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10/13/14 8:47 A

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Good suggestion!

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10/12/14 7:59 P

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Somar, I made a challenge suggestion and she is going to pass it forward.

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10/12/14 3:49 P

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Don't know if this was meant for me, but thank you. I've earned a bunch of them, but not sure what to do with them.

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10/11/14 8:15 P

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Well, then, consider it passed on to you to forward.

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10/11/14 8:11 P

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I'm glad I directed you to something you didn't know. There is a place for suggestions... I will have to check it out again and give you the road map! You can always make suggestions to me and I can pass them on to the Community Team.
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Oh cool, I didn't know that either. There's so many nuances to this site and learning the ins and outs is a challenge in itself. There should be a challenge called "SparkPeople Scavenger Hunt" and joining the challenge would be the starting point with the first clue, then when the first clue is found, it holds a clue to the next place, so on and so forth. Everyone should equally win the prize because it would help new ones learn the site and it would challenge the experienced ones. In fact, there could be two challenges. One for Expert and one for Beginners.

I couldn't find a place to make this suggestion but I thought it would be a fun idea.

Edited by: SUN66SHINE at: 10/11/2014 (19:05)
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Oh... I'm sorry. I didn't know that's what you were referring to. That is also found under "My Trackers" - "Other Goals".

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I found it!!! I click the blue "track button" at the bottom of the team's page. It takes me to another page that lists all the different teams I'm on. Below the title of the team it lists what challenges I've joined. To the right of that challenge are days of the week with an orange button with a plus sign "+" in the center. Click on the day of the week you are tracking and put in the information.

Woot Woot!!!! Now I'm ready to rock and roll!!

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10/11/14 3:36 P

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Yes, everything else tracks..I'm going to go back to that page Somar was talking about and see what I'm doing wrong.

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10/11/14 1:37 P

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I'm not sure why it wouldn't calculate, unless you didn't add it in correctly. Is everything else calculating for you?
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10/11/14 12:26 P

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I'd send you a goodie but your sparkpage is set to private and I can't see anything on it unless I'm a friend. Sorry. Wait..here's an emoticon gift.

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10/11/14 12:21 P

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Thank you, You too,

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Thanks Somar, hope you have a super weekend!!

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10/11/14 11:29 A

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Sorry, I don't know the answer to that. I hope you find the answer.

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10/11/14 12:43 A

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I post my controlled snacks on my food tracker but it's not calculating. How am I supposed to be posting so I get credit for the goal?

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I eat those as well. emoticon

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4/7/14 8:40 A

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Eggs and nuts would add protien

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I've been trying new food combinations and focusing on more vegetables with bean and rice conbinations this week. I have noticed on my tracker that I am consuming less and less protien. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do without using protien powders or substitutes to add more non meat protiens items to my diet so my protien ranges can get back into the recommended ranges again.


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Hi thanks for the info. I was feeling a little discouraged. some non weight things were not going well and i was waffling on my exercise plan. My overall mood tends to affect my weight. I get stressed out sometime. I am unable to work right now and that is an issue for me. financially i need to work so that is always a source of stress. your answer helped me kind of refocus. Thanks

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2/26/14 12:35 A

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It's not unusual to gain weight when you start exercising. Go to the search bar & search for the articles on weight gain while exercising. It happens to me every single time! I also suggest reading articles about non-scale victories. The scale fails to measure so many really important things about health. SP frequently advises not weighing in for a few weeks because improvements are being made in your health & body, but the scale isn't the best tool to report that. Hang in there..stay dedicated & pro-active. And read the great SP info!!! It's awesome!

There's also a place where you can look up specific topics such as medical conditions or perhaps precautions while using blood thinners. And of course, your doctor's nurse would be a good source of advice, too.

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I would not worry about 2 pounds. If your feeling other changes your weight will catch up. As for veggies and blood thinners I am not sure. Hopefully someone else will have advise on that.

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I just started this challenge. i hope it will help me. I have been logging my food and on the thirty day ten minute exercise challenge. I have mobility issues so I am limited in the exercises that I can do. I gained 2 lbs over the last 2 weeks. I was very surprised because I was feeling so much better and so many things improved about my body. I was very distressed about the 2 lbs. I am trying not to let it derail me. I am also limited in the amount of veggies I can eat because I am on blood thinners. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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One of my coworkers heard me mention that my trainer would like me to cut a lot of my sugars out of my diet. He just handed me a think Thin nutrition bar. Anyone try these? Have any issues with it?

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I used spark coach for a while. You get a lot of information and ideas. If you need the extra motivation it might be helpful. You get a video or article to read every day and you can write a spark coach and get an e-mail back.

Congrats on finishing the challenge and best of luck on your journey!

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12/25/13 6:04 A

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I just finished the 4-week challenge last week. And it was great. Now contemplating whether I should sign up for the entire programme with SparkCoach. Any feedback?

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If you are starting later than you thought you can remove yourself and then re-join the challenge and it will send your e-mail again.

You are never too late. This is a great challenge and allows members to join any time.

Welcome and good luck!

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12/21/13 6:28 A

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With SP, you are never too late for a challenge...there is always one suitable for you both in terms of exercise as well as food and lifestyle. Good luck!

My question today: can I still have a cheat day during this holiday week. The food is just too tempting!

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I just joined this challenge, am I too far behind to start? Will I be getting the email for week 1!

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12/9/13 6:50 A

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Thank you. Just joined and looking forward to the challenges

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Here is a copy of the welcome e-mail!

Welcome to SparkPeople's Official "Eat Up, Slim Down" Challenge. When you joined this Team, you started a series of 4 weekly emails that provides action steps and tips to complete the challenge. You can always check the weekly e-mail information on the weekly links on the team page as well.

You can discuss this challenge and your progress along the way and offer support and tips for others in the SparkTeam message boards. Pay special attention to the "Sticky" topics set by your Team Leaders. These include important info to help you make the most of this challenge.

To earn your SparkTrophy at the end of these four weeks, you must track your progress in the box at the top of our Team page. Simply check the box next to each week's action steps to show you completed them. We've also set up some Team goals (near the bottom of the Team page) that are optional if you'd like to track them; doing so will help you get more out of this challenge, but isn't essential to earning your trophy.

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Sorry ladies I was on vacation for bit. I am not sure why your are not getting your new e-mails when you join. I will contact someone at SP.

If you start on the main page for this challenge you will see each of 4 weeks listed. If you click on week 1 for example it will give you a list of what you need to do for that week. After you complete that week (if it takes you longer that is ok) click that you have completed it. Then after all 4 are completed you will receive your trophy!

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I joined this challenge today and have not received an e-mail yet either, which doesn't help me begin today. I made sure the "send weekly challenge e-mails" was checked and still nothing. It also seems no one reply's to the questions here either. Is this an inactive team/challenge?


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Week 4 won't show up for me, and I'm ready to be on week 4-actually I should have already started week 4. Any suggestions?

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I joined this team a few weeks ago, but I haven't gotten any emails so I'm a bit confused as to what I am suppose to be doing?


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iT SAID You have not yet joined any of this Teams's goals, click here to join one now .I AM NEW AND DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS OR WHERE TO FIND IT.

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I was at the end of week 2. I was hit and miss on both weeks so I decided to start over with week 1 and this time make sure I make time to plan meals & snacks.

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I love this challenge, but somehow I am not getting the emails. should I start over?


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METALJEN73 - thanks for the info! That's so funny - because I came home from an hour and a half of strength training at the gym, and I ate a banana - and STIR FRY~ ha ha - I didn't even know that was on the list, I just knew it sounded good! I'm going to make a grocery list, and keep these items stocked in my fridge and cupboards~ Awesome sauce~

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Hi,

I found an article that talks about good post workout meals.

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Bananas were in the top 10!

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LM.JACKSON I am a veggie lover too! My problem is eating enough fruit, theres a lot of things I dont like and even more that I think I am in the mood for when I buy them, but then they just sit uneaten in the fridge. I havent been drinking enough water, either, I live on coffee and Monsters.

SP_COACH_TANYA thanks for the article on protein. Im not a vegetarian but I am looking for ways to get more protein in my diet. I have a question, I posted it on my blog but never got an answer I go for 45-60 minute walks with my boyfriends dog about 4-5 times per week and someone told me its good to eat a banana after a walk. I did that today, but then I also ate an egg white omelette with turkey sausage, tomatoes, spinach, fat-free cheese, salsa, imitation crab meat and cup of hashbrowns. Is that a good post-workout breakfast? I dont know where I heard it, but that its good to eat protein after a workout? Is that true?

THEHEALTHMASTER when I go to Subway I either get a flatbread or I get whatever sandwich I want turned into a salad the Buffalo Chicken is good with spinach for the lettuce (that iceburg stuff has no nutrition in it!), and I get the low-cal Sweet Onion for my dressing. Its delicioso!~ I just realized this, but I can't remember the last time I went to McDonald's or Burger King - OMG!* That's a huge weakness for me, too!

GET2BEFIT how often are you weighing yourself? I know, personally, I fight with that thing nonstop and my roommates have threatened to take it away from me because I weigh myself every 2-3 days instead of once per week like Im supposed to. Im obsessed with it! Higher numbers do NOT represent defeat. Your body is going to change depending on your menstrual cycle, water weight, what time it is, when you ate last, all sorts of things. Its just a number. What you should focus on is how you feel (Im preaching to the choir here, FYI, just repeating what my roommates tell ME!), how your clothes fit, how much energy you have, etc. and make small changes that you can actually stick with for the long haul, because if you just make a bunch of rapid changes and then dont follow through with them, the weight will come back. Make sure you record your accomplishments! I have a note on my mirror that says NO AON GIRL! EVERY WORKOUT COUNTS! AON Girl is All-Or-Nothing I have been so hard on myself for the days I only exercise 30 minutes, instead of 45 or 60. It doesnt matter if its 5 minutes, if I get my heart rate up and break a sweat, it counts. I think a lot of times we (especially women) beat ourselves up and what we see is so much worse than what other people see. I wish you the best of luck and if you need some support, I got ya back! *hugs*


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Not getting Challenge emails, either.

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emoticon I am not sure whether I am in this challenge because I have not received an email yet.

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Don't be so hard on yourself!!!!! Life gets in the way sometimes. I think you should be proud of coming back to refocus!!!!! Besides, I seriously doubt anyone doesn't experience being a human yo-yo, you will get there!!! I fell off the wagon many many times, hell I STILL do, which is why I average a loss rate of 1-2 lbs a MONTH right now LOL.

Keep your chin up and smile!

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Had to edit because I forgot to mention that I read somewhere on here that mixing a bit of juice with club soda would help substitute for regular soda.... maybe that would work for you? I do it occasionally when that urge just wont go away and actually like it, and the calories stay fairly low because it only takes a couple ounces of juice.


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5/4/13 7:43 P

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I continue to surprise myself. Im guessing it's been AT LEAST 6 months or longer since my last log-in here and my weight gains as result. To my surprise, I lost 2 lbs this week, amidst eating last piece birthday cake Friday night! My goal is to not eat red meat, only special occasions --- like Grandma's 95th birthday I count as special occasion, that was in January, my birthday was April 30th and I had 8 oz sirloin----- so relatives' birthdays and national holidays I consider special occasions --- my toughest challenge is trying to find something other than soda to control soda. I drank 4 bottles water today and if I have another tonight it'll be 5 bottles but it doesn't stop me craving for it. I tried making a smoothie, and it was great! it was great but some of it spilled and only got 1 cup out of it.

I'm gonna try coming back here on a regular basis here. I'm afraid to use the weight tracker because it'll show a weight gain. Last time I weighed I was 202 pounds (I'm guessing). A week ago today I weighed 230 and today I weighed 228. higher numbers represent defeat, lower numbers are progressand i don't want defeat staring at me if I record the weight gain. doubt I will record it, its depressing just thinking bout it.

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5/4/13 8:51 A

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Tammay I too went from vegetarian and chose to convert to a 100% plant based diet ( not really vegan because I eat honey.) I found out that when I focused solely on calories I became tired and hungry all the time! Vegans need to make sure to consume plenty of good fats and protein, and many of those sources - avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc are pretty high in calories!! It freaked me out a bit!! LOL However, when I focused on whole foods and consuming proper nutrients my calorie intake increased, but so did my energy, and I really started to lose pounds steadily without trying.

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5/3/13 8:24 P

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Thanks! I am going to check it out right now.
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5/3/13 11:20 A

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Here's a link to a list of foods high in potassium:
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articl
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and the link for foods with calcium:
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articl
es/food-sources-of-potassium.php

most of the foods are low in calories and have fiber so you don't eat a lot to feel full.

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I need help! I am having a hard time getting all the nutrition I need. What foods are low in calories and fat that have a lot of potassium and calcium?

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Hi LOLY20. You can have your soup at any time you want. There is not such a thing that we need to be awake to digest the food. The food is going to be digested anyway. The only thing that you need to check out is how you feel. Listen to your body. If you have acid reflux, maybe you can use more pillows when you eat late at night.
Is a lot better to have the soup and feel satisfied than to keep awake feeling hungry.



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4/29/13 9:16 P

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Tammay, I'm with you. I just joined this challenge but don't want to actually start until May 1st. As long as we are doing the challenge, I'm sure that will be ok.

Loly - keep in mind chicken soup usually contains a lot of sodium, so if you eat it late at night and weigh in the morning, it will probably show a temporary gain.

Edited by: KRISSYDUNN at: 4/29/2013 (21:19)
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Hi everyone can anyone answer this can I have homemade chicken soup late at night like say around 9:30 or 10 pm

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4/25/13 7:49 A

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Still waiting to find out exactly what week one involves. This info should not be so hard to come by! How about simply including it in the email that's sent when we join, and spelling it out more clearly?

If week one does mean that we must stay within the guideline limits, I will drop out. When I try to stay below 2000 calories, I get hungry and eat after supper, which is what I most need to stop!

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Hi There,
I just joined the challenge because I really feel like I need to focus on eating whole foods and less on counting calories. I'm a vegan (or more of a vegetarian who has been trying to eat vegan for a while).

Here's my question: Although I signed up for the challenge, I won't be starting until May 1. So I'll just be reading posts and articles for the time being. I noticed that there are weekly to-dos that you checkmark on the main page. Can I start this whenever I want, since I don't plan on starting until May 1?

Thank you!

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4/24/13 3:27 P

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Here is the link to the Week 1 challenge. Am I correct that all we're supposed to do is read the article, track our food, and stay within our limits? The limits will be my challenge. I've gone over every day and actually raised my goal weight so I wouldn't be required to eat so little. I don't think I could ever consistently stay below 1500. 2000 is hard enough! I'm also concerned about the issue of having to lower intake when you reach a long plateau; that made me want to have higher limits to begin with. I will try, though! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/challen
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i think there's enough to count as one serving; not one serving of spinach, but in total. You could always bring some vegies from home if you're worried. When I was working I always brought my lunch and snacks. They weren't healthy back then, but they were cheaper, faster, and tastier! Once a week I went to my favorite restaurant, a small local Szechwan spot that I dearly miss!

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4/7/13 2:13 A

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Curious on your thoughts. I was ordering a 6" Sub from Subway. Of course I'm trying to be healthy and looking at calories, nutrition, etc...I get spinach, pickles, peppers, and cucumbers. Are there enough veggies on a 6" sub to even be able to count it as 1 serving of veggies?? There's no where near a cup of spinach on that sub!! I wanted so badly to count that as a serving of veggies but felt the guilt in my (chubby) gut!!!
I tire of salads quickly and sometimes I must grab something quick on the run for fuel...Subway is a great go-to for me on those days.

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I'am on blood thinner,Cumidiun so what veggies can I eat, the only veggies that I can't eat are vitamin k, no leafy green.

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Today I was not feeling well and had the "runs" so I did not eat much all day, including veggies. How does that work on the challenge? I am in week 1 and was doing OK until I had this bug today. Can I just skip a day and start counting again tomorrow??? Thanks!

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As I mentioned, if you are wondering then click on the Week Link and it'll open up what is supposed to have been sent to you - at least then you are aware of what the week's challenge is about. I think you've given it lots of time, try contacting Coach Nicole as she's the Coach overseeing the group. I hope it works soon for you, that's frustrating.



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