SparkPeople Writers Team Messageboard Inspiration to get healthy, get fit, and get writing! SparkPeople Writers Team Messageboard just checking in - from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:08:47 EST Writers Revamp: Introduce Let's start anew. Who are you. What do you write. Why do you write. When do you write. Don't get into goals yet - I'll create a new forum for that. <BR> <BR> I'll start. I'm earthrunner. I've written since I was child, but with little discipline. Four years ago I came into playwriting and I've fallen in love. Ideas of scenes play out in my head and I desire to bring these stories alive, to cast in the on-stage larger-than-life (but it can still be intimate, small) way of plays the dynamics ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:33 EST Thinking, Writing and Getting Healthy Capri Pants <BR> I am about 20 lbs overweight and think I look horrible in capri pants so I don't buys any. I saw a woman very overweight wearing capri pants and I didn't judge her. Why do I judge myself? How one looks should not be a moral issue -- not good or bad. Each time I judge myself I limit my joy. I now enjoy wearing capri pants. <BR> <BR> Spirit Eyes <BR> An elderly, overweight couple walked into the store as I was walking out. I would not have noticed them except that they w... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:01:15 EST NaNoWriMo 2015 One of my friends convinced me to try NaNoWriMo this year. Is anyone else trying it this year? Has anyone tried this in the past? Sat, 17 Oct 2015 16:38:48 EST Phase 2 of my life transformation journey! Hey yall, I am a mom of 3, a wife, devout follower of Christ, and I love life! I used SP to lose my first 40 lbs, then got a little lazy and the last 10 to get to 50 kept fluctuating. I am determined to do so much better this time around now that I know what I know. The motivation here is second to none ;) Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:53:49 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST Hi My name is Rasheda Poe and my pen/stage name is Ba The Rayven. I am a writer of many things (Poems, flash fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, screenplays). I'm also a spoken word poet and have directed short films that I have written. My current writing goals include publishing a book of poetry by May and finishing the first draft of my novel by August. <BR> <BR> As for weightloss, my goal is to create a healthy lifestyle and watch the pounds fall off because it's healthy. Like a lot ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:37:02 EST LEADERSHIP CHANGE Well, hello everybody. I popped into Writers today and was shocked to see that I haven't posted anything here for 62 days. It doesn't seem THAT long ago that I was here, resetting the September goals. My bad. My very, very, very bad. Clearly, I'm not taking enough time to participate. I have been particularly absent these last couple of months because I am a paranormal / Halloween blogger. That's not the whole truth of the reason for me being too quiet though. <BR> <BR> I'm also not sure t... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:55:08 EST Hello, newbie introducing myself Please copy the text of this message (including these instructions), paste into a reply, change the personal information, and post. See "About our Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" for more introduction options. <BR> <BR> NAME: SarahPPP <BR> <BR> WEIGHT GOALS: <BR> 15 lbs by Jan 1—then more after that <BR> <BR> NUTRITION GOALS: <BR> Get rid of junk food—first soda (done), then white flour (done), then chocolate (not done yet) <BR> Stop baking or making anything with flour of any kind... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 05:59:13 EST Hi from newbie Sarah Please copy the text of this message (including these instructions), paste into a reply, change the personal information, and post. See "About our Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" for more introduction options. <BR> <BR> NAME: SarahPPP <BR> <BR> WEIGHT GOALS: <BR> 15 lbs by Jan 1—then more after that <BR> <BR> NUTRITION GOALS: <BR> Get rid of junk food—first soda (done), then white flour (done), then chocolate (not done yet) <BR> Stop baking or making anything with flour of any kind <B... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:42:50 EST Writers warm up for writing with push-ups / plank. I'm planning some serious writing time, starting in August 2014, I know that means many hours hunched over the keyboard, so I thought I throw out a fitness challenges to the team, to make sure I also keep moving. <BR> <BR> If you're in the same boat, come into this thread once in a while and let us know how you're adding push-ups or planking into you routine. Let us know where you're starting, and when you add reps or time. <BR> <BR> I'm considering doing a sit-up / crunch thing too, but I'... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:19:26 EST What the "OG:" on some goals means. Goals marked with the OG: (Other Goals) require a little more tracking work from you. First, join the goal. Doing so will make the goal available for you to track on your Other Goals page. In order for your activity to count toward our team target goal, you must manually check off the activity box that appears on your Other Goals page. To report your progress: From the orange start bar in the header, click MY TRACKERS, choose OTHER GOALS, find WRITERS TEAM GOALS, and mark your activity. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:06:06 EST web tool: 750 Words I ran across this earlier this week and I'm giving it a go. The first 30 days are free, after which it is a paid subscription that costs $5 a month. I'm hesitant about that, but the program is very, very cool. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In short, the site owner has figured out that 750 words is approximately equal to the 3 longhand journal pages made popular by Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way. He's made it a little more fun by creating a point system and badges to... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:39:21 EST Religious Genres I am in the process of exploring some Biblical narratives and have had conversation with someone else who is drawing from similar sources. <BR> <BR> This thread is intended as a place for anyone who may share a related direction in their writing, and who might have questions or suggestions to offer. <BR> <BR> As the title indicates, I don't think "religious" is a single genre, as there are so many possible variations, both of religious belief and literary direction, so this is open for pret... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:49:05 EST EMERGENCY RESET OF "OG: WRITE DAILY" The "OG: Write Daily" goal is not working. <BR> <BR> That SUCKS, because, as introductions have come in, it has become clear that most of us want to develop a daily writing habit. Everyone else wants to at least write MORE. Considering how prevalent this goal is, and how important it is to the success of a writer, finding a way to create a useful challenge seems crucial. <BR> <BR> I've thought long and hard about how to fix it and I've come up with a potential solution. I see a variety of p... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:36:03 EST Introduction reminders: I just want to remind new visitors to read the "About Our Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" <BR> There's a lot of useful information there about how to best introduce yourself. <BR> <BR> Remember: <BR> 1) only introductions should be posted in the thread called "Introduce Yourself Here (Questionnaire)" not response to intros. If you read an interesting introduction that you want to respond to, please send the poster a private message or comment on his or her Spark Page. <BR> <BR> 2) To fin... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:48:25 EST Hi Name's Lizzie, I love writing. Creative writing, research essays, and poems! Need to lose about 150 lbs. Fri, 30 May 2014 12:02:30 EST WHAT IS YOUR WRITING GENRE? READING GENRE? Why? <BR> <BR> What have you written and published? Tue, 27 May 2014 15:21:56 EST A Link to my book on Foboko if interested... <link><BR>and-youth/a-different-shade-of-black </link> <BR> <BR> It really is a rough draft but it's 113 pages finished. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Lisa Thu, 22 May 2014 22:38:19 EST book writing site I recently found out about a site called <link> </link> . It basically sets up a writing wizard for you, where you can write and save your projects, access them from wherever and asking for help from the community when you need a second opinion/help with your doubts and stuff. <BR> I haven't looked into it much yet because I've been crazily busy, but I thought it'd be nice to share with you guys. That community idea sounds good to me. Tue, 13 May 2014 09:13:28 EST A New Leaf for Lyle! I can't believe I almost forgot to share the good news here, of all places! <BR> <BR> A New Leaf for Lyle has finally been released: (link goes to Amazon - it's just this shorter one's easier to remember and to type). <BR> <BR> If you've wondered why I dropped off the face of the planet, that and the day job are largely to blame (in a GOOD way!) With my son's H.S. graduation just weeks away, I doubt I'll be "hanging out" much more than usual, but I'm still here! J... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:03:26 EST Set & track your May 2014 writing goal here. This is a pilot thread, where we can set specific goals, in hours or pages, for a particular month. If it proves useful, we'll start a new one each month. <BR> <BR> Should we try the following format? <BR> <BR> 1) reply to this thread with your writing goal, taking into account the non-writing demands of the remaining days of the month. <BR> <BR> 2) come back to the thread at least weekly and EDIT your original goal post to show progress. <BR> <BR> If I've got a decent feel for the group ... Fri, 9 May 2014 23:48:04 EST Writing is WORK! I'm retired and working on a novel, and on revising my collection of short stories. I thought having all the time I needed for these writing projects would make it easy. It does not. It's still work. I have to remind myself that this is my work now. <BR> <BR> Writing a fresh, new chapter is fun, and it's the reason I love being a writer. But revising and making it work the way I want is not so much fun. It's the work part. It has to be done, though. I know my writing improves with every revi... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:54:10 EST Conferences What is everyones opinion and/or experiences with writer's conferences? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:00:17 EST Meet my novel project: Bugaboo Road (horror) In the thread "About Our Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" I mentioned the idea of using this forum to introduce our writing projects. I figure it's about time I show you what I mean and how to do it. <BR> <BR> 1) Click on the linked heading, "Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" <BR> <BR> 2) I Click the "Create A New Topic" button <BR> <BR> 3) Name the topic like this: <BR> Meet my (type of writing) : (title of piece) (genre) <BR> Another example might look like <BR> Meet my non-fiction boo... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:48:39 EST New here Hi! I retired and decided to see what this hobby of writing could turn into. Well, being home and sitting at the computer has turned into 40 pounds that need to go! <BR> <BR> I write Romance and Mystery, but I will be taking an Eva Shaw class starting April 15 that will have me trying several genres and styles of writing. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being active here! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:36:54 EST My favorite program to advance our wellness My goal for this evening is to finish my blog on exercise routines for the Shaun Hadsall's Carb-cycling/exercise program that avoids a weight loss plateau. I may be off based, as I am not an expert in this matter, but reading of Shaun's program has me convinced that it has merit. I want to write a blog today that will convey an informative description of the exercise portion of the program. <BR> PS The title was made more inclusive since I feel that others will have their own favorite fitnes... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:16:56 EST grant I wrote got funded! $240K Hooray! <BR> <BR> I wrote the technical portion of a grant for a non-profit that works with individuals who have disabilities and they are now funded for the next 3 years at $80K/year for one of their programs that supports families. I wrote the training guide for them this past year that they used as the basis for their proposal so it was very gratifying! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:14:32 EST How do you decide on a writing project? I have two really different projects that I'm working on -- a screenplay about high-level corruption AND a children's book series. Right now I'm feeling like I should choose one and finish it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else ever have problems focusing on one project? If so, how do you decide which to choose? Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:28:20 EST A Personal Spark Page? Yes or No Let us know why you have or don't have a personal Spark page. <BR> <BR> For me, my Spark page is my launch pad to the community. My page makes it possible to find friends and for friends to find me! It allows me to Blog about my journey and get feedback from throughout the Spark community. <BR> <BR> If you've not visited a personal page on Spark, please feel free to visit mine. Leave a comment so I'll know you've been there! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:37:44 EST Camp NanoWrimo (April Edition) Hello Writers! <BR> <BR> On the wonderful advice of RRUDEPARANORMAL, I am going to be participating in the April edition of NanoWrimo called Camp NanoWrimo. It is essentially the same thing as regular Nano but with this one you can choose your word count in addition to your genre and all the other great things that regular Nano offers. If anyone else is taking on this awesome idea please post here let us know:) I would love to be able to support each other through another great journey and f... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:21:50 EST Who are your author heroes, and why? I don't know about you, but I try to model myself after a handful of writers whom I respect and admire. I was going to make this a top 5 style list, but I couldn't narrow it that far. Share the number of authors that matter to you. <BR> <BR> (FYI: I'm mainly a supernatural horror fan and writer ... emphasis on the mysterious and haunting, rather than the gross. Even my favorite mainstream books and classics tend to have some magical realism and/or fantastical elements.) <BR> <BR> 7) RICHARD... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:06:07 EST Iced Coffee Concentrate Recipe I know that Spark People is all about health, and for some people drinking coffee is not compatible with being healthy. I also know that a lot of writers, including me, depend on caffeine to get them through writing sessions. In honor of those people, I'd like to offer a neat recipe I found that stops me from drinking quite so much Diet Pepsi ... which, to me, is a greater evil than coffee. <BR> <BR> ICED COFFEE CONCENTRATE: <BR> <BR> You will need: <BR> <BR> time (overnight or, better, 12... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:11:40 EST What are your 5 favorite writing mechanics books? Hey everybody! I'll start this one off. Add your answers as a reply to this thread. (And remember you can always start another thread, on another topic. There's some ideas for new topics in the About post, feel free to grab one and go.) <BR> <BR> I have to admit I have a bit of an addiction to books about writing. I have several shelves worth, mostly purchased when I was just getting started in this world. A few of them have become well-worn from frequent use. Many are more inspirational tha... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:20:49 EST Spark Blogs I've been asked to share what I have done to earn the most popular blog award here at Spark. <BR> I'm not EXACTLY sure what the mix is, but there is a mix to be found. Here are a few suggestions that may help you get started. <BR> <BR> 1) Read others blogs and leave comments. <BR> 2) Become actively involved in you spark team. <BR> 3) Be real. <BR> 4) Share from the heart. <BR> 5) Blog no more than 2 times per week. <BR> 6) Write about your experiences, not others. <BR> 7) Add pictures, w... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:58:25 EST WRITERS TEAM ORIENTATION PLEASE DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS "ABOUT" THREAD. <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> This is meant to be a guide post rather than a conversation thread. We want the information here to be available to everyone without scrolling. <BR> <BR> NOTE: AS OF NOV. 4th, 2014, THE TEAM IS UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP. THESE "ABOUT" POSTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF HOW THINGS WORK AT WRITERS. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Writers! We're very glad you've joined us. <BR> <BR> Thi... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:49:36 EST AmtrakReside ency4Writers Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American co... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:32:02 EST How to go from zero to 45 Push-ups First, test yourself to determine if you can do one real push-up. <BR> <BR> If you can, test number two is to determine how many you can do. If you can do three or more, it is simply a matter of increasing the number you can do over the course of the month. There is a supplemental exercise (plank) that help you build the muscles in your chest and shoulders so you will be able to do the push-ups. <BR> <BR> If anyone needs help, please ask me. While I am not a certified fitness instructor (mo... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:41:07 EST March Fitness Challenge Mea Culpa! <BR> <BR> I've just learned something about myself that I never knew before. <BR> <BR> I have always moved into the universe of the book that I was reading and ignore my body's call for food, bathroom relief and I am oblivious to sound unless someone touches me to get my attention. I have discovered that the same thing happens when I am in the universe of the book I am writing. <BR> <BR> I just realized what day it was, past March 1, and realized I hadn't posted the Fitness Goal... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:01:05 EST HELP !!!!! In order to avoid your request getting lost, we have set up a special thread for anyone who needs or wants help. Please do not hesitate to post here. This is for anyone having a rough day or needs some advice, encouragement, or answers to a question. The team leaders will be checking it daily. You are also encouraged to check it when you can. I certainly do not have all the answers but together we can make this work. We are all here to help and encourage each other. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:19:20 EST Writers Meet Deadlines. (What's due by 11:59 ... Complete title: <BR> Writers Meet Deadlines. (What's due by 11:59 pm on the the 15th?) <BR> <BR> Some writers seem to thrive only when they have a hard deadline they must meet. If you are one of those writers, consider adopting our virtual deadline of 11:59 pm on the 15th of every month. <BR> <BR> Simply figure out what you want to achieve in the days between NOW (the moment you are reading this) and the final minute of the upcoming 15th ... then assign that task (or set of tasks) to you... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:51:18 EST YOUR ACTIVITY TRACKER! Please note that as of this morning, Spark has made a change to the way the Friend Feed displays and also has added your activity tracker to the display. <BR> <BR> To change the settings, please go to your page and click on your Activity Feed. You will see the following: <BR> <BR> "The Activity Feed you see on your SparkPage is only visible to you and your mutual friends. <BR> Edit the privacy settings for your Activity Feed" <BR> <BR> Click on the edit link, and you will be able to un-... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:34:52 EST Sites like elance? I am curious about if anyone here has any experience with websites such as to take assignments. From what I understand is you put in bids for projects and the owner chooses someone based on their bid and if they feel confident after viewing their profile. <BR> <BR> My Auntie (Robin Tracy author of Eyes Without A Face) also works on a site like this and does regular assignments for an educational material publisher. <BR> <BR> I would love to get more than just one person's feedba... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:11:35 EST Writer's Digest Writing Contest <BR> FYI - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>riters-digest-annual-competition?et_mi<BR>d=659143&rid=239475239 </link> <BR> <BR> There is a fee for entering works. <BR> <BR> Lots of genre's to chose from: <BR> <BR> Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious) <BR> Memoirs/Personal Essay <BR> Magazine Feature Article <BR> Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) <BR> Mainstream/Literary Short Story <BR> Rhyming Poetry <BR> Non-rhyming Poetry <BR> Stage Play <BR> ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:27:17 EST Blabbity Blabbity Introduction Who is Fly Piggie and why the heck is she called that? <BR> <BR> My real name is Holly. My pen name, Holly Elizabeth-Jean. Fly Piggie Photographywas my sudio name in Iowa. I have a flying pig tattoo on my shoulder. It is a great reminder that really, anything is possible. <BR> <BR> I am 28, 50-70 pounds overweight. A laundromat manager and single mom. <BR> <BR> I have always been a writer. Poetry and short stories are my chosen genres. I have a YA book published but I am on the fence if I ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:50:12 EST Grammar Mistake Hi All! <BR> <BR> So I found a grammar mistake (actually my friend's mom did) and it was one lousy word. I have updated my files so the change will take effect in a day or so for both print and Kindle versions! Thank you everyone! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:11:33 EST 7 Ways to Prime Your Brain.... <BR> ...for Constant Creative Insight. <BR> <BR> What's not to love about that! <BR> <BR> Hope this gives you a boost today, not just in pursuing your writing, but in pursuing ALL your goals! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ways-to-prime-your-brain-for-constant.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ( ¯`&#9829; ´¯) &#9829;' <BR> .`•.¸.•´ &#9829; Spread the SPARK!!! *`*•.¸¸.•&#9829; <BR> ¸.•´¸.•´¨) ¸.•*¨).•*´. &#9829;¸¸.•¨ •&#9829; <BR> (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .• •&#982... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:31:44 EST Social Media and Writing Hi! <BR> <BR> I am currently in school (Quinnipiac University online) for Social Media and, because I'm a writer, I see it as a way to not only potentially get a career in SM, I also see it as a way to learn about how to use SM to promote my own writing efforts. <BR> <BR> Now, traditional publishers tend to not like it when people post their work online, as they want exclusives. However, there is something to be said about showing a ready-made, built-in audience for your work (this is one o... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:03:54 EST 17 Day Diet Has anyone here been able to keep the weight off with this one? Is it just a fad? It's pretty extreme. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:23:29 EST Calling all Half- and Marathon Runners The half-marathon has become popular beyond measure. The latest issue of Runner's World magazine offers the 2014 Half-Marathon Calendar with races throughout the United States. It also has articles on 14 Healthiest Foods and The New Core: 9 Key Exercises to Get Stronger and Run Better. <BR> <BR> After a hamstring injury from running the half-marathon in October 2012 and then discovering arthritis in my miniscus, I am starting again, recognizing that the arthritis will not go away but can b... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:41:08 EST Brainstorming Session: You Choose March Challenge So for March 2014, what's your pleasure for a challenge? And how will we choose among all the many options? <BR> <BR> Here are some ideas from other teams: <BR> <BR> Dance ten minutes a day <BR> Exercise ten minutes a day <BR> Healthy recipe challenge/ exchange <BR> Earning points challenge <BR> <BR> Your team - you get to choose the challenge. So go for it!! We can read a book, work on power posing (see Triangle-Woman's post for this), anything you want. <BR> <BR> Let's discuss here a... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:10:03 EST February Fitness Challenge <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1112 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the link to “Four Fitness Tests You Can do at Home: Do-It-Yourself Fitness Assessments.” <BR> <BR> Your challenge for February is to complete the test at the beginning of the month and post your results here. Then, retest at the end of the month and post your results. <BR> <BR> How much progress were you able to make? <BR> <BR> And don't forget to huddle with the team four times this m... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:01:47 EST Hello! Hello everyone. I'm Felicia. I'm currently a junior in college working towards a writing degree. It's nice to meet you all! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:07:37 EST Writers News! I've added this new topic since we seem to have a lot of NEWS. Please post what's new in your professional life here! <BR> <BR> I'm going to start this off with news from SYLVIEFOX and hope that she doesn't mind me using her as the "beta" for this new topic. <BR> <BR> Sylvie has a new book coming out. For a preview and to vote for the cover, please go to <link><BR>elp-me-pick-my-next-book-cover/ </link> <BR> <BR> Got something new upcoming? Post... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:12:40 EST Ever Considered What Guys Look For In Girls? Beautifully done performance art. She has quite a way with words. <BR> <BR> Three minutes long. Made me cry that it even needs to be said. <BR> <BR> Then I power posed and felt better.... <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-guys-look-for-in-girls-forget-it-thi<BR>nk-about-what-a-17-year-old-says-instead?g=2 </link> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:41:43 EST I Think It's Done! I cannot believe I am saying this but I think my first full novel that I wrote during NanoWrimo 2012 is finally done! I did the final edit and additions today and a final spelling and grammar check too. I will let you all know when it officially comes out:) I am so excited! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:52:22 EST Introducing myself. Ready to lose baby weight Good evening, <BR> <BR> I'm Sylvie Fox. I'm an author, mom, wife, and a zillion other things. I did the big weight loss thing in 2006 and managed to keep it off until . . . I had a baby. Now four years later, I'm ready to get it off. So done with the baby weight thing. The biggest challenge is finding time to make writing deadlines and care for my son before school, after school, etc. <BR> <BR> My writing is going well, wish my health were as good. <BR> <BR> I'm at, and I... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:52:39 EST I'm introducing myself! Hi ~ I'm happy to meet you all! I'm a tech writer from Seattle area. It's my birthday today so my gift to myself is making new friends this year on Sparkpeople. Thank you all for your stories that help keep me interested and motivated. Seriously - I'm blessed to be among you all! <BR> Laurie Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:22:50 EST birthday party re-do The flu gobsmacked my birthday party today! Too many sick grandkids to count so no family get-together... Soooo...I'm taking the time I just gained to write on my project! It's a curriculum manual for a non-profit that works with and for families who have kiddos with disabilities. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:57:22 EST Power to the People... Along with our motivational verbal and written mantras, we need to pay attention to our less obvious non-verbal language. Turns out, we can "fake it until we make it" and here's how: <BR> <BR> I watched a TED today that really opened my eyes as to how important our body language is, and how it has very real physiological impact on our hormones (Testosterone and Cortisol) <BR> <BR> I bet your eyebrows are going up right now, thinking, "Those are some pretty powerful weight loss hormones...... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:55:44 EST PLOTS - 5 cents, a dime or a quarter. I lot of people tell me they have trouble coming up with a plot, particularly from other wannabe's like me who haven't succeeded in getting anything published - yet. <BR> <BR> Coming up with a plot has never been a problem for me, at least since one of my bosses contradicted me when I said, "I'm really not creative at all". She proceeded to show me many instances of my creativity, and even though I claimed the things I did were simply logical extensions of things I knew, she showed me how I ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:17:28 EST What are You Writing? Here's a place to let everyone know what you're writing and where we can go to read it!! <BR> <BR> This is also a place to let us know what you're planning. Need a reader? Check with the team. Have a question about your writing? Check in here! <BR> <BR> I've made this a sticky topic. If you find it useful, let me know. Otherwise, we'll make room on top for something else. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:49:55 EST I Met My Daily Goals OK! <BR> <BR> I have met my writing goal all the way through the end of the month - and then some. <BR> <BR> I sat down after dinner and asked my Muse, "What if .....", and before I could complete the sentence, I was writing. By the time I finished writing, it was 2:30 AM and my wife was telling me the bed was calling. <BR> <BR> I haven't counted the exact number of sentences, but there are five pages of Calibri 11pt print. <BR> <BR> I also wrote a 6th page with thoughts and questions I... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 04:09:35 EST January Team Goals The January Team Goals are based on two goals: <BR> <BR> 1. To complete 10 minutes of Cardio per day (or more if you are at a fitness level that can accommodate more). If you take a rest day but complete a minimum of 70 minutes per week, you can count the goal as having been achieved. <BR> <BR> 2. To write three sentences of prose or three lines of poetry (depending on your project) per day. If, like many, you have a burst of creativity and write more than 21 sentences or 21 lines of poet... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:40:19 EST Call me Rayven My name is Rasheda, but my pen name is Rayven. I'm a mother, student and writer. My genre of choice... Paranormal Romance. I've been writing ghost stories since I was a kid. It wasn't until I decided I want to be a teacher, that I discovered I'm not to bad of a story teller. So I'm writing on my first novel. There's more to share, and plenty of time to do it. So see you around the community. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 04:14:36 EST Seeking a particular kind of walk tracker. I hope it's ok to start a new thread here; I don't know where else to post my question. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of an app or computer program that allows you take a virtual walk from one location to another? Imagine a paper map and pins to track the walk. I don't want any of the fancy features I'm finding when I search for what I want. (I don't want a step counter, or a GPS anything. I don't want to hike the Appalachian Trail or tour Washington DC. I don't need scenery pictures to look a... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:06:30 EST 2014 Resolutions Anyone making new resolutions for 2014? <BR> <BR> We've updated the team goals to encourage more participation. Pick a goal and see how long you can "streak!" Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:37:38 EST The Meaning of Christmas One of the 12 Weeks to Walking team leaders shared this link on her Blog. It's worth watching! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RF5Pg&vq=medium </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:55:00 EST Earn 500 Points Today <link>post=earn_500_sparkpoints_with_our_n<BR>ew_welcome_guide </link> <BR> <BR> Spark added a new welcome guide when they changed the format. Click here to earn 500 points if you haven't done this already!! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:07:57 EST December Fitness Goals Do we have any Fitness Goals for December or for 2014? <BR> <BR> Just wondering. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:02:27 EST Birthdays? Any birthdays in December? <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:32:07 EST December Challenge Let's challenge ourselves in December to create one new nutrition and one new fitness goal, and then write a paragraph about it weekly to track progress. The goal here is to combine writing talent with Spark goals, and help everyone stay mindful and healthy through the holidays! <BR> <BR> My new nutrition goal for December is to return to the eating program that helped me lose weight to begin with - mostly based on Lyn-Genet Recitas' The Plan. And my fitness goal is to beat my 5k time of 4... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:37:33 EST Resources Here's a short list of links to helpful writing resources. Not all are free, so check the subscription requirements carefully! <BR> <BR> Please add to this list. The web has hundreds of excellent writing resources, so share what you know!! <BR> <BR> Visual Thesaurus <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Try it free for 14 days and after that, it’s $19.95 per year. More than just a list of synonyms, VT is the place to go when you’re stuck looking for the “right” way t... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:26:52 EST Critique" - A Sticky Topic cri·tique (kr-tk) n. <BR> <BR> 1. A critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature. <BR> 2. A critical discussion of a specified topic. <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> French, from Greek kritik (tekhn), (art) of criticism, feminine of kritikos, critical; see critic. <BR> <BR> The Art of Criticism: <BR> <BR> Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critica... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:15:29 EST Editing Their are many ways of editing your piece. One way is to send it to a professional editor and let them take a red pencil and hack it up completely so that when you get it back it looks like someone bled all over it. <BR> <BR> I prefer to edit as I go, and other writers I know write te entire first draft, then go back and edit it. <BR> <BR> Whatever works for you, do it until you find an easier of better way that you are comfortable with. <BR> <BR> The following are some techniques I have b... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:28:25 EST Got a Quote? Writers are almost always readers. I thought it might be fun to post a quote from a favorite author as a simple way to post messages. So here is one from Billy Collins. The poem is called Forgetfulness: <BR> <BR> The name of the author is the first to go <BR> followed obediently by the title, the plot, <BR> the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel <BR> which suddenly becomes one you have never read, <BR> never even heard of," - Billy Collins <BR> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:41:12 EST Team Goals Dear Team, <BR> <BR> Now that we have an Icon, let's set some team goals. We are creative type people. I'm sure we can come up with something better than eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables or drink 8 cups of water daily. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking something that has to do with exercise and fitness. Something challenging, say "Walk 3 miles 3x/week." or "Bike 30 minutes 3x/week" or "Strength Train 30 minutes 3x/week." <BR> <BR> Let's hear some ideas. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:22:58 EST I like the new Icon The quill and ink well. Love the new Icon. Can you imagine using a feather and ink to write a manuscript? How long did it take Shakespeare to write one play using a feather? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:16:08 EST Original Free-Form Introductions New to the Writing Team? Introduce yourself! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:42:51 EST The Pen is mightier than the Ache Started Day 1 of the Your Way to 5K program yesterday. Not bad while I was working out, a little achy this morning especially in the lower calves. <BR> <BR> Not giving up though. I am determined to become a runner again as long as it doesn't kill me. I'm blogging about my progress if you would like to follow me on my journey. <BR> <BR> My workout 11/18/2013: Walk 4 minutes/3.2 mph then jog (not run) 1 minute at 4.5 mph, repeat 5 times. Total distance = 1.77 miles Total Cal's = 151 <BR> ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:27:01 EST Anomoly While looking for Sloofy (nothing like looking for Carmen Sandiego), I noticed something really strange. <BR> <BR> There is no thread from any topic that has a posting date of 11/1/13 or earlier. Who was it that joined 11/2 and jump-started the team? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:14:18 EST Where is SLOOFY? I had a couple of ideas that I wanted to run by the team leader, Sloofy, but haven't been able to contact her/him. <BR> <BR> I checked her Spark page and the last blog she posted was 4/17/11. Sloofy has been a member since 3/25/11 but has accumulated only 1955 Spark points. I usually accumulate over 700 points per week, so for me that would be about 2.5 weeks. <BR> <BR> I noted from her Spark page that at least one other member of our team has tried to get in touch with her - but apparentl... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:01:42 EST Our Team needs an Icon Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Don't you think our team needs an Icon to represent us? What should it be? A writer? Maybe Shakespeare or Hemingway? George Orwell or Mary Shelley. <BR> <BR> Or, since we are writers, should it be a quill and inkwell, or perhaps pen and paper. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any other ideas? Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:52:14 EST Inspiration and Motivation What are some things that inspire you? What helps to motivate you? <BR> <BR> For me, to get to writing, I like to just sit outside and look at nature, listen to the sounds and just have peace. It helps, and I find that a lot of new ideas pop in to my head, which is what I want. <BR> <BR> I also get inspiration and motivation from SparkPeople. I love their articles and success stories and they definitely give me a boost. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:47:44 EST Emoticon Your Mood Today <em>224</em> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:59:11 EST New Goodies SLIMMERJESSE blogged today about wanting new Spark Goodies. What a great idea! I've often wanted to write Spark and say, "Hey, have you thought of ..." <BR> <BR> So rather than just send ideas piecemeal, wouldn't it be great to send a list of potential Goodies from a team? <BR> <BR> Put your ideas here and at the end of November, we'll make our suggestions known to Spark. Be creative!! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:48:15 EST Daily Chat I'm not really interested in writing a novel in a month - first of all, I'm not interested in writing a novel at all and second, in a month? So I've decided to start a chat here and if this is a faux pas, please forgive me!! <BR> <BR> I know there are some technical writers out there. One of the things I do is write stress management tips (250 words or less) for a daily tip e-blast. So far, I've written about a thousand tips. Difficult to come up with stress management ideas, so I'd as... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:26:18 EST NaNoWriMo Who's doing it? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:12:26 EST We writers who enjoy fitness & need to work out! Hi everyone! I'm MsBootcamp. <BR> <BR> Been on SP almost 5 years, and really active on SP again since 2011. <BR> <BR> How are YOU combining your fitness needs and goals with your writing (whether work or hobby)?? <BR> <BR> One great thing: I discovered sitting on a stability (exercise) ball instead of a regular office chair. This ISN'T for everyone. Some folks should check with a doctor or health professional first. I tried sitting, and it was not uncomfortable. In fact, I found it ENERGIS... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 07:21:25 EST I'm a writer and a Spark newbie Hello, fellow writers. I'm a professional technical writer who does a lot of sitting all day. I've been to a few conferences in the past for technical communicators and I've noticed that a lot of them look like me: a bit..ahem...wide. I've been working out three times a week with a trainer for several months and finally I'm starting to not only endure exercise, but also like it. Heck, some days I love it. I know--who would have thought? I want to inspire other people like me (bookworms, peopl... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 12:33:43 EST I love to write I started writing about 5 years ago and find it is such a great way to spend time and keep my imagination working Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:46:40 EST