SparkPeople 50+ Males Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6158 Meet with other men age 50 and over. While this is a public team, the leaders of this team request that men only join the team. SparkPeople 50+ Males Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6158 Hugh Hefner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x58839661 Need some ideas, guys. <BR> I started a huge undertaking, cleaning out my basement. I've got over a dozen boxes of books, and magazines. Two of the boxes contained Playboy magazines from 1971-1974. Only missing 3 'zines. Most of them are in Fair condition, some meet e-bay's standard for good condition. I had an e-bay store for 2 years and I do not want to trudge through that morass again. <BR> I would hate to toss them, But....... <BR> Any helpful suggestions? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:29:50 EST What is on your bucket list? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x58448601 Hi gents, <BR> <BR> Been meaning to add this discussion for some time now. My guess is that most, if not all of us have thought about a bucket list, so here's your chance to share. Or if you have NEVER given this any thought, you can see what other 50+ men have come up with and and maybe develop one of your own. <BR> <BR> This is just a fun topic -- no judging allowed! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'll wait for a few entries before I give this a go. I don't have a formal buc... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:02:20 EST 2014 Goals Mid Year Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x58381745 Hi gents, <BR> <BR> Time to do a mid year evaluation of your goals. Here is how mine are going: <BR> <BR> Maintain weight in the 170 - 179 lb range. [MET!] <BR> - Minimum of 60 minutes of any exercise daily. [MET!] <BR> - 40 minutes of "intense" exercise (running, strength training) 5x/week. [MET!] <BR> - Running goals: <BR> - one competitive race each month [MET!] <BR> - 600 miles of running (11.54 miles per week). [MET!] <BR> - and yes, one of my competitive races will be a 10K th... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:50:43 EST Anybody notice what's missing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x58284624 The Daily Spark Challenges page, the one with the accumulation of points for each day, has discontinued the section to read a multitude of articles including health related ones. <BR> That category is completely missing from that page column. I used to like to read the A-Z health articles for symptoms and such. What happened! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:07 EST Happy Fathers Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x58222402 Have a good one all you Dads out there. <BR> <BR> -DC Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:49:59 EST Anyone up for some World Cup discussion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x58153984 The World Cup begins this week! I love the World Cup and can't wait for the games to get underway. It's been an interesting build-up to Brazil with concerns about some of the venues, a few late injuries to some key players and uncertainty about the fitness of others. It'll be interesting to see how the USMNT will do but my team has always been the German team so the last group game will be tough. Germany-Portugal will be on Junior's birthday so we've got plans to watch the game together. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:33:51 EST What is your fitness age? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x58062334 The Norwegian University of Science & Technology has developed a popular fitness calculator to determine your fitness age. Here is the link <link>www.ntnu.edu/cerg/vo2max </link> . <BR> According to the fitness age calculator,my fitness age is 59 which is based on my VO2max. <BR> What is VO2max? <BR> Here is the heads up: <BR> Cardiorespiratory fitness involves the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to support continuous physical activity. It's measured by maximal oxygen upta... Sat, 31 May 2014 16:13:56 EST Any one fish/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x57690187 I am considering taking up fishing. Any advice? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:26:55 EST New to spark...Doctor set me straight ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x57568705 Hey guys...I am new to this spark site and am already loving it. My Doctor asked me if I wanted to stick around a few more years and that the key to this was loosing the weight that I had put back on. <BR> I recently got active again in the job coming from a desk job of over 5 years. Now I am tackling the task of reducing intake and watching what I eat. So between this and my workouts on the total gym I should be on track if I keep on top of everything. <BR> Can you guys help me out with sugg... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:42 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x57313049 hi, really trying to get back into shape at 56. lost 15, another (at least) 40 to go to get to 190/175 would even be better. <BR> <BR> but really need to get rid of clint eastwood <BR> as 'feature pic' of this group. <BR> now that he is in his 80's , <BR> <BR> has a tallish, thin-boned, hollywood-nutritioned, <BR> actor's body. <BR> <BR> not realistic. <BR> <BR> don't have a better representative immediately, <BR> but when i do i'll post it. <BR> my opinion, but one of the first thin... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 05:17:20 EST Eating Before Working Out in the Early AM, Or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x57261145 Hello. <BR> <BR> I have a question, really aimed at the subset of you who (1) seek to lose weight and not just maintain; and (2) work out in the early AM before work. <BR> <BR> Here it is: do you eat first? If so, what do you eat and what do you not eat? Oh, and while we are at it, how do you know what you are doing is optimal? <BR> <BR> Many thanks! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:35:06 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x57049602 Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Graham from London I'm 56 <BR> <BR> I registered with this website 4 years ago and lost 27 pounds but I'm back to 15 stone 7 and need some kind of change <BR> <BR> mainly I'm concerned now about health issues rather than looking better or fitting into clothes etc. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of heart disease and diabetes in my family and the fatal heart attacks of relatives (3 last year) make me feel a cardiac arrest is coming towards me with alarming speed across the family ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:49:00 EST Good Belly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x56508799 Has anyone been doing the Good Belly Challenge? I just caught that on the Sparkpoints page. As a microbiologist I had to check it out. The steps are reasonable and there's good information there even though it is centered around a commercial product. I'm a big proponent of probiotic foods but, just like vitamins, I prefer to get my probiotics naturally through yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. If you haven't checked it out, I would recommend taking a look! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:38:01 EST Hey Guys ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x56406064 Hey Guys just checking in, I worked out yesterday, I did a full body workout on the gym equipment. My computer was giving me fits so I couldn't get to the group, I was able to at least get on the trackers on my phone. So no I didn't burn out and give up lol <BR> <BR> Have a great one ! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:53:50 EST checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x56347091 Today I went to the gym, I worked upper body, ( chest, biceps triceps, abs ) 3 sets of 10 for each then I took a walk for ten minutes. <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day all ! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:42:58 EST my workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x56289507 2nd. Day of excersise, ccardio 15 minutes chest press 3 reps, leg extensions 2 reps Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:47:05 EST hello guys I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x56279050 just saying hello, I plan on being here daily. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:05 EST New Year's Eve Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x56129221 Gents, what are your plans for New Year's Eve on Tuesday? I'm working, though I'll be taking an extended lunch break to run in a 5K race in Rehoboth Beach, DE: <BR> <BR> http://www.seashorestriders.com/content/<BR>11th-race-new-year-5k#.UsCtCCQ6JnA <BR> <BR> In the evening, DW and I have decided to stay at home. We have celebrated with our best friends the past 5 years, but they were unable to stay in DE this year due to a lack of vacation time. I made up a healthy ground turkey and ve... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:20:34 EST just found you guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x55939753 I have used SP very loosely for the last two years, but I need to have both knees replace but need to lose 100 lbs before they will do it. So I'm making a concerted effort to do all I can to get the weight off. And I am finding great support here, so I figured I would join this team. <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:47:48 EST just found you guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x55939704 I have used SP very loosely for the last two years, but I need to have both knees replace but need to lose 100 lbs before they will do it. So I'm making a concerted effort to do all I can to get the weight off. And I am finding great support here, so I figured I would join this team. <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:44:27 EST December 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x55905699 Did okay on my November goals. I'll keep trying to improve in December. <BR> <BR> Reach a long run pace of 13:00/mile. <BR> <BR> Run a Magic Mile in 10:20 or less <BR> <BR> Eat 25 servings of fruits or vegetables each week. <BR> <BR> Aim to keep weigh between 165 and 168 pounds. Will not go above 173 pounds this month. <BR> <BR> Run 14.1 miles this month. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 07:50:32 EST Portion sizes of meat and caloric content http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x55697555 This question may have been addressed elsewhere, but I was unable to stumble across it. <BR> <BR> If a meat serving, such as 4 ounces of sirloin steak, is listed as containing 300 calories does that refer to the portion size being cooked or uncooked? Most meats, fish and poultry will lose some water and fat content in the process of cooking. <BR> <BR> Intuitively, I would expect that the calories would be based on the weight of the uncooked food. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your thoughts. <BR... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:06:25 EST SparkTeam Bonus Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x55590408 Has anyone else used the SparkTeam Bonus Points buttons on their Spark Page? I've got mixed feelings about this option, but am learning toward disliking it. <BR> <BR> It works like this: <BR> On your own Start Page under Step 3 (Community and SparkTeam Check-In), there is an option of Spark Team bonus points. Select the pennant and earn bonus points for any of your teams that you belong to. So far, so good. However, you also earn the same amount of points that are added to your own Spar... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:49:06 EST I'm new here, and it's 64 and windy at 10:30 pm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x55557554 I am a 61 year old happily married man with a serious weight problem. I have not weighed in a while but I suspect I am about 350 and 5' 7". In awful shape, but without an real other health problems. I started dieting yesterday and today I am ending the second good day. What I am looking for is some place to start posting my food and progress daily, I think that will help me stay on track. <BR> <BR> I live in rural North Florida and enjoy the out of doors, mostly fishing these days. <BR> ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:29:45 EST First Day back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x55529373 Need the group for motivation and accountability. Looking forward to gaining health and losing lb's! Tue, 5 Nov 2013 18:07:09 EST November 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x55473489 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I completely forgot to start a October goals challenge, so hoping right on it for November. I'll post mine in a separate message but wanted to get this started. <BR> <BR> Happy November gents! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:44:31 EST The Biggest Loser (TV Show) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x55428965 Anybody watch this show ? Certainly not real world conditions to make any fair comparisons with the "general public " but certainly interesting. <BR> <BR> One contestant dropped 38 pounds in the first week this year . That's insane ! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:51:31 EST Amount of time spent on Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54852457 I am curious about the amount of time that others are spending on Sparkpeople. This was prompted by listening to a Spark Radio session where the interviewee mentioned she was logging on to Sparkpeople multiple times a day for the community support. <BR> <BR> Then, in the "Best of Spark People" email this morning, there was a message at the bottom of the email: <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's Coach Tanya says: <BR> Pursuing your health and fitness should be in balance with time spent in other areas... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:24:01 EST Weekend Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54808080 I'm feeling behind on many things. Work is rather crazy as I have several projects that need to be done by Oct 4th in time for Homecoming Weekend. And money is always tight for a single dad (can't stand late notices) so I do work on the side for clients. Seems like there isn't much time to do housework or yardwork or something I'd really rather do. <BR> <BR> BUT.... it's supposed to be a nice weekend so, I'm rolling with it. House cleaning tomorrow, maybe get a run in (*gasp*), pay the bills... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 20:14:37 EST September 2013 Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x54761770 So.... I hope you don't mind that I started this thread. I'm anxious to get the ball rolling. <BR> <BR> Diet: I'm back in a routine and it's seems to be working even when I travel. Which is nice - so this will stay the same. I'm hoping to break the 190 mark in the next few weeks at most. May have to lighten up on the running as I can feel my hamstring complaining. <BR> <BR> Life: I'm working to get some house repairs done before the weather gets too cold. I also have some fun projects that ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:08:40 EST Does anyone have a cure for RLS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54635102 Since I've started running more religiously again I've noticed my restless leg syndrome (RLS) has come back - when I'm trying to sleep. Does anyone else suffer from this/have a cure to stop it long enough so I can get to sleep? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:19:39 EST Fess up. What did you snack on today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54610701 I managed to keep it healthy with a Chobani yogurt in the am and a dill pickle and some peanuts (20). Evening is coming on - traditionally when I'm at my weakest to resist snacking. I.... will...... resist.... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:17:14 EST Younger Next Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54580534 So, anybody out there reading, or have read this book? <BR> <BR> My cousin read it and was so impressed she bought it for all four of her adult kids and convinced my sister to read it. She read it and convinced me to read it. I'm just on chapter three but it's very readable and its basic message is very SparkPeople-compatible. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:09:43 EST Guilty Pleasures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54352026 OK guys, let's keep this one clean, but I thought it would be fun to let a cat or two out of the bag about ourselves, something that might surprise the rest of us. <BR> <BR> OK, so for me, as many of your know, I've really become vigilant about what I eat and drink, how I exercise, etc., and it has paid off! But there are still a few things I indulge in now and then -- the biggie being potato chips! "Back in the day" (don't you love that saying!), I could knock down a whole bag of chips ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:22:40 EST August 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x54351747 Happy August 1st gents! So, last full month of summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere (and last full month of winter for the men in the southern hemisphere!), so what are your goals for this month? <BR> <BR> For me, it is continuing to recover from my Achilles tendon strain (started running last week, but at a much slower pace) -- everything I read says increase speed and distance by 10% each week, and I am going to stick to that plan. Do plan to start running outside soon. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:05:33 EST Dressing it Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54290520 Okay, friends, I have never been one for vegetables or salads. Give me a huge hunk of meat and some bread and potatoes and I'm happy. However, over the past three weeks I have completely given up sugar and have discovered how delicious fruit is, and how tasty fresh vegetables are to me. I now usually have at least one green salad everyday, compared to maybe once a month in my former life. I actually like salad, which is so weird to my mind! <BR> Anyway, I sometimes put a little Italian dr... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:32:44 EST Here I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x54284337 Hi...My name is Mike. I am so glad to find this Team . . . I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the women on other teams that I have investigated. There is no doubt that I feel much more comfortable where I belong. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Since I have used SparkPeople in past years I thought I would rejoin with the goal of losing weight and controlling my diabetes. Are there any of you who have diabetes? It would be great to hear from you and how you are working ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:32:23 EST New feature on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x54066043 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:13:32 EST July Self Challenge, Got Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x53987407 Will be starting week 8 of the SP C25K challenge this month. I also have a podcast for the C25K that goes through week 9. I'll likely start another new runner program later in the month. <BR> <BR> I bought a heart monitor so I'll be playing around with it to determine what my max HR is, what my recovery rate range is, and what level I am at during my runnning phase. <BR> <BR> Weight goal is 165 or less. Body Fat goal is 18.0% or less. I gained weight last July so I'm challenging myself ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:54:29 EST British Open Winner for 2013? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x53986417 My pick is Luke Donald, what is yours? <BR> dennyb Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:33:32 EST June 2013 Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x53572069 OK gents, time to come up with your goals for June, 2013. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:11:08 EST June Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x53556616 It's that time again! <BR> <BR> I'm playing golf again today. Since I did break 90 (barely) last month, the new challenge is to score lower than 89. I should have 4 lottery tickets this month! <BR> <BR> Weight needs to average 166 or less and body fat to average 18%. <BR> <BR> I am currently in week 4 of a C25K program. Went sockless on my last all walking day. Got a big blister and so I am on a brief hiatus. Plan is to continue thru the 8 week program, with a special focus on doing a... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:30:00 EST May 2013 Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x53103049 OK, as promised, here is the May 2013 self challenge. Post what you hope to achieve or be accountable for May, and check in as often as you want to let us all know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Most of all, HAVE FUN!! Life is too short! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:27:36 EST Curious about interaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x53094797 I am hoping to attract some posters to the forum on challenges. I posted my goals for April and there has been just one other post (thanks Ken). <BR> <BR> I need to set goals and have some accountability towards a HealthierPaul (there is your plug, Ken). I was hoping for some interaction, support, banter, challenge, etc. However, April does not look like the high activity thread of the month! <BR> <BR> So, I see that several folks post almost every day what their trivia results were, an... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:42:27 EST Fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x53092819 Update April 2013 <BR> We made a change to the site so that all members get our new Fitness tracker. We have made a lot of improvements to the new tracker, so it should only add to your experience. However, if you have any problems or issues, please email support@sparkpeople.com. <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934453 <BR> -- <BR> <BR> Did any of you guys get caught in this change over? I noticed it for the first time today. Needless to say... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:17:09 EST Who will win the Masters this year ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x52912183 So, who is your pick to win the April Classic this year. <BR> Here are 20 of the odds makers picks. <BR> (Tried this in the "Guy's Lounge ,but not getting any hits :( ) <BR> ========================================<BR>==== <BR> <BR> Odds to win 2013 The Masters, Augusta, April 11-14 (courtesy LVH) <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>----------- <BR> <BR> TIGER WOODS 5/1 <BR> <BR> RORY McILROY 8/1 <BR> <BR> PHIL MICKELSON 12/1... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:26:57 EST New Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x52896931 Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I've just returned to sparkpeople after being away for several years. <BR> I am 52 years old and my name is Paul. My workouts consist of strength training using a kettlebell, walking, some turbo jam and yoga. <BR> I don't have to much weight to loose, I have put around 12 lbs on after moving to a desk job. <BR> I do find it harder to shift the weight now that i'm a bit older and seeing as I sit for most of the day its really important for me to get more active. Look forw... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:56:18 EST April Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x52881082 Ok, I'll go first this time! <BR> <BR> Lifting goals: <BR> 1) add 4 lbs to 1RM for the standing press <BR> 2) add 5 lbs to 1RM for the other three lifts (each) <BR> <BR> And, still want to break 90 for the first time this year! <BR> <BR> Process goals: <BR> 1) continue to explore supplements <BR> 2) add cardio to weekly workout schedule Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:00:11 EST Hidden Dangers of Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x52704972 Hi Guys! <BR> <BR> I rarely eat out like I used to, but today I was in town with my dad and he wanted a chicken sandwich. I'm not 100 percent vegan (they call it "Plant Strong" nowdays if on rare occasions you eat meat, but mostly eat vegan) so I decided to have a chicken sandwich, too. Well, me and dad both decided on: <BR> <BR> 1. A grilled chicken sandwich <BR> 2. Fries (yeah, I knew they were not a good choice, and yet I did!) <BR> 3. Some honey mustard BBQ sauce for the condiment (si... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:55:21 EST March 2013 Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x52337864 OK, as promised, here is the March 2013 "Self Challenge". As with the two week challange in February, the concept is simple -- you come up with your goal(s) for the month, then go make it happen! Can be as many or as few as you want. I'll post mine in a separate entry. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:50:19 EST Running Link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x52291200 Guys, I know this link states "women" but is very applicable to men, and provides some scientific background to what is happening when you run: <BR> <BR> <link>m.active.com/women/articles/what-hap<BR>pens-to-your-body-during-a-30-minute-r<BR>un.htm </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:47:13 EST &#27880;&#20 837;&#27700; ,Agua,Wasser,&#1074;&#10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x52289913 How many are actually managing to drink 8 glasses a day ? <em>194</em> <BR> I'm struggling with this one ....... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:17:05 EST 2 Week Self Challenge (02/15/13 -- 02/28/13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x52138884 TGIF Gents! <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since we've had a quick challenge, and I came up with a fun one -- here is how it will go: <BR> <BR> 1) You decide on what your own challenge will be over the next two weeks (i.e..increase the number of miles you walk, lose a few pounds, etc). <BR> <BR> 2) Post it under this challenge. <BR> <BR> 3) On 2/22 and 3/1 I'll create a new post in the challenge section called "Week 1 Results" and "Week 2 Results" where you can post how you are doing. <BR... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:16:19 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x52096224 I just found this team I thought I join up. How is everyone? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:46:41 EST Suggestions on ways to improve HR Recovery rate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51991112 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and am very excited about its possiblilties. <BR> I'm 60 years old and I've got a 40 year history of gaining and losing weight (20lbs or more) which I know isn't very good. When I get fed up (no pun intended) I am usually pretty successful in getting the weight off through diet and walking. <BR> <BR> I've been doing more aerobic activities lately with a heart monitor and am concerned about my heart rate recovery and my resting pulse, While my max HR... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:10:50 EST Health News Article - Too Much TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51989200 Did any of you read this Health News Article: <BR> Too Much TV Tied to Lower Sperm Count in Young Men <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/heal<BR>th_news_detail.asp?health_day=673176 <BR> <BR> One of the points mentioned in the article is that "15 hours a week of moderate to vigorous exercise may improve sperm count by as much as 73 percent". <BR> <BR> My question is that 15 hours a week translates into 2(+) hours a day. Does anyone in this forum put in 2(+) hours of moderate to vigor... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:51:21 EST Hoping to do it right this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51956992 Hi, I'm new to this board and am hoping it will make the difference in my ultimate success on this diet <BR> <BR> I'm 60 years old and have probably gained and lost about 300 pounds over the last 40 years ...i.e. gain 20, lose 25, gain 30, lose 15. gain 10, lose 30 etc you get the idea. <BR> <BR> While I'm a pretty disciplined and successful dieter, i never seem to get quite to my goal and always start regaining weight before ever getting to the 'maintenence phase. <BR> <BR> Two years ago... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:54:24 EST HEALTHIERKEN Pole http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51928507 It's Feb 1... <BR> Who votes Ken should remove the Santa hat from his avatar ? <em>246</em> <BR> Yes or No. <BR> <BR> PS <BR> Sorry Ken just a bit of levity at your expense. <em>334</em> <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:03:05 EST Greetings!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51922453 My name is Jeff and I am glad to join a group of men in my age group who are all seeking to be fit too!!! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 02:55:22 EST Super Bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51896944 Anyone planning a party or going to one? <BR> I'm invited to one and I'm worried about over indulging.... <em>198</em> <em>480</em> <em>477</em> <em>274</em> <em>297</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:16:37 EST I guess it's official... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51895919 I just recently joined this demographic, so I dropped the Get Fit by 50 group and found this group.... <BR> <BR> Went to the doctor yesterday and had to put 50 on the age line....felt strange. <BR> <BR> Matt Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:01:18 EST No way,Yes WHEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51846402 Anybody using whey protein powder as a supplement. <BR> Which brand and why? <BR> I've been using BioX Xtreme Power Whey complex. <BR> Reason <BR> 1) Has 27g protein with 130 cal <BR> 2) Taste good.(vanilla) Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:22:56 EST Food Search ...."Heads up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51786293 Bought some cereal yesterday and did a search and found Sparkers who added them to the choices . I checked the integrity of their information and in all three cases the information was incorrect or incomplete . Geez ???? <BR> Anyway, I ended up adding them myself . <BR> Just a warning in case y'all don't check food items for accuracy. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:38:01 EST Superhero Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51617772 This is just a reminder to old members and new members who may have joined 50+ Males "after" I posted earlier about this challenge. <BR> <BR> We have a very unique challenge going on this year called "Superhero Challenge 2013". We are seeing who can fit into a superhero costume by Halloween 2013--and the winner will get a million dollars! No, I'm just kidding!!! LOL!!! I "wish" I could say that...but the winner will just get the satisfaction of recognition in the group that he accomplished... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:34:10 EST Glad to join a bunch of losers !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51546464 Seriously , <BR> <BR> Just signed up. <BR> Glad to be here........ <em>193</em> <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:35:42 EST The 8 Hour Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51454503 The author of the book The 8 Hour Diet was making the media rounds yesterday (Jan 2, 2013). <BR> <BR> Here is the video clip from The Today Show about The 8 Hour Diet. Matt Lauer really pushes back on the author about the program: <BR> Start the new year off light with ‘8-Hour Diet’ <BR> Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and everyone is always looking for new ways to shed the pounds. David Zinczenko shares tips featured in his new book, “The 8-Hour Diet.” <B... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:00:22 EST Ready to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51374978 OK, I am ready to get back to a healthy weight in 2013 and I don't want this to be another lame attempt at a NewYear's resolution. I know I have the ability to make changes because I stopped smoking in '96 and quit drinking in '09, so have made some good health changes before. Now I want to get rid of 50+ pounds, from my current weight of 240 to a goal of 185 or so. At 51 with a family history of heart disease I know I need to do this! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:52:53 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51322480 I logged on this morning to remind myself that I am committed to making healthier eating the norm every day. That goal seems pretty hard today....massive amounts of food will be on our table--a traditional Christmas feast! <BR> <BR> Back in the day, I would eat until I felt ill and fall into a semi-conscious state on the couch as life went on around me. Not kidding. Today I'm hoping for a saner approach......as, no doubt, are all of you. <BR> <BR> So Merry Christmas....happy holidays.... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:02:57 EST Wellness Incentive Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x51259218 Anyone have wellness incentive programs available through work or membership programs? I'm interested in what is offered and how effective the programs are at getting people to participate. <BR> <BR> We have several programs available to us. The main one is a $100 annual credit to our health care savings account for getting an annual wellness check-up, completing a self assessment and doing 240 minutes of fitness activity. They have discounts on programs such as Weight Watchers, members... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:31:29 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x51048313 58 year old, haven't exercised in years, overweight, too sedentary; the list goes on. I hope joining SparkPeople will help me take care of myself. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 22:43:34 EST Older Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x51011096 Here an article from the WSJ that may be of interest to older runners, especially fast runners doing long distances. <BR> <BR> <link>online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127<BR>887323330604578145462264024472.html?fb<BR>_action_ids=4606060642173&fb_action_ty<BR>pes=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregatio<BR>n&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582 </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Gary Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:08:48 EST How Do You Handle Thanksgiving --Food-Wise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50888043 Hi guys! I'm just curious how you guys deal with thanksgiving? Are you a big indulger of the holiday feast, or do you stick to your diet plan? There's no right or wrong answer here, since some of you are much more physically active than others, and some just believe it's okay to indulge once a year. <BR> <BR> I'm more of that latter catagory. I try to program it in my head that Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it's okay to indulge and celebrate the bounty of life with family and ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:32:36 EST Too Much Exercise Can Hurt Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50731705 Hi guys! After Healthierken suggested to me that the "Superhero Challenge" be a reality and I jumped on board, I began to start gearing up to begin an exercise program. So you can imagine my shock when I watched the news today and found out that too much exercise can hurt you! <BR> <BR> Of course being a not so avid exerciser, this was almost "good" news for me--but not for guys who do marathons and such or even regular guys who go the gym and exercise for an hour and a half. After the vide... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:10:38 EST SUPERHERO CHALLENGE 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x50694076 Recently I was chatting with Healthierken about how I wish I could get in shape and fit into one of those body hugging superhero costumes (such as Spiderman) by next Halloween, and he suggested we should make that a group challenge---so here it is! Will you join us in this venture? <BR> <BR> All that is needed is the desire to spend this whole year working toward getting that superhero body you've been wanting. (And also to be in search of the superhero costume you'd like to wear--but you... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:13:15 EST Halloween Costumes Inspired by Fitness Icons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50560052 From Shape Magazine <BR> Halloween Costumes Inspired by Fitness Icons <BR> These hot and hilarious costumes are a guaranteed hit! <BR> <BR> http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/top-20-ha<BR>lloween-costumes-inspired-fitness-icons <BR> <BR> A retrospective of previous trends. Some spandex (ala Jane Fonda), but there are some guy pics too. Arnold, Richard Simmons, and Jack Lalanne. I have a lot of respect for Jack Lalanne. There was a man who really walked his talk. <BR> <BR> cheers!. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:09:11 EST Weight trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50528437 How do I get one of the interesting weight trackers on my spark page? Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:50:43 EST Pick Your Poison - Diet and Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50370717 An article I just read on Spark <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=847 </link> talks about how to "burn fat." It comes to five great conclusions, but gets lost in the weeds of moment to moment metabolism. By its very nature the article seems aimed at folks who want to do something to make fat go away. The author knows what that is, the idea of negative energy balance. But the pages and pages of simplified physiology strike me as encouraging people to find some m... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:57:46 EST Community Supported Agriculture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50343308 I'm a pretty eclectic enjoyer of veggies. But the Spark article I read today about community supported agriculture (CSA) was entirely unconvincing. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1561 <BR> <BR> Subscribing to an uncertain delivery of items I may or may not want for a price ranging from 400 to 800 dollars a year does not strike me as an advantage. The benefits seemed like a lot of happy talk. But I've not done it. Anyone with experience here? Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:03:20 EST Why I Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50218156 I'm new here, so I hope it's okay if I create a new topic? I just wanted to explain the reason I joined. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark People for years now. Mostly involved in the vegetarian and vegan groups, because after I read a book called "The Engine 2 Diet" by a male firefighter, I got very excited about trying to become vegan (in order to lower my cholesterol). <BR> <BR> I did great last summer with exercise and eating right. Lost 25 pounds...about half of what I need to. All the num... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 01:10:22 EST I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x50193225 Hello guys, I hope all is well? My name is Cleveland Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:54:39 EST New Guy on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x50181817 Hi Fellas! My name is Terry and I'm 59 years old. I came here because I felt like I needed the support of other men. I'm basically trying to stick to a vegan diet (the result of reading "The Engine 2 Diet", written by a male firefighter). <BR> <BR> I did great last summer and was losing weight and people were noticing. I was getting fit and doing great. But over the winter I lost my "eye of the tiger" and began to overeat and gain the weight back. So I do need the support and hope I can be... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:34:55 EST Baking Bread Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50161377 Just this week we received our order of 50# of Prairie Gold Organic Wheat Berries from Montana. So, into the hopper today. Freshly ground flour. <BR> <BR> Baking a sample size loaf. 3 cups of flour/ 1 cup of water. And the other typical stuff. <BR> <BR> It kneaded up well. Raising right now. We'll see how it turns out. This is supposed to be a blonde wheat, lighter in color that typical Winter Red wheat. And I've seen some bread others have made with it. Very nice light texture, without ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:52:57 EST SE Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50145173 75 and sunny here in southeast Iowa. Perfect sleeping temp! Time for bed. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:40:03 EST Climbing a Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x50135933 Been here before , plan to stay this time! Nothing against the ladies, but most of the teams I looked at are driven by women. Hope to interact with the men here, because I know the motivations are a little different. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:27:42 EST Easier for men to lose weight??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x50099854 What do you say to people (usually women) who say "it's so much easier for men to lose weight"? Why would they say this, and what do you say? Sorry, but it's not easy for anyone. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:28:37 EST Week 15 Summary... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49717787 Short on time this weekend...goin fishin, so normal weekly summary will have to wait. I did lose another 1.8 lbs; that's 40.8 lbs in just over 3 months...since 5/25. Only 99.2 lbs to go...this fatboy's gettin there. Have a great weekend everybody <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 06:31:35 EST Adjusted calories allowed???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49717566 On my SparkPage I went into the "Pounds Lost" box and clicked on the "adjust goal" link. There I put in a new current weight...btw I lost 1.8 lbs this last week. Anyhow, I kept the same goal date to get to my target weight and it then adjusted my calories. I went from being allowed a calorie range of 1810 - 2160....to a new calorie range of 1730 - 2080. Guess that's what happens when you lose 41 lbs LOL <BR> <BR> Have any of the rest of you done this during your time??? This won't be an... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 05:45:12 EST My Lifestyle Change Goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49692633 The 2175 mile, 4-6 month long Appalachian Trail Hike; Start date Mar 2014. For the first 40 years my lifestyle was the outdoors...fishing, hunting, camping, 14 years in Alaska, including 42 day climb to the top of Mt Mckinley. These are the things that have been missing, sooooo.... <BR> <BR> Here's a youtube video that summarizes the trip from Georgia to Maine on foot... <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lif6o8iE5cA </link> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:20:02 EST Beans n brown Rice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49669961 Had this tonight for supper... <BR> <BR> 1 cup black beans <BR> 1 cup brown rice <BR> 8 oz tomato sauce <BR> Seasonings: Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, coarse black pepper, cholula hot sauce <BR> Top with 4 tbl of no fat sour cream (makes all the difference in the world) <BR> <BR> Total cals......710 or 2 servings 355 each. NOTE: substitute chili powder for the italian seasoning and it's a great chili <BR> <BR> I eat brown rice and beans probably at least once a day....sometimes toget... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:15:28 EST Member Exercise Tip - Saturday's Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49625223 Have any of you read today's (Saturday - August 25th) Member Exercise Tip? <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?t<BR>ip=16618_dress_for_success <BR> <BR> The part that bothers me is the "Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise." I can agree with her comment to dress to feel like an athlete, but "Best Clothes". Is it just a guy thing to feel comfortable in workout shorts and a t-shirt? I rather be judged on my workout effort and consistency than how I loo... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:08:24 EST Read 2 Great books this last week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49622879 Read 2 great books this last week about the "thru-hikers" and their adventures on the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail. "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail" by David Miller and "How to Hike the Appalachian Trail" by Michelle Ray. This is becoming a very real possibility within the next 4 years...really has my interest. Reminds of catching the "bug" to climb Denali (Mt Mckinley)...within a few years I'd done it. That was only 42 days..this is a 5-6 month trip. Highly recommend the AWOL book if you like... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:47:26 EST Week 14 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49614228 WEEK 14 Summary; Lost 2.0 lbs last week <BR> <BR> Start WT: 330 <BR> Previous Wt: 293 <BR> Weigh In: 291.0 <BR> WT Loss : -2.0 Total Wt Loss: 39.0 <BR> Weeks AVG Daily Calories: 1987 <BR> Weeks Training Minutes: 390 <BR> <BR> Overall <BR> <BR> Date Wt Loss Avg Cal Tng Min <BR> <BR> May2012 324.0 -6.0 870 115 <BR> Jun2012 311.0 -13.0 1409 2533 <BR> Jul2012 301.6 -9.4 1954 1396 <BR> 05-Aug 299.8 -1.8 1939 315 <BR> 11-Aug 296.2 -3.6 2036 370 ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 05:05:54 EST Losing weight when not overweight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x49545671 This is my second post in this group. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly active athletically, am 6 food 171 pounds though it varies from 168-173 depending <BR> what I eat, how much salt and water, activity, passage, etc. And I can eat a lot! Yum. <BR> <BR> I kind of go back and forth between wanting to get more muscular and yet <BR> lose body fat (about 17% now) and just forget about the whole thing and just maintain <BR> and enjoy! <BR> <BR> Theoretically it's possible to gain muscle and lose fat at ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:19:47 EST Week 13 Results/Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49510854 WEEK 13 Summary; Lost 3.2 lbs last week <BR> <BR> Start Wt: 330 <BR> <BR> Previous Wt: 296.2 <BR> Weigh In: 293.0 <BR> WT Loss : -3.2 Total Wt Loss: 37.0 <BR> Weeks AVG Daily Calories: 2056 <BR> Weeks Training Minutes: 378 <BR> <BR> Overall (consolidated monthly results) <BR> <BR> Date Wt Loss Avg Cal Tng Min <BR> <BR> May2012 324.0 -6.0 870 115 <BR> Jun2012 311.0 -13.0 1409 2533 <BR> Jul2012 301.6 -9.4 1954 1396 <BR> 05-Aug 299.8 -1.8 1939 315 ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 06:50:20 EST Tad bit apprehensive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49431469 I decided last week that on sundays I'd have a "Free" day...not in the sense of eating anything I wanted but, to elevate my calories by 500 cals with the same "good" food choices I use all week. Concept behind this was to "trick" the body into believing it didn't have to store fat and thus prevent plateaus. Result: I lost 3 lbs plus this last week. <BR> <BR> Sooo....I did it again today. After much internal debate, I just finished 4 oz boiled and cubed chicken breasts w/ Frank's hot sauc... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:21:37 EST Week 12, Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49406855 WEEK 12 Summary; Lost 3.6 lbs last week <BR> <BR> Changes I made this last week; had a refeed day of 2500 which increased my daily cal avg by 100 to 2036; no complex carbs/starchy veggies on mon/wed/fri (except for breakfasts, Old Fashioned Oats), 55 more min of fitness training this week <BR> <BR> Previous Wt: 299.8 <BR> Weigh In: 296.2 <BR> WT Loss : -3.6 Total Wt Loss: 33.8 <BR> Weeks AVG Daily Calories: 2036 <BR> Weeks Training Minutes: 370 <BR> <BR> Overall <BR> <BR> Week Wt... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 07:35:58 EST Oatmeal Apple Cinnemon Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49378337 I really like these...got the recipe out of a Body Builder/Fat Loss Book. Has everything in it. Great cold....great to put in a baggie and carry for a snack/meal away from home <BR> <BR> mix in bowl <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup old fashioned oats <BR> 1/2 apple chopped finely in a food processor <BR> 3 egg whites <BR> 1 whole egg <BR> 1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla creme Protein Isolate) it provides enough sweetener <BR> Cinnemon to taste <BR> Sweetener...optional <BR> <BR> Spray frying pan ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:18:17 EST Book Review... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49377660 Just did a book review on "Chose to Lose" by Chris Powell...NY Bestseller List and trainer on Extreme Makeover. He focuses on Carb Cycling and an exercise program that requires no equipment. I outlined the highlights of his program as Transformation Specialist. Anywho, it's on my Sparkpage...BLOG "Day 79 Book Review" if interested. My comments on this are not an indorsement of any kind...just an outline of a book I read to educate myself. Have a great day everybody. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 07:20:41 EST New book for me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49356936 Downloaded a new book today as saw his name mentioned in post elsewhere on SP and figured I'd find out about his thoughts on Carb Cycling... <BR> <BR> "Choose to Lose" by Chris Powell <em>58</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:17:56 EST We like "Menopause and losing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49347974 I was looking on the main team page and at the bottom was a section about other teams that we supposedly like. Menopause and losing was ranked third in that list. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 09:58:29 EST Beans, the super food that keep you full http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49345561 Red Kidney beans have become a regular with me. I make up a batch, using dried beans, and always keep them in a rubber maid container in the fridge. Easy to measure out for a snack or meal, made up plain you can season them any way you want them. One of my favorites is to reheat 1 cup add 1/4 cup 2% shredded cheese along with chili powder, cayenne pepper and Frank's Hotsauce....kick it up another notch by adding an equal amount of brown rice. <BR> <BR> Read this article on SP this morning... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 07:26:39 EST 8 glasses of water - really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49335147 I wonder if any of you have this problem. I drink 8 glasses of water, 3-4 cups of coffee, a cup of orange juice for breakfast, and 2 cups of skim milk (lunch and dinner). I am going to the bathroom all day! Maybe if I jog to the bathroom all the time I could count it as my daily exercise. <BR> <BR> Do you count 8 glasses of water in addition to all your other beverages, or do some of your other beverages count as "water"? Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:08:20 EST Week 11 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49313833 WEEK 11 Summary Lost 1.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Previous Wt: 301.6 <BR> Weigh In: 299.8 <BR> WT Loss : -1.8 Total Wt Loss: 30.2 <BR> Weeks AVG Daily Calories: 1939 <BR> Weeks Training Minutes: 315 <BR> <BR> Have a great week everybody Sun, 5 Aug 2012 06:33:49 EST Just had my Saturday Night Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49310496 Watching the Olympics and decided it was Pizza time <BR> <BR> 8" low cal/carb tortilla...60 cal <BR> 1/2 cup tomato sauce...35 cal <BR> Oregano <BR> 12 pcs turkey pepperoni..80 cal <BR> 4 tsp low fat parmesan.....40 cal <BR> <BR> 4 min in the microwave...paper plate was pizza pan <BR> <BR> Total....215 cals....still within my daily cals by 112...good stuff <em>4</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 21:37:48 EST Blood donation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49294265 I donated blood today. #47. Next donation will be 6 gallons. (each donation is 1 pint. Do you remember your units? How many pints make a quart? How many quarts make a gallon? 8 donations = 1 gallon) <BR> <BR> Why do I donate blood? Because I can. Because it helps people. <BR> <BR> I know there are many reasons why people cannot donate blood. But if you can, you should. It doesn't take long. There is a blood drive going on near you somewhere, sometime. And people's lives depend ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:51:42 EST Feelin Good.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49277536 On my Sparkpage I just clicked the "full report" button in the "weight lost" box....it showed a line graph on my weight loss progress (start wt to goal wt)....got a warm fuzzie when it showed I'm 6 lbs ahead of the line I need to follow to meet by goal of 180 by Aug 9, 2013. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everybody Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:29:39 EST Dinner tonight..tuna burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49212315 Mix in bowl <BR> 1 can 10 oz tuna in water (drained and mashed real good) <BR> 1/4 cup old fashioned oats....turned to flour in magic bullet...holds tuna together <BR> 1 whole large egg <BR> <BR> Form into 2 patties...fry in 0 calorie olive oil spray <BR> <BR> Topping....mix 2 tsp Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan cheese into enough Franks Hot Sauce to make it a paste and spread on top. <BR> <BR> Side...banana peppers, 0 cal <BR> <BR> First time I have ever had them, just wanted something differ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:01:55 EST Week 10 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49196013 WEEK 10 Summary: <BR> <BR> Previous Wt: 304.6 <BR> Weigh In: 301.6 <BR> WT Loss : -3.0 Total Wt Loss: 28.4 <BR> Weeks AVG Daily Calories: 1834 <BR> Weeks Training Minutes: 280 <BR> <BR> Have a great week everybody Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:07:39 EST 1972SUIMMER OMPLTICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49194985 How many here rember the SLUGHTER of ISTAIALIE COACHES & KIDNAPPING of ISRAILIE ATHLIETS. Which CAUSE the US to SEND GOLD MEDLIST MARK SPITS HOME BEFOR THE GAMES ENDED? Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:40:33 EST My Week 9 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x49095381 WEEK 9 Summary: <BR> <BR> Weigh In: 304.6 <BR> WT Loss : -2.0 Total Wt Loss: 25.4 <BR> AVG Daily Calories: 1921 <BR> Training Minutes: 270 <BR> <BR> Have a great week everybody Sun, 22 Jul 2012 06:39:46 EST July challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x48989761 I need some help guys. In conjunction with my chiropractors office, I'm going to do a 30 day challenge. I'd like several of you to check up on me every few days. <BR> <BR> Some items will be routine.others more of a challenge. <BR> <BR> 1 advanced diet. Log it here on SP. <BR> <BR> 2 ** walk a mile each day. Plus surge 3X per week. Log on SP. <BR> <BR> 3 daily bible reading <BR> <BR> 4 ** pray with wife daily <BR> <BR> ** the points that will most likely be more difficult. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:27:54 EST My Week#8 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48988638 WEEK 8 Summary: <BR> <BR> Weigh In: 306.6 <BR> WT Loss : 2.4 Total Wt Loss: 23.4 <BR> AVG Daily Calories: 1918 <BR> Training Minutes: 394 combined strength and cardio; 3 days each, sunday off. <BR> Motivated and Happy with progress <em>224</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:14:43 EST Shaved head? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48885653 Hey guys, I'm giving some VERY serious thought to "going cue" (shaving my head!) this Friday when I go for my 6 week hair cut/color and goatee color. Have any of you taken the plunge and had all of the hair shaved off your head? PS, I don't have too much left there anyway, thanks to family genetics, and what is there is unruly at times (sticks every which way!). My wife is supportive, so I'm just curious as to how this has worked out for anyone else. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:23:28 EST 39 good years....last 20 years???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x48811760 Hi All, name is Bob, 59 yrs old, started SP 5/23/12 and really have benefited since joining. <BR> <BR> A little about myself..... Spent 20 years and retired from the Army in 1991, was a paratrooper and very physically active the whole time, got paid to exercise daily.LOL. For the last 20 years i've been a tractor trailer driver (professional tourist) throughout the US and Canada. The 20 years in the Army was very physical and what i ate didnt matter as much but...20 years driving truck and... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:37:20 EST New - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x48761955 Hey all. This was my starting point in 2009. In the course of a couple of years, nearly got where I wanted to be. A number of curve balls in the last year had me taking myself off track. I've come back to SP to regain control of my outcome. I believe if something works - use it. Glad to be here. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:33:53 EST Free Kefir to a good (or bad I don't care) home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48712567 I bought a bottle of Kefir after reading about it on SP. It tastes like I am drinking the old milk that nobody has bothered to trash from the refrigerator. I thought, oh well, I'll just use it for cereal on Saturday as the marketing information so optimistically suggested. That would be cereal with expired milk. <BR> <BR> Is this just my taste buds or am I in the majority here? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:27:19 EST Integrity discussion #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48474864 Here's yet another way to cheat the SP system if anyone wants. I'm shocked by the official answer. I will not be participating in yet another SP feature (displaying SparkPoints in my message board posts): <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imparent=27930941&imboard=5 </link> <BR> <BR> Comments welcome. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:02:18 EST New to group and new to using a forum such as this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x48398266 Hello everyone. I am 50 and overweight and all in my gut. I just quit smoking and it has been 4 weeks since my last cigarette and my next goal is to hit 200 lbs. I am around 238 and it is in my gut mostly. Any encouragement and advise I am welcome for coaching. My first goal is to keep up in logging into this site and stay connected. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:14:07 EST Today's "Insider" tip blows my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48382870 I wonder how many of you knew about this useful calendar, this "hidden" (according to SP) feature? SP calls it "My SparkSummary Calendar" and for some reason, as far as I can tell, it is hidden on purpose as there is no link for it to be found under the "My Trackers" menu! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-<BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I've now bookmarked this. This is the type of calendar I miss, one like I really liked using when I was on FitDay. Now I'... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:56:26 EST Did You Run, Bike, Swim or Weight Train Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48325940 It's not my intent to hijack the "Did You Run Today" thread but so many of us cross-train or do other disciplines other than run I thought why not try something new. <BR> Yesterday was actually my bike day as I train for my first triathlon on June 23 but it was raining out and hard, so my new bride and I did the 9 miles on a stationary bike at the gym. Not the same but at least I was moving! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:53:22 EST Exercise minutes... REALLY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x48324496 I enjoy logging my exercise minutes and comparing them to others for motivation. That's why I participate in SparkAmerica. If it weren't for my desire to compare times for motivation, I wouldn't bother with SA but would just focus on my own stats. <BR> <BR> I've been suspecting that something ain't quite right about the reporting however. Can someone guess as to why there are already so many folks reporting that they've exercised over 800 minutes (over 13 hours) for the month of June when... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:20:04 EST Bolder Boulder 10K results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x48280611 Glen Snider <BR> <BR> bib number: C072 <BR> overall place: 2493 <BR> location: Longmont, CO <BR> division: M54 <BR> division place: 17 out of 298 <BR> gender place: 2063 out of 21333 click <BR> mile 1: 7:24.23 <BR> mile 2: 7:31.75 <BR> mile 3: 7:41.96 <BR> mile 4: 7:39.59 <BR> mile 5: 7:29.96 <BR> mile 6: 7:39.27 <BR> net time: 47:00.23 <BR> pace: 07:33 Tue, 29 May 2012 15:47:56 EST Indy 500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48239200 Any of you planning on watching this year's Indy tomorrow (Sunday)? I try to watch it every year. I'm not a big open wheel race fan but the Indy is always something I watch that kicks off the summer for me. I don't really have a favorite driver but I kinda like Tony Kanaan. <BR> <BR> Here's the starting lineup: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sbnation.com/nascar/2012/5/21/30<BR>32996/2012-indianapolis-500-lineup </link> <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's NASCAR Coke 600 at ... Sat, 26 May 2012 13:21:12 EST Fat Daddy to All That Daddy in 365 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x48215571 <BR> Hi, my name is Don. Married to a wonderful a beautiful lady(Kim), 22 years. Three fantastic kids. Work the night shift in a factory, sleep days, and eat all wrong. I have 5 pins in each hip, and arthritis building in them. I know if I don't do something NOW, I could be in a hospital or grave shortly. I know what I need to do I just need the push to do it! Thu, 24 May 2012 17:31:14 EST Summer 2012: "Step out of your comfort zone" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x48151401 OK gents, here it is. Start posting your personal challenge for Summer 2012. Excited so see some ideas. I'm still working on mine... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:06:55 EST Summer 2012 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48151375 With many hours of mowing yesterday to do, I had plenty of time to think and solve all of the world's problems! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, I did come up with a Summer 2012 challenge -- it will be called "Step out of your comfort zone". Here is how I envision it working: those who participate will come up with a goal or task that is outside your comfort zone or something you don't do at all / not regularly. Post it in the challenge then at least once a week post how y... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:05:13 EST Who Likes this Forum? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x48114225 I do. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> So I pressed "Like" at the top so it posted to Facebook. I'm not a big Facebook fan, and considering that none of here are youngsters, I suspect neither are you. But if you've got a FB account you may want to consider hitting the button. It serves to promote SparkPeople.com. <BR> <BR> Anybody with me on this? <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> or <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 May 2012 15:46:13 EST Any of you guys ever use the Recipes site? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47975887 SparkRecipes is actually what got me turned on to SparkPeople from another tracker that didn't have a recipe calculator. <BR> <BR> I've worked on a few low calorie yet tasty recipes that I'm going to share soon. <BR> <BR> My recent venture has been a lower calorie, low sodium pizza made with traditional white flour and real cheese. Still much experimenting with this but it's coming along nicely. <BR> <BR> <BR> Vito <BR> <BR> <em>620</em> Tue, 8 May 2012 15:54:04 EST Social Insensitivity and Uncivility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47958641 How would you handle this? <BR> <BR> Today finds me having traveled nearly four hours to set-up to exhibit and present to an annual convention and trade show for our industry. The fellow exhibitors are familiar faces, as I have seen them at this show and others in years past. Many I last saw last June at another show at this resort location. <BR> <BR> For me, last June was a half-year pre-Spark and there are as of this instant, 37 lbs less of me than during last year's trade show circuit. ... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:16:17 EST Eggs - Good or Bad for us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47852291 I admit I bought into the eggs-are-bad, eggs-are-loaded-with-cholesterol conventional wisdom. Now a new study finds that eggs actually are good for us rather than bad (see attached); cholesterol-wise. One wonders whether the study was funded by egg producers. <BR> <BR> That said, do you eat eggs? Has a doctor recommended not doing so to lower cholesterol? What do you think of the article? <BR> <BR> <link>news.menshealth.com/the-best-breakfa<BR>st-for-men/2012/04/26/?cm_mmc=DailyDos<B... Tue, 1 May 2012 06:38:23 EST Goosestepping for health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47809485 This is a real question, and something that I've been wondering about for some time (years), ever since I first saw what I'm about to relate... <BR> <BR> There's a small park in town that I used to pass with some regularity. One day, as I was driving by, I notice a couple of young people (guy and girl, maybe mid-20's) walking the sidewalk on the perimeter of the park. Nothing strange about that, in itself, but these two appear to be goose-stepping. I was past them so quickly, and it was one ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:11:24 EST Just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x47336219 I joined Spark Pages a year ago, but am really at my beginning. I have a goal of losing 80 lbs and getting exercising again. Will start with a food journal tomorrow, and I will likely take a walk. Felt inspired when I read a 28 year olds loss of more than her body weight, bringing her down to 150. I just need to get to 220 or 225. At my 6'4", I should be at a good place with that weight. I have some problems with my lower back that limit my walking ability, but with a little effort, I sh... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 06:37:05 EST Hungry for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47236607 http://www.hungryforchange.tv/online-premi<BR>ere <BR> <BR> The folks at www.foodmatters.tv have a new video. This week only, there is a free preview online. Just watched it last night. It's excellent. Worth a viewing. <BR> <BR> It's a discussion about the foods we eat. Food addictions. Processed foods vs. natural foods. <BR> <BR> Dan Sat, 24 Mar 2012 07:25:58 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x47216256 as the name says spent may years behind a sales desk had a life change and now trying to lose the 40 lb salesmans gut The biggest issue is trying to get this calories eaten vs calories burned thing down using the guide for needed vs daily work out and been doing it for 3 weeks and only dropped 2 pounds any input would be helpful Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:21:59 EST New to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x47130153 brandnew to this but not new to failed past diet health changes . Unfamiliar with forums but the dr.reports are in arthritis highblood pressure intestinal imflamation. Lose a lot or lose it all <BR> NEED HELP Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:38:13 EST What did you have for DINNER? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47010350 FRANKS & BEANS (NEW ENGLAND Saturday night Tradinal Meal) glass of milk Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:07:10 EST What did you have for breakfast today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x47002926 Gentlemen, as we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So I thought I would start a discussion on this topic as a way to share, and hopefully encourage anyone who might not be doing so well with this meal to get some inspiration and ideas. <BR> <BR> My breakfast this morning: a breakfast burrito. A whole wheat tortilla, 1/3 cup of refried beans with green chilies, two scrambled eggs, topped with some of my homemade green chile, 1/4 cup of shredded low fat cheese, mix... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:31:01 EST Maintenance, anybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x46865944 OK. I'm *this close* to maintenance. Anybody out there in the same boat or currently on maintenance who wants to work together to stay on maintenance? Any secrets for success you can share? Any "where-to-from-here?" comments? Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:45:42 EST glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46837609 Hi I'm new to the group. I'm way over 50. Hope I'm not too old for you gents. Still trying to keep myself from falling apart. I am interested in any comments you have. I am semi retired. I came out of retirement again because I needed the extra money. Currently I am a teachers aide in an elementary school in Rockford Il. Can't wait to have spring come so I can get outdoors more! Glad to hear from anyone! Regards retiredrvl Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:35:35 EST P90X Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x46835993 I just started doing the P90X program (with my 16 year old son). I can use any and all motivation and success stories that you may have. <BR> <BR> Thanks for yourt support <BR> <BR> 56 and feeling 57 after day 2 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:01:08 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46768895 Hi All, <BR> While I have been a member of Sparks for a while, have not been very active. Need to lose 60 lbs to get to good weight. Currently 275, so have a ways to go. Looking forward to hearing from others and lending my support where I can. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:54:14 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46750591 Greetings, <BR> I joined Spark people at the behest of my dietitian. <BR> I have many health conditions which make it difficult to exercise at a level sufficient to achieve and maintain adequate cardiovascular health. <BR> <BR> My goal is lose 25 Lbs, lower blood sugar, blood lipids and to feel better. <BR> Essentially, I want to control the dietary risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer. <BR> So far I have lost 11 Lbs. The nutrition tracker has made it go smoothly. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:28:51 EST Got the Spark Bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46749001 Determined to succeed, what a great tool this site is.. I already feel better and look better. A tan through bikini is in my near future.. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:26:15 EST Good discussion about our food sources. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46652731 http://www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_283622/H<BR>ow_To_Eat_Your_Way_To_A_Better_World <BR> <BR> <BR> Just bought more seeds for the garden this year. A local vendor sells bulk seeds by the ounce. Way more for way less than buying at Walmart! <BR> <BR> Bought: <BR> <BR> lettuce (two types), <BR> turnips, <BR> peas, <BR> spaghetti squash <BR> yellow squash <BR> zucchini <BR> seed potatoes <BR> onion sets <BR> beets <BR> <BR> The spinach, radish, and turnips that I planted several weeks ag... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:13:35 EST Hi Guys ... Alaska guy here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46587932 Hi guys. Checking in from Kenai, Alaska. Still kind of cold here. Really waiting for spring so I can get outside and start in the yard and maybe get to the river to do some fishing. A few lake trout would be nice as well. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to tell you ... 53, work as a Behavioral Health Consultant and as an HR Manager. Married almost 25 years, One daughter at home, son is in the Air Force. He's in Sicily with his wife and son. I'm an Orthodox Christian. I'm diabetic and ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:52:16 EST Is Valentines Day special for us guys? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x46578366 Seems like we usually are expected to buy gifts-cards for our special one. Just wondering what others do? <BR> We always exchange cards, going out to eat is no big deal since we eat out so much anyway. <BR> Maybe that is what happens after 54 years of marriage! <BR> Just wondering? <BR> <BR> Skeeter <em>334</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:44:56 EST new guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46270168 Glad to join your team. I've been a sparkie for about a half of a year. My revised goal is to lose 1 lb. a month in this calendar year. So far I am doing well. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:51:29 EST Can you exercise too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x46248616 I started working out at the end of last year ( stationary bike 30 minutes 4-5 times a week) Two weeks ago I started 60 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 days a week and a warm up then circuit training then 30 minutes of aerobics on the opposite days. I found yesterday, my whole body felt fatigued, I went through the exercises, but not with my usual energy. I am 58, maybe I am trying to push to hard, I'm taking a day off today an give the muscles a rest. Ant thoughts on the subject. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:29:14 EST Re-introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x46175471 Hi, guys. <BR> <BR> I've been here for some time, but it's time to re-introduce myself since I recently shaved my head (just for style), and thus look a bit different. <BR> <BR> No, I did not loose any weight by shaving my head, but I am loosing weight (again). The fall included an extended business trip where I had to eat out all meals for several weeks, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. Amazing that I did not gain more than 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Saturday our Chiropractor's office h... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:42:58 EST What did you do to make your exercise fun today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x46045568 Today I went to the Y to swim laps. Did 40 minutes non-stop, 25 laps. Then had some fun for the next 10 minutes by donning some flippers and CRUISED along! Amazing how fast you can get going with the flippers on! <BR> <BR> What did you do? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:40:12 EST Christmas eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x45628632 OK, guys. How are you doing with Christmas eating? Are you making enough healthy choices? or giving in to all the sweets and Standard American Diet items? <BR> <BR> It is a holiday to celebrate, but come Monday ... time to buckle down and make a concerted effort to eat the healthy foods. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:26:17 EST motivation, kickin old habits and getting moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x45513439 I finally got off my butt and started to exercise, eat better, and break some old habits, been at it for 2 weeks now and I'm just starting to scratch the surface. But it feels good to finally start doing something about it, I've got a long way go. Good luck to everyone! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:00:23 EST 'sup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x45158800 Hey guys, just saying hi. Prepping for my first 5K on my 51st birthday, 1/7/12. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:12:51 EST 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x45082076 I wanted to run a 5K on Thanksgiving Day, but there wasn't one locally. Settled on a local 10K, which is pushing the limit of my range. Technically, I haven't run a full 10K; but my run last Saturday was close at 6.12 miles. <BR> <BR> My goal is to keep running the entire 10K, and to finish in under 46 minutes. If I can run as well as I did Saturday, this will happen; but the environment is different in an organized race. I will need self control to keep from running too hard early and f... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:02:18 EST where do I get one of those markers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x44828286 Hi everyone, Where do I get one those markers I see on here. The ones that show our starting and goals. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:42:39 EST Introduction to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x44757542 Hello all. I recently turned 50 this past July and as many men who reach that age I decided to look at myself. I decided to use a critical but realistic eye on my current situation. <BR> Age: 50 <BR> Height: 5’10” <BR> Weight: 225 Lbs. <BR> Apperance: poor <BR> Fitness: poor <BR> Health: o.k. right now <BR> I’m a preacher but how can I preach on resisting temptation when I look like I can’t resist using a knife, fork or spoon? I have concluded that this has to change. I have put forth much pr... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:15:23 EST My journey so far ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x44668398 Hi, <BR> I have been following the low GI diet for six weeks now and along with more exercise have found that it is working for me. I have lost 14 pounds in that time and feel confident that I will reach my goals. <BR> <BR> I also suffer from sleep apnea and have recently started using a breathing machine to keep my airways open and stop my snoring. This has given me a new lease of life as I now sleep right through the night. My energy levels have increased and I do not fall asleep during t... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:31:22 EST Multivitamin supplement to recommend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x44471629 Hey guys: I having been trying to find a good multivitamin that covers all the bases for an active lifestyle. I currently use Men's One - Just Once from Rainbow Light. Its Ok but I don't notice any difference. Its also coated which I prefer the tabs. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks <BR> <BR> Tony <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 08:14:10 EST Ravens vs Jets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x44325246 Purple Bird House Spark Team invites you to project the outcome of the Sunday game. <BR> <BR> Go to PGH and place your prediction. Winner gets a Spark Trophy on their Spark page. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 20:49:07 EST How Do You Determine Your Weight Standards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x44219568 I thought it would be interesting to find out by what yard stick should we use to measure our weight loss goals? Is it by BMI? a weight chart, Is it a goal weight as determined by your doctor? <BR> <BR> What if you did a BMI or weight chart measurement and are technically overweight but are well muscled with little body fat? I just feel that the ideal weight is often confusing with one source saying one thing and another source saying something else. I' m looking for suggestions for a standa... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:42:12 EST Another new guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x44110533 Hi - I just found SP about a month ago, by accident, but very glad I did. I had just made a commitment to myself to get rid of some weight and start a fitness routine. I've noticed that most of the posting are females. No problem with that but I seemed to have a hard time finding guys and guy chats. Glad I found this one. I need to shed about 40 and have lost 10 of them so far. I'll be checking in. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:04:55 EST 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x43999594 Just finished walking my very first 5K. Took my dog for a walk along a preplanned route and successfully finished it. SHE actually tuckered out long before I did. We make progress. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:39:13 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x43874479 Hello all. I am new to the group, but have been with SP for a couple of years off and on. I am having major trouble trying to get motivated again. Doctor is on my case as well as my wife. Hopefully can get some insights and ideas. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 19:25:55 EST Looking for Spark Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x43445016 <BR> I'm looking for Spark Buddies <BR> <BR> I used the SP Buddy Search function, <BR> with these criteria: <BR> within 100 miles from 32207 [jacksonville, fl] <BR> Male, age 50-64, or 40-49 <BR> and frankly, not many profiles came up, <BR> but I emailed the ones that did .. <BR> <BR> so first, can anyone see something wrong with the way I did that? <BR> secondly, does anyone have suggestions, or interest? <BR> thirdly, any suggestions for casting a wider net and searching around the cou... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 06:22:08 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x43108196 <link>www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_486425/To<BR>p_30_Worst_Foods_in_America_%28Beware%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Just a reminder about what NOT to select when eating out. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:55:36 EST Custom Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x42989394 With my broken leg I have developed a custom workout for my upper body and core for the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> I am using the equipment at the gym. I can have found a way to store my exercise in my "Favorites" list but no way to import then into the fitness tracker. Nor is there a way to save a group of exercises the same way you save a group of foods for future import. <BR> <BR> When I check FAQ it says when you should consider using the automated tracker and when you should use you... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:47:11 EST Woops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42892883 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry, Patrick! I'm not a new member. I had a brain cramp and did not intend to leave the team. So many links and buttons and stuff sometimes ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 16:18:37 EST Not new to SP but new to this group!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42716977 Hi everyone. I just turned 50 in Feb and would like to be part of this group. I've been on SP for 5 years now. I haven't succeeded yet but I'm not giving up.. I'm ready to get the ball rolling. Thanks for letting me join. Have a great day!! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:14:51 EST Hi all - Tai Chi and Kick Boxing Work Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42705642 My name is Hassan. Profession Engineer - Age 53. I live in Ajax ON. I have several black belts in many martial arts. Now I volunteer to benefit the community, teaching Tai Chi and Kick Boxing for health and weight control. If you are interested and live at Ajax, let us start a work group this summer. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:03:05 EST Lipitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x42688880 If you take the cholesterol-reducing drug Lipitor, you'll be interested to know that today, June 28, 2011 this drug patent expires. You can expect generic forms to be available soon at a much reduced cost. Cheers! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:23:31 EST I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x42688690 My beautiful daughter told me about Spark People. Here I am. My goals are fairly moderate, compared with some of your guys. I weigh 217 (this morning) and I'm headed for 195 by New Year's Eve. I live in a very nice retirement community where I try to hike three or four times a week. I celebrated my 80th birthday in April by walking to the top of "Windy Hill", a climb of about 1400 feet and six miles. And back! I am a widower. There's more about me in my profile data, if you want to be... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:12:41 EST agniology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42429611 Hiya. <BR> Obviously new to SP. <BR> Trying to fill out my home page. <BR> Looking for a buddy. Or buddies, actually. <BR> I'm new to SP, but I have a good sense of how to connect, buddy-wise. I'm looking for a connection of consistency and sincere interest and pointed questioning. <BR> Hope to hear from you .... <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:05:37 EST Weight Jumps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x42327750 I posted this on general baord yesterday but the ladies did not reply...maybe us old guys have an answer.. <BR> <BR> "Does anyone else have this issue? ---- I am slowly losing weight 1 to 1.5 pounds a week, then one week I will gain 4 to 6 pounds. The gain happens for no apparent reason. I am good with my exercise and calories. The weight then starts to come off again but at 1 to 1.5 pounds a week. So I take about 4 weeks to get to where I was. I continue to lose weight then my weight jumps ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:32:32 EST Looking to hear from other men http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42226484 Not quite 50 yet, but on my way. Looking for a team that are men and active to hear from their perspective. <BR> <BR> Spark People has been very good to me and looking to continue through the next phase. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend and stay focused Sat, 4 Jun 2011 06:46:25 EST motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42154923 Hi my name is Jennifer, I am new to the SparkGroup. I know it will be a challenge for me but I have friends and family urging me on. With the help of the SparkTeam and friends in the Spark family I know I will acheive my goal. My goal is to lose 50-99lbs in the weight lost program. Tue, 31 May 2011 20:56:09 EST Just re-upped http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42112371 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I'm Mike from Boston, MA. Just signed up for this group. My health has been a mess lately and I want to turn things around. Looking forward to being active and getting great advice. Go Sox. Sun, 29 May 2011 19:14:49 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42106874 I have all the tools I want to lose the weight but but but but... Sun, 29 May 2011 12:32:40 EST Just Joined Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42095922 I'm new and probably temporary since I turn 60 in February. Sat, 28 May 2011 19:04:06 EST Turning 58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42063938 OK, guys. My birthday in Friday. I turn 58. <BR> <BR> I think that I will be several pounds lighter. I buzzed my hair tonight and it's short and fuzzy. Yikes. I like it. Wife is not quite ready for a shaved bald head. (hair is not thinning -- just doing it for the fun of it). <BR> <BR> Well, I probably did not loose 3 pounds of hair, but it's lighter. <BR> <BR> We're planning several birthday parties over the weekend, but all will have healthy food choices -- mostly vegetables and fruit... Thu, 26 May 2011 21:22:16 EST Team Challenge ? [Higher intensity exercise ] http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x42057232 Am I to interpret this as more of a daily check in? <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in a monthly mileage challenge? <BR> <BR> Could be either run/walk or bicycling or both combined. Thu, 26 May 2011 13:58:36 EST exercising when you are feeling the aches & pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x41894457 Lately I have been feeling alot of aches and pains (you know that 50+ thing) which has limited me in exercising. Anyone else feel this way? How do you overcome it? The only way I can loose weight is if I exercise. Wed, 18 May 2011 08:35:18 EST New to 50+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41821320 Hi guys. I am new here I have been on SparkPeople for a while but have just been sitting by the sideline. I would look at some teams but they mostly seemed oriented to women. I hope that I can learn from you all because I sometime get side tracked and lose site of my goals. I am hoping that here I can find the motivation to help keep me focused and on track. I am looking forward to reading your input because I know that many of you have already achieved what I am looking forward to. I started... Sat, 14 May 2011 14:31:54 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41785218 Just joined. I'm looking forward to learning new and exciting ways to living a healthy lifestyle. Thu, 12 May 2011 15:09:21 EST Work Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x41661063 GM to all, Just started a contest at work for 8 weeks. Winner takes all. I'm going into Phase 2 of the program. Going strong on my streaks of daily check in and exercise. Enjoy the weekend. <BR> <BR> Rob Fri, 6 May 2011 09:15:53 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41562972 Hi, I've been a member for about a week now. I was with another group, but wanted to get on a team with guys. I requested to find out if there were any men's groups. I was referred to this one. I've read some of your posts and feel at home here. I hope I can stay with this group, if you'll accept me. <em>213</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 22:17:55 EST hello I'm twill checking in, i'm not sure why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41535318 i am nearly 60 yrs old and need to lose 25 lbs. I have tried a lot of things but usually revert back to to same bad habits which include emotional eating and a couch potato life style Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:10:43 EST Pennsylvania and surrounding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x41437441 How many are from PA or a state immediately surrounding PA? <BR> <BR> Me: Reading Area Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:35:55 EST Above Average Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x41437398 I see the post I started on scales has taken on somewhat of a life of it's own. <BR> <BR> Reading the post an idea came to me about a new thread. <BR> <BR> Welcome to "Above Average Men" (formerly known as the Big in Big and Tall) <BR> <BR> Post there if your start weight is over 300# and list your progress. <BR> <BR> Jan 2010: 326 (doctors scales) down 22# (my scales) April 25 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:32:54 EST Am I crazy or what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41167376 I'm 56 years old and have just started my first boot camp experience ever. The first day really kicked my butt. I'm beginning to think I should've taken an easier softer way to get started. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 01:18:14 EST New member, 66 y/o guy, hi to everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41120959 Hi guys. I'm married and have one grown son that has finished collage and one daughter that had two more years to go before she will finish collage. I have a fantastic family and consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world. When I retired 7 years ago I started gaining weight and now I am border line obese. Three times a week I do Cardio exercises and three times a week I do strength training. I'm much stronger than I was when I started but my pounds are coming off very slowly. ... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 21:24:36 EST Just Starting / Never Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x41056897 This is all new to me but I hope its the start of new journey that will never end. I know with determination and support I can do this. Good luck to all of you in your journey. <em>213</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 19:31:30 EST Did You Run Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40981450 Ran the mile on the treadmill 6 minutes 50 seconds Sun, 3 Apr 2011 15:34:31 EST Hello, I'm 60 + and ready to get in shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40959061 I just started my Spark today. My wife has been after me for a long time to change my eating and lack of exercise habits. Any comments and support would be much appreciated. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:43:43 EST Overweight Deaf old man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40916931 I'm about to turn 74 in about 9 weeks. As of March 3 my friendly family doctor informed me that it was time for me to lose 25 to 30 pounds, I joined, actually re-joined the gym on March 5 weighing 188.5 lbs @ 5'8"... <BR> Unfortunately my main hobby is rather sedate. I am an amateur radio station owner/operator and spend much time on my tuchas talking with my keyboard to other "ham" all over the world. <BR> <BR> My first goal is 22 pounds in about 4 months. I've cut caloric intake from ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:11:27 EST Add One more to 50+.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40884837 Not really sure what to say on these boards. I think at 51 it's time to take total control of my life. I wish you all success in your journey and hope to be motivated along the way to reach my goals. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 03:35:46 EST NJ CODY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40884092 Hi, I'm new to this program and not very computer literate, so I guess I'll be needing some help navigating . I am overweight and have high blood pressure,I am a vet so I do have a primary doctor. I am taking meds for the bp but having a hard time loosing the weight. I NEED HELP!! I HOPE THIS WILL DO IT FOR ME. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:54:17 EST Read a Health A-Z topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40849652 SO, what topic did you read today?? <BR> <BR> I have found that reading one Health topic a day to be quite interesting and educational. <BR> <BR> Being a person who's last name is at the end of the alphabet, I started at that end of the listing and have been working toward A. I'm currently in the Ps. <BR> <BR> Besides getting my 3 big Sparkpoints, <em>244</em> it is educational. <BR> <BR> Try it Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:51:40 EST Two months into my Sparks Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40795977 I have been a member of SP for two months now. I am joining this group so that I can speak to other men about the issues. <BR> <BR> I find the other teams I am on are almost always posted by women. While it is nice to hear their views, they sometimes are speaking like they are from Venus (lol). <BR> <BR> So I am hoping to find some good Mars talk here. <BR> <BR> About me: <BR> 55 with wife of soon to be 30 years and three kids <BR> first daughter is in Vet school (Cornell) ever see t... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:51:30 EST Spark Quiz Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40690009 Food Portion Quiz: 10 of 16 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:07:16 EST I hate my life, fat is everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40649009 I have joined the site because I hate my life and the fat in it. Do I do anything about it. Not really. I am over 300 lbs and never thought I would see this in my life but here I am. I hate my life. I do have a goal though and thats to learn from all of you how you are losing fat and gaining a life you love. Please help me. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:43:57 EST Words mean things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40585736 What words been defined in a unique way for you so as to be particularly memorable or significant in some way? <BR> <BR> This could be humorous, motivational, or insightful. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple to start: <BR> <BR> EXCUSE: Skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. <BR> <BR> LOTTERY: A tax on people who are poor at mathematics. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:25:18 EST Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40566555 As a recovering coach potato I have a question for those who are further down the path on this journey. <BR> <BR> Does regular exercise improve mood/emotional health? Have you become less depressed or "down" since you have become more active? <BR> <BR> I am not talking about "feeling good" when you are done with your routine. I am asking about your overall outlook/mood over time. Have you become less depressed, more hopeful, or optimistic as you have increased your activity level? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:30:32 EST New to 50 and new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40566036 I just turned 50 about two weeks ago and thought I'd join up. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:56:47 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40525458 Hi guys 78 next month guess good time to really start looking after myself <BR> from wakaw just outside Saskatoon ,Saskatchewan anyone esle in the area Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:24:08 EST Scales/weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40347436 I have digital scales. I would try weigh myself and stepping on and off the scales I would get readings that varied by 5 or more pounds. <BR> <BR> So I went looking for new scales. At the store I noticed that the majority of scales have a weight limit of either 280 or 330 pounds. All devices have a margin of error and may not be accurate at the very high or very low end of their range. <BR> <BR> I found a scale that is rated to 400 pound. Being that my start weight was 330 I can now g... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 07:18:52 EST Iron Sharpens Iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40347373 Headed to a men's conference today. I have a new friend joining me. It is in Hershey, PA <BR> <BR> www.umof.org <BR> <BR> The "break out secessions really look interesting. Especially the "Accountability in Men's Small Groups" and "Grace in the Family". <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 07:12:00 EST God I'm sore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40261666 I just finished two hrs cutting up a downed (big) tree...from our recent storm. Cut it up with an old fashioned bow saw ! I know I'll pay for it in the morning!! At least I burned about 800 calories according to the Sparkpeople calories burned calculator :) Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:44:10 EST New to the 50+ group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x40247347 Hey gang....I'm Andy...57, in moderately OK shape but looking to lose about 15-18 lbs. I hope to join some of the challenges of the group...to keep me motivated! Tue, 1 Mar 2011 07:25:23 EST Little Levity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40235035 A woman seeing police lights in her mirror pulled over. <BR> <BR> Putting down her window she asked: "What is the problem officer?" <BR> <BR> Officer: You were speeding back there. Can I see your license? <BR> <BR> Woman: I don't have a license you took it 4 years ago for drunk driving. <BR> <BR> Officer: Can I see your registration? <BR> <BR> Woman: I don't have a registration. I stole this car from the owner, killed him and put him in the trunk. <BR> <BR> Officer: Waite here. ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:36:59 EST Tai Chi, Qi Gong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x40220379 Going from couch potato to walking and exercise. <BR> <BR> Tai Chi has always fascinated me, so I purchased a Qi Gong and Tai Chi video. Does anyone else use this form of exercise? What useful informational resources have you found? <BR> <BR> I know there are several Martial Arts/Oriental Exercise Groups but most do not seem to be very active at all. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:39:09 EST Crank It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39997160 Greetings from a fed up old timer (55).... time to take my life back before it's too late. Tipping the scales at a 286 lbs. over the Christmas holidays, I went to the gym to see if I could get on the treadmill without having a heart attack and to see how an old achilles tendon injury would react. So far so good. Wish me luck :) Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:20:59 EST New Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39786875 Hey guys. I'm brand new to SP and this team. Living in NW FL where the weather is always great except when it's not! Looking forward to spending some time around here. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 19:04:33 EST February / March 2011 4 Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x39708831 Hi gents, <BR> <BR> I've not created a challenge in quite some time, and I've had some ideas rolling around in my head about how I need to jump start my diet and exercise program, so I have come up with a four week challenge. You will need to tailor it to what you'd like to accomplish, but here are the basics: <BR> <BR> Start Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 <BR> End Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 <BR> <BR> Goals: This is where you fill in your specific goals, i.e..# of pounds to lose, ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 14:26:49 EST Burning Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x39693901 Does anyone know if you burn more calories in sumer or in winter. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:56:36 EST Hello from the frozen north http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39393452 Hi from the New Kid on the Block. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here in the frozen hinterland and starting on this voyage. <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to a great trip. All success tips and tricks are welcome. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 22:09:27 EST hello from arkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39392819 Hi am new to the team but not new to spark. <BR> Glad to see a mens team. <BR> 52 yrs old need to lose at least 40lbs am diabetic. <BR> plan on moving soon and will have my own workout room. My very own man cave. Gotta share as laundry room but hey it will mostly be man cave. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:43:42 EST New to SP 50 + males http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39199689 Hello all, <BR> Starting a weight loss/fitness program for the hundredth time it seems. I am 57 and retiring soon and very much want to enjoy life to the fullest. <BR> I have a long way to go (at least a hundred pounds) so I am looking for motivation and commitment from fellow 50+ guys to help along the road. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:12:42 EST Hello all, new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x39098926 Hi. Just started. Part of a challenge. My wife and I are challenging our adult daughters and their husbands to a weight loss contest, with big payoffs for maintaining long term. Should be interesting, and I'm amazed at the smack my kids are already throwing around! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:05:44 EST hi guys just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x38882477 hi guys i need help to loose some pounds thanks <em>223</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:59:48 EST foodmatters.tv http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x38537574 I've been challenged by the content at foodmatters.tv web site. See the benefits of making good food choices. Increase your raw food intake. It can be tasty, too! <BR> <BR> My daughter and I are eating two raw meals per day and the third meal is only slightly cooked. One or two items will be cooked, the rest raw. <BR> <BR> ------------------------ <BR> Another food guideline that I've come to like. No sugar, and foods that turn to sugar quickly. Amazing how much better other foods taste ... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 07:41:57 EST hernia operation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x38418181 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I just had an umbilical hernia operation (2 days ago). I'm used to going to the gym 5 days a week which has to be tempered down as far as the intensity of the work out for several weeks. Can anybody who has gone through this give me a heads up of what to expect, the recovery period etc etc. <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> <BR> John Sat, 11 Dec 2010 11:22:46 EST Hello from a retread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x38294963 Hi guys. I was a part of this team back in the beginning of the year. I've really let my program slip. I'm back to take the 2 steps forward. I apologize to anyone whom I let down the 1st time around. My name is Bill. I live in the pacific northwest. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 23:48:19 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x38279599 Hi,My name is Ken and I just wanted to say hello to all out there. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 04:35:43 EST Driving test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37788459 Think back to the day that you were at the D.M.V or here in Texas the Department of Public Safety, D.P.S office, waiting to be call to take your driving test to get your licenses to drive by yourself, legally for some of us. <BR> <BR> Do you remember what kind of vehicle you used to take the test in? <BR> For me, it was a '76 Ford Grand Torino. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 14:26:30 EST weather at home and sparkpoints for the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37645302 52 and sunny here in Columbus,Ohio <BR> <BR> 7 today Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:24:53 EST Hello I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x37454401 Hello I'm new here from wisconsin and a home brewer (beer and wine) which makes things hard to lose pounds I had to go on the wagon to do it. I lost 62 pounds on the Hmr diet and 30 some on my own in a little over 7 months. so I guess I am doing good I'm off most of my meds now. and would like to lose a little more ,my goal was 100 lbs so I am close but I don't think I will stop there I will be 198 at my 100 lb goal Thu, 21 Oct 2010 16:10:24 EST 2010 Resolution Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2266x6158x37339510 I have just created a team to do the 2010 Resolution run. These are being held officially in 54 location in Canada and USA (Mostly Canada), however we will help you orgainze something locally if you do not have an official run near you. The idea is to start 2011 with a 5 or 10 km run. Sort of a resolution in action. There are several people from sparks already planning to undertake this by running New Years Eve or New Years Day. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 23:02:48 EST Looking for a real thanks giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x37236887 Hi folks. It's the end of the day for the Canadian Thanksgiving. The turkey was great. The mashed potatoes and gravy were tasty. The pumpkin pie . . . well, my wife, who makes delicious pies admits she goofed up the crust, but I liked it anyway. Now it's time to start getting serious about those 30 lbs I want to loose! In six days I'm taking an introductory class at Crossfit. I'm nervous as it's beyond anything I've attempted before, but I wanted to make big changes in 2010 and time is runnin... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:16:44 EST Sparkpeople Trivia Points Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37202528 Anybody else play Sparkpeople Trivia every day? Wanna have a thread posting your points? Show the day's score, current month's score, and your year's score to date. <BR> For me today: <BR> 60%; 72% and 63% Sat, 9 Oct 2010 00:19:48 EST Team challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x37183115 I only work out 3 times a week.I do resistance in the morning.I work out and wait 3 hours and then work out on my Incline trainer I burn calories for three days yes I burn calories for 72 hours after my workout,but you definetly have to wait three hours from resistance to a cadio!! from eddiebear3.I hope this will help someone!!! . ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 01:29:22 EST Team challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x37183068 I only work out 3 times a week.I do resistance in the morning.I work out and wait 3 hours and then work out on my Incline trainer I burn calories for three days yes I burn calories for 72 hours after my workout,but you definetly have to wait three hours from resistance to a cadio!! from eddiebear3.I hope this will help someone!!! . ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 01:25:26 EST Bier Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37160649 Today the wife and I went to the local H E B to get our food for the month. While we were there I picked up a 12 pack for Samual Adams Oktoberfest. <BR> <BR> This beer is the kind of beer that drank while eating knackwurst, bratwurst and other similar foods. The hops in this beer are pronounced enough not to be covered by food. I like a beer that has full hop flavor, some people might even consider it too strong or stout for their taste. <BR> <BR> I would give it a <em>8</em> <em>8</em>... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 00:04:09 EST My First Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37095941 Your 17 you no longer have the learners permit/provisional license. You haved up some money to buy your own set of wheels. <BR> <BR> What was your first car (truck too)? <BR> Mine was a 1969 Chevy P/U. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 08:58:12 EST finally getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37089708 I'm finally geeting started on my diet and workout routine.My wife and I went shopping yesterday.It took me a month to plan out my eating habits and my workout routine.It took me a while because I have a lot of disabilaties from being gunshot in vietnam.So I'm going to start eating five meals a day consisting of the right kinds of proteins carbs and fats.For my in between meals I bought four kinds of raw nuts,celery,organic almond butter,and peanut butter only two tbs,of each on my celery.Any... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:32:37 EST Goal Met! Goal Exceeded! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37040313 <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I have met and exceeded my weight loss goal (215 pounds)! I am doing the happy dance on the lawn! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Now I enter the maintenance phase. I am not sure that keeping it off will be more difficult than taking it off o... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:05:25 EST September Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x37038459 Autumn is here. The leaves are falling off the trees a little bit each day. So is the weight from me. <BR> <BR> I had a 3 lb, drop this month it would've been more but i had a "BAD" weekend this past month. Any loss in pounds I gladly except. <BR> <BR> October is a new month the slate is clean. Learn from the past, looking to the future, living in the here and now. <BR> <BR> This concludes the September recap. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:45:28 EST Lesser Known Team Sports http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x36959936 Let us not forget these two average joe team sports. <BR> Bowling team <BR> Dart team <BR> Your input is always welcomed. <em>292</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:40:55 EST The results show http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36948095 262 lbs <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:07:44 EST Stay tuned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36938964 Stay tuned for my weigh in tomorrow a.m. <em>192</em> <em>38</em> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 21:29:36 EST Mens Toys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36935528 Sunday starts new week on most calendars. A new week means a new topic. <BR> <BR> This round tell me what is your favorite Man Toy. The toy can be anything. Power tools, sporting equipment, lawn and garden equipment(manual or power), cars, boats, motorcycles. This list could be almost endless. <BR> <BR> If you don't mind I'll get us started. <BR> Wood cutting tools; chain saw and splitting maul. I like the power from the chain saw and the work out from the use of the splitting maul ( explai... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:19:48 EST Think about this: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36925055 <link>tinyurl.com/35roz2z </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:15:36 EST Thanks for all the kind words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36901199 Thank you for all of the kind words inviting me inti the 50+ mens team.I've got my food list going for the first of the month,thats when I get paid by the V.A.I also wanted to let you guys know that I had my low-t tested and it was very low.I will now be getting shots every two weeks.I know It's going to increase my energy,muscle development and other benefits from increased testosterone.I also have all of the equipment for a good home workout.With my disabilities It's a lot easier to workout... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:15:47 EST Bier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36865352 This is a guy room, so here is a guy topic; BIER (aka BEER). Tom T. Hall had a song out a few yrs ago titled "I Like Beer". Well so do I! <em>297</em> <BR> I mentioned that my favorite beer was Busch. I also like Samual Adams Boston Larger and even our own local brew from Lone Star and Pearl breweries here in Texas. However we guys are in program that encourages us to eat and drink better to live a better life. <BR> So why don't we compile a list of our favorite "light/lite" beers. <BR> T... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:32:43 EST Just turned 62 on 9/12/2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x36778764 Just wanted to say I hope to get some good advice from you guys.I,m a vietnam vet was wounded 12/24/1968.Have had five major hip surgeries,a knee replacement.I weigh 270 lbs.Want to lose 70 lbs.I don,t have time for Info I can,t use.I don,t want to seem rude but I need to lose the lbs.As I get older the more my body breaks down.If I don,t get serious I,ll be paying for it later.I know this a blunt way to introduce myself but I need all the help I can get!!EddieBear3 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 02:44:18 EST other exercise revised, amended http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36753653 Darts. <BR> Game; 301 <BR> Playing time; 13 minutes <BR> Calories used; 61 <BR> Muscles rebeling; yes <BR> Added to favorates; yes <BR> A little strange how even a little activity can be useful. I guess that a little activity beats no activity. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:54:11 EST Other exercise revised http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36706769 Futher research (done by my wife) shows that DARTS quailifies as exercise. <BR> Look under "cardio" sub-catergory "other activities". <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:48:11 EST Becoming Fatless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36657444 WOO-HOO! <BR> ATTA BOY! <BR> WTG! <BR> Plus all those other shout outs to and for me. <BR> My Monday morning weight in is----264 lbs. <BR> I'm becoming fatless. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:22:54 EST Still 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x36653038 Whoever said the the only thing(s) we can be sure of is death and taxes forgot about change, age and weight. <BR> Change (not the money kind) is always constant. <BR> Age has a funny way of making some one older. <BR> Weight is influanced by the first two. <BR> Right now I'm still 50 but the fat is sloooowly becoming less. One day I'll title a blog "Fatless and 50". <BR> By the way I'm not the new guy any more. Ask questions of me, bounce ideas off me, confide in me, tell me some deep dark s... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:53:32 EST other exersice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36608060 Agree or dis-agree. <BR> Doing those handyman jobs and honeydos count as exersice. While doing those jobs you're lifting, pulling, pushing, climbing, walking or in some kind of motion that will raise your heart rate, i.e. using a push mower, not a self propel one, for ex amount of time counts as exersice. <BR> I like to play at darts. The throwing of the darts plus the walking to and from the lag line during a game of 301 counts as exersice? <BR> Bowling too? <BR> Any activity not included ... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:51:42 EST fat and 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x36433021 The Eagles had a song out back in 70something titled "New kid in town". Well that's me i'm the new kid in town. <BR> Some presonal stats, <BR> Texan <BR> 50 <BR> Married happlily for 20 years <BR> Work in security <BR> Grandparent x3 <BR> "Not" a Dallas cowboy fan (a quiet fan of the Texans) <BR> Weighed 277 lbs before i lost 9 lbs using the meal plans from sparkpeolpe <BR> Wonders if barley pop (aka beer) is allowed, if so what brand. I really like to drink only two kinds of beer, free and ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 01:16:15 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x36158863 Hello, friends. <BR> <BR> I have been gone a while. Dropping by to say hello and that I am back with you. <BR> <BR> David Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:35:52 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x36105024 What do you have for breakfast, I am looking for some new ideas. <BR> <BR> I had 1 1/2 cup Raisin Bran, 1 cup Blueberries, and 1/8 wedge of a cantaloupe yesterday and an hour and a half later I was hungry again. Today I added some walnuts and I am hoping that the added protein and fat carries me till lunch. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:29:04 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x35889155 Hi - This is my 'Introduce Yourself' message! <BR> <BR> I just made a commitment to lose 25lbs (to start), and have logged into SparkPeople and made it official. At least more official than yesterday when it was only in my head :-) <BR> <BR> My primary strategy: Keep It Simple... <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reading the wonderful posts and articles, and track my progress with support from amazing people like all of you! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:36:23 EST New to the program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x35709617 hello gents. I'm new to this program and I look foward to an exciting lifestyle change that brings about increased health both mentally and physically. If I can be of any assistance to anyone one please let me know. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:25:22 EST New to the Team -- check out my new blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x35572382 Hi, all. This is my third "start" on SparkPeople. This time, I'm coordinating it with a new Silver Sneakers membership and an Isagenix nutritional regimen. You can find more details on my blog: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_summary.asp?id=J%2EMARCHESANI <BR> <BR> Comments are welcome. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:44:20 EST My Name is Ron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x35386807 My nutritionist at the Unversity of Minnesota recomended this website to me. I am glad she did. I like the concept and I especially like the nutrition and fitness trackers. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:35:04 EST Practically pefect Paul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x35156453 Howdy, I'm practically perfect Paul. I live on the west side. Just getting into Spark but hope to warm up real quick. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 23:33:25 EST THE MANS MAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34930669 Love the New picture, way to go Team Captain's! <BR> <BR> Skeeter <em>345</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 08:02:24 EST Happy Fathers Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34913040 Gentlemen, <BR> <BR> Happy Fathers Day to one and all. Today will be a challenge as my wife is throwing a big barbecue with all kinds of tempting finger foods and yes, there will be coolers filled with beer. <BR> <BR> It's my 7th day on the SP program. Tomorrow is my first weigh-in since starting. I try not get on the scale more than once a week. I am curious to see the first week's results. <BR> <BR> I have really been enjoying the World Cup soccer games so far. Wishing all great day. ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:41:10 EST Newbie Attempts to "Interact" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x34815913 Greetings. First post from your basic shy guy. Coming out of seclusion to try the SP program. The site is a bit overwhelming at first but I can see me eventually getting the hang of things. What I have viewed and read so far has been inspiring and impressive. <BR> <BR> Kind regards, <BR> Mike F Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:02:28 EST Vote for our new avatar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34810890 The voting booth is open -- here are the candidates: <BR> <BR> Clint Eastwood <BR> Superman (with gray curls) <BR> Sherlock Holmes <BR> Robin Williams <BR> Kevin Costner <BR> Harrison Ford <BR> Robert Duval <BR> Ben Franklin <BR> Sean Connery <BR> Dennis Hopper (current avatar) <BR> <BR> Voting "rules": <BR> <BR> - Voting starts today, ends at 11:59PM EDT Sunday, June 20, 2010 <BR> - 1 vote per 50+ Males member <BR> - If no "candidate" gets a majority of the votes, there will be a runoff o... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 08:47:43 EST I NEED A TEAM HUDDLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34727344 JUNE 6 I HIT 62, AND I WAS TAKEN OUT TO EAT THREE TIMES THIS WEEK. I WAS VERY PROUD OF MYSELF FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS STICKING TO MY EATING STRATEGY OR STICKING TO MY GUNS. I PICKED CAREFULLY WHAT TO EAT, I GOT SMALL PORTIONS, AT THE BUFFET I DIDN'T EAT ALL I HAD ON MY PLATE, I STAYED AWAY FROM SWEETS AND DRANK MY WATER. THE OTHER TWO TIMES I DID MUCH THE SAME AND TOOK HOME HALF OF MY FOOD FOR DINNER AND THE NEXT DAY. I GAINED 8 LBS!!!!!! MY DOCTOR TOOK AWAY A PAIN/INFLAMMATION TAB AND CUT MY ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 23:08:40 EST Hello I am Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x34672424 Hey all I am back after a year of not being on here. Had bypass surgery 2 weeks ago and doing really good, so thought it is time to be back at it Tue, 8 Jun 2010 15:35:04 EST New Avatar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34648150 Gentleman, <BR> <BR> It has been suggested we might want to adopt a new team avatar with the passing of our current one, Dennis Hopper. So please post here your suggested replacements -- deadline for suggestions is EOD Sunday, June 13, then we'll do a vote next week. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 14:44:47 EST New to Spark... not new to weight issues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x34543643 Hello. <BR> <BR> I've lost significant weight twice before... and gained it back each time. I remember marveling at how easy it was to stick to my eating plan when I got "in the zone". It defies logic as to why it's so difficult to GET in the zone. <BR> <BR> I've read several sp home pages and got inspired by the before/after photos and stories. It worked for so many people, I hope this can help me get into "the zone". <BR> <BR> I set up my spark account back in January but got overw... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 15:44:53 EST R.I.P Dennis Hopper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34483923 Lost a big icon (and our team Avatar). RIP Easy Rider! Mon, 31 May 2010 00:43:17 EST I'm a new, old man to the team: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x34404077 I WILL BE 62 JUNE 6, I live in Lagro Indiana, 5 mi. East of Wabash. I love deer hunting and Bass Fishing, but I can't do the archery thing any longer due to an irreparable shoulder injury. I am in a bowling league during winter months, which I'm not very good at since I've had to switch to a left handed delivery and I ice fish if I can get someone to drill a couple of holes for me. Wed, 26 May 2010 18:35:33 EST Sex and Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x34134210 I have been looking for a place to seek opinions on sex during and after menopause and this seems like an excellent place to start. <BR> <BR> My wife of 40 years and I used to have an active sex life up until she went into her change but now it is basically non existent. Now I know it is a hormonal thing and I put her health needs above my desires but I do still have strong needs. Does a man just sort of come to the conclusion that sex life as we knew it is over and take up some other for... Fri, 14 May 2010 09:42:33 EST New To This Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x34132635 Looking forward to speaking out on all kinds of topics concerning older men Fri, 14 May 2010 08:39:14 EST Forgive me please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33741661 I want to apologize to anyone who I may have frightened away from trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss with those videos I posted. I realize I’ve been on a very big rant lately about comparing diet to exercise when it comes to real weight loss, or more appropriately…fat loss. I’m no expert; I just have a heart to help people find the right way. I lost my way about 4 months ago and have since seen the light again. I always tend to forget that others may still be searching for that l... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:29:30 EST Daily calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33740087 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I was just curious what folks here are using as a target for daily calories if you're losing weight (versus maintaining weight). I know this will fluctuate by person but thought it would be interesting to see what guys who are 50 and over are using as a target calorie count. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <em>38</em> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:27:41 EST Greetings from Atlanta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x33694480 I just started on SparkPeople and I am hoping to stick to a program that will help me lose some weight, improve my stamina, and help me feel better overall. <BR> <BR> I'm relatively active, for a 57 year old guy, and I play ice hockey (in GA, go figure) and love to snow ski when I get the chance. I bought a bike this winter and now is the time to get it out and start hitting up the trails. <BR> <BR> My target is to lose about 20 pounds. I believe that will put me into a good weight range fo... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:42:01 EST Check it out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33685395 By far this is the best advice... suggestion... tip... or whatever else you want to call it, I've ever received. <BR> <BR> Diet vs. Exercise...it's no contest...Diet wins every time. Weight loss is 80% how much you eat and 20% how much you move. If you get the diet right... workout smart and intense... you will be successful. <BR> <BR> You can't out exercise a bad diet...EVER!!! <BR> <BR> The best metaphor I've heard that desribes it is this...Diet vs. Exercise is like GOD on Jeopardy...it... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:10:29 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x33572659 *Not really sure how I managed to pull off duplicating this. Oops.* <BR> <BR> Greetings all. After much procrastination, finally trying to get on track fixing all those little health issues that come from carrying "a few extra pounds". <BR> <BR> 54 and happily married to the girl of my dreams for 34 years this week. 5 great kids, 4 grandkids so far. <BR> <BR> I've been learning the various Spark tools over the last week plus and am enjoying the site. I'm looking forward to expanding us... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:25:49 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x33572643 Greetings all. After much procrastination, finally trying to get on track fixing all those little health issues that come from carrying "a few extra pounds". <BR> <BR> 54 and happily married to the girl of my dreams for 34 years this week. 5 great kids, 4 grandkids so far. <BR> <BR> I've been learning the various Spark tools over the last week plus and am enjoying the site. I'm looking forward to expanding use over time, and joining this team is foray into the "community" - though I have... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:24:56 EST Saturday, 4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33336785 Good morning, gents, from the pacific northwest. Looks like it's gonna be a great day. I got my exercise in yesterday and tracked all my foods. Still short on the water intake. Do you guys county coffee and beer towards your water for the day? Everybody have a great weekend. <em>213</em> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 10:41:40 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33318017 This is Day 1 of my fast break. I'm going to try and make a habit of checking in with you guys daily, so Here I am. Thanks for the welcomes yesterday! Everyone have an inspired day. <em>41</em> Fri, 9 Apr 2010 12:22:38 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x33301904 Another newbie here. Hope it's okay to join your team. I haven't set my goals down in concrete yet. I'm reading The Spark, and have jotted down some notes. I'm 53 yo father and grandfather. I lost 80 lbs on another program,and gained it all back after a year. I want a permanent change for the better. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 19:08:07 EST April Fools Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x33140529 We have fun in our office each year for April 1st. This year the IT engineers decided to go with shocking colored hair! <BR> <BR> So now at almost 57, I have my first day with wild hair color. (see profile picture). Actually the nurse when I was born said, 'You have a real red head here'. Well, today, I was a real red head. <BR> <BR> The other guys did orange, pink, blue, and electric green. Just for fun. We had a lot of laughs. <BR> <BR> Dan <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 21:33:45 EST Guys - Working Towards Weight Loss/Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x33058917 Hi Guys! <BR> I took a chance and began this new General Discussion Forum. <BR> I wanted to start this new Forum, to have a place for men to talk about: <BR> * What we're doing to work towards our weight loss and fitness goals, <BR> * As a place for us to get support and encouragement, <BR> * As a place where we can get suggestions, recommendations and guidance, <BR> and, <BR> * As a place where we can "go public" and hold ourselves accountable for what we say we're going to do! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:17:58 EST Falling Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x32839480 There is a maxim working its way through SparkPeople: Fall down seven times, get up eight. It's been attributed to an ancient oriental saying. I found it attributed to a saying from the Midrash. A Hopi friend said it has been in her people since time was created. I really don't give a fast-flying-flip who said it first. All I care about is what it has come to mean to me. <BR> I have fallen off the die-t, exercise wagon so freakin' many times-I hereby proclaim myself an expert! Sad. <BR> I ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:28:36 EST Signs of success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x32830373 This morning I was in my gym shorts and a google.com T shirt, getting some breakfast. My college age daughters noticed new contours on my arms and legs from the exercises I have been doing since January. <BR> <BR> The girls are all dancers and into fitness, and here is Papa in his 50's just starting to exercise. They thought it was really cool to see the muscles in my legs bulging a bit! Got a good laugh, but also a confirmation that what I'm doing is making changes and working. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:11:31 EST I've Been Sparked, and I'm Feeling Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x32686267 I just joined SparkPeople about two weeks ago, and have already lost eleven pounds. I just can't explain the change I am going through right now. The change is all good, and I have been feeling more healthy than I ever have. I have so much to say, and have been blogging like crazy. Check me out. I hope I can be of an assistance to you in your walk to health and success. I had lost weight before and I share in my blogs, the things I have done to achieve my weight loss success. This time around... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:21:05 EST Time for a lifestyle change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x32492601 I've been hanging around 220 and a couch potato. Time to kick it in gear and change my eating habits, exercise and improve my health. I had a mini stroke about a month ago and consider myself one of the lucky ones as there wasn't any permanent damage. Going to change the way that I life before I have a real stroke. So here we go on the way to 160. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:26:41 EST Confused about fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x32343651 I received my 50+ update showing spark points and fitness minutes how can members have 16 hrs of fitness time when the month is only 12hrs old??? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:37:27 EST Do the Olympics inpire you to do more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4598x6158x32071831 <em>652</em> <em>646</em> <em>671</em> <em>612</em> <em>625</em> <BR> Does watching the Olympics make you want to do just a bit more? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>196</em> <em>329</em> <em>68</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>479</em> <em>432</em> <em>17</em> <em>518</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 01:17:46 EST Three weeks of daily exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x31784456 I don't recall ever having an exercise 'streak' in my life. At least not voluntary (gym class in JrHi was not voluntary). <BR> <BR> So today, I celebrate three full weeks of daily exercise. I'll have to admit, that I am enjoying it. Certainly more than I'd like to admit. AND I find myself thinking in the late afternoon, "It might be nice to do the routine a SECOND time today". Did I say that? <BR> <BR> I think the concept that helps, is that I don't have to push myself until it is overl... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 07:51:46 EST February Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x31702652 I guess that's good enough subject to get started. <BR> <BR> My Chiropractor offers 30 day challenges just about every quarter. The last one started about January 20th. <BR> <BR> I've been serious on the 'healing diet', and exercise. First time I have ever been really serious about exercise. It's working down 10 pounds in the first two weeks. I know that's not going to continue, but it's encouraging. <BR> <BR> The diet is one of those 'no sugar' to help get you out of surgar burning and... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:52:22 EST Newbie to SP - I'm in need of dropping 15 - 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x31280686 Newbie to SP - I'm in need of dropping 15 - 20 and am a guy 50+. I'd like it to be a challenge thing where 1 or more get into it. It's a motivational thing for me - If I know I'm competing.... so much more focused. How do I engage others or is there a forum for that? Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:08:18 EST Glad to join http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x31227118 My name is joe I live in canada and I am 58 years old. I am a yo yo dieter. About 2 years ago I lost 40+ pounds on a diet and I have now put back on about 24 pounds of it. I now weigh 215 pounds. <BR> <BR> This new weight gain has really taken a blow to my self esteem. Everything else in my life is great - wonderful wife, great home 3 adult children, 3 grandkids. <BR> <BR> I run most days about 30 km per week, and regularly run 10Km races and last summer I ran my first half marathon. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:51:18 EST 30 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x31216704 Hi, Guys. I'm still over 50 so I guess I can continue in this group. I've been away for awhile, but plan to be here for at least the next 30 days on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Our Chiropractor's office is having a 30 day challenge for healthy lifestyle including fitness, diet, and spiritual fitness, and I'm ready to go for this cycle. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and I'm on track with all goals. <BR> <BR> I've not done 'video' exercise before, but due to the challenge of a friend at work (Bri... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 07:03:55 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x30930951 Looking to loose a few pounds, get a little more flexible, and loosen up for the upcoming GOLF season Sat, 9 Jan 2010 20:10:36 EST Just Found This Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x30765080 Good day, Gentlemen! <BR> <BR> I am David and live in Boise, Idaho. I just had my 52nd birthday last Thursday (New Year's Eve). I have been a member of SparkPeople for over a year and have had some success in losing some weight. <BR> <BR> I was glad to stumble on this team. I look forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> David Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:32:59 EST Willing to Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x30708722 I've been researching and practicing healthy living through exercise and nutrition for the past couple of years. And my training has been in motivation and coaching so I believe I can help those that are hitting road blocks and just need a little extra support. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:56:45 EST 2010 "Goals" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6158x30500550 New topic: What are your 2010 "goals"? I'm hesitant to call them resolutions, but whichever you prefer is fine. I've got some rumbling around in my head, and what I am going to do is cover areas other than diet, exercise, or losing weight. As an example: One goal I know will be on my list is to learn to play my guitar that I bought 10 years ago! But I am also going to be specific and commit to practicing once a week! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I figured if we shared it might generate more ide... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 16:13:14 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x30428774 I have been with SP since November of 2008. I am 67 and working on 68 this coming April. I worked up until June of this year until I got layed off. I need to loose approx. 50 lbs. Started out at 250 lbs got down to 235lbs and now am back up to 245lbs. I fell off the wagon with my training. I still workout 3 times a week but not enough to loose weight. <BR> Boompa <BR> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:20:30 EST New guy from Massachusetts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x30076567 I'm a 55 year old guy that found fitness and a healthy life style 2 years ago, losing 38 lbs. I joined Spark earlier this year (at my wife's great Spark urging), primarily active in the Road Runners spark team (I still can't believe it, I went from a couch potato to a long distance runner, now convinced that I'm a runner for life). <BR> <BR> My main focus is on "maintenance", which for me seems to be the harder part than losing weight in the first place. I'm probably in the best shape I'v... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 20:37:46 EST 55 Year old "Newbie" going to lose 40 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6158x29756981 Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> Soon to be 52 year old Newbie (to SparkPeople), and I live in Wilmington, NC. <BR> <BR> I have always "worked out" with weights, but have let myself slide over the years. I haven't been making my eating correctly a "priority", so the pounds have crept on me. I need to lose 40 lbs. to reach college weight. <BR> <BR> I am serious about reaching my goals and have ordered a body monitoring device to keep up with calories in and burned. <BR> <BR> Thanks, and best wishes to ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:17:28 EST