONE THING TO MENTION. <BR> ASPARAGUS:- 1/2 CUP, 20 CALORIES. <BR> THOUGHT YU'D LIKE TO KNOW. ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR "THANKSGIVING" Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:40:23 EST HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING !! ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY TO MY MOTIVATION FAMILY WISH ALL OF YOU BLESSINGS' OF A BLESSED THANKSGIVING. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:16:11 EST November Fitness Minutes Goals: <BR> <BR> October: <BR> Week 1 (4 - 10): <BR> Week 2 (11 - 17): <BR> Week 3 (18 - 24): <BR> Week 4 (20 - 26): <BR> Week 5 (25 - 30): <BR> <BR> Remaining Minutes: <BR> Bonus Minutes: <BR> Total Minutes: <BR> <BR> Check your weekly summaries from 'Report'. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 03:55:32 EST O.K.THIS IS IT !! <BR> <BR> <BR> NO EXCUSE'S. LET'S START <em>213</em> . BUT IF IT IS COLD, I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET SICK, <em>527</em> .GET THOSE <em>331</em> MOVING & THAT PEDOMETER GOING. GET THAT <em>362</em> GOING. NO COUCH POTATOES HERE. I WILL NOT TAKE THAT AS AN EXCUSE. AND YOUR HUBBY GET HI MOVING, TOO. NOT TO THE FRIDGE EITHER. YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR BOTH OF YOU. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:02:26 EST Hello! HI all! <BR> <BR> I just found this team and it seemed like a great time to get some short term goals. <BR> <BR> I am a long term Sparker, who is about 1/2 way to her goal - living with my hubby and fur babies in Florida and getting back into running. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get more involved in the teams and this seemed like a great one to help keep me on track! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:18:38 EST Changes coming to Spark People on Monday When you log onto Spark People next Monday, you will see a totally different start page. Click on the link below to get a preview. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:17:01 EST HI SPARKER'S !! AEGISHOT JUST GAVE ME A POST ABOUT THAT WORD "MOTIVATION" WHAT IS IT? WE DO IT FOR A WHILE AND THEN <em>39</em> . NOT GOOD. YOU WANT THIS BAD ENOUGH TO COME TO SPARK'S THEN "LET'S DO IT". <em>198</em> IT OUT, <em>386</em> . I AM 73 YRS. OLD AND HAD TO BECAUSE OF 2 <em>26</em> ATTACK'S, TOO MANY. THIS IS YOUR LIFE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. IF I CAN HELP 1 OF YOU, JUST "1" I'D BE VERY HAPPY. <em>306</em> YOU HAVE TO. STOP AT MY SPARK PAGE AND READ MY PROFILE. GOD BLESS YOU & A PLEASAN... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:31:55 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge Goals: <BR> <BR> October: <BR> Week 1 (1 - 5) - <BR> Week 2 (6 - 12) - <BR> Week 3 (13 - 19) - <BR> Week 4 (20 - 26) - <BR> Week 5 (27 - 31) - <BR> <BR> Remaining Minutes: <BR> Bonus Minutes: <BR> Total Minutes: <BR> <BR> <BR> Stay active buddies and be accountable!!! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:06:49 EST September Fitness Minutes Does this sound late? No, it is never too late to do anything as long as we can do it. We have a few days left in this month and I think we can still face a challenge and conquer it. Try to copy and paste (see below) and let us know how active you have been in this last week. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minute Goals: <BR> <BR> September 22 - 28: <BR> September 29 - 30: <BR> <BR> Remaining Minutes: <BR> Bonus Minutes: <BR> Total Minutes: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:56:50 EST The Last Poster/Posted Word Wins Woohoo Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:38:28 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here with all of you. I hope that I will be as inspiring to you all as you have been to me. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Violet Ivy Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:47:52 EST Read, Comment and Move I know there is no much time but reaching our goals does not always come easy. You need to be geared to do it, you need to be motivated to keep on going. I have decided to post a link to a Motivational Article on Sparkpeople at least 2 times a week. <BR> <BR> All you need do is read and post a comment here and let us know if it did anything positive to help reach your goals. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:33:15 EST Emoticon your mood right now! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am tired from doing so much today. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:58:34 EST NEW NEW'S ON SPARK PAGE !! IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO VISIT MT SPARK PAGE, I'VE ADDED NEW'S ABOUT MY SUCCESS W/ SPARKPEOPLE.COM. <BR> I AM 73 YRS. OLD AND YOU YOUNGER SPARKER'S ( CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT TO DO BUT THIS IS ABOUT "MOTIVATION" <BR> IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH <em>306</em> , YOU HAVE TO DO IT. <BR> GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU & GOOD LUCK TOWARDS YOUR GOAL. <em>213</em> . Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:01:35 EST We Have A New Team Leader <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>250</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:46:54 EST 28 Days - Being Positive Challenge Walking around with a rain cloud above your head doesn't just affect your mood. Pessimistic and negative thoughts also negatively impact your health, points out the Mayo Clinic. Practicing positive thinking on a regular basis strengthens your immune system, lowers your risk of heart disease and even increases your life span. Harnessing the power of positivity to improve your health and your happiness doesn't require immediate solutions to your life problems. You can start with a few happiness... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:50:43 EST Fall 2013 Walking Challenge Autumn arrives this week <em>465</em> and what a perfect time of the year to start a new walking program <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Just a few simple rules to follow: <BR> <BR> 1. You can track minutes or miles <BR> 2. You must commit to 3x per week minimum <BR> 3. You must increase your time or distance ( no matter how samll) every 7 days <BR> 4. If you are new to walking you must start with at least 10 -15 minutes each walk <BR> 5. You must check in here at least once a we... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:38:16 EST 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge from Challenge Loop You can start this one at any time <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/30-day-weight-loss-challenge-1 </link> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 06:01:51 EST Balance Challenge from Challenge Loop Do this Star Balance exercise two times this week and if you want you can check in on the challenge page : <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-balance </link> <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 05:57:25 EST If You Lost 25 lbs how would you celebrate ? If you lost 25 pounds today what would you do to celebrate? <BR> <BR> <BR> I would go out and buy all new clothes and make sure that everyone noticed !! <em>346</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 05:35:17 EST September Fitness Challenge During the month of September try a new exercise each that you have never done before. <BR> <BR> A good way to do this is with Spark videos that you can find at the top of this page in the Articles & Videos section. <BR> <BR> Mix it up cardio, <em>57</em> pilates, <em>401</em> resistance <em>34</em> <BR> as long as it's new to you. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 08:57:40 EST What's Your Weakness This challenge is all about identifying a weakness in your diet – something that you persist on eating that does not support your training or your body composition goals. Maybe something that extremely processed that is just plain bad for you. This will require each of us to take a good hard look at what we are eating, because we obviously each have our own soft spots when it comes to treats and junk foods. Please understand that this is not about eliminating everything – this challenge is ab... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 08:39:54 EST The Sweet Potato Did you know that sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods. I love them baked in the skin <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>odspice&dbid=64 </link> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:08:10 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Final Day 31 days of learning, measuring, reading, posting, exercising, eating and living. <BR> <BR> Looking back over the month sometimes it is easy to remember where we messed up but for this final challenge do it differently. <BR> Look back over the past month and remember the progress you have made, the steps you have taken to improve your health. <BR> Pat yourself on the back. Write yourself a note saying what you were proud of doing. or not doing. <BR> What would you say to a friend in similar c... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:52:49 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 30 Have your goals changed since you started SP? Have you met or surpassed those goals that you set in the beginning? Have you updated your goals recently? <BR> <BR> My goals have changed for sure. <BR> Now I have the goal of getting 5000 steps a day using my Fitbit. I didn't even have a fitbit when I started. <BR> <BR> Another goal I had to adjust was weight loss. The numbers on the scale are going down much more slowly than I had anticipated in the beginning so I have adjusted my goals in... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:04:01 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 29 Have you found Spark People radio yet? <BR> <BR> I have listened to a few of the broadcast subjects and got new info. <BR> When I looked today at the topics this line caught my eye "Zombie Races" so I had to listen to that. What works for some folks would not work for others but it was different. <BR> <BR> To find Spark People radio go to "My Spark Points" page and look down to the bottom of the first section and it says something like listen to Spark People radio. <BR> <BR> Let us know if... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:12:12 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 28 Have you created a vision collage? If so have you looked at it since you made it? <BR> Has it been a help to you? <BR> <BR> I have not yet done one. <BR> <BR> Find out about the vision collage on the "My Spark Points" page. <BR> Near the bottom of that page is a section titled One Time Challenges and there is a line about the vision collage. The button to the left will give you info. <BR> <BR> Anyway that is something I will get done before Saturday. <BR> <BR> Have fun. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:34:31 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 27 Thinking back to when you first joined Spark People. Do you remember one member who noticed that you were a new member and welcomed you? Can you remember if they kept in touch after that? Do you still communicate via Spark mail or posting yet? <BR> <BR> I remember the first person (after Spark Guy) that welcomed me to SP. Her handle is JENNY612 and we still post on the same threads. Also we continue to send Spark messages to each other. She made me feel very welcome here and she still is gre... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:44:55 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 26 There is so much to see on the Spark People website that it would seem to be impossible to find everything yourself. So I look for tips from others and I wonder if you do the same. <BR> <BR> Anyway the challenge for Day 26 is to share with this team something that you have found on this site that you want to tell us about. It may be a quiz, a blog, an article, a recipe, a motivational quote, a picture, a spark page, a team, WHATEVER you want to tell us about. <BR> <BR> I am really looking ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:00:07 EST DAILY CHALLENGES SUNDAY AUGUST 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> Today is a great new day so let's be grateful for it <BR> <BR> Give a smile to everyone you see today <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It will not only make you feel better but it just may give someone else that little lift they <BR> need to get through the day. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:32:53 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 25 Another question about Spark People website.... <BR> <BR> Do you have any Spark Favourites that you revisit? <BR> <BR> To find if you have any spark favourites go to My Trackers, <BR> then down to My Spark Points and look over to the right of that page and down toward the bottom of the page There is a section called Spark Favourites if you have marked any blogs, articles or other items as your favourite. <BR> <BR> I have several blogs and articles saved under my spark favourites but one I ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:18:58 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 24 I was drawing a blank today as to what our next challenge could be until I read a blog titled <BR> "When Life Hands you more than grin and bear it" by LINJARVIS. <BR> When I finished reading it I felt really motivated to get back to my exercise program and do what I can do to continue on the journey to better health. <BR> <BR> So Day 24 - what to do. <BR> Either read the above mentioned blog by LINJARVIS or find another motivating blog and tell us about it. <BR> <BR> Thanks so... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:32:46 EST Be A Buddy - Need A Buddy There are many Spark members looking for a Spark buddy for a more one on one support and motivation. <BR> <BR> I hope that this section will help you find each other. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I would like all of you to use this section to let us know if you are looking for a buddy or <BR> would like to offer your help by being a buddy. <BR> <BR> We have many good, caring members on this team <em>220</em> who are going through or have gone through some of the same things y... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:18:38 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 23 Have you bought any exercise tools that you found through advertisements here on Spark People/ Do you use the tools? <BR> <BR> I have bought a Fitbit after I saw it advertised here on SP. This is the best step counter I have ever used. I have owned many pedometers but always had difficulty in getting them to track accurately. The Fitbit is really accurate and is compatible with my fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> I use it everyday and put it on first thing in morning. This tool has motivated me ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:21:50 EST The Amazing Kiwi Have you ever tried Kiwi?.... if not you may want to after reading this article :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>odspice&dbid=41 </link> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:46:01 EST Did You Huddle Today? <em>48</em> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:41:54 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 22 Just wondering if anyone else uses the Friend Feed (that little area to the right side of your start page) <BR> If you do what do you do with the information that shows up there? <BR> <BR> Today I checked my friend feed and did the following from this area - <BR> - read a blog posted and commented on it. <BR> - looked at a new photo posted <BR> - sent a goodie for crossing fitness minutes milestones <BR> - read another blog and clicked that I liked it. <BR> By doing this I feel like I hav... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:14:10 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 22 The Friend Feed (that little area to the right of your start page) is a neat way of seeing what your SP friends are doing? Do you check your friend feed daily, once a week or do you check it at all. Maybe you can tell us in a post how or if you use this feature of SP. <BR> <BR> I checked my Friend Feed today and saw that someone had posted a new blog. I checked the blog and it is one I thought was quite good. It has mostly all pictures and as they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" an... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:59:00 EST Motivation Points Challenge This is a simple challenge but the benefits will be huge for you. <BR> A little fun, competition and great motivation support. <BR> <BR> The goal is to accumulate the most Spark points you can earn in a 7 day period by reading Spark Motivation articles. <BR> <BR> Each day read as many articles as you can and at the end of each article earn your Spark points. Then post here your total points earned for that day. <BR> <BR> At the end your 7 day period add up your points and post the total.... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:05:26 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 21 There are only 10 days left in August. Where did summer go? <BR> <BR> Back to the fall routine if you have school related routines. I will be babysitting my youngest grand daughter after school and I will miss the summer days with her. <BR> <BR> Anyway today as I was reading an article I stumbled across a "Mix and match meal planner" here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever used it before? Do you think it might be helpful to you? <BR> <BR> Here's the link for it if you want ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:43:29 EST Join A Spark Challenge This Week Something for everyone <BR> There are dozens of on going challenges taking place in the Spark Community every day. <BR> Why not give one a try and join today. <BR> Keep us updated here on how you are doing. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=8 </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:38:40 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 20 Todays challenge is intended to find new members or someone who has blogged for the first time and perhaps encourage them. <BR> <BR> I like to look up the first time bloggers and post a comment on someone's blog for which no one else has yet commented. <BR> I find it encourages me when SP members comment on my blogs and I want to do the same for others. <BR> <BR> How do I find the first time bloggers? <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers and open that menu <BR> Scroll down to My Spark Points and c... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:10:47 EST August - 31 Daily challenges - Day 19 Looking back through your log entries for this month so far does one particular exercise routine stand out for you. do you classify that as your favourite exercise? <BR> <BR> When I look back over the last 18 days I see most of the minutes I tallied up were from walking. That is my favourite activity. But it also tells me I need to do more strength training. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you have just one favourite or several. <BR> <BR> Thanks for telling us how you are active. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:39:12 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 18 Most of the teams I belong to have a section called```Fun and Games`forum or something similiar. In this section you may find different types of games. <BR> <BR> Today post and let us know if there are any fun and games threads that you follow on a regular basis. Personally I follow about 6 different teams fun and games threads. <BR> I like the word games the best. <BR> <BR> Do you have any favourites Do you follow any <BR> Looking forward to your posts. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:05:03 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 17 I found an article here on SP tonight that gave me some pointers on how to find an extra hour in a day. Actually you will still only have 24 hours to work with each day but it will seem like you have an extra hour if you put into practice some of the suggestions given in the article. <BR> <BR> since this article was such a help to me I thought I'd pass along the info for it. <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=1734 <BR> <BR> Now the challenge for Day 17 is ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:36:37 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 16 How long have you been a Spark People member? Do you post more now or less than when you first started? <BR> Do you spark mostly in the morning, evening or at odd times throughout the day. <BR> How many posts have you done as of today|? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it amazes me how much I have posted. Other times I may go 2 or 3 days without posting anything. <BR> How about you? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:24:07 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 14 or 15 I checked back and this is supposed to be day 15. Then I'm on track again. <BR> <BR> The challenge today is to find a video to watch. There are several here on Spark People. Some are for exercises, some are for recipes, some are inspirational. <BR> Tell us which video you watched and something you liked about it. <BR> <BR> Go to articles and videos, scroll to videos, and look through the many videos there. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:16:13 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 14 or 15 Today tell us about one Spark Team you belong to. Why did you choose to join that team? Are you active on it? How many members are on this team? Looking forward to these posts <BR> <BR> Again I apologize whether I am a day late or did I double up a day. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:04:01 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 13 Have you used the Spark People Planner yet? There is also a journal feature there. <BR> Let us know if you use this feature and what you use it for. <BR> <BR> To find the planner, go to My trackers, scroll down to Planner and click on that. <BR> <BR> You can set up the planner so that you get an email about an appointment coming. <BR> <BR> I like this feature as I ge an email each week reminding me about bowling times. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:37:53 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 12 Read (or re-read) the article The Power of Gratitude; list 3 things you are grateful for. <BR> <BR><BR>ti <BR> cles.asp?id=1541 <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy this day's challenge. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:59:57 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 11 Tell us what you did right today. sometimes we focus on the negative and forget to be happy for what we did right. <BR> Post and share with us something that you did right, that makes you glad, proud, happy or just makes you feel good. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:50:45 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 10 Have you found a good snack recipe here on SP. Please share with us. <BR> <BR> The fastest, easiest and very tasty snack I learned about was "Homemade ice cream sandwiches" <BR> <BR> Use 2 graham wafers, put about 2 tablespoons of ice cream on one wafer, cover with the other wafer and add a few cake sprinkles to the outside edge of ice cream to decorate it. <BR> <BR> Calories about 100. Time it takes to make - less than 60 seconds. <BR> Enjoy this tasty treat when ice cream is what you wa... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:09:47 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 9 Today's question/ challenge is about Spark Teams. <BR> How many do you belong to? Do you huddle with your teams. <BR> Today huddle with 5 teams to earn 5 points for huddling. <BR> If you don't belong to 5 teams are there any other teams you might be interested in joining? <BR> <BR> We can check each others posts tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:50:30 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 8 It's amazing how quickly time can go by. Eight days of the month gone already. <BR> <BR> Todays challenge - Find out how many spark points you earned in the month of July. What was the highest number of points you got on a single day? What's your favourite way of earning spark points Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:44:52 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 7 Spark People motivational quotations <BR> <BR> <BR> Find one that particularly "speaks" to you and share with us! If you have another quotation that you like, share that as well. <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:55:50 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 6 Day 6 of August already. This challenge will help us see how we are doing with our tracking and what that can tell us. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Use your nutrition tracker and enter everything that you eat and drink; post whether you stayed in your calorie range and what percentage of carbohydrates, protein and fats you consumed. You'll need to check your "daily feedback" for that information -- here's how: <BR> <BR> On your Nutrition Tracker, near the top, under the day/d... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:27:14 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 5 Time for an easy day. <em>334</em> <BR> Today the challenge is to read a blog on Spark People and send a goodie to that person. Try to make it someone who you have never sent a goodie to before. Just make it a "random act of kindness goodie game." <BR> <BR> Now to part B of the challenge. Send a goodie to yourself and tell yourself what you did today that you are proud of doing. Or give yourself a friendly encouraging note along with that goodie just as you would for any friend. <BR> <... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 19:59:20 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 4 There are many videos here on SP. There is a great variety of exercise and fitness videos in this selection. <BR> Challenge for Sunday, Aug. 4. Find a fitness video that you would like to try. If you have time on Aug. 4 why not try it or you can save it until your next scheduled day for exercise. <BR> <BR> Share which video you chose and why. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:52:14 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 3 Trivia questions give information and it`s a bit of fun too. For Day 3 the challenge is to answer 3 trivia questions. Share something about the trivia questions. Did you learn anything new - <BR> <BR> Looking forward to your posts. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:13:44 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 2 The challenge for Friday, August 2 is to take one quiz. Please post, tell us what quiz you did. <BR> <BR> If you choose to you can tell us the score you ended with and/or share what you learned. <BR> <BR> thanks. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:42:02 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges - Day 1 My longest streak was for 368 days. That's the number of days that I was active on the Spark People website. Most of those 368 days I did nutrition tracking and did at least 10 minutes of physical activity as well. <BR> <BR> That streak now shows that I have been with Spark People for 465 days and I have been active on the site for 462 of those days. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:17:09 EST August - 31 Daily Challenges Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Back in April I did a series of daily challenges (thanks to leader SANDYBREIT) that helped me learn more about the Spark People site and the many tools available on it. <BR> <BR> I thought we would try something similar for the month of August. So each evening I will post the challenge for the next day. If you would like to pass along any other ideas for daily challenges please do so. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge # 1 for August 1 <BR> <BR> Check out your spark streak da... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:14:02 EST August Buddy Challenge For Fun & Fitness This Challenge starts one week from today --- on Monday August 5th <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge is for teams of 2 buddies <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> The goal is to see which 2 man team can achieve the most fitness minutes during the month from 8/5 to 9/5. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Each buddy must record their own minutes each day in our team goals section that will be set up for you. <BR> <BR> If you want to join and need a buddy post here to let everyone know. <BR> <BR> Y... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 05:20:22 EST Team Huddle Contest <em>249</em> Challenge yourself to post on the team huddle as many times a day for a week. <BR> <BR> It gives all of us a little lift, a smile, a jump start to the day, brings us together as a team and offers a little motivation phrase to get you through the day. <BR> <BR> If you are not a blogger or don't have time to blog, it's the perfect way to say "I'm here, I'm in it to win it" "Let's do it together" <BR> <BR> You can huddle as many times a day that you want and add your own words... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 04:43:10 EST TODAY'S TIP FOR SUCCESS Use a Stopper <BR> <BR> We are often driven to eat too much because of the situation we are in. For example, have you ever gone to the movie theater and ordered a large popcorn, just because it seems like the right thing to do? We all associate popcorn with movies, but if you notice that your hunger number is low, then you may not want to indulge in all of the calories. <BR> This is when a Stopper can come in handy. You can eat some popcorn and then put a Stopper in your mouth. This is anyth... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:14:40 EST Try A New Healthy Recipe Once A Week The daily menu can get pretty boring when you are trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to try a new HEALTHY recipe once a week to keep your menu interesting. <BR> <BR> We will post Spark Recipes if you would like to try them. <BR> <BR> We would also like for you to post your favorites here or maybe a new one you just tried and liked. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 06:27:20 EST How do You Beat the Heat & Exercise? Many of us are being hit with early summer heat & humidity <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> How do you get in your physical activity & exercise when it is so hot or humid <em>38</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 06:33:02 EST July Drink More Water Challenge We all know how important it is to drink our water. <BR> <BR> Many of us find it hard to get in the recommended 8 glasses a day. <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will give you the opportunity to work on increasing your daily intake of water during the hot month of July <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> Our goal will be to reach 8 cups a day by July 31st. We have an existing team goal set up which you can use to track this challenge. <BR> <BR> Good luc... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:29:42 EST Team Stats Check Out Our Team Leader boards Great Job Guys <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>285</em> <BR> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:38:37 EST Monthly Challenge for Calorie Differential Missing Anyone know what happened to the Monthly Challenge section for Calorie Differentials? It was there all month until today. Lin Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:08:58 EST Weekly Blog Challenge This Challenge is to read and comment on a members blogs 3 x per week <BR> <BR> AND once a week come back here and vote for your favorite blog of the week <BR> <BR> (example) <em>205</em> mari-serv on 6/15 <BR> <BR> This gives us the opportunity to get to know each other , encourage and support. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 06:41:43 EST Summer Cucumber Diet For a change of pace try adding cucumbers to you menu: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>html </link> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 07:54:00 EST Lose, Gain Or Stay The Same Did you lose this week <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Did you gain this week <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Or did you stay the same <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Let us know with one of these emoticons Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:19:33 EST Change One Word Spark People <BR> <BR> <BR> Just for fun: for each new post change one word and let's see how long we can keep this thread going <em>30</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 05:58:36 EST HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU LOSE THIS WEEK? Did your scale go down this week?? Did you do anything different to boost your weight loss? Please share your success with us !! <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Hearing about other members success help keeps us motivated <em>104</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 05:49:26 EST Your Excuse-Proof Workout Plan Lets see if we can do a week workout for 6 minute circuit training........... <BR> <BR><BR>?post=your_excuseproof_workout_plan <BR> <BR> Check out and let me know when you are going to start how your week is going. <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:41:59 EST Sugar Count The recommended intake is 23 grams of sugar that you should take. I will be put additional things here to help with watching your sugar amounts. <BR> <BR> I hope it helps and good luck, <BR> <BR> Laura Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:48:03 EST Did You Eat Your Fruits & Veggies Today This week, add one additional fruit or vegetable to your daily diet <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Many of us have more success by adding something new and healthy instead of taking something unhealthy away. <BR> <BR> Add it to a meal, add it to a snack, make it a snack, put it in a salad, put it in your pasta, put it in your cereal, put it on your sandwich. <BR> Put 7 pieces of fruit in a bowl in full view on your kitchen counter and grab just one a day for the next 7 ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 10:56:46 EST Let's Talk About Our Health A good majority of us are not just here to lose weight. We our here to improve all kinds of health conditions through diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Heart disease, diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and so so many more chronic conditions that can be improved with diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Support from others with the same or similar conditions is so important to our success, so please let this be a place where you can share whatever you need to in order to help you... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:16:57 EST 30 Minutes A Day of Cardio In June FROM FIT TODAY: <BR> <BR> While the benefits of cardio exercise include the strengthening of many muscles throughout your entire body, there are specific muscles that are vital which get huge benefits. <BR> <BR> The two biggest muscles that enjoy positive effects from cardio workouts are the ones which you employ in respiration, as well as your heart muscle. The muscles you use for respiration are benefited by the promotion of the flow of air in and out of your lungs; as a result, they are... Fri, 31 May 2013 07:39:36 EST WATCH FOR NEW SUMMER CHALLENGES <em>252</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 07:36:16 EST The 10 Minutes of Exercises A Day Challenge Challenge yourself to this 7 day exercise program with only 10 minutes a day <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rjour/10minparjour1.asp </link> Sun, 26 May 2013 05:48:45 EST 30 Day Squat Challenge on FaceBook Just For Fun <BR> The 30 Day Squat Challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-squat-Challenge/109536482550422?fref=ts </link> Sun, 26 May 2013 05:30:06 EST Calorie counters? Anyone here into that? I've decided to give it a try despite the difficulties that come rolling along on our site. <BR> Now they will be sending the info over to who will apply it to my DashBoard.. I'm doing this because I've been seeing a slight increase and before it gets out of hand I want to find the culprit. Hopefully summer will help me out but if not and your willing to try it. What can it hurt? It's a good thing know a "ballpark" number of calories on things we eat most oft... Wed, 22 May 2013 20:37:00 EST Stay Motivated - Mix It Up From PopSugar 50 Ways to Stay Motivated: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ivated-Weight-Loss-13289463 </link> Tue, 21 May 2013 06:21:13 EST Daily Fit Tips Something new to try............ <BR> <BR><BR>ips/expert-advice/stability-balance-ex<BR>ercises/?esrc=nwfitdailytip051613 <BR> <BR> these are core moves to try and build some hard cores.........Enjoy Thu, 16 May 2013 11:13:57 EST One Minute Workouts Finding it hard to find time to exercise....try these 1 minute exercises: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Challenge-Squats-26474950 </link> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lank-Workout-Video-30059400 </link> <em>413</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eleasing-workouts-that-work/#slideshow<BR>=slide1 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </li... Sun, 12 May 2013 07:55:42 EST Sugar Intake This is from one of my Favorite<BR>....I copied a portion of what to take and avoid in Sugars.......... <BR> <BR> These are lists of foods that are forbidden, recommended, or “to be eaten in moderation”. <BR> Foods Forbidden on the Sugar Busters Diet <BR> •White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it) <BR> •Pasta, unless whole grain <BR> •White rice <BR> •White flour, and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels... Thu, 9 May 2013 08:44:10 EST Ways of coping with stress/d pression or anxiety<BR>hotos/ways-to-cope-with-depression.asp<BR>x?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLiving_2<BR>0130505#/slide-1 <BR> <BR> This is the link that I shared with you in our e-mail. Let me know how you cope. <BR> <BR> Laura Mon, 6 May 2013 08:47:30 EST Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life #2 " Put yourself first. Take care of yourself first. Pay attention to your own needs and desires, and find the courage to do something about them. " <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is to do something that makes YOU happy each day. It can be anything that puts a smile on Your face and makes YOU feel good. It has to be just for YOU and YOU can not do it for or with someone else. <BR> <BR> ....and as you discover more great things about yourself share them with us so we can celebrate with you... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:01:16 EST Hello I am new to this team Hello, my name is Wendy. I am 39 years old and live in Joplin, MO. I am the mother of 2 boys, Thomas age 19 and Breck age 12. I live with my fiancee Brian. We are planning to get married in October 2015 so that is my goal date to lose weight. I have lost 20 pounds so far. I still have 150 pounds to go. I have yo-yo dieted several times, losing weight only to gain it back and then some. Staying motivated has been difficult for me in the past, so I thought this team sounded good for me.... Fri, 3 May 2013 17:11:37 EST user names? I found this thread on another team and I thought it would be a good way to share some info with this team if you wish. <BR> <BR> The question was "How did you choose the username that you sign it with?" <BR> <BR> For example, my screen name is 4kwalk. I use that name because when I joined SP my goal was to walk 4 kms a day. I did get up to the 4k a day but than got sidelined by an injury. that took me back to the beginning and now I'm working my way up to the 4kms a day - presently at 2k ... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:41:39 EST Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life #1 " A contented mind and cheerful spirit is health to the body and strength to the soul" <BR> <BR> How's your attitude towards yourself and your health? How do you see yourself day to day? Do you lift yourself up or put yourself down? Find it hard to make the changes you need to make to lose that weight? <BR> <BR> Then join in this challenge and help find some answers for yourself. <BR> <BR> For this WEEK #! - your challenge is to "Post something positive about yourself everyday" <BR> ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:36:15 EST lower sodium intake Thanks to LINJARVIS for this idea for a challenge. For Spark People who need to track the amount of sodium daily, see what your recommended level is and try to stay below that level for 7 days. By doing this challenge you can notice if you are consuming more sodium than necessary. To find out your sodium goal go to the nutrition tracker, scroll to the bottom of the page and find sodium and read across for goal and daily amounts for the week. <BR> <BR> For example, my daily goal is 0 - 2300mg... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:24:11 EST Slim Down in 8 Weeks - 8 Week Slim-Down Challenge Not sure if anyone would love to take this 8 week slim-down challenge from EveryDay Health........ <BR> <BR><BR>eek-slim-down.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHeal<BR>thHealthyLiving_20130418 <BR> <BR> I love challenges and this seems every interesting to do. I would urge you to consult your doctor if you have heart problems as by the looks of the videos can be fast in the cardio. Having heart disease in my family, I have to be alright with some of these cardio... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:53:23 EST New to the team Hello team! My name is Stephanie. I am 24 years old and live in Indiana. I gained about 45 pounds after high school and after years of trying, failing, etc. I finally lost forty pounds and kept it off for over a year! The holidays this past year got me and over the past five months I have gained 15 back. My aunt told me about SparkPeople years ago. I made a profile but never paid much attention to it. I am going to try and use the site as a tool to motivate me to lose this weight! I am excite... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:01:03 EST Reduce Your Daily Carbs 5 - 10% There is no doubt about it that reducing the amount of unhealthy carbs you eat will help you lose weight. Yet it is most often the hardest to cut back on. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to help us reduce our daily carb intake with small steps of 5% - 10% at a time. <BR> <BR> If you track your nutrition you know exactly how many carbs you are eating right now. <BR> Start with that number, reduce it by to 10% per day. If you are a real carb addict then start with just 5%. Don't set your... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:54:41 EST The Couch - to - 5K Ever considered running a is your opportunity: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.shtml?cmp=18-1 </link> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:11:53 EST Spark Common Foods Charts From Spark Resource Center, get your calories, carbs, fats, & protein values, <BR> and it's printable <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sts_snacks.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Choose a Food Category <BR> Snacks <BR> Dips / Dressings <BR> Sides <BR> Fast Food Chicken <BR> Fast Food Favorites <BR> Meats & Protein <BR> Veggies <BR> Fruits <BR> Dairy <BR> Beverages <BR> Nuts Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:22:03 EST About Our Challenges PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE <em>227</em> THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Team challenges are always welcomed here. <BR> If you have an idea for a team challenge you want to start, please by all means feel free to <BR> start one. <BR> <BR> 2. There will be many types of challenges member is expected to join more than <BR> one at a time. We will always try to have a variety for everyone. <BR> <BR> 3. Even though a cha... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:10:14 EST How Many Fruits & Veggies Today ? This is The 30 Days Challenge of Fruits & Veggiesa good challenge for beginners and those of us who need to add more fruits and vegetables to our eating plan: <BR> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> Work your way up to eating a fruit or vegetable at every meal (for at least 5 servings a day). Fruits and veggies fill you up for minimal calories and have disease-fighting nutrients. Generally, the more vivid the color, the more nutrient-dense they are. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> .....and p... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:24:48 EST JUST FOR MEN Just for Men FROM SPARK <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le_center_detail.asp?id=2 </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:10:04 EST Join In The Discussion - The Scale Join In Spark's Featured Message Board Topic Today: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=30394716 </link> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 08:00:11 EST 10 Days of 10 - 10 - 10 Fitness Challenge <em>318</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> If you're looking for a way to fit fitness into your busy life, try the 10-10-10 plan. <BR> Forget trying to get to the gym for an hour (plus travel time). Instead, find 10 minutes, three times a day, to exercise at home or outside. <em>361</em> That adds up to 30 minutes a day, which is enough to garner you some helpful health benefits. Once you have your 10-10-10 plan working smoothly, try to add 5 or 10... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 18:27:13 EST Take the Web MD Quiz - Dangerous Diets Take the Quiz and see how you score <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dangerous-diets </link> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:14:28 EST RECIPE BOX I found this compliments of a friend on Pinterest. If you are doing Weight Watchers they have recipes for you with points values: <BR> <BR> LaaLoosh <BR> <BR> Features a wide selection of Weight Watchers recipes online collected by an active Weight Watchers member. Healthy recipes that feature the WW points value. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 04:26:02 EST Metabolic Syndrome - A Wake Up Call This will be an on going topic to share information on this condition: <BR> <BR> What is Metabolic Syndrome: <BR> <link><BR>me/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Diet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndrome-diet </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>20syndrome/DS00522/METHOD=print </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:00:35 EST What's Your Best Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> If you ARE a breakfast eater <em>243</em> if NOT <em>198</em> then watch this topic because our MOTIVATION STATION team members will be sharing with you their favorite, healthy breakfast ideas to get you on the road to success !! <BR> <BR> Please Read Spark's Learn to Love Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=827 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:41:10 EST The Spark Official Spring Into Shape Challenge Are You Ready for This One <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4 Week Spark Boot Camp Challenge <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50382 </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:06:14 EST What's In Your Easter BAsket? Don't Miss Today's Spark Article: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=25 </link> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:08:08 EST The No Night Time Eating Challenge This challenge is very simple.....go 14 days with out eating at night eating. <BR> <BR> Set a time deadline for yourself and commit to not eating from that time on at night. <BR> <BR> You will be amazed at how many calories you can cut out to help you reach your goals!! <BR> <BR> <BR> These articles from Livestorng and Wed Md off some tips. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brakes-on-nighttime-overeating </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:36:59 EST Increase Your Walking Challenge This challenge is as simple and basic as it gets but the results are priceless <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> #1 Must walk at least 3 days per week <BR> #2 Start week #1 by walking 10 - 15 minutes per day <BR> #3 Each week you will add an additional 5 minutes per day until you have completed <BR> one week of 30 minute walks <BR> <BR> The link below to The Walking Site gives a good plan for beginners <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Need motivat... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:46:57 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Nancy and this is my first challenge. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:06:32 EST How Many Diets Have You Tried In The Past? Food Pyramid for several months and lost 10 pounds <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers (several times) lost 20 pounds but gained back over the years <BR> <BR> South Beach for 4 days, lost 6 pounds but it was not for me <BR> <BR> Insulin Resistance, started in Nov 12 - lost 20 pounds and still following - my goal is 50 pounds Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:39:16 EST The Drop Those Pounds 1 At A Time Challenge The realization of having to lose 20, 30, 50 pounds or more can be overwhelming for many of us. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Breaking those pounds down to one at a that sounds attainable <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This team challenge puts our focus on dropping our weight 1 pound at a time TOGETHER...creating a buddy system <em>220</em> by sharing with each other what works and what does not work and supporting each other day to day. <BR> <BR> All you need to do is set your g... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:23:28 EST Focus on Flexibility Monthly Challenge This program by the Mayo Clinic is a series of stretching exercises for flexibility. <BR> <BR> The challenge here is: <BR> <BR> Minimum of 3 x per week - being able to do all 10 basic stretches in one workout but the <BR> end of a month <BR> <BR> This is a great way to get your body and muscles ready for more physically demanding <BR> exercises. It is also good for beginners. <BR> <BR> <BR> The first link is the article about the benefits of str... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:01:34 EST How to Track Challenges / Goals If you go into the "My Trackers" tab at the top of the page, into "OTHER GOALS" <BR> you can set up any or all of your challenges to track. <BR> <BR> Please know that this is an option for you and not required for any of our challenges. <BR> <BR> It is a personal record for your use only. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:30:23 EST Weekly Tracking Challenge Weekly Challenge #2 <BR> <BR> Nutrition Tracking for 7 days: use your Spark tracker to record EVERYTHING you eat or drink during the day (and night <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> One of the keys to success in losing weight is tracking what you eat. You will be amazed at how many calories you are REALLY eating <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> If you are new to Spark this challenge will help you get familiar with the food tracker & help you to stay within your daily calories. <BR> <BR> If you wa... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:23:31 EST What motivates you? Curiousity here <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What motivates you? <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:35:34 EST Have you huddled today? I'm still getting used to the huddle walls, but love the idea <em>41</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:34:40 EST Hi My name is Kim I am struggling to stay updated on everything, to track. keep notes. I have always struggled with weight, either I was too skinny or heavy, in 2004 I weighed 103 now I weigh 224 That is a whole person, I realy wan to get my act together. I have always controlled my weight by not eatting, or throwing up. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:36:11 EST new to team Hi. I'm Lin. I'm to soon have my 60th Birthday. I'm married and live in Peterborough, On. Canada. I hope to lose about 55 lbs. I've lost 20 lbs on my own in the last year but in the 6 weeks I've been tracking my efforts on Sparkpeople I haven't lost any weight. I was down a lb. but then up 2 lbs. and in today's weekly weigh-in I was back to my original weight. I've signed up for the fitness challenge and hope I can build up my stamina and strength. I can't take the drinking water chall... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:33:43 EST WEEKLY JUNK FOOD CHALLENGE #1 Our first weekly (7 days) challenge is: <BR> <BR> Give up just "one" junk food or high calorie / high sugar/ high fat food item. <BR> <BR> Chips, soda, bagels, donuts, butter, sugar, cookies, whatever it may be. If you feel it does not fit into a healthy diet or you feel guilty when you have, give it up for just one week <em>306</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:19:45 EST Weekly Challenge Ideas Wanted All ideas and suggestions for weekly challenges are welcomed here. <BR> <BR> Please use this forum to Share your suggestion for a weekly challenge and we will give everyone an try. <BR> <BR> *****IMPORTANT*** <BR> Even though a challenge is only for a week it will always be on going so that new members can join them and old members can continue with them as long as they want or need to. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:03:24 EST March Weekly Weigh In <em>192</em> THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO TRACK SCALE WEIGHT BY THE WEEK <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MARCH 3RD - <BR> STARTING WEIGHT - <BR> <BR> <BR> MARCH 10TH - WEIGH IN - <BR> LOSS/GAIN - <BR> <BR> MARCH 17TH - WEIGH IN - <BR> LOSS/GAIN - <BR> <BR> MARCH 24TH - WEIGH IN - <BR> LOSS/GAIN - <BR> <BR> MARCH 31ST - WEIGH IN - <BR> LOSS GAIN-... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 05:19:19 EST Weekly Exercise Challenge <em>104</em> <em>415</em> <em>401</em> <em>416</em> <em>404</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE CHALLENGE MARCH 3RD THROUGH MARCH 9TH <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE USE TEMPLATE AND UPDATE DAILY IF YOU CAN <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> March 3rd - exercise goal <BR> <BR> Type of exercise - <BR> ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 04:59:25 EST Weekly Nutrition Challenge March 3rd through March 9th *** <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> <em>485</em> <em>492</em> <em>368</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 cups of water a day <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Post calorie range and if you stayed in it or not <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 fruits a day <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/6 servings veggies a day <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 04:37:44 EST MONTHLY CHALLENGES COMING SOON NO NEED TO RESPOND, WAITING TO GET A FEW MEMBERS BEFORE THIS CHALLENGE IS STARTED. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 05:19:51 EST *WEEKLY CHALLENGE RULES* THIS IS WHERE I WILL BE POSTING WEEKLY CHALLENGES STARTNG ON MARCH 3RD. fEEL FREE TO JUMP IN AT ANY TIME. PARTICIPATION IS NOT MANDATORY BUT WELCOME AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT IS HELPS KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. <BR> <BR> POSTING WILL START ON MARCH 3RD,2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 05:18:26 EST I motivated myself today by... PLEASE POST WHAT YOU DID TODAY TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED AND IN THE GAME! LET US KNOW YOUR SECRETS! <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 05:05:02 EST Motivational Stories/Quotes <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> GOT A MOTIVATIONAL STORY? KNOW A MOTIVATIONAL PERSON? KNOW ANY MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES??? <BR> <BR> PLEASE SHARE THEM HERE <em>224</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 04:36:09 EST Jokes and Funny Bone stuff <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> GOT A FUNNY STORY? GOT A SILLY JOKE? THIS IS THE PLACE TO POST IT, THE ONLY THING I ASK IS TO KEEP IT CLEAN :D <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:31:36 EST Suggestion for weekly/montly challenges THIS IS JUST A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN OFFER SUGGESTIONS FOR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY CHALLENGES FOR THIS TEAM. <BR> <BR> FEEL FREE TO GET CREATIVE HERE. I MADE THIS TEAM BECAUSE I THINK IT WILL HELP ME TO GET MORE INVOLED AND BE MOTIVATED AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:12:14 EST Let us know who you are! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ******************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE POST HERE TO LET IS KNOW WHO ARE YOU AND A DESCRIPTION OF WHY YOU ARE HERE AND ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE US TO KNOW ABOUT YOU. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ******************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************ <BR> <BR> THANK YOU <BR> <BR> MissTannis... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:09:56 EST March Chitter Chatter Hello all, this is a general discussion forum that anyone can feel free to discuss whatever they like. Let's all be good girls and boys and play nice on the forum and show our good manners. <BR> <BR> Please refrain from discussing controversial issues such as religion and politics, thanks! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:06:58 EST