SparkPeople SP Class of June 4 - 9, 2008 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20403 This team is for all new members who joined SP June 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 4 - 9, 2008 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20403 Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x49251364 Hello Sparkers! I'm finally getting it together after all this time. I choose to live and do better. I am getting serious about my weight lost and my health. One day and step at a time. I will get this done! With God all things are possible.... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:47:28 EST female 42 needs to be more motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x49242756 I work full-time and by the time I get home I'm tired and don't feel like doing anything else. I cook dinner and wash dishes and then watch tv. I'm stuck in a rutt that I created myself and I don't know how to get out of it. I need more energy to get things done. Any suggestions? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:11:58 EST KMBonHERway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x46387045 Looking for any encouragement or real-life stories to keep me motivated to lose 46 pounds! So tired of being tired. I walk 20 minutes a day @ lunch, attend a yoga class weekly and have a gym membership, but on most days I don't drive to the gym! My biggest obstacle is evening binge-eating. Main goal is to lose pounds to be healthier, but planning a trip to Hawaii later this year and would love to be wearing smaller sizes and not have to constantly worry about how my stomach looks! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:20:20 EST Help! I need to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x44401741 I need to lose weight and get my type 2 diabetes under control. I am 49 years old but i cannot exercise due to having MS and spinal stenosis, (both cervical and lumbar)is there something out there that can help me? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:57:57 EST Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x41268030 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Here's something that this team has never had: a general "chat" thread. Is anybody interested in a daily check-in just to say hello or get to know each other better? I hope so! I'll start.....please join in and check in as often as you like! <BR> <BR> Today I was not happy to wake up to a winter wonderland. Mother Nature had played a cruel joke....and I wasn't laughing! Much of it melted today, but we are still blanketed in about an inch of the white stuff. It may g... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:34:52 EST Food Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x40946785 Does anyone still use the Food tracker? I quit using it after I was able to figure out everything on my own. Also, Do you think we should alway's keep using it? <BR> <BR> Holla Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:56:01 EST Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x40760082 What does your diet consist of? Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:20:29 EST How Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x40757699 How much weight have you lost since being on SP? <BR> Me?, I've lost 87 pounds Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:41:59 EST Challenged Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x40757268 Any suggestions for a challenged???? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:15:52 EST What makes you happy???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x40757227 List things that make you happy. Example, Weight loss, how much. What did you do today that mad you happy? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:13:43 EST INTORDUCE YOURSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x40755960 My name is Bill and I have been married for almost 6 years. I have 8 children, (YEAH) I live in Memphis, Tn. where I have been a Police Officer for 28 years and I love my job and being in Memphis and will probably never leave. Other interesting things about me.... I love Baseball, cooking, singing (Mostly in the shower) and gardening. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for over 3 years now and though I lost 87 pounds, I am still working on getting to my weight goal at the same place I was when I fi... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:09:28 EST BASIC TEAM INFORMATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x40755648 Hi everyone. I assumed leadership of this team to give both information and support to those who are trying to lose weight and get healthy and to change your diet. Eating healthy is great for losing weight but also helpful in so many other ways such as more energy, and living longer healthier lives. Eating healthy has also known to get rid of health issues such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, diabetes and even cancer. <BR> <BR> I have read about people who both lost a lot of weight by eatin... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:54:12 EST March 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x40689301 I am the new leader. Who's still here with me? Give a shout! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:10:30 EST Play Spark Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x40689231 How many times did you play spark trivia this week? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:03:31 EST Where are you from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x40689111 Would love to see where everyone is from around the world. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 05:43:15 EST 2011 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x40689042 Anyone? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 05:32:41 EST Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x37099856 Hello all, <BR> I have been struggling with weight loss for the past 10 years. I would like to finally overcome this burden and lose 40 lbs in the process. Which me luck! Mon, 4 Oct 2010 11:49:47 EST Hello I am new to message boards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x37002753 I started on this journey in earnest on Aug 24, 2010. My goals are simply to learn portion control so I can lose the excess weight and stay at a healthy weight for life. I would like to be able to communicate with other people who have similiar goals. I am also enjoying the recipes I have found on this site so many great ones. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:18:18 EST Anyone still here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x35823441 Wondering if we have anyone still active on the boards. I have been active now for 2 years and am approaching the last trophy. Don't know what I will do when I accomplish that in a few months. Is anyone else in the same predicament? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 21:02:20 EST Looking for running/jogging partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x33877927 Hi, my name is Karam and I'm trying to find my motivation to get in shape again through others that have the same desire. If anyone lives locally and would like to start a running group with me, please let me know. Thank you & happy Monday to all! Mon, 3 May 2010 12:39:49 EST May Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x33801963 Hey everybody....April is nearly over already. How did that happen? Time for a new challenge! <BR> <BR> For May, let's amp up the fitness! Whatever your personal routine is, let's increase it by 10% for the entire month of May. <BR> <BR> If you are used to exercising for one hour per day, this means that you'll be adding an extra 6 minutes. Anybody can do that, right? Maybe in June we'll up it by another 5%, etc....before we know it, we'll be posting some serious numbers! Of course, t... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:52:43 EST March Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x32312629 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Let's extend February's challenge through March and see if we can see some movement on those tape measures one month from today!! <BR> <BR> Did anybody see a change after the 3 weeks of doing this challenge in February? Personally I didn't, but then again, I sort of fell off the wagon midway through. <BR> <BR> Anyway, week of March 1-6: Work that core! Let's make it at least 4 days this week. <BR> <BR> Week of March 7-13: Lower body week! <BR> <BR> Week of March ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:29:41 EST February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x31749876 Hi Team! I hope you are all enjoying February so far. But it's time for a new challenge! For the next three weeks, let's mix up our fitness routine a little. Be sure to record key measurements before we start, then go over and above your normal workout in the following ways: <BR> <BR> Week of Feb.7-13: Work that core! Do something extra to work your core at least 3 times this week, and report back here! <BR> <BR> Week of Feb.14-20: Upper Body week! Try something new and different for ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 19:02:58 EST 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x30654086 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here's the place to list your short-term goals and your 2010 overall long-term goals. (Resolutions if you will!) Also, this is where you can brag a bit when your goals are met, vent a little when things aren't going quite as planned, and update the team with your progress along the way. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:52:35 EST Maintaining through the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x30302258 OK, here we go! This could be the hardest 3 weeks to stay on track in the entire year, but we can do it! It's 2 weeks until Christmas, it's already Hanukkah, it's less than 3 weeks until New Years Resolution time.....you want to slip back into your old habits, but don't let it get you down! <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge for the rest of December: post on this thread daily (or as often as you can...) and tell us what you've done to fight temptation and maintain through the holidays! <BR> <... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 01:41:14 EST Sparkiversary Week Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x30165415 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Here's a feel-good challenge for our 1.5 year sparkiversary week! <BR> <BR> Take a moment daily and reach out to congratulate a teammate on their progress. Even better, make it someone you haven't gotten to know yet! You can do this by leaving a message on their page, sending Spark Mail, or surprising them with a goodie. <BR> <BR> Let's all do something to make someone feel good today! <BR> <BR> Have a great week! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 01:30:18 EST Water, Water, Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x30065721 OK everybody, the challenge for the first week in December is to make or beat your water-drinking goal. My personal goal is 10 cups per day, which means I have to drink that as a minimum. <BR> <BR> So, what's your water goal for the week? <BR> <BR> p.s. it's ok to keep huddling too :o) Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:13:38 EST One Interesting Fact about Me: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x30020650 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> We've been together for well over a year now, but we really don't know each other very well at all! Please list one interesting fact about yourself on this thread. You can submit more than one fact--every time you visit the team page, or even daily! <BR> <BR> Let's get to know one another! Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:19:04 EST New to this and scared all at the same time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x29888971 Hi, my name is Linda and I am from Montana. My husband and I have been married for 25 years and were blessed with three beautiful children, ages 19, 22 and 23. We also adopted three children ages 14, 16, and 17. Those three have caused a lot of stress in our family. <BR> <BR> I have lots of weight to lose and I am going to try sparks people to see if it will help keep me on track. Any suggestions anyone has to get me in the right direction I would really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Linda Sat, 21 Nov 2009 17:53:42 EST Huddle Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x29888145 OK Everybody, let's ease into the holiday season slowly. The pre-Thanksgiving challenge is to leave a message on the huddle wall every day this week. Let's motivate each other to stay on track during one of the most challenging weeks of the year. <BR> <BR> Are you with me? Then Huddle Up!!! Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:55:01 EST Answer it and ask another http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x29611374 I saw this on another Spark Team and thought I would add it here. Simple...Just answer the question and add another question for the next person. They don't need to be related at all. Just random questions to get to know each other a little better. <BR> <BR> Which holiday is your favorite? Sun, 8 Nov 2009 18:55:03 EST New here... sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x28688671 I have been reading blogs and articles here for a while now but am finally getting to making a page and introducing myself. So, hi, here I am! Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:02:14 EST Back on the wagon again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x27029297 Hi everyone - I'm attempting this yet again. Each time I do a little bit more and hopefully take away a few more good habits. My son has challenged me to exercise with him for 8 weeks. So far we're doing great and he's a great little motivator. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:10:50 EST With what team ARE you the most active? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x24005230 I must admit, I don't post here often... but I post every day on the Fab 40's team. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone from our class is doing well and moving towards (or maintaining) their goal. <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:18:37 EST Hi All! I'm new & have a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x22926338 Hi All, <BR> I'm Glenda from San Diego and have been using the Spark program for 2 weeks now. So far, I love it! I do have a question, though. How do I enter my physical activity, if it is different from what the program recommends? I do Power Yoga twice a week with a private trainer, and it is really intense, but I cannot find a way to enter the minutes or the activity. I have watched the tutorial and tried a couple of things, but all to no avail. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:12:27 EST Lost another 4 inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x21936036 I have lost another 4 inches in a month. The scale has remained the same but I will take the inches. <em>9</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:21:25 EST new user name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x21484558 FYI - Did you realize you can find your Spark page with a google search of your user name? For that reason I’ll be changing my user name but by my profile photo is the same. It's not a problem if your user name is code, but if you use identifiable information as your user ID, a simple google of that ID lists your spark page, posts, etc. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 08:25:31 EST Something to think about .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x20581117 Howdy -- sorry i haven't been around too much lately. Check out my blog for today (sunday) to see why. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, wanted to at least send something inspirational, so here goes: <BR> <BR> Something to think about: <BR> <BR> 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. <BR> <BR> 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. <BR> <BR> 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. <BR> <BR> 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 13:43:18 EST What percentage of your weight have you lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19771573 38% Wed, 29 Oct 2008 20:16:23 EST How many of us are active on the site today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19386726 1 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:09:37 EST Completely fallen off the wagon..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19377419 I was doing really well this summer, but then work started (I teach) and my life got crazy. I belong to the Y here but haven't gone in a couple weeks. I told myself two weeks ago I was going to make it a priority and go at least 4 times a week, but then I've been out of town on the weekends and too tired/busy to do it during the work week. I've also been eating pretty much whatever I want. I don't have time to cook myself a big meal and living alone, I don't really see the point of spendi... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:31:19 EST Hi new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x19163789 <BR> wanted to join your team <BR> wats going on done being <BR> fat tired of being fat <BR> don't want to be fat <BR> look at skinny girls & <BR> THEY MAKE ME SICK YUK <em>15</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2008 11:56:05 EST NEWSBREAK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19140894 This Friday, October 10, SparkPeople’s very own Coach Nicole will be doing a live radio/podcast interview with Debbie Allen. You can listen live online at www.OnTheHomeStretch.com, but we’re also encouraging our members to call in with questions for Nicole, who is planning to talk about overcoming plateaus, getting fit on the cheap, and deciding whether you need a personal trainer. The number to call in LIVE is 877-474-3302. Nicole will be on from 10:30 AM to 10:57 AM (Eastern Time); so be su... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 17:07:46 EST Steps to happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19065972 Steps to happiness <BR> <BR> You can't be all things to all people. <BR> You can't do all things at once. <BR> You can't do all things equally well. <BR> You can't do all things better than everyone else. <BR> Your humanity is showing, just like everyone else's <BR> <BR> So: <BR> You have to find out who you are and be that. <BR> You have to decide what comes first and do that. <BR> You have to discover your strengths and use them. <BR> You have to learn not to compete with others. Because ... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 06:38:39 EST Strategies to Beat the Holiday Weight Gain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x19039232 In the past, I have been very good about dieting and exercising in the summer. I teach and have summers off..so I guess diet and exercise are like hobbies. Now that halloween candy is here...chocolate in bite size pieces..soon to be followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas...What are some strategies you use to keep the weight lost off during this time?&#13;&#10;I really could use the advice! Fri, 3 Oct 2008 19:11:30 EST Fact or fiction anyone know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x18932911 Recently I was at GNC purchasing some things and got into a conversation with the very fit and healthy looking sales man there. I explained I was stalled on my weight loss and he asked me a few questions - he said - I should stop eating my breakfast before i work out and instead - have some protein powder in water and maybe a few egg whites - rather than the fruit smoothie I have with oatmeal and protien powder... he said I should begin to lose faster that way because I am not burning off car... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:57:34 EST Back, after 6 weeks "off" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x18913799 I recently returned home from a 6 week visit with my parents in GA. They live in the middle of no where, dirt road, and no parks or trails nearby. I took this as an excuse to slack off...and have spent the past 6 weeks eating WAY more than I should, and not working out. Now, I am back home and wanting to get back into the swing of things, but I keep putting it off...anyone experienced anything like this? I need a little motivation today... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:50:53 EST How is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x18449884 Just checking in to say I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Sat, 13 Sep 2008 16:08:56 EST habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x18231171 Congratulations, Team! We've been at this for nearly three months, and should be proud of the positive changes we've made. <BR> <BR> They say it takes about a month for a behavior to establish itself as a habit, so after all this time I'm wondering, even if you gave up SP today, what old, bad habits do you think are gone from your life for good? And the flip side, what new habits do you think are really going to stick with you? <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> - I've given up soda for good. ... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 08:17:21 EST What is your favorite quote? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x18093133 For me it is: "Make the moments matter. For the memories you give, will be with them forever." <BR> <BR> This quote is from a card someone once gave me and it is something that I try to live by. As a kid growing up, I have so many fond memories from my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. It is because of this that I had decided to become a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters. I wanted to share the experiences I had as a child with someone else and it has been a very rewarding ... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 22:39:54 EST Let's see how many of us are active today--I'm #1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x18054565 I'm #1! <em>213</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2008 02:25:14 EST down 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x18004640 Down three from last week. It's hapening, slowly but really happening. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:10:00 EST What am I doing wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17861763 I am sticking to my diet religiously. I can have between 1200 and 1550 calories a day, and I haven't deviated from it. Lately, I've been falling closer to the 1500 than the 1200, I admit, but its been over two weeks since my last weigh in and I've lost a crummy half a pound. What should I do? Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:32:44 EST Hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17852174 I am just wondering if anyone else never feels hungry? I eat 5 or 6 times a day, small things, banana, yogurt, etc. I usually eat about 1300 calories, but my nutritional goal says I should eat about 1800. <BR> I have read many blogs, posts where people say that they have eaten too much, over their calorie intake for the day. And I ponder to myself, Is this because they are hungry or are they bored? <BR> I am just not understanding, and I hope some of you can give me a little insight. <BR> ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:50:37 EST Temporary absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17718384 I'm going to be off the net for a little bit ... My trip to Boston (for a friend's medical appt. SNUCK UP on me!). We leave Sunday afternoon and will be back sometime Monday. Sorry for the short notice, but i'll be back monday p.m. <BR> CU <BR> Keep SPARKin' <BR> DEC Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:34:20 EST FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17697252 <em>244</em> I got blood work redone on Monday and my liver function test (the one that the doctor was worried about more than my borderline high cholesterol) came back NORMAL!!! All the hard work the past 2 months with the very low fat diet (9-12g Saturated, less than 40 overall *I think*) have paid off and I am so excited!! I am seeing a dietitian again on Tuesday and I'm excited to see what she says/if she changes anything. I am only allowed 2 visits (I'm on an HMO, boo) and this will be... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:43:39 EST Finally moved to Stage 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17607605 I was in a funk for the past 2 weeks, feeling all sorry for myself, etc. But today I finally decided that I was ready for Stage 3 and ready to start applying all we have learned! Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:45:36 EST This site looks fun! Exercise .lbl.gov http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17567882 I saw this on another sparkers blog and thought I would share it. It lets you virtually walk across the USA. I just signed up, it looks fun. <BR> <BR> Exercise.lbl.gov <BR> <BR> Enjoy Mon, 11 Aug 2008 08:38:56 EST Stop, Weight a Minute!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17481551 Hello super mates! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Share with us in this thread something positive that happened in your life (family, job, career, education, trips, pets, hobbies, events, invitations, health, you name it!), which is NOT related to your weight, diet, or food. Here's a place to share with your fellow mates something that happened (or that didn't happen) and you're thrilled to bits about it. <BR> <BR> Please note: In order to keep this thread like a bulletin board for extraord... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 02:46:31 EST Come on, give me a little MORE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x17458068 This is the new CHALLENGE thread ... <BR> The challenge is up to YOU ... you know what is a "little more" for you, what is a true challenge. <BR> Push just a little ... Whatever it is, do it "for the team" <BR> ... an extra half mile walked or biked, an extra 20 minutes yoga, an extra portion of veggies or fruit in a day, or, if you're just starting out - Do 5 more minutes of cardio than you're accustomed to, or 5 more reps of strength training. <BR> Whatever you want, it's up to you ... ... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 10:59:06 EST I sang to a ninja because I'm cool like that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x17437770 What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-----I yelled at <BR> December-----I ran over <BR> <BR> Pick the day (number) yo... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 18:01:43 EST New Kid in the Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x17257318 Hello, my name is April and yes I am new here. I am getting married in April of this coming up year and then going to the bahamas so I need to drop some pounds. I haven't ordered my dress yet because I don't want to order is in a size 14. I really like what Spark has to offer to it's members and the support you all offer. I need to lose about 25 pounds to make my goal. I live right next to the school and have been walking/jogging the track each night after work and I put my whole house on... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:24:07 EST Get your ask in gear Thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17254662 DownEastCajun Came up with some great ideas for fun threads : <BR> <BR> The GOYAAM (get of your a$$ and move) team has a neat thing ... it's called GIVE ME MORE ... <BR> pick one "extra" thing you're going to do that day SPECIFICALLY for the team challenge ... it can be anything ... <BR> an extra mile walked or biked, an extra 10 minutes yoga, an extra portion of veggies or fruit in a day, extra water, whatever. It's up to the individual poster. I think it fosters a "team" spirit and also... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:46:06 EST Love it or hate it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17254593 Out door cycling <BR> <BR> LOVE it! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:43:48 EST Always getting hurt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17252890 Hey teammates, <BR> <BR> I'm finding that whenever I try a new activity, I get hurt. For example, I played softball two days ago. Now granted, I expected to feel soreness because of the muscles I used to bat and throw that I haven't used in a very long time. I'm okay with that. But I had to have pulled a muscle in my foot. It hurts to walk on it. I'm waiting it out for a few days to see if it goes away, but it's just annoying. It seems like everytime I try something new I hurt myself. What's... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:50:25 EST Ready for stage 3? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17242738 I noticed that this is the 6th week of stage 2 for me and that means that stage 3 is right around the corner. I was ready for stage 2 but I am not sure about stage 3 yet. Any have similar concerns? Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:02:11 EST Feedback on your team needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x17131221 Hi everyone - My vacation time has ended and I am back full time - I hope everyone is well. <BR> <BR> I wanted to let everyone know that my co - lead CSonia has left the Spark due to a family issue - it happened while I was away and the timing was unfortunate but you cannot plan family emergencies. <BR> <BR> My purpose for this thread is to find out what you would like to have stickied on the boards. I can change this to your needs - so if you have seen soemthing you liked elsewhere and th... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:28:17 EST baby fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16958104 hi all just wanted to say i am going to baby fit for now. <em>79</em> going miss you all <em>46</em> but check my page once a week Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:41:27 EST Anyone else realize they have... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16942659 Thunder thighs - not from fat, but from real muscle? <BR> Elbows - instead of doughy lumps where elbows are supposed to be? <BR> One chin - like God intended instead of the two or more I have been sporting for soooo long? <BR> <BR> I was hung up on the fact my waist doesn't seem to be shrinking as fast, and my clothes don't seem to be getting looser as fast as I would like or as much as I think they should... <BR> <BR> That I missed these wonderful changes! I think I need to stop obsessing ... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:10:31 EST Any one else blown it lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16899167 I don't even want to track what I ate yesterday - let's just say Taco Bell and McDonald's got visits from me last night - what in the world is wrong with me? I want to lose weight, and I am working out, but at night I am ready for some fatty foods...help!!! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 11:20:44 EST Need Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16877202 Ugh, so I have pretty much been avoiding my computer for weeks now. This isn't one of those "I have been so busy, life is chaotic, a tragedy happened" kind of things. I have no excuse for jumping off my "new lifestyle". I have been feeling really guilty, which has been making me eat more, and of coarse just having a free for all of anything I want. I don't even want to update my weight scale because it took such a short time to gain quite a bit of weight back, I have been losing since las... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 15:36:15 EST Who is up for a CHALLENGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x16832496 <em>24</em> UHU...I know its hot and sticky out side and some of us has gotten no rain some has gotten too much rain and some of us are in between..lol... <BR> <BR> Well I saw this on another site and thought it could be fun, remember everything is for fun..Lets try to aim for 2 pounds this week. I hope some will join me.. <BR> <BR> READY! <BR> To make this week a little more interesting, we are going to climb! <BR> <BR> Yep the Washington Monument...228 stairs to the top = 33 steps a ... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:57:24 EST Really stressed out and want to keep eating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16776039 Both of my paternal grandparents are in the hospital. It is pretty apparent that my grandma is dying. She has stage 4 lung cancer (and has for awhile), congestive heart failure, her kidneys are failing, fluid in her lungs, she's having difficulty breathing... things are just not good. My grandpa is in ICU because he had a heart attack about a week ago, he was on a ventilator, but got taken off a couple days ago because he was breathing really well on his own. He's looking good. My Grandma has... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:36:09 EST Appetite changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16713631 I have been working out every day for the past 5 days and have only skipped one day in the past 8 days. My curiousity is that the past 2 days I have been starvng. Usually, I stay to the lower end of my calorie range and am fine. The past 2 days, that has just not been doing it. Is this in my head or has anyone else experienced an appetite spike when exercising more? Should I increase my calories or just retrain myself back down to 1200-1300? Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:05:11 EST Challenge JULY 14-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x16692727 <em>215</em> Hello there Team Mates! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> What a great weekend it was! Lots of walking...Lungs were so happy for me to get out and walk and breath the fresh air.. <em>104</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> So here we are another new week, lets pump it up some,20 each. Also make sure that you add your salad to dinner, rainbow one! <BR> This week I challenge you, to keep walking the 10,000 steps a day and lets add some more stuff to it, like walk side ways (slowly)right then left, th... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:30:53 EST Challenge JULY 14-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16692682 opps wrong spot! <em>213</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:29:28 EST Help with Hiking advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16683525 I've recently joined a hiking group and this weekend we went on a 5 mile hike. I was good for the first four miles, but the last mile just about did me in. I drank about 50 oz of water during the hike and had a bowl of ceral for breakfast before hand. Any suggestions on a better breakfast before hand? I needed a little bit more energy and I've another 5 mile hike this Saturday. <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:47:18 EST What has changed the most for you in the past mo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16678340 I was sitting here thinking about how much has changed since I joined Spark and made the commitment to change my life. I feel so much stronger, look forward to working out, and am proud of myself for doing this. <BR> <BR> What about you guys? What has changed for you? Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:20:44 EST What do you do when you can't track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16639815 I try to get on here everyday to track my calories for the day and my exercise. I actually try to get on somewhere mid-day so I know how much I've eaten so far and how many calories I can consume the remainder of the day so I don't go over. But between work and appointments and other things going on, like moving right now, some days I just can't get online at all. How do you guys keep track of calories when you can't track them here? I've tried to do it mentally or manually on-the-go but ... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 16:40:57 EST WEEKEND CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x16623093 July 11, <BR> <em>244</em> I AM BACK! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Its FRIDAY!! The weekend has come! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Happy late 4th of July! <em>244</em> LOL <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> So what are you planning this weekend? I am going to walk,walk, walk and work on the garden at my en laws house. <BR> <BR> I challenge you guys to <em>231</em> walk 10,000 steps Saturday and Sunday...Yes I know thats alot but you can do it! <BR> Dont forget to <em>274</em> drink up on your H20..l... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 22:32:45 EST Hi team...feeling down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16572126 Hello all. I've been off the site for about a week now. I've got a lot going on and just feeling really disconnected. Just wanted to reach out and let folks now that I need support and motivation right now. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:17:37 EST Weight loss tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16532688 What are some tricks that people are using to help with portion control and healthy eating? I switched to eating exclusively off of salad plates and I have a huge salad with just about every meal. It gives the feeling that you are eating a lot without adding that many calories. What are other people doing that works for them? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 08:13:12 EST An article from Yahoo.com about self acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16503352 My Dad sent me this article and it really hit home for me. Let me know what you think!! <BR> <BR> http://health.yahoo.com/experts/rockertr<BR>aining/11012/accepting-yourself-is-the<BR>-first-step-to-success/ Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:27:18 EST New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16477622 Hello everyone! My name is Sue, and i'm 20. I joined spark people last month, but have not officially "started" this lifestyle change until today. I'm serious, determined, and ready to make a change! <BR> <BR> I'm excited about this team, and looking forward to it! Thanks! Mon, 7 Jul 2008 14:52:37 EST Points wheel on July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x16402327 Today when I went to spin the wheel there was an exercise DVD listed with the points. So I spun the wheel and it landed on the DVD. Has anyone ever won one of these before? I was just wondering what kind of DVD it is. Is it a walking or aerobic one? Can't wait to use in in 3-4 weeks. What a nice addition to the points wheel. Happy 4th to all. Fri, 4 Jul 2008 10:42:08 EST Favorite foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16347850 What are everyone's favorite foods that they have tried to give up (or at least cut back on) and what do you replace it with when you get a craving? One of my favorites is ice cream and I have substituted fat free yogurt that I throw in the freezer for 45 min. before I eat it. It makes it cold and creamy. Yummy! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 11:47:35 EST Almost needed the panic button! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16340864 Hey there! Well, this is a story of me going over my calories almost to the point of indulgence... and then wanting dessert to make it that much worse. My husband (who's skinny-ninny) was begging for dessert. So, I opted to go out and get something for the two of us. I had every intention of going to DQ- but, the cost of gas and our hurting pocket kept me from doing that. I decided to go to the grocery store... I perused through the bakery and couldn't find anything that hit my fancy. I... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:28:56 EST Please advice: I am on a weight loss plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x16338587 Hi, I am on a weight loss plateau at the moment. I am looking for all support I can get. Please advice me from your own experience what should I do? It really is a Killer to deal with. I am looking forward to hear from you guys. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 2 Jul 2008 06:21:29 EST Weight loss to date for SP class of June 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16337172 Hi fellow class mates. I am curious as to how much weight others have lost at this point. It has been a few weeks for those of us who joined june 8-14th. I would like to see how well we have done. I have lost 6 lbs so far. What about you. <em>252</em> ... <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:24:44 EST On the way to my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16325828 Hello my name is Laura I have been on sparkpeople for 3 weeks and now am starting my 4th week. I have lost 5lbs and 3 1/2 inches in my waist I look forward in being apart of this team and I am glad that I found a team that began when I did thank you. Laura Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:44:16 EST Sonia needs our support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16321653 Hi all - I just got an email that CSonia's grandfather passed away - and her mother is due in for surgery tomorrow, lets be sure to show our support on her page when we can! <BR> <BR> I have been so busy with work - we have new fellows incoming this week and last and I have been barely able to keep up - after this weekend - things will be back to normal for me - so I will be hitting your pages on a regular basis again and checkin up on you all - if you need me before then - be sure to holler... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 15:14:19 EST the power of smell, food and memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16320193 ok I was right in the middle of cutting up a mini watermelon when I took a big whiff of it! really breathed it in. and the first thing that came to my mind was childhood memories of sitting outside with my cousins eating watermelon at the pool or beach. and that got me thinking about how much of my over eating or eating of high caloric foods has to do with the memories that the certain food is associated with in my head. so I am going to make a list of the foods I crave and write down why. is... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:21:39 EST Not enough of carbs, fat and protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16319770 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a question, I hope someone can help me. I started entering my food in the nutrition part, hell of a job, entering all those new Dutch foods. <BR> <BR> But my problem is that I see now that I stay far below the amount of protein I need. For example, I need 60-something and I just had 40 today(it's already evening here). Is that bad? I've once heard it's important you get enough. I'm about 900 under the calories I need. I'm also under the amount of fat I need ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:09:01 EST Would you let your 16 yr old daugter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16298205 Turning to my spark team for a little reassurance that I'm not the worst parent in the world. <BR> <BR> Here's the question.... Would you let your 16 year old daughter go out and "walk the strip" on panama city beach at 11:00pm??? <BR> <BR> I'm being treated like an ogre by my daughter and her friends while we're on vacation here. Because we (the parents) wouldn't let them go out at night, dressed like hoochie-mamas to walk the strip. She's vicious and hurtful when she doesn't get what s... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 21:42:42 EST twisted knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16277371 Ok I went on vacation last week and by the end of it I blew my whole progress. I gained back the two pounds I had lost and didn't do much cardio or strength training the whole week. <BR> <BR> Now I'm back and online and I'm gearing up for starting over. My only problem is I twisted my knee on Saturday. Do I just avoid my cardio stuff until it heals completely or is there something else I can so I don't skip another whole week. <BR> <BR> Thanks ladies. Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:06:23 EST Scale Dilemma! What would you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16251705 So I usually weigh myself once a week, on Sunday mornings. So I was at my in-laws this weekend and weighed myself this morning on their scale. I had lost .2lbs (YAYAYYAYYA). So then I got home. And weighed myself on my scale. It said I had lost 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> So do I use my scale, since its the one I've been using? Or use theirs, which may be more accurate?!?!?! Sun, 29 Jun 2008 11:45:14 EST Being sick stinks :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16203525 So I woke up this morning and felt terrible. I pushed myself to go to work and now, I feel worse than imaginable. Uggggh, all I want is comfort food but we all know how terrrrrible that can be! *sigh* <BR> <BR> *begins the BRAT diet* mmm broth, rice, apple sauce and tea. :( Fri, 27 Jun 2008 14:39:29 EST Scale Frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16190220 So, I know that you should not weigh yourself every day because weight will fluctuate, but it was so addicting the first 2 weeks when every time I got on the scale I was done something...even .2 lbs would make me ecstatic (total loss after 2 weeks was 6.2 lbs). But now I am just very frustrated. I weighed myself on Wed and I was up a lb, I blamed the salt in the chinese I had, but today I weight myself and I was up another .8 lbs. that means I basically gained back everything I lost the se... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:50:21 EST New summer sports - hmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x16166308 <link>www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/1<BR>5922 </link> <BR> <BR> Wife carrying?! LOL Number 5! Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:33:42 EST HI there Team mates.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16165619 OOps...Wrong Spot.....so sorry Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:11:52 EST Confused about diet steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16158451 I just got bumped to stage 2 and am a little unclear as to what that means. It says that I will begin to use the 6 healthy habits, but I thought I already was. Also, how do you track those habits besides entering in your food log and fitness log? Any insight would be great! Sorry if this is a silly question. Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:35:05 EST Did anyone see the Rachael Ray Show today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16138712 I don't usually get to see it most days because of my classes, but I caught it this morning. It had Bob Greene on it and a couple other ladies who have lost alot of weight. The one woman has lost 180 lbs. Boy is that wonderful. What an inspiration she is. She is still losing weight and looking great. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 15:33:59 EST what's your angle?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16132554 I'm just wondering what everyone plan of action is for summer...you know the holidays, the camping trips.....maybe no computer. Are you going to track nutrition on paper, make menu plans, walk everyday? I thought maybe we could pool some ideas of what you will do to maintain what you've been working so hard for as some of us might be stepping away from the comfort zone of spark people! I feel nervous as i do well when I'm around here and all of you, but what about stepping out into the real w... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 12:20:59 EST I am here and the weight is on the way off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16120573 Hi to everyone, My name is George and I am from Labrador in Canada. I am 42 and I am married to a great lady. I have two beautiful girls. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with the weight issue for most of my life. I have reached a point where I have to make a change and a drastic change. I am presently 340 lbs and my goal is to loose 140 lbs. WOW.....I feel right about it this time and have chosen to use Spark People to help me....... <BR> <BR> I made it through the first day and on day 2 ... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 06:41:51 EST MUSIC!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16106326 What kind of music do you like to listen to when you work out? I like putting music on my mp3 player or burning cd's. Would like some suggestions for songs that keep the heart rate up! Tue, 24 Jun 2008 16:36:30 EST Hello from Mi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16097017 Hi all, <BR> My name is nanc and I live in Michigan. I have Les, my DH and also Emily almost 18 and Connor who is 14 as well as 4 gorgeous doggie girls who make up our family. I have done WW several times and always end up going out on my own and gaining the weight back. I turned 55 on Friday and just realized that I NEED to lose this weight...for myself. I haven't even made a SparkPage yet but will do thatlater today. I admit to being a bit overwhelemed by the enormity of this site but ... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 11:45:35 EST Anyone moving on to step 2 yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16089117 Just wondering...I am thinking it's time Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:00:29 EST Is Quaker Oatmeal In Danger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16084481 I've been a member of a website for 6 years and came across a post in the general chatter forum that has prompted me to do some investigating. I plan on sending an email to our local CBS station, but in the mean time, thought I would share what this member told us: <BR> <BR> "You may have seen the recent flooding in Iowa on the news. Well, Cedar Rapids is home to the largest cereal mill in the world- Quaker Oats. Quaker was flooded and the damage can't be assessed until the water goes down.... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:55:22 EST Childhood Character? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x16072094 What Childhood Character do you associtate yourself with?? Me, I am a little tea pot, I am short,round in the middle, and I have a temper!!LOL Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:20:14 EST Challenge June 24-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x16047672 <BR> <em>185</em> Hello Team Mates: <BR> Sorry that I am late, here is this weeks challenge. <BR> Always remember this is for fun nothing is mandatory at all. <BR> <BR> 1. Spark Page someones page 3 times this week just <BR> say hello or say a positive comment. <BR> <BR> 2. Try a new fruit this week. <BR> <BR> 3. Take your daily vit and take water in take. <BR> <BR> 4. Shoulder Press: <BR> You can use any dumbbell or can that yo have at <BR> home. I use soup cans. <BR> St... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:47:35 EST Anxiety... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16033935 First, I have to say that weekends suck! Friday night, we took our three-year old to Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone, and of course, I had to get a Heath Blizzard, Kid sized, of course...but still. Yesterday, we went to my Mom & Dad's place to go swimming and also had a cookout. My husband bought these giant porterhouse steaks and I ate one (530 calories). I only went over my calories by about 100 on Friday and 30 yesterday, thanks to the salad I eat every day for lunch probably, but I ... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 10:55:31 EST Negative inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16032730 ok so I am usually a very positive person. I can almost always see the brightside to things. however, I was thinking the other day in the shower about some of the benifits loosing weight will have and in poured all of these NEGATIVE thoughts and memories and I thought Id share some of them, after all thats part of the journey right? expression? ok here goes: <BR> <BR> a few years ago after I had my second child and was about 213 lbs , give or take, my family and I were in Miami and went to a... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 09:46:12 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x16031084 Hi everyone. I joined Spark People last week and have not gotten into a good routine yet. Don't know what I'm waiting for, 'cause I'm very dissatisfied with how I feel right now. But, I've decided to start with one goal for the week.... to write down my food intake. I'm sure that will be an eye opener. Scary thought, but needs to be done! Sun, 22 Jun 2008 08:34:49 EST Working out too much? Or tracking too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16027691 I burned an extra 1000 calories this week over the amount SP suggested! <BR> <BR> I just started working in a two-story bookstore, so on days when I've been more active than normal, I've included a light amount of cardio (the equivalent of one hour of walking at 30mph) so I'm tracking some of the additional calories burned. I figure once I have been working there a little longer and have a regular exercise routine down, I won't need to count it anymore. <BR> <BR> Then I also went to yoga (... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 01:26:10 EST Working through joint pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16022809 I can deal with muscular fatigue, but the joint pain just kills me. I know it'll get easier with time. My body just needs the practice and added strength. In the meantime, pushups kill my wrists and left elbow, lunges aren't so great for my knees, etc. Any suggestions on making it through? Or heck, even a little commiseration would be nice. <em>24</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 21:19:13 EST Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16018404 I was getting dressed this morning and (just for giggles) decided to try on my pants that are one size smaller than the ones I have been wearing. They fit! Oh, oh! AND! They are not the stretchy kind! w00t! <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 17:30:03 EST I feel kinda stupid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16005777 But I am so happy that I got my next trophy that I actually said whoohoo out loud. In front of my husband. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Only 1,499 to go to the next one..... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 06:53:41 EST Rewards - Rewarding yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x16005403 I don't know bout you, but I, well I don't use food as comfort so much, but I tend to use food as a reward. <BR> <BR> and THAT isnt that good either. <BR> <BR> So I think it is very important to reward yourself, for any kind of thing you achieved. <BR> It helps as a motivation, it's a positive affirmation. <BR> But often it's not so easy to find the right thing. <BR> And it can be even harder to find something that doesn't cost much or nothing, right? <BR> <BR> So maybe we can start making... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 06:13:03 EST So what are you going to do this weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15991434 to treat yourself? <BR> <BR> I went to the farmers market today and bought some great fruit and veg and Simon and I are going to have a picnic this weekend! Weather permitting! Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:53:01 EST This is so weird... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15970540 Yesterday on my nutrition page, my goal for caloric intake was like 1430-1780 or something. Today it says something like 1540-1890. What's up with that? I didn't make any changes to my goals or anything. I have just been faithfully tracking my nutrition and fitness everyday since I started and trying to stay at or under 1700 calories. I liked it better where it was. It's easier to eat less if you think you have to. I just want to know why it changed before I change it back manually and ... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 23:34:34 EST Introduce your family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15966461 So, I don't know how popular this will be, but everyone has someone in their life! Even if noone lives with you a close aunt or uncle, cousin, or even a dog. I thought since we are getting to know each other, we could introduce our families and maybe state a small thing about them. So here is mine! <BR> <BR> I have blonde hair and green eyes. <BR> <BR> My husband Chris has brown hair and brown eyes-been married 7 years, known for 11. <BR> <BR> My first born Chloe is six, has brown hair ... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 20:52:34 EST Thanks for welcoming me in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15964626 Thanks for the warm welcome! I am working hard to get off twenty or so pounds. Life has thrown me a few curves the last couple of years and the emotional eating to deal with things has left me chubby once again! Urgh!! Hope this forum gives me some extra incentive to forge ahead once again! Thu, 19 Jun 2008 19:33:25 EST I have to tell you all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15959936 I am so grateful for taking on co-lead of this class team - I was worried I am just not social enough to carry my part at first, or perhaps since I am not at gaol I should not think to give others advice, but I took it because I can cheer you on - and i will - I can encourage and support and listen. I can do that! <BR> <BR> I think you all are the most amazing group of women -all doing this for different reason's with different motivations and from different locations, but I have seen so muc... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 15:58:41 EST Songs with cities/towns in the lyrics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15953466 Let's see how many we can think of! <BR> Here's mine. <BR> <BR> "Rollin down the ATLANTA highway..." <BR> from the song Love Shack, by ??? can't remember Thu, 19 Jun 2008 12:17:48 EST Healthier Options for a Queasy Tummy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15941036 I've been battling a horrid belly ache for going on 3 days now. It's just below my sternum and radiates through to my back. <BR> <BR> A little history: I have an umbilical hernia, but have declined for many years to have it repaired. That's mainly because I wasn't done making babies and it was strongly suggested that I not have it repaired until I was done. During my last 2 pregnancies (which were close - kids are 16 months apart), I did have issues that led me to believe my intestines we... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:13:40 EST wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15934576 so this afternoon I had just had enough. I was tired of all this "diet" food and just wanted some comfort food so we went to Ihop. I ordered an omlet and some whole wheat pancakes. I thoguht this was going to blow my calorie intake for the day out of the water but................ it didnt! I am still with in range! how very exciting! I guess I am still getting this whole thing down. I am surprised to find that some of the foods that I have always enjoyed are still exceptable. I am just drinki... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:52:34 EST What the??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15931440 At this very moment all I can think is muffins suck! <BR> We go on an ambulance transfer, and stop for a quick bite to eat at Tim Horton's, and I order the turkey bacon club on whole wheat with only 8g of fat, pass on the donut, and order the whole grain raspberry muffin. Good choice, right? OMG!! I get home and check the nutrition info on it and its 400 calories, 17g of fat!! I might as well had a chocolate bar!! There's no room in my daily plan for that kind of nonsense! I obviously have al... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:31:37 EST New and ready to lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15919473 Hey everybody! I just started and I am so ready to lose the weight! I will need a lot of help though. I'm trying to get in shape for my wedding. I just got engaged and I figured it was time to take care of my weight once and for all. If anyone knows of any good upper body (abs and arms) workouts please let me know! Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:54:52 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15918852 I joined the site last week to start to get a feel for it. Last night I did my first work out. YaY!! I'm feeling great today. Let me introduce myself haha. My name is Christian and I'm a stay at home mom during the day and I work in the evenings. My hubby is military, so he gets home by 4:30 every day and I'm at work by 5. I've decided that on my nights off work, I'm going to use the apartment's gym. I want to get some exercise dvds to do during the day when my son is napping. Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:37:35 EST Slow start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15917967 Started a week ago and have been "good", staying within my calorie range (except for a couple bumps) and adding some exercise to my life, but only lost 1/2 pound. Should I be discouraged, satisfied, what? Anyone else having a slow start? <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:11:44 EST feeling of weirdness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15912821 this morning I went to the gym at 5 am and as usual I am in my peppy mood walking fast on the treadmill and swinging my arms with 8lb weights and blasting my music and I noticed that the man next to me was having trouble getting his headphones to work that synced with the Tv's so I said "sir you have to start moving first for the sound to work" and he gave me the nastiest look and moved to another machine. Although I have to keep in mind that not everyone can be in a good mood at 5 am it made... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:29:43 EST Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15900467 I would like to thank this team for giving me such a warm welcome. I am extremely new to this site. I just figured out the mail icon. I had no idea I had any mail. I have been struggling with my weight for it seems like forever. But it's time for a change. This is my first step. <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:59:40 EST Just Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15900400 Hello Everyone...well I signed up with this website last week and today is the first chance I really got to sit and go through it. This looks like a real valuable tool and help for me on this journey. Look forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Jess <em>30</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:56:56 EST Bad Day for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15900005 Ok so yesterday was good today not so much... I haven't even eaten supper and already I am soooooo far over my calories and fats OMG it is awful.... I really messed up but I guess tomorrow is another day huh Tue, 17 Jun 2008 18:42:41 EST Sorting Posts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15886340 I have seen the button at the top of each thread to sort the post in the order you want, is there a way to keep the first post always at the top? <BR> <BR> Mary Tue, 17 Jun 2008 10:55:18 EST My little pleasure discoveries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15880312 Well as i'm sure everyone is already aware of these discoveries I've just made them yesterday myself. <BR> <BR> First of all I discovered kwik trip iced coffees. They come in three flavors and where I work we got free samples (i don't work at kwik trip). Anywho, I fell in love I had the whole thing and I thought the whole time, i'm ruining myself this is bad, these coffees are filled with calories from the sugar flavoring and what not, I was sure I wasted my whole day away, just to get ho... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:04:41 EST This has *nothing* to do with weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15877383 But I just found out that a guy who I do not like at work, who does not like me and who cannot do his job, has given his notice. This is a guy who yells at me and bothers me regularly for stupid things. <BR> <BR> Can you say dancing around the living room? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 05:25:02 EST Can this be right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15868762 Last Tuesday morning, I weighed myself at about 8am. 160.0 pounds. This morning, I weighed myself at about 8am. 155.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Could I really have lost 4.2 pounds already??? <BR> <BR> And while I'm ecstatic about it, I'm a little concerned . I've heard that losing more than 2 pounds a week isn't healthy. I'm thinking that maybe part of my loss is fluid, that I was possibly retaining a lot of fluids. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:27:47 EST STATE OF PANIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15852826 Since we are all new and starting out this past week I would love some input on this topic. My first 5 days are going awesome...I'm on a roll...nothing can stop me......until.....we get invited to the cabin for the weekend!! Visit the winery, hot tubbing with plenty of slushy beverages, food everywhere. Asking me to leave my safe place.....no internet to track my nutrition, fitness, or the access to you guys......fitness plan is blown. I was seriously panicking, and not going to go! How do yo... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:58:28 EST The Path We Take http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15850874 It is so easy to choose the well-traveled path. It's easier to follow the crowd, than to run against the wind. However, we can often find that in taking "The Road Not Taken", that rewards await us. So when you reluctantly choose that plain baked potato over those french fries (for example), just remind yourself that in the end, it will make all the difference. <BR> <BR> THE ROAD NOT TAKEN <BR> <BR> Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, <BR> And sorry I could not travel both <BR> And be on... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:08:41 EST Scale help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15849210 I'm trying to use the same scale so that I am consistent. I weighed myself yesterday morning and I was at 200. Okay, great. A starting point. I did it this morning and it says 190. I know there is NO way I lost 10lbs, so what's going on?? Each time I made sure to start it at 0! Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:22:09 EST Get-up-and-go songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15843529 I'm very new to Sparks, in fact I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate the site. When I signed up I arbitrarily chose goals that I thought would be easy. One of them that I chose was "Listen to a get-up-and-go song every day". Did anyone else choose this goal? If you did, or even if you didn't, what songs do you recommend? As much as I love music, I'm having trouble finding one that encourages me to get moving. Maybe because I'd rather sit and enjoy the song! Mon, 16 Jun 2008 07:13:31 EST wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15842270 Hi i am new last week and desperately need to lose the last 8 lbs for my wedding in september, any quick fix ideas <em>247</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2008 04:56:00 EST Hello from Oklahoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15840223 <em>67</em> Hello everyone! My name is Brenda. Tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning. I just joined SP a few days ago and have been doing a lot of reading. I have learned a lot and plan to read more. With what I have read I feel that I am ready to get started. I'm going to start out slow and try to do this right. I will meet my goals! <em>211</em> Sun, 15 Jun 2008 23:59:11 EST Hello From Missouri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15837316 Hello Everyone, <BR> I am Barbee, and I am happy to have found SparkPeople. A lot is going on in my life and has been for about seven years. I have in the meantime, let myself go, so far over the rainbow, I may never return. lol <BR> I am trying to learn to think of myself and occasionally put myself first. I know that sounds awful. <BR> Since Feb 14, 2001, I have stopped all concern for myself because my husband had a heart attack that day. Since then he has had four more. All of them major.... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:49:08 EST help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15836038 OK so looking at my reports I am ok on protein but I am too high on my fat count and too low on carbs so can someone please tell me what I can eat to help me out????? I have my calories exactly where they need to be and everything else is ok just my carbs and my fats and I have no clue Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:54:43 EST Nervous about going to a class.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15834302 I don't know why, but I'm kinda nervous about going to a yoga class at a place I found that I can actually afford (donation basis). I love yoga and it's been one of the few exercises I truly enjoy and makes me feel good. It's been a long time since I've gone to a class regularly. <BR> <BR> I can finally make it today at 5pm (it's 4:30 now), but for some reason I'm freaking out a little... <BR> <BR> I need a little encouragement! Don't let me get away with not going cause I have no excuse. Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:29:19 EST My hands and/or feet swell during exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824778 My hands and/or feet swell during exercise. Is this normal? <BR> <BR> <BR> Probably. It is normal for your feet to swell a little bit during exercise—enough to make a difference of about one shoe size, but some people may experience even more swelling than that. Others also experience noticeable hand swelling while running or walking. When this swelling is "normal" (not the result of a medical condition), it will usually disappear fairly soon after the exercise stops, and won’t involve othe... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:05:03 EST I have chronic fatigue syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824768 I have chronic fatigue syndrome, which makes exercise difficult. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> It's important for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to work in conjunction with their health care providers to start a healthy, reasonable exercise program. Physical activity should be gentle and should be increased slowly over time (in terms of frequency, intensity and duration). Some good examples include yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, walking, stretching, light strength training, and water... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:04:39 EST I have asthma. Can I still exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824754 I have asthma. Can I still exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, exercise in general is beneficial to asthma. <BR> <BR> Asthmatics can safely exercise, especially when their asthma is well-controlled, but you should work closely with your doctor to develop a fitness plan that works for you, and time your treatments (using the inhaler, etc.) in the best way to reduce attacks during and/or after exercise. <BR> <BR> Regular exercise is important for your weight loss and fitness level, but staying co... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:04:15 EST Will a heart rate monitor accurately estimate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824746 Will a heart rate monitor accurately estimate how many calories I burn during strength training? <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker doesn't estimate calorie burn for strength training because so many variables are involved (how hard you're working, resting in between sets, the amount of weight you lift, etc.) that any estimate would not be very accurate. A heart rate monitor (HRM) is capable of estimating calorie burn pretty accurately—but only for aerobic (cardio) exercise, not f... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:03:54 EST How can I get rid of my cellulite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824739 How can I get rid of my cellulite? Will it go away when I lose weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> Cellulite, the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin that is often described as "cottage cheese" or an "orange peel", is most common among women, especially on the thighs and buttocks. However, both men (about 10% of cases) and women can have cellulite, which can occur anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, arms and calves. Having some body fat is necessary and healthy for normal body functio... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:03:25 EST 'm trying to build muscle while losing weight, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824728 'm trying to build muscle while losing weight. Any advice? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your metabolism has two basic modes: <BR> 1-Anabolic, which means building up or adding <BR> 2-Catabolic, which means breaking down or eliminating. <BR> <BR> Losing fat occurs in catabolic mode (which includes maintaining a calorie deficit), while adding muscle requires that you be in anabolic mode (which includes maintaining a small calorie surplus). But these modes aren't mutually exclusive; over a short period of ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:02:57 EST Is it possible to do too much cardio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824696 Is it possible to do too much cardio? <BR> <BR> <BR> It is possible to do too much cardio. What counts as "too much" is different for everyone, and depends on a lot of factors, including the intensity of your exercise, your fitness level, how much activity you do each day, how much you eat, your health status, your fitness goals, etc. <BR> <BR> Usually, 60-90 minutes of cardio is safe for most people, as long as… <BR> <BR> You aren't elevating your heart rate above 80% (of your max) the w... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:01:16 EST I just started exercising to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824687 I just started exercising to lose weight, but I've gained weight. Why did this happen? <BR> <BR> <BR> It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water. <BR> <BR> When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in y... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:00:54 EST For someone who has weak ankle and knee joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824677 For someone who has weak ankle and knee joints, do wraps or braces actually help prevent injury when exercising? <BR> <BR> <BR> Braces and other supportive devices are great to use when recovering form an injury and to prevent re-injuring a joint is still unstable form a previous injury. <BR> <BR> Braces can give the joint the support it is lacking because of poor ligament stability or weakness of the muscles surrounding the joint. However, your ultimate goal should be to restore your join... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:00:30 EST I read that weight training burns more fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824667 I read that weight training burns more fat than cardio. If I can only do one of the two, should I weight train? <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight training is important for a couple of reasons. First, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be and the more calories you will burn even at rest. But the actual numbers involved in a whole day of "extra" calorie burning due to extra muscle are relatively small compared to the number of calories you can burn during an hour of cardio exercise... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 11:00:03 EST Do lower-intensity "fat burning" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824659 Do lower-intensity "fat burning" workouts really burn more fat? <BR> <BR> <BR> The information on cardio machines can be deceiving. The "fat burning zone" is a myth that is based on a fact, but taken out of context. <BR> <BR> It's true that higher intensity exercise uses more glucose and glycogen (the form of energy your body gets from foods) in proportion to fat, but remember that "high intensity" in this context means exercise that you can only maintain for a couple of minutes before bec... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:59:27 EST Does exercising on an empty stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824654 Does exercising on an empty stomach (such as first thing in the morning) burn more fat? <BR> <BR> <BR> Although everyone is different, I would not advise anyone to exercise on an empty stomach, whether in the morning or anytime of the day. <BR> <BR> In the morning, your body has gone 8+ hours since eating or drinking anything. Your blood sugar levels are lower at this point, and your body doesn't have adequate fuel to workout optimally. Usually, experts recommend eating something—even if i... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:59:04 EST Is SparkPeople's cardio tracker accurate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824648 Is SparkPeople's cardio tracker accurate in how many calories it says I have burned? Most of the time it differs from what my treadmill says. <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople’s database estimates the number of calories you burn during exercise, based on generally-accepted rates of calories burned for various activities. Our tracker also bases your individual calorie burn on your weight, because people of different weights burn calories at different rates. (A person who weighs more will burn more ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:58:40 EST How do I know how many calories I burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824644 How do I know how many calories I burn doing Pilates? Does it count as cardio or strength training? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your Pilates workout is a great way to improve general fitness, and will definitely burn some extra calories—but not as many as traditional aerobic exercise. And it won't provide the same cardiovascular conditioning benefits as aerobics, even if it does elevate your heart rate quite a bit. Aerobic exercise has heart-healthy effects because of the unique way it forces the cardio... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:58:13 EST Is it true that lifting weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824634 Is it true that lifting weights causes women to bulk up? <BR> <BR> <BR> While on a weight lifting program, the right hormones (testosterone) are necessary in order to bulk up. Women’s testosterone levels are much lower than men’s, so in most cases, they are not capable of building large muscles. In fact, since muscle takes up less room than fat, women tend to lose inches when they strength train. So in addition to the physical benefits (increased metabolism, decreased risk of osteoporosis, ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:57:49 EST What can I do to lose weight in my stomach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824623 What can I do to lose weight in my stomach? I’ve been doing lots of crunches but they don’t seem to help. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no way to target weight loss to a specific area of the body because your body decides where it wants to put on weight and where it wants to take it off. The midsection is a common "problem" area for many people. <BR> <BR> The best way to lose fat is through cardiovascular exercise. It is important to do a variety of abdominal exercises (including crunches) to ke... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:57:21 EST Why does the Fitness Tracker not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824620 Why does the Fitness Tracker not calculate calories burned through strength training? <BR> <BR> <BR> Although you will burn calories from strength training, that number is going to vary widely from person to person. It will depend on how much weight you are using, how many sets/reps you are doing, how much rest you take in between sets and how hard you are working. Therefore any estimates would not be reliable. Just consider this to be an extra bonus to your weekly goals! <BR> <BR> Definit... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:56:55 EST I'm still sore from yesterday's workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824604 I'm still sore from yesterday's workout. Should I rest today or keep working out until the soreness goes away? <BR> <BR> <BR> First of all, are you sore from strength training, or from cardio? Are you new to either of these types of exercise? It's common for beginners to experience muscle soreness that lasts for a week or two. Yes, you should keep working out even though you are sore, but there is more to it than that. <BR> <BR> Muscle soreness has two primary causes. The first soreness yo... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:55:53 EST Is it okay to exercise when you have a cold? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824595 Is it okay to exercise when you have a cold? <BR> <BR> <BR> Great question! When you are sick, you need to pay careful attention to what your body is telling you. If the cold is primarily in your head, it's okay to exercise, just at a lower intensity (provided you feel okay and have enough energy). Once you are feeling 100% again, then you can slowly increase your activity back to your pre-illness level. If your feeling sluggish or the workout isn't going well, don't push it. When you push ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:55:27 EST I can get by with 5-6 hours of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824583 I can get by with 5-6 hours of sleep – is it really a big deal? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep is instrumental to good health and even weight loss. A disruption in your hormones and your different metabolic processes has all kinds of adverse effects. Your fat cells respond to the food you eat differently, based on your hormones. Sleep loss affects the level of certain hormones, putting your body in a position to gain weight. <BR> <BR> Sleep loss also can cause a lack of desire to achieve goals becau... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:55:00 EST What is circuit training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824572 What is circuit training? <BR> <BR> <BR> Circuit training is a great way to do resistance training and aerobic/anaerobic training in one workout. You select a certain number of exercises, and go from one exercise to the next with little or no rest, until you’ve completed all of them. A circuit can be set up any way--it’s fun to be creative. You can do a full body circuit, a lower body circuit, core circuit, upper body circuit, etc. By doing the exercises consecutively, your heart rate stays... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:54:33 EST I know that exercise (stability) balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824562 I know that exercise (stability) balls come in different sizes, but how do I know which size is right for me? <BR> <BR> <BR> They go by different names (fitball, Swiss ball, physioball or exercise ball to name a few), but stability balls are some of the best exercise tools around. You can do so many different exercises with them. But most importantly, a stability ball will help you develop your core (abs, lower back, oblique) muscles. <BR> <BR> Balls come in different sizes, typically betw... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:54:05 EST I just sprained my ankle pretty badly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824555 I just sprained my ankle pretty badly. What can I do to help it heal quicker and what kind of exercises can I do in the meantime? <BR> <BR> <BR> The first 24 hours are important for icing, rest and elevation to reduce the amount of inflammation. The first goal is to slowly regain a full range of movement. It's important to start rehabilitation exercises as soon as possible, depending on the severity of the sprain. <BR> <BR> If you can’t do weight bearing exercises, try this: Rotate your an... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:53:40 EST How do you get rid of excess skin from weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824538 How do you get rid of excess skin from weight loss or prevent this problem from happening? <BR> <BR> <BR> Extra skin on the belly, arms or legs is a concern for individuals who have a large amount of weight to lose. This extra skin experience seems to happen more in people who lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. <BR> <BR> It takes longer for the skin to "shrink" than to lose the weight. In most cases, when you are losing weight slowly and consistently (about... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:53:11 EST Are there any exercises to strengthen my knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824525 Are there any exercises to strengthen my knees, or do I have to wait until I lose more weight? <BR> <BR> <BR> The best thing you can do is develop strength around your knees without putting a lot of pressure on them. This means targeting your quadriceps, hamstrings and hips. Here are a couple ideas: <BR> <BR> Straight Leg Raises – Lie on your back. Keeping your leg straight, lift it into the air. Hold for 10-20 seconds and lower it to the ground. Do the same for your other leg. You can do ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:52:47 EST calf muscle from cramping while I jog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824506 How can I prevent my calf muscle from cramping while I jog? <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have access to an elliptical machine or stationary bike? If so, warm up on one or the other for 5-10 minutes at a fairly easy rate and intensity, but enough to get a little sweat going. <BR> <BR> Next, stretch out really well with these three stretches: <BR> 1- Find a curb or something that has about a 45 degree angle, put your foot on it, lean forward and push against something. You should feel a slight burn... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:51:56 EST How many reps should I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824475 How many reps should I do? <BR> <BR> <BR> Your goals are important in making this decision, as is the area of the body you are working on. The core muscles can be trained with as high as 50 reps, making sure to work your way up slowly. For someone who wants lean, toned muscles, and have an overall conditioned body, 12-15 reps is a good number to shoot for with the upper and lower body. If your goal is to gain a little more strength and add muscle weight, 6-10 reps is a good number to shoot ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:50:49 EST What exercises can I do at home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824464 What exercises can I do at home? My budget is really tight and I cannot afford to join a gym. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are some resistance training exercises that you can do using just your own body weight: <BR> <BR> 1. Pushups- standard, on knees, feet propped up on a chair, leaning on a wall, upper body propped up on a couch, etc. There are even more variations by changing body placement and hand-width. <BR> 2. Crunches- feet on floor, lets bent in air, legs straight in air, bicycle crunch, f... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:50:17 EST I am never sure how much I should be lifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824450 I am never sure how much I should be lifting and have heard about max weights but have no idea how to find mine. <BR> <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter what weight you lift or for how many reps as long as you are completely EXHAUSTING your muscles. That’s where the progress comes from. <BR> <BR> Some people lift very light weights - so light that they could do 20+ reps without feeling exhausted - but stop at 12-15 because those are "the rules" of lifting. <BR> <BR> Achieving total exhaustion is... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:49:40 EST Will Pilates alone help to tone or should http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824425 Will Pilates alone help to tone or should I lift weights? <BR> <BR> <BR> Pilates is a great core strengthener (abs, low back, obliques, hips), but it doesn't suffice as strength training. It's a great addition to a well-rounded workout, but you will not build muscle by doing Pilates alone. <BR> <BR> In the weight loss game, building muscle is ESSENTIAL. I suggest you incorporate strength training as well. It doesn't have to take long and you can break it up into smaller sessions if that wo... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:48:44 EST How can I get more toned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824395 How can I get more toned? <BR> <BR> <BR> A combination of healthy eating, determining your proper caloric intake, resistance training, and aerobic and anaerobic exercise done on a consistent basis will help you become lean and toned. <BR> <BR> <BR> .·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨) <BR> (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`-:¦: <BR> *Hugs & ... <BR> -:¦:-·:*'*:·.·:*'*:·-:¦:- <BR> -:... ¦:-·:*'*:· Support ·:*'*:·-:¦:- <BR> .(¯`v´¯) <BR> .`·.¸.·´... ¸. <BR> (¸.·´ (¸.·´Sonia Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:47:26 EST Never done resistance training before.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824384 I have never done resistance training before – how should I start? <BR> <BR> <BR> Resistance training is a great way to develop strength and create a "whole" body. The more lean muscle tissue you develop, the more calories you'll burn, and the better your body will handle all of life's challenges, both mentally and physically. It is important to try to work out the upper body, lower body and core. The core consists of the lower back, hips, upper and lower abdominal, and obliques. Not only s... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:46:53 EST Can I substitute my yoga classes for a cardio work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824365 Can I substitute my yoga classes for a cardio workout? <BR> <BR> <BR> For reference, cardio workout is anything that raises your heart rate for an extended period of time, usually 20-30 minutes. It works all of the major muscle groups, and you should find yourself sweating and breathing hard during the most intense part of the workout. <BR> <BR> How many calories you're burning at a physical yoga practice really depends on the type of yoga you're doing. It's like asking "does walking burn ... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:46:05 EST Why is it important to warm up and stretch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824349 Why is it important to warm up and stretch? <BR> <BR> <BR> A low impact exercise, such as biking, walking, an elliptical machine, a rowing machine, etc. is the best way to warm up. There are many reasons why you should warm up and stretch before working out – the main one is injury prevention. A warmup and stretch help increase the elasticity of your muscles and connective tissues prior to putting them under stress. Increased elasticity simply means muscle and tissues are more relaxed and f... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:45:18 EST Aerobic activity or Strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824332 Think about which aspect is most important to your workout: aerobic activity or strength training. Is your primary focus to burn as many calories as possible (aerobic activity) or build muscle (strength training)? If aerobic activity is most important, do it first because the intensity and duration could be diminished otherwise. If strength training is most important, do it first because the amount you can lift and how many reps/sets you complete can be affected if you are more tired. This wi... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:44:39 EST How do I know if I've reached a plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824311 Here is more info: <BR> <BR> How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again? <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’ve been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you’re no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you’ve probably hit a plateau. This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessa... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:43:28 EST How do I figure out my target heart rate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824277 Here is some info hope it helps you guys: <BR> <BR> How do I figure out my target heart rate? How long do I need to work out after reaching it? <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a basic formula that applies to the average population (and is actually pretty accurate). <BR> Let's use a 20-year-old as an easy-to-calculate example: <BR> <BR> The formula: <BR> 220-age= MAX heart rate (220-20=200 MHR) <BR> 60%-80% of this max: <BR> 200 x .6 = 120 beats per min, 200 x .8 = 160 beats per min. <BR> Therefor... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:42:14 EST How often should I walk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15824228 Here is some information guys: <BR> <BR> How often should I walk? Should I focus on miles or minutes? <BR> <BR> <BR> The "FITT" Principles will help you design a safe and effective cardio (aerobic) exercise program, whether you walk for exercise or do something else. <BR> <BR> Frequency: Number of Days Per Week <BR> Aim for a minimum of 3 days a week, and gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days a week. The more the better--especially when it comes to weight loss. But don't forget the i... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:40:14 EST How many calories does xxx burn ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15819925 Hello Ladies <BR> <BR> can someone tell me, how many calories you can count for "making love"? <BR> <BR> I mean, I'd count it to "cardio", but didn't find it in the choices lol <BR> And now I don't know where to add it... <BR> Or what would you choose instead? <BR> <BR> thx in advance <em>43</em> Sun, 15 Jun 2008 06:21:35 EST Walking at break time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15817861 I walk during both of my 15 minute breaks at work. Is this really doing me any good or is it better to just wait until I get off and do a full 30 to 60 minute walk? Sun, 15 Jun 2008 00:20:12 EST Hello, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15817627 Hello Team Forum, <BR> My name is Elaine aka Spicy E, It is my goal to loose as much weight as possible. I have a long way to go and will need a lot of support. Thanks for allowing me to join your team. Sun, 15 Jun 2008 00:01:43 EST Just joined and will need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15817585 Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Elaine and I have joined this site with the hope of having support from all of you out there and I also hope that I am able to help you too. So let's get started. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 23:58:28 EST I am a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15816718 Hello. I am a new member just joined and I wanted to drop by and say hello. I want to lose 120 lbs. and I will need encouragement. I plan to reach my goal. hope to meet lots of people. maybe i can give encouragement gain encouragement. and make lots of friends. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 23:00:38 EST Hi, I`m new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15813914 Well, I'm here. I feel I will need a lot of support as I have given up soooo many times. But hope I will do well this time. I really need to lose weight slowly as I have a pattern of wanting to lose quickly and then give up. SO HELLLLP! Thanks! Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:10:31 EST Just trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15813591 First of all my name is Daisy and I'm from upper New York looking for answers on how to lose weight. I've never tried a program like this before so, I hope it works out for me. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:50:11 EST Hi to All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15812995 Sending greetings from Vermont. I am a single dad of a soon to be 13 year old (July 20, 2:12 am, Molly will be 13).I did have a question open to all. I recently have been purchasing V8 Fusion wich is a combination of vegetables and juices. Sounded liked a good idea. But now after reading information in Spark, I am not sure I should be drinking that, but just sticking to water. <BR> Any opinions? <BR> Thanks, <BR> Mike <em>247</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:11:27 EST Where are you from? And an interesting fact. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15810646 Ok, I am from Michigan. Normally I would not have too many good things to say about the state since it is usually cold. But it is summer, and so beautiful outside! Last week we took the kids to Crossroads village. It was actually very neat, we had a good time as well as the kids. It has the oldest working water fueled train that was built in the late 1800's. We took a ride on that train, a little rickety for my comfort, but the kids thought it was cool. They also have a halloween and c... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 16:29:34 EST Challenge June 14-19 YOU READY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x15804768 <em>185</em> YEAH SUMMER IS UPON US <em>214</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> OK GUYS HERE WE GO.. <BR> <BR> 1.IF POSSIBLE TAKE A MULTI VITAMIN DAILY.. <BR> <BR> 2.STAND AND TWIST 20 TIMES TO LEFT THEN THE <BR> RIGHT,YOU CAN DO THIS AT YOUR BED OR AT YOUR <BR> DESK.DO THIS 3 TIMES DAILY. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3.STANDING SIT UPS..(HOW) STAND UP STRAIGHT AND BOW <BR> FORWARD AT THE SAME TIME SUCK IN YOUR TUMMY. 3 <BR> TIMES DAILY. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 11:36:21 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15804296 Good Morning! I wanted to introduce myself to you all. I am here to get as well as give support to those like myself who are losing weight. It is a tough road by yourself so it will be great to have others to chat with. <BR> <BR> I have been known to work out with others at the gym as it motivates me as well as them. A work out buddy is your bestfriend:) I am slowly getting back into the work out due to an injury but I am loving it all over. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions pleas... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 11:14:10 EST another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15802274 Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Lisa and I found Sparkpeople through another forum I am a member of. I love this! It is so cool. I only have 7 more punds to lose so right now accountability is keeping me on track. <BR> <BR> Stay the course guys and gals! <em>20</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:44:42 EST I'm new to SP and loving it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15798518 how do you find someone to buddy up with? I'd love one (male or female)! Sat, 14 Jun 2008 02:14:24 EST sugary drinks are driving me insane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15797236 I want to stop drinking them but it is the hardest thing. all i want to do i just drink water but i cant resist the temptation. a couple years ago i gave it all up for a couple of months and i lost weight because of it. I just cant do it now. any advice? Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:18:38 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15797093 My name is Miriam I have a beautiful daughter that will be four in july. I am very adventurous,I love riding bikes, and i played volleyball on a team for six years. No matter what I do I just cant reach the weight goal that i have set for myself. That is why I joined, I figured that it would be easier to not give into those temptations when you have someone there with you, guiding you and helping you make the right choices. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:09:18 EST New beginning in Mi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15795048 Well, let's just say I am feeling a little overwhelmed beginning this new journey in my new home. So much to breeze through to make sure I am getting the most info possible to help create a healthier lifestyle. I know this will be a difficult journey but one that is possible along with my new family. <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2008 22:26:54 EST How do I get rid of my "pouch" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15793216 I went to the beach today and saw these itsy bitsy teeny girls and was envious of them. They had such flat stomachs and I started to examine myself. I have a "pouch" as my boyfriend called it, and I was wondering if there were any specfic exercises to get rid of it. Thanks for any help =] Fri, 13 Jun 2008 20:56:48 EST another trick for water track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15787518 Hi there! <BR> <BR> For some of you it might seem a lot: 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> Try it a different way: drink 1 dl (=100ml, =100cc, appr. 1/2 cup) every hour of the day YOU ARE AWAKE. <BR> <BR> for example: you stand up at 6am and go to bed again at 10pm, you would have to drink 16dl, makes a bit more than 1,5 liters, which is 8 cups! <BR> <BR> If you're one of those who tend to forget, set a timer and every hour you drink your half cup. and THAT is not so much, right? <BR> <BR> good... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 16:12:59 EST Post your laughs here - Funny stories et all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15781470 Over the weekend I took a short evaluation of my ‘program’ and decided it was time to try something new this month. After all who doesn’t need to learn something new and new workouts open up new motivation wells from which I can take from. That in addition to getting out of my routine and being excited about a new experience really had me worked up and looking forward to first day of bikram yoga yesterday. Yoga helps you pay attention to your posture, breathing and encourage relaxation. <BR>... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 12:41:03 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15780473 Hi Eveyone, <BR> <BR> Just joined about an hour ago and getting familiar with the website. I am a father of two children, ages 9 and 14. I was looking for a motivational tool to help me improve my overall health. I look forward to working with the team. (Sipping on my 2nd glass of water!!!) :D Fri, 13 Jun 2008 12:10:17 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15777277 My name is DeeDee and I live in the west Chicago suburbs. I am 36 years old and have three great kids, ages 17 (boy), 10 (girl), and 4(boy). Yes, I know there's a big stretch but they all have the same dad!. I have been a yoyo dieter as long as I can remember. My most recent success was achieving lifetime at WW in the summer of 2005. A mere three years later, I'm bigger than I was to start with at WW. I was 172 then, I'm 180 now. Not that I'm making excuses, but its been a very stressful... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:41:48 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15773933 - Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:10:28 EST A Little Motivation circa 1970! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15768320 I'm not trying to step on any toes of religion, but I'm sure many of you will remember watching all of the Christmas shows growing up (and even now). Well, there was one show called "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and in that show was a song by Jules Bass. If there was ever a theme song for what we all have recently decided to do (by coming to this site), then this would probably be it: <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> Put one foot in front of the other <BR> And soon you’ll be walking c... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 01:37:30 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15766429 Hi! I'm a 29 year old wife and mom of two kids and live near Bennet Springs in Missouri. I am also a middle school science teacher, a volleyball coach and official and am graduating with my masters this summer. I would really love to have a nice picture of myself receiving the diploma! I loved my body before kids, and don't think I've loved myself since kids because of my body. My goal weight is 110 pounds thinner than now! I'm ready to lose for good and get healthy for myself and family. ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:39:27 EST socks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15765853 Ewww I hate socks Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:19:43 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15765809 Hi all my name is Heather everyone calls me Stubby because I am only 5'1'' I am totally new to all this... chat, weight lose... dieting...exercising... I mean all so I hope that I can meet some people on here that are patient and likes to help and answer really dumb questions... This whole calorie watching stregth training cardio bit already has me in a tizzy...lol.... ohh my am I really ready for this Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:17:47 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15763814 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I am a mom of a 12 yr old and have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Celiac's Disease, Lactose Intolerant. I have 100+ lbs to lose and am drinking as much water as I possibly can in a day. I must admit that I'm finding it hard to drink that much water. Lol. <BR> <BR> I just need to find time in a day to be able to go for walks in between homework, volunteer duties and a few other things going on. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well this week. ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 21:58:31 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15753582 Hi, I'm mary and I am new here. Not new to exercise and weight loss though. I have gained about 15 pounds over the last 5 months. I am almost 52 and think I have finally begun menopause which hasn't helped. Also I haven't been working since February (my choice) and am going to school online full time. I began a running program 3.5 weeks ago and really want to lose those 15 pounds. May not sound like a lot but I am 4ft 10.5inches tall and right now weigh 124 pounds. Not really obese but... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:06:53 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15753573 Hi, I'm mary and I am new here. Not new to exercise and weight loss though. I have gained about 15 pounds over the last 5 months. I am almost 52 and think I have finally begun menopause which hasn't helped. Also I haven't been working since February (my choice) and am going to school online full time. I began a running program 3.5 weeks ago and really want to lose those 15 pounds. May not sound like a lot but I am 4ft 10.5inches tall and right now weigh 124 pounds. Not really obese but... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:06:42 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15753549 Hi, I'm mary and I am new here. Not new to exercise and weight loss though. I have gained about 15 pounds over the last 5 months. I am almost 52 and think I have finally begun menopause which hasn't helped. Also I haven't been working since February (my choice) and am going to school online full time. I began a running program 3.5 weeks ago and really want to lose those 15 pounds. May not sound like a lot but I am 4ft 10.5inches tall and right now weigh 124 pounds. Not really obese but... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:05:59 EST Stress and eating healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15752102 Oh boy, I'm having a super stressful day today at work... one of those ones where I didn't even get to take my lunch break. I could've totally skipped lunch, but I did the smart thing and ate while I worked. I've finally gotten a breather, so I figured I better check in here at SP because it's one of those days that make you want to go home and eat an entire half gallon of ice cream. <BR> <BR> How do you combat the urge to stress-eat? Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:09:48 EST Just started - in Switzerland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15748143 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I started yesterday and wanted to say hello! <BR> <BR> so: hello! :) <BR> <BR> I live in Switzerland (I'm Swiss) and hoped to find someone near, but I guess that will be harder than loosing weight ;) <BR> <BR> I'm married, love scrapbooking, photography, reading (the right books), watch TV and DVD. <BR> <BR> As you could read on the Blog, I try to have 5-hour-breaks between my meals and additionally eat rather low-carb, so my Insulin-level stays low (cause Insulin ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:52:08 EST Hi from Columbus, OH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15746733 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found this site and it looks wonderful. I went to the doctor yesterday and they weighed me and I was 222! The most I've ever been. I would feel very comfortable at 145. I'm still exploring the site (luckily I don't have much to do at work today) and I really like the looks of the menu planner. I'm already planning to cut down on the amount of food I eat because I entered my food for the day and it was way too many calories. I obviously need to substitute som... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:03:53 EST What is you motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15745393 I love hearing the motivating factors behind peoples' choices to do weight loss programs. What's yours? Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:23:34 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15745210 When I eat breakfast I feel like I am HUNGRY all day long! I feel like I must snack...and can't quite seem to feel "full". Does anyone else have this problem? Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:18:46 EST Dutch girl in the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15745115 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Daphne, 22 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. I'm studying business administration. And I just want to lose some weight, not a lot. But I just feel really uncomfortable right now. The food tracker is a little hard for me on this website, because American and Dutch products differ a lot. I hope it still works out if I don't use it. If you have any questions, don't hestitate to ask. And excuse me for the grammar mistakes I will make! <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:16:07 EST New and ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15743654 Hello everyone! i just started this yesterday...and I love it. I've lost about 15 pounds on my own, but it's lonely a lot more tough. This site definitely has held me accountable in the last 24 hours alone. There is great information and support and I look forward to walking this road with you all! <em>104</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:31:51 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15738743 hi everyone just joined today as i need a little bit more motivation Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:56:16 EST Just started today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15735987 Hi everyone, my name is Bri and I've always been on the heavy side, but I still felt OK with my self, but as for the last 2 months I just feel gross in my body, have no energy. I figure now is a good time to start. <BR> <BR> I would LOVE to get down to a size 12, here in the US sizes anyway, but I would be happy with a size that I can actually shop in store at old navy (16-20). And I would just like to feel comfortable with myself again. <BR> Thanks! Thu, 12 Jun 2008 02:58:42 EST Not so energetic... suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15730045 Another newbie here...I've noticed recently that my pants are getting a bit tighter, so I need to do something about it. I haven't been so energetic lately. I get enough sleep...usually 8 hours, but I'm a daily coffee drinker. I'm wondering if maybe the coffee isn't helping me so much? <BR> <BR> I work in an office and most of the time I'm tired by the end of the day and don't want to work out. Any suggestions on how to keep my energy up? Wed, 11 Jun 2008 21:27:21 EST I started yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15729551 Hello all! How fun to be in a group with people that started on the same week! we will all be beginning together! <BR> a bit about me : I am a mom to 3 girls, been married 8 years. I have lost and gained since having children and after my 3rd its been a struggle getting it off. I have totally changed my eating habbits in the last 4 days and have been going to the gym. I cant wait to see the results. I am looking forward to talking to you all and encouraging each other to push through and mee... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 21:09:29 EST A little about me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15727892 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My friend sent me this link yesterday and I'm looking forward to benefiting from all of you! I am 26, married to a wonderful (& skinny!) husband, and need to lose over 100 pounds. I have been overweight all of my life and it has been a constant battle. Before my wedding I in 2004, I had joined Weight Watchers and lost 80 pounds but have since gained it all back. We are wanting to start a family soon and I want to lose some weight before I get pregnant so I can actu... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 19:56:00 EST Hey I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15727836 I just joined today. I need your help at finishing my weight lose. I have 64 more pounds to loose and need some support and help doing it. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 19:52:52 EST Hypnotism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15726394 Has anyone ever heard of using hypnotism for weight loss? Anyone have any experience with it? Or thoughts? Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:40:13 EST Yet another newbie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15724900 I just joined today, and am ready to get started! I'm looking to lose about 13 pounds, which is sometimes harder than trying to lose 30! I'm excited to meet others who are aiming for the same goal and look forward to seeing the results and staying motivated. Here's wishing much luck to everyone! <em>52</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 17:27:56 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15724553 Hey everybody! <BR> I'm Kim and I just joined a few minutes ago! I was on Babyfit (a sister site) while I was pg last year. Now my baby is a year old, and not bf as much,so I thought it was time to start shedding some pounds! LOL <BR> I hope to get to know you all real soon! <BR> <BR> Kim Wed, 11 Jun 2008 17:12:34 EST feeling hungry before bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15716959 Since starting my diet I am noticing that I am going to bed hungry. I am not hungry when I finish dinner, and I even have a healthy snack, like some veggies or strawberries after dinner if I need to. But right before bed I feel a need to eat something. Before starting my diet I was usually stuffed after dinner and I indulged in chocolate afterwards. Last night was hard to actually fall asleep because I kept thinking I was hungry. Any tips? Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:56:09 EST Howdy everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15713601 Hello! I just signed up. I've been working on being more health oriented for about 6 months now. I've lost over 35 pounds during this time. I still have about 40 to go. Lately I have found myself making excuses not to exercise & to grab the quick but unhealthy snacks. I've gotta get myself back into a routine now that my girls are home with me for the summer! I'm hoping to find lots of motivation here. I'm getting used to navigating the site. I thought I'd tell everyone hi real quick... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:17:32 EST New and ready to get going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15710384 Hi I'm Cathy and I just wanted to say hello! As for an introduction - I have a lot to lose and I want to get into shape, so that is my main goal. :) I am setting a goal of 50 pounds to start out with. That would be a really good start. I have already lost 9 in the last few weeks and plan to continue. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 09:49:08 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15708495 Hi to everyone! I just joined yesterday and am trying to get acquainted with the site. My name is Mary and I have about 100 lbs to lose. I have already lost 15 following weight watchers. I have two girls, 11 and 4 yrs old. There is so much useful information here,but I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Any tricks of tips to figuring this all out for a newbie? Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:58:03 EST water, water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15705941 I thought I drank a lot of water before, but what a difference a few cups makes! Anyone else spending a lot of time in the bathroom? I had to get up twice in the night last night! How long does it take for the body to regulate itself to drinking eight glasses of water a day? <BR> <BR> Lil <em>194</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 07:50:05 EST just landed ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15702712 Hello Sparky's and Sparklers! Today is my first day here...I need to loose at least 20 lbs. The weight is affecting my health and energy levels. <BR> My job as a Flight Attendant(34 years) is getting more difficult physically. I hope to make it 8 more years to retirement and on the way learn how to take better care of myself. <BR> Thanks for all your info. Wed, 11 Jun 2008 01:36:02 EST :) new and so so nervous :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15702584 Hi :) My name is Fantacy, I am brand new to SparkPeople's forums and a bit nervous about where to go and what to do and how it all works. I am a sahm to 3 young'uns ranging in age from 3 1/2-13. Can't wait to get going on this journey! Wed, 11 Jun 2008 01:21:57 EST Sleep habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15699029 The more I read, the more I learn that sleep really does play a factor in weight gain/loss, not to mention it factors so strongly into over-all health. <BR> <BR> I'm not very good about getting my 8 hours, I really need to join that team goal (maybe I will next week, this week I chose the 8 glasses of water). I average usually between 5 and 7 hours. Ouch. <BR> <BR> How about everyone else? How much sleep do you average per night? Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:36:58 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15693242 Hi! I'm new. My name is Lisa, I'm 38, and live in Pa. In the last year I have lost nearly 100 pounds on my own. I still have about 20 more to go. I've noticed that I have really been slacking in the past month. I feel myself falling back into my old habits. That's why I'm here today. I don't want to go back to being "obese". I'm really looking for some motivation and support from people going through the same thing. I NEED to get back on track and lose another 20 pounds. I've lost we... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 18:44:44 EST What's your favorite snack ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15691548 Just wondering what snack gets you through the late afternoon? <BR> <BR> It's seems like a long time lapse from lunch at noon and then till dinner at 6:00. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:24:15 EST ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15687309 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I am Kari. I am 20 and i need to look better then i do. I have a goal weight of 133 and i am hoping to lose 2 pounds a week. Hoping!!! well...im in school, i am planning to be a communications major, which also means i have look good. The main reason i am doing this is for my baby,my forever, the love of my life, i want to look good on our wedding day!! Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:49:26 EST Why Blogs help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15685328 I have been blogging about anything and everything since I started on this site in November of 2007. Blogging has given me the ability to really reflect on what I do and why I do it, it gives me the OK to laugh at myself and to share my experiences with everyone else. Reading other people's blogs helps me to see them, for who they are - not their pages and pictures but really what's going on with them - their challenges, success and struggles. it gives me the chance to reach out and offer a h... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 13:48:06 EST HI Everybody... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15680251 I just found the site, and I definately looking for help. I'm married with 3 kids... and living in Pennsylvania Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:20:49 EST Day One fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15670010 It is summer and I am off of work so I have little too do. I was afraid I would just eat and drink all day. My sister has been raving about this site for years, so I decided I needed some motivation to get my ass back to the gym. <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. Yay Me. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 01:42:02 EST Losing weight after weight loss surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15666984 Hi! I had a weight loss surgery 7 years ago and the doctor made a mistake. He didn't listen to me, and to make the story short, I spent many months in the hospital for several years. Though I lost weight, it wasn't all I needed to, and I've now begun to gain it back. I'm doing all I can to figure out what "normal" eating is!!! I look forward to working with everyone here! Mon, 9 Jun 2008 22:52:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15662442 Hi Everybody. My name is Kristy. I've joined SP before but only briefly. I'm planning on sticking around this time and seeing my goals through. I have gained weight over the years and I really need to get it off for health reasons. Today was my actual day 1 and I'm off to a slow start but definitely doing better then usual. Good luck Everybody!!!! Mon, 9 Jun 2008 19:54:13 EST Eager member of the Class of 6/8-14/2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15660271 Hello there, I'm Tam (aka digiscrappy) and I'm happy to have been encouraged to join SparkPeople by an "e-friend" of mine (sarbah77). I'm 38, a working mother of four, with a current goal of 18 pounds to lose by September 1st. Not only am I unhappy with my current condition, I'm also starting to see the effect in my bloodwork... elevated cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and borderline glucose. And, the social motivator... my 20th high school reunion is in September. <BR> <BR> I've alread... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 18:06:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15654870 Hi! My best friend joined last week and she sent me her page... so i decided to join. She lives 4 states away so this is a cool way for us to do something to support each other. <BR> I'm borderline diabetic, and my husband and i want to have a baby and i know that if i don't loose some weight i'm going to have a long and difficult road in front of me. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 14:33:00 EST Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15653112 I just moved back to California from Hawaii where I lived a very active lifestyle. Now I'm stuck in a rut & I think this might be the way out! <BR> <BR> Whooo HOooooo Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:35:48 EST Hello! Getting married in two months also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15652376 I definately need to work on losing some extra pounds this is the biggest i have been in my life I am only 22 I want to look good for my honey! Best part is he is away on business and won't be back until a week before the wedding i want him to be totally shocked! Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:13:59 EST Hello! Getting married in two months also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15652370 I definately need to work on losing some extra pounds this is the biggest i have been in my life I am only 22 I want to look good for my honey! Best part is he is away on business and won't be back until a week before the wedding i want him to be totally shocked! Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:13:49 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15650058 My name is Pamela, I am 23 years old, and am currently residing in Michigan. I have been active on these type of sites before, and I am really nervous to see how this journey is going to turn out. Even though my main goal is to reach 112 pounds by May 24, 2009, I am working on a way to break that down into manageable pieces, which will give me the motivation to progress. <BR> I suffer from a disability called Cerebral Palsy, which makes walking and coordination difficult, but I have never le... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:02:06 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15639056 Sorry, I did the wrong thing. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 05:06:54 EST I'm new ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15638545 sorry about the new topic...ill delete it as soon as i figure out how Mon, 9 Jun 2008 03:13:31 EST Low carb foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15628444 What are some of your favorite low carb foods? Sun, 8 Jun 2008 17:06:50 EST Low carb foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15628404 What are some of your favorite low carb foods? Sun, 8 Jun 2008 17:04:30 EST New from WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15626063 I'm trying to lose the last 10 lbs. from baby weight still. Fitting quality exercise/eating with a toddler is a challenge! Right now, I'm on the Slim Fast program and I'm really trying to cut sugar and junk food. Sun, 8 Jun 2008 14:51:41 EST HOW MANY POINTS DID YOU GET ON THE WHEEL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15543212 Hello there, <BR> How many points did you get on your wheel today?? <BR> <BR> I got 1 :( Thu, 5 Jun 2008 09:35:26 EST TUESDAY WEIGH INS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x15417564 <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Hello great Team mates... Here is where we will post our weekly weight loss. I picked tuesday as a random choice. This way we can celebrate each other as we lose our LOVE WEIGHT and see out healthy side come out! <BR> <BR> (PLEASE NOTE) <BR> 1. You do not have to weigh in if you don't want to, <BR> that's ok, or you can just put I lost this week, <BR> that's ok too. <BR> <BR> 2. If you weigh in on another day that's fine too, <BR> save ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 12:29:26 EST 1st Challenge for June 8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5962x20403x15417322 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hello there everyone, <BR> <BR> In this room I will post 5 challenges weekly for everyone.. (NOTHING IS MANDATORY AT ALL) This is all for fun and to help us keep motivated and lose our LOVE WEIGHT as I call mine.. )LOL) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 (CUPS) of water daily. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat a rainbow salad for dinner this entire week. <BR> You can add anything you like to your salad from, <BR> chicken to beef to shrimp, but it has to be a <BR> rainbow of veg ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 12:19:10 EST The Portion Distortion Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15416522 The Portion Distortion Guide <BR> A List of Serving Sizes <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> Selecting the right foods also means choosing portions that are proper serving sizes. The terms "portion" and "serving" are often used interchangeably, but they don't mean the same thing. <BR> <BR> A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat for meals or snacks (like a plateful of pasta or a handful of raisins). <BR> <BR> In comparison a "servin... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 11:43:15 EST Top 10 Activities for New SparkPeople Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20403x15403521 Top 10 Activities for New SparkPeople Members <BR> <BR> Welcome to SparkPeople.com! <BR> <BR> By Chris 'SparkGuy' Downie & Jen Mueller <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> Welcome to SparkPeople! I’m SparkGuy, SparkPeople’s Founder and President, and one of the Resident Experts on the site. I’m here with Coach Jen to help you get oriented to the site and get started on your program. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By now you might be thinking “Okay, where do I go from here?” Well, I’m going to tell... Sat, 31 May 2008 22:03:16 EST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15396742 <em>91</em> <BR> Can I track things (Fitness, Nutrition or Other Goals) more than 7 days in advance? <BR> <BR> No, you are not able to track more than one week ahead. We've found that members have a greater chance of success when they focus set shorter-term goals and plans to work toward. <BR> Sat, 31 May 2008 16:42:41 EST Nutrition Questions: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15392133 What is the best type of diet to lose body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass? <BR> <BR> <BR> The best diet for weight loss with muscle maintenance is also the safest diet and one that can be followed for a lifetime. This type of diet: <BR> <BR> • Restricts calories by 300-500 daily, aiming for a 1-2 pound weekly weight loss but not so low that the body goes into starvation mode. <BR> • Encourages a fitness program to boost metabolism and health benefits. <BR> • Allows for a vari... Sat, 31 May 2008 12:57:27 EST Fitness Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20403x15390353 How often should I walk? Should I focus on miles or minutes? <BR> <BR> <BR> The "FITT" Principles will help you design a safe and effective cardio (aerobic) exercise program, whether you walk for exercise or do something else. <BR> <BR> Frequency: Number of Days Per Week <BR> Aim for a minimum of 3 days a week, and gradually work your way up to 5 or 6 days a week. The more the better--especially when it comes to weight loss. But don't forget the importance of rest and recovery. Give yo... Sat, 31 May 2008 11:54:40 EST WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278893 MISTAKEN IDENTITY...SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD.. TRUE STORY (SAD) THOUGH.. <BR> <BR> I ALSO READ A BOY CALLED IT ANOTHER TRUE STORY..REALY GOOD. (EXCELLNET) <BR> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:44:09 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR LUNCH? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278824 A HUGE SALAD Tue, 27 May 2008 19:42:05 EST WHAT SOUND DO YOU HEAR RIGHT NOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278817 THE WIND, WE GOING TO GET HIT SOON BY A RAIN STORM.. Tue, 27 May 2008 19:41:44 EST 3 FOODS YOU CANT LIVE WITH OUT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278787 OMG...HUMMMM... <BR> <BR> WATER MELON,CHEESE,BREAD Tue, 27 May 2008 19:40:54 EST WHAT STORE DO YOU SHOP MOST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278734 ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH..(LOVE IT) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:39:07 EST WHAT HOLIDAY DO YOU LIKE BEST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278712 CHRISTMAS <em>263</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:38:12 EST FAVORITE T.V SERIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278688 HOUSE AND HELL'S KITCHEN Tue, 27 May 2008 19:37:25 EST OLD TV SHOWS ...DO YOU REMEMBER?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278667 ADAMS FAMILY Tue, 27 May 2008 19:36:51 EST WHAT SONG IS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278642 I'M EVERY WOMAN.. Tue, 27 May 2008 19:35:59 EST 5 LETTER WORD.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278621 RULED Tue, 27 May 2008 19:35:29 EST WHAT TIME IS IT RIGHT NOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278612 6:32PM TIME FOR ME TO START COOKING. Tue, 27 May 2008 19:35:05 EST A-Z GIRLS NAMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278600 ANNA <BR> <BR> NEXT NAMES STARTS WITH (B) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:34:36 EST A-Z BOYS NAMES... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278587 ADAM <BR> <BR> NEXT NAMES STARTS WITH (B) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:34:07 EST WHAT COLOR DO YOU FEEL TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278570 BRIGHT PINK! <em>185</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:33:20 EST HOW MANY POST DO YOU HAVE NOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278547 17,349 Tue, 27 May 2008 19:32:38 EST LETS COUNT..(READY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278513 1 Tue, 27 May 2008 19:31:52 EST THINGS YOU FIND AT WAL-MART. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278506 SOCKS Tue, 27 May 2008 19:31:35 EST WHAT FRUIT DID YOU EAT LAST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278490 <em>277</em> THEY WERE SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Tue, 27 May 2008 19:31:02 EST WHAY COLOR ARE YOUR SOCKS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278464 MY FEET ARE NAKED NO SOCKS..LOL Tue, 27 May 2008 19:30:17 EST ONE WORD DESCRIBES YOUR MOOD.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278450 HAPPY! Tue, 27 May 2008 19:29:49 EST HOW MANY POINTS UNTIL YOUR NEXT TROPHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278433 694 Tue, 27 May 2008 19:29:14 EST WHAY AM I ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278420 I SAY MEOW.. Tue, 27 May 2008 19:28:49 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278392 CEREAL, FRUIT AND MILK.. <em>4</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:28:07 EST QUESTION WITH A QUESTION? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278371 WHAT TIMES IS IT? <BR> <BR> Now the way you play this game is that you dont answer the question but you try to turn it around so your asking another question about the question that is being asked..lol.. Tue, 27 May 2008 19:27:35 EST WORDS ENDING WITH (ED) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278319 FR(ED) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:26:08 EST WORDS ENDING WITH (ING) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278299 LOOK(ING) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:25:36 EST SHOW YOUR FEELING WITH A EMOTICON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278283 <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:25:11 EST WHO WAS YOU LAST TELEPHONE CALL FROM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278263 SON Tue, 27 May 2008 19:24:34 EST HOW MANY LOGIN POINTS DID YOU EARN TODAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278246 5 <em>104</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:23:57 EST LAST LETTER STARTS NEW WORD.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278209 APPLE (E) Tue, 27 May 2008 19:22:58 EST What are you drinking right now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5857x20403x15278166 <em>274</em> Water one for you and one for me.. <em>244</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 19:21:52 EST