SparkPeople Pagan Place Team Messageboard Pagan Place is composed of pagans and witches of all paths. SparkPeople Pagan Place Team Messageboard Beltaine <img src=""> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:53:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Jan 2020 23:47:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Jan 2020 23:45:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 31 Dec 2019 19:09:14 EST just checking in - from Kelly :0 Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:47:53 EST Brightest Blessings! I am an eclectic eccentric solitaire Wytch from Mesa, Arizona. I started SparkPeople way back in 2008 and have come and gone several times since then. I had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass performed on 07/05/2016 because I had reached my highest weight of 383 pounds and my health was failing fast. I knew I had to do something drastic before it was too late. I lost 180 pounds in a year and a half. I have gained 65 of that back since the beginning of this year due to stress eating and my husband ... Sun, 23 Dec 2018 00:31:30 EST Pass the Story Rules are simple: read only what the previous person wrote, then continue the story based off what you know and what you think is going on. You are limited to one paragraph per post. Feel free to use any style or tone you wish. <BR> <BR> I'll start us off... <BR> <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> Shelly decided it was time to finally take that walk she'd been meaning to. For the last three days, she'd been cooped up in her cabin riding out a storm that had seemingly come from nowhere. Now tha... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 23:49:43 EST Summer Scoreboard DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD. <BR> <BR> Weekly scores will be tracked here. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:08:50 EST Challenge Check-in Week Ending July 10 Post your first check in here by July 3. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight for the Challenge: <BR> Weekly Weigh In: <BR> Pounds Lost for the Week: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Days You Tracked Food: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:07:13 EST Summer Challenge Support & Motivation It looks like we have not had a challenge in a while. Let's get to it. Do not post weekly check ins in this thread. There will be check-in threads for that. Use this thread to sign up, discuss challenges, discuss goals, and give support. <BR> <BR> The rules: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight for the Challenge: <BR> Weekly Weigh In: <BR> Pounds Lost for the Week: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Days You Tracked Food: <BR> <BR> 10 pst for every pound lost. (You can only lose it once though. No countin... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:03:34 EST Lunar Eclipse Did anyone watch the Lunar Eclipse last night or do anything special during that time? I tried to meditate, but was pretty much unsuccessful. I guess the Lunar Eclipse made the energies to much for me to be still. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:10:22 EST Are there any new TV shows you are watching now? Just started watching "Preacher" (a summer substitute) -- pretty good, a little Sci Fi, a little "The Stand" and quirky. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:51:33 EST HEY THERE! WAS ON SPARK YEARS AGO DID AWESOME ....AND FELL OFF THE WAGON ...LOTS OF DRAMA BUT IM HERE TO FIX IT WITH IN MYSELF FIRST. <BR> <BR> IM VERY OPEN MINDED AND I CURRENTLY PRACTICE YORUBA RELIGION WHICH MOST KNOW AS SANTERIA. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD JOIN A GROUP THAT WAS OPEN MINDED SOME THING DIFFERENT THAN I AM USED TO. <BR> ENJOY YOUR DAY! Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:12:45 EST Hi; new here, new to Sp Just wanted to say hi. I was glad to find a Pagan group here. <BR> <BR> I'm Wiccan, family is Pagan &amp; I've got some serious health issues in recent years and am trying to work on them. <BR> <BR> My faith is a big part of my lifestyle so it's nice to see other Pagans here. <BR> ~Mac Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:39:58 EST Ostara Fitness Group Ritual Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone will find this useful, but I just finished making a ritual for the fitness group that I'm going to be leading starting Monday and I figured I would share. Since I tend to keep my practice as simple as possible, I feel like it's something that can be adapted easily to meet anyone's needs. ^_^ <BR> <BR> You can read it here: <BR> <link><BR>elcoming-in-ostara-and-spring-with.html </link> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:43:06 EST Hi EveryOne Hi EveryOne, <BR> <BR> Im the new chick on the block here so let me introduce myself! <BR> <BR> I am very unique and friendly love making friends here. <BR> Im new to paganism I used to be Christian but just got fed up getting attacked spiritually from other Christians while in church and outside of church. <BR> I decided enough was enough once I reached an unbelievable and shocking weight and now im wanting to fight back and get back to a healthier weight for myself. <BR> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:24:21 EST New Here, Not to Spark Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparker off and on for a while, but I am recently becoming more "spiritual." I have also thought of myself as Pagan, because of the believe aspect, but recently I have been wanting to be more spiritual. As of now, I am just a pagan and hoping to meet some like minded individuals. <BR> <BR> I live in Central Texas and suffer from PCOS and insulin resistance, so I need to eat low carb. I have a very difficult time doing so. I love to run and am stil... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:58:58 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST Introduction Merry Meet and Blessed Beltane! <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly sure what to say here except... hello. <BR> <BR> Blessed be, <BR> M Fri, 1 May 2015 22:21:30 EST Hello Hi all! I am Heather. I dropped off the Spark Grid back in 2013 and decided recently I was ready to become active and get this thing done. <em>30</em> I have practiced solitary (as opposed to just studying) for about 3 years now. My focus is with the Goddesses. I have a close knit group locally that I do ritual with on occasion. Looking forward to being a part of this group. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:58:51 EST Returning SP member Hi everyone. I was an active SP member a couple of years ago and wandered away for some reason. I'm back and focused on my health and weight loss goals. It's good to be back. :) Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:42:53 EST Daily challenges Welcome to our March challenge! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> The great thing for those of us that have trouble committing to a monthly challenge, this one changes every day! The new challenge will be posted the evening before the challenge day. You have the entire 24 hours to complete the challenge. If you complete the day, give yourself a point. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> At the end of the month we'll see who has the most points. Those people will get some sparkgoodies! <BR> <BR> Stay tuned... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:58:41 EST Inspiration for new challenge type, interested? I was thinking... we keep doing these LONG extended challenges and I was thinking... what if we do daily challenges or weekly. That will encourage people to sign on and come in and look what's up and we might get people to do a day and show encouragement and then do the next that wets their whistle. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:15:32 EST Hello I used to be on SP, but kind of got away from it. But, now I am back and finding it quite useful. I am an ecclectic witch. I have been practicing about 18 years now. I have a wonderful husband that is working on weight loss, although not here on SP. My mother in law is also on SP and also a witch. My family consists of 3 kiddos, a 15 year old step-son, a 7 yr old daughter and an 17 month old boy. All very active. <BR> My weight was down quite a bit before I got preggo with the last one, but ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:04:29 EST Emotional Eating This morning I am doing everything in my power NOT to emotionally eat. It has been really hard for me lately, but I have been doing better since November when I crawled out of my deepest depression I have been in in years. I know my stresser and there is nothing I can immediately do about it. It is Mississippi! It is the Delta! It is the terrible people that live here! It is the rudeness and overall disdain that people have for one another here. Do not let people fool you, the south is not th... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:39:42 EST Holiday traditions & fitness Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> With holidays approaching (Full Moon, Celtic month of Rowan begins, Februalia, Imbolc, etcetc) my family has been talking about making our celebrations more health-conscious. <BR> <BR> Do you add fitness to your holidays? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:36:05 EST Relatively new to SP Hi, I'm a 40 year old mom of a rambunctious 4 year old and married to a wonderfu husband. I've been on this weight loss journey since last July and fell off the wagon this past year. I'm ready to get back on track and know it won't be easy. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:20:25 EST Inches By Imbolc 2015 We're starting up yet another Challenge, where you out-sweat, out-muscle, out-help and out-lose your competition. SparkGoodie Awards will be given to all those who complete the Challenge. Check in on the Inches By Imbolc 2015 topic in the Challenge and Motivation section of this Forum, and email me at for a helpful plug-and-play spreadsheet (works on all Excel-type spreadsheet programs except Microsoft WORKS). <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:34:59 EST Inches by Imbolc 2015 Here we go, trying to drum up participation in another Challenge. So far I've only given out one spreadsheet... write me for the sheet at <BR> <BR> It's never too late to join, even if you don't see this until December ... Challenge starts in a week, on November 1. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:39:17 EST New here Hi my name is Jessica. I'm hoping to figure out why suddenly I've gained 30 pounds. I'm trying to restart again and hope that keeping in touch with those of similar beliefs help Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:49:27 EST Merry Meet Everyone! My name is Nicole. <BR> You may recognize my profile pic from an introduction I did a few days ago under the username IMERAY. I closed out that account, because it was really old and had my old measurements and weight and was really just having a negative effect on me. <BR> <BR> So, I created this account. I started my journey to a healthier life on August 12, so almost a month, and I WILL keep going with it. <BR> <BR> I've considered myself pagan for the last 9 years, but I was always int... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:35:32 EST Hello! Thought I would say hello and get involved. I am a returning member after loosing 132 pounds and kept it off for several years but 50 pounds have returned much to my dismay! Time to get busy again! I live in New Mexico, am a pagan and practice shamanic witchcraft for years. Hope everyone has a beautiful day full of healthy choices! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:30:21 EST Patron God or Goddess Who is everyones Patron God or Goddess and why/how did you choose them/they choose you? <BR> <BR> Mine is Hecate. She has a significance in a Samhain ritual I did years ago, that blew my mind. Ironic that there is a Yew tree in my yard (I think lol) and that that is a wood of her choice. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:26:32 EST Returning to the Yellow Brick Road... I used to be a member of SPARK... I was not very successful... but I have returned to this road... and hope to not only find a path that leads me to my goals... but a few friends along the way to share the journey with.... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:23:50 EST Hello! I used to be a member of this team, and then I left. <BR> <BR> It had nothing to do with the team. I think back about how deeply in the closet I was and how much self-esteem I was lacking and it makes me a little sad. Over the past year I've started to embrace my identity as a healer and it has helped me get in touch with my faith again. I feel like I'm ready to be open about it. Hiding it for 12 years took it's toll and I've just realized how unnecessary that was. <BR> <BR> So I'm back, an... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:59:14 EST Hello..... I´m 53 years old and in Dec I broke my right ankle, it was a clean fracture so i didn{t need surgery and really didn´t need pain meds. It´s June and I was wondering if it is too soon to start walking on a treadmill. My doctor said it would be ok, but to take it easy. I don´t know why I seem to need encouragement for this, I guess I´m feeling a little insecure. I was just walking, twisted my ankle and it broke. <BR> <BR> Maybe i should just get back on the horse so to speak....... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:26:42 EST Rituals for Health Merry Meet! What rituals do you enjoy for promoting personal health? In my solitary, eclectic Wiccan practice, I keep it simple: I use a terminated clear quartz crystal to inscribe a health rune onto a blue candle, light the candle, and gaze at it while visualizing myself standing there at my ideal weight, or exercising or eating healthily. How about you? <BR> Brightest blessings, <BR> Caitlyn Mon, 2 Jun 2014 04:10:44 EST Before the Fall Harvest I Will.... Ok, how do you finish this sentence? If you like you can add a bit of "why" <BR> Before the Fall Harvest I Will get into the habit of eating on schedule and drink more water. <BR> I have a bad habit of skipping breakfast and then making up for it in bad ways. I know I should drink more water for several reasons. I'm hopefully breaking my plateau and on my way again. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:39:21 EST What The Heck Happened To OPur Huddle Section? I do not like change. Even the message board part has changed. If the powers that be were going to make such a drastic change, it would have been nice to know in advance. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:21:23 EST how many people love fairies? I would really love to start celebrating the wheel of the year more. I haven't done much of that in the last 5 1/2 yrs since the death of my son. But I have color in my life again, and my faith has been restored, with April 3rd being his 29th birthday, he should me and my other kids that he is still very much here, and very much a true and loving guide to us all. some of the things I love most are fairies every yr I have a huge celebration in June called fairy day, I go all out with my grand ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:15:30 EST Buff By Beltane 2014 OK, here we go again. Everyone tighten your belts, and get ready to tighten them further! <BR> <BR> It's the usual: 10 points for each pound lost, 1 point for each 10 minutes of cardio work (18 max), 1 point for each 10 reps of weight work (18 max), 1 point for each message supporting another Team Member's progress, and - if your daily points total 15 or more - you can count your SP Login Spin for that day. <BR> <BR> As always, I have a spreadsheet worked up to make scoring easy for you. E... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:58:26 EST Buff By Beltane 2014 We're starting yet another Challenge, beginning on Ostara and continuing through Beltane. Come visit us under the heading Challenge and Motivation Forum! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:54:20 EST Hello I just recently joined SparkPeople. The Pagan Place Team popped up on my screen today, and I felt like I had come home. I follow no particular path, but bits and pieces of many. I quit smoking two years ago, and I have steadily gained weight ever since. I have gone from 135 lbs. to 180, and I can't seem to get it under control. I'm hoping I can learn how here. So, here's to mutual friendship! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:58:33 EST New Members Welcome I'm really bad about saying hi to new people, even when they post a Merry Meet! I'll try to modify that behavior, now that I have escaped two (successive, with different people) years of negativity. Praise Goddess I'm free! Oh, that was a bit too melodramatic, wasn't it? <BR> <BR> I am always happy to see new people come into our little corner. Look around and become aware that we have some things set up to do -- like our Buff By Beltane Challenge which will be starting on Ostara! If you... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:10:07 EST Merry Meet, All! I am so glad to have found a Pagan-Centered Group here! It means a lot to me to have people of similar beliefs to share my journey here with. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to get to know you and shed these pounds! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:41:42 EST hello... Umm hi? My name's Jess, and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm a pagan mom to a teenage girl who grew up learning (from me) all about how to sit on her computer all day and damn the consequences. I was a little nervous to post because I've gotten negative feedback from my friends when I sought their support in my mission to halt my increasing weight. This is my very first diet. I have no idea what I'm doing. Unlike most people who are more familiar with diets, I grew up skinny all my life unt... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:51:02 EST Introductions and such Hi guys!! <BR> <BR> I've been off and on Sparkpeople for quite some time now. I was mainly using the site for its food tracking but I think getting involved with a community, especially a pagan once since I'm all alone out here, would be the best thing for me right now. I view myself as a witch and I've been practicing 15 years now!! Time sure does fly! <BR> <BR> My current coal is to reach 140lbs by April 22nd (Earth Day). This will allow me to lose 2lbs/week. I plan on gett... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:27:47 EST 10 things about me - a mostly introduction... 1) My nickname is Reya because I can't stand my birthname. It reminds me too much of my bizarro bio-parents and all of their drama. <BR> 2) I love to blog and do so almost every day - I tend to post LONG messages and GRATITUDE LISTS. <BR> 3) I'm a 33 yr old SAHM of one brilliant almost 3 year old home/unschooled preschool boy. We named him after Nikola Tesla. He loves Transformers Rescue Bots, Yo Gabba Gabba, LeapFrog, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger, Pocoyo, Pororo and Super Why. <BR> 4) My hai... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:21:25 EST Challengers Talking We just finished another Challenge in the Challenge and Motivational Forum... but don't feel up to another just now. However, we have had such a wonderful time talking to and supporting each other that we are starting a new topic, Challengers Talking, down in the Challenge and Motivational Forum -- we have been motivating each other non-competitively and want to keep going! <BR> <BR> If you have been involved in the Challenges, or if you want to be in future Challenges, please join us! <BR> ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:54:43 EST Challengers Talking This is our new motivational chat group... and by motivation, I mean friendship and general life chat. I'm leaving it down here in the C&M forum as I mean to attract those who have been involved in the Challenges, who have been most of my closest SP friends. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:44:00 EST How did you celebrate Winter Solstice 2013 My family was in Havana Cuba for a vacation for Winter Solstice this year and we celebrated by going "geocaching" and saw some amazing parts of the city! It was so fun. <BR> <BR> Do you all celebrate Winter Solstice and if you do, how do you usually celebrate it? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:16:52 EST [insert witty, inspiring, charismatic title here] Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I've been with Spark on-and-off for a couple years now. I like it for the food tracking and other goal tracking sections. It's an easy way to keep track of how I'm doing. I eat pretty healthy things, but just in the last week, I'm discovering that even though I may eat healthy things, you have to eat the right portions and quantities. I tend to too many yummy fatty things like peanut butter and almonds, and yet oddly I still have difficulty meeting my protein recommenda... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:08:09 EST New Here Merry Meet! I just joined SparkPeople earlier this week. I'm still overwhelmed figuring out this site. My friend Tully46 told me about this group. Tully and I have been diet buddies for years. We live in different states and have only met once but she has been a wonderful friend support system for me. <BR> <BR> I've been studying both wicca and paganism off and on for several years. I pick what resonates with me and try to live my life according to that. And I always try to stay positi... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:04:01 EST Inches by Imbolc 2014 Here's the new topic. Email me at for the spreadsheet. Have a good Challenge! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:19:02 EST Em Hotep and greetings from Alabama Just wanting to say hello. I'm a Kemetic Pagan from Andalusia, Alabama (that's way down south). Thought this would be a lovely place to meet others while I'm journeying toward my twenty pounds of weight loss. <BR> <BR> Totally new to this site so... *waves* Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:53:24 EST Happy Samhain!! Happy Samhain everyone!! Good luck on your weight loss goals for November! <em>431</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:48:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:38:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:09:31 EST Yummier By Yule 2014 Here we go again. It has been a while. <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts November 1. You can get the spreadsheet to help keep track of your points from me by WRITING ME IN EMAIL, <BR> <BR> Here's the way it works. You get 1 point for each 10 minutes of cardio work. 1 point for each 10 reps of weight work. 10 points for each pound lost (yes, if your scale is accurate, you can use tenths of a pound). 1 point for each post you write in support of another Team Member (note: ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:59:53 EST Bright blessings from Indiana )O( Hello, everyone! I thought it was time for me to poke Groups and see if I could find any friends. I'd be thrilled to meet people here from Indiana, feel free to drop me a line if you want to chat. <BR> <BR> I've been practicing a little of this and little of that for about fifteen years, currently favoring Norse and Celtic traditions. I honestly have never spent much time talking other pagans, so I don't know what else is within tact to say in introduction ... ? But like I said, I'd love to ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:49:59 EST Greetings from Mississippi Hello there. Two years ago I moved to MS... it's been an interesting journey, There are not many people educated in what pagan means. Plus I am a city girl who has moved to the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE in the MS Delta. I joined SP 5 years ago and I lost 45lbs, then I went to grad school and gained back 30lbs. On the plus side I didn't gain it all back. Currently I'm getting my motivation back to lose an inch in my hips to fit in my wedding dress I just ordered. I will be getting married in July 2014... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:04:22 EST Adding Paganism to England's School Curriculum Found this on FB today and wanted to share...what's your take on this subject??? <BR><BR>epartment-for-education-please-add-pag<BR>anism-to-england-s-school-curriculum <em>207</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:39:25 EST Ready for a Challenge? It has been a while since I tortured myself by trying to run a Challenge, and overall participation in this group has dropped markedly. Are we ready to try another? <BR> <BR> I will require at least 10 participants. It has not been worth it to run one with fewer, as there are always people dropping out and it stops being a competition. <BR> <BR> The way our challenges work, you get points for weight loss, strength (based on sets of reps) and cardio (based on minutes) exercise, messages enco... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:38:29 EST Greetings from Alabama Hello! My name is Scarlett and I live in AL with my husband and our six year old son. I am about 90 pounds overweight and I am working to lose it and be healthier for my little family. I'm also helping that by losing the weight maybe we'll be able to have another child. <BR> <BR> I am just beginning to study Wicca again. I am interested in Druidism, Shamanism, Norse Paganism, and Cottage Witchery. I know they're all different from Wicca, I have learned that much. <BR> <BR> I look forward to... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:00:05 EST Others questioning my beliefs This actually probably isn't going to be what anyone else expects. <BR> <BR> Instead of being part of a regular coven, I found a group on, about 2 years ago, that is a misc. assortment of witches and pagans, and frequently do ritual with them. Prior to this, I'd been a solitary for roughly 13 years. <BR> <BR> Several of the other members are also into polyamory. Cool, whatever works for them, not my thing. Two of them are Gardenarian, and also the group mods (and a married couple... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:01:49 EST What is the biggest challenge of your being "out"? For me, the biggest hurtle is my temper... I have a problem with people that are closed minded and can accept "agree to disagree" and people that judge my children or brings out the mama bear... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:10:25 EST Weekly Challenge We are beginning the next of our Weekly Challenges, beginning today. Go to the Challenge & Motivation Forums and post to the Weekly Challenge group. Each Challenge will begin Monday and end Sunday. <BR> <BR> Participants will give themselves points for: <BR> Weight loss - 10 points per pound lost (from your previous low weight in the past 3 months). <BR> Strength work - 1 point for every 10 reps with any weights, any strength exercise, up to 12 points per day <BR> Cardio work - 1 point for ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:11:55 EST Weekly Challenge OK, I'm starting Weekly Challenges, beginning next Monday. Go to the Challenge & Motivation Forums and post to the Weekly Challenge group. <BR> <BR> Participants will give themselves points for: <BR> Weight loss - 10 points per pound lost (from your previous low weight in the past 3 months). <BR> Strength work - 1 point for every 10 reps with any weights, any strength exercise, up to 12 points per day <BR> Cardio work - 1 point for every 10 minutes of cardio exercise (bike, walking, treadm... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:11:37 EST End of Week 1 on SP I'm so excited! I'm through my first week on SP and I lost 7 lbs! I'm so excited. Whoo hooo! *happy dance* Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:40:19 EST Hello all My name is ally, im 22 and ive followed the pagan path all my life. im an earth witch and i work a lot with herbs both medically and spiritually. im trying to lose weight and have a lot of medical issues that stand in my way so any encouragement would be lovely. im always looking for a buddy too. <BR> im excited samhain is almost here. anyone else? Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:10:26 EST Does your path affect your health goals? Is anyone taking this journey because of their paganism? I know many who practice the craft cut their teeth so to speak on Scott Cunningham's books. He teaches, among other things, to be kind to all creatures, to breathe and eat correctly, to meditate and to exercise the body. Although I'm not Wiccan, most of what he wrote about, including these really resonate with me. As a result, I am now embarking on not only a weight loss journey, but changing my diet to one that is vegan, whole foods an... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 03:37:37 EST Slimmer By Samhain 2012 Here we go! Let's get our friends signed up for this... the spreadsheet which will make it easy for you to keep track of your points can be found by writing me at <BR> The more the merrier! If more than 3 complete the Challenge, awards will be given. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Moss Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:12:09 EST Next Challenge Our Healthier By Harvest Challenge is wrapping up. Once more I feel I am walking across the finish line alone in an empty statium, but being the glutton for punishment that I am, and being that I have already been asked for yet another Challenge, HERE WE GO! <BR> <BR> If you're interested in Slimmer By Samhain 2012, email me at for the spreadsheet which will help you keep track of your points and join us in the Challenge and Motivational Forum. <BR> <BR> The way the C... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:10:01 EST Hello all! I joined the site and this group back in February, but quickly fell by the wayside and have been absent since. So....I wanted to reintroduce myself and say hello. <BR> <BR> I am Ember, and I was raised a mix of Christian and pagan. As an adult I examined my beliefs and chose the pagan path. I have been dedicated to the Goddess Hecate for probably 20 years now although she was working with me long before that. :) I'm hoping to make some connections with other pagans who are on the same or s... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:09:40 EST Merry Meet and Blessed Be Hi. I am new to the sight and wanted to say hi to my fellow Pagans on here. I have been exposed to Paganism my whole life (both my grandmother's were Pagans), but I do not follow a specific path. I was an athlete growing up and had always been very petite, but a leg injury made me go from 98 lbs to 273 lbs in a little over a year's time. I had been extremely unhappy with my weight gain, but didn't have a support system to help me lose the weight. Every time I would lose anything, my now ex-hu... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:14:08 EST A New Hope... Hi there. Like many people I am not new to trying to lose weight. Over the years I've lost and gained more than I want remember. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and realizing this must stop. I remember saying by the time I'm 30 I will be slim and feeling great. Instead I went deeper into depression and gained what I wanted to lose. Now closing in on my 40th birthday I have not changed in the way I wanted to. <BR> <BR> At this point in my life I am in a place mentally that feels wonde... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:36:46 EST Any other Pagans lurking about? I was hoping this team would be more active, so here I am, making a post! Is anyone else lurking about, or is this team slow lately? I'd be happy to help stir things up however I can. :) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:20:41 EST Not all that new, but back. Hi all, <BR> I was part of this team years ago when I first started on Sparkpeople. Since then, I tapered off on SP until I practically didn't use the site at all, dropped all my teams, started back a bit when I decided to get pregnant, moved over to Babyfit, came back on and off, and just recently started using the site regularly again. I remember liking this team. I waffle about whether I consider myself pagan or anything, really, but lately I have been exploring my spirituality (which I to... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:53:56 EST New Hi Everyone...My name is Laurie and although I'm new to the team I'm not to SP. I love this site and all the support I've found here. I've been on a weight loss journey for more years than I can count. Back in May I finally seemed to be winning the Battle of the Bulge. I've lost nearly 40 pounds since January. But when my Mom died a couple of months ago I fell of my plan. Since then I've been struggling to get back on course. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, making some new friends an... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:42:00 EST New Member Hello all. Please feel free to check out my new spark page. Hoping to make new friends on this journey. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:31:17 EST Merry Meet Hi - Just joined Spark yesterday and am working on finding my way around. <BR> <BR> I am a Norther Tradition Pagan and Working improve my health. <BR> <BR> I am a personal trainer and Vegan. I would like to improve my fitness enough that I am once again comfortable working with clients. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:40:01 EST Healthier By Harvest 2012 Let's do a shorter one, easier to set goals. <BR> <BR> Email me at to get the spreadsheet, which will help you keep track of your points. If you need an office package to read the spreadsheet, you can get Softmaker Office 2008 (and maybe 2010 for Windows) for free (2012 is pretty cheap too, as office packages go), or LibreOffice or for free. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:40:09 EST Challenges? I've been running a Sabbat-by-Sabbat or Quarter-by-Quarter Challenge here for a few years, taking up the reins left me by others. For a long time, they went great, with 8 or 10 or more members joining the Challenge and at least 5 or 6 completing it. <BR> <BR> But things have not been so good the last few. No more than three people joining, and only me finishing. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, the past two Challenges have saw me lose 20 pounds total. So I'm not ready to give up. <BR> <BR> The way ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:25:16 EST Happy Lughnasa! Hi my name is Melanie and I am starting a long weight loss journey. I have a total of 90 lbs to lose. I was suprised and excited to discover Sparkpeople had a pagan weight loss group. I am 34 years old and have been a practicing pagan for 15 years. I am happily married and have a very active 2 year old. My personal goal is to lose 14 lbs by Mabon. So hope to meet everyone and be an active member of this group. <BR> <BR> Melanie Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:58:50 EST Returning Member Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste and I am 27 years old. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople probably 3-4 <BR> times. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to do this alone, and I can't do it. <BR> I am tired of trying to do it alone. <BR> <BR> I need help. I admit it. I ask for it. <BR> <BR> I am 5'1 and weigh 196 currently. <BR> <BR> I have been a Pagan for about 8-9 years now. I practice <BR> a blended spirituality of Celtic, Druidry, and Wicca. The main <BR> goddesses that I... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:03:23 EST Merry Meet Y'all. *waves* Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm Gale, 54, my mothers caretaker and proudly pagan. (mostly out of the closet pagan as well) <BR> <BR> As I said. My main job if you would call it that, I call it a blessing, is to care for my elderly and disabled mother full time. I have a brother that works to pay our bills and help to keep food on the table. <BR> <BR> After a long conversation today at lunch with Mom, I went in search of recovering my power over my health and weight. I know that... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:34:13 EST Hello lovely people! I just joined SparkPeople at the suggestion of some good friends, and I am glad to find a Pagan Community here as well. <BR> I'm Zira, I've been an ecclectic (Chaotic) left hand path Pagan for over 10 years, and within the past 5 years, found an amazing local Pagan group to hang with and learn from. These people are seriously amazing and I am very fortunate to have found them. :) <BR> I am eager to make some new friends here, in my journey to fitness. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:04:07 EST Progress My weight is still tending in a generally-down direction. My High is 233, and I've been as low as 227... well, the other day I was 225.6, but I think the battery is going out on the scale and I need to check that. Usually you can step on the scale three times and get the same weight all three. This time I stepped on the scale and got 225.6, but then an E; the second time was 226.8, and I tried it a third time (again, it usually gives you the same weight, and I was concerned about the health ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:09:35 EST Merry Meet and Hello Good day, My name is Sherry and I have fibromyagia. I am an open Pagan woman who is a reverend as well. I enjoy working with people in their times of need. I have handfasted and married people and it really warms my heart. Im glad I found spark and am enjoying my time here, trying to figure out everything. <BR> <BR> I am an avid bath and body product maker. I also do incense, lotions, potions and more. It gives me an outlet to focus on that instead of the problems I have. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 06:01:22 EST Hey all and Merry Meet!! Hey Sparkies, my name is Stephanie and I am a married mother of three. I started out on this site weighing around 250 and I am at almost the halfway mark to my weight loss goal of 150. I am hoping to be there by Samhain but only if I feel healthy. I am a pagan studying wicca and herbalism. I am here to make friends on this weight loss journey. Mon, 28 May 2012 18:09:54 EST Leaner By Lammas Challenge OK, we haven't had a whole lot of luck getting people to FINISH THE CHALLENGES lately, but just to show you what a glutton for punishment I am, I'm starting another one. <BR> <BR> Go down to the Challenge and Motivational Forum section of THIS FORUM (nothing new to join) and post to Leaner By Lammas if you want to get in on it. Then email me (NOT SparkMail, email) at and I'll send you the spreadsheet which will make it Sooooo Easy to track your points. The Challenge ... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 11:15:35 EST Leaner By Lammas Getting ready for the NEXT big Spark Challenge. Email me at if you want the spreadsheet. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:54:21 EST Merry meet! I'm looking for friends who are looking to lose weight so we can motivate each other. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 21:47:45 EST April Fools My scale pulled an April Fool's joke on me, reading 236.2 when I stepped on it and 236.4 when I went for a recheck. I was 241 just yesterday, don't think I can lose 5 pounds in one day. But I'm still claiming them. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:39:23 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Jessica, I am a wife and proud mommy to two kitties in Iowa. I studdied Wicca for a while when I was a teenager and have now found my way back to it again. I am really looking forward to learing and losing with all of you! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:14:19 EST Group Challenge We're getting some beautiful weather, time to get out and do some walking or running, get back into good strength and conditioning habits. <BR> <BR> We have a regular Challege in the Challenge and Motivational Forums. Nothing to it. You get points for weight loss, cardio work, strength work, supporting other Team members, and bonus points for doing well on a given day. Points add up as you compete against other Challenge members. <BR> <BR> Alas, we only have two members signed up. That does... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:09:19 EST Ostara Spring will be here before we know it! What are your plans for the Equinox? Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:14:10 EST February 21st New Moon in Pisces This is a little late but I'd like to throw it out there anyway. <BR> <BR> In general, new moons are a time of new beginnings, change, rest, and banishing of negativity. The most recent new moon was this past Tuesday in Pisces. An interesting Pisces occurrence is that Neptune has returned to his home sign of Pisces and will remain there for the next 13 years. A stay this extended hasn't occurred in over 100 years. <BR> <BR> What new beginnings and changes have you dedicated yourself to duri... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:52:06 EST Glad Game!! Okay, come on, every day post something that you are glad about. If you're feeling crabby, maybe it's just that you got out of bed, or maybe that the day is half over, or even that tomorrow is not today haha. Seriously, this is a good game and helps us stay positive! <BR> <BR> Today, I'm glad that I have SparkPeople, and I'm glad that my daughters are healthy. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:34:01 EST Merry Meet and Greetings to all! I am returning to Sparkpeople, I had just started here and was loving it when some friends told me they were using another site. I tried their site out for a month and I really miss Sparkpeople and found their site to be kind of boring. I did discover a cool gadget called a Fitbit though...and I love using it. <BR> <BR> I may have added a few of you to my friends but I am asking others to add me, if you want. I really would like to make some Spark Friends and help motivate and receive som... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 16:35:17 EST Imbolc Hi all :) I started studying paganism a few years ago and have gone back and forth between Paganism and Christianity...well I can't do the mental gymnastics of Christianity anymore....even if I could I do miss aspects of paganism such as esbats and sabbats. When the New Year arrived I thought how cool it would be to go through the year and celebrate the 8 sabbats...however...there is a slight maybe major issue. <BR> <BR> Because of the current economy, I live with my parents who are evangeli... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:26:59 EST *waves hello* Hi all! Glad to be here again after a loooong time. I'm never sure what to say on these post so I'll just say hi :) Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:11:55 EST Buff By Beltaine 2012 Wow, 3 days left in the Compact By Candlemas Challenge. While I haven't exactly rocked it this time around, I have lost all of my Winter Weight (just got 10 points this morning, down to 241), now it's time to get serious and get down to Summer Weight. <BR> <BR> Please join me in leaping from Crossquarter to Crossquarter, for Buff By Beltaine 2012. Spreadsheets are available -- and this time I didn't make them up brand new, so they'll work, LOL. <BR> <BR> Write me at f... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:12:06 EST Buff By Beltaine 2012 Wow, 3 days left in the Compact By Candlemas Challenge. While I haven't exactly rocked it this time around, I have lost all of my Winter Weight (just got 10 points this morning, down to 241), now it's time to get serious and get down to Summer Weight. <BR> <BR> Please join me in leaping from Crossquarter to Crossquarter, for Buff By Beltaine 2012. Spreadsheets are available -- and this time I didn't make them up brand new, so they'll work, LOL. <BR> <BR> Write me at f... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:10:39 EST Hi! Need help sticking with my diet. Hi, I am a 45 year old grandmother of 4. I love to read, cross stitch, make jewlery, dragons, garden and hike. I also love my dog (Goober) and my husband very much. I am a solitary Wiccan. I am quiet and shy until I get to know you, so none of my friends would say that I am quiet or shy in any way. I have weighed 242 for about 6 years now and I'm ready to get rid of it. I always quit after a couple of days with many different excuses, I could really use help sticking to my plan. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:12:25 EST Returning AGAIN! Greetings all. My name is Eden. I'm 45 years old and have been happily married for 20 years. I've lost 160 pounds and I'd like to lose 15 more. I'm a vegetarian and I eat healthy, but I have a very sedentary lifestyle. I've been a member of SP a couple times in the past but I'm determined to stay connected this time while I learn a more healthy lifestyle. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:28:12 EST Hello everyone Hey, my name is Jenny and I'm not new to sparkpeople, but I am returning from a very long break. I am new to this team, and also to Paganism. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet a lot of you on the message board. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:50:33 EST Returning to SparkPeople Happy Saturday! I just re-joined SP after about a year of not participating. It's taking me a while to get motivated on the site this time but I thought I'd start by posting an introduction. <BR> <BR> My name is Kirty and I am a stay-at-home-mom to my 2 dogs. I'm 45 years old and have been happily married for 20 years. We recently relocated to Orlando from St. Petersburg bcuz my husband got a promotion. I think I like it here, but I'm still trying to find my way around. <BR> <BR> I've lost ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 03:57:45 EST New Member My name is Nicolle and I am new to the lifestyle. I have been looking for a place/religion to belong my entire adult life and have found in the last few months of researching Wicca that I feel very comfortable with the foundations it is based on. I look forward to "speaking" to all of you. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:54:47 EST Merry Meet! Hello folks - I'm looking forward to getting to know some like-minded Sparkpagans! A bit about me: I'm 39, and I'm predominantly a solitary eclectic, though I am blessed to have kindred in my community, and I participate in many group rituals and activities. At the core, however, is my personal connection to the Lord & Lady. <BR> <BR> Why did I join Spark people? Over the last few years I've experienced quite a bit of loss, depression and emotional turmoil. During that time, I straye... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:08:10 EST Does anyone have a..... Familiar? Mine is a lazy but handsome long haired black cat. I'm a vet tech and I got him in a highly acceptable way. He and his brother were five days old when their mother got mastitis. She could not nurse them so the doctor asked if anyone would be interested in bottle raising them for a few weeks. I volunteered. I tried to find homes for both babies but every time I did, it fell apart. The people were moving after all to a place that didn't permit pets, they found another cat at th... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:49:36 EST Yule Dinner Planned? I am very solitary. However, I have family and friends that support me and my beliefs. <BR> <BR> I am a thankful pagan! <BR> <BR> I decided to start a tradition. I am having Yule dinner. <BR> <BR> This year the dinner is Italian. <BR> <BR> I am making it as low fat and low calorie as possible. <BR> I am even baking a SUGARFREE Yule log! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited since it's my first. <BR> <BR> I have silver candles to light as well. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:53:18 EST Compact By Candlemas 2012 OK, everyone who wants in on this Challenge, it starts Thursday and runs to Feb 2 (Imbolc./Oimelg/Candlemas/whatever you wanna call it). Write me at for the new spreadsheet or just keep your points yourself. <BR> <BR> 10 points for each pound lost (from what you weigh on Dec 22). 1 point for each 10 minutes of cardio (max 18), 1 point for each 10 reps of strength work (max 18), 1 point (honor system) for each message you send another Team Member to support them in reac... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:41:52 EST Yule-to-Imbolc Challenge Wow. I have been having so much fun (note the extra pounds) that I almost forgot I had promised to run a Challenge, Yule to Imbolc. <BR> <BR> I'm reviving the name "Compact By Candlemas". We need to spend the rest of the Holiday season watching our pounds, not judging ourselves for watching them add up. <BR> <BR> Last year I found myself at 272 pounds on January 15. As of this morning I'm 244. I've been down as low as 228... but look at the long-term goals, and I'm almost 30 pounds lighter... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:34:43 EST Crisis in faith In the last few months I've stopped believing in anything, and it's made me very depressed. I want my faith back! It's very emotionally painful, and I don't know what to do about it. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:51:37 EST Merry meet from Illinois! I am so excited that there are Witch/Pagan teams on here. WOW! I really thought being over 40 and losing over 100 pounds and maybe a few other catagories were my only choices. I would have never believed that a site could narrow down an individuals likes to this point. I'm really hyped to be here and I hope I can motivate and encourage all of you as much as you will me..Blessed be! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 22:48:28 EST New Member Hello All, <BR> Looking forward to meeting new members as I get started on this new journey!! Please feel free to say hello anytime. All comments welcome. ~Ladybyrd~ Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:36:38 EST I want to be able to celebrate the full moon again So I merged with Artemis, Diana whatever you want to call her probably 7 years ago. Some things have happened over the past couple years and now every full moon my body is completely taken over. She does her thing as the goddess of the moon, but because she is pulled in so many directions (subsequently me) i'm barely able to function much less be able to celebrate the full moon myself. I do have a division between her and i for most of the time, but she controls it and she takes over entirely... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:34:13 EST Thought for Today "The highest good is like water. <BR> Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. <BR> It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao. <BR> <BR> In dwelling, be close to the land. <BR> In meditation, go deep in the heart. <BR> In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. <BR> In speech, be true. <BR> In ruling, be just. <BR> In business, be competent. <BR> In action, watch the timing." <BR> <BR> Tao Te Ching ~ Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:56:28 EST Merry Meet! Hello all - so happy to find a Pagan group here!!! I have been a practicing Wiccan for 14 years but my work schedule (weekends and nights) has pretty much kept me isolated from events and gatherings so a group with common interests is wonderful! I am a 60 yr old woman looking to lose 55 lbs and get to be at the best health possible. Looking forward to getting to know all of you better! Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:48:42 EST Job interview I've been on Disability since 1998... for a mental illness from which I have largely recovered but still have some challenges. I have not been able to find work to supplement my SSDI, and it's not enough. I got trained in January of 2009 as a Peer Support Specialist... but all the jobs available at that time were full time, so I could not pursue them. I obtained my certification as a Peer Specialist effective December 29, 2010, and started applying for jobs...only to hear silence. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:21:35 EST Hello :) Hi, I'm new here. Very excited to get started, this place seems really cool, a little overwhelming, but awesome. :) Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:34:46 EST hello, hello! Yesterday while I was away from my computer I thought to myself, "Self, remember to do a search for pagan on SP." <BR> <BR> So am I here because of my infallible memory? No. I'm here because this was listed under featured teams today! Joy! Merry meet! <BR> <BR> I am 32 and have practised an earthbased spirituality since my teens, mostly solitary. Getting physically healthy to me is another way of honoring Spirit. I am looking for accoutibilty buddies, so add me as a friend if you wanna g... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:32:15 EST Merry Meet <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> My path is a Spiritual path mixed with different beliefs. I m open minded to different beliefs but try to stay as close as possible to the Goddess & her consort. <BR> <BR> I m looking forward to meeting others to have the same open mindednes. <BR> <BR> B2U Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:55:07 EST Hello and Merry Mabon New here from the pacific northwest - Mabon is a good of a time to start changing things as any so here I go. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:30:06 EST Hello all! Hello all. I have been on spark for several months now. After just enjoying a weekend festival at Lothlorien in Indiana I have returned home and am proud to say when I weighed in I maintained my exact weight. After a weekend of indulgence balanced out by a lot of dancing I was very happy with maintenance. I have lost 44 lbs in the last year and still have more to go. The journey has been amazing so far. I am allowing the Goddess within me to shine through and look forward to growing my self e... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:12:47 EST Hello Everyone! Hello, just wanted to stop by and introduce myself, my name is Kat, and looking forward to meeting new wonderful and helpful people =) Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:39:06 EST Hello All! My name is Tanya and I am 24. I have two children and a wonderful husband. I personally have been Pagan for 7 years and Wiccan for about 4. I figure in order to lose this weight I need to tap into my path as well as my will to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:39:11 EST Back Again Hello all well I am back at spark people it has been 2 years since I was last an active member. The good news is I only gained 7 pounds but developed high blood pressure. I am hoping to find like minded folks to work with so I can lose the weight and the high blood pressure. I know the high blood pressure is from being overweight and underactive. <BR> Peace, <BR> Robbie Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:31:59 EST Slimmer by Samhain Challenge I reconsidered my earlier stance. We WILL be having a Challenge. It starts September 1 and runs through October 31. PLEASE visit the Challenge Forum and join us! Write me at and I'll send you a copy of the spreadsheet (soon as I get it written). <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:56:59 EST Slimmer by Samhain The last Challenge didn't go so well, but we have a one-person groundswell for a new Challenge anyhow. This will run from September 1 until October 31. Write me at if you would like the spreadsheet (soon as I whip it up). <BR> <BR> PLEASE get your friends to join. Two or three people do not make for a fun challenge. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:54:59 EST Druken Black Cat!! OK, well, I figured I might as well put something in the topic heading that would catch your eye. :) I'm 31, gay, have worked as a CNA for ten years, got my bachelor's in English in 2010, and am going now for my Master's, starting this fall. I love to write, listen to many kinds of music, and watch horror movies. In July 2011, I became a first degree initiate in a tradition descended from British Traditional Witchcraft. What a joy and blessing in my life! I've been treading a Pagan path... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:51:02 EST Greetings! New to the Group! Merry Meet! <BR> <BR> My name is Talula and I am from NE Ohio. I am a Master Herbalist by trade specializing in not only herbs but homeopathy and holistic living as well. I own a consulting business and also make custom candles, soaps, and bath products. I’ve been a practicing witch for almost 20 years. I am very shy but try my best to push through that so I can meet knew and interesting people like yourselves. I am here because I am doing an overall lifestyle change and weight is one of the... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:07:42 EST New Home My local Pagan discussion group recently lost our home as Borders Books and Music liquidated. Fortunately, we have found a new meeting place at the newly opened Whole Foods Market. First meeting there will be excited!! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 06:35:58 EST Does This Count as Cardio? My pagan discussion group does a monthly potluck. Last night, we enjoyed chicken 3 ways, some really amazing sweet red pepper chili, two delicious batches of hummus, and many other goodies as we discussed Sacrifice. Many lovely points were brought up - but I digress. <BR> The home that most regularly hosts is equipped with a wonderfully private backyard, and an *amazing* salt water pool. <BR> After the kids were upstairs, squared away with a movie, nearly every adult in attendance stripped d... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:11:57 EST Environm entalism as a Pagan Imperative Since many of us consider ourselves followers of "Earth-based" spiritual practices, should it also be that the onus is upon us to be the greatest stewards of the environment as well as the strongest advocates for the environmentalist movement? Discuss. <BR> <BR> What "green" initiatives do you personally take? <BR> How do you steward the environment, and encourage those around you to do so as well? Sun, 17 Jul 2011 10:14:45 EST Harry Potter - The End anyone else going to see HP - 7.2 tonight? <BR> I'm going. <BR> I'm in deep denial that its all over. <BR> Can't wait to see it - but almost don't want to... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:54:01 EST HELLO and MERRY MEET!! my beautiful daughter-in-law 'turned me on' to sparkpeople and WOW how fantastic is this?! just real quick about me - 55 yr old, married, mother of 4 and grandmother of 10; 20+ years a practicing eclectic pagan; having travelled many paths to this point, i have been learning - and leaning toward - druidism most recently; my 'new' hubby (of 5 yrs this yr) and i are travelling this path as a team - wonderful, just wonderful!! <BR> looking forward to learning lots and lots from this site and mak... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:41:13 EST Hello! I have been a practicing pagan for the last 11 years, following an eclectic path, willing to learn from any path. I'm glad to meet other pagans who also want to get healthier. :) Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:17:57 EST Plans for Lughnasadh? Maybe I'm nuts, but I'm organizing mine now rather than leaving it to closer to the time (as I usually do). <BR> <BR> As our first in our new, super-friendly neighbourhood, we're really looking forward to it. I'm thinking of making a wreath of some kind for hour door proclaiming everyone is welcomed into our home, for it is the holiday of Lughnasadh, and inviting some of the neighbours over for a meal. <BR> <BR> Also, perfect opportunity for physical games and sports, and to get outside a... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:03:48 EST Children Need Time Outdoors! Pagan Parents: please read the following SP article and take it to heart <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=1616 <BR> <BR> It is time to repair our connection with the Mother of All and help our children nurture that connection before it is lost to them entirely! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 10:16:34 EST Hello Everyone! Hello. I'm new to the team and relatively new to sparkpeople. I have done the site once before, and almost met my goal, but I entered a bad point in my life. So now I'm back in the game and going strong so far. <BR> <BR> I am not actually pagan; I was raised Catholic. I went to youth groups throughout my freshman and sophomore years of high school. And I was depressed. Absolutely positively depressed. I ended up in a psychiatric ward on suicide watch. Then when I was a junior, something hap... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 00:04:57 EST A Thought for Today “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:36:48 EST Summer Solstice Bright Blessings y'all <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, June 21, 2011 is the Summer Solstice. <BR> <BR> What are your plans? How will you decorate your Alter? <BR> <BR> It is supposed to rain tomorrow, tomorrow night and so on. Have been planning an outdoor ritual for a few weeks now but it has been very dry and the area is under a fire ban. Soooo the ritual is being moved to the porch. And from there we'll just play it by ear. And sit around and listen to the rain. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:46:15 EST I am not strictly pagan, but not stricly NOT pagan I am actually a buddhist but I celebrate the "holy' days of paganism--lammas, beltane, ssamhain, etc. I do not believe in magick in a literal sense, but I believe that doing the ritual of magic is a psychological technique that implants your goals and desires more deeply in your mind and brings them power by focusing your psychological energy. So i do spells and ritual, but from a perspective of psychology. I like celebrating the holy wheel because i like marking important transitions in natu... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:48:18 EST Leaner by Lammas Challenge needs more Challengers We've been running Challenges in this group for a couple years now. I'm sorry to state that only two people appear to be participating in the latest Challenge... after last Challenge featured about 6-8 members, and featured a new record in total points. <BR> <BR> The Challenge works by awarding yourself points for weight loss, strength work, cardio work, and supporting other Team members, plus you get bonus points (your login spin bonus) if you collect 15 or more points on any given day. Th... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:13:02 EST I'm new to the team Hi, I'm Mary from Philadelphia. Bipolar non-functioning artist. I never fit into any mainstream religion. I was raised a Roman Catholic, but had major doubts since I was a child. <BR> Each individual has wonderful powers within himself--life force in nature, people and animals. <BR> I once took an online test and was told I was a Neo-Pagan-whatever that is. Currently training myself in Mindfulness Meditation. <em>239</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:21:01 EST Greetings everyone Hi all. I'm a professional, working guy (who happens to lean pagan) living in NYC. I joined SP not just because I am interested in losing weight--but because I am looking to make my life healthier in ALL aspects--including spiritually. So, I am happy I found this group on here. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping that this group can help inspire me (and me it!) by keeping me grounded and focused on the truly important things in life. <BR> <BR> I look forward to our journey together. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:06:13 EST June 1st Eclipse: My Astrology Corner On June 1st at approximately 5:19 pm Eastern Time there will a new moon eclipse in Gemini. It will be the first of three eclipses that will happen in the next month. <BR> <BR> What does this mean? <BR> This means that if you were going to decide to change something-do it now. <BR> <BR> The eclipse is coming between a Dark Moon (three days when the moon is gone) and the first day of the New Moon. The Dark Moon is a symbol of the crossroads-in mythology it is ruled over by Hecate the Godde... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 01:15:14 EST Merry Meet all! My name is Dianne, and I am in NE Ohio. I just found SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago, and kind of floated/lurked around thesite for a couple weeks. Now it is time for me to become involved and finally lose the last 20 lbs I need to lose to get into a healthy BMI range! My goal is to be at 165 lbs by 8/31/2011, so I can show off the new me at our local Pagan Pride Day festival in September. :) <BR> <BR> As most of us do, I enjoy my food and drink to extremes. By tracking my meals on the nu... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:43:37 EST Hello Team I am glad to find this team! My goal is to lose 50 lbs this year, not an easy thing for me as I tend to get lazy but no more, this is the time for me to reach my goal. <BR> I live in Phoenix and recently moved here so I am still looking for people to connect with. We have two dogs and a cat that thinks he's a dog, 4 grown children and a multitude of grandchildren all living close. Tue, 10 May 2011 13:22:26 EST Any Southern Hemisphere Pagan's Here? I apologise if this has come up before, but I'm new, and most of you appear to be Northern Hemisphereians. I live in Australia <em>676</em> and was wondering if there's any other Aussies here? Or any other Southern Hemisphereians. Our wheel is turning toward Yule here, having just celebrated Samhain, so it's getting bloody cold! Many of you seem to be getting ready for summer, but it's the complete opposite here. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there sympathising with me? It's toooooo cold!!! Wed, 4 May 2011 22:39:36 EST Join the Challenge We have just started another Challenge, Lighter By Lammas. Please come join us. <BR> <BR> You get 10 points for each pound lost <BR> 1 point for each 10 minutes of cardio work (limit 18 per day) <BR> 1 point for each 10 reps of weight work (limit 18 per day) <BR> 1 point for each message you write supporting other members of the Pagan Place team <BR> <BR> ...and if you collect 15 or more points on a given day, you can count your Login Spin points... <BR> <BR> Team Member Amanda set a new ... Wed, 4 May 2011 22:34:46 EST YES! haha YES! A PAGAN group! I knew there had to be one hidden here somewhere among the multitude of Christian boards.... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Well hi! <em>213</em> My names Sasha and I'm from Australia. <em>676</em> I'm almost 20, Vegetarian <em>267</em> , a music student at university <em>335</em> , and I suppose one would call me an 'ecclectic pagan'. <BR> <BR> Being 20 my beliefs develop and grow constantly. I as yet do not have a 'title' or 'box' that my personal brand of paganis... Wed, 4 May 2011 22:26:10 EST Leaner By Lammas Here is our next challenge. We just had our high-point record blown into another galaxy in the last be on your toes. Remember, you're really only competing with yourself; the others' points just help keep you motivated. <BR> <BR> Email me at if you would like the spreadsheet which will help you keep track. This can be used with any spreadsheet program -- Excel, OpenOffice, etc. (I'm using Ashampoo Office 2008 at present). <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:58:42 EST New to the group Hi, I'm Sharon. I've been using Sparkpeople on and off for a while but I'm new to the forums. I'm roughly Wiccan, currently solitary. I'm currently in Weight Watchers for the weekly thunk on the noggin, but right now I prefer to track calories vs. points. I've lost 30 over the last couple of years, and am trying to motivate myself to finally get rid of the last 10-15. I'm going to a fitness conference in late May and want to get as much in shape as possible by then. Looking forward to g... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 23:18:08 EST Hello Again! Hi everyone! Just wanted to stop in and say hello again! You all helped me lose 65 lbs 2 years ago! Now, ive quit smoking (finally) and gained alot of it back (like all of it lol) So here i am again. Im also with a new guy, so im trying to teach him alot of the good habits i learned on this site. So Bright Blessings to all and nice to make your aquaintance again! <BR> <BR> Beth <BR> Blessed Be )O( Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:32:19 EST greatings :) Hello everyone! My name is Devon. <BR> <BR> I'm the green sheep of my family. I follow the Druid way of life and it can be hard sometimes because it's something my family greatly opposes and they try to steer me back to their more conventional ways at every opportunity. I joined spark to be a more healthy me as I struggle with being underweight. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:28:25 EST Foods that help "wake you up" in the morning Hello everyone, i am looking for suggestions for any foods or supplements that help wake a person up in the morning and clear your mind. I am trying to cut back on caffeine i only drink one cup of black tea a day. Lately ive been so groggy in the morning for hours even with eating clean and 6 meals a day. Its gotten so bad that im thinking of going back to energy drinks for the boost they gave and i really would prefer to stay away from them. I am open to suggestions. Thanks in advance for yo... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:09:14 EST How does your Paganism support your health goals? Hi all! I'm a new member on SparkPeople, and I wanted to provide a discussion prompt (or blog prompt, if you'd rather -- just post a link here when you've posted)... <BR> <BR> I know this is something I could ramble about for DAYS, and I find it inspiring every time I think about it. Might be a great way for us all to inspire each other! <BR> <BR> How is your progress toward health supported by your Paganism? What parts of your faith, practice, and Craft serve to motivate, inform, inspir... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:37:55 EST How do you tell a loved one they are obese? After doing the calculations I learned my fiance is in the obese range for his BMI (taking his frame size as a factor as well). I have been trying to work with him to cut sodium, fat and overall reduce his food intake to a healthy level (he likes to snack) and to add exercise. <BR> <BR> Every time I bring it up he gets defensive (mostly with the line "I'm not uncomfortable with the way I look") even though I am only looking out for his health. <BR> <BR> We want to start a family in the ne... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:53:16 EST How do you tell people you are Pagan? I'm new to paganism (and weightloss for that matter!), I just started reading and learning about it last year and I don't know any other pagans or have any teachers so I'm just kind of figuring things out for myself at this point. I was wondering if any of you had any advice on telling people (especially family) that you have decided to follow a pagan religious path? Also if anyone is willing to share some of their beliefs/traditions please feel free to send me a message. I know everyone does... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:16:50 EST I need strength Today i am asking for strength and patience. It has been a long week filled with many disappointment both personally and professionally. I have struggled to stay on track with my food issues and last night did not do so well. So today I am starting over and trying to find peace. <BR> What do you do when it all feels so overwhelming? How do you get back to that spiritual place? Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:46:11 EST Voices of the green sheep I added this to the SparkPeople Cafe as a balance. Feel free to comment away....there and here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=8&imparent=22965094&s<BR>trViewThisPage=2 </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 08:35:08 EST machine embroidery OFF TOPIC for weight loss but right on for pagans. I do machine embroidery. Unfortunately I have not had the time to learn to digitize my own designs. Long story short... I want a pentagram design to be able to stitch out and send to pagan troops in harms way and for those at the local VA hospital. <BR> <BR> A patient at the VA asked about one when I brought angels over to the clinic. He said he would have loved a symbol of his faith with him and he know of many others. His unit received em... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:22:11 EST Im not healing, could it be a spiritual block? Merry Meet, <BR> <BR> I went to the Dr yesterday with high hopes of good results and sadly had them all dashed... I am trying to stay positive but as of late it is getting hard. My results from my blood tests and xrays... my liver is getting toxic again (no i do not drink). My toe shows no signs of healing or calcium forming whatsoever (which is strange as im taking calcium and eating way more dairy than i used to), it is as if i just broke it and we do not understand why? My left shoulder i... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:29:44 EST A Question of Paths and Practice Greetings all! <BR> <BR> I've been here just under a Lunar cycle and was looking through the threads to see if these questions have already been addressed. If they have and I have overlooked them, please accept my apology in advance. <BR> <BR> 1. Which Path are you on? Most here seem to be Wiccan of one flavor or another. I am a 2* Traditionalist Wiccan Priest and our coven HP. <BR> <BR> 2. Do you practice alone or with others? This is especially interesting to me in light of the challeng... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:00:19 EST Blessed Imbolic! May you all feel the Light shine in and around you <BR> enjoy your day and the light as it grows brighter each day <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 06:19:20 EST Buff By Beltane 2011 New Challenge! email me at for your spreadsheets. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:22:31 EST Job issues...Am I cursed? Normally, I lurk on boards like this, content to practice in peace, and make phone calls to elected officials when said peace is threatened. However, this is personal. <BR> <BR> I work in tech support, and in the last four years, I have had trouble with employment. Finding *any* gig is not that hard, but finding a *good* gig has been next to impossible. I've busted my butt to get three IT certifications (working on a 4th). I show up, I work hard...but end up making LESS money than I made in ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 12:29:00 EST I'm back! Depression got the better of me. I'm back on my broom and flying again. Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:56:56 EST Food for thought...chew on this, :) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:46:07 EST Where are you today? Goddess, I call upon You in Your aspect as Creatrix, Maker of all things, to guide me in my work. <BR> <BR> Let my eyes see clearly, let my hand be sure and steady, let my heart find the way to bring beauty and truth. <BR> <BR> And, Lady, let me not bugger it up. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:38:12 EST Hello hello all. I am a wiccan of 14 years, currently living in Louisiana. I came to SP because i want to be a more centered, balanced person not to mention a lighter, fitter person. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone, looking forward to being onthe team Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:41:11 EST Motivational humor This seemed a good place to post this. It's kind of where I am today. Enjoy, <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Buttprints in the Sand <BR> <BR> One night I had a wondrous dream, <BR> One set of footprints there was seen, <BR> The footprints of the Goddess they were, <BR> But mine were not along the shore. <BR> <BR> But then some stranger prints appeared, <BR> and I asked Her, "What have we here? <BR> These prints are large and round and neat, <BR> But much too big to be from feet." <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:33:13 EST Plunging Back In -- Hi Pagan Folk -- <BR> <BR> I'm May, a 27 year old with in Northern California practicing a version of Feri. Back after a few months off in graduate school land. Realized I'm above my starting weight and don't feel good, so trying to figure out how to integrate more activity in my daily life. It is so tricky! I'm also about to start a year and a day in my community with a group of very fit yoga witches and am so scared I won't be able to keep up. <BR> <BR> In Beauty -- <BR> -- May ... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 18:25:15 EST How Much Do You Sit? I got this message in my email and wanted to share it. - Moss <BR> <BR> Exercise No Excuse For Sitting Too Much <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK, January 12, 2011: Increasingly, research is focusing not on how much exercise people get, but how much of their time is spent in sedentary activity. The latest findings, published this week in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, indicate that the amount of leisure time spent sitting in front of a screen can ha... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:37:11 EST weight loss: Numbers or body image? I am not sure about the rest of you, but I have noticed my scale is not budging on the number amount.. and when it does move it seems to go up. However, I also measure my waist and hips... sometimes thighs, and those numbers are going down. <BR> Though my true question is are you guys going by the number on your scale, or the image you see in the mirror? <BR> I use to be solely focused on the number, but now I have found I not only stay with it longer, enjoy it more, and over all feel bette... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 21:02:22 EST Just curious.... I was wondering what is something you have not been able to give up thus far on your road to fitness, or what do you think you'll have trouble giving up. For me it will probably be white potatoes. I just do not like the taste of sweet potatoes. What about everyone else? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:06:31 EST Returning Member--Celeste Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I was here last year, but went through a phase when I no longer cared about myself or changing, so I left SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste and I am 25. I reside in Washington state. <BR> <BR> I am 5'1 and as of two weeks ago, was 217. I can't weigh daily lol but I will be weighing in tonight, so we shall see. <BR> <BR> I am beldn of Avalonian spirituality, Hinduism, and Druidry. I have begun looking in Enochian spirituality as I have felt a tug in that d... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:22:00 EST Hello =D Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth, or just Liz for short. My older sister found herself a Christian group, so I decided to find myself a Pagan group. XD I'm a Hellenic Recon, or trying to be, its hard to find places I can keep purified to practice on a regular basis. Mostly I end up praying somewhere quiet and lighting incenses. I practices witchcraft occasionally, I love to cross stitch, play video games, cosplaying at anime conventions and generally hanging out with friends. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 14:13:26 EST US Army `spiritual fitness' test????? <link><BR>1-01/army-faces-questions-over-spiritu<BR>al-fitness-test </link> <BR> <BR> Another article <BR> <link><BR>-designed-psychologist-who-inspired-ci<BR>as-torture-program-under-fire66577 </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:25:32 EST What do YOU listen to when working out? I'm trying to make a workout playlist for the gym (while I go with my sister, she has her iPod on). <BR> <BR> So far I have Barenaked Ladies, Finger Eleven, Disturbed, Katy Perry, Live on Release, Bif Naked, Moxy Fruvous, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Papa Roach, System of a Down, Great Big Sea, My Chemical Romance, Silverchair, Guns n' Roses and Chemical Brothers. <BR> <BR> I love anything upbeat or hardcore to exercise to, but all my MP3s are gone since our last computer died (and now our exte... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 00:06:43 EST Hello hello! I've been part of this team for a while (off and on since my weight struggle in 2007). I'm back on Spark People, and plan to stay! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, my sacred name is Aelwyn. I am 31, a Hellenic Pagan (who worships Hekate and Pan), who practices British Traditional Witchcraft (and is being smacked in the head by multiple horned deities), and also Conjure. I am also going to be studying OBOD, and am part of a working Grove. <BR> <BR> Yep, that all keeps me busy! <BR> <BR> Mundanely, I am... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:25:45 EST Healthy Holiday Whether we celebrate this time of year as Yule, the Solstice, or even a secular Christmas gift holiday, many of us will be faced with temptation of holiday food along with our fellowship. My strategy this year is to serve more veggie sides than anything else, and to limit the baking, giving much of it away to family and friends. I'm also including healthier options with whole wheat flour and less sugar, no "taste test" bites while cooking! I'm keeping a dish of shiny red apples handy inste... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 14:33:44 EST Yuletide Solstice Blessings On this, the darkest night of the year, may your Spark become a Flame!! Brightest blessings to everyone <em>30</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:44:25 EST the moon What a beautiful moment, the meeting of the winter solstice, the lunar eclipse, and full moon. The shadow of Earth made it smoulder like an ember in the night sky. <BR> <BR> Did anyone else venture outside this evening? Tue, 21 Dec 2010 03:55:43 EST flyinbatty I joined sparkspeople to start a new life for myself! and my children. I am excited to figure the website out and utalize all it has to offer as well as hopefully get a chance to meet anyone interested in meeting me. I am looking for support for this journey, but can provide that support as well. good luck everyone! Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:46:07 EST Tarot I know this is not related to weight loss but I have a question. If you are like myself and do not have many people to do card readings for, how do you get better at reading tarot cards. I have been reading for people for a couple of years and I tend to be decently accurate, but how do you get better without having someone, or someone new, to practice on. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:34:31 EST hoping Hi, I'm caley I started spark people almost two weeks ago, I'm 23 years old with two beautiful boys. I was part of another pagan team but like nobody in there is very active so I'm hoping this one is. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 17:26:09 EST Healthy Yule Recipes Hi everyone! This is for all of you kitchen-witches out there like me who are constantly looking for new healthy recipes to try. <BR> <BR> I'd love to do a recipe swap for healthy (and preferably seasonal) meals that you have (or would like to) serve at your Yule dinner. If you don't celebrate Yule (or if you celebrate any combination of the holidays this time around), that's fine too! Any of your favorite seasonal recipes would be welcome! <BR> <BR> My husband and I always make Warm Apri... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 18:13:54 EST Happy to find all of you! Hello everyone! My name is Amy, 27 from NY. I just found Sparkpeople a few days ago and am really loving the energy on this site! <BR> As for the religious side of it, I've been part of a local pagan community for the last 4 years and have been practicing/researching since I was 12. <BR> It's been interesting in our household, my husband follows the Norse tradition, particularly resonating with Loki, while I gravitate toward the Greco-Romans, particularly with the Goddess Hera-Teleia. (Need... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:36:10 EST suggestions for health and protection rituals? I am planning to do some rituals surrounding my upcoming surgery. Any suggestions on how best to do protection rituals prior to surgery? I was thinking of shaving my head the rest of the way and letting pagan friends draw protective symbols on me. They won't be operating on my head so it's not like the pen will be anywhere in the way. <BR> <BR> What rituals do you do to boost immunity and healing or protect you/keep you safe during surgery? Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:20:41 EST Compact by Candlemas This is our next wonderful Challenge for members of this forum. If you would like a spreadsheet to help you keep track, please write me at . <BR> <BR> The rules are the same as last time: <BR> <BR> 10 points for each pound lost (you cannot count pounds lost after gaining back, only cumulative pounds lost from the start of the Challenge) <BR> <BR> 1 point for each 10 reps of weight/strength work <BR> <BR> 1 point for each 10 minutes of cardio work <BR> <BR> 1 point... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 01:12:35 EST Hi, I'm new!! Hi, I'm new to this site. I'm trying to make my life healthier and happier. I live in North Dakota with my boyfriend, cat, dog, and two rats. I love travel, reading, and japanese culture. I have several goals, but the most important is to improve the quality of my life by doing something for myself everyday. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading posts, articles, and success stories from you all. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:00:23 EST Merry meet I just want to introduce myself I am Lady Ceinwen which is Celtic for Beautiful Gems. I love crystals. I am looking to lose this weight that is on my body so I may be able to move around a little easier in the circle. lol I need to learn to believe in myself to make things happen. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 19:34:20 EST New Team for NM Pagan/Wiccan/D Druid/Wildling Folk Yep, I'm taking the bold step of starting yet ANOTHER Pagan/Wiccan/Druid/Wildling group here on spark. I've taken the liberty of calling it Magickal New Mexico. Original, I know. <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp <BR> <BR> We have, as near as I can tell, 19 assorted Earth Religion related groups. I can't tell which ones are active and which ones aren't. I can't tell WHO is active and who isn't. And I have ZERO idea of who is local to me and who isn't... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 20:07:06 EST Namaste! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new to spark people so I hope you don't mind me poking my head in here. <BR> <BR> I've always been an "eclectic" soul and of course I love nature so Paganism has been my calling for the past 20 years. Sometimes I have "seasons" of spirituality, right now I'm in a "spring" season. Everything feels new and alive to me and I'm thirsting for growth and change. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know its Autumn my favorite season but in my heart it's spring. :) I hope that makes sense? <BR> <... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:14:33 EST Hello All Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristen, I'm 22, a fairly new mom of a nine and a half month old little guy who keeps me on my toes and getting married next June on the Solstice to the most amazing man I've ever met. <BR> <BR> Now that I've told you about me on the outside let's gt to a little bit of me on the inside. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight most of my life. Only once was I within a healthy weight range for myself but then I got pregnant and gained 100 pounds!! Been struggling to lose it... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:39:39 EST Druid Petition I'm forwarding this on behalf of Druids in the UK. <BR> <BR> We apologize for interrupting you with this message, but if the Druid communities worldwide are to continue being taken serious, this is an important matter in where we require a little bit of your help - by adding your signature to an online petition. <BR> <BR> An article appeared in The Daily Mail Online UK, written by Melanie Phillips with the title "Druids as an official religion? Stones of Praise here we come". This article i... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 15:59:34 EST Wiccan or not Wiccan: that is the question Okay, I've been having a discussion on another website with an individual about what beliefs constitute Wiccan beliefs, and who "fits" the Wiccan label and who doesn't. This other person feels that Wicca is a very structured religion, must believe in a God and a Goddess, that the God and Goddess are the supreme ultimate beings and are supreme in power. Yet in my belief there is no true Wiccan path...if one feels connected to the Wiccan religion, that is what one should call themselves. <B... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 07:30:54 EST Good Morning and Blessed Be Hello to everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Rhonda, and though I'm not new to Sparkpeople (been a member on and off for about 2 years now) I am new to this board. <BR> <BR> I have been a practicing Wiccan for about 20 years now. I've been over-weight all my life, or at least since I was 7. Like most people, I fought the battle with every fad diet I could get my hands on. I had pretty much given up until my health insurance had approved me for gastric-bypass surgery. I had it done in 2006.... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:29:09 EST Book Review I'm in the process of reading Magical Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst and it's really good so far. <BR> <BR> I tend to have trouble with cleaning. I'm just not organized or tidy in general and cleaning makes me completely freak out. <BR> <BR> I tried the FlyLady book and website, but it's got a seriously Christian vibe to it which I find really unhelpful, and something about the tone really grates on my nerves. <BR> <BR> And then I managed to snag a copy of Magical Housekeeping at a lib... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 22:29:01 EST Hi there! I go by Sarah! I'm new here... kind of. I've been here before, but I had to come back! How is everyone doing today? :) Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:45:39 EST Newb here. Hi! I'm new to this team. Not new to SP. I'm a solitary wiccan of 5 years now. I'm a stay at home mom to a beautiful little 4 1/2 yr old little girl, and I've been married for 5 years now. My husband and I have been together for 6 years though. He's great. I'm also new to being Vegan. I've been vegan for over 3 weeks now, although I've been a vegetarian for the past few years. Being vegan isn't hard at all for me. I don't miss anything. I feel much lighter and happier and cleaner on... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:28:01 EST Hello Well fancy this! I am delighted to find this group on Spark. My name is Marsha, I live in upstate NY. I currently am an eclectic solitary. Recently moved to an absolute wooded wonderland which I adore! I am sick of being overweight and this site seems to have so many wonderful tools.. and now this. Does it get any better? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:24:05 EST Pagan Pride Day As Pagan Pride season arrives, I'm wondering... <BR> <BR> When is PPD where you live? <BR> Will you be attending? <BR> Will you be participating? <BR> <BR> Share your plans! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 02:36:53 EST Group Posts for "Shortest EXERCISE I DID TODAY" I'm tired of always trying to DO MORE MORE MORE. I want a place to record the LITTLE THINGS I DO for exercise. Figured others here might join in. <BR> <BR> Today I took the stairs 7X! Yeah for me. (We won't talk about how they are in my home and I need to take them to get upstairs anyway. I'm COUNTING 'EM!) <BR> <BR> Go ahead. Have fun. Record something LITTLE for a change. That way it won't take long either. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Here's to the little things that Get Us Skinny! Sun, 8 Aug 2010 19:07:12 EST New to Spark and Paganism Hello everyone! I'm Amanda and I'm new to both SP and Paganism. I grew up in what I would describe as a non-practicing Christian family and attended a Catholic high school. None of what I saw and learned there sat well with me but I never felt the urge to get out and learn more at the time. I have recently begun reading a lot about Pagan beliefs and practices and it feels like putting a name to the things I've had inside me all along. I am also an over-weight college student with a passion fo... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 02:22:10 EST Weight Loss and Moon Phases? Hello fellow pagans, I am a recon heathen and I have been a polytheist and witch for more than ten years now. Sometimes I get caught up in recon stuff but I always try to return to the basic cycles of the world. I am thinking of adjusting my workouts and weight loss to the moon. Obviously the two week periods of increase and decrease are of interest to us looking to gain muscle and lose fat, but I'm not sure exactly how. Would it make sense to increase calorie consumption along with exercise ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:50:13 EST Hi! New to team :) Hi everyone. My name is Mia. Hubby Larry and I have been married 8 years as of July 12 and we have two little girls. Marissa is 7 and Vanessa is 5. We also have a dog and 2 cats. <BR> My hubby is the Distinctive Faith Group Leader for Wiccans/Pagans here at Ft. Sill. I didn't become active with the group til last October due to medical problems pretty much keeping me in the house all the time. <BR> I've since had a gastric bypass to help me on my way. After 3 hernia's I am hoping there wi... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:55:17 EST Success By Samhain Our brand-new Challenge starts August 2... email me (use REAL EMAIL, not SparkMail) at to get the spreadsheet for this. (I'll have it ready later today) <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:15:06 EST Tarot reflecting wishes? The other day I was curious about how a guy felt about our relationship. Back story is I'm married and this guy is a friend of both me and my husband (more my husband's). However, I always got this feeling he wanted more. I won't go into details here, but the reason I did the reading was b/c we have been trying to get him to come for a visit and when it's weeks away he says yeah, but when it gets right to the week before he always has an excuse for not comming. <BR> <BR> So I did the readin... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:42:13 EST starlight is here! I am a new pagan, lots to learn. Hope to make friends! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:49:38 EST REVELATIONS AND CERTAINTY I am sitting in an office chair right now typing this post. This is an action i never thought was possible ever again. I also thought i would never wear 7 inche high heeled sandals again. I was saying my daily prayers and affirmations when the sun came up over the traintrackes and distracted me for a few. The sun hi the leaves and i realized with such clarity and so suddenly that everything in my life and everyone elses's life is going to be alright. It hit me so hard that i started bawling a... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:23:04 EST Hello! Hello! My girlfriend and I joined SP together almost a week ago (we aren't far in our journey). So far it has been a fantastic tool and inspiration. I decided to start using the teams and such to start meeting a few people with similar mindsets. So here I am :) <BR> <BR> Dunno what else I ought to say but if you have any questions feel free to ask :) Tue, 13 Jul 2010 20:08:50 EST Anyone here taken classes at TPOC? I just finished my first class at The Pagan Online Campus and it was great! Has anyone else taken classes there? I have taken Kitchen Witchery and am enrolling next semester for gemstones 1 and magical handcrafting. Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:06:32 EST My Intro Namaste and Greetings, <BR> I am Larry. I am on this journey to help my wife and kids to get healthier. I am in the military and have been for the past 15 years. I guess I would say that my level of fitness is good. I am an eclectic Wiccan. I am also the Distinctive Faith Group Leader for the Fort Sill Open Circle. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 02:17:28 EST NEWS THAT IS GOOD I lost 2 pounds and an inch in the waist and hips. I did another post yesterday and some of the people who responded seem to be under the impression that i am perpousfully starving myself. I made sure to visit a couple of their sites to let them know that i have tried to eat but keep getting sick. I don't know why the heat and humidity does this to me but it does. I wish i could eat lol. It is relativly cool this morning so i had a breakfast of yogurt, apple and multi-grain toast. I am drinki... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:33:36 EST WHY????? Why is it that every time it gets hot and sticky i can't eat???? If i can eat it's not much. Why is it that all i can do is sleep???? Why is it i can barely function??? It's almost like having the flue but not for weekds on end. It's terrible. Why is this happening to me???? Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:17:25 EST WEDNESDAY It i swednesday and i decided to get a little curious. I weighed myself. I am 210. I have always been heavier on a wednesday. Progress????? let's see on Friday. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 07:36:02 EST GOOD MORNING AND BLESSINGS TO ALL Just stopping by to say good morning and blessed be to all. I hope all of you have a most blessed day today Tue, 22 Jun 2010 07:01:54 EST BALANCE This sthing is the one thing i don't have today......BALANCE. I feel like a train going off the track and with no breaks. Today has been a very busy day and i haven't had a rest yet. <BR> I am typing line in between laundry, chasing a 3-year-old, and yelling at my teen to help me. I have such a long way to go and i do hope it gets better. Have a happy summer solstice all Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:01:42 EST Coming out of the Broom Closet Morning all, <BR> <BR> Just thought I would use the solstice as a door out of the Broom Closet here on SP. <BR> <BR> I have been studying & practicing for, what, 35 years now. Woosh! Its been a good ride! I am now in a period where I am morphing from plump friendly-hipped Mother to a lean sinnewy Crone! <BR> <BR> I'm Melting! I'm Melting! (so far I have melted off 35 pounds and have 45 more to go!) <BR> <BR> I hale from Central Wisconsin - due north of Madison, due west of Green Bay.... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 08:02:25 EST THNX i want to thank all you who helped me get through the roughest day of my life and are continuing to help me. I love you all and i must admitt that i feel a lot more at peace. Most of me was angry she died so young and the rest of me was angry she sufered so horribly. Now i am just glad she no longer suffers. thnx again and have a great day all Thu, 17 Jun 2010 06:56:24 EST WEIRD DREAMS Night before last i dreamt of being underwater and seeing a town submerged. I saw a road running upward on the side of a hill with a broken metal arch. I saw trees; white birch, oak, and pine. All of them still hav foliage on them and i saw a water tower that's how i knew it was a town. The water was murky greyish brown. Last night i dreamt of meeting a man on a dirt road in a very ancient but broken city. He laughed and joked with me for what seemed to be forever. He suddenly looked up and s... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:00:18 EST NEW TO DEALING WITH DEATH I just found out yesterday that my sister died on saturday of breast and bone cancer and it was in stage 4. My stomach is feeling very sour and upset and i want so despirately to go back to bed and stay there. Is this what it feels like to greive for someone???? i have never grieved for anyone before. I wouldn't know what to expect. I'm going to the showing on teusday but i can't go to the burial on wednesday because i don't have a sitter. Don't think i can do it twice any how. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 07:10:03 EST Moon rose Just wanted to share this with you all. I'm a pagan at heart, but still in the finding-myself phase. Not officially practicing. <BR> <BR> I'm always drawn out to the full moon. But last time there was something really spectacular about it. I feel like the moonlight washed away the darkness that has been with me for the last two years (long story). A week or so after that, my mother gave me a gift.. the first rose of the summer that she had cut from her garden. As the rose sat in water in my... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 02:10:27 EST HAVING FRIIGING TROUBLE!!! I tell you...i am so fustrated right now. I have been making sure i eat healthy foods and in the right caloric range and i still gained 5 pounds!!! what the heck. The heat has made it almost unbearable to do any exercise at all. To accomodate that i reduced my caloric intake because of non-movement. WOW it's going to take a mericle to get me to loose weight consistantly. Have a great day all. just needed to vent Fri, 28 May 2010 07:22:58 EST A BETTER DAY TODAY Today seems to be off to a great start. I said my prayers and affirmations outside in a cool breeze. Very nice. I watched the sun rise. Very very nice. I lit some incense outside for atmosphere. I logeed my dreams and my feelings and read some of my e-book. guess the name....come on any one....... no..... The Spark. My little one just woke up and ate. Housework is nearly done and i am planning on a meditation after the little one goes down for a nap. I plan on cooking out today. Yesterdays ch... Thu, 27 May 2010 09:13:27 EST TIME FOR ME NOW!!! I need to make time for me like right now!!!! i have told people who are bugging me to leave me alone for at least 2 weeks. I haven't done any magickal or spiritual studies in almst 2 months and i am starting to pay the price for being so unbalanced. I am now going to unplug the tele and turn on cartoons for my little one to watch. I usually have a schedual to follow but it has been interrupted non-stop for the lat 2 months. Time to put up a stop sign and put these distractions through a deto... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:10:58 EST HERE WE GO AGAIN Once again the heat and humidity are through the roof. My nausea has already started and it is really difficult to eat. i gues that i am reduced to crackers and water. Like it was yesterday. Samhaine is doing great however. He slept through the night and ate really well this morning. He is asleep right now of course. I was 216 yesterday morning and this morning i was 212. Like i said, i wouldn't recommend this method of loosing weight. Have a great day all Tue, 25 May 2010 11:44:08 EST KITTENS, HEATSICK NESS,AND HOUSEWORK OH MY!!! Hey all. i have aquired a new kitten. His name is Samhaine and he is very demanding. He actually told me his name. The doctor told me when i was pregnant with my 2-year-old that i was suffering heatsickness and might never recover from it. It turns out he was right. the last few days we had that were hot and humid i got really sick and couldn't eat anything but fruits and veggies that were cold. It's going to be another hot and humid day today and my husband kindly installed an airconditioner... Mon, 24 May 2010 08:49:40 EST Hi there I'm 34, Vegan, Pagan, and a mom to 4 kids. <BR> I've been obese most of my adult life and am trying to get healthier. <BR> I am an Eclectic Celtic Witch with Green leanings. <BR> I look forward to hitting goals with you guys!! :) Sat, 22 May 2010 17:29:34 EST Hello! So happy to be here... I just joined SP yesterday and am so happy that I've found what appears to be an awesome Pagan community on my second day. <BR> This is my first time really joining an online healthy living community. I am looking forward to making some life changes and living a healthier, happier life! I am a wife, a mother of five, a full-time employee, and a full-time student, so I have always struggled with finding the TIME to make the changes. I am determined to make the time and to use this community a... Fri, 21 May 2010 10:01:14 EST Hi! Newbie here! Hooray! Spark has Pagan communities! <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Dydan! I'm exactly one week away today from hitting my "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Universe" birthday (at least that's what I'm calling it!) I've been an Eclectic Pagan for about 20 years now. My library contains a bit of everything but these days my practice is what I like to call "instinctual magick". I live in San Antonio with my wonderful partner Jared and our 3 cats. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know people! <BR> Mon, 17 May 2010 18:43:55 EST GLORIOUS DAY AND BRIGHTEST BLESSINGS!!! What does everyone think about yesterday???? we had a gloriously bright day and i got a ton done. i finished planting my veggie garden, weeded my flowers. and mowed my lawn. My poor 2-year-old got a sunburn but i am treating it. i got the sting down enough for him to be able to go to sleep. today isn't going to be as bright but at least they are no longer talking about rain. and i will be able to get some inside stuff done. have a bright and blessed day all Mon, 17 May 2010 06:07:35 EST Ready to Begin! I am a 33yr old mum of 4 human children and 2 furry ones! I'd like to start living a more active life, cook healthier foods - and hopefully leave 30-35kgs along the roadside somewhere on the way. <BR> <BR> I have purged the cupboards and fridge of all the nasties, and signed myself up for a 5k fun run in early october - there is no choice but to be healthy now!! lol <BR> <BR> I also hope to make some good friends and look forward to sharing your journeys to a better life too. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 16 May 2010 20:23:47 EST Hi again I joined this group about 2 years ago, lost nearly 20 lbs, then got pregnant and well, fell off the wagon so to speak :) <BR> <BR> But I'm back, and ready to get healthy and thin, and wanted to stop back over here and say hi and see what is new. <BR> Thu, 13 May 2010 08:22:42 EST RELEASING HATE, NEGATIVITY, AND SELF-PITY This morning i have been crying a lot. I am angry with myself. i hate way too many people for stupid reasons. i tend to wallow in my own self-pity for something i want or want to be but am too afraid to seize the oppotunity to make it happen. I realize that too much of these things are unhealthy and can lead to a block in loosing my weight. I am crying a lot this morning because i honestly don't have a choice now. My body is telling me that it is time to spiritually do a overhaul on my life a... Tue, 11 May 2010 07:09:32 EST BLESSINGS TO ALL blessings to you all and here's to the fact you have nicer days than i am. it's raining like crazy here. this is my running day and today i'm going to get 2 more pairs of pants. i only have 2 pair of 14s. i took all of my 16s out of my closet as they are no longer viable to wear. donation time. they are like brandnew. wow talk about shrinkage. lol have a great day Fri, 7 May 2010 12:21:35 EST Pick a Card, any Card....... I like to start most days with pulling a card. anyone care to join me? <BR> Today's card ~ Three of Cups <BR> <BR> Yay! Thu, 6 May 2010 12:04:29 EST Creating A Kitchen Altar Hello All! <BR> I'm not one who posts much; however, I love to read what everyone writes. :) <BR> <BR> I have been working on physically cleaning out my kitchen to be able to set up a kitchen altar and energetically clean out my kitchen. <BR> <BR> Today is the day! <BR> <BR> My goal in this is to bring my attention to what I'm eating and how I'm preparing it and to give thanks for all that I have. Plus, bring my children into the ritual so their gain a respect for the food we eat. <BR>... Mon, 3 May 2010 10:15:50 EST Hello Everyone Hi, I'm a practicing druid in the Maryland area. I attend an ADF affiliated grove as often as I can (not often enough because I don't have a car and the bus won't get me there on Sundays when we meet once a week, but I do the best I can). I just graduated college and I am looking for a full time job and apartment etc, and trying to stay in shape at the same time. Looking forward to my grove's Beltane ritual this saturday, and hoping that others will bring some low fat dishes so I can navig... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:39:12 EST IGNITING MY SPARK BY HELPING OTHERS Today and yesterday i have been running across people here on sparkpeople who need support and help really bad. I have accidentally run into them reading the blogs that are posted or the messages they post on out of the way message boards. I am here to send out an S.O.S. on behalf of these individuals. plz visit the recent blogs postings to find them. You can find it quickly through the spark point tab and the comment on member blogs points collection. there are so many out there that we are ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:44:40 EST ICHES AWAY AND SEVERAL SIZES SMALLER I measured myself today and found i lost one inche everywhere except my arms. What gave it away is the fact that i put on a pair of size 14's yesterday and found i needed a belt for those!!!! yesterday is the first time i have wore 14's in like forever!!!! now i have to go cloths shopping again....sigh!!!!! lolcheck out my tickers it's great!!! Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:57:55 EST Lighter By Lammas Lighter By Lammas <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts May 2 - the spreadsheet is NOW READY! Write me at to get your copy (please do not send SparkMail, I can't do attachments). <BR> <BR> 10 pts for each lb you lose <BR> 1 pt for every 10 reps of a Strength Training exercise - up to 180 reps or 18 pts/day <BR> (remember if you do this daily, to do a different set of muscles every other day so you don't over-train, muscle is built on your "rest" day) <BR> 1 pt for every 10 ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 01:43:28 EST RAVE REVIEWS That "chicken" potpie recieved rave reviews from the whole house. even my 2 -year- old ate it and i have problems getting him to eat. My brother swore there was real chicken in there and totally was surprised when i told him it was T.S.P. I ssooo love myself some Have a great day all Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:43:10 EST THURSDAY'S NEW TRICK!!!! aI'm going to pul a ne trick to try and get my family to eat healthy and better my chances at loosing weight. I am going to make "chicken" pot pie. the qoutes are an indication that i am going to use T.S.P. for the chicken flavored with No chicken chicken vegan base. Let's see how this goes. lol Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:31:02 EST FEELING ABSOLUTELY ETHERIC The last 2 days have had me feeling absolutely ethic. Etheric is the only word that seems to come to mind for the time being. I feel better, stronger, wiser, taller, more proud than i have ever been and there seems to be no reason for it. My husband told me that i absolutely glowed. I know for a fact that i am not pregnant, so that's not it lol. I feel so wonderful. I feel so fantastic. I feel so superior somehow and that in itself is amazing. Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:50:16 EST BEEN SLACKING the last 3 days have been horrible for me. I have been slacking because of women problems and they seem to be getting worse for me. The doc said that i may be going through menopause....who knows maybe i am but it is really fustrating because i haven't been able to eat or exercise. I feel really bad for not being able to do the exercise part. I've been so tired and wiped out. Going to try to get back to normal today because i am feeling like i got a bit more energy Wed, 14 Apr 2010 07:33:49 EST Earth Day / Weekend Celebrations What, if anything, are some of you doing to celebrate Earth Day? <BR> <BR> My youngest daughter and I are off to Camp Gaea for some camping and workshops with our fellow Witches Meet-up group members. Everyone who is attending is so excited. It is the first camp out at Gaea of the season with many more to come, I am sure. We are having a solar cooking demo, going to learn how to build a solar panel, have a reduce, reuse and recycle rummage sale, an art expo, scavenger hunt, kids program, ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:30:34 EST What inspires you to exercise? So I am relatively new here, and I love it! <BR> <BR> I got to thinking, we could inspire each other more if we all knew what helped each other to get out there and get some exercise in! <BR> <BR> Every day I take pictures on my walk. It is AMAZING to see how everything changes from day to day. I post the pics to my blog to try and get others to look at the beauty around them on their walks too. It is so much better when you make it an artistic adventure, instead of trudging through exerc... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:39:00 EST DEPRESSION OR SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION THROUGH TEARS? Today and yesterday have been awesome for me but this morning i started with the watter works again and then i started laughing histerically but whatever it was it was truely funny to me. The tear and crying were not of pain or sadness just that tears and crying. Sometimes when this happens it leaves me confused for a while and other times i feel like i can take on the world..What do you guys think about all of this?????? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>38</em> <em>31</em> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:40:40 EST WEEKLY PRAYERS AND AFFIRMATIONS i HAVE A WEEKLY PRAYERS AND AFF. REG. I DO THREE TIMES A DAY, BUT SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T HELP WHEN I AM AT MY LOWEST. sorry about the caps didn't realize they were on. Morning, afternoon, and evning. I have done alot of research and i take really good lessons from all of the religions available to me but even buhda can't calm me sometimes.I wish i could take more of a spiritual "oh- well attitude" towards a lot of things that are done but when it involves me and my family directly... well that ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:26:35 EST BLESSINGS TO ALL!!!! Hope all oy you had a most blessed Ostara. Wish i could say the same for myself. My 2-year-old has taken to hurting himself just to get a reaction out of people. Last night he was the worst yet. Started by pulling his own ear really hard, went to pinching his own check, and ende with him biting himself hard enough to draw blood if i would have let it continue. I am honestly worried about this behavior. I have seen teens do it but not the really young ones like him. Needless to say a rough day... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:26:58 EST advice/opinions concerning childrearing Okay, I have considered myself to be Wiccan since high school, roughly around age 14 (about 12 years ago). My husband considers himself to be Baptist. This has caused a few misconceptions and miscommunications between us, but nothing extravagant. I was raised Baptist by my parents, both my grandfathers were ministers, as well as 2 of my great-grandfathers...I understand it, I just don't follow it. Needless to say, not many in my family know my religious beliefs, except for my parents, husband... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:59:56 EST OSTARA!!!!!!!!! YEAY!!!!! hey everyone!!! Hope this post finds all well and merry today!! Hope yo all remembered that Ostara is just around the corner???? Happy Ostara all!!! I plan on a really big dinner for my boys. All of it will be traditional for them buti am going to have to go new-aged vegan for myself lol. Hope all of you enjoy this up-coming holiday with much cheer and celebration...after all... we are celebrating life and it's very existance. lol. Merry meet and Merry part. May all your wishes be fulfilled a... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 07:36:58 EST Hello From Michigan Merry Meet Everyone! I'm Moonmyst and I just wanted to pop in with a quick intro. I'm glad to have found a Pagan community here at SparkPeople where we can share this journey together. I've been on a Druid path for several years. I really need to make some lifestyle changes and drop some weight -- it's been tough going but I'm motivated. I live in MI with my husband and 3 children and we're all looking forward to Ostara and the coming of Spring weather! <BR> <BR> Great Blessings, <BR> ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:51:41 EST A Pagan Prayer Check out this wild and amazing pagan prayer. ValerieMaha posted the link on her blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2979372 </link> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:38:27 EST Pagan Spirit Gathering, Other Summer Fun? So my youngest daughter and I will be heading out to PSG this year. It will be the first time we are going and I am really excited to be heading out. My oldest daughter does not follow the same path so she volunteered to take care of our fuzzy and feathered friends while we go. I have been thinking a lot about what to take as far as food goes since we will be camping for 7 days. <BR> Anyone else going to PSG? Has anyone else ever been and care to share their experiences? I would love to ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:57:37 EST New from the Midwest Merry Meet and so nice to be here. I am a single mom of two daughters and we live in Missouri. I have been struggling with this weight thing for a long time. I lost a lot of weight once, only to gain it back. I guess I was just not in the right place in my life at that time. Now, things are different. I am a different person. Much more aware of who I am and finally on the right path as well. I am so glad to be here and even better to be cheering about my second big success. My first ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:26:56 EST Newbie in London Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Elle, American by birth but live in the London region of the UK. I'm a Priestess of Avalon and if you want to know more about that and what I do, my website is at <BR> <BR> Looking to finally shift the pounds of the past and move on to a new and exciting future. New Spark friends would be wonderful and are welcome. Even though I joined the site nearly a year ago, I'm just starting to actually use it. :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 04:38:21 EST Please insert your favorite "Splurge" recipe here. Frozen Fruitsicles <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 box sugar free strawberry jello <BR> 3 ripe kiwis <BR> 1 1/2 cups strawberries <BR> 1/4 cup ice cold water <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> *Make jello up to package directions until you add the cold water, then only add 1/4 cup ice cold water. <BR> *Puree everything in a blender, unless you want a little bit of the kiwi in bits to add for pretties. <BR> *Pour into 6 popsicle molds, add sticks, freeze <BR> *Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Nutrition facts: <BR> ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:18:32 EST Sharing What are the rules on sharing spells on this forum? I have a pretty simple Full Moon Blessing that I think would be delightful to share with everyone, but since I don't see any other posts of that nature, I am wondering if it's not allowed for some reason. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:27:53 EST My username <BR> Mine is the craft name that I have recently been given. I am a blend of Hinduism and Avalonian spiritualities. <BR> <BR> Avalon has always been like a sanctuary for me. It is a place that I am always seeking and I want that sanctuary to be eternal. <BR> <BR> Celeste <BR> Avalon Eterna Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:43:27 EST New Member My name is Celeste. I am 24 and reside in Washington state. I have been on SparkPeople priorly, but quit after becoming trapped in my emotional eating once more. <BR> <BR> I am a blend of Celtic/Hindu spirituality and I trust in my two Mother Goddesses to give me the strength to pull through this. <BR> <BR> I want to live life as intended. I want to be healthy again and eb able to go do fun stuff with my love of my life, Keith. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well and I look forward to meetin... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:22:17 EST Have you seen this? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> cool place for pagan news! Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:22:11 EST New Team member - Debbie in NYC Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a native New Yorker and was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1998. My goals are to make healthier eating choices (that will hopefully lead to weight loss) and to add more physical activity into my life. <BR> <BR> I'm also a Pagan (since 1986). I'm a member of ADF and The Troth and find myself drawn to Irish & Norse pantheons. Specifically I consider Morrigan & Dadga and Freya & Thor my patrons with an especial fondness for Skadi and Airmid. <BR> <BR> I also love ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:21:47 EST Restarting in NY I am restarting my weight loss goals as well as my life as a practicing Wiccan. It's been nearly 4 years since I could call myself a practitioner of magick, and I am very glad to say, now that college is over with, and I am back in my home town, life is finally starting a new. <BR> <BR> Pop on over to my sparkpage and get the low-down on me and my goals. I love to chat, and the more friends we all have the easier it is to reach our goals with people to support us! <BR> <BR> I look forward ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:04:49 EST Question about Jade I recently bought my husband a jade bracelet. It was light green with white. However, once he started wearing it, some of the white has begun to turn a purple color. I was wondering what this might mean. I have tried to find out on several different websites, but can only find out about the green getting darker or lighter. Can anyone tell me why the the white is turning purple? Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:04:00 EST New to this team Hi to all the Pagans here I am known as Wulfcwen on most boards. <BR> I am a Hearth Witch and love cooking and making things for the home friends and family. <BR> <BR> I need to shed the pounds for my health and I need to make lifestyle changes rather than follow a set diet. <BR> Portion control is hard and I am easily persuaded to eat foods that I know I should not. <BR> <BR> 2010 is the year I have to get to grips with things and I know I can do this but need support and will offer suppor... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:04:31 EST What is your favorite candle or incense? What is your favorite color or scent of candle or incense? What purpose does it serve for you? <BR> <BR> I've always been into black candles for meditation, as something to really pinpoint energy on. It makes me feel calm and in control. <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 3 Feb 2010 04:27:49 EST Hello...I'm coming here now at a hard time. Hello...I'm coming here now at a hard time. Tomorrow morning at 9:00AM Central Time, my Dad is going to take our beloved kitty Twitch to the vet to be put to sleep. I know she has lived a long life and is sick, and that this is to prevent her from suffering further, but it's still sad. Even the spiritual things I believe in don't bring me much comfort. <BR> <BR> Can anyone relate, or give me some advice to help me cope? Thank you for reading this. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:29:11 EST Family Problem - kinda long I have been learning and practicing Wicca for 10 years off and on (had some issues with my spouse at the beginning of our marriage). However, I have always maintained the core beliefs. When I first found Wicca, I introduced my mother to it and in turn she introduced my sister. I cannot say whether they continue to study it or not. I know they don't observe the Esbats or Sabbats. Yet they call themselves Wiccans. <BR> <BR> Here's my problem, I have always strived to think about others and how... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:39:44 EST January 17, 2010 Sunday the 17th is World Religion Day which Celebrates the teachings of unity found in all religions.... <BR> How will you celebrate? <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 02:16:27 EST Buff By Beltane 2010 It's almost Imbolc, and another Challenge is ending. If you're tracking points with a spreadsheet, and you're using mine (despite occasional glitches, which I think are all fixed), it's time to email me at and get your new spreadsheet for our second annual Buff By Beltane challenge. <BR> <BR> I could be tweaking the values and such, we've done that before, but we've been very successful in the last two challenges and I think we'll just leave it the way it is. <BR> <B... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:47:14 EST Do you have a little DJ in your head too? I've always been one of those people who wake up with a random song stuck in their heads. I don't have my alarm set to radio or a CD, it just pops in for no apparent reason. At least that is what I thought. <BR> <BR> Recently I started wondering if I was supposed to be getting a message about my day from these songs and started to explore the idea - I was somewhat successful and I could sometimes get the song to go away. <BR> <BR> In the last week I started trying to find within the songs... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:18:48 EST Kicking my Sugar Addiction Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm a Sugar Junkie. (If my name didn't give it away ) <BR> <BR> Joining this site is my first step towards recovery. <BR> <BR> I've been "going on a diet on Monday" for the last six months. Every Monday I plan to start my diet. And every Monday, I do great until lunch. Then I hit the drive-thru. Or the ice cream shop. Or the cookie jar. <BR> <BR> I'm done waiting until Monday. I've got to stop this cycle. I'm killing myself. <BR> <BR> I am 27 years old, 247 pounds. I h... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:10:34 EST Hello from Melayla Hello, I'm in Virginia, living with my kitty and wanting to get more out of life. I'm already Sparks such a warm place to be, I cant wait to be even more active here :-) Thu, 7 Jan 2010 17:04:40 EST Daily Devotions? We have all heard about Christians doing their daily devotions, so I was wondering if you guys did it, too. I'm trying to get some ideas for my own, so if you have any suggestions, please say so! <BR> <BR> Blessed Be Sun, 20 Dec 2009 17:43:26 EST Are You Fat In Your Dreams? When you dream about yourself do you see yourself as overweight? I generally don't unless I'm having a prophetic dream. <BR> <BR> Also, do you think your dreams can help you lose weight, such as using lucid dreaming to perhaps subliminally point you in the right direction or help you lose the urge to overeat? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 12:15:31 EST Astral Travel Totally off topic for spark people; however, I was wondering if anyone on here was good at astral traveling? I used to be years ago but had a negative experience and haven't been able to do it on 'command' since and was just wanting to discuss it with some people who are naturals at it. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:44:22 EST Hello from Alaska Just wanted to say hello., New to Spark People, but was pleasantly happy to find a Pagan group :) Denise Sun, 29 Nov 2009 19:39:43 EST In Just .8 Pounds ... I'll be DONE with the 250s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited I weighed in at 250.8 this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been AGES since I've seen 240 on that scale!!!!!!!!! OMGs I'm really DOING it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:44:56 EST Hi, I am new to Paganism(well kinda) and doing schooling on My question is when can I start celebrating the holidays? Is there a certain time limit? Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:11:10 EST Hi All Hmmm, introductions. <BR> <BR> I identify myself as Pagan when asked, but I don't really follow a specific path, or belong to a group. <BR> <BR> When asked what kind of pagan I am, I say my spirituality is nature based. <BR> <BR> I was raised in a non-Christian family. My dad felt organized religion was the worst thing to happen to mankind since...well, you get the idea, LOL. However, we were encouraged to explore spiritual ideas, even Christianity, and keep an open mind as we kept ... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 23:14:18 EST Inspiration By Imbolc OK, new Challenge. ALmost the same as last time... same limitations... and the change I suggested for counting the login points. <BR> <BR> Give yourself: <BR> 10 pts for each lb you lose <BR> 1 pt for every 8 reps of a Strength Training exercise - up to 160 reps or 20 pts/day <BR> (remember if you do this daily, to do a different set of muscles every other day so you don't over-train, muscle is built on your "rest" day) <BR> 1 pt for every 10 minutes of cardio up to 180 min or 18 pts/day <B... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:13:38 EST Thanksgiving I've got Halloween/Samhain all figured out, so next on the list is Thanksgiving. I was wondering if any of you had any information, site, or thoughts on the holiday. It seems a little strange that there would be three harvest festivals; Mabon in Sept, Samhain in Oct, and Thanksgiving in Nov...? <BR> <BR> Here is what I found so far: <BR> "Some might think it’s stretching the imagination to also tie in Thanksgiving with Pagan customs, but both Christian and Pagan religions give thanks, respec... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:21:57 EST "Twas the Night Before Samhain Twas the night before Samhain and all through the house <BR> Not a creature was stirring, except for my spouse. <BR> The incense, it burned in our cauldron so black, <BR> For Witchcraft and Magick we'd a wonderful knack. <BR> <BR> The circle was drawn with the athame of power, <BR> The guardians were called to each quarter tower. <BR> The Lord and Lady attended our rite, <BR> In wonder and glory and power and might. <BR> <BR> The dearly departed came as our guest, <BR> To live once again, a... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:49:45 EST Shamanisom and a look at Wight loss Shamanism looks at our bodies and our spirits as a partnership in balance. Even though one is physical and the other is spiritual, it is important to realize that if one part is out of balance it affects the other. Most of the time a shaman will heal a physical problem by fixing an imbalance on a spiritual level. But lately ive been wondering if Shamans of late have been ignoring physical problems and there effect on the spirit not the other way around. Ive spent many years focusing on spirit... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 10:54:27 EST Hi, I'm Cali Hello Everyone I'm cali, i'm really glad i found this team, I live in small rural town, and there is not very many of us here although i'm sure there is more than i think so ya I'm here to loose weight, i'm 22 and have 2 boys age 3 and 2 and i'm looking forward to getting know some of you and taking this journey with you. Sat, 10 Oct 2009 22:23:15 EST Hey Fellow Pegans My friends call me Bear. Im kinda new to blogging and im not sure really how it all works but im figuring it out as i go. WOW LOOK!! im successfully blogging =D So i need to loose some weight. But what ive been doing is every full moon ritual, sighn off on X amount of pounds that i want to loose that month. It actually seems to be working. So how you guys doin. Im doin pretty good. Im staying up in the mountains and its getting cold. Hit 7 last night. I like the cold and it was awsome. Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:08:22 EST Hey Fellow Pegans My friends call me Bear. Im kinda new to blogging and im not sure really how it all works but im figuring it out as i go. WOW LOOK!! im successfully blogging =D So i need to loose some weight. But what ive been doing is every full moon ritual, sighn off on X amount of pounds that i want to loose that month. It actually seems to be working. So how you guys doin. Im doin pretty good. Im staying up in the mountains and its getting cold. Hit 7 last night. I like the cold and it was awsome. Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:07:03 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Rain :) I have to confess to NOT being pagan, but my son is. With Celtic heritage maybe it sort of shows up in a certain wistfullness along those directions that he, at least follows... so when I saw this team I joined, more to be able to understand him and his interests then anything, so I hope it is okay that I am here. He is studying Shamanism as well. I have gone by different "Rain" names for years, Rainshadow, Rainfaerie, Morning Rain, etc... which seems suitable for here! I ha... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:24:42 EST Eastwick Charmed all over again? ABC is airing another 'witch' series. Anyone catch the opener? I intended to but forgot. Hope it's not a retarded as Charmed was. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:33:43 EST Found Love, Now Hoping to Lose Pounds I have finally plugged in that final big piece of my life, a loving relationship. A beautiful Pagan woman and I have found each other, and it will involve an eventual move for me (about 120 miles west). I have posted pictures of her on my SparkPage (thanks to Jewitch). <BR> <BR> The next several months will be a tad difficult, ameliorated by the benefits of the Internet (Yahoo Messenger with webcam and voice). I hope to be under 240 when I finally pull up my Asheville stakes and head to K... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:25:51 EST Samhain Just curious what everyone has planned!!! <BR> <BR> I have to be at a wedding.. so I need to live vicariously through all of you! <BR> <BR> Anything exciting in the works? <BR> Sat, 26 Sep 2009 07:48:11 EST