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 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 Jul 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54218724 Don't let the title fool you! It's a starting point from which to work from...put your start weight for the week here on Monday morning OR the pounds you'd like to lose this week. Running totals are ok. <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:50:35 EST Jul 22-28: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54218713 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 with... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:49:20 EST Jul 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54129893 On Monday morning, if this helps you, place your start weight here and work down or place the number of pounds you'd like to lose this week and work down (or up) from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:36:38 EST Jul 15-21: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54129875 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> How did you do on your Fiber Intake? Whether you made the MC or not, you've got to feel good about yourself in the attempt, right? <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... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:35:40 EST Jul 8-14: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54038076 On Monday morning, place either your start weight or your goal to lose by next Monday here in this forum! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:00:36 EST Jul 8-14: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x54038065 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... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:59:36 EST Jul 1-7: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53952047 Post here your Monday weight and work down from there OR post your mini goal of how much you'd like to lose this week and GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> L. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:08:09 EST Jul 1-7: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53952014 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 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 Weight Weigh-... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:06:17 EST help,Im walking regularly but no wweaty aerobic ex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53947272 I missed s a race this morning and really down on myself. Help. <em>39</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:25:31 EST I am new to this...need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x53893675 Well, first I need help losing weight so I thought this was a good place to be. Secondly, I need help finding the weekly challenge. Is it at the start of the weekly forum? or the end. I have scanned through for the first week and can't find it. Could someone help me please? Thank you in advance. Oh, I weigh 183. I want to weigh 139 which is right for my heigth of 5' 4.5" So it will take some time to get there but I am hoping the minichallenges will start motivate me. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:23:50 EST Jun 24-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53865515 Place your start weight here and work down from there.....OR.....place your goal loss this week here and shoot for it! <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:24:26 EST Jun 24-30: Clean, Visualize & Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53865502 This is going to be our last challenge of the rotation and a new, motivational one! I've read a lot about motivating when I first posted this and I've seen something that I think may help...but first, let's get into the kitchen! Next week, we start the rotation over, so let's prepare ourselves for the next 6 months! <BR> <BR> This week, just before the start of the new rotation, your challenge will be to clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of the foods that sabotage your weight ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:23:30 EST June 17-23: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53774962 Place your start weight here on Monday morning OR put how much you would like to lose this week and track that! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:09:18 EST June 17-23: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53774942 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 following Sparkpeople article gives us 50 different places where we can cut 100 or so calories: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1183 </link> <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:08:35 EST June 10-16: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53674039 Place your start weight here or how much you would like to lose this week! <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:22:43 EST June 10-16: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53674019 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, 9 Jun 2013 19:21:52 EST Jun 3-9: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53585632 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Place your start weight here and/or indicate how much weight you would like to lose by the end of this week (mini-goal). <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:16:50 EST Jun 3-9: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53585617 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... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:15:51 EST May 27 - June 2: Weight In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53497110 Place your weight here on Monday or the weight goal you would like to lose this week! :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 27 May 2013 12:55:07 EST Mat 27- June 2: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53497103 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! Sorry this is late...it's Memorial Day in the States and I was up late last night celebrating! :D <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>357</em> <em>311</em> <em>405</em> <em>350</em> <em>358</em> <em>324</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 ... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:54:08 EST May 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53402170 Here we go!!! Place your start weight here for the week OR your mini goal of how much you'd like to lose. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 19 May 2013 18:05:27 EST May 20-26: Eat 5 x 2 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53402164 GREAT JOB, everyone. 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... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:03:57 EST May 13-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53325693 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Time to log in your start weight for the week OR list a mini-goal of how much you would like to lose this week! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 13 May 2013 08:53:00 EST May 13-19: Eat 5 x 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53325666 GREAT JOB, everyone, on your walking!! <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 & vegetables (EACH!) per day. Tha... Mon, 13 May 2013 08:52:03 EST May 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53238995 Good Morning! Time to log in your start weight OR list your weight loss goal for the week! <BR> <BR> I'm not at a place where there is a scale, so I'll weigh either tomorrow or a couple of days from now! <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 6 May 2013 09:08:52 EST May 6-12: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53238977 Sorry for the late post, ya'll! I've been in the Smoky Mountains and the internet is sketchy. I've got a connection this morning, so I'm taking advantage of it now! <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 ... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:07:35 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53159846 Hello ,here I am 3 yrs later and starting over...I was here before and I lost 15 lbs in less 4 mos. I was on a roll...THEN, I took a week long trip ,just got out of my routine....and here I am now..found all my lost weight, and then some, and I finally decided that I have to try this again..With the great moral support I received last time, i did great..So I ask of you to help me out and I will get back on track again .Thanks in advance and good luck to all of you as well <em>39</em> <em>... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:53:53 EST Apr 29-May 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53145648 Place your start weight here on Monday morning OR log how many pounds you would like to lose in the upcoming week as a goal. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try for another 2! :D <BR> <BR> Good luck all! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:34:41 EST Apr 29-May 5: Walk A Mile...or More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53145635 Alrighty! Time for our another 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 In... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:33:18 EST Apr 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53063649 Place your start weight here on your Monday morning OR log how many pounds you would like to lose this week. <BR> <BR> I'm going for 2 pounds again! :D <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:21:37 EST Apr 22-28: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x53063632 Sorry for the late post, ya'll! <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 packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with th... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:20:41 EST Apr 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52967355 Place your start weight here on Monday morning OR declare how much you would like to lose this week. I declared 2 pounds last week and as of today was at 1.8 pounds lost....so close! <BR> <BR> I like the idea of posting a mini-weekly goal of desired weight loss. It goes with the tone of this entire group...working in the "mini", taking baby steps! :D <BR> <BR> So, tomorrow morning, whichever you feel...just post! <BR> <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> L. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:58:42 EST April 15-21: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52967337 Sometimes just "taking care of business" or "Getn' 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 Spring Cleaning 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... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:56:19 EST April 8-14: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52872244 Place your start weight here and work down from there this coming week, OR, if you prefer, put your goal for what you would like to lose here and then work on it this week. <BR> <BR> I'd like to lose 2 pounds this week....how about you? <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:44:49 EST April 8-14: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52872230 Hello Everyone!!! <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 Challeng... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:43:20 EST April 1-7: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52769532 Put your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:53:06 EST April 1-7: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52769502 So, ow did you do on the HFCS challenge? Did it open your eyes? A little maybe? <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it! <BR> <BR> And here we go, on to the 2nd Intake Challenge of the month! <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 ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:51:15 EST May 25-31: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52683284 Place your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> LB Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:28:12 EST May 25-31: Say "No" to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52683254 Hello all! <BR> <BR> The last few times when we did this MC, Easter and Halloween have been upon us (coincidence? nahhhh), and no matter what religion you are, both of these are sugary holidays so it's going to be around, in the stores, possibly right under your nose! <BR> About Candy..... <BR> How do you rationalize eating bad-for-you stuff? <BR> "Oh, I'll just eat a couple pieces of candy and it won't be so bad" <BR> "A mini-sized bar...less than 100 calories!" <BR> "My child won't miss a ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:26:32 EST gastrorn55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x52637922 hello, 2 years ago, I was deteremined to lose weight. I joined spark people on my pc. as usual, I fell off the wagon, and here I am 2 years later 20lbs heavier. I am so discouraged. Not only am I 20 heavier, I have lupus, arthritis, pre-diabetes and severe back pain from arthritis. I have had to have chemotherapy for my lupus, consisting of 4 consecutive weeks and PT for my back pain. If I could lose the 100 lbs I need to lose, I would feel so much better, if I could only buy willpower!... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:49:57 EST Mar 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52578194 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:19:49 EST May 18-24: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52578181 Greetings all! How do those abs feel? Pretty good, I hope! <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 "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: "... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:18:41 EST Mar 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52477797 Post your start weight here on Monday Morning! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:24:18 EST Mar 11-17: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52477790 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> <BR> Read on! The MC for this week is to focus on our... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:23:27 EST Mar 4-10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52371527 On Monday morning, place your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:05:50 EST Mar 4-10: CTC or Zzzzzz's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52371516 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... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:05:15 EST Feb 25-Mar 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52267296 Add you start weight here Monday morning as something to work down from! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:51:00 EST Feb 25-Mar 3: Pie Eating Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52267283 Are you relaxed??? <BR> This coming week, we are going to have a Pie Eating Contest!! <BR> <BR> <em>22</em> <em>480</em> <em>228</em> <em>192</em> <em>76</em> <em>496</em> <em>135</em> <em>310</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: In... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:50:15 EST Feb 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52173649 Put your start weight (or measurements) here and work down from there this week! <BR> ! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:04:36 EST Feb 18-24: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52173622 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, 18 Feb 2013 09:02:48 EST Feb 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52069343 Place your start weight here and work down from there this week! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:51:13 EST Feb 11-17: Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x52069333 It's BACK! It's in the BACK! Ok, well, 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> emoticon <BR> <BR> S... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:50:20 EST Feb 4-10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51963167 Place your start weight here for the week and work down from there! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:17:24 EST Feb 4-10: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51963159 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... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:16:40 EST i am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51848725 my name is ruthie i live in chicago ill.i have lots to loose .i am looking forward this new body in my near future. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:26:50 EST Jan 28 - Feb 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51848566 Ok, folks, put your start weight here! How did you do from last weeks' Mini-Challenge? <BR> <BR> Let's discuss! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:17:59 EST Jan 28-Feb 3: Sodium Meltdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51848539 How did everyone do last week? Don't forget to post in last weeks forum so you can get Crowned! <BR> <BR> I kinda wish I would have read this before I ate a few boiled peanuts earlier. ARGH! Well, 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 wa... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:16:55 EST Jan 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51733501 Put your start weight here on 1/21/13 and then don't peek again until next Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:42:10 EST Jan 21-27: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51733484 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 w... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:41:01 EST Jan 14-20: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51628699 Place your start weight here on Monday morning....work down....that's how it works! :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:18:56 EST Jan 14-20: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51628690 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> How did you do on your Fiber Intake? Whether you made the MC or not, you've got to feel good about yourself in the attempt, right? <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 choos... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:18:07 EST Jan 7-13: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51508181 Going back to the weigh in Forum as we had limited participation in the Monthly challenges. <BR> <BR> Put your start weight for the week here and work down from there! This is not mandatory but some people find it helps to track their weight this way. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:10:44 EST Jan 7-13: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51508157 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... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:09:21 EST Dec 31-Jan 6: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51400819 64 or 1/2 in 24 <BR> <BR> This will be our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the series and of the New Year. 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 Weight Weigh-In & it will also inclu... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:21:07 EST Dec 24-30: Clean, Visualize & Win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51314604 This is going to be our last challenge of the year 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 sabotag... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:59:25 EST Dec 17-23: Snack Attack" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51236979 Hello All! <BR> <BR> This coming up weeks' Mini-Challenge (MC) we are still concentrating on our Intake. This weeks MC is not snacking after the evening meal. <BR> <BR> We are often encouraged to eat the majority of our calories (those litte buggers we've been logging & counting this past week) during the day. Why? Because that is when we are the most active and are most likely to burn them. Makes sense, right? <BR> <BR> But then (cue Jaws music) come the night-time cravings...the desire f... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 01:35:53 EST Dec 17-23: Snack Attack" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51236978 Hello All! <BR> <BR> This coming up weeks' Mini-Challenge (MC) we are still concentrating on our Intake. This weeks MC is not snacking after the evening meal. <BR> <BR> We are often encouraged to eat the majority of our calories (those litte buggers we've been logging & counting this past week) during the day. Why? Because that is when we are the most active and are most likely to burn them. Makes sense, right? <BR> <BR> But then (cue Jaws music) come the night-time cravings...the desire f... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 01:35:35 EST Dec 10-16: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51150627 See above...I goofed and posted the wrong challenge! <BR> <BR> Sorry, my Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:52:09 EST December 2012: Monthly MC-Weekend Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51058976 This is the MC for the first week in December and we are going to carry it through the entire month because it's such an important one. <BR> <BR> Your MC for this month, weekends only, 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 have to and for every weekend in the montht, aim for getting the proper number of portions for each food group outlined in the article. I've condensed it... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:10:41 EST Dec 3-9: Portion Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x51058945 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, 2 Dec 2012 19:07:59 EST Nov 26-Dec 2: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50966683 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, 25 Nov 2012 23:11:27 EST Nov 19-25: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50881875 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>355</em> <em>350</em> <em>216</em> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>355</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 <B... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:51:17 EST butt what http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50801428 Where are the butt blasting exercises? Thanks Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:24:22 EST Nov 12-18: 5 x 2 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50787212 GREAT JOB, everyone. 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... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:34:45 EST Nov 5-11: Eat 5 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50693546 Last time we did this MC, it was in May of this year, so it's time to repeat it. It's 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 & vegetable... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:03:50 EST Nov 2012: Monthly MC - Weekend Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50675511 I know what you're thinking: that was an awfully long shower! Well, here is your Monthly Mini-Challenge for the weekends in November! <BR> <BR> This month, we are going to walk! Also, it will help that we are supposed to be walking this week and it will just carry over! <BR> <BR> Keep the pedometers out & focus on walking this month! Just 10 mins here and there on the weekends will keep you primed for your weekly workouts! <BR> <BR> For the Monthly Team Challenge we'll post just as ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:50:04 EST Oct 29 - Nov 4: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50597614 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, 29 Oct 2012 09:28:49 EST Oct 22-28: Walk A Mile...or More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50491637 Alrighty! Time for our another 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 In... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:52:47 EST Oct 15-21: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50392166 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 that? <BR> <BR> The MC this week is to make ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:57:55 EST Oct 2012: Monthly MC-Weekend Edition!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50288047 Log It Weekends! <BR> <BR> Ok, ya'll, for this month's MC, we are going to concentrate on logging everything we eat on the Weekend when we eat it. We will miss this weekend as I posted this late but you have the rest of the weekends this month to post your calories to your Spark! <BR> <BR> Log it, Win It! <BR> <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> L. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:59:46 EST Oct 8-14: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50288003 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 Spring Cleaning 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 an album but you just haven't found the time? <BR> <BR> Well, THIS is the week for it folks! What better time to get th... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:56:37 EST Oct 1-7: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50178708 Hello Everyone!!! <BR> I know I'm behind on giving out the GC Awards, but I will get to it this week, promise! <BR> <BR> 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 Challenge. This is one of my favorite weeks. This year, we've already mastered the Butt Blaster Workout, Abdomi... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:12:09 EST Starting Over...Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x50086416 Hello everyone, my name is Deena. I'm 36 and I have a 16 year old daughter who just started driving and is getting ready to go on her first date. Times are exciting and busy in my life right now. I am trying to lose 30 lbs hopefully in the next 5 months. I'm not very good at staying motivated! I tend to give up rather quickly. This is probably the 100th time I've started over. Well I guess not giving up is the key. Maybe one of these times I might actually meet my goal, LOL. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:52:25 EST Sept 24-30: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x50075063 Ok, I'm back from vacation, ya'll!!! How did you do on the HFCS challenge? <BR> <BR> On to the 2nd Intake Challenge of the month! <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 taken from a website: <BR> <BR... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:09:53 EST Crunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49974645 Im new to this Team - <BR> On Monday - For the week I will do 500 Crunches <BR> Monday 500/80 <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:58:56 EST Sept 17-23: Say NO to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49969410 Hello all! <BR> <BR> The last few times when we did this MC, Easter and Halloween have been upon us (coincidence? nahhhh), and no matter what religion you are, both of these are sugary holidays so it's going to be around, in the stores, possibly right under your nose! <BR> About Candy..... <BR> How do you rationalize eating bad-for-you stuff? <BR> "Oh, I'll just eat a couple pieces of candy and it won't be so bad" <BR> "A mini-sized bar...less than 100 calories!" <BR> "My child won't miss a... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 02:22:40 EST Sept 10-16: Make Some Magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49842169 Greetings all! How do those abs feel? Pretty good, I hope! <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 "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 (I just sai... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:57:49 EST Sept 3-9: 100 Crunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49747678 Sorry this is late...I was at Dragon*Con all weekend. If you don't know what that is, Google it for some insane images! :) <BR> <BR> So here it is! The dreaded but oh so good for you 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> Even prior to the first time we did this MC, I have been working on my abs. I include crunches in my work out at the gym 3x each week but this MC will help me... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:07:06 EST Sept 2012: Monthly MC-Weekend Edition!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49677621 Here is our 2nd monthly weekend Mini-Challenge....remember, this is ONLY for the weekends: Saturday & Sunday for each of the weekends in the month. <BR> <BR> Here's how it will go: Read the following from a blog: <BR> <link>www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/06/tips-<BR>to-stay-on-track-over-the-weekend/ </link> <BR> In it, there is a list of 11 tips for staying on track on the weekends; keeping your motivation high, success! In a nutshell they are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay focused and consi... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:19:28 EST Aug 26-Sept 2: CTC or Zzzzzz's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49640546 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... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:15:04 EST Aug 20-26: Pie Eating Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49533352 Are you relaxed??? <BR> This coming week, we are going to have a Pie Eating Contest!! <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> <em>480</em> <em>496</em> <em>22</em> <em>471</em> <em>480</em> <em>496</em> <em>22</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, 19 Aug 2012 20:33:21 EST Aug 13-19: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49428420 This week, we're on Week 4 of the month 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'm... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:37:22 EST August 2012: Monthly MC-Weekend Edition!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49383865 For the first time in the history of the Starting Over MC Team (4+ years!), we are going to change it up a bit and offer a MC (Mini-Challenge) for the month of August....but here's the kicker: it's ONLY for the weekends: Saturday & Sunday for each of the weekends in the month. <BR> <BR> Here's how it will go: Read the following from a blog: <BR> <link>www.eatingbirdfood.com/2012/06/tips-<BR>to-stay-on-track-over-the-weekend/ </link> <BR> In it, there is a list of 11 tips for staying o... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 14:20:58 EST Aug 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49323838 On Monday morning, place your start weight here if you feel like it helps to keep track. :) <BR> <BR> L. <BR> <em>192</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:25:16 EST Aug 6-12: Bootylicious in 6 Mins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49323816 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> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of years ago, I had added most of it to my weekly workouts. I ha... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:23:34 EST Jul 30 - Aug 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49212819 Put your start weigh here on Monday morning and work down from there! :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:40:38 EST Jul 30 - Aug 5: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49212807 The Mini-Challenge for next week is probably not 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 ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:39:40 EST Jul 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49107530 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:26:44 EST Jul 23-29: Sodium Meltdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49107511 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, 22 Jul 2012 22:25:11 EST Jul 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49000796 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:55:16 EST Jul 16-22: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x49000787 Hello all... <BR> <BR> It's Self-Esteem MC week! emoticon <BR> <BR> We get different and interesting results every time this MC comes up! For some, it's a struggle. For some, 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. At the time, the team was brand new and I was close to my goal weight. I was struggling with making eating well a lifestyle change; trying to see my involvement in SP as more th... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:54:35 EST Jul 9-15: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48896670 It's this weeks' weigh in!! If you feel it helps, go ahead and post your Monday morning weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:05:56 EST Jul 9-15: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48896652 Hello Teammates! SO SORRY for the late post...out of town this past weekend! <BR> <BR> How did you do on your Fiber Intake? Whether you made the MC or not, you've got to feel good about yourself in the attempt, right? <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,... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:05:01 EST Jul 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48783795 Place your start weight here on Monday Morning & work down from there! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:46:38 EST Jul 2-8: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48783778 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 mont... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:45:16 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48694343 Mon only 16 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:30:22 EST June 25 - July 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48675389 If you feel it help, place your start weight her on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:22:43 EST June 25-July 1: 64 or 1/2 in 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48675373 64 or 1/2 in 24 <BR> <BR> This will be our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the series. 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 Weight Weigh-In & it will also include logging in daily ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:21:46 EST Jun 18-24: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48569712 Post your start weight here for the week and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:33:24 EST Jun 18-24: Portion Distortion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48569702 One of our newer Mini-Challenges and the last one (or one of the last ones, I haven't decided yet) of the 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> ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:32:24 EST Jun 11-17: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48468094 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there. <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:17:00 EST Jun 11-17: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48468091 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... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:16:18 EST Jun 4-10: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48360939 On Monday morning, place your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:58:48 EST Jun 4-10: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48360915 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> <em>131</em> <em>318</em> <em>278</em> <em>313</em> <em>260</em> <em>131</em> <em>318</em> <em>278</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... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:57:11 EST May 28 - Jun 3: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48255293 Put your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 27 May 2012 21:32:41 EST May 28 - Jun 3: Eat 5 x 2 x 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48255281 GREAT JOB, everyone. Usually, we do this one twice and having just come off an MC that we just did twice, I'm not really sure how I feel about it but I do know this: if I concentrate on getting my fruits & veggies in daily, I tend to eat much, much better....sooooo....ok, let's do it again!!! This is helping me! How is it helping you? <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... Sun, 27 May 2012 21:31:45 EST May 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48158880 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! :) <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 20 May 2012 22:13:17 EST May 21-27: Eat 5 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48158876 GREAT JOB, everyone, on your List 4, Pick 1 MC...looks like everyone who participated enjoyed getting at least one thing done!!! Yay! <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 ... Sun, 20 May 2012 22:12:36 EST May 14-20: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48053643 Place your start weight here if you feel it will help you to keep track, on Monday! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 13 May 2012 21:46:19 EST May 14-20: List 4, Pick 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x48053618 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... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:44:01 EST May 7-13: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47942997 It's time to log our weight again! If you want to, post your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 6 May 2012 19:11:18 EST May 7-13: Walk a Mile...or more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47942985 Alrighty! Time for our another 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 I... Sun, 6 May 2012 19:10:11 EST Apr 30-May 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47828031 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:15:49 EST Apr 30-May 6: Eat It, Log It, Post It x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47828014 Ok, back by popular demand...and I didn't see anyone dissent, so we're doing it again....Eat It, Log It, Post It once again!!! <BR> <BR> Here I'm posting it again so that you don't have to go to last weeks to read it: <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 th... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:15:02 EST New to this challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x47823061 Hi everyone my name is Bri and I am from Georgia. I'm not knew to Spark I've been on since 2009 but haven't used it in a while and decided to come back because I really enjoyed it when I did use before. So I'm here for a little extra kick and motivation! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:09:04 EST April 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47702577 Post your start weight here on Monday morning! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:34:51 EST April 23-29: Eat It, Log It, Post It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47702571 <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 packing on until I started logging everything that went into my mouth. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with that? <BR> <BR> The MC this week is ... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:34:10 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x47631450 Hi. I turned 40 last year and was on a mission to be as fit as ever. I have since jumped off the wagon and am back to my yo-yoing ways. I know how to lose, I am just finding it hard to get going again. I'm hoping to find a way to be accountable on a daily basis. Any suggestions??? Thanks! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:42:46 EST April 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47600489 Place your start weight here (if you want) and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 23:10:43 EST April 16-22: Get a Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47600476 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 Spring Cleaning 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 an album but you just haven't found the time? <BR> <BR> Well, THIS is the week for it folks! What better time to get t... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 23:10:06 EST April 9-15: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47486313 On Monday, place your start weight here and work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:45:04 EST April 9-15: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47486306 Hello Everyone!!! 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 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 fo... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:44:21 EST April 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47376395 On Monday morning, place your start weight here and work down from there. It's not required but some people feel it makes them more accountable. <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:04:59 EST April 2-8: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47376338 How did you do on the HFCS challenge? <BR> <BR> On to the 2nd Intake Challenge of the month! <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 taken from a website: <BR> <BR> "If you don't have enough iron you ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:00:45 EST Me time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x47373577 What is that? <BR> How do I find time for it? <BR> How long should I take? <BR> What should I do in it? <BR> <BR> I hear lots of folks talking about me-time, but I do not have the answers to the questions above! <BR> Any Ideas welcome Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:44:07 EST Mar 26-Apr 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47251878 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there!!! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:31:24 EST Mar 26-Apr 1: Say NO to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47251867 Hello all! <BR> <BR> The last few times when we did this MC, Easter and Halloween have been upon us (coincidence? nahhhh), and no matter what religion you are, both of these are sugary holidays so it's going to be around, in the stores, possibly right under your nose! <BR> About Candy..... <BR> How do you rationalize eating bad-for-you stuff? <BR> "Oh, I'll just eat a couple pieces of candy and it won't be so bad" <BR> "A mini-sized bar...less than 100 calories!" <BR> "My child won't miss a... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:30:39 EST Mar 19-25: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47146660 Place your start weight here and work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:15:12 EST Mar 19-25: Pass It Forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47146638 Greetings all! How do those abs feel? Pretty good, I hope! <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 "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 when nee... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:14:01 EST Mar 12-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47025461 Place your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:42:16 EST Mar 12-19: 100 Crunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x47025449 Well, here it is folks! The dreaded but oh so good for you 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> Even prior to the first time we did this MC, I have been working on my abs. I include crunches in my work out at the gym 3x each week but this MC will help me (us) focus on them this week exclusively. Aren't we LUCKY?!? <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined sugar goes and salt may be t... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:41:38 EST Mar 5-11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46907271 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:41:30 EST Mar 5-11: CTC or Zzzzzz's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46907260 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, d... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:40:41 EST A Health Coach in need of coaching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46798211 Hello, ALL! My name is Rikki...I'm brand new to the site and looking forward to changing my life! I'm employed as a Health Coach in a Women's Wellness Center and decided it's time to lead by example. I would like to become healthier for me first and foremost, but I would also like to teach from experience. Thanks for having me! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:45:16 EST Feb 27 - Mar 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46780175 Place your start weight here and work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:06:48 EST Feb 27 - Mar 4: Pie Eating Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46780158 Are you relaxed??? And did I trick you with the title? No, you didn't read wrong, we are going to have a Pie Eating Contest next week!! <BR> <BR> <em>480</em> <em>471</em> <em>496</em> <em>76</em> <em>480</em> <em>471</em> <em>496</em> <em>76</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 q... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:06:06 EST lwisey looking forward to the new me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46730903 Hi ! My name is Linda , I hope this program works for me !!!!!! very excited. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:29:29 EST Feb 20-26: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46666549 How about it? Weigh in here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:44:08 EST Feb 20-26: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46666541 This week, we're on Week 4 of the month 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! And, obviously, I need to simplify a little something something in my life since I didn't even remember to post this MC until this MORNING....sorry ya'll! <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 guilt... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:43:34 EST Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46662349 hey i am Victoria and i am just starting this website. i hope it will help me to achieve my goal. i would like to lose weight for me and for my fiance so that i can look and feel more beautiful. i am looking forward to this experience and cant wait to start . Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:33:34 EST Help me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46617459 hi there, im having trouble with depression. if anyone is dealing with the same problems. please msg me.. i could really use the help Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:04:15 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46613019 i am new to this group, i am still lost after reading eveything. Can anyone further assist me? <BR> <BR> 244 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:06:44 EST On my way to the NEW ME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46581701 Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and look forward to successfully getting and staying on the right track to lose weight. My current weight is 210 at 5'3 and my goal is to be down to 140. I know I have a bit to go but I'm ready to do what it takes to get there and stay there. If anyone has any recommendations, suggestions, questions, or anything please feel free to contact me. i need all the support I can get during this journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Shay <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:12:20 EST Feb 13-19: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46545430 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> Due to steriods I was taking to knock out this bronchitis, I've ballooned up to 147...in like 2 weeks time!! SOOOOO, I'm off them now, even though I still have the bronchitis, and I'm working hard to get back down into the 130's. Sigh....I don't feel huge but the scale is telling a different story. I don't know how to knock off this medically induced weight but I'm trying. <BR> <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 09:39:58 EST Feb 13-19: 6 minutes = Bootylicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46545368 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> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Since initially doing this video a couple of years ago, I had added most of it to my weekly workouts. I... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 09:36:16 EST 50+Texas woman - Starting Over - Loves Jazzercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46521870 Hi. My name is Sally G. I am a 55 year old women from Texas that has taken to Jazzercise. I am ready to get some weight off (again). I need to lose at least 50 pounds. I love people and love to have fun. So I am hoping to meet some new friends along the way, who are working on bettering themselves too! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:00:31 EST ready to get in shape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46496006 hey everyone my name is Jenn im 23 from mass. ive been over weight my whole life im ready for a change! i face a challenge everynight, i work the 3rd shift (11pm-7am) which places my sleep and eatting schudle off. im ready to do what it takes to be fit for not only 2012 but for the rest of my life!! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 02:11:47 EST Hey! Over here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46464363 I joined this board back in like, 2006 but never used it because I found the support I needed at the time from another board and lost 30lbs in 2007. I kept it off for about 3 years then re-gained about 15lbs and maintained that for another 1 + then about 6-8 months ago, I crashed and burned and gained back the other 15lbs. Finding myself back at square one and the other board pretty much non-existent, I'm back this time for good with the hope of losing 30-35lbs and finally feeling good about ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:03:36 EST Feb 6-12: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46437413 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 20:38:11 EST Feb 6-12: Please Cheese Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46437398 The Mini-Challenge for next week is probably not 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... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 20:37:22 EST Hi! New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46422484 Hi. I joined Spark People today after it was recommended by my nutritionist. I lost 25 lbs in 6 months and then hit a serious plateau. I've not busted through it yet and lost momentum over the holidays. Didn't gain anything back, but now I'm looking for the support to move forward with my weight loss goals. Looking forward to insight and inspiration here. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:27:10 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46392449 My name is Kachills,I 'm 27 years old from Nigeria.I was born fat!I grow up fat!....I 'n still fat.U guys need to understand that for a country that encourages plumpness,being considered fat is a very big deal.I wasn't too popular at school;no wait! I was popular at school(the fat girl!).I sort of stumbled to this site and I decided to try it,My plan is to walk off the weight, which I v already started(Every inch of of legs hurts after my walk)Maybe later I ll add skipping and situps.... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 03:01:37 EST Hi from CNY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46315659 Hi. I'm Kelsey, and I would like to lose at least 50 lbsas quickly as I can (lol). I work as a cna at a nursing home near me, so excercise wasn't a prob, except I have hurt my knee ,and have to wait for surgery before I can go back to work... any knee friendly ( it hurts to bend too much, as well as I'm supposed to not be on it much) excercise suggestions would be welcome as I'm a little baffled right now. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:40:43 EST Jan 30 -Feb 5: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46309132 Ok, here we go.....post your start weight here for the week! :D <BR> <BR> How did you do? <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:07:00 EST Jan 30 - Feb 5: Sodium Meltdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46309115 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 goo... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:05:58 EST New and need supportive friends!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46185775 Hello my name is Michelle (known as Mitch) and I am ready to lose some weight. Please come and say hi to me when you get a chance!! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:59:04 EST 400 Lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x46184250 Hi, my name is Tony, and though I've known about this site for a couple years, I am now finally checking it out. Today I got on the scale to see how much weight I'd gained (something I've been putting off for months) and was surprised to see that the figure I maintained in my head was off....by about 60 lbs. I work in an IT department, so I'm not exactly getting a workout at work, and I spend a significant amount of time in my off hours playing video games online. <BR> <BR> I've tried so... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:18:41 EST Jan 23-29: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46177962 Here's your opportunity to weigh in the one & only time for the week! Good luck! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:19:28 EST Jan 23-29: Effort vs. Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46177955 Hello all... <BR> <BR> It's Self-Esteem MC week! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> We get different and interesting results every time this MC comes up! For some, it's a struggle. For some, 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. At the time, the team was brand new and I was close to my goal weight. I was struggling with making eating well a lifestyle change; trying to see my involvement in SP a... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:18:39 EST Jan 16-22: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46057178 Put your start weight here on Monday morning! :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:15:00 EST Jan 16-22: Pick 5 & Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x46057159 Hello Teammates! <BR> <BR> How did you do on your water consumpution? Fiber Intake? Whether you made the MC or not, you've got to feel good about yourself in the attempt, right? <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 ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:14:15 EST Jan 9-15: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45911797 Put your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:36:03 EST Jan 9-15: Fiber Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45911778 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 mont... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:35:05 EST Jan 2-8: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45749559 Place your start weight here on Monday for the week and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:11:56 EST Jan 2-8: 64 or 1/2 in 24! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45749540 64 or 1/2 in 24 <BR> <BR> This will be our 1st Intake Mini-Challenge (MC) of the series and the year. 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 Weight Weigh-In & it will also include lo... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:10:54 EST Back At It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x45649176 Hey guys! My name is Ashley and I'm an ex (and now current) Sparker! I was using the site for all the wrong reasons before, and now that I've got my head in the game, I'm ready to rock and roll! I know what I need to do; now to get to doing it! Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:10:46 EST Dec 26-Jan 1: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45648746 Place your start weight for the week in this forum and work down from there!! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:32:31 EST Dec 26-Jan 1: 50 Ways to Cut 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45648741 One of our newer Mini-Challenges and the last one of the series and the year! <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 <BR> <BR> Print it off if you have to and for th... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:31:50 EST Dec 19-25: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45566422 Place your start weight here if you think it will help keep you motivated...and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:49:05 EST Dec 19-25: Get A Round Tuit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45566412 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 Hannakuh & Christmas 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 an album but you just haven't found the time? Presents you need to wrap, maybe? <BR> <BR> Well, THIS is the week... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:48:12 EST Dec 12-18: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45470672 Put your start weight here on Monday morning and good luck! <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>311</em> <em>309</em> <em>131</em> <em>260</em> <em>319</em> <em>299</em> <em>278</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 17:13:15 EST Dec 12-18: Exercise Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45470659 Time for our monthly EXERCISE Mini-Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>309</em> <em>131</em> <em>260</em> <em>319</em> <em>299</em> <em>278</em> <em>313</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???... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 17:12:12 EST help me stop the comfort eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x45469881 I am eating for Britain since we had some bad news on the health of my father. <BR> What do you do/ have you done to stop the need to comfort eat in times of stress. <BR> Thanks for your ideas Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:59:41 EST Dec 5-11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45374513 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:47:56 EST Dec 5-11: Play It Again, Sam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45374488 GREAT JOB, everyone, let's do it again!!! I always love this MC. <BR> <BR> 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. AND, for the American's on the team, it couldn't come on a better week: Thanksgiving week! <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 ni... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:45:57 EST Nov 28 - Dec 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45269161 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:10:50 EST Nov 28 - Dec 4: Eat 5 x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45269150 GREAT JOB, everyone, on your List 4, Pick 1 MC...looks like everyone who participated enjoyed getting at least one thing done...did anyone complete all four, thus earning them a Golden Crown Award? <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 plate... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:09:54 EST Nov 21-27: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45171778 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:47:13 EST Nov 21-27: List 4, Pick 1!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45171760 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... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:46:13 EST Nov 14-20: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45064046 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:31:53 EST Nov 14-20: Walk a Mile....or More!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x45064021 Alrighty! Time for our another 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. <BR> <BR> 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) <BR> TMW: 22 (Total Miles Walked as a Group) <BR> <BR> On each po... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 19:30:49 EST Nov 7-13: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44954470 Place your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 21:32:30 EST Nov 7-13: Snack Attack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44954458 Hello All! <BR> <BR> This coming up weeks' Mini-Challenge (MC) we are still concentrating on our Intake. This weeks MC is not snacking after the evening meal. <BR> <BR> We are often encouraged to eat the majority of our calories (those litte buggers we've been logging & counting this past week) during the day. Why? Because that is when we are the most active and are most likely to burn them. Makes sense, right? <BR> <BR> But then (cue Jaws music) come the night-time cravings...the desir... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 21:31:38 EST Oct 31-Nov 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44842505 Place your start wait here on monday morning and work down from there!!! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:02:25 EST Oct 31-Nov 6: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44842500 Place your start wait here on monday morning and work down from there!!! <BR> <BR> L. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:01:41 EST Oct 31-Nov 6: Eat it, Log it, Post it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44842477 Hello everyone. are you motivated? <BR> <BR> This weekt we are going back to the basics with our Intake Challenge. <BR> <BR> It's the one 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 ... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:59:37 EST Uh-oh, I've been overtracking my fitness minutes.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44774230 I received emails from my teams saying that I was a fitness leader....I thought to my self, "how am I a leader for the month??" I do work out daily, but not as many minutes as I see others working out. <BR> Come to find out, I've been adding my minutes in the "quick track" and also in the "fitness tracker" below. I thought the Quick Track was only for my benefit. <BR> Suffice it to say, I should not be at the top of the "leader" boards for fitness...I'll try to fix it ;-) <BR> <BR> (My us... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:17:05 EST Oct 24-30: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44729779 On Monday morning, place your start weight here and work down from there! Good luck and keep motivated!!! <BR> <BR> :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:38:53 EST Oct 24-30: What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44729770 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 Halloween can... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:38:08 EST Oct 17-23: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44621773 Put your start weight here and work down from there...start on Monday morning! :D <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:58:05 EST Oct 17-23: Walk Run Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44621758 Sometimes we need to add an extra week of something to even out the month within the schedule...and it's this week! I love adding an additional exercise MC, plus it will give us the opportunity to get out and enjoy the weather! Yes? Are you with me? <BR> <BR> This weeks MC will be to either Walk or Run or both 4 days out of the 7 the week this MC is in effect. In fact, you can Walk-Run-Walk during one session, which is how I actually was able to get up to running a full 3 miles (the most I'v... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:56:58 EST Oct 10-16: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44509324 Place your start weight here on Monday morning & use it as a goal to go down from! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:19:21 EST Oct 10-16: Exercise of Your Choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44509302 Hello Everyone!!! Once again, I'm so happy about the MC this coming week...need to work out the body! <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 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> <B... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:17:56 EST Oct 3-9: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44390412 Place your start weight here on Monday morning to help you keep track....and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 19:27:56 EST Oct 3-9: Transformers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44390402 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: <BR> <BR> "If you don't have enough iron you may develop iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which your blood contains less hemoglobin than normal. ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 19:26:58 EST Sept 26-Oct 2: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44272229 Post your start weight here on Monday morning and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:18:24 EST Sept 26-Oct 2: Say NO to HFCS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44272217 Hello all! I'm back in town and back on line! Hope you all had a super GREAT week! <BR> <BR> The last few times when we did this MC, Easter and Halloween have been upon us (coincidence? nahhhh), and both of these are sugary holidays! Oh no! <BR> <BR> My need/want/desire for a gigantic bag of candy, I think (I hope), has passed. We are coming upon my 3.5 year anniversary of making the decision to lose the weight, change my life and jump into a healthy lifestyle. ;) That day would be 10/17/... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:17:43 EST So over the yo-yo diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x44225094 Hi! Mscny (Nicole) I'm at the point where I am tired of the yo-Yo dieting and really want to see lasting weight loss and serious change in eating habits. I am a new stay at home mom, so I find myself nibbling on all the wrong things throughout the day!!! I need some help in that area so the desire is here, I just feel defenseless against cupcakes, cookies all the sweet things that have attached to my waistline!! Any tips or tricks are greatly appreciated! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:54:44 EST Sept 19-25: Weigh In (Start)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44124962 Place your start weight here on Monday, September 19th! Just posting this a little early since I won't have access to a computer starting tomorrow for the rest of the week! <BR> :D <BR> Hugs ya'll, <BR> L. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 22:17:48 EST Sept 19-25: Pass It Forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44124936 Greetings all! No, I haven't lost all track of time! LOL I am posting next weeks MC early because I will be out of touch of the computer starting tomorrow through next Thursday. I want to make sure you have this up and it's "pinned" to the top so it's easy to find. You'll still be able to post in the Crunches Forum, as it will be right underneathe! <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 healt... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 22:15:52 EST Yo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6560x44117323 I'm Jenny, <BR> this is my second time starting over in the torturous land of weight loss. At this point I'm back exactly where I started, there couldn't be a better place to start over. I recently re-discovered my love of dance and boxing, I'm also a fan of running and biking. I just have to learn to stick to my workouts, that's my biggest problem, well that and counting calories just suck.... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:16:05 EST Sept 12-18: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44029241 Post your start weight here if you feel it helps. It's not a requirement.... <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:36:21 EST Sept 12-18: 100 Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x44029224 Well, here it is folks! The dreaded but oh so good for you 100+ Crunches MC! <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> Even prior to the first time we did this MC, I have been working on my abs. I include crunches in my work out at the gym 3x each week but this MC will help me (us) focus on them this week exclusively. Aren't we LUCKY?!? <BR> <BR> Did you know that refined... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:35:15 EST Sept 5-11: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43902784 Place your start weight here and work down from there! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 18:46:20 EST Sept 5-11: CTC or Zzzzz's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43902769 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! Last night, unf... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 18:44:56 EST Aug 29-Sept 4: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43775541 If you aren't "chicken" (like me last week) and you think it helps you to keep track (like I do), post your start weight for the week here and work down from there. <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:28:44 EST Aug 29-Sept 4: Pie Eating Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43775525 Did I trick you with the title? No, you didn't read wrong, we are going to have a Pie Eating Contest next week!! And just in time for the US's Labor Day Holiday! <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</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 s... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:27:39 EST Aug 22-28: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43670743 Place your start weight for the week here on Monday morning, if you feel it helps! <BR> <BR> L. <BR> <BR> PS: Personally, with ToM looming, I did not weigh this morning. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:44:16 EST Aug 22-28: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43670706 This week, we're on Week 4 of the month 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! And, obviously, I need to simplify a little something something in my life since I didn't even remember to post this MC until this MORNING....sorry ya'll! <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 gu... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:42:21 EST Aug 15-21: Weigh In (Start) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6560x43539464 Add your start weight here on Monday morning if it helps you gain control! <BR> <BR> L. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:30:56 EST