SparkPeople Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge Team Messageboard 4 weeks to a healthier, more active family that spends lots of quality time together. Complete the challenge to earn a trophy for your page. Jump in anytime! SparkPeople Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge Team Messageboard You made it! <em>591</em> Was it hard or did you find it easier than you thought? Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:27:33 EST Let’s Start Over... Challenge #1 We’re starting over and starting today! Today is Friday. With the weekend already here, I want to know what you have going on. Are you running errands? How about visiting family or friends? Maybe you have a concert or game to attend. Is there a birthday to be celebrated? How about tons of laundry or winter prep yard work? <BR> <BR> Here’s what I want you to do this weekend after all the manontenous tasks have been done and the fun times have been had. I want you to take 10 minutes ... Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:07:36 EST This group is one breath away from inactive (sigh) <img src=""> Fri, 9 Aug 2019 15:05:27 EST just checking in - from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:41:53 EST Our Family Goals My aim is to get the whole family involved in creating goals around the following topics: <BR> <BR> 1. Meals/snacks <BR> 2. Movement <BR> 3. Screen Time <BR> <BR> I think that if I get them involved/invested in creating the goals, we will all be more likely to work toward them. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:33:37 EST Weekly Email Weekly Emails??? <BR> <BR> What day should I expect to receive the weekly email? Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:22:58 EST Hi i created this account for my daughter and myself. I've always been pretty healthy but have gained a ton of weight through the past few years due to stress eating. My wake up call came when my twelve year old daughter tested high for cholesterol. I have a high stress life so could result use the teams encouragement. Thanks!!! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:18:09 EST Completed!! I completed the challenge! Hurray! <BR> <BR> As for my long term goals, I just want to stay the course. I have continued monitoring the screen time throughout the challenge and am enjoying the positive effects on my children. We have also been focusing on eating together undistracted as much as possible. And if all else fails, I can restart the challenge. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:13:41 EST Week 3 Completed Another week done. Woohoo! Here's how it went... <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Understanding My Children's Need for Exercise: I felt weird having a "structured, chaperoned, planned activity" for the children to do, so I just tried to monitor their activities. Other than one rainy day that coincided with returning from an exhausting camping trip, they stayed adequately active just being kids - running around the yard finding bugs, helping me with chores, etc. I suppose we did do some slightly stru... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:24:09 EST Hi it's me, Christy I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:44 EST Week 2 Completed We made it through week two! Actually, that makes it sounds like it didn't go well, but it did. <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> <em>267</em> Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: I have always been good about pushing the produce on our children, but I tend to do not so great myself. Usually I am good right after the monthly shopping trip, but as the supplies of fruit and vegetables dwindle, I tend to quit serving myself to save more for our children. I have made a vow to quit doing that. It took some c... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:03:47 EST Week 1 Completed Today we completed week 1 of the challenge. Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Screen Time - I have always tried to keep our screen time to a minimum, but it was a fun challenge to actually track the minutes we spend in front of a screen. Everyday the children had at least 30 minutes. This "tech time" is their reward for completing all their chores and homework (or summer school work). Their times varied between 30 minutes and about 90 minutes. As for myself, I spend about 2 hours on my computer ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:19:48 EST week two This step is inspiring. Some of these changes I have already made in the past. This step let me know we are heading in the right direction. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 13:20:21 EST Today is a new day. Today I'm starting a new day with my daughter first day since I had back surgery Im going to try to get my health better. I had back surgery july 21 a little over a mounth and its hard but I'm ready. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:50:29 EST This is me Hi Everyone, I am new here and am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:28:44 EST Week Four Long Term Goals My long term goals that I set to accomplish with my family is to be sure healthy snacking is a must even with Dad who tends to love buying junk food for the kids. <BR> <BR> Keep up with family exercising such as walks/jogs and outdoor backyard play. <BR> <BR> To get the volleyball net up once it stops snowing lol. <BR> <BR> Also to keep encouraging the kids to pick out the fruits and veggies they like at the health food store. My children all love fruits and veggies so that is good for... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 16:26:20 EST Hi Hello... My name is Becca and I just joined the team I have a family on 5 my kids are willing to do just about anything with me and my 2 year is my number 1 helper so I'm hoping that this is work with my family. The hard one is my husband witch is where most of the bad habit come from he is the anti veggie eating couch potato lol. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:32:19 EST Question?? I have noticed my family spends way too much time online or zoning out on their laptops and tablets and not really interacting with each other ... <BR> <BR> So I was wondering, instead of No TV\Screen time, what would the group feel about a Family Movie night ... No Laptops, No tablets, No Electronic or Paper Books ... just the family enjoying a night spent together watching a movie ... each week one member would get to choose the movie and as long as it is family friendly we all would watc... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:33:39 EST new to group Hi, my name is Margaret.. I am a mother of three boys an need a lot of help and support on getting me and my kids on the right track to eating the right kinds of food for are bodies..I have one picky eater how fight me on everything I make to eat and it can drive me nuts..Husband that love his red-meat lol wont give them up so i'm like a short order shaft in my so many meals at one time... <em>198</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:07:19 EST Week 4 This week is in the bag...we already eat as a family almost nightly, and with me starting a new job it will be even easier. We have our goals set and we are moving in the right direction, just need to work on the wife's negativity. I have been teaching my daughter how to cook since she was 6, so we are already ahead on that point. So I claiming my trophy today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great week <BR> <BR> Matt Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:33:49 EST Week 3 for my family and me I plan on dusting off the Wii. I will bring it from the abyss of the basement and set it up in the tv room. Instead of the Wii Fit, I think we will play some bowling, and I am going to try to get the wife to play Just Dance. <BR> <BR> It should be funny, since my wife and I can't dance. I've played a couple of times with my daughter and I could barely make it through a song. <BR> <BR> Matt Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:23:51 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Holley, I am 25 and a work in progress with getting myself back into shape. Three years ago I made a huge change in my life and spend a year and a half losing 75 pounds. I was 5 pounds away from my goal weight of 140. Fast forward to April 2013, we moved to Florida and my husband joined the Army, and now I started the year 35 pounds heavier than when we moved down here. The convenience of eating out and having a very busy life completely blindsided us, and we both ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:55:31 EST I think I am all alone Checking other post dates here, and I think I am the only one doing this the very least, I am the only posting. <BR> <BR> HELLO HELLo HELlo HEllo Hello hello (that was an echo if you were wondering, as if anyone is going to read this, so I guess its for my own enjoyment--does this mean I'm talking to myself?) <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:19:06 EST My Littles are ready, My hubby? My daughter worked out with me today and I know that my son will sometimes. They're all about fruits, my daughter is willing to start eating her veggies. She talks about being healthy all the time (She's 6 1/2). The boy is 4 and is reisistant to me cutting back on his sweets, but we'll muddle through. My husband is on board surface level, but has no energy to start moving more. he works a fast paced resteraunt job and is wiped by the time he returns home. I've been slowly changing his diet (w... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:10:16 EST Week 2 starting off good Well here i am on week two and my family has tried new fruits n veggies and they like it. I plan to redo a recipe of my grandmothers tomorrow to see how it turns out, should be fun. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:17:40 EST Change is good Getting my family to change the way they eat is going to be a challenge in itself. They eat way to much cookies and not enough veggies and fruit so my challenge will start by introducing a wide variety of fruit and veggies into their diet. I eat fruits and veggies each and everyday and so far I have found that I cant live without them. Tonight will be fun because I am having pork chops with mashed potatoes and veggies. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:21:06 EST Hi everyone I am new on this Team Hi everyone, letting you all know that I just joined this team so I can get help with becoming a healthy family eater again, My family eats what they want and doesnt see what it is doing to their bodies, My husband had a heart attack by eating fatty foods like vachon cakes and cookies and chips all the time. I eat chips too but I limit the amount I eat in a run of a day. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:05:43 EST hi Hi all. I am a mom of twins (almost) 3 years of age. They are fairly good eaters but I am the bad one and do not want to continue setting a bad example. I am finding it hard to incorporate exercise, dinner, play time, and bath time into my nightly routine with the twins. I really need to find quick, easy, and healthy dinner meals so night time can go smoothly and in a routine. <BR> I hope joining this team will help me find those answers. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:04:23 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! I am not exactly new, but I'm back and ready to make a change. It's been a few years, but the kids are getting a little bigger now. I need to get myself in shape. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:04:59 EST Hi My name is Kim and I am a mother of 3 ( 27, 22, and 8). <BR> I gained weight after the birth of my 8 year old and have kept gaining over the last few years. <BR> I seen this challenge and think it would be good for my whole family. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:41:26 EST Hello Hi my name is Debbie. I joined this challenge so I can get my family to eat better. So here we go! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:34:13 EST wk 3 family exerice Well couldnt exercise this week since I got my toe nail taken off but we have been doing other stuff. Like house cleaning <em>224</em> . The boys hate it but they do love going outside and playing whether riding bikes, chasing and shooting the dog with water from the water guns (dog hates water like a cat), bubble popping, and side walk chalk. Figured the best thing I can do for them is get them outside. Next week though I have three days planned for the gym for an hour each they are real... Sat, 31 May 2014 13:12:10 EST Discussion of Week 3 Week 3 Action Plan <BR> ~~Understand a child's needs for exercise~~ <BR> My kids and I are out doing stuff every day. TV/Screen time is very limited since I homeschool. Makes the day smoother. Baseball, cheerleading, swimming, jogging, hiking, walking, or just going to park is so important to the kids! <BR> ~Get active as a family at least 3xs week.~ Walking at the zoo at least 1x a week. Park at least 3xs a week. The winter was hard but we managed somehow! We are planting a garden this week;... Mon, 26 May 2014 06:01:25 EST first week Well dh and I did a meal plan and made a grocery list with everything we need for it so we can eat in instead of going out when we have no idea of what to make. When we had a talk with the boys they were not really happy about losing screen time but I think it will be better since they might play with their toys upstairs for once. As for food my second oldest said he was fine since he was skinny. My oldest just really nodded since he knows that he needs to lose weight. We are starting small l... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:38:35 EST Single Mom of Two Hi, I'm new to the forum (actually, new to the site). I had been on SP some years ago, had success with it, but fell off the bandwagon and back into plus-size clothing. A year and a half ago, I lost about 70 pounds in four months. I'd love to say it was due to wonderful eating habits and exercise, but it was more a result of the stress of my divorce and going from being a stay-at-home-mom with way too much time spent within walking distance of the fridge to being a single mom of two working t... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:59:51 EST Nice weather Well the nice weather has finally arrived where I live. My kids have started soccer and are playing 2 days a week. The snow is gone so the bikes are out. Our routine has been straight home from school for a snack, spelling words, math facts and out to play for my 9 year old son. Then home at 7 to eat and bath time. The tv has barely been on which is great and I have completely eliminated processed foods from their lunches. I loved this challenge and have definitely found a change in my kids a... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:00:27 EST Snow Well it was starting to get warmer, but last night it started to snow again and we woke to a big white blanket again. I asked my kids if they would start a Just Dance Sweat challenge with me this week. They were both pretty excited which made me happy. I walk my dog every morning after the kids head to school but my husband suggested we take him for a walk in the evening as a family. This Healthy Family Makeover is getting easier with them all on board. We are all anxious to start biking as a... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:04:49 EST Resistant Husband My husband keeps telling me that we need to save more money and that he needs to lose weight etc. My problem is that every time I try to talk about making a plan for saving money, eating better, and exercising as a family he is VERY resistant almost like I am trying to boss him around just be wanting to discuss a solution. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to get the ball rolling without offending my husband? <em>198</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:02:49 EST A busy stay-at- home-mom Hi, <BR> I am from Michigan, married, have 3 girls who are all in school. We are all interested in being healthier and loose weight (well all but 2 of us who need to). <BR> <BR> We recently joined the YMCA so we're super excited. The only dilemma is that we live about 45 minutes from it. So that will be the only challenge. We got a great discount so that's been workable! :) so excited. Just hope we can fit it in our schedule often. <BR> <BR> I have a hard time working out at home. ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:07:16 EST week 2 still working on it all! I need to work in a new recipe....hard right now. We're so busy!!! so much happening. Hopefully be able to tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Am pressing forward :) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:04:00 EST Mom of two Hi there. I'm the mom of two active boys. I am hoping that this challenge helps us all get more active and away from the watching screens. This winter kept us inside a lot so ready to get into some new habits. I think the more challenging part for me will be eating healthier since I'm crunched for time and it seems as if fast food isn't usually very healthy. Glad to have found this challenge. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:23:25 EST Excited about this Challenge! I just signed up today for the Healthy Family Makeover Challenge! <BR> In our religion, we are at the beginning of "Lent"-- which is also good time to take stock, reevaluate, make some changes and get moving in the right direction again. <BR> We have already cut down on the boys' screen time for Lent; we've also begun hiking as a family. I am eager to learn some other things we can do as a family to get healthy together. <BR> Great to be here! <em>224</em> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:01:24 EST One kid is on board. The kids and I sat down and started talking about eating meals together. They are really happy about that. One of the kids is happy to start working out with me to be healthier. But my son who is also overweight isn't really looking forward to putting away the video games. So this is going to be a real challenge. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:19:55 EST Starting week 4 Starting week 4 today. It's a nice day today so getting my Mom and Grandson out for a walk with me today. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:43:25 EST Hello from Nashville! Hello, my name is Karla and I am a homeschool mom and wife of a cop. Family and health is very important to me. I have struggled to lose my last remaining 25 lbs and am hoping to finally meet that goal. Obesity runs on both sides of our family so my hubby and I are working hard to develop a strong and healthy culture/lifestyle with our girls. I am looking forward to this group hoping to get some new fun ideas as we strive to raise our girls to be healthy adults. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:43:45 EST Intro Hi everyone my name is Wanda and I'm soon to be 36 years old. I started working on my health and wellness about 5years ago and I am still a work in progress. I currently work as a receptionist but am a certified health coach working on starting my own business. <BR> I am recently married and have 4 children, 3 living at home. We have for the last month been going to the gym twice a week and I have developed a workout regimen for the kids and my husband. I look forward to this challenge as I ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:28:53 EST Week 2 Week 2 went well for us, tried hard to get the freggies in- smoothies and salads were a good way for us to work em in! Hoping week 3 goes even better! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:28:19 EST Hi, I'm new but ready to change my life! I am a 32 year old mom of two! I want to be an example to my sons about a healthy way to live your life! Diabetes, heart disease, and strokes are what awaits females in my family if we are not careful of our lifestyles. I have also suffered from depression for twenty years and my youngest son was just diagnosed with major depression. That was the wake up call for me that my family needed a serious life style change and asap. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:25:48 EST Week 1 Progress Saturday and Sunday were a wash as I was sick as a dog over the weekend!! Yesterday went well though- I walked down to the school and walked my daughter home which is a good half mile, she wasn't to pleased but made the journey with minimal complaining! Then we went to her dance class together as it was parent day-- it was so fun to watch! Kari (my daughter) is in a ballet class through our church called His School of Dance- they are learning ballet to worship music- very expressive and beaut... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:19:38 EST Hello! My name is Teresa, and I'm glad to take part in this challenge! I've been with Sparks for 3 months now, so far have lost 8 lbs! I want my family to take part and lead a healthier lifestyle like I've begun to do. Today my daughter told me she thinks she's fat and needs to go on a diet- broke my heart!! She is a little pudgy, but I didn't think she felt that way... She is excited to do the challenge with me-- we started today by walking a mile together, which was so enjoyable!!! Looking for... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:20:44 EST Hi my names Crystal My name is Crystal..36, I live in Loudoun County VA, <BR> My family all suffer from various Mental & Physical Health Illnesses.... a lot I feel could have been prevented living an Active Lifestyle and Eating Clean. Ive always had a different view on food then my family growing up. <BR> <BR> That still gets in the way,.and good marketing .and my good habits go to Bad Eating and Lack of Motivation to workout. <BR> .. <BR> My Excuses...time, money, stress, family,,work......... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:56:02 EST Whole foods anyone? How do you feel about eating whole foods and eliminating chemicals? Have you tried? <BR> <BR> a separate goal that I have is to focus on eliminating processed food. I feel so light and satisfied when I do. Then that chemical addition pops up and drives me crazy. Some people say that once they "eat a bad meal", they disregard the rest of the day. Not for me. Once I have something that contains msg for example, like those cup of soup things. I crave more msg. I start thinking of doritos and s... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:00:25 EST Tips for that family meeting? I need to sit down and have the family meeting and I need some tips. My husband will be supportive because he hates how much money we spend on eating out. My youngest is only six weeks old so he won't care. <em>20</em> My oldest is such a picky eater and I know she is going to fight me. Anytime I serve anything for dinner that didn't come from a box she refuses to eat (and I have tried everything). My oldest son probably won't be that much of a problem. He eats pretty much anything,... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:07:46 EST week one the only trouble i can see for this challenge is to have my husband agree and participate in the food. it's in great shape mostly due to genetics and loves to eat. the kids should be fine with changes. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:32:36 EST WORK HOW IS EVERYONE WORK TODAY Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:02:30 EST week2 I kinda started midway of week 1 last week., any how, since buying a bunch of leafy green veggies to go with the fresh garden tomatoes and green peppers my family and I are eating more of these things. My son (14) don't like chunky tomatoes or fresh but I do encourage him, and it seems he does better with one of his favorite dressings. My hubby is definitely a picky eater but he does good with green leafy salads. My daughter she likes her salads, thank the Good Lord <em>30</em> but she doe... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:28:01 EST Introduction Hello, I am a 44 year old mother of a 16, 14, &11 year old. I would love for our family (my hubby/best friend and children) to start trying to eat healthier and exercise more. It is hard because our lives are busy but I am willing to try!!! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:30:33 EST WHAT I WILL DO I will be watching out for what to eat my goal is to put more fruits in my diet Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:28:07 EST intro Hi all, <BR> I would like to get all my family to eat health but my biggest challenge is my husband, although he works hard (carpenter) yet he's a pickier about what he eats. Also the other challenge is being able to buy more of the healthy foods due to budget. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:57:35 EST Hi all... I'm down 12ish lbs and so excited..... I've really had a rough few days... would love to hear how you pick yourself back up and keep going :-) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:55:39 EST Hi all... I'm down 12ish lbs and so excited..... I've really had a rough few days... would love to hear how you pick yourself back up and keep going :-) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 01:29:00 EST Ready to be healthy Hi! My name is Felis and I am a mom to 3 biological kids and then I am also a mom to 48 orphaned children. I need to have energy...and I think my energy is low because of my eating habits and exercise. I am so tired to work out in the mornings so it becomes a vicious cycle of not working out at all because of everything else throughout the day. But I KNOW that my energy level would be better if I was eating better and exercising! <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:51:04 EST change of lifestyle Hi my name is Lisa and 45 years old. My husband and I a month ago quit smoking. I have gained 55 pounds since 2007 when I had my hysterectomy. We said we are going to get into shape since we give up smoking. My goal is to be very challenging, 77 pounds by April of next year (8 months).. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:18:02 EST Week 3 going well I got my little boy involved by having him make an exercise chart to put on the fridge. We are keeping track of the minutes each of us exercise on the chart. He is using the Wii fit to add minutes to his total, along with the swimming we do together each day. This seems to have helped motivate him to increase his exercise. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:02:14 EST Week 3 -- harder than I thought. We had no problem with the first two weeks, and my husband has been doing a crazy amount of healthy cooking for both baby and us, but getting some motivation for whole-family exercise is tough. Hubby has been cleaning up and pruning the gardens and yard, and letting our 21-month old play by his side. I managed to get the baby to "help" with compost by letting him drag and kick my pre-raked leaf piles over to the compost buckets. :) <BR> <BR> The weather here has been so nice the last few we... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:19:46 EST Stepping out of my box Hi everyone! I have never posted on any social network type atmosphere before. So, this is way out of my comfort zone! I know that in order for me to make this time trying to lose weight and get healthy the real deal, I must give it my best shot! I am nervous but excited at the same time! Hoping for continued strength on this journey!! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:44:32 EST Beyond happy about this challenge! So last week we had the big family discussion about eating and since my husband does all the cooking, he was the one who had to make the most changes, but he DID! Now he and I and the baby are all eating together. Baby gets fed first, and then he either eats fruit or plays in his high chair until we are finished eating. It's great -- I love the family time. <BR> <BR> As for this week, hubby has already switched over to brown rice and feeding the baby whole wheat toast. (I'm not sure if I ca... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:27:09 EST Hi There Hi! <BR> I'm a mom of five children, three of whom are still young enough to be at home. Most of us are overweight, some less, some more. Over the years, I feel like my bad habits have rubbed off on my family, and would really like to restore hubby and kids to an understanding of health and a commitment to live it, through my own successful commitment. I am hoping for input on how to influence my family's beliefs on health in such a way as to have them freely choose health over their present ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:00:42 EST This is Happening! Hi! So I have a family of 9 (3 step sons, 3 biological sons, 1 biological daughter and 1 husband). I home school my 4 biological kiddos and work and do lots and lots of stuff. I'm needing to do an overhaul on so many things in our family life but this is where I'm going to start. :) I'm a health and fitness coach and a licensed massage therapist. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:44:12 EST Intro I'm Jordan, and a young mom of a 1.5 year old little girl. My husband and I are always busy but we still want to get down to our goal weight and live healthier! We've already been eating healthier due to my gluten-free diet, and are ready to incorporate exercise :) Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:41:42 EST Intro Hello my name is rich i am the father of two children one is 5 and very busy and the other is 6 months old. After having the second one the activity level of my house dropped and we all became tv watchers, dropped our healthy eatting for fst eatting. After 6 months we all need to get back on track. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:44:29 EST Introduction Hello! My name is Lina and I have joined this challenge just in time for summer break for my family. I figured this would be the best time to get some healthy habits in place instead of leaving the kids to fall into bad habits like too much screen time and not enough sunshine. :) Happy to have tools like this to help us along the way. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:08:53 EST Week 4 and forever This was the first challenge I joined when I found Spark, and I am so glad that I did. I would have to post a book to share all the details of the transformation that has taken place over the passing weeks. We have always eaten together as a family, so we made it more fun by planning our menus together as a family and thinking up clever ways to modify favorite recipes to healthier versions. <BR> <BR> The Family Makeover Challenge gave me the inspiration to attack our unhealthy habits in ... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:27:46 EST Finally Organized! I read the article on here about how it's so important to get organized...and wow! It really works. I first printed out the weekly meal planner...and it worked. I went to the grocery store and instead of drifting down aisle after aisle trying to to think of something "new" to feed my family that might also appeal to them...I knew instantly where to go and what to get. My normal hour and a half grocery shopping trip turned into...thirty minutes. PLUS, I saved money! <em>30</em> How awesome ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:09:31 EST How much TV?!?!?!?!?! Since reading the article here about just how much the television affects our lives, I started watching my family to see just how much tube time we were getting...and wow. That's all I can say because honestly, I'm absolutely floored at just how much tube we're watching, plus add on screen time from our phones and's sad to say that most of our time is spent sitting on our hind ends all day...every day. For instance, when my son arrived home from school around 3, he went instantly... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:48:01 EST Health Conscience Family Hi, I am Tanya Myers, I have five adult children and my husband and I have adopted 5 special needs children through foster care. I have had a weight problem most of my life. I know what to do, just putting it all into action is the tricky part. With a large family, we have to cut corners to fill everybody up with cheap meals like mac and cheese and spaghetti. Of course I put myself at the end of the budget so everyone elses needs are met. Stress and comfort food has put an extra 170 pounds on... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:09:44 EST Family Meeting... Getting ready to hold the family meeting tonight. So many times before I've started a diet or have said that we're going to be more healthy by eating *sour face* veggies...and everytime before, we make it a week into it and then it's right back to Mcdonald's and Hamburger Helper. But this time...I'm absolutely serious. I know that my husband will support me in the food areas, but actually exercising a family...that he might have an issue with. My son will hate all of the areas o... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:13:28 EST Week 4 Progress <BR> 1. Eat as a family at least 3 times per week. We do dinner every night as a family and breakfast at least twice a week. So this is good! <BR> <BR> 2. Involve your kids in your cooking. Older child sets and clears table and assists with getting extras on the table. Both children man the toaster on breakfast days. This week both children made real chicken nuggets from scratch..and liked them. I did the cutting, younger child crushed the cereal, older child egged and cerealed t... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:31:30 EST Week 1 impact This challenge has had a profound impact around our house. My boys (17 and 22, so not actually 'boys') are running at 100% buy-in...and I have to admit I am surprised, and thrilled. We had our family meeting, and immediately went for our first walk together as a family the same day. We're doing another activity this afternoon (they are still choosing, since it's supposed to snow later). We may try a mall walk, or go for a swim at the local pool. <BR> <BR> The two of them having been pour... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:51:57 EST The perfect challenge. This was the ideal challenge for me to start out with. I just recently discovered Spark, love it! It has kept me motivated and coming back daily. I was really excited when I found the Healthy Family challenge. I have two nearly-grown boys who just love their video games and computers. Conveniently - they love mom even more...and I am not above using that advantage against them if it's for their own good. Haha! <BR> So, we've had our family meeting. We all agreed to get away from all el... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:14:59 EST HOW TO SNEAK IN VEGGIES Hey there, I must admit, I am probably just as bad as my kids on eating my veggies, I just don't like the way they taste. I know I have read some ideas about ways to sneak them in, but nothing specific. Does anyone have any specific recipes, websites, or names of good cookbooks dealing with sneaking the veggies in?? you just cant add broccoli to anything and still have it taste good, there must be some formula or something about adding certain veggies to certain kinds of foods so u don't real... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:13:11 EST Introduction Hi I am a mom of twin boys who are 12 and a 5 year old girl, I run a dayhome during the day and work some evenings and weekends doing retail. Since 2002 I have really struggled with my weight and it seems now I really need to fix things.because my health has been getting worse and my family is no better. I hope joining this will help me not only get me active but also help my family so that my children can have better habits than I, Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:02:34 EST "How Much" field when tracking team goals? Hi! I'm participating in the team goals of "Get Active as a family at least 3 times a week," and "Eat together as a family at least three times a week." When I go to record my goals, I am asked "How Much?" Do I put how many times that day we were active as a family, or how many minutes we were active together as a family, or what? Thanks for any help you can give me! <BR> <BR> ps -- Also, my husband works out of town Monday through Friday, so for those days, I'm considering "as a family... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:11:19 EST Week 1 Well this was a fitting goal for the week, reduce screen time. The weather has been improving so we've been trying to spend more time outside either in the yard or walking/hiking as time permits. We currently have 1- 1 1/2 hours in the evening where we are either watching tv or doing something pc/game related like this evening for example where I'm here on my laptop on the sofa and he is playing a console game. Since there are no children in the house to encourage to be more active the dogs ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 00:58:27 EST week 3 done 1. 30-60 minutes of structured, chaperoned, planned activity while providing plenty of sporting and activity equipment in your home. Allow time (60+ minutes) for unstructured play as well. This was from the article for kids from 9 to 12, both my kids fall in this age range. Of the 7 days, I would say that my kids hit 6 out of 7 for this. They have gym class once a week, my son plays floor hockey and basketball once a week, my daughter plays volleyball once a week, they come to they gym with... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:33:34 EST I want a healthier family Hello, i'm Nicole. I have been looking for new challenges for myself but didn't think to get the family involved. I have been eating healthier, exercising and quitting bad habits and I think it's time that my family does the same. I have two girls (ages 5 and 9) and they are all about the electronics. TV isn't that big of a deal, but it's the MobiGo, 3DS, Laptop, iPod, and every other electronic system that we own (too many to list). My kids have gotten used to keeping themselves busy inside ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:37:57 EST In case anyone is interested I hope it's ok for me to post this here. I thought I'd post these links because they might be of some interest. <BR> <BR> Screen-Free Week is coming up at the end of April. You can find info on it & screen-free ideas here. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There is also Green Hour, which is all about unstructured play & interacting with nature. <link><BR>There/What-is-a-Green-Hour.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I know some people are having troub... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:49:51 EST Week 1 Progress 1. Reduce screen time. My kids do not get to watch tv during the week (honestly they are too busy with sports or I make them come to the gym with me). On weekends, they have limited time. We agreed that we would have family <BR> <BR> 2. Hold a family meeting. We discussed health school snacks and places we could go when it's out to dinner night. At a restaurant, we talk about our food choice and if it is the best choice to make, if not how can we make it better. <BR> <BR> 3. Set yourse... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:34:52 EST hello just wanted to say hi and I am looking forward to this challenge not only for me but for my kids Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:12:42 EST Hello To Everyone out there I am happy to be joining the Spark team. I have two daughters, one teen and one nine year old. My youngest loves to exercise and eat healthy foods, my teen would exist on junk food if allowed. Oddly enough, its my youngest that has a weight problem. We are joining Spark to help us all get healthier as a family. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:31:04 EST new I am new to this challenge and I am ready to get started! Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:31:58 EST Hello Hey everyone! My name is Tracy. I joined this team so that I could help myself and my family get healthier. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:51:11 EST Goals My son is grounded from most electronics this week so TV is the only thing left, but he and I keep pretty busy with other things, like schoolwork, pets, taking walks (this started Sunday),l and playing board games. I want to be sure we are healthy all around, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:49:48 EST Week one for me and Desmond I actually was talking to my son tonight about this very thing before I even saw the challenge! Looks like he is all for being a super healthy family. We started going for walks together this week and he helps me with the planning of meals the day prior. So it looks like we are off to a good start. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:45:08 EST Water Help I have a really hard time remembering/wanting to drink water. I drink maybe one cup a day if I'm not working out. Any ideas/tips on how to be better at this. Im happy with myself with my eating and exercise, just need to do better with this. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:28:14 EST Early started Goals Just joining this challenge I am still looking over everything. However one thing I did want to share is a few of my food changes with my family that I already started (a few weeks ago). <BR> <BR> I started using whole wheat pasta and bread instead of the normal "white" pastas and breads. With the pasta change, my kids havent noticed the difference!! Yay! As for the bread they know it is different but they dont seem to care. As long as their peanut butter or ham is on the bread they are just... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:36:49 EST Greetings Sparkers! Good morning everyone!! Or afternoon or evening if that be the case. <BR> My name is Sara, and I am here to whip myself, and my family into shape! Though when you are the size of a string bean and under the ages of 7, Im not sure any shape whiping is needed.... <BR> <BR> Moving on! I am the mother to 3 amazing adorable kids, ages 6 1/2, 5, and 3. I work part time at my local YMCA's child care centers. And here is where I deserve a slap in the face. I have a free membership, I have never ste... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:27:59 EST Week 3 - a bigger challenge I have to be honest. The first two weeks were easy for me. My family breezed through the food challenges and turning off the TV as we already had those changes in play. Getting to the physical stuff is more problematic, which in general is my personal challenge as well. <BR> <BR> My daughters are both in gymnastics with the older one taking dance. They run and play lots, and we send them outside whenever we can, although with it being winter that doesn't happen as much. <BR> <BR> For the ad... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:41:28 EST Just saying hello! Hi! I'm new here. Just turned 40 last month. The past two years have brought me a divorce, a new career in a new city, and LOTS of extra pounds. I' used to be a dancer as a kid and up through college, but I quit after college and the weight came on quickly. I've never been slim as an adult...but the weight has really piled on the last few years due to lots of stress, bad food, and no exercise. So, as a 40th birthday gift to myself and as a gift to my nine year old son, I have vowed to g... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:04:30 EST New Here! New here! I'm 41, with two children ages 11 and 10. My husband has diabetes, and will be starting the pump shortly. I started my struggle with weight during infertility with my son. The drugs made me put on so much weight, and when I finally got pregnant, I gained 50 pounds during the pregnancy. I lost it all in 3 months after he was born because I wasn't eating or sleeping. After losing it, I promptly got pregnant again! I only gained 30 there, but continued to creep up until at one point I ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:48:27 EST Our week 1 1/17 - Yesterday was day 1 and our tv went on the fritz so that helped quite a bit. My son was napping and he doesn't normally care if the tv is on. He normally wants to see Mickey Mouse after his naps and that is all. Anna on the other hand has more of an issue. She plops herself down on the sofa after school and doesn't get up until dinner and goes back to the sofa after. Last night the cable went crazy so she had to get down and play with the baby for a bit and since it was still down unti... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:51:19 EST Week 1 Well good week so far. My 9 year old would happily sit in front of the telly or computer all day but my other two boys start climbing the walls if they are stuck in for too long and then the fights start. I have been making a point of getting us all out forat least an hour of exercise and play in the morning and it has definately stopped the younger two boys fighting with each other. My 9 year old moans that he doesnt want to go out but once we are out he enjoys himself. It is good for him to... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 03:59:53 EST Hi! Hi I joined this team on Wednesday. I am hoping for this year to be a healthy year and new lifestyle for me and my children. I have 52 lbs to lose and am hoping to do so in a year. None of my children are overweight but I know that they could be healthier than they are now. <BR> <BR> I have four children 3 boys aged 9, 7 and 4 and a 1 year old girl. <BR> <BR> My 9 year old is a real struggle, he just doesnt eat and it is not just veggies he wont touch it is anything, even crisps and biscu... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 03:52:52 EST Hello Hey Team. <BR> <BR> I am here to jump start a healthy year and get my family on track. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to new beginnings and maintaining my weightless <BR> <BR> Shelle Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:23:44 EST Week One Our week one goals are: <BR> 1. Continue our Wii Fit Plus family challenge in the evenings <BR> 2. Sit down together in the dining room for suppers without iPhones or laptops <BR> 3. Read a story or two at bedtime together Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:17:27 EST Week 3 for our family At first, I was feeling like week 3 was probably the least successful so far for our family, in regards to doing activities together. I was looking at the challenge the wrong way.Then I took a closer look at the action steps, and realized we are doing a pretty good job. We took the kids to the gym with us at least 3 times this week. At our gym they have a big play area where kids can run, climb, swing and slide and our kids take full advantage. So, they get their physical activity in, while a... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:28:28 EST Here I Am! It's me, and I'm ready to get started. Any encouragement that you can send my way I would love it because I have a wonderful ability to start healthy challenges, but I'm even better at quitting before I hit my goals. It was one thing when it was just me, but I have a daughter now, and she's learning to eat by watching me, which is terrifying. I don't want her to struggle with her health and weight the way I always have. I've got to not only learn better habits, but I have to actually apply th... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 23:44:32 EST My introduction :) Hi everyone, my name is Shelby. I actually just turned 20 today, I've decided that not only for myself but also for my family that our life styles need to change. I'm a young mother, like I said, I'm 20 years old. I have two boys. My oldest is 3 years and youngest is 6 months. I'm also married, our 4 year anniversary will be in July. I honestly have no idea where to start, thats why i've put this off for so long. But my family needs change, and a healthy lifestyle is what it is. <BR> <em>2... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:58:39 EST Cold weather With cold weather setting in and all what are some ideas for the whole family? Especially during the holidays? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:18:45 EST They are coming around Well just had to share and my husband, who constantly complains about being over weight in front of the TV eating, went to the Doctor this week and was told he has lost five pounds. He was so happy. I just stuck to measuring out dinners and give no choice on seconds and only cook healthy. If they don't like it they can do all the work. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:24:30 EST Family Workouts This week we decided as a family that we would all take part in the Little Rock Marathon. My husband and I will do a 5k and the boys will do the Little Rockers Marathon. For them, they are required to walk at home or in a program for 25.2 miles then on the day of the race, they walk or run the final mile there. <BR> <BR> We will be doing this the same day so we will run then they will run. It will be a great weekend. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:00:16 EST how do you huddle I use my sparkpoints page for direction on what to focus on everyday. I haven't seemed to figure out the "huddle with your team" part. Any ideas on this... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:42:49 EST New to group!! :) Hello my name is Sarah. I am here to lose weight and start living a healthier life style and for me to succeed I know that I need to involve my children. We are gonna get the job done, and I am so excited to change our life for the better. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:48:18 EST Intro! Hello Spark People! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark and am so excited to find this challenge! <BR> <BR> My youngest son just started Kindergarten and has always been a big guy for his age. This past week he came home saying that a bigger kid had called him chubby on the playground. My heart broke for him....I told him that I don't think I would want to be friends with someone that called me a name. His response was....I don't think he wanted to be my friend mommy..he said it mean sounding. <... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:36:46 EST Treats for kids I'm new here so I hope this is an ok place for this question. My kids have been doing awesome with trying some new healthy foods and "sucking it up" when I offer more fruit instead of more ________ (fill in the blank). My question is what is reasonable when it comes to treats? I do not know what is reasonable for kids (mine are 10,6,and 3). Would it be once a week? Once a day? Once a month? I really don't know. I am working on whole foods and portion controlling as a family goal, but... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:42:26 EST Here with bells on! Hello, good morning! <BR> I am so happy to have found this board. I am a single mom of three kids, Annie is 10, Obie is 6, and Lily is 3. My oldest is overweight (as am I), but has been really doing awesome in eating some of the healthy foods I've been making--I am really pleased with that because she normally likes a very bland diet and not much veggies. My other two are are healthy weights, but need a more varied diet and we all need more exercise. <BR> <BR> I have struggled my whole ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:35:07 EST Introduction I am Anna Pearl B. I just joined Spark People today! I am a mom of 1, a 4 month old boy. I have been married for a year and a half and I think my husband gained more baby weight than I did! We are trying to lose weight together but more importantly live a healthier lifestyle. We are both emotional eaters, we love comfort food so I am setting out to find a way to make our diets healthier so as our little boy grows he is learning good habits. is the beginning of my journey. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:37:37 EST Week 1 Goals 1. More time outside for everyone! <BR> 2. Plan meals <BR> 3. Get organized and give out chores <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:30:43 EST Family time Since the seasons are changing on us and falls is steadily coming we are going to go to the indoor pool and spend some family time swimming with each other. I can't wait already went to the pool today and it kicked my butt, but I swam for 2 hours today...that's 2 more hours of exercise than I normally's start. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 01:54:20 EST Hi I'm Kate. I have been married for 17 years. I have a 3rd grader and a 7th grader. I want to motivate not only myself to be healthier but also my whole family. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:33:49 EST Week 1 sound off So to get my family more healthy I have and will be doing the following things: <BR> <BR> 1) Kitchen lock down: our kitchen officially locks down for the night at 10 pm. The only things allowed to be done in the kitchen is cleaning! <BR> <BR> 2) The tv is off during the day mostly till about 3-3:30ish pm. Ds watches transformer cartoons. <BR> <BR> 3) I spend my exercise time cleaning with the radio rocking to whatever catches my ear. <BR> <BR> 4) Converting my recipes that I use the most ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 02:13:27 EST Veggies for kids I read the post to eat more fruits & veggies. My 4 year old told me that she did not like vegetables and all she wanted was Mac & Cheese. I made chicken & vegetable kebabs with a side. Any ideas on how I can get my daughter to eat more veggies. I found a Sneaky Chef book, but would like to hear other ideas! Any websites? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:18:51 EST Hello Hello Everyone!! My name is Erica. I am a stay at home mommy to a 16 month old baby boy. I run my own crafting business out of my home where I bake cakes and make party supplies, hair accessories, and more. I am also a part time student enrolled in an online university. I recently married my son's father in May. I have been struggling with losing my baby weight mostly because I don't have much motivation. With my husband's busy work schedule we don't spend as much time together as we used to.... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:45:14 EST Goals and Week 1 results I can't check in every day, (college student and working wife) so here's how this week went: <BR> <BR> We sat down and talked about what we wanted out of this challenge and what we could do to achieve it. Check. <BR> <BR> As far as "setting yourself up for success" with the chore menu, ongoing grocery list, whatnot: We have no kids, so the chores are already assigned. I already keep a running grocery list, but we plan to sit down and see about revamping our dinner menu so we can make it hea... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:27:39 EST Getting Healthy Together. When we married he was still in the military and life was much more active for us. We were running (him 8, me 3) and going to the gym. It's a lot easier to go to the gym when it's two blocks from your house and free. Oh, I miss when our issue was that the gym wasn't 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Now in the reserves and far far from his gym buddies, we work out a lot less and with less intensity. I injured myself in February so I'm not doing anymore running. The overall effect was astounding. In the pa... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:17:49 EST family rebelled... I attempted a family meeting, but my husband and teenage daughter were unavailable. I attempted a discussion about meal planning, but they refused to contribute healthy choices. I tried to limit screen time, but they just stayed up later to get their computer time in.. it's summer and we have no routine. am hoping to try again when school starts next week. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:05:26 EST Finding me time?? Hello am feeling overwhelmed and lacking a bit of energy. Need to find some time for me :) but then when 2/3 girls are at summer jumpstart at the school till 12ish I can get more done. But then end up no me time till like 10pm at night! putting my bedtime way later. Although am a night owl (really need to stop that) due to tired most of the time. Still have a HARD time winding down at night. And tend to relax more when everyone is in bed. I usually go to bed around midnight if not later.... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:41:27 EST Just starting I just re-found this forum once again :) GREAT TIMING since am trying to figure out what to do and ways to incorporate veggies and fruit into our meals easily. I have to still read the Week 1 goals etc. <BR> <BR> I have a family of 5 so trying to make sensible meals to feed every one without it being speghetti. I've been trying to re-vamp meals with the SparkPeople recipes :) they have been a lifesaver :) But still have a hard time trying to get something everyone will eat. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:46:34 EST Healthy Family Hello I am Katie a mother of 3 children (6 yr old son and 5 yr old twin girls). My goal is to have my children eating better so their day is better. I want them to be more active and i want them to eat their veggies;-) Sun, 12 Aug 2012 05:13:14 EST Apple Cutter I have a 5 year old who distrusts fruit. So I bought an apple cutter and she helps me cut an apple then we share it. We have built up to sharing two apples at a time so she now eats a whole apple a day. Yesterday I tried her with raspberries as she said she liked them. She managed one! I was frustrated but on reflection thought she had eaten one that's one more than the day before!!! Small steps : ) Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:21:28 EST eating healthier Just trying to eat healthier, and avoid sweets and set the example for my family. Discipline is an issue with regards to convenience foods. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:58:35 EST Problem Twins.. 2 diff eaters My issue is My daughter eats everything and I"m having a problem cutting back on foods and she is feeling like I'm doing it to punish her. I've talked to her and explained why but she seems obsessed with food. <BR> <BR> My son on the other hand will not eat meat unless it's a chicken nugget and a very limited on what he will eat. <BR> <BR> I'm lost on what to do with the both of them Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:29:46 EST starting off slow 2/3 of my family are off on a 180 mile bike ride, so I think we will start the healthy family challenge when they get back, next week. The biggest challenge will be less screen time. We are pretty active, but tend to decompress from stressfull days in front of the computer. The family meeting will be easy, we do those each week. Meal planning will be hard, they are very resistant to changing habits and traditions. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:46:02 EST Here I go again I'm back again (for the xxth time), trying to really do this. I have a love/hate relationship with diets. Any word where'die' is the majority part of the word can't be good. Every time I die, I end up gaining weight instead. This time I'm trying to incorporate healthy in-season (cheaper) produce. I'm a member of a local CSA so each week is like I'm on the show 'Chopped' trying to find a way to make a great meal out of what's available. <BR> <BR> I love to cook and bake. But trying to ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:00:21 EST How to get the family to leave the remote alone both my husband and I work so when we get home, we are tired and just want to relax. Our kids watch a lot more television than they should and so do we. I would love some tips on getting everyone off the couch and into the back yard for some play time. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:07:51 EST week one One week almost done. Less TV and eating at the table, especially dinner when all four of us are at home. We did really good this weekend. All meals together. Took the girls to the Y and signed them up for gymnatics, so they got to flip and roll while I walked on the treadmill. We played outside late in the evening to avoid the heat. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:09:16 EST tips on getting my husband involved I need help guys. I love my husband and I am worried about his health. I joined Spark, have been exercising more, doing better with what I eat, having fun outside with our girls, but I can't get him to do it. We have both gained a LOT of weight since we were married. Partly to blame for my traditional Southern-style cooking, the way my momma showed me how to cook and the fact that we eat out too often during the week. I have cut back and changes some of the ways I prepare food, but I can't ge... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:20:37 EST Introduction Hello everyone <BR> I am a single mom of two kids. My weight increased due to stress and emotional eating, I originally lost my pregnancy weight. I am older now and find it so much harder to loose weight now. <BR> I started on spark people about a month ago. I have slowly been trying to loose weight. I started with a diet change two months ago and than incorporated fitness. I was very out of shape so started with walking. <BR> While my son was still in school I walked 5 miles every morni... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 07:20:38 EST Monthly Challenges?? I wanted to share what my family is doing and to see if anyone else wants to join for encouragment. I know I need it! <BR> Last month my husband, my two boys (11 years and 9), and myself had a great discussion on getting healthy and helping each other. So we decided on monthly challenges to help us make better decisions. Hoping maybe some of it would stick. In May we did the Fried Food Challenge. We could eat nothing that was submerged in oil and cooked, which by the way is everything ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:20:58 EST Glad to be here I am happy to have found a group with similar goals as myself. I'm looking forward to establishing my own healthy habits, so that I can help our family to become more healthy and active. SparkPeople seems to have lots of resources to help me do that. I'm excited! Mon, 28 May 2012 08:48:08 EST May 16th 2012 Just started the challenge Hi Just seeing who else is actively doing this challenge? Wed, 16 May 2012 12:47:21 EST Feeling pretty good wk1 Well, this morning I made yogurt and granola for breakfast in place of cocoa puffs. Natalie (4) took a few bites, and left the rest. I ate healthy and at least I am putting good options on the table. This may take a few mornings for her to realize I didn't get more sugar cereal and yogurt will be the new norm. On daddy's mornings she will probably get his cereal, but if she wakes up after he's gone to work she's fair game :). And I'm very happy to report that hubby said he will eat what ever ... Wed, 16 May 2012 06:58:39 EST here we go... I fugured that maybeif we all do this together....we can all become healthier. we go <em>30</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 18:01:59 EST lets hope this works Hi Im a mom of a 2 year old and fiance of a slightly over weight sugar and carb junkie (who is trying to loose weight to join the Navy)...I have degenerative disc disease and other pain issues that limit my mobility. I will have to work super hard when I feel good..some days just getting food out of the fridge hurts me. Wish us luck. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:28:24 EST Mom of four Hi there, I am a stay at home mother of four. We have a busy schedule and some days find it so hard to eat healthy and just be healthy in general. I want to be able to teach my children healthy habits now so that when they are adults they won't struggle as I have over the years. Can't wait to start Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:48:29 EST Hello from Sunny Florida Hi everyone. Well I rejoined Spark at the end of February and I have not followed any of the wonderful advice or utilized the website at all. I am going to do this family challenge as my step-children are already very active and thin, my husband and I could take a lesson from their play book. I figure if we can do family things together it would be easier for me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the best of luck on their journey! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:53:28 EST New to the group Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I think this group is a great idea and I'm looking forward to working together with everyone to make positive changes for my family! We are part of our local YMCA, but sometimes struggle with the right food choices. Especially quick healthy dinners when we are always on the go! If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them :-) Best wishes to everyone! <BR> <BR> Jill Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:45:27 EST Starting week 1 today :-) I think this a great challenge and perfect for getting support from others. We have already joined the YMCA for activities, but we need better nutritional choices to really see weight loss. <BR> Looking forward to interacting and sharing ideas. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:42:51 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Kate and I've joined this team because I want my whole family to be healthy, not just me. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in health and fitness, but my husband just isn't. When he's out and about he thinks nothing of eating KFC for lunch, and because his metabolism allows him to do it without piling on the pounds, he doesn't think about the wider health implications. <BR> <BR> I'm overweight at the moment, having been a bit lazy since giving birth to my daughter. She's 16 ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:32:00 EST how do you continue? I have completed the goals for week 2 but it is not opening up week 3 for me and it has been a week, I believe. Thanks everyone in advance. I am new to sparkpeople Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:57:07 EST HEY EVERYONE!! Hey everyone.. I'm new here, and I'm excited about this group because I'm always finding ways I can for my family to try to be healthy and usually they don't want to. My middle son came home the other day and said he wanted to start eating healthy, so here we are. Hopefully him and I can get the rest of the family on the bored. Look forward to chatting with all of you! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:11:42 EST Ready to get moving Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Cass, mom to three and devoted wife to an amazing man. We are working towards becoming more active together. We even bought a new light strike gun for each of us. (think laser tag) We have been having so much fun running around the backyard trying to "kill" eachother. :) Can't wait to get more ideas for lunch and snack ideas for the kids. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:49:43 EST Day 1 of Spark Solution Good Morning Team, My name is Carrie I am a 45 year old mom, of 3 children, 23,21, and 10. Today is my first day of starting the Spark Solution 14 day program. I'm worried about some of the meal planning for this with a busy schedule. So any suggestions to help me would be great. This is it!!!! I'm changing my eating habits and living habits today. So any help or encouragement would be splendid Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:51:10 EST Mom of 4 teens dealing with family obesity/ pain Hello I am a mother who has four wonderful teenagers and a wonderful husband, but our family if very obese. We have been through alot of very traumatic things in the past few years, but it is time for healing both physically and emotionally for my family. Praying that I can be the leader and bring my family back to a good place. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:48:52 EST Hello My name is Sarah. I am a 32 year old SAHM. I am married to Steven and together we have two boys that are 7 and 4 year old. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:34:48 EST Off Week Week 2 was on off week for me. My eldest daughter had her 21st birthday for which we took her to dinner at Bonefish Grill. I ordered an 11oz sirloin and ate every delicious bite. I did, however, have steamed broccoli and a salad instead of mashed potatoes or any other high carb side. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Then, my youngest daughter is having a difficult time in her teenage life which is stressing me out to no end. I am a stress eater and have been eating/snacking on higher calorie and hig... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:31:45 EST Trying to get fit with 3 under 5 is difficult! Hey everyone, my name is Tracy. I have 3 kids ages 5, 3 and just turned 1. I really want to get back into shape, loose some weight and my husband does too, but let me just say - I feel like this is the hardest thing I have ever done! I want to be a good role model for my kids, especially my daughters (who got their fathers genes and are solid girls), but I feel like I just keep slipping back down. I hope joining sparkpeople can give me that support and extra encouragement that I so badly ... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:49:31 EST week one...get family on board! my biggest struggle with reaching my goals is the lack of support at home. I think having the family discussion will really help!!! I plan on doing this TONIGHT!!! <BR> <BR> (I have a husband, son 13yrs and daughter 11) <BR> <BR> here we go! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:22:21 EST Rose Hi everyone, I started walking 2 to 3 miles a day but its been 2 weeks that my right foot started hurting and my ankle is swollen and I can't figure out what happened. So now I have to wait to see my foot Dr. so he can tell me what I have to do. I know I was loosing weight but have to take care of my right foot since its been 2 years since I had surgery on the left foot. Anyone have any ideas on what kind of exercises I can do for now Wed, 1 Feb 2012 19:29:26 EST Week 1 fail; Week 2 win! Unfortunately we don't eat without the TV yet, or at the dining table. My fault, as I still haven't gotten the table dug out. Or it was once, but now buried again. However, we eat whole grains and lots of vegetables and fruits, so week 2 should be a snap! Shall continue to find my table,however. If we can get used to eating only at the table, we shouldn't snack so much!!! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:10:30 EST Kids wii fit I bought the nickalodeon wii fit for kids. It is awesome! My kids that are 7 and 4 loved it. It was perfect exercise for them. They were both challenged and breathing hard. <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:29:39 EST Mixed Fam Getting Fit Hello! We are a family of 3 (2 carnivores, 1 lifetime Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian). January 3rd we started a fitness and diet makeover in order to get healthier. We are really enjoying making and meeting our small goals, and focusing on our collective health together has been awesome! Greatest success? Cooking/eating at home 5 to 7 days per week. We've been planning all our dinners the week prior, then shopping and cooking everything we've scheduled. It rocks and I'm shocked we never tried it... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:48:54 EST Healthy quick meal How do you find time to make a quick healthy meals, when I work tell 4:30 and we have Karate from 5:00 to 7:00 twice a week. I would like to know. We are stuck in a rut. Help. <em>55</em> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:52:05 EST Hi all Ok, so it took me a week into the challenge to say hi. But I'm doing it! <BR> <BR> I've actually been trying to make us be a healthier family for sometime. And I think I do an ok job of it. Daughter is active with dance and swim lessons, and likes to play Just Dance 3 on the Wii with me. Husband has taken up the gym (as have I). <BR> <BR> Eating healthy is the bigger challenge. My daughter is a picky eater. She'd live on plain macaroni, mac & cheese, or PB&J if I let her. But the rule in my... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:23:43 EST Week 1--- Wish me luck! Hopefully I can dig out the little dining table in our little dining room, which is being used as a storage room. I would like to eat dinner with my husband at a table with real glasses of ice water and everything. Ha. Mountains do move, I hear!!! Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:13:47 EST Hello to all! I'm just starting this business and this challenge sounded right up our alley! Both my husband and I have horrible eating habits, he's started a new 'diet' so I thought I would, too. Eating at the table sounds like a good habit to develop. Sounds silly, right? From the very start of our marriage, living in tiny apartments, we never even owned a table until we bought a house! One of the apartments we moved into when the daughter was born had a table that we used when family came to visit. It's... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:37:57 EST Tired of being tired I am married and am raising 5 children. Aged 20, 17, 14, 10, 6. I have a lot of people to take care of but now that they are getting older and more independant it's time for me. Well, for me and my husband. I am glad he is on board because it does make it easier to cook healthy for everyone. Trying to lose 40lbs by the time I am 40. I have already lost 20lbs and I only have 2 months left. I am trying to do this in a healthy way so here goes.................. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:43:32 EST Hello I'm Jenny & My DH & I have been doing the healthy gig for quite some time now. We both have been working out a lot more in the last 6 months or so & it has paid off mostly for him, I need to work harder at my eating. Our daughter (about to be 9) has always been an awesome eater, she picks veggies over a lot of other stuff consistently. The main thing I would like to get from this challenge is more togetherness with working out & having fun being a healthy family!! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:26:03 EST SparkLive! - Cold Weather Exercise Tips SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:37:26 EST Week 4 Goals Here are our Week 4 Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) We already eat as a family a minimum of 6 nights per week. That 7th night is when I'm at school BUT the rest of the family sits down together. We have a no phone, no tv rule during dinner. It's a true family affair as everyone takes part in getting dinner ready, set the table, or clean off the table, doing the dishes, and sweeping the floor. We take turns praying each night. During dinner, not only do we work on manners, but we ask about the best a... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 09:00:11 EST Hello Hi I am Jacqui a stay at home mum to four children, 3 boys aged 8,6 and 3 and a baby girl aged 6 months. We do eat fairly well but could definately all do with making our diets more healthy. I also really need to lose some weight!! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:31:25 EST Continuing the challenge We are almost done with the 3rd week of goals and to tell youths truth we didn't do too well on it this week. We tried but we could have done a lot better. That's why when I am done with all 4 weeks worth of goals my family is going to start over an do the challenge again and again until we are doing really well and thing become habits. There is always room for improvement! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:17:31 EST SparkLive! class - Noteworthy Nutrition Goals SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:41:37 EST Successful week 2! This week went by like a breeze! DD and I attended pilates together Monday night, and DS took a friend to thr Y with us to play ping-pong and shoot hoops. I made a Sparkpeople Shrimp Scampi (the 1st recipe) for dinner on Sunday and served it with whole wheat pasta for the fam and spaghetti squash for me(TOO YUMMY!!) I made everyone try the squash though. <BR> I bought Zumba for xbox360 for myself and DD, as well as a cheerleading game for xbox for dd--sneaking in exercise with the xbox ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:55:07 EST Hello! Hi! I am a 33 yo mother of 4. I work fulltime and manage my home and family as well as I can. I think I can do more for my family by being healthier, and teaching my kids how to be healthier. My kids are 12, 11, 4, and 18 months! When I am not at work, I am taking my kids to basketball, football, volleyball, piano lessons, choir practice, and anything else....I enjoy reading. My oldest son has ADHD and I would love to improve his life by changing our diet. Good Luck Everyone! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:24:14 EST NEAR AND FAR MY OLDEST IS LEAVING FOR BAHRAIN AND WE ARE GOING TO FACETIME EACH OTHER OUR PROGRESS.. HAVING A YOUNGER CHILD WILL ALLOW A LITTLE FRIENDLY SIBLING COMPETITION... WE ARE ALL VERY EXCITED TO START THE CHALLENGE AND BECOME HEALTHIER Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:46:46 EST SparkLive! class - Choosing A Gym SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:13:56 EST Flax seed I have been adding flax seed to the kids waffle batter. They don't even know! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:43:40 EST Introducing Myself Howdy, I'm Tami, 45 yo, married, mother of 5, but only the youngest two are still in the nest. I find that we are so "busy" w/ good things that we are getting away from the healthy things. Even tho I just joined this group today, I've already done most of these goals this week. So, I'm excited about finding some extra support for things I already wanted to work on as a family. I'm really excited about the recipe part of this challenge. I love to cook and I'm excited about "spicing up" so... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:41:02 EST Please Introduce Yourself HERE. I am a single mother to 2 girls ages 6 and 7. I in the last year and a half have lost almost 200 lbs. As I have lost weight I have been teaching my girls to be more active and make healthy choices but have watched my oldest daughter gain weight. She has become classified by doctor's charts as Obese. We have done the lab work to try and eliminate all health concerns. I decided this year in my trying to finish losing my last few lbs I am also going to more actively try and help my daughter... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 05:09:12 EST Suggestions Please Thanks to Cooleyfam, we have a workable idea that DH and I want to implement - a ticket system in which kids earn tickets by doing certain things without being asked in which they can redeem for computer/tv/game time or a movie or friends over or or or or or..... We just have a little problem figuring out how to incorporate the two age groups.... mainly how to get this to work for teenagers. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> For the two youngest a straight up tickets in exchange for any of the abo... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:49:37 EST Week 1 goals done We reduced the screen time. The kids got to watch 1 movie a day. They aren't ever on the computer so I didn't have to manage that one. My husband and I usually watch 1 hour of TV at night after all the work is done. The kids are happier, nicer to each other and more willing to help. <BR> <BR> We had a family meeting and discussed exercise and eating more fruits and veggies. We also talked about doing jobs to help more around the house. We also set a rule that we would only be eating out twi... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:11:58 EST Intro Hi, I'm Ms. Sunshine. <BR> <BR> I am a working mom and came across this website reading Shape Magazine! What a great idea! I'm looking forward to utilitizing the tools to create a wellness program for me and my family. We need a family makeover to become more active and gain more energy. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:10:57 EST SparkLive! class - Secrets of Strong Starters SparkPeople is now offering weekly motivation and support classes, to help you achieve your weight loss success. There are several classes, offered throughout the day (weekends too), with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the element... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:13:30 EST Hello Healthy Families Hi! I am a working mother of an overweight 8 year old girl and a two year old son. My struggle with my weight has not served my daughter well. I struggle with not making it an issue and trying to teach her good habits without her feeling bad about herself. I am not doing a good job of it. I look forward to learning from this forum. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:49:47 EST Looking forward to The Family Challenge! My husband and I have two children. My husband and my 9 year old boy are slim and trim, my 11 year old and myself have put on a little weight. My 11 year old has become so self conscious because of this. Its not even bad, its just a little belly weight but he cant stand it. I have done the same, I am bigger now than I have ever been. My son and I are going to try to do this together! My husband is deployed so we are going to get more exercise by just doing more around the home, but we ne... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:19:32 EST Excellent recipe The other night DD and I were looking at the Sparkpeople Recipe pages planning meals for the next two weeks, and we tried Megs enchillada---omg were they yummy! We added rice and black beans (not called for in the recipe) and I used a high fiber tortilla. I had leftover filling so tonight we had quesidilla (sp) and each had 1 enchillada. <BR> DD took my class again tonight and we are planning to exercise tomorrow together. DS wants the two of us to workout together Sat:-) Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:50:57 EST SparkLive! Class - 7 Rewarding Resolutions Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:54:31 EST dd came along:-) I am so excited---I subbed a class at the Y and my dd actually came to my class (and participated). This is a big step for her--she is a cheerleader and plays softball, but has never been into "working out" or taking a class. Now I need to get her and DS to the Y for machine orientation so they can use the equipment safely.... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:29:34 EST Week 1 goals My goals for this week is to NOT rely on fast food when I feel I don't have time or energy to cook. I have a pressure cooker that I can use to make quick meals before I leave to teach at the Y. We just got an XBox 360 with Kinet, so workouts for my kids should be a breeze:-) Sun, 25 Dec 2011 18:25:25 EST Hello! Hello and Merry Christmas! <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, even though I have been a "member" for a while. I am a tranfer from ediiets...great site, just can;t afford it anymore. Anyway, I am 42 yrs old, two children: daughter 13 and son 12. I work full time plus a part time aeorbics/spin instructor/personal trainer for the Y. I love the idea of working out together as a family, and this will give me even more reason to get the kids to join me in fitness:-) Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:23:03 EST SparkLive! class - Simple Stress Busters Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:06:17 EST Getting Started Hi, I have been apart of this site seems like forever but now I am ready to get the job done...any pointers or advice on how to be commited and driven? <BR> thanks :-) Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:34:20 EST SparkLive! class - Avoiding Holiday Gains Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:10:56 EST SparkLive! Class - Healthier Holiday Recipes Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 21:21:08 EST Spark Live! 5 Ways to Prevent Weight Gain at Work Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:38:21 EST adding beans & legum to hates it! In order to cut fat from our family meals I have been planning and serving beans and legumes to replace out fatty meat protein on the dinner plate. <BR> The family does not like it…at all. They hate it. But I think that it is important for our health as well as budget to cut meat out of our dinner’s at least three times a week. My husband makes jokes about it and my 12 year old refuses to eat it, as does my two year old. The only ones enjoying the change are me and my 9 year old. <BR> What ... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:29:18 EST SparkLive! class - Thanksgiving Survival Guide Achieve weight loss success with live online support, motivation, and help to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> These meetings bring to life–at a time that’s convenient for you. Every week you’ll interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of that you know and love, in a way that was never before possible! Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! momen... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:40:48 EST Looking for ideas Hi everyone, my name is Nancy. I am mommy to three children, my boys are 9 and 4, my daughter just turned 2. I joined Sparkpeople about 2 weeks ago, joined this challenge today. If I would let him, my oldest would sit and play video games all day. My younger two tend to be more active, but now that it's getting a little colder, I'm looking for any ideas for inside activities for younger children. We try to play Just Dance on our Wii when it's yucky outside, we also have a couple yoga dvd... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:13:01 EST Jennifer Hi I have joint sparks about a month ago. so far I love it! but when i dont do good i feel bad. it like it hold me accountable. anyway I am looking forward to making a life change and as a bonus i want to drop 10-15 lbs Lets see how it goes! Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:26:43 EST new here <em>213</em> My husband and I have just started our family with our 14 month old daughter now and we still have trouble finding the time to eat dinner as a family now that our daughter can eat dinner with us instead of us having to feed her. Right now I am working on family dinners 2-3 nights a week. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:31:00 EST We need to be healthy as a family Hi, this is jad we are looking to be healthy and I need to loose 50 pounds in the next one year, I did it once, then gained by 12, so this time I want to do it and be healthy. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:38:51 EST Resistant Spouse Help! My spouse thinks sitting down to have a formal meeting is unnecessary. Most nights he cooks dinner then eats it at the computer. We don't have a dining room table (yet) so the kids and I eat in the living room on TV trays in front of the tube, of course. Any ideas? Sat, 22 Oct 2011 13:56:14 EST Bright futures Hi, I'm Michelle, I'm 31, I work in medical records at a prison in Washington State. I'm the proud mom of an 9 year old son and a ridiculously cute 4 month old girl. Her Dad and I are both heavy, always have been, and I don't want her to have to struggle with her weight the way we did/do. So I'm here to make some changes. Hopefully they'll help her Dad and I lose weight, and help our son and daughter stay thin and energetic so they can focus on being the best they can be, not how heavy they a... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:42:25 EST Double Whammy I am really struggling not only with the screen time reduction (for my son) but with not eating in front of the tv. Unfortunately that has become an ingrained habit for our whole family. I have trouble in one major area: <BR> - the habit of snacking in the living room. This one seems like a punishment to my kids. I've tried to talk about healthy eating. Their thought is, "well I'm eating carrots and celery...not chips and donuts, so that is healthy eating!" <BR> <BR> If anyone has any i... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:21:16 EST We need to get healthy Hi! I'm a 34 year old mom of 2 kids - 13 y/o son and 10 y/o daughter. I am about 50 pounds overweight and do not like to exercise. <em>39</em> I need to make healthy changes in my family's life as well as lose some weight. My daughter is also a little overweight and needs to get healthy before it becomes a problem. I am looking forward to 4 weeks of challenges that we can do as a family and hopefully make some good changes. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:19:26 EST Hi I am Joeleane Hello, my name is Joeleane and I live in Florida. I am a mother to a wonderful eight year old son, and have been married for eight years too. :) I am a full time college student, and hope to become an elementary teacher. I gained weight during my pregnancy with my son, and then shortly after he was born I was in two serious accidents, which made me gain even more weight. Well now I am sick of being out of shape, and ready to make a change!! I hope this website really helps me, because I have ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:14:08 EST Eating Together Hey, I have a problem. I adore eating with family, but I'm a working mom and my fiancee works as well. I get home after my daughter has had lunch, and she goes to sleep at 6:30pm sometimes 7pm. My fiancee gets off work around 7:30 and isn't home until around 8pm. My daughter usually eats a big lunch so she has something lighter for dinner, and eats in front of the TV while I clean house. <BR> <BR> I want to eat as a family but due to time issues, I don't know how I can do it. I'm not us... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 15:44:58 EST I want a Healthy Family! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Names Audrey, I was born in Alabama USA and I'm a teacher in Guatemala; I've been living here since 2001. I used to weigh somewhere around 300 pounds but now I'm down to 153. I've been yo-yoing for a few years, I was all the way down to 136 before my pregnancy. <BR> <BR> I'm a divorced mom of a 4 year old, and hopefully in the next year I will marry my wonderful fiancee. None of my family, including my parents, siblings, fiancee, fiancee's family or even frien... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 15:39:19 EST Not sure how to get the whole family on board My son (11) and *possibly* my daughter (17) will get active with me, but not my husband. His job keeps him very active and when he gets home he just wants to sit and watch TV or play video games...he even complains if we eat at the table instead of in front of the TV. Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:18:56 EST Newbie!! Hi everyone I'm Jen. I am a military wife, mommy of two wonderful boys 9 and 4, and a college student. (Getting my pre-req's for nursing). This is not my first go around with SP I had great results the first time but I slacked off, stopped keeping a food journal, working out and all the weight came back on. The reason I joined this group is because recently I've taken notice to my families eatting habits and they need some great improvement. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:53:29 EST Family Activity Ideas for Toddlers to Teens I need some good ideas for family activities that involve the whole family from toddler to teens and adults. We've tried walking, but the little one goes too slow for the older ones. We ride bikes but the toddler is then just in a bike seat and not really getting any exercise. Any ideas? Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:58:40 EST So over the yo-yo diets Hi! Mscny (Nicole) I'm at the point where I am tired of the yo-Yo dieting and really want to see lasting weight loss and serious change in eating habits. I am a new stay at home mom, so I find myself nibbling on all the wrong things throughout the day!!! I need some help in that area so the desire is here, I just feel defenseless against cupcakes, cookies all the sweet things that have attached to my waistline!! Any tips or tricks are greatly appreciated! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:54:43 EST Reducing screen time-time to aim for Our rule of thumb is 2 hours a day combined t.v. and computer.On the weekends we are more lenient but not mindless.If my child has to use the computer for school that is included in the time.Does anyone think that is too much time? <BR> <BR> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,from whence cometh my help.My help cometh from the Lord,which made heaven and earth.Psalm 121:1&2 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:51:21 EST Week 1 for the Hamblin Household Goal is to cut out playstation during school week. Hard to get them off so its best this way. <BR> And to have a family exercise session with the boys. My Husband works nights so it will be difficult to do it with him except on weekends. <BR> And I will only make tea during meals. Therefore we will have to drink water in between meals.We drink ALOT----- tea--- <BR> And with Jesus on my side__ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:54:37 EST Week 1 Healthy Ohana Makeover Challenge This week I have really tried to focus on the organization and distribution of our time,mainly mine since I am the one who deals with mostly everything involving kids,meals, work, activities, and excercises. Time always seems to be the cuprit when it comes down to bad choices with our Ohana. I have an account on which is a great site to use as a planner that individualizes each persons task or reminder with a coordinating color. With this site my entire family can see what's in stor... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:47:04 EST Week 1 Getting food from the garden and making homemade sauces. Using smaller portions with more vegetables, which we all like. Exercising more often as well. Husband is on track as well. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:14:29 EST Going somewhere Still going and loosing weight. Parent of 7, grandma of 8. Married to a great guy, all of us need exercise. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 21:25:35 EST On my way to a better me... I am a 35 year old single mother of 16 & 11 year old boys. I work in retail so I have a very variable schedule of 10 hour days. So, my struggle healthwise is finding the right balance of time to fix healthy meals for my kids and I (I refuse to live on microwave meals or fast food), of energy to get active beyond my time on the sales floor, of rest to be able to function properly, and of some kind of social life and friends as my mom is continually telling me that I am turning into too much of... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:55:18 EST Week 1 This is really perfect timing. We have one week left until school starts and we have been deep cleaning our house. Now we will focus on cleaning up our nutrition and health. We set up chores, menus, grocery shopping and exercise for each day. We will being tomorrow with exercising and today we started making healthier choices. I am very thankful for all of you and the support I find here. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 20:53:55 EST Eating healthier My challenge this week was to make over a recipe and I've already hit that! We had meatballs last night, which I switched to 99% lean ground turkey instead of the 93% lean ground beef. I used fat free ranch dressing as the binding ingredient, since meat that lean doesn't hold together well. I think my kids actually prefer the taste of ground turkey in these meatballs, instead of the beef. I also included diced bell pepper in the mix - I don't try to hide veggies from my kids, I tell them what... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:46:53 EST About me Single mom of two middle school boys. Our meal times have turned to total chaos, with school, track practice, homework and football practice most nights. I'm determined to turn this back around and get us sitting down at least a few nights a week for a real meal. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:43:33 EST Veriation on Magic Muffins Hey, check out my breakfast A-Z cookbook at this has been made over to be lower in sugar by using splenda and increased the Whole Grains by using a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of malt-o-meal and the new whole grain cream of wheat. it was really good and my kids couldnt tell the difference. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:36:05 EST Hi Hi my name is Lori & I have a slightly overweight husband and 2 great kids ages 9 & 6. Neither one of them is overweight, but I definately am looking to make us all healthier. I just started my weight loss journey (again) with 40 lbs to lose & I think that trying to get the whole family involved will only make it better! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 07:04:37 EST week 2 Hello, all. I am posting this challenge because my 15yr. old has opisitional defiante disorder and is extremly reluctant to have things change to a healthier life style for everyone. I have finaly gotten him to get off his backside and to the Y gym where we workout for 45-60min. a day 5 days a week alternating workouts. However, he is not wanting our menu to change. I do get in as many fruits and veggies as I can and I incorporate whole wheat pasta in a 1/2 and 1/2 with reg. pasta. But when I... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:41:40 EST Hi everyone! I'm new...sorta. Hi my name is Katie and I've been on SparkPeople for a little over a month now. I've already lost 18 pounds and I feel awesome! I signed up for this group then but haven't really got into the social aspect of the site yet. So here goes! I am 27 and live in PA with my husband and almost 2 year old daughter. I work in marketing research, though I did go to school for my Master's in International Relations and Human Rights...what a change, right?! I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:23:46 EST Help? How do I get that cool little bar at the bottom of my post that says where I started with my weight and what my goal is? I cant find it any where. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:35:06 EST Getting a child to be healthier DD is 7.5 and she was one of the reasons I found Because of her wt gain this summer (10 lbs!) I had already had a family meeting, increased her daily activity and modified our meals. Heard about an anti-inflammatory diet, and decided since my mom and I have arthritis, and it is really just healthier, we would embark on it. We started, and I found Sparks trying to find a way to track our nutrition. (sure wish they had a nutrition tracker for your family). Came up with breakfa... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:07:02 EST Hi everyone I'm new to the challenge Hello I am a happily married mother of 4 kids...3yrs, 6yrs, 18yrs, and 21yrs old. I joined this challenge to help my family get more active and learn about healthy living... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:07:06 EST Kids Try-athlon Parker CO Colorado Sparkers- Great event for kids <BR> Other states: Good idea, get one going in your community! <BR> <BR> The Kids Try-athlon is geared towards fun, not competition! Everyone who trys is a winner. Boys and girls of all ability levels ages 6-12 can display their skills in a series of 3 events: swimming, biking and running. Distances and start times for each age group are posted online at or call 303-841-4500 for more details. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:14:56 EST Hello =) Hi Everyone, my name is Tracy! I wanted to join this team a week ago or so and then thought "WHAT AM I THINKING!" So, I unjoined and vowed to come back this week. We were in the middle of having my in laws as houseguests for two weeks, it would be so hard to start something so new while having company, but here I am. I have been on Sparkpeople for abotu 3 weeks and lost 13 pounds, I still have at least 103 left to go! I am the only member of my family who is obese, and am committed to ma... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:25:13 EST Third times the charm Hello everyone, my name is Nina! I'm 26 yrs old, married to my high school sweet heart and proud mother of a uber intelligent 7 year old little boy. This is my third return to Sparkpeople and after allowing myself to become too busy with work, I've decided to get back on the bandwagon and take care of myself. This summer I've been given the chance to work at the largest adventure resort in North America so I've been taking as many chances I can get to participate in the activiti... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:54:57 EST Goals for Week 2 Week 2 <BR> 1. Adding fruits and veggies: that one will be an easy one. <BR> 3. Making over a meal: easy. I've been seeking ways to do that in week 1 already. <BR> <BR> But that 2. Add whole grains...well...that one will be a tough one. About a year or so ago, I tried slowly migrating our family to whoel grain pasta and my husband just about rioted in the streets. He's usually very supportive, but he could not get on board with the pasta-even as a half and half mix. So maybe I'll try that ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:00:46 EST Hi Hi everyone! My name is Nicole. I joined the Healthy Family Makeover Challenge because I am trying to change my family's eating habits. I have lost 120lbs over the past 2.5 years and my hubby has lost about 100. But we have not kept on our kids to eat healthy so they don't eat hardly any fruits and veggies. Our eldest son is small for his age. I just want them to be healthy. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:24:18 EST Starting Over It always seems as if I am starting over. I start this journey each time with the hope and determination to succeed but each time I fail. Well I am back and this time I am asking for support and motivation from fellow members. I think that is the part I am always missing. I am always trying to go this alone. So I am asking fellow members to please send out your support to me as I start this journey once again. THIS TIME I WILL SUCCEED!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:35:47 EST AMA article about obese kids What are your thoughts on the opnion piece in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that States should intervene on behalf of obese kids? <BR> <BR> I just wrote an article on about it, but wondered what fellow Spark-parents thought. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> note- I made sure to include references to in my article! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:25:57 EST Hello Everyone I am super new to Spark people, I find it kinda of confusing. I get lost in here, from time to time. Love all the information and tools to help with weight lose and eating healthier. <BR> <BR> About me I am a MOM of 2 very active boys( Ian 7 and Owen 4). I am a teacher of children with learning disabilities. I have done the yoyo thing with my weight for years. In the past 2 years I have lost 34 lbs and am working hard to keep it off. My mother is diabetic and my grandfather was also a... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:08:16 EST week 1 well, english is not my language so bare with me =) <BR> I joined this challenge to day. But I've been thinking about my family (me, my boyfriend and his daughter who stays here 2 weekends in a months and one month durning the summer) <BR> In my work I sit in front of the computer all day, and when I come home I only use my computer to to my workout. I watch tv everynight for 1-2 hours, the days I'm working. But when I'm not working I can spent the whole day watching tv and stay in the comp... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:21:42 EST Week 1 goals I cleaned out the junk in our house and bought lots of fresh fruits and veggis. Also, we have been exercising as a family every day. Our big challenge is turning off the TV. It seems to be background noise for our house, so we are going to try and cut it way down. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:33:32 EST New to challenge Hello to all. My family consists of my husband and myself (both in 30's) and two school age boys. Although my boys love to play sports, they eating habits are not the best. My goal is to get all of us up moving more, less TV time, and better eating habits. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:24:45 EST Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge (New Me Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson, (aka Greae 31), <BR> <BR> I've joined this group, cos i'm fed up, of not being able to get my weight down & also not being able to wear nice clothes, (smaller ones) if anyone cud give me any hints/tips/advice, i wud be very gratefull, (i need alll the help that i can get), if anyone needs any information, they are quite welcome to browse my sparkpage, all my information is on there, i hope to hear from you soon <em>212</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:37:50 EST Starting Week 3 on 6/26 This is the week to play with the kids. I'm excited!! We already have a pool day planned, and w0w how we need it with the heat we've got this summer!!! I hope to take the kids to the playground in the mornings this week. They can play, I can walk. <BR> <BR> That is .... if I can get past this chest-ripping cough I've got today. It is bad news. :( Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:55:49 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! I've been doing the healthy family makeover for 4 weeks now and are just now posting. Not sure how everything works, but im gonna give it a try. Ive read that people who post are more likely to stick with it and loose more weight than those who dont. Ive been struggling with loosing what I call "baby fat" for the last 13 years but there has been some health issues in it as well and just cant seem to budge the scale or inches for that matter, so its time for me to get moving a... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:23:51 EST Intro Hello, I'm Kristie a 25 year old wife and mother of two young children. My husband and I have both struggled with our weight since as long as we can remember. We have two beautiful boys Seamuson (shay-mus-son) who is two years and two months old. He is happy and active but he def takes after mommy and daddy. I'm hoping healthier food, activity and good influences can help him be healthier. Our other son is just a long for the ride. Macaulay (ma-call-ee) is a sweet and adorable eleven month ol... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:22:21 EST Getting started solo? My son is staying with his grandparents for a few weeks to give me the chance to get the new house, new job, new medication, and new everything else settled down. I'm hoping to start becoming a "healthier family" during this time; meal plans, organizing the house, scheduling more activities and less telly time, etc. But I don't know how I can get my son involved until he comes back next month! Do I postphone starting, or start now with my partner and introduce the changes to him when he gets ... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 04:18:32 EST Starting Week 2 on 6/19 Ok, this week's goals: <BR> <BR> - Eat more fruits and veggies. I can do this. I'm going to salad up our life and have at least 2 pieces of fruit every day (and no, 2 small grapes does NOT count) <BR> <BR> - Make the switch to whole grains. I'm already on top of this one - so yay! I've been eating whole grain bread since January ... for the most part. Sometimes hubby forgets and makes me a sammich on white. I still buy white because we have 4 kids that LOVE sammiches. Do you know how... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:41:08 EST Getting Started on a Healthy Couple The first step was getting rid of all the children and grandchildren and we accomplished that now we are eating healthier and more regularly. I just wish I could get him to eat at the table for at least dinner but with his bad back and other body parts it is pretty uncomfortable for him so I don't push it. The fact that we eat at the same time is a miracle in and of itself. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 01:43:25 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone. I am so glad and can not wait to get started on this challenge. It has been a long time since I have been on here. The last time I used Spark People I lost 35 lbs. I did gain 15 back and I am now ready to lose the rest of the weight. Heres to a healthy family. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:03:13 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone. I am so glad and can not wait to get started on this challenge. It has been a long time since I have been on here. The last time I used Spark People I lost 35 lbs. I did gain 15 back and I am now ready to lose the rest of the weight. Heres to a healthy family. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:02:31 EST Starting Week 1 on 6/12 Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> Just wondering if someone would like to start week 1 with me today as an accountability partner or suffering buddy? ;) It'd be fun to get a "class of" team, yeah? <BR> <BR> What are you planning on doing for some family fun time this week? My kids are still recovering from surgeries last week (minor eyes and ears - if you're nosy, you can hit my blogs lol), so we're limited on outside stuff. I was thinking maybe some family yoga. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:40:19 EST Hi All Hi everyone. I am new to this site and as suggested am introducing myself. I look like I am pregnant, which started just before my hysterectomy and has continued with no apparent reason. I have no problem eating light meals and keeping the calories down. (I just have to allow for my ice cream, but I even cut that down) I have trouble exercising and even doing any housework because of my medical conditions so that is my big problem. I am going through all sorts of test to find out if th... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:03:43 EST Start strong then dwindle I am joining this challenge because two months ago, my family was going strong and then fizzled, but I am determined not to lose out this time. <BR> <BR> I am going to have a family meeting and talk with my family about moving forward with this challenge. As far as pre planning we do well about 1/2 the time. Scheduling is a big issue because of our commute to and from work, about 45 minutes to an hour each way. <BR> <BR> We will get there though. I am determined to make it work. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:55:32 EST Ama2007 I have trouble getting Start. I do not have enough money to go on a true diet. Does anyone have ideas for me. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 20:32:33 EST Week one I am pretty much alone as far as the family thing goes but we will see if any of them are willing to do this with me. We do not live in the same household but if I can get them on the right track then its a beginning. And who says I can't do this alone. I am my own family. <em>30</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 28 May 2011 18:46:21 EST better late than never right Joined spark people about 2 weeks ago and am still taking in all it has to offer. It can certainly be a bit overwhelming. I found this challenge this am and I figured because I would love to get my whole family on board (husband is willing but a bit unmotivated-3 of my 4 kids are like drill sergeant and the 4 could use a healthy makeover) that this would be a good thing to do. Looking forward to meeting you all, reading what you have to say and completing my goals. Thanks to yo... Fri, 27 May 2011 09:11:30 EST Newbie--Week 1!! Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> My husband and I are expecting our first baby in just 7 short weeks and the realization that we are about to be parents has really opened our eyes to our unhealthy lifestyles. We want to raise our son with healthy eating and exercising habits, but we know that we first need to start working on ourselves...he will only pick up the bad habits we have if we don't change now. <BR> <BR> My goal for week 1 is pretty simple; drink more water. We don't have pop/soda ever in... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:25:33 EST New To the Team I think I just posted my intro incorrently. Hi! I am Nanine and I just got an email re: todays challenge to Dance to two songs. My son and I just danced to five and had a great time! Thanks! <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 24 May 2011 14:14:53 EST How to get my other half involved?? Ok so I sat down with my 5 and 4 yr old today and explained that this week we will be trying to be healthier. I asked them what they thought would be healthy, which made them feel involved and promised to them that I would play a game they wanted to every day if they spend less time on the tv/wii. They gave very good suggestions and are happy to try. The problem I have is getting my hubby involved as my daughter especially is led very much by daddy and as soon as he comes home the telly is o... Sun, 22 May 2011 09:56:09 EST Husband is addicted to tv and video games My husband will spend almost all of his free time in front of the tv or a video game. I can not get him to play the Wii either. This is setting a really bad example for the kids. Any advice on how to get the family together and active? Fri, 20 May 2011 13:18:53 EST excited for week 2! Okay so I can honestly say I'm pumped for week 2, <BR> implementing more fruits & veggies **check** I dont know if i lucked out or what but my kids LOVE fruits and veggies and if given the choice often choose them for snacks. <BR> implementing whole grains **check** we have made this transition over the past little bit from white bread to whole grain, white minute rice to brown rice and quinoa (yummy) <BR> And last but not least I'm going to transform the family fave lasagna to a veggie lasa... Thu, 19 May 2011 10:59:35 EST Week two! We already use whole grain breads for sandwiches and I used to use whole grain pastas which is something I can't wait to try again! This week's challenge has got me really thinking about how many servings of fruits and veggies my son gets and then I got to thinking that I eat even fewer of them than he does! YIKES! SO I'm really looking forward to counting up those servings and finding out the cold hard truth. I'm sure our tummies will thank me even if my child does not! LOL Mon, 16 May 2011 13:40:17 EST goal one at a time goal to be able to do the splits every in order to be able to fulfill i need to do stretches everyday. <em>406</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 12:46:00 EST Replacing processed foods? I have two recipes that call for canned or "a mix" that I just can't seem to find a good replacement for. These are our two favorites things to eat! <BR> <BR> 1. Chili Beans. I used the Joan of Arc spicy beans. I'd love to use real beans, but I don't know how to make that sauce? Any one have any ideas? <BR> <BR> 2. Knorr Vegetable mix. I cannot, for the life of me, find a way to copy that. I managed to replace taco spices, french onion soup mix, etc etc etc But this one is stickl... Sat, 14 May 2011 20:15:22 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> I am new to this challenge and looking forward to "meeting" all of you. My name is Michele, I am very newly pregnant with my 3rd and looking to get the whole family back on track. Eating healthy, being more active, etc. I look forward to learning from everyone! Sat, 14 May 2011 19:56:57 EST Following A New Set of Footsteps I come from an overweight family. <BR> <BR> My grandmas are both overweight. <BR> <BR> My mom is overweight. <BR> <BR> My dad isn't overweight - but with age, has gotten a little gut (he was blessed with skinny genes). <BR> <BR> I have aunts, uncles, cousins who are all overweight. It's sad. <BR> <BR> I haven't been overweight my whole life - but I have definitely struggled with it and had to work extremely hard to maintain a healthy weight while growing up. But that all went out the... Fri, 13 May 2011 12:19:24 EST Family makeover week 1 We had our family meeting and I actually have everyone on my side! <BR> What my girls and i agreed on is that during the day (after my am workout) when its nice outside were going to be spending time outdoors catching bugs (their idea lol) <BR> We have also agreed to cut out their juice for flavoured water, and last we all agreed to spend one day during the weekend outside doing something fun as a family,(playing at the park,taking dogs for walk,hiking, whatever) Just spending it together out... Thu, 12 May 2011 16:22:47 EST new here I just joined this challenge because my family needs a change. We try to limit tv time and keep our children active as much as possible, but as a family, we need to start some healthier habits. Wed, 11 May 2011 21:25:29 EST My first week Week one is a little strange for me. My son already watches virtually no tv and on the rainy days I do allow him some time on his Leapster (an educational game system) but even then we read and do math workbooks and just hang out more than anything. So I guess that goal is something we've already been living. <BR> <BR> As for a family meeting, my living situation is a bit different than what I'm used to. I really only have control over myself and my son even though we are a house hold of ... Wed, 11 May 2011 10:40:43 EST My week one I have let everyone in my family know that there are going to be some changes around here. The first rule is no snacks after 8pm. I am forgoing food after 7pm but it is getting lighter out and since my kids don't pig out like I do I just wanted to enforce the rule to make them aware that eating late is not a good thing. (My hubby couldn't care less about the rule, but he is choosing a little healthier at least) <BR> <BR> I have added more vegetables to out meals as well and I am totally rest... Wed, 4 May 2011 08:38:49 EST Week 2! I already buy as much whole grain as I can. We just switched to brown rice, ground turkey, and turkey bacon. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow and will be loading up on fresh fruits and veggies to snack on and no chips! I usually keep apples and bananas stocked in the house but that's it. I always buy frozen veggies. I want to start buying fresh veggies and more fruit. As for making over a recipe, I am not creative in the kitchen so I'll leave that up to the hubs to figure out <em>30</em>... Tue, 3 May 2011 13:10:50 EST new I want my family healthier and see this challenge as a way I can encourage my girls to be aware of what they are eating. They are already used to reading nutritional information at 6 & 8. They had a diabetic child in their class and got used to helping him out counting carbs for snack and being aware of what they brought for snack for his sake. So I took it 1 step further and made them aware of what serving sizes for their favorite snacks are. <BR> <BR> So I am going to do what I can to... Sun, 1 May 2011 12:58:17 EST Goals For Week 1 This is my first day on SP and thought it would be great to start with a family challenge. My goals this week and here on out are to definitely reduce TV and Internet time for both myself and my kids. I have noticed that they wake up in the morning and have started asking for me to turn on the TV before they asked for their milk. I actually started keeping the TV off and turning on some music the last few days because that is just ridiculous. However, the first thing I do in the morning is tu... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:37:16 EST Recipe Makeover Help I am working on the recipe makeover challenge and would love some suggestions on how you go about making it healthier. What information do you look for when changing things up? Appreciate any help I can get, because most of my family passed down recipes are down south Alabama, with lots of fat and lard, or Louisiana recipes with deep fried every thing and sugar sugar sweet. Everything taste so good and it is hard to give up that feeling of home. Advice please. <em>4</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:02:28 EST My daughters idea. Easter Sunday my daughter decided instead of going out to eat we should get out the grill and go get fresh food from the store up the road. <BR> <BR> We purchased fresh lean ground beef for burgers whole wheat buns, fresh thinly sliced cheese, corn on the cob, fresh greenbeans, and all beef hotdogs but no buns. <BR> <BR> We came home and opened up waters and while the grilled cooked we threw the ball back and forth to practice her softball. <BR> <BR> So, all in all we ate healthy had famil... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:28:07 EST Hello and God Bless Hi! I am a 34 year old Type 1 diabetic. I live in north Louisiana with my wonderful fiance', John Roy and my two always surprising teen boys, David 17 and Shane 15. I have made the choice to better our lives after a scary and almost fatal trip to the local ER and ICU. I found this SparkTeam Page and joined in hopes to find ways to get my family involved in my journey to a healthier like style. I did not raise my boys to be health conscious unfortunately but I am hoping to change their views a... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:52:19 EST newbie hi, everyone. this is my first day in challenge. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:07:10 EST Ugh I think we're going to have to spend 2 weeks on Week 2. What with my getting over strep throat, and now my son is sick, my family is just not doing well at getting active together. <BR> <BR> Unless you count coughing... how many calories does that burn? Because we're really good at that right now. <BR> <BR> We are doing well at the nutrional areas, though, so that's a plus! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:28:03 EST Fun activity idea I wanted to share an idea that my hubby and I came up with to encourage our kids to be more active. We bought pedometers for each family member. Our first goal is 1,000,000 steps as a family. Since there are 5 of us, no one may contribute more than 200,000. When we get there, we will do a fun family activity together, like rafting or horseback riding. Our next challenge after that will be to choose a city we want to visit, calculate the number of steps to walk there and back, then when w... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:25:42 EST Fruit Smoothies were a big hit! I used 10 oz of frozen blueberries, plus enough skim milk to make it easy to drink. Everyone loved it except the finicky 4 year old (who will come along in his own time, so I don't worry about him). It looks like fruit smoothies are going to be making their way into our daily menu. Because there's no way the 7 year old would have eaten blueberries in any other form. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:46:25 EST Week 1 My goal this week s to make sure that we all sit together as a family 3 times this week. <BR> I will also find one new recipe to cook for them. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:34:24 EST Healthy Snack Ideas Needed..... I also wanted to mention in my last post and forgot....... <BR> <BR> I am in dire need of healthy easy non-complicated snack ideas. Carrots and Celery only go so far in my family....LOL! <BR> I will say we are a very on the go family so grab-N-go snack ideas would be perfect for my household. <BR> <BR> Thank-you in advance <em>4</em> <BR> Schapp Family Fri, 15 Apr 2011 03:42:37 EST Week 1 Begins for My FaMiLy: ) Week 1 begins for my family....wish me luck: ) <BR> <BR> I am having our family meeting tonight after daughter gets home from dance. I decided to have a Make Your Own Yogurt Sundae while we talk. Plain or Vanilla yogurt w/ fresh fruit cut up to put on what you like with homemade flaxseed granola: ) We shall see I have an ice-cream loving family, this may not go over so good....LOL! <BR> I did however put on the calender Sundays Sundae Day our 1 day to endulge as a family, go over the week a... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 03:29:13 EST Colorado Sparkers - Free Family event in Parker! Saturday May 21 at O'Brien Park. This Free event will promote healthy lifestyles and wellness education in a fun and interactive way. The Fun Fest will feature entertainment for the entire family. Activities will include fun games, obstacle courses, an inline hockey challenge, demonstrations and more. Again this event is free on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 11-2 at Obrien Park. No need to register, just bring the family and enjoy. Maybe earn a few fitness mins while you are there. If you have q... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:12:04 EST Understanding the child's need for exercise I read the article included in week 3. once again I have been humbled by the fact that my 3 1/2 year has been the one guiding me to what she needs. Amazing how intuitively smart she is. Run, jump, kick. She has her own version of tag called gobble me up. I run after her as she runs in circles all over the yard and when I catch up I grab her and give her hugs and kisses (gobble her up). She is moving on to more complex age appropriate motor skills like balancing on one leg and wanting to "walk... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:43:11 EST honey we're killing the kids does anyone else remember the tlc show honey we're killing the kids? it was about parents whose eating habits were causing thier kids healthproblems, future health problems, etc. I feel like one those parents. <BR> How did you get started? we went all the way through week 4 but it didnt' make a change in our lives because it was something we just had to mark off a list. We both have depression and anxiety issues and are dealing with a lot of change right now. I can not get my son excited abo... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:46:44 EST What I'm Loving About Week One It's the whole, schedule your daily meals thing. We always wrote out a menu for each week, but we never actually planned which meal would be on which day. So, we'd end up coming home from work, tired and confused about what to eat anyway. <BR> <BR> Writing down the daily schedule was a big help today! On Sunday, when I was relaxed, I could look at how tough each meal was to prepare, and put the easier meals on more exhausting days. <BR> <BR> So, when I came home today, there was no guess w... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:17:35 EST Week one My goals are being more active with the family, eationg more fruits and veggies, and just slowing down at meal times. We're always really busy just about everyday and usually have to chow down as fast as possible. I think maybe we need to just eat earlier and enjoy one another's company. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:07:29 EST 4th week better again it has been a struggle to get everybody to have 3 meals together each week. Between jobs and schools, and all the other family activities, we struggled to get 3 meals with all us us together, but we did it. <BR> <BR> Even though we only had 3 meals with ALL of us together, we had more meals with MOST of us together. That is helping to cut down on the snacking, since we don't have people making themselves something, then seeing somebody else eating -- leading the first person to go for MORE... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:34:32 EST Family Meeting I had my family meeting with the kids yesterday. Dh just seemed really skeptical about the whole thing, so I opted to leave him out and hope that he follows in our footsteps. The 7 YO seemed very positive about it. The 4 YO obviously had other things on his mind, not surprisingly. But they are both looking forward to less tube-time and more family togetherness time. <BR> <BR> And then we proceeded to have our togetherness time while watching tv in my bed because we are sick and didn't have e... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:40:51 EST Here I Go!! - Week One (Again) I let life get in my way again and didn't manage to finish more than a few days of week one the last time I tried. And that's ok. I can always start over again! And that's exactly what I am doing today. This is my day one of being a part of this team once more and working at making a change in my life. I want this bad enough that it doesn't matter how good or bad I do I will always come back until I get it right and make the necessary changes in my life and for the benefit of my family. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 11:32:55 EST new to all this Hi everyone my name is Donna I Have been battling my weight for the last 8 years now due to bad sleep and eating habits and medication. i am new to this I've tried different diets but never seem to get anywhere so this time i decided to do it with support and was recommended this web site by my dietician any advice or budget recipes will be gratefully received :) my aim is to loose 7 stone Wed, 6 Apr 2011 00:51:58 EST Active and Healthy Family With the weather warmer here in Minnesota it becomes easier for me and my family to get busy being active. We enjoy the dog park, nature walks, gardening. Hannah is old enough and "big enough" now to start riding a trike. I think she ca reach the pedals now. <BR> <BR> However when winter comes a gain this will be a challenge as it is every year. Do we move to a warm climate? Probably not realistic. I think we are going to have to find money in the budget to join that Dance and Move class for... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:37:46 EST 1/2 Through And I love puddle hopping with the kids. I don't miss the TV. How about you? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:59:12 EST week one; more time for family I get up earlier than the other 2. On the weekdays I make lunch for Hannah and myself. I leave for work before Hannah is awake some days, other times it is a late start for me because I need to get Hannah to day care. I have been shutting the TV off after I catch the am news and weather. <BR> I pick Hannah up from daycare and often times she wants to stop at the gas station for treats. We need to stop this or at least minimize it to 1 day a week. <BR> We are leaving the TV off when we get ho... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:12:21 EST Joining the challenge My family consists of a 30 year old husband, a 3 1/2 year old duaghter, an myself. Oh yes, and the dog. He is a 85 pounds german sheppard mix with either lab or rot. It just clicked for me one day. I need to get this weight off. I told both my husband and my daughter about it right after being led to this site by my sister-in-law. This is a good challenge for us. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:50:14 EST week 2 wasn't so easy to get everybody together! hardest thing was getting family together to eat -- so many different activities pulling in all directions. We ate together when we could, but not as often as we would like. <BR> <BR> Apart from the inability to eat many meals together, we did well. More healthy eating, less jink food around. Less snacking. Even a bit more discussion on nutrition labels! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:06:54 EST