SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60181 This team is for support in the real world! We send and receive support letters and/or packages through the mail every month. SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60181 QOD 9/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59176992 So what IS your feedback for this group, then? Anything good? Anything you want different? Anything you want printed on a T-shirt? Bring it on! <BR> <BR> This is my favorite group on SparkPeople. This is the place I want to check in first each day. This is the gathering of friends who cares about my triumphs and my struggles with health and fitness and life, when my friends in real life really don't want to share this journey with me. This is the group I want in my home for a game night. Thi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:06 EST QOD 9/16 - Important to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59162016 I have only had limited internet via my phone lately, so i am quite a bit behind. However i was surprised at some of the negative comments about our team. So i need to know, are y'all happy? Are there things you feel bed to change? <BR> <BR> I was already depressed, but now I'm totally deflated. I really need the TRUTH, no sugar coatings. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:12:04 EST QOD 9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59153804 Getting ready to clear out some intense negative energy for a friend tonight so she can start again. Dreaming of relief from toxicity. <BR> <BR> What are you ready to have out of your life today? (Wish big! I'll include these tonight!) <BR> <BR> All of the painful symptoms of severe Complex PTSD <BR> My wife's terrible fragrance-induced migraines <BR> A grudge about a "friend" who owes me $13K that I need for medical bills Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:22:23 EST QOD 9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59142506 Name a go-to movie (or something else) that feeds your spirit, makes you smile, or that you just really love indulging in. <BR> <BR> Labyrinth Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:29:37 EST QOD 9/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59132760 On the other hand, what has delighted you about your fitness journey that you really did not expect at all? <BR> <BR> I really thought I just wanted to lose weight, and get out of that giant fat suit I was so stuck in for decades. I didn't know there would be so many other benefits besides the health stats. <BR> <BR> Asking my wife to walk with me each day was really frustrating to her at first, because she wanted to unwind by sitting in front of the television set after a long day at work.... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:51:46 EST QOD 9/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59123978 People sure don't talk about this much, and I hope it isn't too negative for this amazing group: Have you found any downside to losing weight or getting more fit? <BR> <BR> I've lost my marvelous booty: it is not just flat, there is even a tiny sag at the crease where it meets my leg. It is going to take SO much muscle to try to replace some of the round glory that it was. <BR> <BR> All of my clothes. There's only so much I can alter. The rest need to go. This is rough, because there is no ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:20:07 EST QOD 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59112957 Today is a reflective day for many of us. Please share one precious thing about your life today. <BR> <BR> I woke up much too early, but the soft dawn light sneaking around the drapes was just enough to reveal the silhouette of my wife's strong back and the curve of her waist and hip. When her alarm went off, I reached out to touch her, and everything else just didn't matter. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:05:46 EST QOD 9/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59103323 Ohmygoodness, we're a third of the way through September already! <BR> <BR> Has everyone with a buddy sent at least one note in the mail by now? <BR> <BR> What about your other goals? Anything you need to get going on before half the month flies by? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:20:02 EST QOD 9/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59092124 If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for today? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:24:35 EST QOD 9/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59082230 Mondays have a pretty bad reputation as days of the week go. What's your favorite thing about Monday? Or just today? <BR> <BR> Teaching yoga every Monday is wonderful. Today, FedEx might deliver my new phone! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:08:25 EST QOD 9/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59067593 Do you have a specific day of the week that you take as a day off or lazy day? <BR> <BR> Mine is usually Sundays. Hubby and son both work every Sunday so I'm home with no car. I walk around town but that's it. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:12:43 EST QOD 9/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59061779 Anything fun planned this weekend? <BR> <BR> We're off to a not-Labor-Day pool party, though I'll probably be hiding from the heat indoors to visit with a few friends. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:01:43 EST QOD 9/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59049757 Let's flip the coin, what gets you pumped up? Not angry, i mean up and moving. <BR> <BR> Loud rock! I love music, I'm really never without it. Blasting some great alternative or hard rock gets me going. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:10:37 EST QOD 9/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59039083 What is your favorite way to just "zone out" after a hard day? <BR> <BR> Laying on the floor or outside with my girls. Wine can also be involved. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:55:05 EST QOD 9/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59031918 What are you reading (or listening to, or watching) this week? <BR> <BR> Reading: <BR> Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott <BR> Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain <BR> Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates <BR> Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin <BR> Resilient Adults by Gina O'Connell Higgins <BR> <BR> Watching: <BR> Kill Your Darlings <BR> The Long Day Closes <BR> Wadjda <BR> <BR> Listening to: <BR> Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Original Broadway Cast Recording) <BR> <BR> I love the library! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:23:41 EST QOD 9/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59021508 How was your long weekend? <BR> <BR> The good: Super exciting to look at a house with so much dirt yard ready for planting in the back, so much rocky xeriscaping in the front ready for all of our cactus and succulents, all hardwood floors inside, quiet neighborhood, and a lot closer to our price range than we imagined. <BR> <BR> The bad: After being meticulously, painstakingly careful with the flip phone that I've been using since 2007, I accidentally ran it through the washing machine Sund... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:26:33 EST QOD 9/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59008114 What are your plans for September? <BR> <BR> I need to get my life back. I have been letting everyone and everything else have control. September is time for me to take back the reins. <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:46:26 EST QOD 8/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x59000522 Sometimes I feel like stress is coming at me from every direction, and it can be really hard to remember how much joy is possible in being alive. <BR> <BR> Please describe any moment of joy, especially a miraculous one that surprised you during a rough patch. <BR> <BR> Last night, after a very stressful day, our walk around the bay ran quite late. Because it was dark, my wife got to see a tern skimming the water for the very first time. The stormy high surf sent tiny ripples of turbulence ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:18:49 EST QOD 8/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58991444 Okay, tough one today, ladies! <BR> <BR> What is something awesome about your body just the way it is, right now? ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> 15 years ago, my right arm was totally immobilized against my torso in a sling for half a year and I wasn't sure if I could ever use it or lift it again. Today, no matter how I feel about the way my arms *look*, I have the mobility and upper body strength for push ups, body weight rows, holding them up with grace for an hour of dance, and am working my way to... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:25:15 EST QOD 8/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58983535 Anything fun planned for the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> Feel like I need to push my way through some family obligations and some bookkeeping stuff so I can enjoy exercising, walking with my wife, washing the pup, sharing some of our succulents with friends who are planting a new garden, reading some great books and watching some great movies I reserved through the library. <BR> <BR> No big pool party at our friends' house this year since she's selling jewelry at the Festival of Sails, but t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:53:57 EST QOD 8/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58974166 Had one of those mornings where the number on the scale *really* got me down on top of everything else, even though I know for sure the four pound gain is a hormonal bloat or whatever happens to suddenly pack on those pounds once a month. <BR> <BR> In spite of all the different kinds of stress I'm facing, nothing helps blow away the discouragement like gratitude. <BR> <BR> Please share three blessings in your life today: <BR> <BR> Mother in law fell and went to the ER yesterday, but is a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:20:31 EST QOD 8/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58965626 I am so excited to finally get to meet my foster child client today for the first time, this is the moment that all of the training and case files and phone calls have been leading up to in my new role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. <BR> <BR> Have you had any exciting firsts recently? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:35:12 EST QOD 8/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58955651 Is there anything at all you wish you knew about your buddy when it comes down to picking or making that card or goodie? (Anything that isn't on our list of buddy info questions that might make a note seem a little more personal? Of course *anything* that is special to you can be listed after the last question: Anything else you want to share?) <BR> <BR> How about something really easy today, like favorite color! <BR> <BR> Mine's purple. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:06:45 EST QOD 8/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58945639 Any surprises about receiving your notes or goodies? <BR> <BR> The timing seems uncanny to me, no matter how often I receive a TWAS buddy note in the mail, it always magically arrives exactly when I really need some loving kindness or encouragement. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:53 EST QOD 8/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58935141 Seems like there's some regrets about not sending the minimum number of notes over the summer for our team. I know summer is gorgeous and shiny and distracting and filled with vacations, but so is the rest of the year. Let's use this question of the day to help Spark each other into making small, measurable changes for THIS goal, too! <BR> <BR> What does it look like for you when you successfully hold yourself accountable for sending two notes a month for three months? Please tell us what wo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:19:12 EST Fall Sign UP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58926073 Time for our Fall sign up. This list will run September, October, and November. Please make certain to add your name to the list below. I'm also emailing an updated form. It is not necessary if you filled out a form for Summer to do one again but our dear Bonnie had me make some cool adjustments that should make things even better! <BR> <BR> Once again - this is a 3 MONTH COMMITMENT!!! You are promising to do AT LEAST 6 mailings, 2 per month to help motivate and support your buddy. <BR>... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:36:28 EST QOD 8/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58925647 Hope it isn't too early to start counting down to our new Spark Buddy matches! <BR> <BR> It is so lovely to just receive a note in the mail, they don't even need to have loot in them. <BR> <BR> What are some of the flat goodies you've sent or received that fit into a note card? <BR> <BR> I like sending bookmarks. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:32:02 EST QOD 8/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58913578 We had some horrible thunder-storms last night. My girls kept me up most of the night. Now we have flooding everywhere, getting to work is going to be a trick. <BR> <BR> Do you have summer weather issues? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:05 EST QOD 8/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58905049 What is something you like/do that is "supposed" to be a"boy thing"? <BR> <BR> I hear all the time that I'm not much of a girl, but boxing and classic cars are the first two things that come to mind. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:40:14 EST QOD 8/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58894648 Do you have anything in your workplace that is just for fun/to make you smile? <BR> <BR> I have little stuffed dogs and silly pictures/cards up. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:53:38 EST QOD 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58889363 Even though we've got our Buddy Reveal thread going on today, I thought I should pick your gorgeous brains after seeing a handful of disappointed Spark buddies: <BR> <BR> Do you have any ideas about a simple way we might shuffle buddies who are not receiving anything at all (stranded)? Or when something comes up and you cannot send anything at all (stuck)? <BR> <BR> And since we're all committing to reaching out twice each month for three months, does 30 days sound like a clear time bounda... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:05:09 EST Buddy Reveal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58877604 Ok, who did you have as buddy this round? Can you guess who had you? I will publish the list Saturday. <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:47:02 EST QOD 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58874913 What do you track/count as water besides just plain water? <BR> <BR> For me, nothing. If there is anything in it, it is not water in my mind. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:40:14 EST QOD 8/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58867690 How do you deal with impossible people? <BR> <BR> I try to breathe and smile when I cannot get away. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:58:48 EST QOD 8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58858229 Healthy substitutions: have any of them really surprised you by being much more wonderful than what you were used to? <BR> <BR> I was really afraid to take away part of my wife's evening after her hard day at work, which she used to spend "unwinding" in front of the television set. <BR> <BR> Now we walk together, every single evening, enjoying the sunset and the wildlife at the park, the bay, the beach, the point, the estuary, the river, or just around our neighborhood in the middle of the ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:26:28 EST QOD 8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58848038 You suddenly have a day all to yourself - what are you going to do? <BR> <BR> I just fell into one of those today. Hubby has to work and so does boy child. I'm taking the girls for a long walk and then trying out my new elliptical while watching the my new Uncle Vinny collection! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:44:58 EST QOD 8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58837728 Is planning easy or hard for you? Do you stick with it? <BR> <BR> I hate planning but I'm finding i have to start. I've been fighting it for weeks and everything is suffering. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:10:48 EST QOD 8/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58830864 Scale's not budging much for me this summer. Any recent non-scale victories surprise you lately? <BR> <BR> My bra measurement went down a full cup size this summer after over two decades of being a very full D. Yay for new purple bras! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:46:04 EST QOD 8/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58817623 Tribute QOD, what is your favorite Robin Williams movie? <BR> <BR> I loved so many of his movies but "Good Morning Vietnam" is a stand out favorite for me. <BR> <BR> Hope you find as much peace and joy on the other side you have to its here. RIP Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:58:05 EST QOD 8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58808126 What is something you know you have way too much of? <BR> <BR> Clothes. I love clothes from t-shirts and jammies to dresses and formal wear, i have it. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:11:13 EST QOD 8/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58799506 What is one of your favorite "simple" pleasures? <BR> <BR> Petting and cuddling with my animals. My girls and Buffy bring me the most joy. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:38:46 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x58795929 My Name is Laurie Johannah Yaffa Goodson, but we'll simplify it here by just saying, "Call me laurie!" <BR> <BR> I'm desperate for a team that is supportive, one where we get to know each other so we can give support rather than one where points are given for visiting others' pages. I want to be supportive, too, but we can only do that if we get to know each other. I'm hoping this is that team. I've tried and left so many teams. I want to find the place where I belong. <BR> <BR> I feel ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:12:56 EST QOD 8/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58790625 Best surprise or gift you've given away? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:05:56 EST QOD 8/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58778379 Do you like surprises? <BR> <BR> Gifts yes but in everything else no. I would much rather know what is going on then walk into an event. <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:51:30 EST QOD 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58770997 Are you good at keeping secrets? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good, though hubby seems to know when I'm hiding something. A firm leave it gets him to back off. <BR> <BR> He is horrible with secrets, which it's way we don't tell him about surprises. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:37:09 EST QOD 8/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58758292 What is a cause near and dear to your heart? <BR> <BR> I have two. Shelter dogs - just breaks my heart and I work to get as many adopted as I can. <BR> Autism. I don't think people really understand. My goal is for people to just understand. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:33:14 EST QOD 8/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58748587 What do you like to do to celebrate a special occasion? <BR> <BR> We do dinner out with friends/family. Tonight we may head over to enjoy some quiet time on the Lake. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:33:08 EST QOD 8/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58742990 Favorite message you've received in the mail recently from a Spark buddy? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:18:39 EST my intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x58742905 Hello ladies:) it's been awhile since I have been back. my name is Katie. I have a 12 year old daughter who I do k 12 with. I am working on losing the weight so that I can prepare for my wedding in 8 months. I would like to wear a smaller wedding dress size. reach my goals as I begin my new life with my daughter and soon to be husband John. I will be moving in April in a new city in Arkansas. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:07:43 EST QOW 8/2 & 8/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58723483 What was the last thing you did that really challenged you? <BR> <BR> Mine will be tonight. I have signed up for a 30 mile bike ride that starts at midnight. We bike out 13 miles and have a bit of a party then 17 miles back for breakfast. Wish me luck. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:09:32 EST QOD 8/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58707772 So, what is your goal for August? <BR> <BR> I will get my 10,000 steps every day and get back to the gym. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:28:49 EST QOD 7/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58699858 Do you find yourself motivated my challenges or competition? <BR> <BR> I like challenges and friendly competition can be fun. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:49:10 EST QOD 7/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58687963 It's there a summer food you just don't like? <BR> <BR> My family teases me because i don't like watermelon Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:49:12 EST QOD 7/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58680498 What sparks your motivation when things get tough? What keeps you pushing? <BR> <BR> This is something i really need to think on and revisit. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:28 EST QOD 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58672031 Watched any good movies lately? <BR> <BR> We've borrowed DVDs from the library this month that were just wonderful: <BR> <BR> 42 The Jackie Robinson Story (so inspiring) <BR> The Dallas Buyers Club (how I miss all those beautiful boys we lost) <BR> The Monuments Men (who knew?) <BR> August Osage County (what a drama) <BR> The Invisible Woman (good love story) <BR> American Hustle (brilliant) <BR> and Labor Day (What a story!) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:45:22 EST QOD 7/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58660432 Notice anything beautiful lately? <BR> <BR> The sunset last night was phenomenal in silver, gold, peach, pink, purple, and then steel blue, with billowing waves of thunderheads rolling in. <BR> <BR> The rain and thunder this morning are so happy and unexpected in Southern California, it made my puppy and I have to dance and frolic in the yard! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:07:31 EST QOD 7/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58650692 How do you like to get your music - CD's or download? Why? <BR> <BR> I'm a CD girl. Have tons of them. I love to get a new cd with a one or two songs I like on it and then finding something wonderful deeper on the CD. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:37:20 EST QOD 7/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58638529 Do you have plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> We have Pierogi Fest here in town. I'll spend some time there. I'm hoping to get out to the dunes tomorrow am. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:38:56 EST QOD 7/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58629546 Have you ever had a negative roll model, what i mean is someone who motivates you because you DON'T want to be like them? <BR> <BR> I actually have two. My dad's wife had actually motivated me into being a nicer person and a woman at work who i have asked my hubby to put me down like a dog if i ever get like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:19 EST QOD 7/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58619948 When you were a child, did you follow the rules or do your own thing? Did that carry into adulthood? <BR> <BR> As a kid i followed mom and dad's rules but got in trouble most other places. <BR> <BR> I'm like that again now. I follow my moral compass and things that would be overly dangerous not to. I confirm a bit at work, but only to the limit i have to in order to keep my job. <BR> <BR> I gain most of my weight when i played at confirming and being "proper". <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:24:51 EST QOD 7/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58613801 What are some activities you enjoyed doing when you were a kid? <BR> <BR> pogo stick <BR> jump rope <BR> gymnastics (hand springs, cartwheels, and stuff like that in my yard) <BR> riding my bike Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:16 EST QOD 7/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58590494 What is one of your favorite inspirational movies? <BR> <BR> Believe it or not - I love Rocky. I'm re-watching the first two today (after that they get a bit ridiculous). Really reminds me to give what I want ALL I've got. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:47:32 EST QOD 7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58579809 How often do you change up your workout? <BR> <BR> I know I need to change things up more often as I get bored easily. Once I'm back to 100% I'm going to try weekly rotations of work-out. that way I'm never doing the same thing more than a few days in a row. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:15:18 EST QOD 7/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58568804 see the sticky for 7/17. My brain is no longer working. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:35:46 EST QOD 7/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58563582 What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? <BR> <BR> Craisins in my oatmeal and a banana! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:18:08 EST QOD 7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58553004 What was the last thing that made you smile? <BR> <BR> Rubbing my pup's belly this morning. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:02 EST QOD 7/15 & 7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58541649 Sorry guys, I've been asleep since yesterday afternoon. Just getting to things <BR> <BR> There are times we all just need to go out to eat. What is your favorite food to "go out" for? <BR> <BR> Chinese! I can't make this stuff. I've tried and I end up with goop. We have a favorite restaurant in China town. It's pricey but we don't go that often. I have NEVER had anything there that wasn't to die for. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:20:32 EST QOD 7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58530859 Have you ever done something that you KNOW was really stupid but you are still proud/happy you did it? <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K on Saturday in the pouring rain with a "cold". Turns out I have "sever acute bronchitis". Makes me feel even better about my time. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:35:12 EST QOD 7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58519546 What time of day do you do the most of your workouts? <BR> <BR> I actually like the evening. I tried working out in the morning for a while, didn't work for me. I like having my work out after work. Stress relief after work. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:37:26 EST QOD 7/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58506666 What NSV have you achieved so far that makes you proud? <BR> <BR> Running! 12 years ago I was told I wouldn't walk without surgery (hip replacement). I proved that wrong. Then I started losing the weight I had gained. Now I can run about 4 to 5 miles without pain in the hip. I might not be fast (and I haven't been training so today is going to be SLOW) but I can do it. <BR> <BR> I'll probably never push for longer distance, I usually start feeling strain about mile 4 but I'm still very... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:33:14 EST QOD 7/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58497665 Do you have regular "go to" meals or do you try to vary your food daily? <BR> <BR> I have the same breakfast and lunch 5 days a week. I like my yogurt with cereal for breakfast and salad for lunch. I kind of vary my dinners but not too much. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:58:19 EST QOD 7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58488628 What is your favorite children's story/fairy tale? <BR> <BR> I think I would have to go with Peter Pan. Lots of action and adventure. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:09:45 EST QOD 7/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58475426 Do you do a daily plan? Do you stick with it? <BR> <BR> I plan my food during the day and I know what I intend to do for exercise but I don't right it down. Maybe I should. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:47:58 EST QOD 7/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58467863 What is your favorite way to "get comfy"? <BR> <BR> Fuzzy jammies, hot tea and honey, my girls and a favorite old movie. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:25:44 EST QOD 7/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58456875 What is something that you know you spend too much time doing? <BR> <BR> I know I play on the computer way too much. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:26:03 EST QOD 7/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58447560 No calories, no sensitivities, no allergies, no consequences: what would you eat? <BR> <BR> A Guinness stout (never tried one before I quit). <BR> A chilled grapefruit (not with my meds). <BR> Fried catfish with hushpuppies and collard greens, then sweet potato pie (yum). Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:50:38 EST QOD 7/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58436710 What fictional creature would you love to have for a pet? <BR> <BR> I always wanted a tribble. I had the toy when I was a kid, one of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:44:44 EST QOD 7/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58429682 Speaking of independence: what kind of freedom(s) have you found on your health journey? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:05:51 EST QOD 7/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58419505 Do you like walking? Do you have a favorite place? <BR> <BR> I love long walks. The Dunes would be my favorite but that is more of a hike than a walk. Our local trail is a very nice walk. I have a choice of 3 miles. 5.5 miles, and 8.75 miles, depending on which turn around point I use. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:54:31 EST QOD 7/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58395064 What do you do when you lose power? What item do you miss most when the power is off? <BR> <BR> I was so missing the internet/computer time last night. <BR> <BR> We ended up playing Risk by candlelight. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:32:38 EST QOD 6/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58381801 Half the year is done, what are you most proud of? <BR> <BR> I'm proud of joining and going to the gym. I've also managed to stop gaining weight. Time start losing again. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:56:07 EST Like a Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x58378587 <link>blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-commercia<BR>l-every-woman-should-see-im-blown-away<BR>/?f=1&utm_content=buffer0a8b8&utm_medi<BR>um=Shared&utm_source=ilmd&utm_campaign=AZPost </link> <BR> <BR> I really hope this link works - EVERY girl should see this. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:51:41 EST QOD 6/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58374807 Last of the "american dream" - dream car! <BR> <BR> I would need 2. A Ford Escape for everyday and an F250 (dream big right?) for hauling and off road fun. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:37:17 EST QOD 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58362447 We talked dream job - now how about dream house? Where, big, small - where do you want to live? <BR> <BR> I'm a big city girl with a country lean so the suburbs are just right for me. I don't need a huge house, just lots of storage and closet space. 3 bed raised ranch but with a huge yard. I want LAND. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:23:54 EST QOD 6/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58351283 I'm stealing this question from Renee: <BR> <BR> If you could have any job, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I would want to own a Doggy Day Care and Spa. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:19:47 EST QOD 6/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58342307 How often do you strength train? <BR> <BR> I was really good at 3 days a week, then I stopped going the gym. The ST stopped too. <BR> <BR> Need to get back at it. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:02:38 EST QOD 6/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58335689 This is my third try. <BR> <BR> What reward do you have planned for your next goal? <BR> <BR> My next goal is maintainance, and I'm getting a tattoo with Tazzy's paw print. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:29:04 EST QOD 6/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58320718 What is your favorite holiday? Why? <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be Halloween. Yeah, I'm a big horror fan, but I'm also a big fan of being a kid. I love dressing up, seeing others dress up, and everyone just being a kid for a day. <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:20:24 EST QOD 6/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58307748 Do you like where you live? Is there somewhere you would rather move to? <BR> <BR> I do like NW Indiana. There is a part of me that thinks I would like Oregon but I'm a Midwestern girl at heart. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:48:08 EST QOD 6/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58297966 Do you have a favorite piece of fitness equipment? <BR> <BR> Until I was without my fitbit, i would have said not really. Now I know better. Love my fitbit. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:48:52 EST QOD 6/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58291209 What miraculous blessings are you wishing for this summer solstice, JUST FOR YOU? <BR> <BR> (Let's raise some self-love here on the brightest day of the year!) <BR> <BR> 1. Freedom from panic attacks <BR> 2. Freedom from self-loathing and harsh criticism <BR> 3. All of my medical bills magically paid off <BR> 4. A magnificent, flattering new wardrobe that fits me <BR> 5. A brilliant tackling of my endless to-do list <BR> 6. A recent photo that I am not ashamed of <BR> 7. A magic time-stretc... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:24:44 EST QOD 6/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58282354 What do your Spark buddies know about you that your other friends don't? <BR> <BR> (Or, what do you get from your online friends that you don't get in real life?) <BR> <BR> I get endless support for every step I take toward health here, and very little support in real life. (One of the reasons I am working on finding new real-life friends!) Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:37:49 EST QOD 6/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58267815 Share something your "fleshie" friends know about you that might not. <BR> <BR> I have a horrible temper. My fuse has gotten longer as I've gotten older, but not much. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:48:38 EST QOD 6/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58255500 Do you know your lineage? What nationalities do you come from? <BR> <BR> My dad's family are Russian and Polish. Mom's side is Irish (Grandpa) and Croatian/Gypsy (Gram). <BR> <BR> All of my grandparents are immigrants so I learned a lot of old world culture growing up. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:47:42 EST QOD 6/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58244038 Is there somewhere in the U.S. you've always wanted to visit but never have? <BR> <BR> I have two. I have always wanted to visit Maine. Growing up a King fan may have something to do with this but it just looks so beautiful. <BR> <BR> I also want to go to Glacier National Park. The natural beauty, animals, and hiking just sounds perfect. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:50:54 EST QOD 6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58235659 Do you have any pets? Who are they? <BR> <BR> I have my two girls. Gypsy is my big girl- lab/Dane mix. Tazzy is my baby, and she's just an all American mutt. <BR> <BR> Hubby had three cats, Gandolf, Thor, and Inanna. Thor is the sweetie, Gandolf kind of like me, and Nana likes NO ONE. <BR> <BR> That's it anymore. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:21:14 EST QOD 6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58216607 Any recent non-scale victories on your health journey you'd like to share? Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:40:26 EST QOD 6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58204817 Friday the 13th <BR> <BR> Are you superstitious? <BR> <BR> Actually I kind of am. I'm not certain what ill fate will behalf me if I don't throw salt over my shoulder but I'd rather not tempt it. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:58:04 EST Daily Bark 6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58204538 Friday the 13 - let's go supernatural. <BR> <BR> Your dog gets to be a person just until midnight. What will he/she want to do? <BR> <BR> Well, I'll be dropping Gypsy off at the spa for a day of pampering while I take Tazzy to Six Flags to try and wear out the adrenaline junkie. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:37:14 EST QOD 6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58193430 Share something that brings you joy. <BR> <BR> Snuggling with my girls. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:09:40 EST QOD 6/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58179575 If you like to read books do you prefer to read from a kindle, nook, ipad, other electronic device or do you prefer listen to audio-books or do you prefer to have the physical book in your hand and turn the paper pages? <BR> <BR> I like to switch things up...I like to read from my tablet computer but I also sometimes like to have the physical book in my hands and turn the paper pages. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:14:40 EST QOD 6/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58174786 Describe any recent morsel of joy. <BR> <BR> A dance student bought my extra copy of a belly dance book I've had on the shelf forever. Suddenly, everyone in class needed the same resource and more! Found four gently used on Amazon for just a few bucks each. Tonight, we dig in! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:36:36 EST QOD 6/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58164450 Do you have something indulgent that you just have to ban from your diet - you just can't do it in moderation? <BR> <BR> Cheesecake. I love the stuff. If it is here - I eat it. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:47:38 EST QOD 6/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58150583 Seen any good movies lately? <BR> <BR> We finally watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang last weekend. Fun! <BR> <BR> And after being on the reserve list forever, I just brought home Mandela to watch tonight. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:49:02 EST QOD 6/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58141417 I forgot this in January - so what IS on your 2014 calendar? <BR> <BR> I still have piggies at work, cartoon dogs and cats at home, and a daily tear off with puppies. <BR> <BR> The computer calendar has a Dean Russo pittie. <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:56:14 EST QOD 6/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58127092 What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I was a science geek. I loved chemistry and physics. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:23:04 EST QOD 6/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58117756 Who is your favorite artist? <BR> <BR> Being a dog person I do love Dean Russo. However hubby took me the art institute last year and I just feel on love with Ivan Albright. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:16:10 EST QOD 6/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58108459 What are you reading right now? Or if you're not reading anything right now, what's the most interesting book you've read this year? <BR> <BR> I am a constant reader! I am currently in the middle of a GREAT historical fiction paperback As The Crow Flies, The Norton Anthology of Women's Lives, The Age of Anxiety, Resilient Adults, and just finished Shakespeare's Christmas last night. Really enjoying them all. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:17:27 EST QOD 6/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58088142 What is your favorite out door activity during the summer? <BR> <BR> Hiking in the woods is number one on my list. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:01:45 EST Spring Buddy Reveal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58082495 Ok. I don't have my list so I can't let people know. So I'm hoping everyone will put who they had! <BR> <BR> I had Rene- Ohanamama! She caught me though! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:24:22 EST QOD 6/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58070136 Summer session starts today! What goals are you hoping to achieve in the next 3 months? <BR> <BR> My major goal is the loss of 20 pounds. That will put be back at a healthy BMI and exactly where I felt best last year. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking to tone up. I don't ever want a "muscular" look, I just don't want to look like a jello sculpture. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:36:27 EST More SP Changes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58061065 "The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." <BR> <BR> I copied this statement from the notice on the Planner page. :/ <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this might also include the Journal. If you have anything there you want to keep, start moving it soon. <BR> <BR> You might look into Google Calendar if you use the calendar feature here. My hubby uses Google Calender a lot and likes it. Sat, 31 May 2014 13:32:53 EST QOD 5/30 and 5/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58053890 I know I will not be around tomorrow. Bad day for me. Today isn't much better so I do apologize. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating, how do you deal with "difficult" emotions? <BR> <BR> I like to go for a run or play with my girls. Both tend to lighten my mood and keep me out of the kitchen. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:51:53 EST QOD 5/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58040007 Do you focus on one task at a time or do you try doing several things at once? <BR> <BR> I wish I was more focused. I'm a scatter-brain and it doesn't help that I'm usually doing about 3things as a time. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:35:37 EST QOD 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58026586 One of my most inspiring heroes passed on peacefully this morning, and was blessed to have her brilliant intellect intact all the way through. Maya Angelou was resilient and fierce, transforming all of her suffering into grace and compassion, sharing all of her adventures in her prolific writing. <BR> <BR> Please post about one of your heroes here and how they made a difference in your life, or just a favorite quote, or even a memory of a moment that someone guided you through. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:25:16 EST QOD 5/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58013302 What is your favorite TV show? If you no longer watch TV, what was your favorite when you did? <BR> <BR> I love Grimm, it is my current favorite - can't wait for the new season. <BR> <BR> However, I'm a horribly addicted Whovian! I watch both the current seasons and classic Dr. Who. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:13 EST QOD 5/26 - Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x58003554 How will you celebrate today? <BR> <BR> We did breakfast this am, run with the dogs, and dropped off some donations at the VFW. <BR> <BR> Will be leaving for BBQ with the family soon. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:34:46 EST QOD 5/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57993603 What was a recent happy surprise? <BR> <BR> Our Los Angeles Kings were losing their playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks last night, so we baked an apple pie with their logo on it for good luck. By the time it was done baking, we were WINNING! <BR> <BR> A friend took the picture we posted on Facebook and posted it on Twitter, where thousands of Kings fans rejoiced at its magical properties, saying "Four and twenty Blackhawks baked in a pie!" <BR> <BR> Such silly fun! <em>196</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 14:09:39 EST One Perfect Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26111x60181x57993186 Aloha TWAS team! <BR> <BR> Do NOT let the word PERFECT deter you from this challenge... by perfect, I mean whatever is relative to you concerning your diet and exercise. I think we all have different plans and ideas we try to follow... sometimes hitting them spot-on, sometimes wavering in our choices or giving in to temptations... <BR> <BR> This challenge is to strive for 7 straight spot-on days in a row. Those days where you say to yourself, YES! Today was a good day and I did everything ... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:03:35 EST QOD 5/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57983638 Anything fun planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Washing the pup today at Wag'n Tails and then walking around beautiful Coronado. Tomorrow we will celebrate my father-in-law's 91st birthday. <BR> <BR> (If no plans, just post something that makes you smile.) Sat, 24 May 2014 14:12:25 EST QOD 5/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57973256 Do you wear make-up? Why? <BR> <BR> I do eyeliner and lipstick a few days a week. I'll go without if I don't feel like going through the trouble. Just makes me feel like I've put some effort into my appearance. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:35:40 EST QOD 5/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57961184 What do you SAY to yourself in the mirror each morning? <BR> <BR> I start the day with "Morning beautiful." That is usually followed by something sassy. Today was "let's see who we can P.O. today" and a grin. <BR> <BR> Granted there are negative days- "what ya gonna f-up Tuesday" it's a favorite but I always start with Morning Beautiful whether I feel it or not. <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:39:13 EST QOD 5/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57949420 What do you do that other might consider childish? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, pigtails, Gir purse, I watch cartoons, knee socks with my short skirts. <BR> <BR> Most of my life tanks in the "childish" category. Wed, 21 May 2014 10:35:18 EST QOD 5/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57941523 Stepping in late today, after my CASA training. I could sure use a smile! <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite Muppet (or other imaginary character)? <BR> <BR> I like Oscar the Grouch's pet worm Slimey. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZr-O6olCY4 </link> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:57:29 EST Hi from amybelles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x57939894 Hi, I'm Amy! <BR> <BR> I saw this group form about this time last year, but I was too busy to commit then, as we were packing and moving out of our house of 24 years in southeastern PA. What a job!!! I'm tired just thinking of it! But I kept the team in the back of my mind and would keep seeing it on my friend Cathy's sparkpage. I feel that now my life is settled enough to participate! I look forward to getting to know some great people and helping to encourage and motivate through the ca... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:39:48 EST QOD 5/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57923885 What is something that really lights a fire under you? <BR> <BR> Telling me I CAN'T do something. Watch me. Mon, 19 May 2014 09:12:50 EST QOD 5/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57914764 This intensive training for foster youth is a lot of heartbreaking information all at once, and I'm finding myself fighting the blues. <BR> <BR> Please post anything that makes you smile. <BR> <BR> Here's an old standard for me <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSFLZ-MzIhM </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 13:15:13 EST QOD 5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57905228 It has been over 100 degrees in San Diego this week. What do you do to stay cool in the heat? <BR> <BR> I drink a lot of water, use ice packs while I exercise, and have a fan on me almost all the time. Sat, 17 May 2014 13:33:35 EST Summer Sign Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57898049 Summer runs June to August. Assignments will go out on May 31st. <BR> <BR> Please make certain to add you name to this list AND complete the buddy form that was sparkmailed! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Bigpawsup (Kitty) Fri, 16 May 2014 20:18:40 EST QOD 5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57894890 We talk about what makes this journey work, but what have you found on this journey that is easy, or at least fun? <BR> <BR> 5K's are fun. Never thought I would still that. <BR> <BR> Also, I find getting my water in simple. As long as I keep my cup with me I'm always over on water. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:12:57 EST Hi! I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x57889423 My name is Jacque, and I'm coming up on my 3rd year on Spark. <BR> I've been going through lots of changes at home lately, so my focus has been on things like yoga, meditation, things like that. <BR> I love to bike, knit, crochet, read, dance, and run. <BR> I'm married to a wonderful man, and the mommy of an adorable 1 year old & an angel baby. <BR> Nice to meet you all! Fri, 16 May 2014 01:04:19 EST QOD 5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57880631 How did you pick your goal weight? <BR> <BR> My original goal weight was my driver's licence, not kidding. <BR> <BR> After losing the weight before, I just want to get back where I felt best. A bit heavy than the licence but still in the "normal" BMI. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:56:23 EST QOD 5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57871884 Do you like to socialize on big groups where yo might not know everyone, small groups where everyone had met before, or one on one? <BR> <BR> I like and hate all three. Big parties tend to intimidate me at first but I usually have a good time. Small groups get clickish. One on one really needs to be the right person, I don't get along with most people on a one on one situation. <BR> <BR> I think the big party is probably my fave. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:46:56 EST QOD 5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57858266 What do you do when you need a quick reset from stress? <BR> <BR> I try get outside, no matter the weather. Just a few quick minutes helps me reset. Tue, 13 May 2014 10:55:44 EST QOD 5/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57844149 What is your "go to" breakfast? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt with fresh berries and Cherrios. Mon, 12 May 2014 08:40:52 EST QOD 5/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57835026 Do you ever buy your own gifts? <BR> <BR> I got my own mother's day gift (I wanted new running shoes). I've been known to get my own birthday gifts too. Sun, 11 May 2014 10:30:34 EST QOD 5/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57826534 How will you celebrate mother's day? <BR> <BR> Did a breast cancer run this am. Tomorrow will be spending the day with the boy child watching movies. Sat, 10 May 2014 13:04:21 EST QOD 5/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57813601 What are some of your favorite ways to workout on rainy days? <BR> <BR> My mini-tramp had to be number one. Of course if the rain is light and its warm out, I like to run in the rain. Fri, 9 May 2014 09:39:08 EST QOD 5/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57803291 What have you done recently that was just plain fun? <BR> <BR> We got last minute tickets to the cross town classic, baseball game, so we just dropped everything and went. Thu, 8 May 2014 11:28:22 EST QOD 5/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57792867 How did you (or will you) pamper yourself this week? <BR> <BR> Got a desperately-needed deep-tissue massage over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make time this week to take a bit of time out to care for my dancing/walking feet. Wed, 7 May 2014 14:42:16 EST QOD 5/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57779862 Anything, big or small, that is a blessing in your life right this moment! <BR> <BR> I am grateful that my wife's parents moved all the way here from Texas, so that we could be there for them in the middle of the night last night when they needed to go to the emergency room. I am very grateful that it looks like mummy will be alright. Health is such a blessing. Tue, 6 May 2014 13:57:44 EST Move it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26111x60181x57767375 One more time, just like the last challenge, with gusto! <BR> <BR> Do the posted challenge, then post a new challenge (please modify as needed for your fitness and mobility levels). <BR> <BR> 20 push ups! Mon, 5 May 2014 14:44:50 EST QOD 5/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57763916 What do you do that would be considered crafty? <BR> <BR> I scrapbook my races but that's as good it gets. <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:04:28 EST QOD 5/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57752249 Do you use any herbal supplements or methods of healing? <BR> <BR> My grandmother taught me to use herbs and plants to treat just about everything. I'll never have the garden she did but I do try to always start with herbs and natural cures for things. Sun, 4 May 2014 11:50:19 EST QOD 5/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57743549 Any special goals or plans for May? <BR> <BR> I am SO excited to do all of my training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth this month! Sat, 3 May 2014 15:58:09 EST QOD 5/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57726642 Who is the WORST influence on your healthy life style? <BR> <BR> My dad. Bad food, lots of drink, and sitting watching sports are his activities. He doesn't really give me a choice in "participating" either. Fri, 2 May 2014 07:39:36 EST QOD 5/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57715406 Well in the spirit of what we've woken up, do you like change? Are you quick to apt or does it take you a while? <BR> <BR> I usually adapt pretty quickly even though I'm not a big fan of most change. I'm more of a "if it's not broke don't fix it" kind of gal. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 10:21:20 EST QOD 4/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57700739 Looking back at April, what makes you proud of yourself? <BR> <BR> 1- I've kept my streak of 10,000+ steps per day alive. <BR> 2- It's been a rough month but I never gave up. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:23:03 EST QOD 4/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57690524 Are you usually early, late, or right on time? <BR> <BR> I hate being late so I'm usually early. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:03:15 EST QOD 4/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57675398 Do you have a favorite super hero? <BR> <BR> I've always loved Captain America. My grandfather had the comics from when he was in the navy. I remember reading them a child. <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:18:46 EST QOD 4/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57663609 What do you really LIKE about yourself? <BR> <BR> My sense of humor. It is really hard to offend me, I really try to find the humor in most things. <BR> <BR> Also, that I'm tough. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:36:57 EST QOD 4/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57653091 Do you have an author you enjoy so much that you've had to read all of their books? <BR> <BR> Recently finished everything by Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:49:40 EST QOD 4/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57642063 Happy Arbor Day! <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite tree or tree story? <BR> <BR> We call our house Crooked Tree Manor because the tree in the front yard was cut down by the electric company, resiliently grew back, fell over and died, and is now alive again, but very, very crooked. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:16:34 EST QOD 4/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57628017 It's there something adventurous you would like to do/try? <BR> <BR> I want to swim with great white sharks. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:19:06 EST QOD 4/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57614727 What fitness activity would you do even if it wasn't good for you? <BR> <BR> Hiking with my girls. Makes all of us feel alive. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:52:48 EST QOD 4/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57602494 What is the longest you have been completely "unplugged"? <BR> <BR> When I camp there is nothing, longest trip has been two weeks but that was a while ago. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:49:24 EST QOD 4/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57591484 Brightest birthday blessings to BigPawsUp! <BR> <BR> How has her Together We Are Stronger team made a nice difference in your life? <BR> <BR> I can't even describe what a difference it has made for me to have this real, tangible support during some real stressful struggles and happy triumphs. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all of your hard work and loving kindness, Kitty! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:41:51 EST QOD 4/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57579288 What are you doing for Easter? <BR> <BR> We're spending the day with my Dad and sister. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:14:39 EST QOD 4/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57570338 Best movie you've seen recently? <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed Gravity last night, but a LOT of tension! <BR> <BR> Finally saw Frozen this week with a free Redbox code. Yeah, I cried. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:55:32 EST QOD 4/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57557748 When was the last time you slept in? How late did you sleep? <BR> <BR> I haven't slept in in years. I wake up at 6am no matter what, but the girls usually get me up by 5:30 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:38 EST QOD 4/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57542420 What is your favorite spring activity? <BR> <BR> Planting. I love doing all my planting on a nice cool spring day. Not that we have had one yet. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:44:13 EST QOD 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57531413 What was your very first job? <BR> <BR> I cleaned stables and lead "trail rides" at a stable when I was 13. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:37:25 EST QOD 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57523280 Happy full moon! What's the looniest thing you've done lately? <BR> <BR> Belting out a song in the middle of the grocery store to the outrageous muzak playing overhead! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:45:36 EST QOD 4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57505785 Are you usually a planner or just spontaneous? <BR> <BR> I think following a plan is somehow against my religion. I've tried but I just can't seem to do it. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:37:53 EST QOD 4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57497502 Name one thing you're grateful for. <BR> <BR> I slept last night! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:32:39 EST QOD 4/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57485458 Any nice surprises that made you smile this week? <BR> <BR> I was having a really sad and stressful day yesterday, when my wife told me how she had been bragging at work about how proud she is of me. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:51:45 EST QOD 4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57473398 Describe yourself in 3 words. <BR> <BR> Silly, creepy, tenacious Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:27:23 EST QOD 4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57460714 What is you favorite NSV you've had so far? <BR> <BR> Getting into a size six! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:37:54 EST QOD 4/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57444362 Do you like cartoons? <BR> <BR> I admit to watching the old Disney movies but I don't really watch cartoons anymore. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:53:07 EST QOD 4/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57432270 How do you fight negative self talk? <BR> <BR> Turning on a feel-good song works best for me. When I can't do that I have affirmations and quotes with me all the time. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:47:17 EST QOD 4/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57419139 Do you enjoy clothes shopping? <BR> <BR> I do, love it actually. Although I have still not completely broken the habit of looking in the plus sizes yet. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:47:44 EST QOD 4/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57406724 Do you collect anything? <BR> <BR> I have a decent collection of dark/goth fairy statues. I also collect piggy banks - any size shape and color but must be a pig. Looking around, I guess I also collect stuffed dogs (this is unintentional they are all gifts). Just sitting here I can see 5. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:01:32 EST QOD 4/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57397634 What is your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> Mine are purple roses! <link>www.hdwallpaperspics.com/wp-content/<BR>uploads/2012/11/446324804_07266c8704.jpg </link> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:25:34 EST QOD 4/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57380437 What was the trigger (Ah-ha) moment when you decided it was time to change your life? <BR> <BR> I had two in two weeks. First my doctor put paperwork about "obesity" in with my medications for me to look over. <BR> <BR> Then at a New Year's Eve party my cousin wanted to know when I was expecting - I wasn't pregnant. <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:36:42 EST QOD 4/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57368816 From a team member: <BR> <BR> Are there any chronic conditions you feel with? <BR> <BR> I have a bad hip that I can't walk when it flairs up. Fortunate I've only had one flair since losing my weight (hmm-think that might be related). I also have RA, controlled. <BR> <BR> Anxiety is the only thing that still really affects me, that too is getting better. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:43:24 EST QOD 4/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57354071 Share a goal/something you are working on for April! <BR> <BR> I need to get my calories under control. I'm keeping my step streak alive and ST 4X a week. <BR> Calories are next to get going. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:52:25 EST QOD 4/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57342405 Do you participate in April Fool's Day pranks? <BR> <BR> I like a good prank but most of the people around me now take life way to serious. Anger tends to take the fun out of it. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:38:24 EST QOD 3/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57327512 Ok, last day of March. What good thing(s)came out of March? <BR> <BR> Well the gym has to be a biggie for me, I'm actually doing ST- who'd of thought! It is also the first month I've shown an overall lose this year. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:55:38 EST QOD 3/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57316285 Do you eat protein bars and/or shakes? Have a favorite? <BR> <BR> I just started protein bars as a treat. My protein is always low so I figured I'd try them. I'm liking the nu-go slim. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:14:29 EST QOD 3/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57306768 What is a favorite feel-good movie? <BR> <BR> Really hard to pick just one, but I like Ever After. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:31:20 EST QOD 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57290161 What is you comfy but can be seen clothes? <BR> <BR> Yoga pants and a big t-shirt. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:30:29 EST QOD 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57277477 What kind of car do you drive? Do you have loyalty to a certain auto maker? <BR> <BR> I love my Ford Focus. For a while I was the only one in my family not driving a Chevy, but now my dad is driving a Ford too. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:52:45 EST QOD 3/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57266496 Do you drink tea? What are some of your favorite flavors? <BR> <BR> I like really bold teas, things like licorice and ginger. I usually don't put anything in it either. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:26 EST QOD 3/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57252590 What are some thing you do to lift your mood when you are down? <BR> <BR> Music is my main helper. If I can get the right music going, I can usually turn my mood around. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:43:21 EST QOD 3/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57241249 If you came into a large sum of money, what would be the first thing you would want to buy? <BR> <BR> Land! We have a house now but our lot is like a postage stamp. I want land! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:04:49 EST Natalie in Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x57230206 I just found this team because I searched for "Letters" on the spark team search and this was the only one that came up. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy sending and receiving mail. Just brief little snippets of something in the mail box to alleviate the gazillion pieces of junk mail that implore me to hand money over... <BR> <BR> My handwriting is not as nifty as it once was (alas!) but I still like the old-fashioned art of correspondence. Too many people I know have decided to live totally via... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:23:32 EST QOW 3/22 & 3/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57221725 What happened this past week that made you happy and/or grateful? Share you highlights! <BR> <BR> 1) Got my car back!! I love my car, I know that sounds silly but I do. I'm so happy he's back and good as new. <BR> <BR> 2) I have kept both my login streak (82 days) and my 10,000 step/day streak (50 days) going. <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:45:13 EST QOD 3/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57221301 If you had a personal assistant for the day, which to do list item would you be happiest to have them take care of? <BR> <BR> Me? Tax preparation. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:05:44 EST QOD 3/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57205940 If you had to pick a "theme song" what would it be? <BR> <BR> Planetary Go! by My Chemical Romance. Not only do I love the music but the lyrics are fantastic. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:28:48 EST QOD 3/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57193229 It is officially the first day of Spring. We are supposed to get snow today, so not much of a spring day. What says spring to you? <BR> <BR> Spring really starts in my mind when I see buds on the trees. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:46:08 EST QOD 3/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57181180 Are you a morning person or a night owl? <BR> <BR> I was a night owl when I was younger but life has turned me into a morning person. I actually enjoy getting up early now and getting my day going. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:48:54 EST QOD 3/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57168677 What is something you would like to do/experience that other might think is odd? <BR> <BR> This came from yesterday's question. I really want to experience an earthquake. I've been through tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and other dangerous weather. There is just something about an earthquake that seems interesting. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:54:18 EST QOD 3/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57161443 Do you have any bit of good luck you'd like to share today? <BR> <BR> (Mine is silly, but it is so rare when advertised loss-leader specials are actually kept in stock.) When we went to Albertson's with my coupon for crazy cheap corned beef ($1.29 a pound) this weekend, they actually had a dozen left to choose from. We picked two and froze one for later in the year. <BR> <BR> Today I shall prepare a corned beef feast with all of the trimmings for under $4, and the leftovers will last at lea... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:45:25 EST QOD 3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57145954 What does a rest day consist of for you? <BR> <BR> Lately a rest day is just making my steps with slow steady walking. Maybe a couple of short walks. No ST and no major sweating, just easy movement. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:35:32 EST QOD 3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57137623 The Ides of March is a great time to think about spring cleaning. What are you ready to let go of that no longer serves your vision for a healthy life? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:57:06 EST QOD 3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57121841 Will you be celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend? <BR> <BR> In Chicago, you either hid in a whole or celebrate. EVERYONE is Irish this weekend. It's supposed to be nice tomorrow, so we may head out to the parade. I will be "wearin' the green" on Monday. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:58:16 EST QOD 3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57112052 What foods have you discovered on your healthy journey that you really like/love that the "old" you would have never tried? <BR> <BR> Spaghetti squash and hummus (not together). I had never had either before coming to spark and now I eat both fairly often. Yummy! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:19:27 EST QOD 3/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57103293 When was the last time you had a nice surprise? <BR> <BR> Today, when I went to my credit union to discuss my frustration with the terms of my checking account, they changed it in less than five minutes, with a smile. (For some reason, I thought it was going to be so hard, I had put off doing that for months!) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:35:28 EST QOD 3/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57086841 What kinds of things do you have around for motivation? <BR> <BR> I like quotes/words. Picture make me feel like I'm comparing (and I'm NEVER) gonna look like the girls in the motivational picts. <BR> <BR> I like to do the quotes on sticky notes in my own hand writing. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:13:21 EST QOD 3/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57075917 Daylight Saving Time has me dragging today. <BR> <BR> If you could do ANYTHING with the hour that disappeared this weekend, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Of all the tempting possibilities in the world? My body really wants sleep. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:50:05 EST QOD 3/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57061991 What is one of your favorite ways to work out? <BR> <BR> I love to race/run. Racing is my favorite but I do like running with my girls. I really don't like running on my own. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:53:51 EST QOW 3/8 & 3/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57053349 Oops - had one posted. Will save this one! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:10:17 EST QOD 3/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57052876 Happy International Women's Day! Name at least one of your biggest inspirations. <BR> <BR> Mine? Audre Lorde, Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, Somaly Mam, my grandmother. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 15:31:29 EST QOD 3/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57037464 What song/music always makes you smile? <BR> <BR> Planetary Go! by My Chemical Romance puts a smile on my face and can usually get me moving. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:41:16 EST QOD 3/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57023817 Did you have a favorite toy when you were young? <BR> <BR> I had 2. First was my Pooh bear. I slept with him until I was in second grade. I also had a baby beans doll (bean bag body with the plastic head). I still have both of them. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:47:13 EST Goodie bombtastic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x57017313 There would be no Together We Are Stronger team without Kitty! <BR> <BR> Please help her feel supported, appreciated, and celebrated this week for her Sparkversary! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/goodies_give.asp<BR>?id=BIGPAWSUP </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:30:09 EST QOD 3/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57016865 When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> <BR> I remember wanting to be a zoologist. I figured that's what you had to be to work at the zoo so I was going to be a zoologist. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:51:37 EST QOD 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x57004153 When was the last time you "felt your age"? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling it today as my son is turning 20 today. I normally don't act/feel much older than that! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:33:28 EST What Do these acronyms stand for????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56990521 I am still learning my way on this team, what do all these acronyms stand for???? <BR> <BR> QOD QOTD QOWD 3/1 3/2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry I just don't understand <em>101</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:40:18 EST QOTD 3/3/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56988867 What was your wake up call to want to lose weight? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:17:28 EST QOW 3/1 & 3/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56958763 Share a goal you plan on working towards in March! <BR> <BR> I will continue my 10,000 step streak. I made all of February, now to try a longer month! <BR> <BR> I also know I need to get my calories under control. That mean eating in range. Streak starts today. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:04:37 EST QOD 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56945336 What is something you are super picky about? <BR> <BR> I'm so picky about my dogs. I know I talk about them a lot but I feel like they rely on me for everything and it was my choice to have dogs. They get the best before anyone else. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:34:27 EST QOD 2/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56937062 Can you even believe February is ending tomorrow? Yikes! What was a highlight from your month? <BR> <BR> I was brave enough to push through my Stunt Writing for Personal Growth class online. Learning so much about myself! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:53:53 EST QOD 2/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56918523 What do you do just to help you "feel good"? <BR> <BR> First and foremost is snuggling. I love to snuggle with my hubby or my girls. <BR> <BR> One of the silly things I like to do is turn on old B movies and giggle at the monster and such. I don't know why but they tickle me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:43:00 EST QOD 2/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56912973 Is there music you can't stop thinking of right now? <BR> <BR> I've got Same Love <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg<BR>7_08n0 </link> <BR> <BR> Om Purnam <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzYuw<BR>NLgfC8 </link> <BR> <BR> and Peanut Butter (dancing in video is a little naughty, twerk warning) <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFoRH<BR>-VtFO4 </link> all stuck in my head. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:04:05 EST QOD 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56900129 Any sweet moments of bliss, joy, success, connection, gratitude over the weekend? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:35:34 EST QOW 2/22 & 2/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56872568 Are you working on any "streaks" right now? Do you have one you would like to start? <BR> <BR> I'm on a 10,000 step per day streak. I've made it 22 days in a row right now. <BR> <BR> I need to start a clean eating streak. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:42:21 EST QOD 2/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56857133 How do you get your news? <BR> <BR> I let the morning news run in the background while I'm getting ready for work. I used to read the paper but it just doesn't appeal to me any more. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:00:53 EST QOD 2/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56845113 Thunder storms - love 'em or hate 'em? <BR> <BR> I like thunderstorms if I have nowhere to go. I like to watch the lightening. <BR> <BR> Only thing that make me unhappy is that they panic my Gypsy. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:12:10 EST QOD 2/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56838534 What is one thing you are looking forward to when it gets warmer out? <BR> <BR> A good run with my girls! I can walk them in the snow and I can run on my own but I'm too afraid of slipping on the ice with the girls going 2/40. First nice day without snow and ice - we run as a pack. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:01:50 EST Spring Sign Up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56817278 <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> Before you just jump on the list, please remember that you need to be mailing to your buddy at LEAST twice a month. That's 6 times over the 3 months. I understand that things happen but you need to let me know if you cannot keep up your end of the mailing. <BR> <BR> Also, you are your buddy's motivator! As a TWAS buddy you are agreeing to try to motivate, inspire, and uplift your assigned buddy. Keep it ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:47:55 EST Winter Reveal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56817212 Time to let your buddy know who you are!! I'll wait to reveal myself in case my buddy wants to guess!! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:40:19 EST QOD 2/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56810552 Name a blessing in your life today! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:02:55 EST QOW 2/15 & 2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56781447 Now that we have our table. List your guest and you can ask each person ONE question. What will it be? <BR> <BR> My answers to come! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:47:41 EST QOD 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56769405 Ok, last two seats at the table are Wild Card - time to fit in people who didn't fit into the other categories or that you just have too many. Who get's your last two chairs? <BR> <BR> 9- Ben Franklin <BR> 10- Michio Kaku - a physicist that I really admire Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:13:49 EST QOD 2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56758793 Over half done! Today's two seats are going men and woman of science. Who are you inviting? <BR> <BR> 7 Albert Einstein <BR> 8 Enrico Fermi Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:37:53 EST QOD 2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56745460 We are getting there - next two seats are for religious/spiritual people. Just remember if they speak to you on a spiritual level - it counts. So who gets your seats? <BR> <BR> 5 - Lao Tzu (Laozi), writer of the Dao Te Ching <BR> 6 - Imhotep, Egyptian priest and builder of the First Dynasty. The Egyptian Book of the Dead facinates me. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:09:36 EST Goodie Bomb 2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x56744139 One of our own is going for surgery tomorrow - let's show Kay the love with a GOODIE BOMB!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SI<BR>MPLELIFE4REAL </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you Casey for making certain we were aware of this! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:50:37 EST QOD 2/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56732733 Next two seats at our table need to be people from entertainment. Actors, writers, artists - who are you inviting? <BR> <BR> 3 - Vincent Price, he was so much more than any of his movies suggested. <BR> 4 - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Father of the Transcendental movement. Glorious. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:12:03 EST QOD 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56723225 We are having a dinner party. First two people on the guest list need to be political figures (living or dead - doesn't matter). <BR> <BR> 1- Teddy Roosevelt, I have always been a fan. <BR> 2- Queen Elizabeth the First, this was a bit od a tougher choice but she seems fasinating! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:31:23 EST QOW 2/8 & 2/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56699740 What do you like to do that others might think are a bit crazy/odd? <BR> <BR> I love going to the Dunes no matter the weather. I was there today in 9 degrees and snow. I just go whenever I can, no matter how much "normal" people would stay home. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:01:15 EST QOD 2/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56698605 What is your favorite show(s) right now? <BR> <BR> Downton Abbey and Walking Dead for me! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:06:18 EST QOD 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56680814 Are you excited about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight? <BR> <BR> Sorry, but it's just not my thing. I'll watch some of the hockey but that's usually about it. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:07:55 EST QOD 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56668454 What are some things you use to keep youself accountablr? <BR> <BR> I have a spreadsheet for exercise, weight, and measurements. I also still.do my stars on a calender. <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:48:09 EST QOD 2/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56656291 I know this is a stretch for someb of us, but what do you LIKE about winter? <BR> <BR> I do enjoy watching my girls play in the snow. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:15:03 EST QOD 2/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56639737 What is your go to snack? <BR> <BR> Apples especially fuji, when we have them. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:46:56 EST QOD 2/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56630528 Do you consider yourself organized? <BR> <BR> Nope, not at all. Probably part of why you never know whe I'll post :-) Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:39:00 EST New year check in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56616757 January was so slammed with family emergencies that I am ready to start again with the Chinese New Year. <BR> <BR> Anyone else need another chance to start over? (Of course, every moment of life is a new chance to try.) <BR> <BR> Wishing you a magnificent Year of the Horse, a happy February, a blessed Imbolc, and a happy Super Bowl day. <BR> <BR> Today, I started over by choosing half an hour of much-needed gentle yoga over my daily rigorous half hour of Pilates. I will also stick with a ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:17:29 EST QOW 2/1 and 2/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56599538 What is your favorite piece of exercise equipment? <BR> <BR> I love treadmills. I don't own one but have used them at hotels and gyms. I can really push myself on a treadmill. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:33:30 EST Spark Team bonus points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56591420 Did you know that you can earn team bonus points for Together We Are Stronger? <BR> <BR> Each day you can complete bonus spins for your favorite SparkTeams. You get 1 bonus spin for every 5 SparkPoints you earn per day, with a maximum of 5 spins a day. Just click the flags next to your favorite teams on the Team Bonus Points section in Step 3 on your Start page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-no<BR>w-sa.asp </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:56:32 EST QOD 1/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56586354 What do you usually do when you're not feeling well? <BR> <BR> I like to curl up on the couch, it's warmer than in bed and I can prop up in the corner. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:53:20 EST QOD 1/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56576788 Do you have any "pet peeves"? I'm talking about little things that just annoy you even though they are generally harmless. <BR> <BR> People that constantly exaggerate or white lie consistently. Just drives me crazy. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:16:54 EST QOD 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56560145 Since we are donw to all girls here, are you a girly girl or a tom boy? <BR> <BR> Tom boy all the way. I love getting dirty and playing rough. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:15:08 EST QOD 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56546592 Share something that always puts a smile on your face. <BR> <BR> My girls. Even when they are driving me nuts they are just too loving and cute. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:09:26 EST QOD 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56532895 What is your favorite "comfy" outfit? <BR> <BR> I love my thick wuzzy PJ pants and an uber soft cotton T, and don' t forget the toe socks! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:32:50 EST QOW 1/25 & 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56509848 Share something fun that you wish you could do more often. <BR> <BR> I love to go hiking. I wish I could go every Saturday that I don't get to race and even some odd days during the week. That's just not possible but I go when I can. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:03:00 EST QOD 1/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56496984 Is there a color that just "makes you happy"? <BR> <BR> I love orange things. I think is just looks happy. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:46:42 EST QOD 1/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56481901 What is your favorite smell? <BR> <BR> Puppy breath! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:58:08 EST QOD 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56465501 What is your favorite part of living healthy? <BR> <BR> I'm loving being able to move and grove in almost any way I want. My body no longer limits what I can do. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:39:17 EST QOD 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56453356 If you had one hour to do anything you want, what would you do? <BR> <BR> Base jumping. I've never had the money or the time. I know my weight is low enough now, so yeah, base jumping. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:22:22 EST QOD 1/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56443183 Is there anything you eat regulary now that you would have never eaten before your "lifestyle" change? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt and hummus. Never thought I could eat the yogurt without sugar. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:21:59 EST QOW 1/18 & 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56412752 How often do you revamp your goals? <BR> <BR> I haven't been really even setting much the last year. Might be why is wasn't all that hot. This year I'm trying to look at the previous month and set monthly goals. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:52:28 EST QOD 1/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56398281 What kind of "purse" do you carry? <BR> <BR> I have either a fanny pack (when I'm out and active) or a Gir backpack for fun time. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:35:52 EST Goodie Bomb 1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x56395006 We've had a request for a goodie bomb. Let's go get - BONNIEMARGAY!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BO<BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:11:37 EST Goodie Bomb 1/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x56391142 I call a goodie bomb on Bonnie Margay! she has been a great friend. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:06:39 EST QOD 1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56386099 Name some of your favorite personality traits that you feel you have! <BR> <BR> Honesty. I strive to always be honest, don't ask me if you don't want the answer has always been my motto. I have been told by others that I'm the most honest person that they know. That made me feel good. <BR> <BR> Loyality. To a fault, but break my trust and you'll never get it back. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:08:01 EST QOD 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56372977 What is your favorite non-domesticated (wild) animal? <BR> <BR> I've got a toss up. I adore wombats. They just make me smile. Then there are the African painted dogs. I could watch them for hours! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:00:09 EST QOD 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56357409 What kind of fresh flowers would you like to be suprised with? <BR> <BR> I love daisys and blackeyed susans. Gerber daisys are my favorite plant. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:24:54 EST QOD 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56342175 What will you commit to do today to move you towards your goals? <BR> <BR> I will do 20 min os ST tonight! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:02:09 EST QOW 1/11 & 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56313675 What is something you do for "fun" now that you never would have done before making the "healthy change"? <BR> <BR> Running. Even when I played ball, I wasn't much of a runner. Now I can't say I like training runs but I LOVE racing. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:13:47 EST QOD 1/10/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56305315 What is one goal you want to accomplish this year? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:36:37 EST QOD 1/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56284850 What is on your 2014 calendar? <BR> <BR> At home, it's cartoon dogs and cats. Kinds silly. <BR> <BR> At work, I have piglets. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 06:42:52 EST QOD 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56274299 What food is your weakness? <BR> <BR> I'm a pizza girl. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:25:34 EST QOD 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56256621 What is the next reward you have planned for yourself? How will you earn it? <BR> <BR> I'm getting some runder pants - cute boy shorts type undies with running sayings. They are silly but they make me smile. This is my reward for an overall loss in january - inches and weight. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:27:49 EST QOD 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56242173 Who is your biggest supporter in your journey to heath? <BR> <BR> Thata's actually hard for me because my two biggest supporters in life , Hubby and Dad, tend to sabatoge me in the eating department. The only truely consistant supporet I get is here. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:14:42 EST Goodie Bomb 1/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=26112x60181x56215139 2BDYNAMIC got a Popular Blog Award for her New Year’s day blog. Let’s celebrate her achievement – Goodie Bomb!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=2B<BR>DYNAMIC </link> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:58:53 EST New year check in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56213700 Any luck so far with new goals? <BR> <BR> Too busy taking care of the in laws on New Year's Day to add anything extra on top of Pilates, bike, and walk (except the part where I dashed out of the symphony hall after repeated gunfire in Strauss's Banditen Polka gave me a panic attack and I ran around the very steep block a few times to try to calm down again). <BR> <BR> But I have done at least eight push ups a day since then toward my upper body strength goal (even though I forgot on the sec... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:41:14 EST QOD 1/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56193295 What is one thing about you your buddy should know? <BR> <BR> I love dogs and anything dog related. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 07:46:06 EST QOD 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56176465 What goals/resolutions have you set for January? <BR> <BR> I'm shooting for 10 to 15 minutes of ST 6 days a week and 10,000 steps daily. <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:40:05 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56165524 Congratulations on making it through 2013! <BR> <BR> How will you start your new year? <BR> <BR> I've already done my half hour of Pilates, and am about to get on the exercise bike for half an hour. Today we are going to see the symphony's Salute to Vienna with the in laws. My wife and I will walk the pup a few miles after that. Going to do at least one set of pushups sometime, too. Whew! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:18:38 EST QOD 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56151878 Happy New year's Eve! <BR> <BR> Do you make New Years Resolutions? <BR> <BR> I do. I'm not always great on keeping them, but I do make them. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:27:29 EST QOD 12/29 & 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56128334 What healthy habit would you like to be consistent with in 2014? <BR> <BR> I'm looking to be consistent with Strength Training. I want to develop my muscles this year. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:44:09 EST Volunteer work experience? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56115017 Have any of you done volunteer work that was fun, lighthearted, silly, uplifting, happy? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about it! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:16:43 EST QOD 12/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56101316 What is one healthy habit you really stuck to this past year? <BR> <BR> Unless it was raining, I got out for a walk everyday. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 07:54:57 EST QOD 12/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56092815 Hope everyone had a good day yesterday. Time to take this last week and reflect on the past year. <BR> <BR> What did you try in 2013 that was new? Did you like it? <BR> <BR> I did my first mud runs. I LOVED it. I'm signing up for 3 this year. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:44:42 EST QOD 12/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56077184 Santa's coming! Have you been naughty or nice to youself this year? <BR> <BR> 've been naughty. I know I'm not caring for myself the way I should. Not lump of coal naughty, but a wee bit more naughty than nice. Mostly in what I've been eating. Need to fix that for next year. I deserve to put myself on my own nice list. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:15 EST QOW 12/21 & 12/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56048945 What are your Christmas plans this year? <BR> <BR> We'll go to dad's early and open gifts then it is over to my uncle's for an early dinner with extended family. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:07:55 EST QOD 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56039838 Memories! Do you have a memory of a special gift you received as a child? <BR> <BR> I have a couple but my Barbie Dream House has to be the best. It was completely set up, with the long haired Barbie and a plastic Christmas tree in the living room. I even got the black horse who was "tied up" out front. I was so excited. <BR> <BR> I just couldn't understand why my dad couldn't stay awake! LOL. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:52:21 EST QOD 12/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56028880 When you shop for gifts, do you go off a list of "wants" or just from the heart? <BR> <BR> I mostly shop from the heart, finding things that I think others will like. However, I do ask if there are things people need/want. I just don't always go off the list. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:46:17 EST QOD 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56019498 Have you ever received a silly/funny present that made you happy? <BR> <BR> Last year hubby bought me a stuffed hippo that singa "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". When it sings the cheeks light up. I just thought it was the cutest thing. I still smile everytime I play it. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:31:00 EST QOD 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x56008999 Ok, can't help it. Lotto fever has infected the midwest. There is 500,000,000 jackpot today. Yep, 500 million. And in our lovely fantasy world we each just won. What are the top 5 things on your to do list? <BR> <BR> 1-quit my job. I'll still work but with dogs only. <BR> 2- I've never had a new car so I'm off to the dealership (one for hubby too) <BR> 3- set a million in a trust for my son. <BR> 4- start finding a contractor - I already know how I want my new home to be. <BR> 5-takin... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:18:21 EST QOD 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55998675 What are your favorite games? <BR> <BR> With people. I love card games. Hearts or Spades are my top two. <BR> <BR> If I have some "free" time, that when I like video role playing games. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:38:54 EST QOD 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55989929 What have you done this weekend to make yourself smile? <BR> <BR> I went out and played in the snow with my girls. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:26:12 EST QOD 12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55965624 Happy Friday the 13th! <BR> <BR> Today is traditionally the 1st day of Christmas (think the song) - a partridge in a pear tree. Have ever given or received a pet or plant for a present? Did you help to pick it out? <BR> <BR> I get plants most years for my birthday and/or mother's day. I do pick them out. <BR> <BR> I won't get a pet for or around a "special occasion". The last pet I got as a gift was a hamster for my 6th birthday. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:30:56 EST QOD 12/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55954851 What is the last thing you did that you were proud of? <BR> <BR> The Santa Hustle. Even a year ago, I would not have tried to run in that weather (9 is a shoe size not a tempature). But I did it and I feel pretty good about that. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:35:23 EST QOD 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55935764 What stuff is on your wish list this winter holiday season? <BR> <BR> I need new clothes that fit, and need my wedding ring resized so I can wear it on my ring finger again without it falling off. Also asked for mantra meditation CDs by Deva Premal and a Rumi datebook. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:34:28 EST Blown QOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55910688 So sorry everyone. I've had 5 17+ hour days this week. After race and shopping yesterday, I was burnt and slept. I hit the ground running this am and just realized that I never posted a QOW. Sorry!!! <BR> <BR> So, what did you do just for "FUN" this weekend? <BR> <BR> I bought Bing Crosby's White Christmas while shopping yesterday and listened to it all night. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:41:35 EST Fruit and veggie tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55898958 If you are as disappointed as I am that the fruit and veggie tracker disappeared with all of the recent site changes, please let SparkPeople know via their suggestion box at <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_s<BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If enough users miss it, maybe they'll put it back! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:23:02 EST QOD 12/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55884808 What charities do you donate to/support? <BR> <BR> I'm all dog - currently doing a dog food drive for our pet pantry (food pantry for animal food). I also donate to the Anti-Cruelty and our local animal shelter. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:57:35 EST QOD 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55874802 I know this will be tough for some of us - namw some you LIKE about winter. Come on, you can come up with something. <BR> <BR> I do like throwing snowballs for the girls. They love biting them out of the air and it is funny. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:00:54 EST QOD 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55867485 Do you have a favorite holiday carol? <BR> <BR> I like anything by Bing Crosby. <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 18:39:13 EST Curtiosity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x60181x55854480 I was drawn in by this group's great graphics and the team name, Together We Are Stronger. I believe this and I very firmly believe in all sorts of diversity - different ways of thinking and believing and getting from A to B make us strong. <BR> <BR> I am a professional artist/naturalist living in one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, South-Eastern Tennessee. There are a few pieces of my work on my spark page, if you are interested you are certainly most welcome. I moved t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:43:13 EST QOD 12/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55847427 Did you shop online yesterday? Do you normally shop online? <BR> <BR> I'm not an online shopper. I did order two races that had Cyber Monday sales but that is it. I prefer going to the stores. I want to put my hands on thing. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 06:53:03 EST A good read! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55843131 now I know there are some guys on this team ..... this is not for you. <BR> <BR> This was so thought provoking I just had to share it with the rest of you Wonderful WOMEN!..... I can honestly say most of the things on here apply to me and are very true...... not to say I can't get all whinny and pouty cause I do at times but not as a rule! <BR> <BR> Also her is a direct link <BR> <link>justmytype.ca/the-11-differences-bet<BR>ween-dating-a-girl-vs-a-woman/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rec... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:09:17 EST Today is Puppywhispers Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55842348 <em>383</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:47:07 EST QOD 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x60181x55839824 Do you send holiday cards? <BR> <BR> It is 50/50 for me. Some years I'm right on it, some they never get opened. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:19:06 EST