SparkPeople Stressed Out Women Gettin' Healthy Team Messageboard Come on Stressed Out Ladies! Join us in losing pounds & having fun doing it-WITH NO STRESS! We offer support, fun, friendship & so much more! We Love Making Progress & We'd Love To Meet You! SparkPeople Stressed Out Women Gettin' Healthy Team Messageboard All right, now I'm venting about stressing This whole Covid has really got me upended lately and it's gotten worse since I know we've lost that $600/week. Hubby was furloughed from the print shop and there's no light at the end of the tunnel for when anyone on the staff will be called back in. Luckily I'm able to telecommute but I have no fingernails to speak of because I've gnawed them off, I have panic attacks for no reason and I can't seem to tie a pattern to them (I had one while watching a comedy with hubby the other day), and th... Mon, 3 Aug 2020 22:09:21 EST WAY TO HAVE A HEALTHY & POSITIVE MINDSET!! (Video) Adding this topic and video which I found super interesting and one that I will be following as described in the video. The video was made by my friend and dry eye specialist who is very concerned with overall health-so when he refers to dry eye, he also includes other sorts of conditions or issues that we all may be dealing with on an individual basis. <BR> <BR> So, check out the video (link below) and see what you think!! Could a healthier mindset make a healthier you? <BR> <BR> Clic... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:33:15 EST NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS or NEW GOALS SET??? <em>249</em> Happy New Year Everyone! Have you set any New Year Resolutions for yourself or new goals that you'd like to attain? <BR> <BR> Please share what your new goals or resolutions may be that you've set for yourself-and how you're going for that great <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> everyone and here's to a New Healthy &amp; Happy 2020!! Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:27:37 EST 2020 TEAM WATER CHALLENGE!!! Ready for 2020 and our new Team Water Challenge? With the new year, let's see what we can do for the whole year of 2020 as to the amount of water we can enjoy together as a Great Team! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your recommended 8 in? ADD your 8 to the NEW TEAM TOTAL number shown by the previous reply and let's see how high we can go--the healthy way! <... Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:18:57 EST WHAT'S IN THE INSTAPOT, SLOW COOKER, ETC., 2-DAY? <em>580</em> There are so many ways to help lessen the stress when it comes to preparing meals nowadays. And, sometimes, cooking/baking can even help lower your stress as it can help get your mind on things that you enjoy--trying new recipes, the aroma of freshly prepared meals (love the smell of freshly baked bread) and more! <BR> <BR> But, when we need a <em>56</em> quick and easy way to prepare meals, small appliances like a slow cooker, Instapot (pressure cooker), steamer, etc., ... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:19:43 EST WHAT IS ON YOUR "FUN BUCKET LIST"?? We all may have things that we've never done, and would like to-so let's create our "FUN BUCKET LIST!" Feel free to come back and post additional things you'd like to do when they come to mind! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> So, what is on your "fun bucket list" today? <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:41:11 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (10/29) <em>38</em> Do you have and use any sort of <em>324</em> <em>34</em> <em>315</em> fitness equipment at your home, OR go to a fitness center to work out on their <em>328</em> equipment, OR prefer to get in your daily fitness <em>406</em> <em>311</em> without any specific equipment or machines? Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:21:39 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (10/28) <em>38</em> If you were told that you could NOT EAT <em>496</em> RED MEAT for one month--do you feel you could do it and not really miss it in your diet? Mon, 28 Oct 2019 09:30:23 EST HAVE U DONE THE SEATED CORE EXERCISES?? Here's another great Sparks' video that can be done while seated! And in only 12 minutes!! Helps with posture, core and flexibility! And, always remember, do what is comfortable for you--be it a few of the exercises or all! <BR> <BR> Even in our busy days and no matter where we may be-at work, watching tv, etc., all we need is a chair and these fun exercises to help us feel energized and stay flexible, which is so important! <BR> <BR> So, click on the link below, and check out the vi... Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:05:20 EST Stress Eater :( Hi everyone, I'm a major stress eater and currently have a bunch of stresses in my life...bad combination! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:39:36 EST ARE U DOING "POSITIVE THINKING" TODAY? Please click on the link below and let us know if you are doing "positive thinking" today or when you reply to this topic! <BR> <BR> Adding a few key sections of the article that can help you see why the power of positive thinking is something we can all learn to do--even when possibly some negative things in our days happen! Trying to see and feel the positives--even when things may not work out as we had hoped or planned. <BR> ... <BR> "Being an optimist or a pessimist boils down to t... Wed, 9 Oct 2019 10:56:52 EST IF ASKED ARE U HAPPY TODAY- WHAT WOULD U SAY? I'm adding this post as so often, people will say or ask, "how are you doing"? And we'll say, fine, great, wonderful..... <BR> <BR> BUT, what do you REALLY feel? Are you happy today? Share your "yes" or "no" with us -- as we understand and we're here to support each other. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> So, are you happy today? Mon, 7 Oct 2019 11:24:19 EST OCTOBER THRU END OF YEAR TEAM WATER CHALLENGE!! We tracked our water intake for a few of the previous months and isn't it surprising to watch those glasses of water add up! <BR> <BR> Ready to have fun doing it again?? BUT, this time, we're going to add up those glasses from today until the end of 2019!!! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your recommended 8 in? ADD your 8 to the NEW TEAM TOTAL number shown ... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 15:38:24 EST SHARE 1 HEALTHY CHOICE U MADE 2-DAY or YESTERDAY! Making healthy choices in our daily lives is all part of that wonderful positive way of living! So, please share....what was one healthy choice you made today or yesterday (depending when you reply to this post)! <BR> <BR> It can be fighting off a food temptation, making sure to get in your 8 glasses of water, taking a walk, positive self-talk, deep breathing exercises to help lower the stress, eating breakfast, doing your exercises, getting in your rest and that all-important "me time", ... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 07:59:23 EST Getting to know you lol I never know what to say here so here is a getting to know you question ice breaker ....your turn! <BR> <BR> Do you have any pets? yes 2 dogs <BR> * What was the last book you read? Please don't take my sisters <BR> * Do you like to cook? Not really <BR> * What's your favorite food? Pizza <BR> * Do you have brothers and sisters? one of each <BR> * Have you ever lived in another country? Yes, England and Germany <BR> * Have you ever met a famous person? Yes, the Queen of England <BR> * H... Wed, 25 Sep 2019 22:48:45 EST WHICH 1 MINUTE HEALTH & FITNESS BOOSTER DID U DO? <em>128</em> All it takes is a minute!! You can click on the link shown below to read the full article that goes into more detail of the below specific items. <BR> <BR> But which of these 60-Second Health &amp; Fitness Boosters did you do today or yesterday that can make that positive healthy difference in your day and/or life? <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a Tall Glass of Water <BR> 2. Twist it Out <BR> 3. Take a Deep Breath <BR> 4. Do 20 Jumping Jacks <BR> 5. Smile <BR> 6. Go Outside <BR>... Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:39:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 24 Aug 2019 15:04:55 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! <em>38</em> What is one thing that you enjoy creating or making? <BR> <BR> Examples...making a certain <em>4</em> meal, <em>541</em> crafts that you enjoy making, etc. <BR> <BR> **Watch for the <em>38</em> sign on NEW QUESTIONS for the days to come which will help keep track on which question is the latest for you to have fun and reply to! Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:02:28 EST HAVE U DONE THE 9 MINUTE ARM/SHOULDER WORKOUT? Adding a link to a great Spark Video that can be done while seated! And, as explained in the video--do as much as you are able to, you can use hand weights, a can of food or anything that you are able to hold in both hands while doing--and even doing the exercises without any weights at all! <BR> <BR> A great way to stay flexible and easy to do at any time of the day! So please share--have you done any of the exercises shown in the video today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www... Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:53:31 EST SHARE 1 HEALTHY FOOD THAT YOU ATE YESTERDAY! Let's start a list of <em>550</em> healthy foods that we've enjoyed in our day!! Please feel free to add more than 1 if you'd like! <BR> <BR> Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks ideas for others--eating healthy is the best way to go--so what healthy food did you enjoy yesterday?? Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:10:28 EST DID U MEDITATE DURING YOUR WALK 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Meditation is a great way for stress relief, mindfulness and more! <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below and check out Sparks' Guide to Walking Meditation! Great ideas to help you enjoy your walks and for your overall well-being at the same time! <BR> <BR> So, did you meditate while walking today or yesterday? Let us know! Enjoy everyone! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Mon, 5 Aug 2019 12:05:34 EST AUGUST STAY HYDRATED TEAM CHALLENGE! <em>591</em> everyone! We tracked our water intake for July and how amazing to see how those glasses add up! <BR> <BR> So.....ready for August??? Let's see if we can match the number we ended with for July and go for another great month ahead staying hydrated! The challenge will start August 1st and run through the last day of August! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:03:51 EST TEAM BONUS POINT FUN!! It's always kinda fun to get LOG IN points and BONUS points by clicking to spin the wheel on the SparkPoints page--as you never know where the wheel will stop. Will it be a 2 today or a 20??? Let's add to the fun and share the TEAM BONUS points that we received for our Team!! <BR> <BR> From the START page, click on MY TRACKERS toward the top of the page and scroll down to MY SPARK POINTS! The page will come up where you are able to track your food intake, exercises, recipes, get your lo... Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:48:54 EST SPARKS'-WHAT YOUR CRAVINGS SAY ABOUT YOU! We all have those times where we crave certain foods, tastes and even texture--sugary, salty, crunchy, smooth, etc., types of foods! Some of which are healthy and some of which we know aren't the best of food choices. <BR> <BR> Here is a great article to see what your cravings could say about you! Along with healthier options and ways to beat those cravings!!! <BR> <BR> So which type of food do you seem to crave the most? Let us know and what you do when that craving comes on! <BR> ... Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:37:58 EST Always Stressed Andee Is it possible to really get healthy if you are constantly stressed? <BR> This is my eternal question - and no one yet has answered it very well. <BR> <BR> So, I'm Andee, almost 62 years old, on SSI since 2000, raised 6 kids mostly alone, divorced in 1999 (process began Mar 98, granted Jul 99, and custody phase continued thru Nov 2001). <BR> Special needs abound: I have multiple chronic, systemic conditions (all triggered with a physical assault by my now ex-husband of nearly 20 years back ... Thu, 4 Jul 2019 17:20:44 EST SPARKS' MONTHLY MOTIVATIONAL CALENDAR TIPS! Let's follow along daily with Sparks Monthly Calendar! <BR> <BR> I'll share their tip for the day and please feel free to comment on the same. Let us know if you've tried or do the daily tip, or how you've incorporated it in your daily life and it has helped you! Tue, 2 Jul 2019 07:50:26 EST JULY STAY HYDRATED CHALLENGE! <em>274</em> From our "LAST WEEK OF JUNE" challenge-we ended with 104 glasses of water enjoyed! That's a total of 832 8-ounce glasses!! Fantastic!! So, let's see what we can do for the whole month of July!!! <BR> <BR> The "how to post" your number of glasses enjoyed in a day will work as it did for June-which was: <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your reco... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 16:49:29 EST LAST WEEK OF JUNE TEAM WATER CHALLENGE! <em>274</em> Let's have some fun and see how many glasses of water we can drink and enjoy for the last week of June! The challenge will start today and run through next Sunday (June 30th)! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your recommended 8 in? ADD your 8 to the NEW TEAM TOTAL number shown by the previous reply and let's see how high we can go--the healthy ... Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:20:31 EST WHAT WILL U DO TO LOWER YOUR STRESS 2DAY? <em>24</em> We all know what too much stress is like in our daily lives, etc., so let's share what we have planned to lower our stress and relax today (or whenever you post to this topic)! <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2019 17:55:53 EST 5 Unhealthy Foods That Can Cause Disease (VIDEO)! Check out this great video!!! It's going to be surprising to alot of us of what we actually do eat and how it may be harming our bodies more than we think! <BR> <BR> And, as the drs. said, we may not like to hear about what some of those foods are--and why they are not healthy--but for our overall health, it may be time to check out the healthier options available. <BR> <BR> Also, as this husband and wife team are dry eye specialists, and another reason I never miss their weekly healt... Wed, 5 Jun 2019 12:42:06 EST DID U EAT 5/6 VEGGIES or FRUITS 2DAY or YESTERDAY? We know that fruits and veggies are a wonderful way to get in our daily nutrients, plus make super snacks!! I'm adding a link to a great article on ways to get in those yummy fruits and veggies-so you can CLICK ON THE LINK below to check out the article! <BR> <BR> And-did you enjoy your 5/6 Fruits and Veggies Today or Yesterday??? Let us know---and keep loving those healthy food choices! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1795 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:58:32 EST DID U CLEAN, ORGANIZE or DECLUTTER FOR 10-15 MIN.? Sometimes we have time to do the full projects! And, there are times when our daily schedules do not allow us the amount of time to truly devote the time as we wish! <BR> <BR> But have you been able to clean, organize, reorganize or declutter for at least 10-15 minutes today? Small steps and smaller amounts of time spent--it all adds up! <BR> <BR> And, even those minutes can help keep our stress at a lower level--a more organized, clean area is always a positive way to feel one of your... Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:29:39 EST DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS, SIGNS & CHALLENGE! (VIDEO) I'm sharing a link to a great video that provides super valuable info dealing with our daily water intake! This video is not for only those suffering from dry eye--it's for everyone!! Know your signs &amp; symptoms of dehydration and a few tips on how to get in the required water intake in your day and why!!! <BR> <BR> FYI-I'm not promoting their products or newly-released book by sharing this video--although I, myself, have benefited greatly from their advice and the healthy way of liv... Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:51:11 EST DID U DO LYING AB STRETCH 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY?? Starting Position <BR> Lie flat on your back with your legs extended and your arms stretched overhead. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Relax the abs and imagine stretching through the center of your body, reaching your toes and fingertips towards opposite sides of the room. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. <BR> <BR> Special Instructions <BR> Stretch to the point of "mild discomfort," not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Don’t allow your lower back to arch off of the mat. <... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 11:51:53 EST TEAM CHALLENGE...DID U MAKE YOUR PERSONAL GOAL? <em>249</em> A new fantastic month ahead--and it may be time for some of us to revisit our personal goals in water intake, mindful eating, exercise minutes, steps, or the ability to lower our stress levels! <BR> <BR> Example...My personal goal is to enjoy a Green Smoothie (Spinach/Kale and fresh fruit) every day of the month! <BR> <BR> If you have a personal daily goal that you've set, remember you can let us know as it may help others here with their goal-setting as well! The main thi... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 10:47:34 EST DID U DO GUIDED BREATHING FOR STRESS! (VIDEO) I'm adding a link to the spoken count/inhale-exhale exercise that has been of great benefit to me! So, check it out---click on the link below, follow along and see if it's of benefit to you as well! <BR> <BR> And as it is part of our Team--you can always come back and replay the video and breath along to lower your stress or just get in that wonderful healthy breathing that is needed by everyone! <BR> <BR> Also, please feel free to share if you've done the video by any emoticon or howe... Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:58:22 EST Did YOU give YOURSELF a SMILE Today? <em>30</em> is so great for overall happiness and is said to even lower your stress level and other health benefits! <BR> <BR> Upon waking--or any time of the day--look at that beautiful YOU in the mirror <em>204</em> and give yourself a wonderful <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Keep <em>30</em> everyone and don't forget to pass one on! <BR> <BR> And share your <em>30</em> to this topic if you gave yourself a few smiles today!!! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:53:12 EST SONG PLAYLIST FOR YOUR WORKOUTS, ETC. I love <em>335</em> and do my exercises, etc., with music playing! I'm adding a link to a song that I did my yoga and deep-breathing routine to this morning! <BR> <BR> Click on the link to check it out! And, PLEASE IF YOU LISTEN TO A CERTAIN SONG for your WOROUT , one that ENERGIZES you, or you ENJOY-please share the NAME of the song or the link to the song on Utube, etc. <BR> <BR> "You Say" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8Jl2zpI </link> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:28:04 EST DID U EAT BREAKFAST TODAY? Yes! Sun, 3 Mar 2019 13:22:19 EST DOES ANYONE DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR UPON WAKING? There are so many apple cider vinegar supplements and the Apple Cider Vinegar, with honey, etc., mixtures that we've heard about for many years due to possible health benefits. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to give it a try---as now they've come out with "flavored" apple cider vinegar-blueberry, strawberry, etc. The bottle I purchased is blueberry and honey-and may need to do a bit of research or call one of my drs. tomorrow to make certain it works along with my prescriptions. <BR> <BR> So ha... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 10:36:07 EST MARCH'S EXERCISE-MARCH IN PLACE!!! Here's a great way to get in your cardio--marching in place! Click on the link below to watch the video--and let's do it!! Did you march in place today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=521 </link> Sun, 3 Mar 2019 08:11:08 EST HAVE U DONE ANY SIDE BEND EXERCISES? There are a variety of side bend exercises that can be done--but I'm adding one that can be done while sitting! <BR> <BR> Seated Side Bends <BR> <BR> Sit tall on your chair, feet flat on the floor, without leaning into your chair back. Engage the abs and place your hands next to your ears, elbows bent. Moving from the waist, bend down to the right, bring it back up, and then bend down to the left, focusing on the obliques on the sides of the waist. <BR> <BR> Keep your head and neck in l... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 08:07:39 EST HAVE U DONE THE SEATED KNEE LIFTS EXERCISE? This is a great exercise that can be done while sitting and done at any time! I'm adding the link to the exercise demo below--so please check it out and let us know if you've done them today or whenever you reply to this post! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/exercises.asp?exercise=127 </link> Sun, 3 Mar 2019 08:00:44 EST SHARE 1 THING THAT HELPS LOWER THE STRESS FAST!!! There are various ways that we can try to get control of our stress level at times. Then there are days or times when no matter what we do---it happens!! But in time, it'll lower back down. <BR> <BR> Please share one (1) thing that you've done today or yesterday, etc., that stopped your stress level from increasing. Let's stop that high stress in it's tracks and share ways that we've found lowers our level when we feel it coming on! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Remember everyone---no st... Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:05:58 EST DID U TAKE TIME FOR JUST YOU 2-DAY or YESTERDAY?? Yes--and it was very needed!!! Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:18:30 EST WORDS STARTING WITH YOUR 1ST INITIAL OF YOUR NAME! C - Careful Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:42:32 EST LAST 2 LETTERS BEGIN A NEW WORD FUN!! MeAL <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:35:57 EST INTERMITTENT FASTING! HAVE U DONE or DO IT?? Thought it was super interesting when our friend, Patsy, brought up Intermittent Fasting in her comment on our Huddle Board. As I have Dry Eye Syndrome and Gland Dysfunction-meaning I no longer produce healthy tears and oils to protect the eyes, and this was just discussed on-line by eye specialists--as inflammation is a major factor that comes along with the dry eye, etc., condition. Especially since I just learned that it can be of great benefit when it comes to possibly lowering blood su... Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:20:26 EST Caffeine and optimism Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm Trace. 39 (for 2 more weeks), divorced, no kids, 4 jobs. <BR> <BR> Yeah, that last bit wasn't a typo. <BR> <BR> Job 1 - Pays the bills. School clinic assistant. (First aid, evaluations, emergency response, medical records, general assistance for counselors and nurse). <BR> Job 2 - Helps me build up for a brighter future. Online freelance (Amazon turk and similar) <BR> Job 3 - Dream career being build. Video game composer and sound designer. <BR> Job 4 - Singer/Ac... Sat, 2 Feb 2019 14:03:10 EST DID YOU EAT "MINDFULLY" 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Eating your meals without distraction can really help--as how many times have you been distracted while eating and afterwards feel like you overate? Mindfully eating is a great way to stay on track with our daily food intake--savoring the food before us, watching the portions and taking the time to realize what we are eating is good for us overall! <BR> <BR> Same with taking seconds on certain food items, fruits and veggies all good--but there are other food items that maybe we'd feel bet... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:52:07 EST PILATES DONE 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY? I'm adding a link to a great intro to Pilates that I enjoyed watching and doing this morning! Love the it can improve flexibility and joint mobility meaning decreased chance of injury as well, along with strengthening the core (ab area) which tends to be my trouble spot! <BR> <BR> Let us know if you enjoyed doing Pilates today or yesterday!! Click on the link below, watch the video and see if Pilates is right for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:24:54 EST Do You Have a Special Mantra that YOU use? I read a blog on Motivational Mantras this morning (can click on the link below to check it out!) There are a lot of helpful mantras shown-but do you have your OWN MANTRA that you tell yourself or think to yourself at times? <BR> <BR> Please share with us your SPECIAL MANTRA! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=65_of_the_most_motivating_w<BR>ellness_mantras </link> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:55:47 EST WE'RE ALL STRONG WOMEN-SHOW BY EMOTICON FUN! Share any emoticon, ex., <em>362</em> <em>34</em> <em>344</em> that you'd like that illustrates that, YES, we are all strong women who won't let stress get us down or stand in our way of accomplishing our goals! <BR> <BR> Have fun everyone-and, yes, stay STRONG!!! Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:24:59 EST DID U DO WARM-UPs & COOL DOWNs 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Both warm-ups before our daily workouts, walks, etc., and cool downs after are important for so many reasons! The first link I've added deals with the benefits of the warm-ups; and the second link covers benefits for the cool downs! Stay healthy and moving everyone!! <BR> <BR> WARM-UP INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1036 </link> <BR> <BR> COOL DOWN INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1037 ... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 10:42:12 EST WHEN YOU GET A "0" - IT'S WOO HOO TIME FUN! Let's have fun with this one -- it's somewhat similar to a give a goodie-type game, but the difference is: <BR> <BR> We begin with 1, the next replies with 2 and we keeping adding up with our replies. When you get to number that contains a "0" - just give a <em>244</em> WOO HOO! You don't have to give another friend a goodie, unless you'd like -- but you can still emoticon and have fun doing it! <BR> <BR> Ready??? <BR> <BR> 1 Fri, 4 Jan 2019 17:54:10 EST WHAT DID U ORGANIZE, DECLUTTER or CLEAN 2-DAY? <em>542</em> It's amazing sometimes to realize and see how much <em>211</em> "stuff" we have accumulated over the years. Some of which we still use--and some which we don't. <BR> <BR> Same with housework, laundry that seems to pile up magically at times, clothing that is taking up space in our closets that we no longer need or wear, etc. <BR> <BR> All of which can add to our stress--but we don't even realize it can or does. Do you find yourself asking--where is this, where is tha... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 09:18:33 EST DO U FEEL YOU ATE HEALTHY YESTERDAY? <em>277</em> <em>496</em> <em>284</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> <em>265</em> <em>53</em> <em>45</em> <BR> Here's one for us to use as our own individual tracker when it comes to the food choices we make each day! <BR> <BR> Looking back, do you feel you made healthy food and eating choices yesterday? Did you get your fruits and veggies in, how about protein, etc. <BR> <BR> Please share and you can reply with a simple "yes" or however you'd like! Just as long as we're eating heal... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:27:47 EST READY TO or DID U HAVE A GREAT DAY? JUST SAY "YA"! Positive thinking is super beneficial when it comes to stress, as alot of us already know. <BR> <BR> So time to think positive--if you're beginning your day--show us that positive <em>224</em> and start your day with a super smile! And, if you had a great day--show us your <em>224</em> as well--sharing that positive living and thinking is and can be a way of our daily lives! <BR> <BR> We can do it, my friends!!! Share those fun <em>224</em> emoticons and always start out or h... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:29:01 EST 5 Ways to Help You Relax in 2 Week I read this article this morning and wanted to pass it along to all of us here! Covers a few things that can help us lessen that stress and feel a bit more relaxed. <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below--and it'll take you to the Article--see what you think! Are these ways that could help you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=1687 </link> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 09:47:35 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (12/31/18) <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> Do you have any special plans for New Year's Eve? <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:58:24 EST TODAY'S QUESTION-NEED YOUR INPUT PLEASE! <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are YOU happy with the Team and is there anything you'd like us to add that would be of help to you? <BR> <BR> We have alot of topics already and, with that, some may not be shown on the first page, etc., that maybe you feel would be helpful for YOU! So, if you'd like to post here on what you'd like to see here at the Team--let me know--as it's very possible there is a topic posted--just down the line of all the topics ... Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:14:47 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY! (12/26/18) <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you go shopping the day after Christmas to take advantage of the large markdowns of Christmas Gifts/Food Sets/Decor Items, etc., to buy for next year's Christmas or other gift-giving occasions and uses? Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:34:01 EST SHARE A RECIPE! A SPARKS RECIPE OR 1 OF YOUR OWN! Everyone loves the healthier choices at mealtime--and which is why I'm adding this topic! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Share a SPARKS RECIPE you've seen and have either made, or looks delicious and you want to try! <BR> <BR> You can either add the link to the SPARK RECIPE, or share the NAME OF THE SPARK RECIPE for us to look up and check out! Or, add your very own recipe that you make and can be enjoyed by everyone here! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:53:18 EST ADD A SONG TO OUR CHRISTMAS CAROL LIST! <em>335</em> It's Christmas-Time!!! Please add a song to our list of Christmas songs--and let's hum or sing along to our favorite ones--kinda a fun on-line Christmas Caroling Event!!! Sorry, no <em>106</em> hot chocolate or <em>443</em> cookies to share--unless you'd like to come to my house--as you each know you're always welcome---but what fun it'll be to sing, hum and add your song to the list!! <BR> <BR> AND--as the day goes by, if another Christmas song pops into your mind, ... Mon, 24 Dec 2018 09:55:22 EST FITBIT or OTHER PEDOMETER STEP TRACKER STEPS! 12/19: 12641 steps Thu, 20 Dec 2018 08:38:52 EST DID U READ A MEMBER'S BLOG? You'll see on the right-hand side of the Team page "RECENT MEMBER BLOGS" and, under that heading, a list of blogs written by your friends from our Team will be shown. <BR> <BR> You can click on any one of them, or all of them if you'd like, and see how your friends are doing, things that they have accomplished, or even struggles that they are going through. <BR> <BR> Everyone is able to post a blog and the subject matter is totally up to that individual as to what they want to share with ... Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:20:09 EST FEELING POSITIVE TODAY..SHARE YOUR THUMBS UP! Some days we feel <em>48</em> and other days things happen in our lives where we're more like <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> But remember everyone--we can turn those <em>42</em> back into <em>48</em> with our positive thoughts and actions! <BR> <BR> So are you feeling <em>48</em> or <em>42</em> today--then please share! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:45:58 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Let's have some fun with the "Question of the Day"! I'll post the first question and everyone can answer the question posted. <BR> <BR> When there is a NEW Question of the Day--watch for the <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> showing it's a new question for us to share our answer with others here! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add your OWN QUESTION - marking it with the <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> and let's get to know each other better by reading the... Mon, 17 Dec 2018 06:41:05 EST DO U WEAR BLUE BLOCKER GLASSES & HAVE THEM ON NOW? I love my blue blocker computer glasses-they really help with eye strain, etc., and I wear them while on the computer or watching tv. They help cut down the UV rays that can be damaging to our eyes plus so many more benefits! <BR> <BR> If you're not familiar with them, please feel free to Google a few sites and see what you think. You'll fine some on-line sites say they're healthy and wonderful for our eyes and other articles may that may say maybe not as much as others. <BR> <BR> But... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:19:21 EST WHAT DO U DO or COULD DO WHEN..(Ways to Help!) <em>220</em> Let's share ways to cope with our stress or our feelings when certain things happen, or someone hurts our feelings and we feel uncertain or lost as to what we could do to lessen the hurt/stress, how to think at the time or afterwards, etc., to get us through whatever has happened, said to us, hurt our feelings badly..... <BR> <BR> It can be a person, place, thing.....anything that is causing the frustration, stress, and uncertainty that a person can feel. <BR> <BR> It's alw... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:37:02 EST DRINK YOUR WATER YESTERDAY / 8 HRS. SLEEP LAST PM! I'm adding this post as both the drinking of the water <em>91</em> and the getting enough rest <em>102</em> is so needed by your body! So, come back to this post and report how you did! <BR> <BR> Did you drink your 8 glasses of water yesterday? <BR> And, did you get at least 8 hours of sleep last night? <BR> <BR> Gotta keep you guys healthy -- the easy way -- drinking water and sleep sure do help and can make you feel great! Wed, 5 Dec 2018 11:17:50 EST STRENGTH EXERCISES DONE? GIVE US A "YA"! <em>224</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 10:49:01 EST CARDIO DONE TODAY? SHOW US YOUR WOO HOO! <em>244</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 10:48:13 EST DID U LOG IN YOUR FOOD INTAKE 2-DAY AT SPARKS? Yes! Wed, 5 Dec 2018 10:40:11 EST 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE? SHOW US THAT GOAL! <em>248</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 10:37:37 EST CHRISTMAS IS COMIN! WHAT'S ON YOUR LIST (A-Z FUN) <em>446</em> Please post any item (A-Z style) that could be someone's Christmas List or under someone's Christmas Tree as a gift! Could be a food item, clothing, pet, you name it! <BR> <BR> Here we go and, remember, as always, just have fun!! <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2018 16:21:23 EST DID U HAVE A GLASS OF WATER WHEN U GOT UP 2-DAY? <em>274</em> Water is so beneficial and needed by our bodies! Drinking a nice glass of water--or even warm water--is a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> It's a wonderful and easy way to get your system ready for the new day after hours of sleep. Plus, can help with digestion and some have said even our metabolism. <BR> <BR> So, did you enjoy a hydrating glass of water first thing this morning, even before your morning coffee, juice, etc.? Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:02:06 EST SHARE A POSITIVE MOTIVATING WORD 4 TODAY! Inspiration! Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:18:09 EST NATURAL MOOD LIFTERS (Sparks' Article)!! Thought this article was a great one and listed options and ways to lift our moods and lower stress at the same time! CLICK on the link below to check it out! Hope you learn some valuable ways to lower that stress and feel as happy <em>30</em> as you all so deserve! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/wellness_articles.asp?id=1562 </link> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:56:00 EST Stress Talk This morning I was so happy. My blue jeans would not stay on. I thought I had lost a few pounds... My zipper was unzipped. Sun, 15 Jul 2018 14:26:59 EST Awesome April Roll Call <em>375</em> Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:17:51 EST It's Easier To... walk outside when it's sunny Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:58:48 EST WHAT ARE YOU FEELING HUNGRY FOR TODAY? I don't know about you--but there are so many times a person is just kinda hungry for something--most of the time for me it's anything with <em>370</em> --as I love them! So, let's share what we just feel hungry for today--and even if its a cooked meal--please share! So, think healthy and ways to make those home cooked meals healthier as well, and share! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> What are you hungry for today? <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:25:12 EST September School Roll Call <em>232</em> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 20:27:57 EST July-August 2017 Roll Call <em>67</em> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:40:54 EST Coloring Books for Adults (to relieve stress) I found a marked-down kit after Christmas with 6 coloring books, pencils, etc. and bought it for $9.95. Since I have found markers, gel pens, and several other different coloring books to add to my collection. It is slow going, as I've only finished one complete page of "wheels" but I do it when I'm watching my GC, like the other day at the park. I find it very relaxing and a type of mediation. <BR> Have you tried it? <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I'll die with unfinished coloring book pages, b... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:25:55 EST Name a Movie Old or New Gone with the Wind / Clark Gable Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:07:12 EST Healthy Food You Buy at the Store Starting A - Z Apples Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:16:37 EST Any Word Starting A - Z Amazing Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:43:52 EST Fall Challenges. Keep Focused and Motivated. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:11:01 EST Did you exercise today? Yes <em>104</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:07:43 EST Did you read a health article or any others? Read articles on Nutrition. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:59:36 EST The NEW My Spark Page Look! Putting this out there for anyone who's having issues updating your profile on the new My Spark Page. This is a BIG topic of discussion with the team leaders right now and many people are not happy with it. For better or worse, it's here to stay so you might as well know how to change things if you want to. Everything that we've had is still there. Some things are easier, others are more difficult. <BR> <BR> Here's the biggest complaint. <BR> <BR> If you've tried to change your profile in... Thu, 19 May 2016 23:43:24 EST February Fun Roll Call <em>218</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 20:29:08 EST Intro: Call me H Hi Everyone, This is the first community team I'm joining. I really need some accountability. I'm usually really good about sticking to my goals but I've been so stressed lately with my job that I can't function the same way anymore. For years I was doing a great job exercising almost every day and my eating wasn't an issue. I teach yoga as a side job, I love hiking, playing tennis, and I jog at least once a week. I've been interested in nutrition for over a decade and I've tracked my food vi... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:01:33 EST OUR FRIEND, DEB2448, NEEDS OUR SUPPORT! <em>213</em> Hi everyone! Deb2448 has been such a great friend to so many of us here at Sparks and here at "Stressed Out!" <BR> <BR> And, our dear friend and her family needs our support and show of care at this time. You may have been reading Deb's blogs dealing with her grandson, Drew. If so, you can see why I felt it was super important to pass it along to everyone here. Her grandson, Drew, has been diagnosed with cancer and has begun more intense treatment as to the same. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:44:55 EST did you laugh today? yes Fri, 1 May 2015 21:45:28 EST Have any of you tried Rockin' Body with Shaun T? <link> og rams/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thinking of ordering this.. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:08:43 EST March Madness Roll Call <em>334</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:43:56 EST New here. Need help I am reaching out for help. I am overly stressed. I know my stress is not more important than anyone else's. I am married to a supportive husband for 7 years. We have a son that is almost 5. My husband works horrible hours so i am a single parent Tuesday-Saturday. I work full time. A year ago my mother found out she has cancer. I am her only child and she never remarried after my dad. So i have taken on the role of caregiver. This past month she has been in the hospital due to a bad fall left... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:08:26 EST hello I always strive to be the best at everything I do which makes me nuts. I need this so I can be the best for me not others <BR> always used to cared what others thought of me, not good. Now I do not. <BR> <BR> Simple life is what I want, stress free. <BR> I am Flo, [the stress queen] I find things to stress me not on purpose just happens <BR> <BR> thanks for listening to my rant [lol Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:36:45 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST Intro- Oops Didn't mean to start another section. So copied in the "right spot" too, since i couldn't delete this spot. sorry. Learn something everyday! Anyways: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone- Happy New Years! I'm Samantha, 29 yrs old from Midwest, USA. Joined the group a few days ago but never introduced myself. I've decided this is my year for many things- including gaining control of my weight and feeling like ME again. Looking forward to being apart of this group and many thanks for allowing me to be along ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:44:43 EST NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS?? <em>38</em> Who is or has made their New Years Resolutions? <BR> I usually don't "make" them, but I do plan my goals or things I'd like to get accomplished or do. <BR> <BR> For me, it is to keep looking for another job with better hours and alot closer to home! Also, I'm planning on monitoring the food items that seem to keep creeping into the house! My hubby hasn't been feeling well for awhile and I know his diet plays a big part of it -- so, out with the junk food and it's time to ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:19:10 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:56 EST Week of November 16-33 Topic What Thanksgiving traditions do you have? <BR> <BR> Dinner is usually at my house. We all make part of the dinner. Of course, the Detroit parade is on TV as I start preparations. Any football game is on while we eat the first, second and third courses. We snooze awhile, have dessert and watch more football as we play cards and board games. <BR> <BR> The day after Thanksgiving, we shop a little first thing in the morning. Then we come home, put the Christmas tree up while the Nutcraker... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:00:04 EST A-Z Places I've Been Anniston, AL Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:54:55 EST October 11-17 Topic of Discussion Has anyone started fall cleaning yet? Does anyone have tips to do it quicker? <BR> <BR> I've gone through my clothes this past week, but that's as far as I've gotten. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:07:44 EST September 22-28th Topic of the Week Discussion Our next topic!!! <em>4</em> Recipes & Entertaining Ideas! <BR> <BR> Please share some of your favorite recipes and/or entertaining (party) ideas with your friends! With holiday season coming up soon, the new ideas and recipes are always welcome, so please share yours with us! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> everyone! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:01:47 EST That Time of the Month and Exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm curious if anyone has any tips to beat the pain, fatigue and all the other unpleasantness that comes with having your period. <BR> I've seen some articles suggesting that you can actually get a more intense workout during this time, but I find myself really uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Also, how do you keep up your motivation? I weigh myself everyday,( I know I shouldn't) and while I haven't gained any weight, I have noticed that I am super bloated. It definitely has taken a bit... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:01:32 EST September 15-21st Topic of the Week Discussion Here we go! The next topic for us to discuss, add our advice, ideas and more! <BR> <BR> <em>436</em> Household Tips AND <em>528</em> the hows and ways to stay on your Budget! <BR> <BR> Everyone is looking for shortcuts and/or ideas when it comes to household tasks. And, how many times have you thought to yourself when you hear an idea, "I never thought of that?" <BR> <BR> Same with budgeting--do you have a written budget or just trying to cut the costs and looking for ways to... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:50:21 EST Frozen/Canned Tip for Everyone + more First off I want to thank everyone here for their continued to support of my goals, and for all coming together to help encourage me. We were able to start turning our life around (see my blog) and things are starting to look up, but hey its life! so I understand that stress will present itself and that it isn't gone by a long shot (I still am short on EVERY bill). The point though is that the extreme stress and pressure I felt is much more under control, and the fear and worry has decreased ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:40:06 EST September 8-14th Topic of the Week for Discussion! <em>234</em> Negative or Difficult People! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> We've all been there in our lives where on certain days we just aren't in a good mood for whatever reason or maybe because of a certain reason. We're all human and it is to be expected and accepted by one another. But there are some people who tend to be negative more times than not, which can really drag a person down. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> You try to cheer them up, attempt to change the subject of conversation ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:13:16 EST Support Needed Please: ADHD diagnosis (marriage) Hi Everyone, <BR> My husband (an amazing person) was recently diagnosed with ADHD. We just got married recently, and had been long distance before then so I had no idea of how his behaviors were on a daily basis. I feel scared and confused about what this diagnosis means for the health of our marriage, because I have moved far away from my friends and family so am depending on him to be able to support me as a husband. He is unable to pay bills (so i do), drive (anxiety), and work currently f... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 06:57:44 EST September 1-7th Topic of the Week for Discussion! <em>304</em> everyone for your input on areas of discussion that you'd like to see at the Team! <BR> <BR> Let's start out with our first topic -- and that is going to be <em>541</em> Crafts & Home Decorating Ideas! <BR> <BR> It won't take long and Fall craft sales will be starting in my area, and it's always amazing to see the talent shown by the handwork, etc., that others create! <BR> <BR> With that, comes decorating for some! Are you working on a fun new craft to decorate you... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:10:35 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:29:00 EST INTERESTED IN TOPIC OF THE WEEK? PLEASE SHARE! <em>38</em> Hello everyone! With September fast approaching, I was wondering what everyone thought about adding a new thread on "SEPTEMBER'S TOPIC OF THE WEEK." We've had some great discussions on various topics lately and I thought this would be a wonderful way to highlight a specific issue that some of us are, have or may yet go through in their life. <BR> <BR> BUT always has to be a "but" -- gotta love it <em>211</em> here is where I need your input, thoughts and ideas! <BR> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:52:10 EST Lazy People Everywhere! Hi Everyone, <BR> I needed to vent my frustration about lazy people seeming to be attracted into my life. I have a lazy person that I am in a business relationship with, and she gets outright angry if she has to do ANY work (whereas, I volunteer to do extra to help her out). Well after months of helping her out and even giving her a gift since she had been going through a hard time, today I figured I could delegate a task to her---right? wrong. This woman took all of her problems out on me: s... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:25:48 EST Cleaning: day-off issues. Hi! <BR> My name is Lana, and I am a newlywed. I have gained 31 pounds since meeting my husband, and this is namely due to how I have been putting him #1 (while putting myself last). I value my husband, but have recently realized that I need to be my own priority as well. I find myself up to my neck in household chores that I put off to spend time with him, and I feel plagued with disappointment at who I see staring back in the mirror that is a result of not taking care of my grooming in the ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:34:02 EST Newlywed with a Career Hi! <BR> My name is Lana, and I am 30 years old and newly married. Before I met my husband I had my life fairly in order, and was working actively toward my goals. After I met my husband I threw my energy into "us": cooking, cleaning, managing our bills, and working a full time job while he waits for his green card. I love him dearly, but I realize its time to get my life back in order. <BR> <BR> I get so overwhelmed by chores, my work schedule, the pressure and guilt I put on myself to mak... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:27:04 EST Hi there I can do stress very well and it hampers my life. <BR> I've been on Spark for a while but have allowed life and health to dominate. I am on Day 5 of 50 Days of Happiness because I am determined to break this cycle. <BR> I look forward to supporting where I can and getting to know you. <BR> Enjoy the rest of your weekend. <BR> <em>213</em> Diana Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:55:19 EST Running I want to try this out. Will hopefully begin this weekend on a couch to 5k program. Wish me luck! (I'm gonna need it) :D Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:55 EST VERY SORRY ... I am SO VERY SORRY ... that I have NOT BEEN AROUND MUCH ... but this month has been a very busy one and a hard one ... <BR> <BR> * My daughter has been working a lot of hours and so it's been very hard for us to get out to do our walking together and so I have had to do it alone but I have kept up with it !! She spoiled me on Mother's Day by taking me up to get my nails done and not just once this month but twice & also has taken me out to eat a few times ... NO WORRIES I ate HEALTHY !! <BR>... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:56:27 EST Deodorant What's your favorite? <BR> <BR> I've been using Dove for years. But lately (like the past year), I've noticed that not long after application, it starts to "pill". You know, like a sweater does? I'm even using the "invisible" kind. Many years ago I used and loved Secret. They must have changed their ingredients because one day I became allergic to it. :-( <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:34:42 EST SPARK TEAM REDESIGN AHEAD!! PLEASE READ EVERYONE! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships as we have been--so, here's to Sparks' change and keep shooing that stress away everybody! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:06 EST Hi Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Dottie and I am new to this team. I started spark today and have my blog up so you can learn more about me there. I eat out of stress and being bored. I work for a company that has me dealing with the public on a regular basis and most are nice it just takes a few to ruin it for everyone. Some of the people I deal with are very rude and obnoxious and I would never act the way they do when I go wherever they work. I am the front line person so I get the grief of it a... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:29:13 EST help ladies, i havnt been working out and have been eating everything thin in sight for the last 15 days and the blame given to my exams, <BR> i am postive to start over, <BR> i will eat right and exercize now that my exams are over, <BR> but the guilt of eating so much and doing nothing isnt going away from me, <BR> what do you, how do you get this guilt to go away Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:58:46 EST Hello team :) looking for new motivating friends Hello team <em>213</em> <BR> I joined the team a week ago, or may be two, <BR> haven't been posting, i am not my active on the site as its my exam season, <BR> I have been on and off Sp in 2013, this year i plan to stick! <BR> i did stick in January and plan to do it thru the year, <BR> from this team i need support, for the month of Feb, i plan on coming on the the team saying hi every day and telling my fitness mins for the day, <BR> if i disappear for a day or two, i want someone to as... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:01:23 EST WHAT'S 4 DINNER TONIGHT & SHARE YOUR HEALTHY IDEAS <em>191</em> <em>190</em> <em>490</em> <em>483</em> <em>470</em> <em>267</em> <em>474</em> <BR> The price of groceries seem to be raising, along with so many other things in our lives, so let's share our money saving ideas for mealtimes -- be at home or while we're out and about! And, also, we can get healthy meal ideas at the same time! <BR> <BR> And, same with sharing what you're having for dinner tonight? The main idea is sharing those ideas and ways to make the monthly food ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:32:12 EST I am back AGAIN I hope everyone had a Happy New Years. COLD everywhere.. My goal is to be stress free as much as possible. My work stress level has decrease before 2013 ended. The weight will go and I will be much happier. No more overeating due to stress. This morning I was able due 1hr of cardio and had a shake and plan to have pita bread sandwich and glass of water for now .if I was able to lose 20 lbs, 16 yrs ago, I will do it. Plus I will down low app to my phone. <BR> Good luck everyone, with stress a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:08:46 EST Encouragement needed!!! Hi, my name is Terry and I am FAT!! I am joining every team that I can, I need so much help and motivation. I have been over weight all of my life and this is one more try at losing the battle of the bulge. I am 54 (almost) and I will NEVER have a twiggy figure. BUT.....if I could lose 50-55 pounds, I would feel so much better about myself. Overall I am healthy. I have had breast cancer twice and praying for it to STAY AWAY this time. I am stressed at my job, I am stressed about the possibili... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:00:25 EST STRESSED - isnt the half of it Sometimes I cannot figure out if I am stressed or depressed, but either way, I overeat!! I own my own business, which is stressful all the time because I have no control on what and when I will get customers.(motel owner) My health is horrible, things I cannot change, I am in pain everyday... but I get up in the morning, and try my best, even though my best isn't always successful. So that is me in a nutshell. Hope to make some cool friends here!!! Cheers <em>194</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:22:18 EST Hi New to this team, I can't seem to find an exercise plan I can stick with. I work day 7-3 and afternoon 3-11 shift in spurts of 3 or 4. So when I am 3-11 I walk at work there is a track indoor that is a mile but can only get a mile in on my break, at least for now I hope to get better at that. Any suggestions? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:32:07 EST New to the Team and to Sparkpeople! Hi Team! <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I loved the name of this team! <BR> I have a busy life and do seem to stress about the most ridiculous things! <BR> But I am hoping to change that and become healthy and fit! <BR> My name is Jessica, I am 23 years old and newly married. <BR> I just found out I am hypothyroid a few weeks ago which is what I think has started my slow weight gain of 20 lbs in the past 9 months even with diet and exercise. <BR> I am hoping that after being on my prescri... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:45:47 EST DEVOTIONS FOR DIETERS! <em>43</em> Devotions for Dieters <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Matthew 11:29-30 <BR> 'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' <BR> <BR> The most impressive thing about Laura was that no one realized she was on her diet. She never complained. She never made a big deal about what she could and couldn't eat. She never whined around or moped, hoping someone would ask her what w... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:18:27 EST Working out in the Morning (my take) For me, working out before work is the way to go. I get the workout out of the way, and can relax after a long day of work when I get home. In my head, I thought an hour to lounge around before work or more was the way to go---but no, working out before work gets it out of way so that when I come home I can relax without having to stress about fitting in my workout. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:00:46 EST I just joined the team Hi I am Terri and I need help controlling the stress in my life so I can lose the weight I am trying to lose. Unfortunately it is my husband who causes me all the stress and outside of divorce I am not sure what to do. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:58:46 EST Let's Do the Lying Hamstring Stretch! Starting Position <BR> Lie on your back with your legs extended and your back straight. Keep your hips level and your lower back down on the floor. Bend your right knee towards your chest, keeping your left leg extended on the floor. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Slowly straighten your right knee, grabbing the back of your leg with both hands. Pull your leg towards your gently while keeping both hips on the floor. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side. <BR>... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:15:29 EST Having your purse stolen. The news featured a story about "SLIDERS" who stop next to your car at the gas station, slide out and get your door open while you are pumping gas and steal your purse, and get back in their car on the passenger side and the driver speeds off. LOCK YOUR DOOR and keep your purse with you when getting gas. Some people even left the purse in the car while they went into the gas station. A car drove up then and some guy stole the purse and was gone. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:31:00 EST LA Fitness Personal Trainers I have to do something to get this weight off! I am thinking about getting a personal trainer at LA Fitness. Anyone ever use a personal trainer? Is it worth all the money? I would have to sign a year contract and I can only afford once a week at $40. I know someone who has used a trainer there that comes highly recommended. Just not sure it's worth all the hype. What does everyone think? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:47:39 EST Super Stressed Hi All I am new to the group and SP but I am really struggling. Not so much with food or exercise but with stress. Loosing weight is stressing me out and adding to the feeling of being overwhelmed that existed before I even took on this challenge. I am making little changes and being realistic about my expectations but I feel that I am obsessing now about every little bite and movement. Combine that with raising 2 children basically alone and homeschooling and I am just a hot mess. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:27:54 EST 32 yr old w/ 70 lbs to lose who has lots of issues Hi! I'm not new to SP, but after more than a year of not logging on SP... I would say that I am acquainting myself once again with the site. I had lost 30 plus pounds 3 years back, but have gained it all back now. I was not able to maintain and here I am trying to lose the fat once again. <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm exhausted, tired, anxious, and stressed. The usual cause of stress is work, family... and my financial state. Binge eating to relieve stress gives me tempo... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:04:01 EST Mother's Day Quotes A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan <BR> <BR> <BR> Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, <BR> Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, <BR> Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, <BR> But only one mother the wide world over. <BR> ~George Cooper <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:47:13 EST Spring Fitness Whether you’ve been working out all winter or just coming out of hibernation, spring is a great time to start or step up your activity. We know the key to success with any fitness program is consistency. How about taking the work out of exercise and returning to play? <BR> <BR> So many activities we did as kids can still be surprisingly fun and serve double duty for fitness. Check out these three ways to redefine your fitness. <BR> <BR> Play like a Kid <BR> <BR> We’ve turned so many of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:49:46 EST Spring walking tips <BR> <BR> Time to tune up your walking in anticipation of spring. With daylight savings time and warmer weather just around the corner, get ready to make the most of it. <BR> Tune Up Your Walking Gear and Clothing <BR> <BR> You will need lighter clothing layers for spring. If you are new to walking, this is your chance to go shopping for shorts and light tops. If you are a veteran walker, time to unpack the spring and summer workout clothes and check to see what needs replaced. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:32:22 EST Fitness and the Bible <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 167 helpful votes <BR> <BR> Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes <BR> <BR> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes <BR> <BR> If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:27:07 EST How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine. You know the drill about how great exercise is for you, but perhaps you struggle with making it a priority in your life. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit. Here are some tips on building workouts into your regular routine. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <BR> Get out early. Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are most consistent. Nothing except your alarm clock gets ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:12:18 EST Spring Exercise Tips Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from <BR> <BR> When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while yo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:11:43 EST What You Need To Know About Exercise and the Sun With the warm weather coming, we can finally break free of the doldrums of indoor exercise and hit the sidewalks, trails, and roads! Exercising outside is great, especially if you dread indoor exercise, but some recent research lead by my colleague, Dr. Kristin Schneider shows that people who exercise may be at greater risk for skin cancer, because they spend more time outside than people who are sedentary. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the US and one of few cancers that is ac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:11:18 EST Vitamin D – sun and exercise?! As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency. <BR> <BR> During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at le... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:10:38 EST Spring Into Fitness By Julie Deardorff — Chicago Tribune <BR> <BR> Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs – or arms or thighs – aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: <BR> <BR> If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: <BR> <BR> Spring clean your routine: Try one new cardiovascular workout each week for a month, said Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, whic... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:10:05 EST How Stress Affects Type 2 Diabetes In people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t respond well to insulin — the hormone that removes sugar from your blood and helps get it into your cells where it can be used or stored for energy. Managing type 2 diabetes with exercise, diet, and sometimes medication usually keeps blood sugar under control, but stress may cause blood sugar levels to rise. <BR> <BR> Stress management with diabetes <BR> <BR> Stress is your body's normal response to danger. When you experience stress, your bo... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:21:24 EST Dr. Oz's Sex Rx: Dr. Oz's Sex Rx: 6 Health Perks of Getting Physical <BR> <BR> When it comes to the topic of sex, I've been known to put it all out there. As a matter of fact, on the very first episode of The Dr. Oz Show, I jumped right in—to the point of telling the audience personal stories about my sex life with my wife, Lisa. I'll spare you those details here, but I'm still passionate about this issue because taking care of yourself isn't just about eating right and exercising. Being in a healthy, fulfil... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:25:31 EST 7 Things Every Exhausted Woman Should Do for Her.. 7 Things Every Exhausted Woman Should Do for Herself <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to Take Your Sunshine Pill <BR> <BR> On those days when you're mentally exhausted before lunchtime, sunshine can make the rest of the day feel less daunting. When our eyes detect light, the pineal gland in the brain produces the feel-good chemical serotonin to perk us up (the root words of serotonin are "serum" and "tonic"—it's basically a happiness potion). The vitamin D you get from sunshine has also been shown ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:22:13 EST Do you hesitate..... Do you hesitate to do things because you are scared of what others will think? <BR> <BR> To an extent I think everyone is. I am very open around the people that are close to me. And I care what they think. If they see me being less then my self-worth, I care and want to know. They are the people I rely on. And my family is important to an extent. They are part of me. The same for my relationship. We represent each other. He is important to me. And if I am doing something he is concerned with... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:18:31 EST Do you blame yourself..... Do you blame yourself every time something goes wrong? <BR> <BR> No. If I know I am the cause of it I don’t. But I often find myself saying sorry. Even when I didn’t do anything. And it is very annoying. I then beat myself up over little and simple things! <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:11:06 EST Quotes from Amazing woman.....<BR>ke-Us-Proud-Were-Women-Quotes-from-Bra<BR>ve-Women <BR> <BR> Want to feel inspired???? Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:10:04 EST Do you put more focus on your failures.... Do you put more focus on your failures rather than your success? How can you change it? <BR> <BR> I often notice I am harder on myself for my failures. I find them easier to point out and get upset about. But as far as my success, I often do not recognize it and don’t stop to be proud of myself. This also makes me miss out on a lot of the good I do. Today in order to focus on the good, every time I achieve a goal I am going to reward myself with some me time! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:59:10 EST Do you feel lonely more often than not? Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you want to change that? <BR> <BR> More often that not I feel lonely. I do not know how to fix it. I can be surrounded by a hundred people and I often still feel like I am a sore thumb in a crowd. I get over-whelmed around a lot of people and I think that is why I don’t reach out. Or it may just be my lack of connection. Today to change it I am going to offer two random people compliments! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:58:30 EST Self-Worth The concept of self-worth involves your inner sense of value or worthiness as a person. In truth, you are already born with inherent worth as a spiritual being. <BR> <BR> Over time, however, your views about what you deserve in life may be affected by self-destructive patterns of belief and behavior and external factors. <BR> <BR> By examining your personal interpretation of self-worth, you can gain insight into subconscious patterns that may not be serving your highest good. <BR> <BR> Par... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:53:10 EST Self-Esteem Below are a set of self esteem assessment questions that you can answer as either 'True' or 'False', as applicable to you. <BR> <BR> Since the questions are based on what you think and feel, your answers will always be true to you - there's no universal right or wrong answer. <BR> <BR> You will need about 10 minutes of quiet time, a pencil and a piece of paper. To get the best out of this assessment, try to be as honest as you can when answering the questions. If you do not know an answer t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:43:42 EST MAY'S MOTIVATING and FUN ROLL CALL! Here's to a new month and our new fun roll call! Please share any emoticon you'd like--as let's keep our fun friendships going as we enter a new month of progress, understanding and fun! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:49:21 EST Met my stress point Tired of hitting the wall with my weight and taking meds for depression. Husband who is disabled and I feel is giving up at 62. Too young to die yet just graduated with a Masters at 62, wanting to teach. I will quit whining now. Hope you will have me as a member. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:13:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:28:26 EST New - to the group - not to stress Yes, I couldn't help myself with the topic - sorry. At least I can find the humor in some things! I am the stressed out mom of 4 kiddos - 3 in school and 1 toddler. I homeschool - so the kids are with me all day long - and making messes all day long - etc., etc. I tell myself that I am only a little stressed - but I am probably stressed out most of the time - just because of all the different things I have to juggle. We have no family near us at all - so all (or at least most of the resp... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:00:58 EST New to this team! Hello everyone! I'm a stressed out mom of three, working two jobs, trying to get kids to school & practice on time, keep up with their homework & playdates, pack lunches, plan dinner while keeping up with my own friendships & occasionally talking to my husband. I know you understand! I've decided to carve out some time to take care of myself. Starting new weight loss & fitness goals today. Looking forward to getting to know you! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:15:10 EST Hello!!! Hello All! <BR> I have a very stressful work schedule that is always in my thoughts and effects my emotional and mental health....hoping to get a little advice here....and maybe vent a little :) <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 04:20:54 EST FEBRUARY FUN ROLL CALL!! <em>30</em> Happy February everyone! Let's start out our new month with a new and fun roll call! You can reply to this post however you'd like -- <BR> <BR> Just keep sharing the smiles <em>30</em> and friendships <em>220</em> which means the most to us all! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:45:34 EST Hello From California Hi my name is Sheryl and I live in California. I am a stress/emotional eater. I was looking for a group that could help me get through this.....and I found YOU!!! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:52:20 EST Hi there Hello! My name is Hope and I am new to this group. I look forward to learning how to how to reduce my stress in my busy environment and losing weight at the same time. I also look forward to meeting all of you. <em>30</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:47:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:47:27 EST JANUARY 2019 JUMP IN FOR FUN ROLL CALL! Hello, 2016! Lets do it and share our fun emoticons here as our roll call. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Here's to a super positive and wonderful start of 2019! <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:59:22 EST Working with food in a stressful enviorment Hey everyone, wondering if anyone else is trying to lose weight/get healthy while working at a fast food job? My job stresses me out so much and we aren't allowed to have a microwave and don't get breaks so when you are in a hurry there is no option of eating a salad and if you bring in food it gets thrown away or eaten. The worst part is I love the food where I work and it is about the most unhealthy food out there (taco bell) I am an emotional eater and a snacker so I just grab a chip or s... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:07:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:09:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:24:36 EST DECEMBER'S KEEP SMILING ROLL CALL!!!! <em>411</em> Please share those fun emoticons and join in our monthly Roll Call. Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and, remember, no stress involved! <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Happy December everyone! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:34:14 EST Hello all you brave Sparkies! Hi all you brave Sparkies! <BR> I have been beavering away on this brillant site for 10 weeks now and just wanted to say "hello!" Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:31:44 EST FUN GUESS OF AREA MY NEW JOB INVOLES?TAKE A QUESS! As alot of our friends here know, I am a Paralegal, or "have been" a Paralegal since the age of 19--meaning 31 years in the legal field. But, I finally found a new and interesting job, and one in a totally different area than the legal field. <BR> <BR> So, let's just have fun, and take a guess <em>38</em> of what sort of job I'm hoping to begin this week! and, for some that I may have mentioned it to, please don't share it - as talk about going from one area to another...I'm going to t... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:51:58 EST NOVEMBER'S NO STRESS & ONLY FUN ROLL CALL! <em>411</em> Please share those fun emoticons and join in our monthly Roll Call. Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and, remember, no stress involved! <BR> <BR> Happy November and Stay Happy &amp; Healthy Everyone! <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:58:57 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY! <em>4</em> This or That: Sweet snacks or Salty snacks? <BR> -Sweet Snacks; <BR> -Crunchy Salty Snacks; or <BR> -Something Else!! <BR> <BR> *It all depends -- if I feel nervous, it's more of the salty-crunchy snacks! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:49:14 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (10/19/2012) <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Are you tempted by Halloween candy? <BR> -Yes, and it's everywhere! <BR> -Sometimes, if my favorites are around <BR> -No, I don't have much of a sweet tooth <BR> <BR> I'm a definite if my favorite is around! I'm just thankful that my son is older and we don't have the trick and treats in the house like when he was young. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:36:16 EST Weigh in results I hope this is in the right spot . . . . <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say <em>244</em> <BR> I'm at the end of Week 2 and have lost 6 pounds. <BR> Such a difference in the way I feel since I started moving again!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:58:49 EST This is very late I used this site last year for a while, then gave up on my weight loss! I'm back on track now, and finally getting around to using the full site. It's very helpful! I'm stefanie, I'm 21. I work at a retirement home as a caregiver and a cook :) my work is extremely rewarding. I have piercings and tattoos, and photography and music are big passions of mine. I'm about 30 pounds heavier than where I want to be (I weigh 172 right now) and I'm 5'6. Anyone looking for a conversation buddy or anyone ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:15:27 EST BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! <em>390</em> As alot of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And, as such, let's show our support by posting a beautiful <em>390</em> to show our support to those that have had cancer, the survivors and for friends or family that have dealt with the same! <BR> <BR> ALSO, I'm adding a link to this thread regarding the subject and I hope everyone learns and does their self-exams and mammograms! Take care of you and your body -- you're super worth it! <BR> <BR> <link>www... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:45:40 EST OCTOBER ALREADY!! ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! The year seems to be moving along so quickly--it's already October! But, are you ready to keep spreading and sharing your fun emoticons for the month? <BR> <BR> For our new friends who aren't familiar with how our fun roll call works, please post whichever emoticon you'd like.......... <em>381</em> <em>30</em> <em>213</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> and so many more to choose from! <BR> <BR> Keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:54:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:45:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:03:07 EST Bernette is no longer just a pretty face Something happened when I woke up this morning. I felt the desire to get healthy...and this time it's different. Just the fact that I found this amazing website is sheer comformation. I can't wait to get to know you guys and go on this journey together. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:52:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:21:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:42:49 EST OUR FRIEND, TERESA (UNSTOPPABLE) IS WITH THE LORD! I was in total shock when I read a blog this morning stating that Teresa had passed away. I don't know too much as to the cause, etc., but she'll always remain in our hearts! Please pray for her family at this difficult time and thank you everyone for your wonderful faith and strength--which Teresa loved to share with all of us here. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> my friend and know that you'll be missed <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:22:17 EST MOTIVATIONAL & POSITIVE QUOTES! <em>204</em> Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. <BR> -Dr. Joyce Brothers- Mon, 17 Sep 2012 07:28:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:25:28 EST HELLO I am new here Hi everyone my name is Tathy49 and I am trying to not only get down to a haelthy weight , but to find myself too. I think I lost myself long time ago , I have aways take care of my family as a single mom and somehow I neglected who need it the most care ... Me ! Now I found myself unhappy with how I feel and very uncomfortable with myself , before my weight was my security blanket or at least that is what I told myself as my reasons of why I had put on weight , but now I don't feel like this ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:42:40 EST Buddies 2012 Hello..I am working with the message broads and another team or so with getting BUDDIES...However I need some more people to get buddies for people!!!! so PLEASE if you got time just answer a few questions if you are interested in some buddies and i will get back to you!!! I have got a few people waiting for buddies!~!!! so here are the questions and a list of people waiting: <BR> <BR> Hey all I want to set up buddies for people who would be interested so if you are interest I got 10 short q... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:21:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:35:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:05:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:24:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:16:52 EST Hello! I am new to the group! I have a six year old daughter and an almost two year old daughter. I am from central Illinois, and I work as an English teacher. I would love to meet some new people and be inspired on my journey! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Stephanie Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:25:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:20:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:34:27 EST Go Sparkpeople! Check it out, another article proclaiming Sparkpeople's Awesomeness! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dable-ways-lose-weight-183700110.html </link> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:03:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:48:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:49:51 EST blairrose I am a 57 year old woman and weights 323 lbs. I have been trying to lose weight since I was in my teens. In 2005 I was in Katrina then relocated to Chicago. That is when I found out that I have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure which have worried me since. I recently relocated to Arizonia where I now have found out that my kidneys is not doing too well and I am now on a low sodium diet of less than 2,000mgs a day. I have started eating right or trying but it is hard to do at times. I have b... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:09:37 EST Hi, I'm a stressed woman and want to be healthy :) Hi, my name is Meredith. I am a very stressed out woman from New England. I am 28 and I am a lawyer trying to either build my own practice or get a job working for the state (I dig working with low-income communities and providing free legal service, I just can't afford to do it without some kind of paycheck). I am really struggling with my finances right now, and with my weight (which brings me here), OH and by the way I got dumped last night by my boyfriend of almost a year. <BR> <BR> I a... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:47:45 EST Now is the time Hi I have been off and on Spark for a few years now but this time I am going to take full advantage of all that Spark has to offer and encourage. This time I gave a goal. ..42 lbs by the time I turn 42 in February. Now dropping 42 lbs might be a bit to extreme and would put me back at my college weight when I worked out twice a day 5 days a week. I will settle with going from a heavy size 12 to an easy size 6. There are other goals that I hope to achieve by the magical 42. Quit smoking.... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:12:15 EST OCTOBER'S FUN ROLL CALL! Good-bye September, and Hello, October! <BR> <BR> Show us that smile, wave or hello and, most of all, have fun! Have a Super October and let's share those positive smiles!! <BR> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:46:02 EST DID U WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? Be it on your <em>17</em> or in writing in a daily journal or notebook, did you write out your feelings or activities done today or yesterday (depending on when you reply)? My Mom jots down things that have happened, or if someone stopped over to visit and how she felt about her day. She is saving them through the years and always says that when she passes, she'd love if we read them--which I would love to do. Another wonderful memory to pass along! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> for those won... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:26:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:43:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:40:17 EST Back after 3 years off I'm Lisa. I was using SP really successfully about 3 years ago. My daughter was diagnosed with ASD at about the same time I stopped using SP. In the last year, my son has been diagnosed with PANDAS. It's been a really stressful time for us, and I've gained back all the weight I lost. I tracked my food today for the first time in 3 years and am so happy to see that Momma48 is still leading this group and IXCHEL isstill here too :) Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:17:37 EST Three Word Phrases A - Z A: a long time Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:50:38 EST VERBS.... A to Z A: assuming Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:18:34 EST What's for dinner? Two questions: What are you having for dinner tonight? And are you serving your family (or possibly being served by your family) the same food as you're having? <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:25:27 EST Relaxing on a Friday afternoon This week was my first week back at the office after my summer vacation. The kids spent the week with my parents, so I could work as much as I wanted/needed to without considering getting the dinner on the table at a specific time. Which ended up being 11 hours one day and only slightly less the other... <BR> <BR> Sun shining and me being very tired from having spent the night at the ER with my DH (bad ear infection but he's sort of OK now), I decided to pick up my kids at lunch time and NOT... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:18:37 EST Where do you find the time? OK, so this is probably some sort of cheating, but as soon as I hit "post" on my latest blog entry, I thought that this should really have gone to the Stressed Out Women-team. So I'm doing a bit of duplicate posting and crossing my fingers that noone will be too upset... :) <BR> <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> I sleep 8 hours per night, cause that's what SP tells me to do. <BR> <BR> I work 8 hours per day, cause that's what my employer tells me to do. It takes me about 1 hour each day to go to and fro... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:36:13 EST Identifying a stressor - update I posted an update to my original post yesterday, but then it hit me that maybe that's not the right way to do it. So I'm reposting it as a new post. Yell at me if I'm doing it wrong! :) <BR> <BR> "The meeting today went really well! On several occasions I pushed my boss as hard as I needed to for her to make a decision. So from not making any at all the whole spring she went to making a bunch of them today. My life is going to be so much easier from now on! :) Thanks everyone for backing me... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:48:08 EST Identifying a stressor Being on the last day of a four-week-vacation, I would expect myself to be rather relaxed. Instead I found that I'm more or less just as wound up now as I was when I went on vacation. However, I've been thinking a lot about my work situation during the past weeks, and I think I've managed to identify one of my major stressors! <BR> <BR> I am a first line manager and rather new at it. I'm sure I would do just fine if I were just given a set of game rules to go by, but unfortunately I'm not. M... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:27:05 EST TOTAL STRESS Our mini-vacation was supposed to relax/de-stress me <BR> Started out ok even went bike riding on beach with daughter, can't even remember when I was on a bike last <BR> Then monday morning I was awoken to be told my dog Treasure had been missing since the night before <BR> We still can't find her. <BR> Stress for me induces stroke like migraines. So currently my speech is like that of a drunk. <BR> I don't know what I am going to do if we don't find her <em>46</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:47:45 EST (Daily) JULY'S JUST HAVE FUN ROLL CALL!! <em>211</em> Ready for the new month of July? And, with that, spreading the fun by adding your fun emoticons in our daily roll call! <BR> <BR> Please jump in and share your <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>200</em> <em>213</em> or any other emoticon you'd like--share the fun and share the positive friendships! <BR> <BR> Share the <em>30</em> and let's make July a month of progress and super friendships! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:22:35 EST OPPOSITES Name a word and then its opposite. <BR> <BR> For Example: <BR> <BR> up-down <BR> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:52:14 EST JOIN IN JUNE'S FUN ROLL CALL! <em>30</em> Happy June everyone! A new month and a new month for us all to share those fun emoticons in our daily roll call! <BR> <BR> Please jump in and share your <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>200</em> <em>213</em> or any other emoticon you'd like--share the fun and share the positive friendships! <BR> <BR> So, keep <em>30</em> and let's do it! <em>244</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:37:43 EST The WEIGHT OF THE NATION <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do watch this four part documentary on YouTube about why we are fat and how to change it. It is presented by HBO. Mon, 28 May 2012 07:57:10 EST (DAILY) MAY ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES FUN! <em>213</em> Hello, May! Ready to keep sharing those fun emoticon smiles, or whichever emoticon you'd like to share, this month? Remember, whoever joins in the fun, will get a goodie on their page when we are ready to bring in June! <BR> <BR> So, let's keep sharing the fun <em>30</em> with our friends and make it a great "Make It Happen" Month! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> We can do it everybody!! <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:46:14 EST Diet Blues I have been back on the wagon of trying to change my life style now for two weeks. I am very blue this afternoon. I think it comes from the body adjusting to all the changes. Thoughts? Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:37:12 EST smokefreegranny Newby here. I have been tracking my foods for only 4 days. It has been a little time consuming for me but I seem to <BR> be managing this OK. As of yet, I have not done any exercising. Why , I really don't know but I do plan to get to it soon. I don't really have a lot of time to look around the web site like I would want to. Any pointers for enjoying the <BR> site with only less than 30 mins a day? I would like to read some success stories and my daily emails. Just can't <BR> get to it. ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:44:42 EST Miserable Tool Bar at the bottom of the page. Does that TOOL BAR at the BOTTOM of the page drive you crazy like it does me? I "hide" it and it keeps coming back. I went to the Message board for Technical Help and posted on a thread there where about 25 others have left posts about how they hate it and want it off. So, do go there and post your complaint. It is just an advertisement. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 01:05:06 EST ALREADY APRIL & FUN ROLL CALL TIME! <em>434</em> Spring is in the air and April is here! And, for our new friends who are unfamiliar with our fun roll call for goodies, here's how it works and I hope everyone has fun and joins in! <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:21:58 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3/30/12) <em>29</em> Another thinking question for us today! And, maybe one that can help you realize and try to work on the underlying issue! <BR> <BR> IF SOMEONE HURTS YOU EMOTIONALLY THROUGH WORDS, ACTIONS, ETC., DO YOU FEEL THAT IT IS EASIER FOR YOU TO: <BR> (1)Forgive; <BR> (2)Forget; <BR> (3)Both; or <BR> (4)Neither! <BR> <BR> We know that we should forgive and forget alot of things, etc., that have caused the emotional hurt in our lives, but sometimes it is so hard to do and also due to wha... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:26:52 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3/29/12) <em>213</em> Good morning everybody! I thought of a question for us today, as it's probably one that I've been noticing I've been having a problem with doing! So, let's see what you think and maybe we can all figure out why! <BR> <BR> *DO YOU OFFER ADVICE TO A FRIEND, ETC., TO HELP THEM THROUGH STRESSFUL TIMES, BUT YOU FIND THAT YOU CAN'T FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE THAT YOU GIVE TO OTHERS? <BR> <BR> We can help solve or relieve other people somehow with our actions or words, but, yet, we c... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:05:22 EST Glad I found this team Hi everyone! My name is Michelle. I'm a mom to 4 (16,14,9,&6) and have been married for 21 years. We have owned a small auto repair shop for 13 years. The shaky economy has made for a particularly stressful 4 or so years. My life is extremely stressful and I feel pulled in so many directions. I need to make time for taking care of me and need to do it without guilt. I don't deal with stress well. I tend to want to either run away from it or hide and isolate myself. This makes things ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:21:44 EST LAST NAMES (A-Z) We're sharing "first" names, so, let's do a switch of sorts and list "LAST" names! And, we can do it A-Z style! Ready??? <BR> <BR> A: Abrahams Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:58:26 EST Hi y'all! I am new to the group as of today. I have been a member of spark since 2006 but decided to get SERIOUS this year. <BR> <BR> I live in Charleston, SC and I am originally from Upstate NY so bragging about the weather has become a sport for me. I love to be outdoors and have been designing my workouts based on the weather since January. <BR> <BR> What makes me a "Stressed out Lady", well, I work full time at a high pressure job, I have an Army life partner who is about to be deployed and ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:37:36 EST Think "I Should" or "I Will!"? Positive Self-Talk! Positive self-talk is a great way to keep our self-esteem high! Just by thinking "I should" can stress out with the thought of having too much to do and doubting sometimes if we can do what we'd like to. But, telling yourself "I can" or "I will" can give you a more powerful feeling inside and fight off whatever stress may come our way! <BR> <BR> So, do you feel like "I should" <em>198</em> or "I can <em>104</em> today? You can share by words or emoticon -- just keep that self-esteem on... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:10:32 EST MARCH'S MAKE IT HAPPEN FUN ROLL CALL! Here we are!!! It's March already and a bit closer to Spring with each new day! Ready for fun and friendship?? Here we come............... <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> Hello March <em>104</em> and <em>253</em> to Stress! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:34:57 EST What the heck happened Good Morning my fellow sparkers, I have been a part of this team for quite a while and when "life" got in my way I hid under the covers. It has been a year since I lost my job, my spark and yes even my spirit, then along came a friend from this network (yes I have heard from some from time to time over the last year) and it was like a bolt of lighting, hitting me on the head and reminding me that I am alive, I am valuable and I deserve to be healthy. So I am asking this group to welcome me... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:39:45 EST how to get over a weight loss plateau Lost 25 lbs in the last 2 mos w/ exercies and an almost healthy diet. Now I am stuck at that weight-The scale only moves up 2-3 lbs and then back down to the start. How do you get over a weight loss plateau? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:06:31 EST Hello Hi, my name is Lynda and I am new here. I have a great deal of weight to lose, and I am hoping to make connections with others. I struggle with depression every day. Overwhelming stress with family health issues, (cancer, parkinsons and alzheimers) has left me exhausted and deaing with anxiety attacks to the extent that I was required to leave my job. As a caregiver I need to learn to take care of my own health and address this weight issue. I look forward to getting to know you. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:27:10 EST Newbie Hi y'all, <BR> <BR> Just dropping in to say "hi" - I'm a married 30-ish mom to 3 beautiful kids (2 boys and a girl) looking to find creative ways to incorporate diet and exercise with a full schedule and/or exercise with my kids. My goal is to tone up for summer vacation for family excursions to the beach, parks and pools (anywhere I need to bare some skin) and a trip to Hawaii. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:46:08 EST FEBRUARY FUN ROLL CALL!! Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> Let's get ready for February <em>249</em> and let's see those fun emoticons! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:54:45 EST Help Anyone getting my messages? Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:20:12 EST How do you work out the stress in your body? I prefer yoga or deep breaths. I would like to hear from others, perhaps I will learn a new way to destress. <BR> Nancy Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:49:25 EST JANUARY 2012 - ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE TEAM? Good morning everyone! I always like to check in and see how everyone is doing and if you're happy with the topics, etc., at the team! If there is something you'd like to see added, please let us know -- as we're here to help lessen that stress and with a super <em>220</em> of friendship and fun! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:31:13 EST Men Verses Women Stress <BR> USA Weekend <BR> By Sharon Jayson <BR> <BR> Men's real feelings get lost in the scribble of stress. Women are more likely to take <BR> an eraser to the problem. Do you find this is true in your relationship? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:59:39 EST 2012 DAILY DISCUSSION & CHIT CHAT! <em>213</em> Good morning, everyone! Enjoy using this thread to talk about your day, discuss your challenges or questions you may have, and check in with our friends. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have special plans for today? I'm waiting for the snow to fall again -- but sure have loved the warmer weather we've had for the past few days! But, Winter in Wisconsin has to include snow! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else volunteered at their local women's abuse shelter? I used to volunteer many years ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:59:50 EST self-esteem Hey Everybody: <BR> <BR> Sorry for not being around. My Daddy is currently in the hospital due to complications with his diabetes. To say I'm a little stressed right now would be an understatement. <BR> Anyway, as a therapist I am constantly looking for books to read to my kids that would help them. I'm seeing a 13-year-old now who is struggling with self-esteem. She loves to read and I was wondering if any of you "Momma's" had any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Aron Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:58:42 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! I kinda dropped off the face of the earth the last couple of months. I fell off the weight loss wagon and quit logging onto Spark. 2012 is going to be the year where I finally get it! I need to get healthy and feel better about myself. Hope everyone is doing well! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:52:17 EST New to the Team Hi! I am a work from home mom of 3, twins that are 4 and a 10 yr old with Asperger's whom I absolutly cannot seem to get a handle on. I am an emotional eater and whenever I get stressed (which is always, I dont even know what it feels like to relax anymore) or sad I always give up on my diet. Last yr I worked very hard and lost 45 lbs, only to gain most of it back in just the last 3 months. I really want to lose but I dont know how to get myself to stick to it. The stress always seems to... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:09:04 EST JOIN IN OUR JUST 4 FUN JANUARY ROLL CALL! <em>244</em> Welcome January and 2018! Here is our new year to keep those friendships and fun coming! <BR> <BR> Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:48:15 EST One Stressed Momma! Hello, fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am a 20-something mother of 3, pregnant with my 4th. I'm married, stay at home, attend college online, and have a house to keep. <BR> <BR> So, stress is just a part of my day. <BR> <BR> I'm learning how to deal with it all, stay calm and healthy, and look forward to meeting all of you! Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:14:37 EST Venting the stress I've been fighting with my fiance and it's just getting worse. My uncle almost committed suicide. I have a huge crush on my fiance's friend. My room is a complete mess. I have no way to relieve stress and I don't want to bother my friends. And I feel that I'm not putting enough effort in anything. <BR> Mike has an unknown illness that has been going on for 12 years. He has a lot of anxiety and it's getting worse. <BR> So what should I do? Last night Mike and I had a big fight. We almost brok... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:33:26 EST How to stay asleep? I have no trouble falling asleep -- usually out in a few minutes. However, I wake up after 4 -5 hours of sleep, and cannot go back to sleep. How to stay asleep without waking up early? Any tips??? I'm very tired..... <em>33</em> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:08:20 EST I am committed! Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:02 EST DECEMBER'S FUN ROLL CALL 4 GOODIES! Hello December! WOW -- those months are certainly flying by! But, are you ready to share your fun emoticon for goodies for this month? <BR> <BR> Here we go -- Please share any emoticon you'd like, be it for the holiday season, a smile or whichever one you'd like. But, mainly, have fun and share the positives with your friends here by sharing your emoticon fun today! <BR> <BR> So, which one will you share today? <em>446</em> <em>403</em> <em>30</em> <em>134</em> and there are so ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:02:41 EST What am I drinking right now!! <em>194</em> Water!!!!! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:09:56 EST "T" is for TODAY, TOMORROW, and....... Please share any word beginning with the letter "T" and have a terrific today, tomorrow and every new day to come! Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:47:02 EST WHAT IS YOUR "WORD" FOR THE DAY? If someone snapped their fingers, and asked you, "What are you thinking right now?" and you were to respond with 1 word -- what would it be? It's kinda surprising to see what word pops into our minds -- so let's see what we're all thinking about as we reply to this post! <BR> <BR> It's fun and you may learn something about your own thoughts as well! <em>211</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:24:59 EST (Daily) BONUS SPIN POINTS! <em>347</em> 5 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:44:05 EST (DAILY) NOVEMBER ROLL CALL FUN 4 GOODIES! Please share any emoticon you'd like... <em>30</em> <em>14</em> <em>213</em> <em>19</em> or any other fun way to say hi and hello to your friends! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun emoticon, will get a special goodie on their page! Have a wonderful month ahead! <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:32:36 EST TRICK or TREAT - THE FUN & HEALTHY WAY! Halloween is coming soon, so, let's have some fun and fill our <em>431</em> with a few healthy treats! <BR> <BR> What would you like to put in our <em>431</em> today? Fri, 28 Oct 2011 09:18:52 EST Greetings! Ohm, ohm, ohm Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have stress! I am a woman! I desire to get healthy! :) <BR> <BR> While there are several key stressors in my life, I actually think I'm the primary source of my stress. I get worked up pretty easily, tend to over think things, procrastinate to the point of panic... <BR> <BR> Working in achieving a more balanced life. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here, <BR> Cindy <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:11:17 EST (Daily) OUTSTANDING OCTOBER SMILES 4 GOODIE! <em>30</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:44:34 EST Share your most stressful stories I'm sharing with you my personal battles in life, that caused stress, depression and many other emotions. <BR> Would you care to share yours or just tell us what stresses you out the most that it affects your daily life. <BR> <BR> Feeling very stressed these past few days. Been with my 4 yr old for 5 straight days, and I Love him very much don't get me wrong, but he's very challenging ..he tests me all the time. It's normal for his age but I need a break! Only break I can really get is whe... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:17:47 EST PLEASE HELP ME! My name is Brittany and I am REALLY struggling and need some serious help. I am 23 and have an emotional eating problem. I am not over weight but I afraid I will get that way if I don’t stop! I exercise vigorously in the morning, eat extremely healthy all day and I am feeling confident, THEN I get home (I leave by myself) and all of my hard work goes down the drain. I feel anxious and nervous and just eat everything I can get my hands on. 90% of the time what I eat is not necessarily “bad.” I... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:39:22 EST I am totally stressing myself out more!!! Good Morning team!!!! So, I figured out something this weekend!! I am totally stressing myself out by trying so hard to keep up with everything. SparkTeams, huddling, reading, tracking, trying to clean my house when I can't reach my vaccuum. So, what I did was sleep to try and let go. So, I got lots of sleep and did not achieve anything this weekend. Now today I am feeling sluggish, tense and tired. HELP!!!!! <em>46</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:37:57 EST Hi its me! Hi, my name is Angela and am returning to SparkPeople. I have lost 9 lbs since being on here for a littlebit and am really excited about the changes I'm seeing in myself this go around. I hope with my determination and some great tips and friends I will be able to conquer this weight thing. I have high blood pressure and I know this will make me feel so much better about my health and myself. Looking to meet new friends and hopefully some people near me so we can maybe get together and walk o... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:46:53 EST member 5,001 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy and I am not new to Spark. I have had 2 other pages, but lost my way and deactivated them. The hardest on my weight was when my daddy was in the hospital before he died last year. That took a toll on me medically, emotionally, and physically. i know he is in a better place now and not in anymore pain. <BR> <BR> I am getting married to my very best friend in ust over 8 months. I hope to be near my goal weight by then. I have a 13 year old son that thi... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 06:23:59 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:07 EST $ STRESSING YOU?? SHARE WAYS TO CUT THOSE COSTS! It seems as though the economic times are hitting pretty hard in all areas--be in with jobs, food and utility costs, etc. So, let's share ways that we're cutting those corners and those costs to try to make that dollar go as far as we can! And, most of all, lessen the stress that we feel when we feel that it's super hard to make those ends meet! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Share the care and those fantastic ways to help one another! Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:36:25 EST Stopping by Hi. Just wanted to see how this team works for me!!! Thank you for having this team and I look forward to working with you all. <em>213</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:01:29 EST DID U WALK or TALK OUT THE STRESS? Walking is always a great stress reliever, as it gives you time to get out of the stressful environment and enjoy the fresh air to relax a bit. And, same with talking! Talking to your friends, family or even through emails and posts here at Sparks can be a positive stress turn around, and same with talking to the person who may be causing the stress that you're feeling. Talk it through and see if you can lower the stress by having your feelings heard and understood. <BR> <BR> So, did y... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:20:54 EST (Daily) SEPTEMBER SMILES - POST FOR GOODIES FUN! Share those September <em>30</em> and let's see how many smiles we can share with one another for the month of September! At the end of the month, all those that shared their fun smiles will get a special goodie on their page -- as who doesn't love a good smile! Have a wonderful month ahead and............ <BR> <BR> Keep <em>30</em> everyone! <em>244</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:33 EST updating my spark page and redaing blogs help pass I sit at my desk and stay active on sparkpeople all day, It helps the days fly by and helps occupy my hands. Keeps me from munching!! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:53:39 EST Conventions Hello, <BR> I'm gearing up for almost a month of convention weekends ahead. I will be away from home, crazy busy, eating out a lot and unable to pack my own food from a hotel room. If it were just a day or two, I'd pack a cooler as I've done in the past, but some of these shows are stretching over 4-5 days this year! My hotels all have pools or exercise rooms, so that's not so much an issue, but does anyone have any suggestions for non-perishables I can pick up to have with me at the show? On... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:31:02 EST Stress reliever? I just discovered gold's gym cardio workout for the wii. I HIGHLY suggest it for other stressed out mommas out there! It's a boxing workout- and you may just be upper cutting the air- but man does it feel good! And one of the songs to can work to is "eye of the tiger"- gets out just a little more of that stress! Sat, 13 Aug 2011 02:22:11 EST National Peach Month Hi, <BR> I read online that August is "National Peach Month". I LOVE fresh, in-season fruit, but until recently, my tastes have run in the pie and/or cobbler vein. Anyone have any easy, tasty, diet friendly peach recipes to share? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:52:05 EST (Daily) AUGUST-POST FOR GOODIES FUN! <em>67</em> Here we are, the last day of July! But, hello, August! <BR> <BR> Are you ready to post a fun emoticon? Remember, you can post however you'd like with any emoticon or a hi and hello! The important part is to keep the friendships and positive fun coming -- and what a super way to shoo that stress away! Friendship and sharing! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, the friends who have posted here will be getting a goodie from the Team or me! As I love to pass them along to a... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:21:23 EST Suggestions needed Well, it has been about two and a half weeks since I have posted. Reality has invaded. I have been back and forth to the hospital with mother. Between blood clots, hematomas (or however you spell that), getting sick myself, and working two jobs, I realized that maybe (just maybe, mind you) I have been spreading myself too thin. Either from stress or something else, my digestive tract is now mutinying against me. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for the middle of August. In the meantime, my doct... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:41:57 EST First week in! Hello Everyone... <BR> I am Kim from Ohio. Been overweight most of my life and I am ready to make changes in my life. This first week has actually been an eye opener for me and I am learning things about my eating habits that I never knew. Looking forward to listening to your stories and hopefully encouragement. <BR> Good luck to all! <BR> Kim:-) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:13:08 EST Stressed and frustrated Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm new and looking forward to reading your posts. I am 47 and had a health issue last fall, where I gained 15 lbs when I was already overweight by 15 lbs. We have 3 wonderful children who are medically challenged with chronic illnesses. Our two daughters have a total of 6 hospitalizations since February. The stress of the hospitalizations is so overwhelming that there is no energy remaining to concentrate on fitness and nutrition. <BR> <BR> I'm just not sure how to h... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:16:53 EST Hi, I'm new. I'm a 28-year-old, married mom in college. Life is hectic. My nutrition and fitness have slacked. I gained 10 lbs over the winter, and here it is July, and I still haven't dropped it! My goal is to never yo-yo again by making real, long term lifestyles changes. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:43:01 EST What ME stressed ????????? Hello all - just into week 2 on the site and already found menopausal weight loss team and now one for being stressed out - what a perfect fit. Stress has caused a ton of health problems for me including high blood pressure and most recently Bell's Palsy (not pretty!!) RELAX says everyone, take it easy!! Those words don't seem to be in my dictionary - and we all know what stress does for weight gain. Hoping to learn from y'all... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:57:41 EST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm actually looking forward to weighing in on Monday! Long time since I said something like that! Go read my latest blog please Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:59:00 EST WHAT R U LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING 2-DAY? Even though we feel stressed with certain events in our days, we are always looking forward to those positive events and things planned or not planned in our days as well! <BR> <BR> Please share a positive thing that you are looking forward to doing today! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Keep those <em>48</em> positives coming as they always help <em>216</em> those <em>198</em> away! Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:25:15 EST Looking for friends to keep me motivated!!!!!! I started my weightloss journey 3 weeks ago and I am doing great so far...however I am looking to meet new people to keep me motivated as well as to give me advice on things that they use to help them shed pounds...hope to hear from you soon Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:27:59 EST DEEP BREATHING, YOGA, MEDITATE, ETC., DONE 2-DAY? <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <em>135</em> <em>403</em> <em>414</em> <BR> I do enjoy doing a few yoga poses and deep-breathing exercises at the beginning of the day, as they really seem to help, plus I enjoy doing them! So, if you enjoy and feel the benefit of these type of stress-relieving exercises, and there are more to choose from, please share if you did yours today! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:24:04 EST ANSWER and ASK THE TEAM A QUESTION! I know we love to answer those Questions of the Day -- so, I'm passing along a way that you are able to ANSWER a question asked by a friend here at the team and to ASK the team one as well! <BR> <BR> And, so as not to confuse the next friend to post, please start your QUESTION with a Q: And, your ANSWER, with an A: <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Q: What is your favorite sort of movie? <BR> ***Next friend to post*** <BR> A: Romantic comedies! <BR> YOU can then ASK a question of the next ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:50:06 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:14 EST New to the Site Hi. I am new to this site. I weight alot and would like to weight alot less. I think my main goal is to live a healthier and more active lifestyle that will allow me to lose weight instead of being so focused on losing weight. I tend to get discouraged if I am so focused on my weight. I am getting married next October and would like to look better for my wedding and just be healthier in general. I work 10 hour days 4 days a week where I sit at home and work on a computer so some days its real... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:52:29 EST Hi my name is Vicky and I'm a newby Glad to be part of the group, looking forward to dropping the weight and feeling better. I have way too much insulation right now, LOL, so the heat is killing me. I'm going to need your support, and I'll be there if you need a positive supportive buddy. Let's do this! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:26:33 EST Hi Hi i am new to the site. I have 5 girls. all under the age of 6. I live in Nebraska. Origanaly from Iowa. I have about 25 lbs I would like to loose. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:11:53 EST Trying to lose Baby Weight ~ ugghh!! I had a baby in August of last year and gained a miserable 70 lbs. I use to workout ALL the time but, o how things have changed with a little one around. SO ... I am refusing to buy fat clothes ... I need to do something about this weight and my depression ~ so starting tomorrow am ... i'm gonna start running before work. It worked for me before when I was dieting ((WAY before having a baby tho)) so, we'll see if it still kicks my metabolism into gear. Any advice is greatly appreciated!! ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 18:09:06 EST Hello Everyone! A nurse here :) Hello Everybody! My name is Dagmar and I am an almost 24 years old nurse from Germany. <BR> <BR> All my life I have been fit and within the healthy weight range until, even during and after my pregnancy. Until June 2009 when my Mother died and my whole world broke into pieces. She was my best friend and in order to find comfort I started eating and gave up exercising. Instead of going biking or jogging I would eat tons of sweets and carbohydrates and wash it down with gallons of soda. I did... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:49:43 EST Saying Hi- finally My name is Brandon. I am almost always stressed, and with Crohn's Disease, stress isn't good. I work 40+ hours a week and I run a food distribution (social service) program. I have 2 daughters (5 and almost 11) and an amazing husband who does everything he can to make me less stressed. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here! Sat, 2 Jul 2011 12:09:28 EST HOW R U GOING TO STAY MOTIVATED 2-DAY? There are days when we feel totally energized and ready to go <em>104</em> , and then on other days, the motivation to stay on track with our healthy eating and, mainly, keeping that stress on low, just isn't there like we'd like it to <em>29</em> . But, that's life and we can never give up! One day good, the next day???? But, challenges are good at times, so............please share your ideas and ways that you're going to stay motivated today! <BR> <BR> Taking a <em>311</em> to walk ... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:41:50 EST Sue smiths health and diet page hi im sue smith, really need to get motivated, i start dieting with really positive goals, then fall by the wayside. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:14:12 EST