SparkPeople Scientists Unite! Team Messageboard A team for scientists of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines! SparkPeople Scientists Unite! Team Messageboard Science in the News If you see a news item of interest, please share it here! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:39 EST What was your favorite science news story in 2014? I‘m still amazed about landing on a comet! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:41:36 EST *sigh* Bill nye.... Did anyone catch the news about Bill Nye and the Creationist debate with Ken Hamm? Thoughts? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:43:02 EST Hi Scientists! Hello Everyone!!! <BR> I was excited to see a scientist group on spark! I am a chemist working on a PhD in biomedical science degree. Looking forward to meeting you all! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:04:09 EST Defining Words What are your definitions for: <BR> 1. Happiness <BR> 2. Miracle Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:11:24 EST What will you be doing for Easter? Will you be cooking a large meal for family and friends <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Coloring eggs with the kids/grandkids <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your traditions that you still do or have you started new ones <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>448</em> <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 07:12:55 EST Daily Chit Chat This discussion thread is for anyone on the team to can go to anytime they feel like and just check in with each other, say hi, talk about the weather, discuss issues, weight loss topics, jobs, our kids, or whatever is on your mind. <BR> <BR> It's a nice way to get to know the active members on the team better and you don't have to stay on one topic. The "Daily Chit Chat" post can be used everyday by anybody! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:08:46 EST NSV NSVs (non-scale victories) and those added little bonuses we get when we have lost weight!! Share with us some of yours. No matter how big or small - we all have them! <BR> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:43:25 EST Daily Challenge-shoot and score Improve hand-eye coordination and get your heart rate up with a round of wastepaper basketball. But don't try this in the lab! <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Choose a target - it can be a wastepaper basket, a laundry hamper, a garbage can, or even an empty cardboard box - and set it at least eight feet (2.44 m) away from you. Make a "ball" by crumpling up a few sheets of paper. While standing, try to get the ball into the basket. Do this until you've made five baskets. <BR> <BR> Why it matters... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:21:53 EST Daily Challenge- Strengthen your biceps Strengthen your biceps with 4 seated towel holds. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit and place a rolled-up towel under your thighs, just above your knees. Grasp either end of the towel with your palms facing in and thumbs up. Anchor your feet to the floor, keeping your chest open and back straight. Inhale deeply, then exhale and pull the towel up toward the ceiling with all of your strength. Inhale and release, then repeat three more times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> This is a great way to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:52:14 EST Daily Challenge-End of the Month Your Challenge For Thursday <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the LAST DAY of February! <em>40</em> Where DID it Go <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How did your month go <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Are you where you hoped you would be <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals/plans for March <em>38</em> <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:21:44 EST Daily Challenge -Lengthen those legs Strengthen your legs and promote healthy knee joints with 10 seated leg extensions. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit up straight and toward the front edge of your chair. Lift your right knee up, flex your foot (point your toes to the ceiling) and extend your leg out in front of you. Then pull your heel back in toward you, and place your foot back on the floor. Repeat four more times on the right, then switch and stretch your left leg five times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> This is a great ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:36:30 EST Daily Challenge-Leg Cramps Learn more about Leg Cramps <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=225 </link> <BR> <BR> Most of the time, night leg cramps occur for no known reason, and they're usually harmless. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems. <BR> The risk of having night leg cramps increases with age. Pregnant women also have a higher likelihood of experiencing night leg cramps. <BR> <BR> In rare situations, night leg cramps can be... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:28:33 EST Daily Challenge -Meatless Monday Your Challenge For Monday <BR> <BR> PREPARE A MEATLESS MEAL! <BR> <BR> For dinner tonight try going meatless. <BR> <BR> Here are ideas for substituting ingredients and making nutritious, meatless dishes: <BR> <BR> ~ Make a soup using beans, vegetables (such as onions, carrots, celery, squash), and grains with a vegetable stock instead of meat stock; lentil, pea, and tomato-based soups are good options. <BR> <BR> ~ Use beans in pasta sauce instead of meat. <BR> <BR> ~ Try vegetarian m... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:59:37 EST Daily Challenge- Name that tune Name 2 songs you can listen to the next time you need to brighten your mood. <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think about the music in your library and pick at least two songs that are proven mood-brighteners for you. They can be upbeat, slow-tempo, or anything in between, as long as they put a smile on your face. Keep them in mind for the next time you need a quick pick-me-up. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Music has a proven effect on well-being! It can lift your mood, boost ene... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:48:21 EST Daily Challenge- C yourself with more energy Gain energy from 1 vitamin C-rich food today. <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Add a food rich in vitamin C to one or more of today's meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> A deficiency in vitamin C may deplete your levels of carnitine (a substance that helps you... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:52:00 EST Weekly Health Challenge — Pay it Forward Today is a well-being activity: <BR> <BR> Last week was The National Random Acts of Kindness Week, but why single out one week a year....? <BR> <BR> The Task/Challenge: Find 3 acts of random kindness that you can perform for another person. If the situation arises today where you feel frustrated or angry, take a moment and smile. If you can let it go and move on to the next moment. If you make a mistake above all be kind to yourself forgive yourself and know that it is another opportuni... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:52:37 EST Weekly Health Challenge — Pay it Forward Today is a well-being activity: <BR> <BR> Last week was The National Random Acts of Kindness Week, but why single out one week a year....? <BR> <BR> The Task/Challenge: Find 3 acts of random kindness that you can perform for another person. If the situation arises today where you feel frustrated or angry, take a moment and smile. If you can let it go and move on to the next moment. If you make a mistake above all be kind to yourself forgive yourself and know that it is another opportuni... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:35:22 EST Weekend Challenge-Just move Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes within the next hour. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Worki... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:20:48 EST Daily Challenge-Your Three Headed Muscles Today's Challenge <BR> <BR> TRICEPS!!!!! <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=upper </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=158 </link> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=251 </link> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Remember... <BR> Just because, for most of us, it's swe... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:35:30 EST Daily Challeng -Quality TIme Spend 15 minutes with someone special today, either in person or from afar. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Plan to spend at least 15 minutes of quality time with a friend or loved one today. Before dinner, housework, homework, and the rest of your evening routine gets you too tired, try to take a little time to catch up with your partner, visit with a close friend, or play with your kids. If the person you love isn't close enough to spend time with, make it a phone call, Skype, or email date in... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:51:45 EST Daily Challenge-Show yourself some love. Everyone knows that love is a good thing. We love to give it and we love to receive it. But how often do we actually take the time to give it to ourselves? <BR> <BR> Today, show yourself some love! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Spend some time doing things just for yourself. It might be sleeping in, reading a book, treating yourself to a massage or spending time with people you love and who build you up. Or, it might be investing some time in building your self-esteem and body image. Whatever y... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:33:14 EST Daily Challenge-Raise a Calf CALF RAISES <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> ~~ To properly perform a calf raise; stand near a wall with your hands on the wall for support and balance. Lift one foot off the ground, pointing it behind you. Rise up on the ball of your other foot as high as you can go. Lower back down to the ground, not allowing your heel to touch the ground in between repetitions. Perform one set of 10 to 12 repetitions. Switch legs and perform one set on the other leg. Do three sets on each leg, alternating legs... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:16:40 EST Weekly Challenge-Get some AM Sunshine. Pledge to spend 10 minutes outdoors or next to a window first thing in the morning once this week. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Choose a day when you anticipate clear weather (check the weather report if you want to be sure!). On the morning of that day, step outside - or stand by a window with the shades open - as soon as you can after waking, and stay for at least 10 minutes. Leave yourself a reminder the night before if you think you might forget. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:58:18 EST Weekend Challeng -Restful weekend Make your bed this weekend. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Take a minute or two to restore order to your bed. You don't need hospital corners or perfectly placed pillows; a quick pass will do. As you make the bed, be mindful of how wrinkled, tangled-up sheets and blankets can be smoothed and tidied in not much time. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Making your bed creates a more restful, welcoming environment and makes your bedroom feel neater. This can help lower your stress level and create mo... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:25:17 EST Daily Challenge-Your Two Headed Muscles Your Challenge Today? <BR> <BR> Work your BICEPS <BR> <BR> Check out these links for ideas: <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=upper </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=99 </link> <BR> <BR> Aim for 2 sets of 10 reps each arm or one video workout. <BR> <BR> How did YOU do? <BR> <BR> The biceps brachii muscle is the one that gave all muscles their name: it comes from the Latin musculus, "little ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:11:58 EST Daily Challenge-Skip the Sump Eat 1 high-energy snack today, such as apple and cheese, or yogurt with fruit and nuts. <em>22</em> <BR> How to do it <BR> Between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner today, create a high-energy snack that combines a bit of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrate. Some tasty examples: an apple and a small wedge of cheese, all-natural peanut butter on whole-grain bread, yogurt with fruit and a handful of nuts thrown in, tomato with cottage cheese or fresh mozzarella, or carrots dipped in ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:22:22 EST Daily Challenge-Check your fuel tank twice today Take note of your energy level now, then set a timer and take note again in 3 hours. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> How would you describe your energy right now? Are you pumped and ready to go, all used up, or somewhere in between? Make a note of that. Set a timer for three hours from now and when it goes off, ask yourself about your energy level again. Is it higher, lower, or the same? <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> In the course of the day, our bodies have natural ups and downs that have to d... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:55:34 EST Friday Poll: What Is Your Go-To Form Of Exercise? Share Are you a gym buff? A swimmer? A cyclist? A casual jogger? We want to hear what you like to do to get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing. <BR> <em>23</em> <em>323</em> <em>320</em> <em>256</em> <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> Share your favorite workout routines & comments to help Spark others to try something new. <BR> <BR> Team Sports? <BR> Running? <BR> Group Fitness Classes (Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Etc.)? <BR> Weight Lifting? <BR> Swimming? <BR> Dancing? <BR> Bike Ri... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:01:04 EST January 23 Challenge — Stretch Flexibility and stretching is a huge part of feeling great and it just feels great to do! <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> YOUR CHALLENGE TODAY is to find and perform some stretching exercises and let us know what you did and how you liked it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Benefits of Stretching: <link><BR>ing_benefits.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fun Fact: Standing up straight burns more calories than slouching - just one more reason for good posture. Stand up strai... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:26:09 EST January 22 Challenge - A New Year, A New You Make it a habit to use your Spark People calendar. Help yourself stay on track with your daily fitness and nutrition goals with this interactive calendar! <BR> <BR> See your monthly progress at a glance. <BR> Your SparkSummary calendar is customizable to show Calories Eaten, Fitness Minutes (including cardio and strength and toning), Calories Burned, Weight, SparkPoints, and Appointments to help you to get organized as well. <BR> <BR> To access your calendar, go to the START page and it ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:04:29 EST January 21 Challenge-Give back Learn about local volunteering opportunities. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Want to lend a hand? Do a search using the name of your city/town and state or province, along with the words "volunteer opportunities." Choose a link and read about how you can help! (If you live in the US., you can also visit <link> </link> to find out about volunteering opportunities in your immediate area, ranging from one-day stints to weekly ones or longer.) <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:23:54 EST Weekend Challeng e-Dining together Plan a meal with friends or as a family. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Decide on a date, time, and place with your family or friends, and schedule a meal together. If the meal is going to be at a restaurant, agree in advance on how much everyone wants to spend, and select a place that serves healthy food. If it's going to be a home-cooked meal, potluck, or picnic (options that can be a lot more relaxed and wallet-friendly!), discuss who's cooking and what to bring. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <B... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 07:12:14 EST January 18th Challenge — Sit and Move Today is another active challenge. <BR> <BR> It seems that we find ourselves stationary and in the sitting position for a great many hours during the day. I hear all the time how difficult it is to find time to bring activity into our lives. People say I can’t find the extra time to workout. Well here is a solution to the problem, no extra time needed. <BR> <BR> The Task/Challenge: <BR> In a seat position do some chair exercises and stretches. Any time you find yourself seated try to use ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:09:59 EST January 17th Challenge- Veg out Add 1 new type of leafy green veggie to your shopping list, such as kale, spinach, or cabbage. <BR> <em>368</em> <em>371</em> <em>373</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> As you write your shopping list, add one new leafy green vegetable. There are lots of healthy choices, such as: kale, collard greens, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, and cabbage. Lettuces are another tasty way to go green; romaine and red- or green-leaf varieties are much healthier than iceberg. (None of these choices... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:58:10 EST January 16 Challenge - Push up or press up Push ups <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Complete 5 push ups (also called press ups) of any type of course you are welcome to do more if you are able: <BR> <BR> Beginners: Wall/Counter Top Push Ups – This is for those of us who are just developing upper body strength and core strength. It is a great way to being a fitness program when you have not exerted your upper body muscles for some time. <BR> <BR> Intermediate: Bent Knee Push Ups – This is for those of us who have a little more upper bo... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:38:23 EST January 15 Challenge-Exit Drills be Prepared Practice evacuation with the whole family and rehearse it until everyone knows exactly what they should do. Set off the smoke alarm so everyone knows what it sounds like. Practice crawling to an exit and be sure your children understand they should never hide in the house during a fire. <BR> <BR> How to Do It <BR> · Install and maintain smoke detectors <BR> · Make an escape plan and practice it <BR> · Plan at least 2 ways out of each room in case one way is blocked <BR> · Agree on a meeting... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:40:15 EST January 14 Challenge - Draw a floor plan Draw a floor plan of your home from memory and locate the fire exits. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> From memory, draw a quick map or floor plan of your home. Include all smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, doors, and windows. Show two ways out of every room on the map, and circle where your fire extinguishers are located. When you're done, walk around your home with your drawing and see how accurate your recollection was. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Every second counts in a fire, and even ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:21:34 EST Jan. 13 Challenge - Make some homemade soup January is National Soup Month so made some homemade soup for your health, wallet and waistline. <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Look at the SparkPeople recipes for new healthy soups to try or use one of your tried and true soup recipes with lots of fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> You can use up leftovers in a soup pot and create new variations of favorite recipes, since soup lends itself to experimentation. You can throw a variety of ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning befor... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:47:21 EST January 12th Challenge- get into the “L” <em>406</em> Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Sit on the floor. Stretch both legs in front of you and raise your arms so that your body forms the shape of the letter L. Slowly bend at the waist and grab your legs as close to your toes as possible. (If you can't bend like this without pain, loop a towel around the top of your feet and pull the towel toward you until you can feel the stretch across the b... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:45:21 EST January 11th Challenge- Stop and smell the spices Go through your spice rack and throw away old spices that no longer have a strong smell or color. <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Open up your spice drawer or pull all the spices down from your spice rack, and figure out what needs to go. Most whole spices keep for three years, and ground spices last about two years. When in doubt, use your eyes and ears: the spice should have a bright color and a strong smell. If it's pale, smells weak, or the texture is off, out it goes. <BR> <BR> Why it matt... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:13:55 EST January 10 Challenge- Them bones Eat 1 calcium-rich food today. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Eat a food that's high in calcium at one meal or snack today. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products (like milk, cheese, and yogurt) are chock full of calcium. Leafy green vegetables (such as kale, broccoli, and Chinese cabbage), nuts (especially almonds and pistachios), legumes, and seeds are also super sources of calcium. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> No matter what your age, your body needs calcium for building and m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:36:07 EST January 9th Challenge - No Complaining. No blaming The Challenge/Task: <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> § Think positive thoughts and every hour that you are awake praise yourself for something that is good about you or your day. You may even want to jot them down. <BR> <BR> § Focus on the positive things and smile about all the good things you have in your life, this act will put you on the road to a sense of well being and wellness. <BR> <BR> Today as you go about your life resist the urge to complain about anything or blame anyone for anythin... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:02:13 EST Jan. 8th Challenge -Search iron deficiency anemia <link><BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=263&Page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> to learn about the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> <BR> Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of blood disorder, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the body doesn't have enough iron, which leads to too few blood cells. Because anemia often develops slowly and has symptoms that mimic those of other conditions, it is often ov... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:38:52 EST January 7th - Challenge Building Immune System — Skip and Hop <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Today we are going to enter a time machine and go back to when we did this with joy and zeal. We are going to try and skip for 3 to 5 minutes. For the experts in the group who feel the joy and zeal you have my permission to skip until you are skipped out. <BR> <BR> Challenges: At first it may be difficult to do because you probably haven’t done this in some time, but don’t give up, if at first you don’t succeed then try and try again. Skipping is abo... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:02:26 EST Weekend Challenge ~ Jan 5 & 6 <em>335</em> Turn up the music that moves you and dance while you declutter! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> In the season of out with the old and in with the new, This weekends’ challenge is to find at least 2-5 items of clutter that you will get rid of that is no longer necessary. <BR> <BR> A big part of feeling good and well being is a sense of freedom and accomplishment, as well as helping others. <BR> <BR> Free yourself from those items that no longer bring you joy or usefulness. <BR> <... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:52:16 EST January 4 Challenge <em>345</em> Your Challenge Today <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make Today Your <BR> <BR> ACTIVE REST DAY <BR> <BR> Try to stay active as much as you can by taking breaks, walking, stretching and moving. <BR> <BR> Some ideas: <BR> <BR> ~ Take a slow, easy walk and leave your watch at home. Enjoy yourself! <BR> <BR> ~ Sit on an exercise ball while you work on the computer for 5 minutes <BR> <BR> ~ Have a pillow fight <BR> <BR> ~ Challenge your spouse to an arm wrestling cont... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:32:45 EST January 3 Challenge Your Challenge For Today is: <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> SLEEP <BR> <BR> As anyone who's had a sleepless night will tell you, sleep deprivation can make for a very tough day. Not getting enough sleep can make it hard to remember things and concentrate on tasks. Sleeplessness can also affect your mood by making you feel impatient and short-tempered. By getting even a little bit of extra sleep, you set yourself up for a more positive and productive day. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 06:16:36 EST New Pills Show Promise for Hepatitis C <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=672116 </link> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 06:09:23 EST What is your New Year’s Resolution? We are less than 48 hours and ready to dive into the New Year. By now you may have penned down your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. What about other goals in 2013? Please share yours here. <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:53:10 EST How to remove inactive Spark Friends… Go to EDIT your Spark Page and scroll down to your friends list. On that you are n the EDIT mode it will let you add/remove friends on your list as well as change the order of your friends. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! <BR> <BR> ~Denise~ <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:32:00 EST Are there Friends waiting for you to add them? To check to see if anyone is waiting for you to add them as a Spark Friend, go to Community at the top of the page, then to Friend Feed. <BR> <BR> At the upper portion of the page there are two paragraphs and in the first paragraphs it contains a link that says CLICK HERE that will take you to you friends list to edit and show you everyone that has added you that you have not added. <BR> <BR> ~Denise~ <BR> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 06:58:01 EST Weigh in... 11/16/12 - weigh in was 204.2 <BR> <BR> Today 11/23/12- 202.8 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:46:03 EST Weekend Challenge... <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend look up a strength and toning video on Spark People. Follow along with the video to the best of your ability and report to the group the video chosen and how it went etc. <BR> <BR> Who ever joins this challenge will receive a Team Goodie! Let's go Team! <BR> <BR> <em>307</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:26:05 EST SparkPeople Radio <link><BR>io.asp </link> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:43:35 EST What are your fitness goals? I would like to know what everyone is doing and what fitness goals that you have set up for yourself and how things are progressing. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 10:21:35 EST Measurable goals Maybe it's because I'm a behavior analyst... maybe it's just my personality, but small measurable goals are paramount to my success. I have a long journey, 140lbs from my start date. So, I had to break it down into small goals, so I celebrate each 10lb mark, and have bigger milestones for 25, 50, 75 and so on. <BR> At 20lbs, I got a ring of a butterfly, to remind me of my journey. At 30lbs I'm getting a fitbit. :D <BR> At 25lbs I got a radically different hairstyle. <BR> <BR> What are your... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:04:49 EST Birthdays, Wedding and Spark Anniversaries Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, Spark Anniversaries and other Celebrations that have special meaning to you. <BR> <BR> PLEASE copy the list below, then hit reply. Paste the list onto your reply and then add your own name and Birthday, SP Anniversary, Wedding Anniversary, etc. Make sure to mark it as such! Let's share in each others joyous milestones!! <BR> <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <BR> <BR> February: <BR> 14- Labratiam (Denise) Wedding Anniversary <BR> <BR> <BR> March: <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:32:49 EST Team challenges? Is there any interest in starting a Team challenge? Please post your ideas here of challenges that you would like to participate in. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:14:42 EST In the news Janette Colantonio of Summerville, South Carolina says that a traffic ticket she received kick started her journey to lose over 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> A year and a half ago trooper Mark Amos cited her for failing to wear her seatbelt. At 408 pounds, Colantonio couldn't get the belt across her frame and admitted that she had not buckled up for years. Trooper Amos said, "It happens a lot with South Carolina's obesity rate." The ticket was the inspiration Colantonio needed saying, "I'm sure the... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:28:29 EST August fitness leader boards Please help to congratulate FIELDWORKING for being # 1 on the fitness leader boards for August 2012! <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work! <em>243</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:20:18 EST Spit or Swallow? I just saw this game on another Spark team and it's fun! <BR> <BR> To Play: <BR> <BR> Start by naming a food. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. <BR> <BR> **Make sure you post a choice for the next person.** <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> Red Bell Pepper Strips Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:06:44 EST A gentle reminder A gentle reminder - We can't welcome you to the team, and we can't give you a team goodie if you haven't set up a Spark Page. I know there is a lot of info when you first join and it can seem a bit overwhelming. Please ask questions if you have them and we'll do our best to answer them. <BR> <BR> Thanks from the Team. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:02:45 EST Take the Profiler quiz now: If you haven't already, or if it has been awhile, you should go take the Sparks Profiler Quiz to find more about you and your diet personality. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ity_profile2.asp </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:00:01 EST Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow I thought this was a good read for all... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1735 </link> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:47:32 EST What to put on the "In The News Forum" Please post news or other interesting items that you would like to share in this forum. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:54:49 EST CDC News The CDC recently published recommendations for one-time testing without prior ascertainment of HCV risk for ALL persons born during 1945–1965, a population with a disproportionately high prevalence of HCV infection and related disease. There are likely more than 82 million in the US meeting this age criteria. <BR> <link><BR>6104a1.htm </link> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:46:55 EST Hello Everyone! Hello and welcome everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology as well as a Bachelor of Art in Natural Science and have been working as a Quality Assurance Analyst for the last seven years. <BR> <BR> I live in Missouri and travel to Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas in order to help our smaller laboratories make sure they are in compliance with our company's goals, as well as the local state and Federal Laws and other regulatory agencies. <BR> <BR> I am excited to fi... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:31:36 EST Good bye I was excited to see a scientists team, but if no one else is interested, I'm going to look elsewhere. If you come back and want to connect, please contact me on my SparkPage. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 07:03:37 EST Howdy Yay! I finally found a career group that my title fits in ... Forensic Scientist <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:54:34 EST Tasty I found the team on Spark America. Cool that there is a group of scientists! <BR> <BR> My name is Susan. I work for Kraft Foods in the Kraft Food Ingredients group. I am a certified member of the Society of Flavor Chemists. I earned a B.Sci. in Chemistry with concentrations in music and math from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. I did PhD coursework at Colorado State University in Physical Organic Chemistry (organophosphorous). <BR> <BR> I fell into the world of flavor chemistry aft... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 09:01:33 EST Share your weather today by emoticon! There's a lot of <em>27</em> and a lot of <em>54</em> , but that's okay with me as long as it's not <em>425</em> ! Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:53:45 EST Share your emoticon today! Today I am feeling: <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>345</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:00:09 EST Just wanted to say hi! Hi my name is Tami and I just joined Scientists Unite. My original degree was Clinical Lab Science, but I haven't worked in the field for over 10 years. I am currently back in school finishing up my AA and AS degrees and transferring to Northern IL U in the fall where I will be a Biology major. I have been with SP since the end of December, 2010, so I am still fairly new to the site and was really pleased to see this team! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 10:22:26 EST you have to watch this... hey guys, I just saw this hilarious video - for all of you 'lab rats' this will be funny to watch! <BR> <BR> Enjoy <em>246</em> <BR> <BR><BR>d0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:51:13 EST Winter: Embrace it or Hate it? <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> If you live in a part of the world that experiences cold snowy winters, do you embrace it or hate it? I was just asked this at work yesterday by someone who had moved from a southern state. <BR> <BR> Personally, I don't like winter that much, but I do try to embrace it because that's the only way I can get through it! Doing fun outdoor activities like snow shoei... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:16:49 EST Did you exercise today? Yes, took my dog for a walk! <em>338</em> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:07:58 EST Hello group (Franklyn????) Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have just found the scientist-team and thought it surely could need some scientific support ;) <BR> <BR> So, here I am - count me in. Here are some things to know about me: <BR> After becoming and working as a professional chef, I decided to study food and nutritional science. Since June I am working at the University I studied at. I am focusing on cold-chain-management, temperature monitoring and predictive microbiology. <BR> <BR> Greetings from Germany, Mi Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:09:22 EST What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Stuffing! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> Fri, 5 Nov 2010 10:08:54 EST What was the last thing you ate? Toast! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:15:41 EST What's your favorite Halloween -related treat? caramel apples! Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:07:02 EST Introduce Yourself! Hello! I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a little over a year, and I just realized that on the SparkAmerica Career Challenge, scientists were not represented on the Leaderboard! So I decided to start my own team of scientists and see how awesome we can be together! <BR> <BR> I'm a biochemist from Vermont, who just moved to southern New Hampshire. The main focus of my work is protein expression, purification, activity, and crystallization. <BR> <BR> Please join and introduce yourself! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:45:13 EST