SparkPeople Scotland's Brightest Sparks Team Messageboard Fáilte to Scotlands Brightest Sparks. This team is for anyone from Scotland, any ex pats, anyone with a Scottish bloodline or anyone that is interested in anything Scottish. SparkPeople Scotland's Brightest Sparks Team Messageboard hello Hi there back again to give Spark another try. Im Eileen retired R.N.Scottish born and bred. Im very happily married, im a mum, a granny and a great granny. I have about 1.5 stones to lose and im stuck. !! Fri, 7 Jun 2019 09:40:07 EST A Spring A-to-Z A - Ash Wednesday Thu, 7 Mar 2019 18:06:33 EST A Poetry A-to-Z Celebrations and Burns' Suppers this week and then over next weekend, so let's have an A-to-Z in his honour. We'll just *not* restrict it to Burns' poetry!!! <BR> <BR> A - just has to be Auld Lang Syne!!! Sun, 20 Jan 2019 15:51:37 EST New Year's A-to-Z A - A guid New Year tae wan an' a' <em>335</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 15:06:03 EST A Christmas A - Z I couldn't not put this one up!!! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:06:38 EST Countdown to Christmas 2018 Hello there. <BR> I know this is awfy late to start, but there's still a few days . . . <BR> <BR> So Monday 17th - <BR> On our first day of countdown, my suggestion is for you <BR> Some Strength Training which you know you can do! <BR> <BR> Tuesday 18th - <BR> And our second day of countdown will be once more <BR> Some more Strength Training, doesn't need to be on the floor! <BR> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:04:07 EST A Birthday A-to-Z I don't know how well this'll work, but let's give it a try anyway :) <BR> <BR> A - Affectionate phone calls from the family :) Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:47:52 EST National Days Apparently today is Lemonade Day! <BR> <BR> That's a good one for a hot summer's day - if anyone is having one of those? Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:54:11 EST "Summer" A to Z I know we're nearing the end of summer - but it's not gone yet. So let's celebrate it witha Summer A to Z before we fall into autumn :) <BR> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:48:53 EST The 30-Day Limited Mobility Challenge! This is a new calendar challenge from SP. <BR> I thought I'd give it a try seeing as my arthritis and other things are (relatively) quite bad just now. <BR> I'll report in daily. <BR> <BR> Does anyone fancy joining me? Thu, 3 May 2018 17:43:49 EST A "Plant" A-to-Z A - asparagus Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:52:31 EST A "Motherly" A - Z I so hope this is more straightforward than the Spring/Easter alphabet! <BR> <BR> A - active Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:33:11 EST Healthy Habits - Consol 1 & 2 - w/c 11 & 18 March Sorry to be so late - a flu relapse last week and have been struggling to get things done :( <BR> <BR> Let's try to build some healthy streaks. <BR> <BR> We've had 5 weeks adding in a new goal each week. <BR> So now, we'll have a couple of weeks consolidation before we start with some new goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK 6 CONSOLIDATION - TEMPLATE <BR> <BR> w/c Sunday, 11 March <BR> <BR> Water - drink at least 5 cups per day <BR> Sun . . . Mon . . Tue . . . Wed . . . Thur . . . F... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:35:10 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - w/c 4 March w/c Sunday, 4 March <BR> <BR> Water - drink at least 5 cups per day <BR> Sun(8) <em>248</em> Mon(8) <em>248</em> Tue <em>248</em> Wed <em>248</em> Thur <em>248</em> Fri <em>248</em> Sat <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Fruit &amp; Veg - at least 1 piece of fruit, and 1 vegetable each day - <BR> Sun(5) <em>248</em> Mon(5) <em>248</em> Tue <em>248</em> Wed <em>248</em> Thur <em>248</em> Fri <em>248</em> Sat <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Sleep - at least 6 hours as your main sleep of the nig... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 17:12:52 EST National Day of . . . March <BR> March 1st <BR> National Minnesota Day <BR> National Dadgum That’s Good Day <BR> National Fruit Compote Day <BR> National Horse Protection Day <BR> National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day <BR> National Pig Day <BR> <BR> March 2nd <BR> National Banana Cream Pie Day <BR> National Old Stuff Day <BR> National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) – If on Weekend, Moves to Closest School Day <BR> National Speech and Debate Education Day – By Annual Resolution <BR> National Employee ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 18:41:15 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - w/c 25 Feb w/c Sunday, 25 Feb <BR> <BR> Water - drink at least 5 cups per day <BR> Sun <em>91</em> Mon <em>91</em> Tue <em>91</em> Wed <em>91</em> Thur <em>91</em> Fri <em>91</em> Sat <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Fruit &amp; Veg - at least 1 piece of fruit, and 1 vegetable each day - <BR> Sun <em>551</em> Mon <em>265</em> Tues <em>210</em> Wed <em>370</em> Thur <em>474</em> Fri <em>368</em> <em>265</em> Sat . . . <BR> <BR> Sleep - at least 6 hours as your main sleep of the n... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:18:02 EST A Spring / Easter A - Z A - April Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:13:17 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - w/c 18 Feb w/c Sunday, 18 Feb <BR> <BR> Water - drink at least 5 cups per day <BR> Sun <em>91</em> Mon <em>91</em> Tue <em>91</em> Wed <em>91</em> Thur <em>91</em> Fri <em>91</em> Sat <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Fruit &amp; Veg - at least 1 piece of fruit, and 1 vegetable each day - <BR> Sun <em>265</em> Mon <em>265</em> Tues <em>69</em> Wed <em>267</em> Thur <em>258</em> Fri <em>265</em> Sat <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> Sleep - at least 6 hours as your main sleep of the night/day - <B... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:15:19 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - w/c 11 Feb w/c Sunday, 11 Feb <BR> <BR> Water - drink at least 5 cups per day <BR> Sun <em>274</em> Mon <em>274</em> Tues <em>274</em> Wed <em>274</em> Thur <em>274</em> Fri <em>274</em> Sat <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Fruit &amp; Veg - at least 1 piece of fruit, and 1 vegetable each day - <BR> Sun <em>258</em> Mon <em>265</em> Tues <em>289</em> Wed <em>368</em> Thur <em>265</em> Fri <em>474</em> Sat <em>291</em> <BR> Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:16:00 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - w/c 4 Feb w/c 4 Feb <BR> <BR> Water - 5 or more cups per day - <BR> Sun <em>248</em> Mon <em>248</em> Tues <em>248</em> Wed <em>248</em> Thur <em>248</em> Fri <em>248</em> Sat <em>248</em> Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:00:45 EST Build a Streak - Practice Days Let's try to build some healthy streaks. <BR> <BR> I'll post a weekly challenge for a few weeks.. <BR> We'll do 1 challenge each week - but add in the following week as an extra challenge, and also to be a "work in progress" that's actually going to count for something. And so on. <BR> <BR> I think maybe 5 weeks of cumulative challenge. <BR> Then just go with those 5 challenges for a further few weeks. - maybe 3 or 4? <BR> And then we can start a new set of 5. <BR> We can then ignore the pr... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:51:26 EST National Day of . . . February <BR> february-overview/ <BR> <BR> February 1st <BR> National Texas Day <BR> National Get Up Day <BR> National Baked Alaska Day <BR> National Freedom Day (Freedom From Slavery) <BR> National Serpent Day <BR> <BR> February 2nd <BR> Bubble Gum Day – First Friday in February <BR> National Groundhog Day <BR> National Heavenly Hash Day <BR> National Wear Red Day – First Friday in February <BR> <BR> February 3rd <BR> National Missing Person Day* <BR> Nationa... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:23:38 EST Healthy Habits - Round 1 - 1 Feb For the rest of this week - through to Saturday, the Spark Week - let's drink our water! <BR> Let's get 5 or more per day :) <BR> We'll do this again next week :) <BR> <BR> Thursday: <em>248</em> 8 cups <BR> Friday: <em>248</em> 8 cups <BR> Saturday: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:20:58 EST The 30-Day JumpStart Your WorkOut Challenge I re-started this one today. <BR> <BR> Well, in fact, I signed up for it yesterday - but it was after 11.00 pm, and I wasn't starting a workout at that point !!! <BR> <BR> So for Day 1 I have just completed 3 x 12 each of - <BR> - Dumbbell Chest Press <BR> - Dumbbell Lateral Raises <BR> - Dumbbell Hammer Curls <BR> - Dumbbell Shrugs <BR> - Dumbbell Flys <BR> - Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extensions. <BR> <BR> I didn't use any dumbbells - I'll get some exercising in and get my joints more ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:49:37 EST National Day of . . . December As a FlyBaby - I'm just jumping straight back in!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> December 19 <BR> National Hard Candy Day <BR> National Oatmeal Muffin Day <BR> <BR> December 20 <BR> National Sangria Day <BR> Mudd Day <BR> <BR> December 21 <BR> National Maine Day <BR> National French Fried Shrimp Day <BR> Crossword Puzzle Day <BR> Humbug Day <BR> Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day <BR> Winter Solstice – Day Between December 20 and 23 <BR> National Flashlight Day – Day of Winter Solstice <BR> Nat... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:53:52 EST A Christmas A-to-Z "Away In a Manger" Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:51:27 EST Top of the Hour - Week 6 TOH6 <BR> Agsin borrowed from my friend. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Chair swivel: Sitting in your swivel chair with your back straight and feet hovering just off the floor, place just your fingertips on the edge of your desk. Contract your core and use your abs to twist slowly to the left and then the right. Try for 10 twists to each side, three times at the top of the hour. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Take the stairs or take the long way from point A to B. Or just take a quick walk up and down the hallway... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:23:15 EST National Day of . . . October October 21st - <BR> <BR> National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day <BR> National Reptile Awareness Day <BR> National Sweetest Day – Third Saturday in October <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>view/ </link> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:08:29 EST Top of the Hour 5 This is from a colleague in another team - <BR> <BR> Sunday: Head roll - to combat a stiff neck rotate your head from side to side, forward and backward for 30 - 40 seconds. <BR> Monday: Leg pull - Put your right hand on the inner right knee and your left hand on the inner side of your left knee. Try pushing your arms out while pushing your knees in, keeping your back straight for intervals of 10 seconds, 4-5 times. <BR> Tuesday: Upper body twist - Cross one leg over the other, grasp the t... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:01:49 EST Top of the Hour 3 & 4 - Sun 8 to Sat 21 October <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Top of the Hour Challenge - <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 of a suggested exercise - every hour, on the hour (or more frequently if you wish). <BR> OR <BR> 2 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 should take roughly 2 minutes, if you work strongly with good form. <BR> So, not too much for folk at work. And helps with the advisory that we should take a regular break from the desk or the computer, or the chair. <BR> <BR> These exercises on the list can all be modified to s... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 16:38:33 EST Top of the Hour 2 - Flexibility - Sun 1 to Sat 7 TOH 2 - Flexibility <BR> <BR> Please take this slowly and carefully. Don't try to do a bigger movement than your body is able and willing for. <BR> <BR> Sun: Shoulder Circling - slowly, forward and back. <BR> Mon: Wrists - circling left and right, flexing forward and back. <BR> Tues: Waist - circling, pretend you're hula-hooping. <BR> Wed: Knees - Seated Leg Extensions, both right and left. <BR> Thur: Ankles - circling left and right, flexing up and down. <BR> Fri: Fingers &amp; Toes -... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 16:58:27 EST Top of the Hour 1 ~Strength~ Mon 18 to Sat 23 Sept TOP OF THE HOUR <BR> If you don't know one of these exercises or stretches - go to the top menu bar, "LEARN", scroll down to "FITNESS", click on "FITNESS LIBARY", "Core Exercises" or "Exercise Finder: Muscles Worked". <BR> Click on a pic to see how it's done. <BR> <BR> TOP OF THE HOUR - STRENGTH TRAINING <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 of a suggested exercise - every hour, on the hour (or more frequently if you wish). <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 should take roughly 2 minutes, if you work strongly with good form. ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:48:02 EST Team Bonus Points Please add your daily bonus points here. <BR> <BR> I really need to get back to earning Team Bonus Points - haven't done it since before it was disappeared! Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:41:33 EST The 30-Day Small Changes Challenge For those choosing this Challenge - please feel free to use this thread and let the rest of us know how you're getting on! Sat, 13 May 2017 16:07:26 EST The 30-Day Better Nutrition Challenge For those choosing this Challenge - please feel free to use this thread and let the rest of us know how you're getting on! Sat, 13 May 2017 16:05:36 EST The 30-Day Fit & Fiber-Full Challenge For those choosing this Challenge - please feel free to use this thread and let the rest of us know how you're getting on! Sat, 13 May 2017 15:59:27 EST Small Successes 30-Day Challenge Sponsored by Pam! For the next 30 days, you'll learn easy, fun, family-friendly strategies that support good nutrition, lower-fat cooking and healthy living habits right at home. <BR> <BR> A new Challenge! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:37:05 EST The 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge You've made the appropriate changes to your diet, started a fitness routine, celebrated the first few pounds falling off, but then, suddenly, the scale stops moving. Sound familiar? When the scale refuses to budge, it can be easy to get discouraged and throw in the towel. But it is important to stay the course, no matter what the scale says. Throughout the next 30 days, we will work to bust through that plateau and discover the healthy individual inside! Today's task is to share a little bit ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:48:53 EST The "Find 10" Challenge Sally - never let it be said . . . . <BR> I hope this is far enough up the page for everyone to notice :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:47:16 EST The "Find 10" Challenge A couple of us have joined up for this SP challenge - will you join us? <BR> <BR> We can use this thread to keep in touch about it :) Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:43:20 EST Olympics Challenge - Week 4 - 11 Sept to 17 Sept This week we're doing our own thing. <BR> For LifeStyle, do your own thing OR concentrate on Nutrition Tracking. <BR> <BR> Scoring - <BR> Exercise: the minutes you do each day. <BR> LifeStyle: 10 points for trying. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:49:07 EST Olympics Challenge, Week 2 - 28 Aug to 3 Sept WEEK 2 <BR> <BR> Sun: ST - Rowing; LifeStyle - Me Time (15 minutes). <BR> Mon: Cardio - Knees High; LifeStyle - Me Time (15 minutes). <BR> Tue: ST - Weight Lifting; LifeStyle - Portion Size (check for each meal/snack). <BR> Wed: Cardio - Cycling; LifeStyle - Portion Size (check for each meal/snack). <BR> Thu: ST - Riding/Squats; LifeStyle - Portion Size (check for each meal/snack). <BR> Fri: Cardio - Volleyball/Jumping; LifeStyle - Portion Size (check for each meal/snack). <BR> Sat: Cardio -... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:02:34 EST Olympics Challenge, Week 2 Sunday <BR> <BR> Strength Training (Rowing) <BR> Me Time Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:24:50 EST Olympics Challenge - Week 1 Saturday through Wednesday <BR> <BR> My Exercise: 10 + 10 + 0 + 30 + 56 = 106 <BR> Drinking My Water: 10 x 5 = 50 <BR> <BR> Team Exercise: 0 + 106 = 106 <BR> Team LifeStyle: 0 + 50 = 50 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:28:47 EST Olympics Challenge - Week 3 - 4 Sept to 10 Sept OLYMPIC CHALLENGE WEEK 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun: ST - (Hurdling) hip abductions and hip adductions; LifeStyle - Smile. <BR> Mon: Cardio - (Judo) Balance; LifeStyle - Smile. <BR> Tue: ST - (Table Tennis) Biceps Curls; LifeStyle - Smile. <BR> Wed: Cardio - Gymnastics, Dance; LifeStyle - Read/Comment on a Blog. <BR> Thu: ST - (Handball) Side Bends; LifeStyle - Read/Comment on a Blog. <BR> Fri: Cardio - Shadow Boxing; LifeStyle - Read/Comment on a Blog. <BR> Sat: Cardio - SP KickBoxing Video; Life... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:06:48 EST Olympics Challenge - Information Now that the main Olympic Games are over, though we still have the Paralympics to come - <BR> please join me in some Olympics-based activity. <BR> <BR> I've worked out some daily exercise stuff that is, sort of, linked to various Olympic activities and events. <BR> <BR> For the remainder of this week, we'll just concentrate on the basic Athletics activity - running. And for folk like me, I'll be doing this as walking. <BR> <BR> For the next few weeks, though, I'm going to challenge us to s... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:59:40 EST Money Jar Challenge - What Are You Saving For? I don't know yet. <BR> <BR> But I'd really like to get hubby away for a long weekend somewhere. But we would both have to be able to relax. <BR> His relax, currently, is coming home from his Mum's so he doesn't have to do everything and isn't so stressed. <BR> His relax, currently, increases my work loads and stress levels! <BR> <BR> However, Mum is going into a home in a couple of weeks, so hubby won't be on call - his sister's turn. She is in Edinburgh and has made the home in Edinburgh ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:08:09 EST Money Jar Challenge - July 2016 Here's an idea from other teams, amended, to save for your personal rewards. <BR> <BR> Just jump in any time to this one, but it'd be fun to get some feedback. <BR> <BR> Basically, this is about saving pennies towards rewarding ourselves. <BR> <BR> Some teams use our Spark points earned daily. <BR> The other option is Exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> If you decide to go by your Spark points - put by one penny per Spark point at the end of your day. <BR> If you decide to go by Exercise minutes ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:54:55 EST Hi Hi, Introduced myself with long description but can't find it posted anywhere. Fiance is a Mckendrick, we are planning a Scottish wedding. <BR> What is the 5% challenge? Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:52:24 EST I'm new So glad to find this team, There is Scottish in my family and my fiance is a McKendrick which is a Sept of the McNaughton Clan. Jim's dad came over from Cambuslang. I hope this qualifies me to be here. We are planning a Scottish wedding. Kilt, piper, the whole works. just a matter of find i Scottish minister or someone who will follow the tradition. Our vows come from Scotland tradition. Really excited.. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:26:25 EST Mini Daily Challenge 21 - Monday 18 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Minimum 10 minutes Walking - in addition to what you have planned, if possible. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:28:21 EST Mini Daily Challenge 22 - Tuesday 19 April Strength Training - Core <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Dumbbell Side Bends Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:26:59 EST Mini Daily Challenge 23 - Wednesday 20 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Minimum 10 minutes Dancing Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:07 EST Mini Daily Challenge 24 - Thursday 21 April Strength Training - Lower Body <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Seated Leg Extensions Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:23:19 EST Mini Daily Challenge 25 - Friday 22 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Minimum 10 minutes Walking - in addition to what you have planned, if possible. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:21:57 EST Mini Daily Challenge 26 - Saturday 23 April Strength Training - Upper Body <BR> <BR> Minimum 2 x 12 Dumbbell Shrugs. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:20:03 EST Mini Daily Challenge 27 - Sunday 24 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Minimum 10 minutes Trampolining, or Rebounding <em>549</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:18:01 EST Mini Daily Challenge 28 - Monday 25 April Strength Training - Core <BR> <BR> Plank - either as is or modified, straight or side, whatever. <BR> <BR> I'll not put a time on this one - just do what you can :) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:15:38 EST Mini Daily Challenge 29 - Tuesday 26 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Minimum 10 minutes Walking - in addition to what you have planned, if possible. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:10:43 EST Mini Daily Challenge 30 - Wednesday 27 April Strength Training - Lower Body <BR> <BR> Minimum 2 x 12 Lying Leg Curls Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:07:40 EST Mini Daily Challenge 20 - Sunday, 17 April Strength Training - Upper Body <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Wrist Curls with dumbbell. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:21:40 EST Mini Daily Challenge 19 - Saturday, 16 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Stairs or a hill - try for at least 10 minutes, extra to what you have planned for today. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:20:28 EST Mini Daily Challenge 18 - Friday, 15 April Strength Training - Lower Body <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Calf Raises with chair. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:18:59 EST Mini Daily Challenge 17 - Thursday, 14 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Walking again - try for at least 10 mins in addition to whatever you have planned. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:17:40 EST Mini Daily Challenge 16 - Wednesday, 13 April Strength Training - Core <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Back Extensions. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:16:13 EST Mini Daily Challenge 15 - Tuesday, 12 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Skipping or jump rope. <BR> Try for 10 minutes extra to what you intended for today. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:14:56 EST Mini Daily Challenge 14 - Monday, 11 April Strength Training - Upper Body <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Seated Rows - with dumbbells or resistance band, if possible Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:08:03 EST Mini Daily Challenge 13 - Sunday, 10 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Walking - again, try for 10 minutes *in addition* to what you have intended for today. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:06:01 EST Mini Daily Challenge 12 - Saturday, 9 April Strength Training - Lower Body <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 Standing Abductions <BR> PLUS <BR> 2 x 12 Standing Adductions Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:04:23 EST Mini Daily Challenge 11 - 8 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Swimming. <BR> And if you can't get to the pool - do this on dry land! <BR> I learned to do breast stroke when I was wee, by lying on my tummy along the piano stool LOL Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:56:56 EST Daily Mini Challenge 4 - 1 April Strength Training - CORE <BR> <BR> Minimum, 2 x 12 Crunches <BR> <BR> Seated, reverse, with twists, whatever variation. <BR> Even make this part of a Core workout. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:48:39 EST Daily Mini Challenge 5 - 2 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Minimum, 10 minutes walking. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:44:52 EST Daily Mini Challenge 6 - 3 April Strength Training - Lower Body <BR> <BR> Minimum, 2 x 12 Squats. <BR> <BR> Any kind - free-standing, weights, wall slides, whatever. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:43:59 EST Daily Mini Challenge 7 - 4 April CARDIO <BR> <BR> Minimum - 10 minutes cycling. <BR> <BR> On a bike outside, on a stationary bike indoors, lying on the floor (or elsewhere) on your back . . . Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:42:19 EST Daily Mini Challenge 8 - 5 April Strength Training - Upper Body. <BR> <BR> Minimum, 2 x 12 Shoulder Presses. <BR> <BR> Seated or standing. <BR> With weights, bands or however else. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:40:13 EST Daily Mini Challenge 9 - 6 April Cardio <BR> <BR> Minimum - 10 minutes walking. <BR> Try to make this extra to your plan for today. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:38:13 EST Mini Daily Challenge 10 - 7 April Strength Training - Core <BR> <BR> Minimum 2 x 12 Russian Twists, or similar. <BR> <BR> Just get that waist turning, without upper body going with it (or lower body, depending). Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:35:41 EST Daily Mini Challenge 3 - 31 March Cardio <BR> <BR> Jumping Jacks <BR> <BR> Straight or modified. <BR> If you've a problem (like me) in doing more than about 30 seconds at a time - add these onto the beginning or en, or both, of a 10 minute walk. Just so it can count for your day's exercise. <BR> Remember, Cardio, needs to be at least 10 minutes at a time to count - but it doesn't have to be all the same cardio exercise! <BR> So, some walking or cycling or swimming or something, interspersed with jumping jacks of some sort ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:22:19 EST Daily Mini Challenge 32 - Friday 29 April Strength Training - Upper Body <BR> <BR> Minimum 2 x 12 Lateral Raises (biceps) <BR> <BR> On their own, or make this part of a UB workout. <BR> As is, or with weights or with belts of any other way. <BR> Seated or standing. <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 takes 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the effort you're putting in. <BR> You might slow down as you continue through and beyond 2 x 12, that's fine. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:15:51 EST Daily Mini Challenge 31 - Thursday 28 April Cardio - <BR> <BR> 10 minutes walking. <BR> Try to make this in addition to what you were going to do today. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:10:47 EST The 9th Day of Christmas Day 9 - 3 January <BR> <BR> On the 9th day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: <BR> Do some detailed dusting; <BR> Clean down some more woodwork; <BR> Grab yourself some me-time :) <BR> Get out for a walk; <BR> - Cook something nice! <BR> Yet another load of laundry; <BR> Do some grocery shopping; <BR> Wipe down the bathroom; <BR> And keep dancing round your Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> Choose a room. For detailed dusting you need to life things and dust them, and dust the surface beneath... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:02:37 EST The 8th Day of Christmas Day 8 - Saturday, 2 January <BR> <BR> On the 8th day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: <BR> Clean down some woodwork; <BR> Grab a friend for chat time; <BR> Get outdoors for walking; <BR> - Cook something nice! <BR> Another load of laundry; <BR> Check your shopping lists; <BR> Wipe down the bathroom; <BR> And then dance around your Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> Some more of getting yourself and your home ready for this New Year. <BR> I'm intending to start with the woodwork in my front h... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:20:14 EST The 7th Day of Christmas On the 7th day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: <BR> Grab a friend for chat time; <BR> Go out for a walk; <BR> - Cook something nice! <BR> Do another load of laundry; <BR> Update your menu planning; <BR> Wipe around the bathroom; <BR> And all dance around the Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> Phone a friend or relative that you aren't in touch with regularly - if nothing else, you can wish them a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> 7 points per call. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:12:01 EST The Fourth Day of Christmas Day 4 - 29 December <BR> <BR> On the fourth day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: <BR> Strip your bed for washing; <BR> Get it remade for bedtime; <BR> Wipe round the bathroom; <BR> Then dance around your Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> Strip your bed, air your bed, then remake your bed with lovely fresh linen, in nice time for a New Year without leaving everything till the last minute. <BR> 4 points per minute for stripping the bed, and later for making the bed up. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:47:21 EST The 5th Day of Christmas Day 5 - 30 December <BR> <BR> On the 5th day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: <BR> Cook something nice! <BR> Do some of your laundry; <BR> Re-check the fridge; <BR> Wipe down the bathroom; <BR> And dance around your Christmas tree! <BR> <BR> 5 points per minute for prepping fresh produce. <BR> And 5 points per laundry/fridge/bathroom/dancing. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:42:24 EST The 6th Day of Christmas Day 6 - 31 December <BR> <BR> On the 6th day of Christmas my good friend said to me: <BR> Go out for a walk; <BR> Cook something nice. <BR> Sort out your laundry; <BR> Re-check the fridge; <BR> Wipe down the bathroom; <BR> Then dance all around your Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> Get out for a walk - a wee bit of rain or snow shouldn't keep you indoors. <BR> More than a wee bit of rain or snow? Map out an indoor route! My sitting room fireplace through to the kitchen sink and back to the firep... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:38:42 EST The Third Day of Christmas Day 3 - Monday, 27 December <BR> <BR> On the third day of Christmas, my good friend said to me: "Check out the fridge, wipe round the bathroom, then dance all round your Christmas tree." <BR> <BR> Sort through any left-overs and stuff, and give the inside of the fridge a good wipe down. <BR> 3 points per minute. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:05:20 EST The Second Day of Christmas Day 2 - Sunday, 27 December <BR> <BR> On the second day of Christmas my good friend said to me: "Go and scrub the bathroom, then dance round your Christmas Tree!" <BR> <BR> Do some good old cleaning, start getting ready for a New Year. <BR> 2 points per minute. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:59:43 EST The First Day Of Christmas Day 1 - Saturday, 26 December <BR> <BR> On the first day of Christmas my good friend said to me: "Go dance all around your Christmas tree!" <BR> <BR> Dance around while you make your Boxing Day Dinner! <BR> ! point per minute! Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:51:54 EST Advent Countdown - Day 6 Sunday 6 December <BR> <BR> 5 minutes - Lateral Raises <BR> Basic, with dumbbells, with bands . . . with difficulty (that's for me)! <BR> <BR> Points: 6 point per minute Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:38:42 EST Advent Countdown - Day 7 Monday 7 December <BR> <BR> Smile - you have no idea how much it can help you and your body - or how much it can affect other folk! <BR> Smile - to folk in the street - to folk in the bus queue - to folk on the lift - to folk in the shop - just smile, smile, smile. BUT please, BE SAFE. <BR> The reactions you get can be amazing. Even if it is just the other person thinking "What on earth . . . ?" <BR> <BR> Points: 7 points per person smiled to/at! Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:35:51 EST Advent Countdown - Day 8 Tuesday 8 December <BR> <BR> Eat with the Onion family. <BR> Onions, obviously! Brown, red, white, yellow - whatever <BR> Leeks, Garlic, Chives, Spring Onions, Shallots, Salad Onions . . ; whatever you call any of these things! <BR> <BR> Points: 8 points per type, doesn't matter how much or how little. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:32:16 EST Advent Countdown - Day 9 Wednesday 9 December <BR> <BR> 5 minutes of Crunches. <BR> Any kind, any modification - whatever works for you, and whatever you can manage. <BR> <BR> Points: 9 points per minute. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:28:49 EST Advent Countdown - Day 10 Thursday 10 December <BR> <BR> Blogs - read and leave a comment. <BR> It doesn't need to be a big comment - even just an emoticon to acknowledge the blogger and their blog. <BR> <BR> Points: 10 point for each blog read and commented on. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:24:26 EST Advent Countdown - Day 11 Friday 11 December <BR> <BR> Red Fruit and Vegetables - and please tell us what you ate, maybe give other folks some ideas :) <BR> <BR> Points: 11 points per different type. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:13:14 EST Advent Countdown - Day 12 Saturday 12 December <BR> <BR> 5 minutes of Jumping Jacks. <BR> However and whenever during the day - modified or otherwise - whatever you can manage. <BR> <BR> Points: 12 points for each minute. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 15:10:25 EST Advent Countdown - Day 2 Wednesday, 2 December <BR> <BR> Eat your greens - fruit as well as veg. <BR> <BR> Score: 2 points for each different kind. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:07:43 EST Advent Countdown - Day 3 Thursday, 3 December <BR> <BR> 5 mins of Squats - any kind you fancy, or can manage. Respect your own limitations. <BR> <BR> Score: 3 points for each minute. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:05:15 EST Advent Countdown - Day 4 Friday, 4 December <BR> <BR> Sleep. We're advised to aim for 7 to 9 hours per night (or per main sleep time, for folk on shifts). <BR> <BR> Score: 4 point for each hour. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:03:26 EST Advent Countdown - Day 5 Saturday, 5 December <BR> <BR> Eat some orange fruit and veg. <BR> <BR> Score: 5 points for each type. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:01:13 EST Advent Countdown - Day 1 Tuesday, 1 December <BR> <BR> Drink your water - as much as you can or need. <BR> <BR> Score 1 point for each cup/glass. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:57:37 EST A - Z of Giving Thanks Simple A-Z as our American friends approach Thanksgiving. <BR> I'll start with A. Next person start with B. And so on. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:02:41 EST A Tour of Scotland's Castles - Exercise Minutes Gearing up - getting ready - starting very soon - - - Tue, 8 Sep 2015 16:30:22 EST A Tour of Scotland's Castles - Info & Links Coming very soon! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 16:24:50 EST Hiya Hiya everyone, <BR> <BR> I have moved to Scotland about a year and a half ago and loving it here. Still getting used to the difference in lifestyle and finding hobbies to do. I figured losing weight and being able to discuss with like minded people could only be positive. :) Sun, 21 Jun 2015 03:35:09 EST Lifestyle - Something Different Today Friday 22 May - <BR> <BR> Get your sleep tonight. <BR> From going to sleep tonight through to waking up/getting up time tomorrow - try to get 7 - 9 hours. <BR> <BR> Too much is as bad as too little! <BR> In different ways, too little sleep and too much sleep have similar effects. Cotton wool brain, tiredness, inability to concentrate, fuzzy thinking . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday 23 May - <BR> <BR> Me Time <BR> Give yourself some attention. <BR> You need to make sure you are functioning... Fri, 22 May 2015 18:36:54 EST hi all Im from Glasgow but live in south lanarshire and haven't been on here in ages, Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:52:44 EST Jan, Feb, March, April 2015 Chat Time I hope everyone has been having some pleasant celebrations. <BR> Another couple of days relaxing till we start Walking in Scotland again. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:43:37 EST Walking Round Scotland - the exercise numbers This is where we'll post our daily exercise minutes's. <BR> <BR> Please show your own number. <BR> Then the running total. <BR> <BR> You'll see what I mean once we get started. <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:19 EST Walking Round Scotland - the info and links Walking Round Scotland. <BR> <BR> Starting this coming Sunday, that being the beginning of a Spark Week, I am going to be posting a route, of sorts, plus links for info, for us to tour Scotland. <BR> <BR> It's all about exercise. <BR> 1 exercise minute = 1 mile of "walking". <BR> <BR> We'll start in Edinburgh. <BR> So, if you would like to kick-start yourself for this challenge - please start exercising now to get yourself to Edinburgh. <BR> But don't worry if you don't quite get here - we... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:56:45 EST Team Bonus Points Please note your November team bonus points here. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:49:32 EST November and December 2014 Chat Time Hello there - another month gone already! <BR> Take care that none of the family binges on the Halloween treats or whatever comes next. <BR> For us it's Guy Fawkes, so bonfire night and fireworks, usually with associated food! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:47:56 EST Nutrition - Something Different Today Hello there - this is similar to the new topic for Exercise. <BR> <BR> Something to eat or drink daily - or to avoid eating or drinking daily. <BR> Join in, and somebody different can suggest the food or drink. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:00:40 EST Exercise - Something Different Today Hello, my friends. <BR> This is a new idea for us. <BR> <BR> I'll suggest an exercise for tomorrow. <BR> Then someone else can suggest something for Thursday. And so it can go on. <BR> <BR> If there's no new suggestion, I will either nominate somebody, or I'll provide a second day.'s exercise and nominate somebody to proceed from there. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:53:31 EST Exercise For Today This is a new idea for the team here. <BR> <BR> I'll suggest an exercise for tomorrow. <BR> Someone tomorrow should set an exercise for Thursday. Otherwise I'll nominate somebody. <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:42:17 EST Extreme Work outs Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Looking for some information and advice. <BR> <BR> Been thinking about attempting some of Shaun T extreme workouts. Considering the Hip Hop abs and T25 workout. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has ever tried these before and what their views were? Does the weight stay off? The commercials look good (but they always look good) but would like different opinions. <BR> <BR> Kind regards <BR> <BR> Audrey Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:17:23 EST September & October 2014 Chat Time Hello, and happy September. <BR> <BR> I'm just watching a TV programme about Britain's National Parks. <BR> This particular episode is about the Loch Lomond National Park, vis-a-vis opening a gold mine. <BR> I'm just watching the last few moments - I'll come back in a few minutes. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:57:47 EST September 2014 - Daily Challenge Tuesday, 30 September - <BR> Beans, pulses, legumes - for fibre and for a load of nutrients. <BR> 10 points per helping. <BR> <BR> Monday, 29 September - <BR> Me time - I bet you thought I'd forgotten about this <em>246</em> <BR> 10 points for 10 minutes, plus 1 point per extra minute. <BR> <em>266</em> <em>292</em> <em>376</em> <em>218</em> <em>335</em> <em>76</em> <em>414</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, 28 September - <BR> Dance! <BR> 10 points for 10 minu... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:37:51 EST Describe What You Can See From Your Window. As the season starts to turn from Summer to winter, the view from 1 specific window can change amazingly. <BR> Take 2 different windows, and the change can change amazingly. <BR> <BR> So, please describe what you can see from your window. <BR> Make 2 different posts to describe the view from 2 different windows, if you can be bothered - or describe from each window alternately. <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:17:35 EST August & September Team Bonus Points Post your Team Bonus points for August 2014 here. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:09:12 EST August 2014 - Daily Challenges New format <BR> <BR> All the challenges will be here, so you'll need to come back to the beginning to see what we're doing each day. <BR> <BR> Monday, 18 August - <BR> Crunches. <BR> At least 2 x 12, whatever kind you wish. <BR> 10 points for the 2 x 12, plus 5 points for each further 12. <BR> <BR> Sunday, 17 August - <BR> Eating carbs. <BR> There's an increasing body of opinion saying that carbs should be eaten in moderation, and should be balanced by some protein. <BR> This is particular... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:06:55 EST Thursday, 31 July Last challenge for July - <BR> <BR> Write down here 3 achievements during July that have made you proud. <BR> <BR> 10 points Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:30 EST August 2014 Chat Time Happy August, friends! <BR> <BR> Well, when it comes! <BR> I'm a bit previous for once - just trying to get stuff sorted while I have a wee bit spare time! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:03:24 EST What Tartans Might Be In Your Family? A new thought - everyone here has Scottish roots. <BR> So, without necessarily digging too deeply, what tartans, what families or clans, do you think may be involved in your family tree? <BR> <BR> Please - 1 post per tartan or name. <BR> Let's be able to take in the information. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:09 EST Wednesday 30 July Wednesday 30th - <BR> <BR> Cycling. <BR> <BR> For real, stationary, recumbent, on your back on the floor - whatever. <BR> <BR> 5 points per 5 minutes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:07:57 EST Tuesday 29 July Tuesday 29th - <BR> <BR> Eat some onion! <BR> Or shallots, or leeks, or garlic, or spring onions (green tails, I think, or scallions) <BR> Red onion, white onion, brown or yellow. <BR> It doesn't matter! <BR> Just get them into your meals. <BR> <BR> There's so much good in all the vegetables in the onion family that they really should be on a daily basis, at least. <BR> <BR> 5 points per tablespoon chopped onion, or equivalent. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:03:58 EST Monday 28 July Monday 28th - <BR> <BR> Take the dog for a walk! <BR> If you don't have a dog, grab a friend and have some fun. <BR> <BR> I used to do this with the 3-year-olds at PlayGroup. <BR> Walk round the room pretending you have a dog on the lead. <BR> After a few circuits of well-behaved canine - your dog turns frisky. Pulls and tugs you around. <BR> After a few circuits - your dog behaves, but you are a giant taking giant strides. <BR> And so it goes on. <BR> You can pick up your pooch and ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:20:14 EST Sunday 27 July Sunday 27th - <BR> <BR> Eat some oily fish! <BR> Get that Omega-3 etc today. <BR> <BR> Salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and sardines are the main 5 that count as oily fish. <BR> However, if you are taking tinned fish - don't count the tuna. Apparently the canning process loses those good fats! <BR> Also, be careful not to eat fresh tuna more than once a week (it may be up to 2 weeks now, I'm not sure) - they are testing out with high levels of mercury due to pollution from rivers and run... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:34 EST Saturday 26 July Saturday 26th - <BR> <BR> Dancing! <BR> <BR> On you own, with the kids (or the dogs), whatever. <BR> Music or video or DVD. <BR> <BR> Just get yourself moving. <BR> <BR> 10 points for 10 minutes. <BR> 1 point per minute thereafter. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:16:54 EST Friday 25 July Friday 25th - <BR> <BR> Clean the bathroom tiles. <BR> <BR> 5 points per 20 tiles <BR> <BR> And remember to add this to your daily fitness as cardio. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:17 EST Thursday, 24 July Challenge 26 (yesterday) would have been - <BR> <BR> Deep Breathing <BR> <BR> Give yourself a couple of 5 minute breaks and concentrate on your breathing. <BR> Be aware of taking the air in, filling your lungs - count to 4 as you breathe in. <BR> Then slowly exhale. Get rid of the breath, get rid of the used air. Count to 5 as you breathe put. <BR> Do this slowly. Stop if you feel dizzy at all. <BR> <BR> It is a good thing to breathe out for longer, to get rid of some of the trapped ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:11:38 EST Wednesday 23 July - Challenge 17 Wednesday Challenge 17 would have been - <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 crunches. <BR> Doesn't matter what kind. <BR> <BR> 10 points per 2 x 12. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:07:26 EST Tuesday 22 July - Challenge 16 Challenge 16 would have been - <BR> <BR> Recommit to Water! <BR> <BR> 8 cups per day. <BR> 1 point per cup. <BR> 5 points per cup over the 8 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:05:46 EST Tuesday, 22 July Challenge for Tuesday - <BR> <BR> Re-commit to Drinking Your Water <BR> <BR> 1 point per cup up to 8 <BR> Plus <BR> 5 points per cup after 8 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:43:45 EST Monday 21 July - Challenge 15 Challenge 15 <BR> <BR> Me Time <BR> <BR> 5 minutes for 5 points. <BR> Thereafter, 1 point per 5 minutes Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:04:35 EST Sunday, 20 July - Challenge 14 Challenge 14 <BR> <BR> Eat so e raw vegetables today. <BR> Salad, snacks, nibbles, munchies, main meal . . . <BR> <BR> 5 points per vegetable. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:58:27 EST Saturday, 19 July - Challenge 13 Challenge 13 <BR> <BR> SMILE. <BR> <BR> Smile to as many folk as you pass during the day - in the street, in the lift/elevator, on the stairs, in the bus queue, on the train, in the supermarket. <BR> But STAY SAFE - there are times when eye contact is not a good thing, let alone a random smile. <BR> <BR> 5 points per person! <BR> And please enjoy the reactions <em>224</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:56:39 EST Friday, 18 July - Challenge 12 Challenge 12 <BR> <BR> Cardio - at least 10 minutes or 2 lots of 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5 points per 5 minutes. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:53:49 EST Thursday, 17 July - Challenge 11 Challenge 11 <BR> <BR> Eat some beans or legumes. <BR> Baked beans, dried beans soaked and cooked, tinned beans, lentils. <BR> <BR> 5 points per kind. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:50:24 EST Wednesday, 16 July - Challenge 10 Challenge 10 <BR> <BR> Pelvic Floor Exercises. <BR> Maybe it's called kegel exercises? <BR> <BR> Here in the UK we get given this exercise when we're pregnant, and women suffering from stress incontinence may be given it by a physiotherapist. <BR> It's the exercise where you pull everything "down under" right in, make your belly button meet your spine, like trying to stop urinating in mid-stream. <BR> <BR> 2 ways of doing this - <BR> 1. Pull it all in, hold for a count of 20 or 30, rela... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:43:01 EST Tuesday, 15 July - Challenge 9 Challenge 9 <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 (or more) lateral raises. <BR> <BR> 1 point per raise. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:41:45 EST Monday, 14 July - Challenge 8 Challenge 8 <BR> <BR> Sorry, I've managed to miss a few days of life. <BR> I'll post the missings, anyway. <BR> <BR> Eat something green - fruit and veg. We are so NOT going to count mouldy bread or cheese <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 5 points per green, plus 1 point per other colour Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:40:01 EST Daily Challenge Scores Please do not post here. <BR> <BR> JULY TEAM TOTAL (at 10/7) - 144 <BR> <BR> INDIVIDUAL TOTALS (at 10/7) - <BR> CMFARRELL: 71 <BR> -COURT-: 65 <BR> GATSBY: 08 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:15:58 EST Sunday 13 July - Daily Challenge Sunday 13 July - Challenge 7 <BR> <BR> Measure your waist, and elsewhere. <BR> 5 points for each place measured and recorded Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:37:15 EST Saturday 12 July - Daily Challenges Saturday 12 July - Day 6 <BR> <BR> Eat something orange in your fruit and veg. <BR> 5 points per each orange thing, plus 1 point for each other colour. <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:35:48 EST Friday, 11 July - Daily Challenge Friday, 11 July - Day 5 <BR> <BR> 2 x 12, or more, Oblique Stretches - 1 point per left and right. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:32:54 EST Thursday, 10 July - Daily Challenge Thursday 10 July - Challenge 4 <BR> <BR> 5 minutes Me Time for 5 points. <BR> Extra 1 point for every extra 5 minutes of Me Time to a total of 5 extra points. <BR> So maximum will be 30 minutes, 10 points. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:31:22 EST Wednesday 9 July - Daily Challenge Wednesday 9 July - Challenge 3 <BR> <BR> Eat an apple, or a pear. <BR> If you can't tolerate either of these, take an extra portion of fruit for today. <BR> <BR> 5 points. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:29:33 EST Tuesday 8 July - Daily Challenge Tuesday 8 July - Challenge 2 <BR> <BR> 2 x 12 squats or more - 1 point per squat. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:28:01 EST Monday 7 July - Daily Challenge Sorry to be so late posting this - do you ever find that you blink and suddenly it's 2 days later? <BR> <BR> Anyway - I'm going to post several days at a time, just in case you need to forward plan or change your shopping slightly! <BR> <BR> And let's score us some fun points! <BR> Theses aren't official, remember, just fun. <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:22:35 EST July 2014 Chat Time Well, today I did some different exercise. <BR> <BR> I was out with a friend this morning, and we did 5 minutes with her hula hoops. I have to admit, I got more exercise bending and picking the thing up than I did from the proper activity! And we had a good laugh. <BR> <BR> So this afternoon, I decided that my Strength Training today should be core, building on the hooping. <BR> And instead of doing the seated core video I've done a few times recently, I checked out the individual exercise... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:58:35 EST Scottish Castles I Have Visited (or Heard Of) A <BR> B - Braemar Castle, Aberdeenshire; Brodick Castle, Arran <BR> C - Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfriesshire; Culzean Castle, Ayrshire <BR> D - Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire; Drumlanrigg Castle, Dumfriesshire; Dumbarton Castle <BR> E - Edinburgh Castle <BR> F <BR> G <BR> H <BR> I - Inveraray Castle, Argyll <BR> J <BR> K - Knock Castle, Aberdeenshire <BR> L - Loudoun Castle, Ayrshire (just along the road from me) <BR> M <BR> N - Noltland Castle, Westray in the Orkney Islands <BR> O <BR> P <BR> Q... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:18:25 EST June 2014 - Daily Challenges Sorry I'm a bit late posting this - my server failed at some point Saturday/Sunday and I wasn't getting mail, or able to do much. However, the Internet was still working, so I was able to catch up with a load of mails that were received prior to about midday or so on Saturday. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink your water. <BR> 2. Smile to folk, even if you don't know them - but stay safe too. <BR> 3. Eat an apple ((or a pear, if you already do a daily apple). <BR> 4. 10 minutes of different cardio. <BR> 5.... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:53:04 EST June 2014 Chat Time Well, June started sunny-ish here, but was drizzle by midday, and heavier rain during the afternoon. Unfortunately it was also quite warm - not a pleasant combination, as far as I'm concerned. <BR> Today has been dull, breezy, cooler - maybe I'll be able to sleep tonight without the fan?! Hubby would certainly be happier - I can almost hear the mental meter ticking. Not that I bother, being more interested in being comfortable and getting a decent sleep! <BR> <BR> What's the weather doing wh... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:29:03 EST June & July - Team Bonus Points This thread starts for Sunday, 1 June, and will become the sticky topic to replace the May team bonus points. Sat, 31 May 2014 18:14:40 EST Carbs v Cals I was brought up to believe that milk was one of the best things for you, especially for good bones, teeth and nails. <BR> <BR> But over recent years, I've been learning about a lot of potential health issues with cows' milk. <BR> <BR> One of these is nasal. <BR> Another is that cow milk is actually bad for the bones, leeching the bone density. So for folks facing osteoporosis - don't follow the commonly accepted assumption that more cow's milk will help. <BR> But a new one to me is for... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:46:17 EST Somewhere in Scotland - A to Z we've mentioned (2) Annbank <BR> Barlinnie <BR> Caerlaverock Castle <BR> Dalry <BR> Eskdalemuir <BR> Faslane <BR> G <BR> H <BR> I <BR> J <BR> K <BR> L <BR> M <BR> N <BR> O <BR> P <BR> Q <BR> R <BR> S <BR> T <BR> U <BR> V <BR> W <BR> X <BR> Y <BR> Z Fri, 23 May 2014 17:52:59 EST Somewhere in Scotland Where I Have Been Annbank, Ayrshire <BR> Braemar, up north <BR> Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfriesshire <BR> Dalry, Ayrshire <BR> Eglinton Park, Ayrshire <BR> Fairlie, Ayrshire <BR> Glasgow <BR> Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire <BR> Inveraray, Argyll <BR> Johnstone, Ayrshire <BR> Kirkcudbright, Dumfriesshire <BR> Lincluden, Dumfries <BR> Mmoffat, Dumfriesshire <BR> Nith, river in Fumfriesshire <BR> Onthank, Kilmarnock <BR> Patna, Ayrshire <BR> Quarter, Lanarkshire <BR> Rockcliffe, Dumfriesshire <BR> Southerners-upon-S... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:47:49 EST May's Daily Challenges I'll put up a list within the next few days, but for now - <BR> <BR> Thursday, 1 May - drink your water, 6 or more glasses of pure water. Only additives would be fresh lemon or lime, slices or juice, or cucumber slices. Thu, 1 May 2014 18:27:23 EST May 2014 - Chat Time Didn't get out today, bur I managed walking around the house, and an upper body workout Thu, 1 May 2014 18:23:29 EST May - Team Bonus Points Thursday - 2 Thu, 1 May 2014 18:21:57 EST April's Daily Challenges This is something I do with some other teams - set a wee daily challenge. <BR> Feel free to do them all, or to join in with what you can, or even to swap things around to suit. But please also - come back and tell us how things are going! <BR> <BR> Daily challenges for the rest of April - <BR> <BR> 12. Walking - at least 10 minutes extra. <BR> 13. Menu Planning - do you or don't you? And why? <BR> 14. Have a portion of beans today - or a portion of something different like nuts or seeds. <B... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:06:39 EST Bonus Points - April 2014 1 - just right for April Fool's Day <em>246</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:21:58 EST April 2014 Chat Time Sorry - I meant to set this last night, ready for today! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:53:04 EST My Exercise Today . . . . SuzyWingWong says she is needing a kick start to get going again. <BR> <BR> We're probably all in a similar position, to a greater or lesser extent. <BR> Sometimes a bit if accountability can work wonders. So a brief report here? I know this is one way that helps me to ensure that I get some proper exercise done! <BR> <BR> Let's be creative here - activity as well as exercise. <BR> For example, half an hour preparing fresh veg for the dinner, or stirring the pan of whatever, going up and do... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:58:16 EST Workout Music What helps you to get up and move? <BR> Do you use music to help you, or do you prefer just to get on and get done? <BR> <BR> I've just started looking through my CDs to check for tracks that make me move. <BR> Top of the list has to be The Proclaimers' "I can walk...." <BR> But has anyone heard of the Dave Clark Five? Their track "Bits and Pieces" is a great stomp too. <BR> There are some Eric Dodge tracks that would do for something like line dancing, so they'll work for me. <BR> And then ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:25:23 EST March 2014 Chat Time Welcome to March - already! <BR> <BR> My hope for this March - to get over this year's lurgy/lethargy and get on with stuff! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - went grocery shopping with hubby with vouchers for 2 shops. <BR> We got our shopping done, got hone, got the bags and boxes in from the car, put stuff away, made lunch. <BR> Then a couple of hours ago, I discovered that a load of the shopping has been left on the hall table. <BR> Oh well, who ever said that decluttering would be easy? I just reckon t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:17:48 EST Fruit & Veg, and Recipes Did you manage any fruit today? <BR> Did you manage some vegetables today? <BR> <BR> We are no longer at 5-a-day. <BR> We apparently need 3 to 5 helpings of fruit each day. <BR> Plus - <BR> A further 5 to 8 helpings of vegetables. <BR> <BR> Now, I reckon I do pretty well. And certainly that I do better than a lot of the community out there. Where I live. <BR> But to get jumped from 5 of fruit and veg to even just 3 fruit and 5 veg daily - that's a lot. <BR> <BR> Food packaging has only fai... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:27:28 EST Bonus Points for the Team Are you aware of the potential for earning bonus points for the team? <BR> <BR> You may have seen stuff about this, in various places. <BR> What I do daily, once I have got enough points for my own spin of the bonus wheel, and taken that spin, I go to my "Start" page. On the very left hand side (on my screen) there appears a wee rectangular box with a triangular red pennant flag at the bottom. This offers up to 5 spins for team bonus points. <BR> Click on that red flag, and a sort of menu o... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:45:29 EST Somewhere in Scotland - where we've been (1) Ayr, Aviemore, Annan, Aberdeen, Ardrishaig, Auchterarder, Auchenxairn, Annbank <BR> Broughty Ferry, Blackwood, Balado, Bute, Balfron, Burntisland, Bannockburn, Barlinnie <BR> Catrine, Culloden, Croy, Culross, Campbeltown, Crail, California (nr Falkirk), Caerlaverock Castle <BR> Dornoch, Dundee, Dalrymple, Dunfermline, Dollar, Dunning, Drumnadrochit, Dalry <BR> Easterhouse, Ecclefechan, Edinburgh, Eaglesham, Elie, Ellon, East Neuk <BR> Falkirk, Fairlie, Fortingall, Falkland, Forfar, Findhorn,... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:38:02 EST Placebos This is another new field prompted by a team member. <BR> <BR> Please come and comment. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:05:55 EST Music and Dancing Thanks to Janet for this idea. <BR> <BR> Janet is into the Corries. <BR> I love the Proclaimers. <BR> We both love Rabbie Burns. <BR> <BR> Trying to keep this relative to Scotland - what music do you enjoy? <BR> <BR> Have you ever done Scottish Country Dancing? <BR> Or any other dancing? Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:45:44 EST Horizon placebo Saw this programme on TV last night. Got me wondering if a placebo can be effective even when we know it is a dummy, could we manage to persuade ourselves that the first drink of water, tea, coffee, whatever, of the day would help us to stay on our diets. I've decided to give it a go and see if I can make it work for me. After all, anything that helps has to be good. <em>38</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:43:18 EST Scotland A-Z, Places Used Sorry - wrong thing in the wrong place Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:00:41 EST Scottish Music and Dancing Between watching Scottish movies/miniseries and reading about Scotland, I have become interested in its music and dancing. The one group I know about is The Corries, whose music I was introduced to during a tour in 1999. Their music is GREAT, I think, and much of it makes me want to get up and move! Which I really need to do! Do any of you do any country dancing? Are there organized groups in your area? Does dancing help you find fun in exercise? Are you aware of any exercise videos fe... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:44:30 EST What's Your Weather Today? Just a thought! <BR> The weather can be so variable - and localised too! Scotland just seems to get a bit of everything - and sometimes it's all within the space of a few hours <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, what was YOUR weather like today? Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:59:20 EST February 2014 Chat Time Hi there, welcome to a new day, a new week, and a new month! <BR> Well, new week if you take part in the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Hubby arrived home last night, eventually, together with grocery shopping - most of it on sell-by. <BR> My head is full of concrete cotton wool with this flu - so menu planning is not happening easily! <BR> Fortunately hubby is very good at being aware of what is oldest, in the fridge. <BR> I don't have much of an appetite, which isn't helping the situation. I sh... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:54:56 EST St Valentine's Day, 2014 Well hello there. <BR> We're going to have a LIVE chat here, on this topic, on Saturday 15 February, to celebrate St Valentine's Day. <BR> Live chat on line here, in this topic, starting from 11.00am Eastern time or 4.00pm here in the UK. <BR> <BR> Put it in your diary or get it onto your calendar. <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:24:05 EST A - Z Somewhere in Scotland! Fun game - each person takes the next letter of the alphabet as the initial letter of somewhere in Scotland. <BR> <BR> Easy start for me - <BR> A - Ayr <BR> <BR> Next person to play - somewhere beginning with B Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:47:39 EST Checking in Haven't been here for a long long time. i am at very difficult time in my life but i need to look after myself for various reason <BR> <BR> Just saying hello Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:43:11 EST Celebrations In January, apart from birthdays or anniversaries or stuff - Burns Night. <BR> <BR> I'll be going to a ceilidh on the Friday evening, organised at church. <BR> What about you? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:02:21 EST Where in Scotland? Please post a message here any time. <BR> Say where in Scotland you live, or come from. Or where you live and why you are in this Scottish team. <BR> <BR> I know most of you have done all this fairly recently. But please bear with me as I try to improve the site. <BR> I'd just love to have an updated team list that was only folk who want to still be part of the team. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:58:36 EST Welcome To The Team Hi there, <BR> <BR> A huge welcome to recent new members. <BR> Sorry I can't welcome you "personally" but I can't access your personal pages to leave a "welcome" post. <BR> <BR> Please come and introduce yourselves to the team, and join in with some of the activities. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:40:38 EST January 2014 Chat Time Here's a topic to drop in to whenever, share what's happening, enjoy each other's good times, give yourself the chance to rant . . . whatever! <BR> <BR> I look forward to "seeing" some of you here, and maybe getting to know each other a bit better. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:21:46 EST Happy Events I hope this will be a fun topic. <BR> Is there a birthday, a wedding, a birth, a graduation, a promotion, an engagement, a special anniversary? <BR> Please let the team know - it's great to share! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:29:05 EST Birthday Party <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> A Virtual Party, for my Big 6! <BR> <BR> Sunday, 22 September, from about 7.00 pm BST (so 2.00 pm Eastern). <BR> Come and chat, live, if you can. <BR> The party will go on for a few hours - I've also invited the calling All Goonies team! So, a truly international party with at least <em>665</em> and <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be providing fruit and vegetable nibbles, soft drinks, and a big pot of Scotch Broth, just in case the w... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:51:42 EST My Goal This Week Great idea from LYNNLULU, in her topic "what sort of a week have you had". <BR> <BR> I see she set herself a goal of eating no crisps, for a week, then skipping for 5 minutes each evening for a week. <BR> How did you get on, LynnLulu? <BR> <BR> I'm a Team Leader in the Summer 5% Challenge (an 8-week weight-loss challenge with different mini-challenges each week). Our mini challenge this week is to use a smaller plate for all daily meals (apart from food that uses a bowl) - no piling, no se... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:23:31 EST Fife Spark Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Have been around on Spark People for some time, though I never quite got into it. So now I'm back and ready to go! <BR> <BR> A combination of living with PCOS & having had umpteen unhelpful GPs, I find myself back here :) <BR> <BR> Nyxxi7 <BR> (Jill) Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:24:01 EST Hello from across the pond! Hi! I've just joined this team. I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA (born and raised) but I would love to go to Scotland one day! One of my bucket list dreams is to be fit enough to hike the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way. And then there is learning to horseback ride so I can ride through the Highlands! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:09:00 EST Introduction Hello all, <BR> <BR> My birthplace is Montreal but the story is i was conceived in east kilbride. <BR> My family tree is Glaswegian. <BR> <BR> Talk to you later. <BR> <BR> Ta <BR> <BR> OLOG Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:32:10 EST New in SP New Feature: Calorie Ranges Based on Fitness Tracking <BR> <BR> Message: Tomorrow Sparkpeople plans to launch a much-requested change to your Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of our members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. <BR> <BR> <BR> st=new_feature_calorie_ranges_based_on <BR> _fitness_tracking <BR> <BR> Sorry - you'll have to copy and paste that l... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:37:03 EST Family, History, and Local Information Hi there! <BR> <BR> Are you into genealogy, family trees, family history? <BR> Do you come from Scotland, but now live elsewhere? <BR> Would you like to know more about your roots, no matter where you live now? <BR> Would you like to know more about a particular area in Scotland? <BR> Do you have favourite recipes for local produce? or can you actually buy local produce? <BR> <BR> I'm sure that, with all the members in this team, we could help each other to some extent. <BR> If you have a q... Tue, 14 May 2013 16:12:29 EST A Day Out Let's (virtually) get together and have a day out. <BR> Is there somewhere special near you that you would like to take us, let us get to know about? <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:25:38 EST Virtual Party Are we up for a party? <BR> I'll host the first one, here in Newmilns, near Kilmarnock. <BR> <BR> We decide on a day and time. I'll say what refreshments I'll provide. You join in and say what you'll bring. <BR> Then on the day/time - we try to remember to comment here, maybe even get a live conversation happening! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:18:20 EST Helpful service offered by my GP practice I am feeling optimistic today, after a diet-related appointment with the practice nurse at my local GP's. She had asked me to keep a diary for a week of everything I ate and she went through each item I wrote, suggesting many healthier alternatives. For example quorn fajiita strips are good, but I was undoing the good work by eating them with big blobs of mayo and she suggested salsa instead. And I shouldn't be eating nearly such big portions of pasta and other carbs in the evenings. There we... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:46:35 EST Its Going To Get Breezy It looks like Scotland is going to get a bit of a battering today. With 80mph winds, blizzards and rain forecast. They reckon the central belt could see gusts up to 100mph. <BR> <BR> Time to batten down the hatches i think. <BR> <BR> Stay safe everyone. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 05:04:51 EST New Co Leader Saying Hi. Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the team. <BR> <BR> My name is Frank and i have been on and off the Spark for a while.So far i reckon i have lost about 40 pounds. But this is still not nearly enough. <BR> <BR> I have just had my request accepted to become one of the teams co leaders and would really like to see this team become active once again. <BR> <BR> Please post a quick hi to this message so i can start to get to know you all. Als... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:36:59 EST Hello Everybody Just thought i would pop up and say hello to everyone. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 07:28:20 EST Fife Lass here ... Hiya all.... Im Kerry, Im back for the second time, sparkpeople were my saviours 2 years ago and helped me loose almost 4 stone, but old habits came back and i've gained almost 2 stone again :( so im back but this time its for permenant changes, i was at my happiest when i lost the weight last time and i want to be that woman again.... so here goes .... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:30:53 EST hi from Glasgow I live in East Kilbride but was born in Canada, i am 41 years old and was widowed 11 years ago after my first husband David was killed in an accident 6 months after we where married, i met my second husband Paul and we married three years late in 2002 but last August 2009 he left me for someone else, my scrapbooking and card making is pulling me through it but i am still hurting but hopefully things will be sorted out and i can get on with my life. i have lost nearly 4 stone so that's a step ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:27:42 EST National Team's "Tea in the Park" Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I see the UK MAIN team have a tea in the park this weekend - looks like it's been happening for a year or more. <BR> <BR> Does anyone here in Scotland fancy organising or attending a local cuppa? <BR> I'm in Newmilns - so Ayrshire, parts of Lanarkshire, and south side of Glasgow are all in the frame, as far as I'm concerned. <BR> Also, my MIL lives in Crail, so I could potentially turn up for a cuppa up in Fife, depending on when. <BR> <BR> I'll volunteer myself to orga... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:57:40 EST Hi from the Highlands HI <BR> <BR> I posted an introductory message but my computer seems to have eaten it, so apologies if it arrives twice. <BR> <BR> I am Millie-Milou and I live about 20 miles out of Inverness in an old farm cottage. I moved here in Feb this year and its my first stay back in Scotland since my 20's when we lived in Fife, where I was born. Parents in the forces ripped me from my native homeland and took me to Singapore, Norway, Germany, Hong Kong, South Arica and Norfolk. <BR> <BR> Last year ... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:29:36 EST All or nothing!!!!! in the Highlands Hi I am Lorraine and live in the Highlands of gods country with my husband our wee doggie archie and fluctuating amounts of children as we foster, found this page while looking at all the deliver to your home diet plans(wow wot a price!!) and decided that I would give this a bash looks great so fingers crossed here goes today is day 1 <em>249</em> <em>43</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:02:10 EST Hello All Hi All Scotland's Brightest Sparks, Its great to know you are all out there. My name is Fiona and I live in bonny Perthshire with my 8 year old daughter. I got engaged last year to my partner of 6 years. I am studying for a Psychology degree with the Open University at the moment which is really wonderful for my brain, so thought I'd better do something for the body too hence joining this. <BR> <BR> I have around 2st to lose, mostly because I want to look better in clothes, feel fitter and h... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:09:57 EST new to SP and team Hello :) <BR> <BR> My name is Lola, I am new to Sparkpeople and to the team. I am 25, from Glasgow and have 2 stone I would like to lose. The main thing I want to do is tone up and hopefully the scales will move in the right direction at the same time! <BR> <BR> I can start to lack motivation pretty quickly when it comes to exercise and diet but as this site tracks everything and I work well with goals I think it stands a chance of actually working! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is getting on ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:48:14 EST Hi Everybody I'm Sharron, I live in Edinburgh, UK <BR> I am just starting on my weightloss journey, my goal is to lose as close to 78lbs over the next year. <BR> My cousin has asked me to be her MAID OF HONOUR at her wedding in March 2012 <BR> I am focussed & ready to do this. <BR> Wish me luck Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:07:34 EST LA > GLA Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Amy, I'm 41 years old, originally from Louisiana but now in Glasgow, Scotland. I'm married and I have one lovely 10-year-old stepdaughter. I have no children of my own, partly because I've been obese pretty much my whole life. It makes me sad that I've waited so long to take control of my weight but I've decided there's no point in looking back and there are plenty of other good reasons to get the weight off. <BR> <BR> I'm really not fixated on the number on th... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 06:19:33 EST Yet another new member post Hello, my name is Stephanie (although I go by Kyrina enough online) and I am a 30 year old graduate student at University of Glasgow. I've used Sparkpeople before and have lost weight on it but I fell out of using it and regained a lot of the weight. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've moved quite a few times. Since it's a new year and I'm in what's still a new city for me, I wanted to try to start over again. I'm under a semi-desperate urge to try to find a workout partner so I can have a bit of soc... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:44:25 EST Which Diet? Hi, I just wondered what diet everybody is following? I am going it alone on Slimming World after stopping classes in Nov last year. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:01:41 EST New Member 2011 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Carole and I have just joined. I am 52 years old, married with no children but have three boxer dogs. I work for Sky TV. I live in West Lothian in Scotland. <BR> <BR> I lost some weight at the back end of 2010 but need to get back to it so I was glad to find this site. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting new people here with similar goals and hopefully helping some too <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:42:13 EST Wii Fit Challenge Anyone up for this? Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:16:39 EST HI I'm a new member Hi, I just joined Sparkpeople yesterday and wanted to say hello. I was born and brought up in Aberdeen and am looking to lose around 50 pounds in total. I also want to live a healthier lifestyle and just look after myself really. The website is great with so much advice and encouragement in the various articles, and it's free!! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 10:40:29 EST Hello All......u anyone there? Hellos to all. I am a new sparker, 38, married, mom, and a big reader and beach-walker. Don't live in Scotland, but hope to visit some day. (LOL, I am of Scottish/Irish heritage....but so is everyone else it seems like.) <BR> I'm looking for a buddy if anyone needs one. I've got A LOT of weight to lose. <BR> OH and by the way....could someone please tell me how many pounds a 'stone' is? Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:25:44 EST Where in Scotland? Hi, l was wondering where in Scotland everyone is from or if you don't live here your connection with Scotland? <BR> <BR> I live in Ayrshire. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:23:04 EST What's in a name? A little game - using each of the letters in your Sparkpeople user name think of positive terms to describe yourself. <BR> To start here's mine: <BR> D - Dedicated <BR> I - Inspired (by the great folks here on Sparkpeople) <BR> S - Sincere <BR> N - Never give up <BR> E - Enthusiastic <BR> Y - Yearning (to maintain my weightloss) <BR> P - Practical <BR> A - Accepting <BR> R - Romantic <BR> I - Interested (in getting fitter and healthier) <BR> S - Smiling <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 03:35:17 EST ANYONE IN SCOTLAND FOR FITNESS BUDDY?? hiya its to find out if anyone on the team stays in scotland and near to south lanarkshire as i want to really try and get healthy and get a buddy near me that can go you on walks or cycles with me thanks <em>244</em> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:55:31 EST TIPS AND MOTIVATION HINTS Hy there as i said before this is the thread to post your healty tips for anything to help you lose weight or stay focused on your goals , my tip is to listen to your favourite music to help you stay positive , if you have any tips for the team put them here thanks , <em>209</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:17:50 EST New member saying hello Hi! Joining under the category of people who have a soft spot for Scotland. I live in the US but am totally infatuated with Scotland so thought I'd join this team and soak up a little Scottish culture. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 01:08:30 EST Hello My name is Gretchen. I'm 30, and I'm from Tampa, Florida. I've been living in Glasgow in Scotland for the past 3 1/2 years with my husband. I've lost 13 lbs so far and have at least 77 more to go. I have a few things that are motivating me right now but I'm always looking for more because I'm not stopping till i get there. Then I can set new goals. I'm also trying to lose weight so I can get pregnant. Don't have much control over that at the moment so I'm concentrating on losing weight as it'... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:14:23 EST Another newbie reporting for duty! Well hello there!! <BR> <BR> My name's Susanna but you can call me Susie. :) I'm a 20-something young professional living & breathing the fresh Scottish country air. <BR> <BR> I'm new both in this group and in SP (well, I did make a feeble attempt a few years back...:P). Now I'm here to start afresh and make a big change! <BR> <BR> Looking forwards to knowing you all! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:49:25 EST What sort of week have you had I'm new to sparkpeople and can't manage on every day, so updating my spark pages and analysing my week, I wondered how everyone else got on. <BR> <BR> I've had a great week, I only began my healthy eating/weight loss plan on Sunday 8th August 2010. <BR> <BR> My inspiration was walking up Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh (over 800 feet). Not quite a mountain, but the sense of achievement I got when i finally reached the top, was amazing. <BR> <BR> I realisied: <BR> 1...I'm so unfit, I felt like I... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 15:24:36 EST middle aged and overweight Not only has it been raining all day, but I'm 45, 30 lbs overweight, having a mid life crisis, stressed out all the time and suffering from insomnia. <BR> <BR> My confidence is at an all time low, I'm shunning social events because of the way I look and feel, and I'm tired all the time. <BR> <BR> I've been on every diet under the sun, but always end up putting it all back on. <BR> <BR> Looking for some motivation and inspiration from my Scottish Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Lynn <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 15:56:29 EST Moving to Scotland Hello Everybody! <BR> <BR> I was hoping to get some information from anybody who can help. I am seriously considering moving to Scotland (in particular Edinburgh) in the next couple of years. <BR> <BR> My dad is from Forres, and as I've always wanted to live overseas I thought that Scotland would be the best place. At this stage I'm not sure whether I want to study there or just work. <BR> <BR> I was wanting to get some opinions from those who are born and bred as well as expats from Aus... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 01:37:30 EST Needing a weight-loss buddy Hi, so...I've been having a bit of difficulty keeping up consistency with my diet and exercise since the start of the summer and my thesis writing. I was hoping to maybe get a buddy in the area to help keep me motivated? I'm in Glasgow... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:09:14 EST Got a Question. This has nothing to do with weight loss, I just want your replys. Do you think it's stupid for grown women age 40-50+ to still swoon over the Bay City Rollers? I do. As a teen I was a huge fan of the BCR but at 47 I think I'm too old for such foolishness. Look at this site. <link> </link> Wed, 7 Jul 2010 23:08:37 EST American living in Dalkeith Hiya! <BR> I'm an American working for a study abroad program near Edinburgh called WI in Scotland. I studied abroad here and in Dublin while I was a student and just graduated with a BA in International Journalism. I'm contemplating a post grad degree at Stirling as I would love to live here long term but having trouble finding a legal way to do it. Darn immigration. :( <BR> <BR> Look forward to chatting with you all! <BR> Tabby Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:03:34 EST Scotland here we come Our family is leaving for Scotland first two weeks in July. Been in Victoria BC for over 20 years. Last time home was about 12 years ago. <BR> <BR> What do you think will be the biggest changes we will see. <BR> Going to Glasgow, East Kilbride and Clydebank. Mon, 31 May 2010 17:14:55 EST Urgent Help Needed! -- Shoe related question! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm going to a wedding in America in one weeks time and I'm struggling to find shoes to go with the dress I'm wearing. I think it's now too late to order online. Any ideas what colour/type?? I live in Glasgow and working all weekend so running out of time. <BR> <BR> Dress: <BR> <link><BR>servlet/prod_10001_10001_008010230233_<BR>-1?breadcrumb=Home~Women~Occasion+%26a<BR>mp%3B+evening+wear~Dresses </link> <BR> <BR> Any help would be a... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 05:50:22 EST Goal/Fitness buddy in local area [Kilsyth C/nauld] Hi team. i hope you are all doing well and full of motivation. <BR> I am kinda doing this on my own. I havent told my friends and the only one with a clue is my hubby. <BR> I deally i would love to have a fitness buddy in my area where we could go for walks and generally be there when the other one needs a little spur on. We all have thos "i cant be bothered" days. <BR> I work in Glasgow city centre and if there is anyone interested in meeting for a 30 mins walk and chat that woudl be... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 05:35:20 EST Cute T-shirt I think this t-shirt is so cute! This is the image on the t-shirt. Print it out using an iron t-shirt image kit from your local craft store and and Irion it on a white t-shirt. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d/t-shirt_angus_haggis_ye_say_lg.jpg </link> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:41:12 EST Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge Louisiana Here is a hyperlink to a Caledonian Society 1 hour away from Lafayette. We used to have a Caledonian Society but people could not get along so it split up into 2 groups and in one group some of the members wanted to just be a Mardi Gras crew and meet and take part in druid ceremonies and part of the group didn't want that so they split up. I left prior to the first split. I miss the Robert Burns Suppers and I'll never forget the year I was head of the hogmanay committee and MC of our celied... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:06:17 EST Ayrshirelassi Hi, I live in Lafayette, LA. My mom's maiden name was Rayburn and our Rayburn ancestors come from Dunlop in Ayrshire. I am clan Boyd, clan Gordon, Clan MacDonald of Sleat and Clan MacGregor. I am a great fan of Robert Burns <BR> <BR> "Wee sleekit cow'rin timrous beastie, <BR> O, what a panic's in thy breastie! <BR> Thou need na start awa sae hasty, <BR> wi' bickering brattle!" <BR> <B... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:12:09 EST Quotations Mother Teresa: <BR> To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson: <BR> We judge a man's wisdom by his hope. <BR> <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr.: <BR> We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. <BR> <BR> Pearl S. Buck: <BR> We must have hope or starve to death. <BR> <BR> Francois De La Rochefoucauld: <BR> We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. <BR> <BR> John F. Kennedy: <BR> We ... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:26:37 EST BRAIDED EASTER BREAD BRAIDED EASTER BREAD <BR> Ingredients : <BR> Serving this classic bread on Easter is a wonderful way to start an annual tradition. <BR> <BR> 2 pkgs. dry yeast <BR> 1/2 cup warm water <BR> 1/2 cup butter <BR> 3/4 cup milk <BR> 1/2 cup sugar <BR> 2 eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 1 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 5 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 6 soft-boiled, dyed eggs (nontoxic dyes only) <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 tsp. water <BR> <BR> Preparation : <BR> In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Meanw... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 18:55:41 EST Mother Day Poem: This Mother's Day poem acknowledges the essential contributions a mother makes to her children's lives. It's a mom poem that she will treasure. <BR> <BR> Without You <BR> <BR> Mom, without you, there would be no me. <BR> Your love, your attention, your guidance, <BR> have made me who I am. <BR> Without you, I would be lost, <BR> wandering aimlessly, <BR> without direction or purpose. <BR> You showed me the way <BR> to serve, to accomplish, to persevere. <BR> Without you, there would be an e... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:42:54 EST Help! Ordered "The Spark" from I pre-ordered "The Spark" from way back in December. Shortly after I was due to receive it, I got an email saying that they were having trouble meeting the demand and I would get it later...but now it's 2 months later and I still don't have it! <BR> Do any of you have the same problem? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Bekkie Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:28:57 EST What is with this Tom thing? I have no idea why you guys refer to your menstrual cycle as Tom? That is if that is what you are referring to? <BR> <BR> Is this a Welsh thing Nell? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 09:48:03 EST Help me with motivation Hi. I have been a member for awhile but seem to come and go quite frequently. Haven't lost any weight but haven't put any on either. This is my first post, and I hope joining this team will help me to stick to it and lose some of this weight before my 40th birthday. I'll try and get a pic up shortly. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 04:13:27 EST Happy 251st Birthday Rabbie Burns I dedicate this poem to celebrate Rabbie Burns birthday today! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favourites; <BR> <BR> A Red, Red Rose <BR> <BR> 1794 <BR> <BR> <BR> O my Luve's like a red, red rose, <BR> That's newly sprung in June: <BR> O my Luve's like the melodie, <BR> That's sweetly play'd in tune. <BR> <BR> As fair art thou, my bonie lass, <BR> So deep in luve am I; <BR> And I will luve thee still, my dear, <BR> Till a' the seas gang dry. <BR> <BR> Ti... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:17:03 EST Hi... I joined yesterday evening! <em>213</em> Hello everyone, My name is Carol and I stay in Sutherland. I am married and have four great kids. I have already lost 3 stone as I was diagnosed with gall stones back in September last year, and will be getting surgery in Raigmore on 20th January 2010. I still have 7st 6lbs to go and have set myself the goal by this time next year! Just want to get fitter and be able to have lots more fun with my family and friends. <em>224</em> looking forward to making some good friend... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:11:53 EST Hello Hi There I'm Heather Just joined today so rying to get used to this, I have a VERY VERY long way to go but I'm determined. Driking all this water is hard but been doing it a few days. Found this today seems really good for support. Get in touch. xx Wed, 13 Jan 2010 06:31:14 EST Canada versus America ~ Who Won ~ Dispute <BR> <BR> This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10-95. <BR> <BR> CANADIANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision. <BR> <BR> AMERICANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision. <BR> <BR> CANADIANS: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 05:53:37 EST Hi, I'm new. :) <BR> <BR> I'm Looking forward to chatting with everyone here. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 11:46:42 EST Kids....... What Will They Say Next? Kids - What Will They Say Next? <BR> .................................... <BR> Ketchup <BR> <BR> A mother was struggling to get the ketchup out of the bottle when the phone rang. She asked her four year old daughter to answer it. She heard her daughter say, "Mommy can't come to the phone. She's hitting the bottle." <BR> .................... <BR> Children and Childbirth <BR> <BR> The baby was coming way too fast so the paramedics were called. To make it worse, when they arrived, there was a ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:35:03 EST Happy New Year To All! Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:17:33 EST Dieting - New Resolutions (sorry could not resist) Dieting - New Resolutions <BR> <BR> 2006: I will get my weight down below 180 pounds. <BR> 2007: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200 pounds. <BR> 2008: I will develop a realistic attitude about my weight. <BR> 2009: I will work out 3 days a week. <BR> 2010: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR.......... <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:13:30 EST NEW YEAR COUNT DOWN! Click on the link as we say Goodbye to 2009 and Welcome 2010. Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:17:04 EST Hi yea. I thought I would join your wonderful team here because I am moving to Scotland in April and thought it would be nice to have support where I live and meet some people. <BR> So here is a big awesome Hello to you all. <BR> <BR> Shann Sat, 19 Dec 2009 10:17:56 EST Scots in England Hey new to this site, i'm a scot living in Warrington, England looking for some support, message me if you think you can be a buddy, you dont have to be living in England <em>20</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:58:27 EST Scotland: Map your run! (or walk!) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great site for mapping your walks, not only does it tell you how far you have walked (or run) but it saves it so that everyone else can enjoy your route too! <BR> <BR> It's also great for getting inspiration for your next outing!!! <BR> <BR> I've already mapped 2 runs! 1 in Edinburgh and the other in Kirkcaldy! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> (you may need to copy and paste the link into your web browser!) Sun, 8 Nov 2009 14:09:20 EST NOVEMBER GOALS NOVEMBER GOALS: <BR> <BR> WEIGHT: <BR> Weigh 230 by November 30th <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Strength Training 3X per week <BR> Mini-tramp 15 minutes daily <BR> 2 miles walking per day <BR> 3X Treadmill per week <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 08:55:26 EST Happy, Happy Birthday! Tomorrow (1st November) is my birthday, l'll be age 43. It will be the first birthday in over 15 years that my weight is within the healthy range for my height. I've still got another 7 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight of 129 lbs, those last few lbs will likely be very slow in coming off, but l will get there. Having lost 69lbs so far I'm so happy that l've managed to get this far. I know the real big challenge of maintaining my weight loss lies ahead, but l feel positive and determined ab... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 05:56:21 EST Into the 130s at last! Yay! - weighed myself this morning and l've lost another 2 lbs - I'm into the 130s (just!) at last - l now weigh 139lbs. Last time l weighed under 140lbs was way back when l was a student (over 20 years ago). <BR> <BR> Off on holiday today - staying in a log cabin in Callander - all packed, so looking forward to it. Sat, 10 Oct 2009 03:08:30 EST Heart rate monitor Does anyone have a heart rate monitor? Which one, how do you find it? <BR> <BR> I'm in the market for one! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 08:19:07 EST Food shopping I just moved to Glasgow to attend university a few days ago and already I'm struggling with groceries! I'm very used to Colorado shopping, where we have a hue farming community and therefore tons of fresh, organic fruits and veggies, buffalo meat, and American food brands, and so far here I'm struggling to find fruit at all or affordable veggies, much less organic stuff, and food that isn't premade or really high in fat and calories. I'm sure there are places to go, but I'm restricted to what... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 05:10:03 EST Fitness class in Stirling - FREE!!! There are some girls who are doing an Exercise to Music Assessment in Stirling at the Peak next Sat (all day) and Sun (9 - 1pm) We are supposed to have friends who can come along and supplement our classes since the min number is 8 but unfortunately my friends are all engaged on these two days. <BR> Is there anyone out there from the Stirling area who would like to attend a free class? Mine is at 1145 on Sun morning and my friends is at 4pm on Saturday. <BR> This is a great chance to see the ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 10:54:54 EST Sparkpeople store/shopping Have any of you in Scotland/UK bought anything from the sparkpeople store & had it shipped to the UK? If so, how much was the shipping? I emailed the sparkpeople store a while ago enquiring re shipping cost but l haven't heard back. <BR> Thanks for any replies. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 02:51:43 EST Hello everyone, newbie here! Hello everyone, saw this forum and thought this is just for me! <BR> <BR> I'm from Glasgow, but now live in West Lothian, Scotland. <BR> <BR> I've travelled all over the world, but just love it back home, despite the rain. <em>30</em> . <BR> Hope to make new friends online. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all of you. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 15:27:51 EST New to Sparkteam Hi all, new to Sparkteam so just introducing myself, I live in South Lanarkshire. <em>30</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:53:36 EST No Post Hi <BR> <BR> I havent been getting any post from Spark People for two days now so I am just visiting my teams to see if I can 'spark' the mail off again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading this Tue, 4 Aug 2009 06:10:37 EST Davina McCall's Fitness DVD I've just bought Davina's latest offering from her fitness DVD range. Had anyone else bought this? Do you use it? What did you think? Thu, 9 Jul 2009 04:35:44 EST 1,000 Steps I've decided to challenge myself to taking 1,000 steps per day. I'll wear a pedometer to keep track. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:54:09 EST a whole month of plateauing and then gain :0( I am distraught. I have been diligent with exercising and the diet. I have been exercising daily doing 6 miles on my cross-trainer plus using the gym-ball and the gym 3-per week. BUT I am not heavier than i was 15th June! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am back to 196 when I was 191..........and I am depressed. I cannot for the life of me think what it is. I eat absolutely NO junk food. I eat around 1250-1500 calories per day (do calorie shifting between the two) and I drink loads of water. <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:31:35 EST Where can I find fluid egg whites or egg product I've been trying to find fluid egg whites or fat free egg products here in Scotland, but haven't been able to. I've seen online stores that have it, but I would rather buy it from a real store. Do any of you know where I could get it? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help! <BR> Bekkie Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:01:35 EST Hi, Thought I would introduce myself Hi, I stopped smoking 9 months ago and started eating for scotland. I have put on 1 stone but Im cool with the new weight but I eat everything thats bad for me. I need help in sorting out my diet from fatty to healthy. Any tips would be brilliant <BR> Thanks Mon, 8 Jun 2009 06:12:43 EST Monarch of the Glen I have already sort of introduced myself in the General Forum section, but I just watched the last episode of "Monarch of the Glen" and just loved the show. That is one of the reasons I joined this team. I am in love with Scotland and wish I could visit it again. I went once, in 1999, and "visit" it again when I read Rosamunde Pilcher novels or watch shows such as this one. Any other fans out there?? Sat, 6 Jun 2009 00:44:09 EST Hello Just found your team. Living in Canada, but a Scot, none the less. Good luck to you all on your weight loss journey. <BR> <em>706</em> <em>636</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 14:34:21 EST Hello Sorry, I joined this team this afternoon but forgot to introduce myself. I am Nancy and I live in Dundee. Sun, 31 May 2009 15:10:28 EST Challange for June. Loose 5 lbs by 1st July. Sun, 31 May 2009 06:50:04 EST New in Edinburgh Hi, I'm Bekkie, a 24 year old German-American, and have been living in Edinburgh since December with my fiance. We will be moving to Dundee soon. I would love to find somebody in the area to chat/workout with since I haven't been able to meet a lot of new people here yet. Sat, 30 May 2009 11:05:48 EST Question for those of you who live in Scotland I will be travelling to Scotland in July. (YAY!!) <BR> <BR> One thing I really want to do is buy a mohair coat. I am quite sure I can find one in Edinburgh, but I assume prices there would be higher, especially during The Gathering (July) and The Festival (August). <BR> <BR> I will be all over the country, including down in Moffat, as well as Glasgow, Inverness, etc. <BR> <BR> My question is, where should I look for this item? I was thinking I could look in Edinburgh when I am there at ... Sat, 23 May 2009 17:34:46 EST Good morning, Team! Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a wonderful day! May we all be successful in our goal(s) for today (however large or small they may be). You guys are the best! <em>30</em> Fri, 8 May 2009 08:16:44 EST I'm going to need lots of good thoughts Saturday! Saturday, May 9, is the Savannah Scottish Games. <BR> <BR> How am I going to keep from eating pasties... clootie dumpling... and fried mars bars? <BR> <BR> Please... I need all the support I can get! Wed, 6 May 2009 09:17:13 EST challange for may. Loose 10 lbs in May. Fri, 1 May 2009 09:08:19 EST Just thought i would say hi... Just joined today. Quit the cigs now its time for the weight and the fitness. <BR> <BR> Just thought i would say hi... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 17:13:38 EST Scottish Games in Savannah The 33rd Scottish Games of Savannah will be held on May 9 at Bethesda Home for Boys. <BR> <BR> My husband and I will be manning the MacGregor (American Clan Greg) tent. <BR> <BR> Please stop by and say hello if you're in the area. I'd love to meet some Spark People! I'll be the lone MacDuff in a squall of MacGregors. <BR> <BR> It's a great place to take a long walk down by the marshside. The venue is really spread out so there is a lot of walking to be done. <BR> <BR> Not much in the... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 10:10:24 EST Good morning, everyone! Just wanted to pop in and say hello, and wish everyone a happy, successful day! <em>30</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:49:10 EST Anyone from Moray or nearby? Hi I joined at the end of January and have lost about 12lbs I think this is great but I would love to get to know anyone who lives nearby <em>252</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2009 12:18:14 EST Momisms! mom - isms --- things your mom said and how many times a day do you find yourself using one of these expressions? <BR> <BR> A little "birdy" told me! <BR> <BR> All I do is follow you around, picking up after you like some maid. <BR> <BR> Am I talking to a brick wall? <BR> <BR> Are you deaf or something? <BR> <BR> As long as you live under my roof, you'll do as I say. <BR> <BR> Beds are NOT made for jumping on. <BR> <BR> Call me when you get there, just so I know you're okay. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 09:45:55 EST Hi there - just landed..... A warm hello to you all <BR> <BR> I didnt know this group existed till a couple of minutes ago. I thought it was all Americans.......??? <BR> <BR> Anyway Iam finding SP wonderful to help inspire and motivate ME to lose the poundage I am carting around. <BR> <BR> Best wishes and good luck to you all Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:52:02 EST How much weight have you lost. Post how much you have lost in pounds and the next person does same and adds it to the last one and so on to get a team total. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 06:05:30 EST Does anybody fancy a challenge? It would be great to get this team a bit more active, so I thought, how about getting a challenge going so people can follow along and post progress? I was thinking something like losing 10 pounds and/or 1 clothing size by the first of May. What do people think, is anyone up for it and have any suggestions for what we should do? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 04:34:27 EST You were always on my mind! <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> Linda, <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy it! Just to let you know I am thinking of you and wishing you all the best! Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:59:27 EST Smile by Charlie Chaplin-YouTube <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a classic - I hope it brings a smile to your day! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 12:43:40 EST Welcomes Great to receive so many welcomes. I cannot keep up now with replying to each one as I have been inundated from the teams I have joined. I have now created a Spark page and you can find out more about me by visiting and reading both the intro and the blog. Once again, many thanks as it feels good to know that I am amongst friends. <em>304</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:50:07 EST Moving to Scotland Hi there! <BR> <BR> So. I'm currently living in Colorado in the US, but come September I'll be attending university in Glasgow to get my Master's degree. I'm really excited about it but since I'm pretty used to the food I can get here in Colorado, I'm a bit nervous about how this is going to affect my diet. Does anyone have any favorite foods or tips for food I might not be able to get here in the states that would work well with SparkPeople over in Scotland? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 18 Feb 2009 01:28:09 EST New to the forum Hello. I am a 54 year old male living in a quiet village near Falkirk. My hobbies include reading, surfing the internet, pottering around in the garden and my collie dog. I am disabled to the extent where my lifestyle is fairly sedentary although I can manage to do the mundane chores such as housework and cooking etc. but I have to use mobility aids for everything including a wheelchair for any distance travelling. I use an adapted shopping trolley in the garden and that enables me to sue... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:33:59 EST Rugby Match Feb 8th Scotland versus Wales Yeah Scotland! You go team! <BR> <BR> Oh Flower of Scotland <BR> <BR> When will we see your like again <BR> That fought and died for <BR> Your wee bit hill and glen <BR> <BR> And stood against him <BR> <BR> Proud Edward's army <BR> And sent him homeward <BR> To think again <BR> <BR> The hills are bare now <BR> <BR> And autumn leaves lie thick and still <BR> O'er land that is lost now <BR> <BR> Which those so dearly held <BR> <BR> That stood against him <BR> <BR> Proud Edward's army ... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 10:48:27 EST I hope you get a chuckle from Florida Paper <BR> <BR> “Senior” Personal Ads from Florida Paper (Who says Seniors Have No Sense of Humor?) <BR> <BR> FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim, 5&#8242;4&#8243; (used to be 5&#8242;6&#8243;), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus. <BR> <BR> LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shor... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 04:51:23 EST Longevity Longevity <BR> <BR> Winner of Reader’s Digest best joke: <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> An 82-year old man in West Virginia was asked by a reporter to what he attributed his longevity. The man replied, “Turkey hunting”. <BR> <BR> “Really? How old was your father when he died?” <BR> <BR> “Who told you he was dead?” <BR> <BR> “He’s not?” <BR> <BR> “No, he’s out turkey hunting now. He’s 102!” <BR> <BR> “That’s incredible! How old was his father when he died?” <BR> <BR> “Who told you Gr... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:45:32 EST Barbie for the "Over-40" Crowd <BR> Barbie ~ For the “Over-40&#8243; Crowd <BR> <BR> 1.) Bifocals Barbie. Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living. <BR> <BR> 2.) Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie’s bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead! With hand-held fan and tiny tissues. <BR> <BR> 3.) Facial Hair Barbie. As Barbie’s hormone levels shift,... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:16:40 EST