SparkPeople Motivated Mustard Seeds Team Messageboard Matthew 17:20 ...if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." SparkPeople Motivated Mustard Seeds Team Messageboard Motivated Mustard Seeds Discussion Hello team... As I am needing to up the articles today, a Sparkpeople form letter is in order for today, which I know is annoying. However, I want to reach all of my Sparkfriends. So, a form letter is the best way I know how. <BR> <BR> The articles have been interesting... "Sleep Inducing Drinks For Insomniacs", "Does Sex Make You Sleep Better", "Let's Chat About Bottled Water", "How To Throw A Large Party In A Small Space", etc. If you ever have any suggestions, I am all ears! <BR> <B... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:36:35 EST again Hi everyone. I am beginning-again, but I feel I am headed in the right direction. <BR> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:37:28 EST two steps forward, one step back on >10k steps I was moving ahead quite nicely, with my calibrated step-meter thingamabob. hahah However, the last few days I get down right unpleasant signals from my legs when I go out. Then I realized I have not been stretching before or after. OOops. My bad. <BR> <BR> I did get in a new exercise this morning - 11 minute chair cardio. I even got my wife to begin! Yea!!! My red-headed viking warrior queen took to it like a duck to water. Its too bad I have no pickled herring in wine sauce to celebrate w... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:47:29 EST A Word of Encouragement For You Team Stop and leave a word of encouragement for your team members. <BR> Take time to tell the good news. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:01:01 EST What is your favorite verse from the Bible? Tell us what verse moves you? <BR> What verse do you read often? <BR> What is your favorite verse? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:00:13 EST Finish the sentence- My God is__________. Finish the sentence- My God is ______________. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:40:29 EST Who will you pray for today? Let us join together and pray for others today. <BR> <BR> Our God is <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> He answers prayers! <BR> <BR> God Bless You! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 13:30:52 EST My Road Trip Recently I attended a Quilt Show in Ocean Shores, and heard about the SW Washington Shop Hop. It is a tour of about 12 shops which promote quilting in our area. Today I drove about 150 miles in a circle to visit the ones closest to Olympia and had a great time, sensory overload, though. So many colors, shapes and sized. Weather was actually very good; it only rained a little one time and I traveled some new roads and saw some new country. I plan to tour south on Thursday, hitting the V... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:09:07 EST Utter failure of the diet-mentality So many of your issues or so many of your sources of stress stem from a resistance to “what is” and instead 'wanting' what you “wish were true.” – You refuse to love and accept yourself and your body “as is”, as a starting point. And so begins or sustains a process of self-rejection. You feel anxious and depressed – but then you beat yourself up for feeling anxious and depressed – So then, you either eat or starve to numb, or escape, or avoid these contradictory emotions that overwhelm you. A... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:20:32 EST A blog to read My friend (we actually go to church together) is leaving Spark People because of what she explains in her blog. Maybe we can get SP to take a look at it! <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779069 Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:54:38 EST GIVE A BIG HAND Leader board Fitness minutes for all time <BR> ****************************************<BR>******** <BR> 1=RSSSLHB=92,122 <BR> 2=PIGGYS1=79,757 <BR> 3=MRSJARI=69,880 <BR> 4=TEACHEROF4TH=48,583 <BR> 5=MRS LOOMIS=30,166 <BR> 6=COBBLERKEVIN=25,823 <BR> 7=NORTHWOODSMOM8=25,252 <BR> 8=MEMORIES7=19,515 <BR> 9=POOK 70=18,026 <BR> 10=HEFFIEW=11,363 <BR> 11=CDNTRIGIRL=9,304 <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> GIVE A BIG HAND <em>104</em> ALL TIME LEADER BOARD FITNESS MINUTES ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:48:06 EST It's me - BuzyBeeDebra Hey Everybody - it's me, BuzyBeeDebra - but now I am 60ToeFamily .... deleted my other account (had some crazy stuff happen) ... but I am back now. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> I have missed this team. <BR> <BR> Debra <BR> (Houston, TX) Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:59:42 EST More Prayers, PLease Please add your prayers for Kathleen. She is a wonderful woman and wife and mother, but she was just fired for making a mistake. She said she has been drifting some from God, and when tempted she fell. PLease pray that this does not lead to problems for the family, and that restitution can be made without legal or larger ramifications. Thank you. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:00:59 EST MadeToCrave webcast 8pm EST <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I just came across this. It looks amazing and I thought I'd pass it on. The webcast begins in about 20 minutes. The website refers to times it re-airs if you miss it. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 19:41:35 EST Contemporary Issues in Protein Wanted to share a very LONG study. It's really a summary of many protein studies. How much, when, what type and more. I'm not finished reading it yet, but invite others to give it a read and comment. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>C21291 50/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>497</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:33:57 EST Feels like home Hi, I'm new to SP and still learning my way around. I was reading some of the posts here and this just seems like a good place to be. I turned 60 last Oct. and my DH & I celebrated our 40th Anniversary yesterday. We moved from IL to FL in 2000. We have 3 daughters,3 wonderful son-in-laws and 3 beautiful grandchildren. My goals are to become healthier in body, spirit. I too was a Mary Kay consultant for about 8 years. One thing I learned from MK,was "God 1st, Family 2nd and business 3rd". I tr... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:14:40 EST Just Like Leaves Very interesting blog - read it and enjoy <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:31:45 EST thanks for the invite thank you so much for inviting me here, i'm a 61 yr old women trying to lose this weight and not doing a very good job, i'm form pennsylvania hope to get to meet you all Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:43:51 EST Holiday Challenge Donna posted this in our Houston team and I love it - so I am re-posting here ... <BR> <BR> Who is with me ? <BR> <BR> With the holiday season coming up it can get difficult to stick to your exercise and eating routine so I propose a challenge. <BR> <BR> H - Hydrate Drink your water <BR> O - Organize something in your life <BR> L - List the reasons you want to succeed and post it in an obvious location to review daily <BR> I - Invite friends to exercise with you and to hold you account... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:01:02 EST Newbie Here Thank you for the invite RSSSL! This team looks interesting. I'm not new to Spark, but don't post very much...loss of motivation. I have a medical disability that makes me crave sugar due to the meds I have to take. My weight bar isn't moving anywhere but up...anyone have any ideas how you stop craving sugar, at least under these circumstances? <BR> <BR> I hope to know each of you better in the days ahead, and wish you well...especially during these holidays. <BR> <BR> Sylvia <em>304</e... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 22:21:40 EST Dump The Pounds Here Dump the pounds here,I will bring the truck lets see if we can fill it <em>343</em> we can do it Sat, 6 Nov 2010 11:04:45 EST Did You Exercise Today? Walking 80 Mins <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Lower Body workout 60 Mins <BR> <BR> ABS <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> Hips <em>417</em> <BR> <BR> Buns <em>416</em> 140 Mins---11/5/2010 Sat, 6 Nov 2010 10:31:42 EST All Saints Day Celebration We had a celebration for All Saints Day tonight. <BR> It kind of put itself together because of everyone who wanted it! Oh, a few of us worked at it, talked about games a crafts, and food, and who would be which saints, and so on. Some of the high schoolers dressed as the main saints, and half-way through the celebration, they climbed onto stage and a narrator described the saint's life, while he or she acted it out. YOu should have seen St. Francis of Asissi dancing! He was Really getting do... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 23:28:32 EST 90 Days Til Christmas ? Pretty much - it's 90 days until Christmas ... <BR> <BR> From and including: Sunday, September 26, 2010 <BR> To, but not including : Saturday, December 25, 2010 <BR> It is 90 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date <BR> Or 2 months, 29 days excluding the end date <BR> <BR> Alternative time units <BR> 90 days can be converted to one of these units: <BR> 7,776,000 seconds <BR> 129,600 minutes <BR> 2160 hours <BR> 12 weeks (rounded down) <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 13:05:06 EST Prayer Request Update Several months ago I requested prayers for a high school run-away. <BR> <BR> I finally have an update! <BR> <BR> She is back home, graduated from high school, and is enrolled in our local community college. In fact, yesterday she texted her uncle that she aced her first English test in college! <BR> <BR> Thank you for the prayers. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:52:33 EST Bizarre Home Remedies Bizarre Home Cures That Work <BR> By Tabby Biddle <BR> <BR> Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board <BR> <BR> If you are a do-it-yourself person and don't want to always rely on a doctor to cure your health issues, you may be in luck. You can use duct tape, baking soda, and an assortment of other bizarre home cures, depending on your ailment, to improve your health. <BR> <BR> Check out the following bizarre home cures that really work: <BR> <BR> Problem: Warts <BR> <BR> Home C... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:49:17 EST Recipes ? SO - what new recipes have you tried lately? Feel free to post something good in our Recipes thread. <BR> <BR> If you haven't tried anything new lately - make yourself a promise to do so - expand your horizons! <BR> <BR> Let us know what you come up with. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:15:42 EST 780 Minutes of Fitness in September No time like now to add a little fitness to your life. All I'm asking is at least 30 minutes a day for 26 days in September, 780 total minutes of fitness. <BR> <BR> I got this idea from another SparkMember that is on FB- Amy Sheridan! Making sure I give credit where credit is due ya know! :) <BR> <BR> So - this way you get one rest day a week. It can be 30 minutes of walking, running, riding a bike, anything that is extra to your day. Join in, invite your friends, make it fun. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:27:29 EST Always remember... *~*GOD can turn a MESS into a MESSage, a TEST into a TESTimony, a TRIAL into. a TRIumph, a VICTIM into a VICTory*~* Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:46:42 EST Something to consider "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, wearing roller skates, Bible in one hand, dark chocolate in the other, smile on your face, body thoroughly used up, worn out and screaming..."WOO HOO what a ride!" Fri, 2 Jul 2010 19:24:06 EST Happy Father Day Happy Father's Day to all have a <em>250</em> day Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:53:06 EST Inspiration I came across this and thought I should share... <BR> <BR> In 1952, Florence Chadwick stepped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean on Catalina Island, California, determined to swim to the mainland. An experienced swimmer, she had already been the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways. <BR> <BR> The weather that day was foggy and chilly; Florence could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam steadily for fifteen hours. When she begged to be taken out of the wat... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:04:36 EST Finding a balance Hello motivated mustard seeds! For some reason, my email provider decided to block SP emails because it says my email is not a valid account, so I haven't been getting emails for a while. I didn't see a topic like this posted yet, but if it's a duplicate I apologize. <BR> <BR> I need some advice and help and was hoping I could turn to this team. I'm having a spiritual struggle right now. Well, truth be told it's been festering for awhile, I'm just finally acknowledging it and trying to do s... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:37:14 EST one nation under God painting google ( one nation under God painting ) it's fine art it is <em>345</em> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 17:02:54 EST Just wonderin' So, does carrying a 45 pound boy up the stairs to bed count as strength training? Does chasing a puppy who refuses to go outside count as cardio? Does stretching and contorting your body to reach a dropped sippy cup behind furniture count as yoga? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 31 May 2010 22:28:12 EST MAY CHALLENGE June is almost here and with June comes swimsuit season. Let's all get ready these last few days of the month with an intense challenge: <BR> <BR> M = Maintain your calorie range--keep track of everything you eat or drink and stay within your calorie range <BR> <BR> A = Abs X 3: Do at least three sets of three Abdominal exercises three days a week <BR> <BR> Y = You are important too--take at least 10 minutes each day to write down the positive things about yourself. <BR> <BR> F = Flex... Sat, 22 May 2010 19:21:15 EST Duty "Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty; the only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understanding. W. Somerst Maugham in The Painted Veil. Mon, 3 May 2010 16:42:01 EST Pray with me? I am really feeling pulled to return to Romania for a short mission trip in September. I can make the time available, and the church will pay for half the trip. I need to rely on God for the rest of the money. <BR> <BR> I am a photographer, and 15 senior portrait or family sittings will be just enough to pay for my portion of the trip. Will you pray with me that God works out the details and provide the funds--either through my photography or some other way? <BR> <BR> Thanks...blessings <BR... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:24:28 EST 10,000 Steps Per Day I posted a new team goal ... let's try to walk 10,000 steps per day. Now this is hard to do or know if you don't have a pedometer, but you can get fairly cheap ones. I love mine. <BR> <BR> Anyone with me ? Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:53:33 EST Thought to ponder "The most beautiful stones have been tossed by the wind, crushed by the water, and polished to brilliance by life's strongest storms." <BR> <BR> What storms in your life have helped you to become greater than you ever thought you could be? Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:57:05 EST Easter to Independence Day Dear Beloved Mustard Seeds... <BR> <BR> I am working on something monumental that I wanted to share. There are approximately 90 days between Easter and 4th of July - 90 days (13 Weeks) to INDEPENDENCE! <BR> <BR> I am developing a 13 week Bible Study Course called "Healthy Habits: Shaping UP!" It is loosely based on a study track from a great Bible I own called the Serendipity Bible. <BR> <BR> We are all in different places and stages in our journey here, so whatever challenge you are out... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:16:05 EST Good Friday How are you honoring Our Lord today? I attended Veneration of the Cross earlier with my family. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:33:53 EST Lent - Scripture Reading Week 6 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His Wor... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:08:27 EST April Challenge - I Dare You ... Spark Streaks Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> This is going to be the main thread for April's challenge. I wanted to get started on the dares early to give people a chance to prepare. <BR> <BR> I'll start with the first one. If you know you can do more than the dare, then feel free to increase it and add a dare of your own! When you've accomplished it, come by and let us know you've met your goal! <BR> <BR> I dare you to drink 8 glasses of water for the first 5 days of April. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 21:41:45 EST April Challenge Suggestion Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, April is just around the corner and I had a challenge that I think would be great to get off to a good start to Spring. <BR> <BR> This challenge is called I Dare You – Spark Streaks! <BR> <BR> What will happen is I will start the thread with a dare that anyone is able to accept for the time period given. For example, my dare could be to drink 8 glasses of water for 5 days straight. If you think you can do better, you would reply to accept the dare and challeng... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:58:34 EST Lent - Scripture Reading Week 5 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His Wor... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:56:01 EST Spark Book I am reading the Spark Book and I love it ... <BR> <BR> the quote I ran across today that I adore is: <BR> <BR> Welcome a newcomer to your block or take library books to a homebound person...hug someone who is having a hard day ... spread sunshine by offering the freest and easiest of human expressions - - a smile :-0) <BR> <BR> Another good one from the book is this: <BR> <BR> We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sy... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:37:18 EST Strawberry Pickin' Today is the first day of Spring Break for my kids, so the school aged ones are home from school. <BR> <BR> So this morning I decided a nice family friendly activity for me and the kiddos would be to go pick some strawberries at a farm, about an hour from my house. We had so much fun and the kids had a blast. <BR> <BR> Now what in the world do I do with all these strawberries? I had 3 kids fill up three buckets full and now here we sit in strawberry abundance :) <BR> <BR> Can you fre... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:00:50 EST Foods that boost brainpower Check it out - interesting article from of my favorite magazines. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/index.html </link> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:34:36 EST Spark Goodies This morning I wanted to purchase some Spark Goodies, and for the life of me I can't seem to figure out how to purchase them, not for myself. I seen how to do that. <BR> Could someone please point me in the right direction? <BR> Thanks in advance! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 10:22:30 EST Lent - Scripture Reading Week 4 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His Wor... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 07:25:10 EST Times Changing Don't forget to set your clocks Saturday!! You will need to run them up an hour. Spring forward!! <BR> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:14:07 EST What is God teaching you today? I thought it would be nice to share the things God is teaching us. <BR> <BR> "For the word of God is living and active." Hebrews 4:12a Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:38:46 EST Team Bread If our team was ever going to have a 'team bread' - this should be it ... Biblical and healthy - check it out. I have never bought or tried this - but will do so very soon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ifference/ezekiel-4-9.html </link> <BR> <BR> Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products <BR> <BR> Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products <BR> Inspired by the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9., "Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and bea... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:08:49 EST Weigh In Lost another pound and half this week!! <BR> For some reason I was really nervous about weighing in this morning. Now I know what I'm doing is working!! That's 7 1/2 pounds in three weeks! <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:08:49 EST We are not just tempted, we are fished... Everybody faces temptation - all the time. I'm not just talking about brownies or cheesecake ... we face temptation every day, in all kinds of ways. Tempted to be lazy, tempted to be dishonest, tempted to be selfish, and the list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> My pastor said something that struck a chord with me. He said we are not just tempted - we as Christians - we are FISHED. Satan has a fishing pole and all sorts of bait, and he knows our weaknesses and targets us - and targets us hard. ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:20:54 EST Lent - Scripture Reading Week 3 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His Wor... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 11:18:37 EST The Rooster and the Hen I am copying this from Dave Ramsey's book 'Financial Peace'. This poem was written in the Depression Era, and I believe it is applicable today. <BR> <BR> The Rooster and the Hen <BR> <BR> Said the Little Red Rooster, <BR> "Believe me, things are tough!" <BR> Seems the worms are getting sarcer <BR> and I cannot find enough. <BR> What's become of all those fat ones? <BR> It's a mystery to me. <BR> There were thousands through that rainy spell, <BR> but now, where can they be ?" <BR> ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:52:30 EST Converting Cups into Grams Is there a place on here to convert cups or like I'm trying to do 1/4 cup into grams? I tried the one on the food tracker and it does not seem to work right. <BR> Thanks!! Fri, 5 Mar 2010 07:52:29 EST Oh so super excited Okay, so I am a bit excited today. Excited, giddy like a little kid at Christmas :) <BR> <BR> (1) I bought a new steamer contraption to help me in steaming vegetables. Oh, this is such a BIG step for me. <BR> <BR> (2) I ordered a Bullet Express from t.v. that will be like a food processor, chopper thing and even comes with a juicer - and also got a blender and a cookbook too... got an email today that it was shipped - so I should get it soon - another great tool to help me in my health... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 13:37:13 EST Exercising. When I first started, I had no problems doing the exercises. Now I am so sore from exercising, I have to make myself do them and I am having trouble doing them to the greatest ability. I am still doing them, but they seem more difficult them when I first started. <BR> Anyone else having this problem or is it I am just so out of shape?? Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:11:17 EST Tangy and Cool Buttermilk and Avocado Smoothie Look what I found on REALAGE.COM <BR> <BR> Tangy and Cool Buttermilk and Avocado Smoothie <BR> One cup of this fill-you-up smoothie will make only a 145-calorie dent in your diet. <BR> <BR> Here's how you make it: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 cup organic fat-free cottage cheese, such as Horizon brand <BR> 2 cups 1% low-fat buttermilk <BR> 1/2 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced <BR> 1 tablespoon organic agave nectar, such as Madhava brand <BR> 4 ice cubes or 1/2 cup crushed ice <BR> ... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:07:13 EST Eat Up an Artichoke Artichokes are funny looking vegetables that grow from seed into a large plant. The edible part of the plant is the flower base. An artichoke can look a little bit intimidating and the pokey leaves will make any consumer a little weary. Never fear, this vegetable is so good for you and packed full of flavor! <BR> <BR> Did you know that almost all domestic artichokes are grown and harvested in sunny California? This often overlooked vegetable is not only versatile, but it tastes good, and ha... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:52:10 EST Lent - Scripture Readings Week 2 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His Wor... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 07:47:50 EST Links I found Interesting The best weight loss advise you have never heard <BR> <link><BR>ght-loss-advice-youve-never-heard </link> <BR> <BR> I know that this is not a diet, but a life change. I did not write the title. <BR> 17 Best foods for dieters <BR> <link><BR>foods-for-dieters?ecd=wnl_wct_022610 </link> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:45:33 EST Mirror Mirror I did not write this one, but love it... <BR> <BR> Mirror Mirror <BR> <BR> Mirror mirror on the wall <BR> do you have to tell it all? <BR> Where do you get the glaring light <BR> to make my clothes look just too tight? <BR> <BR> I think I'm fine but I can see <BR> you won't cooperate with me. <BR> The way you let the shadows play <BR> you'd think my hair was turning grey. <BR> <BR> What's that you say, a double chin? <BR> No that's the way the light comes in. <BR> If you persist in p... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:20:26 EST When you wish upon a star... When you wish upon a star, it won't get you very far <BR> by: Lysa Terkeurst <BR> <BR> The other day I took a short cut through a neighborhood and caught a glimpse of a man planting a garden. It was just a quick glance, but it was long enough to produce a lingering thought, "I wish I had a pretty garden." <BR> <BR> For years I've looked at other people's beautiful gardens and sighed as a wish for my own, swirled through my mind. <BR> <BR> However, the quick glimpse of this man with his han... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:06:11 EST Easy Lasagna This recipe is pretty simple but wonder if you could use some substitutions to make it less fat ... the high number for saturated fat bothers me ... <BR> <BR> Easy Lasagna <BR> Number of Servings: 8 <BR> Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 3 cup PREGO Traditional Spaghetti Sauce <BR> 15 oz ricotta cheese <BR> 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz) <BR> 6 cup lasagna noodles <BR> 0.25 cup water <BR> 0.75 lb lean ground beef <BR> <BR> Instructions: <BR> <BR> 1. In... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:53:58 EST March Madness Challenge Now, I'm just suggesting this challenge, but I will be doing it personally. It is done at my gym yearly and I have tried it out in a few different teams here and it has been successful. <BR> <BR> Now, this challenge is based of the NCAA basketball tournament and it just requires that you do a certain amount of workouts for the month. <BR> <BR> 10 workouts = bronze <BR> 15 workouts = silver <BR> 20+ workouts = gold <BR> <BR> Now, each day we work out, we just come in here and post what tar... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:13:36 EST The Orgasm Smoothie Courtesy of The Doctors t.v. show: <BR> <BR> Orgasm Smoothie <BR> <BR> Are you looking to spice up your sex life? Try a culinary concoction that promises to perfect your orgasm! <BR> <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 cup blueberries <BR> 1 cup rice, almond or non-fatmilk (substitute with juice of your choice if you don't want to use milk) <BR> 1 cup ice chips <BR> ½ cup peaches <BR> 1 tablespoon flaxseed <BR> Dollop of honey <BR> Sprinkle of ginger root (season to taste) <BR> Sprinkle of nutmeg (season... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:07:36 EST Stages I am in my 9th day with Sparks and I love it!! Question is how do you know when your ready to move on to a different stage?? Is there a spot that tells you or do you just move on when your ready? Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:55:21 EST Please check out.... Would love to hear some of your favorites! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2921388 </link> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 09:34:40 EST French Fry lovers! Glad I don't like french fries anymore! <BR> <BR><BR>46018/americas-worst-french-fries-and-<BR>what-you-should-eat-instead/ Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:03:42 EST IT'S WORKING!! I could not find where to put our weekly weigh in thread, so I hope it's okay to put here? <BR> I have to admit trying Spark's I was a little sceptical. After my first week with Spark's, I've LOST 4lbs. <em>244</em> I could not believe my eyes <em>40</em> <BR> This is working!!! <em>244</em> <BR> Many a Thanks to all of you for supporting me!! <BR> I had no idea what to Blog about this morning, Well now I know lol Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:10:59 EST Seeds of possibility Check out this link, perfect for our team :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-seeds-of-possibility/ </link> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:49:49 EST Lent - Scripture Readings Week 1 The season of Lent offers us as believers the opportunity to prepare for and remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a time to examine our consider the great gift we’ve been given. It’s a season for confession, for watching and waiting with Christ, for repentance and reconnecting. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to yield to the One who died, that we might have life. <BR> <BR> Set aside time for Scripture, silence and prayer. Let God use His W... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 14:50:40 EST Hello I am new to the site, just joined on Tuesday! My name is Tina, and I weigh 140lbs. and want to get back down to 110lbs. This is what I've weighed nearly all of my life, until a few years back I started to gain weight. I'm not happy with the way I look and that reflects to how I feel about myself. I know with the help of all of you Sparks members "I can do this!!" Sat, 20 Feb 2010 07:57:22 EST Helpful Tips I am reading in my book called 'Nutritional Healing' - and here are some tips from the Obesity section. Some of this I had not heard before. <BR> <BR> *Do not chew gum, chewing gum starts the digestive juices flowing and makes you feel hungry. <BR> <BR> *Try eating a small amount (200 calories or so) of complex carbohydrate prior to having a high protein meal. This will help supply tryptophan to the brain, which in turn helps to reduce food cravings. <BR> <BR> *The American Cancer Societ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:48:36 EST Where are my mustard seeds planted? Oh I just love this group of folks we have gathered here on this team - Motivated Mustard Seeds. <BR> <BR> I'd love to know where everyone is living - where are you Sparkin' at ? <BR> <BR> I am BuzyBeeDebra and I live in Houston, TX! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:44:44 EST Prayer Requests Please pray for a friend that was 16 weeks pregnant. She just found out today that her baby died about 2 weeks ago. This will be her fourth miscarriage. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 22:45:09 EST Challenge? Can we start a motivated mustard seed challenge? Anyone want to join in? Any ideas of what it can be? Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:03:15 EST Whole Grain sandwich rounds This isn't a receipe, but just an FYI..if you have not tried this new 100 calorie sandwich sounds it is a must! I have a sandwich and some low cal crackers and cheese for lunch and it was under 400 calories, the sandwich was under 250 and if you only put veggies for a veggie sandwich it would be under 200 but just as filling! Just wanted to share Tue, 16 Feb 2010 13:06:35 EST Reading Labels I tell ya - more and more I find the need to educate myself and read the labels on the things I buy. These last months I've been doing it to look at ingredients and nutrition information. Now it seems I need to read labels and know whether or not my stuff is made in the USA or not. <BR> <BR> A physics teacher in high school, once told the <BR> students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, re... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:21:21 EST Chocolate Hazelnut Bark Chocolate Hazelnut Bark <BR> <BR> Science says snacking is good for you. The 5,000-subject-strong National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that people who ate snacks in addition to three meals a day had higher levels of nutrients in their diets. <BR> <BR> Smart Homemade Snack: Dark chocolate with nuts (139 calories) <BR> <BR> Benefits: Chocolate contains polyphenols and flavonoids, two types of antioxidants shown to help prevent damage caused by cholesterol in arteries. <BR> ... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 16:26:35 EST Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln has an amazing legacy from his involvement in ending slavery in the USA, to being on the penny, to having a load of schools named after him, to having Martin Luther King preach his famous, "I Have A Dream Sermon" from the steps of the memorial named after him. <BR> <BR> But my favorites are Lincoln's failures. Or his perseverance, depending on which side you are looking at it from. In honor of his holiday, enjoy the timeline of his failures and some quotes by him on persever... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 20:52:46 EST Check out my blog I posted a blog about bananas today - very good info. <BR> <BR> Check it out on my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Debra Fri, 12 Feb 2010 20:37:08 EST Once upon a busy time... Once Upon a Busy Time <BR> By: Debra S. Higginbotham (Me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> Once upon a busy time, <BR> in a land not far away - - <BR> there lived a busy mom, <BR> with too few hours in the day. <BR> <BR> Too many diapers to change, <BR> too few moments left alone, <BR> too many bills left to pay, <BR> too few licks of an ice cream cone. <BR> <BR> Too many loads of laundry, <BR> too few dollars left to stretch, <BR> too many hats for her to wear, <BR> too few breaks did s... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 20:35:51 EST Motivational Quotes Determination takes over when motivation disappears. <BR> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 23:16:42 EST Penne With Salmon And Roasted Vegetables Serves: 6 <BR> prep: 25min |Cook: 1hr 0min |Total: 1hr 25min <BR> <BR> 12 ounces penne <BR> 2 pounds leeks <BR> 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips <BR> 1/4 cup chicken broth ADD TO SHOPPING LIST <BR> 2 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed <BR> 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 yellow summer squash, halved and cut into 1/4" slices <BR> 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives <BR> 1 salmon fillet (1/2 pound), skinned <BR... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:54:35 EST I feel so sick today OMG, I am so nauseated today and incredibly tired. No, I'm not pregnant. But gosh - I feel terrible. <BR> <BR> I have not felt this bad in a long time and I surely don't have time for it. <BR> <BR> Please pray for me! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:45:33 EST Hummus This recipe posted at SparkRecipes comes closest to the way I make it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=150398 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't use a whole teaspoon of salt, just a few shakes to taste. The only time I use that much salt is if I soak and cook my own chickpeas. <BR> I also recommend putting the half the liquid from the canned beans in the bottom of the blend container; it will blend better if the ingredients don't start out so dry. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:02:15 EST All-Star Pork Meatballs <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=364 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to one of my favorite Spark recipes. I make these often, however, I use ground turkey instead of ground pork. Everything else is the same. I usually double the sauce mixture so I can have more glaze on top of the meatballs. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:36:30 EST Crock Pot Apple Sauce This is similar to Debra's receipe but in a crockpot and it makes enough for the week. <BR> 7 to 8 large green or yellow apples. <BR> 3/4 cup of Splenda (a full cup if you want it sweeter) <BR> 1/2 cup of water <BR> 1 tsp of ground cinnamon <BR> <BR> Cut up the apples in large chunks (I use my apple slicer then cut the slices in half) <BR> Lightly spray the crock pot with non-stick spray or use a liner for easy clean up <BR> combine all ingrediants in crockpot. <BR> cook for 4 to 6 hour... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:02:14 EST My Spaghetti Sauce My husband loves my spaghetti sauce and says this is his favorite dinner. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=838187 </link> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:39:59 EST Fettuccine Alfredo (lighter recipe) I found this on <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 10 min <BR> Total Time: 25 min <BR> Makes: 6 servings (about 3/4 cup each) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine <BR> 1/3 cup margarine <BR> 1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk <BR> 3/4 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese blend <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/8 teaspoon pepper <BR> Chopped fresh parsley <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> 1. Cook fettuccine as directed on package. <BR> 2. While fettuccine is cooking... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:23:45 EST My Title My Title <BR> By: Debra S. Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> I'm a daughter, I'm a sister – <BR> I'm a mother, I'm a wife – <BR> but these labels that I wear, <BR> shall not define my life. <BR> <BR> I'm an in-law, I'm a cousin - <BR> I'm an Aunt, I'm a niece - - <BR> and in the scene of my life, <BR> these roles are just a piece. <BR> <BR> I have a job and I pay taxes – <BR> and I live in the U S of A … <BR> yet these things do not exhaust, <BR> every thought of e... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:14:04 EST Flax Cookies Flax Cookies <BR> <BR> 1 cup Ground Omega flaxseed <BR> 1½ cups All purpose flour <BR> 3 cups Quick Quaker oats <BR> 1 cup Raisins, and chocolate chips, if desired <BR> 1 cup Brown sugar <BR> ½ cup Granulated sugar <BR> 1 tsp. Cinnamon <BR> 1 tsp. Baking soda <BR> ½ tsp. Salt <BR> 1 tsp. Vanilla extract <BR> 2 eggs Or 4 egg whites <BR> ½ cup Canola or olive oil <BR> ½ cup Applesauce <BR> 1 cup Buttermilk <BR> <BR> Mix and beat all wet ingredients with sugar, salt, soda and cinnamon. Add rai... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:01:40 EST What motivates you? Since the name of this team is "Motivated Mustard Seeds", I was wondering what motivates you. What motivates you today? What motivated you to join SP? What motivates you to continue your healthy lifestyle journey? As you can see, you can answer this in many different ways and your motivation can change daily? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:05:54 EST Hi! I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you and help motivate each other toward our success. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 21:46:29 EST Baby Mustard Seed Here! I am just a baby mustard seed. I have so much growing to do! I am a big enough one in size, but even big seeds can be young. <em>170</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am Jari, a wife and mother, Catholic, living in Texas, and trying to get smaller! Thank you for inviting me to the team! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:36:47 EST SHA-zaaam Spreading Positive Motivation! Hey hey gang-a-roos!!! So nice to have the honor of being invited to join this team...Thanks Ms Debra!! <BR> <BR> Alrighty then...let's DO IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Life is GRAND, I have super fantastic people in my life, including all my buddies here on Spark. <BR> <BR> Once I heal from my multiple fractured pelvic, I will be back on track ramping up my exercise and I WILLLLLLLLL compete in a 1/2 Century Bike Ride this Sept. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah baby!!! I have things to do, places to go, people to ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:20:28 EST Broken Pieces I wrote a blog on one of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard. Please take a few minutes to go to my page and read it. It is worth every minute of your time! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:25:58 EST A Sparkly Sentiment A Sparkly Sentiment! <BR> By: Debra Higginbotham, 8/25/09 <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra (ME) <BR> <BR> Mama on a mission, yep – that is me. <BR> Tracking my food - and exercise history. <BR> Logging in minutes – walking and such, <BR> Checking out recipes, excites me so much. <BR> <BR> I love my SparkPage, I enjoy my little Blog… <BR> it helps clear my head, when I feel I’m in a fog. <BR> OH to do a challenge, and follow a Spark Streak… <BR> OH to get a comment, from a friend who took ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:29:52 EST Baked Cinnamon Apples in Microwave This tastes just like apple strudel. <BR> <BR> Just cut up an apple or two (or three), <BR> top it with a ton of cinnamon or a cinnamon/sugar blend if you like or just cinnamon and some real sugar or splenda... <BR> <BR> Stick it in the microwave for 1 minute. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:24:51 EST S.P.A.R.K. S.P.A.R.K. <BR> By: Debra Higginbotham (ME) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> S is for the Stairs - the more I climb - the better. <BR> P is for the Plan - that I will follow to the letter. <BR> A is for my Action - getting my rear, into gear. <BR> R is for my Reasons - I need to overcome my fear. <BR> K is for Kindness that I find here every week. <BR> and SparkPeople is for me; to reach the goals I seek! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:23:09 EST Confessions of a Freaky Eater Confessions of a Freaky Eater <BR> Written by: Debra Sue Higginbotham <BR> (a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra) <BR> <BR> Take a peek-a-boo glance, into the interesting life … <BR> Of a picky-eating mom and happily married wife. <BR> I refuse to be ashamed, of the way that I am … <BR> and why do you care - if I love jelly, but not jam. <BR> <BR> I adore peanut butter, and I eat a ton of nuts … <BR> but can't stand veggies, no if's – and's – or butts. <BR> I'm a chicken finger fool, as long as the... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:21:28 EST God's Face God’s Face <BR> By: Debra S. Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> Created in God’s image, <BR> yes I am, that is me. <BR> How amazing it feels, <BR> to know how I came to be. <BR> <BR> Chosen by God Almighty, <BR> I owe my time and service ... <BR> yet somehow, that notion, <BR> makes me a little nervous. <BR> <BR> He gave me many gifts, <BR> some apparent, some not. <BR> I need to try and serve him, <BR> with everything I’ve got. <BR> <BR> He hears my every ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:16:55 EST My Fight "My Fight" <BR> By: Debra Sue Higginbotham (Me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> I'm in a knock down fight, <BR> it's a fight for my life ... <BR> I am more than a mother, <BR> and more than a wife. <BR> <BR> I am a person, I am a lady, <BR> with some years under my belt, <BR> and a few more inches, <BR> I wish would simply melt. <BR> <BR> I'm in a drag out fight, <BR> and my demons will not win... <BR> if I fall down, I just get up - <BR> and I do it again and again. <BR>... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:13:56 EST Hi everyone! Hi, I just joined the team <em>321</em> <em>244</em> <BR> My name is Gloria, and I live in southern Illinois. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:13:49 EST The Ending of an Affair The Ending Of An Affair <BR> By: Debra S. Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> Farewell to you my sweet, <BR> for parting is such sweet sorrow. <BR> I fear our affair is ending, <BR> first thing as I wake tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I will miss your a.m. charge, <BR> I will miss the adoration … <BR> I will miss your innocent look, <BR> which brings me such elation. <BR> <BR> Your hold on me is fierce. <BR> The bond we have is strong. <BR> But now it’s time, to say goodbye – <... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:08:01 EST Anti-Cancer Salad An Anti-Cancer Salad <BR> <BR> Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E and beta carotene, seem to have a synergistic effect when taken together. So, eating lots of fruits and vegetables in a salad together produces a greater anti-cancer effect than eating each one individually. <BR> <BR> SPINACH AND STRAWBERRY SALAD <BR> WITH ORANGE POPPY SEED DRESSING <BR> <BR> Dressing: <BR> CALORIES: 57 <BR> FAT: 1 g <BR> CARB: 10 g <BR> PROTEIN: 2 g <BR> <BR> Salad: <BR> CALORIES: 100 <BR> FAT:... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:00:47 EST Behave Your Way Into Action Behave Your Way Into Action <BR> By: Debra S. Higginbotham (me) <BR> a.k.a. BuzyBeeDebra <BR> <BR> Don’t wait for motivation, <BR> to drum up inspiration – <BR> Get busy with perspiration – <BR> and behave your way to change. <BR> <BR> Don’t wait for tomorrow, <BR> or another day to borrow – <BR> Move beyond any sorrow – <BR> so your thoughts can re-arrange. <BR> <BR> Don’t wait for perfect timing, <BR> or for me to stop this rhyming – <BR> Get busy and start climbing – <BR> the ladd... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 19:55:05 EST