SparkPeople Fit and Healthy New You Team Messageboard Welcome to Fit & Healthy You, where men and women share and support each other-all on their journey to total great health and happiness. SparkPeople Fit and Healthy New You Team Messageboard Where's Larry? Anyone know what's going on with Larry? Haven't heard from him lately. I'm a little concerned and hope he is doing ok Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:31:48 EST DID U READ A MEMBER'S BLOG 2-DAY? <em>224</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 19:36:57 EST DID U DO "STRENGTH or CORE" EXERCISES TODAY? <em>319</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:58:49 EST Are you a parent just waiting for school to start? Thank goodness I haven't had to do that for ten years now! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:00:17 EST 31 Days to Better Sleep 8/1: <BR> <BR> Relieve stress. People with uncontrolled stress are more prone to insomnia. But exercise,, meditation, yoga, and other techniques can help you relax. Do something to relieve stress each day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:31:05 EST challenge July 19-25 This week we will focus on lower body! <BR> <BR> STANDING ADDUCTION and ABDUCTION these are great for our inner/outer thighs, quads and hips! <BR> post a <em>248</em> you do your for the day! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:30:36 EST July 12-18 weekly challenge This week we will focus on our TRICEPS <BR> <BR> We will be doing Seated Tricep Dumbbell Extensions <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=158 </link> <BR> <BR> Come and post how you did! Sun, 11 Jul 2010 12:04:21 EST weekly challenge for July 5-11 This week we will do PLANKS! <BR> Lets do PLANKS 3 days this week and each time try to increase your hold. <BR> You can do <em>320</em> on your toes, or <em>320</em> on your knees or even side <em>320</em> . <BR> Come back and post! Sun, 4 Jul 2010 12:33:53 EST Weekly Challenge SQUATS June 28 -July 4 Challenge this week is SQUATS!! <BR> Sorry this is late but I had a hard time getting on the computer today! <BR> Come and post how many sets you did or just give a big <em>248</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:27:39 EST Weekly Challenge DB Lateral Raises Challenge June 21-27th <BR> Lets work on our arms! Try to get in at least two sets a day! <BR> Come back and post with a emoticon or how many sets you did! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand with feet slightly apart, back straight, arms hanging at your sides. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing inward. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Raise the dumbbells at your sides to shoulder level, keeping elbows slightly bent. <BR> <BR> INHALE: Lower slowly with control to the starting posi... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 21:26:48 EST (DAILY) DID U TRY OR DO THE "TORSO STRETCH"? Here is another great stretching exercise shared here at Sparks! Give it a try and, trust me, it feels great! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> TORSO STRETCH! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> (The link to the demo is shown below in case you want to check it out further!) <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> This exercise is performed in a seated position with the legs crossed or in the butterfly position. <BR> Action <BR> Clasp hands together and slowly raise them above your head towards the ceiling. Reach a... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 22:15:47 EST New Team hi, I created a new team "positive mental health" Please stop on by and check it out. If you could spread the word too. Thanks <BR> <BR> Here is the link <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43408 </link> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:50:37 EST FAMOUS PERSON NAME GAME I am going to name a famous person. The next person must take the first letter of the last name and name a famous person whose first name starts with that letter. <BR> <BR> Bill Murray Wed, 9 Jun 2010 19:44:46 EST LAST LETTER/ FIRST NAME I start with a name, the next person comes in and uses the last letter of that name for a new name. and on and on it goes. <BR> <BR> first name: <BR> Amanda Mon, 7 Jun 2010 21:32:33 EST 'LAST LETTER STARTS NEXT WORD' Just like it sounds! <BR> <BR> If the word is everythinG the next word could be Grow <BR> Fri, 4 Jun 2010 19:51:17 EST HOW MANY SPARKPOINTS- ---TOTAL???? 14,926 Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:27:52 EST 'WHAT NUMBER ARE YOU ON THE HUDDLE BOARD TODAY??' 4th Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:08:23 EST (GAME) DOUBLE LETTER WORDS Post words that have double letters. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:05:29 EST CHANGE "ONE" LETTER to make a new word lone Thu, 3 Jun 2010 23:01:04 EST "J" IS FOR JUNE WOO HOO!! <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> June is here! Please share any word that begins with the letter "j" representing the wonderful month of June!! Mon, 31 May 2010 20:11:11 EST day one emotion check I'm feeling hopeful with spark. Pain has me down but not as bad as somedays <BR> waiting on eeg and brain scans so a little apprehensive <BR> . Sat, 29 May 2010 15:26:59 EST day one emotion check I'm feeling hopeful with spark. Pain has me down but not as bad as somedays <BR> waiting on eeg and brain scans so a little apprehensive <BR> . Sat, 29 May 2010 15:25:28 EST (DAILY) DID YOU DRINK YOUR 8 TODAY or YESTERDAY? Hydrate-hydrate and enjoy! <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Did you drink your 8 glasses of water today? Wed, 26 May 2010 17:33:16 EST (GAME TIME) NAMES! (A-Z STYLE) Please share either a male or female name and we'll do it A-Z style -- ready????? <BR> <BR> A: Amy Wed, 26 May 2010 17:25:31 EST (DAILY) DID U DO YOUR AM/PM STRETCHES? <em>405</em> Morning stretches in! Fri, 14 May 2010 08:03:07 EST DID YOU GET YOUR CARDIO IN TODAY? <em>313</em> <em>324</em> <em>326</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 10:19:00 EST HAVE YOU MADE YOUR GOAL IN EXERCISING TODAY? Be it steps, sit-ups, crunches, walking 30 minutes, etc., have you hit the goal that you set for yourself today? Sun, 9 May 2010 09:54:50 EST SPARKS' HEALTH TIPS TO SHARE! (ADD YOURS TOO!) <em>38</em> DID YA KNOW?? (Sparks’ Info) <BR> <BR> Starting in their twenties, most people (especially women) lose half a pound of muscle every year if they aren't strength training to preserve it. After age 60, this rate of loss doubles. But regular strength training can preserve muscle throughout the lifespan, and rebuild the muscle lost. <BR> Sun, 9 May 2010 09:52:14 EST THINK FITNESS! POST A FITNESS EMOTICON-HAVE FUN! <em>216</em> Sat, 8 May 2010 18:49:52 EST (GAME TIME) "M" IS FOR MAY! Please share any word that begins with the letter "M" for the great month of May! Sat, 8 May 2010 18:35:14 EST PEDOMETER USERS! TRACK YOUR STEPS and/or MILES! My May Step/Mile Tracker: <BR> My goal and challenge to myself is to get in at least 20,000 steps a day! <BR> <BR> 5-1: 22046 steps-10.42 miles <BR> 5-2: 26490 steps-12.53 miles <BR> 5-3: 25608 steps-12.12 miles <BR> 5-4: 22761 steps-10.77 miles <BR> 5-5: 21263 steps-10.10 miles <BR> 5-6: 21610 steps-10.22 miles <BR> 5-7: 24423 steps-11.56 miles <BR> Sat, 8 May 2010 18:25:11 EST (DAILY) DID U INHALE-LIFE and EXHALE-STRESS 2-DAY? <em>135</em> Yes Sat, 8 May 2010 16:04:08 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (5/7/2010) <em>38</em> Question for Today (5/7/2010) <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Based on Sparks' Healthy Reflections today, please share how you would answer our Question today! <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Sparks' Healthy Reflections! <BR> <BR> Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. <BR> <BR> We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:26:13 EST SPARKS' HEALTHY REFLECTIONS TO SHARE & DISCUSS! <em>204</em> Sparks' Healthy Reflections! <BR> <BR> The beneficial beauty of selfless acts! <BR> <BR> Al was a smart man. He knew that generous acts benefit everyone, including yourself. The small actions you take now, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have profound effects that you may never know about. Sometimes, just living as a good example has the power to inspire. Not quite as well-known are the physical and mental benefits that being a positive force can have for you. W... Wed, 5 May 2010 14:47:44 EST (DAILY) WHAT WAS FOR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING? Coffee <em>40</em> Tue, 4 May 2010 20:03:39 EST SHARE A 3-LETTER WORD (A-Z STYLE) FUN! Please post any 3-letter word, and it's amazing how many words there are -- but let's start with "a" and reply alphabetically! Have fun everyone! Tue, 4 May 2010 19:53:48 EST SHARE THE LAST VEGGIE or FRUIT EATEN! Tofu and mixed veggies! Tue, 4 May 2010 19:50:52 EST DID U GIVE A FRIEND A GOODIE TODAY? <em>224</em> Tue, 4 May 2010 19:26:16 EST MAY FLOWERS - ROLL CALL! <em>184</em> Tue, 4 May 2010 19:07:32 EST THINK SPRING; THINK GREEN! SHOW US THAT GREEN! Please post any "green" emoticon to celebrate Spring! Have fun and here we go............. <em>185</em> Sun, 2 May 2010 18:24:07 EST GIVE A GOODIE FUN! (DOUBLE or TRIPLE NUMBERS) You may be familiar with this game, but it's a great way to have fun and share friendships at the same time! We'll start with "1" and keep adding 1 to the previous comment, and when your number contains <BR> double or triple identical numbers (ex., 11, 101, 2000..), it's time to give a goodie to a friend on our Team! <BR> <BR> Ready -- let's do it and <em>244</em> Away we go!! Sun, 2 May 2010 18:04:47 EST (DAILY) DID YOU LAUGH or MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH TODAY? <em>224</em> Sun, 2 May 2010 17:58:58 EST ARE U READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY TODAY? <em>224</em> Sun, 2 May 2010 17:57:30 EST recipe Blueberry & White Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies <BR> <BR> I have substituted many different fruits to these cookies... <BR> Preparation Time: 25 minutes Level: Easy <BR> Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 24 <BR> <BR> These easy cookies are a real snap to make - just stir and bake. <BR> Ingredients: <BR> •1 cup all-purpose flour <BR> •1/4 cup wheat germ <BR> •1/2 teaspoon baking soda <BR> •1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> •1/4 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> •1 large egg <BR> •3/4 cup packed dark... Sun, 2 May 2010 11:25:02 EST WERE YOU ACTIVE TODAY? GIVE A BIG WOO HOO If you were active today...Let out a big woo hoo for yourself Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:59:21 EST GIVE A SMILE OF FUN & FRIENDSHIP Share a smile with us... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:58:01 EST share 2010 activities share your stories of sucess or failures in 2010 , happy or sad thoughts, <BR> <BR> <BR> not feeling very good as have a sinus infection... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:34:59 EST ARE YOU STILL MOTIVATED? THUMBS UP...THUMBS DOWN Are you still motivated? Answer with thumb up or down Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:29:15 EST ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR FOOD CHOICES TODAY? Are you satisfied with the food you ate today? Could you have chosen something else? What would you change if you aren't happy with the food you ate? Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:27:16 EST Im back! A friend and I are racing to 100 lbs lost. We started on 2/15. <BR> <BR> My official start weight is 302 lbs. <BR> <BR> Im not officially allowed to start exercising until Thursday 2/18 when I am 6w postpartum, but I might just go ahead and start out small. <BR> <BR> I plan to do what I was doing before. Track my calories with SPARK!, redo the c25k program (hopefully actually finishing it and being able to participate in a 5k race later this fall), and my favorite pump it up dance video. <... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 04:10:44 EST Theyre here! I had my babies today! Heres the link to their birthstory and photos <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/theyre-here.html </link> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 01:43:27 EST Update on the twins and I... Ive been in early labor on and off since Monday night. It stalls oùt each night, bùt I make a little progress each day. Last night I was 3cm dialated. Theyre letting me keep going at my own pace, since the babies are a little early (35 weeks 4 days gestation) so we're trying to reach 36 weeks if we can. <BR> Im staying in the hospital ùntil I have the babies, so it coùld be any day now =) Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:31:15 EST *SHARING *HOLIDAY* GREETINGS * & *hi's* let's Share the Holidays... <BR> <BR> come and say hi and... <BR> <BR> share a fav. memory... a story... <BR> what you like best about the holidays <BR> and/or least... <BR> <BR> share some Holiday Cheer.... <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2009 16:10:17 EST Cooling off... count to 10 if you need to calm down... come on in and count... <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:00:13 EST A little update Its been a while since I stopped by to say hi. <BR> Im now 26 1/2 weeks pregnant. 10 weeks ago we found out that we're expecting twins! One boy and one girl. <BR> They are both approximately 1 lb 12 oz. <BR> Before I found out that I was pregnant, I had gotten down to 276. Im now weighing 305. Before I panic, I just need to remember that my midwife says that between both babies, their placentas, the amniotic fluid, my uterus, and all the extra breast I have gained, only about 15 lbs of that i... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:54:26 EST DAILY *FOCUS * Note list your top 3-5 focus priorities for today... <BR> <BR> remember keep them simple and reasonable Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:44:53 EST METAMORPHING EXERCISES share your exercising with us... <BR> <BR> the days or list... which ever you wish Sun, 11 Oct 2009 15:02:22 EST SHARING * FAVORITES * getting to Know You game answer the previous question and then ask the next Favorite question ... teehee its that simple... <BR> <BR> have fun ... I will start Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:58:32 EST did you make time for yourself today <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:05:51 EST Have you exercised today <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:05:16 EST ** RECYCLING * BIN ** bring your junk right on in... <BR> <BR> junk = Unnecessary, useless, negative thoughts etc. <BR> <BR> DUMP them and leave them... <BR> <BR> and leave with a new Positive thought, idea etc... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:21:52 EST AFFIRMATIONS and/or GRATITUDES today..... share your affirmations and gratitudes here... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 14:05:19 EST **COUNTING** CALORIES** lets post our calories range, goals, totals here <BR> <BR> how ever you wish to keep track Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:56:43 EST *NOMINATING our MONTHLY BUTTERFLIES Please nominate here anyone you may feel should be recognized for the month.... we will be posting at the beginning of each month 2 BUTTERFLIES.... <BR> <BR> we are asking that our teammates visit our Monthly BUTTERFLIES pages, comment on the Butterflies of the month thread, share goodies, whatever you feel is appropriate to recognize your teammate.... <BR> <BR> Thank you for participating <BR> <BR> ~~~Deby~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> p.s. just a little note... Team mates only will be chosen as Bu... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:24:02 EST Our BUTTERFLY of the MONTH <em>188</em> Hi BUTTERFLIES (and butterflies to be) <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to have One of our teammates be recognized each month.... <BR> <BR> This month is almost over so I will pick a teammate that has been pretty active for the month.... <BR> <BR> *noting of course that everyone is special in their own way and are valued on this team.... <BR> <BR> Please, for the future, nominate who you think should be BUTTERFLY for the month .... <BR> <BR> You can either message(e... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:20:13 EST 2010.... Set up your goals for the Seasons Winter......... December 22nd - March 21st <BR> <BR> Spring......... March 22nd - June 21st <BR> <BR> Summer......... June 22nd - September 21st <BR> <BR> Autumn(Fall)... September 22nd - December 21st <BR> <BR> <BR> find the season that is happening now and take some time to set up (visualize) what you wish to see... <BR> listing some ways you feel you can achieve your vision Sat, 1 Aug 2009 12:33:41 EST C E L E B R A T I O N ... Day TELL us What is going on with you today that needs to be CELEBRATED... <BR> (examples, your SUCCESSES, family stuff, personal stuff, weight, exercise, etc...) what ever you wish to celebrate let us CELEBRATE with you Thu, 4 Jun 2009 14:58:28 EST Keep STEP PING keeping track of steps... <BR> <BR> (you can get a pedometer at target or walmart starting at $5) Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:56:23 EST WRITINGS that make you go hmmmmmmm... share quotes, writings, poems etc.. here... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 18:50:59 EST How many pts. till next trophy 2,512 Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:49:54 EST How many days on Spark People 117 <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ and Happy Tuesday ~~0:) <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:49:31 EST October Check-in *What do you want to achieve?* <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of October? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> You can track your exercises... whatever you need this thread to be to help you achieve your goals... <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you... Mon, 25 May 2009 20:29:40 EST September Goals - What do you want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of September? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:29:05 EST August Goals - What do You want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of AUGUST? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:28:05 EST July Goals - What do you want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of July? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:26:50 EST June Goals - What do You want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of June? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:25:16 EST May Goals - What do You want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of MAY? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:24:41 EST April Goals - What do You want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of April? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:22:55 EST March Goals - What do You want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of MARCH? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:22:14 EST February Goals - What do you want to achieve? <em>248</em> What are your goals for this month of FEBRUARY? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at the end of the month? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Create any Goals for yourself here ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *PS... remember you are making the goal... you can revise at any time Mon, 25 May 2009 20:17:59 EST SPINNING what are your log in points... be creative with emoticons.... Sat, 23 May 2009 12:34:18 EST Me in JUNE...... How do you see yourself in JUNE... <BR> <BR> this is where you can set some Personal goals - CHALLENGing YOURself - Visualizing... whatever you need to stay committed to YOUrSELF... <BR> <BR> remember you can always adjust to where you are.. <BR> this is a life style change and sometimes we need to make the adjustments as we are changing... <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 14:55:27 EST Me in MAY..... setting personal goals/challenge/Visualizing etc... <BR> <BR> how do you see yourself in May... <BR> <BR> I know may is over half done... and... <BR> I ALSO KNOW it is never to late to start a NEW <em>43</em> Mon, 18 May 2009 14:49:36 EST what are you doing to be more active in your team? list what you are doing to be more active in your teams and what you might like see happen. Sun, 17 May 2009 13:00:08 EST OPPOSITES game... first... pick opposites... <BR> <BR> then apply them to yourself in a sentence... Sat, 16 May 2009 16:40:31 EST Signed ùp for a 5K race in Aùgùst! My hùsband and I signed ùp for a 5K race for Aùgùst 16th. 10 weeks after I get back home. We're talking to my mom to see if we can get my siblings involved too. It woùld mean spending the sùmmer training every other day, and I think it woùld be a great bonding experience. I wish I coùld get my mother involved too, bùt she comes ùp with every excùse of why she cant do it. *rolls eyes* <BR> Anyways.. I cant wait! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 15:01:43 EST I gùess im back.. Im pretty sùre I lost the baby. I started bleeding and Im in alot of pain. <BR> <BR> I gùess I'll start back in the roùtine on sùnday. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:36:28 EST Self-Care & Apology Dear everyOne :) <BR> <BR> I need to step-up to the plate of authentic self-care and assist my ability to focus here at SP by honoring my limitations. I can't get to most of the groups, and when I do, I get overwhelmed and need long breaks. This tells me that I need to reduce my SP stimulation in order to find focus at SP. I deeply regret this, but for now, I must honor the fact that I cannot maintain being part of several teams at once. My capacity for virtual worlds may increase, at which ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 09:11:02 EST second letter word game take the second letter form the word last listed and make a word from it. and so on lets see how many word we can come up with... <BR> <BR> we will start with : <BR> example : happiness to appliance <BR> <BR> appliance to plows Wed, 1 Apr 2009 02:22:57 EST help?? I landed on a plateaù, and Ive been stùck here for a while.. <BR> <BR> Apparently my scale doesnt want to go below 131kg.. Ive been boùncing arroùnd within 131 for 4 weeks now! 131.6, 131.9, 131.4, 131.5... AGH!!! <BR> <BR> Two of my really good friends are getting married in a week or two (date not set yet) and I dont qùite fit into the dress they want me to wear. Its a faviana size 20 dress that I wore to prom in 2006. As it is now, I can get into it, bùt my stomach bùldges oùt qùite a bi... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:33:04 EST What is your goals & how are you doing on them? tell us what your goals are and how you are accomplishing these goals, what ways are you handling the process...etc... and do you need advice to help you along the way? <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. to get bariactic surgery <BR> 2. loose 155 lbs. <BR> 3. to get knee fixed <BR> 4. to learn to love myself better. <BR> <BR> 1. setting up appointments and getting all the test done that is needed to have the surgery. gathering all medical records. <BR> 2.exercise at rehab at hospital, have surgery, watch d... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 20:21:16 EST New... Hello- Saw the invite from Tink on my page and went and looked at this group and it looks wonderful. I have quite a bit of weight to lose not only to feel better but for health. And Tink, we also own a chocolate lab-they are wonderful friends. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 03:03:35 EST Yippee 8 pounds is Noticeable was not expecting any company today so washed all my pants and put them on the line..As we all know big ladies pants just don't do well in the drier..I no sooner hung up my clothes and my girlfriend calls she is on her way over picking up my fav apple cinnamon tea with sweetener of course...I like oh shoot what do i put on...Went into my closet and pulled out a pair of pants and hoped..went on and wow actually not to bad did not bother my hernia...As soon as she walked in she goes good god gi... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:14:28 EST what metamorphosis time means.... Metamorphosis time... <BR> We offer support to those who need it. <BR> a prayer, a recipe, a hug, and lots of love and inspiration. <BR> We all have the same goal in this life and it is to loose the weight, well in order to do that we have to learn to let go of the stress in our lives and learn to love ourselves first. <BR> that is: <BR> step 1 <BR> let go of our stress in our lives <BR> step 2 <BR> once this is done to except who we are and admitt what needs to be done to accomplish this... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 15:37:03 EST YEEEEEEEEESSSSS SSSSSSSS!!!!!!! This week: Minus 2.3kg / 5.06lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> That means.... <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> <BR> I broke into the 280's!! whooo hoooo!!!! <BR> <BR> Today's offical weight: 131.6kg ... 289.52lbs!!! <BR> <BR> Im so excited!! Thats 13 lbs gone! For a total of 4.29% Total Body Weight GONE FOREVER Sun, 8 Mar 2009 10:40:12 EST OH MY GOODNESS.... I want to cry We dont have oatmeal in Tùnisia!! Im trying to find ways to stay fùll, bùt cùt calories, so I figùred that oatmeal woùld be ok.. WRONG.. we dont have any. <BR> <em>39</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2009 19:23:03 EST Starting a weight loss blog.. Where do I start??? I know that I want to do an "aboùt me" section, bùt i really dont know where to start... <BR> <BR> any ideas?? <BR> <BR> i dont want to bore any potential readers on my first post!! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 16:54:26 EST February Was Not A Good Month Well I jsut started back in February adn seems was a flase start...Hopeing March will be better for me...Come on warmer weather so I can get outside away from the fridge...Helen Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:10:12 EST Welcome to the team... & introduce your self here. welcome to all the new team members.tell us a little about you so we can get to know each other better. <BR> My name is : Leanna <BR> My birthdayis: Jan. 29 <BR> I live at: Soldotna, Alaska <BR> I need : all the support and understanding i can get. <BR> I love to: help others Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:01:28 EST Another Word game...... How many words can you make from <BR> <BR> <BR> Sesquipedalianism <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ses`qui`pe`da´li`an`ism <BR> n. 1. Sesquipedality. <BR> the practice of using very long words. Also sesquipedalism, sesquipedality. — sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, adj <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 14:30:34 EST Name a green food for Saint Patricks Day Name a green food you can eat . Name one a day till Saint Patricks Day.... <BR> <BR> Example: green pepper <BR> green olives <BR> etc.... <BR> I will start with: <BR> brussell sprouts Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:57:05 EST ~~COLOR game~~ Describe your mood with a color and why that color... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:22:53 EST number game.... each time the number doubles.... <BR> The person who has that number gives the last person a goodie.... <BR> <BR> <BR> starting at 10 <BR> <BR> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:19:09 EST ((SUPPORT)) ROOM This is a safe place to ask for help, support or just a hug... to share when you are feeling a bit (or alot) down.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:13:11 EST Today I NEED..... This topic will focus on Identifying our needs... <BR> and what we can do to achieve getting our needs met... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 15:09:56 EST Name that day.... Naming today.... <BR> <BR> <BR> add one name in front of the day.... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:25:50 EST What best describes YOU today and Why In addition to a butterfly coming out of a cocoon <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> a gazelle <BR> <BR> <BR> because I am doing a lot of jog/walking today thanks to my new walking shoes ... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:46:03 EST making Changes in our world..... similar to the changing of habits... <BR> <BR> this one is for changing our world around us.... <BR> <BR> Remember... if we are wanting to transform our bodies we also need to transform our world around us... so we can keep the transformation alive... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:35:00 EST Changing old habits that are not working... Create a new habit takes about 30 days.... <BR> so when leaving old habit behind <BR> have to replace with a new one.... <BR> so............... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Day 14 <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:30:53 EST Today I commit tooo... Sharing HAPPY today ~~~~0:) Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:29:26 EST What do you do to change your downer mood.... When I am down.... <BR> <BR> I give my self permission to feel whatever I need too <BR> then I watch a funny show... laughter tends to lighten me right up Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:28:44 EST Writing a for this game... <BR> <BR> each one add a sentence... ONLY one sentence at a time..... so if you want to add more... click on reply... ok.... <BR> <BR> I will start..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ONCE upon a Time.... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:00:53 EST Word Association GAME... this is how the game works.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Starts with a word... (I am gonna start) <BR> keep all letters but change just 1... <BR> You can switch the letters around.... <BR> <BR> <BR> example... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sister - Mister <BR> <BR> ( I changed the S to a M ) Thu, 26 Feb 2009 13:56:01 EST Becoming the new you game... name one word that would make a new you. <BR> <BR> example..laughter <BR> smile <BR> Happy <BR> weight <BR> <BR> now lets give it a try. <BR> <BR> live Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:27:18 EST MIRROR...M IRROR...on the Wall....what do you see Mirror mirror on the wall.... <BR> <BR> I see me Smiling more.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing BLESSings today ~~~~~~~0:) <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 16:16:55 EST Give YOUrSELF a HUG just BEcause <em>247</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:58:30 EST Need some sùpport ladies :( I didnt know I was pregnant, and the recent large drop in calories (~3000/day to ~1300/day), and the extreme exercising (for me..) caused me to miscarry today. <BR> <BR> <em>79</em> <em>46</em> <em>245</em> <em>39</em> <em>33</em> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:55:23 EST how much water today So far <BR> <BR> 3 8oz. bottled water <BR> (drink a bottle each exercise shift) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing SUPPORTive Energy today~~~~~0:) Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:11:41 EST my snacks today are / were apple slices <BR> carrots <BR> pumpkin seeds... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> lots of water... <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:10:04 EST My Dinner was LOL havent had dinner yet... (just making board) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing SUPPORTive Energy today~~~~~0:) Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:09:18 EST My lunch was... tomato soup <BR> crackers... <BR> Crystal light <BR> <BR> (512)calories <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing SUPPORTive Energy today~~~~~0:) Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:08:38 EST my Breakfast was.... my breakfast was.... <BR> <BR> <BR> scrambled eggs... <BR> English muffin <BR> orange juice <BR> sausage link (one) <BR> (coffe too) <BR> <BR> (435) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing SUPPORTive Energy today~~~~~0:) Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:06:47 EST Lets All Post Our Meals Just another way to give us all an idea of how we are doing..Lets post our allowed Calories then post our meals...I am allowed 1260-1610 daily and here is what I have had for breakfast...Helen <BR> <BR> Bacon maple flavoured Smoked ham, 3 serving 50 <BR> cheese swiss black dimond slices, 2 serving 70 <BR> yogurt astro 100g fat free, 200 gram 80 <BR> <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 200 Calories <BR> <BR> <BR> As the day goes on will edit and add my meals and snacks... <BR> Iceberg Lettuce (... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:53:46 EST Idea that might work for you all... give it a try. A good SP friend gave me an idea that she used to use and I thought I would share it with you all. <BR> <BR> When I was going to WW a lady gave me an idea and so I made this lovely little triangle shaped pouch that was about 8 inches wide and 7 inches deep and just lovely paper so it was almost flat. I added magnets on the back and then stuck it to my fridge door, what I did then was filled it with little strips of paper that said all kinds of things like. Are you sure your hungry, have som... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:18:42 EST PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS.... I have come to understand YOU HAVE to make PERSONAL CHANGES to be able to keep the weight off.... <BR> <BR> SO ... Listing personal (personality) traits things I wish to change within myself... <BR> <BR> <BR> Living more Consciously taking time to REALLY pay attention to my enviornment... (I figure this will lead to more Resolutions) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing Courageous energy today ~~~~0:) Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:35:32 EST PERSONAL CHALLENG E....... Try to do or redo(LEARN) ONE thing NEW (something you are not doing now) throughout the month (consistantly 30 days).... <BR> <BR> <BR> BEing consistant with it...(doesnt mean you have to do it daily, just at least once in awhile during the month) <BR> <BR> <BR> something you may have always wanted to do (or have done and stopped doing it) or something you have considered to do but didnt or were afraid to do it... <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to get back to DAILY writing in one of my jour... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:30:06 EST Today I will exercise because.... Here is a thread for yoù to make yoùr intentions to exercise for the day :) I find that the more people who know what yoù intend to do, the more likely yoù will actùally do it :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I will exercise becaùse... <BR> <BR> ... I need to work extra hard to lose the 3.7 lbs I gained last week <em>198</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 13:09:36 EST Team ENERGIZING...WE CAN DO it TEAM.. WE CAN DO it..... <BR> <BR> Together we can.... Lets commit to supporting one another.... AND REMEMBERing..... to Support ourself... <BR> <BR> WE ARE ONEDERFUL <BR> WE ARE Coming out of <BR> OUR COCOONS........ <BR> <BR> BLESSings ALL.... Deby <BR> <BR> Today Sharing HAPPY Energy ~~~~~~~0:) Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:44:22 EST AFFIRMING YOURself I am Beautifully me <BR> I am ENERGY in human form <BR> I am ALIVE and WELL <BR> <BR> I am Happy <BR> <BR> Today Sharing HAPPY Energy ~~~~~~~0:) Mon, 16 Feb 2009 15:41:32 EST Out of the COCOON...Vis ualizing.... ONCE you reach your desired Goal... <BR> What do YOU SEE (visualize) <BR> yourself.... <BR> <BR> DOing <BR> BEing <BR> FEELing <BR> LOOKing like..... <BR> <BR> (REMEMBER visualizing for manifesting purposes... <BR> NO LIMITS..... GO FOR IT) <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:26:07 EST Quote for the day! "Destiny is not a matter of change, it's a matter of choice". But I think we can make a choice to make the change, if that makes sense to you. What do you think? LOL, Carol Sun, 15 Feb 2009 16:12:26 EST List your goals you have done here.... list your goals you have done here...check out the goals for your team... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 02:27:51 EST WHAT if..... you could fly I WOULD FLY over the grand canyon... <BR> <BR> actually have had many dreams flying over what looked like the grand canyon and would wake up <BR> happy <BR> <BR> Deby <em>43</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:45:21 EST PASS it ON. Sharing ACTS of KINDness.... <BR> <BR> To YOUR SELF and / or to ANOTHER.... <BR> <BR> I will start....teehee <BR> <BR> For my self.... I gave myself an extra 15 mins of inspirational reading this am <BR> <BR> For Hubby I made him breakfast in bed <BR> <BR> <BR> PASSING it ON.... <BR> Deby... <em>43</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:30:14 EST Welcoming new co-leaders Just want to welcome you to the team <BR> lets come up with some ideas to help this team grow. <BR> Invite, others to join us. <BR> add inspiration, games, What I am saying let have some fun passing on some love... <BR> welcome Berta, and Debi... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:49:52 EST cogradulation to the top 5 SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1.ABETTERME <BR> 2.WADLOSSWEIGHT <BR> 3.ANGELME28613 <BR> 4.DUTCH_PEARL <BR> 5.AWLASS <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1.DUTCH_PEARL <BR> 2.ABETTERME <BR> 3.WADLOSSWEIGHT <BR> 4.COPELANDJR <BR> 5.AWLASS <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>205</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2009 03:33:51 EST Another inspirational thought for today! VISION <BR> <BR> Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:41:05 EST New Beginning "In life what sometimes appears to be the end is really a new beginning." I found this quote hanging on the wall at the hospital where I go for my Physical Therapy and thought it was a great quote. Have a great beginning everyone! LOL and Hugs <em>26</em> Carol Tue, 3 Feb 2009 11:57:19 EST spread some sparks love spread some sparks love to someone who needs a hug, a friend, or just because... <BR> sending hugs to all of my sparks friends.. <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:44:00 EST spread a little love today spread a little love today <BR> and let us know what you did... <em>247</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:31:04 EST TEAM MOTTO: Hi, my spark team is :Metamorphosis time <BR> when I first started on this team I was put in as a co leader then it was dropped on me ... well I am determined to make this team work ... We believe in healing yourself from the inside out. and learning to love yourself and sharing the love with others. Taking small steps to attain your goals and to never quit no matter how hard it gets. We are slowly growing to a great team . One step at a time. We pray , share recipes, we exercise, we discuss... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:42:49 EST recipe box place your recipes here... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 01:21:18 EST List your steps to success list your steps to success... <BR> How are you succeeding in your success? <BR> example: starting therapy, <BR> loving myself <BR> never giving up and having determination to suceed. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 03:10:17 EST new you list name the things that make the new you... <BR> friends <BR> family <BR> pets <BR> weight loss <BR> happiness <BR> loving my self Wed, 21 Jan 2009 03:04:16 EST Tell a little bit about yourself and find a friend PASTE THIS TO REPLY AND ANSWER... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Name: <BR> <BR> Where you live: <BR> <BR> Are you married?: <BR> <BR> Do you have children living at home or on their own? <BR> <BR> What made you decide to join SP?: <BR> <BR> How long have you been a member of SP?: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite thing about SP?: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite exercise to do?: <BR> <BR> Do you post blogs? <BR> <BR> Do you read other peoples blogs ? <BR> <BR> Do you get any ideas from ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:46:09 EST Name a fruit and veggie you have eaten today game. Name a fruit and veggie you have eaten today. <BR> <BR> 1. fiji apple <BR> 2. celery sticks Sat, 17 Jan 2009 01:18:38 EST prayer, poems, recipes, blog. Here we begin to post our prayers, poems, recipes, or just a blog... <BR> ***************************** <BR> Angel Wings <BR> <BR> At the ending of the day when I'm weary <BR> After a waterfall of tears have all been cried <BR> And I'm feeling like the skies will always be dreary <BR> Nothing's there to fill the emptiness inside. <BR> <BR> I lay my head upon my favourite pillow <BR> Just close my eyes to block all the sorrow <BR> wonderin' where I'll ever find the strength inside- <BR> to ... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:14:12 EST name 5 things name 5 things that : help diets <BR> 1. exercise <BR> 2.determination <BR> 3.control <BR> 4.planning <BR> 5.weights and measures <BR> <BR> name 5 things that helps you achieve success.. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:33:32 EST welcome to the team want to welcome all the new members and the old ones as well. please join in add when you want. <BR> riatha82, elgandora, anddreajorush, ladyanwyn, honeyblossom54, enlightenupurs,kelley421, sonshine74,angelme28613 <BR> welcome... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:22:13 EST whats new in 2009 just started therapy... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 01:53:29 EST what do you want to become? Let us know what you want to become. <BR> let us know if you love yourself Fri, 9 Jan 2009 01:46:02 EST prayer at 8:00pm good evening to all . my prayer is that each and every one of my sparks friends and other friends and family . Have a healthy and happy life and that each and everyday is a blessing for all. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:59:17 EST ADD A RECIPE Hi lets all start a recipe list... <BR> CREAMED PEAS <BR> 2 cups frozen peas <BR> 1/4 cup cream <BR> 1 tblsp. sugar <BR> thicken with flour <BR> serve hot Tue, 6 Jan 2009 02:54:59 EST LIFE Energy Boosters <BR> The Many Benefits of Exercise <BR> <BR> The next time you feel like cursing your running shoes or canceling your gym membership, here are six reminders of why exercise is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. <BR> 1: Exercise "eats" calories. Aerobic exercise (such as running and biking) burns lots of calories, and strength training builds muscles that burn calories 24/7. <BR> <BR> 2: Exercise is key for weight maintenance. If you don't believe me, check out this statistic ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 02:39:26 EST Tell Your Story... I for one have been looking for a long time on how to find a support group to help with any idea on how to loose weight. one of my girlfriends on my email list mentioned Sparks people. So I looked into it and joined up. Now I am your team leader and loving everyday more and more. I am able to help others with my knowledge and my poems,recipes and it is making my inner self heal I use to not want to be here at all on this earth and thanks to sparks people I have faith in myself again. I now ha... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:46:53 EST ANY ONE WANT TO BE A CO-LEADER ??? ANY ONE WANT TO BE A CO-LEADER ??? <BR> please let me know. could always use a helping hand to keep this team afloat and going strong... Leanna Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:54:11 EST Stopping in to say HI... Hi and welcome each and every one. <BR> May all your dreams come true and may your lives be filled with love...and happiness. <em>229</em> <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Leanna co-leader Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:21:22 EST quiet your mind to benefit your body... Quiet Your Mind to Benefit Your Body <BR> If you've been practicing meditation exercises, then you're already familiar with the concept of mindfulness. When you are being mindful, you have no other purpose than being fully awake and aware of the moment you're in. <BR> But you don't necessarily have to set time aside or perform special rituals to be mindful — you can incorporate mindfulness into activities you already perform. In fact, you can approach any activity in a mindful way, including... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 00:16:57 EST added color to plate Eating fruits and vegetables can do some amazing things for your body: help stave off chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, keep your skin healthy and your brain sharp, and help you lose weight without your feeling hungry. But the sad fact is that three out of four people don't get close to five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is the minimum amount recommended <BR> If you count yourself among that majority, here are some tips to help you fit more of these n... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 12:05:05 EST insperational thought for today We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? <em>88</em> leanna Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:16:44 EST Affirmations Sit quietly under a shade tree and enjoy the feeling as the breeze blows softly across your face. Close your eyes and allow your thoughts to float away. No cares or worries are on your shoulders. <BR> <BR> Tell your souls three positive things about yourself today. <BR> <BR> <em>191</em> Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:25:57 EST Enter to win a Wii and a Wii Fit from SP! This is the only week to do it! Deadline is January 2nd! Good luck! <BR> <link><BR>iday_giveaway_grand_prize_1_lucky_pers<BR>on_will_win_a_wii_and_wii_fit </link> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 20:20:46 EST Blog prompt for week of 12-29-2008 What is your opinion of New Year Resolutions? <em>195</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 20:05:19 EST "Your" kind of healthy! What's your health goal? What is your healthy size? Do you want to climb a flight of steps without panting? Do you want to walk without your thighs rubbing together? (This was mine when I first started my journey.) <BR> <BR> My "honest" goal is a tight, healthy size 10, nothing down to my knees -- however, I STILL am working on a size 8. <BR> <BR> Come on, girls. What about you? What is "your" definition of healthy? Let's talk about healthy goals! Mon, 29 Dec 2008 17:34:20 EST Through Christ ... "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" <BR> <BR> We chant this often, so we must believe this, right? What do you believe you can do with His strength? What do you WANT to do with His help? <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:07:06 EST Seeing Changes! <BR> Don't talk yourself out of it. You see them, don't cha? The hint of a muscle you haven't seen before? You feel strength with extra weight? You can climb more steps without becoming breathless? <BR> <BR> What healthy changes have you experienced? <em>216</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:02:40 EST Birthday List Let's start our updated Birthday List, shall we? Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:52:11 EST Tell us all about you! We are all starting out new for 2009. Why don't we begin with the basics? <BR> <BR> Name: <BR> <BR> Age: <BR> <BR> Hobbies: <BR> <BR> Weight Goals: <BR> <BR> What you hope to gain from this team? <BR> <BR> * * * * <BR> <BR> After wards, we will all brainstorm and work with each other. We all want to encourage each one of us to be the best we all can be. <BR> <BR> Cee Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:48:46 EST Speak, See, or Hear no Evil? <BR> I mostly speak no evil. (I'd rather avoid all of it!) Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:42:39 EST I am beautiful because .. <BR> I have a big, wide smile! (ha!) Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:38:24 EST Pass on the Love <BR> Family, <BR> <BR> You cam pass on positive vibes which will put a smile on our faces. Life is tough, and we do not always understand the grand scheme God has mapped out, but the small, unexpected things are the ones which eases joy from our hearts. <BR> <BR> Pass on the love! Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:36:40 EST Prayer and Poetry <BR> Share words of faith, hope, and encouragement with the team. Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:29:34 EST Holla backs! <BR> Give yourself a pat on the back. Tell us something you did that you're happy about! <BR> <BR> .. and there is always something good to talk about in your life! <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:27:12 EST Question of the Week: 12-29-2008 <BR> What's your wish for YOURSELF for the New Year? Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:25:03 EST January Goals What's your goals for this month? <em>249</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:22:02 EST Butterfly Daily Cafe Stop by. Grab something to drink, and tell me about your day. What's going on? <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 11:19:38 EST Newbie hoping to revive the spirit of this team I am Cee. I loved what this team stood for. I am NOT trying to take anybody's place, but perhaps, with your help, we can take steps to revive the beauty of the original concept. <BR> <BR> I am 47 years old, I am from Greensboro, NC, I have two grown sons, a college student, and, like most of you have a lot of stuff on my mind! I am finding out I have ADHD, and I am trying to Lighten Up a little. <BR> <BR> Peace! <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:47:15 EST What was higher: the Wheel or the Water? <BR> The Water! Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:44:10 EST Monday, Monday! <BR> What's going on today? Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:42:19 EST Sunday afternoons ... <BR> It's usually a lazy day around my house. My youngest son is in the back room with my niece and they are playing Nintendo Wii. I had taken my dog for a walk earlier. What should I be doing? Working on my five-page Art History paper! If it were any other Sunday afternoon, I would just be returning from having a cup of coffee with my BFF of almost 30 years. <BR> <BR> What are you doing today? <em>149</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2008 15:36:18 EST Newbie Hi! My name's Mary, and I need help. <BR> <BR> I'm extremely overweight, and I've never learned how to do hair, makeup, etc. I've been told all my life that I'm ugly, clumsy, etc. I'm hoping to learn how to accept and enhance my appearance. And I'm looking forward to meeting everyone here. Sat, 4 Oct 2008 17:48:06 EST Hi. Hi. I would love to be a part of this team. I need more positive people to talk to. Thanks for being here! Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:57:28 EST What a gorgeous name for a team My name is Cee. I would love to join you. <em>88</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 09:35:08 EST Hello Everyon I'm new and I just found this team and just form what I read about the team inspired me. So I wanted to say Hello and introduce myself. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Gayle <em>43</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 23:19:04 EST Hi I am new Hi everyone, I am happy to be apart of the team. As I go through this journey. I also choose a healthy approach to life as well. Nice to meet you all! Sat, 28 Jun 2008 07:53:16 EST New here My name is lora. I am from Indiana and new to this team. I have lost 5.5 since rejoining in March 08. This time I am walking as well. I hope it helps. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 21:13:08 EST Emoticon Of The Day This thread is for fun, list your emoticon for the day Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:27:35 EST Metamorphosis- Motivational Quotes & Poems This thread is for motivational quotes, stories and poems to help with our transformation. Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:25:23 EST Team Challenges This thread is for team challenges, let's come together as a team and get motivated. Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:13:35 EST Healthy Living This thread is for tips on healthy living <em>274</em> <em>68</em> <em>9</em> <em>270</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:12:34 EST Yes, I Did It! This thread is for placing our achievements. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <em>243</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:06:06 EST Metamorphosis- Poems to Inspire Transformation Uplifitng Poems to Inspire us during our tranformation <em>88</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:54:59 EST Things Are Changing As we begin our Metamorphosis we will see changes, this is where we will report those changes <em>88</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2008 10:48:49 EST Things to Do to Keep You From Eating Things to do to keep you from eating <BR> <BR> Do you eat for comfort because you're frustrated, bored, in pain or because of some other feeling or issue you want to escape? Here are some things that you can do instead: <BR> <BR> ** Carve a watermelon or other fruit! <BR> ** Call or e-mail a supportive friend. <BR> ** Go to the gym or for a walk or run. <BR> ** Read the Team posts and blogs. <BR> ** Enjoy a long bath or shower. <BR> ** Chew some sugarless gum or brush your teeth. <B... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:56:33 EST Let's Set Some Goals What are your goals for the day, week, or month? <BR> <BR> We will use this thread to set goals and check in to be accountable for them. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> <em>194</em> <em>190</em> <em>192</em> <em>68</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 17:06:29 EST Oprah's looking for Weightloss Success Stories! Hey guys a friend of mine passed this along to me and I thought I would share it with all of you!! This would be a great way to spread the spark if one of our very own Spark members could get on the Oprah show!!! Here's the info below from the website: <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you a WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS story? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off? Have you tried every diet in the book and finally discovered the key to healthy weight loss. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:16:45 EST Laughter Is The Best Medicine Have a clean joke to help us lighten up and laugh? <BR> <BR> Share it here. <em>246</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:23:29 EST 5 Things About Me Tell us Five things about you. <em>38</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:15:01 EST Taking Small Steps For The Victory Did you walk that extra five minutes? <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Did you keep from eating that extra bite? <em>116</em> <BR> <BR> Did you drink one less can of soda? <em>262</em> <BR> <BR> Did you Smoke One Less Cigarette? <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> Every little step we take gives us the victory over our health challenges. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share Your Victory Today. <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:08:52 EST Are You Ready For Losing Weight? Provided by Riverside Online & Mayo Clinic <BR> <BR> Weight loss: Are you ready? <BR> Permanent weight loss requires commitment. See if you're ready to start a weight-loss program. <BR> <BR> Weight loss demands focus plus mental and physical energy. So if you want to succeed, you need to prepare yourself. Part of that preparation is determining whether now is the right time to start your weight-loss program. <BR> <BR> "Weight loss is challenging, and it requires a commitment, as many peop... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 22:28:55 EST Nutrition, Fitness, & Health Articles & Tips I have posted a thread for interesting and helpful articles and tips. Thu, 10 Jan 2008 21:49:40 EST Happy Birthday Caela (Caelaxo Caela) Happy Belated Birthday! <BR> <BR> I hope that you had a great day. <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>177</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2008 20:58:05 EST Daily Motivation Here is where we will post motivational messages <em>244</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2008 20:51:53 EST Accountability Check In How did you do today? <BR> <BR> Did you stay in your calorie range? <BR> Did you get in any form of exercise? <BR> Was your day a complete bust? <BR> <BR> Let us know so we can praise and or lift you up. <BR> Thu, 10 Jan 2008 20:50:35 EST 30 Day Team Challenge I want to begin a new challenge for the team. The 30 Day Challenge. <BR> <BR> For 30 days, we will learn how to focus on making daily healthy choices. <BR> <BR> By focusing on what you're doing today...right may just learn to enjoy the process of healthy living. <BR> <BR> Each challenge is designed to be implemented without too much effort, but some challenges may not work for you. Some alternatives will occasionally be provided for you but, if something doesn't work for you, ... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:48:08 EST Welcome to Metamorphosis! Hello My Friends, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Team! <BR> <BR> It is great to have you here and I look forward to talking with you and getting to know you more. <BR> <BR> Let's get through the hurdles together, we are all here for a reason and have gone through these trials to make us stronger and better than ever. We can emerge ourselves from that cocoon we live in. We are all beautiful no matter what size we are, but we we must be healthy in order to be happy and bring out that beauty. <... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:07:34 EST Metamorphosis Team Chat Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting a new thread for our daily chat. Please stop by and tell me how you are doing today. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> A Happy & Healthy Wednesaday to you! I hope all is well and that you are having a good day or at least staying positive trough a bad one. <BR> <BR> I am sooo behind today, one little thing and we are so thrown off from our routine. I had a client show up early so it threw me off and now I can not seem to catch up. <BR> <BR> By the way ... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:37:34 EST Tell Me What You Want Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> As I am the new team leader I noticed that there has not been much activity within the team. I want to change that and make this team for all of us to enjoy, encourage, and support each other. <BR> <BR> This is your team, so tell me what you want to see out of it. I may move some things around a bit, but I will keep most of the same topics and add a few. <BR> <BR> I have a few other teams and run similar challenges that I have seen here. Would you like to have te... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 13:38:35 EST NEW TEAM LEADER!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! I'm happy to announce that CHRISTIE2007 has joined this team and will be taking over as team leader. Please welcome her and show her the ropes here. I wish each of you much success in your continued journey here at SparkPeople. Feel free to drop by my SparkPage if you want to keep in touch with me. <BR> God bless! <BR> C.C. Wed, 9 Jan 2008 12:05:02 EST Need Help Hi team! I hate to do this, but with as crazy as my school schedule is going to be this semester, I'm going to have to cut back with my online stuff. So I'm cutting back on some of my SparkPeople teams. I need someone who would be willing to take this team over as moderator. If you're interested, please post here or send me a sparkmail message. I wish each of you the best in your journey here at SparkPeople. <BR> C.C. Fri, 4 Jan 2008 14:53:26 EST January Goals - What Do You Want to Achieve? <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this month of January? Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at on February 1st? Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> <em>107</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:05:17 EST December Goals - What Do You Want to Achieve? <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <BR> What are your goals for this month of December? Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at on January 1st? Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <em>263</em> <em>233</em> <BR> Tue, 4 Dec 2007 14:26:27 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD! SPARKMAIL ME OR POST ON THE GEARING UP FOR THE DECEMBER CHALLENGE THREAD! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge begins on Mon... Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:34:18 EST GEARING UP FOR THE DECEMBER CHALLENGE If after reading the rules for the December challenge, you desire to participate, please post here. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, December 2nd, at 11:59 pm CST. Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:34:01 EST November Goals - What Do You Want to Achieve? <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <BR> What are your goals for this month of November? Do you have a certain weight you'd like to be at on December 1st? Do you have something physically you'd like to have accomplished? <BR> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <em>147</em> <em>248</em> <BR> Thu, 1 Nov 2007 22:06:44 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE CHECK-IN Please post the following info no later than midnight tonight (Thursday 11/1). <BR> <BR> Username: <BR> Beginning Weight: <BR> E-mail address (to send you the spreadsheet for points): Wed, 31 Oct 2007 22:40:08 EST Gearing Up for the November Challenge If after reading the rules for the November challenge, you desire to participate, please post here. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 1st, at 10:00 am CST. Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:52:42 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD! SPARKMAIL ME OR POST ON THE GEARING UP FOR THE NOVEMBER CHALLENGE THREAD! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge begins on Thu... Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:52:26 EST C.C. Wants to Know! This thread will be where I ask a question of the day (it may only be on weekdays, but I'll try to do it daily) and everyone can answer it. Just something for fun! Sat, 27 Oct 2007 12:02:14 EST Week 2 Winners For the Points Portion of the Challenge - <BR> <em>279</em> First Place - Team 1 (LORELAICC, RUNNING2HEALTH) with a total of 730 points <BR> <em>264</em> Second Place - Team 2 (KSSME37, ILOVEROSES) with a total of 600 points <BR> <BR> For the Weight Loss Portion of the Challenge - <BR> <em>193</em> First Place - Team 1 (LORELAICC, RUNNING2HEALTH) with a loss of 2 pounds <BR> <em>192</em> Second Place - Team 2 (KSSME37, ILOVEROSES) with a loss of 0 pounds Fri, 19 Oct 2007 10:42:58 EST Week 1 Winners For the Points Portion of the Challenge - <BR> <em>279</em> First Place - Team 1 (LORELAICC, RUNNING2HEALTH) with a total of 810 points <BR> <em>264</em> Second Place - Team 2 (KSSME37, ILOVEROSES) with a total of 780 points <BR> <BR> For the Weight Loss Portion of the Challenge - <BR> <em>193</em> First Place - Team 1 (LORELAICC, RUNNING2HEALTH) with a loss of 3 pounds <BR> <em>192</em> Second Place - Team 2 (KSSME37, ILOVEROSES) with a loss of 0 pounds Fri, 19 Oct 2007 10:42:28 EST CC's Twenty-tenth Day Good morning CC <em>179</em> , <BR> <BR> We could not let your special day go past without wishing you all the very best, my friend. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>283</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2007 18:37:10 EST October Challenge - Daily Points Check-In Team Assignments: <BR> <BR> Team 1: <BR> LORELAICC <BR> KSSME37 <BR> RUNNING2HEALTH <BR> <BR> Team 2: <BR> COFFEECHRISP <BR> ILOVEROSES Thu, 4 Oct 2007 11:11:37 EST October Challenge - WEIGHTS ONLY Please post the following info no later than midnight tonight (Thursday 10/4). <BR> <BR> Username: <BR> Beginning Weight: <BR> E-mail address (to send you the spreadsheet for points): Thu, 4 Oct 2007 11:10:08 EST Gearing Up for the October Challenge If after reading the rules for the October challenge, you desire to participate, please post here so you can be assigned to a team. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 3rd. Tue, 2 Oct 2007 11:35:31 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD! SPARKMAIL ME OR POST ON THE GEARING UP FOR THE OCTOBER CHALLENGE THREAD! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> “WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 11:35:08 EST Challenge? Would anyone be interested in a team 4 week long challenge? Involved would be staying in calorie range, drinking water, exercise, posting here in the team forum, & posting your results daily. If you're interested, post here. If we have enough people interested, I'll post the details. Mon, 1 Oct 2007 18:24:33 EST Grandparents! Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, <BR> and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret <BR> <BR> Grandmothers are just "antique" little girls. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. <BR> ~Welsh Proverb <BR> <BR> A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead <BR> of the television. ~Author Unkno... Fri, 28 Sep 2007 08:40:00 EST Our lives are woven for a reason When I saw the end of this I thought of all of you and wanted to share it is so sweet: <BR> <BR> A MOUSE TRAP STORY... <BR> <BR> A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. <BR> <BR> What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - - - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. <BR> <BR> Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" <BR> <... Sun, 16 Sep 2007 22:29:28 EST A name change for me Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> Due to my recent sugar binge (& several previous ones) some smarty pants in another team has christened me with a new name which has stuck. <BR> <BR> And believe it or not........ I quite like it. So sharlesangel has now become Sugarpants. <BR> <BR> loving cheers to all from Sharyn in Australia <BR> <em>255</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2007 17:08:51 EST Welcomes AND Goodbyes It is a sad time on this team........ We have lost our leader, Jennifer to another team. She is well but found she was unable to continue with the leading & she has found a new home. <BR> <BR> Let's all wish her well with her new team & great success in weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> As leader of the team, I have opened it to the public in the hope we will get more members. <BR> <BR> And yesterday we had KEKEIKO join us. <BR> <BR> Welcome Keke. I hope you enjoy this team. we are small ... Sun, 9 Sep 2007 20:11:49 EST The joke's on them Here is one that we can all have a hearty belly laugh over. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I pushed my old aircon out of the lounge room window because it no longer worked & I wanted the window freed up for a replacement aircon. I ended up leaving the discarded one just sitting where it landed as I had not the time to arrange for someone to collect it & take it to the garbage dump. <BR> <BR> It sat there happily waiting for me to do something about it & kept seeing it, thinking that I mus... Fri, 7 Sep 2007 22:14:18 EST Sept. challenge: Losing weight from the inside out This month I have copied a challenge that is being used on another team I am a member of. <BR> <BR> We are going to work together to share our positive thoughts about ourselves and hopefully, when the month is over have a new appreciation of who we really are. By doing that, I believe we will finally realize we deserve the best, and a newer, healthier and smaller body is one of those things!. <BR> <BR> So I start… <BR> <BR> 1/ when I look at myself I see a loving Mum & Grandma who will ... Fri, 31 Aug 2007 22:48:14 EST Cutting calories hints! Found this on a site and thought I would share: <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> • Save 50 calories Instead of tossing back a glass of orange juice with your breakfast, eat an actual orange, plus Bonus: more fibre. <BR> • Save 75 calories Tim Hortons' English Toffee Cappuccino. Ask the server to fill half your cup with regular coffee before adding the sugar-laden beverage, reducing the calories by half. <BR> • Save 100 calories Cut the fat, keep the meat: instead of five strips of bacon, opt for... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 23:59:18 EST 10 Tips for Effortless Weight Loss 10 Tips For Effortless Weight Loss <BR> By Susan Burke MS, RD, LD/N, CDE <BR> eDiets Chief Nutritionist <BR> Updated: July 23, 2006 <BR> <BR> Take my 10-Week Challenge. Put one of these tips to use each week. By the end of the challenge, you’ll be amazed at the improvement in your weight and how you feel. I guarantee it. <BR> <BR> 1. Bigger Is NOT Better: Even health foods can add up to excess calories. Learn how much food is right for you, and make healthy choices when eating out Your... Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:38:34 EST Weekly Challenge - Strength Training August 19-25 Sun 19th - <BR> 43 min treadmill <BR> 24 balancing seated twist with medicine ball <BR> 30 pendulum <BR> 30 hip flexor & extension <BR> 24 triceps dips <BR> 30 close arm wall pushups <BR> 30 pushups on ball <BR> 30 genie sit <BR> 30 lying double leg raises <BR> 30 lunges with step <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2007 10:31:09 EST Walk Challenge- Aug19 to 31 Okay decided to shake things up a bit. For the next two weeks starting Sunday we will have a little friendly competition to see who will be crowned the walking champion and receive the adoration of the whole team. You can walk outside, you can use a treadmill or you can use the any of the popular walking videos, The only rule is walking must be reported in minutes not steps please. For this one dont edit a post just record your walking in the following manner. <BR> <BR> Aug 19---------------... Fri, 17 Aug 2007 21:10:37 EST Can you relate!!! When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied. <BR> <BR> Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall. <BR> You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone'... Fri, 17 Aug 2007 07:21:17 EST Non scale victories (aka NSV) I thought it would be cool to have a thread where we talk about our victories that don't include the scale. Like a big time compliment from someone on how you look, or your wedding ring fell down the drain beause you lost so much weight. <BR> <BR> I had a good one today, I had a shirt that was waaaay too small when I bought it but held on to it anyway,and today it fits perfectly! I am shouting for joy!! <em>9</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2007 21:31:26 EST Daily Chit Chat! I noticed we did not have a thread for just checking in daily with each other. I hope it is ok that I started one! How is everyone doing today? I had a busy couple of days. I spent the day at the beach with my family on Tuesday. That was very nice. I have been out or busy the last couple I am looking forward to getting back on track with my food and exercise. I most likely will not be able to workout today as I am waiting for a maintainance man to come fix a leak. I have NO IDEA whe... Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:40:59 EST Decision made...... I'm going camping Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> As I was walking this morning, I made the decision that I am definately going camping. It won't be a long trip........ just 1 night out. <BR> <BR> I will leave home first thing in the morning & walk til late afternoon. Set up camp & then return home the next morning. I will take my darling dogs. <BR> <BR> <em>256</em> <em>200</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> I have done this before but it was a few years ago before my ballooned to over 200lb. <BR> <BR> I am not g... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 00:36:41 EST Saying Grace in a Restaurant Saying Grace In A Restaurant <BR> <BR> Last week, I took my children to a restaurant. <BR> My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. <BR> As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, <BR> God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!" <BR> <BR> Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't... Sun, 12 Aug 2007 10:32:39 EST August 12- 18th Weekly Challenge -Strength Trainin This week get in some strength training <BR> <BR> Sun-Hip Flexor,Push-ups etc 20 min <BR> Mon-Wall Push-ups-10 min <BR> Tues-tpok the day off <BR> Wed- <BR> Thurs- <BR> Fri- <BR> Sat- Sat, 11 Aug 2007 22:24:38 EST Cholesterol Really Sucks ! <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I am SO frustrated. Despite losing all the pounds I have lost, I have also been losing the battle of the Cholesterol. <BR> <BR> In May of 2006 I had my Cholesterol levels tested & I had a total of 5.6. This week, thinking I would have dropped that to a more acceptable level of below 5, I find that I have in fact gone up. It is now 5.9 AND if it continues to rise, I will be on medication to ... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 04:23:32 EST What's Your Pirate Name? My pirate name is: <BR> <BR> Bloody Mary Bonney <BR> <BR> Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr <BR> <BR> <BR> What's yours? Find out by going to: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> aarrrr matey! Thu, 9 Aug 2007 20:38:02 EST Frog FROGS <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> who arranged a running competition. <BR> <BR> The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. <BR> <BR> A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.... <BR> <BR> The race began... <BR> <BR> Honestly,no one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. <BR> <BR> You heard statements such as: <BR> <BR> "Oh, WAY... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 20:36:28 EST Index of Topics-*** Read Only*** Since we will be getting new members and we have so many threads I decided to maintain a list here <BR> <BR> <BR> General Forums <BR> <BR> <BR> Get To Know Me - general chat room <BR> <BR> What was higher today the wheel or the water <BR> <BR> Name Your Streak -exercise tracker <BR> <BR> Whats For Supper? <BR> <BR> What sort of breakfast spread are you?? <BR> <BR> Time for a laugh - Joke thread- enter at your own risk lol <BR> <BR> Thoughts of Gratitude -reminders of positive th... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 23:05:56 EST Aug Challenge-5th to 11th Strength Training Try at least one new strength exercise each day <BR> <BR> Sun: Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls <BR> Mon: Dumbbell Lateral Raises <BR> Tues: <BR> Wed:Dumb bell Sidebends <BR> Thurs:Dolphin Pose <BR> Fri:Seated Dumb bell rows <BR> Sat:Hip Flexor <BR> Sat, 4 Aug 2007 17:32:39 EST Did we stay in our range today? I dont know about the rest of you ladies but sometimes I need to be more accountable to what I am eating for the day.For those like me report in here <BR> <BR> For example my calorie range is 1000-1500 and my fat range is 25 to 50, so far I am at 654 calories and 13 gm fat <BR> <BR> I am doing well today but plenty of time to mess up Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:44:14 EST Weekly Challenge July 29- Aug 4- Try Something New Another chance to expand your palette. Try a new food and let us know about it <BR> <BR> Sun-yogurt- cant say i like it <BR> Mon-liver- bit gamey and dont like texture <BR> Tue-herring- way too salty to be enjoyable <BR> Wed-pear- pretty good <BR> Thurs-papaya, was okay <BR> Fri- <BR> Sat- <BR> Sun, 29 Jul 2007 20:06:51 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LISA aka Dragon68 <em>215</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lisa, <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> you might have tried to sneak past this special day of yours but ......Ve have our vays!!! <BR> <BR> And despite it being over a month late....... it is still better late than never. <BR> <BR> I do hope it was a great day for you & may you have even more great days to come. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> hard, reach for the <em>31</em> and you will ALWAYS be <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 29 Jul 2007 18:25:50 EST Yipee... .......I am HOME !!!!! I was missing you wonderful peoples so much. <BR> <BR> I am home now as of 45 minutes ago. NOT in good shape though. <BR> <BR> 1/ I have the stinking flu <BR> <BR> 2/ I have a bad tooth that needs some serious attention <BR> <BR> 3/ I fell down the front steps of my daughters house this morning as I was leaving & badly sprained me DAMNED ankle. <BR> <BR> I just want to crawl into bed & forget the world exists but I can't do that coz I have the latest Harry Potter book to read..... <e... Mon, 23 Jul 2007 03:14:32 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER <em>215</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>218</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> my dear, dear friend I am so sorry I was not home to help you celebrate your special day. I hope it was a good one for you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> <em>247</em> <em>205</em> Mon, 23 Jul 2007 03:07:29 EST July Challenge from 23rd to 28th- Calcium I challenge everyone to try at least ONE new healthy food at least once a day. <BR> <BR> Something you have never tried before.... either fruit or vegetables or meat. <BR> <BR> Sunday 23rd..... Lady Grey Tea. (don't like it) <BR> <BR> Monday 24th...... Wasabi. (loved it but OMG, it is HOT!!!) <BR> <BR> Tuesday 25th..... Smoked Hock (pigs ankle). Very nice, and now I will cook what is left into Pea & Ham soup. YUM!!!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday 26th........ Miso Soup (loved it) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Jul 2007 23:32:40 EST July Challenge from 15th to 21st- Calcium Sorry this is late but this week's challenge is calcium intake <BR> Range: 100-150 <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday: 51 <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday: 9 <BR> Thursday: 16 <BR> Friday <BR> Saturday <BR> Mon, 16 Jul 2007 13:59:11 EST Sharlesangel this is your day Happy <em>177</em> To You <BR> Happy <em>177</em> To You <BR> Happy <em>177</em> To You <BR> Happy <em>177</em> To You <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>179<... Fri, 13 Jul 2007 13:11:54 EST July challenge from the 8th to the 14th Jessica has challenged us to do some Wall Pushups this week. <BR> <BR> Her challenge is do 5-10 reps, maybe 2 or 3 sets throughout the day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My progress: <BR> <BR> Sunday July 8th: 10 reps X 2 <BR> <BR> Monday July 9th: 10 reps X 2 <BR> <BR> Tuesday July 10th: 10 reps X 1 <BR> <BR> Wednesday July 11th: <em>39</em> too stiff today to force my body to anything. <BR> <BR> Thursday July 12th: 10 reps X 2 <BR> <BR> Friday July 13th: 10 reps X 2 <BR> ... Sat, 7 Jul 2007 02:46:44 EST Dorothy..... is your day <em>179</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dorothy. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day <em>144</em> <em>107</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2007 19:25:15 EST Our condolences Shari, <BR> Please accept our condolences from the team to you & you brother & his wife. It is so tragic to lose a little life like that. It is a very difficult time for all. Let them know that we are all thinking of them & praying that they will feel peaceful about the whole ordeal. <BR> <BR> Lots of love to you & all your family. <BR> <em>296</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2007 03:56:39 EST The Birthday list I thought it was time to repost the list into the new forum. <BR> <BR> For the those who have not added their birthday to our list please take the opportunity to do it so we can help you celebrate your special day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Username-------------Name-------Birthday <BR> <BR> Caelaxo--------------Caela-------Jan 9 <BR> ...ABETTERME---------Nancy-------Feb 2 <BR> Shari726-------------Shari-------Mar 30 <BR> Lesliejean43---------Leslie------Apr 1 <BR> Running2health-------Nicol... Mon, 2 Jul 2007 07:00:46 EST Praisesinger. is YOUR day Happy Birthday to you, <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you, <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you, dear Denise, <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to you. <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic & blessed day my friend <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2007 06:47:20 EST Weekly Challenge Can I ask all to move their recording of this weeks challenge to this thread. Sparks has given us some new Catagories and I am trying to get our threads rearranged to fit into them I really appreciate it Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:46:39 EST The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Just realized we dont have a place to weigh in. Pick your day and do it when you want Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:40:03 EST Whats For Supper? Why leave the best meal of the day out of the fun <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I had a tangy meatloaf, and a medley of vegetables Sat, 23 Jun 2007 20:23:11 EST I AM FINE but let me explain Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> With all the talk of wanting to leave I thought I should give you an explanation and there is only one word for it.....DEPRESSION !!!! <BR> <BR> I am fine. I just hit a rocky patch although I have not felt this bad for quite some time. It is just a dark phase of depression that I will come through. Some people reach out when they get like I am at the moment, but I tend to withdraw. I have not withdrawn as much as I have done in the past & I did reach ou... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 16:04:07 EST Let Us Know All About You Just setting this up guys because sparks has changed its format so if you have something you never told us here's the spot. And no nicole no tall tales lol Mon, 18 Jun 2007 21:56:53 EST Time for a laugh "How did it happen?" the doctor asked the middle-aged farmhand as he set the man's broken leg. <BR> <BR> "Well, doc, 25 years ago ..." <BR> <BR> "Never mind the past. Tell me how you broke your leg this morning." <BR> <BR> "Like I was saying...25 years ago, when I first started working on the farm, that night, right after I'd gone to bed, the farmer's beautiful daughter came into my room. She asked me if there was anything I wanted. <BR> I said, "No, everything is fine." <BR> <BR> "A... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 20:48:47 EST What's for lunch??? Today I had a baked potato (microwaved actually) topped with a cup of chili and 1 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese. Sat, 16 Jun 2007 21:55:08 EST Sparks Articles worth reading I have been reading more & more of the articles that come my way & some are VERY interesting. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would pass on theose I believe is worth everyone reading. I wont copy & paste the entire article but just the title. I have added it to my favourites so if it is easier for you to find it. just go to my Sparkpage & then check out my favs. <BR> <BR> Here is the 1st.............. <BR> <BR> The 10% Solution <BR> You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought <BR> -- By Mi... Tue, 12 Jun 2007 05:43:07 EST Are you getting enough sleep??? It has been reported that we need to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night so our metabolism can regenerate. <BR> <BR> Sufficient sleep & a regular sleep routine is also important in battling depression. <BR> <BR> As well as sufficient sleep, I have heard that any time spent after midnight, is sleep never regained. In other words the best time to go to sleep is prior to midnight. <BR> <BR> This of course is a VERY tricky thing to manage for shift workers..... BUT for the average pe... Mon, 11 Jun 2007 06:11:23 EST Time for some prayers please I would like everyone to offer up some prayers today for the victims of a terrible train crash here in Victoria, Australia. A semi-trailer ran into a passenger train just a little north of my home town & so far 11 people have died. <BR> <BR> This is a dreadful thing to happen anywhere but it sort of hits a nerve when it gets so close to home & there may be people I know involved. As far as I know no name shave been released yet. <BR> <BR> I have been hit by a deep sadness for all those pe... Tue, 5 Jun 2007 15:12:48 EST Health Check Challenge Okay Ladies here is the other thread I want to challenge us to refocus ourselves on losing weight so I have borrowed a challenge from one of my other teams to get us going. If you want to talk about this challenge we can create a separate thread for that this one should just be for recording <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 mini challenge - No snacking after 7 pm!!!!! <BR> <BR> Week 1 (June 1 - 7) <BR> <BR> Staying on Calorie Plan: (7 point max) /7 <BR> Cardio 3x/wk (3 points max): ... Mon, 4 Jun 2007 00:42:50 EST What was higher today the wheel or the water Okay ladies we need to get some focus on our main goal here on sparks so here is one of two threads i am starting. This will be a quick one just tell us how many points you got on the wheel and how much water you drank. <BR> <BR> ie Water won today drank 8 glasses of water but only got 3 points on the wheel Mon, 4 Jun 2007 00:35:00 EST My favourite recipe or cooking hints This idea for a topic came from another dear friend... thank you Jamie. <BR> <BR> If you have a favourite 'recipe' that you love to eat regularly AND is low cal, then why not share it with us here. I know we can add our recipies to Sparks recipe site but I think this is easier & more personal..... Just between friends. <BR> <BR> For example: I love veges flavoured with lemon &/or lime juice. It adds flavour to what might be the same ol', same ol' dish & reduces the need for salt. Thu, 31 May 2007 21:29:23 EST Yummy - but healthy! - foods we like!! I hope no-one minds if I start a new thread...and if you do, I'm hopeful it'll just drop down to the bottom of the list soon and not bother anyone again. :o) <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have a new snack I wanted to share with my bestest Spark buddies...Kashi GoLean cereal. They have several kinds but this one has a whopping 10g of FIBER in each 1 cup serving...and, without milk, only 140 calories!! I've been enjoying it dry for my morning and afternoon snacks - that's 80% of my dai... Thu, 31 May 2007 19:10:07 EST Just One Thing I dont know about all of you ladies but I feel that I have lost my focus a little with the weightloss and we dont talk about it much in our socializing.So I would like you to thing about focusing just a little on our real reason for being here on sparks. List one thing that you did today that aided your goal to lose weight and one thing that needs improvement <BR> <BR> For example: Today I didnt do any in between snacking with normally contributes to added weight gain so that is my positive ... Tue, 8 May 2007 21:58:28 EST A Twist On Words Thought maybe we were tired of the ABC's of Happiness so lets try making sentences from the letters of a word. You use the word left for you by someone else and after you write your sentence please leave a word for someone else <BR> <BR> Garden <BR> <BR> Gertrude ate raspberry dessert every night <BR> <BR> Shovel Wed, 2 May 2007 22:33:46 EST Beauty Tips I was putting on my facial moisturiser this morning, I realized how easy it had been for me to forget to do this sometimes. And thought... wow! Despite moisturising my face since I was a teenager it still slips past me... often. There was a time that I felt, what was the point? That was when the self-esteem was at it's lowest of lows. <BR> <BR> It is important that we maintain our daily beauty care because it helps us to maintain our self-esteem. I don't paint my nails all the time but i... Tue, 1 May 2007 17:50:48 EST Mary Mary Quite Contrary, What ya growing? As we approach summer I thought we might like to talk about our gardening plans Mon, 16 Apr 2007 21:29:54 EST Just a quick HELLO!!! Ok.... so you don't have much time??? <BR> <BR> Then this is the thread to visit when you just want to say hello & run. <BR> <BR> Or if you want to say hello & stay...LOL <BR> <BR> Let's see how many ways we can say hello to each other just for fun. Sat, 7 Apr 2007 20:47:25 EST What sort of breakfast spread are you?? this little game is probably of limited duration but I thought it might be fun while it lasted..... <BR> <BR> my favourite spread for toast is Blackberry Jam Wed, 4 Apr 2007 20:31:04 EST The ABC's of Happiness Hey guys like I said we need our own game <BR> so here are the rules. There are many things that make us happy lets see if we can list them, But there is a twist you must do this in alphabetical order. I will start us off with A and then someone else will do B etc <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Apple Pie just out of the oven <BR> <BR> ps the happiness thing can be anything that makes you happy not just food lol Fri, 30 Mar 2007 20:46:59 EST Daily Assessment At the end of the day I like to examine how my day went foodwise and remind myself what I did right and what I did wrong Mon, 26 Mar 2007 00:51:28 EST My Goals For the Day I dont know about anyone else but I need to remind myself of things that need doing so I feel like I am making progress. Mon, 26 Mar 2007 00:49:38 EST Thoughts of Gratitude I believe we should always find something each day to be grateful for. I would like to dedicate this thread to my uncle who died on Sunday. Mon, 26 Mar 2007 00:48:07 EST Mini Challenge. For The Week Guys we all seem to be struggling of late with our diets Im gonna suggest we have a series of mini challenges just tracking something usefrul like one week we track vegetables eaten the next we track fibre we can take a poll on what to do next and I will keep track of the running totals. What do you think? and What should we track first? you dont even need to do anything special as you can set your food tracker to track many things Sat, 3 Mar 2007 22:43:58 EST Crafts Anyone I love to talk about the different projects I am doing and I thought some of you might too. If not just ignore it lol I will natter away to myself Mon, 26 Feb 2007 01:15:11 EST Depression Lets Talk This is a thread that is for those on this team that have issues of depression. No one is obligated to use it, but if there is a need drop in Mon, 26 Feb 2007 01:07:47 EST The Who's Who List I would like everyone to get to know each other so if you would like to help with that please put your username, name you want to be called by, real name if you've a mind to and your birthday Here I'll Start <BR> <BR> Future Butterfly <BR> Jennifer <BR> July 22nd Sun, 25 Feb 2007 00:09:32 EST Name Your Streak Got something you want to accomplish track it here like Number of consecutive days I exercised or number of days without junkfood etc Sat, 24 Feb 2007 01:06:06 EST Wud ya say? I think there should always be a bit of fun, so Sharyn, Nicole and I started playing this game of sorts inside another one of sparks threads and I want to modify it for here. If you think you have a bit of slang that you think is hilarious or would stump others post it here and see who can guess its meaning. Or respond with one of your own. Just remember to post the punchline at some point so no one dies of curiosity. For those that dont know any the internet has many slang dictionaries have ... Sat, 24 Feb 2007 00:53:07 EST Whine and Cheeze I want at least one thread that is related to diets, as we are a diet team lol , so how about using this for bragging, grouching or moaning something that you want to get out. Celebrate a milestone, Grumble about something you cant seem to fix, Im sure you will get kudoos or advice but one thing is certain getting it out is therapeutic good or bad and someone will be here to support Fri, 23 Feb 2007 23:54:06 EST Get To Know Me Just a place to begin our journey, I havent set up other threads because we can decide on them as we get to know each other Thu, 22 Feb 2007 21:14:56 EST