SparkPeople 300+lbs LOSING IT AND HAVING FUN DOING IT....... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=32632 HAVING FUN AND LOSING THE WEIGHT! This team specifically designed for those of us who are currently, but not permanently over 300lbs.who need a little help to get going on a healthy life style. SparkPeople 300+lbs LOSING IT AND HAVING FUN DOING IT....... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=32632 How long before you saw a change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x60811981 I've lost 25lbs since I started here. From 334 to 309 but it feels as though I've made no progress at all. Although my blouses and jeans feel looser I'm still wearing the same clothes as before. Has anyone else out there had the same problem? How many pounds before you started to see a change? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:47:57 EST hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x53938509 hey everyone looks like I am on the team leaders for this awesome team! my name is cathy I am on my weight l oss journey like everyone else, I m 47 live in Oregon , would like to get to know you all!! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:59:48 EST Hi, I am new here and searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x53722305 Hi, my name is Becky. I am just about 38 years old. My current weight is 295. My top weight was 330lbs back in 1995 when I married my sweetheart. In 1999, I got down to 275lbs by the way of eating less calories and walking each day outside for 45 mins a day, but after that, I slowly found my way back up to the 300's. I have managed to keep about 30 of the 55lbs lost completely off, however I am desperately searching my way back to finding that discipline that I had lost more than 10 year... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:59:04 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x52904465 Hey everyone, <BR> just wanted to pop in and say hi...Ive restarted my journey a few mnth ago and well its just not going very well...work, family ect ect...So im looking for fellow sparkers that I can relate to and share my fears, and goals with. <BR> feel free to visit my page for more onme..... <BR> <BR> happy sparkin! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 23:57:38 EST New Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x52011573 Hi! I'm a new spark. I joined sparkspeople January 3, 2013 at 300 lbs. I just turned 47 years old and I have at least 150 pounds to lose. So, I'm gonna be here for quite a while. I'd love to find some buddies to take this journey with. I've done pretty well on the diet plan so far. In the five weeks I've been here, I've lost 11 pounds. I'm highly motivated to finally get this weight off, get healthy and feel better. I'm so tickled that I found this program. It seems to offer all the tools I'l... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:18:35 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x49949149 Hi everyone. My name is Heather. I am 28 years old. I am 330 lbs. I live with my husband, Joseph, and our cat, Snow. I have been on spark a while but jump in and out of motivation. This time I am going to make sure it sticks. I look forward to communicating with you guys and meeting everyone. <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:00:21 EST Hi... nice to meet everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x48356001 My name is Toni, I am currently at 340 lbs. I have been married for 12 years this month. I have two children, Gabe (17) and Jesse (3). I originally signed up for Spark people earlier this year but have not been very active with sticking to my goals. I have decided that I need to stick with it and take one day at a time....one meal at a time. Sometimes it seems so far out of reach when I look at the big picture of how much I need to lose... that I get discouraged and quit trying. Over th... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 15:49:25 EST hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x46915077 I just saw this team from one of my friends, Dutch Pearl, my name is Cathy I am 46 and live in Oregon with my adoring husband and our kitty cat child, I need to be in a team like this being over 300 and dont like it one bit, but could use all the help and support I can , and I want to make that change for my health. my husband is also over three hundred and working on his weight too. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:17:54 EST learn to love yourself and tell us how you do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x45667441 learn to love yourself and tell us how you do it here... <BR> <BR> <BR> I love myself because I believe I can do anything I set my mind to do. <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:53:48 EST Genevieve here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x43490655 It's kind of hard to miss me in person (at 5'3'' and 323 lbs.), but I didn't just want to sign up for this group. I would love to be an active participant. <BR> I have had a great experience with SparkPeople groups thusfar, and hope to pick up some pointers and helpful tidbits in this group as well. <BR> Best, <BR> GCGARZA Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:02:21 EST Mini Challenge Game. It's Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x40145022 First do the exercise that was last posted. Then Challenge the next person with another exercise. Modify exercises as necessary for your body. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will start out with 15 seated jumping jacks. Move your arms up and down and your legs in and out while seated on a chair. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:14:51 EST Whats on your feet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x37959691 I need to runninng shoes to workout in. I've tried just getting any ole sneaker in the past and it had horrible results...what do you guys wear? Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:45:00 EST List you small steps you are taking toward sucess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x36374302 List you small steps you are taking toward success <BR> Example : setting up my surgery for my left legs. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:11:46 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x33738688 Hi I'm William and I've been on SparkPeople for a few months now. I came across this team today and felt like it was perfect for me. Looking forward to loosing with all of you. Thanks in advance for the motivation, because I am going to need it. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 12:29:04 EST Hernia Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x33337602 Been a long time that I have been away, but, I plan on staying, even bought the book Woot! Sorry been away, I will do my best for to be more active int his team. <BR> <BR> Thomas <BR> <BR> Greetings and I trust it is a blessed day for all. I will post this in a couple of the teams I am in since I am looking for answers and I know that not everyone is in the same teams so here is the question... <BR> <BR> I have a umbilical hernia, I am looking for anyone who has this or had this. Mine is d... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:15:53 EST HI I'M NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x32965736 HI THIS IS MY FIFTH DAY I LOVE SPARK I AM 345 LBS AND YES MY FIRST GOAL IS 2 B UNDER 300 <em>324</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:30:18 EST Hello..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x31009559 Hello, <BR> <BR> I saw this group when I was on a <em>223</em> page and I thought this might be a good place for me. <BR> So I hope to chat with some of you and continue our journey to being healthy.. <BR> <BR> Vicki Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:14:49 EST Slacker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x30900831 It is a free radio station: slacker.com ...my day is incomplete without it - especially when it is time to work out! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:51:58 EST getting your heart and body to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x30158772 what can you do to get your heart pumping and your body to work better ... move , motivatation... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 16:43:42 EST what do you want to be next year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x30158729 what is your goals? <BR> what is your plan? <BR> what do you you want to be at??? Sat, 5 Dec 2009 16:40:46 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x28893537 Hi my name is Lorraine. I came across your team while checking out someone's sparkpage. I started my weight loss journey at 306 pounds. So I know where you are all coming from. I am here to show you that it can be done. Feel free to sparkmail me anytime if I can be of any help to anyone. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:50:34 EST Wow! Biggest Loser Tee-Shirt dont fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x27824912 I went to nbc.com to purchase a Biggest Loser tee-shirt, and low and behold they only went up to a 3x. I was very shocked and surprised to see that type of tee-shirt , not go larger than that. I am a 5-6x , and wanted to wear one when I started the gym. I know I have seen people on the show with shirts larger than 3x, nevertheless , the nbc store, doesnt see the need to make them larger. Go figure? anyway I thought that was very interesting and disappointed. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:06:16 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x27623275 Hi I am new and I wanted to introduce myself to the group. My name is Beth and I live in RI and I am stuck at 315. I am looking for ideas and here to help with the little knowledge I have and I have a ear or actually 2 to listen if you need a shoulder. Tue, 11 Aug 2009 07:04:20 EST 7/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x27220767 let's dance! Put on some of your favorite music and dance. If you need to you can dance from your chair. I like to do this throughout the day to keep my metabolism sparked. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:30:07 EST 7/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x27141590 Jumping jacks. No, I'm not crazy and I don't jump either. <BR> <BR> You can do these sitting on a chair, or if you are fit enough, standing up. <BR> <BR> In the chair it is just like standing, slide your feet out to the sides as you bring your arms up and slide them in as you bring your arms down. <BR> <BR> do 10-20 3-5 times throughout the day to spark your metabolism. <BR> <BR> Have fun. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 02:54:58 EST 7/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x27114335 Here is another seated aerobics video. Try this 3-5 times throughout the day, or a few times in a row. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3jhx4F0oAc&<BR>feature=related </link> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:47:22 EST 7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x27102108 Here is a cardio workout you can do from your chair. It is 10 minutes. You can do it once or 3-5 times through out the day for up to 60 minutes of cardio. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhkI62p9OLU&<BR>feature=related </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:21:35 EST 7/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x27074901 Dance for 5 to 10 minutes 3 to 5 times a day. Dance at your own pace if you cannot stand and dance, dance from your chair. Just get moving. Fri, 17 Jul 2009 22:20:28 EST congradulations team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x26946410 July 2009 Total Team SparkPoints 1,550 Points <BR> <BR> July 2009 Total Team Minutes 1,442 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> July Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> LORRAINE10141 <BR> DUTCH_PEARL <BR> MONEYSTRETCHER <BR> KNITTER54 <BR> DIZBIZBELINDA <BR> See All <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> MONEYSTRETCHER <BR> DUTCH_PEARL <BR> LORRAINE10141 <BR> TAMMIEANN717 <BR> KNITTER54 <BR> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 16:35:57 EST 7/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26943585 walk 5-10 minutes 3-5 times throughout the day depending on your fitness level. If walking is too difficult, sit in a chair and march the same amount of time, move both your feet and arms. <BR> <BR> Music makes it easier. <BR> <BR> Have fun! Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:39:49 EST Great Motivational Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x26935620 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSM1mvMypWU </link> <BR> <BR> Take the time to watch it, sometimes the only thing holding us back is us. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:26:47 EST Things I Can Do Now That I Couldn't Do Before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x26906911 We need to celebrate our accomplishments. They can help us through times when the scale doesn't seem to move. This journey is so much more than the numbers on a scale. Post your new accomplishments and help us all to stay focused on the reasons we are on this journey. <BR> <BR> I can now sweep the kitchen floor <BR> I can bring in the groceries myself <BR> I can walk 3 miles at one time <BR> I can do over 100 crunches in a day <BR> I can go up my steps normally and not hurt my bad knee. <BR>... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:14:44 EST 7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26896925 <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin seated in a chair, feet flat infront of you, palms grasping chair edge at sides or front. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Keeping left foot planted and upper body still, extend the right leg (bending from the knee) until it is parallel with the floor. Hold here for 2 counts and then (optional) pulse up and down for 3 counts (not shown). <BR> <BR> INHALE: Bend knee to lower right leg back to floor to complete one rep. Complete all reps on one side and swit... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 02:05:32 EST 7/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26776615 Here is a cardio workout you can do from your chair. It is 10 minutes. You can do it once or 3-5 times through out the day for up to 60 minutes of cardio. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhkI62p9OLU&<BR>feature=related </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2009 02:02:53 EST 7/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26725152 Dance to music of your choice for 5-10 minutes 3-5 times today. Enjoy the music! Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:01:25 EST 7/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26692018 Sitting knee chair raises. <BR> <BR> Sit in a chair, feet flat on floor, hands braced on arms or behind your back. Knees together, lift your legs off the floor as high as you can, then slowly lower them. Do 10 - 20 times. 5 reps throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 02:36:45 EST 6/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26667304 calf raises through out the day. Do sets of 10-20 up to 5 times a day. Doing them through out the day helps raise your metabolism. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 01:57:34 EST Modified lower body exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x26613600 I do these in my bed. I do not get up off the floor easily. These are great for helping to strengthen the legs so you can walk farther and with less pain. I do a minimium of 2 sets of 2 of each on each side. But I had to build up to it. Try doing this at least 10 times on each side a couple of times a day. If you can do more then keep increasing. Doing both exercises helps keep the thigh muscles balanced. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lying Abduction <BR> Starting Position <BR> Lie on left side, legs s... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 13:05:00 EST 6/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26613440 Jumping jacks <BR> <BR> I know, I know I don't jump either. So we will modify them. <BR> <BR> Depending on your fitness level, you can either sit down and just do the arms, stand and do the arms, or spread your legs just a little past your shoulders and bend your knees as you move your arms above your head. You start with arms straight out from your sides and move them above your head and return to start position. I hope this makes sense. Feed back is appericiated. <BR> <BR> Try to do 100 ... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 12:53:43 EST 6/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26567624 Isometric Bicep curls. <BR> <BR> These can be done just about any where and you don't need any equipment. <BR> <BR> make a fist with your left hand and place it in your right hand. Your right arm should be at a 90 degree angle. <BR> <BR> Push down with your left hand while you push up with your right. Hold for a count of 5 and repeat for a total of 10 reps and switch arms. <BR> <BR> Try and do 3-5 sets through out the day. Thu, 25 Jun 2009 09:57:46 EST 6/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26545347 I do these in my bed. I do not get up off the floor easily. These are great for helping to strengthen the legs so you can walk farther and with less pain. I do a minimium of 2 sets of 2 of each on each side. But I had to build up to it. Try doing this at least 10 times on each side a couple of times a day. If you can do more then keep increasing. Doing both exercises helps keep the thigh muscles balanced. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lying Abduction <BR> Starting Position <BR> Lie on left side, legs stra... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:10:36 EST 6/22/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26511169 Sit straight in a chair. Pull your belly button as far in to your spin as possible. Hold for a count of 20. Repeat 4 more times for one set. Repeat 4 to 9 more times through out the day. 25 - 50 crunches. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:44:03 EST Chanllenges I would like to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x26472024 I have problems with my knees so many exercises I do have to be modified. <BR> <BR> I would like exercises challenges that help work on our core. They can be spread through out the day. For instance 100 crunches in intervals of 20 5 times a day. These can be done sitting up and pulling your abs in for a count of 5 and releasing. <BR> <BR> It would be good to get more conversations going and be supportive of each other. <BR> <BR> If we discussed some of our fitness challenges we may be a... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:09:28 EST How do you use your stretch bands ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26449183 using a stetch band ... how do you use yours...? what exercise do you do? Sat, 20 Jun 2009 04:42:03 EST 6/8/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x26149016 Dumbell shrugs <BR> <BR> Stand balanced with a db in each hand and shrug, 10 times, 6 sets. Please be careful! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Mon, 8 Jun 2009 01:49:54 EST 5/28/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25869639 Step Ups <BR> <BR> Balance yourself and step up on a step, then step down, do this as many times at one time as you can, then stop. Try again later. Do six sets. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Thu, 28 May 2009 02:12:39 EST Pain Lower Right Stomach. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x25868902 Greetings, <BR> <BR> Over a year now I have had pains in lower right Belly. These pains range from achy to sharp and are mainly around for 10 seconds at a time but the achy have are around for longer times. Pains come and go when they want and sometimes seam to be more prevalent when sitting. but not always. Pains are usually around the lower right belly near the pelvic line. Obvious concerns are appendix. I have had several cat scans of area and all are Negative. 1 out of maybe 6 scans sh... Thu, 28 May 2009 00:42:57 EST 5/26/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25812474 Alternating Dumbell Bicep Curls <BR> <BR> Stand well balanced, db in each hand, palms facing up, bend one arm at the elbow and lift arm until it it is even with waist, lower, switch arms. Do 10 each arm, 6 sets. <BR> <BR> Please be careful and challenge yourself, if you can do 10 sets go for it! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> zo Tue, 26 May 2009 01:54:11 EST 5/25/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25790438 Cross crunches <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart, firmly planted, well balanced. Lift your left leg at the knee bring it toward your abdomen, take your right arm bend it at the elbow and take it as close to your left knee as you can, crunch your abs. You feel it in your abs, and your obliques. do 10, 6 sets. <BR> <BR> Be careful. If you can not do them all, do as many as you can, if you can do more, then hit it. Make sure you are balanced. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> zo Mon, 25 May 2009 03:15:48 EST give a goodie for every double or triple number. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x25785810 give a goodie for every double and triple number. <BR> 10 Sun, 24 May 2009 21:35:14 EST 3rd letter word game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x25785678 create a word from the 3rd letter of the last word listed... <BR> community to mutiny Sun, 24 May 2009 21:29:02 EST 5/24/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25766760 Walk Spurts w/ tummy hold <BR> <BR> You know the walk spurt. 1 minute as fast as you can in place. Well, let's add holding in your tummy while you walk. Make sure to keep breathing. do this 6 times throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Please be careful and have fun with it! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> zo Sat, 23 May 2009 21:49:50 EST 5/23/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25751564 Standing hip flexors <BR> <BR> Balance on a chair. Lift one leg at the hip, until it is even with your waist, hold it for a count of five, slowly lower it. Repeat. each side 10 times, 6 sets. <BR> <BR> Be careful! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Z Sat, 23 May 2009 00:33:19 EST Counting down the numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x32632x25747654 counting down the numbers to success... <BR> List you weight loss here. <BR> I lost 5 lbs. Fri, 22 May 2009 20:38:11 EST 5/21/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25702568 Lateral DB Raises <BR> <BR> Stand evenly balanced. with your arms at your side. Dumbells in your hands, palms in. Suck in your stomach, slightly bend your knees. Lift your arms slowly until they are even with your shoulders, slowly lower. 10 sets, 6 reps. <BR> <BR> Please be careful! I hope you are all doing well! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Thu, 21 May 2009 00:17:05 EST 5/20/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25676075 Hamstring spurts <BR> <BR> Throughout your day, do a minute of hamstring curls. Do as high and as fast as suits your level of fitness. Do 6 times. Great metabolism boost and good for your thigh muscles! <BR> <BR> Hamstring curl <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart. Place your weight on one foot and bend the knee toward your butt on the other side. Then switch off. Do for a minute. I usually do them while in the kitchen cooking, during commercials, when the mood strikes. I sometimes wil... Wed, 20 May 2009 02:07:12 EST 5/19/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25647805 Sitting knee chair raises. <BR> <BR> Sit in a chair, feet flat on floor, hands braced on arms or behind your back. Knees together, lift your legs off the floor as high as you can, then slowly lower them. Do 10 times, 6 reps. This is great for your lower belly! <BR> <BR> Please be careful, challenge yourself, but please do not hurt yourself! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Tue, 19 May 2009 02:45:43 EST 5/18/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25617442 Tricep dumbell overhead press. <BR> <BR> stand with feet evenly apart. Hold one weight in both hands and raise over your head. Making sure to keep elbows close to head, raise and lower weight behind your head. One time down and one time up counts as a rep, do 10 reps, 6 sets. <BR> <BR> Be careful! <BR> <BR> hugs you beautiful ladies!! <BR> zo Mon, 18 May 2009 01:34:28 EST 5/17/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25594547 A day of rest. Pamper yourself. Read, write, watch movies, sit in the sun. eat something sumptuous, that will melt on your tongue. take a bubble bath. <BR> <BR> enjoy! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Sun, 17 May 2009 01:30:49 EST 5/16/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25576098 Crunches <BR> <BR> Lay on your bed, with your head propped by two medium sized pillows. Bend your knees so your feet are resting flat on the bed. Place your hands behind your head. Raise your upper body, just enough to engage your abdominal muscles then release. You do not need to sit all the way up. You do not need to overdo. Just raise until you feel or see your abdominal muscles engage, then release and lay back down. Remember to breathe through each crunch, so you do not get dizzy. Do a ... Sat, 16 May 2009 01:29:27 EST 5/15/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25552756 Today is a stretch day. throughout the day, take stretches from the spark fitness pages and do them. Aiming to give a good stretch to your entire body from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes. Repeat the stretches all day long. Be careful, listen to your body. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Fri, 15 May 2009 05:38:33 EST 5/14/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25523566 Lateral Pulldowns <BR> <BR> Stand with your weight evenly balanced. Lift your weights over your head, slowly, do not lock your arms. Lower slowly, to shoulder height. Repeat x 10. 6 sets. <BR> <BR> Be careful. Do not lock your arms. Make sure the weight is not too heavy. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Thu, 14 May 2009 00:56:40 EST 5/13/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25495005 Dumbell Flys <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet evenly balanced. Hold weights in hands, palms down. Raise hands until they are even with breasts.Push arms out, until almost straight, but do not lock arms. Return to breasts. Repeat for 10 reps. 6 sets. For a total of 60. <BR> <BR> Please be careful. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Wed, 13 May 2009 03:15:08 EST 5/12/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25465339 Standing Leg Adductions <BR> <BR> Hold onto a chair, balance yourself with your feet hip width apart. Lift the outside leg, keeping it straight, cross it over the inside leg as far as you can. Hold for a count of 5. Do 10 each leg. 6 times throughout the day for a total of 60 per leg. You can count these on your fitness trackers. Please be careful, make sure you have your balance before each lift. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Tue, 12 May 2009 00:55:59 EST 5/11/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25436574 Calf Raises With Chair <BR> <BR> Hold onto the back of a chair. Place your feet hip width apart. Rock up onto the balls of your feet, then rock back up onto your heels. Do ten reps, 6 sets. For a total of 60. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Mon, 11 May 2009 03:19:12 EST 5/10/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25415680 Standing Cross Crunches w/ Dumbell <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart. Place a dumbell in each hand, palms facing toward body. Bend your arm and bring it in toward your abdomen, at the same time you left the opposing leg and bring it toward your arm. Get your balance. Do the other side. 6 reps x 6 sets for a total of 36. <BR> <BR> Be careful, do not use a weight that is too heavy, make sure you have your balance between each rep and watch out for your face with the weight. <BR>... Sun, 10 May 2009 01:38:44 EST 5/9/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25396844 Wide Leg Dumbell Squats <BR> <BR> Stand with your legs as far apart as you can and keep your knees even with your ankles when you squat. Pickup a dumbell, holding it with both hands, lower your hands to just in front of your pelvis. Squat, bending as low as you can while keeping your alignment and your balance. Then slowly rise, repeat. 10 reps, 6 sets. for a total of 60. <BR> <BR> Bonus: If you can, increase it to 100 <BR> Bonus 2: If you can, instead of of keeping the dumbell lowered, rai... Sat, 9 May 2009 01:32:15 EST 5/8/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25371974 dumbell calf rocks <BR> <BR> stand with your feet together, weight evenly distributed. Place a weight in each hand, palms facing your legs. Rock up on to the ball of your foot and then back to your heels. Do 10 reps, 6 sets throughout the day. <BR> <BR> Be safe! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> zo Fri, 8 May 2009 04:26:48 EST 5/7/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25342946 Dead lifts <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart. Bend from your hips, not your waist but your hips, relax your arms down in front of you. Pickup weights, with palms facing in toward your legs. While bent over lift the weights to your hips. Do 5, 6 times through the day. For a total of 30. Be careful, do not use a heavy weight for these. If it hurts your back, stop. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Thu, 7 May 2009 03:11:51 EST 5/6/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25311013 Walk/Hamstring spurts <BR> <BR> Walk in place for 30 secs as fast as you can, then do hamstring curls for 30 secs. do this throughout the day 7 times. If you count your hamstring curls you can add them to your fitness trackers. <BR> <BR> Be safe! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Wed, 6 May 2009 00:48:34 EST 5/5/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25297813 Hip Flexors aim for 2 sets of 12-15 before the day is over!! <BR> <BR> For a video demo, check out the fitness page... http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exerci<BR>ses.asp?ID=113&from=fitness You can track it on your fitness tracker as well, it's under "Core" exercises. For those not using the tracker yet, here's a description: <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand with feet slightly apart, toes forward, hands on hips or one hand on a wall/chair for support. Shift weight to right leg, ... Tue, 5 May 2009 15:13:14 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x25180353 Hi! I stumbled upon your team as I was reading blogs and looking at sparkpages in Team 300plus where I am a member. I think challenges geared more toward my size would be great! I look forward to participating! <BR> Fri, 1 May 2009 08:30:29 EST 4/29/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25115681 Cross Crunches <BR> <BR> Standing with feet hip width apart, arms at your sides. Lift your left leg and at the same time bring your right elbow in towards your abdomen, squeeze your belly button in towards your spine. Lower arm and leg, release abdomen. Repeat on other side. Do sets of 2. 5 times through the day. If you can do more, go for it. Be careful, make sure you are balanced before lifting your leg. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:55:44 EST *******May 1st - June 25th Challeng e******* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25085470 I am going to start this challenge on time. I would like some ideas from the team. <BR> <BR> Right now I am leading toward a nutritional challenge involving freggies and water and a physical challenge involving steps. I just got through climbing the Empire States Bldg in a week. I think it would be the perfect challenge for us. 6 times up during the 2 mths. for a total of 11,220 steps during the challenge. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you have any other ideas! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Tue, 28 Apr 2009 01:15:31 EST 4/28/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25085401 Dumbell Rows <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart. With a dumbell in each hand, raise your arms out straight in front of you even with your shoulders. Palms facing down. Slowly pull your arms in to your chest, then slowly push them back out. Be careful not to lock your elbows. Do 6 sets of 10 for a total of 60. Please be careful. These can be tracked on the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Tue, 28 Apr 2009 01:07:42 EST 4/27/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25052572 Forward Lunges <BR> <BR> Not the crazy kind. Just enough to engage the muscle. <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet hip width apart. With your right foot take a giant step forward, apply your weight to your right leg and lean slowly forward pressing onto your right leg. Step back. Step forward with left leg and repeat. Do 10 times with each leg. 6 times throughout the day for a total of 60. <BR> <BR> Be careful to make sure you are well balanced before shifting your weight to one leg. If it hurt... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 23:16:50 EST 4/26/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25031497 Dumbell lateral raises <BR> <BR> Stand with your feet about hip width apart. firmly planted. Hold a dumbell in each hand. slowly raise both arms until your hands are level with your shoulders, arms should be straight out. do a set of 10. repeat 6 times for a total of 60. <BR> <BR> You can add them to your fitness tracker. Please be careful. Raise and lower arms slowly. do not use weights that are too heavy. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo <BR> <BR> ps.- can everyone lie on your bed and do a crunc... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 01:22:39 EST 4/25/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x25010487 Today's mini is alternating dumbell curls. Pick a weight that is not too heavy and with your palm facing up, curl your arm up until your elbow is completely bent, then open your arm slowly, pushing against the weight to cause resistance. Then do your other arm. do these in sets of 10. Six times through the day. <BR> <BR> Be careful, please. You can log this one under strength training on your fitness tracker! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Sat, 25 Apr 2009 00:49:42 EST 4/24/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x24983812 Today's mini is seated single leg lifts. Sit in a chair, rest arms by sides, set your core, slowly raise one leg until parallel with the ground, then lower and raise the other leg. Repeat until each leg has been tortured 10 times. Do 6 times throughout the day for a total of 60. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:35:02 EST 4/23/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x24973659 I will post one. However it will be a shorty-quicky. I apologize, my internet was down until just a little bit ago! <BR> <BR> Today do bursts of walking in place, as slowly or quickly as is safe for you. 1 min each time. 10 times before bed. <BR> <BR> I would love some feed back on the toughness of the challenges. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:12:19 EST 4/22/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x24919520 today's challenge is for the abs <BR> <BR> sit in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor. rest your arms on your sides. take a deep breath and release it. then pull your belly button in as far as you can and hold it for a count of 20. do this off and on throughout the day for a total of 25. And you will have done the equivalent of 25 crunches without having to get down on the floor. You can increase or decrease the number as you are able. if you can do floor crunches, then go for... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:37:08 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x24890102 just popped in to say hi. I hope ev1 has a grrr8 wk! <BR> <BR> I'm floating between 313-318 lbs. My next goal is to be 290 by 6/25/09, or the nearest Sunday. I'm a Sun WI'er! <BR> <BR> As you can see from my page I have a lot of issues! But you can also see (I hope!), that I am working on them in a lot of diffeerent areas! <BR> <BR> I am exercising! <BR> I am trying to eat healthier! <BR> I am back to studing herbs! <BR> I am practicing daily Meditation & Grounding! <BR> I am studing Cha... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:52:12 EST Country Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x24883191 I name a country and you must name a country that begins with the last letter of that country's name. <BR> Example: Iraq Qatar. <BR> <BR> Turkey Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:48:11 EST Name a movie starring... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x24883086 The way this one is played, is I name a movie starring, let's say Brad Pitt. You answer, Legends of the Fall. then you pick a star from that movie and I must name another movie he was in and so on. <BR> <BR> Val Kilmer Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:43:30 EST how many words can you make? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11196x32632x24883016 The word is: species Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:40:45 EST 4/21/09 Mini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x24878286 Dumbell shrugs: Hold a dumbell in each hand and slowly raise and lower your shoulders. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Do 10 at a time throughout the day 6 times, for a total of 60. Use whatever lb weight is comfortable for you. Be careful and do not hurt yourself. Do not drop your shoulders down, slowly lower them, to avoid injury. <BR> <BR> Enjoy yourself! <BR> <BR> You can log them in under the fitness tracker, under strength training. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Zo Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:39:31 EST Daily Mini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11195x32632x24878116 This will be a challenge posted daily by 9pm mountain time. It will change daily and will be something small and easy to complete. It will be physical. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:33:35 EST I'm the first here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x32632x24877054 Hey! My name is Tammie and I'm a 32-year-old mother of one. My hubby, Damond, of five years is the love of my life! Our son, Nathan is two and brings us joy and is my encouragement to be healthier. I am currently struggling, but tomorrow is a new day and I am startig over! Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:46:20 EST