SparkPeople Social Workers, Counselors, and Therapists Team Messageboard Those whose daily work is to help others and could use some help and support too. SparkPeople Social Workers, Counselors, and Therapists Team Messageboard New to forum Hi all, I am a SW in the UK. I am new to SP so am just looking for groups of interest. I have just begun my journey today and have 70 to lose, I will be looking for inspiration.. Sun, 8 May 2016 17:37:27 EST New to forum Hi all, I am a SW in the UK. I am new to SP so am just looking for groups of interest. I have just begun my journey today and have 70 to lose, I will be looking for inspiration.. Sun, 8 May 2016 17:36:06 EST May.... We Be More Active!! Hello Everyone! <BR> To all of the New Members - <em>235</em> ! <BR> To the not so new members - <em>382</em> I focused on taxes and have been celebrating a milestone birthday and decided that the computer was lower on my priority list for April. I was still tracking activity when I actually got some good exercise. Some of my time was also spent focusing on getting some things going with work so that I can have the time to give my garden more attention. <BR> <BR> So, May is here and I am ... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:40:10 EST April~ Already?! Yup!! April is here. And like the beginning of so many months I wonder where the previous month went. <BR> <BR> I didn't meet my weight goal for my birthday. (To do so I would have to lose 10 lbs in 5 days) <BR> I did cut my hair. <BR> Closed out a contract. <BR> Finished my tax material and submitted it to my CPA. <BR> Bought some seeds for my garden. <BR> <BR> And now I am on vacation for a week. <em>104</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:55:28 EST Motivated in March! Hello everyone! I want to get motivated again in March! I want to start walking again and eating healthy, we'll see how that goes. lol Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:57:24 EST Fun and Fabulous February We are a month into the New Year and a month away from Spring. What did you do to get fit and what are you going to keep doing each day? Fitness is a lot of things. Its physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or social. Lets have fun getting fit for Spring. <BR> <BR> Blizzard on the Plains today. I have lots of things I'm thinking about doing. Some organizing, some reading, some exercise. Watching the wind and snow outside makes me glad I'm warm inside with chili heating in the crock pot fo... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:19:19 EST ~January 2016~ <em>412</em> <em>411</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <BR> Let's talk happiness and satisfaction, contentedness and joy. Set your intentions here--- How do you want to feel, and how do you want those around you to feel when the day is done? <BR> <BR> What will you do today to make it a WONDERFUL DAY? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:24:28 EST Celebrating December! Hey everyone! Its December! What are you doing to celebrate this month? For some of us it's a month of celebrating the season. What are you doing to take care of yourself in the midst of the month? Remember that whatever your activities and all that you do for others, you can't forget yourself and your fitness goals this month. Let's celebrate together! <BR> <BR> Got through decorating the Christmas tree yesterday and like always I am enjoying just sitting and looking at it and my nice clean... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:48:04 EST A Daily 20 Minute Gift for Me!! Hello Good People, <BR> <BR> Today I was responding to a team mate in one of the forums and was encouraging self time during this holiday week. As I read my response (lecture <em>24</em> ) I was feeling the reminders for myself. And I also know that I don't have all of the answers- some of my ideas are good for me, but not for others. We all need to create our own strategies and answers - right? <BR> <BR> So, for the next 40 days, through the holiday season and into the new year I am puttin... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:14:19 EST NOOO! Not November Already! OK~ This topic isn't particularly positive, but it reflects my feeling at the moment. The whole string can always be put on the back burner.... <BR> <BR> Did you turn your clocks back? <BR> <BR> How did you spend Halloween? I gave away candy for the first time in a few years; it was great! <BR> <BR> So, November is here. What's the plan? Are we ready for a good autumn challenge? Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:57:27 EST Aahhhh, October! <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> What are you going to doing this month to improve your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> I am starting off with taking a week off of work. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 22:29:19 EST Satisfying September~~~ I got nothing. <BR> It was a beautiful day. Had a couple of really good conversations. I'm making a little progress on some new work. <BR> <BR> The thing that is most prominent right now? I lost my cell phone today. <em>46</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:09:35 EST Awesome August~ August is here already and I'm feeling surprised by how time flies by - as usual. <BR> <BR> So this is the month that I feel is "deep summer," high temperatures, a bit slower pace, but still with so much to get done with the summer fresh veggies coming in and school beginning so soon. <BR> <BR> So let's all reach deep down in ourselves find new inspiration. What do you want to look back on come the end of the month? What would you like to experience, learn and or accomplish? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:32:38 EST Hi Team! I have been on and off the SPARK for a year or so. I am almost 50, and I have finally accepted that it's impossible to out train a bad diet. My wake up call evolved over this year- I broke my foot on Superbowl Sunday, my job working with adults with Autism has me at my desk more often (245 D rules & regs in Minnesota) and middle age were ( are) coming to a head. I am really anxious to hear how our team takes care of themselves when we give ( and give) so much to others. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:24:23 EST Jubilant July! Let's have a jubilant July this year! I am jubilant that my GD is here visiting from AZ, and is going to be baptized next Sunday. She is 14 years old now and growing into a beautiful young woman:) Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:20:31 EST LMSW From Michigan Greetings! My name is Amy and I am a school social worker from Michigan. I reached my highest weight last school year at 190 lbs and due to an incredibly stressful work environment I think my stress/anxiety was the highest it has ever been. Funny how your weight and your stress can go hand and hand <em>211</em> ! <BR> <BR> I took a break from my job, although I will be going back in the fall and I have decided that I need to do a lot more than just lose weight! I need to work on my body, ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:22:53 EST Getting Jazzed This June!! Here in the US is it about to get hot! <BR> <BR> Let's make it a point to do something good and fun for our health and well-being each day. <BR> - Try something new - <BR> - Do what we know works and add a special twist to make it even better - <BR> - Be mindful about what really makes you feel good, and do it again & again - <BR> <BR> Joan Baez - "If you're gonna sing meaningful songs, you have to be committed to living a life that backs that up." <BR> <BR> Share the heat, the goodness, ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:36:08 EST We MAY Get Some Exercise In Today!! What exercise did you do today? Let's share that and some thoughts and some encouragement!! <BR> <BR> *** none for me this Cinco de Mayo. <BR> <BR> I put an invitation out to some of my friends to walk and do some lite ST tomorrow. I got 2 "yes" replies. I'm on the hook to walk tomorrow at 6pm if it doesn't rain. <em>104</em> Tue, 5 May 2015 21:59:35 EST May this month be the month that I...... May this month be the month that I lose a few pounds, eat healthier, and exercise more! <BR> I really want to get my patio cleaned up from all the winter debri and get it nice for the summer months. I want to replant my garden and get it up off the ground so I can tend to it better without hurting my back or knees. My son said he can put it up on a table since it's so small and I will be able to stand and walk around it to take care of the plants, plus they will get more sunshine up higher be... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:26:55 EST Hello from Michigan! I am a contractual therapist at both a community mental health clinic and a local private practice. I am looking, in the future, to open my own private practice. My weight loss goal is about 85 pounds. I'm just trying to eat within my calorie range and drink lots of water for now. I add bits of exercise here and there, but that's not my main focus for now. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. My goal in losing weight is to be healthier, have more energy, and be able to lose the c... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:56:15 EST April Positivity Post! What went well today? What good did you do? Share something positive that happened that made you feel really good!!! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 08:22:47 EST April - At a Loss... as to what to start up for the month. <BR> <BR> Anyone got any ideas, good or bad? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:57:20 EST DC Symposium? I didnt think to ask this until now, but did any of you attend the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in DC this weekend? I went for three days. Today is the last day. The workshops were wonderful! I got in a lot of steps, too! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:19:09 EST Hi, my name is Brandi HI. Looking for a team to join and this one caught my eye. I am a speech therapist in a public school. I was a member of SPARKPEOPLE a long time ago and drifted away. I have lost, gained, lost, gained.....Keep making bad choices in eating. I have just started seeing a health/life coach so let's hope that is helpful. I hope to find support here also. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:36:23 EST Mmmm! March... What are you thinking about for this month? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:21:59 EST February Friendly Chat Hey Good People! <BR> February has brought the snow in earnest. Well, we have had it pretty easy so far, so its a-ok. It ended up being too much to shovel because it just kept on coming, our neighbor ran his snow-blower around our property. He is so sweet about doing those things for us. We do appreciate it. <BR> No shoveling left me time to do some exercise. It makes me feel like I am starting the month off on the good foot. <em>138</em> <BR> Happy February Folks. Let's make it a <em>26<... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:57:50 EST February Fitness Here is a very simple challenge for the month. It is something I have been thinking about so that I can get back into doing my strength training and make it easy. <BR> <BR> Do 4 - 5 days of cardio this week; no less than Fifteen minutes. <BR> <BR> For this week pick Five strength training exercises that you can do at home. Every day this week do at least one set of ten of each. <BR> <BR> List them here and keep us informed of your progress. <BR> <BR> Next week, we bump it up! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:45:08 EST 2015 - checking in! Hey Good People! <BR> <BR> January is almost done. How are things going for you so far? <BR> <BR> Is there anything you are re-thinking? <BR> <BR> Anything turning out better than you anticipated? <BR> <BR> Are you sticking to any of your resolutions? <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:47:43 EST Getting started again Loved to see this team. I am a counselor currently getting my MSW and working two jobs. I let my business be my excuse for eating horribly and not working out, but I'm now back to making the changes I need in my life. Would love support from others in this journey. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:25:26 EST January '15 Chat Hello Helpers, Supporters and Fixers! <BR> <em>235</em> to 2015. <BR> <BR> If the rest of the year is going to be anything like today, it is going to go fast and be full of good stuff. <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:44:23 EST December Chit Chat I put up a December Challenge Forum. It is pretty basic. Please use it in a way that works for and benefits you. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to get to bed at a decent hour and maybe even get up a little earlier... maybe <em>100</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:19:52 EST December 3 Goals Challenge So, let's set our challenge for the month. <BR> <BR> Set 3 goals; 1 in fitness health, 1 in food & drink health, and one in mental health. Let's see if we can do things to keep the season bright and our bodies, minds and spirits light! <BR> <BR> Each day come back and give a 1 or 2 line report on how you did (or didn't) meet them for the day. <BR> <BR> The next post will be my reply!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:06:56 EST November Chit Chat Well, November has arrived. <em>465</em> <em>257</em> <em>426</em> and even a little <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to keep a positive mindset and use gratitude to keep the blues away. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:18:36 EST October Chit Chat Hey everyone! Can you believe it's October already? Time is flying by, and I have 4 years here on SP and Lee has 7 <em>244</em> Cindi, how long have you been here on SP? <BR> <BR> I am experiencing something odd for me. I volunteered to lead the new spark team for people that joined this week, Oct 5-11, I was happy to do it and spent a lot of time finding an Oct picture for the logo, and making a few forums and topics for the team. I tried to keep it simple since I remember how confusin... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:29:26 EST September Chit Chat Welcome to the September chit chat room! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:38:47 EST August Beginnings August. This can be the time of beginnings. So, what is everyone wanting to do this last stretch of summer? <BR> <BR> For me, I've been busy working on my diet and exercise. I've been frustrated with not losing weight very fast. Been reading up and the sad fact is that I'm over 50 and need to change up what I'm doing. My husband pointed out to me that running can age a person. So, today I followed his encouragement and hit the elliptical at the Rec Center. I'll go out for a walk, but I need... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:48:48 EST July Challenge - What you got? Bring It!! <BR> <BR> Suz already put her challenge goals out in her blog for the month. <BR> <BR> What are you going to challenge yourself with this month? <BR> <BR> Is there a challenge you would like to make to the team? <BR> <BR> Put it up and let's make some good things happen!! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:20:56 EST June 2014 - Shift into Summer This month we are going to challenge ourselves big time! <BR> <BR> That is month I challenge you to get in 5 hours and 15 mins of intentional exercise each week. That is 45 minutes of fitness per day. Pump it up and break a sweat!! <BR> <BR> Eat at least two fruits or vegetable servings at each meal. It is the season. Let's take advantage of it. <BR> <BR> Do something really good for yourself each day to move your heart and mind. Report it out and share your success! <BR> <BR> Try us... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:52:44 EST Just Simply June Let's keep it simple for June. Basically, let's get from in front of the screen and out doing some stuff to make life good. <BR> <BR> Keep it in your head and on your agenda to: <BR> Eat healthful nutritious fresh foods - fruits and veggies!! <BR> Use your body all day long, make your muscles work. Stand instead of sit. Go for a walk/jog, bike ride, swim, garden/yard-work. Everyday do something that requires some muscles! <BR> Make a connection with someone. Look someone in the eye and say ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:43:18 EST Hello from Wisconsin! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jenna, and I've been "sparking" on-and-off since 2011. I hold a Master's in Child & Adolescent Psychology and am currently finishing my Professional Counselor licensure. (I'm almost there -- only three terms of internships to go!) <BR> <BR> I'm at a major turning point in my life right now, and in the midst of many, many changes, I realized how devastatingly ill I have been on every level of my being. I have been physically and emotionally exhausted, an... Tue, 27 May 2014 02:13:49 EST My, My, My - It's May!! ... and I hadn't started a new forum for the month. <BR> <BR> Let's get to it~ <BR> <BR> For this month let's master some things. For the last few months we have done resolutions, and tried some new things. Now circle back, find your successes and master them. Make them stick and stay. <BR> <BR> Mine are personal compassion, regular exercise with more strength training, more veggies, cooking more meals at home and continue trying intermittent fasting. It would be a lot if I was starting ... Fri, 2 May 2014 21:44:22 EST APRIL! Anything Goes! Here is a list of questions. Pick three and answer them in a reply box. Then, add a new one for the list and for others to tap into. Any questions? <BR> <BR> What are you doing for you? For someone else? <BR> <BR> What do you need? <BR> <BR> What do you want? <BR> <BR> How's it all going? <BR> <BR> What is on your mind? Share your thoughts and experiences. <BR> <BR> Give a little advice. <BR> <BR> What are you doing differently today? <BR> <BR> Have you tried anything new? How wa... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:32:10 EST The End of March Last full week of March. How about that! <BR> <BR> Let's keep the Spring in our steps (even if it hasn't hit the weather pattern up here.) What are you doing for the rest of the month to improve our health & wellbeing? <BR> <BR> Copy & paste below... <BR> <BR> Points from the wheel: <BR> <BR> Bonus Points: <BR> <BR> What is your big push for the end of the month? <BR> <BR> What did you do today that made a difference for someone else? <BR> <BR> How did it make a difference for you? <BR... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:48:38 EST Things I say to myself,,,,, I think we should start putting into practice what we say to ourselves and how to change that. I thought we could say what we say to ourselves, and then rephrase that to what we would say if it were a friend saying the same thing. Maybe even, give each other input on what we should be saying instead? What do you think? <BR> <BR> This is what I say to myself when I miss Bible Study or Church at night.....I can't believe I forgot again! What's wrong with me? I must not be a good Christian, or ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:24:39 EST Make the Most of March - Week 3 Spring is coming!! Really. It is. I promise. <BR> <BR> In continuing preparation for Spring, let's continue to work on practices and strategies to improve our health and/or wellbeing. Then let's do a little introspection. Everyone has gifts and talents. When we use them intentionally we often excel at what we are doing and feel more satisfied with our efforts. Let's acknowledge our gifts!! <BR> <BR> Copy & paste below... <BR> <BR> Points from the wheel: <BR> <BR> Bonus Points: <BR> <B... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:27:56 EST Move More this March 2.0 Hey Hey!! Second week of March, the time has changed and the days are most notably longer. Let's shift up to second gear by adding some strength training to the daily activity. <BR> <BR> So, let's stick with 30 to 45 mins of cardio <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>314</em> <em>309</em> <em>237</em> <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> Let's add 6 strength training exercises 1 minute each for a total of 6 minutes. <BR> +2 upper: something for the arms, shoulders, chest, upper back <BR> +2 core: s... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:01:26 EST Make the Most of March - Wk 2 Gratitude! So, Let's make another step forward and add a bit. This week being of Christian/Catholic (spiritual?) significance around Lent, let's look at doing something differently. Cindi and Suz have seen this before from me, however it is a very powerful practice. For this week, I am challenging you to: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue your practice from last week. It was ??? <BR> <BR> 2. Add a gratitude practice! At the end of each day, complete the following statements: <BR> - I am thankful for ____ <BR... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:31:42 EST March Musings and Meditations - General Chat So, this morning I got up and went out to shovel snow. I haven't done that at all in the last couple of months. DH has been doing it because the temps have been so low, and I really don't handle the cold so well any more. <BR> <BR> It felt good. I'm glad I did it. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:26:05 EST Make the Most of March- Week 1 Hey Folks, <BR> <BR> Let's get ourselves positioned for Spring. I have a "spring cleaning" kind of thing in mind. There is also the whole lenten practice and disciplines starting this month (Tues 3/4 is Mardi Gras, Weds 3/5 Ash Wednesday) and that is meant to prep for Spring too. <BR> <BR> So, here is what I got... <BR> <BR> 1. Points from you 1st spin <BR> 2. Pts from your bonus spin <BR> 3. Total SparkPoints for the day. Remember that tracking things bumps up your pts, and you can edit ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:16:24 EST Move More this March! Let's keep up what we started in our New Years resolutions. <BR> <BR> How can we get the needles moving in the direction that we want? Let's get our bodies really moving this month. <BR> <BR> I'm challenging each of us to really move for at least 45 minutes a day. Get the heart rate up, break a little sweat, activate the muscles! You don't have to do it all at once, but do it. Track the activities here. <BR> <BR> I am going to suggest that you set a timer for what ever you do and then do ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:28:48 EST February = Focus!! So, the resolutions are sticking or they need some work. Let's spend this month getting a bit of focus each day. <BR> <BR> What will you be putting your energy into today? <BR> <BR> What did you spin on the wheel? <BR> Is there something you want to clear off of your to-do list? <BR> What would you like to kick-start and how will you do it? <BR> How will you set that shift into motion, or maintain that change that you have been determined to make? <BR> <BR> Feel free to copy and paste ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:00:17 EST February Forum - What's on your mind today? So, what have you been turning over in your mind lately? Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:28:54 EST Let's Reintroduce Ourselves... Below is a list of questions. Please consider copying it and pasting it into a reply window and respond to the questions. Use emoticons when you can!! <BR> <BR> - Your Name: - What is your Nickname? <BR> <BR> - How old are you? - How old do you feel? <BR> <BR> - Where do you live? <BR> <BR> - In what helping field do you work? <BR> <BR> - How long have you been in this field? <BR> <BR> - What is your specific area of practice? <BR> <BR> - If you were not in this work, w... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:28:51 EST Build your Aspirations in January! <em>235</em> to 2014 and our Forum for building Aspirations for the year. <BR> Tell us - <BR> What are your visions for yourself and your life? <BR> What did you do today to manifest those visions? <BR> Today what happened that supported you moving forward toward being and having all that you truly desire? <BR> What do you want to do next? When will you do it? <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:13:48 EST Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Hey Folks! <BR> <BR> I did no "special" shopping during the big rush this year. The hype and the commercialism really turns me off. I did do some regular grocery/household shopping though, just because it was the weekend. However~ I know for a lot of people it is a great time to start holiday gift buying and an opportunity to take advantage of a bit of "retail therapy." <BR> <BR> I put this post up because I'm interested in hearing your best story about this year's BF & CM. Please tell me a... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:16:29 EST Delightful December! Let's make December delightful in every way! In delight in each day, in the upcoming Christmas and in all you do for you and others! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 05:01:41 EST Hi, Team! I'm Rachael and I'm a licensed professional counselor. I have worked in community mental health and drug and alcohol. Currently, I am the clinical supervisor of a D&A clinic specializing in medication assisted treatment (Suboxone and Vivitrol). I work mostly with people struggling with alcoholism and opiate addiction. I am certified in DBT and have a background in working with PTSD and trauma. I have always been good at helping other people reach their goals, but sometimes I have neglected my... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:02:41 EST Nifty November A place to come and chat during the month of November! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 06:14:40 EST Optimistic October! Let's be optimistic this October and look forward to a great month! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:16:45 EST New to Sparks and Team Hi! just joined in after trying to get things done on my own. I guess support would be helpful. I would like to hear from others that are also interested in getting into shape and being well. Terri Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:57:44 EST Wonderful September!! Haven't spun yet, but wanted to start the September discussion. I'm hoping for good things for everyone in September! I'll be canning tomatoes today, but wanted to wish everyone a great September. Hope all is having a great Labor Day. <BR> Cindi Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:19:01 EST It's August! and Pts. 7/7 pts. <BR> <BR> Have to admit, I'm feeling hopeful and positive about a new month. Had a great walk tonight with my husband. <BR> Cindi Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:34:29 EST Thanks for the welcome I just received an email welcoming me to the team and asking me to post so that we can all get to know one another. So here goes. <BR> <BR> I am 67 years old and working as a Hospice Social Worker. My position is on the Nursing Home Team and my current assignment is on a dedicated hospice unit in a skilled nursing facility. There are many challenges but more rewards. Today was a particularly draining day so I am not going to post very long. <BR> <BR> I live in a modest home in a first ring ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:05:03 EST July Fireworks and Pts. 3 pts. <BR> <BR> I can't believe that its July! Now the summer will go fast. <BR> Cindi Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:21:13 EST Celebrate June. Hi, haven't spun the wheel yet, but had this idea for the topic. Finally its June. My husband had been saying all May that if we could only get through May. Well we did. Now, its June and he thinks about mid month we should be doing better, but I am feeling some relief of my stress level. I think there's several reasons, but I agree we aren't out of it completely yet. <BR> <BR> Wanting to hear from others why you are glad to be in June? <BR> Cindi Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:30:23 EST Its May! Pts and chat 5 pts. <BR> May 1 is my husband's birthday and we're having a pretty significant snow storm. I hope May is a better month. <BR> Cindi Wed, 1 May 2013 20:51:55 EST Oceana Hi! I'm new to this team. I had been on SP a few years ago and have regained some of the weight lost. So I am here to DO THIS this time! ;) Looking forward to getting to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old from up north Canada (the north OF Canada, heh). Have a partner and a bunch of fur babies. ;) Work as a counsellor and advocate for mental health. (More info on my SP page.) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:33:45 EST April points and chat. 7 pts. <BR> <BR> Of all things we had snow last night! Today watching it melt! Took the day off and tying to get things done around the house! <BR> Cindi Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:47:41 EST March 2013,,,pts and ??? I think I had a 3 on the wheel today. I don't remember for sure! <BR> Hey Lee! How are you doing? Haven't heard from you in so long! We miss you! <BR> These boards are kind of dry without you. You always have so many good ideas for conversation:) Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:34:25 EST I'm New! Hello! My name is Summer. I'm just finishing up my practicum hours before graduation, and I've definitely GROWN as a grad student... I'm a stress eater, so therefore I gained about 30 lbs since starting my program 3 years ago. I'm definitely serious about my journey now, and trying not to let my busy schedule with 7 clients, volunteer work at my church, a big move to a new state recently, 2 small children and a side photography business give me excuses to get back off track. I've lost a l... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:45:17 EST February Pts. 5 pts. (I think) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing okay. Lets keep this going. <BR> Cindi Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:03:49 EST January Pts & Purpose! What did you get on the wheel? <BR> <BR> What is the one thing you will focus on today to get closer to being your best self? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:27:07 EST Happy New Year! 1/1/13 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> The world didn't end, so we still have a lot of opportunities to take advantage of this year! <BR> <BR> What are you going to make happen this year? Are there changes you are going to work on making? <BR> <BR> Is there something you have been doing that you are looking forward to continuing this year? <BR> <BR> What would you like to learn more about or might you like to master by the end of the year (quarter? month? week?) <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:25:09 EST Hey! How did DECEMBER get her so fast!! So what points did you get on your spin? <BR> <BR> What are you going to do or did you do today to make the season bright? <BR> 1 good thing for you, <BR> 2 good things for someone else (doesn't have to be the same someone). <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> I haven't spun yet - Today I will spend some time reading about simple living, abundance and community building. <BR> <BR> I will call a friend who was hoping to see me this weekend but it didn't work out (Sylvia!) and I will report the 2nd th... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:37:01 EST My Introduction :) HI! My name is Heather. I joined Spark about a week ago and I love it!! I work with people who have mental illness. I join with people to help them learn how to live independently, apply for benefits, and to find happiness. I truly love what I do!! <BR> <BR> I am excited about my weight loss and I have already made changes that will, hopefully, stick!! I am also happy to find others who want the same things and share the same interests as well!!! <BR> <BR> Best Wishes <em>88</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:55:16 EST November positivity challenge... Hey Folks, <BR> <BR> Happy November!! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> So, here is my suggestion for the challenge: <BR> <BR> Spin the wheel and what ever number you get you must use that number as a target for "thank you's" and "wins" for the day. For example, you spin a 10. You should be intentional during the day of having up to 10 wins and/or "thank you's." <BR> <BR> Wins are anything good that has happened during that day that you had at least some small intentional impact on it happenin... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:44:26 EST October. .and.... So, I'm stumped for anything creative, provocative or interesting today. Help a Sparker out here!! <BR> <BR> Put in your points from the wheel and a thought or question for us all to consider and ponder. Let's get ourselves a mega-lively conversation going!! <BR> <em>465</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:59:24 EST Newbie** Hello everyone! I'm a social worker who works with at risk youth who have been put in state custody due to law violations, and their families. I know we all understand how hard it is to find the time and motivation to take care of ourselves when we devote so much of our time to helping others. I have always struggled with my weight. In high school, I was thicker than my friends, but I was super athletic and stayed in shape playing sports. In college I gained about 75 pounds then lost 80 o... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:58:20 EST Simply September... what is on your mind? 3 on the wheel today. I am just trying to come to terms with fact that it is almost the end of summer. There is more than a 1/4 left in the year. School has started for a bunch of students. I'm already thinking about next year's gardening. <BR> <BR> What do I want my life to look & be like? Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:06:47 EST AUGUST!! Already?! I am flabbergasted!! I got up this morning and there was an email from another team I am on about where to post August comments. My first thought was, "why are they putting that up now?" Then it hit me, not quite with the force of a Mack truck, but kind of hard; IT IS AUGUST!! <BR> <BR> So, I haven't spun the wheel yet, but I did start my day outside working on the yard. That really set a great tone for the start of the month. <BR> <BR> For August, give your spin points and a word to set th... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:24:20 EST Hello! My name is Katie - I work as a Behavior Specialist in Central PA - mostly with children with severe or multiple disabilities. The stress from my job (paperwork, making treatment materials, parent phone calls/ texts, etc.) along with an unpredictable schedule makes eating well during the work day difficult. <BR> <BR> I look forward not only to sharing info on eating well and weight loss, but also connecting with others working in human services who experience the sames joys and challenges! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:32:40 EST Daily Success Stories - July! So, what is your success for TODAY <BR> <BR> Last night I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and decided that I really should make a greater effort to eat better. Today I did. <BR> breakfast was cereal & fruit (yes, and coffee) <BR> lunch was a sandwich on sourdough whole wheat of hummus, cukes, artichoke hearts, fresh parsley, tomato and some strange red leafy stuff I got from my csa. <BR> dinner was salad of mixed greens with golden beets, water sauteed shrooms, goat cheese, cucumber, p... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 21:35:34 EST Happy July! Pts & Other Stuff Hey Sparkers! This year is officially half over. July, heat, cherries --- we are in the midst of it and it is all good. I spun a 2 this am. <BR> <BR> My goals this month are simple: <BR> - more exercise <BR> - track my food intake <BR> <BR> That sums it up for me! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 09:14:04 EST New to SparkPeople I got my MSW in 1988. My Bachelor's degree was in History! I have done a variety of types of work, but I am NOT interested in being an administrator or supervisor. I've always wanted to be a "plain caseworker." I worked for the State for a while in Senior and Disability Services, and then as a nursing home surveyor. Currently I "temp." I am going to go back to school in the fall to pursue a certificate in Spiritual Direction. <BR> <BR> I was most recently employed by Prisoner Visitat... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:25:00 EST June! What is good in your day today? And don't forget to share what you spun on the wheel. <BR> <BR> I got a 2. It finally rained last night! That was so needed. <BR> <BR> I have some work to do that if I get it done, I am on a roll. It will be fine I'm sure... <BR> <BR> Planning to make it a great day. <BR> <BR> *** It isn't too late to join the 5 Thank Yous a Day Challenge.<BR>y-Challenge.html <BR> <BR> I'm glad you did Suz. You have a gift for Thank Yous that I really enjoy! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:02:39 EST I joined; will you join me? Today I signed up for the "5 Thank You's: 30 day challenge." <BR> Would you like to join me in it? <BR> <link><BR>-Challenge.html </link> <BR> <BR> I have been working on a number of things - changes, in my life. The whole "attitude of gratitude" has been a great base for making change and moving closer to my goals. When I get stuck or stray, I find that a bit of gratitude makes seeing opportunities easier and creates more chances for forgiving (myse... Thu, 31 May 2012 08:15:28 EST Oceana, Mum of Kitties and Cavies Hi! My name's Oceana. I'm 28 years of age and live up north in Canada (above 53rd parallel). I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me with all of my goals in life! I'm Mum to 7 cats, 3 cavies (guinea pigs), and my boyfriend (Louis) has a lizard! <BR> <BR> I'm a Senior Youth Care Worker-- work with "at-risk" youth in community based healing homes, transition home, and independent living apartments. I'm currently enrolled in a social work degree program. :) <BR> <BR> I was always athlet... Sun, 13 May 2012 17:59:27 EST May... It's May! There's a couple meanings to the word "may" including wishes or blessings/prayer. So after you list your points, what are you hoping for today? It can be for you and/or for someone else. May you enjoy your May! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 14:28:48 EST Self Care Poll When you think of your own self care, what comes to mind? What rejuvenates you? <BR> <BR> For me... <BR> <BR> A hot bath with lavender epsom salts <BR> 30 minutes at the gym <BR> Haunting cello music (on my iPod) as I commute to work <BR> Going on a nature walk & looking for red-winged blackbirds <BR> A detour into a pet store to look at the ratties (I do not have pets... except for a Betta fish) <BR> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:21:00 EST When to push myself? When to accept? I am trying to gain an understanding of when to accept my body the way it is, and when to push for greater change. I think part of my drive to lose weight may be tied to my desire to cling to an old identity, (e.g. my 20-something single self.) At what point does that shift? I am 30 now, and that era wasn't so long ago. These thoughts were sparked by an article I read, encouraging people to discard their "skinny" clothes... I am still hoping to wear mine again. <BR> <BR> In fact, the main m... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:01:55 EST Newbie here from Ontario Canada Good day everyone, <BR> <BR> I am coming to you from Ontario Canada where I work full time for Family and Children's services....I have worked in child welfare for almost 12 is tiring and although extremely rewarding when I am able to faciliate change within a home it has also ,I believe, contributed to my weight gain and unhealthy life choices...after a stressful day I would console myself with food..and the hectic pace of a day left little time for making sure to sit down and e... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:29:32 EST April - Anything Goes!! Points First~ So, I started April with a 10 on the wheel. <BR> <BR> It is Sunday and I have the usual stuff on the schedule. There is also a birthday party on the agenda. We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> The weather went back to something more seasonable and I'm really missing the beautiful days. I am super excited for them to return. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile - work, work, work. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 09:32:14 EST MARCHing into Spring!! Another February behind us, Yay! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Let's begin our March with some depth- list your points on the wheel, and share something that is on your mind or heart today; <BR> -what is resonating with you? <BR> -did you have an "a-ha" moment today? what was it? <BR> -what mysteries are you pondering? <BR> -what really created a sense of purpose or a moment of deep meaning for you? <BR> -what did you learn about yourself (& others) today? Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:35:12 EST February is over... What went well? Please share at least one good thing that happened for you this month. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Work things got done well and easily. <BR> 2. A friend came in from out of town and we had a great visit while she was here. <BR> 3. DH got to go visit family, which provided me with some "me" time. <BR> 4. Good weather for February - not a lot of snow. <BR> 5. A really nice Valentine's day with DH. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:48:14 EST A post from my fellow grad students... Below is a link to something that is so true about grad school. It's funny and somehow comforting. Just copy and past the link and tell me what you think! lol <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>k-snc7/401319_10150673993831929_652136<BR>928_11261390_1026731826_n.jpg Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:35:58 EST Boundaries and focusing on job.... I will have to stay at practicum until 9 for the next two nights in order to make up for going straight home after work last night to have time with husband on Valentine's day. It's ok, though. I am learning a lot in Access. It is a totally different environment than I am used to. In this new area, I have to learn to just do an intake and not do therapy with the client. This is because we are only assessing the situation that they are in and finding a placement for them in therapy- referring... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:20:38 EST Still in school? Or earning balance in this field? Hello, everyone! I joined this group because, while I am not yet a counselor, I am in the process of completing my master's degree in order to get my license. Already, I feel really bogged down! Between working full time and going to school full time, it's hard for me to remember to take care of myself! My professors who are all practicing counselors have been stressing self-care for all of us, because supposedly those in the mental health professions are among the worst at remembering to... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:41:07 EST BSW and MSW in bloom...Hello everyone! Hi, my name is Tammy. I am looking forward to being here and learning from everyone! I am currently involved in Sparkpeople for two reasons. My doctor says that I am pre-diabetic, and I am doing a "self-change" project through my 514 class (Individuals, Groups and Families) at Indiana University (IUSSW). The project is suppose is to teach us what it is like when we ask clients to make huge changes in their lives. We are learning "Brief Therapies, like the task-centered and solution focused mo... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 19:40:05 EST Dieting and Our Professions I've been doing the webcast Diets and our Demons that Psychotherapy Networker has running. They had Judith Matz the first week to talk about Attuned Eating. Last week was Judith Beck to talk about the Beck Diet Solution and this week they had Linda Bacon to talk about Healthy at Any Size. <BR> <BR> I love Judith Beck and her perspective was great! But, I'm finding myself frustrated with the others. They are taking a very anti diet approach that is more critical of weight loss programs. I lo... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 14:39:25 EST February 2012... I got... nothin'! No rhyme, no ideas to set guidelines. I'm really thinking about taking some time off of SP all together. I think I spun a 5 today though (it is still Jan 31st, so it really doesn't count for February) <BR> <BR> It is just that time of year. Work is really busy. I would say that the weather has me in the doldrums, but Ohio has had a pretty mild winter so far. It would be unappreciative of me to complain. <BR> <BR> I guess I am just having my own little period "blah." Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:58:40 EST Shop Talk, Anyone? Would anyone else be interested in a thread for discussing our work? I would be interested in hearing other people's job challenges and successes, as well as having a place to ask questions of more seasoned counselors. I am currently developing my thesis topic. I want to write about therapeutic journal writing. I want to eventually be equipped to teach workshops in journaling for mental and spiritual health. I'd also like to know more about leading group therapy. <BR> <BR> My husband i... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:32:01 EST stories for little ones Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I often use stories when I work with my younger clients, "my kids" as I like to call them; and was wondering if anyone could suggest some good books to look into? <BR> <BR> I use: "Very Worried Walrus" and "When my worries get too big" for my kids who struggle with anxiety. <BR> "Mad Isn't Bad' for my kids who struggle with anger. <BR> "Cory Stories: A kid's book about living with ADHD" for my kids who have ADHD. <BR> <BR> I could really use ideas of books for kid... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:09:47 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!! January, 2012 chat Points from the wheel - <BR> <BR> 1 thing you are thankful for today <BR> 1 thing you will/did accomplish today <BR> 1 act of kindness (for self or others) today <BR> <BR> What do ya' think about that? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:22:17 EST December login points & chats. I havent spun the wheel today. I have been at the doctors and getting my meds. He gave me something for anxiety and depression. Hopefully it will help:) Fri, 2 Dec 2011 17:22:27 EST Hello everyone! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself ... been on sparkpeople on and off for about a year and am still trying to get this whole fitness thing down. :-) I'm an MSW intern, graduating in May 2012 and studying for my LGSW which I'm taking in March. I'm currently working for a placement that offers individual therapy and I love it! <BR> <BR> Am a 43 year old, recently remarried, mom and stepmom to 3 kids. I have gained some weight over the years and am looking to lose about 30 pounds. ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 11:53:05 EST November to Remember So, let's make ourselves more mindful this month. <BR> <BR> Of course, start by posting your points from the wheel. Today I spun a 10! <BR> <BR> Follow that with a tip and give a few lines explaining or discussing that tip. <BR> <BR> My tip for the day - look something up or ask someone else if you can't think of a tip yourself. The SP November calendar is full of great stuff. You know the 30 Days to Greater Happiness is right up my alley! Sometimes we know stuff that is helpful, we just h... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:46:20 EST Look Over October October is coming to a close. Some of us are looking to the next couple of months with great anticipation and joy, some with trepidation, and some like me with some of both. Before the next couple of days fly by, let's take a look back at some of our great moments and achievements. This is the 10th month, 10 is a good round number, so let's make it... <BR> <BR> 10 Things to Savor in October - <BR> 1. Some really beautiful autumn days. DH and I actually took a couple of walks together; it had... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:21:37 EST While reading The Spark..... page 19 interestingly asked if there is a clash between what you really believe and what you're trying to accomplish. Then he (Chris Downie) asks what is your why to live? What is it that deeply inspires you to live your life. <BR> <BR> This is not the first time I've been on the spark web site, and there should be a picture of me under the definition of yoyo dieter in all the dictionaries worldwide. I have wanted to be fit and healthy all of my life. I am 51 now and over the years I've ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 17:03:38 EST Oh, oh, OH! October! Well, it is here and it is full of autumn. I even feel autumny. At least I don't feel like I have to fight it off any more. <BR> <BR> I want to set a tone here; a tone of optimism (Thanks SnuzSuz!) <BR> <BR> I admit it isn't easy up here on the northcoast (Ohio) this time of year for me. My SAD started kicking in awhile ago. I'm hoping to at least find a comfortable stasis for a bit. This will truly take some effort, because I would love to get in the bed and just sleep until April. So, I ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 19:29:29 EST Hi from new member Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team..I am a CPS case worker and have been eating donuts to deal with my is time to stop and begin a healthy lifestyle journey...i am so excited about this and glad i could find a team with other "helpers'...good luck to you all Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:39:12 EST Need ideas Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a board game that helps children learn about their anger and learn ways to appropriately express it. There are several out there, but I wondered if anybody uses a particular game that has been successful. <BR> <BR> Signed, <BR> <BR> VBT (very busy therapist!) Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:25:26 EST Sparking September! Yes, I had to go there. <BR> <BR> So it is here - September. Let's get ourselves Sparked up and striving for our goals. <BR> <BR> First - Spin the wheel & share what you got. <BR> Second - Set the day's goal. <BR> Third, come back later and - Share what you did to strive for that goal. <BR> Last & certainly not least - Savor that good work. <BR> <BR> Savor?? To savor is to "recall your high points ... and focus intentionally on savoring them by playing scenes over in your head, perhaps lo... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:59:40 EST Am I being unreasonable? Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> Sorry for being MIA, but my supervisor has been steadily assigning me more clients, so I've been busy. I have a question for you. I travel to three different counties to see clients (Bay, Franklin, and Gulf). I live in Gulf County, but only get reimbursed for mileage when I travel to Franklin. Remember, it's a contract job. For my own health and sanity I've made a list of the best days for me to work in the different counties. Mondays and Fridays are Bay County... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:03:18 EST 10 Days Left! Can you believe it?! There are only 10 more days left in this month and only two more weeks until Labor Day - Jeepers that went really fast! <BR> <BR> So, let's set ourselves a couple of goal challenges for the remainder of the month. <BR> <BR> Mine are - <BR> Do 3 ST exercises daily- 1 upper, 1 lower, 1 core <BR> Make 2 stews for serving & freezing. <BR> Get a bit of yard work done. <BR> Enjoy the last of the summer in a summery way <em>211</em> <BR> I think I can squeeze that into 10 da... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:08:02 EST Job interview tomorrow (8/12) Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I have an interview tomorrow as a Master's Level Therapist working with troubled kids and their families. Does anyone have any advice on doing well? Also, any ideas on smart questions to ask them? I appreciate it. <BR> <BR> In His hands, <BR> <BR> Aron Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:47:54 EST What Is Going/Went Right Today - August, 2011 Let's use a little positive psychology for the month of August. First share what spun on the wheel, and use that number to list that many things that are going/went RIGHT today (or yesterday if you are a morning spinner). Don't wish for low numbers!! Be specific. <BR> If you can't think of particular things that happened list your blessings or positive intentions for other people for the day. Keep it positive. <BR> <BR> If you want to know more about this kind of stuff, go to <link>www.aut... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:01:26 EST HELP ME! I'm Burnt!!! So we have all been here, Burnout. I am at the edge in danger of falling over! I am a crisis worker and my schedule involves many nights, weekends, and holidays on call. This past holiday weekend I worked 72 hours on call and did not get any extra pay for the holiday(4th of July). I am at the point where my co-workers get on my nerves and I want to look for a new career not just a new job! HELP ME! We all know that jobs in our field are few and far between, let alone the ones that pay well en... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:36:06 EST Jammin' July! It is the first full month of summer in the USA and the weekend to celebrate our independance from British rule. <BR> <BR> Also this month, that we in the Northern states try to fit in all of those fun activities that just aren't possible from October to May! <BR> <BR> What did you spin today, and what will you do to enJoy the day and add a bit of fun and progress to your SP Journey? Sat, 2 Jul 2011 06:23:54 EST I Quit-I refused to be a hostage by a stupid scale I have struggled off and on for the past twenty-four years with fasting, restricting, bingeing, and obsessing about the number on the scale and I quit! I'm tired of being hungry all the time and analyzing every inch of my body. I reset the weight tracker on my sparkpage to stay the same weight I am now. If I lose fine, if not that's fine too. As long as my health is not in danger I see no reason to obsess over a few pounds gained or a few pounds lost. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:27:44 EST New here Hi, I'm new to this team. Are there just the two members or is it just everyone else is too busy to post? Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:46:17 EST Jumpin' Jehosaphat! It's June! JOIN IN! Points, exercise/activity for today, what are you "juggling" today and how is it going? <BR> <BR> 5, yard work and a walk. I have a meeting tonight and I need to pick up the food for it - but not until 5 pm. Then I also need to work on organizing some technical assistance work and figure out how DH and I are actually going to spend our anniversary this Friday. JUST REMEMBERED <em>40</em> I have a home business meeting at 10 am! <BR> <BR> OK, I'm really juggling this morning. <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:58:31 EST New to team, just getting motivated Hi all, my name is Karen. I'm a new social worker. I live in Brooklyn, NY and I just graduated last June with an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. <BR> <BR> I'm still in the process of getting my license and getting used to my new job as a Mental Health Counselor, mainly for foster children ages 6-17. With all this going on, I have been neglecting getting my sleep and maintaining good eating habits. <BR> <BR> I love exercise, so that has never been a problem. I, unfortunately... Sun, 15 May 2011 18:40:46 EST What was the smartest thing you did today? We are the clan that takes care of everyone else. Every day we make some very tough decisions that impact a lot of people. Then we spend way too much time "shoulding" on ourselves; let's get rid of " I should have"... <BR> <BR> There are moments in the day when I do something - either for someone else or for myself, that I look back on and say "That was pretty darn smart" or "DANG, I'm good!" It isn't always a big thing. And I know it made a positive difference. <BR> <BR> Today, I went in... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:51:44 EST The M's of May! Meant to Motivate you to Move, Magnifying the Magic and Making May a Magnificent Month!! <BR> <BR> Start out by giving the points from the wheel... <BR> <BR> Declare a Motivational Motto for the day [new or used]. Follow it with Magical Moves you are going to make today – get in Motion [cardio] time [10 mins minimum] and Make some Muscles [strength moves]! (remember, SP has a move of the day you can always try) <BR> <BR> Master your Metabolism and be your Most Magnificent Self! <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 May 2011 11:43:05 EST Hi from WI Hi from cold and rainy Wisconsin. I am a social worker for a non-profit and even after almost 11 years there, I can still say I love my job! I've been Sparking for just over two months and had an awesome start, but am struggling now. I have tons of interests from music to my "kids" (three dogs and two cats). I invite you to visit my page, especially if you're looking for a little therapy...check out my photos (best therapy ever). It's why I train and my specialty is puppy classes. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:24:08 EST April Action! and spark wheel points. Daily login points and name one action you are going to do, or did today:) Fri, 1 Apr 2011 10:29:59 EST Anyone in New England? Anyone live in Hartford area? or anywhere from Bridgeport up to the Nashua, NH level. I lived out there for a long time and am now back in Ohio but I am missing New England sooooo much! I miss my friends! There is no one here like them! So, I'm thinking about it... just starting to gather info about jobs and licensing... <BR> <BR> thanks! <BR> Stephanie Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:25:51 EST What the day is bringing... the day started out with my wireless internet router not working properly. This caused some stress for DH because his computer at the office (25 mins away) isn't working properly, so he was trying to get prepped for his meeting from the home office this am. <BR> <BR> I had planned to kind of sleep in, then the phone rang a bunch of times. When he saw that I was awake he asked if I had any idea why the internet wasn't working. So, I got up and got to work. As you can see, I got it straightene... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:21:22 EST Resources Does anyone know of any resources to teach young children who have been sexually abused about their bodies? I'm trying to find some. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Aron <BR> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 12:08:19 EST News Articles 2011! Self-compassion & weightloss success <link><BR>-easy-on-yourself-a-new-wave-of-resear<BR>ch-urges/?scp=1 </link> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:26:23 EST March's daily spin & a Motivational Mantra ! What is your spin for the day? <BR> <BR> What will be your mantra for motivation today. It can be something for yourself, or what you want to share with others... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 00:59:22 EST Hello from Minnesota My name is Sarah, and I live in the west-central area of Minnesota. I have been a LSW since 12/08. Sadly I have been on work comp leave for over 3 months. Starting to see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. I started the leave overweight and have gained another 10 lbs. <BR> I am looking for a brighter light and a new beginning with spring coming soon. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 03:16:09 EST February! Spin Points & What's on Your Heart Today Spun a 5 today. Feeling much better, which started last night. Just trying to continue to take it easy. <BR> I'm supposed to go to the Boston area on a business trip tomorrow. They are supposed to get lots of snow, so I'm hoping the trip will be cancelled. Can I get a little prayer behind that one?? Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:02:56 EST "Blips" like tweets, but on SP! Sometimes I don't really have a full blog to write; it is just a "blip" that goes across my mind. These things are usually about weight, exercise, health, food - you know Spark-Stuff. I don't do Twitter; so I figured I would put it here when I can... <BR> Will you consider joining me? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:35:41 EST what do you do when you have a craving for a specific food? Not just a craving to binge, but like for a specific food? <BR> <BR> How to you "move past" the craving without giving in? <em>24</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 22:20:04 EST Log-In Points & a Little Plus-side Chit-Chat So, what did you spin on the wheel today? and, what is on your mind - in a good way? <BR> <BR> I got a 7. Not a bad way to start the new year. <BR> Feeling a little bit anxious about my vacation coming to an end. There is a lot on the schedule for the next 3 months. Looking at it in a positive light, I have a job, a home, and some interesting opportunities to pay attention to <em>211</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:44:38 EST my name is Oceana I'm 27 years old from Manitoba, Canada-- north of the 53rd parallel!! :) <BR> <BR> I used to weigh around 265 lbs and am starting at 237 lbs so have made some progress before joining. :) My goal is 146 lbs so I have a long way to go but am ready for the trek. :) <BR> <BR> I have an arts, science, and education degree. I taught for a year but found out that teaching isn't for me. I now work in the human services field and am loving it!!! So, I am now working on a social work degree. :) <B... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:29:20 EST Hi : ) Hi, <BR> I am a MFT Intern, and have been studying for my licensing test -- and eating. A lot. I am wanting to eat more healthily, and exercise...and get into a great pair of jeans(or at least out of my frumpy jeans)! I have shopped, and bought more veggies, but know I need to get moving... I seem to lack inertia in this area. I have viewed some members who are making such great progress towards meeting their goals. Congratulations to you. I look forward to meeting you all! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:47:29 EST These are a few of my favorite things Hello...I'm new to this forum. I was wondering what favorite things we might all have in common/not in common with each other. <BR> <BR> My favorite things (besides food) are pugs, stars in the night sky, the christmas "spirit" and texting. <BR> <BR> Now your turn......... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:50:31 EST What did you do today for YOU?? OK! We are all "helpers" by profession, which also means at heart. I keep reading here how we are all worrying about clients, and programs, and family, and jobs and trying to figure out what to do about it. <BR> <BR> This month we also end up putting in a lot of time to make the holidays nice for our families and friends. This December, we are putting OUR SELVES FIRST! <BR> <BR> So, post it here --- What did you do for YOU today? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:26:43 EST December login and daily "to do" list Here we go - the last month of 2010. WOW did that just fly by or what?! <BR> <BR> FYI, due to low response, I might make this the last one of these forums. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for future forums? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:17:35 EST specialization and certification I was wondering if anybody has any specializations or certifications? Have they helped or hurt your career? <BR> <BR> I'm not thinking about pursuing anything special under after I'm licensed, but I was just curious. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 21:24:01 EST November's Daily Points & Today's Plans What did you spin on the wheel? List that many things that you want to accomplish today! Get a 5; list 5 things. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:00:59 EST Internship Help I started an intership class for my Bachelors Degree. We must complete 60hours of field experience. My instructor was saying last night that we have to be careful in the facility we chose as it will shape our careers. Make sure we find a place we can be happy working at. So I am very torn as to where to do my internship. I love working with the elderly. They are my passion. But I want to be a medical social worker. Working at a hospital and gathering resources from our community. So thi... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:43:56 EST Unable to see clients Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I fell and broke several bones in my knee on the 15th of Sept. I'm healed now, but I am currently undergoing four weeks of physical therapy. I've been calling and writing my clients during this time, but I still feel very guilty for not being able to go see them. Has anyone else ever been in this situation before? Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:27:16 EST How are you today? Emoticons please. ; ) <em>30</em> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:27:27 EST Hello, from a new team member! Just wanted to say "hi" and introduce myself. I've been a member of Spark People since December 2007, got pregnant in March of 2008 and just didn't keep up with the program. I am happily married to a sweet man, we have a 6 year old son and a daughter who will be 2 years old in December, we are active in our church and I've worked as a public health social worker since 2006. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to start again and have been tracking my food (in a notebook) for a little over a month. I stopp... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:53:45 EST OCTOBER Already! Points and Plans for Today! What did you get on the wheel today? <BR> <BR> Using that number (hope it isn't 7 or more <em>40</em> ), what do you plan to accomplish today? <BR> <BR> I got a 5 - (list 5 planned activities) <BR> 1. Attend an all day workshop on Motivational Interviewing <BR> 2. Follow up work from interviews w/applicants on Saturday <BR> 3. Some kind of exercise <BR> 4. Start packing process for conference in Detroit this week. <BR> 5. Print out prep materials/reading for conference Mon, 4 Oct 2010 07:29:18 EST September Points & Daily Targets! I am proposing that each day in September we post our login pts from the wheel and a short list of targets (goals) for the day that will move us forward. <BR> <BR> Example - 2 pts, *grill up eggplant for meals during the week, **walk for 30+ mins, ***update work calendar for September. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in joining me? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:40:49 EST activities for clients I've discovered a website with some pretty neat activities to do with children. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:38:57 EST New to the team! Hi My name is Sam and I am an outreach worker. I work for a needle exchange here in Nebraska. I counsel my clients on the street. I am graduating from my Bachelor program on November 1, 2010. And then onto grad school. My Masters is going to be a MPH, Master's of Public Health. Nice to be here. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 16:03:13 EST Guided Imagery Where would be some good places to go to learn about guided imagery? I've used it myself before, but I want to be more prepared before introducing it to clients. Any suggestions? Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:41:57 EST Sleeping problem I have to spend next week at my mother's house. The thing is that I'm a little agoraphobic. This is particularly a problem at night. Reason being, when I'm not in my own place in my own bed, I do not sleep-at all! I've gone an entire week without sleeping before, and it was not fun. Any suggestions? <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:57:03 EST How to believe in myself after 15 years?? Hey all, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of this team for a while, but have not been very active on the boards because I haven't quite figured them out yet :P <BR> <BR> I am hoping for some support, and maybe to find others in a similar situation. I am 34 years old, and I've been battling my weight since the age of 19, right after giving birth to my daughter. I got down to 172 at one point and felt pretty great, but I've mostly hovered in the 190's. Well, right now, I'm at an all time high..... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 01:47:02 EST Hello! New to SP! I just wanted to say Hi and introduce myself. I am a case manager for Community Mental Health Center in Indiana. I work in our Intensive Youth Services. Anything else you want to know just ask! <em>30</em> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 23:09:51 EST Hey new team! Hi! I am a marriage and family therapist in Michigan and trying to get in shape. My agency has been giving us incentives to become healthier and i think I've finally gotten the spark to follow through...i've always struggled with weight; not a alot but enough to want to "always be on a diet" which has yet to work. <BR> I am in week 3 of my wellness track and training for my first 5k this fall. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all and helping each other succeed. <em>334</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:20:53 EST Future plans Well, I have another job interview Monday. This job is working with Healthy Start. I would love to work with little ones again. I'm torn though. I really do love being a therapist. That's what I'm doing now, but my current job is not offering me enough clients to be financially stable. Sigh. I have no doubt that I'll have another counseling position in the future, but it will be something I'll miss until then. I know that God has it all under control. I'm just going to have to trust Him. <BR... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:14:02 EST SP in the Washington Post... am I the only one who missed it? <link><BR>t/article/2010/06/15/AR2010061502307.html </link> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 20:26:21 EST What goals are you working on? Other than weight loss or exercise, what personal goals are you currently working on? Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:43:26 EST hello Hello everyone, My name is Melissa and I am a 28 year old single mother. I have tried spark people before but only used the website for the trackers. This time around I am motivated and plan on staying connected. Sun, 16 May 2010 21:32:41 EST THE VENTING POST We do not have a venting posts on this team and we really, really need one. At least I do! Everybody else vents to us so why can't we vent once in a while? <BR> <BR> Where I work, every client has a therapist, a case manager, and a psychiatrist. This would be great if we actually talked to each other! One of my clients I was unable to find-last saw her two months ago. Never could get a hold of her case manager. So, I closed her with the permission of my supervisor. Now today-two mon... Mon, 10 May 2010 14:52:17 EST Any MFT's out there? Good Morning Everybody: <BR> <BR> I was wondering if there are any other Marriage and Family Therapists out there, or if I'm by my lonesome? I've been a little discouraged the past couple of days. My supervisor was telling me about how people he knows have constantly failed the Marriage and Family Therapy licensing exam. Not very encouraging. So, I was hoping to find others who had taken it and could offer studying suggestions. I have plenty of time to study and I'm working through the 5... Fri, 7 May 2010 08:56:26 EST Clients-the real teachers You know, there are times when I really love this job. I learned early on that my clients can really teach me alot if I would just shut up and listen. This is the one major mistake counselors and collegues I have had tended to make (present company excluded, K). Seriously. There were times when I would address this issue with therapists and I was labeled "resistant," of course. I was working with someone today who tried something that I was totally against doing or suggesting in the past... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:37:49 EST Coping with crisis...?? In this line of work, I think we all deal with clients/people in crisis. After some time of doing the work, you become accustomed to the crisis-mode of thinking and I for one am feeling the burn out. How do you cope with the constant emotionally draining line of work? Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:27:14 EST Employment support (ask your questions) I know that I am not the only one who is having difficulty financially. I'm still tired by my contract job where I currently still only have three clients on my caseload. So, needless to say, I'm still looking for other employment. I visit the popular sites everyday (peoplefirst, careerbuilder, indeed, etc.) Is there anything else that I could be doing? Sat, 17 Apr 2010 08:56:18 EST New on the team/ A social worker for long time I'm new on the team. I'm a social worker in Massachusetts and have been workng on my weight since 2006. I finally made goal on November 29, 2009. Since then I've been taken off all medications and learning to keep my weight off. <BR> <BR> I am a supervisor with a staff of 12 clinicians and the director of the intern program with 8 interns. I've been using the lessons learned with my staff as we deal with many families dealing with nutritional and health issues. It's been helpful with the st... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:37:49 EST Return to school? I must be crazy because I am seriously considering returning to school for my PhD. I'm not sure if my GPA is high enough from my Master's degree though. I made all A's and B's except during my first semester. First semesters have always been difficult for me. I've been seeing advertisements offering grants for returning to school-I definitely do not have the money to send myself back. Any feedback? Sun, 11 Apr 2010 13:21:54 EST Newbie Hello all my name is Rose I have 50lbs to lose. Looking forward to getting to know you all. I hope I have my page set up right so you can visit it if you choose to. <em>146</em> Rose Fri, 2 Apr 2010 04:59:40 EST Hi from Emily Hi all - I currently work in sexual assault & domestic violence prevention & response as an advocate and program manager and am really trying to focus on taking care of my health, mental and physical. Work has made making time for myself virtually impossible, especially the last 6 months, and so I'm glad to have a team like this who "get it." :) Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:47:24 EST Have you laughed today? I am assuming that many of us are struggling with weight due to ther fact that we are on this website. I am no exception. I was in a public restroom trying to figure out how to lay myself perpendicular so that I could button and zip my pants. Yep, definately need to start trying to lose a few pounds. Either that or start wearing flowing dresses every day! I could have either laughed or cried-so I chose to laugh! Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:14:41 EST new here- looking to be inspired Hi all- I joined this team because of a buddy (thanks, "Precious", I am not stalking you!). <BR> I looked at recent topics and think this is an interesting place for an independent contractor- <BR> So here I am- ready for infusion of ideas! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:06:10 EST New to team and need help already I want to apologize upfront for the length of this post and I will try to make it as short as possible. <BR> <BR> I am currently a counselor working with people with disabilities. Previously I worked as a therapist in a maximum security all male prison so my work experience is varied to say the least. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I have always been unfortunately more of a "do as I say not as I do" type of person which has bothered me quite a bit. I decided that part of this journey would be to try ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:58:41 EST Hi, new to the team! Hello everyone, My name is Diana. I'm a counseling student from NJ. I have been in a field for some time working in crisis and foster care, but I am now getting my MA in Counseling. I'm actually in my last year which is so nice. Looking forward to meeting more people in helping professions. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:05:12 EST Hi from South Carolina! I am a recent returner to Sparkpeople. I just completed my Doctorate in Psychology and work as a psychologist in the criminal justice system. I am working toward getting my license at this time. I just moved to SC from FL where I have lived most of my life. It was an exciting and crazy move all at once. I am (hopefully) getting married at the end of this year, so that is why I started back on Spark. Internship put all the hard worked off lbs right back on! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 14:28:36 EST BURNOUT... Thanks. Fri, 5 Mar 2010 18:52:40 EST Hello from Ayrshire, Scotland Hi! Have been a member for a long time, but didn't use SparkPeople every day. I've been finding that I come back more and more often lately, especially because the database is filling up with more UK foods all the time. I'm doing my part by sharing whatever UK foods I add. I also use which is good but not as exciting as SparkPeople. I'm especially on the lookout for other UK members. Got 100 pounds + to lose, so this is a long haul, but have been listenign to the audio book o... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:44:10 EST social work job I'm in a pickle and don't know what to do. <BR> Im a social worker and I do counseling. I loved my job up until my org decided to move away from counseling to more case management. At this point, I'm no longer happy at my job and am looking for another one. The thing is, I don't know what I want to do. I want to continue with counseling, at a hospital and would like to move somewhere out of state. <BR> Do you have any ideas as to what I should do? Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:38:09 EST Another newbie... I am glad to find this team! I am not working too much in social work/counseling at the moment but could use some support from those who are as I am looking to get back into it. I have done various social work and counseling jobs for over 10 years now, the most draining of which was my last full time job counseling foster care/adoptive families with kids who were mostly at immediate risk of the placement disrupting. That job combined with tons of family stresses over the 3 years I was doin... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:53:40 EST Advice Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I need some advice and some support. I apologize in advanced for the length of this message. I am currently working part-time at a contract job. I will be tied to this contract until October. They pay me $30 for an hour of client contact, and right now I only have two clients. So, I basically make $120 a month. I also receive $400 a month in Social Security. I have to pay for my own gas to go see my clients (last month I spent $100 in gas). You see my problem... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 22:01:48 EST Bounderies Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> I am very new at being a therapist, and I have a couple of questions. I am an independant contractor, so I do not have an office where I can actually go in and work. Instead, I go and visit people in their homes. I give my clients my e-mail address and cell phone number, but my cell phone does not receive service where I live. I really do not want to give my clients my home number. What does everyone else think? Don't I always have to be reachable for my client... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:19:52 EST License exam Has anybody ever taken the Marriage and Family Therapy licensing exam? I am studying for it now, and all of the information seems so overwhelming. <BR> <BR> Aron Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:43:30 EST Doing CDs for Continuing Ed I was wondering if anyone has ever done the CD package for a continuing education program instead of going to the actual event? How do they compare? I like the interaction of the event itself, but I am thinking about getting the CD program for another event because of limited funds and time. The one I'm considering is from Pesi. Does it have the same manual and information you get at the actual event? <BR> Cindi Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:03:54 EST Staying well Good Morning everyone: <BR> <BR> I wondered if we could talk about what everybody does to stay well in this profession? I don't know if it is just me or this profession but I tend to stay stressed out. I want to learn how not to do that with this new job I'm starting. It's a cycle with me. Whenever I start something new I get stressed out to the point of getting sick. How does everybody else keep from doing that? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Aron Sun, 11 Oct 2009 10:32:52 EST Therapy for therapists Hey everybody; <BR> <BR> I have an interesting question to ask. How does everyone feel about helping professionals being in therapy themselves? I've been in therapy before to help me deal with issues because I believe that in the end, it helps me to be a better therapist to my clients. I also have fellow collegues that have benefited from seeing another therapist. What does everyone else think? <BR> <BR> Have a great night! <BR> <BR> Aron Sat, 10 Oct 2009 17:38:00 EST Profession I am curious what, specifically, everyone does. I am currently looking for a new job but recently worked as a Family Preservation Program Specialist where I provided intensive in-home services to families where children were at imminent risk of removal or where children are returning home from being in the state's custody. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:15:58 EST Hello from Georgia I am not sure if this is the correct way to post, but I guess I'll find out in a few minutes when it posts. Kinda just figuring this out one step at a time (all of it: losing weight and navigating this website). Teaching others to love themselves and act in ways consistent with their beliefs is a daily occurance for me. Yet, I realized that I have so many inconsistencies in my own life. There are so many things that "I know what to do" but fail to apply it to myself. This makes me feel sad to... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:40:16 EST Schedules! (Danger! Rant in progress!) So when are people going to make my schedule a priority so that I can make it a priority? <BR> <BR> What is it that everyone feels that I have to be a part of everybody's everything? Why can't I just stay home, or go to the gym, or for a walk, or make my own dinner MOST OF MY DAYS? Do I have to go to every funeral? Graduation? Birthday party? Cookout? And what is it that people feel that I should negotiate my own time for their events & activities? Why isn't "thank you for the invite, i'm un... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 21:41:20 EST I'm new too Hi all! <BR> I'm pretty new to this, I've been working at losing weight seriously for a week and a half. When I quit smoking I found support group websites sooo helpful, so I'm looking for some buddies to keep each other motivated! <BR> <BR> So please check out my page and let's get moving and shaking!! <BR> <BR> "Food is like sex - when you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good" -Beth McCollister <BR> (found this online looking for dieting humor, and I laughed out loud :) ) <B... Wed, 6 May 2009 22:11:45 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, I just joined this week...and to tell you the truth, I am still trying to make myself a plan. I am just starting my practicum to complete my masters in counseling. I have been a single mom for the last 9 years, and found myself heading back to school to finish my bachelor's degree..then somehow, just kept going with school. I was in non-profit fundraising for far too long!!! I think about all the things that I have conquered over the last years, and I get frustrated that the only thin... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 13:53:27 EST thoughts, actions, reminations & perusals --- Cleveland, OH is getting a much needed thaw over the next week. The snow and freezing temps have had us all sluggish and a bit tempremental. We are driving around town on patches of ice, looking at dirty drab and really ugly snow mounds up to 6ft. high from plowing. For the last 2 weeks we have had quite a bit of snow fall. And with the short days and even colder nights, it can be really difficult to do anything more than get yourself home. We are all looking forward to going outside just bec... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:32:44 EST Collecting info! Hey Folks! I imagine that we are all active in other teams and on other boards because we are pretty quiet here. That leads me to wonder - Where are all active on SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> I am most active in my city's "official" team (Cleveland Sparkers). That is where I post my login points, and shoot the sh*t. We have extreme weather and events in common that we discuss. <BR> <BR> If I find some interesting article (professional or otherwise) or comic, I post it in this team's forum. Wh... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 11:21:19 EST Comix! Cleveland, OH news story GASP! <link><BR>e_items/408105 </link> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:06:43 EST Work stress Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Kinda cool to find this team. I've been in SW practice for 12 + years in child welfare. The work stress and staff shortages have taken a toll - which zaps my energy and sends me into stress eating which has negatively impacted my sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of starting with working on improving the quality of my sleep ... earlier bedtime (ha), stretching and working out in the evening (followed by a relaxing bath)and trying to let go of all the things that keep rol... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 23:54:04 EST So... How is everyone doing? There seems to be no activity going on on this page! Come on, people, let's post stuff! <BR> <BR> Well, for me, I started doing stuff right like eating right and exercising on Monday. I told myself I was going to cut out sweet stuff and even diet soda. Well, I was doing great until today. I was at school and I went to order a bagel, but I made it a combo since it was my lunch and this is what I normally do at this bagel place. When they were filling up my cup w... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:57:27 EST Hello! My name is Nicole and I live in Virginia. I graduate in May with my BSW (and minor in Spanish, which I have to add). Currently I counsel male and female inmates at a jail. <BR> <BR> Counseling is not why I got into social work, I like the more macro side of it. I want to make, or push for, changes in our society. However, I would LOVE any advice or any websites I could use to better myself as a counselor. <BR> <BR> Anyway, beyond that, I am 22 and I do plan on getting my MSW. I wan... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 00:09:50 EST WELCOME to 2009! Hey Everyone, and especially the 2009 Newbies! <BR> <BR> Here is a chance to build our own supports for each other. So please share - <BR> <BR> - Your words of wisdom for '09: <BR> <BR> - Your first priorities: <BR> * for mind: <BR> * for body: <BR> * for spirit? <BR> <BR> - How can we be more encouraging to each other? <BR> <BR> - What is your strongest "support others" tool? <BR> <BR> - Also, what are some forum topics that you would like to have here this month? Post daily ... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:42:04 EST News Articles... I kind of enjoy sharing this kind of stuff. Please join me! <BR> <BR> From the NYTimes - <link><BR>guide/esn-obesity-ess.html </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2008 12:17:13 EST End of the Year Push! Well, there are less than 30 days left in the year! <BR> <BR> Tell me, what are you proud of for 2008? <BR> <BR> What do you want to say you did before 2009 begins? <BR> <BR> How are you going to make it happen? Wed, 3 Dec 2008 20:56:52 EST Coaching and counseling Hey, <BR> <BR> I'm just inviting everyone to also join Coaching for Life Coaches since we sometimes incorporate the two into our practices. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>lifecoaches <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 19:56:04 EST New to sparkpeople (well was here before) My name is Angie and i'm excited to have found this group. I'm a licence social worker in the state of Idaho, and i'm currently working on my MSW. I have a lot weight too lose, and have decided its time for me to be selfish and do something about my eating. Currently I work as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation worker, which is working with mental ill in their homes, community and teaching them skills to stay out of the hospital. Look forward to meeting everyone. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 21:52:08 EST Hi .. I am new and today is my Birthday. Hello I am excited to be a part of this group. TGIF Fri, 5 Sep 2008 09:11:59 EST New to team not to Spark people Hello <BR> my name is patty I have been on spark people for almost a year now. I was cruising around and found the team. I used to work with children and families for the state agency got really "crazy" now I work with the elderly how are so compliant and grateful, never thought I would work with the older generation but I love it. Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:04:00 EST If you start it they will come? Started this team because I wanted to see if my comrades would respond. I spend all day helping others set goals, identify barriers, and providing support. It makes it difficult to get support that I need because I don't get to spend much time on myself. Do other helping professionals have the same experience? (I know you do! Where are you?) Fri, 25 Jul 2008 08:10:44 EST