SparkPeople Weekly Challenge(s) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=621 Weekly challenges that will inspire you to adopt healthy habits such as good nutrition, stress control, exercise, and motivation. You'll be amazed at what you can do in a week! SparkPeople Weekly Challenge(s) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=621 Fiber Up Your Way to Health Weekly Challenge 7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62043857 Fiber is necessary in our diets and our bodies for many reasons. Did you know that not getting enough fiber can actually cause you to GAIN weight? Have you been getting your 25-35 grams of fiber daily? <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> This week we'll concentrate on meeting our fiber goals and maybe create a new habit along the way. Read the following Spark article for suggestions on how to up your fiber intake: <BR> <link>tinyurl.com/3dbe6y </link> <BR> <BR> You'll complete this weekly challen... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:44:30 EST Nutrient Concentration Weekly Challenge 7/12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61980366 Are you nutritionally correct. We all know about calories, fats, protein and carbs but what about all the other nutrients? Are you ingesting the right amount of calcium? Sodium? Choose one nutrient from your nutrition tracker and try to stay within range 6 out of 7 days. <BR> <BR> What nutrient are you going to concentration on? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:40:18 EST In The Looking Glass Weekly Challenge 7/5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61932271 Everybody needs encouragement. Even ourselves. Our challenge is a simple one. At least it should be but not all of will find it so. This week the goal is to look ourselves in the mirror and say 3 positive things about ourselves. Try to say 3 different things each day if you can. If not then use the same 3 positive things. These are 3 positive things about you right now, not what yourself to be in the future but things about ourselves right now. Then tell someone 1 positive thing about them. ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:45:03 EST Monument Stairs Bi-Monthly Challenge 7/12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61932094 The Bi-monthly challenge is a stair challenge. You choose a monument and try to climb the amount of steps shown. Since we have two weeks for this challenge, try to climb at least two. Numbers posted show how many steps you need to complete the monument in ONE week. Remember these are stairs. Who's in? <BR> <BR> Spanish steps 138 stairs to the top = 20/day <BR> Washington Monument 228 stairs to the top = 33/day <BR> Statue of Liberty 354 stairs to the top = 51/day <BR> Pyramid of Gaza 800 sta... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:08:48 EST Exchange Choices Bi-Monthly Challenge 6/28/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61866975 These next two weeks we are going to concentrate on good choices. Each day we are going to exchange something better for our bodies than bad for bodies. So instead of soda we are going to have water. Instead of chocolate we're going to have fruit. Lets really work at making these next 2 weeks fantastic for our bodies. <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> <em>474</em> <em>222</em> <em>274</em> <em>472</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>473</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Let's all ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:05:42 EST Happy Dance Weekly Challenge 6/28/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61866898 HAPPY DANCE WEEKLY CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Our challenge this week is to find a happy song, and dance every day. The average song is around 3 minutes. You can dance to one song or many. Dancing will lift your spirits and burn those calories all at the same time. You can change your song each day if you like, or keep the same one(s) for the week. Dance by yourself, dance with a friend, play it loud, or soft...whatever makes you feel energized. What will you choose? How long was it? Where did yo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:54:39 EST Taste The Rainbow Weekly Challenge 6/21/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61810769 This challenge is all about color! <BR> We are going to Taste the Rainbow by choosing different colored fruits and veggies!! Try to come up with at least 3-4 colors per day. <BR> RED: <BR> Strawberries ..... Watermelon.....Tomatoes..... <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> GREEN: <BR> Lettuce.....Celery.....Green beans.....Sweet Peas.....Peppers.....Asparagus <em>373</em> <BR> <BR> YELLOW: <BR> Yellow peppers.....Squash.....Corn <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> WHITE: <BR> Onions.....Potatoes..... <em>... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:14:11 EST FATHERS DAY BBQ Bi-Monthly Challenge 6/14/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61753777 FATHERS DAY BBQ <BR> <BR> Fathers Day is coming soon. Let's dedicate these next 2 weeks to any special man in your life. I will be thinking of my special man while I do these each day. All of these are things we should all be doing each day. So let's get them done. <BR> <BR> You get 1 point for doing each item. You can only do each once and only one per day. If you manage to do them all you will be a grand prize winner of this challenge and get a special goodie. <BR> <BR> Let's show o... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:52:15 EST Lunchtime Blues Weekly Challenge 6/14/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61753424 Many of us don't know what to eat at lunch or we eat the same thing every day. Lets bring some variety into our lives. <BR> <BR> Lunch should be between 300-500 depending on your nutrition guide and should contain vegetables, protein and carbs. <BR> <BR> Lets share what we ate for lunch today and help each other out. <BR> If you have a special recipe share it with the team. <BR> Try a new recipe or try someone else's favorite lunch. Lets experiment. <BR> If you eat a salad for lunch t... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:04:13 EST "I Can" Weekly Challenge 6/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61694225 This challenge is all about "I CAN". I have designed this challenge to touch on every aspect that we need to work on in order to change our habits. Our thinking. Our strength training. Our activity. Our nutrition. So this week ... stop making excuses and prove "I CAN". I know that I CAN ... but can you? <BR> <BR> I -- we are working on ourselves. Our self-talk. Every morning we are going to stand in front of the mirror and repeat 3 sentences out loud 3 times. <BR> .......I have the ability... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 00:24:35 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x61657315 Hello, I am new to the team and looking for support and challenges! I need to do this for myself and work better with challenges! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:34:00 EST June 2015 Fitness Challenge 6/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61631285 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:52:34 EST Strengthen Your Brain Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/31/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61631268 We all know that exercise is good for our bodies and our mood. Did you know that exercise is great for our memories? According to the article linked below exercises cuts your lifetime chances of getting Alzheimer's in half and cuts your chances of general dementia by 60%. I found this to be astounding and decided to incorporate it into this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>pubs.aarp.org/aarpbulletin/201309_DC<BR>/m3/Page.action?folio=12 </link> <BR> <BR> Foods that our brains' need t... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:45:12 EST Steady as She Goes Weekly Challenge 5/31/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61631231 This challenge is very, very simple. <BR> <BR> Top points get special goodies!! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> • Water: Aim for at least 8 cups (number of cups x 3 points) =______ <BR> Sun: <BR> Mon: <BR> Tues: <BR> Wed: <BR> Thurs: <BR> Fri: <BR> Sat: <BR> <BR> TOTAL WATER POINTS: <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>191</em> <em>341</em> <em>2... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:33:21 EST Portion Distortion Weekly Challenge 5/24/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61570618 Whether you are new or an old timer to your healthy journey, it is essential to eat healthy. So read the article and be Healthy Now!! Good eating to each of you. <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> Please read the following article and print it out if necessary. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> In order to win this challenge you must get the proper number of portions for each food group outlined in the article above, 5 out of 7 days duri... Sun, 24 May 2015 00:50:14 EST On Track Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/17/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61506652 I need to get back on track and get that go-go rhythm. Is your train starting to fall off the track? Do you need a jump start or maybe an overhaul? Maybe it's just time to try something new. This is a 2-week daily challenge to keep going or to start over. Each day choose one option from the Exercise Options and from the Food Options. You can make the same selection each day or change your selection from day to day. If you don't like these options choose your own as long as they are s... Sat, 16 May 2015 18:36:13 EST Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge 5/17/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61506474 Sorry for being so late with this but I had a seizure that put me out for the count for 24 hours. This is going to start on Monday since it is so late. <BR> <BR> This week we will try to add one exercise each day until we are doing a total of six by the end of the week. I will send out an SparkMail each night with the next days exercise. Let's all give it a try. <em>381</em> <em>402</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Make sure to come back each day to let everyone know ... Sat, 16 May 2015 18:09:19 EST Great Snacks Weekly Challenge 5-10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61450700 I don't know about you but the hardest thing for me to control is my snacking. I'm either snacking too often or snacking on the wrong thing or both!! <em>15</em> It's getting to be the time of year where our clothes become just a bit more revealing <em>67</em> and the last thing we want is to reveal the wrong thing. It's time to take control. Who is with me?? <BR> <BR> In this challenge we will make smart choices as it pertains to our snacking. There are articles below that will help yo... Sun, 10 May 2015 10:45:05 EST Reach Out & Touch Someone Weekly Challenge 5/3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61386473 For the next week we will focus on support. No matter what we're doing in life it's always easier with support and encouragement. So let's reach out and help those around us. <BR> <BR> Reach out to someone in our team and offer support/ encouragement and celebrate achievements. Reach out to someone in each of the following ways. Choose at least one each day. <BR> <BR> * contact someone who is a new team member and welcome them <BR> * contact someone from the team wall <BR> * contact someon... Sun, 3 May 2015 01:40:00 EST MOTHERS BRUNCH Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61386446 Mother's Day will quickly be upon us. Let's dedicate this challenge to any special woman in your life. I will be thinking of my Mom and Daughters while I do these each day. All of these are things we should all be doing each day. So let's get them done. <BR> <BR> All 14 = Gold Medal <BR> 13-10 = Silver Medal <BR> 9-7 = Bronze Medal <BR> <BR> Post your totals in order to get your goodies! Total Points Received = <BR> <BR> EACH ITEM CAN ONLY BE DONE ONCE!!! You can get 1 point per day.... Sun, 3 May 2015 01:30:54 EST May 2015 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61367102 Spring is here and soon it will be tank top and short weather. Its time to get those muscles working and look at the polka dot bikini. Well maybe no bikini but you get the idea. <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minute... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21:29:36 EST What did you do for yourself today? 4/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x61348917 What did you do that was fun today? What did you do that was good for your inner beauty? <BR> <BR> It can be as simple as watching TV, walking in the sun, picking flowers or spending time with a friend. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:50:30 EST Top of the Mountain, in the Valley, Inbetween. Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x61348820 Many of you have heard me talk about climbing that mountain. Unfortunately sometimes we are in the valley starting the climb once again. Sometimes we are somewhere in between. <BR> <BR> Where are you and why? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:36:15 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x61327355 Hello, I am new to this team and looking forward to the weekly challenges. <em>41</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:25:57 EST Just Do It Weekly Challenge. 4/26/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61326298 JUST DO IT! What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Warm weather is coming. Time to get ready for those short sleeves and shorts? Or alittle spring cleaning? Falling back into old habits? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp your exercise routine, clean off all those flat places in your home that just seem to propagate stuff, change your daily routine, schedule some “me-time”, cook homemade meals, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, let's get it done!! <BR> <BR> Share wi... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:35:06 EST Steady as She Goes Weekly Challenge 4/21/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61278499 This challenge is very, very simple and since I'm so late in posting this we are only going to run this challenge for 5 days. <BR> <BR> Top points get special goodies!! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> • Water: Aim for at least 8 cups (number of cups x 3 points) =______ <BR> Tues: <BR> Wed: <BR> Thurs: <BR> Fri: <BR> Sat: <BR> <BR> TOTAL WATER POIN... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:22:21 EST Back to Basics Weekly Challenge 4-12-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61199742 We get new members almost every day. It's time to take a look at what gets us to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations of healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 7 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to prioritise – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> <BR> 1. Drink water – aim for at... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:57:59 EST Multi-Peace Bi-Monthly Challenge 4-12-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61199670 This is a multi-piece challenge will help you stay healthy, Spark & earn points too. Do this and you will be motivated to keep doing more. <BR> <BR> For this challenge we are going to concentrate on movement, points, nutrition, sparking and updating our own pages. <BR> <BR> 1) 10+ min per day of MOVEMENT <BR> 2) Logging in/Spinning the Wheel <BR> 3) Hitting your ranges for your personal goal (Choose- do you want to work on calories, fat, protein, calcium? Pick one or something else and st... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:47:50 EST One Minute Exercise Weekly Challenge 4/5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61136036 This one can be a lot of fun. Each day you must do the exercise the previous person lists. You then list an exercise for the next person to do. If you can not do whatever the person listed for you then modify it and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> For instance if someone told me to do 1 minute of jumping jacks I would need to do 1/2 jacks because I can't jump and I just step to each side as I raise my arms. <BR> <BR> Let's have fun. I'll start you out. . . <BR> <BR> Hi-knees for one... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:16:00 EST April Fitness Minutes 4/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61093747 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the s... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:13:41 EST Gardening*Time Bi-Monthly Challage 3/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61062171 The weather is changing. Flowers are starting to bloom and it's time to plant that long awaited garden. <em>376</em> I can taste those fresh veggies already. How about you? Better get ready for those shorts. Challenge yourself each day with something different. <em>386</em> Get healthy in fourteen different ways. You can do each one only once and only one task per day. List the day that you complete the task. You get one point for each day you complete one task. ADD UP YOUR POINTS BY T... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:42:02 EST Spreading Your Horizons Weekly Challenge 3/29/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61062127 Do one NEW healthy activity each day to bring you over to the lite side!! If you don't care for what's on the list use your imagination and choose your own, but it must be something that you know will help with your healthy lifestyle journey. You could even choose something different to do each day. Our bodies respond well to change, spread your horizons and try new healthy alternatives. <BR> <BR> How much will you challenge yourself this week? <BR> Come back here each day and share what ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:33:11 EST It's Spring Weekly Challenge 3/22/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60996878 Spring has sprung. <em>376</em> It's time to open our windows and doors and get our bodies and minds in shape for this glorious time of year. Come out to play and challenge yourself each day with something different. Improve your health in 7 different ways. Enjoy the newness of this time of year. <em>378</em> You can do each one only once and only one per day. List the day that you complete it. <BR> <BR> S - __ Support another member. Tell them something nice in any way. <BR> P ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:15:33 EST Build Momentum Bi-Monthly Challenge. 3/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60933227 During this challenge we are going to choose which of the following activities you wish to work on. During the first week our goal is to complete the number of the activity you chose. During the second week the object is to increase the number. <BR> <BR> Let us know what your are going to work on and how you did each day. <BR> <BR> week 1: Choose your daily goals. <BR> * 5 freggies, <BR> * drink 8 glasses of water <BR> * 10 minutes of exercise <BR> * 10 minutes of organizing <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:21:34 EST Me And You Weekly Challenge. 3/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60933171 You need me time, I need me time we all need me time. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Are you a student and between classes and homework you don't have time? <BR> Do you have a very demanding job and your to tired when you get home? <BR> Are you constantly helping others and can't seem to find the time for yourself? <BR> <BR> What is me time anyway? How long should it be? <BR> <BR> We should all do three pleasurable things a day. Take yoga for instance. Do you like it? Yes, then it's a perfect... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:14:19 EST Burn With Us Weekly Challenge 3/8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60870106 Burn at least 100 calories per day and tell how. Earn up to 3 points a day. 1 point for every 100 calories, for a total of 300 calories or 3 points. They must be 100 - 300 calories per day. No points over 3 points. See how efficiently you can burn calories. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 7-11 Points: Bronze Winner, 12-16 Points: Silver Winner, 17-21 Points: Gold Winner <BR> What kind of Goodie will you get? <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Sun 6/16 - How many calories did you burn? How? <BR> Points _... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:13:19 EST Without One Weekly Challenge 3/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60792877 We all have something in our lives that we could do without. Something we do, eat or drink that we know we really shouldn't. Personally I can think of several things. Pick just one thing that you want to eliminate from your life for just one week. Who knows maybe if we eliminate it for a week we can eliminate it for good. If you don't make it the first day DONT GIVE UP. Start fresh the next day. If you can do it for just one day then you know you can. Let's get that success. Are you with me?... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:55:25 EST March Fitness Monthly Challenge 3/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60792780 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:42:46 EST Exchange Bi-Monthly Challenge 3/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60792704 Spring is coming soon with sleeveless tops and shorts. Big results come from little changes so this week we are going to concentrate on good choices. Each day we are going to exchange something better for our bodies than bad for bodies. So instead of soda we are going to have water. Instead of those chips or cookies we are going to have a freggie. So get those freggies prepared and ready to go and <BR> <em>35</em> <em>474</em> <em>222</em> <em>274</em> <em>472</em> <em>490</... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:33:41 EST Live next 4 weeks with less stress and more joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60785144 Starting anytime you choose and for the next 4 weeks, live your life with less stress and more pride and joy. Basically, pick any goal for the next 4 weeks post it in this topic (goal and goal date) and use the tools of meditation; study of spiritual, mindfulness and motivational material; and accountability to meet your goal. A wonderful site for study of spiritual. motivational, and mindfulness material to guide your life is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page <link>www.sail7.com </link> . I h... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:35:38 EST Fiber Up Weekly Challenge 2/22/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60730630 Fiber is necessary in our diets and our bodies for many reasons. Did you know that not getting enough fiber can actually cause you to GAIN weight? Have you been getting your 25-35 grams of fiber daily? <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> This week we'll concentrate on meeting our fiber goals and maybe create a new habit along the way. Read the following Spark article for suggestions on how to up your fiber intake: <BR> <link>tinyurl.com/3dbe6y </link> <BR> <BR> You'll complete this weekly challen... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:30:29 EST What Are You Thankful For Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x60696113 What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Being thankful is a choice. There is always something we can find to be thankful for. Look around yourself. <BR> <BR> What happened today that encouraged you? <BR> Was it the cool fresh rain? Was it the warm bright sun? <BR> Was it something someone said? <BR> Did you get a good nights sleep? <BR> <BR> What brought a smile to your face? Let's focus on the good in life. <BR> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:05:20 EST Get Rid of That Annoyance!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60695938 Getting rid of an annoyance. <BR> <BR> What is annoying you to look at, walk around, etc.? Could it be the mound of dirty laundry (or clean that needs to be folded & put away), mail that needs to be sorted & taken care of accordingly, too many snacks around, whatever....I'm sure you can come up with something. <BR> <BR> We all have something that we kind of let slide for the moment and then becomes an annoyance. So here is your opportunity to do something about it. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em>... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:44:30 EST What Are You Proud of Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x60695823 We should all be proud of something we did each day. Sometimes keeping yourself motivated is looking for that one great thing that made you proud. Let's not look at what went wrong. Let's look at what we did RIGHT and be PROUD!!! <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be exercise or health related. Anything at all that you feel proud <BR> <BR> Did you drink 7 glasses of water when you normally drink 6? <BR> Did you get some much needed rest? <BR> Did you do something you've been putting off? <BR>... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:31:34 EST Links in a Chain Weekly Challenge 2/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60662696 Lets all form positive new habits <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Pick one lifestyle change you would like to become a new habit. Link it to another daily habit you are already successful at. <BR> <BR> Example of Linking: <BR> GETTING IN MORE MOVEMENT DURING COMMERCIALS <BR> DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AFTER BRUSHING YOUR TEETH <BR> <BR> ** It should be a link that will encourage you to form a new habit that you want to link with an existing habit. <BR> ** Please remember to report daily with any... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:01:11 EST Get Healthy Now Bi-Monthly Challenge 2/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60662684 Please read the following article and print it out if necessary. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> In order to win this challenge you must get the proper number of portions for each food group outlined in the article above, 5 out of 7 days in each week.. I've condensed it for you from the article below: <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Grains: 6-11 servings per day <em>427</em> <BR> Fruits & Veggies: 5-9 total servings per da... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:48:51 EST INtroduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x60612052 Hi everyone just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 40 something mom of 3 small girls. Over the past few years my weight has steadily increased and I am now at the heaviest I've been. My goal is to loose 15lbs by April 3rd (my wedding anniversary) and then another 15 by July. I'm loooking for others find others to exchange fitness/health eating ideas and to finally loose the weight. My biggest problem is my stomach area that's where all the weight seems to have gone. My abs are very weak I h... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:05:28 EST Get Around To It Weekly Challenge 2/8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60594685 Get around to it <BR> <BR> Sometimes just "taking care of business" or getting around to it is what's needed for us to feel free to focus on ourselves! This week is our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. <BR> <BR> Pick one category each day to: <BR> 1. Sort <BR> 2. Clean <BR> 3. Move <BR> or <BR> 4. Toss <BR> Something. <BR> <BR> Do you need to sort your old clothes or even toss them? <BR> What's the state of you... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 01:03:13 EST February Restart 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60532505 Hi team. Many need a restart of our weight lose journeys. Personally I need a restart after being ill for over two weeks. We have fallen off for various reasons and in order to make it another month we need to work together. It's always easier to work together. So let's do it!! <BR> <BR> Join us in a restart of our healthy eating and our exercise regimes. Let's not wait until the next month. Let's do it now. So who's with me? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 02:21:31 EST February Fitness Monthly Challenge 2/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60521473 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> How many of us set some type of fitness goal? Don't go overboard this month. We want you to have a doable goal for you. Remember we want to start off this year with a success. It's time for all of us to make our goals. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to re... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:30:26 EST Strength Training Bi-monthly Challenge 2/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60521397 Strength Training Bi-monthly Challenge 2/1/15 <BR> <BR> Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers (top menu) , then click on the My Fitness page and then SEARCH for Strength Training Exercises. From the drop down list choose five (5) exercises for week 1 and 5 exercises for week 2; such as crunches, leg-lifts, etc. and add those to your favorites. The challenge is to do those 5 exercises at least 4 of the 7 days in each week. You can change your Fitness Setup for the week on this page ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:24:58 EST Team Water Weekly Challenge. 2/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60520558 Ok team. This a team challenge. Everybody needs to drink plenty of water. Water keeps our organs working at their optimal capacity. We should be drinking 64 ounces at the very least. I myself try to drink at least 80 ounces. <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> 64 ounces x 5 days x 10 people = 3,200 ounces. <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> As a team we need to drink 3,200 ounces in the next week. I know we can do it together. So let's join together to get this done. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Follow this ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:52:04 EST My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60479049 My Goals for tomorrow is to get up earlier. So my meals will not be off track like it was today. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:55:20 EST W.I.N http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60453585 W.I.N. <BR> <BR> W = Water (7 + glasses )--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> I = IGNITE YOUR BODY - (at least 20 minute exercises - your choice)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> N = Nutrition (5 fruits/veggies a day)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday:... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:04:33 EST W.I.N. Weekly Challenge 1/25/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60451272 W.I.N. <BR> <BR> W = Water (7 + glasses )--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> I = IGNITE YOUR BODY - (at least 20 minute exercises - your choice)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> N = Nutrition (5 fruits/veggies a day)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursd... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:04:39 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x60398495 Hello, I am new to the team here. I love everything spark people has to offer. Good community support. I started here January 1 and I lost 4 pounds so far. Hoping to lose 100 pounds and more. Just trying to turn my life around. Eating less/ exercising more. Weekly Challenges seems to be a good group/ challenge area. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:13:56 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x60391421 Hi! My name is Jennifer. I just joined the team. I'm really excited about the team challenges. It sounds like just want I need to stay motivated, as I've been stagnant with my weight loss lately. Can't wait to get started! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:24:52 EST W.I.N. Weekly Challenge 1/18/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60369439 W.I.N. <BR> <BR> W = Water (7 + glasses )--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> I = IGNITE YOUR BODY - (at least 20 minute exercises - your choice)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> N = Nutrition (5 fruits/veggies a day)--10 pts.daily <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursd... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:04:34 EST Monument Stair Bi-Monthly Challenge 1/18/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60369414 The Bi-monthly challenge is a stair challenge. You choose a monument and try to climb the amount of steps shown. Since we have two weeks for this challenge, try to climb at least two. Numbers posted show how many steps you need to complete the monument in ONE week. Remember these are stairs. Who's in? <BR> <BR> Spanish steps 138 stairs to the top = 20/day <BR> Washington Monument 228 stairs to the top = 33/day <BR> Statue of Liberty 354 stairs to the top = 51/day <BR> Pyramid of Gaza 800 sta... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 02:58:09 EST Happy Dance Weekly Challenge 1/11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60288858 HAPPY DANCE WEEKLY CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Our challenge this week is to find a happy song, and dance every day. A simple task that should take around 3 minutes. You can change your song each day if you like, or keep the same one for the week. Dance by yourself, dance with a friend, play it loud, or soft...whatever makes you feel energized. What will you choose? How long was it? Where did you dance? Whole house? Living Room? <BR> <BR> 1 point for every minute that you dance for a maximum of 20 ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:05:48 EST What are your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60287081 There are many reasons why people set goals. Goals are important to have goals because they push us to strive for the better things in life. Weather your goals to loose weight and become a healthier or accomplish something else having those goals gives us something to work toward learn and grow. <BR> <BR> This thread was designed for us to share our goals and encourage each other along the way. I would like for us to come here and share what our daily goals are. Then weather or not you have... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:12:01 EST Taste the Rainbow Weekly Challenge. 1/4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60204910 This challenge is all about color! <BR> We are going to Taste the Rainbow by choosing different colored fruits and veggies!! <BR> <BR> RED: <BR> Strawberries ..... Watermelon.....Tomatoes..... <BR> <BR> GREEN: <BR> Lettuce.....Celery.....Green beans.....Sweet Peas.....Peppers.....Asparagus <BR> <BR> YELLOW: <BR> Yellow peppers.....Squash.....Corn <BR> <BR> WHITE: <BR> Onions.....Potatoes..... <BR> <BR> PURPLE: <BR> Grapes.....Eggplant..... <BR> <BR> BLUE: <BR> Blueberries..... <BR> <BR... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:40:11 EST Move That Bod with Videos Bi-Monthly challenge 1/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60204877 There are 3 levels of cardio and strength videos. You give yourself points depending on which video you decide to complete each day. Have your own video you would like to use? That's OK. Exercise to your own video for 10 minutes - 1 pt., for 15 minutes - 3 pts., for 20 minutes or more - 5 pts. <BR> <BR> Watch the same or a different video every day. Get to know what is available in the Spark People Videos, and how will your body respond to these fitness activities? You might like it Let's... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:36:48 EST Challenge Accepted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x60177888 Pam, <BR> I accept your challenge. Actually this is day 5 for me of tracking what I eat. I went really under my expected goal range, but that is normal for busy work days. I don't eat a lot at work because I work with food. Yesterday I did not work and it is reflected in my calorie intake. There is something about being around the house with family and cooking that adds lots of calories to my daily diet. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:03:51 EST What Was Your Biggest Victory This Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60170649 What is your biggest Victory this week that deserves a big Woo Hoo? Let's celebrate our achievements, and cheer each other on! <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:28:32 EST January Restart 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60170615 Hi team. Several of us have asked that repeat this for the New Year. Many need a restart of our weight lose journeys. We have fallen off for various reasons and in order to make it through this New Year we need to work together. It's always easier to work together. So let's do it!! <BR> <BR> Join us in a restart of our healthy eating and our exercise regimes. Let's not wait until the next month. Let's do it now. So who's with me? Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:24:10 EST January 2015 Fitness Challenge 1/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60170148 New month and a new year. What are you going to do in this first month of 2015? <BR> <BR> New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> How many of us set some type of fitness goal? Don't go overboard this month. We want you to have a doable goal for you. Remember we want to start off this year with a success. It's time for all of us to make our goals. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:14:28 EST Countdown To Skinny Jeans. A 30 Day Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x60170113 He team! Last year I tried this and it really worked for me and I was able to fit into my jeans really well. <BR> <BR> The holidays took its toll on me and I'm going to do this starting tomorrow. I hope you all join me. It's not the easiest thing to do but like I said it works. Just click on the link. I will try to post the activity daily. <BR> <BR> Let's get started!! <em>416</em> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/countdo<BR>wn-to-skinny-jeans.asp </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:08:50 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x60141927 Hi Everyone! I am glad I found this group because weekly goals will help me stay motivated. I am looking forward to meeting each of you! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:15:03 EST Are you Happy or at Peace today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x60137792 Happiness is a choice. See the glass 1/2 full, not 1/2 empty. <em>194</em> <BR> Today I choose to be happy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:52:48 EST What positive step did you take today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60137667 What positive thing did you do today to get yourself one step closer to a healthier lifestyle? <BR> <em>474</em> <em>313</em> <em>371</em> <em>403</em> <em>318</em> <em>194</em> <em>332</em> <em>492</em> <em>416</em> <em>380</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:44:19 EST New Years Resolutions - SMART Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60137496 Are you planning your New Years resolutions? Remember to make them SMART goals. What are SMART goals <em>38</em> I'm so glad you asked. <BR> <BR> S - Specific. I want to lose weight is to vague. <BR> *I want to fit into my skinny black dress. <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> M - Measurable. Make sure you have away to measure your success. It's best if you can picture it. <BR> *I will be able to zip up my skinny black dress and be comfortable. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> A - Achievable. Do... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:29:04 EST Back to Basics Bi-Monthly Challeng 12/28/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60133089 Well it's the end of a year and the beginning of a new one so I think it's time to get back to basics for most of us. I for one need to get back into my routines and loose some of this pudge I've allowed myself to gain over the last few months. Loose it now before 5 pounds turn into 10. <BR> <BR> Over the next two weeks we will focus on the foundations for healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to fo... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:48:18 EST New Year Weekly Challenge 12/28/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60133017 The last challenge of 2014 <BR> <BR> Again this week is a very busy time. Most of us make our New Year resolutions. It's a time for renewal. Let's end some bad habits and creat some good ones. Follow us into the New Year. <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> N - Sunday - New exercise is great for your body. Try a new exercise.  <BR> <BR> E - Monday -... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:27:59 EST Christmas Weekly Challenge 12/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60086517 CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Christmas week is a busy time for most of us. Let's have some fun with this one. Hopefully it will be a destresser for all. For those of you that do not believe in a higher power then on Christmas Day spend time with yourself and/or your friends in a special way.  The last 2 letters are "Optional".  You may substitute them for any day of the week or if you have the time and energy you can add them to any day of the week. Have some fun. Have a Merry Christmas.  <... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:20:50 EST What Are Your Favorite Holiday Traditions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x60031748 Do you have any favorite special traditions that you and your family and friends share during the holidays? <BR> <BR> Are there any new traditions you’ve started or plan to begin? <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays to all! <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:35:19 EST Let's be HEALTHY Weekly Challenge 12/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60018595 Let's stay healthy this week. It's getting closer to Christmas and I know your time is getting short. So this should be a easy one for all the very busy people. <BR> Let's get going. Try to do one thing each day just to keep yourself healthy. <BR> <BR> H. Have you listed your nutrition? Are you within your range? <BR> E. Educate yourself. Read an article about nutrition. What did you learn? <BR> A. Accentuate the positive. List something positive today. <BR> L. Limit your fat. Did you ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:12:56 EST Shake it up Bi-Monthly Challenge 12-14-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x60018583 Let's shake things up! <BR> <BR> Are you in a rut with exercise, food, or even your daily routine? Over these next two weeks let’s challenge ourselves to shake things up in as many areas as you desire or need. Following are a few ideas, but maybe there are others you can personally identify: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Each day try something different, out of the ordinary, or just plain fun. Spice up your routine with dance, or something you never thought you could do. Mix it up, try a new video or... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:09:29 EST Winter (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x59964458 Name anything associated with winter....alphabetically. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:01:50 EST Name 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x59964438 I say "Name 3" of something... say, "Name 3 types of wild felines" <BR> Then you would make a list of 3 types of wild felines <BR> Lion <BR> Panther <BR> Bob Cat <BR> <BR> Ok? <BR> <BR> Name 3 domestic/pets animals Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:59:19 EST Will vs. Won't Weekly Challenge 12/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59955267 Think about yesterday. What could you've done better? <em>24</em> What could you've done worse? <em>40</em> What shouldn't you have done at all? <em>39</em> Make it a better day today. <em>334</em> This week do something that will make it a better day. Make it a better day by not doing something. Think about will make today a better day. <BR> <BR> What positive thing WILL you do today? <em>250</em> <BR> What negative thing WON'T you do today? <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> Che... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:11:22 EST December 2014 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59907999 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> For many of us it's starting to snow or the heaters are cranking up. I get lazy and want to snuggle down deep when it gets cold. Let's kick up that energy level and warm ourselves up!! <em>444</em> <em>548</em> <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their g... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:11:08 EST December Restart 12/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x59900901 Hi team. Several of us have asked that repeat this for the New Year. Many need a restart of our weight lose journeys. We have fallen off for various reasons and in order to make it through this New Year we need to work together. It's always easier to work together. So let's do it!! <BR> <BR> Join us in a restart of our healthy eating and our exercise regimes. Let's not wait until the next month. Let's do it now. So who's with me? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:42:09 EST Freggie Team Weekly Challenge 11/30/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59892147 its a carb laden time of year. We could all use a few more Freggies no matter what the reason. Let's Work on our Freggies and our teamwork. Let's see if our team can total reach 350 freggies by the end of the week!!! <em>551</em> <em>265</em> <em>147</em> <em>265</em> <em>485</em> <em>370</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Post number of freggies eaten. <BR> Post this way... <BR> <BR> My freggies-- <BR> Team Total-- <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> My freggies 4 <BR> Team Total--... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:52:53 EST Burn Baby Burn Bi-Monthly Challenge 11/30/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59891949 OK TEAM ITS TIME TO BURN <BR> <BR> Do you feel all those extra Thanksgiving calories attaching themselves to your thighs? It's getting cold. It's that time of year when all we want to do is snuggle in a warm blanket by the fire. Are you starting to feel the chill creep in? Nothing warms you up like a quick bit of exercise. So let's warm up. I have included three different links to give all of you some ideas. Read the articles. (Get those points). Choose something from one of them and torch... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:25:52 EST Exchange Bi-Monthly Challenge 11/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59842380 This week is going to be a hard week for most of us. So many temptations out there especially this Thursday. So this week we are going to concentrate on good choices. Each day we are going to exchange something better for our bodies than bad for bodies. So instead of soda we are going to have water. <BR> <em>35</em> <em>474</em> <em>222</em> <em>274</em> <em>472</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>473</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Let's all make good choices. . . Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:18:51 EST One Minute Exercise Weekly Challenge 11/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59773020 This one can be a lot of fun. Each day you must do the exercise the previous person lists. You then list an exercise for the next person to do. If you can not do whatever the person listed for you then modify it and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> For instance if someone told me to do 1 minute of jumping jacks I would need to do 1/2 jacks because I can't jump and I just step to each side as I raise my arms. <BR> <BR> Let's have fun. I'll start you out. . . <BR> <BR> Hi-knees for one... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:29:34 EST THANKSGIVING DAY Bi-monthly Challenge 11/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59773007 We are nearing on the greatest eating day of the year. How are you going to avoid the pitfalls of this challenging holiday? <BR> <BR> T - Thank someone for something important today. <BR> H - Have 6-7 freggies today to keep your body happy. <BR> A - Abstain from sweets or at that second piece of pumpkin pie. <BR> N - No more excuses. Do at least 15 minutes of cardio today. <BR> K - Keep your stress level down. What did you do to help? <BR> S - Strength training is important. Do at least ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:26:08 EST Thanksgiving - What Are YouThankful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x59737423 It seems like Thanksgiving is a bit forgotten. He had Halloween and the stores are already displaying Christmas things. Let's focus on Thanksgiving this month. List something you are thankful for. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:28:59 EST Cut Those Calories Weekly Challenge 11/10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59721800 It's that of year again when extra calories are staring you in the face everywhere. Let's cut some of those nonessential calories and make our meals and ourselves a little lighter. Try to look the other way. It's easer than you may think to cut some calories. Check out the following articles. See if you can find a way to cut 100 calories each day. Don't forget to get your point for reading the articless!! <BR> <BR> 50 easy ways to cut 100 calories: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nu... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:51:22 EST Weekly Challenge 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59721320 Let's get back to the basics this week. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink water - drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 2. Track food - track every bite of food you eat <BR> 3. Exercise - air for at least 10 minutes Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:37:42 EST Healthy Choices Weekly Challenge 11/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59633561 To make it a little easier for you this week....all you have to do EVERY day is make 1 healthy choice & come to this thread & post the day & h ow you did. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples... <BR> You practiced portion control <em>380</em> <BR> You skipped that 2nd serving <em>551</em> <BR> You did some type of physical activity <em>417</em> <BR> You took a nap <em>102</em> <BR> or whatever you can think of. <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:13:40 EST T-H-A-N-K-S V-E-T-E-R-A-N-S Bi-Monthly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59632955 It's that time again. We are now in the season of eating. We need to work our bodies and watch those calories. We can get through this holiday season together. The following steps must be done one at a time. You can not complete more than one item per day. Let's see how many points you can get. You get 1 point for each task completed. <BR> Bronze - 6-8, Silver - 9-11, Gold - 12-14 <BR> Now let's get working! <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>248</em> <em>243</em> <... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:01:25 EST November 2014 Fitness Challenge 11/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59630464 New month. New goals... It's time to work off all that candy. Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:57:47 EST Eat The Rainbow Weekly Challenge 10/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59569044 I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and found out that it's not only important to eat 5-7 Freggies each day but it's also very important to vary the colors in order to ensure you are getting enough different vitamins and minerals. With this in mind this week is all about color! We will be tasting the rainbow by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and veggies daily and thereby ensuring we get adequate amounts of many different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself t... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:40:24 EST JUST DO IT! Weekly. Challenge 10/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59494572 JUST DO IT! What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Cool weather is coming again. Getting ready for those holidays? They're right the corner. Falling back into old habits? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp your exercise routine, clean off all those flat places in your home that just seem to propagate stuff, change your daily routine, schedule some “me-time”, cook homemade meals, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, let's get it done!! <BR> <BR> Share with us what you... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:58:51 EST HOLLOWEEN PARTY Bi-Monthly Challenge 10/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59494493 Oh my! Oh my! Candy and sweets everywhere you look. How are we to survive? We need to concentrate on something else. Don't let a moments pleasure derail all your hard work. Let's see. . . Maybe this will help. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself each day with something different. <em>386</em> Get healthy in fourteen different ways. You can do each one only once and only one task per day. List the day that you complete the task. You get one point for each day you complete one task. ADD UP Y... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:45:50 EST Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge 10/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59431536 This week we will try to add one exercise each day until we are doing a total of six by the end of the week. We will take Saturday off for a rest day. Let's all give it a try. <em>381</em> <em>402</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Make sure to come back each day to let everyone know how you did and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> If you can't do the assigned exercisefeel free to substitute another that works the same muscle group. <BR> <BR> GO TEAM <em>215</em> <e... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:53:18 EST Build Momentum Bi-Monthly Challenge 10/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59360658 During this challenge we are going to choose which of the following activities you wish to work on. During the first week our goal is to complete the number of the activity you chose. During the second week the object is to increase the number. <BR> <BR> Let us know what your are going to work on and how you did each day. <BR> <BR> week 1: Choose your daily goals. <BR> * 5 freggies, <BR> * drink 8 glasses of water <BR> * 10 minutes of exercise <BR> * 10 minutes of organizing <BR> * 10 m... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:36:27 EST Power Boost Weekly Challenge 10/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59360383 How often do we make excuses why we don't get our exercise in? It's usually "I don't have time" " I was too busy today". Did you have time to go to the bathroom? Did you have time to sit for awhile? Then you will have the time to do this challenge at home or at work. <BR> <BR> The more often you can work this into your day the more benefit you will get out of it. At least 4 times a day boost your metabolism with short boosts of aerobic exercise. The more often you can do these the higher... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:04:10 EST October 2014 Fitness Challenge 10-1-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59327220 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:29:19 EST October Game - Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x59325453 In the spirit of Halloween, let's list our favorite candies. No particular order <BR> <BR> Pixie Stix Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:42:06 EST Water Logged Weekly Challenge 9-28-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59286503 In this challenge you are competing for your health.  The idea is that you increase your water intake. Do not feel intimated. It may be easier than you expect. <BR> <BR> We have often been told that we need to drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water a day.  Is this enough? <em>91</em> <BR> A good indicator is the color of your urine.  It should be near clear if your drinking enough.  <BR> <BR> If not . . .  <BR> Your actual water intake is determined by your weight, your physical activity a... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 01:33:33 EST Shake it up Weekly Challenge 9-21-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59212752 Shake things up this week. <BR> <BR> Are you in a rut with exercise, food, or even your daily routine? This week let’s challenge ourselves to shake things up in as many areas as you desire or need. Following are a few ideas, but maybe there are others you can personally identify: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Each day try something different, out of the ordinary, or just plain fun. Spice up your routine with dance, or something you never thought you could do. Mix it up, try a new video or Dvd, or ev... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:16:24 EST Wakeup Goals Bi-Monthly Challange 9-21-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59212738 Wake-up/Affirmations <BR> <BR> Remember those goals we made at the beginning of the year? Did you do it? Did you forget it like I did? Most of us need to have goals for our lives, both short term and long term. So lets get to it. Let's help one another stay on track. <BR> <BR> 1. First create a positive affirmation or goal about yourself, a goal for yourself or the positive things you are doing in your life. <BR> <BR> 2. Write that goal on a sticky note or print it out on your fav... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:10:50 EST Back to Basics Weekly Challenge 9/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59137314 Some of us are new members others just need to remember what gets us to a healthy lifestyle. What do you need to work on? <BR> <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations of healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 7 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to prioritize – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> <BR> 1. Drin... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:06:46 EST September Game - Ask & Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x59072700 Let's try something different. I'll start it off by asking a question. The next poster answers that question and asks one of their own. The next poster answers that question and asks one of their own and so on. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite color? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:04:47 EST On Track Bi-Monthly Challenge 9/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59066447 I need to get back on track and get that go-go rhythm. Is your train starting to fall off the track? Do you need a jump start or maybe an overhaul? Maybe it's just time to try something new. This is a 2-week daily challenge to keep going or to start over. Each day choose one option from the Exercise Options and from the Food Options. You can make the same selection each day or change your selection from day to day. If you don't like these options choose your own as long as they are s... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:48:22 EST Without One Weekly Challenge 9/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x59066439 Sunday <em>104</em> Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Monday <em>244</em> Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Tuesday <em>104</em> Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Wednesday Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Thursday Don't lash out at my husband <BR> FRI Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Saturday Don't lash out at my husband <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:45:48 EST September 2014 Monthly Fitness Challenge 8/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58995978 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:46:08 EST Challenge Yourself Weekly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58991762 Sorry for being so late. I was ill yesterday and didn't get it done. I shouldn't have waited until the last minute. My bad. That's what happens when I wait until the last minute. <BR> <BR> This week we are going to create a challenge for ourselves to work on what we need. Everyone has an area in our lives big or small that needs work. Let's work on it together!! <BR> <BR> Write your personal challenge and let us know if you made it or not. You might have a challenge that someone else has ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:30:42 EST Be Kind To Your Mind Weekly Challenge 8/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58922001 Be Kind to Your Mind <BR> <BR> We all have varying degrees of stress from day to day. This reduces your ability to lose weight, destroys good sleep and in general hurts our minds and bodies. The link below has 78 was to de-stress. Some are fun and some take only a matter of minutes. We all have a couple of minutes to be kind to our minds. <BR> <BR> Use the link for the next week, choose a different one each day and come back here each day and let us know what you did and if it worked for ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:10:34 EST STARTING SCHOOL Bi-Monthly Challenge 8/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58921978 <em>58</em> It's that time of year again. Time for all our children of age to toddle off to school again. Many of our schedules will change along with our children's. Let's make sure we stay on track as we adjust to this yearly change. <BR> <BR> Have fun these next two weeks by challenging yourself each day with something different. Stay healthy over the next 2 weeks in fourteen different ways. You can do each one only once and only one task per day. List the day that you complete the t... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:56:40 EST Time to Change for the Last Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x58888637 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am to young and smart to have my body hold me back like I allow it to. Maybe it is age or depression has set in, but usually in the past I have always found motivation to get fit, I was in the Marine Corp! Yet these days, I feel like I have let myself get so gross that I can not see the light. All my attempts this last year have failed miserably and I need support. The one thing that I know I had in the past and have lacked this last year. I want this pity and this 35 lbs ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:29:08 EST Eat the Rainbow Weekly Challenge 8/17/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58863009 This week is all about color! We will be tasting the rainbow by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and veggies daily. It's summer and there are a variety to choose from I <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to experiment with a wide variety of colors. Try something new and different rather than sticking to the same routine. Get creative and experiment a little, you just might discover some new favorites, or maybe new flavorful combinations. Make it just a little more interesting! List... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:52:29 EST Shake It Up Weekly Challenge 8/10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58794319 Shake things up this week. <BR> <BR> Are you in a rut with exercise, food, or even your daily routine? This week let’s challenge ourselves to shake things up in as many areas as you desire or need. Following are a few ideas, but maybe there are others you can personally identify: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Each day try something different, out of the ordinary, or just plain fun. Spice up your routine with dance, or something you never thought you could do. Mix it up, try a new video or Dvd, or ev... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:41:04 EST S-U-M-M-E-R Bi-Monthly Challenge 8/10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58794262 Summer is officially here, so let's focus on some basics for the next two weeks and get nearer to our goals! <BR> <BR> Choose AT LEAST 3 of the following challenges every day, more if you are able. Make it even more challenging by doing them all! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> S - SUBSTITUTE an unhealthy choice, with a healthy one. (i.e. replace soda with water) <BR> U - USE A FOOD TRACKER on SP, paper, or a journal, and stay within your calorie range. <BR> M - ME TIME: Make yourself a priori... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:34:56 EST Opposites A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x58732858 Name something then include it's opposite but in alphabetical order <BR> <BR> Above/Below <BR> <BR> Next person use C and D. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:41:11 EST Torch 100 Weekly Challenge 8/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58726252 Burn 100 EXTRA Calories Challenge <BR> <BR> You need to burn 100 calories a day MORE than you already do. <BR> <BR> There are plenty of quick workouts that can help you burn approximately 100 calories. Ideas include: <BR> • Housework (20 minutes) <BR> • Swimming (about 15 minutes) <BR> • Walking the dogs (10-15 minutes) <BR> • Dancing (20 minutes) <BR> Remember that the number of calories burned varies according to weight. <BR> <BR> This slideshow gives ideas for ‘Ways to Torch 100... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 04:51:02 EST August 2014 Monthly Fitness Challenge 8/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58707810 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:33:33 EST Motivate Each Other Bi-Monthly Challenge 9/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58655903 This weeks challenge is all about others. Sometimes along our journey, we need to take a minute to look around at the scenery. When one travels, they take in the sights... This week we are going to travel a bit... As far as we can with a computer screen and mouse at least. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to: <BR> <BR> Spend time exploring sparkpages! The goal will be to search out ONE new page each day. <BR> <BR> Please leave an encouraging comment on the page you visit. Feel free to make new... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:08:01 EST Freggie Weekly Team Challenge 9/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58655721 There's so many wonderful fruits and vegetables this time of year. Let's Work on our Freggies! Let's see if our team can total reach 350 freggies by the end of the week!!! <BR> <BR> Post number of freggies eaten. <BR> Post this way... <BR> <BR> My freggies-- <BR> Team Total-- <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:51:47 EST Get Rid of that Annoyance!!! 7/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x58601211 Getting rid of an annoyance. <BR> <BR> What is annoying you to look at, walk around, etc.? Could it be the mound of dirty laundry (or clean that needs to be folded & put away), mail that needs to be sorted & taken care of accordingly, too many snacks around, whatever....I'm sure you can come up with something. <BR> <BR> We all have something that we kind of let slide for the moment and then becomes an annoyance. So here is your opportunity to do something about it. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em>... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:18:07 EST What are you struggling with? Maybe we can help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x58601043 What is keeping you from doing your best today? Pain, busyness, lack of interest? Share with us as we work together. <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:36 EST What did you do well at today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x58601022 We all need encouragement. In fact we need to encourage ourselves. Pick one thing today that you were good at or successful at. <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be exercise or health related. Anything at all that you feel good about. <BR> <BR> Did you drink 7 glasses of water when you normally drink 6? <BR> Did you get some much needed rest? <BR> Did you do something you've been putting off? <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:58:35 EST Being Accountable (Today's Focus is . . . )7/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x58600848 Post what your focus or plans are today. Be it exercise, water, freggies, "me" time, to-do list or whatever. Being accountable really helps us. <BR> <BR> As we have heard....We CAN do it....now, let's get to it! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:41:02 EST Dance July 20-26 Challenge Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58571229 Hi Everyone! Pam is taking care of Family Reunion responsibilities - a big undertaking and she needed help with the challenges. I hope you all enjoy this one - I challenge myself to do this daily: <BR> <BR> Challenge: This is a fun one! <BR> <BR> Dance! <BR> <BR> Whatever you are doing - turn on the music and dance <BR> <BR> Dance while you are doing dishes, laundry, cleaning - when a commercial comes on with fun music - get up and ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:15:44 EST Exercise Balance Bi-Monthly Challenge 07/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58525306 Sorry I'm so late. I was having a medical issue this weekend. If you did anything yesterday please count it. If not you can use it as your rest day. Under the circumstances you I'm offering you can still take an extra day off in the first week on me. <BR> <BR> How often do you strength train and how often do you do cardio/aerobic exercise??? We all know that to have a balanced exercise routine, we need to make sure we do them both. The best is to alternate between cardio and strength and ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:48:20 EST Fitness Minutes Goal= 120 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58489674 July 10 <BR> July 11 <BR> July 12 <BR> July 13 <BR> July 14 <BR> July 15 <BR> July 16 <BR> July 17 <BR> July 18 <BR> July 19 <BR> July 20 <BR> July 21 <BR> July 22 <BR> July 23 <BR> July 24 <BR> July 25 <BR> July 26 <BR> July 27 <BR> July 28 <BR> July 29 <BR> July 30 <BR> July 31 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:49:06 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x58489204 Hello! I am new to the group and I am excited to venture on this new journey. My faults are laziness and sweets. I was excited to have received a very warm welcoming message from Pam along with the challenge for 1 minute of exercise. And don't you know, it was an epic fail :/ I will try harder tomorrow morning. Mind over matter right! (I have 30 pounds to lose) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:04:53 EST Chug-A-Lug Water Weekly Challenge 7/6/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58442519 <em>194</em> Chug-A-Lug Water Challenge <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for the entire team. We all know that it is vital to drink water. However, sometimes that is more difficult to do than we think. So...we are going to work on this, this week as a team. First count the number of ounces you drink and list it. Then add it to the team total from the previous persons team total. Let's get a huge number of water ounces as a team. As a team lets see if we can get 3000 ounces o... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 02:51:15 EST July 2014 Monthly Fitness Challenge. 7/1/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58390961 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:25:41 EST Healthy Choices Weekly Challenge. 6/29/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58369593 To make it a little easier for you this week....all you have to do EVERY day is make 1 healthy choice & come to this thread & post the day & <BR> <BR> Here are some examples... <BR> You practiced portion control <BR> You skipped that 2nd serving <BR> You did some type of physical activity <BR> You took a nap <BR> or whatever you can think Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:13:26 EST Points Bi-Monthly Challenge 6/29/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58369576 This is a multi-piece challenge to get you working for some spark points, busy staying healthy, and motivated to keep doing more. <BR> <BR> So, your basics are water and tracking your calories. We are not going to track those this time because I think most of you got it! <BR> <BR> We are going to focus on: <BR> 1) 10+ min per day of MOVEMENT <BR> 2) Logging in/Spinning the Wheel and bonus team points <BR> 3) Hitting your ranges for your personal goal (Choose- do you want to work on calo... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:08:57 EST Form Words Using Letters in Weekly Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x58353640 Using only the letters in WEEKLY CHALLENGES let's see how many words we can form. List only one word at a time. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:52 EST Cut Those Calories Weekly Challenge 6/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58301137 It's finally Summer!!! Let's cut some of those nonessential calories and make our meals and ourselves a little lighter. It's easer than you may think to cut some calories. Check out the following articles. See if you can find a way to cut 100 calories each day. Don't forget to get your points!! <BR> <BR> 50 easy ways to cut 100 calories: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <BR> Cut Calories Without Dieting <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:54:13 EST Links in a Chain Bi-Monthly Challenge 6/15/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58221639 Lets all form positive new habits <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Pick one lifestyle change you would like to become a new habit. Link it to another daily habit you are already successful at. <BR> <BR> Example of Linking: <BR> GETTING IN MORE MOVEMENT DURING COMMERCIALS <BR> DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AFTER BRUSHING YOUR TEETH <BR> <BR> ** It should be a link that will encourage you to form a new habit that you want to link with an existing habit. <BR> ** Please remember to report daily with any... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:27:15 EST Father's Day Weekly Challenge. 6/15/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58216568 Fathers Challenge <BR> <BR> Today is Fathers Day. Let's dedicate this weeks challenge to any special man in your life. I will be thinking of my special man while I do these each day. All of these are things we should all be doing each day. So let's get them done. <BR> <BR> You get 1 point for doing each item one time each day. If you manage to do them all you will get 3 bonus points for a total of 10 points per day. If you get all 70 points then you get any additional 50 points consiste... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:33:53 EST "I CAN" Weekly Challenge. 6/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58136577 This challenge is all about "I CAN". I have designed this challenge to touch on every aspect that we need to work on in order to change our habits. Our thinking. Our strength training. Our activity. Our nutrition. So this week ... stop making excuses and prove "I CAN". I know that I CAN ... but can you? <BR> <BR> I -- we are working on ourselves. Our self-talk. Every morning we are going to stand in front of the mirror and repeat 3 sentences outloud 3 times. <BR> .......I have the ability ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 02:00:19 EST Summer Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x58079248 List things you associate with summer. Let's make is a little more challenging and list them in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A - Air conditioning Mon, 2 Jun 2014 05:52:12 EST Oh No Another Plateau Bi-Monthly Challenge 6/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58060689 We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying your best, feeling like you are doing everything right, yet not making any progress towards your weight loss or fitness goals. <BR> <BR> OK we all reach that annoying plateaus. If your not there right now you can still jump start a better weight loss through this cha... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:49:19 EST June Fitness Monthly Challenge: 6/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58060627 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:40:06 EST Eat The Rainbow Weekly Challenge. 6/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x58060599 This week is all about color! We will be tasting the rainbow by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and veggies daily. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to experiment with a wide variety of colors. Try something new and different rather than sticking to the same routine. Get creative and experiment a little, you just might discover some new favorites, or maybe new flavorful combinations. Make it just a little more interesting! List what you ate under the color and total the number of... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:33:25 EST Personal Nutrition Weekly Challenge 5/25/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57981246 This week we are going to choose our own nutritional goals so it meets what you are having problems with. <em>194</em> <em>475</em> <em>550</em> Pick your own goal such as keep calories within range or eat 4-5 freggies or eat no more than XX number of carbs. <BR> <BR> **Each goal must be nutritional. <BR> **Each goal must be well defined. Avoid words such as "more" or "less". <BR> **Keep your goal doable. We want you to succeed. <BR> <BR> My water has been slipping so my goal... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:38:50 EST 2-Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge. 5/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57914633 Sorry for being so late with this but I had a seizure that put me out for the count for 24 hours. This is going to start on Monday since it is so late. <BR> <BR> This week we will try to add one exercise each day until we are doing a total of six by the end of the week. Let's all give it a try. <em>381</em> <em>402</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Make sure to come back each day to let everyone know how you did and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> Mon - 1st day----Do... Sun, 18 May 2014 12:57:14 EST Multi-Piece Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57910277 This is a multi-piece challenge will help you stay healthy, Spark & earn points too. Do this and you will be motivated to keep doing more. <BR> <BR> For this challenge we are going to concentrate on movement, points, nutrition, sparking and updating our own pages. <BR> <BR> 1) 10+ min per day of MOVEMENT <BR> 2) Logging in/Spinning the Wheel <BR> 3) Hitting your ranges for your personal goal (Choose- do you want to work on calories, fat, protein, calcium? Pick one or something else and st... Sun, 18 May 2014 00:54:44 EST Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge 5/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57905304 This week we will try to add one exercise each day until we are doing a total of six by the end of the week. We will take Saturday off for a rest day. Let's all give it a try. <em>381</em> <em>402</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Make sure to come back each day to let everyone know how you did and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> Sun - 1st day----Do 10 wpu (wall pushups) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp.?ID=107&from=fitness </link> <BR> <BR... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:44:58 EST Steady as She Goes Weekly Challenge 5/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57822141 This challenge is very, very simple. The following template needs to be copied just once for the entire challenge. <BR> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST MORE THAN ONCE. PLEASE EDIT YOUR POST!!! <BR> <BR> Top points get special goodies!! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> • Water: Aim for at least 8 cups (number of cups x 3 points) =______ <BR> Sun: <BR> Mon: ... Sat, 10 May 2014 00:54:07 EST Famous Person Name Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x57793837 (Found this game on another SparkTeam Forum.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to name a famous person. The next person must use the first letter of the last name and name a famous person whose first name starts with that letter. <BR> <BR> Russel Crowe <BR> <BR> Choose a person whose first name starts with C <BR> <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 16:49:59 EST Third letter starts a new food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x57786655 Each person lists a food using the third letter of the last food listed as the first letter of the next food. <BR> <BR> Potato <BR> <BR> Next food starts with T Wed, 7 May 2014 05:18:47 EST One Minute Exercise Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57737485 This one can be a lot of fun. Each day you must do the exercise the previous person lists. You than list an exercise for the next person to do. If you can not do whatever the person listed for you then modify it and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> For instance if someone told me to do 1 minute of jumping jacks I would need to do 1/2 jacks because I can't jump and I just step to each side as I raise my arms. <BR> <BR> Let's have fun. This starts Sunday. I'll start you out. . . <BR> <... Sat, 3 May 2014 01:13:27 EST Portion Distortion Bi-Monthly Challenge. 5/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57737319 Were you told to finish everything on your plate when you were a child? There are starving children . . . I sure was. I have the worst time leaving food behind on my plate. Do you eat the right portions of the foods you eat? I try but I'm not always successful. Do you know the new nutritional picture is no longer a pyramid? It is now a plate and glass. 1/4 of your plate is protein, <em>492</em> <em>53</em> 1/4 carbs, <em>367</em> and 1/2 freggies <em>550</em> . The glass is d... Sat, 3 May 2014 00:45:58 EST May 2014 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57722273 So sorry I'm late with this. . . <BR> <BR> New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:12:00 EST New Team Page, Express your Likes/Dislikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x57717237 Many of you have expressed your feelings about the new team page in various ways. Many more have not seen or not tried it out. Still more have sat in silence. <BR> <BR> Please let me know your feelings on this change so that I may pass them along. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Pam <BR> The Challenge Team Leader Thu, 1 May 2014 12:42:50 EST Great Snacks a Weekly Challenge 4/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57653113 I don't know about you but the hardest thing for me to control is my snacking. I'm either snacking too often or snacking on the wrong thing or both!! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> It's getting to be the time of year where our clothes become just a bit more revealing <em>67</em> and the last thing we want is to reveal the wrong thing. It's time to take control. Who is with me?? <BR> <BR> In this challenge we will make smart choices as it pertains to our snacking. There are articles below that ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:54:00 EST Challenge accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x57632811 I'm totally new here so if I'm posting in the wrong spot.... apologies I accepted the nutrition tracking challenge and completed 2days today. I think it's the bomb Awareness I haven't had in the past is now in the forefront of my brain <em>211</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:06:13 EST Need some encouragment and support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57596789 Today was a bad day. I never considered myself an emotional eater. But DH and I went for physicals and DH has high PSA count and that possibly means prostate cancer. He has to go in for biopsy. We are both very anxious about this news and all my challenges and tracking went south for the day. Please pray that DH and I can grow old together and that life is not going to take a turn for the worse. I pray that I can stay focused on what really matters, but also don't lose track of my chall... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:03:36 EST Back to Basics Weekly Challenge 4/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57576001 We get new members almost every day. It's time to take a look at what gets us to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations of healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 7 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to prioritise – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> <BR> 1. Drink water – aim for at... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:41:57 EST PLANTING SEASON Bi-Monthly Challenge 4/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57565408 Have you started planting that flower or vegetable garden? I started yesterday. It's the season of new things, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Have fun these next two weeks by challenging yourself each day with something different. <em>386</em> Get healthy in fourteen different ways. You can do each one only once and only one task per day. List the day that you complete the task. You get one point for each day you complete one task. ADD UP YOUR POINTS BY THE END OF MONDAY. ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:53:08 EST Who am I??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x57542452 Hi team my name is Bonnie Richardson, i live in bloomsburg, PA and I am looking at getting my army body back...currently I have about 40 pounds to lose for short term goal...I go to the gym almost everyday. Although I get frustrated since i am not as young as I used to be and need to keep reminding myself that I can't go to the gym and workout at hours at a time....and really abuse my body...Although that is what I REALLY want to do. <BR> <BR> What I am hoping to get out of this group is su... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:49:00 EST mood stabilizers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x57526192 I take abilify and ever since I began, I have gained almost 20 pounds. It makes me hungry and wand to binge it. It's extremely hard to control myself. My psychiatrist says I've gotta get some of that weight back off. (Some of it is due to birthing my 2 beautiful babies.) Any suggestions? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:17:23 EST Mirror Mirror on the Wall, How do you feel today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x57486044 How do you feel about who's looking back in your mirror today? <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Let the Team share in your successes. <BR> Let us help get you back on track. <BR> Are you thrilled <em>224</em> <BR> Do you need a kind word? <em>211</em> <BR> Do you feel not so great? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Let us know! <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:10:59 EST BEING ACCOUNTABLE (today's focus is. . .) 4/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x57485819 Post what your focus or plans are today. Be it exercise <em>206</em> , water <em>194</em> , freggies <em>550</em> , "me" time <em>268</em> , to-do list <em>542</em> or whatever <em>38</em> . Being accountable really helps us to what needs doing. <BR> <BR> As we have heard....We CAN do it....now, let's get to it!!! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:42:46 EST Water Logged Weekly Challenge 4/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57485583 In this challenge you are competing for your health.  The idea is that you increase your water intake. Do not feel intimated. It may be easier than you expect. <BR> <BR> We have often been told that we need to drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water a day.  Is this enough? <em>91</em> <BR> A good indicator is the color of your urine.  It should be near clear if your drinking enough.  <BR> <BR> If not . . .  <BR> Your actual water intake is determined by your weight, your physical activity a... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:08:00 EST September 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x57414329 <em>30</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:32:47 EST Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge 4/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57405135 This week we will increase our exercise each day. There are 2 options – choose the one that’s best for you. It doesn’t matter whether you do cardio or strength exercise, you just need to make sure that you do something every day. <BR> <BR> Share here which option you have chosen, along with your starting point and planned increments. Come back every day to share your progress. <BR> <BR> Option 1. Progressive Minutes <BR> Choose a starting point eg 10 minutes, then decide how many minutes yo... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:01:20 EST GARDENING*TIME Bi-Monthly Challenge. 4/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57393178 I received a lot of great comments about the multiple task Bi-Monthly challenges. I believe I'm going to keep this format for most Bi-Monthly challenges. If you have any comments about my decision to maintain this multiple task format, good or bad, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. <BR> <BR> The weather is changing. Flowers are starting to bloom and it's time to plant that long awaited garden. <em>376</em> I can taste those fresh veggies already. How about you? Better get ready for those shorts. Cha... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:39:15 EST April 2014 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57342255 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:29:12 EST Double letter words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x57336337 Starting with "A" and going in order through the alphabet, post words that have double letters in them. Post more than one word at a time if you wish, as long as the first word starts with the next alphabetical letter. <BR> <BR> First: "A" accent <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:21:31 EST Just Do It Weekly Challenge 3/30/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57300299 JUST DO IT! What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Warm weather is coming again. Getting ready for that garden or thinking about doing some spring cleaning? Falling back into old habits? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp your exercise routine, clean off all those flat places in your home that just seem to propagate stuff, change your daily routine, schedule some “me-time”, cook homemade meals, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, let's get it done!! <BR> <BR> Share wi... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:13:20 EST SPRING*FLOWERS Bi-Monthly Challenge 3/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57216226 Spring has sprung. <em>376</em> It's time to open our windows and doors and get our bodies and minds in shape for this glorious time of year. Come out to play and challenge yourself each day with something different. Improve your health in fourteen different ways. Enjoy the newness of this time of year. <em>378</em> You can do each one only once and only per day. List the day that you complete it. <BR> <BR> S - __ Support another member. Tell them something nice in any way. <BR>... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:58:42 EST Spreading Your Horizons Weekly Challenge 3/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57216036 Do one NEW healthy activity each day to bring you over to the lite side!! If you don't care for what's on the list use your imagination and choose your own, but it must be something that you know will help with your healthy lifestyle journey. You could even choose something different to do each day. Our bodies respond well to change, spread your horizons and try new healthy alternatives. <BR> <BR> How much will you challenge yourself this week? <BR> Come back here each day and share what ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:14:55 EST Another New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x57206644 Hi, I'm new to this team. When I first joined spark people back in early Jan, I joined too many things at once and couldn't keep up with it all, but I'm getting the hang of it now and I liked the idea of a weekly challenge to keep me focused. I'll probably jump in where I can.Thanks for including me. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:25:43 EST did good on exercise & not eating candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x57150787 Iam proud of myself it has been 2 weeks with exercising at least 10 minutes everyday and not eating cookies or candy this week,hopefully I can keep up the good work Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:52:06 EST 6 Word Success Story Weekly Challenge. 3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57137998 This week we will focus on our successes. Ones that we've already had, ones that we're getting close to and ones that we're aiming for. Ask yourself how you know/will know that you're making progress - maybe you can walk further, or faster, maybe you eat more freggies, maybe you've gained confidence... whatever the answers, they're your successes. <em>243</em> Now you need to exercise your brain! You need to fit your success into 6 words - no more, no less! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Examp... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:57:00 EST St. Patrick's Bi-Monthly Challenge 3/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57057709 We are all Irish this month <em>441</em> A fun holiday for you. <em>137</em> The are a collection of tasks below. You can do each one only once and only per day. List the day that you complete it. Have fun and see how many you can do. Get your pot of gold <em>440</em> Earn one point for each day. <BR> Please total your points at the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> S - __ Some type of exercise every time you use the rest room. <BR> T - __ Take 30 minutes of me time. <BR> P ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 00:28:49 EST Progress UR Way To Health Weekly Challenge 3/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x57057653 This week we are going to work a little harder each day. On Monday you need to do one task. On Tuesday a second task is added and so on. Can you keep up? I think can. Try it with me. Good luck and let us know each day how your doing. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> SUNDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> MONDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <BR> 5 Freggies <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Slee... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 00:17:53 EST Crazy Eights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x57008346 CRAZY EIGHTS - Letters Game <BR> <BR> 1. For this game, pick and post 8 random letters. <BR> 2. The next person makes a sentence using the letters from each in order. <BR> 3. When you have created your sentence with the previous posted 8 letters, <BR> 4. Create 8 random letters for the next person to make a sentence out of your random 8 letters, such as: <BR> <BR> OMSWSACP <BR> <BR> Old men shouldn't wear Speedos at company picnics. <BR> <BR> HOATBEAS Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:15:50 EST March 2014 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56956827 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:18:18 EST Start a Streak Weekly Challenge 3/1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56956731 Want a power boost? Increased confidence? Need to build momentum and stay on the winning side? Then it’s time to start a streak. <BR> First you need to decide what you need to focus on – what ONE thing will bring you nearer to the YOU you want to be, what do you need to focus on right now? Here are some ideas but the options are limitless – a streak can help to motivate you to break or create any habit: <BR> • 10 minutes exercise <BR> • Eat 2 freggies <BR> • Take small breaks throughout the... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:06:35 EST 60 Second Bi-Monthly Challenge 2/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56879272 This is a challenge to get you moving in the morning and set the tone for the rest of the day and, that’s right, it only takes 60 SECONDS!! <BR> <BR> All you need to do is choose an exercise to do first thing in the morning – it may be cardio: eg jumping jacks, jump rope or jogging in place or maybe a strength training exercise: eg lunges, crunches, push ups - and simply do that exercise for just 60 seconds. <BR> <BR> It may be an idea to plan which exercise you’ll do beforehand! If you’re... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:11:30 EST Hello! I'm new to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56878770 Hi! My name is Jessy and I'm new to the team. I'm excited about the weekly and monthly challenges. I'll be starting the monthly one in March since it's only 6 days away now. I'm going to try to stay active with the group. But to be honest, sometime I suffer from anxiety and can't seem to force myself to post for a couple of weeks. Then I feel guilty. I like the idea that this team has weekly challenges this way if I miss a week I can start back up the following week. <BR> <BR> I was startin... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:45:53 EST Nutritional Weekly Challenge 2/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56875167 If one of your goals is to lose weight then it's extremely important to implement good nutritional guidelines. Your nutritional tracker is the single most important thing you have in your arsenal for a healthy life. If you go to high or too low you will not get the most optimal results. Each belt represents an aspect of the nutritional tracker. <BR> <BR> For each belt you earn each day, you get the number of points within the parentheses. If you get all five on any given day, you get an... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:31:51 EST Hello from Indiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56804846 Hello all! Another newby here. I live and work on a small farm; I and my husband own. We've cut back pretty severely since my hubby had a run in with the bull a few years back, but we still do hay for our cows and horses. Looking for some motivation to keep working out. Need to get ready for Summertime on the farm. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:03:16 EST Optimal Condition Weekly Challenge. 2/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56790389 Thank you CHAKARA for helping in my our of need. <BR> <BR> We all need to take care of ourselves. We need good nutrition, exercise, plenty of water and enough sleep to keep our bodies running in great condition. If any of these things are missing from our daily regime our bodies will not run be in its optimal condition. How many belts can you collect each day? <BR> <BR> BLUE BELT - Water: Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> YELLOW BELT - Mellow: Complete 5 minutes of stretching or yoga poses <... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:00:41 EST Just getting started... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56754360 Hi! I have been on and off diets for many years and just recently decided to consider myself going through a change of lifestyle rather than another diet. I am committed to exercising at least 5-6 days a week, only eating 2 servings of whole grains a day, 1 serving of lean beef a week, and I am only eating healthy sugars (like fruit) other than my one cheat a week. This is my 3rd week following my new lifestyle plan and not only have I lost 6.2 lbs but I just generally feel better. I haven't ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:58:07 EST Encourage and Celebrate Challenge 2/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56707585 In the spirit of love lets focus on one another. <BR> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> For the next we will focus on support. No matter what we're doing in life it's always easier with support and encouragement. So let's reach out and help those around us. <BR> <BR> Reach out to someone in our team and offer support/ encouragement and celebrate achievements. Write on a sparkpage, se... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:58:10 EST Valentine's Day Bi-Monthly Challenge 2/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56691986 Valentine's Day is almost upon us. <em>129</em> Stay healthy and encourage each other during this dangerous time of year. <BR> <BR> Do each item on this list only once. Do only 1 item per day. By the end of the 2 weeks you should have done each item once. Take 1 day as a free day. List the date you complete each item. <BR> <BR> Have fun and remember you have to burn a lot of calories to make up for the chocolate. <em>255</em> Give flowers instead. <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> V iew ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 04:04:09 EST A - Z Grocery Store Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x56614766 Name things you can buy at a grocery store in alphabetical order. Let's stick to grocery store, not a superstore. <BR> <BR> A - asparagus Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:22:38 EST February 2014 Monthly Fitness Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56605399 SORRY LATE AGAIN!!! <BR> <BR> New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> Remember its a short month when your setting your goal for February. Don't go overboard this month. We want you to have a doable goal for you. We want you to have a successful month. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:49:41 EST Work Those Abs Weekly Challenge 2/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56605241 Valentines Day is on its way. It takes 40 minutes of running to make up for one candy bar. Let's get ready and burn some calories. Were going to concentrate on something other than the sweets that are in every isle. Exercise those temptations away. <BR> <BR> Was one of your resolutions regarding fitness? A large part of fitness is exercise. If you carry your weight in your stomach then this challenge is for you. If you don't carry your weight then it's still an important part of your worko... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:33:11 EST Lunchtime Blues Weekly Challenge 1/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56516529 Lunchtime Blues. <BR> <BR> Many of us don't know what to eat at lunch or we eat the same thing every day. Lets bring some variety into our lives. <BR> <BR> Lunch should be between 400-600 cal and contain vegetables, protein and carbs. <BR> <BR> Lets share what we ate for lunch today. <BR> If you have a special recipe share it with the team. <BR> Try a new recipe or try someone else's favorite lunch. Lets experiment. <BR> If you eat a salad for lunch tell us what's interesting about... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:40:37 EST Bi-Monthly Cardio Challenge 1/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56516447 Cardio Challenge <BR> <BR> Cardio exercise is good for your heart, body and mind. It reduces body fat, decreases total cholesterol, boosts mood, lowers resting heart rate, and improves heart and lung function – so let’s do it! <BR> <BR> This week our challenge is to aim for a MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES cardio (aerobic) exercise each day – more if you can. <BR> <BR> There are hundreds of cardio options to choose from. The important thing is that you choose something you enjoy and then do it inte... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:31:18 EST New and looking for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56436089 Hi, I'm new to the Weekly Challenges team but not to SparkPeople. I lost 35 pounds last year and I want to lose another 30. My motivation is dwindling which is why I joined this team - I think weekly challenges will help me get back on track. Best wishes to everyone on this journey, <BR> Andreja Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:42:31 EST Hello, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56422516 Just signed up in this team and am a new Spark member. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:07:37 EST Weekly Points Challenge. 1/19/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56416216 Do you get tired of the same challenge every day of the week? Well let's this simple challenge. Do a different task each day until all are completed. Complete all seven tasks in any order you wish as long as you complete them all throughout the week. Feel free to do more each day but YOU WILL ONLY GET CREDIT FOR ONE TASK PER DAY. Make sure you tell us which task was completed on what day of the week. Each day you complete a task you will earn 1 point. If you complete all seven different ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:26:38 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56351887 <em>30</em> Hi there! Day one! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:25:22 EST MOVE THAT BOD W/ SP VIDEOS BI-MONTH CHALLENGE 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56320832 There are 3 levels of cardio and strength videos. You give yourself points depending on which video you decide to complete each day. Have your own video you would like to use? That's OK. Exercise to your own video for 10 minutes - 1 pt., for 15 minutes - 3 pts., for 20 minutes or more - 5 pts. <BR> <BR> Watch the same or a different video every day. Get to know what is available in the Spark People Videos, and how will your body respond to these fitness activities? You might like it Let's... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:34:37 EST TASTE THE RAINBOW WEEKLY CHALLENGE. 1/12/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56320566 This challenge is all about color! <BR> We are going to Taste the Rainbow by choosing different colored fruits and veggies!! <BR> <BR> RED: <BR> Strawberries ..... Watermelon.....Tomatoes..... <BR> <BR> GREEN: <BR> Lettuce.....Celery.....Green beans.....Sweet Peas.....Peppers.....Asparagus <BR> <BR> YELLOW: <BR> Yellow peppers.....Squash.....Corn <BR> <BR> WHITE: <BR> Onions.....Potatoes..... <BR> <BR> PURPLE: <BR> Grapes.....Eggplant..... <BR> <BR> BLUE: <BR> Blueberries..... <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:03:20 EST Back to Basic Weekly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56254177 Still trying to find things on the message board. Did find this one and felt it was a good start. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day -- <BR> Sunday -- Done <BR> Monday -- Done <BR> <BR> 2. Track food <BR> Sunday -- Done ** in goal range <BR> Monday -- Done ** in goal range <BR> <BR> 3. Excercise <BR> <BR> Sunday -- Done ** 20 min Zumba <BR> Monday -- missed <BR> <BR> 4. Get enough sleep <BR> Sunday -- Done Slept good 7 hours <BR> Monday -- got to bed late and up early not ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 05:23:13 EST Back to Basics Weekly Challenge 12/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56207423 <BR> It's a new year and we have many new members. It's time to take a fresh look at what gets us to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations of healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 7 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to prioritise – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> <BR> 1. Dri... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 04:04:26 EST A - My Name is Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x56192127 Did anyone play this game as a kid? For each letter of the alphabet, this is the pattern: <BR> <BR> _ my name is _[name]___ <BR> And my husband/wife's name is __[opposite gender name]__ <BR> We come from __[place name] ___ <BR> We like to eat ___[food]___ <BR> And we sell you ____[item that can be sold]____ <BR> <BR> So I'll start: <BR> <BR> A my name is Alice <BR> And my husband's name is Alfred <BR> We come from Alabama <BR> We like to eat Apples <BR> And we sell you Ace Banda... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 05:02:36 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56183602 Hi there, my name is Bree! <BR> <BR> I am 23, from Washington State and engaged. I am studying to become a Speech Language Pathologist as Western Washington University. <BR> <BR> I have a few medical problems that have resulted in surgeries and weight gain, but things are finally stable enough to really take a stab at being healthier! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:57:11 EST What FROG Did You Eat Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x56175135 We all want to reach our goals...BUT! <BR> We all have this "little habit"...PROCRASTINATION! <BR> <BR> Who's responsible? <em>201</em> <BR> He's your worst enemy... <BR> <BR> Go to this link and watch the video / listen carefully... <BR> <link>www.eatthatfrogmovie.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Your frog might be exercise, drinking water, freggies, cleaning, etc. It can be absolutely anything.....So, what is your FROG and have you eaten it yet today? <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:04:53 EST Your Journey Then and Now, What's Changed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x56175081 No matter how short or long your journey has been so far, what changes have you noticed? No matter how simple, big or small they seem, they all count! <BR> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>551</em> <em>53</em> <em>341</em> <em>237</em> <em>363</em> <em>332</em> <em>362</em> <em>224</em> <em>380</em> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <em>481</em> <em>418</em> <em>529</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:53:07 EST What Was Your Biggest Victory This Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x56174994 What is your biggest Victory this week that deserves a big Woo Hoo? Let's celebrate our achievements, and cheer each other on! <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:39:50 EST January 2014 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56171169 SORRY FOR BEING A BIT LATE!! <BR> <BR> New month and a new year. What are you going to do in this first month of 2014? <BR> <BR> New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> How many of us set some type of fitness goal? Don't go overboard this month. We want you to have a doable goal for you. Remember we want to start off this year with a success. It's time for all of us to make our goals. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exerci... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:51:06 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x56149713 <em>304</em> for the birthday wishes. I plan on leaving messages on everyone's page but I am off to spend New Year's with my Mom and brother. It will take me a couple days, but I will get to you. Again, thank you and Happy New Year. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:34:41 EST WAKE-UP AFFIRMATIONS BI-MONTHLY CHALLENGE 12/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56117701 Wakeup/Affirmations <BR> <BR> Let's set our new resolutions into our lives. Most of us are making New Years resolutions. Let's help one another stay on track. <BR> <BR> 1. First create a positive affirmation or resolution about yourself, a goal you've set for yourself or the positive things you are doing in your life. <BR> <BR> 2. Write that affirmation on a sticky note or print it out on your favorite paper and then post it someplace or many places where you will see it several times ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:26:41 EST NEW YEAR WEEKLY CHALLENGE 12/29/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56116672 The last challenge of 2013 <BR> <BR> Again this week is a very busy time. Most of us make our New Year resolutions. It's a time for renewal. Let's end some bad habits and creat some good ones. Follow us into the New Year. <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> N - Sunday - New exercise is great for your body. Try a new exercise.  <BR> <BR> E - Monday -... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:39:26 EST Hey I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x56116434 Hey all I'm new! 35 from Oklahoma. I love challenges so bring them on!! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:10:16 EST Christmas Weekly Challange 12/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x56053015 CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Christmas week is a busy time for most of us. Let's have some fun with this one. Hopefully it will be a destresser for all. For those of you that do not believe in a higher power then on Christmas Day spend time with yourself and/or your friends in a special way.  The last 2 letters are "Optional".  You may substitute them for any day of the week or if you have the time and energy you can add them to any day of the week. Have some fun. Have a Merry Christmas.  <... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:47:18 EST Let's Be HEALTHY Challenge 12/15/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55975102 Let's stay healthy this week. It's getting closer to Christmas and I know your time is getting short. So this should be a easy one for all the very busy people. <BR> Let's get going. Try to do each thing everyday just to keep yourself healthy. <BR> <BR> H. Have you listed your nutrition? Are you within your range? <BR> E. Educate yourself. Read an article about nutrition. What did you learn? <BR> A. Accentuate the positive. List something positive today. <BR> L. Limit your fat. Did you... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 04:31:38 EST Bowling 2-Week Challenge 12/15/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55975029 I COPIED THIS FROM ANOTHER TEAM. <BR> <BR> The new challenge, we will try this for a couple weeks and see how it goes. The goal is to try to get a strike everyday, and then by Saturday you would have a perfect score. There are lots of ways to get a strike. Hope you like it and let me know what you think: <BR> <BR> Pin 1. Meeting your water intake for the day. (8 glasses) <BR> *Pin 2. Commenting on a team member's blog daily (post who) <BR> *Pin 3. Staying in your calorie range for the day... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 04:01:01 EST Newbie on board-Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55970096 <BR> The older I get -the better I plan to be. Got work to do- life happened! 45years young Michigan mom is working at making my lifestyle healthier. I want to take care of my body as well as make it fit and strong. <BR> <BR> Need motivation, support and accountability! <BR> <BR> My new motto to live by & grow into-- Strong is the new pretty!! Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:35:27 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55927123 I just wanted to say Hi! <em>213</em> I am glad I joined this team. I have seen that it’s really active and supportive. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better and having this be a part of my weight loss journey. <BR> <em>224</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 22:29:08 EST My intro. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55905138 Hi Everyone, Happy holidays! I am new here. I am 110 lbs over weight with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre diabetic, edema, no energy and a breast cancer survivor. I am tired of being sick and being over weight. I am the primary care giver to a 82 year old disabled parent while working full time. I have very little time for taking care of myself. I desperately need to make changes to my life. I really look forward to engaging in Spark people. I am very grateful this is a free web s... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:34:09 EST Shake it up challenge - 12/08/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55895831 Shake It Up Challenge <BR> <BR> Shake things up this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you in a rut with exercise, food, or even your daily routine? This week let’s challenge ourselves to shake things up in as many areas as you desire or need. Following are a few ideas, but maybe there are others you can personally identify: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Each day try something different, out of the ordinary, or just plain fun. Spice up your routine with dance, or something you never thought you could do. M... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:06:09 EST To Link or Not to Link (fitness to food tracker)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x55875417 I have a question. My goal is to loss 2 pounds a week. I am a little inconsistent on exercising and, therefore, have never linked my fitness minutes to my food tracker. Unlinked, I was allowed between 1260-1600 calories a day. I OFTEN exceeded this. Today, I linked the two and my calories allowed shot WAY up!!!!! I mean like 2500+ calories for the day. I know it is dependent on the amount of exercise but this just seems really high. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have an opinion or guidance on this ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:48:38 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55869948 Hello All - Looking forward to joining the team. Glad to see such an active group. <BR> <BR> Single mom of 2 kids - the pounds and stress eating have snuck up on over the years and this is the first year that it's been really really hard to get the weight to move off. This is my second time in the Spark teams. <BR> <BR> April Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:52:26 EST Excited to see an active group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55843881 I have been back on sparkpeople for about a week after a 3 year hiatus. I loved sparkpeople but couldn't find a team where people were active posters. This team seems perfect! I'm so excited. <BR> <BR> I'm a young 23 year old new mom. My daughter is just 8 weeks but I've been given the go ahead to start exercising. I was so lazy while pregnant. I would like to go back to my healthy ways. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:12:17 EST Winter Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x55839677 What do you think of when you hear the word "Winter"? Let's see how many we can come up with. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:02:45 EST Will or Won't Challenge - 12/1/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55820769 Think about yesterday. What could you've done better? <em>24</em> What could you've done worse? <em>40</em> What shouldn't you have done at all? <em>39</em> Make it a better day today. <em>334</em> This week do something that will make it a better day. Make it a better day by not doing something. Think about will make today a better day. <BR> <BR> What positive thing WILL you do today? <em>250</em> <BR> What negative thing WON'T you do today? <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> Che... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 01:44:06 EST December 2013 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55820657 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> For many of us it's starting to snow or the heaters are cranking up. I get lazy and want to snuggle down deep when it gets cold. Let's kick up that energy level and warm ourselves up!! <em>444</em> <em>548</em> <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their g... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 01:07:10 EST Better Eating Habit - 12/1/2013 - 2 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55809388 How did you last week through our biggest eating holiday? I for one didn't do very well. Many of us didn't concentrate on the challenges due to the holiday. It's time to get back on track and get ready for the December Holiday. <BR> <BR> For two weeks, let’s make a plan that will help us do a better job of eating healthier. What will you choose that will make an impact on your eating habits? Here’s a few examples, but feel free to use a different one that means more to you. It needs to be ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:03:55 EST New Team Mate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55791622 I joined SparkPeople to learn how to manage my life, to face the challenges of health issues associated with a chronic illness that is destroying my body. I feel that Spark People saved my sanity through education. The articles and video's, the challenge teams, tracking my food and exercise puts me back into control of how I live day to day. <BR> <BR> I am married, have grown children (3), grand-kids(4),cats(5),and a dog. We live in Reno, Nevada and love it here. I am co-leader of “Living... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:58:31 EST I will miss you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x55774501 I will not be taking part in the threads for awhile. I am having real bad computer issues and it is a real hassle to be on the threads. It has robbed me of all the joy of sparking and turned it into nothing but frustration. It has taken 32 minutes to write this so far. I wish everyone Happy Holidays. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:09:32 EST Introducing myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55751528 Hi everyone, just a little info about myself. <BR> I'm a 45 yr old female that has been battling with my weight for many years....now it is really taking a toll on my health.; So time for big changes, and today is the first day of becoming a healthier me!! <em>9</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:51:15 EST Thank You Challenge - 11/24/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55736417 Hi team, <BR> <BR> It's the time of year that we think about others and ourselves. We think about all the things in our lives that we are blessed with. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have written a list of healthy ideas that are good for our minds and our bodies. Do as many as you can each day. Come back and let us know how many and what you did. <BR> <BR> I wish to thank each one of you for being a part of our team and taking part in the challenges. You have made it a pleasure to be le... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:16:06 EST Finish Your Plate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x55723340 Does anyone else suffer from "finish your plate" complex? I didn't grow up in a household where I had to finish my plate, however, at some point I decided I needed to. Even if I'm full I have a hard time stopping because I don't waste food....and I want to eat it because it's there. I do that at restaurants as well. When I'm done and I ask for a box, I'll keep eating until they get the box just because it's in front of me. I finally started asking for the box at the start of the meal. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:25:55 EST Watch That Lean Body Weekly Challenge 11/17/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55663386 There are 3 levels of cardio and strength videos. You give yourself points depending on which video you decide to complete each day.  Have your own video you would like to use? That's OK. Exercise to your own video for 10 minutes - 1 pt., for 15 minutes - 3 pts., for 20 minutes or more - 5 pts. <BR> <BR> You can watch the same or a different video every day, but variety is better for you. Get to know what is available in the Spark People Videos, and how will your body respond to these fitne... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 02:39:43 EST Burn Baby Burn Bi-Monthly Challenge - 11/17/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55663212 OK TEAM ITS TIME TO BURN <BR> <BR> It's getting cold. It's that time of year when all we want to do is snuggle in a warm blanket by the fire. Are you starting to feel the chill creep in? Nothing warms you up like a quick bit of exercise. So let's warm up. I have included three different links to give all of you some ideas. Read the articles. (Get those points). Choose something from one of them and torch at least 100 calories. Come back as often as possible and let us know what you tried ea... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:28:07 EST Back to Basics - 11/10/13 - starts Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55569767 We have a lot of new members and others that are having a bit of trouble now that fall is beginning and days are getting shorter. <BR> <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations for healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 7 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to be prioritized – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 23:57:40 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55542772 Hi! I'm Lyta. I'm in my early 40s & have about 75 lbs to lose. I've done SparkPeople before, but only half-heartedly, so I'm hoping joining a team or two will help me stay active. <BR> <BR> I know what I have to do - it's just finding the motivation to do it & more importantly, keep up with it. A group with regular challenges sounds perfect for keeping up motivation! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:38:18 EST Oh No! Another Plateau Challenge 11/4/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55503441 We hear it all the time—you changed your habits and lost weight steadily, but after awhile, that progress halted. You’ve been stuck at the same weight for days, weeks, or even months. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying your best, feeling like you are doing everything right, yet not making any progress towards your weight loss or fitness goals. <BR> <BR> OK we all reach that annoying plateaus. If your not there right you can still jump start a better weight loss through this challen... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:12:31 EST i just joined team not really sure where to post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x55483665 hi my name is peggy i just now joined your team and not sure what all i am to do and where i am suppose to post things so i will start here and let you all correct and direct me..... i weighed 243 a week ago, now i weigh 247. i have trouble with water weight gain, i take 80 mg lasix 2 times a day.i am a diabetic and learning news waysw to eat,counting carbs,, etcc Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:54:19 EST Water Logged Challenge 11/03/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55483228 In this challenge you are competing for your health.  The idea is that you increase your water intake do not feel intimated. <BR> <BR> We have often been told that we need to drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water a day.  Is this enough? <em>91</em> <BR> A good indicator is the color of your urine.  It should be clear if your drinking enough.  <BR> <BR> If not . . .  <BR> Your actual water intake is determined by your weight, your physical activity and the weather.  Most of us who drink 64 ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 01:18:53 EST November 2013 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55479699 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> It's getting colder so let's not let us slow down!? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the succes grow as those minutes add up! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness Minutes ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:39:27 EST I am thankful for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x55473768 Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Let's see how many things we have to be thankful for! Doesn't need to be in alphabetical order, just list what you're thankful for. <BR> <BR> My husband Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:04:29 EST Just Do It Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55413303 Hi, I'm just trying to get back on the bandwagon again. The cold weather, and shorter days have been discouraging, and this challenge is just what I needed! Just got back from a 50 minute walk with my teenage daughter. Had to bundle up because the wind was cold, but felt great once I got back inside again. I plan on walking every day, and if the weather's terrible, I will go on my elliptical. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:31:08 EST JUST DO IT!!! Challenge (10/27/2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55396733 JUST DO IT! What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Warm weather is over for most of us. Getting lazy with the cool weather? Falling back into old habits? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp your exercise routine, clean off all those flat places in your home that just seem to propagate stuff, change your daily routine, schedule some “me-time”, cook homemade meals, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, let's get it done!! <BR> <BR> Share with us what you'll be working on t... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:20:43 EST HALLOWEEN TIME CHALLENGE (10/21/13). Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55336460 Sorry I'm so late with this. <BR> <BR> It's almost Halloween and I thought for the next two weeks (shy one day since I'm late)we should all get in the mood. Do one each day and mark it off when it's completed to get a point. If you complete them all you get an extra 5 points. <BR> <BR> 1st place - 18 points <BR> 2nd place - 13-10 points <BR> 3rd place - 9-5 points <BR> <BR> H __ Hop around your home (1-2 feet) for 5-10 mins. How many min.? <BR> A __ Abstain from all sugary snacks. <BR> ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 02:01:21 EST Strengthen Your Brain - 10/20/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55315515 We all know that exercise is good for our bodies and our mood. Did you know that exercise is great for our memories? According to the article linked below exercises cuts your lifetime chances in half of getting Alzheimer's and cuts your chances of general dementia in half. I found this to be astounding and decided to incorporate it into this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>pubs.aarp.org/aarpbulletin/201309_DC<BR>/m3/Page.action?folio=12 </link> <BR> <BR> Foods that our brains' need ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:27:42 EST Pay it Forward. 10/13/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55243480 No matter where we are on our journey, we all have areas which need particular focus and attention individually, but also as a team. Sometimes we can become too focused on ourselves, and less as a team. This week our challenge is to work on both, with emphasis on putting each other first. <BR> <BR> FIRST: Let’s reach out, uplift, encourage, support, and cheer our teammates on daily. Welcome new members, give a goodie, post an original comment on our huddle wall, visit a sparkpage or blog and... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 23:12:41 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55164235 Hi my name is Cynthia and I am new to this team. Last year I lost 50 pounds, but earlier this year I had an illness which unfortunately kept me from the gym and I have regained almost 30 pounds. I am better now although not totally back to myself. I am going back to the gym but not at the same level of intensity I had previously, and I am an impatient person ! I know what I need to do but my body has other ideas. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:36:06 EST 6 Word Success Story Challenge 10/06/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55155094 This week we will focus on our successes. Ones that we've already had, ones that we're getting close to and ones that we're aiming for. Ask yourself how you know/will know that you're making progress - maybe you can walk further, or faster, maybe you eat more freggies, maybe you've gained confidence... whatever the answers, they're your successes. Now you need to exercise your brain! You need to fit your success into 6 words - no more, no less! <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> With healthier diet, l... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:20:03 EST Back to Basics 10/06/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55146212 <BR> This week we will focus on the foundations for healthy living. You may already be doing some of these but are you doing ALL of them? Choose AT LEAST TWO of the following actions to focus on for the NEXT 14 DAYS. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to be prioritized – things won’t change until we start to do things differently! <BR> <BR> I am challenging you all to get back into a regular routine of.... <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking your Food and Fitness, <BR> <BR> 2. D... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 00:16:54 EST Newbie here!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55129056 Hi everyone my name is Korie and i joined spark people 2 years ago but never really used it and so I'm back trying to figure out how everything works and find some motivation and things to help me hold myself accountable! I just had my second child in may and have a whole other person i need to loose! saw this thread and thought it would be fun! looking forward to getting started and also i see alot of trackers on here but cant figure out how to put one on my page so if anyone can share how y... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:44:42 EST October 2013 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55098286 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the succes grow as those minutes add up! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness Minutes left to go: <BR> Total Minutes Achieved: <BR> <BR> October 1 <BR> Octo... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:45:33 EST Word Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x55082172 One person posts a word. The next person posts the first word that comes to mind from the previous word. Then the next person posts the first word that comes to mind from the (second) word, and so on. <BR> <BR> first word: hurricane <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:09:14 EST W.I.N. Challenge 9/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x55065096 W.I.N. <BR> <BR> W = Water (7 + glasses )--10 pts.daily <BR> Sunday: <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> I = IGNITE YOUR BODY - (20 minute exercise workout - your choice)--10 pts.daily <BR> Sunday: <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> N = Nutrition (5 fruits/veggies a day)--10 pts.daily <BR> Sunday: <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> S... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:32:53 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55045687 I joined SparkPeople over 3 years ago but didn't track regularly. I decided to give it another try realizing I have to do the work irregardless of the plan. This tool is great because it helps me stay on track with all the things that matter when comes to dropping pounds. <BR> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:29:21 EST Just introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x55038055 Hello everyone! My name is Dawn and I just joined the group. I lost 77 lbs and have kept most of it off for almost 3 yrs now...problem is I still need to lose about 50 and my mojo jumped out the window. I'm here trying to get re-motivated to get that last 50 off. It would be sooooo nice to look good for my best friends wedding in May (yes...wearing the horrid makes everyone but stick people look fat bridesmaid dress ;)). She made us order the dresses already so I might be in trouble ther... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:17:45 EST Being Healthy is the Bomb!! 09/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54987147 Being Healthy is the Bomb!! <BR> <BR> Let's get even more HEALTHY this week. Try a new item listed every day. Try to do them all throughout the week or do multiple ones each day. Come by each day and let us know which ones you did and how it was for you. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Lets see who does the most items each day of the week!! Have fun with this <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> H-ave a walk around your house/apt. 10x or as many times as you can <BR> E-at a healthy breakfast. What was i... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:43:26 EST Be Kind to Your Mind 09/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54987086 Be Kind to Your Mind <BR> <BR> We all have varying degrees of stress from day to day. This reduces your ability to lose weight, destroys good sleep and in general hurts our minds and bodies. The link below has 78 was to de-stress. Some are fun and some take only a matter of minutes. We all have a couple of minutes to be kind to our minds. <BR> <BR> Use the link for the next two weeks, choose a different one each day and come back here each day and let us know what you did and if it worked... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:39:42 EST Lunchtime Blues Challenge 09/15/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54895321 Many of us don't know what to eat at lunch or we eat the same thing every day. Lets bring some variety into our lives. <BR> <BR> Lunch should be the largest meal of the day. It should be between 400-600 cal or more depending on your nutrition guide and should contain vegetables, protein and carbs. <BR> <BR> Lets share what we ate for lunch today. <BR> If you have a special recipe share it with the team. <BR> Try a new recipe or try someone else's favorite lunch. Lets experiment. <BR>... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:22:08 EST A-Z Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x54840117 List a fruit or veggie in alphabetical order. Let's see how many different ones we can come up with! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> A - apple Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:51:19 EST Lets SUPPORT Ourselves 9/8/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54807871 We often support others in our lives. How often do we support ourselves. You can't help others if you don't take care of yourself. This week is all about taking care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> Give yourself 1 point for every completed task and if you complete all 7 then add 5 bonus points. <BR> <BR> 1st Place = 12 points, 2nd Place = 5-6 points, 3rd Place = 3-4 points <BR> <BR> S -SUN ___ Some type of exercise for one minute every time you use the rest room!! <BR> <BR> U -MON ___ Up yo... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:56:46 EST I Am A Rock. I Am An Island. 09/01/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54719903 Tell us how you feel today. Share with the team. You may find it interesting. <BR> <BR> Are You Standing on Solid Rock or Sinking Sand? <BR> Are You on a Deserted Island or in Grand Central Station? <BR> <BR> Think about it. It can be interesting to all. <BR> Please Explain Your Answer. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:30:50 EST Eat The Rainbow. 09/01/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54719731 This week is all about color! We will be tasting the rainbow by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and veggies daily. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to experiment with a wide variety of colors. Try something new and different rather than sticking to the same routine. Get creative and experiment a little, you just might discover some new favorites, or maybe new flavorful combinations. Make it just a little more interesting! <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:11:39 EST September 2013 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54719570 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the succes grow as those minutes add up! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness Minutes left to go: <BR> Total Minutes Achieved: <BR> <BR> September 1 <BR> Sept... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:49:22 EST Are You Within UR Nutrient Range? Yes/No Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x54665184 Did you stay within your nutritional goal today? <BR> Yes? What did you do right? <BR> No? What do you need to change for tomorrow? <BR> <BR> I hope you take advantage of this. It can make the difference in the success of your goals. <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:00:33 EST Do This Today Challenge 8/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54637817 This should be a pretty simple challenge. Something different to do each day. Come back each day and let us know how you did. Have fun and I hope you all enjoy. <BR> <BR> Sun__ Read a member's blog. Who? <BR> <BR> Mon__ Log in & Spin. How many points did you get? <BR> <BR> Tue__ Get a SP Recipe. Which one is it? <BR> <BR> Wed__ Stay within your nutrition range today. <BR> <BR> Thu__ Go to a friends feed and post something nice. <BR> <BR> Fri __ Give a new member a Goodie. Wh... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:16:26 EST Encourage and Support - 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54563069 Encourage and Support <BR> <BR> <BR> For the next 2 weeks we will focus on support. No matter what we're doing in life it's always easier with support and encouragement. So let's reach out and help those around us. <BR> <BR> Reach out to someone in our team and offer support/ encouragement and celebrate achievements. Write on a sparkpage, send a sparkmail or a goodie, respond to a post in the thread, comment on a blog... <BR> * contact someone who is a new team member and welcome them <BR>... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:02:37 EST 60 second Challenge - 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54562980 60 second challenge <BR> <BR> This is a challenge to get you moving in the morning and set the tone for the rest of the day and, that’s right, it only takes 60 SECONDS!! <BR> <BR> All you need to do is choose an exercise to do first thing in the morning – it may be cardio eg jumping jacks, jump rope or jogging in place or maybe a strength training exercise eg lunges, crunches, push ups - and simply do that exercise for just 60 seconds. <BR> <BR> It may be an idea to plan which exercise y... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:51:06 EST Spreading your horizons - 8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54474762 Do one NEW healthy activity each day to bring you over to the lite side!! If you don't care for what's on the list use your imagination and choose your own, but it must be something that you know will help with your healthy lifestyle journey. You could even choose something different to do each day. Our bodies respond well to change, spread your horizons and try new healthy alternatives. <BR> <BR> How much will you challenge yourself this week? <BR> Come back here each day and share what ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:09:52 EST Water Logged 8/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54382802 In this challenge you are competing for your health.  The idea is that you increase your water intake do not feel intimated. <BR> <BR> We have often been told that we need to drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water a day.  Is this enough? <em>91</em> <BR> A good indicator is the color of your urine.  It should be clear if your drinking enough.  <BR> <BR> If not . . .  <BR> Your actual water intake is determined by your weight, your physical activity and the weather.  Most of us who drink 64 ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:44:09 EST August 2013 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54348939 New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many exercise minutes you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the succes grow as those minutes add up! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Total Minutes Achieved: <BR> <BR> August 1 <BR> August 2 <BR> August 3 <BR> August 4 <BR... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:05:21 EST Switch up to a Better Choice 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54290260 What did you eat today that wasn't the best choice? <BR> <BR> Switch it UP! <BR> <BR> Share what you will eat tomorrow to switch to a better choice." Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:02:37 EST Random Acts of Kindness 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x54290160 What random acts of kindness have you done or witnessed today on the team, in SparkPeople, your family or your neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Motivate others on the team by telling your story. <em>224</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:50:20 EST Mirror, Mirror on the Wall(How do you feel) 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x54290098 How do you feel about who's looking back in your mirror today? <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Let the Team share in your successes. <BR> Let us help get you back on track. <BR> Are you thrilled <em>224</em> <BR> Do you need a kind word? <em>211</em> <BR> Do you feel not so great? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Let us know! <BR> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:44:20 EST Positive Affirmations 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x54290016 What Positive Affirmations did you use today? <BR> How did it help you? Share with the team and motivate others. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative, Latch on to the Affirmative, Don't Mess with Mr. In Between! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:33:57 EST Sizzling Summer With SP Videos 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54289851 There are 3 levels of cardio and strength videos. You give yourself points depending on which video you decide to complete each day.  Have your own video you would like to use? That's OK. Exercise to your own video for 10 minutes - 1 pt., for 15 minutes - 3 pts., for 20 minutes or more - 5 pts. <BR> <BR> Watch the same or a different video every day. Get to know what is available in the Spark People Videos, and how will your body respond to these fitness activities? You might like it <em>... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:17:15 EST Name 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x54287764 Name 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> I say name 3 of something... like, name 3 types of wild felines <BR> <BR> Then, you would make a list of 3 types of wild felines <BR> Lion <BR> Panther <BR> Bob Cat <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> and then you ask for three of something, <BR> <BR> Have fun & be creative! <em>306</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:57:31 EST Hello, everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54284755 My name is Angelica, I am a nurse, I live in Belgium and work in Germany. <BR> I found this team by chance today and thought that your challenges could help me get back my motivation. I used Spark in combination with the WW program, and for the first time lost more than 10lb, but then I hit a plateau and gained it all back. Massive health problems for DH gave us all a big scare and I felt that counting points was just to much bother. <BR> Right now I feel that I want to be left alone and d... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 02:52:19 EST A-Z Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x54283657 Post anything that is or could be a challenge to someone...alphabetically. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:10:50 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54278751 Hello everyone! I stumbled across this team last night and it seems like a team I would like to be part of. When I first joined Spark People, I didn't follow through after joining and had to have some surgery soon after that. I have been back since June and am enjoying it. I am a SAHM of two. One is in college and the other is still in elementary. I have been married for 25 years now. I have some underlying health problems which make mobility a challenge for me at times. I am try... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:26:35 EST Fitness Video Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54247186 Keli, I agree <BR> <BR> Gals, NEW CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> This is a competitive exercise challenge.  There are 3 levels of cardio and strength videos. You get points for completing ONE video. The points depend on which video you decide to complete.  <BR> <BR> CARDIO <BR> <BR> 1 point   8-Minute Cardio Intervals Workout <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/vide<BR>os-detail.asp?video=40 <BR> <BR> 3 point.   12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/vide... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 02:12:03 EST Links in a Chain Challenge 7/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54206787 Lets all form positive new habits <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Pick one lifestyle change you would like to become a new habit. Link it to another daily habit you are already successful at. <BR> <BR> Example of Linking: GETTING IN MORE MOVEMENT DURING COMMERCIALS <BR> <BR> ** It does not have to be a physical pairing, it should be a link that will encourage you to form a new habit that you want to link with an existing habit. <BR> ** Please remember to report daily with any issues, problems... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 01:17:10 EST Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54206211 OK Sat, 20 Jul 2013 23:58:33 EST Praise and Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x54189914 We all have times in our lives that seem un-serpassable. We don't know how we get through it. Maybe we just need a little extra support in your life. It could be that you want help for someone else. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post your needs. We would love to support and pray for you, your friend or loved one. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:22:32 EST I WILL OR I WON'T: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54147605 What WILL you do today? And/or what WON'T you do today? Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:29:32 EST Stephanie - aka Skribblez - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54145443 I don't know if I already introduced myself in this team or not, I know I've posted a few things. But anyway, my name is Stephanie, I'm 30 years old, I live in Kansas and go to Wichita State, school is starting August 19th, and I don't know how I'm going to handle getting enough exercise and eating right with my already hectic schedule. I'm a classic yo-yo dieter, like last week I did good for about 4 days, stayed within a reasonable calorie range, exercised for about 45-90 minutes (even st... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:55:40 EST Positive ambition....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54139105 Hello! I've just recently joined SparksPeople in hopes of finding new ideas, inspiration, support and help in continuing with my positive ambition to live a healthy, fit life. I've hit 50 and I'm not sure why it has to be this way, yet I'm guessing with age and pre-menopause the fight to stay healthy has become a rough road. Crazy!! <BR> <BR> I've always worked out. <BR> I'm in pretty good shape. <BR> Yet fight the battle of the bulge daily. <BR> <BR> It's so easy to put on "bad" weig... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:39:30 EST Saying hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54135919 Hey, <BR> Ive posted a few times, but im not sure I have officially said hi. Still getting the hang of everything here. I am getting ready to go to weigh in at the gym. Hope everyone has a lovely, productive and successful day! <em>247</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:17:19 EST Back from vaca http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x54127480 Hello! I haven't had many chances to check in due to leaving for a vacation, but I wanted to stop in and say "hello" and that I am pretty excited about this weeks snack challenge. I wish you all health and wellness until I check in again, which will hopefully be tomorrow! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:07:49 EST Snack Time Challenge 7/14/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x54117116 SNACK TIME CHALLENGE 7/14 - 7/21 <BR> <BR> Many of our members can't seem to find appropriate snacks that keep them full. This weeks challenge is to help our fellow members as well as ourselves. Lets put some variety into our snacking. <BR> <BR> If you eat a snack today that is under 200 calories and keeps you satisfied for X amount of time you will earn points. <BR> <BR> ** Each day must be a different snack and you can list up to 2 snacks per day. <BR> ** If the snack you eat today sat... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:40:38 EST Never posted, but I need to try something differen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54113803 My name is Lauren and I'm "fluffy". Its something I've been struggling with as long as I can remember. I hope to lose roughly 75 pounds. Not only am I dealing with being over weight, but battling depression, asthma, taking care of a husband (whom I adore) with a TBI & drinking problem, plus we are recently married so we are still in that "just figuring out our roles"stage. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:32:58 EST MORNING OR EVENING AS THE CASE MAY BE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x54079903 Hello from a short cute chubby little energetic 54 year old. <BR> <BR> However have topped the scales at 208 and am now 17 pounds down...but want the extra support....been stopped there for quite a while... <BR> <BR> So I have created a little page with all my trackings to print out and tick off...that is my visual accountability step for today. Also did the push up fitness test.....average..... <BR> <BR> The other thing I am doing today is shopping for fruit and vegg....being a small isl... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:31:10 EST New changes coming to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x54066209 New options coming tomorrow! Take a few minutes to read this blog from coach Jen. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> The option to make your calorie range based on your fitness. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:27:21 EST