SparkPeople THE SURVIVORS - SP Class of May 11-17, 2008 Team Messageboard SPClass-May 11-17, 2008. SURVIVORS - those who shows determination to be FIT and HEALTHY and WHOLE despite obstacles and difficulties, whether emotional or physical, financial or environmental. SparkPeople THE SURVIVORS - SP Class of May 11-17, 2008 Team Messageboard Who's still here Hi Team. It's been over 8 years who's still out there in Sparkland. I'm still around and active daily but don't quite do all the things I used to do on Spark. No more point chasing, I skip heavy reading and just read an article here and there because it looks interesting. I never update my pages, don't blog much anymore. Pretty much I still try to track food and exercise, log in daily, get the freebie points by spinning the wheels and waving the flags. Who is out there with me? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:15:40 EST New Year To Come As 2013 is coming near an end I think it is time to look back and give each other a pat on the back for all our success no matter how big or small. Going into 2014 lets create new goals to work on together. <BR> We have over 14,000 members in this group and I am sure if we all come together we will tackle anything that comes our way. <BR> Any suggestions for bringing our group back to life would be helpful. <em>334</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:21:36 EST What is your favorite part of spring Now that the weather is getting better I am so looking forward to working in my garden. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:45:27 EST Sparkpeople Website I know there is alot of you out there lets try to get our communication going again. <BR> What is your favorite part of the Sparkpeople web site. One of the things I love reading success stories I find them so motivating. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:36:45 EST Snow Storm Ok so I am not a winter person, never have been and never will be. Holy the shovelling that we had to do over the last few days not nice. Even had to clear some in the back yard so my poor dog could go out. How did you survive the storm? <em>381</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:04:28 EST January Fitness Challenge If you have stairs inside your home I purpose a challenge to walk up & down the stairs (top to bottom) at least 5 times (in a row) per day. If you do not have stairs walk completely around your home at least 10 times. <BR> <BR> This may sound simple but it will get us moving. <BR> Personally I have stairs ... boy do I have stairs from the basement to the bedrooms 28 in total. <BR> I can get tired just thinking about it. <em>334</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:34:39 EST Take time for me We all do so much for other, husbands, wives , kids.... we need to start taking time for ourselves. Even just 5 mins a day quiet time can make the biggest difference. I have my time after dinner even before the kitchen gets cleaned. I make a tea and just relax once I'm finished then I will carry on... <BR> <BR> Also I have started a journal each day writing one line only. I am happy today because... <BR> <BR> By doing this I am learning to be a better person. <BR> p.s. Today I am happy... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:48:22 EST Happy New Year Hi All <BR> Its been a very interesting year to say the least. How is everyone here, I don't see alot of activity here. I am really looking forward to the next year, going forward with a much more positive attitude. 2013 will be our best year ever. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:23:13 EST Special poem "Promise Yourself" “Promise Yourself" <BR> To be so strong that nothing <BR> can disturb your peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity <BR> to every person you meet. <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel <BR> that there is something in them <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything <BR> and make your optimism come true. <BR> <BR> To think only the best, to work only for the best, <BR> and to expect only the best. <BR> To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others <BR> as you... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:22:45 EST I'm still here/ I'm back! I'm back after too long away. I was sad to see how inactive our little group has gotten. I am the new team leader and I want to know who is still out there. If you aren't blogging, huddling, or posting on the forum, I have no idea you're out there! Please reintroduce yourself here! <BR> <BR> I'm Jandi. I've been married for 13 years and have 3 children. I married a man who was overweight and instead of my healthy habits rubbing off on him, his unhealthy habits rubbed off on me. LOL I... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:17:31 EST Do you Zumba? I purchased the Zumba dvds a few months ago and I'm a bit ashamed to admit they are still in the box. I keep planning on getting them out but the summer has been so nice and I just want to be outside. I know this weather won't last tho! Who's doing Zumba and how do you like it? Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:06:42 EST I'm Back Hi All <BR> <BR> Due to personal problems I have not been available lately, but I'm now back. Hope you all have been doing well. I hope to have some new challenges for us posted very soon. <BR> <BR> Mariam Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:09:28 EST New Year New Goals Now that 2010 is behind us what will you be changing in 2011. I would like to have more discipline with my logging what I have been eating. I am not that bad but there is always room for improvement. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:16:27 EST Holiday temptations How will you deal with holiday temptations the special treats that are brought to work,social gatherings and lets not forget the baking we do. I think I will keep lots of water with me and gum, by chewing gum it keeps me from eating. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:34:50 EST How many of you are still out there from 2008? I just started back again after almost a year. This time I am participating and it is making a difference. <em>100</em> Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:00:57 EST Can you do my friend a favor? I have a friend here on Spark...I don't know if she's on this team or not/..she may be. Her "name" is Need2BFatFree. Her REAL name is Louise. Her mom just found out she has a week ago...and now is on life support and it looks very bad. Louise lived with her mom, just the two of them, so this is horribly hard on her. Will you please send her a word of encouragement? And spread the word to others you know?? <BR> Thanks <BR> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 09:24:37 EST hi from N. E. PA! hi...I don't know much about this team...just saw the description and it intrigued me. I've faced huge challenges in my life: physical/medical; relationship; and financial. Now am facing many of them all over vicariously through my 18 year old daughter's struggles. I love the Lord, and it is His strong arms that have gotten me through the many things I've been through. they are the only things that get me through each day. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:03:35 EST Changing Seasons Now that fall is fast approaching lets see if we can do a challenge to walk at least 3 times per week and keep a journal of what changes you notice on your walks. I did this morning and wow the leaves are changing slowly except there is one tree not far from my house that is almost all red. It's beautiful, love the fall colors. <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Sep 2010 11:08:07 EST Back to school As summers winding down and the kids are going back to school how will you spend your free time (if you have any <em>30</em> ). For me nothing much will change only now I have to make lunches in the morning blah. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:41:41 EST Hi I'm Kristina, friends call me Kris. I'm happily married to my hubby who's in AIT for the army. I'm a SAHM. I've been a member of SP since May 13, 2008. I also run 2 other teams. Sun, 2 May 2010 23:04:15 EST A to Z healthy party snacks!! In honor of the super bowl, I think creating a list of great and healthy snacks is a good plan. since it is in honor of the big game and this is the game room, the challenge is to make the list in alphabetical order...and if you miss your letter, it will come around again soon. I will start things on the next post nad all you need to do is list your letter--(then) the snack food. may be asked to share a recipe!! HAVE FUN!! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 00:13:23 EST HI!! Hi everybody!!! Sat, 12 Sep 2009 14:45:31 EST new I'm new to this site and my doctor recommended it to look up nut. values for food, but cant seem to find on here what i'm look' n for! HELP PLEASE! LOL <BR> THANKS Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:27:05 EST ANNIVERSARY STORIES We SURVIVED a whole year on our journeys. <BR> Tells us your stories of your success's and defeats, things you have learned over the last year on this journey to healthy life. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 May 2009 09:33:01 EST MAY ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE Going back to an old challenge that worked well for me. I need to be accountable again, I am sure there are others out there as well that may have gotten off track for a while and need this as well. <BR> It is time to be accountable! <BR> <BR> Use the following format. you can just edit your original post instead of reposting each time. Let get back on track and be accountable! <BR> <BR> I am accountable: <BR> <BR> SAMPLE: CALORIES - CARDIO CALORIES BURNED = NET CALORIES <BR> DATE: ... Sat, 2 May 2009 09:27:03 EST I think I'll fit in I have been in two car accidents in two years and it put me out of work. There is more but I am back to school poor as dirt and have decided to make some changes and reclaim my isn't like I haven't done it before in other situations! Check out my profile I would love to hear from some of you for support and to give that support back. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 21:35:27 EST SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE <em>126</em> <BR> OK so it is that time of year again. When we start cleaning out the closets, painting the house, clean out the garage, clean up the yard and get it ready to plant. SPRING CLEANING! <BR> When we are doing the spring cleaning we don't realize how much exercise we are really getting. So this will take care of our exercise as well as get some much need things done around the house. <BR> <BR> SP has many of your cleaning and yard work chores listed in the fitness section. ... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:34:01 EST Ciao everyone Ciao everyone ... I re-join this team to show I'm determined to reach my goals, today more than ever! <BR> Just a bit about myself again: my name is Elena, 31 years old, Italian ... getting married very soon! (30th May) and I'm so excited. <BR> I'm focusing on increase and be constant with my exercise, and on eating healthy foods as much as possible. <BR> Hope to make some friends here :) Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:46:21 EST SPRING INTO SHAPE This is a cardio challenge for the month of March! <BR> <BR> For every 30 minutes of cardio you do per day you get 5 points. If the cardio is done outside- bonus 1 point for every 30 miutes outdoors. <BR> <BR> Example <BR> <BR> 3/1 <BR> <BR> 30 Minutes Treadmill - 5 <BR> 60 minutes Walking outside - 10+2 <BR> <BR> Total for day - 17 <BR> <BR> Total For Month - 17 <BR> <BR> Lets get outside and move! Have Fun! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:17:42 EST inches andpounds hi, SP tells us all not to obsess with the scales. weigh in only once a month. ye, right, i'm on and off all day! <BR> while this can be great it can also be demoralizing. <BR> <BR> inches are what really counts. it shows progress to a sexy toned body. <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers Support team measures inches, dress sizes and pounds lost and I want to personally invite you to join our group. You don't have to be on Weight Watchers just watching your weight. One of the challenges we have is ... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:09:37 EST What Keeps You Going? Not too long ago, our fearless leader mentioned that only a small percentage of us stayed on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Since my training is as a sociologist, I found it interesting. I wondered if the "success" rate or rate for those who stick with it was the same for other programs (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc.). So I thought I'd asked the success stories - and yes you are a success if you are reading this because you stuck with it - what keeps you going? What makes you return... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:56:27 EST FITNESS & NUTRITION POINTS CHALLENGE Keeping track of your nutrition and fitness are key components to this journey we are on. Sparkpeople has great tracking tools and gives you points for tracking your daily nutrition and fitness. <BR> Track you daily points earned here. How many nutrition and fitness points can you earn in February? <BR> Nutrition - (5 points max) <BR> Fitness: Cardio – (24 points max) <BR> Strength Training – (10 points max) <BR> <BR> Use the following format: <BR> <BR> 2/1 <BR> Nutrition – 5 <BR> Card... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:01:22 EST GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR CHALLENGE Everyone likes a rewards, but sometimes we can’t afford it. So now it is time to earn (literally) our rewards! <BR> <BR> Here is the deal.... <BR> <BR> You can either buy first or buy later but lets REALLY get what we pay for! <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of exercise = $0.25 (this can be cardio or strength training) <BR> <BR> Earn your reward! <BR> <BR> You can use this format: <BR> <BR> Goal amount - Wii - $400.00 <BR> <BR> 2/1/09 <BR> running 20 minutes - $0.50 <BR> Walking 10 minutes... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:59:58 EST Hello I am new! Hi, I am new. I was intrigued by the belief of the survivors group that "despite obstacles and difficulties, whether emotional or physical, financial or environmental", one could lose weight. I am joining because these are the issues that haunt me - even when I am not aware of which one it is at the time! lol, I think :) <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Barb Sun, 25 Jan 2009 09:43:57 EST Carbon Monoxide Since the cold is hitting most of the country, I wanted to remind everyone to check that their carbon monoxide detector is working properly and if you don't have one to get one. <BR> <BR> In Nov. 2006, I returned home from my night class. My husband was home with our then 16 month old son. I was surprised to see him, since he was to return later than me (our son was supposed to be with the sitter). He welcomed me home then told me what happened. Our carbon monoxide detector on the second fl... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 07:40:44 EST A MILLION FRIENDS FOR JAMES!! Greetings everyone I have been away for a while working on school and taking care of my mother in law.. I havent been around much. <BR> But Im not here tonight to talk about me.. There is a little boy on myspace looking to get a million friends. His name is james and he has leukemia.. I ask that if any of my fellow Sparkers are members of myspace please add this litte-man to your friends. <BR> The URL is <BR> <BR> <BR> (James and Daddy) <BR> <BR> And pass him aroun... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 22:02:14 EST can i rejoin? gotta admit, i dropped off after a few months last year. but am ready to get back at it. <BR> i really am hoping to make this year "THE YEAR!" <BR> hoping to be able to get to know you all. <BR> tracyg Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:43:56 EST THE NEW YEAR The New Year <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The new year has commenced <BR> Its momentous journey today. <BR> From today on, during the entire year, <BR> I shall not offer my volcano-ambition <BR> To the world. <BR> I shall offer the world <BR> Only my moonlit heart’s flaming aspiration. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:29:47 EST THE NEW YEAR The New Year <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The new year has commenced <BR> Its momentous journey today. <BR> From today on, during the entire year, <BR> I shall not offer my volcano-ambition <BR> To the world. <BR> I shall offer the world <BR> Only my moonlit heart’s flaming aspiration. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:26:57 EST An Intro from Sunny Arizona Hi all, <BR> Obviously, I have been on SP for several months now, but I didn't join this team until recently. I wanted to introduce myself and work on being an active team member here. <BR> <BR> I was taken by surprise by the name of this particular team, as I have considered my self a "survivor" for almost 5 years now. I felt like there was a good reason that I was guided to join SP at the time that I did. <BR> <BR> I am a survivor because I was widowed at a young age, and I have, some... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:55:00 EST January 2009 NUTRITION CHALLENGE To be HEALTHY, FIRM, and FIT, NUTRITION is a key component. <BR> <BR> The January Fitness Challenge is in 3 parts: FRUITS and VEGETABLES, WATER, and DAILY CALORIES. <BR> <BR> FRUITS and VEGETABLES: 1 point for each serving of fruit and/or vegetables <BR> WATER: 1 point for each glass of water (or acceptable liquid such as green tea) <BR> DAILY CALORIES: 10 points for staying within your HEALTHY calorie range. <BR> <BR> Your post could look something like this: <BR> <BR> DATE <BR> MY CAL... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 09:04:56 EST January 2009 FITNESS and MOTIVATION CHALLENGE Are you ready for a NEW YEAR and the opportunity to choose HEALTH and FITNESS? <BR> <BR> To start off 2009.....and get back on or stay on track. <BR> <BR> This challenge will consist of 3 parts: CARDIO, STRENGTH TRAINING, AND MOTIVATION! <BR> <BR> Cardio minutes = 5 points for every 30 minutes <BR> Strength training minutes = 5 points for every 30 minutes <BR> Motivation = Encourage a SURVIVOR!!! Click on the "SEE TEAM LEADERS" link located near the top of the team page just below the team... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:52:52 EST Monthly/Yearly Mileage Commitment t.....Post HERE! "MONTHLY/YEARLY MILEAGE COMMITMENT" <BR> <BR> How many miles can you commit toward walking, jogging, or biking this month and/or this year. <BR> Record it here and keep track. <BR> You will be surprised how the numbers add up. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:19:09 EST I've lost more than 10 lbs I fell off the wagon this summer, but I am back on track, and I have lost more than 10 lbs since I got serious again. <BR> <BR> Where do I get that icon? Mon, 8 Dec 2008 22:48:19 EST This week's email I just wanted to thank you for including stats about how many members we have on our team in the email. I was wondering about that; how many of us had joined and how many of us were still here. Less than 5% of the people who joined are still active, so I'd say that makes us a select bunch! We should all keep that in mind when we're feeling down! Woo hoo! Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:59:51 EST COUNT DOWN TO NEW YEARS CHALLANGE Where do you want to be when the New Year begins? <BR> 5 pounds? 10 pounds? Lets start our count down to New Years now. Keep track of your daily calorie intake vs. outgo. Along with staying in recommended ranges. You can find out your RMR (Resting Metoblic Rate) at if you want to keep track that way. Below is an example of the daily post you would make. Along with weekly weight ins. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 11/27 Stats <BR> <BR> RMR 2393 - 1810 calories = 583 defi... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 09:08:03 EST 2008 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND 2009 GOALS CHALLENGE November 25 - January 5 <BR> <BR> ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> #1) Think deeply about what you have accomplished in 2008 and what you wish to accomplish in 2009. <BR> <BR> #2) WRITE THEM HERE and also POST THEM on your SPARK PAGE. At least 2 must be HEALTH and FITNESS related in each section. <BR> <BR> List 2008 ACCOMPLISHMENTS <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) or more <BR> <BR> List 2009 GOALS <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) or more <BR> <BR>... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:15:33 EST SURVIVORS' CAFE Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This is our new chat room!!!!! <BR> <BR> For us: <BR> A SURVIVOR is someone who shows determination to be FIT and HEALTHY and WHOLE despite obstacles and difficulties, whether emotional or physical, financial or environmental. <BR> <BR> WE ARE SURVIVORS!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Mon, 24 Nov 2008 08:36:02 EST SEEKING ADDITIONAL TEAM LEADER Hi TEAM! <BR> <BR> I am heading south in the middle of December and will be gone about 4 months. Last year when wintering my husband and I did have internet access and a laptop, but the internet access was very frustrating. It was slow, and we kept losing the connection. Maybe the interet access has improved since last winter, but there is no guarantee. <BR> <BR> And so, I was wondering if someone would be interested in sharing TEAM LEADER responsibilities with TLDUVALL. I will check in... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 08:05:30 EST TIME TO VOTE FOR NEW CHAT ROOM NAME... DIRECTIONS! Vote for 2. Voting will end 11/24/08 <BR> <BR> CHAT ROOM NAME <BR> 1) Around the water cooler <BR> 2) Busy Bees <BR> 3) By the Fireside <BR> 4) Survivors Cafe <BR> 5) Chew the Fat <BR> 6) Chatter Matters <BR> 7) Report INN <BR> 8) Check INN <BR> 9) Watering Hole <BR> 10) Around the Drinking Fountain Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:04:55 EST What is the number 1 Song on the Day you were born Well, the title says it all. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to find your song..... <BR> <link><BR>y/SelectMonth.htm </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:59:12 EST I'm Back Hi I'm Karen. This team was given to me when I joined Spark. I was so overwhelmed by everything on the site, I temporarily dropped out of this team and in fact stayed off the community boards all together. Now I love chatting it up and getting your ideas. I'm almost at my goal weight, lost 30 lbs. I'm glad to be back with you. Sun, 16 Nov 2008 10:37:52 EST GOOD THINGS ABOUT ME List all the good things you like about yourself. This is a positive affirmation thread! I know that when I look in the mirror, there are many days that I still see the fat girl... but more and more when I look in the mirror I am finding things I like rather than dislike about myslef. <BR> Tell us the thing you like about yourself! Brag yourself up. You are worth every praise! Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:49:20 EST DID SOMEONE NOTICE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS? Did someone comment on your weight loss today? Tell us about how someone made your day by noticing your loss and the comments made. We all feel good when we get positive comments. Tell us your story here. Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:44:02 EST A FUN "NEW NAME" GAME I saw this on 1TON team and thought it would be fun.... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first name: <BR> a = snickle <BR> b = doombah <BR> c = goober <BR> d = c... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:40:41 EST What should our TEAM GOALS be? We currently have 3 team goals listed. They have been the same for a long time. What do WE want to work on as a team? <BR> <BR> Currently they are: <BR> Earn 100 sparkpoints per month. <BR> Exercise 15 minutes daily, any kind of exercise per day <BR> Drink 8 cups of water per day <BR> <BR> Make some suggestions that you would be willing to join and track. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the following and add your suggestion: <BR> 1) Stay within suggested calorie range. <BR> 2) Thu, 13 Nov 2008 07:14:50 EST Happy 6 Months to Us! Friday will be 6 months since I joined, but we're all celebrating the 6 month mark this week. Hooray for us! Wed, 12 Nov 2008 10:39:50 EST EAT A RAINBOW CHALLENGE With so many of us having difficulty getting in our 5 a day of fruits and veggis. I am challengeing you all to eat a rainbow everyday! <BR> Log in here and post your daily rainbow <BR> It should look something like this <BR> EXAMPLE: <BR> RED - Tomatoes, Strawberries <BR> YELLOW- Banana, Corn <BR> ORANGE- Carrots, Cantaloupe <BR> GREEN - Lettuce, Broccoli, Pear <BR> PURPLE- Purple cabbage, Grapes <BR> OTHER COLORS- Onion, potatoes, mushrooms <BR> <BR> These are just some examples of the c... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 08:55:53 EST Why are so many pop-ups coming up? Ever since SP did their site stuff last night popups come up when I am on their sight and are almost impossible to get off. They are extremely annoying and I am not sure how to fix it. If I disable popups for this sight then it makes it almost impossible to do food and fitness tracker. Any suggestions? Am I the only one having this problem? Sat, 8 Nov 2008 18:37:08 EST RENAMING THE CHAT ROOM + TEAM NAME 1) Please add any ideas that you might have for renaming the CHAT ROOM. <BR> <BR> Keep them listed and we will vote on them in a couple of weeks if we have enough ideas!!! <BR> <BR> 2) As you can see we have added THE SURVIVORS to the beginning of our team name. This is only temporary as it can be changed if we come up with some other ideas!!! <BR> <BR> LET THE IDEAS BEGIN Sat, 8 Nov 2008 17:11:08 EST Road Block Challenges! We all have road blocks and challenges. Tell us what Challenges you would like to see us do to help you over come your road blocks. <BR> <BR> I for one could use more fruits and veggies and as always ST is still my biggest challenge. <BR> I love the exercise challenges that we do here. They make me do it. <BR> Tell us your ideas for challenges! Lets make this work for YOU! Sat, 8 Nov 2008 09:32:47 EST NOVEMBER (9th-30th) HEALTH AND FITNESS CHALLENGE Here is November's Challenge: <BR> <BR> We will STAY within our suggested calorie range. Use the following to keep track!!! <BR> <BR> Date: <BR> <BR> Within Calorie Range = 10 points <BR> Glasses of Water - for every 1 cup = 1 point [Limit 10 points per day] <BR> Strength Training - for every 15 minutes = 2 points [Limit 10 points per day] <BR> Cardio - for every 15 minutes = 2 points [Limit 20 points per day] <BR> <BR> Today's total points = <BR> <BR> Total points altogether = <BR> ... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 12:52:25 EST Do you have ROADBLOCKS on this journey? Do you still have some roadblocks that are getting in the way of this journey to health and fitness and wholeness? <BR> <BR> Name them here if you would like. Wed, 5 Nov 2008 07:34:14 EST Voting Don't forget to go out tomorrow and vote. It's a privilege we should <BR> not take for granted. <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 22:22:49 EST WELCOME A NEW TEAM LEADER!!! Please welcome TLDUVALL as a new team leader!!! Her fresh ideas and enthusiasm will really help re-energize this team. <BR> <BR> Thanks for helping TL!!! <BR> <BR> Jean Mon, 3 Nov 2008 08:53:18 EST ACTIVE MEMBERS So according to the list we have as of November 1- 165 members that are still active on SP. Lets get a count of how many of these 165 are still active on SP Class of May 11-17, 2008! <BR> Stand up and be counted! Let us know what you need from the team this holiday season! Lets all pull together. We started this journey together 5 months ago, lets continue on and help each other along the way. <BR> <BR> Let us know- <BR> Where you started- <BR> Where you are now- <BR> Where you want to ... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 08:49:56 EST SHARE ACTIVE TEAMS with OTHER TEAM MEMBERS Hi! <BR> <BR> Here is a spot to share ACTIVE teams that you have found these last few months. Teams that have GREAT CHALLENGES or ACTIVE CHAT ROOMS or WHATEVER. <BR> <BR> Please share the name of the team and why you think it is a good team that has really helped on this journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 09:32:44 EST ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE - NOVEMBER If you would like you can use the following format in order to be accountable for November. <BR> <BR> BACKGROUND: <BR> OCTOBER'S EVALUATION (1ST - 31ST) <BR> AVERAGE CALORIES CONSUMED = <BR> AVERAGE CALORIES BURNED = <BR> NET AVERAGE CALOIRES = <BR> Weight - Oct 1 = <BR> Weight - Nov 1 = <BR> <BR> COMMENTS and DISCOVERIES: <BR> <BR> <BR> THEREFORE IN NOVEMBER I WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE AND WILL: <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: Calories consumed - Calories burned = Net Calories... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 07:50:58 EST Intro9duce yourself I am reintroducing myself I havent beeen on in quite a while. My grandmotyher died and it was like losing my mom. I had been staying with her the last 6 months and didnt have comp so hey eveybody an gl Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:52:10 EST FITNESS CHALLENGE - HALLOWEEN TREATS <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> DIRECTIONS: Do 25 reps of each of the exercises represented by the word HALLOWEEN. You can do them in one day or take several days. Each time you complete 1 set of HALLOWEEN exercises you earn 100 points!!! If any 1 chosen exercise is too difficult or too easy (LOL) go ahead and replace it. Note: Stretches are NOT 25 reps. <BR> <BR> HALLOWEEN TREATS <BR> <BR> H is for HIP FLEXOR - core <BR> A is for ALTERNATING DUMBBELL BICEP CURLS - upper <BR> L is for LYIN... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:24:21 EST Our 5 month anniversary!! Congratulations to all of us still here and still sparking at our 5 month anniversary! It doesn't matter how much you've lost. The fact is you're still here and still working towards your goal or perhaps have already met it! And for that we all get a big <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> If you want to post your 5 month results, feel free to do so. My stats for the 5 months are: <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> I also lost: <BR> 5.75 inches on my waist <BR> 6 inches on my hips <BR> 1... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:42:11 EST FITNESS CHALLENGE - Oct 11 - Oct 20 Here is the 2nd of 3 OCTOBER HEALTH AND FITNESS CHALLENGES <BR> <BR> FITNESS CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Lower Body Work: <BR> YOUR CHOICE – Choose an exercise that you want to/need to do. <BR> 25 reps = 2 points [max points per day 20] <BR> <BR> Core work: <BR> YOUR CHOICE <BR> 25 reps = 2 points [max points per day 20] <BR> <BR> Cardio work: <BR> CARDIO – don’t include housework or gardening <BR> 25 minutes = 2 points [max points per day 20] <BR> <BR> Motivation work: <BR> WATCH A... Fri, 10 Oct 2008 19:31:32 EST October weigh ins 10/6 down 2.4 wooho Mon, 6 Oct 2008 11:28:16 EST Sentence Challenge I saw this game somewhere on Spark. Here is how it works. Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> A challenge word is given. <BR> The next person must make a sentence using each of the letters in the word - in the same order. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> Fun <BR> <BR> FRED UNDERSTOOD NOTHING! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2008 07:07:48 EST WEIGH IN - CHECK IN Rather than having a new post every month - lets use one thread so that we can see our progress over time. If you want to go back and record past weights - go ahead!!! Fri, 3 Oct 2008 08:47:29 EST help with web site Hi all, <BR> I'm trying to get back in to SparkPeople. But the reason I left is I have a struggle getting around and knowing where to go on the web site. Does anyone have any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> When I come out and read other messages, it seems to me that you are on the website all the time. I feel all my time is tied up trying to do what I need to do on the website. <BR> <BR> I needed to get back out here. I have lost 55 lbs and have been stuck there since July. <BR> <BR> Hope yo... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 07:17:57 EST my daughters apartment caught fire Please keep my daughter and her roommate in your prayers. Their apartment was burned and they lost everything. They are attending Robert Morris College in Moon Township, PA. They are ok but devastated since they lost all of their belongings. <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>39</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:35:51 EST ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE - OCTOBER This is a different type of challenge. For this we are going to track the following: <BR> <BR> CALORIES EATEN and CARDIO CALORIES BURNED <BR> <BR> It is important to know and be accountable for these; to understand how they work together in our own body. If we average 1700 calories per day and average 150 cardio calories burned per day, we can ask ourselves – are we losing weight with this? You cannot know the answer after a few days and that is why we are going to have this accountabili... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 09:49:44 EST FITNESS CHALLENGE - Oct 1 - Oct 10 Have fun with this - we will have 3 challenges similar to this - this month. <BR> <BR> FITNESS CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Upper Body work: <BR> DUMBBELL HAMMER CURLS - If you do not own weights use food cans or something similar. <BR> 25 curls = 5 points [max points per day 20] <BR> <BR> Core work: <BR> REVERSE CRUNCHES <BR> 25 crunches = 5 points [max points per day 20] <BR> <BR> Cardio work: <BR> CARDIO – don’t include housework or gardening <BR> 25 minutes = 5 points [max points per day 20... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 09:34:40 EST STRAW-BELLIES 9/16 72 mins treadmill Tue, 16 Sep 2008 17:06:03 EST A BLOG WORTH READING A Spark friend sent me an e-mail asking me to check out her news. I read it and was very moved by it. I asked her if I could share it with the team as she is a member of this TEAM. She said I could. Her name is KATHRYN1935 and here is a link to her blog. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1444017 </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:19:07 EST Free Bender Ball Drawing on SparksPe Hi, <BR> I just found that is having a free drawing for one Bender Ball and DVD. If you want to enter the drawing, post a comment on the following Blog: <BR> <link><BR>lyspark_giveaway_win_the_bender_ball </link> <BR> Good luck in the drawing!! I hope the person who wins loves it. I really want one, so I entered the drawing!! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:09:48 EST I needed motivation I was asking everyone for motivation tips and I finally took everyones advice and joined a gym today. I ended up going in and doing 1hr and 15 mins on the treadmill and am going to go back everyday. Thank you everyone. <BR> <em>304</em> <em>231</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2008 16:45:17 EST What would be on your BUCKET LIST? List some things that you want to do before you kick the bucket... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 07:11:10 EST Question - What movie have you seen lately? What movie have you seen lately? Recommend..... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 08:35:32 EST QOTD - QOTW - QOTM - QUESTIONS From today's Healthy Reflections... <BR> <BR> Are you grateful for the luxuries in your life? <BR> <BR> Elaborate..... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 14:44:23 EST EXERCISE CHALLENGE ****GAME**** Here is a fun challenge that will only take a moment or two of your time. <BR> <BR> How to play.... <BR> <BR> 1) A challenge is posted. <BR> 2) The challenge is accepted by any team member. <BR> 3) The challenge must be completed immediately. <BR> 4) The person that accepts and completes the challenge posts a new challenge. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> 1) A challenge is posted, for example "Do 25 wall push ups." <BR> <BR> 2) I open the thread and see the challenge and want to accept ... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:40:07 EST August Weight Loss Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> The total amount of weight loss reported for the month of August is 74.9 pounds! This makes a total of 707.1 pounds lost since May! Keep up the good work! <BR> <em>7</em> <em>9</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2008 18:20:23 EST September Weigh In Please post your September weigh ins here. Thanks! Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:04:17 EST SEPTEMBER 100s CHALLENGE What are “THE 100s?” <BR> This will be a challenge where each person will list their accomplishments in 100 increments. <BR> <BR> Each time you complete 100 REPS of YOUR EXERCISE CHOICE listed under the Spark Strength Training, you will list them in the challenge thread. It does not matter how many days it takes to do 100 crunches or 100 reverse crunches or 100 modified floor push ups or 100 standing side bends with a towel, etc. Once you REACH 100 REPS, add them to the challenge thread. ... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 04:51:09 EST Knee Surgery Hello all.... I just found out I need to have total knee replacement surgery. My doctor is so busy I can't get it done until October 29, they gave me pain meds to help until then. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so it really wasn't a big surprise, just didn't think it would have to be done this soon. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers during this time. <BR> I am unable to exercise much right now but I am still watching very carefully what I am eating. I do not want to gain and plan ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:36:52 EST Silly question... Sorry for the silly question in advance. <BR> <BR> I like to eat Subway sandwiches, quite a bit. Dollar wise, it adds up quickly, so I thought I could make my own sandwiches at home. But I am so finicky about the mayo, and really only like the mayo they use at Subway or Mr. Goodcents. Does anyone know what type of mayo they use and/or can it be bought at the grocery store??? <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:12:16 EST WINNERS BEGINNING AUGUST 2008 <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> IF YOU PARTICIPATED YOU ARE A WINNER - YOU HAVE IMPROVED YOUR OWN HEALTH AND FITNESS AND THE EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF OTHERS!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> <BR> POODLEEMOM <BR> ~~~~~CRUNCHES = 6 POINTS <BR> ~~~~~COMMENTS = 136 POINTS <BR> FOR A TOTAL OF 142 POINTS <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> #2 <BR> MRAY622 <BR> ~~~~~CRUNCHES = 42 POINTS <BR> ~~~~~COMMENTS = 78 POINTS <BR> FOR A TOTAL OF 120 POINTS <BR> <BR> <em>244<... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:34:14 EST EXERCISE CHALLENGE - AUGUST 21 - AUGUST 31 This is the 3rd exercise challenge for August. We will have 3 areas of work - core - upper body - and -lower body!! <BR> <BR> REPORT YOUR DAILY REPS!! GET STRONG! GET FIRM! GET FIT! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> CORE WORK <BR> Exercise - STANDING SIDE BEND WITH TOWEL <BR> <BR> UPPER BODY <BR> Exercise - BOXER <BR> <BR> LOWER BODY <BR> Exercise - BRIDGES <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION <BR> Give someone a Spark Goodie!!! <BR> <BR> POINTS <BR> ~~~~~1 point for 10 reps of each exercise <BR> ~~~... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:41:45 EST Three month anniversary! It's been 3 months since we started SparkPeople! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. Give everyone an update on your progress so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> My progress has been slow but steady. I've been making small adjustments and just trying to get back the healthy eating habits I seem to have forgotten over time. <BR> <BR> My 3 month report is that I have: <BR> Lost 9 pounds <BR> Lost 5.25 inches on my waist <BR> Lost 4.25 inches on my hips <BR> <BR> Woo hoo! <em... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:56:41 EST Hello from Troy, MO Hi all. My name is Kyleen, and I am from Troy, MO. I am 29 years old, married with two girls. I work at home now, so I am hoping that allows me more time to focus on weight loss. I joined sparkpeople in May, but haven't paid much attention to it. But I decided now I am going to start! What better time than the present Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:34:55 EST Please help me quit.... OK, so Thursday, 7 August 2008, I decided to quit smoking cold turkey. I’ve been smoking for 27 years and I’ve tried to quit repeatedly. I don’t think there’s much I haven’t tried…hypnosis, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, acupressure, herbals, I’ve even gone cold turkey before but nothing seemed to work. I have a prescription for Chantix but I can’t afford to fill it – even with my insurance or using the assistance methods the doctor told me to look into, right now, I just don’t have the money ... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 17:29:51 EST EXERCISE CHALLENGE - AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 20 Let's expand the exercise challenge. <BR> We will keep crunching. <BR> <BR> Exercise - CRUNCHES <BR> How many CRUNCHES can you do in 10 days? Keep track of how many are done. If you are unable to do crunches for some reason, please substitute with another core exercise. <BR> <BR> Add: <BR> LYING ADDUCTION <BR> See the directions at the bottom. Counting for this - 10 on the right side + 10 on the left side = 10 <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION <BR> Comment on team members blogs. You will find the tea... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 09:32:23 EST help with emails Hi, <BR> <BR> I was gone for a week and unchecked the notification for emails. I'm back and have re-checked them as well as making sure that the sparkspeople emails were on and I haven't gotten any emails. Any help. I have double checked my settings and have logged out and back in to check the settings again. They all say that I'm signed up for emails. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 08:57:33 EST contest vote Hi Team ... Several members from both teams - May and June - suggested "catchy" names for the chat room and challenges for the September class team. Here are the ones I've chosen to enter for y'all's vote (There were some suggestions that I couldn't tell if they were for the chat room or the challenges. That's why they're not listed.) <BR> <BR> Please vote 1 time for the name you like best. The member whose "catchy" name wins the vote will get a special Spark Goodie. Please have your votes i... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:07:25 EST Last Word Starts a New Sentence It is time to start a new game. We will take the last word in the sentence that was just made and form a new sentence using this word as your first word of the new sentence. <BR> <BR> Today would be a beautiful day to go to the park. <BR> <BR> (use the work PARK as your first word in your sentence) Mon, 4 Aug 2008 08:12:48 EST new fitness video Coach Nicole announced today that SparkPeople added another new "tutorial" video to show members how to use their personalized Fitness Trackers. You'll get step-by-step directions to: track your fitness minutes on the site, log your calories burned, use SparkPeople's workouts and more. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great video to share with people who you tell about the site. If you have a YouTube account, you can add this video to your favori... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 15:57:06 EST july outdoor activities results Results for July Outdoor Activities are: <BR> <BR> Walking/Running/Jogging - 6,038 minutes <BR> Miles - 159.7 <BR> Other activities - 1,695 <BR> Total Minutes - 7,733 <BR> Total Hours - 129 <BR> <BR> Good going team!! <em>243</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:58:53 EST july weight loss results Hi Team! <BR> The overall team total for July weight loss is 194.5! This makes a total of 632.2 overall team total since June! Total amount of inches lost during July is 18.25, making it a total of 61 inches lost since June!! Y'all are doing great! <em>244</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:45:20 EST August Weigh in Room Starting the month off right down 2 lbs. <BR> 8/1 -2 <BR> 8/8 <BR> 8/15 <BR> 8/22 <BR> 8/29 Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:11:44 EST "catchy" name contest Hi Team, <BR> I have a little contest if any of you are interested in participating. <BR> <BR> I have been assigned leader for the Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2008 class team. And what the contest consists of is suggesting "catchy" names for the team's chat room and challenges forum. The contest starts today and will end on Aug. 8. The June team (I'm co-leader of that team, also) will also be asked to participate. <BR> <BR> I will pick 3 names from each team then let each team vote on which one you ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:01:51 EST August Outdoor Activity Several have requested that the outdoor activity list be continued for August. Here is the place to keep track. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>67</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:14:37 EST EXERCISE CHALLENGE - August 1 - August 10 A 2-part 10 DAY CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Here is what to do..... <BR> <BR> Exercise - CRUNCHES <BR> How many CRUNCHES can you do in 10 days? Keep track of how many are done. If you are unable to do crunches for some reason, please substitute with another core exercise. <BR> <BR> Motivation - COMMENT ON SOMEONE'S SPARK PAGE. <BR> How many COMMENTS ON SOMEONE'S SPARK PAGE can you do in 10 days? Keep track of how many are done. Each page must be a different Spark member that is NOT already li... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:02:58 EST new leader Hi everyone! <BR> JEANELLEN58 has joined us in team leadership!! She will be doing the challenges - weekly, monthly and possibly sometimes daily!! <BR> <BR> Welcome, Jean!! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:39:39 EST new tool/link to find gyms near you Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Resident Expert Dave has announced that SparkPeople has launched a new tool/link in the Fitness Resource Center where you can enter your zip code to find gyms near you that offer a free pass. To use the finder: <BR> - Click on Healthy Lifestyle, then Fitness <BR> - Look at the end of the center column on the page for the "Find a Gym" section <BR> - Enter your zip code and click search (works for people in US only) <BR> - You'll be taken to our partner Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:31:02 EST change order of teams Coach Jen has announced that you can now change the order of your Teams that you are in. This will affect what are shown on Start page and then the order when viewing your Teams on the main SparkTeams tab and when others view your Teams on your SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:05:04 EST challenge results Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> Last week's participating members in the challenge were: <BR> <BR> Wide Leg Wall Squats <BR> AXREAH - 60 <BR> SAHAUS49 - 20 <BR> JANETLEE40 - 90 <BR> OLIVIADIANNE - 24 <BR> <BR> Bridges <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 100 <BR> <BR> Good going, y'all! Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:35:38 EST Cardio Challenge for August Here is the cardio challenge for the month of August. <BR> <BR> Goal: Post at least 30 minutes of cardio every day!! <BR> <BR> Prize: SPARK GOODIE(s) awarded at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Points: <BR> 1 point - for every time you post - limit 1 time per day <BR> 1 point - for every 30 minutes of cardio posted <BR> <BR> Reba and JeanEllen will keep track and compare notes at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Good luck and happy weight loss and fitness!! <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR>... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 07:22:28 EST mini challenges end Hi Team! <BR> I've enjoyed doing the exercise challenges with y'all but I have depleted the list of exercises that I thought were good for group participation. All of you have done and are continuing to do a fantastic job of exercising! All of us have learned a lot since the first wall pushup was done. Ahhhh, remember the days of wall pushups and wall squats. <BR> <BR> I am going to miss the exercise challenges but I know all of you will continue doing your workouts and following SP's heal... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 19:28:29 EST Birthday list Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I enjoy giving (ok, I'll admit it .. and receiving) hugs and greetings on birthdays! Tell us your birthday so we can help you celebrate!! <BR> <BR> If I happen to miss your post, send me a reminder because I don't mean to leave anyone out. <BR> <BR> Mine is Oct. 7 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 21:03:51 EST new nutrition tracker video added SparkPeople offers so many amazing tools, resources and community features that it can be overwhelming to know how to begin — especially if you're new to the site. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople created a new "tutorial" video to show members how to use their personalized Nutrition Trackers. You'll get step-by-step directions to: add foods, track calories (and other nutrients to track), use your meal plans, and more. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1154 </link> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 17:43:33 EST sparkpage photo gallery enhancements Hi Team! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has announced the launch of two often-requested enhancements to the SparkPage photo gallery. <BR> <BR> 1) You can now add up to 50 photos to your gallery, up from 25. <BR> <BR> 2) You can now also change the order of your photos. Go to Edit SparkPage, the click Edit My Photo Gallery. You can then put your mouse on any photo to move it around the page, and click Save at the bottom left when you are finished. <BR> <BR> Resident Expert Dave says, "We hope t... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:46:49 EST Single Letter Scrabble Single Letter Scrabble - Keep it going! <BR> Change one letter of the bottom word posted to make a new word. <BR> <BR> Rules: You cannot add letters. You cannot use foreign languages. You can only change one letter. <BR> <BR> <BR> stew Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:08:09 EST Individual Challenge(s) - Name Your Own This is the place/thread to keep track of any/all of your goals and challenge(s). They can be related to fitness, but they can be other goals also. Any number is okay. <BR> <BR> Keep track any way that makes sense to you. <BR> Comment and encourage others. <BR> <BR> Have fun in life and on this health and fitness journey. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2008 18:43:43 EST sparkpage search For those of us who may not know how to search for someone's SparkPage, here are the instructions. At the top of this page in the drop down menu under "Community" click on "SparkPages." The next page that comes up will have a search box on the left side. Scroll down toward the bottom of the box and enter the user name (screen name) in the space provided. Then click "Search." <BR> <BR> If they have a SparkPage a message will come back with a shortcut to their page. If they don't have one, a ... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 17:55:13 EST choose your own challenge results Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Last week's Choose Your Own Challenge's results are: <BR> <BR> Calf Raises With Wall <BR> LILRAF332 - 50 <BR> <BR> Sit Ups <BR> MSRHEI - 70 <BR> <BR> Squats <BR> OLIVIADIANNE - 160 <BR> CRYSTALH4 - 134 <BR> <BR> Bridges <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 385 <BR> <BR> Clamshell Crunches <BR> SUSANFH46 - 30 <BR> <BR> Side Crunches <BR> AXREAH - 700 <BR> <BR> Modified Pushups <BR> CLG77A - 60 <BR> <BR> Lying Abduction <BR> SAHAUS49 - 90 <BR> <BR> Bicycle Crunches <BR> BEANAREEN... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 21:43:49 EST m mini challenge 7/21 - 7/27 Hi Team! <BR> All the participants are doing great in this week's "choose your own" challenge! <BR> <BR> Next week, we are going to have 2 stretches and 1 exercise. To start, do the Calf Stretch and then the Gluteal and Outer Thigh Stretch. You can report these if you want to. For the exercise, do 15 reps of Wide Leg Wall Sit With Calf Raises. Report your exercise in the "m mini challenge 7/21 - 7/27" thread under the Challenge heading. <BR> <BR> The challenge starts Monday, 7/21, and ends ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 18:18:45 EST member needing encouragement <link><BR>NCHWILL </link> <BR> <BR> this person managed to join last month and nobody welcomed him.. if you have time please go by his page and leave him a welcome.. <BR> <BR> thanks.. Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:39:28 EST 7/7 - 7/13 mini challenge results Hi Team! <BR> <BR> There were 462 Skater Squats done last week with a total of 4 members participating. They were: <BR> <BR> AXREAH - 120 <BR> JANETLEE40 - 210 <BR> SAHAUS49 - 30 <BR> SUSANFH46 - 102 <BR> <BR> Squats done by JANETLEE40 were 160. She also did 150 Dumbbell Squats; 60 Bicep Curls; 60 Dumbbell Pullovers; 75 Hip Flexor with Extension; 54 Back Extensions; and 60 Pendulums. <BR> <BR> 190 Leg Extensions were done by: <BR> <BR> JANETLEE40 - 120 <BR> OLIVIADIANNE - 40 <BR> SAHAUS... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 21:14:06 EST 2nd month anniversary Hi everyone ... this week marks our 2nd month anniversary! <em>244</em> Y'all have learned alot and have come a long way! I'm proud of all of you! Keep up the good work! Y'all can do it! Sun, 13 Jul 2008 13:51:07 EST choose your own challenge Hi Team! <BR> This is a different challenge than what we've been doing. It's called "Choose Your Own" because that's what I challenge everyone to do. Choose 1 exercise, doesn't matter what it is, and do it for next week's challenge. Report it in the "Choose Your Own" thread under the Challenge Forum. <BR> <BR> For this one, please do not report other exercises you may be doing. If you see someone post an exercise that you would like to do, feel free to do so. And I'll put you on the spreadsh... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 09:51:52 EST Question about water I don't like to drink water, instead I drink Propel. Is that just as good or do I still need to drink water? Any suggestions? Thu, 10 Jul 2008 12:59:37 EST Plastic Bottle Safety Alert...PLEASE READ THIS!!! For years, glass has been out, and plastic has been in. Why? Because virtually unbreakable plastic makes drinking your beverage of choice at the office, gym, or nursery more convenient. But, before you take another sip, did you know there may be bacteria lurking in the bottle you are reusing? <BR> <BR> <BR> More from MainStreet <BR> 4 Websites That Can Help You Save At The Pump <BR> What If Strawberry Shortcake's Makeover Was Real? <BR> How To Make Your Own Wine <BR> How To Host The Be... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 19:00:40 EST Spark up your Sparkpage Ok team you have been here almost a month now. It;s time to update and Spark up your page a bit.. did any of you decorate your page for the 4th? <BR> <BR> Have you got your goals listed on your page? Are you blogging? maybe you might want to add a background or just spice it up a bit? I love to add new pictures to mine and will be doing that this weekend. My son just got married on the 5th and I have wedding pics <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway I am challenging you to update your page ... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 11:17:55 EST GO FISH Directions: <BR> <BR> A yes or no Question is asked. <BR> <BR> If your answer is no you write GO FISH. <BR> <BR> If your answer is yes you write YES and ask the next question. <BR> <BR> If no one has answered yes in 24 hours - you can say something like - STUMPED and ask a new question. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 08:43:57 EST Weight Loss!! I just wanted to let everyone know that I have finally reached a major goal in my weight loss. I have lost 19.5 pounds since March of 08 and I finally reached my 10% WEIGHT LOSS GOAL. I am so excited and can't wait for the other 20% to come off. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you for your support and the great info that I have found here!! Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:53:20 EST mini challenge results Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Y'all done great in last week's challenge! There is a total of 813 Pendulums done with 8 members participating. They are: <BR> <BR> ANGE647 - 45 <BR> AXREAH - 120 <BR> JANETLEE40 - 75 <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 66 <BR> LOSIN*IT - 132 <BR> NORA44889 - 90 <BR> SAHAUS49 - 180 <BR> SUSANFH46 - 105 <BR> <BR> There were 1,237 Side Bends done. Participating members are: <BR> <BR> ANGE647 - 90 <BR> AXREAH - 120 <BR> JANETLEE40 - 60 <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 163 <BR> LOSIN*IT - 144 <BR> NORA44... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:00:33 EST Looking for a "Quit Smoking Buddy"??? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering if we have anyone here that would be interested in joining me on my journey to quit smoking, once and for all. <BR> <BR> I really would like to have a buddy that is serious and will check in daily (if possible) and be there for me if I should stumble, panic or be tempted. Of course I would be there for you, as well. <BR> <BR> The smoking board, is okay, but they don't seem to be that interested in newbies and I'm desparate. <BR> <BR> Please let me k... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:03:11 EST not exercising. I am not able to exercise right now, I do not know for how long.A sink hole formed in my yard, and my right leg had found it while mowing.Please pray for me. <BR> Paula B. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 14:46:37 EST buddy idea feedback I'm thinking on a buddy idea and would like y'all's feedback. <BR> <BR> How many of you would like to have a newbie buddy? It would be helping them navigate the site, give them tips on what you have learned and what works for you, and offering them overall motivation, support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Post your feedback here and let me know what you think. Thanks to all of you. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:31:04 EST what have your learned? Next week will be our 2nd month for the team. What have y'all learned in these 2 months? Sun, 6 Jul 2008 18:23:38 EST mini challenge 7/7 - 7/13 Hi Team! <BR> Y'all have done great with the Pendulum and Side Bends exercises! I should have the totals posted by Tuesday. <BR> <BR> For next week's challenge, we are going to add stretches if y'all haven't done so already. We'll start with the Camel Stretch and the Cat Stretch. Instructions will follow. The challenge for next week will be Skater Squats. You can do as many reps that you want to, just let me know. <BR> <BR> Here are the instructions for the stretches and exercise: <BR> <... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 13:11:56 EST breakfast i had a bowl of cereal, some milk and some water Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:21:55 EST July Weigh In Room Hi everyone ... this is where we post our July Weigh Ins. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:00:52 EST challenge results for 6/23 - 6/29 Hi Everyone! <BR> We had another great week of mini challenges! I'm really proud of you all!! <BR> <BR> The total amount of Hip Flexor is 1831. Total amount of participants is 13. They are: <BR> <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 211 <BR> OLIVIADIANE - 20 <BR> AMYRRICHARDSON - 150 <BR> JANETLEE40 - 360 <BR> SAHAUS49 - 165 <BR> CLG77A - 120 <BR> NORA44889 - 60 <BR> LILRAF331 - 10 <BR> <BR> There was a total of 1245 for Hip Flexor with Extension. 11 members participated. They are: <BR> <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 1... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:20:51 EST breakfast i had some tea, two slices of toast and a cup of pineapple Wed, 2 Jul 2008 16:28:04 EST help with saving food groups Could someone please tell me how to save a food group? I just discovered it today but all I can find to do is close it (no save or name this group button). It has to be easy, right? Wed, 2 Jul 2008 10:22:53 EST m july outdoor activities Hi Team! <BR> There were a lot of participants in the June Outdoor Activities. If y'all want to continue, we'll do July Outdoor Activities. There's a thread set up under Weight Loss Challenge Forum. Hope to see you there. We can do it! <BR> Reba Tue, 1 Jul 2008 23:12:52 EST june outdoor activities report Hi Everyone! <BR> For the June Outdoor Activities, overall hours is 369.4 reported for the month. Walking overall team total minutes is 13,383 and 251.82 miles walked. Other outdoor activities reported is 8,884 minutes. <BR> <BR> Edited to add TWINMOM4BOYS' results. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 22:59:11 EST Diet Failure in Progress was a really BAD day at work....I mean really BAD.....stressful, useless, stupid person that won't listen to me...long day trying to get a release out that didn't go out today (again for the third day)....still have 2 other major things to do AFTER the release goes out... <BR> <BR> REALLY BAD DAY. Thankfully the kids are at mom's tonight. Hubby is in Florida for a training session, returns tomorrow...I'm leaving Thursday to take my mom and the kids to visit relatives (oh goodie). ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 22:42:04 EST June Weigh In Results Hi everyone! <BR> The overall team total for weight loss in the month of June is 437.7 lbs. and 198.5 kg. Total inches lost reported was 24.5 inches and 62.2 cm. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> team!! Everyone done excellent!! Keep up the good work in July! Y'all can do it!! <em>104</em> <em>9</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2008 21:48:32 EST Does Skin Shrink??? Okay, I have a question that has been bothering me for years. <BR> <BR> When you lose weight does your skin shrink? <BR> <BR> Example: The skin on my arms is flabby (bat wings) and since I'm working out like a mad woman and building muscle (which I might add my guns are growing <em>104</em> )! Will that flabby skin ever shrink and will I eventually have skinny arms??? <BR> <BR> Another example: My upper thighs are flabby (mostly the insides), but I can see really nice muscles deve... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 15:52:48 EST As we celebrate our Nations Birthday..... Hi everyone, <BR> Our Nations birthday is coming up on Friday and many of you will be celebrating it. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As you celebrate Our Nations Freedom....I ask that everyone show you are supporting our Troops by displaying a flag. You can get a small one for .99 and bigger ones up to 39.99. You can place a yellow ribbon on your mailbox if flag is not an option. Even make a small posterboard and take along with you to your community celebration. <BR> <BR> We can all show how... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:33:19 EST Food Tips and Tricks Hello, <BR> <BR> So I got this really good tip from the woman who runs the CSA I belong to and I thought that I would pass it along and see if anyone else has other tips or tricks. <BR> <BR> TIP: If you have too much basil to use, grind it up and mix in some olive oil. Then freeze it for later use. It won't go solid, so you can just scoop out the amount you need and flavor soups, salad dressings, or make pesto. Sun, 29 Jun 2008 14:07:58 EST End of month weight 134 lbs. Sun, 29 Jun 2008 10:54:36 EST There's a wedding coming and I am the Planner!!!!! My son-in-law just ask my daughter's hand in marrige. He is in Afgahnistan fighting the war right now...but I am thrilled. <BR> Then I was asked to be the honorable mention and plan the wedding...I am even more thrilled!!!! <BR> This is such an honor. <BR> OMG MY BABY IS GETTING MARRIED...(SNIFFLES). <BR> The big day is Christmas Eve. <BR> Please pray for his safe return. And Please pray for me that my daughter does not become BRIDEZILLA!!!! <BR> Thank you and God Bless. <em>40</em> <em>... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 19:27:31 EST mini challenge 6/30 - 7/6 Hi y'all! <BR> Everyone is doing so good! I'm really proud of you all! Keep up the good work! <BR> <BR> Our next mini challenge will be Pendulum and Standing Side Bend With Towel. Begins Monday, 6/30, thru Sunday, 7/6. Do sets of 15. When you have finished for the day, report your amounts in the thread "mini challenge 6/30 - 7/6" under the "Weight Loss Challenges Forum" on the team's main page. Here are the instructions: <BR> <BR> PENDULUM <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Lie on back,... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 09:51:10 EST Hello from Washington State! Hi, my name is Marc! I joined SP on the 14th of may and it has changed my life! I've lost 26 lbs! I feel great and look forward to every moment. Glad to be part of this class and look forward to being inspired! Check out my SparkPage! <BR> <BR> Remember to Live! Fri, 27 Jun 2008 17:05:26 EST same and different Here is how you play. <BR> <BR> I will post 3 things about myself. <BR> The next person to post will pick one thing from my list that they have in common with me - <BR> <BR> and post it plus 2 new sentences about themselves that is different. <BR> <BR> The next person to post picks one thing from the new list of 3 things and adds two more also. <BR> <BR> So we find out all the ways that we are the same - and the ways we are different. <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> Here ARE my first ... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 06:11:36 EST Cute Clean Joke.... laughter is good for the Spiri It is important for men to remember that, as women <BR> grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger. When you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are oversensitive, and there's nothing worse than an oversensitive woman. <BR> <BR> My name is Jim. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Terri. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for Terri to get a full-time job along with her part-time jo... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:46:02 EST Where do I put the tape measure??? Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I'm a little confused as to where I actually put the tape measure to measure my hips. <BR> <BR> Is it below the waist or kind of between the tops of the thighs and hip bones (kind of around the butt area)----I'm sooo...confused. <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me where to measure? <BR> <BR> "Thanks All" <BR> <BR> Have a "GREAT SP DAY" :-) <BR> <BR> Ax <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 11:12:20 EST ultimate flat-belly foods 8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods <BR> <BR> Article taken from the web and provided by Men's Health <BR> By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Spinach <BR> <BR> It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle-builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you agains... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 17:01:25 EST A-Z items you find at Flea Markets/Swap meets Antiques Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:35:25 EST not feeling well ok so does anyone else have a sick to there stomach feeling if they don't eat enough meat? i know that i need protein but it makes me sick to my belly to eat meat and i can not stand the texture of beens my mom and dad think that the reason that i feel sick to my belly all the time is because i don't get enough protein. does anyone have any ideas on what i could eat! or how i could feel better! Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:45:14 EST close-arm pushups challenge results Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Last week's challenge "Close-Arm Pushups" had 19 participating members and an overall team total of 6,027. <BR> <BR> Participating members are: <BR> JEANELLEN58 - 303 <BR> AXREAH - 465 <BR> ARKSTER - 90 <BR> KELSTERS99 - 975 <BR> CLG77A - 420 <BR> GGMOM06 - 524 <BR> OKIECHEFMOM - 30 <BR> SAHAUS49 - 190 <BR> BEANAREENO - 825 <BR> HOLLYTAMALE118 - 240 <BR> OLIVIADIANNE - 170 <BR> LILRAF331 - 135 <BR> ANGE647 - 125 <BR> NORA44889 - 120 <BR> JSGILES - 570 <BR> SMILIEONE -... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:16:32 EST motivation tips Taken from my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION TIPS <BR> <BR> Need some exercise motivation? These tips will help you stay active and happy with your fitness schedule and workout routine. <BR> <BR> Not everyone is born and blessed with the motivation to workout. If you're one of those people who would rather be doing anything but running on the track, or be anywhere but lifting weights in the gym, check out these tips for a little added motivation, a change in your exercise mentality, or ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:10:30 EST The Weekend ! OMG what have I done? Just when I thought i'm was slowly, but surely, doing really well ......... I go out with the family yesterday to celebrate my nephew's birthday and started of picking ... then eat and eat and eat. Felt sick throughout the night and am off work today not feeling well - talk about over indulgence. The only way is up and onwards now - I really don't want to feel like this again <em>46</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2008 05:24:07 EST mini challenge for 6/23 - 6/29 Challenge 6/23 - 6/29 <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I know this notice is a little early, but I wanted to get it to you before you got busy with your weekend. <BR> <BR> JSGILES, winner of last week's competition challenge, has chosen 3 exercises for next week, beginning Monday, 6/23. They are Hip Flexor, Hip Flexor with Extension, and Lying Leg Curls. You may want to do 1 or 2 or all 3 of them. <BR> <BR> I'm going to let y'all decide if you want any or all three of them to be competition... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 15:41:54 EST outdoor activities report Hi all! Just letting y'all know how the June Outdoor Activities is going. I know we still have a week to go, but I was curious and thought maybe some of you are too. <BR> <BR> The total minutes walked is: 6,834 min. <BR> The total amount of miles walked is: 199 <BR> The total for other outdoor activities is: 6,429 min. <BR> The overall total of minutes is: 13,263 <BR> The total amount of hours spent outdoors is: 221.05 <BR> <BR> Other outdoor activities include: swimming, gardening, working... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:39:24 EST weight loss Hi team ... just wanting to let y'all know the overall team weight loss total for the end of the week is 265.4 lbs; 120.4 kilos and lost a total of 18 inches; 45.8 cm. <em>244</em> <em>243</em> team!! Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:16:37 EST May be a few weeks Hi Team <BR> Just to let you know I'm going into hospital for a few weeks and am unsure yet whether I will be able to have internet access. So I'm letting you know that if do not reappear in a day or two that it'll be a tad longer. I'm not doing a runner or giving up! Hopefully I will be able to log in but if not, good luck to everybody and take care. <BR> I wish you everything you wish for yourselves. <BR> <em>247</em> K <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:05:08 EST what/who motivates you? All you wonderful team members keep me motivated! Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:31:00 EST power foods for heart health According to a report from the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Health, power foods are items you should include in your diet that give you: <BR> <BR> The richest amount of nutrients, <BR> The least amount of calories, <BR> And the most health benefits <BR> To decrease your risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> They also provide vitamins, minerals and fiber the body needs. <BR> <BR> 1. Asparagus - provides B6, folate, fiber <BR> <BR> 2. Bell peppers - provide B1, B2, B6, folate, C, fib... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:00:08 EST name 5 game I'll start off with naming 5 parts of the body and then suggest 5 of something for the next player to name. <BR> <BR> <BR> head <BR> arms <BR> legs <BR> feet <BR> hands <BR> <BR> <BR> name 5 parts of the hand <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:31:46 EST June spreadsheets I just want to let everyone know that the spreadsheets I have published on the web are up to date with June weigh ins, mini challenge, wall pushups, June Outdoor Activities, etc. If y'all would, look at them and if your information is incorrect, please let me know and I'll correct it. <BR> <BR> To look at them, go to the team's main page and click on the big photo of 2 birds and a tree. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:15:40 EST Almost 6 weeks later, how's everyone doing? Has anyone found that 'magic' formula or have that 'tip' which they found just so works for them - and would you like sharing it? <BR> I'm only just getting really use to the site - it's awesome and I spend so much time during the week on it. However, I know that with perseverance and patience I will start seeing the weight and inches drop off, and I hope it's any time soon as I'm off on holiday towards the end of next month and i'm fed up of hiding in a sarong <em>15</em> . <BR> BTW I am d... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:59:00 EST what is your pet peeve? mine is long lines at checkout Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:46:02 EST tips for dieting success SP article <BR> <BR> 1. Start Small <BR> Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your mom’s dinner table scolding. <BR> <BR> 2. Get It On Paper <BR> Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:16:50 EST Curves... I just had to share this. I think it is awesome! <BR> <BR> <BR> never mind, can't get it to there a way to post a picture on here? Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:49:33 EST food frauds They trick you and rip you off, according to an article at Nutrition Action (<BR>l) <BR> <BR> 1. Smucker's Simply Fruit <BR> All varieties of Smucker’s Simply Fruit contain more fruit syrup than actual fruit. And the syrup doesn’t even come from the fruit in the products’ names, but from (cheaper) apple, pineapple, or pear juice concentrate. <BR> <BR> 2. Multigrain Tostitos <BR> A one-ounce (8 chips) serving of Multigrain Tostitos has more sugar (1 g... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:37:42 EST worst foods 1: The worst food in America <BR> Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing <BR> <BR> 2,900 calories <BR> 182 g fat <BR> 240 g carbs <BR> <BR> Even if you split these "starters" with three friends, you'll have downed a dinner's worth of calories before your entrée arrives. <BR> <BR> Super Substitutions Front-load your meal with a protein-based dish that's not deep-fried. A high-protein starter helps diminish hunger without putting you into calorie overload. And remember: ... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:19:05 EST way to go micaiah89 <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> You are now ready for college. Hope you enjoyed your graduation from high school. congratulations <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> time. <BR> <BR> love mom Tue, 17 Jun 2008 19:26:09 EST 10 lbs today I'm proud and would like to share that in one month since joining SP I've lost 10 lbs! <em>43</em> K Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:05:20 EST july weight results Hi everyone! <BR> Overall team weight loss so far this month is 225 lbs. (102kg)! Reported inches lost 11.75 (29.8cm)! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Way to go team! <em>242</em> on your losses!! <em>104</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:56:55 EST Checkboxes for Team Goals This message is from Coach Jen. <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on feedback from members, we have added checkboxes as an option for tracking Team Goals. This should make the tracking of certain goals faster and easier, and also allow you to create goals like "Eat 3 apples, 4 times per week." <BR> <BR> Please pass this information along to your Teams. We hope this makes the Team Goals feature even easier to use! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:21:02 EST Exercise Motivation I was sent an e-mail today that touched me so I thought that I would pass it along. <BR> <BR> In this video an Australian father competes in iron man competitions. His son is disabled and he also competes right along with his dad. After watching this I have a new motivation to exercise. If this dad can love his son so much to do this then I can love myself enough to exercise and become healthy. I hope that this motivates you also. <BR> <BR><BR>dM <B... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 00:34:48 EST mini challenge 6/16 - 6/22 Hi team! <BR> Woohoo! The ones who participated in the competition challenge done super! Keep up the good work! <BR> <BR> We are going to have a mini challenge next week. The winner of the competition challenge this week will choose the exercise(s) for the week of 6/23 - 6/29. I had thought they would be choosing for this week but that will put the challenge beginning in the middle of the week. My bad. <BR> <BR> This week's mini challenge is Close-Arm Wall Pushups! Yipppppppppeeeeeee ...... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 18:32:58 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Susan and I just found this team. I joined SP on May 15 and have lost 8 lbs. so far. I'm looking forward to talking with all of you! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:03:57 EST Exercise.. .grr...... Ok, Obviously I have weight to lose. I feel fat, forty and frumpy. Decided to join a group exercise class at the Y. I haven't exercised in YEARS. My first one was a step class on monday. There were only 4 of us beside the teacher, all older ladies, and they whipped my butt. I showed up for cardio kick boxing on weds. This was harder, and a younger (than me) crowd and I felt a little out of place. Today was back to step. You know the stereotypical picture of an aerobics class and teacher...the... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 11:14:40 EST I LOST JUST TO LET MY SPARKS FRIENDS KNOW I LOST 10 POUNDS!CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT 10. MY PUSH EVERYDAY IS TO LOOK AT THE MENUE, IT KEEPS ME IN CHECK, THANKS, ALLEN P. Fri, 13 Jun 2008 08:31:59 EST How about a geology game?? Have everyone name a place they have been they like, or have seen. a place they onced live ...etc???? Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:52:22 EST Alcohol Hi whilst I am doing reasonably well I am still drinking far too much beer - I feel a need for the social interaction of the pub / bar I have used for 25 years....being historically a heavy beer drinker ( 7 pints in 2.5 hours) I have difficulty in slowing down - strngely enough I only drink at home on a Saturday eveing when I drink wine .......I know I have done well my first 4 weeks here despite the booze but I know it is my biggest demon to achieving my ultimate goals ...............any ide... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 19:39:52 EST I need help with .... This thread is for members who need help with a problem area or to ask questions. I would like other members to help by using their knowledge of what they have learned since joining SparkPeople. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:33:31 EST No moderation Yesterday was not one of my better days. I took my LO for shots then had just a few extra minutes to grab something on the go before my next appointment. (noon -2 appointment) I pick McD's small fry double cheeseburger and yogurt parfait. Not great but not horrible (at least until I watch the video kiteflying posted<BR>ssageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20399x15<BR>713650) <BR> After the appointment we stop at the store to get some vitamins and I have ... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 14:00:19 EST Anyone Else Jogging, Running or Trying To? Just checking in to see what kind of exercise you guys are doing and what everyone is liking. <BR> I am in the Couch-To-5K group and am loving the program. I am surprised how much I like it, but they really do design the group to take you from the couch to being able to jog! Wow! Never thought I would have the desire to do this!!! Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:16:26 EST for anyone thinking about going to McDonalds <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Pretty incredible huh? Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:18:58 EST weigh-in Hi I weighed in on 6/09 at 170 i want to get down to 135 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:01:47 EST Please Read: Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> We've started to have more of a problem recently with "chain" messages. For example, you're asked to send something along to 10 of your friends, and before you know it you're getting this same message (or a similar one) from lots of different people. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of these are very nice, but not everyone wants them. So we're going to ask that people stop forwarding these along- either as SparkMail messages or comments on SparkPages. Please pass the word along... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:41:16 EST challenge results - crunches; squats and pushups UPDATE: <BR> <em>244</em> Everyone! We had another great week for the mini challenge. <BR> <BR> There were 26 members participating in the Mini Challenge and a total of 7,165 overall team total for Crunches! Way to go! <BR> <BR> Participating members are: <BR> Syang01 w/ball - 24 <BR> Briekatie - 300 <BR> PBushby10 - 670 <BR> Redneck36 - 70 <BR> Axreah w/twist - 405 <BR> Hollytamale118 - 310 <BR> Huggers1 - 325 <BR> Losin*it w/ball - 325 <BR> Losin*it - clamshell crunch w/ball - 24 <BR> L... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:09:21 EST Weigh-in Still 154lbs - 10th June Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:35:16 EST Haven't lost any weight yet! I've decided to go back to Stage 1, as I hadn't been very consistent at Stage 2 and that I still needed to familiarise myself more with all Sparks has to offer. Since starting Sparks I have joined a gym, and work out with my husband at home twice a week. I have upped my cardio 100%, as I hadn't done anything for years because of a bad back. The bad news is that I haven't lost a lb since starting sparks a month ago <em>46</em> . Help and advice desperately needed. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 08:01:01 EST First Day Back in The Gym AFter a Few Years - OMG! Yesterday was my first day back in a gym after ashamedly four to five years! I thought I was about to die! I noticed my body is literally at war with me recently because even walking tires me out and I get out of breath. I have always worked out and stayed pretty fit but lately I thought I was getting more exercise than I actually was. Having a job where you sit all day tends to sneak up on you. I noticed that my cardio is awful, could not even do more than 7 and a half minutes on the ellipti... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 07:15:29 EST quotes Which quotes do you like? Each member list one once a day... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can." - Robert Cushing <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:16:41 EST positive thinking Mirror, mirror on the wall == then add a positive thought (doesn't have to rhyme) Mon, 9 Jun 2008 11:59:56 EST weigh in 6/9:176.4 <BR> 6/16: <BR> 6/23: <BR> 6/30: <BR> <BR> I joined back in may, but promptly went MIA while finishing up schooling my kids. Sorrry! But, today was my first day at step last class was 15 years ago....I'm half dead now. <BR> I'm ready to get on track now! good luck everyone! <BR> tracyg Mon, 9 Jun 2008 11:11:10 EST competition challenge 6/9 - 6/15 Woohoo Team, Way to Go! <BR> <BR> Everyone has done a wonderful job again this past week! There were many participating in the crunches, wall pushups, squats and seated knee lifts. I should have those results figured and posted by Tuesday. I need everyone's amounts for the week reported by Monday evening. <BR> <BR> For this week's challenge, starting Monday 6/9 - 6/15, it is going to be our first competition challenge! The exercise for this week is Seated Leg Extensions and the team membe... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 20:21:28 EST Checking In I'm still here, studying for finals. I'll check in when I've finished. <BR> <BR> Anna Sun, 8 Jun 2008 11:48:55 EST Weigh in this week First, I apologize if I'm posting this incorrectly. Having said that, I've lost 2 pounds this week--a total of 16 pounds in 6 weeks. Sun, 8 Jun 2008 01:35:33 EST Motivator status.. It's official.. Reba1058 has been voted one of Sparkpeoples Motivators! And with good reason.. she is such a kind caring person and she just goes out of her way to help all of us.. <BR> <BR> Lets all give her a big hug! <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Sat, 7 Jun 2008 23:23:01 EST lost 2lbs slow but sure Sat, 7 Jun 2008 14:46:33 EST About the buddy thing We have had many requests from you wanting to be buddies up and we finally have the time to work on this. You will be receiving a email shortly with some questions we need you to answer if you want to be buddied up.. <BR> <BR> Please return the email and then give us a few days to get the info together and we will send you out a notice with a link to your buddies page. <BR> <BR> Reba thankfully is good with the charts and stuff that my brain goes blank with <em>198</em> She will be worki... Sat, 7 Jun 2008 13:38:23 EST Weigh in I've lost 1 pound this week. I have been really busy with cubscout camp and really have eaten horrible all week. <em>49</em> Sat, 7 Jun 2008 13:36:47 EST alphabet game To play: Think of things for catagories that begins with the letter suggested from the previous post. Just copy and paste for your reply. <BR> <BR> Girl's name - Anna <BR> Boy's name - Andrew <BR> Color - Amber <BR> Animal - Antelope <BR> Place - Alabama <BR> Food - Apples <BR> Flower - Aster <BR> <BR> Next letter - H <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2008 08:50:23 EST Eat or Not To Eat???? Hi Friends <BR> <BR> I have a question, maybe you can all help me with :-) <BR> <BR> I was chatting with my friend last night and I had mentioned to her about SP. <BR> <BR> As we were talking she told me that, I should eat all my calories that I burned with my exercise and walking during that day. <BR> <BR> I'm confused (nothing new there LOL!!!!). I feel that if I eat them, then what is the purpose of doing the exercise or the walking??? <BR> <BR> Any input on this----Eat or not to eat... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 12:16:47 EST another challenge team opening If you would like to add to your team experience, there are openings on my biggest loser challenge team... there are 15 teams of 25 within this team who log in weekly with weight, cardio, and strength minutes... this is a 10 week challenge... please sparkmail tester1293 if you'd like to join.. .these teams close when full. If you read my blog you will often see reference to the lime team which is one of the 15... <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2008 01:16:25 EST Taking a small break Hello dear Team! <BR> As some of you know, I will be out of town next week. I am also super busy at work and home trying to prepare for my trip and the aftermath and I have found that trying to manage everything is completely stressing me out. <BR> I think I'm doing ok on my eating, I haven't binged and I haven't succumbed to the dreaded ice cream, but I don't have time to track everything. <BR> I decided last night that I am going to not worry about it until I get back. <BR> I'm going to st... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 08:19:16 EST June Weigh In! Today's weight: 153.5 <BR> Wednesday = weigh day! <BR> Goal: 146 by July 4th!! <BR> <BR> 6/4: 153.5 <BR> 6/11: <BR> 6/18: <BR> 6/25: <BR> 7/2: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 07:53:27 EST Tomorrow is the second, first day! Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I actually discovered this and joined with all of you but have been slacking (and paying for it!!) for the last week or so. Realizing that I will no longer fit into even my "fat" pants if I don't get on track - I decided that it is time to reach out and get involved! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 21:59:29 EST I want this so bad, why can't I stop eating? I am so frustrated here, and I really am beginning to feel that the ONLY way I will ever lose weight and keep it off is if I have gastric bypass surgery. <BR> <BR> My friend and former diet buddy had this surgery a year ago, and she looks and feels awesome. We tried and failed every diet out there together, but now she has no need for that anymore and just looks fabulous. I secretly fear that because I am so much like her I will never be able to get my weight off and keep it off, and the... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 19:21:23 EST How do I post my weight? How can I put one of those weight things on here? help! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 18:27:56 EST June Weigh in 06/02 206.75 <BR> 06/09 <BR> 06/16 <BR> 06/23 <BR> 06/30 Tue, 3 Jun 2008 15:58:00 EST A motivational poem I did the thing I feared the most <BR> Excuse me while I cheer <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Cause here I stand a braver soul <BR> And all I lost was fear! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 15:18:50 EST June Weigh in Room This is where we will be posting our weights for june.. please come in and create one post then come back each week and post your weight. This makes it easy to see how you have done for the month. You can pick any day of the week you like for your weigh in just make sure it is the same day each week. <BR> <BR> Here is mine: <BR> <BR> 6/02: 248 <BR> 6/09: 244 <BR> 6/16: 240 <BR> 6/23: <BR> 6/30: <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of us and lets see how many pounds we can say good bye to forever <... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 10:27:47 EST hello Hi, my name is christine and i am 30 years old. I am married to a wonderful man for 9 1/2 years and have three wonderful boys ages 7,5, and 3 1/2. When i got married i weighed between 130 and 135 now almost 10 years later i am between 175 and 180. Right around the holidays i found out that i had pcos and that i needed to loose weight to help that and to be healther. So i started my change of life in Jan and from jan to april i went from 200 to 175 180. My reasoning for chqning my life is to b... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 09:19:35 EST It's getting warmer and warmer each day.... So what's everyone's summer exercise routine looking like? Does anyone do water aerobics? Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:16:09 EST Why... I sabotage myself every time? <BR> I was doing good today. I had my cereal and yogurt for breakfast. <BR> I was starving by 11:30 but managed to hold out until 12:00. I ate my banana and my sandwich. But...I was still so freaking hungry!! <BR> I went and got a chicken sandwich and fries...and ate it all. <BR> I haven't logged it in yet, but I can only imagine. I guess it could have been worse. I could have gotten a huge cheesburger, fries and a milkshake. <BR> My fear is this..... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 15:34:44 EST wall squats results Hi Team! <BR> We had a great turnout of members participating in last week's Wall Squats challenge! Fantastic job, y'all! Some members continued with the Wall/Counter Pushups (those will be reported here, too). <BR> <BR> UPDATE: <BR> There were 44 members participated. <BR> The overall team total of Wall Squats is 10,109. <BR> The overall team total for Wall/Counter Pushups is 4,251. <BR> Way to go team! We can do it! <BR> Here is the list of team members who reported their amoun... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:18:03 EST weight loss - may Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> This week's total of reported pounds lost from team members is 95.2 pounds; 43.2 kg. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:55:20 EST Hello from Lousiana I am so excited about getting started. I think that this is going to be a big help for my whole family. Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:15:51 EST When you need something sweet... I just had a serious sugar craving and am now really full. I took a large banana, cut it into bite sized pieces and then took all the pulp out of a grapefruit (not sure how to describe it - you remove the seeds and lining stuff for each section) and placed it all in a bowl and covered it with 2 tbsp of crema de coco. Not sure if you guys in the US have it (it is a staple here were we have coconut trees surrounding us) but it is sweetened coconot milk (maybe). Anyway, TOTALLY met my sweet c... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:30:58 EST questions about fiber... ok heres the trying to go with high fiber, high protein, watch my sugar and salt intake. ive cut out pastas and breads..but i can still have wheat pasta or whole wheat bread...anyway, i was at the store looking for high fiber cereal. Theyve got a freekin ton of carbs!!! Id like to get raisin bran or something like grape nuts but I didnt do it. On some of the boxes it says soluble fiber and insoluble fiber..and then total fiber. Whats that mean and how do I calculate the carbs? what c... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:23:25 EST Hello - Newbie from SC Hi - I joined a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to really checking this site out. It looks very encouraging. My name is Joann and I am from SC. My dh and I have been together for 18 years - we have a 16 year old son and a 28 year old son from his first marriage. I work in an industry where I am the only female in our building with 16 men - hence the name 1oftheguys. I have been overweight all my life and am ready to make a change but admittedly I am weak so any support will be a... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:20:13 EST motivational challenge I went to CHRISTINERD's sprakspage. She seems to enjoy traveling. I enjoyed her pictures on her page of her in a few of the places she has been. Keep focused and keep losing <BR> <BR> Littlebity Sat, 31 May 2008 15:48:07 EST June Outdoor Activities Challenge Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> June is right on our doorstep and summer is just around the corner. It's a good time to get outside and do some activities. Rather it be walking or playing your favorite sports game. I would love for everyone to participate in the June Outdoor Activities Challenge. <BR> <BR> I challenge everyone to do at least 30 minutes of outdoor activities during the month of June. It can be walking, biking, jogging, hiking, swimming, racquet ball, weight lifting, softball or f... Sat, 31 May 2008 10:07:48 EST Abs Mini Challenge 6/2 - 6/8 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Everyone has done such a fantastic job! What a great team we have! I'm so proud of you all! <BR> <BR> We've worked the upper body with the wall pushups; the lower body with the squats, wall and regular. So now we move on to the middle section ... the abs. <BR> <BR> I have picked 4 choices that you can do. Just pick whichever one is easiest for you. For people who are disabled or for some reason can't do any of these exercises, please contact me and we can work on getting... Sat, 31 May 2008 09:06:40 EST just for laughs The other night, I was invited out for a night with "the girls." I told my husband that I would be home by midnight. "I promise," were my last words. <BR> <BR> The hours passed and the margaritas went down way too easily and around 3 a.m. we piled into a cab and headed to our respective homes, quite inebriated. <BR> <BR> Just as I walked through the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall started up and cuckooed 3 times! <BR> <BR> Realizing that my husband would probably wake up to this, I quic... Sat, 31 May 2008 07:56:43 EST last letter starts new word cream Fri, 30 May 2008 20:19:16 EST world's healthiest foods Hi team, <BR> I came across this list of the world's healthiest foods. I thought I'd share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 30 May 2008 19:26:06 EST Great Exercise Tapes I found some great exercise tapes. They are called Turbo Jam. <em>216</em> Man these things are so upbeat and are fun to do. They have a really cool timer at the bottom of the screen to let you know how much longer you have left. The music is upbeat and each work out is only about 20 to 30 minutes long. Does anybody else have any cool tapes they could recommend? <em>214</em> Fri, 30 May 2008 19:11:15 EST Okay, can you explain this one??? Hi Friends, :-) <BR> <BR> Yep, it's me again, but it's a "GREAT" day! Much better then yesterday, which I have you all to "Thank" for seeing me threw it----it meant a lot to me! :-) <BR> <BR> I just have a question. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I stepped on the scale I had gained 5 pounds (4 of the pounds I had lost in the 2 weeks since joining SP, plus an extra one) and was extremely upset, as I'm sure you can all relate. <BR> <BR> So today is my normal weigh in day, and I sure wasn't feeli... Fri, 30 May 2008 14:42:21 EST Help--my blogs will never post to my page! I am getting so frustrated! I have written three or four blogs now that when I submit them the page goes to an internet error page and they are gone forever! I spend the time I don't have to do it and get my hopes totally crushed. What am I doing wrong? I got one to post, but not any of the others. Fri, 30 May 2008 14:16:28 EST Thanks everyone! I'm overwhelmed by the support I have gotten from you here! I am feeling more like I can do this, and I think my goal next week will be to work on healthy breakfasts. <BR> <BR> It's tough for me to do it this way because I'm so used to a "program" approach to eating. And although I have found that completely overhauling how you eat really can work, I have also found that it typically doesn't last. <BR> <BR> So I'm opting to take small chunks at a time and go from there. It's just hard when you have so much to ... Thu, 29 May 2008 22:47:57 EST Ready to quit, and I haven't even really started.. I'm ready to begin changing my diet, but I don't know where to start. I don't have hours to comb through the diet plans on this site and change them to suit my needs. That's why I haven't started yet - it's just too overwhelming! And now I'm thinking this may be yet another attempt at weight loss that will not work for me. Maybe I'm destined to be fat forever. Believe me, I've thought that more than once, and I'm about ready to learn to accept my fat self for all of eternity. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 May 2008 14:59:23 EST Help, I'm feeling depressed I'm checking in today and feeling rather upset and down on myself. Hopefully you can help me??? I need some support and encouragement, can you help me to get back up??? <BR> <BR> In the past 2 weeks I've lost 4 pounds. Out of curiosity I decided to step on the scale this morning, to see if I lost any more weight. I'm really not suppose to weigh myself until tomorrow, but I have this habit of "excitement" on weighing myself. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I stepped on the scale and it's now showing ... Thu, 29 May 2008 14:29:16 EST Switching Stages I got the email yesterday about switching to stage 2. <BR> I decided not too since I still have so much to lose. Now Im wondering if I did the right thing. I just feel like Im still trying to get all the steps down in stage one. What did you all do? Any advice?? Thu, 29 May 2008 09:44:31 EST Stage 2 and Portion Control Okay so I made it to stage 2 today and for some reason I feel a little intimidated. During the Fast Break stage I started to do things to help control portions. The one thing that was most helpful was buying sandwich bags and measuring cereal, trail mix, fruit and storing them in bags just so it would be easier to grab and go. <BR> <BR> The problem I have is <BR> 1. Eating everything on my plate. I think it stems from childhood when I was told not to waste food and when I stayed at my god-mo... Thu, 29 May 2008 09:30:16 EST calories burned list Hi team, <BR> If anyone hasn't found the Calories Burned List, here's the link to it <link><BR>s_burned_list.asp </link> Wed, 28 May 2008 19:44:05 EST sparkpeople tools Hi team! <BR> Here's a good article about using your Spark tools (nutrition tracker, recipes etc) and how to find them again. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=730 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is also a "Getting Started Guide" that you may want to look over. It's at <link><BR>ted.asp </link> Wed, 28 May 2008 15:47:00 EST Hello from Denver! I am still figuring this whole thing out. I have been trying to lose weight and get healthy for years. Everytime I lose significant pounds they seem to come right back and bring friends! Wed, 28 May 2008 15:12:56 EST I made myself accountable... Yesterday I woke up with a new "spark" so to speak. I was ready to go, ready to make this happen. I had a great day. Logged all my food. Had a craving at lunch for some great mexican food...gave in to the craving, but was still within my calories, etc. Had dinner all planned out. Things were looking great!! <BR> <BR> Then, it happened. Those damn kids and their puppy dog eyes...Mom can we please go get milkshakes...of course we can oh lights of my life!! I could have avoided the temp... Wed, 28 May 2008 15:06:04 EST Hi from Oakland, Ca Hi, <BR> I'm Laura and I just joined a couple of weeks ago. One of my clients turned me on to SparkPeople and I've been telling everybody! <BR> so far, I've lost 8 lbs, feeling healthier. <BR> I live in Oakland with my husband and daughter, pets, etc. I work as a hairstylist. Wed, 28 May 2008 09:34:58 EST Sabotage Monster-weekend pledge has anyone seen this? i can't find it Wed, 28 May 2008 08:53:31 EST Hello from California Hi, <BR> <BR> I think I was supposed to post here when I first joined about 2 weeks ago...I do apologize. I got off to a rocky start with a sinus infection, so basically I am starting again today. <BR> <BR> I am glad to be here and thank you for having me! <BR> <BR> Kindest Regards, <BR> Kat Tue, 27 May 2008 18:01:11 EST Eating Enough Fiber? I just started tracking my fiber intake, and realized I am waaaay low. Anyone else track their fiber? Any tricks for eating more fiber? I'm already eating salads and granola, which I thought would be good for me. Unfortunately, a lot of the high fiber cereals have sesame or almonds, which I'm allergic to. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 27 May 2008 12:52:22 EST Question about Water I've looked on SP but can't seem to find... when it says to drink 8 cups of water per day, is that 8 measured cups? 8 glasses of 8 fluid ounces on water for a total of 64 oz of water per day? What are we aiming for here? I want to make sure my eye is on the correct prize! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 27 May 2008 12:50:33 EST Wall Pushups Results Hi Everyone, <BR> Way to go, team! Those who participated in the Wall Pushups Challenge done super! Keep up the good work! <BR> Here are the results of the Wall Pushups: <BR> <BR> Participating members: 73 <BR> Overall Team Wall Pushups: 26,495 <BR> Some members done Counter Pushups as extra. Team total amount of Counter Pushups: 535 <BR> For a total of: 27,030 pushups <BR> <BR> Even tho this was not a competition challenge, the top 13 members are listed first. The total amount of sets ... Tue, 27 May 2008 12:45:49 EST Hello from the Mexican Caribbean We're getting ready for hurricane season again and this time of year is really hard to exercise, but something has to change. I'm Kathy, 47 and live in Mexico in Quintana Roo on the Caribbean coast. We have 4 kids (13, 12, 8 and 6) so you can imagine the weight I put on after each one. I've never dieted in my life and have always been a little chunky but always very fit and athletic. No more excuses; it is time to loose the weight. I'm finding the food journal to be EXCELLENT and I love ... Mon, 26 May 2008 23:12:20 EST The Paperclip Challenge This is a simple visual challenge.. for each lb that you lose add one paperclip and start a chain.. leave it somewhere where you can see it on a daily basis.. maybe buy some nice colorful paperclips so you can do a color coordination "thing".. lets see how long you can grow your chain.. <BR> <BR> Have fun with it.. debbie <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 26 May 2008 20:36:45 EST Spark up your water for those of you who like a little flavor with their water or just need a bit of a change: <BR> <BR> Sassy Water: <BR> 2 liters water <BR> 1 tsp fresh grated ginger <BR> 1 med cucumber peeled and sliced very thin <BR> 1 med lemon thinly sliced <BR> 12 small spearmint leaves <BR> <BR> I used a food processor to slice the lemon and cucumber but you can do it by hand.. leave these in the frig over night and drink all of it the next day.. Mon, 26 May 2008 20:20:13 EST energy foods Here are the top 10 energy foods recommended by SparkPeople. See article at <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=65 </link> <BR> <BR> ...Whole wheat pasta <BR> ...Oatmeal <BR> ...Fruit smoothies with low-fat yogurt <BR> ...Peanut butter <BR> ...Dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, kiwis, pears, pineapple, figs) <BR> ...Yams <BR> ...Lima beans <BR> ...Apples <BR> ...Carrots <BR> ...Chickpeas Mon, 26 May 2008 12:07:27 EST snack ideas Here are some snack ideas for home, travelling and if you take your lunch to work. This was taken from SparkPeople article at <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=137&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> ...Celery sticks with peanut butter and several raisins on top <BR> ...Rice cakes with peanut butter (good for getting a protein punch) <BR> ...Low-fat cheese cubes <BR> ...Hardboiled eggs <BR> ...Deviled egg (wrapped in plastic wrap) <BR> ...Fruit yogurt cup (add in... Mon, 26 May 2008 12:02:41 EST Proposal: Weight ourselves mid week Hi buddies! I was supposed to weight myself this morning. But Mondays are hard and sometimes on weekends I (you?) eat a bit more or exercise a bit less ... so I propose to weight ourselves weekly but on Tuesdays or Wednesdays/Thursdays. I'll post it tomorrow! Fingers crossed! Mon, 26 May 2008 10:01:00 EST Introduction Just wanted to come in and say hello and introduce myself. I joined this site several months ago and allowed myself to become overwhelmed with all that it had to offer. I went back to my usually plan of crash dieting and after about eight weeks with a loss of 13 pounds I proceeded to eat and gain back. I know I need support to change my habits to healthy ones in the areas of eating and exercise. I love the Sparks site but hopefully am more prepared to utilize all that it has to offer. Thi... Sun, 25 May 2008 20:47:36 EST Foot Problems I went for a jog/speed walk yesterday for about 2 1/2 hours, along with that I have been on my regular strength training plan, which includes back extensions, modified plank, modified push ups, triceps dips, squats, and lying abduction, which I do three times a week. I woke up this morning, and I felt a painful strain in my right foot every time I took a step. I think it is from doing the modified plank, because it is something I have never done before. Of course, I did work out for 2 1/2 hou... Sun, 25 May 2008 13:28:25 EST Hi I am new I started a couple of weeks ago, but have had a very bad case of bronchitits, so I am little behind. Still coughing my head off and have had to be out of town several times. Looking forward to this. For your record, I did 25 of the wall pushups today if you are still counting. Sun, 25 May 2008 12:51:45 EST new game Another team that I'm on is playing the game Yucky or Yummy. I think it is interesting. To play it, I'll start with a healthy food and the next person will either say Yucky if they don't like it or Yummy if they do. Then they'll add another food for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> apples Sun, 25 May 2008 09:47:53 EST Will power be with me. I did my 'splurge' for the week tonight. I was craving Macayo's really bad. So we went there for dinner. A plus is that we had an early dinner (5pm). Also, I split an appetizer with my husband, this was our main meal. We also got dessert, but split it 4 ways with our boys. So even though I was bad, I tried to at least be reasonable and not stuff myself. Also, another big for me was that I did not have soda for dinner. <BR> <BR> Now for the kicker...after dinner I got a call to go to my pare... Sat, 24 May 2008 23:59:51 EST Another private challlenge team is open until monday night at 8pm <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=16129 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been a member of this team for about 3 months now and their challenges usually run for a month at a time.. they pair you up in teams.. I am in the gray wolves team and you could request that if you wanted to, other wise they will assign you. <BR> <BR> The team leader has requested that you: <BR> <BR> Would you please remind people that after they add themsel... Sat, 24 May 2008 20:05:39 EST Mini Challenge 5/26 - 6/1 Woohoo everyone! Y'all ready for some more fun? We've got a new challenge beginning Monday 5/26 and ending Sunday 6/1! I plan to track this one, also. Remember, this is not a competition challenge so don't strain yourself doing these. Beginning Monday, post the total amount of Wall Squats you did for the day (there's no sets in this one) in this thread. <BR> <BR> Ok, since everyone did so well with the wall pushups and the bathroom worked so well we will do another bathroom challenge for ano... Sat, 24 May 2008 18:51:12 EST HELLO HELLO HELLO This is the first time I have messaged in this room. Can I just say I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY!!!!!! I signed on on May 12th an have already lost 5 pounds! I feel like I'm getting the support I need and I just wanted to say THANKS!!!!! Sat, 24 May 2008 14:53:13 EST Happy Village Game Put your thinking caps on! <BR> <BR> There is a place called Happy Village, it's not a happy city nor a happy town. They have spoons but no forks, cells but no jails. You see, Happy Village only contains things that have double letters in the middle, not the front or the back. <BR> <BR> Can you think of other things that Happy Village may have and not have? <BR> <BR> cooks but no stove <BR> books but no stories <BR> sleep but no dreams <BR> <BR> What other things can we find in Happy V... Sat, 24 May 2008 10:07:38 EST What did you have for breakfast? I had a bowl of cereal with skim milk, coffee, orange juice and an apple. Sat, 24 May 2008 10:00:33 EST Motivational Challenge I would like to challenge each of you to learn something about another team member here. Make sure it is someone you have not talked to, have not visited their page and really have had no contact with. <BR> <BR> Go to the main team page and then scroll all the way to the bottom.. you will see the pictures of the newset team members and under that you will see VIEW ALL, click on this. <BR> <BR> Now pick a member.. go to their page and read it, then leave them a comment.. if they have a b... Sat, 24 May 2008 01:32:23 EST Hi & Thank You!! Hi, I'm Heather and I joined SP on the 17th. I just found this group tonight and thought I'd join. I also wanted to thank all the members who have already sent me messages!!! This is why I'm lovin' SP so much already!! <em>30</em> Fri, 23 May 2008 22:58:40 EST Getting to know one another All questions are optional .. if you aren't comfortable with a question, skip it. <BR> <BR> What is your name: Reba <BR> <BR> Where do you live: Forest City, NC <BR> <BR> What is your age: 49 <BR> <BR> What are your hobbies: cross stitching, crocheting, reading, computers <BR> <BR> Do you have pets: Yes, 1 spoiled rotten dog <BR> <BR> Do you have children: Yes, 1 daughter <BR> <BR> What types of movies do you like: comedy, suspense <BR> <BR> How did you learn about SparkPeople: I was ... Fri, 23 May 2008 10:02:39 EST Name 3 good things about yourself 1. I'm a people person <BR> 2. I'm happy <BR> 3. I like meeting new friends Fri, 23 May 2008 09:53:23 EST Problems Counting Calories I have never counted calories before. So, this is only my second week doing it. <BR> <BR> I've really been trying to keep my calories on the low end of my goal range...1200. But I seem to be all over the place. I have no idea what things are worth without looking it up first. My calories have been all over the place. One day I'm high, the next day I'm low. <BR> <BR> Both yesterday and today, I only had around 850 calories! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I know I didn't eat eno... Thu, 22 May 2008 20:38:13 EST CRAVING SWEETS AND CAFFEINE... SINCE I STARTED SP <em>252</em> (ABOUT 8 DAYS NOW) I HAVE CUT OUT A LOT OF SUGARS AND CAFFEINE (MORE ½) FROM MY DAILY INTAKE. I WAS HOPING SOMEONE COULD SUGGEST SOMETHING BECAUSE I AM CONSTANTLY CRAVING SOMETHING SWEET AND/OR SOMETHING WITH CAFFEINE. <BR> <em>287</em> . <BR> PLEASE LET ME KNOW. <BR> THANKS, <BR> VANESSA Thu, 22 May 2008 19:52:49 EST Question about recipes and nutrition logging Is there a way for all ingredients for a receipe to be added to the nutrition log, or do I have to add each ingredient individually? Thu, 22 May 2008 17:39:54 EST HELP!!!! i AM STRUGGLING SOOOOOO BAD!! I HAVE CHANGED A LITTLE OF THE WAY I EAT AND I HAVE REDUCED MY PORTIONS BY OVER HALF AND EXERCISE DAILY!!! I HAVE BEEN AT IT FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS AND HAVE NOT LOST A POUND!! MY SCALE (NOT DIGITAL) EVEN SAYS I HAVE PUT ON 2 POUNDS!!! I CAN'T DRINK WATER IT MAKES ME FEEL SICK SO I DO THE CRYSTAL LIGHT THING... I WALK AND RUN 3-4 TIMES A WEEK AND EXERCISE WITH MY KIDS... MY MEASUREMENTS HAVE GONE DOWN A HALF INCH (THAT IS IF I MEASURED CORRECTLY I GUESS) BUT I HA... Thu, 22 May 2008 11:07:25 EST On leave for a week! I will be gone for one week. I will be on my diet and continue exercising! <BR> <BR> Good luck and I will see you in a week! <BR> <BR> Ronda Thu, 22 May 2008 11:00:44 EST Where Can I Get... An awesome weight tracker like I see in most of the posts? I love the idea of seeing it move closer to my goal and would help me feel extra motivated. Thu, 22 May 2008 10:55:16 EST Good Morning Hello all, I'm Colette from Queens, NY even though I joined last week, this is the first chance I have had to look around the site. I plan to spend this weekend getting famiar with Sparkspeople and really getting started! Thu, 22 May 2008 10:37:27 EST coffee Hi all. I am still new to this and I was wondering how coffee fits in. I only have one cup in the AM. I was wondering if that will affect my weight loss. Thu, 22 May 2008 08:16:08 EST Any York, Pa People Looking for anyone wanting to hike the Rail Trail, Rocky Ridge, Nixon or any other trails in the area. Does anyone do Tai Chi Chih? Wed, 21 May 2008 21:16:09 EST Hi 1st time on sparkpeople. Just want to take a few minutes and tell you a little about myself. 33 years old, want to lose 100 lbs give or take a few. Have always been overweight and have gotten to the point were I'm FINALLY serious about losing it. I live in the Los Angeles area, work out at 24 hour fitness so if anyone is looking for a workout buddy send me a note Wed, 21 May 2008 20:40:00 EST Story We're going to work on a story. I'll start with a sentence and part of another one. Then someone else finishes the sentence and starts another one; then someone else will add to the story by finishing the sentence and so forth. Remember we have to keep it clean. <BR> <BR> <BR> The room was dark when he came in from the rainy night. He could feel Wed, 21 May 2008 20:36:22 EST Hello Everyone I am ready to loose! I am hoping to get back on my weight loss. I have a difficult time sticking to my goals. I have never belonged to a group for support so this will be a new adventure for me. Thanks to everyone for being there. Together I am positive we will get it done. <BR> Wed, 21 May 2008 19:29:30 EST Hello to you all Hi all. Just signed up and WOW is there a lot of stuff to read thru. It's seems a little overwhelming. I look forwarding to diving in and learning from, getting support from and giving support to all of you. Wed, 21 May 2008 17:57:08 EST Greetings! Hi everyone. I joined last week and am really enjoying the site so far. I haven't used the posts until now. It seems like I'm one of the only men on this team... Well, regardless, I'm still glad to be a part of it and I hope you all keep focused on your goals with me. <BR> <BR> - Dan Wed, 21 May 2008 17:15:39 EST Weight chart Hi I have a quick question for anybody that would like to help. I have noticed on a lot of peoples comments a weight chart showing where you started, where you are at and your goal weight. How do I get that? Wed, 21 May 2008 14:38:30 EST So new Hello everyone. My name is Justine. I am a 26 year old mother and wife. I work full time and go to School part time. So I obviously do not have much time to squeeze in exercise everyday. I have purchased an at home exercise program for me and my husband. Hopefully with us both doing it, it will keep me focused. For right now I am just working on not eating out anymore and drinking water. I am also trying to park far away from places and take stairs whenever possible. Baby steps for me for now... Wed, 21 May 2008 13:52:51 EST I just saw this today I have done 10 sets so far today. <BR> <BR> I just have one thing to say I am new and between the wall pushups and drinking enough water to float a barge I seem to have spent half the day in the bathroom! Ha ha! Wed, 21 May 2008 13:35:17 EST Just wanted to say hi I am new here. Hope to get to know all of you better. Wed, 21 May 2008 13:29:16 EST Riddles For those of us who like riddles, here's one to try: <BR> <BR> Screaming, soaring / seeking sky <BR> Flowers of fire / flying high <BR> Eastern art / from ancient time <BR> Name me now / and solve this rhyme <BR> Wed, 21 May 2008 13:28:45 EST Newbie from FL Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined last week and have already lost 4 pounds from just tracking what I ate. Gotta love that! So, this week I have started incorporating exercise. Wed, 21 May 2008 12:54:45 EST How is everyone? Good Afternoon all, <BR> <BR> I am new and wanted to say hello. I have spent the last week getting acquainted with the website, and let me say the information is great. I actually lost over 50 pounds on my own and have maintained it for over a year. I still have a ways to go because I stated out being obese. So I wanted something that was refreshing and would help me stick with my goals. So hello and I look forward to chatting with you all! Wed, 21 May 2008 12:49:05 EST Hello! I joined last week and just learned to post. So here I am and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and getting in shape! I have done pretty ok my first 3 days, but I will need some encouragement. <BR> <BR> Go team! Have a great day! <BR> <BR> ~Lori Wed, 21 May 2008 09:34:39 EST CONFESSION TIME I CHEATED ON MY DIET...I had a Mcdonalds double cheeseburger yesterday for supper..and yes, I went over my calorie limit. I felt horrible afterwards. I got really down about it. But I woke up this morning and decided that I wasn't going to let a cheeseburger stop me. I will meet my goal weight. I will be a healthier person. I can do this. <BR> Today I got back on track. I even started doing the wall pushup challenge. I can do this!!! Wed, 21 May 2008 09:28:57 EST I;m new I signed into Spark people the week of may 4th to the 11th and was assigned to that team. I didn't actually begin the whole process until Mon the 12th, so I really feel that I belong to this SP class and not the previous week!!! So I hope everyone doesn't mind that I switched classes!!! <em>58</em> Wed, 21 May 2008 07:50:01 EST Questions This game is really neat and is suggested by team member Curiousblack. We start out with a question and then the next person will answer with another question. Here goes: <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you want to play Questions? Wed, 21 May 2008 07:42:45 EST What could you find ... ... in your refrigerator A-Z <BR> <BR> A - asparagus Wed, 21 May 2008 07:03:04 EST