SparkPeople The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Team Messageboard Set your own walking or running goals for the month. Then we'll set team goals to reach an ultimate (virtual) destination and of course, have fun along the way! SparkPeople The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Team Messageboard ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART... .minutes to steps FORMAT # 1 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Steps Chart <BR> <BR> To convert your walking time from minutes to steps, multiply the minutes you walked by 133 <BR> steps. For example: <BR> <BR> 15 minute walk x 133 steps/minute = 1995 steps (approximately 1 mile) <BR> For other activities, find the activity that most closely matches yours on the table below and <BR> multiply your activity minutes by the appropriate number in the “Steps per 1 minute of <BR> Activity” column. For example:30 minutes... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:20:37 EST Joined the Walk for MS I've joined the walk for MS in Wichita and need your help. If you would like to help and donate please visit my personal page <link><BR>x=13961126&pg=personal&fr_id=25717 </link> <BR> <BR> There's only 46 days until the walk! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:52:28 EST Welcome Brooklyn_Born as co-leader! Please welcome Brooklyn_Born (Eileen) as co-leader of the team! From time to time one or all of us co-leaders need to or want to take a break from SP. I know I've been slacking lately on my forum participation. <BR> <BR> Glad to have you join us Eileen! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:37:23 EST WALK ACROSS AMERICA WEBSITE <em>311</em> <em>312</em> Please don't post on this thread. <em>304</em> Thank you. <BR> <BR> We are using the walk across America website to measure progress and help keep us motivated. <BR> You can add your ID to the walk across <BR> America topic here and/or search on the page for someone to hook up with. People are keeping each other updated and sharing on the WHERE ARE YOU forum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:25:26 EST Greetings!! Hi Everyone! My name is Jenna. I'm looking forward to adding this challenge. Right now I'm completing a fundamentals class for crossfit on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I will begin to add my walking/running on Friday. My goal, once fundamentals are done, is to run/walk at least three days a week. I'm excited to get the tracker set up. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:22:51 EST How to find the SparkPeople Planner This was posted on a Leaders' Team. Thanks to GEMINI-SKY <BR> <BR> I just went to see if the Planner was truly taken off the drop down window... <BR> And Yes it has been. <BR> So I went to as was directed and there it is ! <BR> <BR> The curious thing is that it is still connected with SparkPeople.... <BR> You get the same page as before with all the links and drop downs etc. <BR> So I made it my Home page. So when I sign on to SP, the planner page comes up.... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:34:02 EST Spark Changes: Planner and Journal Just giving everyone a head's up. The Planner and Journal section of Spark is going to be discontinued. Saw this message on the Planner page: The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar. <BR> <BR> I never used these aspects, but I know a lot of people do. If you use this this portion of SP, you've got about 10 days to gets things switched to another calendar and journal site. I personally use Google calendar for my calend... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:43:10 EST Newbie Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am excited to join this team, and get into the communities at SparkPeople. I don't know what I am doing yet here but hope to figure it out soon. I am hoping to move more and eat less in May and try to shed some pounds before some important races. <BR> <BR> I really think this online community will help keep me motivated and accountable, can't wait to get to know you guys! <BR> <BR> Beth Fri, 2 May 2014 09:54:30 EST Hello Walkers I have recently (beginning of April) reasserted my goal to get healthy. I have been walking & ordered the Sparkpeople pedo! I am hoping to join some challanges to help maintain my motivation! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:43:26 EST Help I can not figure out how to get started Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:09:38 EST Just getting started Starting out on some open road! :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> 3.8 mi - "9.10 mi to Williamsburg, VA", York County <BR> "Section: 12 Map Name: Yorktown, 150" Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:48:00 EST Hi Ya'll ! I'm a newbie to the group! Hi Ya'll, <BR> <BR> My name is Dixie and I am so excited to find this group. I am not new to Spark People and always have success at maintaining a healthier lifestyle when active here. This group sounds like something that I will really enjoy. I enjoy walking both on my treadmill and in the great outdoors when the weather and my allergies will allow. Some things that I enjoy are reading, walking, QiGong, puzzles (jigsaw and crossword), crocheting and crafting. But most of all I love ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:35:32 EST CLICK....IF YOU LOVE SPARKS <em>252</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:48:08 EST INSPIRATION QUOTES....COME SHARE No magic potions....No fairy dust. No one to push you....No one to do it for you. Just one determined foot in front of the other. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:07:01 EST Seeing A Specific Mileage Picture On Virtual Walk OK, I'm having a brain fart. I thought there was a way to enter a specific mileage point on the virtual walk site to see that picture. Say for instance, I wanted to see where Debbie was on the walk. I could enter in her mileage point and see her spot. Anyone remember how to do that? Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:05:51 EST A-Z Fall Words apple Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:32:21 EST Want to increase your steps? This is a wonderful blog about how someone increased their steps without making a huge time committment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478784 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:39:39 EST FitBit Users...I Have A Few Questions Hi team! <BR> <BR> My husband surprised me this last week with a FitBit Flex. I've had it since Wednesday, and so far I love it! I do have a few questions though. I hear that you can sync FitBit with SparkPeople, but I don't think I'm going to do that. Yet...maybe in the future. <BR> <BR> 1. Adding an activity. OK, so if I'm on my elliptical for 30 minutes, my FitBit knows I've been very active during this time. It calculates the calories I've burned automatically. When I go to add the acti... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:47:56 EST Let's Support Breast Cancer Awareness <em>390</em> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 02:34:50 EST Remembering Monty I miss him. <BR> He was a wonderful friend. He always wrote messages on my friend feed to encourage me. His encouragement has touched many Spark friends. I have been blessed by new friends through him. <BR> <em>382</em> <em>41</em> <em>247</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:44:28 EST Big Spark People Change - Thoughts? I just got an email with a blog update from Coach Jen. Here's the link for the article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on<BR>_fitness_tracking </link> <BR> <BR> What do you all think about the changes? Are you going to give it a try? I think I will switch over. My fitness is not as regular as it used to be, so it would save me the hassle of switching my cardio minutes around all the time. I think this option will be easier fo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:15:38 EST The link for (exercise.lbl. ov/index.html) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please Do Not Post on Here. <em>304</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> YELLOW09RED & MYSTERYROSE74 & DR1939 Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:35:04 EST Getting started I am just getting started, trying to figure out where to post my work outs. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:23:43 EST POST SOMETHING "HEALTHY" <em>361</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:08:31 EST What did you eat Healthy today? Quinoa Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:42:19 EST Holiday Emoticon 2012 <em>447</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:16:33 EST Birthdays, Spark anniversary & Anniversary Let us know your birthday, anniversary & Spark anniversary. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is <BR> birth 1-24 <BR> anniv. 10-4 <BR> Spark 11-2-09 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:51:28 EST How are your walking/running goals for Fall? Hi everyone, <BR> My goal is to walk 5 miles daily. I've almost did it. Some days I can only do 1m. <BR> My eating is better, more veggies at both lunch & dinner. <BR> <BR> I hope your having a nice Fall. <BR> Enjoy your days & evening walks/runs. <BR> <BR> Debbie Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:45:24 EST Fall words & Emoticon 2012 <em>465</em> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:22:55 EST 60 Minutes of Fitness <em>249</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 11:21:11 EST Support for Monty68 <em>382</em> <em>385</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:32:59 EST A-Z SUMMER WORDS <BR> Air conditioning Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:11:43 EST Hello everyone from Colorado!!!! HI!!! My name is Jeannette. I live in Colorado with my wonderful husband and 4 beautiful children. They range from 15 years to 4 months! I look forward to getting to know you all and giving and recieving encouragement on our weight loss!!! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:31:45 EST Post something YELLOW <em>67</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 11:29:36 EST A-Z SPRING WORDS <BR> April showers Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:03:32 EST Post something Blue <em>244</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:39:02 EST Post something GREEN <em>441</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:40:05 EST Walk across Canada Anyone else want to join me on a "walk" across Canada? I thought I'd start small, with a goal of walking to my home town to the nearest city - about 30 miles, in 10 days. That means I need to walk about 3 miles per day. I am going to push myself to reach this goal, as I don't have much time for walking. But hey, a person's gotta start somewhere, eh! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:41:39 EST POST SOMETHING RED <em>26</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:53:06 EST A-Z WINTER WORDS aroma <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:50:43 EST 2012 New Year Discussion What are your goals for this New Year? <BR> <BR> Fitness: wkly increase by 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Motivation: go back to my church service & read my bible daily. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: buying fresh fruits & veggie more. <BR> <BR> Debbie Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:11:24 EST How many glasses of water did you drink today? 10 glasses 12/21/11 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:10:37 EST Miles to each state border I thought I would put this information in a separate file. On our regular postings this info would eventually move down the pages. I wish I had thought of this before, it also can give one a idea of how far the next state might be. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MILES TO EACH STATE BORDER (APPROXIMATE) <BR> <BR> The following miles to the beginning of each state is approximate , I have found that sometimes we are in the state before we realize it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Kentucky 561 ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:39:12 EST Christmas Songs 2011 Jingle Bells <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your month, <BR> <BR> Debbie Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:40:35 EST What to do when the journey has ended? I completed the trip and am now thinking of doing it over again. I checked this morning and discovered that it took me exactly 2 years to do it. I started on 11/03/09 and finished on 11/02/11. The miles I've done since 11/02 do not change the picture of Florence, Oregon and I'm wondering what to do now. There doesn't seem to be a return trip option and I miss seeing the different roads and towns. So I am thinking of registering under a new name and starting the trip over again. Maybe I can do... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:32:03 EST Walking with Leslie Sansone Hi everyone, <BR> do you walk with Leslie? I really like her dvd's. She motivates me to enjoy my walking time. <BR> Today I walked using her 5mile Fat Burning walk for the 5miles. <BR> I hope you had a nice walking/running day, <BR> Debbie Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:51:21 EST Week 2 of November 2011 How was the first week's walking/running? <BR> Did you increase your minutes/miles? <BR> <BR> Debbie Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:46:36 EST November 1 of 30 Day of Greater Happiness. Start a hobby. <BR> People who <BR> engage in captivating <BR> activities are more <BR> satisfied with life. <BR> Lose yourself (and <BR> your worries) by <BR> sewing, writing, <BR> cooking or dancing. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your new hobby, Debbie Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:35:56 EST Week 1 of November 2011 Hi, <BR> what was your total miles for walking/running for the month of October? <BR> Are you planning to change your weekly miles? <BR> My total is 82.1, I hope to increase my weekly by adding 1/2 mile per day. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week, <BR> Debbie <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:06:06 EST Sparks Virtual Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5K Hi, <BR> I have joined this challenge. Have fun with your 5K. <BR> I did my walk this morning @ 38.90 <BR> <BR> Debbie <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at5k.a </link> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:36:49 EST Daily Goals: Set And Met Hello Team! I'm starting up a new thread, and I hope you all will join me. At the end of September, I decided that for the month of October I would post my daily goals on my blog in the morning. The next morning when I write up my daily goals, I also recap the previous day. <BR> <BR> This has helped me stay accountable and shows me what areas I need to work on still. I have a problem sometimes with procrastination, and this goal posting has helped me out a lot. I decided it might be helpful ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:20:02 EST Start Your Day With A Spark Thought October's Calendar is 31 days to healthier kids. Here is the link in case you want to print it out <link><BR>r_2007-10.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to post this everyday but after reading todays I decided after input from Monty - what better way to get going for the day. <BR> <BR> October 1 <BR> <BR> Maintain an <BR> upbeat attitude. <BR> Healthy habits should <BR> be fun. If you're having <BR> a good time, your kids <BR> will also look forwa... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:34:50 EST Share October Goals Can you believe it is October already? <BR> <BR> That time of month again (and no ladies I don't mean the feminine stuff - LOL) <BR> <BR> Goals are so important to make progress and are a great source of sharing to become connected to your team and team-mates. I have already read several posts about goal setting that have encouraged me on, so please make sure you check out the different threads on the team. Each and every member is needed and valued on this team. Wouldn't it be pretty borin... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:12:56 EST Rocktober Are you on Facebook? If so, here's your invitation to join ROCKTOBER! <link><BR>4504265392 </link> <BR> <BR> "The pledge is simple, we will either make good choices for October, or we will make bad choices for October. Even with roadblocks we can make good choices. <BR> <BR> If you want to "Rock" October by making sound food and activity choices, then please join this pledge and share with your friends. Together, we can make Rocktober 2011, an month ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:02:15 EST Weekly Challenge Discussion Sept. 25 - Gratitude This weeks challenge is actually 3 fold <BR> <BR> Gratitude <BR> fall fitness <BR> Spark cookbook <BR> <BR> I have gone the gamant of emotions today from being gungho to posting the weekly challenge to mourning the loss of a team-mates Dad. This got me to thinking about this team and what an amazing group of people are here. We support each other in all areas and I can tell you without a doubt - there is a core group of amazingly, dedicated Spark people that will support you - but we must s... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:12:57 EST September 25 weekly challenge - Gratitude <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the challenge discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Happy Fall My fellow Team-mates <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here trying to write this challenge with tears of gratitude running down my cheeks and thus the name for this weeks challenge. If you don't know it already as we have many new members - this is one of the most dedicated, caring teams I have come across. Each person brings something special to the t... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:04:16 EST Sept. 18 - getting to know one another discussion What did you have/are you having for breakfast? yogurt and a banana <BR> <BR> What's the weather like today where you are? the coolest day of fall thus far <BR> <BR> What's your favorite hobby? Knitting! I love reading, knitting, and photography <BR> <BR> Have you visited any foreign countries? Egypt, Israel, and Greece <BR> <BR> What are your favorite fruits and veggies? Fruits: I love fruits and veggies according to season that they are in - corn, watermelon, cabbage, brussel sprouts, o... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:47:48 EST Sept. 18 - getting to know one another challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> The team continues to grow and for that I am thankful. <BR> <BR> Let's get to know one another by sharing some general information about ourselves. I have decided once a month to use the weekly challenge to help us get to know one another by asking general questions. <BR> <BR> What did you have/are you having for breakfast? <BR> <BR> What's the weather like today where you are? <BR> <BR... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:45:37 EST Wii Jogging minutes & miles I started on Friday jogging with my Wii <BR> 9/09 17 mins. 2 miles <BR> 9/12 12 mins. 1 mile <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> Debbie Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:28:48 EST September Weekly Challenge for September 4 <em>410</em> The team is now over 2 years old. I want to thank Coach Nancy for getting this walk/run challenge going, Monty for his great team sparkmail and blog on the team, Debbie for her tremendous, caring spirit and growth as a team leader, and last but certainly not least each member of the team - without you this team would be dead in the water <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Make sure you visit the Share September goal thread and let us know what you are looking forward to working on this mo... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 10:59:23 EST Sparks Virtual Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5K Let's do this as a team and get as many as possible. Here is the info copied from the Sparks page. <BR> <BR> To help you stay motivated through the end of summer and enjoy the cooler temperatures of fall, we are pleased to announce SparkPeople’s Trick or Treat Trot! This Virtual 5K Race will take place the week of October 30 – November 5, 2011. Simply sign up for the race, join one of our training programs (optional), and complete your race during the last week in October. Share your time o... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 10:37:47 EST Hello I'm not new but just didn't introduce myself earlier. I joined so many teams I've been trying to get around and introduce myself. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:41:41 EST Share September Goals Time to share your goals for the month and/or review last month's and adjust as necessary. <BR> <BR> Goal setting is a great way to stay motivated and focused. If you haven't already, grab a journel or notebook and start dreaming away about all you want to accomplish - both short and long term. Sometimes just getting it on paper helps to hold yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> Remember - keep it simple. <BR> <BR> I haven't set my goals concretely. I do know I need to work on planning meals ah... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:27:44 EST AARP program to track you steps You do not have to be a member to use this site and program. <BR> <BR> Step up to better health <link> </link> <BR> Participants to "Step Up to Better Health" will track their walking online during a 10-week period. "Most people take 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day," Hawkins said. "By wearing a step counter and tracking their progress, people find the motivation to exceed the average. We find participants often double their steps in a few short weeks." <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 09:29:50 EST September-Whats for Dinner We had taco's with our daughter & grand daughter. pulled pork,lettuce,onions,tomatoe,salsa,cheese& beans <BR> <BR> Debbie Fri, 2 Sep 2011 20:01:55 EST Goodie Give Away 1 <BR> <BR> when we have double digits we give away a goodie. <BR> <BR> Have fun, <BR> Debbie Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:07:08 EST Two words - change one spark team <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:38:29 EST New Girl on the Block Hi All. I signed up on the gov't site but I don't understand if it is connected in any way to SP. Is our Team registered there? I'm just a bit lost but I never get lost when I'm walking!! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:44:09 EST August 14th Weekly Challenge team - hope you all are enjoying your summer and getting in lots of walking/running time. <BR> <BR> new members - Please help us get to know you by sharing in one of the may forums available. Don't see one that meetes your need than feel free to create one. <BR> <BR> yes team we continue to grow and our new members need to be made to feel welcomed not only to this team but to spark in general - Let's show them the Spark spirit. Visit one of our newest members and make them feel welcome. R... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:19:05 EST August 14 Challenge Discussion- Let's Go Team Have you had your vacation yet??? <BR> What did you do or are you going to do? <BR> <BR> I have shared mine of 2 weeks at Cape Cod. <BR> <BR> Did you welcome a new member yet?? <BR> <BR> For Monday - see how many steps or miles you can get in walking/running and come check in. If you are new and just starting out - set up your destination by logging in with your felloe team-mates or use spark to create a destination - this helps us to stay motivated. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:16:03 EST New Recipes come across any interesting recipes lately Team??? <BR> <BR> Here is one I found <BR> <BR> Grilled Veggie Sandwich (serves 4) <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 small zucchini <BR> 1 small yellow summer squash <BR> 1 small eggplant <BR> 1 medium sweet onion, sliced <BR> 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into rings <BR> 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split <BR> New chipotle mayo <BR> 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese <BR> Sliced provolone cheese <BR> Garlic, minced <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR>... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:11:14 EST Freebies Shared I often run across things that are free on the internet and other places so decided to share with you and hope you will also share if you find something for free or of interest. <BR> <BR> Request a Free 2012 Women's Health Calendar <BR> Women's Health are giving away free copies of the 2012 Women's Health Calendar. You can order it online or call 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) to order. <BR> Here is a link to the order form on the internet <link><BR>r... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:24:41 EST Weekly Challenge Discussion for August 7 Did you set some me time for the week? <BR> <BR> I do consider my walking time as ME Time as when I walk I unwind and take in the beauty of nature around me that I don't notice as I go through the activities of daily life. Walking to me is not a chore and I am assuming it is not for most of you. Of course the hard part can be to get the time in - so schedule in that time just for you. <BR> <BR> What will you do for me time this week? <BR> <BR> I always spend a few minutes at the end of m... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:01:59 EST Week of August 7 Weekly Challenge August has crept up and time for setting, reviewing, and sharing goals with each other. I set up the share August goals thread for you to post. <BR> <BR> A big welcome to all new members - we are glad you have joined us and hope you participate by sharing so we can get to know you and support you on in all areas of your healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> This weeks challenge is to make sure you get some "ME" time in. Right now get to that calendar or make an appointment with yourself to d... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 15:54:29 EST August - What's for dinner By checking in when you can with meals it gives others ideas what to cook. <BR> <BR> Last night I had chicken salad, corn, and cauliflower Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:16:19 EST Share August Goals Sorry team-mates that I am late posting this, as many of you know I was on vacation until July 31 and am catching up <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hopefully you all have automatically become a pro at setting short term long term, and dreams wishing to be fulfilled. If we do not set goals or have dreams to aim for then we can become stuck in the same old everyday routine. <BR> <BR> New members now is your time to share and let us get to know you and ask away with anything you need support with. I... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:26:57 EST Thought this was the Virtual Sit Down Challenge Sorry for my absence. I thought this was the Virtual Sit Down and Relax Challenge cause that's where I am headed. What's up with that? Summer should be an easy time to be active and lose weight. Obviously not so in my case. Yes, I know what the problem is...STRESSED to the max. I tend to overeat when I am stressed which is a temporary fix which only leads to packin on more pounds, which leads to more stress...gosh a never ending cycle. This is a difficult cycle to break. I know that b... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 07:08:54 EST July - What is for Dinner Ever get stuck on what to make for a meal? On one of my teams we share daily what we are making and it has helped me to get diferent ideas. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am thinking of getting a gluten free vegetable pizza from UNO's as I will be out mowing the lawn. <BR> <BR> Nancy Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:37:57 EST Humor for the Day - Jokes/riddles Sometimes in our days we can all use a little laughter - Please feel free to share your humor for the day. <BR> <BR> When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician,... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 11:45:40 EST When Gaining Weight Was Worth It Doesn't make sense when your goal is to lose weight does it? Are you curious? Ceck out my blog to find out the rest of the story. <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338457 </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 09:36:11 EST A - Z Animal Kingdom A - Ape Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:43:08 EST Did you Log your Fitness today? <em>34</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:49:20 EST Did you Log your Food today? <em>224</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:48:40 EST Know your Cholestrol number I will be going in August for my 6 month ckup. I take meds. of 5 mg. daily. My numbers for the last 5 years have been normal. <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:47:16 EST June Calendar - 30 days to an active lifestyle I learn so much by reviewing a tip a day from the spark calendars. I hope you either print it out or check here daily to review the tips. Here is the link to get the calendar. <BR> <BR> June 1 <BR> <BR> Be your own <BR> dishwasher. <BR> Washing a few dishes <BR> by hand keeps you on <BR> your feet and active. <BR> You'll burn calories, <BR> save water and <BR> electricity, and have <BR> clean dishes in a <BR> matter of minutes. <link><BR>ion_articles.asp... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:03:10 EST Share June Goals June has snuck up on me <BR> <BR> I haven't even begun to think of concretely setting June goals yet, so as I sit here and ponder - GF is going good so I think I need to focus on cholesterol as far as nutrtion goes. I would like to get 15 minutes a day in of a fitness activity other than walking. I also need to start working on balancing my spark time and not feel so obligated to answer every post. <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:49:01 EST Hello! Hello! I am new to the team. I am currently training pretty hard to do my first 5K on June 23. I have also recruited by 12 year old son to run with me 3x a week and my 9 year old son rides his bike. I have promised after this 5K that I will sign my oldest for one with me as well. <BR> <BR> I am a slow runner but I am running and to me that is a great accomplishment. After not being able to run at all. Tue, 31 May 2011 22:20:46 EST 15 Minutes of Daily Exercises <em>34</em> today I did my upper strength exercise with 5lb weights. woohoo <BR> <BR> Debbie Thu, 26 May 2011 09:20:07 EST Week of May 22 Challenge Discussion Memorial Day Plans all? <BR> <BR> I spend Saturday planting at the cemetary with my mom. Sunday I enjoy a family cook-out combined with celebrating my nephew's 2 girls b-days (ages 1 and 2). Monday is usually my quiet day at home, a time of reflection for those who gave their lives for us to live so freely. <BR> <BR> My strategies for the week-end to stay fit are: <BR> <BR> I am going to cook one healthier new recipe. I was actually thinking of creating a thread for Memorial Day BBQ ideas ... Sun, 22 May 2011 13:46:32 EST Week of May 22 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Do not post here, come share in the discussion section for weekly challenge <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I can remember preparing last years challenge for the upcoming Memorial Day and urging us all to kick off for what is for many of us the official start of summer - A good time for new beginnings and to refresh our journeys towards healthier lifestyles. <BR> <BR> How will you start off the official first summer holiday? Personally, I am a firm believer in being prepared both ph... Sun, 22 May 2011 13:33:39 EST Week of May 15 Challenge Discussion Answers to quiz <BR> <BR> 1. B - a higher SPF isn't always better <BR> <BR> 2. C - sunscreen doesn't provide perfect protection <BR> <BR> 3. B - clouds block only 20% of the sun's harmful rays <BR> <BR> 4. A - an 8 oz. bottle doesn't last long. <BR> <BR> 5. A - greens slash skin cancer risk <BR> <BR> How did you do? <BR> <BR> What other things do you do to prevent yourself from the harmul effects of the sun? <BR> <BR> I will be sharing more but right now my fingers are typed out. LOL Sun, 15 May 2011 15:21:49 EST Week of May 15 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here, come share in the discussion section for the challenge <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone was special to themselves this week. Here we are another day, another week and moving ever closer to Memorial day and increasingly nicer days which means many of us are outdoors for longer periods of time. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> This week's challenge - sun protection. Are you taking care of your skin? <BR> <BR> The skin cancer foundation has put an alert out... Sun, 15 May 2011 15:16:07 EST Week of May 8 Weekly Challenge Discussion <em>87</em> Happy Belated Mother's Day Ladies <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a meaningful day yesterday or happy memories of your mom. <BR> <BR> I live with my 82 year old mom, so visiting didn't require travel. It did however mean being prepared for anyone to drop in which they did. My brother dropped in for coffee followed by my sister, her daughter, the 2 kids, and a husband in tow. It was nice enough to sit out on the deck and for the kids to run around and play. <BR> <B... Mon, 9 May 2011 16:34:55 EST Week of May 8 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a fantastic Mother's day, whether you were on the giving or recieving end of it. <BR> <BR> The challenge this week is to continue honoring yourself each day throughout the week. Not a mom, single, or even a man - this can still be done. How you ask? Any action we take towards living healthier is being good to ourself. I also believe sometimes we have trouble recognizing or... Mon, 9 May 2011 16:22:42 EST Week of May 1 Challenge Discussion Preparing for a healthy spring/summer by reviewing safety <BR> <BR> Health - Are you medically cleared or following your fitness activity with a medical professional? Track one day your nutrients and come back and share results. <BR> <BR> I am medically cleared to walk. I am actually having a bone density test this Friday and I will be interested to see the results and share with you. I will monitor my nutrtients and share tomorrow. I just recently started doing this and what an eye opener... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:14:13 EST Week of May 1 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not Post hyere - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Happy May my Fellow Team-mates <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> new Members - glad to have you with us and we look forward to getting to know you. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and come share your May goals in the May Goal thread. <BR> <BR> Warmer weather is here and with that hopefully everyone is getting in some walking/running time. It is a perfect time to re... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:04:52 EST May Calendar - 31 Days to Stronger Bones Another month is here and a great topic to focus on for May. Here is the link for those who wish to print it out. I also post daily here for the benefit of those who don't have access to a printer and this also helps me to keep the tips up front in my daily life. <link><BR>r_2007-05.pdf </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 15:35:18 EST Week of April 24 Challenge Discussion My theme for myself for the month of May is no more procrastination - but building and making progress by taking small steps. <BR> Won't you join me - what is your trouble area - can't think of any, here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> Have you reached goal weight? If so what is it, if not what is your starting weight? <BR> <BR> Do you get your 8 glasses of water in daily? <BR> <BR> Do you get 5-8 servings of fruits/veggies in per day? <BR> <BR> I have to carefully monitor my cholesterol inta... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:56:19 EST Week of April 24 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not Post here <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a safe, meaningful Easter holiday. This is the last full week of April and I am preparing for an exciting, productive month of May and I hope you join me as we travel this journey together - supporting and encouraging one another along. <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> new members - we are so glad to have you with us and look forward to getting to know you. Please don't hesitate to ask questions and if there is somethi... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:42:39 EST Share May Goals I can hardly belive that we are in the last week of April. Time to start thinking of May goals by reviewing in the challenge discussion progress made and then setting/sharing new goals accordingly. <BR> <BR> I really need to be working on my goals closely this month as my blood tests came back with increased cholesterol levels. <BR> <BR> Nutrtion - I will be exploring foods that are lower in cholesterol and I will check daily using the features on the nutrtion tracker. <BR> <BR> Exercise -... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:23:25 EST Easter Week Discussion I am thankful that after nearly 4 years on Spark - holidays are not a struggle anymore. Making small changes do add up and my hope for all is that you will stick to basics and keep supporting one another as we travel this healthy lifestyle together. <BR> <BR> May we all be rejuvenated this Holiday season. <BR> <BR> I will be going to my sister's house where the entire family will be gathered. This year I bought all 9 of my nieces and nephews pails for use at the beach and am filling it with... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:54:37 EST Easter Week Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do not post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I first want to apologize for not being diligent in getting challenges posted weekly. I have been struggling with reenergizing myself sparkwise. Thankfully my walking is my saving grace and I hope you all are progressing with your walk/run routine. <BR> <BR> For those of us who celebrate Easter it is a perfect time to be recommited to a healthier lifestyle, the team, and keeping you a prior... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:47:37 EST A Very New Walker/Jog ger/Runner Hi, I am new to this team. I was in the 5K Rookie Walk/Run Sparks Team and completed the training and a virtual 5K, so I thought I needed to go another step with this team. I am 60 years old and I have just begun my fitness journey since May 2010 when I began to walk and actually keep with it. About 10 weeks ago, I began to add some jogging/running and do the intervals with 1 min. walk/4 min jog now, after working hard to get to this point. I am enjoying the jogging/running part of my fitness... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:11:53 EST ABC Your Favorite Things A - Apples Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:49:02 EST Emoticon something Green for April <em>435</em> Tue, 5 Apr 2011 17:37:56 EST April Calendar - 30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle For those interested here is the link <link><BR>r_2007-04.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I will not be posting this one daily. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:00:48 EST Share April's Goals It just dawned on me that we are in the last week of March - where did it go!! <BR> <BR> I will set up the challenge now to review last month's performance/interests and choose at least one area to work on for April. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:01:02 EST Hullo Hullo everyone, <BR> I am very pleased to meet you all. I am a 43 year old Mother too two sons, one 5 and one 17. I am a full time RN student in my third semester. I love to walk and hike but have not done much lately. I very much want to lose all this excess weight as it makes me feel so terrible and I know it is starting to cause health problems (ie, hypertension, pre-diabetes, neuropathies, shortness of breath, etc...) I hope everyone is successful in their weight-loss endeavors. <BR> Loo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:44:40 EST Week of March 20 Challenge Discussion I don't know about you but I tend to get a littlr splurge of energy and excitement which translate into increased motivation as the warmer weather approaches. <BR> <BR> I need to start scheduling myself back into morning walking now that the weather is better. During winter months my walks were pretty much determined by snow and when it was safe to walk. <BR> <BR> What about you - will you need to adjust your walking/running time? <BR> <BR> I am getting new sneakers - I could make do, bu... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:28:10 EST Week of March 20 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the Challenge discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>184</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> Today is the first day of spring (for many of us), this means warmer temperatures, longer days, and of course Spring cleaning. <BR> <BR> Let's put some Spring into our steps, turn some of that cleaning into fitness minutes, and spring clean our personal lives. <BR> <BR> Spring Cleaning Checklist <... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:16:16 EST March 6 Weekly Challenge Discussion I actually adjust better to losing an hour of sleep than gaining. The sun perks my body up. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> I shared my tips for adjusting - what do you do to adjust if need be? <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> How did you do on the goal quiz? <BR> <BR> Mine basically said I was on the right track, but that I should reward myself. <BR> Good challenge for next week!!! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:37:41 EST Week Of March 6 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post here - come share in the challenge discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry Team-mates that this is late. I was hit with a virus and it has taken me a week to get back on my feet. <BR> <BR> March has Sprung and this week-end daylight savings time begins, for most this means setting our clocks ahead an hour and losing an hour of sleep. The challenge this week is to start preparing now for the time change. <BR> <BR> A few things I do to help with the... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:28:17 EST New here. :) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm friendly and looking for a fun routine for walking. I have a hill by my house I use for quick cardio. I am here to change my lifestyle and as a bonus lose weight my problem is with eating my appetite is so varied sometimes I can't help but eat at night. My Nutritionist says I will lose 1 lb a week at 1500 calories but I get so hungry. Does anyone else have this problem? <BR> <BR> Hannah Sat, 5 Mar 2011 20:02:34 EST ABC's of Spring A - Airplane shows Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:49:21 EST March Calendar - 31 Days to a Healthier Diet Here is the link to the March calendar <link><BR>r_2007-03.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Whether you are just starting out on this healthy lifestyle journey or been here awhile - the calendar is chock full of tips and refreshers for all uf us. <BR> <BR> I will post the tip each day - feel free to make a comment or bring your ideas to the daily chat. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:57:23 EST Did you walk with Leslie Sansone today? Good morning, <BR> I am going to walk with Leslie for the month of March. <BR> I have used her dvds, exercise TV & the youtube videos. <BR> I hope you will have fun with her walks, <BR> Debbie <BR> <em>331</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:16:44 EST Share March Goals March is only a day away - sharing goals is the way to help support and encourage one another. It helps keep us motivated and by sharing we help to hold ourselves accountable. <BR> <BR> I need to refocus and get back on track - no better way then keeping it simple. I always set one goal in each of the areas of fitness, nutrtion, motivation (this includes but is not limited to my time on spark). <BR> <BR> 1. nutrtion - I am working on remaining totally gluten free, one day at a time. <BR> <... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:40:03 EST Week of February 20 Challenge Discussion <em>304</em> team-mates for being the caring team that you are. <BR> <BR> Sometimes to me there is just not enough time in the day to get done all I want to on spark and this team. This is why the team needs each and everyone. <BR> <BR> Sadly, I am struggling to overcome burn-out that comes with spending so much time on spark to fulfill obligations to my teams and self. I can rejoice while going through this dry stretch because of the support and progress of my journey and my fellow team... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 12:42:09 EST Week of February 20 Challege <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hi fellow Team-mates - here we are entering the last week of February. I am sure you are all surviving as noone needed to use the February fun challenge, so I stopped it. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> Spring is coming and I am sure schedules become busier so I decided to do this week's challenge on Time Management and Spark. <BR> <BR> Life is precious with no guarant... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 12:35:21 EST HAVE U READ A TEAMMATE'S BLOG TODAY? <em>345</em> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:17:16 EST HELLO Thought i woud enjoy this since i am doing so poorly with my weight loss efforts. Saw it on another page said that is interesting. I am 49 about to be 50 in may and need to lose 80lbs. I am not sure if it is even possible i have been tryuing for such a while and seem to always have setbacks so i thought i would start again. Sounding like OPrah i guess.... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:36:35 EST The Secret to You..A Gift From The Secret Scrolls This was posted on one of my other teams, and had to pass it along. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:14:04 EST Week of February 6 Weekly Challenge Please do not post here - come share in the discussion section <BR> <BR> Happy February all <BR> <BR> The February Fun Challenge continues - It will remain under the January 30 discussion section though so all can read posts already made. If you haven't stopped by yet you might want to get in on the conversation - we have had a few giggles throughout the week. <BR> <BR> Each day a short exercise dealing with nutrtion and fitness is posted. So far I have lifted soup cans, wore red - well ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:55:33 EST Week of January 30 Challenge Discussion I don't know about anyone else but I am ready for Spring. I have done enough shoveling for the month of January to last a lifetime, so it seems. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to hearing ideas for chasing away the winter blahs and keep us on the track toward healthy living. <BR> <BR> Starting on Feb. 1 we will be sharing and discussing fun winter tips and/or fitness exercises. <BR> <BR> What do you do to keep moving ahead during winter months? Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:30:58 EST Week of January 30 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come Share in the Weekly Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Starting February 1 the team will be doing February Fun Challenge - short fun filled tips for chasing away those winter blahs - love winter, then come encourage the rest. <BR> I have many tips and/or fun 10 minute exercises to get us going, but I need more - so please drop by the discussion section and share. <BR> <BR> It is also that time of the month to both set new goals for Febru... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:26:21 EST Share February Goals <em>244</em> February is coming and that means that much closer to spring - not that I am trying to wish away days. <BR> <BR> I will post my goals shortly, but I wanted to get this thread up before I posted the weekly challenge. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:04:37 EST Iditawalk The IDITAWALK starts Feb 1! This was the inspiration behind the 1049 challenge, I just kicked it up another notch. I registered Splash and myself yesterday, and saw other Sparkers on the roster! This is a FREE event, you only need to pay if you want the pin. This will be my 3rd year, and it is what renewed my interest in walking. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 08:15:39 EST Important Message from Coach Jen Coach Jen has asked team leaders to pass along this information regarding the "chain" posts that have been going around. So I am relaying her post to us. <BR> <BR> TOPIC: "Chain" comments on SparkPages <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:39:59 EST ABC'S of Healthy Living A - Activity (aerobics). Every step made is progress in the right direction Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:02:39 EST WEEK of January 23 Weekly Challenge Discussion We can do this. I have been doing great eliminating gluten from my meals and now I will work on the snacks. <BR> <BR> Will you make your snack time healthier or perhaps eliminate if need be. Don't pressure yourself - one day at a time. <BR> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:14:48 EST WEEK OF January 23 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post here - Come Share in the Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe we are entering the last full week of January. Please be safe if out there walking/running in cold temperatures. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to finish January STRONG. <BR> <BR> S <BR> T <BR> R <BR> O <BR> N <BR> G <BR> <BR> I will be adding a new challenge each day this week in the discussion section, so you won't want to miss it. If we get enough response I will begin a dai... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:11:12 EST Week Of January 16 Challenge Discussion As I was thinking about commitment and follow through for this challenge an interesting thought came to mind. Could you imagine say for example you were planning an important event such as a wedding and the minister didn't show up to perform the ceremony. How often do we make commitments to ourselves, no matter how small they may be, only to not follow through which in turn can beat us down to not moving forward. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking of my commitment to certain groups this week an... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:12:25 EST Week of January 16 Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post here - Come share in the Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Time Does not stand still - Can you believe we are half way through the first month of the New year. A perfect time to reflect on Day 15 of the January Calendar - Unbreakable Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Day 15 <BR> <BR> You're halfway <BR> there! Today, <BR> look back on <BR> your progress and <BR> reevaluate your goals. <BR> Are you on track with <BR> your timeline? Is your <BR> goal still im... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:47:47 EST WEEK of January 9 Challenge Discussion Staying motivated really hit home to me this week as I read blogs, posts, and greeted new members all over Spark. It really hit me how many will start with such good intentions this month only hardly ever to be heard from again. <BR> <BR> Let us band together as a team and really care by supporting not only the team but others and ultimately ourselves. <BR> <BR> Staying motivated is really a pep talk to ourselves while examining different areas of our lives that require or demand change. I... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:41:23 EST WEEK OF January 9 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post Here - Come Share in the Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Team <BR> <BR> We are officially through the first week of 2011 and I hope this finds you all off on the right foot (my attempt at humor). <BR> <BR> I originally planned to have this challenge a team feedback time, but I got to meditating upon how many people start off all gung ho at the New Year only to lose the momentum. I recognized the challenge for many is not with star... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:22:43 EST Change One Letter In Four Goal <BR> <BR> I thought to shake things up we could try to keep this going. You can change the letters in any order, but only may change one letter at a time completely. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:21:07 EST Biggest Loser Chat The television show The Biggest Loser starts tonight. I thought it would be fun and motivational for those of us that watch it to be able to chat about it. <BR> <BR> I think this season should be interesting since it is Jillian's last show. From what I understand the contestants get to choose who they want to train with which includes 2 new trainers. <BR> <BR> Who do you think most will go with? <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:47:32 EST Share January Goals <em>411</em> Happy New Year - a great time to reflect and get those goals to paper and share. A reminder that those who participate in an online forum not only get more accurate information but are more apt to reach their goals. <BR> <BR> I am working at maintaining my weight at 115 and continuing to tone my body and eat healthier. <BR> <BR> I will continue to drink 8 glasses of water daily, eat my 5-8 servings of vegetables daily, and walk each day. <BR> <BR> To add spice to my spark p... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:03:56 EST January Calendar - Unbreakable Resolutions Here is the link to the January Calendar <link><BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> These tips are a great review and way to stay motivated and on track. I hope you either print them out or check back daily for the tip of the day. <BR> <BR> Day one <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> If you haven't yet <BR> settled on your top <BR> goals for the year, do so <BR> today. Writing down <BR> your goals (in specific <BR> terms) means you're <BR> more likely to a... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:44:45 EST DID YOU HUDDLE TODAY.....GIVE A WOO HOO!! <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:57:34 EST NEW YEAR DISCUSSION I am excited to begin this week with a time of reflection, recommitment, and reigniting my SPARK. <BR> <BR> I hope you will all join me on this journey. Spark allows us to not just set a resolution, but to continue working on them all year through, with some pretty special people I might add. <BR> <BR> My time of reflection has included amazement that after 3 years on Spark I am still here continuing to grow and meet the most caring people around. <BR> <BR> I will be working on renewing m... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:30:54 EST NEW YEAR CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post here, come share in the NEW YEAR DISCUSSION <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a safe, blessed holiday and ready to move into the New Year - 2011. <BR> <BR> Challenge - Reflect, Recommit, and Reignite your Spark. <BR> <BR> The new year is a time to flect on the changes we have made, want to make, or need to make. <BR> <BR> I also think of making resolutions at this time of year, as do many. According to Wikipedia the definition of a resolution is "... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:20:36 EST Hello Hello. My name is Paula. I am just really getting started good. I start excersicing then I give up. But know that I found the Spark I thank I can keep it up. Fri, 24 Dec 2010 22:07:57 EST Christmas Week Discussion Happy holidays to all <BR> <BR> I hope this finds everyone managing to get in some walking/running and also planning some healthy eating this year. <BR> <BR> I so apologize for being late with weekly challenges. Are you as busy and tired as I am?? <BR> <BR> I am taking one step at a time and finding meaning for my healthy lifestyle walk each day. I find inspiration and encouragement from all that share. Leaders get tired also and I appreciate those who step up and continue to make this a c... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:40:24 EST Christmas Week Challenge Happy Holidays Team-Mates <BR> <BR> I am wishing for you all a great time with family/friends as we celebrate our faith at this meaningful time of year. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to spend meaningful time with family/friends. <BR> <BR> Come on in to one of the threads and share your holiday plans and what you will be doing to make this a healthier season for you. <BR> <BR> Please do not post here but come share your thoughts with us in the discussion section. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:32:45 EST Name A Christmas Carol or Song Silent Night <BR> <BR> Ho Ho Ho - Let's get in the holiday spirit. Do you think we can come up with a hundred songs!!! <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>445</em> Thu, 9 Dec 2010 18:20:27 EST December Calendar - 31 Days to Healthier Holidays <em>445</em> <em>446</em> December is here - Let's make it the healthiest holiday season ever. Here is the link to the calendar in case you want to print it out or did not receive the daily sparkmail that it was in. <link><BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I am also going to continue to post the tips daily as some people may not have access to it daily. This also is a great way to support one another and is a way to get conversation flowing, especia... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:58:33 EST 1049 Challenge This is based on the 'Iditawalk' which is loosely based on the Iditarod. For the Iditawalk, your challenge is to walk 1049 minutes between Feb. 1 and March 31, The time period for the Iditarod, and that covers 1049 miles. I did this 2 years in a row, but this year I want to do the full 1049 every month. No time like the present to start! <BR> <BR> However you want to get your minutes in is fine.....outside, treadmill, in front of the TV, even the Elliptical, and you can join in at any ti... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:01:38 EST Time to Share December Goals December will be here this week. I wanted to get this thread up and running so others could share if they already have their goals set. <BR> <BR> December can be a difficult month due to the business of the season, make sure your goals reflect this by being realistic BUT DO set goals. <BR> <BR> I am still in the process of making my goals concrete but have generalized thoughts for the areas of fitness, nutrtion, and motivation. <BR> <BR> My goal for walk/run is to continue walking at least... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:21:10 EST Week of November 28 Challenge Discussion I can hardly believe that December is upon us this week. Time flies and I think this is all the more reason for us to maintain motivation with our walk/run schedules, fitness routine, and also our commitment to our Spark Teams. <BR> <BR> I am hoping the participation in last week's challenge was due to everyone's preoccupation with Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I have to admit it has taken some work for me to stay motivated as the weather has gotten colder, but finally I have set a few motivatio... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:54:45 EST Week Of November 28 Challenge <em>227</em> Please Do not post here, come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a fine Thanksgiving and are rearing to go to make December your healthiest month yet. This may well be the most important challenge of the 2010 year for many. <BR> <BR> This weekk's challenge focuses on staying motivated through the winter months and Christmas season. It becomes a little tougher to get out there and walk/run and it is estimated that through the holiday sea... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:46:51 EST WEEK of November 21 Challenge Discussion I am truly taking a moment to be thankful for each and everyone here that shares and continues to support/encourage one another along to living healthier lifestyles. <BR> <BR> A sampling of Spark members on the poll said that 80% of members were going to be making a healthier Thanksgiving dinner item. I say <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I also know the reality that most of us will also indulge in that favorite piece of pie or added helping. I know I love my custard pie. What is your splurge for ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:53:51 EST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>429</em> Please do not post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> Happy Thanksgiving <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> What a perfect time of the year to pause and be grateful for all we have. <BR> <BR> Challenge this week is to: <BR> Give thanks for all that you are and all that you mean to others. <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself and let it show, be a role model for living a he... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:40:31 EST It is the season to gain weight challenge I WILL not gain any weight this holiday season. <BR> <BR> Monty Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:13:52 EST Anybody up for a monthly walking challenge with me I was sending another team member some encouragement to start outdoor walking NOW instead of waiting until Spring, and I remembered the Iditawalk that starts in February. I did it the last 2 years, even biked the minutes also last year. The premise is to walk 1049 MINUTES between Feb 1 and March 31. It breaks down to 17 minutes a day. Next year I would like to do it in one month.....and again in the next. I think I am going to start NOW and see if I can hit the 1049 by the end of the mon... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:54:49 EST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14 CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>244</em> I am being a Pre-Planner - Are you? <BR> <BR> I am actually getting motivated up now to get walking after Thanksgiving Dinner versus that nap. I will also get an early morning walk in to get my day going. I am excited as I will be at my sister's house the night before - what an example to set and new surroundings to explore along my walk. <BR> <BR> Yes I know someone will bring the chips and dips, but I will also bring the fruits and veggies. I am also getting more involved w... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:43:31 EST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Read but <em>303</em> Do not Post here, Come share in the Weekly Challenge Discussion <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hope this finds everyone progressing with your walk/run goals. <BR> <BR> Let's keep the momentum going and start planning for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is 11 days away and many become caught up with the festivities, not to mention this usually starts the onslaught of Christmas preparation. <BR> <BR> Weekly Challenge - get excited about incorporating n... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:34:01 EST Thank You Veterans Happy Veteran's Day to all the men and women who have served our country. <BR> <BR> Won't you take a minute to say thank-you to a fellow veteran. <BR> <BR> Here is a poem I found that says it all for me. <BR> Because of You, <BR> <BR> Unknown Soldier <BR> By Courtney Tanabe <BR> <BR> Because of you, I am here <BR> <BR> Because of you, I am able to live freely <BR> <BR> Yet I do not know you <BR> <BR> And I have not done anything for you <BR> <BR> But there you stand, ready to f... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:18:35 EST Spark will be Down Tonight Hi all, <BR> <BR> FYI...I just saw on the Daily Spark that the entire site will be down tonight from 11:00 PM Eastern until 7:00 AM Eastern time for maintenance. <BR> <BR> Get a good Night's sleep all you night Owls <em>102</em> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:04:03 EST Racing rituals and lucky charms Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I recently read Matt Fitzgerald's book, The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel and in his book he mentions the topic of Making Your Own Luck. In other words, by doing or wearing the same thing before every race, you develop a sense of control over your situation, which empowers your psychological momentum. This works for everyone, walkers and runners. <BR> <BR> For me, it is my pre-race meal of oatmeal, walnuts and a banana with a cup of coffee and wearing my blue Mizun... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:29:19 EST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION First I want to thank my team-mates for the participation with-in the team. I have been uplifted and motivated on by simple posts and sharing with-in the team <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am spending my hour this week adding 10 minutes daily to my walking. <BR> <BR> I am also using the time to review my use of time and become a tad more organized with holding myself accountable with what I get done while on spark. <BR> <BR> You?? Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:33:22 EST WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not Post here - come share in the weekly discussion section. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Happy November my fellow Team-mates <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> Don't forget to set those clocks back <BR> <BR> Weekly challenge is to use the extra hour towards walk/run time. Broken down this is less than 10 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> This is a great time for newcomers to get started. <BR> <BR> This is a great time for all of us to push a tad beyond our... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:28:49 EST November Calendar - 30 Days to Greater Happiness Who doesn't want to be happier in life?? <BR> <BR> Did you know depression can occur when everything else is going fine? <BR> <BR> Did you know exercise (walk/run) can be as efective in treating depression as medication? <BR> <BR> Let's be pro-active in our lives by sharing and supporting one another on this path to health and happiness. <BR> <BR> Day one - Start a hobby. <BR> <BR> People who <BR> engage in captivating <BR> activities are more <BR> satisfied with life. <BR> Lose yourself... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:13:12 EST The 21 Day B4 Thanksgiving Challenge on Facebook Hi, I will be doing this challenge starting tomorrow. Is anyone else doing it? <BR> It is with Leslie Sansone & Dr. Oz. <BR> Lets have fun & be healthy <BR> Debbie Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:28:22 EST WEEK OF OCTOBER 31 Challenge Discussion I took the quiz twice and it is a good thing as I misread one of the questions. <BR> <BR> The first time I got 2 wrong - the second time one. <BR> <BR> I had misread the starburst as having less calories than a large Banana. <BR> <BR> Let's share our goals, keep walking/running one step at a time, and work on setting and keeping our priorities set for the month of November. <BR> <BR> Set small goals - don't be tricked into large unattainable action steps. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:57:34 EST WEEK of October 31 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>303</em> DO not post here - come share in the discussion Section. <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <em>423</em> Happy Halloween <BR> <BR> Can you believe today is the last day of October. Let's make November the best month we have had not only on the team but in all areas of our personal lives. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to our new members - glad to have you with us as we help each other to stay motivated to walk/run and improve in all ... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:46:04 EST 3 things you are Grateful for Today 1. my faith <BR> 2. Spark <BR> 3. great team leaders Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:17:41 EST ABC's of Fall/Winter A - Autumn colors <em>465</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:15:16 EST Hello from Central Fl I also saw the information on Monty's site. I signed up for the virtual walking and my id is 62939 but I have not entered any data. I will start walking tomorrow. I do have limitations due to previous foot surgeries but.. want to try this as I really need the groups support and motivation to get my butt in gear. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:36:43 EST Share November Goals We have a whole week to do this, but I wanted to get the thread up. <BR> <BR> Take some time and start thinking, read the weekly challenge, and adjust as necessary. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:06:04 EST WEEK OF October 24 Challenge Discussion I have noticed from chatting that many are dealing with different issues along there journey toward health and happiness. Hopefully by identifying where we are at we can become unstuck, keep moving forward, or stay where we are at. <BR> <BR> What are your priorities? <BR> <BR> As I was setting mine - I made a major blunder and I am wondering if any of you did also?? <BR> <BR> I didn't put me first as a priority!! <BR> <BR> #1. priority is ME <BR> #2. My mom <BR> <BR> General areas of pr... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:01:09 EST WEEK OF OCTOBER 24 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Do Not Post Here <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hard to believe it is the last week of October <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Yup - it is goal setting time again - so please make sure you come share in the "Share Your November Goals" thread that I will be setting up. <BR> <BR> As we ponder what we want to accomplish with our goals for the month of November, let's take a look at the priorities in our lives. <BR> <BR> Priorities can take several f... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 12:51:27 EST WEEK of OCTOBER 17 Challenge Discussion I have no clue if this challenge will get responses, but I needed to do this one for ME!! <BR> <BR> I so apologize for dropping the ball with last week's missing challenge. <BR> <BR> This is why this challenge is important - I learned that to stop being consistent (such as missing challenges) will start a backslide of going in the wrong direction. <BR> <BR> A small goal/post/challenge/check-in is so valuable to maintaing progress and the growth of our team. We have the most amazing peopl... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:56:27 EST WEEK OF OCTOBER 17 Challenge <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in weekly challenge Discussion <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge - Keep it Simple and just do it. <BR> <BR> We can have all the elaborate goals in the world but unless we make that first move we are stuck. <BR> <BR> Don't overthink - Just do it. One small step at a time. <BR> <BR> Be consistent - 10 minutes on a regular basis is better than an hour once a month. <BR> <BR> What is holding you back - what is your pitfall. <... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:47:11 EST Hi Everyone from CA Hi All, <BR> I am new to the team although not new to Sparkpeople. <BR> I am resetting my goals and trying to work out everyday, it gets hard from day to day but I am battling on. <BR> I would love some ideas to how to keep myslef intrested in the exercising, I have MS and sometimes I get so tired. Any ideas from anyone. <BR> Thank you all. <BR> Emma Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:38:57 EST Chicago Marathon Runner Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Anne and my goal is to run the Chicago Marathon next year. I have exactly one year to prepare for this. Mind you, I am NOT a runner but then again I know I can be. This will be quite the challenge and I look forward to working with this group to reach my goals and help others reach theirs. Good luck everyone! Oh, also, I have to lose 87 lbs by that time as well :) So I've made the goals of losing 7.25 lbs a month and adding 2.2 miles a month to my run/walk. Firs... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:55:17 EST A movie to brighten your beautiful! If you ever need a gentle reminder to remember what's most important in this beautiful 3 minute movie. <BR> Each time I watch it...I feel inspired! Hope you will, too! <BR> Just click here to watch: <link><BR>tahMail-_-MO-_-10.4.10-_-FJOYMovie </link> <BR> Here is wishing everyone a great weekend. Be inspired. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 09:18:07 EST New Nutrtion Feature Here is a link to check out for this new feature for nutrtion <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> Sounds great and I will use a lot. Let us know how you like it once you try it. <BR> <BR> Nancy Thu, 7 Oct 2010 14:22:33 EST WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <BR> SLEEP - The missing piece of our "diet and exercise" component. Most of our journeys focus on healthy diets and fitness routines - We forget we don't function at optimal performance without adequate rest. <BR> <BR> There is so much to discuss here - so go for it!! <BR> How much sleep do you need? <BR> How much sleep do you get?? <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts surrounding the sleep issue and amount of time we need?? <BR> <BR> Does too much or too little sleep affect your day?? ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 10:47:03 EST WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> DO NOT POST HERE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Happy October Team-Mates, <BR> <BR> It is never to late to come share/post your October goals - Not sure how or what to set for goals, just ask or read others. There are <em>345</em> goals posted in the "Share October Goals thread. <BR> <BR> Last year we did a challenge on sleep and how important it is to our overall functioning. With shorter days occuring and Daylight Savings time approachi... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 10:40:42 EST Time to start Sharing October Goals Where does time go!!! <BR> <BR> I always set or readjust my goals monthly. One each minimum in the areas of nutrtion, fitness, and motivation. <BR> <BR> Nutrtion - I need to work on remaining gluten free on a daily basis. I am going to record every bite of food that goes into my mouth and set specific goals at the end of the first week. <BR> <BR> Fitness - I need to keep my walking exciting and challenging. I will be setting a specific plan to begin running - and I mean very, very beginnin... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:44:05 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION Did you increase your time for the coming week? The challenge was to review your current goal and increase your goal time this week according to where you are. <BR> <BR> NEW MEMBERS WELCOME - Please share your goals and action steps. <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoyed taking the PBS Quiz!! <BR> <BR> How did you adjust your goal and actions steps as a result of taking the quiz? <BR> <BR> What ideas could you ient in your action steps to enable you to increase your time. <BR> <BR> FOR YOU... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:30:11 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please do not post here - come share in the challenge discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Fall <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> Happy Spring to some <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE - Can you increase your walking/running time or distance? 10 minutes, a 1/4 mile, 100 steps - for new members, set your goal and post. <BR> <BR> September will be ending this week. I hope this finds all of you making progress in the goals y... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:26:52 EST ABC's of Being Grateful A - A is for the air we breath Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:33:50 EST New and here with Questions.... Hi guys! I just joined the team and I have a few questions... <BR> <BR> First off, I am not new to SP or exercise -- I have been here for almost 4 years now and lead 1 team and co-lead another. I am looking toward incorporating other exercise in my workouts and am using my elliptical -- as much as I would LOVE to be a runner, my knees won't allow it =( <BR> <BR> My question for you guys is this, can other activities be used to count toward mileage? I was on a team awhile ago where 20 min... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 10:03:32 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I have a vision, A dream for this team <BR> <BR> Share your vision, your expectations, what do you need or would like to see from this team. <BR> <BR> This is your time to have input to the continued direction of OUR group!! <BR> <BR> List your topic challenge ideas. <BR> <BR> If you are new, introduce yourself!!! <BR> <BR> I will be posting in the WOO HOO section - team leaders, most improved, etc... So check in and stay tuned!! <BR> <BR> TOGETHER WE STAND (well actually walk an... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 16:54:54 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> PLEASE RESPOND IN THE DISCUSSION AREA FOR CHALLENGES <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Greetings All <BR> <BR> BUSINESS MEETING BEING HELD IN THE DISCUSSION SECTION <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is simple, to respond with comments in the Discussion Section - A roll call if you will. It takes me sometimes hours to think and research a challenge, to this end I need to know how many are actually visiting the weekly challenge. <em>303</em> if you are reading this - say hi in the discu... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 16:45:52 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <BR> What a better way to start the week but with some humor- Here is my running/walking joke for today. <BR> <BR> Last year I entered the New York City Marathon. The race started and immediately I was the last of the runners. It was embarrassing. The guy who was in front of me, second to last, was making fun of me. He said, "Hey buddy, how does it feel to be last?" I replied: "Do you want to know?" and I dropped out. <BR> <BR> On a serious note now. I will be monitoring in my journal al... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 15:11:39 EST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE - COME SHARE IN THE DISCUSSION SECTION <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy September to all of You. <BR> <BR> I am so pleased to let you all know that YELLOW09RED (Debbie) has joined "OUR" team as a leader. Please stop by her page and Thank her for stepping up to the plate. The team continues to grow and as we do more leaders are needed to keep the caring support that you have all demonstrated. <BR> <BR> Let me ask a question? <BR> ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 15:03:53 EST Share your Birthday <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> June 14 <em>652</em> day Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:37:38 EST Share your Spark Anniversary Date I will take any opportunity to celebrate with my friends and fellow sparkers. <BR> <em>515</em> <em>517</em> <em>509</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:24:34 EST SEPTEMBER DAILY CHALLENGE <em>244</em> <em>311</em> September's monthly calendar is tips for eating fruits/vegetables. <BR> <BR> Instead of me posting daily tips - I thought it would be fun to challenge/encourage each other on to eat 5 fruits and/or vegetables a day. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>69</em> <em>291</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> Are you with me??? <BR> <BR> Let's share each day the fruits/vegetables we eat Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:01:31 EST Link to September Calendar Some great tips to get in those fruits and veggies <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>291</em> <em>147</em> <em>267</em> <em>69</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:51:51 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 29 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I am excited as we begin the the start of year 2(doesn't that sound sweet) for this team. I have many ideas roaming around in my mind. This team is near and dear to my heart and lifestyle journey, as is each one of you. <BR> <BR> I had an AHA moment - I spend many hours thinking about this team and how to keep us active. The one thing I never did was to make OUR Team as part of my goal section. <BR> <BR> I have set personal Team goals for myself - will you join me <em>38</em> . <BR> <B... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:05:42 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 29 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post Here - Come Share in the Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>44</em> The Team is One Year Old and continuing on thanks to each and everyone of you. <em>285</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> A year ago Coach Nancy started SparkPeople's Official Virtual Walk/Run Challenge. Hard to believe a year has gone by. The team continues to grow and become more cohesive as we support and encourage one another along not only with walking/running, ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:49:21 EST Time to share September Goals <em>244</em> What a perfect time to share goals this month - Coming to the beginning of the fall season and the one year mark of the team <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know I need to pay attention this month to adjusting my schedule and I have decided to create a few goals that deal with leadership. <BR> 1. I will add one new leader minimum this month <BR> 2. 5 goodies daily <BR> 3. Change/add team goals on main page <BR> 4. address challenges to meet runners needs <BR> <BR> Fitness/walk goal... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:01:34 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 22 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I have to say I am so inspired on by the participation thru all the threads on the team. Being pro-active in reaching out and knowing people helps keep us motivated and with a spark support system. <BR> <BR> A year ago - Coach Nancy started this walk/run challenge and I am so thankful. Who would of thought I would be leading - it is called growth and making progress one day at a time. I was given a chance to tap unused potential.Scared - heck yes, but the day we stop growing and sharing is w... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:23:53 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 22 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here - Come to the Discussion challenge section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday my fellow team-mates, <BR> <BR> You are all <em>345</em> and we are all works in progress. <em>304</em> for sharing your thoughts on what walking/running shoes you use. Many people will benefit from this discussion. It is not to late to add your opinion if you haven't alreadyand Thank-You Vicki for asking. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> In just a few short week... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:14:03 EST ABC'S of SPICES/HERBS A - Anise Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:41:11 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 15 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION Just a Note - Lots of good challenges in all areas coming up to celebrate the teams one year anniversary in September - Where did time go <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Unlike Coach Nancy I love my veggies. I struggle with eating in the morning - I know this is an important meal so I try and have a yogurt and maybe cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> When is your struggle time and with what foods? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:38:37 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 15 WEEKLY CHALLENGE PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE <BR> <BR> Hey Fellow Walkers and Runners! <BR> <BR> Another week is behind us and we move closer to the Labor Day holiday. I hope you are still keeping your walking/running journals, as well as logging your miles on the walk across America website. We have also talked about cross training and adding in more steps to your day. <BR> <BR> This week I want you to try focusing on your nutrition. Walking and running are both great, but without following a ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:33:51 EST Looking for good walking shoes Hi everyone, I'm getting serious about training for my half marathon walk in October and I really need to find some good racewalking shoes or race flats to begin training in. My New Balance shoes are good, but feel heavy. Do any of you walkers have any brand suggestions for a good shoe? I'd like to find a pair in a physical store, but I'm open to buying on-line. Thanks! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:22:59 EST WEEK OF August 8 Weekly Challenge Discussion This challenge is actually a repeat one from week 2 last September, for those that were here do you remember!! <BR> <BR> Since we are all at different stages of walking/running - this challenge will mean different things to each person depending where and what level of intensity you are at. <BR> <BR> It is imporatant to keep cross-training at some level in our fitness routine for all. This helps not to get bored with routine and helps our bodies not to reach a plateau. <BR> <BR> I am going... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 17:57:29 EST Week of August 8 Weekly Challenge <BR> Hiya Walkers and Runners! <BR> <BR> I hope you are having a great time keeping track of your mileage, steps or minutes as we continue on this great journey of walking and running. I hope you are keeping your journals and that you continue to do so well into the days and weeks ahead. They truly can help you better understand how certain situation can have an effect on your walks and runs. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to look at some cross training activities you may want to add... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 17:39:53 EST hello Hi there. I am Angie. I used to run last year and did a couple of SLOW 5Ks until I had to sit out for a couple months due to medical issue. I have gained back about 5 lbs and I am trying to get started back to running. trying to get motivated for my first one tomm am. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 19:42:38 EST WORDS OF CONDOLENCES JANETK53 lost her Mother-In-Law last week. Let's keep her in our prayers and thoughts. I know how a death can throw us off track, so let's stop by Jan's page and lift her spirits with words of encouragement. Here is the link <link><BR>NETK53 </link> <BR> <BR> Know of someone who has suffered a loss - let us know so we can support our fellow team-mates in prayer and thoughts. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:53:54 EST GET WELL WISHES Fellow team-mates - YELLOW09RED also known as Debbie had surgery and will be away from our team for a few weeks - let's keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Stop by her page and let her know she is being thought of. Here is the link to her page <link><BR>LLOW09RED </link> <BR> <BR> Please continue using this thread to let us know of anyone that is ill or in need of thoughts and prayers so we can continue being the most caring, supportive team. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:34:17 EST August - 31 days to Better Sleep August's Calander of the month is on sleep. I thought it would be helpful if we posted each day's tip here to discuss and encourage each other on. It may just help you identify problem areas and therefore be able to set small realistic goals to help in the future. <BR> <BR> Sleep does affect our performance and therefore our walk/run time/effiency. <BR> <BR> Day 5 Tip is: <BR> Have a light snack. <BR> Eating a heavy <BR> meal too close to <BR> bedtime can interfere <BR> with sleep. T... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 13:24:22 EST hi ! I'm new hi! <BR> I'm new to the team. I do a lot of walking, but I want to increase my distance. My goal for next week is 18 km (about 11.2 miles). <BR> <BR> go team! <em>249</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:41:34 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 1 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>244</em> setting goals really does work <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I first began I got tired of hearing set small doable goals, somewhere along the line I became desperate enough to take suggestions and PRESTO - over time I made progress. It didn't happen overnight - it took patience, sharing, encouragement from my fellow sparkers, and a willingness to dare to believe I could attain my dreams. <BR> <BR> I hated water - now that is all I drink, OK I still need my morning co... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:24:01 EST WEEK OF AUGUST 1 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not Post here - come share in the discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> What an <em>345</em> team you are and <em>304</em> for remaining faithful participants while I was on vacation the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>199</em> new members - glad you have joined us. You will gain all the support and encouragement you need to live healthier and happier lifestyles. <BR> <BR> The challenge for the rest of this week is... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:02:26 EST Share Your August Goals Please accept my apologies for getting this up late. I returned from vacation on Saturday and Sunday was the 6th anniversary of my dad's death. <BR> <BR> My goals for August are: <BR> 1. to continue walking an hour a day by starting with just 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Make one new gluten free recipe each week. <BR> <BR> 3. catch up on my fellow team-mates posts while I was away. <BR> <BR> Goals that I monitor that have now become automatic healthy habits after 3 years of being on spark ar... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:25:39 EST Spark Goodies <em>244</em> team <BR> <BR> Spark has provided more goodies for us to support each other with. check them out by sending one to a team-mate. <BR> <BR> here is the announcement link in case you missed it. <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:03:33 EST Walking from ECent IA to NE WI Hi all! I just joined the team. I was out looking for some more teams that I had things in common with. I'm currently doing a virtual walk from my home in east-central IA to northeast WI. I'm currently 61 miles into my 314-mile walk! :) <BR> <BR> -Skye Wed, 21 Jul 2010 21:22:04 EST WEEK OF JULY 11, 2020 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION Good Morning All!! <BR> <BR> What a better way to start the week but with some humor- Here is my running/walking joke for today. <BR> <BR> Last year I entered the New York City Marathon. The race started and immediately I was the last of the runners. It was embarrassing. The guy who was in front of me, second to last, was making fun of me. He said, "Hey buddy, how does it feel to be last?" I replied: "Do you want to know?" and I dropped out. <BR> <BR> On a serious note now. I will be mo... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 07:54:04 EST WEEK OF July 11, 2010 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please share in the Discussion section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Greetings!! <BR> <BR> Where did 4th of July Go and what a month it has been thus far!! This team and it's members are off to a "running" start. The members here are awesome - So much Progress and sharing by all has inspired me on!! I hope you were motivated on also. <BR> <BR> Let me ask a question? <BR> ARE WE HAVING FUN YET??? <BR> <BR> It is so important to keep your walking/running routine interesting and... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 07:49:47 EST Red, White, and Blue Weekly challenge Discussion <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Regardless of what country we are from - I hope you all have a safe holiday week. <BR> <BR> I believe many people will be celebrating this week-end - hopefully this challenge will help us remember the basics. <BR> <BR> So many things going on in my town and surrounding cities. What's up in your area?? <BR> <BR> The big festivities in Massachusetts is in Boston with the fireworks and symphony orchestra playing. This year they are remembering the kennedy brothers... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:43:28 EST Red, White, and Blue Challenge <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Do not post here - come to discussion Section to share <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Belated Canada Day my fellow Canadian Team-mates.We will be celebrating Independence Day this weekend. Many of us will have a 3-day weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) filled with family, friends, food, and fun celebrating the Red, White and Blue. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to include this Red, White and Blue Weekend Challenge into your ... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:25:42 EST July Calendar - 31 Days to Less Stress <em>244</em> Who can't use this one <BR> <BR> Here is the link <link><BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Think we might discuss each tip everyday <em>224</em> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:54:48 EST WEEK OF JUNE 27 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION To maintain status quo means to keep things as they currently are or the existing state of affairs. <BR> <BR> If it is working for you - keep it going, but keep it interesting and exciting. <BR> <BR> Ironically - yesterday I decided to take a time out and take one step back to see what my life was like without working at keeping it exciting. <BR> <BR> The same walk/run routine can become old and I recognized this by the smile put on my face when MONTY shared in the "Show your progress th... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:58:49 EST WEEK OF JUNE 27 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post Here - Come Share in the Weekly Challenge Discussion Section <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe that this is the last week of June <em>38</em> . Time to review our progress and set new goals for July. <em>303</em> come share your goals and get ideas in the Share July Goals Thread. <BR> <BR> The challenge this week begins with these 2 quotes. <BR> <BR> "To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep pu... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:43:37 EST Share Your July Goals Can't believe next week will be July!! <BR> <BR> Take time this week to review your June goals and set July goals. <BR> <BR> Try and go over the 3 areas of Nutrtion, fitness, and motivation when you set your goals. Remember keep them simple and doable. <BR> <BR> Areas I always work on: <BR> <BR> each day I start with just 10 minutes of walking <BR> <BR> I strive for my 8 glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> I check into my team on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> This is an example of how you can... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 08:38:38 EST What is yourTotal Daily SparkPoints earned today 6/25 102 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:09:52 EST Question of the Day 6/22 <BR> Do you buy your milk in an opaque container? <BR> <BR> <BR> I always do - The reason is that I thought ans still believe that it seems to last longer. Will have to search out the facts on this unless someone knows. <BR> <BR> A true fact is that light does destroy nutrients in milk, so buying milk in opaque containers is the best choice. <BR> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:06:30 EST ABC's of Summer Food A - Avocado Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:36:27 EST WEEK OF JUNE 20 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I am on my 30 day count down until vacation to Cape Cod. <BR> <BR> What about you?? <BR> <BR> No vacation what summer activities or day trips do you take. I have been reading many on some of your posts. You just may give others ideas. In fact, I will create a section to share summer activities. <BR> <BR> Yes, it is true I am packing my resistance bands - I am being prepared for that rainy day and if I want to work extra hard so I can enjoy an added treat. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for my wal... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:30:13 EST WEEK OF JUNE 20 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE - COME SHARE IN THE DISCUSSION SECTION <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe tomorrow is officially summer, with that I think vacation. Vacation to me is a time to renew my soul and get away from my usual routine. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking is my vacation a time to abandon the healthy habits I have been developing day by day and take a break from real life?? Sounds good - but the problem is I have to return to reality and... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:23:07 EST Farmer's Market Discussion <em>213</em> All, <BR> <BR> I had put a new this or that up regarding Farmer's Market versus grocery store. Since we have had some pretty good discussions going on I decided to make it a new section. <BR> <BR> So chat away about your Farmer's Market. <BR> <BR> Are you finding the prices higher this year? Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:18:24 EST WEEK OF JUNE13 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>45</em> <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> I am so excited to share this week's challenge and can't wait to learn and read all responses as we make this the healthiest summer eating experience yet. <BR> <BR> My response is in my blog which you can get to by reading the challenge. I hope you get inspired to write a blog with some goals or tips you learned. <BR> <BR> Monty had written about hearing that you could offset high sodium intake by... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:04:30 EST WEEK OF JUNE 13 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE, COME JOIN THE CONVERSATION IN WEEKLY DISCUSSION SECTION <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> my fellow team-mates and <em>205</em> <em>345</em> <em>285</em> Team on Spark, <BR> <BR> How is the walking/running coming <em>38</em> Make sure you come share with us in the many forums available and if you need support to either get going or keep going - we are here for you. <BR> <BR> For the cha... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:49:33 EST Question about the group goals the one "Write in your walking/running journal 3 entries 1 time per day" <BR> <BR> What exactly should I be doing. I am kinda confused.... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:45:17 EST Greetings from a Newbie Hi everybody! I'm not new to SP but recently joined this team. I need to refocus on my weight loss goals and start DOING something about it! A few medical problems kept me from exercising but walking is something that I can do. I look forward to meeting you and dropping a few pounds along the way. Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:22:47 EST WEEK OF JUNE 6 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>220</em> inspirations you all are to me and the team. <BR> <BR> Several of you have provided the inspiration to light my spark this week - you just don't ever know when what you share is going to lift someone up and yet in all my teams I am still baffled at how underutilized the power of sharing goes. For me this has been my single main motivator as I continue to make progress walking. <BR> <BR> My dream for each and everyone is that you shar... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 09:28:42 EST WEEK OF JUNE 7 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE, COME JOIN THE WEEKLY DISCUSSION <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Good Day My fellow Team-Mates, <BR> <BR> I have been inspired on to do this challenge not only because I celebrated my 3 year Sparkversary but by reading the posts of all of you. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to develop your own personal mantra/motto for walking/running or for your everyday life. <BR> <BR> When you come right down t... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 09:16:44 EST New I am new to the group. I have a goal to do a mile a day, every day in June. Total of 30 miles for the month. :) Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:12:23 EST MEMORIAL DAY <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Take a moment today and during the week to reflect on those who have served our country, a prayer for those families that have lost loved ones, and a big ty to those vets with us today for serving our Country. <em>458</em> Mon, 31 May 2010 09:22:03 EST Share your June Goals I am in the process of reviwing and updating my goals for June as I want to include safety in mine for June. <BR> <BR> Remember keep your goals attainable and interesting. <BR> Anyone needing help setting goals - please post and ask for suggestions. Often times we have not because we ask not <em>334</em> Sun, 30 May 2010 08:33:52 EST Week Of May 30 Weekly Challenge Discussion I thought a quick easy challenge for a busy week. it wasn't until I started reviewing and reading sites on the internet that the importance of safety hit home harder. <BR> <BR> I do pretty well at staying hydrated as I bring water with me, especially in summer when sweating becomes an even bigger factor. <BR> <BR> Yesterday while planting at the cemetary I wore a black colored t-shirt, not even thinking that it would make me hotter. It was not particularly a HOT day. I started sweating earl... Sun, 30 May 2010 08:15:18 EST WEEK OF MAY 30 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please Do Not Post Here, Come Join Us In The Discussion Section <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> Happy Memorial Day <BR> A big Thank you goes out to all those who are and have served our country to keep us free and take a minute and reflect on those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. <BR> <BR> Good Morning all and <em>229</em> to all new team-mates. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having an enjoyable and safe holiday. What ... Sun, 30 May 2010 08:05:42 EST Just started my "Walk" today! I've been on SP a couple weeks, but I just heard about this! It looks really interesting, and my friend signed up with me. We keep each other going on our weight loss plans, and now we are going to see who can get across the country faster! <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 29 May 2010 12:36:49 EST June's Calendar - 30 Tactics to outsmart unhealthy Here is the link to get June's calendar. Sounds like an awesome month of tips. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1361 </link> Fri, 28 May 2010 14:53:46 EST Week of May 23 Weekly Challenge Discussion <em>244</em> I am excited - let's kick off the summer with supporting and sharing ways to live healthier throughout the summer months. Here is a link to webmd that has some fantastic tips for continuing to live healthier. <link><BR>mmer-tips-healthy-living </link> <BR> <BR> Healthy eating tips for summer - I love to stuff my face at cookouts, however I have learned a few things that help me do it healthier <BR> 1. I leave off the bun for hot dogs and... Sun, 23 May 2010 08:20:39 EST Week Of May 23 Weekly Challenge <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>228</em> Please do not post here - go to challenge discussion section <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning my fellow team-mates, <BR> <BR> For those in Canada I hope you are enjoying your holiday week-end. <BR> <BR> Summer officially starts in about a month, but for most people the Memorial Day week-end is the kick off date to start enjoying summertime festivities. Summertime is made for healthy living - it seems we all become... Sun, 23 May 2010 08:05:47 EST New to the Team! Hi I'm Laura and new to this team! <BR> I just got done reading Monty's blog and was inspired to join this team since I like to walk. I will now have a place to walk to and will make my walks much more fun and I will have a goal now too! <BR> Looking forward to being a part of this team! <em>213</em> Sat, 22 May 2010 08:04:22 EST ABC'S of Summer Fun A - Air Shows Fri, 21 May 2010 10:54:45 EST WEEK OF MAY 16 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hopefully you all got through my weekly challenge post. I learn so much information when I research that I tend to get carried away posting the challenge. <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing with warming up and cooling down after exercising/walking/running? <BR> <BR> My warm up is always starting slowly and my cool down, well by the end of my walking I am slowed down <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Do you faithfully get your stretching in - it should only take about... Sun, 16 May 2010 11:18:19 EST WEEK OF MAY 16 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here, visit the weekly discussion section. We want to hear from you. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Back To Basics And Beyond <BR> <BR> Good Morning my fellow team-mates, <BR> <BR> Awhile back we had a challenge on warming up that received much participation in the discussion section. I truly hope this week's challenge on stretching generates as much enthusiasm and discussion. I know the last several hours as I have researched this topic not only o... Sun, 16 May 2010 11:03:22 EST WEEK OF MAY 9 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I tend to think mom's will be out today or celebrating with their families and I think this is awesome. <BR> <BR> Me I like to spend it quiet with my mom and enjoy her presence. When I think of my mom, I gave her a list of what MOM meant to me - such as, <BR> M - Motivator <BR> O - Of <BR> M - Mine <BR> <BR> Can you come up with one. I will see if some of your's match mine before I share anymore. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I am rushing here to get ready for my brother coming, so I fear I am ... Sun, 9 May 2010 08:38:40 EST WEEK OF MAY 9 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE, GO TO WEEKLY DISCUSSION SECTION TO SHARE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY <BR> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> Flowers for all. <BR> <BR> Let's spend this week honoring our mom's or in some cases remembering our mom's. <BR> <BR> Come share what you did on Mother's Day. <BR> What does Mother's day mean to you?? <BR> <BR> This sums it up nicely for me today: <BR... Sun, 9 May 2010 08:31:28 EST WEEK OF MAY 2 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>245</em> I am so late but <em>244</em> I made it. <BR> <BR> I was so inspired by the May goals written that I wondered what would keep us from walking/running?? <BR> <BR> I know that I have battled many things to keep my streak going - remember every 10 minutes add up. So on those days when I know the weather may impact my walking - I plan a trip to the mall or my church to use the indoor tract. This is especially nice in summer when it gets so hot. I try to eliminate as many excus... Sun, 2 May 2010 15:54:30 EST WEEK OF MAY 2 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE, BUT JOIN US IN THE WEEKLY DISCUSSION AREA <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Happy May to All, <BR> <BR> Don't forget to visit the May Goal thread to share what you would like to accomplish this month. If you are not used to setting goals and action steps, now is the time. Stop by and read the excellant posts already to get inspired. <BR> <BR> So sticking with goal setting. The challenge this week is to think of what hinders youwalking/running. Try and list 3 t... Sun, 2 May 2010 15:41:12 EST MAY's Calendar - 31 Days to Healthy Bones May's calendar is an excellant resource and review for practical everyday steps to keep our bones healthy. Just what us walkers and runners need. Here is the link for you all. <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=845 </link> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:07:24 EST MAY GOALS It is that time again - where does the <em>412</em> go. <BR> <BR> Review your goals or if you haven't time to set them up. It is recommended to keep a journal and record progress with notes so that you can go back and see what works and what doesn't. <BR> <BR> Remember to keep your goals SMART - Small, attainable, achievable, realistic, and timely (both short and long term). <BR> <BR> By sharing your goals you are enabling your team-mates to support you and it also helps to hold yourself... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:12:28 EST Recommended Blog Readings I have decided to create this thread as a way of us sharing the blogs that encourage and inspire us along. If a blog inspires you, why not make sure it gets to the attention of us all to share in the inspiration and motivation to continue on . Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:47:44 EST WEEK OF APRIL 25 CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I am so looking forward to this week's challenge, letting our hair down and sharing/having a laugh together. <BR> <BR> We totally need to break up the monotny of our lives as often as we can to keep motivated. At least once this week - break up the daily routine and do something you normally would not allow yourself to - Set the child within you free to have fun. <BR> <BR> Come back and share as often as you can what you have done to play this week!! <BR> <BR> I tend to be a very serious,... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 07:50:53 EST WEEK OF APRIL 25 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD GO TO WEEKLY DISCUSSION SECTION <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning My Fellow Team-Mates, <BR> <BR> Hard to believe this is the last challenge of April. I will be putting up a Post for you to share your May goals. Take a minute to review your progress for April and see if you need to make changes - Begin today if you haven't started your walking/running or challenge yourself up a few more steps. <BR> <BR> Are we... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 07:41:29 EST Hi My name is Sherry. I am going through a divorce... and well, it's time to get back to dating again. So I what to lose some weight and tone up. I have gone through a lot in my young life and I have seen people, that is close to me, very sick with weigh issues. <BR> So, I don't want to be like that ....and I want to feel good. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:59:45 EST Hi My name is Sherry. I am going through a divorce... and well, it's time to get back to dating again. So I what to lose some weight and tone up. I have gone through a lot in my young life and I have seen people, that is close to me, very sick with weigh issues. <BR> So, I don't want to be like that ....and I want to feel good. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 18:59:07 EST 10 Minute Fitness Spark Streak Let's get this going. 10 minutes everyday, all can do - whether it be a walk in the yard or up and down the driveway like Chris Downie did. Start your streak today and let us know by checking in here, daily if you must - whatever will keep you motivated. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>217</em> <em>313</em> <em>68</em> <em>131</em> <em>319</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>300</em> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 08:01:08 EST WEEK OF APRIL 18 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION I know lack of motivation has hit me on more than one occassion. I hope everyone can take this challenge and store it in their brain for the time you will need it. <BR> <BR> Where are you at now with your motivation?? If it is great - keep it going and inspire others on - this will keep you focused and motivated. <BR> <BR> Were you able to identify a sign of lack of motivation and what can you do about it? <BR> <BR> I truly believe we at times drive ourselves too hard and end up worn out. ... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 07:54:05 EST WEEK OF APRIL 18 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> DO NOT POST HERE, GO TO WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION SECTION <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Another week to share, encourage, and keep moving forward. This weeks challenge is MOTIVATION. <BR> <BR> Are you just going through the motions without being invested or enjoying your life? If so, Time to get re-motivated and for some you have just begun and are rearing to go - Keep it up and fill your toolbox... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 07:46:15 EST Week OF APRIL 11 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>205</em> I feel an excitement and real caring about to explode in this team and not the surface check in group type stuff, but a genuine support among members. <BR> <BR> I apologize for going on in the challenge, but this is my passion that we not just check-in for spark points, but rather take a genuine interest in the progress and lives of every member. We cannot do this unless we put effort and take a risk to become vulnerable to asking for help. <BR> <B... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:54:39 EST WEEK OF APRIL 11 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Do Not Post Here - Come One - Come All to April 11 Weekly Discussion Section to Share <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Hi to my fellow team-mates, <BR> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> Revitalizing the Basics and Our Team <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> I am excited, I have felt an energy to the team and seen evidence of renewal in many members. Are you excited, have you had an AHA moment this week, ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:35:33 EST ABC'S of Flowers Spring is in the air and I am so enjoying seeing the flowers pop through the ground. Let's have some fun while we walk/run together. I am sure most of you have seen the ABC's in some format or another in your groups. Let's start with flowers. <BR> <BR> I will start with A - the next person will copy and paste my response in their reply and add a flower beginning with B, the third person will copy/paste the previous person's post and then add their response and so on and so on. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 07:58:24 EST DAILY CHAT - CHECK-IN Let's go team. Let's get to know one another and support/encourage each other along. Don't sit on the sidelines!! I need you - the team needs you. Together we will make progress. <BR> <BR> Today - I am asking everyone that walked or ran to check in here and show others it can and is being done. <BR> <BR> 10 Minutes today - 10 Minutes - You can do it and check back in - let's see how many we can get to sign in here. Do your part and pass the word <em>215</em> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 07:38:49 EST NATIONAL START WALKING DAY - APRIL 7 <em>215</em> Let's go team - Get out of the funk. Today is National Start walking day. Join millions of Americans and your fellow team-mates and get out there and walk today. <BR> <BR> What better day to start. <BR> <BR> Ready - Set - Go <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 07:33:10 EST WEEK OF APRIL 4 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION For this week we've got a four-part challenge. <BR> <BR> First, take the stress assessment quiz, the link is right here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=37 </link> <BR> <BR> Second, take a look at what stresses you in your life. Make a list of those stresses and see if you can come up with a few ways to deal with those stress factors. <BR> <BR> Third, share with the group at least one way that you deal with stress in your life. Or somet... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 15:42:31 EST WEEK OF APRIL 4 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> Please do not post here, go to the Week of April 4 Weekly Challenge Discussion. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> !!! STRESS !!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We touched on this a few weeks ago when we discussed personal goals, so I thought we'd get a more in-depth discussion going this week. <BR> <BR> STRESS can wreak havoc on our health. From possible weight gain to lack of sleep to aching muscles, STRESS can cause a lot of discomfort. It may cause us to overeat or to put ... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 15:37:52 EST Hello I just joined this team to help motivate me to get back to running. I had my first son in January and stopped running while I was pregnant. My goals are to work back up to running 6 miles and lose the rest of the weight I gained while pregnant. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:52:23 EST WEEK OF MARCH 28 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION Happy Easter <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> Easter is a sacred day of JOY and then mix in the <em>172</em> and a lot of fun is had with the children. <BR> <BR> What is your Easter Like??? <BR> <BR> Do you have favorite childhood memories?? <BR> <BR> Will you take a holiday break or continue to eat healthy and walk/run?? <BR> <BR> When I was a child, I always got that special easter outfit including the gloves and hat - off to church we went. It often seemed like ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 07:29:07 EST WEEK OF MARCH 28 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE, BUT DO GO TO WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION AREA <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> SPRING HAS SPRUNG <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY EASTER MY FELLOW TEAM-MATES <BR> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> new members!! <BR> <BR> My prayer for those who celebrate the easter season is that you have true meaning in your life and the desire to pursue all your dreams. <BR... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 07:19:02 EST APRIL 2010 MONTHLY GOALS AND PROGRESS Let's start posting our goals. This is a great way to put it in print, hold you more accountable to yourself, and be able to encourage one another on <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Let's Go Team!! Care and support one another. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 07:02:52 EST WEEK OF MARCH 21 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>244</em> SPRING CLEANING TIME <BR> <BR> I forgot to include a link to Green Cleaning tips, so here it is <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1073 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Now share your spring cleaning tip. <BR> <BR> 2. What do you need to clear out from your cupboards or perhaps at the very least switch to a healthier alternative. <BR> <BR> 3. What area of your life needs to be spring cleaned? <BR> <BR> 4. Spring Cleaning and calories burned. I know the... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 06:53:34 EST WEEK OF MARCH 21 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>230</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE. GO TO WEEKLY DISCUSSION SECTION UNDER MISC. <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPRING TO MOST and HAPPY AUTMN to SOME <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> As Spring rolls around I begin to think of hot, lazy summer days at the beach and walking along the shoreline. Another area that springtime brings for many of us is SPRING CLEANNING. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 06:45:01 EST Elliptical Do you think that using an elliptical counts for the website? I have one and I use the distance on its data display as the distance I log on the website. I know that the treadmill counts, but I was just curious as to what your thoughts were on ellipticals. Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:23:13 EST WEEK OF MARCH 14 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> This week let's focus on creating or improving on our personal goals. These are the goals that may not necessarily be nutrition or exercise related, but help us emotionally, mentally or spiritually. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe you're trying to get some special "me" time to take a bath, meditate 5 minutes a day, or just relax with a good book. <BR> <BR> Maybe you want to spend some more time playing with your kids or visiting an elderly r... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:14:03 EST WEEK OF MARCH 14 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD. INSTEAD GO TO THE WEEK OF MARCH 14 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>227</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> A big <em>235</em> to all the new members we've had join our team this week!! <BR> <BR> This week let's focus on creating or improving on our personal goals. These are the goals that may not necessarily be nutrition or exercise related, but help us emotionally, mentally or spiritually. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:08:03 EST A Reminder - Turn Clocks Ahead <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>412</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> SPRING AHEAD <BR> <BR> Sunday, March 14 - turn clocks ahead one hour (for those whom this affects). <BR> <BR> Nancy <em>67</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 05:20:34 EST Weekly Team Digest For your information - The weekly team digest thst goes out only on Sunday - if you want to still receive it you need to go to your team page and check off. Everyone has been opted out due to people concerned about getting to many spark mails. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>185</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>324</em> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:48:07 EST For Your Information The Magazine For Women First has a 3 page article on Spark with lots of great tips and stories shared by members <em>30</em> March 22 edition Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:44:46 EST Hi, I am new I am 41 years old, married, mother to two small boys, ages 3 & 5. I walked one mile yesterday. I had a total hysterectomy 8 weeks ago so am looking forward to increasing my mileage in the weeks to come. Look forward to getting to know everyone and getting challenged by walking. Will start the C25K program as soon as I am able. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 19:23:36 EST WEEK OF MARCH 7 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION First I want to say Thank you to each and everyone, without us participating and sharing together I would not be this far with my walking. I think I get more out of preparing during the hours it takes. I can't do it without you and a special thanks to SPRINGTIME for stepping up being my co-leader - awesome challenges from a different perspective. <BR> <BR> I will be looking to add another co-leader as the team grows and participates more. <BR> <BR> Do you Warm - Up before doing any fitness... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 07:12:31 EST WEEK OF MARCH 7 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE - GO TO WEEKLY DISCUSSUION TO SHARE <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Good Morning My Fellow Team-mates, <BR> <BR> Happy March!! <BR> <BR> First <em>235</em> new members <em>244</em> the team continues to grow. This year we are focusing on Back to basics and Beyond, so you are able to jump right in and get active with the team. We look forward to learning together as we progress and celebrate together... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 07:04:54 EST JUST A REMINDER TO ALL I received this post from Coach Nancy who received the word from Coach Jenn - so I am copying and pasting there messeage for all to read. <BR> <BR> Hey Team! <BR> <BR> The following information comes from Coach Jen, PLEASE read! THANKS! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:31:36 EST Hello everyone! Hello fellow walkers! I just joined the team earlier this week. I actually found the vitual challenge website first, and then found the Sparkgroup. I am very excited to be part of it. <BR> <BR> I have been logging my steps for about a week now and I really like wearing a pedometer and the motivation of walking across the country. It really feels like every step counts this way. It gives me motivation to park a little further away from the grocery store, walk to the post office instead of dri... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:19:17 EST MARCH CALANDER - 31 TIPS FOR NUTRITION <em>213</em> All, <BR> <BR> As we strive to walk/run together we have kept the team also focused on all areas of life that affect being healthy. If you haven't checked out the monthly calanders - here is the Link <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=780 </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to come back and ashre on the tips given <BR> <BR> Nancy Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:09:01 EST Intro and Woohoo Hello from wi! I am a mom, wife, teacher, student in search of a new lifestyle that will be healthy, happy, and successful. I have chosen this activity in particular because I have never felt athletic. My brother has always been very athletic but never a runner. This is one skill I can feel confident in without having to compete in. I am looking forward to your tips and tricks. PIan on running my first 5k on July 3. I had my first of many woohoos today I walked on my treadmill for 30min f... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:26:10 EST WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION We've all envisioned our goals and dreams, and most of us have been working on them for some time. Now for this week's challenge: <BR> <BR> STEP IT UP A NOTCH!! <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> How are you working on increasing your walking and running? More time, further distance, faster running/walking time? <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Spring is just around the corner so we all might want to begin to think of ways to step it, increase our distances, adjust our goals to re... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:13:41 EST WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28 WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD. INSTEAD GO TO THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>227</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> We've all envisioned our goals and dreams, and most of us have been working on them for some time. Now for this week's challenge: <BR> <BR> STEP IT UP A NOTCH!! <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> How are you working on increasing your walking and running? More time, further distance, faster running/walking time? <BR> ... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:10:25 EST A Penny a Mile When one of my Spark friends on this team posted in a blog about walking 2 mile and finding 2 pennies it gave me an idea. I am doing the "walk across America" and I have started putting a quarter in a jar for every 25 miles I walk. When I reach the end of my walk in Oregon I will use my money for a special treat. I haven't decided yet what that will be but since I have only walked 92 mile I will have a while to think about it. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 11:50:38 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I was talking to Nancy and decided to stop in to this team and say hello to everyone! This is such a great way to earn fitness minutes and reach your goals. I hope everyone stays motivated to reach goals one small step at a time. <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <BR> Chris (SparkGuy) <BR> <em>54</em> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:57:24 EST SPARK READERS UNITE Have you bought the Spark and been reading it?? <BR> <BR> Let's start sharing and inspiring each other on by sharing something that we like in the book or has inspired you on or a quote or anything you want. <BR> <BR> Maybe we will get a visit from Cheis himself - aka - SPARKGUY. <BR> <BR> I know reading the spark has given me renewed vision and inspiration for my life to continue on, not only daily by creating a spark streak - but to dare to dream big. <BR> <BR> I vow today to read at le... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:26:30 EST WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21 WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION <em>245</em> if I got long worded on the challenge!! <BR> <BR> Fitness= MOVING, THINKING, NUTRTION, SLEEP <BR> <BR> This is why SPRINGTIME and I include all areas in our challenges, but without the big picture and dreaming - we will lose interest and wane. Believe me I went there this week and it wasn't until I took some 'ME" time by reading the Spark did I rekindle my vision and passion. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> Keep you passion and dream alive and help support others to... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 08:12:09 EST