SparkPeople 100+ First Steps Club! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9964 Life is a choice! When you have 100+ to lose, it is all about making the right choices! Come join these wonderful team members who are choosing to live life instead of watching it go by! SparkPeople 100+ First Steps Club! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9964 Jae & Brenda's Crazy Campsite http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58428675 Hi Jae! <em>244</em> We're team mates this week! <BR> <BR> We're having family over today, so I have to get going! <BR> <BR> SW = 246...dropped 3 lbs this week, so I hope I do something good this coming week!! <BR> <BR> I hope your eyes are feeling better. I had a total knee replacement last month, so I'm still hobbling around getting it to bend more. <BR> <BR> Let's eat healthy and get focused for the summer! <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:36:15 EST Jill's and Randy's Bungalow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58420043 Jill -- we can change the name --- I just wanted to get us a thread to started to re-group --- Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:01:38 EST Sue and Dee's Groovy Bunkhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58418409 Here we go, fun and games and healthy lifestyle <em>212</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:36:04 EST Amy and Wendi's Bunkhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58417264 This is going to be fun! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:59:07 EST McJoyful and JessieBruns Secret Hiding Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58416681 I'm loviing summer camp and glad to meet JessieBruns! We are going to have a great week! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:06:59 EST Jul-Squared Meeting Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58416308 Hi Juli - <BR> <BR> So excited to get to know you, especially since you have such a great name! <em>211</em> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:37:21 EST Marly's and Beverly's Secret Hiding Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58415129 I'm so excited for Summer Camp, Marly! Glad I got you as a partner! Let's ROCK this challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:46:17 EST need veggie ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58364282 The cub scouts are going to have their cross over ceremony in a couple weeks and my two boys are in charge of one fruit dish and one veggie dish. I plan to make fruit salad for the fruit but I don't want to make a veggie tray cause everyone will bring one of those. No potatoes cause there is a den in charge of starches so any ideas for a veggie that is not a starch and not just an ordinary veggie tray? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:44:01 EST 24 diet-sabotaging activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x58352801 I'll share # 20 --- it's a biggie for me --- lots of other activities on the list apply --- but I'll go with this one today <BR> <BR> 20. Saying "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to do something unhealthy. <BR> <BR> PUT DOWN THE FRIED OREO. START NOW. And if you pick up the fried oreo, don't justify it with future fitness plans. Accept that you are eating a fried oreo and accept the consequences of eating the fried oreo. But don't lie to yourself...because that is the worst kind of lie. <B... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:39:43 EST SparkSavings to be discontinued http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58335187 This from Coach Jen today. <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that SparkSavings (www.sparksavings.com) will be shutting down at the end of this month. The site didn't get enough traffic for us to justify continuing with it, so we're moving all of the relevant and helpful content from that site over to SparkPeople. If people go to www.sparksavings.com after 6/30, they will be re-directed to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a heads-up :) <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Je... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:25:43 EST Fourth of July prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58328341 <em>283</em> 4th of July <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> is coming up in a week and a half. For many this means bbqs filled with meats and starchy food that are loaded with calories and fat. Some of us even have more than one celebration to go to. So to look ahead and get a game plan started to help stick with healthy choices, what are your plans for this eating on this patriotic holiday? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:08:53 EST Anybody here use a pedometer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58287738 I bought one of the SP activity trackers. It's pretty much a pedometer that syncs with SP site. Does anybody else here count steps? <BR> <BR> Only had mine for a day so I can't tell yet if it's going to push me to add more steps to my day. <BR> <BR> Goal yesterday was 6000 steps. I almost made it too! It was my late night at work. We own a game shop so Friday nights we are open late for a card tournament. I was within a few steps of making my goal and it went past midnight. LOL. Back to 0.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 07:22:38 EST Fill in the blank: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x58268543 Fill in the blank: The toughest part of watching my weight in the summer is _____. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:46:46 EST Hi everyone :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x58261204 I'm not exactly new, but I've been away from SP for a couple of years. <BR> <BR> I lost 200 pounds and was ecstatic. But a few months ago, injuries to my lower back and right hip put me on the sideline by doctor's orders. I got so upset.....angry/depressed/frustrated. And I got into bad habits while I was sitting around sulking. So....I gained weight. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago I realized I was really not doing myself any good with that sort of behavior. I have finally been released by ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:45:12 EST E.A.S.Y. Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x58204728 <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> E.A.S.Y Challenge <BR> <BR> E --- Examine your reasons for wanting to lose weight <BR> A --- Access Spark DAILY (even if it’s just to spin the wheel) <BR> S --- Stop beating yourself up -- today is a new day! <BR> Y --- Yell if you need help (either here or anywhere on the threads) <BR> <BR> BONUS -- blog or write her... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:52:19 EST My work out go to songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58182844 When I work out I have to have my music. The faster the better cause it keeps me moving. <BR> <BR> Post yours too. <BR> <BR> Here are two of mine. <BR> <BR> 1. Overcomer by Mandisa because as long as I continue on this weight loss journey I am an overcomer. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Vo<BR>UYtx0kw </link> <BR> <BR> 2. Glow by britt Nicole just because of the fast beat <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd1H<BR>WOSvSZ0 </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:12:06 EST Randy's Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58169976 Just wanted everyone to know I'm doing pretty good. <BR> <BR> My 95 year old grandma is not doing well. I've been staying at the hospital at night do to her confusion. <BR> <BR> At this time she's had a stroke, pneumonia in both lungs, artrial fib with heart rates of 130-150. <BR> <BR> I'm back to work today -- first time since Thursday. I got 11 hours sleep last night but feel i need more. <BR> <BR> I'd like to respond to emails, goodie and stuff --- but I've got to wrap my head ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:54:43 EST June Weigh-ins - show that scale who's boss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58128348 <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> <em>11</em> <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> <em>11</em> <em>192</em> <BR> Since we aren't really weighing in on any of the threads this month, let's go ahead and post our weights here if you want! <BR> <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> <em>11</em> <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> <em>11</em> <em>192</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:12:44 EST Update to SP Journal Demise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58094377 From Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> After much discussion, we are keeping the Planner. It will be unlinked from the site, meaning it won't be in the "My Trackers" dropdown menu at the top of the page, but you can still get to it at this address: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/planner.<BR>asp </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:48:46 EST Question Regarding Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58060793 I have a question concerning calorie ranges and listening to your body about hunger. What do you do when you're just not hungry and don't feel like eating? Granted, it doesn't happen that often ... <BR> <BR> I'm not hungry and if I ate it would be simply to put something in my mouth. I know it's not a good idea to purposely starve yourself ... <BR> <BR> Conventional wisdom says to stay close to your calorie range ... but also to listen to hunger cues ... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:03:29 EST SP Planner/ Calender/ Journal Demise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58058048 Saw this posted on the Team Leader's Business Only Thread - <BR> <BR> The Planner/Calender/Journal will be discontinued on the 10th of June. If you use this feature, you have until then to retrieve anything you want to keep. Sat, 31 May 2014 08:20:57 EST Positive Thinking Is CRITICAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58054619 Came across the following today and it really got me thinking. I believe that in order to be successful in this journey, you MUST love yourself ... even if you have to start off liking yourself just a little. We need to find a way to shut down the little voices that scream that we're too fat, too unlovable, not good enough to be healthy, too lazy, too whatever it is that your little voices whisper in your ear to derail you. After all, the only thing that counts is the next bite you're putt... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:33:07 EST Giving Lip Service to............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x58045990 Need a little motivation? Need a cheerleader? <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Beverly can help you with that (along with the other members of the FSC) <BR> <BR> Be watching for words of wisdom from Beverly. You won't want to miss it! Fri, 30 May 2014 03:34:21 EST Kickin' It Old School http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x58045985 This thread will contain one day challenges throughout the month of June that are a little "old school" -- back to basics. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is one that you will see from time to time this month because it is one of the most productive tools SP offers to help you lose weight -- tracking what you eat. <BR> <BR> <BR> So for Friday, track all of your food into the food tracker and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 03:31:46 EST KISSably Fresh "Eating Clean" Tips and Tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x58045965 <em>265</em> <em>550</em> <em>289</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>284</em> <em>488</em> <em>368</em> <em>491</em> <em>370</em> <em>369</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of you have talked about following a "Eating Clean" diet so we thought we would showcase it this month. I will be leading you through Tips, Tricks and recipes for Eating Clean. <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the Eating Clean diet? <BR> <BR> It is actually pretty simple. First, the diet... Fri, 30 May 2014 03:25:10 EST Wet Your Whistle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x58045932 <em>91</em> Chug-a-lug! <BR> <BR> Be watching this space as Randy leads us on an adventure this month to increase our daily water intake. It is important that week keep hydrated as the temperatures keep rising going into the summer months. <BR> <BR> <BR> While you are waiting for Randy -- have a serving of water on me! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> ... Fri, 30 May 2014 03:09:16 EST K.I.S.S. the weekend good-bye! (weekend challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58045917 Each weekend in June, Randy will be issuing a weekend challenge to help everyone stay on track each weekend. Check this thread out this weekend to see what he has up his sleeve. I'm sure it will be a blast! Fri, 30 May 2014 03:01:28 EST The Daily SWAK-down! (one day fitness challenges) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58045912 Randy will be leading us in simple one day fitness challenges Monday - Friday this month. Check out this thread each day to see what Randy has in store for us! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>413</em> <em>355</em> <em>331</em> <em>326</em> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>415</em> <em>23</em> <em>206</em> <em>135</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 02:58:51 EST Mind Over Body Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x58045905 SparkPeople offers a "Mind Over Body" Challenge that we will be using for the month of June. <BR> <BR> Beverly will be heading up this challenge. Be watching for her post and sign-ups on Friday. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've seen some of the plans she has and it looks to be a fun and productive challenge! Please join us. The bigger the group, the better the support!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 02:55:25 EST Silly Question --- will accept Silly Answers :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58039099 I have a question about my oven. <BR> <BR> I have a gas cook stove. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x577<BR>06736&src=email </link> <BR> <BR> For Chef Angeline Milazzio's recipe. I never know when to use broil and if I use broil do have I have put the items "under" the broiler or just use the regular oven but use broil temperatures ?? <BR> <BR> I honestly don't know when I use the broiler under the oven --- when I do -- I us... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:37:10 EST Redesigned Fitness and Nutrition Pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x58018263 From Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that we launched a slightly redesigned version of our nutrition and fitness tracker pages today. You'll see that it still works the same way and has all of the information the old trackers did, but just has a cleaner look. A few other things to point out: <BR> <BR> - We consolidated buttons/reports/settings and they are now at the bottom of the page <BR> - Added a fat/carb/protein pie chart to the bottom of the pa... Tue, 27 May 2014 18:33:16 EST Surviving the Holiday Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x57971203 Well our first weekend of the summer season is here. Not really summer yet but all the summer-like activities seem to start. <BR> <BR> First Reminder is about our "panic thread" --- visit the thread and click "SUBSCRIBE TO DISCUSSION" -- it's my understand you will get update messages regarding thread whether you've posted there recently OR not. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x507<BR>42344 </link> <BR> <BR> Second -- <BR> <B... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:27:31 EST When I hear ______ I think of _______? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57963028 When I hear (a word) I think of (a word or phrase)? <BR> <BR> <BR> JUMP <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:44:58 EST Sweet Potato Recipes from WebMD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57962865 Baked Sweet Potatoes With Chili Beans <BR> Sweet potatoes are topped with pinto beans, tomatoes, avocados, and sour cream for a filling meat-free meal. Use canned beans to speed up cooking time. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/food-recipes/baked-swe<BR>et-potatoes-chili-beans?ecd=wnl_dab_05<BR>2214&ctr=wnl-dab-052214_ld-stry&mb=wJe<BR>wSQCAuMCPi0%2f1nW9c2eHnVev1imbC3VxO%2f5ik%2fdk%3d </link> <BR> <BR> Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/food-recipes/spiced-sw<B... Thu, 22 May 2014 13:26:08 EST Water Fight Wednesday - from Aquatini http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57948111 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x577<BR>06843 </link> <BR> <BR> post a water "gift" for someone <BR> <BR> and return the favor it you get hit with a water! <BR> <BR> glasses of water --- water balloons - water fruits! all count <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 09:10:41 EST Afterhours with the Carneys - Joke Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57928634 Did you hear the one about the Elephant with diarrhea? <BR> <BR> <BR> You should have, it's all over town! <BR> <BR> <BR> I needed laugh this afternoon --- searched the message boards for jokes! Mon, 19 May 2014 16:49:58 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57895709 <link>www.fitwatch.com/weight-loss/how-to-<BR>set-smart-weight-loss-goals-3571.html </link> <BR> <BR> This way made more since to me. I edited it some and inserted my personal information. <BR> <BR> I put mine on my SparkPage at the top -- and in my ScrapJournal --- I'm going to write in in every so often so that I come to those pages -- I'll see it! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:07:50 EST Fair Weekend Exhibit Hall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57894150 <em>316</em> <em>315</em> <em>550</em> <em>274</em> Open just for the weekend <em>316</em> <em>315</em> <em>550</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> You've all probably seen the exhibiit halls/buildings. Usually displays of flowers, sometimes animals. <BR> <BR> This one is everything you need to stay on track this weekend. <BR> <BR> Equipment for your use. <BR> <BR> Exercise demonstrations <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos.<BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> Cooking Dem... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:46:40 EST It's YOUR Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57835490 Marly suggested a thread where anyone could post any type of a challenge just for themselves and then come back and report. <BR> <BR> So, per Marly's suggestion, here it is! Thank you for the idea, Marly!! <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> My suggestions: <BR> <BR> Pick something you need to work on, but not something so big that it will discourage you. <BR> Pick a short duration of time such as a day or week or even weekend. <BR> Come back and track daily - or even more often if needed. <BR> F... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:33:31 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x57825170 I've been searching for a really active team to join, in addition to the ones I currently belong to on Sparkpeople. I think it was 2008 when I first joined the site and tend to take frequent "hiatuses". I've lost a total of 63 pounds Sparkin' ... some of those pounds more than once. <BR> <BR> I'll be 49 this summer, and am looking towards more of healthy lifestyle changes than "DIETING" ... which just makes me ornery. I don't have any forbidden foods because the minute I do ... I will ... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:34:20 EST Dining Out -- Sparkpeople Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57719111 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/sparkdi<BR>ning.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I'd never seen this. <BR> <BR> you can preplan some meals when eating out -- and even select it to have it added to your nutritional log! <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 15:54:33 EST Meet Professor Aquatini - aka Aquaman! (Randy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57706843 Be prepared to be amazed by Aquaman's water tricks, tips and acts! It will be astounding! Death-defying! You will be asking yourself "How does he do it?" <BR> <BR> But beware! You might be asked to join him in a trick or two!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:02:35 EST Meet Bijou Sal, Entertainer Extraordinaire (EB) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57706767 Come be entertained! Or will YOU be the entertainment???? <BR> <BR> This is the fun and games area of the State Fair! Learn things you never knew about fairs and carnivals before! Tell jokes, stories, fun things to all ages! <BR> <BR> Just watch out for the two-headed dog!!!!! <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:51:54 EST Meet Chef Angeline Milazzio! (Laura) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57706736 Ciau! My name is Chef Angeline Milazzio. I’m usually not around many Fair visitors. I work as the Carney’s Chef behind the scenes. It is so important to keep our hard-working Carneys healthy and fit. They do not have an easy job keeping this wonderful Fair going. <BR> <BR> Parri sicilianu? No? I thought so. Not many people can speak Sicilian. I’ll do my best to speak English then, Sicily is my homeland. My grandparents brought us over when I was a little girl. And even though we... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:47:17 EST The Side Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57706652 Fellow Fairgoers! Come one! Come all! To the most marvelous, stupendous, outrageously mind-blowing Side Show in the history of the FSC State Fair! Come explore the marvels of SparkPeople and the hands-on exhibits found on this website. You will be amazed! You will be thrilled! You won’t believe all of the possibilities that a discovery like this can mean for mankind! Step right up! You will have to see it to believe it! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:38:11 EST Riding the Rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57706630 Not all of us can take the ups and downs on a rollercoaster. The same is true of changing a lifetime of unhealthy habits. This thread will explore some of the ups and downs we face every day. Please feel free to offer suggestions for discussion topics. What is the worst drop on your rollercoaster ride? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:36:44 EST Concession Stands – (Better than)Fair Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57706617 If you have ever been to a fair, you know what the food vendors are selling. The number one seller? Deep Fried Anything! And the possibilities are becoming endless. I think the most outrageous one was the Deep Fried stick of butter. I’m sure we all have our Fair Food Favorites, however, we also know how bad they are for us. For example, an Elephant’s Ear is usually over 500 calories with absolutely no nutritional value. And our beloved funnel cakes? SparkPeople’s tracker has them at 7... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:35:28 EST Walking the Midway Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57706577 Welcome to the Midway! There are lots of great rides and attractions to see while you are here. This of course means lots and lots of walking around!! <BR> <BR> This is a personal walking challenge that will need the use of a pedometer. However, we have made adjustments so that you can substitute fitness minutes for steps if you don’t track your steps. <BR> <BR> The purpose of this challenge is to slowly increase the number of steps (fitness minutes) you take each day Monday – Friday. Th... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:31:08 EST Guess Your Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57706524 The Guess Your Weight challenge will start on Friday, May 2nd. The rules for the challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. There will be four 1 week challenges held in May. Each challenge is concluded at the end of the week and a winner is declared. The next weekly challenge will start with a clean slate and all participants’ results are set back to zero. <BR> <BR> 2. The purpose of the challenge is to lose the highest percentage of weight loss for the week. Your weigh-ins will be rounded to the neares... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:27:09 EST Stop this ride! I want to get off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x57706474 Are you starting to panic as the car inches closer to that first drop-off? Do you feel like you are spinning out of control on the Tilt-a-Whirl? Are you afraid of falling off your Carousal horse? <BR> <BR> It is easy to have those feelings of panic or losing control as we strive to achieve healthier lifestyles. This is your place to come for help. Don’t struggle alone. Don’t be afraid. Ask for assistance. There are plenty of carneys at this fair that will come to your aid. <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:21:59 EST New Team Board Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57704906 SP has launched some changes to our team boards that we think you will really enjoy. The most noticeable of these is the Team Wall at the top of the boards. Think of the Wall as something similar to Facebook's wall. Team members can post short comments or pictures for the team that don't necessarily have to do with any specific team board. You can comment on other people's posts and you can be notified by e-mail if anyone posts a comment to your posts. Only the latest 200 posts will show... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:50:13 EST I'm not the only GOLDEN GIRL fan -- am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57614982 love this SUPER GOLDEN FRIENDS <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkA<BR>i-giu-g </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:14:52 EST AF#3 Daffy Buds v Spring Beans v Razzle Dazzle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57586510 Final match-up! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:15:40 EST AF#3 WackyWarriors v Giggles & Wiggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57586508 Final match-up! <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:14:58 EST AF#2 Daffy Buds v Spring Beans v Giggles & Wiggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57468979 Here is your new challenge thread. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:02:00 EST AF #2 Razzle Dazzle vs. Wacky Warriors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57468977 Here is your new challenge thread. <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:00:51 EST SparkApp -- free again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57445654 Spark App is free again for android and iphone <BR> <BR> <em>305</em> right now if you order something from the SparkStore you get a THE SPARK --- I have 2 copies already --- with one more on the way -- if anyone is interested I'll send them --- if not by the time I move I'm going to get them to the library. <BR> <BR> I ordered me some "lunch" or portion containers with the ice packs in the lids. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:49:27 EST Extra Points to be Earned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57436104 Do you have any of the smartphone apps? <BR> <BR> If so -- see SparkPoints -- on the lower section you can "gobble" up some more points -- I was really in need of goodie points! <em>347</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:26:59 EST feeling blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57421667 had my pre op checkup today.not good.operation has been canceled.feeling really down as i had mentally prepared for the op now don´t know when it will be.have appointment with lung specialist tomorrow(aneteses thinks i have a lung embolie so wants that cleared before she gives op)but that doesn´t matter as surgeon doing op has canceled it because of an open sore(ulcer)i have on the leg to be operated and it is too much a risk of bacterial infection.have an appointment with him again on 22 apr... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:24:28 EST FSC poll - goodie points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x57419430 I'm curious how many goodie points people have. <BR> <BR> Not how many "total" spark you've earned .... <BR> <BR> but when you give a goodie -- how many do you have. <BR> <BR> I'm down to 593 <BR> <BR> I keep trying to get my points up -- but I do use them most everyday. I keep hoping to hit it big on the Bonus Spin -- missed 500 points yesterday on the spin -- by one slot!! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:04:58 EST Trying New Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57373893 My husband got a stroke of March Madness and brought home baby back ribs over the weekend. They went right into the freezer as I hadn't a clue as how to prepare them. I've never even eaten ribs before! <BR> <BR> I went to allrecipes.com and found a simple recipe that cooks the ribs low & slow in my CrockPot and get finished in the oven with BBQ sauce. <BR> <BR> Three guesses as to what we are going to have for dinner on Sunday. lol <BR> <BR> I'm thinking a large salad and some steamed gree... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:48:44 EST Foolishly Fun Follies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57370551 I thought maybe a thread for some funny stories...... <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:41:26 EST Some April Foolishness Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57345865 Since we have some April Foolishness to come up with, I thought we could use a thread for sharing ideas of some harmless pranks we could pull. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Pickled Head <BR> <BR> Print out a life-size color photo of a face, or a scary creature. Find a large glass jar. Cut the photo so it fits inside the jar (facing outward with the front of the photo pressed against the glass). Then add some water (if you want, laminate the photo first, or spray with waterproofing spray). Place the j... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:04:48 EST Razzle Dazzle - Jill & Randy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57343634 Jill --- I'm ready to have some fun losing some weight! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:02:57 EST Jae & Sue.. Spring Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57339570 Hi Jae, all the rules for the challenge are on the main team thread, but this is what we need for the first day. We have to post to the team thread to say what we are aiming for so will add mine and then you can copy, paste and add yours later when you are up lol...this time difference is a challenge in itself <BR> <BR> Our first day's challenge: <BR> <BR> If you post to your team's thread today = 1 pt <BR> <BR> If you hit your water goal today = 1 pt <BR> <BR> If you hit your fitness go... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:45:15 EST The Annual Easter Egg Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57339217 <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin on Monday, April 7th. Check back then to start your search for the dozen eggs (1 hidden each day) <BR> <BR> The egg hunt will run through Good Friday (April 18th) <BR> <BR> <BR> This year's Palm Sunday egg will be <em>198</em> (face palm) easy. <BR> Here it is... <em>451</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:13:35 EST A.P.R.I.L. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57339210 Here is your thread for creating your A.P.R.I.L. goals. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:10:45 EST Flirty Fun & Fancy Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57339201 <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard the saying "Clothes make the person"? Well, I think there is more to people than their clothes, however, I also think that our clothes, along with makeup, hairdos, accessories, shoes, manicures, ties & scarves, etc can make us feel different about ourselves. <BR> <BR> Remember that feeling you get when you wear a new outfit to work or you are trying a new hairstyle. Our shoulders are back and our posture improves. We walk around with an... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:07:24 EST Spring Fling 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x57339101 <em>230</em> This thread is under construction........Just look at the flying dust bunnies! <BR> <BR> I better send out a call to Beverly to clean up this thread.... <em>542</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:42:25 EST SparkPeople 30 Day Fit Food Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57339063 SparkPeople is offering a 30 day Fit Food Challenge and we encourage the FSC members to sign up for this challenge. We will post the daily challenges, but encourage you to use the link below to check out the web page and sign-up to have the challenges e-mailed to you each day. You can join in here as a team or do this challenge at your own pace. Either way, feel free to discuss the challenges and meal plans here throughout the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/30... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:33:54 EST AF #1 Wacky Warriors v Spring Beans v Daffy Buds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57339014 Good luck and have some foolish fun! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:20:46 EST AF #1: Razzle Dazzle vs. Giggles & Wiggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57338998 Good luck and have some foolish fun! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:18:35 EST The Fabulous Fifties! (SparkPoint Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57338881 Can you earn at least 50 SparkPoints today? <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Thumbs up if you are over 50 SparkPoints <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> Thumbs down if you are below 50 SparkPoints <BR> <BR> A weekly drawing will be held for a special SP Goodie. <BR> You must have at least 3 <em>48</em> to qualify for that week's drawing.. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:55:33 EST Borrow ebooks, audiobooks and even videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57292404 using the Overdrive app -- search for your library -- put in YOUR library card number --- you can borrow ebooks (Kindle, Nook etc) --- audiobooks -- you can get 10 at a time --- various formats -- I've attached links for the apps. <BR> <BR> You can also visit your library. I have 2 cards for 2 different library's --- and the books are even different. <BR> <BR> I listen to audiobooks when I walk -- they this is wonderful --- I had been borrowing books on CD's --- <BR> <BR> You can get bo... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:28:47 EST Motivational Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57278989 something clicked this morning and I remembered this story of the DONKEY IN THE WELL -- hope it's new to some --- and a motivational reminder to others.................... <BR> <BR> One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. <BR> <BR> The animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. <BR> <BR> He invited all his neighbors to come ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:58:00 EST April Foolishness Challenge! (official thread) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57270770 It is that time again my foolish friends! <BR> <BR> April Foolishness Challenge begins on April Fool's Day -- (Tuesday, April 1st) <BR> <BR> Here is the official thread for the April Foolishness. It will contains the rules, team match-ups and the daily challenges once the challenge begins. <BR> <BR> RULES: <BR> <BR> This is the point-based challenge for the month of April. This is a buddy challenge. Each team will consist of 2 members. On April 1st, each team that signs up will be going ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:57:47 EST Make up your own holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57267253 Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday day. What holiday would you make up? Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:57:43 EST Rut Buster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57229683 Spring has Sprung! <em>355</em> <em>126</em> <BR> The renewal season! Have you been in a rut? Ready to try something new? Spice things up? <BR> <BR> What's your Rut Buster? <BR> <BR> I'm going to spend at least 10 minutes outdoor every day. Getting my vitamin D from sunshine. Enjoying the fresh air. Clearing my mind. Walking. Waking up my spirit. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:42:08 EST Paris goes Hollywood? Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57204699 <BR> Paris has been the backdrop for many films – from animated movies to Paris love stories. Each day this week we will be visiting the parts of Paris that have made their way into the movies. Each day that you complete the challenge, you earn the posted emoticon. At the end of the week, you will receive your final goodie based on the number of emoticons you earned: <BR> <BR> 5-7 emoticons – A new pair of shoes so you can show off your true Parisian self…doing the Can Can! <BR> 3-4 emot... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:13:52 EST Plan Our Weekend --- March 15-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57127275 <em>530</em> <em>381</em> <em>530</em> <em>440</em> <em>530</em> <em>137</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> What's the plan for this weekend? <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> <em>381</em> <em>530</em> <em>440</em> <em>530</em> <em>137</em> <em>530</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:19:31 EST Get your Irish on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57122844 Monday is St Patrick's Day. Do you do anything to celebrate it? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:25:38 EST Euro Disney Challenge! (week #3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57120093 Euro Disney! <BR> <BR> Would a bunch of Disney fans miss the chance to go to Disneyland Paris? Of course not! Our challenge this week will be exploring Euro Disney like true tourists. Each day’s adventure will come with a challenge to complete. If you are successful in completing that day’s challenge, you will earn a Disney character. Can you collect them all before we leave the park? <BR> <BR> The characters you are collecting include: <BR> 1. Mickey <BR> 2. Minnie <BR> 3. Pluto <BR> ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:54:22 EST Peajay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x57066591 Hi there! I am Peajay, a 55 year old married mom. For the past several years, I have had a 45 minute commute each way to my job and a 45 - 60 hour week. A few months ago my workload lightened to 40 hours and my team relocated to an office much closer to my home. My short term goals are to increase my water and fruits/veggies and start walking a little every day, even if it is only 10 minutes. It feels so good to finally have a little time for me!!! <em>521</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:36:06 EST Guess whose birthday it is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57058149 <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Randy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's all wish him a very happy, happy birthday!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 03:41:35 EST Lose Yourself in Paris Challenge - week #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x57035384 Lose Yourself in Paris <BR> <BR> <BR> This week’s challenge is about embracing some of the habits of true Parisians. The goal is to stick to these four simple goals every day for the next week. <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Prepare your own meals. Shun prepared foods, especially processed ones with artificial anything. Don’t stock temptation foods at home. <BR> <BR> Goal #2: Introduce a small but regular new physical movement, like a daily walk or climbing stairs. If you go to a gym, you’r... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 02:34:33 EST Lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x57009820 Do you participate in giving something up for Lent? If so, what commitment are you making? Wed, 5 Mar 2014 01:13:11 EST M.A.R.C.H 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x57002946 <em>244</em> M = Maintain focus on each goal with commitment and follow-through! <BR> <em>381</em> A = Always strive for a combined mind, body and soul balance! <BR> <em>306</em> R = Relax and have fun! Enjoy your journey to being a healthier you! <BR> <em>250</em> C = Challenge yourself to become better than the day before! <BR> <em>243</em> H = Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY month! <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:31:04 EST The Secrets of the French Woman Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56957585 The Secrets of the French Woman Lifestyle <BR> <BR> <BR> French women choose their compensations. They understand that little things count, both additions and subtractions, and that as an adult everyone is the keeper of their own equilibrium. We will be sharing these secrets, recipes, French finds, style tips, and other well being advice from the French Women Don’t Get Fat book. <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:22:24 EST French Women Don't Get Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56957561 French Women Don’t Get Fat <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the inspirations for this month’s theme is a book written by Mirellie Guiliano called French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. This thread will contain a daily tidbit from her book and website. We hope that you will be able find inspiration in her words and perhaps adopt some of the ways of the Parisians. In her book, she recommends bread, Champagne, chocolate and romance as key ingredients to a balanced diet and li... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:13:28 EST Exploring the Louvre (Week #1 Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56957557 Week #1 Exploring the Louvre <BR> <BR> So that everyone can plan ahead, here are the daily challenges for this week - Saturday - Thursday. Next challenge will start on Friday. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekend Challenge: The Great Works Tour <BR> <BR> In an effort to not only take in the top three great works in the Louve, but to enjoy many other works along the way, plan to spend some time walking from the Mona Lisa to the Winged Victory to the Venus de Milo. <BR> <BR> Wear your pedometer or ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:10:13 EST My Paris Moment Today (can post daily) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x56957537 What did you do today that would make you a true Parisian? <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> <em>10</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:00:58 EST Paris Pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56957527 <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>10</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> You can find daily pleasures around the city of Paris, especially as spring is arriving. While we may not actually be in Paris, let these pleasures inspire you to indulge in your own daily pleasures. Turn off the TV, get out of your routines and live the life of a true Parisian. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 02:56:23 EST planifier notre week-end - March Lion or Lamb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56951027 You remember the old weather saying March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb!. <BR> <BR> Well -- how are you going to start your March. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:22:07 EST I can --- you can --- we can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56895615 <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Probably 3 of my favorite emoticons --- so glad that they added "I can" and "we can" -- he had "You can for a while". <BR> <BR> Mini-blogs -- what can you do this week --- <BR> <BR> or encourage others with there "I cans" with a you can! <BR> <BR> Let's be positive with each other --- and just see what "we ca do". <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:57:39 EST Frozen Smoothie Pies (portable) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56886470 <link>canned-time.com/frozen-fruit-smoothi<BR>e-breakfast-bar/ </link> <BR> <BR> found this on pinterest thought it sounded interesting and along with my "portable" meals <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:54:44 EST Plan Our Weekend 2/21-2/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56863624 <em>530</em> <em>195</em> <em>530</em> <em>416</em> <em>530</em> <em>84</em> <em>530</em> <em>550</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Plan <BR> Our <BR> Weekend <BR> <BR> Don't be a Prison of Weekend --- Plan it -- Do it -- and have a successful HEALTHY weekend <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> <em>195</em> <em>530</em> <em>416</em> <em>530</em> <em>84</em> <em>530</em> <em>550</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Pick 2 <BR> Exercise <BR> Water <BR> Freggies <BR> Log... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:49:38 EST How do you Salsa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56849584 <em>351</em> Hot Latin Dance or Favorite food <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <em>302</em> Favorite ways to use & eat salsa (type), please share! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:00:48 EST Love Letters Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56849543 Love Letters Challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>51</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Each day will consist of 4 “LOVE” challenges. <BR> Accomplish 3-4 and earn a <em>26</em> <BR> Accomplish 0-2 and earn a <em>51</em> <BR> All hearts must be posted by the end of the day on Thursday the 27th. <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday’s Love Letters <BR> <BR> L – Leg lifts – 25 or more <BR> O – Orange food at 1 meal <BR> V – vid... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:56:28 EST Eggs (and other meal planning) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56847160 Please help me meal plan ... breakfast <BR> <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/15-twists-on-eatin<BR>g-an-egg-for-breakfast-167107 </link> <BR> <BR> I found a "mini" quiche recipe the other day -- I think I "pinned" it. <BR> <BR> I'm wanting to make up some "portable" breakfast items. <BR> <BR> I'm not one to get up and eat --- I usually eat at work or a poorer choice on the way to work. <BR> <BR> I was boiling some eggs in the evening to take to work. <BR> <BR> I'm planning to plan .... ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:25:00 EST This summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56810380 <em>67</em> This summer I want to ______________________ Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:47:55 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x56760469 New to the team, looking forward to information and support Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:45:19 EST Have a Heart Challenge (week #3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56760416 Have a Heart Challenge <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> This will be a two-fold daily challenge – fitness and nutrition. <BR> <BR> You can earn one heart <em>26</em> or two hearts <em>129</em> each day. <BR> <BR> Complete one or both daily challenges to earn your hearts. At the end of the week, those with less than 7 hearts will earn a single heart goodie. Thos... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:41:02 EST Things a Dieter is Expected to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56696224 <em>195</em> copy/paste & add yours... <BR> <BR> 1. Eat with Others <BR> 2. Cook for Others <BR> 3. Talk about Yummy food Recipes <BR> 4. Watch "skinny people eat food" ads on tv <BR> 5. Order the healthy food at the drive thru! <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:50:54 EST Snow Day! How do you Play? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56679277 How do you play when you have an unexpected snow day? aka, what do you do with the extra time off? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> some assembly required to turn these <em>425</em> into <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> or are you more of a <em>188</em> snow angel kinda person? <BR> <BR> followed by a cuppa steaming hot what??? <em>106</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 02:12:25 EST City of Lights Challenge - Romance in Paris! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56670060 Week #2 -- Starts Friday Feb 7th. <BR> <BR> The City of Lights – Romance in Paris! <BR> <BR> Time for a romantic getaway to the City of Lights – Paris! What better way to lead up to Valentine’s Day. Each day this week we will be visiting a different location in Paris with a challenge to complete for that location. Complete the challenge for that day to earn your souvenir. Each day's location is a one day event. You must post your results by the end of the day. Souvenirs will be awar... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:31:22 EST Super Bowl & Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56617402 <em>281</em> Do you Super Bowl? Whatchya eating today? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:07:50 EST Its Habit Forming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56597936 consistent repetition will make an action become a habit. We all would like to replace our bad habits with healthier habits. Here is your chance to do as our team's namesake says -- take that First Step towards creating a healthy habit. <BR> <BR> 1. Pick a specific area of focus and develop an achievable goal that you can do each day for the next week. Can be anything as long as it is measurable on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> 2. Commit yourself to creating a streak of at least 7 days. <BR... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 02:37:52 EST Valentine Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56597919 Sending Valentines to those we love and care for is a tradition most of us have done since we sent ones to our grade school classmates, our first crush, our first true love, etc. So how about sending Valentines to yourself? <BR> <BR> Loving ourselves, warts and all, is a hard thing for many of us. This thread is about recognizing the positive things about ourselves and rewarding our many accomplishments, large and small by sending ourselves Valentine messages this month. <BR> <BR> You... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 02:29:12 EST FSC's Winter Olympics 2014 - Official Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56584818 We will be doing 4 one week challenges starting Jan 31st. The FSC's Winter Olympics will be our first challenge. I'm thrilled to say that we already have 14 Olympians signed up! <BR> <BR> For each of our week's challenges, I'm going to post the entire week's challenges so that you can have advanced notice to give you time to prepare for each challenge. They will be a combination of fitness, nutrition, hydration and motivation challenges. This is meant to supplement your regular workouts ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:05:04 EST SMART goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56577379 <link>www.pinterest.com/pin/22616521250955<BR>3225/ </link> <BR> <BR> S.M.A.R.T goal setting on steroids <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:02:53 EST Stomach size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56553754 I know (or have heard, I should say) that they less you eat, your stomach size will actually shrink or go back to a more normal size. I have been eating big salads and am concerned that if I continue to do this, my stomach will not become smaller and I will always want to over eat. <BR> <BR> I am a slow eater, so that is not a factor. I have a big appetite on my own, but also am on medications that seem to add to that, plus years of overeating, etc, etc. And in the past, when I worked o... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:42:06 EST Do you want to be a FSC Olympian? Sign up today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56534476 <em>329</em> <em>196</em> <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>196</em> <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>196</em> <em>310</em> <BR> <BR> The opening ceremonies for the FSC Winter Olympics will be this Friday. If you have ever dreamed of being an Olympian, then sign up for this special challenge. <BR> <BR> Running this Friday (31st) through next Friday (7th) there will be a different Olympic event each day. You will have the opportunity to go for the Gold, Silver or Bronze medals in each e... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:25:10 EST Pressure Cooker Food Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56522409 <em>286</em> Ever tried it? Worth it? What do you make? Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:52:41 EST Ever buy anything on tv? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56509565 <em>387</em> Was it all it was cracked up to be? Love it? Hate it? Use it? Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:43:50 EST What lifts your spirit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56498505 What perks you up? Please share :) Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:05:10 EST Food triggers, Cravings & Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56472037 <em>195</em> interesting Sparkarticle that rang a bell with me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1770&page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> trigger foods & cravings are a definite issue for me, and sometimes moderation just doesn't work well for me. When I'm struggling, like now, sometimes it is better if I just don't go there when I can't handle it... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:45:42 EST Sparktacular blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56455077 Our struggles & why Sparking helps. Worth the read, I know I sure can relate... :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600598 </link> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:29:45 EST Rainbow Randy's Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56388793 well it's the Member's choice forum. <BR> I decided to have a check-in thread. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <em>195</em> <em>437</em> <em>195</em> <em>437</em> <em>195</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to be better with my follow-up as I continue planning. <BR> <BR> Feel free to follow or check back from time to time. <BR> <BR> I realized it's time to "go to any lengths". I can not continue to gain .... I believe that I can not continue to drink diet pop -- I've had a ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:40:43 EST Flu shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56379064 Yeah or Nay? Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:52:30 EST free book for Kindle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56364217 <link>www.amazon.com/Creating-YOUR-Weight-<BR>Success-Pounds-ebook/dp/B007JHJ6NY/ref<BR>=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=138<BR>9741928&sr=1-4&keywords=lose+weight </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't read it but it looks interesting -- and it's free for downloading for your Kindle or Kindle PC reader. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:27:03 EST Proud of Myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56308456 I took the plunge today and re-joined the Curves program so I would have accountability, support, and fellowship! Got measured, weighed, and re- introduced to all the machines and moves that are going to help me reach my goals. Yippy Skippy!!! Galestorm <BR> <em>324</em> <em>362</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:01:52 EST POW 01/10 -- 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56303513 <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> <em>531</em> This is an added item for the weekend <em>531</em> <BR> <BR> <em>531</em> Super Healthy <BR> <BR> What can you put into your plan this week that is <em>531</em> ? <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:15:27 EST Water Info from a water-a-holic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56224433 I am a self-proclaimed water-a-holic, and I'm not ashamed. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a short article similar to many I've read that recommend drinkiong at least .5 oz of water for every two punds of your body weight: http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition<BR>/water.htm <BR> <BR> I do this most days, and I believe it has helped keep me from being even bigger than I currently am. I recommend starting ASAP to build up your intake, but going full ounces on a Friday or a long weekend... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:46:04 EST THE SPARK --- 2 copies to good home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56215100 <em>305</em> <em>407</em> <em>305</em> <em>437</em> <em>305</em> <em>407</em> <em>305</em> <em>437</em> <em>305</em> <BR> <BR> Free to good home. <BR> <BR> I have 2 copies of THE SPARK to give away <BR> <BR> The softcopy <link>www.amazon.com/The-Spark-Breakthroug<BR>h-Getting-Transforming/dp/1401926460/r<BR>ef=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388872185&sr=8-<BR>3&keywords=the+spark+sparkpeople.com </link> excellent condition <BR> <BR> the hardcopy and I believe first edition/r... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:56:10 EST New Year's Revolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x56159658 I'm borrowing this phrase from a cute commercial where the guy is talking to a table of kids and one of them says we should do our New Year's Revolutions. Now while his is to eat more jelly beans, I want this thread to be a place where we can post the items that we have had a revolution about and what we are doing about it going forward. This isn't a regular check-in type of a thread, just some place where we can have our "revolutions" this month and where we can find support from our team ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:53:48 EST Creatures of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56159640 Have you noticed how much we are creatures of habit? Good or bad, we love to do things the same way each time. Do you start brushing your teeth on the same side each morning? Do you have a certain order in which you get dressed? Do you drive to work on autopilot? <BR> <BR> We all have habits that we would like to incorporate or change in our daily routines. This thread is about taking ONE of those items and making it into the habit you want to be -- kind of like creating a streak until ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:48:55 EST The MORE Jar for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56157584 What is the MORE Jar? <BR> <BR> MORE stands for Motivating, Outstanding, Rewarding and Encouraging. <BR> <BR> Find yourself a jar that you can fill with this year's MORE items -- <BR> <BR> Each day, pick one of the MORE items and add something to your jar: <BR> <BR> MOTIVATING: motivational quotes, a picture that motivated you, a task you completed that motivates you to do something even bigger, a quick note about how you kept your motivation that day, etc. Anything you find motivating... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:29:44 EST Catching some Zzzzzzzzzz ....*yawn* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x56157380 Does it help to track your sleep each night to make sure that you are getting enough each night? <BR> <BR> Here is the thread just for that purpose. <BR> <BR> Post a <em>102</em> for each hour of sleep that you got the night before. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is also helpful to talk about how you are feeling either getting enough sleep or from the lack of sleep you may have experienced. <BR> <BR> What are some ways you can share that will help us get to bed at earlier times? Did you nee... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:09:39 EST Winter Waterland Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56157326 This is a simple water challenge to help those who need to either get back on track with their water consumption or those who need to increase their current levels. Starting Friday, January 3rd, post the number of servings of water you want to consume each day that week. You can increase your goals from week to week. <BR> <BR> The goal is to meet or exceed your posted goal a minimum of 5 out of the 7 days that week. <BR> <BR> Post a <em>91</em> each day that you hit your goal. If yo... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:04:14 EST Fresh Inspirations Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56157288 This is our nutrition challenge for January. Starting on Friday, January 3rd, each participant will set their calorie range goals for the week. Each week, the goal is to meet the challenge's set of 3 criteria a minimum of five out of the seven days of the week. If you have posted success at least five times within the week, you will earn that week's goodie. <BR> <BR> The set of 3 criteria that needs to be met each day are: <BR> <BR> 1. Stayed within your calorie range <BR> 2. Have all ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:59:28 EST Going a Mile a Minute Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56157137 We had requests for walking challenges and other forms of fitness challenges, so we will combine these into a fitness minute challenge. You can choose the form of fitness you will use for this challenge. This also gives you the flexibility to change up your workouts throughout the month of January. <BR> <BR> Our goal this month is to travel the 1200 miles from the ball dropping in Times Square for the New Year and end up at Walt Disney World for some fun fitness of running around the parks... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:43:40 EST Plan Your New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56149372 <em>437</em> <em>195</em> <em>550</em> <em>437</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>218</em> <em>283</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> You know my Sparkfriend, Randy, has a saying --- IF I FAIL TO PLAN ... I PLAN TO FAIL. <BR> <BR> I thought it might be good to plan your evening and your 1st day of 2014. <BR> <BR> Tadzio aka Randy shared his plan: <BR> <BR> Keep calories lower than usual through out the day New Year's Eve <BR> <BR> 2 alcoholic drinks mixed so that's ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:15:25 EST Team Suggestions for New Year Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56120424 We are fast approaching the new year. What does everyone want to focus on starting in January? Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:25:54 EST Plan Our Weekend aka POW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x56103082 <em>530</em> <em>195</em> <em>530</em> <em>412</em> <em>530</em> <em>412</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Plan Our Weekend <BR> <BR> I'm going to use the thread to Plan my "Yearend" <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> <em>195</em> <em>530</em> <em>412</em> <em>530</em> <em>412</em> <em>530</em> <BR> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:45:25 EST I AM going to do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x56094149 Hi! I am 57, female and obese! I am raising 3 pre-teen grandchildren, have an amazing husband and just need support in loosing over 100 pounds. I have many medical issues, but I recently completed my very first 5K walk in under an hour! I did so with my grandchildren encouraging me...2 ran it at under 40 minutes and 1 stayed walking with me for encouragement. I just seem to lose 5 pounds and gain 10 and no matter what I do, it just doesn't go away. Came here looking to encourage and be enc... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:16:38 EST #RockYourR Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56030002 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=a_january_challenge_you_can_stick_with </link> <BR> <BR> very nice article <BR> <BR> Thought maybe we could have some discussion and have a thread for 2014. <BR> <BR> I really want (need) 2014 to be THE year --- I'm tired of fighting these pounds. <BR> <BR> Up and down the same 15-20 pounds for the last 3 years. (yes I know that's looking at the past -- but I've got to use that to spur me on into 2014. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:57:33 EST Abbreviated Secret Santa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x56009248 I have no idea where my head is at this month! Christmas is sneaking up on me way too fast. <BR> <BR> Because we are running so late in the month, we will be doing an abbreviated Secret Santa this year. For those of you who haven't done our Secret Santa in the past, here is how it works: <BR> <BR> 1. Sign up on this thread to be someone's Secret Santa. <BR> <BR> 2. I will be informing you of your person via SparkMail by Thursday. Keep this person's name a secret from everyone! If ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:39:57 EST WHAM to POW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55920573 <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Thinking ahead and this emoticon hit me. <BR> <BR> How about this for our weekend challenges? <BR> <BR> P - plan <BR> O- our <BR> W- weekend <BR> <BR> we can plan what we want to do --- offer up a challenge. <BR> <BR> I know for me --- put a little extra effort into my weekend plan sure helps -- gives me some more structure that's norma... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 11:24:50 EST WHAM (back by popular demand) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55887704 <em>306</em> <em>216</em> <em>381</em> <em>216</em> <em>521</em> <em>216</em> <em>386</em> <em>216</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> WHAM --- weekend healthy accountability and mini-challenge. <BR> <BR> for lack of a new name it's back and I might be stretching "popular demand". <BR> <BR> But I was thinking I needed something for the weekend. Then Serene asked me about the weekend challenge and commented she could use it too. <BR> <BR> So here it is. WHAM <em>216... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:54:14 EST FSC to the Moon by 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55839620 238,000 miles to the moon. We're going to multiply our points at the end by 1,000 and see how we do or multiply as you go :) <BR> <BR> 1 mile for each 15 minutes of exercise <BR> 2 miles for daily check-in <BR> 2 miles for achieving personal goal for the day (can be changed weekly) <BR> <BR> I always got into the walk somewhere with Dee. <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:57:08 EST The Misfit Toys - Laura & Randy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55838529 So which toy are you? <BR> <BR> Fresh start this morning. Had my cream of wheat for breakfast. It is almost lunch and I'm not really hungry yet. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:20:11 EST Jingle Bells (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55833043 In turn, post a line from a Christmas carol/song, and then the next person guesses the name of the carol/song and then posts a line from a diferent carol/song for the next person to guess, and so on. <BR> <BR> <BR> To start: <BR> <BR> "In the meadow we can build a snowman, <BR> Then pretend that he is Parson Brown" <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:48:20 EST The Holidays A - Z (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55833028 In turn, add a holiday item to the alphabetical list. When you have completed the alphabet, start over with the letter A again. <BR> <BR> <BR> To start: <BR> <BR> A = Angels Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:43:56 EST Reduce your holiday stress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55833000 This is a sharing thread. <BR> <BR> Many times we do not take care of ourselves during the holidays because we are too stressed out with all of the shopping, wrapping, parties, decorating, traveling, year-end work, and other tasks on top of our normal everyday activities. <BR> <BR> Let's share some ideas about how to relax and relieve some of the stress the holidays can cause. Post here what you did today to unwind. Make it a priority to take at least 10 minutes out of your busy sched... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:39:09 EST It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55832939 The holidays brings with it many traditions and family favorites that make it a special time of year. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions, activities, music, etc. that help to make your holidays memorable? <BR> <BR> <BR> One thing that I have done since my nephews were little is to place a pickle ornament on my tree. This was a tradition that I learned about in a little German-influenced village near my hometown. The pickle is the last ornament to go on the tree and it is "... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:29:41 EST Hints for Surviving the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55832867 This is a sharing thread. Post any tips you may have for keeping the holidays healthy. This is also a good thread to come through if you are struggling with balancing a healthy lifestyle with all of the trappings the holidays provide, such as the parties or the baked "goodies" that seem to appear everywhere we go. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. <BR> <BR> When you wear snug-fitting attire to your next holiday party, chances are you'll b... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 00:19:26 EST Join in the Reindeer Games! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55832305 I'mmmmmm baaaaack! <BR> <BR> You really didn't think I'd miss the opportunity to rid the world of those evil reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh each year, did you? <BR> <BR> Well, it looks like I'm up to my old tricks again this year. I have lured all of the reindeer away to unknown parts of the world. They think they are on holiday and don't realize that Christmas is coming up fast. <BR> <BR> Only by playing my reindeer games can you hope to find the missing reindeer and save Christmas... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:06:31 EST GOING FOR THE GOLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x55831066 Hi Just joined today and finding it to be very easy and fulfilling to work on this website. <BR> I have a lot of stress in my life with a physically/mentally challenged daughter (foster daughter-her legal guardian) Had multiple organ transplants, dialysis for 4 1/2 yr and had kidney transplant. Every since her behavior has been difficult to deal with. This causes me to crave my habit of chips, chocolate, salty & sweet snacks. <BR> <BR> I have a question about the calories which are we s... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:46:30 EST Jingle Bellies: Christine and Serene http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55818609 We're going to rock this thing. Hope you don't mind if I post my weigh-ins and stuff here. I'm one of those annoying daily weighers. It keeps me motivated. <BR> <BR> SW 11/29: 301.6 <BR> 11/30: 300.6 <BR> <BR> Current plan: <BR> <BR> No fat added vegan <BR> 12,000 steps at least 6 days per week <BR> No being mean to myself Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:09:50 EST Brightest Bulbs on the Tree-Boni and Julie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55812592 Boni, here is our thread. I'm going to post my weight here--along with a quote for the week. Just something fun! <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:35:42 EST Jolly Holly Team - Dee and Beverly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55812106 Here we go! Let's crush the competition, Dee! Or at least do better than Laura and Randy! That way we get an extra goodie from them! LOL! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <BR> Jolly Holly all the way! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:57:07 EST SANTA'S SWEET COOKIES - Sue, Brenda & Lucy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55806012 Hi Sugar Cookie Sue! <BR> <BR> I'm posting my starting weight here too! <BR> <BR> 11/29 SW = 252 <BR> <BR> Let's drop some "dough" before Christmas! <em>381</em> <BR> <em>443</em> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:00:43 EST 12 Pounds of Christmas Challenge - official thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55801137 This is a simple buddy challenge. Find a partner. The goal is for you and your buddy to lose 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can lose it by 6 pounds each or 8 pounds and 4 pounds per person. Any combination of weight loss as long as it adds up to 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> If you and your partner lose your 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will earn a Spa Visit Goodie to pamper yourself after the holidays are over. <BR> <BR> This challenge begins the day after T... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 04:11:35 EST Old name ---- same ole me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x55717750 Don't want to confuse everyone but I changed my name. <BR> <BR> This is the name I used or a similar one when I started Sparking. <BR> <BR> I was Tadziowv --- Tadzio is a little boys name from a book by Thomas Mann --- Death in Venus. Just loved the name. <BR> <BR> It's always been part of my email address and various screen names --- just hit me today that I wanted to go back to it here too. Maybe it will bring me luck !!! <BR> Randy <em>437</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:58:30 EST There's enough here .... why do I want more? ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55706319 I seem to have a very "set" pattern. <BR> <BR> I'm on the mountain. <BR> I slip down the mountain a little. <BR> I disappear in a giant hole! <BR> I poke my head out of hole. <BR> I'm determined to make a comeback. <BR> I start grasping ..... <BR> <BR> As I started grasping I start believing I need more. I started looking for teams. SUPER Challenge Team, Motivate ME Team, TEAM MAKE ME DO IT ..... etc etc. Today joined a couple more --- it also helped balance out my SparkPage --- ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:34:38 EST 12 Pounds of Christmas Challenge -- Sign up today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x55695603 It is time again for our 12 Pounds of Christmas Challenge. <BR> <BR> This is a simple buddy challenge. Find a partner. The goal is for you and your buddy to lose 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can lose it by 6 pounds each or 8 pounds and 4 pounds per person. Any combination of weight loss as long as it adds up to 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> If you and your partner lose your 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will earn a Spa Visit Goodie to pamper yourself afte... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:37 EST Healthy Internet Finds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55620542 packing a lunch tips <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/health/healthy-li<BR>ving/unhealthy-lunch-foods/more/#.UoOY<BR>cz0elVY.twitter </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:27:38 EST Movies & Actors (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55476482 Starting with a movie title, the next person needs to post one of the actors in that movie. The next person after that posts the name of another movie that actor did and then the next lists a different actor from the newly posted movie and so forth. So the posts should go movie, actor, movie, actor, movie, actor, and so on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's start with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:50:11 EST Which to do you prefer? (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55476354 Answer the question from the previous person and then post your own question for the next person to answer. They need to be "Which do you prefer?" questions. <BR> <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer? <BR> <BR> Turkey - white meat or dark meat? Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:34:36 EST Decorating on a budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55470723 As we prepare to decorate our homes for the holidays, post any ideas you have for decorating that can be done on a budget. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:47:18 EST Switch Sides http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55470715 <em>428</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>181</em> <em>471</em> <em>181</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> When you have holidays or family gatherings such as Thanksgiving, typically, we serve a main dish that is a tradition for our family. Many will grace the table with a turkey, others a chicken or a ham or perhaps an ethnic dish based on our family ancestry. <BR> <BR> However, while the side dishes we serve with our main course may also be f... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:41:54 EST Fowl Play http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55470693 Are you committing some Fowl Play today? Post your Fowl Play Challenges here. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:29:02 EST In The Roost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55470689 Welcome to the Roost! As the TNT orders dictate - use this thread for tracking points and fulfilling challenges. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:27:08 EST TURKEYS 'N TRAINING Official TNT Challenge Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55470675 <BR> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>331</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for boot camp? <BR> <BR> Well, this November, Boot camp is for the birds. Turkey birds that is… <BR> <BR> Welcome to Turkeys ‘N Training! (TNT Challenge) The “turkeys” in the FSC just looked at the calendar and figured out that Thanksgiving is coming up and they are looking to survive this foodfest holiday. <BR> <... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:21:33 EST Sign up today for the TNT Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x55440230 Young Michael was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. <BR> <BR> 'What are you doing?' Michael enquired. <BR> <BR> 'Oh, I'm just stuffing the turkey,' his grandmother replied. <BR> <BR> 'Wow, that's cool.' Michael remarked. 'Are you going to hang it next to the deer?' <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>331</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Are you rea... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:32:52 EST Ghost/Ghoul returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55271422 Just wanted to check in --- <BR> <BR> This Ghoul has returned. <BR> <BR> During my several days absent I went to San Francisco and Sacramento. <BR> <BR> During my time in both cities I did lots of walking. Yes I did some eating. Ate some really good meals. The good news is that I didn't do a lot of snacking. And I only had dessert 2 times during the whole trip. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to a gym during the whole trip -- but again -- did lots of walking. <BR> <BR> I BELIEVE that... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:20:30 EST The Biggest Loser -- Second Chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x55259790 The new Biggest Loser season starts tomorrow - Tuesday, October 15th. This season's theme - Second Chances. <BR> <BR> The trainers had input on casting and will have a "save" vote to allow someone to stay on campus if they are eliminated and the trainers don't agree with the elimination. <BR> <BR> Don't know much more than that. Here is our chat thread for those who like to chat about the show. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:42:12 EST WALKING ZOMBIES (Team #2 - Haunted B&B) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55139345 <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>423</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Walking Zombies team thread! <BR> <BR> Let's put on our walking shoes and send those pounds a packing this month. <BR> <BR> Our team for this month includes: <BR> <BR> -RANDY- (gone 4th - 14th) <BR> MRSBIGGLESWORTH (gone 15th - 20th) <BR> DEEGIRL50 <BR> JULIEJO39 <BR> MOMOFBOYS <BR> ENTIRELYBEVERLY <BR> SMART4ANDREY <BR>... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:57:55 EST BAT GIRLS ( TEAM 1 HAUNTED B&B) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55126636 Just starting the thread for our team, be back tomorrow Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:31:16 EST Monster Mash (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55090067 This could be called a game or can be used as a dance challenge. In turn post one song title of any song that could be associated with the spookiness of Halloween, no matter how obscure the reference might be. You can also post a link if one is available. <BR> <BR> The most obvious one is: <BR> <BR> The Monster Mash <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0thH3qnHTbI </link> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:10:04 EST Boo! (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55090002 In turn, post a one word movie title. It can be any type of movie. I'll start off with a spooky movie in honor of October: <BR> <BR> <BR> Psycho <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:02:35 EST Question Everything! (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55089977 This is a game where each person answers the last question posted with a new question. For example: <BR> <BR> 1st post: What is for dinner? <BR> 2nd post Why do you ask? <BR> 3rd post: Aren't you hungry? <BR> 4th post: Did someone say dinner? <BR> ...and so on. <BR> <BR> <BR> We will start off with this question: <BR> <BR> Which way did he go? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:00:07 EST Cleaning out the Cobwebs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55089831 Stop procrastinating! Each week in October, pick one cleaning or organizing task that you have been putting off for some time. Post how you are doing in completing that task. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:47:27 EST Trick or Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55089783 Starting October 1st - there will be a daily "trick" posted as well as a "treat". Do the "trick" and you will earn the "treat". <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:43:18 EST The Bubbling Cauldren http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x55089686 Welcome to the Bubbling Cauldren. <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's cooking in your pot today? <BR> <BR> <BR> Fall always seems like a good time of year to turn to hot soup and quick crockpot dinners to warm us up on a cool chilly night. Many of us work and are looking for those fast dinner options that gives us quick meal options. <BR> <BR> Post here what you are doing for dinner tonight. Share your recipes for quick soups or crockpot meals that can give us healthy options eve... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:33:43 EST Haunted B&B - Team #2 Organizing Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55089505 When the teams are posted tomorrow - team #2 can use this thread to get organized. <BR> <BR> Ghoul Luck! <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:11:52 EST Haunted B&B - Team #1 Organizing Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55089483 When the teams are posted tomorrow - team #1 can use this thread to get organized. <BR> <BR> Ghoul Luck! <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:09:51 EST The Haunted B&B Challenge - Official Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x55089472 <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> It is time to put your spook on for October and join the 4 week challenge. This is a two part challenge. You can participate in one or both parts. <BR> <BR> Participants will be divided into two teams. Starting Friday, Oct 4th, we will conduct 4 one-week challenges between the two teams. There will be two ways for your team to win that w... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:08:17 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x55073764 Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Theresa ,I am new to spark . I just turned 50 and decided if I do not lose this weight now it will only be more difficult later on. As I said I am new here and there is so much to learn . This seems like such a great site to get educated, motivated and to keep track of everything. I look forward to sharing and reading success stories. <em>249</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:13:52 EST The Haunted B & B Challenge - Sign-up Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x55031656 <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever stayed in a Haunted Bed and Breakfast? Now is your chance. It is time for our Haunted B & B Challenge. <BR> <BR> Starting October 4th and running for 4 weeks, participants will be broken down into 2 teams. Each week we will be "staying" in different haunted bed and breakfasts competing for two titles each week. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:14:34 EST Just Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x55028428 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm not a new member but am back to taking my baby steps to build up my walking. <BR> <BR> Please share with me your journeys, from starting out until today even though you may not have lost all the weight that you would like. <BR> <BR> I'm sure your story would be an interest to all, especially me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Susan Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:58:11 EST Remember why you started.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54920403 list of 107 reason why to lose weight. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486056 </link> <BR> <BR> Dee posted this on the meaningful blog/article thread -- I thought it would be interesting to copy and paste the list --- and remove the ones that mean something to me personally --- I'm leaving the numbers. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to how many I have out of 107 (I may reword some just a bit from the female point of view...... <BR> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:46:22 EST Is there a Color Run coming your way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54849905 <link>www.thecolorvibe.com/faq.php </link> <BR> <BR> Thinking seriously about doing this...... <BR> <BR> I can't think of anything more fun for a person that loves COLOR! <BR> <BR> It says you can even walking it -- 5K -- 3 miles or so. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:57:59 EST PYTs can KISS! Wk #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54811172 Here is our new home!! <BR> <BR> My SW was 365. <BR> <BR> <BR> My apologies to everyone for being MIA today. In the space of an hour this morning, I went from a relaxing day to planning 2 family get-togethers this weekend plus going to a college football game in 90 degree heat tomorrow, after which 15+ people are coming to my house. I've been running ragged all day. <BR> <BR> Just turned on my iPhone playlist so I didn't exactly go "old school" but I did do a lot of dancing around the h... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 03:21:45 EST The Marvelettes at the Sock Hop Wk 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54793001 <em>215</em> Welcome One & All!!!! Come on in to the Sock Hop!!!! <BR> <em>335</em> <em>351</em> <em>352</em> <BR> Team #2 ~ The Marvelettes <BR> MOMOFBOYS - Wendi (5 songs) <BR> OKBACK2ME - Teresa (5 songs) <BR> JULIEJO39 - Julie (3 songs) <BR> NEWFROGDIVA - Jae (3songs) <BR> TRUHART - Jules (3songs) <BR> RICHILA - Valerie (5 songs) <BR> CEEG-ERRIFIC ~ Christine (3 songs) Thu, 5 Sep 2013 14:53:52 EST Team #1 Organizing Thread - The Sock Hop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54774150 Good luck Team #1 Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:00:02 EST Team #2 Organizing Thread - The Sock Hop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54774148 Good luck Team #2! <BR> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 02:59:07 EST Let's Get Physical..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54760670 What are your favorite workout tunes or fitness videos? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 02:47:47 EST The Calorie Counter (The Dance Hall's Snack Bar) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54760661 Welcome to the Calorie Counter! What can I get for you? <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the Dance Hall's Famous Snack Bar and Grill. What are you planning on ordering up today? (post meal plans here) <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you enter in your "order" into our Calorie Counter? (nutritional tracker) Tue, 3 Sep 2013 02:43:57 EST Just Can't Help Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54760655 We all know those songs where we just can't help but sing and/or dance along with the music. <BR> <BR> Be watching this thread for some of those tunes throughout the month and feel free to add some of your own songs to the list. <BR> <BR> <BR> You know you just can't help yourself! Who doesn't catch themselves singing along to this song whenever it comes on? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjgZGhHrYY </link> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 02:39:52 EST FSC's Old School Dance Marathon! (Sept Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54760575 The DJ is warming up, the dance floor is sparkly clean, and the poodle skirts are coming out of storage! <BR> <BR> Welcome to the FSC's Old School Dance Marathon! <BR> <BR> Starting this Friday, we will be dividing participants into 2 groups for our first one week dance marathon. And we are going Old School. It is time for the FSC to go back to the days of the 50's Sock Hops! <BR> <BR> Each Friday will bring about a differnt theme for our week's challenge. <BR> <BR> The weekly challen... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 02:14:06 EST Share a meaningful SparkBlog or SparkArticle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54743520 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471668 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this blog very inspiring and wonderful quote pictures Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:40:58 EST September Weightloss Challenge - Sign up here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54714916 I won't tell you want the challenge will be until the big reveal on Tuesday, however, one of the challenges will be a two team weightloss challenge. We will have three 1 week challenges starting Friday, September 6th. It will be a point based weightloss challenge. You can earn points for your team for completing certain challenges and for losing weight. <BR> <BR> Team assignments will be posted on Wednesday to give the teams a day or two to come up with their team names. <BR> <BR> Sign up... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:30:23 EST Not quite panic button..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x54676427 I'm in an odd spot this morning. <BR> <BR> Kind of an "uneasy" spot. <BR> <BR> I have a couple deadlines that are just about paralyzing --- due next week -- but I'm out of the office for training most of next week. <BR> <BR> Hoping I got a room with wifi in it at the conference/training so that I can use my Surface RT (tablet). <BR> <BR> Not wanting to eat..... Not wanting to ruin my streak with water and no diet pop..... <BR> <BR> So time to prioritize .... and this was one of them ..... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:52:39 EST September Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54673445 What does poodle skirts, sequined tube tops, an Indian headdress, Tom Cruise in his underwear, cowboy boots, pirates, leg warmers, and fat bottom girls have in common? <BR> <BR> Come check out the team threads next week to find out! <BR> <BR> September challenges will begin Tuesday, September 3rd. (after Labor Day weekend) Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:35:50 EST What's your favorite time of day to Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54621645 Or day(s :) Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:32:52 EST Share a favorite summertime memory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54573439 <em>67</em> I remember when... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:11:09 EST New username ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x54546930 Hello everyone! Just letting you all know that my MS_BELLE account has been deleted and replaced with this one. If I had you as a friend under my old account, please re-add me again, and I'll do the same. So sorry for the confusion. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:21:19 EST Share your Summertime Cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54510775 <em>425</em> What are you doing/eating that is cold? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:27:08 EST My Area Captain in TOPS - article link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54494485 <link>www.wvgazette.com/News/201308100013#<BR>.UgfD5AQtb94.facebook </link> <BR> <BR> wanted to share a link to a local newspaper article about my Area Captain for my TOPS Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:23:45 EST Info on Weight Watchers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54446843 Hi gang, <BR> <BR> Been a busy week and I know I need to check in with the Oz challenge but don't have time for that yet. Hoping some of you have done weight watchers and can help. <BR> <BR> I need some advice ASAP!!! A coworker has asked me to start Weight Watchers with her. But it's $43 a month - money that would be difficult to budget for at the moment - but if it works it would be worth it. <BR> <BR> My question is does WW offer anything MORE than what I already have access to righ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:53:38 EST OH my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54445600 <em>185</em> <em>182</em> <em>218</em> oh my <BR> <BR> I've been thinking of the phrase .... Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my..... <BR> <BR> I'd like to see us do something fun ..... post 3 words that you like ... or that you think go together --- for fun .... or motivation. <BR> <BR> like above -- skipping and running and dancing oh my (3 exercises) <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> oh my <BR> <BR> use words, emoticons .... have fun! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:45:39 EST just started ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x54424851 Hi <BR> New to sp, first day went ok Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:46:44 EST Toto's Tricks and Treats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54348351 <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>285</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Toto's Tricks and Treats! <BR> <BR> Even Toto wants to don a crown like Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, wave his magic wand and give Dorothy some tools to help her get back home (and leave a few of those pesky pounds in Oz ). <BR> <BR> Be watching this thread for some Tricks and Treats from Toto's magic wand. <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 00:38:16 EST Dorothy's Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54347978 <em>149</em> <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <em>387</em> <em>305</em> <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Most books and websites for weight loss all say the same thing – track, track, track. Whether using the trackers here on SP, keeping a journal or blog, making a video diary or using a calendar/planner – writing down your plan and your actions will help to keep yourself accountable in your quest for weight loss. <BR> <BR> This thread is he... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:54:51 EST The Wizdom of Oz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54347950 <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Some of you may already be fans of Dr. Oz, however you may not have had the chance to read his books or watch his show. Be watching this thread throughout the month for Words of Wizdom from Dr. Oz. <BR> <BR> Beverly will be the wizard behind the curtain leading the discussion of some of the best tips from Dr. Oz’s books. Jump on into the ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:52:06 EST Beware of the Flying Monkeys! (weekend challenges) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54347914 <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>40</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> Watch this thread each weekend for a special Flying Monkey Challenge! <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:48:52 EST I'm Melting! I'm Melting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54347872 <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> I’m Melting! I’m Melting! <BR> <BR> You guessed it! We are defeating the Wicked Witch of the West with a daily water challenge! Each Friday, post here the average number of servings of water you will drink each day for the coming week. Then let us know how many servings you are getting in. Did you meet your goal and defeat the Wicked Witc... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:45:37 EST Newbie introduction ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x54347452 Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I'm on a quest to lose 160 pounds. I have a very long road ahead of me, and I would love to make some new friends so we can encourage each other along the journey. I look forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:09:44 EST Over The Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54327295 <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> There are many times that we wish things were different in our lives and we wish that we are already at our goal weight or other goals we have set. But as Dorothy reminds us, we really don’t need to look any further than our own backyards. <BR> <BR> Everyday we have little victories that take us one step closer to our goals – we got 8+ ser... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:34:46 EST There's No Place Like Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x54327272 <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <em>436</em> <BR> <BR> Who says Spring cleaning can only be done in the Spring? What better way to take advantage of days where it is too hot to be outdoors? <BR> <BR> This is a simple thread – each week (starting Friday), you will pick a room in your house that you would like to clean. It doesn’t matter if it is a light cleaning or a total makeover. Set your go... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:32:14 EST The Ruby Slippers Weightloss Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x54327183 <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Dorothy: Does it look like rain to you? <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> It started out as a quiet day in Kansas. A girl, her dog and a weight loss journey. This Friday, a new FSC Challenge will begin! The Ruby Slippers Weightloss Challege! ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:21:44 EST Drop an Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54315495 Just thought I'd start another thread for the daily emoticon <BR> <BR> Share something about your day.... <BR> <BR> Share to inspire ...... <BR> <BR> Share to motivate....... <BR> <BR> Share for a {{{giggle} Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:57:37 EST I'm happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x54288114 I'm really happy to be back with Sparkpeople and this team. I'm having both knees replaced on Sept. 4 and with my new knees I'd like to get in shape to help keep them in optimal condition. I'm looking forward to reading your posts for encouragement. Thanks!! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:22:18 EST Good Eats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54282701 <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> <em>210</em> <em>488</em> <em>491</em> <em>277</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to my Good Eats blog. On this thread I will be sharing with you recipes I have tried, prepared foods I have tried,how to make semi-homemade foods, and cooking tips. Every recipe and prepared food will have nutritional information included. Some recipes will be easy and quick while others will require some time to prepare. I am commi... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:39:33 EST I laughed today because http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54254539 I laughed today because Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:39:35 EST Freezing Dried Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x54236795 <link>www.savvyeat.com/how-to-cook-and-fre<BR>eze-dried-beans/ </link> <BR> <BR> I can't remember if I posted this or not. <BR> <BR> Would welcome any ideas or suggestion and tips from folks that have frozen beans in the past. <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to use more dried beans for salads and recipes that have not been canned to avoid as much sodium as possible. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:42:52 EST How do you R&R? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54188560 R&R ~ Rest & Rejuvenation <BR> <BR> Regroup <BR> Recover <BR> Relax <BR> <BR> Resuscitate??? <em>246</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:59:36 EST I'd rather Spark than... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54175746 <em>290</em> I'd rather Spark than... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:40:11 EST How did you slip into your last backslide? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54164078 And how did you stop it? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:18:12 EST Are you switching to New Tracker? Yes? No? Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x54090454 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:46:07 EST A Festival of Random Mini-Challenges for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53957092 Summer is upon us and our schedules can get busy with vacations, outdoor activites and family gatherings. If you find that joining the month-long challenge doesn't fit into your busy schedule or you just like doing a quick mini-challenge, check this thread often throughout the month of July. We will be posting random mini-challenges that are quick to complete. <BR> <BR> Let us know if you took today's challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> July 1st challenge: <BR> <BR> Eat 1 food with folate or foli... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:23:58 EST Hey, a new team avatar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53945355 Look at our team avatar! <em>68</em> All gussied up in US patriotic colors! <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Is this just for the Independence day holiday or are we just needing new sneakers because we've done too many hundreds of steps in the old? <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> (Yes, I'm showing my age calling them sneakers) <BR> <BR> *sorry if it was announced somewhere else. I did look through the forum to see if I spotted anything before posting* Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:57:58 EST Sassy Sparklers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x53941908 If I talk with most of the First Steppers, there is a common trait that most of us have -- our inability to do nice things for ourselves. We love doing things for other people. We even put our goals on hold to help out someone else. However, for the month of July, we are going to start putting our needs first - especially the SASSY ones! <BR> <BR> That's right - we are going to get SASSY!!!! <BR> <BR> Every day, find at least one thing you can do for yourself that makes you feel sassy. ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 03:17:32 EST Freggie Freedom Fight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53941884 Do you get enough servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Do you enjoy going to the farmer's market? Does a freshly picked tomato or corn on the cob or juicy watermelon sound good right now? Well eat up First Steppers! We are on a Freggie Freedom Fight! <BR> <BR> We are fighting for our right to eat fresh produce instead of processed foods! So clean out those pantries and fridges. Purge the junk and let's fill our crisper drawers with the bountiful supply of freggies that the sum... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 03:05:40 EST Firecracker 500! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53941870 Are you ready to light that fuse and watch the fireworks show that you have inside of you, waiting to burst with spectacular glory? Then come join the Firecracker 500! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> This will be a point based challenge starting Monday, July 1st and running the entire month. We will also have weekly weigh-ins each Friday starting July 5th. ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 02:57:11 EST What will be YOUR INDEPENDENCE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53936142 How are you planning Independence Day? July 4th, the "Birth of Our Nation" has been celebrated in so many ways, picnics, BBQs, fireworks, parades, and so on, but how should WE CELEBRATE? What ways, foods, are you planning on? <BR> <BR> In our house, we plan on Grilled Chicken, Baked beans, watermelon, I am thinking of making it into a salad, blueberries & strawberries with fat free coolwhip, all atop a SLICE of pound cake! YUM! <BR> <BR> Celebrating with family....well that is a no brain... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:27:26 EST Inspiring Weight Loss Relapse Recovery Story Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53832232 Sean lost 258 lbs, relapsed and shared some thoughts on turning that around. Something I'm pondering. <BR> <BR> The net story highlighting his loss <BR> <BR> <link>www.thatsfit.com/2010/07/09/sean-she<BR>d-258-pounds-without-a-single-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> a link to his blogs where he talks about his journey <BR> <BR> <link>losingweighteveryday.blogspot.com/ </link> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:10:02 EST You are more beautiful than you think by Dove http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53658876 Thought provoking <BR> <BR> <link>www.upi.com/blog/2013/04/16/Dove-emp<BR>loys-forensic-sketch-artist-to-depict-<BR>how-women-see-themselves/5651366130617/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> and remember always, we are not defined by our weight. We are way more than our physical characteristics, which is just our package... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:31:44 EST Hello new to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53648306 Just wanted to introduce myself to you all I am Jo Ann Fri, 7 Jun 2013 16:46:32 EST blocks for the weekend: T. G. I. F http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53644237 <em>386</em> <em>274</em> <em>216</em> <em>341</em> <em>218</em> <em>386</em> <BR> The <BR> Good <BR> Idea <BR> Forum <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>274</em> <em>216</em> <em>341</em> <em>218</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Instead of WHAMing this weekend. <BR> <BR> I wondered how many folks "let down on the weekend". Work their program less just because. <BR> <BR> So let's share The Good Ideas (this) Friday - for a happy healthy weekend .......... <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:19:04 EST N.E.A.T how those blocks are stacking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x53615541 Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. Even trivial physical activities increase metabolic rate substantially and it is the cumulative impact of a multitude of exothermic actions that culminate in an individual's daily NEAT. It is, therefore, not surprising that NEAT... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:23:11 EST The Chopping Block -- cutting the # on the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53556045 This is a weigh-in thread for anyone wanting to track their weekly weigh-ins this month. <BR> <BR> Post your weigh-ins here each Friday. Since the month starts on a Saturday, you can use your May 31st weigh-in amount as your starting weight. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 02:37:35 EST Don’t be a Blockhead ..…Reward Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x53542116 There have been several members who have been adding daily rewards to their money jars which will be used at the end of the month to reward our positive steps during the month of May. Let’s keep it going for June. Pick a monetary amount of your daily reward (pennies, dimes, quarters, dollars, etc.). Every day in June that you make a conscientious decision to make a healthy choice instead of an unhealthy choice, you earn your reward for that day. Some examples could be: deciding to pack a... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:20:01 EST The Stumbling Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x53542103 This is a chat thread that anyone can use to post about the stumbling blocks they encounter this month. You can post for help and motivation as well as posting tips and suggestions that may help others. <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 23:19:16 EST The Starting Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53542089 The Starting Block is the position every track runner uses to begin the race. In our case, it is the place to start your race to becoming more fit and healthy. This is a thread to talk about your planned fitness, pedometer readings, fitness classes, favorite videos or workout tunes, etc. Anything fitness related. <BR> <BR> For those looking for some extra motivation, post a one day exercise challenge for other First Steppers to join you in completing. Anyone can post these challenges t... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:17:54 EST That’s the Plan….(healthy menu planning) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53542080 How often do you make poor choices because you didn’t have a menu plan in place? Do you give in to impulse buys at the grocery store because you didn’t have a list created? <BR> <BR> Post your menu plan here and/or your journal each day. Take the guess work out of whether or not you will stay within calorie range. Dig out your recipe books for new ideas. Check out seasonal produce at your grocery store or farmer’s market. Create a “theme week” or plan a picnic. Spend some time to mak... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:16:45 EST The ABC Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53542057 There seems to be a reoccurring theme for many of our First Steppers – “I know what to do, but I can’t seem to do it.” <BR> <BR> This is a pretty common dilemma when your weight loss journey is as long as ours will be. We are gung ho when we first start and then we get derailed somewhere along the way. Then we fall into the mentality that if we cannot be “perfect” in all areas, then why should we bother. We will hold a streak for a couple of days and then mess up one item, giving us a rea... Thu, 30 May 2013 23:14:41 EST Successful people ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53520226 <em>104</em> Successful People <em>104</em> <BR> Compliment <BR> Forgive others <BR> accept responsibility <BR> keep a journal <BR> want others to succeed <BR> keep a "to be" list <BR> set goals and develop life plans <BR> continuously learn <BR> operate from a transformational perspective <BR> keep a "to do/project" list <BR> Embrace Change <BR> Exude Joy <BR> Share information <BR> talk about ideas <BR> read everyday <BR> give others credit for their victories <BR> hav... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:07:27 EST Tried Any New Foods Lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53479457 For me, variety is key to sticking with a meal plan. Wondering if others on the team would like to share some of their fave or new food/product discoveries? <BR> <BR> A couple of people mentioned in other threads giving in to fast food breakfast sandwiches. I recently tried Special K Flatbread sausage/egg/cheese breakfast sandwich, and I love them! Only 240 calories, and microwaves in about 2 minutes. <BR> <BR> Speaking of flatbread, I've been using sandwich rounds in place of regular br... Sat, 25 May 2013 22:18:59 EST WHAM kicking off Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53464339 <em>216</em> <em>232</em> <em>216</em> <em>214</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Well -- I always thinking of the Memorial Day weekend as the Kick off To Summer. <BR> <BR> WHAM --- weekend healthy accountability and mini-challenge. <BR> <BR> In the past this thread has been used to commit a plan and check in -- or offer a challenge for the weekend for others to compete with each other. <BR> <BR> I thought this holiday weekend would be a good time to kick it off again. <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 24 May 2013 13:30:12 EST Hi - I just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x53442686 I am scared but thrilled - I don't know how to post but learning. After years of not doing anything I want to lose approximately 115 pounds but don't know how to do it. I need help trying to lose this weight - don't know where to start? Wed, 22 May 2013 20:26:07 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x53424852 HI my name is Kathy and I really need support. I have gained over 100 pounds in 8 years. I really would appreciate any ideas about food and exercise. I also want to learn things so I can help others, I know that being over weight really limits friendships so I am also looking for a few friends. Life can get pretty lonely. Tue, 21 May 2013 11:20:44 EST Looking for FitBit Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53379513 Hi! <BR> <BR> I am looking for people to be friends on FitBit with. Most of my current FitBit friends are co-workers who aren't carrying 100+ extra pounds, I would like to be able to compare my steps and activity level with someone more like me. Remembered that several team members here had FitBits - - Please add me as a Friend..... <BR> <BR> <link>www.fitbit.com/user/24JHZ5 </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 17 May 2013 17:33:03 EST Let's Plan NOT to fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53203646 If I fail to plan -- I plan to fail. <BR> <BR> I don't think anyone gets up and says "I think I'll fail today". But when I get up without a plan -- that's basically saying just that. <BR> <BR> So this month I'm putting this thread up for others to plan along with me. <BR> <BR> There's no format -- it's your thread -- your plan. <BR> <BR> For me --- I plan to take a moment in the evening to get a plan together for at least the next day --- weekends -- will probably revive the WHAM -- Wee... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:24:45 EST Cinco de Mayo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53182536 Sunday is Cinco de Mayo! Are you going to fix something mexican for dinner? <BR> <BR> Share your favorite mexican recipe here. (healthy version if you have one) Wed, 1 May 2013 17:32:03 EST Happy May Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x53176941 <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <em>191</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May Day! I'm sending you all a healthy May Day Basket!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you use to send May Baskets? I think it is becoming a lost tradition. Wed, 1 May 2013 09:30:29 EST May ---- May Day May Day May Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x53148728 <em>411</em> <em>195</em> <em>411</em> <em>195</em> <em>411</em> <em>195</em> <em>411</em> <em>195</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm trying -- at least my mind tells me I "want to try". <BR> <BR> I've had so much support from FSC -- I know I have it in me "somewhere" to get started again. <BR> <BR> I keep hiding .... trying to escape .... no offense intended here at FSC -- not really trying to escape you all -- it's a by-product of my "sick mind". <BR>... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:31:12 EST Shopping Challege -- Official Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53117193 Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is? <BR> <BR> <BR> During May we will be conducting four weekly challenges designed to keep us accountable and motivated. It is also a challenge that is going to cost you! <BR> <BR> Each week’s challenge will be based on a different aspect of a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> There are a few things you will need to do before you start this challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Find yourself a jar or container to collect your winnings in. Decorate it... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:21:14 EST Twinkie Twins vs Randy/Mimi (3rd Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53049039 Here is your thread. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:17:24 EST Diva DeLites vs Silly Sisters (3rd Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x53049037 Here is your thread Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:16:41 EST Healthy Popsicles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x52978556 Ingredients: <BR> 3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible) <BR> 1/2 cup fresh blueberries <BR> 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries <BR> 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced <BR> 1 peach or nectarine, diced small <BR> handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped <BR> <BR> Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside. <BR> <BR> Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fres... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:02:39 EST DRINK, Drink, drink ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x52975753 disclaimer from -Randy- {{{{{I don't know if the different drinks will work for the reason posted --- but for me -- I know it will make drinking more interesting!}}}} <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <em>175</em> <em>52</em> <em>458</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> These are perfect additions to springtime & summertime weather. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing! <BR> <BR> As a rule, you should try to avoid as... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:35:55 EST Randy/Mimi vs. Diva DeLites (2nd challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52919807 Here is your thread for the second challenge. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:47:05 EST Twinkie Twins vs. Silly Sisters (2nd challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52919804 Here is your thread for the second challenge. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:46:13 EST National Walking Day! Check it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x52811805 April 3rd is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association has some great information on how to get moving today. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealth<BR>y/PhysicalActivity/National-Walking-Da<BR>y-2013_UCM_448665_Article.jsp </link> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:03:41 EST Just for Fun! A Yoda Egg 4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52811773 This is just a little thread that will post something new each day "Just for Fun!" <BR> <BR> Let's start off with: <BR> <BR> <BR> What color describes your mood today? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:00:24 EST Yummy or Yucky? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52811181 Name a food. The next person in line has to say whether it is Yummy or Yucky, then they will list a different food for the next person. <BR> <BR> I'll start with: <BR> <BR> Asparagus Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:13:55 EST Did you get enough sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52810923 Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to weight gains. Knowing this, we still deprive ourselves of a good night's sleep far too often. If you are one of those night owls that is luckty to get 6 or more hours of sleep each night, then this is the thread for you. <BR> <BR> Post your nightly hours of sleep here while working on increasing that average time between now and the end of April. Can you improve your sleep factor as part of a healthy lifestyle? Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:57:05 EST Daily Motivations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52810753 We all need motivation to help keep us on track and headed in the right direction. Post what your daily motivation is each day. It could be a quote or a team member's blog or a mini-goal you have reached. <BR> <BR> Use the motivations we all share to help you when you need a little extra push. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:45:14 EST Spring Cleaning 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52810682 Spring is finally upon us. For a few fortunate ones, it is even warm enough to open your windows and let the fresh air in. <BR> <BR> For many of us, Spring also means cleaning out the clutter and dust bunnies that have multiplied over the winter months. <BR> <BR> This thread will be a weekly challenge to pick a room/closet/flower bed/etc. for some Spring cleaning. It doesn't have to be something that you need to complete all in one day. If fact, it may be easier to tackle a little bit ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:40:55 EST Randy/Mimi vs Silly Sisters - 1st 10 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52773798 Here is your thread. Good luck! <BR> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:32:37 EST Twinkie Twins vs Diva DeLites vs Mona/Sue (1st) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52773783 Here is your thread. Good luck! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:31:45 EST April Foolishness! Official Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52667612 April Foolishness <BR> <BR> Here is the official thread for the April Foolishness. It contains the rules, team match-ups and the daily challenges. <BR> <BR> RULES: <BR> <BR> This is the point-based challenge for the month of April. This is a buddy challenge. Each team will consist of 2 members. On April 1st, each team that signs up will be going head-to-head against another team for 10 days. The team with the most points wins. Then each team will be assigned another team to go head-to-he... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:16:50 EST Today I take control of my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x52497975 I am new to sparkpeople. I have decided that I am tired of being tired. I will loose weight and become more active. Glad to be part of a team working towards the same goals. <BR> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:12:55 EST Lucky Charms ~ a little blarney from 3 good eggs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52341691 <em>438</em> 3 Lucky Charms ~ Mimi, Jae & Jules <BR> <BR> March Madness Challenge for 3/1 <BR> <BR> Go ahead and pick your team's name and post a team thread on this forum for you and your team mates to chat and track points. Each Friday, post your team totals (and weigh-ins) on this thread. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Challenges for March 1st: <BR> <BR> March 1st <BR> <BR> Mini-Challenge - 1 point: Do 20 wall push-ups <BR> <BR> Hydration Challenge - 2 points: Drink 9+ waters today <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:21:09 EST Four Leaf Clovers - Lori & Gemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52341187 The Challenges for March 1st: <BR> <BR> March 1st <BR> <BR> Mini-Challenge - 1 point: Do 20 wall push-ups <BR> <BR> Hydration Challenge - 2 points: Drink 9+ waters today <BR> <BR> Fitness/Nutrition Challenge - 3 points: Add an additional 15 minutes of cardio to your workout today. <BR> <BR> Super Challenge - 4 points: Write in your journal/blog what your goals are for the month of March. <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus Challenge: Reward yourself for starting this challenge! Determine one thing th... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:35:19 EST 3 Crazy Chicks! - CC, Marly and Me (EB)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52337360 Let's do this, CC! I need something to motivate me forward instead of spinning my wheels! <BR> <BR> <em>145</em> <em>244</em> <em>145</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:21:28 EST Mad Hatters -- Brenda & Dee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52334681 The Challenges for March 1st: <BR> <BR> March 1st <BR> <BR> Mini-Challenge - 1 point: Do 20 wall push-ups ***Done <BR> <BR> Hydration Challenge - 2 points: Drink 9+ waters today ***Done <BR> <BR> Fitness/Nutrition Challenge - 3 points: Add an additional 15 minutes of cardio to your workout today. ***Done <BR> <BR> Super Challenge - 4 points: Write in your journal/blog what your goals are for the month of March. <BR> <BR> March Goals... Exercise 3x a week for 60 minutes. 15 minutes ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 05:36:39 EST Change a letter (game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52334077 We will start with a four letter word. <BR> <BR> Copy the word of the person before you and then change one letter to create a new word. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Best <BR> <BR> Nest <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's start with the word: <BR> <BR> DEAL Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:29:48 EST Easter Egg Hunt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52334063 Easter is early this year. So of course that means that the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be starting early. Be watching around the 15th for the start of this year's hunt. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:24:28 EST What's for dinner? Recipe Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52334052 This is a weekly challenge. Each week in March, challenge yourself to make a new recipe. Use your cookbooks, cooking shows, online resources or the SparkRecipes website. <BR> <BR> For week #1 -- find a recipe to make for dinner this week. Post what you made and rate your new recipe. (share it if it is good!) <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:19:58 EST Getting On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52334026 What is one thing that the most successful SP members have in common? They track their daily calories and workouts. <BR> <BR> This is a daily check-in thread. Post if you tracked your food and whether or not you are within your calorie range. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:13:14 EST March Madness! (Official Thread) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x52281739 Start’s March 1st and ends March 31st. <BR> <BR> This is a month-long team competition to see which team can score the highest average points per member by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> How to play: <BR> <BR> Create a team of 2-3 people. Starting March 1st, there will be a daily post of 4 challenges. Each challenge is an opportunity to earn points. Simply complete the challenge and you earn the point value of that challenge. There will be 10 points possible each day plus occasional b... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:11:44 EST Happy Valentine's Day! everyone!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x52126288 <em>223</em> <em>129</em> <em>223</em> <em>389</em> <em>223</em> <em>26</em> <em>223</em> <em>389</em> <em>223</em> <em>26</em> <em>223</em> <em>437</em> <em>223</em> <em>129</em> <em>223</em> <em>214</em> <em>223</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone --- believe it or not -- I'm doing very well. Exercising 60+ minutes per day -- food going well --- water going terrible -- but I've heard 2 out of 3 ain't bad !!! <BR> <BR> I just didn't have... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:15:37 EST Giving something up for Lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52121975 Whether or not you are Catholic and follow the practice of giving something up for Lent, I know many people use Lent as a time to "give something up" such as chocolate or diet soda. <BR> <BR> I figured that we could use Lent as a 40 day streak challenge. <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with Lent -- it runs from Ash Wednesday (yesterday) through to Easter. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in creating a streak of giving something up for Lent (and it can't be giving up exercising!) post... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:38:16 EST One day BINGO Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x52121899 I figured instead of just challenging one other person, I'd challenge the team: <BR> <BR> For Friday, February 15th, I challenge everyone to eat a healthy breakfast and to post here what you have. <BR> <BR> See if you can get a healthy balanced meal that is within your calorie range. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:32:24 EST I CAME BACK ... IM READY , LETS GET THIS STARTED . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9964x52093586 IM JODI AND I CAME BACK TO SPARKS CAUSE I NEED HELP .. I FIND I CANT DO THIS ALONE ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:16:09 EST Homespun Old Wives Tales Flu & Cold Treatments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9964x52083318 <em>38</em> what do you do to help yourself feel better? <BR> <BR> so, at the store, a lady suggested slaterhing mentholatum on the bottom of my feet and wearing socks to bed! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:39:09 EST Go ahead - eat your veggies - I dare you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x51932171 So, this whole "eat healthy" and lose weight has been a challege to me because I am a veggie phobic. I grew up on tasteless veggies from a can heated on a stove. I don't know if I ever saw a fresh veggie (other than standard salad fare - lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion). Occassionally, my parents splurged and got frozen vegetables which were then boiled to insure all the flavor was gone before being served. <BR> <BR> So, I have a couple of veggies I have learned to eat and I lean on thos... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:53:17 EST Go Red! February 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x51922514 Are you going Red today? <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> The American Heart Association sponsors Go Red for Women event which is February 1st this year. Everyone is encouraged to wear Red on that day to promote women's heart health. <BR> <BR> Check out their website for many suggestions for women from all age groups. <BR> <BR> <link>www.goredforwomen.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> Under their Live Healthy tab, you will find many resources on the following topics: <BR> <BR> How to Prevent Heart ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 03:13:34 EST Getting Healthy on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x51922472 Are your gas prices going up again? Does it seem like you spend more at the grocery store each week, but bring home less food? Do you dread getting your monthly bills? <BR> <BR> As many of us are trying to make ends meet, we are also faced with the reality that a lot of “healthy” stuff is not always budget friendly. Whether it is the cost of a gym membership or a trainer’s services, health foods or fresh produce, not all healthy options have to be outside our reach. <BR> <BR> We will be c... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 03:03:57 EST Weight loss challenge! Post weekly weigh-ins here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x51922432 HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU! <BR> <BR> Are you hopelessly devoted to your scale? I bet I could guess the answer to that question! This is our surprise weekly weigh-in thread for February. <BR> <BR> Since our other challenges are not tied to weekly weigh-ins, we wanted to offer an easy challenge tied to simply losing weight. <BR> <BR> We will be weighing in each Friday and tracking our weight loss. Post your weekly weigh-ins here. If you lose weight for the week, you will earn a fun littl... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 02:49:40 EST Love Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17878x9964x51922339 Do you feel it is easier to show your love to others than it is to love yourself? Even though Valentine’s Day is all about being head over heels for the ones that we love, we mustn’t forget to love ourselves too! Beverly (POSITIVELY_EB) will be helping us to pamper someone we can’t help but love, ourselves! <BR> <BR> Watch this thread for Beverly's posts throughout the month and lets show ourselves a little love! <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 02:22:19 EST Mardi Gras Exercise Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x51890332 <em>353</em> <em>236</em> <em>354</em> <em>236</em> <em>355</em> <em>236</em> <em>356</em> <em>236</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> This is an Independent Goal / Reward Challenge. Participants Tally their own Minutes and Post Their Progress. Let's Exercise Our Bodies and Our Imaginations! Challenge begins 02/01/13. <BR> <BR> You can post your exercise minutes daily or weekly. <BR> Have some fun -- bring Mardi Gras Alive! <BR> <BR> Example of how to post: <BR> 02/... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 03:58:08 EST B-I-N-G-O! Challenge! Official Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x51879734 Who doesn’t like playing BINGO? We are starting our first month-long BINGO challenge at the FSC. Playing is simple. Friday, February 1st, a link will be posted so you can access the BINGO card we are using for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Members can join at any time during February, however, the earlier you join in, the more points you will be able to earn. <BR> <BR> Two teams will be created for this challenge. The objective is to get as many BINGOs from your card as possible during th... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:44:27 EST WHAM !! Jan 19-21 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x51704952 <em>216</em> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>328</em> <em>216</em> <em>274</em> <em>216</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> WHAM --- sorry for the slip last weekend! <BR> <BR> For the new members: Weekend Healthy Accountability and Mini-challenge --- I know I need extra accountability when I don't have the regularly schedule weekdays -- for meal times -- water on the desk. So this thread is so you can commit to something to help you or others or both. <BR> <BR> For m... 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