SparkPeople 100+ First Steps Club! Team Messageboard 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 Cardiac Crew (team #1) Starting our team thread for the this challenge. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:25:59 EST Cardiac Crew HEART Challenge Thread - Week #1 Hey All. The fun has begun and it's time to put our whole <em>26</em> <em>129</em> into this week's challenge! Listed below is our "HEART" challenge for this week. Please reply to this message and copy and paste the task list below along with your weigh-in results. As you complete each task EDIT YOUR POST (don't make a new one) to indicate which tasks you've done. This can be done however you choose, using some of the fun <em>252</em> emoticons <em>248</em> <em>48</em> ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:15:40 EST The King and Queens of Hearts (team #2) Welcome to our new castle King and Queens! <BR> <BR> Week # 1 begins today so don't forget to post your starting weights. <BR> <BR> Team members: <BR> <BR> Dee - Kitchen Fairy <BR> Stephanie <BR> Jessie - Water Server <BR> Joanne <BR> Valerie <BR> Julie <BR> Randy <BR> Brenda - Weight Tracker <BR> Laura - Heart Monitor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weigh-ins: <BR> Dee - 238 <BR> Stephanie - <BR> Jessie - 292 <BR> Joanne - 183 <BR> Valerie - 248 <BR> Julie - <BR> Randy - 275 <BR> Brend... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:37:02 EST Heart Beat Team #2 Organizing Thread Good Luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:12:01 EST Heart Beat Team #1 Organizing Thread Good Luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:08:37 EST One's working on Declutter --- thread needs help <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> ........... <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> ........... <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> I think some folks better get over to the <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=87x9964x633<BR>05972 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> ........... <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> ........... <em>228</em> ........... <em>230</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:33:10 EST Bio Challenge Team #2 Week 3 Points Thread Points Only this week please-Week 2 was hard to get through. <BR> <BR> Everyone, here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE emoticon EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. For #13 in the list please add a emoticon ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:46:54 EST BIO Challenge Team 1 - WEEK #3 Points Thread Hi, Team! Here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the weekly activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE <em>248</em> EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. At the end of the week I'll go through each team member's post and count up the number of points f... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 01:08:32 EST Share your story - from Coach Jen!!! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A writer has contacted us, asking if we could find any members who fit the following criteria: <BR> <BR> --a woman (or women: perhaps sisters, or a mother and daughter who lost weight together?) in the 32- 45 age group. <BR> --She can be located anywhere in the U.S. <BR> --IMPORTANT: she should not have already shared her story with another publication. <BR> ---someone with a really surprising or dramatic "a ha" moment, that defining moment where she decided to t... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:18:26 EST New from Coach Jen Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Two new things launched today that I wanted to let you know about: <BR> <BR> 1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a “Quick Entry.” This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food. <BR> <BR> 2. We used to let people share 1 piece of content for 3 points a day. We now let you share up to 3 pieces, and at 3 points per piece, you can get 9 points a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:20:15 EST BIO Challenge Team #1 - WEEK #2 Points Thread <em>213</em> Hi, Team. Here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the weekly activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE <em>248</em> EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. At the end of the week I'll go through each team member's post and count up the numb... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:28:38 EST Bio Challenge Team #2 Week 2 Points Thread <em>243</em> Let's make this another great week! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Everyone, here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE emoticon EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. For #13 in the list p... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:10:20 EST Get the most nutrients from veggies <em>286</em> <em>550</em> <em>286</em> <em>69</em> <em>286</em> <em>373</em> <em>341</em> <em>286</em> <BR> <BR> get some extra points watching a video from SparkLibrary <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=3 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>286</em> <em>550</em> <em>286</em> <em>69</em> <em>286</em> <em>373</em> <em>341</em> <em>286</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:47:28 EST Losing the Cortisol <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Searching for videos to watch found this one under CONFIDENCE <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=166 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <em>344</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:38:39 EST Bio Challenge Team #2 Week 1 Points Thread I have stolen this from Team #1 because it was such a good idea! <BR> <BR> Okay, Everyone, here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE emoticon EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. For #13 in the list please add ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:44:40 EST Dehydrating fruits and vegetables I've been experimenting with dehydrating some veggies. I've done lots of fruits but I will write about some of my successes, tips. <BR> <BR> Would love it - if others with experience would share on the thread as well. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:27:13 EST BIO Challenge Team #1 Points Thread - Week 1 Okay, Everyone, here is where you'll keep track of your points for the week. We'll use a copy, paste and edit format. Please copy the activity points list below, create a new post by replying to this message and then paste the list into your message. When you've completed your activities please EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST AND PUT THE <em>248</em> EMOTICON NEXT TO THE ACTIVITY YOU'VE COMPLETED. For #13 in the list please add a <em>248</em> for each dance you complete, up to the allowed ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:38:40 EST Need Cookware Advice Please I'm not a good cook and don't cook fancy meals, just every day basics. Most of my cookware is very old (20+ years) and in need of replacement. In addition, one of my goals this year is to cook a lot more meals at home and I think buying a fun new set of cookware will help motivate me to do that. I have picked out several sets that I think will serve me well. Some are "hard anodized" and some are "porcelain enamel" aluminum. Based on the prices and comments/reviews I'm finding online the ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:59:59 EST Healthy Beginnings BIO Team #2 Team #2, Good luck! <BR> <BR> SKNAPP75 <BR> DTHOR6 <BR> LISA1065 <BR> JOANNE05 <BR> RICHILA <BR> _CEEG_ Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:10:13 EST Healthy Beginnings BIO Team #1 Team #1, Good luck! <BR> <BR> SERENE-AGAIN <BR> MIZZGRIZZ <BR> MUSIKAT62 <BR> TXCRICKETT <BR> _RANDY_ <BR> MOMOFBOYS <BR> ENTIRELYBEVERLY Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:09:06 EST Healthy Beginnings BIO Main Page <em>381</em> OK! Let the fun healthy fun begin! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This is the Healthy Beginnings BIO Challenge! Welcome, everyone! Teams are posted below. New members will be added every Friday! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> The Healthy Beginnings BIO Challenge is a team-vs-team challenge. Each team will consist of approximately the same number of team mates and each team mate will be expected to participate and share some of the responsibilities. <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> The Ch... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:07:38 EST Brenda -- have you seen this ? <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=72 </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:17:41 EST Healthy Beginnings BIO Challenge Sign-Up This is the sign-up thread for our monthly challenge! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>91</em> <em>104</em> <em>102</em> <em>104</em> <em>4</em> <em>104</em> <BR> The Healthy Beginnings BIO Challenge is a team-vs-team challenge. Each team will consist of approximately the same number of team mates and each team mate will be expected to participate and share some of the responsibilities. <BR> <BR> The Challenge begins Friday, so you have from now until Thursday evening to sign-up.... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:14:49 EST Beginning again in 2016 Hi all. <BR> <BR> I have been on again off again on Sparks people for several years more off then on, I at least weigh around the same as when I first starte so even with the ups and downs there isn't an overall gain. I am 65 grandmother of 4 (two of which I live with) I have lots of health problems but deal with them as best I can. I read a lot , crochet, volunteer at church and at a thrift shop and make homemade cards. I have a good friend my same age that has lost 50 lbs in the last year... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 23:07:36 EST Change One Letter - game The object is to change one letter in the last word presented to create a new word! You can change an existing letter or add or subtract a letter. <BR> <BR> First word - Name <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:31:26 EST Beat the Daily SP Quiz Can you get 100%? Try it out and learn healthy information as well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome.asp </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:27:51 EST Losing the Attitude - positive quotes Attitude is everything! Help others boost theirs as you boost your own by posting positive quotes here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:24:33 EST Losing the Flab - Exercise <em>311</em> Time to "move it! move it! move it!" <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Every day, I'll post a different exercise for us to do. Let us know how it goes and any suggestions or comments you might have! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:21:37 EST Losing the Clutter - Decluttering Aids Each week we will discuss a different area of our living spaces to declutter! <BR> <BR> Share your secrets and successes, and feel free to post questions and tips here! <BR> <BR> <em>542</em> To start off with, let's work on the Kitchen/Dining area! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:19:04 EST Losing the Pounds - Healthy Eating Each week we will discuss healthy recipes for different meals. <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> This first week we will discuss breakfast! <BR> <BR> How important is breakfast to you? Do you have any go-to breakfasts? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:16:23 EST Resolutions, Plan, Hopes, Dreams - Post your plans <em>411</em> What are your plans for 2016? Share with us. I will also be posting articles from SP to give us more insight! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:10:11 EST Getting to Know SP <em>38</em> What do you know about SparkPeople? When was the last time you went "exploring?" <BR> <BR> Check out this thread every day to take a tour of SP! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:06:59 EST _____thread moved to different forum_______ <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:50:34 EST Provide Cardio for the SP Wheel - SP Points <em>347</em> How many points did you get on the wheel today? What other points did you get? Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:48:05 EST Do you use a Fitness Tracker? I lost my Spark Activity Tracker. When looking for a new tracker, I discovered that the Jawbone Up 24 had been discontinued by the company and now is between $30 - $50 on Amazon. My husband and I got them for Christmas. When we discovered Duel mode, my son and daughter in law showed interest. They will get theirs next year. <BR> <BR> Do you use a tracker? If so, what brand? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:48:45 EST Countdown to 2016 <em>381</em> This is a simple challenge to keep us engaged during these last few days before the new year begins! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I will post one thing to do or read each day. Feel free to post your thoughts here. <BR> <BR> For December 21st: <BR> <BR> Read "Putting the Cheer Back Into the Holidays" <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=284 </link> Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:27:30 EST "Deck" the Halls - Exercise Challenge Come join our very own Lisa as we use a deck of cards to magically aid our fitness efforts this month! <BR> <BR> How does it work? <BR> <BR> Get a deck of cards and shuffle them well! <BR> <BR> Each type of card (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades) represents a different type of exercise (you choose). <BR> - so clubs could be marching in place <em>311</em> <BR> - diamonds could be wall pushups <em>104</em> <BR> - hearts could be knee ups <em>354</em> <BR> - spades could be toe touc... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:03:24 EST Rockin' Around the Holiday Tree Let's post some links to our favorite holiday songs! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:45:40 EST Holiday Movies <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <BR> Can you guess the holiday movie by the description??? Some might be easy! Some might be hard! <BR> <BR> Let's try an easy one first! <BR> <BR> This movie tells us how an angel gets its wings! <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> <em>272</em> <em>445</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:42:55 EST Secret Santa Thread - Ho! Ho! Ho! <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <BR> It's that time of year again! <BR> <BR> Can you hear the sleigh bells jingling?? <BR> <BR> Sign-up here to take part in Secret Santa. <BR> <BR> Here's how it works - <BR> <BR> 1. Sign-up between now and Friday, December 4th. <BR> 2. You will be assigned another person who has signed up as your Secret Santa. <BR> 3. Every other day, we will post something you need to do to give a "gift" t... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:36:05 EST Future Focus Our very own Princess, Ms. Dee will lead us in looking forward to our futures! What might she help us see??? <BR> <em>463</em> (rats! No crystal ball!) <BR> <BR> Dee will work with us on various topics to turn our thoughts "back to the future!" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:27:46 EST 31 Days to Healthier Holidays <img src=""> <BR> This thread will follow the SparkPeople Calendar for December <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=971 </link> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <BR> Gathering with close friends and familymembers during the holidays creates lasting joy and memories. But with so many parties, celebrations and errands to run, it ca... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:19:15 EST Holiday&Winter Humor I figured we could use a thread to make some things I little more light-hearted. <BR> <BR> So whatever holiday you celebrate feel free to share funny stories that happen or post things found on the internet. I included winter -- even though I'm ready -- I probably will be over it by January - and some are ready YET! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:37:17 EST a brief introduction Hello All! I am here to start over again. It has been nearly 2 years since I have worked on me. I have reached the point where I now need to lose 126 pounds. I never dreamed that there would be a time in my life where I had a person attached to me that I would have to lose along my journey through life. It has reached a point where I now have health issues that are self-inflicted. It is time to stop beating myself up and work on liking myself again, respecting myself again, and thinkin... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:38:05 EST Happy Birthday Princess You know Dee likes to dance. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd dance for her birthday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>wxeNwQ?utm_campaign=URL+Copy&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=havana_dancer&amp;utm_medium=Sh<BR>are&amp;utm_source=JibJab&amp;cmpid=jj_url </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Dee! Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:08:21 EST Holiday Video <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>z-_FPA?utm_campaign=URL+Copy&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=be_thankful&amp;utm_medium=Shar<BR>e&amp;utm_source=JibJab&amp;cmpid=jj_url </link> <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> CAST: <BR> Laura <BR> Beverly <BR> Randy2 <BR> Randy <BR> <BR> Wishing all my FSC Pals a wonderfully Happy, Health and Safe T... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:43:19 EST Cardioversion Tuesday MWMWM <em>51</em> MWMWM <em>51</em> MWMWM <em>51</em> MWMWM <em>51</em> MWMWM <BR> <BR> I thought I'd put this under holiday games. <BR> <BR> Kind of reminds me of the old game of OPERATION .... BUZZZZZZZZZ <BR> <BR> They are going to try doing another external cardioversion. I'll be asleep for the moment it takes to shock me. <BR> <BR> I've been on medications for about 3 weeks now. Hopefully this time I will stay in rhythm. I'm hopeful -- yet frustrated that this cont... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:33:12 EST Driver's License Challenge Reposted from the SparkTeam SP's Team for Team Leaders- Business Only: <BR> <BR> Do any of you (or HAVE any of you) ever hate getting your drivers' license renewed and having to tell them what your weight is? Well, where I come from, a lot of people hate admitting their weight changed for the worse. Some people just lie and pretend their weight isn't significantly higher. <BR> <BR> I got mine renewed in 2014. I was going to be perfectly honest, honest I was. I had to have weighed at least ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:10:18 EST High Stepping Elves - Team 5 Good luck! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:44:22 EST The Caroling Kitties - Team 6 Good luck! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:43:38 EST Holiday Joy - Team 7 Hi, Lib! I'm glad to have someone to partner with for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Here's our challenges we will work on for this next week: <BR> <BR> First of all we need to come up with a name. <BR> <BR> Then we need to post our starting weights on this thread as soon as possible. We round to the nearest pound. <BR> <BR> On the first week of the 12 Pounds of Christmas, my truelove gave to me… <BR> <BR> *In a blog, write a letter to yourself about why you deserve to lose weight over the... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 00:22:51 EST The 12 Pounds of Christmas Main Thread <em>9</em> <em>446</em> <em>9</em> <em>499</em> <em>9</em> <em>445</em> <em>9</em> <em>444</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> The holidays seem to find some of us GAINING weight. This challenge will help us take some off! Find your partner and join in this fun challenge for the next 6 weeks! You and your partner will need to lose 12 pounds between you in order to earn a special goodie. That’s just 1 pound a week per person! Sign up; then come up with a name for your t... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 23:56:26 EST Sugar Plums I hope this is fine with Marlene for our name; if not, we can always change it! <BR> <BR> I am so ready for this challenge! <BR> <BR> I'm ready to dance the pounds away! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:51:59 EST Slimming Snow-Ladies Bee &amp; Dee are in the house. Ready to drop 12 pounds before the holidays! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:41:57 EST Elf School -- Daily SP Quiz <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time for Elf School! Can you answer your pop quiz questions of the day? <BR> <BR> Here is the link to your daily SP quiz: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's your score today? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:02:03 EST The Jingle Belles This is our thread Wendi, look forward to seeing you when you are back. For now I will just wait patiently <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I will post my SW later in the week <em>213</em> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:32:52 EST The Hot Hens Hot Hens, Kim and Lisa, are here to lose, weight that is! We are going to be burning those pounds away in the 12 Pounds of Christmas Challenge! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hen Lisa SW:240 Mon, 2 Nov 2015 04:22:55 EST The Holiday Dash <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We’re dashing with Ms. Dee for the next two months counting down to the New Year! Set your daily fitness goal (minutes, steps, whatever) then multiply by 60 (Example: 20 minutes every day = 1,200 minutes). Then count backwards like the New Year's countdown. 1,200 - 20 = 1,180. If you miss a day, do more on a different day to reach your goal. <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> Set?? <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:43:42 EST 12 Pounds of Christmas Challenge Sign-up <em>198</em> The holidays seem to find some of us GAINING weight. This challenge will help us take some off! <BR> <BR> Find your partner and join in this fun challenge for the next 6 weeks! If you aren't sure who to partner with, post here and we'll find you one! <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> You and your partner will need to lose 12 pounds between you in order to earn a special goodie. That’s just 1 pound a week per person! Sign up; then come up with a name for your team and create ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:39:15 EST Holiday De"lights" Chef Lisa will be our hostess on this thread. Holidays are all about family and food. Learn some great ways to make your meal planning easier and traditional favorites a little lighter. Healthy holidays can be fun and delicious! <BR> <em>428</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:31:50 EST Naughty or Nice? <img src=""> <BR> Are you on Santa's Naughty or Nice List??? <BR> <BR> This is a daily check-in thread to let us know if you were naughty <em>18</em> or nice <em>43</em> today. Did you hit your goals? Let us know! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:29:49 EST Holiday Traditions Around the World <em>432</em> Happy Holidays!! It's time to celebrate the Holiday Traditions Around the World. Brenda is your tour guide as we travel around the globe. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Where will we go? As we travel, you'll have to figure that out! I'll give you clues to the country we're in and you'll have to guess where it is. <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> When the country is identified, join in to post fun facts, recipes, and/or any traditions you have if your family roots are from there. <BR> <B... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:19:10 EST Thanksgiving ABCs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's continue on with our games, shall we! This month is all about the ABC's of Thanksgiving. Let's start off with the letter A - <BR> <BR> Aromatic Scents (I can SMELL this, can you??) <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:14:39 EST Give Thanks - Gratitude Thread <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for today? Please share with us. The only stipulation is that you cannot share the same gratitude again! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:00:45 EST FSC Mystery Elf of the Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you guess the FSC Mystery Elf of the week? Each day Lisa will post a clue to the board. When you think you know the mystery Elf, post your guess. At the end of the week, points will be awarded to those that guessed: 5 points for guessing correctly and 1 point for effort. At the end of the week she will post scores. At the end of November she will award a trophy to the top elf. A new game... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:47:35 EST Newbies Introduce Yourselves Here! Welcome to the "New World" of the 100+ First Steps Club! We're glad to have you! Please feel free to look around and jump in where you are comfortable. <BR> <em>235</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:41:40 EST National What-Is-It Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Every day seems to have a special significance to it. Check here in November and December to see what “special” day it is. <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> November 1st is National Authors' Day <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy writing? Or would you rather read? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:39:12 EST FSC Healthy Hangout - General Chat Thread <em>427</em> Welcome to the Longhouse! A place to gather and share the details of the day. What interesting things went on in YOUR life today? <em>465</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:35:08 EST Hello FSC! I guess I"m closer to our FSC friends across the pond that the ones near home! <BR> <BR> This has been a vacation and a 1/2 --- 1 week today. <BR> <BR> i've been in touch with Beverly and Laura a couple times. <BR> <BR> I've got to sight see and take some pictures but it's been kind of intermittent with some health issues. I made it through Roman somehow --- hindsight probably says I should hare skipped that labor some trip as well. <BR> <BR> I've taken a couple days off staying in ou... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:47:23 EST New again Hello everyone! I'm Pam. I live in VA with my hubby. I am 54 yrs old. I have approximately 150 pounds to lose. I am excited to go through this journey with you all. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:20:16 EST Blaming it on the goblins Time stolen --- ripped right away from me this evening. <BR> <em>419</em> <BR> not really --- I seem to give it up willingly. Searching here and there --- shopping on line for this or that. <BR> <em>419</em> <BR> Yesterday I think I called it Procrastination -- because I'm so good at that ...... tonight I realized it was avoidance. <BR> <em>419</em> <BR> Heading to bed for a rest and a fresh start tomorrow <BR> <em>419</em> <BR> Food planned for breakfast and lunches --- mo... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:23:38 EST The ABCs of Halloween (game) Starting with the letter A, in turn, run through the alphabet with Halloween-themed words. When you reach the end, let’s start again <BR> <BR> To start us off: <BR> <BR> Asylum <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:07:57 EST Spooky Stories and Other Halloween Frights Some will amuse you. Some will scare you. Some will make your skin crawl. Some will make you afraid to turn out the light. <BR> <BR> Do you love spooky stories? Do you love getting goosebumps? Then check on this thread throughout October for some chilling tales and hair raising fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:05:31 EST Purple People Eater's Greatest Hits Here’s a little Transylvania twist for you! I will post part of the lyrics to a new song that has something to do with Halloween each day. Your job, should you DARE to accept it, is to name that haunted tune! Dance if you think you can keep up! A-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaa <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:01:19 EST Wandering Through The Graveyard Is fall your favorite season? Do you dread being cooped up during the upcoming winter? If so, make it your mission to spend some time outside in October. Enjoy the leaves changing colors. Visit a pumpkin patch. Stroll through a nearby small town to see what interesting shops they offer. <BR> <BR> Post here what activities you find to do this month that gets you out of the house and out enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of fall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:57:51 EST Phobophobia – the fear of phobias Are you scared of phobias or just plain paranoid? Watch this space for some phobia propaganda. You might find that you have one you didn’t know about. Now are you paranoid? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:55:55 EST Dracula’s Diner Welcome to Dracula’s Diner – the place where Spooks meet Spices. Each week in October, our chilling chefs will fire up the cauldron and carve up some spooktacular recipes for everyone. So check out the diner’s delights if you dare! <BR> <BR> Chefs: <BR> Beverly <BR> Dee <BR> Lisa <BR> Laura <BR> <BR> Thank you ladies for all of the frightfully fun recipes this month! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:53:49 EST Trick or Treat Challenge Trick or treat….Smell my feet…… <BR> <BR> Well, that wouldn’t be much of a trick or a treat! So instead, starting October 1st, a daily trick will be posted. If you complete that day’s trick, you will earn that day’s treat <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:51:19 EST Ghostbuster’s Gut Busters Challenge This is a daily fitness challenge. Set your daily exercise goal by October 1st. Starting October 2nd, a new ghost will be posted. If you complete your daily exercise goal, then you can add that ghost to your Ecto-Containment System. At the end of the month, we can compare our ghostly collections. How many of the 30 ghosts will you have in your Ecto-Containment System? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:47:42 EST The Monster Mash-up Challenge What could be scarier than getting all the guys and ghouls together for a friendly little weight loss challenge? And even though we are all on the same Monster Mash-up team, we are also competing against each other to see who loses the most weight each week. Ghoulish Goodies will be given out to each week’s highest performers. The Monster Goodie will be awarded at the end of the month to the spook who loses the most weight by the end of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge starts Friday, ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:45:46 EST The Witches Brew Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog….. <BR> <BR> Of course, every good witch knows that the most important ingredient in a good Witches Brew is plain H2O. <BR> <BR> How much did you add to your brew today? (post number of water servings) <BR> <BR> But don’t spill any on yourself. That never turns out well for the witches! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:22:07 EST Sigh, I'm starting all over again. <em>39</em> Well, here I am with sparkpeople again. My name is Jill and I just turned 51 and have "at least" 100 pounds to lose AGAIN. sighhh. I had lost 90 pounds and was so happy but life kicked my butt again and I stressed and let it all get the best of me again. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:05:06 EST The Shake 'n Bakes -- ABC Challenge Team #2 Welcome to our new home! <BR> <BR> Be sure to post your starting weigh-ins today. <BR> <BR> I'm moving these over from the other thread: <BR> <BR> Lisa - 254 <BR> Joanne - 222 <BR> Dee - 238 <BR> Julie - 286 <BR> Laura - 317 <BR> <BR> Also, here is the recipe that Chef Lisa posted: <BR> <BR> From the Kitchen of Chef Lisa <BR> <BR> I made this for dinner last night. It was super yummy and the best part is that I made enough that I could have it for lunch several times this week. We all... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:18:47 EST Classy Mates - ABC Challenge Team #1 Here we are, Mates! Let's go get 'em!!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a list of our other mates! Let's go find those missing!!! <BR> <BR> CHANGEN4ME <BR> DTHOR6 - here <BR> RICHILA - here <BR> ENTIRELYBEVERLY - here <BR> MOMOFBOYS - here <BR> _RANDY_ - here <BR> MIMULUSBUG <BR> <BR> Now we just need to decide what roles we will under-take to help our team lose the most!!! <BR> <BR> A = Activity – team roles dealing with activity and fitness. (MOMOFBOYS) <BR> <BR> B = Balance –... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:23:19 EST ABC Challenge Team #1 Organizing Thread <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Team #1 -- Organize your team between now and Friday. <BR> <BR> ~Come up with a team name <BR> ~Decide what your team role will be. It will need to fit into one of the A - B - C categories: <BR> <BR> A = Activity – team roles dealing with activity and fitness. <BR> <BR> B = Balance – team roles dealing with finding balance, motivation, positive attitude, sleep, hydration, etc. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:34:25 EST ABC Challenge Team #2 Organizing Thread <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Team #2 -- Organize your team between now and Friday. <BR> <BR> ~Come up with a team name <BR> ~Decide what your team role will be. It will need to fit into one of the A - B - C categories: <BR> <BR> A = Activity – team roles dealing with activity and fitness. <BR> <BR> B = Balance – team roles dealing with finding balance, motivation, positive attitude, sleep, hydration, etc. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:33:49 EST The ABC’s of Back to School Supplies (game) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thread is not only about School Supplies, but any supplies that will help you in your quest for healthy living. Items like Apple slicer, blender, Cardio DVD, and so on. So starting with the letter A and in turn adding a “supply” starting with the next letter in the alphabet, post the next supply. When we reach Z we will start all over again. <BR> <BR> Let’s start with: <BR> <BR> A ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:45 EST Home Room <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you have a room in your house that could use a little TLC this month? More than one? Why wait for spring. Pick a room in your house and for the next week, make that room your special project. Cleaning? Re-arranging the furniture? New artwork? Fall decorations? Whatever comes to mind. Keep us posted on how your projects are coming along. It may even spurn some new ideas to freshe... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:58:55 EST Recess! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was recess your favorite subject in school? Did you have fun on the playground? Your imagination taking flight when you went high on the swings or in outer space while climbing the monkey bars? We got a much needed break from our studies to run and play and just be ourselves. What fun! <BR> <BR> Well, fun does not need to be left behind. This thread is here for you to post ideas abou... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:54:53 EST Current Events <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Current Events Class! Ms. Laura will be directing you to articles of interest on SP (and possibly elsewhere). Class discussion of those articles will follow. What new things can you learn? <BR> <BR> And for extra credit – you will earn SparkPoints for reading these articles. Bonus! <BR> <BR> This is also a great class to post articles or news stories of interest to the g... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:52:31 EST Literature Class <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to SP Lit class! Ms. Beverly will be handing out your reading assignments as this month’s book will be SparkPeople’s Solutions. This is the second SP book. You will need to have this book to fully participate in the class, however, if you do not have a copy, you have a few days in which to get it or you can audit the class and sit in on the discussion taking place. Ms. Beverly w... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:46:13 EST Gym Class <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to gym class! Your Phys. Ed teacher for September is our very own Ms. Dee. She has a plan for keeping you on your toes, twirling in your skirts, full of ups and downs, and every other which way that you can think of! Looking for a kick-start to your workouts? Ms. Dee’s class is the place to be. <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:43:41 EST Quiz Time! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doing the daily SparkPeople Trivia quiz has been popular in July, so we are going to continue it in August. Use the link below to take your daily quiz. Post your results and any interesting information you learned here. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ome.asp </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:41:14 EST The 1 – 2 – 3 Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a simple points-based challenge. Each week you will set your 1 – 2 – 3 Goals and each day that you complete those goals, you will earn 1, 2 or 3 points depending on how many of the three goals you complete. Challenge starts each Friday and runs Fri – Thurs. The top point winners will receive a goodie award. <BR> <BR> Here are your 1 – 2 – 3 Goal categories: <BR> <BR> 1 – Streak.... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:38:44 EST The ABC Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the ABC Challenge – Activity, Balance and Cuisine Challenge. This will be a team challenge going head to head. The rules are simple – the team with the highest percentage of weight loss each week will be declared the weekly winner. <BR> <BR> To play: <BR> 1. Sign up. Team assignments will be posted by September 1st. You can sign up after the start of the month if needed an... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:25:20 EST New SP Challenges and Start Page - Check it out!!! <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you, SP, for having our backs!!! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:10:51 EST Advance Notice of September Book Reading Thread Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to give you an heads up about one of our threads for September. We will be having a Book Club reading thread where we will read a book together and discuss how we can implement what we are learning from it. The book will be SparkPeople’s Solutions. This is the second SP book. You will need to have this book to fully participate, however, if you do not have a copy, you have a few days in which to get it or you can follow the discussion taking place. You wi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:18:37 EST Day 3 Hi Sparks. I'm back here after leaving more than 4 years ago, when I lost over 80 lbs. Since then I've gained it all back & now I have a multitude of health problems... I tracked my food in a notebook for about a month, but stopped... Today I'm on day 3 tracking on SP. Just joined several of the groups I used to be in and enjoyed (especially the Shutterbugs). I hope, hope, hope I will keep this up. At 53 I'm only going to get worse if I just maintain. BTW, I have lost about 20 lbs over the pa... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:34:07 EST Words with Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In turn, post a motivational word using the next letter in the alphabet. Once you hit z, start the alphabet over. <BR> <BR> First word: <BR> <BR> Achieve <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:10:43 EST Healthy Scrabble <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In turn, post a healthy word using one letter from the previous person’s letter. Add up your scrabble word score (sorry – no double or triple word scores in this game) using the chart below. Words must be 3 – 7 characters in length and must be a “healthy” word. Starting word: <BR> <BR> Start (5 points) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> • A is worth 1 <BR> • B is worth 3 <BR> • C is wort... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:08:55 EST Wet & Wild Poker THIS CHALLENGE REQUIRES A DECK OF CARDS …and a lot of water! <BR> <BR> Starting each Friday (July 31st, Aug 7th, 14th, 21st), shuffle your deck of cards. For every two servings of water you drink, draw a card from the deck. On Friday, take all of the cards that you drew and create the best poker hand you can and post it here. The winning hand earns a Goodie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:05:15 EST Apples to Apples The FSC’s version of Apples to Apples is that a “food card” will be played each day (a food item will be listed). You will need to add your “card” to go with that food item. Your “card” can be anything you want it to be, usually 1-3 word answers. At the end of the day, a winning combination will be selected and a new “food card” will be played. Bragging rights to the daily winners. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Food Card: Plum <BR> Person #1: Pudding <BR> Person #2: Professor <BR> Per... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:02:54 EST Trivial Pursuit - SparkPeople Version <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in a few minutes each day! <BR> <BR> You'll earn 3 SparkPoints once you correctly answer 3 questions in a day. You can have as many tries as you want, but once you answer 3 questions correctly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for more opportunities to try again. You can also compare and share (optional) your overall accuracy wi... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:59:00 EST Chutes & Ladders <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A SINGLE DICE IS NEEDED FOR THIS CHALLENGE. (if you don’t have a die, then 6 pieces of paper numbered 1 – 6 that can be drawn from a hat each day will work) You will be on the honor system for this game. <BR> <BR> Rules to play FSC’s Chutes & Ladders: <BR> <BR> Each day, roll the die and move ahead that number of spaces. (each space is numbered on the board shown) <BR> <BR> There is a ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:54:06 EST The Game of Life Challenge In the FSC’s version of Life will be a 4 week challenge. Each week we will travel our way though different aspects of a healthy life: <BR> <BR> Week #1: Education <BR> <BR> Week #2: Nutrition <BR> <BR> Week #3: Fitness <BR> <BR> Week #4: Motivation <BR> <BR> Each week you will start out with $500 of FSC Life money. A list of “board spaces” will be posted. Some “spaces” will earn you money. Some will cost you. The goal is to track your money through the week with the goal to make... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:48:41 EST new SparkApps for phones <link><BR>makeover.asp </link> <BR> <BR> also worth some extra SparkPoints <BR> <BR> There's also one for Nutrition Lookup Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:29:27 EST A couple new Sparkpeople Challenges This was posted to Facebook SparkPage <BR> <BR> These are in Beta or testing --- that are not in the challenge forum yet <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_cha<BR>llenges_feature </link> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:38:07 EST What's your go-to dinner? What's the dinner you can always count on? For you, and/or your family? That one perfect meal where you know the ingredients, you know the calories, and you probably usually even have the ingredients on hand! <BR> <BR> For me, it's breaded cutlets (I always use pork or chicken) with lemon juice on a bed of greens (preferably something bitter, like arugula, but pretty much whatever's on sale works, too!). Comes in at 300-400 calories, is super-fast, cheap, fills me up, and makes excellent le... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 21:51:27 EST Arts & Crafts Do you remember doing arts and crafts at camp or summer playgrounds? Still have some arts and crafts you do today? Share them with the team. Show us pictures or start a new project. Want to pick up a new hobby or maybe pick up one you haven’t done in years? Why not start today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:03:07 EST Perfect Picnic Party (game) Below is a list of questions needing answered for creating the perfect picnic. In turn, add one item to an empty question until all questions have been answered. Once we have finished creating a perfect picnic, then re-post the empty list of questions and start all over again. How many perfect picnics can we create this month? <BR> <BR> What is the theme?(answer this one first) <BR> <BR> Where will it be located? <BR> <BR> What will we sit on? <BR> <BR> What dinnerware is needed? <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:59:57 EST Lemonade Stand When life gives you a glass of ice cold water, add a lemon! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a thread to share the number of waters you are getting in daily and any cool, refreshing summertime drink recipes! What better way to relax than sitting in your deck chair with a tall cool glass of ice cold lemonade and a good book! Let’s see what we can come up with to have at our Lemonade Stand! <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:56:19 EST Freedom from Chaos & Clutter Do you have a summer cleaning project? Maybe a pantry that needs cleaning out or a closet of clothes that no longer fits? Maybe a garden that needs weeding or a garage that is out of control? <BR> <BR> Post a project for the week and keep us posted on your progress. Write out your To Do lists. Can you get your projects done this month? Can you set yourself free from Chaos and Clutter? <BR> <BR> OF COURSE YOU CAN!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:53:57 EST Farmer's Market Do you enjoy going to Farmer’s Markets? Or even the fresh produce sections of your local grocers? Do you get excited to see the summer produce hitting the shelves? <BR> <BR> Let’s talk Fresh Freggies! <BR> <BR> What fruits and vegetables did you buy this week? How are you going to prepare/serve them? Have any great recipes? Are there any freggies that you would like to try or afraid to try? Please share!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:51:08 EST Summer Bucket List Challenge If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. <BR> <BR> Now we don’t expect anyone to be dying of course, that would be just silly! But we do want you to create a bucket list of 15 things you want to achieve or experience by the end of July. Your Summer Bucket List! <BR> <BR> I can be anything, however, try to make it about having some summer fun... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:45:43 EST Declaration of Thindependence Challenge It is time to make your Declaration of Thindependence! This is a point based challenge designed to build three healthy habits by the end of July. I’m sure that you have heard that it takes at least 21 days to make something a habit. We are going to give you 28! <BR> <BR> Starting July 3rd with our initial weigh-ins, we will have 4 weekly point challenges to see who can earn the most points and who can lose the most weight. The added bonus will be to create a new habit or two along the ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:39:42 EST Welcome Guys and Ghouls! Introduce Yourself Here. Welcome to the 100+ First Steps Club! We are excited to have you join us!! Please introduce yourself so we all can get to know you a little bit better. <BR> <BR> We are a fun group who likes to lose weight with friends! Come join in on the fun! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:32:14 EST What's Your Score? (SP SparkPoints) How did you do today on SparkPoints Merry-Go-Round? <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:29:57 EST The FSC Crypt – Enter if you dare! (chat thread) Welcome to the FSC Beach House! It is our gateway to sun, sand and surf! Pick your favorite cabana and liquid libation and chat with friends. Better yet, pick up a surf board and go ride the waves! Either way, come join us in July for some summer fun!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:25:40 EST Wild and Crazy Photos <img src=""> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:11:26 EST W.I.L.D. Wonderful Weekend #2 Pick a letter for each letter of W.I.L.D. that you want to work on this weekend. <BR> <BR> This is a thread for the weekend --- since I have a feeling of less structure over the weekend I'm using this thread to commit to doing better this weekend than last. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=466 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=219 </link> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 14:43:04 EST The Wild & Wonderful Jungle Cats Team#2 The Wild & Wonderful Jungle Cats - lead by none other than Certified Cat Herder (Randy - Sister Rainbow may be my backup when needed) <BR> <BR> BRITTANY116 - Brittany <BR> HONEYLEA - Laura Untamed Chef of the Urban Jungle <BR> LISA1065 - Lisa Fanatical Jungle Enthusiast <BR> MIZZGRIZZ - Cyndi <BR> MOM2DOODLES - <BR> MUSIKAT62 - Julie Aquarius, water goddness <BR> _RANDY_ - Randy Certified Cat Herder (leader) <BR> WHOLEFOODLOVER – Tawanda Wild Beast Tamer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BRITTANY116... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:03:22 EST When I hear .... Here's one I pirated off another team!!! <BR> <BR> When I hear ________, I think _________. <BR> <BR> I'll start off with a word. The next person will put it in the sentence and finish it. Then the next person will use the last word of the person before and continue on. <BR> <BR> So: <BR> <BR> Say the word is "blue" - it would go like this - <BR> <BR> When I hear "blue", I think "sky." <BR> <BR> Now the next person continues with the word "sky." Sun, 31 May 2015 15:59:28 EST Movie/Movie Star This can be a fun little game. I'll start off by listing a movie. The next person than lists the name of someone who played in that move. Then the next person has to pick another movie that that person played in. <BR> <BR> So: <BR> <BR> If I say Jurassic Park. (that's the movie) <BR> <BR> The next person needs to pick one of the actors from the movie Jurassic park - Richard Attenborough. <BR> <BR> Then the next person needs to pick the name of another movie that Richard Attenborough w... Sun, 31 May 2015 15:55:37 EST Wild Alphabet Animals <em>334</em> Let's play a "wild" game! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start by leaving the name of an animal that starts with the letter "A". The next person then leaves an animal that starts with "B" and so on and so forth! <BR> <BR> Aardvark Sun, 31 May 2015 15:51:01 EST Rut Busters - Let's Break Out of Some Ruts! Each week will focus on a different area of our lives! Watch for different ideas and feel free to post some of your own! <BR> <BR> o Breaking out of those unhealthy mind sets (1st – 7th) <BR> o Meals (8th – 14th) <BR> o Exercise (15th – 21st) <BR> o Housework (22nd – 30th) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 31 May 2015 15:47:31 EST June's Bucket List What do you want to accomplish this month? List it here, then tell us how it’s going. Our own Mr. Randy will host this thread! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 31 May 2015 15:43:12 EST Bust Out! Introduce Yourself Here - Welcome Thread Welcome, newbies and oldies alike! We are so very glad to meet you all! Tell us about yourself! Sun, 31 May 2015 15:28:34 EST Counting Fireflies - Sparkpoints, that is! Who can get the most SparkPoints??? Randy and Beverly are hard to beat! Can YOU try???? Sun, 31 May 2015 15:25:34 EST The Wild Things Ship - chat thread <img src=""> <BR> Welcome to this Wild June! Let's chat it up! Share your "wild" things with us - your wild schemes, your wild dreams, any and all of it! <BR> <BR> This is the place!!!! Sun, 31 May 2015 15:23:19 EST W.I.L.D Wonderful Weekend Trying to revive a Weekend challenge thread. <BR> <BR> I know for me weekends are a lot less structured. During my work week. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are more timely. I seem to drink my water more regularly during the work day. <BR> <BR> So I think this weekend we could start my kicking off the WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> W <em>38</em> Wonderful; Wow; Wellness; Wonder; Water(y) <BR> <em>216</em> I <em>38</em> Inspiring; Insightful; I... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:52:57 EST New team for singles with alot of weight to lose <BR> individual.asp?gid=65232 <BR> <BR> It is called Fabulous Fullsized Singles. It is for men and women who are single and want some extra support dealing with singlehood issues. Fri, 29 May 2015 12:50:48 EST Walking on the Wild Side In keeping with the WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE theme - let's Walk on the wild side. <BR> <BR> This month let's collect some Zoo Animals -- we don't even have to cage them. You can just post their picture on the thread. <BR> <BR> Challenge start Monday June <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Think about your daily step goal. <BR> 2. Multiply daily steps by 30. <BR> 3. Divide monthly goal by 10. <BR> 4, Amount equals your "milestone' level. <BR> <BR> Then as you hit the milestone level ... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:50:54 EST Where the Wild Things Are Challenge Thread Time to get your WILD THING on!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the main thread for this challenge. Look here for daily challenges, to post your team weigh-ins every Friday, and to sign-up if you wish to join the challenge. <BR> <BR> Here are the two teams. Threads have been posted for each. <BR> <BR> Team 1 <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=31x9964x616<BR>15373 </l... Fri, 29 May 2015 07:30:52 EST Where the Wild Things Are - team 2 Good luck, Team 2! <BR> <BR> BRITTANY116 - Brittany <BR> HONEYLEA - Laura <BR> LISA1065 - Lisa <BR> MIZZGRIZZ - Cyndi <BR> MOM2DOODLES - <BR> MUSIKAT62 - Julie <BR> _RANDY_ - Randy <BR> WHOLEFOODLOVER – Tawanda <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 07:25:20 EST Takedown Tigresses - team 1 Good luck, Team 1! <BR> <BR> CHANGEN4ME - <BR> DTHOR6 – Kim <BR> ENTIRELYBEVERLY - Beverly <BR> JONEILNH2014 - Joanne <BR> KIMBA276 - <BR> MOONWOLFSINGING - Kate <BR> RICHILA - Valerie <BR> -SUSANO- - Sue <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 07:23:43 EST June's Where the Wild Things Are Official Sign-up Are you a Wild Thing??? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Were you a wild thing in a previous life??? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where the Wild Things Are Challenge <BR> <BR> Sign ups begin today and new members can be added each Friday. <BR> <BR> There will be two teams of Wild Things which will be assigned Friday the 29th. Your starting we... Tue, 26 May 2015 00:30:36 EST Never to early for maintenance planning <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1064 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this article and almost didn't read it because ... I'm NOT in maintenance. But I read it and found that a lot of this goes along with the lifestyle changes that we are currently working on. It's my belief that if we build these into our goals -- it will be much easier in maintenance. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>195</em> <em>279</em> <em>248</em> <em>236</em> <em>437</em> <... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:43:50 EST Photographer Captured A Woman’s Weight Loss <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 May 2015 11:12:04 EST New Sparkpoints Tasks from Coach Jen <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards challenge also under Community in Daily Spa... Wed, 6 May 2015 13:44:16 EST Elsa's Emoticons <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Elsa has thrown the doors of the castle open and wants to know what emoticons describes the people of the kingdom today. <BR> <BR> What is your emoticon today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I know what Olaf would pick... <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 03:28:28 EST Beauty and the Beast When you looked in the mirror this morning did you see Beauty..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ......or do you see the Beast? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to let us know how you tamed the Beast and found the Beauty! A little make-up? A colorful blouse? Cool shoes? Or by simply telling yourself how wonderful you are! <BR> <BR> If we do no... Fri, 1 May 2015 03:18:25 EST The Emperor’s New Groove <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is time to get your Groove on! Crank the music and DANCE!! Let loose! Who cares if someone sees you. Turn up the volume and dance with wild abandonment. Not only is it good fitness, but when was the last time you were in a bad mood while dancing? (NEVER!) <BR> <BR> Post what you are dancing to here as well as watch for some periodic ideas from the Emperor on how to Groove in style! <BR> <BR> <BR> <l... Fri, 1 May 2015 03:12:33 EST Toy Story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you like to play with toys as a kid? Were you good at using your imagination? Did you turn empty food boxes into your play grocery store? Did you use a rock to draw a hopscotch court? Did your Barbie have more outfits than you did? <BR> <BR> We all have fond memories of the games and activities we played as a child. But who says that we have to grow up? This thread is all about releasing our inner child... Fri, 1 May 2015 03:06:39 EST Sleeping Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you know that one of the best ways to live healthy and lose weight is to get enough sleep? <BR> <BR> It seems like we are so busy working or running from here and there that our sleep suffers from our non-stop schedules. <BR> <BR> Take this month to really track your sleep habits. Do you deprive yourself during the week and then try to play catch up on the weekend? Do you have enough energy to workout or ... Fri, 1 May 2015 03:00:51 EST Are you Cinderella or Sorcerer Mickey? When it comes to cleaning do you have things under control? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or are you more like Mickey – out of control? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What task are you going to take on this week to get your cleaning under control? Fri, 1 May 2015 02:58:52 EST Ratatouille <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you a budding chef? Do you like to try new recipes? Looking for some healthy ideas for meal plans? Then we have a table available for you! <BR> <BR> This thread is for posting your meal plans, recipes, questions, etc. Even if you are a cooking novice, come share in the delectable delights of our Ratatouille thread. <BR> <BR> To start us off, here is a recipe for Ratatouille: <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1... Fri, 1 May 2015 02:56:36 EST Are you as Brave as Princess Merida? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A tomboy at heart, Princess Merida is one active young lady! She is as feisty as her red hair suggests and seeks adventure at every possible moment. She is the ruler of her own destiny. Princess Merida has enlisted help from Coach Nicole to create some workouts and exercises that may challenge you to try something new or a little out of your comfort zone. But don’t worry. You don’t have to be perfect at it. ... Fri, 1 May 2015 02:51:22 EST Lightening McQueen Speedway (SP Points) Take your own SparkPoints wheel for a “SPIN” around the track. If you are good enough, you may even earn a bonus lap. How high of “SPEED” (points) did you reach on the speedway today? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 1 May 2015 02:15:06 EST Circle of Life Challenge -- Official Thread <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hakuna matata dear friends! Welcome to this month’s Circle of Life Challenge! This is a weekly points-based challenge using these four areas: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To join this challenge, you will first need to select which Disney character you will be for the challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:08:38 EST I'm here! Something about joining this team feels like coming home; even though while I'm a returning Spark member I only just found this team for the first time (how did I miss it before <em>101</em> ) <BR> <BR> I'm picking up a sense of fun which ... to me is essential in this healthier lifestyle journey and which so often seems to be missing - love that vibe and hope I'm right <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm from the land downunder (Australia) ... single and 42; with (as all of us here either ha... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:50:01 EST No peeking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I said NO PEEKING!! Gotcha! <BR> <BR> If you peeked, post your favorite color. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:38:31 EST excuse post can not get link to work --- sorry Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:24:34 EST Rewards --- treats featured blog <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889281&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=sp-community-highlight </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> rewards are one of the worse things I do for myself --- but I like the writer's thinking about the shoes ---- reward --- and encouragement to continue. <BR> <BR> I bought myself some wireless earbuds --- I use them for walking --- the reward was that I didn't have to constantly dea... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:48:52 EST spend less to eat healthy <link><BR>living-on-a-budget </link> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:15:25 EST Happy Healthy & Safe Easter to my FSC pals before I go to bed --- and this is up late for me .... <BR> <BR> I wanted just wanted to say Happy ----- Healthy ---- and Safe Easter to all that celebrate Easter <BR> <BR> Enjoy your family and/or friends this Sunday. <BR> <BR> Let's remember our healthy goals --- and keep taking the next healthy step! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:03:47 EST Foolish Fillies (AF-Team #1) Team Thread Starting Weigh Ins: <BR> <BR> -SUSANO- (254) <BR> ENTIRELYBEVERLY (384) <BR> I-AM-BUBBLES (264) <BR> MARLY53 <BR> BRITTANY116 (226) <BR> RICHILA <BR> MOMOFBOYS (353) <BR> NEW_ME_IN_2015 <BR> MAGOO_GNU (260) Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:07:17 EST Wascally Weighers (AF team #2) Team Thread Wascally Weighers Team Thread <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to all the Wascals! <BR> <BR> JPL2014 <BR> _RANDY_ <BR> MIZZGRIZZ <BR> JESSIEBRUNS - Hydration <BR> ELJAYS1 <BR> LAINIESNEWLIFE - Cheerleader <BR> MRSBIGGLESWORTH <BR> HONEYLEA -- Tracker <BR> <BR> If you haven't chosen a team role, please let us know what you are up for this month. <BR> <BR> Also, let's make sure everyone checks in today! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 02:12:48 EST Who's the Fool? Post your selfies or pics of the fun things you do in April, even if it is just you making a silly face in the mirror. Let’s dwell on the positive things in our lives that make getting up each morning worth the effort. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 03:01:36 EST Funny Bones Post anything here that strikes your funny bone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:59:44 EST Spring Fling! Time to do a little Spring cleaning? <BR> <BR> Here is a thread to help you stay on track with those procrastinated cleaning projects in April. <BR> <BR> Post a cleaning project that has been on your to do list for awhile and keep us posted on your progress until completed. Then post your next project. And so on. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to tackle those big cleaning projects if you break them down and just get started on them. Just think of the old saying “How do you eat an e... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:56:44 EST Fountain of Youth Fountain of Youth – People spend rivers of dollars on beauty products, not knowing that water is the actual fountain of youth and beauty! <BR> <BR> Four beauty benefits associated with proper hydration and that consumers should be aware of are: rejuvenating skin, improving dark circles around the eyes, decreasing fatigue, and preventing acne. <BR> <BR> Most people know that our bodies are largely made of water…70%. Both the quantity and quality of the water we drink can determine our body’s... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:47:43 EST Playing With Our Food This is a pic thread. We are challenging our First Steppers to post pictures of what they are eating. And if you can have a little fun with your food such as smiley face on your toast or a palm tree out of your veggies, even better! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:45:38 EST Footloose and Fancy Free -- fitness challenge This is a self-described fitness challenge to see how many fun titles you can earn in April. Follow these directions to participate in this challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Set a daily fitness goal. It can be # of steps, fitness minutes, miles walked, songs danced, etc. <BR> <BR> 2. Take your daily goal number and multiply it by 5. That is your target goal to earn a new title. For example, if your goal is to walk 10,000 steps every day, then take 10,000 x 5 = 50,000 steps. Once you have wal... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:41:45 EST Baby Steps Challenge Beverly will be heading up our Baby Steps Challenge. <BR> <BR> This challenge is based off of SP's Small Changes Challenge. Be watching this thread for daily challenges on how baby steps taken everyday will complete big challenges by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:35:58 EST AF - Organizing Thread for Team #1 <img src=""> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:31:26 EST AF - Organizing Thread for Team #2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:30:59 EST April Foolishness Challenge -- Official Thread Are you ready for some April Foolishness? This challenge officially starts on Friday so there will be more details posted Friday morning, but here is the general instructions: <BR> <BR> 1. This is a two-fold challenge. You can choose to participate in one or both challenges each week. <BR> <BR> ---First challenge is weight loss. We post our weigh-ins each Friday and the team with the highest percentage of weight loss will be declared the winners for that week. <BR> <BR> ---The seco... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:28:53 EST April Foolishness Challenge -- Sign Up Here!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Join in the foolish fun! Sign up today! It is time once again for some April foolishness to come to the FSC. <BR> <BR> Two teams will be competing to see who can have the highest percentage of weight loss each week. There will be daily team challenges and of course our weekend acts of foolishness to keep the teams lively and losing. <BR> <BR> Teams will be announced on April 1st with our first weigh-in on... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 02:39:46 EST feeling like a failure everytime I start a diet I end up failing...I feel like such a failure that I end up gaining wt because of this feeling. I need help... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:51:04 EST FAT is not a FEELING I don't know who has seen this and who hasn't --- but it was very powerful for me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=145 </link> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:28:24 EST what kind of vitamin do you take? Just wondering what kind of vitamins everyone takes. I just started taking my vitamins again and I am feeling better combined with the exercising I have been doing. <BR> <BR> What I am taking is the GNC Ultra Mega Women's energy and metabolism. What I dont like are they are kind of big and they taste weird. What I like is how I feel after I take them. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:51:34 EST Starting fresh Hi! <BR> Happy March 1st! My hubby and I are looking to get fit again. We decided today being the 1st of a new month was a good day to get started. Here's the hard part...My hubby is not really overweight. He's always maintained his weight pretty well. Me...well I struggle A LOT! <BR> I need to lose over 100 lbs (AGAIN) <BR> <BR> We are making commitments to get back in the gym (today was our first visit back) and we were both surprised how difficult it was! <BR> <BR> SP helped me previousl... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:33:48 EST March Challenge We have a great new feature on SP that allows us to post pictures to our posts. Use this thread to post selfies. These selfies should be about you doing healthy things like: <BR> <BR> ** Your fresh new Spring look in the mirror today <BR> ** That healthy delicious meal you made <BR> ** That look of pride when you didn't give into a craving <BR> ** That look of accomplishment after a good workout (sweat can be beautiful!) <BR> ** A new adventure that you went on <BR> <BR> The possibilities... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:40:50 EST The FSC's Annual Easter Egg Hunt! It is that time of year again!!! <BR> <BR> We will be hunting our usual dozen Easter eggs starting on Friday, March 20th! Be watching this thread for egg-citing updates as the hunt draws nearer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:31:14 EST Laughter is the Best Medicine Each day you visit this thread, add a joke to the list (please keep them clean!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:27:45 EST Spring Fashion Show Have you heard the phrase “The better you look, the better you feel?” Spending a few extra minutes each morning to dress nice, put on our make-up, style our hair, don the right accessories, and then look in the mirror and add a smile to our look can be as uplifting as a good number on the scale. Periodically throughout the month, we will post discussion questions about your style and fashion. Let’s hone in on our skills to look simply marvelous by Spring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:23:08 EST Look Ma! No Hands!! We do many healthy things each day without giving it much thought. Name one healthy item you did today. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:16:41 EST Your Daily Dose of SP <em>252</em> Check back every day for a little dose of SP. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:14:06 EST On the Move in New Zealand Challenge This is a self-paced fitness challenge. Set your personal daily fitness goal – walking, gym, workout videos, strength training, dancing, etc. Each day that you accomplish your goal, you can move on to the next location in New Zealand. Goal is to see as much of New Zealand as possible before the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Here are the stops we will be making this month: <BR> <BR> Stops on the North Island: <BR> Auckland <BR> Northland & Bay of Islands <BR> Bay of Plenty <BR> The Coromand... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:11:29 EST Acts of Culinary Courage Challenge This is a point challenge about eating healthy. You can earn up to 3 points each day. 1 point each for eating a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. “Healthy” is self-described based on your own calorie/nutrient goals. Meet your goals for each meal and you earn a point. For every 15 points you earn, you will be promoted within the kitchen and earn goodies along the way. <BR> <BR> Starting Position: Salad Chef <BR> 15 – 29 points: Pastry Chef <BR> 30 – 44 points: Grill Cook <BR> 45 – ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:00:53 EST Inspirational March Challenge Need some motivation? Movement? Miracles? Then come join us on our Inspirational March Challenge! <BR> <BR> Join our Motivational Marchers team while we create a visual inspirational work of art during the month of March. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be an artist to be involved in this challenge! <BR> <BR> Every day in March, a new inspirational word will be posted along with a daily challenge to go along with that word. Complete that challenge and you will earn that “word” to add... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:58:43 EST Meet the Incredibles! (Proud Moments) What did you do today that made you proud of yourself? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:51:35 EST The Rescuers (Panic Thread) Feeling discouraged or challenged? Come here for some encouragement and advice. Your fellow First Steppers are here when you need a helping hand! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:49:03 EST Welcome Mousketeers! Introduce yourselves here! Welcome to the First Steps Club! We are glad you have joined us. Please introduce yourself to help us get to know you better. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:47:22 EST Spin it to win it! How did you do on the wheel today? Did you earn your bonus spin? <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:40:44 EST Cinderella Castle – chat thread A friendly place where you can express yourself and chat with friends. Grab a cup, find a seat and make yourself at home. <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:39:33 EST Hello out there I've got a long road ahead I have come to that point in my life that I have to crap or get off the pot. I have let myself go to the point that my health is an issue now. So I'm not going to give up. I will succeed and get to live a long and better life. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:45:20 EST "Add an Image" feature to board posts From Coach Jen <BR> ------------------------------ <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:56:07 EST I have just joined.I would like to have a buddy to <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:53:37 EST Lent -- do you participate? Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Many people give up something for Lent -- do you? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:31:10 EST Team NoName Jessica & I couldn't come up with a cute team name so this is our thread. <em>246</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:12:52 EST Blazing Arrows - Marly & Julie <em>104</em> I am excited to be your buddy this week. It will be fun to get to know you. I know I took the liberty to choose our name, but I thought this was rather humorous. I don't know if you ever saw the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles, but this is where I got the idea from. I really think we need to add humor into our weight loss journey. Humor gets you through the rough times and makes any journey more pleasant. I think we ought to have a weekly buddy goal and daily goals to help us ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:24:02 EST Cupid's Celebration of Special Days Cupid LOVES trivia! Bet you didn't know about all these special days in February! <BR> <BR> The ENTIRE month of February has been designated for the following: <BR> <BR> American Heart Month <BR> An Affair to Remember Month <BR> Black History Month <BR> Canned Food Month <BR> Creative Romance Month <BR> Great American Pie Month <BR> National Cherry Month <BR> National Children’s Dental Health Month <BR> National Grapefruit Month <BR> National Weddings Month <BR> <BR> February 1st is: Nat... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:07:36 EST Cupid's I Heart Radio Cupid LOVES love songs! You'd never guess, would you? <BR> <BR> Cupid will leave the line of a love song and you have to guess the name of the song - then leave a line of a different love song for the next person! <BR> <BR> Put your listening wings on! Here's the first one: <BR> <BR> "And maybe I didn't hold you <BR> All those lonely, lonely times <BR> And I guess I never told you <BR> I'm so happy that you're mine" Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:00:58 EST Cupid's Candy Hearts <em>198</em> Oh, NO! Cupid has run out of saying for the little candy hearts! What to do! What to do! <BR> <BR> I know! Would all of you, please help a poor baby out by providing some cute sayings for the hearts? <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> B Mine! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> At the end of the week, we'll vote on which we think is the cutest and funniest and there just might be a special prize! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:53:56 EST Cupid's Progressive ST Challenge Cupid is challenging each of you to do the following at least 5 days each week. Each participant who does and reports back here gets a special goodie!!! <BR> <BR> Feb. 1 - 7: 20 Wall Push-ups <BR> <BR> That's all you have to do for any 5 days of the first week. Now here's where the "progressive part comes in! <BR> <BR> Feb. 8 - 14: 30 Wall Push-ups and 20 heel raises <BR> <BR> That's all for any 5 days of the second week. Easy-peasy, right! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Feb. 15 - 21: 40... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:49:46 EST Clicking 'Cross Country - Virtual Walk with Dee Exercise is good for the heart! Join Dee as she leads the way on a virtual walk across the month of February! <BR> <BR> Get your hikers on! You'll need them! <em>295</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:39:36 EST Cupid's Culinary Delights Cupid is planning a Healthy Progressive Dinner and needs all of your help to get it on that table! This is a "soup to nuts" thread including decorations! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Cupid will start off by setting out the table. It's elegant with nicely sculpted legs and finely polished top - and all the chairs match! <BR> <BR> Now the next person needs to add to the dinner. What will you bring? The tablecloth? Flowers? Let's get the table dressed first, then we'll move on to the food. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:36:56 EST Cupid's Cutting the Calories Weight-Loss Challenge <em>129</em> Cupid <em>129</em> is challenging you to lose 2% of your weight this month! If you weight 200 pounds, that would be 4 pounds! If you weigh 250, that would be 5 pounds. If you weigh 300, that would be 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> Get a calculator and do the math! What's your 2% goal for February? <BR> <BR> Goodies to anyone who can lose their 2%! <em>244</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:29:04 EST Cupid's Curiosity Shop - Answer Me This Continued! "Answer Me This" continues Monday! Wait for it. . . <em>29</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:16:15 EST Cupid's Panic Button - Push for Help! If you really need help NOW, please use this thread! Many of us monitor it closely! <em>306</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:14:09 EST Welcome, Heartthrobs! Introduce Yourselves Here! <em>235</em> to any newbies and <em>523</em> to any others who may have found their way back! <BR> <BR> Please introduce yourself to the team here! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:12:20 EST Cupid's Arrow - How did you do on Sparkpoints? <em>347</em> How many Sparkpoints did you get today? How many Bonus points? And how many team points? <BR> <BR> Let those Sparkpoint arrows fly! <em>334</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:09:48 EST Cupid's Cloud - Chat Thread Ah! Love is in the air! Loving yourself, that it. <BR> <BR> Let's see how we can dress up this cloud! All I see is WHITE so far! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:07:13 EST <3 The Hearty Girls <3 Brittany and Jill <em>381</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:42:58 EST Twin Hearts - Bee & Dee <em>129</em> <em>213</em> Here we are!! Ready to begin the Cupid Cuties Challenge!! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:31:46 EST Healthy Hearts - Lainie & Nancy Nancy, I'm so happy to be your buddy for the first week of this challenge. We're going to have a great week!!! I'm ready to lose more weight. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:49:21 EST Cupid's Sweetarts ~ Eljays1 & LifeChangz <em>129</em> Sweet with Heart :) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:10:20 EST Not So Faint of Hearts - Wendi and Beverly Well, we've been around this block several times and now it's time to do it again!! <BR> <BR> Come on, Wendi! Onward and downward!!! <em>244</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:27:30 EST The Brave Hearts -- Beth and Laura's Team Woo Hoo! Let the games begin!! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Or at least starting Sunday! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:32:26 EST Cupid's Cuties - February Buddy Challenge <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <BR> Hi, everyone! I'm Cupid. I'm so excited to meet all of you! I'll be in charge of most of the challenges this next month! <BR> <BR> Please sign up on this thread if you want to be part of Cupid's Cuties Buddy Challenge. This challenge will begin the 1st of February and buddies will be changed every Friday thereafter. <BR> <BR... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:01:57 EST Randy ..... checking in Good Saturday Evening to everyone. <BR> <BR> I just put in one the longest and toughest weeks I think of my work life. It was a six day week with very early hours and late hours. By the time I got home I was just numb! And the last thing I could think of doing was logging on to the home computer. <BR> <BR> Today was a catch up day for some rest. I got up early and had a good breakfast. Sat in my chair and was so drowsy I laid back down and took another nap. It didn't do an... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:17:13 EST Hello My first step getting back on Spark People Hi I'm Tara.I'll be 50 in a month and gotta get back on track.Havnt been active on spark for couple years.So trying again.Wait no not try DO. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:00:52 EST Smart drinks ~ How do you get your Electrolytes? I was just reading an interesting blog on electrolytes & recipe suggestions. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What do you do? Do you buy pre-made drinks or make your own? Have any favorite recipes to share? <BR> <BR> <em>482</em> Regarding Electrolytes after Exercise <BR> <BR> quoting from a sparkblog comment from Juneshope on Saphrael's 1/3/15 yoga blog: consider "something like "Smart Water", which just has added electrolytes, no flavors or's just water with electrolytes. ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:32:59 EST Drill Sargent Dee's Daily Ditties Recruits -- watch this thread for some daily ditties from our own camo-gowned princess Dee. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:05:07 EST Deploying Hydration & Other Healthy Habits Losing weight isn’t all about eating healthy and working out. Many factors can contribute to weight loss such as drinking enough water each day or getting enough sleep. Lowering stress levels and simply a positive attitude can also play a part as well. Besides food and fitness, what healthy habits did you follow today? Post any topics of conversation you would like to have with your fellow recruits. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:14:35 EST Deploying Fitness Activities What are you doing for your fitness activities today? Have a new workout? Tried a new DVD? Dancing to some fun workout songs? Share your fitness activities here to help give each other new ideas for keeping your workouts fresh and exciting! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:13:44 EST Deploying Healthy Eating Habits Use this thread to discuss what you are eating, recipes, new products, and meal planning tips. What did you have for breakfast? Did you stay in calorie range today? <BR> <BR> Look for periodic topics of discussion throughout the month. <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:12:55 EST Engage in Proper Rest and Relaxation Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are the stresses from your day stopping you from relaxing? Stress and the lack of sleep can undermine all of the other positive habits you are creating. Come here for daily tidbits on how to get the rest and relaxation your body needs. Every recruit needs a little R&R each day! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:12:02 EST Engage in Healthy Eating Habits Do you know what a healthy diet should look like, but need some reminders as you create your daily meal plans? Come to the FSC Mess Hall for daily bite-sized tips on how to improve your current eating habits. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:10:56 EST Engage in Positive Goal Setting Do you find it difficult to set positive goals and stick to them? Come here for daily tips on how to not only set goals, but to achieve them. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:10:00 EST Rank Promotions Awarded Any promotions in rank each week will be awarded here each Saturday. Come celebrate these promotions with your fellow recruits. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:08:29 EST Basic Training Weekly Challenge - Enlist Here The Basic Training Weekly Challenge is a point-based challenge. <BR> <BR> If you have ever eaten at a Panera’s, you should be familiar with their “You pick two” menu. This is a “You pick two” challenge. Each Friday, your weekly weigh-ins are due. For each pound lost, you will earn 10 bonus points. In addition to the weight loss component, you will select two items from the Basic Training Objectives Menu below. One will be your primary objective worth 10 points each day and one will be... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:07:35 EST New Feature Round-Up: Enhanced Streaks and Photos From Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streak<BR>s_and_photos_with_status_updates </link> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:50:01 EST Secret Santa -- Official Thread 2014 <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> To all Secret Santas: <BR> <BR> You have received a message telling you who you are playing Secret Santa for. DO NOT tell anyone which person you are "gifting" in this challenge. We will be trying to guess the identity of our Secret Santas throughout the challenge. <BR> <BR> Several times each week, I'll post a SECRET SANTA CHALLENGE on this thread. If y... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:13:27 EST ‘Tis the Season to be Shopping…Fa La La La La Are you already done with your Christmas shopping? Or are you the one that runs screaming at the thought of going to the mall? <BR> <BR> This is a thread where everyone can post unique gift ideas, great bargains, silly stories, stress relievers, etc. When you have a shopping tidbit you’re wanting to share, come to our post. <BR> <BR> These posts can be Good, Bad or even Ugly! (Funny works too!) <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:12:36 EST Holidays A – Z (game) 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> To start: <BR> <BR> A = Angels <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:11:24 EST Jingle Bell Rocks (game) 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> <BR> To start: <BR> <BR> "In the meadow we can build a snowman, <BR> Then pretend that he is Parson Brown" <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:10:50 EST Holiday Baking (recipe sharing thread) Some people think that the holidays are filled with temptations and treats that will only add to your waistline. And while that can be true, there are also plenty of opportunities for eating healthy or making over favorite recipes into lighter fare. <BR> <BR> Each day of the week we will be sharing ideas or recipes on the subjects below. Please feel free to jump in with your ideas or recipes on the topic of the day. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Buffet, Party or Potluck Fare <BR> Monday: Breakfast ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:09:39 EST Reduce Your Holiday Stress! 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 schedule ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:01:41 EST Secret Santa -- Sign up here! <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Ho! Ho! Ho! It is time for all of Santa's Helpers to get busy before the big day!!! Another holiday tradition here at the FSC is the Annual Secret Santa Challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sign up here if you are willing to spend a couple of days each week playing Secret Santa for a fellow First Stepper. <BR> <BR> All participants must sign up by 11pm CST Thursday... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:59:22 EST Naughty or Nice Challenge (weight loss challenge) Starting Friday, Dec 5th, we will be holding 3 one week weight loss challenges. The goal is simple – lose weight and you are on the Nice list. Miss your goal and it is the Naughty list for you! <BR> <BR> Each week there will be a different theme. Week #1 will be tracking your nutrition. Week #2 will be tracking your water servings. Week #3 will be tracking your fitness. Each day you will post whether you hit your goals for the day with either a Naughty or a Nice post. If you are pos... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:43:51 EST Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge Starting December 1st – a Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge will be posted and you have two days in which to complete that challenge. Then every two days, a new “Day of Christmas” challenge will be added and again, you will have two days to complete the entire challenge. By Christmas Eve, all twelve days of Christmas challenges will be posted for you to complete. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> On the 1st: On the first day of Christmas the FSC challenged me to ….. <BR> On the 3rd: On the seco... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:43:05 EST Reindeer Games Challenge This is a group challenge and we need all of our FSC elves to participate! Santa’s reindeer have gone missing again this year. And we all know that Evil Elf Norman must be behind it again! His first ransom note should arrive by December 1st, so come help us save the reindeer and get them back to Santa’s workshop before they are needed on Christmas Eve. It is up to us to save Christmas!! <BR> <BR> So check in every day to see what Evil Elf Norman wants us to do before he will release each... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:42:29 EST Answer Me This.... This is a new feature that will be spearheaded by our own little elf - Beverly! Be watching this thread in December and enjoy this new treat!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:39:50 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:51 EST December Challenge Have you started a sign up for the new month challenge? I have opted out, but think I will join the December challenge. <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:59:50 EST Hey! What happened? . . .to our October to November two photos and 5 words to describe ourselves? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> I should have said looking a bit crazy with my glasses crooked like that? <em>246</em> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:59:43 EST Weight Warriors- (David & Wendi) We are joining in on the Lose 5 Holiday Challenge. We are a week late but we will still make our goal to lose the 5 pounds each! <BR> <BR> Wendi: <BR> SW: 335 Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:42:36 EST Mobile Chat Now Available to All Members From Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> When we launched our redesigned apps a few months ago, we added a mobile chat forum so that members could ask questions and get support through the app. Until now, the mobile chat forums were only available through the app. <BR> <BR> We decided to change that so now members can post in these mobile chat forums either through the site or through the app. <BR> <BR> - The mobile chat forums are now at the bottom of the main message board pag... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:55:07 EST The Goofy Gobblers - Jeanenne & Laura Here is our thread. <BR> <BR> Jeanenne SW 203 <BR> <BR> Laura SW 338 <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 17:18:29 EST Butterball Babes (Bee & Dee) <em>429</em> <em>429</em> The Twinnies are at it again!! <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> SW 236 Pounds <BR> Predicted Ending Weight 230 Pounds <BR> <BR> We Can Do Anything, We Make-Up Our Minds To Do! <em>104</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:04:44 EST The Pound Squashers (Lainie and Valerie) Here is our thread! <BR> SW 279 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:49:34 EST Turkalicious Turkeys (Marlene & Jessie) This is our place to support each other, have fun, and hold each other accountable. I know we can do this! <em>196</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:34:22 EST ABC’s of Thanksgiving (game) Starting with the letter A and working our way through the alphabet, post a word associated with Thanksgiving or Fall. <BR> <BR> A = Apple <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:52:04 EST Holiday Traditions Every family has their holiday traditions. Please feel free to share some of yours on this thread. Who knows – you might find a new tradition this year! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:51:28 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness (calendar thread) This thread will start Saturday. Be looking for a daily tip to lead you to greater happiness. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:50:50 EST SparkGuy’s 10+ Fitness Minutes Challenge The SparkGuy has posted his updated 10+ Fitness Minutes Challenge and we wanted to highlight that challenge for our members. This is a self-directed challenge and if you are interested, please use this thread to chat with other members who are involved with the challenge as well. <BR> <BR> From the SparkGuy: <BR> <BR> “Welcome to SparkGuy's 10 or more Fitness Minutes Challenge! This is a fun and simple challenge that will help you reach not only you fitness goals, but also goals in all a... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:49:06 EST Plump It Up! (water thread) Do you feel like your skin is more dried out in the winter months? Do your fingertips look more wrinkled? If so, you are dehydrated and need to increase your water servings. If you are anywhere that is running a furnace, the air tends to be drier and our bodies need additional fluids to keep us hydrated. <BR> <BR> Well, plump up your skin (show fewer wrinkles!) by staying hydrated! How many glasses of water did you get in today? <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:47:22 EST Trimming Down the Turkey (recipe thread) We all have our traditional Thanksgiving or holiday recipes. Can any of them be trimmed down to make them healthier or less calories? Are there any new recipes you would like to try to see if a new tradition can get started? Have any tips for leftovers? This thread is for sharing traditional recipes you may make for the holidays or lightened up versions of old favorites. Please feel free to share ideas and tips for surviving the food fests that face us each holiday season. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:46:21 EST Thanksgiving Food Shopping List <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Meat/Protein <BR> <BR> 10 Turkey <BR> 8 Chicken <BR> 8 Beef <BR> 6 Lamb <BR> 10 Ham <BR> 8 Pork <BR> 4 Game Fowl <BR> 5 Salami <BR> 4 Fish (all varieties) <BR> 4 Snails <BR> 4 Seafood/Shellfish <BR> 10 Brats/Hot Dogs <BR> 8 Deer <BR> 6 Bever <BR> 4 Eggs (up to a dozen) <BR> 8 Bacon <BR> 2 beans <BR> 2 Tofu <BR> <BR> <BR> Dairy/Eggs <BR> <BR> 2 Milk <BR> 4 Cre... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:37:56 EST Healthy Harvesters (Beverly, Randy, Christine) Ok - Next step: Weight In Tomorrow Morning. <BR> <BR> What is your "plan" to lose 5? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:53:42 EST The Holiday Honeys - (Julie and Nancy) It is because we are so sweet! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:29:01 EST The 5/4 TIMEKEEPERS (Di and Margo) NoTreble and Margoo_Gnu are fixin' to lose five+ pounds each in 4 weeks <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> 10/31, starting weights <BR> 11/7, week 1 loss <BR> 11/14, week 2 loos <BR> 11/21, week 3 loss <BR> 11/28, week 4 loss <em>429</em> is 11/27 <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:02:52 EST Lose the Holiday Five Challenge Every year, most people gain an average of 5 pounds over the holidays. For some, even more! So we thought that we would get a jump on the holidays and do our best to lose our 5+ pounds before this holidays hit this year. <BR> <BR> This is a buddy challenge. Find a buddy or two to make up a team. (2-3 people max) If you need a buddy, post here. We will ensure that everyone has a team that wants one. <BR> <BR> Starting on Friday, OCTOBER 31st, starting weigh-ins will need to be posted to... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:41:41 EST Turkey Trot (Fitness Challenge) The highlight of any Thanksgiving celebration is the turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. In this fitness challenge, you will be “earning” points needed to purchase items for your Thanksgiving dinner. <BR> <BR> This challenge starts November 1st (Saturday) and will run through Thanksgiving, November 27th. You will need to choose the amount of time you will spend exercising/walking each day. The amounts to choose from are: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes <BR> 15 minutes <BR> 30 minutes <BR> ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:38:25 EST GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!!! IM LOVELYDUTCHESS Hello All! I have been a member for a long time now. but I never actually took the time to explore the site. I did a few exercise videos and then I moved on to something else. Any whoo I started my weight loss journey over again 9/29/2014 and I have receive an email from spark with some weight loss tips and I log in and be logging in ever since. I can only say I wish I paid more attention to the site back then. I might have been successful with my journey. I LOVE everything this site offers a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:12:28 EST New SparkPoint Trophies for above 100,000 points <link><BR>nts_icons.asp </link> <BR> Check the above link for new trophies for those of you with SparkPoints above 100,000!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Coach Jen, for the update!!! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:43:18 EST Writing opportunities I missed Laura's list of blog and/or writing opportunities so I googled for some suggestions <BR> <BR> Also would love to see/hear about other peoples Halloween traditions (in keeping with Theme for this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> 101 items to prompt blog writing <BR> <link><BR>ideas/ </link> <BR> <BR> examples: <BR> Ideas for “Best of” posts: <BR> 1. The best blog posts you’ve read the past week or month – with links. <BR> <BR> Ideas for personal es... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:55:35 EST Interesting new website/app - FoodTweeks <link> </link> <BR> Found this on Hungry Girl today. It's an app you can download that helps you "tweek" your calories - and by so doing donates the "calories you save" to food banks throughout the country. <BR> <BR> 3 Steps To Removing Calories Forever <BR> Introducing foodtweeks.™ The app does it all. You simply choose which tweek to try. <BR> When you find one that works, you can keep removing calories — forever! <BR> <BR> We Give Nutritious Calories to Families W... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:18:50 EST NEW - SparkGuy's 10+ Fitness Minutes Challenge <BR> From SparkGuy's blog: <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm happy to give you an early look at the final version of the 10+ Fitness Minutes Challenge Mini-Book if you'd like to take a look! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to share this version with anyone who might be interested -- whether they are SP members or not. I'll launch this broadly in my email this Sunday that goes out to more than 2 million of my closest friends :). <BR> <BR> In about... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:13:55 EST Check-in / weigh in <BR> <BR> Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> S/W is 297 Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:18:42 EST Invasion of the Body Sparkers -- Scare Team #1 Here is our official team thread. We seem to be having a toss up between the name Texas Scale Massacre and Invasion of the Body Sparkers. I can still change the name, so let's have a vote today -- Which team name is your first choice? <BR> <BR> Texas Scale Massacre or Invasion of the Body Sparkers? <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's tap our team mates and get everyone checked in today. Also, please post the following today: <BR> <BR> 1. Post your starting weigh-in here on this thread. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 02:01:08 EST The Unled Undead - Scare Team #2 Here are our Unled Undead volunteers to date!!! Thank you so much everyone! The more we are all involved, the more fun this will be!!! <BR> <BR> The Unled Undead Unleader - that would be EVERYONE!!!! <BR> <BR> The Unled Undead Weight/Point Tracker Ghoul - this ghoul will be responsible for figuring the total weightloss % and track the weekly points - Margaret <BR> <BR> The Unled Undead Fitness Vamp- this ghoul will be responsible for issuing fitness challenges - Valerie <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:54:31 EST Wandering Through The Graveyard <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> <BR> Is fall your favorite season? Do you dread being cooped up during the upcoming winter? If so, make it your mission to spend some time outside in October. Enjoy the leaves changing colors. Visit a pumpkin patch. Stroll through a nearby small town to see what interesting shops they offer. <BR> <BR> Post here what activities you ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:36:29 EST Scared Silly! <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> Are you afraid of the dark? Do spooky stories send shivers down your spine? Do you REALLY believe in ghosts? <BR> <BR> Keep reading this thread to find out......bwaaaaaaa! (evil laugh from that dark space under the stairs) <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>423... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:34:51 EST Cleaning Out The Cobwebs <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <em>424</em> <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <em>542</em> <BR> <BR> Are those cobwebs hanging out in the dark corners of your house? Does it frighten you to open up your pantry or junk drawer? Are the evil zombie dust bunnies multiplying too quickly to fight off? <BR> <BR> Here is your chance to take on those frightening housework tasks that you keep putting off. Set yourself a task to complete and keep... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:31:19 EST The Monster Mash <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>419</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> Here’s a little Transylvania twist for you! Be watching this thread each day in the month of October. A part of the lyrics to a new song that has something to do with Halloween will be posted. You’re job, should you DARE to accept it, is to name that haunted tune! Dance to it as well, if you think you can keep up! A-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:28:57 EST The Bubbling Cauldron <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>440</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Bubbling Cauldron! <BR> <BR> What's cooking in your pot today? <BR> <BR> Fall always seems like a good time of year to turn to hot soup, casseroles 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> Po... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:24:41 EST Trick or Treat! <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> <BR> <BR> 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> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:22:10 EST Scare Team #2 -- Organizing Thread <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> Boo! <BR> <BR> Welcome to your Scare Team's organizing thread. The Challenge starts Friday so you have your work cut out for you. Each team needs to get organized with a team name, team leader, and team assignments. <BR> <BR> Ghoul luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <e... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:19:43 EST Scare Team #1 -- Organizing Thread <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> Boo! <BR> <BR> Welcome to your Scare Team's organizing thread. The Challenge starts Friday so you have your work cut out for you. Each team needs to get organized with a team name, team leader, and team assignments. <BR> <BR> Ghoul luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <e... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:19:07 EST Done 10 Wall pushups done <BR> <BR> Next person -- 10 squats <em>248</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:38:54 EST "Walking is the superfood of fitness" My DH sent this to me and I found it very interesting! It's not just enough to get our 10 minutes of exercise in a day - though that isn't a bad thing either - you need to be more active throughout your day! <BR> <BR> I specifically like this comment: “Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day," Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.” <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:40:30 EST Battling depression Sorry that I haven't been around the group for awhile. I have really been having a rough battle with depression. I just got overwhelmed by constantly juggling work, my personal goals, add on some vitamin deficiency issues causing me to have constant red, splotchy acne on my face and the reality that I still have 100 lbs to lose. ...... <BR> <BR> I had to leave for awhile and get my ducks in a row. I am happy to report that I have stopped working on my days off. On ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:04:49 EST Scare Team Challenge <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 3rd, we will conduct 4 one-week challenges between the two teams. Sign up here if you are interested in participating... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 01:22:15 EST 7 + for yesterday Made that challenge... bring on a new one!! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:19:26 EST Pulling an all nighter (sleep problems) Sleep is so important to weight loss! I did go to bed around 9:00 I think though so it being 4:30 a.m. doesn't bother me too much. I have my food delivered today and got $2.00 off the fee for giving them an "all day" timeline but they then give a 2 hour window I can look up which I did and they're not coming until 2:00-4:00 so I can "sleep in" when I go back to bed here in a few. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else wake because they're hungry? Eating small meals every 6 hours or so or nibbling thr... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:38:02 EST A thread instead of a blog For whatever reason I feel like writing but not blogging. <BR> <BR> Maybe because this is my main team --- my SparkFamily. <BR> <BR> Since I blogged last I've spent a night in the hospital and a couple days. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty good now. Watching the sodium as much as possible. Watching amount and timing of fluid intake due to some fluid issues. <BR> <BR> I haven't been exercising at the gym --- but I have been getting out for a walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> I know that I HAVE t... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:14:23 EST Biggest Loser -- Season #16 Glory Days The new season of Biggest Loser is starting on September 11th. Here is a thread for members who watch the show to chat about it. I'm sharing the link to the official site that will introduce you to the contestants (all former athletes) and the trainers. Two new trainers are replacing Jillian this season. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>M%7CThe%20Biggest%20Loser%7Cfllprmr201<BR>4%7Cggl%7Cna%7Cna&hcoref=SEM&WT_srch=g<BR>gl&sky=biggest%20loser </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:30:00 EST Favorite and Least Favorite Subjects School's easy, I loved history and English but did not like science. But I thought it would be fun if we thought about some of what we like about lifestyle change, losing weight, exercise and what we don't like about it. I'm sure there's enough for multiple posts :-) <BR> <BR> I like the possibility of change, the challenges but I don't like the "chore" aspects like having to exercise "10 minutes" each and every day. I don't like "lock-step" -- the minute you tell me I have to do somethin... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:30:46 EST In the Library -- Books and Articles of Interest This is a thread open to anyone who would like to post a link to a great article or suggest a good book that will help people with achieving a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> These books and articles can be on any subject. You can post a quote from the book or article, but SP does request that we do not post an article in its entirety. Instead, post the link. If you have not used the link feature before, copy the URL into the blank that pops up when you click on "ADD A LINK" above. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:40:09 EST Psychology Class -- Power of Positive Thinking This is a thread about positive thinking, motivation, goal setting, accomplishments and most importantly REWARDS! <BR> <BR> Try to approach your goals from a position of "possibilities" instead of self-doubt or shame for not being perfect. Find ways to use regular rewards to pat yourself on the back and give a word of encouragement. Instead of focusing on what you do wrong, try paying more attention to what you do right. <BR> <BR> <BR> Try to post at least one thing that you accomplished ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:30:33 EST Homework Assignments Organize -- Declutter -- Decorate -- Stop procrastinating those home projects! <BR> <BR> This self-directed challenge can be either a one day challenge or a weekly challenge, you decide! <BR> <BR> 1. Pick a home project that has been on your to do list for some time. Post here what it is and how many days you will need to complete that task. It can be something simple that can be completed in a day or perhaps 3 days. <BR> <BR> 2. Post the number of days it will take you to complete i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:15:05 EST School Dances (periodic dance parties) Check this thread throughout the month for the posted School Dances. Every few days a new School Dance will be announced. Follow the theme of the dance, turn on the music and dance like no one is watching. Shoot for at least 3 dances at each School Dance. <BR> <BR> <BR> Our first dance to celebrate the beginning of school is: <BR> <BR> One Hit Wonders! <BR> <BR> Find at least three One Hit Wonders to dance to. <BR> <BR> Here are three suggestions: <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:06:02 EST Math Class -- Adding up those calories This is a thread encouraging the use of the SP Nutrition Tracker. Time and again, those members who have been most successful at losing weight, were consistent in their use of the SP trackers. <BR> <BR> First, make sure your goals are updated and your calorie range is set to your specifications. This will be the range you will be shooting for every day. Track you food intake and post a thumbs up if you are within goal range or below it and a thumbs down if you are over high-end goal. T... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 02:45:04 EST