SparkPeople 50+ FEMALES, FIT AND FEELING FABULOUS Team Messageboard A group for women 50 and above, celebrating life and the many things it can throw at us in a fun open manner. SparkPeople 50+ FEMALES, FIT AND FEELING FABULOUS Team Messageboard GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUIZ Sparkname: J_Hennington <BR> <BR> First name: judy <BR> <BR> State you live in:Kansas <BR> <BR> Hobbies: cooking, computer, coloring books,Journals <BR> <BR> What do you do for a living: I am retired..I write <BR> Pets:2 cats (MISS KITTY) (KIKI) <BR> <BR> Married for 46 years <BR> <BR> Children: son who is forty three and one daughter. who is thirty six <BR> <BR> Favorite exercise: walking, swimming, <BR> <BR> Favorite food: Italian <BR> <BR> Favorite Scripture: "Be ... Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:15:16 EST Invitation to join the BLC24 Maintenance Team Greetings, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I know that the start of the year is a time when many of us resolve to regain focus on healthy eating and healthy living. I've been SParking for almost five years and have been maintaining for 4.5 of those years. <BR> <BR> Without a doubt, the support of you, my Spark Friends have given me the motivation to get focused when I started losing focus, and the support I need to maintain.I <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a fun way to stay motivated as you s... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:29:37 EST What do you like most about you Think deep! What changes have you made you are proud of or what do you really like about your personality? I wrote blog explaining mine! I love that I take pride in myself in everything I do! I love that I eat hardly any processed food now! Finally, I love that I found Spark and this lovely team of ladies! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:32:03 EST New Feature There is another new feature on Sparkpeople: <BR> <BR> PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH as you will NOT be able to switch back if you don't like it. <BR> <BR> <link> _feature_calorie_ranges_based_on_fitne ss_tracking </link> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:52:52 EST Barbara Eden, 78, Wears I Dream of Jeannie Costume Barbara Eden, 78, Wears I Dream of Jeannie Costume at Life Ball With Bill Clinton: Picture <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ws/barbara-eden-78-wears-i-dream-of-je<BR>annie-costume-at-life-ball-with-bill-c<BR>linton-picture-2013265 </link> Mon, 27 May 2013 16:00:11 EST TEAM PICTURE? Would it be possible to get a more positive looking picture to represent our team? <BR> <BR> The grey haired lady, who looks blind with her eyes shut (I have nothing against the blind, or people who like to keep their eyes shut while out in public holding balloons), all in pink/purple including her shoes ( I have nothing against pink or purple), and she seemingly is not accepting of her age (embracing her real self) by the T-shirt she <BR> <BR> She doesn't look healthy, nor does... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:10:32 EST I'm rejoining member After a much too long hiatus <em>198</em> , I am ready to be back to Spark people. <BR> I have missed the commaraderie and support immensely. I wish I had continued participating during 2012 because it probably would have helped me through an extremely stressful year. <BR> <BR> If you read my latest blog, you will understand why. <BR> <BR> I am soo looking for the support of others who have been through similar circumstances. <BR> <BR> Here's to a happy, healthy 2013 for all <em>381</em... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:00:46 EST Hello... I'm new to Sparks and your team. Thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to all your encouragement thru my weight loss. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:46:16 EST Hello... I'm new to Sparks and your team. Thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to all your encouragement thru my weight loss. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:45:52 EST New to the team! I am Peggy & from Arvada, Colorado (a suberb of Denver) & 65 years old. Good being here. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:43:55 EST Hot Flash HOPE!!! Okay me at least this is the best news I've had in a very long time. With prayer and persistence, there maybe approval of a new treatment for hot flashes that WORKS like a MIRACLE as early as next year. For more information see my blog... <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=LOGOULD <BR> Talk to your doctors and anyone who will listen. We deserve something effective that will improve or restore quality to our lives that doesn't have the long term si... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:10:26 EST hi Hi everyone ,I just joined the group ,looking forward to getting to know everyone and sharing my journey and explorations. <BR> All is well <BR> Lynda Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:43:29 EST MOTIVATION & BOOKS & GRATITUDE I just did another blog this one has some good books to check out. Let me know what you think. Hugs,Linda <em>247</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:46:45 EST I'm New to This Team I'm feeling fabulous on this journey of getting fit. Some friends of mine keep telling me that they would have given up by now if they did not see more weight loss on the scale so today I blogged on that subject and attached pictures, let me know what you think. Have an awesome day! Hugs Linda <em>247</em> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:11:08 EST Enjoy running and being fit Glad to know that there are a few of us old gals who aren't satisfied with looking like "Grandma". I have a lot more energy than my younger fellow workers who are half my age. Still, I want to lose weight because in my family, everyone gets old and then FAT. Tue, 3 May 2011 18:46:42 EST How did you feel about turning 50? I have always embraced my birthdays until I turned 50. For some reason I had a really hard time with this birthday. The difficulty may have been a blessing as it was part of what motivated me to start living a healthy life. I would love to hear how other people felt when they turned 50 and how they feel now. <BR> Martha Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:32:14 EST Favorite team inspirations! Okay so I don't have the opportunity to log on daily, but when I do I love to take time and read the Let's talk forum! There are always wonderful stories, inspiring sayings and just beautiful people sharing their lives and helping each other! <BR> <BR> What do love most about this team? Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:07:31 EST What amazed you this week? Not sure if any of you watch the BL show but I was quite happy to here Courtney talk about how her weight loss journey on the BL ranch was just one part of her journey. She lost over 100 pounds before she got on the show. <BR> <BR> She is an awesome 22 year old who has lost over 200 pounds and is still working on losing more. It is almost hard to see the now Courtney in the face of the 400+ pound girl she was a year or so ago. I can't wait to see her in the finale. She also told the worl... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 22:08:22 EST I'm 50+ and looking forward to feeling Fit and Fab Hi! My name is Cary. I joined this group a day or so ago and have felt warmly welcomed already. I still need to do the courtesy of introducing myself to you all. <BR> <BR> First, let me say that I love the photo for this group! <BR> <BR> My journey to lose weight has been like many of you. I am hoping to yo-yo back down before I top my last time's maximum gain. It still is a daunting number to see on the scale! When I got down to my previously low weight I had this thought, "What if I... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 20:58:50 EST how often do you? How often do you take time out from your daily tasks to spend 15 minutes for just you? What do you do? <BR> <BR> I get so fixed on taking care of others and doing for them, I forget to take time for me. Would love to hear some new suggestions on what to do. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 17:22:29 EST april 2 question Is it ok to start new topics? Would it be ok to post a question? Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:14:44 EST Hi all! I too am 50, but will turn 51 in June. I'm looking forward to the support and fun that you all seem to share. Please feel to check out my page and friend me. The more support we have, the easier it is to succeed <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:48:47 EST Gym flooring for home I made myself a gym area in my basement. My floor is carpeted, but it's a fairly thin carpet installed over concrete, so I wanted to add some padding. Since a lot of the videos and exercises require moving around, and many of my home strength/stretching exercises have me on the floor, I wanted an area larger than a standard exercise mat. I got Get Rung ( interlocking gym mat flooring on the Amazon website and I've been very happy. Each pack includes six, two-foot 3/8" thic... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:16:04 EST Do you weigh yourself daily? The Spark says "weekly" or less. And I think pretty much everyone agrees that no matter how often, it should only be first thing in the morning, in your birthday suit. I'm curious how often others weigh themselves. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:06:38 EST How to break a plateau ***Cute Joke*** <BR> <BR> A blonde is terribly overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet. "I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds." <BR> <BR> When the blonde returns, she's lost nearly 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> "Why, that's amazing!" the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?" <BR> <BR> The blonde nods. "I'll tell you, though, I thought I was going to ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:31:21 EST Stop Breathe So stop. Go mindless. Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. <BR> <BR> How many times do you truly do this? I hope at least once daily. These moments are the ones that make us truly see ourselves and the world around. When you stop, breathe, let go; sometimes that is the moment that takes your breath away. Try it, it doesn't hurt at all. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:04:36 EST From Lancaster County, PA Hi Everyone, I came upon this team on a SparkFriend's page and thought the name of the team was terrific! My goal is to reach a healthy BMI in 2011. I am looking forward to being a member of this team as we all continue on a healthy journey! <em>213</em> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:47:47 EST Always A Chance To Get It Right Here's to your health, to every moment, every week and month that you wake up to the privilege of another breath—another chance to get it right. <BR> <BR> Every minute of every day you have the chance to get it right. If at first you don't succeed try, try, try, and then try again. Soon it will be right. That's the great thing about life. There are always plenty of opportunities for "do-overs", all you have to do is take advantage of it when the opportunity presents itself. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:06:25 EST Something To Think About God gave us eyes to see the beauty in nature...and hearts to see the beauty in each other. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope each of you supscribe to this, if everyone did this world would be a much better place. Feel free to pass it on. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:10:27 EST Update on my preemie grandson and my health <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so sorry for the long delay in getting back with you all. Thank you for responding to my blogs. Daily, I have been visiting my precious preemie grandson at the Children's Hospital, spending time with my daughter and raising my (3) guys at home. YOU ALL ARE WONDERFUL SP friends!! <BR> <BR> Update on my preemie grandson. Armonee was born on Janua... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:07:56 EST FRIENDS I saw this today and wanted to share. It says so much in so few words. This statement really needs to be given some serious contmeplation and you all know I'm not always serious, but I am about this. <BR> <BR> "Celebrate and acknowledge the one, the few or the many friends who give you back to yourself." <BR> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:20:43 EST START STOP This is just a little something to think about as far as getting OUT and DOING. <BR> <BR> Start: Something <BR> Stop: Worrying <BR> <BR> Start: Living <BR> Stop: Waiting <BR> <BR> Start: Talking <BR> Stop: Texting <BR> <BR> Start: Exercising <BR> Stop: Dieting <BR> <BR> Start: Trails <BR> Stop: Treadmills <BR> <BR> Start: Now <BR> Stop: Procrastinating <BR> <BR> Start: Breathing <BR> Stop: Smoking <BR> <BR> Start: Doing <BR> Stop: Planning <BR> <BR> Start: Simple <BR> Stop: Complicat... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:11:50 EST 50+ Eastern Shore of MD Hi there. Thought I'd get serious about getting fit. I'm 55 - live on the Eastern Shore of MD. Work full time - have 3 children and 6 grandkids...and an ailing husband who had spine surgery a year ago and is still recovering. So - there's my day to day stress. <BR> <BR> I've been thin my entire life - started to put on the pounds with the mid-40' am about 30 lbs overweight. I live in a 55+ community so have access to the gym and pools....have been there two nights in a row this... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:48:41 EST Returning to the Team- Hi All Hi, I'm Karen from Atlanta Ga.. (I hope I'm posting in the right place... I'm a bit confused).( After reading Help topics, I thought I should have made a new Topic for my Intro..) <BR> So--- I'm recommited to getting my lifestyle choices back in line for better health in 2011. I rejoined several Teams here on SP after several months absence. Look forward to chatting again. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 09:00:11 EST Christmas Here we are back at Christmas again. <BR> <BR> For some this time of year is not joyful, others live for the day, then there are the ones that are on the fence. <BR> <BR> No matter which group you fall in Christmas means something to each of us. <BR> <BR> It can be the one time a year that all the family is together, it can be the time that some reflect on past traditions, or the time that new traditions are started. <BR> <BR> There are so many people that say Christmas is for children, b... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:20:03 EST What Do You Want Santa To Have In His Bag For You? I know I'm bad and haven't presented you all with a question for a long time, but I'm fixing that today. LOL!! <BR> <BR> So how 'bout it ladies, what should Santa bring you? <BR> <BR> I would like for Santa to pull enough skin care customers out of that big old red sack of his so by 2/1/2011, I could close day care. Now I know his bag is big enough, after all look at all the toys he carries in that thing! <BR> <BR> Have a marvelous Christmas! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:13:03 EST Prayers and Support Needed! <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <em>458</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prayers and Support Needed .... Please read my Blog. I can't bear another loss. I can't do this alone. I am turning to my Spark "family" to give me the inner strength and courage of acceptance to whatever God's Will is. <BR> <... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 12:48:37 EST Thank you 50+FFFF Team! Wow! What a warm welcome to this team. I'm excited to be a part of it. I need to lose a few pounds and I need to tone and strengthen this body a LOT. I was looking for a fun community to be a part of, and I think I just found it! I look forward to getting to know you all better. <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 15:13:37 EST I Need Support! Please read my blog, 10/9/10 - I NEED SUPPORT! Any suggestions, advice, etc is most appreciated. Sending lots of support, encouragment and hugs to my wonderful team. <BR> <BR> ~ Monika ~ <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:29:07 EST End Of Month Question Ladies here we are starting a new month. How did last month go? Did you finish the month how you wanted? Did you try anything new? Did you have an unexpected surprise? Inquiring minds what to know. <em>246</em> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 06:06:12 EST See The Big Picture Seeing the big picture of why people are the way they are is a tremendous undertaking. <BR> <BR> One of the reasons is because people can be hard to deal with. Imagine that! Co-workers annoy you, neighbors don't respect your yard and it's boundaries, your child is constantly making demands, the list is endless. All these things contribute to tunnel vision and not seeing the whole. <BR> <BR> A good strategy to open up tunnel vision is to try looking at the circumstance from the other pers... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:47:53 EST Question Today Ladies can you believe it's the first day of Autumn? That's the question. No, just kidding. <BR> <BR> This is the question. <BR> <BR> Do you have any special plans for fall? Do you have routine things you do, starting a new program, taking a trip, what? Let's you sisters know, we are interested. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:43:30 EST Heart Happiness What makes your heart happy? What does your heart want? <BR> <BR> The easiest way to identify what our heart wants is to examine the feelings that surface when we relate to that subject. <BR> <BR> There are as many different answers to these questions as there are people. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's writing in your journal at the end of each day. It could come from time spent with your family. <BR> <BR> What makes your heart flutter and do you actively seek out these things? <BR> <BR> I hope ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:43:23 EST QOW 8/30-9/5 I know, I know, it's been a while since I posted a question. You know if any of you have any ideas about this post please pass them on. <BR> <BR> Here it is the end of yet another month. The question, how did you do in August? Did you stay on track, get off track, finish a project, what? Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:24:54 EST Forgiving Is Healthy OK, be honest. Do you hold grudges? Do you allow old drama to determine your behavior? Is there someone you just can't seem to forgive? <BR> <BR> If we are truly honest we would all answer yes to these questions. <BR> <BR> By holding on and not forgiving we only make matters worse for all parties involved. We actually do more damage to ourselves than the person we won't forgive. <BR> This causes stress and discontent that is self sabotaging in all areas of our lives, especially weight los... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 06:42:08 EST The Point Ladies this post is because of some comments that have been floating around and I think it needs to be addressed. Now, don't worry these posts and comments have not been on this team page, but I still think it bears discussion. <BR> <BR> We all know that for every positive thing one says or does, there is a nay sayer full of negativity. I do not subscribe to the belief that all things will happen because of a positive sunshiny attitude. That is just simply not true, but you do catch more ... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 07:33:15 EST QOW 8/2 - 8/8 What do you say or do to yourself to get it done when you really don't want to? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 06:42:15 EST QOW 7/26-8/1 This week I have a serious question and making you think. <BR> <BR> <BR> When presented with a problem of any kind how do you handle it? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 06:33:41 EST I'm needing prayers and hugs from my teammates. I have had kinship custody of my 12-year old grandson, Austin, since September 1, 2009. This has been a busy and emotional two weeks with meetings in behalf of my dear grandson. I am having to make a choice between my grandson and his mother (my daughter). The choice is my grandson. I could use a lot of prayers on our behalf. I'm hoping to gain Guardianship custody of Austin next month. I truly don't believe my daughter will ever be ready to raise my grandson. We appear in court next month (8... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:17:17 EST What if? First I'd like to thank the team for the opportunity to share this week. <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog by a spark friend a few minutes ago and she talked about reflecting on some "what ifs" in her life and how things that were obstacles led eventually to benefit her and how "what if" those things hadn't happened would she be where she is now. It really started me thinking about some of the "what ifs" in my life. One of the many that I've though about over the years is what if I hadn't mar... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:13:36 EST QOW 7/19-7/25 Ladies how are you beating the heat? I'm sure we would all love to hear any great tips you might have. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:12:58 EST The Weekend Here it is Friday....where did the week go? How have you done on your program this week? Are you happy with how you have done? <BR> <BR> I must say that I'm happy with my program but haven't been on the scales since Monday. I'm hoping that tomorrow morning when I get on again I'll still be at the weight I was on Monday. <BR> <BR> Do you have plans for the weekend? What will you be doing to keep to your program? <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great weekend!!! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:05:17 EST A Mad Woman with a scissors I've been going to the same hairdresser for over 35 years. We live next door to each other and are good friends. But yesterday I had an appointment to get a "trim". I just needed the ends trimmed up and shaped. I was on time and so was she. We got to talking and she brought up a neighborhood "problem" with the city. We have drainage problems here. When it rains a lot we can all have water in our basements. One neighbor has had as much as 6 feet. Yes, you read that right! So we have complained... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 08:04:10 EST QOW 7/12-7/18 Are you planning a vacation this summer, and if so would you share your plans with your fabulous team mates? Wed, 14 Jul 2010 06:50:32 EST Feeling good Do you take your health for granted? Do you avoid doctors because you don't want to know what is "wrong"? Well, for heaven's sake, don't!! There is nothing in this world like feeling good. <BR> <BR> I spent the last week "under the weather" (we won't go into details!). Suffice it to say that I felt a little "crappy"! I think that some times as women we think we don't have time to take care of ourselves. We must keep going. Who will cook? Who will clean? Do the laundry? Guess'll be... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:02:35 EST De-stress Stratgey Let's face it, even if we don't want to admit it we all have some stress in our lives. There are many ways to help us live a little easier with this awful thing. This is just one suggestion. <BR> <BR> One of the biggest stress makers is ourselves and what we expect of ourselves. <BR> <BR> So we need to teach ourselves to accept imperfection. I know I expect "me" to be perfect so this is a hard one. I do know that no one is perfect, but when it comes to me, that's a different story. <B... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 06:59:13 EST QOW 7/5-7/11 This should be a no brainer one. You all should be expecting it. <BR> <BR> How did you spend you 4th of July? Did you do something different, traditional, what? We would all like to know. Mon, 5 Jul 2010 15:49:42 EST I am a Newbee! Hello all I am new at this and don't know what I am doing on this page fut hopefully I figure it out! :p Well I started a couple of weeks ago. i was introduced to this site by a coworker. I have lost 10 lbs so far!! My starting weight was 210 and my goal is 165lbs by this time next year. I work in the medical field and am a "Clown around" in my spare time. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:09:29 EST QOW 6/28-7/4 Hopefully this will be an easy one. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite grilling recipe, or your favorite thing to grill? Mon, 28 Jun 2010 06:55:26 EST Say yes or no! There is a quote about saying yes or no by Josh Billings. It is, " Half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. <BR> <BR> Do you agree with this statement? Are you typically a yes person or a no person? Thu, 24 Jun 2010 19:00:26 EST Working and Dreaming I found a quote by Steven J. Ross today that is poweful. He said, " There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there's virtually no competition." <BR> <BR> Now be honest with yourself. Which category do you fall into? Why? Wed, 23 Jun 2010 21:27:18 EST A Father's traits Yesterday was Father's Day and the first one that I did not have my father alive to recognize him in a special way. I really missed him. Saturday night I began sifting through pictures of us together to put on a canvas memory board for my mother. As I prepared which pictures should go on,I thought back over the years I had with him. I saw my 8th grade graduation, my junior prom, my youngest daughter's wedding and my 50th birthday celebration among them. <BR> <BR> My Dad was not the easiest m... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:38:44 EST Q.O.W. 6/21-6/27 Where you hit or blessed with any surprises this week? Was it a good , bad , something you've been wishing for, what? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 06:38:25 EST What little girls are made of Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice." -UNKNOWN <BR> <BR> I found this quote and absolutely loved it. Those of us that have been around this life a little know that the sugar and spice is not going to get us anywhere! Why do people think of us as "the weaker sex?" Women often have to have a lot more strength than given credit for. We've seen ups and downs. We've dealt with all ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:09:31 EST Summer Transitions It happens every summer. The transition from the kids going to school to being home for summer vacation is very messy. Boys sleeping all over my house, the outside TP'd for the 2nd time this week! New structures need to be set up, new routines established. It takes time before we all settle in. In the process we are usually at each others throats! I guess this always happens with family transitions, new job, move, Mom going back to work. There is always an adjustment period. <BR> <BR> Funn... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:20:59 EST Bragging Rights! OK, let's just come out and brag. We all do something that we are so proud of we almost explode. When this happens we do have the right to brag. That is what this thread is all about. It can be something small, medium or large. It can be something that happened today, yesterday, or 20 years ago. Come on, brag to your fabulous sisters, that's what we are here for! Thu, 17 Jun 2010 07:03:54 EST The deaded "waxing" chair! Yesterday as I was getting a pedicure I watched the ladies come and go in the dreaded "waxing" chair. For so many years I have felt a gasp that these poor woman had to have their lips, chins and sometimes necks waxed! How horrid! A few months ago while driving I glanced in my rear view mirror and a horrid chin hair stared back at me. I couldnt believe it and plucked that thing out ASAP! Well, it didnt disappear forever! I started seeing hairs on my upper lip, not so much seeing them as feeli... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:49:14 EST TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT!! To bein with, please forgive me that this is going to be a long-winded forum. But please read on .... <BR> <BR> A beautiful day to my wonderful teammates. I'm the proud, older mom of (3) kids. My daughter is 32 years old (I currently have kinship custody of my 12-year old grandson). I am raising two teen-aged sons (ages 15 & 13). Between the 3 boys, they keep me young-at-heart and have blessed me with a very humorous life. <BR> <BR> I will forever be grateful that my beloved husband, Bill, ... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:58:38 EST Mindless munching Mindless munching late at night! Why? What is the draw? It will make you feel so defeated the next morning. They are empty calories that are not fulfilling a true hunger yet they fulfill some deep seated what?! It is frustrating and yet it is totally within our power to do it or not. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:13:04 EST Renewed and Refreshed I love the early mornings! My house is so quiet, I sneak out to the backyard with a hot cup of coffee. Away from the TV, away from dirty clothes,away from noisy boys. Away to be with me and my own thoughts and prayers. The sky is a beautiful blue with a few specks of white clouds floating by. The grass is a dark green and all the flowers are blooming. It is good to be here. By the time I go back in the house <BR> <BR> I am renewed and refreshed. <BR> What renews and refreshes you each day?... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:09:19 EST Question of the week 6/14-6/20 It's always good to try something new or different. This can be food, exercise or what ever you've been secretly thinking about. <BR> <BR> So come on tell us what have you been wanting to try? Mon, 14 Jun 2010 07:01:04 EST My kitchen Table I poured myself a cup of coffee and sat down at my kitchen table to ponder what in the world I would write about and then it hit me. My kitchen table! <BR> My kitchen table has been my workbench over the years as I raised my family. Important things can and will happen here....from early morning fights to late night discussions. From the mundane ( a simple meal) to the sublime(Chad has been suspended). <BR> <BR> I sit here at my kitchen table all alone, staring, sipping my coffee and thinkin... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:44:40 EST New from Georgia Good Morning All! I've been on the sidelines for awhile, and time to get myself in gear again. I restarted my Goals, and Spark Page, etc etc.. Thanks for the Warm Welcome, and I look forward to sharing, having some fun, and kicking some unwanted lbs to the Curb! Karen Sat, 12 Jun 2010 09:24:42 EST Celebrating Good News Researchers at UCLA and the University of Rochester measured how partners reacted to positive events in their loved one's life. <BR> <BR> They found that couples who are most committed, intimate, and satisfied in their relationships are those who take time to appreciate one another's achievements. <BR> <BR> This month's Ladies Home Journal writes ... "It's not enough that your spouse knows you are proud of his accomplishments. Making a fuss over the small, good things that happen every day... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:10:09 EST New - Can't wait until I meet my team mates. Hi, my name is Monika. I am 53-years young-at-heart. I am looking forward to meeting my team mates. Please visit me on my page .... hoping to achieve everlasting friendships in our journey of healthy living. I recently lost a total of 20 pounds and could not have done it without the moral support I have received from my wonderful SP friends. Have a beautiful & blessed healthy day. <BR> <BR> ~ Monika ~ <em>247</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 16:19:48 EST Weekly Question for 6/7 - 6/13 What do have planned as a treat for yourself this week? Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:59:22 EST LET'S TALK! This thread will replace Girl Talk. From now on when you have anything to talk about stop by this thread and let it out. The replies you get may surprise you, make you laugh and sometimes even impress you. So come on Let's Talk! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:46:19 EST FEELING FABULOUS? Then share that feeling. If you are feeling FABULOUS, then let the team know all about it on this thread. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:42:48 EST GREAT DAY? Tell Us About It Did you have a great day and want to tell the team? This is the place to do it. This thread will show case all our great days! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:37:22 EST Reconnecting Life is busy. We try to add more into our lives all the time, and so do the people around us. And, in the crunch of our lives, we sometimes lose touch with relatives or friends. <BR> <BR> Kindnesses may not get reciprocated, or Thank You's are not said. Hard feelings may build up, or we may even lose touch completely with someone important to us. <BR> <BR> Sometimes this "unfinished business" can gnaw at us. Often we may not even realize how much it bothers us while we hurry through o... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 06:11:23 EST What are you grateful for??? The ability to get up and get moving each and every day!!! And my spark friends of course! Thu, 3 Jun 2010 06:04:52 EST Question Of The Week For 5/31 - 6/6 This will be 2 fold. <BR> <BR> How did you spend your holiday weekend? Did you have fun, get your to do list done, what? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the first week in June? Vacation, same old same old, moving, new baby coming, just what is happening? Tue, 1 Jun 2010 08:11:49 EST Wisdom Cup Is Empty That's right, instead of my cup runnith over, it's done run out! <BR> <BR> So I'm asking for volunteers to do the WWT. What we decided is, instead of posting everyday, to have the volunteer post twice a week on what every days time allows. The posting can be in the form of information, question, or a topic they'd like to discuss. <BR> <BR> If someone hasn't volunteered by Thursday, with an email, I will start asking. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to post this in team announcements. That way ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 08:07:10 EST Get Out, Self Pull Up, What? OK, so if you are down in the dumps no matter why, what helps you get out of the dumps, pull yourself up, "re-spark" what ever you call it? <BR> <BR> We all have those days, weeks, months that we get in the why am I doing this, what difference does it make mood. Now this doesn't have to be about weight, fitness, or health, this down mood can be about anything. <BR> <BR> You sharing about what helps you may help someone else. Wed, 26 May 2010 08:54:20 EST Question of the week for 5/24 - 5/30 Since there has been some interest shown in having a question of some sort, how about question of the week. This gives you all plenty of time to come up with a good answer. LOL!! <BR> <BR> So this is an obvious one. <BR> <BR> What do you normally do or are you going to do this long weekend the official start of summer fun? Wed, 26 May 2010 06:42:00 EST Under Construction Ha, that's a great title! <BR> <BR> That's my life, under construction! <BR> <BR> What I was thinking when I typed that was this team. We are now under construction, or should I say re-model? But, it does make a great topic, and I wasn't even going for that. <BR> <BR> This was my true intention when I typed the title. While we decide what direction to take with the team this thread will be under construction and will not be posted to on a daily basis as it has been in the past. So until... Mon, 24 May 2010 07:04:57 EST Change Change happens; it is inevitable. Sometimes we initiate it, sometimes we foresee it but have no ability to influence it (so)we’re still able to prepare and think about how we’ll handle it when it comes. Sometimes it blindsides us. <BR> <BR> Coping with change is easy when we are the ones to decide when, where, and how it occurs. Most of us tend to thrive on that kind of change. It’s stimulating and exciting. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, being caught unawares and having no control is ext... Thu, 20 May 2010 21:40:48 EST Conflict Resolution This post is going to contain a lot of questions because I really am curious about how my team members feel about this topic. <BR> <BR> What does conflict resolution mean to you? <BR> <BR> Does it mean “winning”? <BR> Does it mean giving in for the sake of a friendship? <BR> Does it mean declaring a cease-fire, never discussing that particular issue again, but letting it simmer away in the back of your mind? <BR> Does it mean agreeing to disagree, then moving on to more palatable to... Wed, 19 May 2010 21:59:50 EST Pet Peeves Pet peeves … those little things that irritate us to no end … we all have them, most of them are totally innocuous, and they’re different for everybody. Where do they come from, why do they have them, and why do they have such a powerful effect on us? <BR> <BR> Some are pretty obvious. <BR> <BR> There is nothing that will make me bristle any faster than being talked down to … that originated when I was the skinny, shy, mousy little kid who was always picked last for teams (except the one... Tue, 18 May 2010 22:40:39 EST Support Support … here on SP we all offer it, we all receive it, and we’re all grateful for it. But what does it mean exactly? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it means saying “I hear what you’re saying”. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it means sending a virtual hug. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it means saying “You can do it”. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it means saying “I am furious for you”. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it means offering alternatives “Have you ever considered this?” <BR> <BR> Sometimes (when we know the circumstances well ... Mon, 17 May 2010 23:05:34 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/17: What healthy food item have you recently added to your diet? <BR> Mon, 17 May 2010 06:39:04 EST Sleep Sleep … the most written about, longed for, studied, celebrated aspect of human existence. <BR> <BR> Ovid (Roman poet 43 BC-17 or 18 AD), Plutarch (Greek historian/philosopher 45-120 AD), William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wadsworth, Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote, 1605), Benjamin Franklin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, to name only a few; philosophers, historians, scientists, songwriters, throughout the ages have written about, speculated on, and obsessed on sleep. The importance of... Sun, 16 May 2010 23:59:29 EST TGIF!!!!! Yes, today is the end of the week, the day most of us pray for. It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> When I was a wee one, I would hear this from many adults. I took it upon myself to repeat this at home. My dad had a fit! Being a psychologist and student of the many follies of us humans, he truly was a wonderful teacher to me and my brothers. <BR> <BR> He told us that the day of the week did not determine our happiness, or lack of it. How wise! <BR> <BR> How often do we push ourselves ... Fri, 14 May 2010 08:21:26 EST Change happens But, do we change? Do we really? I can honestly say that I am as stubborn as a donkey. That stubbornness has worked for me and against me at times. I ain't going to change! <BR> <BR> At least that is what I tell myself. However, unless I am willing to change, yes, even I have to at times, how am I going to improve my life? Isn't that why I'm here interacting with wonderful women daily? <BR> <BR> The first part of change is to admit to yourself that you want something different. <B... Thu, 13 May 2010 08:35:51 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/13: It's a 3-Parter today folks. Copy/Paste/Answer: <BR> <BR> <BR> Including this time, approximately how many times have you gone on a weight loss program? <BR> <BR> Is this time any better/more successful? <BR> <BR> What factor(s) is/are making the difference? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 May 2010 07:47:45 EST Pets are my pals I have mentioned before that I have my own business. "PetPal" I have operated it for the last 10 years or so and it keeps me healthy. I have about 20 regular clients, about 3 to 4 a day. To be clear, it is a pet-sitting and dog walking business. Very simple to operate and I get lots of extras beyond my pay. <BR> <BR> Of course I love cats and for some dern reason my cats will not let me have any dogs at home. Can't understand why not! But they rule my roost. I missed my dog terribly... Wed, 12 May 2010 08:29:20 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/12: What is on your Bucket List? Name 3. Wed, 12 May 2010 07:50:54 EST Drugs by any other name. In our age bracket the doctor's and pharmaceutical companies prefer to keep us happy-happy and doing all sorts of other bodily functions through the latest and greatest pill of the day. <BR> <BR> My dear father was a gift! Not only did he teach us that eating healthy and moderate daily exercise would cure most ills of the body and emotions, he was against taking any pills. I and my siblings follow that philosophy. <BR> <BR> One of my dear friends, Helen, has been happily married to her ... Tue, 11 May 2010 08:12:23 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/11: How do you nurture yourself in your healthy Lifestyle program? <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 May 2010 07:50:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/10: How was your Mother's Day? Mon, 10 May 2010 08:43:10 EST A rose by any other name..... still has thorns! LOL <BR> <BR> I decided to start this week off with an explanation of my SparkName. Believe it or not, this name was given to me by my dear departed papa. What a great man he was! <BR> <BR> I am the youngest of 5 children and the only girl. My mom was thrilled and dressed me in pink foofoo frilly girl outfits with bows and ribbons in my hair when I was a toddler. I couldn't stand it! The first chance I got I would literally roll in the first mound of dirt I could fi... Mon, 10 May 2010 07:44:06 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/7: With Mother's Day this weekend I thought we would share one last time this week about our moms. <BR> <BR> How does/did your mom support your weight loss, health/fitness journey? <BR> <BR> If she didn't/doesn't, how does THAT help you? Fri, 7 May 2010 07:48:15 EST Adversity When I was just starting out in the job market, I worked for an older man whose wisdom I still admire. He told me once when I'd made a mistake and apoligized profusely that it was alright. ALRIGHT!! I couldn't believe it. He told me that by making mistakes we learn. Just don't do it again! We have all made mistakes in our lives...not too many Mary Poppins around! This gentleman also told me to first forgive myself and then move on. I regularly mess up on this new life style journey. I eat som... Fri, 7 May 2010 07:15:40 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/6: Continuing our discussion of mom: <BR> <BR> How did your mom influence you with food issues? Was she a healthy cook, or did she take you to McyD's because she was too busy to cook, or somewhere inbetween? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 May 2010 08:47:43 EST Opportunities Missed Have you ever been thinking back on your life and thought I wish I'd done that?? Were you afraid to try it? Maybe just not the right time in your life?? I must admit that I can't think of too many in my life. I'm not a dare-devil, but I love a challenge or an opportunity to do something different. I'm always ready to go somewhere or do something. I don't have to have everything planned out to the minute. I want no regrets in my life. I want to be able to say I've done what I wanted to do!! Wi... Thu, 6 May 2010 07:04:38 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/5: How did your mom influence your attitude and action, or lack of it, for exercise? Wed, 5 May 2010 08:11:24 EST Volunteering Do you volunteer with any community organization, church, school, etc.?? I do and I love it! I have been critized (that might be too harsh a word)for all that I do with the Historical Society and my church. I don't feel that I do too much. I still take care of myself, my husband, babysit my grandson, take care of my house and when needed take care of my mother. I still have time to sew and read and bake and garden! I enjoy what I do and I won't quit. I love helping out with our bereavement d... Wed, 5 May 2010 06:54:56 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/4: What attributes do you admit to having that you saw in your mother? <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 May 2010 06:55:15 EST Tolerance Do you "own" this virtue??? I must admit that some times I do not. I overheard a conversation at the gym the other day. Two women were discussing another lady there at the gym. The woman they were discussing doesn't wear "gym" clothes. She wears street clothes. She is overweight. They were "making fun" of her clothes and how she was walking on the treadmill. I learned years ago to never say anything about anyone that you don't want said about you. When I gained all my weight, I'll admit that ... Tue, 4 May 2010 05:06:32 EST Keeping your eye on the prize Some time ago I posted a blog on this topic. I had gone to a talk and the speech was about staying focused. He spoke about a teen who was a running champion and was going to run in the State tourney. She knew that she could win and didn't make herself familiar with the track before the race. When it came time to start she was at the starting line and ready to go. She looked for her family and saw them watching her. When the gun fired to start the race she took off and paced herself but as she... Mon, 3 May 2010 06:36:54 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 5/3: How many times per day average do you reach out to others in a powerful direct way, including Spark? Mon, 3 May 2010 05:25:22 EST Blossoming First I'd like to say I have enjoyed this week and have really looked forward to each days input from all of you. Thanks for allowing me to share. <BR> <BR> "And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Unknown <BR> <BR> I love this quote and even made myself a poster that hangs in my room with a rose bud and a fully blooming rose on it to remind me. <BR> I liked things to be safe and stay in my comfort zone a lot of tim... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:19:14 EST Invitation Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge TOPIC: Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge <BR> <BR> My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info. <BR> <BR> Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things - food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s int... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:55:59 EST Link for 4-29-10. Accidentally posted wrong I accidentally put the post for today under Daily Care instead of the right place. I did it at 1:30 am this morning when I couldn't slee. It's under Daily Care and is called "FUN". If you're interested, here is the link <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry about that and I will try to do better tomorrow! <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12242x34907<BR>x33780142 </link> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:51:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/29: What is running you right now? The fear of success or the fear of failure? <BR> <BR> You can tell because of your results. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:46:54 EST Fun! There ain’t much fun in medicine but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun! Josh Billings <BR> <BR> One of those little coincidences that happen awaited me this morning. I was thinking about what I would write about today and thought about how my definition of fun has expanded and changed as I’ve been on this journey. Then I log on to SP and the quote above regarding fun is the quote of the day. Fun seems to be the theme of the day. <BR> Before I started on really getting healthy, I... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 04:33:24 EST Is it worth it? There’s a thread on SP with this question that has really started me thinking about the answer. Of course the answer for me is a great big YES. But what makes this journey worth it? Somedays it is easy to eat right and get my exercise. But not every day. It can be a pain to track my food sometimes. There are days when I don’t want to think about what I eat. There are days when I have to drag myself to go exercise. It’s hard at times. And there I moments when I think I’m going to have... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:59:02 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/28: Sometimes I don't have a clue what the Q of the Day will be. I read blogs and get inspired! Thanks to one of our own this morning, I came up with a doozie! <BR> <BR> We are here to let our old selves go! We no longer want to be that person. We work diligently to counteract years of neglect and self-sabotage. We become successful in varying degrees. We continue on towards our own goals. <BR> <BR> One of the last parts of the path to the new you is letting the remnants, the habits, the s... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:34:15 EST Looking for gold Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold. <BR> <BR> - Maurice Setter <BR> <BR> A lot of people go through life thinking that if they had more money, a better job, a better spouse, a prettier face, a hot body, lived in a different place, etc that their life would be better. I know I’ve been there and done that! I kept looking for the gold and never finding it, and couldn’t see the silver lining that was right there in front of my face! Some of us struggle with... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 08:33:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/27: In order for growth to occur we need to stretch ourselves, try new things out, speak up and be heard, and reach out. All of these examples are risky and come with potential unpleasant repercussions. However, risking also carries with it untold rewards! <BR> <BR> How often to do you take risks? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:18:12 EST How well do you roll with the punches? Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die. <BR> <BR> - Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu's teachings <BR> <BR> This was a quote from last Thursday that I got in the e-mail. It made me think about how I roll well I adapt to change or, in some cases, how I don’t adapt. Life throws us lots of curve balls at times, and we need to be flexible and grow through them. I admit, sometimes I want to be rigid and not roll with it. Recently my daughter... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:53:39 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/26: This past weekend I made an executive decision that was life saving! I finally came to the conclusion that I needed 1 day a week off for ME. Sunday is perfect. I took the day off and quite frankly was surprised to wake up today feeling quite well! <BR> <BR> Do you take downtime each week for your rejuvevination as part of your Lifestyle program? Mon, 26 Apr 2010 06:21:17 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/22: What are you waiting for? Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:07:40 EST Complace ncy-Fear by any other word. Us more mature women have the potential to ignite this world and everyone in it. My good friend, MSWEEZER,often expresses her admiration of those race walkers she sees that are even older and wiser, and demonstrate a zest for life that we can aspire to. I admire them too. <BR> <BR> I am a sensitive. Always have been. When I am around those people who are truly living, I get inspired to do the same. I feel the passion and it aids me in finding my own also. Actually I see only what is insid... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 07:43:49 EST The fear of real change From my experience when I face and overcome fear, guilt, pain, etc, by letting it go, my life moves incredibly smoothly. It runs like clock-work, and it is effortless. The problems I had in that area of my life simply "poof!" disappears as though it never ever occurred. <BR> <BR> Miracle? Perhaps, but I define a miracle as a change from fear to Love. Everything involved takes on new meaning. The external circumstances do not need to change at all. And, I no longer attract to me problemat... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:25:01 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/21: How do you control, because of fear, your weight loss/health/fitness journey? Wed, 21 Apr 2010 07:59:52 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 4/20: We all have goals that we dream of accomplishing. We then immediately imagine for all the consequences of those dreams and stop ourselves from moving off the starting line. And, then we wonder why we don't feel alive. <BR> <BR> <BR> What grand goal do you have that you have hesitated on? <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:13:46 EST Recuperation, recovery, re-grouping We all go thru challenging situations and put up with challenging people! Sometimes getting overwhelmed in the process of doing our best. We may still succeed, but at what price? <BR> <BR> I took on a lot of different challenges this past week and did mighty good if I say so myself. <BR> <BR> I took on the Race to Robie Creek and did in fact cross that finish line without killing myself. Only because of the support I received. On your own you accomplish nothing! <BR> <BR> I had 3 visit... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:09:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/19: What new source of support have you asked support from for your journey and/or received in the last month? Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:17:00 EST The power of support I cannot thank SEKSUNSHINE, JENNNVA, MSWEEZER, and this and my other teams enough for doing the Race to Robie Creek with me and the other gals. Words will not convey my gratitude. All I can do is offer them up to you all and hope that they reach your hearts. <BR> <BR> When I started this last weight-loss journey I knew all about exercise, water, eating correctly and whole foods. The missing component was support. I had just spent the last several months of my life in a deep depression tha... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:14:03 EST Adrenaline Rush Adrenaline Rush!!! <BR> <BR> It seems that every human being has something that they do that gives them an adrenaline rush. For some, it is intellectually based. For others, it is emotionally based. But for a large majority of people, the rush is physically based. And, did you know that this can also be defined as a 'panic' attack. Yep, something I wouldn't of related to in this context. <BR> <BR> So here we are, in Boise, Idaho, SEKSUNSHINE, JENNNVA, KATMOMMA3 and myself preparing for th... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:28:45 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/15: Courage is a necessary component not only of success, but living life to the fullest. It also is a balm on our mind to bring up fear so we can once again see it as a request for Love. <BR> <BR> What courageous act have you done this past week? Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:15:33 EST Comfort Zone <BR> Yep, I've read so many blogs that being overweight was in fact our protector, our comfort as we knew if we ate something yummy, it would sooth what ailed us. Well, for a minute anyway and then the cycle of beating oneself up would begin. Why did I eat that, why don't I have the willpower, why am I not worthy of being beautiful. Yep, I felt growing up that thin equated to beauty. That is not so and I know at this point in our lives we understand but it was comfort. <BR> <BR> I fou... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 03:44:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/14: We all "check out" of the process of living and interaction. We do it through many forms of avoidance. One of the most utilized is not being emotionally involved. Sad, but true. It's so easy for us to "act as if" or not even show our emotions. <BR> <BR> There are many other ways to avoid also. <BR> <BR> What is your most used method of avoiding? <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 06:32:45 EST FUN One of our basic human needs is FUN which is defined as: The expenditure of time in a manner designed for therapeutic refreshment of one's body or mind. Imagine that! So why is it that it sometimes feels like we get so little or don't take the time to have some fun? I know for myself that I will let 'life' get in my way or think I'm not deserving. Why not? I'm not sure but this is changing daily. How each of us define FUN is unique to the individual but for me, I think this upcoming tr... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:02:13 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/13: Have you ever taken on an incredibly "out of character" goal? <BR> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 06:17:23 EST Flying by the seat of your pants Flying by the Seat of your Pants <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard this phrase? Likely you have in your lifetime and it got me thinking about our journeys to living healthy. Before we decided our health was of concern, I think I did just wing it. I'd eat what I wanted and not be concerned about what I was eating as if it tasted good, so be it. Calories? What are those? Who cares? Well, my waistline was proof of what I was doing to myself and using the proverbial "fly by the seat of my pant... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 05:13:18 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/12: What is the longest period of time that you consistently worked toward a personal goal? Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:21:04 EST Your Inner Athlete <BR> While out walking the hills yesterday, I had a lot of time to think. Thinking about this journey towards a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise. Here I'm setting out to fly 1800 miles to participate in a half marathon. Why go so far when I could surely find one closer? Why would I agree to this one that prides itself on being the toughest half marathon in the northwest? Well, the first answer that came to mind was the fact I will be doing this with other spark friends. ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 05:07:09 EST Sprung Spring So we all agree, at least what few of us read and reply to this thread, that spring has sprung in most areas. In some places it doesn't have a good hold, but non the less it's working on it's full arrival. <BR> <BR> Does this parallel your life in any way? Are you trying to renew, refresh, or reevaluate things in your life or spark program? This does seem to be the time of year for all things to be "re-done". If you have taken a look and are trying to figure out what needs new life, don'... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 06:50:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/8: What circus attraction or event best describes you? <BR> Share why. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 06:25:29 EST Spring Babies How can I talk about spring without bringing up all the new life that surrounds us each day? <BR> <BR> If you haven't figured out by now I love animals and outdoors. I can't imagine a life without either. <BR> <BR> I feel I was fortunate in having the kind of dad I did and I give him credit for instilling these loves in me. He believed that everyone should be part of nature and have a hands on in the birth process. When he returned from work each day this time of year I couldn't wait t... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 06:21:10 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/7: What is your pattern for quitting? Everyone has one! <BR> <BR> Take a good look. If you haven't gotten to this point ever in your life, than perhaps you haven't really challenged yourself. <BR> <BR> One of the major ways of quitting is not ever really committing and/or getting involved in the process. <BR> <BR> Only when we are presented with the challenges of the self, do we grow and truly succeed. Success isn't a getting, it is a reaching in, past the muck and giving forth a better se... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 08:26:33 EST Spring Storms Now, don't go, OMG, what could she possible say about spring storms. <BR> <BR> You know there is beauty in anything if you look long and hard. A spring storm is no different. Spring has many different storms, at least in Kansas. They can be soft and gentle or loud and terrifying. Each has it's own beauty. The lightening dancing across the sky can put on one of the most dazzling light shows imaginable. That is great for relaxing. <BR> <BR> Storms are like great operas with a very i... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 06:03:17 EST Spring Flowers Since this is spring and this week has a spring theme why not talk about our favorite flowers? <BR> <BR> I know it is hard to pick one so just tell us what you like and if you want why you like certain flowers. <BR> <BR> I really don't know if there are any flowers I don't like, of course some smell wonderful and that helps to make them more of a favorite. <BR> <BR> I really like Jonquils or Daffodils which ever the case may be. They are one of the first flowers to wake up and the diffe... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 07:04:14 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 4/6: What is your unique Spark? Tue, 6 Apr 2010 06:53:52 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 4/5: The Ocean of Life <BR> <BR> If life was pictured as a vast oceanic expanse laying before you as far as you could see, how would you enter into it? <BR> <BR> Would you stand and just look at it? <BR> Would you dip your toe into it? <BR> Would you wade up to your waste into it? <BR> Would you swim strongly? <BR> Would you only trust it if you were on a raft? <BR> Would you dive strongly into the depths exploring? <BR> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 09:04:11 EST Spring Salad Happy April! I love April, spring is just ready to come out in full glory, the temps are usually perfect, there is rain, but it has it's purpose. On to what this topic is about. <BR> <BR> Most of us have been holed up eating heavier foods that help keep us warm in the cold weather. Now it's time to turn to some lighter fare. <BR> <BR> I thought it might me fun to list one or more recipes for your favorite spring salads. <BR> <BR> This is one of mine. I grew up with it being called 5 Cu... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 06:19:59 EST WAKE UP CALLS We ladies know what this means. It's when life kicks our keesters and lays us out on the ground! It isn't fun, it isn't nice, and most of us really hate this happening. <BR> <BR> Wake up calls can be illness, loss of a loved one, natural disaster, having our spouse say they no longer want to be married to us, and there are more examples. I'm certain we can come up with at least a dozen more examples. <BR> <BR> My education and experience has taught me that this happens for a good reason. <... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 05:56:19 EST An island cast adrift Why are we here on SparkPeople? Really? Why? To get SUPPORT in achieving our weight loss/health/fitness goals and actually for so much more! <BR> <BR> My own program consistently failed until I discovered the missing component: Support! You all! One day a light bulb went off. I hooked up my computer that had been sitting in the shipping container, turned the beast on, Googled Weight Watchers. I came across some other sites and chanced upon a weight chat board. I'd never been on one befo... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 06:05:07 EST VICARIOUS "LIVING" We more mature women have a tendency of doing this. We get so attached to our children and loved ones. We marvel at their accomplishments, we cry at their downfalls. We are totally there for them! Aren't we actually living vicariously through them? I think so! <BR> <BR> This is another way of not really living life. This is a way of avoiding our own fears at living our own life actually. <BR> <BR> How can we tell if indeed we are doing this? Because we get obsessed and fret over our lo... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 07:42:40 EST Moving through technical difficulties in life. There are those who SEEM to sail through life in complete control. Actually they are an emotional breakdown waiting to happen! <BR> <BR> There are those who take every bumpity bump in the road and magnify their emotional response and throw themselves up against the way in angst! <BR> <BR> There are those who stay in place and take up space. <BR> <BR> There are those who do their best and face the challenges of life with courage and fortitude and use everything as a stepping stone to suc... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:42:57 EST SEIZE THE DAY! We fabulous women have all lived life for, let's just say, a few years, right? Maybe, perhaps, sort of. What???? <BR> <BR> Are you really living life? <BR> To your fullest? <BR> Are you waking up and saying: "Devil, I'm giving you a run for your money?" <BR> Are you looking for unique foods, new ways of looking at life? <BR> Are you making a bucket list and checking things off each month? <BR> Are you looking at your friends like they are strangers, and strangers as like they are long-lost... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:01:18 EST End Of The Road Here we are Friday. Yes, I'm getting this done early, breaking my record here, some one's got to do it, might as well be me! <BR> <BR> Friday is the close to yet another work week. For some this is good for others maybe not, we all have our reasons for both feelings. <BR> <BR> I decided to make this week fun reading for you all, I hope I succeeded just a wee bit. I could have come up with some powerful, positive mind blowing wisdom, but I figured what the hell, why go to all that trou... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 07:16:57 EST Fun To Listen To Kids OK, why should I break a perfect record this week and post this early? Actually my excuse today is I took a 30 minute nap then did something new and fun with Kat, which took up another 20 minutes, then had to walk to the bus stop to pick up kids. Wow, that's about 3 excuses Now, don't worry I'm leading up to today's topic. <BR> <BR> I think it was a good thing I didn't post earlier cause this is priceless. <BR> <BR> While I was waiting for the bus, which was late, I hate that, there was... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:03:26 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 3/25: Yesterday I made a humongous goal of mine: climbing up and down the very steep (52% grade)of Camelsback hill. A very awesome experience. And, I went down the same steep grade path and didn't fall. It is symbolic of course! <BR> <BR> What steep hill have you conquered recently on this path to health and fitness? <BR> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:46:44 EST Don't You Just Hate That? The topic is the title of a very small book, now not small in pages, but in size. It's put together like a small address book, any way, it has some funny thoughts in it and I thought I would share. After all what is wisdom without fun? It has 738 annoying things listed, I will spare you and share some of what I think are the better ones. <BR> <BR> 1. Restaurants with indistinct figures, like Chickens and Roosters, indicating which restroom is for men and which is for women. <BR> <BR> 2.... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:47:46 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 3/24: The path to success is populated by many people who inspire you to greatness. It can be a passer-by on the street, it can be a family member. Your connection with them enables you both to be better than you are as separate individuals. <BR> <BR> Who inspired you yesterday? Who ignited the Spark within? Wed, 24 Mar 2010 06:35:25 EST Finding Inspiration I know, I know, I said today would be better, but again I find it's afternoon before I'm getting this done. <BR> <BR> It is oh, so true you never know where you will find inspiration. Once again I was struggling with what to say here today. Tuesdays are always busy because of piano lesson, trash pick up, etc. Today added to that was a visit to the eye doctor. Now I like to make trips count so Joshua and I both had appointments. There is where I got my inspiration. <BR> <BR> 10 Ways To... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:52:20 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/23: As in business, so it is in personal lives. If you are not improving, you are going to sleep. <BR> <BR> How are you going to challenge yourself today? <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:15:17 EST I Give Up I sent out several invitations asking people to post here this week and I never received any answers. <BR> <BR> I said to myself yesterday that I needed to write some wisdom, then hubby called for help with the electrical wiring and I didn't get anything written because it doesn't take much to derail my train of thought....... <BR> <BR> Where was I? Oh, yes, so this morning I thought OMG I didn't write any wisdom for the WWT, I need to get that done, but first I checked my email...... <BR>... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:21:30 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/22: What road will you travel down today? <BR> <BR> The road that is well-worn and known? <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> The road of adventure, excitement, and the unknowns that keep the Spark ignited? <BR> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 06:59:19 EST Thankful I am Thankful: <BR> for my Spark friends who have given me support during this healthy lifestyle change. <BR> To be in good health. <BR> To have experienced all the good things and even the bad things in my life. They have helped make me stronger. <BR> That it’s the end of the work week. <BR> And last but not least -- I am thankful to all of you for reading and responding to my words this week. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things you are thankful for? <BR> <BR> Happy Friday and have a goo... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 07:07:48 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/18: How do you make the most of your time? Thu, 18 Mar 2010 07:39:20 EST Wonderful friends I must say life is tough. It becomes easier when you have people who help you increase your energy and passion. One of the best ways to do this is to surround yourself with people who are energetic and passionate. My best girlfriends and I are positive, energetic people. As we spend time with one another, we absorb the other's traits and energy. We keep one another going during tough times. Energy and passion are contagious. <BR> <BR> Who are some of the friends and family members who ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 07:20:59 EST Hi, just found this site, and excited Looking forward to meet some neat people on this site. I live in the country not to far from Rochester, MN, Looking to lose some weight and get my cholesterol numbers down. I actually enjoy getting up and exercising. Never thought I would say those words. The scale hasn't moved much, but my cholesterol numbers have gone down in the last month. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:30:31 EST People pleaser As a young girl I was taught to always try to please people. I was taught to be nice. As a result I became a people pleaser. Those years that I was always saying yes to every request that came my way, I became resentful of others. It seemed like I never had any time for myself. Gradually over the years, I realized I had the right to say no and not give any excuse. But I had to give myself permission to say no and I came to the realization that I had the right to do what’s right for me. Has ... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 07:08:16 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/17: How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 06:22:48 EST Something new The last time I tried something new, I really enjoyed it. A couple of months ago I tried out a new form of exercise to me, Pilates. It was challenging and fun! I added it into my regular rotation. I like to try something new or pick up an old activity to renew my spirit. It raised me out of the winter doldrums. What are some new things that you have tried? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:20:11 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/16: What is one thing that you have accomplished in the last 9 months that you never planned on doing when you started this journey to health/fitness? <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 05:50:16 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/15: Since today is my birthday I decided to make this question specifically about growing older. LOL <BR> <BR> What does growing older mean to you? <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 09:23:08 EST Have fun When I was a kid I didn’t look for a purpose to have fun. I’d get on my bike and ride up and the down the street or strap on my roller skates and skate up and down the driveway. <BR> <BR> As I got older, I had to make excuses to have fun. Our lives are full of work, chores and taking care of others. Every weekend I try to make time for fun. I started my Sunday with a walk outdoors. I enjoyed watching and listening to the birds. In the afternoon I made it through about 100 pages of the bo... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:04:15 EST Random act of kindness What random act of kindness have you performed recently? <BR> <BR> I gave some coupons for Plumsmart juice to a man in line in front of me at the grocery store and told him there's a coupon under the label on each bottle. I'm also stitching a tablecloth for my elderly neighbor and am going to surprise her with it. Each Christmas we also take her a gift bag filled with small gifts and goodies. <BR> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 06:41:42 EST Question for 3/12/10 Good Morning Ladies and HAPPY FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> Well this is my final question for the week. I have no doubt you will get this one as well. <BR> <BR> Which well known phrases are represented by the following….. <BR> <BR> sta4nce <BR> <BR> Give Get <BR> Give Get <BR> Give Get <BR> Give Get <BR> <BR> 12345678 <BR> 12safety78 <BR> 12345678 <BR> <BR> I will post the answer tomorrow morning and if you didn't see the answer to yesterday's riddle, the answer was in fact house numbers. <BR>... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:16:04 EST Have you ever? Have you ever tried a fad diet or quick weight loss plan? Ever considered taking diet pills out of frustration? <BR> <BR> Many many years ago, probably 20 or more, I tried fasting once a week. I'd have nothing but water for 24 hours. I figured that would give me a "jump start" each week. Naturally that backfired and I'd end up eating more the day I came off the fast. I've never considered diet pills no matter how frustrated I got, they scare me. <BR> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:29:31 EST Question for 3/11/10 Good morning ladies. Yesterday's answer to the riddles was in fact HOLES. <BR> <BR> So let's try another one for today. <BR> <BR> I went into a shop and this is how the conversation went: <BR> Wiseman: How much does it cost for one? <BR> Assistant: $2 <BR> Wiseman: And how much for 10? <BR> Assistant: $4 <BR> Wiseman: How much for 100? <BR> Assistant $6, baldy <BR> What was I buying? <BR> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:16:06 EST How would you spend your day? If you had an unexpected free day home alone, all by yourself, how would you spend it? <BR> <BR> If I had nowhere to go and absolutely nothing to do I'd skip my exercise, bum around in my robe, spend time reading, watching TV, playing games on the computer, work on my swedish weaving, pamper myself. I'd be a real slug for the day. <BR> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 07:39:02 EST Question for 3/10/10 What can you put into a wooden box that would make it lighter. The more you add, the lighter it gets but the box stays empty? <BR> <BR> Answer to follow. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:06:04 EST Do you cheat? If you keep a food journal that no one else sees do you record everything or do you omit off program foods? <BR> <BR> I write everything down. I figure I'm only cheating myself if I don't write it all down. My weakness is sweets and I allow myself limited amounts, so if I overindulge I write it in red ink and circle it. That way I can easily see how much and how often I overdid it and can see any patterns. <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:02:44 EST Question for today 3/9/10 Yes, yesterday's riddle had to do with the left hand/wrist, etc. <BR> <BR> So today let's try this one.... <BR> <BR> Which side of a cat has the most hair? <BR> <BR> Answer to follow tomorrow! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 05:20:48 EST What would you do . . . What would you do if you won a million dollars in the lottery? <BR> <BR> I would give some to charity. <BR> I would give some to my best friend, who's been on a fixed income for years and always has financial problems. <BR> I would give some to my Mom to use any way she wants, and I'd buy her a new house, with a private drive and garage. <BR> I'd pay off all our bills, buy us a new home and donate this one to charity. <BR> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 07:28:59 EST Question of the day 3/8/10 I've been asked to do the question of the day this week and have decided to do something a bit different. So let's have a little fun with some riddles. Here we go.... <BR> <BR> What can you hold in your hand but not in your left? <BR> <BR> Answer tomorrow with the next riddle. <em>334</em> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 05:39:12 EST Where do you shop for clothing? I am finally approaching regular sizes again, and I went to the mall, and was pretty overwhelmed! I would look at things, and then figure out they were not for my age group at all. So... what stores? What departments? I am a 'youngish' 60, but I am still 60, not 25! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 20:48:08 EST Success is Not a Destination Success is not a destination. You do not arrive at success. Success, instead is a process. It is a journey that continues as you things to help you reach your goals and visions. If you see success as one certain accomplishment, a certain dollar figure, or a certain acquisition, you are destined to be disappointed. <BR> Never sit back on your haunches, thinking you are successful. Remember that success is what you are doing to reach your goals, and you will always have something to aim for. <B... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 20:44:29 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/4: How many people in your "real" world on average per day do you chat with regarding your journey and experiences here on Spark? <BR> <BR> Not necessarily to get them to join, but just chatting about the site and your experiences about your journey. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 07:03:39 EST Living Generously The willingness to give, serve and sacrifice begins in our one-to-one relationships. When we choose to live unselfishly with our friends, it naturally strengthens relationships and brings people together.But living selfishly with a me-centered attitude can tear people apart. Like heavy rains on a dry plain, selfishness can erode a relationship. It has the ability to uproot love, trust and understanding. This is one reason that it is so important to live generously and look for every opportuni... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 06:59:06 EST Using Your Words as Balm It's amazing what kind and encouraging words can do to bring people together. Just as a home without criticisms attracts lots of friends, a home filled with criticism can keep people away. The same can be said about a friendship. Though at times we may find harsh words trying to escape our lips, we must try to capture every one. Once a harsh word is spoken, it can be like a sword, causing deep pain to someone else. That's why it's so important to be intentional about choosing words that impar... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 20:36:12 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/3: <BR> This one is a request from JENNNVA, a SparkFriend of Seksunshine, Msweezer and myself. Of course I tweaked's what I do...LOL <BR> <BR> Do you find yourself keeping quiet and submissive when talked down to by someone in authority? <BR> <BR> If the answer was yes, what is the payoff for you to do so? <BR> <BR> If the answer was no, how do you deal with that person? <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 07:35:44 EST Leaders honor their promises... Now and then we hear of people whose word is as good as their bond, but far too often we find that"word of honor" is used carefully, then forgotten or ignored. <BR> One's word is of infinitely more worth than money. If money is lost, and just as good, is to be had; but you pledge your word and did not redeem it, you have lost something that cannot be replaced. It is intangible perhaps, but nevertheless invaluable to you. <BR> A person who cannot be depended by upon by others, in time,becomes ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 06:59:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/2: We all have reasons for being here on It helps us not only to lose weight and get healthier, but it is a safe and fantastic social medium. What a phenomenal site this is. <BR> <BR> The real "magic" behind Spark is the Sparkers. Without us this site is simply nothing. <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> <BR> What Spark do you bring to SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 06:54:40 EST Intellectual Strength We have each been given a precious gift more valuable that jewellery from Tiffany & Company, or a luxury vacation to Paris. Our ability to reason sets apart from the rest of creation. Because of our intellect we are able to choose our favorite songs, create art, organize a messy closet, calculate the best value of a desired item and carry on a conversation with a friend. We also are able to evaluate all those things in the light of our beliefs- another sign of our intellect. <BR> You may have... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 07:09:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 3/1: We all have heard the "positive" question: "What would you do if you knew success was guaranteed." <BR> What challenge is that? What growth is in that? LOL <BR> ---------------------------------------- <BR> --- <BR> The question for today is a twist on that subject: <BR> <BR> What would you do if failure was a probability? <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 06:40:52 EST Being a Mother isnt easy I have been spending a lot of time going over my childhood and thinking about my Mother. Can I forgive her for not being perfect? When I was young she was all goodness and light yet mostly darkness (not evil) as I got older. I guess I discovered my Mother was human. Can I forgive her for not being a goddess? Will my children be able to forgive me some day for being human as well? Does anyone else worry about this? Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:07:42 EST Family Emergency Kit? I live in California and for about a year now they keep playing these radio adds about a disaster and being prepared. They instruct you that you should have a family emergency kit with a weeks worth of food, water, blankets and medication ready. They give a federal web site ( I think) to go to for a emergency kit list. The more I hear this add the more I think about going to the site and looking at the list. I havent though and I do not have an emergency family kit. What do you all think of t... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 08:43:03 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/25: WALKINGGRANDMA Sparked this question. Thanks WG! It's actually a 3 parter: <BR> <BR> What childhood dream did you fantasize about? <BR> Did it come true? <BR> If it did, was it all that you expected? <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 05:34:33 EST Life in the Fast Lane Someday, I'll have more time - when I finish taking this class, when all the kids are in school, when they graduate, when I get this promotion or finish this degree or get a job with less hassles. Someday, I'll have time for all the things I want to do - for taking long walks, reading books, watching mindless shows on TV or star gazing with my children. <BR> <BR> Someday, I'll have more time, that is what I always have said to myself. But I have realized that one class leads to another cla... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 09:54:35 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/24: When someone does wrong, truly wrong in a way that misleads others, do you ignore it, poo-poo it away, positive think it gone, or face them and discuss it with them? Wed, 24 Feb 2010 06:09:20 EST Hi, everyone, I am Catherine/cattiannn. I'm 67 years young and in my lifetime I bet I've lost 600 lbs or more...BUT, this is it. For some wonderful reason, Spark has ignited something wonderful in me and I am so happy to track, count, crunch and Walk, Walk, Walk! <BR> I'm very happy to have found this group, as we youngsters have very pointed concerns and very often very different viewpoints. <BR> Sending everyone a big <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> cattiann Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:06:00 EST Hello 50's! I was driving home from work the other day and when I glanced in the rear view mirror and I almost ran off the road. I couldnt believe that the reflection that looked back at me was beginning to get a mustache! Oh no say it isnt so!! Not only that I had one loan long chin hair. Where, when why? I drove straight to the nail shop and got a lip wax! It is a sign of age my friend told me...welcome to the 50's ! <BR> Well, if that is the worst sign I get I am blessed! What signs have you received... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:12:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/23: What are 3 things you WANT to add to your healthy eating/fitness lifestyle? <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 05:41:04 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/22/10: What 3 things are you unwilling to do in order to achieve your goals in weight and fitness level? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:03:41 EST Perseverance - February 22 Kids know that if they pester Mom enough,eventually they will wear her down and get what they want. Moms will sometimes give in out of shear frustration and tiredness, because it takes energy and determination to keep saying no. Sometimes I feel like I have that "kid" or beast as I sometimes refer to it living in my head. Pestering me all the time to feed it. I resolve to have the limitless energy and perseverance to not let it wear me down! What will you persevere through this week? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:53:11 EST Bad News I know I haven't been particularly active lately, but there is a reason. We've recently been told that my husband's cancer has returned -- mantle cell lymphoma. This is his 4th bout with cancer. I have no intention of abandoning SparkPeople, and this group will be really good for me (laughter is great for stress!!), but I'm sure there are times when I don't get to read for several days. I do NOT want to put all the weight back on that I've lost!!!! <BR> <BR> He has had his first chemo --... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:49:36 EST Question for Feb 19, 2010 When you reach your goal how are you going to reward yourself. <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to get a tattoo something small on my ankle maybe a rose or a butterfly. Fri, 19 Feb 2010 07:52:31 EST Question for Feb 18, 2010 Is there someplace you would like to visit or move to (or dream about)? <BR> <BR> I dream of living (even for a short time) in a small cabin that has a bay window with a built in window seat overlooking the mountains. And a stream close by that I could walk down to and sit on the bank and just listen to he water. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 07:36:07 EST Question for Feb 17, 2010 What is one thing you are trying to change about yourself that doesn't relate to weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am trying to me more outgoing. I'm not comfortable getting to know people and want to be more relaxed around them. This relates to flesh and blood people not internet friends. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:49:49 EST Question for Feb 16, 2010 What was a clothing fad you liked and wore. <BR> <BR> From the 60's bell bottom hip huggers was my favorite. I guess they really are back in style now too but I don't or won't wear them:) <BR> Now that I am thinking some more about it, maybe gogo boots would be my favorite:) <BR> Oh the wonderful 60's memories. Have a good time with this one ladies. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 02:16:00 EST Question for Feb 15, 2010 What would you like to learn for fun or self-improvement. <BR> <BR> I would like to learn to whistle. When I was growing up I had a girlfriend who could do one of those 2 fingers in the mouth earth shatteringly loud whistles. I keep trying to just whistle and all thats comes out is this air with a little noise now and then. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 07:05:32 EST Happy Friday! Good Morning Ladies <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day Weekend to all of us. <BR> <BR> We're all smart enough to realize that love isn't something that only needs a special day and then be tucked away or forgotten about for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> What relationship advice have you been given or have you given someone? Would you give the same advice today? <BR> <BR> My parents always told me that I should only be dating boys/men that I would be comfortable introducing to my pare... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:10:48 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/11/10: Yes, one of those HARD ones....LOL LOL <BR> <BR> We coccoon ourselves in our weight. We suppress ourselves with non-activity. We are now on a journey that is one of weight loss and exercise. We are getting results. Our "inner-selves" are emerging. <BR> <BR> What new part of you has emerged to be expressed? <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:27:43 EST Happy Thursday! Good morning Ladies! <BR> <BR> I feel like we're never to old to learn new things. I find that classes keep us growing as individuals and helps to round us out. It's a wonderful way to try new things, expand our knowledge on something we already know and meet new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> What are some of the classes you've taken over the years that you've really enjoyed? What classes would you still like to take? <BR> <BR> Over the years I've taken some cooking classes, some ex... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 01:11:31 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/10/10: Animals are such a source of love. And a pain in the caboose! LOL <BR> <BR> Briefly: List and describe your non-human companions/family members Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:46:02 EST Happy Wednesday! Good morning ladies. <BR> <BR> I am amazed at all the wonderful music we have at our fingertips. My music collection has a wide variety of artists. I have Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Classical music to listen to when I want to relax. <BR> <BR> When I'm working out or outside in my yard working, whether it's my garden or shoveling our Wisconsin snows my I-Pod is full of music to keep me motivated. What can become a rather large chore... when I have time to think, just flies by when l... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 03:08:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/9/10: What leaps of faith are you willing to take? <BR> (This was in Healthy Reflections this morning and I felt it was appropriate. Thanks Sparks!) <BR> <BR> Trying new things can give you a real zest for life. Pushing beyond your comfort zone in a responsible way helps you grow confidence and creativity that you can apply to your everyday life. Do not let fear control what you do (or don't) do? While taking risks can be scary, doing nothing is a big mistake, as it produces nothing fruitful wit... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 05:36:17 EST Happy Tuesday! I know that all of our life's experiences make us stronger for having gone through them. I know that I am a much stronger person than I was 5 years ago. 5 years ago I was still working, looking forward to retirement in less than a year and traveling with my husband. We worked hard raising 2 fine young children into adulthood and it was going to be our time to just kick back, get healthier together and just enjoy life. <BR> <BR> My world was turned upside down quite suddenly when he died at ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 01:48:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 2/8/10: What ways do you use to avoid progress in your life? <BR> <BR> We all do this. We all have our favorites. Many of us, heck, MOST of us here used large amounts of refined carbs which led to our large weight gains over the years. <BR> <BR> List 3 please. And, yes, we all have 3! <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 06:29:02 EST Happy Monday! I know that for a really long time we have been taught to respect Mother Earth and leave her a better place for our children and grandchildren. <BR> <BR> Depending on where we live there are different regulations for recycling. I was amazed to find out that the local center where we turn in our aluminum cans also accepts extension cords and batteries. <BR> <BR> When I needed to replace my water heater I went with a tankless unit that only heats up your water as you need it. I've noticed ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 23:10:00 EST Question of the day for Feb 6th: What is your strategy for staying on your exericse and nutritional programs for Superbowl Sunday? Sat, 6 Feb 2010 09:07:54 EST Making Time I know I'm stuck on time. Sorry! I was sitting here looking at this monitor thinking, what in the world am I going to write about today? There just was nothing in my head. I know I just opened myself up with that comment! Then I noticed that I had been sent a message. I decided to check it out since I had writers block. I'm glad I did, because it is what gave me today's inspiration. <BR> <BR> On another team I asked the question, "If you could learn to play a musical instrument, what ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 07:23:05 EST Question of the day for February 5th Good Morning Ladies and Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Today is Women's Heart Disease Awareness Day and everyone has been asked to wear RED in honor and support. Will you be wearing red? <BR> <BR> I will indeed along with my newly polished RED nails. LOL Fri, 5 Feb 2010 05:28:36 EST Time Is Truly Short OK, this is not going to be some doom and gloom post. I'm not worried about the end of the world if it's going to happen there's nothing any of us can do about it. With that said the following is what the title is all about. <BR> <BR> What I am concerned with, is do we truly value the time we have? You know all of us at some point during the day waste our time by stressing, worrying and complaining about things that we can't change or aren't worth the time we spend on them. <BR> <BR> It ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 07:02:21 EST Question for February 4th Good Morning ladies, <BR> <BR> Well today I was pondering this. Since you've started on this journey, have you started taking a multi-vitamin and/or any other kinds of supplements? <BR> <BR> I take a Women's One a Day at night before bed. I tend to have issues if I don't eat with a vitamin pill so taking it at night seems to work for me. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 06:17:08 EST Is Spring Coming? I know that at times it sure seems like spring will never arrive. Especially if you live in an area that really has winter. I live in southeast Kansas and we have years of mixed up winter. What I mean by that is some winters the temps will stay close to 50 and other years the temps never get about 10. It is truly crazy. The years that it is mild are the ones I kick myself in the butt over for not getting things done outside. OK, I'll get to the point of this post. <BR> <BR> We know tha... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:56:53 EST Question for February 3rd Good morning ladies. I've been pondering what to ask today but I guess I'll go with my first thought which is probably best. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on this journey towards a healthy lifestyle you shared yesterday a vice you've had to let go of. So today I'm curious about what food you've maybe found that you never thought you'd ever eat, seek out, or learn to like on this journey. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say, and my dad would be so proud if he were here today, that I seek out beans. I want be... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:15:22 EST Let's De-stress Since I kind of started something yesterday, I think I'll continue it today. <BR> <BR> As we all know we do need down time to de-stress, recoup, catch up, or what ever the reason, we just need it. With this in mind sometime this week do something nice for yourself. It can be as simple as sitting alone in a quiet room or has difficult as climbing a mountain. What ever you want to treat yourself with is fine. <BR> <BR> If you would like to share with the team how you were nice to yourself, pl... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:47:54 EST Question for February 2nd On this journey towards a more healthy YOU, what is one vice you've given up that you thought you'd NEVER be able, or willing to do? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be diet coke. I'm 10 months in and not even a sip. I truly didn't think I'd ever be able to do completely but I have and feels good! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 06:17:17 EST Question for February 1st What are the top 3 qualities you believe make a good friend? <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:39:25 EST Me Again Looks like I get to do this again. Trust me ladies I do ask team members to post here, but I either get no answer or I'm too busy. I wasn't prepared to cover this thread so bear with me. <BR> <BR> We are one month into the new year. Just doesn't seem like we should be. I really think some man has tampered with time and we really aren't getting our full 24 hour day! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So here's my advice. Since I know you all can't live without it! Let's see if just maybe we cou... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 06:15:18 EST Poetic Friday A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .... <BR> enough money within her control to move out <BR> and rent a place of her own even if she never wants <BR> to or needs to... <BR> A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .... <BR> something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her <BR> dreams wants to see her in an hour... <BR> A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... <BR> a youth she's content to leave behind.... <BR> A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .... <BR> a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to <BR> retelling it in her old age....... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:12:40 EST Thursday's Ramblings What do you choose? <BR> <BR> Everything we do is a choice. Whether we spend time planning our menus or exercising or mindless eating it is a choice. <BR> <BR> Deciding to make short, medium and long term goals or to float along is a choice. <BR> <BR> I once told a diet counselor I felt deprived and therefore sorry for myself when I couldn't eat whatever I wanted to. The counselor looked at me with a really baffled look and said...why do you feel deprived, it is YOUR CHOI... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 06:54:44 EST Wednesday's Musings Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." <BR> — Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Spark People strategies state that for weight loss success one must never stop learning! <BR> <BR> I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on. Now that my goal is getting in shape and losing weight I really like to read magazine articles, books (The Spark currently), blogs, etc. about nutrition and fitness. <BR> <BR> I especially love to read success stories of people... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 06:01:09 EST Tuesday's Imaginings I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." <BR> — Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> I have to work on motivation. I have to constantly keep in mind what my goals are and what I am moving toward. Many books and articles have been written about the power of imaging in accomplishing goals. Many athletes and successful entrepreneurs use imaging as a tool to meet their goals. <BR> ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 06:58:55 EST Monday's Thoughts <em>301</em> Food! We all love it or we wouldn't be here, right? I love food. I am constantly on the lookout for a new recipe or a new fruit or vegetable that I haven't tried before. I have to keep things new and interesting on my Spark journey or I start feeling deprived and sorry for myself. It involves a little work but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. <BR> <em>302</em> This week I tried roasted brussels sprouts. I hated them when I was a kid and I have to admit I hadn't tried ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 05:40:21 EST Fun for a Friday! I am relieved that the end of the week has arrived! For those of you reading the posts, blogs, etc. you are probably celebrating for me too! <BR> <BR> Time seems to be the most critical area in my life that either helps me maintain my program; or rushes me through my days, making me over look my program. <BR> <BR> Just a few minutes ago, in fact, I opted to skip the gym today as I had not yet posted this thread; I am not yet done with the financials I am working on; and I want to leave ea... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:03:55 EST Confession is Good for the Soul I didn't know what I was going to write today so I am winging it. <BR> <BR> You may have seen the little melt down I had on here yesterday. Just as the title says "confession is good for the soul", I grew up believing it. As they are for most people, the holidays were particularly hard on me, again this year. <BR> <BR> I had a plan, kept it in my head, didn't follow it, didn't make the time to exercise, and between November and January yesterday I gained 5 lb. I hung in there for a l... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 10:54:12 EST The Biggest Loser Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> I watch with anticipation who is the slacker, who does the most whining, which trainer is going to flip a breaker. Oh, I’m sorry: I never said what I’m watching as I assume everyone watches it. I am talking about the Biggest Loser. <BR> <BR> I have never been a fan of reality shows but when I found the Biggest Loser I became addicted. I know it really isn’t ‘reality’ in the sense that you and I know reality. You normally don’t lost 10-20 lbs a week and keep t... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:20:20 EST Journaling Journaling <BR> (or is mine a ‘woe is me narrative’?) <BR> <BR> <BR> Does anyone out there have a hand written journal that you write absolutely all your feelings, hopes, dreams, disappointments, weight loss journey, good and bad? <BR> <BR> I am not a religious journal keeper. I made a resolution that I was going to try harder to be a daily journal keeper. I have been better since January 1 using the Sparks journal. <BR> <BR> I was cleaning out a dresser drawer a few weeks ago and... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:40:42 EST Art of Maintaining a balanced happy relationship (Apparently you can only have so many characters in your TOPIC TITLE) <BR> <BR> the Art of Maintaining a balanced happy relationship! <BR> <BR> As I make this journey towards a healthy lifestyle, I wonder how my relationship with my DH has been affected. Although I paint myself as an upbeat, optomistic person 95% of the time, would my DH also characterize me the same way? Or would he, in all honesty, have to say that it has been a rocky road. <BR> <BR> Only the good Lord (and my DH) h... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:13:46 EST Can you see it? There's a lot of buzz about visualization. Visualising your goals. Imagine you the way you want to be. Maybe it's lose weight, maybe it's decrease or stop your meds, maybe it's for a marathon or a 1K. Maybe it's just to feel better. I didn't pay that much mind to that part of the healthy new me when I first started. <BR> <BR> After 8 months on SP I finally made a collage. I went the easy route and made it online. I found a spot from another SPer. It was fun. I made a short term... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:08:41 EST Going to Eat Those Problems Right Out of My Way Sung to the tune of "I'm going to wash that man right out of my hair." South Pacific, right? <BR> <BR> I'm a stress eater. I'm a bored eater. My triggers are watching TV and most of all, reading a good book! And I know the moment I started overeating. My high school boyfriend left for his first year of college. He broke up with me. I had just moved out with my girlfriend and I was alone. I was devastated and started eating to mend my broken heart. Not good. Mom wasn't around to fix all my me... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:01:57 EST Who knew being a girl scout would help... Fast Break Strategy #3 is about getting rid of the temptations and being prepared. Wasn't there something in the Girl Scout motto about that? Or was that the Boy Scouts? :) <BR> <BR> But it tells you to clean out your kitchen/pantry of all unhealthy foods so it is easier to resist temptations. I have to keep some things. My 17 yr old would not be able to exist on my food alone. <BR> But, I have a snack area set aside for him. I have just learned to not open that drawer. Figure out what your... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:23:22 EST One step at a time and earn 10 more pts This strategy is #2 in Fast Break. I have reset my Diet Stage to the beginning and am retuning my program. Oh, my old one worked but I was getting complacent. I was thinking I had lost so much weight, why try as hard? I find myself slipping and not feeling as confident. So, I'm starting over. <BR> <BR> This strategy is about finding small ways to incorporate healthy choices into your everyday living. Small things so that you and I can feel successful every day. Rather than just focusing on t... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:13:37 EST Fine Tuning Your Program and Earn 10 Pts! I have been on Spark People for almost 8 months. I almost didn't buy The Spark book because I thought I had already been there and done that. Well, I hadn't. And, on top of that, I had a major slip over the holidays. I'm back on track but I can feel it isn't the same. I feel pressure which I hadn't before. So, I am starting over. And I thought I'd share with you. <BR> <BR> I went back to Stage 1 and am doing the Fast Break Strategies. I started with #1. It sounded so simple. I thought, oh I ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:59:17 EST Too old to change? We have lived our lives in certain patterns. Mostly to deal with life and the challenges we face on a daily basis; raise children; be a wife, a homemaker, perhaps even have a full-time job/career to boot. <BR> <BR> We have made it to our glorious 50's. All of a sudden we find out that there is much about us that we want to change. Most of us here on Spark want to lose weight, learn to eat healthy, and to get fitter when many say it is too late to do all of this. <BR> <BR> Yea right! J... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 09:20:12 EST Punting! We all have lived long enough to realize the truth. We can plan all we want and life has a way of throwing us a curve ball. <BR> <BR> Do we throw in the towel? Do we storm off and say we aren't playing anymore? Do we throw a fit? Do we blame others and play the victims? Do we feel responsible and guilty? <BR> <BR> How we react to this scenario will make us or break us. <BR> <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> Yesterday a long time client of mine was sad to tell me that they needed to cut back... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:04:26 EST Biggest Loser - observation, & "burning" question I'm not a big TV watcher, so I am usually tragically unhip about TV shows. But I was curious enough to watch Biggest Loser last night, for the first time ever. It kind of shook me up. But I have an observation and a question for anyone familiar with the show. <BR> <BR> Observation: I could not believe how *old* the contestants looked who were about our age! And I've noticed on many Sparkpages that people do seem to look quite a bit younger after they lose weight. It really struck me. A... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 11:21:24 EST Everything contains the whole How you do anything in your life reflects other aspects of how you live your life. How I grocery shop, how I drive my car, how I work, how I participate here on Spark. All of it reflects back to everything else. A macrocosm of a microcosm, or a microcosm of a macrocosm....LOL LOL <BR> <BR> How we take on this journey of weight loss/health and fitness is also directly related to how we are living other parts of our lives. Have you considered this yet? It isn't just healthier eating, ex... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:18:19 EST Fabulousness Are we putting a limit on who we are and what we can be just because we are supposedly old? <BR> <BR> Are we playing it safe so that we are in control? <BR> <BR> Are we still stuck in a rut and hesitating at venturing out into the world? <BR> <BR> Are we staying in the audiance of the great theater of life and simply enjoying the show instead of being a star in our own performance? <BR> <BR> Why? What is stopping us from being all that we dreamed of being when we were younger. When we... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:03:26 EST How do you relax? In times of mental overload what kinds of things do you to do relax? Looking for some new ideas since I am wearing out my skin with bubble baths as relaxation. LOL <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 23:07:45 EST Too old, too unfit, too lazy, too overweight to change ourselves? <BR> <BR> I think NOT! <BR> <BR> I lost my weight AFTER a complete hysterectomy and menopause set in. <BR> <BR> I regained my health in my 50's. <BR> <BR> Not only did I do the above when supposedly over-the-hill, but I have insight and experience, and commonsense that has been learned along this road to success. <BR> <BR> I look around at so many of the elderly that are snuffling their feet when they walk; parking in handicapped parking spots when they can easily ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 07:20:29 EST Is Someone Standing In Your Way? Ladies I think this is the last you will see of me for awhile. I have asked someone to do this next week and I am waiting on a reply. <BR> <BR> The person that usually stands in your way is number 1, yes that's right yourself. Why? The best answer I have is it's human nature. <BR> <BR> The effect it has is like tying heavy weights on your ankles and then saying to yourself I'm going to run a marathon in 1 hour. Not very fair, is it? <BR> <BR> These are examples of the way you stand in... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 08:32:08 EST Question of the day for 1/1/10: Happy New Year! This is a future tense thread. Pretend for a moment that it is now 12/31/10 and that we have already finished another year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You are now a year older and a year wiser. You have accomplished much this past year. It's time to pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done for 2010!! <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish this year in 2010?: <BR> <BR> <BR> What did you learn about yourself this year in 2010? <BR> <BR> <BR> **********************... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:48:10 EST Best In Others & Yourself Did you ever thing you could teach? I bet you can. <BR> <BR> You don't have to be a school teacher or a high powered intellectual to teach. All you have to have is the willingness to want to help someone. <BR> <BR> There are so many ways to do this and the best part is when you do show or teach someone something new you also help yourself. <BR> <BR> There are hidden treasures and talents in all of us. The biggest reason they don't shine for all to see is lack of confidence. When you ta... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:50:06 EST Question of the day for 12/31/09: History repeats itself for good reason. To teach us the lessons that we refused to take heed of and learn from. <BR> <BR> So does personal history. <BR> <BR> We all are looking favorably upon 2010. We all have made some strides in 2009 and are wanting even more success in 2010. <BR> <BR> If we didn't learn from our 2009 history, why do we think 2010 will be any different? It won't be. Unless that is we do learn and take that learning into our plan of action, our desire for permanent cha... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 20:36:26 EST The Difference Is You They say that everyone and everything is here because they have a purpose. Now I'm not going to get into what that could be, I'm afraid I would get tared and feathered for starting that debate! <BR> <BR> The one thing I feel I can safely say is we are all here to make a contribution and a difference. <BR> <BR> I've been told many times over that I am a task oriented person. Give me a task and I will see it through to the end no matter what. Now if I let that task define me that's all I'l... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 06:31:46 EST Question of the day for 12/30/09: You are granted 5 wishes for 2010 for YOU. What would they be? Tue, 29 Dec 2009 21:59:12 EST No Settling When you set your goals who makes them happen? Do the neighbors, your spouse, your children? Not in my house. It's up to me the goal setter. <BR> <BR> If there is an obstacle in your way and you wait for someone else to move it, chances are you'll be waiting for a very long time. <BR> <BR> Don't sit around hoping for things to happen, take control and force it to happen. <BR> <BR> Don't settle for leftovers, grab that seat at the head of the table and meet those goals head on. Do... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 07:56:58 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 12/29/09: <BR> 2009 year in review <BR> <BR> 1)List 3 successes that are pertinant to weight loss/health/fitness and your journey here on SparkPeople that you achieved in 2009. <BR> <BR> 2)List 3 challenges that you overcame using what you learned here on SparkPeople in 2009. <BR> <BR> 3)List 3 tools learned here at SparkPeople that are now part of your Lifestyle towards health/fitness/weight loss. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2009 19:41:02 EST Make History Ladies it looks like you are stuck with me again this week, because I forgot to ask anyone to post. That's what happens when you have too much Christmas cheer! Now if any of you out there would like to do this, send me an email and I'll gladly let you. <BR> <BR> Did you know that it is possible for each of us to make history each and every day? We may not get asked to be on David Letterman because of it, but we do. <BR> <BR> When we pick a direction and dedicate ourselves to it, we make ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 07:40:13 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR 12/28/09: What do you want for January? Set the stage for the year by what you commit to for your program this month. <BR> <BR> Make it strong, make it doable and measureable. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 18:58:52 EST Yes Ma'am its almost a new year Ok not going to ask about resolutions. everyone makes them and breaks them just as quickly. But what is the one thing you will do for yourself in the new year that you will stick to and not break. <BR> You are worth it.............. pick something and stick to it............. <BR> share it with us.......... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:23:08 EST What is your personal Mantra for 2010? My mantra for 2009 was: Success is mine in 2009. It worked! <BR> <BR> In 2010: FITKAT2010 Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:46:38 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/27/09: Gals, because this is the end of the year I wanted you all to be involved in the winding down that I'm doing for 2 of my teams. So, I will be posting daily the "stretches" that I am doing on those other teams. The ladies here that are on those teams do not need to answer the same questions here, unless they want to share. <BR> <BR> So, let's begin, shall we? <BR> <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> Please copy/paste/answer the following. Either here on the thread, or in a blog. If you do a blog... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 19:37:34 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/26/09 How did you do on your food program yesterday? Did you throw caution to the wind and your healthy eating out the window? <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Did you maintain sanity and weigh/measure/count calories and stay strong? <BR> <BR> Did you exercise? Sat, 26 Dec 2009 07:17:14 EST Merry Christmas Did you all think I wouldn't have any wisdom for Christmas? If you thought no, you don't know me very well! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Today enjoy your family, friends, or who ever you will see! <BR> <BR> Please be careful stay on program as much as possible, but enjoy yourself! <BR> <BR> Have a fabulously very Merry Christmas! Fri, 25 Dec 2009 08:24:38 EST Question of the day for Christmas! What were one or some of the best, or most remembered, Christmas gifts you received as a child? Fri, 25 Dec 2009 06:31:10 EST Priority Did you think I forgot about you all today? No, I just had something to do that had a higher priority spot on the list! I know it's hard to believe something is more important than my daily duties on Spark, but today there was. <BR> <BR> Actually that's what led me to come up with this post. <BR> <BR> Do you have your priorities in the correct order? <BR> <BR> Is taking care of you and yours at the top of the list? <BR> <BR> It should be and in this order, #1. Take care of you. If you ... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:19:33 EST Question Of The Day 12/24/09 What Christmas Eve traditions did you have growing up? Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:09:08 EST Do You Like Yourself? Don't scoff or laugh. This is a real big problem for some people. In fact when people don't like themselves it can lead to depression, low self esteem, hiding from other people, and many other maladies too numerous to list. <BR> <BR> Now what can all of these feelings lead people to do? That's right over eat. Give up on exercise. In general give up on themselves completely. <BR> <BR> The next time you are feeling bad about what you haven't accomplished or that you went off program. L... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:01:54 EST Question of the Day 12/23/09 Sorry about yesterday's date I guess I have two 12/21/09's on my calendar! <BR> <BR> If you could go buy anything you wanted for Christmas what would it be? Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:45:55 EST Who's Responsible? Do you know just who is responsible for the way you are, the things you do, the decisions you make? <BR> <BR> I feel secure in the knowledge that you all answered that question with the response I am. <BR> <BR> That's the bottom line, the buck stops here, end of the road, however you phrase it. We each own our responsibility. <BR> <BR> We are responsible for getting out of shape, over eating, gaining weight, making excuses why all this happened. This is an easy responsibility to accept.... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:16:56 EST Question Of The Day 12/21/09 If right now, this very moment, you could go anywhere you wanted, where would that be? Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:15:44 EST What Is Friendship? You are probably thinking, why in the world did she ask that question? I thought everyone knew what friendship was. <BR> <BR> Yes, answering that question that way is OK, but think a little deeper than just the surface. <BR> <BR> We all have our own definition of friendship. I could quote Webster, but I'm not going to. I'm going to quote SEK. <BR> <BR> Friendship to me has always been a giving of someone's, time, ear, heart, stories, help, what ever that living breathing person that I c... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 07:08:22 EST Question Of The Day 12/21/09 Good morning ladies, I get to pose the questions this week. I hope you are ready. <BR> <BR> Just for today, if you could stop time and do anything you wanted, what would that be? Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:19:41 EST Sunday aaaaaa I got my shopping done yesterday. I could not believe the sales they were having. I even got a good deal in Dicks for DD and her boyfriend. But of course I bought two things for myself. GNC was having a sale on a digital scale for $19.99. It's a lot bigger then my old one but does ounces as well. It's usually $40.00. What a nice gift for me and my family! <BR> <em>11</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:23:13 EST Sat - 12/19 enjoy every moment... Hi everyone, <BR> Posting early as I have to get the dog to the vets for his routine shots early. <BR> On my day off I went to pick up my daughter from college and what I thought would take just a few hours ended up being almost the full day. She is a freshman this year and I'm still learning things. I guess for the 4 weeks they are gone they are too totally clean out the dorms = unplug refrid, all that stuff. We got lunch too as she needed to spend 60.00 left before the new semester start... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:29:29 EST TGIF What grocery store items? What items you buy over and over again – about 10 items – please share. <BR> <BR> Wheat bread <BR> Green Giant Steamers <BR> Chicken breasts <BR> Ziploc steamers <BR> Peppers – all colors – red, green, yellow. <BR> Snack Carrots <BR> Yogurt <BR> Apples <BR> lettuce (I like romaine and iceberg mixed) <BR> eggs Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:37:16 EST Question of the day 12/18/09 Why were you given your particular name? <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, my dad was hopeful that the 5th child would be a boy (4 girls already). I was being named after my god parent whose name was Louis. My dad thought it would be cool because then if I went into the military one day I might be Leiutenant Lou Tennant. Sorry dad. So they slapped an 'e' on the end and I became Louise. I'll be a great little old lady. LOL Fri, 18 Dec 2009 05:02:51 EST Thursday - 12/16 Exercise I have today and tomorrow off to get ready for Christmas. Slept in a bit and when I took the dog out quickly I was thinking. Man is it cold I don't feel like going for a walk! Then I started to think about all the stuff I wan to accomplish today as I was pouring my coffee. Tons, shopping, put the tree up, cards, you name it. How do you squeeze in exercise? Even little things. I'd like to hear what everyone does. I find myself parking further away and walking into a store or mall. I bring... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 08:24:41 EST Question of the day 12/17/09 What is your favorite Christmas Carol and by what artist? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to say Bing Crosby's White Christmas. <em>444</em> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 04:53:21 EST 12/16/.09 Keep Going Poem Keep Going <BR> <BR> If you've started out in pursuit of your goal and you've really tried with your heart and your soul, but somehow things got out of control... <BR> KEEP GOING! <BR> <BR> When you've tried your best to do what you should and you thought this time that you surely would, but once again you didn't do so good... <BR> KEEP GOING! <BR> <BR> When you've worked so hard to follow a healthy way, and fought to win a victory each day, but one more time you went astray... <BR> ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 06:55:18 EST Question of the day 12/16/09 When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do? <BR> <BR> This one was tough as there are so many things but I think I like to take a little nap and regroup. Wed, 16 Dec 2009 05:06:28 EST Tuesday - 12/15/09 Habits Old habits are hard to break - Usually I have a snack about 330 - 400 so when I get home I am not starving and mindless eat. Well yesterday it was so busy and I didn't go workout for lunch I ate my soup and sandwich at my desk. Nor did I snack at 4 p.m. I don't get home till 6:30 p.m. From lunch that leaves me from 5 to 6 hours not eating and I learned I need mini meals so the hungry doesn't get me. Well my old habit came out with no thought. I found myself eating some chips out of the b... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:20:07 EST Question of the day 12/15/09 Have you ever been told you resemble a celebrity? If so, who? <BR> <BR> <BR> I recently was told I resemble Ellen Degeneres. Gotta be the nose. LOL Tue, 15 Dec 2009 05:06:53 EST Holiday Meals This weekend I was finally getting my decorations out and making room for our tree. Just stage one. DH was asking what we were having this year for the Holidays. I started to think about it and did a partial list. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and realized there is nothing Calorie friendly. I will be revising it - not totally but some - enough to get through the Holiday and not gain the weight that took me weeks and weeks to lose. I mean I have totally control over this - I make all t... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 06:59:09 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY 12/14/09 What's the best "unadvertised" tool or feature available at Google that you've recently become aware of? <BR> <BR> For me, it was the ability to get a definition from Google/dictionary by going to the Google homepage and in the search box, typing <BR> define: someword where "someword" is the word I need a definition to. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 03:49:07 EST Blessings This time of the year we hear that we should count our blessings. Why should we do it now? Why shouldn't we do it all year long? I try to do this at night just before I fall asleep. I think about the day and what was good about it. I don't think about what was bad (at least I try not to!!) Years ago I was given a "prayer" that says it all: <BR> "Count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done". <BR> Let's all count our blessings every day not j... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 07:18:02 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/11/09: Why do you think vampire movies, books, TV programs are so popular right now? Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:55:10 EST ME Time Do you have a favorite time of the day? I do. I love when I get up and it's just me moving around in this old house. I get my excerise done and I have time to reflect. At this time of the year, I love to sit on my couch with the Christmas tree lights on and no other lights in the house on. I love to spend just 5 minutes thinking about something other than eating, excerise and family. I some times think about a vacation that we took or a time that I went with girlfriends out to lunch. A... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 07:07:46 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/09/09 If you had a super-power, what would it be? Wed, 9 Dec 2009 20:19:46 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/8/09 What are you certain of? Wed, 9 Dec 2009 07:57:20 EST Thanks & Kindness I was invited to a Christmas party scheduled for last night. I RSVPed as the hostess asked telling her that I would attend. Fifteen women were invited. As I was talking to her before the meal, I asked her how many would be attending. Her answer didn't really surprise me. She said that she finally got answers from 13. Why is it that we can't just pick up the phone and say "yes/no"? I think this is just common courtesy. As the party was winding down and people were getting ready to leave ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 07:24:11 EST Forgiveness This time of year we are bombarded with a lot of "good cheer". Now good cheer can be anything from food to drink to just having a great time with family. I've read some posts on here about how people don't have any or very little interaction with family. Some years ago I was given an assignment to do and I'm going to ask that you all do it also. <BR> First and foremost forgive yourself for that extra cookie or piece of pie you ate and don't think about it again. Then take 5 minutes toda... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 07:19:04 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/08/09: What changes have you made willingly and happily i your healthy eating program? Tue, 8 Dec 2009 06:22:40 EST Feelings Have you ever shopped just because??? Really didn't know why you wanted to shop but just wanted to buy something? This used to happen to me and I discovered that this is "depression". Besides being hard on our budget, it isn't good for us. It is the same with food. Just eating because we don't know what else to do with ourselves. I still have these "feelings" that I NEED to go and get something to snack on. But I have learned to curb them by distracting myself with sewing, calling a fri... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 07:22:38 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/7/09: I just heard that my beloved Sacramento is going to be hit with the lowest temperatures since time of recording: a high of 27! with 2 inches of snow possibly. <BR> <BR> It brought to mind the question for today: <BR> <BR> What is your bad-weather story? How did you get through it intact? Mon, 7 Dec 2009 06:52:04 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY for 12/5/09: What was the turning point for you to truly start your weight loss and health regaining journey? <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Dec 2009 21:33:04 EST Fab Friday Good morning! I've so enjoyed our chats this week, hope I have not bored you to death. So it's Friday, time to wrap up the work week for most of us, and prepare for the weekend. I have a 5K tomorrow, looking forward to it, BUT and here's the idea for today. Don't look so far forward you don't see today! I"m so guilty of this, but I'm trying to stay in the moment, and worry (fret, stew) about tomorrow, or next week etc. I'm here, now, and nothing else is guaranteed. <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> Hug... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:03:45 EST