SparkPeople PASSING THE SPARK Team Messageboard At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Let's keep the spark going. We Can Do It! Let's Do It Together! SparkPeople PASSING THE SPARK Team Messageboard AUGUST.... 31 Days to Better Sleep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 31 DAYS TO BETTER SLEEP... <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and breathing. But for lots of <BR> people, getting enough sleep can range from challenging to impossible. This August, you'll learn to sleep more soundly and improve your energy levels by using these 31 daily tips. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:57:23 EST 2017: Share a Favorite Quote <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:14:03 EST 2017: Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What goal or goals do you want to achieve in 2017? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to lose more weight and improve my health! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:12:29 EST Did You Know--- <img src=""> Fri, 1 May 2015 10:34:11 EST March...Did You Know That Did you know that.... <BR> <BR> The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:50:33 EST New Fun Feature to Upload Pics to Your Messages.. Coach Jen announced today that SP has added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image (from your Picture folder) and upload it. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:54:01 EST new to team Hello, Im new to the team. I have been on sparkpeople before, but things got in the way of my weight loss so starting over in 2015. Hoping things will go well. Maybe I should be more positive and say things will be hard but I will do it. Hope to make some new friends here. <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:38:47 EST 2015: SHARE YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. <BR> ~~ Vince Lombardi Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:17:44 EST How Are You Feeling? ( Use an Emoticon) <em>104</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:26:22 EST 2016: QUESTION OF THE DAY <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> True or False: Alcohol is metabolized DIFFERENTLY than other foods and beverages. <BR> <BR> True <BR> False <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Tomorrow, I'll give the answer! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:46:09 EST January: 30 Minutes for 31 Days Challenge <em>381</em> Come and post how many minutes you worked out today. Any kind of exercise will do. walking, skiing, swimming, golfing, weight name it, you can do it! At the end of Jan. I will hand out goodies for all those that take on the challenge. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:29:56 EST April...30 Days to a Greener Life <BR> <BR> Each day I will post a daily tip to help us keep our planet cleaner.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days,you maywonderwhere to start.But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple,and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money,limit <BR> waste,enhance your health and even increase your over all physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. <em>433<... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:23:57 EST 31 Days to Make OR Break a Habit Jan. 1 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the new year and the chance to begin with a clean slate! Every day, I will post a tip to hep us all reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Welcome to a New Year with New Challenges. In this thread I will write a message each day to help you achieve your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the rig... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:25:44 EST A-Z Words That End In T About Fri, 7 Dec 2012 19:24:03 EST Holiday Words---A-Z Angels Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:21:31 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING Let's see how many words we can come up with using only the letters in Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> pat Fri, 2 Nov 2012 01:31:45 EST 8 Ways to Ward off Winter Weight Gain 8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain <BR> Be Slimmer and Healthier by Spring <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine that it’s April. The weather is warming up and it’s time to pull your spring clothes out of storage, including the bathing suit you shoved in the back of your closet in September. While doing your spring cleaning, you start to try on your warm-weather clothes and…they’re a little more snug than you remember. <BR> <BR> No, the magic clothes-s... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:48:09 EST 5 Things You Can Learn From Your Mistakes 5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes <BR> Find Life Lessons When You're Less Than Perfect <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've always known that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. In high school, a B was never enough. In college, being in the middle of the bell-shaped curve wouldn't do. While the do-everything-perfectly mentality has pushed me in my adult life to advance my career and start my own business, my Type-A perso... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:13:10 EST Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active <BR> Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults with arthritis aren't exercising enough. According to researchers, who analyzed data from a 2002 National Health Interview Survey: <BR> More than one-third of adults with arthritis do not exercise at all. <BR> People with arthritis are less likely than ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:43:55 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They constantly nag themselves, berate themselves and expect not... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:49:58 EST Extraordinary USES for ordinary things...... Come check out what's hiding in your cupboard. Find out how to make do with what you've already got. It's a smart and money-saving approach to life. And in fact, it can be downright fun. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post something new everyday....hope you will come and join me here for some great fun and useful ideas <BR> <BR> <BR> IDEA #1 <BR> <BR> ONE EGG REPLACEMENT <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're baking a cake that calls for one more egg than you have on hand, you can substitute 1 teaspo... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:09:16 EST October Challeng ....Just For Today I Will For the month of October let's do something everyday that we would like to accomplish or maybe something you did that that was a bit out of your comfort zone. <BR> <BR> Example: cleaning the house, decluttering, going for a walk, trying a new sport, talking on the phone to an old friend.....let us know each day what you did will accomplish today. <BR> <BR> <BR> For me ..... I will go for a walk with DH and take the three puppies for a nice long walk. I love to walk in the park with the dr... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:58:22 EST October...Post A Seasonal Emoticon <em>465</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:37:56 EST October....Tame Your Sweet Tooth Want to learn how to control your sweet tooth cravings! <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Oct. 1st I will post a helpful tip each day. Feel free to add a comment or suggestions that have worked for you. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:48:48 EST Small Bits of Fitness Add Up..... Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Where did the day go?" <BR> <BR> Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you t... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:35:48 EST Shopping Cart Essentia ls...... <BR> Shopping Cart Essentials <BR> Stock Up on these Healthy Staples <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you’re going to start eating healthy. Congratulations are in order—and so is a trip to the grocery store. Stocking up on some new items is a must. If your pantry is full of healthy fare, you’ll stress less about meals, and you’ll be less likely to snack on nutritionally-empty junk. <BR> <BR> But should you buy 12-grain or whole wheat bread... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:47:16 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? Vacations: The Perfect Reward? <BR> Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve tried every reward you can think of to keep yourself motivated. You’ve coaxed yourself with new clothes, rewarded yourself with nights out or days off, even promised yourself a new CD if you would (please, please, please) just get up this once, lace on those shoes and go jogging this morning in the rain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the rewards are working... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:07:45 EST How to Stay on Top of Your Game..... <BR> 7 Things that Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers <BR> How to Stay on Top of Your Game <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As you've probably figured out, winning at weight loss is about making long-lasting, life-altering change. Just like any sport or skill, you might start out a little rocky. Choosing healthy foods, trying different workouts, and finding the strategies that work for you will take a little practice. As you find your stride, those habits w... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:31:21 EST Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals.... Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals <BR> Start Earning and Displaying Your Virtual Awards Today! <BR> -- By SparkPeople Support <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkTrophies are motivational tools designed to reward you for activities you perform at, from earning SparkPoints to losing weight. The trophies will be displayed on your SparkPage in two places: <BR> On the main page of your SparkPage, your five most recent trophies will scroll through under the "Awards" section on the... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:15:38 EST Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers..... Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers <BR> Because You Can Never be Too Careful <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows how important it is to maintain a regular fitness routine, but sometimes the day is so jam-packed with other responsibilities that exercising during daylight hours is next to impossible. However, if you like to exercise outdoors, there are some safety issues to consider if you’re going out after dark (or before sunrise). <BR> ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:15:12 EST Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement. Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement <BR> Spend More Time in the Kitchen and at the Table <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We eat in our cars, at our desks, on the go, in front of the TV. We eat drive-thru, take-out, delivered, packaged and prepared meals. Why? Because it fits our not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyles. Our food matches our lives. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm certainly not the first one to think it—or say it—but we all need to slow dow... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:13:06 EST 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices..... 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices <BR> Get the Scoop on Picking a Healthier Ice Cream <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer and Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We are a society of ice cream lovers, with the average American licking her way through almost 5 gallons of the creamy confection each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre. (Only New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!) With their bright pa... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:43:55 EST Can Money Buy Happpiness?.... <BR> Can Money Buy Happiness? <BR> How Your Bottom Line Affects Your Outlook <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ''The best things in life are free, But you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, That's what I want, That's what I want.'' In 1959, these words were written by Barrett Strong in a song called ''Money (That's What I Want).'' The song was later made famous throughout the United States and the UK when The Beatles covered it in 1... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:58:36 EST Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad Healthier Ways to Top Your Salad <BR> Smart Substitution: Salad Dressings <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad. It’s the symbol for eating healthy. With piles with crisp romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, tomatoes, carrots, onions and all other kinds of veggies, what could spoil such a healthy dish? The infamous salad dressing, that's what! Although a very tasty condiment with available in countless flavors, salad dressing often hides excess fat, calories and othe... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:15:52 EST Sharing is Achieving...... Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:22:42 EST Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds.... Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds <BR> Overtime May Add More to Your Waistline than Your Wallet <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a schedule that requires you to work more than forty hours per week, leaving you exhausted at the end of every workday? If so, go weigh yourself. If the number on the scale is higher than you believe it should be, you can probably blame your busy schedule for contributing to your excess weight. <BR> <BR> Work can add weig... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:06:33 EST Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds <BR> Overtime May Add More to Your Waistline than Your Wallet <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have a schedule that requires you to work more than forty hours per week, leaving you exhausted at the end of every workday? If so, go weigh yourself. If the number on the scale is higher than you believe it should be, you can probably blame your busy schedule for contributing to your excess weight. <BR> <BR> Work can add weig... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:26:29 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now con... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:20:02 EST Cut Calories Without Dieting <BR> <BR> Cut Calories Without Dieting <BR> Cut Fat and Calories Without Deprivation <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator & Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The word "diet" doesn’t always mean eating less to lose weight—although that’s what we commonly associate it with today. Someone "on a diet" is trying to eat less, or stop eating sweets to fit into a smaller pant size. <BR> <BR> Diet has another meaning. It also describes the food that you normally consume—following a v... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:32:31 EST Healthy Smile--Healthy Body <BR> Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet the... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:31:26 EST Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day..... Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day <BR> Small Changes, Real BIG Energy <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 7:00 a.m.: An infuriating alarm jolts you awake. <BR> 7:30 a.m.: After three snooze delays you finally turn it off and force yourself to jump out of bed. <BR> 8:15 a.m.: Two cups of coffee later, you're stuck in maddening morning traffic. <BR> 2:30 p.m.: You practically fall asleep at your desk. <BR> <BR> "I got eight hours of sleep last night," you think ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:14:22 EST Come On, Get Happy!...... Come On, Get Happy! <BR> Let Go of Negativity and Increase Your Happiness Set Point <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I looked out my kitchen window at the pouring rain, and thought, "Oh good, this rain will really help the grass grow." <BR> <BR> My husband entered the room, and with disgust lamented, "What a miserable day!" <BR> <BR> Later today, while coaching a client, she complained, "I can't ever get anything done. My daughter c... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:50:13 EST 60 Second Health and Fitness Boosters.... <BR> 60-Second Health and Fitness Boosters <BR> Simple Ways to Improve Your Health--Almost Instantly! <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to losing weight or making healthy choices, you probably think that it takes hours at a gym plus long nights preparing and planning nutritious meals. What you may not realize is that quick and easy changes can really improve your immediate health and wellness. <BR> <BR> So ju... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:19:04 EST Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up.... Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up <BR> Are Your Weight-Loss Expectations Realistic? <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In fact, chronic stress tends to make you into your own worst enemy, impairing your judgment, making you em... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:19:54 EST Help Yourself Over Exercise Hurdles..... Help Yourself Over Exercise Hurdles <BR> Make Options Instead of Excuses <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s the time of year when those New Year’s Resolutions are getting more difficult to keep, and the winter weather isn’t making it any easier. You probably had a lot of enthusiasm for the first few weeks—you joined the gym, exercised regularly, probably even improved your endurance and strength by now. But as the weeks go by, more obstacles start to creep in. Do... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:42 EST Vote With Your Fork..... Vote with Your Fork <BR> Create Change, One Bite at a Time <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One-quarter of Americans are obese. Sixty percent live a sedentary lifestyle. And this generation of kids is the first generation since 1900 that may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The health of America, the world’s richest nation, is failing. And what we eat (or don't eat) could be to blame. A bag of Cheetos is cheaper than a bag of a... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 09:13:04 EST Moderation In All Things...... Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mor... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 08:16:58 EST Secret Weapon Ingredie nts..... Secret Weapon Ingredients <BR> Healthy Foods That Go With Almost Anything <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ahem. . . allow us to introduce to you several Secret Weapon Ingredients. And what, you might ask, are Secret Weapon Ingredients? They are versatile foods that are perfect for mixing into many recipes and dishes and provide a nutritional punch to any meal. They are easy and convenient, and their nutritional benefits are numerous. Do you have trouble making your... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:44:20 EST 4 Steps to healthier Surround ings.... <BR> 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings <BR> Spread the Spark to the World Around You <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're eager to be a positive force, there’s no shortage of people that could use some help. In 1994, 10-20% of every U.S. state’s population was considered obese. By 2001, the numbers in 30 states grew to 20% or more. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1 of every 4 adults in Alabama is obese. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:57:12 EST Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1 Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1 <BR> Even Experienced Exercisers Can Be Guilty of These <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Both beginners and experienced exercises can be guilty of a few fitness blunders from time to time. Some may even become a regular part of your fitness routine, much like a bad habit. But, to get the best results from all your hard work, it’s important that you don’t find yourself creating a fitness routine filled with mis... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:18:41 EST Consistency Eventually Leads To Breakthroughs! Consistency Eventually Leads to Breakthroughs! <BR> Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> -- By Chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Consistency, so important to the SparkPeople System, is something our society often overlooks. People are so focused on wanting things now that they aren't willing to spend the time consistently doing small things over time. This attitude results in loads of stress and lost opportunities. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can reap the benefits of consistently doing small things: <BR> <BR... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:18:20 EST Prevent Weight Gain With Daily Weigh-Ins.... Prevent Weight Gain with Daily Weigh-Ins <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island studied 291 people (mostly women) who had lost at least 10% of their body weight (an average of 44 pounds) in the previous tw... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:23:54 EST 30 Days..To More Fruits and Vegetables s.....Day2 <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Add flair with fruit. Raisins, apples and tangerine slices add sweetness and texture to salads. Apples complement pork, pineapple is great with fish, and orange slices are perfect with chicken. <BR> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 07:31:38 EST Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.... Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques <BR> All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the most important factor of success and achievement? IQ, self-confidence, perseverance? <BR> <BR> Actually, that's a trick question. According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above. In fact, the tendency to set goals is the #1 predictor of success. <BR> <BR> Your SparkPeople program is based on a goal. You've already... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:49:37 EST Using the "Talk Test" during exercising.... Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques <BR> All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the most important factor of success and achievement? IQ, self-confidence, perseverance? <BR> <BR> Actually, that's a trick question. According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above. In fact, the tendency to set goals is the #1 predictor of success. <BR> <BR> Your SparkPeople program is based on a goal. You've already... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 06:48:58 EST Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1 <BR> Getting Off To a Good Start <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I’m not going to sugarcoat things here, or tell you that starting and sticking to an effective exercise plan will be easy or fun. The fact is that if you’re very overweight and out of shape, you’re likely going to face some obstacles—both physically and mentally—that will challenge you in every possible way. <BR> <BR> But I can tell you this... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:04:02 EST SEPT.......EAT A RAINBOW CHALLENGE <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit & vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit & veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> Rules:- <BR> *Eat as many fruits & veggies as you like. <BR> *If you only eat the inside of a piece of fruit or veg, you don't count the colour of the skin or peel. For example-if you pick a red apple, but peel it before you e... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:52:42 EST 30 Days......To More Fruits and Vegetables. As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for harvest. September is many things to many people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest month! Since most people struggle to get the recommended five to nine servings of produce each day,these 30 tips will help you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet—and enjoy every bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dip it. Instead of dipping your chips and veggies into creamy dressings, make a healthy dip out veggies--hum... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:39:44 EST Tips for a Healthy Weekend Tips for a Healthy Weekend <BR> Keep the Week's Momentum Going <BR> -- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep it up. Your healthy habits, that is. <BR> <BR> We all tend to relax – or be lax – on weekends; that’s what they’re for, right? But loosening our grips on a healthy lifestyle, even just for the weekend, can sabotage our efforts to reach health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Recent studies indicate that we tend to take in more calories on Fridays, ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:16:22 EST What Causes Insomnia..... What Causes Insomnia? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people have experienced sleep problems at one time or another, but what causes insomnia is very individual. There are actually two different forms of insomnia—secondary (when insomnia occurs as a symptom or side effect of something else) and primary (when insomnia is a disorder in itself, not occurring as the side effect of another condition... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:35:54 EST 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On.... <BR> 10 Fitness Items to Splurge and Save On <BR> Tips to Save on Workout Accessories <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting fit can be a pricey endeavor. From having the proper footwear to the right sweat-wicking apparel to the gadgets, gizmos and equipment that promise to help get you to your fittest and healthiest, you can spend a small fortune on working out. But—and this is a big but—you don't have to! Whether you'r... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:40:18 EST 25 Cheap Foods That Are Good For You! 25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You! <BR> Get BIG Nutrition for Less Dough <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Watching your wallet and your waistline can be tricky. Eating right is easy when money is no object, but a trip to the supermarket often yields frustration for healthy eaters on a budget (which is most of us!). Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are on your list, but they're so much pricier than Ramen noodles, frozen pizzas and bottles of ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:15:19 EST WOO HOO....DID YOU EAT BREAKFAST TODAY! <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:33:11 EST Shifting Gears..Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance <BR> Shifting Gears from Weight Loss to Weight Maintenance <BR> Using SparkPeople to Establish New Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you’re reading this because you’ve reached your goal weight or because you’re getting close—congratulations on your success! Now you’re ready to make the shift from weight loss to weight maintenance, but wondering where to begin. What you’ll find out is that there are quite a few things you’ll need to think... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:10:52 EST A-Z Shopping Spree Apple pie Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:27:19 EST What Does This Word Remind You Of? Mood Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:16:51 EST How Many Log In Points Today? 2 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:13:25 EST How Many Points To Your Next Trophy 0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:10:24 EST NEW GIVE A GOODIE.... .CHALLENGE 6783 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:08:05 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage the Next Reader <em>380</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:29:50 EST From Wallet to Waistline.... <BR> From Wallet to Waistline <BR> Super-Sized Portions may be More than You Bargained For <BR> -- By American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Americans who take advantage of larger sizes for just a few pennies more when eating out may be getting more calories than they bargain for, according to a new report by a coalition of health organizations. The report found that the food industry's "value marketing" encourages overeating and contributes to the skyrocketing rates of... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:01:44 EST Starting Small is No Bull... <BR> Starting Small is No Bull <BR> Start Slow for BIG Results <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right in front of you, an avalanche of panicked, spirited men and women sprint by, followed by a dozen confused, snorting, larger-than-you-ev... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:08:49 EST Take the Stress Out of Weighing In.... Take the Stress Out of Weighing In <BR> Regain Your Power Over the Scale <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does seeing the wrong number on the scale make you crazy? Many people find that a “bad” weigh-in ruins their mood and saps their motivation, making it difficult to keep doing what they know they need to do. <BR> <BR> Things don’t need to be this way. You can learn to use the scale as a helpful tool, instead of giving it the power to dictate yo... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:27:15 EST Stop Feeling Guilty About Every Mistake.... Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake <BR> Don't Let Toxic Guilt Wipe Out Your Willpower <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this story sound familiar to you? You’re doing pretty well sticking within your calorie range until that box of candy shows up in the office, or all heck breaks loose and the only way to squeeze in lunch is at the local fast food joint. You give in to the candy or the double cheeseburger with fries and after that, things ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:06:53 EST Eating Healthy on a Budget.... Eating Healthy on a Budget <BR> Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you’re on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Not only is it easy to get sucked in by grocery merchandising tricks, but it’s also normal for most of us to fall into a mealtime rut, eating the same foods over and over. But you’re in control of your kitchen—and if you cook smart, you c... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:20:33 EST one step at a time hi, I'm a 37 year old month and during the past 9 years I gained a LOT of weight, but am very excited at founding sparkpeople. Need to lose the weight and feel healthy again! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:20:16 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters...... 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a "happiness cocktail." After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain. <BR>... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:50:10 EST Back to School / Fall A-Z A- apples Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:18:11 EST Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices.... Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices <BR> The Do's and Don'ts of Motivating Others <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’ve been working hard to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you probably know how difficult that can be, and how important it is to have the support and help of others who are doing the same thing. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s success, gotten some important advice, or found a sympathetic liste... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:38:58 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House... <BR> Get Fit Without Leaving the House <BR> Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine a gym you can commute to in seconds. It’s open 24-hours, so you can come and go as you please—on your time. It’s comfortable, and you feel completely at ease when you work out there. Oh, and membership is free. You may be daydreaming, but the perfect gym is a dream that can come true…in your own home. <BR> <BR> There is no reason that you can... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 06:43:58 EST 10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods.... 10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods <BR> Convenient Can Also Be Healthy! <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> You've probably heard this advice before: For a healthy grocery trip, shop the perimeter of the store. Avoiding the middle aisles is a good tactic to help you make great choices and pick the most nutritious foods, but if you stick to this advice completely you'll be missing out on some of the nutritious items that do come in packages. These packaged foods—no... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:14:50 EST 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing.... 5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing <BR> These Common Tricks Never Motivate--Find Out Why <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than rea... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:24:38 EST Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen.. Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen <BR> Clearing the 12 Most Common Exercise Hurdles <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever oc... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:39:28 EST Two and a half years - Let the change begin! This will be the last time that I "start over" on my weight loss journey. The way I see it if I don't get results or don't have a "perfect" day, I will just chuck it up to the experience and keep going. I have committed to myself for the next 2.5 years to change my body. Wish me luck! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:13:28 EST Using the "Talk Test" during exercising.... Using the ''Talk Test'' as a Measure for Exercise Intensity <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Talk Test has been a generally accepted method of measuring (aerobic) exercise intensity for a long time now, although fitness experts have questioned whether or not the test is accurate across populations and different types of exercise. The test is self-administered to help exercisers determine whether or not they are ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:46:51 EST WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE WHERE YOU LIVE??? <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>198</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:07:06 EST NEW MEMBERS.. ...PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE.. <em>235</em> new members....please introduce yourselves here and let us get to know you better. <BR> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:05:45 EST Increase Your Chances Of Losing Weight Increase Your Chances of Losing Weight <BR> SparkPeople Message Boards are Proven to Work! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Community Leader <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that SparkPeople members who post on the Community Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not? In fact, in a recent survey, message board users lost more weight and stayed with the program longer than non-posters. Have you thought about using the Message Boards, but you’re just not sure how ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:45:56 EST De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less... De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less <BR> Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the single, most common problem that most dieters face when trying to lose weight? Will power? Nah. Temptation? Sometimes. Emotional eating? Bingo! That’s why it takes so much more than good intentions and information about nutrition and exercise to be successful. The ability to manage difficult situations and feelings effectively—wit... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:57:32 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting <BR> Key Pieces to the Puzzle <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wait f... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:59:11 EST New to this TEAM Hi my name is Rachelle, im 27 and want to lose 50 pounds. This team seem very nice and Im very glad to be a part of it. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:00:15 EST How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed... How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed <BR> Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You wake up to your husband preparing a platter of fruit and a slice of whole wheat toast for breakfast. Your wife always has a healthy dinner—lean protein and fresh veggies—ready at 6 o’clock. Your co-workers have teamed up to start a healthy lunch club. You have countless friends ready to work out at a moment’s notice. A persona... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:11:02 EST Tune In to a Healthier You.... Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:11:46 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss? Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:47:54 EST Look Great At Any Weight... Look Great at Any Weight <BR> Forget the Skinny Jeans <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> My closet used to be divided into three sections: clothes that fit when I was 20 pounds heavier; clothes that fit when I was thin but miserable (from my “never-eat-anything-fun” phase); and clothes I could wear at that moment. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the clothes that actually fit me were the fewest in number. I was tired of either squeezing into clothes that were too smal... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 06:44:52 EST Easy Ways to Eat 5 Fruits & Veggies Each Day Easy Ways to Eat 5 Fruits & Veggies Each Day <BR> Tricks for Healthy Treats <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> "Eat your fruits and vegetables." We've heard it all of our lives. If only it were so simple. <BR> <BR> Our bodies crave fruits and vegetables more than just about any other food because we tend to get far fewer of them than we need. We often think we'd survive just fine on 2-3 servings a day – o... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:47:09 EST Dodging the Exercise Roller Coaster... Dodging the Exercise Roller Coaster <BR> Fun Workouts, No Matter Where You Are <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ridden the Exercise Vortex? It’s the most popular fitness roller coaster of all time. <BR> <BR> You go up, you go down. Fast fitness climbs are interrupted by burnout and steep drops in activity--until you bottom out and start another cycle. And in the end, you’re right back where you started. Half the time, it just leaves you with a h... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:06:02 EST Did You Take a Spark Quiz? <em>224</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:47:00 EST Post Something Healthy <em>45</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:45:40 EST Think Two Steps Ahead.... Think Two Steps Ahead <BR> Find the BIG Picture <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The house is a mess, the kids need a ride somewhere, you haven’t sat down in hours, and you have 10 minutes to eat something. <BR> <BR> It’s 1 p.m., you’ve been working non-stop to finish a project because your boss is breathing down your neck, and it’s time for a quick, 20-minute lunch before getting back to the grind. <BR> <BR> We often face situations simila... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:54:04 EST Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts.... Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts <BR> 15 Ways Turn Off Your Emotions without Turning to Food <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating is more than something we do to nourish our bodies with vital nutrients. It's also an activity we do out of habit, like nail biting, hair twirling, or finger tapping. And sometimes, we habitually turn to food in response to certain emotions. Whether you feel angry, sad, bored—even excited—food can act as a buffer against these e... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:01:04 EST Break Free From The Scale How to Stop the Scale from Determining Your Self-Worth <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How many times have you stepped on the scale, full of hopeful anticipation, only to be disappointed by the number staring back at you? Suddenly, that great feeling of accomplishment you had vanishes and you tell yourself that, again, you failed. No matter how hard you try, you can't lose weight. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> For so many of... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:48:14 EST Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise... Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise <BR> Your Body Benefits from Your Hard Work <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> "Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve t... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:58:43 EST Hitting That Big Old Wall.... Hitting That Big Old Wall <BR> How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping <BR> -- By Julie Isphording, Olympic Marathoner <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Just about everyone has heard of the "Wall," as in "hitting the wall." And lots of us - in running and in life - have run straight into it. Head on. <BR> <BR> A wall is the point in a race (or in life) where you're used up. You're officially done. You feel as if you are draining awa... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:57:19 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today <BR> Don't Give Up on Your Goals! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:56:35 EST 7 Good Reasons To Simle 7 Good Reasons to Smile <BR> When You Smile, the World Smiles Back <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Smiling happens without much thought. When you watch a friend do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. And when you are recognized for your top performance in academics or at work, you beam. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. <BR> <BR> But di... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:12:56 EST Let's Pick Flowers <em>87</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:00:10 EST 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories <BR> Lose Weight Without Deprivation <BR> -- By Emily Vale, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Cutting calories may seem like a daunting task, especially when you're trying to cut hundreds of calories each day to lose the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Will you go hungry? Will your meals taste like cardboard? Will you have to give up your favorite foods? <BR> <BR> Don't worry. When you ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:34:46 EST Homonyms Here--hear Fri, 29 Jun 2012 00:08:26 EST Let's Count Backwards 1000 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 00:07:46 EST Let's Chase Rabbits <em>172</em> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:47:27 EST A-Z 4 Letter Words able Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:46:06 EST Hi from Georgia I'm not new to SP- just have not been active for awhile. I've picked up my exercise the last 6 weeks using at-home treadmill 5 x week. Time to get busy again and be more mindful of what I'm doing to become healthier, For Me. Hubby and I are both retired so certainly have the time to take care of ourselves better. Looks like a lively bunch here- look forward to meeting everyone. Karen <em>244</em> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:45:21 EST Count by 2's 2 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:14:28 EST Count by 5's 5 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:13:42 EST Count By 10's 10 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:26:54 EST POINTS FROM THE BONUS WHEEL 3 for me today Fri, 17 Jun 2011 20:55:44 EST 30 DAYS.....TO A GREENER LIFESTYLE <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> April 1st is a new month with a new beginning. Let's make it a greener one <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days, you may wonder where to start. But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple, and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money, limit waste, enhance your health and even increase your overall physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here a... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 01:09:01 EST SEND A GOODIE TO THE LAST ONE Share some friendship and support. Always send a goody of your choice to the last person before you. This way every one that joins in will receive a goody every day! <BR> Support and motivation is great! Let's count and see how many we can send! <BR> Hey I am the first so you get to send me one first! <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:29:30 EST HOW MANY FITNESS MINUTES TODAY? Another way we can encourage ourselves to track our fitness minutes! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:58:18 EST HOW MUCH SLEEP DID YOU GET LAST NIGHT? We all know we need to have regular sleep patterns and get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. <BR> How much did you get last night? Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:55:43 EST MARCH TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER DIET March1, <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> Keep a food diary. Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little bit each day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:58:06 EST FIRST LETTER OF WORD ENDS THE NEW WORD Here's a new twist on a word game, the first letter of the posted word will end the new word. If the word posted is Great, then the next word could be beinG. <BR> <BR> The first word is meal <BR> the nest word needs to END with an l Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:25:21 EST POST SOMETHING RED <em>212</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:40:04 EST FEBRUARY ---28 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HEART February may be a month for romance, but it's also a time for you to focus on loving yourself--and your heart. During National Heart Month,we'll help you focus on one small thing that you can do each day to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Share this valentine with your friends and loved ones to show them how much you care! <BR> <BR> And here is the tip for today. February 1 <BR> <BR> Get a checkup. Your doctor doesn't just treat <BR> disease. She/he als... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 01:03:36 EST CHRISTMAS A-Z Advent Calendar Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:16:59 EST NOV......HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE???? THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED AND ACTIVE. <BR> <BR> MOVING THOSE BEAUTIFUL BODIES OF OURS IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. <BR> <BR> ANYTHING THAT MAKES US MOVE.....Walking,Exercising, House Cleaning, doing crafts, golfing, gardening....anything at all. You choose how you want to be active. <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO MOVING THAT BEAUTIFUL BODY OF YOURS AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE ... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:13:33 EST NOV.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$$$$ THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON NOVEMBER 1ST. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of NOVEMBER. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it will eventually be spend on YOU. This is to reward yourself for the goals you have met, even if you don't meet all your goal... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:01:45 EST POST YOUR FAVORITE FITNESS EMOTICON <em>319</em> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:44:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY.... <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who was the first person you told about your healthy lifestyle goals? <BR> <BR> My best friend <BR> My spouse or significant other <BR> My health care provider <BR> My parent(s) <BR> My co-worker(s) <BR> Someone else not listed here <BR> I haven't told anyone yet <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband first and then a good friend of mine. <BR> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:33:47 EST DID YOU GIVE A TEAM MEMBER A GOODIE TODAY?? <em>224</em> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:10:00 EST WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DRINK TODAY.... <em>91</em> V-Go Juice Coffee <em>106</em> and Raspberry Thriller Herbal Tea <em>469</em> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:08:43 EST Hiya,folks ! Just dropping by to say "hello",and "I'm glad to be here." I have a big problem with inappropriately rewarding myself. For example, I reward myself for not overeating. Sigh. There's at least one other major area of my life where I've done the same thing,and it's really,really,really not a good thing,to put it mildly. I'd really like to start to break some of these chains. That's about it for now. May the Lord bless us, every one. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:44:52 EST TRICK-OR-TREAT FOR HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT RULES <BR> <BR> 1. First thing you do is sign up here on this page if you wish to participate in the Halloween fun by midnight October 27th. Just a simple count me in or Yes will do. <BR> <BR> 2. Starting on Thursday, October 28th go to the the members spark pages who have signed up here on this thread and post a comment that says "trick or treat from the Passing the Spark team" there. <BR> <BR> 3. Then that person will send out goodies to each person who has come a knock... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:47:27 EST Whats your Challenge for Today ?? hey guys,so I'm new here :) I have some questions and I need to announce some stuff. i'm gonna go with the questions first <BR> <BR> 1-are there any ways that you guys can see my nutrition and fitness tracker? Cause that way we could really help each other, we could comment and enhance each others programs! <BR> <BR> 2- are there any ways that we can put our daily goals like in a board and motivate each other?I mean like a shared to do list. <BR> <BR> 3- I use hulahoop a lot when working o... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 01:37:54 EST Hello from England! Hello. I was invited to join here by Whispering-Pine, and I'm glad she did. This seems a lovely place, and sure I'll settle down just nicely here. <BR> <BR> I only signed up to Sparkpeople yesterday, so still finding my feet so to speak. I'm 42 yrs old, married and have a lovely Jack Russell dog called Ollie. <BR> <BR> On a more peronal note, I've really got to try hard and lose weight now. It's affecting my health, although not seriously, but still is in minor ways. And if I don't d... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 16:21:28 EST MIX IT UP...FRUIT AND VEGGIE!! <em>265</em> FOR BREAKFAST and LETTUCE SALAD FOR SUPPER! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:47:59 EST DID YOU HUDDLE TODAY.....GIVE A WOO HOO!! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:21:05 EST NEW MEMBERS. ....TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF! Let us know something about you so that we can support and encourage you on your new journey to a better lifestyle. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:18:14 EST SHARE AN INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE TODAY... It is never too late to be what you might have been. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:14:53 EST Answer A Question .....Ask A Question!!! Did you track your nutrition Today??? <BR> <BR> <BR> Next Person answers this question and leaves a question. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:12:30 EST FILL IN A WORD How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE (anyone you want) answer starting with the letter given. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long it takes us to go through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:37:48 EST SPELL A WORD each person will add one new letter until we spell a word. When you can add no more letters, the next word will begin with the last letter. <BR> <BR> The first word begins with <BR> <BR> S <BR> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:26:19 EST DID U READ A TEAMMATE'S BLOG TODAY? This is a great way to get to know our teammates and to get motivation! <BR> <BR> Yes, I have!!! Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:35:53 EST Birthdays Let's celebrate each other's birthdays, Post here when yours is! <BR> <BR> JUDY1676 Dec. 12 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:24:39 EST Give a WooHoo I f You Did Your Strength Training <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:21:22 EST Give a WooHoo If You Did Yiour Cardio Today! <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:19:19 EST Summer Fun Let's see how many things we can think of that are associated with summer. <BR> <BR> picnics Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:55:34 EST JUNE....MINUTES PLEDGED CHALLENGE... FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 30 (DAYS IN JUNE) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 900 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR PLEDGES!!! <BR> <BR> WHO'S UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will pledge ... Sat, 29 May 2010 14:31:48 EST USE AN EMOTICON TO SHOW YOUR FITNESS TODAY.... <em>342</em> Sat, 29 May 2010 14:08:54 EST SMILES ARE CONTAGIOUS .... PASS IT ON!! <em>334</em> Sat, 29 May 2010 11:15:35 EST Spreading The Spark In what ways do you spread the spark? <BR> <BR> I wear t-shirts and bumper sticker...I also take my water bottle with me on walking trips and tell everyone that ask about my t-shirt what spark is all about....I've gotten three people to sign up like that...I also spread the word on other web sites what about you? <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 May 2010 19:57:17 EST boo hoo hoo haven't a bad day man oh man <BR> am I bummed,, I just wanna go go eat a whole cake...nope I wanna eat a whole pan of walnut brownies... <BR> see, i have been working so hard: <BR> ya now watching what I eat,, counting calories...all healthy food stuffs..,, even tried some organic stuff and everything.... <BR> even thought I have for the last several days been soooooo good.. <BR> ok ok <BR> well ok,, good for me.. I mean ya,, never less than 2200 calories..even thought it tells me to keep it around 16oo.... Thu, 27 May 2010 19:36:15 EST Hi Thanks for the invitation I am happy to join this team. I feel I have a <BR> second chance to find out what I can do and who <BR> I am. I know that besides losing weight I have <BR> to work on self care and any issues that helped <BR> me get to this point of having 85 extra pounds. <BR> I look forward to the journey. Mon, 24 May 2010 12:26:10 EST What did you have for breakfast today??? <em>481</em> <em>106</em> Thu, 13 May 2010 08:13:33 EST 30 Ways to Outsmart Temptation <BR> <BR> 1. Take a deep breath. When you're stressed or anxious, instead of reaching for a bag of chips, focus on your breath. A few slow, steady breaths through the nose can calm frazzled nerves. Add a mantra: Inhale peace, exhale tension. Mon, 3 May 2010 12:18:29 EST Happy May -- Words That Begin With M May Sun, 2 May 2010 23:13:31 EST How Many Total Points? 79,870 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:17:16 EST Do You Own A Gym Membership Do you own a gym membership or do you work out with what you have at home....I have both and like to switch it up a lot so I don't get bored.... <BR> <BR> What do you do at the gym and what do you do at home <BR> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 21:31:16 EST May 2010 Goals What are your goals for the month of May <BR> <BR> 1. walk 100 miles <BR> 2. drop 5lbs <BR> 3. more veggies <BR> 4. continue to drink more water Fri, 30 Apr 2010 21:11:05 EST Why The Scale Lies If you are doing the right things and the scale didn't move or worse went up a bit, please take solace in this. <BR> <BR> Why The Scale Lies <BR> <BR> by Renee Cloe, <BR> ACE Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence i... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:42:37 EST Cheater Challenge Hey guys, <BR> I have been majorly struggling with my diet. I am vegetarian and for the most part eat super healthy, but I just can't seem to control myself around the desert table. If I could just give up the junk, desserts I know I could really excel. So.. I made a goal today to give up ALL sweets (cookies, cake, ice cream, pie) and challenge myself to see how long I can go. If anyone has experienced the same difficulty and would to join me in my goals -Jump on into the challenge chat a... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 19:18:32 EST What would you say to our Newbies <BR> Just curious what would you say to our newbies that has worked out for you since joining sparks <BR> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:28:17 EST GETTING TO KNOW YOU BETTER...... APRIL.....27TH <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite topping on your Pizza??? <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is.....pepperoni and Italian Sausage and of coarse cheese. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:24:53 EST Workout Dvds How many of you use workout tapes/dvds? What do you have.... <BR> <BR> I have a lot of Leslie Sansone she is really great for indoor walking <BR> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:28:53 EST Say Something to Encourage the Next Reader You can make a huge difference in the world around you Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:13:51 EST Two Free Workout Dvds Follow the link below all you pay is 4.95 for shipping <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:38:50 EST Do You Own A Wii Fit I ask because most don't think it's a real workout boy are they wrong....I'm pooped when I finish my wii work outs do you own one or have you tried it let me know what you think Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:19:47 EST The Dreaded Scale Are you a slave to the scale? How often do you weigh in daily, weekly biweekly or monthly Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:07:39 EST Hi everyone Hi, my name is Michelle. I am single and 40 (yes i like it that way, of course, i am talking about being single but not 40) lol. I have been struggling with my weight since childhood. I also have diabetes and am trying to live a healthier life. <BR> Thanks for the invite Gucci-Momma. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 18:00:30 EST DAILY CHALLENGE..... <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> APRIL 22nd <BR> <BR> EARTH DAY-- PORTION CONTROL CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Now that we have investigated the correct portion sizes of items we eat let's put that knowledge to work today....measure measure measure--make sure you are eating the right amounts of EVERYTHING and logging your food matters for your success <BR> <BR> Eating less not only helps you manage your weight by cutting calories for weight management it can prevent food from goin... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:09:24 EST Newbie here :] Hi everyone! :] <BR> <BR> I'm Marie and I'm new to the group. Hope to get to know you all and encourage you on your fabulous journey. Cheers :] Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:30:46 EST New to TEAM SPREAD THE SPARK i AM UP FOR SOME CHALLENGES!!i AM RE FOCUSING AND READY TO KEEP MOVING DOWN THE SCALE. sUSAN Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:53:53 EST A-Z 3 Letter Words ape Sun, 18 Apr 2010 15:33:28 EST Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred DVD I bought Jillian Michael's 30-day shred DVD and completed day 1 of level 1. I thought I was in pretty good shape, but I actually had to take her up on her 5-second rest period - my arms burned, my thighs burned, my glutes burn...!!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else either started or completed this program? Sat, 17 Apr 2010 19:52:07 EST What did you score on Spark Trivia? play Spark Trivia and you'll learn some new facts! Then record your score. <BR> <BR> Today was a good day for me! 3/3 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:10:48 EST Last Letter Starts the New Word Look at the last letter of the word in the last post and that letter begins your word. <BR> <BR> fantastic <BR> (so the next word begins with c) Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:07:01 EST POST SOMETHING GREEEN.... <em>243</em> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:46:44 EST Hi, I am a new Member Hello everyone, my name is Theresa. I am a sahm (stay at home mom) of two who is looking to loose weight. I am hoping by joining this team, it will help me keep motivated. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:53:43 EST A Little Motivation..... APRIL....13TH <BR> <BR> <BR> Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:55:14 EST A - Z .....LETTERS THAT START WITH "S" SparkPeople Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:34:00 EST HOW MANY POINTS UNTIL YOUR NEXT TROPHY 167 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:32:22 EST MOVE IT OR LOSE IT.... What did you do today to keep active??? <BR> <BR> <BR> I did some housework and helped DH with chores. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:13:11 EST WATER POWER... 10 <em>91</em> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:11:51 EST What was the last fruit or veggie you ate today ?? Potatoes, carrots Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:10:13 EST JOKE FOR THE DAY... April...11th <BR> <BR> A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said "Why did you put up such a fight?" To which the man promptly replied "I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!" <BR> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:08:23 EST HOW 264 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:06:06 EST GIVE A GOODIE ......CHALLENGE This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Stampinup team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:04:58 EST HOW 264 Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:02:04 EST LOG IN POINTS....HOW MANY DID YOU GET??? 5 <em>9</em> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:59:47 EST HINT OF THE DAY..... Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety and freshness—then it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:56:45 EST JUST FOR TODAY I WILL.... Spend some quality time with my family. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:55:00 EST EVERYONE CAN USE A HUG.... <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:53:59 EST NEW MEMBERS... .INTRODUCE YOURSELVES HERE !! <em>235</em> new members....please introduce yourselves here and let us get to know you better. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:52:07 EST WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS??? Very cold here today. Inside day!!! I am anxiously waiting for some warm weather so I can get out gardening. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:48:10 EST HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY...USE AN EMOTICON !! <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:44:10 EST TODAY'S SPARK QUESTION.... <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you count house cleaning as a workout? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, it's physically demanding <BR> <BR> No, it's not the same as exercise <BR> <BR> Sometimes / It depends <BR> <BR> <BR> I definatetly count it as a work out. Especially during Spring Cleaning Time when the walls need to be washed down. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:39:50 EST DAILY CHALLENGE.... <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ***** FEB. 24TH ***** <BR> <BR> DRINKING 8 glasses of water is good for our bodies!! <BR> <BR> Grab that glass or bottle and fill them up every time you pass the kitchen or water fountain!! <BR> <BR> If you don't like plain water tea is another option. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:34:28 EST DAILY CHALLENGE... ***** FEB. 24TH ***** <BR> <BR> DRINKING 8 glasses of water is good for our bodies!! <BR> <BR> Grab that glass or bottle and fill them up every time you pass the kitchen or water fountain!! <BR> <BR> If you don't like plain water tea is another option. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:17:03 EST Shake Diets? Just looking for opinions. I was reading a woman's magazine that was saying that shake diets (i.e. slim-fast) are better than traditional diets and tend to be healthier. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what everyone's take on shake diets are. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:33:04 EST I'm so proud of myself! Every week my office goes to a buffet for lunch. I went for the first time as a Sparkperson and was very careful to make healthy choices. I normally pile it on and eat all the stuff that really isn't goof for you, fried chicken, mashed potatoes swimming with gravy, lots of desserts, you know all the yummy stuff that is bad for you. <BR> <BR> Well today I made smart choices and it paid off. I first ate a large salad, then some baked chicken, steamed red potatoes, and just a little bit of maca... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:37:45 EST Happy Thursday! Happy Thursday everyone! I can't chat long since I have to get back to work. I'm actually in my office and work has backed up so I better get going but I wanted to say hello. <BR> <BR> Today I feel awesome! I worked out again last night with my daughter, ate right, I even made my 10,000 steps. I only had 4 cups of water, a little disappointed about that but it's still better than my zero average,lol! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great Thursday! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:43:09 EST CHUCKLES AND GIGGLES.... ***** FEB. 10TH **** <BR> <BR> While visiting a friend in the hospital a young man noticed several pretty nurses, each one of them was wearing a pin designed to look like an apple. “What does the pin signify?” he asked one of them. “Oh! Nothing,” she said with a chuckle. “We just use it to keep the doctors away.” <BR> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:39:31 EST Tell Us Something Nobody Knows About You... I used to be a hairstylist. <em>204</em> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:19:13 EST Two Words... ..Change One shoe horn Tue, 9 Feb 2010 21:26:22 EST A - Z Shopping Spree... asparagus Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:11:51 EST What Does This Word Remind You Of... scissors Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:11:30 EST Pretty tired today I guess yesterday really wore me out because today I am EXHAUSTED. I really must not be used to so much physical activity so I'll have to work on that. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:00:06 EST CHIT CHAT ROOM... This is the place to come and chat and meet new team members and to get to know each other better. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:19:37 EST Great wrap up to my day Just finished filling in my trackers and wanted to say good-night to you all. I had a great finish to my day, went to the YMCA and worked out with my daughter. She's 12 and is allowed to use the gym facilities..she's very excited. It was nice to have a workout buddy. As I type she is signing up on TeenSpark. <BR> <BR> I met my calorie goals for the day, made my 10,000 steps (woot!) and drank 5 glasses of water. That is HUGE for me, from 0 cups to 5. <BR> <BR> Now off to bed to relax and re... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 01:51:44 EST Having a great day! Happy Monday everyone! I'm seem to be having a great day. I had my shake for breakfast, I never eat breakfast so that was a major accomplishment! I went to the store and bought bottled water for myself. We have a Brita filter but I hate the taste of the water so I got myself bottles water I will actually drink. So far I'm up to 4! <BR> <BR> I went out and bought The Spark. After that I went to the laundry mat and did the laundry for the week, while I was there I started reading t... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 17:41:00 EST A LITTLE INSPIRATION TO START YOUR DAY.... ***** FEB. 8TH **** <BR> <BR> "We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.” <BR> <BR> Are you spending your time making yourself happy or miserable? This quote reminds us that both take hard work. Too often, we spend our time making ourselves miserable. We allow stress to build up and take over our actions. We allow anger to control our relationships. We allow jealousy to keep us on guard. Take some time and figure out what you do that helps make yourself ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 00:28:01 EST FEBRUARY.....28 DAYS TO A HEALTHIER HEART ***** FEB. 7TH ***** <BR> <BR> <BR> GO NUTS!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Almonds, cashews, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, and walnuts all contain healthy fats. Enjoy a handful 3-5 times a week for a healthier heart. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:55:09 EST QUESTION ON THE DAY ??? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What's your favorite day to exercise? <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> Wednesday <BR> Thursday <BR> Friday <BR> Saturday <BR> All of the above! <BR> <BR> <BR> I try to do some form of exercise everyday. I like to go on the treadmill or go for a walk outside when the weather is nice. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:07:36 EST Did You Eat Your Fruits....OR R....Veggies Today ! <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:25:01 EST Did You Get Your Quota Of Water Today.. <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:24:02 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today... 45 mins. gazelle Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:23:25 EST Give A Goodie..... This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Stampinup team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:22:42 EST How Man Points Till Your Next Trophy... 3645 Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:20:43 EST How Many Log In Points Did You Get Today... 5 Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:20:09 EST Give Your Spark Friends A Hug Today.... <em>247</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:18:51 EST NEW MEMBERS.. ...Please Introduce Yourselves Here Tell us a little something about yourself. We would love to get to know you better. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:17:28 EST What Are You Plans For Today... <em>315</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:14:55 EST Use an emoticon to show how you are feeling today! <em>252</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:14:07 EST POPULAR QUESTIONS and ANSWERS PLEASE do NOT post to this thread. I've made this a "sticky topic" which means even if no one replies then it will stay on the top 3. <BR> <BR> <BR> To quickly 'find' your topic, hit your 'CTRL' button and the F key. <BR> <BR> SO, here are the LINKS to those POPULAR QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> NUTRITION/WATER QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> <BR> bo <BR> ard_thread.asp?board=0x15627x22008358 <BR> <BR> WELLNESS/MOTIVATION QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> <BR> www.s... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:13:15 EST