SparkPeople People in Ontario Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1702 People from Ontario, Canada motivating and encouragng each other as we all work on becoming more healthy and fit. We're doing this together!!! SparkPeople People in Ontario Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1702 Anagram - Winter Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x72745212 Let's see how many words we can make out "Winter Solstice". <BR> <BR> A letter can only be repeated if it appears more than once in the original phrase, i.e. 't'. One word per post please. Names count as well. I'l start us off. <BR> <BR> select Tue, 3 Dec 2019 23:48:39 EST November 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72557976 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:11:57 EST November 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72557930 "Dull November brings the blast, <BR> Then the leaves are whirling fast." <BR> ~ Sara Coleridge <BR> <BR> We're entering the darkest time of the year with only two months left of 2019. DST (Daylight Savings Time) ends on this coming Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 A.M. (and we enter EST - Eastern Standard Time.) At this time, we “fall back” by setting clocks back one hour (i.e., gaining that one hour that we lost last spring). Let's make the most of what's left of the year and ... <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:05:28 EST Anagram - Trick Or Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x72518805 Let's see how many words we can make out "Trick Or Treat". <BR> <BR> A letter can only be repeated if it appears more than once in the original phrase, i.e. 't'. One word per post please. Names count as well. I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> rotate Fri, 25 Oct 2019 01:27:04 EST October 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72375735 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 23:53:06 EST October 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72375723 "October's the month <BR> When the smallest breeze <BR> Gives us a shower <BR> Of autumn leaves. <BR> Bonfires and pumpkins, <BR> Leaves sailing down - <BR> October is red <BR> And golden and brown." <BR> ~Can Teach Songs <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of 2019 so let's make the most of what's left of the year and ... <BR> <BR> Continue with our... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily that helps ... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 23:50:31 EST September 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72203729 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 31 Aug 2019 16:25:41 EST September 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72203704 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us with it arriving on Monday, September 23, 2018, at exactly 3:50 a.m. EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing ... Sat, 31 Aug 2019 16:19:35 EST August 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72022768 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:17:58 EST August 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x72022598 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! (Wow, half of summer is already over and we're now into the last half of 2019!!) <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily that helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <B... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:45:54 EST July 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71829709 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:19:00 EST July 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71829697 On a glorious July day, <BR> The meadows were ripe and filled with hay, <BR> And the purple mountains, erect and bold, <BR> Propped pyramid clouds of ruffled gold. <BR> ~A. C. Bristo <BR> <BR> Happy July!!! <BR> <BR> Continuing with (or just starting) our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily that helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve ... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:14:51 EST June 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71654561 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Fri, 31 May 2019 12:35:35 EST June 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71654543 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, beautiful June! Longer days, warmer temps and Summer arriving on Friday, the 21st, at 11:54 a.m. EDT, bringing with it hopefully good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! So, let's ... <BR> <BR> continue with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewa... Fri, 31 May 2019 12:32:30 EST Latin Chair Dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x71650205 An SP member from another team recommended this latin chair routine only 5:42 min. long. (You could repeat as often as you want depending on the exercise time desired.) <BR> <BR> Latin Chair Dance by Paul Eugene <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19WK<BR>yUxraXo </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks 1ZIPPYC! Thu, 30 May 2019 20:39:33 EST May 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71465197 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 1 May 2019 00:53:10 EST May 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71465176 "Thou art winsome, light, and gay, <BR> Smiling May." <BR> ~ George Burden <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily that helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many SparkPoints as you can ... Wed, 1 May 2019 00:50:06 EST Anagram - Peter Cottontail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x71377317 Let's see how many words we can make out "Peter Cottontail". <BR> <BR> A letter can only be repeated if it appears more than once in the original phrase, i.e. 'e'. One word per post please. Names count as well. I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> tattoo <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:13:02 EST April 2019 Trans Canada Trials Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71266088 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 30 Mar 2019 17:00:48 EST April 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71266063 "Sweet April showers <BR> Do spring May flowers." <BR> ~ Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557 <BR> <BR> "Let the rain kiss you. <BR> Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. <BR> Let the rain sing you a lullaby. <BR> The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. <BR> The rain makes running pools in the gutter. <BR> The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-- <BR> And I love the rain." <BR> ~ Langston Hughes, 1902-1967, April Rain Son... Sat, 30 Mar 2019 16:50:44 EST Anagram - Daylight Savings Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x71149510 Let's see how many words we can make out "Daylight Savings Time". <BR> <BR> A letter can only be repeated if it appears more than once in the original phrase, i.e. 's'. One word per post please. Names count as well. I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> glean <BR> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:04:28 EST March 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71079710 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 28 Feb 2019 20:04:26 EST March 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x71079680 "March bustles in on windy feet <BR> And sweeps my doorstep and my street. <BR> She washes and cleans with pounding rains, <BR> Scrubbing the earth of winter stains. <BR> She shakes the grime from carpet green <BR> Till naught but fresh new blades are seen. <BR> Then, house in order, all neat as a pin, <BR> She ushers gentle springtime in." <BR> ~ Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning <BR> <BR> Hours of daylight are getting longer, Daylight Savings will soon be upon us come March 10th and S... Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:58:55 EST February 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70901480 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:18:18 EST February 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70901374 "Freezing <BR> cold winds, <BR> biting chills, and <BR> white snow fluffed hills <BR> Valentines day, oh how gay! <BR> (Family) day is coming our way. <BR> February, sweet and small, greatest month of all." <BR> ~ Eric Lies, 28 Word Poem for February <BR> <BR> Groundhog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and it sure would be be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I won't be holding my breath. Either way it's still another 6 weeks of win... Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:00:07 EST Jigsaw Puzzles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x70900871 Pot Brushes <BR> <BR> <link>www.jigzone.com/puzzles/daily-jigsaw </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:28:18 EST Cold Trees Jigsaw Puzzle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x70894948 <link>www.jigzone.com/puzzles/C4055D4E373C </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:49:55 EST Canada's New Food Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x70844999 Today Health Canada released it's new Food Guide and the first thing that jumps out at me is there are no servings or portions mentioned. Rather the concentration seems to be earting healthy period. <BR> <BR> "The new ideal healthy meal is now shown pictorially as a single plate with half of its space taken by "plenty of vegetables and fruits"; a quarter for "protein foods" such as meat, nuts, and beans; and a quarter for "whole grain foods." <BR> <BR> There's an emphasis on eating more p... Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:45:41 EST Move, Move, Move! - 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x70694515 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 16:40:15 EST Emoticons - What's Up, Down and All Around - 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x70694499 Feelings, exercise, diet, encouragement, events, etc., whatever's applicable. <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 16:37:19 EST January 2019 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70690233 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:44:02 EST January 2019 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70690212 "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury the dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months." ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> January is seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we d... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:37:48 EST December 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70514018 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:49:51 EST December 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70513991 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight of o... Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:45:18 EST November 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70344481 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 31 Oct 2018 01:04:11 EST November 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70344472 "Dull November brings the blast, <BR> Then the leaves are whirling fast." <BR> ~ Sara Coleridge <BR> <BR> Wow, only two months left of 2018 and we're now entering the darkest time of the year. DST (Daylight Savings Time) ends on this coming Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 A.M. (and we enter EST - Eastern Standard Time.) At this time, we “fall back” by setting clocks back one hour (i.e., gaining that one hour that we lost last spring). And FYI: DST 2019 will begin on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at... Wed, 31 Oct 2018 01:01:40 EST New StartPage Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x70232354 Coach Jen announced today: <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We have a made a few changes to the new Start page based on your feedback. Most of these changes are if you switched to the SparkCoach Start page. More info on that can be found here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=sparkcoach_own_your_day_with_our_ne<BR>w_feature </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Under your username on the top left of your Start page, it now says "Edit Goals and Preferences" If you hover ove... Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:52:34 EST SparkCoach New Feature - Own Your Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x70214513 A new feature is being made available starting today - SparkCoach - not to be confused with the Premium Coaching program. <BR> <BR> "SparkCoach is designed to help you prioritize your day, reach goals in all areas of life and make changes that will be sustainable for a lifetime. Much more than just reading information, SparkCoach will lead you through an easy-to-follow, 28-day program, coaching you through the steps that will allow you to become the best version of yourself. Best of all, the... Mon, 8 Oct 2018 20:30:54 EST October 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70167927 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:16 EST October 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x70167919 "October's the month <BR> When the smallest breeze <BR> Gives us a shower <BR> Of autumn leaves. <BR> Bonfires and pumpkins, <BR> Leaves sailing down - <BR> October is red <BR> And golden and brown." <BR> ~Can Teach Songs <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of 2018 so let's make the most of what's left of the year and ... <BR> <BR> Continue with our... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily wh... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 23:58:29 EST Sweetest Bakery in Canada - Human Interest Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x70080726 Definitely not a calorie-friendly story, however .... <BR> <BR> My SIL has a cottage on the Crowe River near Campbellford, Ontario and whenever she visits us at our nearby cottage on Beaver Lake she 'always' places an order with Campbellford's bakery, Dooher's, to bring to us. I know most times bakery goods are not calorie-friendly or the best nutritional choice, but a balanced lifestyle does allow for an occasional treat and this sure fits my bill LOL. <BR> <BR> Well, understandly so, Dooh... Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:28:18 EST September 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69998373 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:38:45 EST September 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69998330 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us arriving on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at exactly 9:54 P.M. EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:28:32 EST August 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69766218 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:04:42 EST August 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69766196 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! (Hard to believe we're already in the last half of 2018!) <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:00:15 EST July 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69339664 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 30 Jun 2018 21:41:32 EST July 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69339632 On a glorious July day, <BR> The meadows were ripe and filled with hay, <BR> And the purple mountains, erect and bold, <BR> Propped pyramid clouds of ruffled gold. <BR> ~A. C. Bristo <BR> <BR> Happy July!!! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll recei... Sat, 30 Jun 2018 21:36:13 EST June 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69153146 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 31 May 2018 22:37:28 EST June 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x69153128 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, lovely June, longer hours of daylight, warmer temps and summer arriving on the 21st at 6:07 a.m. EDT, makes hopefully for the most part good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewardin... Thu, 31 May 2018 22:34:37 EST ABC Words With Double Letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x69042136 aPPle <BR> <BR> The next word starts with B and should have double letters together in it, i.e. baRRel. Sat, 12 May 2018 14:21:20 EST Upcoming SP Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68990211 A few days ago, Coach Jen advised through The Spark Blog that more changes would be forthcoming over the next few months. <BR> <BR> - As of May 15th, SparkPeople TV will no longer be available, however, all the SP-produced videos will continue to be.This change only affects the availability of SP partners' videos. <BR> - Enhancements will be made to SparkChallenges and some new features will be added to help you focus on your goals and maximize your potential for success. <BR> <BR> For mo... Thu, 3 May 2018 15:24:36 EST May 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68966537 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:15:17 EST May 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68966438 "Thou art winsome, light, and gay, <BR> Smiling May." <BR> ~ George Burden <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many SparkPoints as you can... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 23:52:56 EST April 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68786209 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 01:37:06 EST April 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68786202 "Sweet April showers <BR> Do spring May flowers." <BR> ~ Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557 <BR> <BR> "Let the rain kiss you. <BR> Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. <BR> Let the rain sing you a lullaby. <BR> The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. <BR> The rain makes running pools in the gutter. <BR> The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-- <BR> And I love the rain." <BR> ~ Langston Hughes, 1902-1967, April Rain Son... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 01:32:23 EST March 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68598698 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:53:00 EST March 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68598684 "March bustles in on windy feet <BR> And sweeps my doorstep and my street. <BR> She washes and cleans with pounding rains, <BR> Scrubbing the earth of winter stains. <BR> She shakes the grime from carpet green <BR> Till naught but fresh new blades are seen. <BR> Then, house in order, all neat as a pin, <BR> She ushers gentle springtime in." <BR> ~ Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning <BR> <BR> Hours of daylight are getting longer, Daylight Savings will soon be upon us come March 11th and Spring ar... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:48:58 EST Positive Affirmations /Self-Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68438160 Words and thoughts have Power. What we think and say to ourselves is what we become. <BR> <BR> Please share any 'positive' affirmations and self-talk that inspire and work for you. <BR> <BR> I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> "I never wait for someone else to lift me up, set my course, or get me moving. I know that my success is up to me. What I believe, is what I achieve. And every day I choose to believe in the best and create my success." ~Dr. Shad Helmstetter <BR> <BR> "I take the time to a... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 12:08:53 EST February 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68404747 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:31:36 EST February 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68404705 "Freezing <BR> cold winds, <BR> biting chills, and <BR> white snow fluffed hills <BR> Valentines day, oh how gay! <BR> (Family) day is coming our way. <BR> February, sweet and small, greatest month of all." <BR> ~ Eric Lies, 28 Word Poem for February <BR> <BR> Groundhog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and it sure would be be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I won't be holding my breath. Either way it's still another 6 weeks of win... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:25:17 EST A - Z Names - Both Male & Female http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x68340227 Choose a male and female or female and male name following the A to Z pattern. <BR> <BR> I'll start us off <BR> <BR> Andrea/Arnold <BR> <BR> Next up should be B names - both male and female. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:32:58 EST New SparkChallenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68314680 SparkCoach Jen announced today: <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce the launch of SparkChallenges, a new feature designed to make consistency and small goals fun. You can read more about it here: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo<BR>g.asp?post=sparkpeople_challenges_fun_<BR>for_personal_goals_or_with_friends </link> <BR> <BR> You can access SparkChallenges by clicking on Challenges at the top of any page. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coac... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:15:38 EST Spark Trivia - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x68202381 Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in a few minutes each day! <BR> <BR> You'll earn 3 SparkPoints once you correctly answer 3 questions in a day. You can have as many tries as you want, but once you answer 3 questions correctly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for more opportunities to try again. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:58:10 EST Hug A Day - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x68202358 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d67ae776-299f-4686-9d6d-413d4237a3ca.gif"> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:54:56 EST Hi/Bye - I Stopped By Today - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x68202348 <em>408</em> <em>213</em> <em>408</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:53:32 EST January 2018 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68201653 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:33:07 EST January 2018 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68201619 "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury the dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months." ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> January is seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we d... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:23:37 EST Move, Move, Move - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68201297 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:21:50 EST Emoticons - What's Up, Down and Around - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68201287 Feelings, exercise, diet, encouragement, events, etc., whatever's applicable. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:18:50 EST SparkWheel Points - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68201260 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:10:39 EST Team Chat - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68201242 Stop by whenever you can and let us know how/what you're doing! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:08:29 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x68201209 Please share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational or make us pause for thought! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:01:26 EST What's Your Elf Name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x68061141 If you were an elf, what would your name be? Find out with the elf name generator at the following link: <BR> <BR> <link>mix108.com/if-you-were-an-elf-what-w<BR>ould-your-name-be-find-out-now/ </link> <BR> <BR> Mine is: Gingerbread Floppy Feet <BR> <BR> Post what yours is. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 00:49:38 EST December 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68022161 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:03:53 EST December 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x68022095 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:28 am EST. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight o... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:48:19 EST November 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67826845 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:15:14 EST November 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67826824 "Dull November brings the blast, <BR> Then the leaves are whirling fast." <BR> ~ Sara Coleridge <BR> <BR> Well, that went by fast, didn't it!! Only two months left of 2017 and we're now entering the darkest time of the year. DST (Daylight Savings Time) ends on this Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 A.M. (and we enter EST - Eastern Standard Time.) At this time, we “fall back” by setting clocks back one hour (i.e., gaining that one hour that we lost last spring). And FYI: DST 2018 will begin on... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:11:57 EST Loosing more weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x67792029 What do you finds helps you to loose the most weight in one week? Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:42:12 EST Thanksgiving Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x67669192 What's the most musical part of a turkey? <BR> The drumstick <BR> <BR> If fruit comes from a fruit tree, where does turkey come from? <BR> A poul-tree <BR> <BR> What happened when the turkey got into a fight? <BR> He got the stuffing knocked out of him <BR> <BR> When is turkey soup bad for your health? <BR> When you’re the turkey <BR> <BR> What would you get if you crossed a turkey with an evil spirit? <BR> A poultrygeist <BR> <BR> What are unhappy cranberries called? <BR> Blueberries... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:11:01 EST October 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67633398 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 01:10:31 EST October 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67633382 "October's the month <BR> When the smallest breeze <BR> Gives us a shower <BR> Of autumn leaves. <BR> Bonfires and pumpkins, <BR> Leaves sailing down - <BR> October is red <BR> And golden and brown." <BR> ~Can Teach Songs <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of the year so let's make the most of what's left in 2017 and continue with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps kee... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 01:02:38 EST End 2 End Place Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x67548401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b427441-d5c0-4d18-ae66-c54b2b114fa2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since we had a new game so let's give this one a try. <BR> <BR> Name a place that starts with the last letter of the name before. For example, if I say Tamworth you could then say Halton, then the next place named could be Newburgh and so on.. Let's see how many we can come up with. <BR> <BR> I'll start with OrilliA. (Next place named must start with an A.) Sat, 16 Sep 2017 19:41:02 EST September 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67448122 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us arriving on Friday, September 22nd at 4:02 p.m. EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing with our... <BR> <BR... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:51:41 EST September 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67447918 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:14:04 EST August 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67268933 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:24:43 EST August 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67268898 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! (Hard to believe there's only 5 months left in the year!) <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:18:03 EST Team Bonus Points Are Back!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x67120735 SparkGuy announced today <BR> <BR> "Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> If you haven't seen this yet, the SparkTeam bonus points are back! They now have their own page here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/s a_team_bonus_points.asp </link> <BR> <BR> The link to this page is on the SparkPoints main page in the Community section. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support! <BR> <BR> Chris" <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 22:11:29 EST July 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67084807 On a glorious July day, <BR> The meadows were ripe and filled with hay, <BR> And the purple mountains, erect and bold, <BR> Propped pyramid clouds of ruffled gold. <BR> ~A. C. Bristo <BR> <BR> Happy July!!! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll recei... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 00:17:22 EST July 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x67084747 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 00:01:15 EST June 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66906937 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 31 May 2017 12:14:48 EST June 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66906889 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, lovely June, longer days, warmer temps and summer arriving on the 21st at 12:24 a.m. EDT, makes for the most part good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the ha... Wed, 31 May 2017 12:05:14 EST Ontario Girl.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1702x66768174 Hi All! :) <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. I am a Canadian. Graduated from College in 2015 in Digital Photography. I currently live in St. Catharines, Ontario. :) <BR> <BR> Why I am here? Well. To lose weight and make friends along the way. I am looking for a place that I can hang out .. to get my mind off of eating. I do not have very much support at home... so this will be my home for awhile. I hope. :) <BR> <BR> So..that is me. If you want to be friends... feel free to add me and I will a... Sun, 7 May 2017 18:54:38 EST May 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66719458 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:34:17 EST May 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66719441 "Thou art winsome, light, and gay, <BR> Smiling May." <BR> ~ George Burden <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many SparkPoints as you can... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:30:34 EST 10 Secrets To My 210 LB. Weight Loss by ~INDYGIRL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x66529436 Just came across an article in the Huffington Post by long-time SP member ~INDYGIRL published on 09/01/2016 which if you haven't seen it is worth reading. <BR> <BR> Ten Secrets To My 210 Pound Weight Loss by Beth Donovan <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ten-sec<BR>rets-to-my-200-pound-weight-loss-by-be<BR>th-donovan_us_57c81ba9e4b07addc4115700 </link> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:05:19 EST April 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66522660 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:17:26 EST April 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66522618 "Sweet April showers <BR> Do spring May flowers." <BR> ~ Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557 <BR> <BR> "Let the rain kiss you. <BR> Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. <BR> Let the rain sing you a lullaby. <BR> The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. <BR> The rain makes running pools in the gutter. <BR> The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-- <BR> And I love the rain." <BR> ~ Langston Hughes, 1902-1967, April Rain Son... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:13:23 EST A-Z 5 Letter Words with NO Repeating Letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x66516637 after Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:41:22 EST New Feature - Community Goal Feed & New StartPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x66376752 Coach Jen &amp; SparkGuy both gave us a heads-up on a new feature and new StartPage being launched in the next day of two. <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (t... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:49:39 EST March 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66324471 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:03:16 EST March 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66324429 "March bustles in on windy feet <BR> And sweeps my doorstep and my street. <BR> She washes and cleans with pounding rains, <BR> Scrubbing the earth of winter stains. <BR> She shakes the grime from carpet green <BR> Till naught but fresh new blades are seen. <BR> Then, house in order, all neat as a pin, <BR> She ushers gentle springtime in." <BR> ~ Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning <BR> <BR> Hours of daylight are getting longer, Daylight Savings will soon be upon us come March 12th and Spring ar... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:57:46 EST February 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66135332 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:53:16 EST February 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x66135296 "Freezing <BR> cold winds, <BR> biting chills, and <BR> white snow fluffed hills <BR> Valentines day, oh how gay! <BR> (Family) day is coming our way. <BR> February, sweet and small, greatest month of all." <BR> ~ Eric Lies, 28 Word Poem for February <BR> <BR> Groundhog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and it sure would be be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I won't be holding my breath. Either way it's still another 6 weeks of win... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:48:56 EST Spark Trivia - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x65911391 3/3 Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:48:54 EST Emoticon - How Are You Feeling Today - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x65911042 <em>408</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:55:38 EST Hi/Bye I Stopped By Today - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x65901772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4683a573-46b8-4bf8-84a9-8570d50bf820.jpg"> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:09:36 EST Hug A Day - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x65901753 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d67ae776-299f-4686-9d6d-413d4237a3ca.gif"> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:06:37 EST Move, Move, Move - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65901725 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:02:48 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x65901708 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:58:33 EST SparkWheel Points - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x65901689 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:55:22 EST Team Chat - 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x65901677 Stop by whenever you can and let us know how you're doing! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:53:36 EST January 2017 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65896193 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:28:11 EST January 2017 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65896165 "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury the dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months." ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhh January, seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:23:09 EST December 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65709814 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:55 EST December 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65709782 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving at 5:44 a.m.. EST on the 21st. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight of our healthy lif... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:23:57 EST November 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65506472 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:44:55 EST November 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65506461 "Dull November brings the blast, <BR> Then the leaves are whirling fast." <BR> ~ Sara Coleridge <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many Spar... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:42:26 EST October 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65290983 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:16:57 EST October 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65290960 "October's the month <BR> When the smallest breeze <BR> Gives us a shower <BR> Of autumn leaves. <BR> Bonfires and pumpkins, <BR> Leaves sailing down - <BR> October is red <BR> And golden and brown." <BR> ~Can Teach Songs <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of the year so let's make the most of what's left in 2016 and continue with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps kee... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:11:56 EST Gentle Chair Yoga Routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x65098524 Found a few chair yoga routines on youtube that are quite good. <BR> <BR> Chair Yoga Flow for All Levels <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VLw2<BR>sjvuNU </link> <BR> <BR> Gentle Chair Yoga Routine <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEjiX<BR>tb2hRg </link> <BR> <BR> Actively Aging with Energizing Chair Yoga - Seniors Get Moving <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ST1<BR>j9PfrA </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:34:46 EST September 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65086687 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:29:20 EST September 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x65086626 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us arriving on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:21 am EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <B... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:17:40 EST Say Hello to "Spark Premium" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x64892964 Today, SP launched their newest tool to help us reach our goals: SparkPeople Premium. SparkPeople Premium is an optional, paid upgrade to your SparkPeople account that will give you enhanced tools and support in addition to those you already get for free now. <BR> <BR> Note: This new option will change nothing about the current site, which will continue to remain completely free. It's just an additional option for those of us looking for more from our SparkPeople experience. <BR> <BR> Her... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:34:25 EST August 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64858091 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:54:46 EST August 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64858042 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! (Wow, we're into the last half of the year already!!) <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 5... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:45:29 EST Too big clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x64783079 Hi everyone, <BR> over the past year I've lost 94lbs (so close to 100!), tracked with the spark people phone app but that won't let me log into the website - weird!. <BR> Anywhoo, I have a bunch of too bog now clothes so, in case anyone is on their way to where they wanna be sized (XL-24ish) and around Toronto, I figured I'd post to see if anyone was interested. Theres lots of suit/work type clothes Some labels Michael Kors, Jeanne Beker, Jesica Simpson, Lane Bryant - Work, Suits, Casual, Fo... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:15:47 EST July 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64658909 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:58:28 EST July 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64658857 On a glorious July day, <BR> The meadows were ripe and filled with hay, <BR> And the purple mountains, erect and bold, <BR> Propped pyramid clouds of ruffled gold. <BR> ~A. C. Bristo <BR> <BR> Happy July!!! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll recei... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:52:12 EST ERROR: Please ignore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1702x64658801 Sorry, wrong forum. Please go to Challenges Forum. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:48:44 EST June 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64459476 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:38:06 EST June 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64459424 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, lovely June, longer days, warmer temps and summer arriving on the 20th at 6:34 a.m. EDT, makes for the most part good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the har... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:24:35 EST New to People in Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1702x64341637 Please delete me! Sat, 14 May 2016 12:30:55 EST May 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64242870 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:50:59 EST May 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64242833 "Thou art winsome, light, and gay, <BR> Smiling May." <BR> ~ George Burden <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many SparkPoints as you can ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:42:57 EST What Kind Of Bird Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x64195168 Are you a wise owl? Perhaps a chatty parrot, or a proud peacock? Come and learn what kind of bird you are, according to your personality, and share the result. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=20462 </link> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:32:09 EST April 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64021338 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:08:14 EST April 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x64021296 "Let the rain kiss you. <BR> Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. <BR> Let the rain sing you a lullaby. <BR> The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. <BR> The rain makes running pools in the gutter. <BR> The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-- <BR> And I love the rain." <BR> ~ Langston Hughes, 1902-1967, April Rain Song <BR> <BR> "Sweet April showers <BR> Do spring May flowers." <BR> ~ Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557 <BR> ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:03:15 EST Sharing Canadian Food Nutrition Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x63831615 I've been thinking about this for a while and trying to figure out the easiest way to do it here, or if it is even possible - a place here in our team forum to share the nutrition information for Canadian foods that would make it easier to track. I know that when you search for a food on the nutrition tracker it will show you member entered items but they could be from anywhere. What I was thinking of was having a thread here that we could all use that, hopefully, might save some time and fr... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 10:08:10 EST March 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63789670 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:27:51 EST March 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63789600 "The March wind roars <BR> Like a lion in the sky, <BR> And makes us shiver <BR> As he passes by. <BR> <BR> When winds are soft, <BR> And the days are warm and clear, <BR> Just like a gentle lamb, <BR> Then spring is here." <BR> ~ Author Unknown <BR> <BR> It's been a fairly easy winter for most of us, but nevertheless I'm sure we'll all be happy to see Spring's arrival at 12:30 a.m. the 20th. Spring represents a time for new beginnings and fresh starts, and is a great time for us ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:19:26 EST What Is Your Animal Personality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x63696198 Are you curious to discover what your animal personality is? Are you a wise owl, a loyal dog or maybe, an independent cat? Take this fun short quiz and find out and then let us know. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=19480 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a Sweet Bear! <BR> <BR> You are a very warm and loving person. You love to enjoy quality time with your friends and family, venture out and laugh at every opportunity. You have a big heart, you love to help, and people a... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:48:56 EST February 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63566672 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:24:54 EST February 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63566367 "Away in a meadow all covered with snow <BR> The little old groundhog looks for his shadow <BR> The clouds in the sky determine our fate <BR> If winter will leave us all early or late." <BR> ~ Don Halley <BR> <BR> Groundhog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and it sure would be be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I won't be holding my breath. Either way it's still another 6 weeks of winter by the calendar. The good thing, however, is that t... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:39:33 EST Two New SP Enhancements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63486889 Yesterday Coach announced that SP had launched two small enhancements. <BR> <BR> 1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a “Quick Entry.” This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food. <BR> <BR> Go to your My Nutrition page <BR> Look for the What did you eat? search box <BR> To the right, you will see a hyperlink under the Enter food not listed that reads "Add Quick Entry" <BR> <BR> 2. SP used to let ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:17:57 EST Anagram - Winter Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x63464743 We're not quite at the halfway point of winter so we might as well enjoy it! Let's see how many words we can make out "Winter Wonderland". <BR> <BR> A letter can only be repeated if it appears more than once in the original phrase, i.e. p. One word per post please. Names count as well. I'll start us off. <BR> <BR> twine Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:58:37 EST Emoticon - How Are You Feeling Today - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63309100 <em>411</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:52:56 EST Spark Trivia - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x63304951 3/3 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:25:54 EST Hug A Day - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x63304941 <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:24:50 EST Hi/Bye I Stopped By Today - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x63304934 <em>213</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:23:56 EST January 2016 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63304889 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:14:47 EST January 2016 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63304838 "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury the dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months." ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhh January, seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:06:56 EST Move, Move, Move - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63304745 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:53:38 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63304738 Feel free to share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational and/or make us pause for thought! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:36 EST SparkWheel Points - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63304722 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:49:07 EST Team Chat - 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63304719 Stop by whenever you can and let us know how you're doing! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:47:11 EST The Biggest Loser - Season 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x63104931 Yes, it's back. <BR> <BR> Season 17 returns with a 2-hour show on Jan. 4th, 2016 at 9:00 p.m (actual filming started in Sept.) with some new changes. Allison Sweeney won't be back and Bob Harper takes over hosting the show promising "It's going to be a completely different show – completely different." Bob will also "offer his training expertise to contestants at various points throughout the season," but he'll also be guiding them "through all weigh-ins, challenges, and temptations." ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 08:37:39 EST December 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63094106 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:03:04 EST December 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x63094079 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving at 11:49 p.m. EST on the 21st. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight of our healthy lif... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:59:18 EST November 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62873640 "The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. <BR> The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July." <BR> ~ Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll recei... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:40:17 EST November 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62873595 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:35:05 EST October 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62631070 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:55:20 EST October 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62631027 "October's the month <BR> When the smallest breeze <BR> Gives us a shower <BR> Of autumn leaves. <BR> Bonfires and pumpkins, <BR> Leaves sailing down - <BR> October is red <BR> And golden and brown." <BR> ~Can Teach Songs <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of the year so let's make the most of what's left in 2015 and continue with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us moti... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:50:02 EST Cold or Flu?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x62540119 With Fall's arrival just around the corner, it's a good time to be reminded about cold and flu prevention, symptoms and treatment. <BR> <BR> SP has some wonderful articles to do just that. See <BR> <BR> Is It a Cold or the Flu? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=959 </link> <BR> (Really like how the charts make it simply to discern whether it's the cold or the flu!) <BR> <BR> 7 Tips For Avoiding the Cold and Flu <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:03:22 EST September 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62390144 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:55:31 EST September 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62390078 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us arriving on Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:22 a.m. EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR>... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:47:09 EST SP's New Challenges & Redesigned Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x62350244 SP has announced the rollout of their new member Challenges feature which is available from both your Start page and the Challenge Central dropdown in the Community header. <BR> <BR> Go to Challenge Central at <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/challeng<BR>e.asp </link> to see the new Challenge format that includes the daily and weekly guidance when working to a particular goal as well as a new easier-to-use interface plus new features like a Team Wall. There are currently 10 challenges ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:18:26 EST SparkPeople Mobile: New Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x62234987 SP has launched its newest update to its free Mobile app. It is now available for download at either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and this version is easier to use than ever before. <BR> <BR> For the announcement, go to: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=get_the_new_sparkpeople_mobile_app_<BR>today&utm_source=weeklyspark&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_campaign=Aug11 </link> <BR> <BR> Highlights are: <BR> - You can get the powerful fitness and diet tools tha... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:43:40 EST August 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62145062 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:52:39 EST August 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x62145040 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll r... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:49:01 EST July 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61895277 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:35:58 EST July 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61895215 On a glorious July day, <BR> The meadows were ripe and filled with hay, <BR> And the purple mountains, erect and bold, <BR> Propped pyramid clouds of ruffled gold. <BR> ~A. C. Bristo <BR> <BR> Happy July!!! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:27:07 EST The Right Amount of Sleep - At Least 7 Hrs./Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x61808068 Are you getting enough sleep? Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with heart attacks, stroke, obesity and diabetes: <BR> <BR> "The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest physician-based organization for sleep medicine, recently put out their first recommendations for what is the right amount of sleep. It advises that adults get at least seven hours every night based on research on the link between inadequate sleep and a number of poor health outcomes." <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:30:02 EST What Kind Of Flower Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x61686836 Every flower has a different beauty. Some are fragile, some are bold, some only flourish under certain conditions and some are hardy enough to grow just about anywhere. Take our quiz and get your answer - which of these flowers does your personality match the best? <BR> Let's Play! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content_15407/What<BR>_kind_of_flower_are_you.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a lily. (Not one of my favs LOL.) Sat, 6 Jun 2015 02:33:00 EST June 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61639191 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 31 May 2015 23:11:50 EST June 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61639108 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, lovely June, longer days, warmer temps and summer arriving on the 21st at 12:38 p.m. EDT, makes for the most part good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the ha... Sun, 31 May 2015 23:01:51 EST Banish Back Pain With These 6 Stretches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x61611163 Low back pain can have many causes, including tight or weak back, ab or core muscles, muscle sprains or strains, or a herniated disc. This stretching program can help reduce back pain and help prevent back injuries. <BR> <BR> Pictorial demos with easy to follow instructions. See: <BR> <BR> <link>sportsmedicine.about.com/od/flexibil<BR>ityandstretching/ss/backstretch.htm?ut<BR>m_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_te<BR>rm=Health%20Tip%20of%20the%20Day&utm_c<BR>ampaign=health_tod&utm_conten... Thu, 28 May 2015 17:38:25 EST The Mind Diet: Eating for the Health of Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x61602325 Can a 'Brain Diet' Prevent the Onset of Alzheimer's? <BR> <BR> New research suggests what you eat can affect your thinking skills and slow down or speed up the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe that nutrition can play a role in preventing the brain from shrinking as people age. <BR> <BR> The Mind Diet is a combo of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet. See the link below for more details. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=15659&memberid=9... Wed, 27 May 2015 16:58:40 EST Travels in Small Town Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x61593850 Team member COEURAIMANT (Alicia) since the beginning of May has been taking day trips once a week with her DH to different towns in Southern Ontario. She has been blogging about these trips re what they found along with photos and videos. They are very well written and quite interesting and I'm sure many of you will be interested in seeing them. Here are links to her blogs with links to her website. <BR> <BR> St. Mary's <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.... Tue, 26 May 2015 18:28:25 EST Stroke - Know The Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x61589765 Strokes can happen to anyone, they don't just happen to the middle-aged or elderly! <BR> <BR> "Doctors say more people would survive strokes if we all recognized the symptoms. A simple mnemonic can help save lives: FAST. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7730e79-64a6-4293-b431-eaa78d3476fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The "F" is for face: stroke will often cause one side of the face to weaken and droop. <BR> <BR> The "A" is for arm: one arm may become weak and the person ma... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:36:59 EST What Kind of Dog Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x61454545 There are literally hundreds of types of dogs. From the tiny Chihuahua to the Great Dane, every dog breed has its own temperament, its own likes and dislikes - and its own set of skills and challenges. Humans are not that different, we all have our temperament, shortcomings and advantages. So what dog breed would you, if you suddenly grew two more legs and a tail? Take our quiz and find out! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?email<BR>id=15447&memberid=913728 </link> Sun, 10 May 2015 20:52:53 EST More Ways To Earn SparkPoints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x61421579 Today Coach Jen announced: <BR> <BR> "Today we added the ability to receive SparkPoints for liking friend feed items, team wall posts, and blogs. This is a new SparkPoints task listed under the community section of Daily SparkPoint Challenges. You can receive 1 point per like, up to 5 per day. <BR> <BR> We also added SparkPoints for commenting on someone’s team wall post. These points feed into the existing Post to SparkTeam and Message Boards challenge also under Community in Daily SparkP... Wed, 6 May 2015 22:14:31 EST May 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61366730 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:31:33 EST May 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61366667 "Thou art winsome, light, and gay, <BR> Smiling May." <BR> ~ George Burden <BR> <BR> Continuing with our ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as many SparkPoints as you can... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:24:43 EST April 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61089981 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:49:02 EST April 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x61089897 And Spring arose on the garden fair, <BR> Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; <BR> And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast <BR> rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. <BR> ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" <BR> <BR> Wow, 1/3 of 2015 is already behind us! Springtime is here with (hopefully) brighter days, warmer temps and longer hours of daylight which should = more time for outdoor exercising. And more exercising means more Sparkpoints = more pennies for our j... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:41:05 EST Anagram - Happy St. Patrick's Day (2015) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x60921193 <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> St. Paddy's Day is almost upon us so let's see how many words we can make out "Happy St. Patrick's Day" - perhaps a little difficult without a... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:12:52 EST March 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60798376 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. *See below.* <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:23:21 EST March 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60798359 "The March wind roars <BR> Like a lion in the sky, <BR> And makes us shiver <BR> As he passes by. <BR> <BR> When winds are soft, <BR> And the days are warm and clear, <BR> Just like a gentle lamb, <BR> Then spring is here." <BR> ~ Author Unknown <BR> <BR> It's been a snowy and record-breaking cold winter so I'm assuming most of us will be happy to say goodbye to old man winter come the 20th when Spring starts at 6:45 p.m. EDT. Spring represents a time for new beginnings and fresh s... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:17:17 EST New Fun Feature: Upload Images to Message Boards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60777963 Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:22:55 EST February 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60521621 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:40:12 EST February 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60521381 "Freezing <BR> cold winds, <BR> biting chills, and <BR> white snow fluffed hills <BR> Valentines day, oh how gay! <BR> (Family) day is coming our way. <BR> February, sweet and small, greatest month of all." <BR> ~ Eric Lies, 28 Word Poem for February <BR> <BR> Groundhog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and it sure would be be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I won't be holding my breath. Either way it's still another 6 weeks of win... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:23:41 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60178217 A new and easy challenge to start the New Year off with! <BR> <BR> Welcome to 2015—a brand new year full of possibilities! Now is the perfect time to kick off a challenge to help you get on your way to your healthiest, fittest self yet: The 30-Day Small Changes Challenge. Start the New Year off right with a month of healthy (and realistic) challenges to help you look and feel your best all year long! <BR> <BR> See <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=kickstart_2015_with_a_30d... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:33:24 EST 2015 - Spark Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x60171394 Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in just a few minutes each day by playing SP's Trvia game. (Go to your My SparkPoints page and under Daily SparkPoint Challenges you'll find the link "Play Trivia".) <BR> <BR> You'll earn 3 SparkPoints once you correctly answer 3 questions in a day. You can have as many tries as you want, but once you answer 3 questions correctly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for more opportunities to try again. And then come by and let us know how... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:17:27 EST 2015 - Hug A Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x60171383 <em>247</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:15:44 EST 2015 ... Hi/Bye I Stopped By Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x60171373 <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:14:14 EST 2015 - Emoticon To Show How It's Going Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60171200 Stop by daily and let us know how it's going via an emoticon. <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:45:29 EST 2015 Let's Move!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60171170 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:41:17 EST January 2015 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60171112 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:33:46 EST January 2015 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x60171066 "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." <BR> ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce <BR> <BR> Ahhh January, seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Spa... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:27:24 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot - 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60170783 Please share any quotes that are motivational, inspirational or make us pause for thought! <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:45:20 EST Team Chat - 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60170735 Stop by whenever you can and let us know what's happening and how you're doing! <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:38:43 EST SparkWheel Points - 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60170722 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:37:29 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1702x60118164 Hello, my name is Carol and I currently live in Woodstock, ON, although I spent many years in Ottawa before I retired. Currently DH and I are in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas 'cause I don't love winter. <BR> <BR> I joined the Spark in June of 2014 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My goals are to get healthy by shedding the weight and getting active. I would like to get off all my meds (Diabetes, HBP, Cholesterol) and believe that it can be done. <BR> <BR> I just discovered this ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:55:37 EST New Enhancements to SparkStreaks & Status Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x60042948 SP announced today new enhancements to SparkStreaks, as well as the ability to now post a picture with your Status Updates on your SparkPage. For more details see: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streak<BR>s_and_photos_with_status_updates </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:45:54 EST Happy Birthday to our December Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x59905801 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our December Babies!!! <BR> <BR> LEANJEAN6 - Dec. 16 <BR> GPGIRL - Dec. 23 <BR> KIKIOB3 - Dec. 28 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Turquoise <BR> Flower: Paper White Narcissus, Holly or Poinsettia <BR> <BR> Astrological Signs: <BR> Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 (Phi... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:30:58 EST December 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59899745 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:15:10 EST December 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59899697 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving at 6:03 p.m. EST on the 21st. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight of our healthy life... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:08:36 EST Mobile Chat Now Available! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x59665856 Coach Jen announced today, <BR> <BR> "Hi everyone <BR> <BR> When we launched our redesigned apps a few months ago, we added a mobile chat forum so that members could ask questions and get support through the app. Until now, the mobile chat forums were only available through the app. <BR> <BR> We decided to change that so now members can post in these mobile chat forums either through the site or through the app. <BR> <BR> - The mobile chat forums are now at the bottom of the main messa... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:34:53 EST What Is Your Animal Personality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x59646444 What is your animal personality? Are you a wise owl, a loyal dog, or an independant cat or something else? Take this great short quiz and find out! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email<BR>id=12753&memberid=913728 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm a ... <BR> <BR> "a sweet bear! <BR> <BR> You are a very warm and loving person. You love to enjoy quality time with your friends and family, venture out and laugh at every opportunity. You have a big heart, you love to help, and people ar... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 23:58:15 EST Happy Birthday to our November Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x59646273 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our November Babies!!! <BR> <BR> IRENEHARPS - Nov. 17 <BR> CSTRUB - Nov. 17 <BR> SINGERSTINA01 - Nov. 23 <BR> MERETONI - Nov. 25 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Gemstone: Topaz <BR> Flower: Chrysanthemum <BR> <BR> Scorpio - October 23 - November 21 (Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, U... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 23:34:55 EST November 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59618006 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:17:35 EST November 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59617955 "The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. <BR> The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July." <BR> ~ Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:12:04 EST October 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59311661 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:02:18 EST October 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59311144 "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne <BR> <BR> Yikes, we're already into the last quarter of the year so let's make the most of what's left in 2014 and continue with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:20:36 EST Happy Birthday to our September Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x59080756 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our September Babies!!! <BR> <BR> QUENNEVILLE - Sept. 8 <BR> CEILIE2 - Sept. 13 <BR> TRVLMOM - Sept. 13 <BR> DULCIE68 - Sept. 17 <BR> TRICIA36 - Sept. 24 <BR> ASHPATCH1 - Sept. 27 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Gemstone: Sapphire <BR> September Flower: Morning Glory <BR> <BR> Virgo -... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:23:27 EST Labour Day to Victoria Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x59021717 OK Labour Day has been and gone, how are you going to keep going with your fitness goals until Victoria Day? <BR> <BR> For me, I'll ride and swim outdoors until its no longer bearable or until daylight hours run out. Then sadly, back to treadmill and spin bike in gym, plus weights and videos plus outdoor walks. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:51:20 EST September 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59004326 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:35:47 EST September 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x59004267 "By all these lovely tokens <BR> September days are here, <BR> With summer’s best of weather <BR> And autumn’s best of cheer." <BR> ~ Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885 <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is soon to be upon us arriving on Monday, September 22nd at 10:29 p.m. EDT. <BR> <BR> “It is the summer's great last heat, <BR> It is the fall's first chill: They meet.” <BR> ~ Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR>... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:30:04 EST Preview of Message Board Design Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58910430 Here's a preview to design changes to the Message Boards that will take place early next week. <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ay-<BR>8kIf6c&feature=youtu.be </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:15:40 EST New SP App for Phones: The Nutrition Lookup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58828419 SP announced on Aug. 11/14 that <BR> <BR> In response to members requests, SP has developed a new free app for phones - The SparkPeople Nutrition Lookup App <BR> found at <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mobile-apps.asp </link> <BR> <BR> It's a simple app that can pull up nutrition information for any food, without SP's food tracker component - a streamlined, one-use app that won't take up much space on your phone, but still gives access SparkPeople's extensive food database to deliver quick n... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:38:57 EST Big Changes To SP Articles & Resource Pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58828102 SP announced yesterday: <BR> <BR> "Hi, everyone! We'd like to make a quick announcement about some changes we made to a few SparkPeople features today. Hopefully you're loving the new look and feel of the site! Here is what we changed and what you can expect: <BR> • Streamlined Articles and Resource Center Pages. We gave our Article and other Resource Center pages an upgrade. You’ll find bigger images, a cleaner format, and some other small design adjustments on these pages. <BR> • Get Spark... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:09:45 EST Happy Birthday to our August Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58701200 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our August Babies!!! <BR> <BR> GLASSYBARB - Aug. 14 <BR> LINZWEG - Aug. 16 <BR> GREYSKIES83 - Aug. 30 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Peridot <BR> Flower: Glaiolus <BR> <BR> Leo (July 21 - August 22) <BR> Virgo (August 23 - September 22) <BR> <BR> <link>www.popc... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:48 EST August 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58700815 "Fairest of the months! <BR> Ripe summer's queen <BR> The hey-day of the year <BR> With robes that gleam with sunny sheen <BR> Sweet August doth appear." <BR> ~ R. Combe Miller <BR> <BR> Happy August Everyone! <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll recei... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:26:11 EST August 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58700710 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:17:01 EST New from Trenton, Ontario! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1702x58459471 Hi! <BR> Im new to the site and brand new to this group so I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. <BR> I live in Trenton Ontario, I'm 30 and a mom of 2 beautiful girls (ages 12 and 6) and I work from home. <BR> I have a TON of weight to lose and I am on here looking for motivation and to connect with others in similar situations!! <BR> Good luck everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this!! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:35:13 EST Happy Birthday to our July Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58437989 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our July Babies!!! <BR> <BR> ATIRAGRAM - July 5 <BR> MITZY7 - July 15 <BR> TESTYCATLADYP - July 15 <BR> SPARKYCARLEY - July 22 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Ruby <BR> Flower: Water Lily or Larkspur <BR> <BR> Cancer (June 21 - July 20) <BR> Leo ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:37:04 EST July 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58389072 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:07:52 EST July 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58388989 "The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me." <BR> ~ James Russell Lowell <BR> <BR> Happy July Everyone! <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recogniti... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:57:53 EST SP's SuperSav ings.com Shutting Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58336760 Coach Jen advised today that SP will be shutting down SparkSavings (www.sparksavings.com) at the end of this month. <BR> <BR> Apparently the site didn't get enough traffic to justify continuing with it, so they are moving all of the relevant and helpful content from that site over to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> If anyone goes to www.sparksavings.com after 6/30, they will be re-directed to SparkPeople. <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:50:21 EST The Biggest Loser Season 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58336629 The next BL doesn't start until Thurs. Sept. 11th at 8:00 p.m., but Jillian Michael's fans are about to be disappointed yet again because for the third time she has left the series. <BR> <BR> According to: <BR> <link>t.entertainment.ca.msn.com/tv/nbc-ji<BR>llian-michaels-exiting-biggest-loser-3 </link> <BR> <BR> "In a statement, the network and production company Shine America said they and trainer Michaels have decided to part ways, and she won't be back on "Biggest Loser" this fall... ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:29:46 EST Happy Birthday to our June Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x58124222 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our June Babies!!! <BR> <BR> TIGGER2908 - June 2 <BR> SUMMERSUN9 - June 3 <BR> KATEANDDRACO - June 3 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Moonstone or Pearl <BR> Flower: Rose or Honeysuckle <BR> <BR> Gemini (May 21 - June 20) <BR> Cancer (June 21 - July 2... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:35:45 EST June 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58055134 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:28:54 EST June 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x58055060 "It is the month of June, <BR> The month of leaves and roses, <BR> When pleasant sights salute the eyes <BR> And pleasant scents the noses." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Month of June <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, lovely June, longer days, warmer temps and summer arriving on the 21st at 6:51 a.m. EDT makes for the most part good weather for outdoor activities and exercising! <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the har... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:23:01 EST Quotations That Hit The Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57765312 "You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way." ~ Dr. Seuss Mon, 5 May 2014 11:34:10 EST Happy Birthday to our May Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57754250 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our May Babies!!! <BR> <BR> BIERMA - May 5 <BR> AINAT1 - May 6 <BR> SUSAN134 - May 7 <BR> PRINGLE - May 9 <BR> KVSFOOD - May 15 <BR> CURVYCAKE - May 18 <BR> FADEINTOYOU - May 27 <BR> TJDBSS - May 31 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Bi... Sun, 4 May 2014 14:57:14 EST Privacy Policy & Automatic Emails http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57719723 NOTICES FROM COACH JEN AND SPARKGUY. EVERYONE PLEASE READ. THANKS. This was posted in the Business Team for Leaders and they wanted us to let the team members know as well. <BR> <BR> &#65533; Privacy Policy From Coach Jen.. For March 5th... Hi Everyone! Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want t... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:01:47 EST May 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x57705268 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:20:19 EST May 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x57704254 "The world's favorite season is the spring. <BR> All things seem possible in May." <BR> ~ Edwin Way Teale <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal: <BR> 500 SparkPoints a month (If you achieve this, you'll receive a special recognition award from SP!) <BR> <BR> How it works: <BR> Each day, you will strive to get as... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:57:00 EST New Team Pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57621868 About mid next week SP will be launching new Team Pages. Here's a brief video to give us some idea what changes will take place. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqPQi_75tw&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:39:09 EST Happy Birthday to our April Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57384208 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our April Babies!!! <BR> <BR> JUSTYNA7 - April 8 <BR> KERRYSB - April 11 <BR> DIZZYBELLE - April 12 <BR> MYRMEN - April 15 <BR> STARTIN_OVER - April 17 <BR> STAMPINGADDICT - April 21 <BR> DSUKIE - April 21 <BR> BBLUNDON - April 27 <BR> TINYINSIDE - April 29 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Diamond <BR> ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:50:31 EST April 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x57337605 Whether starting fresh or continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (appx 2,734,000 steps... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:48:34 EST April 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x57337511 And Spring arose on the garden fair, <BR> Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; <BR> And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast <BR> rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. <BR> ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" <BR> <BR> Wow, 1/3 of 2014 is already behind us! Springtime is here with (hopefully) brighter days, warmer temps and longer hours of daylight which should = more time for outdoor exercising. And more exercising means more Sparkpoints = more pennies for our jars... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:41:16 EST Happy Birthday to our March Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x57121823 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our March Babies!!! <BR> <BR> KAVERIE - March 11 <BR> PENTREE46 - March 14 <BR> TIMEWILLTELL - March 17 <BR> KIMBERLEY145 - March 25 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Aquamarine <BR> Flower: Daffodil <BR> <BR> Pisces (February 19 - March 20) <BR> Aries (March 21 - April 20) <BR> <BR> <link>www.popculture... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:56:10 EST March 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56950136 "The March wind roars <BR> Like a lion in the sky, <BR> And makes us shiver <BR> As he passes by. <BR> <BR> When winds are soft, <BR> And the days are warm and clear, <BR> Just like a gentle lamb, <BR> Then spring is here." <BR> ~ Author Unknown <BR> <BR> It's been the toughest winter in 40 years so I'm assuming most of us will be happy to say goodbye to old man winter come the 20th when Spring starts at 12:57 p.m. EDT. Spring represents a time for new beginnings and fresh starts, and is ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:05:56 EST March 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56949984 Ahhhhhh marvellous March ... brings us a time change with Daylight Savings kicking in Sun. March 9th & glorious Spring arrives on Thurs. March 20th at 12:57 p.m. EDT! Longer hours of daylight and eventually (we hope!) warming temps - two great reasons to get in more walking and fresh air. Doing the Trans Canada Trails Challenge is a great way to encourage yourself. Here's how ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:55:36 EST Introducing SP Friend Feed Enhancements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56756841 SP announced yesterday that the Friend Feed has been updated. <BR> <BR> Your Friend Feed shows you the recent activity of your SparkFriends: things like new blog posts they've made, their status updates, and even when they've won a trophy. You can find a shortened view of your Friend Feed in Step 3 on your Start Page, or see it in full by clicking "Friend Feed" under the "Community" tab at the top of the site... <BR> <BR> Enhancements are: <BR> <BR> - A new design. SP has cleaned up the F... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:19:08 EST Breaking the Window on Abuse & Mental Illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56711722 I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suffering to b... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:17:58 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56675140 Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:33:12 EST Happy B-Day to our February Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56670146 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our February Babies!!! <BR> <BR> EDWARDS1411 - Feb. 8 <BR> GRAZIELLA40 - Feb. 9 <BR> LADYTSUNADE - Feb. 12 <BR> COUNTRY_BUMPKIN - Feb. 16 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Amethyst <BR> Flower: Violet <BR> <BR> Astrological Signs: <BR> Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) <BR> Pisces (February 19 - March 20... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:36:09 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56594504 NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:24:31 EST February 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56589380 February is Heart Month! Exercise involving the large muscles of the body has been shown to strengthen the heart and lungs and improve the body's ability to use oxygen. Aerobic exercise has the most benefits for your heart. Over time, aerobic exercise can help decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and improve your breathing. And here brisk walking fits the bill so how about challenging yourself to move more and participate in the Trans Canada Trails Challenge. Here's how <BR> <BR> Cho... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:38:39 EST February 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56589297 "Freezing <BR> cold winds, <BR> biting chills, and <BR> white snow fluffed hills <BR> Valentines day, oh how gay! <BR> (Family) day is coming our way. <BR> February, sweet and small, greatest month of all." <BR> ~ Eric Lies, 28 Word Poem for February <BR> <BR> GroundHog Day on the 2nd is the mid point of winter and for most of us it's been the coldest in many a year. T'would be nice if the groundhog indeed did see his shadow meaning an early spring, but I for one am not holding my bre... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:33:25 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56511611 Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2014/<BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:39:11 EST When It's Winter In Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x56484591 <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> When It's Winter In Ontario <BR> <BR> When it's Winter in Ontario <BR> And the gentle breezes blow. <BR> About seventy miles an hour <BR> And it's thirty-five below. <BR> <BR> You can tell you're in Ontario <BR> 'cause the snow's up to your butt, <BR> And you take a breath of Winter air <BR> And your nose holes both freeze shut. <B... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:24:06 EST Nutrition Tracker: New Recent Foods Tab http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56463796 SP announced today at <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=nutrition_tracking_new_recent_foods<BR>_tab </link> : <BR> <BR> "If you use the Nutrition Tracker regularly, you probably already know that you can save foods you eat frequently to your "Favorites" list. This makes it much faster to add foods to your tracker every day. But now it's even easier to keep track of what you eat most often. <BR> <BR> The new "Recent" tab on the Food Tracker automatically generates a han... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:49:01 EST New SP Feature: The DailySpark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56409535 Another great new feature started today here at SP. See the announcement at <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/index.asp </link> <BR> <BR> "Get Your Daily Dose of Motivation from the DailySpark <BR> <BR> Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we are committed to helping our members and readers reach their goals in health and fitness—and in life. We know how hard it can be to stay motivated—especially with so many negative stories spreading around these days. <BR> <BR> This is why... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:56:03 EST Mindfulness Can Possibly Help You Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x56232184 <link>www.mindfuleating.org/MindfulEating.<BR>html </link> tells us that we eat meal after meal, snack after snack, barely aware of what we’re eating and how much we’re consuming. When we pay attention to our food---really pay attention---we begin to notice all sorts of wonderful aspects of the food, and we become aware of how much we’re putting into our bodies. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/features/mindfuln<BR>ess-helps-healthy-lifestyle </link> suggests that mindfulness could be... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:45:18 EST Happy B-Day to our January Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56217070 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our January Babies!!! <BR> <BR> KATCAPRI - Jan. 2 <BR> AYS1975 - Jan. 21 <BR> LINJO66 - Jan. 31 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> Birthstone: Garnet <BR> Flower: Carnation <BR> <BR> Astrological Signs: <BR> Capricorn: December 22 - January 19 <BR> Aquarius: January 20 - February 18 <BR> <BR> <link>www.popculturemadn... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:45:57 EST 2014 - SparkPeople Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x56155633 Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in just a few minutes each day by playing SP's Trvia game. (Go to your My SparkPoints page and under Daily SparkPoint Challenges you'll find the link "Play Trivia".) <BR> <BR> You'll earn 3 SparkPoints once you correctly answer 3 questions in a day. You can have as many tries as you want, but once you answer 3 questions correctly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for more opportunities to try again. And then come by and let us know how ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:15:43 EST 2014 - A Hug A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x56155607 <em>247</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:12:10 EST 2014 - Hi/Bye ... I Stopped By Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x56155593 <em>213</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:10:41 EST 2014 - What Time Did You Huddle Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56155341 Come by to say hi via the team huddle daily and then let us know what time it was. <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:47:01 EST 2014 - What # Are You On The Huddle Board Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56155319 hud·dle [huhd-l] <BR> 1.to gather or crowd together in a close mass. <BR> 2.to confer or consult; meet to discuss, exchange ideas, or make a decision. <BR> <BR> In football, teams gather in huddles to plan for the next play. In SparkTeams, members can "huddle" each day to motivate each other, celebrate success, and earn SparkPoints! <BR> <BR> To huddle, on our Team Page, click the "View Huddle Wall / Huddle Now" button, located beneath our Team's scrolling ticker. On the Huddle Wall page,... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:45:03 EST 2014 - SparkWheel Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56155291 <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Come by daily and let us know how many points you got by spinning the SparkWheel. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <em>347</em> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:42:22 EST 2014 - Team Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56155255 Stop by whenever you can and let us know what's happening and how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:39:49 EST 2014 - Emoticon To Show How It's Going Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56155231 Stop by daily and let us know how it's going via an emoticon. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:38:00 EST 2014 Let's Move! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56125143 Moving more and eating less works!!! We're working on healthy eating, but let's also focus on the other part of the equation as well - moving. So come by as often as you can, daily will bring the best results, and let us know how you are "moving and grooving". Some days will be better than others, but consistency is the key - so "Let's Move"!!! <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:13:14 EST January 2014 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56124990 "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." <BR> ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce <BR> <BR> Ahhh January, seen by many as a time for new beginnings and fresh starts so with this in mind and in keeping with our goals of living a healthier lifestyle one way to help us do so is ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparki... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:01:13 EST January 2014 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x56124903 Ahhhh, the New Year, a great time for fresh starts and new beginnings and "moving more" should be part of it soooooooooooooo ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <B... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:53:31 EST Happy Holidays!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x56069395 <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> It came without ribbons. <BR> It came without tags. <BR> It came without packages, boxes or bags ... <BR> Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. <BR> "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. <BR> Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more! <BR> ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! <BR> <BR> May you h... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:01:40 EST Happy Birthday to our December Celebrants!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55834506 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our December Babies!!! <BR> <BR> LEANJEAN6 - Dec. 16 <BR> GPGIRL - Dec. 23 <BR> KIKIOB3 - Dec. 28 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> <link>www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasi<BR>s/discussion/your-birthday-your-person<BR>ality-traits/ </link> shares some fun info about our December celebrants. <BR> <BR> Loyal and gener... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:09:56 EST December 2013 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55819395 Continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (apx 2,734,000 steps) <BR> BC - 2,700 km or 1,6... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:14:08 EST December 2013 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55819339 "I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December <BR> A magical thing <BR> And sweet to remember. <BR> <BR> 'We are nearer to Spring <BR> Than we were in September,' <BR> I heard a bird sing <BR> In the dark of December." <BR> ~ Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing <BR> <BR> We are entering the darkest time of the year with winter officially arriving at 12:11 p.m. EST on the 21st. While it's a happy, festive and very busy time of the year, we shouldn't lose sight of our goals of living a ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:10:05 EST Changes to the Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55721038 As per SP Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> "This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback butto... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:15:01 EST Check Out SP's New Welcome Guide On StartPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55650890 It was announced in today's SparkPeople Blog that SP has launched a new Welcome Guide on the new StartPages which would earn members 500 points when completed. Even though this guide is for new members, existing ones can complete the 7 steps of the Welcome Guide as well, at any time, at their own pace. <BR> <BR> For full details, see <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=earn_500_sparkpoints_with_our_new_w<BR>elcome_guide </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:28:39 EST Happy Birthday to our November Celebrants!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55511341 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our November Babies!!! <BR> <BR> IRENEHARPS - Nov. 17 <BR> CSTRUB - Nov. 17 <BR> SINGERSTINA101 - Nov. 23 <BR> MERETONI - Nov. 25 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> <link>www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasi<BR>s/discussion/your-birthday-your-person<BR>ality-traits/ </link> shares some fun info about November celebrant... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:24:26 EST November 2013 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55467566 "November comes <BR> And November goes, <BR> With the last red berries <BR> And the first white snows. <BR> <BR> With night coming early, <BR> And dawn coming late, <BR> And ice in the bucket <BR> And frost by the gate. <BR> <BR> The fires burn <BR> And the kettles sing, <BR> And earth sinks to rest <BR> Until next spring." <BR> ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth <BR> <BR> Continuing with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:20:12 EST November 2013 Trans Canada Miles Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55451293 Continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (apx 2,734,000 steps) <BR> BC - 2,700 km or 1,6... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:40:39 EST New Start Page Effective Mon. Oct. 21/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55308225 Starting Monday, October 21, 2013, SP will be launching it's new Start Page. <BR> <BR> As many members have said in the past, SP can be overwhelming especially at first. Many have said they just didn't know where to start and so SP has put together a new Start Page that will be effective for everyone starting on Monday. <BR> <BR> "The improved Start page was created to give everyone a clear three-step program for using SparkPeople to reach their goals. It prioritizes three main things: <BR... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:29:32 EST Wishing Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55239353 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Thanksgiving Every Day <BR> <BR> The table is brimming with good things to eat; <BR> We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat. <BR> The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat; <BR> It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete. <BR> <BR> But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine; <BR> Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shi... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:51:25 EST Study Reveals Frozen Food IS Better Than Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7873x1702x55200735 A study reveals frozen fruit and vegetables contain higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants than fresh produce. That's because the fresh stuff at the store could be days away from being picked and then lose even more of their nutritional value sitting in your fridge. Turns out carrots were actually more nutritious when frozen, as were brussels sprouts, blueberries and green beans. The study is out of the University of Chester. <BR> <BR> See <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2<BR>4... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:37:38 EST 30 New Emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55115780 SP's Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions that have been made by members. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <em>529</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:13:47 EST The New Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55104550 Yesterday SP announced "the release of the Spark Activity Tracker, a tiny (and fun!) little reminder to fit more fitness into your day. About the size of a quarter, it's the first—and only—activity tracker that fully integrates with your SparkPeople.com experience." <BR> <BR> Similar to the Fitbit Zip, you can clip it to your shoe, pocket, belt or bra, it recognizes motion in your body and determines your "steps" and calories burned accordingly, storing and tracking that info all day. When y... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:38:12 EST October 2013 Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55092450 "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." <BR> ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne <BR> <BR> Wow, we're already into the last quarter of the year so let's make the most of what's left in 2013 and continue with ... <BR> <BR> Our Penny Jar Challenge which is all about rewarding ourselves for the hard work we do by Sparking daily which in turn helps keep us motivated to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> The goal... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:23:12 EST October 2013 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x55092109 Continuing ... <BR> <BR> Choose a Province you wish to walk across from the list below. Each day record how many steps, miles and/or km you have covered by walking or running. (Biking may be an option too.) Take that number and subtract it from the total. You can track your distance using a pedometer, google maps or similar options that give you the approximate distance. <BR> <BR> Trans Canada Trail <BR> <BR> Alberta - 2,200 km or 1,367 miles (apx 2,734,000 steps) <BR> BC - 2,700 km or 1,6... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:02:38 EST Happy Birthday ASHPATCH1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55050720 May you have a wonderful day! <em>383</em> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:04:51 EST Célébrons la journée des Franco-O ntariens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x55030222 À tous les Franco-Ontariens, je vous souhaite une magnifique journée. Célébrons nos racines, notre culture et notre fierté. <BR> <BR> Cette journée est la nôtre et soyons-en fiers. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:36:29 EST The Biggest Loser Season 15 - "Second Chances" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x54968893 Start: Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 8:00 p.m. EDT <BR> Theme: Second Chances <BR> <BR> - Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince and Jillian Michaels back as coaches. <BR> - Allison Sweeney back as host. <BR> - Shows will be 1 hr. with occasional ones being two hrs. closer to the Finale which takes place on Feb. 4th. <BR> - 15 contestants including the show's first celebrity one, Reuben Studdard, the Season 2 winner of American Idol who is the largest loser at 462 lbs. <BR> - For the first time, all three coac... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:27:13 EST Happy Birthday to our September Celebrants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1702x54769579 <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to all our September Babies!!! <BR> <BR> QUENNEVILLE - Sept. 8 <BR> CEILIE2 - Sept. 13 <BR> TRVLMOM - Sept. 13 <BR> DULCIE68 - Sept. 17 <BR> TRICIA36 - Sept. 24 <BR> ASHPATCH1 - Sept. 27 <BR> <BR> And anyone else not listed! <BR> <BR> <link>www.inspire.com/groups/talk-psoriasi<BR>s/discussion/your-birthday-your-person<BR>ality-traits/ </li... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 18:57:29 EST SparkPeople Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7584x1702x54769425 Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in just a few minutes each day by playing SP's Trvia game. (Go to your My SparkPoints page and under Daily SparkPoint Challenges you'll find the link "Play Trivia".) <BR> <BR> You'll earn 3 SparkPoints once you correctly answer 3 questions in a day. You can have as many tries as you want, but once you answer 3 questions correctly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for more opportunities to try again. And then come by and let us know how... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 18:39:43 EST September 2013 Trans Canada Trails Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24902x1702x54733742 "He who limps is still walking." ~ Joan Rivers <BR> And that's me! Some days are harder than others, but I'm going to make them all count!! <BR> <BR> I've completed stepping across PEI (434,000 steps - 217 miles), New Brunswick (1,018,000 steps (820 km or 509 miles) and now on to Nova Scotia which is a total of approximately 700 km or 434 miles (apx 868,000 steps). My daily goal is 8000 steps as I continue my quest to virtually walk across Canada using the Trans Canada Trails. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:32:48 EST