SparkPeople HEALTHY NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS and FOODS Team Messageboard If you are wanting to learn Natural alternative health this might be a place for you!. SparkPeople HEALTHY NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS and FOODS Team Messageboard Healthy Discussion Today, I am fixing Tuna, Potato and Corn Chowder in the crockpot... A JoAnna M. Lund recipe out of her crockpot cookbook "A Potful of Recipes"... Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:36:18 EST Sorry Hi everyone, <BR> I am sorry that I have been missing and not posting here on Spark, well anywhere if you want to get technical. <BR> I was involved in an accident a few days ago. We were almost stopped and hit from behind by someone traveling at 50+ mph. Yes, I was hurt and I am trying to heal my wounds. <BR> I went to a doctor and she ordered a MRI because the doc suspects there is damage to the muscle and soft tissue in my calf and the MRI isn't until Monday, but didn't order any xra... Sat, 9 Jun 2018 11:53:32 EST 15 Common Mistakes When Trying to Lose Weight <link><BR>/weight-loss-mistakes?slot_pos=article<BR>_2&amp;utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&amp<BR>;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campaign=gen<BR>eralhealth&amp;utm_content=2018-05-10 </link> Thu, 10 May 2018 12:32:30 EST ROLL CALL FOR 2018 <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 21:36:17 EST ROLL CALL FOR 2017 Well another year has past and I am still here on Sparks I celebrated my 10 years in January. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all on reaching your goals. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:38:37 EST New Here! Hi everyone... I just joined as I was looking for a team that discussed healthy supplements. I have been using Plexus since January with great results and wanted to see what others were doing. I'm always looking for new recipes and tips to add to my new lifestyle. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:15:03 EST Studying the benefits of turmeric I have been interested in finding out about turmeric. I would like some information that maybe is not in this page and if anyone is using it, please let me know what you think. This curiosity began when my cousin read that this would help whiten your teeth. Well I have been brushing my teeth with it for four days now and do see a difference. So this is where I decided to see what else turmeric is good for. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:50:24 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:05:41 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:22:37 EST NEw BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:24:04 EST What supplements do you take? There's been a few topics about this, but as the last replies are over half a year old, I decided to make a new topic instead. :) <BR> <BR> What supplements do you guys take, <BR> and what are your experiences with your supplements? Sun, 12 May 2013 17:19:51 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:45:51 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:33:24 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:15:31 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <link><BR>er </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:26:07 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:45:30 EST ROLL CALL FOR 2013 Please check in here to tell us if your still on our team and want to make things go forward and make this team active again. <BR> Thanks the Team Leaders Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:25:16 EST NEW Blog Post: What are you craving? NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:42:01 EST NEW BLOG POST: 50 Things I Believe What you believe in says a lot about who you are. Have you ever stopped to seriously pay attention to what you believe in? <BR> <BR> Here's some things that life has taught me... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-i-believe.html </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:06:39 EST DECEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE DECEMBER FITNESS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> After a wonderful Thanksgiving and a healthy November I am ready to welcome in a Fit December. How about you? <BR> <BR> The goal this month is SIMPLE. It is about pushing yourself to reach some personal goals of time spent doing physical activity in the month. It's not about competing with one another because we are here to support each other in our quests to become FIT! <BR> <BR> Everyone is welcome to join in, whether this is your first month taking... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:11:53 EST NEW Blog Post: The End of the World Project You never know what they day will bring when you get up in the morning.... here's the day I had a few days ago. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>end-of-world-project.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:17:42 EST NEW BLOG POST: Ghosts, Goblins, & Spirits; Oh My! Halloween. Is it really a big deal? Here are my thoughts. I invite you to read and share your thoughts in the comment section under the blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/ghosts-goblins-and-spirits-oh-my.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:48:11 EST NEW BLOG: The Book that Shocked the World It's a shocker, thriller, intrigue, action, drama, truth, parable, murder, and soooo much more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>book-that-shocked-nations.html </link> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:13:51 EST NEW BLOG: How to put Organization into Your Chaos Busy schedule? Full life? To-do list that's way too long? Are you in brain overload and life seems to be chaos? Here's how God is helping me to fix my busy mind. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-put-organization-into-your-chaos.html </link> <BR> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:03:10 EST NEW BLOG: What Weapons are More Dangerous? Ever wonder what weapons do the most destruction or who your worst enemy might be? I bet the answers might surprise you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/what-weapons-are-more-dangerous_26.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> SPARK FRIENDS... there's a special note to you all at the bottom of the post on this one. Many blessings to all of you. I love you for the support. So many days, you guys are all I have to turn to. Thank you for being there, and for not judging me.... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:09:56 EST NEW Blog: Think Your Home is Safe? Think Again! Home isn't always the safe place we wish it was. Family & church family alike can be influenced by the snakes that sneak in; and we get hurt when we're not looking and least expect it. Here's your escape plan! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-your-home-is-safe-think-again.html </link> <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:13:36 EST NEW Blog Post: When You’re at the End of Your Rope Sometimes your strength is gone, and more than that your desire to even try anymore is gone. Plus you feel so alone. It's like you're hanging by a thin rope over a cliff, and no one is hearing your cries for help. What do you do? Here's what I figured out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>what-to-do-when-youre-alone-at-end-of.<BR>html </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:08:19 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Let the Stars Lead Remember those dark skies I mentioned in the last Worship Melodies blog post?! Did you look up? Did you see any bright stars? God is always there for you, to help you see them when you can't. Here's the journey I am in and how God helped me to see the patterns in the stars, and how He is leading me with the brightest Star. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-let-stars-lead.html </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:55:04 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Read Your Stars Have you ever noticed that when things are at their darkest, it's then that you can see the beauty and wonder of the stars at their best? God wants us to see our own lives in the same way. Here are a few stars that I found in the midst of my current problems. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-read-your-stars.html </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Also, many of you don't know that I have a 2nd blog site called Tin Roof Sundae, where I just... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:07:49 EST NEW Blog Post: A True Worship Melody I had a wonderful experience today. It is a true Worship Melody indeed. God is always by our side to rescue us from every bad place. Praise Jesus. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>true-worship-melody.html </link> <BR> <BR> EXTRA NOTE: friends, if you haven't been following my series called 'Great Writers', about a challenge that I'm taking part in, you should read it when you get time. Please leave me some feedback. I'm learning great lessons about writing, a... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:03:12 EST NEW Blog Post: Job Qualifications Ever feel like you qualifications are completely out of whack with the job you want, or the job you have? You're either over qualified or under qualified. They say "come back when you have experience", but no one is willing to give you that experience. And good benefit packages!... Huh, forget about it! <BR> <BR> Well, there's one job that you are qualified for; and even if you feel you're not, the Employer doesn't agree. The job is your, as long as you're willing to ask for it and do th... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:32:47 EST New Blog Series: Great Writers Friends: I'm doing a 3-week writing challenge (M-F). It started this week. Here is the 2nd post about the challenge. I won't get time to share my posts every day, so if you'd like to follow the series sign up to follow by email! It's already been interesting for me. I hope you'll follow and that you find it interesting. <BR> <BR> I will, though, post the regular devotional message that I've written and scheduled to be posted like normal. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:28:43 EST NEW Blog Post: Blanket Scriptures Sometimes when the world is cold, and the people you love are even colder the only solution is to wrap yourself in a blanket... a blanket of scripture, that is! Here are some of my Blanket Scriptures and how they help me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blanket-scriptures.html </link> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:42:06 EST If You Want To Lose Action Is Required! If you want to lose weight then the time to start is NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month.... Now! It isn't a "When I feel like it type thing is a now thing with commitment attached. You have to be prepared to change your ways in order to change your weighs! <BR> <BR> This Challenge has to be right for you! The right food, the right exercise and the right direction to keep you headed towards your goals! But before you try your new lifestyle change be sure that this lifestyle chan... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:08:04 EST NEW Blog Post: Workout Routines A healthy life means a healthy body. A truly healthy body is made up of three parts: Our physical being, mind, and spirit. We eat healthy, run, walk, swim, lift weights; etc. to have a healthy physical body. But what about working out your mind, and your spirit? Do you workout those with the same devotion and passion that you have for your cardio routine? Here's my workout routines... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workout-routines.html </link> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:37:18 EST Happy 1st Birthday!!! We're having a birthday!!!! Worship Melodies is 1 year old! Check out the story about how it came to be, and the lesson's I've learned, plus a big surprise! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>happy-1st-birthday.html </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 13:14:36 EST Do you know how to get to your goals? <BR> A long time ago, back in the days of the dinosaur,... sorry not that far back but if you ask my son he'll tell you that I'm Jurassic... older than dirt... a long time ago, when I was a child, my grandfather used to have all of us kids sit on his knee or around him, and he would tell us how life used to be in Germany, growing up. <BR> <BR> He would tell us how every morning, each of the kids had their chores to do before school and how each chore meant that they could survive when the... Sun, 27 May 2012 10:14:46 EST The Invisible Woman Ever feel like you're an outsider, or that you're not seen or heard? Feeling rather invisible? Yea, me too sometimes. We all get that now and then. But God doesn't see it that way. Here's what I've learned about it, even through mental illness struggles. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>invisible-woman_23.html </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:39:47 EST Mixed Blessings! It seems everything comes with a price tag attached in this world. Are your blessings worth the cost? I think 'yes', you have to decide that for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mixed-blessings.html </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 10:49:24 EST Blind Faith I have a sun catcher that says "Let go & Let God". Complete surrender, and complete faith... that's what God wants from us. My little doggie, Casey, recently gave me such incredible inspiration and faith. Here's our story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blind-faith.html </link> Sat, 5 May 2012 18:45:30 EST You Cant Win If You Don't Take The First Step! Tuesday, May 01, 2012 <BR> <BR> Here you are at the biggest race of your life... The incredible lifestyles change race... the horn is about to sound but you're hesitating... you don't know if you want to step into the starting block or walk away from this life changing event. <BR> <BR> to your right is a person dressed in white track shorts and white shirt! She's been running the race for years! She looks incredible and you're feeling a little bit intimidated... she calmly says "Don't worr... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:30:39 EST Don't try these at home! During my Motivation research, I found a little article that I got a laugh out of. How many things did you try to look thinner? I'm not going to tee up the article but I will give you some of the highlites! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the more creative ways to look and feel younger... (don't try this at home,,, you may hurt yourself) <BR> <BR> 1] By using duct tape, you can wrap your fat up tight so you look smaller. (If you use this one be sure to wear a tee shirt where the tape goes or y... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:41:36 EST What’s in a Name? Every get frustrated when someone insists on getting your name wrong? Or maybe, you've thought "What does it matter anyway?". Here's what I've learned about what's really in a name. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>whats-in-name.html </link> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:10:32 EST The Path of Least Resistance Often the path of least resistence isn't the most attractive route, whether you have a choice or not. Bipolar Disorder (BPD) is not a chosen path; but would I change it? I'm not so sure. (If you want to know more about BPD, this blog includes a list of resources that will help). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>path-of-least-resistance.html </link> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:35:36 EST One of These Things is Not Like the Others Ever feel like you're the odd duckling in the lot?! Me too. Here's what I've learned about that. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-of-these-things-is-not-like-others<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Friends, I posted this one a few days ago and haven't had time to share it with you on here yet. Scheduling is nuts these days! Sorry. This may start to happen more as my schedule gets busier. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:07:21 EST A Total Transformation Knowing what you know now, and the possible alternatives; would you, if you could, go back and change things? The end transformation could very well be worth going through the trials. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>total-transformation.html </link> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:26:21 EST Bubbles and Peace I have been told I was bubbly by so many, yet I struggle and the bubbles pop. I long to feel God's peace all the time, and I want more than anything for people to see it shining through from within me. What do others see in you when they meet you? Do they see the peace of the Holy Spirit shining through? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bubbles-and-peace.html </link> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:25:53 EST Battling the Dragon Do you struggle with depression, bipolar, or even self-image issues? The flip side looks so different. The struggles we face look so dark and hopeless. Those who love us don't always see it the same way. They're not looking at it from the dark inside. Maybe it's time that those of us inside walked out into the Light. Here are my thoughts and my experience on fighting the big dragon and surviving. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>battling-dragon.html </link> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:36:23 EST When the Impossible Happens You know those times when you know absolutely for sure that you know for sure that something cannot possibly happen.... but then it does. It can leave you feeling very disoriented to say the least. Here's what I've learned about these situations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>when-impossible-happens.html </link> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:06:33 EST Shattered Treasures Ever feel like you're broken beyond repair? Ever been rejected because of it? Believe it or not... not everyone thinks you're too broken. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shattered-treasures.html </link> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:17:16 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:36:33 EST Why Do We Limit Ourselves? Sometimes I wonder why we willingly settle for less when we're being offered a huge inheritance. Why do people not have drive and passion for more?... to know THE truth? <BR> <BR> Here are my thoughts on that as it happened in a very interesting conversation I had one day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>why-do-we-limit-ourselves.html </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:09:05 EST God's Consultants Ever wonder what it would be like to be in charge of the world for a little while? I do. Here's my theory on just how that might work out if I was in charge for a few days! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>gods-consultants.html </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:10:35 EST Knowledge is Power KNOWLEDGE IS POWER <BR> <BR> The most successful people in life are the ones with the best information. This is so true and people with power are people who know how to get things done. How do I know this? I'm one of them! I love to research, I love to read about may subjects that help a lot of different people! Weight loss, cooking, nutrition, reading nutrition labels, exercise, and much much more... but the thing that I love to do best is motivate people... That takes a lot of reading ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:35:42 EST Participate to Rejuvenate! You can't have success without some form of hardship! <BR> You can't expect to take a magic pill, or wave a magic wand or rub the magic lamp and expect that the genie in the lamp will grant you the wishes that you're looking for! <BR> <BR> The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Through thick or thin... you are in control of your destiny! The next decision and every decision that you make will guide your outcome! <BR> <BR> Are... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:38:07 EST Angels: To Serve and Protect I had a request from a reader to expand on the info that the bible tells us about how angels protect us. Here's is my final angel article. I hope it helps shed more light on just how real they are and how much they protect us. The bible is very clear on their many purposes, including our protection. Read the whole series. It will help you get an understanding of how awesome they are and how awesome God is for giving the angels to us. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:06:34 EST International Women’s Day International Women’s Day – It’s Time to Pick Up Your Torch! <BR> <BR> Pick up your torch ladies... we're havin' a parade for International Women's Day, and you're the queen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/03/international-womens-day-its-t<BR>ime-to.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:48:00 EST Motivation and Habits Here’s what 90 days will do for you!! <BR> YOUR HABITS WILL PUSH YOU TO SUCCESS <BR> First you make your habits…doing what you need to do…eat right, getting fit …and then your habits make you! The 90 days will lead you to success or failure depending on what you do! <BR> . If you can continue doing what needs to be done, eating right, exercising, tracking your goals, tracking your meals, staying committed you will be a success! And… Success is only 90 days away! <BR> <BR> By breaking those... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:07:30 EST How My Angel Fell Off the Edge of Heaven The world looks so very different from down here. What happens when your angel falls? What happens when you're the one who's fallen? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-my-angel-fell-off-edge-of-heaven.<BR>html </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:59:34 EST Angels: A Jack-of-Al ll-Trades! With all the talk and angel stories that I've been doing lately in my angel series... have you wondered what the bible says about angels? This next article in the Angel Series will tell you just that! This is just touches on the top of a big subject that could have a lot of reading, research and writing done with it. But i hope this helps give you a good overview. There's one more article after this one (next week... unless it expands again! This series seems to have a life of it's own. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:05:11 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEYBEE56!! (Dusty) <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:38:39 EST The Warm & Fuzzy Side of Angels The next article in the series about angels. I bet you didn't know that angels wore so many hats! Well, there's another side to them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/warm-and-fuzzy-side-of-angels.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:15:12 EST I Think I Just Saw An Angel! Part 3 in my series on Angels! Ever think "Thank God I didn't go.... ", or "I'm so grateful that I didn't do... "? Maybe the reason you didn't, is because you were rescued by an angel from something that would have been a disaster!! Here's my story... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/i-think-i-just-saw-angel.html </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:32:39 EST Who Is Your Guardian Angel? Here's the 2nd article in my series about angels. Two more are scheduled to be posted in February. I invited my friend, and author, Paul Duarte to be a guest author and share his own unexplained angel story with us. I have one of my own that I will share in an upcoming article. The final article will talk about what the bible says about angels. I hope you like this series. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/who-is-your-guardian-angel.html </link> <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:49:54 EST BLOG: Angels from Heaven NEW WORSHIP MELODIES BLOG: <BR> <BR> Have any angel stories? Here's just one of mine! Please, share yours in the comment section below the article on the WM site! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/01/angels-from-heaven.html </link> <BR> <BR> It seems that some of you have been having problems leaving comments on the WM site. Here are the steps to follow to leave your comments with the blog. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Write your comment in the comment block prov... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:35:18 EST OK, So the Story Goes Like This... My latest Worship Melodies Blog.... <BR> <BR> Ever wonder about all those people who like to tell their own story? Ever wonder if you should tell yours? This will give you the answers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ok-so-story-goes-like-this.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:50:47 EST Motivation and 90 Days Motivation and 90 Days <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Everyone! Sorry I haven’t been able to get back to everyone sooner but between my work, overtime, and continuing health problems I haven’t been able to get on the computer to be with you! This year I’m going to intensify my efforts and make more solid progress. I have gained back 10 pounds and I had the New Years Blues but… now that is in the past! New Year… New Goals! What I have learned over the years is that your past is in the past and you... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:25:52 EST Blog: How the Grinch Stole Christmas My latest blog... God does amazing miracles sometimes at Christmas time. This one is mine about how I came to have a great Christmas for the first time in almost two decades. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-grinch-stole-christmas.html </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:24:15 EST Sliding On the Ice If the Christmas season is difficult for you, my latest blog might help. If you know someone who has a difficult time during Christmas, this may help you to help them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/sliding-on-ice.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:22:40 EST Yuletide Cheer Here's my latest blog entry on my own website. It's about finding the true Christmas spirit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/12/yuletide-cheer.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:30:16 EST Hi glad to be here I have been on sparkpeople for 2 yrs. and one month and belonged to this team once before and have come back. <BR> <BR> I quit sparkpeople for three days in August and then came right back again because sparkpeople is a part of my life just like Jesus is. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:45:28 EST My Latest Works Hello Friends: <BR> <BR> Here are the links to my last two blogs. I didn't get time to post the previous one on here. I appreciate the feedback and the support you give me so much. It blesses me so much to know that my work helps people. <BR> <BR> First blog - The Master's Voice <BR> <link><BR>/masters-voice.html </link> <BR> <BR> Second blog - Who Calls Me Beautiful? <BR> <link><BR>/who-calls-me-beautiful.h... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:51:14 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOYINLOSS!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> I know it's a little early, but I won't be able to post anything for the next day or two and didn't want you to think we forgot about you. <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 22:06:33 EST Aunt Sadie’s Encouragement I am about to embark on a new adventure... I can't help but remember encouragement from my Aunt Sadie (she passed away in 2005). I miss her so much, but I can feel her encouragement as I take off on this new chapter of my life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/aunt-sadies-encouragement.html </link> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:55:35 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRAKELOW!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:24:38 EST God: “You’re Gonna Do What?! LOL” Ever wonder about God's sense of humor? I do. Here's my latest blog about it. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>20</em> <em>9</em> <em>213</em> <em>211</em> <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>220</em> <em>288</em> <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/god-youre-gonna-do-what-lol.html </link> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:06:12 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2BFREE2LIVE!! (Sandy) <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:51:24 EST Little White Lies My latest Worship Melodies blog - called 'Little White Lies'... they're not so little and not so white after all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/little-white-lies.html </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:20:56 EST It is a sad day for Ray Because of medical circumstances, I have not been able to be a good leader here lately. My health has made it impossible to get on Sparkpeople as much as I want to... (as you've noticed) Because of my Part time work status, I can no longer afford my internet at home so I have to rely on the computer at work which is very part time! It is for this reason that I have to step down as a Leader. I loved being a Leader but, for now, I believe that in the teams interest, I have to step down and co... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 20:23:25 EST Me? Who Would have Thought?! This is my latest SparkPeople blog (not from my Worship Melodies blog site). I am so excited. I'm scared half to death. I need prayers. Please read and give me your advice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4523273 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 22:30:47 EST Finding the Silver Lining Are you a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘half empty’ kind of person? Do your clouds have silver linings? Read my latest blog to find out my silver linings in my struggle with Bipolar Disorder. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/10/finding-silver-lining.html </link> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:07:50 EST Cheesecake? I would Love Some! My latest article on my own website... <BR> <BR> Just one piece won't ruin everything. A little temptation never hurt anyone. Right? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/cheesecake-i-would-love-some.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> <em>22</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <em>486</em> <em>471</em> <em>468</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:33:21 EST What’s the Point, Anyway? My latest blog post.... called 'What's the point, Anyway?'... about why we go to church. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <em>288</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/whats-point-anyway.html </link> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:15:41 EST Article: Whole Vs Refined: the Great Grain Debate Very good article if you've ever been confused about whole grain vs whole wheat vs fibre, etc. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ned-great-grain-debate-b531345?utm_sou<BR>rce=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=newsletter_20110915&utm_term=continue1 </link> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:26:25 EST The Perfect Masterpiece My latest blog article... it is the project of a lifetime... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/perfect-masterpiece.html </link> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:33:47 EST Pay It Forward When was the last time you passed on a small blessing to someone? Paying it forward doesn't have to be some huge endeavor... explaining Kiwi to a little old lady could be all it takes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/pay-it-forward.html </link> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:05:38 EST The Flip Side My latest blog.... Think about things from God's point of view. You will see a whole different world! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/09/flip-side.html </link> Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:37:48 EST Motivation and Adversity Have you ever woke up in the morning and because of a medical condition you actually feel unrested, tired, bogged down ... feeling like you can't face the world? I have... every single day since I started taking this new medication for Gout and Arthritis. <BR> <BR> There are days sometimes when I feel..."what's the use... if I can't I can't" Then I remember... My Wife... My Family... My responsabilities ...and My commitment to myself and I realize that I just have to "Suck it up Buttercup" ... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:35:08 EST Flax Oil & Other Stuff My therapist told me today that I should take Flax Oil every day; along with a Vitamin B Complex. She also recommended that I eat at least one banana per day (ideally 2 or 3 per day. Apparently it helps with the serotonin levels... woo hoo! I love anything that can do that! lol). Finally she said Calcium and Vitamin D supplements, which I already take; along with Evening Primrose oil... and once in a while, if I have them, I take fish oil caps. <BR> <BR> My main question here is anyone... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 14:44:31 EST Letter to my 18 Year Old Self If you could go back and give your younger-self some advice... what would you say? <BR> <BR> Here's what I wrote to myself... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/letter-to-my-18-year-old-self.html </link> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:10:56 EST Oh Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble Until we get to the place where sin is real and we confront it as real, we are not going to be humble. If we don't learn to be humble, we cannot get close to God. <BR> <BR> Here is my lastest blog post on my own site. I hope it speaks to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/oh-lord-its-hard-to-be-humble.html </link> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:40:29 EST Lessons I learned the Hard Way My latest blog entries on my own websites.... <BR> <BR> This is the main site, 'Worship Melodies'. My latest entry is 'Lessons I Learned the Had Way'... is a little more 'light hearten & fun' than the others. I just wanted to do some laughing... laughing is good for the soul. I hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/lessons-i-learned-hard-way.html </link> <BR> <BR> ...this is my other site... it is just standard bits & bits of fun stuff, not nec... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:37:08 EST Keeping Your Eye on the Prize Are you really sure, that you're sure, that truly have your eye on the Big Prize, the most important goal, of your journey? Read about how I learned to focus through my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/keeping-your-eye-on-prize.html </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:27:33 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY OHSOFEDUP!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 01:43:30 EST The Reflection in the Mirror Here is my latest blog on my blog site. It is called 'The Reflection in the Mirror'.... about true beauty. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2011/07/reflection-in-mirror.html </link> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments. They are very motivational to me. Sign up to follow by email by entering & verifying your email address in the space provided. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:47:12 EST Carb-free Diets I have a couple of friends that are on a diet based on a book they've read by a Dr. Poon. They're diet is completely carb-free. There are not carbs allowed what-so-ever other than what you would get with fruit and vegetables. I cannot comprehend how this is safe. They say that there is "scientific evidence" presented that back up these theories. They're loosing weight...lots of it.. about a lb per day. They're loving it. But how is this kind of diet not overwhelmingly dangerous?... and... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 12:46:39 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUKEBOX2!! <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR RAY <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! <BR> <BR> We love you Ray! Hope you have a terrific birthday! You deserve the best! <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 00:23:29 EST Name 3 things that made you HAPPY today!!! I thought we could start a new topic. Name three things that made you HAPPY today! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:19:49 EST Hello I'm new Hi Everyone! I am a non- hodgkin's cancer survivor and I take a lot of natural suppliments to help me fight to stay in remission!! Thank you for forming this group! I love to get info suppliments. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:01:16 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY VFOOTE <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR VFOOTE <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a terrific day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 02:01:00 EST Motivation and Lifestyle Change What will it take for you to be a winner? What will it take for you to succeed in your lifestyle change? <BR> These are great questions. Other things to think about are...what will you have to give up or to do in order to stay on track and to complete your journey to fitness. <BR> <BR> Surprise... the lifestyle change isn't something you can do for a short period of time and expect success! It's a continuous effort in order to maintain what you've already accomplished! <BR> <BR> What doe... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:26:56 EST My Latest Blogs: A Fun Series (30 in 30 Days) Day 12 of my 30 in 30. Today's topic 'A picture the represents you and a picture of something you love'. This series is turning out to be so much more fun and interesting than I would have expected! <BR> <BR> If you haven't read the first 11 days, go back & read them. I love the feedback! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293996 </link> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:22:34 EST Leave the team I appologize for not being more active on the team lately. Due to family circumstances I have removed myself as a team leader and will be leaving the team for a while anyway. This is a great team and I have enjoyed my time with you. I wish you all the best. <BR> Hugs <BR> Shirley Sun, 12 Jun 2011 18:02:33 EST GREEN TEA EXTRACT One of my team mates from WHAT GETS YOUR GOAT asked if anyone has tried Green Tea Extract for Fat Burning. I know that green tea is supposed to boost your metabolism, but I haven't tried the extract. Does anyone have any experience with that product? Sat, 11 Jun 2011 16:43:57 EST MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES I thought we could add a quote each day that we would like to share with the team and help keep everyone motivated. So please add your favorite quote as often as you would like. <BR> <BR> Here is mine for today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>translation.asp?id=2 </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:35:37 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLY_ROSE!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 14:33:11 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELMEL and MELOBIVIELLE!!! <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRHTDAY TO YOU both!! <BR> I am SO sorry I didn't get these birthdays posted in time. Both were on the 30th. <BR> I dont' have internet at my new place, so I apologize for the delay. <BR> I hope you both had a great day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <e... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:31:17 EST Thinking Skinny Here's my latest blog, entitled "Thinking Skinny" <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250458 </link> Mon, 23 May 2011 10:09:38 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHERSNEST!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great and happy day! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em>... Sat, 21 May 2011 10:40:10 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY IMAMOMOF6!!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great and happy day! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em>... Thu, 19 May 2011 00:09:09 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TABBYARTS!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope all is well. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Fri, 6 May 2011 11:06:27 EST Motivation Through Successful Thinking! Did you know that you have the power within you to succeed? Absolute truth! If you convince yourself that you are going to succeed and do everything in your power to stay on track… you’ll succeed! <BR> <BR> The day that you take responsibility for your actions and admit that there’s more that you can do to improve your life and take that all important step towards a more healthy lifestyle is the day that you will have great success! <BR> <BR> The excuses will stop, the self blame will... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:58:04 EST Motivation and Truth Motivation and The Truth <BR> How successful you become at your new lifestyle is measured by what you do and what you don’t do… Think about this for a minute… your success depends on what you do and what you don’t do! This all depends on the TRUTH! If you believe that you’re doing the right thing but in reality you’re doing another thing you’ll get confused because you’re convincing yourself that you’re changing …but in reality you’re not! <BR> <BR> Let me explain. Yo... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 19:03:19 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY EBONYPARAMOUR!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday. I hope you have a great day! <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:30:38 EST Rays Back... Sort of... I got the position at the water center in Calgary but as soon as I got everything together there I have been promoted to Security Supervisor for the City Hall in Calgary... Just when I thought I'd have more time to get back into Spark People! When the shifts start tomorrow I'll be back on, at least on a semi permanent basis... I've been working 14 hour days to get things up and running and now I have to start the process all over again... I'll catch up with everyone later... Don't be worried... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 22:23:34 EST URGENT SB 31 Voting is taking place right now - I tried calling but could not get through conveniently because the mailbox was full. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 20:57:43 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIL-VIXEN!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you <BR> We'd really like to celebrate <BR> This happy day with you.... <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIL-VIXEN~ I hope you have a great day. <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 00:17:27 EST Eat this first <BR> <BR> If you're trying to watch your weight, you don't have to forgo appetizers altogether. In fact, choosing the right starter before your meal may actually help you eat less overall. So don't deprive yourself of that fresh whole-grain bread and olive oil the next time a waiter brings it to your table. It may be your diet's best friend. <BR> <BR> Eating a small amount of healthy unsaturated fat -- think olive oil, nuts, avocado, and fish -- before a meal triggers a chain reaction in y... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:28:43 EST "Vegan Criminals".......????? ????????//!!!!!!!!!! <link><BR>iminals.html </link> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:04:56 EST I Think We're Becoming Our Parents If you are 30, or older, you might think this is hilarious! <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda <BR> <BR> And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a trip like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've g... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:48:39 EST The Test... Do You Believe? I ask you this... why, if you tell someone that there are a billion stars in the sky they believe you but if you tell them that a bench has wet paint on it, they still have to test it? <BR> <BR> It's a test of trust, It's a test of faith and curiosity does get the best of us... <BR> <BR> The same thing happens when we are told by Doctors, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Specialists and (Of course) our families that we really should lose weight and get into shape! <BR> I bel... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 23:23:54 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY DJ2SEW4H EALTH!!! <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <BR> Have a very happy birthday <BR> Filled with sunshine everywhere! <BR> May the year bring joy and gladness <BR> And the love of friends who care! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday DJ. I hope you have a great day! <BR> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:45:49 EST Who Are You? Who Are You? <BR> <BR> Or maybe a better question is … Who do you want to become! <BR> Have you been labeled by society as a (whatever) and you want to know why? Identity labels are not only a useful tool, they also help us define who we are and what we may become! They’re a necessary evil when you’re trying to become something other than what you are! They define us . They shape the way people perceive us, and how we act towards others. <BR> <BR> When people look at you do they see ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 15:54:49 EST Motivation... and Experience Life’s Experiences are a small string of happenings that when strung together take you from point A to Point B creating your “Life”. Good or bad, each one makes us stronger. Every event in our lives we are tried, tested, and how we look at the event will determine whether we “Pass” or “Fail”. <BR> <BR> As Thomas Edison said while inventing the light bulb... I never failed... I only invented 1000 ways not how to do it!. If you stray from your goals, Don't beat yourself up ab... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:25:16 EST Tumeric for rheumatoid arthritis Last week a friend came over for dinner. She is a nurse who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and takes 2 tsp of tumeric daily along with extra doses of omega 3. Although she is from France and quoted French research, I found similar results from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. <BR> Tumeric has been used in traditional Indian medicine for hundreds of years. Tumeric contains curcuminoids which inhibit The NF-KB factor (which causes rheumatoid arthritis) from forming. Curcu... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:59:11 EST A Tale Of King Arthur Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur 's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The question?...What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most k... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:28:42 EST Motivation and Choices MAKING A CHOICE IS YOUR GREATEST POWER <BR> <BR> At any time you can decide to alter the course of your life. No one can ever take that away from you. <BR> <BR> To be able to choose your destiny is a wonderful thing. To be able to look at any given problem and have the choice to make can also be a good thing... but it can be a bad thing as well! Let me explain! <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight... <BR> Decision 1: <BR> I'm going to do everything right and change my lifestyle and get my healt... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 23:23:44 EST Commit to Fit asks How do you prepare main meal? Commit to Fit asks... when preparing the main meal of the day what is your preferred method of cooking? <BR> <BR> These could include: Boiling, Broiling, Frying, Barbecuing, Smoking, Steaming, Dry Cooking, Curing, Pickling, Brine, Salt Cure, Shake & Bake style coating, Deep Frying, Open fire cooking, <BR> Sushi (Raw), Tandoori, Pressure Cooker, Crock Pot... <BR> <BR> Details if possible! Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:53:44 EST Commit To Fit asks What do you cook with? Commit to fit asks what (if anything) do you cook with? <BR> <BR> Some examples would be: Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Cooking Spray, Margarine, Butter(Unsalted), Butter(Salted), Water, Coconut oil, Flax seed oil, balsamic vinegar, Honey, Ketchup, salad dressings... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 11:41:26 EST Commit To Fit... Typical Breakfast What does a typical breakfast look like for you? What do you eat? (Good or Bad) Sat, 5 Mar 2011 11:02:30 EST Motivation... are you the Butterfly? ALL PERSONAL GROWTH INVOLVES CHANGE <BR> <BR> Are you a Butterfly? <BR> are you changing into someone different? Physically, Mentally, Spiritually... are ready to shed your old ways and embrace the new you? New body, new clothing, new weight... new attitude? My wife thinks I'm more of a moth but nope... I'm a happy little butterfly just about ready for my departure from my cocoon! <BR> <BR> Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change. It involves risk as you step from ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:13:50 EST What's UP? Read until the'll laugh.... <BR> This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word <BR> is 'UP.' It is listed in the <BR> dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. <BR> <BR> It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky <BR> or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we <BR> wake UP? <BR> <BR> At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do <BR> we speak UP, and why are the <BR> officers UP for ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:14:29 EST Motivation... Do You Know WhereTo Start If You're new to Spark People or having trouble getting started and don't know where to go from here, you're not alone! You probably have looked at some of the members Spark Pages and maybe felt a little discouraged or perhaps overwhelmed at all the weight loss! How did they do it? I know That's the question that I asked? How did they do it? Where did they start? Would it help to tell you that behind every success story there was a starting place! That person started somewhere! <BR> They bega... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:31:02 EST Motivation... Action Equals Results! I have a question for everyone today... I everything that happens in your life, are you the type of person who sits back and let others handle the details or do you jump in to handle the situation yourself to make sure that it's done right? <BR> <BR> To truly succeed you should be the type of person who handles the details digging in and getting things done. A procrastinator or a lazy person (either one) will let things go or leave things because they think "They Can". and they let "OTHERS" ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 10:12:49 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEYBEE56 (Dusty) <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you! <BR> We'd really like to celebrate this <BR> Happy day with you... <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Hope all is well with you. <BR> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 02:14:19 EST Seriously. ...plastic rice...? <link><BR>ice.html </link> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:22:06 EST For Those Who Take Life Too Seriously! Thoughts For Those Who Take Life Too Seriously <BR> <BR> 1. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. <BR> 2. A day without sunshine is like, night <BR> 3. On the other hand, you have different fingers. <BR> 4. I just got lost in thought. It wasn't familiar territory. <BR> 5. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. <BR> 6. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. <BR> 7. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe. <BR> 8. Honk if you love peace ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 01:59:15 EST What are you doing for Valentine's Day? My dh and I are having home-made pizza (with low fat ingredients), beer, and snuggling in front of a romantic dvd. <BR> What are you doing for Valentine's day? Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:03:04 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TREENYBEANY!! <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you! <BR> We'd really like to celebrate this <BR> Happy day with you... <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Hope all is well with you. <BR> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:41:43 EST My Name Is Rose! My Name is Rose. <BR> <BR> The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. <BR> <BR> I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. <BR> <BR> She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?' <BR> <BR> I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'O... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:13:19 EST Carrot, Egg or Coffee? Carrot, Egg or Coffee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. <BR> <BR> Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in t... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:30:55 EST Motivation... Make Time For Yourself! Do you ever find yourself running out of time? How many times have you promised yourself that you were going to make time for yourself only to find that other priorities seem to have taken up all of your time? <BR> These are the questions that you should be asking... Am I making the right things a priority? <BR> <BR> Am I making the right choices a priority? Am I making the right goals a priority? <BR> <BR> It's not that you have a shortage of time... it's that you have the priorities in ... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:03:30 EST Commit To Fit #3 How much weight have you lost? Hello everyone! <BR> This time We're looking for how much weight you've lost since you started with your current lifestyle program? <BR> I've lost 85 pounds so far and I plan to lose another 45 pounds to get to my goal! <BR> <BR> Ray Wed, 9 Feb 2011 23:43:37 EST Motivation... There's a Good Side To Everything! When looking at opportunities do you think positively or negatively? Do you react to people positively or negatively? When doing things... again positively or negativity? <BR> The Optimist tries to see everything positively... even in misfortune where a Pessimist sees the negativity in everything that goes on and the negative side to everything. <BR> <BR> It's the Pessimist who talks themselves out of what could be a great thing! <BR> The Optimist sees the doughnut... the Pessimist sees th... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:40:54 EST Commit to Fit Exotic Foods List Hello Everyone... <BR> This is the Commit to Fit Exotic Foods list as submitted by people from all over the world (Short List) For those who are Squeamish.. this list might get to you. <BR> <BR> Mud fish, fried frogs, rattle snake, Monitor Lizard, roaches, fried grass hoppers,fried bugs, turtle soup, chicken feet,whale blubber, seal meat, caribou meat, rooster testicles, Indonesian bats, frogs legs,octopus, squid, calamari, cuttlefish, escargot, bear, deer, squirrel, possum, alligator,conch,... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:14:38 EST Motivation and Enjoying What You Do! When you do exercise do you really enjoy what you do, or are you just going mindlessly through the paces? <BR> Loving what you do makes the difference when exercising because then you'll look forward to the exercising session and want to keep coming back! Studies from all over the world suggest that if you hate what you're doing when exercising, chances are you'll quit and not want to return to the activity that you were performing! <BR> <BR> This is why when you choose a personal activity,... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:14:52 EST Commit to Fit #2 What is your favorite snack? What is your favorite snack food of all time? <BR> <BR> This can be fun... Good or bad, What is your favorite snack... I'll give you some suggestions to help you think! <BR> <BR> Pickled Herring <BR> potato chips <BR> carrot sticks <BR> radishes <BR> cabbage rolls <BR> candy bars <BR> Vienna sausage <BR> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 06:40:24 EST Commit to Fit... Questions, Concerns and Topics Hello everyone... <BR> I'm happy to have so many people participating in Commit to Fit! With the University and selected Spark People teams I'm happy to say we have over 1000 participants. Great Job everyone! <BR> <BR> This forum has been set up to answer any questions, handle any comments or to discuss different topics on getting fit, eating right, problems, solutions etc... remember this is an open forum ... your forum! The more we participate the more we learn. <BR> <BR> All of the fact... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:25:04 EST Commit to Fit :1. How many ways do you EXERCISE? Please feel free to add to the list! <BR> <BR> leg raises while watching TV or on the computer? <BR> take the stairs at work instead of the elevator or escalator? <BR> stand and stretch from side to side while cooking? <BR> walk to the store rather than take your car <BR> play frizzbee or throw a ball rather than sitting down soaking up the sun? <BR> ride a bicycle to where you want to go? <BR> skipping <BR> play lawn bowling, Boccie, lawn darts and horse shoes <BR> climb a tree <BR>... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:46:34 EST What is Commit to Fit 2011? Hello everyone! <BR> I would like to start by saying that everyone on Spark People, whether working towards our goal or at our goal, have a lot in common! We want to lose weight or maintain our weight through proper nutrition, exercise, knowledge, supplements Whatever it takes, we want to succeed and complete our goals! <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how many times, in the hundreds of E-mails and Spark mails,that people want to get fit and eat healthy but after a week or two they drop back to ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:34:14 EST Motivation and Choices You Make How many choices do you make... 100... 1000... more? Probably more, and right or wrong they are your choices and you stand behind them. Will your decisions be successful or will they be not so successful? Notice I didn't say you failed because to fail means that you totally gave up the fight, called "No Joy", threw in the white towel, Quit , never to return, Turned tail and run... The list goes on! <BR> <BR> Nope... It's just a temporary setback! It isn't Permanent!! <BR> <BR> You yourself ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:40:38 EST When is the best time for you to exercise? Morning for me. I'd like to do evening as well, but need to actually succeed. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:51:31 EST Inspriation I saw this link on another Spark team and the clip is so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:49:05 EST Motivation... Making Wishes Come True Have you ever watched Pinocchio? Does Pinocchio get his wish? At what cost... you can't get anything today, it seems, without it costing something!... <BR> <BR> Does The little Mermaid get her man... What changes does she have to go through to get Prince Eric? <BR> <BR> Will you have to take a chance and kiss a few frogs to get what you want? <BR> <BR> We all have within us the power to making all of our wishes come true. But there is a cost involved. We have to be prepared to do what it ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:41:29 EST Vitamins A & C help fight PCB contamination Although PCB was banned in 1979 it is still very prevalent in our lives. In addition to leakage from old PCB dumps, PCB is still a by-product of producing other chemicals such as silicone. Envelope adhesive, some food wrappings, even some upholstery contain detectable levels of PCB. <BR> Over 90% of Americans tested contain dangerous levels of PCB that can lead to a number of chronic illnesses. <BR> However, it appears that both Vitamin A and C can help protect us against PCB toxicity. ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:11:47 EST Is the Free food at Restaurants good for us? Thank you Greg (Darkstorm) for leading me to this article on the Worst "Free" restaurant food... <BR> Is it good or bad... Bad I think! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-free-restaurant-food </link> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:10:03 EST Motivation... Winning is Everything! WANTING TO WIN IS EVERYTHING <BR> <BR> Success is connected with continuous action. <BR> <BR> It's largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. You're not finished when you're defeated, you're only finished when you quit. <BR> <BR> The most important quality essential to success is perseverance. <BR> <BR> It overcomes almost everything, even nature. <BR> <BR> You can have a fresh start any time you choose, for "failure" is not in the falling down, but in the staying down. I... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:21:31 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY VEGANCHICKADEE <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you! <BR> We'd really like to celebrate this <BR> Happy day with you...! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Hope all is well with you. <BR> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:32:01 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADYTROLL!! <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you! <BR> We'd really like to celebrate this <BR> Happy day with you...! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Hope all is well with you. <BR> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:28:20 EST Leaving the Team! Well I have to say good bye to this team. I am resigning as a co-leader. <BR> I wish you all the best in your goals. Stay healthy and with positive thoughts. <BR> I am moving on and helping other teams that has requested my assistance. <BR> And of course I am still Leader at Herbs, Supplements & Vitamins Team. Take Care everyone & move forward! <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:25:20 EST Try This! Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers? <BR> <BR> Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns? <BR> <BR> Stuffy Nose? Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose. <BR> <BR> <BR> Achy ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:09:50 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEARHUGS!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> This month is such a special one <BR> It's birthday time for you <BR> We'd really like to celebrate <BR> This happy day with you...! <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! <BR> We hope you have a wonderful birthday. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:29:02 EST Hello, I am new ! Hello ! <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team. I am a vegan, only eat organic foods and nothing junky or processed, am a user of alternative medicine and currently studying to become a certified herbalist, so thought this team would be a good match for somebody like myself. <BR> <BR> I have lost 23 pounds so far with WW and a massive amount of cardio ( I have a treadmill ) and my goal is to be 150, even though WW wants me at 132, so as a result I will never make lifetime with t... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:45:37 EST Motivation ... Try Try Try Again PERSISTENCE IS REQUIRED TO REACH A GOAL <BR> <BR> "Keep trying" is the rule that must be followed to be successful at anything. <BR> <BR> Your success will always be connected with your actions. <BR> <BR> Just keep moving towards your goal. <BR> You'll make mistakes but don't ever quit. <BR> You may even have to hang on after others have let go. <BR> <BR> Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle,to do all that's necessary to reach your goal. <BR> <BR> In the end, the... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:12:37 EST Recommended multi-vitamin I'm looking for a good multi-vitamin. I'm a woman in my late twenties. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions??? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:00:51 EST How to Get Motivated How to Get Motivated <BR> <BR> (Concept by PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement Copyright © 2011) <BR> <BR> 1. Make yourself aware of the negative consequences of not getting results you desire. If you don't get your act together, you will never get what you want! Always think positive! <BR> <BR> 2. Give yourself a reward for a job well done. When you reward yourself, you will want to do better. <BR> <BR> 3. If you want a specific result, then get or give yourself specific i... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:50:59 EST searching for a link I'm not sure if it's in this team or the other one but EJ and I were talking about food combinations and there was a chart I just got slammed because I mentioned that in another team. <BR> <BR> I was told it was silly I'm so tired of that team ugh makes me sick and I've just about had it so I'm going to link it to prove it. <BR> <BR> I just want to say I love the way you guys treat your members and members treat each other . <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> LOL Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:42:11 EST Motivation and Running With The Right People! FOLLOW THE PATH OF OTHERS TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> You can learn from other people to make up for your lack of experience in any area of life. <BR> <BR> Be open and receptive to the people around you. They have things to teach you. <BR> <BR> Take advantage of the people that have made the journey ahead of you. <BR> <BR> Try to pick the right role models. Don't look for people that make you feel good or entertain you. Look for people that can help you. <BR> <BR> Role models are more than peop... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:25:54 EST Motivation and Opportunity YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> Your destiny isn't a matter of chance, it's a matter of the choices you'll make in the coming year. <BR> <BR> Success isn't something you wait for, it's something you must pursue in the months ahead. <BR> <BR> Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities to be successful. Seize common occasions and turn them into great ones. Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. <BR> <BR> Start where you are. You... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:02:55 EST Toxins in your clothing How do you feel about toxins in your kids clothing? <BR> <BR><BR>-baby-and-childrens-clothing-companies Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:59:57 EST Lead in reusable shopping bags. Hmmm...another toxic product from China? And why has it taken so long to come to light and why is the FDA sitting on their hands...again... <BR> <BR><BR>/environment/2010-11-15-toxicbags15_st<BR>_N.htm <BR> <BR><BR>/11/15/2010-11-15_reusable_grocery_bag<BR>s_made_in_china_found_to_contain_lead_<BR>fueling_calls_for_fda_.html <BR> <BR><BR>us_news-environment/ <BR> <BR... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:28:03 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL122769 <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day Maureen! I hope all is well with you. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <BR> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:24:29 EST Falling Apart Falling Apart <BR> <BR> There's quite an art to falling apart .... <BR> as these years go by. <BR> And life Doesn't begin at 40 .... <BR> That's a Big Fat Lie! <BR> <BR> My hair's gettin' thinner .... <BR> my Body is Not. <BR> The few Teeth I have .... <BR> are beginning to Rot! <BR> <BR> I smell of Vick's-Vapo-Rub .... <BR> Not Chanel #5. <BR> My new Pacemaker's all .... <BR> that keepin' me alive! <BR> <BR> When asked of my past .... <BR> Every Detail I'll know. <BR> But what was I doin... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:50:48 EST How to Achieve Inner Peace I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me Today, and we all could probably use more calm in our lives & less snow. <BR> Some doctor on television this morning said that the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. <BR> So I looked around my house to see things I'd started and hadn't finished and, before leaving the house this morning I finished off a bottle of Merlot, <BR> abottle of shhhardonay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of vocka, a poc... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:06:32 EST sugar Content in Various Drinks Amount of Sugar in Various Kinds of Soft Drinks <BR> <BR> <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> ___________ <BR> tsp/Can <BR> Propel‚ Kiwi-Strawberry 0.00 <BR> Root Beer‚ Barqs‚ Diet 0.08 <BR> Seven Up‚ Diet 0.21 <BR> Coke‚ Diet‚Caffeine-Free 0.24 <BR> Seven Up‚ Diet‚ Cherry 0.24 <BR> Lemonade 0.24 <BR> Cola‚ Diet Rite 0.30 <BR> Pepsi‚ Diet‚ Vanilla 0.32 <BR> Vault 0.56 <BR> Mt. Dew‚ Diet 1.21 <BR> Dr. Pepper‚ Diet 1.24 <BR> Pepsi‚ Diet 2.14 <BR> Gat... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 16:13:48 EST Motivation and the Holiday Season! There comes a time of year when the words Diet, Nutrition,and exercise just don't seem to fit... We seem to put these on the back burner in favor of the holiday treats, candy, cookies, cakes, pie, large holiday dinners and don't forget the million calorie eggnog topped with rum, other holiday drinks, the liquor filled fruitcake etc etc... <BR> <BR> Oh here goes Ray on a tangent about thou shalt not eat they neighbors holiday spread and drink to excess... Well this could be partially be true!... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 12:02:09 EST Santas Trip scientifically Explained Santa Facts <BR> No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organism yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule our flying reindeer, which only Santa has ever seen. <BR> <BR> There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world. But since Santa doesn't (appear to) handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - or 378 million according to ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:38:22 EST Why an Angel or Star on the Christmas Tree Having an Angel on top of the tree represents being close to the sky/heaven/God <BR> The angel also represents the angels that brought the news of Christ's birth or it could also represent the angel that appeared to Mary. Some people put a star in representation of the star that led the Wisemen to Jesus. Others just choose one of the other as there decorative preference.It's been Rumored that George W. Bush dedicated his Christmas star to all of the soldiers in Afghanistan. I myself have an a... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:57:57 EST The Christmas Story (The Reason We Celebrate!) The Full Christmas Story <BR> Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young women who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph. <BR> <BR> The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.' Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant. The angel said to her 'Don't be afraid, God has been very kind ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:05:22 EST How to say Merry Christmas Around the World! How "Merry Christmas" is said ..... <BR> Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees <BR> Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees <BR> African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats <BR> Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden <BR> Arabic: Milad Majid <BR> Argentine: Feliz Navidad <BR> Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand <BR> Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun <BR> Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal <BR> Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! <BR> Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha <BR> Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce <BR> Bosnian:... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:42:06 EST The Origin of the Christmas Tree Christmas trees <BR> The Christmas tree is a strong symbol of Christmas. It serves as the family’s center of attention. In fact, it is the center of most Christmas ceremonies all over the world. <BR> <BR> Christmas is about traditions and memories, and symmetric and beautifully decorated Christmas trees are something that the entire family will always value and remember. Every year, between 25 and 30 million Americans celebrate Christmas with Christmas trees, thus, the scent of a freshly c... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:05:43 EST The Origin Of Santa Claus Santa Claus <BR> Most children know Santa Claus as a big, round, red-cheeked, joyous, old gentleman who delivers Christmas gifts clad in black boots and a red and white suit. But really, who is Santa Claus and where does Santa Claus come from? <BR> <BR> The legend of Santa Claus dates all the way back to the 4th century when a child named Nicholas was born. At that time, nobody knew that he was to become world renowned as Santa Claus, but Nicholas soon showed signs of special abilities. <BR... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:51:13 EST Christmas Stocking Origin Christmas stockings <BR> Christmas stockings are hung near the chimney on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill it with goodies for the children. It is an empty sock or a bag that is given the shape of a sock. The children in United States and some other countries have been following this tradition of hanging a Christmas stocking, believing that Father Christmas will fill it with sweets and gifts for them. The items that are believed to be stuffed in the Christmas stocking by Santa Claus are ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:36:46 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAINTEDBLISS!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to you! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 01:16:51 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYANN402!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY!! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> Best wishes on your birthday Kyann! Hope it's a great one. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:29:20 EST Motivation and Environment YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT <BR> <BR> Always be mindful that you're a product of your environment. <BR> <BR> So choose an environment that will best develop you toward your objective. <BR> <BR> Analyze your life in terms of your environment. <BR> Are the things around you helping you toward your success, or are they holding you back? <BR> <BR> The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you're not going to stay where you are. You're not a captive of your environment. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 23:11:43 EST Expressions Explained Expressions Explained <BR> <BR> In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, "... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 22:29:02 EST Acupressure: Natural Health Solution for Colds Acupressure: <BR> Natural Health Solution for Colds <BR> Want to deal with allergy, cold and flu symptoms the most natural way possible? Try acupressure. Best known for relaxation and stress relief, this ancient tradition also helps relieve allergies, stuffy noses, and sinus headaches. Here’s how: <BR> For sinus headaches, try pressing your thumb or index finger for 30 seconds in the area between your eyebrows. Repeat a few times a day. Why? This helps break up the pressure and tension in ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:47:47 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPPINSTAMPER <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday, shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have the best of birthdays! Enjoy your special day! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:14:50 EST Rays Holiday Poem Short Time before Christmas, <BR> And Throughout the site; <BR> Spark People are stirring, <BR> Doing everything right! <BR> <BR> With Holidays coming, <BR> There's things to prepare; <BR> Making everything special, <BR> For everyone there. <BR> <BR> With Challenges, greetings, <BR> and friends dropping by; <BR> The Blogs just keep coming, <BR> ...for you and I <BR> <BR> The time's counting down, <BR> I'm at my wits end; <BR> Must send all my greetings, <BR> to all of my friends. <BR> <BR... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 15:45:51 EST Motivation and Climbing Mountains MOUNTAINS ARE CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME <BR> <BR> Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were. Your opportunity for success is right in front of you. <BR> <BR> To attain success or to reach your goal, don't worry about having all the answers in advance. You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it. <BR> <BR> Don't procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem. Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time. <BR> <BR> Develop a te... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 10:22:42 EST The Awakening A time comes in your life when you finally get…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out…ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. <BR> <BR> This is your awakening. <BR> <BR> You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to ch... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 09:38:09 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOLDENPEARLE!! <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>44</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to you! <BR> <BR> I hope you have the happiest of all days. Best wishes on your special day. <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> Thu, 2 Dec 2010 00:15:00 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY KANESMOM2!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:02:17 EST A stranger came by the farm the other day with an A stranger came by the farm the other day with an offer to set me thinking. He wanted to buy the old bard that sits out by the highway! I told him right off that he was crazy! <BR> <BR> He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car,his hands and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful old barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale! <BR> <BR> I told him that he had a funny idea of beauty! Sure... it was a handsome buildin... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:02:19 EST What was your workout today? Since exercise is such an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, it's great to have a thread that will not only allow ourselves to stay on track, but may also give some ideas to inspire each other. <BR> <BR> My exercise usually consists of WATP and today was no different. I did the 3 mile express. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:48:29 EST How About Turduckin For Thanksgiving? We saw a turducken recipe mentioned in a newspaper and tried it for the first time in 1990. It is so much better than a regular turkey that we have made many more turduckens over the years. The juices from the duck and the sausage stuffing really help to add flavor to the turkey and keep it moist without basting. This is what we do: <BR> <BR> The Turducken will need to cook for approximately 9 hours at 225 degrees F so begin preparation well in advance. The fowls can be deboned the day befor... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 12:50:42 EST Motivation and Acting on Your Dreams YOU MUST ACT ON THOSE DREAMS <BR> <BR> You have to make your own opportunities. Your future is not a matter of chance. It's a matter of your choice. It's not something you wait for. It's something you must actively pursue. <BR> <BR> Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Opportunity can come disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. <BR> <BR> Start today, right where you are. Distant fields will always appear greener... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 14:55:15 EST Beginning Today Beginning today <BR> <BR> I will no longer worry about yesterday. <BR> It is in the past and the past will never change. <BR> Only I can change by choosing to do so. <BR> <BR> Beginning today <BR> <BR> I will no longer worry about tomorrow. <BR> Tomorrow will always be there, waiting for me to <BR> make the most of it. But I cannot make the <BR> most of tomorrow without first <BR> making the most of today. <BR> <BR> Beginning today <BR> <BR> I will look in the mirror and I will see a <BR... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:30:14 EST Turkey Survival Turkey Survival <BR> <BR> When I was a young turkey, new to the coop, My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop, <BR> <BR> Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow, And he told me there was something that I had to know; <BR> <BR> His look and his tone I will always remember, When he told me of the horrors of ..... Black November; <BR> <BR> "Come about August, now listen to me, Each day you'll be thick, where once you were thin, And you'll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin. <B... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:42:27 EST Who Packed Your Parachute? Who Packed Your Parachute? <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience! <BR> <BR> One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up an... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:29:01 EST The Round Tuit The Round Tuit <BR> <BR> <BR> When you finally get your Round Tuit... <BR> Guard it with your life, as Tuits are hard to come by <BR> especially the round ones. <BR> This is an indispensable item. <BR> It will help you become a more efficient worker. <BR> For years we have heard people say, <BR> I'll do it as soon as I get a Round Tuit. <BR> Now that you have one, <BR> you can accomplish all those things <BR> you put aside until you got a Round Tuit! <BR> <BR> <BR> Please feel free... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:20:02 EST Old Warwick Not long ago, a friend sent me the story of "Old Warwick." It brought a smile to my face, and I think it shares a wonderful lesson for everyone to learn. <BR> <BR> A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Thought he wasn't injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help. "Warwick can get you out of that ditch," said the farmer, pointing to an old mule sta... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:28:57 EST Little Things Too often we don't realize <BR> what we have until it is gone; <BR> Too often we wait too late to say <BR> "I'm sorry - I was wrong." <BR> Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones <BR> we hold dearest to our hearts; <BR> And we allow foolish things <BR> to tear our lives apart. <BR> <BR> Far too many times we let <BR> unimportant things into our minds; <BR> And then it's usually too late <BR> to see what made us blind. <BR> <BR> So be sure that you let people know <BR> how much they mean to you;... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:27:49 EST Motivation... you are what you think! YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK <BR> <BR> Whatever thoughts you plant in your subconscious mind and nourish every day with conviction and emotion will one day become a reality. <BR> <BR> Constant repetition carries conviction. Repeat something often enough and it will start to become you. <BR> <BR> A change in what you tell yourself will result in a change in your behavior. What you impress upon your mind, you'll inevitably become. <BR> <BR> Self suggestion makes you master of yourself. <BR> ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 23:36:02 EST Motivation... Something a little bit different! "When you always do your best, you take action. Doing your best is taking action because you love it, not because you're expecting a reward." -Don Miguel Ruiz <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> Ray: To give 100 percent means also that you get 100 percent in return! If you don't exercise or eat right you'll never get anything out of your effort... it's physically impossible! <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> <BR> "There are risks and costs to a program of acti... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:35:29 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRAKELOW!! <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a wonderful, fun filled day! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:26:48 EST Motivation and wise use of time THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH TIME IF YOU USE IT WISELY <BR> <BR> <BR> Your dilemma goes deeper than having a shortage of time, <BR> it's basically a problem of priorities. <BR> <BR> Most people leave undone those things that should be done, while they do things that they shouldn't be doing. <BR> <BR> Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in your ability to put first things first. <BR> <BR> Most major goals are not achieved because people put second things firs... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 01:23:05 EST Is That How It's Done? Two Hutterites walk into a pet shop in Swift Current and <BR> head <BR> directly to the bird section. Jacob, the Preacher, <BR> says <BR> to John, the Farm Boss, 'Dat's dem.' <BR> <BR> The owner comes over and asks <BR> if he can help them. <BR> <BR> 'Yeah, ve'll take four of dem little <BR> budgies <BR> in dat cage up der,' says John. <BR> <BR> The owner puts the <BR> budgies in a paper bag. Jacob <BR> and John pay for the birds, leave the <BR> shop and get into the colony van and ... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:55:20 EST Positive Points to Ponder I wish I was a glow worm, <BR> A glow worm's never glum. <BR> 'Cos how can you be grumpy <BR> When the sun shines out your bum! <BR> ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> <BR> Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:08:52 EST Brain Busters... Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return to the people. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totalling $27. The bellboy has $2, totalling $29. Where is the missing $1? <BR> <BR> <BR> ____... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:45:17 EST Puppies for sale Puppies for Sale <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies For Sale." Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared by the store owner's sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked. The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30-$50." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. "May I please look at them?" The ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:48:12 EST The Eagle An American Indian tells about a brave who found an eagle's egg and put it into the nest of a Prairie Chicken. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. <BR> <BR> All its life, the changeling eagle, thinking it was a prairie chicken, did what the prairie chickens did. It scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. It clucked and cackled. And it flew in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that's... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:51:30 EST Motivation and Those 4 little words! YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING <BR> <BR> <BR> The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible. <BR> <BR> You can have anything on earth that you want, once you mentally accept the fact that you can have it. <BR> <BR> If you want success, begin thinking of yourself as a success. The feeling of being successful has to come first. <BR> <BR> If you have a deep inner conviction that you will always ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:59:20 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2BFREE2LIVE!! <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a wonderful, HAPPY 60th Sandy! <BR> Best wishes on your special day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:39:21 EST What is your favourite supplement and why? I take a lot of supplements, but my must have is B100 complex to keep my emotions calm. <BR> One of my doctors claims Omega 3 is the most important, and it does come second. <BR> My other doctor wants me to take calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis, but if push comes to shove my mental/emotional health comes first. <BR> Anybody else? Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:26:20 EST Don't let go of Hope Hope gives you the strength to keep going <BR> when you feel like giving up. <BR> <BR> Don't ever quit believing in yourself. <BR> As long as you believe you can, you will have <BR> a reason for trying. <BR> <BR> Don't let anyone hold your happiness in <BR> their hands; hold it in your own, so it will <BR> always be within your reach. <BR> <BR> Don't measure success or failure by <BR> material wealth, but by how you feel. Our feelings <BR> determine the riches in our lives. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:33:02 EST Friends Friends are very special people who accept <BR> each other with unconditional caring. They <BR> <BR> <BR> Recognize each other's talents and faults, and <BR> acknowledge them without judgment. <BR> <BR> They are Incapable of turning away when times <BR> are tough and life's problems seem hard to bear. <BR> <BR> Instead, they Encourage each other so they can <BR> enjoy the good times and find strength to endure the <BR> <BR> bad times. They're Never afraid to say what <BR> they feel and... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:22:22 EST TRICKS OR TREATS? How do you get through the Halloween season without eating a ton of candy? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:46:46 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1AVERY!!! (TERI) <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a wonderful, HAPPY day Teri! <BR> Best wishes on your special day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:15:56 EST Motivation and Control A SUCCESSFUL PERSON MAKES DECISIONS <BR> <BR> To control the outcome of anything, you control the action at the point of decision making. <BR> <BR> If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control. When you control the decisions, you control the actions. <BR> <BR> It's your life. You decide what you are going to do with it. <BR> <BR> If you don't run your own life someone else will. You are in control of your life to the degree you make decisions. <BR> <BR> Take charge ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:49:00 EST Days away from Sparkpeople Hi Team! <BR> I'm headed into the hospital for the Agiogram and I'm not sure wow many days I'll be away from the computer! I'll be back as soon as I can! <BR> Ray Thu, 7 Oct 2010 23:31:54 EST Share Healthy or Favourite Thanksgiving Recipes Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend (Oct 11). It might be nice if we could share some of our Thanksgiving favourites on the recipe thread. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 18:01:31 EST Motivation and Attaining your Dreams PURSUE YOUR DREAMS AND YOU'LL ATTAIN THEM <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're sure you're on the right road to success you don't have to plan your journey too far ahead. <BR> <BR> Don't burden yourself with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar your progress. <BR> <BR> You don't need to know all your answers in advance. Just have a clear idea of the goal you want to reach. <BR> <BR> You can only take one step at a time. If you can muster up the courage to begin, you'll find the courag... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:59:37 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFU LWOMEN!! <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great, HAPPY day! <BR> Best wishes on your special day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:17:12 EST The Builder An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. <BR> <BR> The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He r... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 13:13:04 EST Dementia Quiz DEMENTIA QUIZ or how to feel really stupid fast <BR> <BR> FIRST QUESTION: <BR> <BR> YOU ARE A PARTICIPANT IN A RACE. YOU OVERTAKE <BR> THE SECOND PERSON. WHAT POSITION ARE YOU IN? <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ANSWER : IF YOU ANSWERED THAT YOU ARE FIRST, <BR> THEN YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG! IF YOU OVERTAKE THE <BR> SECOND PERSON AND YOU TAKE HIS PLACE, YOU ARE IN SECOND PLACE! <BR> <BR> TRY TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME. <BR> NOW ANSWER THE SECOND QUESTI... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 09:17:24 EST Ray Fights Back! I want to start by saying thankyou to all of my Spark Friends who have stood beside me and support me! Your kindness, Sharing, and caring... the outpouring of support, the prayers the information is making my job a whole lot easier! <BR> <BR> My health is getting better... my numbers are getting smaller, but I'm looking at the world in a different way! To date, over 500 cards, letters, Spark Mails, E mails and phone calls (Not to mention visits) have put me back on the road to recovery and ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 01:15:22 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY QUEENDIVA36 <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> We hope all is well. <BR> Have an amazing day! <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:00:28 EST HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY JULIECROWDER!! <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>26</em> <em>44</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> You had a birthday Shout HOORAY!! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> I am SO sorry that this is a day late. I just finished moving yesterday and we don't have internet yet. I feel bad that I didn't check in yesterday like I should have. Please forgive the delay. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>1... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 17:29:35 EST Motivation and Achievement ALL GREAT ACHIEVEMENT TAKES TIME <BR> <BR> "Keep trying" is the rule that must be followed to be successful at anything. <BR> <BR> Your success will always be connected with your actions. Just keep moving towards your goal. <BR> <BR> You'll make mistakes but don't ever quit. You may even have to hang on after others have let go. <BR> <BR> Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle, to do all that's necessary to reach your goal. In the end, the only people who fail are... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 13:39:50 EST Motivation and Habits YOUR HABITS WILL PUSH YOU TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> <BR> First you make your habits, and then your habits make you. <BR> <BR> Break those habits that can break you. Adopt those practices that will become the new habits that will help you achieve the success you desire. <BR> <BR> Your habits are a form of exercise. The harder you work at something, the harder it is to quit. The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. <BR> <BR> Your habits are either the best of servants or the worst... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 02:20:54 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY WINWIN1!! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too. <BR> Happy birthday to you! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday Donna! We hope you have a GREAT day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:55:19 EST Motivation... It's not over till its over IT'S NEVER OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER <BR> <BR> <BR> The power to hold on in spite of everything, to endure, this is the quality of a winner. Your greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fail. <BR> <BR> It's your constant and determined effort that will eventually break down all resistance and sweep away all the barriers before you. <BR> <BR> Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle, to do all that's necessary to reach your goal. <BR> All great a... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:11:40 EST Growing Old I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. <BR> <BR> I have seen too many dear frien... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 17:04:02 EST Motivation and Life LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT <BR> <BR> <BR> No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but you. <BR> <BR> You must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you on to success. You must set your own standards. <BR> <BR> Nothing meaningful happens by itself. It will all come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own efforts. <BR> <BR> Only you can hold yourself back, or stand in your own way. Only you can help yourself. <BR> <BR> Not in t... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:21:13 EST Stupid True Headlines Stupid True Headlines <BR> <BR> - Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says <BR> <BR> - Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers <BR> <BR> - Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted <BR> <BR> - Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case <BR> <BR> - Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents <BR> <BR> - Farmer Bill Dies in House <BR> <BR> - Iraqi Head Seeks Arms <BR> <BR> - Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus? <BR> <BR> - Stud Tires Out <BR> <BR> - Pro... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:41:34 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPANDOUT35!! <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday <BR> Shout HOORAY!! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy Birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday Clint! I hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>236</em> <em>44</em> <em>179</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 20:56:54 EST Medical Myths of Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Over the last 20 years, the pharmaceutical companies have promoted cholesterol-lowering statin drugs with such fervor that they’ve become household names: Lipitor, Crestor, Vytorin, Zocor, and others. Sixteen million Americans take Lipitor, the most popular statin drug. Statin sales in the U.S. alone are over $12.5 billion a year. <BR> <BR> No doubt, the statins lower cholesterol levels and perhaps do lower the risk of dying from a heart attack – at least in patients who already have had one... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:18:22 EST Vitamin D and Your Immune System Vitamin D and Your Immune System <BR> <BR> An estimated 70 percent of the U.S. population has diets deficient in vitamin D. Recent study of this essential micronutrient has demonstrated its central role in maintaining health. Decreased or insufficient levels of vitamin D have been linked to: <BR> Suppressed immunity - our innate systems of defense may not function efficiently without adequate vitamin D, allowing increased susceptibility to infectious agents. <BR> Increased risk of chronic... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:15:02 EST We may not always realize... We may not always realize <BR> That every thing we do, <BR> Affects not only our lives <BR> But touches others, too! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a little bit of thoughtfulness <BR> That shows someone you care, <BR> Creates a ray of sunshine <BR> For both of you to share. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, every time you offer <BR> Someone a helping hand … <BR> Every time you show a friend <BR> You care and understand … <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every time you have <BR> A kind and gentle word to give … <... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 20:12:24 EST Funny Classifieds Browsing classifieds ads can be a lot of fun. We found these funny ads on the internet and I thought I'd share them with you... <BR> <BR> 10: <BR> Illiterate? Write today for free help. <BR> <BR> 9: <BR> Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once; you'll never go anywhere else again. <BR> <BR> 8: <BR> Dog for sale. Eats anything and is fond of children. <BR> <BR> 7: <BR> 3-year old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred. <BR> <BR> 6: <BR> Man wanted to wo... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:02:23 EST Still want to fly? WHAT A PITY KULULA DOESN'T FLY INTERNATIONALLY - WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM IF ONLY FOR THEIR HUMOUR - SO TYPICALLY SOUTH AFRICAN. <BR> <BR> Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . <BR> <BR> Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety <BR> lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real <BR> examples that have been heard or reported: <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------- <... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:00:26 EST Exercise Your Brain to Improve Memory <BR> You already know that you need to exercise your body to be healthy, but you need to give your brain a workout, too. As you age, you may find yourself growing wiser, but more forgetful, too. Exercising your brain can help promote memory. Here are some easy and fast suggestions for giving your brain a workout. <BR> Memorize a poem every day. Rhyming and rhythm links verbal to other modalities of thought which makes memories more agile. <BR> The next time you go grocery shopping, make a l... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:54:13 EST Nutritional Deficiencies Are Common “If you eat a balanced diet, you’ll get all the nutrients you need.” The “health experts” who continue to cling to this Draconian idea must not have read the research studies written on nutrition over the past 20 years. The standard American diet (even if you eat fruits and vegetables every day) is overloaded with toxic, artificial chemicals. And modern processing methods remove 25 - 75 percent of the original nutrients. <BR> <BR> An FDA study analyzing 234 foods over two years found that t... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:52:36 EST Penguins Penguins <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins <BR> On the ice in Antarctica - where do they go ? <BR> <BR> Wonder no more ! ! ! <BR> <BR> It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic <BR> Bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. <BR> <BR> The penguin is very committed to its family and will <BR> Mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of <BR> Compassionate contact with its o... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:15:47 EST Things to think about Anger is a condition in which <BR> the tongue works faster than the mind. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You can’t change the past, <BR> but you can ruin the present <BR> by worrying over the future. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Love…and you shall be loved. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God always gives His best to those <BR> who leave the choice with Him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All people smile in the same language. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A hug is a great gift… one size fits all. <BR> It can be given for any occ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:00:55 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAANTONELLI!! <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! We hope you have a totally awesome day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:04:29 EST Always Believe <BR> Always Believe <BR> <BR> You have the ability <BR> to attain whatever you seek; <BR> within you is every potential <BR> you can imagine. <BR> Always aim higher than <BR> you believe you can reach. <BR> So often, you'll discover <BR> that when your talents <BR> are set free <BR> by your imagination, <BR> you can achieve any goal. <BR> If people offer their <BR> help or wisdom <BR> as you go through life, <BR> accept it gratefully. <BR> You can learn much from those <BR> who have gone be... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:42:55 EST Motivation Speaks To Me Motivation controls your future, your destiny , the reason you do things. You set in motion the processes of becoming the person you most want to be. The past is in the past and we cannot change it but we can point ourselves in the proper direction and do everything that we can to guide our future. <BR> <BR> We also have to remember to do our best because if you only do half the job... It will take twice as long or longer to get to your goals! you'll need courage, dedication, commitment, Kno... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:05:45 EST The Surprise Party Once upon a time there lived a man who had a terrible passion for baked beans. He loved them, he adored them, he yearned for them. But they always caused him a great deal of embarrassment shortly after eating them. <BR> <BR> One day he met a girl and fell in love. When it became apparent that they would marry, he realized she might be even more embarrassed and humiliated by his addiction to baked beans. He decided to make the supreme sacrifice and give up his beloved baked beans. A short tim... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:59:14 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY RIMAJO!!! <em>44</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! We hope you have a totally awesome day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>409</em> <em>44</em> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 01:22:19 EST Motivation and Opportunity YOU MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> <BR> Your destiny isn't a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice. <BR> It's not something you wait for, but rather something you pursue. <BR> <BR> Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. <BR> <BR> Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. <BR> <BR> Start where you are. You're at this moment standing right in the middle of opportunity. <BR> <BR> Ac... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:26:19 EST Easy Steps to a Fitter You Easy Steps to a Fitter You <BR> Walking is a great low-impact workout. It benefits your health in so many ways. It burns calories, helps maintain cholesterol levels already within the normal range, and promotes healthy blood pressure levels. It also has been show to help reduce stress. But there is a right way to walk. For bones and muscles to work properly (and to prevent injuries), you should keep your spine aligned vertically. Here are some other tips on how to walk for fitness: <BR> To wa... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:13:50 EST What is Your Metabolic Type? What is Your Metabolic Type? <BR> <BR> Every individual has a unique biochemistry and metabolic style. Our dietary patterns should reflect these individual differences to a certain degree. Some individuals have strong appetites and fast metabolisms while others are rarely hungry and still have trouble losing weight. Understanding your own unique metabolic type can dramatically improve your ability to lose weight, stabilize your energy levels, and prevent/reverse disease processes. <BR> ... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:11:24 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILNICETY!!! <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday Shout HOORAY! <BR> We want to sing to you today. <BR> One year older and Wiser too <BR> Happy Birthday to YOU!! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday Lyn! (LILNICETY) We hope you have an awesome day, filled with hugs, love, and maybe a small piece of cake! :) <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>179</em> <em>44</em> <em>236</em> <... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:13:19 EST Motivation... Getting Closer To Success! EVERY FAILURE IS A STEP CLOSER TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> <BR> People who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. <BR> <BR> Experiencing failure is inevitable on your journey to be successful. Each defeat is merely an installment to victory. <BR> <BR> You'll find that the number of times you succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times you fail and keep trying. You won't be judged by the number of times you fail, but by the n... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:39:39 EST Motivation and Doing Your Best! MAKE IT YOUR LIFE RULE TO DO YOUR BEST <BR> <BR> <BR> It will be your constant effort to be first class in everything you attempt that will help you conquer the heights of success. <BR> <BR> Always do more than you're supposed to do and you can have, be or do anything you want. <BR> <BR> Do a little more than average and from that point on your progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort you put in. <BR> <BR> You can do a little more each day than you think you can.... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:48:03 EST Natural Health Help for Joints Natural Health Help for Joints <BR> It’s one of the unwelcomed signs of aging: the creaking and pain that comes when we stand up or when we’re walking across a room. Our cartilage gets worn and torn as we get older, which makes joints stiff and causes pain. Weight, injuries and genetics also play a role in how our joints feel. But you can promote healthy, flexible joints naturally with these great tips. <BR> Low impact exercise can help your joints feel limber while sedentary lifestyles weake... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:38:26 EST Discover the Therapeutic Benefits of Massage Discover the Therapeutic Benefits of Massage <BR> by Danna Norek, citizen journalist <BR> Permission granted by author to post <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) The health and wellness benefits that massage offers are more abundant than once thought. Emerging research points to a growing list of advantages that range far wider than simple anxiety, tension, and pain relief. <BR> <BR> One of the most interesting benefits uncovered is a possible link to improved immunity. Studies have shown that those ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:34:45 EST Rays Place for Laughs Sarah was reading a newspaper, while her husband was engrossed in a magazine. Suddenly, she burst out laughing. "Listen to this," she said. "There's a classified ad here where a guy is offering to swap his wife for a season ticket to the stadium." <BR> <BR> "Hmmm," her husband said, not looking up from his magazine. <BR> <BR> Teasing him, Sarah said, "Would you swap me for a season ticket?" <BR> <BR> "Absolutely not," he said. <BR> <BR> "How sweet," Sarah said. "Tell me why not." <BR> <B... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:31:03 EST For my Spark Friends... If there was ever a time to dare, <BR> to make a difference, <BR> to embark on something worth doing, <BR> IT IS NOW. <BR> Not for any grand cause, necessarily… <BR> but for something that tugs at your heart, <BR> something that’s your inspiration, <BR> something that’s your dream. <BR> You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. <BR> HAVE FUN. <BR> DIG DEEP. <BR> STRETCH. <BR> DREAM BIG. <BR> <BR> Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. <BR> There will be good days.... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 19:00:12 EST Seniors Road Trip While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. <BR> <BR> After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. <BR> <BR> When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, <BR> <BR> and she didn't miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes. <BR> <BR> By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance <BR> <BR> before they could find a place to turn around, <BR> <... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:14:42 EST Motivation and The Comfort Zone I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail. <BR> The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail. <BR> I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, <BR> But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. <BR> <BR> I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much. <BR> I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such. <BR> I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone, <BR> But deep inside I longed for something spe... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 23:47:55 EST 3 little pigs Three Little Pigs <BR> <BR> One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to accumulate the building materials for his home. <BR> <BR> She read, "...And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said, "Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?'" The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?" <... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:09:58 EST Old Computer Terms <BR> <BR> BIT: A word used to describe computers, as in "Our son's computer cost quite a bit." <BR> <BR> BOOT: What your friends give you because you spend too much time bragging about your computer skills. <BR> <BR> BUG: What your eyes do after you stare at the big mean computer screen for more than 15 minutes. Also: what computer magazine companies do to you after they get your name on their mailing list. <BR> <BR> CHIPS: The fattening, non-nutritional food computer users eat to avo... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:05:10 EST Are You Orthorexic? Are You Orthorexic? Watching What You Eat Now Considered A Mental Disease! <BR> Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Ben H <BR> Do you consider yourself obsessed with eating healthy? If so, you might have an eating disorder. Sorry to break it to you so coldly, but your “fixation with righteous eating” would earn you the label of orthorexic by the mental health profession. That’s right, folks, if you try to avoid fatty foods, foods contaminated with pesticides and herbicides, or especially if you av... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:10:42 EST Cancer Deaths in People & Dogs are Preventable One third of cancer deaths in people and dogs are preventable through diet changes <BR> by Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor <BR> Permission was granted by the author to post <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Here's good news for both you and your best friend: one out of three cancer deaths in humans as well as dogs can be prevented by simple, natural diet changes. That's the conclusion of research just presented by Demian Dressler, DVM, at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meet... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:07:59 EST Capsaicin Weight-Loss Mechanism Suggested Capsaicin Weight-loss Mechanism Suggested <BR> August 2010 <BR> Researchers in Korea have published new evidence that suggests the mechanisms behind why capsaicin may aid weight loss. <BR> Previous laboratory studies have hinted that capsaicin may help fight obesity by reducing the amount of calories absorbed in the gut, reducing fat tissue, speeding up metabolism and lowering lipid levels in the blood. However, the mechanisms behind how it might have such a dramatic effect on weight loss ha... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 19:16:23 EST Understand the Meaning of Health, Part II Understand the Meaning of Health, Part II (Opinion) <BR> by Hesh Goldstein, citizen journalist <BR> Permission granted by author to post <BR> <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) In Part 1 we discussed the spiritual side of health as well as an overview of the physical, mental and emotional side. Now, let's get into more specifics regarding these aspects of health. <BR> <BR> On a mental and emotional level there are many practices that can be beneficial. Meditation again plays a role here, with cal... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:25:59 EST Understand the Meaning of Health, Part I Understand the Meaning of Health, Part I (Opinion) <BR> by Hesh Goldstein, citizen journalist <BR> Permission granted by author to post <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Health is a very ill defined term. In the western countries many people see health as a black and white concept. You are healthy unless you have a disease. Many people go to a doctor with some conditions that the doctor will send away saying, "You look healthy to me". <BR> <BR> It may be more useful to look at health as a gray sc... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:24:34 EST Understand the Meaning of Health, Part I Understand the Meaning of Health, Part I (Opinion) <BR> by Hesh Goldstein, citizen journalist <BR> Permission granted by author to post <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Health is a very ill defined term. In the western countries many people see health as a black and white concept. You are healthy unless you have a disease. Many people go to a doctor with some conditions that the doctor will send away saying, "You look healthy to me". <BR> <BR> It may be more useful to look at health as a gray sc... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:23:33 EST An Easy Quiz WORLD'S EASIEST QUIZ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Passing requires 4 correct answers) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) Which country makes Panama hats? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3) From which animal do we get cat gut? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? <BR> <BR> <BR> 6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what anim... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:57:39 EST Motivation and Personal Growth ALL PERSONAL GROWTH INVOLVES CHANGE <BR> <BR> <BR> Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change. It involves risk as you step from the known to the unknown. <BR> <BR> All your growth will depend on your activity. <BR> Your strength and growth will come only through continuous effort and struggle. There will be no development without effort. <BR> <BR> Trouble is the common denominator of living. <BR> It is the great equalizer of life. <BR> Your trials, your sorrows... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:25:30 EST IMPORTANT RECALL!! 228M eggs recalled following salmonella outbreak <BR> <BR> By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer – Tue Aug 17, 11:55 pm ET <BR> WASHINGTON – An Iowa egg producer is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. <BR> The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were linked to several illnesses in Colorado, California and Minnesota. The CDC s... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:07:51 EST The Head The Head <BR> <BR> A man was waiting for the birth of his child, when the doctor came out and informed the dad that his son was born without torso, arms or legs. The son was just a head! <BR> <BR> The dad loved his son and raised him as well as he could, with love and compassion. <BR> After 18 years, the son was old enough for his first drink. Dad took him to the bar, tearfully told the son he was proud of him and ordered the biggest, strongest drink for his boy. <BR> <BR> With all the bar... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:52:24 EST Take Hold of Every Moment A friend of mine opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: <BR> <BR> “This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.” He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. <BR> <BR> “She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on. Was saving it for a special occasion. <BR> <BR> Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the fun... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:17:37 EST Time for Reflection Too often we don’t realize <BR> what we have until it is gone; <BR> Too often we wait too late to say <BR> “I’m sorry – I was wrong.” <BR> Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones <BR> we hold dearest to our hearts; <BR> And we allow foolish things <BR> to tear our lives apart. <BR> <BR> Far too many times we let <BR> unimportant things into our minds; <BR> And then it’s usually too late <BR> to see what made us blind. <BR> <BR> So be sure that you let people know <BR> how much they mean to you;... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:05:40 EST Have a laugh... Quick Funnies <BR> <BR> After delivering a lecture on drawing, I gave my art class its assignment--complete a self-portrait. A young man in the front row raised his hand and asked, "Of anyone?" <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> One columnist from The Des Moines Register is a big proponent of the 401(k) program. "Think of it as a forced habit that will pay off in the long run," he said, "like changing your oil between meals or flossing every 3,000 miles." <BR> <BR> ~ ~ ~ <BR> <BR> "My car ha... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:34:14 EST Stressed? Get a Massage Stressed? Get a Massage <BR> Many athletes know the importance of massage to help speed up recovery and relieve stiffness and pain--they don’t just rely on muscle rub cream. Researchers know that massage does so much more than support muscle and joint health. In fact, scientists at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health assess the benefits of natural products, as well as mind & body therapies. Based on the research, they fo... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:33:51 EST FDA Wants You to Eat Gulf Seafood FDA Wants You to Eat Gulf Seafood <BR> by Kim Evans, citizen journalist <BR> Permission was granted to post <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) In a statement that must have been designed to make us laugh, or gag if anyone is really paying attention, the FDA recently announced that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is fine to consume. So, even though over 1.8 million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants and 206 million gallons of oil have been dumped in those waters and the fish and shellfish are constan... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:19:33 EST Broccoli & Brussel Spts Stop the Spread of Cancers Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts Stop the Spread of Breast and Other Cancers <BR> <BR> by Tony Isaacs, citizen journalist <BR> Permission granted by Author to post <BR> <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Scientists have discovered that broccoli and Brussels sprouts have the ability to stop the spread of cancer. Eating the vegetables encourages the body to produce a substance known as 13C (indole-3-carbinol) which fights cancer and blocks cancer cells from proliferating. <BR> <BR> In the study just pub... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:16:47 EST The Schnauzer My neighbour found out that her dog ( a Schnauzer) could hardly hear, so she took it to the veterinarian. The vet found that the problem was hair in the dog's ears. He cleaned both ears, and the dog could then hear fine. The vet then proceeded to tell the lady that, if she wanted to keep this from recurring, she should go to the chemist and get some "Nair" hair remover and rub it in the dog's ears once a month. <BR> <BR> The lady went to the chemist and bought some "Nair" hair remover. At... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:19:31 EST Cops and Robbers Police in Wichita, Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man at an airport hotel after he tried to pass two (counterfeit) $16 bills. <BR> <BR> A man in Johannesberg, South Africa, shot his 49-year-old friend in the face, seriously wounding him, while the two practiced shooting beer cans off each other¡¯s head. <BR> <BR> A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the use of safety goggles on the job. According to Industrial Machin... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 21:24:54 EST Funny Puns Funny puns <BR> <BR> * I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. <BR> <BR> * He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends. <BR> <BR> * Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine. <BR> <BR> * A cardboard belt would be a waist of paper. <BR> <BR> * He wears glasses during math because it improves division. <BR> <BR> * Two peanuts were walking in a tough neighborhood and one of them was a-salted. <BR> <BR> * Did you hear abou... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 18:13:26 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY JMFOGARTY11!!!! <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> You're having a birthday <BR> Shout HOORAY!! <BR> We want to sing to you today <BR> One year older and wiser too <BR> Happy Birthday To YOU!! <BR> <BR> Happy birthday Jean-Marie!! We hope you have a great day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>236</em> <em>44</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:31:39 EST Joining in the team Hi everyone - I am hoping to learn more about Natural ways of healing - I've always been interested in healing with food and suppliments and there is so much to learn! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 21:39:43 EST Worm Experiment Worm Experiment <BR> <BR> A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. <BR> <BR> Four worms were placed into four separate jars. <BR> <BR> The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. <BR> <BR> The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. <BR> <BR> The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. <BR> <BR> The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. <BR> <BR> At the conclusion of the se... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 19:57:10 EST Be the best of whatever you are! Be The Best of Whatever You Are <BR> By Douglas Malloch <BR> <BR> <BR> If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill, <BR> Be a scrub in the valley-but be <BR> The best little scrub by the side of the rill; <BR> Be a bush if you can't be a tree. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass, <BR> And some highway happier make; <BR> If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass <BR> But the liveliest bass in the lake! <BR> <BR> <BR> We can't all be captains, we've got to be ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:01:24 EST The Butterfly The Story of the Butterfly <BR> <BR> <BR> A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. <BR> One day a small opening appeared. <BR> He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours <BR> as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. <BR> Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further. <BR> <BR> So the man decided to help the butterfly. <BR> He took a pair of scissors and <BR> snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. <BR> The butterfly emerged easily but <BR> it had a swollen body and ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 23:20:34 EST It's a Hard Decision! Ever since I started with Sparkpeople I've seen so many individuals quit and others sitting on the fence when it comes to making a commitment to their health. It's sad you know... They start with good intentions and for what ever reason or perhaps it was something that someone said to them, they just quit! <BR> <BR> It isn't an easy road to travel but from my experience... and others will back me on this... The effort is worth the rewards! <BR> <BR> Your body transforms like the ugly duckli... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 20:40:55 EST New Grocery Store Concept A new supermarket opened in <BR> <BR> Davenport, Iowa . It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain. <BR> <BR> When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mown hay. <BR> <BR> In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions. <BR> <BR> When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the a... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:29:29 EST Will the FDA Turn Natural B6 into a Drug? JAMA Reports that Vitamin B6 May Reduce Lung Cancer. Will the FDA Turn Natural B6 into a Drug? <BR> JAMA is The Journal of the American Medical Association <BR> <BR> In stark contrast to Consumer Reports Health’s profoundly negative view of supplements comes a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reporting that high levels of vitamin B6 may reduce lung cancer risk. <BR> JAMA represents the heart of the medical establishment and has heretofore been the sour... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:46:14 EST The Best Way to Lose Weight The Best Way to Lose Weight <BR> <BR> Each Tuesday in August we present tips for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. <BR> Want to shed some unwanted pounds, increase your energy and even improve your mental outlook? It's simpler than you think. Just turn off the television and take a walk. I recommend walking 30-45 minutes a day as a way to maintain a healthy body and weight. I also recommend taking a break from television. Local news focuses on crime, violence and death, and its im... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:43:47 EST Motivation and Desire THE FIRE OF LIFE IS DESIRE <BR> <BR> <BR> If you want something badly enough, you're sure to get it. <BR> <BR> Your desires will in time externalize themselves into concrete fact. <BR> <BR> Obstacles don't matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there. But if you want to do something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done. <BR> <BR> Your reality forms around your commitment to succeed. <BR> If you're willing to pay the price, your circumstances will change. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:59:56 EST