SparkPeople BE KIND TO MYSELF Team Messageboard This team is focused on learning how to end to negative self talk. We are all beautiful and deserve to feel that way! SparkPeople BE KIND TO MYSELF Team Messageboard Activity on group page I just rejoined the group and wondered why no input from others. Has this group closed? <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 14:34:34 EST Restarting Spark yet again Each time I restart I at least look at past tries to see what I learned and where I slipped up. trying real hard not to blame myself, or consider it a failure. I am still alive and still trying to lose weight, so I have not failed. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:51:44 EST New Member Intro Hello! I hope everyone is having an amazing day! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste, I am 28 and I reside in WA state. I believe this is the 4th time that I have returned to SparkPeople. The good news is, so far, it's sticking! Now that I am on the path to success, I am ready to reach out and enjoy being part of the Spark Teams again. <BR> <BR> I think in the past, my lifestyle habits haven't changed because I was willing to give up on myself too easily. Any, and all mistakes, and I would constan... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:10:45 EST New comer ....... <BR> <BR> Learning to love myself more, I am 52 years old, and ready to enjoy the second half of my life. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:51:00 EST What to do when the weather is good? I have lived in the Netherlands for 38 years and the climate isnt all that good. But since 3 months i live in Florida and the temperature is rising and so is the sunshine. <BR> <BR> But ive been raised with the idea that as soon as the weather is good i HAVE to go outside and enjoy the weather. Well, when the weather is good, you WANT to go outside too, cause you never know how long its gonna last anyway. <BR> <BR> And NOWWWW....... I just feel guilty whenever i am inside the house. More ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:30:53 EST 2014 Chit Chat Room Saw there wasn't a current chat room so thought I'd add one so we can get to know each other better. <em>220</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:03:55 EST 2014 Intro's and Re-intro's Hi, I'm back. Hope to be able to stay involved with sparkpeople this time around. Still having computer issues but will do what I can. <BR> I'm a 57 year old woman that has a lot of weight to lose to reach a decent size where I can possibly get off of blood pressure pills and also not hurt so much from RA of the spine. I've been told by my doctor that the less extra weight I'm carrying the less stress there will be on my joints. I don't expect to lose it fast. It took me 8 years to put on all... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:56:54 EST First question here about gratitude I hope it's ok to ask questions on this team. If I'm in the wrong place, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Iv been using affirmations and gratitude lists and journaling a long time and it helps to a certain degree. But over the past year and a half, Iv really desired to take responsibility and create my life and the result has been feeling stuck. <BR> <BR> I have been doing gratitude lists everyday and they always say the same things. Grateful for my health, my car is running, I have the elec... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:43:57 EST New from Northern Calif Hi, I joined some teams this weekend. I'm looking to get into the discussions and feel,like I'm making headway on improving my life. I feel stuck. On my good days, I hope I can post something helpful and on my bad days I hope I can ask for advice. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:11:20 EST "U" turn We're looking for words that start with the letter "u." <BR> <BR> ultimate Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:54:11 EST August puzzle <link><BR>?z=1 </link> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:58:04 EST Saturday Silliness 7/27 What's your favorite ice cream flavor? <BR> <BR> What time do you usually go to bed at night? <BR> <BR> What's the last book you read? <BR> <BR> What high school did you attend? <BR> <BR> Do you like to shop online? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:13:16 EST Summer puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:20:02 EST Saturday Silliness 6/8 What's your favorite thing about summer? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone swimming in the ocean? <BR> <BR> Where would you spend your dream summer vacation? <BR> <BR> Do you like hot weather? <BR> <BR> What do you like best cooked on the BBQ? Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:03:29 EST A Memorial Day puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:52:03 EST Mothers Day Just wanted to wish my Spark Family a Happy Mothers Day ! I am staying home with my two fur kids and relaxing. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>437</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 08:17:31 EST Saturday Silliness 5/10 How's your weather today? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite pasta dish? <BR> <BR> What are you wearing on your feet right now? <BR> <BR> How far do you live from the city you were born in? <BR> <BR> What was your favorite subject in high school? Sat, 11 May 2013 13:14:21 EST A puzzle for Saturday <link> </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:38:31 EST Saturday Silliness 4/20 What's your favorite cookie? <BR> <BR> Do you wear nail polish? <BR> <BR> Are you a good dancer? <BR> <BR> What's the last thing that made you laugh? <BR> <BR> Do you like camping? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:27:51 EST Good Morning My name is Deborah and I live in Lakeland Florida with my cat "Keyna" and my maltese poodle mix named "Reika". I love to walk on the nature trails and go to the ocean early in the morning to walk along the waters edge. It's so relaxing to hear the water roll into the shore or it in the woods listening to the wind whisper thru the pine trees. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 07:33:38 EST Playing favorites What's your favorite: <BR> <BR> color? <BR> <BR> song? <BR> <BR> flower? <BR> <BR> breakfast? <BR> <BR> movie? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:57:55 EST Hi what a great name BE Kind ToMe. I have never been kind 2 me. Always to everybody, but today is my time to celebrate me, with kindness. <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:48:55 EST Bird is the word There are literally thousands of types of birds in the world. How many can we come up with? <BR> <BR> peacock Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:22:37 EST An Easter puzzle <link> </link> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:55:22 EST A puzzle for spring <link> </link> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:51:33 EST PUTTING MYSELF FIRST I have always been putting home and work before myself. After turning 57 this year, I have realized that time has flown by in the blink of a eye. Where has all the time gone? I am now learning to be more kind to myself thanks to Spark People and Spark Friends. Thank You! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:45:57 EST Place names "end to end" Give a place name that starts with the last letter of the name before. For instance, if I say Moscow you could say Wisconsin. This is a big world with many place names, so let's come up with a lot! <BR> <BR> Montreal Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:34:39 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Melissa. I joined SP yesterday and looking forward to all that this community has to offer. I am trying to learn how to be nicer to myself and allow myself to be happy while becoming healthier and stronger. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:56:45 EST Saturday Silliness 2/16 What's your favorite thing about spring? <BR> <BR> What's one thing that's guaranteed to make you smile? <BR> <BR> What color was your first bicycle? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone on a cruise? <BR> <BR> Do you have a tablecloth or placemats on your table righrt now? Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:52:58 EST A Valentine puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:38:47 EST Blue "J" Okay, they don't have to be blue. But we're looking for words that start with the letter "J." <BR> <BR> justify Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:47:39 EST Hi I'm Lisa I really need this team. Today when I got on the scales I had gained back almost all of the weight that I had lost last year. I am starting over again TODAY. I live with my mom & help take care of her because she has a lot of health problems including cancer. She had to have part of her right lung removed in November. In December on her recheck they said that the got all of the tumor so no radiation this year. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:50:05 EST Manmade objects A to Z Tools, buildings, utensils, vehicles -- anything people make and use. We humans are a creative bunch, so let's come up with a lot of them! <BR> <BR> ambulance Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:28:23 EST I am new My name is Peggy & I am 65 years old & live around the Denver, Colorado area with my husband & our cat & dog. I need to be around positive people m,ore as that is needed in this life. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:04:56 EST hi newbie here hi i'm new here Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:51:22 EST "N" the beginning Easy -- we're looking for words that start with the letter "n." <BR> <BR> neighbor. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:36:13 EST School subjects A to Z There are a LOT of them! How many can we come up with IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER? <BR> <BR> algebra Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:25:23 EST Disney movie music Joy is having a Disney movie in the VCR, sort of low volume, and reading a classic novel like Jane Eyre or Lorna Doone. It is especially joyful after I have been outdoors for at least half and hour walking in the fresh air and have come back inside for a long hot bubble bath. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:00:56 EST Daily Chit-Chat Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and hope you were able to enjoy the day with someone you love. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:27:44 EST A Christmas puzzle <link> </link> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:09:21 EST Saturday Silliness 12/1 What's winter like where you live? <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah? <BR> <BR> Do you like snow? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite cold-weather food? <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone skiing or ice skating? Sat, 1 Dec 2012 01:10:35 EST Double letter words A to Z Cheerfully cribbed from another team. <BR> <BR> allow Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:25:39 EST Thanksgiving dinner game Let's come up with all kinds of great stuff for Thanksgiving dinner, traditional or not! <BR> <BR> Turkey (duh) Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:20:14 EST A pretty puzzle You can change the cut to make it as easy or as hard as you like. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:52:43 EST Spooky Saturday Silliness 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever worn a Halloween costume? If so, which was your favorite? <BR> <BR> 3. Have you ever carved a jack-o-lantern? <BR> <BR> 4. Do you like scary movies? <BR> <BR> 5. What's your favorite Halloween candy? Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:27:54 EST Seven-letter words The title says it all -- how many can we come up with? <BR> <BR> concert Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:23:17 EST Saturday Silliness 10/6 1. Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite kind of soup? <BR> <BR> 3. What was your first car? <BR> <BR> 4. How many siblings do you have? <BR> <BR> 5. Are you a fan of any sports teams? If so, which one(s)? Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:43:05 EST Be Kind To Myself (New Member) my name is Melanie Louise jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as the title suggests Be Kind To Myself, this is the main thing that i am finding difficulty in doing. <BR> <BR> Mainly as i have had an ongoing battle with a bad relationship issues (see my sparkpage for further relevant information). <BR> <BR> Also my ongoing battle with bad weight issues 2 this was caused by being in a bad relationship (see my sparkpage for further relevant information). <B... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:29:10 EST Movies "by the numbers" We're looking for movies with numbers in the title. Forms of numbers, like "first," etc. also count. There are a lot, so let's work our brains (or Google!) and come up with a lot. <BR> <BR> The Magnificent Seven Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:48:33 EST Saturday Silliness 9/22 Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? <BR> <BR> What color towels are hanging in your bathroom right now? <BR> <BR> If you're American, who was President the year you were born? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed out loud? <BR> <BR> What's a fashion you wish would die forever? Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:37:52 EST September Saturday Silliness What do you like best about autumn? <BR> <BR> How was your summer? <BR> <BR> Are you or anyone else in your house going back tro school? <BR> <BR> It's the start of football season! Are you a fan? <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:31:47 EST Classic games No joystick, controller or "system." How many classic card, board and playground games can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Chess Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:34:00 EST "Do" tell We're looking for words with the syllable "do" in them. Beginning, middle or end, doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> bulldozer <BR> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:13:02 EST Are "U" ready? Easy -- we're looking for words that start with "u." <BR> <BR> utter Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:03:23 EST Three-word phrases A to Z Simple. If, for instance, my letter was R I could say "read a book" and the next person could say "set a date." Okay, let's go! <BR> <BR> any day now Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:22:12 EST Song titles A to Z How many song titles IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER can we come up with? <BR> <BR> All the Time (Johnny Mathis) Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:16:06 EST Things that make us smile How many things give us a big grin? Let's list as many as we can. <BR> <BR> Playing with kittens. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:02:31 EST Saturday Silliness, foodie edition Do you like to cook? <BR> <BR> How do you like your steak cooked? If you're a vegetarian, what is your favorite entree? <BR> <BR> What's a bad food habit you're struggling with? <BR> <BR> What foods are you picky about? <BR> <BR> Do you prefer sweet or savory? Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:40:24 EST Right now... What's your weather? <BR> <BR> What are you wearing on your feet? <BR> <BR> What, if anything, are you eating/drinking? <BR> <BR> What do you hear? <BR> <BR> How do you feel? Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:34:23 EST "N" the beginning Easy -- words that start with "n." <BR> <BR> neighbor Sat, 7 Jul 2012 00:40:00 EST Positives A to Z We hear (and use) too many negative words, including about ourselves. Let's see how many positive adjectives, in alphabetical order, we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Awesome Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:10:42 EST Either/Or Tell which of a pair of items you prefer, then suggest a new pair of items for the next person. <BR> <BR> Roses or orchids? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:49:08 EST Saturday Silliness 6/16 Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite summer activity? <BR> <BR> Would you ever try an extreme sport (skydiving, bungee jumping, etc)? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite veggie? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite fruit? <BR> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:40:55 EST Saturday Silliness 6/9 What kind of phone do you have? <BR> <BR> Do you own/are you owned by any pets? <BR> <BR> When was the last time you laughed? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite picnic food? <BR> <BR> Did you have a lemonade stand as a kid? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:12:40 EST "Colorful" movie titles How many movie titles with colors in them can we find? <BR> <BR> Goldfinger Sat, 2 Jun 2012 00:29:08 EST Saturday Silliness 5/19 Are you eating/drinking anything right now? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Not counting the spread, how many blankets are on your bed today? <BR> <BR> You're offered your choice of your dream car or dream vacation. Which do you choose? <BR> <BR> What's your favorite ethnic cuisine? <BR> <BR> What household chore do you hate most? Sat, 19 May 2012 10:30:51 EST World cities A to Z This is a big world. In alphabetical order, how many cities on all of the inhabited continents can we come up with? <BR> <BR> Athens, Greece Sat, 12 May 2012 11:47:52 EST Name Five Name five: <BR> <BR> Foods you like: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Books you've read: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Movies you've seen: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Songs you like: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Places you've been: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. Sat, 5 May 2012 10:21:07 EST A bit of food for thought. this is a post from a site I enjoy called " Brave Girls Club" and this is from "melody" <BR> <BR> "We hold on to so much stuff that weighs us down and makes us feel bad….grudges, regrets, outdated dreams, crummy beliefs about ourselves…even ratty clothes that make us feel bad but we just don’t get rid of them for some reason…’s heavy and yucky and all it takes is a decision to not carry it around anymore….wouldn’t today be a great day to let some of it go….to get rid of it??? Just try…... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:44:23 EST Is there anyone here?! I am hoping to find some more spark members to revive this team. I was here a couple of years ago and wasn't able to stick around, but I have returned and found this the most helpful group. 750 members certainly we can get cracking again :) <BR> <BR> Tamara Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:05:37 EST Thank you <em>304</em> Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. My schedule is about to get much busier (this is a good thing, though), so I will have less time for Sparking. Because of my limited Sparktime, I have decide to reduce my SparkTeams by most. It's painful, but for the best. Thank you again. You've been wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:21:03 EST Merry Christmas!! I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. May the giving and renewing spirit of Christ infuse your life with light and goodness!! <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful Christmas Eve and I'm feeling very happy and blessed. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 02:40:38 EST My never-ending journey Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It seems I have struggled with being kind to myself for so long. I have struggled with anorexia, binge eating, finally got to having an okay-relationship with myself, and now I am back to my old ways of constantly obsessing about food, beating myself up if I don't eat "correctly", forcing myself to eat to hurt myself. Deep down I know that I have the potential to be kind to myself & unconditionally love myself, but its hard when my behavior is not in tune with this.... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:02:16 EST Love Your Body (More) Now telesummit Here's a telesummit that seems right up the alley of the Be Kind to Myself team. It's called Love Your Body (More) Now: 5 Days... Many Ways to Fall in Love with You. Learn more or register online at <link> </link> . It is October 10 - 14. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 17:48:57 EST Rocktober Are you on Facebook? If so, here's your invitation to join ROCKTOBER! <link><BR>4504265392 </link> <BR> <BR> "The pledge is simple, we will either make good choices for October, or we will make bad choices for October. Even with roadblocks we can make good choices. <BR> <BR> If you want to "Rock" October by making sound food and activity choices, then please join this pledge and share with your friends. Together, we can make Rocktober 2011, an month ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:14:05 EST DOR tomorrow! I am in week one of my 10K training plan. I am looking forward to tomorrow's scheduled day of rest. I am a little cranky this morning. I think part of it might be because we've gotten up early these past two days to go to the gym (haven't done that in a while), I'm probably a little short on sleep, and I have been training harder than I had been. Not too hard, mind you, but more regularly than usual for me. I can definitely see how that day of rest is going to help. <em>102</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:30:33 EST Changing the negative self talk I read an interesting article from the Mayo clinic today. The focus of the article was that you can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. They say that the process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you're creating a new habit, after all. I had not thought about it in terms of developing a new habit. Anyway one of the things they suggest is to Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:39:27 EST Healing the Mind and the Body I overeat when I am stressed, tired and when I lose focus of my goals. <BR> To heal I will <BR> 1. Enjoy 4 small planned daily meals. <BR> 2. When stressed, I will solve the problem. Food is not a solution. <BR> 3. When tired, I will rest. <BR> 4. Staying focused is a tough one for me. <BR> <BR> 8/1 - Who would think enjoying food would be a problem. My mind is always somewhere else. <BR> 8/2 - Having a schedule is sure helpful. I enjoyed my breakfast. The rest of the day I forgot. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 20:18:27 EST Reading Recommendations Any one reading a good book or article they want to recommend? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:12:44 EST Enjoy the Now Today go for a walk in a park, by the river, ocean, on the mountain, in the desert – whatever is available to you and enjoy the trees, sun, rain, or snow and with each step allow your body, mind and spirit relax and let thoughts pass on by. Stay in silence. <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:08:20 EST Give Time for Your Self Improvement We spend many hours pleasing other people; 8 hours a day in the office, several hours meeting family and friends. Can we not find 15 – 20 minutes to look after ourself? If we can find 20 minutes a day, we can learn how to relax, meditate and find a moment of calm in the rush of daily life. To our surprise we may find that this 20 minutes of quiet reflection makes us more productive and we don’t actually lose any time at all. <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:56:24 EST asking for opinions and advice Why is that sometimes a friend who has seemed to accept and understand you turns and begins attacking everything you say, and the more you try to be nice, the madder they get? I want to think it's about them, not about me, but I don't really know WHAT is going on. <BR> <BR> I'm still the same me, kind of a gripey sort, the same as always, but this week something has changed and my best friend seems very upset because I said I envy people with money, and said there are lot of things I hate a... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:31:55 EST Team Challenge - Lets update our links page Team links can be posted by any Team member to share relevant information that might interest others on the Team. Our links page have not been updated in quite some time. <BR> <BR> Lets help each other by sharing resources that we loke and will help each others. <BR> <BR> To add a link click the "links" tab on the right below our Team Stream, then click "add A new Link" Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:16:28 EST Laughter Daily laughter has been shown to elevate our moods, promote creativity and give us more energy. <BR> <BR> We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh. <BR> <BR> Reconnect to your playful side and enjoy the wonders of a deep belly laugh. <BR> Copied from "Book of Kindness" Spreading goodness and kindness to the world <BR> <BR><BR>.html Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:42:34 EST What is your favorite positive quote? I thought it might be fun to share a quote that you really like about being positive. Mine is "The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving,if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove to be loving, friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are." Thomas Dreier" Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:55:02 EST New Co Leader Hi everyone- I have been made one of the new co leaders of this team and I would like to introduce myself. My name is Karen. I joined this team in the hope of sharing my journey, successes and challenges’ with others who share my goals and to connect with others who can give me advice, encouragement and a helping hand along the way. When I saw yellow birds email requesting help with the team I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to set aside time each day to work on improving my re... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:41:11 EST New Co Leader Hi everyone- I have been made one of the new co leaders of this team and I would like to introduce myself. My name is Karen. I joined this team in the hope of sharing my journey, successes and challenges’ with others who share my goals and to connect with others who can give me advice, encouragement and a helping hand along the way. When I saw yellow birds email requesting help with the team I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to set aside time each day to work on improving my re... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:37:58 EST Be Kind to Yourself Life is not about being hard on yourself, if you can’t be kind to yourself – who is going to be? Are you telling yourself what a great, influential, and successful person you are? Or are you reminding yourself about how far behind you are, your past failures that are holding you back, the mistakes you constantly make because of your incompetence? <BR> <BR> You can change your self talk at any time. In her blog “A Simple Way to Eliminate Negative Self Talk “, Jeannette Koszella, of Life emp... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:03:30 EST It's Been a while.......... It's been a while but I am back! I hope to turn things POSITIVE out of the NEGATIVE in my life! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:41:44 EST Introduction Hello!!!!! <BR> <BR> Just joined SP yesterday and joined not so much to lose weight, but to be more positive. Positive about anything and everything - I have become a negative nilly:^) <BR> <BR> I grew up in a negative environment and though you would never know it meeting me I am a glass half empty girl! And my bf is a glass all the way full type of guy - needless to say we are at odds about this sometimes. Ever since I started nursing school I have become way too serious and am SO nega... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:25:34 EST Qi Gong Has anyone experienced Qi Gong? I discovered it via Shirley MacLaine's newest book (which is quite interesting by the way). It's a yoga or tai chi -esque movement that mimics the movements of nature, particularly water. <BR> <BR> I found a YouTube clip to try <link> </link> <BR> And I ordered a few of the dvd's. <link> </link> My daughters were both home for the weekend and both loved it. <BR> <BR> If anyone has trouble ... Wed, 18 May 2011 00:09:57 EST 0639 To Accomplish grate things we must no only act but also Dream not only plan but Believe in your self. I'm a good person of good self worth. <em>41</em> Sun, 15 May 2011 20:03:46 EST I talk native about my self I have poor selasteam for the longest time. And if some one tell me something nice about my self I think people are lying or get paid to say it. Sun, 15 May 2011 17:44:31 EST newbie Hi all, My name is Amelia and I'm 26 y/o. As of late I've come to the self realization that I hate myself, and of course as like so many others use food to comfort myself. I have lost weight recently but I know that I have to work on the me that's inside, hoping this group can help me out with that :-) Sun, 8 May 2011 22:05:17 EST What are your goals for May 8-14? Share your weekly goals with us. We want to encourage and support you as you make great choices for a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 8 May 2011 08:50:01 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Robyn, and I am trying for the third time to lose weight with SparkPeople. I am 21 years old, and at times, I am really hard on myself. My self-esteem is not always the best. I am hoping to lose weight so that when I am done with college, I am able to be the best nurse I can be :) <BR> Mon, 2 May 2011 01:22:32 EST Hiya ! Hi all ! <BR> My name is Vickie and i have just joined the team so thought I should swing by and say hello to everyone ! <BR> <BR> Being kind to myself is unheard of for me, so want to learn the skills to be kind to myself and therefore become the best Vickie than I can be. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:38:03 EST HELP!!! Feelings are coming up!!! After only 2 days of more mindful eating, and some inspirational reading, feelings are coming up that I think I have been stuffing with food before this. I had a strange dream last night in which people from several stages of my life showed up--very upsetting....I keep telling myself that dreams can;t hurt me, only help...I am in tears and hate it...strangly enough, I am not tempted to overeat--have already posted my healthy cereal, bananna, and milk breakfast, sure could use some comments o... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:33:48 EST Hello! My name is Lauren Hello! My name is Lauren and I struggle immensely with negativity. This group seems like a great place to improve my cognitve behavior and try to improve my mental state about shedding these pounds! <BR> <BR> I really could use positive support, and I don't find that from my parents or sister. However, my fiance is very supportive, but can only talk me into so much! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has an amazing, self-loving day!!! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:55:56 EST Taking a me sabbatical Since Sept I have been going to face to face support groups for women one is called all addictions and the other is an affirmation group. So because of that I have been feeling I don't know blah,out of sorts and over whelmed not quite in the grove ya know, and I'm not sure what to do. There are sooooooooo many things I want to do but "nothing" sounds right or fitting. I want to get away but without money or a ways or means thats impossible. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do t... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:34:21 EST What are your goals for Feb. 6-12? Share your weekly goals with us. We'd love to encourage and support you as you make great choices for a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>474</em> <em>53</em> <em>291</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 06:59:36 EST What are your goals for Jan. 30 - Feb. 5? Share your weekly goals with us. We'd love to encourage and support you as you make great choices for a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>474</em> <em>53</em> <em>291</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:10:10 EST What are your goals for Jan. 23-29? Share your weekly goals with us. We'd love to encourage and support you as you make great choices for a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>474</em> <em>53</em> <em>291</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:44:57 EST What are your goals for Jan. 16-22? Share your weekly goals with us. We'd love to encourage and support you as you make great choices for a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 13:00:21 EST Glad to have found the Positive teams--and Hello! I'm Amanda from Tukwila (near Seattle). I joined SP a year and a half ago, but started seriously sparking solo last fall. This is my first week getting involved in teams, posting messages, and my first ever blog anywhere. <BR> <BR> I was involved in Living Love (the "Loving More, Demanding Less" personal growth system--shared through books and workshops--developed by Ken Keyes, Jr, author of the Handbook to Higher Consciousness) for some years, but got away from it. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ba... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:40:17 EST Meeting Yourself I just finished watching the newest episode of Doctor Who and as Doctor Who generally it does, it got me thinking. Without giving much away a character got to meet the child version of himself and of course the child version got to see the man he would become. Personally I've always wished that I could meet the child me to let her know things would be OK someday and that there's so much good waiting for her. At the same time I wish child me could've met the person I was going to become. <BR>... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:01:32 EST What are your goals for Jan. 2 - Jan. 8? Share your weekly goals with us so we can support and encourage you on your way to success! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:32:58 EST GOT AN BOOSTER ON THE PNEUMONIA SHOT ON MONDAY . IT HAS SWOLLEN AND TURNED RED AND ITCHES AND BURNS ALSO ACHES . CALLED THE DOCTOR HE IS NOT IN UNTIL MONDAY AND CAN GET NO ANSWERS . FEEL HOT . SHOULD I GO TO THE HOSPITAL OR WHAT ? IS THIS NORMAL .? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:21:17 EST Quitting on 1-1-11 I become a non-smoker on Jan 1st. My anxiety is through the roof! I've been using positive self-talk, reframing the negative ideas of 'quitting' 'giving up cigarettes' to 'being healthier' 'being a non-smoker' etc. It helps somewhat. But I could really use some good energy sent my way to help me get through this anxiety and fear. thank you Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:55:16 EST HELPING SOMEONE SOMEONE I LOVE IS GOING THROUGH SOME HARD TIMES. <BR> HOW DO YOU HELP SOMEONE WHO HAS LOW SELF ESTEEM? <BR> HOW DO YOU HELP SOMEONE WHO IS BEATING THEMSELVES UP? <BR> HOW DO YOU HELP SOMEONE WHO IS GRIEVING? <BR> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 23:06:47 EST What are your goals for Dec. 5-11? Share your goals with us! We would love to be your cheerleaders on the road to success! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:04:49 EST I need to change my thinking..... I'm new here although not new to sparkpeople. I started in Feb 09, lost 20lbs and have since gained back 10. :( I'm married with two kids. I graduated in April from nursing school. <BR> I still don't have a job. This is where my negative thinking hurts me. I hate myself for it. <BR> I want to think more positively but I think it would be easier if I had a job and we weren't so financially stained. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:20:47 EST What are your goals for Nov. 28- Dec. 4? Share your goals with us, so we can support and encourage you on your way to success! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:14:46 EST What are your goals for November 21-27? Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 20:52:45 EST I want to see what everyone else sees... Growing up I encountered a lot of bullying, more like abuse from my classmates and didn't have a lot of support about it at home. This history has led me to believe that I don't deserve to succeed, have happiness, or be anything good. Yet for some reason anymore the people I meet seem to see a beautiful, intelligent, able person who deserves success and happiness. I don't see this at all and I guess I want to see what everyone else is seeing. I know that's extremely self-centered and I'm sorr... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 11:47:12 EST SMALL GOALS! What is ur small goal for today?! Small goals give us big progress! :) Sun, 21 Nov 2010 06:01:32 EST What are your goals for Nov. 14-20? <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:59:19 EST Help I'm sick and the voices wont shut up GRRRRR. I hated it when i'm sick, the little voices in my head are driving me nuts.(not whitejacket/paddedcell nuts), just i'm never ever nice to myself when i get sick. I tell myself i should be at work, cause people depend on me, But why should i struggle? I should be home in bed. Its always been my dilema. Help, how do i stay home and just be sick and NOT feel GUILTY about it??? <em>46</em> Thu, 4 Nov 2010 17:38:14 EST What are your goals for Oct. 31-Nov. 6? Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:23:29 EST What is your favorite snack? Grapes carrots and 1/2 bagel with peanut butter Sun, 31 Oct 2010 15:20:46 EST What are your goals for Oct. 24-31? <em>245</em> I haven't been keeping up with this very well, we just got the internet antenna replaced today. <BR> <BR> Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:32:38 EST Hi there I was looking around and discovered i hadn't introduced myself,, how dreadful. my names JazzyDj or Debi for short. I love in Kansas and not crazy about the chiefs now that they have lost their winning streak. lol. Come on 3 -0 blown, they just got over confident. I am married and my hubby and I are constantly on our pcs. he doing his thing me mine- and mine is writing and reading. So glad to have found this team. Has any one read or talked about the power of positive thinking here? Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:58:36 EST Retired & Ready! I am a newly retired educator and after 30 years of taking care of everyone else, I am now committed to taking care of me. I have lost 50 lbs. & still have 50 more to lose. Yesterday God sent me Sparks! I am soooo grateful. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 08:52:38 EST A Quote from Oprah "None of us is built to run nonstop. That's why, when you don't give yourself the time and care you need, your body rebels in the form of sickness and exhaustion. Taking care of yourself so you can better care for others is an idea many women I talk to still can't embrace. But think of it in terms of the oxygen-mask theory: If you don't put on your mask first, you won't be able to save anyone else." Fri, 8 Oct 2010 09:10:30 EST thanks! I am glad to be buddy of the week! It is a good week for me to get a little extra boost and I really appreciate all the kind words. I am really looking forward to starting a new work week tomorrow. I think it'll be a good one! Sun, 3 Oct 2010 21:48:02 EST Link to article on Meditation <link><BR>ession-Weight-Loss-Marriage </link> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 04:12:16 EST Pray for me Today is my first day of school I am uber worried about how I am going to fit fitness in on at least two of my days. Just keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:05:10 EST What are your goals for Sept. 26-Oct. 2? <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:24:35 EST What are your goals for Sept. 5-11? <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Share your goals with us! We want to encourage and support you as you make your way to a better you! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 5 Sep 2010 12:09:12 EST 60 second cardio movies I got this in my email from Shape. I think it has some good ideas. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urn_more_calories/60_second_cardio_moves </link> Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:05:47 EST An Interesting Article I liked this article and wanted to share ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ght-Loss-Method-Geneen-Roth </link> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 04:58:20 EST What are your goals for August 29-Sept. 4? Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 06:50:16 EST What are your goals for August 22-28? <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 08:35:03 EST Hello, I'm new Hello, my name is Michelle, and I just joined the team. I have restarted SP several days ago. I have always been too hard on myself. I think things about myself that I would never think or say about anyone else. I've done it for so long, it is not going to be easy, but I know I can change and be more positive. Its good to know I am not alone! <BR> <BR> It's nice to meet you all! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:09:40 EST What are your goals for August 15-21? <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Sat, 14 Aug 2010 10:18:27 EST this history of abuse is all self-made Hi everyone! Glad to find this group. <BR> <BR> I've spent a lifetime beating myself up pretty badly, and as a result my life is running aground. I'm on the brink of great things personally and professionally. But I'm *eternally* on the brink... and utterly stymied. I'm a truck up to the axles in mud. Is it even possible to undo 30 years of browbeating and berating myself? All I can do is try. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:57:32 EST New Moon for Abundance It's that time of the month again to write your abundance check <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this with you and spread the wealth. Abundance does not always come as money. It may come to you in many other ways. It may be a gift or a service that someone gives you or volunteers for you. It may be in winning a case or a lottery. It may come as receiving something very positive in your life and for your family. A promotion, a new job or just plain and simple money that you... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 14:17:57 EST The Damages of Negative Self Talk - SP Article Great article! <em>252</em> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=212 </link> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 13:06:30 EST Operation Beautiful Book now out! :-) Anyone gonna buy it? <BR> <BR> Not sure what I am taking about? =) Thu, 5 Aug 2010 14:15:23 EST Random Thought Thread Just random thoughts, doesn't have to make sense at all. What is on your mind? Be silly or serious. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 12:45:40 EST Hey I'm new here and I must admit I am not very kind to myself. I am a transgender male, who is pre everything and finding it difficult to grow as a person. I have never felt happy in my skin without knowing why and now that I'm on the road to knowing I can't do anything about it. But yes, it's hard and I don't make it any easier on myself! My name is Vincent, I'm 25 and from the UK. Thank you for this group, I have a feeling I'll be leaning on you all quite a bit. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 04:39:26 EST What are your goals for August 1-7? Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 20:11:02 EST Good to be back Hello, I just wanted to pop in to apologize for my absence. My father fell ill with cancer and passed away on July 9th. I had been busy visiting him in the hospital, and then staying in the hospital with him. Now I am trying to get life back to some form of normal. <BR> <BR> I gained weight in the hospital and have been eating a lot of junk, which brings me up to 200lbs. In a way, I would rather eat then cry, now I am trying to overcome that and treat my body the way it deserves to be treate... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:17:38 EST Signed up! FOr my very first 3 day, 60 mile breast cancer walk in 2011! I'm so excited & am hoping to raise enough funds to make a difference! Please stop by my page & check out the link &n help in any way you can & pass the info along to others you know! I need all the help I can get! THANK YOU for your support!!!!XOXOXOXOXOXO <em>247</em> <em>304</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:00:06 EST an idea for starting I am going to be the first to admit that I don't care for the way I look overall. But I am also really working on not bashing on how I look. I try every single day to pick one body part or feature that I like and say to myself in the mirror "I love my beautiful shoulders (or whatever)" At least three times. Really makes a difference in how I see myself. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:44:44 EST A new movement Anyone here ever heard of operation beautiful? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> seriously check it out. :-) Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:41:59 EST Waking up and loving myself and others I recently survived and grew from a failed business venture. Well LOL that was really five years ago however I experienced many of the same feelings and thoughts as others going through a divorce. The betrayal was an eye opener! Recently I have taken responsibility for placing myself in that situation. that is when I realized that even though I was somewhat successful on my own for some reason I never thought I was smart enough to achieve all of my goals. Well now I know that we all have what... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:03:23 EST What are your goals for July 25-31? What Are Your Goals for July 11 thru July 17? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> My goal for this week is to keep up with my nutrition tracking and exercising while on vacation at my parents' house in NC. <em>17</em> <em>274</em> <em>180</em> Thankfully, they have a beautiful park nearby to walk in! <em>311</em> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:16:07 EST I've never loved myself... Hello friends! <BR> My name is Erin, and although Ive always been 'thin', I have never had any sort of self-esteem. It spiralled further down in 2006 when I entered a VERY abusive relationship. I am working hard on trying to like ME, but Im not doing a great job! *sigh* <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all of you! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:08:23 EST Natural Mosquito Control Natural Mosquito Control <BR> West Nile Virus and Using Natural Mosquito Control Rather Than Chemicals <BR> By David Beaulieu, Guide <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Natural mosquito control calls for a multi-pronged approach to battle malignant mosquitoes, while resisting the temptation to use the chemical bug sprays that some folks feel are just as noxious. If you're asking, "What's all the fuss over natural mosquito control?" then read on.... <BR> <BR> Do you spend a significant amount o... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:21:24 EST What Are Your Goals for July 11 thru July 17? What Are Your Goals for July 11 thru July 17? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not stop for fast food for breakfast on my way to work next week! Also to bring my lunch at least 3 days next week! Gotta watch my money along with my waist line!! <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:48:08 EST What Are Your Goals for July 4 thru July 10? What Are Your Goals for July 4 thru July 10? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to not stop for fast food for breakfast on my way to work next week! Also to bring my lunch at least 3 days next week! Gotta watch my money along with my waist line!! <BR> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 09:24:38 EST hello Just wanted to introduce myself to the team <em>9</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:47:01 EST Creating Your Own Personal Mantra. . . . Creating Your Own Personal Mantra. . . . <BR> <BR> Do you have a Personal Mantra? <BR> <BR> Please share if you do . . . I got to thinking about this today and was curious as to what exactly a "mantra" was and found this very interesting article. <BR> <link><BR>our-Own-Personal-Mantra&id=897267 </link> <BR> <BR> I am still trying to figure out my mantra, yet would love to know what yours is. . . Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:13:07 EST "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne <BR> <BR> With all the negativity surrounding me lately, a SparkFriend suggested that I read "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, so since she has never lead me wrong, I ordered the book on CD. <BR> <BR> It arrived last night and I brought it to work with me this morning and started listening to it. I have listened to the first two CD’s, and now I am thinking! That’s dangerous at times, just ask my husband. <BR> <BR> With that I understand from the first few chapte... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:36:01 EST What Are Your Goals for June 27 thru July 3? What Are Your Goals for June 27 thru July 3? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:14:41 EST Never Mind . . . <em>198</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:47:44 EST What Are Your Goals for June 20 thru June 26? What Are Your Goals for June 20 thru June 26? <BR> <BR> Let the team know about your goals for next week, this way we can encourage each other to accomplish them! <BR> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:27:43 EST 10 Ways to Transform Toxic Thoughts Hey all, I am not pushing/endorsing this book because I have not read it. I just bought it though. I like her words and thinking on this. Just another way or tool to help us on our path. Blessings, Jetta <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> 10 Ways to Transform Toxic Thoughts <BR> <BR> <BR> If you've ever felt the way anger or fear can electrify the atmosphere in a room, you'll know what Sand... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:27:16 EST wishing everyone a great weekend have a wonderful weekend and be kind to yourself <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43327 </link> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 19:15:35 EST I want to know myself again! Hi! I am currently suffering from nonexistent self esteem and confused identity. So far, Spark has helped me set some guidelines, but I want to feel like I matter again. <BR> Anyways, here goes nothing! Any advice? Tue, 8 Jun 2010 19:11:44 EST Just have to vent... Wow, I work with such a poisonous person in my school. She is young and thinks she knows everything. She is constantly telling the boss about how she thinks certain people are not doing their job correctly. Unfortunately this boss is as immature as she is and doesn't think twice about the source of his information. He gave a telling off to one of the teachers that was really harsh because of garbage this girl fed him. <BR> <BR> Now, unfortunately, I let myself be dragged in and down. The te... Thu, 27 May 2010 11:10:09 EST Daily Affirmations I have been working on this daily and I really feel it is helping. I am also noticing when I am thinking something negetive too. <BR> <BR> Here is a cute video that I feel is a great thing to teach our kids or even inner child lol <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is some freebies, the first one is dear to my heart. Only good through the end of June so download what you want. Hugs, Jetta <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 26 May 2010 12:21:02 EST Hi everyone! I've been reading through some of the intro posts here, & thought I'd combine mine. (Telling you some things about myself). Well, I'm a nurse (LPN), certified in wound care (they yuckier, the better!) LOL, I'm also taking a medical transcription class online. I have 3 cats, a wonderful partner whom I love with all my heart, & I have 5 tattoos (no pics online yet).I am a huge supporter of breast cancer awareness, I donate platelets with the red cross about every 2 weeks, & other than this, ... Fri, 21 May 2010 20:31:01 EST A weekly challenge... This morning Trainer Jillian Michaels posted a weekly challenge on her Facebook....I'm certian it's something that we can all benefit from and need to learn how to do better, so I'm posting it here for everyone to see. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week say NOTHING negative about yourself. If you start to something negative, STOP and then say something positive about yourself. Mon, 17 May 2010 11:24:28 EST new Hi I am new! Sun, 16 May 2010 10:08:04 EST New! Hi! My name is Kim. I was checking out teams to join and I found this amazing looking team and decided to join. :) <BR> <BR> Have a great night and a fantastic Friday! <BR> ~Kim Thu, 13 May 2010 19:59:33 EST Positive things- what went right. So my yoga instructor said that every night she writes in a journal her daily accomplishments and what went right during the day. Nothing negative or what went wrong only good. So, I wanted to start this thread and maybe we can try it Write down a few things that you accomplished today and what went right. Maybe we'll see how even if it felt like a bad day, things still got done and actually it was a good day! <BR> <BR> For me; <BR> I got up early <BR> I got my workouts in <BR> I got to... Wed, 12 May 2010 22:56:29 EST Self Care Tips This is from my Cheryl Richardson newsletter. I had to wait and get permission to reprint this before I could post it. Blessings, Jetta <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Jetta, <BR> <BR> Well, last week Mercury sure was retrograde! Our bridge line didn't work, causing us to spend a much shorter time with Geneen Roth than I wanted (using her bridge). Not only that but the recording of the call was cut off three quarters of the way through.... Mon, 10 May 2010 13:26:06 EST Hi, I am new here Hi, I am Bea. I am 36 and I just joined this website tonight. I need a lot of motivation to stay on any kind of fitness plan. It seems like I am starting to loose a grip on some of my healthy habits that I lived easily only a few years ago. I know what I want but I just need help getting there again. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I lost 85 pounds which put me at an adult all time low of 155 starting from my all time high weight of my whole life, 240(ish). Two years later and now I am hove... Sun, 9 May 2010 00:28:02 EST Inactivity.. I haven't been very active on Sparks lately. I still show that I am in sparkteams but I am noticing that my blogs do not show up? Do I have to rejoin? Was just wondering Sat, 8 May 2010 20:46:53 EST Thanks you everyone! Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the wonderful comments on my page! It really made my week and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Last month was so up and down it was hard to stay positive but with the support of family friends and all of you it makes everything seem hopeful and happy. <BR> As we get into summer I just want everyone to embrace all the changes around you as well as within you. Everyday is a blessing and we should celebrate what we have and who we are! ... Fri, 7 May 2010 18:01:20 EST Ending negative self talk <BR> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:43:06 EST Healthy or Unhealthy Game! I was thinking yesterday about healthy food vs unhealthy food, and realized that it can be hard at times to distinguish between healthy and not healthy. That's when I thought of a new game that might be interesting(and helpful) to play! It's similar to another game I saw on another team, but instead of would you eat it or not, it's is it healthy of not. <BR> <BR> So it would start off with a food(I'll start)and asking if it is healthy or not healthy, and the next person would answer healthy ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:24:18 EST Arthritis help? I have rheumatoid arthritis in my index fingers and it has been flaring up pretty badly today and yesterday evening. This morning I felt like I had arthritis in my hips, knees and elbows, but I know that those joints are functioning pretty well on a usual basis. <BR> <BR> I can't figure out what is triggering the flair up, and am not on medication for the pain(I took myself off years ago, didn't like the long term side effects)and I just don't know what to do. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have an... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 16:10:36 EST What do you love? I am doing a course with Sonia Choquette and she says to have a love day. Thinking of love helps get you out of your head or fear and brings you back to your heart. It feels great to love! Sonia says to tell everyone what you love. So I thought I would start a thread on it. <BR> <BR> I LOVE!! <BR> <BR> my husband <BR> my kids <BR> ME <BR> my job <BR> Mother Earth <BR> to sew <BR> to crochet <BR> to meditate <BR> learning <BR> breathing <BR> LIFE <BR> PEOPLE <BR> Friends <BR> YOU ALL!!!!!!!!... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:01:02 EST 8 ways to handle negativity at work Do You Get Bad Vibes at Your Job? <BR> <BR> by Sonia Choquette <BR> <BR> 8 ways to handle negativity at work. <BR> <BR> One of the greatest challenges people in the workplace face is staving off bad vibes. Nothing can turn an enthusiastic mood around more quickly or throw a wet blanket on the creative fires on the job than a solid dose of downer energy from someone you work with. In fact, it should be viewed as the number one work hazard to avoid at all costs. <BR> <BR> Just as toxic radi... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:28:50 EST Thank you Thank you for the birthday wishes. I felt very special today. <em>247</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:14:16 EST How to Get More Out of Life 10 Ways to Create a Better Life <BR> <BR> By Bob Perks <BR> <BR> <BR> Want more out of life for yourself and others? There is a clear distinction between wishing for something and actually pursuing it. Wanting is like dreaming out loud, but changing things for the better requires taking action! Ask yourself, "Am I criticizing the way things are, but not doing anything about it?" Make a list of things you would like to see changed in your life or the world around you. Then see how the fol... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:39:52 EST Lost 182 lbs. Hello, Approximately 2 years. my son, Craig/civpro1, lost 182 lbs. One of the reasons was to be able to join the Army after being out of the Army since his 20's. He couldn't get in, they said he was too old. He joined the Army Reserves at either 42 or 43. He will soon be 44, and yesterday became part of the regular Army. He says he will be sent overseas within a very short period of time. At least it is a short period of time to me. I hope you will pray for Craig and the other 15 in his... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:45:55 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Wishing you all the gold at the end of the rainbow. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Shamrock 'n' Roll Shake <BR> <BR> PER SERVING (1 shake, entire recipe): 176 calories, 4g fat, 142mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 16g sugars, 7.5g protein -- POINTS® valu e 3* <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 tbsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer <BR> 3/4 cup light vanilla soymilk <BR> 1/2 cup Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Creamy Vanilla fat-free ice cream <BR> 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract <B... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:59:46 EST THREE THINGS ABOUT ME! Copy and paste then fill in your own answers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> THREE THINGS ABOUT ME! <em>345</em> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> A. Three places I've lived: <BR> <BR> 1. Santee (California) <BR> 2. El Cajon (California) <BR> 3. Kilgore Texas <BR> <BR> B. Three Jobs I've worked: <BR> <BR> 1. Nurse LVN <BR> 2. Teacher <BR> 3. Psychic <BR> <BR> C. Three things I like to watch: <BR> <BR> 1. Ghost Whisperer <BR> 2. Medium <BR> 3. all CSIs <BR>... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:48:17 EST First 100 lbs lost, $0 reward ideas needed I started at 303 lbs a year ago and about to reach 100 pounds lost but have no money. Any no cost reward ideas? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:03:24 EST 10 Ways to Honor Thyself Take the self-love challenge and discover the beauty within. <BR> <BR> By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway <BR> <BR> "To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." - Robert Morely <BR> <BR> Love is one of the most powerful energies on the planet. We are born with love in our hearts, and it lives within us all. But some of us put so much focus on finding love and approval "out there" that we never get a chance to truly develop it within ourselves. We look for it in the external ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:32:55 EST 21 Ways Angels Can Inspire Love Allow the Angels to Help You Find Love <BR> <BR> By Susan Gregg <BR> <BR> Finding love doesn't mean finding a relationship. Often we think a relationship will allow us to feel complete,. We forget that two halves doesn't necessarily make a whole when it comes to love. If we go into a relationship feeling needy, we often find a relationship that fails to meet our needs. <BR> <BR> Instead, be in love with yourself so that any relationship you do find will be truly loving and supportive. I... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 20:32:55 EST Prayers needed for a dear friend! Hello my spark family. I don't usually ask this but I really need help praying for a friend of mine. Her name is Samantha and she has a 4 y/o son (Gavin) who is being sexually abused by his father. She has tried for over a year to prove this but they keep saying she is an over protective mom. Gavin has to go to him every other weekend and a couple days during the week. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you the circumstances but I KNOW he is being sexually abused by all he is telling her and doing. Her ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:06:39 EST Happy Valentine's Day! <link><BR>w.pd?i=508470110&m=1485&source=ag992 </link> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 13:00:40 EST Healing Emotional Wounds by Deborah King Healing Emotional Wounds <BR> by Deborah King <BR> <BR> <BR> Lesson 1: Exploring Our Emotional Wounds <BR> <BR> <BR> Following your feelings will lead you to their source. <BR> Only through emotions can you encounter <BR> the force field of your own soul. <BR> ~Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations! <BR> <BR> <BR> The mere act of joining this online course for Healing Emotional Wounds demonstrates your readiness for physical, emotional, and spiritual ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:40:57 EST Maxine I was in the pub yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my farts with the beat. <BR> <BR> After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my pint and noticed that everybody was staring at me. <BR> <BR> Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 02:12:05 EST Vision board I liked this article about vision boards. I made one in the past and know how effective they are. But this article made things more clearer and fun. <BR> <BR> This is a Dream board, Vision board, Goal board, Mock up board, I have heard them called many different things. Just cut out pictures of what you want, from magazines, photos, add play money etc. No end to what you can do or how to make it. <BR> <BR> What is the Best Feng Shui Area for a Vision Board? Any Feng Shui Tips? <BR> <BR> By... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:04:21 EST I don't understand? BKTY Team, <BR> <BR> Earlier today i had a very difficult incident and knew i needed help, something that is difficult for me to ask for. Anyway, i posted an entry here called : "i need a little support ." When i was done i left my home for a walk so i wouldn't get derailed. Now i am back, several hours later, and when i came to the team and the post i see that there is only one response. I am a little surprised -this wasn't what i expected. I don't know how i could have been more clea... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:55:55 EST i need a little support This morning i've been on a slow train moving forward at least. Then i ran into the usual thing: a setback! I have a lot of issues i haven't talked about in part because of embarrassment and in part cuz they are long to explain. One of them is that our house is a shambles. Lots of stuff all over the place. My partner and i have a commitment to clean it up but it's slow going (very) for a variety of reasons. Well, almost anything that happens to me "sets me off" and sends me into a tail... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:08:15 EST Check out this video Check out this video from my weight loss mentor, Renee Stephens. <BR> <BR> <link>ée-St<BR>ephens-Permanent-Weight-Loss/ </link> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:40:12 EST Ready to change I have always been a fat chick. I grew up heavy, and continued to be so into my 30's. I've tried several methods to lose weight, and have some success, however, like others, regained the weight. I've come to the realization that losing weight is not just about what you eat and how often you work out, but also mental. I've got a long journey ahead of me, but I know the final destination will be well worth it! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 08:28:26 EST Ready to change I have always been a fat chick. I grew up heavy, and continued to be so into my 30's. I've tried several methods to lose weight, and have some success, however, like others, regained the weight. I've come to the realization that losing weight is not just about what you eat and how often you work out, but also mental. I've got a long journey ahead of me, but I know the final destination will be well worth it! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 08:27:54 EST How i ended up here Hi team, <BR> <BR> i have been a Sparker since '08 but stopped showing up again until recently. I'm trying to do things differently this time...for one thing post more and post "the real story." LOL I'm also going over my teams and making adjustments. Some place where i was responding to a blog i saw this team and decided this would be a good place for me to try out. What "pinged" me is the fact that when i weighted today i only lost 1.5 lbs. Ok, ok...i KNOW that is great for one week ... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 20:13:16 EST Yesterday I had an amazing day yesterday. Not only did I exercise 2 times and felt great! I had so much energy that I could barely sit down!! <BR> <BR> After picking up my kids, I knew I had to stop at the grocery store for a few things. My daughter wanted me to get glazed donuts, which I quickly nixed for more than one reason. But, I did, sadly, look for her. What they DID have were these AMAZING éclairs!! Like I remember from my childhood. Filled with a pudding type filling instead of custard. Oh, ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:32:36 EST What is your New Year's Resolution? What is your New Year's Resolution? <BR> <BR> Is it the same as last year? <BR> <BR> Lets do this together. <BR> <BR> Mine is to eat healthier and exercise more. Thu, 31 Dec 2009 21:48:15 EST Buddy of the week Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop by and THANK all of you for stopping by my page and encouraging me :-) It was VERY appreciated. This week was rough for me and pretty stressful so being buddy of the week reminded me that I needed to be KIND to myself during this stressful time. I took bubble baths, exercised often, and got rest when I felt I needed it! <BR> <BR> So thank you team for sending me support when I needed it most! Everything happens for a reason! <BR> <BR> Gonabfit! Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:46:02 EST High Fructose Corn Syrup Scientists have proved for the first time that a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks can damage human metabolism and is fuelling the obesity crisis. <BR> <BR> Fructose, a sweetener derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease. <BR> <BR> It has increasingly been used as a substitute for more expensive types of sugar in yoghurts, cakes, salad dressing and... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:14:20 EST What do you really want for Christmas If you could have anything and money was unlimited, what would you want???? <BR> <BR> for me... <BR> <BR> A new house in Vancouver Washington with a view. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:44:42 EST Christmas words A to Z A is for angels all around us Fri, 4 Dec 2009 10:38:48 EST Falling in Love with Yourself Falling in Love with Yourself <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> by Mother Mary as channeled by Danielle Gibbons <BR> <BR> Lesson 1: The Truth, Releasing the Search for the Truth and Embracing Your Personal Truth <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Falling in Love with Yourself. Over the next eleven weeks this course will begin to transform your life. I have been fortunate to heal my own life and bear witness to the transformation of countless others as we were willing to open ourselves ... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:28:13 EST What does positive self talk mean to you? Our thoughts shape our world, plain and simple. The lighter and brighter your thoughts and self talk are, the lighter and brighter your outside world becomes. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “How can MY thoughts turn the ugliness of my life into a bouquet of blooming flowers?”, or maybe you’re thinking “Easy for YOU to say, your problems are most likely small compared to mine.” I’m here to tell you unequivocally, not true! If you peek into my life, it is wrought with huge life changi... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 13:33:17 EST Gratitude: A Way of Life Gratitude: A Way of Life <BR> <BR> When I awaken in the morning, the first thing I do before I even open my eyes is to thank my bed for a good night’s sleep. I am grateful for the warmth and comfort it has given me. From that beginning, it is easy to think of many, many more things that I am grateful for. By the time I have gotten out of bed, I have probably expressed gratitude for 80 or 100 different people, places, things, and experiences in my life. This is a great way to start the day. ... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 16:26:57 EST New from Boise Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Erin and I'm 25 years old. I've been married for a little over a year and a half and have gotten very comfortable in my marriage. We all know what that means! I gained about 45 pounds since our wedding and was at the highest I had ever been in my life. In the short time my husband and I have been married he has had surgery twice and I've had some medical things as well. Between money troubles, my new job and the stress and uncertainty of my husbands job I have no... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 00:55:05 EST Job Loss Today, I officially found out I no longer have the job I have held for 14 years. I need this site as I feel ashamed although I was being verbally abused. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 18:27:23 EST ugh!!! husband is going to have his sister stay with us for a week and I just found out about it, he took time off work to go to airport to pick her up and days off to spend with her , so he did plan that, but why in the heck couldnt he tell me,I already did grocery shopping ( at limit) so I didnt plan for it and last time she was here(happen b4) she got upset that I kept my normal gym routine and didnt stay there in evenings for her, like I'm suppose put life on hold <BR> and stay coped up in th... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:23:23 EST Hi new to this team I beleive that this is sooo true , positive self talk can help you in so many ways and on this journey that I am embarking on , plan to make it a mantra so to speak, love having positive people around me and it really does make a big difference. I have 45 lbs to lose am the team leader at DAILY challenge, trying to get back into yoga , love going to the gym Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:33:00 EST howdy dodi you crazy happy people I am new here and happy to be a part of your team. <BR> <BR> I'm a little crazy sometimes, but harmless <em>20</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> gotta run and get a life, hope to have some time later to check out the site some more and meet some of you. <BR> <BR> chow for now <em>213</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:49:27 EST What are your feelings about the Swine Flu Vaccine FLU SHOT CRAZINESS <BR> <BR> Hold on, now, before you stop reading. It's serious business, in not just the US, but 190 countries. <BR> <BR> Did you know that Massachusetts has already passed <BR> a referendum saying that if you refuse the shot and do not "follow the rules," you not only can be thrown in jail--to have the shot adminsitered anyway--PLUS you can be fined up to $1000 a DAY? <BR> <BR> If you are a determined flu-shot getter, read the following anyway and be surprised, becaus... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:28:25 EST Hug The Person Before You..... This is an awesome game I played on a Yorkie Forum. I checked - there was a similar game here last year, but I thought a new title might help keep the interest. I have two teams that I thought this would be perfect for! <BR> <BR> See who posted last. If you don't already know them, go to their Spark Page and find something wonderful about them that you identify with, that you're intrigued by, or impressed with and share it. Be creative! The next poster will find and share something wonderf... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:42:03 EST INCH LOSS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN POUNDS LOST Since starting a rigorous exercise routine I have learned a very important lesson about pounds and inch loss - that is that the inch loss is much more important. <BR> <BR> Don't become a slave to the scales. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day we don't carry a card around our necks with our current weight displayed for all to see. <BR> <BR> People see the body as it is, as the size that it is. <BR> <BR> I have continued to lose inches - and a lot of them - whilst the scales have stayed st... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:08:28 EST Hey There My name is Amanda, live in Huntsville Alabama. I'm 27, a single Mom of one, and I'm 392 pounds. I've lost 16 pounds this year, not EXACTLY the amount I've wanted to lose thus far, but I haven't gained it back. That's a plus right?! My 4X shirts are starting to feel loose again which is great! I just wish I could get off this plateau though. Since I hit 392 back in May of this year I haven't done much exercising. Which is my fault, I got sick, had some minor injuries, blah blah blah.....finall... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:10:20 EST Questions & Answers about ANYTHING!!! At this time, we have members who have many talented gifts or have experience and knowledge from both young and old. Don't be shy or be afraid to ask, we don't see your face. Just sometimes there are things we wonder about and never find an answer. <BR> <BR> THIS COULD BE A GREAT FORUM!!! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In this sub-forum, you may ask one question per topic, and wait for answers. Please d... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:22:50 EST sorry late in comming hi guys <BR> sorry this late in coming. I joined sparkpeople a few months ago. Been quite busy with life trying to loose weight get fit and still find time to work as a Nurse's aide for a homecare company here in town. Would love to get to know people and be friends so we can support each other's in our goals. I don't know about you but its easier when when you have friends by your side. drop me a line would love to chat sometime Mon, 10 Aug 2009 00:24:05 EST Hello my name is Helen Hi I joined sparkpeople in July and am getting going very slowly. I've made a nice friend, KWREN, on sparkpeople and while viewing her page saw this team so i decided to check it out. I think this team is one i definitely want to belong to. So here I am. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Helen Sat, 8 Aug 2009 04:02:08 EST Motivational Idea Hey everyone, I was just reading a health and fitness mag that i love and in it was a section on being body confident. One of the things the writer mentioned was the way women (and men i guess) shrug off compliments and dont believe them, but will plague on every little jibe or insult. That is so true! Im terrible for it, Im still upset over a guy calling my ugly a year ago coz i told him i wasnt interested. <BR> <BR> Well anyway she said it would be a good idea to write down the complimen... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 17:05:04 EST Just having a rough time... I just need to let out some issues I'm having lately. My SO is visiting family in NY so I've been pretty lonely over the last week. Unfortunately, I feel this way much of the time when he's here also. I'm on antidepressants and I'm not sure they are working appropriately, so I've already made an appointment with my doctor. In the mean time, I am struggling with how I feel about, well, everything. I'm very frustrated with my relationship, I'm very negative about myself - weight, confidence, ab... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 12:02:20 EST Silly Me room, come and play! Ok, we thought it would be fun since we had a serious room to just have a silly room. So come and let your inner child play be SILLY! <BR> <BR> The sillier the better. <BR> <BR> it does not have to make sense either, <BR> <BR> That is the fun part. So come on in and Play! <BR> Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:08:25 EST change ONE word in sentence I SAW SALLY SITTING BY THE SEASHORE ,SORTING OUT HER SEVEN SEASHELLS, IN HER SILKY SATIN SHEETS AND SLIPPERS!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NOW CHANGE ONE WORD PER PERSON , THEY DONT HAVE TO START WITH S , AND SEE WHAT KIND OF NONSENSE WE COME UP WITH. IF YOU USE PROFANITY USE THE ASTERISKS PLEASE !!! LOL <BR> Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:30:01 EST Wayne Dyer's 10 Ways to Go with the Flow Wayne Dyer's 10 Ways to Go with the Flow <BR> <BR> In the following excerpts, best-selling author Wayne Dyer delves into the ancient book the "Tao Te Ching" and gives timeless advice for easing struggle and letting go. <BR> <BR> Dyer offers verses from the Tao along with practical, spiritual advice for applying that wisdom to your everyday life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Excerpted with permission from the new book "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom <BR> of the Tao"(Hay Hous... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:20:23 EST Wayne Dyer’s Motivational Affirmations Wayne Dyer’s Motivational Affirmations <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Stop Making Excuses and Start Enjoying Life <BR> <BR> <BR> Best-selling author Wayne Dyer tells how to reverse the thinking that is holding you back, and replace excuses with affirmations. <BR> <BR> By Wayne W. Dyer <BR> <BR> In my role as a counselor, teacher, and parent, I’ve heard many reasons people use to explain an unhappy existence, and almost all of them inevitably fall into one huge cat... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:26:56 EST Swine Flu Vaccine Info Hello everyone, I don't know if you plan on getting the flu vaccine but I am not. I used to take it all the time but realized that I do not need it and it is a poison to my body. This article even makes me more against it but you all decide for yourselves. <BR> <BR> This article written by Mike Adams, who some know as the Health Ranger. He is one of the regular contributors to the Natural News website. I'm interested to hear what all of you think about this. <BR> <BR> If you click on the l... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 17:35:02 EST new girl hey everyone! <BR> i am new to this group! sounds just right for me... hope to make some new friends :) and get motivated! <BR> ttyls - Dawn <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:13:47 EST Need some "on the road" positive thoughts Ok fellow positive people, this is my first road trip in the new way. I'm a bit nervous about eating out because the venue we are traveling to is full of greasy, totally bad for you foods. Anyone have any quick, positive motivators I can use to keep me on track if I hear those garlic fries calling??? <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 20 Jun 2009 11:12:46 EST Look Yur' Best This Summer! :) Eat These And Make Heads Turn! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 1. ( Carrots ) <BR> This crunchy snack is loaded with vitamin A, which helps balance the pH of your skin's surface, making it just acidic enough to fend off harmful bacteria. Plus National Cancer Institute researchers found that people with the highest intakes of carotenoids—pigments that occur naturally in carrots—were six times less likely to develop skin cancer than those with the lower intakes. <BR> <BR> 2. ( Berries ) <BR> The high... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:14:39 EST Post Your Fav U-Tube Video Hello everyone, IAMMEDEBY inspired me to make a post in order to save hers and others inspiring, healing and feel good videos. <BR> <BR> Please put a label on them as far as their topic (ie: meditation, feel good etc) and also make sure you use the "ADD A LINK" button so it is clickable. <BR> <BR> Sometimes (lots of times) just watching these will give you the pick up you need. <BR> <BR> Thank you Deby!!!! <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 01:36:44 EST What's your positive thought of the day? I decided to adopt a daily positive mantra, something quick i can say to myself when i feel my thoughts wandering to the dark side. Today's mantra: <BR> <BR> This journey is for me.I am worthy of loving myself. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:07:58 EST Welcoming a vibrant new beginning I'm Jennifer <em>213</em> I'm 37, have four kids, one husband, and a new determination. I think positive self talk is a fantastic team! I really truly believe that the words we speak impact not only ourselves but also the people around us. I'm excited to begin this journey of health and give myself a magnificent gift...a vibrant new beginning. This time...I've decided not to lose weight. That wording implies it should be found again at a later date! I am choosing to call this journey findi... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 01:47:17 EST Beating myself up today. I didn't put on enough sunscreen at the beach on Sat. and now have a scorching sunburn. I can't even lift my hands to do my workout. <BR> I think I'll get in some situps and pushups--ouch. <BR> I can't even wear a bra. <BR> I'm so mad that I can't get my P90 routine in today. <BR> I'm obsessing over it....URRGHH. <BR> <em>234</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2009 12:33:09 EST How many States do we cover? I was wondering how many states we cover or if you are out of the US, add yours to the bottom. Just copy and paste to add your own. I think it would be fun to see where our Spark family is. Love you guys, Jetta <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Alabama <BR> * <BR> <BR> Alaska <BR> * <BR> <BR> Arizona <BR> * <BR> <BR> Arkansas <BR> * <BR> <BR> California <BR> *IMJETTA <BR> <BR> Colorado <BR> * <BR> <BR> Connecticut <BR> * <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 07:20:51 EST Exercising I went to do chair aerobic today and I was telling myself that I can do this and it will make me healthy. I kept telling myself this and I really felt better when I got done. It was really fun and I did it for me. Amazing! <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:38:27 EST GOOD MORNING Good morning today is June 1, and it is a GREAT DAY to be alive. I really feel pumped up this morning. I had a great day yesterday. We had a cook out and the day could not have been any better. All you Positive self talk people out there HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HAVE FUN DOING IT! <em>104</em> <em>247</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 08:44:28 EST Hey everyone OMG!! I can't believe there is actually a team for people just like me. I have just begun finding myself, and one of the ways i have done this is by positive self talk. It has done wonders for my life. Anytime I feel down, I get back up by saying positive things to myself. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know as many of you as I can, and spread the positivness around. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 01:09:45 EST Oils for Emotional Well-Being Oils for Emotional Well-Being <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> For an introduction to using essential oils to aid the emotions, please visit AromaWeb's Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being article. Additionally, AromaWeb's Recipe Box area contains a variety of recipes and synergies for aiding the emotions. <BR> <BR> Anger - Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang <BR> <BR> Anxiety - Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sa... Sun, 24 May 2009 09:13:10 EST Screaming / Venting room Do you just want a safe place to scream? Well, come on in here. Just scream up a storm. It doesn't have to make sense. People don't even have to read it. But for me, it helps to get it out and not hold it in. <BR> <BR> Some days are just well, nothing goes right. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to just let it out. <BR> <BR> No worries, just healing and support. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Jetta <BR> Sat, 23 May 2009 14:01:27 EST 7 Healthy Reasons to Cry Your Eyes Out 7 Healthy Reasons to Cry Your Eyes Out <BR> <BR> By Therese Borchard <BR> <BR> New York Times reporter Benedict Carey referred to tears in a recent piece as "emotional perspiration." Given that I sweat a lot and hate deodorant, I suppose it makes sense that I weep often. But I’m not going to apologize for that, because after a good cry, I always feel cleansed, like my heart and mind just rubbed each other’s backs in a warm bath. <BR> <BR> In his intriguing article, "The Miracle of Tears... Sat, 23 May 2009 12:26:34 EST 10 THINGS ABOUT ME About me <BR> <BR> 1. My name is Bri <BR> 2. I am a social butterfly, i love to meet new people, i am friendly,and sometimes way to giving <BR> <BR> 3. I have one son(my one and only) <BR> 4. I have 2 dogs to cry to that dont answer back <BR> 5. I am not very close to my family <BR> 6. I have had back surgery in 2006 <BR> 7. I love to clean,and rearrange(compulsive disorder) <BR> 8. I love Spark people,and my friend who got me to join... <BR> 9. I love to ride horses and rope <BR> 10. ... Thu, 14 May 2009 06:56:04 EST Hi i am Yvette Hi there, <BR> just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am not very kind to myself with my thoughts. I want to think more positively and believe in myself. Thoughts create actions and i want to be careful with them. <BR> <BR> I am a wife, a mother of 2 little ones, they are 5 and 3. Time to take some time and energy for me. <BR> <BR> yvette Wed, 13 May 2009 22:00:38 EST RE: NEW CONCEPT Hi, everyone I am trying to learn how to be kind to myself. I have struggled with an eating disorder for most of my adult life but in the last year I have really allowed myself to talk myself into a corner. I don't think it all started on a conscious level but it sure ended up there and I must tell you I am not particularly proud of myself. It started out with 2 very serious complications to high cholesterol medication and a migraine control type med. The migraine med especially altered my ta... Thu, 7 May 2009 14:11:55 EST I found you! Hey folks...waving out over here. <BR> Bio: 39...homeschooling mom, married 14 years. 3 kids 12, 11, and 3...and still holding on to the baby fat. <BR> Looking for PMA. Hope we help each other. <em>213</em> <BR> Wed, 6 May 2009 16:34:29 EST Hi I'm new to this team and I think negative self talk & body are probably bigger hurdle with my weight & fitness goals than anything else...hoping this team can help me jump over them! :) Nice to meet you all. Heather Tue, 5 May 2009 21:50:37 EST Unconditional Love Article Below, please find a link to an article on unconditional love for yourself. I borrowed it from another team thinking that it is very relevant to us on this team. You have to scroll down a little bit to find the article. <BR> <BR><BR>09.html <BR> <BR> Cyndi <BR> Mon, 4 May 2009 10:20:43 EST Quick way to clen house Quick way to clen house. <BR> <BR> 1. Open a new file on your PC .... <BR> <BR> 2. Name it 'Housework.' <BR> <BR> 3. Send it to the Recycle Bin. <BR> <BR> 4. Empty the Recycle Bin. <BR> <BR> 5. Your PC will ask you, <BR> 'Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?' <BR> <BR> 6. Calmly answer, <BR> 'Yes' and press mouse button firmly ... <BR> <BR> 7. Feel better? <BR> <BR> Though you would enjoy!!! Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:29:10 EST I'm Back! After a couple months hiatus I am back on spark people and back to my healthy lifestyle! My life has been turned upside down. I have found out my husband has been unfaithful and we are in the process of getting a divorce. While in the process of moving out of the home we rented, I dropped one of my 5 pound dumbbells on my big toe and fractured it. The last couple of months have been the lowest of my life. I haven’t been exercising or eating particularly well, but I have managed to lose a f... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:10:38 EST 7 Ways to Discover Joy & Happiness Find More Joy in Life <BR> <BR> Many of us reach a point when our lives become routine, dull, and thankless. We lose our sense of meaning and direction. There seems to be a lack of purpose and feelings of hopelessness permeate our very being. We do reach a time when we are tired of being emotionally constipated and seek out ways to break this numbing cycle. The time has come to venture into something new. <BR> <BR> Listen to Music <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> Select songs that will ... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 23:38:49 EST Fish Oil Does anyone take fish oil. I do, I take 12 a day and it really helps with your whole body. I took a nutrition class and the teacher really pushed fish oil. I know that everyone who took it in our class had less pain and symptoms. My Teachre takes about 15 to 20 daily. I take them just before I go to bed at night so I don't burp them back up. I know also putting them in the fridge helps you not burp them as much either. I just wanted to share. Any input is always welcome. I get mine from Cost... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:05:13 EST Thinking Positive So the last couple weeks, actually the whole month of march hasn't been the greatest. Thru out I have been positive. One week I was sick with a GI virus, the next week was surgery, then I was home for another week after that. I am waiting for better weather to ride the bike and walk. I haven't exercised a whole lot. I am trying to figure what and when. The local gym is out of my price range and I am not sure about curves (my workout buddy didn't want to do it after the trial). That had got me... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 20:57:05 EST Advice needed I want to buy an exercise gadget I can use while sitting down (right now my feet hurt too much to walk as much as I'd like). I'm torn between two -- a pedaler and a stepper. Either can be used while sitting in a chair (knitting?). The stepper is $5 less than the pedaler, but I really don't know if there's much of a difference otherwise. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have any input? Probably just about everybody knows more about this than I do, and I'd appreciate the help. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 22:09:58 EST Hi there, my name's Sydney Hi, my name's Sydney or "Miss Jiggly" in honor of my wigglin' and jigglin' my way to skinny! <BR> <BR> I'm from the beautiful city in the heart of the South, the crossroads to everywhere.... Atlanta. You can't fly much of anywhere without coming through my fair city! <BR> <BR> Due to the 1996 Olympics, my once sleepy southern town has become quite a megaplex. I think the last I checked we were around 6 million. far cry from the city I moved to fresh out of college. <BR> <BR> I met and m... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:52:19 EST A JOURNEY THROUGH THE LIGHT AND BACK This article touched me so deeply, I had tears through the whole thing. It is so well worth reading all of it. This gave me some peace for my upcoming surgery and maybe even peace with my own body. WE are all perfect in our Creator's sight so why can't I see it for myself too and this blessed body that I have been given in this lifetime. May you all see just how special you are, how perfect you are, how beautiful you are. May the love of this post fill you up and change your life for the b... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:43:16 EST Subliminal Mini Course Subliminal Mini Course <BR> <BR> Part 1: What Is Subliminal Messaging? <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi Jetta, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Real Subliminal mini-course! <BR> Over the next week you will receive 5 mini lessons on subliminal messaging as follows: <BR> <BR> Issue 1: What is Subliminal Messaging? <BR> <BR> Issue 2: Principles Behind Subliminal Messaging <BR> <BR> Issue 3: Subliminal Messaging Myths Exposed <BR> <BR> Issue 4: Is Subliminal Messaging Hypnosis? <BR> <BR> Issue 5: How To Get T... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:46:48 EST Daily Quote See if I can keep this going. Anyone who would like to can add one. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:11:18 EST Overcoming Self-Sabotage by Debbie Ford Overcoming Self-Sabotage by Debbie Ford <BR> <BR> Lesson 1: Overcoming Self Sabotage <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> I want to welcome you into this very potent e-course and start by acknowleding how far you have undoubtedly traveled in your life in order to make this kind of commitment to your own transformation. Participating in this DailyOM course is a clear sign of your desire to grow and evolve. As we begin this process together, know tha... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 07:35:46 EST 11 Ways to Live Fresh 11 Ways to Live Fresh <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> By Holly Lebowitz Rossi, By Valerie Reiss <BR> <BR> What better way to celebrate the official launch of Fresh Living than with a fun acrostic to guide you. How do you "Live Fresh?" <BR> <BR> F- Find - re-discover and honor your creative spark. <BR> <BR> R- Reach - expand beyond past versions of yourself. <BR> <BR> E- Exhale - make room for your life force. <BR> <BR> S- Share - connect with kindred others on the journey. <BR>... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 07:34:16 EST 40 Tips for Better Life - 2009 stole this from Ellen!!!!!!!!! :-) <BR> <BR> 40 Tips for Better Life - 2009 <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> 1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> 2. Sit in sile nce for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to. <BR> <BR> 3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep. <BR> <BR> 4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to _... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 00:23:45 EST Giving & Receiving by Cheryl Richardson Giving & Receiving <BR> <BR> "Abundance is spun from the wheel of giving and receiving." <BR> <BR> <BR> Years ago, when I lived alone and struggled to make ends meet, I made a decision to challenge my fear of becoming homeless and destitute. I stood in my kitchen, closed my eyes, and said a prayer that went something like this: <BR> <BR> "Dear God, I refuse to believe in lack. Please help me to see the world as an abundant and loving place and know that I am willing to do whatever... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:17:14 EST Have a Great Saturday ! how will you spent it? Good morning Team <BR> <BR> Have a Great Saturday ! <BR> <BR> how will you spend your day? <BR> I will be working my butt off so I can enjoy the rest of my weekend <BR> <BR> John <em>30</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:04:17 EST Thank you I want to thank everyone for leaving me nice comments on my page. I had an awful day yesterday and cried all night long. To my surprise when I got on the computer today I had soo many wonderful notes to greet me on sparkpeople. I did not expect to be named Buddy of the week. So again I started crying because all of the wonderful people God has brought into my life. Last night I cried because I hurt soo much inside and today I cried because I felt special and accepted for who I am. I really ne... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 21:44:25 EST Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Love Your Body This was from one of my other teams and I thought it was worthwhile sharing. I know I need this for myself. Bless you all, Jetta <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Love Your Body <BR> <BR> 1. Loving your body builds self-confidence. The more I tell myself I am beautiful, the more beautiful I feel. Feeling self-confident is very attractive! <BR> <BR> 2. Loving your body is contagious. When I notice a friend is down, I start to say positive things a... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:43:48 EST 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons <BR> <BR> By Theresa Cheung <BR> <BR> Did you know the Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and that recent research has confirmed this belief? <BR> <BR> There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lem... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:43:30 EST Stevia This is from my Hungry Girl email letter today..... <BR> <BR> Dear Hungry Girl, <BR> <BR> What is the deal with stevia? I hear it's all-natural and everyone is talking about it. I've seen all different kinds at the store. What do you think of stevia? And which kind is the best? I'm in need of info because, as of right now, I have given up all artificial sweeteners and am looking forward to something new. <BR> <BR> Sweet-less in Seattle <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Sweet-less, <BR> <BR> Here... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:52:37 EST Why We Deflect Compliments and Positive Messages Why We Deflect Compliments and Positive Messages, and How to Take Them Cheryl Rainfield <BR> <BR> Many of us hesitate to accept compliments or positive messages about ourselves. Some of us even outright deflect or reject them. Yet taking in a real compliment or acknowledging our successes can feel so good. It can help us feel better about ourselves, improve our self-image and self-confidence, and feel happiness or joy. So why do we not allow ourselves that healthy, healing experience?... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 20:10:56 EST New Kid On The Block Jusy wanted to say Hello. I hope youll have a Great Day. <BR> I AM 58 YEARS OLD. I have 2 grown sos who are the loves of my life. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 23:58:50 EST Crisis Intervention by Cheryl Richardson I thought this might help others from Cheryl Richardson's newsletter this week. <BR> <BR> Crisis Intervention <BR> <BR> "Our greatest strengths are born during <BR> times of change." <BR> <BR> This morning I gave a sermon at our local Unity Church and, after the service, I stayed for a while to talk with members of the congregation. It didn't take long to discover that, like many in our online community, people are struggling. I listened as men and women shared stories of having to ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:22:55 EST A Little Light Relief! This was posted on the Done Being The Fat Girl Team. It is hilarious! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:56:27 EST How Can I Fall in Self-Love? I borrowed this from one of my other teams, it touched me deeply. It is just what I needed right now. Blessings, Jetta <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Q: How Can I Fall in Self-Love? <BR> A: Have a Self-Love Affair! <BR> <BR> <BR> By Anita Revel <BR> <BR> When my single girlfriends wail that "there are no good men out there," I suggest that before they think about serious relationships and marriage, they first marry themselves in order to find true love. <BR> <BR> Instr... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 21:37:40 EST DailyOM It’s Never Too Late <BR> <BR> Getting Back To What You Love <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> There are times in life when we are committed to pursuing our passions. Every molecule in our body is focused on doing what we love. At other times, necessity and responsibility dictate that we put our dreams aside and do what needs to be done. It is during these moments that we may choose to forget what it is that we love to do. There are many other reasons for why we may leave our ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 06:24:20 EST Free Suze Orman book Hey everyone!! Here's an awesome deal. A FREE download of Suze Orman's new book that Oprah had on her show. "Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan" to get your finances in order.<BR>lfinance/pkgyourmoney/20081119_tows_bo<BR>okdownload <BR> <BR> If the link I posted doesn't work, just go to and you'll see a link for Suzie's free book. <BR> Help spread the word for the free download. It's only available until this Thursday, Jan. 15th. <BR... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:24:55 EST Ruby Ruby is a TV show following the weight loss and fitness efforts of Ruby, a southern woman who weighed 477 pounds. She lost 104 pounds in the first season. <BR> <BR> Thanks to a fellow Sparker for mentioning the show. It really was an inspiration in so many ways. <BR> <BR> See, for a very long time I have hated myself and been ashamed of myself. <BR> <BR> I have listened to people tell me how cute I am, how pretty, how smart, how likable, and I have smiled and laughed and nodded and then in... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 12:08:46 EST Thanks I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. I really appreciate seeing them on my page. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:02:48 EST Newbie Alert Hello! I just joined, so I thought I should introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Caryn also known as Care. You can find more than you wanted to know about me on my sparkspage. Feel free to say hi! I'll try to pop on and meet everyone very soon! <BR> <BR> Luv, Care. <em>184</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 00:40:45 EST Happy New Year Thank you for being the wonderful people you are. You give me encouragement and laughter and hope for a healthier life. <BR> May the coming year bring us much happiness, good health, success, and prosperity! <BR> May we be surrounded by love, laughter, family, and friends! <BR> May all of our dreams come true! <BR> 2009 will be our year! <BR> Caryn Wed, 31 Dec 2008 06:38:00 EST New Year's Resolution I thought that I would share my New Year's Resolution for 2009 is to again to be healthy, take care of me and be at a weight that is healthy for me. <BR> <BR> By writing it, it makes it more real. No matter how small it is good to make a goal for yourself. <BR> <BR> So my number 1 goal is to take more time for ME! Sun, 28 Dec 2008 03:35:24 EST resolutions I wrote this 6 years ago. 2009 is the perfect year to make it come true! <BR> What are your resolutions? <BR> <BR> Caryn's New Life Resolution <BR> <BR> It's a new life for a new me! I will have good health and great happiness and be surrounded by love and friendship. I will truly believe that I am worthy of this wonderful life and enjoy achieving it. I will keep my promise to myself to exercise daily and drink my water. I will keep my promise to myself to plan and eat healthy meals and sn... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 06:15:08 EST What did Santa bring you? Just want to see what you all got for Christmas or what you did or even gave if you didn't get anything. Just open to all. Hugs, Jetta Fri, 26 Dec 2008 19:49:20 EST Happy Holidays! Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. I am supposed to meet my family in Queens (45 minutes from me) for dinner. It has snowed for the past 2 days and is supposed to be a snowy mix today. I hate driving in bad weather. The roads are very icy so I may just ask to postpone the dinner. <BR> <BR> Finally I am back on plan after eating all the goodies at my school for the past 2 weeks. Sheesh! There is no way to diet at my school during the holidays. Well there is - be absent. LOL! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 08:03:57 EST Thank you Everyone ; ) I want to thank each and everyone of you for the nice comments I received on my sparkpage. I tried to address each and everyone of you on your page but if I left someone out I apologize. <BR> I was very surprised to get Kind Buddy of the Week. It met a lot to me. This is a great team and you are all wonderful Spark People. I couldn't do it without you. <BR> We have been working a lot of overtime and I haven't had a whole lot of time to get on here lately. Christmas is a busy time of the ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:43:12 EST Spam This is from the Spark Admin. I really thought that since were on spark that we were safe from spam. But that is not the case although they are working on keeping it safe for us please be careful. Blessings everyone, Jetta <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, we have had a few people join the site recently just to send a lot of solicitations over SparkMail. Much of this mail has been about Acai berry products, and is appearing all over... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 01:04:03 EST Hi new here Hi there, I could sure use some cheering up. I got into a big fight with my husband last night that lasted for hours. I don't think anything got resolved to the point that I feel better. I just need some good words <em>303</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2008 13:00:38 EST Thought I'd share this... Closer Than Ever <BR> <BR> Failure does not prevent success. In fact, failure is what leads to success. There is no failure, no disappointment, no mistake in your past that can stop you from taking a positive step forward right now. No matter how many times you may have fallen short of the mark before, success is closer than ever. <BR> <BR> Each time you get it wrong, you learn more about how to get it right. Keep putting that growing knowledge and experience to use, and you'll reach your ... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 08:33:38 EST If your happy and you know it... I'm looking for peers that have lost 100 lbs or more that are happy about it and need to clap their hands!! Shoot.. any weight loss at this point. I feel like the hardest thing is giving myself credit at times.. don't know about the rest of ya'll. So, If your happy about your weight loss and you want to shout about it... I would like to hear from you!!! <em>243</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2008 22:25:03 EST Hi from CaliKitken Hello, I just joined your team and wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I started on Spark on Thanksgiving night, which is really just a coincidence because I had been meaning to join up and didn't really have time set aside to do so until that night! I didn't really overeat on Thanksgiving but definitely had stuff that isn't on our regular day-to-day menus. And that was just the motivation I needed to "take the plunge" and jump on board at Spark. <BR> <BR> I started eating better last s... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:20:23 EST An idea for all year long I just did this - took seconds - and it's true: <BR><BR>letssaythanks.asp <BR> <BR> Let's think of doing this, not just for Thanksgiving - but on a regular basis for the troops! When you get to the spot where you options to choose the sentiment to put inside the card, you can choose other - and send a personal message of Love and thanks. <BR> ~Christi <BR> <BR> <BR> If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:40:07 EST intro hi my name is jaaz. i truly believe in the power of positive thinking. i write affirmations on everything, my bathroom mirrors, etc. i like to listen to affirmations on cd's, like healing, better health, more wealth etc. it is said by several, "as a man thinketh so is he". it is sometimes hard to accept that we at this moment are a product of our thoughts but it is true. how powerful that is to know that at this moment we can change the way we think, thus change our brain and change our lives... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:08:39 EST A Gift of the Heart I got this today from my DailyOM and wanted to share. I also want to take this moment to say how much I care about each and one of you. I am so proud and honored to be leader of this team. Love can only be a word but without the heart added, it is just that a word. So from my heart to yours, I truly love you. <BR> <BR> Bless each one of you and your family. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. I LOVE YOU! <em>129</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> A Gi... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:38:17 EST Women and Incontinence I am not sure where to post this. She talks about the first chakra and bladder problems. It just his home for me and wanted to share with you. Love you guys, Jetta <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~ <BR> It’s high time we bring urinary incontinence out into the light and talk about it. Women are so conditioned to suffer in silence, but stoicism that leads us to keep our health concerns quiet is not good for our health. In fact, women rarely mention urinary incontin... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 08:08:08 EST Some very good and very bad things I stole this from one of my other teams. <BR> <BR> <BR> Some very good and very bad things <BR> <BR> The most destructive habit......................Worry <BR> The greatest Joy...............................Giving <BR> The greatest loss................Loss of self-respect <BR> The most satisfying work...............Helping others <BR> The ugliest personality trait.............Selfishness <BR> The most endangered species.........Dedicated leaders <BR> Our greatest natural resource..... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:01:18 EST call 911 quick! Something is wrong. I think I need medical care. I am shocked and worried. Dare I admit what is happening to me? <BR> For 2 days I have come home from work and actually exercised! I watched TV and walked in place for 20 minutes! No one held a gun to my head or threatened me or anything - I just did it! I even had a salad both days! <BR> Something has taken over my body! <BR> Is it Invasion of the Spark Body Snatchers???? <BR> Thu, 20 Nov 2008 19:13:01 EST Thanks. . . . . <em>247</em> Thank you so much for your Kind Comments & Goodies for being last week's Kind Buddy. I really appreciated them more than you could ever know. <BR> <BR> I tried to go to each person's page and thank each one personally. . . if I missed someone, please forgive me. <BR> You all made my week as Kind Buddy a very special week!! <BR> <BR> Thanks again! <BR> Linda Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:11:24 EST Hello everyone! Im new to sparkpeople! My goal is to lose weight and be a positive, more outgoing, and an optomist! Im looking for friends because I need the encouragement and I love to encourage others!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Ally Fri, 14 Nov 2008 19:04:51 EST Weekly question..What changes would you like to.. What changes would you like to see in the world? <BR> <BR> <BR> I think first that there war would end in peace in Iraq. <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2008 08:44:31 EST Thank You Thank you all for your kind words of support and friendship! This past month was very difficult for me and my family. My brother suffered so much. It is a blessing his pain has ended. <BR> It is amazing how emotions come in waves and at the most unexpected moments. I was interpreting "Indian In The Cupboard" for my deaf first graders. I must have seen the movie at least 20 times. At the end Omri tells Little Bear "I will miss you." and I start crying. I mean really sobbing. I had to leave my... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 07:26:28 EST One Good Thing You Did For Yourself Today I stayed on my diet. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:03:23 EST