SparkPeople Homeschool Swamp Team Messageboard A group of dedicated homeschool moms committed to improving their personal and family health. This is a small group with many non-participating observers . SparkPeople Homeschool Swamp Team Messageboard Tip of the Week Learn from your past mistakes. When you go about things in the same way for the same reasons, you tend to get the same results. While you don’t want to dwell on what happened, it’s important to learn from those experiences so that you don’t repeat them. Consider why your weight loss or healthy living goals haven’t been successful up to this point. <BR> <BR> Are you trying to change too many things, too soon? <BR> Are you setting unrealistic expectations for how quickly you’ll see results? <B... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 06:44:11 EST September Tips /More fruits and veggis SEPT. 1ST ***** <BR> <BR> DIP IT..... <BR> <BR> Instead of dipping your chips and veggies into creamy dressings, make a healthy dip out veggies...hummus, chunky salsa, guacamole, and roasted red pepper dips will help you meet your daily quota. <BR> <BR> <BR> SEPT. 2ND ***** <BR> <BR> <BR> ADD FLAIR WITH FRUIT. <BR> <BR> Raisins, apples and tangerine slices add sweetness and texture to salads. Apples complement pork, pineapple is great with fish, and orange slices are perfect with chick... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 06:39:46 EST Setting page to Public It has come to my attention that all pages are set to Private when you join. I thought I would post how to change that so there is an awareness.. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <BR> Help - Answer <BR> <BR> How do I make my SparkPage show up on my Message Board posts? <BR> <BR> A SparkPage is a personal homepage where you can share your progress with other members through pictures, blogs and more. When you make your SparkPage public, other members may be able to see it and leave you suppo... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:56:22 EST Hi Everyone!! Gosh I have been so neglectful... Sorry!! While I am working it is so hard to get online! <BR> I am purposefully staying off as much as I can now that it is summer... I try to do my bare sparking and check email and then get off. How is everyone doing?? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:42:48 EST Howdy! Good day friends! <BR> <BR> I am a homeschooling Mom in Maryland. I am trying to balance home schooling with caregiving duties and working. I feel like I am failing miserably at everything. But, I keep trying. <BR> <BR> This week, in addition to signing up with Sparkpeople (again), I have started walking every day. I have a spot in my schedule where it fits perfectly. I don't think I'll more than 30 minutes for the next couple of months. But, I am going to try to work on my speed (as oppose... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:50:14 EST HEALTHY LUNCHES Here are some interesting healthy lunch options. I may need to browse around this site! Anyone familiar with this site? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>33480209#opening-slide </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:17:18 EST Hi all! I am new to Sparkpeople and just trying to figure this out. I am a conservative homeschool mom in Colorado. I do not stick to one curriculum as we have found being flexible helps my two children ages 8 and 10. I enjoy going to church and serving others. I volunteer regularly at food banks. I am worried about my weight that has spiralled out of control in recent years. I need to actively change my lifestyle and would love some encouragement on the best way to do this in little steps. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:43:20 EST Made to Crave Bible study starts 1/19 Good morning! Last year we attempted to do the Made to Crave study here, but kind of fell by the wayside. <BR> I discovered that an online study with Lysa through her Proverbs 31 Ministries is starting January 19th. Go ahead and join there, and then we can do discussion and accountability here, too, for a small group touch, if you like. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? I signed up! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:08:51 EST How do I fit it all in? I'm trying to figure out how to fit everything in to my days. I'm not even trying to add in extras! Just the basics: keeping the house picked up, school work and now my fitness routine. I feel like I can only ever get 2 of the 3 done. It's either housework and school work or house work and get the idea. I delegate housework to my oldest daughter (the other is only 2) and I have her do as much of her school works as possible independently. Even then I just can't seem to find the... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:50:05 EST HO HO HO Christmas is coming keep it moving Going at it again. Got sick over thanksgiving. <BR> so did a Challenge goal sheet for December. Going to work hard to keep it going. <BR> <BR> Ski Machine 35 <BR> Plank Sets: 1 1 <BR> Pushups Sets: 1 Reps: 30 <BR> Sit-Ups - Sets: 1 Reps: 100 <BR> SparkPeople: 9-Minute Seated Arm and Shoulder Workout (Coach Nicole) Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:15:50 EST Fastest (safe) way to lose 10 lbs. Looks like a good workout! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bell-squat-to-overhead-press?workout=2<BR>6758 </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:59:19 EST Hello I'm new to this team. <em>524</em> <BR> My name is Kim. I am 39 yeas old. I live in Kansas with dh, dd, 2 dogs, 3 cats and a fish. <BR> I've been around Sparkpeople for a few years. <BR> My 13 year old dd has always been homeschooled. I would call us secular relaxed eclectic homeschoolers. <BR> <BR> Dd and I eat almost all of our meals at home. Dh takes a packed lunch 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Eat less processed foods. Get dd to eat less processed foods. <BR> Eat m... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:49:29 EST November thankful thread Once a day! What are you thankful for? <BR> <BR> Nov 1st- Thankful for my health <BR> Nov 2nd- Thankful for MN Teen Challenge; that so many are healed through them. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:09:39 EST Natural method of lowering cholesterol? First time I've had high cholesterol, tho the H and the L are in line. Any suggestions? Really prefer to skip drugs. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:58:41 EST NO CANDY Halloween! Post each day you succeed! I upped my chance of success by buying Wendy's gift certificates for jr frosties instead of candy. But I'm sure dh will need candy as we get closer... sigh <BR> <BR> What's your strategy? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:55:42 EST Share online sites for school! Inside Nature's Giants <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=inside+nature%27s+giants&oq=inside+na<BR>tur&gs_l=youtube.1.0.0l10.7976.11526.0<BR>.14509.<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Very interesting inside look at bigger animals--python, hippo, big cats, crocodile, elephant and more. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:56:27 EST How's your school year going? I'm not quite done planning this year, but dd's picked up where we left off last year, so she has plenty to do. 8th grade here. Continuing on in Singapore Math, but picked up some Scholastic stuff to add to it here and there. Lightning Literature includes writing; Trail Guide to US Geography and state reports; we'll read from Nesbit's Shakespeare and continue US history. Ballet, soccer and basketball for gym, drama, band and choir. Just have to figure science, I guess. She'd like some e... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:05:22 EST September Getting back into a Rhythm August was a tough month for me to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Hoping Sept will be a getting back into the Rhythm of life again. <BR> <BR> How will you get back into a Rhythm. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:29:59 EST Want to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks? Please join starting on Aug 21. We are playing in a 4-week challenge to lose 4% of your starting weight. The bet is $20 and everyone who wins splits the pot. Come join the fun! <BR> <BR> Click here to play with me: <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:43:19 EST Homemade salad dressings? Anyone make their own salad dressings? Share your favorites. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:12:04 EST Things to add to a green salad... Thought we should have some salad ideas all in one place. For when they get boring. ;) <BR> <BR> Salad 1) craisins, sliced almonds and croutons with poppyseed dressing. <BR> <BR> Salad 2) broccoli slaw instead of lettuce, with some broccoli 'trees' and cauliflower, shredded carrot, sunflower seeds, craisins, bit of crumbled bacon, and red cabbage with coleslaw dressing. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:05:50 EST Recipe Rehab, anyone? Anyone seen the show (or you tube videos) of Recipe Rehab? They have two chefs compete to rehab a favorite family recipe, and tend to use lots of veggies! Very interesting! <BR> <link><BR>A3BD1BE87BCC&feature=plcp </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:19:24 EST Apple Cinnamon Water? <link><BR>tox-apple-cinnamon-water-pinned-it.html </link> <BR> <BR> Need a break from plain water? Someone found this detox apple cinnamon water on Pinterest. Couldn't hurt. :) Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:53:36 EST Feingold program Anyone here use the feingold diet program? <BR> <BR> I am considering switching to it to see if I see any difference in behaviors with my children (and hubby's memory) <link> </link> i searched thinking it would be a popular family sp team, but there isn't one yet... So if you have experience let me know. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:10:41 EST How do you schedule exercise around homeschool? We have a YMCA membership but they do not offer childcare between 2pm-4pm, which is when I am free most days-- after homeschooling and before dinner prep. <BR> <BR> My 3 year old does not nap, so I have a hard time exercising at home. The Y seems great! Except it isn't available when I would like to use it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:15:52 EST GAMEI'm on a losing journey & taking ____ with me Add a good habit, something SP offers or ?? to the list for this journey to weight loss. Thought we could see how far we can go without repeating items. Copy and add your item! <BR> <BR> I'm on a losing journey and taking along-- <BR> * lots of water to drink, <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:21:20 EST Pandora has workout stations made up! Anyone use Pandora for music besides me? I've been listening to favorites for work for months now. You basically make a station around a favorite artist or two or three. <BR> <BR> Anyway, they have some premade stations that you can add to your list. Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> They have stations for cardio, yoga, strength training, dance, etc. Just to add some fun and rhythm. :) Off to add a few to my list... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:08:38 EST Whose around now January 2013? I slacked off in Dec bad, <BR> <BR> it looks like some were posting in Dec, but nothing now. <BR> <BR> anyone still around? <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:05:06 EST I don't want to be a butterball turkey this Christmas! Anyone with me?? <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> I aim to be feeling and more fit this Christmas as a gift to myself! <BR> <BR> Who's with me?? <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> <em>216</em> <em>319</em> <em>320</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:31:48 EST Sparkpeople Radio Boy, they've added lots of goodies! It's talk radio for SP. May start listening while I work. :) Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:46:51 EST Sparkpeople Trivia for points? Anyone do the trivia questions? I'd forgotten about them. They're kind of fun. You can find them on your 'view sparkpoints' page as an option. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:38:34 EST How many points did you earn today? May make me read some articles and track things regularly. Care to join me? <em>334</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:00:40 EST What fun Christmas traditions do your kids love? For maybe 5 years or so, we invited several families over for a cookie decorating party. I'd bake sugar cookies ahead of time, then set out different colored frostings and a variety of sprinkles. <BR> It seemed a natural progression from the adult cookie exchanges I'd been having. The kids were actually disappointed when we made it something for all the co-op kids. <BR> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:14:19 EST So, anyone go out on Black Friday? I've reached the point (and so did my sisters and mom) where we really found nothing to make a run for. Dh wanted to go find a couple things for work yesterday, so we went out, but about 4 pm. Normal amount of folks. I did pick up a few stocking stuffers. Not sure I have a whole lot to get this year. Dd had pointed out things through the fall, so I grabbed those. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:00:46 EST On the run GOOD food options I like to get the Wendy's chili or the half sized Baja salad for a main dish. The Ceasar side salad is also addicting! <BR> <BR> What do you like to grab if you're out and about? Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:08:34 EST What are your favorite apples? And how to you eat them--raw, baked, etc.? <BR> <BR> I love Braeburns and Cortland. And I picked up some Honeycrisp apples, too. Of course, applesauce and apple pie are my favorites. The family will slice them up if there's caramel sauce. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:49:36 EST Thanks for the support I'm finally back and working on getting back into a routine. <BR> <BR> My dh had an aunt that passed away and we went to her funeral in San Antonio. So I got home 3 days later than I thought I would. <BR> <BR> I haven't really exercised in a while. I was doing good in the begning, but my time just wasn't my own for the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I did gain about 2 pounds in the last month. But I'm determined to get back on track with my fitness. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:12:49 EST My dad passed away on Thursday I hope I get to check in from my parents place but I might not. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to keep up with eating right and exercising some. I'll need the exercise to relieve the stress. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 01:43:35 EST Build a poem, 1 line at a time Thinking of 5 line poems. Here's a first one to build on: <BR> <BR> Today it's awful hot outside Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:23:05 EST What music gets you going? I'm pulling some oldies while I work today: Fine Young Canibals and the Pointer Sisters. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What do you play to get/keep you moving? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:02:13 EST Made to Crave Study Well, tomorrow is June 1st and the study begins. Is there anyone going to join me? Please let me know... I will begin posting tomorrow! Blessings on your day! Thu, 31 May 2012 05:37:05 EST smoothies, anyone? recipes inside 23 smoothies in all sorts of yummy flavors! Really make me think summer cool and easy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-that-aid-in-weight-loss/ </link> Thu, 24 May 2012 10:50:44 EST Progress 'm so excited I finally hit a new lowest weight, Hooray. sadly I yo-yo so I won't "confirm" this yet. But I was thrilled to be at the next level. <BR> <BR> actually it was my first goal here for Spark. I need to loose more but I needed to set some shorter term goals for myself. <BR> <BR> It is 15 pounds from my starting weight. <BR> Fri, 18 May 2012 10:14:09 EST 52 Small Changes with Big Results We've heard some of these before, but there are also some good 'new' ones! <BR> <link><BR>ig-weight-loss-results/4-b-394731?nlci<BR>d=dt|05-03-2012| </link> <BR> <BR> #5: Here's SP's Sweatsuit to Swimsuit workout. They have the best 'bootcamps'! <BR> <BR> Anyone heard of Tabata training? Sounds doable for any schedule! <BR> <BR> Time for more destressing here. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> #20 and #21 would probably do my family good! #38 sounds goo... Wed, 2 May 2012 14:34:40 EST Fitness Apps to check out For those of you who can use them, perhaps one of these would be helpful: <BR> <link><BR>od-today-20-fitness-apps-ll-get-you-be<BR>ach-ready/4-b-447286?nlcid=dt|05-03-20<BR>12|#447312 </link> Wed, 2 May 2012 14:15:19 EST Made To Crave Study Starts June 1 Sorry I have not been around much... life has been so busy!! <BR> <BR> Let's start June 1, this gives everyone a chance to get the book! <BR> I am really excited about this... I can certainly use doing the study again! This study really helped support my decisions to eat healthy, exercise regularly and most important draw closer to God. She talks about her ups and downs... how she realized she craved food more than God. Naturally, this will get you thinking about other things you put befor... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 06:28:24 EST Points challenge <BR> How far are you from your next point Trophy? I'm at about 490 till my next one. SO I'm hoping I have it by Monday or Tues. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:56:59 EST Time is SHORT Challenge <em>218</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <em>464</em> <BR> Time is running out to be ready for lighter, more baring spring and summer clothes! Time for a 'crash' course to make big changes in a short time! Or a last big effort for those of you who are way more ahead of the game here than me. <em>2</em> I'm proposing the SHORT challenge to get us ready for those summer tops and shorts and-- <em>218</em> season! I know you want to feel good out there in the sunshine! ... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 12:41:16 EST Hello! Hello, I'm Sarah M. in MI from the Sonlight Forums. <BR> My dh and I are working on losing some weight, partially motivated by how sluggish we feel, partially motivated by seeing the medical issues in our overweight parents. <BR> I'm liking this site so far. Tracking my food is helping immensely! <BR> Hoping to get to know you all! <BR> <BR> Sarah Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:00:01 EST Creating a non-stick ss pan Just in case this would be helpful: <BR> <link><BR> </link> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 10:10:43 EST Top Spring Foods for Weight Loss <link><BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|04-03<BR>-2012| </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of fruits and veggies! Anyone enjoyed Witloof or Guava? And eggplant is a berry?? The things one can learn. :) Wed, 4 Apr 2012 10:52:33 EST Trying to increase your fiber intake? Please share tips or great recipes here. I am always WAY low in this area! <BR> <BR> Here's a great recipe to increase your fiber intake and use cumin, one of my favorite spices! You can eat it as a main dish or use it as the base for a taco salad or taco filling. <BR> <BR> Skillet Beef with Lentils- from The More with Less Cookbook <BR> <BR> Bring 1 qt water to boil in a pan. Add 1 1/2 C Lentils <BR> Cook 20 minutes. Drain- reserving liquid (if you plan to use bouillon cubes). * I didn't... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:31:41 EST Speaking of pizza and raw veggie options Have you heard of making a crust from cauliflower?? I read it a while back, but have never tried it. I should, since I havea problem with just one slice of pizza If I could just learn to have a big salad with it, that would help! <BR> <BR> I've been reading lots of whole food e-books this last week, and have ordered a raw foods cookbook I'm excited about. Looked like some ideas that sounded good and different! Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:37:17 EST article- Habits from Fuel Fitness Gym <BR> <BR> The Power of Habit <BR> <BR> One of the most influential forces to shape many of our actions in life is the power of habit . Habit is often overlooked (perhaps because of its simplicity) when we consider why we do or don't do certain things. If a person were to ask: "Why do I come home from work and sit in front of the TV instead of going for a walk?" or "Why do I go to the refrigerator every time I'm bored?" It seems too easy to answer "because I'm used to d... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:41:55 EST Greetings, I'm so excited to find a group of homeschoolers on here. Much more interesting if conversations are well rounded, including all aspects of a healthy life. I already feel so much more encouraged that it is time to make this health thing happen. I have 5 boys - 13, 11, 9, 7, and 4. We have been homeschooling from the beginning and I have realized that it is time to start getting this body back in shape so that I can keep up with those teenagers coming. I have 70 pounds that the doctor say... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:28:11 EST $500 blender giveaway! Enter to win! <BR> blendtec_blender <BR> <BR> Sounds really nice! Fri, 9 Mar 2012 22:46:58 EST Challenge of the Day Thought this might be fun for a change, and still doable while life's crazy. First one here each day can post a challenge for the day. Then everyone just checks in with <em>248</em> when they accomplish it. <BR> <BR> It can be any one piece of the SP puzzle- tracking, exercise, water, reading an article, no meat day, whatever. You can name it. :) Let's see how many of us can accomplish at least something here each day. <BR> <BR> I'll go first. Drink 8 glasses of water today. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:43:37 EST Clean Eating? Anyone doing this? Anyone switched to cooking with so many veggies like this? Started getting the magazine. Looks great, but dh would be a hard convert. Also found some yummy looking bean recipes last night. Almost ready to get cooking again for a change. ;) Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:21:05 EST What's working for you? What's going well? Not too much here, unfortunately. But-- I did start getting Clean Eating magazine and copied down some great bean and veggie recipes last night that I want to try. <BR> <BR> Working on the water. Due to a freebie at McD (they made it by accident and gave it to me) I now like iced vanilla coffee. Yumm! Tho if memory serves, doesn't coffee dehydrate you? Don't worry. I just have one every couple weeks. :) Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:13:05 EST Made To Crave? Should we do a study? Tina, what do you think? Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:37:08 EST Curriculum Hi All, <BR> I love to know what others are doing in their home educating! How long have you been home schooling? What curriculum are you using and what do you love about it? If you care to share - what do you not like about it? <BR> <BR> We are in our 3rd year and we have used Sonlight for all of it. I love the close interaction with my children and the great books. Sometimes I feel so new at homeschooling and I don't know a lot about other curriculums. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your input. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:24:36 EST SP Heart healthy article/ calendar <link><BR>r_2007 -02_leap_year.pdf </link> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 05:33:42 EST What are you proud of yourself for today? A place to note anything that you are proud of: holding your temper, exercising, eating right, etc. Whatever! Let's hear about the positive in your day! <BR> <BR> I had the oatmeal at McD this morning. Love all that fruit! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:13:11 EST 10 cool ways to beat the winter blues<BR>ss_articles.asp?id=341 <BR> <BR> 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues <BR> Keep Your Energy High and Mood Lifted <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The "winter blues" are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:37:13 EST 7 Smart ways to stay active this winter<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1594 <BR> <BR> 7 Smart Ways to Stay Active This Winter <BR> Don't Let Cold Weather Destroy Your Efforts <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Baby, it's cold outside. And, if you're like me, winter weather can sometimes make working out seem less than desirable. After all, who likes to dress like a mummy to go for a run, or risk slipping on ice when out for a walk? Even heatin... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:35:02 EST 3 Month Challenge For those who choose to accept.. ;-) <BR> Krystie on on the fitness class speakers ( and Leader of the Dandy Lions ehich I also am a co -leader) challenged us to make a 3 month goal list... This really is a great idea for those of us who need to feel like we are indeed making progress in areas, not just fitness. Many of my fellow teammates have come up with excellent goals. So if any of you would like to join... just blog... I will read them and cheer you on! <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:50:15 EST Does anyone do yoga? I'm thinking about trying yoga for myself and maybe my 12 year old. I'm curious what experiences anyone can share- any advice on what to look for, what to stay away from. <BR> Do yoga videos work just as well? <BR> Thanks for sharing, <BR> Roxanne Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:58:36 EST Hi! Hi there! I'm new to the group and new to Sparkpeople. I wanted to jump in and introduce myself. My name is Angie, and I'm a 41 yo homeschool Mom from sunny Florida. Our family is in our 11th year of homeschooling (Yikes! Where did all that time go?!?!) My husband, of 20 years, and I have four kiddos ages 16, 14, 11, and 8. Honestly, I didn't think we would be homeschooling into high school, but here we are! It just really fits our lifestyle and helps us to be flexible with extracurri... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 14:49:53 EST Welcome BLESSEDMOM26 6/TEACHEROF5 Welcome to our team! We look forward to encouraging you and supporting you on our journey together. We look forward to when your Personal Page is up so we may send you notes and goodies of encouragement. If you need anything , Please feel free to ask... Please jump right in to our chatting!! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:42:51 EST The bonus spin challenge! Just for fun, let's see how often we can get the bonus spin for points. I believe it's 25 points you need to earn in one day for a second spin of the wheel and extra points. Who can post here the most having won their second spin! How many points will YOU earn today?? <BR> <em>105</em> <em>12</em> <em>209</em> Go! <BR> <BR> Post each day you get a second spin. Do we have any competitive SPers here?? <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. You're either doing things right (the SP way) or ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:26:14 EST Good Morning Hi everyone, I am new (for the third time) to Spark, and I hope to find some buddies to motivate and be motivated by. I am married to a great supportive guy, our 17th anniversary is tomorrow! We have two girls, one is 16 and goes to public school. Our 12 year old stays with me and does school online through South Carolina's virtual school program. I have also used a "private" homeschool program for my older daughter in the past. It amounts to the same, I teach and study with my daughter ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:24:43 EST How many words can you find in Merry Christmas? Cheer <BR> Scram <BR> Stem <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:21:05 EST Today's exercise was: the 2 mile WATP- 30 minutes Tue, 6 Dec 2011 01:33:26 EST Living the Lifestyle During the Holidays by : Birdie Varnedore, M.D. : <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again. Staying on track during the holidays is challenging, but it can be done. I’m entering my fifth holiday season as a SparkPeople member, and I’m looking forward to conquering it! There will be many articles coming out in the next few weeks about avoiding holiday weight gain. <BR> <BR> Instead of concentrating on avoiding holiday weight gain, my goal is to maintain consistency with my diet and exercise program throughout... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 08:14:42 EST Tidings of Comfort and Joy Challenge This is the season of Comfort and Joy, so let's keep ourselves in the COMFORT of feeling healthy and wearing clothes that fit , AND then share the JOY of the season. <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> COMFORT <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> For every day that you get at least 15 minutes of exercise, give yourself 10 points. Dance in the kitchen, get out and play with the kids, get that shopping done! lol I'm sure you'll come up with other ideas--feel fre... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:48:18 EST Spark People helpful Holiday articles <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1352 </link> <BR> 12 Days of Holiday Cookies <BR> <BR> Let's start baking! I know I have some Weight Watchers cookie recipes somewhere that I saved years back. Of course, I'm guilty of not trying them. Personally, I've enjoyed making biscotti the last few years. They don't have much sugar at all. And my grandma's 'sausage' cookies with almonds aren't too sweet either. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:20:59 EST Has Christmas prep started at your house? Any fun planned? <BR> <BR> Our town has its Christmas doings this coming weekend. Dd will probably do the cookie decorating, see the magician, go for a hayride, and make some ornaments again. We went with another mom/dd last year; us moms had a great visit. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'd like to start baking this week. Maybe. We'll decorate next week. How about you? Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:54:54 EST How to Handle Thanksgiving How to Handle Thanksgiving (Courtesy of the Biggest Loser Web) <BR> Have a planned celebration, then get right back on track! <BR> <BR> To make sure you don't go into a food coma at the Thanksgiving table, or feel so full you stagger to the couch afterwards trailing busted zippers and popped buttons, here are some suggestions from our Biggest Loser Club experts on having a sane Thanksgiving celebration: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise. This may mean taking a wal... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:24:01 EST Thankful Challenge Three Positives! :) I am borrowing this from another team..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you think of three positive things each day to lift your spirits and make you smile? Sometimes positive thinking can help us reach our goals. <BR> <BR> 1. After years of my dh's family being well, not close.... last night we all had dinner( all seven kids,spouses and mil) We actually had a wonderful evening and there was only a wee bit of discord that we could all get around and laugh! <BR> <BR> 2. My immediate family is heal... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:21:01 EST Today I'm grateful for... Thinking of November and thankfulness, thought we'd run this thread to post on daily this month. <BR> <BR> Today I'm grateful for my mom. She's my best friend, supports me in homeschooling, and is such a great example of Christ's love to me in all the little things she does such as saving articles and the Sunday Parade section of the paper for me, sharing websites or sales or ads she thinks I'll like, and bringing some baked goods for Valentine's Day, etc. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:49:58 EST Letterboxing g/Geocaching We used to do letterboxing Oh so many years ago! Great way to get exercise and explore!!!! <BR> <BR> Goecaching...???? <BR> Now that my dh are in this different season, i am trying to figure out different things for us to try... has anyone done this.... ? Like it? Pros/Cons Thu, 3 Nov 2011 06:10:49 EST Awesome Blog from my friend Patty! Friday, October 28, 2011 <BR> I think I am starting to feel the effects of CDP! <BR> I am having symptoms pop up from time to time, and they seem to be lingering longer. <BR> <BR> COMMITMENT: definiton <BR> 1. The act of being commited to something <BR> 2. The state of being commited <BR> 3. The act of commiting, pledging or engaging oneself <BR> 4. A pledge or promise to oneself. <BR> <BR> I think this can be a tough part of CDP, it takes alot to keep a promise to oneself, but if we can ke... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:45:42 EST Apple recipes I am doing apples today... Would love you to share your family favorite recipes! I love making my old favs. But, also love trying new ... <BR> Yum!! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:17:33 EST My Blog Hi! Would someone mind letting me know if you see my blog.. I am not sure if it is public or not.. thanks! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:42:44 EST And welcome to a new leader-- Tracey! Otherwise known as LILY8486. She's been here throughout the years since the team was started. Thanks for stepping up, Tracey! Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:42:05 EST Stepping down, but not good-bye After much prayer, I've decided to step down as one of the co-leaders for this team. Since reaching my goal weight, and the INCREASED activity that seems to be non-stop the older the children are getting, I truthfully don't have enough time to devote to helping out the team like I should. I'm not leaving, but can only check in here and there. Sparkpeople has been not only an awesome tool to become healthier, but I've made some wonderful friendships that I know will last. Thank you for the... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 10:37:02 EST MONSTER Challenge The Candy Monster comes out to haunt us during October, but we're not going to let him derail us from our healthy goals! Just say "No!" to Halloween candy and join us in our MONSTER Challenge. The challenge starts this Tues and runs Oct 11 - Oct 31. Winner gets a spooky goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> M= Move every day with some cardio. (1 pt per 10 minutes) <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> O= Organization. Take 15 minutes to organize something in your life. Clear a counter, clean out a drawer, mak... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 15:18:28 EST Speaking of prayer... Speaking of prayer, yesterday he answered two prayers. The first was a prayer from my devotional to be able to share scripture with someone yesterday. During my dinner calls, I ended up sharing the previous day's Bible reading with her and didn't even think about it. A short while later, it hit me that He'd answered that one! <BR> <BR> Then, I've been wanting to get started walking again, but haven't wanted to bug my one friend that's busy helping a new widow's family. About one, my othe... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:14:37 EST Pondering and sharing ( I posted this on another board , kinda got carried away and then realized .. hey this is a Christian hopefully praying and ministering group so i am letting myself be open) <BR> <BR> Well, so far a very nice weekend! We had my bil and sil over Friday night. We had fun, played some cards and the guys won big time! ( ah well, gotta let them win sometimes.. LOLOL ) Saturday was a nice day.. Chores around the house then we went with our dd to visit my mil and then went to dinner. A new place, ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 08:32:42 EST Word Association What word do you think of in connection with the last posted word? <BR> <BR> donut Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:59:59 EST New Veggie recipe Hi! I wasn't sure where we were supposed to post this... I did try a new recipe last weekend ( didnt get a chance to post... ) <BR> <BR> The family really enjoyed this... <BR> <BR> I took some frozen cauliflower( my second son is on a cauliflower kick) I sauteed it in olive oil and garlic... THEN i sprinkled some Thai fish sauce over( supposed to use Oyster , but this is what i had) It was delicious!! <BR> <BR> I am on a Vietnamese food kick right now.... It gave it an oomph.... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:12:51 EST Breakfast at your house? Do you have a set menu or list of things to choose from? Do you fix it or does everyone serve themselves? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:01:41 EST Shoes? Do you buy special shoes made especially for walking/running/whatever your main workout type is? <BR> I've just been wearing a Keen-like shoe I found on clearance for my walking this last year, but I need to get some new shoes. I do tons of walking all fall and winter, and don't want blisters or really sore feet when I'm done each day, so think I need to get shopping! Any suggestions? My sil also said I need a special brand of sock as I get way too hot wearing socks and shoes (hence the Keen-... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:37:44 EST crockpot meal ideas Jenny-- did you try any recipes from that site I shared? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Do you have any good recipes to share? <BR> <BR> We're having the garlic honey chicken tonight with chinese green beans and corn on the cob. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favorites to share? Time to start using that thing. :) <BR> <BR> I always look for recipes that don't have cream-of-whatever soup in them. I promise I'll post a couple here soon! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:57:39 EST Perfect pb sandwich? So I was reading about some pb and X combos on a friend's blog, and wondered what yours was. Mine is <BR> Peanut butter on one piece of bread, Miracle Whip on the other. Put fresh homegrown tomatoes on your pb, top with lettuce and close the sandwich! THE BEST! <BR> <BR> <BR> What's yours look like? I'll share a couple I learned about after you share! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:52:22 EST 5 top foods for health Dr. Oz had Dr. Weil on a couple months ago, and he talked on the 5 foods to eat for good health. <BR> Think my pc is messed up as it won't show me any videos beyond part 1, but it was interesting! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>or-better-health?sp_rid=ODY2Njc0NjY2S0<BR>&sp_mid=1757137 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not a mushroom person, and I'm not necessarily a soy believer based on what I've read. What say you? <BR> <BR> And if you got to see what the other 3 foods ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 18:06:18 EST Mini challenge for the weekend-- These challenges will run Friday through Monday. Post back in this thread by Monday to let us know if you reached goal. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 9/9/11 *Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night (F-S-S) <BR> <BR> *Try one new vegetable OR an old vegetable fixed a new way, and tell us how you liked it. <BR> <BR> *Do 60 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:00:08 EST Canning, freezing or pickling? Anyone preserving any summer goodies? It's also that time of year! I plan to hit the farmer's market big time this weekend. I have been freezing corn for the winter. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 12:35:19 EST Question... What would I call this... Kayaking.......... I know it is cardio , but I must be able to count some calisthenics , I would think... What do you all think..... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 14:24:03 EST 90 days to renewing spirit, soul and body book Picked up a book Becoming The Woman I Want to Be by Donna Partow, a christian author, as a devotional for the journey this year. She has several different books out, but the focus here is on your spiritual life, healthy eating habits, and an exercise program. Thought I'd check it out. Here's the Amazon link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Be/dp/0764222945/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&i<BR>e=UTF8&qid=1314890547&sr=1-1 </link> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:26:55 EST So how's school going so far? I see some started in the last couple weeks. How's it going? Got a routine going yet? What's working the best? Anything new you're using that you love? Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:24:40 EST Today's victory! (What's yours?) Whether it's big or small, SP lifestyle related or not, what are you proud of yourself for today? <BR> Let's hear it for victories! <BR> <BR> <BR> Me? Not having a Coke, but drinking water instead today. <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:15:55 EST Today's workout was: So, what exercise did YOU get today? Let's get FIT! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:12:34 EST Night time routines I read this today and was curious of others' night time rituals/routines. <BR> <BR> "A Soothing Bedtime Routine" <BR> <BR> "Try establishing a relaxing nightly ritual. For instance, take a warm bath or read an uplifting devotional before you turn out the light. What kind of routine helps you wind down at night?" <BR> <BR> I thought this was a great question. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:07:34 EST 10 fun chocolate facts <BR> <link><BR>/10-fun-chocolate-facts.html </link> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:03:55 EST School--one way or the other? You can answer with one word or many. Reply to a series or just the most recent question. Add a new 'one way or the other' after an answer.Questions?? <BR> <BR> <BR> Typewritten or handwritten? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:08:04 EST Where do you do school? Do you have a classroom or use one or more other rooms for school? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:59:37 EST How many are you homeschooling this year? This is my first year of schooling six. Yikes, what am I doing!!! No, really, it's going well. A little crazy right now, but I know me and in a month or so, it will settle down just fine. :) Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:12:16 EST C.L.A.S.S. Challenge School's back in session, so here's an assignment for us-- a simple straightforward list of daily goals to help you succeed in September. <BR> <BR> Winner gets a CLASS-Y pic for their sparkpage. Everyone who attends C.L.A.S.S. gets weekly goodies. Runs Sept 1st through Sept 28th. <BR> <BR> 1 point each. Double points each day you get all 5! Let's get competitive! <BR> And we'll kick it up a notch starting Sept 15th. Details TBA. <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> C-LOCK some cardio-at least 20 minu... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:10:29 EST When do you start school? Our state likes to let the resorts make the most of our short summers, so public school here starts right after Labor Day. <BR> With family coming this week, guess it will be the same for us. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:47:18 EST Health & Homeschooling Hi, I'm Jenny. My husband and I have 4 kids ages 7-14. We've been homeschooling them since the beginning. I'm truly committed to improving my health, but I know that once our school year starts in full swing, it will be more difficult for me to focus on my health. I'm looking for SP friends to share support! <BR> <BR> I'm recovering from a broken leg and I've just started slowly exercising again. I'm still in a cast/boot, but I can now put weight on it. I plan to swim daily to help rehabilit... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:13:15 EST One Year Sparkversary I just CAN'T SAY ENOUGH thank you's to all my SparkFriends and TEAMS for the wonderful and AWESOME support this last year!!!! I posted a video blog documenting my year with this WONDERFUL website! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, and looking forward to another year with SP--maintaining my weight loss and reaching new goals!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:43:09 EST It's about choices-- Did you read this SP blog? <BR> <link><BR>_i_found_freedomand_realized_we_all_ha<BR>ve_choices </link> <BR> <BR> It's a nice reminder about how to treasure our health and ability to maintain/improve it. My thighs are glad I made a choice to walk this last year. :) Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:53:54 EST Plans for next school year? Anyone busy planning for next year? Anything new you're excited to use? Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:34:53 EST Basic Summer Challenge I know this is a very busy time of year for everyone, however, we still need to keep our goals in focus. This challenge shouldn't be hard to follow as they are the basics, but put in a challenge format. <BR> <BR> 1.) Drink 8 plus glasses of water a day, especially when working outside or exercising. <BR> <BR> 2.) Eat at least 5 fresh fruits and veggies a day. <BR> <BR> 3.) Fit in at least 10 minutes of cardio a day, don't forget a couple of days of strength training. <BR> <BR> 4.) ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:32:25 EST Describe how you feel in one words or an emoticon. <em>224</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:01:48 EST Free cookbook! Did you register for the cookbooks SP is giving away? The workout cookie recipe in the article sounds wonderful. Here's the link: <BR><BR>win_a_copy_of_carrots_n_cake_book <BR> <BR> Also, if you're on Facebook and like Midwest Living magazine, they have a downloadable cookbook. Of course, it's not SP approved. <em>20</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 15:26:31 EST Reports--FYI Do you want a more concise way to see if you're on track to lose weight this week? SP has the tool for that. Among all the reports they offer you (my trackers, reports) there's one that shows the calories in versus the calories out for the day. You may be surprised if you track for a few days! Sat, 7 May 2011 11:33:28 EST May: Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge! Let's continue the strength workout Momwannabslim started us on last month, and do the new SP challenge. We even get a trophy at the end! And imagine how many inches will fall off in just 5 to 10 minutes a day! <BR> <BR><BR>enge_detail.asp?challenge=9 <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <em>216</em> <em>320</em> <em>319</em> <em>216</em> <em>320</em> <em>319</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 00:08:26 EST Reached Goal Hi to everyone! I LOVE Sparkpeople and the WONDERFUL fact that Jesus used this website to help me reach goal yesterday. I'm thrilled beyond words. Please see my blog for a HUGE thank you note for ALL the support!!!!!! Sparkers are the ABSOLUTE best people ever! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153175 </link> <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 10:14:35 EST Spring Out of April Toned and Fit! Sleeveless shirts and shorts are just around the corner, so it's time for a big toning push! Let's get to work looking our best by the end of the month. Let's get Bold, beautiful and BUFF! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> BUDDIES-let's support each other Big time! 5 pts per day for posting on a buddy's Sparkpage or blog. Maximum of 15 pts/day. <BR> <BR> UNDERWATERED? Not us! 5 pts per day for getting your 8 glasses of water in. Lose 1 pt for each of the 8 glasses you don't drink! <BR> <BR> FRUI... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:43:51 EST 1st week of Success I joined SP one week ago. Yesterday I had lost 3 pounds. I do realize a lot of that was extra really pays off to say NO to Dr.Pepper. I think I probably need to measure my waist and hips and keep up with those losses also. Just haven't done it yet. <em>192</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:29:19 EST March Goals I know that a lot of us have been either busy or have an injury that inhibits their exercise, so I wanted to keep March simple. <BR> <BR> Obviously, it's already 1/4 of the way day... <BR> <BR> Let's try to make sure we: <BR> <BR> 1.) Exercise (within our means) 30 minutes 2-3 times a week. <BR> <BR> 2.) Track our foods at least 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> 3.) Get enough sleep. -(this is one I'm really trying to work on) <BR> <BR> 4.) Drink your water, 6-8 glasses each day. <BR> <BR... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 08:43:40 EST What fun projects have your kids done lately? I'm looking ahead to summer. We always work in extra projects that are educational, but also fun, fun, fun- like salt maps, solar oven, gardening, of course... <BR> Please share if you have any projects that have been a hit with your children. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Roxanne Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:09:26 EST Calculators. I was tutoring a neighbor boy that goes to public school yesterday in Math. He can do the work with a calculator but not on paper. My children are both in the 7th grade. Can we go to using calculators? My girl has such a hard time with the times tables. This would save us a lot of frustration. <BR> <BR> I would love to have your opinions. I have also posted this on other homeschool teams, if you see it more than once that would be why. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your thoughts. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:14:52 EST Winter Weather How is everyone coping with this winter weather that we've had lately? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I know, Melody, this probably doesn't affect you as much. :) <em>67</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:51:55 EST February Challenge Does anyone want to suggest a particular challenge for the shortest month of the year??? Only 28 days to finish it??? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:16:26 EST What social outlets do your kids have? We have a great homeschool co-op here that the kids have been involved with almost since the beginning. Most of their friends have come from here. The boys also had Scouts, and some sports when they were younger. Their homeschool friends and a few other kids are in the youth group they attend. <BR> <BR> Dd has made friends at church, co-op and sports, and she regularly plays with some from each, and has plenty of overnights, too. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:45:44 EST Curriculum ??s Since some of us are new here, which curriculum do you use and why you choose it? What grade(s) are you teaching? We are at a crossroads and are looking for opinions. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:12:04 EST Prayer request Could you please say a prayer for my parents? Mom just got admitted to the hospital, and they may be talking back surgery. She threw her back out several weeks ago and has been kind of waiting for it to heal. And my dad's 83, and not used to being the caretaker and the hospital visitor--that's been my mom's role for years. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Guess I'm off to the hospital! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:59:48 EST What do your kids do for exercise? My teens play hockey every couple weeks, and have gone sledding a couple times lately. I guess working for their dad provides strength exercises. lol <BR> <BR> The rest of the year, they play pickup games of Ultimate, softball, or soccer, and ride their bikes. My younger ds joined football last year, so weight room training at the school and football training got him lean last fall. <BR> <BR> My dd is always moving, and loves ice skating, soccer and basketball. I'm sure I'll think of mor... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:39:59 EST What do your kids do for exercise? My teens play hockey every couple weeks, and have gone sledding a couple times lately. I guess working for their dad provides strength exercises. lol <BR> <BR> The rest of the year, they play pickup games of Ultimate, softball, or soccer, and ride their bikes. My younger ds joined football last year, so weigh room training at the school and football training got him lean last fall. <BR> <BR> My dd is always moving, and loves ice skating, soccer and basketball. I'm sure I'll think of more... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:39:27 EST Computer collages Remember those collages we used to make to inspire ourselves? (Tell me I'm not the only one who's done that!) Well here's a place to make a digital version for yourself! Make your motivation visual!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And it's currently free! <BR> <BR> (maybe the kids would like to make one?) Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:31:08 EST GUAD- Get Up And Dance! Here's a song link-- I'll throw one of these out once in a while. If you have a song you enjoy dancing to, feel free to add it here! If you hit the 'add a link' button above, your link will be clickable. And don't be afraid to add an emoticon to let me know you did the dancing. :) <BR> <BR> Loggins and Messina-from their Full Sail album, one of my favorites <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=rela... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:52:09 EST Thread tip If you're looking for your messages in a thread, you can hit control and F. In the box that comes up type in your name, and then next. It will go right to your post(s). Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:37:55 EST 28 day bootcamp challenge? I was going to add this as a second week challenge, but thought you might like to earn the trophy for doing it. the challenge there is just starting. Here's the link to join: <BR> <BR><BR>enge.asp <BR> <BR> I had it as a live link, but it messed up post here, so you'll have to cut and paste. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:31:51 EST Question of the Day?? How did you find SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> One of the forums I frequent mentioned it. Several were using it, so I joined in 2007 and started this group for all of us to be on together. Company of friends. :) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:52:47 EST Melt-Like- -A-Snowman Challenge 2011 <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> <em>444</em> Holiday foods are just about gone, so it's time to get back at it! You may not be surrounded by snow like I am, but I'm betting you don't want to look like a snowman come spring. Thought we could start 'melting' right away. And let's run this through March to be in great shape come summer! <BR> <BR> So, let's begin Wednesday Jan 5th! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> 1st Week's Challenge- <BR> <em>215</em> Take y... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:46:40 EST Pick a meal from the week and share it I know that sometimes we are so busy doing this and that each day that dinner comes upon you before you know it. At least it does for me. <BR> <BR> How about sharing one idea each week to help others get some new ideas. Plus the fact that they should be healthy recipes that have already been tried and tested. <BR> <BR> This week we had Honeysuckle Hot Turkey Sausage with green peppers and onions simmered in tomato sauce. Lots of veggies and I skipped the roll to save on carbs and calorie... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:26:57 EST Pros and Cons and you "why?" Wondering if I could get everyone's "Pro's and Con's" to homeschooling, along with your #1 reason why you chose to do it? I am trying to prepare as best I can, b/c it seems all signs are leading me to this! TIA! Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:40:57 EST What's for Christmas dinner? I'm fixing a fancy beef roast, cooked in the slow cooker with wine, and a spinach and romaine salad with mandarin oranges, green grapes and sliced almonds. Got the meat recipe from our big church fundraiser/dinner; 800 people came for it in October, so trying it on the extended family. :) Mom's making the mashed potatoes and gravy, and a veggie dish with carrots, green beans, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, and a few spices. All topped with a bit of cheese. I'll make the rolls and she's think... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:51:44 EST 200 countries, 200 years in 4 minutes Very cool video! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs-4-minutes.htm </link> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 23:51:48 EST ELVES Challenge I know you're doing your job as elves for your family, making Christmas merry, so I thought we could use a bit of encouragement to remain somewhat focused on taking care of ourselves this busy month. Thus, ELVES! <BR> <BR> E- Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Stay healthy and lessen stress. Dance with the kids if you want, but get some activity! <BR> <BR> L- Live it up. Do something for you. Give yourself a gift, too: time reading, a long bath, etc. Some of us could probably use so... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:09:58 EST free nativities to print out-gorgeous! <BR> You do have to register, but the offerings are really beautiful! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 11:52:43 EST inspirational readings Ran across this one today. Interesting thought, how inviting Christ in should be like being pregnant and a bit painful... <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 11:51:21 EST Any homemade gifts this year? I'm making a stuffed monkey doll for dd. Google 'Molly Monkey' for directions, which someone shared for free on her blog. Just adorable! <BR> <BR> I may also add some ruffles to some dishtowels for my mom and sisters. <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 8 Dec 2010 23:02:58 EST Christmas full steam ahead at your house? My daughter brought up the wreath and the countdown Playmobil set. I took out the nativity table runner and Advent wreath for the table, and the guys brought home a tree tonight. And shopping's mostly done. How about you? Wed, 8 Dec 2010 23:01:05 EST How many words can you find in Merry Christmas? At <BR> Christmas <BR> Him <BR> Merry <BR> <BR> Just a start for you.... :) Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:16:45 EST December Challenge! While I know that the Christmas season is quite stressful for many, I believe our goals can still be achieved. Name one thing you would like to give up, change, or a new goal you would like to complete by the end of December. <BR> <BR> Although we are on the go a great deal during this time, I'm planning on walking at least 10 miles a week. <BR> <BR> What are you challenge to do (or not do)? <BR> <BR> Blessed to December to all! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:13:22 EST Thanksgivi ng--what's on the menu? My sister's cooking. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, crescent rolls, corn, and cranberry sauce. <BR> I'm bringing the green bean casserole--my guys can't live without it. Trying to think of another veggie side to bring. Also debating trying a fresh cranberry salad. <BR> <BR> How about you? Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:03:55 EST Things I'm Thankful For Today Thought we could start a thankfulness thread to run through Christmas. Everyday list 3 things you're thankful for. We each have a long list to choose from! :) Thu, 18 Nov 2010 11:07:31 EST Seasonal decorations. Yes? No? Do you change decorations according to the season? Which holidays do you decorate for? <BR> <BR> Now that I have a few different table runners, I have been changing those with the season, much to the horror of my boys. They really dislike those things! lol I tell them they'll understand a woman needing to pretty up the place someday. :) <BR> <BR> Other than that, I'm pretty much a Christmas/Advent type decorator. Too many items to keep and pack away regularly for me. Not that I don't h... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:50:22 EST 5 lbs by Thanksgiving Challenge! Anyone else need to focus for just 30 days or so? Stalled and thinking it's not possible to accomplish anything for the long haul right now? <BR> <BR> Think SHORT TERM GOAL here. 5 pounds in about 30 days is just about a pound a week. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to focus til Thanksgiving. Anyone care to join me? LET'S GET ACCOUNTABLE AND DO THIS!! And we'll keep it short and sweet! <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>426</em> <em>426</em> <em>426</em> <em>426</em> <BR> 1) Post in the wei... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:03:06 EST Ready to quit. I am new to this team. Wanted to just introduce myself and my family. We have been homeschooling now for 4years. We do school year round so we can take a week off here or there. We started school in the private then went public when my Girl was having trouble keeping up. Private schools do not have resourses in which to help struggling learners. So we went public. We had the best two years ever to then get the worst year ever. Then the last year there the teachers told me how great my G... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 04:37:59 EST Favorite curriculum this year? Anyone have a favorite? <BR> My boys are working their way through Life of Fred Algebra. So far there's no hand holding on my part. Yeah! <BR> <BR> And I can't believe I kept putting off IEW writing. It's perfect for my writing-phobic boys. I have to laugh--dd's like, "Can I please do it, too?" Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:26:19 EST Why I love homsechooling Reasons I love homeschooling that I have seen from yesterday and today. Yesterday we made chocolate chip cookies for math. Today I'm starting to get stressed about other stuff that I need to do (scouts, bills, cleaning, etc) so the kids are just working on their subjects they can do without me and I'm taking a day off :) No stress! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 08:59:33 EST School interruption support <BR> Hi! I was interested in learning how some of you have handled school interruptions. In our first week of school, we received many calls from our homeschooling friends who hadn't started school yet. We let them know that we'd already started, so we couldn't sit and chat on the phone with them, but the next day....another phone call, just hours into our lessons, just to chat. I solved that problem by simply not answering my phone and changing my outgoing message to say that callers... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:51:48 EST Hi! I'm new! Hi Everyone! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm Pat, and I'm a homeschooling Mom from Florida. My son has been homeschooled all the way through, so far, and we are currently doing 7th grade with the Calvert School curriculum. Looking forward to getting to you all and exchanging hints and tips along the way. :-) Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:35:42 EST When will you start school? Do you have any new curriculum you're excited to use? What are you looking forward to this school year? Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:48:47 EST Share a good devotional Homeschool Moms Devotions <BR> <BR> <BR> *Give the child up* <BR> ** <BR> Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. And <BR> the king said, "The one says, 'This is my son, who lives, and your son is <BR> the dead one'; and the other says, 'No! But your son is the dead one, and my <BR> son is the living one.'" Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they <BR> brought a sword before the king. And the king said, "Divide the living child <BR> in two, and give ha... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 13:25:21 EST circuit training question Can someone explain circuit training? Is doing one minute cardio blasts in between strength training reps considered circuit training, or is it something else? Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:42:10 EST holiday weekend coming up! What are your plans? <BR> <BR> We have company coming tomorrow for a few days, then we'll join family for time at the lake. <BR> My goals: keep good portion control and be picky ;) <BR> <BR> I'm making sure I fix some healthy choices so they are available. I'm thinking a fruit salad and a green bean salad. <BR> <BR> Did everyone catch the thread with good food ideas for the weekend? I'm gonna check that out, too. <BR> <link><BR>oard.a sp?imboard=7&im... Wed, 26 May 2010 22:29:48 EST Tell us about your garden(s)! What do you grow--flowers and/or veggies? Do you have a big plot or some small raised boxes? What can't you live without? <BR> Tue, 25 May 2010 17:49:19 EST How are you getting those fruits and veggies in? I've started cooking some strawberries and blueberries with a dollop of apple juice concentrate to make a fruit topping for pancakes or whatever. <BR> <BR> And fresh green beans are becoming a favorite. Even cooking the steamed beans with a couple slices of precooked bacon is low in calories! Mon, 24 May 2010 10:28:13 EST 20 minutes a day dancing challenge Anyone care to do this with me? I've been doing it for 9 days now, and it doesn't really feel like work. It feels like play and is doing great things for me! <BR> <BR> You don't even have to do it all at one time. Find a couple of your favorite songs on youtube to dance to now, and do a couple more songs later in the day. Easy workout! <BR> <BR> Just post <em>248</em> in this thread when you're done for the day. Have fun with this! <BR> <BR> Here's one to get you started: <BR> <li... Fri, 14 May 2010 10:47:28 EST calcium How do you guys get enough calcium into your diet? I take a multivitamin, have a cup of milk with breakfast everyday, and usually some LF cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese. My nutrition tracker keeps coming up low on the calcium - about75 when I'm supposed to have 120. Any ideas on how to add calcium (without too many calories) to my diet? Mon, 10 May 2010 15:24:14 EST Happy Mother's Day! I hope that all of you have a Happy Mother's Day. Are the children doing anything special for any of you? <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Here's to each and every one of you Mothers! Sat, 8 May 2010 20:05:35 EST Winding down/ending your school year? Think we're going to be working over the summer this year. Getting back into a nice routine that should work for us. Having a guest kind of got in our way last month. I'm glad we did it tho! Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:36:41 EST Quick healthy kid friendly lunches I am looking for some help with planning lunches. We always plan the week out but I tend to make the same things for lunches every week. HELP! Any ideas that work well for your family? Sat, 24 Apr 2010 15:42:48 EST Are you making progress? Need some support? I'm hoping everyone can post here weekly to let us know how you're doing. We'd like to celebrate any and all progress with you. (I've been drinking my water for a week now!) Doesn't have to be huge, see? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Also, if you need tips or encouragement or even a kick <em>211</em> , let us know. We want to be there for you. That's what friends--and teammates--are for. <em>220</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:53:57 EST Habits I need to break now... :) These were good habits once upon a time! lol <BR> <BR> Habits to break: <BR> <BR> Parking up close to the store. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Being a member of the clean plate club. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add your own thoughts! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 20:58:57 EST Anyone have big plans for the weekend? Just wondering. :) <BR> <BR> I hope to get some yardwork in. I've been so busy doing paperwork I haven't gotten out there yet. It would be nice to plant a few seeds, too! Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:36:19 EST What's for supper at your house? Let's start sharing some menu plans. :) Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:41:06 EST Today's goal--what's your baby step today? Just as the healthy lifestyle is a series of small steps, I thought we could applaud our accomplishments daily here! <BR> <BR> So, each day post your top focus of the day, and at day end, if you've accomplished it, add <em>248</em> <BR> Let's focus on what we do right! <BR> <BR> It can be something like drinking your 8 glasses of water, getting in 30 minutes of exercise, staying away from Coke--whatever. <BR> <BR> The small thing you can do today will lead to big changes in the long ru... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:59:01 EST What's your favorite personal downtime activity? Mine is reading. I go in streaks a couple times of year reading fiction. I recently read a book a day for 4 days. A new favorite author--Kristin Hannah. <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:55:40 EST Spring cleaning-5 week plan Just in case you're interested, thought I'd share a site that just started a 5 week plan today: <BR> <BR> <BR> She's even planning some rewards for those who join in! This week is clean the kitchen. Today's part is cleaning the fridge, the oven and ?? I'll run the oven tomorrow while we're at co-op classes. Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:26:17 EST Found a new healthy snack! Veggie Patch brand broccoli bites with cheddar cheese, tho it wasn't very much cheese. 3 of them for 160 calories. Looking at the package I guess it's half fat calories... Didn't taste like it! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:22:32 EST What are your April goals? How'd March go? Share both healthy SP type goals and others you have. <BR> You're more liking to keep them once they're in writing! ;) Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:57:13 EST What are your Easter plans/tr ditions? Dh's brother and sil have been coming the past few years. She loves to color eggs and buy dd some spring things--like new nail polish. lol <BR> <BR> They're headed to a wedding this year tho. I need to talk to dh and see what he wants to do. I am ready for another good ham... <BR> <BR> We still do the Easter baskets, and church and the pancake breakfast at church. I keep leaning more towards spring stuff like chalk and kites, etc. than candy. One year the boys got those math wrap-ups... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 16:20:07 EST Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution... <BR> Missed the preview of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Anyone watch it? <BR><BR>od-revolution. <BR> <BR> If you scroll down it looks like you can see the first show in it's entirety. <BR> <BR> Now I know my week's menu isn't near as bad as the family he's visiting in this clip, but think I'll wait to watch the show til after my guest leaves. I don't think we use near the number of vegetables he probably gets at home in Japan. lol Tho he has r... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:41:16 EST Hi all. Back again. I just can't seem to get things going and I'm so frustrated with myself! I had started getting back on track in January and then I damaged the soft tissue in my foot and ankle, so I've been in a boot for over a month now and can't do much of anything that will really help with weight loss. I'm seeing the doc again on Wednesday and will get the MRI results and then, maybe I can get back to using my Biggest Loser for the Wii, which was really working me out! At this point, I'm just coming up... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:36:45 EST Your state? MN Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:41:23 EST Have you gotten outside to enjoy spring? What have you done out there? <BR> <BR> We went hiking at one of the state parks today. Saw the waterfalls, complete with a sheet of ice on the sidelines. 59*. Couldn't go wrong. And no bugs!! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:40:25 EST Say It In Five Words I am walking on sunshine! <em>67</em> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:21:44 EST How Many Words Can You Find In "SparkPeople"? Sparkle * Fri, 5 Mar 2010 13:49:42 EST Weekly Weigh-in and Waisting Away Since we are starting this March Madness, I knew we needed a post for reporting in our progress. <BR> <BR> Since today begins our journey, let's report in every Thursday or so and give an update, good or bad, to help encourage each other. <BR> <BR> Come on, team, we're here for each other! Through thick and thin...working on the thin part. :) Thu, 4 Mar 2010 12:58:39 EST List your weight loss/other goals for March! As part of March Madness, list your goals here. They are much harder to ignore when they're in writing! ;) <BR> <BR> Feel free to include goals that aren't SP related, too. Spring cleaning anyone? lol Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:49:13 EST March Madness Challenge Let's go all out wild this month! <em>429</em> Spring is right around the corner, <em>448</em> so let's be ready to get outdoors! <BR> <BR> 1. Plan your weight loss/exercise goals for this month, and put them in writing in the March goals thread. Be sure they are defined so you know exactly what you want to accomplish. Ex. 'Lose 5 pounds'--not 'lose weight'. <BR> <BR> 2. Go for the tiger stripes--otherwise known as points. <BR> <BR> Daily: <BR> <em>241</em> *8 or more glasses of wa... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:41:17 EST What's Your Big Time Long Range Goal We live in Japan. Last year I missed my chance to climb Mt Fuji, but this year I'd really like to try. <BR> <BR> It is a rigorous but non-technical climb. What seems to get people is that it has high altitude and is a steady steep climb for over 5 hours. And then you still have to get down. <BR> <BR> I'd really love to be able to actually contemplate this for the summer. I don't have to be able to run long distances, but I do have to have far stronger legs and better cardio capacity (esp... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:12:10 EST Valentine's Day plans? Do you have any special plans for Valentine's Day? <BR> <BR> The younger kids have a Valentine's Day party Monday; the teens will go bowling at the same time. <BR> Picked up some boxes of conversation hearts tonight. :) <BR> <BR> I ran across some healthier chocolate treats to make at Christmas, but didn't have time to make them. Thought they'd be great for Valentine's Day, too. Have to dig the recipes out. <BR> <BR> How about your family? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:17:19 EST Ten Ways to Live Better Ten Ways to Live Better <BR> <BR> by Ellie Krieger <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Be more mindful at meals <BR> <BR> Stop shoveling your food and start really tasting it. Experience your meal fully. Pay attention to its taste, texture, aroma and appearance. To do this you have to eat more slowly and chew well. And that usually means you will eat less, digest better and enjoy more! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Fill your plate with color <BR> <BR> The most nutritious foods have the richest colors. Red and orang... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:09:56 EST BYO Challenge! Build Your Own Challenge <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Above was a thread to list 3-6 goals you had this month. Now let's put them into action here! <BR> <BR> 2)Post here at least weekly to let us know how you're doing on your goals. Let's keep each other accountable! Once goals are in writing--or in front of friends, they're easier to work toward--or is that harder to NOT do. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> 3)And huddle daily to give us a quick 'how's it going today?' Let's keep in touch! <B... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:18:57 EST February Walk Who wants to join me to see how many miles we can walk this month? Just add your miles to the previous post and watch our number add up! <BR> <BR> February 1st: 4 miles Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:21:01 EST How Many Words Can We Find In "Valentine" A <BR> Alt <BR> An <BR> At <BR> Ate <BR> Eat <BR> Eaten <BR> Eel <BR> Ent <BR> Eve <BR> I <BR> I.E. <BR> In <BR> Inn <BR> I've <BR> Lane <BR> Late <BR> Lent <BR> Line <BR> Live <BR> Nat <BR> Nil <BR> Nile <BR> Nine <BR> Nieve <BR> Rail <BR> Ran <BR> Reel <BR> Rent <BR> Rave <BR> Vale <BR> Valentine <BR> Veal <BR> Vent <BR> Vine Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:50:16 EST List 3-6 goals you have for February Feel free to include some that don't include losing weight or such! <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1) Exercise 3-5 times a week--at least the WATP 1 mile 5 days a week. Substitute swimming 30 minutes a day while I'm gone for a week. <BR> <BR> 2) Add a minimum of 35 miles to the February walk thread. <BR> <BR> 3) Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and veggies a day. <BR> <BR> 4) Keep drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, and keep track of them! I've been drinking lots of hot water and tea,... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:20:25 EST Twas the month after Christmas... thought I'd share something from Shawna. THe email had cute little pigs doing stretches and such between verses. Just cute! <BR> <BR> T'was the month after Christmas, <BR> and all through the house, <BR> Nothing would fit me, <BR> not even a blouse. <BR> <BR> The cookies I'd nibbled, <BR> the chocolate I'd taste <BR> and the holiday parties <BR> had gone to my waist. <BR> <BR> When I got on the scales <BR> there arose such a number! <BR> When I walked to the store <BR> (less ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 18:58:11 EST Where are you making progress this week? This cold has helped me get that water in, and cut my appetite. I've been drinking lots of hot water, and my sister also gave me some great tea at Christmas: Lipton's Bavarian Wild Berry. Yum--adding that to my regular line up! <BR> <BR> Dh and I started doing the WATP video again today. Hope he'll keep it up; it's really nice doing it together. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:37:25 EST What fruits and veggies are today's winners? Spur me on with some more choices! lol <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:19:29 EST Friday! Anyone have great weekend plans? Both boys are having friends overnight tonight. No basketball games tomorrow, so I can sleep in a bit! Rest of the weekend's unknown here. Hopefully bring in the boxes of books and refill the living room bookshelves. <BR> <BR> What about you? Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:17:16 EST Have you gotten your exercise today? Don't be shy! Check in here daily. <em>231</em> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:15:10 EST Let's waist away! <BR> Do you use the scale as the only measure of your success? Your waist/belly fat measurement is one of the strongest predictors of health. <BR> <BR> A good waist measurement goal for women is 32.5 inches or below (35 inches or below for men). <BR> <BR> How are you doing losing here? Doing the bootcamp is one of the fastest ways I know to get the waistline shrinking. Are you bootcamping? <BR> <BR> How many inches can we lose from our waists as a group this month? Care to join me i... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:57:38 EST Do you have a favorite cookbook or recipe source? Share it with us! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:28:57 EST Looking for New Work Out Ideas I am always looking for new workouts so that I can keep changing it up. I went searching around today and found some Jillian Michaels Mini-Workouts. I really like them. I did the upside down abs workout and WOW I really feel it!! Just wanted to share! Here is the link if you are interested, <BR> <BR><BR>i-workouts Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:49:58 EST What area of the home are you de-cluttering? I've done the linen closet. Moved some linens OUT and some to the basement for later use--includes some Christmas stuff, too. <BR> <BR> How about you? Are you in the mood to declutter? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 18:29:29 EST January Bootcamp-Jan. 3-31st Hello one and all! SparkPeople has challenged us with this Bootcamp for this month starting today. They have several articles regarding it on this site. Here's one to check out if you'd like: <BR> <BR><BR>icles.asp?id=1425 <BR> <BR> You can join at any time. Any one on board with me? Let's start this year with a bang! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:11:03 EST Are you ready to get started next week?? Anyone ready to bootcamp or track lots of things or get healthy and fit? I am! <BR> <BR> What would you like in our monthly challenge? Wed, 30 Dec 2009 23:16:18 EST So what is all done for Christmas at your house? I believe my shopping is done. Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> This week I'll be making a rag lapquilt for my mil, and sewing the kids fleece blankets. Sat, 19 Dec 2009 23:21:36 EST One Goal Can you name one goal that you've been able to keep up with in the midst of the holiday bustle? <BR> <BR> I've been able to keep my goal of 300 workout minutes each week. <BR> <BR> (Not doing so well with my eating habits though!) Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:16:35 EST Hello! I'm new to Spark People. I am a homeschooler; I blog at I am also part of the new diet/fitness blog Five Full Plates: and I joined Spark People to keep track of my food and exercise, leading to a 50 story stair climb in April. Great to meet the team! I'm going to start keeping track of things tomorrow and see how it goes! :) Tue, 8 Dec 2009 23:39:01 EST Share your family Christmas traditions! What are some of your family's traditions? What are your favorites? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 23:48:15 EST Planning ahead for meals--SP tips Are you good at this? I need to get some more meals in the freezer and use my crockpot more! <BR> <BR> <BR> In case you missed this at the challenge: <BR> <BR> "Your challenge is to plan meals ahead- either for the whole week, or one day at a time. The choice is yours. <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we start to get really busy. There's holiday shopping, party planning and more to do in addition to the demands of daily life. When you're busy, you might grab whatever is available ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 23:45:53 EST What's in your Holiday Survival Kit?? (idea from the SP Holiday Challenge) <BR> <BR> My Holiday Survival Kit <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Atmosphere: Lots of family time and music to keep me moving and upbeat. <BR> <BR> Preparedness: My WATP DVDs so I can walk at least 3X week. Coach Jen's bootcamp videos. <BR> Even if I split them up and do them all in 2 days, I'm keeping more fit= feeling slimmer/eating better <BR> And be sure to check in at the swamp to be accountable!! <BR> <BR> Goodies: Make sure I have cans of toma... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 22:59:28 EST I just figured out this emoticon: <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> I think it's shove! Yes? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 22:06:58 EST December Maintenance Plan-- What are you doing to maintain this month? Do we want to plan some brief points together? Or are you just planning to hit the basics each day--water, fruits/veggies and a bit of exercise? <BR> <BR> Share what you plan to do--or not do. lol Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:40:39 EST Straws to fill the manger--help out! My kids had a bag of straw and a little manger they got at Sunday School when they were younger. You were supposed to add one piece of straw for doing something nice for someone else without being caught. I thought we could do it, too. Moms are always doing those little things, right? <BR> <BR> Just post one you did today. :) Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:37:51 EST New trophys! I like them! Very colorful. <BR> <BR> I have four stripes and a star. How about you? Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:35:24 EST How many words can we find in 'Christmas'? Let's see.... <BR> Christ Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:33:38 EST SP's Official Holiday Maint. Challenge In case you missed it: <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=35162 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 14:31:57 EST Thanksgiving tips from Coach Jen Thanksgiving is coming! Do you have a plan? While this holiday is a great chance to spend time with loved ones, it's also a great chance to get off-track with a healthy diet. You'll face lots of temptations on Thanksgiving, but if you've got a plan, it will be much easier to stay focused and working toward your goals! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for this week is to think of 3 things you will do to stay on track this Thanksgiving. This could mean creating a few healthy dishes to share, limiting ... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 15:16:07 EST What's your Thanksgiving look like? Who's cooking? What will you have? Any special family traditions? Thu, 5 Nov 2009 23:28:27 EST How many words can we find in 'Thanksgiving'? Post a word of three or more letters using letters from the word Thanksgiving. Hopefully we'll come up with few repeats! Sun, 1 Nov 2009 16:46:22 EST November MONEY JAR CHALLENGE lET'S TRY IT AGAIN! <BR> <BR> This is how it works. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see how many pennies we can collect $$$$$$ <BR> <BR> For those that are new to this challenge here is how it works: <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of OCTOBER!! If it goes well...we will make a new challenge for NOVEMBER!! <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 16:39:12 EST Things I'm thankful for... <em>304</em> List up to 5 things each day of November that you're grateful for. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 12:38:51 EST The November Thanksgiving Challenge! The busiest time of the year is set to begin! It's a wonderful time of the year to remember all we're grateful for, and an important time of year to take care of ourselves so we stay healthy and have the energy to accomplish our goals. To help us out-- <BR> <BR> The Thanksgiving Challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. <em>429</em> List 5 things you are grateful for daily - 1 point each. Can't have the exact same list every day. <BR> Post in the grate <em>250</em> -ful thread-- all in one post. <BR> ... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 12:11:13 EST What grades are you teaching at your homeschool? I have five of seven that are currently being taught something structured: <BR> <BR> 13-year old DD: 8th grade <BR> 11-year old DS: 6th grade <BR> 9-year old DD: 4th grade <BR> 8-year old DS: 3rd grade <BR> 6-year old DD: kindergarten <BR> <BR> Plus two more up and coming...whew! Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:47:03 EST Express how you feel using an emoticon <em>67</em> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 21:26:46 EST Happy Birthday! I know it's Seanda's birthday! Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> Everyone else, pop in and let us know when it's your birthday. We'd love to wish you a wonderful day! Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:45:13 EST What's your favorite... candy bar? <BR> <BR> Snickers here! Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:13:45 EST Change one letter to make a new word--let's play! This is simple... change one letter of the starting word to make a new word. You can NOT: add letters, use foreign languages, use words not in the dictionary, use proper names, or change more then a single letter. Let's see how far we can go!! <BR> <BR> dark <BR> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:11:28 EST How many points until your next trophy? 2,452 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:58:13 EST How many points until your next trophy? 2,456 Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:54:37 EST If you bounce around on your stability ball at your desk, you will get sore buns. Just a public service announcement. lol Oh, here's the song to listen to: <BR><BR>Qw <BR> <BR> Or is it one of the bootcamp days that did it?? :O <BR> <BR> I got rid of my chair and just using my ball for a chair. Annoys the kids, but I like it! <em>48</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:43:06 EST An Act of Kindness Nothing new, but I always wake up before my DH and have his coffee and breakfast ready for him before he leaves for work. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:27:10 EST Oktoberfest Bootcamp! Let's get in great shape before the Halloween munchies strike! Bootcamp is a great way to get things really moving on your weightloss, and to get you motivated to keep on doing the right thing. <BR> <BR> Join Tambi (a new co-leader <em>235</em> ) and I with an SP bootcamp--a little daily 15 minute or so strength workout (along with your cardio workouts) that gives you a big boost. <BR> <BR> There's strength in numbers, and WE CAN ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS TOGETHER! By the time Halloween <em... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 11:34:25 EST OCTOBER... .....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$ Here's a challenge that I picked up from another team and wanted to challenge us with it as well: <BR> <BR> This thread will open up on OCT. 1st. (THURS.) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is how it works. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see how many pennies we can collect $$$$$$ <BR> <BR> For those that are new to this challenge here is how it works: <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of OCTOBER!! If it goes well...w... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 11:22:50 EST How many points did you get today? 4 Thu, 1 Oct 2009 09:29:05 EST Welcome Sunday! I just finished getting ready for church. I'm really looking forward to praise and worship this morning. Now, it's off to wake the little ones and get them all ready. <BR> <BR> Later, I'm planning a long walk...ahhh! Sun, 27 Sep 2009 08:06:52 EST Any goals achieved or new goals to set? As 2009 is drawing near the end (October begins next week), what goals have you accomplished this year and what new goals are you planning on setting for the upcoming months? Especially around the holidays? Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:38:05 EST We at the swamp can be proud of ourselves... We rank #14 out of 125 in the families category here at SP! Woohoo!! Fri, 25 Sep 2009 22:41:28 EST Are you new? Introduce yourself...and welcome! Great to have you on board. Have questions? Just ask. We're here for you. Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:43:20 EST How many hours of sleep do you get? I can't seem to get more than 6 or at most 7. Life it just too busy. But on the bright side, I still feel energized and awake throughout the day. ??? <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:41:34 EST Greetings from Montana Hello all. :) <BR> <BR> I'm a new homeschooling Mom in her first year who is also trying to get control of her weight, stress level, and several other things. :) <BR> <BR> I have one 6 year old son (see left) who has motor skill disabilities and is also gifted. He did one year in public school (K) last year and it was, to say the least, a disaster. He absolutely ADORES homeschooling and now that he is settled in his schedule, it's time for Mom to try to put herself back on the list. <BR> ... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 22:15:45 EST What five fruits and veggies are you eating today? Yum-yum! <BR> <BR> Fruit: <BR> Raspberries <BR> Banana <BR> Apple <BR> <BR> Veggies: <BR> Asparagus <BR> Broccoli <BR> Tomato Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:19:54 EST What's your favorite at home exercise? I love doing Tae-Bo and the WATP videos, but I'm always looking for something different to try just to mix things up. I don't have time or $ for the gym, so I like to use videos. What's your favorite ones? Sat, 19 Sep 2009 23:03:17 EST Healthy Choice entrees Instead of grabbing fast food (with super high sodium), I grabbed a Healthy Choice meal. Chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies and caramel apple crisp. Not huge portions for 370 calories, but very satisfying. Plus cost a lot less than fast food! I may pick up some of these for the freezer for lunch. Anyone else using these?? Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:46:01 EST Thought for the Day! 9/17- <BR> <BR> Turn whatever frustration you may have into DETERMINATION! <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 08:02:51 EST How Many Points Until Your Next Trophy? 4,845, keep pressing on! Thu, 17 Sep 2009 08:00:47 EST How's your week going SPwise? Mine's going good! Getting my water, fruits and some veggies, and staying in calorie range. Exercised 4 times this week so far, so hoping I can keep it a habit. Need to reach that 21 days to make these a habit, but feeling good about my week. How about you? Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:52:32 EST How was your Sunday? We enjoyed church service as usual and two of my sons had their football games and my oldest daughter had a softball...but now I'm off to walk. It's my turn to exercise. They had theirs, now it's mom's turn. Sun, 13 Sep 2009 17:51:49 EST Is anyone getting their 8 hours of sleep?? I seem to be getting 61/2 to 7 hours. There's just too much to do lately! Tho I did get an hour nap in a couple afternoons this last week. <em>40</em> Sat, 12 Sep 2009 21:13:15 EST Steppin it Up in September Challenge! Okay, time to get back with the program! <BR> <BR> First off, got to get back to the basics, right? So let's check in and check them off each day! Just check off the one's you do each day--or tag them with a big YES! <BR> <BR> Drink your 8 glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> Track your food intake <em>248</em> <BR> Eat a minimum of 3 fruits/veggies a day <em>248</em> <BR> Read an SP article <em>248</em> <BR> Huddle--let us know you're here! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Post on someon... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 18:09:15 EST Hi, I'm new again Hi, I'm Susan. I'm actually one of the first members to join the homeschool swamp team way back when it was first started. :o) Back then we thought it would just be nice for some of us who were members of a homeschooling discussion board to come here and support each other. Look how this place has grown! It's wonderful!! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm back, yet again, to try to get myself in order. I've been on and off again since I started back in 2007. I started this journey at 247 lbs. I'm no... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 21:12:31 EST How's your garden coming? I have lots of tomato blossoms out there, and my zucchini has blossoms, too. Wonder where the rabbits are this year; no one bothered my beans and peas that didn't have a fence right away... It will be a while before I can eat any vegetables. We have had strawberries and raspberries! Mon, 3 Aug 2009 16:42:31 EST What feature here on SP is most helpful right now? Changes over time sometimes. :) Wed, 22 Jul 2009 21:57:29 EST Getting any special projects done this summer? I really need to get stripping the bedroom so I can paint! I do love having time to garden, too. <BR> <BR> What are you doing this summer? Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:44:21 EST Hello from wisconsin Hello I am a homechooling mother of three lovely kids. I join sparks after my mother told me I needed to get healthy or I would die.. <BR> <BR> I am glad I found a group that follows the same things as I do that you can teach your kids at home and they still become productive memebers of society. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:58:56 EST What room would you like to redecorate next? I want to do our bedroom next. I got an ice blue comforter for summer, so we'll go with blues in there. Can't decide if I want a sand colored carpet, or blue... We have a white down comforter in the winter. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 00:21:13 EST July TAKING SHAPE Challenge!! I'm hearing from some gals that they--and I-- just can't seem to get started getting back with the program. So--thought we'd get back to competing with each other and being accountable! Time to get back to the basics, and take charge of our shapes while it's summer--when we can eat the fresh stuff and get all the fresh air! <BR> <BR> SO FOR JULY, HERE'S THE CHALLENGE!! <BR> <BR> 1) Make sure you have your spark page set up so we can check your blog and encourage you! It's so uplifting to... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 22:30:23 EST Hi, y'all! I just heard about this spark team from another forum (Sonlight), and came over to join in! I've been on for a little over a month, with lots of ups and downs. <BR> <BR> I'm a homeschooling mama of 4, although I'm only hsing 3 of them. My oldest graduated in May and left for Marine boot camp last Monday. <BR> <BR> We recently moved from Minnesota to Missouri due to my husband getting laid off, then finding a new job. So lots of upheaval and stress in my life recently.... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:51:51 EST Who's losing? Share your accompli shments! Whether it's pounds or inches, let us cheer you on! Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:58:05 EST Game time! Word association Just post whatever word comes to mind based on the last post. <BR> <BR> paper Mon, 8 Jun 2009 23:14:07 EST Today's fruits and veggies were... <em>3</em> Let's post the fruits and veggies we eat each day. I could use some new ideas. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I made a stir fry with cabbage and thin green beans (Trader Joe got them from France!). <BR> <BR> This morning I made a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, a little banana, and some kefir. <BR> <BR> <BR> (That 3 in the title was part of the light bulb sign...) Thu, 4 Jun 2009 12:46:32 EST South Beach Diet anyone? Anyone done this? <BR> Think I'm going to get the South Beach Diet book and cookbook down. Picked them up at the Goodwill a while back without looking at them. <BR> Ds needs to lower his bp, and I could use a healthier diet, too. We WILL eat more fruits and veggies! If I could fix more of the good stuff with meals, we could maybe cut back on the grains... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:42:47 EST dailySpark, anyone? Anyone reading these? <BR> They are a nice change from the other articles and are on a huge variety of topics. Plus, you can add your comments to them! <BR> You can check them out here: <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=1173 <em>252</em> Fri, 8 May 2009 08:58:36 EST What songs/music make you want to move/dance? Right now for me, it's the newest Sugarland album. (okay, they're not albums now--dating myself <em>2</em> ) Also the Newsboys Greatest Hits, and some Casting Crowns and Mercy Me. <BR> <BR> I need to get the old Pointer Sisters album onto a CD. That was always a good one for me back in the day. ;) <BR> <BR> Also, I still have the California Raisins cassette. :D <BR> <BR> And you? Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:23:03 EST Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp, anyone? Anyone else planning to do this one? It starts May 3rd and runs to the 30th. Just signed up. <BR> <BR> Figure I should be in the mood by then since it's time to get outdoors and garden and such. Yes! Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:19:04 EST Balance Challenges Hello all! <BR> <BR> I hit a wall today. Last week I increased my cardio to every day, which I'm loving, but it is really hard to get everything done. <BR> <BR> How are you all working in exercise along with homeschooling, laundry, housecleaning, and everything else we do?! It seems that I had balance before, now with adding daily exercise, it's all crumbled again!! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:13:05 EST Tag time! Let's hear about your daily exercise! Yesterday: 15 minute almost mile with my family. <BR> <BR> Tag! Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:01:22 EST Summer at my place... <em>215</em> Describe for us summer at your place. The memorable things that make you long for summer. What do you love about summer? Share the sights, sounds, feel, etc. of summer at your place. <em>67</em> <em>283</em> <em>87</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:19:35 EST Think green for summer challenge! Today--St Patty's Day <em>137</em> -- is a great reminder that spring and summer are right around the corner. Eek! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Time to get ready to bare those arms and wear summer shirts and maybe even shorts. Eek (for me anyway! lol) <em>463</em> <BR> <BR> So, time to begin that prep work, in case you've let things slide or just because it's fun doing it together! This challenge runs from today to May 1st. <BR> <BR> One time points: <BR> *Post in the 'summer at my place... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:12:08 EST Anyone have/had a baby with reflux? Hey, the baby is actually doing great. She was 10 lbs & 13 1/2 oz. and 23 inches long at her last weigh in (8 weeks), so she's not on any medication for her reflux. We just get to be wet all the time. Does it come and go? She'll start to be better, holding more food down, and I'll think that we are over it and then it starts up again with her throwing up at least 1/2 of what she's eaten. I'm using Gripe Water, which works well, but are there other suggestions? Is there something I can e... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:16:28 EST What are you doing for Valentine's Day? The youth at church are serving a Valentine chicken dinner, so we're going to that. They're also serving the little kids dinner in another room. The boys will be working it! <BR> <BR> I did buy some candy for the kids! One of the very few years I've gotten Valentines out to my immediate family and nephews. :) Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:57:07 EST Here's a laugh--<BR>=ygtBxhFc24A <BR> <BR> women drivers. Just for fun. :) Sun, 8 Feb 2009 23:08:30 EST Valentine Treats! Let's share some Valentine goodies here! <BR> <BR> Here's a site with some nice crafts for kids: <BR><BR>_crafts.htm Mon, 2 Feb 2009 13:18:43 EST Play tag in February! Exercise goes here: <em>215</em> When you've done your daily exercise, post here to see who's been and who has yet to tag in. It's fun to see if we can all tag in in one day. <BR> <BR> Whatever level of exercise you're at, you can play! <BR> Let's be accountable to each other!! I'll be watching for your name... <BR> <BR> <BR> example: Just did my WATP for today. Tag! Who's next? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 12:40:17 EST Exceeded my weekly cal burned goal...?? When I logged my work out this morning, I got a message telling my I've significantly exceeded my weekly calories burned goals. <BR> <BR> I think that is OK, but thought I'd ask if I may be doing something that would set me up for a fall? <BR> <BR> All I'm doing is walking on my treadmill for 40 minutes everyday. I usually walk at 3mph for most of the walk. I know this is good for my diabetes control--but don't want to unintentionally set myself up for some sort of 'fall'. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:51:54 EST End of January extra points You've had a great month, and gotten into those good habits. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Take final measurements. Have you lost inches and/or weight? Give yourself 50 pts. <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> 2) Are you feeling healthier and in better shape than when you started? Give yourself 50 pts. <BR> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> 3) Give a goodie to several team members who have inspired/motivated you this month to encourage and thank them. And thank YOU for playing along with us and encourag... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:08:48 EST Valentine /Fireproof Dare! <em>212</em> Since the movie Fireproof was released today, I thought we could start our dare for Valentine's Day now! <BR> <BR> I dare you to do something special for your husband and/or family each day to show them you love them, and to share what you've done in this thread. Let's show 'em we love 'em, right up til Valentine's Day when we do something really special for them --which is probably pretty common for you, right? ;) <BR> <BR> I'll try to share a love dare from the book/jo... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:50:33 EST End of wk 3 extra challenge! 1) If you have stuck with the program all three weeks so far--the water, tracking food, exercise--with the same commitment as when you started, give yourself 50 points! <BR> <BR> 2) Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:07:33 EST End of wk 2 Extra Challenge 1) Blog on your progress again! 25 pts <BR> <BR> 2) Midway! Take your measurements and compare to when you started. Lose any inches? Let us know the good news! (There's a thread just for that!) If you didn't measure when we started, take your measurements now. You'll be glad at month end when you see where you are! 25 pts for a loss. <BR> <BR> 3) Pamper yourself sometime in the next week. Time to reward yourself for hanging in there and working hard to accomplish your goal. Make it ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:16:32 EST Anyone losing some inches in January? I know not everyone's losing weight, but have your measurements changed since you started? Let's celebrate those losses, too. I may wait til month end so I feel really good about the losses! lol I can feel myself shaping up so much! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:22:00 EST How are those exercise minutes adding up? Are you on schedule to do the 600 minutes I've challenged you with? <BR> <BR> I followed the bootcamp and Coach Nicole's recommended cardio workouts, and I'm at 260. How about you? Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:51:20 EST Hi again... Okay, so I am back after a loooooooooooong hiatus, and I thought I would reintroduce myself to everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm Tracy a SAHM to 3. My kids are 5, 3(at the end of January), and 9 months. I homeschool all of them unofficially right now, and will put my letter of intent in for next school year in May. We are leaning towards unschooling right now because, well they are kids, and kids learn best through playing. Reading is a big part of *my* life and sometimes I can actually get them to ... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 01:07:31 EST My favorite vegetable recipe-- Post em here! I could use some new ideas. Could you tell? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share more than 2 recipes, too. And if you've got some quick ideas you don't really feel are 'recipes', share those, too! This is one of those areas I really need to get better at! Fruits you can just grab and go, but I just won't do that with veggies somehow... <em>304</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 16:41:50 EST End of wk 1 Extra Challenge ! 1) BLOG about how your 1st week has gone: 25 pts <BR> <BR> 2) Share one or two of your favorite healthy VEGETABLE recipes for this time of year. Post it either above, or at (But let us know so we can try it! Anyone know if those automatically show on your sparkpage?): 20 pts each <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 00:52:34 EST Question: What do you eat/serve for lunch? I'm just wondering what everyone does for lunch since we are all homeschoolers and have to plan/prepare lunch for our kiddos each day. <BR> <BR> I'll go first... half the time, I tell the kids to fix what they want, as long has it has a couple of food groups in it (i.e. meat, grain, maybe dairy). Sometimes I warm up a few cans of Clam Chowder or bake some chicken nuggets or pizza. Sometimes, I tell them to pick leftovers to reheat & eat. <BR> <BR> For me, I like the Lean Gourmet by Miche... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 13:18:29 EST New YOU bootcamp exercise challenge It's about a 10 minute workout everyday from the 4th to the 31st. You need at least 500 minutes cardio exercise for a chance to win the prizes. We're aiming for 600 minimum this month, so it's a great guide to getting your exercise! She also has mini challenges daily to help you lose. Check it out! <BR> <BR> I see Ashley's in, and I'm in... Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Let's post on how we're doing on the bootcamp here. <BR> <BR> <BR> The first day wasn't bad at all! :) Last year's bootca... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 00:59:54 EST It's not too late to join the melt challenge! We would love to have more of you join the challenge! It's not too late! <BR> <BR> It's really just a fun way to get in the habit of doing the basics. You get points for doing everything you should be each day. And if you miss one or two one day, you're not behind a bunch of points! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:47:11 EST Hi from Oklahoma, Again! I found my old userid from SP when I was a member a couple of years ago. I decided to continue using it instead of my new one since it has all my manually entered foods and exercises. So I'm still Susan but you will see me now as gardengirl27 instead of reddoxiemom. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 15:09:35 EST Did you read about this woman who lost 175 pounds?<BR>etgirl_shares_her_20_best_weightloss_s<BR>ecrets <BR> <BR> That's a lot of weight to lose, and I'll bet she had plenty of days she felt like giving up. But she persevered! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 00:19:23 EST Hi from NW Oklahoma Thanks for the invite, Tina! I'm Susan from OK. I'm back to Sparkpeople after joining and loosing 30 lbs a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I gained 10 of that back so I'm here to shed it again, and hopefully about 10 more than that! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:39:42 EST The Melt-Like- -A-Snowman Challenge! You may not be surrounded by snow like I am, but I'm betting you don't want to look like a snowman come spring. Thought we could start 'melting' right away. <BR> <BR> So, let's begin! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Take your measurements--all of them since they don't fit on your SP spot, and write them on an index card. Put it where you can find it later this month. I know you'll lose inches this month even if the scale won't budge, right? Also, weigh in with your starting weight in the wei... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 16:58:52 EST All right!! A new co-leader!! If you haven't noticed, ShawnaLucy is now co-leader of our team! Woohoo!! She's been here with me since I started this team, and is a wonderful encourager and motivator, if you haven't noticed. :D Thanks, Shawna! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:15:28 EST Rearrange 'em, add or subtract one letter :) star--rest <BR> Your turn! Start with 'rest'. <BR> <BR> P.S. You don't have to rearrange them. I could have gone star to stare. Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:25:54 EST What good habits did you keep over the holiday? I managed to drink my water right up until the days with family and friends. I did do some exercise here and there, too. Dh went off with his new SP water bottle today. :) <BR> <BR> Time to go plan my week's menu again. I've been slack on that, too. A big pot of vegetable soup sounds good... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:42:26 EST I won't be fat and 44 I am a homeschool mom from OK. I have 7 kids. My birthday is May 22 and I am determined to be at goal weight cuz I won't be fat and 44. :) Nice to meet everyone. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:04:41 EST Merry Christmas everyone! I know time's getting tight for everyone, so thought I'd send out greetings now. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday with your families, and that Santa's good to you. :) Merry Christmas! Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:06:56 EST What's your holiday look like? We always go to my parents along with my sisters and their families. We've been taking mil with us, but this year we'll have to go visit her at the nursing home. I'm thinking of packing some special munchies for our visit. May invite an older lady from church to join us on Christmas Eve. The late service is a tradition here. :) Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:18:31 EST