SparkPeople MOVE Your BODY Team Messageboard MOVE Your Body creates "Fitness in motion" challenging yourself to move. Biking, treadmill, swimming, walking, running golfing, hiking, yoga, pilates, zumba. Whatever makes you move. SparkPeople MOVE Your BODY Team Messageboard SHARING LUCKy TREASUREs (emoticon, Pics, words) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:56:59 EST WHOLEness Challenge - Well - BALANCED Honoring my WHOLEself ............. 12/13/2016 <BR> <BR> ~SPIRIT~ * ~HEART~ * ~MIND~ * ~BODY~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Started day off with Prayer &amp; Meditation <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> feeling a bit down...... <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thinking I need to keep focus on Happy thoughts <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> making sure I walk &amp; fit in physical movement throughout the day Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:13:29 EST SHARE a SEASONal Pic or Emoticon <BR> <BR> SHARE a SEASONal Pic or an Emoticon with us Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:33:20 EST Nike + Run App ~ Running Buddies Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> I was wondering how many of u guys use the Nike + app to run with if so I was looking for some running buddies to add and if you want to u can add me = username KSBride or under my name Lucinda C. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:12:57 EST Sharing your Personal CHALLENGE(s) here <BR> <BR> Sharing your Personal CHALLENGE(s) here <BR> <BR> Let us know whats going on with you.... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:08:19 EST FALL (ALPHAbetical words or emoticons) A-Autumn Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:50:58 EST Christmas 2015 - New Years 2016 Challenge Christmas 2015 / New Years 2016 ..... CHALLENGING ourSelves & setting Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Take the Personal Challenge.... <BR> <BR> Think of the gift you would like to give yourself for Christmas... to start the New Year.... <BR> <BR> Then Check back with Us on how its going.... <BR> <BR> We have plenty of time to Complete the challenge... and we can Look back and be glad we started today.... it just takes the first step to get moving onward to our goal !!! <BR> <BR> Wishing... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:20:48 EST GOALs setting for 2015 Set some goals for 2015 here.... <BR> (daily, Monthly, Year) <BR> <BR> and every now and then... check back with us on how you are doing... <BR> and/or revise as needed... <BR> <BR> Suggestion.... make them simple and flexible.... also... small number... easier to remember <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:45:45 EST JULY (Fitness in Motion) team Mileage <em>47</em> <em>218</em> ~JUBILANT JULY <em>218</em> <em>47</em> . <BR> <BR> Team Mileage for July.... walking... stepping.... exercising ... etc... <BR> <BR> basics.... for documenting purpose.... 20 min. exercise = 1 mile.... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:54:58 EST FALLing for AUTUMN (Goal Setting 101 days) <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> From... June 22 - November 1 = 101 days.... <BR> <BR> <BR> OK.... we are in the midst of SUMMER.... <BR> <BR> time to make some GOALS to make ready for FALL/AUTUMN <BR> <BR> <BR> So.... lets set some Goals Set in motion... <BR> <BR> and starting June 22 lets keep track... for 101 days.... <BR> and on Nov. 1 we shall see.... <BR> <BR> our seeds ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:14:19 EST JUNE (Fitness in Motion) team Mileage <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> What did you do today.... share your mileage here and we will add to the team.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Lets Keep Moving.... <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> fyi... for those who do other activities... you can figure... 20 min = 1 mile.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:13:50 EST MAY Moving in MOTION (team Miles) <em>312</em> MAY MILES lets MOVE <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your mile age for today... <BR> <BR> lets add to the team... and see how we do... <BR> <BR> We have been doing this for awhile... and everyone is doing GRRRRRREAT <BR> <BR> Lets go TEAM wooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooo Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:57:19 EST HELP!!.. .Chafing I don't know who else has experienced this and if there is any advice to be given. I joined the million steps challenge being run nationally in my country and through my workplace. I've been walking home every day from work to increase my steps as well as fitting in work outs in between. Anyway this is my fourth week and when I got home 2 days ago I had a painful and sore sensation on one side my groin area. It was also a bit itchy and I assumed a mosquito bite that got irritated. Tonight I t... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:26:51 EST APRIL 2014 ~ Team in Motion ~Mileage~ <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <em>449</em> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> <em>235</em> ~ to APRIL Everyone ~ <em>235</em> <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>450</em> <em>449</em> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:44:37 EST MARCH 2014 ~ Team in Motion ~Mileage~ <em>87</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WOW.... MARCH 2014 <BR> <BR> where has the time gone... <BR> <BR> Everyone is doing so well MOVING... lets keep going.... <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:38:41 EST SUMMER (ALPHAbetical emoticon or words) <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>378</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> share what you like (looking forward too) in SPRING... <BR> <BR> I sooooooooo cant wait.... brrrrrrrrrrrr... <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>378</em> <em>440</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> <em>376</em> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:57:58 EST JUMP for JOY CHALLENGE (25+ Jumping Jacks DAILY) <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> lets all ~ JUMP for JOY ~ <BR> <BR> CHALLENGING everyone to 25+ Jumping Jacks DAILY <BR> <BR> how ever you can do them... Whether its full jumping jacks, <BR> half-jacks or taking it up a notch jacks, whatever you can do... <BR> (in Chair... just arms) <BR> <BR> then post how many you did that day (or day before) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <e... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:42:23 EST 100+ Days CHALLENGE (Now till Summer+) <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> (UPDATE) <BR> <BR> A friendly reminder... this challenge is to help create <BR> healthier habits... there is no right or wrong way <BR> to do the challenge... its about finding what works <BR> for us individually in this LIFEstyle change... <BR> <BR> <BR> AND... anyone can join at any time... <BR> just list what day you are on... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>362</e... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:44:14 EST FEB 2014 ~ Team in Motion ~Mileage~ <BR> <BR> getting ready for February.... Lets go team... everyone is doing GRRRRRRRRRREAT Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:40:33 EST Did you know I love my spark friends <BR> I am a twin <BR> I do not like winter <BR> I like watching sports <BR> I have a secret desire to be published author <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:02:53 EST -HUDDLEs- & -HUGGLEs- <em>220</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:13:10 EST GREETINGS & CHIT - CHAT <em>524</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:11:55 EST JAN 2014 ~ Team in Motion ~Mileage~ <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> everyone did so well in 2013.... lets keep moving in 2014 <BR> <BR> <BR> Way to go TEAM Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:46:25 EST OUT with the OLD.... IN with the NEW <BR> what are you getting rid of from 2013 <BR> <BR> what are you adding in 2014 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:09:45 EST WEIGH-IN.... HOW are YOU Doing <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> WEIGHING IN <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> DAILY.... WEEKLY..... MONTHLY (whatever feels right for ya) <BR> <BR> How are you doing.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:16:42 EST DECEMBER .... WISH LISTing <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> what are you Wishing for this Christmas <BR> (and beyond) Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:16:35 EST DEC. Motion around the World (Team Mileage) <em>444</em> Welcome to December everyone <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Everyone is doing soooooo good... lets keep on MOVING Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:14:31 EST Getting fit Hi new to this. embarking on a weight loss and get fit programme. Have already lost 5kg and am now biking 20kms at least once a week. Have a goal to do a small triathlon but cant swim so trying to learn fast and its so hard working around various aches and old injuries. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 05:16:08 EST fitness in motion is so true The name of this team is true. I have found that when I am more active over and above exercise, I lose weight more quickly. Gardening and just working outside picking up limbs after a storm or something like that is a great way to get in more movement. If we're not moving, we are sitting still. So get up and move! Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:30:20 EST CHAIR Exercising... Information & workouts <em>533</em> <em>324</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>311</em> <em>533</em> <em>324</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is set up for those who may only be able to exercise <BR> in a chair... or are a bit challenged when it comes to exercising.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Please share information here... and / or your exercising(min.) <BR> <BR> <em>533</em> <em>324</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>311</em> <em>533</em> <em>324</em> ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:10:45 EST DID YOU KNOW THAT I ______ (fill the blank) <BR> finish the phrase.... Did you Know That I ________ <BR> <BR> Let us know a lil more about you... <BR> <BR> to make it even easier... you can abbreviate... DYKTI Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:38:13 EST -HUDDLEs- for NOV. & DEC. 2013 <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you huddle with the team.... <BR> <BR> (emoticon or words... you pic) <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:31:09 EST GIVING THANKS in NOVEMBER <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Share your GRATITUDEs ..... Daily or WhenEver <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:53:15 EST How R U BLESSed this day ~ Counting BLESSings <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> What BLESSings have you received today... <BR> <BR> Acknowledging & sharing BLESSings is one sure way of COUNTing then... <BR> and what is even more AWEsome... they then MULTIPLY <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:51:23 EST NOV. Motion around the World (Team Mileage) <BR> <BR> Everyone did so Well in October... lets go for it in NOVEMBER <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Walking around the world <em>432</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:37:23 EST Nov. & Dec. GREETINGS & CHIT - CHAT <em>524</em> November <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> October Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:27:07 EST SPIN pts. - START & BONUS & TEAM BONUSes <em>347</em> <em>244</em> <em>347</em> <em>244</em> <em>347</em> <em>244</em> <em>347</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone.... <BR> <BR> with the new start feature.... you can do bonus spins under section 3 with teams... <BR> click on your fav. team.... and you and team get bonus points... <BR> <BR> so .... there is now .... Start Spin... Bonus Spin .... & up to 5 team spins <BR> (which you can just post the totals for all the teams if you wish) <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:23:36 EST ~HAPPY ~NEW~YEAR~ 2014 ~ goals & Count Down <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> What do you want to see for 2014? <BR> <BR> Now is the time to put it into motion... <BR> <BR> CHECK in with us... let us know how you are doing <BR> and join us in COUNTING ~ DOWN <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:12:35 EST Goal/Motivation board? I'm thinking of making a Goal/Motivation board for my workout room... do any of you have one to keep you motivated? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:09:04 EST ~This or That~ question Game <BR> <em>38</em> this or That <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> answer the question posted along with asking a new question for the next person <BR> <BR> this or that Wed, 9 Oct 2013 14:16:18 EST Oct. Motion around the World (Team Mileage) <BR> <em>432</em> MOVING around the World (listing team Mileage) <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> share your mileage for the day (or if updating) <BR> then add to the post prior... for the teams total... <BR> <BR> <BR> lets see how far we can go <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 14:56:23 EST OCTOBER 2013 Goals & Challenges . <em>419</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>424</em> <em>275</em> <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> Share your Goals/challenges here ... <BR> <BR> ~Wishing Everyone all the Best this October~ <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>424</em> <em>275</em> <em>419</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:46:58 EST MENTAL VACATION ~ Where R You Going Today <BR> Where is your happy place today.... <BR> if you could where would you go today..... <BR> <BR> Let your mind take you there... <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Have fun... use words/ emoticons... Make it fun... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:55:36 EST SEPTEMBER 2013 Goals <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to SEPTEMBER... <BR> <BR> <BR> This month... Lets get to Challenging ourself with a personal goal.... <BR> <BR> stepping a lil out of our daily comfort zone... <BR> <BR> Examples... <BR> <BR> adding to our walk.... some jogging <BR> add a few min. to your work out <BR> add an extra workout session... <BR> <BR> cut back on a food item... add... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:26:38 EST EMOTICON your NUTRITION today <BR> <BR> Which Emoticon(s) Best describes your overall Nutrition for today... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (all day or so far) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:41:07 EST EMOTICON your FITNESS today <BR> Which EMOTICONs best represents your FITNESS for today <BR> <BR> (all day or so far ) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:40:10 EST LET US KNOW ... What are you CELEBRATING today <BR> <BR> Share with us what you are celebrating today Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:32:02 EST EMOTICON REWARD YOURSELF & SHARE WHY <BR> Pic a reward from the emoticons... and share with us Why <BR> <BR> <BR> sometimes we forget to celebrate/reward ourselves for the every day accomplishments... <BR> <BR> here is a place to do so Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:35:55 EST THE WISHING WELL <BR> <BR> Make a wish... <BR> <BR> using words.. emoticons... both... etc... <BR> <BR> you can make as many wishes as you like... <BR> <BR> <BR> have fun <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:59:56 EST GOALs FOR 2013 HOLIDAY SEASON (Oct.Nov.Dec) I KNOW it seems Early... Summer isnt over yet... <BR> So Lets take this time to consider what goals we wish to set for <BR> 2013 Holiday Season... <BR> <BR> We can post our ideas here... <BR> then after Labor day (SEPT. 3) start posting our goals... <BR> because the sooner we start ... the higher the chance we can achieve our goals... <BR> <BR> Suggestion... <BR> <BR> 1. Goal (gift) for yourself <BR> 2. Goal (gift) for/from your inner lil me <BR> 3. Goal (gift) for your loved ones (o... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:02:49 EST Sharing FITNESS in MOTION Share some ways you got up and MOVEd today <BR> <BR> Bringing FITNESS into MOTION <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> the typical Exercising is fine... lets add some creative movement as well <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:48:06 EST Sharing some Laughter Share some laughter <BR> <BR> use emoticons... words... jokes... etc... (lol remember to keep with the Spark guidelines) <BR> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:47:39 EST Sharing Words of Encouragement Feel free to share: <BR> <BR> an Article ... a word... a quote... a mantra (motto)... using emoticons etc.. any thing to <BR> <BR> Encourage Inspire Motivate & let us know if you are needing a lil extra encouragement <BR> <BR> <BR> Post as often as you like <BR> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:30:07 EST WORKOUT CALENDAR - Check this out!!! Hi all, I was stumbling around the internet and I came across this very cool site called, "Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans". Aside from loving their name, I also thought it was pretty neat that they have month to month exercise calendars that you can print for free. They focus on a different body area/part every month. Thought it was neat and wanted to share! <BR> <BR> Have a fantabulous day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>monthly-workout-calendar/ </link> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:04:49 EST My New Exercise That's Working for Me Belly dancing! yes, you heard me right, BELLY DANCING! and it is so cool! I cannot imagine why I am not seeing peeps all over sparksite belly dancing! It is so ideal as an exercise and so fun. And I must tell you, you have not lived until you have seen my 200 lb torso jiggling to the Egyptian shimmy! The music is GREAT! I always find that music is very important to my exercise because exercise is not that fun. But music carries me away...and this Arabian music is so great, it is captivating a... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:16:47 EST Hi I am sarah, new member Thanks WhisperingPine for inviting me to join here. I am very glad to find it! I am 61 yrs old, single grandmother, bipolar, on disability for it, at home, self-published author of 34 books at amazon on new age topics like tarot cards and channeling and psychic development....and a new book coming on market this month called Druid of Ulster, a fiction novel about a legendary druid in ancient Ireland, a gift for my son. I started at spark in July at 209 lbs and lost 14 lbs first month, but hur... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 21:49:26 EST CHIT CHAT ROOM Some of the team members would like a place to chat and get to know each other better. So here is your spot....enjoy! Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:09:15 EST energy How do I get more energy? Sometimes I feel like I have none. Today is one of those days. Plopped my butt on the couch and really haven't moved today even though I look around and my house is in utter disarray! HELP please!!! <em>303</em> <em>46</em> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:43:39 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone my name is Tonya, and between work and school, I struggle to find the time to workout, and I'm ready to challenge myself to move more. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:30:26 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS...Do Not Post Here Fitness In Motion Team......................................<BR>.........589.11 miles <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................120.2 miles <BR> Working Together to Reach Our Goals Team.......333.16miles <BR> Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team...........................689.68 miles <BR> 60's and Beyond Team......................................<BR>.........195 miles <BR> World's Best Grandmas And Grandpas Team....375.60 miles <BR> A Brand New Road Ahead Team........................... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:35:10 EST GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE.... Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for August called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Jesse (one of my team leaders) started this challenge on 3 of our teams. I have decided to extend a challenge to all the rest of teams that I lead. I'm a little late getting this challenge in but that makes it more fun and more competitive. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, el... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:29:41 EST LIST A SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY I will give myself a well deserved haircut today. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:21:45 EST Good News Will Be Where You Look For It.... Good News will be Where You Look for It <BR> Optimism Lengthens Lifespan <BR> -- By Rachel Von Nida, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a big believer that attitude and outlook on life accounts for a lot. Research clearly shows that people are actually healthier and much happier when they wake up each day with a positive mind-set. For example, in a 23-year study by Miami and Yale Universities, people with a positive perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer. <BR> <BR> This notion may ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:43:06 EST Why Strength Training is a Must For Everyone.... Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone <BR> Strength Becomes More Important with Age <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age. <BR> <BR> Everyone, no matter how young or old, should be doing some kind of regular strength training. This could be at the gym, or a... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:20:16 EST Tune In to a Healthier You..... Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:25:03 EST Sunny Disposition and Your Heart... Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems <BR> Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Being cheerful and optimistic may greatly reduce your risk of heart problems, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> "If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events," study leader Lisa Yanek, an assistant professor in g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:47:00 EST The Causes of Allergies... The Causes of Allergies <BR> Most Factors are Out of Your Control <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer & Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While scientists don’t completely understand why allergies develop, they do believe that a combination of things create the immune system confusion, from genetic predisposition to environmental factors. <BR> <BR> There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to the development of allergies—those that you can't change,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:26:16 EST The More You Spark The More You Lose.... The More You 'Spark,' The More You'll Lose <BR> Groundbreaking Study Shows Using SparkPeople Improves Weight-Loss Results <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Editor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Researchers have been studying what works—and what doesn't—for real, permanent weight loss for years. Various weight-loss interventions (from specialized diets to in-person support groups to educational sessions to weight-loss apps) have been analyzed, scrutinized, and reviewed in hopes of finding "the" a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:06:20 EST Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 <BR> Motivation to Lose <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster. <BR> <BR> A 10 pe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:49:08 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.... Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce yo... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:57:08 EST 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic... 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic <BR> Holiday Gifts for the Active People in Your Life <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's holiday gift time again, and, like me, you may be at a loss as to what to buy your fitness-loving loved ones, especially those who are already decked in top-notch performance wear and already own the best workout gear. Well, here's an often-forgotten gift idea for your loved ones: beauty produc... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:22:24 EST Transition into a Healthy Retirement... Transition into a Healthy Retirement <BR> Retirement Can Be A Renaissance <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a distinguished politician who went into retirement after a long career of hectic schedules, important tasks, and continual limelight. After hanging around the house for the first week of his new-found freedom, he was gently chastised by his wife, who informed him that she ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:49:26 EST FUNctional Fitness... FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> -- By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert & Author <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:36:59 EST So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! <BR> How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a time in recent history when the closest Americans willingly came to soybeans was by driving through farm country. The only milk you could find at the grocery store came from cows, and the word “tofu” conjured images of bell-bottomed hippies. Times have changed however, and what was once a staple only in Asian markets has found its way to mainst... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:51:18 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Weight Loss Efforts Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:42:26 EST Healthy Smile, Healthy Body.... Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet them, and... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:11:04 EST "You Know You're a SparkPerson When... ''You Know You're a SparkPerson When...'' Contest Rules <BR> See if your favorite is a winner! <BR> -- By SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Recently we held a contest based on the Message Board thread "You know you're a SparkPerson when…" Members were asked to vote for their favorite responses, and below are the top 10! <BR> <BR> You know you're a SparkPerson when… <BR> <BR> 10…You mentally count the calories that other people eat too. (KARMONSTER) <BR> <BR> 09…You look forward to your time at the gy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:47:54 EST 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks.... 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks <BR> Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While a walking program can be exciting and challenging at first, you don’t want to fall into a rut by doing the same thing month after month. Here are some ways to add variety to your workouts, whether outdoors or inside on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Add an Incline <BR> Even adding a moderate hill can significantly boost your energy exp... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:14:48 EST how to Set and Reach SMART Goals.... How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> A Printable Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might be gung-ho about tackling new goals in the New Year, but not so fast! The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul. After reading the explanation of SMA... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:00:47 EST Everyone Can Use A Hug...Pass It On... <em>247</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:49:13 EST 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System... 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> Boost Your Body's Defenses <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your immune system is important. Very much like your own personal army, it guards your body against attacks from invaders (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses), defending against infections and several kinds of cancer. And it’s smart, too, often “remembering” certain infections so it’s ready for them the next time they try to attack. But just like any other bod... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:11:08 EST 10 Signs You Need to Loose Weight... Top 10 Signs You Need to Lose Weight <BR> Can You Relate? <BR> -- By John McGran, Professional Writer (and Dieter) <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I’d rather laugh than cry when life sneaks up on me and cracks me right between the eyes. Case in point: my weight. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t that long ago that I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. But being the yo-yo dieter that I am—with emphasis on the yo-yo p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:24:02 EST Beat the Crowds at the Gym.... Beat the Crowds at the Gym <BR> 9 Ways to Wait Less and Work Out More <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have a gym membership, you know how frustrating it can be when the gym is too crowded for comfort. Isn't it tough enough to muster the motivation to head out the door to exercise? Then you arrive, dressed and ready for a workout, only to find a fitness center so crowded that the waiting time for an elliptical is longer than the line for a mo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:02:01 EST Stop Weekend Binges... Stop Weekend Binges <BR> Is Weekend Eating Destroying Your Diet? <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The structure of the work (or school) week can be extremely conducive to maintaining good eating habits. If you have a very predictable daily routine, it can be easier to plan meals and snacks and eat on a consistent schedule so that you never get too hungry. But when the weekend comes, all that structure disappears and leads many people into making unhealthy eating c... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:15:32 EST JULY.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON JULY 1ST...2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:44:50 EST Taking Care of Yourself When You are the Caregiver Taking Care of Yourself When You Become the Caregiver <BR> Finding Health and Balance When Caring for Others <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I sat across the cafe table from my dearest friend, Margie, I was struck by how tired and drawn she looked. This was the first time we had seen in each other in months. Before, we had made a point to meet for lunch or coffee once a week. Now that she had moved her folks close by to help with her father’s c... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:11:05 EST JULY...HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE.... FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF JULY. REMEMBER ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GREAT....TENNIS, GARDENING, GOLFING, SWIMMING etc. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN JULY ) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR P... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:51:00 EST Stopping to to say Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I am very new to Sparkpeople and was actually kind of hesitant to join this team because I am still recovering from an accident and due to back, hip and leg pain am unable to do a lot of exercises, I am walking and so I hope that there will be something here for me. I can't wait to get started and look forward to being a part of this team, working together towards our goals. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:59:23 EST 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise .. 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise Like Normal <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 10/4/2012 2:00 PM : 32 comments : 13,498 Views <BR> See More: injury, exercise, sunscreen, <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had a spot removed from my shoulder. My dermatologist cut out a pretty hefty chunk that required several stitches and has left me with a one-inch scar. <BR> Relief that the sketchy spot was history was soon replaced by panic when I was given post-op instructi... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:03:29 EST 31 DAYS....TO LESS STRESS Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more .But summer is the perfect time to relax,slowdown,and Just enjoy the weather.What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> I will post a daily tip each day this month to help make your summer more enjoyable. <em>414</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:53:57 EST Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of streak—when you consistently meet a goal, like tracking your fo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:28:06 EST How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist... How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist <BR> Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch? <BR> <BR> Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a girl, ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:30:40 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet... Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:17:33 EST Snacking Healthy Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:17:05 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal..... The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards and conse... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:01:13 EST Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative... Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative <BR> Cook as the Mediterraneans Do <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Would you be surprised to learn that you CAN feel good about fat in your food? Here’s a refresher on one source of fat – olive oil – the healthier oil of all oils and the natural juice of the olive fruit. Its most talked about benefit may be its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (the good cholestero... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:04:24 EST Exercises to Boost Your Brian Power Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power <BR> Strengthen Your Mind with These Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific organ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:47:00 EST Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking... Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking <BR> Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “How do you do it?” my friend asked me one day over coffee. “You’ve had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you’re still so cheerful. What gives?” <BR> <BR> My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I’d gotten divorced and I’d been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:24:08 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out... What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what you eat before and after your workouts, too? <BR> <BR> Usually not. If you’re eating a health... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:10:55 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:50:25 EST What to Wear When You Walk.... What to Wear When You Walk <BR> Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here are some tips to help you stay cool, dry and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! <BR> <BR> Feet... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:59:50 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market... A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market <BR> The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From hot summer days through those cool early fall months, farmers markets are in full swing, yielding a bounty of beautiful, fresh, local produce. Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> While grocery stores boast... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:21:14 EST Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance.... Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Calories after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! This article will help you figure out how to use SparkPeople’s tools just as effectively to maintain your weight as you have used them to lose that weight in the first place. Make sure you’re logged in now so that the links below will work for you. <BR> <BR> Ste... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:10:13 EST Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re watching your calorie intake, the most problematic part of your anatomy may be your sweet tooth. Our bodies are hard-wired for an attraction to sweet foods since sweetness signals that we’re taking in the calories (energy) needed for survival. The problem arises, of course, when we’re not burning those calories. But we can ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:10:35 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:43:17 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a c... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:12:51 EST Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet.... Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet <BR> Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian, with Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk. It does a body good. <BR> <BR> Unless it doesn't, that is. <BR> <BR> While milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein, up to 75% of the world's population cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. When they try, the result is tummy trouble that can range from a mild discomfo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:39:04 EST Think Yourself Fit... Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:46:30 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer..... Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer <BR> Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try th... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:56:01 EST How to Avoid the Diet Blues.... Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mor... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:14:21 EST 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Season.. 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Spring <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/17/2013 6:00 AM : 87 comments : 25,258 Views <BR> See More: fitness, cardio, spring, <BR> <BR> Do you love spring as much as I do? It's so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors without wearing a coat, and see the green grass and tiny flower buds flanking the streets. Every sunny day, I lament that I'm in the office instead of outdoors, which is why I get outside ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:06:34 EST Sharing Is Achieving.... Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:29:05 EST The Truth About Juicing and Your Health... The Truth about Juicing and Your Health <BR> To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple decades ago, juicing was something that only overzealously health-conscious people did. You just knew someone was into healthy living if he or she owned a juicer or drank fresh juice regularly. Today, it's much more popular. People are juicing to lose weight, to cleanse and to consume more nutrients. Juicers are pop... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:46:32 EST FILL IN THE WORD....... Working on the letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. A film title - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8. A famous band - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10. Television program - <BR> <BR> 11. Famous person - <BR> <BR> 12. A recipe ingredient - <BR> <BR> 13. A color - <BR> <BR> 14. A bo... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:54:48 EST Spark Trivia....What Did You Get Today... 3/5 Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:42:38 EST 5 Ways to Love Your Body... 5 Ways to Love Your Body <BR> Let Cupid Take Aim at You <BR> -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body. <BR> <BR> Stop picking yourself apart <BR> Let’s face it: No matter how close-to-perfection body you have (and just what is the... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:19:55 EST How To Download a SparkPeople Video... <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> INFORMATION ONLY...DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! <BR> <BR> <BR> Go to ARTICLES & VIDEOS at the top of your page. Scroll down to the VIDEOS section. Choose a video that suites your needs. Let us know how you did. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:44:40 EST EXERCISE VIDEO....WHAT DID YOU CHOOSE TODAY... Leslie Sansone.....4 milk walk Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:31:19 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY.... <em>91</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:11:06 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success <BR> Good Things Come to Those Who Believe <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! <BR> <BR> But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:51:52 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE Life is not meant to be is meant to be LIVED. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:36:04 EST DID YOU HUDDLE ON YOUR TEAM TODAY.... <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:17:15 EST DID YOUR TRACK YOUR NUTRITION and/or EXERCISES ... <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:16:45 EST WOOHOO...IF YOU MOVED THAT BEAUTIFUL BODY.... <em>244</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:16:05 EST A - Z......3 letter words A - Ace Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:15:30 EST SPIN OF THE WHEEL PLUS BONUS 3 plus 5 Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:14:15 EST POINTS TO NEXT TROPHY 2734 Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:13:22 EST TOTAL SPARKPOINTS TODATE 47.266 Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:13:00 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY ???????? When you PLATEAU do you blame food or exercise? <BR> <BR> Food. <BR> Exercise <BR> Both <BR> Blame myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me......I have nobody but myself to excuses.....I realize when I have reached a plateau that I have to bump it up a bit. I re-evaluate the situation and change my workout plans. <BR> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:10:04 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today? <em>324</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:53:24 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/31/2013 6:00 AM : 67 comments : 47,441 Views <BR> See More: fitness, stretching, sitting, work, <BR> <BR> Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a computer. I love writing and editing, but I don't love s... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:51:37 EST How Are You Feeling Today.... .Emoticon <em>345</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:49:01 EST What is Mitochondrial Disease? What is Mitochondrial Disease? <BR> <BR> Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fa... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:40:47 EST