SparkPeople Iowa Moms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=3090 For all moms in or around Iowa looking for support! SparkPeople Iowa Moms Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=3090 August Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x72098560 I know we are half way through August, but let's give it a shot. I really need to get myself in gear. <BR> <BR> <BR> Nutrition: One drink per day. S-Th &amp; 3 F-Sat and 5 servings fruits and veggies <BR> Exercise: At least 10 minutes exercise a day. September I want to get the 500 minutes trophy.. <BR> Personal: Undetermined yet. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:18:52 EST Hello from Central Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x68486078 Hi Mom’s. I have done SparkPeople in the past and loved it. Think it’s been at least 6 years since on here and right now can’t remember my former username. I recently moved from Eastern Iowa to small town central IA. Excited to get back to being healthy and fit. I remember Musicmomof2. Glad to see you are still here motivating us. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:45:01 EST Hi from North Central Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x67468888 Hello...I was in this group a few years ago, but I left Spark but now I'm back again as I need to make some changes...but any who. <BR> <BR> My name is Katie and I am from North Central Iowa. I live in a small town called Rudd. I am about 15 miles to the east of Mason City. I have lived here since 2001. But I have found that I really do like it...so much laid back than the bigger towns. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I am married to a wonderful man for 19 years. We have a 15 almost 16 year old daughte... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:20:46 EST June Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x66936686 June Challenge: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Eat better, less beverages <BR> Exercise: Do something! <BR> Personal: Work on my social media. <BR> <BR> June 1st <BR> Nutrition: Lots of veggies <BR> Exercise: walked the dogs <BR> Personal: No <BR> <BR> June 2nd <BR> Nutrition:So so <BR> Exercise: gardening <BR> Personal: No <BR> <BR> <BR> June 3rd <BR> Nutrition: good on veggies <BR> Exercise: walked the dogs/gardening <BR> Personal: No <BR> <BR> June 4th <BR> Nutrition: Lots of veggies/tried ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 09:36:56 EST November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x62940680 I need to get going on eating well and exercise. I need a challenge. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Nutritional: Eat better and less, only one adult beverage a night during the week. <BR> <BR> Exercise: Something! Anything! That's how bad I've been. I'd be happy if I moved. <BR> <BR> Personal: Work on dog training. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:27:33 EST Mom of 2 in Northwest Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x62045809 Hello, I am very new to this. I am a wife and mother of 2 kids, am 29 years old, and live in Humboldt Iowa. If anyone is near me let me know I would love an accountability partner =) I love photography and movies, which arent too helpful in weight loss. I have many struggles but my biggest is my bipolar disorder, I do great for awhile then fall into a depression and have to start all over when it is through. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:17:36 EST *October Challenge* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x59315872 Here's to a new month!! <BR> <BR> My goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Portion control (yes again) and snack control. Plan, plan, plan!! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: continuing with PiYo - push myself harder. i know that I can do it! I'll add extra cardio too on the shorter workout days. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: I'm doing one Bible study (Proverbs 31) and am also following a Prayer challenge for another site (MOB Society - that would be Mothers of Boys). So, my goal for October is to really focus o... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:19:45 EST ~September Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x59007045 A new month, new challenges! Let's make it a great month! <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: continue cutting back on the junk. Some things have crept back into my diet and I need to cut them out again. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: continue with Round 2 of PiYo and add other workouts to reach an hour every day (except for my Sunday rest day) <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: get back on my cleaning schedule! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:10:04 EST *August Challenge* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x58704062 All right, I'm going to get the challenges going again. I hope that everyone has had a great summer. Let's get things going again! Pick your 3 goals and share them here. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: just focus on sticking to healthy choices! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: finish up the second month of PiYo and add some extra cardio a few days a week. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: thanks to a wonderful Spark friend, I have been introduced to the usage of essential oils. So, I'm going to spend August real... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:24:24 EST *~May Challenge~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x57715496 I can't believe that it is May already! This year is just flying by! Time to set some new goals for this month. Good luck! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: portion-control. I don't know why I'm struggling with this so much lately, but I need to really focus! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I'm following Jessica Smith's May Challenge/Schedule. I'll add extra in on days that there are shorter workouts though. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: cleaning/decluttering. I got off to a good start in April, but motivation... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:26:11 EST *~April Challenge~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x57327762 Where did March go? Crazy! <BR> <BR> So, moving on to April. Let's set those goals and keep each other motivated! <BR> <BR> My April goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: portion control and cutting out the junk that has crept back in. I will still allow myself a treat, but I will measure or weigh and stop at that! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: not completely sure if I'll follow a program or just keep doing what I'm doing. I love Jessica Smith's workouts. I will probably keep following her weekly sc... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:12:11 EST NW Iowa Mama To One Handsome Little Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x57149969 Hello Everyone:) <BR> <BR> I'm Jes! I am a Mama to a 19 month old little boy named Maddox! I'm so very fortunate to be blessed with the opportunity of being able to stay at home thanks to his AMAZING daddy who works so hard for us! It is the absolute best & I love getting to spend so much quality time with my Little Man! I am a thrift store queen, a rummage sale junkie & a full time bargain hunter! I love to write, paint, sculpt & just doing anything that gets my creative juices going! My Ma... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:16:36 EST *~March Challenge~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x56959259 Let's keep going strong this month! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: measure everything. Track every bite and nibble! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I'm going to stick with Jessica Smith workouts - either her weekly schedule on her website or my DVDs. I may throw a few other things in if time allows. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: less computer time and more reading. Most days I do okay, but I have days where it seems like I am on the computer all day. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:52:17 EST ~*February challenge*~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x56601009 Let's make this a great month. We started off strong last month, let's move it this month! Same set up - pick your own goals and share your progress here for motivation! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for February: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: portion control. I will do so good in this area, but then things start creeping in. I measure out breakfast and usually my snack, but lunch and supper don't always happen that way. So, my focus for February will be portion control! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness:... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:25:48 EST *~January 2014 Challenge~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x56148248 I can't believe that 2013 is coming to an end! Let's make 2014 a great year! <BR> <BR> We'll stick with the same set-up - 3 goals - nutrition, fitness and personal - and post them here so that we can encourage each other. Let's go Iowa Moms! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: still working on portion control, but I'm also going to work on cutting back on sugar - I don't do too bad, but I figure that it needs to be done. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I'm still thinking about th... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:56:00 EST Live Healthy Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x55868661 Live Healthy Iowa registration opens in a couple weeks. If you've never joined a team before, you should give it a try. I am a finalist in the running for a spot on the Dream Team. I would appreciate your vote...I need all the votes I can get to make the top 5 and secure a spot on the team. Visit the Live Healthy Iowa website and vote for Robin Norfleet! <BR> <BR> http://www.livehealthyiowa.org/aspx/Publ<BR>ic/Page.aspx?pid=13675 <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:59:30 EST *~November Challenge~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x55475918 Let's continue the challenge! Woo hoo! Let's make it a great November even with the holiday. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: continue focusing on cutting back on the junk food (aka sugar...) <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: finish up Body Gospel and then mix things up to finish out November. I'm also going to do the SparkPeople Skinny Jeans Challenge. I signed up for it in October, but with my surgery had to put it on hold. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: continue my spiritual journey. I love the mood that it pu... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:47:30 EST ~* October 2013 Challenge *~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x55100175 Back by popular demand! The monthly challenge!! <BR> <BR> Unless anyone has another suggestion, we'll stick with the three challenges (one nutrition, one fitness and one personal). This way we make each accountable, but can focus on what we need to do for ourselves. <BR> <BR> So, here are my challenges for October: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: cut back on the junk food - I let myself slip in September, so I need to get back on track! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: my plan, once I recover from surge... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:03:09 EST Can we do the monthly challenge again??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x55097596 I miss it. <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:54:19 EST July 2013 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x53924088 Okay Iowa Moms, we haven't had a challenge for a few months (mostly because I was the only one posting and I got busy <em>211</em> ) and we've got some new members, so I figure that it's time for something to get this team going. <BR> <BR> 1st Challenge - stop by the team page and respond to any of the active posts (daily points, exercise, etc - you'll see which ones they are). I'd like to challenge you to post to at least one every day! I know that may be tough, but it's worth a shot.... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:03:51 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x53660673 I can't remember if I introduced my self or not, so here it goes: My name is Denise I'm a single mom of three boys the oldest two are out of the house. My youngest is 17 and will be a senior next year. I work at a fast food restaurant. trying not to eat there food because they don' t have many healthy choices at all. I'm also involved in my church and so is my boy friend Greg. this week I have been trying to do this and I've been tracking my food intake and learned from my mistake I must le... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:12:16 EST Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x53586089 So I thought I would post in here, if any of you are in the Des Moines/Ankeny area, we'll be camping at Saylorville lake on June 20th through the 23rd. Then we're leaving there to drive to Kansas to visit family and camp the 24th through the whole rest of that week. <BR> <BR> I posted this because I had hoped that I could find some sparkers in the area to maybe go hiking with or something active...or just meet in person while we're there! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:45:47 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x53566528 Hi, I'm Denise I'm new to this so any advice would be appreciated Thank You!! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 22:45:43 EST ~~April Challenge/Goals 2013~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x52767010 A new month, a new set of challenges/goals for ourselves! Share them here so that we can support each other. <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: portions, portions, portions. Enough said! It's not so much what I'm eating, it's how much I'm eating. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: continue ChaLEAN Extreme (I'm partway through month 2) and add daily yoga with Tara Stiles. Like I said in a previous post, I'm going to have to get creative to fit it all in, but I will do it! <BR> <B... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:27:00 EST NE Iowa Mom of 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x52355608 Hi. My name is Kristina. I'm from NE Iowa and became a new mom in July 2012. I'm an at home mom and love it. Since having my son I found that my taste buds had changed so I've been experimenting with new foods. I also struggled with getting back into my workouts so that has been my current focus. I finally am on track with my cardio workouts but now I'm trying to introduce strength training. <BR> <BR> Look forward to being part of your team. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:52:34 EST **March Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x52336356 Wow. February goes by way to fast. Can't believe that March is here! So, that means time for a new challenge. I think that we'll stick with picking three goals to work on, but we're going add an extra challenge for everyone. Thanks to Amy for this one! <BR> <BR> Are you ready for some March madness? The March 21 Day challenge starts tomorrow!!!!!! It was asked for and I agree on this one! Wall sits! Do your wall sit and time yourself. Each day, for 21 days, you add 5 seconds to your tim... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:20:32 EST **February Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x51925292 Happy February! Time to set some new goals or keep focusing on your current goals! Let's make it a great month, after all there are only 28 days! <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: keep focusing on the S.A.S.S. plan and really watch my snacking. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: finish up the hybrid schedule, then starting a ChaLEAN Extreme rotation. Still focus on hitting 10,000 steps a day (on top of my workouts) <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: keep reading my daily devotionals. Get back to cro... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:48:43 EST Southeast Iowa mom of 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x51586603 <BR> I live in southeast Iowa and I have 3 kids....One girl and 2 boys. Joined to try and gain back some of the muscle tone my body Used to have lol...Plus exercise is a great stress reliever and as every mother knows.....As much as we love them our kids are a major stress factor... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:27:26 EST NE Iowa Mom here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x51443437 Hi ladies thanks for the group. It's great to see smaller groups that are more spacific. I find that there will probably be more support on here than the larger groups of a few thosand people. I'd like to introduce me self <em>334</em> I live in northeast Iowa...anyone else? <BR> I'm 23, and have recently became a mom on Halloween 2012. She is the apple of my eye, her daddy and I are very thrilled and happy to have such an amazing angel. I stay at home with her all day whike daddy works.... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:33:08 EST ~*January Challenge*~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x51420771 Okay Iowa Moms, I know that I haven't posted a challenge in a few months. I figured that we were all pretty busy with the holidays. So, now that a new year is here, let's get the challenge going again! I like the personal goal challenge if that's what you would all like to stick with. Unless there are any other ideas.... <BR> <BR> So, pick 1, 2 or 3 goals (nutrition, fitness, and personal) and let's kick off 2013 with a bang! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Really ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:59:41 EST Leaving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x49901631 I am going to remove my account from SparkPeople. I never use it. I don't feel like I'm going to ever be motivated enough to lose this weight. Maybe I'll come back in the future, but I don't know right now. Thank you all for the support you have given me, I am sorry I was unable to give enough in return. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:17:45 EST Kosama in West Des Moines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x49803208 Hi guys! Does anyone do Kosama? I start at the WDM location on monday. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 18:57:14 EST **September Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x49705474 Still going with the same plan - pick 1, 2 or all 3 goals to focus on for September. Make one nutrition-related, one fitness-related and one anything else (or if you feel that you need two in one of the other categories, that's fine too). This way you can cater the challenge to your needs. Let's make this a great September! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Follow the "S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim" 5-puzzle piece meal planning (I explained it in my blog if you are curious!) <... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:59:55 EST August goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x49253734 I'm not going to push for a challenge this month. I know that everyone is busy, so if you want to post your goals for August and check in, feel free. Don't feel like you have to though. I know that I've got a lot coming up in the next few weeks, so I may not be able to post. Have a great month!! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:31:38 EST **July goals** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x48764581 Since it's summer and a lot of us are busy, we're going to take it easy for July. If you want to share your goals for the month, go right ahead and we will support you. If not, don't worry about it. Just have a great month!! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: I'm going to continue focusing on fruits and veggies. This is working well for me right now. I will also continue paying attention to portion control. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: continue with Turbo Fire. I should be... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:05:47 EST Hi from North Central Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x48475904 Hello...My name is Katie and I am from North Central Iowa. I live in a small town called Rudd. I am about 15 miles to the east of Mason City. I have lived up here since 2001. I am starting to slowly get use to small town life. But I have found that I really do like it...so much laid back than the bigger towns. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I am married to a wonderful man for 14 years. We have a 10 year old daughter who will be going into the 5th grade this next fall. They are both supportive o... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:08:27 EST ~~June Challenge~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x48306354 Boy, May sure did fly by! I hope that everyone had a good month. Now, it's time for a new month and a new challenge. We'll keep the same formula, but with a twist! Choose your three goals: nutrition, fitness and personal - but every day I want you to add an extra challenge (doesn't matter what category - just try to do it every day. For example, set a goal to go for a 20 minute walk.) Got it? Let's make this a great month!! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: I'm goin... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:06:27 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x48076002 hello i just joined here so i hope that i will learn some new things and get to know new people Tue, 15 May 2012 09:46:42 EST **May Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x47835107 I can't believe how fast April flew by! Time for May goals. Mix it up this time if you want. If you want to pick all nutrition or all fitness or any goals, go right ahead. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: continue working on getting my fruits and veggies and working on portions. Everything else is going well. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: Turbo Fire, baby!! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: Finish up the Bible study and continue my walk with God. I'm also going to g... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:34:07 EST *April Challenge* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x47352297 Where did March go? Time for a new month. We will continue with the same format. Choose 1-3 goals to focus on for the month. One nutrition, one fitness, and one personal. Share them here and we will encourage each other to reach our goals! Let's go team! <BR> <BR> My goals for April: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: continue working on portion control and getting my fruits and veggies! <BR> <BR> Fitness: continue with Turbo Fire! <BR> <BR> Personal: finish the online Bible study! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:41:31 EST **March challenge /goals** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x46831026 Boy, February flew by! Time for some new goals (or keep the ones you've got if you need to!). Here's to a great March!! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:57:06 EST Hello from Dubuque http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x46647228 Hello there. I've been on Spark about a week, so I'm still getting familiar to all of it's features. I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Deb and live in Dubuque. My husband and I have 5 kids~daughter 29, son 27, son 9, daughter 7, and son 4. It seems as if life has been so busy over the past nine years with having our 9 year son, and then adopting our 7 year old daughter from Guatemala and 4 year old son from Ethiopia. Having turned 51, I definitely felt the need to do more for my persona... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:38:15 EST **February Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x46341783 Wow! January has just flown by! So it's time to come up with some new goals (unless you struggled and want to keep the same ones). Let's make this short month the best! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness <BR> <BR> 3. Personal <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:01:57 EST Share bar feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x46042499 I wanted to pass this along to everyone. It really bothers me that Spark People keeps making these changes. <BR> <BR> You may have noticed that your own blog now has is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" it on their Facebook wall!! You can read more about this at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_ <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=4680590 <BR> <BR> If you like this new feature, then don't worry about doing anything - if you ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:30:39 EST **January Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x45711289 Okay, I'm going to add a little to our usual choose three goals. You can still choose your three different goals (one nutrition, one fitness and one personal), but choose something that you can add to as the month goes along. So, for example, you choose to walk every day. Set it so that you can continually increase the length of your walks. Does that make sense? <BR> <BR> SO, choose three new goals (let's mix things up for this new year!) and let's make this a great start to 2012!! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:51:32 EST ~~December goals~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x45294558 Note that I've changed this from a "challenge" to "goals" for December. I know that with the Christmas season and all that comes with it, there are more struggles. So I want you to set some goals for yourself that will help you get through the month! You can keep with the same format (one nutrition, one fitness and one personal) or go which ever way you want. I'm not giving you a break, but letting you "relax" a bit. Here's to a strong December! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:30:02 EST **November Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x44846158 Wow, where did October go? Before we know it, Christmas will be here! Time to pick some new goals, or if you struggled with your last goals - stick with them. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness <BR> <BR> 3. Personal <BR> <BR> Here's to a wonderful November and getting through the holidays in one piece! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:11:12 EST **October Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x44350856 Wow! Where did September go? It seems like it just flew past. Anyway, time to set our goals for October. Choose 1, choose 3, choose as many as you like. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness <BR> <BR> 3. Personal <BR> <BR> Good luck this month!! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:00:56 EST KOSAMA anyone do it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x43928561 Good morning all. Anyone here do the Kosama challenge or farrell's for that matter? Trying to decide between the 2. Thanks!! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 06:47:17 EST **September Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x43831449 Good morning Iowa Moms! It's that time of the month again, time to set some goals for the new month. So here we go! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition <BR> 2. Fitness <BR> 3. Personal <BR> <BR> Remember you can pick a goal for each category or just focus on one category. If you want to set three goals in one category, go right ahead. Just make sure that you check in occasionally so that we can see how we're doing and offer encouragement! Good luck! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:25:30 EST **August Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x43287781 I can't believe that July is ending and August is beginning tomorrow! 22 days until school starts! <BR> <BR> I'm still going to stick with the same type of challenge. It seems to work for everyone. I am open to any suggestions though! <BR> <BR> 3 goals: Nutrition, Fitness, and Personal <BR> <BR> Go for all three or just pick one. It's totally up to you! Share them here and keep us updated on your progress. Good luck! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:04:10 EST Going out to eat tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x43276772 I'm going out to eat tonight for a special occasion at Great Plains Pizza here in Ames. I have no clue how to track this because they are a local restaurant. Anyone ever been there? They have giant wheat crusts, tons of cheese and honey on the crust. I'm assuming it won't be great for me, but oh well. I have over 900 calories left for the day. I'm hoping 1 or 2 pieces will be under that, lol! Anyone have any clue how to track this? Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:22:15 EST Hello Des Monies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x43031318 I'm a mom of two busy boys and going back to work after being home for 9 years. Excited yes, scared yes...wishing I was 70 lbs lighter you bet! My motivation comes and goes but I try very hard to stay positive. I've done this weight thing some many times I've lost count but hoping for staying power this time around! <em>104</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:15:39 EST I'm a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x42939984 My name is Kelly. I'm new to the Iowa Mom's team - I live in Omaha but grew up an Iowa girl. I'm 51 and am married to Ed. We have 3 kids - Sarah (18), Cole (15) and Kyle (13). Our oldest will be starting college at UNL in Lincoln in August. I'm a pharmacist and I work the overnight (or graveyard) shift. I have spent years trying to watch what I eat and I keep watching it pile onto my body in places that it doesn't belong. It is time for me to take control!! Here's to getting healthy a... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:12:22 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42780873 I am new and need to lose 50 pounds .I feel I am lost and I do not know from where should I start .could you help me please .I am looking for a buddy I live in coralville iowa. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:49:28 EST **July Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x42723564 I can't believe that it's the last day of June! <BR> <BR> So, that means it's time for our July Challenge! We'll stick with the 3 goals (nutrition, fitness, personal). If you want to stick with the same challenges, that's great. But, it's also a time to "shake" things up with your goals. So, good luck! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:30:28 EST Hello Ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42723115 Hi to all. Hope the summer is finding you well. I haven't been around much lately. With the kids out of school, summer activities, etc. I've been fairly busy. I have, however, been trying to watch what I eat and stay active. I weighed-in a couple days ago and in the last two months I've lost more than 15 pounds. Yay! So I must being doing a little something right. lol <BR> <BR> Weather has been fairly cooperative up to this point. Kids and I went for a very long walk on the Pioneer Trail yes... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:05:15 EST couch to 5k? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42707688 I keep hearing about a couch to 5k program. I am planning on running a 5k approximately a year from now. Is this a program that I could follow? Does anyone know anything about it? Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:36:11 EST Exercise Class - Ankeny Area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42598653 I am taking an exercise class through a private individual. She is losing part of the class and so I'm trying to help get her some more people to join. She is fun and perky. The classes are M&W at 6:00 pm. I try to hit the Saturday 9AM one. Message me if you are interested and I can get you more info. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------- <BR> ***BODYFIRM*** & *** PILATES Combo*** <BR> <BR> 2 classes per month $30 (up to 8 classes per month) <BR> 3 cl... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:37:18 EST Anyone in Ames? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42501842 And do you want to sign up for any park and rec fitness classes with me? My workout buddy is to embarrassed to take a class because she doesn't want to "make a fool" out of herself. I just don't care, lol. I was thinking maybe Zumba on Mondays from 4:30-5:30, but I will know more when I get my July schedule on the 22nd. The class runs from the 6/27 - 8/1. 6 weeks of classes for only $20! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:00:33 EST What do I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42487840 I have an entire afternoon, evening and night all to myself. My DH took our DS on a boys camping trip with a friend, our DD is staying with my MIL overnight. I don't think I've had this much time alone in like 5 years, lol. I was talking to my mom on the phone and she said I should do things that single people without kids do. HA! I don't even remember what that is! I think I'm just going to stay home, get my workouts in, and watch episodes of Doctor Who (which I'm currently obsessed wit... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:24:58 EST I'm just a little sad today...okay a lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x42373219 Hi everyone, I just need a little support. I noticed that I lost weigth when I used the spark food tracker but now that i really try to stay away from processed foods I don't like using the tracker. I make most meals from scratch and from fresh foods. I really hate the tedious process of spending and hour or more each day filling in the recipes and trying to remember how much of this i put in or how much of that. I don't cook the same thing twice in a week. It's really discouraging for me. I ... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:39:25 EST Greetings and Salutations!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x42269361 I am new to SP - I am a mother of 3 girls ages 2,10 +17. I was told a couple weeks ago that I am pre-diabetic and that I am 9lbs away from weighing 300lbs. <BR> So I came on here to get some help. <BR> <BR> I am trying to eat better. My struggle is the exercise. I walked last week. I am hoping I keep it up and dont give up. <BR> <BR> Thank you for having forums I can come to get encouraged, inspiration and know I am not alone in this battle. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:45:22 EST **June Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x42149034 All right Iowa Moms! It's time to think of some new goals (or if you're struggling, like I am, recommitting to your current goals). So here we go for June!! <BR> <BR> Choose a goal (or all three) for June: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: (non-fitness or non-nutrition related) <BR> <BR> I can't believe that school is now out and that summer is here. Let's help each other out and keep the motivation going!! <BR> Tue, 31 May 2011 15:45:10 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x42059526 New to spark--live in Montezuma--looking to chat & learn <em>224</em> Thu, 26 May 2011 16:27:22 EST Daily challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x41546346 The challenge for May 1st <BR> <BR> Work on a jigsaw or crossword puzzle, word find, or Sudoku for at least 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> This one is easy for me because I usually do the Sudoku that is in the Sunday paper. Good luck with today's challenge! Sun, 1 May 2011 08:35:46 EST **Challenge for May** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x41531531 All right Iowa moms! Time to choose some new goals or if you are still struggling, stick with your current goals. Remember, you can choose one, two or all three. It all depends on you! Let's make this a great May! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition goal <BR> 2. Fitness goal <BR> 3. Personal goal (not fitness or nutrition related) <BR> <BR> I'm also going to start a daily challenge thread. I'm signed up for a daily challenge at another website and I thought that I would share them here. Be on the ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:26:46 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x41492661 Some of you may have seen my intro on the SparkIowa forums, but I'm not new to SP. I have been an on again/off again member for over 2 years now but I'm looking for help and support to stick with the program and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> I'm 27 years old, married, and live in central Iowa where I'm a SAHM to my stepson (12), and my daughter and son (7 and 5). My husband works full-time for the National Guard and is hardly ever at home, so it's kinda like being a single parent. LOL <BR> ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:55:46 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x41492478 Hello. i am Kati. I am 30, married with 3 kids. I am from Marshalltown. i am working to get the weight off from having 3 kids. My last pregnancy really did a number on me.I had my 2nd c-section and a emergency hysterectomy. Lets just say I am not bouncing back like I used to. I eat in moderation and watch my sugar intake. I do Zumba. I am slightly obsessed with it. My kids are 7, 5 and 3. I have 60 lbs to loose. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:47:08 EST Walking Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x40910554 Would anyone be interested in having a walking challenge? Aiming for a certain amount of steps or miles. Let me know and I'll start one! Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:33:14 EST **April Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x40910009 All right moms! Let's continue with our same style of challenge. Again, you can focus on one thing or go for all three. <BR> <BR> Choose three goals: one nutrition, one fitness and one personal (not fitness or nutrition related). <BR> <BR> Good luck! If anyone has any questions or suggestions, let me know! Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:03:55 EST Diet Pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x40719507 I'm curious to find out if anyone has tried the weight loss pill Alli?? If so, have you had results? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:03:12 EST Iowa Cancer patient looking for 1 million cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x40598595 Help this 12yo boy make his goal <BR> <BR> http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article<BR>/20110316/NEWS03/103160351/Munson-Worl<BR>dwide-deluge-mail-Mighty-Max- <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:46:04 EST HI! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x40595998 Hi, my name is Joie and i just joined SP yesterday! I live in northern ia and i have a 20 mth little boy and have been married to my love for 2 1/2 yrs! I gained a lot of weight after getting married and having my son so i'm looking to get the weight back off!! Would love to have some friends and motivators on here so please, check out my page and friend me! <em>30</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:42:50 EST What Events are Happening in Iowa?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x40559430 I was wondering what was going on in Iowa? It seems to me that there a lot of events that get advertised in local papers instead of the bigger papers. I would like to find out about events. Family, health and just fun ones. <em>81</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:07:40 EST New to Iowa Moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x40554422 Hello everyone. I am new to this group. My name is Nicole. I am 34, married, sahm of 5, & we live in Des Moines. I am not good at introductions... so please feel free to check out my sparks page, it tells more about me & my weightloss goals. :) Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:49:18 EST **March Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x40228212 We're going to continue with the same format. Pick up to three goals - one nutritional, one fitness, and one personal. I really am enjoying this format and I hope that you are too! <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Keep working on cutting out Diet Dew (doing pretty good, but could be better) and cutting back on sweet treats. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I'm going to keep with the new workout DVD every day. I will probably reach the point where I need to start over, but it w... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:27:53 EST altoona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x39576190 Hi everyone. So glad I finally found the Iowa board. I choose this one because it's for moms. I am a SAH looking for friends. maybe walking buddies in the future :) Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:07:30 EST ~~**February Challenge**~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x39496964 All right Iowa Moms! We're going to get back to our "regular" challenge. I'm posting this early to give you a chance to take the weekend to really think about your goals for February. <BR> <BR> So here goes: <BR> <BR> 1. Choose a nutrition goal (track every bite, portion control, and so on) <BR> 2. Choose a fitness goal <BR> 3. Choose a personal goal (not related to nutrition or fitness, unless you need that extra boost) <BR> <BR> You can choose one goal or go for all three. If anyone h... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 19:09:22 EST Here I am again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x39215866 Some names look familiar to me. It's been a long time since I've been here. <BR> I wanted to be sure i was going to stick around this time so I started back to SP about 2 weeks ago and so far so good, so I thought I would dip my toes back into the pool again and say HELLO to some fellow SP. <BR> Hello! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:53:07 EST New to Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x38939438 Hi ladies! I am new to this site and still figuring it out! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:30:56 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x38932230 ok,I have a confession to make, I have not been doing as well as I should. <BR> Life has kind of gotten in the way here. <BR> My 2nd oldest fell in November and ended up having knee surgery in December. <BR> My oldest has been really busy with school functions and my 2 youngest ones are very demanding. <BR> does anyone know if I can manually enter excercise? I was thinking about using our stairs as excercise since it's hard to get out. <BR> Erika Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:13:11 EST *January Challenge* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x38725491 All right Iowa Moms! I'm going to change things up a little bit for 2011. This month we are going to follow the "31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions" calendar from Spark (I will post the link if you want it - let me know!). On January 1st I will post the first tip and we'll go from there. I'm hoping to get a few more involved this month. I know that the holidays are busy for everyone. Here's to great success in 2011!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_article... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:10:11 EST **December Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x38197676 All right Iowa Moms! I know that this is a busy time of year, but it is still important to have some goals. Again, we'll go with the three different categories, but you can choose if you want to do one, two or all of them. So here we go!! <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition goal <BR> 2. Exercise/Activity goal <BR> 3. Personal goal <BR> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:09:15 EST Des Moines Shopping and Restaurants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x37731943 We may be going shopping soon to Des Moines so we can escape the Omaha area for a little bit. Any tips? I do need to shop for myself and my kids. I'm shrinking, my kids keep growing! Also, kid friendly restaurant tips would be appreciated, especially any that have kids eat free with an adult entree. <BR> <BR> Thanks Thu, 4 Nov 2010 13:07:37 EST ***November Challenge*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x37650937 All right Iowa Moms! It's time for a new challenge. Since we are entering the holiday season, you can choose to focus on one goal instead of the three. I know that the holidays are busy and can be stressful. If you still want to stick with the three goals, then go for it!! The same categories apply: 1. Nutrition, 2. Exercise, 3. Anything else. Like I said, you can choose one goal this month, or continue to push yourselves and go for all three! Good luck! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:05:51 EST Des Moines Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x37137345 I am a mom of 5 children ages 9 - 14. I work part time as a homecare helper while the kids are at school. My goal in joining SparkPeople and especially Iowa Moms is to be encouraged to care for myself and to encourage others. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:30:57 EST Daughter's Girl Scout Gold Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x37102751 My daughter wants to earn her Girl Scout Gold. So we are looking for ideas. She can not just volunteer or job shadow. It has to be a big, wow, project. We'd appreceiate any ideas you might have. <BR> <BR> Thanks Kris <BR> ---- <BR> I am planning on earning my Girl Scout Gold Award. I am thinking about pursuing nursing as a career. So I am thinking about doing a project that has to do with nursing. It has to be more than volunteering. It has to stand out and carry on. I'm looking for lots ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:00:02 EST ***OCTOBER CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x36948159 I know that there are still a few days left in September, but I thought that I could get everybody thinking about their goals for October. We are going to stick with the same layout (one nutrition, one exercise, one personal), but I want you to add a different daily goal each day. We do have a forum for daily goals. I would love to see more of you posting there. If not, keep posting here. Good luck!! Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:10:28 EST New to the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x36474618 Hi all I live in Southern Iowa, and have struggled with weight off an on most of my adult life. I had been down to a size 16 almost eight years ago and stayed that way for a couple of years. I really put on the weight back in 2007, when my husband and I started the adoption process of our loving son. It was a very emotional and stressful year for me, and since than I can't seem to lose the weight. I am a SAHWAHM, the main bit of exercise I tend to get anymore is chasing our almost three y... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 00:06:50 EST ~~~September Challenge~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x36379148 All right Iowa Moms! Time for the September Challenge! <BR> <BR> We are going to stick with the same layout - 3 goals - one nutrition, one exercise, and one personal. This time I want you to change things up though. Try to focus on something that you are either struggling with or something new that you want to try. This will help shake things up. I feel that we've all gotten a little bit stuck in our goals (at least I know that I have), so let's work together and make this a great Septe... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:37:49 EST ***August Challenge*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x35717347 All right Iowa Moms! The summer is coming to an end. Where has the time gone? Anyway, it's time to start thinking about our August challenge. Since everyone seems to like the personal challenges, we will stick with that, but we are going to add a weekly (or maybe a daily) challenge. <BR> <BR> So, choose 3 goals (if you want, you can choose more). One nutrition, one fitness and one anything else not fitness or food related. Sunday (or before if you want) post your three goals and I will ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:49:42 EST ***JULY CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x35123750 All right, we are going to continue with the same set up for this month's challenge. Choose 3 goals (you can choose more if you want): one focusing on nutrition, one focusing on fitness/exercise, and one focusing on something else not nutrition or fitness related (you know the drill). We are thinking about also adding either a daily or a weekly challenge, so let me know if you have any ideas! Post your goals here and check in to let us know how you are doing. Here's to an awesome July!! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:41:01 EST July Challenge ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x35100319 Hey Iowa Moms! I just wanted to get some input on July's challenge. Do we want to continue in the same way or do something different? Personally, I like having the three "personal" goals, but if anyone else has some ideas, I would love to hear them. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:20:22 EST Hi I'm NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x34876692 Hi brandtsgirl here new to the team. <BR> Just moved to Hampton, IA a week ago. Hope to find some one else who lives in Hampton to say HI too:) Fri, 18 Jun 2010 07:26:07 EST Have any of you taken your little one's camping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x34688926 We're going camping this weekend. Spencer and Corbin are 4.....little nervous about this. Corbie is adventurous and has no fear! I seriously worry about him wandering off when we're busy with the other kids/grilling/etc. <BR> <BR> Any tips? I know there is probably a playground nearby, so that helps, and we usually split the kids off, and I focus on one while hubs focuses on the other (my oldest is 12, so I don't really worry about him as much). <BR> <BR> The other issue is, its a chu... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:27:10 EST ***JUNE CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x34459523 All right Iowa Moms, I'm going to go ahead and post the June Challenge. I think that we will continue with the personal goals. I think that makes it better for everyone. So, choose at least 3 goals. One for nutrition, one for exercise, and one other goal that has to do with something else. Take the holiday weekend to think about it and we will start on Tuesday, June 1st. Have a great weekend! Sat, 29 May 2010 15:05:14 EST Breastfeeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x34271720 Does anyone know the calorie intake for a breastfeeding mom? <BR> Erika Thu, 20 May 2010 13:16:37 EST New to spark people~ong delete at will http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x34271616 I'm not sure if I introduced myself or not so here goes. <BR> <BR> First of all thank you to those who invited me as well as who sent messages to welcome me, it's greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I am a SAHM of 4 my children are 12,9,4 and 6 months. <BR> Since my oldedst has been born I've found it a struggle to lose the "baby" weight. It's time I do something about it, my children have only seen pictures of me when I wasn't overweight. <BR> <BR> My poor husband loves me as I am and isn't ov... Thu, 20 May 2010 13:11:25 EST Workout Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x34249976 I thought it might be fun to give reviews of the different workout videos we've tried. I'm new to the workout videos, discovering recently that I could download some from Netflix. <BR> <BR> Today I'm giving my thoughts on: 10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix. <BR> <BR> This video is broken down into five 10 minute dance mixes. I'm very thankful it is. I can only do one ten minute session at a time. The instructor does take the time to teach the choreography. Some of the moves ... Wed, 19 May 2010 14:13:28 EST ***MAY CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x33806477 All right, we're going to continue our April Challenge, but I want for you to choose three new goals to work on. Still choose a goal for nutrition, one for fitness and one that is a personal goal for another area of your life. <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1) Focus on portion control - no seconds, measure servings, etc. - really need to work on this. <BR> <BR> 2) I finally got a decent pedometer, so my goal is to aim for 10,000 steps a day!! <BR> <BR> 3) I'm still going to work on d... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:42:12 EST Helpful tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x33716421 I thought that I would start a new topic where we can share helpful tips that make life easier and less hectic. <BR> <BR> One tip that I would like to share with you Mom's doing some spring cleaning is...If you need to wipe/clean your walls, use a sponge type mop instead of wiping w/ a rag. I got this tip out of a magazine and used it today. I bought a cheap mop and pinesol and I have to say that this was easy and a quick way to get my walls cleaned. I simply mixed the pinesol and water in ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:38:26 EST Prayers for my friend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x33540557 Please keep my very dear friend Britanny in your thoughts and prayers. She had a miscarriage last night. She has a little girl that is 2 and had a tubal pregnancy right after she was born. She was so looking forward to this baby. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:25:47 EST ~~~April Daily Challenge~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x33206324 The challenge for April 5th is to find ways to be active. Park farther away from the door, move during commercials (if you watch TV), and other things like that. <BR> <BR> Tonight, post how you did with the challenge! Good Luck!! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:53:59 EST ****APRIL CHALLENGE**** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x33122404 Good morning Iowa Moms!! This month's challenge will be similar to March's challenge. I'm changing things up just a bit though. I want you each to pick 3 goals to work on this month. The difference is that I want you to pick a goal for three different areas. We will also have a daily challenge, but I will wait and start those after Easter. <BR> <BR> Here are the three areas: <BR> <BR> 1) Choose a goal in the area of diet and nutrition - this can include water, fruits/veggies, portions,... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:14:37 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x33077700 My name is Cathy and my DH and two sons (5 & 3) live outside of the Quad Cities in Iowa. I've been on my weight loss journey since mid-October. Our local gym ran a 'greatest loser' contest that just ended in mid-March, and I managed to lose 45 pounds (and place second...oh that prize money was so fun to spend on new clothes LOL). I still have 40 pounds to lose, and am looking for inspriation/motivation to keep going before my sister-in-law's November wedding. Excited to finally be on sparkpeo... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:13:08 EST April Challenge Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x33071736 April is fast approaching and I had someone ask about an April Challenge. Do we want to continue with our goals from March, or do we want something completely different? Let me know what your ideas are. I would love to get even more people involved with this challenge. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:38:08 EST Cedar Rapids Restaurants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x32554801 where is a good place to get a healthy meal in Cedar Rapids Iowa, that isn't too, too expensive. One that would fill up a growing teenager. We will be there for Mo Show at Cedar Rapids Washington, it will be great <em>342</em> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:55:02 EST Pedometer suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x32389536 I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for a decent pedometer. I have one that I got when I ordered the Weight Watchers At-Home program many years ago (I had it when I was teaching, which I stopped teaching in May 2003, so that shows you how old it is). I've always liked it because it's sensitive, so it starts recording steps as soon as you move. The problem is that I think it over calculates my steps. I had another one, but you'd have to take ten steps before it started counting (I ha... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:14:18 EST Keeping Your Sanity as a Parent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x32389284 All right, I just got home from my workshop and thought I'd share a few tips while they are still fresh in my mind! <BR> <BR> Now, the class wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but she had a lot of good points and we did talk a little at the end on what to do with younger kids. Just to let you know that. <BR> <BR> She compared us all to a volcano. In our "volcano" we stuff our stress, anxiety, fears, guilt, anger, past resentments (grudges). People deal with stuffing in different wa... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:04:09 EST ~~~March Challenge~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x32334976 Okay, we have come up with several items to challenge you with this month. Again, you can choose one, some or all of them. The goal is to make a change this month. I know that for me eating more fruits and veggies is my hardest thing. I love them, I just don't eat them. So here are the four goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Try to drink 8 cups of water every day <BR> 2) Try to get 10,000+ steps every day or work out for 30 minutes 5-6 days a week (if you don't have a pedometer) <BR> 3) Stay within yo... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 08:31:37 EST Teens and trainers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x32322496 What would you say if your almost 16 year old son, told you when we join the wellness center, mom I don't want a trainer? <BR> <BR> My son by the doctor's standards is probably 75 pounds overweight, and at her suggestion we join the hospital's wellness center. We all get 1 hour of training with a trainer. <BR> <BR> Now why in the world would you suppose that he doesn't want a trainer? I look to that as the trainer knows what I need to do. It isn't as if he has much choice. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:25:48 EST Who am I trying to kid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x32264778 Okay, I'm taking in way too many calories, I was following what Spark wanted me to do, but Ican't do it like that. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale today and I was 256 pounds, so my weight isn't right on my ticker, nor was it right probably when I started. <BR> <BR> Why in my mind do I think of myself of 185, and I see in person that I am not. I am overweight, obese, fat, person, with a screaming thinner person wanting to get out inside of me...how can I let her out? <BR> <BR> I guess... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:00:38 EST 4 sparkpoints.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x32244009 <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:48:20 EST March Challenge ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x32225068 Okay, we have a few days left in February. Does anyone have any ideas for a March Challenge? Post them here. I'd like to be able to do a challenge that everyone can be involved in. If you'd rather go weekly, let me know! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:28:05 EST Prayers & thoughts please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x32135913 Please pray for my friend Bobbie's daughter. She is 13 and they found out she has a brain tumor. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 20:37:09 EST Good Bicycle Trails in Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x31928017 I love biking with my family on paved trails, especially in Iowa. We have quite a set-up with a trailer to carry all six bikes and two kid trailers. We've been on some of the trails in Council Bluffs, especially by and over the pedestrian bridge to Omaha. We also love the trail in Sioux City by the river. I would love to hear from other areas of Iowa where there are other good paved bike trails. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:18:37 EST Describe your mood or day using an emoticon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x31651615 <em>250</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2010 07:12:22 EST ~~~February Challenge~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x31536026 All right Iowa Moms! Time for the February Challenge! <BR> <BR> I don't know about the rest of you, but I didn't do so great with my goals in January, so I'm going to carry over the challenge into February. <BR> <BR> Let's go with the same idea - choose 3 goals to focus on for the month. You can use the same goals from last month, or pick 3 new ones. Take the weekend to think about it and we will start on Monday! Let's go team!! Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:10:47 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x31467907 Hi all .. <BR> I am new to this group and I am looking forward to change in my life. I just turned 58 and I have a wonderful and supportive husband of 37 years. 3 great children...A son and 2 daughters... and 3 precious grandchildren. <BR> I am hoping to lose about 60 pounds to have more energy, and to be healthy and to feel good again. I am a yo yoer and have been up and down weight wise so much during my life. I want to meet my goals and stay there. We are all here for the same reasons... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:26:23 EST New to the boards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x31401868 Hi everyone! I am brand new to SparkPeople and am so excited to begin my journey here! I am a working mom of 4 kids ages 13, 12, 6, and 4. My husband farms near Ida Grove and I'm a social worker that seems to be traveling all over West Central Iowa these days! I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you and sharing in our weight loss and fitness efforts together! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:41:16 EST Finally introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x30926325 I joined this team a couple (or more) weeks ago and I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. My name is Michelle and I live in Iowa City. Dave and I have been married for 16 years and my son Sean is 13 and my daughter Emily is 7. I work full time as a pharmacist. My biggest problem is having something happen just as I've built up momentum on my activity level. Usually it's as asthma exacerbation, but lately it's been knee pain after I fell down our stairs in April and foot pain in th... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:58:39 EST Just Found You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x30908447 I've been on SP for a couple of months, and just getting comfortable with the blogging and community stuff. I found this group and it looks like lots of encouragement going on--I'm looking forward to being part of this team. <BR> <BR> My name is Laura and I live in Des Moines. Married for 12 years, one 4yo daughter. Active in church in West Des Moines. Tired of the cold and snow--I'm looking forward to warmer temps next week. <BR> <BR> The January challenge looks like something I want ... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:00:59 EST Hi from a mom of 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x30858124 Hi all, It was great to see an Iowa group! I'm Ann and homeschooling mom of 4 (ages 11,8,5,5mos). We live in the country in the CR/Marion area. <BR> I was born/raised in Iowa and had a brief move to WA state (which we LOVED) and moved back here a little over a year ago for DH's work. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose the baby weight this time around and know the key to my success is exercise. I mainly do Leslie Sansone DVDs and my recumbent bike. I'm still nursing so not really dieting but eating... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:07:12 EST South Central Iowa Mother of 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x30736634 Hello! I have done SP before and got off track. I am back and ready to go in full swing again. I live in a very small town and have a hard time staying motivated. I plan to use the support of SP and my oldest step-daughter (21 yrs old) who is dieting with me. I am glad to find this team and see others that live in Iowa doing this. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:18:36 EST Good Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x30722727 Share with us the link to a great article that has really helped you today or this week on Spark People. Something you think would help inspire some of the members here! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:38:55 EST ***January Challenge*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x30662237 All right, this month we are going to focus on setting small goals for ourselves and seeing if we can meet them. This way it can be a personal challenge instead of a generic challenge. I want everyone to set three goals (it can be fitness-related, food-related, mind-related) and post them here so that we can help each other be accountable. I would like for everyone to check-in at least weekly (daily would be ideal, but I know that's not possible for everyone), so that we can see how we are... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:47:41 EST ~~~December Challenge~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x30057988 All right, time for the December Challenge!! <BR> <BR> This month's challenge will consist of three parts: <BR> 1) Aim for 3 servings of fruits/veggies every day. <BR> 2) Aim for staying in calorie range for at least 5 days a week. <BR> 3) Aim for 5 days of working out for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> This is basically continuing last month's challenge, with a little extra. Please try to post daily! Good luck! Tue, 1 Dec 2009 06:25:33 EST CHRISTMAS poll/quiz - getting to know your buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x29964072 Hey all. Copy my questions and put in your own answers... we can all get to know eachother better... <BR> <BR> 1) Have you ever taken a sleigh ride w/jungle bells and the whole shabang? <BR> I havent ever. Just regular sledding, not a horse drawn sleigh... <BR> <BR> 2) Do you put up a tree? If so - how do you decorate it? Do you put up more than one? <BR> I have a fish themed one in the fish theme living room. Then I have an Americana skinny small tree in the kitchen and down stairs in ... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:37:33 EST New to group from Des Moines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x29670124 Hello everyone. I am new to the group. My name is Nicole. I am 33, married for 13 years, & a sahm of 5. We live in Des Moines. I am currently at 174 & my goal weight is 140. My current workout plan is just walking outside or doing walk away the pounds. I am hoping to get a gym membership with my husband very soon. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:08:26 EST Hello! Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x29666589 Hello everyone!! I am new here. I am really very new to SP! Just today! I have had it for awhile, but never really utilized it. I really need to get back into the swing of things. <BR> A little about me: I am a 34 yr old SAHM. I do daycare part time and I also run my own photography business. I love to knit, read, take walks, play in PSP and Incredimail and I am addicted to facebook. <BR> I am trying to be more active and adjust how I look at food. I am trying to create healthy choices th... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 23:56:10 EST ***NOVEMBER CHALLENGE*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x29402747 Here is the challenge for November 1-November 7: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Try to get at least one serving of fruits and/or vegetables at each meal. This gives us a goal for three a day. I know that's low, but we will increase this as the month goes along. <BR> <BR> Activity: Aim for 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. This is actual exercise, not just activity. If you have to break it up into 10 minute segments, that's fine. <BR> <BR> We will start on November 1st! Feel free to post y... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:12:44 EST Ideas for a November Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x29337521 Does anyone have any ideas for a November Challenge? My focus right now needs to be on nutrition, but I would love to get ideas from everyone else. We are getting a little more activity on this team, so I want the momentum to keep snow-balling. Let's go Iowa Moms!! Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:15:32 EST CHECK IN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x28898011 Who on this team is still active? Just checking... because I want to get to know more Ia moms :-) <BR> <BR> The team leader is supportive and sweet! So more of you should check in regularly. It's great... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 13:56:21 EST September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x28131296 Okay, I'm adding on to the August Challenge: <BR> <BR> #1 - Get 30 minutes of exercise daily (or focus on being more active) <BR> #2 - Focus on staying in your calorie range <BR> <BR> We'll see how this month goes and I will probably keep adding on as the months go! <BR> <BR> Good luck!! Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:27:14 EST Bowling anyone? Des Moines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x28127226 I am on a bowling league at Val Lanes in West Des Moines. We are in need of some more teams. We bowl every other Sunday night at 6:30. Teams of four. It is a very laid back team. Not overly competitive. Contact Val Lanes if you're interested. <BR> <BR> 515-274-0493 <BR> www.vallanes.com <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 09:53:08 EST Daily Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x27890680 Today's challenge is to drink 8 glasses of water!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and post a new challenge each day. If anyone has any ideas, feel free to post them!! Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:35:36 EST What do you like to do in your free time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x27845100 I know that it's probably hard for us to find some free time, but when you have the time, what do you like to do? I love to read books, cross-stitch, play computer games and watch TV. I would love to hear what the rest of you like to do. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 21:18:50 EST What did you do this summer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x27666912 I haven't done much other than the normal. My family is going to my brother-in-law's next weekend for a last minute mini-vacation before school starts. We will also be going to Adventureland at some point before the park closes. <BR> <BR> What have the rest of you done? Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:48:36 EST August Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x27666832 I know that August is half over, but I want to get some activity going again! <BR> <BR> This month's challenge, should you choose to accept it is: <BR> <BR> **get 30 minutes of activity each day (cardio, strength, anything)** <BR> <BR> I'm going to add onto this next month, so be prepared for something new!! <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I did my scheduled workout which was 62 minutes. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:45:05 EST What is your favorite vegetable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x26791942 Continuing on the "getting to know each other"... <BR> <BR> My favorite veggie is cooked carrots! My mom always has to make a big pot of cooked carrots every Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter because she knows how much I love them. My next favorite would be any type of squash. Sun, 5 Jul 2009 21:26:39 EST I have an extra campsite for this weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x26704628 For the 4th of July! July 2-5th. Three nights. At Springbook state park. <BR> <BR> We had someone cancel on us and we have reserved a site that we aren't going to use. Does anyone want to come to Gutherie Center? The campground is really nice. $53.56 Site #17 with electricity Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:16:57 EST Have an Extra Campsite for this weekend. Springbro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x26704592 For the 4th of July! July 2-5th. Three nights. At Springbook state park. <BR> <BR> We had someone cancel on us and we have reserved a site that we aren't going to use. Does anyone want to come to Gutherie Center? The campground is really nice. $53.56 Site #17 with electricity. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:15:33 EST What is your favorite fruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x26481539 Trying something else! <BR> <BR> Mine is strawberries! Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:50:10 EST June Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x25950637 All right ladies! I'm hoping that this will help to get some activity going again. I know that we are all busy, but if you are getting on the Spark site each day this should be easy for you. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to check in to our spark team every day. You can huddle, post your exercise, just say hi. Anything to get things going here. Blog, give someone a spark goodie, comment on someone's blog, you get the gist of it. Report to this post what you've done ... Sun, 31 May 2009 14:36:31 EST Hi Everybody!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x25832447 Hi, I have 5 daughters ages 15,13,12,10,& 8. A few years back I lost a bunch of weight but of course I gained it all back. I lost my job was very depressed and got very lazy. I'm done being lazy and I want to lose about 70 pounds. Thanks and have a great day!! Tue, 26 May 2009 19:00:13 EST Cutting sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x25816070 I've decided to cut sugar out of my diet. I'm not talking about fruit sugar and honey. I've been cutting out white sugar and HFCS. I've started by not eating loads of chocolate during the day as my coping mechanism. I've also been eating less bread and when I do make muffins I'm making bran muffins with honey instead of white sugar. I find that honey doesn't hit my bloodstream like white sugar. <BR> <BR> I started last Friday and have done ok so far. We made ice cream on Sunday and I a... Tue, 26 May 2009 08:44:49 EST New Iowa Mom here..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x25705470 just found this group! how awesome!! <BR> I've been on spark about 3 weeks now... learning so much and finally feeling motivated! <BR> And... Iowa is going to be sunny and no wind today! It's going to be a great day! :) <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of you! <BR> I am 36, married, and I have 2 daughters 14 & 17 and a 16 yr old step son that lives 1 1/2 hours from us. <BR> We are in central iowa! <em>213</em> Thu, 21 May 2009 07:39:18 EST Daily Affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x25582121 I'm going to try something to try and get everyone motivated to participate. Each day I will post a daily affirmation taken from "The Healing Deck" by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. I will draw out a card each day and post them here. Feel free to post comments about each one. <BR> <BR> Today's affirmation is: <BR> <BR> "I pay attention to details." <BR> -'It is usually the small points that trip us up. Pay attention to details without nitpicking or becoming overly critical. Do... Sat, 16 May 2009 11:39:16 EST Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x25057411 I hurt my back the other day and need to go to the chriropractor. I'm trying to find some exercises that won't hurt my back again. I was trying to jog to help jumpstart weightloss but I think that is part of my back problem. <BR> <BR> What kind of workouts is everyone doing? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 08:07:45 EST Ideas for a May Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x25050228 All right ladies, we're getting a little bit more activity on this team, but I want more. I'm posting every day and I know that some of you are trying to post when you can. I appreciate that! Now, since we are entering the final week of April, it's time to start thinking about a challenge for May. Any ideas? Let me know. I want us to feel like we can come here when we have any problems or issues. Keep up the good work! Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:38:32 EST Kid's Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x24990719 How do you use this site especially the Nutrition tracking without making your kids paranoid about their weight? I cannot guage a serving without measuring it but when I measure my food my kids start asking questions. I do not want them to get paranoid about their own weight because they are all healthy kids. <BR> <BR> Kelly Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:58:00 EST Central Iowa Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x24990579 Hi, I'm Kelly and live in Central Iowa. I have three kids 8 (girl), 6 (boy), and 4 (girl). <BR> <BR> Kelly Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:53:43 EST Forest City mom of 4 boys. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x24969857 Hey all!! I have been on spark people for quite some time now..but just now finding these teams! <BR> <BR> I am 24 years old, been married for almost 6 years. We have 4 boys together..7 yr old Brad, 4 *5 in May* yr old Ben Jr. 2 yr old Brennen and *ALMOST 1 on April 29th* Blaine. <BR> <BR> We live in Forest City, Iowa, and am looking for a workout buddy. Someone to do this with! <BR> <BR> I'm currently at 266, but my highest was 285. My intermidate goal is under 200. <BR> <BR> I've been ... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:36:52 EST This pregnancy and possible complications http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x24415772 First of all, thanks for the congrats! This truly is a surprise baby, as dh and I have been using protection! As far as we are concerned, there are NO ooops babies, only babies that God decides to bless us with! (And here I thought I was done! Guesss He knew better!). Anyway, here goes (kinda lengthy, so I apologize in advance): <BR> <BR> When I was pregnant w/Jakie (our 2 yr old), I had GD to the point where I had to test my blood sugar after EVERYTHING I ate (lol ya shoulda seen me whi... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 00:01:22 EST ~~~April Challenge~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x24292054 Okay ladies!! I've come up with a challenge for all of us. There are 5 things to focus on. You can choose one or a few or do all five. It all depends on how much you want to challenge yourself. Try to post daily so that we can see how everyone is doing. I know that some days it's not possible to post, but please do want you can. I really want to get this team moving. We had a little bit going on with the March Challenge, but things fell to the side. Let's keep this one going strong!!... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:20:35 EST Any ideas for an April Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x24110350 I'm still trying to get some more movement on this team. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for an April challenge? I figure we should keep it fairly easy so that it makes it easier to post results! Let me know what you think!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:25:19 EST Get Together??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x23941497 What does everyone think of having a picnic get together this summer??? I am thinking we set some goals and then we try to meet them by July or August and then we get together and have a family picnic or something? What does everyone think? <BR> <BR> -Lonnie Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:17:34 EST Meal suggestions ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x23915553 I have never been able to find a way to plan our family meals in advance. Anyone have a good way to go that? <BR> I also feel like I always have to eat something different then the rest of the family at supper time since I don't always make the best meals for the boys. I need to feed them good healthy things too. Who has some good recipes for me? My husband is a huge meat and potatoes kind of guy so I find that makes it even harder. <BR> I know too I could eat with the rest of them ar... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:59:31 EST How do I put myself first? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x23766938 I really stuggle with this one alot. I am always putting everyone and everything in front of myself and I let ME get pushed aside. <BR> The boys need my time... <BR> The boys and my husband don't want to eat WW frozen meals so I make them food that I can't seem to control myself when eating it.... <BR> Don't exercise because it is too cold outside and I feel the boys need me more then I need to exercise... <BR> I don't get out of the house and have ME time because I feel guilty having some... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:54:11 EST Warming up finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x23444083 In my neck of the woods our temps are finally supposed to be above 35 degrees and I sure hope it stays there and higher. It has been a very long, cold, icy winter this year. <BR> My exercise is always so much better when I can get outside. Tue, 3 Mar 2009 13:40:55 EST March Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x23432574 All right, I've been thinking about this. I'm having a hard time trying to come up with something "creative", so we'll go with something easy. This month, your challenge is to try and be as active as you can each day, whether it be a scheduled workout, or parking a little farther from the front door, taking the stairs, doing housework, you get the idea. This should help you get moving! <BR> <BR> Try to post each day. If that isn't possible, at least post once a week so that I know people... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:47:50 EST March goals or challenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x23404958 I am not sure if I am even posting this is the right place, but saw there was Feb. goals for last month and wondering if there are any new ones for March. I am really struggling and nice weather is finally right around the corner and this winter has been so hard on me I hate to even try to put on any of my clothes from last summer. HELP, I need goals and sonmeone to challenge me. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:02:16 EST February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x22491215 All right! We're going to do a small challenge for the month of February. I figure that it's a short month, so we'll make it easy. Our first challenge is to make sure you are getting your 8 cups of water each day! That should be easy enough. I want to see what kind of response we get before bumping up the challenges. Good luck everyone! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:32:09 EST How many moms are still active on this team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x22180141 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm just wanting to get an idea of who is still involved with this team. I'm working on coming up with a challenge to start in February. I hope we can get more moms involved in this team! <BR> <BR> Kellie Fri, 23 Jan 2009 12:46:00 EST Looking for some co-leaders for this Team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x22154472 I would love to see a few Team Leaders for this board and we get this team active. <BR> <BR> -Lonnie Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:31:09 EST Family Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x21808787 I am making this topic for an exchange of ideas dealing with eating. It can be anything from ideas for the kids to ourselves. Face it not all of us can get a variety in the land of corn and potatoes. :) So, we have to learn how to make variety for ourselves. Also, some of us deal with finicky husbands and picky children. Some may deal with stubborn elderly or teenagers. :) When we deal with cooking for others it can be hard to cook healthy for ourselves. Who wants to cook two meals every meal... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:37:17 EST Family Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9561x3090x21808588 I am getting the feeling that all of us want to spend more quality time with our kids as well as get healthy. So I made this topic for ideas to get active with your family. Post ideas and ways to spend time with family and get your workouts. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:32:34 EST Health in Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x21808084 I would love to post information relating to health, workouts, community fun or just plain how do you stay healthy in Iowa here. <BR> -Lonnie Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:20:15 EST The Weather in Iowa - Five Seasons or a million http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9509x3090x21729875 Great, I get the newspaper today and it says we are supposed to get a Blizzard on Monday. Of course, I have to go somewhere. I have chemo. on Monday... :) <BR> <BR> So are you all ready for the snow and what do you do on snow days? Are you prepared for an emergency in bad weather? In your home, in your car at work? <BR> <BR> -Lonnie <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:21:49 EST Just found you gals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x21495043 I've been on SP for almost a year now. I've lost about 65 lbs. Been gaining since October and need to find my motivation. I am a SAHM of our two boys and find it very rewarding and very hard. I still have about 85 lbs. I need to lose to hit goal and be healthier. <BR> Need all the support I can get. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 13:10:29 EST The Help...What Do I Do to Replace this with that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x21223606 Alright, we are all trying to change (I hope a baby step at a time) but, most of us have those bad habits that we need help with. Me... <em>2</em> I have a million of them. I will definitely have more than one a week for a million weeks but, I am human and I love modern convenience foods. I love to cook and the time sometimes gets away from me. So, I cheat. <em>43</em> This will be one of the things I work on. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 10:10:36 EST What did everyone do for Christmas?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x21211587 What did everyone do for Christmas or other Holiday celebrations?? Feel free to share all celebrations stories or other memories here between now and 2009! Let's get to know one another. Sat, 27 Dec 2008 16:50:42 EST 2009 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x21173265 I was hoping that everyone could check in with their 2009 goals. I am curious as to what we are all trying to accomplish and hoping that we can motivate each other. <BR> <BR> -Lonnie Thu, 25 Dec 2008 09:55:10 EST Depressed in Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x20972743 Never the less it is freezing here is Iowa. I am having to deal with trying to accept my dad having colon cancer. We were just told about this last Wednesday and tomorrow we have an doctors appointment for him to have surgery that needs to be done before Christmas. I am also trying to get into the xmas spirit due to the fact I have kids. Plus trying to diet and excerise. I just feel like I am trying to get to much done at once. Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:49:16 EST Looking to make a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x18311224 Hi girls. My name is Jenn and I live in Wilton, Iowa. (I see there is another Wilton Mom and I'm hoping she sees my message). <BR> <BR> Last weight was 207... not at all happy about that. I had my son 20 months ago at a weight of 236. I lost all of my 60 lbs of pregnancy weight, but then crept back up in the last few months. <BR> <BR> I've had many changes recently. In April, I quit my job and started a new one. I started smoking and then quit recently. (I'm still working on being ... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 14:06:27 EST Hi All, I'm new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x15241410 Hi I'm new here! <BR> <BR> I'm not from Iowa, however, I wanted to share that I do have a Spark Team, that is about some one from Iowa. I thought every one in Iowa may be interested. <BR> <BR> I own the Healthy Exchanges Spark Team. Healthy Exchanges was started in DeWitt Iowa, by JoAnna Lund. She was a mom, and wife with over 100 lbs to lose, but wanted to lose it a healthy way, that her family wouldn't mind eating the same food as her. And Healthy Exchanges was born, as she came up with... Mon, 26 May 2008 16:58:10 EST Active team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x15089333 Is this still an active team? I was just wondering if anyone participated in the Ronald McDonald 5k in Des Moines on Saturday? <em>38</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 23:27:48 EST The IA Mom above me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x14459103 OK...trying to get some activity here. A little game to get us moving and motivated. <BR> Type in a goal for the next IA Mom...state whether or not you achieved that goal and then make a new goal for the next person for that day. Exercise or Nutrition. <BR> <BR> I ran for 30 minutes today and... <BR> ...The IA Mom above me has completed 30 minutes of strength training today? Mon, 28 Apr 2008 23:08:50 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x14360638 I am a SAHM from Fontanelle. I have two boys (they will be 5 and 2 in June). My oldest is in preschool and starts Kindergarten in the fall. Where has the time gone? I joined Spark back in December and enjoy doing Turbo Jam workouts and playing with my boys. I'm looking forward to being part of this group. Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:43:52 EST what can i say??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x14047496 <em>12</em> <BR> sorry? i suc? <BR> cuz i've been a member here for awhile but i never really put 100% into it ALL. rereading my sp pg woke me up with thoughts of what i really want to put into this to reach my goal. not jus a weight goal, but i think in the long run it'll help ALL goals in life. i need to feel better about myself and get somewhere already. this standstill i've been in is not helping anything. i need my sp friends to pull me out of this rutt. to all those iowa moms who f... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 11:36:22 EST Been on SP a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x12409274 Hello! <BR> I've been here a little over a month now and just found the Iowa Moms team! <BR> I have a 2yr old daughter and am ready to be a fit mom instead of a squishy mom!! <BR> After 5 years of my husband weighing less than me and in great shape, I've decided it's my turn too! <BR> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:29:20 EST Who is active on this board? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x12120199 Send a message if you are active on this board or want it to become active? Sat, 9 Feb 2008 11:24:29 EST Hi Iowa Moms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x3090x11258351 I had joined SparkPeople last March but never did anything with it. Now with the New Year, I have started up again. I've been in Iowa almost my whole life (except for 7 years when dh and I lived in Minnesota). I see quite a few who live/work in Carroll--we lived there for 4 years and recently moved to Ames. Anyone need a house in Carroll? I still have one for sale, lol! I have two daughters, 4.5 yrs and 2.5 yrs. Hope everyone is having a great year! Let's see some action on this board... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 13:03:01 EST Let's get this team back up and running!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x10075013 I think we need to get this team back up and running! I would love a local support group for us moms! Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:49:09 EST What has happened to all the Iowa Moms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x6604316 When I joined this group I was excited because I had found something in Iowa, but what has happened have all the Iowa moms disappeared? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 17 May 2007 23:06:08 EST I want to see the numbers going down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4827649 I have been doing good for... at least 4 weeks and the numbers on the scale aren't moving! I know I am building muscle and it weighs more than fat and all that hype, but I'm frustrated! I want to be able to see or feel the results. <em>46</em> Fri, 9 Feb 2007 13:49:35 EST a little joke about the weather to lift your spiri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4817083 Iowa weather... <BR> <BR> 60 above zero: <BR> Floridians turn on the heat. <BR> People in Iowa plant gardens. <BR> <BR> 50 above zero: <BR> Californians shiver uncontrollably. <BR> People in Cedar Rapids sunbathe. <BR> <BR> 40 above zero: <BR> Italian & English cars won't start. <BR> People in Iowa drive with the windows down. <BR> <BR> 32 above zero: <BR> Distilled water freezes. <BR> The water in Des Moines gets thicker. <BR> <BR> 20 above zero: <BR> Floridians don coats, ... Thu, 8 Feb 2007 21:37:55 EST Holy Cow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4762189 Wow I'm so sorry for being such a bad admin! Life has been crazy around here lately and I have had NO time for online fun lol! I'm back though and ready to get this weight off, I've been doing so horribly lately and it's really getting to me! Good luck ladies I can't wait to get to know you all better! Mon, 5 Feb 2007 23:20:02 EST Frustrated with the cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4649602 I am having a very hard time getting used to the cold this year. I know I live in Iowa, but man, it went from nice to freezing pretty quick. I am starting to go stir crazy, not being able to be outside for any normal amount of time. I am just hurrying to and from my car. <BR> Any tips on how to incorporate this nasty cold into my day? Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:14:58 EST Share a Tip or Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4575826 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'd love to see some good discussion get started here. So I thought I would start a thread that we could use to share ideas that help with our diets, or a favorite low-cal recipe. <BR> <BR> So my tip is to get the Cooking Light Superfast Suppers cookbook. This is a WONDERFUL book with LOTS of great, healthy recipes that are EASY, EASY and FAST to make. I love this book. I've given it out as a gift so many times, and I always have people rave about how great it is! Thu, 25 Jan 2007 14:09:15 EST Do you take your kids out to play in the snow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4574149 My daughter turned 2 in Oct and is showing interest in playing in the snow. Do you take your kids out, and if so, for how long? <BR> Thu, 25 Jan 2007 12:41:56 EST What is your favorite exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x4460639 Right now I just walk, and I have a dance workout video. I also have pilates, but I can't find it. What are your favorite forms of exercise, I could use something new. My tiny town doesn't have a wellness center or gym, so I need things I can do at home! Please help! Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:21:00 EST Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x3090x3111306 May not be to entirely healthy, but it's easy and I guarantee your children will LOVE it! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 pound of hamburger/or ground turkey- cooked through-add some spices if you like-oregano, minced onion, garlic. <BR> <BR> 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce-add to meat and simmer after meat is browned through. <BR> <BR> 8 oz of cream cheese-softened <BR> <BR> 8 oz of sour cream <BR> <BR> Mix those two together. <BR> <BR> Cook 8 oz or so of spaghetti as directe... Fri, 18 Aug 2006 10:22:32 EST