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 Alternate Weekly Challenge - "Five for Five" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67019067 <em>39</em> It happens! Mini-challenge bomb . . . I see many didn't care for this week's challenge, so I'm giving you an "alternative challenge" ... calling it the "Five for Five." <BR> <BR> So this week, I challenge you to eat 5 fruits or vegetables every day, for 5 days ... TUESDAY through SATURDAY. Doable, right?!!! List them ... all of them. Include how you cooked them, if you wish to share. Be healthy . . . eat those FREGGIES!!! <BR> <BR> Tuesday -- <BR> Wednesday -- <BR> Thurs... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:37:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Fun in the Sun" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67009206 Your Challenge this week is to send some Summer “FUN IN THE SUN” to your fellow Challengers ... by either sending them a Summer-fun goodie (flip-flops, beach towels, beach balls, etc), OR by leaving lots of Summer-fun emoticons (seashells, sun, picnic basket, sunglasses, sun, starfish) on their sparkpages. <BR> <BR> Two Helpful Hints: <BR> <BR> If you press down the “m” key, and click the emoticon more than once, it will repeat for you, as many times as you click the emoticon! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:44:04 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mix & Match" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66969256 Let's "MIX &amp; MATCH" these good health habits this week. It will allow us to touch base on all aspects of our health journey ... one day at a time, one aspect at a time. <BR> <BR> You may "MIX AND MATCH," doing them in any order wish. Just choose one a day &amp; come back here to date when you completed them (and add an emoticon for fun, if you wish). <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 15 minutes today <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 freggies today <BR> 3. Sleep at least 7 hours tonight <BR> 4. Do a... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:03:55 EST Weekly Challenge - "SPRING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66928248 It is obvious that “SPRING” has sprung …continue enjoying the newness of this time of year. This week challenge yourself each day, to do something different every day … to improve your health this “SPRING.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste below, then put the date that you complete it next to it, and perhaps an emoticon (for fun). <BR> <BR> S – Stay within your calorie range today <BR> P – Prepare a vegetarian meal today <BR> R – Read 1 nutritional article today (get your points!) <BR> I – I... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 23:08:07 EST Weekly Challenge - "PLATEAU" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66885623 Some ways to bust through a “PLATEAU” are to watch your portion sizes, up your intake of whole foods, veggies, &amp; protein, stay within your calorie range, and find ways to combat stress &amp; get more zzz's, as they also affect weight loss. In addition, challenging your muscles and shaking up your exercise routine are also great ways to bust through a “PLATEAU.” <BR> <BR> There are 7 days in the week, 7 letters in the word “PLATEAU,” and 7 suggestions below … for busting through a “PLATE... Sat, 27 May 2017 21:31:39 EST Weekly Challenge - "Each Day - Flowers" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66844141 Flowers are blooming all over the place …… enjoy the freshness of this time of year. This week challenge yourself "EACH DAY," to do something different to improve your health, for 7 days ... in 7 different ways. <BR> <BR> "EACH DAY" focus on something different. You need only do 1 per day (although you may certainly do more). Copy &amp; paste the letters, then come back here daily, to post the date completed next to it, and perhaps an emoticon (for fun). <BR> <BR> F – Freggies - eat as ma... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:58:26 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mothers Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66804569 With "MOTHERS DAY" coming up this Sunday, it got me thinking about what would make my Mom the happiest on her "special" day. I think my Mom would be very happy if she knew that I was taking good care of myself ... being the healthiest I can be. What do you think your Mom would want for "MOTHERS DAY?" If you do a goal-a-day this week, you'll be well on your way ... to being the healthiest you can be, and make your Mom happy on "MOTHERS DAY," too. <BR> <BR> As usual, copy &amp; paste, then co... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:51:50 EST Finding your balance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x66798336 OK team.....Let's talk! There are some of us who are struggling and need your help. Emotions, activity, junk food, eating to much. Let's put our heads together and figure out a balance. <BR> <BR> How do you find your balance? Life, food, exercise, emotions, weight loss (or lack there of), did I mention food? <BR> Fri, 12 May 2017 19:03:05 EST 2017 Rest-of-May Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66792829 Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved -. <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> 5/11 - <BR> 5/12 - <BR> 5/13 - <BR> 5/14 - <BR> 5/15 - <BR> 5/16 - <BR> 5/17 - <BR> 5/18 - <BR> 5/19 - <BR> 5/20 - <BR> 5/21 - <BR> 5/22 - <BR> 5/23 - <BR> 5/24 - <BR> 5/25 - <BR> 5/26 - <BR> 5/27 - <BR> 5/28 - <BR> 5/29 - <BR> 5/30 - <BR> 5/31 - Thu, 11 May 2017 20:27:05 EST Weekly Challenge - "Go Faster, Longer, or Harder" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66763174 Your challenge this week is to "GO FASTER, LONGER, or HARDER." If you're a walker, GO a little FASTER. If you're a biker (whether indoors or outdoors), GO a little LONGER. if you're strength training, increase you weights or reps... to make it HARDER. You get the idea. Mix it up, and tailor it to your individualized workout plan <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Then come back daily, to post which activity you chose &amp; how you changed it up. (Ex: Biking-10 extra min. o... Sat, 6 May 2017 21:39:12 EST Weekly Challenge - "Exercise On-the-Go" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66719362 We are always rushing here and there, trying to get it all done, which makes it really difficult to find time to exercise. Do you often wonder if there is a way to "Exercise On-the-Go?" <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is hard to actually get to the gym or set aside a certain amount of time at home to exercise. But I'll bet you are often on-hold while on the phone, or waiting in long lines at the store, or even sitting in traffic. Here are some cardio &amp; strength training moves that can do, whene... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:18:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "One Minute At A Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66676243 This week's Challenge is to boost your health journey . . . “ONE MINUTE AT A TIME.” Every day, choose at least one of the 1 minute activity below. You may do more than one, if you wish– after all, it’s only “ONE MINUTE AT A TIME.” <BR> <BR> You can do any activity as many times as you like throughout the day. You may do more than 1 activity a day. You may also choose the same activity the following day. Do as much as you feel is right for you. And these are just suggestions … you may think ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:33:20 EST Weekly Challenge - "Get Some Sleep" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66637446 This week’s challenge is to “GET SOME SLEEP.” Since getting some sleep is often a challenge in itself, let's see if we can incorporate a few helpful tips this week to "GET SOME SLEEP." <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Then try to "GET SOME SLEEP" every night—by doing something you know works for you . . . or trying something different (suggestions below). You can add your own, or duplicate . . . just sleep tight! <BR> <BR> - Cool down the room <BR> - Eat a whole grain &am... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:19:26 EST Weekly challenge - "easter eggs" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66583780 It's time to color a bright “EASTER EGGS” and hide them somewhere in the yard for good little boys and girls. This week challenge yourself each day, to do something different every day, to improve your health in 7 different ways. You should do only 1 task per day, and each task only once. Post the date that you complete the task next to it, and perhaps a colorful “EASTER EGG” emoticon (for fun). <BR> <BR> E - Explore new ways to move. Try a new exercise. <BR> <BR> A - Assert your heart an... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:22:12 EST Weekly Challenge - "Move More & Sit Less" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66543524 This week’s challenge is to simply “MOVE MORE &amp; SIT LESS” . . . . to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle. Here are some ways to accomplish this: <BR> <BR> - Stand up/walk in place during commercials <BR> - Set an alarm, to get up &amp; walk around every 30 minutes <BR> - Pace on the sidelines as you watch your child/grandchild’s sporting events <BR> - Reserve a few minutes from your lunch/or break time at work, to walk around the office <BR> - Take the stairs rather than the escalato... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:31:26 EST April Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66535987 Goal- <BR> Achieved- <BR> To Go- <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 2.. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> <BR> Total- <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10 . <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> <BR> Total- <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> <BR> Total- <BR> <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> <BR> Total- <BR> <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> <BR> Total- <BR> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 04:49:11 EST Weekly Challenge - "Eat As Clean As You Can" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66498454 Your challenge this week is to "EAT AS CLEAN AS YOU CAN." The fewer ingredients listed on the label, the more "natural" the food. So read the food labels &amp; concentrate on choosing foods with the least amount of ingredients. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then each day post the best, most "natural" foods you chose that day ... to share how you were able to "EAT AS CLEAN AS YOU CAN." <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursda... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:13:24 EST Weekly Challenge - "Small Changes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66453087 This week’s challenge is to make “SMALL CHANGES” to your diet. Make substitutions or additions to your meals &amp; snacks . . . to make them just a little bit healthier. Make a little adjustment to your regular food selection ... to improve the quality of the food you chose to eat. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then post daily what "SMALL CHANGES" you did—that made your meal or snack a little healthier. You may choose from the suggestions below, you may duplicate, a... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:30:20 EST WeeklyChallenge - "Challenge Yourself" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66409860 This week .... simply "CHALLENGE YOURSELF." You know what you need to work on. <BR> <BR> I can offer some healthy suggestions for personal challenges, like eating 3-5 fruits or veggies every day, exercising for so many minutes every day, going to bed a little earlier each night, or exercising more . . . but only you can decide what you need to work on. <BR> <BR> So copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and answer the following question this week, to "CHALLENGE YOURSELF." <BR> <BR> This... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:56:38 EST Weekly Challenge - "March On into March" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66363323 It’s time to “MARCH ON” into the month of March. There are 7 letters in the words “MARCH ON” ... and there are also 7 days of the week. So your challenge is to achieve each of the 7 healthy habits associated with those 7 letters this week. <BR> <BR> You may do these in any order you wish, but try to complete each letter at least once this week. And “MARCH ON” into March … being the healthiest you can be! <BR> <BR> <BR> M - Muscles – Strength train today <BR> A - Active – Exercise for 30... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 01:18:33 EST March Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66345092 Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved - <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - Thu, 2 Mar 2017 12:16:08 EST Weekly Challenge - "Happy Dance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66312022 Your challenge this week is to do a “HAPPY DANCE” every day. It’s good cardio … and it's fun! You can change your song each day if you like, or keep the same one for the whole week. You can dance by yourself or with a friend. You can play the song loud or soft. Just do a “HAPPY DANCE” every day this week. <BR> <BR> Let’s see who can rack up the most points … just by doing their “HAPPY DANCE!” Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; post your points daily. You can post 1 point for every ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:55:02 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just Go a Little ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66263593 This week’s challenge is to “JUST GO A LITTLE” … faster,, longer, or harder. For example, if you're a walker, “JUST GO A LITTLE” faster. If you're a biker, “JUST GO A LITTLE” longer. If you’re strength training “JUST GO A LITTLE” harder by increasing your weights. <BR> <BR> "JUST GO A LITTLE” faster, longer, or harder this week . . . to spark that metabolism.(Examples: Biked-10 extra min, walked-faster, or ST-added 5 lbs). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then come here da... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:52:59 EST Weekly Challenge - "YOUR HEART" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66216253 When we think of Valentine’s Day, we naturally think of hearts. So this week’s challenge is to take care of “YOUR HEART.” There are many heart-healthy habits we should be practicing every day. <BR> <BR> Concentrate on the health of “YOUR HEART" this week, by completing as many of the 7 heart-healthy habits below as you can … every day this week. You get 1 point for each heart-healthy habit, each day. In other words, you can get 7 points total each day, for a total possible of 49 points for ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:18:43 EST Today, my focus is on ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x66199127 To keep from getting frustrated with the scale &amp; slowing weight loss, focus on smaller goals … weekly or even daily. Achieving those short-term goals seem more doable &amp; guide you more gently into a healthier, fitter lifestyle. <BR> <BR> So just answer this question … <BR> <BR> Today, my focus is on __________. <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:36:54 EST Word Association Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x66199007 The game starts with a word. The next person to post will post whatever word comes to mind after reading that word...and so on. To start, what comes to mind when you think of "spark?" <BR> <BR> SPARK <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:10:19 EST February 2017 Monthly Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66165926 Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved - <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 23:01:30 EST Weekly Challenge - "Positive Talk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66156785 We are often quick to make statements like, “I hate my belly, and my thighs, or whatever,” but we don’t think or say nice things about ourselves nearly as often! Stop the negative talk, and pat yourself on the back this week by incorporating some “POSITIVE TALK” into your life. It is well deserved! I’m sure there are endless compliments you “should” give yourself, like ... <BR> <BR> How about: It could be your determination, attention to detail, flexibility, memory, sense of humor, etc.... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:43:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "BALANCED BREAKFAST" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66115268 This week's challenge is to try and eat a "BALANCED BREAKFAST" every morning. And it's often difficult to do when we're on the run. But do your best to have a well-balanced meal most mornings this week, with a protein, a carb, and just a little fat. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back here every day, to post what you ate for your "BALANCED BREAKFAST" <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Satu... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:17:11 EST "THIS?" or "THAT?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x66078746 Are you ready for a new game? Here is how it works: <BR> <BR> Each question begins with ... Would you rather "this" or "that?" After you answer the question, than you post a new "this or that" question. I'll begin: <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you rather attend a "fancy dress" party OR a "come as you are" party? <BR> I prefer a "come as your are" party. <BR> <BR> Would you rather take a walk or ride a bike? <BR> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:25:34 EST Weekly Challenge - "NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66063159 This week let's strive for a "NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR." We all know what we need to change in our lives to improve our health and begin achieving our goals. It comes down to tracking, exercising, and hydrating. <BR> <BR> So your Challenge this week will be to incorporate these 3 basic goals, to start bringing about that "NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR." <BR> <BR> 1 - drink water (8 glasses) <BR> 2 - track your food (every bite) <BR> 3 - get exercise (30 minutes) <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:09:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Eat a Rainbow" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66011473 Your challenge this week is to "EAT A RAINBOW" . . . see how many different colored fruits &amp; vegetables you can eat! Eating a colorful range of fruits &amp; vegetables is a fantastic way to get all of your vitamins &amp; minerals. Simple but perhaps very challenging. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste below, then post daily which freggies you ate. This could be a great way to see if you are already eating a wide variety of colorful foods, or if your daily diet needs a healthy tweak. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:56:53 EST Weekly Challenge - "Do Good" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65957361 Every day this week, plan to “DO GOOD” each day ... even if it's just 1 thing. It can be anything that deals with your health journey. For example, even cleaning out a closet can be something you “DO GOOD” because you are removing clutter from your life. Perhaps you stretch, strength train, track your food, drink your water, do cardio, eat a new veggie, read a health article, or even something as simple as encourage a friend along his/her health journey. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:10:52 EST Reward Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x65905458 It is very important to reward one's self for a job well done. Rewarding yourself helps to keep you motivated when it comes to reaching your goal. In this thread, I would like us to come here at least once a week and share how we rewarded ourselves for reaching our goals ex. meeting our water or calorie intake or reached our fitness goal. But please remember to use Non Food Rewards. Sparkpeople has some really good articles on how to reward yourself in healthy ways. Enjoy and have fun!! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:18:30 EST Weekly Challenge - "Apple A Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65903066 We would all agree that eating an "APPLE A DAY" is a healthy thing to do, don't you think? In fact, you've probably heard ... an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? I'm going to take it one step further, and suggest that an "APPLE A DAY" keeps the pounds away! So your Challenge for this week is to eat an "APPLE A DAY," for at least 5 days out of the week. <BR> <BR> Try to at least eat an "APPLE A DAY," for 5 days out of the week, but more if you can. Come here daily &amp; post how man... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:07:00 EST January 2017 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65901331 Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved - <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:36:17 EST Weekly Challenge - "Some Exercise" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65863160 Okay ... we know this is going to be another busy week. Most of us will have family visiting, or will be visiting family, or will be traveling, or simply be busy recuperating from the Holidays! So your challenge this week will simply be to just do "SOME EXERCISE." <BR> <BR> Don't worry about how much or even what it is ... just do "SOME EXERCISE" this week. For accountability this week, copy the days of the week, and come back here daily and post what exercise your were able to squeeze into... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:56:44 EST Weekly Challenge - "Take 1-Minute Health-Breaks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65819643 With this week being a very, very busy week-before-Christmas, let's challenge ourselves to "TAKE 1-MINUTE HEALTH-BREAKS," as often as we can throughout each day. It may not sound like a lot of time, but just that 1-minute can reduce stress and help you get through the week easier. <BR> <BR> Some suggestions have been offered, but you can make up your own, too (drink water, deep breathing, smile, soothing music, sit up straighter, be grateful, stretch, exercise, meditate, eat a few grapes, g... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:28:19 EST Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65777423 I want to start this weeks challenge on "Inreasing Freggies" but I don't know what freggies are...are they fruit and veggies? Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:16:12 EST Weekly Challenge - "Freggies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65775876 This week's challenge is to simply eat your "FREGGIES." It doesn't matter how you get them ... just concentrate on your "FREGGIE" consumption this week. <BR> <BR> Chose from any of the following suggestions. You can mix &amp; match them as you chose, and you may repeat them as you wish... just do something each day to increase your "FREGGIE" intake. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days-of-week, and come back here and post what "FREGGIES" you ate each day (and perhaps how you prepared them)... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:46:15 EST Closed Thread - Done in Error http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65730952 New month... fresh start. Challenge yourself, but keep it doable. You want 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 watch those minutes add up! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness minutes Left: <BR> Total Fitness Minutes : <BR> <BR> Dec 1 - <BR> Dec 2 - <BR> Dec 3 - <BR> Dec 4 - <BR> Dec 5 - <BR> Dec 6 - <BR> Dec 7 - <BR> Dec 8... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:21:57 EST Weekly Challenge - "Cardio Blast" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65730814 This week's Challenge will be to "CARDIO BLAST," as much as you can this week. This is kinda like doing "intervals," but for a shorter period of time. <BR> <BR> Walk, bike, swim, ride the elliptical ... whatever your choice of cardio exercise, for 5 minutes at regular intensity. Then "CARDIO BLAST" or boost the intensity of your workout, whatever it takes to get you breathing so hard that you couldn't possibly carry on a conversation. Slow it down after 10 seconds or so. And then repeat aga... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:02:13 EST December's Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65713806 Fitness Minutes Goal- <BR> Fitness Minutes Done- <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:50:43 EST Weekly Challenge - "To-Do-List" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65683850 Why it is that devoting time to our own good health often doesn't make it onto our “TO-DO LIST?” Your challenge this week is to put yourself on your “TO-DO-LIST”. . . by checking off some of the following good health habits, from you "TO-DO-LIST." <BR> <BR> - TIDY-UP—Set aside a few minutes to straighten up some area that has been bothering you. Maybe it’s your frig or cluttered counter top. Sort through papers, recycle things, and return items to their rightful places. Simply clearing phy... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:55:36 EST Weekly Challenge - "Different Every Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65641880 Your challenge this week is to do something “DIFFERENT EVERY DAY.” The title (before each day of the week) doesn’t mean you have to do "that" … that day. You can change it up, so it works into your schedule. <BR> <BR> Just try to do something “DIFFERENT EVERY DAY.” Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back here daily … to post what you did each day. <BR> <BR> - Special Sunday – Take “me-time” today <BR> - Manic Monday – Do cardio blasts, or increase your weights today <BR> - ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:10:02 EST Weekly Challenge - "Up The Protein" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65559538 This week’s challenge is to “UP THE PROTEIN” for breakfast. <em>490</em> <em>466</em> <BR> <BR> When you “UP THE PROTEIN” early in the morning, you introduce a slow-burning fuel that can help you to feel less hungry and more energetic for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Think of what you normally eat for breakfast. Then plan to “UP THE PROTEIN” in your morning meal every day. It can be the same protein every day or different every day. <BR> <BR> Just “UP THE PROTEIN” every day. Th... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:23:01 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65544555 This week’s challenge will be perfect for “JUST YOU ‘ . . . because “JUST YOU” will decide what that challenge will be! <BR> <BR> It can be to drink your water, to get a certain number of daily steps, to eat more veggies, to get more sleep . . . only you know what you need to work on. “JUST YOU” picks what your challenge will be. Then simply get it done. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and the statement below. Then for accountability, post whether you accomplished it or ... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:12:01 EST Grocery List, A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65544518 We've done this before, but just for something different, let's try it again: <BR> <BR> Name things you can buy at a grocery store, in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> A - asparagus Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:04:23 EST November Fitness Minutes 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65522974 Please post your Fitness Minutes here. Remember when working out have fun and challenge yourself. <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal- <BR> Fitness Minutes done- <BR> Fitness Minutes to go- <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 07:36:10 EST Weekly Challenge - "Reward Yourself" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65499882 We sometimes obsess over that evil scale ... and we forget to pat ourselves on the back for other healthy behaviors, like eating lots of freggies, moving or sleeping more, drinking our water, limiting caffeine, staying in calorie range, or practicing relaxation methods to manage stress. <BR> <BR> So this week your challenge is to be proud of your healthy behaviors ... and then “REWARD YOURSELF,” just like you would have for weight loss—only this time, “REWARD YOURSELF” for your healthy beha... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 21:31:24 EST Two Words/ Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x65451946 Change the first word, or change the second word ... form a new phrase (ex, swimming pool, car pool) <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> sun rise <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:25:16 EST Weekly Challenge - "Earn More Points" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65448821 This week's challenge is more of a contest ... who can "EARN MORE POINTS." A trophy goodie will be sent to the Challenger that has accumulated the most points by the end of the week. Goodies will also be awarded for 2nd, 3rd, and excellent participation. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then post how many total points you accumulated each day. You can keep track by subtotaling each day with the "My total points _________ below. Here's how you can "EARN MORE POINTS." <BR> <BR> 1 point for each ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:31:58 EST Closed Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x65429702 . Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:57:12 EST "Just for Yourself" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x65429642 Our lives are so busy taking care of others, that we often forget to take care of ourselves. And that's so important! You need to do something "just for yourself," so that you're recharged and better able to take care of the other special people in your lives. <BR> <BR> What can you say you did today ... "just for yourself?" I'll start ... <BR> <BR> Today I spent just 5 minutes doing a good stretch routine. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:46:34 EST What's in your salad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x65408435 <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you share any salad ideas? <BR> <BR> What do you put "in" your salads, to make them healthy? <BR> What kind of dressing or spices do you put "on" your salads? <BR> <BR> Would love to hear of something new and healthier to do with my boring salads ... wouldn't you? Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:49:19 EST Weekly Challenge - "Soup or Salad" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65401102 This week’s challenge is to have either “SOUP or SALAD” at least 5 days this week. (Just post “Not today” on days you chose to skip). <BR> <BR> Have “SOUP” for lunch. Have a “SALAD” for supper. Or vice versa. And if you want to super-challenge yourself, do both! <BR> <BR> Be sure to steer clear of creamy soups (go broth-based instead). And be sure to load that salad up with as many vegetables as you can, as well as steering clear of creamy salad dressings (spices anyone?). <BR> <BR> C... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:48:35 EST Third-letter food game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65388517 Each person lists a food using the "third letter" of the last food listed as the first letter of the next food. For example, if the word is: <BR> <BR> Potato <BR> <BR> Then the next person posts a food that starts with T <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:55:03 EST Double-letter word game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65388504 This game is easy! Simply post a word that has a double-letter in it (ex, sleep, book, letter) Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:52:17 EST What "frog" did you eat today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65388475 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> <BR> <link>play.simpletruths.com/movie/eat-that<BR>-frog/ </link> <BR> <BR> Your frog might be exercise, drinking water, freggies, cleaning, etc. It can be absolutely anything.....So, what is your FROG and have you eaten it yet today? <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:47:08 EST Weekly Challenge - "All About Vegetables" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65357284 Your Challenge this week is "ALL ABOUT VEGETABLES" . . . eating lots of them, cooking them in different ways, perhaps trying new ones, and perhaps eating ones you haven't in a long time. <BR> <BR> So this week, mix or match, but do something "ALL ABOUT VEGETABLES" each day. Come &amp; post what you chose to do AND what vegetable(s) you chose. Examples: <BR> <BR> 1) Eat as many vegetables as you can <BR> 2) Eat a vegetable you've never tried before <BR> 3) Eat a vegetable you haven't had... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 02:37:32 EST October 2016 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65311181 Fitness Minutes Goal: <BR> Fitness Minutes Done: <BR> Fitness Minutes Left: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 14:23:34 EST Weekly Challenge - "Streak This Week" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65305890 Let’s “STREAK THIS WEEK!” When we do something—anything—for so many days in a row (7 days this week), it’s called a “STREAK.” <BR> <BR> Some healthy suggestions: Eating 3-5 fruits or veggies every day, exercising for so many minutes per day, going to bed a little earlier each night, exercising during commercials, trying one new fruit or vegetable each day, you get the idea! It’s up to you! <BR> <BR> So this for week’s Challenge, promise yourself that you will ______________(YOU fill in ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:10:22 EST Song Game - October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65297328 Rules are easy: I name a song and you use one word from that song name to name another song. <BR> <BR> You can add the band or artist who wrote the song after it if you want, it's not necessary but would be helpful. <BR> <BR> For example... Don't Stop Till You Get Enough by Michael Jackson <BR> <BR> Then next person might put down... Stop In the Name of Love by The Supremes <BR> <BR> And so on and so forth. Let's have fun with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> So the first song is: Stop in the ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:55:48 EST Weekly Challenge - "Shake It Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65255445 This week’s challenge is to do a different cardio exercise every day. You can choose what you do . . . just be sure to “SHAKE IT UP.” Choosing different ways to move every day will keep your muscles surprised and build more lean muscle. <BR> <BR> You are allowed 2 "Rest Days," and you may duplicate exercise choices, but try to “SHAKE IT UP”... so that you do something different today than you did yesterday. <BR> <BR> As usual, copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Then come back here dai... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:16:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "Small Changes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65205480 This week’s challenge is to make “SMALL CHANGES” to your diet. Make substitutions or additions to your meals &amp; snacks . . . to make them just a little bit healthier. A little adjustment to your regular food selections can improve the quality of the foods you choose to eat . . . just by making “SMALL CHANGES.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then post daily what you did—that made your meal or snack a little healthier. You may choose from the suggestions below, you... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:29:37 EST Weekly Challenge - "Every Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65157732 For maximum health, we know there are certain things we should do "EVERY DAY." We should hydrate "EVERY DAY." We should eat our freggies "EVERY DAY." We should move "EVERY DAY." So your Challenge this week is to do each of those 3 things "EVERY DAY.." <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water every day <BR> 2. Eat at 3-5 freggies every day <BR> 3. Exercise at least 10 minutes every day <BR> <BR> Drop by "EVERY DAY," to record your progress (if you chose, jot down how many glasses, what... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:06:33 EST Weekly Challenge - "Me-Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65108062 You need “ME-TIME” . . . I need “ME-TIME” . . . We all need “ME-TIME!” And pleasurable activities vary from person-to-person. Is there something in particular that you really enjoy? Then that’s a good “ME-TIME” activity for you. <BR> <BR> It may be: Soaking in a tub, walking, listening to music, watching TV, doing puzzles, reading a newspaper, magazine, or book, surfing the web, praying, meeting others, doodling, playing sports, singing, dancing around the house ... or something else! <BR>... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:41:22 EST September 2016 Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65087967 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, 1 Sep 2016 00:49:54 EST Name that Place - September Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x65076833 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. <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:29:12 EST 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 Weekly Challenge - "Straighten Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x65059825 A chaotic or disorganized space makes everyday tasks seem harder because you feel like you're always running behind. If you “STRAIGHTEN UP” even one small physical space, it will help clear mental space, allowing you to be more efficient the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> So your challenge this week is to “STRAIGHTEN UP” something every day. You decide ... it could be something like: <BR> <BR> *Returning things to their rightful places <BR> *Tackling that pile of paperwork that needs your att... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:19:11 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 and 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 AUGUST 2016 MONTHLY FITNESS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x64872404 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 Jul 2016 04:20:12 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 First Name - Last Letter ---- August Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x64862401 Post the first name of a person that starts with the last letter of the previous posted name. <BR> <BR> James <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:39:45 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 Summer Things - July 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x64659371 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 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:22:52 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 June - Ask & Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x64424598 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 color are your eyes? <BR> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:20:42 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 Birthday List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x64393955 Please post your birthday...whether you post the year, is up to you. <BR> <BR> Help us, help you celebrate! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> Sun, 22 May 2016 00:21:06 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 Super Foods - Did you have any today? What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x64345408 Many of us have heard the idea of Super Foods. Here is a link to over 100 Super Foods. I bet you are eating something Super every day. Check out the link and try to include at least 3 Super Foods each day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=307 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your points for the article. Sun, 15 May 2016 00:48:10 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 What's for dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x63908595 A huge salad with carrots, eggs, green pepper, tomato, cucumber and maybe some grapes. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:45:37 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 2016 ROLL CALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x63324525 We are here to encourage and help each other. Tell us if you are having issues you need help with. We will do our best to help. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about any successes you wish to share. We would love to celebrate with you. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Just stop by and say hello. We would love to meet you and say hello back. <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Whatever you wish to share with the team just post it here. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 00:11:46 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