SparkPeople Balance and Moderation Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=62651 This is a team that will work to turn the word 'diet' from a verb into a noun. This is a team that will strive for BALANCE AND MODERATION and seek out a life of health. SparkPeople Balance and Moderation Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=62651 5 Problems With Rapid Fat Loss & Quick Fixes and W http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59834260 Sorry to bombard you all tonight but I have another GREAT article by Nia. This is an amazing one. Getting into the "I want it now!!!" mindset is so easy however, it just isn't a sustainable way to eat and live. Working to settle on things on our own terms, focus on consistency and learn to enjoy the journey is so worth the efforts! <BR> <BR> Enjoy guys this article is well worth the time!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/5-problems-rapid-f<BR>at-loss-quick-fixes/ </link> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:56:05 EST The Three Step Process to Achieve All Your Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x59834190 This is a gem of a post from Nia! I love this so much! Guys, the time is here that so many want to jump on the resolution bandwagon and the pull is great and intense! I read so much on Spark about those who dive into the uber restrictive plans and I think that reading sensible articles like these bring a good reminder to us all that it CAN be easy. Focusing on sustainability and simply being consistent is such a freeing way of doing things. Take a few minutes if you'd like and read this ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:48:28 EST Free eBook 'Sleep' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59828899 Hey guys, Matt Stone sent out his email and I thought I would share a link to a free eBook that he is offering from Joey Lott............. <BR> <BR> (from Amazon) "Is Insomnia Ruining Your Life? <BR> <BR> Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you wake up in the middle of the night feeling anxious or running to the bathroom? Do you feel like it’s ok to skimp a bit on sleep in order to work more or party harder? Believe it or not, sleep affects everything you do. We spend nearly a t... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:02:34 EST 4 Reasons to Simplify Your Nutrition and Workout H http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59820677 Oh this was such a perfect read this morning! I am someone who definitely tends to overcomplicate things often! Loved this read by Nia!! She is a big one on stress reduction and chilling the heck out! It really can be a simple thing, I think we just tend to overthink/overcomplicate/overdo things more often than not (at least I do) <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/simplify-nutrition<BR>-workout-habits/ </link> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:25:12 EST Question of the day 11/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59820499 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We made it everyone! TGIF!!!! <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all have had a most excellent week! Even more, i hope you're ready for my crazy question of the day for today!! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Do you use technology to help you with your goals? What do you use? Gadgets? Apps? Internet? Something else? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:06:53 EST Question of the Day 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59811346 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning team!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy pre-Friday! I hope that everyone is having a great week so far this week! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your question of the day so I hope you're ready! <BR> <BR> For today, are you taking time during this busy time of year to make some time for just you? What do you like to do for your 'me time'? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:25:05 EST Question of the Day 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59802310 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! (woot, woot) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Wednesday question of the day so I hope that you're ready! <BR> <BR> For today, how is everything going? Just general stuff -- I ask a lot of questions centered around diet, exercise, sleep, stress,etc but today I want to know about YOU the WHOLE you <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:00:41 EST Question of the Day 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59792635 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning team!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday everyone! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone's week is off to a great start so far!! I am here to bring you your question of the day so I hope that you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For today, have you found a form of exercise that you enjoy doing? Do you have to force yourself to workout or does it come naturally to you? What do you like doing best? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:56:15 EST Question of the Day 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59782732 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you all!! <em>41</em> I hope that everyone had a restful weekend and are ready for a great week ahead! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Monday morning question -- so be ready! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What are you doing to make yourself a priority today? How are you focusing on self care? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:17:10 EST November Simplicity Challenge Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59766526 Hey guys -- week 2 is gone and week 3 is here if you can believe it?! <em>198</em> Thanksgiving is getting closer by the minute <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Same rules apply as last week -- the challenge for week 3 begins today and runs through next Friday. Copy the template below click 'reply' and paste your template in your reply. Then each day go in and 'edit' your post and update daily. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <em>52</em> REMINDER <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:08:31 EST Helpful Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59762901 Hi everyone! I've been on somewhat of a hiatus the past month or so due to an international move, but I should have steadier internet access from now on (or so I hope!). <BR> <BR> I've been experimenting with intuitive eating the past several months in spite of the fact I thought it would never work for someone like me and have had very good results. One book in particular has been very helpful in pulling everything together for me, so I thought I'd share it with the team. It's called "I Ca... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:15:30 EST Question of the Day 11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59757305 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning all!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> A big, huge TGIF for you all! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Friday QOTD so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For today, let's celebrate our woo hoo's! What are you feeling good about today??? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:45:13 EST Question of the Day 11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59747689 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning guys!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy pre-Friday to you all! I hope that everyone has stayed warm and had a great week so far -- Friday is so close now! <BR> <BR> I am here with your question of the day -- are you celebrating your mini victories? Do you spend time focused on all of the good that you do in your life? How do you celebrate reaching your goals and your NSV's? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:48:40 EST 33 Ways to Break Free From Binge Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59747646 Hey guys, I don't know much about it, but Nia Shanks has released her new book, "33 Ways to Break Free From Binge Eating" I know that Nia has been one to suffer from disordered and "perfectionist" eating that would lead to binges. So I thought I would share. Right now, it is only $2.99 on Amazon. <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B00OSQYB66 </link> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:43:33 EST Question of the Day 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59737907 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good chilly morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Brrrrr! Woke up to -27 wind chills this morning. Think I am staying in today <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday everyone! We've reached mid-week already! I hope your week is going along well so far!! <BR> <BR> I am here with you daily question so be ready!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> For today, looking at the long term, do you think that your current way of eating and fitness... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:39:37 EST Question of the Day 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59727763 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you're staying warm wherever you are!! It is COLD here brrrrrr!!! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Tuesday question of the day so I hope you're rested and ready! <BR> <BR> For today, do you feel that you struggle with any part of balance with regards to seeking out a healthy lifestyle? What do you struggle with? What do you do well with? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:40:58 EST Question of the Day 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59717343 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning all!!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Monday!! I hope everyone had a stellar weekend and are ready for your Monday and the week ahead <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question so I hope that you're ready.......... <BR> <BR> For today, with the fun and often times stressful holiday season coming, how are you doing with taking care of yourself and your stress levels? Are you making sure to keep yourself on... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:26:08 EST November Simplicity Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59696394 Hey guys -- week 2 is here if you can believe it! <em>198</em> Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Same rules apply as last week -- the challenge for week 2 will begin tomorrow (Saturday) and run through next Friday. Copy the template below click 'reply' and paste your template in your reply. Then each day go in and 'edit' your post and update daily. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <em>52</em> REMINDER <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <em>... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:18:09 EST Question of the Day 11/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59689760 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We made it! TGIF!! TGIF!! Happy dance <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Friday question of the day -- for today how are you doing with consistently working on your goals whatever they may be? It is so easy to set goals and get gung ho on them but not always so much so with follow through -- how are you doing in that area of consiste... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:29:27 EST Question of the Day 11/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59679888 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> team and welcome to your pre-Friday question of the day! <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone's week is going well and you're ready for the weekend! <BR> <BR> Today, for your question of the day -- I am wondering how you are doing balancing working on your insides as much as your outsides? How well are you taking care of YOU the total YOU? Stress, sleep, nourishment, self care -- all... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:33:14 EST Question of the Day 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59669519 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning all!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to you -- week's half over already!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Wednesday Question of the Day so I hope you're ready and have your thinking caps on! <BR> <BR> For today, what is working for you with regards to tracking (or not tracking)? Do you like to track your calories? Do you journal? Is there an app you use? Something else??? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:41:16 EST Question of the Day 11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59659131 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning all!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Election Day!! <em>232</em> Will you be voting today? (well for those of us in the US) <BR> <BR> I am here with your Tuesday question so I hope you're ready - how are you doing with your body image? How are you feeling about YOU today? List three things about yourself today that makes you totally awesome!! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:30:24 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59649092 I'm lurking in the corners. But definitely agree that now while trying to loose and later once we go into maintenance, balance and moderation will be key. Have a wonderful week everyone! <BR> <em>41</em> Bern Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:56:17 EST Question of the Day 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59647888 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning!!!!!!!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome back to Monday morning!! <em>41</em> I hope that everyone had an <em>345</em> weekend! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Monday morning question of the day -- what are your goals for the month? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:01:21 EST November Simplicity Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59617856 It is here! I am going to post the template a day early -- the challenge will technically start tomorrow but anyone who wants to participate can start their template and figure out what you would like to do. <BR> <BR> This is what you need to do -- copy the template below, click reply to the thread and paste your template in your reply. Each day go into your own template and edit it for the day that you completed. At the end of the week, each person should have only ONE template. Figure ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:59:38 EST Question of the Day 10/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59617672 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It is not just a Happy Friday <em>244</em> but it is a Happy Halloween Friday!! <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Happy Halloween question of the day.... muwahahahahahahahaha <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> For today, are you planning anything Halloween-ish today... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:35:37 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59617646 <em>244</em> We made it through 31 days of the challenge! I am so glad to have the participation and everyone who popped in and did the challenge with me!! <BR> <BR> Day 31 is a simple one -- enjoy a Halloween treat today. Trick or Treating or not, enjoy a treat. Savor it. Enjoy the taste, texture, smell... be very mindful when you do! <BR> <BR> Have a great day and thank you everyone!!! <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:31:32 EST Hello, this is my first post here.:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59610884 Hi all! This looks like just the team for me! I've never been great at balance or moderation, but I want to be!! My name is Mandy, I've always been a yo-yoer, one extreme diet to the next, major wagon fallings off in between. I have two lovely elementary aged children and a full-time bank job and we share a home with my awesome boyfriend and his high school senior daughter. My first goal has been the first half of the day. The work day. I'd gotten into a bad vending machine, out for lunch, et... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:52:10 EST Question of the Day 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59607989 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy pre-Friday and pre Halloween! <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your almost-Friday question of the day so I hope that you're ready! <BR> <BR> For today, do you have a special treat that you like to incorporate in your eating that may not necessarily fit in the 'healthy' category but you enjoy it and do so with moderation? What is it? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:51:13 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59607937 Hello everyone! Welcome to the 2nd to the last day of the challenge! I appreciate everyone who has been on board with the challenge this month and has gone along with me in helping to improve the small habits in our lives. I will post something later about the next challenge I am doing something a bit different but hopefully still fun <BR> <BR> Okay so for day 30 we're going to Spread the Spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today, all you have to do is post something uplifting on another me... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:44:29 EST Question of the Day 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59598538 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! Hopefully everyone's week is going well and you're feeling good and doing well!! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Wednesday QOTD -- for today, do you have any bad habits you are trying to kick? Things that aren't doing you any favors? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:41:30 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59598461 Hey everyone! Getting closer to the end of the month -- has this challenge been helpful of reminders of how making some small changes can equal results in the long run? <BR> <BR> We're on day 29 and we're focused on mindfulness again today <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> For today, it is going to take a bit of effort but one that is worth it -- today, the goal is to be present in today -- don't focus on the future, don't dwell on the past but just be present in today. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:31:54 EST Hi ...I'm Risa...I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59596341 Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:54:16 EST Question of the Day 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59588538 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope Monday was a good start of the week for you all! I am here with your daily question <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For today - are you nervous and/or stressed with the knowledge that the holidays are fast approaching? Do you worry about the 'eating season' with your plan or do you think that you can practice balance and moderation while in the midst of the holidays? ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:39:20 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59588461 Hey everyone! Welcome to day 28 and almost the near of the end of the Tiny Tweaks Challenge!! <BR> <BR> Today we're back to self care <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> For today, Look at this last month, do you feel like you have good habits in place? Looking toward a lifetime of healthy habits will set you up for when life gets in the way you can revert to good habits already in place and not have to feel like you're on a wagon. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:28:51 EST Question of the Day 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59577327 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Once again another Monday is upon us -- I hope that everyone had a great weekend and that you all are rested and restored and ready to take on the week ahead <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Monday question, so get ready!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> For today -- what are you focusing on today for your exercise? What do you have planned for the week? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:22:28 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59577281 Sorry I missed yesterday guys -- sometimes a house with four kids equates to no posting <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I am just going to combine challenges from yesterday and today into one for a good Monday morning challenge <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So here goes........... <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today will focus on Nutrition and fitness <em>45</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> For today, we'll make the nutrition aspect to find a fun new recipe you would like to try sometime this week... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:16:38 EST REPOST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59560126 Sorry guys -- this is the right one!! <em>211</em> Posting before <em>106</em> is no bueno!! <BR> <BR> Hey everyone!! Happy Saturday and welcome to day 25!! <BR> <BR> Today we're Spreading the Spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple -- post on a team's wall something encouraging. Mean what you say and work to make one of your teams a positive and upbeat place to be! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:31:36 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59560088 Hey everyone!! Happy Saturday and welcome to day 25!! <BR> <BR> Today we're Spreading the Spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple -- post on a team's wall something encouraging. Mean what you say and work to make one of your teams a positive and upbeat place to be! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:27:54 EST Question of the Day 10/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59550183 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning all!!!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> TGIF!!!! TGIF!!!! TGIF!!!! <BR> <BR> Welcome to Friday -- we made it!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your final question of the day for the week so I hope your ready!! <BR> <BR> For today, let's sing our woo-hoo's -- what are you feeling good about today??? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:41:24 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59550076 Hey there everyone! We're here on day 24 if you can believe it of the challenge! Today we're focusing on mindfulness <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> For today, your challenge is to allow yourself a treat that you've been craving. Take your treat, enjoy it and savor it. Take it in slowly, enjoy the taste, texture, sight, smell of it. Really enjoy it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:30:06 EST Hi, I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59542700 Just signed on today and I am very happy to have found this team. I am just looking for support and to be supportive along this journey. I'm searching for peace of mind in all areas of my life. I look forward to getting to know my team partners. Thanks for being here. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:28 EST How to Deal With Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59541100 Ok so it is no secret that I love Go Kaleo -- she's such a voice of reason in an industry that is anything but.... <BR> <BR> She posted a video on how to deal with setbacks and I thought I would share it with you guys. It is just a hair under 10 minutes but I think it is pretty good. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UAw<BR>49beiHY&feature=youtu.be </link> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:55:44 EST Question of the Day 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59540394 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to pre-Friday <em>334</em> I hope that everyone has had a good week so far!! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Thursday question so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For today -- do you struggle with the ideas of balance and moderation? What is difficult for you? What is easy for you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:36:47 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59540359 Hellllllllo everyone and <em>199</em> to day 23!! Today we're back to self care <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> For today, I want everyone to list something positive about yourself today. It can be anything! Think hard! You're unique and special, what is making you feel that way today? <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:32:37 EST Free eBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59536210 Hey all, I got Matt Stone's email this afternoon and it looks like he's got a link for a free eBook... Seems relevant for the team <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Stress Less: Targeting the Physiological Roots of Stress <BR> (from Amazon) <BR> "Feeling stressed? <BR> <BR> If you’re looking at Joey Lott’s ‘Stress Less,’ then chances are you’ve encountered stress at some point in your life. Who hasn’t these days? The pace of modern life is frantic, and we all have plenty on our plates with work, r... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:43 EST Question of the Day 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59530662 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy hump day! Welcome to Wednesday! Halfway through the week!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question -- so I hope that you're ready! <BR> <BR> For today's question, how do you measure your progress? What have you found that works for you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:41:24 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59530631 Helllllllllllllo everyone! <em>199</em> to day 22 of the Challenge!! Today we're back to fitness <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> For today, find a fun way to incorporate fitness throughout your day. Take small breaks in your day to make sure you're remaining active -- periodically through the day, do something active. If you work, get up and take a walk to the water cooler, do push ups on commercial breaks when watching tv, take a brisk walk a couple of times today, do a quick round of jump... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:37:45 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59521496 Hello I am new again. Lost 88lbs three years ago but a medical emergency caused me go gain 30 ish back. I'm here again before it turns into 88plus back. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:43:04 EST Question of the Day 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59520166 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday all -- I hope that your week is off to a good start so far! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your Tuesday question of the day so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For today, do you feel like you have a good balance between being able to push yourself a bit out of your comfort zone and not going too far? How do you work to strike this balance of being able to nudge yourself ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:34:08 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59520084 Helllllllllllllo everyone! <em>235</em> to day 21!! Today we're back to nutrition <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, we're going to work on protein <em>53</em> Your challenge for today is to get in your target amount of protein for today. Do you know what your target is? Check out this article by SparkPeople for some guidelines: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1963 </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free also to list some of your fa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:23:42 EST Question of the Day 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59509088 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome back to Monday!! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and are ready to tackle Monday head-on! <BR> <BR> But, I know that you know why I am here so without further ado, here is your Monday morning Question of the Day!! <BR> <BR> For today, how are you focused today on making lifestyle changes instead of 'being on a diet'? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:46:54 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59509008 Hellllllllllo everyone! We're here with day 20 -- today we're focusing on Spreading the Spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> For today, find an article here on SparkPeople that resonates with you and what you're working on for your own path. Save it to your articles (to do this in the article and click on the MORE button - at the top with 'Share on Facebook' and 'Share on Pinterest' - then click on 'save'). Anytime you need to retrieve the articles you saved, hover over "Today on SparkPeople"... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:37:46 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59499580 Hellllllllllllllllllllllllllo everyone! I am here with your day 19 challenge. Today we're focusing on mindfulness <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> For today's challenge -- the goal is to focus on one task at at time. It is so easy to focus on EVERYTHING that we have to do that we tend to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Today the goal is to just focus on one thing at at time, not everything at once. It sounds easier than it really is especially with the crazy lives we lead, but just do your... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:36:23 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59491318 Hey everyone! <em>235</em> to day 18!! Today we're back to some self care <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, I really want everyone to take some time to think about this -- for today, I want everyone, no matter where you are in your journey, to list all of the positive changes you're making in your life. It is so easy to focus on our hang ups and things that we're struggling with, but for today, I want you to flip that coin and list out (either here or someplace for you) ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:17:32 EST Question of the Day 10/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59482246 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We made it guys!!! We made it to Friday!! Happy dance time!! <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone has had a great week and you're ready for the weekend! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am here for your Friday morning question of the day so I hope that you're ready..... <BR> <BR> My question for you all today is this: what are you doing t... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:01:20 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59482100 Hey everybody and <em>235</em> to Day 17 Today we're focusing on fitness <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> I am here for day 17 and the ongoing tiny tweaks challenge <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> For today, I want everyone to focus on their NEAT activity. All you have to do today is to just focus on and work to bump up your NEAT activity. Whatever it is you typically do, just work to do a tad bit more. It doesn't have to be anything crazy, just work to make it a bit more than usual. There are ma... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:39:46 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59472008 Hello everyone! <em>229</em> to day 16 of the challenge!! <BR> <BR> Today, we're back to nutrition <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> For today, I am encouraging everyone to eat a <em>437</em> of freggies. Take today and place focus on getting in a wide variety of fruits and veggies of every color of the rainbow <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/diet-nutrition/eating-the-rainbow-for<BR>-good-nutrition.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be anything hardco... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:21:15 EST Question of the Day 10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59472003 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning!!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy pre-Friday everyone! I hope that everyone has had a great week and are preparing for Friday <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question so I hope you're ready............. <BR> <BR> Are you keeping your focus on other areas of your life aside from nutriton and fitness to create balance? Are you working to get enough sleep, keep your stress in check and take care of yourself? <BR>... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:20:19 EST Question of the Day 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59461517 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! I am here with your Wednesday qotd so I hope you're ready! <BR> <BR> For today, let's do some woo hoo's -what are you feeling good about today? Sing your praises! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:09:35 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59461508 Hey everyone! <em>235</em> to day 15! Halfway through the month - I hope everyone is feeling great! Tiday we're on to spread the spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> For today, comment on someone's blog with as positive and uplifting comment. Find someone who needs the support or cheer someone on who is doing well. Today let's work to be as positive force on spark <em>41</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:05:36 EST Food intollerance or addiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59457305 Hello friends, I would like to hear your opinions and ideas on something we hear so much about nowadays. . . food intollerances. I even underwent some tests here in Italy and I seem to be intollerant to white flour and milk products. Yet, it seems that whoever I speak to about this, hundreds of other people have had the same results. I also would like to know what you think of food addictions . . . do you have a food that you can't seem to "live without" even though it makes you feel irrit... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:03:27 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59451633 Hellllllo everyone! <em>235</em> to day 14 of the challenge! Today we're focused on mindfulness <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Actually today's challenge can also align with fitness but we're going to place it under the mindfulness category. Today's challenge is going to take a bit of effort on your part but the goal for today's challenge is to be completely mindful in your fitness today. How often do you do your workout and just go through the motions? Before you know it, you're done. ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:21:01 EST Question of the Day 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59451627 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Goooooood morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone's week is off to a fantastic start!! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question, so I hope that you're ready..... <BR> <BR> How are you working today to not let numbers define you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:20:18 EST Hello, I'm new here :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59450850 Hello everyone, just signed up to the website this morning and chose this Team because I love the logo!!! I also love the word moderation...which is so important in all aspects of life. I'm 58 and have always battled with my weight and have finally banned the word diet from my vocabulary. I have very little will power and need all the support I can get. I live in Rome, Italy with my daughter and our little dog and am a freelance teacher of english as a second language. I'm looking forward... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:25:25 EST Question of the Day 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59441650 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to you all! I hope that everyone's weekend was spectacular! Anything fun happening? <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question to kick off the week so I hope you've had the chance to rest your brains!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For your question today -- are you working to make peace with food? How is that going for you? Are you putting into place the mantra of balance and mo... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:36:25 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59441623 Hey there everyone!! <em>235</em> to Day 13 Today is a day to focus on self care <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Today, go as big or a small as you'd like but do something for YOU today. Just something to make you feel good. Get a pedicure, get a massage, take a long hot bath, download a new song or eBook. Just something that is for you and ONLY you! Report back and let us know what you did, if you'd like <em>211</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:33:39 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59430526 Hello everyone and welcome to day 12 (okay so a bit early, but tomorrow is going to be a busy one so I am posting tonight...). Today we're going to focus on fitness. <BR> <BR> This one takes a wee bit of effort but for today, Look out at the week ahead and think about what your plans are and then try to figure out or plan what your workouts will be for the week. Set it up in a way that works well with your schedule -- if you have a busy day, plan a relaxing walk in the evening. If you can... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:28:56 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59423499 Hellllllllllllllllllllllo everyone! Welcome to day 11 -- Today we're back to nutrition <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge might take a bit of time and some brain power but it is well worth the effort and the planning <em>30</em> Today, think about and/or list your domino/trigger foods. What are these? The *can't eat just one* foods. They're different for everyone. Ice cream for some, chips for another. What might be a domino food for one might be something that is comple... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:44:01 EST Question of the Day 10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59414952 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It is that time of week again -- happy dance time! <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> TGIF!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone's week has been good and that you're ready for a stellar weekend!! <BR> <BR> QOTD time, Ihope your brain is ready!! <BR> <BR> How are you working to enjoy where you are NOW? It is so easy to focu... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:32:01 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59414859 Heeeey everyone! Welcome to day 10!! For today we're going to focus on Spreading the Spark <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple and fun and will take little time and effort on your part -- for today your challenge is to send someone a goodie. The only stipulation on that goodie is that it is positive and upbeat -- work to spread the spark in a positive manner that helps build up someone <em>41</em> Do this with a minimum of one person but do as many as you'd like!! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:20:13 EST Question of the Day 10/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59404792 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> A big, huge happy pre-Friday to you all! I hope that everyone's week is going well thus far! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question so I hope that you're ready!! For today, is there anything that you do that gives you an instant mood lift? Do you have an activity that you enjoy doing or somethign that helps you feel good? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:32:53 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59404633 <em>235</em> to day 9 everyone!! Today we're focusing on mindfulness <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Today's task by the exterior seems simplistic but does require some effort -- by day's end, the challenge is to take 5 minutes and find a quiet place that you can go to to just breathe. Being able to focus on just you and your breath is such a rewarding thing and allows you to decompress from the day and get ready for sleep. Find a quiet place and focus on your breath -- in, out. Tune everyt... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:12:09 EST Question of the Day 10/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59394726 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning you guys!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy HUMP DAY!! Woo hoo!!! The week mid-point is here! <BR> <BR> Today's question of the day is here -- so I hope you're ready!!! <BR> <BR> How are you with being gentle with yourself? We work to nurture and build up others around us and are gentle with them, do you treat yourself the same way or are you too hard on yourself? Are you working to be more gentle with yourself? <BR> <BR> <em>... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:42:04 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59394570 Good morning everyone and welcome to day 8 of the challenge! Today we're going to focus on self care <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> For today, I want everyone to write down 5 things that make you simply spectacular and keep them in a place that you will see them all day (feel free to share them here, too if you'd like... <em>211</em> ). This is a good practice to be in as it helps us boost our mental mojo and how we see ourselves. If it is difficult for you to find 5 things, just start with o... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:22:12 EST Question of the Day 10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59384332 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy post-Monday -- we survived! <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your week is off to a great start so far! <BR> <BR> I am here with your daily question so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For today's question I am going to piggy back off of the challenge and ask this -- how is everyone doing with exercise? Are you doing things that you enjoy? What kind of workouts are you ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:01:23 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59384204 Today we're back to fitness!! <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a simple one but one that we all should do -- take an honest look at your fitness routine. Do you enjoy what you do or do you dread it? If you dread it, take some time to really look at what you're doing and try to figure out something that you would enjoy. Bored of cardio? Try yoga or weight lifting. Tired of your current lifting routine try a bodyweight program. Try a group fitness class at the gym. Make a... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:46:36 EST Question of the Day 10/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59372318 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Monday! <em>334</em> I hope that everyone had a great weekend and that you're ready for another Monday and another week! <BR> <BR> I am here with the Monday Morning QOTD so I hope you're ready........ <BR> <BR> In remembering the phrase, "comparison is the thief of joy" how do you do with NOT comparing yourself to others? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:59:22 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59372195 Back to nutrition today <BR> <BR> Today put aside any preconceived notion of food before you eat it. It is so easy to bring prejudices and preconceived notions about food to the table. The goal for today is to pay attention to food AFTER you eat it. After you're done eating, how do you feel? Do you feel energized and full? Do you feel lethargic? Do you feel hungry right away? Does your stomach hurt or are you bloated? Do you have a headache? Do you feel GREAT? <BR> <BR> After eac... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:42:06 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59362577 Today we're going to focus on Self Care <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, let's make a point to do something to take care of ourselves. Today it is simple -- I want everyone to take a few minutes and simply compliment yourself. It can be anything -- compliment yourself on having a nice hairstyle, on your smile, on your shirt, on working hard to accomplish your goals, on being a good mom/wife/sister/daughter/etc... the list is endless. Today, I want you to take the negative ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:04:03 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59353490 Spread the Spark!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple but fun! Update your SparkPage -- how long has it been since you've read through your page? Is it in need of an update? Take some time to review over your introduction, and your profile. Bonus -- if your page is good to go, update it and make it festive maybe decorate it for Autumn or Halloween or just change some of the pictures and background. Have fun with it and make it uniquely you <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:13:10 EST Question of the Day 10/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59342875 <em>106</em> <em>67</em> Good morning everyone!!! <em>106</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday team!! It is the TGIF happy dance <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> I hope everyone's week has been good and that your Friday goes well!! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Friday question of the day so I hope you're ready........ <BR> <BR> For today, nothing hard core, I just thought it would be fun for us all to do a shout out on what we're feeling good about today so ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:15:14 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59342713 Today's focus is going to be mindfulness <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a simple one -- today find some time to relax and unwind from the day. Step away from the computer, put away your phone, turn off the TV. Have a nice conversation with your significant other or a friend. Play a game. Read. Light a candle and take a bath (glass of wine optional <em>408</em> ). Meditate. Something that will allow you to just unwind, turn off your thoughts and prepare yourself for ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:03:51 EST Question of the Day 10/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59331975 <em>67</em> <em>106</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>67</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Happy pre-Friday to you all! We're one day closer to Friday <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your morning QOTD so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> How are you working to be more active? Aside from your structured exercise, how do you work to build more NEAT activity into your day? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:23:48 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59327248 I am going to post this a day early guys (sorry! life is crazy right now with family obligations...) <BR> <BR> Hey everyone -- welcome to day number 2!! <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, we're going to focus on fitness. Today's challenge is to find a unique way to be active. Mix it up and be a bit different than what you typically do -- but whatever you do, make it fun! YouTube has a whole lot of workouts also... it can be something simple like a different DVD or taking a different rout... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:34:26 EST Question of the Day 10/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59320391 <em>67</em> <em>106</em> Good morning everyone!! <em>67</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Happy October 1st!! <em>465</em> <em>333</em> <em>420</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your 1st question of the day for October so I hope you're ready <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have any goals you hope to achieve for the month? Anything new and exciting coming down the pike? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:31:09 EST Tiny Tweaks Challenge Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59320370 Happy October 1st, everyone!! <em>465</em> I hope everyone is ready to tackle October full speed ahead! <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge for <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> For today -- take an honest look at your eating plan. Is it working for you and does it make you happy? Some things to consider are: <BR> <BR> - is it sustainable? <BR> - is it too restrictive? <BR> - does it make you happy? <BR> - do you have to fit your life around it? <BR> - do you label foods as 'good' or 'bad'? <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:28:35 EST October Tiny Tweaks Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59309415 Hey everyone! I am going to post this here today as a 'sticky' so that you all know what is coming down the pike <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The October Tiny Tweaks Challenge...... <BR> <BR> For this challenge I will post something daily that will center on 5 different areas: <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Nutrition -- in order to make lasting and sustainable change, nutrition doesn't have to be a huge overhaul sometimes making small changes makes a big impact! <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Fitne... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:42:29 EST Question of the Day 9/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59309210 Happy Last Day of September!!!!!!!!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Guess what guys?! I am back with your daily question muwahahahahaha!!!!! <em>18</em> I hope that you are ready for me to pick your brains!! <BR> <BR> I've missed posting for you guys <em>39</em> but thank you once again POSITIVEHOPE you ROCK for taking the question for the month it has been nice to rest and recharge my brain.... <BR> <BR> Okay enough of my babbling...... on to the important stuff -- your question of ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:19:12 EST 09/30/14: Challenge Day 30 - Plan for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59300858 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm posting this a day early so that we can begin to consider what we want for the month to come. If you haven't been participating in the challenges, you may want to take this time to consider doing so. <BR> <BR> I know for myself that taking the time each day to simply think about balance in my life in a variety of ways has done wonders to create a solid foundation of balance upon which the rest of my life can rest. <BR> <BR> I invite you to take this time and pl... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:16:53 EST 09/29/14: Challenge Day 29 - Reflect & Share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59300522 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> What did you do to nurture your spirit and passion yesterday? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, September is now rapidly drawing to a close... how did it go? <BR> <BR> What do you appreciate about this past month? <BR> <BR> What did you learn about yourself? <BR> <BR> Did you meet your process goals to your own satisfaction? <BR> <BR> What were your stumbling blocks, if any? <BR> <BR> How might you use these observations to cre... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:49:27 EST 09/28/14: Challenge Day 28 - Let Your Spirit Soar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59290846 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> How was your 'Do Something Saturday? What did you do? <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> "Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us... passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of lov... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:55:57 EST Question of the Day 9/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59281878 Happy Saturday my Sparkling friends! Weekends are wonderful. Time to relax, enjoy your family and do things out of the ordinary. <BR> Many people find staying on the healthy lifestyle harder on the weekends. How do you balance your weekend? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:30:47 EST 09/27/14: Challenge Day 27 - Saturday 'Something' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59281104 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> Have you put a list of your NSVs where it can inspire you daily? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is up to you! <BR> <BR> If you've had a busy week and your 'do something' is to take a day off and relax, do that. If your goal is to hike a mountain, do that. If your goal is to get caught up on housework, do that. Maybe today you need to break free... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:46:24 EST Question of the Day 9/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59273554 Grateful that it is Friday! <BR> What are you grateful for today? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:09:16 EST 09/26/14: Challenge Day 26 - ROCK Your NSVs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59271306 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> How did you do with your process goals yesterday? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> So now that you realize just how very awesome you are, let's crow about our NSVs in relation to our process goals this month! <BR> <BR> What are NSV's? Non Scale Victories! The scale can be a big push in the right direction (when it goes in the right direction) or it can ruin one's day (when it doesn't). The real progress i... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:59:46 EST Question of the Day 9/25/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59261517 Goals. We choose goals as positive motivation and to have something to measure progress on our journey. <BR> What was your initial goal? Has it changed or morphed? Have you added additional goals? How did you chose your goals? <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:38:34 EST Free eBook "The Health Trap: Why 'Healthy' Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59259455 Hey guys, Matt Stone sent out one of his e-Newsletters today and he included a link to a free eBook by Chris Sandel. I can't put my personal stamp of approval on it as I have not read it but here is the description and the link for anyone who might be interested.... <BR> <BR> (from Amazon.com) <BR> Tried every diet there is? <BR> <BR> Are you always on the lookout for the next big weight-loss craze? Do you excitedly snap up the newest, strangest diet fad out there, wondering if this is fin... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:29:06 EST 09/25/14: Challenge Day 25 - More Than a Number! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59256740 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> Good morning, BEAUTIFUL! How do you feel about yesterday's challenge? <BR> <BR> It is easy to get wrapped up in numbers and statistics. Knowledge and obsession are two very different things, and the line between them can be, at times, a fine balance to walk. When in the process of weight loss/maintenance the numbers can drive us, and it can become ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:14:10 EST Question of the Day 9/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59251968 Fitness and Exercise. We all need it and it is the companion to nutrition in a healthy lifestyle. <BR> What do you choose to do for fitness minutes? What lead your to pick? <BR> Do you track your fitness? How do you measure improvement? <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:18:43 EST 09/24/14: Challenge Day 24 - Your Amazing Body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59249312 Any process goal concerns? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> Have you discovered your foundation on which to build October's success? <BR> <BR> <BR> We spend immense amounts of time looking at ourselves critically, and picking ourselves apart, and detailing all of our physical short-comings. In order to create balance and moderation in our lives, we need to reach the point where we can deeply appreciate ourselves and what our bodi... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:42:02 EST Question of the Day 9/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59240339 We read that our healthy lifestyle journeys requires consistency, but does not require perfection. Those points may mark the outside edges we use to evaluate our behavior. <BR> Where is the middle, balanced, moderate point for you between remaining consistent but not striving for perfection? <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:55:46 EST 09/23/14: Challenge Day 23 - Focus on the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59238954 Any process goal concerns? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> How did your exercise in compassion go? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is so easy to get stuck on our hang ups, and things that trip us up, and things that we're struggling with. It is so easy to dwell on those things, while overlooking our accomplishments, thus failing to give to ourselves the credit we truly deserve. <BR> <BR> Think about it: how often do you just sit back... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:36:25 EST Making Resolutions (ahem GOALS) Stick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59237086 I don't think I have ever posted this one, but Go Kaleo put this out in the New Year and I thought it can pertain to ANY time of the year. It also goes in tandem with the awesome September challenge that Ramona is doing for us. For whatever reason, Go Kaleo's links don't always come through when I post them (weird, I don't know if it is my browser or the user <em>20</em> ) but I am going to post this. It is something that we can all use as we come to the end of the challenge for our pro... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:53:44 EST Consistency Trifecta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59236442 Hey guys -- I thought that this was a good one from EM2WL group. Great overall message and I thought I would share <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I especially like the thought of focusing just as much (if not more) on the NSV's <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link>eatmore2weighless.com/consistency-tr<BR>ifecta/ </link> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:39:43 EST Question of the Day 9/22/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59229812 We all need an internal editor to moderate those negative, critical, internal thoughts about ourselves. When you look at your reflection do you first see things to criticize and then see the things you like? <BR> What are you doing to improve your self image? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:02:09 EST 09/22/14: Challenge Day 22 - Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59226747 Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> What did you do to nurture your spirit and passion yesterday? <BR> <BR> How did your process goals fare over the weekend? Are you tweaking in preparation for October? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. [TODAY] is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumber... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:22:21 EST 09/21/14: Challenge Day 21 - Let Your Spirit Soar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59215465 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> How was your 'Do Something Saturday? What did you do? <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” ~ Yoda, Star Wa... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:22:52 EST Question of the Day 9/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59212703 Last day of Summer. <BR> Read this on a blog yesterday. <BR> You just have to remember that good judgment comes from bad experience ... and most of that comes from bad judgment. <BR> Reflect on your past experiences, critical self judgments and how you have used those to modify your current behaviors. Overcoming is empowering in so many ways. <BR> How are you using your past experiences? Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:55:09 EST Question of the Day 9/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59207695 Going through the checkout counter, we all see the tabloid magazines headlines. Celebrities are usually the subject of fat shaming headlines. Our culture has come to accept to accept outspoken comments about others and some of us have experienced this ourselves. These wounds go deep. <BR> QOD. Share your healing words. <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:31:58 EST 09/20/14: Challenge Day 20 - Saturday 'Something' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59206720 Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> How do what you want from your body, and your process goals line up? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is up to you! <BR> <BR> If you've had a busy week and your 'do something' is to take a day off and relax, do that. If your goal is to hike a mountain, do that. If your goal is to get caught up on housework, do that. Maybe today you need to break free from plans, and goals and expectations... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:44:29 EST Question of the Day 9/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59197758 Giving generously of your time and talents is an admirable quality. Many people find it difficult to easily include themselves as the recipient of these gifts. <BR> How do you spend time on yourself? What do you do just for yourself? How do you balance your feelings? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:45:54 EST 09/19/14: Challenge Day 19 - What Do You Want? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59196550 Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> How did the pampering go yesterday? Have you noticed any indirect payoff? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge involves an exercise that not many do, but one that can be amazingly helpful in terms of evaluating process goals. Ask yourself, what do you want from your body? Are you looking for strength? Are you wanting to be able to run? Are you wanting to build endurance? Do you want to b... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:07:29 EST Question of the Day 9/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59188320 Food Selection Choices <BR> We are offer many choices including: <BR> reduced fat, low carb, artificial sweeteners, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, high fiber, organic, individual portion pkging, hormone free, locally grown, low sodium, etc. <BR> <BR> What guides your choices? <BR> <BR> Just got back from grocery shopping, whew! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:26:23 EST Let Go of who you should be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x59187499 I loved this and thought I'd share. I'm on my phone so I hope the link comes through Ok <BR> <BR> <link>christieinge.com/let-go-of-who-you-s<BR>hould-be-so-that-you-can-see-who-you-t<BR>ruly-are/ </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:21:02 EST 09/18/14: Challenge Day 18 - Pamper Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59185798 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> What did you do for play? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something nice for yourself. <BR> <BR> Pampering yourself in whatever way you can adds to your confidence, self esteem and energy levels. When you feel healthy and cared for those close to you also benefit from the inner glow that pampering nurtures. <BR> <BR> Today, give yourself the gift of something just for you ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:29:56 EST Question of the Day 9/17/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59177178 Motivation. <BR> Why do you want to lose weight? <BR> We all have lots of reasons. <BR> Health, to look good, to be physically able to do more, to feel better about yourself, etc. <BR> How do you balance your motivation? <BR> Are multiple reasons synergistic or competing? <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:33 EST Food for Thought.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59175052 Vanilla in the Front posted this update recently ( <link>https://www.facebook.com/VanillaInTh<BR>eFront </link> ) and I thought I would put this out there. <BR> <BR> "What if I told you that exercise was a gift to your body, not a punishment? What if I said eating healthy food that you still love is how you were meant to eat? What if I told you that you didn't have to label any food as bad anymore? What if I said there was no "wagon"? <BR> <BR> What if you knew you were beautiful and w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:45:30 EST 09/17/14: Challenge Day 17 - Make Exercise Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59173461 Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> Everybody still breathing? Were you able to take some time to just breathe? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Ever notice how you can’t spell "workout" without the word "work?" Most of us view work as something we have to do, not necessarily something that we want to do. It's the opposite of leisure and the killer of fun. We all know that we should exercise, but wouldn't being active be more fun if it ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:03:05 EST 09/16/14: Challenge Day 16 - Take 5 Minutes Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59162011 Hey, everybody! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> How did your self-talk go yesterday? Isn't it wonderful to talk to someone intelligent from time to time? :) <BR> <BR> Do you ever catch yourself holding your breath throughout the day? Do you notice what your body is doing as you do? <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, take 5 minutes today to breathe, just breathe. Go someplace you can be completely alone, no TV, no computer, no kids, no hus... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:11:23 EST Question of the Day 9/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59159058 Sorry I missed yesterday. <BR> <BR> QOD <BR> How do you balance and moderate your inner voice, you know the one that wants to place judgments on your behavior? <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:35:06 EST 09/15/14: Challenge Day 15 - Positive Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59149461 What did you do to nurture your spirit and passion yesterday? <BR> How did your process goals fare over the weekend? For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For our challenge today, we are going to focus on how we talk to ourselves throughout the day. <BR> <BR> "Positive self-talk is the dialogue that goes on in your mind. It is where you believe in yourself and are confident in your capabilities to the point that you are certain that you will succeed. People that achie... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:59:13 EST 09/14/14: Challenge Day 14 - Let Your Spirit Soar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59137635 How was your 'Do Something Saturday? What did you do? <BR> For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.” ~ Nicholas Sparks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A part of balancing life is taking care of your spiritual needs... and this isn't some sort of 'chur... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:25:54 EST 9 Best Body Positive Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59129672 I am not sure whether or not everyone else got this, but I figured just in case, I would post it. I thought it was a good one and worth the time to read!! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=9_bodypositive_quotes_to_boost_your<BR>_selfesteem </link> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:52:45 EST 09/13/14: Challenge Day 13 - Saturday 'Something' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59128597 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> For what are you most grateful today? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is up to you! <BR> <BR> If you've had a busy week and your 'do something' is to take a day off and relax, do that. If your goal is to hike a mountain, do that. If your goal is to get caught up on housework, do that. Maybe today you need to break free from plans, and goals and expectations. Make time to PLAY! <BR> <BR> Whatever your needs... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:28:10 EST Nutrition is Complicated: You Can't Trust Your Bod http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x59125601 A decent read by Nia Shanks. I wonder how many of us have fallen into the diet trap that she talks about. I know I did -- this is one of the many reasons that I truly respect Nia. She's dug herself out of it. And she likes Talenti <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Has anyone else dealt with this? <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/nutrition-trust-yo<BR>ur-body/ </link> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:29:42 EST 09/12/14: Challenge Day 12 - Gratitude Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59121856 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Did you remind yourself of what you're proud of throughout the day yesterday? <BR> <BR> <BR> For today and the rest of the month, as you work through your process goals, make gratitude for all that you are (your overall awesomeness), all that you have, all of which you are capable, and all that you've accomplished the focus. <BR> <BR> "Research has demonstrated that the act of gratitude – and it really is an action... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:55:15 EST Question of the Day 9/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59117937 Question of the Day 9/12/14 <BR> <BR> Do you still fight cravings and urges? <BR> What helps you keep your balance? <BR> How do you see food desires, cravings and urges in relation to a life of balance and moderation? <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:48:50 EST Question of the Day 9/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59114363 What other goals do you have other than weight maintenance or weight loss? <BR> How do you balance your life so managing your weight isn't the most important thing in your life? <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:28:16 EST 09/11/14: Challenge Day 11 - Of what are you proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59110557 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Did you get outside yesterday? What did you do? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, take some time to write down at least 5 things that you're proud of about yourself today... not yesterday, not some time in the future when you've accomplished your goals... TODAY! Right now! <BR> <BR> Write your points on a pretty piece of paper, and place it where you will see it throughout the day. Tape it to the bathroom... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:23:29 EST Question of the Day 9/10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59103118 How are your September goals are going? <BR> Are you on target for what you hope to accomplish this month? <BR> Share your accomplishments! <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:58:16 EST 09/10/14: Challenge Day 10 - Get Outside Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59099850 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Have you recorded your definitions for balance, moderation and success for future reference? Learned anything new about how you may better live those concepts for yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple: get outside today! <BR> <BR> You can take your workout outdoors, you can go pull weeds in the garden, you can go for a walk, a bike ride, a run, play with your kids.... don't let it get away bef... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:04:14 EST Question of the Day 9/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59093393 Question of the Day 9/9/14 <BR> <BR> Where is your focus on change today? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:01:33 EST 09/09/14: Challenge Day 9 - BALANCE Defined? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59087677 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Tell us how you saw and experienced yourself as 'enough'! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one that takes a bit of thinking, and isn't always easy to define. <BR> <BR> Balance, moderation and success are highly personal concepts, and mean something different for each of us. Think about, and write down somewhere (here, in a blog, on a piece of paper) what balance, moderation and success means for you. What ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:23:36 EST Tiny Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59087509 I just wanted to share this with the team because I've found it so helpful in developing new habits, and it's super easy to do. I think it fits right in with our desire for balance in our lives. <BR> <BR> This method was created by Dr. Fogg who is a professor at Stanford University over here in California. My daughter found out about him after her employer sent her to a weekend seminar of his to learn about the method. Her field is in psychology, specifically behavioral science. She kno... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 01:20:41 EST Question of the Day 9/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59082007 Question of the Day 9/8/14 <BR> <BR> Do you take supplements? <BR> If so, what kinds do you choose and why? <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:41:20 EST 09/08/14: Challenge Day 8 - You are ENOUGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59076956 Hey, everybody! <BR> <BR> So, what did you do to nurture your spirit and passion yesterday? <BR> <BR> How did your process goals fare over the weekend? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a reminder - we are each ENOUGH. <BR> <BR> So many times we tell ourselves that we need to change: fix this, do that, be more. As you sit here, right now, this very second reading this - look at yourself and say "I am enough". <BR> <BR> Today, review your p... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 02:46:27 EST Question of the Day 9/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x59066686 Question of the Day 9/7/14 (my DD's Birthday!) <BR> <BR> What do you find the most helpful on SP? <BR> How has being part of this community helped your journey? Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:35:10 EST 09/07/14: Challenge Day 7 - Let Your Spirit Soar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59066326 How was your 'Do Something Saturday'? What did you do? <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin <BR> <BR> Since we didn't quite complete August, and there were days to fill in, I've added in another weekend feature day! <BR> <BR> A part of balancing in life is taking care of your spiritual needs...... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 01:12:38 EST 09/06/14: Challenge Day 6 - Saturday 'Something'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59057398 Hi, Everybody! <BR> <BR> How did yesterday go? Did you engage in exercise you really love, or are you still searching? <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is up to you! <BR> <BR> If you've had a busy week and your 'do something' is to take a day off and relax, do that. If your goal is to hike a mountain, do that. If your goal is to get caught up on housework, do that. Maybe today you need to break free from plans, a... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 01:58:26 EST 09/05/14: Challenge Day 5 - Exercise You LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59047655 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Did you do a meal plan (if you didn't that's cool too)? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one that is an essential part of balance and moderation, and in maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. You may already do this, but if not, it is important to find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy doing. If you enjoy it, you will continue to do it and will look forward to doing it. Check out this article: <BR> <BR> The T... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 02:08:45 EST Question of the Day 9/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59047533 Question of the Day 9/5/14 <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> What are you grateful for today? <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:15:40 EST Question of the Day 9/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59044095 Balance/moderation <BR> How do you define Balance and Moderation for yourself? <BR> What areas of your life give you the most difficulty with balance/moderation? <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:04:26 EST 09/04/14: Challenge Day 4 - Plan Your Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59036824 Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> How did you do being mindful of how your food choices affected you yesterday? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to take some time and plan out your weekly meals. <BR> <BR> If you already do this, great! If not, it is helpful to plan out a menu for the week on things you will want to make for breakfast/lunch/dinner and plan a grocery menu according to that. Also think about some things that you can snack on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 02:07:40 EST Question of the Day 09/03/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59032214 Do you track your nutrition? <BR> If so, what methods do you use? <BR> Do you use a Nutrition Tracker? <BR> What do you learn from tracking? <BR> <BR> Do you try to eat intuitively? <BR> How do you define this concept? <BR> How did you learn to eat intuitively? <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:11:07 EST What It Means to be a "Real" Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x59030996 Oh Nia, I sure love her! She put out an awesome post this morning and I thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/real-woman/ </link> <BR> <BR> How are YOU doing with your self image? Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:14:22 EST 09/03/14: Challenge Day 3 - Take Notice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59026687 Hi, everybody! I hope everyone's day yesterday was a good one! <BR> <BR> Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> Did you work to increase your NEAT activity? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The challenge for today is to focus on how foods affect you throughout the day. <BR> <BR> We plan, we eat, we track, but how often are you REALLY paying attention to how foods are affecting you both positive and negative? Part of today's challenge is to focus on eating when hu... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 03:52:25 EST Question of the Day 9/02/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59022001 Fitness <BR> So many options. At home DVD, home fitness equipment, dancing? Outside, run, hike, bike, swim, walk? At the gym, classes, equipment, coach, trainer? <BR> How did you chose your fitness plan? What considerations were a factor? <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:38:51 EST Mobile App Users -- app update available now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59017932 I am not sure if there are any mobile users in here for the SparkPeople app but they've had a pretty massive update to the app: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=get_sparkpeople_community_coaching_<BR>on_the_go </link> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:30:26 EST 09/02/14: Challenge Day 2 - Make Your Day Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59016353 Hi, everyone! It's not too late to join the challenge. Links to the relevant threads are at the bottom of this post. <BR> <BR> How was Day 1? Have you figured out a way to count your successes? <BR> Any process goal concerns? Anything you'd like to 'crow' about? <BR> <BR> <BR> The challenge for today is to increase your NEAT activity. What is NEAT activity? Here is a formal explanation: <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/ne<BR>at-exercise_n_1680454.html </link> <BR> <BR> NEAT... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:59:56 EST Question of the Day 9/01/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59011392 Balance and moderation on SparkPeople. Reading blogs reveals a wide variety in the approach to change in lifestyle. How do you see balance and moderation on SparkPeople? <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:11:35 EST The Empty Pickle Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x59010861 This is about 3 minutes but a good thing to ponder. If you haven't already watched it, it is well worth the three minutes! <BR> <link>play.simpletruths.com/movie/the-empt<BR>y-pickle-jar?utm_source=SAS&utm_medium<BR>=299565&utm_campaign=affiliates&utm_co<BR>ntent=433065 </link> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:10:29 EST 09/01/14 : Challenge Day 1 - Success YOUR Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x59008529 The ENTIRE idea of the challenge this month is to really focus on your process goals - or the goals that will ultimately propel you toward the outcomes that you wish to achieve. <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, figure out a way to show your success through the process goals - find a way that works for you to track how you're doing on your process goals so at the end of the month you can go back and see how awesome you've done. <BR> <BR> Realize that success doesn't mean a certain number o... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:11:52 EST Let's Share Our Process Goals For September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58996254 Now that you've had some time to think about it, let's share our process goals for September! <BR> <BR> <BR> If you need some more ideas, or you haven't done so already, check out the Process Goals Thread, and challenge explanation here: <BR> <BR> • September Challenge: Process Goals Redux! <BR> Challenge Explanation: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651<BR>x58972477 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a GREAT ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:20:59 EST Question of the Day 8/29/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58984266 In the past, we all struggled with food choices and we are all working to find balance with food in our lives. <BR> Where are you on the food balance continuum? <BR> <BR> How do see your balance with food? <BR> Is food the enemy? <BR> Do you struggle with food choices? <BR> Do you have a list of good and bad foods? <BR> Do you feel balanced and in moderation with food? <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:55:31 EST Free eBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58984054 Hey guys, Matt Stone has one of his eBooks available for free download if you're interested, "Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink." It is a good one for anyone suffering from restriction and is having symptoms of low/slow metabolism problems. I know that this book has been handy for many but not sure if it would necessarily apply to anyone on here but I thought I would share anyway. Matt Stone is a pretty good resource for this type of thing. Here is the description and... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:21:12 EST Diet Psychology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58984025 Fantastic article by the wonderful Coach Scott Abel. I highly recommend reading this one. Feel free to share any thoughts as well. <BR> <BR> <link>180degreehealth.com/diet-psychology/ </link> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:16:02 EST New Team Co-Leader!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x62651x58975834 With no further ado I would like to give a big shout out to Tina for accepting the co-leadership role for the team! <BR> <BR> Take a few minutes if you can and welcome her aboard the team! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TI<BR>NAJANE76 </link> <BR> <BR> Tina is also the co-leader of the Maintenance team so she's very well aware of leading a team and will make a fantastic addition to the admin side of the team as she's already been a very big part of the team with her ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:54:09 EST Question of the Day 8/28/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58975021 Stress is detrimental to our health and upsets our balance. <BR> What signs or signals does your body use to indicate stress? <BR> How do you managing stress? <BR> What coping techniques or tools do you use? <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:25 EST Sanity Setpoint http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58974640 Hey guys -- <BR> <BR> I thought that this was an excellent blog by Go Kaleo and that I would share it (I also linked it in Ramona's post for the September challenge you can get it there) since we do so much talking on behaviors and outcome goals. <BR> <BR> <link>https://gokaleo.com/2014/08/28/sanit<BR>ysetpoint/ </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:23:18 EST Eat Sloooooooo oooooowly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58974351 This blog by our own member KATELJM, still has me pondering, and I thought I'd share it (I thought it was brilliant, BTW)! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767770 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I also found this to round out the discussion: <BR> (pretty compelling information to support KATELJM's observation) <BR> <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2014/03/14/chewing-food.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first thing tha... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:41:21 EST Are you doing this exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x58973702 Sean Flannagan posted this blog this morning and I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> I have come from a place of injury and it is NOT a good place to be. I spent hours on a massage table getting by you know what kicked by my massage therapist to get my shoulder back in working order again. I am now very careful and am diligent on good form -- especially when it comes to strength training. <BR> <BR> I am a firm believer in very little isolation exercises and think that basic compound moveme... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:23:09 EST September Challenge: Process Goals Redux! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58972477 Process goals are the basis of any lasting success. We need to set reasonable and sustainable process goals that will support our individual goals. <BR> <BR> • Watch this very short video and it will explain the simplicity of process goals: <BR> <link>ed.ted.com/on/kfyQahR2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Basically a process goal is the goal that you set to move yourself toward your outcome goals. <BR> <BR> We spend a lot of time fixating on our outcomes. This month we're goin... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:19:12 EST A Review of Interventions That Promote Eating By I http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58970797 Well, want evidence that diets are not so good and working to just promote overall health and take a non-diet approach? Here it is! Check out this article by Pub Med on supporting intuitive eating versus traditional dieting. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24631111 </link> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:34:38 EST Question of the Day 8/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58968514 Sorry this is late today. <BR> Many experts and SP recognize that getting enough sleep helps with weight loss and weight maintenance. <BR> Are you getting enough sleep? How do you evaluate enough? What have you done to promote good sleep? <BR> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:14:54 EST Will You Have Me Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58965251 Team: <BR> <BR> It is I, the previous fearless (or not so much) leader of the Balance and Moderation team. Formerly Mamaof4kiddos. <BR> <BR> I come to you all with a humble heart and spirit and ask of you all to forgive me and if you will have me back to lead the team. <BR> <BR> Let me explain.... <BR> <BR> August has been an extremely rough month for me. I have been on a wild roller coaster ride emotionally with huge amounts of ups and downs. I lost my uncle, struggled with an anniv... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:19:44 EST If you are not an 'expert'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58955460 ...should you give advice? <BR> <BR> I've been pondering this for the last few days, and I'm wondering what anyone else thinks? <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:42:55 EST Question of the Day 8/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58955436 Let's celebrate our NSV's today. What is making you feel great today? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:40:06 EST What about sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58955367 Recently, a question was raised about whether or not 'quitting sugar' was dangerous. I'd still be interested in looking at this question from different perspectives. <BR> <BR> Here are some articles to get us thinking: <BR> <BR> Sugar <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you get addicted to sugar? Do you need to quit it cold turkey? Here are expert answers. <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/<BR>health-effects-of-sugar </link> <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:32:11 EST 3 Step Process to Achieve ALL Your Fitness Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58955295 I found this to be a GREAT article! I'd love it if we could have a discussion about whatever people find engaging/enlightening (or NOT, LOL) about it! <BR> <BR> The 3 Step Process to Achieve ALL of Your Fitness Goals <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/achieve-goals/ </link> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing people's thoughts! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:19:50 EST Question of the day 08/25/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58947556 What has been the biggest shift for you away from the dieting mindset? What do you feel pushed you there? Have you always been good with balance and moderation or is it a struggle for you to maintain? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:07:10 EST Question of the Day 8/22/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58921085 Do you have a rewards system in place for goals reached? Do you make a point of regularly treating yourself after doing a job well done? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:05:59 EST Team Continuing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58910575 I'm really sorry that Amber has had to withdraw for now (I'm still hoping she's not gone, as in never to return, but gone as in 'I need to get some perspective and I'll be back!'). <BR> <BR> I, too, really appreciate this team and don't want to see it go by the wayside, and I'm grateful for all of the work Amber did to make it what it is. <BR> <BR> I have been an active participant on this team for only the past month (though I've been an active SPARKling for 6.5 years), and it seems to m... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:35:08 EST GREAT article! (fitness balance) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58907830 “Exercising” the Demons <BR> <link>robbwolf.com/2014/08/21/exercising-d<BR>emons/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> My favourite: "Your value is not measured by your workouts – you are more than how many miles you’ve run or how much weight you’ve lifted. The stuff that really matters isn’t found in the gym – it’s waiting for you to come home from the gym and it won’t wait forever. Your friends, your family, your kids, your life – that’s the important stuff and while you’re working out or plannin... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:32:44 EST Question of the Day 8/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58903840 Good morning everyone and happy pre-Friday!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Your question for today is what are you going to do to make today spectacular? What will you do today to set today apart from all others? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:24:22 EST August Challenge Day 23 -- Make a Point to Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58903747 How were goals yesterday? Did you simplify anything in your life? What was it? <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> Your goal today is a simple one -- make a point to smile. Sometimes the simple act of smiling is something that can be an instant boost to one's mood or day. Just smile today. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:15:01 EST Is Quitting Sugar Dangerous? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58899355 I liked this article a lot! I thought it was an excellent article and that I would share <BR> <BR> EDIT: please feel free to discuss. Just because I post an article I am always open to conversation of all types. Remembering that the path toward balance and moderation is different for everyone. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mamamia.com.au/social/is-quittin<BR>g-sugar-dangerous/#.U_Sfm8q9aIt.facebook </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:06:32 EST August Challenge Day 22 -- Simplify Just One Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58895017 How were goals yesterday? Did you practice kindness yesterday? <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, the challenge is to simplify just one thing in your life today. It can be in any form -- instead of tracking, eat intuitively, instead of planning your workout do what feels good today, instead of taking on a task that someone needs you to do, say no. Just something! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:19:24 EST Question of the Day 8/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58894910 Good morning all!! Happy Hump Day!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Question for the day for you all -- what are you doing to simplify your life today? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:11:30 EST Question of the Day 8/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58884303 Good morning everyone! Happy post-Monday/pre-hump day! I hope everyone's week is off to a stellar start! <BR> <BR> I am here with your question of the day so get ready............... <BR> <BR> We all know that one of the best things that we can do is to move our bodies. Our bodies are built for motion. What are you doing to focus on activity today? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:01:33 EST August Challenge Day 21 -- Kindness Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58884210 Good morning everyone! How were your goals yesterday? <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to make kindness a big part of the day. I want everyone to do something (anything) to go out of your way to be kind. It can be very simplistic like giving a compliment to someone or sending a card, it can be holding the door for someone, giving someone your place in line at the grocery store -- just something that might make someone else's day be amazing and in the process you fee... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:53:52 EST Question of the Day 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58873959 Good morning everyone! <em>67</em> <em>106</em> I hope that everyone had a great weekend! Anything fun happening? <BR> <BR> Question for the day for you guys -- do you track your nutrition? If so how -- do you count calories? Keep a food log? Use an app like TwoGrand, SparkPeople, My Fitness Pal? What works for you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:14:57 EST August Challenge Day 20 and 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58873838 Hey guys sorry I didn't get one posted yesterday... what can I say... life just gets in the way sometimes, ya know? <BR> <BR> Okay so here it goes we'll make today a double whammy for the challenge and double up. I want everyone to re-look at your process goals and decide if what you're working on is going okay. If not, change it. Let's make sure that the goals you have are working for you. For the second challenge, I would like for you to make a list of your NSV's for the month so far. ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:00:49 EST GREAT article! (healthiest life) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58858038 Aim for the healthiest life you can enjoy, not just tolerate <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health-advisor/aim-for-the<BR>-healthiest-life-you-can-enjoy-not-jus<BR>t-tolerate/article19976430/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I DETEST the word 'tolerate'... when we speak of 'tolerance' with regard to people, problems, individuality I feel like we are setting the bar waayyy too low. <BR> <BR> To 'tolerate' anything, or anyone, disrespects dignity, authenticity, ind... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:57:57 EST August Challenge Day 19 -- Do Something Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58855440 How were goals yesterday everyone? Did you do something for you yesterday? What was it? <BR> <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> You know the drill, today's challenge is to do something -- anything! Get in a great workout, take a day off, go shopping. Just do something! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:35:46 EST Question of the Day 8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58846563 Goooooood morning everyone! Happy, happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Time for the happy dance <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Whew, this has been a long week -- I hope it has been good for everyone! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, we're halfway though the month now. How has August been going for you guys? Are you remaining positive and feeling good about your place and what you're doing? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:41:01 EST August Challenge Day 18 -- Do Something Nice for Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58846487 Its Friday, its the end of the week. Today is a day to let loose! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> How are the goals going this week? Did you get outside and play yesterday? <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something nice for yourself. Just give yourself something to do that is just your's. It can be a pedicure, a bit of quiet time with a cup of tea, some yoga. Doesn't matter, but make it your's! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:31:50 EST August Challenge Day 17 -- Make Exercise Fun Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58836173 How did everyone do yesterday with your process goals? Did you take your 5 minutes to breathe? <BR> <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is a simple one, make exercise fun today. Break out of your normal routine and "play" instead of "workout" this can be anything you choose it to be -- tag in the backyard with your kids, playing a sport (tossing a football, playing a round of basketball/soccer/tennis/etc), going to the playground and playing with the kids, etc. Just take... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:31:26 EST Question of the Day 8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58836107 Good morning everyone and happy pre-Friday to you all! Some days I feel like I count the hours until Friday.... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> How is everyone's week going? <BR> <BR> Question for the day -- share some NSV's that you have had recently! Let's celebrate things that we're working toward!! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:23:00 EST The Ultimate Guide on How to Not Care What Other P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58835706 Another good one from Nia Shanks. Anti-fragility is a goal of mine. Working to not care about what others think and weed my life of toxic people is also a goal. I liked this article and thought I would share. This all goes in with working to balance out our lives and find that inner balance. <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/guide-not-care-wha<BR>t-people-think/ </link> <BR> <BR> Is this something that you struggle with personally? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:33:04 EST Question of the Day 8/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58827107 Gooooooood morning all and happy HUMP DAY!!! (woop woop) <BR> <BR> I hope that you're week is going along swimmingly! Hard to believe that summer is fast approaching its end -- I officially am in shock! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> What workout do you have on tabs for today? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:30:39 EST August Challenge Day 17 -- Take 5 Minutes Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58826916 How was your day yesterday guys? How were your goals? Did you pay attention to how you talk to yourself? <BR> <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, I want everyone to take 5 minutes today to breathe, just breathe. Go someplace you can be completely alone, no TV, no computer, no kids, no husband be completely silent and just breathe. Focus on breathing in -- feel the coolness of the air as it goes in, breathe out and notice how that feels. Be completely present in th... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:07:58 EST Question of the Day 8/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58817211 Good morning team!!!! Welcome to Tuesday (or post Monday or pre-Hump Day depending on how you want to look at it <em>211</em> ) I hope everyone is doing well today. <BR> <BR> I am here... with your question... get ready!! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite go-to exercise? What is the one exercise that you truly look forward to and love doing? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:21:48 EST August Challenge Day 16 -- How You Speak to Yourse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58817147 How was everyone's day yesterday with your goals? Did you look at your process goals and decide if you're happy with where you're at? <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> For today's goal, I want you to take today and really focus on how you speak to yourself. Be mindful of it through the day. If you hear negativity creeping in, work to replace that negativity with a positive spin. Remember how freaking awesome you are through the day and remind yourself. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:14:40 EST Question of the Day 8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58806664 Good morning everyone and a very happy Monday morning to you all! I hope that you all had a good weekend and are ready to move on with the week ahead! <BR> <BR> My question for you all today is this -- there is always so much attention paid to our nutrition and fitness when taking on pursuits for an overall healthy lifestyle. How much attention are you paying to the other aspects of your life -- are you cultivating your talents? Getting enough sleep? Taking some time for just you? Focus... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:10:11 EST August Challenge Day 15 -- Process Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58806562 Sorry I didn't post yesterday -- my hubs left town so it was a whirlwind of a day yesterday. So I did skip a day but honestly today is Day 15 so, here we go!! <BR> <BR> How was your day Saturday/Sunday as far as your goals? Did you make some of your goals? What did you do for Saturday? <BR> <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, all I want you to do is to take a glance at your process goals again and make sure that they're working for you. Is there anything you wish to a... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:30 EST August Challenge Day 13 -- Do Something Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58787971 How was everyone's goals for yesterday? Loved reading what everyone put down as their gratitude! You guys are awesome! <BR> <BR> ******** <BR> <BR> Okay the challenge for today is to do SOMEthing! It can be anything but make it fun whatever it is! So something that YOU want to do for today you spend all week worrying abotu what everyone else's needs are for today on your Do Something Saturday I want you do do something for YOU!! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:59:11 EST GREAT article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58782415 What to do when "magic bullet" diets don't work <BR> <BR> <link>www.funkyforest.com.au/caseys-blog/w<BR>hat-to-do-when-magic-bullet-diets-dont<BR>-work </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>526</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:36:46 EST August Challenge Day 12 -- 5 Things of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58779538 How was your day yesterday with your goals? Did you remind yourself of what you're proud of throughout the day? <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> For today and the rest of the month, we're going to focus on making ourselves, our accomplishments and how we feel about ourselves (our overall awesomeness) a high priority. For today, I want you to write 5 things that you're grateful for about yourself. What do you bring to the table daily that makes you awesome. 5 things. That's it. We can do... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:25:56 EST Question of the Day 8/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58779378 Good morning everyone! TGIF -- we made it!! Happy dance time <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Another week down, I hope it was a good one for you all! <BR> <BR> Last QOTD for the week -- I hope you all are ready! Nothing too hard-core this morning, but let's celebrate our Woo-hoo's for the week -- share some NSV's that you have had over this last week! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:16:29 EST August Challenge Day 11 -- What are you proud of? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58768626 How was everyone's day yesterday? Did you get outside and play yesterday? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> For today's challenge, I want everyone to take some time to write down 5 things that you're proud of about yourself today. I want you to place it where you will see it throughout the day and remind yourself of it. Tape it to the bathroom mirror, stick it to the fridge, put it in your phone. I just want you to remind yourself throughout the day wha... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:04:36 EST Question of the Day -- 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58768567 Good morning all! Happy pre-Friday!! I hope everyone's week is going well and that things are going good. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am here with your question for the day today so I hope you're ready! <BR> <BR> How is your overall relationship with the scale? Do you weigh? How often? Have you given up on the scale? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:55:39 EST Question of the Day 8/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58758749 Good morning everyone!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! Woo hoo -- half way through the week! I am here with your question of the day and also want to welcome another new member! N2IT4LIFETODAY <em>235</em> to our little corner of SparkPeople! Come on in and join us! <BR> <BR> I am here with our daily question so I hope you all are ready...... one of the main parts of Balance and Moderation is learning that we can eat to our own desires -- for many of us that means no foo... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:22:48 EST August Challenge Day 10 -- Get Outside Today :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58758656 How did everyone do yesterday? Did you define what balance and moderation mean for you? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is simple -- get outside today. You can take your workout outdoors, you can go pull weeds in the garden, you can go for a walk, a bike ride, a run, play with your kids.... for some of us (me) the outside time is very limited because of the weather -- don't let it get away before its too late tak... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:13:08 EST Question of the Day 8/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58748665 Good morning everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start so far! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Tuesday morning question of the day <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> For today, what is the most difficult aspect of balance and moderation for you? Do you find it difficult? Or is it easy for you? Do you find resistance from others when you speak of balance and moderation? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:39:28 EST August Challenge Day 9 -- What Does Balance and Mo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58748599 How did everyone do with their process goals for yesterday? How did it go with your enough-ness? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> Today's challenge is one that takes a bit of thinking and isn't always an easy one but today I want everyone to think about and write down somewhere (here, on a blog, on a piece of paper) what balance and moderation means for you. It is a highly personal thing and means something different for each of us. Think about... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:33:43 EST Question of the Day 8/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58737646 Good morning everyone! Happy Monday -- I hope your weekend was great and you're ready for another week <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I am going to give a big shout out to the newest members that have joined the team -- so a big <em>235</em> to both Kateljm and Forzachandmatt <BR> <BR> Okay, on to the topic at hand -- I am here with your Monday morning question of the day....... <BR> <BR> How are you doing with balance and moderation? Do you feel like you are living life in a... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:07:50 EST August Challenge Day 8 -- Goals & You are ENOUGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58737546 How did everyone do on their process goals yesterday? Did you do something for yourself yesterday? What was it? <BR> <BR> Okay on to today -- today I want everyone to look at the process goals you selected for yourself last week -- are they still what you wish to work on? Do you need to add anything? Adjust anything? Look at them and figure them out and then list them below. <BR> <BR> Also for the challenge today, we all need the reminder -- we are ENOUGH. As we sit here, right now, t... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:55:58 EST August Challenge Day 7 -- Do Somethign for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58727514 How was everything for everyone yesterday? Did you do something yesterday? What was it? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to do something strictly for you. It can be anything for any amount of time. Go get a pedicure, get a massage, take a few minutes to yourself to meditate, read, take a nap, take a long walk or bike ride, get a cup of coffee... it doesn't matter as long as it is for YOU! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:45:40 EST August Challenge Day 6 -- Do Something Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58717862 How were your process goals yesterday? Positives? Negatives? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is up to you -- Do Something Saturday. In the ETF group, we do this and I like it. If you've had a busy week and your 'do something' is to take a day off and relax, do that. If your goal is to hike a mountain, do that. If your goal is to get caught up on housework, do that. Find something that YOU want to do and go for it! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:03:11 EST Question of the Day 8/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58708249 TGIF **and** Happy August 1st!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It is that time of the day again, time for your question of the day! <BR> <BR> Haven't done one of these in awhile, but what are you guys feeling good about today? Sing your woo hoo's here!! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:16:29 EST August Challenge Day 5 -- Find An Exercise You Tru http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58708126 How was it yesterday? Did you menu plan (if you don't that's cool too <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one that is an essential part of balance and moderation and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. You may already do this, but if not, it is important to find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy doing. If you enjoy it, you will continue to do it and will look forward to doing it. Check out this article (I posted it in the Exercise thread) <link>greatist.com/mov... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:05:05 EST The Tiny Tweak That Makes Fitness Fun, Effective a http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x58704948 I really liked this article. Seems on par with our philosophy here. Funny how my own focus has changed to this over time. Thoughts? <BR> <BR> <link>greatist.com/move/fitness-lifelong-p<BR>ractice </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:19:47 EST Question of the Day 7/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58698278 Happy last day of July! Wow -- summer keeps moving by so fast! <BR> <BR> Question of the day time -- how was your July? Do you feel successful in what you set out to accomplish? What do you have planned for August? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:34:04 EST August Challenge Day 4 -- Plan Your Weekly Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58698266 How was everyone's goals yesterday? How did it go with being mindful on your foods after you ate? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to take some time and plan out your weekly meals. If you already do this, great! If not, it is helpful to plan out a menu for the week on things you will want to make for breakfast/lunch/dinner and plan a grocery menu according to that. Also think about some things that you can snack on ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:32:43 EST How to Build a New Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58688878 I saw this one posted this morning and I really liked it. I think it resonates a lot with this group and the overall mindset here. In the past it has been my mantra to "go all out" in my goals and take on some pretty lofty ones with both nutrition (ahem 1200 calorie diets, clean eating, low carb, etc) and with fitness (hello injury). I see the true benefits now of slow and steady and building up sustainable habits that will support a lifetime of health. How do you all do with your habit b... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:49:21 EST August Challenge Day 3 -- Take Notice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58687724 How did your goals go yesterday? Did you work to increase your NEAT activity? <BR> <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> The challenge for today is to focus on how foods affect you throughout the day. We plan, we eat, we track, but how often are you REALLY paying attention to how foods are affecting you both positive and negative? Part of the challenge is to focus on eating when hungry, stopping when full but then really seeing how food impacts you overall. Are you energized? A... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:22:26 EST Question of the Day 7/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58687637 Good morning everyone and happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> I am here with your Wednesday QOTD......................... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I asked you what you are struggling with, today let's talk about our successes -- what do you feel like you are doing well with? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:13:40 EST Playground Workout :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x58682123 You all know how much I love Nia and her blogs. She posted this one today and it looks like fun (videos even!!) and I thought I would share. A great way to get in a workout while watching kids! <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/swing-set-workout/ </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:28 EST Question of the Day 7/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58677820 Gooooooooood morning and happy Post Monday to everyone! I hope your week is off to a good start! <BR> <BR> I am here with the question for the day so I hope you're ready! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For today, what is your biggest struggle right now? What are you currently struggling with and how are you working to combat it? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:29:07 EST August Challenge Day 2 -- Make Your Day Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58677785 How was day 1? How did you all do on your process goals? Did you figure out a way to count your successes? <BR> <BR> The challenge for today is to increase your NEAT activity. What is NEAT activity? Here is a formal explanation: <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12468415 </link> <BR> <BR> My explanation is this: it is just simply being more active during the day. It is easy to go to the gym and bust it out there or pop in a DVD and sweat it out in your basement (or where... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:25:07 EST Question of the Day -- 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58667153 Goooooooooooooooood morning team! Welcome back to Monday!! I hope everyone is up and ready for a new day and week! <BR> <BR> Time for your question of the day -- for today's question.... are you managing your hunger well? Are you working to eat when hungry? How do you do with your body's signals? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:12:02 EST Challenge Day 1 -- Define Success YOUR Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58666989 Ok, ok, ok -- so I know that it *technically* isn't Monday but my type A self thinks that Monday is a great day to begin a challenge <em>211</em> so we're kicking August off a few days early!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> If you haven't already, please think about what you want your process goals for the month to be and list them here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651<BR>x58657387 </link> <BR> <BR> The ENTIRE idea of this challenge ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:58:10 EST August Challenge -- Process Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58657387 What are process goals? <BR> <BR> Watch this very short video and it will explain the simplicity of process goals: <BR> <BR> <link>ed.ted.com/on/kfyQahR2 </link> <BR> <BR> Basically a process goal is the goal that you set to move you toward your outcome goals. We spend a lot of time fixating on our outcomes, this month the main goal is to fixate on the process goals. This can be no matter where you are at in your journey (beginning, somewhere in the middle or in maintenance). The go... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:38:08 EST August Challenge Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58632574 Here is what it is going to be based off of -- process goals. I do a lot of talking about process goals. Process goals are the basis of our success. We need to set reasonable and sustainable process goals that will support our individual goals. I want everyone to take this time to think over the next few days on what you want your process goals to be. They need to be as individual as YOU <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas to get you thinking: <BR> <BR> Nutrition -- what are... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:59:10 EST Question of the Day 7/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58632375 Hey gang! I know I said that I was taking a Spark break and that is kind of true but I thought I would drop into the team page and leave you with a thought provoking question. <BR> <BR> This one might take a bit of thought so take your time..... <BR> <BR> How do you define balance and moderation for YOU? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:29:35 EST Question of the *weekend* 7/19,20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58578647 So sorry guys I didn't post yesterday... this next week is going to be hit and miss for me and being able to post as we have about a thousand things to do, so I will drop in a pop a question when I can and if I can't, please forgive me.... <BR> <BR> So since I didn't get one posted yesterday, we'll do one for the weekend........... <BR> <BR> What NSVs have you had over the last week? Please share! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:55:36 EST Challenge for the Day -- Try Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58558892 How did everything go yesterday? <BR> <BR> Nutrition -- Fitness -- Other? <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to try something new. It can be anything -- a new workout, a new recipe a food you've never tried before. Shake it up a bit and try something new! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:20:01 EST Question of the Day 7/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58558828 Goooooooooood morning everyone! Welcome to Thursday!!!! <BR> <BR> I hope that this week is going well and this pre-Friday is nothing but complete awesomeness for you! <BR> <BR> Question of the day time -- what was the hardest mindset for you to "give up" when you left your dieting mentality? Are you still struggling with dogmatic ideas related to eating? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:15:55 EST Let me share my story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58556096 This is going to be long, but I wanted to share a blog with you all about my story. How I have become so focused on balance and moderation. It hasn't been an easy road and there are days that it is harder than others. There are times I still struggle and the struggle is very real. You may or may not have heard me mention the Eating the Food group, but it was the pivotal role in my personal triumph. Please, if you would like, take time to read my story. It may shed some light on how and ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:47:55 EST Question of the Day 7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58552289 Good morning... ahem afternoon all! Sorry for the late postings but I have had a very hectic morning. I have a few minutes though so I thought I'd post a belated QOTD <BR> <BR> For today -- sing your woo hoo! What are you feeling good about? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:32:21 EST Challenge for the Day -- Speak Kindly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58552267 Sorry I am so late posting, my life has been the equivalent of insanity today! <BR> <BR> How was it yesterday with nutrition, fitness and other? <BR> <BR> Your goal today is to speak kindly.... to yourself. It is challenging at times and becomes a second nature to talk down to ourselves. It is easier to pick ourselves apart and find our perceived flaws. Today I want you to make it your mission to speak kindly to yourself. When you feel the negativity creeping in, work to put the breaks ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:14 EST Question of the Day 7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58538954 Good morning gang! Happy post-Monday! We survived!!!! <BR> <BR> I am here with that ever elusive QOTD so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> Do you have any personal victories you're celebrating at the moment? Any struggles? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:19:18 EST Challenge for the Day -- Get out of your head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58538807 How was yesterday - nutrition, fitness, other? <BR> <BR> Challenge for today is not exactly what I would call simple, but it is a matter of practice and working on internal things. Get out of your own head. Ever feel like you over think/over anazyze things? Stop doing it! Being a critical thinker and getting the facts is one thing, but over analyzing things and over thinking can lead down the path of mind clutter and stress. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/denise-scarbr<BR>o/st... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:06:15 EST 13 Weight Loss Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58527551 I really liked this article posted here at Spark today. Seems in line with our whole philosophy on the team -- Balance and Moderation <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1956 </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:37:56 EST July Challenge -- oops! -- Challenge for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58527016 Sorry I've gotten behind on these. I think you and I are it, Dee, but that's okay, right?! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> How have things been in the three areas -- Nutrition, fitness, other? <BR> <BR> Challenge for today -- get outside and do something active: go for a walk, do a fun workout, get your vitamin D in. Check out this link for a fun playground workout: <BR> <BR> <link>www.getfitbook.com/v/vspfiles/downlo<BR>adables/7minuteplyoscorcher.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great day... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:54:36 EST Question of the Day 7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58526530 Gooooooood morning team! <BR> <BR> Did everyone have a great weekend? I am so sorry I didn't post in here Friday for the QOTD, but my life has been one series of insane things after another <em>198</em> so I didn't get around to it... <BR> <BR> But I am here today so I hope that you're ready for the question for the day today! <BR> <BR> It is said that trying to fight through cravings can have adverse effects (binge eating, guilt surrounding food, etc) so my question is this: with bal... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:12:46 EST Question of the Day 7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58487514 Gooooooooooooood morning everyone! <em>67</em> Welcome to your pre-Friday <em>334</em> I hope that everyone has had a good week so far!! <BR> <BR> Question of the Day time - do you ever feel the need to justify yourself? You appearance? Food choices? Something else? Do you ever feel defensive about things that others have said to you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:20:39 EST Habit - The Real Key to Long Term Weight Loss Succ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58481725 I thought I would share this old-ish blog post from Go Kaleo. I love what she says in this -- it is something I truly believe when it comes to weight loss and having it be truly effective and long lasting. Habits. It is hard to really focus on slowly changing habits and focusing on the smaller building blocks one at a time when there are so many *quick fixes* and books promoting the best way to lose weight. I am a firm believer after what I have personally gone through, small sustainable ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:55:34 EST Question of the Day *7*/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58476037 Alright, Dee I think I got it now! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Goooooooooooood morning everyone! I hope that everyone is up and doing well and ready for this Wednesday because its Huuuuuuuuump Day (woot, woot) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Time for that question of the day, I hope you are ready............ <BR> <BR> Are you a gym rat or a homebody with your workouts? Do you prefer to take it outdoors? What is your workout style? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:53:57 EST Intuitive Eating Principle 3 - Make Peace With Foo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58466284 3. Make Peace with Food Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can't or shouldn't have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt. <BR> <BR> Principle 3 is a hard one. Th... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:28:49 EST Question of the Day 6/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58465961 Okay Dee, I think I got it right this time <em>211</em> Posting after my <em>106</em> is probably better for the team all the way around <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So with no further ado, here I am with your Terrific Tuesday QOTD.................... <BR> <BR> How are you doing with things other than food and nutrition? Are you getting out and getting your <em>67</em> outdoor time? Plenty of sleep <em>102</em> ? Are you focusing on keeping tabs on your stress <em>40</em> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:05:31 EST Question of the Day 6/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58454046 Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone is ready to get back at it after this holiday weekend! Whew -- it went fast! <BR> <BR> So, I think I might have asked this question before, but I always like to see how the responses are... <BR> <BR> If your goal was purely for the sake of health over the aesthetics would you be at goal now? What I mean by this is if you set your fitness and nutrition goals to be aimed at health instead of inches lost, weight lost etc how would they change?... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:13:39 EST Regain Balance -- Day 6 Consistency NOT Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58453864 How was yesterday? <BR> <BR> One of the best things that we all can remember while we're progressing along with all of this is that we need to focus on the consistency aspect of it over perfectionism. There will be bad days. There will be food that is less than ideal. There will be days that the workouts won't happen. There will be days that we just feel plain blah about things and all of that is OK! That is all part of the ebb and flow of it all. Just like the good days, there will be... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:57:22 EST Regain Balance Day 5 & 6 -- Self Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58443370 Sorry I didn't post yesterday but it has been crazy around here and my cute little toddler decided waking up early was where it was at for him, so....... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to post yesterday and today as a bundle and we'll call it good <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How did you do with nutrition, fitness and your other? <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> We're in the midst of a holiday weekend. There tends to be a lot of food and drink readily available and we te... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:37:53 EST Regain Balance -- Day 5 Enjoy the Day in Moderatio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58425455 Not sure if anyone will be checking things on the boards or not, but I will post the challenge for today anyway <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Check in time -- how was your Nutrition, Fitness, Other from yesterday? <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge for today..... <BR> <BR> The 4th of July (well, for those of us who celebrate it) is a typical BBQ get together kind of holiday and it typically means a lot of food and drinks. Today's challenge is to go and enjoy your get togethers with mode... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:03:40 EST Question of the Day 7/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58415367 Good morning all! Since everyone's busy I will make this the last QOTD of the week and send you all on with blessings of HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Any fun plans for the holiday for those who are in the US of A? <BR> <BR> For the question today - let's do some gratitude. 5 things you're grateful and.... go! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:10:23 EST Regain Balance -- Day 4 Small Steps Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58415242 How did you do yesterday? <BR> <BR> Nutrition? <BR> Fitness? <BR> Other? <BR> <BR> Why focus on just a few small steps? So many other challenges here on Spark have you working on getting in your water, counting your calories, getting in X amount of cardio daily and X amount of ST, eating all of your freggies, etc it seems more productive to focus on all of that stuff, right? I've done a lot of challenges. I was part of the BLC and other teams that had you working on all of these things a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:58:26 EST When Health and Fitness Isn't Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x58415157 A great article by Nia. I highly recommend this one. I have been down this road before.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.niashanks.com/health-fitness/ </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone have any comments? Discuss..... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:49:51 EST Question of the Day 7/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58403919 Good morning everyone! Wow, I am back and fully operational -- my laptop is fully functioning so hopefully no more auto-correct fails from my Tab anymore... <em>2</em> I tried to get them before I posted, but don't think I always made it...... <BR> <BR> Anyway, it is that time again, for the elusive QOTD so I hope that you're ready! <BR> <BR> I am going to piggy back this QOTD off of the daily challenge of Self-compassion. Are you self compassionate? Do you practice this? What can ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:07:27 EST Intuitive Eating Principle 2 - Honor Your Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58403898 2. Honor Your Hunger Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food. <BR> <BR> So this is a difficult step for a lot of us who have been chronic dieters in the past. We learn to disassociat... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:04:36 EST Regain Balance -- Day 3 Self Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58403737 How did everyone do Yesterday? <BR> <BR> Nutrition? <BR> Fitness? <BR> Other? <BR> <BR> Today, we're also going to discuss self compassion. Aside from talking nice to yourself, do you cut yourself a break? <BR> <BR> Self compassion is one of the hardest habits to cultivate because we're naturally our own worst critics. We tend to naturally be hard on ourselves. Think about it: we "blow it" with our food and exercise plans what do we tend to do? Chastise ourselves and say things like, ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:44:57 EST Question of the Day 7/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58392977 Well we've officially conquered half of 2014 and July is upon us! Happy July 1st! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> What goals do you have for the month? Are you working on anything in particular? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:51:51 EST Intuitive Eating Principle 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58392841 1. Reject the Diet Mentality Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating. <BR> <BR> <link>w... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:41:48 EST July Challenge Day 2 How You Talk to Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58392839 How did you do yesterday? Weigh in - nutrition, fitness, other <BR> <BR> Side mission for today - I want everyone to really pay attention to how you're talking to yourself today. Ask yourself - would I talk to my child/mother/sister/brother/best friend/etc the way I talk to myself? We need to learn to be our own best friend because one guarantee that we have in this world: we'll always be with ourselves, we need to learn to cultivate the kindness from within toward ourselves. <BR> <BR> H... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:41:31 EST Question of the Day 6/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58381052 Happy last day of June! Hardly seems possible but it is I'm still trying to figure out where time has gone for me <em>40</em> I hope that June had beena good month for you and you're ready to take July by storm <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Time for that Monday QOTD so I hope you're ready.......... <BR> <BR> How are you doing with your positive self talk? Are you speaking kindly to yourself? What are you doing to counter-balance any negative self talk? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:41:44 EST Intuitive Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58380986 I figure we'll start a discussion on intuitive eating and take a some time through the month to discuss the principles of IE one by one. Intuitive eating can be an excellent way for someone to work through eating and food issues by following the10 principles and using them as guidelines to release some of the pre conceived notions that are easy to cling to. <BR> <BR> I am personally pretty familiar with Intuitive Eating and like to refer back to the principles from time to time. This can be... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:33:57 EST Regain Balance Challenge day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58380806 This is it! Day 1 of the July challenge (don't judge - I know technically it isn't July 1st but, hey - it *is* Monday and what better day to start?). I hope everyone is ready and have an idea of what you want to work on. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking, I think this challenge should root in areas that we're struggling with with regards to balance and moderation. Think of all areas if your life - nutrition, fitness and we'll call the rest 'other' (another part of your life that is lagging in... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:15:52 EST July Challenge Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58371818 Tomorrow isn't *technically* July 1st, but it *is* going tto be Monday and what better day to begin new challenge than Monday? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge is going to be simplistic, but intense. Simplistic because we're goint to focus only on three things. Intense because we're going to put our hearts ans souls into these three goals fir the duration of the month. <BR> <BR> Here's how it's going to work: I want everyone to think of your life and how these three areas are for ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:09:12 EST June 28th -- What Do You Want From Your Body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58361578 Challenge for June 28 <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one that not many do, but one that is amazingly helpful when you do. Ask yourself, what do you want from your body? Are you looking for strength? Are you wanting to be able to run? Are you wanting to build endurance? Do you want to build muscle? What is your overall goal for your physical body? <BR> <BR> When you ask yourself that question (and this is not just a one day thing - none of these challenges are) it helps you figure out ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:04:44 EST Question of the Day 6/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58351622 We made it guys! TGIF! <em>244</em> anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Ok the last one of the week - qotd time............... <BR> <BR> What is the hardest aspect of balance and moderation for you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:57:15 EST June 27th -- you are responsible fo you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58351510 June 27th -- take charge. We know it, but yet it tends to slip us at times. We are inheriently responsible for ourselves and every decision we make. Granted, at times those decisions can and will be circumstantial but we are responsible for ourselves. <BR> <BR> Today the challenge is to once again take it internal and look inward. Are you guilty of laying blame for your decisions (either good or bad) at the feet of other people or circumstances? The problem with this is we give our power aw... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:44:41 EST Question of the Day 6/ 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58341683 Good morning everyone! Happy pre-friday! I hope everyone is doing well and thriving this week <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Question for today: do you track your calories? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:03:00 EST June 26 -- Make Your Own Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58341542 Challenge for June 26 -- make your own rules. <BR> <BR> The time has come to quit being reliant on others for rules. A lot of us (I include myself in this) have always looked to others for the *rules* <BR> <BR> Examples: how much do I eat? What do I eat? What workouts do I do? When do I do them? Eat this, not that. Don't eat after a certain time. Eat at a certain time. Dont eat *insert evil food here*. Etc. <BR> <BR> I will insert the disclaimer here that if, under medical orders to do s... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:48:15 EST Think Dieting Will Make You Happy? Think Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58338815 Agreat article I thought I'd share with you guys! Share any thoughts youd like to <BR> <BR> <link>www.thinkclinicalpsychologists.com.a<BR>u/2013/06/29/think-dieting-will-make-y<BR>ou-happy-think-again/#more-1568 </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:19:48 EST Question of the day 6/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58331391 Good morning everyone! I how everyone is doing well on this Happy Hump Day <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It's that time of day again.......... <BR> <BR> For today's question: in your opinion, do you feel like there is a shift in the overall mindset toward balance and moderation with regards to the diet aporoach? Do you feel that with stronger voices an gaining motivation toward the mindset of a balanced approach, the diet industry as whole will withstand? Again, all opinion but why or why no... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:57:00 EST June 25 - Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58330868 Challenge for today - freggies (my cute little play on words. Freggies = fruit + veggies) <BR> <BR> We all know how important it is to get in our freggies. There are immense benefits to eating them. All that today's challenge is about is eating our freggies. Today, I want the emphasis to be on getting in adequate freggies so make a point to get them in with each meal/snack. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:04:07 EST July Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58325120 I can't hardly believe it, but June is almost over and July is fast approaching! I think that the challenge for this month has gone very well! I was debating a challenge for July but wanted to get some input on it. Some of the ideas I had were: <BR> <BR> focusing on intuitive eating -- we can explore the principles a bit and learn more about it (this can be combined with calorie counting BTW so nothing hard and fast) <BR> <BR> Focusing on just some simplistic basic goals <BR> <BR> Any i... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:19:43 EST Challenge of the Day 6/24 -- Be active http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58320457 Today's challenge is a simple one, today I want everyone to find an enjoyable activity for intentional exercise - anything you want but lets be active and have fun today :) Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:54:19 EST Question of the Day 6/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58320424 Good morning everyone!! We survived Monday <em>104</em> and now we're off and ready for Tuesday <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Question of the day time. ................ <BR> <BR> For today, lets do some woo hoos so let's hear it - what are you feeling good about today? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:49:25 EST Question of the Day 6/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58308342 Good morning all and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and you're ready for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> Question for the day: ,let's just do a general check in with things - how is everyone doing with things: stress, food, exercise, mental well being? Is ther anything out of balance for you? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:53:14 EST June 23rd -- Simplify http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58308242 Today's challenge is to look at your life and figure out ways that you can simplify some things. Look at anything that is creating chaos in your head and see if there is a way to reduce or eliminate it. If there is something big weighing on you reducing other things in your life may make it easier to focus on that one thing. <BR> <BR> Either way, simplifying our lives hhelps with our overall stress and makes it easier to focus on what's important. <BR> <BR> List some ways you can simplify y... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:42:16 EST June 22nd - Your Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58297868 Challenge fot June 22 - write your gratitude. <BR> <BR> It's Sunday. A day that many take either to reflect upon the last week or prepare for the upcoming week. However, right now - at this very moment - I want everyone to take a couple of deeo breaths and focus on this very moment. Be with just yourself. Take in the smells, listen to the sounds, feel the air on your skin. Be present in this very moment. Right now. Enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Now that we're calm and present with a clear mind, ta... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:35:53 EST June 21st -- Get outside! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58287563 Today is the first day of summer! <em>67</em> The longest day of the year <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to make today's challenge an easy one..... all I want everyone to do is to get outside today and be active. It can be anything you want to be either go for a walk or pull weeds, plant a flower, chase your kids/dog/neighbor's kid around the yard. It doesn't matter but the whole goal -- intentional exercise or not -- is to be outside and do something active and boost your NEAT ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:53:11 EST Question of the Day 6/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58278044 We made it! TGIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> And tomorrow is the first day of summer! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> You guys have NO idea how glad I am that its Friday! <em>198</em> What a week! <BR> <BR> QOTD time -- when you look at what you hope to accomplish do you feel like you have your behaviors, goals and expectations aligned? Is there any of these components you feel you need to improve? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:17:19 EST June 20th -- What you ARE doing right! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58277825 Challenge for June 20th -- Take time to acknowledge what you are doing right! <BR> <BR> It is so easy to get stuck on our hang ups and things that trip us up and things that we're struggling with. It is so easy to dwell on those things and look beyond all of the things we have accomplished and therefore don't give ourselves the proper credit we deserve. <BR> <BR> Think about it: how often do you just sit back and make a mental note of all the things that you've just done great with? I ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:51:39 EST Walking for Health and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28096x62651x58271344 An awesome post this morning by Go Kaleo on the simplicity of walking for health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I agree with this a lot and as of late have, myself, really taken to walking as one of my primary forms of cardio for exercise. With having all four kids at home during the summer it is easy for me to accomplish. My 8year old gets on his bike and sets a pretty tough pace for me to keep up with, little guy in his stroller and some outside time. I used to be one that didn't count exercise... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:00:40 EST Question of the Day 6/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58267933 A little late getting this one posted sorry guys! My little guy got up and I spent some snuggle time in the chair with him this morning <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> So, my question for you all today -- in a life of rush, rush, rush, rush do you take time to enjoy the quiet moments or enjoy some of the more simple things in life? Do you take time to acknowledge a sunrise or sunset? Do you take time to see the gentleness of a summer flower? Listen to a child's laughter? Any other subtly joys... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:58:10 EST June 19th -- NEAT Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58267200 Challenge for June 19th -- Increase your NEAT activity <BR> <BR> What is NEAT activity? NEAT (or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) is basically activities that we do that keeps us up and moving around that doesn't count toward "intentional exercise" <BR> <BR> Here is a more in depth definition: <BR> "Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to w... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:04:47 EST The Case for Eating What We Want http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58263822 I read this article tonight and thought it fit this team pretty well and thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <link>www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing<BR>/10176357/The-case-for-eating-what-we-<BR>want </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:49:56 EST Question of the Day 6/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58256269 Good morning all and Happy Wednesday to you all!! I hope that your week is going well <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Question of the day for today -- are you taking care of yourself? Are you being good to yourself both physically and mentally? Are you saying kind things to yourself and talking to yourself the way you would someone you love dearly? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:12:56 EST June 18th -- Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58256155 June 18th Challenge -- how consistent are you really? <BR> <BR> It is time to take a hard look at ourselves today and look at one of the biggest things that have to do with our overall success (or lack thereof) with our goals -- consistency. More often than not we set our goals with great ideas in mind and start out like a bang, but fail to stick with them. Are you guilty of this? Sometimes it is as simple as finding just a few things at a time to work on and just focusing on those (like ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:00:48 EST Question of the Day 6/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58244654 Good morning team and happy Tuesday! I hope you survived Monday okay... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Time for that elusive question of the day so I hope you're ready!! <BR> <BR> For your question today -- how do you feel you are doing with balance and moderation? <BR> Do you feel like you're balanced (working with stress, sleep, exercise, eating, etc)? Is there any one thing that is tripping you up? What are you doing to counteract that to work to keep the balance in check? <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:06:57 EST June 17 -- Chill Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58244468 Challenge June 17th -- Time to Chill Out <BR> <BR> We talked about stress already and stress is a big one that affects us all in different ways, but can have bad side effects. What about chilling out? That point that you can just shrug things off instead of letting it fester and become stressful? We all have the scenarios: in the car, with our kids (for those of us with kids), with our spouses, with friends/family, at work... anything can cause stress in our lives. Do you know how to chi... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:47:13 EST Question of the Day 6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58233269 Good morning everyone! Happy Monday <em>334</em> I hope that everyone had a great Father's Day and had the chance to spend some time with friends and family over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I am here with your question of the day for today............... <BR> <BR> Since shifting to the mindset of balance and moderation, how has your overall outlook on eating, exercise and living life changed? Do you still find yourself frustrated or is it easier for you to be able to brush yourself off and ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:04:56 EST June 16th -- Process Goals Redo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58232844 Challenge June 16th <BR> <BR> It has been a week since we looked at our process goals. I, for one, definitely need a review and to re-evaluate mine. I find much benefit in reviewing if not tweaking goals weekly so that is why we're doing it. I linked last week's goals in yesterdays post, but I will also redo it here. If you'd like, check out your goals from last week: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651<BR>x58157835 </link> ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:30:13 EST June 15th -- Gratitude & Process Goal Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58222948 Today's challenge -- in honor of Father's Day -- is a simplistic one. I want everyone to take a few minutes to think of 5 things that you're grateful for and list them. <BR> <BR> Also, I want everyone to review their process goals from last week and be thinking... we're going to update them tomorrow so just be thinking! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651<BR>x58157835 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone and enjoy t... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:05:52 EST June 14th -- Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58213454 Challenge for June 14th <BR> <BR> Are you a mindful eater? Do you sit and savor every bite of whatever you eat? Most of us struggle with this concept in our daily go-go-go lives we often find ourselves rushed to eat and end up eating while driving or behind the computer. Sometimes we eat in front of the TV and tune out when we eat. <BR> <BR> Mindful eating is nice when you can tap into the overall experience of enjoying and savoring whatever it is you're eating. <BR> <BR> Have you ever ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:27:55 EST 'Am I Hungry?' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58212599 I liked this... <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/amihungry/am-i-hun<BR>gry-mindful-moments/ </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:43:37 EST Diet Talk Has Become Inescapable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58207399 This is powerful. The thing I love about Go Kaleo is her promotion of Balance and Moderation. I feel that this fits the basis of this team quite well so I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <link>https://gokaleo.com/2014/06/13/diet-<BR>talk-has-become-inescapable/ </link> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:11:28 EST Coach Scott Abel's thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28097x62651x58203372 Coach Scott Abel, whom I hold in high regard daily posts some of the most profound things and today's really struck a chord with me and I thought I would share it with you all: <BR> <BR> "The truth is that it’s impossible to act consistently in a manner that is inconsistent with how you see yourself. You can do very few things positively if you feel negatively about yourself. If you believe you are worthless or unworthy “until” – then you can’t add value to yourself, no matter what you are t... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:08:28 EST Question of the Day 6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58203044 Gooooood morning team! Happy Friday the 13th! <em>334</em> They don't have a Jason emoticon so I'll go with the next scariest <em>211</em> Well, we've made it to Friday it is officially happy dance time <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Question of the day for today (and final one for the week): it is said the best path toward finding a happy medium with regards to weight loss/weight maintenance is to eat and move in a way that is pleasing... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:33:16 EST June 13th -- How do you define success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58202983 Challenge for June 13th <BR> <BR> Success. One thing that we all want to achieve when it comes to what we want out of life no matter what our goals are: we want to be successful in our jobs, raising kids, being a partner, with our lives in general but when we come to SparkPeople we want to be successful with our goals for our lifestyle. <BR> <BR> We're almost mid-month/mid-challenge and we've been talking about a lot of different stuff, but today I want everyone to focus on creating your... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:27:03 EST Question of the Day 6/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x62651x58191764 Gooooood morning everyone! I'm typing on my tablet because I think my laptop is fried <em>39</em> so I am trying to make sure that ther arent any but please be forgiving of any typeos....... <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, qotd time..... have you tried anything new recently? Food? Activity? Anything else? Do you work to incorporate newness into your routines? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:06:43 EST June 12th -- do something for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28098x62651x58191378 Challenge for June 12th <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is a more simple one, but one that many of us neglect - making ourselves a priority. Today's challenge is simple but one you've got to do - do something for yourself. It can be anything as long as it's something that you want to do. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to yourself and deep breathing or as elaborate as a spa getaway. You choose. <BR> <BR> Take some time below to list some ideas of what you can or would like to do f... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:32:54 EST