SparkPeople Fit and Organized Team Messageboard Does your house need a fitness boost too? Come lose pounds and de-clutter your home. Click on the team image for an interesting challenge. SparkPeople Fit and Organized Team Messageboard Things that end in ING Spring Mon, 4 Jan 2021 23:43:26 EST Words that start with the letter J January <em>213</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2021 23:38:26 EST Words that start with “D” December Wed, 2 Dec 2020 22:25:36 EST Things that start with the letter "O" Oats Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:49:45 EST AHA Moments I joined the gym 4 days ago but have not gotten up in the morning to give myself time to go. And this morning I decided to boil 2 eggs for breakfast while I took a shower, thereby saving time and insuring that I would not stop at a fast food joint for a cheap breakfast. <BR> <BR> My Aha! moment is realizing that much of my organization challenges and healthy living decisions have to do with time management. <BR> <BR> Tonight I will take a little time to plan a schedule and read a little... Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:45:40 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TEAM LEADER CHRISTINE! <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>383</em> <em>335</em> <em>409</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2019 14:46:33 EST Spring Cleaning - A to Z <em>542</em> Objects or places to clean --- tools for cleaning --- ANYTHING to do with spring cleaning. Let's go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:42:39 EST "One thing a day" cutter clearing method Let's use the one-a-day clutter clearing method: <BR> <BR> Just get rid of one thing that we don't need each day -- throw it out, give it to someone else who would enjoy it, recycle it, or donate it to charity. After one year's time we will have gotten rid of 365 things! <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> some fancy paper and envelopes that I have never used! I mostly use e-mail now! So why was I hanging on to this? Don't ask me, maybe because it was pretty... I don't know... hahaha <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:26:29 EST A - Z Christmas is coming.... A is for Apron <BR> <BR> *And just in time for Thanksgiving, pies anyone? Tue, 6 Nov 2018 20:28:22 EST CHAT Happy November! I was wondering who's all here checking in on SparkPeople this November? <BR> <BR> Looks like it will be Thanksgiving lunch here at our house again this year. It will just be 5 of us, and I'm sure I'll have help with the cooking from our 2 sons...definitely not my brother or DH. And I can say that afterwards I will not be Black Friday shopping! <BR> (nothing against it for OTHER people, I'm just not a crowd person. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Drop in and... Thu, 1 Nov 2018 13:47:35 EST Accountability walking thread.. <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> June: <BR> <BR> 1 yes <BR> 2 yes <BR> 3 yes <BR> 4 yes <BR> 5 yes <BR> 6 yes <BR> 7 yes <BR> 8 yes <BR> 9 yes <BR> 10 yes <BR> 11 yes <BR> 12 yes <BR> 13 yes <BR> 14 yes <BR> 15 yes <BR> 16 yes <BR> 17 no, it rained <BR> 18 no, it rained <BR> 19 yes <BR> 20 yes <BR> 21 no - yard work <BR> 22 yes <BR> 23 yes <BR> 24 yes <BR> 25 yes <BR> 26 yes <BR> 27 yes <BR> 28 yes <BR> 29 yes <BR> 30 yes <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:00:49 EST Are you serious? The vent thread... I sometimes feel like I have gotten rid of everything I need too. Then the super depressing ME realizes a lot of stuff I am keeping is stuff that may break my heart if I get rid of it. I still cannot bear to go through all of her photos. <BR> <BR> I am just venting and not wanting any help with my problem, does that make sense? It like I am in limbo, It is what it is for right now. Only I can change myself. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me vent here everyone, you all rock!! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 19:23:43 EST I cleaned.... The kitchen sink :-) Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:32:27 EST Things that end in ER Reader Tue, 6 Feb 2018 20:36:17 EST Words that end in “ER” Nicer Tue, 6 Feb 2018 20:32:15 EST COMMIT TO STAY FIT - Post Holiday Fitness Here! The holidays are upon us!. It's tempting to make excuses not to get our planned fitness in, but we KNOW that we will be happier, and healthier, and feel better in every way -- if we take the time to take care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Come here to post your workouts in whatever way you want, <BR> <em>311</em> whether it's miles walked, <BR> <em>56</em> minutes spent, <BR> <em>361</... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:51:03 EST I will match you and raise you! This is how It goes: <BR> <BR> I will start with 10 triceps kick backs. (I use 5 pounds dumbbells) <BR> <BR> Then you, the next one in line: <BR> <BR> I'll match your 10 triceps kick backs, and raise you 10 squats. (Example only) <BR> <BR> The next person has the 2 above items and adds a third. <BR> <BR> Then next person starts over with just one thing. <BR> <BR> * Remember! Always, always modify the item to you level, I do modified jumping jacks and my pushups are on on the kitchen co... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:46:27 EST Summer is a good time to.... ? <em>377</em> Remember to deep water your trees if you live in the high desert like I do. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:12:21 EST QOTD - May 31, 2017 What are your "must have" grocery items? <BR> <BR> I have to have bran flakes, bananas, apples and almond milk. Wed, 31 May 2017 16:04:36 EST QOTD - May 30, 2017 Do you have a cleaning quote to share? <BR> <BR> There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it. ~ Monta Crane Tue, 30 May 2017 18:29:37 EST QOTD - May 28, 2017 I am curious, what do you store in your hall closet? <BR> <BR> I have 2 leaves to my dining table, the vacuum, three bins on the shelf, one for each family member for winter gloves etc., some games, lots of coats, rug cleaner machine, some frames I need to do something about. <BR> Sun, 28 May 2017 10:14:59 EST QOTD - May 27,2017 It's 25 days until summer. Are you looking forward to any vacations this year? <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to going to visit my sister and see her new condo in Oregon. Also my niece is having her first baby! <em>183</em> Sat, 27 May 2017 14:00:24 EST QOTD - May 26,2017 What one thing would make your life more enjoyable and peaceful? <BR> <BR> I would love to have a picture perfect backyard to hang out, and entertain in, but it is a definite work in progress right now. Fri, 26 May 2017 17:34:31 EST Use one letter in CLEAN to make a word Cedar Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 EST QoTD - May 25, 2017 Do you have your list of health related goals where you can see them everyday? <BR> <BR> What are some of your goals? <BR> <BR> I will start. I have them right where I sit at the computer. <BR> <BR> I have get 16,000 steps a day, and get up, make my bed, take up the shade and get on top of the day! <em>334</em> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:07:59 EST QOTD -May, 24, 2017 <em>38</em> What cleaning chore are you putting off? <BR> <BR> I will start... I need to clean out my fridge! Wed, 24 May 2017 19:24:42 EST Which are you? The dirt dodgers 18% of women surveyed clean only when they absolutely have to. <BR> <BR> The clean extremes 25% Clean even where people can’t see <BR> <BR> Mess busters 24% work hard at keeping it clean. <BR> <BR> The strugglers 21% feel more disorganized than other women and are dissatisfied with how clean their house looks. <BR> <BR> The mop passers 11% avoid cleaning and rely on husbands, children or housekeepers instead. <BR> <BR> I am a dirt dodger!!! And sometimes a struggler! (Is... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:10:12 EST My 15 minute project was... ? This challenge is to complete 15 minute projects and report successes here. <BR> If you don't have a 15 minute project, you can break larger projects into 15 minute segments. You may give someone an idea, or get an idea from someone on what to do! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:17:00 EST Spring is a good time to.... ? Start my daily walking again Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:12:03 EST Use one letter in SPRING to make a word Gardening Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:02:31 EST Waves hi I am Angel, a 30 something divorce who is fixing me Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:42:44 EST Use one letter in ORGANIZED to make a word Zoo Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:24:52 EST Getting my Ducks in a Row in 2017! Well, I started the book about getting your ducks in a row. It's designed to help you get your whole house organized in a year. This month is the kitchen which is perfect for my weight loss goals. I'm sure the bedroom in February (the month of Valentines day) is no accident. I got a book about getting your finances in order within a year written by the same author. This month is the office. Hopefully I can do both with only the weekends off! Fingers crossed! Thoughts? Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:00:18 EST what to do, what to do?? <BR> I have a bedroom that I can use for whatever I wish. Since the kids moved out it's a beautiful extra room. Large, too. I'm just not sure what to do with it. I have all of my exercise equipment in the basement so I don't want to have a second room like that. I have a full sized bed that I have pushed under a window in that room and I'm using it as a couch since finding a pretty bedspread and bolsters. I just don't know what to do with the rest of the room. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:43:09 EST A to Z of What Is In Your House A - applesauce Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:30:28 EST Let's have a streak thread! You can set up your streak message however you would like. <BR> <BR> Then update your message as your streak continues. <BR> <BR> Day 3 of 20 minutes of the elliptical. (I am starting over for the 1st of the year) <BR> Day 3 of 5,000 steps minimum <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:40:34 EST Say Merry Christmas to your team here! <em>445</em> Merry Christmas team! <BR> I hope you are having a joyful holiday! <em>460</em> With many blessings! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 02:54:24 EST Use one of the letters in WINTER to make a word Encouragement Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:35:16 EST What is the weather in your neck of the woods? 45 degrees, windy and cold! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:01:55 EST Name a Famous Person A-Z Name a Famous Person from A-Z could be a President, Movie Star, Political Person etc. <BR> <BR> A- Alexander Hamilton Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:10:05 EST Fall cleaning challenge Do you have a fall cleaning project you are working on? I am working on my basement. I want it cleaned up/ Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:34:43 EST Apple watch I finally broke down and got an Apple watch. The activity app is wonderful. I have been doing a lot more movement since I got it. Those little things keep me moving Fri, 20 May 2016 09:35:28 EST PICK UP 5! Have you ever been stuck wondering just where to start? I have a little game I play sometimes where I'll say to myself “Just do 5 things.” ALWAYS there will be at least 5 items out of place, or actions like unloading the dishwasher that need doing. Getting started on these small steps will (usually) get me motivated to do more. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> JUST DO 5! or PICK UP 5! I can't decide which I like better <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Whichever name you choose says it all! Go pic... Wed, 18 May 2016 16:13:19 EST Spring Cleaning challenge? What does everyone think about a Spring cleaning challenge? We could do it room by room and in 6 weeks could probably have the whole house done! Personally I have 3 bedrooms, my kitchen, one bathroom and a laundry room. But I have all sorts of nooks and crannies and back rooms I can clean besides that! What do you think? Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:18:11 EST Hi, I'm new. <em>213</em> My name is Vonnie. I have been married to a wonderful husband for 35 years. I have ten children. Six of my children are still at home and I really need to get organized! <em>198</em> My husband likes the house to stay nice and neat but it's hard with six teenagers in the house! I would love to have some ideas. <BR> I also have a goal to loose my weight. I had a hysterectomy in December 2015 and am having a hard time. <BR> I would love to meet some friends with th... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:47:38 EST Do I need a cleaning schedule? "why do you need a housework schedule? <BR> If you are a slob... A schedule will at least help you do better... <BR> If you're a perfectionist: A schedule can keep you from doing more things than really need to be done" <BR> Deniece Schofield from "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" <BR> <em>213</em> <em>377</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:21:12 EST New Plan Well I've tried 15 minutes a day (on the basis that you'll do more once started - didn't work for me!) <BR> <BR> And I've tried doing an hour a day - but that didn't work either <BR> <BR> One of the things that Deniece Schofield points out in "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" is that it is more time efficient to work in big chunks of time (quicker to iron 5 shirts at once than get the ironing board out 5 days in a row just to iron 1 shirt etc) <BR> <BR> So <BR> <BR> My new plan is t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:17:51 EST 100 Minutes Club Challenge Welcome to the 100 Strong Club! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <em>23</em> <em>328</em> <em>323</em> <em>402</em> <em>317</em> <em>362</em> <em>418</em> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This ongoing challenge is all about Strength Training. It challenges you to do a minimum of 25 minutes of Strength Training each week. Consistently. One session or multiple mini sessions. Your choice. Your schedule. Working different muscles so as not to overwork any muscles. <BR> <BR> You ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:52:18 EST Team Monthly Goals Team Goals <BR> <BR> Hey there! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Did you sign up for any of the team fitness goals when you joined the team? If not, look on the bottom of the Team page and join in, if you like. <BR> <BR> For those of you that did sign up, do you track them? <BR> <BR> Just to remind everyone of the goals, they are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Give one Goodie per day. <BR> 2. Decluttering one area 1 time per day. <BR> 3. Exercise 20 minutes per day. <BR> 4. Track 3 meals, 7 times... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:41:30 EST Moving out of the country. Omg! Where do I start? Omg! <BR> <BR> I have decided to sell my house and retire to the Philippines.I will be moving next winter, so I have a little time. I need to sell my house around this summer. I will be staying with my daughter and make sure she is settled before I leave. I will join my son and his fiancee in the Philippines.. BUT I have an enormous amount of decluttering to do. In addition I have some things I need to sell. The things I need to sell are extremely old German books. I think I will have to ha... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 16:00:43 EST Good Bye Clutter! An Organized and Peaceful Space <BR> <BR> Clutter is the major nemesis for many people. <em>2</em> It is the primary reason people join this team. It may be due to too much stuff. Or may be due to a lack of efficient organization of the stuff. Whatever the reason, a cluttered space is often emotionally draining, as well as unsightful. It may affect feelings of self worth which in turn may trigger unhealthy eating and poor fitness habits. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>542</em> This is a... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:21:53 EST The One Hundred Miles Club Challenge Welcome to 2016 - join the 100 mile club! <BR> <BR> This is an ongoing challenge to rack up cardio minutes. <BR> <BR> For the cardio: <BR> The goal is simple - 100 miles <BR> Run, cycle or walk. Or, for every 15 minutes of other activity, you track one mile. <BR> <BR> We will start with an initial target date. Afterwards, you can set your own dates. <BR> <BR> The first goal date is March 1. <BR> <BR> That's 8 weeks to reach your first one hundred mile marker. And, of course, you can... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:23:51 EST A-Z Game use each letter in a sentence Here I will start... <BR> <BR> A - Able bodied people should work out.... that would be me of course! :) Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:22:14 EST Wintertime (game) List words that are associated with winter. (Feelings, events, foods, etc.) <em>425</em> <em>445</em> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:50:40 EST The No Holiday Gain Campaign <em>426</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> Holidays are notorious for weight gain. Not hard to imagine with all the tempting foods and so many social gatherings. Not to mention the time crunch from all the cleaning, organizing, shopping and decorating associated with the season. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year, let’s direct our energies to buckling the norm – no weight gain. Period. Just focus on maintaining whatever you weigh right now. Just imagine how awesome it will be to star... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:32:15 EST 31 Days of Easy De-Cluttering <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> Seems like a LOT of us on this team are on a mission to get rid of I thought it would be fun over the next days to post some ideas for areas to tidy up that can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less. <BR> <BR> The suggestions come from this blog (Overwhelmed to Organized): <BR> <link>www.fromoverwhelmedtoorganizedblog.c<BR>om/2013/09/welcome-to-31-days-of-easy... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:22:10 EST My October Challenge I have joined "Just 5 Minutes" to help keep me motivated through my personal challenge to do a minimum of 5 min. a day of de-cluttering each day of October. I an effort to stay motivated to succeed I plan to post to this forum most days of each week. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:50:07 EST New to this Group De-cluttering has been a long time challenge for me. I was pretty excited to find this group and this forum. My goal is to spend a minimum of 5 minutes each day organizing something during the month of October. I love the 18 tips, thank-you for posting this. Good timing for me. My plan is to check in with this forum on most days of the week to record my progress. I look forward to being a part of this forum. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:17:35 EST Just Five... Just Five.... <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Often we focus on decluttering. Usually because we have too much. Sometimes because we have too little space. Often times we lack a plan that we have the time or energy to do it. Or so it seems. Or, maybe it is simply too overwhelming. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> A blog written by Joshua Becker suggests a different approach to decluttering. He suggest that the focus should be becoming minimalist. Certainly, if you look at things in th... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:10:57 EST Share Your Motivation! We thought it would be fun to have a thread for everyone to post motivational images, quotes or articles....anything you find inspirational! <BR> <em>465</em> Fall officially starts Wednesday, September 23 <em>465</em> <BR> Looking forward to cooler weather? Motivated to get back on track after the lazy days of summer? (I know I am!) <BR> <em>381</em> Challenge yourself to drop in once a week (or even every day) and share your motivation! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:49:54 EST September Strong! September Strong! <BR> <BR> This month let’s focus on strength training. Strength training is often overlooked because it does not burn as many calories as cardio activity. However, strength training has its own benefits: <BR> <BR> It helps maintains weight loss. <BR> It makes you stronger and fitter. <BR> It eliminates firms your muscle (Bye, bye jigging arms) <BR> It helps burn more calories when you do cardio exercise. <BR> <BR> If you have not ever strength trained check out the ar... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:19:09 EST August - Target Time Is there something you have tried to check off your list, but it is still there? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Is there a fitness goal, routine, class or exercise that you keep trying to do or achieve, but haven't? <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Is the number on the scale, not the one you want? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well, this is the month to get closer to your goals. <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> Select at least one thing, but no more than 3, that you want to do this month. Preferably something t... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 01:49:17 EST August Challenge - Just 3 Days Short on time? A month long challenge does not fit in your schedule? Even a whole week is too long? Well, this month focuses on short 3 day challenges. Each challenge is based upon those stumbling blocks that interfere with achieving our nutritional, organizational and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Once a week, a three day challenge will be posted on Sunday. You have the entire week to accomplish the challenge. <BR> <BR> For this week, it is all about nutrition and self-accountability. <BR> ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 01:27:34 EST July Challenge: all about You - set your goals It is all YOU! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This month the challenge is about You! What do you need to accomplish your fitness, organization, wellness and nutritional goals? Each week we will focus on one of these areas. Your will select a personal goal in that area to focus on during the week. Make it a goal that is meaningful for you. It does not matter how big or small the goal is. Only that it is do-able in seven days. <BR> <BR> <BR> The first week will start on Sunday, July 5th. <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 00:14:39 EST For July - daily challenges from Brightnest This month's daily challenges are based upon the website and app called Brightnest. The goal is to declutter your home. I will post each day's challenge, but here is the link which contains a printable daily calendar: <link>/<BR>ndar-for-a-totally-de-cluttered-house-<BR>printable </link> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge: clear your entry way Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:40:34 EST June Daily Challenges For Monday: 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> For Tuesday: 1/2 hour of any cardio activity <BR> <BR> For Wednesday: tidy any area for 15 minutes <BR> <BR> For Thursday: do any SparkPeople fitness video <BR> <BR> For Friday: clean or dust window treatments (blinds, curtains,shutters, etc.) in at least 2 rooms Sun, 31 May 2015 10:16:43 EST June Challenge - SECOND season of the Amazing Race <em>235</em> Welcome to the Second Season of the Amazing Race Fit and Organized Mini Boot Camp! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> CHALLENGE BEGINS ON June 1 AND ENDS ON June 30 <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> The goal is to travel to as many destinations as you can by the end of the month. There are 35 destinations. Everyone starts at destination one. Moving from one destination to the next is achieved by tidying up for 15 minutes AND completing a challenge. You can... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:46:39 EST May Daily Challenges This month, I will post daily challenges which are based upon our Amazing Race 14 day challenge. There will be a challenge for each day. <BR> <BR> Since May 1 is on Friday, I am jumping ahead, so that everyone has all the challenges for the upcoming weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday - 8 glasses of water <BR> Saturday - 20 minutes of any fitness <BR> Sunday - 50 crunches (any type) <BR> <BR> Post any emoticon as you complete the daily challenges. <BR> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:24:12 EST May Challenge - Amazing Race 14 Day Mini Boot Camp <em>199</em> Welcome to the Amazing Race Fit and Organized Mini Boot Camp! <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE BEGINS ON MAY 1 AND ENDS ON MAY 15 <BR> <BR> The goal is to travel to as many destinations as you can in 14 days. There are 35 destinations. You start at destination one. Moving from one destination to the next is achieved by exercising for a total of 20 minutes AND completing a challenge. If you exercise more than 20 minutes, you can count those minutes toward your next desti... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:09:25 EST 20 Spring Cleaning Suggestions -- from Houzz I found this article on HOUZZ and thought I would copy a bit of it and share it here on the team. Here is the link to the article: <BR> <link><BR>_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1144&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_content=gallery4 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>542</em> There are some <em>250</em> ideas here to add that little extra “detailing” to a spring spruce-up. What I like is that many of... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:48:34 EST Shake up your fitness routine 4 months ago, many of us made New Year Resolutions. One of the most common resolution involved more activity. is it going? Are you on track? Or have you had more excuses than actual fitness minutes? <BR> <BR> Well, the past is the past...Let's move on to the present with maybe something a little different. Interval Training and High Intensity Interval Training. For those of you that may not be familiar with the terms or the benefits, here's a link to a Sparkpeople article <li... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:14:44 EST Springing into Action! This month is all about action. Fling away all those excuses that have prevented you from having the serene and organized environment that you deserve. <BR> <BR> This week it is all about positive thinking and doing. <BR> <BR> First, define something that you can change. Second, determine what needs to be done to accomplish that change. And, third, do it for second days or longer. They say that longer you do it, the more likely it will be come a habit. <BR> <BR> You chose what you wou... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 16:01:33 EST Newbie to Spark and team <em>524</em> Hi I am Sandy and I am new in here. I am needing a lot of support and I want to be supportive to others in need also. So much to do and so little time is how it feels. I know I am making progress but somedays it is just soooooo slow. <BR> <BR> But I keep on a going! <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:47:00 EST Sharing my story to help others Life being overweight has had it's share of challenges that many of us struggle daily with. But I am truly blessed with a wonderful and uplifting support net work of caring people that I can turn to in my times of need. I personally witnessed what a sincere faith could do when My higher power literally healed my fiancee of incurable blindness in 2012. Not long after that miracle, my life began to change in amazing and wonderful ways! The Word says that The Lord is "I AM" .meaning living in th... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:23:52 EST Short Term Goals - Create Your Goal Long term goals are wonderful, but short term goals keep you going. For this challenge, select a goal that you would like to focus on for 7 days. It can be a nutritional, fitness, scale or organizational goal. The important thing is that is something that can be accomplished in 7 days. <BR> <BR> Whatever you select, let's us know here. After 7 days, you can repeat that same goal or select a new one. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:26:33 EST March Challenge - Small Projects If you have ever said "I would do more, if only I had the time", then this month's challenge is perfect for you. This month the focus will be on small projects. I will randomly announce new projects, so check in often for something that suits your needs. <BR> <BR> Do let us know what you have accomplish (or maybe still working on), by posting an emoticon or dropping a line. And if there is a small project that you that would be great for the team, let's know that here, too! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:16:40 EST New SparkPeople Feature: Images in Posts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just in case you haven't seen this elsewhere on SparkPeople today, we now have the ability to upload images into our posts! Thanks SparkPeople! <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> ..... Here's the message from Coach Jen..... <BR> <BR> “Hello! <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to m... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:42:37 EST Help Can't seem to get the house going to look like a house <BR> <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <BR> With little ones on winter break <BR> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:07:37 EST February "Love Your HEART" Fitness Challenge <em>26</em> <em>281</em> <em>219</em> <em>383</em> <em>493</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Although it's the shortest month, February has plenty of holidays and special events. In the U.S on Sunday, Feb 1, many will be watching the Super Bowl – and then the day after we'll be looking to see if the Groundhog sees his shadow. There are presidents' birthdays and of course, Valentine's Day the 14th. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> February has also come to be known as “Heart” thi... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:13:57 EST Sharing Is Caring Perhaps we can share videos, books or articles and come back to the team page and discuss what we learned. Here is one that I found interesting. If you try the ideas let us know how good it works. <BR> <BR><BR>sLw <BR> <BR> Michelle Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:16:34 EST January Challenge - Color My World Fitness and nutrition go together. So, for this challenge we will focus on our fruits and veggies. Everyday eat at least 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables. Daily. Not sure what serving looks like? Here is SP article about portion sizes. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Part two of this challenge is to eat a wide variety of different colored fruits and veggies. I found this blog that sorted the freggies into colored groups and ta... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:53:53 EST Project - Paper Removal Despite all the electronic forms of communication, I still end up with paper everywhere! Unread magazines, newspapers, flyers, bills, etc. In addition, I sometimes can't readily find what I need. This challenge is twofold: <BR> <BR> 1. Organize, file, shred or trash paperwork. <BR> 2. Explore possible ways to eliminate some of the paperwork and/or set up a more efficient way to handle it. <BR> <BR> Take as much time as needed to properly tackle this task. You can break up into different t... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:49:29 EST A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge <em>542</em> <em>213</em> This is a home organization challenge (NOT hosted by SparkPeople) I heard being discussed on another Spark Team I belong to, and thought I'd share the link to it here on this team in case anyone is interested in checking it out. It officially starts today -- Jan 4th, 2015. <BR> <BR> 2015 Home Organization 101 ~ 14 week challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>15-home-organizing-challenge.html </link> <BR> <BR> Starting today loo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:09:47 EST New Team Leader Hello everyone. I am Missygeen. I am excited to be one of your new team leaders. I recently started my own business while working part time. I plan to quit my part time job by August and know that time management and organization is key to being successful. I look forward to serving on this team and believe that together we will meet our goals this year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Best wishes <BR> Missygeen Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:38:56 EST Small Changes - a SparkPeople Challenge I know I am not the only one that is aware that SparkPeople has excellent resources. Sometimes it is hard to find what you need. I ran across this challenge from one of my other teams. I think it is an excellent way to start the New Year or to restart at anytime. It encompasses all the goals of this team and more. <BR> <BR> Obviously, this is not an official Fit and Organized challenge. And, yes, there is a commercial sponsorship linked with the challenge. It is plain that SparkPeople te... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:41:36 EST January Challenge - Holiday Clean Up This week we will focus on the aftermath of the holidays. Time to put away all the trimmings, clear away the holiday finery and give your home a bit of cleaning. Now, if you are one of the lucky ones that can skip these chores, how about focusing on one area that needs to be de-clutter? <BR> <BR> Your choice. <BR> <BR> Ready, set and clean! <em>386</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:36:55 EST January Challenge - Fresh Start Okay, perhaps your resolve was not as good as it could have been this past holiday season. No worries. That is the past. It is now time for a FRESH START. <BR> <BR> This week is all about fitness. Post your fitness minutes goal for this week. And, of course, report back and share your actual number. If you have not exercised in awhile (like me), start off with small number so you do not set yourself up for failure. If you are able to beat your goal, that's great. <BR> <BR> So, ready! ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:20:53 EST December Challenge The Single Most Important Goal November was hard, but December is harder. Not only are the holidays in full swing, but so is the tendency to just throw in the towel and wait until next year. <BR> <BR> Let's not wait and undue all the good work. Instead, let's step back and select the one thing we must do to keep things organized. It may be just making sure that our home looks tidy. Or, maybe, it is time to tackle that ever mounting paper stack. It doesn't matter how big or little the task is. What is important is that is... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:19:55 EST December Challenge: Finishing Strong! Finishing Strong! <BR> <BR> Can you believe that the end of the year is less than 30 days! With so much to do and so many festivities, it is important to stay on track with fitness and organization goals. I recognize that time may be limited, so this month we will focus on short goals. <BR> <BR> Randomly, I will post an activity that involves either fitness, organization or nutrition goals. Check in often as you can and each time you complete an activity, leave an emoticon. Any emoticon of... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 04:59:09 EST November Challenge - Stay on Track November is hard. Period. Parties, work goodies and holiday cooking can wreck anyone's nutritional goals. So, let's focus on what is easier to control. Fitness. <BR> <BR> This month, no matter what you eat - good, bad, or worse - commit to continue your fitness plans. Ideally, it should be your own goals. Alternatively, join me in doing at least 20 minutes of fitness, five days a week. Cardio with some strength training on a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not saying that the fitness ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:22:03 EST November Challenge - Focus on You Well, it is here...the holiday season. Just thinking about all I have to do and want to do makes my head spin. <em>40</em> I am sure I am not the only one with a long to-do list. <BR> <BR> <BR> This month the focus will be different. The focus will be on taking care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> Every week, set aside one hour to reward yourself. Read a book. Watch a favorite program. Chat with a friend. Take a walk. Soak in the tub. Take a nap. Yoga. Whatever you want to do to unwind and re... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:47:07 EST Need more organization Hi everyone, <BR> My life has become busier, and I need to de clutter and get more organized! <BR> I am a teacher and mom/gramma. I help take care of my 92 year old mom as well. <BR> I am glad that you are here! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:47:03 EST October Challenge - Personal Goals In August, we focused on de-cluttering. In September, we focused on fitness. Both challenges were aimed at creating (or maintaining) better habits. This month we continue this theme, but with a twist. You pick your own habit! It can any time of habit (nutrition, fitness, organizing, etc.). Just something that you want to became a habit or something you just really need to focus on for this month. <BR> <BR> Name your habit and report back how you are doing so that we can recognize and s... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:59:03 EST October Challenge Can you believe it is actually Fall? And right around the corner are the holidays. So, let's get a jump start, before life becomes so busy... <BR> <BR> This month is all about preparation. Pretend you are a guest that is coming to your home for the first time. Is there some thing, room or spot that you immediately feel a need to apologize for or remove from view? That is the area, thing or spot that should be your focus for this month's challenge. Do what is necessary so that you do not ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:51:42 EST September Challenge - better habits - fitness <em>386</em> Consistency is the key in fitness, too! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Tuesday, September 2, let's start a fitness streak. Twenty minutes of any cardio at least five days per week. You select which days, but it must be at least 5 days out of the week. You can chose the cardio activity. It does not have to be the same one. You just have to do it for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> Who is joining me? <em>318</em> <em>381</em> <em>311</em> <em>306</em> <em>309</em> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:33:29 EST September's Room <BR> This month's room is the spare room or guest bedroom. This may be just a quick clean for some to make it sparkle. But for others, myself included, your spare room may double as the dumping ground or catch all room. Either way, the goal is clean, declutter and organize this room. If it seems too overwhelming, break it up. Do 15 or 20 minutes at a time. Or focus on one area of the room at a time. Or one project within the room at a time. <BR> <BR> Whatever it takes to have a clean, well... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:22:15 EST Hi My name is Marge and I am married 44 years, have 4 kids and 7 grandkids who are the little loves of my life. <BR> I try and pride myself on being organized, but am always looking for new ideas. I also need to lose about 40 lbs. , so I am trying to eat healthier and hoping to lose weight, make new friends, and share ideas and support. <BR> Marge Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:25:39 EST Wildfires I have been gone because of the wildfire in Washington State The wildfire in my area burn 10000 acres I lost my pump house,a shed and vehicles. The firefighter save my house but there was lot of smoke damage. We had to clean everything and repaint the house. We are now back in the house. Now it just reorganizing thing and clean up the yard. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 03:57:21 EST August's Room For August, let's tackle the area where we dine. Your eat in area, dining room or where ever you take your meals. Let's give it a good clean. Remove all clutter not related to eating/dining. And, make the space more inviting. (Fresh garden flowers, new photos, a different tablecloth, etc.) <BR> <BR> Share your progress and/or completion. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:23:03 EST August Challenge - Creating Better Habits I read somewhere that there are people who are naturally organized. They immediately put things in place and tend not to procrastinate in general. They set up good organization and stick to it. <BR> <BR> Then there are people like me. Almost organized, but not quite there. Tidy in a live-able kind of way, but not company ready unless there is a marathon cleaning session. <BR> <BR> I think better organization and a cleaner home or work requires consistency. That is why for the month of Au... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:11:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:31:52 EST July's Challenge July means summer is in full swing and, in the U.S., another holiday weekend - the 4th of July. <BR> So rather than focusing on daily challenges, it will be weekly challenges. With a twist. Each week will focus on one aspect of fitness and/or organization. <BR> <BR> This week - July 1 - 5 - it is all about the basics - Drinking at least 6 glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Drink up, team! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:26:23 EST July's Target Room Last month the focus was on the outside. This month let's turn to the most used room of the house...the bathroom. <BR> <BR> Time to clean, sanitize, and shine that room. Now, it may not take the entire month for a basic clean. However, that is just the starting point. The challenge is to keep it clean the entire month. <BR> <BR> That's the minimal goal. <BR> <BR> Step up to the next level with organization. Purge those cabinets and drawers by tossing expired meds lotions, old make up, etc... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:27:25 EST Hi Everyone! I everyone! Not new to SP but new to participating a lot in order to achieve my goals! One thing that I found is being disorganized in life really gets you off track. So, I am organizing and cleaning my house and my life ;) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting/supporting with you all! <BR> <BR> Shannon Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:24:42 EST June's Target Room This month the emphasis will be outdoor spaces. Decks, patios, pergolas, entries, yards, gardens, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's clean them up. Declutter and better organize it. Weed and trim wherever it needs it. And make it enjoyable for the summer and beyond. <BR> <BR> It you want, why not take a before and after picture and share it with the team? Thu, 29 May 2014 20:11:36 EST June's Daily Challenge <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>363</em> <em>320</em> <em>217</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This month we will focus on fitness: <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness minutes you would like to achieve. And then track it using this template. Copy and paste it. And then just edit your post to update it with your minutes. Of course, this challenge does not require daily fitness. Set your own schedule and don't forget a rest day once in awhile. <BR> <BR> Fitness Month Go... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:02:26 EST May' Daily Challenge Once again, I will provide daily challenges that will address both fitness and organization. You can modify the challenge to suit your needs. Also, you can do the challenges in any order. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge: <BR> <BR> 15 minute tidy for the bathroom Thu, 1 May 2014 14:55:21 EST May's Target Room For this month long challenge - we will focus on the bedroom. The goal is to make it the best room it can be in terms of cleaniness, organization and relaxation. <BR> <BR> Let's start with making it shine. <BR> <BR> First week/day (you decide): <BR> <BR> Remove all clutter. Dust or polish. Clean the mirrors and/or windows. Sweep. Mop. Vacuum. Change the sheets and/or bedspread. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:33:56 EST Really, I did spin 50 more points (2 in 2 days) Team, I just spun another 50 points for this team. It's the second time in as many days for this team, and I've lost count of the other teams for which I spun 50 points in less than a month. I'm not kidding, I have a real knack for this. <em>244</em> <em>380</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 02:13:07 EST I'm hot! I just won 50 points on the team spin! I just got a 50-point spin for the team. It's about the third time this week that I've done that -- and that is no exaggeration. <BR> <BR> I never win at Bingo <em>246</em> . Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:00:58 EST Getting and Staying Clutter Free The reoccurring problem - clutter! <BR> <BR> Sometimes, it is from a lack of space. Sometimes the culprit is a lack of time. And, sometimes it is just a lack of good organization. <BR> <BR> This is a 7 day challenges that begins any day you like. The important part is that you set aside a week to do this project. <BR> <BR> Here is the suggested approach: <BR> <BR> Day One: identify at least one troublesome area that either attracts clutter or is just plain cluttered. This is now your p... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:25:34 EST April Daily Challenge Every day I will post one mini challenge involving fitness and organization. Since I am on the west coast, I will post the challenge the night before. That way you will have a full day to complete the challenge. Jump in anytime. <BR> <BR> And if you have a suggestion for a challenge, spark mail me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:13:17 EST Last Days of March - March Madness Challenge Okay, in the spirit of the season - March Madness - let's change things up a bit. Time for our own Sweet Sixteen list. From now to April First, see how many of the following things you can accomplish: <BR> <BR> 1. Do 15 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> 2. Clean a mirror or glass surface. <BR> <BR> 3. Do 10 minutes of upper body strength training <BR> <BR> 4. De-clutter for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5. Do another 15 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> 6. Make your bed with clean sheets. <BR> <B... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:50:34 EST Weekend Challenge - Create your own Okay, I am borrowing this from another team. One day this weekend, create a healthy goal and accomplish it. <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:03:48 EST Wednesday - Friday Challenge - Action Time So you have made a list. <em>195</em> Maybe you made a second list. <em>203</em> Maybe you made a list of your lists. <em>149</em> You KNOW what needs to be done. BUT, it is not done. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> So time to get into action and... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Just do it (already)! <BR> <BR> Pick one thing off your list and complete it. Come back and share what you have completed with an emoticon that represents the activity you completed. There is no ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:15:16 EST Midweek Challenge - Spotlight on the Bathroom Spring is right around the corner. Time to get start on spring cleaning. This week's focus - the bathroom. Cleaning it is just the first step. A well organized bathroom makes it easier to clean and kept clean. Here's a great article about organizing the bathroom: <BR> <link><BR>/The-Family-Home--8-Easy-Tips-for-an-O<BR>rganized-Bathroom </link> <BR> <BR> The challenge. <BR> <BR> Using these tips or whatever works best for you, organize one aspect... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:34:26 EST Weekend Challenge - Focus on YOU! So often we take care of everyone and everything before ourselves. I am not suggesting that it is inappropriate or unnecesary, but it is well-documented that if you take care of yourself, you can more effectively take care others. So, during this weekend, make some time for yourself. <BR> <BR> Do one or more of the following: <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> 10 minutes of relaxation (any activity that allows you to relax - read a book, take a bath, etc,) <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> 10 minutes o... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:09:45 EST Challenge - Tuesday - Thursday - Steps More fitness and organizing: <BR> <BR> First: the traditional definition - set a goal for specific number of steps for either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. When completed, post a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Don't count steps? You can still participate. Chose any cardio activity and do it for at least 20 minutes. If you already do 20 minutes or more cardio, then add at least 10 minutes to it. The general idea is to get some movement. When completed, post a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> An... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:28:36 EST Today's Breakfast <em>370</em> <em>254</em> <em>301</em> We all have heard: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Despite that, many of us skip it anyway. <BR> <BR> So, what did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>467</em> <em>476</em> <em>466</em> <em>474</em> <em>469</em> <em>470</em> <em>267</em> <em>367</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>372</em> <em>371</em> <em>373</em> <em>22</em> <em>488</em> <e... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:53:41 EST Challenge - Back to Basics Weekend Challenge So, another month is here. Let's keep going with the basics to get us to our goal, with a bit of a twist: <BR> <BR> Try a new Strength Training Move, DVD, Fitness Class, Sparkpeople or YouTube video this weekend <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Organize, file, scan or shred (as appropriate), one pile (bag, stack,etc.) of paperwork. <BR> <BR> Share your accomplishments with a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Or let's know what you are working on with a <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> (Hey, don't forget... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:34:14 EST One Minute Challenge I have borrowed this challenge from another team. The goal is to do fitness and healthy activities that take about a minute to complete. <BR> <BR> You do the last activity, and then specifiy another activity for the next person.The next person does that activity and then lists another activity for the next person. <BR> <BR> Let's see how many activities we can do in 7 days. I will start... <BR> <BR> 1 glass of water: Jackie <BR> 10 sits ups Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:17:59 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Wednesday - Friday So, another month's is ending. Are you on track with your 2014 goals. If you are like me, a refresher course in the basics is needed to get back on track. <BR> <BR> So, I will be posting different changes that address the basics of healthier living, more active lifestyle and an organized, well everything! <BR> <BR> Over the next few days: <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> Up your veggie intake. Have salad as a main entree or a salad dish at least one time. Substitute veggies for snack. Try ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:09:28 EST New Challenge - Quick Clean The purpose of this challenge is to focus on things that can be completed in one day (or started). <BR> <BR> Today's focus: that catch all drawer. Organized, toss out or relocate items as it makes sense. Be brutual. If you have not used it over a year - how essential is it? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:05:03 EST Seven Day Challenge - Share your Workout The goal of this challenge is two fold: <BR> <BR> 1. Pick an online video workout of any type and do it. It can be of any length, type, Sparkpeople or nonSparkpeople. Do an old standby or try something new. <BR> <BR> 2. Share the link (with a brief description) in our 365 Gym. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:55:18 EST Fitness Challenge! Are you satisfied with your fitness efforts this month? If not, this is the challenge for you! No matter what may or may not happened with your fitness efforts, let's focus on a strong finish! <BR> <BR> Either add 10 minutes to your existing fitness routine OR do at least 20 minutes of cardio Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This just may be the push you need to keeping your fitness efforts going through the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Goodies await! <em>216</em> <em>363</em> ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:04:23 EST Team Goals - Team Input Requested The team's goals have remained the same for at least 2 years.The team goals are located on the bottom of the team page. When you joined the team, you were asked if you would like to join any of the goals. You may have joined..or not. It is optional. <BR> <BR> Currently the goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> Exercise 540 minutes per month <BR> <BR> Give 1 Goodie 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Declutter 1 area 1 time per day <BR> <BR> Exercise 20 minutes per day <BR> <BR> Track nutrition 3 meals... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:33:09 EST 1 Hour Challenge - Shred it or File it - Do you have paperwork stashed away or in piles? Well, this challenge is for you. For one hour, trash, shred or file papers as appropriate. The goal is to simply reduce some, if not all, paperwork that is cluttering your space. <BR> <BR> The one hour can be broken into segments - ten minutes, fifteen minutes, etc. Just do a total of 60 minutes (or less if that eliminates your paper clutter). <BR> <BR> Oh, and by the way, this challenge can be completed on any day. So, if today is too cha... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:54:10 EST Positive Solutions Here is the place to share helpful suggestions, links',articles, etc. about organizing your home, office, etc. Also, this is the place to tell us about something you are working on and could use a suggestion or two. <BR> <BR> Remember: positive solutions. No negative judgment, comment, snide remarks allowed. In the words of Quincy Jones: "check your ego at the door" Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:22:47 EST Just Seven Days This is a one week challenge. <BR> <BR> Just about everyone made a few resolutions. So pick one thing that will help you get to your goals. Share it with us and then do it. For seven days. <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:05:50 EST Member Led Challenge <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>9</em> <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Member led challenges - anyone can post a short challenge for the team. Why do this? This is YOUR opportunity to focus on a single task or area that will help YOU reach YOUR goal. Requirements are simple: 1) single task (i.e. 8 glasses of water or clean a closet) <BR> 2) short time frame (week or less) <BR> 3) follow up with regula... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:58:44 EST THE 365 GYM Share your favorite online links to any type of exercise. To post the link, use the "add a link" feature. Pressed the add a link button and copy the link into to it and the link will be added when you post your message. <BR> <BR> Please just post the link and no chatting. The purpose of this topic is to get our bodies moving ASAP. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> <em>216</em> <em>135</em> <em>357</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:41:51 EST My goal to be positive to at least one person Jackie [4EVER21B] you are one of best Leaders. You have help me to get moving [exercise] . , my house is cleaner and my life is lot better because of you.Thank you Dan <em>214</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:16:46 EST What are your goals for the new year? My goals are; <BR> Be positive; Be positive to at least one person. <BR> Eat right, cut down are the junk food. <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <em>480</em> <BR> Exercise <em>231</em> <em>330</em> <em>316</em> <BR> Project are; Fix my Bathroom up [new tub] and building a rock wall in my yard. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:43:20 EST Countdown to 2014 - It is almost here! Are you ready for the new year? Let's say good bye to 2013 with one last Fit and/Organize Challenge... <BR> <BR> Do: <BR> <BR> Take a look around. What can you pack up or put away now.(For me, the obvious is the dead or dying poinsettias.) <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Make a fitness or meal plan for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Or Both! <BR> <BR> This will be the last short challenge of the year. Feel free to re-visit the earlier countdown challenges, too. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:49:24 EST I have trouble decluttering my kitchen I know I have way too many utensils, but when I try to downsize I end up getting rid of things I need later, then I have to purchase new ones. I really want to be more of a minimalist, but I can't seem to make it work. <BR> <BR> Any helpful ideas would be appreciated. <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:11:25 EST Hi - Just Joined The Team! I'm gearing up for my New Year's Goal of living a simpler and less cluttered life! <BR> <BR> 4-1/2 years ago my husband & I quit our jobs & moved out of our 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath house into a 30' motorhome, for our dream of living on the road. Downsizing was a slow painful process, but we did it. Last year we upgraded to a 35' 5th wheel trailer and I'm finding myself cluttered and overwhelmed again. I cleaned out clothing yesterday & took bags to donation today. Tomorrow I tackle the ki... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:53:51 EST Countdown to 2014 - Final Weekend of the Year! So, have you made any goals/resolutions for the new year? Tell us what this team can do to help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> Be specific as possible. Your input will help us create a stronger program and approach for the next year. So please let us know what has worked, what does not work, what is needed, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:33:11 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/27/2013 It's Friday and I am sure some of us are planning a long weekend with the New Year just around the corner. However, here's a couple of challenges that you may be able to fit in... <BR> <BR> DO: <BR> <BR> Watch your snacking. Plan your snacks and/or no after dinner snacking. <BR> <BR> OR: <BR> <BR> Pick one thing that really bugs you and do it. Begin the new year fresh without it lingering over you. <BR> <BR> OR BOTH! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:48:00 EST Countdown to 2014 - The Day after Christmas I hope that your Christmas was filled with joy, laughter and good times shared with those you hold dear. And, if your family is like my own, it also was filled with good food, too. I know that I am one of the fortunate ones,but... time to get back on track. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Challenge: <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Water, water, water and more water! Drink 8 glass of water. (Yes, any noncaloric water will do as well - sparkling, flavored, etc.) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <em... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:42:04 EST Countdown to 2014 - December 24, 2013 Today's Challenge: <BR> <BR> Do: Connect: <BR> <BR> Reach out to a family member, friend, co-worker or even a stranger. It can be as simple as a phone call, a hug, a hello to someone on the street or more. Share your time to add just a bit of sunshine and humanity to someone. This will boost your spirits, too! <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Do: Move <BR> <BR> Dance to a favorite song. And, sing, too! You do not have to be an expert dancer. Just move and have fun! Just one song. This will ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:59:40 EST Countdown to 2014: December 23, 2013 Whew! Are you as tired as I am? Shopping, Cooking, Shopping? Well, I do not want to add to what may be your already busy schedule, but here are 2 challenges to keep you focus on your fitness and organizational goals. <BR> <BR> As with before... <BR> <BR> Do: <BR> <BR> Post a Non Scale Victory here or in your blog. <BR> <BR> Or: <BR> <BR> Check one item off your to-do list. (any item - fitness, nutrition, spirtual, etc.) <BR> <BR> And, of course you can do both! <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:31:12 EST Countdown to 2014- 12/22/13 Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Or just plain tired? <BR> <BR> Today's Challenge is self care <BR> <BR> Do something for yourself. Read a book. Watch your favorite show. Take a bath. Whatever you can do for yourself for a half an hour. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Stop and reflect on your blessings. <BR> <BR> OR BOTH. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:49:12 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/21 Two Options: <BR> <BR> Strength or Toning: 10 reps on any area - core, arms, etc. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> Polish and Shine: Mirrors, floors, furniture, etc. Pick any surface. <BR> Make shine. <BR> <BR> OR Both, if you like. <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:56:50 EST Countdown to 2014 - 12/20! Today's options: <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> half an hour of cardio (or one session if your cardio is either more or less than one half hour) <BR> <BR> or: <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Paperwork time! - 10 minutes of organizing paperwork - filing, sorting, paying bills, mailing out cards. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> or Both! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:47:58 EST Countdown to 2014 Challenge - December 19 Two Challenges - Pick one or Do both <BR> <BR> Freggies - Eat at least 5 vegetables or fruits. <em>491</em> <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome Home - Pick one area that can use a ten minute sprucing and will make you home more inviting for yourself and any guests. <em>214</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:04:07 EST Countdown to 2014 - Information <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe the end of the year is almost here? . Instead of waiting for January 1, let's do some daily challenges to keep fit and organized. <BR> <BR> Every day, I will post 2 mini challenges that involve fitness and organization. Feel free to pick one or both. <BR> <BR> Come back and share and receive an end of the year goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>205</em> <em>185</em> <e... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:59:39 EST New Challenge - Back to Basics - Freggies With so many sweet temptations and savory delights, sometimes we forget the basics - vegetables and fruits. So, set a goal for the next 7 days to get your veggies and fruits in. Post your daily goal here and let's us know how you are doing. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:21:05 EST Clean Sweep Challenge - Water Okay, I "borrowed" this challenge from another team I am on. I love it and think it fits well with this team, too. <BR> <BR> So.... <BR> <BR> With the holidays upon us - Thanksgiving, Hannukkah, Chrismas and the end of the year - almost here, let's concentrate on doing what is really do-able. Each week, until the end of the year, we will focus on just one thing. We will work to clean up our homes, minds, habits and whatever is holding us back from accomplishing our fitness and lifestyle goa... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:31:35 EST New Challenge - National Clean out your Fridge Day Yep, Today is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day - You have to wonder what lobby interests push that one through?! <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, with the upcoming holidays, it is right on time. All that good cooking and storing of yummy dishes and leftovers deserve a clean place. So this weekend, let's tackle that fridge! <BR> <BR> (And, if your fridge is clean - tackle your stove/oven. I am sure that is a National Day for that too!) <BR> <BR> Come back and post your completion! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:44:28 EST Random Weekend Challenge - Try something new! I recently discovered what a great source YouTube is for exercise videos. (Yep, I am slow learner - but I do learn <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> It motivated me to buy a Pilates ball and to use the bands I previously purchased. <BR> <BR> So this weekend's challenge - is try something new! Do a new video or DVD or re-visit one that you did in the past. Walk/run/jog a different route. Try a different machine or class at the gym. Anything different to shake up your routine and, perhaps keep ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:57:12 EST Random Challenge - Best Foot Forward Sometimes it is not just the clutter and disorganization that brings us down. Sometimes, a room or area may be drab, boring or just plain ugly. Time to add a bit of beauty in your home or office. It may be as simple as freshly cut flowers placed in a vase or re-arranging the furniture. Or, roll up your sleeves for a bit of DYI - painting and the like. <BR> <BR> Whatever needs dressing up, made pretty, updated or just plain comfortable, pick an area or room and spruce it up. <BR> <BR> Fee... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 01:33:01 EST Random Challenge for Weekend In tribute to this month's discussion group, this weekend pick an inside or outside project: <BR> <BR> Inside - Tackle a closet or drawer! <BR> <BR> Outside - Garden winterizing or patio/deck winter ready. (If, you are in warm climate, like myself in So Cal, create your own outside project. For me, it will be washing my car and weeding.) <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:49:22 EST Team Members - "Guest" Leader Challenges I invite any member of the team to post a short challenge for the team. The challenge should be specific and of short duration - no more than one or two days. It can cover any aspect of fitness, nutrition and organization. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to focus on something you need or want to accomplish. <BR> <BR> When you do post a challenge, feel free to send me a Spark email and I will make an announcement about the challenges. We have more than 700 members. Let's see if when can ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:38:17 EST Inside Out Discussions This will be the chat thread for discussions about the book "Organizing from the Inside Out" by Julie Morgenstern. <BR> <BR> Team member Missygeen will be our leader for this thread. The second edition of this book is widely available. I saw it on Amazon for as little as $1 for a used paperbook. <BR> <BR> I recommend that you read the first two parts to get a better understanding the author's approach. <BR> <BR> Missygeen has already posted: <BR> <BR> Let's chat. Why don't we start by... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:09:45 EST Random Challenge - Finish the Month Strong! Are you satisfied with your fitness efforts this month? If not, this is the challenge for you! No matter what may or may not happened with your fitness efforts, let's focus on a strong finish! <BR> <BR> Either add 10 minutes to your existing fitness routine OR do at leasat 20 minutes of cardio Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. <BR> <BR> Goodies await! <em>216</em> <em>363</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>328</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:27:40 EST Random Challenge - Serene and Clean Bathroom The challenge focuses on the most frequently used room in the house - the bathroom. So ask yourself: <BR> <BR> How does your bathrom make you feel? <BR> <BR> Is difficult to locate things? <BR> <BR> Does it lack good organization? <BR> <BR> Does it need a good deep cleaning? <BR> <BR> Whatever it needs, this is the challenge. Below is a link to an article about organizing a bathroom: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/Get-It-Done--Organize-the-Bathroom-fo<BR>r... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:10:40 EST Random Challenge - Mid Week - First Impression So when you walk into your home, what do you see? And how does it make you feel? <BR> <BR> As strange as this may seem, the entry to your home may affect your mood or your perception of your place. <BR> <BR> I enter through a covered foyer and for longest that foyer was filled with stuff I was using for the garden. I stored it there because it was convenient. It wasn't until one day when I was watering the lawn and the gate was open did it dawn on me 'what a mess". It took less than ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:26:08 EST Hi from Sherilee in sunny Arizona Hi everyone, I'm so happy to be a member here. <BR> <BR> I think being fit and being organized go hand in hand. When my life is out of sync so are my healthy habits. If I don't organize my menus and workouts, I go off track and so goes my fit lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Fit & Organized is a balance I want to achieve daily. I am here to help anyone that would like to "buddy up" and encourage each other. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Sherilee Sun, 15 Sep 2013 02:31:15 EST Random Challenge for the Weekend Pick at least one day and do some toning and strength activities for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <em>85</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:25:33 EST Random Challenge for Thursday - Just One For Thursday (or today and Thursday - your choice), pick one thing off your to-do list and do it. <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:47:47 EST Random Challenge for Friday Start the weekend with good nurtition. Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies - at least 5 servings. <BR> <BR> Post your rainbow selection. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:20:09 EST Random Challenges - Information <BR> I am bringing back random challenges that will pop up any time. And the challenges will vary in length. And, of course, will cover everything - fitness, nutrition and organization! <BR> <BR> Here is the slight difference - any team member can start their own challenge, too! So if there is something you want to focus on or inspire others to do, go ahead start a challenge. <BR> <BR> Plus, you do not have to all the challenges AND you can do the challenges in any order that suits y... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:21:50 EST September challenge <em>227</em> Copy this entire message <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I was sweating the September challenge and then I thought - DUH! If you wish to join this challenge all you have to do is pick an amount and LOSE it! To participate, copy and paste this thread with your name and amount you will lose. Signup through Wednesday with weigh-in each Monday. All winners will get a goodie! <BR> <BR> Ninjalinda 5 lbs start weight 175 <BR> 9/9 <BR> 9/16 <BR> 9/23 <BR> 9/30 <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:04:12 EST Last Weekend Challenge for September - Track It! You know it works - so track it! Every bite, sip, taste. Yes, I know it is a long weekend for some, but do it because it is a long weekend. Perfection is not required. Accountability is the goal. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:45:06 EST 4 Day Challenge - Up Your Fitness Minutes Yep, I missed a day. However there is still time to "up your fitness minutes". Whatever you usually do on the weekend, add another 30 minutes over the weekend. It does not have to be one activity or on one day. Just by the end of Monday, your total fitness minutes is 30 minutes more than what you usually do during the weekend. <BR> <BR> Hey, those of you doing the August challenge -- this is another "two fer"! <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go!! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:57:09 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/15 - 8/19 - Take Care of Me! Sometimes the most difficult of thing to do is just take care of yourself. We put others needs in front of ourselves. (Family, work, etc.) <BR> <BR> Sometime during the next 5 days focus on yourself. What do you need? What is missing? <BR> An hour or two for a nap or a good read? Glam time for hair and/or nails? A good quality workout? <BR> <BR> You select what you need and then do it. Be as selfish as you want. You deserve it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:55:57 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/8 - 8/12 - Eat that Frog! If you clicked on the picture on the team page, you know that it takes you to a short video about procrastination. Basically, it suggests that you begin your day doing the thing that you are avoiding the most. (procrastination). <BR> <BR> For this 5 Day Challenge the goal is to "eat your frog." Each day do the thing you have been avoiding. Of course, if is a single big project, then the goal is to do something to complete the project, each day. <BR> <BR> It can either be an organizati... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:41:44 EST 5 Day Challenge - 8/1 - 8/5 - Setting the Tone! As you are aware, August's month long challenge is based upon fitness minutes and 15 minutes per day of organization and/or cleaning. <BR> <BR> This 5 day challenge will be a two-fer. That's a duplication of the August challenge. This will help set the tone for a productive month of organization, cleaning and fitness. <BR> <BR> So, for the next 5 days, get your fitness minutes in and/or cleaning/organization tasks completed. Report here with your efforts, but don't forget to record it in t... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:46:15 EST August challenge I'm going to keep it simple in August. I have vacation, and moving my son to college this month, so I don't have time or energy for complicated-LOL! <BR> <BR> Here's the details. August will be a simple fitness minutes + cleaning/organizing challenge. Determine how many fitness minutes you want to achieve, then record them daily (or at least often), example ##minutes/##goal. For the cleaning and organizing, your mission is to do 15 minutes per day, for the number of days you will be at your ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:31:04 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/25 - 7/29 - Finish Strong! This is the final 5 day challenge for the month of July! Let's finish it strong! Focus on what you need to do to make this month end on a high note. <BR> <BR> Do you need more cardio minutes? More strength minutes? Is there an incomplete project that requires your attention? And how's your eating choices? More tracking? More variety? <BR> <BR> The point is for you to select something of concern and actively work on it. <BR> <BR> Share what you plan to do and then report back regardin... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:05:02 EST Hi from Alaska Hi, I'm Deanna from Alaska. Trying to get fit and ALWAYS trying to get organized. I'm into Feng Shui - "Clear Your Clutter," and throwing out stuff. Can always do better!!! <BR> I'm living in 2 houses - my own home and next door with my disabled mom with Alzheimers. It is CRAZY to try & run 2 households. I do have help but still sometimes feel out of control. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:20:18 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/18/2013 - 7/22/2013 - Tone Up! Outside exercise is definitely going to be a challenge this weekend with the forecast for many places of triple digit heat. So, let's stay inside and focus on toning our abs, arms, legs, etc and strengthening our core. Break out your bands, balls, dumbbells, or similar equipment. Or do it with straight up exercises like planks, pull ups, sit ups, etc. And if you have them, use those videos or dvds that focus on core workout or toning. Oh, and don't forget about Sparkpeople's video library... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:17:08 EST 5 Day Challenge 7/11 - 7/15 - Rainbow Time Summer is a great time to really enjoy fresh produce. So this challenge is about getting those fruits and veggies in! Challenge yourself to commit to at least 2 days of eating a rainbow of different colored veggies and fruits. Salads, stir fried, baked, grilled, juiced or just raw. Any way you like it. <BR> <BR> 2 days. Any two days. <BR> <BR> Ready! Set! Go! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:43:02 EST July one challenge a day challenge Starting Monday, July 8, I will use this space to challenge you to something different each day. If anyone has something specific they would like to have a daily challenge focused on, just let me know. I may need some ideas by the end of the month! I will probably throw in some fitness or nutrition, but mostly I'm planning to focus on home cleaning/organizing tasks. And this is mostly because that's what I need right now! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:14:41 EST 5 Day Challenge - 7/3/13 - 7/9/13 - Take 5 Well, as promised, this challenge starts a day earlier and ends a day later. (I am taking into account the USA Holiday) <BR> <BR> From a posting from member Jazzejr: 5 per room challenge - <BR> <BR> When you enter a room, scan around and remove 5 items of that should not be there and move the items to where it belongs (trash, recycle bin, another room, etc.). This is perfect for a room or area that becomes a catch-all. Also, this is a good way to maintain a clutter free room area. <... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:40:39 EST 5 day Challenge - 6/27/13 - 7/1/13 - Staying Cool Summer is here! And so is the hot weather! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge let's you chose: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink your water. <em>274</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> 2. Organize your plastic food storage containers. A good indoor activity to avoid the heat. <BR> <BR> Here's one way that has been shared with me - After matching the tops to the containers, use a permanent marker to mark the matching lid and container, On the bottom of the container and top of the lid, mark... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:59:55 EST 5 Day Challenge - 6/20/2013 - 6/24/2013 Bask in the Sunlight! Bask in the Moonlight! <BR> <BR> For this challenge, do an activity outside. Any activity. Anything that gets you outside to enjoy the outdoors. Walking, biking, swimming, gardening, roller skating, painting, etc. <BR> <BR> Be creative. How about dining under the stars or a picnic enjoying healthy foods? Yard sale? Stargazing? Amusement Park? Beachcombing? <BR> <BR> One day or more during this challenge period. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading about your ac... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:58:11 EST 5 DAY CHALLENGE - 6/13 - 6/17 - CARDIO Time to shake up your cardio routine. <BR> <BR> EITHER: <BR> <BR> Add another day of cardio, or <BR> <BR> Try a different type of cardio activity, or <BR> <BR> Increase your cardio minutes <BR> <BR> Post your goals and be sure to check in on Monday. <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <em>217</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:43:00 EST Intro - 5 Day Challenge - Summer Series Based upon the feedback, I a creating 5 day challenges for the summer. These challenges will cover every aspect of our team goals - fitness and organization. <BR> <BR> The challenges will begin on Thursday and end on Monday. <BR> <BR> Join in when you can and when it suits your needs. <BR> <BR> Share often and add your support to your team mates. <BR> <BR> Goodies await (as usual) <BR> <em>381</em> <em>68</em> <em>464</em> <em>292</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:36:35 EST What Motivates You? I think we all have experienced it. Gung ho at the begining and then for some reason, it gets harder to do what we need to do. <BR> <BR> So, what do you do to keep yourself on track (or to get back on track)? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:25:14 EST June challenge I'm going to go ahead and post June's challenge so you can get a head start thinking about it. I've done this challenge on another team before, and LOVED it. Hope you'll like it too. <BR> <BR> June's challenge will be a daily mini challenge, and it will be self-created. What I want you to do is take a look at what you're facing in June. If you're like me, there will be some days you're going to be super busy and may have a hard time fitting in exercise. Your mini challenge for that day could... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:47:22 EST Reward Yourself Challenge So, is there one thing that you know you should do, but you haven't? Are you lacking motivation? Well, maybe the problem is lack of incentive. Time to use a good old fashion bribe. Reward yourself for accomplishing something you should do, failed to do or want to do. <BR> <BR> So, first - Identify your goal - Be specific and break it down into its components if it is a large or time consuming goal. (i.e. don't say you want a clean house. Instead, make the goal a clean counter top or t... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:25:25 EST May 26-31 challenge week Let's finish the month strong! Your challenge this week is to see how many fitness minutes you can accumulate by month end. Come here to report daily. Ready, set, GO! Sun, 26 May 2013 08:26:00 EST Thrifty Thursday I know that when people get organized, they consider their budget as well. Perhaps we can share great bargains we found or share weekly tips with the group. <BR> <BR> Thursday is a good day to go to the grocery store because they are marking down prices to get ready for the weekend. I read this on spark, tried it and it works. Thu, 23 May 2013 01:34:26 EST So what do you think? Summer is coming. Is there any particular area(s) that you would like to focus on? Would you like a long term or short term challenge that addresses that area(s) of concern. <BR> <BR> Share your goals, struggles and desires here. <BR> <BR> We can work together to reach our goals. Mon, 20 May 2013 16:23:03 EST May 19-25 challenge week Sorry I was MIA for the past week's challenge. I was sick as a dog ALL week long. Hopefully I'll be back in the mix this week. For this week's challenge, pick a problem zone and attack it. A closet, cabinet, junk catching spot, whatever. is it bugging you? Fix it! Report successes here! Sun, 19 May 2013 21:04:12 EST 15 minute daily challenge This challenge is to complete 15 minute projects. If you don't have a 15 minute project, you can break larger projects into 15 minute segments. Report successes here. You may give someone an idea, or get an idea from someone on what to do! Sat, 11 May 2013 23:40:41 EST May 12 - 18 challenge week This week I'm changing gears on you all. Mostly because this is what I need help with. This week's challenge is to be in calorie range each day. Report here daily with success or failure. If you want to go for extra credit, track a particular nutrient you have problems with. For me, I have problems consistently staying in calorie range, and specifically I have problems staying under my max sodium daily, and getting enough calcium. Sat, 11 May 2013 23:36:22 EST Rapid Challenge - 7 Days of Cardio This challenge is for cardio activity - gym, home, walking - anything that gets you going. <BR> <BR> Post seven days of cardio activity of 15 minutes or more during the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 May 2013 15:58:41 EST May 5-11 challenge week Sorry I'm late getting this week's challeng up. For this week, see how many 15 minute projects you can complete. If you don't have a 15 minute project, you can take a large project & break it into 15 minute chunks. Clean out a cabinet or drawer. De-clutter the 'junk catching' spot in the kitchen or foyer. Organize a closet. Whatever needs doing, let's get it 15 minute segments. Report your results here! Sun, 5 May 2013 23:14:31 EST May challenge I'm going to offer a different sort of challenge for May. This will not require a full month's commitment - you will be able to jump in and out as you please. Starting on May 1st, and then each Sunday after that I will offer a different mini-challenge for the week. Participate in the ones that interest you, and you can post your results here. I'll try to offer an assortment of challenges - fitness, organizing, nutrition...something for everyone. Stay tuned to this space...I'll post challenge ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:35:25 EST Post Your Daily Exercise Here Instead of focusing on food, I thought for a change, we will focus on exercise. So, note here your day's activity. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:25:54 EST When do you usually exercise? PM or AM? Post here your usual exercise time preference. Just for fun. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:18:02 EST 7 Days of Strength Training Challenge <em>85</em> <em>84</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>23</em> <em>327</em> <em>328</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> You asked for it. Here it is. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the month - on seven different days - do strength training. Does not matter what part(s) or what exercise or how long. Seven different training days before May 1. <BR> <BR> Are you in? <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:14:10 EST April fit & organized challenge sign up & question Who's up for an April challenge to get you fit AND organized? Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> This will be a fitness minute and organizing project challenge. You will estimate your fitness minutes, and can complete up to 4 organizing projects for credit. If you want to participate, reply to this thread with your fitness minute number. (This can be cardio or strength training, or both - just total minutes you plan to exercise) Once everyone has signed up I will place you on teams. <BR> <BR> Once ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:14:40 EST What Challenges Would You Like to Take On? Can you believe it? It is almost April!! <BR> <BR> Well, it is time to look at that Resolution/To Do List. What still requires your attention? <BR> <BR> I am looking the team's input to design a challenge (or two) that focuses on what we need to get done now. <BR> <BR> All ideas, suggestions and comments are welcome. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:01:05 EST What Healthy Step Have You Taken Today? I saw this topic on another team and I think this is a great way to acknowledge what you do get your goals. I just love positive approaches. <BR> <BR> So, here, share about anything and everything you did towards meeting (or maintaining) your goals - fitness, eating, cleaning, organizing, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:48:03 EST Spring Clean Challenge - Tackle That Spare Room! Many of us have a spare room that may double as a guest bedroom, playroom or office. Whatever its function, it is time to give it some tlc. <BR> <BR> So, clean, organize, declutter, recycle and spruce up that room. Make it a warm and inviting space that you (or your guest) would love to spend some time in. <BR> <BR> <em>377</em> <em>146</em> <em>88</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:59:09 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Video/DVD Exercise Sparkpeople has a number of short videos of all sorts - strength, cardio, yoga, etc. There are videos for all fitness levels, too. <BR> <BR> For this challenge, select a video and do it 3 times in the next week. <BR> <BR> Here one that I will do: <BR><BR>os-detail.asp?video=32 <BR> <BR> It is the 18 Minute Boot Camp Cardio Sculpt. <BR> <BR> To find more, go to the heading "Articles & Videos" and scoll down to "Videos". <BR> <BR> Of course, you m... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:33:30 EST Welcome Spring - 7 day Challenge Spring is almost here - officially. So take the time to "spring up" your home to the extent it makes sense. <BR> <BR> For example: can you swap out your heavier linens for lighter ones? Can you bring some cut flowers or greenery from you garden into your home? Is it time to put away your heaviest outerwear? <BR> <BR> You get the idea. Again, do what makes sense for your area. I am in Southern California and I am watching my roses bud after their winter pruning. I am now wearing my jac... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:54:41 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Create your own Here's your opportunity to focus on something that we help you reach your goal - fitness, eating or organization. <BR> <BR> Something that you can focus on for at least 7 days. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and name your challenge. Then come back here for support, cheers, and, of course, a goodie! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:04:10 EST Spring Clean Up - Shine! Kitchen Shine! Spring begins this month. And, with it - Spring Cleaning! <BR> <BR> Let's start with the kitchen. You have a choice - a quick tidy overhaul or some serious organization of the cabinets and drawers. <BR> <BR> Take your pick. Come back and report. Support and accountability awaits. (And, of course, a goodie!) <BR> <BR> <em>378</em> <em>377</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:07:40 EST March Fitness Challenge <BR> Let's keep it going in March! All types of fitness - cardio, strength, tone, etc. <BR> <BR> Again, you set your own goal - how many minutes you would like to achieve, or your goal for weight/reps. Whatever works best for your fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Post here for extra accountability and, of course support. <BR> <BR> Start your engines and go! <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> <em>226</em> <em>412</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:24:10 EST Suggestions for the Team Do you have any suggestions for the team? Challenge ideas? Topics for discussions? Games? <BR> <BR> Whatever suggestion you may have, please post here. Or, if you like, Spark mail me - 4ever21b - with your comments, ideas or suggestions. <BR> <BR> Anytime. As often as you like. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:37:29 EST Rapid Fire Fitness Challenge - Measure Up We are nearing the end of 2 months of 2013. This is a great time to assess your game plan. First, let's make sure everything is in play, both the nonscale and scale results. So, grab that tape and take your measurements. <BR> <BR> If you have recently recorded your measurements, do the comparisons. If not, go ahead and measure for future assessment. <BR> <BR> Report back for support, accountability, and, of course, a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>321</em> <em>204</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:40:49 EST Let's Talk - Making A House A Home Probably one of the biggest organizational challenges occurs when you decide to remodel, redo or redecorate your home. No matter what the project (kitchen re-do, floors, painting), it has an impact on your environment. <BR> <BR> This topic is for those challenges and rewards associate with remodeling and redecorating. Post here your frustrations. Brag about your accomplishments. Big or Small. <BR> <BR> We are here for each other. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> And... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:57:50 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - 7 Day Makeover Come on, confess up. You have at least one spot that is just plain scary messy. It might be that catchall spot where everything ends up, or a single drawer, or a closet or an entire room. <BR> <BR> This challenge addresses that issue. <BR> <BR> Pick a spot, drawer, cabinet, room, closet or whatever is full of junk that belongs elsewhere or out the door. <BR> <BR> Set a timer in increments of 15 minutes <BR> <BR> EVERY day clear, sort or work on that spot for at least 15 minutes. <BR... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:58:00 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Today I Will... Sometimes I get overwhelmed by trying to do so much - eating right, tracking, organizing, etc. So I thought I start this short challenge to focus on what you want to do in one day. The critical key - make sure it is something you can do in one day. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I will begin: <BR> <BR> Today, I will finish the laundry. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:05:38 EST Organizing that Paper aka Staying Current So maybe you have whipped that paper clutter into shape...for now. As Happy_Habit said, paper clutter is like cleaning the kitchen. As soon as you wiped that last dish, it is time to make lunch and do it all over again. It seems neverending. <BR> <BR> So what can you do to really keep it at bay? <BR> <BR> Here's a challenge to help you keep current with your paper work. This is idea from team member Happy_Habits who challenges us not only to get rid of the excess paper clutter, but to st... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:01:49 EST February Fitness Month Challenge We started this year, with a cardio minutes challenge led by Team Leader DAN072254 (Thank You!) <BR> <BR> Let's keep in going in February, with a twist. This time we will include all types of fitness - cardio, strength, tone, etc. <BR> <BR> Again, you set your on goal - how many minutes you would like to achieve, or your goal for weight/reps. Whatever works best for your fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Post here for extra accountability and, of course support. <BR> <BR> Ready, set, go! <BR> <... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:38:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 Jan 2013 01:11:52 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make that Paper Go Away! Yep, we all have too much of it. Paper, paper and more paper. So let's tackle it together. This can be a one day, one week or one month project. Depends on your paper situation. <BR> <BR> First - Identify, Sort and Destroy: <BR> <BR> 1. Place a trash can and/or shredder where that paper accumulates. <BR> 2. Shred or toss obvious junk mail, expired ads or coupons and the like. <BR> 3. Sort the remaining paper into 3 stacks: <BR> a. Important - action required now (i.e. bills, appoi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:16:06 EST Jan motivation-a countability chat & questions Challenge rules & scoring <BR> <BR> Each member of the team-/pair is charged with motivating and encouraging the other to accomplish their stated goals. This encouragement can come from posting on their page, sending them sparkmail, giving them goodies, etc. Be creative and stay in contact with each other often. <BR> <BR> Each team will receive 1 point per day/per member for offering encouragement. If the encouraged team member responds to the encouragement by taking a step towards achievin... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:07:17 EST New Year Purging (aka clutter removal) Clutter appears to be the nemesis of good organization and can make the best spaces appeared unwelcoming. In this forum, I will make suggestions on how to decrease, eliminate or simply better manage clutter. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is obvious what is clutter. Piles of paper on a desk. Magazines and books haphazardly perched on shelves and table. (The next task will deal with this obvious clutter.) But sometimes it is more subtle. You know something is out of place, but do you consider i... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:04:47 EST The First Step - Make Your Bed! I am not an expert on organization, but I do know what make me feels good. Nothing is so satisfying as a tidy bedroom For me, the easiest way to keep it tidy is to simply make the bed. That motivates me to keep things neat in my bedroom. <BR> <BR> So, if your bedroom is a bit untidy, try this. First thing after you wake, no matter what -- make your bed. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:09:15 EST January motivation-a countability challenge After reading and mulling over the responses I got on the 'what do you need in 2013' thread, I've boiled it down to motivation and accountability. The overwhelming need seems to be stick-to-it-ness (like my new word?). <BR> <BR> So this is what we're going to do. Reply to this post to sign up for the challenge. In your reply give at least one fitness/health/nutrition and at least one cleaning/organization goal you would like to achieve in January. Once you have signed up, I will put you in p... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:48:08 EST January Cardio Challenge I would like to start a January Cardio Challenge. <BR> You decide how many minutes you will do each day/ week. Post your goal and return to this thread daily / weekly to record your minutes and update your progress towards goal/ minutes left. You can post just the number of minutes, or the exercise you did along with the number of minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Goal set: 1000 minutes <BR> 1/1: 30 minutes walking <BR> 1/2: 20 minutes zumba <BR> 1/3: 20 minutes marching in place <BR> <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:58:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/31/2013 - Reflections This is the final day of our countdown. As such, I think it is a wonderful time to take a moment and simply reflect. Share with us what thing, action, moment, etc, that happened in 2012 for which you are grateful. <BR> <BR> Let's begin the New Year with that good feeling in our hearts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>389</em> <em>129</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:35:01 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/30/2012 - Goals The New Year is almost here! Are your goals in place? Have you identified the steps that will help you reach your goals? Don't panic if you have not. <BR> <BR> Today take a minute or two, and identify one goal you would like focus on during the next 30 days. Then identify one step you can take to achieve that goal. It may not be the only step needed, but everything begins with just a single step. <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> My goal is consistent exercise. My step is do a Spark video during my w... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:58:00 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/29/2012 - Strength Training Time to do some strength training. Arms? Legs? Abs? Doesn't matter which part(s) of body. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:20:25 EST Count Down to 2013 - 12/28/2013 - Paper work Paper, paper and more paper! Even with all the technology, we can't seem to eliminate the piles that accumulate. Time to make a dent in those stacks. File it, shred it or just plain trash it. Twenty minutes or more. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:59:00 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/27/2012 - Get Moving! Walk, run, skip, hop, dance, or whatever your preferred cardio activity is - do it today. 10 minutes. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:10:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/26/2013 - The Day after Check out the topic "What can you do today that will help you for tomorrow." <BR> <BR> The past is history. Acknowledge it. Learn from it. Move on. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:16:39 EST What will you do today that will help you tomorrow Many times we struggle meeting a goal because we are not properly prepared. What will you do TODAY that will help you achieve a goal TOMORROW? <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to do some meal planning. I've been eating out WAY to often lately because I'm not prepared to cook at home. Cooking is not my favorite thing, so if it isn't easily's not gonna happen. Knowing that...I'm going to take stock of my pantry and fridge contents, look at some recipes (can you say crock pot?), go t... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:48:30 EST Comment for goodie-what help do you need for 2013? Maybe it's the dreary, rainy day here, but I'm in a 'getting ready for the new year' kind of mood. I've struggled in 2012 with keeping myself heading in the right direction, and I want to make sure that does NOT continue in 2013! For this I need your help. <BR> <BR> What has been your biggest problem area this year? What do you need help in solving? Eating in calorie range? Getting in your fitness minutes? Getting the proper nutrition? Mixing up your workouts? Getting organized? Staying orga... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:41:30 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/24/2012 - Just Breathe Time to stop and take some deep breathes. If you are lucky - your holiday is only track. If not, don't panic, there is still time. <BR> <BR> Deep breathe, hold for a bit, exhale. Repeat. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:44:56 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/23/2012 - Rest Take care of yourself today by making sure you rest. Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:20:42 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/22/2012 - Activity Alert I know you may be to busy to hit the gym. However, that does not mean you have to be sedentary. <BR> <BR> Share hear other physical activity that you did today that kept you moving. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 22:41:51 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/21/2012 - Check it Twice For those who are celebrating Christmas: <BR> <BR> It is the final days before Christmas. Time to make your last minute list. And then focus on doing what is possible today. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:35:50 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/20/2012 - Water Check Okay this one is fairly easy. Time to make sure you are getting your water in. <BR> <BR> The magic number is 8. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:45:39 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/19/2012 - Goals Set? Whether you are into New Year Resolutions or not, today's task involves a careful examination of your goals. <BR> <BR> Identify at least 3 goals that you would like to achieve in any area of your life (health, fitness, organization, financial, etc). The goal should be S.M.A.R.T.: <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measureable <BR> Attainable <BR> Releastic <BR> Timely <BR> <BR> You can share your specific goals here or simply note that you have completed this task. No need to rush to complete this ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:36:15 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/18/2012 --- 10 + 10 + 10 No time to hit the gym? No worries. Today's challenge will get you moving. <BR> <BR> Today do: <BR> <BR> 10 crunches (sit up of type activity) <BR> <BR> 10 curls (can use canned goods of the same size if you do not have free weights) <BR> <BR> 10 cardio minutes (be creative - jumping jacks, hula hoop, skipping or your favorite stand by) <BR> <BR> Of course, you can do more. <BR> <BR> Come back and share your accomplshments. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:14:41 EST Count Down to 2012 - 12/17/2012 - Track It Today's task is to track every bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep, it is the holiday season. Lots of yummy and special treats. It could be not so pretty. Especially when you may not know all the calories, fat amounts etc. If you can't track it exactly, simply list what you ate and approximately how much. If you use the SP tracker, place that information in the "Notes" section on the bottom of the tracker. <BR> <BR> The exact amounts of fats and calories, etc. is not important for today. What is i... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:28:52 EST Count Down to 2013 - 12/16/2012 - Me Time! Indulge yourself. Go ahead and enjoy a hot bath or reading a chapter or two or play a game or simply take a nap. It does not matter what the activity is, just something that is you WANT to do . <BR> <BR> 30 minutes at least. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:52:48 EST Count Down to 2013 -12/15/12 Today is about the food. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables - the healthy way. You know what I mean. Fried veggies do not count. Veggies so heavily smothered with sauces that you don't recognize the vegetable do not count. <BR> <BR> This may be a challenge if there is a holiday meal or gathering today. That means a bit more planning or better selection of food. <BR> <BR> But, you are worth it, right? Of course you are! <BR> <BR> Report back for cheers and, of course, a go... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:59:36 EST Countdown to 2013 - 12/14/12 Yes, it is Friday and I bet you have a long list for the weekend. So, today, pick one thing from the list. Do it. <BR> <BR> That's it. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:39:37 EST Stay the Course - What I did right! Okay, this is the hardest time of the year for so many people and for some many different reasons. It is so easy to give up or give in. Let's not. Instead of focusing on what went wrong or how much more we have to do, right here, right now, let's acknowledge what went well or what we did accomplish. <BR> <BR> <BR> Simply stated: Tell us what went right. <BR> <BR> Crossed off something off your list? Skipped a second or third helping? Made it to a Zumba class? Smiled when someone com... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 15:37:11 EST Company Ready - Rapid Fire Challenge - In November we focused on specific rooms. This month we will focus on specifc tasks to maintain (or achieve) organization. <BR> <BR> Today's rapid fire - 10 minute sweep. <BR> <BR> Take a container and go through each room and remove anything that should not be in that room. Do it quickly with goal of making the room presentable, not perfect. That is why is a ten minute sweep, not a deep clean. <BR> <BR> Brag here when you are done. <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:56:29 EST Rapid Challenge - Renew Your Commitment - Now! It is the last month of the year. Let's go out with a bang! Take the time to reflect why you joined Spark People. And renew your commitment to those goals, now. <BR> <BR> For greater accountablity and support, share your commitment here. You can be as detailed or general as you like. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:47:46 EST Stay the Course - Mini Goal Although it may sound weird, but sometimes it helps to focus on a new short term goal to stay on track. So this challenge is identify a mini goal that you can do for one day or one week (your choice). <BR> <BR> It can be as simple as Today I will walk pass the office holiday candy bowl without eating one. Imagine how empowering that would be to avoid that temptation. <BR> <BR> Or, perhaps, just this week, I will eat salad for lunch at least 3 times. The idea is to have control over at lea... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:04:09 EST Stay the Course - Add a veggie or fruit Making good choices with so many tempting items out there is hard. So, here's something that I do that helps reign me in when facing so many delicious, but less healthy goodies. <BR> <BR> Opt for a serving of vegetables or a fruit. <BR> <BR> For me, adding or selecting a serving of vegetables or fruit, especially when there are so many other choices around, reminds me of my commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Also, sometimes when I eat the fruit, it actually satisfies me and I do not ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:01:01 EST Company Ready - Project 3 - Kitchen They say that the kitchen is the new spot for gathering. So how is your kitchen? Is inviting? Is it decluttered? Is it sparkling? <BR> <BR> Time to make your kitchen company ready, too. <BR> <BR> So, <BR> Declutter - remove everything that doesn't belong in the kitchen to its proper place. <BR> Clean - start with the sink and then the counters. <BR> Clean - wipe down and/or polish the cabinets and drawers <BR> Clean - all appliances, especially the fridge. <BR> Sweep/mop - the floors <BR... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:42:16 EST Stay the Course - Time to Walk Let's start with some cardio - a 15 minute or more walk. That's it. It can be outside, at the mall, in the company parking lot or, in place. Anywhere! <BR> <BR> With a buddy, a honey, your child, parent or on your own. What matters is that you do it. <BR> <BR> Just 15 minutes. Take the time. You deserved it. <BR> <BR> (Report back with your minutes walk and goodies will be bestowed <em>30</em> ) Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:23:37 EST November Challenge - Stay the Course - Intro The Holidays are upon us. It can be distracting. However, to use an old chestnut 'the best defense is a good offense". I would say a STRONG offense is even better. You need a plan. <BR> <BR> To keep you going, instead of a single challenge, this month's focus will be short one or two day activities. Check back often for different challenges. And, if any activity really works, repeat it as often you like. <BR> <BR> The single goal - eliminating the holiday/end of the year added pounds. J... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:00:56 EST Company Ready - Project 2 - Bathroom What does your bathroom need? Fresh towels or Scouring. It is a thankless job, but oh so well appreciated by all. <BR> <BR> Time to make that room "company ready", too. <BR> <BR> Remove anything that does not belong there. <BR> <BR> Tidy up: return everything to its proper place in the bathroom or where it looks pleasant. <BR> <BR> Scour: make it shine! <BR> <BR> Mirror: make it sparkle <BR> <BR> Floors: mop or sweep as appropriate. <BR> <BR> Don't worry if you have not complete t... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:51:57 EST Company Ready Challenge - Project 1 -Living Room Okay, where do you usually entertain your guests? The living room and/or family room, right? <BR> <BR> So time to make it company ready. <BR> <BR> First, remove all clutter - toys, old magazines, dead plants, laundry (okay, that may just be my house <em>20</em> ) and anything else that does not belong there or just plain looks bad. <BR> <BR> Second: dust high, then low <BR> <BR> Third: Mirror and glass time - clean and or dust <BR> <BR> Fourth : polish, clean and/or febreeze everyt... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:39:16 EST November - Company Ready - Introduction Only When I was growing up, my mother would said that she wanted my room "company ready". That meant, no clothes on the floor, bed made, carpet vacuumed and everything dusted. <BR> <BR> Now, I have not been a little girl in awhile, but I still remember that feeling when my room was "company ready". <BR> <BR> So in tribute to my Mom and Moms everywhere, November is our "company ready" challenge. Every week or so , we will focus on one project or area for that "company ready" look. Along the wa... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:12:32 EST What's for Lunch? Sometimes it is just plain hard to figure out a good lunch. Sometimes you end up eating something that, although nutritious, is just plain boring. Then, again, sometimes you knock out of the park with a great meal that is healthy and satisfying. <BR> <BR> So share your favorite lunches. It may inspire someone else. Plus, it is additional accountability towards healthier eating. <BR> <BR> <em>254</em> <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <em>106</em> <em>180</em> <em>267</em> <em... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:38:37 EST Random Fire Challenge - Change it up! Has you exercise routine become too routine? Time to change it up. Only doing cardio? Do strength training? Love Zumba? Try Shadow boxing? <BR> <BR> You get it, right?! <BR> <BR> This is a random fire challenge. One time is all that is required to receive cheers and, of course, a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:45:21 EST Random Challenge - Smiles, Smiles & Smiles! <em>437</em> You know that old saying - "It is better to give than to receive"? Well, it is right. It so good to receive, especially something unexpected. And it feels so good when you are the one that brightens someone's day. <BR> <BR> So, tthis random challenge is to spread a bit of joy. Quite simply, give a goodie or two (or more!) to another member of this team. <BR> <BR> Let the smiles begin.... <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:59:17 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Work Your Core Just what the challenge says...Time to work your core! I admit this is my least favorite thing to do because my core is soo weak. However, I recently discovered Sparkpeople's ten minute core workout. So, if you are like me (core-exercise-wise), give it a try. <BR> <BR> No matter what your routine/capabilities, now is the time to ...Work that Core. <BR> <BR> Report back for cheers (and a goodie, of course). <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>319</em> <em>418</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:02:24 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Measure once, Measure twice It is that time again. Measure and record the results. Report back. Earn a goodie. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:12:52 EST Random Challenges - Move that Mountain! This is the first of random challenges that will just pop up - randomly! The idea is to help us tackle large projects in small parts and to encourage better habits (hopefully) <BR> <BR> So the first random task is... <BR> <BR> Eliminate one pile of paper. Yep, go find that pile of paper you have stashed away in a folder, drawer or maybe it is in plan view? <BR> <BR> Sort through the stack with a trash can and/or shredder at the ready. Quickly eliminate anything that can immediately be tr... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:10:02 EST Breakfast Roll Call! We have heard it over and over and over again. Breakfast is important to a healthier lifestyle. So, lets add a bit more accountability by posting our breakfasts. Who knows? Your favorite breakfast may become someone else's favorite, too! <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <em>265</em> <em>22</em> <em>490</em> <em>485</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:51:55 EST Get to know you - share your success! Hey have you reached any of your goals? Short term or Long term goal? It does not matter what type of goal - weight loss, healthier habit, conquering clutter, etc. Post your success(es) right here so that we can share your victory. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy about it. Your success will inspire others to reach their own goals. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:08:09 EST Getting to know you Let's take some time and get to know the wonderful people on this team. Let's show our support to each other by reading a team member's blog. You can pick a blog from the "rolling list" on the right side of the team page or click on any team member's name. In addition to the members that post on the board, at the bottom of the page is a link to all the members signed up for the team. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy. There is no need to feel like you are intruding when you read a blog. You will only b... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:42:21 EST Getting to know you Let's take some time and get to know the wonderful people on this team. Let's show our support to each other by reading a team member's blog. You can pick a blog from the "rolling list" on the right side of the team page or click on any team member's name. In addition to the members that post on the board, at the bottom of the page is a link to all the members signed up for the team. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy. There is no need to feel like you are intruding when you read a blog. You will only ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:52:53 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Repetition Changes to Habit We all have heard it - if you keep doing something, it becomes a habit. We also have heard about the importance of doing streaks (e.g. 10 minutes of exercise). <BR> <BR> So, this challenge combines the two principles. Focus on something that you would like to see become more of a habit rather than another chore around the house. Then commit to doing that chore for just 7 days. At the end of the seven days, repeat! I am willing to bet you a goodie that after 14 days it will not feel like a... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:00:49 EST Jumpstart on Fall Challenge I know it may be hard to imagine, but Fall is just around the corner. So let's get a jumpstart on the season. <BR> <BR> This will be a first of a series of Fall Challenges. The goal is to get the house sparking before the holiday madness begins. <BR> <BR> So, let's start with the biggest project first ...the kitchen! (not too worry - we will do it in steps) <BR> <BR> First step: the drawers <BR> <BR> If you have one in your kitchen, start with the junk drawer. Remove everything out an... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:34:13 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make it 5 Everyone knows the importance of eating 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. But sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. For me, there are times when convenience wins out over healthier choices. <BR> <BR> So, just for a week, aim for five servings of veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> Come back and share your progress. We are waiting to cheer you on. (And, of course, give you a goodie <em>30</em> ) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:50:53 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Keep It Simple This time of year can be challenging. Some of you are dealing with children returning to school activity after the summer break. Others may be returning to school or work as well. And then there is the upcoming long weekend celebrated in the U.S.A. (yet another weekend with a focus on food - <em>198</em> ) <BR> <BR> So, here is the challenge - Just keep it simple this week. <BR> <BR> Pick one aspect of your healthier, more active and better organized lifestyle that you would like to fo... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:09:43 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Organize - Part 2 Well now, your bathroom sparkles and your medicine cabinet is tidy, but what about that vanity cabinet? You know, the cabinet below your sink. (Unless you have a pedestal style sink). <BR> <BR> Time to organize that cabinet. <BR> <BR> Toss out the old stuff. Scour it. And then organize the entire cabinet. <BR> <BR> Oh, if your cabinet also has a drawer or two - put some time in those as well. <BR> <BR> Come back and report. Cheers await you. (And a goodie or two). <BR> <BR> <em>3... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:49:58 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Indoor Exercise Okay, it is still hot. The heat is not my best friend when it comes to exercise. Time to bring it inside. So for the next 7 days, technology is our friend - video exercise. So pop in that cd, cassette or stream online an exercise video. Spark People has a number of videos for all fitness levels and types of activities. And they are FREE! <BR> <BR> After you completed a video, report back so that we can cheer, and of course, give you a goodie. <BR> <BR> Report back as often as you can. ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:23:08 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - The Clutter Attack! Clutter is the bane of all good housekeeping. It keeps coming back. A certain amount of "clutter" is necessary, but we all know when it becomes way too much. <BR> <BR> So here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> Pick a room - any room, but just one: <BR> <BR> Declutter for just 15 minutes (set a timer, if you like) - toss it, box it, recycle it or move it to its proper place. <BR> <BR> Repeat this for seven days - same room or a different room, does not matter. <BR> <BR> Report back often and ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:11:20 EST Rapid Fire Challenge- Organize! This is the first of a series of rapid fire challenges to help us better organize our homes and lives. It is not just about decluttering (although that is an important element of organization), it is about changing things that will make our life less stressful. <BR> <BR> This challenge begins with the bathroom. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you checkout your medicine cabinet? Are there expired vitamins and/or meds? Are things hiding in such a way that you keep buying the same thing ove... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:33:12 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - WATER! It's hot. Can't change that. But we can use it to our advantage. Time to drink up! Water, that is. So good ahead, drink 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> Come back here and report. Received some cheers, support and, of course, a goodie! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:20:05 EST What Have You Done Today That Makes You Feel Proud This is the forum to give yourself credit for a job well done. Any job well done. Fitness, organization, eating and more. You name it. We want to hear about all your proud moments and experiences. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and brag a little or lot. Hopefully, you brag often about whatever makes you feel proud. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:16:18 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Destroy that Excuse! Are you guility of putting up barriers that affect your ability to reach your goals? I know I am. Time to expose and eliminate that self-sabotage thing, thought or action that is hampering our healthy lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Here is what we will do: <BR> <BR> 1. Identify one activity or excuse that prevents you from healthy eating or exercise or both. <BR> <BR> 2. Identify what you can do to counteract this sabotage. <BR> <BR> 3. Each time that sabotage rears its ugly head during ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:37:35 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Make that Bathroom Sparkle! As promised, the team's challenges will be short of duration and more "task" specific. <BR> <BR> So, this time we will focus on one room - the BATHROOM. (If you have more than one, okay target just one). <BR> <BR> And the goal - make it sparkle! No, not just clean! Sparkling clean! <BR> <BR> And as usual, report back so that we may cheer you and award you with goodies. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:26:14 EST New here I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years but haven't done anything with it. I am a member of Weight Watchers online but I am going to quit that. I read an article about one of the spark members and all the weight she lost and got motivated. I decided to start this again and really try to stick with it. I started today as my first day. I would like to be in a 5K in the spring (the Chick-fil-a one) I heard that that is a really fun one to be in, so I really need to get... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:09:33 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Keep on Tracking Okay, I have to confess...I do not always track my food. Of course, when I do track, I eat more healthier and less calories. Duh? <BR> <BR> So this week, for at least 4 days - track your food. That's it. <BR> <BR> Come back and report. Cheers and goodies await you. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:56:05 EST Rapid Challenge -Toss Out That List Are you one of the many that create To Do lists? <BR> <BR> And, are you one of the many who have every intention of checking off every item off that list? <BR> <BR> And are you one of the many who toss out that list, primary because little gets done? <BR> <BR> Well, this challenge is for you. <BR> <BR> First --Toss out that old list! <BR> <BR> Second - Make a new list with only 2 things you can realistically do today. <BR> <BR> Third - Do those 2 things - today! <BR> <BR> That's it. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:49:37 EST Team Created Challenges Remember the Rapid Fire Challenges? Well they are back, with a bit of a twist. The focus is still short period challenges. However, the challenges may be created by any team member. That's right, anyone and everyone is welcome to create a challenge. <BR> <BR> So now is the time to challenge yourself and others. Need more cardio - create a cardio challenge. Strength training a weakness - create a strength training challenge. Just make sure the challenge is clear and time specific. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:17:55 EST Hi Hi I just joined the team but I have been on spark for almost 7 months. I lead 2 teams and co lead the DWD team with 9 other amazing women. While I am reaching goals with getting healthy and losing weight, I am not an organized neat housekeeper. My kitchen and pantry has just been repainted and has to be reorganized. My livingroom is next to get repainted. I have to much stuff for a 5 room apartment. I can't bear to part with anything though. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:00:11 EST Summer Madness Challenge Go ahead, get mad. Get real mad. Get summer madness mad. <BR> <BR> Take a look around and ask yourself, what do I need to do create my own summer oasis. Is it, hosing down the patio and cleaning the furniture to create a quiet place to relax or dine al fresco? Is it checking the propane and cleaning the grill to create mouth watering grilled veggies and fruits? Is it turning over the soil to plant summer vegetables or herbs? Or is pulling out the bikes and getting them ready for a le... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:32:35 EST June Fitness Challenge So nice, we are doing it twice .... for June! <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness/activity minutes you would like to achieve this month. Break it down however you like. Daily/ Weekly/ Five times a week, etc. <BR> <BR> Then come back and record your fitness minutes - daily, weekly, etc. You can include the type of exercise or just the minutes. It is up to you how you record your progress. <BR> <BR> Here's are two examples of how you can track your progress: <BR> <BR> Example One: <BR> <... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:19:07 EST BUSY BARB!!! HI!! <BR> HOPE TO FIND TIME FOR MYSELF TO GET HEALTHY THIS SUMMER AND MAKE IT A <BR> WAY OF LIFE. I TEND TO WORK MANY HOURS AND FORGET TO MAKE TIME TO ENJOY <BR> LIFE. I HAVE MANY INTERESTS LIKE GARDENING, BIKING, HIKING, WALKING, SWIMMING,CAMPING. <BR> SO <BR> I AM JUST NEEDING TO FIND TIME TO FIT THE FUN ACTIVE THINGS BACK INTO MY LIFE FOR MY <BR> HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO IMPROVE. WANT TO MAKE THIS A YEAR TO REMEMBER. Mon, 28 May 2012 03:01:33 EST SP Technical problem - No emails! I have not received even one SP email all this week. I have it checked to receive them! Thu, 10 May 2012 17:47:16 EST No Need to Reinvent the Wheel Come on, time to share. I know everyone has a little secret or trick that helps tackle a difficult task or eliminate procrastination. So, what's yours? <BR> <BR> List one or two things that helps you stay organized or eliminate a task. We can learn from each other. The best type of support in the world. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>223</em> <em>250</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 16:23:14 EST May Fitness Challenge <BR> So how is your activity/exercise going? Need a boost? Or accountablity? Or just plain brag a bit? <BR> <BR> Whatever your reason - this month our focus is fitness/activity minutes. So here's what you do: <BR> <BR> Post the number of fitness/activity minutes you would like to achieve this month. Break it down however you like. Daily/ Weekly/ Five times a week, etc. <BR> <BR> Then come back and record your fitness minutes - daily, weekly, etc. You can include the type of exercis... Tue, 1 May 2012 16:07:13 EST Rapid Fire Challenge - Measure up! So how have you been doing? It is time to re-measure ourselves. A great non-scale way to note our progress. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:03:20 EST Spring Challenge - continues - 1 Hour C'mon, let's face it. Sometimes, 10 minutes is not enough, no matter how many times you repeat the activity. Let's go for some real satisfaction for a job well done. <BR> <BR> Look around your home. Really. Now, what have you put off for ages? One hour - that's it. One hour to tackle that project. Set a timer, sing or dance while you do it, but do it! For ONE HOUR! <BR> <BR> Maybe that does not finished the project, but who knows? Maybe that will jump start it to completion. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:39:59 EST Rapid Fire Fitness- Everything Counts! So, what exercise did you do today? <BR> <BR> Post what you did and how long. Go ahead. Brag a little. We are waiting to cheer you on! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 15:57:22 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:27:53 EST Spring Marches On - Challenge - The Bathroom So how's that bedroom looking? If not there yet, don't despair. The challenge is still on. <BR> <BR> Now, it is time for a new project. The BATHROOM. Scrub, scrub and scrub some more! Then make it nice, even luxurious, if you can. <BR> <BR> (If you still working on your bedroom? Jump in this challenge when you are ready.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:06:38 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Give me ten! This time let's concentrate on numbers. The number TEN as in give me TEN more minutes or reps. Your choice. Just add ten to your activity. <BR> <BR> Come back to report and get a goodie. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>318</em> <em>186</em> <em>309</em> <em>330</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:11:39 EST Spring Cleaning Challenge Spring starts March 20, 2012. Is your house in order? Fear not. This challenge is for you. And we will do it one room at a time. <BR> <BR> First up - the master (mistress) bedroom. Time to declutter, scrub, recycle, trash and otherwise spruce up your primary place to sleep. Concentrate on the clutter, first. Then, the cleaning. And finally, the special touches that make it inviting for sleeping and relaxing. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:29:18 EST Challenge Yourself! The absolutely wonderful thing I love about Spark People are the official challenges. There are so many. Everything from eating to exercising and sleeping. <BR> <BR> So let's utilize this wonderful resource and sign up for a Spark People Challenge. Report back with your selection. Post your progress. And brag about your trophy! <BR> <BR> If you are already doing a SP challenge, that counts too. Just let us know so we can cheer you on. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>215</em> <em>32... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:18:50 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Work that Upper Body It's fitness time, again. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> This time we will focus on upper body. So, grap your dumbbells, balls, weights, bands, etc. or hit the equipment at the gym and work your upper body. Don't forget to stretch afterwards. <BR> <BR> Ready? Set? GO!!! <em>104</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:54:30 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Work Those Abs! Let's focus on strength training. Time to tone, tone and tone! <BR> <BR> Of course, total toning is best...but just for a day or two ...focus on your abs! <BR> <BR> Need in suggestions for exercises? Check out Spark's videos. <BR> <BR> Come back and report so we can give you a <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:33:38 EST Rapid Fire Fitness - Smell the Roses! Fitness is not limited to just the physical body. Sometimes we need a "mental" boost more than another sit up. <BR> <BR> So today, take some time out for yourself. Read a chapter or two. Write in a journal. Call a dear friend and catch up. Enjoy a hot cup of tea. <BR> <BR> It does not matter the activity. Just take a moment out for yourself. You are worth it. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 15:42:59 EST Use it, Recycle it or Trash it I borrowed this idea from one our own team members. (I am sorry I do not remember which one). However, the idea is simply brillant: <BR> <BR> Look around your home. Is everything there of some value or use to you? <BR> <BR> If not, take 10 minutes, and gather up the item(s) and recycle it, donate it or trash it. <BR> <BR> That's all. Work in ten minute increments so as not to get overwhelmed. Also, just pick one room at a time and no more. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:35:10 EST