SparkPeople Sparkies Down Under Team Messageboard For Sparkpeople who live in Australia or just love it! SparkPeople Sparkies Down Under Team Messageboard 2021 chatterbox <em>381</em> Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:20:25 EST Game - Homophones This is a game, I've been playing on another team and we are having lots of fun with it. <BR> <BR> homophones - A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, as in rose (flower) and rose (past tense of rise), or differently, as in rain, reign, and rein etc Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:38:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:57:07 EST 2020 Chatterbox Hope this year is a great start to all for the new decade <BR> cheers richard Sat, 4 Jan 2020 00:51:24 EST NEW YEARS RESOLUTION LOSE WEIGHT Hi everyone. Have not posted for ages but am doing pre planning for my usual New Years resolution. <BR> <BR> My new idea is that I should have my habits in place , starting now.. Eg I will get in the habit of tracking my food even if I am tracking really really off diet foods. <BR> <BR> I will get in the habit of tracking and doing exercise, even if I only exercise by standing up and sitting down once during. a commercial. Well standing up once is on a really busy day. And applaud mysel... Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:41:27 EST 2019 Chatter Box Hope you will all start this year on a good note <BR> Cheers Richard Sun, 30 Dec 2018 20:56:05 EST Steptember! Hi everyone! <BR> I am participating in Steptember this year to raise some much needed funds for services and equipment for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy. <BR> <BR> How does it work? <BR> Myself and the three other members of my team must complete 10,000 steps a day from TODAY until the 1st of October. We are also able to convert activities such as RPM classes into steps to make it more versatile. <BR> <BR> Why am I telling you this? <BR> I was wondering if anyone else here is als... Tue, 4 Sep 2018 01:44:46 EST What a long time it has been! Hello Aussie Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I used to be here a lot back in 2009-2011, then I achieved my goal weight, got pregnant and disappeared LOL <BR> <BR> Now I am back, older, heavier, happier and more than ready to start again. <BR> <BR> I recognise a few names... I wonder if anyone here still remembers me? I am looking forward to making some new friends too. Spark friends are awesome! Sat, 1 Sep 2018 03:43:56 EST Waves! Hey im Mechel. Im a newly singlw mummy to three gorgous kids! We are all sadly overweight which mums trying to change. Im excited to be well enough to start working on my fitness and make healthy food choices. I currently want to lose 5kg over the next month or two and work down to my goal weight of 65kg! Im currently 110kg. I love playing pokemon go so im using that as a reward for getting out and walking lol. Food is where i fall down! I know what to do, know the good choices but i seem to ... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:16:41 EST 2018 Chat Wishing everyone a bright and happy start to the year <BR> Cheers Richard Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:48:52 EST 2018 Milestones for member to list and update their personal challenges for the year <BR> mine will be to exercise daily, maintain recent eating patterns and monitor my weight <BR> cheers richard Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:43:08 EST Hey Well, Am back again.... Though I try to stay fit and put up enough exercise everyday and hit gym twice in a week.... I watch my intake and make sure I don't add up... Am pretty enjoying my life <img src=""> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:24:08 EST Spring-summer 500g/month weightloss challenge starting weight <BR> 172.4 kg Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:14:04 EST Back again..2017 version Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I have come back after a few years off..constantly seem to be struggling with my weight <em>46</em> <em>46</em> I have between 6 and 10 kgs to loose depending on the day I weigh myself..which is my problem I weight constantly.. I live in Toowoomba work shift work at a mine and can be very lazy especially at work ..easy job .. I go to the gym regularly and walk the dog I get my 10000 steps most days .. my biggest problem is my eatting I can get well for several da... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:32:11 EST September to December Chat 2017 Has anyone had any luck or experience applying for disabled services in Australia? <BR> <BR> Cheers Richard Fri, 1 Sep 2017 22:35:09 EST Hello team. Hello team I am from Ballarat, Victoria. <BR> <BR> 3 years ago I lost my husband and the children thought I would be better off up here than in Gippsland (in the east of Victoria) as my youngest son lives up here. <BR> <BR> I am 76 years old and have MS and I am in a wheelchair 24/7. <BR> <BR> In my working life I was a midwife and specialised in the babies.. <BR> <BR> I have 3 grown up children, a girl and 2 boys. Because I am now a widow I have had to learn how to live alone and th... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:46:32 EST Balance Hi Everyone <BR> Quite uneven at the moment. Look forward to saying "I'm Balanced." <BR> I hear, this is the place to be, so ready to get started! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:14:50 EST July 2017 Chat line Cheers everyone <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 00:12:38 EST June 2017 Chat We have had very cold nights in Melbourne and our first snow of the season in the mountains. <BR> <BR> At least I dont live in Canberra where it is even colder <BR> <BR> Cheers Richard Fri, 9 Jun 2017 23:16:10 EST Autumn thru Winter 500g/week Weightloss Challenge starting weight for me 167 kg Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:29:18 EST May Chat Thats a shame about your pots. <BR> The toad may rid your garden of other creepy-crawlies Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:21:59 EST March 2017 Chat , starts now. For all members to post. <BR> I have to wait til next week to see how I am ranking in my footy tipping comps <BR> Cheers Richard Sat, 4 Mar 2017 20:10:00 EST Biggest loser 33 Hi just putting it out there if anyone is interested in joining bl33 registration is open. Great way to stay more committed to your weight loss journey or you can even join if your in maintenance <BR> <BR> 11:18 PM 12/12/2016 Just wanted to let you all know that BLC33 Registration is now open to NEWBIES and FORMER BLCers. If you have friends that would be interested, let them know. <BR> <BR> The best way to receive notification of each BLC round is to join the Mailing List Team. So please ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:58:04 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Summer challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. <em>229</em> to the Summer challenge. This challenge will take us over Christmas <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> and the New Year. <em>236</em> <em>283</em> . Hopefully this challenge will help us stay on track over the Festive season. Make sure that you continue to drink plenty of water, it can make a bit difference to how you feel and your weight loss. <em>91</em> ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:07:12 EST Would Anyone Be Interested In Being A Buddy? Hey guys! Been a sparkie for a long time now and I have come to realise that I may need more than just logging to get motivated and stay accountable. I am hoping someone here would be interested in buddying up with me to get a little more serious about losing weight and getting healthy. I am happy with any age, gender etc I am happy to email or use SP mail. I also have a lot of weight to lose so looking for someone for long term. Best of luck everyone on your weight loss journeys! <BR> Ca... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:37:47 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Spring Challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> My apologies for being late very with this challenge, life has been getting in the way of my Sparking. <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. <em>235</em> to the Spring challenge. <em>125</em> Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and do more exercise. <em>126</em> <em>311</em> As the weather warms up, make sure that you continue to drink plenty of water, it can make a bit difference to how... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:09:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:42:50 EST Hello Hi Team Down Under <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople but love the concept. I have 30 kilos to lose. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:59:20 EST June 2016 Challenges My goals. <BR> I have been successful for a long while in having at least 2 meat-free days each week. <BR> I would now like to try for 3 days meat-free and introduce more beans and lentils into my diet <BR> <BR> in addition, will continue to use the Spark trackers for nutrition, exercise, mood, stress, sleep etc. <BR> Tue, 31 May 2016 20:43:22 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Autumn into Winter Challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> My apologies for being late with this challenge. <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. <em>235</em> to the autumn in to winter challenge. <em>465</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>444</em> Not sure about you but I definitely need to get back on track. As the weather cools down, make sure that you continue to drink plenty of water, it can make a bit difference to how you feel and your weight ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:17 EST Anzac bickies An elderly man lay dying in his bed. While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite Anzac bickies wafting up the stairs. <BR> He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. <BR> <BR> Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even <BR> greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs. <BR> <BR> With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:16:42 EST Sbs what diet is right for you tv series Hi <BR> Did anyone watch sbs last night and last week what diet is right for you? It is a enlightening to see how your body works against you. I would be in the emotional eater group. Very interesting to see how sleep deprivation affected their shopping. <BR> Here is the link <BR><BR>114179533/whats-the-right-diet-for-you <BR> If anyone is interested and missed it. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:21:32 EST Queensland University. A young jackaroo from outback goes off to, Queensland university <BR> but halfway through the semester he has squandered all of his money. <BR> He calls home. <BR> 'Dad,' he says, 'you won't believe what modern education is developing... <BR> they actually have a program here in Brisbane that will teach our dog Ol' Blue how to talk.' <BR> <BR> 'That's amazing!' his Dad says. 'How do I get Ol' Blue in that program?' <BR> <BR> 'Just send him down here with $2,000,' the young jack... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:22:59 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Summer into Autumn Challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> My apologies for being late with this challenge. <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. Welcome to the Summer into Autumn challenge. <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>460</em> Not sure about you but I definitely need to get back on track. This challenge will include Easter, we will need to be strong to resist the chocolate. <em>449</em> As the weather cools down, make sure that you continue to drink ple... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:39:43 EST 500,000 Team Exercise Minutes for 2016 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to you all. We did an outstanding amount of minutes in the 2015 challenge. A huge total of 363,385minutes. <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> So we are going to keep aiming high so we can achieve our goals in 2016. We are going to have to push ourselves a little harder to make this challenge but I know we can do this. <BR> <BR> To be able to reach this target I hope we get more members motivated enough to join in with these... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:51:00 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Summer Challenge 2015/2016 Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> My apologies for being late with this challenge. <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. Welcome to the Summer challenge. <em>67</em> This challenge will take us over Christmas and New Year and hopefully help us to be more accountable and keep us on track over the crazy season. <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>460</em> Make sure that you continue to drink plenty of water, it can make a bit difference... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:54:00 EST I'm back Hi everybody, I lost 16kg about four years ago after putting on weight from having kids and being a SAHM. But got back up to 100kg recently after some stressful events. Recently got back into regular exercise and binge-control, so feeling pleased with myself. Would love some more Spark Friends Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:46:33 EST The Cruel Calling of Coffee! I saw this today and thought it was interesting! <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>el-calling-of-coffee/?utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=Wed+92315+-+Coffee&utm_c<BR>ontent=Wed+92315+-+Coffee+CID_f4c1f49b<BR>046c3b15acb420b0e3b43a48&utm_source=Em<BR>ail%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Th<BR>e%20cruel%20calling%20of%20coffee </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 01:38:14 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Spring 2015 challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. Welcome to the Spring challenge. <em>375</em> Now's the time to get outside, exercising more, drinking more water, eating right and losing weight before the heat of the summer hits us. <em>67</em> We can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge will start on 19th September <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> There is... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 01:39:01 EST Does anyone have a fitbit? Hi Team <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone has a fitbit and would like to do a work week challenge or a weekend warrior challenge (you need the fitbit app on your mobile). <BR> <BR> If yes, add me as a friend and I will invite you to the challenge. I'm doing the challenges with some of my American friends but being in different timezones it makes it difficult. At least with Australia the time differences won't be as big. Below is the link to my page. <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:14:13 EST SPRING/SUMMER THEME A-Z 2015/16 Spring tomorrow so lets say goodbye to winter and dive right in on a new bit of this and that! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:53:38 EST Please Help Me I joined Spark People last week when I realised I now weigh over 100kg... Then on Wednesday my 4 yr old was diagnosed with autism and I feel like everything is out of control. I need to get control of my health, I need to be strong for my kids... How do I start? Everything at once? One thing at a time? Please help me kick off, after any advice you can give. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:36:40 EST Newbie from mid north coast NSw Hi all, just joined not sure how all this works but all i know is i need support, motivation and advice on how to get this weight off and control my diabetes. Feel free to add me and say hi, i am shy, nervous and terrified i will fail again all at the same time. <BR> <BR> hope to talk soon <BR> <BR> Toni <em>30</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:47:03 EST Just joined now! Hey everyone I am in WA. In the South West! I would love to know if anyone else is down here. Glad to have finally taken this step. Not that I haven't lost weight before, I have. But because of all the self loathing I always did it in unhealthy ways. Time to start loving myself instead of hating myself. Nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> Bec Sat, 1 Aug 2015 01:36:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:23:27 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Winter 2015 challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. We are going to jump straight into another challenge. This challenge is going to take us through the rest of the winter <em>257</em> and into the start of spring. <em>126</em> I don't know what you're like but I always want to eat more and exercise less when its cold and I'm looking forward to some warmer weather. Hopefully this challenge will keep us on track and keep on losing wei... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:07:52 EST CSIRO diet score Intersting artilce, complete the test and see how well you are eating and post the results. I would be interested in how well we are doing. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>O-diets/CSIRO-Healthy-Diet-Score </link> Thu, 28 May 2015 07:12:14 EST Name Game Just a game but it's harder than you think! <BR> Every answer must start with the first letter of your name! <BR> <BR> Name: <BR> An animal: <BR> A boy's name: <BR> A girl's name: <BR> An occupation: <BR> A colour: <BR> Something you wear: <BR> A drink: <BR> A food: <BR> Something found in the bathroom: <BR> A place: <BR> A reason to be late: <BR> Something you shout out: Wed, 20 May 2015 22:26:56 EST 8 Tricks That Instantly Squelch Carb Cravings I found this today and thought it was interesting <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/ </link> Sat, 16 May 2015 21:46:21 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Autumn into Winter Challenge Hi Everyone <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. We are going to jump straight into another challenge. This challenge is going to take us into winter. <em>257</em> I don't know what you're like but I always want to eat more and exercise less. Hopefully this challenge will keep us on track and keep on losing weight through the winter months. We can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 May 2015 05:12:32 EST Joined Yesterday HI <BR> <BR> I'm 53 from Adelaide <BR> <BR> Found SparkPeoples yesterday and joined up, can't believe there's so much going on here, bit overwhelming. <BR> <BR> Looking to lose around 10 kilos and getting fitter so I can run after my 3 year old granddaughter without collapsing Tue, 5 May 2015 07:37:26 EST Eat a Rainbow I've been doing this challenge in another team. <BR> Post the colours of the fruit and veg you've eaten every day. <BR> See how many colours you can cover! <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> 28th April <BR> Red - tomato, strawberries <BR> Orange - carrot <BR> Yellow - sweet corn <BR> White - mushrooms <BR> Green - lettuce, cucumber <BR> Blue - blueberries <BR> Purple - cabbage Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:46:03 EST The Hidden Emoticon Game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I will start the first two. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't even be in Sparks emot... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:21:49 EST Greeting from Cairns Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Soo from Cairns. Had a wake up call last week, very close to developing diabetes. Need to do something about this weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:46:01 EST The Ghan trek We are now going to trek along side of the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin. Distance 2979 kilometres, Start fromt eh last time you posted on the old trek. <BR> <BR> Team Kms: 0 <BR> <BR> My Kms <BR> <BR> Total Kms <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link>www.outback-australia-travel-secrets<BR>.com/the-ghan.html </link> <BR> <link><BR>yrail/9729931/The-Ghan-Great-Train-Jou<BR>rneys.html </link> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:38:47 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Autumn Challenge 2015 Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> We are going to jump straight into another challenge. This challenge will take us over the Easter period <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> and hopefully will help to keep us accountable and limit our chocolate intake. <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last challenge. We did exceptionally well with several members achieving their 5% weight loss and more and everyone who completed the challenge ended up being lighter ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:39:19 EST Autumn/ Winter Theme!! A-Z Seeing as we are going into Autumn on Sunday I thought I would stir up an Autumn winter theme to replace the Spring/ Summer. So jump in and join us!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:54:56 EST Motivational Quotes - What inspires you? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to find out if there are any quotes that you turn to when you need some inspiration/motivation? I have mornings that are really hard, especially if I'm getting up early for a work out - and I like to think about this quote: <BR> <BR> If I quit now, I'll soon be back where I started. And when I started, I so desperately wanted to be where I am now. <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:08:16 EST Check out this article from Sparks. To all the members that are struggling, read this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=532&utm_source=spa<BR>rkpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign<BR>=best-of-sparkpeople </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:50:42 EST weight loss buddy I started trying to change my eating habits on January 1st and so far not going too well :( I have always wanted to try having a weight loss buddy.. I think support would be good for me (and someone else) but weight/food is not a topic I like to discuss with my friends. I am hoping to find someone in Australia somewhere with similar goals - to completely change eating habits and lose around 20 kg - who could talk on the phone daily and text especially in the beginning to motivate each other. ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:09:02 EST Greetings to you all I joined last night. Looking forward to getting healthier as I will turn 60 in a few weeks. I just got my new toy a Fitbit tracker which has motivated me to keep track of what I eat and how much exercise I do each day. <BR> Wendy. <BR> Ps I think I put this in the wrong place. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 01:40:55 EST Wow Hi new to spark , just happened to fall on to this site and it looks awesome. <BR> Looking forward to being a regular Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:50:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:10:04 EST 600,000 Team Exercise Minutes for 2015 Hi team, we did an outstanding amount of minutes in the 2014 challenge. A huge total of 526,567 minutes. <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> So we are going to keep aiming high so we can achieve our goals in 2015. We are going to have to push ourselves a little harder to make this challenge but I know we can do this. <BR> <BR> To be able to reach this target I hope we get more members motivated enough to join in with these challenges. These do help with motivation... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:48:37 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% New Year challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Happy New Year <em>283</em> <em>107</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the challenges in 2014. Its a New Year, lets get back on track and back to losing weight. We can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. Challenge will start on 3rd January. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a problem for you and is going to stop you from joining in the challenge,... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:07:32 EST 12 days of Christmas challenge Hi Team <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in on the November challenge. I will run another choose your own style challenge in February. This challenge is about healthy habits that will help to keep us accountable and on track over the Christmas and New Year period. The idea of the challenge is to carry on with the previous good habit for example on day 7, you will start using the nutrition tracker and drink your water. Hopefully we can start some streaks. <BR> <BR> Chal... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:27:02 EST New here Hi everyone. <BR> I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and I'm 52 years old. I am usually fairly active as I have osteoarthritis in lower back, but my left foot is currently in a boot as I broke a bone a few weeks ago and I am unable to exercise for another couple of weeks at least. I have been reading articles here for a while and feel it is a good opportunity to help me manage my eating especially with all the Christmas festivities at the moment. <BR> Looking forward to meeting you.... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:48:33 EST No chocolate for 1 week challenge Easy challenge for this week is to eat no chocolate. This includes chocolate bars, chocolate covered biscuits, raisins etc. If you do not eat chocolate then you have already achieved this challenge. Come back daily and post the <em>248</em> emoticon. Challenge runs from Sunday 2nd November until Saturday 8th November. <em>381</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:59:22 EST Newbie from Penrith NSW here! <em>524</em> Have been following SP on FB and then jumped on the laptop to check out the site properly. Still finding my way around. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 20kgs by January which is my SP goal. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:48:34 EST Supplements For those of you who are checking taking your supplements each day ... How do you know or how did you decide what to take? <BR> <BR> I tried a naturopath but she suggested so many different things that I ended up overwhelmed and couldn't afford all the ones suggested either <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:47:00 EST returning Hi, <BR> I rejoined SP after having a lot happening offline in the last year plus ... Crazy doesn't begin covering it. Glad to be here and also to join in this team. Very nice having other Australians around!!! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:34:31 EST 30 day, Choose your own, November Challenge Hi Team <BR> <BR> As promised, here is the challenge for November. This is how it works. <BR> <BR> 1. Choose something you want to work on, for example it could be, drinking more water, doing 10 minutes or more of exercise per day, going without chocolate, biscuits, lollies or strength training. It is your choice. <BR> <BR> 2. Come back regularly and let us know how you're doing, It can be an emoticon or words. Copy and paste the template below and then simply just edit your origina... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:34:50 EST For better memory, eat chocolate! Really, recent research indicates eating chocolate can improve memory as we age! (As if we needed a reason to eat chocolate!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-remember-chocolate-is-shown-to-aid<BR>-memory.html </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:47:14 EST No biscuits for 1 week challenge Easy challenge for this week is to eat no biscuits. If you don't eat biscuits then you have already achieved this challenge. Each day just come back and post the <em>248</em> Emoticon. Challenge runs from Sunday 26th until Saturday 1st. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:35:29 EST Try and eat the Rainbow The easy challenge for this week is to include as many different coloured fruits and vegetables into your daily diet this week. The challenge will run from Sunday 19th October until Saturday 25th October. Here are just a few examples for ideas. <BR> <BR> Red - apples, watermelon, capsicum <BR> Orange - pumpkin, carrots, oranges, rockmelon, sweet potato, capsicum <BR> Yellow - sweetcorn, squash, grapefruit <BR> Green - apples, lettuce, cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, broccoli, pe... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:09:38 EST 9 weeks to Lose 5% Ready for Summer and Christmas Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> to everyone who lost weight during the last challenge. <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge. Let's get ourselves ready for the summer. This challenge will take us to just before Christmas. Where has the year gone! We can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. <B... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:43:24 EST Minimum 10 minutes of exercise per day Our easy challenge for this week is to exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. The challenge runs from Sunday 12th October until Saturday 18th October. When you have completed the challenge just come back and post the <em>248</em> emoticon. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:18:09 EST No cool drink replace with water This week's challenge starting Sunday 5th October until Saturday 11th October is to replace one glass of lemonade, coke etc with a glass of water. When you have completed just post the <em>248</em> emoticon. Easy <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> If already you don't drink soft drinks then you have met your goal for this challenge. If you wish you can use this challenge to help drink your 8 glasses of water per day <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Check out this article on the hidden sugar in cool d... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:46:43 EST Eat fruit and veg 28/9 - 4/10 For five or six weeks I will be giving a weekly challenge. Challenges will run from Sunday to Saturday. This week is for us to eat our 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit daily. Check out the link below, it gives us an idea of portion sizes. <BR> <BR> All you need to do when you have completed this each day is come back and post the <em>248</em> emoticon. <BR> <BR> Easy! We can do it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=177 </link> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:19:05 EST Spring/summer Theme same as the winter theme. <BR> <BR> A is for absolutely beautiful weather. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:34:15 EST Hi everyone hello team! <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I currently live in Brisbane. I used this site about 10years ago and was really successful, so I'm back. Unfortunately I did fall off the wagon and let work and life get in the way. Now I'm over feeling less than my best so trying to get my mojo back. Who wants to go into another summer feeling overweight and uncomfortable! Not me. I have about 26-30kg to lose, so just need to start taking some steps in the right direction <BR> <BR> Look forw... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:05:38 EST Waist to Hip Ratio Find out if you're an apple, pear or avocado shape. It's really interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </link> <BR> Then check out your results <BR> <BR> I'm an avocado <BR> <BR> Result: 0.81 to 0.85 <BR> Estimated Health Risk: Moderate <BR> Estimated Body Shape: Avocado <BR> <BR> Estimate your health risk is here <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=776 </link> <BR> <BR> Come back and post wha... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:10:10 EST Need lots of friends &#128513; Hi buddies I would love to gain new friends to support one another. I'm starting my journey hoping to lose at least 50kgs so you can only imagine how much support is appreciated and ofcourse I will do what I must to support you all &#128522; feel free to visit my spark page as well &#128522;&#10084;&#65039; Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:17:27 EST How does updating team goals work Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and was wondering how the team gols get updated. I was watching mine for a few days and nothing seemed to happen on them. They didnt seem to increase even though I was adding time to my trackers. <BR> <BR> Today I clicked on the "+" in the goal entry and added the total I did today into the entry and it seems to have added it. <BR> <BR> Do I need to manually add each entry to the team goals ? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:19:29 EST New Member Hi all, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople almost a week ago now. Stumbled on it with google while looking to see what was availabe and this site looked to be the best. <BR> <BR> I'm 53 male, and 105Kg at 185cm. Goal is to lose 10Kg by Feb (hopefully not too ambitious). <BR> <BR> Located in the northen suburbs of Perth. <BR> <BR> Having a rest day today, but its hard not to do anything. <BR> <BR> Andrew Mon, 1 Sep 2014 05:34:38 EST Hello everyone Hi. My name is Margaret - my Username is Rissole8 actually because of the saying "see you around like a rissole" - and I hope to see a lot of everyone from now on. I do have a problem, however. I'm in a wheelchair. Are there any exercises designed for wheelchair users that I can do which will help ? Actually, being in a wheelchair is precisely the reason I am joining because I have to be sedentary all the time. I really need to bring my weight down but just don't know where to start. Does Sp... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:52:10 EST Steptember <BR> <BR> I only learnt about this challenge yesterday but I'm considering giving it a go. The challenge is to do 10,000 steps a day for 28 days. What better way to promote healthy living if you also get to raise money for Cerebral Palsy at the same time? Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:38:59 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Winter into Spring challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> to everyone who lost weight during the last challenge. <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge. Shedding off any extra kilos we might have gained over winter getting ourselves ready for the warmer weather in Spring. We can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. <BR> ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:47:22 EST Photogenic Hi, I'm Avril and I'm from Perth W.A. In 12 weeks, it'll be my brothers wedding. Even though I'll be behind the camera taking the photos, I want to look good in front of the camera!!! Today is day 1 of my new healthy lifestyle. I'm hoping to lose 6 kilos by the wedding, but then another 6 kilos by my 34th birthday in April! Wish me luck peeps <em>30</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:58:01 EST Steps and Calories Burned for August .. I am hoping we have more Sparkies joining this months challenge .. <BR> Thank you to all that did participate and hope you will join me again this month .. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------- Steps ------------Calories Burned <BR> 01-08-14----- 8,544------------1,585 <BR> 02-08-14----15,254------------1,158 <BR> 03-08-14----13,248------------1,144 <BR> 04-08-14----12,264------------1,076 <BR> 05-08-14----17,328------------1,629 <BR> 06-08-14----10,428----------... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:15:42 EST What inspires you to,exercise ? Something new to think about ... What inspires you to exercise ... <BR> For me, it's to keep me moving .. If I sit to long my joints lock up .. <em>521</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:40:48 EST Hi... new and shy and worried =( hey guys, <BR> <BR> Just joined two or so days back. Initially I was posting alot and involving myself but no one was talking...i felt worried and left out but ive managed to find a few friends overseas. Would love to meet new weight loss buddies from Aus too and hope that I will be able to support you in your journeys too =) Please do say hi ^_^ Thanks! Wish you all the very best!! <BR> <BR> I did an intro in the intro sticky but basically im 26 from NSW and want to lose 20kg by the end of... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:18:09 EST Favourite Foods Tell us what foods you like best .. Be honest .. <em>334</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:22:28 EST Steps and Calories Burned for July . Thank you to all that took last months challenge .. I hope it helps to make you aware of what Exercise you need to do and also learning how many Calories you are burning .. <BR> I will repeat this challenge for another month .. Hopefully this will help you to get in the habit of tracking .. <BR> <BR> -------------------- Steps --------------- Calories Burned <BR> <BR> 01-07-14---- <BR> 02-07-14---- <BR> 03-07-14---- <BR> 04-07-14---- <BR> 05-07-14---- <BR> 06-07-14---- <BR> 0... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:45:14 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Winter Challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> to everyone who lost weight during the last challenge. <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge. I know losing weight over winter is often harder, but we can do it because we are special, we are unique and we are so worth the effort. <BR> <BR> There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a proble... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:56:03 EST Step and Calories Burned for June We need to track .. <BR> This month we will be tracking Steps and Calories Burned .. <BR> <BR> -----------------------Steps ---------------Calories Burned. <BR> 01-06-14 <BR> 02-06-14 <BR> 03-06-14 <BR> 04-06-14 <BR> 05-06-14 <BR> 06-06-14 <BR> 07-06-14 <BR> 08-06-14 <BR> 09-06-14 <BR> 10-06-14 <BR> 11-06-14 <BR> 12-06-14 <BR> 13-06-14 <BR> 14-06-24 <BR> 15-06-14 <BR> 16-06-14 <BR> 17-06-14 <BR> ... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:00:21 EST Dealing with stress? I'm at a very stressful time in my life and finding it very hard to stick with my program. I have some amazing support from my partner but with the rest of my life breaking apart i find it hard to deal with life stress and failure feeling from not keeping to my program. I would normally just change or remove the stress, but sadly it's something i can't control and have to roll with. It has shattered my self esteem and self worth. Any advice on how to manage the stress? Thu, 15 May 2014 19:07:17 EST Hello everyone Hi I have just signed up today I am still trying to work out how to use this site. My goal weight is 60kg but I am currently 81kg which means I have 21kg to lose but right now I would be happy to lose a kg at the moment anything is better then nothing . I would like to hear some success stories on everyone else and I will keep you all updated with my progress <BR> Cheers... Sun, 4 May 2014 05:54:56 EST all things Australian A-Z hi, new game but a little bit different. This one will be as the heading says all things Australian, <BR> <BR> Can be places, people past and present, famous or not famous, place you have been or would like to see, things in the past. BUT you need to have an explanation. Anything Australian. Make it fun. <BR> <BR> Few examples, Coffin Bay Oysters, the big banana, cow, orange, crayfish, City of Churches is Adelaide. Australia Rules football, tourist attractions.adds, whatever. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:47:01 EST LAST LETTER FOOD WORD GAME! another game to play <BR> <BR> All you have to do is this: <BR> <BR> I will start off by listing a food, and all you have to do is take the LAST letter of the food listed and REPLY with a new food starting with that letter and so on . <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE: <BR> <BR> Listed food: <BR> <BR> Chicken <BR> <BR> REPLY FOOD: <BR> <BR> noodles <BR> <BR> first word is <BR> <BR> strawberries. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:20:45 EST A-Z of States and Territory throughout the world. Albania. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:40:07 EST Opposites A - Z new game using opposite words only worry about the first word using the alphabet. <BR> <BR> above/below <BR> <BR> second word starts with b <BR> <BR> and so on. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:28:52 EST REPLACE A LETTER (but do not rearrange letters) Simply replace ONE LETTER to make a new word, such as name - same, rose - rise.'s the first one: <BR> <BR> band <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:23:08 EST winter theme as it is nearly winter I thought we could play a new game <BR> <BR> Describe ONE word when you think of Winter Season... <BR> We will begin with the Letter A then go to B and so on and on... using the Letters of the Alphabet... <BR> <BR> I will start out the game.... <BR> <BR> A = August <BR> The next person will do B = and so on and so on~ <BR> <BR> Play and ENJOY Have some FUN!! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:13:05 EST Changes to our Sparks team page. There are some changes coming to the team page that you may want to look at!... it's happening next week... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>featur </link> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:53:07 EST Hi from Rainbow......I'm working my way to the pot Hi, I'm Ali and a little under 12 months ago I started on a program to lose at least 5kg by the time I turned 50 in Feb 14'. <BR> Well I did manage to lose 6kg by that time and it took me about 4 months. However, I put it all back on in 3 months. Shattered would be the understatement. Now that I am menopausal it's soooo much harder to lose it. I'm also nearly finished my personal trainer course and certainly don't feel like a very good role model. <BR> Anyway, the only way is to get out ther... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:54:32 EST Something very very tasty from Aldi.... I picked up a carton of "spicy pumpkin dip - mediterranean style" the other day, not knowing what to expect. Turned out to be an incredibly delicious pumpkin hummous with a really good spicy bite. Excellent with rice crackers - it's gluten free. If you like hummous, you would really like this too! Aldis. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 02:50:31 EST Step Count for May 2014. We need to keep moving! .. <BR> This is a place to record your steps each day .. <BR> You may use a journal and post when ever you can ...I know it is sometimes hard to post each day. <BR> This challenge will run for one month starting the 1st May. <BR> <BR> 01-5-14= <BR> 02-5-14= <BR> 03-5-14= <BR> 04-5-14= <BR> 05-5-14= <BR> 06-5-14= <BR> 07-5-14= <BR> 08-5-14= <BR> 09-5-14= <BR> 10-5-14= <BR> 11-5-14= <BR> 12-5-14= <BR> 13-5-14= <BR> 14-5-14= <BR> 15-5-14= <BR> 16-5-14= <BR> 17-5-14= <B... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:59:48 EST Have you used your Journal today? We need to keep a Journal! <BR> Each and every day write your achievements into your journal .. Then if you are busy,or forget to enter your days achievements into the Spark challenges you can always catch up at a later date ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:39:34 EST A Huge THANK YOU!!! I just wanted to say how glad I am I joined this group! Each and every one of you are fabulous, supportive women and I appreciate you all so much! :) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:03:16 EST Have you taken your healthy supplements today Do you take any healthy supplements, What healthy supplements do you take? <BR> <BR> <BR> I saw this on the Daily Edition the other day. A very one-sided item. What do you think? I for one am very disgusted when I listened to it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ition/video/watch/22531749/do-natural-<BR>remedies-work/ </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:14:36 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% ready for Winter Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> to everyone who lost weight during the last challenge. <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge, getting us ready for the winter although Autumn hasn't arrived in WA yet. We are still getting temperatures in the low 30's and no rain. <BR> <BR> There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a probl... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:19:15 EST Please count the steps you do! Hi Sparkies! . <BR> Starting a step challenge for one week starting Sunday 13th April. <BR> I am hoping most of you have a pedometer off some kind . <BR> Put it on first thing in the morning .. Take it off at the end of your day and read the amount of steps you have done during this period .. <BR> You will be surprised at the amount of steps you have actually done .. <em>311</em> . <BR> Even if you don't do,or can't do much exercise, it's amazing how much you do do ! <BR> <BR> 13-04-14= ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:40:47 EST World Rivers A-Z Amazon Sth America Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:21:15 EST Short Sugar Challenge .. Would you like to do a short sugar challenge? <BR> <BR> I challenge you to do without Sugar for 7 days .. <BR> We will start tomorrow 1st April through to and including the 7th April .. <BR> <BR> 01-04.14= yes! <BR> 02-04-14=yes! <BR> 03-04-14=yes! <BR> 04-04-14=yes! <BR> 05-04-14=yes! <BR> 06-04-14=yes! <BR> 07-04-14=yes! <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:48:25 EST THANK YOU FOR CREATING THIS SERVICE! COOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEE! <BR> <BR> OCT 2013: 124KG <BR> NOV 2013: 119KG <BR> FEB 2014: 113KG <BR> <BR> I AM 46. <BR> LIVE IN QUEENSLAND <BR> GLAD TO FIND THIS SITE. GREAT SONG.. COVERS HOW I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW.. <BR> MIDNIGHT HOUR SHE CRIED MORE MORE MORE...... <BR> OH YEAH THIS SITE, HAS EXACTLY WHAT I HAD BEEN DESIGNING IN SPREADSHEET <BR> THANKS........ <BR> NOW I CAN HAVE A LIGHTER LOAD ON THE BRAIN STEM.. <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT MONTH.. <BR> WIN <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:06:25 EST Step challenge for March another challenge of steps, same deal, you improve your steps each week. <BR> <em>315</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>57</em> <em>363</em> <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>206</em> <em>350</em> <em>352</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1st March Saturday <BR> 2nd March <BR> 3rd March <BR> 4th March <BR> 5th March <BR> 6th March <BR> 7th March <BR> <BR> Total Steps <BR> <BR> 8th March <BR> 9th March <BR> 10th ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:55:28 EST Hi All Hi All <BR> <BR> Just joined on Friday so still finding my way around SP. I live in Sydney and a full time student. Off to a positive start even went walking in the rain today! Tracking my meals is a good way to make me stick with the program. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:50:42 EST Getting it together in 2014! Hi Sparkies Down Under, <BR> <BR> My name is Ruth, and I have just got on board properly after a false start in November! I have also just come off a horrible phase of listening to every weight loss, health and diet program. I am already grateful to have found SparkPeople and am putting the responsibility of what goes in, back into my own hands. <BR> <BR> I currently live on the Mid North Coast of NSW as of November, but am originally from Southern NSW (the humidity is giving me a beatin... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:41:41 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Summer into Autumn Challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> to everyone who lost weight during the challenge. <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge and I thought it would be good to do another lose 5% in 9 weeks challenge. This challenge finishes a week before Easter. <BR> <BR> There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a problem for you and is go... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 20:07:20 EST Hello everyone HI everyone, Im Julz...I am 45 years old and I would just LOVE to lose the extra weight I am carrying (around 20 kgs). I would like to lose some of this before I go on an overseas trip in April this year if I can! <BR> <BR> I live in Brisbane, work full time, travel a fair bit for work, and ride a motorbike on weekends just for fun! I have two adults sons, a gorgeous Staffy who loves a walk/jog, and I also have the best boyfriend in the world who is supportive of anything and everything! So... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:52:37 EST Non Specific Victories NSVs These are some of my first NSVs <BR> <BR> Get in and out of my car more easily. <BR> <BR> Cut my toenails easily (believe me that was a major one) <BR> <BR> There was talk of shoulder and knee reconstructions when I started with SP. I don't have problems with either now. <BR> <BR> We had a caravan when I started with SP and I had trouble with 2 steps to get in and out. Now we have an RV with 4 steps and I have no problems. <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> And the big PLUS is the Spark Friends ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:09:06 EST Facing up I've just realised that i'm one of those people that tend to brush things aside and pretend that everything is ok. Like when i eat what i shouldn't .....I just start again the next day. I told myself yesterday to get back on the wagon, and i did. I just fell off again today. Usually i would not fill in the day's food intake and just start again on a day when it will look better. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say that i just entered all my food intake for the day. It was hard to face up to the fact... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:04:53 EST Introducing - ta da! ladytigress62 from down under Not sure if this is how to post on here but just wanted to say greetings from down under! So far, what I have found on this website has been fantastic in terms of logging food consumed and suggestions for core strengthening (my biggest issue)., Please drop by and say hello - -my username is ladytigress62 and I am hoping this time around I lose the weight and maintain its loss for more than a year. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:56:09 EST Hello to a Healthy 2014 Hi, I live in Brisbane. Last year I suffered from some serious migraines and a back accident which left me off work for a few months. Needless to say I do not want the same to happen again! I have decided that something needs to be done. I am unsure exactly how much I want to lose but probably around 40 pounds. Just want to feel healthier and more energised. Would also be good if I could stop my chocolate addiction!! Hope this helps. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:19:32 EST World Islands A-Z Hi Everyone, <BR> The brain needs exercising just like the body. So come on have a go!! The idea is to think of Islands in the world, doesn't matter how big or how small, and reply. The only rule is they need to be in alphabetical order. How hard is that! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Nola Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:47:34 EST Accountability Partner Down Under Anyone looking for a person or persons for one on one motivation, support and accountability within Australia? Introduce yourself and let's connect <em>676</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:31:55 EST Angry, sad and a little bit jealous..... Every year it's the same for me. I decide yes this is the year! i can do it, i plan, i start then i slowly go back to bad habits, i injury myself or something happens in my life and i don't stay on the wagon. I give advice and help other people lose weight but it seems like i have no stay power when it comes to diet and exercise :( <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyways i should introduce myself. I'm michele, mum to three beautiful children, soon to be foster aunt to three more on the 2oth. I live in Cab... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:46:19 EST Hi there Just joined the forum. Need to get fit looking forward to being inspired by others Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:25:32 EST STRENGTH TRAINING 2014: Month by month January: Get Informed, Convinced, and Strong <BR> <BR> These two articles give us an idea of the importance of ST and the basic information about its benefits and basics. <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=364 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1033 </link> <BR> <BR> January Challenge: Start Small and aim for consistency. <BR> <BR> 1. Plan to ST at least 2 days a week. <BR> 2. Plan a simple workout. If yo... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:00:42 EST Trek around Australia. 2014 We have been doing a fantastic job of our trek around Australia. I am starting this off again on the 1st Jan 2014 from where we are on our trek. We are nearly at Mt Isa after starting in Adelaide back on the 28th Feb 2013. <BR> <BR> Again I invite people to join in this challenge to help us achieve the goals of this challenge, you will need a pedometer or some other way of tracking. <BR> <BR> I was asked at the start of the trek if can count laps in the pool, yes if you know how long the ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:57:58 EST commitment to burn calories for 4 weeks This challenge is to commit to burn so many calories per day. We need to burn at least 3500 calories per week to lose 500grams of weight, this does equal 500 calories per day. <BR> <BR> I am going to commit to burn ----- calories ber day. <BR> <BR> <BR> week one <BR> 1st Jan 2014 <BR> 2nd Jan 2014 <BR> 3rd Jan 2014 <BR> 4th Jan 2014 <BR> 5th Jan 2014 <BR> 6th Jan 2014 <BR> 7th Jan 2014 <BR> <BR> total calories burnt for week ....... <BR> <BR> <BR> week two <BR> 8th Jan 2014 <BR> 9th ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:41:54 EST 750,000 fitness minute challenge for 2014 HI Guys and Gals, we did an outstanding amount of minutes in the 2013 challenge. So I am going to keep aiming high so we can achieve our goals in 2014. We are going to have to push ourselves a little harder to make this challenge but I know we can do this. <BR> <BR> To be able to reach this target I hope we get more members motivated enough to join in with these challenges. These do help with motivation and you gain support and encouragement along the way. <BR> <BR> This will work the sa... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:32:37 EST a five week step challenge 2014 <em>57</em> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> <em>231</em> <em>324</em> <em>182</em> <em>522</em> <em>366</em> <em>365</em> <em>364</em> <em>363</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> this challenge is a step challenge. There are a few ways you can do this challenge <BR> 1. is all steps achieved in the day using a pedometer <BR> 2. Chair Marching (if you do not know what this is, type it into the Net and you should find a page showing you how to do this) <BR>... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:22:51 EST From canberra and trying again Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Carrie and I was here for years under another name. <BR> <BR> Trying again. <BR> <BR> Anyone else from the Berra? <BR> <BR> C Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:11:52 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Summer Challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> to everyone who lost weight during the challenge. <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight into another challenge and I thought it would be good to do another lose 5% in 9 weeks challenge. This challenge will take us over the Christmas <em>446</em> and New Year <em>411</em> period so its going to be tough, but we can ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 04:06:33 EST Hi There Hi, I found this website a few days ago and I am really hoping it gives me the kick up the backside I need... <BR> <BR> Anyway a little about me I guess... I am on the NSW coast, and have decided that at 26 it is definitely time to correct past mistakes and create the future I have always dreamed of. I am on a mission, I guess you could say... My goal weight is 60-65kg, so I have round 20kg to lose. I know it's possible I just have to do it! But that is just one thing to fix in my life... ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:14:30 EST Hi there Hi my name is Sheryl and I am living in Queensland. I am new to Spark People, but not new to the world of dieting and loosing weight. I however are new to the world of the weight coming off and staying off which is making me pretty happy I must say. I have lost 25kg since April 1 this year and although it has been hard work, I am loving the challenges etc. <BR> I have been using My fitness pal to log my food and exercise but someone last night suggested Spark People so here I am. <BR> Woul... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:39:40 EST First Day victory Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and it's my first day as a Sparky! The only bad point for today is that I've got a nasty virus and the Dr has put me on antibiotics. However, even though I have felt terrible all day I have stuck to my diet and I've completed the day with a few calories to spare hooray!!! So hopefully tomorrow will be another step closer to me starting my exercise. Thanks for reading Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:21:51 EST Calorie Challenge for November Susie has no Internet service until next week so she has asked me to do this for her. Susie has shifted into her daughter's granny flat with Colin and is very tired at the moment. Please send positive vibes and thoughts to her in her time of need. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories---------------- Steps (The first one I have carried it into the following week) <BR> <BR> 01-11-13 <BR> 02-11-13 <BR> <BR> 03-11-13 <BR> 04-11-13 <BR> 05-11-13 <BR>... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:19 EST Hi from Australia! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> New here and not quite sure where to start so thought I would say hi. Diet tips are more what I am looking for as I am getting stronger through my work outs but I don't think I am giving my body the right nutrients to fuel it correctly. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to another step forward on this lifestyle change :) <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Vixxtaa Sun, 20 Oct 2013 06:07:47 EST New to sparkpeople Hi my name is Lana, I've been on sparkpeople for 2 weeks tomorrow and I'm really enjoying all the free information and fantastic trackers, I can't believe it has taken me this long to discover it. Thank you to all that have come before me and made sparkpeople what it is today. I am enjoying a steady loss of weight and have another 25kgs to lose. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:01:48 EST Nancy Looking for a partner to help me loose 11kg Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:21:36 EST Calorie Challenge with a twist for October .. This month we are going to track Water well as our Calories. <BR> Water is essential to life and well being .. <BR> We need to drink at least 8 full glasses of water each and every day .. <BR> Please record your daily total of Water here with your Calories . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range -----1000-1500. My Glasses of Water. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 01-10-13 ---- <BR> 02-10-... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 01:44:27 EST 9 weeks to lose 5% Spring I managed to lose 2.7kg in the last 9-week 5% challenge, so I am up for it again. Monday is my weigh-in day. I like to pretend it keeps me on track over the weekends, ha! <BR> Result for week 9 of previous challenge, 14sep 84.3kg <BR> <BR> 16Sep - 84.2 (start point) x 5% = 4.21kg to lose <BR> 23Sep - 83.1 <BR> 30Sep - 83.3 <BR> 07Oct - 83.5 <BR> 14Oct - 86.1 - it was a fabulous cruise, sigh <BR> 21Oct - 83.4 <BR> 28Oct - 82.3 <BR> 04Nov - 83.1 <BR> 11Nov - 82.6 <BR> 18Nov - <BR> 25Nov - <B... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:50:09 EST Wake up call Hi All, my name is Anthony (Anth for short), I'm 33 and from Melbourne. <BR> <BR> A work place health assessment was a massive wake up call for me. I knew I was overweight, and whilst I had not 'weighed in' for a number of months, I assumed that my frame was still hovering around the 90kg, which it had been at for a number of years. <BR> <BR> So when I jumped on to the scales, I was mortified to see them stop at 99.2kg - and it brought me thudding back down to earth. That's 200g to 100kg! <... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:07:01 EST Calorie Challenge with a twist for September. Calorie Challenge with a Twist for September. <BR> <BR> It is Spring Time in the Southern Hemisphere and we are experiencing warmer Days and longer Evenings. <BR> This is a good time to walk. <BR> This month we are going to track our Steps, Sodium, Sunshine, Potassium,and Folate, as well as our Calories. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range <BR> <BR> <BR> Cal... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:04:53 EST DESPERATELY SEEKING SUPPORT & MOTIVATION! Hi, I am new to spark people, I am a 24 year old mum of 3 boys, I have a baby on the way but before you say Im not meant to be on here cause i am preg, I HAVE to be! I NEED help and I NEED support! <BR> My story..... <BR> I have been over weight since I had my first child, before that I was a healthy 65kg! I was 16 when I had him and over the next 2 years my weight exploded until I got to 130kg! <BR> By the time I was 20 I was exercising like crazy n eating healthy, I weighed only 86kg! then ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:40:51 EST Michelle Bridges 12 program Hi, am about to start the 12 week Michelle bridges (biggest loser trainer) program, who has done it and have had good results? Sun, 11 Aug 2013 03:43:53 EST I'm back Hi everyone, <BR> I am not new, I have being a member since 2009, the usual, loose a bit of weight and do it for myself, get lost along the way and then accepting the fact that I need support from a forum or group of people. I have considered weight watchers, but Spark people suit my lifestyle plus I enjoy the constant support. <BR> A bit about me, I live in north QLD in a beautiful part of the world, I am in my 50's and one day will hit the road travelling around the block. <BR> Take care e... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 03:09:16 EST Calorie Challenge with a Twist for August . Calorie Challenge with a Twist for August. <BR> <BR> The winter in the Southern Hemisphere is nearly over, and we are experiencing warmer days. <BR> We need to be outside in the Fresh Air and also Tracking our Water, our Steps, and Getting a good nights Sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> This month we are going to track our Water,Sleep,Fitness Minutes, Fresh Air, Water and Steps <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 01:05:51 EST Motivational site!! Hi was introduced to this site by a client. So much information on this page it's awesome. This year is my year to lose my weight. I can do this along with all the motivational and inspiring stories and blogs. I will learn to use sparks 100% and drop my 15kilos!! <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:08:02 EST Hello all Well where do I start - I live on the Gold Coast and working from home has made me fatter and lazier than ever. I have decided that enough is enough - no more excuses - its time to get up and stop being sooo lazy. Need all the motivation I can get. I found this site and all its great info and hoping it can help me get out of my rut I seem to have fallen into. Unfortunately woke up this morning with a major head cold but this is not going to deter me from my new goals/journey. I can spend... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:36:17 EST Nine weeks to lose 5% winter weight loss challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> to everyone who lost weight during the challenge. In fact I think everyone who joined in lost weight. <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight back into another challenge and I thought it would be good to do another lose 5% in 9 weeks challenge. <BR> <BR> There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a problem for y... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:57:59 EST Hello from Brisbane Hi there everyone I'm a 33 year old woman from Brisbane who is new to this site.I've been struggling with my weight for most of my life and I keep yo-yo dieting and I've had enough. I'd love to hear from others who have been through the same thing. Would be great to motivate each other and to hopefully for the first time have a lifestyle change instead of "failing" diets again. Thanks for allowing me to join this group. Hope you are all well. <BR> <BR> Kind regards, <BR> <BR> Jacq Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:19:51 EST What place outside Australia do you LOVE?? DH and I have been travelling around Australia for the past 5 months, and will leave in mid August. (Our visa is such that we must leave every 3 months.) <BR> <BR> We're very undecided about where to go - Pacific Islands? SE Asia? Begin with northern Asia and work our way south? <BR> <BR> So, we're open to ideas and suggestions. <BR> <BR> Where have you gone to holiday, where did you love? Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:57:15 EST Ready to try again My name is Jan. I was on SparkPeople a couple of years ago for a while but didn't stay around for some reason. I've recently put on some weight and remembered the community here was very encouraging. So I'm back and plan to stick around this time. I hope I can contribute to the community as well. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:21:52 EST G'day! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My names Emma, I'm 24 and live in South East Queensland. I'm a very new 'Sparkie' - is that the term? I happened to stumble across it through an article I found on the web and I'm so glad that I did! <BR> <BR> I was always the overweight teen and young adult, at 19 I joined Jenny Craig and lost nearly 30kg, stopping just 5kg shy of my goal weight due to beginning full time uni and not having the $$ to spend every week. However I maintained this weight for close to 2-3 yea... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:26:37 EST CHATTER BOX We are changing Chatter Box to a permanent fixture .. <BR> Sandra did a wonderful job of keeping it going so long in its previous format and we thank her very much .. <BR> So please feel free to keep chatting. <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 03:57:15 EST change of Sparkpoints From yesterday's Spark Blog: <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Our team has been hard at work on several site improvements that will roll out in the next few months. We are always looking for ways to improve your SparkPeople experience as well as make the site simpler and easier for people to use so that they can continue reaching their goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today, you may have noticed a few small changes to your SparkPoints page as well as your Start page that we think you... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 06:46:19 EST Calorie Challenge with a Twist for July. Calorie Challenge with a Twist for July. <BR> As it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, we are going to make sure we give our bodies a <BR> adequate amount of Essential Vitamins . <BR> Please check with your medical practitioner before using supplements. <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories----------------VitaminD. <BR> <BR> 01-07-13 <BR> 02-07-13 <BR> 03-07-13 <BR> 04-07-13 <BR> 05-07-13 <BR> 06-07-13 <BR> 07-07-13 <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:57:58 EST welcome Thank you all for your welcome, the videos for understanding how to get around the site are good, but I am slow at learning so I guess patience will what it is all about at the moment. I am not sure how to work out the calorie count, so this will be a challenge too. I am a carer for my husband, he has Parkinson's, so I am limited in going out . I love to sew and sometimes sit for long periods of time. So I would love to lose the weight as well as learn to cook healthy. Chook21 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:31:19 EST just started hi im julie i live in melbourne australia im 73 kg and my goal is to loose 10kg Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:17:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Jun 2013 03:38:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Jun 2013 03:18:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Jun 2013 02:29:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:47:00 EST JUNE 2013 CHATTERBOX My goodness, June already, where does the time go <BR> <BR> Well today is the 1st of June and it is <em>27</em> and I am so happy about it. I live on a country property and our water is tank water, so the rain will top our tanks up. It is the perfect rain; constant and steady. Bring it on. <BR> <BR> During the month of June we have: <BR> <BR> 5th - World Environment Day <BR> 8th - Bounty Day - Norfolk Island <BR> 10th - Queen's Birthday (except WA and Qld) <BR> 15th - Magna Carta Signed ... Fri, 31 May 2013 22:23:48 EST Calorie Challenge with a Twist for June Please Copy and Paste then add your ranges for each range <BR> <BR> Calorie Challenge with a Twist for June. <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range. <BR> <BR> ------------- Calories---------------Fruit <BR> <BR> 01-06-13 <BR> 02-06-13 <BR> 03-06-13 <BR> 04-06-13 <BR> 05-06-13 <BR> 06-06-13 <BR> 07-06-13 <BR> ---------------- Calories----------------Vegetables <BR> <BR> 08-06-13 <BR> 09-06-13 <BR> 10-06-13 <BR> 11-06-13 <BR> 12-06-13 <BR> 13-06-13 <BR> 14-06-13 <BR> ----------------- Calories-... Wed, 29 May 2013 06:19:29 EST Hello I have been away form spark for quiet a while. Looking forward to starting a fresh and getting some good advice. Sun, 26 May 2013 05:21:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 25 May 2013 19:41:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 22 May 2013 09:09:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 11 May 2013 08:03:49 EST MAY 2013 CHATTERBOX Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around much in April, my daily blogging for April took all my allocated computer time. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of a new month. I love the feeling of starting something new; it is a feeling of hope. A feeling of - what do I really want to do, want to achieve, want to see in 31 days. <BR> <BR> For me May will be the month that I work on Time - on managing my time so that I can get the things that need to be done, done AND the things... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:55:03 EST Nine weeks to lose 5% weight loss challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the last weight loss challenge. We had some fantastic losses. <em>242</em> to Susieph1 and Wunmurra who lost 5% and a extra big congratulations to Maz_of_Oz who lost a whopping 16kgs over 10%. <em>243</em> <BR> Congratulations to everyone else who lost weight during the challenge. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight back into another challenge and I thought it would be good to do another lose 5%... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:12:44 EST Armchair exercises, worth while watching seen this on A Current Affair last night. Armchair exercises for over 60's. Well worth watching. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-diet/xkpj9wn </link> <BR> <BR> Also an article from a man that has done the armchair exercises and has lost 10kgs from doing this <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dougs-armchair-guide-to-losing-weight/<BR>story-e6frf00i-1226629564587 </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:43:46 EST Foods high in Magnesium This is a link that will help you choose foods that are rich in magnesium <link> </link> <BR> You will need this as part of next months challenge is tracking magnesium Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:15:48 EST Calorie Challange with Twist for May. May's Calorie Challenge With A Twist <BR> <BR> Week 1 challenge is: Make sure you check your folate and enter it each day <BR> <BR> Calorie Range <BR> <BR> Calories ------------------------Folate <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1st of May: <BR> Thursday <BR> Friday <BR> Saturday <BR> Sunday <BR> Monday <BR> Tuesday <BR> <BR> Week 2 challenge: Make sure you drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day and enter each day. <BR> <BR> Calories------------------------Water <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8th of... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:30:49 EST Heading off to Darwin We're taking the train to Darwin, leave at noon today, arrive Tuesday evening. <BR> <BR> See you all then! <BR> <BR> And yes, I'm trying to get a few more points since I won't be online for a day or two (gasp!) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:36:49 EST ACT Area Anyone nearby? I moved here (Australia) just a few weeks ago and don't know anyone local. It would be nice to have a fit buddy in my area! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 01:04:22 EST Have you swum with saltie crocs? We head to Darwin on Sunday. DH is looking at all the exciting things to do - like going into a plexiglass box to view saltwater crocs up close and personal! Or scuba diving the shipwrecks - in the same water as the crocs! <BR> <BR> I'm not a big scaredy cat most of the time - when we saw signs for snakes on the beach, I just walked through carefully, while DH kept asking if this was a safe thing to do. <BR> <BR> But swimming with big giant mean crocodiles??? That's right up there with s... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:17:25 EST APRIL 2013 CHATTERBOX <em>469</em> Good morning everyone, I hope you have all enjoyed this time of the year <em>449</em> as I have, catching up with friends and family. For me it has also been a great four day break from work. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of a new month, <em>249</em> time to set your goals for April. What would you like to achieve over the next 30 days? Below are a couple of suggestions for challenges: <BR> <BR> Spark People calendar for April; 30 days to a Greener Lifestyle <BR> <lin... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:48:41 EST Calorie Challenge with a Twist for April. <BR> <BR> This month we are also tracking our Calories Burned, Vitamin E, Cardio,Vitamin D, Sodium. <BR> <BR> You will find a helpful article on how to get your Vitamin E in the Helpful Hints and Articles in the threads. <BR> Hope you all enjoy doing this one and above all, Have Fun!! <BR> Hugs Susie. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please Copy and Paste this template. <BR> <BR> Personal Calorie Range --- Calories Burned. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:56:15 EST Happy Easter! Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter Team!! <BR> <em>449</em> <em>451</em> <em>375</em> <em>450</em> <em>448</em> <em>452</em> <em>87</em> <em>453</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:14:39 EST Your Thoughts and Aspirations This is a thread where you can come and express your thoughts on your journey .. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:50:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:36:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:40:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:29:16 EST Movie Actors A-Z male or female Adam Sandler Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:49:51 EST movies A-Z All the President's Men Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:48:11 EST Your Thoughts ..10th - 17th March This is a place to air your thoughts on your progress,non progress, what you need, and what we can do to help. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:06:04 EST bands either male or female alphabetically ABBA Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:32:35 EST Female singers alphabetically. Alicia Keys Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:04:18 EST male singers alphabetically Names of male singers not groups alphabetically Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:01:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:15:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:36:38 EST Your Thoughts 03rd -10th March. This is a place you can air your thoughts on anything pertaining to your health, well being and Sparks ... <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:22:05 EST MARCH 2013 CHATTERBOX <em>235</em> to March chatterbox, the start of another month. March has quiet a few special days for us to chat about. <BR> <BR> During the month of March we have a little bit of something for everyone, we have: <BR> St. David's Day <BR> Labour Day <BR> International Women's Day <BR> St. Patrick's Day <BR> Autumn Equinox <BR> Harmony Day <BR> Easter <BR> <BR> For all our members who have a connection to Wales in Engla... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:52:15 EST Trek around Australia including Tasmania Hi, I have been asked to run a fun challenge by PHEBESS for motivation. This will be a trek around Australia following the National Highway One which is a total of 14,523 km. <BR> <BR> <BR> It will be run on the same principal of the 2013 Fitness minutes challenge only we add our total kms walked per day onto the previous person's total. <BR> <BR> Now the fun part we start tomorrow, 1st March 2013 but we are going down to Tasmania so addition to the 14,523, the grand total is 16,339 kms ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:12:08 EST How do I make a post a favorite? I can't find how to do this! Is there a simple button to click? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 05:21:42 EST Calorie Challenge with a twist for Ist -31st March I have been asked to continue this Challenge. <BR> I am posting this early so as you can set up your Tracker to correspond with this Challenge. <BR> <BR> For this Months Challenge, you need to set up your food tracker to display Fiber, <BR> Vitamin D, Calcium, Sodium and Fat . <BR> To do this, you need to go to your food tracker, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on: <BR> <BR> Change nutrients goals . <BR> <BR> Then add Fiber,Vitamin D, Calcium, Sodium and Fat to... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:34:38 EST Your Thoughts 24th Feb- 2nd March 2013. This is a place to air your thoughts . Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:33:49 EST Nine weeks to lose 5% weight loss challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the Let's get back to it challenge. <BR> <BR> We're going to jump straight back into another challenge and I thought it would be good to do another lose 5% in 9 weeks challenge. There is a little bit of Math involved, if this is a problem for you and is going to stop you from joining in the challenge, please sparkmail me with your start weight on 23/2 and I will work it out for you and send it back to you before our week ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:06:12 EST Your Thoughts 17th-23rd February. This is a place to air your thoughts on what we are, or not achieving on this so important journey we are on together ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:46:35 EST Fruits and Vegetables A-Z Artichoke Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:19:22 EST Ships, Cruise or Otherwise. Present or Past HMS Melbourne .. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:41:06 EST Motivational Quotes This is a section were you can come and share your most favorite motivational quote. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 23:52:15 EST Your Thoughts for the 9th - 15th February. My Thoughts today are centered on how we are coping with a busy household and being able to exercise to our ability .. <BR> How do you manage this ? Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:59:13 EST Hi! I'm Nicolle Hi there. I'm Nicolle; a 20-year-old uni student from South Australia who is very new to SparkPeople. I thought it might keep me on track and help my lack of motivation. How have your experiences with SparkPeople been? <BR> <BR> I was always a bit overweight growing up but after going through a bout of depression most of last year, I have reached the obese stage. My family has a history of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure/heart disease and although I have none of the sympt... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:02:29 EST Hi Newbie here Hi everyone, I am just setting up my page. I live in NSW It's nice to know that there is a group here for us Aussie. I am looking forward to the journey ahead although I know it's not going to be easy. I have alot of weight to lose and along way to finding a healthier me. <em>249</em> Lyn Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:42:45 EST Thoughts for the week 3rd-9th February This is a place to express your thoughts on what you are doing, and where you are heading on your Journey to fitness and health .. <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:56:46 EST Thank You !! Thank you so much Sylvia for running Chatter Box. <BR> You did a wonderful job and we will miss you .. <em>247</em> . <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:39:00 EST FEBRUARY 2013 CHATTER BOX Good morning everyone, time for a <em>106</em> of herbal tea to start the day and month. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> February, the month of Love <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> We can show love in many ways; of course there is Valentines Day this month in which over the past years I have given cards etc to friends and family to let them know how much I appreciate them. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Spark People have a calendar for the month of February - '28 Days to a Healthy Hear... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:12:23 EST Calorie Challenge with a Twist.1st -28th February As we are getting so good at this tracking, I have decided to run this Challenge for another month. <BR> Please come join me and show us what you can do! <BR> <BR> For this months Challenge you need to set up your food tracker to display. <BR> Fat,Sodium,Protein and Carbohydrates. <BR> <BR> To do this, you need to go to your food tracker, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on: <BR> Change nutrients goals . <BR> Then add Fat,Protein, Sodium and Carbohydrates to your list o... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:32:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:34:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:11:01 EST Struggling to loose the last 5.5 KG Hello fellow spark members, <BR> <BR> I'm Sam and I have lost 7 1/2 KG so since June 2012. I have 5.5KG left to loose and I am stuck. <BR> <BR> I just cannot shift anymore! Any tips would be greatly appreciated :-) <BR> <BR> Many Thanks <BR> <BR> Sam Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:43:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:25:13 EST Hi sparkies down under Hi my name is Nicola and I am 42, live in sunny Townsville and wouldn't live anywhere else. <BR> <BR> Checking in again since 2011, my last sign in. <BR> Learning how to get around the site and how to make the most of it (this time around will be for the long haul). <BR> <BR> Feeling really motivated this time, reading all your success stories is truly inspirational. <BR> <BR> I think my eating habits is not too bad although the exercise section of my life is near non existent. Things wil... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:14:34 EST Thoughts for the week 27th Jan- 2nd February. Tell me your thoughts on where your journey is taking you. <BR> Is it as good as you hoped it would be and are you managing to keep your exercise and nutrition as part of your life now? Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:51:52 EST Happy Australia Day Sparkys Down Under. I am new here, just finding my way around. I hope you all have a great day today!!! We are lucky to live in such a great country. From the wilds of WA Nola Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:20:05 EST Hi From N.S.W Hi everyone, I joined tonight and still trying to find my way around. <BR> I am retired, Have 14 grandchildren and 6 great grand children. <BR> I am an Elder in the church i attend and also have the opportunity to preach which is my passion. <BR> I want to lose at least another 10 kilo which will be really great. <BR> Hope to make friends on here. <em>30</em> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:19:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 20 Jan 2013 02:20:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:48:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:47:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:46:55 EST Thoughts for the week 20th - 26th January What are your thoughts on the position you are in regarding your progress on eating healthy and fitness?. <BR> Hugs Susie Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:27:09 EST The difficulties of being gluten free. :) You tube <link> </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:00:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:56:07 EST steps challenge pledge. 16th Jan to 5th March <em>313</em> m <em>315</em> <em>231</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>342</em> <em>57</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> As many of you now have either a pedometer or a fitbit, I thougth I would run another step challenge. <BR> I would like you to pledge how many steps you plan to undertake for the week but this must be increased each week. The increase can be a small one or a large one, it is up to you. If you do not make the number of steps... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:16:20 EST PLEASE DELETE THIS POST PLEASE DELETE THIS POST <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:57:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:28:56 EST Green coffee In the last few days I have been sent emails from friends (in several parts of the world) extolling the virtues of green coffee. The letters claim that green coffee extract leads to weight loss with out dieting or exercising. I think it's in the too-good-to-be-true category, and another way of exploiting for profit many people's desire for a solution to weight problems. Has anyone experience of this product? I'd love my scepticism about it to be proven wrong!! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:42:11 EST Strength Training Challenge: 2013 While I find I do the cardio aspect of exercise fairly willingly (and the steps and minute challenges on this team are great motivators here) I am less diligent about ST and I suspect many others are the same. Yet ST is of equal importance in achieving a healthy body. <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=364 </link> <BR> <BR> So here is our challenge: <BR> Strength training is recommended 3 times a week. <BR> Every time you do a ST session add minutes taken... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:28:23 EST Strength Training Challenge SEE MOTIVATION THREAD TRANSFERRED TO MOTIVATION THREAD <BR> <BR> While I find I do the cardio aspect of exercise fairly willingly (and the steps and minute challenges on this team are great motivators here) I am less diligent about ST and I suspect many others are the same. Yet ST is of equal importance in achieving a healthy body. <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=364 </link> <BR> <BR> So here is our challenge: <BR> Strength training is recommended 3 times a week. <BR> Ever... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:49:45 EST Let's get back to it, challenge Thank you to everyone who joined in the challenge over Christmas and New Year. I was really impressed by everyone. Even though some of us gained weight, me included, it was grams and not kilos as we might have done in previous years. That shows me that we have learned to make healthy choices but still able to enjoy and participate in Christmas and New Year festivities. Well done everyone. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the new challenge, it will last 6 weeks. Set your own weight loss g... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:46:49 EST Fitbit Has anyone used the 'Fitbit', or more specifically the 'Fitbit One'? <BR> <BR> It keeps coming up when I spin the Spark wheel and I'm intrigued. <BR> I did a 'Google' search and got very opposing comments. Some loved it and raved about the performance, others complained that it didn't work properly and didn't do what it claims to do. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:09:57 EST Sweets Challenge 6th-12th January I am asking you to join this challenge just for 1 week.. <BR> I would like us to do a journal on what sweet treats you actually eat, and what you can and will replace them with . <BR> 06-01-13 --- <BR> 07-01-13 --- <BR> 08-01-13 --- <BR> 09-01-13 --- <BR> 10-01-13 --- <BR> 11-01-13 --- <BR> 12-01-13 --- Sun, 6 Jan 2013 04:03:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 6 Jan 2013 01:03:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:43:49 EST Sleep Challenge 2nd - 6th January. We all need a good nights sleep . <BR> Without sufficient sleep we cannot concentrate or exercise to our ability .. <BR> Please come join me for a Short Sleep Challenge. <BR> How many hours of Sleep did you get today ? <BR> <BR> 02nd -01-03 ---9 <BR> 03rd -01 -03--- 8 <BR> 04th- 01 -03--- 8 <BR> 05th- 01 -03--- 9 <BR> 06th- 01 -o3--- 9 <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 06:48:39 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is nicole or just call me Nic : ) I have known and joined this site a while ago but made no effort to commit myself to losing weight or asking for help. Well that is all going to change from today and I look forward to gaining control of my eating problems and making new friends along the way. I am excited to finally be making this commitment and changing bad habits and becoming a happier healthier person. So far on my own I have lost 10 kilos, I started dieting on N... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:29:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:18:21 EST 500,000 fitness minute challenge for 2013 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have set this challenge high so we are going to have to push ourselves to make this total. <BR> <BR> same rules as this year, post daily, weekly, monthly or whenever you have time but you can see we will need to keep the minutes rolling in. <BR> <BR> I know we can do this. We did an awesome job for 2012. <BR> <BR> cheers <BR> Wendy Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:00:18 EST Calorie Challenge for the Ist Jan - 31st January Calorie Challenge for the 1st -31st January. <BR> <BR> The beginning of a New Year is always so hard, as we have had Christmas Treats and Fancy Fare to tempt us from our normal food regime. <BR> <BR> For this Particular Months Challenge you need to set up your food tracker to display Fat, <BR> Sodium,Protein and Carbohydrates. <BR> To do this, you need to go to your food tracker. scroll to the bottom of the page and click on: <BR> Change nutrients goals . <BR> Then add Fat,Pro... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:42:14 EST JANUARY 2013 CHATTER BOX ........Welcome, Chatter Boxers to 2013........ <BR> <BR> ~~~~ H A P P Y ~ N E W ~ Y E A R ~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <em>26</... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:27:23 EST Calling Aussie Curvy Divas Happy New Year to all Aussies <BR> I know that there are some of you who go to Curves – and maybe some of you are mobility limited, or unable to do the recommended walking for some reason – perhaps being tied to a desk all day, or looking after young children or even recovering from illness or injury. <BR> We have started a team – Curves Limited Mobility Divas – <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=35488 </link> <BR> where we will be discussing other forms... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:05:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:44:30 EST Thoughts for the Week of 29th Dec-4th January My Thoughts are Wishing you all a very Healthy,Happy and Safe 2013. <BR> Let me know what Resolutions you are making or if you decide not too.. <BR> Hugs Susie <em>285</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:51:57 EST Knowledge is Power:The health benefits of tomatoes Also on sticky topic - posted here in error. <BR> <link><BR>y-food-tomatoes-protect-against-heart-<BR>attack-and-stroke.html </link> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: incorporate tomatoes in some form into each day's eating plan. <BR> <BR> - raw in salads (best with small amount of oil) <BR> - tomato sauce <BR> - tomato soup <BR> - in stir fries <BR> - on a healthy pizza <BR> - paste in a casserole base <BR> - on toast or baked potato <BR> - tomato salsa <BR> - tom... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:51:23 EST Flowers or Trees A-Z Ash Tree Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:14:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 25 Dec 2012 05:16:24 EST Christmas and New Year Challenge 24th Dec -5th Jan This is a Quicky Challenge for you .. <BR> For the next 13 days come here and track what you have been able to resist!!!. <BR> Have fun, and a very happy Christmas <BR> <BR> 24th Dec. <BR> 25th Dec. <BR> 26th Dec. <BR> 27th Dec. <BR> 28th Dec. <BR> 29th Dec. <BR> 30th Dec. <BR> 31st Dec. <BR> 01st Jan. <BR> 02nd Jan. <BR> 03rd Jan. <BR> 04th Jan. <BR> 05th Jan. <BR> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:56:49 EST Thoughts for the week 22nd- 29th December My Thughts to ponder this week are can we stay on track with our food and exercise doing this holiday period ? Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:59:09 EST ANY QUESTIONS? POST HERE. Knowledge is Power!! Challenge: follow any day containing more than 2 standard alcoholic drinks with a day of Untoxing. <BR> <BR> The following is based on information from: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Many of us are diligent in tracking our food intake but the holiday season is almost upon us, and in this part of the world the heat of summer, together with extra socialising, can lead us into consuming many more alcoholic "empty" calories. <em>194</em> <BR> When alcohol is consu... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:19:32 EST In my Christmas stocking, I would like ...(A-Z) Animal print slippers Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:37:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 16 Dec 2012 05:31:17 EST Knowledge is Power:Stre ss-busting Challenge 17-24 How will you relieve stress over the next 8 days? See Information and Hints Thread for suggestions. Copy and paste this so that you can report your plan/results each day on this thread or blog about your strategy and post a link to this thread to say you have done that. <BR> My stress-busters: <BR> 17 Taking the bus (it's free and gives time for thought) to visit rest home friend. Busy area, driving full of stress - so avoid that and get in walk at either end. <BR> 18 Played word games on ip... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:44:12 EST Thoughts for the week 16th-21st December Please enter your thoughts in this thread . <BR> <BR> My Thoughts today are with the parents, children and all concerned, at that awful situation in the USA. <BR> I hope and pray there will be a solution to all the anger and hopelessness that so many are feeling today .. <BR> Why is there so much violence in this modern world of ours ?. <BR> Or is it that because of modern communications we are hearing more .. <BR> Why can't the human race learn to get on with one another... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:46:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:56:02 EST Christmas and what it means to you !! Here is thread that you can discuss freely what Christmas means to you. <BR> <em>446</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:02:28 EST First words that you think of....... Exhilarating Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:10:50 EST I am ......... (alphabe tically) Active Sat, 8 Dec 2012 16:04:49 EST starting out again Hi I'm Kathy from SA. Been battling with my weight for a while and am an emotional eater. I just want to get started and lose between 12-15 kgs. It's very inspiring to read what you have all achieved I really need to hang in there! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 05:25:19 EST Be Accountable over Christmas/New Year Challenge Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to everyone who joined me in the nine weeks to lose 5% challenge. I didn't reach my goal but my weight was lower than when I started. I've started a new challenge to help keep us accountable over the Christmas and New Year period. My strategy is going to be portion control, drink more water and make healthy choices. I've got lots of eating coming up with my first Christmas function tonight. It will only be a 4 week challenge, there will be another ch... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:40:45 EST Thoughts for the Week 8th-15th December This is your thread to voice your thoughts on anything you would like to discuss .. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about the Christmas Holidays and what it will mean to us . Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:01:44 EST DECEMBER CHATTER BOX Good morning, my lovely Chatter are you all on this lovely Aussie Sunday Morning? In Sydney, we woke up after a 30 odd C night's sleep, (did anyone sleep?) to find the Southerly change was here...I was woken at exactly 5.55 AM. oh those recurring numbers.. <BR> I am writing this with all the windows & doors open, Kev just made brekky....yummee... <BR> <BR> Had a weird time at the markets yesterday..Light rain until about 10 am, (not forecast, I might add), then the Sun came ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:57:31 EST celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other day HI <BR> I would like to send out Spark goodies to people who are cellebrating their important days. such as birthday, anniversaries, or any other days that they celebrate. <BR> <BR> We will start this in January so can you please let me know before hand or add a post to this message. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> m <em>408</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:44:40 EST Thoughts for the Week of the 1st -7th December Would love to hear your thoughts as to the lead up to Christmas and the coming New Year. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:23:04 EST Just for Fun !! Can you tell me what motivates you ? <BR> Do you have any ideas that you think might help motivate others?. <BR> This is your forum, come help me... help you... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:45:55 EST Calorie Challenge for the 1st-31st December This coming week I would like you to post your Calories and also just for fun, tell me how much Sodium you consumed each day .. <BR> <BR> Calories -------------------Sodium <BR> <BR> 01st Dec <BR> 02nd Dec <BR> 03rd Dec <BR> 04th Dec <BR> 05th Dec <BR> 06th Dec <BR> 07th Dec <BR> <BR> This week we will not only track our Calories we will also track Fat . <BR> <BR> Calories------------------Fat ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:38:26 EST Expectations for 2013 Something different to think about .. <BR> <BR> What are your expections for the coming new year ? . <BR> What are your hopes and dreams ? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 03:20:36 EST step challenge 25th Nov till 31st Dec. I am going to keep this step challenge until the end of the year. We can all do this. Join in and improve your steps. <BR> <BR> 25th Nov -4553 <BR> 26th Nov- <BR> 27th Nov -8775 <BR> 28th Nov -4777 <BR> 29th Nov -6441 <BR> 30th Nov -19,577 not sure if I believe this one. I know I was busy shopping for Xmas presents but still. <BR> 1st Dec -5137 <BR> <BR> <BR> 2nd Dec -4669 <BR> 3rd Dec -3816 <BR> 4th Dec -2919 <BR> 5th Dec -4858 <BR> 6th Dec -5386 <BR> 7th Dec -3593 <BR> 8th Dec -7884 <B... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:14:00 EST Thoughts for the week of 24th-30th November. My thoughts for this week are: <BR> How are we going to plan for the Christmas Party Season?. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to make sure I fill up on good healthy food before attending a Party. <BR> What are your Plans?? <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 04:30:17 EST Australian Site for an organised Christmas Sharing this to help you all get organised for Christmas. It is great very helpful at this time of year! <BR> <BR> Click on the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>931a125cb60b942a </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Christmas getting organised countdown comes from Cath Armstrong and this site. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope it helps with your Christmas Organising. <BR> <BR> Paula <em>41</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:23:38 EST Thoughts for this week !! Thoughts for this week are : <BR> Do we really realise just how much healthier we will be if we stick to a exercise and good healthy food plan?. <BR> I know for a fact, I am so much healthier and happier, when I am eating clean and am really enjoying my exercise. <BR> I have no guilt feelings because I cheated, or I didn't exercise. This also helps to makes my life much more livable. <BR> <BR> How do you feel? <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:41:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 12 Nov 2012 01:16:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 11 Nov 2012 05:10:41 EST Positive Marina's Blog # 2 Everyday we make literally hundreds of choices, <BR> consciously and unconsciously. <BR> One of those choices <BR> is our attitude. <BR> What was your attitude when you <BR> woke up today? <BR> What is it like now? <BR> When you're aware of how your attitude affects <BR> your well-being, choices are so much easier to <BR> make. <BR> With this new found knowledge, you can <BR> literally change whatever you can dream of. <BR> You deserve a great life, happiness and contentment. <BR... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 06:16:21 EST Positive marina's Blogs Live like it really matters, because it very much does matter. <BR> <BR> All of life is depending on you to live with everything you <BR> <BR> have, and now, today, is your time to do so. <BR> <BR> Don't waste one second of this precious life you have been given. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone Thu, 8 Nov 2012 06:07:11 EST Thoughts for the Week !! This thread seems to be turning into a discussion about different thoughts so I am changing the name, and will welcome any one elses thoughts to discuss .. <BR> My thoughts this week are : <BR> Are we doing enough to make sure we are as fit and healthy as we can be ? <BR> Tell us what you have been thinking, and doing, to achieve this .. <BR> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:09:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:57:20 EST Calorie Challenge 1st-30th November. Well off we go again .. good luck to you all. and I hope you do well this month .. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight --- <BR> <BR> Calorie Range --- <BR> <BR> 01st Nov--- <BR> 02ndNov--- <BR> 03rd Nov--- <BR> 04th Nov--- <BR> 05th Nov--- <BR> 06th Nov--- <BR> 07th Nov--- <BR> 08th Nov--- <BR> 09th Nov--- <BR> 10th Nov--- <BR> 11th Nov--- <BR> 12th Nov--- <BR> 13th Nov--- <BR> 14th Nov--- <BR> 15th Nov--- <BR> 16th Nov--- <BR> 17th Nov--- <BR> 18th Nov--- <BR> 19th Nov--- <BR> 20th Nov--- <BR... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 05:49:34 EST NOVEMBER CHATTER BOX Hello, Chatterboxers, once again, I am late changing the date, sorry, I did remember, 3 or 4 times, then just got busy, the computer is getting very slow, between's getting old, like me and I really could do with a new one....who can afford a new desktop? I wouldn't like to have a laptop. can't manouvre the scrolly thing, I love my Mouse.... <BR> I hope all of you are glad to be in a new Month....getting ready for Christmas, are you all? Get it done early, I say. When I was celebr... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 23:13:42 EST Sunshine and Vitamin D Challenge 1st-30th November I will continue this challenge through November as I feel it is most important for us to get a certain amount of Sun and to take a Vitamin D Supplement. <BR> Please come join me in recording how much time you actually spend in the Sun and also if you take a Vitamin D Supplement each day . <BR> <BR> 01st Nov--- <BR> 02ndNov--- <BR> 03rd Nov--- <BR> 04th Nov--- <BR> 05th Nov--- <BR> 06th Nov--- <BR> 07th Nov--- <BR> 08th Nov--- <BR> 09th Nov--- <BR> 10th Nov--- <BR> 11th Nov--- <BR> 12... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:23:35 EST Christmas Cake Help Please hello, wondering please if anyone here in Sparkies Down Under would know whereabouts i can buy some Odense Marzipan (almond icing) for my Christmas cake this year. <BR> <BR> have tried buying other brands and none compares to Odense in my opinion.. <BR> <BR> thanks for reading this post and looking forward to hearing any suggestions of where i could buy some in Australia. <BR> <BR> Marina xx Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:10:12 EST Fruit and Veggie Challenge 1st - 30th November. <em>277</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> . <BR> <BR> Thank you to Anna, Sandy, and Wendy for doing the previous challenge. <BR> <BR> I thought you might appreciate a new idea to help you enjoy your fruit and vegetables. <BR> <BR> In this challenge you will need to incorporate 5 servings of fruits and vegetables into your day, more would be better!!! . <BR> But, I would be happy with what ever you manage to eat!!. <BR> <... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 05:25:26 EST A way to make exercise fun from PositivePaula8 After a while if we keep doing the same type of exercise day in day out it can become mundane and boring. <BR> <BR> If you are able to do different types of exercise and are not limited due to health reasons and the like, then try this to make exercising a little more interesting. Perhaps it may even make exercise encouraging for the days when you know you should do at least ½ an hour of exercise but just don't feel like it! <BR> <BR> Pick say 5 or 7 different exercise types eg. <BR> <B... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:05:15 EST New to SparkPeople... Hi, <BR> My name is Stacey and i am 20 years old. Ive tried many times to lose weight, but failed everytime. I did manage to lose about 10 kgs already since returning for a holiday in August last year when i was my heaviest. Since being the weight that i am now, i find it really hard to lose weight. I have discovered i am a binge eater. I eat constantly, when im not hungry. I found myself eating a whole block of chocolate, just because it looked good, i wasnt even hungry. <BR> I am hoping th... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:52:10 EST Little Halloween Game for you Sharing little fun Halloween game for you Click here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> have fun everyone <link> </link> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:34:15 EST Information 6 from PositivePaula8 Just wanted to say it is always a good idea when checking food labels for the Nutrition panel to also check out the Ingredients list. <BR> <BR> If you do not know what something is, Google it! Then after you have researched it on Google and know about you can decide if you like what you see go ahead and eat it but if something sounds like it is not good for you then best thing for your health is to avoid that particular food. <BR> <BR> I always check out the ingredients list and avoid any... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:21:26 EST Information 5 from PositivePaula8 The importance of correct foot wear! <BR> <BR> <BR> After having had problems on and off for the past couple of years, firstly with foot pain then hip and buttock pain I know the importance of wearing correct footwear. <BR> <BR> When my foot first became sore to the point where I needed crutches to walk with, I brought some sandals (it was summer time) that had a built in Orthotic and from now on I know and realise the important of wearing correct supportive shoes/footwear. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:19:45 EST Information 4. from PositivePaula8 Tips to jump start your weightloss! <BR> <BR> <BR> A lot of these tips are probably already somewhere on Spark People, but these are just a few of my thoughts that I decided I would share with you on weight loss. <BR> <BR> Mindset <BR> Change your thoughts from thinking you are on a diet to making it a “lifestyle” choice. Then you will be more inclined to continue on with your healthy eating and healthy lifestyle long after you have reached your goal weight. <BR> <BR> Understand Portio... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:18:04 EST Information 3. from PositivePaula8 A few easy reminders to keep us on track and foscued with our weight loss goals & lifestyle! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9 Small, Easy Changes and or reminders to encourage us with our Weight Loss Journey that I thought were worth sharing. To help keep us on track and motivated. <BR> <BR> When you think of weight loss you probably envision us having to overhaul our entire diet / lifestyle, but that’s not always necessary. Instead, take a look at 9 small, easy changes you can make to help ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:16:06 EST Information 2. from PositivePaula8 Effects of Chemicals in Personal Care Products! <BR> <BR> <BR> Shampoo, moisturizer, makeup, soap, and deodorant - are a few examples of chemical-induced and potentially harmful personal care products we use every day. <BR> <BR> Modern day consumers seem to be desensitized by the "warning label" on everything from the laundry detergent box to the toothpaste container - unquestionably assuming that it's safe. However documentaries have been made, reports been published and news journalists... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 06:14:19 EST