SparkPeople Caribbean Sparks Team Messageboard Spark People Members from or of the Caribbean SparkPeople Caribbean Sparks Team Messageboard Sacrificial Lamb of the Week Each week will post something to give up or something to do related to food. Week will run from Sunday to Saturday Let us know how you do in the Report for the week. Report due midnight on Saturday. <BR> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:07:19 EST Try Something New/Different Each week try something new or different. It could be trying a new food, recipe, exercise, do something different, unique. Tell us what it is, why and how you feel/your reaction. Will you do it again/recommend it to other Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:30:26 EST Weekly Goals Let's set small weekly goals and report how we did at the end of the week. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:26:28 EST LET'S CHAT This thread is to chat about your weight loss journey or anything you want to share with teammates and get support on. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:39:30 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE Each Week there will be a challenge and members are encourage to do one post for each challenge and edit it to update on how they are doing/did on the challenge. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:22:01 EST The Next Song is The rules of this game: <BR> Pick a word in the posted song and post another song with that word in it. If you know the singer you can post that also. It can be any genre. So for example: <BR> <BR> Putting up Resistance - Beres Hammond <BR> <BR> The next post: <BR> PUT it on me - Ja Rule <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:15:22 EST December 2015 Challenge Exercise at least 30 mins a day <BR> Weigh &amp; Measure food <BR> Log Food Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:22:10 EST Exercise Team from St. James Barbardos Hi, My name is Sophia and I'm looking for some team mates to join me on mornings or evenings to exercise. I'm from the St. James area. I would really like to loose at least 10 pounds!! Anyone interested? Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:41:13 EST Goals for today today I will drink 8 glasses of water and not drink any soda. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 06:37:36 EST Finally able to accept invitation Hello to Caribbean Sparks, <BR> I am from the Bahamas and really excited to be on this Team. I received the invitation a while back, I say better late than never. I have recently recommitted myself for probably the millionth time but there is something different about this time. I think I want it more than ever before. It? Yes, it. I want to feel and look better, I want to be able to do some of the things I use to do as simple as bending to tie my shoe lace without wanting to pass out.... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:26:33 EST Thanks for the Invite! Hi Team. I'm from The Bahamas. Been on SP for a few years. Making real progress the last year or so. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:42:29 EST Where is Columbo? If anyone here lives in the States, and they know where I can buy this spice in the States, PLEASE let me know.... <BR> <BR> I had my friend to pack some Columbo in her suitcase for me when she came to visit me from Martinique. Columbo is a VERY expensive spice there, and for good reason--it is AMAZING! <BR> <BR> I have never been able to find it in the U.S. Have you? <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:47:06 EST What's your favourite healthy recipe? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm planning my meals for the next fortnight and I'm looking for some inspiration. I'm tired of my usual meals and wondered if anyone had any interesting recipes that they could share - even better if they are Caribbean inspired recipes! Also, is there any way of making macaroni cheese healthier? Or fishcakes - salt-fish fritters? I don't eat these often but it would be nice to know of a way to make them healthier when I next cook them. Thanks! <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:59:16 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just thought I would quickly introduce myself. I joined Sparkpeople earlier this year but then didn't do much else and definitely did not take any proactive steps to lose weight! I've now decided to get more actively involved in the Sparkpeople community in the hope that I can become healthier. I'm based in the UK but my origins are Barbados - so I'm a Bajan-Brit. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:09:38 EST I want to island hop I want to visit Grenada, Reunion, and Trinidad. Has anyone ever been to those places? Any advice? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:20:01 EST Team Bonus Points 2 <em>42</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:52:22 EST Lent What are your Lenten sacrifices/promises? <BR> <BR> I am going to volunteer at least 2x during the period. I am giving up alcohol, sweets and fried foods. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:52:26 EST Lent Let's get ready for Lent. What sacrifice are you going to do for Lent? No sodas, no red meat, no fried food. Or how about doing some charity work once a week, taking the stairs, the money you save from eating lunch out donate to a charity. Let's give it a think and next week Monday let's post them and see how we do. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:05:53 EST New Year New You Challenge - Post Here 1/11/14:Starting weight 203 <BR> 1/18/14: - 0 <BR> 1/25/14: - 1/2 pound <BR> 2/1/24: - 0 pounds <BR> 2/8/14: - 0 pounds <em>18</em> <BR> 2/15/14: - plus 1 pound <BR> 2/22/14: - 0 <BR> 3/1/14 : Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:07:20 EST 8wk weight loss challenge - Rules do not post here The 1 pound a week challenge inspired by NewMum8 is here and these are some general guidelines: <BR> <BR> 1. This is not a competition, but a way to challenge yourself and be accountable to yourself and the group <BR> 2. Your team members are there to provide support and advice . <BR> 3. Post your weight weekly - the weigh-in post day is Saturday. <BR> 4. We'll set up a discussion thread so you can post an NSV (non-scale victory), need advice, or just need to post something about how things... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:05:37 EST January 2014 Challenge I saw this chalenge on another thread, would anyone like to join up? <BR> <BR> First challenge for the New Year!!! <BR> <BR> Our goal is to lose 16 lbs in 8 weeks...that is 2 lbs a week. (If you lose more...WONDERFUL) This challenge will end the last day in FEBRUARY!! <BR> <BR> We will post daily to inspire one another. If you completed your workout the night before and your water a behind (or in front of) ALL of your if you worked out the night before..... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:18:42 EST What Ya Eatin' (B-fast/Lunch/Di-n ner/Snack/De-ser 1/4 cup grits with 1/4 cup tuna fish salad. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:22:56 EST WHAT CARIBBEAN SONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR Good morning Mr. Walker, I come to see your daughter Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:36:42 EST HOW ARE YOU FEELING EMOTICON <em>104</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:34:14 EST WHEEL SPIN - HOW MANY POINTS 3/7 Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:32:45 EST Caribbean Happenings The purpose of this forum is to post upcoming health related events and report on health related events. These events can be happening wherever members of the forum are. They can be fun events like carnivals - which involve dancing - running, cycling, walking or any exercise events. They can be yoga retreats, meditation classes or healthy cooking classes. The post can be an invite or sharing what you experienced. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:27:31 EST STARTING OVER...LET'S GET THIS GROUP GOING!!! Hey guys! I have seen this group has been inactive for a while...and I know it's because we live in such warm countries, who has time to sit behind a computer! I am hoping to help kick this group back into'S WITH ME!!! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:08:52 EST Hello Again I've been away for a while. Just saying hello again. I am back this time to build muscle. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:03:50 EST Hi! Hello, I'm new to SparkPeople and I would like to introduce myself. Call me Fabbulus 40. I'm residing in Barbados. I was just wondering if there is anyone who is looking for an exercise and motivational buddy? My goal is to loose 6 more pounds, but more importantly to maintain my desired weight- that's the big problem! I would also like to know of some nice low calorie bajan /Caribbean recipes. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from you! <BR> Fabb! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 01:32:07 EST Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas filled with family and happiness. Have good times and create memories that last. <BR> <BR> Peace & blessings, <BR> CaribGal Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:46:36 EST Should this Team be closed? Hello, <BR> <BR> I hope all are well! Where is everyone and is there any further interest in keeping this team going? Activity on the forums has been minimal in recent months. <BR> <BR> Your thoughts... <BR> <BR> CaribGal Tue, 5 Jun 2012 07:51:03 EST Tracking what you eat I find it so hard to track what I am eating. Logging in is not always possible and figuring out the calories on a home cooked caribbean meal is even harder. How do you track what you have eaten? Wed, 16 May 2012 13:33:03 EST Weekly Weigh-in: Trial by Numbers Hey guys, I've seen these topics posted in other Spark Teams, figured I'd bring it here. <BR> <BR> Just to keep an eye on our accomplishments, trials and general anger at the scale <em>234</em> I weigh in weekly and do full measurements once a month. <BR> <BR> So today I weighed in: <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 291lbs <BR> Last weight (Sat): 287lbs <BR> Current weight: 285.4lbs <BR> <BR> So 1.6lbs in the last week. I think upping my calories this week actually worked <em>40</em> . Hope ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:11:20 EST Anybody here actively trying to lose... ...Or is it kinda backburnered? <BR> Just kinda looking for the activity, support and accountability. <BR> <BR> Looking through this small Caribbean community and not seeing ppl on specific tracks toward progress. <BR> <BR> Where yall at? Are you on a program (workout a certain number of times a week, eating sensibly)? If so what is it? Let's find common ground. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:18:25 EST Hurricane Irene Hello Caribbean Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Has Hurricane Irene affected any of you? How are you planning to deal with her when she comes? She passed by Antigua and dumped some rain and 50mph winds, but fortunately we suffered no damage. I hope that you'll all be able to say the same at the end of ot all. <BR> Have a good day and be safe. Take her (Irene) seriously! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:06:58 EST Belize for Six Months Hi Caribbean sparkers!! I am Nancy from Virginia, USA. My DH & I have recently purchased a home in Belize and will be there for six months beginning in October. I am just so excited about it. We visited there in April for 2 weeks and just fell in love. Gotta get there and do some painting and yard work and take in that wonderful Farmer's Market where I saw the most wonderful fruits and veggies. Since I love to cook, I will be in heaven while in paridise!!! <BR> Anyone from Belize, PLEASE give... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:12:06 EST Tell me about your country Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I would love to know about your countries, the caribbean is such a marvelous place. It would be great if we can share foods, stories or news of your places while shaking our booties and losing weight. <em>645</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 23:01:18 EST New gyul Evening allyuh. <BR> <BR> New to sparks. Focussed on getting fit for Caribana Toronto. <BR> <BR> Low carbing I am doing but dont know how long I can handle it! <BR> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise, 4 times a week. Looking for support and to motivate others. <BR> <BR> Trinigyul2011 Hy Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:43:47 EST What are your barriers to weight loss? I have been trying for the past 4 years, and I haven't yet reached my goal. However that does not deter me from my path to good health, and the ultimate goals of losing 20 lbs, and getting my blood glucose level below 90. Although everyday is a struggle to eat the right foods, and exercise, I still continue to persist. This is a life-long journey, and the more I cultivate good habits, the closer I become to achieving my goals. I am fortunate to have Spark people, and more importantly, the Ca... Sun, 15 May 2011 10:51:23 EST Greetings from YARD Hi everyone ! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I found and joined this team. My ultimate goal is to be healthy and fit before the year is out, and along the way lose 40lbs. I'm glad there is a group who can relate to my moment of weakness when i say, "the curry goat and rice and peas is calling out to me" and I need your help to prevent me from eating this delightful dish. You understand because you have savored this dish many times in the past. More than likely you have been in a situation where you ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:01:57 EST Hey Everyone! I'm from Jamaica!! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:12:58 EST A Good Advice for Everyone. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD <BR> <BR> A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class <BR> memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible; <BR> Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse. <BR> <BR> Little Bobby was excited about the task. But, he just couldn't <BR> remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get <BR> past the first verse. <BR> <BR> On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 <BR> in front of the whole congregation... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:18:00 EST Valentine's Day Poem <BR> Saw this lovely Poem by Dayspring and thought I should share. <BR> <BR> Your Divine Valentine <BR> A Valentine may play a love song for you, but God sings you the sweetest love song in the universe. <BR> The Lord your God... will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 <BR> <BR> A Valentine may give you flowers, but God sent you the most beautiful rose of all. Jesus. <BR> I am the rose of Sharon, and the li... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:43:50 EST Flaxseed Go get you some bulk flakseed. Grind into a powder. Mix 2 tablespoons into a glass of orange juice. Drink 1 glass a day. <BR> Cholesterol will drop 20% in 2 to 4 weeks.No problem. You also won't need any laxitive. <BR> <BR> I know this for a fact as I've used it myself. <BR> Roz. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:19:31 EST Valentine's Day Are you sentimental about Valentine's Day? <BR> Do you think it should be celebrated by lovers/husbands/wives only? <BR> Let's hear your views? <BR> Roz. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:41:53 EST Hello, I'm New! Hello, my name is Daya, and I'm from Puerto Rico. Im new to sparkpeople and when I wanted to join a Puerto Rican team, I found out there was none, so I created one myself. If you are Puerto Rican or you love Puerto Rico, feel free to join my team. Anyway I just want to be healthier and make friends. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:09:03 EST Christmas Traditions What Christmas traditions do you observe? <BR> Roz. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:55:52 EST Calling Christian Women Team Leader Passed Away <link><BR>CONDCHANCE51 </link> <BR> <BR> This is quite unfortunate. It is said that she collapsed on her way to her doctor's office and later passed away in the hospital. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:58:21 EST Weightloss Testimony From My Boss <link> </link> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:04:15 EST Halloween - What do you think of it? As people of Caribbean origin, I'd like to know what you think of halloween? <BR> In Antigua & Barbuda, it's just creeping in, and I pray that it does not stay. Mostly, it's Americans who are here that clebrate this, and some nightclubs have gotten into it as well. <BR> As a woman of faith, I do NOT want to have anything to do with this sort of 'celebration', even in fun, and I believe that it opens doors for demonic activity in the lives and homes of those who participate. I know that ther... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:41:38 EST Dancing to some Soca!! Okay well included into my workout today is dancing to some soca and calypso i counted it on my fitness tracker as belly dancing since they don't have regular dancing!! And you know we trini like to just stand up and whine anyway, LOL <em>334</em> <em>236</em> And wait till i bust out with the reggae music!! It's gonna be trouble over here!! =D Oh wait and chutney!! I am out of control you guys don't mind me!! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 12:23:24 EST Just wondering. I've been looking at the thread which shows where everyone is from.I was thinking how interesting it would be if everyone would drop by and let us know how they are progressing or otherwise. <BR> Roz. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:28:40 EST Trini!! Hello everyone my name is Norrisa and i am from Trinidad!! I have been a Spark member going on 2 weeks now!! Looking to lose 50+ <em>213</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:08:35 EST 10 POUNDS HOLIDAY CHALLENGE- OCTOBER- DECEMBER Hello, hope everyone is having a great week. <BR> The holidays are right around the corner. Let's all join in and start a 10lb challenge. Loose 10 pounds by December 25th. We can do this. PLease practice healthy eating. <BR> <BR> Angie Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:29:32 EST CALORIES IN DOUBLES???? Hey guys..hope things are progressing well for you all. Welll, now in the mornings I have to go through the Croisse to drop my daughter off at school and well...for the looooongest time now, the doubles has been calling out to me and I have resisted..until unfortunately...this morning :( <BR> <BR> Now, I am not one to "beat myself up" over things like this because when I do get cravings, it is not like I eat a huge amount all the time. I just take a sip or one bite and there..I am done wit... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:47:51 EST Hiya, Jammie in the house, Or at least so I say, Was actually born in the UK but raised in Jammie, Now back in the UK and hoping to shift this excess looking forward to some encouragement and recipe swaps. <BR> <BR> PDMalcom Mon, 2 Aug 2010 06:35:11 EST hello, another trini here :) Hey guys, I have been on spark a while, but recently realized that there is an actual caribbean page! this is soo great!! It really is good to have some "local" people to talk to. I wonder if any of you know if there is a local recipe page, because i find to make some of the stuff they have here rather difficult. Anyways, I hope everyone has a blessed week :) Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:34:33 EST MIDDLE NAME I don't have a middle name. <BR> Do you have one, what is it and do you like it? <BR> Roz. Wed, 5 May 2010 22:38:11 EST Exercise Buddy Barbados!!! Hey everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for someone to partner with me in my exercise goals. I'm residing in Barbados, where I was born and raised, and therefore this is specifically to all my people living on the island. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone to go walking with and possible the gym as well. I need someone as motivated as me, if not more. If you have children, even better, we can bring them along and get them into healthy habits early. I look forward to hearing from you! <BR> <B... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:32:34 EST Blessed Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Chantal, a returning member to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I'm 26-years-old, happily married and the mother of one rambunctious one-year-old boy. I live on the beautiful island of Barbados, where I was born and raised. I have been married for 17 months and I find it both trying and terrific. Facing the possibility of diabetes and other health complications, I am here to change the way my body functions and the way I manage it. Having a small frame and weighing 230 pou... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:51:36 EST New Trini on the scene Hello everyone, I've been on Spark before but never really used it, this year I am very motivated and ready to meet my goal of being fit. Originally from Trinbago living in Ohio. Looking forward to motivating others as well as being motivated. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:56:56 EST Sunday Lunch Growing up in Trinidad, a typical Sunday lunch would consist of white rice, peas/beans (usually red beans at our house), stew chicken, ripe plantain/sweet potatoes, macaroni pie, potato salad, a green salad and of course callaloo. This kind of meal was guaranteed to add to the cushion on my ever growing hips and as much as I still love all these foods I have had to make adjustments. Today for lunch I’m having string bean casserole, quinoa, ripe plantains, collard greens/kale with seared gar... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 06:44:53 EST Pray for Haiti By now, you have heard about the devastation in Haiti as a result of the 7.0 earthquake yesterday. Please keep the people, country and the rescue workers in prayer. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone on this team that is from Haiti or has family or friends there? <BR> <BR> Lift them up in Jesus name. Amen. <BR> <BR> --Sonia <BR> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:57:18 EST New Here from New Jersey Hello Everyone, My name is Ritza. I am here to motivate and be motivated and hope we can help each other to reach our goals. No matter how long the journey may seem to be but with confidence, motivation and determination; we can all lose weight. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 17:30:37 EST Spark Trivia How many of you play the Spark Trivia? <BR> I play almost every day and so far I've got 3out of4 right today.That's 3 points earned. <BR> For the month my %is 86 and for all time 54% <BR> It's fun and educational too. <BR> Roz. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 12:08:37 EST family Christmas Traditions What traditions do you have in your family at Christmas time? <BR> I love yam pie but only make it at christmas. <BR> We also open our gifts together around the tree on Christmas morning after we have returned form church. <BR> Roz. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 12:05:08 EST New Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am taking a university course about the Caribbean at the moment at part of my program and I am just loving it. <BR> <BR> An idea came to me to see if there was a community of Caribbean women on Sparks! And guess what <em>48</em> - I found you guys!! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> So I am glad to have found you all and hope to get to know you. Have a great day and I am off to read a few posts to get familiar with stuff. <BR> <BR> Hy Tue, 3 Nov 2009 16:15:44 EST Sibling Position What number child are you in your family and how has it been effective? <BR> Roz. Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:55:04 EST OCTOBER BIGGEST LOOSER CHALLENGE. Hello everyone <BR> This challenge will start today. Please sign up. Loosing weight as a team keeps us focus on our goals. <BR> Post your starting weigh <BR> <BR> SW 270 <BR> WL <BR> GW 265 (is for the month) <BR> Every Sunday you post your loss,gain, or no loss. <BR> Lets go Caribbean Sparks. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 06:05:35 EST HELLO Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined this team I have been looking for teams that I can relate to people on many levels. I am from Jamaica but currently live in Western New York (yeah di cold place). I am doing well but support from others and being supportive to others will definitely guide us all through. I know longer want to stay in the shadows. I want to participate. <BR> <BR> PEACE AND LOVE! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:00:39 EST TODAYS FITNESS CHALLENGE! *** <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> ** <BR> TUESDAY CHALLENGE <BR> 25 Jumping Jacks <BR> No junk food <BR> Drink 8 cups of water <BR> Add more Vegetales & Fruits to your meals <BR> <BR> Lets go Team <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:27:00 EST KG's Why is everyone's weight converted to KG on their tickers... LOL. <BR> <BR> Or is it my computer, or settings on SP. <BR> <BR> Irie Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:49:02 EST Country Challenge Week #4 4TH WEEK OF COUNTRY CHALLENGE EAST MEET WEST. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 20:22:33 EST HELLO TEAM! Ladies <BR> Don't forget to use the links at top to help us with our progress. <BR> Announcement-To Let us know what's going on <BR> Up and coming events <BR> Picture-upload pictures of your before and after weight loss. Picture of your events. <BR> Links-to help each other and give tips on your progress.Make sure they are legal links. <BR> Also spread the sparks. I am spreading the word for new Team Members. This is our Caribbean community on the Sparks let's build up our great Team and su... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 06:05:03 EST GETTING TO KNOW YOU! Hello Everyone <BR> I thought it would be nice if we let everyone on our team know the special events in our lives(Birthdays, Anniversary etc) <BR> My Birthday is August 8-Leo <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2009 06:39:37 EST Face book I recently joined, and it's amazing how many friends I have found. There are those that I have not seen in 25yrs or greater. Lots of fun and addicting!! SP is encouraging us to link accounts and update our status thereby spreading the spark. So ladies join and spread the spark!!!! Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:19:59 EST WHERE IN THE USA DO YOU RESIDE? I live near Orlando Fl. For members who live in the USA, in which state do you live? Per chance, does anyone live near Orlando? Sat, 1 Aug 2009 08:50:44 EST carifest rochester Carifest 2009 <BR> <BR> Celebrating our <BR> 25th ANNIVERSARY <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 15, 2009 <BR> <BR> Carifest Parade <BR> <BR> Starting at 11:00am <BR> Liberty Pole Way <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> <BR> Festival Site <BR> <BR> 1:00pm to 10:00pm <BR> Downtown, Rochester, New York <BR> Riverside Festival Site (Court & Exchange St.) <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:08:50 EST Soul Mates I'd love to hear all views on this ones.Is there such a thing as soul mates?Could there be someone whom you ought to be with? <BR> Help me with this one.And if you are not with that person if there is such and they surface in your life,then what? Thu, 9 Jul 2009 19:56:48 EST PDA- Hand held computer. Hello everyone, hope all is well. Does anyone have a Palm PDA. I am on the go again and do not want to carry around my Laptop? <BR> If so what is the best choices I have & can I used it to log my meals with SparkPeople? Tue, 7 Jul 2009 04:13:34 EST Giving Wedding Gift. We recently had a wedding invitation where a blank cheque is enclosed re purchase of their gift. <BR> I can understand that this would not cause duplication and the hassles of having to return and exchange gifts,I would have preferred the bridal registry method. <BR> What is your opinion about this and what did you do for your wedding gifts? <BR> Roz. Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:43:24 EST MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES - Share yours please! I really like the quotes by Nike below. They really get me going. Especially the first one. SO "JUST DO IT!" <BR> <BR> Nike ~ <BR> "If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now." <BR> <BR> "Others aren't staring at you. They're thinking how they should be running, too." <BR> <BR> "Someone who is busier than you is running right now." <BR> <BR> "The road to hell is paved with couches." <BR> <BR> "It's easier to sleep than run. That's why sleep... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 23:08:31 EST Healthy changes to your Favorite Caribbean Food Cod Fish(Bacalao)* Fried Dumpling(Johnny Cakes) <BR> I use Pam instead of oil to cook the onions ,tomatoes for the Cod Fish. <BR> I bake the johnny cakes instead of frying. <BR> by spraying a cookie sheet with Pam and also spraying each johnny cakes with Pam then bake.. <BR> <em>607</em> Sat, 20 Jun 2009 04:25:29 EST Country Challenge! Hey Team, <BR> <BR> I have been trying to figure out a way to get us moving and motivated. Since we are all of Caribbean heritage, from different countries, why not compete country vs country? I know some countries are represented by several team members and some only have one, but let's try it anyway! <BR> <BR> Suggestions on goals to track: Exercise minutes? Or something more fun? It'll be our own version of the Olympics! <BR> <BR> Ideas welcomed! Let's see which country wins! <BR>... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:43:37 EST Giada does Trinidad stewed chicken Apparently Giada of the Food Network did a show on International recipes, one of which was stewed chicken from Trindad. I didn't see the episode just got linked to it from twitter. <BR> <BR> Glad to see our cuisine out there but so sad about the very rude Trinis who decided to attack her personally because they did not agree it was authentic. We all do our stew chicken differently and if this is the recipe she got and she liked the results why knock it? Everywhere I go to eat be it out o... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 15:49:59 EST Team Leader Dedication Day! I dedicate today to MRSDENNIS and CARIBGAL <BR> for the Great Job they are doing with the Caribbean Sparks Team. <BR> Please congratulate them on a job well done. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Angie Fri, 5 Jun 2009 06:23:17 EST WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO BREAK PLATEAU? I go through a plateau once a month. Cutting back on my calories and carbs for a few days breaks my plateau. Sat, 30 May 2009 05:22:11 EST Memorial Day Weekend Activities! Hello All, <BR> This is a long Weekend for many of us and the beginning of the Summer. What activities are you invited to or hosting? Please whatever it is have a safe and bless one. <BR> Remember all the service men & women who died to service us all. <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>607</em> Fri, 22 May 2009 12:11:51 EST NEW MEMBER HI EVERYONE I'M NEW MEMBER,FROM TRINIDAD. Tue, 19 May 2009 10:40:07 EST I LOVE YOU DAY! Hello Everyone, <BR> Yesterday at my weekly ladies get together, the topic was "I love you" We are so busy in our daily lives that we don't have time to let the important people in our lives know how we feel about them. <BR> So today take a second to let them know how much you love them. Those three little words mean so much. <BR> Have a great weekend. <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 15 May 2009 10:11:12 EST Accountability partners In response to the Relighting the Spark thread, I've created a Challenges Forum. <BR> <BR> This one in particular is to pair up with someone else on the team and check in with each other daily, or several times per week, based on the pair's goals. To have someone you are accountable to for your goals. <BR> <BR> I'll start. I need someone to check that I exercise at least 4x per week! Anyone else with a similar goal want to partner? <BR> <BR> We can do this! Summer is coming, well at le... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 21:53:39 EST New Jamaican to the team!! Hi everyone,i've been on sp for about four months now(BBQ which is a fun team to be on) but i never dream that there was a caribbean sparks team!"right in a mi back yard"i'm so excited,shout out to my girl ALESHABEE who told me about this team ,girl nuff love. <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 20:20:53 EST CARDIO DANCE FUN FRI DAY!! Hello All <BR> Get up! tune to your favorite dance music & & <BR> Step to the left <BR> Step to the right <BR> Step left foot to the front & Right foot to the back <BR> Turn around and clap your hands.(you don't have to turn around just stepping gives you a great fun work out) <BR> Lets see how may times we can do this while dancing to our favorite dance music. Have fun, do at your own pace, grab a partner, your kids. JUST HAVE FUN! <BR> and don't forget to log your dancing Min's. <BR> <em>2... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 05:40:25 EST FRIDAY'S SHARE YOUR BEST QUOTE DAY! "Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect" <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <em>250</em> <em>250</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 07:46:41 EST Wouldnt you like to know..... hey..this is like a subthread to "Healty Caribbean Food"..but its mainly for those of us who would love to know ...just exactly how many calories carbs fat and protein..well approximately how those great caribbean foods we that we could track it in our nutrtional tracker...sooo..for a starter...some of you I'm sure like yuh fig in yuh oil down or just fig and saltfish..etc...well heres the nutrtional info for ONE..dired fig <BR> <BR> Calories 47.3 <BR> <BR> Total Fat... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 06:41:38 EST Healthy Caribbean Food I'm wondering, I'm no food expert,but I love to cook. <BR> Now can Caribbean dishes be made to be healthier?Things like roti,pudding and souse,cassava pone and such like. <BR> I don't want to give up my Caribbean cuisine cause I want to loose weight.Any thoughts? Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:29:51 EST De Confession Box Ok ppl...soo come on...uve bin on spark for a while now...but u cant possibly tell me that you dont break the rules sometimes...go over ur calorie range..have ICECREAM..AND NOT LOWFAT ICECREAM...HAVE CHOCOLATE..LIKE A SNICKERS, BUTTERFINGER...ETC...u have confessionss...and u can let them out me..we at Caribbean Spark won;t judge u..cuz i'M SURE..weve bin there and done that too!!..come on ppl....confess ur scrumptious lil rule breaking habits:P Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:51:33 EST Role Call I don't mean to be rude or poking my nose the wrong direction,but this team has 139 members, and majority seem to have dropped out of existence.Just needed to say.Thankful to the few who keep it alive. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:40:51 EST banana bread...yummm ok caribbean ppl...I MADE BANANA BREAD TODAY...found the recipe by user burba007 on sparkrecipes..jsut type in the search banana bread and look for that specific recipe in which each slice is 114 calories..tastes amazinggg!! family loves sugar...honey instead..tastes fantastic..i think everyone should try it Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:36:08 EST Have a Great Friday Team! "When things go wrong, don't go with them" <BR> Elvis Presley Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:04:59 EST Before Sparkpeople..I never used to....... Before Sparkpeople..I never used or even take more of a one second glance at the nutritional facts for ANYTHING i EVER picked up at the groceries..or at things in general..I never even knew what was on the nutritional facts before I started this weight loss program..and I also never used to drink 8 cups of water a day..sometimes i would go days without any water at all and live off of soda and juice without any water for weeks on end!.. Thu, 26 Mar 2009 07:37:23 EST Music We all have the Caribbean connection,so I've been wondering.What is your favorite Caribbean music? <BR> I love Dancehall music.It does me good too when I'm working out on my orbitrek.I just set my timer to the amount of minutes I want to put in, and the music keeps me going.Sometimes I'm enjoying myself so much that the timer goes off and I'm still going. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:55:33 EST "Breakthrough" Caribbean People!! This is something I found in the Daily Word and I just had to share it..hope u enjoy:): <BR> <BR> "I accomplish my goals with strength and enthusiasm" <BR> <BR> All the abundance of a new season of growth may not be evident just yet;in time, however, it will be. <BR> <BR> Likewise, the results of all the time and energy I have put toward a goal may not be evident yet, but I remain positively, productively focused on it. Energized by the presence of God within me, I have the strength neede... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 10:27:13 EST Happy 1st Day of Spring Team "A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her." David Brinkley <BR> <em>243</em> Team have a Great Weekend. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 07:25:02 EST I AM NEW!!! Hey, <BR> <BR> I am so pleased that this team exists. There are so many of us out here in the Caribbean using sparkpeople but we're in the minority. <BR> <BR> I am in Trinidad and Tobago - Tobago actually - and I am trying to lose the weight gained by 4 years of sedentary living. Looking forward to the challenges. Thu, 19 Mar 2009 13:23:04 EST Hello I am New!! Just found this team. I need help with breaking down the calories in some of our wonderful dishes. <BR> Thank you KittyToy for the intro. <BR> <em>607</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 04:50:37 EST Hello All ! I come to this board daily hoping to find a lil' action. People please (I beggin') put the 'Spark' in caribbean. We CAN do this! Let's be supportive and nurturing to each other, please. And doh feel I just talkin' eh! I mehself trying to be to others what I am seeking out in my caribbean family! Be blessed! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:17:26 EST Good news, in your world! Hey Team, <BR> <BR> I thought of an idea to find out more about what is going on in our part of the world. After all, this is a Team based in the Caribbean which is spread far and wide. So how about share the good news that's happening in your country, town or neighborhood? Oftentimes we hear too much about the economy and the ills of society, that the Good News is never mentioned. So let's do our part to spread some good news! <BR> <BR> I hope you'll join in. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 13:46:53 EST Rewards Let's have some fun. I'm interested to know.After all the work we've been doing to get ourselves fit, have we rewarded ourselves? When I have lost that first 25lbs,I'm going to buy myself that purse that I've had my eye on. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 19:08:42 EST hi all :) Hello, I am Lora and living in Margarita Island. I have been here for a year and a half and am still working on my Spanish, and have been exercising at home. Looking for people to talk to and new friends. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 18:58:50 EST where are you people? I was feeling so good to find this team.But there is not much activity going on here, what's up with that?Really thought I'd found people to identify with.Don't be too busy to keep being here.Looking to see my people <em>246</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:58:47 EST hello Hi there,I just discovered by chance that there was such a team.I've been checking but never found. <BR> I'm from Barbados.Any Bajans out there.Happy to be a member of this team. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:45:33 EST Greetings! Hello all from chilly Brooklyn! I am a recycled newbie to this sparkpeople thing. I did not meet my goal of being carnival ready for 2009, so I intend to be extra ready for 2010! It's wonderful to find a community of people who have a common goal of weight loss and can hopefully inspire and uplift each other! Bless. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:30:25 EST Warm Trinidad greetings Hello everyone just stopping by to say hello to all of my Caribbean people. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:25:09 EST Happy Valentines Day Team, <BR> <BR> Trying to share some caribbean spark love. <BR> <BR> IRIE Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:32:25 EST Does being from the islands make weight lost hard? Does anyone find it harder to lose weight because of the type of rich foods that come from the islands? Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:58:18 EST Doubles (bara, channa and curried mango)) Hi Good Morning Happy New Year to all. I haven't been here for a long while but I'm back now and I'm wondering if any body can help me find out how many calorie is found in a doubles. <link><BR>dad-doubles-recipe/ </link> <em>4</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2009 01:57:31 EST Do I count?? l Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:11:00 EST Hello one and all HI I am a 32(33 IN MARCH) yr. old mother of a three year old energetic boy. I am from st. thomas, us virgin islands. I was told about spark by a cousin and I decided to make use of it. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired so I started taking my health seriously. I am currently 255 but i weighted 265 a month ago. My goal is to get to 150. Looking forwar to interacting with everyone. Sun, 25 Jan 2009 13:32:05 EST Hello All I'm a 29 year old mother of a 5 year old boy from St. Lucia. I've been a member of spark people for some time and used to be an avid jogger while i lived in Quebec for some time, but I'm back home with no babysitter so I stopped running, but my brother is back home now and he's the babysitter so I've started the couch potato to 5k again. Hope to have fun here. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 06:51:58 EST DAILY / WEEKLY GOALS It seems like the spark is dying in this group. Lets try to revive the spark by holding ourselves and each other accountable in this thread. This is my suggestion: <BR> 1. We write our goals for the week - whether daily or weekly - and each day if we accomplished that goal we give ourselves a star. <BR> 2. At the end of the month the person with the most stars is declared/crowned Caribbean Queen. <BR> What do you guys think about this idea? Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:21:29 EST Adios& Adieu I joined this team to connect w/ppl from the Caribbean w/weight loss goals similar to myself or even get motivated. This group seems to have fallen dormant. I need an energetic group of ppl to help me get to my goals. So I'm leaving the group. Good luck to all & goodbye! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 13:42:52 EST WHERE ARE YOU? Where are Spice girl and New Mom?Also Bajan Nurse? <BR> Happy New Year all.Hope to see you on soon. <BR> Roz. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:37:37 EST GRETINGS FOR 2009 Hi Everyone, <BR> Just thought that I should let you all know that over the past year it has been a pleasure chatting and interacting with you on this team. <BR> I must say that I've made some SPECIAL friends,and for that I'm very gratefull. <BR> May we continue to encourage each other on this healthy lifestyle which will be a benefit to all of us in the long run. <BR> May all of you and your families and loved ones have a holy,happy, healthy,blessed 2009. <BR> All my love always, <BR> Roz. <... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 23:22:31 EST Daily Challenge! Myb we need to set up a daily challenge. Nothing monumental but it would give ppl a reason to check in and at least post that they did it. Or an accountability thread...idk. Oooh or do a one month challenge where ppl are put in groups. Just givin u some ideas. <BR> <BR> Anyone in here from Jamaica? <BR> I need a workout buddy Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:25:49 EST What Did You Do Today To Keep The Spark Alive? Today, I went to visit another team members blog page and left some encouraging words. Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:41:51 EST Hello Everyone I am a transplanted Jamaican who lives in northern New Jersey but happy to say that my roots are still there! As you can tell from my username, I am a grand mother … of 6 beautiful children and mother of 3 … 2 daughters and a son. <BR> I am no stranger to the weight loss battle ground nor to Spark but, sad to say, I have allowed life's stumbling blocks to get in my way and threw me off course! Well, I am back and more determine than ever to get to my weight goal! I know that having people wh... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 17:26:30 EST Does anyone have a healthy version of black cake? Anyone with healthy xmas recipes? What are some traditions from the other islands. Sat, 6 Dec 2008 11:52:25 EST 5 weeks, 5 lb. challenge There are roughly 5 weeks left in 2008. Anyone want to see if they can lose 5 lbs. before 2009 comes in? <BR> <BR> I am game! My current weight is 176, goal is 171 by New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> Join me??? <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2008 15:57:12 EST Good Monday Morning This chilly morning in NC has me longing for the warm waters of the Caribbean. <BR> <BR> How is everyone this morning? Mon, 20 Oct 2008 09:35:54 EST Has our spark died? Hello Ladies, <BR> What happened? I was so thrilled to find you all . Now no one participates(maybe a few exceptions) anymore. Is everyone meeting their goals? Can we talk about the obstacles that are in our way? Can we offer each other encouragement? Am I going to have to look for another team? Spicy mom, Pink roses, Roz, Caribgal? I feel bad because our spark is barely alive. <BR> <BR> Valerie Tue, 7 Oct 2008 22:10:37 EST Greeting All A Jamerican newbie saying hello! Wed, 24 Sep 2008 07:43:43 EST Authentic Creations: Testing your cooking skills Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm such a Caribbean woman, it's ridiculous. I love the music, culture and especially the food. We all know that some of the most tastiest dishes are not the healthiest. So, I would like for us to try to re-create our authentic Caribbean dishes the healthy way. <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts? Thu, 18 Sep 2008 13:54:45 EST Hurricane watch prayers for all of you living in the Caribbean. Roz i know you are in TRINIDAD now so be safe all Wed, 27 Aug 2008 00:29:24 EST Lets support SpicyMom!!! Spicymom what's wrong? Please tell us how we can help. <BR> Valerie Thu, 21 Aug 2008 21:43:22 EST Where is everyone from? Hi, <BR> My name is Valerie, and I am originally from Barbados. I have lived in the USA since the age of 14. I am now in my late 40s. Currently living in Florida. Found this site accidentally, but I love it. It allows me to track my daily caloric intake which is such a huge help. I need lots of encouragement though, because it's so easy to fall back into old habits. Right now I'm in a plateau, and cannot seem to break it. I 've been slacking on the exercise lately, but will definitely get bac... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:43:04 EST MIA Apologies for mia for the past week but my phone line was affected by a house fire in our area.Glad to be back now. <BR> Blessings, <BR> Roz. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 21:39:50 EST Newbie Here Hey! I'm coming from a few months absence from spark and a healthier lifestyle. I'm trying to get back on track now. While I was looking around, I came across this site. Looking forward to meeting all of you. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 20:58:02 EST Please Watch CNN and Pass It On!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! Did you know that companies in the US have said they would hire a white man with a felony record and no high school education BEFORE they would hire a Black Man with NO criminal record and a 4-year degree? <BR> <BR> On July 23 at 9pm and July 24 at 9pm, CNN will premiere a series, "Black in America with Soledad O'Brien and I urge you to watch it, uninterrupted, with your children. <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2008 02:30:32 EST Hola all.. I am on a journey of a lifetime to get healthier and my life back. I have been overweight for a while and one day I just decided to just get up and stop being lazy. Please stop by my page and say hello. <BR> Moni <em>184</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2008 16:41:51 EST Kudos & Shout Outs! Hey Team, <BR> <BR> Wanted to start a thread to acknowledge our successes. <BR> <BR> First kudos and shout out goes to Sandi11-1962 for her 3 week streak in the Team goal of 120 minutes of exercise per week! <BR> <BR> Way to go! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 17:30:12 EST Back In Time Saw this as a question of the day on another team. <BR> <BR> If you were to go back in time what would you wish for? <BR> <BR> I would wish for my happy childhood days when my parents and all my aunts and uncles were alive! <BR> Roz. Wed, 18 Jun 2008 15:30:13 EST First Names And Their Meanings DO you know after whom you were named and the meaning of your name? <BR> Roz. Mon, 26 May 2008 13:45:31 EST Happy Mother's Day! Hi you all hot mamas! <BR> Just saying have you all a Happy Mother's Day, and thank you all for passing on he gift of life. <em>247</em> Sun, 11 May 2008 21:54:00 EST Fresh to the team Hi you all, <BR> I joined sp mid-feb this year. This is my first time on a team, and I need help navigating my way around, and of course help reaching my goal. <BR> I would be especially, grateful for all and any help, given. <BR> Thank you. <em>249</em> Sat, 3 May 2008 22:56:22 EST Team Leader Do we have an active team leader? I haven't seen her post anything since I joined this team. I joined the Caribbean Islands Connection team as an alternative, but there are only 10 members in there. I wish we could combine the two teams. The more members, the better. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 11:47:35 EST Whats working for you? Tips for everyone !!!! Hay guys, just thought we should have somewhere that we all could post some of the things that are working or have worked for us to get rid of those pesky pounds !!! <BR> <BR> 1. GRADUALLY cut portions. <BR> 2. Invest in some measuring cups (you know, the ones on the ring with graduated sizes) <BR> <BR> I tried the Spark reccomended portions at the outset and had headaches all day and felt so miserable that I almost gave up. <BR> <BR> So I decided to gradually reduce my portions... startin... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:22:30 EST where are you? I am a Jamaican living in Roch N.Y Where are you? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 07:42:31 EST newbie hi, i am a jamaican living in canada i have been with the sp since january,and love the support and encouragements i am geting from the people here, i hope to meet and encorage each other Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:27:24 EST sweet bread anyone have a recipe? Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:21:59 EST What did you have for lunch today? Let's post what we eat for lunch! Even if not so good, just post it!When we see what others are eating,we will be motivated to eat better and even get ideas for recipes. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 06:55:24 EST rewarding yourself Do you reward yourselves after loosing some lbs? <BR> I DO. I GOT A FACIAL Fri, 22 Feb 2008 06:37:45 EST Workout Music I love working out to soca music .... Surprise surprise lolol <BR> <BR> I have a mix that I use on the step machine/bicycle <BR> <BR> play list goes somethin lie this (from memory I dont have my iPod with me right now) <BR> <BR> woman by my side - reggae mix <BR> " - original <BR> Nah going home (till di morning come) <BR> Hot wukk - remix <BR> up to the ceiling <BR> fete after fete <BR> Jumbie <BR> One more time <BR> I dare you <BR> Max it up <BR> scadalous <BR> You (breat... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:05:15 EST Weekend Exercise Challenge Caribbean Style So Im usually pretty good with exercise during the week but I tend to throw it out the window on the weekend. <BR> <BR> So lets encourage eachother to keep moving on the weekend <BR> <BR> This weekend I will <BR> <BR> 1. do a spinning class on saturday <BR> 2. take all the clothes off my elliptical at home ... maybe use it (baby steps) <BR> <em>279</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2008 20:37:45 EST Jamerican New to the Team Hi everyone, Just found this team and glad to be here! I've been a member of SP for over a year, but just got re-acquainted with the site in early December and started joining in on message boards and teams early January! The support system on spark is amazing and I'm glad I finally joined the community! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 16:46:11 EST Breakfast Now that we are posting about dinner, I'm asking what do you have for breakfast, or how many of you skip out on the most important meal of the day---breakfast? <BR> Roz. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:54:15 EST Valentines Day How do you plan to spend this day? <em>26</em> <em>51</em> <em>181</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2008 06:04:33 EST What's for dinner tonight? OK, maybe I can get some movement going on this team... we all have to eat, so... <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR DINNER TONIGHT??? <BR> <BR> I'll start: I made beef oxtails, with lima beans and spinners; bok choy, carrots, rice and a salad. <BR> <BR> Mangia! <em>190</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2008 17:33:22 EST Trinidad Carnival Anyone making the trip? Tue, 22 Jan 2008 10:53:43 EST Anyone a part of a Challenge? Hi, <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone is taking part in any challenges at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm in an abs challenge that goes month by month. This is how I started working exercise into my schedule. <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x69x108<BR>01900 <BR> <BR> And I've also joined a challenge that uses the Turbo Jam DVD workout system. I plan to use it on weekends which is when I think I'll have the most time to devote to that level ... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 10:24:14 EST Does anybody make their own Hard Dough Bread? I've never tried...but is their a recipe... Sat, 29 Dec 2007 00:36:41 EST Hello!!! Hey everyone...just found this team.. I am representing the Cayman Islands. Can't wait to meet all the team members!! Merry Christmas everyone!!! Tue, 25 Dec 2007 12:21:11 EST Cornmeal porrage! Do any of you love cornmeal porrage like...I do! we have it often!! My Mother-In-Law showed me how to make it years ago! Now, my children love it.. <BR> <BR> What is your version of it! Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:43:53 EST Just found you guys Hi All <BR> <BR> I've just joined the team today and I need some help. I came to Dominica in Sept to care for my parents and this is my first Christmas away from home and I'm missing my kids. I worried I'm going to eat and drink too much to get through. Please help. Thanks Fri, 21 Dec 2007 06:51:26 EST Post Your SparkPoints! 3 for today! Tue, 18 Dec 2007 00:32:13 EST Which Island Do you Represent!! I have to admit I am just married to a Jamaican. My sister In-Law saws I am Jamaican by Injection. <BR> <BR> Jamaica in the House!! Sun, 16 Dec 2007 15:32:14 EST Earthquake Have you or anyone you know been affected by the earthquake?It lasted 90secs in some parts of Trinidad but no damage was done --thank God. <BR> Roz. <em>223</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2007 23:33:49 EST African- American Women: Where We Stand- NBC Night Please watch NBC Nightly News tonight! Discussing issues concerning our Health Risks, Education, Marriage, and Starting Businesses. Pass it on. Thank YOu! <BR> <BR> Come post later at: African-American Women: Where We Stand. Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:56:02 EST CONCERNED Hi Everyone!! <BR> What's going on? Where is every one?Are we very busy with all the other teams that this one is left lacking?Or is the Caribbean Spark fading? I would like to know.Wake up and spread the spark!!! <em>303</em> Roz. Thu, 22 Nov 2007 22:24:14 EST new team member Hello Everyone my name is Sandi and I am from Jamaica . <em>213</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2007 11:38:03 EST New to Caribbean Sparks! Hi - I have been with SP since April of this year... just discovered this team today and decided to join. I am originally from Trinidad now living in NY. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Aug 2007 16:01:17 EST Everyine Safe after Dean? Just wanted to make sure everyone is safe after Hurricane Dean. We spent the night shuttered up but got little wind and rain. Northern Belize did though..... Hope eveyone is safe. Tue, 21 Aug 2007 20:52:34 EST Greetings! Hello my Caribbean Sistahs, I am a true Caribbean Queen living in Atlanta, GA. I am a Perfect Combination of Trini and Vincy Mix born in St. Croix! I am loving the idea of us coming together. Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:07:35 EST Hello! Hi: <BR> <BR> Greetings from Puerto Rico! Nice to meet all of you. My name is Carmen, I'm a music teacher on the journey to lose some excess pounds, just to be a better me for all the people I love and sspecially for myself; I think that's the point of all this. Any cheer up just tell!!! <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hughs, <BR> Carmen Tue, 19 Jun 2007 22:07:54 EST upliftment week I am afraid my zeal may peter so i present this challenge: we encourage the carribean females to be their best through positive vibes <BR> my positive vibe to you: <BR> Smile because you are worthy Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:56:48 EST Help Bar B Q today Help...i am facing a temptation today <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> I organised a farewell Bar B Q and I am sacred thati may fall <BR> I am thinking positive and i have told DH to help me not fall <BR> this is the menu...tell me what you think <BR> grill chicken , steak....toss salad, steam pudding, rice and corn pie <BR> the dessert is icecream and coaco brownies ( i made 30 squares but there willbe 25 persons) <BR> i did not want peple not to enjoy the food but i was thinking of me too <BR> Sun, 10 Jun 2007 09:38:23 EST newbie trying to find her way hello everyone <BR> i am fairly new at navigating the site but i stumble across this board..hope i can find and give encouragement to all <BR> Oceannes Wed, 6 Jun 2007 15:19:19 EST biggest loser challenge Hey everyone, <BR> There is a new challenge beginning on one of the message boards, modelled after "the biggest loser" show. Basically everyone is being put on a team and each week, as in the show, we all have to weigh in and point are awarded to each team. If your into competitions like this, or just want the support check it out. You have to get your name in by June 1st in order to get on a team. So Caribbean girls let's show them how we do it! <BR> GO to: Community THEN message boards THE... Wed, 30 May 2007 22:41:49 EST Mothers Day A Mother's Love <BR> <BR> There is no love, like a mother's love, <BR> no stronger bond on earth... <BR> like the precious bond that comes from God, <BR> to a mother, when she gives birth. <BR> <BR> A mother's love is forever strong, <BR> never changing for all time... <BR> and when her children need her most, <BR> a mother's love will shine. <BR> <BR> God bless these special mothers, <BR> God bless them every one... <BR> for all the tears and heartache, <BR> and for the special work they'... Fri, 11 May 2007 19:13:28 EST Staying Focused Hi, just want to encourage everyone to remain true to yourself and your goals. Being totally focused is the only way to do it, ecah day brings new distractions and challenges, but forge ahead with real zeal, determination and a made up mind to get health and stay strong for life!!! Sun, 6 May 2007 22:42:49 EST The day after the long Easter Holdiay !!! So for those of you still living in the West Indies like me... u know this is our first day out to work after all the ham, saltfish, hot cros buns, stew chicken, peas, roti, the list goes on!!! <BR> <BR> How did everyone make out with all that food!!! <BR> As for me i gained 2lbs sigh .. the journey continues <BR> Tue, 10 Apr 2007 08:21:20 EST Healthy ways to cook Caribbean foods I thought this would be a great topic... typically Caribbean food always tastes good, but isnt always the best nutritionally... there's absolutely nothing wrong with them, we all grew up on it didn't we?... but i was wondering if anyone has tried to make their favorite Caribbean dish healthier... please post any recipes that keep the flavor, but reduce the calories... i'm looking forward to trying some of them... Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:21:54 EST RELIGHTING THE CARIBBEAN SPARK Hi ladies, <BR> Good morning, I am new to this group(joined last Sunday) but I can't help but noticed that it seems like the flame is going out on this group. We can't let that happen because Caribbean people are strong, success oriented people who don't give up on nothing until they achieve whatever they set out to do. If we let this group fall then consequently, we are unintentionly letting what we as a group of people stand for slowly slip from us. Come on people, we can do this. I know it... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 09:39:10 EST Hi, im new here Hello, my name is Kira and I'm new to this team... Im from the spice isle of Grenada, and have been with spark for 14 months now... just wanted to say hello.. <BR> <BR> p.s. any other Grenadians out there? Mon, 12 Mar 2007 15:33:27 EST Christmas is almost here! Hey everybody! <BR> Christmas is almost here and OMG! Any tips on how to survive this season of soooo much food, and so many dinners and events to attend? Tue, 5 Dec 2006 17:55:01 EST Bananas!!! !!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone heard the saying that bananas are not good for people who are trying to lose weight? can someone assist because I'm a banana freak and a friend told me if I want to lose the wieght faster I should stop eating bananas <em>238</em> Mon, 4 Dec 2006 20:12:13 EST Bread Problems Is there anyone who like bread or flour/pastries that u feel u can eat it only and not eat food. Does anyone have such problems and what r u doing to help your situation.? <em>22</em> Mon, 4 Dec 2006 20:09:34 EST Say Hello Hi, just saying hello and hope everyone is going well so far. Keep up the good work guys. Laters <em>243</em> Mon, 4 Dec 2006 20:07:38 EST Just those Rainy Days... Hey Ladies! <BR> I hope everyone is enjoying their SP journey. For those of us in the about rainy days! <BR> But for those days (like today) when you feel like giving in and saying "just for today" resist the urge! : ) <BR> And for the rainy days when people rain on your parade, just take out your umbrella and pretend there's sunshine outside! <BR> Take care ladies <BR> Blessings Sun, 29 Oct 2006 19:03:49 EST My Caribbean Ladies Hi, I'm Yolette, born in Curacao, living in St. Croix. Where are you guys from? Sat, 16 Sep 2006 09:39:56 EST hi just saying hi and keep it up, sparks! i'm always watching and reading as much as possible. Wed, 13 Sep 2006 09:41:26 EST What do you eat when you're feeling blue? I know we should refrain form emotional eating, but I was wondering what do you guys eat or do when you're feeling under the weather? Tue, 12 Sep 2006 21:44:21 EST How to get rid of face fat? Hello friends, today I had to take a passport size photo and I realize that even though I've been loosing my weight my face is still the same. It has the same amout of chubbyness I started of with. How do we deal with that? Any suggestion. Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:28:17 EST Weekly weigh-in 287 today...6 glasses of water so far and 15 minutes around the park... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing great today. Sat, 9 Sep 2006 10:16:19 EST aye everybody!!! all yuh i teiffin a check in so i cya stay but, i missin allyuh and remember to stay focused and on top uh de SH!@#$%^ <BR> <BR> I'M SO PROUD OF HOW DE CARIBBEAN SPARKS JUST GROWIN AND GROWING, show dem caribbean people are fitness and health oriented too! yeah - most of the time, carnival time, borough days, christmas fetes, paranging, see we're real fitness frantics! <BR> <BR> enjoy yourselves - hows the latest excercize going? i'm horseback riding, talk about keeping ti innovati... Fri, 8 Sep 2006 15:51:41 EST aye everybody!!! all yuh i teiffin a check in so i cya stay but, i missin allyuh and remember to stay focused and on top uh de SH!@#$%^ <BR> <BR> I'M SO PROUD OF HOW DE CARIBBEAN SPARKS JUST GROWIN AND GROWING, show dem caribbean people are fitness and health oriented too! yeah - most of the time, carnival time, borough days, christmas fetes, paranging, see we're real fitness frantics! <BR> <BR> enjoy yourselves - hows the latest excercize going? i'm horseback riding, talk about keeping ti innovati... Fri, 8 Sep 2006 15:51:19 EST Most challenging Diet Stage Hi guys, what has bee the most challenging diet stage for you and why? I am currently at stage 3 of 4. Wed, 6 Sep 2006 22:57:49 EST Life after C-section ok <BR> Over 3years now I had a c-section and with the spark people life style I've lost weight every where beside my tummy even thought I'm a pro now at crunches in various styles but I'm not loosing the inches can some one help please <em>79</em> Mon, 4 Sep 2006 08:48:57 EST Weekends are murder Hi all. Congrats to all of you on getting closer to your goals. I find that I am doing quite well but the truth is that weekends are a killer. You throw some of everything in your mouth, especially when the kids are snacking. Any tips out there? Sun, 3 Sep 2006 23:23:39 EST Losing Weight and Loving It!! Hi all, I'm new here but was glad to see some ppl who are just like me - Caribbean! I am from Barbados, I am 34 years old and I am married with two great children. Today i am happy to report that after one month here at SparkPeople I have lost 8lbs. I feel better already!! To all my friends out there, stick with it. Like most things it's largely mind over matter - at least that's one of the things I've learned. Fri, 1 Sep 2006 11:30:37 EST Introduction <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Hi. I just wanted to formally introduced myself to the Caribbean team. My name is Karen and I hope that we can all be friends and encourage each other on the road to success towards our goal. Hope to hear from you all soon. Thu, 24 Aug 2006 21:53:03 EST Staying focused Staying focused on a project or plan is one of the most difficult challenges we face. There is always the house to clean, calls to make, laundry to fold, movies to watch, news to catch up on, deadlines to meet and expectations to live up to.There is so much pulling on us, distracting us, keeping us from doing what we say- no wonder it never gets done. Actually, there is one thing that keeps us from our goals, that is lack of focus. Very often,lack of focus is caused by fear. Fear means you ca... Tue, 15 Aug 2006 10:37:04 EST New Member Hi team, my name is Lisa and I am from Jamaica. Hoping to have a good time here while losing weight. Mon, 14 Aug 2006 12:41:21 EST MY PROGRESS TODAY... So me and Lue came up with this idea...its just about writing how the day went. Was it good, bad or whatever. If it was good ..GREAT..if it was bad..what went wrong? Be prepared to be chastised when yuh doh get up an exercise!!! LOl..but nothing harsh, small thing...mainly this is for the encouragement. This way we can all help each other. Look forward to reading about tommorow. Later ladies. Sun, 23 Jul 2006 23:44:13 EST I wanna coutn climbing stairs as an excercize does any one know how to do this? <BR> because i climb a reasonable amount of stairs- when I get to the top my thighs and calves are burning and I 'm alittl ewinded - so I think this shoud count as excercize - any ideas? Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:14:14 EST lets start a competition ok, per month who can rank up the highest points per month. <BR> <BR> Any one ever made one of the recipies? <BR> which one ? <BR> <BR> how did it taste? Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:11:45 EST Now, it seems to me that being in love or in lust with someone can definitely throw your exercise and eating plans through the window!!! This week has been quite the emotional trip for me and needless to say, its killing my spark plans! Should I swear off off men till my goal weight is achieved? lol...i doh know boy...I wonder though what causes this? Thu, 13 Jul 2006 17:46:43 EST emoional eating Between yesterday & today I had 400 gram of wafers, I just ate them just for so, no particular reason and now i'm feeling guilty as I was going so well in my weight loss efforts, what am I to do about this <em>39</em> Tue, 11 Jul 2006 15:23:44 EST one step forward, two steps back <em>46</em> <BR> I consumed 2, 454 calories before telve o'clock today I feel fat and horrid. and this is after having a wonderful workout on abs and shoulders following a fifteen mins run last night. i got real mad this morning at my incompetent elder brother who mocked up a great life opportunioty just by being his irresponsible self. i 'm still mad and now i'm more mad at myself. i have a run/walk around the queen's park savannah booked for this evening and i hope to be able to push myse... Fri, 7 Jul 2006 13:14:22 EST wHAT DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT? And if you can't think about anything go out and do something to feel good about <BR> <BR> I feel good <BR> nanananana <BR> the way that I should now <BR> na na na na na na na <BR> I feel good <BR> <BR> sing along ladies <BR> <BR> you know that I would now <BR> na na na na na <BR> so good <BR> uhn uhn <BR> so good <BR> uhn uhn <BR> Tue, 4 Jul 2006 08:13:39 EST ??? Whey de Caribbean Sparks dread? All yuh abandon meh? Fri, 30 Jun 2006 11:17:26 EST tings to vote on ok, we'll use here when we have ideas for the team page. alyuh like de oic? have any ideas? i jest use what i had on my comp. so doh worry about insultin mih, i jest doh know what to use right now so i use mine. Wed, 28 Jun 2006 17:49:25 EST LOVING WHERE YOU'RE AT Ladies what do you absolutely love about yourself right now, not later, but right now? <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> 1. My eyes <BR> 2. My breasts <BR> 3. My confidence <BR> 4. My creativity <BR> 5. My Shoulders <BR> <BR> I'll stop at 5, but there is soooo much more! LOL <em>26</em> <em>26</em> Tue, 27 Jun 2006 11:37:50 EST Food names Ok, here's my first problem, and I would think other regional people's too. <BR> What do we call foods we eat that simply are not there and how do we get the nutritional value for them? Has any one tried lookinh up - saltfish, or ochro? I still have difficulty measuring Apples in cuts in a cup, we eat them straight don't we? And what do we look for when we want to get a close relative of macaronie pie of fry bake - or fry dumplin as others call it? Any -one? Any-one? <BR> I want to register m... Mon, 26 Jun 2006 10:57:07 EST