SparkPeople Members Motivating Members Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13556 The Members Motivating Members (MMM) TEAM exists to help each other stay motivated towards our goals! Our Mission statement is... We are stronger together in a common goal! SparkPeople Members Motivating Members Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13556 Hello, it's me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x62628102 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am in need of motivation. I need it badly because I just have to shed these pounds. <BR> Started South Beach Diet again today and joining a couple more motivational groups! <BR> Glad I found this one. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:53:44 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x62616351 I seriously need all the motivation I can get... I seem to constantly have a great start but it never takes me long to fizzle out. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:20:43 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x59672789 Hello! My name is Chelle, I'm a 37yo single mother of four, and I just found out that I have diabetes. My follow up appointment is next week, so I'm pretty clueless as to what is and isn't good for me. It came as a shock to me, but I really want to get things lined up and be as proactive as possible before this appointment. Does anyone else here have diabetes, and have any tips or strategies that might help on this journey? I'm sure I'll need support through this. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:35:08 EST INTRODUCTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x58365236 I am a 68 soon to be 69 year old woman. I live with 1 cat, male, named Tiger. I fell in love with this little darling shortly after my last cat (Anissa) passed away this Jan. I didn't expect to get another cat so soon, but here I go again. We live in a retirement community in Westbrook, Me. I weigh 225 lbs. My beginning weight was 255 lbs. I went down to 218 lbs. last year, but Im not doing too well this year. I gained 12 lbs. But today is a new day. Hugs to everyone. - Loretta. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:31:28 EST Newbie to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x58333945 Hi everyone <BR> I am new here. I accidentally found sparkpeople when i was looking for healthy meal ideas and such. I am so excited to have found it. I am a mom of 2 beautiful daughters, 4 and 1. I have baby weight that i have been trying to lose but without success, partly due to lack of support and motivation. <BR> So excited for all the support they offer and the community aspect. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:25:40 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x58229211 Hi my name is Charlie and I need to get rid of at least 90 lbs. I say get rid of because if you loose something that implies you want to get it back. I don't want it back. I am highly motivated and just starting my journey. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:36:08 EST Need some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x58123517 Hello everyone. I have been an on/off member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years now. I'm back again, ready to jump on the weightloss wagon. I'm glad this group was started, as I need some motivation to be continue with my healthy habits. Good luck to everyone this week. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:17:43 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x57608965 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been away for a couple of years.....and I've gained about 15 pounds of the 30 that I had lost! HELP! I need and miss the support and motivation of all the sparkers! :) I hope to lose this by the end of summer! It sounds like a small amount...but it's been really difficult keeping workouts and counting calories..... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:43:50 EST Newbie.. AGAIN :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x57592822 Hello. My name is Crystal. I'm over being unhealthy. I'm looking for support. My goal is to make healthy choices everyday. That's it! Sounds simple huh? Well, it's definitely harder than it seems. Best of luck to everyone on their personal goals and also, it's nice to meet you. 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My problem is that after I give everything I have to my students (I am not a teacher who sits down very much) and attend the plethora of after school commitments... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:38:44 EST Message Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x51705859 Message Removed Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:31:33 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x48006458 My name is Annette and although I have been a member of sparkpeople for awhile now, I have never really gotten serious until recently about getting in shape. my weight has gone up and down for a number of years now but I am looking forward to meeting many new people with the same struggles as me. One of my new goals is to become more proactive in the forums and read everything I can to make me a healthier better me. Thu, 10 May 2012 12:45:17 EST Important Spark People Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x46022067 <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <em>228</em> Please read this information, it's a new feature on SparkPeople that some may not want: <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:54:00 EST Motivation Please!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x43975250 Here I sit...floods all around, this is when I EAT!!!!!! <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:01:10 EST Name Any Song Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x43651416 How about just naming any song...This way we don't have to think to much and can just grab a song that matches the last letter and we are good to go. The song gets listed then the next person lists their song that begins with the last letter of the last song listed. (was that as clear as Mud?) <BR> tee-hee...just do what we did on the 80-90's songs-- only now we can list any song we want to! <BR> <BR> Hey Good Lookin by Hank Willliams <BR> <BR> N <em>334</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:09:18 EST Ultimate Dog Tease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x43558736 A friend sent me this video and I thought that it was LOL funny. I talk to my dog and he moves his mouth and makes expressive faces at me when I talk to him, so of course I loved what they did with this video. Hope you all like it too... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw&<BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:58:06 EST Crazy 5 Letters Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x43153563 Let's see if we like this game. Make a sentence from the 5 letters the person before you put down, then put 5 letters down for the next person. Let's see what kind of interesting sentences we come up with. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> J C L D P <BR> <BR> Justin can leap desert passes. <BR> <BR> Now your turn: <BR> <BR> M M A T G <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:57:43 EST Name a Song 80's-90's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x43153187 Name a song then the next person names a song that starts with the last letter in the last word of the song. <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> Don't Stop Believing by Journey <BR> <BR> The next letter is Y. DRRRRR, I mean G <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> (I tickle my own funny bone sometimes) <em>246</em> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:23:31 EST Movie Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x43153078 I took a stroll around Spark Town and found some new games...here is the first one: <BR> <BR> Name an actor, then name a movie that the actor starred in, then name a co-star from that movie. <BR> The next player takes the co-stars name, then names another movie that he/she played in with a new co-star and on and on until we get our fill of fun movies and actors... <em>272</em> <em>103</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" with Richard Gere. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:15:17 EST $1.99 Amazon download of The Spark for Kindle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x42428858 Just letting you all know that Amazon has the book, The Spark by Chris Downey for kindle downloadable for $1.99. If you have an Amazon account and don't own a Kindle, you can download the free PC for Kindle on to your computer and purchase kindle books or download free kindle books. I have it on my computer and I love it. I bought, The Spark when it came out, but I thought that I would enjoy reading it in bigger print on the computer. Check it out if you get a chance. <em>149</em> <em>2... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:18:20 EST The Person Above Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x40830849 Here is a new game that starts out with the following statement, "The person above me..." <BR> fill in the blank and the person who answers says "yes" or "no" and then leave another <BR> statement starting with "The person above me...' <BR> <BR> The person above me likes to swim. <BR> <em>237</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:58:16 EST Three Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x40830796 I looked around to find some new games for us. The idea of this one is to create a sentence using the three words provided by the previous person. After you create your sentence, you leave three new words for the next person. I'll start with these three: <BR> <BR> Midnight, Flashlight, Courage <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:55:31 EST Good morning. I am here for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x40544547 Good morning. I am here for motivation. I do need it but I am not sure which is the best way for motivation for me. I do know I need incouragment. I have been here on Sparks many times, but this time is it. I have finally come to the conclusion this is it. I am ready to make a difference in my life. I am here to loose the wieght and get my self healthy again. I am looking for some one that wants the same as me and I think I can find it here. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:56:57 EST Creative ways to measure progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x40166839 Rather than pounds how do you measure your movement towards a health lifestyle? Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:52:33 EST Happy Friday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x40159719 Hi team! What are you doing for yourself today that's good for you? I'm drinking my water and then going swimming after work. <BR> <BR> We have a very rainy and windy day here in NJ, so nothing outside for me today. How about you all? What's your plan for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:30:09 EST Daily Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x40154068 Mastering others is strength, Mastering yourself is true power. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:23:06 EST App for Droids and Iphones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x38939560 Runkeeper Pro is giving their app for smartphones away for free this month. Decent app for tracking various activities. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.runkeeper.com/mobile-app/runkee<BR>per-pro-is-free-through-the-month-of-j<BR>anuary </link> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:36:34 EST Halloween Treats Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x37608746 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 11:20:55 EST Steve - new to Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x37404270 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 10:18:47 EST "Offline" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x37369167 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 drugged..lol), 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 18:38:59 EST Hi I'm Linda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x36887489 I'm a mother of 8 Beautiful children, 6 girls and 2 boys, 1 of each is disabled so my life has always been about them i always came last and now i am paying the price with my weight. i developed diabetes 2, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. now its time to concentrate on me as my youngest is 12 and pretty self sufficent. <BR> I'm a mother of 8 Beautiful children, 6 girls and 2 boys, 1 of each is disabled so my life has always been about them i always came last and now i am paying the... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 05:40:56 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 9/8/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36555095 Wow! The whirlwind never stops, does it? First day of school yesterday, first day back from vacation, IRS audiotrs here, invoices to do, tax returns to work on and on, and on, and on!!! I need a good solid day of quiet work to catch up!! <BR> <BR> Sydney enjoyed her first day of school and the teacher even called last night to introduce himself and see if we had any question yet. Wow. Calling on the first day of school! Pretty impressive. <BR> <BR> I am struggling a bit with allergies and... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 07:59:33 EST Autumn Living - the Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x36533812 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 09:33:05 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 9/7/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36532043 Good Morning! Well, I'm back from vacation and ready for the IRS auditor who arrives around 9 am today. Nice way to return from vacation, no? Oh well, job security...... <BR> <BR> I am missing putting my baby on the bus for her first day of third grade because of this auditor (I didn't schedule the meeting, our outside accountant did), so I'm definitely going to be home when she gets off the bus this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I'll also have to work out at home this evening as I didn't go to th... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 08:06:29 EST Good Afternoon Team MMM, 9/3/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36465442 Wow, it's been a busy week in our household. Sick kid at first and now a better kid with lots of back to school prep to do. <BR> <BR> I'm continuing on my Counch to 5 K training again today. What are you guys doing today to be active??!! <BR> <BR> My baby kitty cat disappered last night and I thought he might have run away but he was found today in the basement! He was hiding. I'm just so glad he's been found!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day and weekend!!! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 14:12:36 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/31/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36389532 Good Morning! What a strange vacation we're having. The kid has strep, we can't go anywhere, and we're at a bit of a loss as to what to do. I think we're gonna end up stacking fire wood, painting the shed and doing gardening type of stuff, and cleaning up the inside of the house (closet clean out, etc.). Maybe if she's feeling better we'll go camping this weekend. Weird!! <BR> <BR> However, I'm going to get to go ride the horse today, so that's fun. <BR> <BR> What about you guys? What's s... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:20:18 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/30/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36364191 Hello all!! I'm on vacation this week, so I may not be able to say hello every morning. I try to get on here and say hello each weekday morning but this week may be a little harder. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to go visit my parents today but my baby girl (she's 8!) woke up with a fever over 101, so we're not going anywhere today. Her spirits are high, but she needs some rest. Plus, I don't want her to give anything to my parents. Sooooo, now I don't know what I'm doing today!! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:43:04 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/28/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36329145 Good Morning! I'm in Binghamton NY today to watch some pro bike racing. I'm really excited!!! <BR> <BR> There's also a big music festival to go along with it, all local musicians and I'm looking forward to seeing them too. <BR> <BR> We'll be walking a LOT today!! What are you guys doing? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 09:12:04 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/27/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36307529 Good Morning and Happy Friday! A beautiful day is dawning here in NJ, how is it where you are? <BR> <BR> I'm working at home today for part of the day, going riding on the horse, and getting ready to go away this weekend with the family to see some bike races and meet up with a sparkfriend. It should be a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> What about you guys? How about if some of you new people post with us and let us know what's going on? I find it's a lot of fun and it's also Motivating when I ca... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:59:25 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/26/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36287008 Good Morning all!!! <BR> <BR> My daughter is here with me at work this morning. She was up at 5 she was so excited to come with me! I have some nice admin tasks for her to do and she is also going to do her book report for school that is due on the first day back. <BR> <BR> We're going to the barn today after work. It's been a challenging week working in exercise as work has been unbearable. I really need an evening at the barn! <BR> <BR> I'll get in my weekly swim tomorrow morning! I c... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:11:59 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/24/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36241895 Good Morning all!!! Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> It appears that all of the rain that we haven't gotten all summer is going to fall on us in a three day time span. It's been raining fairly steadily since Sunday. We certainly need the rain but wouldn't it have been nice if it had been spread out a bit through the season? <BR> <BR> I will hit the gym after work and swim and run. Then we are picking up one of our cars from the shop where it is being worked on. Oh, and I have a TON of work to do... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:38:16 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/23/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36218775 Good morning and welcome to a new week! I hope everyone had a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Do we have any runners or triathletes on the team? Does anyone have any race reports to share with us? <BR> <BR> I went bike riding with the family on Saturday and horseback riding on Sunday. It was a nice and active weekend. I also spent time with my kid doing back to school shopping for her supplies. It was fun! What did you guys do this weekend? <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a FUN and ACTIVE day!... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:16:30 EST Hello I'm new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x36186832 Hello all my name is Ani, I'm a 26 yr old from Montana by way of Minnesota. I have a "few" health issues so my main goals are just to get healthy and to give myself a great foundation so maybe I don't get as sick as often. I just got back from a stint at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where I ended up a bit sicker than I started but those meds are wearing off and I'm ready to get back to my Spark routine! I'm also about to restart college for the 3rd time, 1st time at a University! I don't eve... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 11:08:13 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/20/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36164549 Good Morning all!! Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed immensely my time alone and now I am excited to see my family again today! <BR> <BR> I rode the horse again yesterday and pushed myself hard because you can only get a good workout if you push yourself. While true in most disciplines, I think even more true with riding. <BR> <BR> So today I work, I grocery shop, and I look forward to the weekend with the family at home!! <BR> <BR> How about you guys? What's up with YOU??? <BR... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:30:36 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/19/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36143967 Good Morning all! How's everyone doing today? I'm enjoying my quiet time in the house with the hubby and daughter away for a few days. They are having a great time at the beach with my husband's cousin's family, and I'm here at home working......what's wrong with that picture!? I'm making the best of it. <BR> <BR> I will do day 2 of week 1 of couch to 5K today and also work around the house after I get my work done. What about you guys? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 06:10:51 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/18/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36125619 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I saw the family off this morning as the DH and kid are going to visit family at the Delaware beach for the next two nights. What am I going to do by myself for two nights??!! I can't wait to find out! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, work calls today, so I can't hang much now. I have to leave early to go home and take care of the doggy. It's a new thing not having the hubby home all day with the dog! <BR> <BR> I'll catch up with you all later!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN an... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 08:13:40 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/17/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36103476 Good Morning everyone! I have an abundance of energy today. Maybe it's the sun, maybe cause it's a bit less humid today, maybe the exercise or maybe it's that the boss is out of the office this week and next! Probably a combination of all of these factors. <BR> <BR> Today I'm working all day and then going to the barn to reacquaint myself with the horse. It's been such a weird summer only getting to ride about once a week. I'm looking forward to this week and next because I should be able t... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 08:17:02 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/16/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36080686 Good morning all! Happy start to the work week! <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany this weekend. I went to the bike ride with DH and he and his sis rode the 50 mile section. I voulunteered. I had a good time, but I realized that I would rather have been a rider than a cheerer (is that a word?). I had so much fun at the 5K last weekend and I had a good time this weekend being a part of a group, but I wanted to be an athlete, not just a volunteer. I know this might not come as a shock to you guys, b... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:36:34 EST Good Afternoon Team MMM, 8/13/10!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36033861 Happy Friday all!! Sorry I'm so late posting today, but we travelled to VT this morning. My DH is doing a fundraising bike ride tomorrow, so we'er up here getting ready for that. <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing on this Friday? I hope you're all really great. Let's hear about your plans for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:48:08 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/12/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x36000191 Good morning all!!! How is everyone today? Come on and post up and let us all share in how we're doing. I know it's August and a lot of people are on vacation, but there must be some folks around. <BR> <BR> This morning I went to the pool and swam. Now I have a ton of work to do. After work I'll go to the barn and ride, and then go get my daughter from dance. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we leave for VT for the weekend. My DH is riding in a bike fundraiser on Saturday. He and his sister are ri... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 07:51:15 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/11/10!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35977001 Good Morning all!! Happy Hump Day!! <BR> <BR> We had a good time at the fair yesterday, but unfortunately my daughter didn't win any ribbons in the horse show. It was really top notch competition against 15 other kids and well, they only give out ribbons to the top 8 so......she didn't place or get a ribbon. But, she pulled like a champ and I was super proud of her!! <BR> <BR> My legs are finally recovered from the 5K, so of course today I'm going to go horseback riding! I'll be sore ag... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 08:15:27 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/10/10!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35953123 Good Morning team! How is everyone today? Do you have big plans? <BR> <BR> I'm working at home this morning, then we have a horse show at the county fair that my daughter is riding in. After that we'll walk around, see the stuff, and have some great fair food!!! I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I suppose my exercise today will be walking around the fair! Tomorrow I will go to the gym and go horseback riding in the afternoon. It should be a good couple of days. <BR> <BR> Let me he... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 07:13:30 EST Heather Ran Her First 5K!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35945053 Heahter, I am so proud of YOU!!! You proved YOU CAN DO IT!!! Congratulations on your awesome achievement!!! So...when's your next race??? <em>211</em> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3515990 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:36:26 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/9/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35935629 Good Morning all! Did everyone have a good weekend? <BR> <BR> I completed my first ever 5K yesterday, and I'm so excited!! I am not a runner, so just to finish made me feel great! And, I met in person one of my Sparkfriends. All in all, it was a great day. <BR> <BR> Today I have a massage planned for after work. Tomorrow I'm working at home and then taking off in the afternoon for my daughter's horse show. It should continue to be a good week! <BR> <BR> What about you all? What have... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:01:01 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/6/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35880948 Hi all! It's FRIDAY!!! Woo hoo!!! Does anyone have any great plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm going to meet a spark friend on Sunday and we are going to run a 5K. I'm so excited!!!! I'm also just excited to end a busy work week. <BR> <BR> I'm off to a meeting this afternoon, and will be home late. No exercise today. But, will do a run/walk tomorrow to get warmed up for Sunday!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day and weekend! Come on and post and let us know what's going on with YOU!! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:14:46 EST Just checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35880868 <BR> I ended up getting a restraining order against, fried potatoes and onions. <BR> Love, Luyah <BR> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:10:57 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/5/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35853967 Good Morning all! Another hot day dawns for us here in NJ. I hear a lot of folks are suffering with heat. Take it easy and be sure to drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed posting yesterday morning. We had a horse show to attend. My daughter did well against really tough competition. It was fun too! <BR> <BR> Tonight I hope to make it to the barn and ride, but it's also invoice day with a new team member here at work, so I could be here late working with her. We'll see what... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 07:59:19 EST Good Morning Team MMM, 8/3/10!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35808350 Good Morning all!! I thought it might be nice to have a daily chat thread where we could get some conversation going. I do this for another team I lead, and it works out pretty well. <BR> <BR> I am back from vacation and loving life! We were so active and had so much fun. Didn't eat too badly either, and so lost 2 pounds!! That makes me happy!! <BR> <BR> I am running my first 5K this weekend. I say running, but I know darn well I won't run the whole thing. But I'm doing it with a S... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 08:57:45 EST Want to get a motivational group together ASAP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x35411518 ALRIGHT!!! This is just the kind of GROUP I've been looking for...I am trying to get a group together on several other boards, I thought people would JUMP on this, but to my dissappointment, not too many people are inspired easy. <BR> <BR> Well I am new here, of course, and you will have to guide me around here too. I need motivation as well! <BR> <BR> Just a little background on me: I did motivations, incentives based on a reward system on another diet site for over 2 years. I stopped bec... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:52:32 EST Challenge for July - Around the World in 56 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x35052395 Around the World in 56 Days! Yes it’s time to sign up for the July challenge and have fun while you get your 5% weight loss. We will travel the word and make new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I lost about 20 pounds in two challenges. Another one starts in July. You are welcome to join. I wish you all the best in your journey to better health. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=43524 </link> <BR> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:36:13 EST I'm new here .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x34990442 Hi, <BR> I just joined this team because the name intrigued me. I had been doing really well on Spark and then got sick and ended up having to take tons of steroids and back came most of the weight. I'm a wicked 62 years old, married, two grown daughters. We live in a retirement community where I am the third youngest person here. I call all the other residents "Wrinkles" but not to their faces of course. They are continual copy for great blogs. I am most known for my warped sense of hu... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 19:14:03 EST Challenge 6/11/10 - 30 Minutes Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34733377 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 09:37:02 EST Challenge 6/10/10 - Take 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34713240 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 11:17:07 EST Another Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x34711193 How about another word game--on this one, I'll start with two words then the next poster types two new words that the first words brings to mind. Let's see how long we can keep this going. Ready? <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer Fun <em>298</em> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:50:16 EST Challenge 6/9/10 - Spreading some love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34683056 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 01:00:48 EST Challenge 6/2/10 - Burn 400 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34532370 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 07:54:51 EST Challenge 6/1/10 - Stay within your calorie range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34506671 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 07:58:28 EST Just joined this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x34436671 I'm 70 and need to lose about 60 lbs. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and great grandson. I have a beautiful home and a new car. Though money is strapped right now, I have everything I need. God has been so good to me. Don't know why I can't stay on track and get to a healthy happy weight, but can't seem to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Didn't know there was a MMM team. Boy do I need you. <BR> <BR> The 5 things I need to do today are: <BR> <BR... Fri, 28 May 2010 09:25:37 EST Challenge 5/26/10 - Set your own day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34388200 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 01:14:52 EST Challenge 5/25/10 - Spread the Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34365504 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 02:22:12 EST Challenge 5/24/10 - Cardio Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34344170 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 08:12:39 EST Challenge 5/21/10 - Update Sparkpage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34292213 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 12:00:10 EST Challenge 5/20/10 - Junk it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34265992 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 09:15:25 EST Challenge 5/19/10 - Cardio Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34245125 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 10:47:30 EST Challenge 5/18/10 - Snack Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34221503 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 10:31:18 EST Challenge 5/17/10 -Work your Core! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34198815 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 12:04:14 EST Challenge 5/14/10 - 30 Minutes Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34135596 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 10:31:36 EST Challenge 5/13/10 - Huddle Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34111517 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 10:18:00 EST Challenge 5/12/10 - Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34085175 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 09:13:23 EST Challenge 5/11/10 - Squeezing in some exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x34060740 Happy Tuesday to you! I apologize for no challenge yesterday. My challenge yesterday was survival..lol. 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 09:43:50 EST Challenge 5/7/10 - Open Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33975980 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 09:58:11 EST Challenge 5/6/10 - Tracker time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33952640 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 10:34:54 EST Challenge 5/5/10 - Cardio day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33927797 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 10:30:48 EST Challenge 5/4/10 - Take 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33900318 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 09:37:39 EST Challenge 5/3/10 - Work your legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33879103 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 walked..lol. 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 13:20:37 EST Not so new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x33873781 Hey all! I am Shelli, and I have been here before, but it was so long ago I thought I would come in here and re-introduce myself. Originally from Ohio - I am a HUGE Ohio State fan, but now Pittsburgh is home. I have struggled with my extra weight for some time and I have tried them ALL! NutriSystem was not for me - the food was GROSS. MediFast and I lose weight together, but the very MINUTE I eat anything else - I gain weight. I could use a little Spark, so I am "re-joining" this team. If you... Mon, 3 May 2010 10:16:56 EST Challenge 4/30/10 - Members choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33811222 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 11:46:02 EST Challenge 4/29/10 - Feed your biggest organ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33784973 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 10:03:22 EST Challenge 4/28/10 - Declutter time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33759938 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 10:07:59 EST Challenge 4/27/10 - Arm Toning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33733438 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 09:20:16 EST Challenge 4/26/10 - Burn 400 Calories today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33708719 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 11:10:52 EST Challenge 4/23/10 - Burn 300 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33644195 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 11:01:29 EST Challenge 4/22/10 - Earth Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33622619 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 12:43:04 EST Challenge 4/21/10 - Goodie Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33592933 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 09:35:12 EST Challenge 4/20/10 - Hydration time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33568183 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 09:49:51 EST Challenge 4/19/10 - You choose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33542495 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 10:34:34 EST Challenge 4/16/10 - Handy Tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33482640 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 12:49:11 EST Challenge 4/15/10 - Make a list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33455012 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 10:17:43 EST Challenge 4/14/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33429499 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 10:04:08 EST Challenge 4/13/10 - Friend Feed Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33403263 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 09:27:56 EST Challenge 4/12/10 - Cardio Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33379721 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 11:16:35 EST Challenge 4/11/10 - Take the Day Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33357103 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <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 12:06:35 EST Challenge 4/9 -10/10 - Work it All & Calorie Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33315818 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 10:55:06 EST Challenge 4/8/10 - It's Outa Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33290684 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 10:39:46 EST Challenge 4/7/10 - Dark Green & Leafy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33264984 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 10:40:19 EST Challenge 4/6/10 - Go For the Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33235464 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 09:37:35 EST Challenge 4/5/10 - Cardio Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33214316 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 12:57:19 EST Holiday Weekend "Challenge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33178823 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 17:26:25 EST Challenge 4/2/10 - Snack Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33145038 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 02:02:21 EST Challenge 4/1/10 - Laughter is Priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33126824 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 10:50:07 EST Challenge 3/31/10 - Bust out that Tape Measure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33101689 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 11:34:49 EST Challenge 3/30/10 - Hydration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33071330 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 09:25:24 EST Challenge 3/29/10 - Burn 300 Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33047326 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 11:26:06 EST Challenge 3/28/10 - Spoil Someone Special! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33022577 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 11:18:32 EST Challenge 3/27/10 - Spoil yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x33001364 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 10:05:07 EST Challenge 3/26/10 - You choose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32981170 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 11:20:02 EST Challenge 3/25/10 - Take 30! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32957215 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 12:12:25 EST Challenge 3/24/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32928807 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 10:37:13 EST New here as of yesterday- (this team) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x32907936 I would like to make some new sparkfriends 4 support. <em>334</em> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:56:05 EST -weighing in- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x32907598 My first week I lost 10 pounds! I was so happy. Then I went and weighed in today which is my birthday(a big one) and it said I gained 2 pounds. I've been staying with-in my calories; I skipped one day working out because I haven't been feeling well.I have a real compulsion to weigh all the time(like every day)I try not to,but I just can,t help it! I wonder if anyone else struggles with this??? <em>24</em> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:43:24 EST Challenge 3/23/10 - Watch your Sugar & Salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32900857 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 09:48:34 EST Challenge 3/22/10 - Let's Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32875856 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 11:03:25 EST Challenge 3/21/10 - Go for a Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32853466 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 11:54:24 EST Challenge 3/20/10 - Put some Spring in your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32831254 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 09:53:56 EST Challenge 3/19/10 - 30 minutes Continuous Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32809229 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 09:38:03 EST Challenge 3/18/10 - Tracking every morsel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32787464 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 11:13:30 EST Challenge 3/17/10 - You Deserve It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32758248 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 09:37:25 EST Challenge 3/16/10 - Making a List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32731248 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 09:47:34 EST Challenge 3/15/10 - Work your heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32706495 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 11:52:26 EST Challenge 3/13/10 - Declutter time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32662178 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 11:25:47 EST Challenge 3/12/10 - Let's work those Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32630491 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 01:33:55 EST Challenge 3/11/10 - Personal Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32613046 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 11:59:52 EST Challenge 3/10/10 - Huddle time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32586969 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 13:03:59 EST Challenge 3/9/10 - Let's get Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32552740 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 09:47:05 EST Challenge 3/8/10 - Burn 350 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32528899 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 12:16:17 EST Challenge 3/7/10 - R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32501434 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 10:53:34 EST Helpful WW recipe sites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x32485487 I found several sites that have Weight Watcher recipes but also list the calorie counts. I'm trying to find some new things to fix. Thought you all might like these too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.skinnytaste.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.laaloosh.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.recipegirl.com/category/recipes/<BR>weight-watchers/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, Here's a couple of site where you type in ingredients that you have in your pantry and it will give you some recipes ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:10:39 EST Challenge 3/5-3/6 Burn 300 Calories & Pampering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32459004 Since I am going on an overnight roadtrip with Ms Aliegh (paying a visit to some relatives to show off those two new top teeth..lol), 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 10:58:55 EST Challenge 3/4/10 - Multi task Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32433031 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 11:30:44 EST Challenge 3/3/10 - Eat your veggies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32402967 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 11:03:53 EST Challenge 3/2/10 - Push yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32370267 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 09:45:12 EST "Vacation" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32207602 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 10:15:22 EST Challenge 2/23/10 - Work your calorie range! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32178523 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 09:57:57 EST Challenge 2/22/10 - Spreading the love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32152139 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 12:17:22 EST Challenge 2/21/10 - Time for R&R! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32123350 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 11:51:42 EST Challenge 2/20/10 - Quit Procrast inating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32100496 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 11:00:51 EST Challenge 2/19/10 - Home Cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32080271 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 11:40:27 EST Challenge 2/18/10 - Work your Core! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32056682 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 12:39:02 EST Challenge 2/17/10 - Move those feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x32026838 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 10:52:10 EST Challenge 2/16/10 - Let's Get Motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31995927 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 09:41:18 EST Challenge 2/15/10 - Cardio time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31970332 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 11:39:56 EST Offline http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31910810 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 style..lol). Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's weekend. Remember moderation! <BR> <BR> Cya on Monday! <em>129</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:10:36 EST Challenge 2/11/10 - Visit your teams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31877397 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 11:28:34 EST Challenge 2/10/10 - Cold Weather Deliciousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31849929 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 11:18:36 EST Challenge 2/9/10 - Go for a Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31818175 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 10:05:38 EST Challenge 2/8/10 - Vitamins and Minerals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31791599 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 11:42:10 EST Challenge 2/6/10 - Open Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31740514 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 11:16:22 EST Hey from NC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x31729539 Hey everyone, <BR> I'm new to the group. My name is Shondra, I'm 31,I'm trying to get more motivation in my life. So I can stay focused on my weight loss goals and achieve great things. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 20:20:12 EST Challenge 2/5/10 - Spreading some sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31717551 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 11:42:01 EST Challenge 2/3/10 - It's New to ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31660475 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 12:21:40 EST Challenge 2/2/10 - Tasting the Rainbow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31627542 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 10:57:30 EST Challenge 2/1/10 - Work it Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31595810 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 11:47:10 EST Challenge 1/31/10 - A little R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31566481 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 12:58:36 EST Challenge 1/30/10 - Pamper Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31540599 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 12:12:02 EST Challenge 1/29/10 - Whittling down that list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31513000 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 10:34:13 EST Are you in So Cal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x31506217 If so click the link in my sig! We are trying to find groups of people to go out every weekend for hiking, biking, running, jogging, beach sports, anything fun that is outside!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:52:54 EST Challenge 1/28/10 - Healthy Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31483117 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. <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, and dinner won't be for a ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:58:26 EST Challenge 1/27/10 - Burn 350! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31455229 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 09:45:15 EST Challenge 1/26/10: Working on Strength! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31425328 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 10:11:38 EST Challenge 1/25/10 - Multitask Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31397136 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 12:18:41 EST Challenge 1/24/10 - Stretch and Meditate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31365515 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you a person that has found the relaxing qualities of Yoga or Tai Chi? No?! Well, you might want to think again. <BR> <BR> The slow, accurate movements in Yoga and Tai Chi have these benefits: <BR> <BR> 1) Increasing Flexibility – Both forms have positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised. <BR> <BR> 2) Mental benefits - Both forms tend to give you a c... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 12:08:11 EST Challenge 1/23/10 - Get out for a walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31341489 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to GET OUT AND TAKE A WALK. The distance and time spent on your walk are up to you. <BR> <BR> What are you waiting for? Get on your sneakers and GET WALKING! If it is bad weather - walk it inside! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:31:37 EST Challenge 1/22/10 Cardio Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31314402 Happy Friday 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 FEELIN' GOOD Friday! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:34:18 EST Friday!!!!! Whats Up!!! Anything Fun..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x31313223 Big Hockey Game Tonight...DGS #1 plays for great local team (Dematha) so this game is a biggy! <BR> How about you? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:55:10 EST Challenge 1/21/10 - Personal Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31285695 Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is WORK ON THE HARDEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> For me lately it has been TIME - totally not enough hours in the day..have too much on the plate (not food plate..lol)...screaming out for ME time. So somehow, someway in the midst of my chaotic schedule today - I WILL take some me time. Just trying to figure out how..lol. <BR> <BR> What will yours be? Will it do with exercise, attitude, food, water, sleep, or..... <BR> <BR> What... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:02:23 EST Challenge 1/20/10 - 30 Minutes Continuous Cardio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31255103 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to DO 30 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS CARDIO EXERCISE. Really push yourself with this one, gang. I'm not talking about a 30 minutes stroll. Use your 30 minutes to get sweating and slim. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Wednesday! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:18:21 EST Challenge 1/19/10 -Listen more or Speak up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31220294 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Are you: <BR> <BR> 1) The type of person that doesn't say much or share your feelings? <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> 2) Talk & share all the time, but rarely listen? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to EITHER LISTEN MORE or SPEAK UP. Whichever type of person you are, try the OPPOSITE for today. <BR> <BR> This may mean talking less and listening to what others are really saying. Asking them how they feel. Asking for their opinions. <BR> <BR> For those tha... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:28:11 EST Challenge 1/18/10 - Go for the Points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31196514 Happy Monday and MLK day to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today takes dedication and attention. For today, you need to GO FOR THE POINTS! Racking up points in all areas will be your focus. You need to: <BR> <BR> *Spin the Wheel <BR> *Eat Right <BR> *Drink your Water <BR> *Exercise <BR> *Do extra goals <BR> *Comment on groups <BR> *Huddle on groups <BR> *Read articles <BR> *Etc. <BR> <BR> You are NOT racing against other members today. Your challenge is to test yourself. How many points can... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:46:43 EST Challenge 1/17/10 - Pamper someone in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31161265 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to PAMPER SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE. This could be a: family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or even a stranger. Do something kind and out of the ordinary for them. Some suggestions are: <BR> <BR> *Make a special meal or take them out to eat <BR> *Watch their favorite programs instead of yours <BR> *Offer to take on a task that they would be responsible for <BR> *Go to a movie that they want to see <BR> *Buy them flowers <BR> *Give them... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:25:14 EST Challenge 1/16/10 - Let's get organized! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31136576 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take advantage of the weekend and get organized. I know personally I need to dig out my dining room table which this week has become the "dumping" ground for everything that needs to be filed, put away, or find a home for. <BR> <BR> Ways to get organized are: <BR> <BR> *Clean out your purse/wallet <BR> *Clean your car <BR> *Go through your refrigerator and pantry - throw away old, unhealthy foods. <BR> *Go through closets - try on... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:04:32 EST Challenge 1/15/10 - Pamper Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31117502 Happy Friday to you! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay in the challenge - my day started out "challenging" and now I have the grandbaby so I have been RUNNING! Your challenge today is to pamper yourself. Ways to do this are: <BR> <BR> *Take a long soak in the tub <BR> *Give your skin a light brushing with a soft brush or exfoliate your skin with items such as sugar, salt, or oatmeal scrub, etc. <BR> *Give yourself a facial <BR> *Give yourself a manicure <BR> *Give yourself a pedicure <BR> *Hyd... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:02:55 EST Challenge 1/14/10 - A Colorful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31082149 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to see how many different COLORS you can eat from the fruit & vegetable group. Having a variety of colors daily insures that you are eating a range of foods that are loaded with different vitamins and minerals. <BR> <BR> Remember to drink your water today as well. Fruits and vegetables are not only loaded with good vitamins/minerals, but they are also full of fiber. Opt for the fresh or steamed items whenever possible too. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:01:10 EST Just A Little Something..... Keep on SMILING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x31071269 Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. <BR> <BR> King Whitney Jr. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 01:20:29 EST Haven't been on in a long time... Have question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x31069450 So I've been off Spark for a while, but I am back now, and internet allowing, I will be staying back. I've been working on my weightloss journey since I started Sparkpeople about 2 1/2 years ago and to date have lost nearly 35 pounds. I have another 30 or so to go... <BR> <BR> And my question is this; I am completely stuck now. Over seven months and no progress. I am not sliding backwards, thankfully, but I am no longer moving forward in a positive direction. <BR> <BR> I try to eat healthy... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:17:34 EST Challenge 1/13/10 - 30 minutes cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31046457 Happy Wednesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to WORK OUT FOR 30 CONTINUOUS MINUTES. You can make this as easy as a 30 minute brisk walk, or as challenging as a kick-boxing class or run (or in my case, it may just be breathing with this cold..lol)! YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:27:07 EST Missing Motivation For Sure....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x31044532 I was so psyched back in the summer. <BR> Doing Great......Staying totally legal... <BR> working my plan... <BR> THEN...those holidays. <BR> Each day I think I will get back on <BR> then one little thing pushes me to yet one more day! <BR> Anyone else there?????? Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:32:39 EST Challenge 1/12/10 - Snack time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x31012504 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you find yourself needing more energy around 10am & 4pm each day? Maybe you should consider spreading your calories throughout the day with smaller meals AND snacks. <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, and dinner won't be for a few hours. <BR> <BR> Many folks swea... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:31:04 EST Challenge 1/11/10 - Pass the salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30982615 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Do you read labels on your foods? Did you realize that most of us eat WAY OVER the amount of 2400mg of sodium each day? Do you add salt to your food? <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to KEEP UNDER 2400mg OF SODIUM. That is quite a challenge for many of us (this is one of my biggest challenges). Here are some foods to really watch out for because they are packed with sodium: <BR> <BR> *Canned vegetables <BR> *Soups <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Jars of olives and pic... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:16:38 EST Challenge 1/10/10 - Just Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30946836 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SMILE at every person you encounter (even if they don't smile back!) Change the world around you by giving a smile. Someone driving you crazy? Kill them with kindness and a smile. Your actions just might change those of the world around you. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Sunday! <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:08:10 EST Challenge 1/9/10 - Work out your entire BODY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30917015 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> PHEW - we made it to the weekend! I don't know about you but the first full week after a holiday weekend can be BRUTAL..lol. <BR> <BR> We all have heard the term: "Slow and steady wins the race"? Did you ever compare that to weight loss? Did we put on extra pounds overnight? No. It took time for each of us to slip into an unhealthy lifestyle. We nurtured that unhealthy lifestyle over time. It will take dedication and a positive attitude to take it off. <B... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:37:00 EST Challenge 1/8/10 - Take 15! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30887495 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to take 15 minutes out of your day for complete peace and quiet. Ironically this was the challenge I was going to do yesterday but instead yours truly crashed and burned from doing too much (and some serious lack of sleep). So I decided that we all could do this today since we have made it to the end of the week (and coming off the holiday binges). So let's take just 15 minutes today to RELAX. Ways yo... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 10:19:45 EST Challenge 1/6/10 - Popeye had the right idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30821788 Happy Wednesday to you! You have made it thru half the week. WOHOO! <BR> <BR> Do you eat dark green, leafy vegetables? Do you know why these foods are beneficial to you? <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, calcium, potassium, a... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:59:02 EST Challenge 1/5/10 - Greet 5 new folks to Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30782890 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> With the new year upon us, we have had an influx of new people to our Spark teams. Today's challenge is to GREET 5 NEW TEAM MEMBERS ON THE TEAMS YOU BELONG TO. Here is how: <BR> <BR> *Scroll down to the bottom of a team page that you belong to. <BR> *Find a new member of your team <BR> *Click on that member's picture/avatar and go to their page <BR> *Send them a welcome message (you can also read their page and comment on what is going on in their lives, etc... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:43:53 EST Challenge 1/4/09 - Work your heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30744218 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to work your heart! <BR> It is a cardio day. Work your heart, large muscles, and let's burn some calories. <BR> <BR> The activity and intensity level are up to you. The goal is to get moving for at least 30 minutes. Can you do this? SURE you can! <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:10:44 EST Challenge 1/2/10 - Work your legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30681956 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today 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 stepper <BR> *Power walking <BR> <BR> How will you work your legs today? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Saturday! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:11:49 EST Challenge 1/1/10 - Measurements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30664782 Happy 2010 to you! <BR> <BR> The challenge today is a simple one (and a great way to start the new year!): measure ourselves. 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... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:37:03 EST Challenge 12/31/09 - Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30633963 Happy New Years Eve to everyone! Sorry for the delay but Ms Aliegh had other plans for me this morning (food, play, food, mauling..and finally a NAP!). <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to reflect on the year. Look at what you have accomplished and celebrate those things. Is there anything you can or would do differently? <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve - enjoy your family and friends. See you in 2010! <BR> <BR> *hugs* <BR> <BR> Kierae Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:45:32 EST Challenge 12/30/09 - Work those Arms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30602938 Happy Wednesday 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> <BR> Have a great Wednesday! <em>85</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:12:51 EST Challenge 12/29/09 - Goodie Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30578170 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to SEND OUT THREE (3) SPARK GOODIES TO THREE RANDOM MEMBERS. It is preferable that you send these goodies to members that you don't usually correspond with. These could be three people on three different boards. These people could be new members. These people could be ones that are asking for guidance/motivation in their blog. <BR> <BR> Have a SPREADING SOME SPARK CHEER Tuesday! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:32:09 EST Challenge 12/28/09 - Procrastination no more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30559179 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Wow this year has flown by and New Years is in a couple days! <BR> <BR> I thought we could concentrate on things that we have been putting off. I know we all have those items on our "To Do" list that never seem to get done. Well... <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to tackle things on your To Do list. Make a list. Get busy. Pat yourself on the back for working hard and getting your items accomplished. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:29:10 EST Challenge 12/27/09 - Taking some time to enjoy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30535549 Happy Sunday to you! <BR> <BR> What are your hobbies? What do you do to relieve stress? Your challenge today is to enjoy yourself and work on some of your hobbies. Spend time doing what relaxes you. Go ahead, you DESERVE it! <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 13:27:47 EST Challenge 12/26/09 - Burn 300 calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30518337 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to burn 300 calories through cardio exercise. If you need to break it up - do so. Get out there and get that body moving! <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday folks! Sat, 26 Dec 2009 11:45:43 EST Challenge 12/23/09 - Stay within your range http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30482050 Are we there yet?? Insanity ensues around this household - how about yours. Your challenge today is to keep track of all food/beverages consumed and STAY WITHIN YOUR CALORIE RANGE. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! I won't be posting any challenges until Saturday so please enjoy your holidays! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends (and remind yourself that moderation works wonderfully since holidays are about loved ones - not food!). <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Wednesday! <em>460<... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:39:11 EST Challenge 12/22/09 - Give it a 100% today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30464631 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to HAVE A FANTASTIC ATTITUDE and... <BR> <BR> *Drink ALL 8 glasses of water <BR> *Log in ALL foods consumed (even little nibbles here and there) <BR> *Get in AT LEAST some form of exercise to tone your body (whether strength or cardio-you decide) <BR> *Take your multi-vitamin <BR> *Check off as many Other Goals as possible <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! Have a great attitude and BE POSITIVE! This isn't a diet - It is a LIFESTYLE!! <BR> <... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:22:03 EST Challenge 12/21/09 - Leave a message http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30449113 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to LEAVE A MESSAGE ON EVERY BOARD YOU BELONG TO. I know that for some of you, this can be a tall order as you belong to many boards. 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 day! Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:37:03 EST Challenge 12/20/09 - Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30429751 Today's challenge is to REST. Spend the day with those that you love. Let them know how special they are to you. <BR> <BR> You are special. Make every day meaningful. <BR> <BR> Have a TREASURED & LOVED Sunday <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 10:27:11 EST Challenge 12/19/09 - Checking my list! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30416190 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> I know we all have the proverbial BIG list happening right now. So much to do before Christmas and so little time. So your challenge today is to start crossing off things on that list. <BR> <BR> For me, it is sending out the couple of Christmas cards I need to do. Some years I feel lucky if I can get them out by the first of the new year..lol. How about you? What do you have left to do? <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Saturday! Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:14:07 EST Challenge 12/18/09 - 30 minutes Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30399844 Happy Friday to you! We made it to the end of the week. EEK - Christmas is in a week! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to do 30 minutes of cardio exercise. Really push yourself with this one and try to do an entire session of 30 minutes if that isn't your norm. If you normally do 30, how about adding 15 minutes to it! Use your 30 minutes to get sweating and slim. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday! Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:53:54 EST Challenge 12/17/09 - Personal Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30386086 Happy Thursday to you! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delayed challenge - it's a grandbaby day today so even though my day started at 5am, I didn't get to the computer until now..lol. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is a personal one. Today's challenge is work on the hardest challenge for you. <BR> <BR> For me today, it will be finding balance. My Thursdays are jammed packed and I am running on empty usually. I have the grandbaby overnight on Wednesdays and then we end up doing all our errands, ... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:59:45 EST Challenge 12/16/09 - Watch that Sodium! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30364055 Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it thru half the work week - wohooo! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to keep your sodium in check - under 2400! That means that you need to READ LABELS and watch processed foods. Remember that "diet meals" are loaded with sodium. So are: <BR> <BR> *Pickles and olives <BR> *Soy Sauce <BR> *Canned Soups <BR> *Canned Vegetables <BR> *Crackers & chips <BR> *Vegetable Juices <BR> <BR> Be vigilant when it comes to reading labels. When cooking, try adding f... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:58:06 EST Challenge 12/15/09 - Hydration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30345407 Happy Tuesday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is simple: <BR> <BR> DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER & TAKE YOUR VITAMINS! <BR> <BR> Pretty simple, huh? But with all the holiday parties,hustle & bustle of preparing for the celebrations, it is too easy to skip the water. Add to the fact that most of us are in colder weather so we tend to not drink as much water. So let's do this! <BR> <BR> Have a terrific Tuesday! <em>194</em> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:25:44 EST Challenge 12/14/09 - Nurturing ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30326386 Happy Monday to you! <BR> <BR> Last week I started a sourdough starter for my first time. You have to nurture it - feeding it every day, keeping it warm and cozy. Eventually it presents you with this wonderful gift - the sourdough base to make bread with and to share with others. <BR> <BR> It made me think how about ourselves - how often we don't even do these things for ourselves. We tend to abuse our bodies with the wrong foods, or we don't work out, or we just ignore what we need in g... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:44:14 EST Challenge 12/12/09 - Let's go walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x30290384 Happy Saturday to you! <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to go for a walk. The distance and the pace are up to you. Put on your walking shoes and GET MOVING! If the weather is bad, consider walking indoors - mall crawls (combine it with your Christmas shopping), treadmill, walking away the pounds dvd.. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday! Sat, 12 Dec 2009 09:47:20 EST Northern California newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x30254524 Mary in the California Wine Country here. I need to lose over 200 lbs., but can't find motivation anywhere. I'm hoping to make friends and find help here. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:02:22 EST hi from me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x29950635 Hi Everyone! <BR> Just a new person here and saying a big HELLO to everyone out there!!!!!!!! <BR> -Becky =] Tue, 24 Nov 2009 19:59:22 EST Happy Weekend and a Kitten!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x29563011 Yay, it's Friday!! I found the cutest kitten in the middle of the road today. I want to give it to the rescue place where I volunteer so it can have a good home, but it may be too late and I may be in love with it! <BR> <BR> What does a tiny kitten eat? Our guess is it's only a few weeks old. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my work day is shot!! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a good weekend!!! Fri, 6 Nov 2009 08:45:13 EST Where is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x29534275 Hi everyone, just checking in after many months of being gone. I need to be here and so much has happened for the good and I want to share it BUT doesn't seem to be much interaction going on. Hey Blondie & Sarah, you always kept it lively. Are you both OK. Hugs Wed, 4 Nov 2009 22:20:45 EST Hello Motivators! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x29122553 I have been on SP for almost three years. I love the site, and have made plenty of progress. I find it easy for me to motivate others, but I have a much harder time motivating myself. I'm hoping being active in a group will help with that. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:06:08 EST Hello everybody!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x29105576 Hey, my name is Nikolina and I'm on half on my weight loss yourney. But I lost motivation, and I see that I'm no longer dedicated to my goals... So i hope to find here motivation i need... :-)) Fri, 16 Oct 2009 02:13:31 EST decaf tea= water??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x29064466 sometimes I don't get all the water in I'm supposed to, but I drink tons of decaf tea. Other diets have allowed me to count my decaf tea as part of my water intake. How does sparkpeople feel about that.? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 09:00:04 EST Another newbie to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x28691944 Hello... my name is Jo. What is better than a group of Sparkers motivating each other! A group with a great sense of humor. I'm in! I look forward to getting to know you all better. WE CAN DO THIS! GO TEAM! (Oh how motivational)! <BR> Hugs all round, <BR> Jo <em>220</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:23:55 EST I'm in Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x28647400 In a bazillion years, I never thought I'd be 40 pounds overweight. Just typing out those words is earth shatering to me. F-O-R-T-Y POUNDS. <BR> <BR> How did I get here? <BR> <BR> Somewhere within this puffy outer layer is the real me. I know I'm still in here. I just need to peel away this outer coat away..one layer at a time. Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:58:40 EST New member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x28429411 Hi all. I'm Nikki. I'm 27 and live in Ma with my new hubby (married 6/27/09) and 9 yo step daughter. At the most I've ever weighed and time to lose it! <BR> I can use all the motivation I can get! Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:52:36 EST Plateaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x28246887 I start out and wham hit a plateau and motivation takes a dive. I also have to admit that this time of year when the sun goes down earlier and earlier also gets to me. I am not giving up...just feeling a tad unmotivated. Face it after working 8 hours (on my feet many of the 8) I don't feel motivated when I get home. <em>213</em> <em>24</em> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 21:11:38 EST Starbuck's now sells protein smoothies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x27862468 Starbuck's now sells protein shakes!!! I am so psyched! I have tried the banana strawberry and the banana chocolate. Yummy! They use REAL fruit, and add whey protein and fiber powder! Too Cool! And it is only 250 calories for the non fat version (280 calories for the 2% milk). They would even make it with soy milk if you wanted. Yeah! <BR> <BR> <BR> I highly recommend them... <BR> <link>www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_b<BR>everage_detail.asp?selProducts=3948b20<BR>d-20cb-4cb9-804b-e17a... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 16:50:44 EST I'm losing motivatoin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x27844335 I started back to work this week, I work in a school cafeteria and I just can't stay in my calorie range. I do well for breakfast and lunch, but the minute I get home I pig out. Please any suggestions will be welcome. Thanks, Lyn Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:37:42 EST Thought I would share a way of Motivation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x27739894 HONOR: <BR> I Honor My True Self - I grant myself the Honor of being ME. I am unique in all time and space. I am beyond perceived scarcity, obligation, and the need for approval. I am Honored that Spirit has chosen to create ME. <BR> <BR> FORGIVENESS: <BR> I Forgive Myself and All Others with Compassion - I forgive everyone, especially myself, for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life. I accept that no one else has ever been to blame for either my joy or my suffering. The e... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:42:45 EST Weightloss Shoes??!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x27629474 Anybody own a pair of these ugly things? I think I want a pair! It's probably all hype huh? I might get a pair anyway 'cause they are so ugly! I wear Crocs too. lol <BR> <BR> <link>www.zappos.com/womens-mbt-shoes </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.examiner.com/x-3178-Boston-Welln<BR>ess-Examiner~y2009m5d28-Calorieburning<BR>-footwear-Can-a-pair-of-shoes-promote-<BR>weight-loss </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:30:34 EST Exercises for camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x27470317 Anybody have any good exercises I can do while camping besides walking and hiking? Thanks, Lyn Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:16:27 EST Spark People on ET 7/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x27201587 Spark Guy and others are going to be on ET (Entertainment Tonight) 7/23. Here is the link to the Spark blog with all of the information. <BR> <link>/www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=tu<BR>ne_in_and_tell_friends_watch_sparkpeop<BR>le_on_entertainment_tonight_wed_july_22 </link> Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:37:35 EST Back Again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x27200237 I have been apart of this group for over a year now, but have been inactive. I have hit very rough spots over the past year. I have basically put myself on the back burner and just fake smiled the whole way through the past year. I am ready to commit this time, so hellooo MMM...I am back again! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:38:39 EST Hello, New team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x27015020 Hi, my name is Michelle; I am new to this team and need to be here. Last year/ summer I lost 27 pounds! Since then I have gained10-12 pounds back. Aghh, according to my scale I am 143 this morning. I need to get back into sparking, logging my food and exercise. I need all the motivation I can get, I find myself in a slump lately. I am looking forward to being a part of this group. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:47:27 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x26980824 Thought I would introduce myself to all the newbies. I've been a member here before. Love the humor here! It's great! Hope to have many laughs with you guys! :) Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:53:38 EST Gene's back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26980341 For those who know Gene, he's back on spark and is needing some motivation! Head on over to his page and shower him him some love! :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CE<BR>KNIGHT </link> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:28:17 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x26915499 Hello All, <BR> My name is Patricia Robertson and I am from Virginia. I am a mother of four children. I am also married to a wonderful man. I am a devote christian and believe God is the way, the truth, and the life. I started out weighing 183 pounds and I am down in the 150's now. I tetter between 150 and 155. I joined this group because I totally lack motivation. I always have and make excuses. I was hoping to find support amongst all of you. I can't wait to meet and talk to all of you. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:25:23 EST HAPPY JULY BIRTHDAYS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26874260 July <BR> 4 ***Debra*** <BR> 5 Lotsaluvisa <BR> 6 KarBeepBeep <BR> 11 ViKKl711 <BR> 16 To_ReBoot_Char <BR> 22 Kierae <BR> <BR> Okay I've changed it up a little bit...instead of having individual parties for everyone, I'm having a monthly party! Happy birthday to all the July birthdays out there! There were several that have already happened and a few more coming up! Let's celebrate everyone who was born in July! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGyFG4QFWOs </link> <BR> ... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 07:19:38 EST JULY CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x26689137 Starting tomorrow, July 1, I challenge each one of you to at least 30 minutes of some form of exercise five days a week. That gives you two days a week to play with. The exercise can be anything you want! If you have great exercise suggestions or found an awesome exercise share it with the rest of us! Let's get moving this summer before it's too late! Fall is just around the corner!!! <BR> <BR> Come on, you can do this! Who's with me??? Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:44:05 EST new girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x26547166 hey everyone! <BR> i am new to this group! sounds just right for me... hope to make some new friends :) and get motivated! <BR> ttyls - Dawn <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:16:21 EST Happy Birthday Amy! (AmyWill Succeed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26511173 It's time for another MMM Birthday Party! It's Amy's birthday! Let's all wish Amy the happiest of birthdays! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=dePMU8R131s </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:44:15 EST Hey Y'all!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x26446709 I wanted to join this group because I need motivation in my everyday life. I can't wait to get started! Fri, 19 Jun 2009 23:03:12 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!! (SAYRAH-M) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26146677 Hooray, we have a birthday in the house! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FO7XaDs_8Y </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 23:06:48 EST Happy brithday TOKENFATGUY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26131930 I hope your birthday is as special as you are! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qGyH8tfXn0 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 11:33:05 EST Newbee who LOVES wine and Kenny Chesney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x26094233 Hi everyone! I'm Rebecca and new to SP. I think this may turn out to be the most important team for me because I need all the motivation I can get. Not to mention that wine and alot of it has helped put 40 pounds on me. I am looking forward to fun and alot of hard work, with maybe the occasional whine... <em>247</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2009 13:04:07 EST HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY ZEVKITTY (AMY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26079997 Yesterday was Amy's birthday, so let's help her celebrate a day late! Happy birthday Amy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYwzCi_p5ZM </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFh-rX_Sfhs </link> <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2009 22:13:08 EST HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY KRISTINTHIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26079749 Kristin's birthday was June 1 so let's help her celebrate again! It's never too late for birthday parties! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCO3xo1w1vk </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2009 22:03:29 EST I reached my GOAL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x26067692 I reached my goal weight today and am so HAPPY!! I wanted to share the news with all my Spark Friends. I could not have done it without all of the wonderful people right here! Thank you all SO VERY MUCH!! I continue to root on all my spark friends and am grateful for all the support and friendship shared with me. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 12:54:05 EST Please Vote For Spark Member Makeover! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x25884285 Please vote for Spark Sister Makeover! One of our Spark Sisters has a chance to win a free makeover with Clinton and Macy's! Read her story here... <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=hel<BR>p_a_successful_sparkpeople_member_win_<BR>the_makeover_of_her_dreams </link> <BR> <BR> What an inspiring story and good luck to you, Joy! <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Let help Joy get some new smaller clothes after her Spark weight loss success! Thu, 28 May 2009 15:32:01 EST Happy Birthday Leslie (Lesliedawn36) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25674039 It's Leslie's birthday so let's help her celebrate! <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cncW_TTSYU&<BR>feature=PlayList&p=301F4ECB7D2F2D4A&in<BR>dex=0&playnext=1 </link> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Tue, 19 May 2009 23:33:08 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x25587377 Hi Everyone, Been on spark since last July with a 25 pound lost but have been in a rut and slump since I have been in plateau land for the last few months...been looking for a lively team for some motivation to kick my butt in again saw Heartofchrist on the BLC 10 and saw this team on her sparkpage. Working a long day tomorrow so will jump on the coffee thread on monday..enjoy the rest of the weekend. Sat, 16 May 2009 17:06:54 EST nervous and excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25529612 Oh my I am so nervous and excited, all in one. <BR> my youngest son Nathan is Graduating on the 22, from High School..so I have been really really busy getting things ready for his open house. <BR> I havent seen his dad in about 2 years..."I was fluffy" then...LOL <BR> and his wife now is "fluffy" <BR> I can't wait for him to see the NEW ME!!!! <BR> I mean 75 pounds less then when he seen me last... <BR> hehehe... <BR> So keep me and nathan in your prayers.. <BR> I told nathan, ok you... Thu, 14 May 2009 09:47:52 EST Happy Birthday Mrsdelahr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25520723 WE have a two-fer today! It's Mrsdelahr's birthday! Woo hoo! Happy birthday!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNjsOHiBYs&<BR>feature=PlayList&p=F433A002CD019E60&pl<BR>aynext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> Wed, 13 May 2009 22:26:19 EST Happy Birthday Bines! (Binemelles) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25520008 It's Bines' birthday! Let's have a party! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvVi2iazv7s&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Wed, 13 May 2009 21:57:41 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY OAKDALE3!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25491139 Hooray! It's Oakdale3's birthday! Let's have a party! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=g247CEZ9p70 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> Tue, 12 May 2009 22:28:36 EST Happy Birthday Mandy (Manda_M ichelle) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25431153 It's time to celabrate Mandy's birtday! Happy birthday Mandy, I hope your day is awesome! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s8fo0NTIx0 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sun, 10 May 2009 20:52:23 EST Happy Mother's Day 2009! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x25408842 Happy Mother's Day 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_QWdOToACs </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>285</em> <em>88</em> <em>146</em> Sat, 9 May 2009 18:17:32 EST Happy (Late) Birthday DIETJUNKIE2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25339861 Tuesday was Elaine's birthday, so let's send out a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WE are gonna have to dance a LOT during this party because she loves to boogie! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFh-rX_Sfhs </link> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 22:59:23 EST OK I AM USING MY PANIC CARD NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x25245150 I am kind of, ok lets be honest, I am beating myself up because I went to this restaurant and I watched portions but I have now Idea on how much I really ate or the content <BR> <BR> I have not been shedding any pounds, I have been going up four pounds on the scale then down three pounds and then up four then down five. <BR> <BR> So I have been between 213-217 back and forth the past month <BR> <BR> now I have this meal, albeit it is just one meal, and I do not know how to log it and I do ... Sun, 3 May 2009 21:22:44 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILDFIRE STAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25206708 happy birthday to UUUUUUUU! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGyFG4QFWOs </link> <BR> i'm running to the kitchen to make a cake for you! Sat, 2 May 2009 08:05:22 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNETTE! (A.SELENT) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25202335 Everyone get out your sexy nurse outifts, it is time to celebrate one of our fearless leaders, Annette. Annette loves to dance, loves cross stiching and loves reading! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GBO36wkGsc </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Fri, 1 May 2009 23:03:06 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISSYDOLL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25173923 May 1 starts a whole lot of birthdays! Today is Chrissy's birthday so let's celebrate her! Woo hoo <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQuKK3uPJ2I </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:23:51 EST how to make a baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25049435 i just needed to post this because i think it's totally awesome and hilarious. <BR> oh, and totally worksafe by the way. <BR> <link>blip.tv/file/1658991/ </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:07:43 EST Old news but thought it was worth discussing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25016766 A few weeks ago I read an article about obesity and children. According to the study 1 in 4 5 year olds are considered obese. I think that's sad. Elizabeth Hasselbeck from The View "scolded" the wii for calling children obese when they weigh themselves but the reality is they very well may be. With fast food becoming dinner a few times a week and exercise almost non existant it's no wonder. <BR> It will be harder for these children to learn healthy eating habits and exercise if they aren't ex... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 11:23:27 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY STACEY!! (Stacey96Davis) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x25010447 Well I did it again. I thought I had until tomorrow but Stacey's birthday was today! Let's start our celebration for her! <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY STACEY! I HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS AS SPECIAL AS YOU ARE! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=m44z-223UYE </link> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:47:12 EST New and looking forward to this awesome team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x24721582 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team. I have been on Sparkpeople around 2 months. I love it and all the wonderful people I have talked to on it. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has helped me loss over 29 pounds so far. I still would like to lose a little over 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> I walk between 60-105 minutes most days. I am looking forward to getting motivated with all of you. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for spark buddies, because the journey is more fun with more people. <BR> <BR> Good l... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:35:38 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABNER1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24654520 We have another birthday in the house! Let's all celebrate Abner1! She loves cats, loves Flashdance, loves music, oves books, loves tv.....just an all around loving gal! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday! I hope your day is awesome! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNjsOHiBYs </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:04:59 EST Favorite Easter Songs, Jokes or Stories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24567917 I was just thinking of some of my favorite Easter songs and thought I'd put a link to them and see if anyone else has some that they would like to share. <BR> This song give me chills and I love it...He's Alive by Dolly Parton... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbRPWUHM80M&<BR>feature=PlayList&p=E2074CD1CE15E417&pl<BR>aynext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=3 </link> Thu, 9 Apr 2009 02:34:20 EST just wanted to give a shout out to my....thighs!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x24541909 I took a look in the mirror yesterday after a vigorous work out and noticed I have less cellulite in my thighs...these workouts are really working. <BR> <BR> This has been one of my goals that I have kept internalized, but I am just so excited that I have to tell the world. <BR> <BR> It looks like I will be able to wear shorts one day and feel comfortable. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 09:30:50 EST Tax Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24513523 Tax time again. Oh the horror! Let's try and make the best of it... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7UVNH73eBY </link> <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2009 11:35:59 EST I'M NEW TOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x24453485 Hi - I am new to this forum, so I guess it is time to introduce myself to you. My name is Loretta and I live in South Portland, ME with my 2 beautiful cats (Anissa - female and Patches - male). I also have 2 male parakeets (Matthew and John). Named from the Bible. I am 63 yrs young and feel it is never to late to lose weight and get healthy. I have high blood pressure, depression, thyroid problems and severe edema. My depression and thyroid problems make me very tired; so it is hard to get u... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 15:01:13 EST Happy Birthday Leslie (lesliejean43) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24446544 April 1 was Leslie's birthday! Let's celebrate and make her party special!! <BR> <BR> Leslie, I hope you day was a happy one and I hope that each year gets better and better! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AelmBI0sJ3A </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 10:24:52 EST One year on SparkPeople!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24375500 And I still weigh the same (how depressing) but have about 3% less body fat... Obviously what I'm doing isn't working. HELP! Thu, 2 Apr 2009 17:05:50 EST Newbie Desires To Be Motivated .......!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x24311278 Hello, my name is Cyndi & I'm new here & I desire to be motivated by others & my surroundings & also I desire to learn how I can get the help I need to loose weight via Spark People/pages. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 19:29:39 EST Our Annette is going Skiing!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24233745 I thought it would be fun to tease her!!! Hehe <BR> <BR> Annette, Are YOU one of these people? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJt36f4XCDM </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 14:20:04 EST GoWearFit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24167032 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to ask if anyone here have ever used a bodybugg or a GoWearFit?? it's the device that calculates the amount of calories you burn... it's what they use on the biggest loser <BR> <BR> I was thinking about getting one....to help count my the amount of calories i burn... I've read up on it on other forums...but... i'm still not sure... <BR> <BR> If you guys have one or know of someone who has one, I would really appreciate some feedback :) thanks! Thu, 26 Mar 2009 22:47:25 EST New and need lots of helppp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x24160773 Hey everyone, <BR> My name is philicia and i am new to the group. I need lots of help staying motivated. I love to walk with leslie sansone and will do good for a while and then i will step on the scale and it goes up I stop doing the workouts. Also what kind of diet or lifestyle does everyone do. I really need some help. <BR> When i get really upset i will quite everything all together even Sparkpeople. I fill as if i am a big Failure. Thanks for letting me join and lookforward to gett... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:00:04 EST HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TAFFI! (TAFODIL24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x24133387 I missed another one! I'm so sorry! Yesterday was Taffi's birthday! Let's start today and go on through the weekend. Happy birthday Taffi!!! I hope you enjoy your extra long celebration! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF1bG5LUcs </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 21:58:32 EST Hello - I am New and MY THIGHS ARE FAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x23977244 I went to try on some pants today and was disgusted when I looked in to the dressing room mirror..the irony of the whole scenario is I was buying a new pair of workout pants because my other ones are too big now. <BR> <BR> These thighs...I just felt like saying forget it, what are u doing, look at that cellulite, you are over 200 lbs, GIVE UP... <BR> <BR> So I came home and found this team...thank GOD..I did Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:11:23 EST yell at your fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23971186 I started listening to a podcast called Yell at Your Fat and at first it seemed a little silly but the more I listened the more I liked it. The woman that hosts it isn't a dietician or trainer but a person that lost 139 pounds. The lighthearted nature of the show makes it fun to listen to. I put it on before I got on the treadmill and before I knew it the show was over and 30 minutes had passed. <BR> If anyone has an ipod or access to itunes I suggest that you check it out , this podcast if f... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:39:48 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x23909554 I am new to this team. My biggest problem is lack of motivation and I thought this would be a very good team to help me with that. I start things then get discouraged when I don't see results immediatley so I give up. I want to push myself past my plateus to achieve my goal but when I come up to the first obstacle I sit down and give up.I don't really have a lot of support at home but I know that I'll find it here. <BR> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:39:12 EST I am a newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x23905590 Hi, I joined a few days ago, but I am finally introducing myself, lol! There are times I don't find the time with having 2 little ones running around the house! I am always getting motivational highs and lows. When I get lows, oh boy I get lows. Then I fall off the wagon, get upset at myself, and then it's awhile before I get back on. I am ready to lose the weight, I've been ready, it's just keeping that motivation. I have a ton of reason why I need and want to lose weight, but they can... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:43:49 EST Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23889160 Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eOlDF9BQc&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> An Irish saying... <BR> As you slide down the banister of life, <BR> May the splinters never point in the wrong direction! <BR> Haha <BR> <BR> Okay, How about this one... <BR> Dance as if no one were watching, <BR> Sing as if no one were listening, <BR> And live every day as if it were your last. <BR> <BR> Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone!!!! Everyone is Irish on St... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:55:47 EST Kristin (MetalBabe) could certainly use our prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x23756186 Hello all, I was just reading blogs this morning and one of our members is going through Chemo and has an infection from it. I am just letting everyone know that she could use some prayers to help her heal. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1874529 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the blog link in case anyone wanted to stop by. <BR> <BR> Suzy Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:16:43 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY OAKDALE3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23716698 Today we get to celebrate Oakdale3 because it's her birthday! Happy birthday, Oak! We hope you have time to stop in and celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF1bG5LUcs </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:35:11 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN! (EXPT626) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23716197 Today we get a double party! This thread is to celebrate Karen. Woo hoo! Happy birthday Karen! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJPIZ-C-9c </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:17:50 EST Spark Convention May 2, 2009! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x23677140 Wow, wait until you see this...Spark is having a convention in San Diego, Ca. <BR> It is posted a little to quickly for me to make arrangements to go but I hope that lots of people will be able to attend. Doesn't Vibrantthing live in San Diego? Mabe she will get to go and can tell those of us that don't get to attend all about it. Here is the link...it looks exciting... <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1284 </link> Tue, 10 Mar 2009 18:17:17 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLIE! (KYLIEMC8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23649618 It is time to celebrate Kylie! Woo hoo, it's her birthday! Hip hip hooray! Happy Birthday Kylie!!! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1T33bm23lY </link> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 22:07:51 EST New Spark Give-away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1154x13556x23516824 7 MILLION POUNDS have been lost by Spark members so Spark People decided a nice give-away would be a great way to celebrate. So hurry on over to this link as the sign-up deadline ends Friday evening. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about what is "Motivating You Today"! I hope one of us wins the prize, which is yoga bans! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=7_m<BR>illion_pounds_lost_were_celebrating </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 14:21:10 EST Hello I Am New On this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23412132 Hello: I am new and joined today and doing well. I am eating my lunch and made stir fry veggies which are so good and had a burger from the other day which I cooked up. <BR> I lost 5 pounds since I began SP and very happy about that. I am a Life Memeber of Weight Watchers, don't go to meetings but have been doing well. I like SP and it is very supportive. Glad to be a part of this team to get motivated even more. Take care. <BR> Cyrella <em>30</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:24:11 EST A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x23390707 A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE <BR> <BR> ...one old love she can imagine going back to <BR> <BR> ...and one who reminds her how far she has come <BR> <BR> ...enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own even if she never wants to or needs to <BR> <BR> ...something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour <BR> <BR> ...a youth she's content to leave behind <BR> <BR> ...a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it i... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 06:33:15 EST So down... =( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1153x13556x23384109 So it's a brand new month in 2009 and I'm pretty down- it seems to happen a lot. I wanted to be super fit by now... but I'm back up to 190, and it's like I don't even know how. Like overnight I wake up 10 pounds heavier, all I do is SMELL food and I gain weight. I seriously can't believe what the scale says. =( Me so sad... Why is it so gosh dang hard for me! Why can't I see myself as a girl and realize that my "normal" eating patterns actually AREN'T normal. I have to totally change the way ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 22:04:51 EST 100 Things to Do Before I Die http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23374575 Do you have anything you really, REALLY want to do before you die? Do you have a list of things you want to do? <BR> <BR> I want to go on a zip line! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcHCFrxwj7c </link> <BR> <BR> Hopefully this summer, I guess there's an awesome one at Whistler/Blackcomb, BC!! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 17:11:20 EST Bow-chicka a-wow-wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13556x23289535 I was just curious, and thought it would be fun to have a place to report back attention from the opposite sex. I would think that it has to be motivating to some degree! even if it is a whistle or a smile from a stranger, or a compliment from your significant other! no matter how small, its fun to read and share! <BR> <BR> I'll start, my fiance says my butt is looking smaller and tighter! what do you have to share? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:01:17 EST Hi from SW Ontario! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13556x23262653 <em>214</em> Hi everyone! I was looking for a nice warm place to dig for my lost motivation and it seems that I've found it here! <BR> <BR> I'm currently stuck. Stuck in the deeps of "ok" and not finding pleasure in going any further. I do all the right stuff because it's my lifestyle now, eating healthy, exercising and more. But I want to get the fun back, to rediscover the... spark that made me wanting more at some point. <BR> <BR> For example, there is a road race I really really reall... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:15:43 EST