SparkPeople Starting Over: Weekly Mini-Challenge Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6560 Bad Day? Take your bad days, learn from them & just 'start over' instead of feeling down. Get help from Weekly Mini-Challenges to motivate you to better days ahead!(PLS do NOT Create a New Topic) SparkPeople Starting Over: Weekly Mini-Challenge Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6560 Aug 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64973309 <BR> Monday Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:20:57 EST Aug 15-21: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64973303 You guys should be used to this one by now! Modify it if you need to. <BR> <BR> You know you love this one, so no groaning or gnashing of teeth! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:20:17 EST Aug 8-14: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64935309 <BR> Log your weight at the beginning of the week and work down: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Log your goal to lose this week and work up: _______________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:02:48 EST Aug 8-14: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64935302 Not thinking ahead, I was out of range since last week and did not post early...here you go for this week though and I'm back in town, so here we go! <BR> <BR> Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> This is the 2nd of our 6 month rotation of Mini-Challenges. Sometimes we change them up but this one is a "tried &amp; true", so we keep it near to the starting point. <BR> <BR> For the new members: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:01:49 EST Aug 1-7: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64810883 <BR> August 1 Weight In: _______________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> August 1-7 Goal to Lose: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:50:40 EST Aug 1-7: Kitchen Makeover-Clean & Replace! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64810878 Is it honestly August already??? <BR> <BR> This is going to be our first motivational challenge of the series and it's a relatively new one! I've read a lot about motivating this morning and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! <BR> <BR> It's particularly hard to eat right when you have bad things in the pantry. They become your "go-to" in a pinch. Instead, let's clean that out and replace those bad choices with some good ones! <BR> <BR> This... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:49:56 EST Jul 25-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64796935 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ________________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ____________________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:39 EST Jul 25-31: Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64796923 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I'm afraid I'm going to repeat it again for the new folks: I used to take on SO much without realizing it....or I offer for new task... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:06:47 EST Jul 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64796855 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:54:22 EST Jul 18-24: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64765132 Hello Teammates! I'm posting next weeks MC today so that you can use the weekend to prep for it. I hope to see many more participants next week since you have plenty of notice to pick your exercises! Let's do this!!! <BR> <BR> While sometimes it's hard to get that water in but they are so useful to us in losing the weight. I hope some of you worked yourselves into a new habit anyway! :) <BR> <BR> Alrighty then, in keeping with the 2 Intake, 1 Exercise &amp; 1 "Self-Esteem" MC idea, her... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:16:11 EST Jul 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64742165 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:34:35 EST Jul 11-17: 64 in 24 or 1/2 x 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64742156 You knew I was going to do this to you, right? <BR> <BR> It's JUST so important to get that water in. It's a jump start to losing weight and believe it or not, you'r body will release the water it's been holding on to if it feels it's getting enough. <BR> <BR> SO, let's go with the water again....either 1/2 your body weight or 64 ounces in water in each 24 hour period. <BR> <BR> What do you pick? <BR> <BR> I will pick 1/2 again. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! <BR> <BR> L. <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:33:54 EST Jul 4-10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64692176 Put your start weight for the week and work down: <BR> <BR> __________________ <BR> <BR> or your weekly goal to lose: ____________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:10:56 EST Jul 4-10: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64692170 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <BR> <BR> This is our proven 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series (and of the new year) in the rotation. Next week we'll repeat this as an Intake MC, then the following week we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up! <BR> <BR> I have been taxed by my family (who is worried about my gaining weight again) with a challenge. They know how competitive I am! My sister &amp;... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:09:47 EST Jun 27 - Jul 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64643475 Monday Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> This weeks goal to lose: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:55:14 EST Jun 27 - Jul 3: 20 Mins at Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64643456 Don't belong to a gym? Aren't into the group exercise? Too cold to go for a walk outside? <BR> <BR> Let's try this 10 minute workout that you can do right at home (you'll do it twice for 20 mins) this week <BR> <BR> <link>www.motleyhealth.com/fitness/20-minu<BR>te-home-workout </link> <BR> <BR> There are a couple videos showing you the exercises so it takes a moment for this page to load, fyi. <BR> <BR> Busy Mom? Can't get out of the house? Only free time is when the kids are down ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:53:45 EST Jun 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64607724 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ____________ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:52:46 EST Jun 20-26: Replacement Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64607687 Just when I thought that I would close the Team (3 responses and 5 responses to challenges is telling me that not a lot of people are participating out of the 10k we have on board), I have a member reach out to me in need of a mini-challenge..... <BR> <BR> I've been admittedly lackadaisical about posting because there have been so few responses to the challenges when I do post and there's really no incentive for me to continue posting out loud to .....hardly anybody....until someone reaches ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:50:03 EST Jun 13-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64555669 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: _____________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose This Week: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:21:36 EST Jun 13-19: 50 Ways to Cut 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64555667 This a relatively new MC that was added to the rotation not long ago. I like it though because it has me looking at my calorie count very closely. :D <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut 100 or so calories: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <BR> Every hundred helps!!... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:59 EST Jun 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64511702 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 01:06:17 EST Jun 6-12: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64511699 Exercise Week! <BR> <BR> We will be the rulers of our own Exercise Plan and we'll each pledge how many minutes of exercise we think we can accomplish during the week. We'll post like this: <BR> <BR> LABryant: 60/3/180/180 <BR> <BR> What does that mean??? Breakdown: <BR> 60 = The minutes I pledge to exercise each day I exercise. <BR> <BR> 3 = The days of week I pledge to exercise that amount. <BR> <BR> 180 = 60x3 <BR> <BR> 180 = How many minutes I would have left in my goal if the... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 01:05:25 EST May 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64402550 How are you going to do this week? <BR> <BR> Start of the Week Weigh In: ________________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ______________________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:06 EST May 23-29: 5 x 2 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64402538 Play it again, Sam! Usually, we do this one twice ....sooooo....ok, you have another chance to do this MC! <BR> <BR> Because it's an Intake Challenge Week again so we are going to concentrate on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits &amp; vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE on a diet ... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:59:10 EST May 16-22; Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64354099 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 16 May 2016 08:55:00 EST May 16-22; Take 5 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64354089 I love this MC! <BR> <BR> This week, it' back to the Intake Mini-Challenge and in the past this has been our most popular MC! <BR> <BR> As I said, it's an Intake Challenge Week so we are going to concentrate this week on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. <BR> <BR> Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits &amp; vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but ... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:53:59 EST May 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64310532 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 9 May 2016 22:55:32 EST May 9-15: List 4, Pick 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64310526 Just back in from overseas! Your Challenge for this week is one that is generally very popular: <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is an Esteem Week so we'll be doing something to help us feel good about ourselves (read: raise the self-esteem). <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that if you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, you are half way there! That's why I include an Esteem MC every month. It is JUST AS important as exercise, the way you feel about yourself, your accomplishments, no mat... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:54:38 EST Apr 25 - May 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64206554 It's been two weeks since you weighed in? How do you start off this week? <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> LB Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:34:17 EST Apr 25 - May 1: Walk a Mile (or More)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64206543 I flaked! So sorry, guys. I'm trying to get ready for a trip to Ireland and between packing and getting work down to a manageable state before I leave, I completely flaked out and didn't post last week...and thought I did....Oy! I'll be out of pocket until 5/6/16...but I'll be working this challenge while I'm away! <BR> <BR> Time for our Exercise MC this month! <BR> <BR> Let's get out our pedometers &amp; see how many miles, as a team, we can walk for this weeks Exercise Mini-Challenge!... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:33:12 EST Apr 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64102915 <BR> Monday Weigh In: ________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:04:10 EST Apr 11-17: Portion Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64102909 I have struggled with this for years, even after joining SP, and I often times still do, although, over the last 3 months of changing my diet and eating 5 small meals a day, it has gotten much, much better. <BR> <BR> Your MC for this week is to read the following SP Article: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Print it off if you have to and for the 5 days of the 7 this MC is in effect, aim for getting the proper number of portions... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:03:28 EST Apr 6-10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64065701 I realize it's Wednesday and not Monday, but let's continue with our weekly weigh in or declaration of our goals for the week. <BR> <BR> Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:50:26 EST Apr 6-10: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x64065695 This is the hardest thing for me to do yet it's the biggest thing that helped me get my weight under control: SEEING exactly what I was eating. I had what SP calls "portion distortion". I still have it at times. I thought I was eating healthily when I would eat, say, some nuts....trouble was, I would eat the entire CAN of nuts. Not good. I didn't figure out how many extra calories I was packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with t... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:49:21 EST Mar 28 - Apr 3: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63993043 <BR> Weekly Monday Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:43:37 EST Mar 28 - Apr 3: No Boxes, No Bags, No Cans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63993034 This week I'm going to challenge the way you are eating. It will be a new MC for the Team and I'm interested to see how many of you are on board with it and what progress you make because of it. <BR> <BR> I have lost 28 pounds since 12/26/15 and I've done it by eating an all natural, high protein diet. I think I told you all I signed up with Beyond Diet for their meal plans (SP meal plans didn't work for me as they had too many things on them I couldn't eat, e.g. dairy, etc.) I've enjoyed... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:42:55 EST Mar 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63942614 <BR> Weekly Starting Weigh In: _____________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ________________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:49:25 EST Mar 21-27: Say "No" to Sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63942611 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Sugar, well too much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!local paper. Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to my body and my diet. More so than I even knew way back then. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood the ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:48:38 EST Mar 14-20: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63892472 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:29:32 EST Mar 14-20: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63892469 We are now at that point in the month for a "Motivational/Self Esteem" Mini-Challenge. Don't lose focus on your exercise and healthy eating though! This is to focus on our "inner selves" and get things going in the right direction along with your bodies! <BR> <BR> So, this is "Pass It Forward" Week. <BR> <BR> A friend told me something really important a few years ago and I STILL repeat it to myself and others. It was: <BR> <BR> "We wouldn't care so much about what other people thought ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:28:55 EST Mar 7-13: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63839470 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ___________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:10:04 EST Mar 7-13: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63839428 Exercise Week! Who-Hoooooo! <BR> <BR> So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you (and me!) 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be the biggest contributors to a bloated abdominal area AND did you know that stress is a factor in belly fat? Read this article and find out more: <link> tinyurl.com/2ylxp7 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been trying to not do any refined sugar for the last 2 days....it's harder that it seems! That means no coffee (Rem... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:06:22 EST Feb 29 - Mar 6: CTC or Zzzzz's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63787279 Sorry guys...my computer came up saying I had a virus. I battled it today and found it was a false positive so no harm done but I'm running late posting. <BR> <BR> This week, the schedule calls for an Intake Challenge and we've made it a Choice Challenge this time, so you'll choose which of these MC will do you the most good for you! <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Intake some Zzzzzz's! <BR> <BR> Are you the type of person that folks describe as "burning the candle at both ends". Me too! Hopefully,... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:22:30 EST Feb 29 - Mar 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63787254 Because we would rather look behind us at where we've been! <BR> <BR> Start Weight: _________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Weight to Lose: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:18:30 EST Feb 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63729891 Your starting weight for the week: _________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Your Goal Weight Loss for the Week: _____________ <BR> <BR> The point here is to look AHEAD and not behind us. Last week is gone. What progress are we going to make this week? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:23:08 EST Feb 22-28: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63729879 The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my diet because of digestion issues....but anyway....did you know that 85% of the population does not get enough calcium? And for women, it's SO important that we do. In fact, my doctor has told me that at my age (which I'm not telling :), I need to make SURE I get my RDA. <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is to get within the daily recomme... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:21:35 EST Feb 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63678114 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ____________ <BR> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:05:41 EST Feb 15-21: Head Space http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63678109 This week is week 4 in the rotation, so it's a self-esteem challenge and I've picked a new one. Since I lost 50 pounds and gained it all back over the span of 6.5 years, I'm doing some investigation into my relationship with food. What kind of eater am I? What happened to my healthy eating habits over that period of time? It has to be more than will power to maintain so that I'm not constantly feeling like I'm on a diet. <BR> <BR> I felt, at one point, that I had made a lifestyle change... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:04:49 EST Feb 8-14: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63624692 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: ______156.6_____ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ____2_______ Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:32:01 EST Feb 8-14: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63624679 You know you love this one, so no groaning or nashing of teeth! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as our own (wink wink). <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of year... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:30:33 EST tape measure widget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63618036 how do you get a tape measure widget? Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:50:48 EST Feb 1 - 7: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63570631 <BR> Weekly Weigh In: _____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:56:44 EST Feb 1 - 7: Fiber Up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63570623 Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> Welcome new members! Just a reminder: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks - Intake Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Exercise Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Self Esteem Mini-Challenge <BR> <BR> This is week two of the month, last week we did an Intake MC and this week, we are going to do another, so here we go! <BR> <BR> Fiber is necessary in our diets and our bodies for many reasons. Did you k... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:55:58 EST Jan 25-31: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63509600 Weekly Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ___________________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:23:37 EST Jan 25-31: Pink, Yellow, Blue=Bad for You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63509590 I was a big, big lover of The Little Pink Packet called SweetnLow, the artificial sweetener. And when I say love, I mean LOVE. I even sewed myself a personal carrier for my purse especially for the pink packet. There are other packets out there, there's the Blue, there's the Yellow and I think there is now the White &amp; Green (Truvia). I was using 2 pink packets PER CUP of coffee or tea plus adding pre-sweetened creamer on top of that. I was drinking 2-4 cups of coffee a day, so that's up t... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:22:37 EST Jan 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63457429 <BR> Weigh in for the Week: ___________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Goal for the Week: ___________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:10:44 EST Jan 18-24: Simplify!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63457427 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I'm afraid I'm going to repeat it again for the new folks: I used to take on SO much without realizing it....or I offer for new tas... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:09:42 EST Jan 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63397486 It's the start of the week! <BR> <BR> Weekly Weight In: _________________ <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this Week: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:02:36 EST Jan 11-17: Full Name Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63338701 So, this week is an Exercise MC week. And....ta DAAAAA, we are going to workout to our full name: I'm posting this early so that we can get prepped for next week while you're enjoying a full glass of water this week. :D <BR> <BR> Here's the list. Your workout is your Full Name! Annnnnnnnnd...........GO! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4d70c5e-d583-4fef-a4eb-38b1588ace9a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let me know if you can't read it well enough. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:42:30 EST Jan 4 - 10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63336998 Place either your start weight here or the goal you would like to lose this week. <BR> <BR> You do not have to. It's not a requirement of the Team, however, I find it's a good accountability "thing" for me. <BR> <BR> Start Weight: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:20:34 EST Jan 4 - 10: 64 or 1/2 in 24 x 2!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63336982 You knew I was going to do this to you, right? <BR> <BR> It's JUST so important to get that water in. It's a jump start to losing weight and believe it or not, you'r body will release the water it's been holding on to if it feels it's getting enough. <BR> <BR> SO, let's go with the water again....either 1/2 your body weight or 64 ounces in water in each 24 hour period. <BR> <BR> What do you pick? <BR> <BR> I will pick 64 ounces again. I went over a could of times last week but 64 is a ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:18:58 EST Dec 28 - Jan 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63270957 Monday morning weigh in: ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal weight to lose this week: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:22:35 EST Dec 28 - Jan 3: 64 or 1/2 in 24!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63270952 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <BR> <BR> Here we go again! This is our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series (and of the new year) in the rotation. Next week we'll repeat an Intake MC, then we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up! <BR> <BR> I have been taxed by my family (who is worried about my gaining weight again) with a challenge. They know how competitive I am! My sister &amp; I are to compet... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:21:50 EST Dec 21- 27: Weighs In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63238770 Weekly Weighs In: <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:49:24 EST Dec 21- 28: 20 Mins at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63238759 Don't belong to a gym? Aren't into the group exercise? Too cold to go for a walk outside? <BR> <BR> Let's try this 10 minute workout that you can do right at home (you'll do it twice for 20 mins) this week <BR> <link>www.motleyhealth.com/fitness/20-min <BR> ute-home-workout </link> <BR> <BR> There are a couple videos showing you the exercises so it takes a moment for this page to load, fyi. <BR> <BR> Busy Mom? Can't get out of the house? Only free time is when the kids are down for a ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:47:45 EST Dec 14-20: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63186029 Start Weight for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this Week: ___________________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:31:05 EST Dec 14-20: Pink, Yellow, Blue-Bad for You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63186024 This is a brand new Mini-Challenge but it's been something I've been doing for the last year and I wanted to share. I think we've done this one only once before. <BR> <BR> I was a big, big lover of The Little Pink Packet called SweetnLow, the artificial sweetener. And when I say love, I mean LOVE. I even sewed myself a personal carrier for my purse especially for the pink packet. There are other packets out there, there's the Blue, there's the Yellow and I think there is now the White &amp;... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:30:07 EST Dec 7-13: Weight In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63137966 Start Weight: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 22:12:25 EST Dec 7-13: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63137960 Time to count calories!!! <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut 100 or so calories: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <BR> Every hundred helps!!!! The Mini-Challenge for this week is for you to pick 1-2 of the 50 ways to cut calories in this article on five days out o... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 22:11:37 EST Nov 30 - Dec 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63098457 Weekly Weigh In: _______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Weight to Lose: _________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:45:33 EST Nov 30 - Dec 6: Say NO to Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x63098452 Hello all! Where have I been???? So lost....I've gained all my weight back and I feel like such a loser. Here is where I need to start over. Here is where it begins again for me. I've said it before. I will try my damnest to stick to it. I'm tired of feeling guilty for leaving you all hanging for these last weeks. I did try to find someone to take over the Team but alas, no takers. I'm going to begin posting again. I MUST do something for myself and if it means I need to make this a... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:44:47 EST Oct 12-18: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62730162 Weekly Weigh In: _____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Loss Goal: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:49:17 EST Oct 12-18: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62730155 Have you left me yet? I'm so sorry to have left you. I took the last month "off" (disappeared) because of so much going on.... In the last month, my pup is back to 100% or at least he appears to be. It was a hard road with taking him back to the vet every 3rd day and it cost a lot of money (pfffft) but his slipped disc seems to have slipped back in and healed itself. It was a lot of stress, worrying about him and I haven't lost a single pound in a month, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> I don't know ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:48:23 EST Sept 7-13: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62453458 Weekly Weigh In: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:29:40 EST Sept 7-13: CTC or Zzzzz's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62453446 Guys, thanks for not giving up on me and for all of the notes of concern. Cannon is still on crate rest and was doing well but had a big setback yesterday. He's still on a lot of meds and we had hoped we were out of the woods with not needing surgery but the setback yesterday set me back. :( Today, he is much, much better but I have to now carry two dogs everywhere and it's been exhausting. I think this MC is probably timely. <BR> <BR> Please don't hate me for missing posting. I'm stru... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:28:03 EST Aug 24-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62331714 Weekly Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:31:18 EST Aug 24-30: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62331710 The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my diet because of digestion issues....but anyway....did you know that 85% of the population does not get enough calcium? And for women, it's SO important that we do. In fact, my doctor has told me that at my age (which I'm not telling :), I need to make SURE I get my RDA. <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is to get within the daily recom... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:30:02 EST Aug 10-16: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62225653 Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:52:30 EST Aug 10-16: Simplify x 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62225650 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy! <BR> <BR> SO, let's get on with it, shall we? <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:51:56 EST Aug 3-9: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62168460 Weekly Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:27:01 EST Aug 3-9: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62168453 You know you love this one, so no groaning or nashing of teeth! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as our own (wink wink). <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of year... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:26:13 EST Jul 27 - Aug 2: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62109117 Weekly Weigh In: ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Weight Lose Goal: _________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:23:58 EST Jul 27 - Aug 2: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62109104 Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> This is the 2nd of our 6 month rotation of Mini-Challenges. Sometimes we change them up but this one is a "tried & true", so we keep it near to the starting point. <BR> <BR> For the new members: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks - Intake Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Exercise Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Self Esteem Mini-Challenge <BR> <BR> This is week two of the month so here we go! <... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:23:09 EST Jul 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62050194 Weekly Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:02:04 EST Jul 20-26: Clean, Visualize & Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x62050186 This is going to be our first challenge of the series and a new, motivational one! I've read a lot about motivating this morning and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! <BR> <BR> I know at this time of year, during the holidays, it's particularly hard to eat right and keep good things in the pantry. This week, just before the start of the new year, your challenge will be to clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that sabot... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:01:27 EST Jul 13-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61995244 Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:11:40 EST Jul 13-19: EXERCISE MC: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61995234 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> While sometimes it's hard to get that water in but they are so useful to us in losing the weight. I hope some of you worked yourselves into a new habit anyway! :) <BR> <BR> Alrighty then, in keeping with the 2 Intake, 1 Exercise & 1 "Self-Esteem" MC idea, here is your "assignment" for the next week, should you choose to accept it: <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers (top menu) , then click on the My Fitness page and then SEARCH for Strength Training Exercises. From th... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:10:26 EST Jul 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61935662 Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ (did you lose?) <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _________________(did you make goal?) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:46:28 EST Jul 6-12: 64 or 1/2 in 24 x 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61935652 WoW! I feel like I'm writing out a math problem with that topic heading! :D <BR> <BR> Let's go with the water again....either 1/2 your body weight or 64 ounces in water in each 24 hour period. <BR> <BR> What do you pick? <BR> <BR> I am picking 64 again. :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:45:41 EST Jun 29-Jul 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61876267 Weekly Weigh In: ________________ <BR> (if you don't do it on Monday, still do it and post, if that's your thing) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Weekly Weight to Lose: __________ <BR> It is PROVEN that drinking water will drop pounds in a hurry. Let's see how much we can lose this week as a Team???? If we post our start weight and our end weight here, I'll add up how much the Team lost and post it here! <BR> <BR> Golden Crown Award for those who meet or beat their water intake goal this week! ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:24:50 EST Jun 29-Jul 5: 64 or 1/2 in 24! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61876243 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <BR> <BR> Here we go again! This is our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series that we have in rotation. Next week we'll repeat an Intake MC, then we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up! <BR> <BR> Option A is for you to drink 64 ozs. of liquid, preferably water, in 24 hours for 4 out of the 7 days the MC is in effect. The MC will include the usually Monday Start Weigh... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:22:03 EST Jun 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61817651 Weekly Weigh In: _____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:07:33 EST Jun 22-28: Replacement Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61817646 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Here is a new Intake MC for us this week. I'm struggling again with motivation and finding that I'm confused about what's good to put in and what's bad to put in the body, what causes belly fat, what might make me tired, and what EXACTLY are the foods I should be eating. <BR> <BR> This week, we're going to investigate the Worst Foods you can eat, even though some of them may appear to be healthy or healthy benefits. Here's the article: <BR> <BR> <link>w... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:06:43 EST Jun 15-21: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61768987 Weekly Weigh In: _______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ___________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:49:12 EST Jun 15-21: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61768983 This a relatively new MC that was added to the rotation not long ago. I like it though because it has me looking at my calorie count very closely. :D <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut 100 or so calories: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <BR> Every hundred helps!... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:48:40 EST Quick intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x61768208 I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST Jun 8-14: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61723323 Weekly Weigh In: ____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _________ <BR> <BR> L. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:33:05 EST Jun 8-14: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61723309 And here it is Wednesday morning and I haven't posted. I am SO sorry...guys, my work is just taking precedence right now and has been for the last 8-12 months. I haven't been as active on here as I want to be and we have very little participation out of 10,000 members any more. <BR> <BR> Should I just stop posting at the end of the month and close the Team down? I see 2-4 people posting every week....out of 10,000+ members. That hardly seems worth it to me and I'm beating myself up this... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:32:26 EST Jun 1 - 7: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61649445 Weight (Start): ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:59:35 EST Jun 1 - 7: Pick 5x2x2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61649440 Play it again, Sam! Usually, we do this one twice ....sooooo....ok, let's do it again!!! <BR> <BR> Because it's an Intake Challenge Week again so we are going to concentrate on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE on a diet that includes FIVE ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:58:58 EST May 26-Jun 1: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61595401 Start Weight for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 26 May 2015 22:09:49 EST May 26-Jun 1: Take 5 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61595393 Sorry this is late in posting, guys. Monday was a US Holiday and today it was back to work for me and I was swamped!!! Have no fear! We will have two chances to turn this into a habit. <BR> <BR> This week, it' back to the Intake Mini-Challenge and in the past this has been our most popular MC! <BR> <BR> As I said, it's an Intake Challenge Week so we are going to concentrate this week on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. <BR>... Tue, 26 May 2015 22:09:02 EST May 18-24: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61521809 Weekly Weigh In: ______ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Weight Loss Goal: ______ Mon, 18 May 2015 12:26:46 EST May 18-24: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61521807 This weeks MC is an Esteem Week so we'll be doing something to help us feel good about ourselves (read: raise the self-esteem). <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that if you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, you are half way there! That's why I include an Esteem MC every month. It is JUST AS important as exercise, the way you feel about yourself, your accomplishments, no matter how small, and your journey. <BR> <BR> This is once again a repeat one of our most popular challenges ... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:25:56 EST newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x61488231 Hey guys, new person here, how do I start the challenge? Thu, 14 May 2015 14:15:24 EST May 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61467739 Weekly Weigh In: ___________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal to Lose: _______ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 12 May 2015 09:06:45 EST May 11-17: Walk a Mile (or More!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61467734 Time for our Exercise MC this month! <BR> <BR> Let's get out our pedometers & see how many miles, as a team, we can walk for this weeks Exercise Mini-Challenge! Walking can be so beneficial for all body functions AND it can be counted as minutes exercised, if you wish for your tracker. <BR> <BR> For the Team Challenge though, we'll post in miles. Below is an example of how we'll each post what we've walked: <BR> <BR> IMW: 4 (Individual Miles Walked) <BR> TIMW: 6 (Total Ind Miles Wa... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:06:09 EST May 4-10: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61396589 Place your start weight here: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 4 May 2015 09:11:59 EST May 4-10: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61396582 I have struggled with this for years, even after joining SP, and I often times still do. My plate is always full, even at the salad bar. So, I'm relying on you all to help me and each other again this week! <BR> <BR> Your MC for this week is to read the following SP Article: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Print it off if you have to and for the 5 days of the 7 this MC is in effect, aim for getting the proper number of portio... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:11:17 EST Apr 27 - May 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61336102 Post either your <BR> <BR> Start Weight for the Week: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:59:52 EST Apr 27 - May 3: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61336091 This is the hardest thing for me to do yet it's the biggest thing that helped me get my weight under control: SEEING exactly what I was eating. I had what SP calls "portion distortion". I still have it at times. I thought I was eating healthily when I would eat, say, some nuts....trouble was, I would eat the entire CAN of nuts. Not good. I didn't figure out how many extra calories I was packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with t... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:58:58 EST Apr 20-26: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61271233 Add your start weight here: ___________________ <BR> <BR> or your goal to lose this week: ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:59:55 EST Apr 20-26: Get A Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61271223 A fan favorite!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes just "taking care of business" or getting around to it is what's needed for us to feel free to focus on ourselves! This week is our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. <BR> <BR> For instance, does your car need cleaned or straightened? How about your closet? Your room? Your office at work? Is there a box you've been meaning to go through or pictures you've been meaning to put in an al... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:59:05 EST Apr 13-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61212957 Start Weight for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose for the Week: ________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:21:06 EST Apr 13-19: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61212919 And now, once again, It's Exercise Week!!! YAY! <BR> <BR> So, ok, In keeping with our set schedule of 2 Intake Challenges, 1 Exercise Challenge & 1 Self-Improvement Challenge, this week falls on an Exercise Challenge. This is one of my favorite weeks. This year, we've already mastered the Butt Blaster Workout, Abdominal Crunch Workout, and a few other things that had us all panting & groaning but we know it's good for us!!! Right gang? <BR> <BR> So, are you ready to take charge???? If so,... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:15:57 EST Apr 6-12: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61140080 Place your start weight for the week here: _____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight to Lose this week: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:21:53 EST Apr 6-12: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61140067 How did you do on the HFCS challenge? Did it open your eyes? A little maybe? <BR> <BR> So now, on to the 2nd Intake Challenge in the monthly rotation! Did you know that nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough of iron as a nutrient? <BR> <BR> Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. It is particularly important for blood cells because iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues. This was taken from a website... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:21:01 EST Mar 30 - Apr 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61079624 Weigh In: _____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:51:01 EST Mar 30 - Apr 5: Just Say "No" to Sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61079615 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Sugar, well too much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!local paper. Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to my body and my diet. More so than I even knew way back then. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood the ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:50:20 EST feeling like a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x61030349 everytime I start a diet I end up failing...I feel like such a failure that I end up gaining wt because of this feeling. I need help... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:51:04 EST Mar 23-29: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61008792 Weekly Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:05:46 EST Mar 23-29: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x61008777 We are now at that point in the month for a "Motivational/Self Esteem" Mini-Challenge. Don't lose focus on your exercise and healthy eating though! This is to focus on our "inner selves" and get things going in the right direction along with your bodies! <BR> <BR> So, this is "Pass It Forward" Week. <BR> <BR> A friend told me something really important a few years ago and I STILL repeat it to myself and others. It was: <BR> <BR> "We wouldn't care so much about what other people thought of... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:04:58 EST Mar 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60945269 Weigh In Monday for the Week: ____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> I'm going with 2.5 goal to lose this week. I just bought a NutriBullet Rx and I've been eating with it since last Thursday. I love this thing! <BR> <BR> LB Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:35:27 EST Mar 16-22: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60945084 Exercise Week! Who-Hoooooo! <BR> <BR> So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you (and me!) 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be the biggest contributors to a bloated abdominal area AND did you know that stress is a factor in belly fat? Read this article and find out more: <link>tinyurl.com/2ylxp7 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been trying to not do any refined sugar for the last 2 days....it's harder that it seems! That means no coffee ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:27:58 EST Mar 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60890659 Start Weight for the Week: _______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose for the Week: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:38:18 EST Mar 9-15: CTC or Zzzz's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60890650 Here I go again....late posting. <BR> <BR> This week, the schedule calls for an Intake Challenge and we've made it a Choice Challenge this time, so you'll choose which of these MC will do you the most good for you! <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Intake some Zzzzzz's! <BR> <BR> Are you the type of person that folks describe as "burning the candle at both ends". Me too! Hopefully, I won't run out of candles anytime soon! Anyway, I've always figured that I'll sleep when I die! There is just too much to... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:37:21 EST March 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60799778 On Monday morning, give your weekly: <BR> <BR> Weigh In: ____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:28:36 EST Mar 2-8: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60799770 After a week off, I hope you all are ready to GO GO GO! <BR> <BR> The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my diet because of digestion issues....but anyway....did you know that 85% of the population does not get enough calcium? And for women, it's SO important that we do. In fact, my doctor has told me that at my age (which I'm not telling :), I need to make SURE I get ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:27:50 EST WHAT???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60786959 So, we've been hit with crazy weather here in Atlanta and have been without power for a few days....On top of that, we had a snow storm on top of an ice storm and, well, you know we Southerners can't deal with that stuff! <BR> <BR> But, so, for reals???? <BR> <BR> Nobody emailed me or PM'd me to ask where this weeks' MC is?? And it's Friday??? <BR> <BR> What should I do? Post a weekend challenge? <BR> <BR> Wait until Sunday and put up the Challenge for next week? Put it up now? <BR> <... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:01:57 EST Feb 16-22: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60677461 Start weight this week:__________ <BR> <BR> Or <BR> Goal to lose this week: _________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:02:24 EST Feb 16-22: Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60677446 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others!  <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I'm afraid I'm going to repeat it again for the new folks: I used to take on SO much without realizing it....or I offer for new task... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:00:43 EST Feb 9-15: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60606736 <BR> Start Weight here: ___________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this Week: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:39:44 EST Feb 9-15: Pink, Yellow, Blue are Bad for You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60606666 This is a brand new Mini-Challenge but it's been something I've been doing for the last 6 months and I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> I was a big, big lover of The Little Pink Packet called SweetnLow, the artificial sweetener. And when I say love, I mean LOVE. I even sewed myself a personal carrier for my purse especially for the pink packet. There are other packets out there, there's the Blue, there's the Yellow and I think there is now the White & Green (Truvia). I was using 2 pink packets... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:35:46 EST Feb 2-8: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60537131 Weigh In for the Week: ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:07:02 EST Feb 2-8: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60537121 You know you love this one, so no groaning or nashing of teeth! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as our own (wink wink). <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of years... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:06:13 EST Jan 26 - Feb 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60460034 Monday morning weigh in: __________ (how did your effort pay off?) <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:57:42 EST Jan 26 - Feb 1: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60460025 Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> Welcome new members! This is the 2nd of our 6 month rotation of Mini-Challenges. Sometimes we change them up but this one is a "tried & true", so we keep it near to the starting point. <BR> <BR> For the new members: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks - Intake Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Exercise Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Self Esteem Mini-Challenge <BR> <BR> This is week two of the mo... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:56:50 EST Jan 19-25: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60389159 Weigh In for the week: ______________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose for the week: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:53:30 EST Jan 19-25: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60389152 It's Self-Esteem MC week so let's talk about some self-esteem, shall we? <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> We get different and interesting results every time this MC comes up! For some, it's a struggle but for others, it's just what the doctor ordered....see what you think! <BR> <BR> The following is most of the post from the 1st time we did this challenge, over years ago now! Wow! At the time, the team was brand new and I was close to my goal weight. I was struggling with making eating well a ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:52:43 EST Jan 5-11: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60304893 Good morning, all! <BR> <BR> Weigh In: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> For this week ONLY! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:58:18 EST Jan 5-11: Pick 5 & GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60304882 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> While sometimes it's hard to get that water in but they are so useful to us in losing the weight. I hope some of you worked yourselves into a new habit anyway! :) <BR> <BR> Alrighty then, in keeping with the 2 Intake, 1 Exercise & 1 "Self-Esteem" MC idea, here is your "assignment" for the next week, should you choose to accept it: <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers (top menu) , then click on the My Fitness page and then SEARCH for Strength Training Exercises. From th... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:57:32 EST Jan 5-11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60221327 Put either your start weight for the week here: ____________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Your goal to Lose; _____________ (this week only...baby steps, remember?) <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:08:26 EST Jan 5-11: 64 or 1/2 in 24 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60221311 WoW! I feel like I'm writing out a math problem with that topic heading! :D <BR> <BR> Let's go with the water again....either 1/2 your body weight or 64 ounces in water in each 24 hour period. <BR> <BR> What do you pick? <BR> <BR> I will pick 64 ounces since I didn't do so great last week. <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:07:37 EST Dec 29 - Jan 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60144481 Start the new MC with a weigh in: ____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:16:52 EST Dec 29-Jan 4: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60144474 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <BR> <BR> Here we go again! This is our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series (and of the new year) that we have in rotation. Next week we'll repeat an Intake MC, then we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up! <BR> <BR> Option A is for you to drink 64 ozs. of liquid, preferably water, in 24 hours for 4 out of the 7 days the MC is in effect. The MC will include the us... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:16:05 EST Dec 22-28: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60091166 Weigh In: _____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:25:36 EST Dec 22-28: Clean, Visualize & Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60091137 This is going to be our last challenge of the year/series and a new, motivational one! I've read a lot about motivating this morning and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! <BR> <BR> I know at this time of year, during the holidays, it's particularly hard to eat right and keep good things in the pantry. This week, just before the start of the new year, your challenge will be to clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that s... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:23:14 EST Dec 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60031516 Time to weigh in this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Give your goal weight to lose this week: ____________ <BR> <BR> Have fun!!! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:13:13 EST Dec 15-21: Twice for 20 Minute Home Jam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x60031504 Don't belong to a gym? Aren't into the group exercise? Too cold to go for a walk outside? <BR> <BR> Let's try this 10 minute workout that you can do right at home (you'll do it twice for 20 mins) this week <BR> <link>www.motleyhealth.com/fitness/20-minu<BR>te-home-workout </link> <BR> <BR> There are a couple videos showing you the exercises so it takes a moment for this page to load, fyi. <BR> <BR> Busy Mom? Can't get out of the house? Only free time is when the kids are down for a ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:12:19 EST Dec 8-14: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59968027 I didn't weigh in this morning, though I should have. I'm afraid to, to be honest. I know it's high. I know it in my clothes. Soooooo, I'll try to remember to do it tomorrow and set a goal for losing this week. <BR> <BR> Start Weight: ____________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose (this week): __________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:14:14 EST Dec 8-14: Replacement Therapy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59968004 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Here is a new Intake MC for us this week. I'm struggling again with motivation and finding that I'm confused about what's good to put in and what's bad to put in the body, what causes belly fat, what might make me tired, and what EXACTLY are the foods I should be eating. <BR> <BR> This week, we're going to investigate the Worst Foods you can eat, even though some of them may appear to be healthy or healthy benefits. Here's the article: <BR> <link>www.wom... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:12:28 EST Dec 1-7: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59905727 It's the start of a new week!!!! <BR> <BR> Enter Start Weight: __________________ <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:22:32 EST Dec 1-7: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59905721 This a relatively new MC that was added to the rotation 2 times ago. I like it though because it has me looking at my calorie count very closely. :D <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut 100 or so calories: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <BR> Every hundred helps!... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:21:48 EST Nov 24-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59845866 Start Weight: ________ <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week:________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:29:15 EST Nov 24-30: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59845851 It's motivation week! I'd like to know what motivates you? I have a hard time pinning it down for myself. I found that giving myself food or other kinds of "prizes" does not work for me. I was motivated to focus & be committed, however, when I knew I had a cruise coming up and I wanted to look good in a bikini....THAT motivated me. But what else is there to being motivated, to staying committed? Is it a plan? A vision? How about having a deadline?  <BR> <BR> When we did this 6 months ago, I ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:27:24 EST Nov 17-23: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59789478 Weigh in: _______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _____________ (this week) <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:36:02 EST Nov 17-23: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59789472 Exercise Week! <BR> <BR> It's so cold here in Atlanta, all I want to do is stay in....but it's time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> See what you think of it....it has been a very popular MC.! Here you go: <BR> <BR> We will be the rulers of our own Exercise Plan and we'll each pledge how many minutes of exercise we think we can accomplish during the week. We'll post like this: <BR> <BR> LABryant: 60/3/180/180 <BR> <BR> What does that mean??? Breakdown: <BR> 60... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:35:28 EST Nov 10-16: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59719265 Let's start this week off right! <BR> <BR> Weigh In: __________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:23:51 EST Nov 10-16: Pick 5 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59719250 This week, it' back to the Intake Mini-Challenge and in the past this has been our most popular MC! <BR> <BR> As I said, it's an Intake Challenge Week so we are going to concentrate this week on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. <BR> <BR> Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE o... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:22:59 EST Nov 3-9: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59651146 Start Weight: ____________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: ___________________ <BR> <BR> It starts with just 2 pounds, ladies. Just 2...that's what I'm telling myself this morning. I've got to get back on track. <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:20:25 EST Nov 3-9: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59651133 This weeks MC is an Esteem Week so we'll be doing something to help us feel good about ourselves (read: raise the self-esteem). <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that if you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, you are half way there! That's why I include an Esteem MC every month. It is JUST AS important as exercise, the way you feel about yourself, your accomplishments, no matter how small, and your journey. <BR> <BR> This is once again a repeat one of our most popular challenges ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:19:25 EST Oct 28-Nov 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59591485 Start Weight: ___________ <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:25:02 EST Oct 28-Nov 3: Exercise of Your Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59591474 So here I am, sitting at the airport in DC after a wonderful trip to Maryland, and it hit me! I needed to post the MC. OMG...here you go...just before I board the plane... <BR> <BR> Time for our Exercise MC this month!  <BR> <BR> Let's get out our pedometers & see how many miles, as a team, we can walk for this weeks Exercise Mini-Challenge! Walking can be so beneficial for all body functions AND it can be counted as minutes exercised, if you wish for your tracker.  <BR> <BR> For the Tea... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:23:43 EST Oct 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59509892 Start weight this week: ___________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: __________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:37 EST Oct 20-26: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59509885 One of our newer Mini-Challenges and one of the last in the 6 month rotation series! <BR> <BR> I have struggled with this for years, even after joining SP, and I often times still do. My plate is always full, even at the salad bar. So, I'm relying on you all to help me and each other again this week! <BR> <BR> Your MC for this week is to read the following SP Article: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Print it off if you have to a... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:13:57 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x59502638 Hi! Due to the chaos in my life right now stemming from the separation from my husband of 13 years.. I have lost all my motivation and have turned back to food to help keep focus off my pain... As I get my life back in line I hope this team can help give me the motivation I need to get back on track. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:46:40 EST Oct 13-19: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59443520 Start Weight ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:32:42 EST Oct 13-19: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59443511 This is the hardest thing for me to do yet it's the biggest thing that helped me get my weight under control: SEEING exactly what I was eating. I had what SP calls "portion distortion". I still have it at times. I thought I was eating healthily when I would eat, say, some nuts....trouble was, I would eat the entire CAN of nuts. Not good. I didn't figure out how many extra calories I was packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with th... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:32:08 EST Oct 6-12: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59373911 Time to weight in for the week! <BR> <BR> Start weight _______________ (you're working down from here) <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ____________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:34:58 EST Oct 6-12: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59373888 A fan favorite!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes just "taking care of business" or getting around to it is what's needed for us to feel free to focus on ourselves! This week is our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. <BR> <BR> For instance, does your car need cleaned or straightened? How about your closet? Your room? Your office at work? Is there a box you've been meaning to go through or pictures you've been meaning to put in an albu... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:34:00 EST Sept 29-Oct 5: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59314096 Start Weight: _____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:34:46 EST Sept 29-Oct 5: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59314091 Hello Everyone!!! Sorry for the late post. My kid turned 6 yesterday and I got all caught up with the fun of just being 6! So, so sorry I forgot to post! <BR> <BR> And now, once again, It's Exercise Week!!! YAY! <BR> <BR> So, ok, In keeping with our set schedule of 2 Intake Challenges, 1 Exercise Challenge & 1 Self-Improvement Challenge, this week falls on an Exercise Challenge. This is one of my favorite weeks. This year, we've already mastered the Butt Blaster Workout, Abdominal Crunc... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:34:10 EST Sept 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59225748 Start Weight for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this Week: ___________________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:34:31 EST Sept 22-28: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59225727 How did you do on the HFCS challenge? Did it open your eyes? A little maybe? <BR> <BR> So now, on to the 2nd Intake Challenge in the monthly rotation! Did you know that nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough of iron as a nutrient? <BR> <BR> Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. It is particularly important for blood cells because iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues. This was taken from a websit... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:33:39 EST Sept 15-21: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59151240 Place your start weight here ____________________for the week <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Your goal weight to lose: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:39:17 EST Sept 15-21: Just Say "No"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59151226 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Sugar, well too much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!local paper. Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to my body and my diet. More so than I even knew way back then. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood the ma... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:38:34 EST Sept 8-14: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59079533 Start Weight: ________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this Week: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:49:45 EST Sept 8-14: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59079524 We are now at that point in the month for a "Motivational/Self Esteem" Mini-Challenge. Don't lose focus on your exercise and healthy eating though! This is to focus on our "inner selves" and get things going in the right direction along with your bodies! <BR> <BR> So, this is "Pass It Forward" Week. <BR> <BR> A friend told me something really important a few years ago and I STILL repeat it to myself and others. It was: "We wouldn't care so much about what other people thought of us if we re... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:49:05 EST Sept 1-7: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59014539 Weigh in: ________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Goal to lose this week:__________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:56:33 EST Sept 1-7: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x59014519 Exercise Week! Who-Hoooooo!  <BR> <BR> So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you (and me!) 100+ Crunches MC!  <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be the biggest contributors to a bloated abdominal area AND did you know that stress is a factor in belly fat? Read this article and find out more:  <link>tinyurl.com/2ylxp7  </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Read on! The MC for this week is to focus on our abdominal area by EITHER:  <BR> 1) completing at least 100 Abdomina... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:55:05 EST Aug 25-31: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58942224 Weigh In: ______________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> For me, it's another 2.5 pounds. Lost 2.5 last week. :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:23:27 EST Aug 25-31: CTC or Zzzzz's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58942208 This week, the schedule calls for an Intake Challenge and we've made it a Choice Challenge this time, so you'll choose which of these MC will do you the most good for you! <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Intake some Zzzzzz's! <BR> <BR> Are you the type of person that folks describe as "burning the candle at both ends". Me too! Hopefully, I won't run out of candles anytime soon! Anyway, I've always figured that I'll sleep when I die! There is just too much to do that's fun these days! <BR> <BR> Yet, di... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:22:13 EST Aug 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58872387 Weigh in: ____________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Goal to lose this week: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:00:37 EST Aug 18-24: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58872381 The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my diet because of digestion issues....but anyway....did you know that 85% of the population does not get enough calcium? And for women, it's SO important that we do. In fact, my doctor has told me that at my age (which I'm not telling :), I need to make SURE I get my RDA.  <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is to get within the daily recomm... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:58:25 EST Aug 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58803381 Start Weight (Monday): ______________________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight Loss for the Weekj: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:23:16 EST Aug 11-17: Simplify x 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58803371 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy! <BR> <BR> SO, let's get on with it, shall we? <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:22:33 EST Aug 4-10: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58744554 Start Weight for the Week: _________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose (for the week): _______________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:58:00 EST Aug 4-10: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58744550 Just got back in town where I have wifi, sooooo, <BR> It's BACK! Here is your favorite Mini-Challenge back to ya again! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as our own (wink wink). <BR... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:57:20 EST Jul 28-Aug 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58674614 Weigh In: ____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight to Lose this week: ____________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:51:25 EST Jul 28-Aug 3: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58674607 Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> This is the 2nd of our 6 month rotation of Mini-Challenges. Sometimes we change them up but this one is a "tried & true", so we keep it near to the starting point. <BR> <BR> For the new members: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks - Intake Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Exercise Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Self Esteem Mini-Challenge <BR> <BR> This is week two of the month so here we go! <... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:31 EST Jul 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58610369 Start Weight: ___________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight Loss this week ONLY: __________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:59:11 EST Jul 21-27: Pink, Yellow & Blue..Bad For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58610363 This is a brand new Mini-Challenge (once again, sorry it's late) but it's been something I've been doing for the last month and I want to share. <BR> <BR> I am/was a big, big lover of "The Little Pink Packet" called Sweet 'N Low, an artificial sweetener. There are other packets out there, there's the Blue, there's the Yellow and I think there is now the White & Green (Truvia). I was using 2 pink packets per cup of coffee plus adding pre-sweetened creamer on top of that. I was drinking 2-4... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:58:37 EST Jul 14-20: Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58549329 Start Weight: ___________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight to Lose this week: _____________ <BR> <BR> L. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:38:26 EST Jul 14-20: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58549314 Guys, all I can say is, I'm sorry. I'm letting the Team down more and more by not posting on Sundays when I'm supposed to and I'm so busy at work lately that I can't keep up. I don't know what to say except maybe there is someone who would like to take the posting over for a while? Maybe close the Team? We have 10,000 members and no one seems to be posting but a handful of the same folks. I don't feel I'm doing the Team any good right now nor do I feel I'm helping anyone. Perhaps our ch... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:37:43 EST Jul 7-13: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58454515 Start Weight: ____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: ______________ Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:54:26 EST Jul 7-13: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58454500 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> While sometimes it's hard to get that water in but they are so useful to us in losing the weight. I hope some of you worked yourselves into a new habit anyway! :) <BR> <BR> Alrighty then, in keeping with the 2 Intake, 1 Exercise & 1 "Self-Esteem" MC idea, here is your "assignment" for the next week, should you choose to accept it: <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers (top menu) , then click on the My Fitness page and then SEARCH for Strength Training Exercises. From the d... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:53:19 EST Jul 1-6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58394530 Goal to Lose: ____________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Start Weight: ____________ <BR> <BR> For the upcoming week only! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:14:55 EST Jul 1-6: Let's Drink Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58394522 Good morning, all! I'm going to do something I've never done before (horrors!) with this team and post this MC again. It comes to me that drinking water is THE single best thing we can do in our efforts to lose. So, let's play this one again, choose this Intake week as a 're-do' and it will give those who came on late and those who didn't go as great as they wanted, to do what this Team was designed to do: start over! <BR> <BR> Here is the post from last week: <BR> <BR> 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <B... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:14:11 EST Jun 23-29: Weigh In ( Start ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58318091 Start weight : ___________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Goal Loss: ___________ Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:07:53 EST Jun 23-29: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58318076 64 or 1/2 in 24!!  <BR> <BR> Here we go again! This is our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series (and of the new year) that we have in rotation. Next week we'll repeat an Intake MC, then we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up!  <BR> <BR> Option A is for you to drink 64 ozs. of liquid, preferably water, in 24 hours for 4 out of the 7 days the MC is in effect. The MC will include the usua... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:06:25 EST Jun 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58253048 Weigh In: ________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Loss (pro-rated): __________ Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:17:12 EST Jun 16-22: Clean, Visualize & Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58253008 <BR> Fitness Minutes: (21,845) <BR> Well, I win the award for loser Team Leader...8 so sorry. Between work in NY and a crazy Father's day weekend I just forgot to post. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Here is the 50 ways MC:  <BR> <BR> This a relatively new MC that was added to the rotation last time. I like it though because it has me looking at my calorie count very closely. :D  <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:14:32 EST Jun 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58161265 Start Weight: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Loss: _________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:53:04 EST Jun 9-15: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58161221 It's motivation week! I'd like to know what motivates you? I have a hard time pinning it down for myself. I found that giving myself food or other kinds of "prizes" does not work for me. I was motivated to focus & be committed, however, when I knew I had a cruise coming up and I wanted to look good in a bikini....THAT motivated me. But what else is there to being motivated, to staying committed? Is it a plan? A vision? How about having a deadline? <BR> <BR> When we did this 6 months ago, I ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:50:05 EST June 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58075474 Start weight for the week: ______ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Goal Weight Lose this week: _____ Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:17:12 EST June 2-8: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58075460 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge!  <BR> <BR> See what you think of it....it has been a very popular MC.! Here you go:  <BR> <BR> We will be the rulers of our own Exercise Plan and we'll each pledge how many minutes of exercise we think we can accomplish during the week. We'll post like this:  <BR> <BR> LABryant: 60/3/180/180  <BR> <BR> What does that mean??? Breakdown:  <BR> 60 = The minutes I pledge to exercise each day I exercise.  <BR> <BR> 3 = The days of week I pledge to... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:15:02 EST May 26-June 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58020775 Place your start weight or the goal weight you would like to lose this week here. <BR> <BR> L Tue, 27 May 2014 22:32:37 EST May 26-June 1: Pick 5 X 2 X 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x58020738 Play it again, Sam! Usually, we do this one twice ....sooooo....ok, let's do it again!!!  <BR> <BR> Because it's an Intake Challenge Week again so we are going to concentrate on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. Here are the details:  <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE on a diet that includes FIVE se... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:29:13 EST May 19-25: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57930408 Start weight:________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> Loss Goal:________ Mon, 19 May 2014 19:52:15 EST May 19-25: Pick 5 X 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57930380 This week, it' back to the Intake Mini-Challenge and in the past this has been our most popular MC!  <BR> <BR> As I said, it's an Intake Challenge Week so we are going to concentrate this week on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau.  <BR> <BR> Here are the details:  <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE o... Mon, 19 May 2014 19:49:47 EST May 12-18: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57858760 Update your weight here for the beginning of the week: ______________ (you had an extra day this week!) <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> your weight loss goal this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 13 May 2014 11:37:09 EST May 12-18: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57858748 I'm SOOO sorry, ya'll! My life is upside down with work, putting in a pond in the backyard and other fooishness! If you don't see the post by noon on Monday's, somebody, will please hit me up in a message to find out why???? :D <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is an Esteem Week so we'll be doing something to help us feel good about ourselves (read: raise the self-esteem). <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that if you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, you are half way there! That's why I... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:36:03 EST May 5 -11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57768709 Place your start weight here: _____________ <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> the goal to lose this week: _______________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 5 May 2014 17:01:03 EST May 5 -11: Walk A Mile...or More!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57768688 Time for our Exercise MC this month! <BR> <BR> Let's get out our pedometers & see how many miles, as a team, we can walk for this weeks Exercise Mini-Challenge! Walking can be so beneficial for all body functions AND it can be counted as minutes exercised, if you wish for your tracker. <BR> <BR> For the Team Challenge though, we'll post in miles. Below is an example of how we'll each post what we've walked: <BR> <BR> IMW: 4 (Individual Miles Walked) <BR> TIMW: 6 (Total Ind Miles Walked) <B... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:58:34 EST Apr 28-May 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57678696 For the beginning of this week post either: <BR> <BR> Weight: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose: _________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:50:10 EST Apr 28-May 4: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57678687 One of our newer Mini-Challenges and one of the last in the 6 month rotation series! <BR> <BR> I have struggled with this for years, even after joining SP, and I often times still do. My plate is always full, even at the salad bar. So, I'm relying on you all to help me and each other again this week! <BR> <BR> Your MC for this week is to read the following SP Article: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Print it off if you have to a... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:49:12 EST Apr 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57594050 Start Weight this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight to Lose this week: ______________ <BR> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:29:35 EST Apr 21-27: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57594036 This is the hardest thing for me to do yet it's the biggest thing that helped me get my weight under control: SEEING exactly what I was eating. I had what SP calls "portion distortion". I still have it at times. I thought I was eating healthily when I would eat, say, some nuts....trouble was, I would eat the entire CAN of nuts. Not good. I didn't figure out how many extra calories I was packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with th... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:29:01 EST Apr 14-20: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57509671 Beginning weight this week: ___________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal weight to lose this week: ___________ <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:25 EST Apr 14-20: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57509667 Sometimes just "taking care of business" or getting around to it is what's needed for us to feel free to focus on ourselves! This week is our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. <BR> <BR> For instance, does your car need cleaned or straightened? How about your closet? Your room? Your office at work? Is there a box you've been meaning to go through or pictures you've been meaning to put in an album but you just haven't foun... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:16:41 EST April 7-13: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57433155 If all you do this week and be accountable for logging your weight, do it here: <BR> <BR> Weight: __________ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal to Lose this week: _____________ Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:53:50 EST April 7-13: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57433141 Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> And now, once again, I'm so happy about the MC this coming week...need to work out the body! It's Exercise Week!!! YAY! I've been suffering with Plantar Fascitis and haven't been able to do Zumba for 3 weeks. I'll do a little tonight in order to teach my class but otherwise, I'm taking it easy on the feet! <BR> <BR> I'm so sorry to be so late with posting this. I'm just crazy at work and being out of the country....blame it on Menopause Brain. :( <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:52:57 EST Mar 31-Apr 6: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57233735 So, how did you do on the HFCS challenge? Did it open your eyes? A little maybe? <BR> <BR> And here we go, on to the 2nd Intake Challenge in the monthly rotation! <BR> <BR> Did you know that nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough of iron as a nutrient? <BR> <BR> Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. It is particularly important for blood cells because iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues. This was... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:50:00 EST Mar 31-Apr 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57233700 Monday Weigh In: _______ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Weight to Lose this Week: _______ Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:46:49 EST Mar 24-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57233690 Monday Weigh In: _______ <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Weekly Goal Weight to Lose this Week: _______ Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:46:09 EST Mar 24-30: Say "No" to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57233683 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Sugar, well too much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!local paper. Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to my body and my diet. More so than I even knew way back then. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood the ma... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:45:12 EST Mar 17-23: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57170436 Weigh In for the Week: <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Amount to Lose for the Week: <BR> <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:22:04 EST March 17-23: Make Some Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57170425 Well, in the almost 5 years I've been Team Leader, this is the very first time I've missed posting the new Challenge on the Sunday prior or the Monday of. I'm sorry about that, guys. And, I'm going to say, let's look on the bright said and say that you've had a Monday off! Did you enjoy it? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are now at that point in the month for a "Motivational/Self Esteem" Mini-Challenge. Don't lose focus on your exercise and healthy eating though! This is to focus on our "... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:21:28 EST Mar 10-16: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57076924 Weigh In: <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Weight to Lose this week: <BR> <BR> <BR> Enter it here! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:14:01 EST Mar 10-16: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x57076903 Exercise Week! Who-Hoooooo! <BR> <BR> So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you (and me!) 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be the biggest contributors to a bloated abdominal area AND did you know that stress is a factor in belly fat? Read this article and find out more: <link>tinyurl.com/2ylxp7 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Read on! The MC for this week is to focus on our abdominal area by EITHER: <BR> 1) completing at least 100 Abdominal cr... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:12:24 EST March 3-9: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56990393 Start Weight: <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Goal Weight to Lose this Week: <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:27:36 EST March 3-9: CTC or Zzzzzz's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56990386 Oh, I am SO in need to this one this week! <BR> <BR> This week, the schedule calls for an Intake Challenge and we've made it a Choice Challenge this time, so you'll choose which of these MC will do you the most good for you! <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Intake some Zzzzzz's! <BR> <BR> Are you the type of person that folks describe as "burning the candle at both ends". Me too! Hopefully, I won't run out of candles anytime soon! Anyway, I've always figured that I'll sleep when I die! There is just to... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:26:49 EST Feb 24 - Mar 2: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56896356 Place either your start weight to work down from or your weight loss goal for the week to work up from, here! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:45:42 EST Feb 24 - Mar 2: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56896304 <BR> The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my diet because of digestion issues....but anyway....did you know that 85% of the population does not get enough calcium? And for women, it's SO important that we do. In fact, my doctor has told me that at my age (which I'm not telling :), I need to make SURE I get my RDA. <BR> <BR> This weeks MC is to get within the daily r... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:42:55 EST Feb 27-23: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56811355 This is the start of the week weigh in. Put your weight here and work down from there or put the goal weight you would like to lose during the week and work up from there. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:20:29 EST Feb 17-23: Simply x 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56811344 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy! <BR> <BR> SO, let's get on with it, shall we? <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:19:20 EST Feb 10-16: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56721254 Start your week off by placing your beginning weight here OR the amount you would like to lose by the end of the week! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> LB Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:41:44 EST Feb 10-16: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56721149 It's BACK! Here is your favorite Mini-Challenge back to ya again! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but others can, so this MC, you could say, is really for everyone elses' benefit as well as our own (wink wink). <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of years ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:32:28 EST Feb 3-9: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56630418 Place either your start weight for the week here or your goal weight loss by the end of the week! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:31:26 EST Feb 3-9: Sodium Meltdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56630392 This week on the Agenda is: <BR> <BR> Salt & Sodium: That's what we are going to concentrate on this upcoming week and how they can hinder us in our weight loss regimen. I did what could probably be called a 'fad' diet for several months prior to joining SP again in October 2006. It was all I was ready for at the time. I read the book and followed the directions for 10 days. It was good in that it had me eating 6-7 meals per day, all small, all healthy and it boasted (the attraction for me) ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:30:11 EST Jan 27-Feb 2: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56537467 Put your start weight here on Monday and work down (or up to your goal weight loss) from there! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:40:41 EST Jan 27-Feb 2: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56537425 Fiber Up Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> Welcome new members! This is the 2nd of our 6 month rotation of Mini-Challenges. Sometimes we change them up but this one is a "tried & true", so we keep it near to the starting point. <BR> <BR> For the new members: This team is set up for us to see Mini-Challenges during the month as follows: <BR> <BR> 2 weeks - Intake Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Exercise Mini-Challenge <BR> 1 week - Self Esteem Mini-Challenge <BR> <BR> This is week two of the month so... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:36:48 EST Jan 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56443383 Start weigh or goal weight to lose this week....post it here! <BR> <BR> I'm down to 147. Yay! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:41:45 EST Jan 20-26: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56443376 Hello all... <BR> <BR> It's Self-Esteem MC week so let's talk about some self-esteem, shall we? <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> We get different and interesting results every time this MC comes up! For some, it's a struggle but for others, it's just what the doctor ordered....see what you think! <BR> <BR> The following is most of the post from the 1st time we did this challenge, over years ago now! Wow! At the time, the team was brand new and I was close to my goal weight. I was struggling wit... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:41:04 EST Jan 13-19: Weigh In (Start!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56347002 Add your start weight here in this forum, for the week, or your goal weigh to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm at 150, I think...I wish everyone well! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:34:36 EST Jan 13-19: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56346991 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> While sometimes it's hard to get that water & fiber in but they are so useful to us in losing the weight. I hope some of you worked yourselves into a new habit anyway! :) <BR> <BR> Alrighty then, in keeping with the 2 Intake, 1 Exercise & 1 "Self-Esteem" MC idea, here is your "assignment" for the next week, should you choose to accept it: <BR> <BR> Go to My Trackers (top menu) , then click on the My Fitness page and then SEARCH for Strength Training Exercises. Fr... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:33:36 EST Jan 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56241331 Here is where you put either your weight loss goal for the week (no more than 2 pounds) OR you start weight. <BR> <BR> Personally, I'm going to start the year doing both: <BR> <BR> I'm at 151.4 pounds, ashamedly, as of yesterday (I did not weigh today). My goal is to lose 2 pounds by the end of this week. I'm starting over.... <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:28:04 EST Jan 6-12: Let's Drink Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56241303 Good morning, all! I'm going to do something I've never done before (horrors!) with this team and post this MC again. It comes to me that drinking water is THE single best thing we can do in our efforts to lose. So, let's play this one again, choose this Intake week as a 're-do' and it will give those who came on late and those who didn't go as great as they wanted, to do what this Team was designed to do: start over! <BR> <BR> Here is the post from last week: <BR> <BR> 64 or 1/2 in 24!... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:26:10 EST Dec 30-Jan 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56138722 Here is where you'll put your very first weigh in of the new year (in this rotation anyway!). <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> You can log in the amount of weight you'd like to lose this week (no more than 2 pounds!). <BR> <BR> Happy New Year and Welcome to the Mini-Challenge Team, if you are new! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:48:39 EST Dec 30-Jan 5: 64 or 1/2 in 24! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56138705 64 or 1/2 in 24!! <BR> <BR> Here we go again! This is our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the 6 months series (and of the new year) that we have in rotation. Next week we'll repeat an Intake MC, then we'll have an Exercise MC, and then a Self-Esteem MC the following week. ;) This is one of my all time favorites! Let's drink up! <BR> <BR> Option A is for you to drink 64 ozs. of liquid, preferably water, in 24 hours for 4 out of the 7 days the MC is in effect. The MC will include the usuall... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:47:18 EST I am new to this .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x56103495 Hi I am new in posting this group.. been reading here for a while but never got the nerve to post.. but this time I need some help I am way over my limit on the pounds.. I am shamefully saying its 209 pounds.. feel tired of feeling tired.. so here I am to get some motivation on moving forward.. yesterday I cleaned out my whole kitchen, today I brought some veggies and fruits.. told my husband to stop tempting me to show me love with other ways...yesterday I did the first day with no soda pops... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:24:23 EST Dec 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56068916 Place your start weight for the week here or your goal weight to lose this week! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:09:50 EST Dec 23-29: Clean, Visualize & Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x56068909 This is going to be our last challenge of the year/series and a new, motivational one! I've read a lot about motivating this morning and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! <BR> <BR> I know at this time of year, during the holidays, it's particularly hard to eat right and keep good things in the pantry. This week, just before the start of the new year, your challenge will be to clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that sa... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:09:12 EST Dec 16-22: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55997910 Here is where you put your start weight for the week or the amount you'd like to lose this week! <BR> <BR> Annnnnnnnnd GO! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:40:02 EST Dec 16-22: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55997905 Sometimes just "taking care of business" or "Gettin' er Done" is what's needed for us to feel free to focus on ourselves! This week is our clutter-removal challenge in an effort to down-size things around us that may be providing extra stress. Perfect timing for the holidays too! <BR> <BR> For instance, does your car need cleaned or straightened? How about your closet? Your room? Your office at work? Is there a box you've been meaning to go through or pictures you've been meaning to put in a... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:39:18 EST Dec 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55919745 Place your start weight for the week or your goal to lose here! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:30:18 EST Dec 9-15: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55919736 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>332</em> <em>318</em> <em>356</em> <em>216</em> <em>300</em> <em>256</em> <BR> <BR> See what you think of it....it has been a very popular MC.! Here you go: <BR> <BR> We will be the rulers of our own Exercise Plan and we'll each pledge how many minutes of exercise we think we can accomplish during the week. We'll post like this: <BR> <BR> LABryant: 60/3/180/180 <BR> <BR> What does that mean??? ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:29:43 EST Dec 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55837255 Place your start weight or the goal of what you would like to lose this week here in this forum! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:26:17 EST Dec 2-8: Eat 5 x 2 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55837249 Play it again, Sam! Usually, we do this one twice ....sooooo....ok, let's do it again!!! <BR> <BR> Because it's an Intake Challenge Week again so we are going to concentrate on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & vegetables (EACH!) per day. That's nice, but did you know that we can THRIVE on a diet that includes FIVE ser... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:25:37 EST Nov 25-Dec 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55760096 Well, good Monday morning! It's time again to put down either your start weight this week or your goal weight to lose this week. Put it right here! :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:52:03 EST Nov 25-Dec 1: Eat 5 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55760083 Ok, I've saved this for the US Thanksgiving week! It will make it easier! This week, it' back to the Intake Mini-Challenge and in the past this has been our most popular MC! <BR> <BR> As I said, it's an Intake Challenge Week so we are going to concentrate this week on what goes IN the body to help us either lose or maintain our weight or break through a plateau. <BR> <BR> Here are the details: <BR> <BR> They say that we can "survive" on a diet that includes 2-3 servings of fruits & veget... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:51:06 EST Nov 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55678754 Place your start weight or your goal loss weight to lose this week here! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:57:20 EST Nov 18-24: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55678649 This weeks MC is an Esteem Week so we'll be doing something to help us feel good about ourselves (read: raise the self-esteem). <BR> <BR> I'm a firm believer that if you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, you are half way there! That's why I include an Esteem MC every month. It is JUST AS important as exercise, the way you feel about yourself, your accomplishments, no matter how small, and your journey. <BR> <BR> This is once again a repeat one of our most popular challenges fr... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:50:01 EST Nov 11-17: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55594574 Put your goal weight to lose for the week here or your start weight & work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:58:22 EST Nov 11-17: Walk A Mile....or More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55594565 Alrighty! Time for our Exercise MC this month! <BR> <BR> Let's get out our pedometers & see how many miles, as a team, we can walk for this weeks Exercise Mini-Challenge! Walking can be so beneficial for all body functions AND it can be counted as minutes exercised, if you wish for your tracker. <BR> <BR> For the Team Challenge though, we'll post in miles. Below is an example of how we'll each post what we've walked: <BR> <BR> IMW: 4 (Individual Miles Walked) <BR> TIMW: 6 (Total Ind Miles ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:57:41 EST Nov 4 - 10: Weight In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55511099 Place your start weight for the week here or the goal amount to lose for the week. <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:08:24 EST Nov 4 - 10: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55511081 Sorry for the late post, ya'll...I seem to have gotten out of order and I've been spending this morning trying to get back on track! <BR> <BR> It's the biggest thing that helped me get my weight under control: SEEING exactly what I was eating. I had what SP calls "portion distortion". I still have it at times. I thought I was eating healthily when I would eat, say, some nuts....trouble was, I would eat the entire CAN of nuts. Not good. I didn't figure out how many extra calories I was packin... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:07:29 EST Oct 28 - Nov 3: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55421480 Well, here we are at weigh in again. :D <BR> <BR> Place either your start weight or goal weight to lose for this week in this section! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:50:08 EST Oct 28 - Nov 3: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55421465 Here is the 50 ways MC. This week, it may be as simple as NOT eating the Halloween candy (for those in the US). Does Europe do a Trick or Treat type thing? <BR> <BR> Anyway, we've only done this one a few times. I like it though because it has me looking at my calorie count very closely. :D <BR> <BR> So, this week we're going to work on finding some places where we can make an easy cut in our intake calories. The following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:49:00 EST Oct 21-27: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55335965 Place either your start weight or goal weight loss here in this form and WORK! (Ok, so I let my Britney show! LOL) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:59:25 EST Oct 21-27: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55335957 One of our newer Mini-Challenges and one of the last in the 6 month rotation series! <BR> <BR> I have struggled with this for years, even after joining SP, and I often times still do. My plate is always full, even at the salad bar. So, I'm relying on you all to help me and each other again this week! <BR> <BR> Your MC for this week is to read the following SP Article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Print it off if you hav... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:58:19 EST Oct 14-20: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55254570 Place your start weight here and work down from there! OR Place your goal of what you would like to lose this week here and work up from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:19:36 EST Oct 14-20: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55254553 It's motivation week! I'd like to know what motivates you? I have a hard time pinning it down for myself a lot. I found that giving myself food or other kinds of "prizes" does not work for me. I was motivated to focus & be committed, however, when I knew I had a cruise coming up and I wanted to look good in a bikini....THAT motivated me. But what else is there to being motivated, to staying committed? Is it a plan? A vision? How about having a deadline? <BR> <BR> I have candy in the cupboard... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:18:25 EST Oct 7-13: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55172263 Place your start weight here and work down from there! OR Place your goal of what you would like to lose this week here and work up from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:35:47 EST Oct 7-13: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55172224 Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I hope that even if you didn't make the MC for Iron last week that it opened your eyes and made you more aware of the nutrients we need and of what is going in our bodies, exactly. <BR> <BR> And now, once again, I'm so happy about the MC this coming week...need to work out the body! It's Exercise Week!!! YAY! <BR> <BR> In keeping with our set schedule of 2 Intake Challenges, 1 Exercise Challenge & 1 Self-Improvement Challenge, this week falls on an Exercise Chal... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:33:27 EST Sept 30 - Oct 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55081059 Alrighty! Back from vacation and scared to weigh! BUT, place your start weight here or you goal weight to lose for the week and work down from there! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> LB Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:20:50 EST Sept 30 - Oct 6: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x55081049 So, how did you do on the HFCS challenge? Did it open your eyes? A little maybe? <BR> <BR> And here we go, on to the 2nd Intake Challenge in the monthly rotation! <BR> <BR> Did you know that nearly 70% of Americans don't get enough of iron as a nutrient? <BR> <BR> Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. It is particularly important for blood cells because iron is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues. This was... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:19:32 EST Sept 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54999231 Either place your start weight or your weight loss goal for the week here and WORK IT! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:16:03 EST Sept 23-29: Say "No" to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54999220 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Sugar, well too much refined sugar, sucrose, fructose, etc. is not good for you! And it's in just about everything these days! It's important to check labels before buying and ingesting!local paper. Intake of too much sugar, and especially items with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can be detrimental to my body and my diet. More so than I even knew way back then. <BR> <BR> We cannot stop the barrage of chocolate and other sweet delectables that flood th... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:15:01 EST Sept 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54909304 Place either your start weight or goal weight to lose for this week right here!!! Good luck and happy eating this week!!! Perhaps I should change that to: Good Choices and Healthy Eating! <BR> <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> L. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:05:47 EST Sept 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54909070 Place either your start weight or goal weight to lose for this week right here!!! Good luck and happy eating this week!!! Perhaps I should change that to: Good Choices and Healthy Eating! <BR> <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> L. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:37:04 EST Sept 16-22: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54909015 We are now at that point in the month for a "Motivational/Self Esteem" Mini-Challenge. Don't lose focus on your exercise and healthy eating though! This is to focus on our "inner selves" and get things going in the right direction along with your bodies! Um posting from my phone in New Orleans so this may not have all the bells and whistles like links, I usually put...sorry! <BR> <BR> So, this is "Pass It Forward" Week. <BR> <BR> A friend told me something really important a few years ago a... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:32:00 EST Sept 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54831369 Place either your start weight or your goal weight loss for the week here....or both! Your choice!! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:17:20 EST Sept 9-15: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54831353 So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you (and me!) 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be the biggest contributors to a bloated abdominal area AND did you know that stress is a factor in belly fat? Read this article and find out more: <link>tinyurl.com/2ylxp7 </link> <BR> <BR> Read on! The MC for this week is to... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:16:09 EST Sept 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54748866 Put your start weight for the week here or post the goal weight to lose for the week. <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:14:40 EST Sept 2-8: CTC or Zzzzz's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54748846 Oh, I am in need to this one this week! Dragon*Con 2013 is wrapping up today and I was in attendance all 3 of the last days, getting in bed at 2 and waking up early to work some panels. ACK! <BR> <BR> This week, the schedule calls for an Intake Challenge and we've made it a Choice Challenge this time, so you'll choose which of these MC will do you the most good for you! <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Intake some Zzzzzz's! <BR> <BR> Are you the type of person that folks describe as "burning the cand... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:13:01 EST mood lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54674420 I need to ex <em>40</em> ercise in target heart rare every day for 20 minutes to fight depression right now. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:51:08 EST Aug 26-Sep 1: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54660216 Post your start weight here for the week and work down OR place your goal weight that you would like to lose this week here and work up! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:20:57 EST Aug 26-Sep 1: Pie Eating Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54660190 Are you relaxed??? <BR> This coming week, we are going to have a Pie Eating Contest!! <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> <em>192</em> <em>496</em> <em>471</em> <em>480</em> <em>22</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> But, don't get too excited folks...it's not THAT kind of pie! Instead, think "Pie Chart!" and you'll be on the right track! <BR> <BR> This is an Intake Challenge week. For the newbies, I'll just review the Team setup really quick like: <BR> <BR> Week 1 & 2: Intake Challenge ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:19:34 EST Aug 19-25: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54574738 It's the beginning of the week and the beginning of a new MC, so place your start weight here OR the # you would like to lose this week! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:45:04 EST Aug 19-25: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54574724 This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy! <BR> <BR> SO, let's get on with it, shall we? <BR> <BR> How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:44:07 EST Aug 12-18: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54492029 Place your start weight here this morning or your goal weight loss! <BR> <BR> Work down from there. <BR> <BR> Simple idea. <BR> <BR> Harder to commit to. <BR> <BR> YOU can do it!! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:38:24 EST Aug 12-18: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54492014 Posting late as I haven't had internet since last Wednesday, ya'll!!!! ACK! Just came back up less than 5 mins ago, so here's your new MC for this week: <BR> <BR> It's BACK! Here is your favorite Mini-Challenge back to ya again! <BR> <BR> And it's that time again!!! Exercise Challenge Week!!!! <BR> <BR> Here is next's weeks MC! Hopefully you will have time to watch the video and get prepped for it! <BR> <BR> We will focus this week on the part of us that we can't see very well but other... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:37:20 EST July 29 through Aug. 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54466971 I'm finding it best to keep weekly mini challenges simple. Mine is still 20 min of aerobic exercise, 10 min of core work 10 min of stretches every day. usually I exceed my goal if i get started. I,m not sure how to categorize walking about 3 miles an hour as it doesn't get me into target heart rate. Any ideas? Sat, 10 Aug 2013 06:50:43 EST Aug 5-11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54408991 Place your start weight here or your goal weight to lose this week! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:17:04 EST Aug 5-11: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54408969 So sorry, ya'll! I had an emergency scare with one of my dogs. We think he got into some rat poisoning in the cabin we were in in the Smoky Mountains...anyway, we rushed him to the vet and everything will be fine now but posting wasn't the first thing on my mind. I'm so so sorry to be posting this so late...... <BR> <BR> The Mini-Challenge for next week is something we've done a few times and something that I still struggle with, though I'm trying to weed out some of the dairy from my die... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:15:00 EST Jul 29 - Aug 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54306935 Ok, how did you do last week concentrating on only your efforts? Let's discuss! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:59:55 EST Jul 29 - Aug 4: Sodium Meltdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54306923 How did everyone do last week? Don't forget to post in last weeks forum so you can get Crowned! <BR> <BR> This week on the Agenda is: <BR> <BR> Salt & Sodium: That's what we are going to concentrate on this upcoming week and how they can hinder us in our weight loss regimen. I did what could probably be called a 'fad' diet for several months prior to joining SP again in October 2006. It was all I was ready for at the time. I read the book and followed the directions for 10 days. It was good... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:58:47 EST