SparkPeople NonTraditional Students Team Messageboard Can you become healthy while maintaining a balance between studies and family? Yes! Gain friends and support while you learn to put yourself FIRST! Easy does it. Visualize success! SparkPeople NonTraditional Students Team Messageboard January What idea did you try this month to help get organized. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 01:01:51 EST Greeting from North Dakota Greeting, <BR> <BR> I sign up with Spark few months back now though I would use it. I would like to cook health and exercise. I am in college getting Bachelor Degree in Business. I live by myself and can use the help to stay motivated. I like to help you get to their goals. <BR> <BR> Thank you Mon, 5 Jan 2015 01:52:31 EST What is your favorite time to exercise? Mine is throughout the day. Big workout time in the am. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:31:34 EST college student needing to get healthier I'm not calling what I'm doing a diet. I have decided to live healthier and happier while going to college. I found that college life can add on weight. Lost 4 lbs since Dec. 26. Looking for a buddy? <em>306</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:03:48 EST Needing friendly faces who understand... ...what I'm going through. As a full time student with two beautiful daughters I'm busy, busy, busy. I don't take very good care of myself and, even though I have been on this site for several years, I have yet to meet my goal. I'm getting very discouraged. <em>386</em> I have decided that even if I can only lose the 20 lbs I lost the last time, I'll settle for that, but I hope it doesn't come to that. I want to lose 50 lbs before this time next year. I'm sick of being overweight <em>198<... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:16:54 EST Hello from freezing Michigan. Hi! I am a 39 year old wife, mother & college student. I am taking pre-req's to apply to the Nursing program in the Spring. I have been married for 13.5 years and we have 3 beautiful and talented children (9, 7, 4.5). 1 year ago, I was at my highest weight. I had an emergency unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (they took out my left fallopian tube and ovary) due to an unknown ectopic pregnancy, and the recovery jump started my weight loss, but this past fall I have put on 10 of the 20 lbs.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:02:01 EST New and ready to learn... My name is Christina. I am a full time student, wife, and mom. My son is the best thing that ever happened to me, just not the best thing that ever happened to my body. haha. He is a wild ball of energy and it is thanks to him that I am on the path to being healthy. I had a hard pregnancy and put on about 90lbs. I have lost about 75-80lbs so far but it has taken me 2 years and I want to speed up the process a bit. <BR> <BR> So right now I am 220lbs and I know there are some people who thin... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:52:53 EST Happy New Year I'm a 48 yr old, married, mom of 3 teen sons, nursing student. To lose 50 lbs I need to exercize more, ugh, and eat less per meal. My house is a mess, and I want an even better relationship with my husband. I'm looking forward to improving all these things a little at a time. I think the challenges could work for me. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:32:46 EST Hello! Hey everyone! My name is Melissa. I'm 27, married to my best friend, Mark and we have a 16 month old son named Kai. My husband and I are both full time students and he's in ROTC and National Guard. We take turns watching our son at home and at the end of the day, we're beat! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:25:10 EST Summer Break How is everyone's summer break going? Mon, 9 Jul 2012 04:05:40 EST Acceptance Letters I know several members here were applying to different programs this spring. Has anyone received any acceptance letters? I received my acceptance letter for my local community college RN program, to start in August. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 03:27:34 EST February Check-In I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their semester! Now that we are getting into the semester, what goals have you set for yourself this month? What will you do differently this month than from January? <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 01:37:38 EST Two more days left! Two more days and I will be back in school. I am very excited and truly looking forward to it. Yet...I am a bit nervous. What if I get bogged down and drop Spark? How do I avoid taking the stress of school...out of school? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:29:13 EST Start of the Semester My semester starts Jan 11th and I am looking forward to going back after being off for a term. I plan on bringing my "morning meal" with me in a lunch tote to eat between classes. Yogurt, fruit, and ??? Where can I squeeze in protein that isn't hot? Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:03:03 EST End of the Semester How did everyone make it through the end of the semester? I'm just waiting for my final grades to post, but I've been done with classes for two weeks. Does anyone have anything that they would like to change for next semester (i.e. study habits, eating and exercise habits) Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:57:53 EST Site will be offline this evening I have been informed in the team for team leaders that the site will be off line this evening 11/19 for maintenance Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:11:42 EST How's your homework going? Good morning everyone! I wondered what everyone does to get their homework done midst all their other responsibilities? <BR> <BR> I try to get mine caught up and get ahead on the weekends so I can tend to my other duties during the week... going to class, getting my daughter to school, doing dinner, and all the laundry, etc. <BR> <BR> How 'bout you? Fri, 11 Nov 2011 07:47:02 EST Greetings from South Dakota! I am a 51 year old single mom that has decided to go back to college. I do have an AS degree in Veterinary Medicine. I am currently in the second year of my Associates degree for Health Information Technology. <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:48:05 EST New to team but at SP 10 months This team is definitely for me: I am 42 and back in college. I got an AA in social science when I was in my late 20's, and then didn't do anything else - scholastically - until the Fall of 2010 when I went back to school thinking about getting an Art degree. However; after being at SP for the past 10 months and losing the first 25 of 50 lbs. I have begun to get more serious about what direction I want to go. I have fallen in love with the idea of a double major: Psychology / Nutrition & FItne... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:26:24 EST Soda Drinkers Beware! <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=650 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article regarding the effects of drinking soda. On the campus I attend, there are at least 2 pop machines on every floor in all the buildings. I know it was easy for me to grab a pop from the pop machine during breaks to grab a pop to drink so that the caffeine would help keep me awake during class. <BR> <BR> This article doesn't really mention the effects of diet soda, but I have read ot... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:05:15 EST Remembering 9/11 I normally wouldn't create a topic for this, but 9/11 was such a memorable day, and it was very much an integral part of my college experience. <BR> <BR> I was a freshman in college when this happened. Already starting a new life experience, only to be in disbelief to see such a event would happen in our own country and impact my future. I was getting ready for my 9 am class that day when I heard my neighbor screaming. I ran to her room to find her watching news footage of the first plane... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:07:37 EST Get It Off Your Chest! This thread is just a thread to be able to get it anything off your chest. If you want to rant, rave, or vent, just do it here. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 04:44:10 EST New Leader Hi everyone! I decided to step up and become the leader for the group. Just give me a little bit and I hope to have some challenges coming up soon. <BR> <BR> A little bit about me...I am slowly working towards nursing school while working full time and trying to lose weight. I hope to be accepted into the nursing program next fall at my local community college. I just have to get through Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology first. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:24:20 EST Fall Semester Has everyone started their fall semester yet? My first classroom lecture is tomorrow, but I had to exchange some books today, and it was crazy on campus. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:20:32 EST Hello Hi, I am a 37 yr old mother of 3. I work full time, and I am attending school full time (yes, even this summer I took 12 credits). Needless to say, time is something I don't have on my side. I am also preparing for my friends wedding in Sept. I just stumbled upon SparkPeople, but I can really use the motivational support to keep working towards goals. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:40:26 EST Our Team Has No Leader! Does someone want to step up? Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:05:27 EST Greetings from New Mexico I am a non traditional student, attending WNMU. Trying to get healthier habits prior to next semester starting.... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 06:35:48 EST Who's graduating next month? <BR> Let's celebrate! Tell me if you are going to do the Graduation Walk! <em>58</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:49:55 EST Procrastinating <BR> I have two research papers to do by next Monday. LOL. I shouldn't be on the boards! How often do you procrastinate when you have school work to do?? Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:47:16 EST Hullo Hullo everyone, <BR> I am very pleased to meet you all. I am a 43 year old Mother too two sons, one 5 and one 17. I am a full time RN student in my third semester. I love to walk and hike but have not done much lately. I very much want to lose all this excess weight as it makes me feel so terrible and I know it is starting to cause health problems (ie, hypertension, pre-diabetes, neuropathies, shortness of breath, etc...) I hope everyone is successful in their weight-loss endeavors. <BR> Loo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:38:58 EST Going from a CC to U So at 21 I started at a Community College now I'm going to transfer to a major University... I'm nervous and scared. I'm over weight and older than the majority or the students there!. I'll be 24 and if I lose weight about 150 (i'm 189 now)... I feel like every one at the University is going to be 18 and thin... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:53:06 EST Super mommy can be sexy mommy too! Hey all! Looking for motivating spark buddies! Maybe some other moms or just anyone who is dedicated to making a lifestyle change & NOT JUST DIETING! :) I have over 50 pounds to lose & maintain my ideal weight. I have 5 kids. I'm a full time student, pursuing nursing. I'm also a part time home health aide. My life is crazy busy & I need to be at 100% to really enjoy it! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:32:20 EST New Hello, <BR> My name is Darlene, I am about to take the huge leap from the vague statement " I want to school" to "I am a student again in my mid-thirties" I am terrified, even joining this team and writing this introduction created a knot of anxiety in my stomach. Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:16:13 EST Updated Spark Page <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871396 </link> <em>250</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:28:53 EST Spring 2011 - Full or Part time? <BR> I'm going for the guns .. I'm pulling a full-time schedule. <em>40</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:20:26 EST Team Leaders for month of December <BR> <em>242</em> to the team leader for December. <BR> <BR> 1) VANILLABEAR <BR> 2) LIVINGONMYTERMS <BR> 3) LAURIES_SISTER <BR> 4) MBOURKE8 <BR> 5) KEELINOVER <BR> 6) BECOMINGANAFTER <BR> 7) CAROLINAMUSED <BR> 8) COWGIRLUPINOK <BR> 9) CILOCA <BR> 10) TYLARDERDIN <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:48:33 EST A College Mnor: Is it worth your time? <link><BR>e/a/HowImportantIsACollegeMinor.htm </link> <em>40</em> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:23:12 EST Older students: Are there perks? <BR> I found over the last five years, there are perks to being an adult student. I'd had some difficult moments, and most of my instructors worked with me wonderfully. In history class, for example, I was one who could relate to situations illustrated as part of the curriculum. LOL. <BR> <BR> I've also noticed after the initial beginnings of the semester where professors are familiarizing themselves with the class, I am taken more seriously than my younger classmates .. even though they... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:32:14 EST Does being slim guarantee a promotion? <link><BR>04/13/are-overweight-men-more-likely-t<BR>o-be-promoted-than-overweight-women/ </link> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:20:31 EST Does going back to school help you on your job? <BR> I went back to college because I am in an industry that is dying. At first, I thought I could go elsewhere after I graduate. Now, I am skeptical. I make fair good money, but it isn't plausible to try anything outside my company. <BR> <BR> I've become somewhat vocal about what I feel (to my managers), so in this it is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:16:27 EST Favorite exercise? <BR> What is it? What is it and when do you it? <em>108</em> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:00:22 EST Being a Non-Traditional Student can be exausting! <em>102</em> <link><BR>-student </link> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:53:51 EST Non-scale Victories <BR> Let's move away from weight loss. We are more than our bodies. What are you celebrating today? <em>211</em> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:47:35 EST Resolutions, 2011 <BR> Happy Yuletide, team! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> 2011 is around the corner. What plans are you going to implement? Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:45:25 EST Returning to college after many years Hi people! My name is Sandy and after too many years I have decided to return to college and get a degree. I want to do this the healthy way and not get in the CSS(college student syndrome) of unhealthy habits. It is nice to meet everyone and look forward to getting to know everyone. <em>224</em> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:12:51 EST Hello from Colorado! Hi! My name is MaryAnn and I certainly "fit the bill" <BR> of non-traditional student. <BR> <BR> I am 58 years old. I am in my sophmore + year of community college going for AAS degrees in Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Records, Billing, and Coding, and Office Professional. I am currently qualified to be in Phi Thetta Kappa and have received my invite. <BR> <BR> I am also a semi-handicapped student physically and emotionally. My knees and back are bad,several chronic illnesses including... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:43:50 EST In Memoriam: Lainey Frog If you'd been around here for a while, you may be familiar with LAINEYFROG. She was my Spark Buddy for a couple of years. Sadly, I'd received word she had passed away mid October at age 30. <BR> <BR> How hard she'd worked to participate in the Flying Pig marathon in her home state of Ohio. She was about to graduate in March with high marks from her college, thinking seriously of joining the Peace Corps. She was one of three children, and such a person to keep in touch. <BR> <BR> If you... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:06:46 EST New to the group and SP! Hey all I'm a nursing major on the western slope of Colorado! I'm finding it tough to work out, full time job and going back to school! I know you all feel the same way, so hopefully you brilliant people will have ideas to share. <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> -Amanda Wed, 20 Oct 2010 21:13:28 EST Student of the Week: JENNYJENN18 <BR> <em>250</em> Her page is inspiring! Drop on by and give her some love! We encourage each other, we encourage ourselves! <link><BR>NNYJENN18 </link> <em>223</em> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:22:19 EST Poll: Work and School <BR> Do you work AND go to school? How THAT going? <em>24</em> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:18:09 EST September's TOP TEN <em>242</em> To our team leaders for September! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) MBOURKE8 <BR> 2) DAWNP1973 <BR> 3) MRSGIXXER <BR> 4) KEELINOVER <BR> 5) BECOMINGANAFTER <BR> 6) PARKMORGAN <BR> 7) CAROLINAMUSED <BR> 8) SHE_LION <BR> 9) MRSDERON08 <BR> 10) JENNYJENN18 <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>247</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:15:32 EST Hello Hi. I'm Renee. I'm 27 years old and I will be starting college (again) later this month. I finished my AA degree just over 4 years ago. My plan was to keep going at that point then get my Bachelor's Degree, but life didn't pan out that way. So I'm finally at a point in my life where I can go back . But it's a stressful time for me. Not only am I going back to school but I work full time at a job that is so stressful it takes a toll on my mental health. And I'm just starting on this journey to... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:33:59 EST Midterm! How're you doing? <BR> I actually have no complaints! With the exception of lack of consistancy in my workouts, I'm doing fairly well in my classes! <em>334</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:44:27 EST Student of the Week: FloridaGirl796 Y'all know what to do! Drop by her page and give some love! <link><BR>ORIDAGIRL796 </link> <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:41:49 EST Would you do this for $500? <link> </link> <em>24</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 08:44:50 EST Student of the Week: ButtaPecanB! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TTAPECANB </link> <em>236</em> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:05:58 EST College started back I just started back to college and finding it hard to get fit well working full time and taking classes. I there any pointers out there on this. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:57:54 EST Student of the week: LMB100 <BR> Hey! Our "face" of the week is Laurie! Drop by her page and give her some gratitude! <link><BR>B100 </link> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:01:19 EST Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program This is in response to what Toby posted on the homework thread about student debt. I'm getting the impression not a lot of people know about this. <BR> <BR> Here are the first two sentences describing this program: <BR> "The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a new public service loan forgiveness program. This program DISCHARGES ANY REMAINING DEBT after 10 years of full-time employment in public service." (Caps are my added emphasis) <BR> <BR> That's right folks, y... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:38:23 EST Should slow runners run marathons with the faster? <BR> <em>68</em> <link><BR>l_should_slow_runners_be_allowed_to_ru<BR>n_marathons_too </link> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:59:44 EST Standing up for yourself, even if... The topic for this blog post is "Standing up for yourself, even if your voice waivers", but that is long and will not fit in the subject line. <BR> <BR> I wanted to start this discussion topic because I have experienced in the time as a non-traditional student the falling away of some friendships, the jealousy of others, and outright dismissal by some. I am in the process of selecting graduate schools to apply to, because I do not have a job after March. I need to find what's next. <BR> ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:37:03 EST Student of the Week: TobyIceBlueEyes <BR> Drop by her page and give her some love! <em>247</em> <BR> <link><BR>BYICEBLUEEYES </link> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:06:38 EST What are you doing to stay AWAKE? <BR> What things do you do to stay awake and study? <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> I DO try the water thing, but I admit to being a coffee junkie! <BR> <BR> Before I go to my afternoon classes, I swing by the coffee shop and get me a cup. <em>287</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:25:59 EST August's TOP TEN <BR> <em>243</em> to our TOP TEN for August: <BR> <BR> 1) BKREED1960 <BR> 3) CAROLINAMUSED <BR> 4) MBOURKE8 <BR> 5) BECOMINGANAFTER <BR> 6) KEELINOVER <BR> 7) DAWNP1973 <BR> 8) STEPH606 <BR> 9) SUNSHINEY22 <BR> 10) SHE_LION <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:16:41 EST See yourself FIT! <link><BR>_yourself_as_fit_person_no_matter_your<BR>_size </link> <em>318</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:08:02 EST Student of the week: Twinkie Queen <BR> Drop by her page and give her some love! <link><BR>INKIEQUEEN </link> <em>345</em> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:54:41 EST Boring classes -- How do get through them? <BR> Hubby bought me a DVR - digital voice recorder - at Best Buy. Runs about $35. I have a dry teacher and this will help me keep up with his lecture. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:51:01 EST Your Major? <BR> English and Communications. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:16:55 EST Are you fit enough to climb the Corporate Ladder? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=738 </link> <em>206</em> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:27:01 EST CHALLENGE: YOUR health/fit goal(s) <BR> What are your goals? Do you want to breath better? Climb the stairs quickly? Run a race? Keep your thighs from rubbing together ~ ? (This one is MINE!) <BR> <BR> Share it. Write it. Make it happen! <em>247</em> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 10:06:01 EST Are you taking the GRE? Just wanted to know if any of my fellow Sparkers are studying for or are planning to take the Graduate Record Exam? I am. Several graduate schools require it. If you are taking it, do you feel stronger on your verbal or math? How's your test prep going? I'm scheduled for late September. <BR> <BR> I go to a bachelor's completion program at a writing-intensive grade via narrative evaluation school. It's been 10 years since my last college math class (trig)!! Wed, 4 Aug 2010 11:05:14 EST HoW mAnY sPaRk PoInTs 2Day? 2 <BR> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:59:54 EST Worked out today? GIVE A WOO-HOO! <em>244</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:58:22 EST College A-B-Cs <BR> Algebra Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:55:58 EST HUMANITIES AND MED SCHOOL - GREAT COMBINATION! <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=641740 </link> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:54:21 EST WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?? <BR> HehHeh! Or DO you have spare time?? <em>224</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:50:10 EST JULY'S TOP TEN Congrats to July's points leaders! July is a notoriously slow month around here. The action will pick up soon! <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> 1) BKREED1960 <BR> 2) BECOMINGANAFTER <BR> 3) CAROLINAMUSED <BR> 4) KEELINOVER <BR> 5) MRSGIXXER <BR> 6) MBOURKE8 <BR> 7) SHE_LION <BR> 8) STEPH606 <BR> 9) DAWNP1973 <BR> 10) SUNSHINEY22 <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:11:59 EST HIGHER EDUCATION HELPS BRAIN WARD OFF DEMENTIA <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=641479 </link> <em>250</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 09:56:48 EST WHO IS INTIMIDATED BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO SCHOOL? If you're a new student or if you are thinking about taking the academic plunge, it may surprise you how somebody (friend, coworker, SO) may be bothered by it! <BR> <BR> Has this occurred? How did you handle it? <em>149</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:21:26 EST WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND?? <BR> Or anyplace! You have a choice of anywhere you want to go! Where would you go? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:11:39 EST CHANGE A LETTER - MAKE A NEW WORD! <BR> Gate. Tue, 27 Jul 2010 11:08:59 EST Hiya :) I am full time working single mommy- who is also tackling school full time! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I am lucky that a local college has taken an interest in working adults and created an accredited program specifically designed for us! I go to class for 5 weeks at a time, for 4 hours, one night a week. It really is amazing to me- I've never stuck with school for so long and I'm really making progress. <BR> <BR> Its not easy though- since the classes are designed this way, its technically an a... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:36:28 EST My kids know more than I do! <BR> Who has school age kids? Did you ever have to ask for help with your assignments from one of them? <em>24</em> <em>149</em> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:05:06 EST Vacation: Where'd you go? <BR> So far, I've been to Cherokee's Harrods Casino (day trip) and Myrtle Beach (week end) Maybe I can get a grad trip for myself in the future! <em>211</em> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:01:32 EST Judging yourself against others <BR> What I find interesting about this article is the timeliness! Gang, this can be related to weight as well as the classmate who seems to balance his or her class load/home life/etc. effortlessly! I can LOOK like I have it all together and NOT be even close to the NTS guy who does! <BR> <BR> It can be the same for some Sparker you see! Just don't GIVE UP! Your path may take a little longer, but don't give up! Read this blog and be enlightened! What you are doing is so worth it! ... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 22:40:44 EST What's your major? <BR> English/Communications! <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 09:45:26 EST Fall 2010 - Full or Part Time? <BR> How many hours are you taking? <em>149</em> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 09:28:35 EST What subject do you wish you DIDN'T have to take? <BR> Anything math related! Geometry, Trig, Algebra .. I dont' get along with any of them! <em>39</em> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 09:26:48 EST Food on the Run: Wendy's and McDonald's <BR> We all fall prey to it sometimes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_can_eat_fast_food </link> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:08:10 EST ~ B i R t D a Y s ~ <BR> <em>144</em> BIRTHDAYS CELEBRATIONS <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> (copy, paste, and add yours!) <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> Jan <BR> <BR> <BR> Feb <BR> <BR> <BR> Mar <BR> <BR> <BR> Apr <BR> <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> <BR> Jun <BR> <BR> <BR> Jul <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug <BR> <BR> <BR> Sep <BR> <BR> <BR> Oct <BR> Cee - 2nd <BR> <BR> <BR> Nov <BR> <BR> <BR> Dec Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:58:10 EST Life Raft! This is our daily talk thread! <BR> <BR> Believe me, you're going to need this! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I encourage you .. DON'T take this one for granted, gang! Fuss, WHINE, moan, gripe, cry, get all the ugly vibes out of your system as much as you can! <BR> <BR> Use it often, so you can get done what you need to get done. When you go to school, take on deadlines, procrastinate as well as go to work, raise children, raise spouses, significant others, overeat, you WILL need a place t... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:15:01 EST Question of the week: July 4th, 2010 <BR> Do you track what you eat? Why or why not? <BR> <em>475</em> <em>190</em> <em>471</em> <em>284</em> <em>265</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 17:12:02 EST 7 Good Reasons to "Give Back" <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1122 </link> <em>250</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 16:18:07 EST What workout did you do today? <BR> I'm walking before it gets too hot! <em>313</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 14:10:12 EST Whatcha going to do with your degree? <BR> Originally, I wanted to leave my job and go elsewhere. I've been working with my company for twenty years. Since the economy is the way it is, I will try to move a different direction like (gasp!) supervision! But, I still want to become a published writer on the side. (my dream) That will never end! <em>334</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:20:57 EST Get to know your professors BEFORE it's too late! Another post reminded me of this...Does anyone use or another professor review website? I have found it very helpful and have seen the difference it can make! Tue, 1 Jun 2010 16:46:00 EST New to the group. I'm taking online classes at Liberty University and look forward to chatting with some. I like the term NonTraditional Student. I will be pursuing a BS in Education I am currently a Sub. Teacher (mostly Spanish). Mon, 24 May 2010 19:00:23 EST Hello. <BR> Hi everyone! I'm new to the group and am looking forward to this awesome adventure! <BR> <BR> Cheers! Fri, 21 May 2010 13:40:20 EST Measurement tool LJCannon’s blog in a SparkTeam I belong to, Curvy Crew, this morning that had me wondering what measurement tools do we have BESIDES the scale? You know some of us get down when that scale doesn't move YET we KNOW we're losing weight. We’re tracking everything we do and don’t understand why the scale WON’T budge. This blog had me surprised at the measuring tool I would NOT have thought about yet a measure tool it is for some of us. <link><... Fri, 7 May 2010 07:30:57 EST Procrastination Any one else? I have gotten much better over the years, but I still always have one or two things left til the end. <BR> <BR> Right now I have one short paper to do, one test and one final(next week) Wed, 5 May 2010 00:20:39 EST Thoughts on protein bars? Been drinking the Curves protein shake and added protein bars to my lifestyle change but can't help but wonder in this age of going green if they are really good for us? What is your thoughts? Got facts to share about the pros or cons of eating them? Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:22:57 EST Getting your 10 minutes of motion? Here is an easy dance video by Paul Eugene doing Zumba. He takes time and teaches the movements for each dance he does. Its 8 minutes long. I challenge you to get in one 8 minutes dancing to this video for yourself if you are a newbie to SparkPeople. I challenge to get in 3 dancing views of this video 3 times today if you are not a newbie. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Then come back and post how you liked it. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now g... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:29:47 EST Where do you buy your textbooks? Good grief... $165 for one book ***gag*** I guess I should be used to it by now. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Publisher website <BR> <BR> Amazon <BR> ebay <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got about a $30 difference on all these websites. Anyone have any others? Wed, 21 Apr 2010 09:40:19 EST Making Recipes SparkPoints work for YOU! Everyday I like to get as many Spark points as I can. (I especially love the articles, trivia and emails as I learn so much from reading.) The recipe section was more of find a recipe and get my point click. Since I've gone to the farmer's market and brought home so many vegetables, my attitude of gaining points on recipes has changed. I'm now starting cookbooks for later use of those recipes that appeal to me. I tend to do the same thing over and over again. All the reading shows variety is ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:56:25 EST Too Much Semester Left at the End of your Energy? So, I'm sure I am not the only one feeling this way, but I am utterly and totally exhausted by end of semester projects. It feels like every hour of my day is packed with to do's and while I have come up with the adrenaline to get through it up until this point, I am OUT of energy to finish this race! My body literally feels drained of every ounce of energy, my house is a disaster, I am tired of feeling guilty for not spending more time with my kids and I still have so much more to do. <BR> ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 20:54:22 EST Newbie here Hello! I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. I have a lot of weight to lose and tons of stress, but it'll be okay! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 16:29:41 EST Hello! New and looking for a change! Hi, <BR> I just joined SP and I am here to make some changes to my life! I hope that I can find the motivation I need to keep myself going! Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:54:08 EST Multitasking on the way to school <BR> What do you do in your car -- at the stop light, before you leave for work, etc -- on the way to wherever you have to go?? <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:05:39 EST Looking forward to a healthier, more active future Hi! My name is Melissa and I am happily married to my best friend, Rocky. Together, we have 4 beautiful children! It's hard to believe how fast time flies. I will be 31 next month!?!? I have not always been overweight -- but have spent the last 14 years of my life this way. The weight gain started after receiving the Depo-Provera shot after the birth of my daughter in 1995. <BR> <BR> Recently, I have been diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. Finally, after all of these years, I know w... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:07:50 EST Afternoon nap might make you smarter! <BR> <em>345</em> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=636247 </link> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 12:52:30 EST Hello! Hi, I just joined this team. I'm 26 and somewhat of a professional student. I have my AS but decided a year ago to go back to school and finish up. I'm currently working full-time in law enforcement and going to school part time for Social Studies Education. However, this coming summer I am going to resign to start school full-time in the fall. <BR> <BR> 2009 was a hard yet wonderful year for my husband and I....I'll share that story some other time. But we are trying to start over, per... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:45:45 EST GRE scores Has anyone else taken the GRE? I realized on New Year's Eve that some of my grad schools had deadlines a lot sooner than I thought, and I ended up having to take the GRE with basically only 3 days notice. I did decent on the verbal and math sections (670 and 700, with pretty good percentile rankings) but my writing score was inexplicably bad! Since I've been in college I've never not earned an A on a paper, but my writing score was 4 out of 6, with a percentile ranking of 41! I don't hav... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:50:35 EST Trouble getting here; techno yuck. New to computer socialization and navigating this series of "pages." <BR> The tension in my stomach reminds me of the first dys of college (and computer learning) just a few years ago. <BR> I'd like to start and to share and glean from others. I won't be online a lot (I have dial-up--I'm at the library right now--soon to leave). <BR> I'm afraid that nobody will respond or keep in touch--this is so difficult to begin. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 17:03:41 EST One word - one emoticon - on how you feel today! <BR> <BR> <BR> Chilled! <em>30</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:33:29 EST Making friends at school What do you all do to form friendships at school? <BR> <BR> Most of my classmates are in their 20s, maybe early 30s. I'm the oldest one in the class (How did that happen??!!) I don't feel like I have a lot in common with any of them, mainly because they are still in "student" mode, and I've been out in the real world for a very long time. <BR> <BR> This is the kind of program where I'm going to be seeing the same people over and over again throughout, and they will eventually be my collea... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:11:57 EST Had my first (of 5) class tonight..... And 40% of my grade is from group work!!!!! <BR> Our first assignment is to post messages about ourselves/ goals/ availability to find our team mates. <BR> My post is so boring & super particular. I sound 90 years old. I could not make it fun & serious no matter how I tried. Plus, I'm not wanting to attract fun, I want people who want 100% A's!!! <BR> I have NEVER had good luck on working with groups at this school thus far, so.... <BR> I am extremely hopeful about the class, but nervous t... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:22:52 EST New and a little frustrated Hi all... so I'm not new to SP, but I am new to this team. I'm a first year law student starting second semester this Monday. <BR> <BR> Since I joined SP back in March I've looked for a team of students (ANY kind of students!) to join and have not been able to find a single one that's active. Hopefully this one is more active than some of the other teams I've tried. <BR> <BR> Could really use some class-bound teammates to commiserate with! Hope you'll drop by and say hi! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:44:04 EST New and a little frustrated Hi all... so I'm not new to SP, but I am new to this team. I'm a first year law student starting second semester this Monday. <BR> <BR> Since I joined SP back in March I've looked for a team of students (ANY kind of students!) to join and have not been able to find a single one that's active. Hopefully this one is more active than some of the other teams I've tried. <BR> <BR> Could really use some class-bound teammates to commiserate with! Hope you'll drop by and say hi! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:42:39 EST New to team but not to SP Hi, my name is Sue and I am a 45 year old college student. I will be starting my second semester on Monday and sometimes I find it hard to connect with the younger students. So I am looking for some friends in the same situation that are also working on getting healthy at the same time. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 03:00:52 EST What are you taking this term? This was a thread awhile ago, but here I go again! What are you taking this term? <BR> <BR> For Winter 2010, I am taking Human Services System and Health as a Family Issue, and am going to try to study on my own for a challenge exam for Medical Ethics. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:11:30 EST New to the group Hi all, <BR> I work full-time and take classes online at Indiana University. I have 6 more classes to go to get my BA and I also have about 80 pounds to lose. I know how hard it is to eat right and find time for exercise with such a busy schedule. I hope I can pick up some pointers from everyone here. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Ellen Mon, 4 Jan 2010 06:47:42 EST New to the group Hi all, <BR> I work full-time and take classes online at Indiana University. I have 6 more classes to go to get my BA and I also have about 80 pounds to lose. I know how hard it is to eat right and find time for exercise with such a busy schedule. I hope I can pick up some pointers from everyone here. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Ellen Mon, 4 Jan 2010 06:37:08 EST Graduation Has Arrived! I'm going through my account and realized that hey, I don't fit in here anymore! At least for now. I will return when I decide upon where I am going to grad school for my masters. Y'all have been a fantastic support in the last three years or so that I've been here! I will miss you but I wish you well! Study hard & come join me on the other side of the campus lol. Best wishes to everyone! <BR> Lorraine Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:38:23 EST Hi team, I'm new and excited to meet you all! I am in my last year at University of Phoenix, scheduled to graduate in August '10 in Business Management/Information Systems. I am a Navy veteran with 6 years of service. After getting out in 2000, I let myself go a bit. I suffered some injuries while in service and I kind of let it become my excuse. Well, no more excuses! I am refocused and driven to succeed professionally, physically, and mentally. That is why I ended up here and so far <em>252</em> ! Keep up the good work y'all! Wed, 30 Dec 2009 18:52:27 EST Hi, guess I'm the new kid here ;P My name is Amber, I'm 25 (will be 26 soon) am currently working on my A.S. in Business Admin at Georgia Military College (private community college). I work full time during the day, and take evening classes, one at a time for now. <BR> <BR> I also get the fun of helping my husband, while he goes back to school this upcoming semester to start on his Masters degree in Public Administration. Wow, graduate classes are expensive! I'm just glad we're doing this now, before we have kids! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:19:06 EST looking back, looking ahead How is everyone? The board's been awfully quiet this semester - I think we're all feeling the absence of Miss Cee. Some have graduated, which is amazing. <BR> <BR> How did everyone's semester finish up? I still have some tweaking to do on an internship portfolio, but my professor put in a grade for me anyway, so I'm pretty much done. I'm really happy with my grades, but I'm realizing that I sacrificed an awful lot to get them. I've gained weight, distanced from my friends and I'm gene... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 22:22:03 EST Not in school til Jan 4 I feel like I am cheating. Because this is my favorite group but I took three months off of school. I start classes Jan 4 with a new online school. I haven't been on forever because of that reason!! So, I hope you guys will let me back eventhough I am not a student yet.? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:26:43 EST How's it going? If you're anything like me, you're running nonstop! I check in on the board for new topic, but rarely have a chance to think up new posts! So no surprise that the board's been quiet since the semester started. <BR> <BR> My internship is going okay (although it's more of a shadowing experience, they rarely give me actual work to do) and my independent study is awesome. My other two classes aren't terribly exciting but they're going well. I'm working four days a week, and I'm trying to fin... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 07:28:13 EST Non-Traditional is definitely me! Hi I am a non-traditional student at The Evergreen state college in Washington state. I love natural health in moderation but looking for support from other students! I thought I would join a few teams to share support and see if if you would also like to try my team! It was created for Evergreen students but is welcome to all. It is about supporting a sustainable lifestyle, whether that is natural health, ways to live on a tight budget, the environment, or just plain study support! Let me kn... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 19:57:32 EST Excercise is Spiritual When we have a positive view of our body, we attract others not only physically but spiritually as well. Exercising helps us get into the physical part of our being and access the sensations of our body. Once we become conscious of the beauty of our bodies, we realize that they are not simply physical organisms but also dwelling places of our spirit. Cultivating a positive relationship with our body therefore enhances both our physical and spiritual selves. As a result, we become more strikin... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:26:38 EST QOW 9-10-2009 Doing homework Where do you work on your schoolwork? How long does it usually take you to do it?? If you have a job or a family, how do you balance things? <BR> <em>149</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 07:22:31 EST Blog Prompt - 9-7-2009 <BR> <em>195</em> <link> Now that summer is coming to an end, are there any changes you'll be making to your diet and exercise routine? </link> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 09:30:21 EST Already a member of the team This is racinghummer. Buggie is my old name. Since I was starting fresh I was going to use a new name. But I decided against it. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 22:38:45 EST Is wearing a girdle "cheating?" It's like this .. <BR> <BR> A coworker came in to work a few weeks ago, and her usual curvy body was even more so! She had that sway of assurance a woman gets when she is extra fine! <BR> <BR> She confided in a body shaper that supposedly "brings it all together." Even though I've been walking, my stomach is out of control. I'd fought the temptation of buying one for weeks. (I admit when I don't feel "in shape", my confident lags.) I broke down and bought one. <BR> <BR> Now, I said wear... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:27:55 EST How do you feel about exercise? ONE WORD! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> More! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:56:50 EST HI. I think I'm non traditional Hey everyone. I'm 40 and going back to school for Graphic Design. Spent years thinking and apparently wasting time thinking I wanted to be a nurse or something similar. Hope to have some fun, learn some stuff and get to know all of you. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 20:26:22 EST Starting Fall Semester, 2009? <BR> Tell us about your typical school day. What's it like? How many classes are you taking? What worries you about it? <BR> <BR> New and returning members .. let's get off on the right foot! <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:27:01 EST Today is my first day! My name is Lauren. I am 27 years old. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 8 years. We have a beautiful son who will turn three in September. I am now attending Nursing School and will hopefully graduate in May 2010. I have not always been fat! I used to weigh 125 pounds. But then life happened, and I love food. I need to change my life for real this time. I have tried just about every diet known to man, but I am not thinking of this as a diet as I always have. This t... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:07:28 EST What are you proud of today? Two years after a worker's comp injury strained my trapezius, physical therapy, and going into the 3rd week of consistent cardio & weights, I BENCHED THE BAR! <BR> The bar weighs 45lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 16:23:32 EST Operation Beautiful <link> </link> Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:00:02 EST * * * HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MS. PROVERBS3! * * * <BR> Rosalyn's birthday was Sunday, July 26th, so we missed the whole thing. My bad! Happy belated love, baby girl! <BR> <link><BR>PROVERBS3 </link> <BR> <em>47</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>243</em> <em>67</em> <em>285</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:59:02 EST how much study time? I'm trying to figure out if I want to take one or two classes this fall. I work full time, play piano for our church 2x/month, and want to stay married too LOL! I got my first class (3 cr/online) under my belt this summer. <BR> <BR> My options for fall are Biol 1 (5cr) and perhaps Chem I (4cr). I'm finishing my lower level sciences after 25 years away from school and my only previous science was a 9th grade chem class that i hated. <BR> <BR> I want to do well... How much time do you all... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:01:28 EST * * * HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOULBUG * * * <BR> Our divine hippie has a birthday today. Go by her place and give her a shoutout! Honey, may you have many more! Much Love! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ULBUG#comments </link> <em>244</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2009 08:30:30 EST * * *HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLEVERETT1 * * * <BR> <BR> I've been waiting all week for this day! Today is Barbara's sweet sixteen! This is the best time of the summer! Honey, enjoy the day, and if you have homework, don't spend the whole day doing it! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>236</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2009 09:32:54 EST Fall 2009 - Full or Part Time? I'm a full time <BR> English and Communications major, minoring in Women/Gender Studies. <em>40</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:07:38 EST Confession: Size REALLY matters to me! <BR> <em>46</em> <link><BR>fession_size_really_matters </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:02:30 EST Blog Prompt: 7-20-09 <BR> <em>195</em> <link>What motivates you during a workout? </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 08:59:22 EST What's Your School and Mascot? Thought we'd get some school spirit going. Just because I don't have the time to enjoy ALL the activities on campus that a kid fresh out of high school can (who has time?) doesn't mean I don't have a little "Go Team" in me! <BR> <BR> I'm a CSU (California State University) Sacramento - aka Sac State - Hornet! <BR> Our colors are green and gold. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 19 Jul 2009 18:19:56 EST Blog Prompt: 7-12-2009 <BR> <BR> What do you try to teach your kids about body image? Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:11:28 EST * * Tired of School?? * * <BR> I've been a this college thing now for about five years now. I admit, I had expectations I would be FINISHED by now! But life does happen and a lot of you can attest to it. Right now, I am enjoying "lazy" -- time away from the books and deadlines! <BR> <BR> Since I am a stubborn sort of gal, I will push myself to continue -- I am a junior, so I'd better, right? I am contemplating a part-time schedule in the fall, but this is how I feel right now! I'm way too close to give into l... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:12:09 EST * * *Happy Belated Birthday, PetalDear! * * * <BR> <em>198</em> <link><BR>TALDEAR </link> <em>475</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:11:46 EST NTS Spotlight Student:: TSUKUSENAI Jacqueline is this team's unsung hero! She is thoughtful, exact and her space is an oasis within the busyness of SP. <BR> <BR> Quoting her from her page: <BR> <BR> "Consciously thinking about exercise and eating, for example, ensuring I have the right clothes ready for the gym or ingredients for that healthy menu that I have planned just takes soooo much effort at the moment. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to the day, and hopefully working toward when looking after me is not such a con... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:03:32 EST June Team Leaders! <BR> <BR> It's been one HOT and busy summer! Don't stress if you've taken it off to regroup! I have! Here are our teams top ten leaders! Way to go!! <BR> <BR> * * * * <BR> <BR> 1) FRANCLYN <BR> 2) STEPH606 <BR> 3) EROBERIN <BR> 4) KEELINOVER <BR> 5) MA2DAPPLES <BR> 6) 50LB2LOSE <BR> 7) MYMY2008 <BR> 8) GATORGIRLGO <BR> 9) SCATTERBOLT <BR> 10) FLY0NTHEWAL1 <BR> <BR> You all ROCK! Take good care of yourselves today! Drink that water and STAY COOL! ! ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:24:15 EST Let go of childish things -- Like the scale! <em>211</em> <link><BR>m_the_mouths_of_members_honor_the_sens<BR>itive_soul_within </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:19:13 EST Help...need prerequisite advice!!! Yesterday I went to the University's information session about nursing school and found out how they accept students. <BR> <BR> They take about 188 each year (last year they had 300 apply). You have to have all (64) prerequisites completed before you are allowed in. They will let you know you are accepted Spring Break before their courses start on the 1st of June. (This is based on you completing the final spring semester with good grades). They start at 4.0 GPA and work on down till slots ... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:23:17 EST Team Map On another team page I asked how a person gets listed on a team map (button at bottom of team page) and LEAKAY59 was able to answer it. I thought I would repeat the information here so others can get listed too. It would help find each other if we want work out buddies, etc. Don’t worry; it does not pinpoint your address/house on the map, only the zip code area and town. <BR> <BR> Go to My Tools, Start. Under your name there's a link to Account/Email Preferences. Go the Community tab, and t... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:31:46 EST NTS Spotlight Student: MyMy2008 This young lady is one of our top ten, she is what I would consider a "quiet" one, but has so much going on, and she has a mantra which is near and dear to my heart: <BR> <BR> "MYMY2008 is trying to deal with everyday stress and still lose the weight." <BR> <BR> And she's doing it! She's a 20 lb. Loser! <BR> <BR> She is a "beauty" from the inside out! And this is what I aspire to be! <BR> <BR> Enjoy the spotlight, my lady! Congrats! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 08:13:49 EST My School GURRRRR! ok just to blow off steam...I waited TWO hours to see an adviser to fix my "profile", But the adviser I saw couldn't fix it! And the only one who can is in a meeting! My grants and Aid have been suspended because of a glitch on my profile..... I feel like crying(or eating)I'm so stressed out! Now I have to waite till tomorrow...gurr.... <em>46</em> <em>149</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:33:09 EST NTS Spotlight Student: 50LB2LOSE <BR> If you ever have time to check our leaderboard, this young missy is always in the top ten! My girl can rack up some points, plus she is dedicated to her family! <BR> <BR> My lady, if you can put your page on public, I'd love to give you a shout-out for all you do! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, my sister! <em>247</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2009 07:58:29 EST HOW ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?? <BR> OK gang! <BR> <BR> School is out for the summer, and half of 2009 will be history soon. <BR> <BR> How are you coming on your commitment to lose a little pounds? <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Well! <BR> <BR> Every semester, I get a little down and this one is no different. Plus, so much has been happening, I'm trying to find an evenness in my days! <BR> <BR> I'm still hanging in my size 10, but it's definitely not as tight as I'd hope it to be! <BR> <BR> Let's share! How's YOUR reso... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:59:38 EST fitness maps Has anyone else tried them? I think they're fantastic! I always spend forever tracking my walk/runs and trying to figure out how far I walked and how far I ran and how long it took to do each. With the maps, it's really easy to break down my runs into parts and figure out how fast I went at each stage, and then you just click a button to add it to your fitness tracker. I love it! If you're not using them to track your outdoor fitness activities, I definitely recommend giving it a try! Thu, 4 Jun 2009 20:03:47 EST Describing yourself with N. T. S. <BR> <BR> <BR> Nerdy <BR> Terrific <BR> Sleepy! <em>102</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 08:23:18 EST NTS Spotlight Student: ~LIONESS~ This week's spotlight student is no other than ~LIONESS~ (CEE), Diva extraordinaire! <BR> <BR> If you haven't had a chance to get to her page, I encourage you to do so (even if you have; she changes it often)'s filled with motivation, inspiration, and humor; just like the lady herself. <BR> <BR> Cee is the leader of this team and is a writer, vampire lover, and guitar hero (not to mention a beautiful woman inside and out!). <BR> <BR> Here's to you Lioness!! You are this week's NTS spo... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 18:47:15 EST Fall Class' I have 10 days till I can register for fall classes, I REALLY want to lose a size or two before I go back. I have two months till classes start .... I hope I can do this. <em>58</em> Sun, 31 May 2009 15:54:46 EST Entering BSN Hell Hi, just joined this team. I am going to start Ft. Hays State University virtual classes on Monday. I looked over the blackboard format they use and it is a nightmare. Anyone else going to school through Ft Hays? <BR> <BR> I want to get my BSN and they were cheaper than other schools. I can get it for about $10,000 there whereas other colleges wanted $26,000. I thought the price difference would be okay but now I am wondering if I should switch and I haven’t even started classes yet. Just g... Sat, 30 May 2009 18:43:02 EST Hi all I'm new Hi everyone, I'm new to sparkpeople. I'm a 44 year old graduate student at IUPUI that is short for Indiana University at Purdue University in Indianapolis. I moved to Indianapolis last fall and put on 30 lbs. I'm looking forward to dropping the weight, getting in shape, and meeting new people on sparkpeople. <BR> Janet Sat, 30 May 2009 08:36:36 EST NTS Spotlight Student: MSPROVERB31 <BR> Razi is one busy lady! She's a student, she runs a few Spark teams of her own, and she's a loving aunt. Her wisdom and encouragement makes her a Spark favorite, but like most of us, she understands the balancing act of taking care of oneself in a busy world. <BR> <BR> Check out her page. It's a motivating read and a great place to visit! <BR> <BR> Razi! You're in the NTS Spotlight, baby girl! <em>214</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 28 May 2009 15:12:50 EST Who's doing SUMMER SCHOOL? <BR> All our dedicated, INSANE teammates holla at me here! <BR> Much love to all who are hitting the books the summer of 2009! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 28 May 2009 09:07:40 EST Daily Spark: Turning Negatives into Positives <em>250</em> <link><BR>y_bliss_turn_every_negative_into_a_pos<BR>itive </link> Wed, 27 May 2009 07:38:30 EST NTS Spotlight Student: FLYoNTHEWALL Wouldn't you, for a little while, like to be a fly on the wall? What are people thinking? Doing? Where are they going and who are they seeing? Ha! <BR> <BR> Our teammate, Valerie, has the right moniker! She is a card, plus, she is a gorgeous soul to boot! <link><BR>Y0NTHEWAL1 </link> <BR> <BR> If you ever get a chance to visit the team "No Topics Off Limits" -- one of my favorites teams! -- you will find why she is one of the wittiest of the c... Tue, 26 May 2009 09:41:11 EST Daily Spark: I lost 140 pounds! <BR> You can also read about Birdie in this week's People magazine! <link><BR>a_doctor_and_mother_of_5and_i_lost_143<BR>_pounds </link> Mon, 25 May 2009 18:06:12 EST Habits of fit people: Mix it UP! <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> <link><BR>its_of_fit_people_mix_it_up </link> Tue, 19 May 2009 08:34:27 EST NTS Spotlight Student: Soulbug <BR> <BR> Soulbug joined SparkPeople in March, 2009. She has a naughty sense of humor! I get the impression she, too, is a hippie chick! What could be better for this team? <BR> <BR> Go by and give our friend a "Shout Out!" Soulbug is the Spotlight Student for May 13th! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <link><BR>ULBUG </link> Mon, 18 May 2009 08:55:20 EST Problem Solving HI I started a new team it's called the Problem Solving team. It's a great place to blow off steam or get advice check us out!! <em>198</em> Thu, 14 May 2009 14:30:26 EST How SPOTLIGHT STUDENTS are CHOSEN. In early February, I thought it would be a great idean to choose a random student once a week for the whole team to get to know. I don't care who you are, somebody, at one time or another LOVES to be the center of attention for a little while! (grin) <BR> <BR> So, the NTS Spotlight Student was born. <BR> <BR> As time went along, there had to be some criteria which had to be necessary for a person to qualify. <BR> <BR> 1. A member has to be active on this team for at least two weeks. ... Thu, 14 May 2009 09:20:18 EST NTS Spotlight Student: BlazingPhoenix Lorraine! Lorraine! (knock, knock!) Are you up? <BR> Is the budgie jumping around? <BR> <BR> I hear you on that insomnia. I think ALL of us have a touch of it! <BR> <BR> Rub your eyes, girl! You're in the Spotlight today! <link><BR>AZINGPHOENIX </link> <em>30</em> Thu, 7 May 2009 14:25:26 EST Roll Call! <BR> We haven't done this is a while .. ! <BR> <BR> Give your name, age, class rank, and major. We are constantly evolving, and that's a great thing. <BR> <BR> Much love! <em>247</em> Thu, 7 May 2009 14:21:07 EST Mommy Salute! <BR> Mother's Day is coming! <BR> <BR> If you're a mom, tell us about your kids. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, tell us about YOUR mom. Give her FIRST name and tell us soemthing sweet! <em>41</em> Thu, 7 May 2009 14:18:29 EST I Won!! I just want to share my joy and excitement with my fellow sparkpeople. I am going to be awarded a scholarship today. I entered an essay writing contest and I won free bus transportation for the summer semester. I ride public transportation every day to get to school so this is perfect for me! It is a $120 value. It may not seem like much but it will greatly help in our financial situation. <em>244</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 11:10:14 EST Together we can walk a marathon--one mile each! So many of you have been instrumental in prayers, wishing me well, and going the distance with me during my Flying Pig half marathon training, and now completion, and as my sister, Leslie Lindsey, has gone through her treatments for Hodgkin's. THANK YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Long before I found my way to Antioch, I made a commitment to live each day to its fullest. Each one of us has our own story, trials, and triumphs. It would be silly of me to squander the hope and inspiration you have given me. S... Tue, 5 May 2009 11:38:42 EST *** Happy Birthday, Shawntis (Erin) *** <BR> OK, you almost got away from the NTS radar, but it caught you! We're a day late, but we have nothing but love for ya, girl! <BR> <BR> Happy (Belated) Birthday, Erin! <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AWNTIS </link> Tue, 5 May 2009 09:39:21 EST April Team Leaders! <BR> Congratulations to our April members who rocked it with their fitness for last month! <BR> <BR> 1) KEELINOVER <BR> 2) 50LB2LOSE <BR> 3) FRANCLYN <BR> 4) PETALDEAR <BR> 5) DOTHERRING <BR> 6) TSUKUSENAI <BR> 7) STEPH606 <BR> 8) RUTHS_FAITH <BR> 9) SCATTERBOLT <BR> 10) NIKKO1212 <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> NTS family! You did it again! This team was number on the Non-Traditional category! <BR> <BR> Take a bow! YOU ROCK!! <em>247</em> Mon, 4 May 2009 07:33:54 EST who's done? I'm working on my last paper (and having a hard time focusing!) but once I turn this in at 6 tomorrow I am DONE for the semester. Soooo looking forward to finishing up and going for a nice long run! Sun, 3 May 2009 19:57:30 EST Hi, glad to find y'all I just joined Spark today. I'll be heading back to school this summer for a computer science degree - excited and nervous! Looking forward to participating in this forum. Sun, 3 May 2009 17:41:58 EST Food on the run: The ten WORST places to eat! <BR> <BR> Oh, boy! There goes my IHOP! <em>39</em> <BR> <link><BR>d_on_the_run_are_your_favorites_in_the<BR>_healthy_or_unhealthy_top_10 </link> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 15:14:50 EST NTS Spotlight Student: FRANCLYN <BR> Check this chick out! She's working on her teaching credentials, she married, she has two children, and she's a ball of energy! <BR> <BR> PLUS, she's all that and a bag of chips! <BR> <BR> My lady, take a bow! <em>285</em> May positive light shine on you this week! <link><BR>ANCLYN </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:29:45 EST Turning 30!! I am going to be 29 soon and was wondering if anyone ever made a list of things to do before you turn 30. If so what was something on your list??? Do you have things you wish you would of done before hitting the 3-0??? Tue, 28 Apr 2009 02:52:52 EST Tattoos! Who's got them? I know at least one person here has a new one! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking of getting one. Right now the only body modification I have is regular ear piercings. I'm thinking of having my boyfriend draw me a turtle design and getting a penny-sized tattoo on my ribcage, off to the side. I haven't totally committed to it yet though! If I do it, it will probably be right after I run the Boilermaker, to cap off craziness with more craziness and sort of dedicate my new body... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 23:09:23 EST Movies, anyone? <BR> What are watching right now? What have you seen in the theatre .. during twilight time before 6 p.m. or a student pass when the rates are cheaper?? <em>20</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:01:26 EST Food on the Run: KCF becoming KGC? <em>53</em> <link><BR>d_on_the_run_is_kfc_becoming_kgc </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:57:42 EST WHO'S GRADUATING THIS YEAR? HOLLA! <BR> Who are you, and when is the big day?? <em>36</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 07:45:11 EST Where do I fit in? Am I a "non traditional" student? I'm 21 and in my first year at a community college. When I was 18 I got pregnant and put my son up for adoption. Two years later I am in college, working, and don't know where I fit... I'm far more mature than any one in my class. I’ve been on my own since I was 17, and have had to work for everything. I don’t take getting a college education for granted. <BR> I mean who thought you are supposed to turn off your cell phone class, or read the chapters assigne... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 12:38:19 EST The 10% Solution You may not need to lose as much weight as you think! <em>9</em> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=454&page=2 </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 09:50:03 EST This Is Why You're Fat & Why You're Thin ! <BR> <em>9</em> <link><BR>s_is_why_youre_fatand_why_youre_thin </link> Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:49:45 EST Pets Do Our Bodies Good: Do you agree? <BR> <em>200</em> <link><BR>s_do_our_bodies_good_do_you_agree </link> <em>240</em> Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:00:57 EST Fit, green ways to help you keep your dollars! <BR> There are some cost efficient avenues to get your biceps on besides signing a two-year memberships at the Y or whatever your big hometown fitness oasis is: <BR> <BR> The Public Library: Great for those who prefer excercising at home. Warning! The material is dated, but it's free! <BR> <BR> Used book stores: Not only can you sell your used school books -- so what if you only get five bucks back for that $100 biology book! -- there may be a used fitness VHS/DVDs section which has pri... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:46:15 EST Feeling Down I went over on my fats yet again. I am hungry but cannot eat becasue I don't want to go anymore over on them. I'm tired but the lady upstairs has her music blaring yet again and won't turn it down. I have burned double the calories I needed to this week but still feel like I need to do more. Like I am not doing enough. I am sick of feeling fat when I go to bed at night even though my boyfriend tells me I am perfect. I don't feel perfect ever. I see people who are so much lighter and fitter th... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 01:37:00 EST NTS Spotlight Student: DOTHERRING <BR> <BR> Hi, gang! If you want to learn the secret to success, check out Dot's place. I think she has it! It's not necessarily a fast pace, but it is something I personally have a rough time with .. patience! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, Dot did her five-K and boy was she happy about that! <BR> <BR> Take a bow, girl! Enjoy your spotlight! <em>244</em> <BR> <link><BR>THERRING </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 08:15:08 EST Dream your dream! Susan Boyle did! <BR> <em>243</em> <link><BR>am_your_dream </link> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 16:11:41 EST Who else is freaking out? I'm in the last two weeks of school. I have two weeks from yesterday to write a research paper which I've barely thought about, two weeks from today to finish my website, and two weeks of regular work for my philosophy class. On the last day of that class, he's assigning our final paper, which is 7 pages long and we have one week to write it. I'm running out of time! I have to work all day today and tomorrow. Sunday I actually have off for once, so I'm spending all day in the library. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:19:00 EST NTS Spotlight Sudent: Swim23 <BR> A lady with 11000 fitness minutes behind her and progress toward her goals that inspire! Let's congratulate our new Spotlight Student of the week, Chandra! <BR> <BR> Here where you can reach her: <BR> <link><BR>IM23 </link> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:25:47 EST What exercise did you do today? Sharing exercise is great for motivating each other, feeling a sense of accomplishment and accountability. Is is too easy to say it and not do it. Lets do it together! <BR> <BR> I did the 15 minute stability ball workout and 60 minutes on the elliptical. The new profile picture is my new motivation, ;-). Sun, 12 Apr 2009 11:24:22 EST Food on the Run: Pizza Hut <BR> <em>480</em> <link><BR>d_on_the_run_pizza_hut </link> Thu, 9 Apr 2009 05:53:57 EST NTS Spotlight Student: Mrs. Gixxer <BR> Life is overwelming! So says the law of Renee. Honey, I understand! But know this! You are bright and savvy! It will work it! Betcha! <BR> <BR> Let's slide over to Renee's this week! <em>67</em> <BR> Much Love, my sister! <BR> <link><BR>SGIXXER </link> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 08:02:19 EST Bigger Butts = Better Health <BR> <em>416</em> <link><BR>ger_butts_better_health </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 21:35:53 EST This week's Blog Prompt: <BR> This is ironic! I posted something similar on my blog today! Go figure! LOL. <BR> <BR> <link>How did you finally make fitness an ongoing part of your life? Blog about how working out became a habit and when you stopped making exercise excuses </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 17:21:48 EST You can find me on Facebook! <BR> My membername is "CeeDuncan" <em>211</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:17:56 EST What is everyone's major? If this has been posted before please forgive me, I just joined this group and I see all the homework accountability and it made me wonder what everyones major is. Mine is Social Work and Sign Language Interpretation. I actually want to be a counseling social worker and work with deaf families and or individuals. <em>149</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2009 11:25:06 EST Nutrition facts question This is something I've been wondering for a while. When you see the calorie count on the package, can you safely assume that it includes everything in the package? For example, my peach cup says 80 calories, but is that assuming that I drink all the syrup? If I just eat the peaches it should be less, right? I've been tracking as if I ate the whole package, figuring that either way at least I'm not going over. I'm just curious whether I'm looking at this correctly. Sat, 4 Apr 2009 14:01:44 EST Accentuating the Positive Self Talk <BR> <em>224</em> <link><BR>entuate_the_positive_selftalk </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:20:09 EST March Team Leaders <em>242</em> to the points leaders for the month of March: <BR> <BR> 1) KEELINOVER <BR> 2) PETALDEAR** <BR> 3) 50LB2LOSE <BR> 4) FRANCLYN <BR> 5) DOTHERRING <BR> 6) TSUKUSENAI <BR> 7) ~LIONESS~ <BR> 8) RUTHS_FAITH <BR> 9) BLEVERETT1 <BR> 10) SCATTERBOLT <BR> <BR> ** Denotes new team member <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> , NTS Team! We came in first place for the non traditional category team last month! You all ROCK! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:26:57 EST NTS Spotlight Student::B LEVERETTE1 Barbara is the backbone of this team. She is the quiet, no-nonsense counsel we all depend on here at NTS. She is the Spring time during the winter storm! <BR> <BR> C'mon, gang! Party over at Barb's place! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EVERETT1 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:17:37 EST Finding balance: Dealing with Guilt <em>198</em> <link><BR>ding_balance_dealing_with_guilt </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:27:41 EST Perfect Workout for your Fitness Personality <em>24</em> <link><BR>cover_the_perfect_workout_for_your_fit<BR>ness_personality </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:39:47 EST Would like to join this team if it isn;t closed? Hi Everyone <BR> Wasn't sure where I should introduce myself to your team. I fall into the category of probably being older than the lecturers I listen to. I work full time in a demanding job, come home to study. love Spark People and have made a definite committment But it is affecting my study. I know keeping active helps the thinking process but I am needing to post and be on SP to stop myself from mindless eating, especially if I am worrying about my studies. I will get there, I always do... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:01:35 EST Visualization: See your way to your goals <BR> <em>250</em> <link><BR>ualization_see_your_way_to_your_goals </link> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:55:26 EST The new kid in class Hi all, I am Antoinette from Jacksonville Florida. I am a second year college student, going for social work and sign language interpretation. I recently got re- motivated to lose weight after I won a free 30 day membership to a local gym. So hello to all and hope to mingle with you soon! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:10:03 EST QOW 3-26-2009: LIFE BURNOUT How do you know when you're spread yourself too thin? Do you workouts suffer? Attention in school is nonexistant? Taking longer and longer to complete assignments? SO/Spouse/Kids complaining they "never see you?" The school-to-work ritual is making you dizzy? Just plain tired and sad? <BR> <BR> Do you know when it happens? How do you bounce back from "doing too much?" How do you prevent it from happening again in the future? <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:50:53 EST NTS Spotlight Student: LaineyFrog <BR> Heads up, little sister! You're in the spotlight this week! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>INEYFROG </link> <em>104</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:40:56 EST Favorite TV Show as a kid <BR> When you were a kid, what TV shows had you glued to the tube?? <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:21:53 EST Food on the run: Long John Silver <BR> <em>41</em> <link><BR>d_on_the_run_long_john_silvers </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:46:37 EST backpack lunch ideas? Hi all, <BR> <BR> This is my first semester, where I have lined up all my classes one right after the other..wooo hooo. My husband let me quit my job for my last two semesters so I can focus and be a bit more tolerable at home. <BR> <BR> I am a bit nervous because we are going to be very broke, so I will not be buying my coffees and lunches at school and could use some great ideas on what to pack into the side pockets of my backpack. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear what/and how you eat on ... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:06:34 EST Finding balance: How do I make time? <em>24</em> <link><BR>ding_balance_where_do_i_begin </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:00:11 EST The water debate... So I have heard that drinking products such as crystal light or other water flavoring powders counts as part of the required 8 cups a day? Then I have heard just the opposite I know that if I drink say coffee or tea that I need to drink extra water to rehydrate what the caffeine has depleted me of. but I have no info on juices or powder drinks such as crystal light...HELP Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:41:50 EST * * * NTS BIRTHDAY LIST * * * We're placing a new birthday list here. I have placed the members who have been active on the previous list here already. <BR> <BR> To add yourself to the current list, highlight and copy from the LAST page posted, and paste on your reply page. Add your name to the appropriate month <BR> and save. Correct as needed. <BR> <BR> Everyone should have a shout out on his/her special day! <BR> <BR> * * * * <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> Birthday List <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> January <BR>... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:34:53 EST The "Organic" Dirty Dozen <BR> <link><BR>ch_fruits_and_veggies_are_in_the_new_d<BR>irty_dozen </link> <em>38</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2009 10:15:42 EST For our 5-K-ers and Marathoners! <link><BR>an_run_a_mile_after_all_and_now_i_can_<BR>track_my_runs_too </link> <BR> <em>182</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2009 08:11:56 EST need breakfast advice! I'm meeting a friend for breakfast at a cafe tomorrow. I can't find any information on their menu or nutrition, and I haven't eaten breakfast out in years and years. I'm assuming they'll have the normal assortment of breakfast options - what should I get? I planned the rest of my day so that I can eat about 500 calories and not have it be tragic...but it's so easy to go over. What do you suggest? I'm hoping some of you are more accomplished breakfasters than me! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:23:08 EST hi I'm new! I am 37 and in my 2nd term of college. I am loving it! My major is Medical Office Management. I'm going for an Associate's first then Bachelor's. <BR> <BR> I have 2 daughters 15 and 10. They are an inspiration to me to keep going. <BR> <BR> I have signed up for intramural sports at my school. I'm hoping this will help me get in shape. We don't have an official athletic department. <BR> <BR> Um..what else about me? I'm open friendly and honest....ask me anything. I like to talk <BR>... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 21:43:19 EST Are you like your Zodiac Sign? <BR> <link> </link> <em>30</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:27:35 EST NTS Spotlight Student: PHYNIXX <BR> <BR> Much Love, my lady! We celebrate with you this week! <link><BR>YNIXX </link> <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:55:26 EST Quote of the day I am doing this for purely selfish reasons. This will help me stay motivated and in turn might help you as well. Feel free to post your motivational musings. <BR> keep your chin up and your feet on the ground. Here we go!! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:32:17 EST Blog prompt: Other goals besides weight loss? <em>30</em> <link>Besides weight loss, what other goals are you pursuing (or have you successfully met)? Walking without a wheelchair? Getting off medication? Running a marathon? Share your BIGGEST goals! </link> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:55:39 EST WIn Jillian MIchaels' fitnes DVD! The Daily Spark is giving away Jillian Michaels' latest fitness DVD! The deadline to enter is March 20th! Enter soon! <link><BR>er_to_win_jillian_michaels_no_more_tro<BR>uble_zones_dvd </link> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:31:32 EST Coping with Stress <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_do_you_cope_with_the_stress_in_your_life </link> <em>250</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:22:18 EST QOW: College and today's economy Will the state of the economy have an impact on your education choices next semester? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 05:39:36 EST Help with an assignment??? My final paper in my Lit class has to be about a sterotype or obstacle women have been fighting and trace it back to it's origin. It has to be a current issue that I can demonstrate. I need at least 5 non-web sources. UGH! <BR> <BR> I was going to do women in golf because i remember a woman playing in the PGA and i know originally golf was forbidden for women to play (Golf stands for gentleman only; ladies forbidden) but I could only find two credible sources. The teacher recommended Dom... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 18:53:45 EST Eating at the movies! Ack! When I go out (I saw the Watchmen this weekend), I had no shame to my game. I had a big pocketbook and had two bottled waters. I gave in to my base nature and had the nachos with cheese. (sigh) <BR> <BR> How do you (all) handle the movies? <em>24</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:37:03 EST NTS Karaoke Night <BR> <em>244</em> It's open mike night! What song are you going to sing? You have to take a break from studying sometime! Come on, Rodney, darling! Scatterbolt! TobyBlueEyes! Stop hiding behind that book! <BR> <BR> What are you going to sing?? <em>276</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:04:20 EST ~~** WELCOME OUR NEWEST TEAM LEAD! ** ~~ <BR> KimberlyJ34 is NTS's newest leader. Visit her page, and get to know her. She brings the mellowness of beach sunshine to our team! <link><BR>MBERLYJ34#motivation </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> So what do you say, family! Do we ROCK or what?? <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:01:11 EST NTS Spotlight Student: Ruths_Faith <BR> <BR> Congratulations, Sweetie! You Shine! <em>30</em> <BR> <link><BR>THS_FAITH </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:06:10 EST New features, anyone?? <BR> I've been busy this week, but hey!! Check out our new features! I do like the way our huddle scrolls UP on the side instead of over the top. It makes me smile! <BR> <BR> This weekend, I'll check out some more of the new toys Sparks have worked out for us, and update everone. If someone sees it before I do, post it! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:02:27 EST International Women's Day <BR> <em>244</em> <link><BR>international_womens_day_think_about_t<BR>he_woman_youve_becomeand_what_got_you_here </link> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 21:17:52 EST How COOL are your Team Leaders? I was just thinking earlier today. We, as SparkTeamers hang out with each other on various boards: laughing, challenging, competing with each other, even seeking the LEADERS attaboys, right? (I do it, too, because there are are so many righteous groups around SparkLand, it's HEAD PINNING and the individuals who run them are awesome!) <BR> <BR> But how WELL do your Team Leaders work for you? What draws you to him/her? <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> --Barbara is a Nursing Student, le... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 12:42:45 EST Advice at the gym, helpful or rude? The last couple of times I've gone to the gym on Thursdays, this older guy keeps coming up to me while I'm lifting and telling me what I'm doing wrong. I think he imagines he's coaching me but it's extremely annoying to be interrupted. What do you think? If you see someone who could have better form, would you go over and point it out to them? I felt like a snot for being so annoyed...but it was annoying! Am I wrong? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:45:45 EST FAFSA Deadline in April! If you are depending on government loans for your education, the deadline (at least for my college) is April 15th. This date may vary from school to school. <BR> <BR> Don't hesitate! Register ASAP! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 07:53:25 EST Real food, real solutions <BR> You're pressed for time and you have a slice of pizza. <BR> <BR> What do you have with it to make it a little healthier? <em>274</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 07:36:20 EST NTS Spotlight Student: SCATTERBOLT <BR> <BR> Drop by and visit our beloved Scatterbolt! <BR> <link><BR>ATTERBOLT </link> <BR> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Beware! You will never know when YOUR turn will come up to be in the Spotlight! There are a lot of students to go through! Share the love! <em>30</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 07:30:50 EST How long have you've been a member of SP?? <BR> Click on the "add an emotion" tab. Press the "Other" tab and scroll down to the anniversary icons denoting months/years for SparkPeople. Whatever is closest to your time, click the icon! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 22:15:38 EST What do you do for fun? <BR> OK .. there's more to everyone than being a student, a coworker, a mom, a brother, a roommate, a wife, and all those other things that require a label! <BR> <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt once said "Do one thing every day that scares you." Well, nothing has to scare you! Just have fun doing! <BR> <BR> I have this one stress reliever I have a blast doing! So what if I'm 47! I absolutely LOVE Guitar Hero! I have a ball doing it. I used to be a violinist in high school, so it triggers my... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 22:10:32 EST Blog Prompt: Weekends and exercise <BR> <link>How do the weekends affect your diet and exercise routines? </link> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 22:04:26 EST Why do you excercise? <link><BR>_do_you_exercise </link> <em>404</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:55:31 EST February Team Leaders <BR> <em>243</em> to our team leaders for February: <BR> <BR> 1) KEELINOVER <BR> 2) 50LB2LOSE <BR> 3) FRANCLYN <BR> 4) DOTHERRING <BR> 5) SMARTYPANTS1978 <BR> 6) STEPH606 <BR> 7) RUTHS_FAITH <BR> 8) BLEVERETT1 <BR> 9) SWIM23 <BR> 10) DEESHA_KC <BR> <BR> It's wonderful how dedicated you are to YOURSELVES in your quest for a better you! Congratulations! <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 21:41:57 EST another newbie.... hi all, am new to this team. I am doing a craft skills/art course as my 3rd go at college.... 3rd times the charm as I now love it! really lookin forward to staying motivated. this team is great idea... xx Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:11:08 EST Hellooooooooooo Hello! My name is Charmane, and I am super excited to be taking control of my life!!! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:00:17 EST Stressed out student starting over in 09 Greetings <BR> I have been a semi active member of SP for about a year now and a student for almost 5 years. I am currently a senior at University of Missouri - Kansas City and applying to grad schools for next year. I hope to find someone who I connect with on here to talk me down when the stress has me heading for the whole pizza instead of a slice! I am a good listener as well and if you live in the UMKC area I am always up for a walk or a swim! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 13:20:16 EST IHOP National Pancake Day <BR> Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charitie... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:06:26 EST NTS Spotlight Student: KELLINOVER This week, new team member Keelinover is in the Spotlight. She is a future medical student and the proud mama of Rio, a gorgeous German Shepherd! <BR> <BR> Drop by and meet her! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ELINOVER </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 06:53:56 EST Food on the run: Chic-Fil-A <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <link><BR>d_on_the_run_chickfila </link> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:48:30 EST Midterms/Spring Break? I only have one exam, and Spring break is next week. I can sleep late! I'm not doing too bad considering last semester. I am even thinking about taking a summer school class. I'm not committing to it, yet! Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:30:46 EST Happy Hot Breakfast Month! <link><BR>py_hot_breakfast_month </link> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:33:39 EST Blog Prompt: How do you deal with setbacks? <link>How do you deal with setbacks? Do you find them discouraging, or do they give you more resolve to work toward your goals? </link> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:29:41 EST NTS Spotlight Student: MGIRONTA2 <BR> Starting today, I'm introducing a new thread which highlights a team member. Since we are all busy with studies and deadlines and do not always have a chance to browse each other's pages, I will randomly choose a member to visit once a week. <BR> <BR> MGIRONTA2 is our spotlight student! Shs works full time and is a biotechnology and European History major! Go by and say hello! <BR> <BR> Hey, hon! We salute cha! <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:33:33 EST New to the team, but not to sparkpeople Hi all! I've been on sparkpeople for (wow) almost three years. Well, I've been off and on with it. Being in school has been a huge obstacle, because I don't always have time to get on here. I know I need to get in shape, because summer will be here before we know it. I gained a bunch of weight during the fall semester and I can't fit anything I own. So time to get serious. Throw six classes with a marriage, two kids (one with special needs), and a dog, and there isn't too much time for me. I'... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 22:22:14 EST Lessons from all walks of life <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=78 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2009 08:29:44 EST Theresa, and I'm new here! Hi everyone! I'm Theresa, and I'm 25 and working on my bachelor's degree at Rhode Island College. I went to Boston University right out of high school for a year and a half, then took some time off before going back to school in the spring of 2007. <BR> <BR> Although I'm closer in age to most of my classmates than I am to most "nontraditional" students, I definitely identify with the older students more. I'm the one sitting in the front row, answering every question, and chatting with t... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:43:43 EST Eating habits of "The Biggest Loser" .. <BR> <BR> Is it inspirational or a bad habit? <BR> <BR> <link>Eating Habits of "The Biggest Loser": Inspirational or a Bad Example? </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:19:09 EST 3 Lessons from the hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger <BR> <link><BR>essons_from_the_hero_pilot </link> <em>250</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:12:50 EST QOW 2-15-2009: Tax Time! <BR> Have you done yours yet? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I forgot to go "Married with zero" and the hubby and I are barely getting back $400 between federal and state. We lost our eldest son (he wasn't going to school anyway) and our youngest isn't taking enough credit hours at community college. I am the only full time student, but still! This is better than paying back taxes! Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:29:25 EST Look great at any weight <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=957 </link> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 10:43:43 EST Study/Homework Challenge!!Join in! Hello fellow students! <BR> Are you lagging behind or feeling lazy to study/complete ur homework just like I am?And u know u absolutely have to study...but don't feel like it... <BR> How bout a challenge with daily entries of how many hours we studied? <BR> You can pick your goal,which could be a daily or weekly goal, eg study 3 hours daily or study 20 hours per week. <BR> <BR> Your goal should be of course doable,and the goal setting is up to you. You choose how many hours you want to spend... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 08:48:48 EST Who else is ready for Spring break? I am whipped! It's 4:13 a.m. and I am studying for my first exam. Why am I up a this insane hour? Because I could not do it earlier! <BR> <BR> "Balance" in my dictionary, means "juggling" and "juggling" means "lack of sleep!" Oh, those raccoon eyes are gonna be pretty in a few hours! <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2009 04:18:04 EST Observed Holidays My school does not take Presidents Day off or either of the individual Presidents' birthdays. They "make up for it" in the length of our winter holidays. That's all well and good but both my children have the day off. My fourteen year old has never babysat for a full day before and the little one does not do naps for her very well. <BR> Anyone else have this kind of not-set-up-for-students-with-kids schedule problem? Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:48:51 EST Semester How is the semester going? <BR> <BR> This is my last semester and it's rough.. At least, I only have 12 weeks left.. I already had an anxiety attack.. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 13:15:02 EST Who Exercises on their Breaks Between Classes? One of my classes was cancelled today, leaving me a 2.5 hr. break instead of my usual hour. I'm wearing my tennies and going for a run. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 12:02:56 EST Confession: I am still fit and health <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fession_i_may_not_be_perfect_but_im_st<BR>ill_fit_healthy </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 08:20:50 EST Confession: I gained the freshman 40 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fession_i_gained_the_freshman_40 </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 08:17:50 EST Staying Motivated Tip #2 <link><BR>tips_for_maintaining_your_motivation_2<BR>_the_one_thing_you_should_never_ever_do </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 19:55:36 EST Staying motivated tip #6 <link><BR>ying_motivated_tip_6_assemble_your_own<BR>_success_squad </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 19:51:47 EST How many nurses do we have on the team? <BR> I know Barb and Lorraine is in the medical profession. Anyone else? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:20:08 EST What do you wear to school? Most of the time, I wear my Greensboro College sweats. They are easy to pull on and they are already clean! Otherwise, I have the standard jeans and a t-shirt. <BR> <BR> Sans makeup (That's for my job!) I wear my bifocles (way too early in the morning to deal with contact lenses!), lipgloss, and throw my braids up in a scrunchie. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 09:56:17 EST QOW: 2-2-2009 Others' attitudes and your college <BR> How many family/friends have acted strange towards you since you've started/been in college? Why? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 10:31:56 EST Blog prompt: 2-2-2009 <link>One month down! Are you sticking to your New Year's resolutions? </link> <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:48:33 EST Food on the Run: Subway <link><BR>d_on_the_run </link> <em>213</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:44:26 EST January Team Leaders Congratulations to our board leaders for January: <BR> <BR> 1) 50LB2LOSE** <BR> 2) CHANCE2ND <BR> 3) FRANCLYN <BR> 4) STEPH606 <BR> 5) DOTHERRING <BR> 6) MGIRONTA2 <BR> 7) BLEVERETT1 <BR> 8) SJHIRST <BR> 9) PATPTERRIP <BR> 10 ANDREAJORUSH <BR> <BR> ** First time in the Top Ten. <BR> <BR> Also, I want to say <em>243</em> to the NTS team. For the Non-Traditional College Team category, we are the leading team for the third month in a row! It would n... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:24:23 EST How did you find the NTS team? <BR> How did you find this team? What made you stay around? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:47:23 EST Check in! Has your semester started? How's it going? <BR> <BR> We've been back for one week, but so far I've only attended 2 of my 4 classes! Didn't have my Monday night class last week because of the holiday, my 10am class was cancelled on Tuesday, and on Thursday I got confused and showed up two hours late to that same class! So I am a little off my game at the moment. The two classes I've had are decent. My fitness class sounds great. We're learning how to use all the weight equipment tomorro... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:10:28 EST Going to extremes for motivation... Ran across this and thought it was hilarious! <BR> <BR><BR>dfitness/4303781/Gym-has-human-dumbbel<BR>ls-to-help-customers-exercise.html <BR> <BR> My favorite part is that they'll yell encouragement at you if you want! Wed, 21 Jan 2009 19:55:31 EST Blog prompt for 1-22-2009 <BR> What fitness achievement makes you feel the proudest? <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:17:15 EST Can you give up the scale? <link><BR>l_could_you_would_you_should_you_give_<BR>up_the_scale </link> <em>193</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:14:40 EST Newbie Here Hi! I'm Dorothy and I am new here. I've been through college once and received my BA in Business, and decided that I didn't like what I was doing, so now I'm going back to get a nursing degree. My goal is to receive my BSN by the time I turn 30. <BR> <BR> This is my second semester back to school. I'm currently working full-time and going to school part-time at the local Juco. I have 30 hours of pre-reqs before I can get into a nursing school. <BR> <BR> My focus this semester is to bala... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 21:36:55 EST What did you sacrifice to return to college? <BR> Committing yourself to four years of college (possibly beyond that!) is such a time consuming activity! What things did you have to put on the back burner to become a student? Reading? Traveling? Socializing? <BR> <BR> Share! <BR> <em>36</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 12:48:28 EST A Spark Member's in the People Magazine In case you hadn't seen the People Magazine's "Half their Size" issue, FlabbyAsian was one of the six that was interviewed and photoed! Read her story on Spark <link><BR>er_losing_half_her_weight_lessie_share<BR>s_her_story </link> and visit her SparkPage and show her some love! <link><BR>er_losing_half_her_weight_lessie_share<BR>s_her_story </link> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 18:26:12 EST Did you know .. Saw this icebreaker on the Done Girls team. <BR> <BR> How it works is I tell you something about myself (Did you know .. ?) and then the next person shares something about his- or herself. <BR> <BR> We're all going to be hanging around during the semester. Let's become comfortable with each other! <BR> <BR> I'll start .. <BR> <BR> Did ya know ... <BR> <BR> I am the shortest one in my house at 5'2? My husband and my sons tower over me. Only my dog is shorter! Hmph! Thu, 15 Jan 2009 07:34:47 EST Jaime and I'm new! Hey all - I am a 2nd career, 2nd year nursing student looking to keep up healthy habits during school. Break ends next week and I can already feel the stress coming on. I was excited to see this group! <BR> <BR> Jaime Thu, 15 Jan 2009 00:19:31 EST