SparkPeople Love Your Body! Team Messageboard This is the place to come and be Honored, Encouraged, and Supported, while learning to LOVE and ACCEPT yourself *AS*IS* ~LOVE YOUR BODY!~ SparkPeople Love Your Body! Team Messageboard 2015: Goals for the New Year <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>236</em> <em>220</em> <em>408</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>236</em> <em>220</em> <em>408</em> <BR> I don't do New Year's resolutions....instead, like to reflect on the past year~accomplishments and struggles, the good times and the bad. I want to be a person of change, constantly a positive directions, of course <em>211</em> I would like to say learned a few things in the last year. <BR> <BR> I haven't really set physical g... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:07:44 EST Love your body one meal at a time. After each small, healthy meal, imagine some fat dripping off your body and that you weigh one ounce or more less. <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Conversely, if you overeat, you weigh 1/2 lb. more. <em>15</em> and will <em>39</em> <em>46</em> later. <BR> <BR> Share what you learned and/or what worked for you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:20:12 EST Looking for a buddy? Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Eden, and I'm looking for a buddy to provide mutual support and advice. I love to cook and read (memoirs are my favorite), and I'm also a proud feminist and nerd. My SP goals are to lose about 20lbs and find more fun fitness-y activities. Feel free to message me if you'd like to buddy up. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great week! <em>41</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:25:36 EST Image Change... Guess didn't read the fine print somewhere...... <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> We don't allow bra and underwear pictures on the site, so I have to ask you to remove any images that violate our policy. Please keep that in mind when posting photos in the future. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your cooperation! <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:38:39 EST What do you see when you look in the mirror? <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror what do you see? <BR> <BR> What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble? <BR> <BR> As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you immediately notice what you think are your flaws? Be honest… <BR> <BR> Last week I came acr... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:30:13 EST hello I am ready to love my body!!! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:44:04 EST Optimistic Goals for October 2013 Crazy! Start of a new month, nearing the end of the year......season's changing. The weather is getting cooler and workouts are going to be more indoors than out. I have a 5k walk coming up in less then two weeks, and pretty sure when the sun goes down, going to wear my sweatpants just to be on the safe side......after all, we have been know to have a snowfall by Halloween <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> How do you plan on changing your workout routine with the changing of the season??? <BR> ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:39:08 EST Hi all... I'm down 12ish lbs and so excited..... I've really had a rough few days... would love to hear how you pick yourself back up and keep going :-) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:55:39 EST Hi all... I'm down 12ish lbs and so excited..... I've really had a rough few days... would love to hear how you pick yourself back up and keep going :-) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 01:29:00 EST September 2013~Goals! And we're OFF! August gone and into September, school, and Fall activities~how does your exercise routine change with the changing of the seasons? Hit the team page and encourage fellow "Sparklers" to get off on the right foot! <BR> <BR> I'm learning to stretch and prepare for exercising before just jumping into it! Training for a 5k next month and don't want it to kill me lol I didn't even like doing the mile in PE, now looking at doing THREE! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:47:27 EST Waterproof Makeup I don't wear make-up, but someone in another team was asking about inexpensive waterproof makeup (concealer, eye liner, mascara). She hasn't gotten a response so I figured I would cross post and see if anyone else can help her out? Tue, 9 Jul 2013 03:41:27 EST INTRO GOODMORNING EVERYBODY IM GLAD TO JOIN THIS TEAM OF LOVING YOUR BODY IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO RESPECT WHO I AM AND LOVE WHO I AM TO LOVE ME TOTALLY ,GLAD TO BE HERE. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:56:04 EST Double-Duty Exercise Opportunities Here is a link to doing double duty while you clean: <BR> <link><BR>rcise/article/double-duty-exercise-opp<BR>ortunities?eid=1010686327&memberid=331<BR>55801&_sid=ffdb2389-c02b-45a1-99e4-11c<BR>84a72f7f3&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:40:35 EST Do This for 7 Minutes Daily to Get Skinnier Great Article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ction/article/craving-control-through-<BR>mindful-meditation#cmpid=sceml00&eid=1<BR>010684975&memberid=33155801&_sid=ffdb2<BR>389-c02b-45a1-99e4-11c84a72f7f3 </link> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:51:40 EST Rejoice in your Fitness Level Skinny is not the same as fit. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Mon, 13 May 2013 22:29:45 EST Hello! I'm new! I just started a few weeks ago. I'm disabled and the drs. say I will never loss weight and not to worry about it because of my meds. but I can't fit into any of my clothes so I need to loss a few pounds. I like the way I look but being 40 and my youngest daughter moving out I've decided to prove the drs. wrong! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:31:02 EST How do you encourage yourself if you slip? I tell myself it is okay, I am still okay and try hard to shorten the time it takes to get back on and sometimes even compliment myself to get motivated. :) and try not to dwell <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:38:27 EST What is your favorite thing about your body? It could be something small like the way nail polish looks on your toenails. Or it could be a body part or an ability (I personally am impressed with anyone who can do yoga). Oh, and you're not allowed to follow up your favorite thing with a "but". <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> My favorite thing about my body is that I have a lot of natural muscle on me. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:36:15 EST New Member I also belong to the over 50 with 50-80 lbs to lose, and believe this will be a good addition. I have had lots of body issues, with anorexia starting at 40, and which essentially resolved at about 45 with lots of therapy. Seems like a great site to belong to. <BR> 50yrs-50lbs (knickname) Shuan Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:11:09 EST Motivational Quote “Every successful man I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them…” ~ Edgar Watson Howe <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:46:29 EST Daily workout check-in? What did you do to stay active today? <BR> <BR> I did Zumba, and ST with dumbbells and resistance band. <BR> <em>85</em> Rheyn Sun, 5 Aug 2012 20:18:49 EST Thank you... for the welcome mat and such a thoughtful and encouraging note. Very sweet! I think I'm in the right place, so I'll make myself at home. Cheers Everyone! :) Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:35:25 EST Amazing Freedom story When you just think you can go on no more just believe . . . <link><BR>2012/07/the-story-of-freedom-and-jeff.<BR>html?spref=fb#!/2012/07/the-story-of-f<BR>reedom-and-jeff.html </link> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:38:41 EST Quantum Scale Has anyone tried this? <BR> <link> </link> <BR> From the product description: "The first time you use the scale, it registers (but does not display) your weight, storing it in the scale’s memory. From that point on, the Quantum Scale only displays weight loss or gain, never your actual weight!" <BR> <BR> I have always been anti-scale, but I hate the idea of this a little less. <BR> <BR> -Rheyn Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:22:37 EST Free Zumba workout at home If you are not able to get to the gym today? Here is a video on youtube that I enjoyed and it really makes you sweat! There is a break between songs and the instructor gives a quick overview of the moves coming up in each song. <BR> <BR> Enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:41:06 EST AMAZING/In pirational Video It is SO good, I HAD to share it with you guys.. I seriously started crying at 3:55.. it's.. amazing what you can do when you want it bad enough! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Never give up on yourself, you are so worth it. <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:38:51 EST 100 Reasons NOT to Skip Your Workout! We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> 1. Because it makes you feel confident <BR> 2. Because it helps you get stronger <BR> 3. Because exercise helps combat depression <BR> 4. Because you'll feel proud of yourself <BR> 5. Because you have goals you want to reach <BR> 6. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:41:39 EST Dove Soap's National Advertisement Check this out! <BR> <link><BR>how-us-your-skin.aspx/home/ </link> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:31:22 EST Thought for the Day - 3/30/2012 “The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself.” ~ Billy Mills <BR> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:25:15 EST Are models too tiny? ARTICLE INCLUDED. I really think models are too small & unhealthy, what do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>085226/PLUS-Model-Magazines-Katya-Zhar<BR>kova-cover-highlights-body-image-fashi<BR>on-industry.html </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:10:33 EST glad to be part of something bigger than myself. hi , i am a new member to your sp forums and am glad to join you. it is nice to be part of something bigger than myself for once in my life. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 18:29:49 EST To those just starting out.... I can remember clearly how daunting it was just to get started.It wasn't the first time I needed to lose a large amount of weight but at 258 pounds and only 5 ft 2" it was the highest I'd ever been. I just want to urge you to dedicate yourself to this for ONE month and I promise you you'll see changes so quickly that you'll want to carry on. After only one month I was able to do things that I'd thought would never be possible for me again. I couldn't do up the seat belt on the plane or in the... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:42:04 EST 12 more day's till Christmas What are your plans What will you be doing? <BR> <BR> I plan to take a short 3 mile jog in the morning then off to work. <BR> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:32:27 EST Body Acceptance at Any Size Great Blog <BR> We shoud try to embrace our flaws instead of always fighting them or being unhappy that we don’t look like a model on the cover of a magazine. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y_acceptance_at_any_size </link> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:40:57 EST Stronger Women Team you are all Beautiful Strong Women, Believe it I do. <BR> Enjoy the video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>noredirect=1 </link> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:20:58 EST Making exercise fun I think getting fit can be fun! <BR> Think we should do things we like.....otherwise seems like a chore....and then might <BR> loose motivation. <BR> I like taking walks and love to I blast the music and get moving. <BR> What do you like to do? <BR> What are some good music CDS to exercise to? <BR> I need some new ones.... <em>67</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 14:21:04 EST Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH water??? Hi...I was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to drink too much water? I always seem to be thirsty ( I don't have diabetes) and I fill up my 1.5 litre bottle 4 times a day. Then someone said to me yesterday that it wasn't good to drink too much either. I don't drink anything else at all....just water but never less than 3 litres a day. I don't even know how many glasses that is... 12 to 16 maybe? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:37:21 EST question of the day What is your favorite part of your body? and why? Tue, 27 Sep 2011 08:54:13 EST Todays a feel good.....Being grateful Day ! Woke up to see both of my dogs Kringle and Max had climbed in bed with me.... <BR> Their always sooo happy to see me and their soooo lovable. <BR> My boyfriend told me I was beautiful today !!! BLUSH <BR> He tells me that a lot.......Now I just need to believe it !!! <BR> Grateful for their love and acceptance of me.... <BR> My friend Ashley told me that I always make her smile and laugh.... <BR> I feel really good today !!!! <BR> That's soooooo awesome...... <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> Go... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:41:32 EST I want to fall inlove....with myself LOL :) I know I'm a good person, smart, funny, compassionate, and so on......:) <BR> People tell me I'm attractive but I don't feel it inside or really believe it !! <BR> When I look in the mirror, all I see is my many imperfections..... <BR> I don't feel good about my body and the way it looks !!!! <BR> I constantly compare myself to the beautiful and all perfect looking models <BR> and celebrities !!! <BR> It would be soooo nice to feel comfortable in my own skin and not <BR> feel like crying when... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:42:18 EST Remembering & Honoring 9-11 America Share what you were doing 10 years ago with the Team. <BR> I know that I could not believe what I was hearing in the news, as I watch the news that night all I could think was what would I do? Here is to remembering all the men & women who were losts & the ones whom are still hurting by it our prayers & hearts go out to them. <BR> <BR> New song by Randy Travis honoring 9-11. <BR> "America Will Always Stand" <BR> <link><BR> </link> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:10:24 EST Hello, my name is taraji & I am a repeat offender. <em>211</em> Hello All!!! <BR> I am learning to love again, not only my body, but myself. I was guided here to get support in this journey of loving me and hopefully uplift and inspire others. May your journey be paved with success! <BR> <BR> til we meet~ <BR> peace n blessings, <BR> taraji Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:43:18 EST Boby Image Lesson 22: Body Acceptance for Kids Bottom line? If you could see how beautiful you truly are, you would be amazed. Wear yourself -- flaws and all -- with pride, because you are stunning. And if anyone says any different, it's probably just because they’re ugly. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>esson_22_body_acceptance_for </link> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:23:54 EST end of summer challenge Would anyone be interested in doing a fall challenge? Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:09:51 EST A new challenge to face I had to go shopping a few weeks ago for new clothes because my old ones were well old and didnt really fit anymore. My normal attire tends to be very loose fitting clothes for the last several years because I became uncomfortable with myself. While shopping I was finding that I liked the look of more tailored clothes. <BR> <BR> I was pretty happy about the way I looked in my new clothes. I'm not talking super tight clothes, just clothes that are actually my size not 2 sizes too big. <B... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:14:33 EST If you could tell your former fat self one thing. ..what would you say? <BR> <BR> I'm currently at my "mid" stage, and looking so forward to acheiving my "after". So if you could go back in time and give your "before" self some advice, what would you say? <BR> <BR> I saw this in another Team & was excited to read about what everyone was posting. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 13:32:37 EST Recovery Blogs – Intuitive eating Hi there! Just a heads up for anyone who is interested in working directly and more in-depth with self-compassionate “intuitive eating” practice: <BR> <BR> Based on my own decades of recovery from eating disorders, as well as my professional and personal counseling experience, I've created a series of blogs here that are designed to help aid in the goal of making peace with food. Awareness/mindfulness practice is part of my approach and part of what I address. This is not a diet or food pl... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 05:45:28 EST No, spark people, I am not a weight loss loner... When Sparkpeople begins sending you articles about how you are hiding in the closet and will have to come out and own your weight journey in public, its probably time to do that. I guess this is my moment to get over my hangups about how I am being vain if I want to look good. <BR> <BR> So... hello everyone! Thanks for reading my post! Hello! I am happy to be here! I am a tall south asian woman, who is fun, honest and strong. I am vegetarian and like salads and fruits, but struggle with con... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:53:01 EST Weight Loss Success Story More than 100 gone Miss SC Tells Extreme Weight Loss Story On 'Today Show' she lost more than 100 lbs <BR> Read more:<BR>html#ixzz1Rv6gWt6O <link> </link> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:17:41 EST About Real Women A Facebook friend posted a link to this blog, and I thought it was a good article for this team: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eal-women/ </link> <BR> <BR> The best line to me was this one: "There is no wrong way to have a body." <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 02:26:28 EST July 4th Plans Anyone? What will you be doing? I plan to take a short 6 mile bike ride in the morning then enjoy some sun by the pool at a Resort in Orlando, FL Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:29:15 EST I need Protein - Help Team, Advice NEEDED Dear Team <BR> <BR> Just from this couple of days, I'm studying my food intake and protein is an issue for Me. Every time I try and incorporate some kind of protein in my diet, some how or another carbohydrates and fat seem to follow through and be higher in number. <BR> <BR> I'm just getting into this and I don't know what kind of proteins I can put in a meal. I'm also on a budget and for now only cook on week ends, where by I just want to cook one healthy meal and top up on my protein. ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:25:17 EST Hey Team :) New and Needing Advice Hey Team Love Your Body! <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie to Sparks and Love Your Body. <BR> <BR> I really need some advice and assistance. Would appreciate a Sparks buddy, anybody ladies? I need to know how to go about the tracking areas especially for the fitness area. Anybody knows how many calories burned using the Biggest Loser Body Sculpt DVD? I have a whole lot of work out DVDs and I need to know how to count calories burned for this. <BR> <BR> I'm actually getting a little stressed with... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 03:44:37 EST How to Embrace & Love your Body! This is an AWESOME article Please read it. <BR> <BR> Tummy Troubles: How I Learned to Embrace My 'Flaws' <link><BR>my_troubles_how_i_learned_to_embrace_m<BR>y_flaws </link> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:00:12 EST I rocked this today because... What did you do/feel/accomplish this weekend that made you feel special and confident? <BR> <BR> I tried to dye my own hair this weekend... needless to say it didn't turn out as well as I hoped. However, I am proud of the attitude I took with it. It's my hair, it's not normal right at the moment but I can work with it. It's not what I had planned but, it will be fun for awhile. My hair doesn't make me pretty, I do. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:10:39 EST Challenges/ Discussions Ok so I am pretty new to this and would like some ideas from everyone. What kind of Challenges and discussions would you all like to see? <BR> <BR> Do you want to start a summer challenge? <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:14:18 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself here a little bit. I've been on spark for about 6 months and have dropped a little over 40lbs. My determination started last summer at my high school reunion when I realized what I had done to myself. I don't mean just the extra weight I gained, I hid in a corner the whole night instead of having fun with people I hadn't seen in years. I was ashamed of myself. <BR> <BR> I was an athlete in High school and through college. Abo... Thu, 26 May 2011 08:09:02 EST Where in the world are the Love Your Body Team? Post where you are in the World You lovely Ladies. Tue, 17 May 2011 08:21:25 EST Never Feel Pretty. Or Sexy. When I saw this group I knew it was for me because what I am trying to work on right now is self acceptance. I have always had hips, thighs and much "back" (as in Baby Got Back) and after several years I learned to be OK with that. Now I have weight around the mid section and I just can't deal with it at all. I never feel pretty or sexy EVER and always feel like I look just terrible. I've got a medical condition that contributes to this and makes it very difficult for me to lose weight even i... Tue, 10 May 2011 19:18:25 EST Where are my abs? I'm serious. I really can't find them. When I do fitness videos and the incredibly toned hosts tell me to squeeze my abs, I am always thinking, "Is this it? Am I doing it? Are these my abs?" They never hurt post-workout, either. I know abdominals are incredibly large muscles, but on me they are extremely weak (as evidenced by the fact that I can't find them). If they're so weak, though, shouldn't they hurt the next day? <BR> <BR> I'm really flummoxed about how to find my abs. How can I exerc... Thu, 5 May 2011 21:57:24 EST Help......I just feel fat and ugly today.... Okay....I don't even know where to begin. I was heavy my whole life until I was 17. At my largest...I was a size 22 and 240lbs. I started walking and joined a gym and now I'm an avid runner and compete in races and am currently training for my first marathon. But, needless to say, I'm still not what I would consider "skinny" by any means. I'm about a size 8/10 and 150lbs. My boyfriend got me into racing and I just set a PR in a 5k and ran it in 23:22 and was the first female finisher out of 1... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:33:39 EST Good Movie to See Check this movie out "Fat Head": <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:28:56 EST This is a great Blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4088367 </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:35:49 EST friends! Hi I've been with sparkpeople for a few weeks now, I want to know how to make friends? And I'm getting a little frustrate with trying to figure out how to do things. <em>234</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 19:46:06 EST keren hi, i am new to this website! and am in need of friends to help me get through this! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:21:55 EST On learning to love your before picture I had a revelation yesterday when I realized I no longer feel negative emotions when I look at my "before" photos. This is so important, and so freeing!! I wrote a blog entry about it if you want to check it out: <BR> <BR> What does 62lbs. lost look like? <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4044703 </link> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:58:40 EST Have a Wonderful Day Here is a little something to brighten your day: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My sweet friend share it with me & some friends. <BR> You just have to enjoy life while laughing at it. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 09:24:05 EST I can an I will! I'm looking forward to this journey with you all. I just found out that I have arthritis in my left knee an I need to loose 35lb, I can an I will with your support. <em>104</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:13:53 EST words were blurted, feeling were hurt last night I was at a dress party and we were all trying on dresses for an upcoming gala. I was in the changing room with another young mom. I took off my shirt and she said "OH, Wow!" I thought she was talking about my abs. "What happened to your stomach?! What is that?!" It's loose skin and stretch marks from having babies. "Will I look like that after I have three kids? (in absolute horror)" No sweetie, it's genetics, if you don't look like this after one, then you won't. "Oh, I guess some... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 08:15:10 EST Hey Everybody!!! Hey everyone! My name is Heather, and I'm 25. I'm just now starting my weight loss journey, and I'm really excited to get started. Which I'm sure will taper off in a week or so. I'll need all the friends, help, and kicks in the butt to keep me going that I can get! :D So add me, and we can be each other's motivation. And if you see that I'm slacking somewhere, don't feel bad in telling me to pick it back up. Sometimes, that's what we all need. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:52:22 EST new to group And I am wanting to learn to love my body! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:38:13 EST Daily Motivation... January 26, 2011 <BR> <BR> ACCEPT CHANGE WITH A SMILE <BR> <BR> Sooner or later you'll experience a crisis in your life, and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. <BR> <BR> Since the beginning of time, everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis. <BR> <BR> A closer look will show you that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are. In fact, most changes in your life will take place out of either "inspiration" or ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:22:26 EST Daily Holiday... A Room of One's Own Day (Jan 25) <BR> Delight in the private sanctity of your own space today. No matter how big or how small, a room of your own is a gift to be cherished. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:42:47 EST HANGMAN game One letter guess per person per day. When you feel you can solve the puzzle, please post it to this board. The first player to post the correct answer will receive a SPARKGoodie! <BR> <BR> Available letters: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z <BR> <BR> Guessed Letters: <BR> <BR> &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <em>204</em> &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <em>204</em> &#9829; &#9829; <em>204</em> &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; <em>204</em> <BR> &#9829; &#9829; &#9829; ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:39:24 EST 2010 coming to an end... Wishing everyone much happiness in 2011. Sat, 25 Dec 2010 20:19:22 EST I Believe In You. . . I read this in another team and wanted to share this with you all. <BR> This past week I've read a few members blogs about how sparkers don't know how they're getting through the holidays. Losing hope in the plan. Losing sight that they can do it. I just want to tell everyone on the Team that I believe in you! <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 14:07:47 EST Site maintenance tonight Hey Team! <BR> <BR> FYI... Our site will be down tonight (11 pm EST) until tomorrow morning This came from Coach Nancy <BR> <BR> Thanks so much!! <BR> Rosie Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:50:54 EST challenge of the month new month - if you keep up with you food and exercise journals you know where you need to make changes and where you are doing well or at the lest you got a wake up call <BR> this month why not share your knowledge <BR> help a friend a co worker a mate a child or maybe a parent or sibling <BR> workout with them plan a menu together <BR> in helping them you also help yourself <BR> and plus there is nothing like the joy you receive from helping someone else&gr;em&lr;223&gr;/em&lr; Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:09:12 EST challenge of the week okay i gave it some thought and i know some of you out there are already eating clean but this week let's try and go meatless <BR> if you have any recipes share them <BR> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:50:09 EST challenge of the week okay i gave it some thought and i know some of you out there are already eating clean but this week let's try and go meatless <BR> if you have any recipes share them <BR> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:48:59 EST challenge of the week words of inspiration <BR> what saying gets you going or keeps you going <BR> if you don't have a saying that makes you do that last push up or run that last step or get the steamed veggies and not the fries then this week come up with one <BR> - my mother used to always say to me- keep on keeping on- meaning keep doing your best- i also love - barbie is a doll not a goal <BR> these keep me balanced as well as help me to do my best <BR> <em>3</em> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 07:23:44 EST challenge of the week words of inspiration <BR> what saying gets you going or keeps you going <BR> if you don't have a saying that makes you do that last push up or run that last step or get the steamed veggies and not the fries then this week come up with one <BR> - my mother used to always say to me- keep on keeping on- meaning keep doing your best- i also love - barbie is a doll not a goal <BR> these keep me balanced as well as help me to do my best Mon, 25 Oct 2010 07:21:44 EST Pretty powerful movie! A must see! <link> </link> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:09:29 EST I need a buddy I really want someone aged 18 or less to talk to when I need them, and just give inspiration everyday. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:49:26 EST This team is a keeper!! I am only 5 days into SP and there are so many great teams, BUT, this one is it!! Regardless of my size, age or ability, learning and accepting my body as it is at any given time and appreciating all it can do and it's limitations is key. I must stop fighting and working against the body God gave me and embrace all I can become. <BR> Thank you all for being here <em>224</em> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 09:28:03 EST tummy oh tummy My tummy has given me 3 great kids. Who all love my tummy and the "cracks" they identify as their own. They love how soft it is and the love kiss it, pat it and squish it. Under my tummy I have rock hard abs, that I work hard to create an maintain. I just wish I could see them on the outside. They are covered with a layer of lose, saggy, soft skin that hangs away from me when I do a plank. I have done a lot of work this year to love my tummy, even going out in public wearing bikini for the f... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:55:03 EST Changing your ways to benefit from your life So, I've come to some life changing circumstances this last week and it inspired me to write this topic. <BR> After having to go to the doctor and have tests on my heart because of my blood pressure being high for a couple months now, and experiencing chest pain, I've come to the realization that we only have one heart, one brain, one body to live this life with, and there are so many things we do to these bodies of ours; good and bad. <BR> I have looked at all the bad I do to my body and ha... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:20:13 EST challenge of the week try something new <BR> add something that you have never tried before to your workout this week <BR> it may be just what you need to get you going again <BR> or bust though that rut - or get the scale moving again <BR> let me know that you come up with <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:38:54 EST challenge of the week after walking through the woods for about two and a half hours - something i have never done before i knew what the challenge should be this week <BR> try something new <BR> try something that you have not done before and see if you like it - you may find something to add to your fitness regiment <BR> let me know what different things you come up with <BR> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:35:54 EST How Positive is Your Body Image? Here is a Quiz by Liza Barnes, Registered Nurse and <BR> Health Educator <BR> Body image affects how you feel about yourself, how you project yourself, and how you care for your own health. Answer the following questions to find out where your body image stands now—and how you can improve it. <BR> <link><BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=69 </link> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:26:57 EST challenge of the week this week work just a little harder <BR> up it <BR> whatever you are doing now try and do just a little bit more <BR> hey if you're not doing anything yet starting something is upping it <BR> let me know how it goes and what you do <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 19:46:54 EST challenge of the week up it <BR> if you run a mile up it to 1 1/2 <BR> if you lift 10lb weights up it to 12 <BR> if you workout for 30 min up it to 45 <BR> that's right this week i challenge you to do a little more <BR> try to just a little harder in whatever workout you do let me know how it goes Sun, 10 Oct 2010 19:43:57 EST A movie to brighten your beautiful! If you ever need a gentle reminder to remember what's most important in this beautiful 3 minute movie. <BR> Each time I watch it...I feel inspired! Hope you will, too! <BR> Just click here to watch: <link><BR>tahMail-_-MO-_-10.4.10-_-FJOYMovie </link> <BR> Here is wishing everyone a great weekend. Be inspired. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 09:13:11 EST Journey to loving myself For as long as I can remember I've had weight issues with self confidence and body issues just as long to go along with the weight. I've dabbled with dieting and various other weight dropping techniques over the years, some not so healthy as others, and while in the short term I lost weight, I eventually caved after 1-2 months and gained back all the weight I had all ready lost and then some, resulting in more weight gain. <BR> <BR> I felt buried in my weight. Like I couldn't find a way out ... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 10:37:09 EST challenge of the week an hour to yourself <BR> what will you do? <BR> how does it effect you by taking the time for you? <BR> let us know <BR> what did you do to unwind? <BR> Sun, 3 Oct 2010 16:56:43 EST challenge of the week if you have not guessed it yet i am all about making positive changes in our lives <BR> so for this week challenge it would be great if we could all take out a least 1hour a day for ourselves <BR> i am not talking about exercise i am talking about reading a book or taking that long bubble bath <BR> to some this may not seem like much of a challenge but in today rush rush life some people don't do this and this can have a effect on use <BR> this week try and take some time for you to releas... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 16:54:41 EST I Apologize Today I have to apologize to my body. Yesterday, I indulged in eating foods that were not good for my weight loss goals. I failed to walk my requisite 30 -45 fitness walk after work, and I failed to do any other form of exercise other than walking to and from the bus stop. In my defense I have to say that yesterday was A VERY BAD DAY for me. I felt crappy physically, mentally, and emotionally. I went home after work and got right in the bed and stayed there until this morning when I rose... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:59:25 EST I Give my self Recognition today, for...... Start posting Friday October 1, 2010 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:56:29 EST Hood to Coast Relay 2011 Calling all Runners (or wannabes too)! <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> My friend Kate (KEAKMAN) & I are putting together teams to participate in the 30th Anniversary of the Hood to Coast Relay. Our goal is to have all the runners come from SparkPeople. We're a few people short so I'm looking for all interested parties (& you can bet it'll be a party!). <BR> <BR> Some background on the event itself: Hood to Coast is a 197-mile relay race that begins at Mt Hood’s Timber... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:05:29 EST Losing Weight on Your Chest Hey ladies and gents! This is mostly directed towards the ladies. <BR> <BR> I am currently 29. By the time I was 15, I was a size 16/18 and 210 lbs. I snapped out of it and lost 60 lbs and almost 10 sizes. <BR> <BR> It was a bittersweet experience as I realized how differently fat 16 year olds are treated vs. average sized girls, and my chest became sad and deflated while my peers had little perky chests. <BR> <BR> It's been 14 years and I'm close to my heaviest weight as a teenager. I've... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:44:32 EST Hi Everyone Hello to All the lovely Ladies here! I am Lisa a single mommy in the AF. I am station AZ which happens to be my hometown. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I have had issuse with poor body image in the past but then I just didn't care what people thought and now I love me for me. I will say that there are areas in which I don't my tummy. Seems like no matter how hard I try it will never be toned and pretty again. I guess that is what happens when you give birth. To be comp... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:20:42 EST challenge of the week okay now it may get a little harder but the goal is take care of ourselves. we want to be healthy and happy and around for our families <BR> so this weeks challenge is to give up fried food and to add in an extra 30 mins of exercise <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:49:51 EST challenge of the week after a week of no fast food it is now time to clean the diet up a little <BR> this week let's try and get ride of the fried stuff and add in an extra 30 min of exercise Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:46:48 EST whats your Favorite sites? I have a question what is your second go to website? <BR> Other then sparkpeople.I have noticed that there are a lot of members of sparkpeople so it must be a good site that's why people come back daily. <BR> <BR> But what I'm asking is what website other then sparkpeople do you go to daily or go to a few times a week at least. <BR> <BR> I try to keep a eye on my blog on as well as watch streaming anime online.And check my e-mail for inbox dollars e-mails. <BR> <BR> Where do yo... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 19:25:17 EST Today I love my Body Because...... As most of us might agree, I know for my self that when looking in the mirror and seeing what I see I sometimes do not like, how ever I have learned that if I could learn to like what I see I have more faith in my self and more willingness to make my body the best it can be, healthy, and strong.. <BR> <BR> with this new topic Today I love My Body Because, is a topic were you can come to post each day the one thing that you love about your body and why.. .. you do.. and what you are doing to... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:02:30 EST Dose anyone else think its hard to meet men? I am 329 and I find it difficult to find the opposite sex dose anyone else worry about what people think or do they normally just go out and try to meet people such as the opposite sex.I have personally always lived at home so I guess I'm kind of worried about how he will see me if anyone has any advice please let me know. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:35:51 EST for giving/and getting. Hello there I was wondering if anyone here has ever heard of or even used a local <link> </link> before. <BR> <BR> The reason why I'm asking this question is because I have seen posts on team forums.where members try to give some of there used clothing away.I have seen a few things but they were older posts.But on on the main site you can look up your area and then go to the yahoo group for your local freecycle once you have signed up you will be able to see... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:14:05 EST challenge of the week the challenge of the week is to go fast food free <BR> what do you think? how will you accomplish this? <BR> share any good ideas Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:04:09 EST challenge of the week with so many things to do in our busy lives it is so easy to pick up some fast food for a meal be it breakfast lunch or dinner <BR> but it is very harmful for our bodies <BR> so lets make this week a fast food free week <BR> this may require some planing on our part in order to have meals <BR> subjection: dust off the old crock pot <BR> there are so many meal you can make it is not just for roast <BR> <em>189</em> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:01:57 EST Hello I am a Newbie My name is Tricia. And I want to learn as much as I can. I want to get reid of this dead weight I have. Since I had a child I can't seem to lose it and it's way over do. The dead weight not the child...And also I am disabled and I can't really do much. But I would and can keep moving. I can't walk as much as I used too. But I still can move. The disease is taking over my body. I was born with 2 different disease's. They are crouzon's disease and apert's syndrome. I have a website you can go d... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:23:14 EST buying this year still for exercise/d et?DVD,ect This year I'm planning on purchasing a few more leslie sansones walk at home dvds.As well as a fitness ball.Was going to purchase a ball this month could not get one will next month. <BR> <BR> What are you planing to purchase this year still.Kitchen appliances/kitchen cookware/fitness clothing/equipment and so on.Name and prices if you know them. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:39:54 EST My 60-lb reward Full disclosure: I weigh approx. 415 lbs and I'm 57. Such a massive weight loss at this age will require some major motivation and rewards. I have no idea yet what the reward for breaking 400 lbs will be yet, but check out what making 350 will get me: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_ID=145&DEPARTMENT_ID=85& </link> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking burgundy since I love jewel colors. <BR> <BR> Okay, it's probably silly since an apron would do just fine. But I'm seriously... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:56:55 EST 2 pounds down and ready for more! Hello fellow ladies! <BR> My name is Barb, I am on a mission to lose 25 pounds, and learn healthier habits of eating again. I once was a vegetarian for 9 years and stopped that two years ago because the doctor said it was causing some issues. I was also a ballet dancer for many years and had to quit that too due to an injury. That was around the same time and that is about when the weight started to creep in slowly. Then one day it decided to lay it all on me, and I joined Spark at 195 (196is... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:09:56 EST Body Image.... Hi everyone I really don't post much on this board but I love reading the post and get alot out of them.... <BR> I am struggling with something right now and I need to get this off my chest before I head to a disaster.. I think I might be board with this life style change and disappointed.. you know my Mother always said to me and I never knew what this meant.. but she would say "excited little girls always get disappointed in the end" well it is not the end of my journey I have not reached ... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 19:57:52 EST New team member introduction Hi, everyone! I discovered this SparkTeam by accident as I am resuming my SparkPeople daily goals after falling off the life change wagon when I went on vacation in early July. I am a 51 year old single woman living in my dream region of the East Mountains of New Mexico. I started my SparkPeople journey last September 2009. It has been a struggle to keep on track as I have not liked my body or my weight since 1991. This was the year I put down smoking cigarettes for good after a major sugar... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:43:16 EST Hi everyone !!! Love your body !!! such a wonderful name for the team , my name is Ennada and i'm really looking forward to take part of this journey with you and learn how to love and cherish my body . <BR> I feel this is the place to be !!! <em>185</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 05:42:03 EST NOT Loving My Body At The Moment... I'm definitely not loving my body at the moment See my blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3319324 </link> <BR> <BR> How do you guys combat the negativity that creeps in? Wed, 9 Jun 2010 23:22:01 EST Hallo :) My name is Lauri-Ann. I'm 41, and I've struggled with weight and body image issues for my entire life. As a teenager, I was anorexic - I'm 5'7 and at one point I weighed 83 pounds. Sometimes I get scared about tracking things because I'm worried about becoming obsessive about it. <BR> <BR> My sister encouraged me to join SP last week. So far, I don't feel like there's the potential to become obsessive. Sure I'm tracking things, but the goals the program has initially suggested are sensibl... Thu, 27 May 2010 14:38:55 EST Body Gratitude Hello, <BR> I wrote a blog yesterday called "Body Gratitude". I was encouraged to post it as a topic in another team and then realized it fits perfectly with the Love Your Body! theme. <BR> Hope you enjoy it and perhaps you'll be encouraged to express some body love too :o) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3261323 </link> Tue, 25 May 2010 16:43:27 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 13:38:06 EST 5K on Mother's day I ran my heart out today and did my best time ever! Sun, 9 May 2010 19:25:21 EST Hello Hi My name is Etoy and I am excited about this phase in my life. I just turned 40 and while I don't have a set weight goal, I do want to make healthier eating and exercise choices. So far I have lost 2.5 pounds just by walking 30 minutes and making small changes with my diet. <BR> All the best to everyone! Tue, 4 May 2010 11:50:36 EST Hi my name is... Hi, I'm Gabrielle. I'm not new to spark, but I am new to this team. I haven't been very successful the past year. I realize that this is because I do need to learn to love myself right now. 50 extra pounds and all. I'm excited to join the group and look forward to motivating you as you all motivate me. This will be a successful year. I've even lost 3 pounds already, and I'm at least working on the concept of loving my body this way even as I work on it. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:21:19 EST new member Hi! I just joined this community and wanted to say that I'm a new 30-something and new mom. I'm trying to adjust to life with an 8 month old and I'm trying to figure out how to juggle job, mommy-hood, and living healthfully. I'm also trying to figure out how love my post-partum body, which is actually harder than I thought. Any thoughts, tips, encouragement, suggestions are welcome! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:47:56 EST New to the Group Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new to Sparkpeople and definitely new to the SparkTeams! I'm really glad to be here and I've met some really nice and very inspirational folks already. I look forward to getting to know you guys as well! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:41:40 EST LADY GAGA FANS!!! Please Click Here!! So I joined this Lady Gaga Spark Team a couple of days ago and am totally sad at how many members (or lack of members) that there are! She has had 6 number 1 hits! I know there are more Little Monsters out there so please come join!! The link is: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=39223 </link> <BR> <BR> See you on board!! Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:46:02 EST First 100 lbs lost, $0 reward ideas needed I started at 303 lbs a year ago and about to reach my first 100 pounds lost but have NO MONEY. Any no cost reward ideas? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:56:26 EST gettin into those skinny jeans WOW ... i never thought i would wear these jeans again, these arent even my "skinny" jeans. After finally making some progress on the scale but more importantly the inches are melting away. <BR> I got into my prebaby jeans & have room to spare ! <BR> Even more exciting ... finally went wedding dress shopping & rather than feeling depressed, i felt Beautiful ! Not to mention got into a size 10 ... SIZE 10 !!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:12:36 EST (DAILY) DID U WAKE UP IN A GOOD MOOD TODAY, or.... This may sound like a funny question, but we know that some days we wake up feeling like the whole world is against us and we'd rather crawl back in bed! The next we may feel like we're on cloud 9 and love the day, and other days, it's just a "let me get started first" sort of feeling! <BR> <BR> Please share, did you wake up in a good mood today? Or, one of the other choices were more how you felt today? Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:48:43 EST Fat Talk Free Week I'm going to post a blog...but it will be the same link. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:27:20 EST First Personal Goal MET! Hey Everyone! When I first started to lose weight I was 215lbs. When I started Documenting it here on Spark People, I was 206lbs. Well Tonight's Weigh in At my Weight loss meeting I broke 200lbs! I am 199.6lbs and Dropping about 1.8lbs a Week! Its All UP HILL From here!!! WOOT! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:07:36 EST Shoes or No Shoes, that is the question Do you wear shoes when you workout? <BR> <BR> Sometime my feet get a tingly feeling in the bottom of them when I run on my elliptical. I've workout with shoes and without. It feels better when I don't wear my shoes. I think my circulation is OK. <BR> <BR> Should I be wearing my shoes or does it matter. Thanks to all for their support. <BR> <em>331</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:01:10 EST Acari berry diet and cleanse I am seeing this every where. I have even ordered it and recieved it but have not taken any because I noticed it has caffiene in it and I have not have caffiene in almost 10 yrs now. Everything I have seen says it works, but I am very skiddish. Has anyone tried it? Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:12:05 EST (DAILY) TODAY I WILL?????? ?????????? Today, I WILL take it easy this afternoon and do some of the work that I brought home with me and feel more comfortable getting my work project done. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:25:44 EST Hello from Oshkosh I have dealt with low self-esteem, low self-image, and self-loathing for over 40 years now. As a result, my weight has fluctuated greatly in the typical yo-yo dieting syndrome. <BR> <BR> I recently left the Jenny Craig program. I had been with them for 2.5 years and after a year and a half had lost 95 pounds. But the weight started creeping back on and after a year of battling the gain (and not getting too much concern or support from the "professionals"), I quit. Over the past 5 month... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:29:54 EST "RUBY" INSPIRATION SHOW ON STYLE .. I saw this show on somebody else page and web search it, here the link... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ideos/index.jsp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> for Ruby, if she can Do it, We can and <em>306</em> !! READY, SET, GOOOOOO!! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:22:55 EST Post A Word That Begins with "B" for BODY!! Here we go, please post any word that begins with the letter "B" that stands for "BODY" in our Team Name! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:23:31 EST Post A Word That Begins with "L" for LOVE!! Post any word that begins with the letter "L" that stands for "LOVE" in our Team's Name! <BR> <BR> And, have fun! <em>185</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:21:49 EST ~Not just I CAN, but I WILL~ Not just I CAN, But I Will is a phrase I came up with to help keep me going when I want to give up! Coming to terms with my bigger shape has really help me take that next step in moving forward to Appreciate the fact that I want a smaller body! Not a Squishy Skinny, but a Toned Skinny! So as I work out 5 days a week and work Hard to Burn 400 to 500 calories a Day,if I don't feel like I can go on I YELL as loud as I can! I WILL! I WILL! Not I Can,but I WILL! And I finish the work outs and tho... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 02:24:54 EST IT'S HEALTHY HEART DAY and R U WEARING RED 2-DAY? <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I have my "red" on today! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 10:38:27 EST VALENTINE'S DAY SHARE of an EMOTICON or WORD FUN! <em>129</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:42:50 EST Newby Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> New to this team and new to Sparks. I am excited about this journey with you all. To know more about me and my goals, feel free to read my SparkPage. Looking forward to meeting all you. <BR> <BR> God Bless!!!! <BR> <BR> P.S. I am looking for a spark buddy, if you are interested please e-mail. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> and <em>212</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 20:32:00 EST SPARKS' 28 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HEART! <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> We're following along with Sparks' Motivational Calendars and February is Healthy Heart Month! <BR> <BR> Get ready for tomorrow, as we'll be learning Sparks' tips on how to keep that wonderful <em>26</em> happy and healthy! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:06:03 EST "F" is for FEBRUARY and..... It's almost here -- so here we go -- please post any word that begins with the letter "F"! And, most of all, have fun! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:16:22 EST Massage? I've been reading up on some of the benefits of massage. It's something I've never dared to, between being uncomfortable with how I look without clothes and the idea that someone would actually have to touch my lovely rolls of fat. <BR> <BR> However, I think it's something that needs to be done. It'll be good for me on so many levels, plus I find that I do want to, no matter how many reservations I've got. <BR> <BR> So, a real massage is going to be my reward for hitting 100 kg. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:36:12 EST Hola and Aloha! Hello all :o) <BR> <BR> My name is Becky, I'm originally from New Mexico but recently moved to Hawaii with my boyfriend so he could continue coaching soccer here. <BR> <BR> I don't set weight loss goals because a) I'm at a perfectly healthy weight, and b) because I've struggled with eating disorders since I was rather young and setting that kind of goal for myself is really mentally straining because it's all I focus on. <BR> <BR> But what I DO set goals for is loving myself every day (eas... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:46:33 EST A exciting journey I am doing The Spark 28 day program. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am looking forward to learning to live healthier and become fitter. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:12:24 EST (DAILY) DID YOU TAKE YOUR VITAMIN/MEDS TODAY? What a great way to stay on track and to serve as a little reminder to get in our daily vitamin, prescriptions, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's take care of our bodies -- and let's give it what it wants -- healthy nutrients and more!!! Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:46:59 EST ARE U DOING SPARKS' BODY BOOTCAMP? POST & SHARE! <em>248</em> on Day 17! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:23:26 EST (GAME TIME) LET'S SHOP!! (A-Z) Ready to shop? Please post any item A-Z style and let's do it! <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:23:10 EST SPARKS' HEALTHY REFLECTIONS! <em>204</em> Sparks'Healthy Reflections! <BR> <BR> Dividing your attention between two dreams! <BR> <BR> One essential goal-setting strategy is to be as specific as possible about your desires. Write out your goals and formulate a detailed plan about how you are going to achieve this goal. Baby steps are important, but keep them focused. Often we are pulled in many directions at once. It is important though, to devote time and effort to a single goal at a time to avoid distraction that ca... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:39:52 EST LOVING OUR BODY/HEALTH and BEAUTY TIPS TO SHARE! Here is a Sparks' article entitled, "Body Beautiful From the Inside-Out; Make a Healthy Diet Your Beauty Secret" by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian. (The link to the article is shown below for you to read further!) <BR> <BR> Make a promise to your skin today to keep it nourished and rejuvenated from the inside out! Having healthy skin year-round begins with the foods you eat and drink. To get skin that you will be confident to show off every season of the year, devote some time e... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:49:08 EST SHARE THE "COLOR" YOU FEEL LIKE 2-DAY IN EMOTICON! <em>437</em> Don't you find that some days you feel like a soft baby blue--calm and comfy; other days a bright vibrant and energized orange, red or yellow or how about a shocking pink as you're totally energized and ready for the day! <BR> <BR> Other days, we feel more gray and a low-keyed shade of color! Just wanting to lay back and relax. <BR> <BR> <em>447</em> <em>67</em> <em>474</em> <em>88</em> <em>428</em> <em>86</em> <em>172</em> <BR> So, show us by the COLOR of an EMOTICON... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:01:49 EST (DAILY) SMILE CHALLENGE! <em>204</em> Here is a fun "challenge" and one that is easy to do! Every morning when you wake up -- take a look in the mirror and smile at that person that is looking back at you! Give her a huge smile!! <BR> <BR> Start your day with loving who you are. Smile at that that image -- she's a wonderful person and she's YOU! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:25:37 EST Loving my skin... My skin isn't clear...probably b/c of so much crap that I eat...but I'm liking skin not the breakouts. <BR> I'm pale, always have been, always will be. I've always tanned, whether it be in the sun or out of a bottle. But not anymore. I'm embracing my paleness (my nickname by my ex-husband was casper...maybe that's why we're not married!) <BR> I will no longer try to change the color of my skin, what God blessed me with is beautiful! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:38:49 EST LAST LETTER - STARTS THE NEXT WORD FUN! Please use the LAST letter of the word you are replying to as the FIRST letter of YOUR word and let's see how far we can go! Have fun everyone! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:31:25 EST NAME GAME (A-Z) Post either a male or female's first name -- and we'll do it A-Z style! <BR> <BR> Ready <em>306</em> here we go! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 20:27:10 EST WORD ASSOCIATION FUN! Please share the FIRST word you think of when you read the word from the previous reply. Have fun!!! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:36:38 EST Hello! Hello there. I am so glad that this group exists. I think it is so important to remember to love your body no matter what. Sure, I would love to look like Rebecca Romain, but that probably isn't going to happen. The important thing is I can see the beauty in myself. I hope others can feel the same way. Thanks for starting this group! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:43:34 EST Body Image and Self-esteem issues... Hi, I am new to the team since last week. <BR> I have been overweight (even obese) since I was in grade school. I was normal weight as a baby & kid but around 3rd or 4th grade I began gaining weight. I was always shy as a child, had very few friends, & I guess the weight did not help since I got picked on :( <BR> But I have lost weight, though now I am still not happy with my body. I am smaller and people call me "skinny" which I am not...but I am distracted by things that I hate about my bo... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 16:06:25 EST *SHARING *HOLIDAY* GREETINGS * & *hi's* let's Share the Holidays... <BR> <BR> come and say hi and... <BR> <BR> share a fav. memory... a story... <BR> what you like best about the holidays <BR> and/or least... <BR> <BR> share some Holiday Cheer.... <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:56:38 EST Holiday Greeting God Bless You ALL... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ode=HY27482779 </link> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:44:20 EST Hi My name is Laura and I am 47 years old, married for 19 years to my wonderful husband. We have two terrific boys 14 (almost 15) and 13 years old. <BR> <BR> I was overweight most of my life and have yo-yoed up & down - at least never all the way up again. But, <BR> my issues with my body is my skin is not quite as elastic as it was when I was younger. Does anyone have this issue - how do you deal with it? <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:01:09 EST hello to SP from SP Hi! This feels a bit weird as I am the type of person who thinks I can do everything on my own and has extreme difficulty asking for help. But, as someone who has also struggled with weight issues my entire life, and continues to struggle while trying to make positive changes in my life, I know that I definitely do need help and also that I have nothing to lose by making use of this site's immense tools, and only much to gain (except for the weight of course!!!) <BR> My biggest challenge is t... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:29:09 EST DAILY *FOCUS* note/list create your focus for today... <BR> <BR> list/note your top 3/5 things you wish to achieve today.. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:51:55 EST A LETTER to your BODY.... We have probably said some horrible things to our bodies... whether consciously or not... <BR> <BR> so maybe now is a good time to write a lil note a letter to our body... creating a Conscious dialogue... <BR> <BR> <BR> its now time for healing the mind/body connection... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:22:23 EST Hello My name is Starla and I've been on Spark for almost 2 months and I'm very excited to be on here. I just found this group and I like it. Love your body is what I'm trying to do more and more. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 13:28:43 EST FAVORITES game... answer the previous question... <BR> <BR> and then ask the next question Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:29:46 EST GETTING to KNOW YOU one POST at a TIME please post some random fact about yourself... <BR> <BR> I thing per post and you can post as many times as you wish... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:27:35 EST SHARING Some INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION Please share a quote, a word, a statement or an article, anything to help our team to stay motivated and Inspired.... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:20:44 EST im stuck Its only been a week officially since I have started.... I started with a BANG.. and seemed to fizzle out....a few day s later.... I know part of it is my husband.. he is "doing" this with me... but that seems to not so important. I have done this type of thing before (on my own with out any kind of program)... its worked before... I dont know what I am losing motivation and excitement... And then on top of it, i weighed myself this morning... HOPING I would of lost weight and then got my ent... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:44:53 EST Inspirational Moment Inspirational Moment <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:44:32 EST PERSONAL : GOALS, CHALLENGES, etc... CHECK-IN Let us know how you are doing... how ever you wish to share.... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 11:01:49 EST How are you doing with your goals <em>250</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:49:41 EST were you in your calorie/range yesterday? <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:49:23 EST DID you Exercise Today? YES.... did my 100min. Cardio... <BR> <BR> will be doing another 20 after dinner ... taking a walk with hubby Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:18:20 EST Have you Given YOURSELF *ME*TIME* today.... <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:16:04 EST HI my name is Patsy Hi my name is Patsy <BR> <BR> And I dont like a single part of my body... i dont know how... I know I am supposed to look in the mirror and all that stuff... but I cant seem to do it... so I need all the help and suggestions I can get Wed, 9 Sep 2009 17:39:59 EST TEAMS **DUMPING** SPACE* OK everyone this is the place to come when you feel a need to unload and through out the trash... <BR> <BR> any unwanted unneeded unnecessary negative thoughts or experiences.... <BR> <BR> OK and the thing is after you DUMP you leave with a Positive happy thought... emoticon ... whatever you choose just leave the trash here... and move onward Tue, 8 Sep 2009 17:26:26 EST Eating Plans what are people doing for eating plans? Is everyone following the Spark food plan? I really HAVE no plan. I had gone to a nutritionist many years ago and refined my food. Cut out alot of junk. That worked great. But now after regaining 50 of the 75 I lost 8 years ago, I need some direction. I have to say, I get rally hostile if I have to "measure" food. 1/2 a cup of cooked pasta? That's like 3 noodles. Seriously? Yeah, that just won't work. Any ideas? Suggestions? Should I just ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 08:36:47 EST Let's COUNT CALORIES <BR> AUGUST calories <BR> <BR> My Calories range... 1100 - 1550 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.. - 1299 <BR> 2.. - 1227 <BR> 3.. - 1164 <BR> 4.. - 1164 <BR> 5.. - 1143 <BR> 6.. - 1297 <BR> 7.. - 1404 <BR> 8.. - 1122 <BR> 9.. - 1284 <BR> 10. - 1227 <BR> 11. - 1453 <BR> 12. - 1263 <BR> 13. - 1211 <BR> 14. - 1181 <BR> 15. - 1225 <BR> 16. - 1205 <BR> 17. - 1275 <BR> 18. - 1229 <BR> 19. - 1188 <BR> 20. - 1254 <BR> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:04:00 EST SUGGESTIONS **ANYONE** please let us know how we can make this a better team... please share your suggestions here Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:57:58 EST *LOVE YOUR BODY* What Step did you take Today Please share with us today what Step(s) you took to get you closer to LOVING and ACCEPTING your Body today ... <BR> <BR> <BR> *Zmoney* posted some a 10 Step article which is great... you can find some ideas there... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 18:37:50 EST 10 Steps to Positive Body Image Hi team, <BR> <BR> I found this article & thought it'd be great to share with everyone. Everyday for the next 10 days I'm going to focus on doing one step. I invite you to join me & share any insights you may have! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can help you think about new ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body. The more you do that, the more likely you are... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:01:47 EST SEASONal & 2010 Goals for Me and My BODY Winter......... December 22nd - March 21st <BR> <BR> Spring......... March 22nd - June 21st <BR> <BR> Summer......... June 22nd - September 21st <BR> <BR> Autumn(Fall)... September 22nd - December 21st <BR> <BR> <BR> find the season that is happening now and take some time to set up (visualize) what you wish to see... <BR> listing some ways you feel you can achieve your vision <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2009 16:13:18 EST News story about Khloe Kardashian The story is in reference to Khloe Kardashian. She states she was tired of being the "funny, fat one". So she lost 20 pounds, which is awesome, but what disturbs me, is this statement: "now a size six, but I've been up to a size 10 in the past". A ten, seriously, a 10! Why is society thinking a size 10 is huge! If she lost the weight because she wanted to get healthy, well that is wonderful, but if it was because Hollywood said she was fat, well, damn I must be morbibly obese, and I am ... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:30:21 EST Reality Check I've always been hard on myself, but lately things have gotten out of control. I'm just beating myself up for everything but I'm not learning from the mistakes. I'm making more which leads to more beating up which... I feel completely uncomfortable in my own skin. I hate what I'm feeling on the outside as weel as the inside. Mom has even poked my "roll" several times. <BR> <BR> So I'm 40 minutes into my hour with my therapist and I'm going on and on about how unhappy I am in this skin... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 23:10:32 EST PLEASE Welcome our New Co-leader SHEILAKHS1 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Sheila has been kind enough to accept my offer to help as a co-leader.... our team has gotten pretty big with all the LOVEly bodies joining... I figured she would be <em>250</em> as a co leader... sheila is helping me on another team... and I thought we could use her energy here as well... <BR> <BR> again... <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Please join me in Th... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 16:14:12 EST Body Image Hi! <BR> <BR> I came across this link recently and it has helped me a lot. <BR><BR>.asp?WebPage_ID=286&Profile_ID=41159 <BR> <BR> Some days we need to remember we are beautiful even if no one else agrees. <BR> <BR> I posted this to more than one team so apologies if you see it more than once <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 01:18:20 EST C E L E B R A T I N G ...... today.... TELL us What is going on with you today that needs to be CELEBRATED... <BR> (examples, your SUCCESSES, family stuff, personal stuff, weight, exercise, etc...) what ever you wish to celebrate let us CELEBRATE with you Thu, 4 Jun 2009 14:54:56 EST STEPPING into Shape counting steps daily <BR> <BR> <BR> (you can get a pedometer at target/and/or/walmart starting at $5.00) Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:47:29 EST Attack of Bad Body Image I decided to be in a parade that takes place this month in which every participant wears a costume, but the costumes appear to be nothing more than glorified bikinis. I had knowledge of this when I made my decision, but that was a few weeks ago and I thought that would be plenty of time to lose weight. Now that the parade date is nearing, I am starting to freak out because I realize that my body is not going to be where I want it to be at the time of the parade. I keep trying on my bikini and... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 22:16:52 EST Q U O T I N G share some of your favorite Quotes, writings, articles here.... anything that was interesting to you, maybe interesting to others.... Please share <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 18:31:52 EST how many posts. 6576 Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:46:30 EST how many pts. till next trophy 2512 <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ and Happy Tuesday ~~0:) <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:45:54 EST how many days on Spark people 117 Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:45:27 EST "Body Bliss: Turn Every Negative into a Positive" I've noticed that a lot of us have big issues with loving our bodies and hope to overcome those issues by joining this team. Sometimes, new team members have admitted having trouble finding *anything* they like about their bodies. I always refer them to the SP article "5 Ways to Love Your Body". <BR> <BR> There's a DailySpark blog today from Coach Nicole about loving your body. It sort of surprised me that even someone as fit as Coach Nicole can have issues with body image. Here's her bl... Thu, 28 May 2009 15:06:01 EST Welcome our new CO - Leader.... ZMONEY has answered my request to help with the team... Please give her a round of applause... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this Happy Tuesday ~~0:) <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 15:41:48 EST APRIL .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for APRIL... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:44:18 EST MARCH .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for March... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:43:56 EST FEBRUARY .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for FEBRUARY... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:42:51 EST JANUARY .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for JANUARY... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:41:16 EST DECEMBER .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for DECEMBER... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:40:48 EST NOVEMBER .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for NOVEMBER ... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:40:29 EST OCTOBER .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for OCTOBER ... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:40:11 EST SEPTEMBER .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for SEPTEMBER ... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:39:47 EST AUGUST .. Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for AUGUST... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:39:11 EST JULY... Goals here is the place to jot down some goals for JULY... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 19:38:43 EST 1 word added in making a SENTENCE ....GAME.... in this game .... just carry over the word prior and only add 1 word creating a sentence... can add period whenever you want... and start a new sentence... I will do a run through to give an example of the game.... Mon, 25 May 2009 10:59:41 EST Did YOU HUDDLE today.... have you huddled with the team today Sun, 24 May 2009 18:45:15 EST It's a LOVEly Day ~*~ Come say HI ... <em>213</em> Hi EVERYONE.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this Memorial Sunday ~~0:) <BR> Sun, 24 May 2009 18:35:49 EST SPARKing Points ..What was your spin # <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Doing the Happy Dance... 4th day getting 10's Loving this Streak woohoo) <BR> <BR> ~BLESSings~ this SPARKling Saturday ~~0:) <BR> Sat, 23 May 2009 12:30:53 EST JUNE Goals..... here is the place to jot down some goals for june... <BR> to come and weigh in , and check in with yourself... <BR> and where you are... <BR> <BR> <BR> remember you are setting the goal, you can always revise it.... <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 15:12:26 EST The Many ways to REWARD ourselves..... share the many different ways we can reward ourself... things that cost and dont.... Sat, 9 May 2009 14:40:16 EST alphabet game... using the alphabet.... list 2 words with the same letter along with an emoticon that represents the word best.... have fun and let your imagination RUN free.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>182</em> Sat, 9 May 2009 14:37:07 EST SHARING * LOVE & GREETINGS.... This is the place to come to chit chat and support each other ..... Sat, 9 May 2009 14:27:22 EST May Goals this is the place to set some goals for May... and keep track of where you are... <BR> <BR> and... to request some help and / or support <BR> and... to also give some help and / or Support.... <BR> <BR> <BR> LOVEly MAY EVERYONE.... Remember.... be gentle with yourself during this process of change... Sat, 9 May 2009 14:25:28 EST ANYTHING NEW? What have you really taken notice of on your body today? Good or Bad. <BR> <BR> <BR> I really noticed how fat my arms are, and thats motivated me to do Firm sculpting with a body bar. Sun, 3 May 2009 00:17:52 EST Need some body loving help I keep being told that I have self-image issues, but I don't know how to fix it. <BR> <BR> I know I have lost a lot of weight and all that, but I can still see where there is more that should (or could) come off, so I'm fighting a constant battle in my mind - do I want to lose a few more kilos/pounds or do I listen to what others are telling me and stop now? It's not like I don't eat healthy, I really do, but people think I have an eating disorder because I still track everything I eat and ... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 22:02:33 EST Hi from NM Hey there everyone! <BR> <BR> Loving my body is one thing that I NEED to learn how to do. <BR> <BR> Like many of you, I'm sure, I look into the mirror and I see this incredibly obese, ugly as sin woman. I see a 300+ woman when I'm under 200. The image that stares back at me in the mirror makes me want to cry, and it does sometimes. I used to be "beautiful" according to most guys who just wanted sex, but in order to achieve that, I had to starve myself. Even then, I was in a size 8/10 and ... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:50:41 EST Hey! Hi Everyone - <BR> I have terrible body image. TERRIBLE. I find it very difficult to look at myself in the mirror. When I do, I see the "parts" but not the whole. I've really never received positive feedback about my appearance from guys - ever - so add that on top of! It's just a mess! I'm looking forward to being involved in this group. I hope I can pick up some good information and change for the better. <BR> Thanks for having me. <BR> Sandra <em>247</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 00:21:19 EST HI I'm OLIVIA hi everyone my name is olivia i an new to SP and i am still geting used to it. my whole life i have stuggled with my weight and i am finally throwing in the towel and taking control of my life. i want to lose at lease 30 pounds and i want to feel good about what i look like Fri, 10 Apr 2009 00:49:01 EST Exercising with sun or wind? Which one and why? I prefer to exercise having the wind because it's cooler, I can breath better and I have more energy. Don't like any sun when I exercise because it's too hot and feels uncomfortable. A little drizzle is welcomed too. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 23:00:59 EST Kim Kardashian Air Brushed Photo Now, we all know that every woman who graces the cover of a magazine has had some serious airbrushing done, but apparently a magazine accidentally posted an unairbrushed photo of Kim Kardashian and then reposted the airbrushed one. Below is the link. <BR> <BR><BR>-so-what-i-have-a-little-cellulite/204<BR>57?nc <BR> <BR> She looked hot in the first one, but what was even more surprising to me was that she didn't care that they had posted the wrong on... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:09:02 EST WEIGHT LOSS FANASY (LET'S KEEP IT LIGHT LADIES!!!) Hey Ladies, <BR> <BR> This is a re-post of the thread Skinny Thoughts. Please let me clarify before we re-start. <BR> <BR> I stole this thread from another group I was part of. The point is NOT to foster being uncomfortable in the skin you are in right now. <BR> <BR> It is meant to be fun! <BR> <BR> We all have different reasons for wanting to loose weight and different scenarios we play out in our mind of what we would do, wear, feel like, see and say "take that" too (lol!) if we were... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:58:47 EST Skinny Thoughts! Fun!!! Hey Ladies, <BR> <BR> I thought this would be fun! I actually stole it from another group but it gives us a chance to visualize how we'd feel skinny... Or at least much more fit and toned. <BR> <BR> Here is mine! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Walking into a room and having all eyes on me, feeling like I can have ANY guy I want! <BR> <BR> 2) Jogging 4 miles a day in a sports bra and spandex and actually looking good in them! <BR> <BR> 3) Going to any store, teeny bopper included, and choosing a... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:09:29 EST What is your body telling you today THANK YOU <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing Woohoo Wednesday Motivation ~~~~0:) <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:09:57 EST Today I am Proud of myself BEcause.... I stayed on task.... exercised even through a major headache.... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:56:09 EST Give yourself a emoticon Gift or gifts.... <em>205</em> remembering to put myself first... so I have more to give my loved ones and friends Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:54:02 EST Flower of the Day and why Sunflowers.... cause I am looking forward to SUNSHINE Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:52:09 EST The Changes I see in me today are..... I am smiling a lot more.... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:50:51 EST (Group Hug) <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:49:39 EST Give yourself a HUG just BEcause <em>247</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:49:02 EST WORDy Day What word discribes you and your day today.... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:47:14 EST sing a long.... sing a song about your body.... <BR> each person write a sentence to the song and hum along <BR> <BR> have fun with it... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:45:59 EST Counting game... keep counting... and every time you hit double or triple digits... give the last person (can be yourself and another last person) a goodie... <BR> <BR> have fun i will start... <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:40:40 EST BODY word association game.... when you see the word associate it to your body and what comes up for you... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:36:09 EST Have you supported a teammember today YES Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:33:17 EST For Today I Will focus on..... think about something that makes you happy, or smile... something that energizes you or keeps you on taske etc... this will be the place to come to when you feel overwhelmed Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:31:17 EST My achievements are... I have achieved daily coming on SP and fulfilling my commitment to my self <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing WOOHOO Wednesday Motivation ~~~0:) Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:29:59 EST I will BE Committed to... staying on task Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:29:21 EST I will CHALLENGE myself tooo..... stay on task daily Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:28:54 EST personal MARCH Goals... this is a place to share personal goals... <BR> remember make small and reasonable goals... and you will Succeed Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:28:23 EST Body distortion? After having a short period of feeling neutral about my body, I've had yet another attack of body distortion. I keep perceiving certain parts to be huge. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel as if I'm made up of two parts: a thinking head & a stomach, & I only know how to sense whether I'm full or starving. <BR> <BR> I've got great kinesthetic awareness, but I still don't know how to live _in_ my body. How do I move from chopping my body up into pieces & relating to it as a whole? <BR> <BR> Sugges... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:28:56 EST Thank YOU Body.... I am Thankful for my Body allways being there... <BR> even when I may not appreciate it... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharing Monday SMILES ~~~0:) <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:59:53 EST 25 DAY CHALLENGE FOR MARCH - Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> As promised I am posting the challenge in a thread. I have to re-organize it on the team goals chart to see how we will track it. <BR> <BR> It's simple but not always easy. I want each of us for the next 25 days to say something nice to ourselves. Or at least smile. <BR> <BR> It would be best if you look at yourself (smile). <BR> <BR> If not too personal, we can post something we've said to ourselves. It may inspire someone else. <BR> <BR> Mine for today (and pl... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:28:22 EST Confession: I May Not be Perfect,.... In case ya'll didn't see the blog post by Coach Nicole, "Confession, I may not be perfect, but I'm still fit," it's well worth the read. <BR> <BR> It's here <link><BR>fession_i_may_not_be_perfect_but_im_st<BR>ill_fit_healthy </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 19:16:07 EST First time Hey, everyone! I'm just introducing myself. I love the graphic and what seems to be the vibe here, so I've decided to join up. <BR> <BR> I am a classic yo-yo dieter. I went on my first diet in the 2nd grade. I've done sensible ones, crazy ones, diets on my own with a book or without, diets where you go to a center and they tell you how to eat, diets where they give you the food, low carb, low fat... you name it, I've probably tried it. I've even tried SparkPeople before with a different nam... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:31:49 EST Mirror mirror on the Wall... what do you see... when looking in the mirror.... sometimes it is hard to do... <BR> <BR> suggestion... each time when you look in the mirror <BR> SAY at LEAST one thing Nice... especially to each not so nice thought that comes up.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I see... Me Smiling.... <BR> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:32:16 EST What are your snacks today Todays snacks are /were <BR> <BR> <BR> carrots <BR> <BR> apple slices <BR> <BR> rice cakes <BR> <BR> pumpkin seeds Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:30:14 EST How many calories.. .......... Does skating burn off? If you go for 3 hours. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:39:22 EST Newbie Hi All!! I'm Lisa. I just found the Love Your Body group. I think it's great. If alot of us loved our bodies to start with we wouldn't be in the shape we're in now, my self included. I hope to learn <BR> alot from you all and help anyone I can. I can't say I love my body yet BUT I sure like it more than I did before. Work in progress you know, to change one's mind set after so many years is hard. One day at a time. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Lisa Sat, 21 Feb 2009 16:22:03 EST Letting go of skinny jeans... Hi. I read this article today on SP and thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> 5 Reasons to Git Rid of Your Skinny Jeans. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1274 </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:56:14 EST 40's and still learning to love my curves... I am 41 and still have not found the "love" for my curves. I have always wanted to be the "skinny girl". I am hoping this site will help me to find my inner beauty and embrace it!!! Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:13:08 EST HEY THERE!! Hi...I'm Stormy, I live in Va. Married w/ 3 kids. I've gotten caught up w/ the daily life being a wife and mom...always putting myself last. I've lost sight of who I am and who I want to be!! I'm glad this group is here. We are all beautiful creations of GOD!! No matter how much weight I lose if I don't accept myself for who I am it won't matter!! I have 2 beautiful daughters and I don't won't to carry this over to them!! Thanks for listening and I look forward to getting to know you!! <BR> ... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:26:11 EST New 2 you Hi All! I just found you today. I love the wonder of the physiology that is my body, but I am not too pleased with the packaging. Of course, I am responsible for that... <BR> Why have I chosen to abuse myself over the course of my life? I have 100pounds to lose-my target weight is based on achieving a healthy BMI. Overeating is such a subtle form of abuse-- <BR> I think I engage in the behavior, and have for most of my life, as a means of control-isn't that a paradox. I see my (over) eating a... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 14:04:56 EST I DO love my body! Because the human body is an undeniable miracle! I'm so excited to be part of this team. Just a quick intro: I'm a 20 yr. old student in upstate NY looking to revamp my life from all sides - eat healthy, exercise regularly, pray more, laugh more, love more. I look forward to supporting and being supported by all of you in this journey! <BR> <BR> Check out my SparkPage and blog for more on me and best of luck achieving your goals! Thu, 8 Jan 2009 20:12:24 EST I wish this was the biggest team on SparkPeople I see so many SP blog posts about how unhappy people are with their bodies. It's not that they have health or fitness goals they want to meet, it's that they're displeased with the way they look (even though their pictures look fine.) <BR> <BR> The Love Your Body team has a great message that more people need to hear. Good luck in 2009 to the whole team! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 08:02:18 EST I want to learn how to LOVE my body! Hi, All!! <BR> <BR> I've seen the Dove commercials and I've always wished I could love my body, despite it's obvious flaws. (Boobs WAY too big, no hips or butt, thick waist- UGGG!!) <BR> How does one go about "loving" their body the way it is? Anyone got any suggestions? <BR> By the way... <BR> I'm back to Sparkpeople because it worked GREAT back in 2007 and I lost weight EASILY, using the nutrition tracker. Once you SEE the number of calories, carbs, protein, etc that you're eating AS y... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 22:57:43 EST New to the team hey everyone my name is Amy, Ive been a member of this thread for a while but haven't posted anything. So i just really wanted to come by and introduce myself. Im 21 yrs old and have been a member of sparks for about two yrs,but have been mia for a while. I lost about 40lbs with the help of sparks, and am looking forward to getting back to my weight lost journey. Im really excited to start talking to everyone. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:10:43 EST Hi All! Intro and issue! Hello everyone. I'm Lexi. <BR> I don't like to admit it but.... well I've lost 55 lbs already and am pretty proud of that but I still really don't feel that good about it because I've lost what little booty I had! It doesn't help that my husband is always looking at women with big butts. <BR> <BR> I just feel like even though I have a leaner thinner body, it's just not sexy. I'm getting so down on the subject. Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:46:22 EST "Women's" magazines OK, here I go again with a tirade, this time I take aim at so-called "Women's" magazines. Here is what really, really irks me about them: In the upper right hand corner it will have a head line like, "Lose 50 pounds by Christmas" then not far from it there is the headline, "Make this scrumptious quadruple decker chocolate chocolate, mocha, butterscotch, caramel cake for your family!" What the hell?!?!?! So we should watch what we eat AND prepare awful (awful that they are so tasty yet so bad ... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 08:08:07 EST How can I feel better if... I'm trying very hard to feel better about myself and my body while I'm trying to lose weight and get healthy - but how do I do that if... <BR> <BR> A friend who turned into a boyfriend sort of just ditched me for a skinny girl and hurt my feelings, my best friend is heavier than me and gets pissed off whenever I mention my weight, my sister who is thin basically told me last time I came home that I look heavier, and when my mom has been hounding me about my weight for about 8 years when I or... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 13:46:56 EST Neeeew Saw this group and just had to join - I've been guilty of self-loathing (including body image) for as long as I can remember. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get a lot from here. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 22:54:20 EST Looking better in my jeans!! I'm new to this team because it's been taking me too long to get dressed. Clothes go on, and come off time after time each day as I struggle to find something in my closet I don't hate. <BR> <BR> But the reality is, it's not my clothes that are to blame, it's me and my body image. <BR> <BR> I can always tell if I've put on a few pounds because the time it takes to get dressed increases exponentially, and the clothing I'm willing to wear decreases exponentially. <BR> <BR> My body is good..... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 12:13:01 EST Looking for ways I can loose weight Hello, I,m a new member. I am looking for some ways I can loose a quite bit of weight. I can't wait to get to know other members. Fri, 28 Nov 2008 22:06:26 EST Was Lost But Now I Am Found With the Lord Jesus Christ I will have the strength to lose. Before I would just jump on the scale and be disappointed because it was all over the place. So I would get discouraged and start overeating again. Now I have noticed that sence I have givin the problem to Jesus I have been losin weight without knowing it. Thank the Lord!!! I am going to be satisfied with where I am at and Jesus will take care of the rest he takes care of my cravings and my emotions do not get the better of me. With... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 14:31:17 EST Simple tricks to eat less Thought this was a great article (from Body + Soul Sept 08): <BR> <BR> A couple of extra bites at dinner. A second cookie nibbled with your afternoon tea. In the grand scheme of overeating, these tidbits don't seem like much. <BR> <BR> But consider this: "If you consume 100 calories more than you burn every day, you'll gain 10 pounds by the end of a year," says Gail Altschuler, M.D., medical director of the Altschuler Clinic, a center for weight loss and wellness in Novato, California. <BR>... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 22:33:00 EST Hi, I'm NEW HI, my name is Evie and I'm very overweight. Very recently, I was diagnosed with DTV which is Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. This is caused by blood clots in your lungs and legs due to excessive weight, inactivity and pregnancy among other things. <BR> <BR> I had emergency surgery last Monday and I am now home with my family. I almost lost my life at the age of 24! How scary is that!!! <BR> <BR> I have to self-inject myself with a blood-thinner medication 2 times a day for 10... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 12:32:27 EST Hi, I'm new! Just wanted to say hello! I'm Erin, a special education teacher in south TX. I have been dealing with weight issues most of my adult life. Now that I'm 30 I beginning to realize that it's losing weight because I want to look good but also to be healthy. I'm hoping SP can give me the support and motivation I need to finally get in shape and be healthy. Thu, 16 Oct 2008 20:54:23 EST Need work!!! I am a stay at home mom in need of at home work. If you have any sugestions please let me know. Also please let me know what the employer is needing as far as equiptment. Thank you. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:45:18 EST Changes What changes have you noticed about your body since losing weight. Rounder booty, more firm breasts? Thu, 9 Oct 2008 08:20:56 EST Colon Cleanse?!? Hey has Any one ever used any colon cleanse products??? I have been reading about them a lot and I have heard stories of people losing 10 pounds of waist built up in the colon. Well, I don't know how well this stuff actually works, or if it is good for you give me your input if you have tried it. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 16:12:18 EST New to the team I'm from Indiana. I started spark people before, but went off the wagon. I'm just starting back up and trying to inspire myself to get healthy and take off the extra weight. I definitely need to learn to love my body. Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:39:31 EST Taking Compliments I find it difficult to take compliments. Someone says "you're looking good" I might reply "thank you" but in my mind i'm thinking "are you seeing what i'm seeing? are you serious?" <BR> <BR> Why can't i feel good about myself or the work i've been putting in to bettering myself? Wed, 17 Sep 2008 02:49:36 EST Hi. New to the Team Hi. My name is Leslie. I live in northern Virginia. Originally from Wisconsin. Looking for support in my weight loss journey and to make new friends. Also to learn to be happy with the body that I was given. Whatever the size. <BR> <BR> Look forward to meeting all of you. Mon, 8 Sep 2008 09:09:12 EST Little improvements So I put on my belt today that I have not worn in about a week, and I was soo excited. The belt was on the last hole and still some wiggle room!!!! <em>9</em> I guess it is time to put another hole in it. Find a little improvement that makes you feel better about yourself. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 01:37:26 EST QUESTION hEY WHERE DOES EVERYONE KEEP GETTING THOES COOL AVITARS??? AND HOW DO I GET ONE??? <em>39</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:40:25 EST Hi! Hello everyone! I'm new to the team and I just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Pamela, 18 and I just want to say Keep up the great work girls we'll all acheive our goals with support from each other!! <em>247</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 20:50:42 EST Imagine a Woman... The following poem was written by: Patricia Lynn Reilly - She is also the author of "Imagine a Woman In Love With Herself"... Check out her website... <BR> <BR> Imagine a Woman <BR> <BR> Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life. <BR> <BR> Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself. A woman who listen... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:39:58 EST "Till Death"... another poem by Dee I joined this Spark Team to help me keep my focus on being healthy and learning to accept my body - now - not after I lose "x" number of pounds. <BR> <BR> Yet, I seem to be struggling with this concept.Part of my being healthy is to live a balanced life. This past month since starting back to Spark People... I have been completely obsessed with numbers ... calories in particular - not the scale so much. I've managed to maintain my weight this month (not exactly my goal - I'm here to lose we... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 21:20:45 EST Newbie here I'm new to sparkpeople, and i just wanted to say hello to everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was happy to find this group because i have to say i don't even remotely like my body. Will losing weight make me feel better about myself? I'm not sure. I need to lose the weight for my health. but i think i need to change the attitude i have towards my body to make these healthy changes work. <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:47:22 EST New member I followed a freind over. I am Cee, and I reluctantly admit I have an issue with my body. There are days, I am accepting and proud of it. Other days, I want to scrap it and fix it. At 46, it is in relatively good shape. I exercise, try to eat regularly and do my best to ignore the negative imagies the media throws daily from print and television. After the untimely demise of Donda West (Kanye West's mom) from her tummy tuck, I hesistate on this future endeavor even though it is the one ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:04:53 EST Hi!!! I just joined the team. Hi everyone! I am very excited this is the first team I have joined. I was first on Spark People about two years ago. I lost my last 15 lbs of baby weight through Spark People. Unfortunately I became very slack on my eating habits and exercise and gained 18 lbs back. I now have a better goal, not just lose the weight but, be all around a healthier person. I want to be a good role model for my son. Not to mention want to be able to keep up with him as he continues to be more and more ac... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:57:57 EST Hi, from Sabie HI! I was told about sparkpeople over a year ago and never checked it out, till yesterday. I am glad that I did. I have 50 lbs to lose to be at "ideal weight" per my doctor. I love parts of my body but not the whole body, I am working on my weight and positive thoughts of myself and my body. Thanks for being honest on here, helps to know I am not alone. Good Luck to all! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:34:17 EST My Mirror... another poem Here is another poem...shorter but the same sort of point! <BR> <BR> "My Mirror" <BR> <BR> Staring in the mirror <BR> Scrutinizing every flaw <BR> If only I could see what other people saw <BR> <BR> Staring in the mirror with an awesome trepidation <BR> My thighs appear as an awful aberration <BR> <BR> Staring in the mirror in total desperation <BR> Praying for a bodily salvation <BR> <BR> Staring and wondering <BR> What troubles will be answered? <BR> What wrong will be made r... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:08:15 EST Inside Out... A Poem I write poetry... in fact it has saved my life on many occassion! I've written many poems about my struggle with weight and this one was when I began to realize that my constant obsession with my body was really a convenient way of avoiding some personal issues that I was struggling with from the inside - out. :) Hope it gets ya thinking because so often dieting and weight... has nothing to do with dieting and weight if you know what I mean. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> INSIDE OUT <BR> <BR> Looking o... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:04:42 EST Hi I am joined this membership today Happy Sunday! I have been a Spark member since May 2008 and I want to be a part of this group also because it seems that it encourages members to love their physical bodies and nurture acceptance. That sounds like a good path for me too. I am looking forward to participating in and reading posts. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 13:02:45 EST bra size time to go get measured again. I don't think I'm a dd or maybe not a d anymore. <BR> he said last night he liked my dds. I asked if he liked me being 20 lbs overweight. his reply. no never. me neither. <BR> funny first time he acknowledged that he was unhappy with my weight. He has always supported me. and even with this admission I looked at him and was proud of him. <BR> he was never critical. just the good man he is. <BR> so after this quick ramble. <BR> how often do you get measured on yo... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 10:05:01 EST BUDDY CHALLENGE---Au gust-September hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august-sept. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date (8/1), thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain strong!) ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:10:21 EST for those with kids do you talk about weight loss ever? do you make it positive or negative? Brigit and I are being healthy. Nothing more or less. we excercise because its healthy, eat more veggies to be healthy. I try to spin it for her good. <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:32:40 EST size 8!!!!!!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I bought size 8 slacks yesterday, they are even a bit big int he waist. <BR> today I love my waist whihc is getting slimmer all the time. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 08:43:19 EST Up to a challenge? I was viewing lots of sparkpages (all - very inspirational!) ~ and it got me thinking.... <BR> <BR> It is sooOOOooo easy for us to say bad things about ourselves - whether it be mean remarks about our hips or thighs or mean remarks about how "weak willed and undisciplined" we are. Sometimes we say things about ourselves - to ourselves that we would never - in a million years say to others. Not to be cliche' (isn't that statement a bit cliche' in itself? LOL)... anyway - not to be cliche -... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:55:42 EST