SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Heart Challenge Team Messageboard To improve our Heart Health, this team uses cardio and strength training based on individual fitness levels. These challenges will help your heart stay strong all year long! SparkPeople SparkPeople's Official Healthy Heart Challenge Team Messageboard News Article: Heart Health This article includes info regarding COVID-19 and heart health. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>;ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwHNMdwcwLdPVhfrGhTMp<BR>NCHPMQ </link> Sat, 16 May 2020 18:41:16 EST Name a household item - A-Z Let's start with A <BR> <BR> Apron Sun, 4 Aug 2019 16:08:44 EST What was your last healthy snack? Grapes Sun, 9 Dec 2018 14:54:29 EST Are you a pear shape, apple...? Calculator here... <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:51:41 EST Alcohol and Heart Health <link><BR>0927806abec0 </link> Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:22:22 EST February is Heart Month <link><BR>s-american-heart-month-6669831 </link> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:38:10 EST Wear Red Day 2018 - Feb 2 What do you plan to wear on National Wear Red Day on Feb 2? Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:09:39 EST Positive Thinking Can Be Good For Our Health <BR> Sorry that the link didn't work - it came from the Spark People site. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:18:12 EST Sneaky Habits That Can Damage Your Heart <link><BR>wellness_articles.asp?id=1621 </link> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 22:54:24 EST Sleeping Better For Your Heart <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1614 </link> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:17:35 EST When and how did you discover your cardiac issues? Please share your cardiac events with us. I discovered heart disease in 2009 with a mild heart attack. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 14:08:36 EST How Many Team Points Did You Spin Today? <link><BR>bonus_points.asp </link> <BR> <BR> 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 18:19:29 EST Nuts are a good choice for a snack <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=152 </link> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:21:08 EST Exercise and Heart Health <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1611&amp;utm_source=s<BR>parkpeople&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;ut<BR>m_campaign=email-generic </link> Thu, 18 May 2017 21:33:48 EST Blood Pressure Quiz Please take a look at this quiz . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=40 </link> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:57:13 EST Wear Red February 3, 2017 Friday, Feb. 3 is National Wear Red Day. Get creative and Go Red to spread awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:15:26 EST January Veggie/Fruit Challenge 5 freggies per day are preferred. Some days we get in more, some days we get in less. Let's copy the calendar below. List how many veggies or fruits you have per day. <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> January 1 <BR> January 2 <BR> January 3 <BR> January 4 <BR> January 5 <BR> January 6 <BR> January 7 <BR> January 8 <BR> January 9 <BR> January 10 <BR> January 11 <BR> January 12 <BR> January 13 <BR> January 14 <BR> January 15 <BR> January 16 <BR> January 17 <BR> January 18 <BR> Jan... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:32:15 EST January Fitness Challenge Let's rotate our exercises through the week. For instance, one day focus on your core, another day lower body. Throughout the days try to also do some cardio. I like to take walks, You may like to swim, run or do other cardio. <BR> <BR> Copy this calendar below. After each date list the exercises you did for the day - such as squats. planks. etc. <BR> <BR> January 1 <BR> January 2 <BR> January 3 <BR> January 4 <BR> January 5 <BR> January 6 <BR> January 7 <BR> January 8 <BR> January 9 <BR> ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:26:12 EST Nutrition Challenge Let's keep track of our daily effort to eat within our calorie range. Post whether you were successful daily. Keeping track of our calories will certainly help to reach our goals. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:38:57 EST Fitness Challenge Let's keep track of stretching and strength training minutes. Just post daily whether you were able to complete and how many minutes. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:36:07 EST Holiday Tips for eating and weight gain How do you plan to avoid weight gain during the holidays? <em>759</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:53:41 EST World Heart Day September 29, 2016 Please take a look at the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>we-do/world-heart-day/ </link> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:27:22 EST Water Challenge Let's have a challenge. Let's drink at least 8- 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Let us know how well you are doing. <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:07:50 EST Wear Red February 5, 2016 Sorry for the late post.....see link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>en/posts/10154600372604741?fref=nf&amp<BR>;pnref=story </link> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:59:51 EST SP has a wonderful site regarding Heart Health I really like the articles in this section of Articles (Informative and very helpful) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-heart.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Do yourself a favor and take a look. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:27:44 EST Healthy Foods for the Heart Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and in the U.S. takes the life of approximately one woman every minute. <BR> <BR> But we can change those statistics by exercising regularly and eating heart-healthy foods. Curious about what foods are healthiest for your heart? We consulted with Julia Zumpano RD from the preventive cardiology department at Cleveland Clinic, ranked the nation’s number-one heart hospital by U.S. News and World Report. Here are Zumpano’s picks. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:40:54 EST Hi All! New to this team, but not to this site. However, I gained back what I lost last time around (plus some, unfortunately) so I here again and this time I think I'll stay for maintenance once I've achieved my goal. I enjoy eating "on program" and love to exercise, so this team looks perfect. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:43:43 EST Wear Red on Friday Friday is National Wear Red Day , a 12-year-old campaign by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease and cardiovascular problems in women. <BR> <BR> To participate, everyone across the country is encouraged by the to wear red, raise their voices and let people know that most cardiac-related deaths in women are preventable. The American Heart Association estimates that number to be as high as 80 percent. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:05:17 EST Good fats, bad fats Here is a link with info for good fats, bad fats. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>proteins-and-healthy-fats.aspx?pos=1&x<BR>id=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20150201 </link> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:58:56 EST A Fib Information Please see the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rhythmia/AboutArrhythmia/What-is-Atria<BR>l-Fibrillation-AFib-or-AF_UCM_423748_A<BR>rticle.jsp </link> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:48:41 EST New to Team Hi There! I have a defibrillator/pacemaker implant (virus attacked heart in 2012.) I am working with a trainer, well versed in cardiac rehab. He has me on a twice/weekly strength training program and on the rest of the days I am to do the following: swim, walk or take a Gentle Joints Yoga class (using a chair.) I've got about a month into it, although I have slacked off a bit the last couple of weeks on the cardio! <BR> <BR> Anyway, good to be here and I wish you all the very best!!! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:40:24 EST new hello, I am new to this site and I am a great grandma and I just saw my first granddaughter get married...I have been working out for 2 years now and still doing it....I want to better my self....and look better.. <em>213</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:59:42 EST Hello! HI Everyone. THis is my first spark team! I am 45, I would say in good health, and have been an exerciser on and off for the past 28 years. I don't need to lose a lot of weight, but would love to lose 10 lbs! My ultimate goal is just to be fit and healthy for the rest of my life so that I can enjoy my life! My examples (parents, grandparents, etc) are not that great - I see how they are living in their later years and I don't want that to be me. That is quite a motivator for me! And I ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:33:43 EST Hello Hi. I am a graduating senior in college after 14 years of college continously going for my BA in Sociology and my AA in Communication/Writing. I am in the process of trying to lower my controllable risks for all the chronic diseases despite my family history of diabetes on my dads side and heart disease on both my mom and dads side. I am hoping that this challenge will motivate me to continue. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:32:50 EST Wear Red February 1 For Heart Disease Awareness Friday February 1, we are asking for you all to wear red in support. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:30:32 EST Lowering Cholesterol - Spark Article Shot Might One Day Help Lower Cholesterol <BR> <BR> In early trial, it lowered LDL levels by up to 64 percent <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that a single injection of a man-made protein might lower levels of "bad" cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Given in the abdomen, AMG145 reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels among a group of healthy volunteers. The shot turned off a newly identified cholesterol regulator, PCSK9, which inter... Sat, 26 May 2012 10:45:35 EST Unhealthy Habits for the Heart Habits for Your Heart <BR> <BR> By Lisa Collier Cool <BR> <BR> Lifestyle factors you can easily change account for more than 90 percent of heart attack risk, a landmark study of about 30,000 people in 52 countries suggests. And making small, positive changes in your everyday habits can have a surprisingly big impact on your heart health—or even save your life. <BR> <BR> Here’s a look at six of the worst habits for your heart, and how to turn them around. <BR> <BR> Being Glued to the Tube... Mon, 7 May 2012 23:16:28 EST Exercise as House Cleaning for the Body Florida Heart Research Institute <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE AS HOUSE CLEANING FOR THE BODY <BR> <BR> By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular housecleaning. But a new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects. <BR> <BR> In the new research, which was published last month in Nat... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:32:39 EST Wear Red Events 2012 - From the Amer Heart Assoc. From the American Heart Association: <BR> <BR> <BR> By now you probably have your Wear Red Day event all planned out. Will you also take part in our Wear Red Day Challenge? It's easy and all it takes is Go Red spirit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our Sponsors Support Go Red For Women <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, Macy's will conduct a Wear Red Sale to raise funds and awareness for Go Red For Women. Customers who wear red will receive all-day savings throughout ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:10:07 EST FEBRUARY - SPARK PEOPLE HEALTHY HEART ARTICLE <link><BR>r_2007-02_leap_year.pdf </link> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:18:26 EST Wear Red Day 2012 Don't forget that this Friday (Feb. 1st) is WEAR RED DAY! :) <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> WEAR RED FOR HEART HEALTH!! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:08:33 EST Holiday Shape Up Challenge 12/20 - 12/31/2011 Let's have a holiday challenge. Let's drink at least 6 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day and exercise at least 20 minutes everyday from 12/20 - 12/31. Maybe we can avoid any weight gain over the holidays. We can do it! Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:22:17 EST How Many Servings of Fruits/Veggies Today? I had six today but many days I struggle to get more. I am going to work hard to get more in daily. Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:43:35 EST One Step At A Time I have been following Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live plan off & on over the past couple years. I comitted to it 100% six weeks ago. I am now a few ounces from goal weight & best of all , my blood pressure has decreased so much that I am able to stop taking my Toprol & am in the process of reducing & getting off my Lipitor also.I couldn't be happier! I wish I had known a long time ago that you could heal & prevent disease with the proper nutrition! <BR> <BR> Eve Sun, 4 Dec 2011 08:18:13 EST Hi Everyone... Well, This looks like a nice group! I have just one on Blood pressure meds for the first time and my cholestral is high ~ I am hoping it will go down by my next doc visit... Def. a strong history of heart problems in my family <BR> Hence, joining this team and trying to get my habits arranged differently! <BR> <BR> I am married with 3 children! I live in Central/Northern NY snow belt ... w have been very fortunate to not have very much of that yet! LOL <BR> I look forward to being a part o... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 06:06:38 EST Steps of Hope 1.What Changes are you making to reach your goals? <BR> OR <BR> 2. List goals and how you plan on reaching them today? <BR> OR <BR> 3.Just walk and reach try your personal best for steps each day. <BR> Or <BR> 4. Set a step goal for the month and try your best to reach it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:40:16 EST What is your favorite season to exercise? My favorite is summer because there are more activities to do. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:58:15 EST November: Challenge Yourself Find a new exercise routine or find healthy foods to eat. I am trying to get more protein and fiber in my diet. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:56:34 EST Hello! I am New Too! Hello Sparklers! Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:30:00 EST How are you feeling today? (post emoticon) <em>224</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 00:43:32 EST linda! My mother has broken her right arm, nose and left foot while falling down our stairs this morning. She is right handed so it will be hard for her to keep up on spark like she usually has. Will be keeping you posted in her behalf until she is able to make a full recovery. She asks that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to deal with these injuries and go on to have surgery. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Lauren Sat, 27 Aug 2011 18:34:31 EST Cleveland clinic research on Heart and gut Cleveland Clinic research on Heart and gut <link><BR>g/be-well/be-well-august-2011.aspx?utm<BR>_campaign=bewellenews&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_source=bewell1108&utm_content=hea<BR>rt+gut#heart </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:55:28 EST Spark Article: Heart Health I wanted to share an interesting Spark article <BR> <BR> . <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=655652 </link> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 00:29:50 EST July-Healthy Heart Beats-Sticking to it List Any healthy changes/goals you made Today & list it Everyday. <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> exercise, life style changes, eating habits, water, miles walked, miles ran, miles biked etc... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:04:58 EST Spark Article - A Good Reason Not to Skip Aspirin In case you haven't read this article, I am sharing it with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=655017 </link> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:12:14 EST Another good reason to not sit all day I read this today and want to share it with you: <BR> <BR> Here's a good reason to stand up and walk around. <BR> <BR> A new study by the American Cancer Society finds sitting too much likely will shorten your life. <BR> <BR> Researchers studied more than 123,000 people over a 14-year period. <BR> <BR> They found women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40-percent more likely to die during the course of the study, than those who sat for fewer than three hours a day. <BR> ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:03:12 EST How does sleep or lack of affect your weight? Before taking some of my meds, I had a very hard time with sleep. Insomnia is something that has plagued me most of my life. My weight kept creeping up when I would go to work. I would reach for food to give me energy, The meds now help me sleep and also I feel more energy to exercise. <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:19:06 EST "June-Healthy Heart *Stick to it Challenge* List Any healthy changes you made Today <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> exercise, life style changes, eating habits, water, miles walked, miles ran, miles biked etc... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:37:08 EST New Food Pyramid I have posted a link to the information regarding the change from the old food pyramid. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ood-plate/story?id=13743137 </link> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 18:47:04 EST What motivates you? I would say that my Spark Friends motivate me more than anyone. Fri, 20 May 2011 21:38:19 EST Favorite Healthy Foods I have been eating more seafood. What foods are you enjoying? Sun, 8 May 2011 18:11:49 EST Encouragement Let's offer encouragment to one another. Do you need encouragement? If so, please post the situation. We are here to help one another. Sun, 1 May 2011 20:48:03 EST Game: Let's Play someone writes a word "ocean", the next person writes the first word that comes to their mind "peaceful" and so on <BR> <BR> first word <BR> <BR> nature Sun, 1 May 2011 20:36:55 EST Make a Habit to Eat Better in May!! Let's have a challenge to eat more veggies, fruits, lean meats in May. Let's get healthy. Sun, 1 May 2011 20:26:03 EST Spark Article - What Causes Heart Disease What Causes Heart Disease? <BR> Are You At Risk for Heart Disease? <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> Many people understand that there is a connection between poor diet, lack of exercise and the development of heart disease. But your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is the result of a combination of many risk factors. There are two main categories of risks that contribute to heart disease—those that you can't change (uncontrollable risks), and those that you can (... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:14:28 EST Are you a late night snacker? If you have overcome this habit, how did you do it? Sat, 5 Mar 2011 20:24:54 EST Get Heart Healthy - New Article Get Heart Healthy For The Month Of Love <BR> by Antonette Alzate <BR> <BR> When you think of February, you probably think of Valentine’s Day and all the hearts, flowers, chocolates and greeting cards associated with it. But here at DermStore, we’re also celebrating something else. <BR> <BR> It’s American Heart Month, and we’ve joined the movement in raising heart health awareness among women and in encouraging prevention against heart disease, particularly heart attacks—the leading cause of... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:44:07 EST Go Red for Women on February 5th Remember to wear red and GO RED FOR WOMEN!! <BR> <BR> Go Red for Women on Friday, February 4th <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:26:04 EST Do you track your sodium each day? Are you keeping your sodium intake under 2300 mg each day? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:20:10 EST Wake up call This holiday season was particularly important to me for many reasons: my father, who has a history of heart disease, spent Christmas with me and my family for the first time in 7 years. He will be going in for some important tests in January and if he has to have surgery, I'm not sure he will make it out of the operating room. I am grateful to have had this time with him since we live 16 hours apart. I definitely got my Christmas wish. <BR> Another reason why this holiday was significant was... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:48:23 EST What small success have you experience in 2010? I would say for me it is many, many fitness minutes through out the year. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:17:24 EST Have you ever given a gift of fitness equipment? I have given my daughter free about you? Have you ever given anyone a piece of fitness equipment as a gift? Fri, 24 Dec 2010 00:10:31 EST New Year Resolutions Do you make resolutions? If so, what are you planning for 2011? <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 23:38:11 EST Good News Thread Share anything positive that is going on in your life right now. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:12:57 EST Your weight loss, why did you decide to lose wt? Do you remember the moment you realized you needed to lose weight? Was it for health reasons? Seeing a photo of yourself? What was the trigger? Sat, 4 Dec 2010 22:31:45 EST Surviving the Holidays What are your plans for getting through the holiday season without weight gain? It can be a struggle to avoid a setback when there are parties and celebrations to attend. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:05:15 EST acid reflux Well I have pretty much figured out what foods cause my gerd to act up.My mom,daughter,sister,& brother all have gerd,also. I also have a hiatal hernia and gastritis,which doesn't help. But I'm doing better. My brother has heart problems and diabetes. Heart problems run in my family. I lost my dad 27 yrs ago due to a massive coronary heart attack. He was the age I am now.My paternal grandmother to a massive brain stroke.Both had diabetes.That runs in my dad's family. So I know I really need t... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:33:05 EST feeling better Haven't had any episodes of acid reflux lately. I have quit eating and snacking late and I don't drink anything at least 2 hours before bedtime. I sometimes sleep on two pillows,I have also realize that if I sleep on my left side it helps. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 18:15:52 EST saying hello I haven't been here in quite a awhile. To mom1014...where in florida do you live? my mom lives in Crystal River. I'm really needing to go to the doctor because I've been having episodes of a nasty acid relfux happening late at night and it comes up in my throat and back down into my chest. Been making me really sick.I've been taking Prilosec but guess I need something stronger. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 23:41:14 EST How Do You Recover From a Slip-up? I saw this post on Spark Message Boards. I started to think about what I have done. Sometimes I exercise more or drink more water to try to undo a slip-up. What have you done? Fri, 8 Oct 2010 10:42:55 EST ENJOYMENT "True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united." I just found this quote by Humboldt, I will use it to motivate me today. <BR> I have finally gained the courage to post a message thanks to some of my spark friends. I'm looking to find a workout partner in my area. Anyone know how to do this? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:35:34 EST Another Spark article concerning Heart Health Here is another great article that Spark has highlighted. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=53 </link> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:37:18 EST Becoming Here I am on my way to becoming what I want to be in life, that is healthy, strong, and happy. I thought the challenge to weight loss would get easier once I graduated, but it has only gotten harder. I guess the stress of a career is more than I thought it would be. Plus they say those major life changes such as graduation always cause a little weight gain. Well, now I am ready for a change and and ready to become all those things I have wanted for so long. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 21:39:55 EST September Goals and Challenges September's Goals and Challenges are on the Team Home Page. Join one or all of them. Track them daily! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 10:43:42 EST Today's Feature Did you catch this article???? It is a featured article by Spark People and very important to read: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=204 </link> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:41:49 EST Any improvements in your health since starting S/P I find that I exercise much more since starting Spark People. How about you? Do you see improvements in your life and health? Fri, 23 Jul 2010 21:03:13 EST New Habit: Love Yourself I started this challenge on another team. Take time each day to do something for yourself. It can be a pampering session. Maybe you enjoy reading - take time out of your day to read and relax. Whatever your choice, come back to this thread and tell us how you are taking time for yourself. You are worth it. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 13:29:32 EST Do you use a heart monitor while you exercise? After I went through cardiac rehab, I decided to buy and use a heart monitor. How about you? Do you use it and has it been useful? Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:29:42 EST Hello everyone I am a new member here and I would like to say HI. I am 36 years old and needing a new life style change. I hope I can do this here. Motivation from other would be awesome. Sometimes we just need a little push. Sat, 22 May 2010 10:22:15 EST DIagnosed at 19 years old Hi, my name is Annie. I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (weakening of the heart muscle) and ventricular tachycardia (the heart rate can get to be too fast or too slow, and there are irregular beats) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted when I was 20. A "healthy" ejection fraction is about 55-75%. Mine is 25%. <BR> <BR> I have had my defibrillator replaced once, and need to have it replaced again in about 6-12 months. I cannot have c... Sat, 1 May 2010 10:22:17 EST What Omega-3 Food Have You Eaten Today? a salmon patty Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:28:39 EST The Healthy Heart Cafe Let's Talk about anything and everything <BR> <BR> If your online we want to hear from you <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> <em>274</em> <em>271</em> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:59:28 EST Starting my new life as a whole Hello fellow personal revolutionists, <BR> For a good portion of my life I considered what I looked like to be the most important thing abuot me. Until one day I looked in the mirror and found I couldnt stand the person that I saw. In my quest to become the person I truely was and would truely be proud to be I lost sight of my appearance goals and the pounds packed on. <BR> It is a hard place to be when what you have worked so hard on internally is no longer visible externally. It is also ha... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:04:43 EST April Goals April Goals will be found on the team home page. Join any or all and track your progress. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 00:00:23 EST Meeting your Challenge Goals Examples: <BR> <BR> Express your commitment to keeping a healthy heart. <BR> <BR> Express how your keeping up with your challenges. <BR> <BR> Express how your doing it. <BR> <BR> Express your Goals Reached. <BR> <BR> How Exciting it is reach a mile stone in Journey. <BR> <BR> We / your "Team" are here for you every step of the way. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:56:57 EST Eating Too Much Red Meat Increases Heart Dis Risk When I was diagnosed with heart disease, my cardiologist told me to decrease my intake of red meat. Eating too much red meat is not only bad for our health but you will also notice a difference on the scale. Choose lean cuts of meat. I have found an article I would like to share with you. <BR> <BR> I copied this article from <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy a juicy steak? Well, it may be shortening your life. A National Cancer Institute study shows individuals with a high intake o... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:56:13 EST May-Healthy Heart *Stick to it Challenge* Hi, <BR> <BR> <BR> Post your Daily Challenge and Stick to it. Lets Support each other to reach "Our Goals". <BR> Reach out ,,,Make a new friend. <BR> <BR> Its a proven fact that you stick to your goals when you have support of others. Let's do that. <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:16:52 EST march is in here March finally come ! <BR> Everyone was waiting for it ! <BR> Its in the air-- birds singing and chirping <BR> Its in the sky - more brighter days and longer <BR> The sun come often and then i feel good inside ..warmed ,loved and happy .When its touch me ,i can feel my youth and shine on me . <BR> I feel that if i don't go out and run with my dog ,i cheat myself and her ,form routine and happiness ! <BR> So i go out and do it ! <BR> I am not more longer feel its a routine ,its something... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:20:54 EST Healthy appointment to make! Ladies-do it today! If it has been more than a year IT IS time to make those dreaded appointments! While you are thinking about it go call your doctor right now to schedule your well women and mammogram. <BR> I got squished this morning and it was 20 minutes well spent. My amazing sister in law has breast cancer and lost a breast, her hair,and her eyelashes, BUT she has an excellent prognosis and will be around to be super aunt for a LONG time. Her cancer was discovered during a routine mamm... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:33:31 EST i took massage therapy I always want to help people.When i was yonger ,i was thinking how to save world and maybe travel to exotic places ,build schools and houses for the poor people Save the world ! Right now when i finished my course ( massage therapy ) .I am still want to help and save the world one person each time and each day ,one by one.Maybe this sound like sentimental to you .But for me ,if i don't help someone i feel really bad inside .You know what i mean ? I think each and every one of us -- humans ha... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:22:43 EST how overcome stress ,depression Don't beat yourself down if you lost you job ,don't have energy to go out to enjoy the outside,or you just too lazy to do it ! Guess what - that's was me 2 weeks ago ...I really was depress .I finished my school and i was desperate looking for work ..One day i decided that whatever i do its doesn't make sense .I give up! Literally .I was not even have energy to wake up ..Funny thing ,my dog save me ,because i have to took her out at least 3 times per day ...So slowly i was not really into to ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:07:52 EST March Goals I have made up goals for the month of March. Please see the team HOME PAGE. Go near the bottom, find the goals. Click on the goals you would like to join. You have the option of joining all or some. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=38949 </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:29:16 EST March Goals I have made up goals for the month of March. Please see the team HOME PAGE. Go near the bottom, find the goals. Click on the goals you would like to join. You have the option of joining all or some. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=38949 </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:16:15 EST I am lost Where is the new challenge for March posted? I can't find it, so I need someone to point me in the right direction, thanks!! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:27:36 EST marboc hi " my name is maryann . i live in the ohio . i have two son one daughter two grandkids. my husband and are semi-retired. i should say he is. we like to travel . we go back to wyoming ;where he is from . but right now his father is not in good health. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:11:18 EST Hi there This is my first challenge ever on this web page! Hope I do well! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:55:26 EST Reaching for a healthier body, mind and spirit So far Sparkpeople has been a very positive addition to my entire family. Everyone, including the baby, in my household have gotten themselves a page and it's making meal time so much easier and we ALL look forward to eating togther, even if we plan different meals. It's nice to learn new food items that I can add to my meal plans. <BR> <BR> I've already lost 1 pound... not much but I know I'm 16 oz. closer to a healthier self. <em>244</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:55:57 EST Week Four Healthy Heart Challenge Discussion This is going to be my toughest challenges, but one I really, really need to get a handle on. Sodium is so prevalent in almost everything we eat. Unless you eat it right out of the earth, tracking this mineral for many is a must--for me it is because of my history of high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> Even dropping 80 pounds, running 20 miles a week, strength training and trying to manage my stress has not allowed me to drop my anti-hypertensive and the reality, I may never be able to. But this... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:26:17 EST Week Four Healthy Heart Challenge <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE USE THE CHALLENGE DISCUSSION THREAD TO RESPOND TO THIS FORUM. THANK YOU!</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is one that I struggle with almost on a daily basis so I hope you all can help me along the way. <b>I would like for you all to concentrate on keeping your sodium levels at less than 2400 mg per day</b> --unless you have been advised by your doc otherwise. There are some individuals who require a greater intake of sodium, but for most of us, we ca... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:16:33 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to Sparks. This sounds like a great team <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:20:28 EST I'm a newbie =) Hey everyone! I'm so excited to join this team! I wanted to join a heart healthy team because heart disease is verrrry prominent in my family...this one seemed great! I know I'm starting a little week but I'm going to start from week one and see how it goes. I'm only 21 but I know that I need to keep my heart healthy because of my genetics! <BR> Happy exercising everyone :) Tue, 16 Feb 2010 16:54:27 EST Week Three Healthy Heart Challenge Discussion Hey Team, <BR> <BR> So sorry I forgot to put this week's discussion up. It's kinda been one of those days and know? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> THANKS so much to all of you for your thoughts, prayers and love. I truly am so touched by so much compassion you have taken time to share with me. This team is truly the BEST! <BR> <BR> I will be doing my strength training this week...that is for sure. Keep sending me some great stress relieving ideas! <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKING, my frien... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:01:13 EST eating right hey all it's me Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:15:57 EST Week Three Healthy Heart Challenge <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE USE THE CHALLENGE DISCUSSION THREAD TO RESPOND TO THIS FORUM. THANK YOU!</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Many believe strength training is only for the young and for those looking to have a nice toned body, but more and more research beginning to show that every one of all ages can benefit from this great activity. As we age our muscles naturally begin to atrophy (or shrink) and when this happens we lose a great deal of our strength, which is responsible for helping us wi... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 07:58:40 EST New to sparks but determined I need to stop fooling myself and lose a 100 lbs...somehow at 245 I actually am under the delusion I look "ok"..any help is welcome...I tend to have a great day then go off the wagon then have a good is self sabotage and I hate the cycle Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:12:35 EST Family history of heart Hello my name is Judy . My brother had a heart attack at 36 and my uncles on my father's side had heart problems with an uncle dying at 42 with the other uncles having heart issues. So I thought I better join Mon, 8 Feb 2010 08:32:39 EST Week Two Healthy Heart Challenge Discussion Hiya Team! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well at keeping their exercise routine going of at least 30 minutes 5-6 days a week. Keep it up! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to take on stress in our lives. Stress can really wreck havoc not only on our bodies, but our hearts as well. <BR> <BR> With many people losing their jobs, financial issues, family issues, even just sometimes getting through a difficult day, stress can play a major role in undoing all the good things we are doing. ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 08:35:56 EST Week Two Healthy Heart Challenge <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM. THIS FORUM IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AS TO THE CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. PLEASE USE THE WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION FORUM LOCATED IN THE GENERAL TEAM DISCUSSION FORUM TO CHAT ABOUT THIS WEEKS CHALLENGE. THANKS SO MUCH!</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> We all know that our diet and exercise lifestyle play such a huge role in the management of heart disease, but did you know so does stress management. <BR> <BR> Researchers are not sure exac... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 08:28:50 EST New to the boards.... Good Morning, I am new to the message boards. I have been a member of SparkPeople for approximately 1 month and I am really enjoying getting to know all about the site and all the different information that is made available. I have been lurking on the boards trying to gather information to help me complete my journey. I look foraward to becoming an active participant on here. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 10:25:48 EST What is the challenge? Sorry I'm new and just don't know where to look for what.. I see people referring to this challenge and what or where do I find it??? Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:11:16 EST Hi yall hi everyone- <BR> I did the boot camp challenge in jan. but the last week and half I didn't get to finish :( I am hoping that I am able to follow this challenge. I want to maintain an healthy lifestyle... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:57:14 EST tracking sodium??? so i track all my food here on the website..along with all my exercise. Is there somewhere on the nutrional tracker i can see my sodium intake when i run the daily report????? <BR> <em>38</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 00:42:09 EST New to This Spark Team I am really excited to join this SparkTEam. It is possible that this wbsite will help be to lode Wed, 3 Feb 2010 22:04:21 EST High Blood Pressure Facts <em>227</em> <b>PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THIS FORUM</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> </b>High Blood Pressure Facts</b> <BR> <BR> <ul><li>Affects 74 million US Adults <BR> <BR> <li>Responsible for 60,000 deaths per year in the US <BR> <BR> <li>#1 cause of strokes <BR> <BR> <li>The most important numbers we should know <BR> <BR> <li>Known as the "Silent Killer" in other words, one does not have symptoms <BR> <BR> <li>High blood pressure not only affects the heart, but the brain, kidneys and liv... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:54:56 EST Challenge! I completed 40 mins of walking today and did 2.2 miles! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:42:15 EST February health Hi guys, <BR> I am looking forward to February being a better month for me. <BR> I have been experiencing low blood pressure {recent} and general ill health for 6 months. <BR> I want to take better care of ME for February. <BR> Looking forward to the challenge! <BR> jeanla Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:23:01 EST Heart Healthy I am so up for making sure I have a healthy, active heart. I am ready for this challenge and the benefits of new friends and a better life. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:17:18 EST April from TN Hi Everyone, I am April and I am from TN. I am so dedicated to getting healthy. I exercise everyday and track EVERYTHING. I hope to meet some good friends! Have a healthy week, April Mon, 1 Feb 2010 18:54:53 EST im melissa new to sparks, trying to lose about 10 lbs. im a healthy eater and regular exerciser but im 5'6 and can never seem to stay under 140!! im at 148 right now ugh and i just want to keep it off so my pants feel normal and i dont feel unattractive! im glad to join the cause as i love excercising and hope to be a positive teammate! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:30:00 EST Post Here When You Meet Your Daily Challenge Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> What do you all think about posting when you met your challenge for the day? Do you think that using this forum will keep you more accountable to getting in your 30 minutes or more of moderate activity? <BR> <BR> So if you are game...let's start posting each day we meet our goal. I am off to the elliptical but I will be back to post later. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:03:28 EST Week One Healthy Heart Challenge Discussion Hi everyone! I hope you are all ready to begin the challenge to living and embracing healthy habits which we hope will lead us all to healthier hearts over the course of the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> To give you all a little background about me. <BR> <BR> I started my own journey 5 years ago (Feb 9, 2005 to be exact) after having been diagnosed with hypertension a year earlier at the tender age of 42. Now you would have thought that would have scared me silly into changing my lifestyle, bu... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:58:12 EST SparkPeople Exercise Topics <B>PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS FORUM. THANK YOU</B> <BR> <BR> Below are a few SparkPeople articles regarding heart health. I do hope you will read about them and discuss them in the week one challenge discussion forum. <BR> <BR> <a href="" target="_blank">Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise</a> <BR> <BR> <a href="" target="_blank">The Heart of a Woman</a> <BR> ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:47:38 EST Week One Healthy Heart Challenge <em>227</em> <b> PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS FORUM. THIS FORUM IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AS TO THE CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. PLEASE USE THE WEEKLY CHALLENGE DISCUSSION FORUM LOCATED IN THE GENERAL TEAM DISCUSSION FORUM TO CHAT ABOUT THIS WEEKS CHALLENGE. THANKS SO MUCH</b> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> <B>OBTAIN 30 MINUTES OF MODERATE INTENSITY ACTIVITY AT LEAST 5-6 DAYS A WEEK</B> <BR> <BR> Many of you may already be getting the required amount, but if you aren... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:42:22 EST not sure how this works but ready to try lost 70 pounds last year but still have a way to go...I'm ready for some new challenges but I've never sone anything electronically.. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:25:05 EST Reducing Sodium I need ideas for reducing sodium in my diet. I don't use salt at the table, but always seem to go over my limit... <BR> <BR> Thanks so much. <BR> <BR> Jena <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:42:45 EST New Challenge Hi my name is Lorri and I am new to this team. I just finished the Bootcamp challenge and am ready for a new challenge. I am looking forward to the challenges to come. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:02:14 EST First challenge This is my first challenge. Must get my heart healthier and body more fit. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:19:56 EST 29 day giving challenge We work at becoming physically healthy for our hearts. Here's something that could help us become more emotionally healthy as well: <link> </link> or another option could be: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Let's not forget our inner being while we work on our outer shell. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:42:58 EST Heart Challenge Hi, My name is Mary and I joined Spark People is September 2008. I joined to maintain my weight. I lost 24 pounds during 2008 and have a family with heart problems. Looking forward to this challenge! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:32:24 EST Just joined this team! Hi I'm Laura and just got done doing the Bootcamp challenge. I enjoyed it so much and want to continue on so here I am! <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:44:23 EST old is new In my younger day's I was busy enough running around, always on the go, I didn't worry about eating or burn calories. Well these days, I sit behind a desk, me children are grown and no longer need me as they did in their younger days. I now watching what I put in my mouth, not always the best things, I watch the fat, calories and how much harded it is to lose. In finding this site a few years ago, it has helped me grow and do something else other than watch what goes into my mouth. Sun, 31 Jan 2010 10:53:03 EST Pedometers How many on this team wear a Pedometer? I've been wearing one since August 2008 when I was on a Walking team. I never did get very many steps in until these past weeks. I am just curious how many people on this team wear a pedometer. <BR> <BR> A good one that was recommended to me before I bought mine is an Omron and can be ordered through Here is a link. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Pocket-Pedometer/dp/B0000U1OCI/ref=sr_<BR>1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=126... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 06:13:21 EST 3-year Sparker Newly Focused on My Heart Health <em>26</em> <em>129</em> Having had triple bypass surgery 9/11/2009, I'm working on getting better acquainted with my heart. I had been not recognizing symptoms for 3 or 4 years! Thankfully, we discovered the need without damage to my heart. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 21:34:50 EST Hello from Colorado Looking forward to a new challenge. Good luck to everyone. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:07:25 EST Joined in early January I have been doing this since January 3 or so and have been exercising a lot, and eating the right amount of calories, but the scale has only moved a 2 or 3 pounds. I am a mom 48, a mom of four and have been fighting the same 20 -25 pounds for years. I am not seeing the progress that I should be considering how focused I have been. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 14:46:21 EST Ready for a change.... Hey y'all.....I just heard of this website today, and I decided to jump aboard. I am trying to figure everything out, and I hope to use the tools here to obtain my weight loss goals. I hope to meet some others with the same type of goals as me to encourage each other along the way. I have three small children (5, 3, and 10 months). I stay busy staying at home with them and chasing them all around! :) I look forward to getting on the boards and finding the different options..... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:11:22 EST Please join in on the challenge <b>Healthy Heart Challenge</b> <BR> <BR> February is National Heart Health month and here at SparkPeople we would like to celebrate February as the month to help inspire our members to embrace healthy habits so that we can all have healthier hearts via exercise--cardio, strength training and flexibility--as well as working on managing stress-a big factor in heart health, following a heart healthy diet and finally having our family, whether spouses, children and parents, joining us in the adv... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:25:10 EST 28 Day Calendar to a Healthy Heart <em>227</em> <B>Please DO NOT respond to this forum. Use the General Discussion Thread. THANK YOU</B> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please feel free to print the following 28 Days to a Healthier Heart Calendar and put it where you will read it every day. <BR> <BR> <a href="" target="_blank">28 Days to a Healthier Heart</a> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:19:46 EST Recipe - American Heart Association I've been a big fan of the American Heart Association (AHA) for years. I started find out more about AHA when my father had a heart attack about 7 years ago. <BR> Here's a link to one of my favorite AHA recipes. It's in the "One Dish Favorites" cookbook, but I just found out that it's posted on-line too. <link><BR>ions/jsp/catalog/recipeDetails.jsp?ide<BR>ntifier=3055008 </link> <BR> <BR> It's so easy to make & so delicious. I wanted to share. <BR> ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:52:32 EST Let's get heart healthy I'm looking forward to this challenge. I need something to keep me going and on track right now. January has not been my best month. I'm off to a slow start, but I will not give up. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:58:03 EST What is a serving of healthy fat Can some one please tell me what is a healthy serving of fat so that I may apply it in my diet Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:30:31 EST Ready to do this Hi all my name is Shonnita and I am excited about the challenge I constantly worry about my heart health both my parents died of heart illnesses even though I do have some of the habits they held I still am their product so I hope to push myself and hopefully change my heart on this challenge Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:21:42 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi everyone I am Debbie a 52 year old who is raising my 3 year old grandson and taking care of my 87 year old mother who has had several strokes. I have always taken care of everybody else and now I am going to take care of myself. I am ready for the next 50 years of my life. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:49:37 EST my name is April HI my name is April and I'm 35 years old and a mother of 3 teenage girls,13,16, &18. I found this site yesterday and It was love at first sight. I can't wait to meet everyone and to lose those pounds. I'm very excited about this, it's everything I have been trying to do on my own. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:23:18 EST NEW Hi I'm looking forward to learn new ways to get in sharp and be health. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:04:31 EST Looking forward to the challenge I am doing the January Challenge and looking forward to the February one. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of weight to lose. I think exercise is great and our hearts need strengthening so I am in. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:35:45 EST National Wear Red Day 2010 Welcome everyone! If you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to send them my way! This is a TEAM challenge and I am open to all ideas! <BR> <BR> Make sure you have something red to wear next month. <BR> <BR> The Official Wear Red Day sponsored by the American Heart Association will take place on Friday, February 5th. Let's show everyone that SparkPeople is ready to change the course of heart disease. <BR> <BR> Nancy Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:01:02 EST I'm new! Hi all! I am new to Spark and so far I think it will be very important to me in my struggle to lose weight. <BR> I am 63 and live in Massachusetts. I work at home as well as take care of my 3-year old grandaughter(my little rainbow) every week day while my son and his wife are at work. I have had her since she was an infant. I also do my son's bookkeeping so by the end of the day,all my good intentions of eating the right thing and the right portions are "out the window" <BR> Every morning I ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:15:56 EST