SparkPeople Beautifully Inked Team Messageboard This team is for women who love tattoos! Whether you have tattoos or want tattoos, join us here to discuss our love of ink, getting healthy, & other stuff! :) SparkPeople Beautifully Inked Team Messageboard New to group Hi! My name is Candy and I am a Christian wife and mom of two boys. My husband and I have been happily married for fourteen wonderful years. We live in a small country town in North Carolina. I currently have one tattoo, plan on getting another one soon. I enjoy exercising, going to church and reading my bible. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:29:17 EST Hey, Inked people, What do you do for FUN? Need some chatter here. I have many hobbies, tattoos is one (love getting them and seeing other peoples art) but what else do people do outside of getting inked. Probably number one for me is gardening. My current project is putting in a dry creek bed in the front of my house. I also love to bike but cautiously as I live in the Chicago area and don't want to die. Kayaking too I have 2 kayaks and hit up local lakes and rivers. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:08:13 EST Random Questions Totally random questions to answer. <BR> <BR> Look for the <em>303</em> above each new question. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:27:56 EST 1 Pound Per Week Challenge Simple enough, and ongoing until the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Post weekly your weigh ins or just how much you lost (or gained) on a regular day each week. <BR> <BR> Begin any time. <BR> <BR> A pound a week doesn't sound like much, but just like pennies, they can add up! :) <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:04:53 EST Opinions on Shoulder Armor Tattoos <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am considering getting this tattoo. My shoulders are very muscular and big, I never had a tattoo before but I really like this one. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:33:30 EST Hello! I'm Abby! I love the idea of a weight loss group that wants the body to look great through fitness and art! <BR> <BR> I only have a couple tattoos and a few ear piercings, but I'm in the planning process of more! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to get to know all of you! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:56:05 EST Hi all! I'm Anne, and I'm new to the group :) <BR> <BR> I have/love tats (obviously, lol <em>20</em> ) and piercings. <BR> <BR> Lately my conflict is between donating blood and getting tats ~ where I'm living, I have to wait a year after getting ink to donate again........le sigh. <em>39</em> Right now I don't have anything super pressing I want inked, but it's never far from my mind. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:49:44 EST hello Was looking at some of these tattoo's, amazing work would be putting it mildly. Think if we can make this art work we can make the canvas look better too. <BR> <BR> Just need to work on it, I am Flo and I love my tats [ to many for some] not enough for me. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:32:55 EST Thanksgiving! What do you do for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> We do the traditional thing: Family gathering to pig out: Turkey, Ham, green bean casserole, sweet tater casserole, salad, mashed taters, another green veggie like peas or asparagus or Brussels sprouts, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cake... <BR> <BR> One year we did do a different spread... all Mexican! That went over quite well. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:58:43 EST Tattoo meanings... Do your tattoos have a special meaning? <BR> <BR> How do you feel about getting tattoos just because they look cool/good? <BR> <BR> Do you think they should all mean something to the wearer? Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:14:26 EST How many tattoos do you have? And where are they? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:48:08 EST What your pumpkin says about you... :) First, think about what kind of pumpkin you usually go for when picking one... then click the link. :) Fun! :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hat-your-pumpkin-says-about-you/ss-BBb<BR>y1W0#image=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope the link works, I thought this was cute. <BR> <BR> Which one are you? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:47:59 EST 2014 Year End Challenge Our first challenge!! <BR> <BR> So, this challenge will go from November 1 to December 31. <BR> <BR> To participate in this challenge you will need to track your foods on a daily basis, either in the food tracker here on Sparkpeople, or any other tracker you prefer including good ol' paper and pen, then pop in here on this thread and just give us a Yep! I did it, thumbs up, or a Dang! I missed it, thumbs down. That's it. <BR> <BR> This time of year is so full of goodies and treats and lar... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:24:34 EST What are your current goals? What are your goals in diet? Exercise? Life? <BR> <BR> Update as needed. :) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:28:31 EST Things that keep you motivated. Let's face it... sometimes it's hard to stay motivated, which is why renewing it daily is important... what do you do to accomplish this? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:18:00 EST Post your favorite motivational quotes here! Today I ran across this one again and I just love it... <BR> <BR> "Follow your inner moonlight, don't hide the madness." Allen Ginsberg <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of incorporating it into an awesome moon tattoo of some sort. I'll work on it. :) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:17:02 EST What's Next? Do you have an upcoming tattoo planned out? <BR> <BR> Share your plans! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:13:13 EST Rockin' Tattoos, literally. :) Do you have or would you get a tattoo of your favorite singer or band? <BR> <BR> And if you would, who and what would it be? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:12:25 EST Holiday Tattoos Do you have or would you get a tattoo based on your favorite holiday? <BR> <BR> If you say yeah.... what would it be? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:11:08 EST Hello fellow inkstas :) Returning member to the to the Team! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:47:47 EST Hi (again) Hi! I guess I'm not alone in coming back here after being inactive for a while. <BR> <BR> When I came on Spark People the first time, I had grand plans to reward myself for healthy choices with a tattoo. I did lose about forty pounds, but I didn't actually hold myself to waiting for the tattoo until I reached the goal I had set. I love the tattoo though! <BR> <BR> I've had another child since then (and gotten another tattoo that I adore), and now I'm trying again. I'm feeling very good ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:20:20 EST HeyHey!! Hi all!! Glad I found this group. I love tattoos and I love seeing others' work. I currently have a total of 9: Right leg is sleeved from kneecap to ankle (mostly music-related); left ankle, 6 japanese characters (Woman, Strength, Evil, Sin, Friend, Love); a family crest on my left arm; an ankh, japanese symbol for "in mourning" and Scorpio symbol on my right arm; a nautical star on the back of my neck; a traditional dagger through a heart (yeah, it was a piece of flash! haha! but it's ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:42:07 EST Kinda new here Hey Ladies! <BR> I'm Jess,25, from New York. I've got 3 Tattoos with plans of getting many more! <BR> <BR> Like the title says, I'm not new to SP but I am back after being inactive on this site for well over a year. I'm ready to try and reach my goals in a healthier way,And hopefully make some new friends on here! <em>41</em> <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:51:15 EST New Member Intro Hello everyone! My name is Celeste. I am 29 and reside in Washington state. <BR> <BR> I actually just got my first tat yesterday lol. A crow on the wrist. It was NOT near as bad as I expected it to be! :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great evening! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:47:20 EST New Member Intro Hello everyone! My name is Celeste. I am 28 and reside in Washington state. <BR> <BR> I am actually getting my first tattoo on Thursday! I am both nervous and excited, so I am looking forward to talking with everyone here :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:08:18 EST A FOREVER PURR-PECT TATTOO Denise here, and I love my tattoos. I get all my work done by Rich the Wonder Horse at Forever Purr-fect Tattoo in Lansing MI. He is the best artist out there. If your ever out that way you should stop in and see him. I have over 71 hrs of work done by him and couldn't be happier. <em>244</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:42:12 EST Hey Ladies How is everyone on this fine day? My name is Denise and I am a person who loves her ink.At this point I have a full sleeve on my right arm, it took 40 hrs to complete. I also have started a sleeve on my left leg that we are 27 hrs into, we are a long way away from finishing that though and we just started working on my left arm sleeve on Sunday. My main goal is to loose 60 lbs all together and do a photo shoot when I turn 45. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:26:57 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Liz and I LOVE tattoos, always have. I got my first tattoo when I was 20. It was a small treble clef with a rose entwined on my right shoulder. When my parents found out my mom got angry and said, "Only whores and drug addicts get tattoos!" Then she saw my small tat and said, "Wow, that's actually pretty!" Good thing she changed her mind because I started a trend. ALL my siblings love tattos and have them. <BR> <BR> I went to get that tat touched up and the artist messed up the t... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:45:44 EST Hello Hi everyone! My name is Bea and I'm not new to Spark, just new to the team. Also new to tattoos! Just got my first two this past weekend (although they were in the works for about a year) - both on my back. <BR> <BR> I had gastric bypass in 2009, and lost 130 pounds, but since I had a hysterectomy last year as a result of endometrial cancer, I've put 30 back on. :-( Trying to get back to where I used to be. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:31:02 EST Confessional (Venting Venue) This can be a "safe place" for talking about when we've fallen off the wagon, what we've learned from it, and what we can do next time to keep from repeating harmful behavior. Tips, tricks, and motivational words welcome! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 02:28:39 EST First 5 Songs on Your Fitness Playlist! 1. Bottom of the River- Delta Rae <BR> 2. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons <BR> 3. Thrift Shop- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis <BR> 4. Wake Me Up- Avicii <BR> 5. Counting Stars- One Republic Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:46:27 EST What Motivates You? For me, as for many, it's my family. My three kids are so energetic, and it's really hard for me to keep up with them. I feel so guilty about all of the times I've sat out on games or told them to watch a movie instead of going outside because I was tired. <BR> <BR> My husband is tall and pretty fit; when I stand next to him, I feel like we don't match. He has always been so sweet and loving about my weight, but my self confidence is damn near nil, and that has affected our relationship. I'... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:10:06 EST First Tattoos- What and Why? My first tattoo was typical 18 year old silliness. Myself and my boyfriend at the time (now my husband) were walking along one day and saw a "Tattoo" sign, and suddenly HAD to have one. Being young and crazily in love, we chose to get the Japanese kanji for "love" inked into our left shoulders. The tattooer did a HORRIBLE job- He went at it so hard that I have permanent scarring. My kanji is like Braille! <BR> <BR> Although it's not a great tattoo, I still love it. It's something my husband... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:08:54 EST Hello Ladies! Hi everyone! I'm Victoria, 31, and I'm the new Team Leader. I've been overweight for most of my life, and to be blunt, it sucked. My bulges and rolls made me really self conscious, and I wore overly baggy clothes to hide it (I pretended). I refused to even wear sleeveless shirts because I was so petrified of people laughing at my fat arms. <BR> <BR> I still have fat arms, but I love to show them off now because of my tattoos. My left arm is sleeved (The Nightmare Before Christmas; more abou... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:57:57 EST I've been wondering.... will a tattoo change much or at all as I continue to lose weight? <BR> <BR> My plan is to get my first tattoo when I have lost half the weight I need to lose. I am close to that point... about 13 more lbs... but I'll have about 56 more lbs to go after that. Will it make a difference? <BR> <BR> I'm getting excited about this. I've wanted a tattoo for a long time and I want to make sure I cover all my bases and am prepared. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:02:48 EST First Tattoos: Where, What, and Why. :) I'm trying to save up for my first tattoo. I'm only about 13 lbs from that mini-goal! <BR> <BR> There are so many I'd like to get... so I'm wondering, what was your first tattoo and how did you decide on it and where (on the body) did you get it? <BR> <BR> thanks!!! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:49:15 EST New UV Tattoo Well our tattoo artist had an opening so my hubby went back in to finish his ongoing tattoo. (it's a mix between metal and leather armour on his shoulder and chest and a realistic heart on his chest with symbiote going through it all, he's a bit of a comic nerd) But then he came home with another tattoo. (he's also a gamer) It's the firefly symbol from the game "the last of us" but it's a UV tattoo. So after it heals, you wont be able to see it, unless it's under a black light. Very cool look... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:12:23 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Lucy and Im back on Sparkpeople to lose the last 16lbs in my journey, Im 37 ,British , tattooed, an artist and I live in France. Looking forward to meeting new people with similar goals!!!X LuCy Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:56:48 EST New chick on the block! I'm Kat. I have one tattoo so far I got when I was 19 cherry blossom on my right foot and nope I did not cry! Tickled at first then I remembered cussing and gripping the chair but I didn't cry which surprised me! I also have a nose ring :) second time getting it pierced ( if you don't count the shoving it back in and re opening the hole) I can't wait till I can get a anchor tattoo. I'm also a type 1 diabetic and might get a small ribbon tattooed on me <BR> <BR> I also just made a new team C... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:16:07 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:16 EST Hello everybody Doesn't look like very many people post here so...Hi!. My name is Nicole. I'm almost done with my full sleeve and have a couple of other small tattoos (that are very old). As soon as i lose my muffin top and get into shape, I want a set of guns on my hips. Haven't decided what kind yet, i think I'm going to go with a set of old fashioned cowboy guns. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:01:40 EST New to the team Hello, my name is Nicole and I am new to the team. This is my 3rd time trying Sparkpeople so hopefully i can stick with it. I am 30 years old with two girls. I am happy with my weight but would really like to get in shape and tone up. I have a couple tattoos on my back and arm that i have had for years. And in the process of finishing my sleeve. My next tattoo will be on my hips/stomach so i need to get into shape first. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:41:52 EST Hello from the Motor City! Hi everyone. I'm Danielle and this is my second time using the site, hopefully this time I'll stick with it. I just want to look better and feel better. I plan on getting 2 tattoos that I've really wanted as my rewards. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:29:50 EST Skull Tattoo. I'm kind of obsessed with sugar skulls/dia de los muertos skulls and I wanted to get a tattoo of one, maybe near my ankle. I don't want the tattoo to be huge and I want it to be in color. I already have two tattoos but they are just straight black ink and on my hips/ribs. Does anyone else have experience with skull tattoos/color/ankle tattoos? Any stories or tips? Sun, 9 Dec 2012 12:33:29 EST "Typically tattooed chicks" So I've noticed a lot of chicks are SUPER skinny with tattoos...I sometimes think that being a little chunky isn't as sexy or acceptable if you have tattoos. I know I shouldn't think that way but its hard to ignore all the frail tattooed young hot chicks. Is this just me? I don't always feel this way, and I love my tattoos. I think they look great on me and they mean a lot too. I just hate going to the mall, or somewhere, cause it seems like that is all I see. Anybody else notice this t... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:57:28 EST Back after way too long! I took way too long of a break from Spark but I'm back now and looking forward to reconnecting with everyone! <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:52:17 EST Hello All Hello everyone, please feel free to check out my spark page. I am an open minded person looking for the same in some friends so that we may help each other out in our fitness goals. Right now I only have two tats, but have a waitlist, lol. I also have a nose piercing. My favorite tat is on my right forearm, and it is the triryche symbol associated with the band Queensryche. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:39:07 EST I'm baaaack! A re-introduction, of sorts, since I have failed miserably at this whole consistency thing. BUT...this time I feel different. Wait. Don't we all say that? But, no, seriously, I do. I'll be 38 next month and I'm not revamping in January like we typically set ourselves up to do, riding on that high of resolutions and societal solidarity of, "this time, things will be different." I want to beat the rush so I'm starting now! I have a legit goal in mind and the time to accomplish it. So I'm back (... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:27:10 EST Tattoos changing with weight loss? I'm curious about the changes in tattoos with weight loss? When you lost weight, did your tattoos shrink, too? Did they take on a different shape? Did they stay the same? <BR> <BR> I've often thought about getting a big piece, but I keep telling myself, "When I lose weight I will..." Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:55:56 EST new! hey everyone, <BR> im new to SP & this group, looking for people w/the same similarities/interests as me and ran into you girls! Love my tattoos ive got 5 or 6? and will continue until im covered im sure! But right now my main focus is on my health, so lets all be friends, share stories and motivate eachother! xoxo -kristin Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:39:09 EST Hi Girls.... Hi everyone. <BR> New Team Leader Jamber here. That is me in new display picture taken on 1st july 2012. I have 7 tattoos. Got my first tattoo aged 18 , I'm 41 years years young now. I have always loved tattoos ever since I was a child.They are body art and almost every tattoo has a story behind it. i think tattoos are sexy on a man or woman. I'm keen to see everyone tattoos in the group and hear stories about them. I personally have friends who are professional tattoo artists and regularly p... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:33:24 EST Hi All!!! I'm new to the team but not to Spark! I'm hoping to meet some fellow peeps on here to help keep me motivated!! Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:29:52 EST Got my new tattoo Monday! I made it my profile picture so hopefully everyone can see it. It's on my left wrist (and ooo did it hurt in some areas, but I also have a burn from chemo so it may have bothered me more than some). <BR> <BR> I'm so happy with it. This month is 15 years since I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. In Oct will be 15 years that I've been in remission. This tattoo was a perfect way to celebrate the hardship I faced and not look back to that time in sadness but in triumph that I survive... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:34:59 EST Got a new one!! YAY!! Got a new tattoo. and I love it!! Have been wanting a new one for years and used it as one of my goals. I made my goal and got new ink <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 23:53:32 EST What about bald guys with tats Where is the love? Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:52:31 EST Newbie Here! My name is Lacey, I’m 23, & I live in Orangevale CA. I only have one tattoo which is a oak tree on the back of my left shoulder but would love to expand. I am new to Sparkpeople but have been dieting for years. I really have no one in my life to support me on my weight loss journey. I do have encouragement from friends & family but no one to understand the struggles I face on a day to day basis. I feel alone in this time of change. I am really in need of some love from other weight loss adven... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:11:04 EST New to the team! I stumbled across this team from a Spakr Friend,s page, and I am loving it already! I have 5 tattooes, awaiting an appointment for my 6th one. My name is Veronica, I'm 23, and I live in Tennessee. I have an overall goal of losing atleast 50 pounds. I've lost 12 so far. Wish me luck! And good luck to everyone else. If you need friends, feel free to add me. I'm always looking for some new friends myself. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 06:44:02 EST Inked and Loving It and Wanting More Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> I am a 30 year old inked woman and I wouldn't change it for the world. <BR> <BR> I got my first tat (a black flaming heart on the back of the neck) at the age of 18 and soon after, at 19, got my fairy done on my shoulder blade.) <BR> <BR> It took me about 8 years later until I finally got what I had been dying for my whole life. A large tattoo on the outside of my leg of Jack Skellington and Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas!! <BR> <BR> Woohoo!! Thank you ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:09:03 EST NEW! tattoo forum? heck yeah! Hey everyone, <BR> I am new to spark,and found this tattoo forum. Pretty sweet! I am a tattoo artist and a mother of two and I am trying to lose weight just like everyone else here! Just wanted to say hello to the forum....and say that its pretty awesome there is a tattoo related team on here for women! Tattooed chicks rule! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ashton :) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:40:30 EST Question: Painful Tattoo Locations. Hi, <BR> <BR> I am thinking about getting a small tattoo behind my ear just below my possibly back of neck below the ear. <BR> <BR> How painful would it be to get a tattoo there? I have a lower back tattoo and some spots were more painful than middle of the back closest to the tailbone... (this one I want to be a small dragonfly with blue and green- that I have not picked a design for yet) <BR> <BR> I am also thinking about getting a larger one on my hip (this ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:31:07 EST New here :) and love this team already! Hello all! My name is Sarah, I'll be turning 27 in March, and I need to lose about 60-80lbs. I have 4 tattoos - and want more! And to get more I need to lose weight! I've been desperately wanting to cover my back tattoo with a new tat, or maybe adding to it to make it bigger/better.. and I've been wanting to get a arm piece done for awhile too.. <BR> <BR> I love video games too.. I play my xbox kinect to get some good work outs and sweat dripping going... My favorite is Just Dance 3.. I... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:22:35 EST What type of wings to get? My tattoo will be on the inside of my left wrist. I am getting an awareness ribbon and then tattoo some wings around it. I'm having a hard time deciding on wings. So hopefully you can help me decide. <BR> <BR> Do I get angel wings, fairy wings or butterfly wings. I like angel wings because it represents protection and guidance. I like butterfly wings because it represents freedom and the cycle of life. But I also like the idea of fairy wings because it would be different than the butte... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:27:52 EST how often?? how often do you get a tattoo? <BR> more nowadays maybe one every couple of months or so now my friend has just qualified and got his own studio Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:07:12 EST New here but not to tats Hey my name is Vana and I am fairly new to Sparkpeople and looking for support groups to help me get better fit and healthier and have some fun along the way. <BR> <BR> I have 4 tats already and have two more planned along in the near future. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:47:19 EST new and tattooed I am a 30+ year old chick that once fell off the wagon over a year ago and has climbed back on with the goal of losin 50-100 lbs. Once I get to my goal i plan on adding to my tattoos. I have a hip piece, chest piece, calf piece and should piece. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:34:49 EST A New Year... A New Sparkie... :) Hey Sparkies! My name is Kimberley. I'm Canadian. I am tired of being overweight. 2012 is the year that I get healthy .. no more excuses! I just hope now I have what it takes to get me to where I would like to be. (sigh!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow! Enough about me. ;) Time to join the party & have some fun. :) Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:04:52 EST Long quote placemen t/design Hey! I'm getting a rather long quote tattooed on me, somewhere. I can't figure out where though, or how I want it to look. It's about 4 sentences, so not a novel, but longer than a few words. Anybody seen interesting ideas that might work? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:29:37 EST Tattoos as rewards for weight loss milestones? New to the group: I'm a school nurse, wife and mom to 2 wonderful girls, looking to lose 104 lbs in 52 weeks in 2012. <BR> <BR> I'm a tattoo enthusiast with 7 of my own now, and 5 more pieces planned as rewards for my weight loss milestones. The designs I've wanted for years, but I am going to earn my rewards!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone else using your next tattoo as a reward for all your hard work? <BR> <BR> -Lara Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:16:57 EST I need some ideas Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I want to get a new tattoo for the new year. <BR> i am the type of person that loves tattoos but I also want them in a place that they can be covered up. I have three. I have one on my right ankle, left shoulder and left foot. i want to get another one but have no idea where to put it and what to get. Do anyone have any good ideas. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:03:07 EST Team Pic Huddle Challenge! Already Tattooed Chicks... so TUPPENCE03 and I are the new leaders of this team and we decided to make a little team challenge to get you all involved, posting, and interacting with each other again! <BR> <BR> So... we want you guys to "huddle" each day. Whoever huddles the most often in the group will have one of their tattoos photos as the team picture for the month! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Get in that huddle! Readyyyyyyyyy? BREAK! Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:23:38 EST ~Newbie On The Block!~ Hi Sparkies. My name is Kim. I've lost weight in the past and need to do so again. I am looking for some support along the way too...hopefully this team will offer the support I am looking for. <BR> <BR> One of my rewards for losing weight is getting a tattoo. I've always wanted one. Don't have one. So.. hopefully this will be motivation to get down in weight. :) Now, I just have to think what kind of artwork do I want. And of course - on what part of the body. ;) <BR> <BR> Don't be s... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:15:18 EST New team leader = Group facelift? I'm really not sure what happened to the team leader of this group, but... I decided to jump in and take it over, so... here I am :) Hope that's ok with everyone! <BR> <BR> Since the team isn't that active.. I thought I would ask you ladies what you would like to have going on over here. Do you ladies want some challenges? Any ideas to get us moving together? <BR> <BR> Also, do you have ideas for our team icon/main page photo? I changed it today to a different one, but if you have a nice ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 18:01:57 EST 11.11.11 = 2 New Tattoos! Woot! :) Hey everyone! I just wanted to share with you all that I got 2 new tattoos yesterday on 11.11.11 :) <BR> <BR> One is a calligraphy lotus with the kanji for "warrior" and the other is a seagull just below my collarbone: <BR> Lotuses grow from mud, muck, and grime.. being in the darkest places, but rise toward the sun. Rebirth, victory, and strength! And, "warrior" because I'm a total fighter and REFUSE to give up anything in life. I will fight for whatever I want/need! Woot! <BR> <BR> The o... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:35:17 EST i have just added my hubbys first tatto my photos he is so proud of his back it still needs more work, filling in mainly Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:19:17 EST Hello to all the beautiful tatted up ladies!! Hi! I'm Shannon, I'm 27. I have an awesome husband (who has 27 tats) and 2 great kids! I currently only have 7 tattoos plus the start of a back piece (pic on my profile). My back will be finished on 8/30 and I will be getting a chest piece at that time too!! I want to get a half sleeve, but may settle for a 1/3 due to my future profession of registered nursing. I want to lose 66lbs, but think I may look too thin for that weight so who knows. I look forward to chatting with you gals! Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:00:47 EST SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA AREA go to the tattoo room to get awsome tattoos!!! <BR> great guy, great deals, and great work, <BR> <BR> check out his work/page. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:37:57 EST New Tat Hey y'all I'm super excited I just had to tell you. My mom got me a tat for my b-day!! My b-day isn't until Saturday but we went and got it done tonight. I love it!!!! It's a Celtic Clover with the colors of the Ireland flag in it. I'm going to put a pic on my page, check it out if you want. <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 01:21:50 EST Help Deciding on a COVERUP Alrighty, so back when I was 19, a whole whopping year and a half ago, I got a tattoo around my wrist. I rushed it because I had recently been dumped by my long-term boyfriend. I suppose I was thinking, "This will prove to him that I don't need him. I'm independent!" LOL In a way it worked, but in a much larger way it was a terrible idea. So, I'm trying to decide on a coverup on my wrist. <BR> <BR> The current tattoo is forest green script that says, "To thine own Self be true". It's fairly... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 07:49:33 EST Tattoo Removal I know this may not be a good topic to post here, but I really need some advice. <BR> <BR> My tattoo is sooooo terrible. It is in an awkward location (back of my shoulder, farthest from my neck as possible) it is all black, but very faded. It looks like something it's not (Something bad) and I NEVR wear sleeveless now. Many people have made fun of it and I am very embarassed of it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has ever had a tattoo removed or know anyone that has. How much di... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 03:02:58 EST Tattoo Planning Help!! Please!? :) Hey! Check out my blog here: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329052 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm getting a new tattoo for my birthday and want some input/clever-ness/inspiration for it... please? :) Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:43:29 EST Tattooed Educator and Artist Many blessings to you all on your journey! <BR> I'm Doc, and I am an open-minded tattooed educator and artist who loves her tats! I have Adinkra symbols on my back and three large tiger cubs on my upper arm. I plan to get the Sankofa next. I recently joined SparkPeople to help keep me motivated and connect with other folks who are on similar paths. Facebook is nice but not too many of my friends want to hear about my Inch-Loss Journey. I'm glad I found SparkPeople and I'm glad I bought T... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 08:47:25 EST New to the team, inked since 1995. This is the best way to introduce myself. The track, the fact art runs in my veins onto my skin...I'm not Gaia but I wish to heck I was. Watch on, friends. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>j9HoZ-Q&feature=player_embedded </link> Tue, 3 May 2011 13:20:47 EST How you doin? HI! I just joined the team yesterday and thought I should say hey. I have a couple good sized tats and I want more, but right now i look in the mirror and say " eee...gads...i really gotta tone up before getting anymore" LOL, I have 4 kids, ages 3 - 9 1/2 and I'm STILL batteling the left over baby belly. I swear it's thee hardest fat I've ever had to loose. LOL! Granted I'm not a dainty, delicate little thing...oh I'm short 5'2", but not fragile. Never have been lol, but i would like to be he... Tue, 3 May 2011 09:56:07 EST New to the team Hi, I'm Desirée. I have 9 tattoos so far and am wanting more but I have decided that I can't get another one until I lose at least 50lbs...even though it's been 3 years since my last one and every time I hear a tattoo gun I get goosebumps. The tattoo reward is going to make this whole thing much easier. I've been eating healthier and exercising almost daily for almost a month now and I feel so much better. Thanks to Spark, I have some support but could always use more. Add me if ya feel like ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:04:57 EST Hi everyone! another newbie :) My name's Lisa and I am a mom, a wife, and I have 4 tats that I love! I plan to reward myself with some new ink once I reach my goal! Now to decide ...Mmmmmm... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 08:33:22 EST Hello! Hi! My name is JT and I just joined this week. I'm 23, recently married, and wanting to lose the weight I wasn't able to before my wedding. I am training for a 10K that is in less than 2 weeks! I have 11 tattoos, and plenty more on the way! Definitely looking for friends to keep me motivated, so add me :) Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:25:10 EST Piercing on the Move Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Amanda, I'm new to this thread, but not to Spark. I got my navel pierced almost four years ago, however I was quite a bit heavier then than I am now. I've been noticing that my navel piercing has moved from being in my belly button, to being almost on my stomach, more like a surface piercing. <BR> <BR> Has this happened to anyone else? If I take my navel ring out and leave it out with I look stupid because it kind of looks like my stomach is pierced? Or should I just be ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:47:36 EST 2 Tattoo Questions - RANT alert!!! My skin is currently ink free. For over 15 years now it's been on my mind to get a tattoo. I have 3 pieces I want. At certain times in my life it's been more prominent in my mind than others but it's always there. From time to time, depending on where I'm living I'd find out who the best in the area is, and pop into a few studios to have a chat with the artist I'm interested in. For all this investigating I should have had SOME kind of ink by now, no? NO! <BR> <BR> It's always something. Eit... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 06:43:03 EST New to the team! :) Hey gals :) <BR> <BR> I go by Eztli or Azul.. Im so not used to my real name anymore.. not even my family calls me by it. But heck.. I'm here to make friends and hopefully find support and be of support myself. I can be a very lazy person when it comes to working out but since starting in this Spark page I at leas have managed to keep track of my eating the past 4 days :) Hey thats a start right? <BR> <BR> I love body art in general, piercings and tatts :) I have 6 tatts so far. A song quo... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:57:20 EST Feeling horrible,,,,, So I was doing so great and getting on board with losing weight and then I get into a accident 2 weeks ago, both my arms messed up 63 stitches. Still not able to do much with left arm. So yea my whole weight loss plan went downhill and quick. I feel like such a looser!! Back to drinking mt dew, havent walked or worked out, and eating crappy again. I dont know what to do!!! <em>46</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:52:54 EST Hi All New to Spark Hello everyone, this is all new for me I am currently at 191lbs and am hoping to go down to 135 that is where I was before I gained weight. I came across this group and said perfect for me. I live in the Phoenix Arizona area and would like to get together with some ladies in the area. <BR> <BR> I have a hard time staying motivated with trying to loss weight, any and all support, advise, ect is greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Cheryl Tue, 8 Mar 2011 01:36:31 EST Hello from a tattooed and proud EMT Hi everyone! My name is Deanna and I'm 28 from WNY and a full time EMT. I'm new to this whole on-line diet site thing so I'm just hoping it helps me stay motivated! I feel like I am too young to feel the way I do. I must admit that after only a week of diet and exercise I am already feeling better! Working in EMS overnights can be VERY hard to try and eat "right" but so far I have been making it work by making healthy choices. I hope to stay on track with the use of Spark. Just wanted to say ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 04:12:14 EST Hello From NC Hi everyone, My name is Stephanie, I am married with 3 kids. Ive been overweight most of my adult life ever since my knee took me out of Softball. I havent really been serious about losing weight just didnt have the right mind set about it. Now I do!!! Im so excited about my journey! I love to dance so thats my program I use the Xbox Kinect Dance Central and Zumba. I have 15 tats, and 5 piercings. My hair is also hot pink. Ive also been a red and black kinda gal and kept my hair that way and ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 09:22:30 EST Hey Just found this team and decided to join.I'm Rebecca and I'm looking forward to meeting you.Stop by my page if you like and have a wonderful day. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:17:37 EST I got a tattoo. Hi. I finally got the tattoo I wanted. Years ago, my DH had a buddy who TRIED to do an armband on me. It turned out to be "gype" . lol <BR> So, last summer I FINALLY got it covered up. Looks great! I love it. It doesn't even look like a cover up. <BR> Anyhow, been sparking for over three years. Glad to be here with all you "inked ladies!" <BR> I'll upload my tat on the team pics... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:26:30 EST Any other [professional] tattoo artists here? Hey, I just found this group, I'm a tattoo artist from Chicago. I was wondering if anybody on here was an artist themselves, I'm always looking to meet other artists... there aren't a lot of women in the industry so it's always nice to meet them... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:29:12 EST Finally ready! Hello my fellow inked beauties! I haven't been a very good co-leader and for that I apologize. I had a nasty case of the flu that derailed all my efforts for a whole week! But now I'm feeling better and I'm back! I'm ready to make 2011 a kick ass year! How are all my chicas doing? Hopefully feeling better than I have been. How is everyone's goals going for the New Year? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 00:13:25 EST newbie :) Hello every one,I just wanted to take some time to introduce my self, My name is Christy,I am addicted to ink,I can't get enough.However I am a big girl so I am limited to the places on my body I can get them. I just joined sparks yesterday and I am ready for my journey to health. I wish you all the best of luck in your journey ! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 19:11:03 EST Smartphone App Runkeeper Pro is giving their app for smartphones away for free this month. Decent app for tracking various activities. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>per-pro-is-free-through-the-month-of-j<BR>anuary </link> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:32:29 EST Making 2011 YOUR Year Challenge This is a 30 day challenge since it takes 30 days to establish a habit. Your challenge is what you decide to make it. Weight loss, quit smoking, establish exercise, anything - you decide and post. Let's support each other in our endeavors! <BR> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:45:49 EST Need help with tat idea! I want a tat in memory of my father. He was in the navy. I have a couple of ideas. Also where would be a good place for it? I'm thinking either the middle of my lower back but I sometimes think I want it to show & then again not. See? I need help! LOL!:)) Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:52:51 EST What does a tramp stamp have to do with parenting? OMG...I posted under another forum about step-children and biological children deserving the same treatment from the adults around them and in one of the responses...this blurb was included: <BR> <BR> plus a tramp stamp at your age is immature. Even you knew they were considered a tramp stamp but got one anyways. <BR> <BR> BTW...I'm 40 and got it at 38...the woman that posted this had posted earlier and basically said thar once she found out that I was 40...close to her age that her answer... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:48:48 EST Hello everyone! I am new to Spark Hi, I am Laurel. I joined a few days ago, and find it inspiring to find a community of people sharing similar goals. I am an <BR> American, now married to a Brit and living in the UK. My goal is to lose about 50 pounds. The best thing for me so far is the dog, who insists I take her for long walks daily. I enjoy gardening, reading, painting, psychology, travel etc. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:50:04 EST New KiD.... Hi Team! My name is Kimberley. I have been a sparkie since March 8th, 2010... but on my journey since January 21st, 2010. I joined this team yesterday because I felt it was time to get involved in the teams on this amazing site. :) <BR> <BR> I am interested in getting a tattoo.. I have it listed as one of my rewards for losing weight. Either a hello kitty, a sunflower, or a blue canadian flag (for the toronto maple leafs). :) <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Let's go team!!! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:53:50 EST Hey Hey everyone, I'm Sarah. I'm from Ontario canada. I joined spark people to keep me motivated losing the last little bit of weight i have left:) Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:02:46 EST GREEN SOAP! i have 18 tattoos and counting! cant wait to get to know all of you <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> i miss the smell of green soap and the sound of the tattoo machine that can just about put me to sleep Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:59:32 EST Halloween Treats Stats It's our 2010 Halloween Candy Guide... Read on to check out the calorie and fat counts on your favorite bite-sized treats BEFORE you chew. Happy Halloween!!! <BR> <BR> Guilt-Free Classics! <BR> <BR> Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop - 60 calories, 0.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Charms Blow Pop - 60 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Dum Dum Pop - 25 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <BR> Lik-m-aid Fun Dip 0.5-oz. Pouch - 50 calories, 0g fat (POINTS® value 1*) <BR> <... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:20:22 EST Steve - new to My name is Steve Boling. I am a 43 year old ICU nurse who is tired of not "fitting" in. I want to be able to ride roller coasters and do other activities like the rest of the world. I'm not a person who feels sick. I'm just too large for the world around me. I hope to find information and motivation. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:18:43 EST Update (Gastric bypass surgery-1) <BR> Well I would like to think everyone for for their support and prayers.Surgery went great and I did not have no complications.Ive only had dumping syndrome twice since I been out, being my fault ate something I should have not, but for the most part jello and water is it about a medicine cup size full all day.I am down 13 pounds since mondays surgery date.I glad to have my spark family and anyone feel free to add me to your friends list. <em>9</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 08:34:08 EST "Offline" It is finally that time - my shoulder surgery is tomorrow. Have to leave my house at 4am <em>40</em> because clearly they want to test my last caffeine deprived nerve tomorrow. I will have my phone so depending on the end result of the surgery and how drugged I actually am (good friends don't let friends text or play with their phone while, I may check in on Tuesday. My intent is to be home on Wednesday although they don't always agree with me. Imagine that! <em>18</em> <... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:34:15 EST My gastric bypass surgery Well friends its finally hear my surgery date.I have worked hard I believe ,and have lost a total of 70 pounds before surgery.I know some of you ask why gastric bypass? why not continue to loose the weight? <BR> well I have a bad liver and I am going to need a transplant and Im not droping the weight off fast enough and this will help me do that.Yes I did research for a year and read books and youtube videos and talked to friends who had it done and yes I did have to change my mental state o... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 13:17:39 EST question This may be a dumb question but is it ok to workout (get all sweaty) with a new tattoo? Im afraid that it will somehow become infected or something if I get it dirty. I know that obviously I would be showering afterwards but it still makes me parinoid! lol This is my 1st tat so im pretty new at this stuff. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 00:36:31 EST Autumn Living - the Challenge Alright it has been awhile since we have actually done a challenge. Summer is over and kids are back in school. I don't know about anybody else but my summer was full of grab and go meals as I was dashing out the door to somewhere. There were plenty of picnics and summer parties. So now it is time to get back on track (or for some newcomers, the time to begin) with our eating habits before the holidays are upon us. <BR> <BR> State what you want your goal to be. I would like this challe... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:26:41 EST finally added pictures!!! i introduced myself a little while back, but didn't have pictures uploaded, so i have FINALLY done that.. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:36:52 EST Update I have to make breakfast for my family, so I am copy and pasting an update I just gave to one of my other Spark Teams. How are all of you doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> My Update: <BR> <BR> Finally, I made the time to update my weight loss. I knocked off a few more pounds this week. I always wake up befor emy husband so I am not certain how he did for the week but I am sure it's great. Yesterday he was wearing a shirt that was always too tight. In fact, he had given that shirt too our son that jus... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 08:55:25 EST Helping Out a Friend My friend Kris wanted me to send this out to as many people as possible so I have opted to turn it into a little class project. I thought I would pass it on in case any of you wish to do the same... <BR> <BR> <BR> Greetings to all who receive this email!! <BR> <BR> As this year passes us by and 2011 approaches, the 60th birthday of the #1 woman in our lives gets near...our mother, Brenda. In celebration of the BIG 6-0 in February, we are SECRETLY collecting as many birthday cards as we p... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:42:08 EST New to the group... Hello! My name is Amanda and I'm newish to Spark and new to this group. I am a 27yrs old, divorced and hav a 6yr old son. We are currently living in WA with my boyfriend of 4 yrs and his 2 children. I work quite a bit and when I'm not at work I'm taking care of the kids so it pretty much goes without saying that I haven't been investing much time into me which is how I managed to get out of shape. So I'm ready to give Spark a shot and hopefully learn some things, get some motivation/support a... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 11:53:02 EST Intro (this time with Photos) I've introduced myself before, but I figured I'd put up some pictures of my inkiness ;p These pics are from, well, one to two years ago and way before I started getting in shape...and it's really hard to take good pictures of your own arms by the way. Also, the arm pics are a bit scabby (eep!) - also, I've only got pictures of my left arm. My right arm is slowly acquiring similar black and white intricate work. I'll have to get some pictures of that later. <BR> <BR> <link>exousia336.zoomsh... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:44:07 EST Tattoo cover up. Just FYI. Hi, <BR> First, let me say I don't want to offend anyone. I have 6 tattoos Five are from this year alone. And the other is from 20+ yrs. ago. So I was looking out of curiosity to see what was available as far as a cover up, GOD forbid it ever be necessary!!! I hope not. But I did run across a product that KAT VON D endorses or helped create. It is from Sephora. I googled Sephora KAT VON D concealer and the products were right there. Just thought I might be able to save somebody some time. Let... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 06:41:51 EST Why did you get your first tattoo(s)? I have three myself with more in the works. People often ask if I am afraid I'll regret it. That's like asking if you regret being born with two arms. They are a part of you, you become a living work of art. <BR> <BR> I began getting tattoos as a way to foster a more positive body image in myself. I love art, I respect it & strive for it in all things. If I turned those parts of my body into living canvas I would have to learn to love those most-hated parts of myself. I mean how can you hat... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:42:02 EST Gained a pound!!! : ( So today was D day,seven days since I started spark people and I thought I did well.I started at 203 then I got weighed in at the gym and I was 202 with my period,so I thought for sure I would be less.I got on the scale this morning and it says 203!I was so upset.I don't know if my body is adjusting or what but it's kinda discouraging.I know it's not a race and I need to just keep going forward and I going to but just wanted to vent. <BR> <BR> I get anxious that I'm working so hard at this ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:53:30 EST Hi everyone! Hello from VA! My name is Tonya and I am new to the group. I'm always looking to make new friends/support buddies. As far as the tattoos go, I currently have 7. I've had the "Tattoo Itch" for awhile now...but I'm saving it for my halfway-there-weight-loss-reward....that's when I'll be starting my 1/2 sleeve! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:43:27 EST Goal Tattoo So I've been wanting to add onto a tattoo on my back which is a lotus flower.It didn't come out exactly how I wanted when I got it, so I wanted to add a hummingbird to it to kinda balance it out and make it look better.Anyway I was looking at different pics of tattoos and decided to look up the meaning and I was surprised at how special the meaning of a hummingbird is... <BR> ( In Native American culture, a hummingbird symbolizes timeless joy and the Nectar of Life. It's a symbol fo... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:37:25 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> New to SP and tattooed woman,and loving both!J Thu, 5 Aug 2010 21:27:27 EST Greetings :) I've been on SP now for 3 weeks. Things are going really great. I've been staying on track, lost some weight, it's an amazing feeling. <BR> <BR> My struggle with weight began in college, and has gone down hill since then. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18, and just assumed the weight complications came with that. I never thought that there was something *else* wrong with me. <BR> <BR> Until a couple of months ago when I was diagnosed with a Hypothyroid. I figure that I could have be... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 20:54:16 EST Need too understand me... Ok words of wisdom are great and make you feel good about yourself,but you can not! understand someone else if you cannot understand yourself.You first have too understand you and in my meaning by doing so is..let your body talk too you ...I'm sure if you listen it will tell you what it needs like plenty of rest and fluids and eating right and when you dont it tells you the problems wrong with it like your sugar gets high or drops or the fat it packs on and causes you too slow down the old sa... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:17:21 EST what sugers do you say no and yes too? Ok what fruits and other sweets do you stay away from that are high in sugars tell me about them...and tell me some snacks that are healthy and low in suger or no suger you like too eat? love too here other sparkfriends opinions..... <em>4</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:20:45 EST Late night eating.. OK my problem is i get a lot of drainage on my stomach so kinda sick at my stomach for the first few hours i get up... but i do eat a little during the day but i get mostly hungry at night the later the better ..I have asthma and allergy's does any one else have this problem would love too here your replys... <BR> <em>223</em> Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:15:10 EST Were now,Were do I go from here? Were now,were do we go from here? <BR> I use too say that all the time struggling with stress in life and health and depression and for the longest time it all over powered mayn't knowing which way too turn,what to do..Or who too turn too <BR> i thought i was in this all alone, that know one could possibly be going through the same things as me .......but in time i learned different... <BR> <BR> 1. you must have a higher power <BR> with religion.....what ever yours may be.. <BR> <BR> 2... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:59:17 EST 14 Days of Green Smoothies I AM COPY & PASTING A MESSAGE I SENT TO SOMEONE EARLIER BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT COULD HELP SOME OF YOU WITH YOUR NUTRITION EFFORTS: <BR> <BR> 14 days---incorporate Greeen Smoothies in your diet. <BR> <BR> Everyone always ignores my recommendations for this but I promise you that it is a wonderful thing to do and after the 14 days, you drink them as casually as you like. <BR> <BR> You still eat your regular meals during this. So, it is not like other detox methods. So what it requires is 4 gl... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:54:02 EST Have a problem drinking plane water? <BR> I love water but like too add a little extra sometimes so i put just enough of the orange benafiber in my water bottle too change the flavor and it keeps me regular as far as going too the bath room i get no grittiness from it either they have it in different flavors..hope this helps....Kellogs k is good too but i just want just a bit too change the flavor sometimes a squirt a lemon too... <em>91</em> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:41:39 EST eat,pray,love Can't wait too watch Eat,pray,love with julia roberts i read the book and truly loved it recommend it too everyone....Great insperation.... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:46:07 EST The girl in the mirror <BR> Ok every day we get up we see that girl in the mirror ,and some times we don't like what we see .Well lady's close your eyes remember who she is and that she is still their open them ,,,and talk too her tell her...You are beautiful and You are Somebody,, and you do have imperfections because god does not make anybody perfect and yes the world has flaws so your not the only one with one but with the strength of that beautiful person inside you..We can work on being a healthier person the... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:25:09 EST Tattoos as stress relief? Does anyone else do this? I think it's a little weird, or maybe even a little scary. <BR> <BR> My life has been one major stressor after another for the last year, and I just had two of them come to an abrupt and sudden end within days of each other. I've been antsy and depressed and in a terrible mood. So what do I think about? <BR> <BR> "Well, I could always go get inked." <BR> <BR> I just finished a major tat a couple months ago, and I really can't afford another one just yet, but I ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 08:59:09 EST Does 30 minutes a day on the treadmill help? The question is??? when you are starting out does 30 minutes a day on the tread mill, 7 days a week seem too be a good work out? i have nurothapy in my legs and a bad syotic nerve i would love too here your reply's... <em>220</em> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:31:58 EST feeling the burn... Have you ever worked out and in the middle of your work out .... you just feel like quitting but you keep going..because you know it feels worse too have the weight on so you push through the work out too feel that you feel even better after words and actually have a little more energy..So just remember some time we have too feel the burn just too feel a little better ....Tell me your feeling the burn story's? <em>9</em> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 22:47:29 EST Tattoo artist in Atlanta I'm looking for a good tattoo artist in the Atlanta area. Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> Thanks ladies! <em>334</em> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:16:26 EST Time for change How many times do we go out and are friend's have told us we have gained some wait or hered it through the grape vine how fat we were getting.For some of us it was a life long battle teasing in school not being able too enjoy amusement rides like six flags or water parks. <BR> Then people that love us tell us they are concerned about are health,but instead of doing something about it we curled up in front of some food and a tv or depression kicked in more and we slept it away limiting are se... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:10:42 EST Wing Tattoo Design-Input and Pics Heyla all, I'm trying to come up with a tattoo design for a set of wings. I've wanted the wings for forever, but I can't decide on a design. They're going on my back. <BR> I've had a few thoughts: <BR> 1)Wings that look like they're made of natural things (plants, animals, etc), one on either side of my kanji, and a lotus flower added beneath the kanji in connection to the wings. <BR> 2) Wings that look like an angels with claws at the tips, making it look like they're digging into my shoulde... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:01:34 EST The color purple! Is it just me. or do a lot of us say purple is our favorite color?! I wonder if there's a connection between that color preference and getting inked! My other go to color is green. How 'bout y'all? <BR> <BR> Just something for us to explore as a group. I thought it would be fun! <em>334</em> <em>213</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 17:32:17 EST My tattoo design and what it symbolizes Since I joined this group I have been quadrupling my thinking in regards to what kind of tattoo I want. <BR> <BR> And I think I finally found it!!! <BR> <BR> In 2007 I was going through a difficult time, seperated from my husband (GOOD THING) and living with my new boyfriend, a job with a VERY spiritual nutcase (sorry, but she believes that reptiles rule the earth) as a secretary part-time and overall just tired. <BR> <BR> One sunday, I had to work again, on my way home, suddenly and out ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 18:04:30 EST Weight loss Challange Week 1 Getting Started <BR> The goal: This plan starts simple with a 10-minute workout that you can do at home or in the gym. The routine is aimed at helping you move more freely with less pain. By loosening up tight areas, you’ll be better positioned to boost your overall fitness in the weeks to come. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Inverted Hamstring Stretch <BR> Standing on one leg with your arms raised to 90 degrees and shoulder blades pinched together, bend over at the waist and kick your opposite heel to ... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:26:47 EST supersimple gazpacho <BR> Puree 8 ounces mild salsa, a chopped tomato, 2 chopped scallions, 1 cup tomato juice, the juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper. Chill and top with cucumber, bell pepper, and cilantro. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:18:58 EST blouses I need to find 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve blouse with opening on sloulders so I can show-off my tattoos but to still hide my flabby arms. I don't know the name of style for this kind of blouse. Can anyone help me? Sat, 10 Jul 2010 01:18:43 EST Hi ya'll, I'm back! I was gone for two years! Yes, and now I'm up to 212 lbs. When I was here before I was about 180 to 190. Goofy me! But, I'm determined to get my weight back down to what it was 5 years ago. I was a size 8 and now I'm an 18. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I'm tattooed, I have about 15 tats. I love them all! At some point I'll get my boyfriend to take pics of them and I'll post some! I saw GMargarita's back ink and it is beatiful! <BR> <BR> Terese Thu, 8 Jul 2010 15:42:31 EST Love body art Hello all! I love this website and am only a couple days old. I also love tattoos-so this is perfect. I have 6 so far and plan on getting many many more when the money comes in for it. I am lucky to have a partner that does tattoos, but I also like collecting them from different artist. My so was 4 or 5 when he did his second tattoo-a little red heart with an "A" in the middle for his first name. I appreciate the add and good luck to all those beautiful inked women out there! Wed, 7 Jul 2010 20:22:21 EST Hello Sparkworld ...Goodbye Fattie!!! Hi ya! I'm Mikaila, I'm 30 years old and live in DFW in Texas. It's high time I started kickin my own fat butt into gear...and hopefully you guys will help keep me motivated and kick my butt a little too! :) Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:12:12 EST Cooking Oil Options ~~Cooking Oil Options~~ <BR> <BR> When thinking of Heart Healthy Oils we automatically think Olive oil. Not only do I love foods lightly sautéed in it myself, but I'm a big fan of a little extra-virgin olive oil mixed with balsamic vinegar on my salads as well. Keep in mind, however, that as good as unsaturated oils are, like all oils they are relatively high in calories (120 per tablespoon). If you are trying to lose weight, limit your intake of oils to a few tablespoons daily. Here are a f... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 08:18:55 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I¡¦m one of the new co-leaders of our lovely group! Iv lost 36lbs and still have 70lbs left to go. I¡¦ve been very happy with my success so far. And I¡¦m doing it the healthy way! Watching what I eat, Calorie counting, drinking tons of water, and trying to add physical activity to my daily lifestyle. Spark people has definitely helped me with achieving each of those goals! I live in a small town outside Ottawa Ontario. <BR> No children... But I do have 4 rescue dogs and 2 cats ƒº... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 08:10:27 EST Smart Snacks for Air Travel <BR> Meal Planning: What You Can and Can't Carry On <BR> These days, making sure your food is healthy and stored in a safe way aren't the only things you have to keep in mind when preparing a meal for your flight. <BR> <BR> 1)Liquids still have a 3-ounce limit (exceptions are only for liquid medication, breast milk, and baby formula), so drinks are out until you pass through security. If you don’t want to rely on the beverage cart onboard the airplane, you’ll need to pick up bottled bever... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:00:00 EST Things We Ignore You want motivation today? I will give you some motivation but the spark has to come from inside yourself. What I am going to do here today is taboo! No big person on the planet would dare publicly speaking of the things I am about to say but I think its time that we stop denying our weakness and use it as motivation. <BR> As my weight increased my ability to do simple every day things decreased. Did I talk about it? NO! I was embarrassed and didnt want any one to know. The problem is the mor... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:01:33 EST Inside of forearm tattoo Hi, <BR> My forearms aren't very big. do any of y'all have tats there that you would share with me so I can get a better idea of what it might look like? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> TIPYRAIN Sun, 27 Jun 2010 11:51:20 EST Working out with a new tattoo. I am on day four after getting my new tat. It's on top of my shoulder. I don't want to risk hurting it, messin' it up. How long should i wait to resume full on exercise. I jsu started using aquaphor yesterday. I used The A& D ointment up until then. All is going well and I am not gaining weight and I'm watching my calories so I'm fine in that dept. I spent a lot of $$$ on my ink and want it to heal properly. So any advice is welcomed!!! <BR> <BR> Thank You <BR> TIPYRAIN <em>213</em> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 04:21:15 EST Hello Every One My name is Evi and I currently live in Milwaukee, Wi. You can get more basic info about me if you check out my spark profile page. Some information that is not on my page is that I am a huge body art lover, have 11 tats in various places over my body ranging from medium sized to very large. My husband is currently preparing to get his tattoo practitioners license and I am looking forward to having my "sleeves" finished at last. For years I have been working toward a rain Forrest theme sleeve ... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:00:29 EST What Are You Eating? We all get points for making posts so here is a thread you can join in. <BR> <BR> I still have trouble planning meals day after day. Its not so much about eating healthy as it is just trying to come up with different ideas and not eat the same things over and over again. <BR> <BR> I like to browse the Spark recipes but I also like to know what other people are eating. It helps me to know that they have tried it and like it and think it tastes good. <BR> <BR> Post here and get a point for t... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:54:58 EST Challenge: Examine your food "staples" Around 3:00 every day at work, I eat a little container of applesauce. It has 80 calories in it so I look at it as a healthy snack. Problem is, I'm still hungry when I'm done and I'm eating a granola bar by 5. I realized yesterday when I was halfway through my applesauce cup that I was only eating it because (a) I was hungry and (b) it was low-cal. It didn't solve problem (a) and I can find plenty of other low-cal option that aren't pre-packaged and still leave me with that deep rumble. <... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:01:59 EST tattooing on muscle hurts lol i've always heard that tattooing on fat hurts less then tattooing on muscle. but i never gave it much thought. however i got my first three tattoos when i was still pretty out of shape and they didn't bother me at all. then about 6 months later i added another to my leg (around the same place at the others) and it hurt like hell fire all i could think the whole time was thank god it wasn't a big one lol has any one else noticed that tattooing hurts more as you gain muscles? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:49:37 EST Re-intro! Hey guys! I'm really happy to be helping lead this team (: I'm from Halifax, NS but currently living in Saskatoon, SK. I work in radio and I have about 25 pounds left to lose. SparkPeople has been like a miracle for me, I check it even more than I check Facebook.. hahah! For fitness I do Jillian Michaels DVDs and I play roller derby. I have 4 tattoos currently, but am about to start on my big chest piece! <BR> <BR> You ladies are awesome both as motivation and as people and I'm excited... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:36:32 EST howdy howdy ^_^ i'm new to the team ^_^ my name is mandy. i am 24 a mother of 1, married for over 5 years now. and i have 4 tattoo's :) my husband on the other hand has about close to 25 pretty impressive tattoos the crazy part was he did almost all of them in less then 12 months! lol he has a lot of free time. plus it doesn't hurt when your cousin is the tattoo artist between the two of them i get the feeling soon my husband will be covered head to toe. lol me i am taking it slow and very carefully picking ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:05:05 EST Challenge 6/11/10 - 30 Minutes Cardio Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Go for a walk with the family pet, a co-worker, or with your headset playing an audio book <BR> *Take a gym class <BR> *Go for a jog or bike ride <BR> *Do some gardening <BR> <BR> Whatever you decide to do today, HAVE FUN! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and HAPPY OPENING DAY OF WORLD CUP SOCCER! <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:40:04 EST Hey Hey, <BR> I wanted to introduce myself. I am Erin, I live in SC. I am a solid, not flabby 207 lbs. I am ready to be thin again. I guess we are all doing this for a reason or 2. I emotional ate myself to this weight. (and bored ate too) The good times and the bad. Things have been great and in those and bad there's food. haha well, i am now getting back on the wagon and I hope to support you all in that too. Keep me posted on whats going on with you all. I am new to the site so if you have any... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 07:00:14 EST Hola! Que Paso? Hey Everyone, I joined SP a couple months ago, but just found this team a few days ago. I'm a Jersey girl, who got dried out in Arizona for 17 years, and then up and moved to North Carolina. I'm a huge ink fan. I got my first when I was 23 and just got my 3rd for my 30th birthday. I'm running out of places where they look good on a big girl though, ha ha. I've got two mutts and two cats and a lot of weight to lose! Good luck to us all! Fri, 11 Jun 2010 04:38:28 EST Challenge 6/10/10 - Take 30 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST & RELAX FOR 30 MINUTES. Calm your thoughts. Throw away the stress. Concentrate on relaxation. Great ways to do this can be: <BR> <BR> *Meditation/Prayer <BR> *Reading <BR> *Have a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and just sit <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk <BR> *Sit on your porch and listen to nature <BR> *Close your eyes and listen to classical or music that soothes <BR> <BR> The idea is to not be bothered... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:16:11 EST Challenge 6/9/10 - Spreading some love Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to COMMIT ONE SELFLESS ACT TOWARDS ANOTHER. Do something that is not expected of you. Do something from the kindness of your heart. Spread some love today. You just might start a chain reaction! <BR> <BR> Have a SPREADING SOME SUNSHINE (even if it is raining AGAIN Seattle) Wednesday! <em>224</em> Wed, 9 Jun 2010 01:02:23 EST Challenge 6/2/10 - Burn 400 Calories! Happy Wednesday to you! You have to love those 3 day weekends since we are already half way through our week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. Remember: You do NOT have to burn all of these calories through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 07:54:09 EST Challenge 6/1/10 - Stay within your calorie range Happy Tuesday to you and welcome to June! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great extended weekend (if you had yesterday off)! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. Be honest, and keep track of everything you eat and drink. <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Jun 2010 07:59:50 EST About Me! 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes! Candice Bergen! My Parents saw a Picture of Her on a Magazine cover and that's how they got my Name. <BR> <BR> 2. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE? <BR> Hmmm.......don't have One! <BR> 3. IF YOU KNEW YOU COULD TRY ANYTHING AND NOT FAIL, WHAT DREAM WOULD YOU ATTEMPT? <BR> Own my own Bakery or Bookshop. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH? <BR> Sandwhiches,Salads,Pasta. <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> No <BR> 6. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN TH... Thu, 27 May 2010 09:35:36 EST Challenge 5/26/10 - Set your own day! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of five things you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Go ahead, type down your list right here, right now. Check back with our team at the end of the day, and EDIT your post. Did you get it all done? Did you accomplish more than you planned? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 26 May 2010 01:13:06 EST Tattoo Help I am wanting to get the line from "Meet The Robinsons"...the Keep Moving Forward line but am having trouble finding a picture of it. I know there is a scene in the movie where the line pops out of like 20 things, on pennants, flags, signs and I can not find them anywhere online Tue, 25 May 2010 12:02:13 EST Unisex tattoo design help! My fiance and I would like to get matching dragonfly tattoos so I need one that isn't going to look to 'girly' but not too 'manly' we'd also like to incorporate a celtic theme (to match my butterfly) also because he is Irish and I am Scottish. I've been looking for months to no avail, any suggestions??? Tue, 25 May 2010 10:52:49 EST Challenge 5/25/10 - Spread the Sunshine! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and watch out from negativity. Go out of your way to be kind and help others. Do unexpected things for others. Great things to do are: <BR> <BR> *Make breakfast in bed or a sack lunch for a loved one <BR> *Let someone in front of you during rush hour <BR> *Open doors for others <BR> *Do a chore or task that would normally be someone else's job <BR> *Make a specia... Tue, 25 May 2010 02:19:48 EST Hello from Orillia, ON Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm 39 years old, a single mom of two teenaged boys and I work full-time with the Ontario Provincial Police. <BR> <BR> I got my first tattoo two summers ago to celebrate (not sure if that's the right term - lots of tears for a celebration) leaving my husband. I had a celtic butterfly put on my lower back. Butterflies in celtic mythology represent resurrection and I felt that represented my struggle with losing my marriage so well. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready for... Mon, 24 May 2010 18:23:56 EST Challenge 5/24/10 - Cardio Monday! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Let's start off our week right, and GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING OFF THIS WEEKEND'S EXTRA CALORIES Monday! Mon, 24 May 2010 08:11:52 EST Challenge 5/21/10 - Update Sparkpage! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> When was the last time you updated your Sparkpage? Have you listed your goals for 2010? Have you shared something fun about yourself for other members to learn? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to UPDATE YOUR SPARKPAGE. Feel free to upload photos, change your background, paste a quote, challenge yourself with goals for the year, etc. Make your page ALL ABOUT YOU! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and weekend! Fri, 21 May 2010 12:03:31 EST Challenge 5/20/10 - Junk it! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to NOT EAT JUNK FOOD. What is considered "junk food"? How about: <BR> <BR> *White, enriched flour (bread, cereals, pastries) <BR> *Fried foods (chips, fast food items like fries) <BR> *Candy <BR> *Foods high in calories, but low in nutrients (full fat dressings, etc.) <BR> *Full sugar drinks (sodas, etc.) <BR> <BR> Instead of eating/drinking these items, try some healthier versions such as: <BR> <BR> *Whole grains & brown rice <BR> ... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:22:00 EST Challenge 5/19/10 - Cardio Time! Happy Hump Day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET MOVING WITH CARDIO EXERCISE. The activity, intensity, and duration are left up to you. Let's make today an awesome day for exercise! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 19 May 2010 10:50:43 EST Challenge 5/18/10 - Snack Time! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your energy levels higher, and prevents you from hitting those "slumps". Having meals/snacks that are well-balanced and full of fiber, will also help you avoid binging on unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 18 May 2010 10:34:14 EST HELLO THERE! Hi I'm Amanda! I joined SP less than a week ago and I'm super excited. I'm 25, a single mother, a full time student, and I've got 4 tattoos with plans for more! <BR> Glad to be a part of this team! Mon, 17 May 2010 19:36:39 EST Challenge 5/17/10 -Work your Core! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO AT LEAST 3 CORE EXERCISES (with 2 reps each). Your core muscles are you trunk or mid-section. Great ways to work these areas are: <BR> <BR> *Use a stability ball <BR> *Use equipment at the gym that target these zones <BR> *Do a class or exercise DVD that focuses on your core <BR> <BR> You can also find a great list of Core exercises in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 17 May 2010 12:06:57 EST Challenge 5/14/10 - 30 Minutes Exercise Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORKOUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. You can choose to do cardio, strength training, or a combination of both. Set time aside today for YOU. <BR> <BR> Have a great TGIF and good weekend everyone! <em>306</em> Fri, 14 May 2010 10:35:26 EST new betty Hello, I'm Cristina. Thanks for the welcome emails, they were nice. About me, I'm short, chubby and tatted up. The chubby part is the only thing I can change so I'm working very hard on that. I'm also taking a nutrition class (required for my major) so I'm getting even more education to share with everyone. If anything interesting comes up in class, I'll be sure to post it. Thu, 13 May 2010 12:31:19 EST Challenge 5/13/10 - Huddle Time Happy Thursday to you! We almost made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST AT LEAST 3 HUDDLE COMMENTS ON 3 DIFFERENT SPARK TEAMS THAT YOU BELONG TO. Post a short quote. Post a motivational saying. Show the team that you are ready to make the day...GREAT! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Thursday! Thu, 13 May 2010 10:12:12 EST Challenge 5/12/10 - Sharing Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Forget the exercise & food challenges right now. Your challenge today is to SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF WITH OUR GROUP. These challenges are always fun because when you read the responses, you find you have things in common with other team members. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste these questions to your reply. Share something about yourself. This is ALWAYS a FUN challenge. <BR> One more thing: Drink at least 8 glasses of water today too. <BR> <BR> Here are you... Wed, 12 May 2010 09:10:16 EST Challenge 5/11/10 - Squeezing in some exercise! Happy Tuesday to you! I apologize for no challenge yesterday. My challenge yesterday was No sleep all weekend and a sick baby = one bleary eyed Sparker. <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DOWN TIMES. How many times throughout the day are you waiting for something? You wait for the coffee to brew. You wait in line at the post office. You wait for the commercials to end so your show will resume. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples: <BR> WHILE IN ... Tue, 11 May 2010 09:46:24 EST Hi, I am new here Hi, I am Bea. I am 36 and I just joined this website tonight. I need a lot of motivation to stay on any kind of fitness plan. It seems like I am starting to loose a grip on some of my healthy habits that I lived easily only a few years ago. I know what I want but I just need help getting there again. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I lost 85 pounds which put me at an adult all time low of 155 starting from my all time high weight of my whole life, 240(ish). Two years later and now I am hove... Sun, 9 May 2010 00:28:01 EST New tattoo! Hi everyone! <BR> I got my 4th tattoo last week. It's a memorial, for the 3 most important ladies in my life who are no longer with me: My great-grandmother, my granny and my mom. It's a butterfly, and I got it on my back, just a bit up from my ribs. You can check a picture in my blog ( <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3208635 </link> ), but I didn't put it my sparkpage yet: It's not a great picture, plus it's still healing. <BR> I'm planning to get ... Sat, 8 May 2010 21:32:21 EST Challenge 5/7/10 - Open Exercise Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. You can choose strength training, cardio, or a combination of both. The intensity and duration are being left up to you. <BR> This challenge can be as easy as a walk at lunchtime, or an intense workout class at your gym. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check back in later with an exercise update. You can do it! <BR> <BR> There will be no challenges over the weekend so I would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 7 May 2010 09:54:56 EST Challenge 5/6/10 - Tracker time! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> In order to stay within your range, stick to the following: <BR> <BR> *Plan ahead <BR> *Pack your meals or know the caloric amounts for the foods you will be eating when you go out <BR> *Weight & measure your foods <BR> *LOG EVERYTHING! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 6 May 2010 10:39:20 EST Challenge 5/5/10 - Cardio day! Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 45 MINUTES OF CARDIO EXERCISE. Break it up if you need to but let's get in that cardio today. Who is planning on getting in 45 minutes or more of cardio today? YOU ARE AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>306</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 10:36:06 EST Challenge 5/4/10 - Take 15 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Today is my CRAZY schedule day so your challenge (and mine!) today is to TAKE 15 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY FOR COMPLETE PEACE & QUIET. Let's take just 15 minutes today to RELAX. Ways you can do this are: <BR> <BR> *Take a 15 minute cat nap <BR> *Grab a favorite beverage and sit outside to enjoy the sounds of nature <BR> *Meditate <BR> *Pray <BR> *Grab a book, magazine, or inspirational literature to enjoy <BR> *Put on classical, jazz, or new age music and sit b... Tue, 4 May 2010 09:44:50 EST Challenge 5/3/10 - Work your legs! Happy Monday to you! Did you all have a great weekend? I danced the night away Saturday night (closed the place down at 4am) and spent all day yesterday groaning when I Found out dancing is great cardio and evidently core exercise. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So today's challenge is to WORK YOUR LEGS. Great ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Lunges <BR> *Jumping Jacks <BR> *Squats <BR> *Kickboxing <BR> *Jogging <BR> *Bicycling <BR> *Rollerblading <BR> *Step class, DVD, or stair step... Mon, 3 May 2010 13:17:34 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Jessica and I am 35 and live in Madison, AL. I have been a single mom for a long time and I have finally gotten remarried in October of last year. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I had the attitude of if I was fat people would leave me alone and I wouldn't have to be open with people. I made the choice 2 and 1/2 years ago to work on my attitude and my feeling about myself and in doing that lost about 40 lbs. I am still far from reaching my desired weight but I have... Mon, 3 May 2010 11:35:42 EST hi from Italy Ciao Ladies. My name is Mari. I live in Sardinia, Italy I joined SP in January end the community a few days ago. <BR> I'm so happy to be among other proudly inked ladies and can't wait to get to know you all. <em>211</em> Sat, 1 May 2010 10:48:23 EST Challenge 4/30/10 - Members choice! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. This is an open exercise day, which means that you can do cardio, strength training, or a combination. The duration and intensity are left completely up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? GET MOVING!! <BR> <BR> Have a BURNING CALORIES BEFORE THE WEEKEND Friday! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:48:46 EST Challenge 4/29/10 - Feed your biggest organ! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: expand your knowledge. Learn something new today pertaining to your health. You could find it... <BR> <BR> *On Sparkpeople <BR> *On the Internet <BR> *In a book <BR> *In a magazine <BR> *From your personal trainer, nutritionist, weight loss coach, or dietician <BR> *On a television program <BR> <BR> Feel free to share what you learned. We can all use more information to bring us to goal. <BR> <BR> Have an I DIDN'T KNOW THAT Thur... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:00:23 EST Hello ladies :) Well I'm new here. My name is Meg. <BR> <BR> I have one tat on my wrist that is my son's name (pic on my page if u wanna see :p ) <BR> <BR> Right now I am on a mission to change my life and lose 100 lbs. Getting the bigger tats is something I always worried about at my size because I'm guessing I will have excess skin I will be getting rid of probably via plastic surgery. <BR> <BR> My ultimate goal is to lose the 100 lbs by next summer and then I will be getting a new tat on my hip and lo... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:57:02 EST Inky and stinky XD haha Hi, my names Madzz, I'm a 21 year old trainee tattooist living just outside London. I joined sparkpeople last year and managed to go from 11 stone to 9 stone 5 (154lbs to 133lbs). Now I know I've gained a bit over the winter after letting myself go and having my entire life change, I'm back and more determined than ever! I started yesterday and I'm already happy with my workout routine and my food habits and I know I'm going to stick to them. <BR> My boyfriend is helping both me and himself a... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:32:07 EST Challenge 4/28/10 - Declutter time! Your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but my desk is a disaster. Come to think of it, so is my dining room table which has been the "dumping" area for the last couple days. Hmm.....I think those are things I should try to tackle today. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:11:51 EST Inked Mom Hey all. Michele, 39yo stay at home Mom. Started last year at 178. Lost 20 lbs last year, then gained 10 back. Right now I'm focused on losing those 10, then I'll move on to going lower. My goal is about to lose about50 lbs, but I'll let the mirror be my guide, more than the scale. And like Allihasheart, I'm taking it 10 lbs at a time. Right now I'm at 164 (which is a 14lb loss since last year), and just want to get under 160, then 150, etc. <BR> <BR> The tats...I have my left wrist, right a... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:00:41 EST Moderately tattooed and ready to lose. ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:17:06 EST Challenge 4/27/10 - Arm Toning! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic day! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:23:40 EST Challenge 4/26/10 - Burn 400 Calories today! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Did you have a good weekend? FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 400 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. You do not need to burn these all through one workout. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day (i.e. walk before work, taking the stairs, parking the car far out in the lot, going to the gym, etc.) <BR> <BR> I had a busy weekend with family/friends with some nice relaxing time mixed into the madness. So today I NEED to get my ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:08:08 EST Challenge 4/23/10 - Burn 300 Calories Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE today. <BR> <BR> Remember: You can break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to have burned 300 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend! Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:05:29 EST Challenge 4/22/10 - Earth Day Challenge In honor of Earth Day, today's challenge is to SPOIL THE WORLD. There are many things you can do with this one. Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Recycle <BR> *Donate <BR> *Beautify your community <BR> *Show kindness to strangers <BR> *Give to charity or a person in need <BR> *Pick up trash that isn't yours (while walking/hiking, etc.) <BR> <BR> Make the world a better place today! <BR> <BR> Have a ONE BIG, HAPPY EARTH DAY! <em>432</em> <em>433</em> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>4... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:44:16 EST Challenge 4/21/10 - Goodie Time! Happy Wednesday to you - we made it thru half the work week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1)FIND THREE PEOPLE ON SPARK THAT YOU HAVE NEVER SENT A MESSAGE TO. <BR> <BR> 2)SEND EACH OF THESE PEOPLE A SPARK GOODIE & A QUICK, ENCOURAGING MESSAGE. <BR> <BR> Have a Spreading the Spark kinda day! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 09:38:02 EST Challenge 4/20/10 - Hydration time! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> 1) DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER <BR> 2) TAKE YOUR MULTI-VITAMIN <BR> 3) PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE <BR> <BR> Have a great day today! <em>9</em> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:53:19 EST Challenge 4/19/10 - You choose! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. The week is going to be busy, but you need time for yourself. A great way to deal with stress is to get your frustrations out through cardio or strength training. <BR> <BR> The exercise(s) are up to you. The important thing is to MOVE. You can do it!! <BR> <BR> Have a STARTING OFF THE WEEK RIGHT Monday! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:29:54 EST Heyyyy my name is Beki, I actually joined SP a while ago, but never introduced myself. Im an artist, a mommy a soon to be nurse and a flat out busy girl. I love surprising people and hope to surprise myself by losing my "nursing school weight". Sat, 17 Apr 2010 17:32:31 EST Challenge 4/16/10 - Handy Tips! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> We hear them all the time. Little things that people have learned to make their weight loss, exercise, and life easier. I thought we could pass around some things that work well for each of us. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST A HANDY TIP. Your tip(s) could be in any of these categories: <BR> <BR> *Food related <BR> *Exercise related <BR> *Water consumption related <BR> *Organizing your home <BR> *Keeping motivating <BR> <BR> To give you an idea of ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:50:53 EST Hi there Hello all! I am a 22 year old college student from Ga. 2 tattoos 5 piercings and counting :) Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:29:13 EST Challenge 4/15/10 - Make a list Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of at least 3 things that you would like to accomplish today. <BR> <BR> Your list can pertain to eating (fruits/veggies/fiber), exercise (I will do so many minutes), water (I will have at least 8 glasses), or anything else you need to accomplish (take dry cleaning in and pay bills). <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:19:09 EST Challenge 4/14/10 - Push yourself! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, LONGER, or MORE. <BR> <BR> For those doing cardio today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Workout longer? <BR> *Push yourself harder by going faster? <BR> *Go further (i.e. biking, jogging, etc.)? <BR> <BR> For those doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps? <BR> *Do a longer workout? <BR> *Go up a bit in difficulty? <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:07:19 EST Challenge 4/13/10 - Friend Feed Time Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is in two parts: <BR> <BR> 1) Post THREE replies on your FRIEND FEED (scroll down to the bottom of the right of this page for MY FRIEND FEED area). Click on the "See All Updates" link for more friend posts. <BR> <BR> 2) Change your MY CURRENT STATUS on your FRIEND FEED. If any other 1 Day Challenge friends are on your list, they can respond to what you have to say. <BR> <BR> Using this area of Spark is a great way to post triumphs, hurd... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:31:00 EST I'm getting my tattoo tomorrow!! I'm really excited, I've held off on getting this tattoo for a year. But for my cats anniversary of her death I decided that it was time. So tomorrow she will forever be on my leg! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:36:38 EST Challenge 4/12/10 - Cardio Monday Happy Monday to you! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 or more calories through cardio exercise of your choice. Put on your walking/jogging shoes. Pull out your bicycle out of the garage. Dust of that gym membership. GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Let's rock this week! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:12:36 EST Challenge 4/11/10 - Take the Day Off! Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST AND RELAX. Spend time with those you love. Take it easy. This week is going to be packed full! <BR> <BR> Have a TAKING A MOMENT TO BREATHE Sunday! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 12:09:28 EST Challenge 4/9 -10/10 - Work it All & Calorie Range Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> You all have heard the term: "Slow and steady wins the race" which we know definitely applies to weight loss. It took time for each of us to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle and we did not put these extra pounds on overnight. It will take dedication and a positive attitude to take it off. <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to WORK EVERY SECTION OF YOUR BODY. You need to find a challenging exercise for each of the following sections: <BR> <BR> *Arms <BR> *Ches... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 10:53:47 EST Challenge 4/8/10 - It's Outa Here! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET RID OF SOMETHING YOU DON'T NEED. This is a pretty general concept. You could be: <BR> <BR> *Cleaning off your desk <BR> *Cleaning out your junk mail (electronic or snail mail) <BR> *Clean out your purse, wallet, or car <BR> *Clean out your fridge, pantry <BR> *Clean up your closet, kid's toy box <BR> <BR> I'm big on donating or recycling items if at all possible. Items that you don't need any longer can be given away to local ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:37:04 EST Challenge 4/7/10 - Dark Green & Leafy! Happy Wednesday to you! Wow we are halfway thru our work week - WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Do you eat dark green, leafy vegetables? Do you know why these foods are beneficial to you? Chew on this: <BR> <BR> *Few of us even eat the minimum USDA recommendations of 3 cups of dark green vegetables per week. <BR> <BR> *Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. <BR> <BR> *They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calciu... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 10:43:19 EST Challenge 4/6/10 - Go For the Points! Your challenge today is to GO FOR THE POINTS. This means that you need to really work hard in ALL AREAS regarding healthy living (i.e. eating right, exercise, drinking water, meeting goals, participating on boards, etc.) <BR> <BR> Remember: You are only competing against YOURSELF. Try and see how many points you can achieve in one day. You just might surprise yourself <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! <em>306</em> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:33:58 EST Challenge 4/5/10 - Cardio Monday! How was your holiday weekend? Did you survive the holiday food extravaganza? <BR> <BR> Today your challenge is to GET MOVING WITH CARDIO EXERCISE. The activity, intensity, and duration are left up to you. Let's rock this week! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:00:04 EST Yaaaaaa!! I got my new ink! BEFORE: <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=2322753 </link> <BR> <BR> AFTER (but not done yet): <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=3144660 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=LMB100 </link> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:17:25 EST Holiday Weekend "Challenge" No challenges today or tomorrow (sorry for the lateness of this but my morning started before dawn). Well I take that back! Your challenge is to enjoy yourself however you spend this weekend and to remember MODERATION is key. This isn't about the food but it is about spending quality time with your friends and family. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend! <em>247</em> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:28:04 EST Challenge 4/2/10 - Snack Time! Happy TGIF it is Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Eating small meals throughout the day keeps your energy levels higher, and prevents you from hitting those "slumps". Having meals/snacks that are well-balanced and full of fiber, will also help you avoid binging on unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> Plan ahead with this one, team. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Friday! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 01:59:45 EST Challenge 4/1/10 - Laughter is Priceless Happy April Fool's to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do something fun that makes you laugh. Here are a few suggestions: <BR> <BR> *Watch a silly movie <BR> *Play charades or a board game with family/friends <BR> *Listen to a comedian (online, on television, on the radio) <BR> *Go to a park and play on the equipment <BR> *Play a playground game as if you were a kid (i.e. hopscotch, jump rope, kick ball, jacks, etc.) <BR> *Visit with a friend or family member that makes you happy <... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:53:33 EST Challenge 3/31/10 - Bust out that Tape Measure! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to take your measurements. Keeping track of your measurements can be very motivational. This is especially true when the number on the scale isn't going down, but the measuring tape is. <BR> <BR> Get out your measuring tape (or print out a free one online) and measure the areas listed below. Make sure to keep these numbers handy to compare for next month. <BR> <BR> Areas to measure: <BR> <BR> *Chest <BR> *Bust <BR> *Waist <BR> *Hip... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:32:52 EST Challenge 3/30/10 - Hydration! Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER <BR> <BR> Keeping your body hydrated ensures that your system is working at an optimum level. Staying hydrated helps your body process all the high fiber you are consuming. Your hair, skin, and nails look better when you are hydrated. <BR> <BR> Water - It's good for you! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:24:28 EST Challenge 3/29/10 - Burn 300 Calories! Your challenge today is to BURN AT LEAST 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. Remember that you don't have to burn these through one session. Feel free to break up your calorie burning exercises throughout the day (i.e. walking the dog, taking the stairs, a workout at the gym, etc.) <BR> <BR> Come on team...LET'S GET MOVING! <BR> <BR> Have an excellent day! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 11:23:02 EST Challenge 3/28/10 - Spoil Someone Special! Happy Sunday to you! How is your weekend treating you? Good I hope! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, you treated yourself to something special. Today's challenge is to spoil someone you care about. This challenge can be as simple (giving a card or making a phone call telling them how much you care) or as challenging (making them a meal, doing work/chores for them) as you want. It is up to you! <BR> <BR> Have a relaxing Sunday! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:15:30 EST Challenge 3/27/10 - Spoil yourself! Happy Saturday to you! Do you have any great plans for the day? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. I know this sounds easy, but how often do you do something JUST FOR YOU? Think of something that you don't usually do for yourself, and DO IT TODAY! <BR> <BR> Feel free to share how you pampered yourself. Believe me, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 27 Mar 2010 10:01:08 EST Challenge 3/26/10 - You choose! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> The exercise(s) are up to you. The important thing is to MOVE. You can do it!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! <em>306</em> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:15:30 EST Challenge 3/25/10 - Take 30! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST & RELAX FOR 30 MINUTES. Calm your thoughts. Throw away the stress. Concentrate on relaxation. Great ways to do this can be: <BR> <BR> *Meditation/Prayer <BR> *Reading <BR> *Have a cup/glass of your favorite beverage and just sit <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Go for a leisurely walk <BR> *Sit on your porch and listen to nature <BR> *Close your eyes and listen to classical or music that soothes <BR> <BR> The idea is to not be bothered... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:06:23 EST Hi From Tennessee Hi everyone! Thought I would leave an introduction. My name is Laura and I'm about to hit 45 in a few months. Yeah!! <BR> <BR> I have lived in Sweden for the last 10 years and just moved back to my hometown in East Tennessee about a year ago. I have a daughter aged 28 and two grandsons, 3 years and 6 months. I also have a 4 year old daughter with my Swedish ex-husband. She lives 6 months in Sweden and 6 months here with me. I just took her back a couple weeks ago and let me tell you, the hou... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:45:27 EST Challenge 3/24/10 - Push yourself! Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it to the halfway point of our week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FASTER, LONGER, or MORE. <BR> <BR> For those doing cardio today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Workout longer? <BR> *Push yourself harder by going faster? <BR> *Go further (i.e. biking, jogging, etc.)? <BR> <BR> For those doing strength training today, can you: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps? <BR> *Do a longer workout? <BR> *Go up a bit in difficulty? <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> H... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:36:12 EST Challenge 3/23/10 - Watch your Sugar & Salt! Today's challenge is all about READING LABELS and KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE EATING. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep close tabs on your sugar & salt consumption. Can you get throughout your day without adding white sugar or table salt to your foods? <BR> <BR> Hidden sugars and salts are EVERYWHERE in processed foods. Foods high in sugar make your pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Sugar that is not needed for immediate fuel can also wind up as reserve energy (in the form of extra ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:45:35 EST Challenge 3/22/10 - Let's Dance! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? Did you get a lot accomplished? Did you relax and spend time with family and friends? Are you ready to have a great week? FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to: <BR> <BR> CRANK UP YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC AND DANCE! Go ahead. Turn up the music and dance, dance, dance. You can do this while you are getting dressed, making a meal, or cleaning the house. No one is looking so go ahead and BUST A MOVE! <BR> <BR> Have fun with this one.... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:59:32 EST Challenge 3/21/10 - Go for a Walk! Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GO FOR A WALK. The amount of time and intensity are up to you. Remember: It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3x a week. A brisk walk while pumping your arms is FANTASTIC cardio! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:55:57 EST Challenge 3/20/10 - Put some Spring in your day! Happy first day of Spring and Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> I know that some of us are still experiencing snow and cold. However, today is the first day of Spring and in honor of that: <BR> <BR> your challenge today is to do a bit of spring cleaning. You don't have to go crazy cleaning, but here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> *Clean the cobwebs off the ceiling <BR> *Clean the top of your refrigerator (the inside could use it too) <BR> *Vacuum your baseboards & ceiling fan <BR> *Change the filter i... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:51:48 EST Challenge 3/19/10 - 30 minutes Continuous Exercise Congrats - we made it to Friday! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Great ways to do this challenge are: <BR> <BR> *Take a brisk walk (pump your arms for a more vigorous workout) <BR> *Take an exercise class at the gym <BR> *Take a bike ride <BR> *Do some cross country skiing <BR> *Do an exercise DVD <BR> *Play a team sport or play in the yard/park with the kids <BR> *Take a light jog with the dog <BR> <BR> Have a LET'S GET MOVING Friday! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:43:17 EST Challenge 3/18/10 - Tracking every morsel! Your challenge today is to KEEP WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. Keep track of your calories by: Reading labels, measuring with your measuring cups/spoons, and use your kitchen scale. Log ALL OF YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGES. Every bit and every sip count today. YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:10:33 EST Challenge 3/17/10 - You Deserve It! Happy St Patrick's Day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. Do something to pamper your tired body, mind, and spirit. Some suggestions for you to consider are: <BR> <BR> *Take a nap <BR> *Splurge on a healthy meal <BR> *Take a bubble bath <BR> *Ask a loved one for a foot or shoulder massage <BR> *Make t.v. time your choice tonight <BR> *Ask others to make you dinner <BR> *Give yourself a facial, manicure, and/or pedicure <BR> *Give yourself the night off (after a lon... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:38:40 EST Challenge 3/16/10 - Making a List Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to make a list of at least 3 things you would like to accomplish today. <BR> <BR> Your list can pertain to eating (fruits/veggies/fiber), exercise (I will do so many minutes), water (I will have at least 8 glasses), or anything else you need to accomplish. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:40:16 EST Challenge 3/15/10 - Work your heart! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge yesterday was to work your core muscles. Today's challenge is to WORK YOUR HEART. <BR> <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and BURN CALORIES! <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to GET MOVING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:48:18 EST Challenge 3/13/10 - Declutter time! Happy Saturday to you all! <BR> <BR> In honor of finally rolling my sick spousal unit OUT the door (and bed) for the first time in a week, your challenge today is to declutter around you. I don't know about everyone else, but my house is a disaster. I will be cleaning, straightening and DISINFECTING today. <BR> <BR> What do you need to DECLUTTER today? <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday (and I know this "I am finally alone for longer than 5 minutes giddiness" shall wear off by the time I hi... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:21:56 EST Challenge 3/12/10 - Let's work those Arms! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 3-5 DIFFERENT EXERCISES THAT FOCUS ON FIRMING UP YOUR ARMS. Feel free to use weights, bands, etc. to increase the difficulty of your work-out. There are great suggestions for exercises targeting arms in the Spark Fitness area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share which exercises you completed. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 01:31:14 EST Challenge 3/11/10 - Personal Challenges Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is WORK ON THE HARDEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> Normally for me, I have a horrible time with sodium. Although I don't put salt on any of my foods, I still go over about half the week. But this week, my challenge has been eating 3 meals and at least 2 snacks so that will be my personal challenge today. What will yours be? Will it do with exercise, attitude, food, water, sleep, or..... <BR> <BR> Whatever your own personal struggle,... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:58:39 EST Wrist tattoos I'm really interested in a wrist tat. Can I see some of yours? Shoulder too? I'm planning and I tend to procrastinate & change my mind. My ankles were years in the actualization!!! LOL! I don't want to do that again!:)) <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> TIPYRAIN Thu, 11 Mar 2010 01:54:02 EST Challenge 3/10/10 - Huddle time! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> I am moving slower than molasses today thanks to a sinus cold and playing catch up from being gone all day yesterday. So forgive the slowness of the challenge posting! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to POST A HUDDLE MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. I realize that many of you belong to several groups (I think I belong to 15 or so). Feel free to post the same message on your boards. However, please make it a motivational or uplifting message. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:59:16 EST Challenge 3/9/10 - Let's get Strong! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BUILD MUSCLE. Do exercises (i.e. strength training) that help build strong muscles. You don't have to just "lift weights". There are LOTS of ways to build muscle and have fun. Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Play a gaming system (such as the Wii, Playstation, XBox, etc.) that has games that work your body (i.e. Dance, Dance Revolution, Wii Sports, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video or go to the gym and focus on slow, controlled movement... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 09:51:03 EST Challenge 3/8/10 - Burn 350 Calories Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to get your week started right and burn 350 calories thru cardio today. <BR> <BR> Remember: You can break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to have burned 350 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 12:11:35 EST Challenge 3/7/10 - R&R Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Does this sound familiar to you: <BR> <BR> Monday through Friday, you are hard at work from waking until the moment your head hits the pillow at night. On the weekends, you play "catch up" with errands, cleaning the house, and spending time with those you love. <BR> <BR> Is this you? I know it fits me to a tee. So... <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to GET SOME REST & RELAXATION. Do one or more of the following today: <BR> <BR> *Sleep in <BR> *Take a nap <B... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:51:43 EST GECKOS & LIZARDS!!! Hi <BR> I was just wondering if anyone out there has a semi cute gecko or lizard tat on or around their shoulder. That's what I want for my next one. I have an idea but all pics I see on tat sites are to close up and don't give a good idea of what it looks like as whole. Also, I have both ankles done all the way around and would like to know where a good place to put another besides there and the shoulder. I like them tho show where I can see them and other people too when I want them to. Doe... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 20:18:07 EST Back for help! OK. I got the tats I want and can afford for now. BUT, I want to do a line of geckos ending on my shoulder. I can see what I want in my head but can't find it in a picture or draw it out. I can't draw AT ALL. Any tips on where I go from here? <BR> <BR> Thank you for any help you can offer! <BR> <BR> TIPYRAIN Sat, 6 Mar 2010 01:31:29 EST Challenge 3/5-3/6 Burn 300 Calories & Pampering! Since I am going on an overnight roadtrip with Ms Aliegh (paying a visit to some relatives to show off those two new top, I am posting today and tomorrow's challenge. I will be back tomorrow afternoon! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for today is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Ride a stationary bike <BR> *Jump rope <BR> *Hula Hoop <BR> *Put in an exercise video <BR> *Play on your gaming system that has exercise related games (i.e. Wii Fit,... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:54:50 EST What was your Workout today?? A thread to post your workouts - sometimes it is incentive to others or even just ourselves! <BR> <BR> <BR> I actually used the hotel gym (which was of course empty and fully equipped) while I was working this weekend at the BBQ - add doing 7 hour shifts of standing/cleaning/serving food. I think I made up for all the bbq and jello <BR> <BR> Got in gym time and dog walk on Tuesday. Beach walk with Abe yesterday. Gym time got tossed to the wayside - girlfriend got good news (was... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:56:15 EST Challenge 3/4/10 - Multi task Thursday! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has several parts. Can you do them all before you head off to bed this evening? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge(s) today: <BR> <BR> *Get in some form of exercise <BR> *Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL of your food/beverages AND stay within your calorie range <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THESE!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:24:38 EST Challenge 3/3/10 - Eat your veggies! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Recommendations for fruits and vegetables are AT LEAST 5 a day. We are going to focus on getting in your veggies today. <BR> How many servings can you get in? Great ways to add vegetables to your day are: <BR> <BR> *Vegetable juice <BR> *Vegetable soup <BR> *Add them to your omelet, sandwich, rice or pasta dish <BR> *Grill them <BR> *Have a big salad <BR> <BR> Remember to go easy on sodium, butter/margarine, ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:57:26 EST Going back. Have you ever waited for your tat to heel and when it did it wasn't quite right? I'm worried that some of the colors aren't going to be as bright as I wanted. Have any of you ever gone back and said something? If so, how did you handle it? <BR> <BR> Please let me know! I have to wait until at least the 14th of this month to say anything. I mean I just got it done yesterday!!!LOL!!! I might be jumping the gun but I would like to hear what y'all have to say! <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> TIPY Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:16:42 EST Challenge 3/2/10 - Push yourself! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PUSH YOURSELF WHEN YOU EXERCISE. This challenge is for everyone. No matter if you are doing cardio or strength training. <BR> <BR> For those that are doing CARDIO today: <BR> <BR> *Can you do your activity longer <BR> *Can you push yourself harder <BR> *Can you go faster (example: jogging) <BR> <BR> For those that are doing STRENGTH TRAINING today: <BR> <BR> *Can you use more resistance <BR> *Can you do more repetitions <BR> *Can... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 09:41:05 EST FINAL DECISION MADE AND COMPLETED! I got my other ankle done today! It came out a little different than expected but still cool. It's really raw obviously as it was only finished 4.5 hrs. ago! I could go every day and have something done! Am I weird or what? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:42:23 EST Need some advice I have two tattoos that contain yellow ink: one on my arm and one on the back of my neck. I slather them both in sunscreen to keep them from fading. However, the one on my neck has completely lost the yellow color. My arm gets way more sun exposure and the tattoo is much older yet the yellow ink is fine. <BR> Does anyone know what would cause the yellow on my neck to disappear and is it worth getting it fixed? Is it the sunscreen or is it the ink that was used? I figured the ink is all... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:44:30 EST I need to know about lotion quickly I just got my 2nd tat & they told me to use lubiderm lotion. I didn't have any & everything was closed. Can I use Eucerine anti-itch cream, or is it too oily? Iknow NOT to use vasaline or neosporin. Should I just wait 'till I can get the exactly right stuff? Will it be ok? PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!!!!! PLEASE!THANK YOU!!! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 02:52:09 EST "Vacation" No challenge for you all today and thru the weekend. I will be the only one challenged - I am leaving tomorrow morning for Houston to attend the BBQ Championships. Today I have a million things to attend to so will be offline. Technically I will have net access so I may check in but my challenge will be to relax since I need a break. <BR> <BR> So finish off the month of February with healthy eating and get your water AND exercise in. Time is a flying, warmer weather and short season is... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:12:35 EST Challenge 2/23/10 - Work your calorie range! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> I recently upped my exercise minutes with the treadmill. The one thing I found I didn't do was to take into account that I needed to increase my calories because of the increased activity. Normally I keep myself in my lower range and hover around it which for me - keeps my weight steady. So what happened when I did this and did the treadmill for an hour daily? I gained 5 pounds! Man I was irritated at myself because I am constantly reminding people that t... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:55:20 EST Challenge 2/22/10 - Spreading the love Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Go out of your way to be kind to others. Do things without being asked. Tackle projects or chores that others would normally do. Make an effort to recognize the hard work of others. Smile more and frown less. Send a sparkgoodie to a mate! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:13:06 EST Challenge 2/21/10 - Time for R&R! Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but I have a crazy week ahead of me. I need to take a break from my hectic world for just one day to recharge. Anyone else feel the same? <BR> <BR> Our challenge today is to GET SOME REST & RELAXATION. Sleep in. Take a nap. Snuggle up in your favorite chair with a good book or an old movie. Take a leisurely walk with the dog. Read aloud a book to the kiddos. Take a soothing bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day and RELAX. You... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 11:50:03 EST Close to final decision on next tattoo. Hi again, <BR> Ok, I've decided to go with either the Korean writing of the word sobriety as it is rather small. I know I want it on the inside of my left wrist that why the size is important. There isn't that much room there. If I could find a Greek symbol for it that would be SOOO COOL!!! But, I have looked & looked and can't find anything. The Horns of Isis was suggested, I kind of like that but it's getting away from the the true meaning I want to get across. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? P... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:20:29 EST Challenge 2/20/10 - Quit Procrast inating! Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to TACKLE ITEMS IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IGNORING. You know you have items on the "back burner" that you haven't had the time/energy to complete. Today is the day to get those items done. <BR> <BR> What do you need to catch up on? Could it be: <BR> <BR> *Laundry <BR> *Paying bills <BR> *Running errands <BR> *Mending <BR> *Cleaning out the refrigerator/pantry <BR> *Washing and cleaning the car <BR> *Spring planting <BR> *Taking... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 10:58:34 EST Challenge 2/19/10 - Home Cooking! Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to COOK YOUR MEALS. That means: <BR> <BR> *No Drive-Through foods <BR> *No Take-Outs <BR> *No Vending Machines <BR> <BR> You have to really think about what you are putting into your body today. If you haven't left for work yet, pack your lunch. Put a small cooler into your car with HEALTHY SNACKS (i.e. an apple, nonfat yogurt, etc.) Make a healthy dinner for your loved ones. YOU CAN DO THIS! Plan ahead folks! <BR> <BR> Have a fantast... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:41:22 EST What's your favorite TAT? I only have the one right now but I love him! LOL! It's a little multi-colored gecko on my ankle. <BR> <BR> I want another colorful gecko and a symbol that means sobriety in black. I'm having trouble finding just a symbol. I did find out how to write it in Korean I would like to do it in greek but it's going on the inside of my wrist so I need it to be small. That's why I would like a symbol instead of lettering. And I can't decide where I want to put the gecko! I want people to see it but n... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 23:28:20 EST Challenge 2/18/10 - Work your Core! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK YOUR CORE MUSCLES. Try to get in at least THREE DIFFERENT EXERCISES. <BR> <BR> Working these muscles will not only make you look amazing, but they will help improve your posture. <BR> <BR> Not sure which exercises focus on your CORE muscles? Go to the Spark Fitness area and click on the CORE exercises. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share with the group which exercises you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:36:47 EST Challenge 2/17/10 - Move those feet! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge and goal today is to MOVE YOUR FEET! <BR> How about: <BR> <BR> *Running/Jogging <BR> *Walking <BR> *Dancing <BR> *Skiing <BR> *Roller blading <BR> *Ice skating <BR> <BR> What will you do today to GET YOUR FEET MOVING? <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday, <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>231</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:03:02 EST Challenge 2/16/10 - Let's Get Motivated! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is FIND A MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE AND POST IT TO THE TEAM. <BR> <BR> There have been some incredible people throughout history that have spoken from their heart during trying times. Just reading their words put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Come on team, LET'S GET MOTIVATED! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Tuesday! <BR> <BR> P.S. Don't forget your water and multi-vitamin today too! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:44:18 EST Challenge 2/15/10 - Cardio time! Happy Monday - did you survive your Valentine's Day weekend? Your challenge today is to BURN 300 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> *Go to the gym <BR> *Ride a stationary bike <BR> *Jump rope <BR> *Hula Hoop <BR> *Put in an exercise video <BR> *Play on your gaming system that has exercise related games (i.e. Wii Fit, Dance, Dance Revolution, etc.) <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:37:04 EST Offline No challenges for the weekend - I am going out of town (taking Aliegh to see her great grandfather - we shall be traveling thelma and louise Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's weekend. Remember moderation! <BR> <BR> Cya on Monday! <em>129</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:03:04 EST Does anyone know? Okay, this is a weird request but I'm goin' nuts trying to find a symbol for sobriety. I found the obvious ones. Like asian writing. I like the Korean word, it looks pretty cool. I would love if someone could help me find it in czechoslovakin or a symbol that means one is czech. Just askin' Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:44:00 EST Challenge 2/11/10 - Visit your teams! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LEAVE A MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. Your message doesn't have to be long. It could be just to pop into the newest post and say hello. <BR> <BR> This will give you a quick view of what your boards are doing. It also might reacquaint you with your favorites. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday! <em>104</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:22:51 EST HIIII hey people! wicked art on here! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:59:14 EST Challenge 2/10/10 - Cold Weather Deliciousness Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> I don't know about everyone else, but when cold weather hits, I make soups & casseroles. I love hearty (and heart healthy) foods. <BR> <BR> I thought we could share cold weather recipes for today in honor of the snow storm status hitting the East coast (again) so... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SHARE A COLD WEATHER RECIPE. You can post a recipe of your own. You could post a link to a favorite recipe you enjoy. You could post a Sparkpeople recipe. <... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:20:37 EST Favorite Recipes Two of my favorite things ever are BBQ Chicken Pita Pizza and Grilled Chicken and Cheese Sandwich. The key to keep things low fat is to weigh your cheese so you don't go overboard. <BR> <BR> BBQ Chicken Pita Pizza <BR> 1 whole wheat pita <BR> 1/4-1/2 c boneless skinless chicken breast <BR> 1-2 tbsp BBQ sauce <BR> 1/4-1/2 c of veggies-onions, peppers, pineapple, bannana peppers are all super yummy. <BR> 15 grams of grated cheddar <BR> 15 grams grated mozzarella. <BR> <BR> Cook chicke... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:01:12 EST Challenge 2/9/10 - Go for a Walk! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GRAB A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER, OR CO-WORKER AND GO FOR A WALK. This is a perfect opportunity to: <BR> <BR> *Get your neighbor to start that morning exercise routine <BR> *Work off frustrations from the job by walking at lunch with your co-workers <BR> *Get the family out of the house for some exercise <BR> <BR> Exercising with others makes your "tough workout" MUCH EASIER to manage. Besides, IT IS FUN! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesda... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:02:08 EST Anyone with a foot tatt? advice needed I got my foot tattooed on Friday since I was off work Saturday and Sunday (wore NO shoes for 2 days). The artist told me after that I'd be fine wearing shoes. Well, I went to the gym today and noticed a little of the ink on the inside of my sock when I got home. (I did wash and put ointment on it prior to putting on the sock) <BR> <BR> I did a little research online and found some people have used saran wrap after moisturizing their tatt and before putting on a sock. I also have to wear sto... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 21:24:05 EST Challenge 2/8/10 - Vitamins and Minerals! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is two-fold: <BR> <BR> 1) Go to your Nutrition page and make sure you have items in your tracker that follow important vitamins/minerals. For instance, I have mine track: <BR> <BR> *Vitamin C <BR> *Calcium <BR> *Folate <BR> *Vitamin D <BR> *Iron <BR> *Potassium <BR> <BR> (Feel free to have your tracker track what nutrients you and/or your doctor feel are important) <BR> <BR> 2) Do your best to get in ALL OF THESE in your daily menu. Tha... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:36:14 EST Challenge 2/6/10 - Open Exercise Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EXERCISE. The type of exercise, intensity, and duration are up to you. You can do cardio, strength training, or a combination of the two. <BR> <BR> Once you have completed your exercise, come back here and tell us what you did. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:13:52 EST Challenge 2/5/10 - Spreading some sunshine! Happy Friday to you! Sorry about no challenge yesterday but it has been awhile since I have had to function while taking pain meds and I thought I should spare us all the hilarity. Today is another story! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE. Go out of your way to be kind to others. Do things without being asked. Tackle projects or chores that others would normally do. Make an effort to recognize the hard work of others. Smile more and frown less. <BR> <BR> Hav... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:40:48 EST Hi everyone! Hello my name is Cristina and I have 7 tattoos so far. I joined this team because I thought it be fun to get to know more women with tattoos. Most of my friends don't have any. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:24:35 EST Challenge 2/3/10 - It's New to ME! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Trying something new can be scary. Today, I'm going to finally sign up at a gym which is something I have never done before. I'm a little nervous, but really excited. Working out around other people is something I haven't done since college (ya know..back in the dinosaur ages!). <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to try something new to you! Here are some suggestions for you to try: <BR> <BR> *A new healthy food or beverage <BR> *A new exercise <BR> *... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:19:18 EST Challenge 2/2/10 - Tasting the Rainbow! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Did you know that eating a colorful range of fruits & vegetables is a FANTASTIC way to get all of your vitamins & minerals? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEE HOW MANY DIFFERENT COLORED FRUITS & VEGETABLES YOU CAN EAT. Focus only on fruits & vegetables. List which ones you ate by the end of the day. This is a great way to see if you are eating a wide variety of foods. <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:06:13 EST Challenge 2/1/10 - Work it Baby! Happy Monday to you! It's a new month - wow time flies! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. Make sure to have water nearby, wear comfortable clothing, and not overexert yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Monday! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:43:39 EST Challenge 1/31/10 - A little R&R Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to REST AND RELAX. Spend time with those you love. Rest your mind, body, and spirit. <BR> <BR> It is going to be a busy week. Make the most of your day off before it begins. <BR> <BR> Have a restful Sunday! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:00:54 EST Hello tattooed ladies! My name is Kristen I am 25 and have 2 tattoos. I have an om and lotus tattoo in color and a quote from DMB both on my back. What and where are your tattoos?? I'm hoping to get a new tattoo in the near future not sure what just yet. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:38:33 EST Challenge 1/30/10 - Pamper Yourself Happy Saturday to you! You made it to the weekend - WOHOO! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SPOIL YOURSELF. Do something kind and pampering JUST FOR YOU! Go ahead, you deserve it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:09:37 EST Challenge 1/29/10 - Whittling down that list Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Weekend is here and February is upon us. Let's go into the weekend clearing off our "To Do" list. <BR> Lets concentrate on things that we have been putting off. We all have items on our "To Do" list that never seem to get done. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tackle some of that list. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 10:31:28 EST Challenge 1/28/10 - Healthy Snacks! Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your week is almost over. How are you holding up? Are you needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. Hmm....that's a GREAT IDEA! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EAT TWO HEALTHY SNACKS. Have one in the morning after your body has used the energy from your breakfast. Have a healthy snack during the late afternoon when your body is starting to get tired... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:56:23 EST Deciding against a tattoo spot because of weight Hello Ladys! <BR> I was just wondering if any of you are like me and decide against getting a tattoo in a certain area because of your weight. For example, I've been wanting to get a portrait of my cat and I was thinking about getting it on my ribs but since I'm a bit chubby I decided not to and thought about waiting until I lost weight. That could be a good reward for me when I do lose weight, but I was just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat or if anyone has any thoughts/insight... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:02:15 EST Challenge 1/27/10 - Burn 350! Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BURN 350 CALORIES THROUGH CARDIO EXERCISE. You do not need to burn these calories all at once. Feel free to break up your exercise throughout the day. The goal is to burn AT LEAST 350 calories by the end of the day. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS!! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:44:21 EST Challenge 1/26/10: Working on Strength! Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to BUILD MUSCLE. Do exercises (i.e. strength training) that help build strong muscles. You don't have to just "lift weights". There are LOTS of ways to build muscle and have fun. Why not try: <BR> <BR> *Play a gaming system (such as the Wii, Playstation, XBox, etc.) that has games that work your body (i.e. Dance, Dance Revolution, Wii Sports, etc.) <BR> <BR> *Do an exercise video or go to the gym and focus on slow, controlled movement... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:03:20 EST Challenge 1/25/10 - Multitask Monday! Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge has several parts. Can you do them all before you head off to bed this evening? YOU BET! <BR> <BR> Your challenge(s) today: <BR> <BR> *Get in some form of exercise <BR> *Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL of your food/beverages AND stay within your calorie range <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THESE!! <BR> <BR> Have a MAGNIFICENT Monday! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:15:34 EST Glad for the support! Sooo grateful my sis turned me on to this site!! It is so not easy to try to adjust to healthy eating habits in taco town. Diet is a four letter word where I work so I decided to do it quietly. Just mentioned it once and trying to just do my thing. It's do you want a soda/taco/muffin, oh right, you're doing that raw thing. (Only raw until lunch, I'm not kidding myself). But it truly does help to have this site, if only to remind me of how little water I've drunk and be accountable for the oth... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:10:53 EST