SparkPeople social workers unite! Team Messageboard A place for social workers, faculty and students to give each other support in regards to diet, exercise and lifestyle issues. Our Mantra is "Helping Spark People to Help Themselves!" SparkPeople social workers unite! Team Messageboard Great SW story I've been training a new SW this week. We were talking with our team (medical clinic team) about a patient who is wanting us to solve his problems, but refuses any solutions. The nurse practioner wanted to call his son when he had said no. The nurse wanted to call in APS to make him go into a facility because he had said no. My trainee said "When you find you are working harder than the patient, it is time to back off." NP turned to me and gave me that look, to which I had to inform her, he h... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:18:56 EST How do you celebrate national social work month? What celebrations are done for you this month? Do you get together with other social workers? <BR> <BR> This year we are having a 1/2 day gathering for some fun and training. We'll end with lunch meeting at a local restaurant. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:00:48 EST Less of me to become more of me. I am a very busy working single mom. I am a social worker and spend my days empowering others. I am good at taking care of others, but not so good at taking care of myself. I know to really take care of others, though, I need to take care of myself first. I am committed to doing this. I want to lose 40 pounds and find my way to less of me in order to become more of me. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey in Spark. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:18 EST Introduction Hi everybody I am a caseworker for children youth and family services in my county. I work with children and families every day. It is very rewarding but also very stressful. I need to learn to take care of myself. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:09:44 EST Retired social worker needing a social worker Looking at a crossroad in my life &amp; needing some insight/suggestions. <BR> <BR> 70 year old widow. Currently making house payment of 440. Receiving SS which is about 560 more than house payment. Selling house would likely not give much profit. Tired of upkeep, lawn care, etc. <BR> <BR> Retirement fund will run out in about 3 years. Trying to stretch it out but need things like glasses, hearing aids, etc. <BR> <BR> Considering senior housing, wondering if eligible for food stamps, medic... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:37:05 EST Hello..I'm new here Good evening everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a clinical social worker whom has had my independent license for about 3 years now. Employment has always been a passion of mine as I'v worked in supported employment for much of my career. Work truly is a part of a persons recovery. For the last two years I have been working as a vocational rehabilitation counselor which has been quite the shift in thinking. Overall I have been working in the mental health system for over 14 years and counting. I'm good... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:36:10 EST Hey all Hey everyone! <BR> I am returning to sparkpeople after taking some time off due to family issues and busy with school and work. I am a full time student at the University of Illinois. I am currently in my senior year of my BSW and will be starting my internship in January. I am applying to schools to obtain my MSW as we speak. I have a wonderful 6 year old daughter and a husband who I've been married to for over 7 years. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:24:14 EST starting anew Well first of all hello to yall out there. I am starting a new journey down the road to fitness once more. Hope to become friends with yall and help along your journeys as well Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:57:55 EST Hello Hello everyone, I am new to this and hoping to stay motivated in reaching my weight loss goas. I hope I can help encourage others as well as be encouraged by all the wonderful people out there who are on the same path. Have a wonderful day and good luck during your journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:51 EST Post a food item. Post a food item- emoticon or image. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:48:37 EST Post something yellow! Post a yellow item- emotion or image. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:47:54 EST New Member Hi y'all!!! I'm brand new to Spark and I'm so excited to become a part of what looks like an amazing community! I'm looking to make some new friends and find some support as I enter into this new and exciting phase of my life right now. My life is in a huge transition phase ....all of our sons are away at college (leaving me a huge empty nest), I just finished college myself (after 4 1/2 long years), I'm about to start a brand new career, and we will be moving to a new city in a few weeks for... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:21:20 EST Hi! Hi everyone!! I'm new to the team but not spark!!! I'm from PA!!! I just found this team and hope I can be of help as well as get help I may need!! Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:28:46 EST Back to Sparkpeople again! I'm an MSW student (third year of four) and work two jobs. Between the three I have forgotten to take care of myself, but I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help remind me! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:21:48 EST New to the Team I'm a 27 year old female and I live in Indiana working as a social worker. This isn't my first time on SparkPeople, but it has been a solid two years since I was consistently part of the community. I am back to try and regain my healthy lifestyle. After several major life changes, I've decided it is time for a reset! <BR> <BR> I am excited to get back in the swing of things and create healthy changes in my life, just need some support to get there and stay there again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:58:56 EST WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY? WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY SPARK TEAM MEMBERS? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:44:50 EST Hello from CT Good morning everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Carrie. I am an LCSW in CT working at an acute care hospital behavioral health unit. As we know we all have stressful jobs that not only make us physically exhausted but mentally exhausted as well. Besides introducing myself I want to remind everyone to take care of themselves this week (and every day). We can't be our best if we are not caring for ourselves. Much success this week! <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:25:51 EST New to you I am new to a Spark team but I have been in social work for 28 years. I work with the forensic population in a very narrow vein, men who commit sex crimes. Basically, my work requires that I sit, sit, sit, either in groups or while performing forensic evaluations for the courts. As a result, I have sat my way into 30 pounds overweight! And, I feel like a slug. <BR> <BR> I am logging in my daily calories and starting to move more. It is nice to be supported for a change rather than alwa... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:21:55 EST New Michigan Social Worker (and team member) Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Christina and I just graduated in April from Oakland U with a Bachelor's in Social Work. It took me 14 years to finally graduate college, and after many career changes and classes, I finally did it. I even just landed employment in my field as a Family Advocate in a Head Start program in Detroit yesterday! But I don't start until August. I am excited, nervous, and not believing in this real life. <BR> My dream career is almost upon me and I still don't fe... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:35:15 EST Arkansas Social Worker checking in .... Hi everyone. I saw this and thought I might join. I'm a hospice social worker in north Arkansas. We do our service in-home, so that has me traveling across five counties in the Ozarks. At least it's not as hot as it was last year!! This time last year, I was just recuperating from emergency surgery on Memorial Day. My weight dropped due to that, but over our Snow-mageddon winter, the pounds slowly crept back up. I finally said 'no more'. I'm now back to the weight that I was after being NPO ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:18:35 EST I am a retired social worker. I loved my work but a few years ago stopped excercising and eating well so now that I have more free time I am devoting myself to health and well being each morning. Then in the afternoon I will do some sort of research or community volunteer work. Wed, 21 May 2014 20:35:10 EST New here Hi everyone, <BR> I am a Forensic Social Worker at The Legal Aid Society. I work with attorneys who represent kids on child welfare, PINS, and juvenile delinquency cases. I've used SP off and on for a while but never got involved with teams. Now I think it is time! I'm excited to connect with other social workers in my self care journey. Thanks! <BR> Ceema Tue, 20 May 2014 21:54:48 EST Give Your Team A Hug! <em>247</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 18:47:41 EST Did you post on the team message board today? Please post on the team message board. Encourage your team members, share your success, <BR> make a pledge, or tell us something important that happened to you. <BR> THANKS! Sat, 10 May 2014 18:04:17 EST New to team and Social Work field!! Hello. I am graduating in 7 days with a Bachelors in Human Services from Geneva College!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> I am so psyched to network with others in the field looking to lose weight!! I am taking it slow getting into work as I work part-time in child care and work to get my resume looking sharp! This degree has been a long, stressful 4yr journey juggling family and homework!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So proud I made it with A's and B's, but now I am ready for a little br... Sat, 3 May 2014 09:41:01 EST New Hello, <BR> I am just starting out with Spark. I am a social worker at a Domestic Violence shelter. I often find that I do not take the time I need to take care of me. So my goal is to develop some better self care. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:48:56 EST New to team! Hi fellow SWers! Hello all! I am a medical social worker working in an ER in Richmond, VA. I've been in the field for about 3 years now. Definitely noticed that I started some bad eating/exercise habits while in grad school (don't we all?) and then with trying to adjust to the real world. Now I'm trying to get my health and wellness back on track. Happy to be part of this group! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:53:19 EST Hello HI I'm Aimee. I'm 25 years old and working on my bachelors in social work and I have a crappy retail job. I want to work with people who have mental illnesses preferably in a jail or hospital. I've been on sparkpeople before, i recently rejoined because my fitness and diet have gotten really bad lately. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:15:17 EST New to SP Hey everyone! I just signed up for a membership at a gym 2 weeks ago. So far, it has been going great! I really like the atmosphere. Since I've gotten a job working in an office, my fitness has really taken a dive. I have put on some weight and don't feel as healthy any more (i.e. I start to get short of breath walking up a flight of stairs). I've really been motivated to start living a healthier lifestyle, not just to lose weight but to simply be healthy. <BR> <BR> This is my second day on ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:54:34 EST New to the Group I am a Child Abuse and Neglect Social Worker in Omaha, Nebraska for nearly two years. It is much different than my old job (teaching Ancient History at out local state University). <BR> <BR> I struggle managing the stress of the job, the hours and my work out routines and eating. We are doing a 12 Week Wellness competition this year again, and I might just do it! <BR> <BR> I am a mother of one, have one dog as well. I love wine, tea, coffee breaks, dark chocolate and a fantastic steak and... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:24:09 EST How do you feel today? How do you feel today? Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:21:30 EST Did you huddle today? Did you huddle with own team today? Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:19:22 EST New to Group Hi! I'm Katie - a Behavior Specialist working in PA. Decided I needed to get back into spark! Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:09:47 EST telling a partner? Do you have a partner (gf/bf, husband/wife)? If yes: <BR> <BR> 1) Did you tell them about your weight loss goal/efforts? <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 2) How do they support you? <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 3) Do you ever feel like they don't support you? <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 4) IF you've shared your goal, does this make you feel more accountable or more stressed? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:28:22 EST Oceana Hi! I'm new to this team. I had been on SP a few years ago and have regained some of the weight lost. So I am here to DO THIS this time! ;) Looking forward to getting to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old from up north Canada (the north OF Canada, heh). Have a partner and a bunch of fur babies. ;) Work as a counsellor and advocate for mental health. (More info on my SP page.) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:37:03 EST Login points Yay! I got 20 login points today! <em>334</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:06:09 EST Budding Social Worker Hello all! I am Antoinette and I am a current social work student. I am a junior in the Bachelor's program of social work. I live in Jacksonville Florida. I have been married for 23 years, have 5 children, 4 grandchildren, work part time, attend school full time and have been able to maintain a 3.3 g.p.a. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose but I am motivated (at the moment lol) I get unmotivated if I am not encouraged or dont see a weight loss or change in how my clothing fits. I hope this w... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:44:24 EST Hello from Pittsburgh Hi, everyone! I'm so glad to see there's an SP group for social workers! I earned my MSW in May 2011, and I've been doing home health social work since then. I've found it to be extremely difficult to balance home health and a healthy lifestyle since I'm on the road all day and I often work 10-12 hour days. I'm hoping to get some suggestions about how to find a better balance from all you. Thanks! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:37:21 EST New to the group, SparkPeople, and Social Work! Hi everyone! My name is Vikie and I am an up and coming BSW for the December 2012 class! I'm currently working in my field placement at a local community action agency but I've worked in social services as a case manager for about a year and a half. I've struggled with my weight for my entire adult life (I'll be 30 tomorrow) and I decided that I needed some support and here I am. I'm so glad to be here and I'm excited for some positive changes! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:00:38 EST New social worker Hi from a fresh out-of-school social worker! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Katie. I'm 26 years-old from South Carolina. I graduated with my BSW in May. However, I work as a case manager at a shelter and have been for four years. We provide short-term (up to 45 days) and long-term (indefinitely) care for children in CPS custody. I handle all their paperwork and appointments and teach independent living skills for the older youth (ages 13 to 18). I LOVE my job...even though we currently have 13 ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:54:01 EST Didn't Know Ya'll Were Here! Hello, everyone! I'm new to the team and wanted to say hello. I've been on SP a couple of years now, but really only FINALLY got this thing down in the last 3 1/2 months. Doing great now and loving life! I am a Child Welfare Consultant for the NC Division of Social Services currently and do the occasional Federal contract job as well. I have been in child welfare since 1991 (dinosaur!) and I've done everything from CPS to Adoption and everything in between. What I do now is Quality Assu... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:43:17 EST Oceana, Mum of Kitties and Cavies Hi! My name's Oceana. I'm 28 years of age and live up north in Canada (above 53rd parallel). I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me with all of my goals in life! I'm Mum to 7 cats, 3 cavies (guinea pigs), and my boyfriend (Louis) has a lizard! <BR> <BR> I'm a Senior Youth Care Worker-- work with "at-risk" youth in community based healing homes, transition home, and independent living apartments. I'm currently enrolled in a social work degree program. :) <BR> <BR> I was always athlet... Sun, 13 May 2012 17:59:27 EST gre I'm biting the bullet, kicking and screaming but I'm going back for my MSW and I'm dreading taking the GRE - can anyone offer me any insight into the test and so forth. I have a horrible time with numbers and am terrified of that.... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:21:25 EST Hi there Hi all, <BR> My name is Michelle and I am currently in my junior year of my BSW program at the University of Kansas. I am excited about becoming a social worker. This is a career change for me- I sold engine parts for over 10 years. I decided to become a social worker after my husband returned from Iraq and had problems with PTSD, then my dad was diagnosed with PTSD from his tours in Vietnam. So, after seeing the care they received, I wanted to give back to others. I hope to lose about 1... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:57:15 EST New blog feature... This info was passed on to me from another team I am on: <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall. Personally, I don't care for this new feature as I use my spark blog to be... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:28:21 EST ASWB Prep- Help Hi, does anyone know of a good yet affordable ASWB prep program. I recently moved to another state in which licensure is required for the jobs that I qualify for. I graduated in 04 with an MSW. I have been studying on my own with but need more assistance since I have not been in a class setting for a while. I was contemplating Any suggestions would be great Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:41:47 EST New to the Group Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nick and while this isn't my first time on SparkPeople (been here in spirit to some degree since 2008). I posted once, made a page and the next day I think I ate some cookies. Not the best start. I was a member of the 20 Somethings with 100+ to lose. Now I'm in the 30 Somethings one. Kinda sad. I'm hoping I'm getting more determined. I way the most I ever have, over 500 lbs, and I want to stay committed and get this weight off. I'm very worried over my health, I ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:40:27 EST mraines Busy mom of two very active children! Love every minute of it! Need to loose some weight so I can be active with them! Sat, 17 Sep 2011 11:03:28 EST New Member From Iowa Hi everyone, my name is Amanda and I'm from Iowa. I'm currently a college student working on my Bachelor's degree in Social Work. I'm glad to have found this team to get support in my career choice and weight loss goals. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:52:48 EST New member from St. Louis Hello fellow helpers!! I'm new to this website and love the fact that I happened upon this team. Glad to be a part of this group. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:09:56 EST You know you're a social worker when.... You get excited ordering label tags for your DSM-IV-TR....shoot you know when your are a social worker when you know what a DSM-IV-TR is... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 19:31:08 EST I don't want to get my MSW... I have my BSW; I'm perfectly fine with that and have no desire to do LCSW work ~ which is the only real reason I could think of for an MSW (?). I hated research ~ I have a numerical thing and it was only through Gods grace and 3 hours of tutoring a day that I passed probs and stat and I made a C in research. That is one of the big reasons behind not going for my MSW but I'm also not meant to be a therapist. I'm a great case manager and resource person but not a counselor ~ just a bit to b... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:57:26 EST Burn out! HELP So we have all been here. I am at the edge in danger of falling over! I am a crisis worker and my schedule involves many nights, weekends, and holidays on call. This past holiday weekend I worked 72 hours on call and did not get any extra pay for the holiday(4th of July). I am at the point where my co-workers get on my nerves and I want to look for a new career not just a new job! HELP ME! We all know that jobs in our field are few and far between, let alone the ones that pay well enough t... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:33:04 EST 8 days: what can YOU do? What can you do in 8 days? I mean something that takes the full 8 days to do? But not too much shorter and not any longer. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> - a 7 day detox <BR> - read an 8 chapter book <BR> and so forth... Mon, 23 May 2011 09:44:34 EST progress photos and specific measurements If you take them, what "poses" do you take? <BR> <BR> For example, side view to show stomach progress, arms out to show tricep progress, this sort of thing. <BR> <BR> Also, what do you measure? <BR> <BR> For example, neck, chest, waist, etc. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 13:43:05 EST Hello All From Michigan! I am currently a Social Work Student and Public Guardian in Michigan. I am so excited to be getting back on track with my diet, exercise, and fitness. <BR> <BR> I will be 30 this month, which doesn't relly seem possible. I have no idea where the years went! I am ready, no more procrastinating or using a busy schedule to justify not taking care of myself. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:53:46 EST toe! :( I use my elliptical 3 times a week and tend to work out 5 times a week (other two days doing cardio videos). I started noticing last week that on my left foot at the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot its hurting pretty badly. Its more along the bottom of the joint/on the side of the knobby part of it if that makes any sense. It doesnt seem to hurt while I'm working out but it seems really bad afterwards. I've been starting to notice now though during the days its hurting more... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:15:24 EST Greetings from California Hi everyone; I'm Hannah and I've been on SP for a few years but just found this team! I've been a CPS social worker for 4 years and will be finishing my MSW on May 26th. Our whole office is dieting and buying gym memberships this year; I have to say, I'm the only SparkPerson and I am, by far, the most successful in our bunch! Anyway, I love social work, and can't wait to get started on my clinical hours toward my LCSW. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 21:21:29 EST Happy Social Work Month Is anyone doing anything special to promote social work month? Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:32:08 EST Hi from PA!!! Hi Everyone! My name is Becky, and I'm a social worker LOL :) I'm living in PA (you all know where that is I'm sure the land of that damn groundhog that tells us if spring is coming early or not!) <BR> I work in the field of Mental Health. I am a program coordinator for a drop in center for adults that have been diagnosed with mental illness. I am currently studying to get my certification in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. <BR> I've been on spark for a few years and at one time had lost 26 llb... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:06:14 EST hello from Washington (the state) Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Diane. I'm a happily married woman, mother of two and stepmother of two more. All about grown now (18-23 years old). Now it's time for me. I work as a program director at Catholic Housing Services in downtown Seattle. I manage a housing program for chronically homeless women. Love my job, but it's very sedatary. I have these grand plans to walk everyday, but then get busy and end up sitting all day. I come from a family of heart disease and am very concerned abou... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 03:16:45 EST Howdy! Another Social Worker ! Hi! I'm Heather. I'm a 37 yr old mother and Mental Health Social Worker. I co-lead the Counselor's Team and thought I'd check out this team as well! I am entering into a MSW program in May (hopefully) and am looking forward to moving up in my career and down in my weight! <em>334</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 15:49:16 EST How to Huddle? I'm a 3 day old member here on SP! What does it mean to huddle in a team and how does one go about this? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get the blue ribbon for my next trophy and I need the SparkPoints. :) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:45:08 EST Hello! Hello! I am new to the group, but kind of "old" to sparkpeople. I am a social worker in Michigan (case manager supervisor), and just realized how the stress of my job is adding to some unhealthy, mindless eating habits (and some other habits that are unhealthy, ie using nicotine <em>2</em> ). I'd like to start using the forums for some support and structure, and thought a team of fellow social workers could maybe relate to some of the stress associated with the job! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:43:15 EST Hello fellow Social Workers!!! Hi everyone! I am new to the team. Up until this point I have not been using teams to aid me in my weight loss journey. I am not actually sure how to do this. So if you could all be so kind as to HELP ME, lol. Anyways, I am a social worker(duh) in my early 20s looking to loose about 30lbs. I have been doing pretty well thus far. I have been working out(not enough) and counting calories. I found that working out before work helps me most, because after work I am exhausted. This field is... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:28:01 EST Who needs sleep...i'm starting a blog blogging newby <em>40</em> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 03:53:24 EST Hi, I am new. I really don't know what to write here. I love sports (playing and watching); tennis, badminton, volleyball, running, cycling and others. The problem I have is getting motivated to join teams and finding time to do sport activities. I have a fairly stressful job and often at the end of the day I am to tired to do anything. <BR> <BR> I have a golden retriever that I try to walk daily but sometimes I fail at that --- so my goal is to walk her the minute I get home from work, before my coa... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 23:11:44 EST Happy 2011!!! I'm a little late, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy 2011! Since it's here, what are your goals for this year? <BR> <BR> Mine is to continue my journey to better health - I want to lose about 50 more pounds (then I'll set a new goal), eat more fruits and veggies, and exercise more. <BR> <BR> Remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!! When you hear that little voice in the back of your mind nagging you about all the things you 'should' be doing, remind yourself that you are worth the time and effor... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:06:47 EST New Member :) Hi all! <BR> I'm Rachael and I was just accepted to Wayne State's MSW program!! I'm currently serving with AmeriCorps (a domestic version of the Peace Corps) and rejoined SP in order to live a healthier life. I look forward to meeting all of you. <BR> <BR> ~ Rachael Sun, 26 Dec 2010 22:24:00 EST Anyone Around???? I've been MIA the last several days because I've been so busy with stuff at work and around the house...How's everyone doing? Does anyone have any accomplishments they'd like to share; or is there anyone that is struggling and need to reach out for support? How do ya'll feel about a New Year's challenge? Any suggestions? Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:01:07 EST New from Michigan's Winter Wonderland! Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and this team. I am an LMSW from MI, 51 years old, and decided I really want to make this work this time! I am doing the HMR diet and getting into the fitness as well! I look forward to getting ideas from everyone here and hope I can contribute to the team as well! Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:09:51 EST DON'T GIVE UP!!!! I found this article today and thought it would be a good one to share. With the end of the year fast approaching, it's very relevant - at least to my - and addresses the struggles that come with the holiday season! <BR> <link><BR>ivation_to_stick_with_your_goals_to_th<BR>e_end </link> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:13:00 EST Renewing the SPARK... So it's been a couple of days since anyone has posted in here - what's everyone up to? I know with the holiday season upon us, we're all BUSY!!! But don't let it get in the way of your sparking! I'm making a new committment to sparking starting TODAY - I've been so slack and making all kinds of excuses for not tracking my food, not exercising, eating junk food, etc, etc......Who's with me??? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:45:20 EST Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone.... and we are heading into Christmas and New Year's, what are you doing to stay on track? With all the holiday activities, on top of WORK - which always seems to be busiest this time of year - how do you plan to eat healthy and make time for exercise? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 08:22:04 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!! What are 5 things you're thankful for? <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> 1) Freedom <BR> 2) My job (even though I complain about it sometimes!) <BR> 3) My family <BR> 4) My home <BR> 5) My health Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:50:33 EST Thanksgiving Plans.... Who's making plans for Thanksgiving? We're cooking and just inviting people over for supper. I'm trying some healthier recipes. What about you - are you cooking a 'traditional' dinner or are you trying out some healthier recipes too? Sat, 20 Nov 2010 07:18:57 EST Need some input...... I interviewed for a new job today and I have a lot of thinking to do now. I think the interview went well - I have 15 years of experience with my job as a case manager and the job I interviewed for is reviewing plans submitted by case managers...I definitely know how to do a plan and get it approved so I think I would be pretty good at reviewing them! Anyway...I think I have a pretty good shot at the job but the problem is that if I get the job I would have to start January 3 to get the train... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:52:44 EST Greetings from Louisiana I am a 42-year old social worker who is a full-time stay at home homeschooling mom to two boys, ages 4 and 6, who works part-time doing contract work with three home health agencies and a nursing home. I wish I could say I am up to date on my paperwork but I'm always behind. I am doing Weight Watchers as my diet plan and I enjoy walking and riding my bike and swimming. I own several Biggest Loser DVDs but haven't actually used them yet. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:29:03 EST How has your week been? Hope everyone's had a good week. The weather's been really cool (actually COLD) in the mornings here and it's dark now when I get home from work so getting my exercise in has become a challenge for me. Anyone else having a problem with this? <BR> <BR> I'll be spending my weekend putting out Christmas husband is such a big kid when it comes to Christmas - when I got home from work Tuesday night he had already put some decorations out in the yard!!! But at least several of our... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 07:36:15 EST Anti-Procr astination Week..... <em>442</em> With the holidays fast approaching, I am trying to get 'caught up' on all the things I've been putting off so I can enjoy the holidays with a little less stress. What have you been putting off? Choose at least 3 things this week to deal with that are weighing on you and get them taken care of to reduce your stress. <BR> <BR> Post them here then come back and post your progress on getting them done... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:16:44 EST Party Time!!! It's been so quiet in here, I thought I'd liven things up with a party!!! <em>236</em> Let's all bring healthy snacks <em>488</em> and plan some fun fitness challenges! <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> I'm bringing a fruit salad and a hoola hoop!!! Who's with me? What are you bringing? Thu, 4 Nov 2010 21:25:18 EST Hello from small town Ontario!! Hello My name is Carmen and I live in Canada. I am a recent graduate and have my fingers crossed that my resume and cover letter are fantastic enough to get me an interview this week :) <BR> Wish me luck! Please feel free to visit my page and add me as a friend! emoticon <em>58</em> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 12:11:25 EST Emotional Eating I found this great article about emotional eating. I know I struggle a lot with emotional eating and I'm sure others do too.... <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=208 </link> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:42:42 EST What have you done for YOU today? I wanted to start this thread because it is so important to remember to take some "ME" time every day. So what have you done for YOU today? Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:51:29 EST Internship Help I started an intership class for my Bachelors Degree. We must complete 60hours of field experience. My instructor was saying last night that we have to be careful in the facility we chose as it will shape our careers. Make sure we find a place we can be happy working at. So I am very torn as to where to do my internship. I love working with the elderly. They are my passion. But I want to be a medical social worker. Working at a hospital and gathering resources from our community. So thi... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:45:04 EST New here! Hi! Happy to have found this team! I am a CPS social worker and have been for almost 13 years (as of next week!)... It is demanding and rewarding for sure. My masters degree is actually in clinical psych but I found that the fast pace of social work suits me better than my original goal of being a therapist so I am still at it! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful, Sparktastic day! <em>252</em> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:21:46 EST Truly Inspiring Video ...and some helpful tips too!!! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1338 </link> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:52:14 EST Hit a Brick Wall??? Here is an article that was suggested in another group I am active in - it has some very good tips for breaking that plateau! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=188 </link> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:32:30 EST New Team Leader Hi all! I wanted to drop in and introduce myself...I'm Susan and I applied to be the new team leader since it seems this team was without an active leader. It seems that this was once a pretty active team and I would love to see people get involved in discussions and challenges here. <BR> <BR> I've been working as a social worker since 1989 and I've been working in the field of developmental disabilities since 1995. I know that as social workers, our own needs often take a back burner becau... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 20:28:59 EST SparkAmerica Leaderboards GO TEAM..... <BR> <BR> Did you know that on the Career Challenge Leaderboards, this team is in the top five!!! <BR> <BR> (5) social workers unite! <BR> <BR> regards, pdq Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:44:02 EST The stress of the Budget cuts affecting our diet? Is any other social worker out there getting stressed out with dead ends because of budget cuts? I know here in MO we are reaching so many dead ends with client's since there is no money! How are you all doing dieting with all the stress at work? Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:13:27 EST Hello from the UK Hi everyone. I'm Laura, I am 26 and I am a social worker working in Cheshire, UK. I am newly qualified and been in practice for just over a year. I am working in a busy Children in Need team, managing child protection cases as well as children in need cases. It is really busy and I love it! <BR> I joined Sparkpeople to lose weight and to be happy and healthy. I am glad to find some fellow social workers on here and hope we can support each other. <BR> Laura x Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:50:01 EST Summer is fleeting... Summer has almost left the building! Can you believe it? What are your goals for the next 5 months?? Any challenges looming on the horizon? Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:45:44 EST Hello from NC. Hi, I am a busy wife, mom, artist, gallery coordinator in the mental health field, crisis counselor with domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors and a soon-to-be Social Work grad student in the fall! I am looking forward to getting back to school. I just finished my BA in psychology last winter and will now be working on earning my MSW. I know with research, deadlines, etc. of school and with the demands of my internship I will be tempted to stray from wise food choices. So... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 09:25:02 EST Hi! Hi! I am from Northern NY, I am currently a caseworker (have been for 8 years), and I am also in the middle of my MSW. I have one year down and one to go. <BR> I was very successful on sparks about 2 years ago, and have really let myelf go. I am looking for encouragement to keep me motivated and going strong through all the extra I do on a daily basis (but it will be worth it). I work full time, go to school full time about 70 miles away, and was also completing my field at the same tim... Wed, 5 May 2010 17:02:50 EST Never expected this... I had to share this experience with someone today. Today I was supervising one of my staff persons. She's a student and about to graduate but not an intern at the agency. Today she infomred me that she was leaving. We reviewed the cases and then... <BR> <BR> She proceeded to tell me that her advisor had commented on how much she has grown in her clinical observations and insight as well as her internship supervisor. All of a sudden she breaks down and begins to cry and I'm lost for a mo... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:10:01 EST Hello!!! Hey there everyone. My name is Angel and I live in buffalo, NY. I am a Clinical Supervisor at a Continuing Day treatment program. Over the past year I haven't done such a good job taking care of myself sooooo.... It's time for a change. Changes in every aspect of my life. Whoohoo!!!!! Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:25:22 EST Hello from Toronto, Canada! Hi to all. I am new to the site and the team. I'd appreciate any encouragment, wisdom and support you have for me! I'm a great cheerleader as well, so let me know if there's any way I can support you. Thanks for checking me out! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:01:50 EST Hello all I'm new on the team. I'm a social worker in Massachusetts and have been workng on my weight since 2006. I finally made goal on November 29, 2009. Since then I've been taken off all medications and learning to keep my weight off. <BR> <BR> I am a supervisor with a staff of 12 clinicians and the director of the intern program with 8 interns. I've been using the lessons learned with my staff as we deal with many families dealing with nutritional and health issues. It's been helpful with th... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:48:41 EST Budget cuts.... stink <em>28</em> Okay back to social work now <em>334</em> helping others with a very limited budget. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:57:34 EST Hello all! I'm :not quite: a social worker, but am as close as one can be without actually being one, so I hope it's alright that I'm here. I work in the field of sexual assault & domestic violence response & prevention. My job has made it pretty hard for me to focus on me, as it's high stress and I'm on call 24/7. That'll be changing soon, as we're hiring someone new, and so I've made the plunge to start taking better care of myself! It's nice to have a group like this where others can relate :) Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:59:35 EST Hello :) My name is Kate and I am from (centralish) Ohio. I have been working on my MSW part time since Summer 2008 and will graduate next March! <BR> <BR> I'm currently juggling classes, a field placement and parenting my two boys ages (almost) 4 and 2.5 which leaves little time for exercising, but I am committed to losing the 25 pounds I never lost after the birth of my second son. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:18:01 EST I never knew SP had a team for us social workers! Hello everyone, I just happened to be talking about how stressed I am with my current job at a substance abuse outpatient program in PA. Due to budget cuts for the next fiscal year my position may not be funded, which means that I need to start looking for another place of employment. Last night while browsing the interent, I did not see too many jobs that start out atleast $40,000 for MSW's. I need to get my LSW asap but have a fear of test which is why I have been putting it off. I love so... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:23:11 EST New One On Board... Hello All... My name is Alexis and I live in Hattiesburg, MS.. I work with a Head Start agency and I LOOOOVVVEEE my job... I am in the process of going through a divorce and alott more things and along the way I picked up very bad eating habits.. I would love friends and support as I strive to b healthier and feel good about myself..... Allll friends are welcome.... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:38:52 EST I am new too! Hi! My name is Cathy and I am a social work student in NJ. I currently work in a PA nursing home but am looking forward to getting my MSW and begin working in hospice care. <BR> I am 35 and am married with twins 5 year old boys. I joined SP last week and have been trying to get used to the site. I had gastric bypass surgery in may 09 and have lost 81 lbs, but have hit a plateau. I am currently working with a dietician and she recommended SP. So far I love it. I am looking for a lot of sup... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:19:10 EST Louisiana social worker saying "Hello" Hi, I am a stay at home mom with two small boys who does contract home health work on Saturdays, keeps me busy (busier than I would like sometimes). Recently had a total hysterectomy and am looking at taking off the weight. Swam tonight and walked a mile on Saturday. Have also been trying to make healthier food choices but with a trip to Baton Rouge and New Orleans that will be severely challenged! Ok, just saying "Hi". Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 21:24:39 EST How do you... keep your head above water? i feel like i've got weights attached to my feet and they're dragging me down! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:22:46 EST Chart Fairy So I was wondering if I was the only one who had a chart fairy that threw up charts on the desk... If she belongs to you, can you please take her back? I think she is sick because she keeps throwing up lots of charts that need notes on my desk. LOL!! Happy day yall! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 14:59:40 EST Happy Social Work Month Hello Everyone! Just wanted to drop by and say HAPPY SOCIAL WORK MONTH! <BR> <BR> I know you don't hear it enough - so Thank You for all that you do! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 21:32:28 EST What's for dinner??? Just curious what everyone has planned for dinner tonight? Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:32:07 EST Hey yall from Tennesse Hi everyone! I am from TN. Been a social worker for about 15 years....everything from hospital, to Rehab, to dialysis, to a swing bed unit, to a homeless shelter and now with senior citizens. I am passionate about senior citizens and hate it when they don't get services they need to best assist them. Just from what I see on the board, everyone is so supportive. So here goes my journey! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:03:22 EST TGIF Hope everyone has a sparkalicious Friday! <em>236</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:49:39 EST A favor.... Ok I am turning in my field placement application tomorrow and I just finished it. Would one of you fine social workers out there mind proofreading it for me and make sure it makes sense :) I would be forever grateful :) Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:08:33 EST Professional Advice Wanted As some of you already know I am starting my field work in June. Our application for field is due next Thursday. In the application it asks where we would like our field placement to be. I am really conflicted about this. I have a couple of areas that interest me but I don't know which one should be my #1 choice (we have to rank them from 1-5) <BR> <BR> As it stands here are my interests <BR> Adoption, school social work, medical social work (like in the er), anything with children. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:58:31 EST Hi everybody, I'm new Hi all, my name is Louise and I'm new to this group. I'm starting my Masters in social work in Sept. and I thought this might be the place to meet friends who have gone through what I'm just beginning. I'm going to have questions and I may need encouragement, I think this group will be a great place to network and get support. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 02:28:33 EST Hello from Canada! Hello fellow social workers. I've been reading some of the discussions and I am so excited to find this group! I joined because, like many of you, I find it challenging to take care of myself. Stress at work has at times lead to feeling tired, cranky, overwhelmed, and angry. I have been on sp for a couple of weeks and I have already noticed the difference in how I feel. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>334</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 18:50:10 EST If you struggle with breakfast like I do... This is from a newsletter I get for diabetes, but I really liked it and it gives some good ideas for a healthy low carb breakfast!! <BR> <BR><BR>llery.php?albumId=226&utm_source=Foods<BR>tuff-20100202&utm_medium=eNewsletter&u<BR>tm_content=Foodstuff-newsletter&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=dLife-eNewsletter Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:34:42 EST Hi everyone! I was delighted to find this team. I am also part of the breast cancer survivors team. I am a full-time clinical social worker in a private group practice. Unfortunately I sit all day (I know that some of you can relate) and my fat cells are increasing! LOL! Anyway I am glad to be part of this team to become healthier and do more exercise. <em>311</em> Ronni Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:49:35 EST Weight Lost Awards I have seen some sparkpages with "10 pounds lost on sparkpeople" awards? Does anyone know how we get that? I've lost 14 and don't know where we get those or if sparkpeople generates them? Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:14:04 EST 7 WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT Hey team here is a link I found that I thought was interesting. Check it out and tell me what do you think? <BR><BR>sy-ways-to-lose-weight-without-starvin<BR>g-or-breaking-a-sweat/ Sun, 31 Jan 2010 01:57:02 EST Hi New to your group :) Hello ! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to find this team! Hope you are all having a great day and gearing up for a wonderful weekend. I have been sparking for three weeks and today is the start of Week Four. I've lost 5kgs in that time which seems a bit unreal... but I'm holding onto the idea that 'the scales don't lie'... Hope that's true!! I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you and hearing about your successes! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:47:12 EST Noobie here! Hi all :) I found this group browing for a sparkteam of social workers, and *surprise* I found it! I am not a social worker, as of yet. Still working on finishing my Bachelor's. I did work a year in a substance abuse group home with teen girls, and that is where I discovered my passion for getting into social work. I have lost a total of 54 pounds so far in my journey with 100 more to go. I figured I could be of some support and encouragement to you all, and that you all could lead me down th... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:26:38 EST Hello Team! Hi everyone, I am new to Spark and therefore new to this team! I am currently in my last semester of graduate school at University of MD, Baltimore and will be getting my MSW on May 21!! I am very excited! I also just joined a new gym and am very excited to get down to business with working out and eating healthy! I have had some success with eating healthy and working out in the past, but its sticking to it that has been the challenging part. I look forward to getting to know you all and hea... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:23:52 EST Blog Comments Does anyone know if when someone makes a comment on your blog and you respond to their comment on your blog will they get notification of a response/comment? Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:27:02 EST hi from a new member to the forum I've never joined an online forum before but I need support to lose 50 lbs! I've been an MSW for over 20yrs in the mental health field-the last 10yrs working in a hospital mental health ward. I love my work but as some of you know--it can be sad or stressful at times. I am a mother of three adult children and grandmother to six grandchildren. I am a truly blessed person and thank God everyday for my beautiful family and job. I have been obese-according to the BMI #32 rating I received, for 1... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:21:41 EST Just saying hi! Hi there! I'm a senior <em>58</em> graduating <em>58</em> with my BSW this year. My goal is to lose 130 pounds by graduation in December. I know with a LOT of hard work and dedication I can reach this goal. I'm 32 and married with 3 bonus sons (2 live with us). My husband immigrated to the US in 2005 from the <em>665</em> UK. We live in Texas. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 16:46:54 EST I've been gone for a very long time. Hello, all! I'm actually the one who originally created this team, but you would never know that because I'm never around! I so glad that it's taken off, and that social workers have a forum focusing on health and fitness. Awesome. <BR> <BR> Me, well I've been done with grad school for about 2.5 years now and have been working in the field in various capacities. Looking to lose some weight but more focused on total wellness. I am a member of OA and am interested in having program-related dis... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:49:00 EST How do you stay focused during the holiday season? I have found that I am so excited about the holiday and have been lack luster about my fitness regime. I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread on the subject thinking that others might be feeling the same way. Please share your ideas how you plan to incorporate your fitness and even eating program with the holiday season. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 08:16:29 EST How do you make excercise fun? Ok team I saw this question and I thought it would be a great idea for a thread. It would interesting to know and maybe your fun way may help others. Please share in this thread. For me I have been going to the gym and although I have been going often I find it hard sometimes and dont want to go. Fortunately since i Live in florida on the days I dont want to go I usually go by and walk along the lake front. When I am in the gym I have put several audio books on my ipod usually juicy, exciting... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 08:14:20 EST Today I Will... What will you do today to work towards your goals? Not only weight loss goals, but personal and lifetime goals. What step will you take to get yourself into that forward momentum of making your dreams turn into reality? Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:44:03 EST Post Daily On The Social Workers Unite! Board It is easy to drop in and make a small contribution, we would all like to get to know one another and be able to support each other through the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:40:38 EST Did You Drink All Of Your Water Today? A quick reminder and extra Spark Points for drinking your water. Remember the water will boost your weight loss, and flush out the toxins. Did you know that when your body is prompting you that are hungry when it is not time to eat, it is usually saying you are thirsty? Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:37:49 EST What Was Your Exercise Today? Whether is is walking, aerobics, weight training, running, chair aerobics, yoga, pilates, spinning - whatever it is, take time to let us know and earn extra Spark Points when you do! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:18:40 EST Reintroducing myself Hello! I've been a member of this team a long time, but I've been gone from SparkPeople for over 6 months. I wanted to say hello again, and also share some good news. After 9 months of searching, I finally found my first social work job (I graduated in December 2008 with my BSW) as a Child Protective Services social worker for my local DSS. I've been here two weeks, and am enjoying my new job. I've gained some weight in the interim, but I am not back on track and ready to get my healthy ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:45:52 EST MOVE IN FLIGHT POSITIVE THINKING CHALLENGE! Team lets focus on fourteen days of positive thinking. This I Believe will be an extraordinary challenge that will help us physically and mentally. Being positive and thinking positive can be a challenge for many of us. The goal is to find the upside in all things all the time. If you mess up one day you must start again. SO we have until October 31 to get this challenge done. Please come back and share your experiences. I believe when we start to look at the upside of things throughout our l... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 11:11:35 EST You are not perfect! Hey just in case someone out there doesn't know this and know this!! You are not you can relax you have fallen off the wagon, just brush yourself off and grab on to my hand.......if you are killing it on the scale..we are dancing with you....we are in this thing together!! <BR> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:26:15 EST Love Your life This thread is for sharing articles and tips that will help us on our journeys to loving ours lives. Learning to love ourselves and our lives is a major step towards changing our lifestlyes. <BR> <BR> Below is a link to an article about this topic. Enjoy!! <BR> <BR><BR>as <BR> px?aid=10310 <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 20:27:10 EST You are Worthy!!! Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. <BR> It is because we are different that each of us is special. <BR> <BR> Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. <BR> Only you know what is best for you. <BR> <BR> Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. <BR> Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless. <BR> <BR> Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. <... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 19:39:38 EST Kick life in the Ass Challenge (9/14/09 -10/4/09) Many of us help those who feel like life is kicking them in the Ass. So often as we work hard to help others we often feel that life is kicking us in the Ass as well.So I challenge you for the next 21 days to do one thing different that involves your weight loss. And blog about it or come back to this thread and share with the team how this one kick has affected you. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 19:31:56 EST Hello Hi I'm new. I am a LCSW in California working in forensic mental health. I'm glad to see a team for social workers. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:32:46 EST Hola Fellow Social Workers My name is Lynne, and I am a Social Worker. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> First foray into Social Work out of school was in Mental Health. Trial by fire in MR/CMI/DD/BD group homes. Not only survived the fire, but flourished in developing my mad social worker skills. Insecure segued into Self-assured. Then became more interested in and passionate about the CMI population and became the director of our 24 Hour Crisis Team. (Still in my twenties then and burn-out occurred big time) Great experi... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:59:04 EST Join to the team Hi <BR> Happy to find a group of social workers who wants lose weight. It is so difficult when everything around us is pulling us apart. I hope I find a lot of support in this team. Sat, 25 Jul 2009 19:27:09 EST Hi from Far North Queensland I am a mature age Social Work Student attending James Cook University QLD I have been on spark for awhile and thought this group might help with a bit more motivation and the occasional essay. Looking forward to getting to know everybody Tue, 21 Jul 2009 04:58:09 EST Hello Social Workers! Howdy, I have been on Spark People for awhile, but not been very consistent. I am fully committed now and think it is an omen that I discovered this team today! I am a Social Worker in East Texas but am moving to work overseas in August. I hope everyone has a great week! Sun, 19 Jul 2009 21:34:31 EST Over coming Road blocks Big and Small We are face on a daily basis with big or small road blocks to hinder our success. I thought this thread would be helpful to share some of those road blocks and discuss how we are going over them or maybe someone on the team has a suggestion on how to knock it the hell down if you have not had success going around them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Audrey Wed, 15 Jul 2009 10:22:10 EST Looking for help navigating Disability for my son We are new to trying to get benefits for my son. He is 20 years old and bi-bolar. He is stabilized, and lives at home full time. He has flunked out of college, can barely hold a part time dishwashing job, is not able to hold promotions, he keeps getting demoted back to dishwasher. He was hit by a snow plow this past winter and severely broke his leg and has been unable to work since. We applied for disability and were denied with the statement "you will be able to return to work within 12... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 11:39:15 EST Daily Log In Points I have seen this done on other teams, and thought we could add it to ours. Either in numbers or in emoticons, your choice. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 09:39:47 EST June 28 to July 4 weekly goals Hey team we are heading into July with the July 4th weekend coming. Let's commit to some goals while enjoying this upcoming holiday weekend.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;My goal will be to enjoy my BBQ but make smart choices. Also get my exercise in this week. Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:49:49 EST New to team Hey all, I was excited to find this team- I have been a sparkler since last fall. I am looking forward to a team of social workers! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 07:12:42 EST New to team social workers unite!! Hi, just a quick message to say hello to my fellow social workers out there. I just joined the team...looking forward to getting to know you. I am a school social worker in an elementary school, providing mental health counseling to kids and families. Love my work every day. Speaking of work, I am late so I best get going. Soon, Sandy <BR> <em>125</em> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:22:24 EST Caring fo rthe Caretaker You do so much for others constantly, both personally and professionally. What do you do to nurture and take care of yourself? Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:08:49 EST New to team, Hospice social worker needing support Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Natonia, and this is my first week on Spark People. I am 32 years old, single, and I want to lose 60 lbs. I currently work for a Hospice in Lakeland, FL. I have been a social worker for the last 10 years, working in primarily healthcare. However, my first 3 years in social work, I worked with Children and Family Services. I have a MSW and will be taking the Florida test for licensure in August. I am also working on my MBA, which I will complete in May of 2010. So,... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 16:22:35 EST June 8 to June 14 weekly goals Come on team heres a thread to help you get focused. SO lets write and commit to our goals this week on a daily basis. NO matter if they are big or small. <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> Iwill go to the gym this morning <BR> Iwill walk at least 2 miles tonight. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 10:00:56 EST Need advice please I am trying to find out if it is ok for therapist to hug their clients in Arizona. Does anyone know how I can find out about that? Thanks. Fri, 5 Jun 2009 20:12:19 EST June 1 to June 7 ( weekly Goals) Set your goals daily or for the week. What do you want to accomplish/meet? <BR> <BR> Today I will.... <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 21:00:09 EST Month of June chat Hey team I hope every one has an awesome start to their month. For those who have already made a goal for this month I know you can do it. And if you have not start with a small goal and focus on it all month. Have a great week....l <BR> <BR> Audrey Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:33:43 EST newby here hey excited to find this spark team and cant wait to share the journey with everyone. talk soon!! Sat, 30 May 2009 20:31:57 EST New to team Hi there! I am back at SP after a long hiatus. I got me weight down to goal about 1.5 years ago and did very well. Last December I had to take prednisone for a cervical disc problem and put on some pounds. Then in February, while out jogging, I slipped on some ice and broke all the bones in my ankle. I gained about 5 more pounds after that and am now 10 over my goal. I need to get back on track before it gets worse. <BR> <BR> I recently graduated with my BSW and will start graduate scho... Tue, 26 May 2009 11:19:57 EST New to team I'm new to the team, but not to Spark People. I'm current a full time college student going into the field of Social Work. I have a year under my belt in school, but have a long way to go until I get my Masters. <BR> <BR> I'm 39 years old and have a 19 year old daughter which was adopted out at the age of 4. We were reunited about a year ago which is awesome thing. I wished we had more communication, but I'm glad that we are in contact every month or so. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting... Wed, 20 May 2009 17:23:11 EST Anyone else working in the Crisis or DCORT field? Just wondering if there is anyone else out there working at a Crisis Intervention job, or through DCORT. Sun, 3 May 2009 11:46:48 EST Month of May Daily Chat Hey all happy May 1st day. I hope all is well with everyone. Today was pretty busy for me I had two interviews which I think went well. I'd like to ask the most selfish thing I could ask of you all the but the most priceless thing you could do. Please pray for me as I continue on this journey. Thanks ... P.S. I am still hitting the gym and today I brought 2 pair of size 12 jeans still getting use to that and I brought a large shirt instead of XL. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Audrey Sat, 2 May 2009 02:46:56 EST What have you done since joining Sparks people? I am in a support group outside of sparks people and we did an excercise the other day which I thought would be helpful to the team so here it is. What are have done since you joined the sparkspeople? Doing this excercise help me see how far I have come even if I have not reached the goal. <BR> <BR> Since I have joined Sparks people I have <BR> 1. go to the gym 3 to 5 times a week. <BR> 2. drink over 64 oz of water. <BR> 3. eat more vegetable <BR> 4.journal my food intake <BR> 5. blog about... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:58:05 EST Tears of Joy for Susan Boyle...Please Watch!!! Hey everyone! If you want so see a dream come true, true magic appearing before your eyes, please watch this: <BR> <BR><BR>ZY <BR> <BR> I was just blow away!! Literally, I cried so many tears of joy over this video!!! Miracles do happen!!! Just to see the contempt the audience had for this lady and the just the overwhelming joy they shared with her…AMAZING!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 23:25:56 EST Career change. I am so excited!!! Come June 22, 2009, I will be walking into my first college course for Social Service Paraprofessional. I cannot wait, I am so excited. I always loved helping people and wanting the best for folks. Encouraging people to reach for your dreams your desires. I would have went into this field years ago but I was always discouraged by the negative side of the career: angry clients, getting cursed out, system not working right. So i drifted for many years, well now, I'm working a job that I ha... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 20:53:06 EST APRIL SHOWERS CHALLENGE APRIL SHOWERS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> SHOWER YOURSELF WITH THE GOOD AND WASH AWAY THE BAD <BR> <BR> Body and Soul: In April we are going to add a good habit and eliminate a bad one. We often think more about getting rid of something rather than adding to our repertoire of good habits. That is why we are going to do both. Post in this thad how you are going to shower yourself and what you are going to wash away. <BR> <BR> Mind: Let's move ahead in April. Let's sail into new harbors. <BR> <... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:25:01 EST WALK FOR A CAUSE CHALLENGE Hi team I was thinking since we are all social workers that this would be a good challenge that would help us and others. This challenge will remain active all year. <BR> <BR> I would like everyone on the team to sign up for a walk that sponsors a cause that means something to you. whether its breast cancer, heart disease, MS etc. It does not have to be expensive but one that has some meaning to you. The great thing will be that you walk for a good cause and the walked help you. IF you pick ... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:01:48 EST THE CONFESSIONAL Have you fallen off the healthy path? <em>198</em> Confess and start anew!! You'll feel good to get it off your chest. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Learn, share, and motivate! Go Team Social Workers Unite! <BR> <BR> <BR> Learn, share, and motivate. I love SP and this team! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:52:20 EST What's Your Mantra?( Self Help Challenge) Question Social Workers???? Do you want to feel happier everyday?? And learn to replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts? By simply replacing your negative thoughts with a positive upbeat "Mantra" it will alter your outlook and help you on the right path to success. <BR> <BR> The definition of "Mantra" is a sacred word or syllable repeated in prayer or meditation. <BR> <BR> So by finding the right words for you and envisioning your ideal life you can retrain your brain to foc... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:46:42 EST Hello! Hi! I am just joining the team, but have been on Spark since January. I am graduating in May with my MSW and am excited to start my social work career along with my new healthy lifestyle. Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:17:21 EST 26 Reasons how to embrace Your Life 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you <BR> walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to GOD <BR> about what is going on in your life. <BR> <BR> 3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________' <BR> <BR> 4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> <BR... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 00:47:43 EST Month of April Daily Chat I downloaded a few new photos onto my Sparkpage...2 from a trip to Africa a few years ago over Christmas (flamingos and a nursing baby elephant) and 4 from a few years ago at the tulip festival in Amsterdam two years ago. The flower photos make me feel like springtime... <BR> <BR> Not one interesting thing going on with me today. I got asked by 2 Catholic sisters at my agency to bring a dessert on Friday for their monthly brunch for staff, so I have to figure that one out, it needs to feed ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 20:54:12 EST You know you're a social worker when..... You know you're a social worker when... <BR> <BR> 1. You think $40,000 a year is "really making it". <BR> <BR> 2. You don't really know what it's like to work with men. <BR> <BR> 3. You know all the latest lingo for drugs, where to get them, and how much they cost. <BR> <BR> 4. You've started a sentence with 'So what I hear you saying is...' <BR> <BR> 5. You've had 2 or more jobs at one time just to pay the bills. <BR> <BR> 6. You tell people what you do and they say "... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 13:06:25 EST exercise and gear mishaps Hey... I thought it would be great to share exercise/clothing mishaps. This past Friday I had an agonizing experiment with duct tape on my thighs. It's all outlined in my blog! Please read and share!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:05:23 EST New to team Good afternoon everyone. I have been part of sparks people for awhile but have not been as focused as I should. <BR> <BR> I am a Social Worker in Northern Ontario- working in corrections. Previously I worked for 15 years in children mental health/child protection. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 15:31:02 EST End of March Daily chat We usually have a daily chat thread everyone fail off the wagon and no one started one so here it is. <BR> <BR> Ladies missing in action I am so happy to see you back. I am on my way to gym and remaining focus. How has it been to be back in america susan. ANd silver how is belly dancing. You know you were my belly dance shero.(: <BR> and where is lynn and dana Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:07:50 EST Roaring out March and Blazing into April Challenge I don't know about you, but i've been totally slacking with my workouts. I started the year off strong in January but fell short heading into Feburary. <BR> <BR> So I decided it might be a great chance to put forth a little competition.... <BR> <BR> The competition starts on Monday March 16th and continues until Monday April 13th. <BR> <BR> In order to qualify you have to do some type of cardio at least three times a week for no less than 20mins and some type of strength training at lea... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 03:55:21 EST March Challenge I don't know if this group does it, but a lot of other groups have monthly challenges. I thought of a good one for me and would like to share with everyone and see if you would care to join me. <BR> <BR> So, I've noticed that I really enjoy spending time reading the articles and blogs on this site. They have really helpful information that has guided me on this journey. And I really like earning sparkpoints. <BR> <BR> So my goal for the month of March is to earn 60 sparkpoints each day - t... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 11:17:51 EST Comparing Ourselves to Other MH Professionals This being such a proud group of amazing social workers, I'm ashamed to admit this, but here goes: <BR> <BR> Does anyone else work with psychologists and/or psychiatrists and feel inferior to them? I'm almost 100% positive this is my own issue, but occasionally I feel like I'm being talked down to because I'm ONLY a social worker. Part of it is obviously a societal problem: in North Carolina a PhD psychologist can sign a service order for a client's treatment, but a PhD social worker cannot.... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:51:34 EST WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT FOR YOU LIFE? HEY TEAM HERE IS MY FIRST POST FOR THE MONTH. SINCE IT IS THE END OF THE MONTH I WILL POST AGAIN IN MARCH. MY QUESTIION TO THE TEAM IS WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE? AS PROFESSIONALS WE MAY HAVE ASKED THIS QUESTION 1000 TIMES BUT NEVER REALLY ANSWERED IT. OR HAVE HAD OTHERS ASK US THIS QUESTION BUT THEY NEVER REALLY LISTEN. SO I CARE AND I'M ASKING. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:01:29 EST Advice Please I will try not to draw this out but about 2 weeks ago my mother's cat (her baby, the indoor kitty that she just adored) crawled into their front loading washing machine when she wasn't looking and drowned. I had to convince her to go home from work (why she went in I have no idea) and also had her pick up something from the doctor. It took her about 4 to 5 days before she could step into the kitchen. Last night I was talking to her about general things and she all of a sudden (out of the b... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:29:37 EST WHERE IS THIS TEAM GONE? I have been the only huddler for 2 days now! Where is everyone! This team has always been busy and happening? <BR> <BR> Please reply team members! Wed, 18 Feb 2009 19:12:26 EST New to SP and Social Work! A lot of things in my life are new right now! As of December, I'm a new college graduate, a new wife, I'm new to SP and I'm working on being healthy, and I recently got my first position in the social work field! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to begin all of these journeys, and if anyone has any words of wisdom in these areas, I'm an open learner! <BR> <BR> How have you found being a social worker to positively or negatively effect your health? Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:52:59 EST Splenda Hey All - I posted this because I'm curious about others' experiences with Splenda. From what I've read, some people can tolerate it in large quantities. Others, like myself, definitely cannot. (You can get WAY too much information about my Splenda experience at<BR>ournal.asp?id=SWKATIENC) <BR> <BR> But I want to know how much others use Splenda and whether they've seen any problems. There are all kinds of horror stories on the Internet, but I'm pre... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:12:01 EST Your Laugh for the Day Today was a gorgeous day here in NC! People were running around in shorts and sundresses, and I got to play an hour of glorious tennis with the boyfriend. <BR> <BR> Here comes the funny part: I loaded up my dishwasher tonight and threw in an "empty" bottle of Palmolive dish detergent and an "empty" bottle of liquid hand soap. (I wanted to get them clean so I could recycle them.) I started the dishwasher and went about my business. Imagine my surprise when, a few minutes later, I realized I... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:40:01 EST Month of February - Daily Chat Hope it's okay that I started this topic!! I just had to share my excitement! <BR> <BR> I've gotta' tell you all that I really didn't think this Sparkpeople thing would work for me. For most of my adult life, I've been able to run every day and eat whatever I want. Then, I hit a low spot, started taking an antidepressant, and put on 18 pounds. When I went off the meds, I thought I'd just lose the weight, but I didn't. I tried my own thing, just watching what I ate, but I don't think I was... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 19:29:47 EST SOCIAL WORKERS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE- lessons learnt Hi all it may be a dream of mine in the future to work in private practice it was wonderful in the last blog to see the breadth of experience here- and read about real people and their passions!!!! awe inspiring- I have some literature on this topic from a workshop I had attended. I can email some of you but haven't done it myself yet- it will however have an australian context just email me on <em>250</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2009 00:06:16 EST Come up with a Challenge, Challenge!! Post your best idea(s) for a team challenge, and then we'll vote on which one(s) to do! Good luck!! Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:56:57 EST Month of January - Daily Chat! It's 2009!! Hi Team, <BR> It's a brand new year. Look back at what worked for you and keep doing it! Look back at what didn't - what can you learn from it? Now let's move on and have a great year! <BR> <BR> I'm working today - almost 4 hours into my shift and no calls! Plus, I get paid double-and-a-half time! Have a great day! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:44:26 EST I GET TO!!! What do you GET TO do today? Since I'm not released from the doctor to workout again yet, I GET TO eat a healthy breakfast this morning. <BR> <BR> Have a great day team! Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:34:29 EST January Penny Challenge! Team Lets start our year out with a Penny Challenge. <BR> <BR> It will go for one month, and then we will start again each month. At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU or you can decide to carry it over, that's ok, cause it will eventually still be spent on YOU. This is to reward yourself for the goals you have met, even if you don't meet all your goals, we will still celebrate the ones we did. <BR> <BR> The goal: ... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:48:41 EST Ring in the new year with A Smile Hey Team Here are 5 Ideas to make life Happier for 2009:ANy other suggestions feel free to add in this thread <BR> <BR> 1. Hug away stress-A kiss may be traditional, but a 20 second hug is even better- it can lower your blood pressure! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Give a heartfelt toast- Raise a glass at dinner to start the year off happy by toasting your family for all the good they've done in 2008. You'll feel great and so will your family. <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Stay awake with peppe... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 09:10:42 EST Away for 2 days! Hey There Team... <BR> <BR> I am going to be away for 2 days and in all probability will not be on line during that time as I will be at a hotel in Niagara Falls and marathon shopping! <BR> <BR> Just wanted everyone to know! See you when I get back! <BR> <BR> <em>263</em> SPARKappy Holidays SPARKPEOPLE <em>233</em> <BR> Kim Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:26:09 EST 12 Days of Christmas Challenge THis challenge would start on December 13th. <BR> <BR> I was just thinking about something with a kind of "12 Days of Christmas" theme - every day we'd list a 'gift' to ourselves (exercise, water, sleep, staying under calories, etc.) and try to maintain that one, plus add one more. We could post our gifts, then copy and paste when it was time to add another - just a thought to throw out there. <BR> <BR> Are you in? I think it would be fun Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:16:28 EST New Years Goals Hello Team: <BR> <BR> As the calendar gets closer to the end of the year, I am already thinking about things I want to follow through on in the coming year. <BR> <BR> For next year I think I am going to take a clear assessment at this past years journey and look at what worked and what did'nt. Look at some of the things I was so resistant to and really come up with a solid realistic plan to committ to. I want this plan for the new year to change my life in not just my weight loss but my lif... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:05:33 EST Progress not Prefection--- taking weekly inventory I like to take time each week to reflect on my progress in the past week, and the challenges I had. Hope you will join me by doing your inventory. We learn from each other. <BR> <BR> Progress: I have been making better food choices. <BR> <BR> Not Perfection: I continue to struggle with tracking my calories <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:01:20 EST Lose 89lbs @ the end of Jan. 2009 Challenge The idea is that we collectively lose 89 pounds by the end of January 2009. I chose 89 since because we have 89 members. We will Weight In (WI) on Mondays to keep us motivated through the weekend. Those of you on participating solice challenge are already on a jump start. <BR> <BR> You have to let us know your starting weight and your desired goal weight by Jan, 31st 2009. It would be great if you let us know how many pounds you lose every week . <BR> <BR> I will tally our lost pounds eve... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 22:33:09 EST Journal a day In this thread i will post a new question about your life -you can share it here or blog keep or both!!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received? What is the best gift you have given? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:56:42 EST Graduating!! But no job opportun ities... After 4 and a half years of hard work, I am finally graduating with a BSW next Saturday on December 13th. Hurray! <BR> <BR> However, I've spent the past 4 weeks looking for jobs (that don't involve children) and have only found one to apply for...working with pregnant teens. The economy is not in my favor, unfortunately. Most jobs in my area require an MSW or 1-2 years of experience. I can't really branch out of my area because I can't afford to drive further, and I need to stay in this ... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 23:33:06 EST Discussion : what field of work in social work ? my background-unemployed at present ( 71 applications- not all social work)previously worked with aged care assessment- cardio- pulomary rehab( for a short time) and Centrelink ( our depatment of social security for three months- but didnt like playing policeman (cop) veryfying everything- and felt that there was little chance for autonomy...have also worked with the Blind Society in UK , The Adult Deaf Society of NSW australia( before I graduated as a social worker) Have also worked for the... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 17:27:36 EST Month of December - Daily Chat Hey Team, <BR> Thought for sure someone would have started our monthly chat! Hope you all got through the Thanksgiving holiday and are doing well. Planning on wrapping up this last month of the year with a bow! Mon, 1 Dec 2008 12:47:23 EST Cheaper alternatives- more ideas welcome as unemployed have been looking for cheaper alternatives to "diet shakes" have a huge container of whey protein powder that I add a dessert spoon to soy milk and have also included cottage cheese as an addition to diet its cheap and high in protein Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:31:22 EST New to Forum- and a bit down ... have insulin now and have gained 7 of the 14kg I had lost also unemployed and applied for 70 jobs- am 54 but not passed it !!Mum has cancer so I need to remain in the vicinity - live in Nelson Bay Nsw Australia- beautiful place but small work opportunity - have to drive to Nctle for work 1hr a way. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 17:26:26 EST MSG and obesity ? True got thMSG - A slow Poison...MUST READ! <BR> <BR> Interesting reading, makes one think what is going into our mouths.! <BR> <BR> Interesting? <BR> <BR> I had no idea that Hydrolised Vegetable Protein was MSG!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> !!!!! Just goes to show ya have to be knowledgable and conscious of <BR> everything!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm especially interested in the part about headaches; towards the <BR> end,, I underlined it. <BR> <BR> MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Fla... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 17:22:39 EST Thanks giving Food Ideas Hey team I was in the panic button section with my children (: look at the thread and you will know what I mean. Any way I mentioned thanks giving dinner and all that I have to contend with in preparing the dinner of the foods my family and I look forward to every year. And many of those items are fattening. So I thought this thread would be helpful if anyone had helpful hints for cooking some tasty things with less fat in them. Below are some of the good tasting things that will be on the di... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 08:43:45 EST I LOVE SP!!!! I Love SP! Here's why: <BR> I have lost 8 lbs. so far! <BR> I tried on my too-tight jeans last night & they fit great! Not too tight anymore!! <BR> Today, my hubby's friend said "Have you lost weight?" <BR> I have been looking forward to hearing that comment! <BR> Its all thanks to SP & all the support from YOU ALL!! <BR> Thank you! Kathy Sat, 8 Nov 2008 21:07:29 EST Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st) Challenge I created this Challenge on another team forum, and thought it would be fun (and help motivate more people!) to bring the challenge to all the lovely social workers of SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> This is a six week, "choose your own goal" challenge. Sign-ups are officially this weekend, but you can join in at any time during the challenge. All you have to do is put down your name on the list below, start weight that you are at when you join, your current weight that you will update every Sunday... Sat, 8 Nov 2008 18:39:18 EST Any hospice SW's out there? I've been working in hospice for 14 years! Just wondering if there are any other hospice folks out there! <em>41</em> <BR> How about other SW careers? <BR> Kathy Tue, 4 Nov 2008 19:41:15 EST New to the team Hi everyone my name is Angie, i'm 32 years old married with no kids. I have been a social worker for 3 years, and I work with the mental ill in the community. I'm currently attending grad school, and decided that I need to put me first for awhile. As social workers we something tend to take care of everyone else and not ourselves. I look forward to meeting everyone. <BR> Angie <em>88</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2008 22:21:22 EST New to SP Hello! I am a 39 year old mom (9 year old daughter & 6 year old son), wife & MSW, working in hospice for 14 yrs! I live in SW Virginia. Glad to connect with other SW's--it sure is a stressful profession! Kathy Sat, 1 Nov 2008 10:50:18 EST Month of November...Just Chat.... Well, who can believe it's November 1? I didn't even realize it and posted ont he October thread before I moved it over here... <BR> <BR> Sheila ~ Isn't fun getting everything all shiny and spiffy? Are yo happy how everything turned out and looks? <BR> <BR> Lynn ~ MOTHER abandonment??? Oh, that's gonna take a lot of therapy. I hope mother has good insurance for all her babies. <BR> <BR> Dana ~ I need to get inspired by you. I did get my new pedometer in the mail (I lost my other first o... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 05:15:28 EST *~Month of November Daily Chat~* Hey everyone! I thought I would go ahead and start the month of November chat. Looking forward to our chats this month! :0) Fri, 31 Oct 2008 23:03:51 EST Hey! I'm new to the team!! I am also 10 math credits away from my degree, I put them off and it's been 2 years and I need to finish so I can OFFICIALLY be a social worker! Also I'm losing weight because I want to be a fit and trim social worker that can keep up with the long hard days and not eat to deal with the stress! Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:30:07 EST WHAT WORKOUTS ARE YOU DOING? Hey team for the past year I have done different types of workouts. I am currently doing jillian micheals 30 day work out and I am also walking and doing a litte strength training.I also have done the biggest loser work out which is pretty good. <BR> <BR> This thread is to share your workout plan which may help others on the team or just to talk about the variety execerise plans. <BR> <BR> AUdrey Sat, 18 Oct 2008 12:10:16 EST PANIC BUTTON ! I NEED HELP! I thought this was a great idea, to create a panic button for all of us to hit when the munchies and worse overwhelm us. This doesn't have to be food related, it can be anything making you sway from the plan you're on. We all know that stress and stressful situations can make us go crazy. <BR> <BR> Please subscribe to this discussion so you will be there for those who need you or when you need help. <BR> <BR> AUDREY <BR> <em>33</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2008 12:01:46 EST Oxidizer test- Jillian Micheals Hey team I am doing the 30 day shred by Jillian Micheals. <BR> And I found this information that I thought was intersting. So I thought I would share with you. <BR> <BR> This tells whether you are a slow, balanced, or fast oxidizer, which in turn helps you in understanding what kind of foods your body requires. Whether you require more carbs, or protein, or a balance of both. <BR> <BR> <BR> Oxidizer Test From Jillian Michaels <BR> <BR> In the morning, you <BR> A. Don’t eat breakfast <... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 11:57:25 EST Gratitude So in my blog I talk about things I am grateful for Audrey/Nigelina suggested I start a thread here. The way the political and economic climate are right now it is easy to get all caught up in our worries and stressors. Sometimes we need to step back from all these things and focus on what is going right in our lives. You can check out my blog to see what I am grateful for. The question I pose to you here is what are you grateful for? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2008 23:03:47 EST 30 DAYS TO CHANGE A BAD HABIT INTO A GOOD ONE! They say it takes 30 days to change a bad habit into something good. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <em>249</em> <BR> So our challenge is to choose ONE habit to really focus on, and change, and make it become part of your daily routine. <BR> <BR> Do you have trouble geting your water in each day, and it frustrates you? Make that your challenge for the whole month. Don't eat your fruits and veggies and you know that is the change you need to make a difference, let's g... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 22:37:15 EST Month of October....Just Chat Well, who can believe it's October?! It's definitely cooler and crisper in northern Italy, which is great after such a hot summer. Not much going on today, my Wednesday night group is going to see Mama Mia tonight, I'm looking forward to that. How is everyone? Wed, 1 Oct 2008 05:18:00 EST hello! Hi there! I am new to this team. I am a social worker in the St. Louis area. I have about 30 lbs to lose. I have lost about 50 on my own, then I was at a stand still so I have joined spark people. I hope to lose 30 lbs by March, 09. Wish me luck! Mon, 29 Sep 2008 21:08:11 EST Why are you doing it So I need a shot in the arm to help me get back on track. Right now I feel I am so far off track that I need to take a bus to the track to get back on it. I need some help with motivation and wonder what motivates you all? What motivates you to make the changes in your lifestyle that help you lose weight? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2008 12:49:08 EST I'm new to team. Hi all. I joined this team earlier in the week, but haven't had a chance to post. I have been reading though. Glad to be a part of a great group of people. <em>244</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2008 00:23:04 EST Hi from a Canadian Social Worker Hey There, <BR> <BR> I am a Children's Social Worker who has worked in Child Welfare for over 15 years...I am employed in Brantford Ontario Canada. <BR> <BR> I am the team leader for People In Ontario Sparkteam as well as a Community Team Leader and have been an active member of Sparkpeople since March 2, 2008. <BR> <BR> Have A Sparkeriffic Night <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2008 22:53:15 EST hello hello! hey all. i'm currently a school based case manager working on her master's degree...woo woot! <BR> <BR> i love my job and, while it can be stressful, i can't imagine doing anything else! Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:43:09 EST Postive Self Talk It is so important to encourage others and we are so great at it. We are a team built on support and compassion and it is wonderful. However I have noticed that we lack the encouragement and support when we are the one who needs it. When it comes to motivating ourself and providing encouragement we seem to forget that we have the same struggles or emotions that our friends do. Well this Month and next month we are going to change that. We are worth self-motivation and we have it within us to ... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 22:31:43 EST Meier Brigs short form / Keirsey Temperament sorte So in my diversity and social justice class we did the Meier brigs short form. I love this type of stuff it's like a more accurate cosmo quiz. I was just wondering if any of the rest of you had taken it and what your results were I cam out as a INFJ (idealist -Counselor). If you've taken it you will know what that means. Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:06:53 EST Month of September, Chat about stuff Hi Guys! <BR> We had a great thread for August where we just talked about anything on our mind, so I thought I would start one for September! Nothing much to say here - we had a nice time at Benihana's for Zac's 10th birthday yesterday. Working today unitil 7PM, but so far pretty slow. My company pays double and a-half time for holidays, so I asked to work today! Will be doing my second week of P90X this week, starting tonight. Trying to coordinate buying a used car for the twins - theirs bro... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:58:58 EST Walking into your Destiny!!! Lets walk into our destiny this month. <BR> <BR> 1.WALK AT LEAST 4 MILES A WEEK. PARK YOUR CAR AT THE END OF THE PARKING LOT. TAKE THE STAIRS. WALK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WALK IN THE MALL. WHAT EVER YOU DO JUST WALK. <BR> 2.STRENGTH TRAINING 30 MIN 3X A WEEK. <BR> 3.DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER DAILY. <BR> 4.EAT AT LEAST 3 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. <BR> 5.REMIND YOURSELF AND SOMEONE ELSE ON THE TEAM WHO IS TAKING THIS CHALLENGE THAT THEY ARE WALKING INTO YOUR DESTINY. <BR> LASTLY BELIEVE BELIEVE BEL... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 01:40:40 EST Hi all! Hi everyone... I'm new to Spark and am excited to get started. I work in child welfare (specifically foster care) and will begin pursuing my MSW at Marywood University in a few short weeks! There are a lot of new things happening in my life right now, and I hope that Spark just adds to that in a positive way. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 17:59:36 EST Personalize your workout results! Greetings all! I just wanted to share this website for those who do not have a heart rate monitor and are using the calorie counters on fitness machines/magazines/the SP calculators. These do not not take into consideration your size. <BR> <BR> A heavier person burns more calories, so the same amount of physical activity can actually burn the same number of calories but more quickly. But remember, exercising harder and faster only increases the calories expended slightly. To burn more calor... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:43:47 EST What say You? Hey Team I thought this would be a great thread to share why we are on this journey. Here are 4 questions to answer which I hope will help your self awareness as well as give you an opportunity to share things about you with us. So..... <BR> <BR> What say you? <BR> <BR> 1.Why I am over weight? <BR> <BR> 2.Why do I want to lose weight? <BR> <BR> 3.Why have I been unable to maintain? <BR> <BR> 4.What will I do to correct my weight problem ? Sun, 3 Aug 2008 02:39:15 EST What you Cookin ? Hey Team I thought it would nice to have a thread where we can share recipes that you love that are helping you in your journey. <BR> <BR> So gather your recipes and share. <BR> <BR> Audrey <em>191</em> <em>140</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2008 01:59:24 EST Month of August Chat About Just Stuff Who can believe it's August 1st?! Wasn't it just the New Year a minute ago? Anyone have any late summer plans for vacation? Not me, too hot and crowded in this part of the world during the summertime. I'd much rather leisurely enjoy a trip in the I'm going to Paris with girlfriends October 10-15. And probably one last weekend trip to Rome before I move, I want to see the Sistine Chapel again. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 02:00:54 EST What have you done RIGHT today? I thought this would be a great place to start motivating ourselves and others by discussing what you've done right today. We tend to focus so much on the negative and forget the positive. Remember, it's the small positive changes that will make this new lifestyle stick! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:57:52 EST Inner Peace I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. You too can find inner peace. The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished. What's one thing you started and would love to finish? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 00:16:50 EST Day by Day Challenge Hello team I thought it would be a great to have a daily challenge . Below are different challenges which I encourage each team member to try do one on a daily basis throughout the month. When you complete the challenge come back to this thread and share your experience. This challenge is a Day by Day challenge which I hope will encourage all of us as team members to continue to help ourselves as we help others. <BR> Share what ever you want about the daily challenge you completed on the day ... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 02:31:36 EST Month of July Chat About Just Stuff I want a thread where we can just chat, check in, and talk about whatever we want, weight related or not. No specific category and I know it's almost the end of the month, but I'll try and remember to start one every month, or if someone notices it's not done, please start it. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm thinking about writing a plateau song, something to the tune of "Hi Ho, Hi Ho" from Snow White, if nothing else, because it rhymes with plateau. I feel there's nothing I can eat anymore. Oh, that ha... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 06:12:12 EST New to the board! Hello, <BR> <BR> I was definitely looking for the SW team and here you ladies are. I absolutely was born to be a SW. I've been practicing for 15 years: 8 in Child Welfare, 1 Mental Health and 5 in School System. Looking to work on PhD. Part-time lecturer and I love teaching in the profession. Good luck to everyone on their weight loss goals. <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 23:49:00 EST Are you Burning out? Take the test I was searching the web and thought this was interesting for us Social workers. So why not take the test. <BR> <BR> <BR> ARE YOU BURNING OUT? <BR> <BR> Have you noticed changes in yourself over the past 6 months? <BR> Assign a number from 1 ( for no or little change) to 5 (for a great deal of change). <BR> <BR> _____ 1. Do you tire more easily? Feel fatigued rather than energetic? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> _____ 2. Are people annoying you be telling you, "You don't look so good lately"?... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 19:44:24 EST What have you lost? <BR> <BR> I lost somwhere between a bald eagle and 10 dozen large eggs. <BR> <BR> "Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average n... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 00:35:28 EST Saluting this weeks Phenomenal Woman<em 285</em> MANY PEOPLE WONDER WHERE MY SECRET LIES, I'M NOT CUTE OR BUILT TO SUIT A FASHION MODELS SIZE. WHEN I START TO TELL THEM THEY THINK I'M TELLING LIES. <BR> I SAY...IT'S IN THE REACH OF MY ARMS, THE SPAN OF MY HIPS, THE STRIDE OF MY STEPS THE CURL OF MY LIPS. <BR> <BR> I'M A WOMAN PHENOMENALLY...... <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> EVERY WEEK WE WILL BE SALUTING A PHENOMENAL WOMAN ON OUR TEAM IN THIS THREAD. PLEASE HELP ME SALUTE EACH PHENOMENAL LADY SELECTED EACH WEEK. <BR> THIS WEEKS PHENOMENAL WOMAN... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 02:10:55 EST Student Social Work Questions Good evening, <BR> <BR> I was just sitting here thinking about some stuff and had some SWK questions that I wanted to ask everyone and get some feedback on. <BR> <BR> Okay, I am in my senior year of undergrad for SWK. I graduate in the spring of 09. I want to work with children when I finish, but I kinda want to work with older adults as well (not in a nursing home, maybe the dept. of aging or something like that). Right now I work in a preschool and in the fall I will be doing Latch Key (b... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 17:48:19 EST 4 day work weeks what's your opinion? So I'm a child and family service worker in Utah and our Governor just announced that all state employee's will be going to 4 10 hour days a week and three day weekends. There are mixed opinions on this, People like the idea of a three day weekend but people with children are really struggling because of the hours for day care. Personally I am starting Grad School in the fall and have to leave early on both tuesdays and thursdays , before I was only going to have to leave early on thursday... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:41:40 EST Let's Play A Game This one I found on another site and really enjoyed the responses...let's see if we can keep this going. <BR> <BR> Using only 5 words describe your mood/outlook on life <BR> <BR> I'll start: (Fabulous Water Walking Faith Woman) <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:42:07 EST THE COURAGE TO HEAL OURSELVES AS WE HELP OTHERS! Hello Phenomenal Team Mates, <BR> <BR> Because we work in a field that requires us to help many others to take steps to begin to emotionally heal, I thought it would be a good thread for us to share in regards to progress we have made or are working on for ourselves. <BR> <BR> Many of us go through life suffering from emotional wounds. They may be words that cut so deep and were told to us so often, we began to believe them. We may have needs that were never met by our parents and families,... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 08:55:14 EST What's Your Favorite Quote? Well, mine is at the bottom of my posts. I love this quote because it enourages me to take on challenges and changes and have faith that everything will work out. When I picked up and moved to a foreign country 5+ years ago, I didn't know a soul, had never done this kind of work, and didn't speak the each one of those things is no longer true. I've been so fortunate to have amazing travel opportunities as a bonus. Now, I'm moving back to the States again and taking a one ye... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 06:42:14 EST In case you want to see I have posted a recent belly dance picture on my most recent blog entry. Any feed back would be appreciated as well. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 23:02:16 EST Fit & Fab Tid bits. We are team of social workers who are responsible for coming up with resources and sharing information with the people we service. I thought it would be great to have a thread where we can share excercise & diet tips. Anything that you maybe trying that will help others on the team. Lets share..... <BR> <BR> Audrey Tue, 1 Jul 2008 23:45:22 EST How Many Red Foods Can You Name? We did this a while ago with green foods, so let's try red this time. <BR> <BR> 1. Tomatoes Mon, 30 Jun 2008 05:59:56 EST Weight Loss and Health Hurrays! I personally want to celebrate EVERY ounce lost! So this is a thread to post either your pounds lost, inches lost, health gained...whatever positives you are noticing as a result of your new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My weekly weigh in day is Wednesdays...I lost 1/2 pound this week. I'm a real turtler, but I'm OK with it. I usually lose a pound, so I need to restructure some of the poor choices I've made recently. Fri, 27 Jun 2008 05:19:37 EST FREE CEU'S Do you know where you can get free ceu's? <BR> <BR> I've been looking on the internet for free ceu's. <BR> The conferences and seminars for ceu's are expensive. Tue, 24 Jun 2008 15:04:23 EST What does your screen name mean? Hello Phenomenal Team Mates, <BR> <BR> We all have such unusual screen names I thought it would be another way of getting to know each other by sharing what your screen name means. <BR> <BR> My screen name is the name of my children. Nigel and Nia. So what does your mean? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Audrey Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:59:58 EST Laughter is the best medicine Lets laugh if you got a good joke add it to this thread. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I hope this doesn't offend anyone!! <BR> <BR> A male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose, still heavily sedated from a difficult four hour, surgical procedure A young student nurse appears to give him a partial sponge bath. <BR> "Nurse", he mumbles, from behind the mask "Are my testicles black?" <BR> <BR> Embarrassed, the young nurse replies "I don't know,... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:39:17 EST Team introduce yourself with a virtual model <em>204</em> Every wonder where people get those pictures with the models that look like them? Well here it is. <BR> <BR> Have some fun today, create your virtual model and post it on your site or on this thread. Maybe even you before and after picture. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Click on the link below and try the weight lose feature as well. You enter your weight and the model changes as you change. <BR> <BR> Once you create the model you have to right click on it and click save to you... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:11:16 EST Let's chat on Hey team~ <BR> <BR> I borrowed this idea from another team and thought it would be a great idea. <BR> <BR> The site is called Chatzy and it is free and fun! Here is the information and I can not wait to see you all there. I am so excited....... <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the website at the bottom of thread. When you enter the page (use the same name from Spark People as your log on name ) <BR> The password for the room is "socialworkers" <BR> <BR> If you are interested we can set a ti... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 22:55:50 EST Excercise Tag <em>227</em> <BR> Any person who reads this post has to do the exercise that is posted then post a new one. <BR> <BR> They can be hard or even ones that you can do at the desk while typing on sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I'll start Dance to 3 of your favorite songs... <BR> Please don't forget to post your exercise for the next person. <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 01:43:35 EST Affirmations for Phenomenal Social Workers Good Evening team, <BR> <BR> Every monday I send out affirmations to my friends. One of the other teams I belong to have asked me to make a thread for their team. Well I could not imagine not doing for this awesome team. So I will add one weekly feel free to comment or include one as well. <BR> <BR> Audrey Mon, 9 Jun 2008 17:52:18 EST LCSW Hey guys!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you all know I passed my LCSW exam today!! Yipee for me! NO more tests!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Sat, 7 Jun 2008 11:20:05 EST HOW COME? Hey Ladies... <BR> <BR> I took this game from another group I belong to and I thought it would be fun to do with each other. We'd have conversations/dialogue all in the form of a question and even respond with the first two words..."How come.." <BR> <BR> It was a lot of fun and it's just random thoughts and you can just freestyle. I hope you all jump can be a lot of fun. I'll start. <BR> <BR> How come for the past 3 months I got up at 5:00 Am. to go the gym at 6:00 am and now c... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 07:01:22 EST It's June! Reach for your goals! Hi Team! <BR> It's June and we're heading into summer. This is the time that many people kick back and lose track of their goals. What are you going to do to stay on track and reach your goals? <BR> <BR> I just finished my third Body-for-life challenge (I'll post updated pics). I'm planning on taking one week off with mostly clean eating and light work-outs. Then I'm going to be back at it again. Start training for a 10K I'm doing in October (I can't even do a 5K yet, so I've got a lot of tr... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:49:50 EST IT'S TIME TO WEIGH IN SET YOUR MINI GOALS. Hello team I figured we needed a thread That would make us accountable to ourselves and each other regarding our mini goals as well as to track our weight loss progress as a team. On Mondays we should weigh in and give our progress while putting down what our goals are for the upcoming week. I will start with mines. <BR> <BR> May 2008 <BR> weight 187 <BR> chest 44 <BR> hip 42 <BR> waist 33 <BR> thigh 23 <BR> arms 12 <BR> My mini goals for this week are as follows: <BR> 60 minutes. of Ca... Fri, 30 May 2008 07:42:03 EST Good bye It’s time to say goodbye. I have been a member of Spark People since January 2007 and I have logged on everyday except for twice. I have lost over 20 pounds by using the nutrition tracker and by joining a few challenges. Lately though I have been spending way too much time on this site. I don’t even like the internet and yet I’m here almost an hour each day. It’s time for me to take the tools I’ve learned and try to do this on my own. Also, summer is almost here and I have coined this t... Sun, 25 May 2008 11:19:58 EST GRATITUDE ATTITUDE <em>304</em> Hey team, <BR> <BR> I find many people struggling including myself with this weight loss battle. And sometimes while your in this struggle we can fall so deep in it and not look at all the wonderful opportunities, wonderful people and mini accomplishments we have made along the way. SO I challenge you to show gratitude for the little things as well as the big. <BR> <BR> Come on team lets have some GRATITUDE ATTITUDE and share it in this thread. <BR> <BR> I'll start <BR> <BR> I am so grat... Sat, 24 May 2008 00:55:04 EST Streaking.... Whose doing it? Hey Team, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to set up a streaking challenge: A streak is when we have several days or meeting one or more of our goals without ANY skipped days. We've all streaked to some degree or little as two days in a row, and some of us have gone for MONTHS without interruption! <BR> <BR> For me weekends have been my challenge . <BR> <BR> This is another ongoing challenge, similar to the Weigh-In, where we continue to prod ourselves forward and see how... Sat, 24 May 2008 00:25:14 EST New Ideas, Confessional, vent Hi team, <BR> <BR> This thread is for any ideas you would like to see happen for the team as well as if you have had a bad or good day. If you need vent about some struggles you are having with your weight loss journey. This is the thread to do it. Let it roll Wed, 21 May 2008 08:48:19 EST SCAVENGER HUNT GAME Hey Social Workers! <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought it would fun to get to know each other better and one way to do that might be a scavenger hunt. I'm thinking how it would work is: <BR> <BR> I (or someone we designate) will post a clue in this thread. The answer will be on one of our Spark pages. For example, 'Whose page tells the origin of their user name?'. You guys would look at each other's pages and the first person to post the correct answer wins for that day. The clues will only come f... Wed, 21 May 2008 08:39:38 EST BEAUTY PLEDGE For all you beautiful social workers Check out the Beauty Pledge! <BR> <BR> I am signing up. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR><BR>uty_omag_200806_revolution_b.jhtml <BR> <BR> <BR> Audrey Wed, 21 May 2008 08:28:38 EST TEAM MANTRA CHALLENGE HELLO TEAM, <BR> WE NEED A MANTRA!! <BR> LET'S TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OUR CAUSE TO HEALTHY LIVING. THIS WILL BE SOMETHING WE CAN THINK TO OURSELVES WHEN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ARISE,AND WE BECOME DISCOURAGE, A MOTIVATIONAL SAYING WILL MOTIVATE US AS A TEAM THAT WILL RALLY US. <BR> I'LL TAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN PUT ALL THE SUGGESTIONS TOGETHER AND ASK TEAM MEMBERS TO VOTE THE ONE WITH THE MOST VOTES I WILL POST IT UNDER OUR TEAM PICTURE. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR IDEA ON THIS THREAD.. <em>285</e... Tue, 20 May 2008 22:51:19 EST BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO A TEAM MEMBER TODAY HELLO TEAM <BR> <BR> BECAUSE WE ALL DO WHAT WE DO WE TEND TO PUT OURSELVES LAST ON THE LIST. WE OFTEN ENCOURAGE OTHERS OFTEN AND NEVER OURSELVES. THIS THREAD IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS ON THE TEAM AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED ENCOURAGEMENT. PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO SHOUT FOR HELP THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR. LETS GO TEAM <BR> <BR> AUDREY Tue, 20 May 2008 22:42:25 EST AROUND THE WORLD CHALLENGE HELLO TEAM, <BR> <BR> It's time we get fired up and step up to the challenge. So here's our first physical challenge. <BR> Did you know it takes 12,450.77 miles to go around the word according to Goggle. So I challenge our team lets take an adventure half way around the world. Put your walking shoes and lets walk around the world in 12 months. I'll put it as a goal so you will see our progress. You can also post your progress in this thread. This is an awesome challenge and a big challenge ... Tue, 20 May 2008 22:35:41 EST MIND OVER BODY Hello Team, <BR> <BR> One of the greatest reason for failure is our mind more than our body. Lets conquer this weight battle with controlling and changing our thought patterns. Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> 1.Take steps to become your own motivator, Heck you do it for a living. <BR> 2. Write your vision statement and plot your strategy( journal) <BR> 3. Give yourself a reality check. <BR> <BR> Share your progress you are making and the challenges you are facing in achieving MIND OVE... Tue, 20 May 2008 22:29:34 EST Hello New Members Introduce Yourself Here Hi, are you new to the team? Please tell us a little bit about yourself here so we can get to know each other. This way it is easier to support one another toward our goal to living lean! <BR> <BR> <BR> Audrey <BR> Mon, 19 May 2008 22:42:06 EST Hello from a BSW student Hi, my name is Sarah, I'm a BSW student (senior) graduating in December. I'll be finished after one more semester, which will be my field practicum at a mental hospital facility (very excited to get started!). It's nice to meet other social workers/social work students. I also joined the other social work group, so if you are reading this twice, my apologies! <em>211</em> Mon, 19 May 2008 21:41:57 EST DID YOU KNOW THAT HEY TEAM. <BR> <BR> This thread is on another of my teams boards...great <BR> I'LL start...then you add your own info, whatever it is.... you add it...something that we didn't know !!! <BR> <BR> DYK That I love BEING A SOCIAL WORKER <BR> DYK That I am MEDICAL HOSPICE SOCIAL WORKER. <BR> DYK That I live in SUNNY FLORIDA <BR> DYK That I love the color PURPLE <BR> DYK That I love to TRY NEW THINGS <BR> DYK That I MY MOM IS ONE OF MY SPARK FRIENDS ON MY SPARK PAGE AND YOU'LL N... Wed, 14 May 2008 23:04:18 EST Month of May Daily Check In Hi, I thought it would be fun to start a thread for daily check in. Just a how are you, what's going on, what do you need, what's exciting info place. <BR> <BR> Wednesday is my official weigh in day and as of today, I've lost 29.5 pounds since January 2. I thought it would go faster because I have so much to lose, but I'm pleased and feel that I can keep at it. I'm flying to the States next Wednesday for 10 days for a 50th anniversary party for my parents and I'm a little anxious about ho... Wed, 14 May 2008 02:14:54 EST What Should We Do About Our Team? Hi All~ <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions what we can do to improve our team, get more participation from current members, and attract new members? <BR> <BR> First of all, I think the original Team Leader has quit. Janet, I sent her an email when you and I emailed everyone, asking her to let us know if she wanted to continue as TL, but she never answered, so I'm assuming the answer is no. How do we get her off as TL, change the Sticky Topics, etc? Does anyone know how to do this and... Mon, 12 May 2008 13:37:43 EST Hi Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm a SW in Alabama, work for the Department of Human Resources (child and family services). I have a MSW and am licensed at that level. I've been with DHR for 11 years and am currently at the state office as a consultant/trainer type position. Fri, 9 May 2008 14:12:33 EST NASW Anyone belong to NASW? I'm thinking I should join since I'll get a student discount.. but money is so hard to come by right now. <BR> <BR> Anyone else in school? How do you stay motivated with the weird hours and schedule? Tue, 6 May 2008 14:39:43 EST RECIPES OK, I have the most difficult time when planning dinner because I don't want it to be high calorie, but I'm also usually not in the mood to eat just a salad for dinner. <BR> <BR> SOOO...i wanted to get your recipes for the most filling but lowest calorie meal you enjoy? Mon, 5 May 2008 13:23:29 EST How Many Green Foods Can You Name? I got this idea from another team I'm on. With spring here, let's name all the foods we can think of that are green. Most, but not all, will be healthy! I'll start... Sat, 3 May 2008 04:58:33 EST new here HI Team, <BR> New here. Just wanted to say i am in need of a new social outlet. I am beginning here, because it is safe. I have worked hard -really hard-on a career, home family and now I'm recently separated/devastated. THe energy that i used to put into my clients - i am now eating my own words and having to create a new life.I tis hard to loose the weight and take care of myself and my kids ect. ect. I look forward to hearing from you all! Wed, 30 Apr 2008 13:46:23 EST What have you done for yourself today? challenge We work helping others during difficult times in their lives as well as taking care of our families. While often not making time for ourselves. So my question to you all is WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOURSELF TODAY? Your challenge is to do something for your self each day and share here in this thread. <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:06:53 EST What Type of Social Work Do You Do? Hi All~ <BR> I thought it would be interesting to learn what type of SW we each do...or what kind we would like to do. <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm a therapist at a mental health clinic. I work with individuals or couples, occasionally children. My primary responsibilities include addressing issues of family violence, either spouse abuse or child abuse. <BR> <BR> Now...what I'm doing now is not my favorite kind of work, or where I get the most satisfation or feel most competent. For about 16... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 06:41:48 EST Four things about me ..... Four things about me that you may or may not have known in no particular order. <BR> <BR> Four jobs I have had in my life <BR> 1. Sweeping trash on roller skates at an amusement park <BR> 2. Clerk Typist at the Department of Justice <BR> 3. Supervisor of an Adoption Program <BR> 4. School Social worker <BR> <BR> <BR> Four movies I would watch over and over: <BR> <BR> 1) Gone With the Wind <BR> 2) It’s A Wonderful Life <BR> 3) Imitation of Life <BR> 4) The color Purple <BR> <B... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 17:53:09 EST Team I need help with calorie counting I am doing really well with the excercise but I am so struggling with my calorie count. Any suggestions. Some days I think I am on point and other days particularly on weekends I am struggling. Social Workers Help me out. Any suggestions. Tue, 8 Apr 2008 17:35:37 EST Venting / need support about Work . So this is not really weight loss related it's more social services related. I'm a Child and Family Service worker. I got a call this morning from the adoptive placement on one of my cases saying that they can't keep my kid any longer and that they want out, because there is to much competition between their son and my foster kid. This kid is only 6 and gets a bad rap because he has reactive attachment disorder. The foster mom even says that he's happy most of the time and seems to do wel... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 16:16:44 EST Just Fine April Challenge Ladies we are entering the month of April and I thought if you all are interested this would be a great challenge for the next two weeks. I was listening to my favorite song which is one of my theme songs for the year and I thought the message was awesome and a great to start a challenge. Here some verses from the song and after that I will enter the goals of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Just Fine By Mary J Blige <BR> <BR> Feels so good, when you're doing all the things that you want to do <BR>... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:01:26 EST New Game....This or That? Let's have a little fun...this game is called "This or That?" You answer the question of the previous poster, then post a new one.. All questions are choices and answer it regarding which choice you prefer. So....I'll start.... <BR> <BR> Spring or Fall? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:21:12 EST Poem : How to get to Heaven How to Get to Heaven <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman knocked at the heavenly gate, <BR> <BR> Her face was scarred and old. <BR> <BR> She stood before the Man of Fate <BR> <BR> For admission to the fold. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "What have you done," Saint Peter asked, <BR> <BR> "To gain admission here?" <BR> <BR> "I've been a social worker, sir, <BR> <BR> For many and many a year." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The pearly gates swung open wide. <BR> <BR> Saint Peter touch... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 16:52:11 EST Daily Challenge Okay Social Workers, let's challenge ourselves to stay within calorie range, drink 8 glasses of water and do some form of exercise daily. We can post our results here. This is fairly easy but hopefully it will get us started. Feel free to offer something more challenging or fun. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 18:35:00 EST Oprah's looking for you! Hey guys a friend of mine passed this along to me and I thought I would share it with all of you!! This would be a great way to spread the spark if one of our very own Spark members could get on the Oprah show!!! Here's the info below from the website: <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you a WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS story? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off? Have you tried every diet in the book and finally discovered the key to healthy weight loss. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 01:32:55 EST WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!!!!! hello, all! i'd like to welcome the newest members to this team. i can't believe how much we're growing, from our inauspicious beginnings. <BR> <BR> i've been quite m.i.a. lately, as some of you may have noticed; my fitness journey was derailed towards the end of my final semester, and i've been struggling ever since. i had my wedding and honeymoon (during which, i ate whatever the hell i wanted!), but since returning home, i've begun working out 4-5 times a week and am trying to stick to th... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:41:50 EST Oppurtunity Well I have not stopped by for a little while now and am glad that today is a little slow so that I can stop in to all my teams and say hi. Things are going okay. They could be better, but given the current situation in my life, trying to secure a job, things could be much worse. <BR> <BR> I am currently very encourage that I will secure employment by the end of the week. I am preparing to do a presentation to a company to create a Theraputic Foster care program from the ground up. It is ver... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 13:45:37 EST NEW to the TEAM Hi everyone. I am 26 years old and have been working at a Crisis Center for 2 years now. In the past six months I have gained 40+ pounds. I want to lose the weight so that I can enjoy my job and feel confident about myself again. <em>213</em> Mon, 23 Jul 2007 13:14:09 EST Hi ya'll! So glad to find some fellow social workers who want to take care of themselves! I live and work in the Dallas area as a family counselor in an early childhood agency. I am nearing the completion of my LCSW (December 2007) and figured it was time (long overdue) to take care of myself for once! Just finished my first week on spark and I am really enjoying it. I am excited to get to know all of you! Sun, 8 Jul 2007 09:14:17 EST Welcome, all!!! Greetings, SW Sparksters: <BR> <BR> A huge WELCOME to everyone who's joined in the last couple of months! I apologize for being MIA; I was busy graduating and starting a new job. I've also been busy after totally falling off the wagon, trying to get back into shape and retrain myself to eat well. Frustration! <BR> <BR> Anywho, happy almost-summer. And congrats to everyone who also just graduated! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Steph <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2007 16:21:04 EST