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 Straightening up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65062589 “STRAIGHTEN UP” something every day. <BR> <BR> returning things to their rightful places <BR> *Tackling that pile of paperwork that needs your attention <BR> *Getting that recycling done <BR> *Cleaning out the pantry/fridge of junk food <BR> *Preparing healthy foods (i.e. pre-chopping veggies, etc.) <BR> *Putting away that laundry <BR> *Paying those bills <BR> *Cleaning out your desk, car, purse, wallet, closet, etc <BR> <BR> Sunday - Sorting through a growing pile of mail, papers... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:51:06 EST Tone while waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65014962 Tone While Waiting <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:07:36 EST Weekly Challenge - "TONE WHILE WAITING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65012392 Your challenge this week is to "TONE WHILE WAITING." How many times throughout the day are you waiting for something? You wait for the coffee to brew. You wait in line at the post office. You wait for the commercials to end so your show will resume. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples of how you could squeeze activity in and "TONE WHILE WAITING" for something, but you will surely think of other ways, too. Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then come and share what you did each day—so we ca... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:23:18 EST Weekly Challenge - "GET UP & MOVE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64965810 Anytime you “GET UP &amp; MOVE,” you’re burning calories! Burning calories through continued daily activity is what keeps the calories-in/calories-out balanced. And when you sit for long periods of time (like on the couch or at your desk), some fat-burning enzymes in your body are "switched off." And that can stall weight loss. <BR> <BR> So for the next week, make it a point to “GET UP &amp; MOVE,” all throughout the day. Maybe even set a timer to remind yourself to “GET UP &amp; MOVE” . ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:01:58 EST Weekly Challenge - "TAKE 5-5-5-5" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64918432 Our lives can be so very, very stressful. And that extra cortisol is fighting against our best efforts. It's time for an easy, stress-less weekly challenge. <BR> <BR> So your challenge this week is to do this simple breathing technique—as many times throughout the day as you can. Let’s even make it fun, by seeing who can accumulate the most points by the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Here’s how to do the “TAKE 5-5-5-5" breathing technique: <BR> <BR> 1. Breathe in for 5 seconds <BR> 2. Hol... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 19:57:48 EST Weekly Challenge - "5 FREGGIES for 5 DAYS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64870797 This week your challenge is to eat “5 FREGGIES for 5 DAYS.” You get to choose which “5 DAYS” . . . and you get to choose which “5 FREGGIES.” <BR> <BR> Eating lots of fruits &amp; vegetables is probably the most important lifestyle change we can make. So aim for “5 FREGGIES for 5 DAYS." <BR> <BR> To super-challenge yourself, you could aim to eat as many "different" freggies as you can, on the other 2 days as well. But you can’t fail this challenge if you simply eat more freggies than you u... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:57:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "JUST SAY NO" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64824934 This week’s challenge is to “JUST SAY NO” . . . to junk food. that is. . It’s so convenient, and often seems even necessary. Our lives are so busy, we have to eat-on-run or grab something quick, and that can compromise our efforts to eat clean. But with a little pre-planning, you can "JUST SAY NO" to junk food! <BR> <BR> So just for this week . . . make every effort to plan ahead, so that you can “JUST SAY NO” to junk food. You know what you consider “junk.” Try to eat a clean as you can &a... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:09:48 EST Weekly Challenge - "Improve Your Sleep" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64780408 This week’s challenge is to “IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP.” Any one else out there a chronic insomniac, or simply have trouble sleeping once in a while? Here are suggestions you could try to incorporate this week . . . that may “IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Then try to "IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP" every night—by either doing something you know works for you . . . or trying something different, like one of the suggestions offered below. You can duplicate, you can add y... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:03:24 EST Weekly Challenge - "Two Healthy Snacks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64728687 Our Challenge this week will be to eat “TWO HEALTHY SNACKS every day.” Eating every 3 to 4 hours keeps your energy levels high, and prevents you from hitting those “slumps," and will continually rev up your metabolism. <BR> <BR> Having meals and "TWO HEALTHY SNACKS" that are well-balanced, full of protein &amp; fiber will also help you avoid a binge later in the day. It will keep you from feeling hungry, as well as burn more calories. Try to pair a protein &amp; a good carb (for fiber). Thi... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:55:59 EST Weekly Challenge - "Heart-Healthy Week" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64679472 This week's challenge is to focus on small, sustainable habits that will lead to a heart-healthier lifestyle. Whether you have heart problems already, or just want to head off any future problems, let's have a "HEART-HEALTHY WEEK." <BR> <BR> Here are just a few suggestions to chose from. You may pick-and-chose from the following list, you may do a suggestion more than once, or you may chose a totally different suggestion (from the link offered below). Just try to do one-a-day, so that you h... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:17:51 EST July 2015 Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64674371 HAPPY CANADA DAY AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! <BR> <BR> We are in the middle of summer and what are you going to accomplish this month. I know I have to get up of my A?? and get moving. How about you? <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 min... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:20:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "Success" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64632201 This week’s Challenge is all about "SUCCESS." There are 7 days of the week ... and 7 letters in the word "SUCCESS." You may do these in any order you wish, but chose just one letter a day to complete. And you can only use each letter once. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters (at the bottom of this post), and daily post how you've successfully fulfilled that letter to "SUCCESS." <BR> <BR> “S” -- SHARE a healthy recipe with your fellow challengers here. And they will be sharing with you!... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:32:09 EST Weekly Challenge - "Each Day of the Week" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64583977 <BR> “EACH DAY OF THE WEEK” is different &amp; special in its own way. Some days are meant for pampering &amp; others for working out. Some days you might feel the need to stay in your comfort zone &amp; others days you might feel like you can tackle something new. Often we feel differently every day of every week. This week challenge is to pay close attention to how you feel “EACH DAY OF THE WEEK," and challenge yourself accordingly. <BR> <BR> Do what is suggested for each day . . . or sw... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:34:08 EST FATHERS DAY BBQ Special Bi-Monthly Challange 6/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64538098 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 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 our men how important they are and all become grand prize winners.... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:09:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "Healthy Habits" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64535548 Your challenge this week is to practice "HEALTHY HABITS." Try to do as many as you can each day (or throughout the week), so you are touching on all aspects of our health journey at some point. <BR> <BR> - For each "HEALTHY HABIT" listed below, you get 1 point. <BR> - If you do all 7 in one day, then you get 10 points for that day (instead of just 7). <BR> - If you get the 10 points every day, then you get a bonus of 30 points! <BR> <BR> - Keep a running "total points for the week," w... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:24:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "Consistently" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64486343 This week’s challenge is to work on a particular health goal—“ CONSISTENTLY.” Perhaps you are you struggling to get in those freggies? Then maybe you will want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" eating 4-5 fruits &amp; vegetables every day this week. If you are sneaking too many treats into your day, then maybe you will want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" limiting them. <BR> <BR> If you are struggling to get that exercise in, you may want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" getting those scheduled workouts in this... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:39:56 EST June 2016 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64468059 So sorry I'm late this month. <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> <B... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:38:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "Walk That Walk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64436501 <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to "WALK THAT WALK." Walking is probably, without a doubt, the best exercise!!! How you decide to do that is up to you. Here are some suggestions to "WALK THAT WALK:" <BR> <BR> - Take a casual walk—concentrate on posture &amp; walking tall <BR> - Take a faster walk—as fast as ... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:20:32 EST How do you feel about this weeks challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64393995 How did you like or dislike this weeks challenge? This will help me keep this team current with the things that you as a team like. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your input. Sun, 22 May 2016 00:44:27 EST Read, Share & Report 5/22/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64393986 This week should be an easy one. Visit the spark page of another Weekly Challenge member. Find out who these people are, what drive them, what goals they have. Read their blog entries, if they're using it, and look at their photos. <BR> <BR> Leave a comment on their page. It doesn't have to be 'supportive', if you can't find anything to say along those lines. It can just be something like "Your cat is so cute" or "I struggle with that too, I know where you're coming from." <BR> <BR> Repo... Sun, 22 May 2016 00:40:57 EST Motivation Thee and Me Weekly Challenge 5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64345526 This week is all about motivating yourself and others. There is a different task each day to support our fellow members. You can do each task only once and only one per day. You get 5 points for each task for a total of 35 points. In addition there are 2 self-motivational tasks that can be done every day. You get 10 points for each of these tasks. You can earn 25 points each day, and 175 points for the week. <BR> <BR> 175-155 1st Place, 150-130 2nd Place, 125-105 3rd Place, 100-5 honora... Sun, 15 May 2016 01:39:16 EST Just One, Maybe Two Bi-Monthly Challenge 5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64345494 "We can do anything for “JUST ONE” week. What is “JUST ONE” goal that you can focus on so that you finish out the Challenge week strong? It could be a nutritional goal, a fitness goal, or any other health goal. The following wee you can keep with your first weeks goal and try to make it a new habit or start the new week with "JUST ONE MORE" goal. Here are a few suggestions, but as always, make the Challenge suit your personal needs. Only you know what you need to work on. <BR> <BR> - Track... Sun, 15 May 2016 01:23:25 EST 60 Second Healthy Improvement Weekly Challenge 5/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64296886 How long does it take to improve your health? It may take months or even years to get to our ultimate goal but quick and easy changes can really improve your immediate health and wellness. Do you have just one minute to spare? This weeks goal is to try one of these simple activities each day to improve your health almost immediately. Choose a different goal each day and simply come back each day and let us know which one you did and how did it make you feel. I have listed the goals, foll... Sat, 7 May 2016 23:05:40 EST I WILL/I WON'T Weekly Challenge May 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64244779 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 what 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... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:38:28 EST Progressive Exercise Bi-Monthly Challenge May 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64244765 <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <BR> We will be doing a progressive challenge over the next two weeks. We hear it can be better to do a little consistently rather than a lot once in awhile. We will be getting stronger each day of the challenge. We will be alternating cardio and strength training each day for 5 out of 7 days each week. Each cardio day you will increase your time by 10... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:33:26 EST May 2016 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64244706 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... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:21:48 EST A - Z Grocery List -- May Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x64227679 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 <BR> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:19:35 EST T.E.A.M Weekly Challenge 4/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64196362 The challenge this week is to complete each category each day. There are a possible 21 points per day or a possible total of 147 points for the week. <BR> <BR> 1st lace winners >120 points, 2nd place winners 119 - 100, 3rd place winners 99 - 80 <BR> <BR> TOTAL POINTS _________ <BR> <BR> T. TRACK EVERYTHING- Every bite, lick, taste goes into your tracker either on spark or wherever you count calories. 5 points/day <BR> <BR> E. ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAMMATES- Stop by a teammates page, give a te... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 03:59:47 EST Choosing my hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x64163007 <em>521</em> <BR> This is day 2 of my new lifestyle. I am scared that I will become diabetic, so I am choosing to lose weight. I get discouraged easily. Looking to make friends! :) Thanks guys for the support! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:23:06 EST 3 for 3 Weekly Challenge 4/17/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64144770 It's all up to you. Let's see just what we can do. This week's goal is to do 10 minutes of the following activities. Remember when strength training do not work the same part of the body 2-3 days in a row. If you work your arms on Sunday then work your legs Monday so your other muscles get a chance to rest. <BR> <BR> 1. 10 min. cardio of your choice <em>332</em> <BR> 2. 10 min. strength exercise of your choice <em>362</em> <BR> 3. 10 min. of something totally for you. It can be rea... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:23:27 EST SPRING FLOWERS Bi-Monthly Challenge 4/17/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64144757 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 one per day. List the day that you complete it. <BR> <BR> S - __ Support another member. Tell them something nice in any way. ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:12:52 EST F.I.T. Weekly Challenge 4/10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64092286 I thought this was a fun one. I don't know about any of you but I can really use the push to get these things done Let's see how many points each of us can get!!! Let's go for the gold!! <BR> <BR> Gold > or = 120 points, Silver 119 - 100 points, Bronze 99 - 85 Points <BR> <BR> F.....Freggies. (1 point for each serving of fruits/vegetables each day) Maximum 10 points/day. <BR> <em>492</em> <em>550</em> <BR> I......intense movement. (1 point for each 15 minutes of exercise, no matte... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:07:09 EST Weekly Bingo Bi-Monthly Challenge 4/3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64040551 This is a fun one that I have tried on another team that got a great response. Don't worry I asked to use it first. <BR> <BR> In this challenge you have two bingo cards. Each week you much try to clear off one card first before any one else in order to will for that week I CAN USE WHICHEVER CARD FIRST, BUT ONCE YOU CHOOSE YOU MUST CONTINUE WITH THAT BINGO CARD UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK. Don't worry if you don't clear a bingo card. It is important that you make as much progress as possib... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:45:46 EST April - Name 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x64025172 Name 3 <BR> <BR> I say name 3 of something... like, name 3 girl names <BR> <BR> Then, you would make a list of 3 girl names <BR> Debbie <BR> Jessica <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> and then you ask for three of something, <BR> <BR> Have fun &amp; be creative! <BR> <BR> *Name 3 boy names...... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:42:37 EST April Monthly Fitness Challenge 4/1/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64021341 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... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:08:37 EST Back to Basics Weekly Challenge 3/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64021264 This week is back to basics. We are going over into a week and a half since I'm so late in this week's challenge. This week we are going to attempt the following activities. <BR> <BR> * Track Daily Fitness <BR> <BR> * Strength Train at least 3 times a week; at least 10-20 minutes or more per session. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> * Stretching routine after each Fitness session at least 5 minutes or more per session <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> * Cardio each day for at least 20-30 minutes; ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:58:42 EST Plan Your Success Weekly Challenge 3/20/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63932263 We’re always being told, “Fail to plan, and plan to fail.” So let’s PLAN TO SUCCEED in the areas of our life that we need to work on. Come back to the thread every day and let us know how you’re doing and you’ll earn 25 points for each topic you discuss each day. Ask for help if you need it. Give support if someone needs it. Cheer each other on when we get it right! Points are awarded for telling us about your progress AND for giving feedback to others. <BR> <BR> DAILY UPDATES on Your Habit... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:14:15 EST EASTER EGG HUNT Bi-Monthly Challenge 3/20/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63932243 It's time to color those bright Easter eggs and hide them all around the yard for good little boys and girls. Can we burn some calories hiding those eggs? Hmmmm. . .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 a task. ADD UP YOUR POINTS BY THE END OF MONDAY. <BR> <em>451</em> <em>448... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:43:19 EST Luck of the Irish Weekly Challenge 3/13/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63881918 <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> In honor of St. Patty’s Day, and all things green and nutritious, our weekly challenge features some unique and fun aspects. <BR> <BR> <BR> Nutrition: TRY to eat at least three servings of greens each day to help you get your RDA of iron, stay within your calorie range, and you’ve got 30 points. You can still earn 10 points for just staying in y... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:34:26 EST Team Water Weekly Challenge 3/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63833279 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 ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:49:59 EST ST. PATRICKS DAY Bi-Monthly Challenge 3/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63833203 We are all Irish this month <em>441</em> A fun holiday for you. <em>137</em> There are a collection of tasks below. You can do each one only once and only one 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. Special Goodies for the top earners. <BR> <BR> S - __ Some type of exercise every time you use the rest room. <BR> ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:36:56 EST March - Color & Word Association Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x63816548 Post a color and word that go together. <BR> <BR> Red Light Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:30:16 EST March Fitness Monthly Challenge 3/1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63790839 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 Mar 2016 02:17:12 EST Pay it Forward Weekly Challenge 2/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63773827 Hi team!! We all need a leg up once in awhile. I always appreciate it when somebody does something for me no matter how small. A simple gesture or word can make a difference in someone's life. Help someone each day this week by paying it forward. It can be as simple as sending a goodie to someone; or maybe buying a sandwich for someone that is homeless. Anything large or small that you think will be helpful to another counts. Whatever it may be Pay if forward and do something nice for so... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:44:18 EST Slippery Slopes. Identify and Combat Them. 2/21/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x63726569 We all have slippery slopes. These are skills that dieters sometimes have trouble keeping consistent, and are the most likely culprits of their loosening up. Everyone has different slippery slope items. For some it may be that they’ve: started eating standing up again, have started eating in response to stress, have stopped eating very slowly and mindfully, have stopped eating in a structured way on the weekends, have lapsed back into eating snacks in the evening instead of a real meal, etc.... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:23:37 EST Encouraging Day Weekly Challenge 2/21/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63720920 All of us need to be encouraged along our journeys to be newer, healthier people. The challenge this week is to encourage someone each day. You must complete each task at least once. You must complete a different task each day. Feel free to encourage multiple people in as many ways possible but only 1 point can be earned each day. <BR> <BR> How many of us can complete all 7 items and get all 7 points <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Send a Goodie to someone. <BR> 2. Leave a... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:11:52 EST Replacement Therapy Bi-Monthly Challenge 2/21/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63720883 The goal of the next 2 weeks is to cut out every food that they say is "bad" for weight loss and replace it with some of the foods that are "good" for weight loss.. <BR> <BR> This week, we're going to investigate the Worst Foods you can eat, even though some of them may appear to be healthy or healthy benefits. Here's the article: <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/<BR>worst-healthy-snacks-for-weight-loss </link> <BR> <BR> Next, here is an article explaining 15 Terrible Snacks... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:07:13 EST Progress Your Way to Health Weekly Challenge 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63669144 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! <BR> <BR> 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 <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <BR> 5 Freggi... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:05:46 EST Monument Stairs Weekly Challenge 2/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63615868 This weekly challenge is a stair challenge. You choose a monument and try to climb the amount of steps shown. Numbers posted show how many steps you need to complete the monument in ONE week. Remember these are stairs. Who's in? <em>206</em> <em>206</em> I'll see you at the top! <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 stairs to the top = 1... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:12:02 EST VALENTINES DAY Bi-Monthly Challenge 2/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63615835 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: vie... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:06:56 EST FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x63597010 5 TUDAFD <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=TU<BR>DAFD </link> <BR> <BR> 5 COSMICWATCHER <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=CO<BR>SMICWATCHER </link> <BR> <BR> 9 KKTODAY <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=KK<BR>TODAY </link> <BR> <BR> 11 CRYSCRINGLE <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=CR<BR>YSCRINGLE </link> <BR> <BR> 11 MATHMAGICIAN (Offline - not available) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=MA<BR>THMAGICIAN </link> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:05:34 EST alphabetic story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x63589710 create a story using the letters of the alphabet in sequence. each player adds 3 words. <BR> i start with <BR> A big car Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:43:04 EST February 2016 Monthly Fitness Challenge 02/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63569290 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 r... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:15:54 EST FEBRUARY Weekly Challenge 1/31/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63560421 It's a new month and a new week! Lets start it off with a bang. <em>283</em> <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 any 7 letters you will be a grand prize winner of this challenge and get a special goodie. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>530</em> <em>529</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>529</em> <em>530</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> F: Fight that urge! Eat a freggie instead of a... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:54:35 EST February's - My Name is Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x63547290 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> With a Truck Load of ___[food]___ <BR> <BR> So I'll start: <BR> <BR> A my name is Allison <BR> And my husband's name is Art <BR> We come from Alabama <BR> With a truck load of Apples <BR> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:37:02 EST Freggie Team Weekly Challenge 1/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63501876 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--62+4=66 <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:48:44 EST Miles of Moving Bi-Monthly Challenge 1/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63501682 <em>312</em> <em>363</em> <em>324</em> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> How many miles do you walk, run, jog or bike? Do you do another activity you track by miles? Let's set a goal and conquer those miles in the next 14 days. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Set a goal of how many miles for the next two weeks you wish to accomplish, and try to accomplish that goal using any type of exercise that you can assess using miles/km. There is no one exercise you can do... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:14:14 EST I Will/I Won't Weekly Challenge 01/17/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63444888 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 what 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... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:49:58 EST One Minute Exercise Weekly Challenge 1/10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63387012 <em>321</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>321</em> <BR> This one can be a lot of fun. Each day for 1 minute 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 t... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:45:57 EST Daily Steps Bi-Monthly Challenge 01/10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63385446 How many steps per day do you accomplish? <BR> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>363</em> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> Did you know that 10,000 steps per day is considered active but many of us do not get the recommended daily steps. Walking 10,000 steps per day has many health benefits, and can help to reduce weight, and other health concerns. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=647 </link> <BR> <BR> For the next two weeks, set yourself a goal ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 19:10:53 EST What are Your New Years Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x63340124 The first of the year many of us create new resolutions. What new goals have you made this year? Our goal is to aid one another in being successful. Write down your goals and lets keep each informed in our progress. Here is assistance in creating that new habit that will bring you success. <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can s... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 15:44:05 EST Steady as She Goes Weekly Challenge 1/3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63324696 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, 3 Jan 2016 00:58:11 EST On top of the mountain or in the valley? Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x63324550 Many of you have heard me talk about climbing that mountain. <em>358</em> Unfortunately sometimes we are in the valley starting the climb once again. Sometimes we are somewhere in between. <BR> <BR> We often can help one another by sharing our stories. Where are you today? Is there a particular reason why? Sun, 3 Jan 2016 00:16:48 EST January 2016 Monthly Fitness Challenge 01/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63307508 New month and a new year. What are you going to do in this first month of 2016? <BR> <em>236</em> <em>381</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>381</em> <em>236</em> <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 succe... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 03:18:11 EST New Year - First Word That Comes to Mind Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x63293893 Read the word and put down the first word or phrase that comes to your mind! <BR> <BR> Starting phrase is: New Year Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:22:34 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR Bi-Monthly Challenge 12/29/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63292144 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 create some good ones. Follow us into the New Year. <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> HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <BR> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:14:12 EST Not new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x63289381 I am not new to spark people or this group, but am going to try to start over again as if I were new. I haven't really done much for the past year, mostly for some physical liabilities and just plain not having the energy to do much. I have belonged to S.P. since 2006 and have been on and off a few different groups. The main group I belonged to stopped being in existence almost a year since then I have been at a stand still and have gained about 10 pounds. I really need motivation to get mov... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:43:01 EST Clean, Visualize and WIN Weekly Challenge 12/28/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63283086 This is going to be our last challenge of the year/series and a new, motivational one! I've read a lot about motivating this morning and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! <BR> <BR> I know at this time of year, during the holidays, it's particularly hard to eat right and keep good things in the pantry. This week, just before the start of the new year, your challenge will be to clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that s... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:58:00 EST Get Round to It Weekly Challenge 12/20/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63227505 It's that time of year again when quite often life gets the better of us. We just don't seem to have enough time in a day. <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 the busiest time for most of us. Our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. Lets take the time to check something off of our to do list. <BR> <BR> Pick some... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 02:31:57 EST Encourage Others Weekly Challenge 12/13/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63177589 Encouraging others is a great way to relieve stress, and put a smile on some else's face any time of the year. We get so busy in this holiday season, we forget to continue to encourage others. <BR> <BR> Let's take some time to give some encouragement, smiles and friendly messages to the teammates here that help us even after the busy season is over. What better gift could we give our online friends who have been there during the highs and lows! <BR> <BR> Every day send a max of 5 goodies ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:39:17 EST Merry Christmas Bi-Monthly Challenge 12/13/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63170821 Christmas is around the corner, let's try to challenge ourselves even while we are all busy celebrating! <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> M - Magic is in the air, get some outdoor exercise. <BR> E - Energize your holidays with at least 15 minutes of cardio <BR> R - Red and green colors on your plate for at least one meal today <BR> R - Rejoice on an NSV achieved and share it with us. <BR> Y - You are important, give yourself some "Me" time d... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:54:10 EST Dancing in December Weekly Challenge 12/6/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63137921 So sorry this is so late but my laptop crashed last night. I just now got it back up!! <BR> <BR> There are many benefits of Dancing. Some of the benefits are burning calories, good for the heart, increases your mood and muscle tone. For this weeks challenge we are going to Dance. Weather it's putting on Christmas music or just turning up the radio it's time to get our Dance on. <BR> <BR> For this challenge, I would like us to Dance for at least 10 minutes a day. Although if you feel like d... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 22:01:39 EST December 2015 Fitness Challenge 12/1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63094838 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, 30 Nov 2015 23:32:23 EST December's Add A Word - Drop A Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x63090758 The game is you use one of the words in my word below and add another word to the word you kept then the next person does the same with your word. <BR> Example snow storm <BR> <BR> now choose one word to carry on and add another so- <BR> <BR> Snow angel <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:24:36 EST PROGRESSIVE EXERCISE BI-MONTHLY CHALLENGE 11/29/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63081054 <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <BR> We will be doing a progressive challenge over the next two weeks. We hear it can be better to do a little consistently rather than a lot once in awhile. We will be getting stronger each day of the challenge. We will be alternating cardio and strength training each day for 5 out of 7 days each week. Each cardio day you will increase your time by 10... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:47:04 EST Healthy Snacks challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63042671 Healthy snacking is important in order to keep a high metabolism. having a high metabolism is very helpful when it comes to loosing weight. A high metabolism helps you to have more energy throughout the day. Therefore, the more energy you have the more calories you burn. <BR> <BR> For this weeks challenge we are going to be focusing on healthy snacking. Eating the right snacks are just as important as eating a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is to eat bet... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:57:17 EST PROGRESSIVE EXERCISE BI-MONTHLY CHALLENGE 12/6/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63033275 <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <BR> We will be doing a progressive challenge over the next two weeks. We hear it can be better to do a little consistently rather than a lot once in awhile. We will be getting stronger each day of the challenge. We will be alternating cardio and strength training each day for 5 out of 7 days each week. Each cardio day you will increase your time by 10... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:14:01 EST Winning Attitude is Gratitude Weekly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x63005096 <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Gratitude is being thankful or appreciative of what we have in our lives. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a great time to reflex on what we are thankful for in our lives. <BR> <BR> What are you thankful for? Are you thankful for your health, family, friends? <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> We all have people, events and things that we are thankful for, can you find something you are thankful for every day this week? <BR> <BR> Every day this week,... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:43:41 EST THANKSGIVING DAY Bi-Monthly Challenge 11/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62980354 We are nearing on the greatest eating day of the year. How are you going to avoid the pitfalls of this challenging holiday? Have fun these next two weeks by challenging yourself each day with something different. emoticon 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. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:03:51 EST No Sweets Please Weekly Challenge 11/8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62931006 Bottom line: To much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!l Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to our bodies. Particularly fake sugar sweeteners. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood the market every perceived holiday but we CAN take control and wi... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 03:40:10 EST Thanksgiving Last Letter First http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x62885590 I will start this game with a word or a phrase. Your job is to take the last letter of the word or phase and make it the first letter in your word or phrase. Please keep phrases to 4 words or less. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> Today is Fun --- the next word would start with N - ex. ---- New Toys - next word starts with S and so on!!! <BR> <BR> The twist to this game is we are going to try to keep the word or phrases related to Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving Season! <BR> <BR> Our star... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:11:38 EST Motivation Thee and Me Weekly Challenge 11/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62874413 This week is all about motivating yourself and others. There is a different task each day to support our fellow members. You can do each task only once and only one per day. You get 5 points for each task for a total of 35 points. In addition there are 2 self-motivational tasks that can be done every day. You get 10 points for each of these tasks. You can earn 25 points each day, and 175 points for the week. <BR> <BR> 175-155 1st Place, 150-130 2nd Place, 125-105 3rd Place, 100-5 honora... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 02:07:24 EST November 2015 Fitness Challenge 11/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62874365 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> ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:43:59 EST Replacement Therapy Bi-Monthly Challenge 11/1/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62874360 The goal of the next 2 weeks is to cut out every food that they say is "bad" for weight loss and replace it with some of the foods that are "good" for weight loss.. <BR> <BR> This week, we're going to investigate the Worst Foods you can eat, even though some of them may appear to be healthy or healthy benefits. Here's the article: <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/<BR>worst-healthy-snacks-for-weight-loss </link> <BR> <BR> Next, here are a couple articles explaining the 10+ wo... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:40:35 EST Preventing the 10 LB Holiday Weight Gain? 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x62852909 Its that time of year again. Statistically the average person gains 10 pounds between Halloween and Christmas!! How are you going to prevent that weight gain? All the candy staring us in the face. Then that big Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings and pie. Last but not least the entire month of December with the holiday parties, potlucks and cookie and other food gifts. <BR> <BR> What strategies are you going to use to not gain that weight? <BR> What are your struggles? <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:07:53 EST Get Around To It Weekly Challenge 10/25/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62821074 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> What did you do today?? <BR> <BR> Do you need to sort your old clothes or even toss them? <BR> What's the state... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 23:35:12 EST Celebrate Your Achievements Weekly Challenge 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62767192 This week we will focus on our ACHIEVEMENTS. <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <BR> In our busy lives we rush from one thing to the next and rarely (or never!) take time to reflect on the wonderful things that we achieve each day. Let’s celebrate the good choices we make every day to help us to reach our goals! This is about saying 'I did a good job on that. Well done me!' in the way we do to support everyone else! We're often enthusiastic to cheer someone else on and congratulate them on their... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 03:16:43 EST AUTUMN FESTIVAL Bi-Monthly Challenge 10/18/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62767062 The days are getting shorter and the colors of the trees are changing. Its a beautiful time of the year. Lets celebrate Fall and its beautiful array of Autumn Color. <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> A - Applaud a friend or member in some way. What did you do? <BR> U - Use a food tracker on SP, note pad, journal and stay within your c... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 02:00:44 EST Halloween Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x62754211 Hi everyone! I'm new posting games. In honor of Halloween I though a nice themed game would be fun and I'll make it super easy! <BR> <BR> Once a day list one thing that you like about Halloween or the Halloween Season. It can be a favorite costume, decoration, food, etc. <BR> <BR> I'll start with: <BR> <BR> Witch Costume <BR> <BR> <BR> Let the fun continue! <BR> <BR> Debbie Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:49:19 EST Progress Your Way to Health Weekly Challenge 10/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62712989 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 <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> MONDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - 8 glasses of water <BR> 6-7 Hours Sleep <BR> 5 Freggies <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> WEDN... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:17:06 EST W.I.N. Weekly Challenge 10/4/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62656187 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, 4 Oct 2015 00:27:29 EST HALLOWEEN PARTY Bi-Monthly 10/4/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62656141 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... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:11:32 EST October Monthly Fitness Challenge 10/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62640790 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, 2 Oct 2015 01:55:38 EST Taste The Rainbow Weekly Challenge 9/27/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62601448 I'm sorry this is so late, but I just got back from vacation late last night. Enjoy the last of your summer freggies everyone!!! <BR> <BR> 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 <e... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:37:34 EST I Can Bi-Monthly Challenge 9/20/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62541234 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 over these next two weeks... 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 h... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:42:13 EST Happy Dance Weekly Challenge 9/20/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62541131 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, 19 Sep 2015 23:30:10 EST Pay it Forward Weekly Challenge 9/13/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62486359 Hi team!! We all need a leg up once in awhile. I always appreciate it when somebody does something for me no matter how small. A simple gesture or word can make a difference in someone's life. Help someone each day this week by paying it forward. It can be as simple as sending a goodie to someone; or maybe buying a sandwich for someone that is homeless. Anything large or small that you think will be helpful to another counts. Whatever it may be Pay if forward and do something nice for so... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 01:36:56 EST It Still Counts Bi-Monthly Challenge 9/6/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62432267 You've probably heard the old saying, “Something is better than nothing.” And it's true! Sometimes all we have time for is 10 or 15 minutes to devote to exercise. But "IT STILL COUNTS" because any physical activity is better than just sitting! <BR> <BR> It "STILL COUNTS" because it means you didn't skip a workout."IT STILL COUNTS" because you exercised regularly this week. And "IT STILL COUNTS" because you are reinforcing a habit and keeping in a routine. <BR> <BR> This over the next to wee... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 01:59:10 EST Me and You Weekly Challenge 9/6/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62432239 You need me time, I need me time we all need me time. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Are you a returning 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... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 01:50:17 EST September 2015 Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62391288 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 Sep 2015 01:37:36 EST Just Do It Weekly Challenger 8/30/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62374203 JUST DO IT! What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Warm weather is here. Time to get ready for those short sleeves and shorts? 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 o... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:14:11 EST Back to Basics Bi-Monthly Challenge 8/23/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62319367 We get new members almost every day and other members that just need a refresher course. It's time to take a look at what gets us to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> These next 2 weeks 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 and TWO MORE to focus on for the NEXT WEEK. Be honest with yourself and select the ones you know need to prioriti... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 02:22:31 EST Progressive Exercise Weekly Challenge 8/23/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62319343 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 exercise feel free to substitute another that works the same muscle group. <BR> <BR> GO TEAM <em>215</em> <... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 02:05:50 EST Getting going AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62307759 This week I am recommitting myself to lose the last ten pounds. Actually I have lost them a hundred times so keeping them off once they are gone is my goal. <BR> <BR> 1. Keep track of my water <BR> 2. Use the tracker to monitor my food intake...especially carbs and sodium <BR> 3. Do my balance exercises <BR> 4. Walk for 15 minutes <BR> 5. Stay honest Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:27:07 EST Encouraging Day Weekly Challenge 8/16/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62264710 All of us need to be encouraged along our journeys to be newer, healthier people. The challenge this week is to encourage someone each day. You must complete each task at least once. You must complete a different task each day. Feel free to encourage multiple people in as many ways possible but only 1 point can be earned each day. <BR> <BR> How many of us can complete all 7 items and get all 7 points <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Send a Goodie to someone. <BR> 2. Leave a... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:54:43 EST Forming 3 self-discipline habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x62216857 I don't think anyone should try to be disciplined every moment, but at the end of the day we should be able to say that we had a constructive day. Even at the end of vacation days, one should have pride in the memories of joyful moments one formed during the day even if it is merely a good feeling of being refreshed and ready for the next day. Many of us rush through the day from one task to the other without any thought of what lasting memories they are constructing for themselves. What a f... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 21:29:38 EST One Minute Exercise Weekly Challenge 8/9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62203173 <em>321</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>320</em> <em>416</em> <em>321</em> <BR> 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... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 02:02:11 EST SCHOOL SHOPPING Bi-Monthly Challenge 8/9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62203084 <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, 8 Aug 2015 01:17:58 EST Freggie Team Weekly Challenge 8/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62154201 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--62+4=66 <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 02:23:33 EST August 2015 Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62146070 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 Aug 2015 01:03:34 EST August Restart 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x62103315 Hi team. Many need a restart of our weight lose journeys. Personally I need a restart after of my healthy eating. 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!! <em>104</em> <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? <em>381</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:22:15 EST What Positive Step Did You Take Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x62103258 It's very Important to our weight loss journey to acknowledge the positive steps we take each day. Even if we make many mistakes today there is something we did right. It might be very small but the only way to stay moving forward is to hold on to those successes. <BR> <BR> 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... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:12:05 EST What Frog Did You Eat Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x62103173 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> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:00:55 EST Water Logged Weekly Challenge 7/26/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62098506 In this challenge you are competing for your health. It's hot out there and if we work out then we need even more water than if we are sedentary. <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> A good indicator is the color of your urine. It should be near clear if your drinking enough water. <BR> <BR> If not . . . <BR> Your actual water intake is determined by your weight, your physical activity and the weather.... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:52:36 EST I Will/I Won't Bi-Monthly Challenge 7/26/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x62098460 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> Exa... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:37:17 EST 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 July 2015 Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x61895357 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 Jul 2015 00:59:39 EST Name that Place-Last Letter to First Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x61873685 This is a fun one. You have to give a place name (country, town, city etc) that starts with the last letter in the previously given place name. So if I say Nebraska...you have to say a place name that starts with "A"....and so on....it's a great game to play on long drives... <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:22:56 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 Associated with Summer (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x61808947 Post anything associated with summer in alphabetical order. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:24:08 EST I'm proud of . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x61808842 I'm proud that I did not take all the food samples that were offered to me at the wholesale store. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:00:13 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 Spring Association http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x60997030 Post anything associated with Spring. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:33:54 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