SparkPeople SP Class of August 30- September 5, 2009 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from August 30- September 5, 2009. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 30- September 5, 2009 Team Messageboard Terry448 I am 62 years old, married and have 3 fur babies. I am trying to lose 25.5lbs. By Jan. I lost #18 so far but then just stopped. My husband is my workout partner, which helps us both. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:52:53 EST How are your feeling today by emoticon I am <em>41</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:51:18 EST Coming up on 4 years..... What have you accomplished or are still working on? What have you learned or still need to learn on this journey? Share your success with us. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:37:26 EST Daily Team DO! I will start this off with a daily challenge DO. You will do the DO and state that it was DONE and then POST a new DO <BR> <BR> Daily DO: 25 Jumping Jacks <em>306</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:45:24 EST Colder Weather What Are You Doing To Stay Active? Not too bad here today did yoga and walking today. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:15:27 EST What are your goals for a healthy Holiday season? Please share your goals for trying to stay healthy during the Holiday season! <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>444</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:45:33 EST Happy 3 year Sparkversary! Share your journey! I'll start it off... I know that I an more physically fit now, but I've had some set backs over the last 6 months. I am hoping to fix those. I started going to Zumba classes, playing tennis, did a stint on running (didn't work out for my feet), walking a lot, playing a lot of volleyball. <BR> <BR> I've gone through an illness with my father who passed away last month, moved to my parents house with DH & DD couple months ago to help them out, coping with my Mother's ongoing Dementia/Alzheim... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:28:45 EST I'm back! Hey guys! <BR> I'm back! I'm so sorry I haven't been sparking for so long and I've lost touch with you all. Know that I have missed you and our challenges. I was in a bit of a funk and now I'm out of it, ready to get this weight off! <BR> I look forward to getting back into gear with you all and hearing how you're doing. How have you done with your own goals? Are there any group challenges going on? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:25:50 EST What are your goals for the month of May? My goals is to improve my diet to get a balance of everything according to my plate guidlines. Also to find new things to do in the exercise department, the spring bootcamp challenge is helping me with that. Mon, 14 May 2012 18:27:07 EST Warmer weather what outdoor activity ? What out door activity would you like to try or like to do? <BR> <BR> I want to get back on the bike once I get the tires fixed. I'd like to try roller skating again, geta hula hoop and do that again. Mon, 14 May 2012 18:21:26 EST What did yo do for exercise today? I did walking, yoga, full body strength training and a pilates ab workout today. Mon, 14 May 2012 18:11:18 EST What is the weather like where you live? <em>67</em> 73 at 4:10 pm Mon, 14 May 2012 18:09:30 EST Change One Word In this game each player changes only one of the 2 words in a turn: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will start the game with: Spark People <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:00:19 EST Game Forum Can't change the name of this forum. This is where we will put the games. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:58:56 EST Spring Into Summer Challenge Chat This is where we all get together to chat. I will post the weekly challenges here as well as e-mailing them. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:44:37 EST Did you track your food today? Did you track your food? Wed, 18 Apr 2012 07:21:00 EST Did you track and get your 8 glasses of water in ? How many glasses of water did you get in today and did you track it on the nutrition tracker? Wed, 18 Apr 2012 07:18:30 EST CARDIO Daily Challenge!!! In conjunction to the ST daily challenge... let's have a daily Cardio challenge!! <BR> <BR> Today, let's start out with 2 rounds of 25 jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> <BR> You can do this!!!!! Let me know how it goes! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:50:48 EST Let's try some ST challenges! Strength training is so beneficial... <BR> <BR> I'm going to post some ST exercises of the day... I may miss a few days... but I'll post as many days as I can! <BR> <BR> We will start with the "dreaded" squats! This targets your quads & glutes! Do 2 sets of 25! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=21 </link> <BR> <BR> Let us know how you did! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 00:43:34 EST Back I'm sorry if I had anybody worried about me. Don't think so well when I am sick. I was quite ill diziness and nausea got worse. I didn't head back to the hospital as I have no health insurance even though there was a few times I really thought I should have. I spent the majority of the time in bed sleeping was only up when my kids woke me up to eat. Quite impressed that they kept house so good :) I finally felt completely better the middle of March during that time I was debating whether Spar... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 23:33:53 EST April challenge Please post your daily exercise minutes here! <BR> <BR> Just post what you did for exercise --- you can include ST & cardio! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:23:02 EST Team #1 This is for SKALVAREZ and GETITDUN Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:39:50 EST Team #2 This is for LESLIE_2B_LESS and ABROOHAHA Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:38:10 EST Team #3 This is for JYMOONGIRL and MICHCLEARY Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:36:27 EST Team #4 This is for SPARKMEFIT and ROSERH Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:35:16 EST Team #5 This is for USFBILL, BARB4RICK and KRISTINALYNN24 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:34:04 EST Team #6 This is for DENVER1942 and LALAFLOWERS Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:32:45 EST Team #7 This is for CHANGE4THEBEST and AZEC1128 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:31:28 EST Team #8 This is for GLOMER and PEMBERLEY816 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:30:03 EST Beat the Winter Blues Chat This is where we all come together to dicuss the challenge, have questions or to just talk :) Thu, 26 Jan 2012 14:32:44 EST Question of the day 1/17/12 <BR> <BR> Do you like to shop at one grocery store or several different ones? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:26:56 EST ? of the day 1/16/12 Who is your favorite movie star of all time? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:24:09 EST Question of the day 1/15/12 What would you like to see in this upcoming team challenge? Let us know what challenges or team goals you would like ... anything goes! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:47:13 EST What inspires you? What keeps you going on the path to becoming more healthy and active? Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:41:16 EST Question of the Day 1/12/12 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How much water have you drank today so far?? <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:26:29 EST Question of the Day 1/9/2012 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What fad diets have you tried in the past? What have you learned from trying them? <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 02:31:09 EST ? of the day 1/7/12 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Question of the day! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite beverage? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately mine is Diet Coke, I've been weaning myself now for several months... I'm down to 1 or 2 a day. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 01:08:09 EST J is for January... and...? J is for jumping jacks! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:24:18 EST Question of the Day 1/6/12 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend? Does it include any healthy activities? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:43:33 EST Question of the Day 1/5/2012 Sorry I did not post anything last couple days... had some things going on with my parents who I am helping out. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> question of the day! What is your favorite movie of all time? <BR> <BR> Mine is Braveheart, I could watch this over & over. I would love to time travel to that time period! My daughter visited William Wallace's memorial in Scotland when she was there for a Marching Band trip! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:57:26 EST Question of the Day 1/1/2012 <em>38</em> of the day! What is your favorite work out dvd? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:45:05 EST Question of the Day 12/31/11 <em>38</em> of the day! <BR> <BR> What will you be doing healthier this New Year's Eve than you did last year? <BR> <BR> Mine will be that I am going to bring a healthy snack to our "midnight volleyball madness". We start at 10:30 pm and play until everyone is exhausted. Last year it was about 2 or more am. Most people brought brownies & stuff -- I'm going to bring something healthy! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:58:10 EST Question of the Day 12/30/11 <em>38</em> of the Day! <BR> What is your favorite feature on Spark? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is the fitness tracker - I love recording my fitness minutes and seeing how many calories I burn in a workout! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:55:30 EST Question of the day 12/29/2011 I'm gonna start a new thread... let's do a <em>38</em> of the day... I'll try to post something every day and see what responses we get! Could get interesting! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? <BR> <BR> I'll answer first! I would have loved to be Nancy Drew! I read all her books when I was a girl and really wanted to be a girl detective. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 02:01:40 EST Sunday, 12.11.11 Video challenge Let's try out this Paul Eugene video... only 10 minutes... let's do it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=WLB0ACC302E3470F8B&feature=plpp_p<BR>lay_all </link> <BR> <BR> 10 minutes at least every day can lead to better fitness! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:36:52 EST I am thankful for .... A-Z All my spark friends! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 01:11:45 EST N is for November and ????? no calorie drinks. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:13:52 EST O is for... Organization! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 02:00:28 EST A is for.... Apple! <em>150</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:53:06 EST Try something new! Try out something new -- and let us know how you liked it! Thu, 14 Jul 2011 02:20:24 EST New Game - J is for..... July! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 01:18:02 EST 2011 Week 18 Challenge (April 23-29) Hi Team: <BR> <BR> Welcome to our next weekly challenge. The day after this challenge starts is Easter. So I thought our challenge for the week should be to incorporate an exercise that I'm sure the Easter Bunny has in his workout plan for the year! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>22/squat-jump </link> <BR> <BR> How about trying some sets of squat jumps this week when you do your leg workout? Don't feel like you have to jump very high either if that is an issue ... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:59:46 EST 2011 Week 16 Challenge (April 9-15th) Welcome to our next weekly challenge for the year! <BR> <BR> Our quote for the week "Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something". <BR> <BR> Our song of the week: Awake and Alive by Skillet <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of my buddy Jerome who is coming up on his first 1/2 marathon and I think this is a great running song! <BR> <BR> So are you awake and alive and trying new things? You challenge this week is to plan ... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 20:18:10 EST What fitness activity did you do today? List what activity you did today! <BR> <BR> So far I walked at my morning break and getting ready to go for another one in a few minutes. <BR> I am also taking a Zumba class tonight and doing strength training. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 16:26:51 EST Team Roses This thread is for the Roses team - use this thread to chat, for support and report your weights and challenge points each week! <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Team Roses <BR> Team Leader - ANNASMOM11 <BR> CHANGE4THEBEST <BR> GLOMER <BR> SKALVAREZ <BR> PEMBERLEY816 <BR> ROSERH <BR> MOMSLOSINIT4_2 <BR> GIZZI315 <BR> WALKINGINGRACE <BR> <BR> Your first weigh in is this Saturday, April 9th. Please post your begining weights here. Your first challenge will be posted by Friday. Let's have a great chall... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:35:18 EST Team Daisies This thread is for the Daisy team - use this thread to chat, for support and report your weights and challenge points each week! <BR> <em>87</em> <BR> Your team members are: <BR> Team Leader - GETITDUN <BR> ANNITAMOUSE <BR> LESLIE_2B_LESS <BR> BARB4RICK <BR> SPARKMEFIT <BR> EDUCATEDGUESS83 <BR> JYMOONGIRL <BR> AZEC1128 <BR> <BR> Your first weigh in is this Saturday, April 9th. Please post your begining weights here. Your first challenge will be posted by Friday. Let's have a great chall... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:29:25 EST 2011 Week 15 Challenge (April 2nd - 8th) Hi Team: Welcome to Week 15 of our annual challenge. Apparently my April fools joke this year was to forget to post week 14! You all had a week off! <BR> <BR> Our quote for consideration this week is: "winners say what they want to happen. Losers say what they feel will happen" Dr. Linda Bunker <BR> <BR> As you plan out your healthy lifestyle goals for the month of April, write them out in a way that follows the Know part of that statement, instead of the Feel part. Imagine them in your min... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:32:46 EST 2011 Week 13 Challenge (March 20-26) Welcome to the week 13 challenge! <BR> <BR> Our quote of the week is: The real gift of a challenge is WHO you become by facing it. <BR> <BR> I like quotes from and follow them on twitter. That is how I came across the quote in this week's challenge. <BR> <BR> My song of the week is one that I just added to my playlist: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It may sound slow for running, but the words inspire me and this weekend whe... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:33:52 EST 2011 Week 12 Challenge (March 20th - the 26th) Welcome to the 12th weekly challenge for the year! Who is in it to win it? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Here's your song for the week...Get Up (Minute to Win) <BR> <BR> Our Quote for the week is by Nelson Mandela <BR> "The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall." <BR> <BR> By now some of you may not remember what goals you set for the New Year. Maybe you are struggling with feeling like this is just an... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:39:24 EST Help I Need A Buddy!!! If you need a buddy - post it here! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:37:59 EST Spring into Summer (SIS) Challenge Sign UPS! I've had several people Spark mail or comment to me that they are ready for a new challenge! <BR> <BR> Who is ready to Spring into Summer??? Spring is just around the corner -- actually on Monday! SO how about we do a challenge to get ready for Summer??? We will start this challenge on Saturday, April 16th (after tax time!) That gives gives us plenty of time to form the teams and set up the challenges! <BR> <BR> It would be awesome to have at least 3 teams to compete against each other.... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 02:33:24 EST 2011 Week 11 Challenge (March 13-19) Welcome to week 11 --- congrats for continuing on with your healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> Quote of the week: Either move or be moved - Colin Powell. <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to work on building your best abs....try a new ab routine this week. Can you do 100 sit ups a day for the week? Break it up into groups of 10 if necessary and pace them throughout the day. Have your tried Coach Nicole's ab videos on SP? <BR> <BR> There is a crunchless core workout on SP if you don'... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 14:48:40 EST 2011 Week 10 Challenge (March 6 - 12) Hi Team: <BR> <BR> It's that time of week - a new challenge!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's Freggie week, and the song of the week celebrates being crazy over vegetables! Watch it for a chuckle and a reminder to use your shopping cart wisely this week and load up on the fruits and veggies. I challenge you to write a blog with some pictures and/or recipes that you can share this week about how you are using fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I r... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:20:16 EST 2001 Week 9 Challenge (Feb 27 - march 5th) Hi Team: <BR> <BR> Are you getting enough zzzz's? Did you know that consistently short changing your sleep can cause your body to hold on to fat? I did a little research and found this on WebMD: <BR> <BR> According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours. <BR> <BR> Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate f... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:01:52 EST 2011 Week 8 Challenge (Feb 20-26) Hi Team: <BR> <BR> During week 8 our challenge will be to practice conscious eating and while doing that track your calories on the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> What is conscious eating? I think of this as making choices and not just eating what's around without thinking about it. Do you plan your meals out for the week, or even a day in advance? Do you make sure that you're getting your fruits, vegetables, and vitamins? Have you used the nutrition tracker? <BR> <BR> When I first started u... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:01:20 EST 2011 Week 7 Challenge (Feb 13-19) Hi Team --- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentines Day one day early! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> The quote of the week comes from The Yoga Journal magazine and says... <BR> <BR> "The path to transformation involves many small steps. Experience each one as meaningful" <BR> <BR> My song choice for the week goes back to one of my older favorites for my general workout playlist... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> As for our challenge for the week, we g... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:55:09 EST 2011 Week 6 Challenge - Feb 6th-12th It's Track your cardio week!!! I don't know about you, but my cardio minutes need to go up this week! We've spent about 4 days ice/snow bound and my minutes are down. <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week will be to increase your cardio fitness minutes to a higher level than normal and track it on the Fitness Tracker here on SP. I find that randomly increasing my minutes will help me break plateaus. <BR> <BR> Our song of the week is by Nickelback and is a good one for that running playlist..... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 17:28:12 EST 2011 Week 5 Jan 31-Feb 5th Hi Team - This weekly challenge is all about taking control of your health by acquiring knowledge from your doctor. <BR> <BR> Your specific goal is to schedule any necessary appointments. Have you had your annual physical, scheduled that mammogram or prostate exam, dentist, or other medical appointment that you need to take care of? <BR> <BR> Last year as part of a wellness program at my previous company, some of us scheduled physcials with our physicians prior to starting the 90 day well... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 10:34:40 EST January week 4 Challenge (Jan 23-29th) Ghandi said to "be the change you wish to see in the world". <BR> <BR> I don't know about you but it seems that it takes me much longer than the suggested 21 days to make a new habit. So how are you doing on your New Year's Resolutions 3+ weeks into the new year? Struggling? On Track? <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to blog about the reasons why you will not give up in 2011. Putting things in writing helps solidify them in your mind and can help you create a pattern of success. What... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:26:17 EST IM BACK!!! (: hello all my name is trina, and im gonna try to make a long story short here (: i originally joined sparkpeople back in 2009 and that year i did lose 80 lbs!! YAY right? well the story continues... slowly but surely (and somehow i didnt seem to notice) i gained it all back PLUS some!! NIGHTMARE wouldnt you agree? well the truth is i was in denial, i didnt put myself first, i had selective memory and FORGOT that i am worth it....flash forward to 2011 i am 265lbs and IM BACK finally! i am ready... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:16:30 EST January Week 3 Challenge - Jan 16-22 I hope that you have been trying our weekly challenges and have been logging in and finding friends. <BR> <BR> As we progress into the month the reasons for New Year's Resolutions may fade in your mind. You may find yourself wondering what your resolutios were. This week's challenge is going to help you set some fitness goals for your healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> I liked a quote I found in Success Magazine recently that said "Be a winner, not a whiner". Winners usually know what t... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:11:47 EST January Week 2 challenge (jan 9-15) <BR> "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go" T.S. Elliot <BR> <BR> Welcome to our second challenge of 2011. I hope you had fun planning out goals and writing your script for the year. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is designed to help you find the support your need to fulfill your goals and desire for your healthy lifestyle journey. You know the old man is an island, no man stands alone? So how can you increase your chances of success and g... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:59:11 EST Hi, I'm Back... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I actually started SP last September 4, 2009. At that time I lost 45lbs over the course of a few months. I began to have a set-back over the holidays and then some personal issues really put me into a weight gaining spiral. I have since gained ALL 45 pounds back and about 24 more. It has been so frustrating and depressing to lose that much and then be set back this far. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I'm going to try again. I know that it won't be easy, but I remember... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:25:51 EST January Week 1 Challenge (Jan 1st - 8th) "You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal". Charles Carlson <BR> <BR> This week's challenges have to do with setting a good foundation for the year and writing your "life script". <BR> <BR> 1. Log in to SP everyday this week. The majority of us are on the computer everyday and logging in takes only a few seconds. Make it a habit that you will not break because SP is a lifeline in your health lifestyle journey. Can you get to a login streak of 365 days this y... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:45:28 EST Tuesday, 12/21/10 Daily Challenge! Let's go back to a basic one -- let's see how many crunches we can accomplish today! Let's shoot for 4 sets of 25 or 5 sets of 20! <BR> <BR> You know you can do it! <BR> There are a ton of different crunches you can do to mix it up -- here's a few links <BR> Basic Crunches <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=2&from=fitness </link> <BR> Crunches with ball (my fav - not so bad on the back) <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=3&from=fitn... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 01:18:31 EST Monday - 12/20/10 - Daily Challenge Monday's can be so hectic - but getting in a little cardio may just boost that day and the rest of the week for you! <BR> <BR> Get in at least 15 minutes of cardio - come to the team thread and let us know what you did and did it boost your Monday? <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>312</em> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>321</em> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:43:34 EST Week 9 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Congratulations on making it through our holiday challenge! <BR> <BR> This is the last week and starts December 18th and goes through December 26th. <BR> <BR> 1. 100 points for listening to this song and studying the words... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> 2. 100 points -Next go to our teampage and post on the 2011 I BELIEVE I CAN - Daily Chatter thread and post what you believe you can accomplish this coming year. <BR> <B... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:19:02 EST 2011 I BELIEVE I CAN chatter here It can be your year...what do you believe you can accomplish this year? <BR> <BR> I will complete my first 1/2 marathon on March 27th! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:15:45 EST Challenge Do we have a challenge for the final week? Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:19:31 EST Thursday 12/16/10 challenge Let's change things up a bit! Stretching is so important and can be a great stress reliever! <BR> <BR> Here's an article on Basic Stretching Routine <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1261 </link> <BR> <BR> Try some of these out and let us know how you felt! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:21:40 EST Wed Challenge - 12/15/10 Hey team! Let's try Close-Arm Wall Pushups! Let's see if we can do 4 sets of 25 throughout the day. <BR> Here's the link for the instructions: <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=108&from=fitness </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>243</em> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:57:13 EST Tuesday Challenge - 12/14/10 Let's see how many squats we can do! Do at least 4 sets of 25 throughout the day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=21&from=fitness </link> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:52:31 EST Week 8 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Hi Team! You have almost made it! Here are the instructions for week 8... <BR> <BR> It's that crazy time of year! This week's challenge goes from Saturday, December 11th through Friday, December 17th. It's almost Christmas! <BR> <BR> Here are your challenges: <BR> <BR> 1. More than likely you will be faced with some kind of party this week - work, school, friends, family - there are brunches, lunches, cookie exchanges, dinner parties - you name it. So I'd like you to use a tactic that ... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:30:05 EST Friday 12/10/10 challenge! If your weather is like mine - it's been sooo cold and I've been unable to walk like I normally do. Here's a quick Leslie Sansone 5 minute walking video that is today's challenge! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Have fun! and there's lots of free fitness videos at Youtube that you can try out. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend team! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 23:40:57 EST Thursday, Dec 9, 2010 challenge Sometimes we just need that little pick me up and giving Spark goodies or commenting on a blog or page can be that little something to help someone's day out. <BR> <BR> Your challenge today is to pick out 3 (or more!) team members and either give them an encouraging goodie, comment on their blog or page! And giving out good cheer makes YOU feel better also! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you felt today giving out your good cheer! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:48:03 EST Wed - 12/8/10 - Daily Challenge Happy Hump Day all! Here's a great 10 minute workout to jumpstart the rest of your week! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> <BR> Coach Nicole's Jump Start Cardio Workout <BR> Exercise Without Equipment in Just 10 Minutes! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorites! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>250</em> <em>216</em> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:30:43 EST Weekend challenge - 12/3-12/5/10 Hi team-- <BR> Sorry I didn't get out a daily challenge last night. Our modem for our internet went out last night and we were on the phone with telephone company for hours and now they have to mail us a new one! So, I only have internet at work right now. So I thought I would just send out a weekend challenge!! <BR> <BR> Weekends can be hectic - but maintaining healthy habits is important. Let's try to do the following this week: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in at least 5 fruits & vegies each day!... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:02:27 EST Week 7 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Woo Hoo - You're doing great! You've almost made it through the holidays and hopefully you're in better shape because of the challenges. <BR> <BR> This challenge runs from Sataurday, December 4th (Date of Eclipse release!!!) through Friday, December 10th. <BR> <BR> 1. Get 10 points a day for each day you get in a healthy dinner. If you do it all 7 days then you get 100 points. This can be a challenge for holiday party season, but it's worth the effort. Did you know that having a broth bas... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 22:14:15 EST Thursday, 12/2/10 - Daily Challenge! Hi Team! Let's try Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls today! If you do not have dumbbell weights you can use soup cans or spaghetti cans. I did that until I got weights for Mother's Day! <BR> How about we shoot for 3 sets of 25 today? That seems obtainable. <BR> <BR> Here's the directions and link to the excercise: <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand with feet slightly apart, knees slightly bent, abs tight. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand with an underhand grip. Lock elbows into the side of y... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 11:29:36 EST Wednesday, 12/1/2010 Daily Challenge Happy Hump Day all! Here's your challenge for today! Let's work on that belly fat - let's try 50 crunches through out the day. <BR> Starting Position <BR> Lie on the floor or a mat on your back, with knees bent and hands behind head. Feet should be flat on the ground. Keep a space between your chin and chest (looking diagonal towards the ceiling). <BR> <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Raise your chest until your shoulder blades lift off the floor. <BR> <BR> INHALE: Slowly lower back to ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:44:55 EST Post Your Mantra and Positive Quotes here... This thread is for the team to use to post their holiday challenge mantras and positive quotes. Have fun being positive! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:34:53 EST Tuesday, 11/30/10 daily challenge Calf raises with wall - let's try 4 sets of 25! These can be done easily at your bathroom break or any time of the day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=67 </link> <BR> <BR> Just come back here & let us know how you did on these! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:31:43 EST Monday, 11/29/10 Daily Challenge I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's now time to get back into the swing of things after the holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> Here's an easy challenge just to get us back on track! <BR> <BR> Drink your water! Yes, - drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water today! It is so important to hydrate. Come to the team thread and let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:45:17 EST Week 6 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Welcome to Week 6 of the Jingle My Bells Challenge. You're doing great if you've made it this far! <BR> <BR> This challenge goes from Saturday, November 27th and goes through Friday, December 3rd.....freaking out it's almost Christmas! <BR> <BR> 1. Okay Thanksgiving is past us and it's time to move on with our habits! Earn 10 points a day for each day you have a healthy lunch and a total of 100 for the week if you do that all 7 days. Sometimes this takes planning so you take stuff to work... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 20:58:47 EST Thanksgiving challenge - walk 15 minutes! I know we will all be having fun and enjoying our wonderful Thanksgiving traditions! <em>429</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> But here's your challenge for Turkey Day!! Just get out there after your meal and walk 15 minutes and bring someone along with you! <BR> <BR> Here's a great article on walking <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1199 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful, healthy & fun Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> ~Leslie Thu, 25 Nov 2010 02:03:48 EST Wed, 11/24/10 Daily Challenge <em>216</em> <BR> Hip Flexor <BR> Let's try doing 4 sets of 24 each (that way you can click on the excercise four times in your fitness tracker!) <BR> Here's the link to the excercise <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?ID=113&from=fitness </link> <BR> Here's the excercise info! This is a Core excercise. <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand with feet slightly apart, toes forward, hands on hips or one hand on a wall/chair for support. Shift weight to right leg, keepin... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:49:39 EST Tuesday's challenge - 11/23/2010 Here's another good one -- squats! Try to do 5 sets of 20 throughout the day! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin this exercise by standing with your feet wider than shoulder width apart and your toes pointed forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> Action <BR> INHALE: Slowly lower your body and remember to bend slightly at your hips. Keep your weight back on your heels and your back as upright as possible. Make sure your knees don’t cross the plane of your toes. <BR> <BR> EXHALE: Straighten legs an... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:42:33 EST Daily Challenge for Monday 11/22/2010 double post sorry Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:23:12 EST Monday, 11/22/10 challenge How about a daily challenge folks? That will keep us up and going with no long term obligation. I will TRY to post a new challenge every day except weekends. I may post a weekend challenge -- we will see how this goes! <BR> <BR> Here goes the first one! <BR> <BR> Wall pushups - do 100 throughout the day.... d0 20 at a time during a bathroom break! <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Start facing wall, arms length away, feet slightly apart, legs straight (but knees not locked). Place hands ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:22:57 EST Week 5 Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Start out this week by framing your attitude! Yes it will be busy. Yes there will be food. Yes you can get through this and make it through the week in a position of success! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge starts Saturday, November 20 through Friday November 26th. Don't forget to post your weights/points for this week on your team thread and team leaders send me the totals for everyone in one sparkmail please. <BR> <BR> 1. Earn 100 points for photo blogging your food on Thanksgiving Day.... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:48:07 EST Week 4 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Welcome to Week 4 of our holiday challenge! This week starts Saturday, November 13th and goes through Friday, November 19th. Here are your challenges: <BR> <BR> 1. Get 25 points for finding a new song that will help you workout. You can post it to our team thread. <BR> <BR> 2. Get 25 Points - Play SP Trivia at least three times this week. You can find the quizzes on the "View sparkpoints" page under the link that says Play Trivia. You get three points each day that you play this. You have ... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:01:08 EST Week 3 Challenge Instructions <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to week 3 of the holiday challenge. This challenge starts on Saturday November 6th and goes through Friday, November 12th. Here are the ways you can get your points: <BR> <BR> 1. Earn 25 points for posting a blog about all the reasons that you are worth the effort to make it through this journey that you are on. I personally think that if we don't see our own value and worth as an individual, we won't always make it through the r... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 19:47:01 EST Week 3 - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <BR> Welcome to week 3 of the holiday challenge. This challenge starts on Saturday November 6th and goes through Friday, November 12th. Here are the ways you can get your points: <BR> <BR> 1. Earn 25 points for posting a blog about all the reasons that you are worth the effort to make it through this journey that you are on. I personally think that if we don't see our own value and worth as an individual, we won't always make it throu... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 17:48:10 EST Week Two - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Welcome to week 2 of the holiday challenge. This challenge starts on Saturday October 30th and goes through Friday, November 5th. Here are the ways you can get your points: <BR> <BR> 1. Earn 25 points for posting a follow up blog to how you really did avoiding all the sugar, treats, and candy on Halloween. Were you able to keep your goals, and if not what do you think you could have changed in order to reach them? <BR> <BR> 2. Earn 25 points for posting on the team wall each day. It alway... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:52:28 EST Week One - Jingle My Bells Challenge Instructions Welcome to week one of our team challenge to get us through the holidays! <BR> <BR> On October 23rd, log your starting weight and measurements into SP. Your first week weigh in should be turned in on Saturday October 30th. <BR> <BR> This week's challenges for points are: <BR> <BR> 1. Create a vision collage - 50 points. If you've never done this before or it's been awhile, now is a good time to put some pictures in front of you that remind you where you want to be at the end of this jou... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 20:12:49 EST Team Jingle Bells - Jingle My Bells Challenge This is the forum for: <BR> DUSTYRAINBOWS <BR> GIZZI315 <BR> GLENNYME <BR> SKALVAREZ <BR> PEMBERLEY816 <BR> LESLIE_2B_LESS <BR> ANNASMOM11 <BR> HKSURVIVING <BR> <BR> This is where you will chat, get to know each other, post your starting weights/measurements/bonus points. <BR> <BR> Also decide who wants to be the team leader. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:40:43 EST Team Holly Berries - Jingle My Bells Challenge This is the forum for: <BR> SPARKMEFIT <BR> BARB4RICK <BR> LISA2012 <BR> GLOMER <BR> BMAUDE <BR> JCROOK42 <BR> ABBAHELP <BR> LIVPEACEFULLY <BR> <BR> This is where you will chat, get to know each other, post your starting weights/measurements/bonus points. <BR> <BR> Also please decide on who the team leader will be. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:39:10 EST Team Candy Canes - Jingle My Bells Challenge This forum is for: <BR> MICHCLEARY <BR> LALAFLOWERS <BR> TULIPCHICK91 <BR> FUTUREPHATMOMMY <BR> TAMMYLOU96 <BR> PEDODGEBALL <BR> MANDI135 <BR> GETITDUN <BR> MSSHAWNTE <BR> <BR> This is where you will get to know each other, post your starting weights/measurements/bonus points. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> <em>442</em> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:37:07 EST Jingle My Bells - Team Assignments! Hi all!! Here is your team announcement. You will find here what team you are on, and then go to your specific thread I have made for each team to introduce yourself to your team, get to know them and get ready for the challenge. You guys can decide who wants to be the team leader, please just let Michelene or myself know by Sunday who the leader is. <BR> <BR> The challenge will begin October 23rd (weigh in & measurements)and the actual challenge begins Sunday October 24th. We will post each... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:32:50 EST The Happy Friday Dance! Here's the forum to celebrate Fridays & the weekend! If your weekend starts on a different day, be sure and join also! <BR> <BR> We will be posting a new Happy Friday Dance each week to encourage you to get out there & move and celebrate the weekend in a healthy, positive way! <BR> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:32:38 EST Jingle My Bells - Put Me On a Team! <em>275</em> <em>430</em> <em>442</em> <em>431</em> <em>426</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Worried about getting through all the holidays and not gaining? Want some accountability and challenges to help pull you through? <BR> <BR> We're starting on October 24th and Finishing up on December 26th with final weights due Monday morning December 27th. 8 weeks of team support and encouragement to help you make it through from spooky to HOHOHO without the fright in the middle. <BR> <BR> If ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:08:42 EST Getting Ready for Fall - Final Week Challenge Well team, so far we tracked water, fruits, veggies, fitness minutes, tried new spark videos, tried new fitness activites, danced, and supported our teammates. What's in store for you now???? <BR> <BR> Week 7 and the final week goes from Thursday, September 23 to Wednesday September 29th. <BR> <BR> 1. Write a blog about what you've learned in your one year on SP - good or bad. Think about the whole year, all the challenges, what you've learned, what you still need to apply to your life. ... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:26:41 EST Getting Ready for Fall Challenge - Week #6 Hi Red & Orange Teams! Can you believe we are already at week #6 in our challenge?!? Great job for all those that are continuing in on the challenge! If you weren't able to finish this challenge Michelene & I have already discussed doing another challenge in a few weeks. As we missed a week of weigh ins with the change we decided to go ahead and do 1 more week - so we will be doing 7 weeks instead of 6! <BR> <BR> Your challenge for Week #6 - Thursday, September 16 - Wednesday September 22nd... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:41:01 EST Getting Ready For Fall - Week 5 Hi Red and Orange Teams: <BR> <BR> You're challenge for week five Thursday Sept 9 thru Wednesday, Sept 15th (weights due Thur 16th) <BR> <BR> It’s important to stay aware of what/how much food we are consuming each day. Earn 10 points each day you track your calories. Track your calories all 7 days and earn a possible 30 bonus points for 100 points possible for this activity. <BR> <BR> BONUS activity this week: For each day you stay within your calorie range add 10 extra points to EACH DA... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 03:07:29 EST Getting Ready for Fall - Week 4 Challenge Here is the challenge for week #4 - Weights & Points due on Thursday, Sept. 9th. <BR> <BR> Week #4 - Thursday, Sept 2- Wednesday, Sept 8th <BR> This week, you can rack up as many points as you want in the challenge. For each mile of cardio activity you complete, you earn one point. Any type of cardio that measures distance can be counted here. For walkers, one mile is 2000 steps. Another example is - 20 minutes of cardio = 1 mile. At the end of the week post the # of cardio miles you did - ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 23:58:36 EST Happy 1 year Sparkversary! Happy Sparkversary team! <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> How did your 1 year go? Let's talk about our ups & downs. What worked & didn't work! <BR> <BR> ~Leslie Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:22:01 EST Get Ready For Fall - Week Three Challenge Here is the week three challenge: Weights and Points due Thursday September 2nd <BR> <BR> Friday Aug 27th thru Wednesday Sept 1: Strength training is important in any exercise routine – so if you haven’t started here is your chance. If you have…here is your week :) Earn 100 points for strength training at least TWICE this week. Remember when strength training you want to give your body a day of rest in between so don’t overdo it or strength train two days in a row. Check out the sparkfitness... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 05:16:17 EST Beginning Again While getting started is hardest for some, keeping going is the hard part for me. I'm 51 years old and probably started a new diet at least once each year since I was 16. That's a lot of dieting! I know the basics of nutrition. I know what is good and bad, triggers, emotional eating, etc. but putting all that into play is the challenge. I've attended more weight loss meetings than I care to think about, but I'm hoping Sparkpeople and others here can help me find the way to a healthy life... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:08:56 EST getting ready for fall - week TWO Your week two bonus points/weights are due by Thursday August 26th at 5 p.m. pacific standard (8 p.m. eastern). <BR> <BR> Week two challenge: <BR> <BR> August 19th-25th: Get at least 5 fruit/veggie servings in per day. Each day you get all 5 servings in you earn 10 points. 30 bonus points for eating your fruits/ veggies ALL 7 days. You MUST eat at least 5 servings all 7 days to receive the 30 bonus points. <BR> <BR> *100 points possible <BR> <BR> BONUS ACTIVITY: Have a dancing day. ... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 02:03:49 EST Getting ready for fall challenge - TEAMS Hi there everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to get this challenge going :) I have decided since the sign up numbers were a bit less this time around to have two teams. Because we seem to lose people along the way, this will allow the teams to still stay active with more members, and a chance to get more support. I placed members that requested to be on their old teams together, and chose two fall color names for the teams. <BR> <BR> Also - I had a couple people express interest in team l... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:44:40 EST Getting ready for fall - RED TEAM **RED TEAM - please pick a team leader by Thursday. Once chosen, new team leader please message me to let me know you'll be reporting the numbers to me each week** <BR> <BR> **REMEMBER YOUR STARTING WEIGHTS ARE DUE TO YOUR TEAM LEADER WHO WILL REPORT THEM TO ME BY THURSDAY END OF THE DAY** <BR> <BR> Also note that the week one challenge is posted here and begins Thursday: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12599x35071<BR>x35962289 </link> <BR> <B... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:42:18 EST Getting ready for fall - ORANGE TEAM **Orange team - please pick a team leader by Thursday. Once chosen, new team leader please message me to let me know you'll be reporting the numbers to me each week** <BR> <BR> **REMEMBER YOUR STARTING WEIGHTS ARE DUE TO YOUR TEAM LEADER WHO WILL REPORT THEM TO ME BY THURSDAY END OF THE DAY** <BR> <BR> Also note that the week one challenge is posted here and begins Thursday: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12599x35071<BR>x35962289 </link> <BR> ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:41:28 EST getting ready for fall - week ONE **YOUR STARTING WEIGHTS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY AUGUST 12 by end of the day....I need your starting weight for you to continue in the challenge, so please get them to me at this time** <BR> <BR> Your end of week ONE weights and bonus points from the week one challenge (posted below) are due Thursday the 19th by 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern) to your team leader. You can either post the information in your team thread or message your team leader with the info. Please check with your team ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:04:27 EST Getting ready for fall SIGN UP/RULES It’s time for the GETTING READY FOR FALL/ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE! This challenge will run August 12th – September 23rd (the first day of fall). I know with the three challenges we’ve had so far everyone has really enjoyed them and used them as motivation to reach their goals. I would like to really commit to getting the most out of this challenge and really pushing myself. If you are interested please read the rules below! &#61514; <BR> Attention: For those of you that DID particip... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 19:47:08 EST Getting ready for summer - FINAL RESULTS Here are the final results for the entire challenge. I will start with teams, then move to individuals. <BR> <BR> <BR> TEAM WEIGHT LOSS: <BR> <BR> 1st place: Team OAHU with 2.67% weight loss. They lost a total of 49.2 pounds with 10 members remaining <BR> <BR> 2nd place: Team MAUI with 2.37% weight loss. They lost a total of 23.3 pounds with 6 members remaining <BR> <BR> 3rd place: Team KAUAI with 2.261% weight loss. They lost a total of 42.5 pounds with 9 members remaining <BR> <BR... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:07:18 EST getting ready for summer - FINAL challenge This is the FINAL week...which only lasts a few days since we are ending on the first day of summer, June 21st. Your weights are due by the end of the day Monday the 21st. I will announce the winners by Wednesday :) <BR> <BR> Sat. June 19th-Mon. June 21st: LAST CHANCE WORKOUT. Earn two points for each minute you exercise this week! <BR> <BR> *Points limitless – depends on how much you work out :) Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:06:26 EST Looking for gym buddy I've been out of the gym for about a year, just joined Pure Fitness (Rural / Baseline). Love weight training, hate cardio...would love to have a serious minded gym buddy if anyone works out there, male or female doesn't matter, just as long as you're serious about helping each other in the gym, and showing up. Prefer someone with some experience. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:12:16 EST getting ready for summer - week seven Your weights are due Saturday June 19th by 5 p.m. pacific time, 8 p.m. eastern. <BR> <BR> Now the challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. June 12th- Fri. June 18th: Fitness goals. Achieving fitness goals can be just as powerful as your weight loss goals. This week I want you to set a fitness goal for yourself. If you walk on the treadmill set a goal to walk at a certain incline or if you hike set a goal to hike to a certain elevation. Whatever fitness activity you enjoy, set a goal with it. Don’t ... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:57:06 EST getting ready for summer - week six Your weights/bonus points are due by Saturday June 12th at 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern). <BR> <BR> Challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. June 5th-Fri June 11th: Earn 1 point for each fruit/veggie you eat every day :) (for example...if you eat 3 fruits and 2 veggies in a day you earn 5 points). <BR> <BR> BONUS ACTIVITY: Is it summer yet? The weather is starting to get nice…do one activity outside this week. It can be anything you want from biking to walking to hiking to running. Enjoy th... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 04:31:11 EST getting ready for summer - week five Your weights are due by Saturday June 5th at 5 p.m. pacific standard (8 pm eastern). I will be gone on my birthday birthday is June 4th...woohooo!! So the results will be posted late (AGAIN) so if you need an extra day to post your info that is fine - I will do the totals on Monday. <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. May 29th-Fri. June 4th: Time to get moving! Earn 20 points each day you exercise this week (at least 30 minutes of exercise). <BR> <BR> BONUS ... Fri, 28 May 2010 13:37:32 EST getting ready for summer - week four Hi everyone!! Here we are already at week four! Your weights/bonus points are due by Saturday May 29th at 5 p.m. pacific (8 p.m. eastern). Let me know if you have any questions :) <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge this week: <BR> <BR> Sat. May 22nd-Fri May 28th: Track your calories! It’s important to stay aware of what/how much food we are consuming each day. Earn 10 points each day you track your calories. Track your calories all 7 days and earn a possible 30 bonus points. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 May 2010 12:22:15 EST getting ready for summer - week three On to week three :) Please post your bonus points/weights in your stats thread by May 22nd at 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern). Message me with any questions :) <BR> <BR> Here is the week three challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. May 15th-Fri. May 21st: Strength training is important in any exercise routine – so if you haven’t started here is your chance. If you have…here is your week :) Earn 100 points for strength training at least TWICE this week. Remember when strength training you want... Thu, 13 May 2010 13:45:16 EST getting ready for summer - week two Here is week two!! Please post your weights and bonus points by Saturday May 15th at 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern) for week two. Message me with any questions! <BR> <BR> Here is your week two challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. May 8th-Fri. May 14th: WATER challenge. It’s always one that people struggle with, but it is SO important to make sure you get in your 8 glasses (or more) of water a day. Earn 1 point for each glass of water you drink every day. Earn 25 bonus points total if you dr... Thu, 6 May 2010 02:54:01 EST getting ready for summer - week one Welcome to week one! Team leaders please post your weight/bonus points info here by Saturday May 8th at 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern) for week one. Feel free to message me with any questions! <BR> <BR> Now on to the challenge! Week one challenge: <BR> <BR> Sat. May 1st-Fri. May 7th: Earn 1 point for each minute you exercise this week. Pretty simple….just keep track of all your minutes and report it at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> BONUS ACTIVITY: Have some team spirit. Change... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:11:17 EST GETTING READY FOR SUMMER TEAMS Here is the team announcement. Once you find your name on a given team, you can then go to the discussion thread with your team name (either Maui, Kauai or Oahu) and start chatting and getting to know your team. Note there are TWO threads for each team (one is discussion, one is reporting your weekly stats). The first challenge starts Saturday May 1st. To report your starting weight by SATURDAY May 1st by 5 p.m. pacific standard time (8 p.m. Eastern) go to your team name and find the week... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:06:53 EST TEAM OAHU - SUMMER challenge weekly stats Here you will report your weekly stats using the template below which you will come back and edit each week with your new weight and bonus points. Copy and paste the template below, hit reply and make your own post. Start with your starting weight and then every SATURDAY by 5 p.m. pacific standard time (8 p.m. eastern) your new stats will be due here. You only make ONE post total on this thread, just keep editing the template each week so it makes it easy to find your info. If you do not feel... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:59:22 EST TEAM OAHU - SUMMER challenge discussion Team OAHU - Getting ready for summer challenge <BR> <BR> SPARKMEFIT - Team Leader <BR> MANDI135 <BR> ADHAMMAC <BR> TINA234315 <BR> PEMBERLEY816 <BR> EVAJANE2 <BR> MDHAMMAC <BR> SKALVAREZ <BR> HOGFAN79 <BR> KRISTINALYNN24 <BR> BABYSISTER00 <BR> TULIPCHICK91 <BR> PURPLEPERDI <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the thread for discussion only. Weight/bonus points will be reported in a separate thread. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:58:45 EST TEAM MAUI - SUMMER challenge weekly stats Here you will report your weekly stats using the template below which you will come back and edit each week with your new weight and bonus points. Copy and paste the template below, hit reply and make your own post. Start with your starting weight and then every SATURDAY by 5 p.m. pacific standard time (8 p.m. eastern) your new stats will be due here. You only make ONE post total on this thread, just keep editing the template each week so it makes it easy to find your info. If you do not feel... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:57:46 EST TEAM MAUI - SUMMER challenge discussion Team MAUI - getting ready for summer challenge <BR> <BR> REALLYRED1 - Team Leader <BR> LISA2012 <BR> AMADEUS620 <BR> FLUFFYGIRL29 <BR> MPMMPM <BR> LDWEAVER <BR> BMAUDE <BR> MELISSAK1030 <BR> BIGOLDDADDYMAN <BR> A_ROBY <BR> SEXYCHEMIST <BR> GABYF87 <BR> GEANIEBABY <BR> <BR> This is the thread for discussion only. Weight/bonus points will be reported in a separate thread. <BR> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:56:54 EST TEAM KAUAI - SUMMER challenge weekly stats Here you will report your weekly stats using the template below which you will come back and edit each week with your new weight and bonus points. Copy and paste the template below, hit reply and make your own post. Start with your starting weight and then every SATURDAY by 5 p.m. pacific standard time (8 p.m. eastern) your new stats will be due here. You only make ONE post total on this thread, just keep editing the template each week so it makes it easy to find your info. If you do not ... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:55:12 EST TEAM KAUAI - SUMMER challenge discussion KAUAI team - Getting ready for summer challenge <BR> <BR> LESLIE_2B_LESS - Team Leader <BR> JCROOK42 <BR> BARB4RICK <BR> TAMMYLOU96 <BR> DEBRUFFIN <BR> GETITDUN <BR> PEDODGEBALL <BR> MICHCLEARY <BR> FUTUREPHATMOMMY <BR> CLCLOSING <BR> SUSANCHEIJ <BR> JYMOONGIRL <BR> KELLYTHERASCAL <BR> WALKINGINGRACE <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the thread for discussion only. Weight/bonus points will be reported in a separate thread. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:46:59 EST Getting ready for summer challeng e...SIGN UP/RULE It’s time for the GETTING READY FOR SUMMER CHALLENGE! This challenge will run May 1st - June 21st (the first day of summer). After a wonderful getting ready for spring challenge and a holiday challenge it’s time to get our butts in gear to be healthy and fit to enjoy the outdoors this summer. <BR> Attention: For those of you that DID participate in the challenge last time and would like to stay with the same team members, when you sign up please include your Hawaii team name (Team Maui, K... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 01:41:41 EST Getting ready for summer challenge..are you ready? HI all!! Are you ready for another challenge? <BR> <BR> I'm ready to start a new challenge...getting ready for summer!!! More information to come, but I am thinking of starting it around the 1st of May (maybe the 2nd or 3rd?) and running either two ways...we can do another 6 week challenge until the second week of June, or we can run until the official first day of summer on June 21st! Which ever you guys prefer so give me some feedback. <BR> <BR> I will post more official information in... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 01:51:37 EST Weight Training Advice I have some flab and pounds that I want to get rid of...sound familiar? I have been really working hard with a trainer. I have done strength training for the last couple of months. I do a little bit everything with and without weights...targeting legs, abs, back, biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders, you name it. Here's the discouraging part...i'm not losing and have gained about 2 pounds. I have been losing inches, my clothes are loose, my stomach is flatter, my bust is smaller, my back is lea... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:29:05 EST Getting ready for spring challeng -OVERALL RESULTS **Here are the overall results for the entire challenge** <BR> <BR> TEAM WEIGHT LOSS starting with 1st: <BR> <BR> 1st: Team KAUAI with 2.314% weight loss. They started at 2532.5 and ended at 2473.9 for a total loss of 58.6 pounds! WOW :) Way to go!!!! <BR> <BR> 2nd: Team OAHU with 1.389% weight loss. They started at 1497.7 and ended at 1476.9 for a total loss of 20.8! Great job to you all! <BR> <BR> 3rd: Team MAUI with 0.916% weight loss. They started at 1354.3 and ended at 1341.9 f... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:26:23 EST getting ready for spring challenge - FINAL week Here is the final week of the challenge....can you believe it!? Wow :) <BR> <BR> Your weights and final bonus points are due to me by Monday March 15th at 9 p.m pacific standard time (midnight eastern). Team leaders please use this forum to post your teams info, or send me a message - whatever works for your team :) <BR> <BR> Now the challenge: <BR> <BR> 6th week (March 8-14th): <BR> <BR> Get that body ready for spring. Strength training is important in any exercise routine – so if yo... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 20:43:37 EST getting ready for spring challenge - week five Team leaders please use this thread or send me a message with your teams weights/bonus points by Monday March 8th by 9 p.m. pacific time (midnight eastern). <BR> <BR> Now on to week fives challenge: <BR> <BR> 5th week (March 1-7th): <BR> <BR> It’s important to stay aware of what/how much food we are consuming each day. Earn 10 points each day you track your calories. Track your calories all 7 days and earn a possible 30 bonus points for 100 points possible for this activity. <BR> <BR> B... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:27:34 EST getting ready for spring challenge - week four Week four weight/bonus points are due by March 1st at 9 p.m. pacific standard time (midnight eastern). Team leaders please report your numbers here or message me by this time! Check with your team leaders to find out what time they want your weights due as some of the team leaders may have to leave earlier than the deadline. <BR> <BR> Now the challenge: <BR> <BR> 4th week (Feb 22-28th): <BR> <BR> Time to get moving! Earn 20 points each day you exercise this week (at least 30 minutes of ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:02:39 EST getting ready for spring challenge - week three Team Leaders please post your week three weights/bonus points here by Monday February 22nd at 9 p.m. pacific time (midnight eastern). Let me know if you have any questions! <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge for week three: <BR> <BR> 3rd week (Feb 15-21st): <BR> WATER….get that water in! We really struggled with this at the holiday challenge so try your best to get your water in this week. Earn 1 point for each glass of water you drink every day. Earn 25 bonus points total if you drink at... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:29:27 EST new week OK, today is tuesday and I started great, I can share my diet, when I do it i always loose about 3 pounds a week if not more, here it its. <BR> wake-up : morning coffee <BR> exercise: I'm a morning person, but anyway works, try for 45-1 hour cardio/weights. <BR> breakfast: protein sake with 2 servings of fruit, combine milk/water or soy milk. <BR> snack: apple <BR> lunch: tuna salad (lettuce, light mayo, lime) with 2 packets of saltines. lots of water or iced tea or crystal light anythong wit... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:19:38 EST How do you use the Sparkpeople website? Hi! Carol here, a Kauai Team member. <BR> <BR> I was just curious about how each of you use the website. For example, I log on every day - that is every day that I have access to a computer. I play trivia, track my nutrition, track my fitness minutes and activities, read and answer (most) mail. Occasionally, I take the time to look at recipes, browse through members' pages, shop and earn points by reading The Spark, articles, search and post. <BR> <BR> This site could consume many hours... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 14:41:38 EST getting ready for spring challenge - week two Use this thread team leaders to post your week two weight/bonus points by February 15th 9 p.m. pacific time. <BR> <BR> Now on to your 2nd week challenge: <BR> <BR> 2nd week (Feb 8-14th): <BR> <BR> Earn 1 point for each minute you exercise this week. Pretty simple &#61514; Keep track of your minutes and report the total at the end of the week! <BR> <BR> *points limitless…it’s all up to how much you exercise! <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:34:31 EST getting ready for spring challenge - week one Here is week one!! Team Leaders please post your starting weights here by Monday February 1st 9 p.m pacific time, as well as post your week one weights/bonus points on Monday February 8th by 9 p.m. pacific time. Please email with any questions! <BR> <BR> Here is our first challenge: <BR> <BR> 1st week (Feb 1-7th): <BR> <BR> Get at least 5 fruit/veggie servings in per day. Each day you get all 5 servings in you earn 10 points. 30 bonus points for eating your fruits/ veggies ALL 7 days. ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 02:09:12 EST Getting ready for spring challenge - TEAMS Hi all!! Here is your team announcement. You will find here what team you are on, and then go to your specific thread I have made for each team to introduce yourself to your team, get to know them and get ready for the challenge. The challenge will begin FEBRUARY 1st (Monday) and will start with your first mini-challenge that will be announced this week. Your starting weight is also due to your team leaders by Monday February 1st at 9 p.m. pacific time (midnight eastern), ALTHOUGH please ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:30:53 EST TEAM OAHU - getting ready for spring challenge This thread is for team Oahu <BR> <BR> TEAM OAHU - Team Leader SPARKMEFIT <BR> <BR> SPARKMEFIT <BR> ADHAMMAC <BR> LARN1998 <BR> DUSTYRAINBOWS <BR> EVAJANE2 <BR> LDWEAVER <BR> BMAUDE <BR> MOTHER2BOYS <BR> MANDI135 <BR> LALAFLOWERS <BR> GEANIEBABY <BR> RADGIRL78 <BR> TINA234315 <BR> HEALTHIERMOMOF2 <BR> OATSTRAW <BR> OFELIA37 <BR> MIMICTIGGER Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:30:18 EST TEAM MAUI - getting ready for spring challenge This team thread is for Team Maui <BR> <BR> TEAM MAUI - Team leader KELLYTHERASCAL <BR> <BR> KELLYTHERASCAL <BR> NAKOLIEDAWN81 <BR> WALKINGINGRACE <BR> QTPATUTIE <BR> LEZLIEV <BR> RENEETOBETHIN <BR> CICCISR <BR> LISA2012 <BR> SPECEDRULZ <BR> RYANIPZ <BR> USFBULL <BR> AMADEUS620 <BR> MELISSAK1030 <BR> LMCSUTAK <BR> AGRASTY2002 <BR> MRSJILLBLACK <BR> LMCSUTAK Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:29:08 EST TEAM KAUAI - getting ready for spring challenge This thread is for team Kauai <BR> <BR> TEAM KAUAI - Team leader LADYZIMA <BR> <BR> LADYZIMA <BR> JOYOFLOSING <BR> FUTUREPHATMOMMY <BR> BARB4RICK <BR> GETITDUN <BR> ABBAHELP <BR> DEBRUFFIN <BR> TAMMYLOU96 <BR> MICHCLEARY <BR> JAMIECROOK42 <BR> NDSPARK1 <BR> KATIE1951 <BR> CLCLOSING <BR> SUSANCHEIJ <BR> PEDODGEBALL <BR> VICKHE <BR> JYMOONGIRL Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:27:31 EST STARTING AGAIN ..AGAIN I am new but not really. I am starting again, but this time seeking support and will be using the trackers. I have been unsuccessful in the past losing weight. In fact, I have gained ten pounds since I first joined spark! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:39:46 EST Getting ready for spring challenge..SIGN UP/RULES Hi everyone! After some great feedback from our last AMAZING challenge, I've decided to start a new challenge beginning February 1st-March 15th. It's the "getting ready for spring" challenge :) For those of you that DID participate in the challenge last time and would like to stay with the same team members, when you sign up please include your team color beside your name to be placed on the same team. I will be forming 3 larger teams (maybe 4 depending on the sign up number) so several p... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:55:51 EST Time to think about a new challenge.... Hi everyone! I'm already missing our challenge, so I say it's time to think about a new one! <BR> <BR> I'd really love your feedback on the last challenge. What did you love, what did you hate? What would you like to see on the next challenge, what could be dropped from the last challenge? <BR> <BR> My thoughts so far are a challenge 5-6 weeks long so a little shorter than last time, individual format (unless you liked the teams in which case I will probably form three or four larger team... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 02:26:53 EST Time to think about a new challenge.... ignore...had a duh moment and posted in the wrong section :) Fri, 15 Jan 2010 02:24:25 EST OK, its about time I did this ... Hello one and all! I'm Jim, and I'm a foodaholic! Oh, wait, this is Sparkpeople, not overeaters anonymous. Truthfully, in some ways I am a foodaholic, and in other ways I am not. I do like food, that is no lie. However, I understand that food is the fuel for life, and not life itself. My ultimate goal is to get down below 200 again. I topped out somewhere around 318 (although there was a phase in my life where I did not weigh myself, and looking at a picture from back then, I may have ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:53:02 EST Holiday challenge stats By request, here are the stats for the entire challenge: <BR> <BR> Total starting weight: 6169.9 <BR> Total ending weight: 5999.6 <BR> <BR> that equals a total weight loss of: 170.3 with a total percentage of weight loss of 2.76% <BR> <BR> Total starting inches from measurements: 3964.5 <BR> Total ending inches from measurements: 3849.5 <BR> <BR> that equals a total inches loss of: 115 <BR> <BR> Total bonus points earned during the challenge: 25,586.25 <BR> <BR> As a collective total lo... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:26:04 EST TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL WINNERS OF CHALLENGE **Results of entire challenge...WINNERS** <BR> <BR> Below are the official winners of the Holiday 2009 challenge!! I want to thank all of you for participating through the entire challenge. A special thank you to the team leaders for reporting the numbers each week and helping me out! Thanks for all the support and kind words from all of you as well. I hope this challenge motivated you to stay on track through the holidays and gave you something fun to do on this weight loss journey! I ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 01:54:37 EST LOSSMYWAY I HAVE BEEN ON THE SPARKPEOPLE FOR 19 WEEKS NOW AND I SEEM TO BE AT A STAND STILL AND CAN NOT GET DOWN PASS THE 140 POUNDS. I'M WORKING AT IT EVERYDAY. SOMETIMES I GIVE UP AND GET BACK IN TRACK. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:19:52 EST Holiday Challenge ....FINAL WEEK/WEIGH IN It's the final few days of the challenge! The last official day is Sunday January 3rd! Your FINAL weight/bonus points and measurements will be due by MONDAY JANUARY 4th at 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern time). When you your weights, bonus points and measurements PLEASE report two sets of bonus points. Last weeks bonus points of share the spark and recipe bonus and the final mini-challenge below: <BR> <BR> -Friday Jan 1st-Sun Jan 3rd: LAST CHANCE WORKOUT! Double bonus points - 2 poi... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:56:38 EST Holiday Challeng e...WEEK EIGHT Here is week eights challenge: <BR> <BR> Friday Dec 25th-Thur Dec 31st: Spread the spark challenge. While spending time with family during Christmas earn 10 points each day you can get someone to exercise with you (must be at least 15-20ish minutes of exercise)...whether it be a walk, with a DVD, at the gym...wherever! Include your kids, your friends, anyone you are around this holiday season. Let them know about your new healthy lifestyle and encourage them to get involved with you! <BR> ... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 01:54:25 EST Holiday Challeng e...WEEK SEVEN As far as weights go...since Christmas happens to fall on our weigh in day, we will again be doing the Monday weigh in, your weights and bonus points will be due MONDAY DECEMBER 28th by 5 p.m. pacific time (8 p.m. eastern time) instead of our usual Friday weigh in day. We will have one more weigh in after this for the FINAL weigh in of the challenge (you will report weight, bonus points and measurements) so there will be no more Friday weigh in schedule! I will send reminder emai... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:34:40 EST I fell Off...BADLY I don't know what happened. October hit and began to get lazy. I went less and less frequently to the gym and by Nov I don't I went at all. Then I ate,and ate and ate. I've put on 5lbs. I'm feeling pretty bad. I dont want to fall off again. I started back last week to the gym. I went yesterday and today also. Maybe I'm back. I hope so. I don't want to lose this battle Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:38:53 EST Newbie Hi ! I'm new, but hopeful this time I'll loss the weight and keep it off. I'm an emotional eater, and peri-menopausal. A FEW THINGS WORKING AGAINST ME , HOWEVER not HOPELESS!!!! I've seen other women do it so I'm encouraged at least today. I'm aware i can restart my day/ weight goals over any time during the day. Stumbling through this website, not computer savvy @ all. May need encouragement @ time, today i have a good perspective. So if anyone can relate feel free to contact me. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 09:59:47 EST Holiday Challeng e...WEEK SIX Your weights/bonus points are due by Friday December 18th at 9 p.m. pacific time (midnight eastern). Team leaders please post your weights/bonus points here by this time! <BR> <BR> Now on to the challenge: <BR> <BR> -Friday Dec 11th-Thur Dec 17th: 10 points each day ALL you track all of your calories. 30 bonus points if you tracked your calories EVERY day. <BR> <BR> Bonus points: Taken from an idea from Mon's blog (MRSMIZZLE...THANK YOU). Come up with ONE thing you love about yourself e... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:50:49 EST Holiday challeng e...WEEK FIVE Team leaders please post your weights here by Friday Dec 11th at 9 p.m. pacific time (midnight eastern time). <BR> <BR> Mini-challenge for the week: <BR> <BR> -Friday Dec 4th-Thur Dec 10th: Let's get back to some exercise this week and burn off some of those Thanksgiving pounds and gear up for Christmas baking and food...1 point for every minute you exercise this week! :) <BR> <BR> BONUS points this week: it's important to remember your water while you exercise, and I know some of us strug... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 14:13:09 EST Holiday challeng e...WEEK FOUR I need your weights by FRIDAY Dec 4th at 9 p.m. pacific time. Because last week was a change in the weigh in this will be a short week but please be aware you do not have to change your weigh in day for yourself. This mini-challenge starts the day after Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> -Friday Nov 27th-Thur Dec 3rd: 5 points each day you stay in your calorie range - 35 points possible <BR> <BR> Try a new exercise this week and earn a possible 15 bonus points! Can be anything that you haven't tri... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:04:22 EST Holiday Challeng e...WEEK THREE It's Thanksgiving time!! Since some of us will not be around, and I personally will be traveling Wednesday-Sunday of Thanksgiving week, I am changing our weigh in due date....we will have an extra long week. I am asking that the team leaders report their weight to me by MONDAY November 30th by 5 p.m. PACIFIC TIME (which would be 8 p.m. eastern time) instead of our usual Friday day. We will go back to our regular schedule of Friday the following week so you will have a shorter week for weig... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 20:54:24 EST Holiday Challeng ....WEEK TWO Here is Week TWO...Friday Nov 13th-Thur Nov 19th! Team leaders only...please post your week two weigh ins here at the end of the week (Friday Nov 20th) by 9 p.m. pacific time. Everyone else feel free to post here - and check for updates or changes. To post your first week weigh ins, go to the WEEK ONE thread and post there. <BR> <BR> Now on to this weeks mini-challenge which I'm super excited about! Let's get ready for Thanksgiving by burning some calories....1 point for each mile you wa... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 14:34:37 EST WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY? Every day this month until Thanksgiving, think of one thing that you are thankful for and post it here start by saying "Today I am thankful for..." The longer you do it, the harder it gets! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for My husband and stepson without them I would be lost. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:33:49 EST I am doing a part, maybe small, join me? Last month I ran into a thread about donating a dollar for every pound I lost to Breast Cancer research. I did it, and donated $10, it felt amazing! This month I am donating $2 for every lb I lose to FEEDING AMERICA. I hope some of you will pledge to join me! Just keep track of what you lose this month, and donate at the link below on December 1! <BR> <BR> ~Mon <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e.aspx?__utma=1.1251454023.1257533469.<BR>1257533469.1257533469.1&__utm... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 11:26:07 EST Holiday challeng ....WEEK ONE This is week ONE of the holiday challenge Friday November 6-Thursday November 12th. Team leaders, please post your end of week one weight/measurements/bonus points here by November 13th at 9 p.m. pacific standard time. <BR> <BR> Anyone can post in this forum through out the week - and of course your team forums can be used through the entire competition. <BR> <BR> Below is information about your WEEK ONE mini-challenge: <BR> <BR> 1 point for each glass of water you drink every day. 10 b... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 21:04:34 EST Holiday challenge. ..STARTING WEIGHTS/MEASUREMENTS **PLEASE ONLY VOLUNTEER LEADERS POST HERE ONCE YOUR TEAM AS REPORTED ON FRIDAY** <BR> <BR> You have two options for reporting the starting weight/measurements. You can post them here, or if some of the team members would like to keep their actual weight private, please send me a private message. It's easier to post it here but it's fine either way so just check with your team and see what they want. If members of your team have not reported their starting weight/measurements by Friday nig... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 18:43:07 EST YELLOW TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> LISA2012 <BR> KCOBB0419 <BR> CATHY2CI <BR> NBK627 <BR> CICCISR <BR> JCD1013 <BR> ALLCLARK <BR> VALERIE52962 <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:32:59 EST GREEN TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> KKATZE <BR> JAMIECROOK42 <BR> TAMMYLOU96 <BR> MS-FIREBIRD <BR> JESS9342 <BR> LINDEM22 <BR> MICHCLEARY <BR> DEBRUFFIN <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:32:30 EST ORANGE TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> AZIEC1 <BR> CRIMPROF1 <BR> ANNIE-GIRL <BR> LARN1998 <BR> SPARKMEFIT <BR> PEMBERLEY816 <BR> ROCKEL2 <BR> MANDI135 <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:32:02 EST PURPLE TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> FUTUREPHATMOMMY <BR> DIVADEB4 <BR> LADYZIMA <BR> JOYOFLOSING <BR> HEIGHTL <BR> GETITDUN <BR> SUSANBARNARD <BR> BARB4RICK <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:31:31 EST BLUE TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> MOMTO4RUGRATS <BR> MARYANNA9 <BR> FUYUKUMA <BR> MDEP04 <BR> GLENNYME <BR> MOTHER2BOYS <BR> MELANNIEGL <BR> BMAUDE <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:30:53 EST RED TEAM...Holiday Challenge This forum is for: <BR> MRSMIZZLE <BR> EVAJANE2 <BR> H-LO74 <BR> ONETOUGHCOOKIE2 <BR> RISSAJESP84 <BR> LDWEAVER <BR> BHEALTHYBHAPPY <BR> OIRALINDE <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:30:19 EST PINK TEAM...Holiday challenge This thread is for: <BR> KELLYTHERASCAL <BR> NAKOLIEDAWN81 <BR> LEZLIEV <BR> QTPATUTIE <BR> RENEETOBETHIN <BR> RDSTRASSER <BR> WALKINGINGRACE <BR> DEEANNASANDERS <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:29:40 EST Holiday challenge TEAMS...please read if signed up **PLEASE READ BELOW IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR CHALLENGE**. As you will notice, I am starting new forums for each of your teams. Here you can start to get to know each other, support each other, check in with the group, and as your first task nominate your volunteer leader for your team. This person will be responsible for getting the weights/measurements/bonus points to me every Friday by 9 p.m. pacific standard time. They will report each person on their team - but with 56 participants, it's ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 02:27:50 EST Just found you! I knew there had to be a SP Class for my start date of 9/3, but I had a hard time finding you. Glad to be here and look forward to being a part of the Class. <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 12:13:06 EST Small Team Holiday Challenge I would like to sign up. 2 keep me from acting like a holiday pig! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 02:52:54 EST great sign me up Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:57:28 EST Small Team Holiday Challenge QUESTIONS Please post questions you may have about the holiday challenge that aren't answered in the info thread found here: <link><BR>eam_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1259<BR>9x35071x29320916 </link> <BR> <BR> If you would like to sign up for the challenge, please post in the SIGN UP thread found here: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12599x35071<BR>x29320991 </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:15:41 EST Small Team Holiday Challenge SIGN UP Please see the following thread for information about the holiday challenge before signing up: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12599x35071<BR>x29320916 </link> <BR> <BR> After reading about the challenge, if you are interested in participating, please post in this forum. For questions, please post in a separate forum "Small Team Holiday Challenge QUESTIONS" - this is for SIGN UP ONLY. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:14:09 EST Small Team Holiday Challenge INFO **Please don't post in this thread - for sign up or questions see other threads** <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! After some wonderful feedback, I am here to let everyone know of our exciting new holiday challenge!! It will be biggest loser style, and will take place November 2nd thru January 3rd. <BR> <BR> The challenge will work in the following way: <BR> <BR> - You will sign up on a SEPARATE thread by Sunday November 1st 9 p.m. PST <BR> <BR> - You will be placed in to small teams - depending ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:11:27 EST geessa Hello everyone! My goal is to lose 80 lbs. I joined this site to get some ideas on losing weight. Some of my intrests include reading, listening to music, and surfing the internet. I hope to meet some pretty positive fun loving people. Good job to you all for taking the steps necessary to better your life and your health thus far! I hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 21 Oct 2009 05:38:25 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Jessica, I am a 26 year old wife and mother of many on this site I don't like what I see in the mirror nor the fact that my pants are shrinking, lol...Currently I am at 215 lbs and growing....It seems as if nothing I do helps....(to a ton of people on here I know you know exactly what I am talking about.) :(......I don't have anyone who shares in my despair of being overweight, thyroid issues and an ex smoker....any motivational advice helps. I long to be healthy, at th... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 21:49:49 EST New Gifts Available in the SparkPeople Store From SparkGuy's Blog: <BR> <BR> First off, we want to thank everyone who has visited and supported the SparkPeople Store. We are working hard at developing and sourcing quality products for your healthy lifestyle for reasonable prices. The store has been a great success thanks to member support! <BR> <BR> We have received a lot of positive feedback from our store patrons&#65533;and some great suggestions. Many members said they would love to purchase gifts for others, such as fruit and flow... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 10:16:20 EST Goal ... Achieved!!! <em>248</em> I've been waiting a long time to be able to start a post with that emoticon and have it mean my weight loss goal, but today I can!!!! And I'm soooo delighted about it! <BR> <BR> Stay encouraged and moving forward on your own journey and you'll be able to do the same! Wishing you each the very best success!!! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 16:49:51 EST Fitness Tracker Enhancement From SparkGuy's Blog: <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Tracker Enhancement: Delete Multiple Exercises <BR> Friday, October 09, 2009 <BR> <BR> You probably know already that you can delete multiple foods from your Nutrition Tracker. Earlier this week, we added the same functionality to the Fitness Tracker so you can delete multiple strength-training exercises from your plan/tracker. While you've always had the ability to remove a single exercise at a time, this new update will allow members to delete... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 17:29:04 EST Your Vote Counts I received this email from Coach Jen and thought you all would like to vote too! Here's Jen's email: <BR> <BR> One of our favorite blogs did a review of SparkPeople and a few other online weight management tools. At the end of the article you can vote for your favorite: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ght+management-tools </link> <BR> <BR> We'd appreciate you taking less than a minute to vote! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> <BR> PS. Feel f... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 19:57:27 EST Today I am thankful for.... I love these in the other forums, so I thought I'd start one here. It's nice to write out what we are thankful for when we start getting frustrated with this journey or are just having a bad day! Mon, 5 Oct 2009 19:56:07 EST Holiday challenge ....let's get some ideas going!! Hi everyone! As we all know the holidays are sneaking up on us. It can't already be October can it!? <BR> <BR> I know one of the hardest times of the year for weight loss for me is around the holidays. With family, friends, food and lots of temptations it's hard to stay on track but this year I am DETERMINED to set new habits and traditions that are healthy and still allow me to enjoy the holidays. <BR> <BR> I would LOVE to get some holiday challenges going for Thanksgiving, Christmas... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:25:13 EST Team Mascot I think we need a team mascot! Anyone agree? <BR> <BR> ~Mon Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:29:37 EST Welcome our new Team Leader, KELLYTHERASCAL! <em>235</em> our new Team Leader, KELLYTHERASCAL! Kelly is having awesome success on her weight loss, participates on the team with great enthusiasm, and offers so much encouragement to others. She's a natural choice to be a leader! <BR> <BR> Please join me in welcoming Kelly! <em>220</em> <em>285</em> Sun, 4 Oct 2009 23:15:23 EST Tape Measure Why isn't my tape measure with weight loss showing? Sun, 4 Oct 2009 18:44:24 EST For my Daughter! Hi my name is Nacole, I am 28 years old with a beautiful 9 month old little girl. The main reason I am here is I need the motivation to do this. For her!!! and for myself as well! I am 5 feet nothin and weigh almost 190 lbs. I have not always been this large, but after a horrible marriage and divorce I was never able to lose it. I had a baby later (the best part of me) and I am at my pre prego weight but I am ready to get back to a healthy weight because eventually she is going to want ... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 16:28:30 EST Body Fat% Is there a place you can track your body fat %? Also, in the nutrition tracker can you track your grams of sugar eaten or do you have to choose glucose and fructose and dextrose...... Thanks. Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:54:19 EST 60 and Loving My Life!!! I retired 5 years ago to Florida and I love it...I happily get dirty every day working in my many gardens on the 2 acres that we own...We live at the end of a sand road that butts against a nature preserve so there will be no building around us...we have deer, bear, sandhill cranes, and gopher turltes who visit us...I am working my way back to a healthy weight so that I can enjoy Florida for years to come!!! Thanks to SparkPeople, food and exercise tracking is not only's fun! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:16:19 EST 30 Ways to Make Your Lunch Break an Adventure Lunchtime doesn't have to be bland or boring, just as it doesn't have to be a frenzied time to run errands or multitask. Add a little "adventure" to your midday break with these simple ideas, which will bring a bit of fitness and nutrition to your workdays. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 09:50:05 EST change of weather=new food cravings This fall weather has me craving EVERYTHING! Especially pizza and junky food. It gets rainy, dark and miserable out (which is like 7 or 8 months out of the year here so I better get used to it) and I want to automatically eat! What surprised me today though, is that I started thinking about eating everything in site so I decided to go on a bike ride once the rain let up. After I got done - I STILL wanted the pizza and junk...which usually after exercising I think I'm good I don't need it.... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:24:12 EST How to Manage Halloween Candies <em>424</em> Trick-or-Treat <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Halloween is right around the corner. The stores are full of bags of candy. How are you dealing with the temptations? Post your ideas here. Help your teammates out ... and return often to see what others have written! <BR> <BR> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>421</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 20:44:06 EST October Weekly Challenge October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we're going to incorporate that into our weekly challenges this month. And Halloween arrives this month, so we'll include that as well. As usual, so much to do! <BR> <BR> Please let the team know how you are doing in meeting the challenges. We're here to cheer you on, but we need to know how you are doing! <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> October 1-3: <BR> Complete your monthly self-breast exam and present a team member with a Pink SparkGoodie. Be sure to ... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:05:31 EST One month Sparkiversary <em>515</em> <BR> <BR> Who is celebrating their one month Sparkiversary? <BR> <BR> Wishing you the very best! <em>242</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 11:34:31 EST Happy to be Here Thanks to my daughter I'm now a SparkPerson. Three weeks ago I knew the time had come to really do something about the pounds that have been creeping on for many years. And here I am, happy to be on Sparkpeople and losing weight while getting fitter.. <BR> I'm 61, married for almost 40 years, mother of two and grandmother of two. I worked in a picture framing business for almost 25 years specializing in fabric art. Now I'm retired and able to engage in my passion, quilting and all thin... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 22:06:43 EST "The Spark" Copy of a post from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's a VERY exciting day around here b/c you can now pre-order copies of The Spark, our book that's coming out at the end of the year! It could be a great gift for friends or family, or something just for yourself! I've read most of the book and think it's really good :) <BR> <BR> Here are some more details if you're interested: <BR> <BR> In celebration of the prelaunch of The Spark, SparkPeople is offering the BIGGEST GIVEAW... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:55:44 EST Hi! My mom calls me Beenie Button. I am a mom of 4-16, 12, 2, and 8 months and I am tired of having the mommy middle. I try to watch my calories, I try and work out. I get bored watching what I eat and when I eat a crispy cream donut I feel bad. I go to the gym every day that I work but when I get there I don't know where to start or I start and I don't finish. I am tall and thin but still have troubles wearing the trendy clothes. I am a very positive person and full of energy. I have my goals but no direction. I work ... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:50:52 EST Spark Convention Ticket I have a Spark Convention ticket that I'm not going to use if you know someone that would like to have it. Please send me a SparkMail and we can work out the details. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I'm not going to go. This bug I've contracted has just worn me out so badly and I have a conference that I am attending the next weekend. I've got to get well so something has to give and I think it must be the Spark convention, though I hate it! Tue, 22 Sep 2009 06:25:06 EST Add a Food Enhancement - Spelling Suggestions From SparkGuy's page: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We launched an enhancement to our "Add a Food" food search page last week. We now run a spell check for every food search, and if we believe the result is wrong give some small text saying "Did you mean...". For example if you search for "mayonaise" we will say "did you mean mayonnaise". You can then click on the new highlighted word to re-run your search. <BR> <BR> We hope this makes our food search even easier to use. Please reply bel... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:54:58 EST Aloha! Hi Gang! I am using this page mostly to get familiar with it so I can refer clients to it. I am a trainer and I teach bootcamp ( <BR> <BR> But I will be using this for myself right now~~~ Mon, 21 Sep 2009 03:17:42 EST sparklyone to spark people I am new to the site and have found that by entering my food intake each day helps me to be accountable. I am making healthier choices and no longer crave unhealthy snacks (well, almost). My problem is that I have fibromyalgia, so I have to balance exercise, rest and such so that I don't overdo. I also recently broke my foot, so Iwalking is limited and I am working on strength training. I have not weighed myself yet but I am beginning to feel a difference in the way my clothes fit. hink... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 23:17:07 EST Missing Spark Points Some folks have noticed that they are missing Spark Points for some of their activities over the past few days. The Spark Tech folks have acknowledged that there is a problem and that they are working on it. <BR> <BR> Here's a thread from the Tech Board if you'd like to read for yourself: <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=5&imparent=16570535 </link> Sat, 19 Sep 2009 14:28:19 EST help on weight loss hi all, pls can someone tell me how to go about some weight loss, precisely how and where do i go in sparkle people to get advice on what to do. pls i need a response. thank you Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:51:58 EST Three Weeks ... How's everyone doing? Let us know how your journey is going! We'd love to here from you! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:21:52 EST hi, hi everyone new to all of this but it looks like a good place to be, with all the tools and the community of friendly and helpful people. glad to have found a place to start and i look forward to updating my page with all my goals and achievements. i have checked out a few of your pages and they are really inspiring. thanks. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 10:55:43 EST New to Spark From Illinois Good morning, <BR> <BR> I am, new here from Marion, Illinois. I joined because my self-esteem is at an all time low having lost my job and spending too much time alone. Hope to meet a lot of new friends that will be like a support system to keep me encouraged. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 10:43:36 EST Just wanted to share... I thought you all might enjoy reading my blog that I posted tonight. I put a lot of thought into it, and I was inspired. Hope it inspires some of you guys too! <BR> <BR> ------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Be Yourself <BR> <BR> I was inspired by a quote I read today while I was eating lunch. The quote said, "I learned that it's OK for everyone to be different." I've been struggling lately with discovering who I really am. It seems the past few years have gotten me confused, and I don... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:54:01 EST Support is vital when you're getting healthy . . . Hi! My name is Melannie and I am a 43 y/o disabled wife and mother to two adult bio children and three stepdaughters. I was always tall and thin my whole life until I had invasive brain surgery in 4/01. After the surgery, and daily since, I was put on multiple steroidal medications, with one being lifelong at 5 pills per day. Over the next couple of years, my lifelong size 5 went up to a tight fitting size 22 . . . my starting weight was around 130 lbs and I topped out at 278 by 12/05. T... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 19:12:00 EST amazingtnt This a new way of trying to lose weight, I've been on them all. Want to try anything to keep losing. Need support the most. I need to lose 70 more pounds. I have lost 45 lbs.these last 6 mos. Sun, 13 Sep 2009 16:09:54 EST Hello from Saudi Arabia Hi, I have lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years. I want to lose ten pounds, two pounds a week, by the time I move to my next assignment in Japan. I am new to Sparkpeople but it looks like it has all the right tools to set me on the path to meet my goal. There is so much information, I am overwhelmed. I love traveling, reading, and learning about new cultures. I am a mother of five children ages 17-34 and a great cook. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 10:01:10 EST It's never to late! Hi everyone, I was introduced to this website by a friend on facebook and I am so thankful to her. I have had up and down weight issues my entire life but as I am now a grandmother and I want to change myself so that I can enjoy them to the fullest I possibly can. From what I have read here, this is a weight loss program but also a lifestyle change and that is exactly what I'm needing. Would be my greatest hopes and dreams that I will beable to get myself back into life again, playing wit... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:27:17 EST Begining again, and again, and again Hi, as a mother of two, wife, stay-at-home-mom and a whole list of other lables I'm finding it dificult to stay motivated and stick to my goals. I'm hoping that eventually I will regain the inner me that I know is under this fat suit. Since Feburary I have been working on seeking a more positive view of myself and my surounding and I'm hoping all this work will help get to my goal because let's face it, if you don't feel happy about yourself why would you say no to that hot fudge sunday! So h... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:45:00 EST cinsch I have been laid off from work and the weight is gradually creeping on, I have had high blood pressure for years <BR> now it is getting out of control Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:08:32 EST Swine Flu: What to Do Swine flu symptoms are the same as seasonal influenza symptoms. Incidentally, influenza and flu are referring to the same thing. <BR> <BR> Influenza Symptoms <BR> <BR> Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: <BR> <BR> * Fever (usually high) <BR> <BR> * Headache <BR> <BR> * Extreme tiredness <BR> <BR> *... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 19:24:25 EST Exercise log? Hi all, <BR> I am doing a program called Slim in 6 and then tracking my fitness and eating here on sparkpeople. However I dont know how to properly input the fitness levels reps etc because it is a video program that you continually move up in. I am working out 6 days a week for 6 weeks. It is hard because I have a baby and most days I want to sleep in instead of work out. What are you all doing for your fitness? Wed, 9 Sep 2009 18:47:38 EST What do you snack on? I'm a sugar addict and I need to stop. I snack when I'm watching TV, sitting at the computer, cleaning the kitchen...I need snack foods, but I think I need to start snacking on things that are healthier. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 15:00:28 EST Resources for Gluten Free Eating I know that we've had at least one post about needing Gluten Free resources, so I thought I'd start a thread so we could all take advantage of the knowledge. If you know of other resources, or come across anything, please post here. I've got a couple of links I'll post that are both products I've tried that are really tasty. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 08:43:17 EST New to SparkPeople!! HI, I am new to spark people. I am just starting to change my lifestyle. I have to eat gluten-free so if anyone out there has some great recipes for gluten free they would be appreciated!! My first "big" goal is for a vacation at Christmas. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:54:33 EST Trying to get back into my clothes :) Now that I've hit 40, the weight has started creeping up. For me, 5 lbs gained means my clothes fit snug, another 5 and they're uncomfortable, and this last 5 means I can't wear them anymore! Time to take charge and get my body back under control. A healthier me is a happier me. I want to be mom for a long time to come! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 20:56:38 EST Make an educated guess or a wild guess?! How calorie savvy are you? How many calories would you guess 1 cup of this soup would have? <BR> <BR> SPICY SWEET POTATO VICHYSSOISE <BR> By Joanne Lusted <BR> Serves 6 <BR> Hands-on time: 20 minutes <BR> Total time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (plus chilling time) <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> • 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> • 1 leek, white part only, rinsed and thinly sliced <BR> • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced <BR> • 1 tsp garlic, minced <BR> • 1/2 tsp cinnamon <BR> • 4 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:19:57 EST Flu Shots <em>282</em> Lots of Doctors' Offices and Pharmacies already have flu shots ready for administration. With the opportunity to also contract H1N1 influenza, it is important to protect yourself and your family against what you can. Today, only the standard Influenza Vaccination is available to the general public. Research what is available in your area. Talk with your physician if you are uncertain rather or not you are a candidate for the Influenza Vaccination. If you are a candidate, make a... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:09:54 EST Anger as Motivation (Intro) I could spend hours talking about how I got here, but we all have a story don't we. I am a forty year old mother of three teenage girls. They are great kids, really they are. I have two serious physical limitations: fibromyalgia and now I am in the beginning stage of COPD. I have two choices live or die. So I have pretty much cut myself off from my friends because they all smoke and they don't get it. I will not make my daughters watch me die like their grandmother did. <BR> <BR> Just ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:08:32 EST LIZZY Hello all! I just joined this website recently. I am really serious about making some life-style changes and making healthier choices. I am looking foward to see what Sparks has to offer. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 21:18:41 EST Your Dream List <em>195</em> What is your dream list, the thing(s) that you'd like to achieve once you've shed your weight? <BR> <BR> Dream big. It doesn't have to be anything that makes sense now or even fits the you that you are today! Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:30:27 EST Calorie Range + Exercise Question So, I'm trying to decide if my calorie intake today was a huge mistake or understandable. <BR> <BR> I went canoeing today with some friends for like 4 or 5 hours. It was a blast! But anyway, the sparkpeople exercise tracker estimates that I burned like 3,000 calories from that. (My arms are SO SORE!!) <BR> <BR> I did good for breakfast and lunch. Both healthy meals well within what I should eat. However, on the way home we stopped at Qudoba restaurant (mexican food that has HUGE burritos). ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:25:01 EST hullo! Hi! This is Jeri from Ct. I am so ready to get this going. Look forward to getting to know you all! ( or even some of you) Mon, 7 Sep 2009 19:47:37 EST Hello from Hotlanta!! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Sandra and I'm 32, divorced mother of a beautiful 5 year old daughter. I am engaged to be married in Novemeber and hoping that the 2nd time around is the lucky charm. I have struggled with weight all my life. I became my biggest after having my daughter. I finally reached my "AHA!" moment when I was starting to have to buy a size 20. Last year my fiance and I began a exercise and more food concious way of life. I am now a size 12. However, I have been st... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 19:31:52 EST Bonjour. Ola. Hello. Third time is a charm, right? <BR> <BR> I am madly in love with my best friend, I am graduating from university, I am moving to Scotland to complete my masters, and I am blissfully traveling the world over. What more can I ask for? <BR> <BR> 10 pounds lighter maybe? and some awesome new Spark friends. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 17:41:04 EST IM NERVOUS AND EXCITED AND OVERWHELMED Hello im new to sparkpeople. Just going through some of the different teams and message boards has me real excited. I have been praying for something to help motivate me to lose weight and keep it off. This has been a Godsend. I look forward to the things that are ahead of me and i know with Gods help and those on here I will achieve my goals. Im glad that i joined. Im still trying to figure it all out but im sure itll get easier. Im looking for tips that have helped others so please fee... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 17:11:48 EST Ready to be healthy at 38 Hi I am a 38yr old mother of two teenagers, 19 and 16. I have been over weight since I had my second child, it has really become an issue lately. I was diagnosised with Fibromyalgia last year which really has effected my activities, I have my good days and my bad days. I recently joined a fitness program recommended by my doctor and that does seem to help when I go. I need to get into the habit of going everyday. I also want to start eating healthier. I hope that by joining this sight and see... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 16:44:41 EST Newbie Spark Introduction Hello everyone! <BR> I'm Nancy and am excited about my new journey. Am pre-diabetic and had surgery for herniated disc. Actually lost weight during my illness--best diet in that I couldn't get to the food. Now need to get back on track with healthy eating, weight loss, and exercise. Happy to say that I am consistently doing my back strengthening/stretching exercises. <BR> <BR> I joined SP because it's FREE. I can't see the value in spending $10-15/month for online tools. <BR> <BR> My g... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 14:55:09 EST Intro to the Start Page In case you are having trouble finding your way around, here's a video about your Start Page ... oh the places it can take you!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1124 </link> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 14:04:35 EST hi from trishomg hi! just to let you know a little about me - I live in western canada - i am 62 yrs - have some med. conditions that limit my exercise routine but have gone back to tai chi and doing a aerobic & strength training here at home - i have some equipment and am using it regularly now- thanks for the oportunity to get to know great people who I can relate to about weight control and exercise and all that - I hope I can converse with you - I am not very computer savy - thanks again Mon, 7 Sep 2009 13:17:08 EST 60 and still hoping to change I am working on making changes in my thinking and habits. I have been following other posts and find it helpful and enlightening to see what other people eat for their daily calaories. I tend to get into a rut. I would like to work with others who log their daily calories and what they eat. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 10:30:43 EST Hi Folks I am from Hillsdale County. I am 60 years old and my doctor has told me I need to lose weight. I do agree with him on that. I am on two high blood pressure pills, a water pill, as well as a pill to help control my sugar. I don't take insulin, but I do have to control my eating, which as you all know is not easy. <BR> <BR> I recently had my mother in law move in with my husband and I, and we are trying to get her weight up to 100 lbs. She was 88 lbs., when she moved in with us and she ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 10:23:05 EST new to this My name is Elizabeth. I am a working mother of a 7 year old and a 2 year old. I am here to get support while I try to lose the 50 punds I gained during my last pregnancy that just wouldn't come off. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 08:11:15 EST Hi everyone, Vegetarian since 2009 I am a single parent of a daughter who is allergic to wheat, eggs, dairy,and peanuts; so vegetarianism for me is a permanent lifestyle choice. I've recently lost 30 pounds; but I need to lose 68 more. Any advice and support you could give me would be appreciated. I weigh 218 and do weighttraining 3x a week. No new weight loss to report in the past 2 weeks. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 02:48:24 EST Ostrich ... funny A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, ‘A hamburger, fries and a coke,’ and turns to the ostrich, ‘What’s yours?’ <BR> ‘I’ll have the same,’ says the ostrich. <BR> A short time later the waitress returns with the order ‘That will be $9.40 please,’ and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. <BR> The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, ‘A hamburge... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 22:17:21 EST Issues with Nutrition Tracker Membership has really kept me motivated to track my calorie intake. I've been doing it the old fashioned way with a ledger and calorie book. I tried to use the nutrition tracker, but the foods I need tracked aren't on there. For example, every morning I basically have the same breakfast: soft-boiled egg and a banana-about 200 calories. Any solutions as to how I can post my tracking on sparkpeople's site? Sun, 6 Sep 2009 17:09:53 EST September Weekly Challenge <em>149</em> September is here, the children are back in school and it's the last month of the year where we don't have a holiday full of food. That's right! October has Halloween, November has Thanksgiving, and December has Christmas. Let's get prepared! Let's build some good habits that will carry us through the following three months ... we're going to need all the help we can get! <BR> <BR> This is going to be such fun!! As we've heard before, it takes 21 days to develop a habit. So on... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 15:35:48 EST We're All Here! We're all here now! And a second week is beginning for our early members. So glad you've joined SparkPeople and are ready to get your lifestyle changes started. <BR> <BR> Let's start a September Challenge to get us moving on our journey. I'll post it in the Challenges forum. We won't be concerned that we missed the first few days of the month. The challenge is weekly in nature ... we'll change challenges each week. Although, I'd suggest that you continue each week's challenge the next week ... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 15:33:14 EST dc4579 hi I just joined this site I am hopping that with the tools here i am able to reach my goal weight <BR> Sun, 6 Sep 2009 13:57:40 EST newstartforme HELLO MY NAME IS LEIGH ANN & I M NEW TO THIS. I HAVE REALLY HEARD ALOT BOUT THIS SITE & HOW IT HAS HELPED OTHERS SO I MA GONNA GIVE IT A TRY. <BR> I AM WANTING TO LOSE LOSE 50 LBS. I DONT THINKI LOOK BAD BUT I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH MY KIDS. <BR> WELL HERE IS TO NEW BEGINNINGS. HAVE A GREAT DAY Sun, 6 Sep 2009 13:02:46 EST Making a lifestyle change Thanks for the great welcome from everyone! I am a native of the Virgin Islands, living in Jacksonville Florida for many years. My goal is to drop 50 pounds and to become a healthier person for me and my family. I currently go to the gym a couple times a week. I will try to increase that to 5 days a week, drink 8 cups of water each day and jounal my activities, feelings and progress on a daily basis. I came across this site searching for weightloss information and I am very happy that I di... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 11:30:05 EST Hi everyone! I'm a single mom of two grown children and a young grandmother of two. I need to get healthy and stay healthy. I'm ready to make a fresh start. Ready to get out of this thyroid "fog". I'm so glad I found this site! It's truely amazing! Could anyone tell me how to find my friends that are also members? Wishing everyone health and motivation! Sun, 6 Sep 2009 11:02:17 EST Beginning again Hi, <BR> My name is Anne - mother of 3 and grandmother-to-be in January - and my goal is to lose 30 - 35 pounds. I like to exercise, but I like to eat, too so I tend to "out eat" my efforts at the gym. What I really need is an eating plan that doesn't send my inner rebel into a feeding frenzy. I look forward to learning from others here. Sun, 6 Sep 2009 10:53:48 EST Back on the Band Wagon Well, I just noticed this site for the first time yesterday and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm at my whits end and really want to get my fitness and well-being back. This site has motivated me already...I'm itching to get outside and work out. It's amazing how easy it is to let yourself go...but I feel like I'm back on track! Sun, 6 Sep 2009 10:48:12 EST 50+ and overweight glad to be a member. what a nice sight! lots of hekp and support Sun, 6 Sep 2009 05:38:56 EST And away I go.... Hello all! I was introduced to SparkPeople some 6 months ago, just doing to some general tracking and such. I have an ultimate weight loss goal of losing 20-25 pounds, and set it originally 4 months ago. I've been slacking, and actually gained almost 5 pounds in that time frame. <BR> <BR> So I was looking for some motivation. Some of it came in the form of a reward from my bf: I couldn't come up with a reward for myself so he said he'd buy me my ticket to Hawaii, as we had started planning t... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 02:31:40 EST Hello Hello Hello... ...i'm 20 years old and i'm unhappy with my weight since...i don't know since when but it feels like forever...and i always made plans and you know said to myself tomorrow i will do this and that but i never sticked to the plan (that was too ambitious too)...what else to say? I'm a german girl who's trying to get perfect (or at least near it) and want's to enjoy life more. So i hope i can get rid of at least 22lbs and change my life to a healthier way. Sun, 6 Sep 2009 02:24:23 EST Hey Guys!!! I so hope I am in the right place to do this!! If not please forgive me. I will get the hang of this. <BR> <BR> My name is Caz, I am from Australia. My weight loss has been a long time coming. I guess it has for most people. I have been a yo-yo dieter for many years and have due to this, I have caused a bit of damage to my body. I have been on my weight loss journey for about 12 months and I was doing really well. I have since gained back some weight, so here I am to get back on the wa... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 23:49:09 EST Letting my Light Shine in Whatever I do! My name is Sharon McKinnon. I'm a God-fearing Woman of God! I've been married to my soul mate for 12 years and have 3 wonderful children! I am a LIcensed Practical Nurse and have been in this Profession for the past 14 years.My desire in life is to glorify God in all that I do. I decided to join sparkspeople because I needed some support to acheive my weight loss goals. My goal is to lose 20lbs. To most people that does not seem like a lot. I have never been obese or anything but I personall... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 22:06:19 EST Hello SparkPeople World.... Hello everyone. My name is Edie (aka usnrosey) and I am very excited about being a part of Spark People. I have always had a challenge with my weight and even though I have lost 45 pounds this year, I still have 20 pounds to go to reach my goal. I have been reading a lot of inspirational messages and I am totally committed to reaching my goal. I look forward to learning more from others and hopefully also sharing my experiences with you. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Edie Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:17:42 EST Hi, I'm Pat I just found this site a couple of days ago and I think this is what I've been looking for. The "My Nutrition" tab is wonderful. It feels like summer is over and I need to get back on track and lose a few pounds. Looking forward to how all this works. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:03:12 EST I need Help Please I need help to achieve a healthy balanced life style One that puts God First. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 20:14:22 EST Hi I'm Pam Hi Everyone, <BR> I am Pam Allen and I just discovered this site last night with the help of my best friend TrailJunkie. I am looking forward to getting to know you and also getting healthy again. <BR> Happy Day, <BR> Pam Sat, 5 Sep 2009 19:03:04 EST Starts Today I joined today and hope that this will be successful for me and I can help others. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 18:55:41 EST greetings fellow sparks hi my name is shayne i am 38, i am on here to try and prove to myself that i can achieve my goal of being fit before the big 40, i have 67 pounds i want to shift so that i can be a better daddy to my two beautiful kids and a better husband to my stunning wife. i have been battling this wieght for to long now it has to go, and i hope all of you can help me complete my challenge. i will help anyone i can by being here for them. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 17:34:08 EST Kaheena Hello everyone my name is Kasheena i just moved to georgia from New York city .. im 21 years old and relly looking forward to doing this program Sat, 5 Sep 2009 17:03:58 EST Getting fit in the Lone Star State Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and am really excited to find this free health website where I can track my weight loss and fitness goals and also get feedback. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 16:12:38 EST Can't add food on nutritional page Can anyone tell me how to add food and stuff on my nutritional page. I watched the video but I am not getting the link to add the food after I choose it. Please help! Thanks <em>24</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 15:54:30 EST whitis hi every one new need friends to share thoughts Sat, 5 Sep 2009 11:44:40 EST Hi! Have been trying it for about a week. I've heard a lot about sparkpeople but finally signed up and started with it last weekend. I go to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and the approach here works well with that. I'm almost 39 and have 26.25 pounds to lose as of last Wednesday. There are mobility challenges slowing me down, but I'm determined to get myself to a better place health wise. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 10:59:04 EST blondiebeachgirl Hi, I'm 46 yrs old and 30lbs overweight. I am tired of feeling tired and having NO motivation to exercise!!! I am ready to make the commitment to lose weight and get healthy! Our town is opening a new YMCA at the end of the month and I am joining! I need lots of encouragement!!!! Sat, 5 Sep 2009 10:20:46 EST Just Getting Started Just getting started on this site. <BR> I've been trying for months to lose at least a few pounds, but not 1 has come off. <BR> Very frustrating. My goal is to lose some weight before I turn 40. <BR> I exercise regularly; 3 to 4 times a week of 40 minutes jogging and a few rounds on the Cybex machines for upper body and hip exercises. You would think I could at least lose inches, but everything fits the same. <BR> I'd appreciate any advice on how to jump start my weight loss without dep... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 09:57:57 EST Hi All, My name is Shirley & I'm 47. I am so ready to feel & look better. I have three beautiful grown children I have been living between two states (Vermont & NY) for two years now. (Because of work) I love to laugh and want to be around when my children have children. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 09:51:59 EST looking to feel good hi my name is joni. i am a post gastric bypass pt and have gained 31lbs. i want to get a hold on it before it overtakes me "again". looking for inspiration. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 03:57:41 EST A new you in 09! It's a little late; I've jumpstarted this trip about four times this year. This time I am going to go all the way to the end. Sat, 5 Sep 2009 02:42:19 EST answering a wake up call Hello my name is brett and i am answering a wake up call. I am looking forward to you support and will provide you with mine Fri, 4 Sep 2009 21:28:08 EST HI I'm a married 36 yr old mom (OMG 36 already!) of 2 kids(10 &13) who works full-time. I'm trying to make better choices about what I choose to eat. I'm finding that the older I get the hard it is to keep the pounds off. I have a couple of great friends from work as part of my support group. We share info with each other, exercise together and try to keep each other motivated. One of my friends shared this website! Fri, 4 Sep 2009 21:26:56 EST Need to loose the remaining 20lbs ... Hey ... my name is Rosine. I am 21 y.o. and a full time nursing student and part time employee. The original reason why I checked out this site is because I need to loose some weight to physically lookd for a wedding on November 21, 2009. In the long run ... I need to do this for my overall health. I lost 30lbs by simply cutting out the junk foods over the past three years. I have had a lot more energy since. Now ... I have 20 more stuborn pounds to go. Fri, 4 Sep 2009 21:19:49 EST hi!!! Ive just started!!!! HI, i just signed up to sparkpeople to night!! After 2 years of 'married bliss' and piling on the pounds , lol, ive finally decided to do something!! totally broke at the minute si i love that this is free!!! Mostly i am looking forward to getting back to my normal weight and being healthier!!! Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:19:03 EST Not Properly Satisfied With Small Successes So, today is the first time in the last 3 days that I've been in my calorie range. Yay right? However, I'm finding that I can't be excited about it. In fact, I'm even a little depressed by the fact because I just BARELY made it under the max limit. I see the places I can improve, but it just discourages me. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's because I've gotten used to eating whatever I want and however I want and so I'm just having a hard time adjusting to eating smart and thinking about what I eat. I tr... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:15:27 EST Why Am I On Spark5 Program? Hi! This is a wonderful website but I was wondering why I was on Spark5 program? On the start page it said that I was on a Spark5 program and it was for people that wanted to get healthy but didn't need to lose weight! WoW! I DO want to get healthy but I want to benefit and lose some weight too! I have already lost a little but why am I on Spark5 and how can I get to be on a more restricted program? <BR> <BR> Right now my calorie goal is between 1,600 and 2,000. I like what they say I can e... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:30:54 EST Greetings everyone... I'm new here at SparkPeople, and just thought I'd say "hello"! <BR> <BR> I'm 36, have yo-yo dieted for the past 15 years and have decided that it finally has to stop. My birthday is next week, and by NEXT year's birthday I hope to be at my goal weight. I'm hoping that a community of others looking to do the same thing will help with my motivation! :o) <BR> <BR> ~ bridgejc Fri, 4 Sep 2009 15:41:52 EST