SparkPeople Arthritis and Weight Loss Challenges Team Messageboard This group focuses on the daily pain of arthritis and challenge of weight loss. Through special support and encouragement , we can get through this together! SparkPeople Arthritis and Weight Loss Challenges Team Messageboard Summer A-Z Words for Summer in A-Z order <BR> <BR> I'll start--ADVENTURE Mon, 8 Jun 2020 07:13:07 EST June Goals What things would you like to accomplish by the end of June? Sun, 31 May 2020 07:20:13 EST Two Words Different Meanings MADE MAID Tue, 26 May 2020 06:24:03 EST Create A Word From MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Create a word with the letters in MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND <BR> <BR> I'll start--DIAL Tue, 19 May 2020 06:57:40 EST June Minutes Steps Miles How many minutes steps miles can you do for the month of June? <BR> <BR> Can post daily or weekly. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:00:57 EST May Goals What would you like to accomplish for the month of May? Thu, 30 Apr 2020 07:58:39 EST Earth Day A-Z Words for Earth Day A-Z order <BR> <BR> ATMOSPHERE Mon, 13 Apr 2020 07:41:08 EST End To End Food Use the last letter of previous word to name a food item <BR> <BR> ApplE Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:04:07 EST April Minutes Steps Miles How many minutes steps or miles can you do for the month of April? <BR> <BR> Can track daily or weekly. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:54:31 EST April Goals What things would you like to accomplish for the month of April? Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:52:46 EST Word Association A word that goes with the one before it. <BR> <BR> SPRING Sat, 14 Mar 2020 07:44:27 EST March Minutes Steps Miles How many Minutes Steps or Miles can you do for the month of March? Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:35:38 EST March Goals What would you like to accomplish for the month of March? <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:29:48 EST Two Words Different Meanings Two words that sound the same but have different meanings. <BR> <BR> I'll start--POLE PULL POOL Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:25:44 EST A-Z Words For Friendship A-Z words for friendship <BR> <BR> I'll start--AVAILABLE Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:54:18 EST Create A Word From HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Create a word using the letters from HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY <BR> <BR> I'll start--ANT Mon, 3 Feb 2020 07:23:47 EST A-Z Valentine's Gifts A-Z order for Valentine's Gifts <BR> <BR> I'll start--AMETHYST Mon, 3 Feb 2020 07:21:22 EST Try A New Fruit/ Vegetable/ Food Challenge Try a new fruit, vegetable or food item 1 time per week. <BR> <BR> Come back and tell us what you tried and what you thought of it. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 06:41:34 EST February Minutes Steps Miles How many minutes steps or miles can you do for the month of February. <BR> <BR> Can post daily or weekly. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 06:36:31 EST February Goals What things would you like to accomplish by the end of February? <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 06:33:59 EST Create A Word From HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY Create a word from letters from HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY <BR> <BR> I'll start--hog Tue, 28 Jan 2020 05:38:45 EST Create A Word From SUPER BOWL LIV FOOTBALL Create a word from letters from SUPER BOWL LIV FOOTBALL <BR> <BR> I'll start--FOOT Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:25:41 EST Food End To End Name a food using the last letter of previous word. <BR> <BR> APPLE Your food will start with letter E Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:14:46 EST January Goals What are your goals for the month of January? Sun, 29 Dec 2019 08:07:32 EST January Minutes, Miles, Steps How many minutes, miles or steps can you do for the month of January? <BR> <BR> Can post daily or weekly amounts. Sun, 29 Dec 2019 07:56:16 EST Travel End To End Name a new location using the last letter <BR> <BR> PENNSYLVANIA Sat, 28 Dec 2019 06:49:57 EST Create A Word From JANUARY GOALS Create a word from the letters in JANUARY GOALS <BR> <BR> SALARY Sat, 28 Dec 2019 06:46:02 EST ABC Christmas Gifts ABC order of Christmas Gifts <BR> <BR> I'll start--APPLE Tue, 24 Dec 2019 06:31:21 EST ABC Christmas Songs ABC order of Christmas songs <BR> <BR> I'll start--AWAY IN A MANGER Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:03:58 EST ABC Christmas Words ABC order of words for Christmas <BR> <BR> I'll start--ADVENT <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 06:01:43 EST Create A Word From MERRY CHRISTMAS Create a word from the letters in MERRY CHRISTMAS. <BR> <BR> I'll start--MAST Tue, 17 Dec 2019 05:58:53 EST ABC Cooking Words ABC order of words associated with Cooking. <BR> <BR> I'll start--Al Dente Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:56:54 EST December Goals What would you like to accomplish for the month of December? Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:49:31 EST December Minutes, Steps, Miles How many minutes, steps or miles can you do for the month of December? <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2019 08:29:19 EST Create a Word From THANKSGIVING DINNER Create a word from the letters in THANKSGIVING DINNER <BR> <BR> I'll start--THANKS <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:50:28 EST ABC Order Of Words For Thanksgiving ABC Order Of Words For THANKSGIVING <BR> <BR> I'll start--APPLE PIE Fri, 15 Nov 2019 07:38:49 EST Create A Word From Letters In THANKSGIVING TURKEY Create a word using letters in THANKSGIVING TURKEY <BR> <BR> I'll start--THANKS Fri, 15 Nov 2019 06:10:03 EST December Challenge The November-December Challenge is to lose weight or maintain your weight over the holidays. <BR> It combines team goals at bottom of team page of daily exercise, keeping a food journal and staying within your Personal Calorie range for the day. Mon, 4 Nov 2019 15:32:44 EST Change A Letter Change a letter to create a new word. 4 letter <BR> <BR> COLD <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2019 06:27:49 EST ABC Thankful For Words ABC order of words of things that you are Thankful for. <BR> <BR> I'll start--AIR Fri, 1 Nov 2019 06:25:25 EST Weight Loss Success Wall Great job on all the hard work you have done!! Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:42:47 EST December Weight Loss/Maintain How much weight can you lose by the end of December? <BR> <BR> Or stay within your maintain range. <BR> <BR> Draw a Stocking like this one to check off completed goals or Weight loss to place in a place you can see it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can post weekly on your regular weigh in day.. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to make a Weight Loss Success Wall. If you have lost 10 or more pounds let me know by ... Mon, 28 Oct 2019 10:37:03 EST November Goals What would you like to accomplish by the end of November? Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:41:23 EST November Minutes, Steps, Miles How many Fitness Minutes, Steps or Miles can you do by the end of November? <BR> <BR> Take a Virtual Journey--Pick a destination and see if you can reach it by the end of November. Share pictures of your journey with us!! <BR> <BR> Let us know you are joining in!! Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:39:57 EST Weight Loss Success If you lose or have lost weight, please share your lose here. Sun, 27 Oct 2019 09:49:56 EST Create A Word From HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN Create a word with the letters from HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN. <BR> <BR> I'll start--- HALL Thu, 24 Oct 2019 06:34:59 EST ABC Halloween Words ABC order of Halloween/Fall Words. <BR> <BR> I'll start-- APPLE Thu, 24 Oct 2019 06:27:25 EST sharing recipes from the internet please post the recipes you wish to share from the internet here. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:38:57 EST ABC Baby Words ABC order of words of anything to do with Baby. <BR> <BR> I'll start----APPLESAUCE Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:23:19 EST October Fitness How many Minutes, Steps or Miles can you do for the month of October? <BR> <BR> Take a camera and share pictures of your journey. Tue, 1 Oct 2019 05:51:12 EST Change A Letter Change a letter to form a new word. <BR> <BR> SPARK Sun, 29 Sep 2019 07:13:41 EST ABC MOVIES List in ABC order names of movies. <BR> <BR> I'll start-----America Sun, 29 Sep 2019 07:10:48 EST October Goals What things would you like to accomplish for the month of October? Fri, 27 Sep 2019 06:42:16 EST Create A Word From ARTHRITIS WEIGHT Create a word using the letters from ARTHRITIS WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> I'll start--ART Sun, 22 Sep 2019 06:31:30 EST A-Z Fall Words A-Z Fall Words <BR> <BR> A- Acorns Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:53:20 EST Labor Day Word Game With the first letter of your name-Name 5 occupations! <BR> <BR> I'll start, Mine is T <BR> <BR> TEACHER <BR> TRAINER <BR> TRAIN CONDUCTOR <BR> TECHNICAN <BR> TAX ACCOUNTANT <BR> Mon, 2 Sep 2019 07:11:29 EST September Watch Sodium Read labels and watch Sodium amounts. <BR> Share Recipes or tips to watch the Sodium in your diet. Thu, 29 Aug 2019 05:45:40 EST ABC Back To School ABC Back to School words <BR> <BR> Academics Thu, 29 Aug 2019 05:40:19 EST Word Association What words goes with this word? <BR> <BR> Acorns Thu, 29 Aug 2019 05:38:11 EST Stepping through September This is a fun thing to do- if you wear something that tracks your steps this is for you. <BR> <BR> Everyday or when you can you come here and add your daily steps to the team total. It is fun to see the steps add up and a good way to get those steps in. <BR> <BR> Join me and let's see how many steps as a team we can get combined. let's try to reach a million steps or more for the month of September. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 23:33:13 EST SEPTEMBER GOALS What things would you like to accomplish for the month of September? Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:57:58 EST Let's Play Trivia <link><BR>/games_home.asp </link> <BR> this link should take you to the Trivia for spark. this is in the list under daily spark opportunities. you can earn 3 daily points for answering questions. they are health related questions and fun to see how many questions you have to answer to get 3 questions right. it is one point per right question. Mon, 26 Aug 2019 12:10:22 EST Pumpkin --Apple--Fall Recipes Do you have a great Fall recipe to share? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:34:37 EST Summer Words A-Z A-Z Words about Summer. <BR> <BR> Adventures Wed, 14 Aug 2019 05:46:22 EST Frutis & Veggie ABC Game Name a Fruit or Vegetable in ABC order. <BR> <BR> Apple Mon, 5 Aug 2019 06:41:31 EST August Fruits/Veggies Challenge Eat your 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:30:57 EST August Fitness/Steps How many Fitness Minutes/Steps/Miles can you do for the month of August? <BR> Take a Virtual Walk and share pictures of the areas you are visiting with the team! <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:27:50 EST August Goals What would you like to accomplish by the end of August? Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:25:06 EST Summertime ABC Game ABC Summer time words. <BR> <BR> I'll start <BR> Adventure Sat, 29 Jun 2019 06:40:01 EST July Salad Challenge Eat a Salad a day. Lots of great veggies and fruits fresh from the grower for a Healthy Salad. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 06:32:35 EST July Fitness Minutes/Steps How many Fitness Minutes/Steps/Miles can you do for the month of July? Take a Virtual Walk &amp; share pictures of your journey. <BR> <BR> Check in weekly to share your totals. Sat, 29 Jun 2019 06:27:44 EST July Goals What would you like to accomplish for the month of July? <BR> Sat, 29 Jun 2019 06:22:02 EST Word Game A-Z let's do the words in A-Z for, but use it in a phrase or sentence. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:47:08 EST June Flowers Game in ABC order post a name of a summer flower. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 May 2019 11:11:06 EST June Check In Check in daily if you have your 5 servings of fruit/vegetables a day. Post an Emoticon, :) or whatever works for you. Fri, 31 May 2019 08:09:48 EST Flowers ABC Game Names of Flowers ABC Game Fri, 31 May 2019 08:05:37 EST June Encouragement Challenge Encourage/Say Hi to Someone every day! It could be something that really makes their day. Fri, 31 May 2019 05:58:08 EST June Minutes/Steps How many Minutes/Steps/Miles can you do in the month of June? Do a Virtual Walk &amp; share pictures of your journey! Fri, 31 May 2019 05:55:23 EST JUNE GOALS What would you like to achieve by the end of June? Thu, 30 May 2019 08:09:22 EST May check in Check in if you eat 5 or more servings of fruit and/or veggies combined daily. post an emoticon <BR> or a smile :-) ; ) if you can't post an emoticon. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 23:34:03 EST May check Check in if you eat 5 or more servings of fruit and/or veggies combined daily. post an emoticon <BR> or a smile :-) ; ) if you can't post and emoticon. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 23:32:45 EST Mother's Day Game For the month of May and Mother's Day being May 12th, let's have some fun listing in ABC order something you remember you enjoy/enjoyed doing with your mother or something she made, or even what you enjoy doing as a mother even with your fur babies. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:26:20 EST May Calendar Here are 31 daily tips that will help you build stronger bones and prevent future fractures. Click on the link and print your May calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/calendar_2007-05.pdf </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:31:16 EST May Food Challeng e-Sodium The Food Challenge for May is to watch Sodium intake &amp; read labels to find the Sodium amounts. <BR> <BR> Share and post lower Sodium recipes with us! Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:50:17 EST May Fitness How many Minutes/Steps/Miles can you do for the month of May? Take a Virtual Walk and share pictures with us of your journey! Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:43:38 EST MAY Goals What goals would you like to reach for May? Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:29:08 EST Knee Replacement Hello, my name is Larae and I have bone on bone OA in both knees. I was told I need both knees replaced. My concern is recovery time. I work part time and can't afford to not work. I am trying to get a feel for what recovery will be like.  <BR> Has anyone had the surgery and returned to work? How long were you out of work?  <BR> TIA <BR> Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:30:47 EST Felling Better Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> When I first rejoined I did not want to chat here because I read some posts and they all seemed so upbeat. I thought I would bring everyone down. I received nice replies saying to vent or say whatever I needed to and I greatly appreciated that. <BR> I waited until now because I am feeling so much better since I joined again. I read about everyone else and see that they have many probems , some so much worse than mine. I try to give a bit of advice when I think I ca... Fri, 5 Apr 2019 21:39:45 EST April 20 Minutes A Day Check In Post an Emoticon to show you did your 20 minutes exercise each day! The Emoticon button is right above this section. Hit Reply and the Emoticon button is the last one on the right. Or just add a few words describing what exercise you did each day. Sun, 31 Mar 2019 09:04:10 EST April Food Challenge-Water April Food Challenge is to drink your water every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:58:11 EST April Fitness How many Minutes, Miles or Steps can you do for the month of April? Take a Virtual walk-pick a destination and see if you can reach it in the month of April. Take pictures to share with us of your journey!! Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:48:42 EST APRIL GOALS What are your goals for the month of April? <em>292</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:11:11 EST Earth Day Game for the month of April and Earth Day being April 22 let's have some fun listing in ABC order. name something that is outdoors that helps with going green for April. <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2019 00:39:43 EST April calendar this months calendar gives you 30 ideas on how to go green. <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly <BR> living these days, you may wonder where to <BR> start. But reducing your impact on the planet <BR> can be simple, and every action does make a <BR> difference. Want even more incentive to <BR> change? Most green actions will save you <BR> money, limit waste, enhance your health and <BR> even increase your overall physical <BR> activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here <... Sat, 30 Mar 2019 00:19:01 EST HELLO Hi, <BR> I just posted about myself in the wrong place. I just will say I am here (not this team) for the 3rd time. I seem to lose motivation after a few mos. I don't want to do that this time. I have bad knees, torn rotary cuff, back and shoulder pain. Depressed lately feel all alone even though I have two great sons who are there for me. I started a video walkk 10 min and I am adding 10 more in moving exercises. Right now I have motivation and sure hope to succeed. High weight was 265 low 1... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:42:30 EST Feeling all alone vs Feeling lonely Hi, <BR> I have been here twice before (not on this team) I have not gained much since (3lbs) but have never reached my goal. I have started once again about a week ago because I did gain that 3lbs and cannot continue on that path. My highest weight 265 . My lowest 155. I have kept off the majority of the loss for 16 yrs but when I gained back from 155 to about 173 I was never able to get back on track long enough and to stay with it. <BR> Recently I feel all alone in life in spite of two fi... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:25:14 EST March Healthy Calendar Here are 31 daily tips that will help you eat more nutritious, healthy foods. Click here to download and print your March calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/calendar_2007-03.pdf </link> Mon, 4 Mar 2019 11:06:36 EST March 20 Minutes A Day Check In Add an emoticon if you exercised 20 minutes today!! <BR> <BR> Copy the Shamrock image and place it where you can see it. Fill it in with your exercise goals! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 06:29:11 EST Smile & Post Challenge This is a challenge reccommended by @PBVHCCVH. It is Smile A Day&amp; post. If you see or hear something that makes you Smile share it with us:) it can be a commercial, picture, story. Anything that makes you Smile:) <BR> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:48:50 EST March Food Challenge Eat 3 Heart healthy foods per day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fill in your pot of gold by eating Heart Healthy Foods this mon... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:42:41 EST March Minutes How many Minutes, Steps, Miles can you reach for month of March? <BR> Pick a destination to see if you can reach it by the end of the month. Share pictures of your journey along the way! <BR> <BR> Let us know if you are joining in by a comment under this forum! Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:40:34 EST March Goals What are some things you would like to accomplish for the month of March? Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:30:36 EST February Spark Heart Healthy Calendar SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For February, that means improving your heart health for National Heart Month. <BR> <BR> Here are 28 daily tips that will help you improve your health. Click below to download and print your February Calendar. Hope you find this helpful. <BR> <BR> <link> /calendar_ 2007-02.pdf </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:12:20 EST February Food Challenge February Food Challenge is Eat a Healthy Breakfast. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are joining in. This will be a check mark goal under your trackers on other goal page. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:25:39 EST February Minutes/St teps/Miles How many Minutes/Steps/Miles can you get in for February? Do a virtual walk-pick a destination and see if you can reach it in the month of February!!! Share pictures of the areas you go through along the way! <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are joining in!! Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:06:12 EST Februay Goals What are your goals or things that you would like to accomplish for February? Do you have a Bucket List? <BR> <BR> Share your goals &amp; of course your successes with us! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 06:32:48 EST word association for Valentine's Day I will start with two words - you take one of those words and associate it with a different word that pertains to Valentine's Day <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:03:47 EST Check n if you exercised 20 minutes today this is a challenge to check in with an emoticon if you exercised 20 minutes or more today. <BR> you can exercise 5 minutes, 10 minutes or what you are able to do so your daily total adds up to 20 or minutes for the day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:02:13 EST January Goals What are your January Goals/Bucket List? <em>249</em> <em>248</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 06:05:07 EST January Food Challenge January Food Challenge is to keep a Food Journal. Do you use a Journal? do you personalize it? Is it store bought, or print out? Do you add picture goals? Quotes? <BR> <BR> This is a check mark goal at bottom of page. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:49:09 EST January Minutes/St teps/Miles How many Minutes/Steps/Miles can you get in for January? Try a Virtual Walk. Pick a location and see if you can walk ti in January. Let us know where you are walking to and your progress throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are joining in. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry for spelling typo. Was ok when I did it, then it messed up on its own. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:44:52 EST Christmas Alphabet Game In ABC order, name something that is associated with Christmas. Thu, 6 Dec 2018 11:48:28 EST December Food Challenge Food Challenge for December is to try to do little twiks to your recipes to make them a little healthier. If not a healthy version. <BR> For some of my cookies I had some oatmeal for some of the flour. And bananas (and applesauce) for some of the butter. It does make it different, but I like it. <BR> Please share your ideas. Let me know if you are joining in. <BR> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:51:46 EST December Steps/Miles December Steps/Miles Challenge. How many Steps/Miles can you get in for December? Pick a destination and see if you can reach it. <BR> Post your weekly totals here. <BR> Let me know if you are joining in. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:43:43 EST November Steps Challenge How many steps can you get in for November? <BR> <BR> Post to let us know if you are joining in. Then you can just post a weekly total every Monday. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 08:25:37 EST November Food Challenge November Food Challenge is Eat soup 3 or more times a week! All soups can be included. Chili and Bean also. <BR> <BR> Just post under this forum if you are joining in so I know. And if you want you can post what great soup(s) you are having daily or weekly. It may encourage others to try what you are having. I am also going to change a team challenge so you can check mark your goal daily. <BR> <BR> If you have any soup recipes to share please post them! It seems better to try somethin... Sun, 28 Oct 2018 08:21:16 EST Food Challenge October 15-31 Food Challenge for October 15 through 31 is Eat a Healthy Breakfast. It can be Good Carbs and/or Proteins. Whichever your eating plan calls for. <em>490</em> <em>481</em> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 10:02:05 EST October Steps Challenge How many steps can you get in for the month of October? It's a beautiful time of year to get out &amp; enjoy the scenery, and all the great things that Fall has to offer. And don't forget your cameras so you can post pics in the Nature Walk/Move Challenge section also!!!! <BR> <BR> You can check in with a weekly total. Also please post steps on your Other Goals page so it can add up into our Team Goal for the Month. <BR> <BR> Have a great time! <em>574</em> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2018 07:40:09 EST Food Challenge 10-1 to 10-14 PBVHCCVH is contact for this challenge. <BR> For 10-1 thru 10-14 <BR> <BR> No Added Sugar. Mon, 1 Oct 2018 07:33:29 EST Nature Walk/Move Challenge Aim for 2 10 minute walk/move a day. Take lots of great pictures to share with us. Minutes can be included with the team goal at bottom of page (fill in on Other Goals page, can be found under My Trackers at top of page). Tue, 4 Sep 2018 19:04:00 EST recipe shares if you have any recipe/s you like please post the recipe/s to share. just in case someone is looking for a new recipe to try. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:09:26 EST August Challenge August Challenge is take a 15 minute Nature Walk 3 times a week. Would love to hear stories and Hopefully pictures Too!! of your flowers, birds, animals, anything Nature in your area. I know we all have limitations so do as you are able. Do 5 minute walks if you have to. But please share some of your area with us!! And hopefully we can burn some extra calories while doing something enjoyable!! Plus for me, the more I move-the more Chase moves!!! Also I can maybe teach him some things ... Wed, 8 Aug 2018 19:21:36 EST weekly challenge for 7-22-2018 to 7-28-2018 try to walk for 10 minutes twice a day as you are able. Sat, 21 Jul 2018 12:00:48 EST Mile High July let's see as a team we can reach 500 total miles together. <BR> this is your total daily miles...walk, ride a bike, even just your total daily miles that you can track. Sun, 1 Jul 2018 23:27:17 EST Hello to all Merry Meet everyone, <BR> I just found the team. I've had Arthritis(undefined) in my S.I joint and hips. I find it extremely hard to walk more than 5000 steps without the pain taking me to my knees. I keep trying but 5000 steps is about as far as I can get to. I wish I could walk like I used to. Sun, 1 Jul 2018 20:06:58 EST Marching Through June As a team combined let's see if we can add up to 3,000 miles or more this month. <BR> we are tracking miles our total miles (NOT STEPS) this month. Wed, 30 May 2018 10:52:27 EST Walking Through May let's see if we can walk over a million steps together. Starting Tuesday, May 1st. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 23:58:26 EST Happy Birthday Artsky Today is Artsky's Birthday. Let's wish her a Happy Day!! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>44</em> <em>468</em> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>383</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:59:08 EST Hello From Ms My name is Liz, 54, and single. Just got diagnosed with arthritis not sure what kind. See a rheumatologist on the April 23. Just want to get as healthy as I can to fight this disease .Would like to find friends to help me though this and me to help them. I am a good listerner. Sun, 8 Apr 2018 19:00:25 EST MARCH MADNESS STEPS! let's get stepping! Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:27:38 EST Total Points for the Rolling into Spring 2018 Chal 1 week Mar. 4 - Mar. 17 <BR> <BR> total points for the week=33 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:45:51 EST Rolling into Spring 2018 Challenge Rolling into Spring 2018 Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Did you get 7-8 hours of sleep? <BR> <BR> 2. Did you start your day off with a Healthy breakfast? <BR> <BR> 3. Did you track your meals or did you watch your portion control? <BR> <BR> 4. Did you eat 5 or more servings of veggies and fruits combined? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. Did you get at least 15 to 30 minutes of exercise of your choice? <BR> (you can break the exercise into several 5 to 10 minutes several times a day to add up to 1... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:35:18 EST Name a Favorite TV Show You Like Watching Let's name a favorite TV show you watch. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:09:19 EST FEBRUARY HEART HEALTHY STEPS! Let's get walking!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <em>361</em> <BR> <em>313</em> <BR> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:00:29 EST What are your Plans for 2018? Instead of making resolutions which most are broken, how abut making plans. a person seems to go through with many of their plans. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:50:54 EST Getting back on "TRACK " in 2018! I for one need to get back on track in 2018! I derailed over the holidays. <BR> <BR> A good way to stay focused is to track your food and get in your daily water. So for the month of January the challenge will be to daily track your food intake and track the glasses of water that you consume. Sounds easy- let's do this!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>248</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:36:53 EST STEPPING INTO THE NEW YEAR! This is a fun thing to do- if you wear a Fitbit or pedometer or something that tracks your steps this is for you. <BR> <BR> Everyday or when you can you come here and add your daily steps to the team total. It is fun to see the steps add up and a good way to get those steps in. <BR> <BR> Join me and let's see how many steps our team can take in the month of January! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>313</em> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:24:57 EST How are you doing today? Let us know how you are doing today. Are you having a good day or a bad day? How is your arthritis doing today? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:34:22 EST END OF THE YEAR FUN CHALLENGE POINTS! WEEK 1 <BR> <BR> 11/5- 10 <BR> 11/6- 10 <BR> 11/7- 10 <BR> 11/8- 5 <BR> 11/9- 10 <BR> 11/10- 10 <BR> 11/11- 5 <BR> <BR> Total: 60 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:37:33 EST END OF THE YEAR FUN CHALLENGE!!!!! <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how hard it is this time of year to eat healthy and continue to find time to get in your exercise. So here is a fun challenge for you to take part in. <BR> <BR> November 5 will be the starting week. The first week there will be 2 goals for you to do daily for 5 points for each for each day you complete the challenge. So the first week if you completed both goals each day that ... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:28:27 EST September 2017 Challenge Chat Please let us know how things are going for you with the challange. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:12:07 EST September 2017 Daily Challenge points September 2017 Challenge week 1 9/3---9/9 <BR> <BR> 9/3---30 <BR> 9/4---35 <BR> 9/5---30 <BR> 9/6---25 <BR> 9/7---30 <BR> 9/8---25 <BR> 9/9---25 <BR> <BR> total points for the week---200 <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:04:07 EST September 2017 Challenge September 2017 Challenge <BR> <BR> 1. Did you get 7-8 hours of sleep? <BR> <BR> 2. Did you eat breakfast? <BR> <BR> 3. Did you eat 5 servings of freggies? <BR> <BR> 4. Did you get 30 minutes of exercise? This can be broken up through the day to add up to 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5. Did you get some time for yourself today? <BR> <BR> 6. Did you send someone (they don’t have to be on team) a Goodie today to let them know you are thinking of them. <BR> <BR> 7. Did you get 6 or ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:57:45 EST July 2017 Challenge Chat You can check in on this chat thread and let everyone know how you are doing: if you are struggling, if you are having a bad or good day, if you have any tips to help us out, or just to give each other the support that we all can use. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:38:37 EST July Daily Challenge Points Post Here July week 1---July 2 --July 8 <BR> <BR> July 2--- <BR> July 3--- <BR> July 4 --- <BR> July 5--- <BR> July 6--- <BR> July 7--- <BR> July 8--- <BR> <BR> Total points for the week--- Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:35:44 EST July 2017 Challenge July 2017 Challenge <BR> <BR> I suggest you get a starting weight for this challenge and weigh yourself once a week. You do not have to post your weight if you don’t want to. I suggest that you keep track of your weight somehow. <BR> <BR> 1. Did you get 7-8 hours of sleep? <BR> <BR> 2. Did you eat a healthy breakfast? <BR> <BR> 3. My fitness today was____________. <BR> <BR> To choose your fitness…a few suggestions; Planks, Step Ups, you can choose walking, swimming, or anything you... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:30:47 EST May Challenge 2017 Daily Points you can post your daily points here. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 14:45:19 EST May Challenge 2017 Chat you can post daily on how you are doing with the May Challenge. we are here to support each other. Mon, 1 May 2017 14:41:31 EST May Challenge 2017 May challenge 2017 <BR> <BR> Get yourself a starting weight. You do not have to post it. Keep tabs of it for yourself. <BR> <BR> 1. Did you get 7-8 hours of sleep? <BR> 2. Did you eat a healthy breakfast? <BR> 3. I would like my daily step count be_____ or more. (If you have a way to track your steps). <BR> 4. Did you get 15 minutes or more of daily exercise? <BR> 5. Did you drink 6-8 cups of water today? <BR> 6. Did you get 30 minutes of time for yourself to relax, unwind and de-stres... Mon, 1 May 2017 14:30:11 EST Healthy Recipe Jamboree Chili from Healthy Exchange book THE OPEN ROAD COOKBOOK <BR> <BR> 8 oz lean ground beef or turkey <BR> 1/2 cup chopped onions <BR> 1 16 oz can of kidney beans (drained) <BR> 1 15 oz can tomato sauce <BR> 1 cup chunky salsa <BR> 1 tsp chili seasoning <BR> <BR> 1. In a medium sauce pan cook meat &amp; onions <BR> 2. Add remaining ingredients &amp; mix well. <BR> 3.Lower heat &amp; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. <BR> <BR> Makes 4 one cup servings. <BR> 193 calories... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:33:14 EST sleep (or the lack there of) What are some suggestions to assist the sleepless nights? I often find I sleep for a couple of hours and then am awakened with pain. I get up and walk until the pain calms and then attempt to sleep again. I'm getting by on 3-4 hours a night. <em>102</em> <em>39</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:30:16 EST Hello from Oregon Hello Everyone <em>213</em> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople since I retired in 2008. For the past few years I've mostly participated on only one team and recently decided I want to branch out some. I've had osteoarthritis for several years now and continue to look for easier ways to accomplish day to day activities, find arthritis friendly exercises, deal with the pain, and generally cope with the many challenges of the disease. I chose this team because there was a chat forum and ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:18:43 EST Challenge Chat 2017 If you wish to share how things are going, good or bad, if you have some success you would like to share or even some inspiration to share. <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:10:10 EST Daily Challenge Points Give yourself 5 points for each goal met. <BR> <BR> If you want to have some fun then you can rate your daily total as: <BR> 5 points—blew it, 10 points—struggling, 15 points—getting on track <BR> 20 points—half-way there, 25 points—doing good, 30 points—Almost 100 % <BR> 35 points—Perfecto!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At the end of the week Please total your points for the week. The top 3 points earners for the week will be recognized and receive a Goodie. <BR> <BR> Remember if you hit a... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:06:40 EST First Challenge for 2017 First Challenge for 2017 <BR> <BR> Starting February 1st and ending April 30th <BR> <BR> This challenge will challenge you to form better habits. While forming these habits you will find that you will feel better and improve your health and lose weight. I would suggest for your own reference that maybe you might like to start a journal either with a note book or just even a certain place on your computer so you can reference it when you would like to and be able to compare how you did fr... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:02:51 EST Let's play trivia you can find the trivia questions if you go to your start page and beside the wheel for your login daily points. you can see where it says daily points and under it you see total spark points and the spark points are underlined---click on theunderlined spark points and it will bring up a new page---scroll down until you see on the left side--- answer trivia questions--- or if you look on the right side in blue color it says---play trivia---click on play trivia and another page will crop up..... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:25:54 EST What 3 aims do you plan to do today? we tend to get behind on things or just need something to give us a boost to get some things done. so let's make ourselves accountable and write down 3 aims we would like accomplish each day. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:38:20 EST Plans for 2017 What are your plans for 2017? what would you like to accomplish. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:18:03 EST Challenge Chat If you would like to chat about how the challenge is going for you or you can share ideas or even recipes here. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:47:18 EST Exercise & Water Therapy Do they really help? An article in Arthritis Today said that exercise &amp; non -drug therapies should be your first line of treatment for fibromyalgia. What has been your experience? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:31:36 EST End of the Year Holiday Challenge 2016 End of the Year Holiday Challenge 2016 <BR> <BR> This challenge is going to be different. It is to help us to make better habits and try to resist the temptations we will be encountering through the holidays. What could be the most surprising of this challenge is that as we work through our temptations and maybe change some of our habits we may find out we have a surprise of losing some weight along the way. <BR> <BR> The challenge starts November 1, 2016 and ends January 15, 2017 <BR> ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:54:41 EST Exercise Ideas for when flair ups are worse. As the cold weather is moving in I have noticed more and more flair ups. I know I need to keep active even when I have flair ups but it is so hard. My regular routine is a mix of yoga, pilates, light free weights, low impact aerobics, and walking. However I am limited during my flair ups and sometimes have too much pain to do my normal routine. I wish I had access to a pool but can't afford the costs of gyms with them in my area. Any suggestions on types of exercise that works well wit... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:16:35 EST End of the Year Holiday Challenge This challenge is going to be different. This challenge is to help us to make better habits and handle all the temptations we will be encountering through the holidays. What could be the most surprising of this challenge is that as we work through our temptations and maybe change some of our habits we may find out we have a surprise of losing some weight along the way. <BR> <BR> Starting date for the challenge is November 1, 2016 and ending January 15, 2017 <BR> <BR> The Challenge: <BR>... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:25:50 EST New or Old Members, Daily Check In.... <img src=""> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:17:37 EST Name a Movie Old or New and Actor Who Played In It Primal Fear / Richard Gere Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:29:11 EST What are your plans for today? This morning, wrote out checks for bills. Cleaned my desk file cabinet and reorganized my files. <BR> <BR> Afternoon, I am reading articles on Spark teams and participated in the topics. <BR> Later, will make some home-made soup. <BR> <BR> Evening, will watch some t.v. and listen to more of my favorite music. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:15:32 EST recipes to share if you have a recipe you would like to share please do. it doesn't matter whether it is protein shakes, something for lunch or supper or even a snack. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:15:56 EST Can Choosing Foods Differently Alleviate Diseases? A fellow teammate mentioned having Chron's Disease ... and most of us are here for various 'lifestyle' diseases these days ... auto-immune (includes colitis, Chron's, arthritis, etc. etc.), diabetes type 2, heart disease, etc. etc. I wrote a response and started to post in the 'thread' we were in but thought more people might be interested and come across it here instead. I've been mentioning I'm a vegan (trying to be vegan) and some of the remarkable health improvements, reversals I've per... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:49:03 EST Recipes Thought we might could share some of our favorite yummy and healthy recipes - either our own or from other sources. <BR> <BR> The following is a recipe from Wendy Polisi ... her website link is at the bottom - she has GREAT recipes and some free recipe E-books you can download as well. <BR> <BR> Sweet Potato "Rice" Pilaf <BR> <BR> Author: Wendy Polisi <BR> <BR> I used a vegetable peeler which sliced the potatoes really thin so that they would break apart when they were cooking. You co... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:46:48 EST Feeling motivated! I am 46, diagnosed with arthritis at 27, osteoarthritis at 43 in lower back, hips &amp; knees. My grandchildren keep me going haha. Recently put on prednisolone for Polymyalgia Rheumatica &amp; really need to get on top of this weight gain. Deal with extreme fatigue most days, still go out for a daily walk though, fresh air is good for me. Have a very supportive family thankfully as had to stop working in January of this year, that was so hard. But I'm staying positive, looking forwards not ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:44:23 EST New Warrior in town! Hello everyone! Hi everyone, I'm newly diagnosed with osteoarthrits, and am facing a long road with needing double THRs. I just turned 47 and have this rotten disease all over, just found out I even have it in my left jaw. But I'm not going down without a fight! I've made it this far, and I've managed to lose 80+ lbs before and am confident I can do this again, for body will feel better again and my energy will return to enjoy the things I love! Looking forward to meeting others that face the... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:01:30 EST Joint Surgeries I finally got my full knee replacement. I had severe Severe Arthritis with bone spurs, squaring off of the bone, and valgus deformation. My knee cap was visibly smaller on the xray. After they operated, my surgeon said I had the knee of aN 88 year old and scolded me for not getting it done sooner. I'm 3 weeks into my recovery. I'm using a lot more pain medication than I thought I would need, but I'm really pushing my rehabilitation and therapy. My progress has been great. I highly recommend... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:16:10 EST How Many Steps Did You Walk Today? Do you know how many steps to took today? Many members own some type of tracker, whether it be a Spark tracker, Vivo Fit, Fit Bit, or even any other type of tracker even a pedometer or maybe you walk on a tread mill, whatever and you know how many steps you walked today just write it down here. <BR> <BR> <BR> for an example..i walked 2.2 miles or 6424 steps on February 18. this was actually a good day for me for it being winter and roads and weather being not so good to walk. <BR> i o... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:52:15 EST where do you live? why not let the team know what state or country you live in. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:49:11 EST Making Goals for 2016 and Beyond We are ending one year and starting another new year. What goals would you like to accomplish throughout 2016. These goals are not resolutions, but things we would like to meet the goal. Make your goals small and with in reach so you are not over whelmed at the time and give up. Make a list so we as team can cheer each other on and give each other support when we are struggling. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:46:39 EST two words change one saw this on another spark team and i hope this gets some attention to have you visit the team. <BR> <BR> i will start this. <BR> <BR> time clock Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:40:45 EST What are you thankful for It's November so lets be thankful for something each day. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:33:38 EST Name a song using one word from the song. I know everyone has favorite songs they like to listen to when doing some for of exercise or just a favorite song, so let's share the song in the form of a game. <BR> <BR> Name a song using one word from the song from the last post. <BR> <BR> i will start the first 2 threads. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:53:54 EST Pain versus gain Good Morning <BR> <BR> I am new to this team. Has anyone found a pain medication or supplement that does not cause weight gain? I am asking because I was loosing until my medication was increased to control pain & then I started to gain. <BR> <BR> Karen Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:37:01 EST How are you handling your daily arthritis? lets talk on how our arthritis is doing for us daily and if we are having a flair up and what you are doing for it, is the weather affecting your arthritis, are you taking meds, what kind of exercise you can do if any, on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being pain free and 10 being the worst, and anything else you want to report daily on your arthritis. We need to encourage our team mates on how their day is going whether good or bad. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:57:42 EST Happy Birthday Today is Quenneville's birthday....lets wish her a Happy Birthday!!! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>179</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ENNEVILLE </link> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:44:08 EST What are you grateful for? I thought it would be nice to have a place where we can put down one thing each day we can be grateful for. <BR> <BR> Mine for today is: <BR> <BR> I am grateful that I have found some beginners sewing classes that I can go to for $7.00 a week the money raised goes to help breast cancer in Queensland and gives me 3 hours of classes showing me how to use my own Sewing Machine Yippee! It includes tea/coffee and biscuits. of which I won't eat the biscuits of course. <BR> <BR> So today I am g... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:20:37 EST Streaking Goals Here's sparkpeople's article on spark streaking: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=988 </link> <BR> <BR> Read it if you need to be able to understand how spark streaks work. Then, tell us one thing to start with that you really want to do well with and have add as a spark goal to streak in. <BR> <BR> From then on just post each day the number of days you have streaked so far in your goal/spark streak. <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>38... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:07:22 EST Helpful Information (Feel free to share) I thought it may be great to have an area where we can share any helpful information we may have or find or any links that may be of interest. Anything related to Arthritis, weight loss and generally living a healthy lifestyle. As I do believe it's not a diet but a healthy lifestyle choice. Feel free to post any information here you think that as a team we may all benefit from. <em>30</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:08:51 EST Workout tips and information (Feel free to share) It thought it might be nice to have an area where we can share exercise workout tips and information with each other. <BR> <BR> We all have different types of arthritis and physical limitations that some things will work for some other things will work for others. So by sharing our information and tips we can learn learn off each other. <BR> <BR> Here's a utube on seated Tai Chi for arthrits you may like to try: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:21:46 EST Positive Quotes (Feel free to share) <img src=""> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:13:54 EST Thank you Just want to say thank you for having me a co-leader and all the lovely welcomes. <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:11:05 EST How is your summer coming along? Did you go somewhere, planning on going somewhere, did or planning on doing something special. do you have a garden and how is it doing? How has your arthritis been acting for you with the summer weather and activities. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:23:50 EST Hi! I’m Juli from Wisconsin. I joined SP long time ago. I guess it wasn’t until last week that I was really ready to work on losing my weight. I lost control of my weight a few years back when I was diagnosed with RA/Lupus. I have about 60+ lbs to lose. Prednisone really sucks!! I’m focusing on winning small battles at the time to make it more manageable. Looking for all the support I can get. I started keeping track of my daily food intake and learning more about nutrition. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:04:31 EST How Many Cups of Water did you Drink Today? it is important to drink 8 cups of water daily and in the humid weather it is important to stay hydrated. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:08:17 EST Did you eat 5 veggies and/or Fruits today? It is helpful to eat vegetables and fruits for weight loss and also seems to help with arthritis. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:05:44 EST Did you eat Breakfast this morning? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...what did you have for breakfast? Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:20:57 EST new to team Hi, i'm new to this team. Very discouraged because hard to lose weight when i ache so much; hard to move. Mostly feel sorry for myself and sit in chair and watch TV. Need advice. Use aspirin and motrim to get through the day--which helps very much. Now just started to use icy hot cream for my feet. Cut out diet sodas because of the sodium--which i never even thought was in soda. This has been a big help. Saw a video on-line about yoga being a big help. Does anyone do yoga and has it ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:19:07 EST When is your Birthday? Please let us know when your birthday is so we can wish you a Happy Birthday. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:16:49 EST Send a Goodie to Someone We all need encouragement. Please try to send a goodie to one of the team members at least once a week. Report here when you have done so. You can tell us who you sent it to if you like or just let us know if you sent one or more each week. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:40:42 EST What type(s) of Arthritis do you have? Thought it would be interesting to see what types of arthritis we all have. <BR> <BR> Mine is osteoarthritis. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:35:53 EST This or That Listing two items. Tell us which one you prefer, then add another two items. <BR> <BR> coffee or tea Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:33:31 EST Did you spin for the team today? Post here if you did a spin for the team today (spin is from your start page). If so, how many points did you get for the team. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:15:49 EST Hello Hello!! <BR> <BR> Although I've been a member of SparkPeople for a few years, I've just decided to meet up with my fellow RA members. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in 1985 and managed my condition rather well until the last few years. One of my big issues is the steady rise in my weight along with restless nights and deteriorating joints. <BR> <BR> I have just decided to begin eating foods that are low inflammatory. I just began yesterday but already feel better today. Looking forward to more ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:49:52 EST New to team Hi everyone! I am new to the team and looking to learn to cope with my rheumatoid arthritis and weight loss. Hope to meet some new friends and get some ideas on how to this. <BR> <BR> jan Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:09:26 EST Let's Chat Please stop by and chat a little bit on anything you feel like talking about some examples; your arthritis, how your day is going, how about your children or grandchildren maybe you have some pets or you did something special. Just stop by and let us all get to know each other. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:10:20 EST Spark Exercise Video We have a new team challenge - to use a Spark exercise video once a day. This is a place for us to check in and report on what video we are using and to let the team members know how we are doing with the videos exercises. We may have different challenges with our forms of arthritis so it would be good for others to know what might work best by way of the exercise videos. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:42:53 EST introducing myself to the team i have been some what active with SP, but not too much with this team...i had joined, but have been quiet. i would love to be come more active here as i have arthritis in my knees and hands and need to loose about 50 pounds and i need incentive to get moving. i'm 61 yrs old soon to be 62 in Mar of 2015. i live in Pa. am married, but do not get support from DH. i have 5 cats, 2 dogs and a horse i care for. i try to keep moving because if i don't i stiffen up. need to do inside exercises... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:56:36 EST New Team Member My name is Holly, I am 51 and I was diagnosed with traumatic onset rheumatoid arthritis when I was 31. It's in my hands/wrists, knees, feet/ankles, and one hip. Very little cartilage remains in my right wrist. I have to inject myself with Enbrel every week, which only slows the progression and allows me to function like a normal human being. I don't let the pain keep me from walking for exercise most days, but walking isn't enough. I am hoping to get some good recommendations here and hopeful... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:00:13 EST Hi I'm back ,,, I need to lose weight for a total hip replacement surgery but can't get any video or exercise to help. I'm walking with a cane .. So my spirit is really low.... I need something to do during the winter months to stay positive. I need exercise and food advice of what would help me. Just thought maybe someone out there went through something like this and has advice for me ... Thank you :)) <BR> Selena Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:57:19 EST New Member Hi! I am new to sparkpeople (joined yesterday). My new years resolution for 2013 was to lose weight and get my health under control. Since then I have lost over 100 pounds. I could have lost more, but I fell off the diet wagon so many times. I joined sparkpeople hoping that tracking my food will help me stay on track this time. My new motto is "If I eat it log it". I also purchased a fitbit to help keep me motivated. I was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine and hips. I also h... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:24:01 EST Checking in! I am still here on SP! I am still going strong on exercise & eating healthier. <BR> <BR> Some days are better than others when it comes to my arthritis! I like riding my bike back & forth to work, but some days my knees just won't let me, so I either have to walk or take a cab, because I can't not go to work! <BR> <BR> So far I am down 3 pounds! <em>244</em> I just don't weigh myself very often because I don't like getting discouraged, so I will just weigh once a month or so. <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:19:26 EST New to Spark People Hello to all! <em>30</em> <BR> My name is Deanna, I am 50 years young, have osteoarthritis in my neck, hips, knees, hands, & toes. I also have high cholesterol, am peri-menopausal, and have 69 pounds of extra fat to get rid of!! I am here for myself to get advice and motivation. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Deanna Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:32:59 EST New to board, restarting Spark after a long hiatus I just joined the group today and have signed up for all the team goals. <BR> A couple of years ago I thought I was going to end up with a walker, today I'm still sore and have problems moving if I sit too long, or in the wrong furniture. I have had a cortisone injection in my right hip and my sacral joints. I'm sorry to ramble, I'm just happy to find a group who understands that some days are very much harder than others. Tue, 20 May 2014 19:13:22 EST Hi there My name is Vidya and i am a 39 year old woman. I work in the IT sector and sadly lead a very sedentary life (am chained to my desk/laptop most days). I lost my mom a few years back and thats when my arthritis started showing up. I think its all the stress and depression that aggravated it. Anyway, here i am, diagnosed with arthritis on my hips. The pain usually comes and goes and i am fine most days. But then there are days when i am barely able to walk. But you know what - days like that mak... Tue, 6 May 2014 03:34:17 EST An introduction Hi All! I'm trying SparkPeople again for the third time in the last 5 years. With the events I have planned for the next couple of years, I'm hoping the motivation will stay. But of course there is always the pain that can get in the way. I am 30 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (diagnosed at 7). Over the last couple of years the weight has been having more of an impact and needs to go (read that as, "my knees swell up for no apparent reason and draining seems to have less impact each time"... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:47:36 EST Just checking in Hi, I had found SparkPeople about a month ago but it's taken me to this week to figure out how to track my food. I have successfully tracked for 1 week now and actually lost a few pounds. I haven't been able to do any exercising yet since I have challenges with my left foot and my knee right now. Hope to get some weight off first so I don't hurt myself. I'm glad to have found This Team so I could relate! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:07:32 EST My 2014 Intro Hi, I'm back. Hope to be able to stay involved with sparkpeople this time around. Still having computer issues but will do what I can. <BR> To those that don't know me and a reminder to those that do, I'm Vicki. I'm 57 years old and have about 68 lbs to lose. I only lost 6 lbs in 2013 so am really hoping to do much better this year. <BR> I am married to Bob and he's just had to get a pacemaker/defibrullator in March, and is still adjusting to having a very weak heart (20% heart strength), so ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:41:22 EST Getting new joints and have a new attitude Hi all! Glad to be here and giving my new attitude and new lifestyle a chance and place to thrive here on Sparks. I have severe arthritis and autoimmune disease but have just undergone my first knee replacement and am about to book my second. I am also having my hips replaced. The difference in my mobility has increased with the first surgery and I cannot wait to move on the second. I am out of my wheel chair and walking on canes and soon...i know...i will be walking the dog and ballroom da... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:51:54 EST Hi! And Arthritis stinks! HI, my name is Autumn. I was just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my lower back, and hips. Did I spell it right? I think the dr. called it something else. It's on the tip of my tongue, but can't recall it. The thing that really really stinks is that I am only 36! Like, what? How did this happen? I am a single mom now, and recently upped my exercise routine in view of being more physically fit so that I can work more. I started having more back pain, and didn't know why. I thought that ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:24:34 EST hello starting over on Spark -- motivation is exercise and loose weight due to arthritis - trying to stay active so I can enjoy life and travel and enjoy family and grandkids - read this week that for every 5 pounds you loose you take 20 pounds of pressure off the weight bearing joints - so here I go working on that first 5 pounds! <em>41</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:46:08 EST Recently diagnosed...any tips would help! Hi, <BR> <BR> So I am not new to pain but was just recently diagnosed with MCTD. Was wondering if anyone has any tips to help relieve pain. Also, what are some work out tips. I have recently gained a lot of weight and could stand to lose about 40lbs. I cannot do any weight bearing exercises as I am just getting over a sprained foot. <BR> <BR> Look forward to hearing from you. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:06:49 EST New here, but not new to arthritis Hind sight being what it is, my son's rheumatologist figures that my troubles in my youth were actually juvenile arthritis. I started having debilitating troubles with my knees at 14 yrs old. My son was diagnosed with JIA at 2 yrs old. Arthritis sucks, but it is still no excuse to be heavy... in fact, it is the very excuse to NOT be heavy! I'm working on it - for my sake and my kids'. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:01:43 EST Reducing Pain While Increasing Activity Please use this thread to share with team members. Is there anything that you do to help reduce your pain while trying to increase your activity? Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:23:00 EST I'm New Hi my name is Janet and I just joined SparkPeople 2 weeks ago. I'm still learning my way around the site. I live in Jackson Mississippi. I'm 56 years old and have been struggling with my weight for years.I have arthritis in my joints and have some kind of pain everyday. I've been slowly working my way up to exercising a little more each day. I manage to get in my 180 steps each day in spite of my knees. It's slow going but at this point any movement is better than no movement at all. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:49:48 EST Success stories for the arthritic elderly???? Are there any success stories out there for people like me ? <BR> Elderly, in pain, overweight, and struggling ? I enjoy reading the success stories here on Sparks and think what various people have achieved is simply awesome and congratulatory. But it seems they are all young, and on their ways to healthy lifestyles and they are to be commended. How about us Oldies? Anyone out there who has achieved their goals and with their tips on how they did it ? Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:13:49 EST New with arthritis in my knees 5 years ago I took a fall and broke my tibial plateau. Surgery and hardware followed. While I have made a good recovery, recently my knees (especially the one I broke) have become painful. I think that if I lose weight I can reduce the pain. Just starting on this journey, wish me luck. Mon, 13 May 2013 13:42:42 EST IN PAIN, BUT STILL GOING STRONG! Hello, <BR> This is really a challenge for me to try to lose weight and not being able to walk to do so. The reason being is after I engage in any type of exercise the very next day my knee joints are very tender and painful. I was not like that before. I injured in knee at work in November 2011 and had surgery on it March 2012 so it. Now I am struggling just to be able to simply walk everyday. I have decided to cut no exercise because it irritates my joints. I will be enrolling the hy... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:44:18 EST I'm Back Hi, it's been a long time since I've posted anything to the board, but just wanted to say that I am back and need plenty of support. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:24:44 EST New Hi, I'm Christina. I'm Dutch, living in Holland, 48 years old. I got a diagnosis of arthritis the day before yesterday. It's in my right hip. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmd right now, because of other issues and because of the way the doctor 'handed' me this information. <BR> <BR> I hope to find support, information and insights in this team. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:08:22 EST Questions from someone new to the diagnosis I got a diagnosis of arthritis - in my right hip - the day before yesterday. I'm 48, living in the Netherlands. <BR> <BR> My mother and my dog have arthritis, so I have some idea of what it is, but at the same time I'm totally new to this and have a lot of questions. I cannot talk to my doctor to get more info for about a week. <BR> <BR> So I hope it's okay to post a few of the questions I have here and hear from people who 'have been there' what it's like. I am afraid to look on internet... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:03:31 EST Daily steps I just got a pedometer and started measuring my steps. It is a great motivator for days that I'm feeling bad I can always try to do a few more steps... and days I'm feeling good I try to do alot more steps... is any one else logging their steps? Shall we log them daily on here? <BR> <BR> Today I got 6025 and I'm having a great day healthwise... <BR> Tomorrow I hope to match it. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:15:33 EST What Do You Want to Accomplish ...... Post what you'd like to accomplish in 2013. <BR> <BR> Long term goal(s) <BR> <BR> Short term goal(s) <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:04:17 EST Hello-looking for fellow spine members Hello everyone. I am 42 yrs old and recovering from a double lumbar fusion performed in July. I am still going to PT three times a week for at least several more months. I've come a long way, but other than very mild core work while laying on heat at PT, all else I can do it walk, and being winter I only walk on treadmill now for 15 minutes at a time. I know I cannot do many things ever again even once I fully recover, so I'm wondering how others who have hardware in their spine still stay in... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:53:22 EST Hello Just joined fed up doing things by myself and not seeing the scale move in the right direction. Hit menopause and with that got osteroarthritis of the knee so am not as mobile as I would have liked to - need to loose at least 10 pounds says the doc :) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:14:29 EST Birthday ...Share Here! Please post your birthday, so that we can celebrate it with you. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:19:58 EST Hello from Florida Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I am a 68yr. old wife and mom of 4. I have battled weight for most of my life and now that arthritis has set in it is harder than ever to make progress. I ride my tricycle about 2 miles each day but it is very painful to walk so I do not burn many calories. I would appreciate and support you can give me. Thanks :o) Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:51:58 EST What Physical Activity Did You Do Today? Post any action that you did matter how big or small. It all counts! <em>306</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:06:22 EST Name a Color & Word Associated with it Post a color and word that go together. <BR> <BR> Example: White Christmas Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:52:42 EST hi I am new to this team..but to Sparks or arthritis.. I have meds that help to keep the pain at bay but I suffer from depression which keeps me very unmotivated.. I have to work on my thoughts cause I can really become negative if I am here I am ready to support and recieve support as we strive to live healthy Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:53:21 EST lm being honest and setting new goals Hey over the last few weeks lve really been battling ,eating out of whack and lm a bit over 2 <BR> kilos heavier than my starting weight and lm going to knock it on the head before l gain more <BR> lm going to journal my daily diet and exercise by blog to keep me honest and help me drop the 60 kilos of excess lve been carrying around for far to long , just like that little bloke on my <BR> Sparkpage is facing a big task , he knows can do and so do l , lm facing a task that seems <BR> impossib... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:55:23 EST Weekly Challenge October 29 to November 5 Try eliminating one unhealthy item from your diet each day this week. Might be a real challenge with Halloween being this week! Don't give in to the temptation~ Good luck! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:13:26 EST Hello fellow arthritics Hi, <BR> I'm 57 and have lived with osteo and fibromyalgia for many years. I have osteo pretty bad in my fingers and a few area's of my spine. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago and regained mobility and am doing really well now. I even took up cycling this summer and love it. <BR> <BR> I use exercise to help ease my pain and when it's really bad I do take celebrex. Keeping my weight down has been key for me. When I developed hip osteo I was shocked as I had been walking daily for ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:33:23 EST Introduction Hi my name is Carol, and I have arthritis in my back and hands, all the joints in my fingers hurt 24/7. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:00:17 EST Weekly Challenge October 15 to 22 The challenge this week is to try and increase our water intake. Don't forget to record your water intake on Spark each day and choose to take part in the team goal for water intake. <em>91</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:32:26 EST name is Pat I wanted to join to see how arthritis pain influences weight loss. I used to be here before in the Pain group. <em>405</em> (I Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:01:05 EST new here Good morning, <BR> My name is Carolyn and I am from Virginia. I have severe knee arthritis. I just turned 50 so I need to get some weight off so I can enjoy the next 50 years without so much pain. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:27:01 EST Hi, I's Gloria from Louisiana Hello everyone. I am excited to be with you guys. I have never done this before. I think this is what has been needed in my life to lose this weight. I have struggled for almost twenty years to get rid of 100 pounds. Pray that I can follow the plan and be successful. I know I can do this I just have to continue in the faith and be committed to God and it will happen. I know it can be done. Pray for me and this path I am about to partake. I have done various diets and lost and gained b... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:34:55 EST Weekly Challenge - October 8th to 15th Our challenge for this week is: <BR> <BR> To choose a healthy food item each day for snack rather than something not so good. <BR> Post your daily item here. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:46:19 EST Estou começando Boa noite, estou começando nesse programa agora, descobri ele pela internet, mas ainda não sei mexer direito <BR> sou do Rio de Janeiro - Brasil. mas como o site é todo em inglês eu coloco para traduzir mas nem sempre sai certinho. se alguém puder me ajudar agradeço. Entrei nesse programa para perder peso espero conseguir! <BR> Fiquem com Deus. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 19:54:09 EST Hi my name is Frances I just need to know how do you put weight ticker on your page? Fri, 5 Oct 2012 04:59:16 EST Hello I am new hi everyone I live with arthritis, and right now its my pelvic bone that is sore, I broke my pelvic bone when I was 5 years old. Right now its really flared up and I can hardly walk. So excercise for me is really tough. I had to leave the diabetes challenge as I can no longer work the challenges. So I came here for some tips and tricks as to how to excercise with arthritis. Right now I need pain medication. How do you guys manage??? I don't seem to be able to. <em>198</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:05:23 EST what is best for you when your joints ache tell me what works best for you when you are suffering and your joints ache.i know rest.But do you use heat or ice to soothe that throbbing,uncomfortable and unbearable pain.thanks. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:56:21 EST HELLO I AM NEW TO THE TEAM HELLO I AM NEW THE TEAM.I SUFFER FROM OSTEO ARTRITIS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.AND I HAVE BEEN ON A JOURNEY TO LOSE WEIGHT,GET HEALTHY,AND BE WAY DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCALE..I BELIEVE MY WEIGHT IS ALSO A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR WHEN IT COMES TO MY ARTHRITIS.ESPECIALLY IN MY KNEES.SO I HOPE TO HEAR MORE FROM YOU ALL,AS WELL AS LEARNING,AND GROWING AND I WILL BE STAYING IN TOUCH. <em>223</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:14:36 EST Accountability Check in here to let us know what you did for exercise today. You can be creative - as long as you are moving, you are exercising (in my opinion anyway). Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:32:51 EST New to Spark and hello :-) Hi there everyone, My name is Angel...I am seriously overweight at 418 pounds! About 10 years ago when I was around 100 pounds lighter, I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis and told to lose weight! Obviously not only did I not listen, but I proceeded to add weight and begin feeling even worse...mostly due to being unhappy in my life and continually stressed and I was hurting all the time especially my knees! I am here now to lose the weight once and for all and to get healthy. I cannot even s... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:12:22 EST New Member <em>213</em> <BR> Hi, My name is Vicki and I'm 55 years old. I'll be 56 in August. <BR> I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life and it's time I get back to a weight I know will be healthier for me. I'm working towards getting down to 185 lbs. I won't be thin but I'll be much healthier than I am now. <BR> I have RA and inflammation of the joints along my spine, hips, and lower back. Some days it's all I can do to move. I was told losing the weight would greatly improve my over all health... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:50:15 EST What to do when the stiffness & pain won't leave? I have hurt and not been able to function for about 3 days...pushing myself to do what I need to do. Going for a walk this morning seems like such a chore. IB doesn't help, hot showers, nothing is relieving it. My hands hurt, I have a hard time holding things..I hurt all over in my bones and have muscle fatigue...any suggestions? I am allergic to most meds. IB is the only thing I can take..I feel like a big cry baby, but after a day or two it really gets to me... :0( Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:12:05 EST Starting over, getting healthy in both body & mind Hi,. I'm making changes in my life. Getting healthy well as getting serious about exercise. Working on positive self talk not negative. Learning how to love myself. The past year has been difficult . I learned that I had Fibromyalgia, RA, Sjogrens Syndrome . I'm still trying to accept it all. I do know this is going to be a long journey, it won't be easy, but in the end will be worth it. I could use some support and motivation. Thanks for listening <BR> Vicki Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:49:38 EST The Hamster Wheel - (Let me off!) I work in an office where I sit for 9 hours a day... by the end of the day I am very very stiff and sore... When I get home all I want to do is sleep. :/ When I wake up in the morning, I am also very stiff and sore. I am really struggling to find a time to work out, lose wait and not hurt all the time. I am only 42 and WANT my life back but am really fighting discouragement and frustration. My husband, daughter and son are all very skinny so sometimes I feel like they don't understand ho... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:42:25 EST Good Morning I have joined Sparks and this team. My arthritis is Osteo but many doctors when looking at me will tell me it has to be RA because of the way it looks. I retake all the tests only to find out my original diagnose was correct. Strangely, right now I am functioning very well and am happy that God is allowing me to be virtually pain free. I do have very stiff joints and lumps in the muscles from the arthritis which I have not done much to change. In the past, all exercise has created pain... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:11:40 EST Looking for inspiration Hello, my name is debbie and I am 57yo. I lost over 100lbs with Sparkepople in 2007 kept if off for a couple years maybe 3 I cant remember nopw but then I decided to go back to college. Between fulltime school and fulltime work I have put most of it back on. I now have arthritis in my hip and need to have hip replacement surgery. <BR> <BR> I am pretty limited and can't do much walking with being in extreme pain but I can swim. I got hooked on farmville while working night shift and would spe... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:05:25 EST Hello...I am new here I am beginning the spark people program this week...reading and studying all I can and getting ready to begin my journey. I have osteo and beginnings of rheumatoid arthritis and am in a motor chair. Also have hip that is on its last I am not very mobile. Just wanted to plug into some new ideas for pain relief, exercise help, and general health issues concerning this issue. I am 62 years old. I love to sing and have a singing ministry in my small country church. I love the comp... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:00:37 EST MOBILITY I am wondering what people do to help with their mobility issues. I have a wobble when I walk, so when I am in a store, I usually grab a cart to push because I can then walk easier. I have a knee brace but it tends to slip off after walking for a bit. I'm thinking a cane or walking stick might get me out walking more. Certainly not ready for a walker - but I must say I have tried out a couple while I've been at work in a group home! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:00:32 EST Stiffness can be a Pain I am suffering with stiffness in my left knee from the osteoarthritis. After learning that taking Naproxen for a long period of time can have an effect on your kidneys, I am searching for more homeopathic remedies for inflammation and swelling in which I have both. I know that orange juice because of the vitamin C helps with inflammation. Anyone else have any suggestions? So I have begun drinking it everyday. I just begun taking the Naproxen and only take it periodically. (I have a high pain ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:43:46 EST new member Hi, I'm Vicki. I'm 55, and have 55-60 lbs to lose. I just found out recently I have RA so I'm making big changes over the next few months in how and what I eat, and the amount of exercise I get. I will not let RA get me down. I also have a lot of inflammation in my back and along my joints and sometimes it's all I can do to stand up straight, much less walk. But I will win this battle. <BR> Looking to make a lot of new friends here. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:51:59 EST Hello All ~*~ Hi Ladies and Gentlemen! I'm a 29 years young momma who feels like she is going on 50 not 30. <BR> I have osteoarthritis in my hands and knees. My hands are what give me the most trouble. I also have recurring tendonitis in my wrists. <BR> <BR> I love to do crafts and I'm very active with my hands. But some days just daily activities is painful and near difficult. I'm hoping that if I lose some weight and decrease my sodium intake, my swelling from those sources will get better. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:21:51 EST New here Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the left knee in June of last year and after Dr's advice decided to lose weight to relieve stress on my joints. I found this site and glad I found this team. Looking forward to being a part and contributing. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:34:03 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone! I'm 32 and falling apart. I have many other health issues, but the one that causes me the most pain and anguish is degenerative osteoarthritis of the Right hip. I'm so sick of doing what I'm supposed to (moving around, exercising, etc) and ending up in pain, not helped by any of the 5-6 pain meds I'm on for multiple things. The Dr can't prescribe anything else because of my other conditions. Anyone have any advice? I just want to sleep after a day of doing stuff around my o... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:23:55 EST Hi Iam new here and still learning how to work the site.But with that said my doctor said that i have arthritis in my knee and i am in constant pain not only with my knee but my back. He did not feel that i needed to see a specialist but am wondering if i do. so i am wondering how others handle the pain if with medication, excerise etc.. any input will help thanks <BR> Peggy <em>39</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 01:24:50 EST New to SparkPeople & Team Hi everyone, I am really glad to have found this team. I read The Spark and have been meaning to join for quite some time. I was on a weight loss / exercise adventure and doing really well. A friend suggested I start training to walk the Flying Pig. So I did. Long story short, after experiencing excruciating pain, going through physical therapy, MRI, x-rays, and a neurology consult, I have been diagnosed with arthritis in the lower spinal column with 2 partially herniated disks and a spi... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:29:26 EST New to the team Hello to everyone. I am not new to SparkPeople (Mar 2011), however I am new to this group. I have been with the Parkdale Healthy Living Group for the past few months. This group started in my church and there is a lot of support. <BR> <BR> I deal with pain 24/7. I understand that the “Arthritis Brothers” as I call them just love dancing around in my body. There is Osteo, Fibro and now Polymyalgia causing me pain every day. Over the past two years I gained twenty some odd pounds because... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:05:29 EST Drug interaction: More info I would post a link, but I am copying this from an article in Arthritis Today pamphlet. <BR> <BR> Twenty years ago a group of researchers realized that grapefruit juice could cause many medications to be as much as 10 times more powerful than they are meant to be. <BR> <BR> More than 50 medications now carry cautions about grapefruit juice on their labels. <BR> <BR> They have discovered that grapefruit, apple and orange juices can actually have the opposite effect on some other drugs.They ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:10:16 EST New Hi, <BR> My name is Kim, and I will be 50 next month. I have Psoriatic Arthritis, and I haven't been diagnosed with this for very long. The Rheumatologist originally treated me for Lupus, and because I have moved around a lot, I was not able to see my original Rheumatologist until this last year when we moved back to the area. Sadly though, we are moving away from here again and have to train a new Dr. My kids are grown, and my 2 Grandson's are currently living in Hawaii with their Mom ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:24:14 EST What is Your Goal for This Week? We are already at mid week this week, but my goal is to go for a walk as often as I can. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:19:08 EST HI Gad to have found this board Hi I am new to Spark, I love it, I have learned so much. I have JA...which is becoming much worse in my knees and hands although I have pain in ALL joints. My condition is degeneratve and will need knee surgery in the not to distant future. I would like to know of any low impact excercise you may like, I swim now , it is very helpfull.Would love to hear from someone with similar issues, I love to cook, read paint when I am able and I am a cat lover, I have 4! talk to ya soon! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:17:36 EST Glad to be here! Thank you for such a warm welcome! I just found out about SparkPeople yesterday and I think I'm getting the hang of where everything is on the site. I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sat, 28 May 2011 19:21:21 EST JANUARY 24 TO 30 WEEKLY CHALLENGE Let's try doing a weekly challenge. <BR> For this week try drinking 8 glasses of water each day. Report your progress on this thread. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:47:06 EST Word Association Game I will start with two words - you take one of those words and associate it with a different word. <BR> <BR> birthday cake Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:41:02 EST needing some advice I just found out I have ankylosing spondylitis. Does anybody else? If so what is it like, what is your treatment, and how are you coping? I already have psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:24:07 EST Fun and Games I have set up a new forum for fun and games. Feel free to start a new topic with any game you have found to be fun/challenging/rewarding/easy to play. Something to keep our minds active. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 22:20:26 EST CHECK-IN STATION Instead of creating a weekly check-in, I thought I would just create a general check-in thread. Please stop by any time to let the team know how you are doing. We are here to support each other. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:26:05 EST I am a new member Hi everyone. I fell the 2nd of June in my kitchen and hurt my right leg and was later diagnosed with arthritis in my knee and right hip. I have been devastated with this diagnose and was already depressed because I lost my beloved husband March 4th of this year after 38 wonderful years together. <BR> <BR> My doctor wants me to lose weight and exercise, and he mainly mentioned walking. I do have lots of pilates, yoga and walking exercise dvds, but haven't gotten into that yet as Im waiting u... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 04:27:05 EST Cold Laser Therapy Has anyone heard of this or seen anything on it? It sounds pretty interesting to me and there is a doctor right next to my work that does it. <BR> <BR><BR>er-therapy.htm Tue, 22 Jun 2010 23:16:45 EST Instructions for the Chat Room I finally found a site where we can chat when we are on line. This is the link: After you set up a account, then click on groups and we can find each other there. I titled the group Arthritisbuddies. If you can't find it, let me know and I will invite you to the group. I think this will be great for us when we can chat with each other. It's not hard to do, so those of you that don't know much about the computer should be all right getting signed up . If you need help, just send... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 16:44:19 EST Weekly Check In 6/20 Happy Last Day of Spring!!! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that it is the last day of Spring today and this year is half over. Looking back to January, I have come a long way with my weight loss and my eating habits. There have been blips along the way, and I could have lost more, but as long as I weigh less then what I was at the start of the year, that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I have a thread up about my last week, and I encourage everyone to read it. Last week was a real eye opener for me an... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 10:43:38 EST What has become easier for you? This week has been a eye opener for me as my weight has gone down. I noticed yesterday that I had to adjust the seat in my car, cause my feet didn't reach the pedals as well....and no I am not getting shorter yet (not quite at that age). It was strange, cause it's something I never thought about. I guess my butt must be getting smaller, which is a very good thing. <BR> <BR> I also put on a size 18 pair of pants yesterday, that didn't have any elastic in the waist!! In Feb 2009 I was to the p... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 09:39:54 EST Cinnamon and Honey I was forwarded an email with information about using a mixture of honey and cinnamon to help cure diseases. For arthritis it says to take regularly, morning and night, one cup hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this or know if it actually works? Thu, 17 Jun 2010 21:41:19 EST Weekly Check In 6/13 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that I am so late getting this up. There was a personal issue I had to deal with, and everything is all right now. <BR> <BR> How did everyone do last week? Did you lose/gain and do you know why? Share with us what you learned last week so we can all apply it to us, if needed. <BR> <BR> There have been a lot of us dealing with 5 lbs gain/loss for a while. Maybe it's time to step out of your comfort zone. I had been losing pretty regular for a few weeks,... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:35:40 EST Weekly Check In 6/6 For Everyone!! This check in is for everyone to tell us how you did last week, where you need help, what you did to help get over a craving, and your goal for the coming week. Let's get some response this week so we can help to motivate each other and get this weight off. <BR> <BR> I also need to know what types of subjects you would like to know more about. I am flailing here trying to come up with subjects that you need to learn more about. Please help me by telling me where you need help. I love this gr... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 14:00:20 EST I Need Some Help Hi team, <BR> <BR> Six days ago my landlady offered me a three bedroom unit in the complex I live in. I jumped at the chance because 3 bedroom places don't come up to often. My move is going to happen in 2-3 weeks whenever the last people get their stuff out. <BR> <BR> I have been asking for help from my neighbors. Most know about the arthritis and the medication I am on. They have seen me on some of my worst days. I don't like asking for help, but I can't afford a moving company and c... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 14:37:43 EST Weekly Check In 5/30 I have really been out of things this last week and I apologize for that. I hope that you had a great week and that this next week will be better. <BR> <BR> How was last week for you? Let's hear some replies this week and really dwell on what we could have done different or what worked for you. <BR> <BR> I have a challenge for everyone this coming week. I haven't had ANY deep fried foods for a long time. It is something that upsets my body and makes me gain. Well, that was proven again wit... Sun, 30 May 2010 12:31:55 EST Weekly Check in 5/23 It has been a great (well should I say normal) Spring so far in the state of Washington. I have felt so much better this year and able to get so much done that I can't imagine how I ever let myself get so heavy. Last year, I didn't get out in the garden at all and had people come over from my garden group to help me. This year, I am able to get out there and do it myself. It may be slowly and I do hurt afterward, but that is just my arthritis, and there is nothing I can do about that. The key... Sun, 23 May 2010 12:02:00 EST Weekly Check In 5/9 How is everyone doing today? I hope that last week was good for you and that you can have a great outlook for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Remember our check in questions: <BR> <BR> 1. What was your goal(s) for the week and did you reach it/them? <BR> 2. What is your plan for this week? <BR> 3. How did you handle a tough situation last week? <BR> <BR> This week has been a pretty quiet week on the threads, but that happens when we start working outside and need to get those gardens in shape, ... Sun, 9 May 2010 12:23:18 EST