SparkPeople Big and Beautiful! Team Messageboard So many times we feel that just because we are not a specific size we are not beautiful but as you know beauty is only skin deep. True beauty starts within. SparkPeople Big and Beautiful! Team Messageboard What do you see when you look in the mirror? <link><BR>-you-see-in-the-mirror/ </link> <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror what do you see? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble? <BR> <BR> As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:32:49 EST 2013 Chit Chat Hi, I just joined the team and hope to make some new friends while working hard to lose this weight and get healthier. Hope to hear how the rest of you are doing. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:53:32 EST Southern Sweetheart :) Hi everyone! My name is Brittany. <BR> I am a proud Army Wife to Sergeant David Caldwell. <BR> Married for 3 years on June 20th. <BR> DH and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years and 6 months. <BR> In that time we were blessed with 2 pregnancies..that sadly ended to soon. <BR> After the first m/c in Jan 2010 I began to gain weight and was very depressed. <BR> My best friend moved to FL and so it was kind of like suffering 2 losses. <BR> <BR> I finally put on my big girl panties and m... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:18:58 EST Healthy Curves Rulzesss! Hey Everybody :) I so Luv for what this Team stands for! <BR> <BR> Everybody is created beautifully different in the image of God! Beauty from within is what makes the Person :) Something which I'm learning to accept and apply to my Life... <BR> <BR> Here's to enhancing our True Selves in a Happy Healthy Loving Way... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to making some Spark Budds to motivate and be positive for each other.. <BR> <BR> Have a God Bless Sunshine Day <BR> <BR> Cat from the island of Penang in Mal... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:54:51 EST Another new Team Leader! Hi Big & Beautiful people! I'm Jackie, a 50 year old Brit with 50 odd pounds to lose. I've been a member of Spark People before but drifted away. Back now, and hoping to become the person I really want to be. <BR> We didn't have an active team leader for some time so I thought I'd try to help out and kick start the group again. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for the group, questions about Spark People, dieting, exercise etc etc.... if I don't know the answer I'll try to put you in ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:19:28 EST Hey! Hey! <BR> I'm Punky from Philly... I'm looking forward to Sparking it up with you guys. Feel free to add me as a Spark Friend Wed, 25 May 2011 20:00:11 EST Post it dont Eat it! Here you can post any of those unhealthy snacks your craving that will throw you off for the day. Sometimes when you write it down it helps remove the craving from you mind. I find that if you look up the calories of that unhealthy snack your craving and add it to your nutrition tracker with out eating it once you see how much it adds you choose something healthier to munch on.Try fruit or even try those 100 calorie snacks if all else fails they have something for everyone. <BR> <BR> If your... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:58:21 EST Crunches, Push ups and Squats Oh my The challenge is to do one set of Crunches, Push ups and Squats each. You can start at 10 each a day and work your way up the main challenge is to do at least a set a day. I do 100 of each a day. Yes it's hard work but if you want to start slow divide the 100 into however many sets you need to complete the full 100 through out the day. Keep you pace and post how many you were able to do daily. <BR> <BR> 4/12- 100 each completed <em>104</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:15:32 EST New Team Leader Hi I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. My name is Gia I'm 28 and have been over wieght since I turned 16 guess puberty hit and attacked. Well i've been fighting with my weight ever since I found Sparks last year and fell off due to some personal things, but I have found myself and am back for good I have a goal to reach 200 before my 30th bday in 2012. I'm here to offer support to all in this group regardless of the situation. Please feel free to contact me. Were all here for a li... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:59:31 EST No Dieting Contract My friend and inspiration, Debra Mazda, has created a No Dieting Contract and I wanted to share that all with you! <BR> <BR> Join me in taking this pledge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NoDiet_Contract_2011.pdf </link> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:50:31 EST I need friends to help motivate me!! Hi there! My name's Duchess and I'm just getting back into SP after a 6 month hiatus. I'm looking to make some friends because I think it would help me stay on track a bit better. Do any of you lovely ladies want to friend me? We can help motivate each other! <em>41</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:21:32 EST 15 Worst Health & Diet Myths <link><BR>worst-health-diet-myths </link> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:04:01 EST The Fat Nutritionist! Here's a wonderful blog/page you've just got to see! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>line-nutritionist/ </link> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 18:22:52 EST Make your Goals into an Action Plan! Ok so we've all thought about what we what to accomplish in 2011, but now the hard work begins! It's time to take the action steps of making weekly weekly and monthly goals to accomplish. In addition to this, we need to think how we will chart and track these goals. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to take the time to consider now what your mini goals (weekly/monthly) are that will build into your larger goals (yearly). How will you keep track of these? SP, Team Threads, Sp Goals, Poster Board, Sp... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:50:55 EST Fitness Minutes: Post Them Here! Post how many fitness minutes you got in today! Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:21:43 EST Goals: Jan 1 to Jan 8, 2011 What will be your goals for this week? Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:20:36 EST Huddle Challenge: Show your Emocon! If you've huddled today, show an emocon! Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:18:52 EST Have no Shame! Ladies, <BR> <BR> Have no shame for who you are and for the body that you have today! <BR> <BR> Love yourself completely, inside out, and hold your head high! Being beautiful isn't defined by a number, a size, or pounds lost. Beauty is what you make it, so own yours!! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 16:36:03 EST New Here Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am Kathleen 38 from Stratford Ontario Canada. I am just at the beginning of my journey to wellness and am looking for good friends to share with along the way. Feel free to contact me! <BR> <BR> Kathleen Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:23:13 EST Why dose no one huddle? Hi all this is only my second day on this team and for the past few day I appear to be the only one that huddles. I was just wondering why no one huddles? Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:34:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:04:36 EST Do Something Good for Yourself I did something last weekend to make myself feel good. Something that has absolutely nothing to do with food and/or weight loss. Something only a woman can understand. What did I do you may ask? I had myself professionally fitted for a new...BRA. Yes, I new bra! I discovered I was a band size smaller and a cup size larger than I'd been wearing. My goodness, what a difference it has made! I feel so 'perky' now! lol This may sound silly especially since I've had breasts since I was 11,... Fri, 14 May 2010 21:12:01 EST Newbie Hello everyone my name is Jessica and I am from Alabama married for almost 10 years, no children and full-time college student. I have been type 2 diabetic for 10 years and I have 158lbs to lose before I hit my goal weight. I look forward to talking to you all. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:15:16 EST thoughts on coffee? i've been wondering lately whether or not to give up coffee. i don't see the big deal with it, personally. i have a very active almost 2 year old boy, and there are some days where if i don't have my cup of joe, i'm groggy and tired all day long. i've heard mixed reviews on the subject, and i was wondering what you guys think. should we have coffee, or be rid of it? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:39:15 EST Shiny Lip Gloss Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I love lip gloss so much that I no longer wear lipstick. I can't seem to find those really shiny lipglosses that you see the stars wearing. I am going to admit to watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians tonight and Kim's lips are always so shiny and the shine lasts. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend some? <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 22:35:42 EST What are your plans for 2010? Of course # 1 is lose this weight! I need to get all my check ups this year. I need to get my job in order. <BR> 1. Weight <BR> 2. Health <BR> 3. Job <BR> <BR> What about you?!?!? Tue, 29 Dec 2009 08:51:53 EST Howdy Y'all! My name is Danielle and I am a stay at homeschooling mother of 4. Well I am really only homeschooling 3, because my oldest just graduated and will be turning 18 tomorrow! This is the reason I am here today. For the last 18 years I have put on about 100+ pounds!! I am tired of my knees hurting and buying pants from Omar! I know this is going to be the toughest thing I have done in a long time and I am a little scared (ok alotta bit) of failure! I want to get below 200.Lose weight before the... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:27:45 EST Hola Everyone Hey All. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself, my name is Felicia and I am a newbie to Spark. So far I am loving the site and its resources. I have recently made a dedication to myself and my health and decided to drop 100 lbs (scary thought i know lol) So far I am down 20 lbs and I dont plan on stopping!! With every little goal reached I am realizing that I can transform my body and my state of health. I wish everyone success on this journey to health..... One pond at... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:29:23 EST Body Image Hi! <BR> <BR> I came across this link recently and it has helped me a lot. <BR><BR>.asp?WebPage_ID=286&Profile_ID=41159 <BR> <BR> Some days we need to remember we are beautiful even if no one else agrees. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 28 Jun 2009 01:11:13 EST Oops I did it again... I thought I would start a topic where we would own it when we did something against our plan that could throw us into a downward spiral. Let's own it and start fresh right away. No more guilt. No more downward spirals. <BR> <BR> Here's one from me. Instead of counting out one serving of crackers I ate from the box. I hate when I do that but I did it and I moved on. I will remember to not blindly eat. BITE IT. WRITE IT!!! <BR> Terri Sat, 20 Jun 2009 23:53:28 EST Today I resisted... a second brownie. I am proud of myself because I resisted a second brownie. What about the first one you ask? lol <BR> I planned it. I knew we had to make some so I planned 1. <BR> Terri <BR> <BR> I thought we should praise ourselves if we made an effort to resist a temptation whether it be food or an activity that could sabotage us. Sat, 20 Jun 2009 23:03:26 EST Woman Within I have been on a mission to find the perfect bra. I am in a bra that is way too small and i find the sexy low cut tops dont look good on me anymore because my bra has broken down and my boobs just dont fit the shirts right! SO i found and its amazing! tonight and tomorrow if you buy a bra on the website you get a 40% discount and most of the bras are marked down already. If you cant join now you still get a 30% off discount for being a first time buyer. The bras have customer ... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 22:34:25 EST Today I Challenge Myself To... ... I thought that I would start a new thread... for new beginnings. We've been doing the "Today I can and I will" thread for a very long time, and though I don't know about you... well, I am ready for a DO OVER. I am ready to start again and get back into the swing of things... I've only been play acting for the last few months... And perhaps that is just what I needed... however now... NOW IS THE TIME... If not, when is? SO... <BR> <BR> Finish the sentence... What do YOU challenge yoursel... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 08:26:52 EST Transformation! It Could Be YOu!!! today is my first day of transformation! check out my blog about transformation and see some amazing before and afters of an amazing woman! :) <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2009 21:35:51 EST I need a bra!!! well i have really been irritated because as much as i LOVE being big chested i also like to feel and look sexy and its hard to do when you cant get a shirt to fit over your boobs! im in the wrong size bra which means my boobs dont have the support they need SO they dont sit in the shirts quite right lol. anyways im feeling kinda bummed out because i want to wear sexy shirts, halter tops, low cut tanks and the likes, i mean come on its summer and being big doesnt mean i cant dress sexy! But w... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 01:06:28 EST Ready To Be Me Again <em>30</em> Hey Everybody! My name is Jodi Lynn and I am on a mission! For years I have been "big and beautiful" because I allowed myself to believe that I was just "big boned"...(a condition by the way that doesn't exist) I am sick of feeling like the girl trapped inside the FAT girl who ate me! :-) I am in here!!! It's me, can you hear me? I am just ready to come out and be the real me...the me that is just "funny" because I am "funny" and not a comedian because I am trying to take the fo... Mon, 25 May 2009 14:07:45 EST What emoticon fits your mood for today? <em>104</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:22:14 EST Let's be vain for a minute........ if you could look like any celebrity who would it be? <BR> <BR> I would love to look like Salma Hayek. She is so curvy and like me of spanish decent. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:51:21 EST CHALLENGE OURSELVES I challenge myself to lose 7 pounds this month. <BR> I challenge myself to the gym 3 days/week minimum. <BR> I challenge myself to stay at 1200 cal./day. <BR> Terri Thu, 2 Apr 2009 09:50:58 EST What was your DEVIL moment today? My devil moment was when I started tasting the chicken I was making. <em>18</em> I swore I would not bite unless I write. I went to my nutrition and I put in about 1 oz. Wasn't much but then little tastes like that add up. <BR> Terri Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:18:23 EST Hello it's EXTEENUHOX Hey everyone!! I'm sure most of you probably don't remember me but I was the creator of the BIG & BEAUTIFUL team. I ended up having to give up my postion because I didn't have the time that I wanted to devot to the team. I've been living on my own for about 7 or 8 months now and I have finally gotten a computer. I've also decided to go back to school so I've decided to come back and get my life back on track health wise. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are doing great! I've seen that the team has ... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 14:32:37 EST Am I the only one? Okay, I know that I'm 5'3". I know that I shouldn't weigh 250 lbs. But I don't think that I would look good at 135 lbs. In fact, I think I would look like a skeleton. It upsets me when everyone thinks that just because I'm 23 and 5'3" I should be a size 2. I don't want to be a size 2. A size 16 maybe, but not a size 2. I'm perfectly content at 185 if part of that 185 is muscle mass. Or even 165. I'm just wanting to know if I'm the only one that feels this way or if there are more lik... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:36:30 EST new here Hello! I am Jessica. I am 23 years old. I live in Indianapolis,Indiana. I just got married in October of 08. To my high school sweet heart. He is a great husband. I am ready to shed the pounds. My big goal is to lose 110 pounds this year. which would be awesome. I have a great support system around me and I love it. I am going to school for pastry arts I think that is going to be a workout but i am up for anything. I work at DowArgo Science. I have been there for almost 2 years and it is grea... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 08:47:05 EST Today is the day! Are you watching the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama and Joe Biden? And if yes, where? Do you get together with some friends and family? <BR> <BR> I am not sure yet, where.. maybe getting together at one of the Inauguration Parties of the American Community here in Milan. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:04:42 EST Saggy Skin I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to avoid having saggy skin as I lose weight? I am worried about this. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 15:21:47 EST Overcoming Night Snacking Hi everyone! I am having trouble with night snacking. It is the biggest down fall, I feel as if I am always going over my calories. I record it all, honestly, but still have the problem. I welcome any tips on how to overcome it. I am willing to try about anything! Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:42:40 EST Personal - Will you help? Okay friends... You all know that I have a brother that has been overweight his entire life. He is married to a great gal and has a new baby, Abby, that just turned one in October. If you remember, he's wanted to go have some sort of surgery to help him lose weight however has not gone that direction yet. <BR> <BR> Last year when he joined (cause I sort of talked him into it) he was not really into it. All sorts of excuses and reasons why he didn't have time. THIS year... he weighed and has... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:05:37 EST There is a saying "Beauty comes from within." Share something beautiful about you. A memory, something special someone did for you that made you feel beautiful, or a special something about you. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:08:25 EST A Birthday Girl Among Us!! I just learned that the 25th is JarodsLady birthday...She's still fairly new to SP and the group and I thought it'd nice if you could stop by her page and give her some Big & Beautiful birthday greetings!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RODSLADY </link> Thu, 25 Dec 2008 01:49:50 EST what's your plan for 2009 My plan is to live life and work hard at losing this weight and make this a life style and love me. I want to keep changing small thing about my self. I want to be even motivated then ever in 2009 I see the changes in my body and my eating and I love it. I want to be blessed in 2009 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:17:44 EST Healthy strategies for the Holiday season Kelley brought up a great question. Do we not make our favorite traditional treats for Christmas? Maybe it is too hard to have it in the house but what I did in the past (Buckeyes) was I made them and hurried and put them in tins for friends and family. I kept some for my family but I tupperwared them and put a few in a small baggie for me. I would wait until it was "ME" time I would take a couple and sit by the tree and actually enjoy them. In the past, pre-spark, I'd just pop them in my ... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 13:36:47 EST chat just want to share this about two days a week I dont eat meat and I am a meat lover and I feel good about this change in my life I have a lot more respect for my food and just learning how to cook differant I been eating whole grains and lots of fruit and veggies and I have lost some weight I am so proud of my self may you all may try it also <em>4</em> Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:53:13 EST Walkscore <BR> <BR> This is pretty awesome! Mine is 45 <em>24</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2008 17:23:43 EST Be Apart of the 5% I found this article here and just had to share it! We already have a slam dunk on 3!!! <BR> <BR> The 5 secrets of 5% who lose the weight and keep off… <BR> <BR> 1. …Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that ju... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 16:55:26 EST Thanksgiving 101 Okay.. girls... it's fast approaching us. Thanksgiving... I read recently on SP that on the average, a person will consume 4500 calories on that one meal on Thanksgiving Day!!! 4500 calories? How, why? Is this possible? In the past did I really eat 4500 calories in that one meal? <BR> <BR> Not this year... never again (most likely... you know, momma always said..."never say never"). <BR> <BR> So what are we going to do to combat this? What strategies are you working on to aid in NOT o... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:53:33 EST I'm Preggers!!!!!!! I just found out on 11/11 that I'm pregnant and on 11/13 I saw our baby through the ultrasound and it is 7cm long! I am so in love and never thought this would happen at my size. I am sad because I never thought I would be overweight and pregnant, but it happened and I hope me nor the baby do not get sick! Me and my husband are very thrilled though and I am happy to be a first-time mother at 35! <em>80</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:17:55 EST Biggest Losers Where are they now... Found this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/0,,20055177_20225996,00.html </link> Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:01:47 EST RUBY <link><BR>v/la-et-ruby6-2008nov06,0,6161752.story </link> <BR> <BR> Has anyone seen this? I saw this last night. I cannot wait to see her weight loss journey. <BR> It is on the Style channel. There will be reruns of the first show all week. The new ones air on Sundays. <BR> Terri Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:33:25 EST How long did it take... for you to vote? This morning at 7:00 the line outside where I vote was wrapped around twice. I waited to leave my house at 10:15. Since my name begins with an M we got out in 45 min. but the N-T WOW!!! I know it was at least 2 hours. <BR> Terri Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:06:23 EST Motivation you have to see!!! Someone on another team I am on posted these videos. They are amazing!!! Check them out! Very motivational:) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 2 Nov 2008 16:49:37 EST Bellydancing How many of you ladies have tried or are doing bellydancing as a part of your fitness routine? Have you noticed results? How do you like it? Thanks for the input. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 16:53:16 EST New From Texas Hi Everyone - I saw this site on another ladies page and it caught my eye. Love Marilyn. Anyway I'm single from West Texas. I'm big but have thought I was pretty by any means. Anyway maybe you guys can teach me how to appreciate these curves I've got. Because you know deep down I know I'm always going to curvey. But then to me that's what is beautiful, these stick models look sick...I want to eat something for goodness sakes!!! LOL!! Just my opinion. Anyway hope to meet all you girl... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 03:02:30 EST New From Texas Hi Everyone - I saw this site on another ladies page and it caught my eye. Love Marilyn. Anyway I'm single from West Texas. I'm big but have thought I was pretty by any means. Anyway maybe you guys can teach me how to appreciate these curves I've got. Because you know deep down I know I'm always going to curvey. But then to me that's what is beautiful, these stick models look sick...I want to eat something for goodness sakes!!! LOL!! Just my opinion. Anyway hope to meet all you girl... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 03:00:57 EST Should I take a diet pill Well i been looking up a diet pill and I wonder if it would help me in my plan to lose weight so just tell me what you think Mon, 20 Oct 2008 13:59:34 EST Who is your inspiration??? My mother is my inspiration! She is just fantastic with this weight loss, and I really look up to her. I need to get more on track with her, though, especially in the exercising department. <BR> <BR> Also? Ally/Allie the winner of The Biggest Loser last year has been a fantastic inspiration. Though she helps best when I'm on a machine and feel like falling off and crawling to the furthest corner of the gym and dying. :D Mon, 20 Oct 2008 01:43:46 EST Michelle and Renee I just realized that Michelle was 26 yrs. old. That means she was 20 when her mom left with the two younger sisters. I know alot of 20 yr. olds that are on their own. I mean I know a 20 yr. old needs their mom, not necessarily to live with them but needs them emotionally. <BR> I was getting very frustrated with Micheele not deciding what she wanted to do. I wanted Allison to say if you don't decide right now you will have to leave. I guess that is basicaly what Ally meant but I wanted to... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:26:50 EST which lifestyle did you chose and why? Help me, Please!! I have tried them all from low fat to Atkins. I have tried diet pills and they all work for me but my problem is being able to stick with what works. The 3 men in my life dh,& 2 sons can eat anything so that makes it hard or for me it does. I would like to know what lifestyle you chose and how you stick to it. i find that low carb seems to work once all the sugar is out of my system. You see sugar is my biggest weakness. With low carb i can still have some fruit and veggies ... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 20:27:23 EST Moderation or not at all! So, I have read some articles and some people say you can still have your normal foods but in smarter portions. Do you guys ever do this?? I am afraid to even buy some foods i love because I know I can't eat them in moderation. Sun, 28 Sep 2008 15:23:44 EST AUTUMN CHALLENGE!! OMG!! It's almost Autumn ! <BR> <BR> For the months of Sept., Oct. and Nov. we will be having a continuous challenge. <BR> <BR> These few things we should be doing already but I want us to keep track of them and push ourselves a little bit. <BR> <BR> Autumn is football, walks in the cool crisp air among the leaves and taking in the beautiful colors. <BR> <BR> Here are a few suggestions. Any others? SHARE! <BR> <BR> 1.Walk 150 mins. per week. That would be 30 min. walks for 5 days. ... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 10:51:35 EST How many points did you get today? Now for a weight related topic. How many points did you get today? Today I got 18! Not a lot but I wasn't as active as I would've liked. <BR> <BR> C'mon, ladies, how many points did you get today? Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:21:55 EST What's your favorite TV shows? So what's your favorite TV shows, ladies? My mom and myself are completely nuts for reality TV, right now we're hooked on Big Brother. We also watch Survivor, Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Greatest American Dog (new obsession!!). I also watch America's Next Top Model and Project Runway but on my own and reiterate the funny bits to my mom. XD <BR> <BR> Mom and I also watch scripted shows, our favorites being Days of Our Lives, As the... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:17:19 EST What song was number 1 on the day you were born <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Click on link on the page. <BR> <BR> My number 1 song was Venus by Frankie Avalon. <BR> Terri Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:30:50 EST SORRY- NEW LINK TO NEW FEATURE <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1173 </link> <BR> <BR> I hope this worked. I don't know what happened last time. Sat, 23 Aug 2008 14:54:33 EST NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_ar </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:06:11 EST "How to Look Good NAKED" I'm just wondering... have any of you watched this Lifetime show called "How to Look Good Naked"??? I am so in love with this show... it is all about loving yourself no matter what size you are and making the most of all your assets... I am DVR'ing it and watch it with my BF sometimes and my daughter always... It is so touching to see how these women grow in just 5 short days. <BR> <BR> Anyone a fan besides me? <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:50:27 EST How many sticks of butter did you lose? Thanks to MSKELLEY I thought I'd pose this question. <BR> 4 Sticks to a pound of butter. I lost 130 sticks of butter. What a mental image is that? EWWW Picture squishing that all together that is a lot of fat. <BR> How much did you lose? Or how many do you want to lose? <BR> Terri Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:05:38 EST Today I can and I will... Now... finish the sentence. I saw this on another team I'm a member of and it sparked a lot of cool ideas to do today... Positive things that the members wanted to accomplish for themselves... I'll start: <BR> <BR> Today I can and I will... Eat better than yesterday (date night!), drink more water and I will have a better attitude at work! <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2008 08:34:55 EST Congrats Terri Thanks so much Terri for coming on as another team leader! You will be great! <BR> <BR> <BR> Penny Sun, 10 Aug 2008 12:55:17 EST New Food Finds? I found Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers. They are ice cream on a stick and dipped in chocolate. They are really good. I just love skinny cow. I saw vanilla, caramel and lime. My kids loved them. <BR> Terri Sun, 10 Aug 2008 03:57:23 EST New to this team... My name is Kelley and I live in the Springfield, MO area... I am 49 and have been on this journey for almost 7 months! Hard to believe at times... My body is changing as my mind is changing... and I think my mind is having the worse time of it! <BR> <BR> I look forward to talking and meeting all of you!! <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 08:22:39 EST What was the moment that... made you say "This is it. I have to lose this weight." Then you actualy followed through? <BR> I always said I would not let myself get above 200. <BR> I got on the scale one day and it said 202.8# and I was so disappointed in myself. I said "I made myself a promise..." That was the last time I saw that number and I am determined to not see it again. <BR> Terri <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:27:06 EST Jillian Michaels on KFI AM Got this link from another team thought I would share <link><BR>age=1 </link> Sun, 27 Jul 2008 07:09:26 EST Summer Time Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just thought of a good topic we can all discuss. What are you doing this summer? Are you going on vacation? Have a certain goal to achieve? Or are you just going to relax with the family...let's hear it! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:41:38 EST What Book are you reading? I am reading Knitting under the Influence by: <BR> Claire LaZebnik. It is about 3 girls that belong to a knitting club. Fun beach read. Takes me away! <BR> Terri Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:02:24 EST What's your protein of choice? I prefer dairy products myself. Unfortunately even the lower cal stuff tends to be high in cholesterol, sat. fat and sodium. Which totally is not fair! So I've decided to branch out. So start suggesting ladies!! Sat, 12 Jul 2008 03:06:50 EST Do your toes fall asleep when...'ve been exercising on an elliptical (or an arch trainer!) for an amount of time? Mine begin to fall asleep about ten minutes if I'm really pushing it. So instead I have to back off so I don't lose my little piggies. Please tell me somebody else has this problem? Sat, 12 Jul 2008 02:52:00 EST I NEED HELP LADIES! Ok, motivation is totally low right now! Usually I'm like totally all about "woohoo!!! I can do this!!" but I've been so blah recently. Poor Mom has had to put up with it, too. But anyway, I have lost weight but not, you know, in the healthy way. I just haven't felt like eating but I've still been exercising. Not obessesively or anything, just to keep my joints moving. Plus it feels great to just listen to music and let my mind wander. <BR> <BR> I know the reason I've been so "bleh" la... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:02:28 EST Relaxation! What do you do to relax? If it's listen to music, what kind? Watch TV, what do you watch? Read a book, what do you read? Anything else? Tell us! <BR> <BR> Myself? I do all sorts of things. I watch TV especially soap operas (Days of Our Lives and As the World Turns) and SciFi series (Stargates mostly). Music is usually something soothing, whatever I'm in the mood for, actually. Reading is definitely Suzanne Brockmann, I love her stuff, light and fun! Mon, 23 Jun 2008 03:58:40 EST What do you find sexy about yourself? Ok, ladies! What do you find sexy about yourself? I find my eyes, legs and butt sexy. No lie, I love those bits, wouldn't change them for anything in the world! Mon, 23 Jun 2008 03:55:24 EST Motivational Quotes! I thought I'd share a motivational quote that really gets me going. In fact I'll share a new one every day! <BR> <BR> 6/23: "I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back, turn back; you'll die if you venture too far." <BR> – Erica Jong <BR> <BR> This one just gets me b/c it's true. Sometimes I'm too scared to allow myself to feel better and look better. And some... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 03:45:42 EST FIT WOMEN WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE FIT WOMEN WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE ARE STILL BETTER OFF THAN SKINNY COUCH POTATOES. <BR> <BR> After tracking 2,603 subjects over 12 years, scientists found that that you’re 50 percent less likely to die if you’re fit. Bonus: Size didn’t matter. Regular exercise improves cholesterol levels and blood pressure and strengthens the heart-all of which can lengthen your lifespan, says study co-author Steven Blair, P.E.D. Get in 30 minutes of brisk walking five days per week. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2008 14:27:17 EST Gaol Met And More Hi All, <BR> I just wanted to share with everyone that I went to the doctor today and lost 12 pounds,YEAH!!!!! <BR> <em>248</em> <em>9</em> I met my first goal of getting under 300 and also my second goal of getting under 290,I now weigh 288!My next goal is to get under 280. <BR> I feel so motivated.When those numbers come down it just puts something in me to push harder.You all have a great weekend. <BR> Be Blessed, <BR> Stephanie Fri, 6 Jun 2008 17:20:41 EST Congrats Brittany Congratulations on becoming a co-leader of the team! You'll be great! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pen Wed, 4 Jun 2008 08:37:15 EST Hey everyone Hi, I am not wanting to do my housework and grocery shopping today, post poning the must do's of course is going to stress me later UUUUGGGGHHHH. Just wanted to check in and say hi Tue, 3 Jun 2008 14:06:06 EST Summer Challenge!!!! Yay!! It's summer! Happy Summer everyone! How's everyone enjoying there beautiful summer bodies?! <BR> <BR> For the months of June, July, and August we will be having a continuous challenge. <BR> <BR> These few things we should be doing already but I want us to keep track of them and push ourselves a little bit. <BR> <BR> Summer is a time of fun and I want everyone to have a good time but we have to keep our head on the right track. <BR> <BR> Keep track of your water- 12 glasses a day <B... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 10:40:49 EST HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF AFTER A SLIP UP? AFTER YOU MESS UP ON YOUR EATING PLAN HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO GET BACK ON TRACK?I TURN TO MY HUSBAND AND MY SPARKFRIENDS.I REMEMBER I'M NOT PERFECT AND JUST START FRESH.SHARE HOW YOU DO IT SO MAYBE IT WILL HELP OTHERS. <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!! <BR> STEPHANIE Wed, 28 May 2008 12:03:17 EST It's that time and I need help Okay, so I am not enjoying life right now. This is the time of month I give up on myself. My cramps are so bad I cant hold anything down and then the next two days I eat like... well, you get the picture. I have done wonderful since I started SparkPeople, so far today I have eaten according to program but don't look at me funny or I may just bawl and then the fridge may or may not become my best friend. Any body got any suggestions???? Yes, I am old enough to know better but.... Thu, 22 May 2008 21:53:43 EST The picture is PERFECT Hey Dolls, <BR> That picture of Marilyn Monroe is beautiful <BR> and timeless. That to me is a gorgeous body <BR> and that is how I wanna look!! Anyways, my <BR> name is Lisa and I'm new to this group. I <BR> look forward to getting to know you all & <BR> sharing my journey with you. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>212</em> Sun, 18 May 2008 16:46:55 EST NEW BBW Hi All, <BR> My name is Stephanie.I am a BBW who hasn't until recently liked that fact.My weight has pretty much kept me from having a life.I am married to a wonderful man who loves me as I am.He is very supportive though of me following a healthier lifestyle.I am more interested now in staying healthy then the losing weight.I personally think I will always be a BBW to some extent.I really don't feel my body can ever meet the world's standards.I am looking forward to meeting all of you. <BR... Tue, 13 May 2008 20:31:18 EST Another Crystal Light question!! Okay so how good is crystal light for you? Well I mean I know it's not "good" for you. But if you have too much is it bad for you? I was wondering because it seems to me now I drink more crystal light then just plain water. And I know crystal light is equal to water but if you have more crystal light than plain water can it be harmful? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks! I hope I made sense. =D Thu, 8 May 2008 15:35:19 EST Freezing Food I work Monday thru Friday 6am-3pm & a lot of the time when I get home I am to tired 2 cook a meal, usually I just pop in a lean cusine. I was wondering if anyone cooks meals on Sunday & then freezes them?? How does that even work? Freezer bags? Mon, 5 May 2008 21:03:46 EST SP Screen Names I thought this was a cool idea. <BR> <BR> Go ahead and explain what your sp screen name means... <BR> <BR> My name is Krystina and all throughout high school kids would always get my name wrong. They'd call me Kristin, Krissy, Kristine. Whatever. So My best friend at the time started to call me Xtina and it just caught on. So exteenuh is just xtina sounded out. And then the ox is just hugs and kisses. =] Fri, 2 May 2008 17:26:44 EST How do you work out? Sooo, hm, how do I exercise? I'm like a rabbit with ADD when it comes to working out. I do twenty minutes on the treadmill, ten minutes on the elliptical, ten minutes on the stationary bike, ten minutes on a stepper of some sort and so on and so forth. I just can't stay still because I get bored very easily it's hard for me to hit any sort of "zone". And I HAVE to exercise with music, no ifs, ands or buts. I can't focus on the TV or read when I'm exercising. <BR> <BR> So I must ask, how... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 22:13:32 EST Miley Cyrus Have you seen her new photo from Vanity Fair? What do you think? <BR> <BR> I have mixed emotions. I know she didn't mean too much harm and there not as bad as some other photos that have been in magazines of young artists. But I also feel that being such a strong influence on such a young audience she should have thought twice... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:08:11 EST May Challenge! I went and emailed everyone to ask what kind of challenge you would like! For those who replied here it is! Everyone asked for an excersize challenge!! <BR> <BR> For the month of May our challenge is to do 465 minutes of excersize each. That goes down to 15 minutes of excersize a day! Wether you go to the gym and work out on the treadmill, or play catch with the kids, or take the dog for a walk. Let's do this! <BR> <BR> I'd love for everyone who participates in the challenge to come here o... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 09:30:58 EST Crystal Light Okay. So I drink a ton of water everyday. Definatley more the 8 glasses. But I do have those days where I just can't seem to get a glass down. That's when I get some crystal light and add it into my water. A long time ago I heard that you can still count it as water. Is that true? Is it okay to to just drink crystal light? That's what my boyfriend does because he doesn't really care for a lot of water. Thanks!!! Tue, 8 Apr 2008 16:19:57 EST Spinning Classes Has anyone ever taken a spinning class? I'm really intrested. It's something I've always wanted to do. Now that I joined a new gym they have a ton of diffrent classes that are for free. And spinning is one of them. I'm just nervous I may be too out of shape to do it. I don't know can I go at my own pace? What do you think? THanks!! Sun, 6 Apr 2008 21:27:29 EST Uplifting Music Anyone have a song that they just LOVE to listen to? One that just keeps you going strong? <BR> <BR> I do! The theme to the biggest loser! Couldn't tell you who it's by but everytime I hear it I just feel like I can keep on going! Fri, 4 Apr 2008 07:06:54 EST Quotes that make you keep going! I decided to make a motivational forum. For those quotes or questions or support for everyone. If you have a question feel free to post it in here. Or something you want to share that makes you feel good feel free. For this section I'd like to leave for quotes. <BR> <BR> There was one that FRENCHMARKET had posted and I'd love to start it off as the first quote. <BR> <BR> "This time next year, I'll be glad I didn't quit today. " <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2008 07:04:46 EST What have you done today to make yourself proud? I avoided fast food on the way home from work:-) Tue, 1 Apr 2008 18:59:45 EST 11 Secrets to Success I just received my TurboJam in the mail this week and love it. It came with a guidebook with all sorts of tips and I wanted to share them with you. One is Chalene's (instructor) 11 Secrets to Succees. <BR> <BR> 1. Vigourous exercise won't stimulate you to overeat. It's just the opposite. Exercize at any level helps curb your appetite immediately following a workout and will likely cause you to actually crave healthy foods. <BR> <BR> 2. Distract yourself when you have a very stong craving. C... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 21:18:26 EST Beauty Products I am sure all of us have "beauty products" we really enjoy. Whether it's make-up, hair care products, or skin care. For instance, I really like my cover girl lashblast volume mascara. When I first bought it I thought I would hate it because the wand was so big, but....I must say I really love it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pen Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:44:24 EST April Challenge! I'm sure that you're all wondering where the challenges are. Well, no need to wonder because they are here! I've been doing a little research and have been trying to come up with some challenges. <BR> <BR> The April challenge will be: <BR> Find a notebook or a sheet of scrap paper anything to write on. Everyday write down one good quality you have or something you're proud of doing that day. By the end of the month you will have a whole list of qualties that are amazing about you! Feel free... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:45:24 EST Challenges..... Just wanted to know.....will there be any challenges posted in this team? Thu, 27 Mar 2008 10:12:12 EST What's your reason? Everyone wants to loose weight and be thin. Having lots of energy and to go to the mall and go in whatever store they want and pick something off of the rack. But do you have another reason that you want to loose weight? I do. <BR> <BR> I'm only 19 years old and I haven't been able to live my life yet. My mom goes on and on all the time about how she was thin and she'd go to the disco. How she would go get a new dress every week to wear out to the bars. Or her favortie... when a guy asked he... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:09:22 EST Happy Easter & Spring!!! Happy Easter everyone!!!! Spring is on it's way and I'm sure all of you are excited! So I looked up the word spring and there were many many different meanings but one of them stuck out to me. To arise from a source; develop. In many ways all of us are developing into a new person. We've gone from being this person we didn't recognize in the mirrior into this new person that's more energetic and healthy with a brand new lifestyle. I want to congradulate all of you on your progress wether you ... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 18:54:55 EST Lowest Calorie Chocolate? I was eating some a while ago (chocolate, that is!!) and it made me think of this. What is the lowest number of calories you've found when you just HAVE to eat some chocolate? As I said, I was eating Quaker Mini Delights and the mint chocolate flavor is 90 calories per bag. That's not bad but I'd like to see if anybody can find something even lower, that helps us get past a 'chocolate emergency'! Anybody else?? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 16:41:30 EST TurboJam So my mom just ordered TurboJam for me and I am SOOOO excited!!! I've been wanting to get it for the longest time now. Even before I started my diet. So I should be getting it in the mail in the next 5-7 days!!! I'm so excited!!! woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Is anyone doing it? What do you think?? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:06:43 EST Lunch Meat So for lunches I usually eat a Lean Cuisine but every once in a while I'll make a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a roll on whole wheat torillas. I usually eat turkey. Which I love but I'd like to switch it up a bit. What's the next best lunch meat for you to eat? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> WVFAE!!! <BR> Krystina Mon, 17 Mar 2008 07:06:15 EST Motivational Quotes Hey Everyone! I came across some really great quotes that I'd like to share with you guys. Feel free to post if you have a favorite! <BR> <BR> <BR> "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and some others are not." <BR> -Brian WIlson, M.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Focus on how you will become successful today and forget about the setbacks from yesterday." <BR> -Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you like them! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:40:49 EST Sore Muscles Hey Everyone. So I have a dilema. I have been working out like crazy!!! And my muscles are killing me. I do the ellipitcal everyday and then weights every other. I know that streching relieves it a little bit. But should I take a day off? What do you guys do? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> WVFAE!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 07:13:50 EST Hey Everyone! Hey Everyone! Just wanted to say hello and wish you guys a great and healthy day! Keep up all that great work! I know that all of you guys are working hard and I'm so proud. I'm so happy to have you all here on this team. You all are great and so motivational. <BR> <BR> And remember WVFAE!!!! <BR> Water, Veggies, Fruits and Excersize!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Love! <BR> Krystina (Team Leader) <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>301</em> <em>265</em> <em>185</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 19:07:29 EST How do you pack your lunch? What do you put in? I use paper bags for my teenagers. They like to stuff them in their backpacks. It is not cool to have a lunch box. lol <BR> Their favorites are wraps. I buy the Smart & Delicious Soft Wraps and I put laughing cow cheese or light cream cheese and then turkey, cheese lettuce and tomatoes and roll them up and cut it in half. I also put light ranch in so they can dip them. <BR> For me I like to put laughing cow cheese on my bread before I make a sandwich. The texture is amazing. <BR> I alw... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:33:16 EST How do you work vegetables in your meals? I am a boring person when it comes to veggies. <BR> I did start using the ziplock steamers. <BR> I do add baby spinach here and there when I can. Like in an egg white omelette. I like broccoli, squash, zucchini, onions, and green beans. I don't like celery or carrots or any kind of peppers. <BR> Any ideas what to put in the steamers? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Terri Tue, 11 Mar 2008 02:34:32 EST 10 Things About You Go ahead and list 10 things about yourself! Anything goes! <BR> <BR> 1. I LOVE to laugh! <BR> 2. Music is my life. <BR> 3. My boyfriend and I are moving in a few weeks <BR> 4. I was an actress in High School <BR> 5. I'm going to go to Cosmetology School <BR> 6. I love kids and can't wait to have my own <BR> 7. Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons <BR> 8. I dream about being a plus size model <BR> 9. I was a cheerleader <BR> 10. Fashion is AMAZING <BR> <BR> <BR> There you go! 10 things a... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 20:48:15 EST How do you handle boredom I always have the tendency to snack when I'm bored or sitting here on the computer. How do you all handle this?? Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:39:42 EST How much have you lost...? borrowed this from another team... I thought it was pretty cool <BR> <BR> I lost somwhere between a bald eagle and 10 dozen large eggs. <BR> <BR> "Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:02:30 EST What's your biggest temptation? So I was thinking about this today and I couldn't pick just one! I have so many! Ben & Jerry's Ice cream for sure. I loveeeee fried potatoes. And Homemade macaroni and cheese! My goodness. I really need to stop thinking about this stuff! <BR> <BR> What's your biggest temptation? Fri, 7 Mar 2008 19:54:55 EST Krystina Hey everyone my name is Krystina! I just started Spark People about a week in a half ago. So far I've only lost 4 pounds but I'm on my journey to having a healthier lifstyle! Fri, 7 Mar 2008 13:36:09 EST New Member-Rel luctantly! Ok, Krystina.......I certainly never thought of myself as 'Beautiful' but for sure the 'Big' part fits. So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and join your team, even though only half of it fits me!!! Maybe one day I will see myself as the whole caboodle! lol <BR> Thanks for the invite. You're a sweetie! Today is day 3 of my Jumpstart plan, one more day. We'll see what the scales say then! <em>303</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2008 13:30:03 EST New Spark Team Hey Everyone! My name is Krystina and I decided to start this Spark Team because I want everyone to know that you're beautiful no matter what! I love my body the way it is. I just want to change my lifestyle and be healthier. Everyone feel free to join in at any of the discussions. I hope to talk to you all soon! Fri, 7 Mar 2008 11:35:01 EST