SparkPeople Living Healthy for Jesus Team Messageboard Thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph through JESUS Christ our Lord! SparkPeople Living Healthy for Jesus Team Messageboard Do you care? Dear sisters and brothers in JESUS, as each of us goes along our life, we are faced with several challenges on a daily basis. In such times, an encouraging word works wonders and more often than not, ministers to us deeply. <BR> So, got myself thinking, could I possibly try to connect with all of you, by reaching to one of you, at a time - just one of you once in 3-4 days a week? The answer was yes, once in 3-4 days is workable and I am hoping a lot of you feel the same way too, and reach ou... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:51:03 EST New Leader I need someone to step up and be a new leader of this team. I have my new work schedule and I will not have the time to be able to do this correctly. I am thanking God for my time as a leader. I am thanking God for my job. Between the job and my ministry with my church I wont be on the computer as much. Please let me know if you are willing to take over. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:05:09 EST Have you been Helped by JESUS so far this month? Greetings to all in HIS glorious name! I am so excited. After months of struggling, this month in just 10 days I have lost 5 kgs! This despite me breaking my fitness routine very often (as you can see from my nutrition pages). I give all glory to JESUS and to HIS grace in my life. The only changes I made was to try earnestly be more committed to this, and each time I couldn't, I'd just run to JESUS. HE is so Good, and Encouraging and I'm elated! Glory to GOD!! <em>437</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:54:06 EST New Years Resolution So team what are your New Years Resolutions? Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:15:13 EST December Challenge Our Challenge for December is spending time in the Word. You can track and post this under the Spiritual tab. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:03:49 EST November Work Out Challenge 2013 Ok team here is where you will post starting Nov. 1. Track every day you do some form of physical activity. Strive for at least 3 days a week. If you already do that then strive for 5 days a week. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:48:57 EST I am back.... I know those that know me probably thought I disappeared forever, but I am back, with a reset of my goals and a renewed Spirit... I will have to start with baby steps, because it has been a long time. I physically unable to exercise now due some medical issues, but already have looked at some videos doing workouts in a chair... I have missed this group, and can not wait to catch up with everyone... HUGS! Shannon Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:07:08 EST Confession I just wanted to share on here what I have done lately. I have spent this summer on the emotional weight loss roller coaster. For a moment I think I got it. Then I slip up. I will get a new book with great new plans and ideas. It all comes back to the same thing. Eat right and exercise. I had two doctor's visits and they both told me if I would eat better then I would feel better. I have seen in my family what happens due to being overweight and poor food choices. I literally watched my M... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:25:35 EST Lunch ideas I need suggesting for lunch while I am working. I figured I could start getting some ideas and try them out. Here is my situation. Normally I have worked in a regular school and had a teachers lounge that I could store my food and microwave it. I am starting a new job and I am working on a college campus. I am contract so I am not officially a staff employee. My assignments are back to back so eating will be on the fly. I will not have a refrigerator nor microwave. So.....what suggestions do ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:45:44 EST Physical Challenge Hi everyone, I am getting back on track with my exercise in the morning so I figured, lets start a challenge. Write down what physical activity that you did everyday. Let's see what we can do. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:29:00 EST Devotions/Bible Study I wanted to get some feedback from everyone. What Bible study or devotion are you reading? What kind of time in the Word are you getting? I want to be able to encourage with the Word and if there are a lot of people doing the same study maybe we can get a thread with that going. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:12:05 EST WATER THIS IS VERY INTERESTING THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT. <BR> Good thing to know! <BR> <BR> Mayo Clinic <BR> How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!! <BR> <BR> Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting... <BR> <BR> Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - <BR> Gravity holds water in the ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:41:26 EST I WILL NOT WALK IN FEAR ! 10:00 AM 2/7/2013 <BR> <BR> Good Morning all .. well another day .. as we march towards Victory .. I am asking God for my next step .. I have kinda just been sitting still .. learning .. just basking .. <BR> he will tell me soon what is the next step .. I am standing on his word ,, I know one day and very soon .. I will see his hand in action .. I just need to do my part .. As for <BR> walking with him one of my dear sisters said .. didn't you know this would be coming .. I can laugh yes the... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:57:59 EST WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ? 9:58 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Good Morning all <BR> God is so good .. 2 Things hes talking to me about today .. you know the Song where he leads I will follow .. when we used to sing it don't hear it much today .. <BR> BUT I used to think do I mean this .. he talks about taking up his Cross and following him .. think,,, all the men who just dropped all they did to follow him <BR> why do you think that was .. I can only imagine God radiated out of him .. He was anointed from Birth but Gods Spirit was ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:36:34 EST DO YOU HAVE YOUR ARMOR ON ? 5:10 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Wow I have been so busy attending a online Divine Healing Course that my Preacher is teaching .. I am not sure how much I will get to listen to today as we are having company .. <BR> Is a good thing .. My Granddaughter is coming and it will be a awesome time .. well God is directing me to your Armor today .. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6: 10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. <BR> 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:24:16 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 4:04 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Good Morning God .. <BR> We are still here .. wow and you woke me up early .. I love you lord.. who ever is in pain that you woke me for I say pain go now .. I command you to stop now .. you have <BR> no authority to be where you are Jesus died for all sickness and diseases so go now .. I release life on the person .. In Jesus name I pray .. To you God be all the Glory . <BR> Father today .. I just want to Praise your Holy name .. We want to say we will be forever gratef... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:18:52 EST 2013 Chat thread Happy New Year!!!! <BR> I was working Christmas which was pretty busy and then went away the following weekend for a long weekend to my friend Julie in Brisbane. Some of you will have 'met' her when she was doing SP. It just wasn't her thing so she's not here anymore. <BR> We did some bush walking and on the whole we ate pretty healthily. (She is weight watching and I was just being relatively good!) I started the 17-day diet yesterday to kick start my year. I am pretty pleased with myself. ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:34:11 EST December chat thread 2012 Hi there everyone. <BR> Well December has descended on us. It feels as if it is ahead of schedule but it's probably just that I am behind schedule. I have a busy December ahead of me. I've been away at a meeting all weekend about supervising our trainees. I'm off on holiday next week. ....going to Tasmania with a friend and her family. I've not been there before so am looking forward to it. I'm told it is very similar to New Zealand so I think I will enjoy it. We are hiring a car and driving... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 02:15:33 EST November Chat thread Hi All <BR> Christmas is not creeping up on me this year. It is galloping towards me!!! Life feels so hectic with dates filling up for all the events that seem to happen around Christmas.....Why do we not spread them more evenly through the year I wonder? <BR> <BR> Well I had another relatively lazy weekend. I must turn this around. I did go for a walk with a friend so not an entire right off! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup day here in Australia. The whole country seems to if not stop,... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:10:07 EST NOVEMBER CHAT LINE. I thought I would get us to the new month. As we are inching closer to the holidays the more support I will need to stay focused. My goal is to spend time on Spark and work my program- even if I don't loose weight these next few months I don't want a gain. <BR> <BR> Have a great month! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Candy Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:16:38 EST share it! <BR> <BR> Do you have some good news, today? Tell us about it !! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:41:11 EST what are you doing today, to live healthier? <BR> I have cut way down on my carbs. I "only" eat bread either at breakfast OR lunch now- I make a choice, which, depending upon the day, and I am forcing myself to drink mostly water <BR> when I would prefer an artificially sweetened ice tea, or better yet, a diet soda. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:14:57 EST do you remember when you came to the Lord? <BR> For me, it was April 23rd 1993, while mowing the lawn. I had been gathering Biblical information and debating about it for many years. That day-and I remember the exact spot on the front lawn I was standing in, even all these years later- I gave myself to Christ. Best day of my life. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:53:25 EST any binge eaters here?/ 21 day binge free streak <BR> I am on day 3 of not bingeing. Would anyone like to join me? We can try it for 21 days, how's that? Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:53:30 EST September Chat Thread 2012 Hi all, <BR> Time seems to fly by so quickly! We're into another month already. Hope all are well. I'm off to Canberra for a conference. Mum is coming as I am being presented my Diploma and then she is eaving from there to return to NZ. Julie and I are then going away for a couple of days for girls time. Can't wait to have a short break away. I'm beginning to feel a bit jaded! <BR> Blessings to you all <BR> Margaret Fri, 7 Sep 2012 03:18:44 EST My Intro I'm not sure how to use this site yet, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. <BR> My name is Molly, and I'm a mom of 3 sons and a daughter- 19, 16, 11, and 10 yrs old. I've been married for nearly 20 yrs. I just turned 40 this month, and it's never been as clear to me as it is now that I am slowly killing myself. If I am to be used of God on this earth, health is important. I know that my body is a temple to the Holy Spirit, but knowing and doing are very different behaviors. <BR> I've ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:57:01 EST August Chat thread 2012 Well here I am again. <BR> Hope you are all doing well and being healthy in your body, mind and spirit! <BR> I was thinking about this and thinking....Why is the body the hardest one to keep healthy? ....but then realised that if I'm honest it isn't. When my mind and spirit are healthy then the body is relatively easy to keep healthy. The real battle is in the spirit and the mind. <BR> <BR> Please God us all to put You first today and to keep our minds strong and healthy......just... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:37:29 EST Quote for Today. " Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible." <BR> <BR> Corrie ten Boom Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:42:24 EST June Chat thread Well June has started already. Time flies. <BR> <BR> I have Julie staying the weekend which is so wonderful. I dragged her on a 5 km walk Friday afternoon so managed to get some exercise in. We went to a working women's group dinner from church last night. I didn't do so well there. We had a smorgasbord. Not only did I overeat but I over ate bad stuff and worse, most of it wasn't even nice. Why do I do that? Oh well better luck today. <BR> <BR> Have great month folks. <BR> Blessings Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:32:09 EST Louisville, KY Hey, is anyone here from Louisville, KY Sat, 19 May 2012 22:02:20 EST May 2012 Chat thread Well day one half over and I feel that my head is in a good place for the first time in what seems like eons. ....Not perfect but certainly better....... I'm feeling positive all round in spite of the curved balls that life keeps throwing today. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm being more "controlled" and Licensed to Live, the sugar will not be an has too many calories. (License to Kill is a James Bond book/movie and it just seemed apt because that is what I was myself a li... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:11:10 EST Challenge reporting week 12: April 1-7 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> Weight at beginning of competition: <BR> Ending weight: <BR> <BR> Your longest streaks... <BR> Exercise: <BR> Water drinking <BR> Meditating on God's Word <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next t... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 04:17:37 EST April 2012 Chat and catch up thread Hi there! <BR> Loved the Editors choice for today! I read it in horror, incredulous tat anyone thought that would work until the last line! <BR> <BR> Well Back at home, as ready as I'll ever be for work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Great sermon this morning on spending time resting with God...... God worked 6 days and on the seventh recharged His batteries. What makes us think we can do any better???? <BR> <BR> All the best with this last week of challenge.... <BR> Enjoy it <BR> Margaret Sun, 1 Apr 2012 04:01:00 EST Challenge reporting for week 11: March 25- 31 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> <BR> My calorie goal range = 1200 - 1550 (adjust this if necessary) <BR> Next to the T for each day write... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:32:44 EST Challenge reporting for week 10: March 18 - 25 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> <BR> My calorie goal range = 1200 - 1550 (adjust this if necessary) <BR> Next to the T for each day write... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 05:14:36 EST Song of the Day Sovereign Grace Music- You Are Our Hope <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When voices of hope sound faint <BR> Jesus Christ has risen from the grave <BR> How can grief remain when our Savior reigns? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:29:46 EST Challenge reporting for week 9: March 11-17 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> <BR> My calorie goal range = 1200 - 1550 (adjust this if necessary) <BR> Next to the T for each day write... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:09:55 EST Challenge week 9: 4-10 March Copy and paste the following and then fill in the gaps. <BR> Calorie counting Challenge: <BR> Remember that the average is what matter this week more than the individual days. <BR> <BR> My daily calorie goal range is .... <BR> <BR> My calorie intake was: <BR> Sunday 4 <BR> Monday 5 <BR> Tuesday 6 <BR> Wednes 7 <BR> Thursday 8 <BR> Friday 9 <BR> Saturday 10 <BR> <BR> My daily average for the week was...... (I can work this out for you if required.) <BR> <BR> (Points will be allocat... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 03:21:43 EST March 2012 daily chat and catch up When I wrote the date this morning I had difficulty believng so much of the year had gone already. I'm re-evaluating my goals. I'm doing well on some of them but the weight loss one in particular is not making the grade on any level. I so need to get my focus sorted out. As I figured out for myself whilst walking to work a couple of days back......It's not that the method doesn't work Margaret. It's that you are not working the method. Somehow, eating 2000 calories after dinner as often as n... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 02:34:47 EST Challenge week 8: 26th Feb - 3rd March Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> <BR> My calorie goal range = 1200 - 1550 (adjust this if necessary) <BR> Next to the T for each day write... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:35:57 EST CVhallenge reporting for week 7: Feb 19-25 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> Sun 19 <BR> Mon 20 <BR> Tues 21 <BR> Wed 22 <BR> Thur 23 <BR> Fri 24 <BR> Sat 25 <BR> <BR> Exercise: Ex ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 03:49:59 EST Favorite woman in the Bible Who is your favorite woman in the Bible and why are you impressed by her? <em>81</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:11:05 EST Challenge reporting for week 6: Feb 12-18 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 18th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> Sun 12 <BR> Mon 13 <BR> Tues 14 <BR> Wed 15 <BR> Thur 16 <BR> Fri 17 <BR> Sat 18 <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:19:52 EST February 2012 daily chat and catch up...... Please go back and read the previous posts in January but I think keeping the threads shorter makes the loading of them quicker????? so we will continue in February <BR> Have a good one! <BR> Margaret Tue, 7 Feb 2012 04:16:15 EST Challenge reporting for week 5: 5-11 Feb 2012 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 11th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get your longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of water)/ F&V (5+ servings of fruit and veges) Put the abbreviation next to the appropriate day when you met the requirement e.g. W/F&V <BR> Sun 5 <BR> Mon 6 <BR> Tues7 <BR> Wed 8 <BR> Thur 9 <BR> Fri 10 <BR> Sat 11 <BR> Tell us What New recipe yo... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 03:33:04 EST Question Feb 1st 2012 What is your most favouraite vegetable of all time and how do you like it prepared? Do you have a story/special memory that goes with your choice? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 05:31:28 EST Challenge reporting for week 4: 29 Jan-Feb 4 <BR> Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Feb 4th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get the longest streak.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise: Ex(Exercise)/ST (strength training)/HIIT (Write the abbreviation next to each day you did the activity) Eg Ex/HIIT, or Ex/ST etc <BR> Sun 29 <BR> Mon 30 <BR> Tues 31 <BR> Wed 1 <BR> Thur 2 <BR> Fri 3 <BR> Sat 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: T (Tracked)/ W (8+ glasses of wat... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:58:00 EST my intro hi, <BR> i m goal is to learn tobe fit/ weight has always gotten in my way. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:59:29 EST Question: January 25 2012 What's your favourite drink? <BR> I'm talking tea/coffee/cold drink here not your favourite alcohol!!!!! <em>334</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:36:25 EST Challenge reporting for week 3: 22-28 January 2012 Copy and paste the template below to your own page and fill it in/answer the questions by the end of the week. (Jan 28th)(Don't forget to keep tracking in the team goals to get the longest streak.) <BR> <BR> Social: <BR> I had someone over/I have someone booked to come over on...../ I did NOT have someone over AND I have not organised to have anyone over. (Delete the appropriate parts.) <BR> <BR> Exercise: Ex(Exercise)/ST (strength training)/HIIT (Write the abbreviation next to each day yo... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:20:10 EST Question: 20th January What is your favourite pastime? (SP doesn't count!!!!!!) Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:51:11 EST need to get back traking It's been awhile in fact to long. I have been doing okay. Have stayed the same weight wise but it is time to get my butt kicked back in gear and take the time for me and get back on track. <BR> I am glad I get spark mail from friends. <BR> Today is a new day and a new beginning. <BR> Yvonne Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:05:13 EST Question: 15th Jan 2012 How do you cope when the scales show an increase? <BR> a.when you think that you deserve it <BR> b. when you don't think you deserve it Sun, 15 Jan 2012 05:18:09 EST Report when you have completed this weeks cleaning Let us know on this thread when week two's assignment is completed. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:06:58 EST Did you do Strength training today? 15-22 Jan 15 Jan no <BR> 16 Jan yes <BR> 17 Jan yes <BR> 18 Jan no <BR> 19 Jan no <BR> 20 Jan yes <BR> 21 Jan yes <BR> 22 Jan <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the above then EDIT it each day that you do Strength Training. (Don't put up a new posting each time or this bear with very little brain will get a headache! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 04:12:34 EST Question:11th January What goals do you have for the next three months of your life? <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:01:35 EST Question: 9th January Where were you born and raised? Mon, 9 Jan 2012 07:01:52 EST Reporting in for the week. I don't know exactly where I am supposed to be reporting in as to the New years challenge so let me know if there is a special spot, Margaret. Since, Saturday of our first week of the New years challenge has passed and I haven't done a good job of connecting 3 team mates, I can't say that I deserve any points for that part. <BR> <BR> But, in the general category I did well. I vacummed, dusted, re-arranged some pictures, blew some leaves, washed the windows on the front and back storm doors... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:38:23 EST Question: 7th Jan 12 How long have you been a christian? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 17:23:49 EST New Year Challenge: Weight Postings Copy and paste the example below to your post and then put YOUR team name at the top. Fill in YOUR starting weight (in lbs or kgs) before Saturday 7th midday so that it looks like the example...... <BR> You will then EDIT this post each week (rather than posting a new one). <BR> <BR> Blue Team <BR> <BR> Week 0 = 87.2 kg (192.2) <BR> Week 1 = 86.0 kg (189.6) <BR> Week 2 = 85.2 kg (187.8) <BR> Week 3 = 85.5 kg (188.5) <BR> Week 4 = 84.5 kg (186.3) <BR> Week 5 = 84 kg (185.2)... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:38:49 EST January 2012 Daily chat and catch up...... I thought we could start clean for the new year. <BR> Hope you are all fighting fit for the challenges ahead and have renewed determination to reach your personal goals. <BR> Blessings <BR> Margaret Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:01:48 EST December Sudoku: Read 1st post before taking part Please feel free to take part but in fairness to others just fill in one number and then allow someone else to post before adding another number. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:49:03 EST Stationary Bike I am wanting advice to help me find a workout plan to build up for a 12 mile bike ride. There is a coffee house that is 12 miles away from my home. I want to bike there and back this summer. I have looked online to find a plan to help build up my endurance. I can do 4 miles right now. I have found a plan for running and biking fast but nothing on how to increase distance. Does anyone have any suggestions? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:53:58 EST Favorite holiday dessert Since we have all been busy baking for the holidays, hopefully not overindulging , What is your favorite holiday dessert or cookie? <BR> <BR> This is a tough one for me....I love cookies of all kinds....but I would have to say my favorite is my great- grandmother's anise cutout cookies. My mom made them every year for the holidays, and since I've been married, I've been making them yearly also. They do not last long in my house though! <BR> <em>443</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:27:17 EST Register here for The New Year Challenge Register on this thread by: <BR> Telling us your current weight <BR> Telling us your current BMI (or your height so I can work it out) <BR> State if you are at maintenance. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:40:00 EST Favorite Christmas carole What is your favorite Christmas carole? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is " Joy to the World" and coming in second is " Do you Hear What I Hear?" Fri, 9 Dec 2011 08:30:04 EST Favorite Christmas movie What is your favorite Christmas movie? <BR> <BR> Mine is "It's a Wonderful Life" <BR> makes me think of our walk in it affects others and the impact that we can have in bringing others to Jesus. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 15:43:26 EST December challenge The December challenge is to leave an encouraging comment on 2-3 fellow sparkers or teammates' sparkpage or buy a goodie for 2-3 fellow sparkers DAILY. <BR> <BR> Doesn't have to be elaborate...can be very simple...such as...You're doing well, keep going!!! <BR> Everyone needs encouragement and this could help someone who is struggling. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:33:59 EST Football snack ideas I need some help. We are having a gathering of people from our church over for OSU vs. Michigan party Saturday. Do you have any healthy snack suggestions? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:59:04 EST Farthest from home? Where is the farthest you have traveled from home? <BR> <BR> <BR> The farthest away from Syracuse, NY ( I have never moved from Syracuse) that I have traveled is Seattle, Washington. Jim and I went out there for our 20th anniversary, for 10 days. We climbed around St.Ranier mountain, took a helicopter ride into Mount St. Helen's volcanic crater, visited the Seattle zoo, went to the top of the Needle, and various other adventures. Great time, never rained the whole time we were ther... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 15:16:00 EST November Challenge I want you to set one specific goal, for yourself to meet, by the end of November. Whether it be an exercise goal, or a calorie range goal, or losing a certain number of pounds by the end of November...whatever you want to work on to become a healthier person. At the end of the month, I would like you to blog about your goal and tell us how you did, how you met your goal. <BR> <BR> If you would like, please post your goal here on this thread. Then we can all encourage each other to meet ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:23:43 EST Favorite Color What is your favorite color? <BR> <BR> Mine is green. <em>432</em> Yellow coming in second. <em>67</em> <BR> The colors of grass and sunshine!!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 08:58:43 EST Morning, Evening? Are you a morning person, <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> an evening person, <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> or somewhere in between? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I am a definite in takes me a bit to wake up in the morning <em>40</em> and I usually go to bed between 10 and 11pm. <em>102</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:46:43 EST Breakfast question I am in a rut with breakfast. I usually eat eggs or cereal. I am tired of both. Is the new yogurt with granola by yoplait a good enough breakfast. Tue, 4 Oct 2011 07:35:18 EST Share your memory verse I thought it would be nice if we shared our memory verse with everyone. Feel free to share why you chose the verse....etc etc. <BR> It will also give us some ideas of ones we might like to memorise. <BR> I'm excited by this challenge. I'm so poor at it but would love to get better. What a great forum in which to improve. <BR> Blessings to you all <BR> Margaret <BR> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 05:54:41 EST October challenges I want to do a month long consistency challenge again....30 days make a habit ! <BR> I would like the challenge to be on our water intake. 6 to 8 glasses of WATER a day. <BR> <BR> The other challenge is getting rid of a bad eating habit for 7 days--just one week! You choose your bad habit, whether it is a certain food, drink or a time of day choose. <BR> <BR> And keep track of how you do on each challenge. <BR> <BR> How does this sound to everyone? Feedback! <em>4</em>... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:38:49 EST Favorite way to exercise is..... What is your favorite way to exercise? <BR> <BR> My favorite is swimming, walking second. <em>237</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 18:01:51 EST September Consistency Challenge What about choosing one habit you want to work on for the month and doing it! <BR> <BR> Thoughts please Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:39:08 EST busy busy busy wel since camp on the 9th -11th I haven't stopped. Work has been very busy. I did get to go to a conference in north olmstead the 14th-16th. It was awsume to be with believers for 21/2 days. then it is always back to realailty and back to work Today is the first day off since then. I haven't been on line much except to pay bills. Pray that I get back in the groove of logging food. I have stayed the same in weight so that's good.but I know I need to get back on track. <BR> Thanks for the messa... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:20:19 EST One week challenge to avoid 'junk food' . Hi folks, <BR> I am trialling a new challenge that you can all join in or at least give feed back on. If it is popular then we can add it to the official team challenges. I was discussing with one of our other team members our difficulty at the end of the day to continue to eat healthily, for her it was the actual dinner meal and for me it is after dinner so we decided to 'buddy' each other on a one week challenge to not eat junk in the evenings. <BR> If you want to join in then feel free. Yo... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:42:27 EST poem:what I saw in the mirror <BR> One day as I looked in the mirror <BR> I saw something I usually don't see <BR> Something deeper, almost hidden <BR> It was my very soul looking at me <BR> <BR> "Tell me, what do you see when you look at me?" <BR> I heard from the depths of my soul <BR> "And, why don't you always like the person you see? <BR> What is it that you believe about me?" <BR> <BR> I pondered these questions and then realized <BR> Many things I believed about myself might be lies <BR> So I sought to find ou... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:37:16 EST cry of the Father's Heart from Genesis-R evelation <BR> My Dear Child, <BR> <BR> You may not know Me, but I know everything about you ...Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise ...Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ...Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in My image ...Genesis 1:27 In Me you live and move and have your being ...Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived ...Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation ...Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake ...Psalm 139:15-1... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:54:49 EST camp was successful. the weather was great. it only rained one night and that was after we were in the cabin woohoo. taking some of my own food really helped. I didn't gain anything. woohoo woohoo. <BR> <em>492</em> <em>490</em> we all had a good time <em>237</em> <em>311</em> boating and many other fun things. no one got hurt much better year then last year. came home tired but am rested now. need the rest next week is busy busy. my son has 4 special olympic baseball games. <BR> see ya for now yvonne Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:05:40 EST camp Hi my friend 777grace invited me here. I am going to camp today with 30 special needs guys and gals for 3 days. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 07:13:50 EST I love Jesus this is the only way that I will lose weight is to do it for Jesus and for the assignment He has on my life so that I can be living a long, strong and satisfied and healthy life for Him to use me. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 16:59:44 EST Sunday Sermon <BR> Here is a space to share your thoughts and convictions about the sermon below, and start new conversations about what your own Church preaches about, on Sundays. <BR> <BR> <BR> Becoming Conscious Of Sin <BR> <BR> Lesson 7 from <BR> Romans: Lessons In Renewing Your Mind <BR> By Eric Elder <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people have no problem recognizing sin in their life. In fact, they magnify their faults in their mind, whether real or imagined, thinking less of t... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 10:32:13 EST my precious child...(from God) I know everything about you… Psalm 139:1 <BR> <BR> I know when you sit down and when you rise up… Psalm 139:2 <BR> <BR> I am familiar with all your ways… Psalm 139:3 <BR> <BR> Even the very hairs on your head are numbered… Matthew 10:29-31 <BR> <BR> For you were made in My image… Genesis 1:27 <BR> <BR> In Me you live and move and have your being… Acts 17:28 <BR> <BR> For you are My offspring… Acts 17:28 <BR> <BR> I knew you even before you were conceived… Jeremiah 1:4-5 <BR> <... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:52:32 EST be a fruit inspector! "Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16). Nowhere in the Scripture does it say, "You shall know them by their gifts." It would be like judging a farmer only by his tools. Rather one should judge him by the crops he produces. It doesn’t say by their gifts you will recognize them. No, by their fruit you will recognize them. <BR> <BR> "Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:45:48 EST how did u feel the Lord working in your life today <BR> As Christians it's so essential to recognize and give credit to The One who loves us, foreknows everything about us, and wants to give us His Very Best! <BR> Here's a little place to share where you are seeing God work in your life, right here and right now...TODAY! <BR> Praise God for loving us so much that He sent His Son to die so that we can have a relationship with Him. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 06:57:42 EST Christmas in July- The Gift of Peace by Kurt Bruner <BR> <BR> Throughout the Christmas season, children will undoubtedly encounter the phrase "Peace on earth, good will toward men" and the baby described as "the Prince of Peace." How do we model the true meaning of such words while chaotically trying to conquer the holiday checklist? <BR> <BR> We begin by understanding the difference between peaceful and peace. It is one thing to live in a continual state of serenity without stress or conflict. It is quite another to experienc... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:45:04 EST the secret to contentment by John MacArthur <BR> If you belong to Christ, like the apostle Paul you can and should learn the secret of a contented life. When Paul wrote "godliness with contentment is great gain" he wasn't just speaking philosophically (1 Tim. 6:6). He had learned the secret to contentment in every circumstance of life (Phil 4:11-2). While that secret eludes most people, it need not elude any true believer. For those who are willing to learn, here are six steps to a contented life from the life and teaching of Paul. <B... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:42:42 EST Start Over <BR> When you've trusted Jesus and walked his way <BR> When you've felt his hand lead you day by day <BR> But your steps now take you another way, <BR> start over. <BR> <BR> When you've made your plans and they've gone awry <BR> When you've tried your best and there's no more try <BR> When you've failed yourself and you don't know why, <BR> start over. <BR> <BR> When you've told your friends what you plan to do <BR> When you've trusted them and they didn't come through <BR> And now you're ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:39:08 EST God's got a plan <BR> We don’t have to worry about how the week went or how the next one will go. <BR> <BR> Because all our days, all our ways, are in the hands of One who loves us. <BR> <BR> We sometimes feel uncertain… could that possibly be made into good? <BR> <BR> Then just when we least expect it, we find the answer– <BR> <BR> that all our mistakes, all our hurts, all we wish we could trade from these past few days <BR> <BR> (and from a lifetime) are being noticed, handled with care, turned into <... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:04:59 EST Menopause <BR> A place where you can complain or advise, or both! <BR> <BR> I've been experiencing hot flashes and night sweats for almost three years now. <BR> I was on Prempro, a hormone replacement, for six weeks but had a lot of breast soreness with it. I then came across new research that women who experienced breast pain as a side effect of this medication were more likely to get a very aggressive type of breast cancer, so I weaned myself off of it immediately. <BR> I found that blac... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:58:13 EST All we need to know from Noah and the ark <BR> <BR> 1. Don't miss the boat. <BR> 2. Try to remember that we're all in the same boat. <BR> 3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark, you know. <BR> 4. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big. <BR> 5. Don't listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done. <BR> 6. Build your future on high ground. <BR> 7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs. <BR> 8. Two heads are better than one. <BR> 9. Speed isn't always an ad... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:26:36 EST share a prayer <BR> I have noticed that quite a few of you are true prayer warriors! Let's use this space to share the prayers of your heart. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:20:23 EST three things you're grateful for today <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for <BR> a strong body <BR> <BR> that the Lord protected my daughter as she drove home from a weekend away <BR> with friends <BR> <BR> for air conditioning !! <BR> <BR> What are you all grateful for? Let's add to this each day. <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:18:33 EST Devotions For Dieters Romans 8:18 <BR> For I reckon that sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. <BR> <BR> Jimmy was fascinated by the cocoon. He watched the caterpillar work on its new home for hours. Everyday he came in to look at the cocoon. When the monarch butterfly finally emerged, Jimmy was delighted. God works some amazing miracles in nature. It shouldn't be so hard to believe that He will work such miracles in the lives of His people. Lo... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:12:54 EST the confessional <BR> <BR> Confession is good for the soul! <BR> Messed up on eating or exercise or anything else? Spill it here. <BR> Clean slate guaranteed, fresh start beginning........NOW !! Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:10:27 EST I must say "So long, may God bless each of you!" To my dear, wonderful Living Healthy for Jesus team mates, <BR> <BR> Even though it is VERY HARD for me to write this post, I know it is what I MUST do. I MUST leave this team. Living Healthy for Jesus is the ONLY Spark Team I am on and it is still too much for me! <BR> <BR> I hardly ever get on Spark People any more and I get to our team page even less. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be a part of a team when I don't take the time to interact with my team mates. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 19:30:26 EST any non-scale victories? <BR> <BR> As we all know, the scale may not give the full picture about how well we are doing. <BR> Please share your non-scale victories right here. <em>9</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 16:32:46 EST your screen name, and your real name <BR> <BR> I'm gettinfitover 50 because that is my intention. <BR> My name is Sue. <BR> <BR> How did you arrive at your screen name, and what is your real name? <BR> Maybe this will help when there are posts that don't contain a name <em>235</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 11:59:49 EST where are you from? <BR> <BR> I'm a native New Yorker. How about you? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 11:56:02 EST Satan is a liar! <BR> We all have days where Satan whispers in our ear. Is Satan lying to you today? <BR> Put his lies, here. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:29:19 EST peace <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about peace today, trying to articulate what it means in my life. <BR> Can you share what peace looks like/ feels like, in your lives? I would love to put some words to this emotion that God is so responsible for. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 20:04:02 EST need a little extra tender loving care today? <BR> <BR> Some days are rougher than others and we need some special care from people who <BR> can pray for us and soothe our souls. Do you need that care today? What's going on? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 07:36:27 EST do you have any collections? <BR> <BR> I collect pharmaceutical pens and salt and pepper shakers. <BR> I have quite a wonderful collection of each! <BR> My pens are all just in a large coffee can but I have my salt and pepper shakers behind my kitchen sink on my bay window. I enjoy looking at them each day. I do NOT enjoy cleaning them, lol. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:43:21 EST has anyone heard anything from Barbara? <BR> <BR> I've been stopping by her page but I don't see any action there. I hope she's alright. <BR> Anyone heard from her since I took the group over? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sue Sat, 2 Jul 2011 14:27:08 EST what are you watching on television these days? <BR> <BR> My husband and I never watched NCIS or House all of the years they were on, so we have been watching all of the marathons and they are new to us! I am also enjoying The Next Food Network Star challenge on the Food Network. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 1 Jul 2011 20:00:26 EST beauty tips <BR> Here's your opportunity to share a beauty tip or a favorite beauty product! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 19:55:59 EST what are your hobbies? <BR> Please share what you enjoy doing when you are not exercising :-) Fri, 1 Jul 2011 19:54:42 EST Miles/Minutes of Living Healthy 4 Jesus-challenge Here we go, girls! <BR> Commit to a monthly goal of minutes or miles. Reply to this post as you copy and paste the dates below. Each day, go to "edit" and it will take you back to your initial post so that you can add your new miles and/or minutes. <BR> <BR> My July goal is 1000 EXERCISE MINUTES <BR> <BR> July 1 45 (free weights) 30 (treadmill) 45 (mowing the lawn) 120 minutes! <BR> July 2 20 (treadmill) 20 (Spin bike) 40 minutes <BR> July 3 35 (Spin ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:17:15 EST how did you choose your goal weight? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear how you decided this..... I chose mine because it was 25 pounds and that seemed quite a huge goal to accomplish at the time, but now that I have "only" ten to go <BR> I don't think it will be enough. How did you determine yours? <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:57:01 EST share a verse <BR> that is meaningful to you today, and tell us why it is. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:59:45 EST non scale victories? <BR> There are SO many ways we can feel thankfulness and pride in our living healthy for Jesus <BR> habits OTHER than the number on the scale. So what are you proud and thankful for today? Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:42:32 EST sorry to neglect all of you.... <BR> <BR> My parents were in a car accident over the weekend and needed my attention. <BR> Would you please pray for them? They are out of the hospital now but very banged up. <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> I am so thrilled to come back and see our new members! <BR> God bless you, and welcome <BR> <BR> Sue Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:17:28 EST EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR ALL Emergency Numbers: <BR> When in JOHN 14 <BR> When men fail PSALM 27 <BR> When you have PSALM 51 <BR> When you MATTHEW 6:19-43 <BR> When you are in PSALM 91 <BR> When God seems far PSALM 91 <BR> When your faith needs HEBREWS 11 <BR> When you are lonely and PSALM 23 <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:37:13 EST get ready for a July challenge <BR> Hope you will participate! I have done this in another group and it has been such wonderful accountability for me. <BR> At the end of June you will see a sticky topic here in the physical section called "Miles And Moments of Living Healthy For Jesus". I will have the entire month of July listed by day. All you will have to do, if you want to participate in the challenge (whether you count your exercise in minutes per day or by miles on your bike or treadmill or in your pool) is ... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 10:05:33 EST what's in your pocketbo k/purse? <BR> <BR> Mine is rather clean at the moment, LOL. I have my wallet, keys, cell phone, tissues, <BR> powder compact and a lipstick, a pill case, sunglasses, distance glasses, gum and a pen and my garage door opener. <BR> In the bag I commute to work with, I have "the works". Healthy snacks, water, every technology under the sun so that I can listen to music, read e books and play word games, <BR> and my little doctor's bag filled with aspirin, bandaids, Purell hand gel, tissues, tweez... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:01:24 EST question of the day <BR> Where in your life do you need God to say, "Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your great reward"? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:23:26 EST Bible study recommen dations? <BR> I cut my Christian eye teeth on Kay Arthur's Precept by Precept studies. She is a bit dramatic, but she never fails to teach me a thing or two! <BR> <BR> Right now I am getting started on my first Beth Moore study, Breaking Free. <BR> Has anyone done it? I've been hearing for years about how exceptional it is. Beth is also <BR> a bit of a drama queen, LOL, but she does get her point across! <BR> <BR> Sue Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:12:08 EST Bible study recommen dations? <BR> I cut my Christian eye teeth on Kay Arthur's Precept by Precept studies. She is a bit dramatic, but she never fails to teach me a thing or two! <BR> <BR> Right now I am getting started on my first Beth Moore study, Breaking Free. <BR> Has anyone done it? I've been hearing for years about how exceptional it is. Beth is also <BR> a bit of a drama queen, LOL, but she does get her point across! <BR> <BR> Sue Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:11:24 EST have a healthy laugh! Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands. When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women," she charged. <BR> <BR> "You're being unreasonable," Adam responded. "You're the only woman on earth." The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest. <BR> <BR> It was Eve. "What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded. <BR> <BR> "Counting your ribs," said Eve. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:15:06 EST tell us about your weight loss journey <BR> I have been a binge eater since age 13. My Dad was very critical about what he considered my overweight (just going through puberty) back then. I immediately rebelled and started sneak and binge eating. <BR> <BR> I got married young (19) and continued to binge when I had overwhelming emotions. <BR> At around age 49 the binges stopped giving me that numb, calm feeling. I tried eating more and more food, more and more times, but it just wasn't working. I knew I needed help. <BR> ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:51:07 EST share your testimony! <BR> I am a Jewish Believer. I have always loved God but felt that something was missing. <BR> When I moved into my first house over 25 years ago, I saw a woman about my age who lived across the street. I left a note on her car window asking if she'd like to come in for a cup of tea whenever she had time. She responded. This already was God, because I had never done this before, or since! <BR> We became good friends very quickly. She was a pre school teacher, and, I found out, a Chris... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:37:15 EST what's for dinner? <BR> I am making chicken fajitas. Since I am doing Weight Watchers there are no foods that are off limit, I just have to be sure that I have budgeted my daily points so that I can "afford" something so yummy. <BR> Perdue makes a boxed, pre-cooked grilled chicken, so that's what I heat up and then I don't even have to pre-cook it before I stuff the tortilla with onion, peppers, the chicken, taco sauce, and a sprinkling of sharp cheddar cheese. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:08:47 EST share a healthy recipe <BR> Breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert! Please only share recipes that you have tried, and enjoy. <BR> <BR> bon appetit !! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:04:49 EST an encouraging word- please share! <BR> <BR> So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. <BR> <BR> ~ Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:42:40 EST Leadership for OUR Living Healthy for Jesus Team!! Hello Team Mates, <BR> <BR> The leadership of our team has changed. <BR> <BR> Catherine (CONFIDENTSECURE) and Crystle (CRYSTLE4HIMTX10) have both given over their poles as leaders on our team. As far as I know, Catherine is still a member of our team and Crystle has moved on to give her time to other Spark Teams she is also a member of. We MUST keep our priorities STRAIGHT and Spark People has so much to offer to each of us that we often have to prayerfully choose what to partake in. <BR>... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 13:30:11 EST Report your HEALTHY VICTORIES here!!! This is the place to report if you have lost weight; or maintained AFTER you have reached your HEALTHY WEIGHT goal; or even gained weight if that is what is HEALTHY for YOU. <BR> <BR> You can also report inches lost or gained, again, depending on what's HEALTHY for YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Report ANY HEALTHY VICTORIES you achieve right here!!! Thu, 2 Jun 2011 22:03:04 EST Bringing our team to LIFE!!! Hi team mates, <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can get our team to be more active? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Barbara Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:56:03 EST Daily Challenge 6/03/11 <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> The last two days have been about legs how about the arms? <em>41</em> <BR> Today's challenge is bicep curls. Do with or without weights. 100 broken into sets of 25 or 50. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>104</em> <em>34</em> <em>85</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:27:39 EST How Christians have FUN!!! What do YOU like to do for fun? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:52:39 EST Daily Challenge 6/02/11 <em>198</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>198</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>198</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were jumping so how about sitting today? Okay that is a bit of a trick no real sitting. <em>20</em> But some squats. Let's try for 100 broken down in sets of 20 or 25 throughout the day. <BR> <BR> We can do this! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>198</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>198</em> <em>... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:31:30 EST Daily Challenge 6/01/11 <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>247</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>247</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> A new month is here. What are we going to do? Sit on our laurels or jump into the new month strong? Today's challenge is 100 jumping jacks spread out through out the day in sets of 20 or 25. <BR> <BR> Modify where necessary and have fun challenging yourself. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>247</em> <em>215</em> <em>3... Tue, 31 May 2011 21:31:58 EST Color(s) of the walls in each room of your home HELP PLEASE!!! <BR> <BR> Ray & I desperately need a makeover for our apartment! Our walls are all painted <em>268</em> a very light cream color(?)! <BR> <BR> I'm SICK AND TIRED of these walls <em>39</em> !!! <BR> <BR> First, we need to pray in the money BEFORE WE CAN DO anything AT ALL!!! <BR> <BR> Second, we need to make several, several repairs from damage done by my power chair. We have damaged walls and doors! <BR> <BR> Anyway- <BR> <BR> I know what colors I want for the foyer ... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:58:46 EST Daily Challenge 5/31/11 <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to leave a note or goodie on another team members page. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>26</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 23:27:45 EST Daily Challenge 5/30/11 <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning ya'll. I hope you enjoy these daily challenges. Remember they are just for fun so if they are too hard just modify and never do anything that you shouldn't. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to add an extra ten minutes walking time to your workout routine. You can break it up throughout the day or do it as one chunk. <BR> <BR> C... Mon, 30 May 2011 09:50:59 EST are you an introvert, or an extrovert? <BR> I think you would call me extroverted, but it does not come naturally to me since I am not always comfortable in my own skin. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 29 May 2011 19:06:50 EST How do you feel about aging? <BR> <BR> Age never used to bother me, but turning 50 was a tough one. 51 was a cinch, LOL. <BR> <BR> I would not want to be younger again but sometimes I feel a little flash of panic about getting <BR> old and being ill. That's why I'm trying so hard to eat well and exercise NOW. How about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sue Fri, 27 May 2011 21:25:44 EST What was your age when you gave your life to Jesus How old were you when you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord? I was 12 years old. Rebelled some as a teenager and recommitted my life to Him when I was 20. Fri, 13 May 2011 20:42:10 EST Favorite shoe style What is your favorite shoe style? <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> I would say mine is flipflops....I would wear them all year if I could! Tue, 10 May 2011 16:48:05 EST If U had to be named after a State, which one? Ok, so imagine the day of your birth. Your parents only had 50 options and they were the names of our states (in the U.S.A.), which would you prefer being called for the rest of your life? <BR> <BR> If you can't remember all the names, here's a link that will help: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm gonna go with "Montana". Kinda catchy ;) Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:56:09 EST Have you ever been stung by a bee? I was 6 years old when I was stung by a bee. I remember it hurt and the neighbor came running when he heard me screaming. He helped take the stinger out. Haven't been stung since. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:51:16 EST Best bargain found at garage sale/ thrift store.. I'm a Goodwill hound. I try and visit garage sales too but that'll depend on whether or not our car is home. :) I have found SO many cool things. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Garage sale (well, actually it was an estate sale): My mom happened to find a large, upscale victorian doll house for my girls. It came fully furnished too ! <BR> <BR> Goodwill: I found a really neat set of crystal glasses, made in France. They match my china perfectly. <BR> <BR> I'm sure there's more but that's the... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:27:43 EST If someone made a movie of your life..... .... would it be a drama, action, science-fiction, comedy, or romantic comedy, etc. ...? <BR> <BR> <BR> I think mine would be a drama. The most action it would have was when I jumped off a 30-ft. bridge into water (that hurt). Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:10:58 EST What type of kid were you? e.g. spoiled, well-behaved, rebellious, quiet, timid, obnoxious, active, etc.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I would say I was compliant and timid but when around other kids I was a chatterbox. :) Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:38:55 EST If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I would love to know what people think !! But then again, maybe I don't ! <em>246</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 01:58:18 EST Saying No Over the years I've learned how to say no and set boundaries but it hasn't happen overnight. I was wondering if any of you have also struggled with saying no. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:47:14 EST glad to join I like meeting new people and was invited to join so here I am and thank you for having me. I hope I can be a positive addition. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:13:49 EST Accountability Groups Members Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted a place where I could list everyone in the Accountability Groups all in one place. My hope is that this will make it easier for me when I give out Spark Goodies if I have all of our names and Spark Mail addresses together in one place. <BR> <BR> This is just for my own personal use and it doesn't need to be a Sticky Topic. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> all, <BR> Barbara <BR> <BR> May God be glorified in and through our efforts!!! <BR> <BR> Crystle - CRYST... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:48:20 EST How many purses are in your closet? Are you a one-purse gal? Or do you have a collection? <BR> <BR> I have probably 15 and about 5 of those, I made. About every year, I weed my collection, and then add more. :) Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:23:42 EST Accountability Group 3 Hi Crystle and Louise ! Here's that special place you can go to keep each other accountable. Praise God for support ! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:37:31 EST Accountability Group 2 Group support for living a sugar-free lifestyle, or other diet restrictions. Plus, other areas. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:33:35 EST Favorite Family on TV .... This is an online poll. Which would you vote for? <BR> <BR> 1. Little House on the Prairie <BR> 2. The Cosby Show <BR> 3. Eight is Enough <BR> 4. Happy Days <BR> 5. Family Ties <BR> 6. Growing Pains <BR> 7. 7th Heaven <BR> 8. The Brady Bunch <BR> 9. Leave it to Beaver <BR> 10. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin :) Sat, 19 Mar 2011 02:59:13 EST Prayer Request Forgive me if this is a repeat thread. I looked and didn't see one but I could have overlooked it. The greatest gift we can give each other is prayer so if you have a prayer request please feel free to share. <BR> <BR> I have a couple for the upcoming week: <BR> My mother in law is having surgery on the vein in her neck <BR> Our neighbor is having surgery Friday for colon cancer <BR> <BR> Some ongoing prayers request I have are for: <BR> My sisters <BR> My children in general but especia... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:31:01 EST Your ultimate vacation - where/what would it be? Would you pick an island adventure, with white sandy beaches, palm trees and warm crystal-clear waters? <BR> <BR> OR would you prefer the mountains with a rustic cabin including a lake for fishing and trails for hiking? <BR> <BR> OR would you do a road trip filled with sites from our great nation - like Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yellow Stone National Park and so on ? <BR> <BR> OR are we talking Vegas and New York? with lots of lights, music, and all-star entertainment, where the ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:37:27 EST The one make-up item I can't go without.... It's gotta be lipstick. My lips look pale without it. <BR> But a very close second would be my eyebrow powder/brush. Only Whoopie Goldberg looks good without eyebrows ! <BR> <em>246</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:17:45 EST Who do you want to win on American Idol? I happened to watch an episode of American Idol , when my husband took a trip for his job. We spent some hours at the hotel. The guy with the beard did really good that night. And i liked the cowboy too. The girl (I think Thia) was very good also. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:03:41 EST Spender or Saver? I would love to hear the mindset of some of you "Savers". I am working on spending for necessities only and minimizing the wants. <BR> <BR> So, for now, I am a spender BUT, with God's help, I'm going to change that to "Saver". Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:44:37 EST Do you use coupons when you grocery shop? I'm also curious to know, if there are any special websites you use to get more coupons. <BR> <BR> I use coupons but the products I generally purchase (organic), don't manufacture a whole lot. So, I have to find other ways to save (sales). Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:40:22 EST Got any fitness tips? Leave them here ! If you have any tips on exercise; whether it's : <BR> how to organize workouts, <BR> how to keep the energy (motivation) going, <BR> how to prevent injury, <BR> how to stay consistent, <BR> or... sharing the latest workout video, <BR> sharing advice that has helped you in any way... here's a place you can share them! <BR> <em>312</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:34:19 EST Accountability Hi Sisters in Christ <em>213</em> , <BR> <BR> Please post in this thread if you would like to be part of an accountability team. Here are some items we may want to consider: <BR> <BR> 01.) Teams can range from as few as two people to as many as you want to share accountability with. <BR> <BR> HINT: Consider how much Spark time you have. <BR> <BR> My time on Spark People is some what limited, so for me, personally, I feel most comfortable joining a very small team. <BR> <BR> 02.) The a... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:45:25 EST The ABCs of God's character, nature & presence A - Able. <BR> <BR> "...our God we serve is ABLE to deliver us from the fiery furnace...." <BR> Daniel 3:17 <BR> <BR> "And God is ABLE to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." <BR> 2 Corinthians 9:8 <BR> <BR> "For He Himself has suffered, being tempted (tested), He is ABLE to aid those who are tempted." <BR> Hebrews 2:18 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:21:39 EST Emoticon equations (when U have time 2 play) <em>149</em> + <em>493</em> = <em>334</em> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 17:10:44 EST End of the Year fast ..... It's time again for my end of the year fast !!! <BR> <BR> This is something that I do every year, I will go on a two day fast on the last day of December which is the 31st and the fast will continue on January 1st. <BR> <BR> This is a spiritual fast and it's to pray out the old year giving God thanks for everything that he had done for me and praying in the new year thanking him for all the blessings that will be coming my way. <BR> <BR> I won't be going on a total fast, I will just be ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 14:59:03 EST Team Members of the Month - 11/2010 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> for all you've done to keep Team motivation alive!! <BR> <BR> <em>279</em> <em>279</em> <em>279</em> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ABetterSoul <BR> Crystal4HimTx10 <BR> Northwoodsmom <BR> ThinwillIbe <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work!! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 01:33:39 EST Goal for November What is your goal for November? <em>306</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:44:59 EST Update from my fall Hi, dearest SP friends, <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a little better after a 2 hour nap. I thought I was going to faint and was very dizzy [I did hit my head hard and smashed my glasses which I hope are not permanently damaged!] so I canceled my trip to the chiropractor. I'm going to ice my back. My shoulder and back are still hurting pretty bad, but my hand feels better [just a bit bruised]. <BR> <BR> Thank you for ALL your prayers! I feel like such a klutz! I was carrying a heavy item to my be... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:40:33 EST Are you breaking even or are you breaking through? This was emailed to me from the Osteen's, I thought it was great and I wanted to share it. <BR> <BR> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ <BR> +++++++++ <BR> <BR> It may seem like others around you have no problems. As you look at their lives, you may wonder why things are always so good for them. They seem to move from one great experience to the next, while you’re struggling to get by and keep your head above water. <BR> <BR> From a distance you start thinking things like, It’s no... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:35:43 EST Craving something today? There's a little Italian bakery in town that makes the BEST raspberry-swirl cookies. Sooooo good. I asked hubby to bring some home after his meeting today. I should probably learn to bake them - would be a lot easier for the pocketbook. <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:12:23 EST Team Members of the Month - 10/2010 Our new tradition is honoring and recognizing various members who have done substantial postings and have brought motivation to our team. This month, there were several. . . . <BR> <BR> I want to recognize: <BR> <BR> ABetterSoul <BR> Babsies <BR> Northwoodsmom8 <BR> <BR> as the "Living Healthy with Jesus" Team members of the month. Thanks so much you three for taking the time to huddle, post on the message boards and Spread the Spark!! <BR> <em>205</em> <em>242</em> <em>304</em> <em>... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:45:07 EST Problem Triggers <BR> I KNOW that one of my problem triggers is TIREDNESS! Last night I got home from the pie contest and I was SO, SO tired. I'd only eaten a cup of soup and a piece of whole grain bread w/a few crackers for supper; and a VERY moderate dessert at the pie contest; so when I got home I was REALLY hungry! Instead of either brushing my teeth and going to bed [since I was exhausted!] or making some oatmeal or a piece of toast with natural peanut butter, I opted for JUNK--2 oz of sun chips [260 ca... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 07:27:31 EST Sharing the WORD with one another "Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up." Ps. 28:5 <BR> <BR> regard--consider diligently; think carefully about. <BR> <BR> "The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him." <BR> <BR> Lord, we pray that today we would give DILIGENCE to carefully thinking about YOUR works and find that as we do that o... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:51:14 EST OUR HOPE Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Ps. 27: 14 <BR> <BR> wait: to look eagerly for; direct the attention to something; to consider; to examine with great ardor of desire and prompt zeal. <BR> <BR> As we EAGERLY look to the LORD for our everything, our hearts will be strengthened and our lives empowered. <BR> <BR> Ps. 147:10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:11:20 EST Psalm 145 "They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness." <BR> <BR> ABUNDANTLY--in LARGE quantities and plentifully <BR> <BR> This verse confirms what we need to be doing every moment of every day--abundantly praising Him for His GREAT goodness and singing of His righteousness. <BR> <BR> May He hear our praises today Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:53:00 EST AS a man THINKS Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses. <BR> <BR> - Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> I may not agree with all that this man taught, but this is very good. The WORD says that as a man thinks, so is he. How are you cultivating seeds of expectation in your mind today? Embracing the word of the LORD is so key to us becoming victorious for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> "My ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:20:08 EST Encouragement from The Spark <BR> Today I read for about 2 hours while traveling and I LOVED this paragraph and was SO, so thrilled that I think I've shifted into this thinking mode! TOTALLY rejoicing in God's abundant grace! <BR> <BR> "Our view of maintenance is unlike traditional diets, where people spend a limited period depriving themselves of calories, including most of the foods they love. Since they haven't developed a new lifestyle and are probably still secretly pining for these "bad" foods, they're likely to... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:59:16 EST Team Member of the Month - 9/2010 I'd like to begin a new tradition. I want to begin honoring various members for their contributions to the team. Some of you have brought encouragement, strength, passion, faithfulness and devotion. All these are commendable. So, for each month, I'd like to honor the Team Member(s) of the month. <BR> <BR> For SEPTEMBER. . . . <BR> <BR> I know this month is not yet over but I'd like to recognize and honor Northwoodsmom aka Susan. <BR> <BR> <BR> Susan has come to the team and I feel lik... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 06:25:18 EST What were you doing the morning of 9-11-01 I was doing read-alouds with my boys when my husband called and told me the news of the Twin Towers. It was a day that I will NEVER forget! Such incredible grief! I think I cried for 2 weeks! Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:36:37 EST measuring success I was reading a SparkEmail today and continued reading the article and loved this: <BR> <BR> "Take out a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits. Are you able to ease into them, when before you had to sit (or lie) down and yank them up your legs? This is a sure sign of progress toward a leaner you! " <BR> <BR> My size 12's that I could barely pull up my legs and had at least a 5 inch gap from snapping them are NOW fitting comfortably! The scale seems to move... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 06:50:26 EST Titus 3 Today in Bible time we read in Titus 3: <BR> <BR> 4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, <BR> <BR> 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; <BR> <BR> 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; <BR> <BR> 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. <BR> <B... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:15:33 EST Biblical Self-Talk I'm reading chapter 8 of The Spark and got to the Action step about Motivational techniques. Somehow just giving myself a 'pep' talk apart from the Spirit of God and the WORD of God, seems to leave me empty and powerless. So I asked the LORD to help me come up with some biblical self-talk motivational techniques. <BR> <BR> I came up with 11 but there are CERTAINLY thousands I could use! :-) Would love to hear any of the ones the LORD has given to you. BTW, I'm printing these on card stock, ... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:06:48 EST Romans 8 Just got back from my 4 mile walk!!!! <em>244</em> I'm so excited that I did it within my new time goal!!!! Oh, the air was crisp and the sun warming! It was just a thoroughly enjoyable time with the LORD! As I walked I was thinking about this scripture: <BR> <BR> "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, WHO can be against us?" <BR> <BR> Satan is so desirous to trip us up at every turn, BUT GOD IS FOR US! He will NOT allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able!... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 09:36:32 EST 15 minute mile I'm pretty excited that I did my 15 minute mile this morning--goal was to get to that by 9-27 so I'm tickled that I already accomplished it. Oh, I need to remember to write that in my accomplishment list! :-) <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday I took the car and mapped out 4 miles. Unfortunately, when I got back to my driveway it was 3 9/10 mile but that's close enough. I'll add some to it tomorrow. I took white spray paint and marked on the gravel road each mile. <BR> <BR> I did have to jog a... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:39:56 EST Faint Not Today on my walk, I was praying for one of the SparkTeam members and I was asking the Lord to help him not be weary in doing what is GOOD, and the then I finished the last part of the verse for him...for in DUE season he shall REAP if he faints not. <BR> <BR> Well, the LORD immediately showed me that this was indeed like the 'Tipping Point Theory' that Chris shares in "The Spark" and I was SO blessed! KEEP doing the things we know to do and EVENTUALLY we will reap a harvest! And really, whe... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:51:58 EST Promises and Attitudes On my walk this morning, I was meditating on some of the things [mostly Scriptures] I have written in my Index Card Spiral Journal and this really touched me. I think I may have gotten this from my Thompson Chain Reference Bible. <BR> <BR> Promises from Matthew: <BR> 1:21 Save my from sin <BR> 3:11 Baptize me with the Spirit <BR> 4:4 Life by the Word <BR> 4:6 Protection from angels <BR> 5:3 kingdom of heaven <BR> 5:8 a visible God <BR> 5:9 filling of righteousness <BR> 6:30 necessit... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 08:31:15 EST Quote and Scripture The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs to me; it has hands, it lays hold of me. ~ Martin Luther <BR> <BR> "Lift up your heads, o ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." <BR> <BR> "Wait on the LORD and be of good courage..." <BR> <BR> Lord, may our heads be lifted up towards You today! <BR> <BR> God wants me to WAIT upon Him; trusting Him in the midst of sorrow, pain, and trials. He wants me to be of good courage and HE... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:13:16 EST Fitness goals Recently I made my weight loss goals: long term, mid-term and short term and then decided on rewards for reaching those goals. Today I did my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Long-term goal by June/2011 and for the rest of my life: to be active and fit: riding my bike with the kids, going on nature walks, hiking, walking for 'causes' [like Walk for Life--pro-life], climbing Mount Baldy [a VERY challenging walk in our area]; and increasing my daily exercise routines. <BR> <BR> Mid-term goals by Se... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:44:15 EST This is going to happen Hi, I'm Babs and I am going to get healthy starting right now and stay that way for the rest of my life. One day at a time I will change my life. I am excited! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 02:38:45 EST Scripture and Musings--Psalm 21 1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! <BR> <BR> 2 You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah <BR> <BR> I rejoice in GOD'S strength to this weak vessel. I've cried out to the LORD for years to be delivered from the 'lust of the flesh' in regards to eating and God is giving me the request of my lips and the desire of my heart. He is using SP to pave the way for life-long success in... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:39:46 EST Scripture and prayer Job 5: <BR> <BR> 17Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: <BR> <BR> 18For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. <BR> <BR> 19He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. <BR> <BR> 20In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. <BR> <BR> 21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou ... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:58:46 EST Psalm 18 I was SO, SO encouraged this morning from this Psalm and wanted to share a few verses. May the LORD strengthen us for the battle, not only in the realm of weight loss and healthy habits, but in ALL realms of this earthly JESUS' name! <BR> <BR> 1I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. <BR> <BR> 2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. <BR> <BR> 3I will call upo... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 08:37:30 EST Not despising the day of small beginnings... I think that SPARKPEOPLE is one of the BEST sites of all time! I'm SO, SO thrilled with what God is doing in my heart and how He is using SparkPeople to change my habits/lifestyle! <BR> <BR> Last night we were suppose to go for a picnic with some dear friends but at the last minute our plans got changed and we decided to meet at Dairy Queen instead and walk along Lake Superior. Well, I quickly went to DQ's website and looked over their nutritional information. I WAS IN SHOCK!!!!!!!! A medi... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 12:51:28 EST Exodus 34:6-7 And the LORD passed by before him and proclaimed, the LORD, the LORD GOD, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, <BR> <BR> Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:47:24 EST Goals--Chapter 2 of THE SPARK I, Susan, will live to the absolute brim, savoring Jesus as my deepest pleasure; filling every day with loving words and actions toward my husband, children, relatives and friends; eating well and being fit and trim; cultivating my gardens with newfound enthusiasm and passion; being a home educator that inspires my children to love learning and to reach their full potential; to fill our home with creativity, warmth and laughter creating an atmosphere of security, contentement and gratitude. {... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:18:42 EST My walk... I usually walk in the early morning but it was SO foggy this morning that I was afraid to walk on our country roads--never know when you'll run into a bear or wolf! YIKES! Anyway, it's 11:00 a.m. now and 80 degrees with HIGH humidity and I DON'T want to do this. I figured if I posted, that I could make myself accountable. So here goes 3 miles in the HEAT! Ugh! Wrapping a wet towel around my neck which really, really helps. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:05:19 EST Scriptures and Ponderings And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in Thee. <BR> <BR> And they that know Thy Name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee." <BR> <BR> ...he forgetteth not the cry of the humble <BR> <BR> Our hope is in Jesus and He will hear the cries of our heart! He will NEVER leave us or forsake us in this journey. We must trust Him fully. <BR> <BR> "For the zeal of thine house hat eaten me up..." Ps. 69:9 <BR> <BR> "Know ye not that ye are the t... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:01:11 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Susan and I'm SO happy to be here! I joined SparkPeole on July 12th and I'm so excited to me to find several Christian teams! <BR> <BR> Blessings in Him! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 08:28:53 EST Motivational Ideas I have an incentive chart that I use to track how much weight I've lost. I put a sticker on the chart for every pound lost. Keeps me going! Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:31:33 EST Weight loss is..... not for the faint of heart. Tue, 4 May 2010 14:54:19 EST Click here and leave a scripture.... Love the Lord and follow his plans for your lives. Cling to him and serve him enthusiastically. <BR> Joshua 22:5 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:57:39 EST Any food items off limits? Cookies are off-limits. That's the biggest step I've made so far. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:37:11 EST I thank God for..... His Word Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:00:51 EST I am happy for...... new beginnings. The old has passed and all has been made new. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:27:59 EST 2010 New Years RESOLUTIONS Gone are the days when i would make New Years resolutions. Mainly because they were broken by March. <BR> So rather than set myself up; I stopped doing them altogether. <BR> <BR> Are you of the same mind? Or have you made them? If so, what are they? <BR> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:50:47 EST FITNESS Challenge (Jan. 19- Feb. 2) <em>227</em> the "can't" mindset. <BR> <em>227</em> the inconsistency. <BR> <em>227</em> the lack of motivation. <BR> <em>227</em> the lazy habits. <BR> <em>227</em> the defeat! <BR> <BR> This challenge is to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes/day in whatever form you'd like: running, walking, biking, etc. <BR> This challenge will last 2 weeks. <BR> Come here and let us know (for accountability) how you did that day. Even if you missed the mark - no worries. Shake it off and begin aga... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 02:29:32 EST December 2009 goals Lose 2 lbs. <BR> Workout 3x/wk <BR> Stay in calorie range Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:45:36 EST Countdown to Christma ....more shopping to do? I started buying things in June because there were some sales that fit the budget. I still have shopping to do though.....will probably wait till the last week of Christmas for that. :) Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:44:14 EST What would you do with 1 million dollars? With the way the economy has gone and the prices of homes today; a million may not be a whole lot, or would it? If I bought a new house - it would be in the $350,000 range - so there goes 1/3 of that million. <BR> Next, I'd take a VACATION and go somewhere like the Bahamas. <BR> <BR> What would you do? Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:24:36 EST Thanksgiving jitters? What R U looking forward 2? Diet, diet, diet. Count calories, exercise, don't touch the fudge!!! <BR> What treat are you looking forward to? <BR> <BR> I like PUMPKIN PIE. yep, I said it. Not a big fudge fan but PUMPKIN PIE will do. Sat, 21 Nov 2009 03:10:58 EST What are your goals for NOVEMBER? 30 minutes cardio- 3x/wk. <BR> Go to bed at 9pm. <BR> Reward myself at the end of the month. <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 08:33:21 EST If I could be anywhere, I'd be...... somewhere with white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters <BR> <em>218</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:57:08 EST How many SparkPoints did U get spinning the wheel? 1 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:52:33 EST Today I will not..... lose sight of my gains!!! Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:51:15 EST Praise Reports!!! Sometimes you just have to SHOUT TO THE LORD with a voice of triumph!!! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I praise God and thank Him for a renewed desire to keep running the race!! Wed, 11 Nov 2009 01:12:59 EST 30-minute-a-day Exercise CHALLENGE (Nov.11-17) Hello team! Here's the spot! Check in here for the challenge and keep the energy going!! <BR> <BR> Mark: <em>248</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:35:23 EST Testimonies A long time ago.....churches used to have "testimonies". This is where an individual would stand up and share how God had saved them, delivered them, met them, protected them, blessed them. <BR> Some churches still have this time but if you attend a large church; you probably don't do this. <BR> <BR> Well, here's my testimony..... <BR> <BR> If there's one area of my life that I can truly say God has saved/delivered me from - it's anger. <BR> Anger and me used to be close friends. I would ... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 01:44:51 EST Read 1 Bible Chapter each day CHALLENGE!! I felt very strongly that this challenge needs to happen. <BR> We cannot succeed without the Word living and dwelling in our hearts each day. It's God's Word that will enable us to SUCCEED! <BR> So get your Bible out and let's dive in!! <BR> <em>296</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:13:58 EST Which biblical character can you most relate to? There are so many biblical characters to choose from but if you need a list (not in order); here goes (you can even pick one that's not on the list): <BR> <BR> Abraham, <BR> Sarah, <BR> Jacob, <BR> Daniel, <BR> Noah, <BR> Gideon, <BR> Rahab, <BR> Joshua, <BR> Samuel, <BR> David, <BR> Jonathan, <BR> Job, <BR> Solomon, <BR> Delilah, <BR> Debrah, <BR> Moses, <BR> Esther, <BR> Peter, <BR> Paul, <BR> Thomas <BR> Timothy, <BR> Zaccheaus....... <BR> <BR> <BR> I think I can relate to Gideon the mo... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:54:32 EST The Water CHALLENGE (8 -8oz/day) (Oct. 30-Nov. 5) Howdy team! <BR> <BR> Glasses ready? Water Set? Go!!! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 01:38:43 EST Are you Joan, Debra, Annie or Roseanne? Which mom are you? <BR> <BR> Joan Clever: the house is spotless, hair is primped, lunches are ready for the kids, coffee is ready for the husband....shall I go on? <BR> <BR> Debra Barone: doesn't quite have a clue on what "respect for the husband" is but is stylish, expressive with emotions, can wear the "pants" and "skirt", can't really cook. <BR> <BR> Roseanne: sloppy and loud <BR> <BR> Annie Camden: jack of all trades, very good listener, doesn't like change, can let go of degrees to ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:44:05 EST Would you be a pencil, pen, eraser or sharpener? If someone could describe your personality or stage in life would you be a..... <BR> <BR> Pencil: this type gets the job done (and is used) but another can definitely build on their work. <BR> <BR> Pen: this person is indispensable and they definitely leave a strong impression. They are what legacies are made of. <BR> <BR> Eraser: I see the eraser as someone who can fix problems. They are huge helpers. <BR> <BR> Sharpener: definitely refines others through correction or their life exa... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:20:38 EST Which describes your personality: fruit or veggie? I'm definitely fruity. Nothing exotic or rare - probably a strawberry. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:02:39 EST What would your clothes say about you? I just posted a blog titled, "Confessions of a former frump girl". I am so tired of not looking my best. What's inside eventually comes out. I actually listed, "put make-up on" as a Spark Goal. <BR> <em>246</em> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:37:49 EST The 5 Fruits & Veggies CHALLENGE (October 23-29) So here it is!! The spot where you come and share how you're doing in this challenge. The spot where you can say: <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> OR share exactly which fruits and veggies you ate! <BR> <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> You are ALL WINNERS!!! And "Yes!!" this is one of the best teams on SparkPeople!! Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:07:28 EST Favorite song (s) This will be hard. I'll have to narrow it down... <BR> <BR> "Lead Me To The Cross" by Hillsong. <BR> "Unbreakable" by Fireflight. <BR> Sat, 17 Oct 2009 10:51:55 EST Favorite season I love the Fall. When the leaves start changing - what a sight. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:20:45 EST Favorite movies Got a list of favorite movies? I do! <BR> <BR> Here's a couple... <BR> <BR> Fireproof <BR> Facing the Giants <BR> Faith Like Potatoes <BR> Noah Dearborne <BR> Sense & Sensibility <BR> Pride & Prejudice <BR> The Count of Monte Cristo <BR> The Lake House <BR> <BR> ....and so much more! <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:58:36 EST Stay In Your Calorie Range CHALLENGE (Oct.16-22) <em>9</em> Here it is! Our first challenge! <BR> And for those of us who are struggling; this may be the plateau breaker! <BR> <BR> Remember, you'll need to come to this link daily during the appointed time (Oct. 16-22) and leave some type of message stating: <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> If you don't meet the goal; come here and share your frustration or reasons you may have missed it. <BR> <BR> Some articles to check out (for prepping): <BR> <BR> "Overcoming Overeating" found in Nu... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:12:08 EST The Scripture that brought LIFE to me today In our daily readings there are verses that capture our attention. They SPEAK. <BR> Here's the place to share it! <BR> <BR> Today I read Jeremiah 22. <BR> "If you put an end to all these terrible deeds you are doing, then....there shall be prosperity for all." <BR> <BR> God is ALWAYS ready to forgive, ready to save but we must choose that. In one choice; things can be turned around for the better. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:36:54 EST Motivational Quote for today Let this moment be the starting point, right here, right now, and just go up from this point. <BR> <BR> -John Roger with Paul Kaye Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:57:47 EST Share your mood with Emoticons!! <em>9</em> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:30:29 EST Daily Check in... Saw this topic on another Spark team and thought, 'what a great idea!' <BR> <BR> So here's the spot to "check in" and give a quick status of how you're doing! Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:29:40 EST Noticeable differences in your body? I've noticed that my waistline has gotten a little smaller. I have more energy. But the main difference is that I'm not constipated. Thank God!! Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:54:38 EST The one good thing I ate today.... a pear and a banana <em>265</em> Wed, 23 Sep 2009 01:42:40 EST Weekly Weigh in. Results HERE. I lost 1 lb. this week!!! <em>9</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:26:40 EST Today I am.... staying in my calorie range!! <em>301</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:50:28 EST Stay in calorie range today? No. <em>301</em> Went waaaay over. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 02:00:37 EST This week I will.... Walk a minimum of 20 min./day. <em>68</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2009 01:56:41 EST Got some favorite Christian workout music? Workout music can be a source of inspiration. Which songs would you recommend? <BR> <BR> I like Fireflight's latest "Unbreakable". Sun, 13 Sep 2009 15:37:01 EST I thank God for.....(A-Z) A - Armor. <BR> <BR> Without the Armor of God, we would be powerless and quickly defeated. I thank God that He didn't leave us without the essential tools for victory! His Armor! Sun, 13 Sep 2009 07:28:23 EST Welcome Hello! <BR> <BR> What a joy and honor to have you part of this team! <BR> <BR> I love Jesus and have found His name to be the Source of strength, power, hope, victory, love and eternal life (John 3:16). <BR> <BR> I have been with SparkPeople since 2007 but I stopped doing the work, gained the weight back and have returned to conquer and maintain. <BR> <BR> So welcome! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 07:14:23 EST How many exercise calories did you burn today? 82 Sun, 13 Sep 2009 06:23:21 EST What Bible passage(s) did you read today? Isaiah 1 Sun, 13 Sep 2009 05:53:00 EST What is your exercise plan for today? Walk 20 minutes Sun, 13 Sep 2009 05:50:19 EST