SparkPeople Happy Healthy Sparkers Team Messageboard A team for positive, upbeat sparkers. We have our ups and downs but we keep on sparking! Our team is mainly for supporting one another and daily chats. Come join us! SparkPeople Happy Healthy Sparkers Team Messageboard What equivalent have you lost? Fun one! We haven't done this one in a long time. Our weights have changed and this is a fun thing to do here. <BR> <BR> Here are some weight comparisons . . what equivalent have you lost? <BR> <BR> 1 lb = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 lbs = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 lbs = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 lbs = an average human brain <BR> 4 lbs = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 lbs = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 lbs = a human's skin <BR> 7 lbs = an average newborn <BR> 8 lbs = a human head <BR> 10 lbs = chemica... Mon, 4 Jan 2021 12:30:05 EST Unscramble These Christmas Carols 1) - ATNSA LSUAC SI NCIOMG OT OTNW <BR> 2) - KEDC ETH LASHL <BR> 3) - LOPRHDU HTE ERD SNOED EREDIENR <BR> 4) - LIGNEJ SLEBL <BR> 5) - TORSFY EHT WONASNM <BR> 6) - TINSEL GHINT <BR> 7) - HET TILLET MEMRURD OBY <BR> 8) - IHWTE SARTCMHIS <BR> 9) - ODG SETR EY REMRY LETEGNEMN <BR> 10) - HTE STIRF LONE <BR> <BR> Only one rule: DON'T PEEK AT OTHER'S ANSWERS! <BR> <BR> I'll put the answers on Wednesday December 16 <BR> <BR> Have fun unscrambling these! <BR> <em>446</em> Sun, 13 Dec 2020 20:11:04 EST December Calorie Range Challenge. With the holidays it's even more important to stick within our calorie range whenever possible. Here is a thread to hold us accountable and reward us with Spark Goodies for participation. Wed, 2 Dec 2020 10:44:11 EST Married v Not married Long ago, widows told me how lucky I was to have a special husband. <BR> <BR> Over 40 years later, I wonder what once marrieds would say to now marrieds about what they miss most. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:28:46 EST November Calorie Range Challenge It doesn't matter which program we choose or what our calorie range is, the important thing is to stick to it. How did you do today? <BR> <BR> At the end of the month everyone who participates will get a Spark goodie. The more days that you stick to your program the bigger and better the goodie! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2020 09:52:15 EST November challenge: Get your SHMEC in check <em>465</em> Happy November team! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> You may be asking what is SHMEC? <em>40</em> (As seen in Metabolic Renewal) <BR> <BR> S leep <BR> H unger <BR> M ood <BR> E nergy <BR> C ravings <BR> <BR> The things that make or break a good day. <BR> <BR> When your SHMEC is in check, your body is functioning at it's optimal capacity. <BR> When it is out of wack, it is a sign you need to change something about the way you eat or live. <BR> <BR> I will be the first to admit ... Sun, 1 Nov 2020 09:35:59 EST Hearty and Healthy October It’s so easy to want to stock up on stodgy, warm and comforting food in a warm and cozy home during the Fall and Winter months. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, most hearty meals are usually loaded with calories. But what if you could tuck into your favorite classic cold weather meals without any of the guilt? <BR> <BR> Yep, you heard that correctly! Healthy meals that are perfect for keeping you warm this October WITHOUT messing up your weight loss regime! <BR> <BR> I am sure we can all come up w... Sat, 3 Oct 2020 16:56:42 EST October Stay in Calorie Range Challenge for Goodie Today is the start of a new month for us to stay within our daily calorie range. <BR> <BR> September was a good month for many of us. Marge, Chris, Nan, Fran, Gloria and I all posted days when we stayed within our calorie range. All of us will get goodies (the more days we stayed in range, the "bigger" the goodie. Congrats to all of us, however, I think that Fran stayed in calorie range the most number of days (sometimes it was hard to tell what to count) so Fran gets the biggest goodie f... Thu, 1 Oct 2020 14:52:43 EST QOTD 9/14/2020 ??? Good Afternoon <BR> <BR> Today's Question What is your favourite form of protein? <BR> <BR> <BR> fish Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:29:57 EST Did you stay in your calorie range? Monthly goodie Did you stay in your calorie range the last 24 hours? If you did, let us know and earn monthly goodies! Sun, 6 Sep 2020 11:13:58 EST September sparkle challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have the momentum going and we can take this glorious month of September to new heights by keeping the cleaning and organizing going! <BR> It is time to catch the September rays and make our homes sparkle! <BR> <BR> I may even throw in a batch cooking or craft day here and there, for some added fun. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We all love to have our homes as nice and inviting as possible... Tue, 1 Sep 2020 07:41:21 EST Clean that space - August challenge This month is all about getting our homes clean and organized to finish off the Summer on a good note. <em>542</em> <BR> <BR> Each day we will have a space to clean and or declutter and organize. We will have days where we decorate or rearrange too and our homes will reward us with a sense of accomplishment, smiles and calm. <BR> <BR> If you have a cleaning, organizing or decluttering tip, this is the place to put them down so the rest of us can use them too! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> N... Sun, 2 Aug 2020 09:09:02 EST QOTD 7/27/2020 ??? Good Afternoon <BR> <BR> Today's Question Do you bake in the summer heat? <BR> <BR> sometimes, depending on how hot it is. I live in Georgia and it gets really hot here. Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:24:42 EST July Nutrition challenge with a twist <img src=""> <BR> Welcome July! <BR> <BR> This month we will be focusing on nutrition and our waists! <em>550</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> We will make it a habit to plan at least one or more of our meals each day, add more fruits and veggies. We will infuse our water to make it fun and other nutrition tips along the way. <BR> <BR> For our waists, we will do a variety of twists and moves to whittle a few inch... Wed, 1 Jul 2020 07:27:58 EST 30 day June core challenge <em>235</em> June! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles <BR> <BR> Core exercises improve your balance and stability <BR> <BR> Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles. <BR> <BR> Core exercises don't require ... Mon, 1 Jun 2020 08:59:00 EST Quotes Today's quote <BR> <BR> Struggle is part of the journey. Tue, 26 May 2020 11:26:10 EST MAY 31 DAY ARM CHALLENGE PLUS CARDIO <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The days are getting longer and warmer. <em>67</em> <BR> It will soon be time for sleeveless tops and shorts. <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make May a wonderful bridge, between an unusual Spring and a fantastic Summer! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every day I will post a new arm workout with a few rest days... Fri, 1 May 2020 08:19:45 EST April clips and tips Let's have a fun filled April, what with all the heaviness of the world at the moment. <BR> <BR> Share clips...videos, photos, news articles, from your hometown. <BR> Let us find out more about the area that you live and what makes you proud and happy to be there. <BR> <BR> Share tips.... Got tips on doing anything at all? Getting moving? <em>313</em> Making wine? <em>181</em> Cleaning vegetables? <em>550</em> Making masks <em>541</em> Spring cleaning? <em>542</em> Anything!! Le... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 09:42:36 EST What are you Grateful for today? I am grateful for the sun shining, I was able to sit out on my balcony and soak it up! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Apr 2020 14:45:32 EST Mindful March <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So many times we find ourselves thinking of the future, or reliving the past. <BR> <BR> March is a wonderful time to live in the present. <BR> Try to center your mind on the moment you are in and get the most of it, without letting your mind wander to something else. <BR> <BR> Easier said than done, but with practice, we can do this. Let's take a step at at time, each day, starting ... Thu, 5 Mar 2020 07:51:00 EST Heart to Heart February Challenge The goal of this challenge is to have a healthier heart. <em>26</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Three categories, do one thing from each category, every day. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Do: Perform physical activities, participate in screenings or set goals. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Learn: Read articles or watch videos. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Eat: Try heart-healthy recipes or new produce. ... Sat, 1 Feb 2020 14:17:08 EST Connect the dots in 2020 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember doing connect the dots, as a child? What fun to draw a line between each dot and when you were finished, you had a beautiful picture! <BR> <BR> This is much the same, but with healthy habits to connect each day and by the end of the month, season or year, you will have a masterpiece! <BR> <BR> Thank you to Marge for giving us the base from which to begin. Check out her blo... Tue, 31 Dec 2019 03:49:16 EST "A - Z" 5 LETTER WORD with no repeating letters" alive <BR> <BR> This is a fun game, keep it going ... remember, the word must have 5 letters in it, no repeating any letter and it must be in alphabetical order. Not as easy as it sounds but loads of fun!! Sun, 29 Dec 2019 13:17:32 EST Festive Fitness Challenge (between the cookies) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all like to celebrate the holidays, whether it be Christmas, Hanukka, etc. <BR> Traditions, good foods, sitting inside, when the weather gets uninviting. <BR> <BR> This will be a fun little spot to pop in and see what fun workouts or treats we can enjoy during December. <BR> Who knows, it may just give you a jump start on the new year! <BR> <BR> Let's jump right in and begin, shall we? ... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 09:45:58 EST Give thanks in your suffering November challenge. Do you have something that is a struggle? I believe all of us do, whether it is big or small. <BR> <BR> Tough situations. An injury, loss of a loved one, sickness, financial difficulties, moving from the home you knew, the stress of the holidays, a broken down car or appliance, the struggles of getting older, etc. <BR> <BR> It is easy to get caught up in the downward spiral. What am I going to do? This isn't fair! Oh woe is me. <BR> <BR> This may seem an odd challenge, but many folks h... Sun, 3 Nov 2019 09:26:14 EST Revised October Challenge: Whatever you want! Seems as thought there was confusion or lack of interest in my previous challenge, <em>2</em> so.... do whatever you want and post here how you are taking steps to get healthier removing bad habits and replacing with healthy ones. <BR> <BR> Easy enough? <BR> <BR> Only have time to post an emoticon? Fine. <BR> <BR> Want to post a photo of your meal, workout, spa day, etc? Fine <BR> <BR> Feel like going into detail and writing several things you are doing each day? Fine. <BR> <BR> What... Thu, 3 Oct 2019 05:37:52 EST October:My body's in need of a good Fall cleaning Just like our homes and yards, our bodies are in need of a good Fall cleaning! <em>542</em> <BR> <BR> This first week, let's start with this list of things to get us going. <BR> <BR> 1.Keep it simple. Opt for a 3-5 things that fuel our bodies with proper foods and drinks to flush your system while also providing sufficient nutrients for your day. <BR> <BR> 2.Have a plan. Decide what foods you will eat, grocery shop and prep your food to take to work or on the go each day. <BR> Avoid... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 18:01:47 EST SEPTEMBER ADD TEN CHALLENGE Last month was such a hit, let's continue this month! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a recap, in case anyone is just starting up. <BR> <BR> The add ten challenge, is another simple one, but with big dividends. <BR> <BR> Have you been doing 22 pushups a day? Add ten! Make it 32. <BR> <BR> Walking 30 minutes? Add ten! Make it 40. <BR> <BR> Are you eating a certain amount of vegetables and fruit each week? Add 10 servings a week. <BR> <BR> Are you spending 10 minutes on balance exer... Mon, 2 Sep 2019 15:56:40 EST AUGUST ADD TEN CHALLENGE August! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Yes, the calendar is 2018 and I know it is 2019, but I liked the photo). <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> A notoriously great month for me, when it comes to getting my fitness and nutrition, together. <BR> It could be that the Summer is drawing to a close and the air feels different, or the heat is not so intense, or, the fact that Autumn is just around the corner. <... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 07:54:53 EST TODAY i GET PAT ON THE BACK BECAUSE.... It's time to give ourselves credit for all the small "Sparky" decisions that we make each day to help us along our healthy lifestyle journey. So whether we walk the dog or walk the halls, resist the doughnuts completely or stop at one cookie, stick to our meal plan or track our food let's celebrate our daily achievements here. <BR> <BR> It might make sense for some of us to celebrate at the end of the day or to come in the morning to celebrate what we achieved the day before. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:10:16 EST July...let's sparkle challenge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time to refocus and get ready for our July challenge! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Half of the year is gone and it's a great time to reevaluate our goals, or revamp our list completely! <BR> <BR> Doing great? <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Got off track? Let's get back on! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Never got started? Now is the perfect time! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> List your goals for Jul... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 06:45:14 EST APRIL SPRING INTO SHAPE CHALLENGE April has arrived and it's time to shake off the Winter blahs and "Spring" into shape! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This month, we will focus on more movement for all fitness levels, as well as other areas people usually concentrate on in Spring. <BR> <BR> Spring cleaning. <BR> <BR> Toning up for shorts and short sleeves <BR> <BR> De-cluttering <BR> <BR> Gardening <BR> <BR> Walking/hiking <BR> <BR> Impr... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 08:41:56 EST What's Cookin' Good Lookin' This thread is just a place to put down what we eat daily. This way we can be accountable for our own food as well as give and find ideas for meal ideas from each other. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:47:00 EST MARCH: FOCUS ON NUTRITION MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The posts, this month, will focus on the importance of good nutrition and a healthful eating plan. <BR> As we all know, Sparkpeople does an excellent job, sharing such information, but on this thread, we can have a little fun , while getting the most bang out of our nutritional choices. <BR> <BR> Taking charge of your health contributes to ove... Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:58:26 EST Menu ideas for one or two Since so many of us are usually cooking for only one or two it might be fun to share some menu ideas. <BR> <BR> The most important thing for me in cooking for one or two is the appropriate amount of food. It's all too easy to cook too much I find. Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:19:39 EST I love my heart.... February challenge. Since February is a short month, let's get a jump start on getting and maintaining a healthy <em>26</em> . <BR> February is not just for Valentine’s Day. It is also Heart Health Awareness month. We need to take great care of our health, and that means our hearts as well. <BR> <BR> I want all of us to be around as long as we can to love, and be loved by our family, and friends. Let’s just take a quick moment to look at a few things we can do, or do better, to live a longer, healthier lif... Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:14:31 EST What's Cookin', Good Lookin'? For some of us it's hard to think of lunch ideas as well as dinner ideas. If you are can't eat gluten or are just trying to avoid starches in order to lose weigh it helps to have new ideas for lunches and dinners. Hopefully we can share our meals here to help inspire and share new meal plans. <BR> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:38:09 EST What's Cookin', Good Lookin'? Sometimes we either don't track our food or don't make our nutritional trackers public. This is a thread where we can keep track of what we're eating and hopefully get healthy ideas from other team members. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 08:54:46 EST JUST 30 MINUTES JANUARY This thirty day challenge is to spend just thirty minutes each day taking care of yourself. Join on any day and complete in any order. Just 30 minutes January! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Grab your planner or journal and map out your month. <BR> 2. Go for a walk. <BR> 3. Declutter <BR> 4. Take a nap. <BR> 5. Do three 10 minute workouts during the day. <BR> 6. Read a book/ magazine or a spark article on healthy living. <BR> 7.Try a new meal idea. <BR> 8.Learn a new relaxation technique an... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 06:24:18 EST OH FITNESS TREE - DECEMBER CHALLENGE December is here and many of us are so very busy with all sorts of activities. <BR> We still need to take care of ourselves and that is what the "Oh Fitness Tree" challenge is all about! <BR> <BR> We all start out on day one with a <em>446</em> . That's us! We are all different shapes and sizes and even different varieties, just like Christmas trees. <BR> <BR> Each day in December we will be adding another <em>447</em> ornament. These will be our daily challenges to meet and when you... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 08:35:20 EST NOVEMBER MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You will never change your life unless you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the questions below and do the best you can with the daily challenges. If you can keep some of these going on a regular basis, it will help you in the long run. <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Answer the questions be... Thu, 1 Nov 2018 06:32:54 EST QOTD 10/22/2018 ???? Morning, Happy Monday, <BR> <BR> Today's Question: Did you ever run away from home? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, just overnight and then a male friend brought me back home but I moved out without my parents knowing when I turned 18, I had a unhappy child hood. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:29:23 EST "Bootiful "October challenge October! One of my favorite months. <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> Let's concentrate on transitioning from Summer beauty to Autumn "Bootiful". <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Same format as before. Answer the daily question or challenge with a comment, emoticon or photo. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste and away we go! <BR> <BR> 1. Set a goal for October and concentrate on a specific area you want to beautify. <BR> <BR> 2. What are you going to do today to help you step towards that goal? <BR> <BR> 3. Do ... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:47:58 EST What did you spin today? Today I got a 5 and a 10--- Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:52:28 EST daily points from the Wheel--- I got 5 and 2- Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:07:35 EST What did you Spin on the wheel today! You can put your wheel spins here! Wed, 5 Sep 2018 20:53:37 EST September photo/ emoticon or comment challenge. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Just like last month, let's answer a question a day by sharing a comment, a photo, or an emoticon to fit your answer. <em>465</em> <BR> Copy and paste, below, then come back and answer, every day in September! <BR> <BR> 1. What are five things you would like to do more? <BR> <BR> 2.How do you relax? <BR> <BR> 3.How have you changed in the past year? <BR> <BR> 4.What ar... Sat, 1 Sep 2018 15:12:33 EST Dance away the pounds Do you like to dance? Why not use it to your advantage and take a few minutes, each day to shake a leg? <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> Start with one of the videos below, or do your own thing. <em>355</em> <BR> All levels, any style, shake and wiggle to make you smile. <BR> <BR> Post what you have done for the day and share photos or videos, if you like. <BR> <BR> The main thing is have some fun! <BR> <BR> You may find you are adding on minutes the more often you dance. <em>334</em> <BR>... Wed, 1 Aug 2018 15:18:47 EST AUGUST PHOTO/EMOTICON OR COMMENT CHALLENGE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just like last month, answer a question a day for a challenge any level can participate in. <BR> Let's have some fun! Copy and paste, below and then come back each day with an answer. <BR> <BR> 1. What is one goal you have for August? <BR> <BR> 2. What are you grateful for today? <BR> <BR> 3.Use 10 words to describe yourself. <BR> <BR> 4. Do you use nightly face cream? If so what kind? ... Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:24:21 EST July weigh in Do you have weight you want to lose this month? Want to be held accountable, congratulated when you lose and encouraged when you don't? <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the section below and post your starting weight. <em>193</em> <BR> Check in each Sunday in July (or closest day to it) and post your weight. <BR> Let's make some progress! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> July 1 starting weight.... <BR> <BR> July 8 weight... <BR> <BR> July 15 weight... <BR> <BR> July 22 weight... <BR> <BR> July 29 w... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 08:58:41 EST JULY PHOTO/EMOTICON OR COMMENT A DAY CHALLENGE Just like last month, we will have a similar challenge, but different questions. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste then check in each day and answer the question with a photo, emoticon or comment . <BR> <BR> Now let's have fun and sizzle this month! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Post a current photo of yourself to start the challenge. <BR> <BR> 2.Goal for the month? <BR> <BR> 3. Exercise for the day? <BR> <BR> 4. A motivational quote. <BR> <BR> 5. A healthy meal you will have today. <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 08:42:28 EST JUNE PHOTO/EMOTICON OR COMMENT A DAY CHALLENGE Copy and paste the questions below and then return to your post each day and answer the next question, or post a photo or emoticon. <BR> All that answer each question by the end of June get a special goodie! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 1. FAVORITE HEALTHY SNACK..... <BR> <BR> 2, EXERCISE FOR TODAY.... <BR> <BR> 3. FAVORITE WORKOUT CLOTHS... <BR> <BR> 4. FAVORITE CUP FOR WATER.... <BR> <BR> 5. HEALTHY MEAL..... <BR> <BR> 6.WORKOUT SHOES..... <BR> <BR> 7.EXERCISE FOR TODAY.... <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 31 May 2018 09:21:32 EST Water works! We all know that water is the best way to stay hydrated and have your body and mind working at top performance. <BR> <BR> It can be hard to get enough water in, depending on your activity level and the temperature/humidity factor. <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite way to hydrate? Post it here! <BR> <BR> Infused water is tasty and thirst quenching. Share a photo or recipe. <BR> <BR> Tea and coffee actually can be hydrating as well. You may wish to check with your doctor or research online t... Thu, 31 May 2018 08:55:46 EST Summer projects for fun and relaxation Summer brings with it a new a fresh season, where days are long and spirits high. <BR> <BR> As we have many creative members, here on the Happy Healthy Sparkers team, let's share ideas to bring smiles and sparkle to our homes and yards. <BR> <BR> Got a project you are making for your patio, or outdoor entertainment area? Post it here. <BR> <BR> Patriotic table setting for your dining room, or beach themed porch? Post it here! <BR> <BR> Making a blanket for a baby on the way? Show us how ... Thu, 31 May 2018 07:00:00 EST Get More Protein in my diet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I look at the nutrition chart in tracking, I am seeing way too many carbs and not enough protein. I bought some chicken breast cut in small strips I am going to put on the barbecue today for snacks and to have with salads for lunch. John is off to Dallas for two days and it is always a challenge to stay on track when he travels. <BR> <BR> I planted some new Iris yesterday. The photo... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:04:41 EST Gardening, good for body and soul. At the suggestion of Fran, I am starting a gardening thread, here for our Happy Healthy Sparkers team. <BR> <BR> Gardening, can be healthy in so many ways and usually is associated with being happy, as well. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Come on in and share photos, tips and gardening fun. <BR> Ask questions and tell us if you are getting healthier from any form of gardening. <BR> <BR> Does taking care of a houseplant make you smile? <em>375</em> <BR> Weeding, helping you become more nimb... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 14:38:40 EST April transformation What better month than April to have transformation take place in your mind, spirit and body! <BR> <BR> Small changes each day will lead to more changes and before you know it... <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> You are a new, improved YOU! <BR> <BR> What will you do this day, this week, this month, to make progress on your journey? <BR> <BR> This post is to write not only what you will do, but also to suggest things for team mates and encourage them! <BR> <BR> Together we can become healthier ... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:04:59 EST A smile a day Want to put a smile on here, to give others a chuckle? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:28:58 EST IDEAS? Hi All! I need your help. My Church is having a Potluck Dinner at the end of the month. I need ideas for a healthy salad and or dessert. I haven't found anything that I liked on the Sparks recipe thread. Do you have a favorite recipe you could share? If so please include the nutrient values. Thanks in advance, Cathe Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:39:06 EST A question ...... I always steam just enough vegetables for my one meal. What I'd like to know is, can I steam a double amount of cauliflower and broccoli for tonight and heat up the leftovers tomorrow? Would it still taste the same and have the same texture? <BR> <BR> If so, would you just warm it up in microwave? I should know these things but don't. An answer would sure be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Gloria Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:03:14 EST March challenge. Finish...... I can..... I will... Start each day with finishing these statements. <BR> <BR> I can...... <BR> <BR> <BR> I will...... <BR> <BR> The more we say these things and the less we say or think I can't, I won't , the closer we will get to believing and achieving our goals. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> I will do it! Will you? <BR> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:34:17 EST Be an Olympian in your own way. The Winter Olympics are getting ready to kick off and I always get excited and motivated. <BR> <BR> Ever since I was a little girl, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, along with the background stories of those who compete, have fascinated me. <BR> <BR> Medal winner or not, these people all have certain qualities that got them to the games. <BR> <BR> 1. They have the mind of an Olympian. They see and believe in themselves as winners and they see the goal accomplished in their mi... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:06:09 EST Finally introducing myself to the Team My name is Karen, and I am not new to Sparkpeople. The First time I sparked was in 2010 I was in a wheelchair with two broken legs and had six surgeries to walk again. I was well over 280 pounds. I did lose 100 pounds on Spark. I was a Spark Motivator and Featured Sparker. <BR> I am grateful. <BR> I am married, and a grandmother retired early. I volunteer a the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Horticulture. I do grow my vegetables, herbs, and teas from seed. I also volunteer at the VA in Hosp... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:54:45 EST My Goals for 2018 I have been thinking about what goals I'd like to reach in the coming year. I'm making mine specific and do-able so that I won't disappoint myself. Come join me if you wish, write down your goals for 2018. <BR> <BR> Make your goals S.M.A.R.T . . . specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely. <BR> <BR> My main goal is to take off some of my excess weight. I know I need to do it slowly, that gives it a better chance to stay off. <BR> <BR> I will be back with specific goals ... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:37:01 EST Happy Healthy Holiday December should be a beautiful time of year, but all too often we can get stressed, tired and run down. <BR> <BR> This is a simple little challenge that will hopefully keep a smile on your face and have a little fun. <BR> <BR> Let's remember to support each other and send goodies, an encouraging note or post a fun photo. <BR> Nutrition and fitness tips are always appreciated, as well. <BR> <BR> What helps you stay in the Christmas spirit and not become a Scrooge or Grinch? <BR> <em>445<... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:10:15 EST Daily gratitude in November <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's take each day in November and focus on what we are thankful for. <BR> <BR> Post your thoughts, here, to inspire others. <BR> <BR> There are many blessings, each day, when we look for them. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful month, November is. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:23:21 EST Trick or Treat October Most of us live where the seasonal change in October is something to look forward to. <BR> If not, at least a state of mind, boost. <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is to share tricks, which are movements and activity to fit into your normal day, that will help make us more fit. <BR> <BR> It is also a place to post treats. Healthy snacks, meals and beverages to enjoy and move us to a healthier version of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Oct 2017 09:26:25 EST September shake up September brings a new enthusiasm, with cooler days and Summer in the rear view mirror. <BR> <BR> Are you ready to shake up your daily routine? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Let's find the right kind of "shake" that interests you. <BR> <BR> We all go through the motions, at one time or another. Is it getting you where you want to be? <BR> <BR> Can you try a new food? Make a new salad dressing to shake up? <BR> <BR> Work on shaking your booty perhaps with a snappy polka? (sitting down and fla... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 15:31:32 EST August:Walking the gardens of the world Happy August, everybody! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> A mix of hot and cold and flowers in their glory. <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Let's walk the gardens of the world, track our miles, steps or time spent, as we post beautiful photos of places to stroll, hike and visit. <BR> <BR> Burn calories, get fit and relax your mind while enjoying nature dressed up in a riot of color. <BR> Let your spirit soar and visit a garden, today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:07:16 EST Bonus Points for the Team 3 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:18:11 EST Christmas in July I have always enjoyed the term Christmas in July and have gone so far as to freeze a small snowman to bring out in July. <em>444</em> <em>67</em> <BR> I drink hot cocoa <em>106</em> while watching the Santa Clause, <em>442</em> on a super hot day. <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> All this psychologically makes me feel cooler. <em>425</em> Happy, in fact. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So this month, are there things you can do that can trick you into being healthier? <em>40</em> Feel... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 08:02:27 EST Tell us 5 random things about yourself .... 1 - I've been married twice ... divorced from first husband, separated from second <BR> <BR> 2 - I was an extremely shy person till in my 40's <BR> <BR> 3 - I'm a proud mother of a Down Syndrome daughter <BR> <BR> 4 - I'm a true procrastinator and will put off everything if I can :-) <BR> <BR> 5 - I'm a far too laid back type of person Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:08:51 EST 5 simple things in June We are almost halfway through the year. How is it going for you? <em>2</em> Are you where you thought you would be? <em>39</em> <BR> Did your good intentions become good habits? <em>24</em> <BR> Or do you need to have an epiphany? <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> 5 simple things. <em>194</em> <em>311</em> <em>551</em> <em>414</em> <em>305</em> <BR> <BR> 5. That is not so many things. <BR> <BR> Simple. Well how hard can that be, already? <em>595</em> <BR> <BR> So in Ju... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:19:04 EST MISSION SLIMPOSSIBLE - MAY CHALLENGE May is here and time for another challenge. <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> This month our days will be filled with challenges, that pop up, and should you decide to except those missions, you will lose inches, from your waist, hips, bust, arms, etc. <BR> <BR> Are you up, for less of you? A stronger you? A slimmer you? <BR> <BR> List the body parts you would like to lose inches from and post an exercise that will be helping you do that. Post how long or how many of those exercises you did for the... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:56:14 EST I have gone to the dark side and am trying keto Ok I may have bad mouthed all the "fad diets" ha ha... but here I am anyway. I have been tracking my macros since Sep 2016 and lost 18 kilos by January 2017. Then I got stuck. Been stuck. Willing to try anything... <BR> <BR> I have been tracking macros and doing well with it, but my old macros were pretty easy. <BR> Carbs 150-185 g; (40%) <BR> Fat 50-62 g; (30%) <BR> Protein 112-138 g; (30%) <BR> Calories 1500-1850 <BR> <BR> Damn, I just realized something. I found dried pinto beans l... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:11:28 EST TAKE AIM IN APRIL For April, lets pick a day, set a goal and fire away! <BR> <BR> I always loved archery and was pretty good at hitting the bullseye when playing darts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One thing I learned, was that the more I focused and concentrated, the more accurate I became. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:16:17 EST March into Spring. March into Spring ,everyone with some new found enthusiasm and effort to be more physically active. <em>361</em> <em>403</em> <em>548</em> <em>354</em> <em>319</em> <em>324</em> <em>278</em> <em>360</em> <BR> <BR> Let's post our activities, here and encourage others to become more active, for their individual capabilities. <BR> <BR> We are all at different fitness levels, but can each make progress, with our efforts, to tone, shape and improve ourselves, through more... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:42:57 EST Unconventional Lent ideas from Spark We are about to begin the lenten season and SP has a great post with some unique ideas, for things to give up or take up. <BR> <BR> Here is the link . Let us know if you are doing enything differnet for Lent, or for the arrival of Spring. <BR> <link><BR>st=15_unconventional_lent_ideas </link> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:07:36 EST Focus on Food February February may be the shortest month of the year, but with plenty of time for good habits to stick. <BR> <BR> Reaching our goals, is a multi faceted approach, but for this month, let's focus on food and the changes we can make, both large and small that will get us closer to where we want to be. <BR> <BR> Ideas include but not limited to, are: <BR> <BR> Reduce your intake of sugar. <BR> <BR> Add more fiber. <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> Try a vegetable you have never had. <em>369</em> <BR... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:45:43 EST The Senior Functional Fitness Test I found a good article here, by Dean Anderson (he writes the best articles on Spark). It is "The Senior Functional Fitness Test". Although it is aimed at people 60 and over, I tried it just to see how I did. I am 53 but in terrible shape... <BR> <BR> It seems to be a pretty reasonable test. I am not over 60, but I have been so overweight that this would have been much harder 4 months ago... <BR> <BR> I would like to have seen some exercises listed to correct any problems, though. <BR> ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:13:42 EST What equivalent have you lost? Fun one! Here are some weight comparisons . . what equivalent have you lost? <BR> <BR> 1 lb = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 lbs = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 lbs = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 lbs = an average human brain <BR> 4 lbs = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 lbs = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 lbs = a human's skin <BR> 7 lbs = an average newborn <BR> 8 lbs = a human head <BR> 10 lbs = chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 lbs = an average housecat <BR> 12 lbs = a Bald Eagl... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:27:24 EST Homemade granola bar question Anyone here make their own energy bars? The ones I find locally are expensive and as bad for you as a Snickers (and I love snickers!). I was trying to make my own, and of course have to adjust ingredients for what is available here. So, no exotic stuff like dates, flax seeds, or chia seeds ha ha. <BR> <BR> I made my first ones today and they taste great. But are higher in calories than I want, and are too crumbly. I am looking for a good binding agent - maybe an egg white? I had hoped the ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:15:05 EST Declarations and Prayers for 2017 I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. <BR> <BR> Philippians 3:13-14 <BR> <BR> Father, there are so many things to thank You for in the past year, and lots of things we'd rather forget. There are tragedies in some of our lives that have changed us for ever, and there are blessings that have changed us for ever as well. ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 02:05:38 EST January Jump start Happy New Year! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for a jump start into January? Got lots of grand ideas? <BR> <BR> Many times we try and do it all at once and get overwhelmed, so why not take it a little at a time and build each week, of each month! <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the month, for this week, for today? <BR> <BR> Remember. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By January 31, I will be doing 2... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:41:06 EST 2017 Weight ~ let's lose it! Would you like to join me in REALLY working at losing the extra weight in the coming new year? If so, please put down the weight you are now and the weight you wish to get down to and let's encourage one another on this thread. <BR> <BR> I need to lose quite a few pounds and want to do it in 10 lb increments, that wouldn't seem so daunting and would offer me more incentive to lose! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:31:27 EST My pants fell off! I was invited to a party, at a nightclub, so I figured long pants were in order. I only own one pair of pants that fit... I live in board shorts. I can't even remember the last time I wore my long pants. Anyway, I was getting dressed and they felt a little loose. I buttoned them, let go, and the slid right to the floor! It was awesome. My wife thought it was funny. Of course I can't find my belt or suspenders. I have not worn either in over 2 years, and we moved houses last year so there... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:24:31 EST Jingle all the way in December. December comes and a whirlwind of activities, surround us. Mixed emotions of happy and sad. <BR> <BR> Here is a place we can post whatever grounds us. Use your imagination and spread the cheer! <BR> <BR> Does decorating get your blood flowing? Show us a photo, or fun image. <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Bells ringing make your heart sing? <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Baking cookies for friends and family? Or do you have healthy snacks to share? <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> How about snowy scenes,... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:22:54 EST Trouble getting enough calories? Anybody have any trouble reaching what Spark says is your calorie goal? I never ate a whole lot of food, really...but what I ate was not good choices. I got fat from Coke, M&amp;Ms, and Taco Bell. <BR> <BR> We have no Taco Bell here, and I quit most of the junk food. So my regular meals are not enough to get even close to my "goal". I was getting about 1,200 of my 1,500-1,800 goal, but remember as I exercise the goal raises. The goal would get up to 2,000 quite often. Other users here ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:27:31 EST NOVEMBER : 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE, is a place where we can share, daily, what we are thankful for. <BR> <BR> This can be anything, that you are grateful for, that contributes to your physical health, your mental health and/or your spiritual health. <BR> <BR> Please pop in and share with the group. It not only will help the team, but we can also each benefit, from thinking about this daily. <BR> Especially helpful during sad or tough times, but even when we are happy and things are going well, it is goo... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:36:39 EST OCTOBER: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BONES We all know that strong bones are important for good health and what better time, than October, to "bone" up on what helps make, keep and replenish strong bones. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thread is here for us to post information on foods, rich in calcium, exercises that can help our bones and any other information that is helpful. <BR> <BR> Let's make it a point, this month to learn more about what we can... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:04:17 EST I've lost a hang glider. How about you? Apparently, the 56lb weight I've lost since I started trying to lose weight is the weight of a hang glider. <BR> <BR> I'm just so relieved that I wasn't using it at the time I lost it! <BR> <BR> If you enter your weight loss on this site they'll tell you what you've lost. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:00:12 EST SEPTEMBER:TURN OVER A NEW LEAF September is a time, where change happens. You can feel it in the air! <em>465</em> So Let's make some changes to our health routine, with a fresh start for Fall. I will take parts of a SP article and post here, for the month of September. Maybe some of the ideas will be the jump start we need. <BR> Here are the topics we will be covering. <BR> <BR> Fall into Healthier eating habits! <BR> <BR> Make it an active Autumn! <BR> <BR> Create a Harvest ready home. <BR> <BR> Make it the Autumn... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:31:36 EST 100 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF EAT YOU MAY NEED TO ZOOM IN N THIS, OR ENLARGE, BUT IT IS REALLY WORTH THE TIME TO READ. <BR> DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO, INSTEAD OF EATING? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:12:43 EST August goals and tips August is a few short days away and now is the time to start planning your goals for that month! <BR> Just imagine where we can be by the end of 31 days that make up that month. <BR> <BR> To help you make sensible choices and have the right approach, take a look at this Sparkpeople link, below. Good advise and guidelines to make our goals come true! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=696&amp;utm_source=s<BR>parkpeople&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;ut<BR>m... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:08:45 EST New header launch, tomorrow. Just a heads up that there will be a slight change with SP, tomorrow. I don't no too much about it, but thought you would like to know. <BR> <BR> The menus will work in basically the same way, except that there are a few new options like videos and challenges. Hopefully these changes will help you access the features you use even more easily! <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:21:55 EST A,B,C words that have "double letters" A - apple Thu, 2 Jun 2016 17:57:18 EST Lower intensity benefits This Sparkpeople article on Lower Intensity Steady State Cardio and it's benefits is right up my alley. <BR> <BR> Take a look and see if this looks good to you. My intuition always seemed to sense this was the case for me, but everyone is different. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=2100 </link> <BR> <BR> I will feel much better, going at my slower pace, now. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:18:00 EST Non-Scale Goals Too often we focus on what the scale says and while this is important, concentrating on other goals may actually help get you to where you want to be, faster! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Here is an excellent article from Spark People! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=5_goals_to_focus_on_instead_of_the_<BR>scale </link> <BR> <BR> Take a look at it and then come back here to post. <BR> Copy and past the area below and then add your answers! <BR> <BR> 1. Performan... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:48:02 EST walking to meet Chris We started our journey March 1 <BR> from March 1 to 31 i covered 111.5 miles <BR> April <BR> 1_40__ minutes__3__ miles two 20 mins walks 1.5x2 <BR> 2 _40__minutes___3.2_ miles <BR> 3 40___minutes__3.1__ miles <BR> 4_20 __ minutes__3__ miles bike two 10 rides <BR> 5_40__ minutes__3.2__ miles two walks <BR> 6_40__ minutes__3.1__ miles 2 walks Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:10:53 EST ATTRACTIVE APRIL April 1st and we all start getting busy with more activities. Days are nice and not too hot, yet and as we look in the mirror <em>204</em> the long Winter, may be looking right back at us. <BR> <BR> Let's take this month, to do the little things to perk up our appearance. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Drink more water, to plump that skin up. <BR> Exfoliate, with a new product. <BR> Try a new lotion with a Springtime scent. <BR> A different hairstyle can really put a smile on your face. <BR>... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:01:18 EST MARCH INTO SPRING! Welcome to March, team! <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Meteorological Spring has begun and the Vernal Equinox will be early this year, on the 20th, due to a leap year! <BR> <BR> Are you ready to shake off those Winter blahs and pounds? <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Let's March Into Spring by making each day count towards reaching your goal, or if you are one who has already reached your goal, make a new one! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Post here each day to let us know what healthy choices, you made... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:32:14 EST Last 2 letters begin a new word We all need a bit of fun in our days. This one is "the last two letters of the word makes a new word". <BR> <BR> Example - I put down nurse - so new word begins with 'se', could be serve. Next word begins with 've' etc. <BR> <BR> Got it? Great! Let's put some fun in our days! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:16:48 EST Weight Thread - Lose or Gain? For those who wish to keep track of their weight with other team members as encouragement. We can either put on our weight or pounds lost/gained. I know the scales do not define us and we should use it only as a guide but isn't it great when we see those numbers go down? <BR> <BR> I am going to weigh myself on Sundays, I know what I weigh right now so I'll take it from there. Join me if you wish. If you don't use scales as a measure, then please just skip this thread. <BR> <BR> Let's gi... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:42:45 EST Hello! Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm Sue and have been a member of SP for a number of years. I love it, and it works. So then I stop doing it for a while because, well, you know, I don't need it any more do I? And then the bad habits sneak back in, just one tiny poor decision at a time! <BR> <BR> So here I am, back again. But I know this site is great and I know if I follow the advice, it will work again. <BR> <BR> Also, thanks to faithp44 for christening me Sparkle Sue. I like that much better than ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:38:37 EST Stick to it February Our new challenge will be Stick to it February! <BR> <BR> There seems to be an interest among, many on the team, to get a special calendar, just for this challenge. For each day, you do your workout, place a sticker or star. <BR> Here is what my January looked like. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So my goal will be to fill each day of February with a sticker! <BR> I will then go to the Stick to it February thread and post... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:56:51 EST Journal Calendar and planner For those of you who may be interested in finding a place to journal, planning out things and having a calendar handy, here is a link that may come in handy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp </link> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:15:29 EST Jump start January <em>411</em> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Are you ready to Jump start your way to a healthier, leaner, you? <BR> <BR> How will you Jump start, your year? <BR> <BR> Start a new journal? <BR> <BR> Make a new vision board? <BR> <BR> Clean your kitchen and have only healthy foods, available? <BR> <BR> Post your start photo here or on a blog and then at the end of the month, post the new you. <BR> <BR> Commit to do a workout, each day for so many minutes? <BR> <BR> Substitute that snack wi... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:39:43 EST Declarations and prayers for 2016 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 <BR> <BR> Father, as we go into a new year I declare that you are my shepherd. You are the One who leads me, guides me and protects me and meets every need. I don't know what this year holds for me, but You know and you promise never to leave me. I place myself in Your hands and joyfully choose to follow You and trust You during 2016. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:35:51 EST 60 second makeover This week let's focus on changing our lives one minute at a time. <BR> <BR> Choose AT LEAST ONE of these 60 second activities each day but try to fit in as many as you can – after all, it’s only one minute at a time! Remember you can do any activity as many times as you like through the day! <BR> <BR> * Energy boost: take 60 seconds to exercise (jumping jacks, running in place, step ups – anything to get your heart pumping!) - this is great to do first thing in the morning or anytime thro... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:20:03 EST January Goals What are your goals for January and do you have three basic steps to achieve them? <BR> <BR> As we know, a goal should be written down, have a date, as to when the goal should be reached and have steps in place, to help you reach that goal. <BR> <BR> This is a spot where you can write it down, share with the team and come back and visit, to report your progress and see how others are doing. <BR> <BR> We can cheer each other on, pick up someone who has slipped or congratulate each other fo... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 06:44:12 EST Jingle all the way, December! December 1st! Can you believe it? <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Thought we could have a fun little place to share a some holiday cheer. <em>408</em> <BR> Whether it be Christmas, <em>446</em> Hanukkah, <em>500</em> or just the beautiful Winter season, <em>444</em> we all can get caught up in the hustle and bustle and it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Jingle all the way is a place to pop in and post a holiday photo, <em>388</em> quote, <em>... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:41:09 EST trivia choose first day and month and I will show you how you how to how to. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 02:50:26 EST November "Hang Ten" challenge The holidays are fast approaching and we can easily be thrown off track. <em>429</em> <em>2</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> So let's hit the beach and improve our balance, with the hang ten challenge. <em>502</em> <BR> <BR> Improve your physical balance. <BR> We will be featuring balance workouts for seniors to improve balance. Whether young or young at heart, this will help us to prevent falls. <BR> Sparkpeople and Youtube have great workouts, however, I am having link issues, so ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:44:16 EST November Goals! November goal for me to really work on is SMALLER portions of food! I really need to work on this and conquer it! <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:32:20 EST Where to you live? About your weather . . . I wondered if you'd like to put where you live . . . . so that we can track your weather, any unusual weather such as flooding, tornadoes, extreme heat, etc., would be good to see if they are in your area. <BR> <BR> Also, you could put anything interesting about your area, like monuments, heritage, etc. <BR> <BR> Come in daily to put your weather if you wish. <BR> <BR> This is NOT a chat thread, just for posting things in your area, not about what you are doing today, etc. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:10:22 EST Goals for October? Did you reach your September goals? Are you setting down goals for October and preparing for them? Remember, reach for the stars, because anything is possible! <BR> <BR> I've put this on early to give you time to think about your goals. See you when you come in to post! <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>311</em> <em>53</em> <em>362</em> <em>180</em> <em>237</em> <em>265</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:33:41 EST Describe your day using ONE word busy Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:48:54 EST Goals for September? I've put this under Fun & Games cause it IS fun to set our goals! With September just around the corner, have you thought of setting any goals for that month? Maybe to get in better shape for that pretty outfit you like to wear over Christmas? Or to lose a few extra pounds so that you can sample the extra special fall and winter treats/goodies, without feeling guilty? Or to do something to help your health/fitness/food? <BR> <BR> Want to come in here and talk about it? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:04:30 EST Take 5 by the lake 14 day challenge A new challenge will start August 2nd. <BR> <BR> Take 5 by the lake. <BR> <BR> Pretty simple here. 5 of anything such as 5 servings of veggies, 5 toe touches, 5 goodies to people on the challenge, 5 minutes meditating, 5 positive affirmations, 5 sitting leg raises...anything! Just imagine doing them by one of your favorite lakes! <BR> Use your imagination and have fun! <BR> <BR> This challenge can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it, but the key is to do something and have fun, ge... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:52:02 EST 14 day Mountain challenge "The Hills Are Alive" Good morning, everyone! A new day, a fresh start and a 14 day Mountain challenge begins! <em>256</em> 7/19/15 to 8/1/15 <BR> <BR> Now if you are thinking, this is too hard for you, that mountains are steep and rugged and you just don't have the energy, think again! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> There is something for everyone on this challenge, "The Hills Are Alive". Just like the song in The Sound of Music, let this challenge re-energize you! <BR> <BR> Over every mountain there is a ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:16:42 EST Hi everyone It was wonderful to check in and see Mary, Chris, well just all of you that were here before. I have missed much but have kept up with my weight loss program. Gotta have a silver lining somewhere, right? lol <BR> For all of you that remember what my family was going through I will update you a bit. The Dr.'s are guessing that my daughter is suffering from something called somaform pain with anxiety or social disorder. They think her brain is telling her body there is an extreme pain i... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 18:28:20 EST Beachcomber 14 Challenge The Beachcomber 14 has begun! (July 5th) <em>462</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a 2 week challenge was started and it's not too, late to jump on in! <em>334</em> Use your imagination! <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun, and workout like we are at the beach! <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> Swimming on a balance ball <em>357</em> or just doing the breast stroke, in a chair or while walking around your house. Actual swimming if you can. <em>237</em> <BR> Jumping the waves <em>185</em> <BR> Lo... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:17:38 EST Fran& chris challenge join us Balance Ball <BR> sit ups on ball <BR> hand weight weights work out while sitting on ball <BR> An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." ~Henry David Thoreau~ <BR> <BR> "Every new day is a chance to change your life." <BR> stretching mall walking <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> bouncing the med ball 60 times <BR> hand weights 6 pack work out from super senior class <BR> step ups 5 mins <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:14:21 EST Want to "streak" with me? We did a streak thread a long time ago on here and it went well. <BR> <BR> I am going to start a streak again. If you want to join me, come in and tell what you wish to streak about and then keep coming back to talk about how you're doing. We can encourage one another. <BR> <BR> Since I now have candy in my apt, two glass dishes of different ones, I eat them most nights. I need an incentive to stay away from them. Seeing how long I can manage without them is that incentive and hopefully... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:10:09 EST Oil Pulling who does it? Here's something you may find interesting, if you don't already know about it and do it. Something I do daily which is great for oral health: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>il-pulling </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:42:25 EST How to loose weight fast and do it safely How to loose weight fast and do it safely by Webmd: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>how-to-do-it-safely </link> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:41:46 EST Motivation for 2015 - Change your life Here you go! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:29:09 EST 5 things that happen when you quit eating sugar <link><BR>ings-happen-quit-sugar.html?c=ngr </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:11:51 EST Hot honey lemon drink in the morning See this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ppens-body-drink-warm-honey-lemon-wate<BR>r-morning/ </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:36:34 EST 10 commandments of Weight Loss <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:55 EST New Feature from SparkPeople! Hello! <BR> <BR> We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:14:03 EST Trick your mind into helping you lose weight Experts say you can trick your mind into helping you lose weight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>an-trick-your-mind-helping-you-lose-2D<BR>12178338 </link> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:10:33 EST 14 Little Mental Tricks to Help You Lose weight All good tips if you did not know and if you did know all good reminders: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ittle-mental-tricks-help-you-lose </link> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:09:23 EST 3 Vital Steps to conquer information overload Interesting for those who have to many emails, too much on Facebook and like and can't cope or keep up. Maybe this is you maybe not. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:12:27 EST Mindful Eating Mindful Eating is so important: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:56:25 EST Emergency Fund In my opinion we should all have an emergency fund you never know when you might need it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er-affairs/how-to-start-your-emergency<BR>-fund-now/ </link> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:28:35 EST Emotional Decluttering Here's something you may find interesting and helpful: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hips/wellbeing/declutter+your+home+and<BR>+your+head,16685 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:40:25 EST Website worth looking at Thought I would share a website worth looking at: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:21:56 EST Teamwork Enjoy! as a team we can get there and hep and support each other along the way! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>together/?cm_mmc=ExactTarget-_-FR-_-05<BR>.10.13-_-PUTGmovie&j=131352&e=urwhatut<BR><BR>1280&mid=7001668&jb=188 </link> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:20:03 EST Positive Quotes YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT <BR> Every 35 days your skin replaces itself and your body makes new cells from the food you eat. What you eat Literally becomes YOU. <BR> You have a choice in what you're made of! <BR> From: Health Tips Centre Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:18:46 EST What are you grateful for? I am grateful for the lovely sunny day today <em>67</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:24:12 EST Common Household Products that destroy your liver Thought you may find this interesting if nothing else it gives food for thought: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:07:00 EST Nutrition Tips Here are some nutrition tips from a newsletter I've subscribed to. I agree with most of the tips not all. I don't agree on eating low fat products. I don't agree on it for many reasons but this reason that I copied from another article I subscribed to explains it better than I can. <BR> <BR> We all need some fat in our diet, not least because it makes our food more palatable and tasty. <BR> <BR> Nutritionally, fats do more than simply supply calories. Certain fats, like those in nuts, see... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:04:35 EST The Leptin Diet FYI Thought you may find this interesting it explains the five rules of the Leptin diet and gives a quick good overview of it: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:51:50 EST 100 Reasons to Exercise Now I got this from someone else and thought I would pass it along to you ladies. <BR> <BR> We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. <BR> <BR> When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> Print, save, pin or "like" this post so you'll have easy access to it on the days you need it most. <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> <BR> Because it make... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 06:11:16 EST TRIVIA CHALLENGE Today you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. <BR> <BR> This month you have answered 21 of 22 questions correctly, 95% correct Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:17:30 EST I need info about the NutriBullet If any of you have used the Nutribullet, can you give me info about it? I've thought of getting one for weeks now and our Walmarts have them on sale. <BR> <BR> It is an appliance that pulverizes fruits & veggies into drinks. I have a small smoothie maker but it cannot take hard veggies or fruits! <BR> <BR> I need to know how nutritious are the drinks you make in the Nutribullet and would need easy recipes if I do buy one. <BR> <BR> Have put it on the Message Boards but so far haven't h... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:00:32 EST Irene (didmis) is in hospital I received a spark mail from a mutual friend of Irene to let me know that Irene is in the hospital after having a fall in her home. This friend (Marcy) will be going up to visit her and will update me about Irene. I'll pass on any news here. <BR> <BR> Part of the note from Marcy follows below . . . . <BR> <BR> ATTENTION FRIENDS OF IRENE - DIDMIS: <BR> Saturday, July 05, 2014 <BR> <BR> Spark Friends of Irene - DIDMIS <BR> <BR> Our good and loyal friend Irene has had a bad fall in her... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:01:53 EST What did you do today that is healthy? Every day I want you to post something positive, good, and healthy that you did for yourself that day. It can be related to health, diet, exercise, stress, sleep, family, etc. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 23:19:52 EST New Team Pages SP has launched A new team pages, program, today. <BR> <BR> Here is a video, for what to expect. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>featur </link> <BR> <BR> Let us hear your thoughts on this new look! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:34:28 EST EMOTICON... your Physical MOVEments today This is a place where you can post an Emoticon, for anything physical that you do each day. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>362</em> <em>313</em> <em>324</em> <em>135</em> <em>360</em> <em>379</em> <BR> <BR> You get the idea. Whether you are rehabbing a knee, walking the dog, doing yoga, this is all good! <BR> Pop in and let us know what YOU are doing to help your body! <BR> You may just encourage someone along the way! <em>334</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:10:27 EST Prayer Requests Hey team, <BR> If you ever need a prayer for yourself, family member, a dear friend or your sweet pet. What ever it is post here so we can pray for you as a team. God Bless! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:15:44 EST Exercise Video Clips for Seniors <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS TOPIC <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A number of our senior members are interested in the video clips from the "Stronger Seniors" team, so I thought I'd bring them over. Here is a list of all the Senior Exercise video clips <BR> <BR> <BR> Marching Exercise for Better Balance (3:08) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443672 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Peyow Aqua Pilates Workout Basics (6:43) ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:52:23 EST Daily Talks As the old chat thread was a whooping 253 pages, Chris and I felt it was time to start a new one. The old "Daily Talks" will always be with us as it is impossible to delete threads - not that we ever would. The old thread will just be further down in the "General Team Discussion Forum". To go back to look at an old posting, just click on the "General Team Discussion Forum" and it will expand to show many more threads. We will make sure that the old thread of Daily Talks doesn't get buried ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:07:17 EST Irene's Spiritual Posts Irene's spiritual postings are so appreciated by all of the team. By dedicating a separate thread <BR> for Irene to post on we can collect all of the spiritual posts together. This way we can go back and re-read the posts that have become our favoritescon. I know I speak for the whole team in thanking Irene for her spiritual contributions. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:30:51 EST What diet program are you using? With so many different diet programs from "Clean Eating" to "Weight Watchers", it's interesting to see what diet program you are following. What aspects of the program do you like and what parts of the program do you find challenging? Sat, 18 Jan 2014 04:48:10 EST What's Cooking in your kitchen today? Experts tell us that losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. Posting what we are cooking and eating today not only helps keep us on track, but can help to provide menu idea when our menu planning is going through a dry spell. <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 04:39:38 EST Prayer Requests Dear Team Members, <BR> <BR> There is power in prayer. If you ever need a prayer post here so we can pray for you as a team. <BR> <BR> God Bless! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 04:18:39 EST Names . . . A to Z Share a name, male or female, in alphabetical order <BR> <BR> A - Andy Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:20:24 EST Challenge of the Day <em>215</em> <em>215</em> Thursday Challenge of the Day <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> Today's challenge is to TRACK! Track EVERYTHING you eat! Track your exercise? How did you do today? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:06:07 EST Question of the Day <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Thursday Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What is your weight loss goal for 2014? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:02:41 EST Question of the Day, Jan 15th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> If you could offer only one piece of advice about beginning … changing habits, starting fresh … what would it be? Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:14:32 EST Question of the Day, Jan 14th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Do you plan things out or live in the moment? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:52:46 EST Question of the Day, Jan 13th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is the most fun thing you can think of doing that doesn't cost too much to do? <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:19:45 EST Question of the Day - Jan 12th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What modification have you made to your home to make living there much easier and more enjoyable? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:28:59 EST Question of the Day - Jan 11th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Do you know how to play a musical instrument? If so, which one(s)? Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:51:27 EST Question of the Day - Jan 10th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> What is your favourite TV show? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:24:59 EST Question of the Day - Jan 9th What aids, if any, do you use to keep track of your exercise. If you use a device are you happy with it? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:51:15 EST Non-scale victory challenge <BR> We tend to measure out progress, by what the scale says. <em>193</em> <BR> Sometimes, we are overjoyed <em>334</em> and sometimes frustrated and baffled. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Here is where we can post some NSV's.... Non- scale victories! <BR> <BR> Here are a few examples: <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> fitting into a pair of jeans, that had been tight. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Getting a walk in. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> drinking at least 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> <em>55... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:21:37 EST Question of the Day - Jan 8th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you tend to have the same thing for breakfast or does it vary? <BR> (I thought of this after reading LadyIrish's blog on pork products) Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:57:01 EST Question of the Day - Jan 7th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is your favourite article of clothing and why? Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:54:53 EST Question of the Day - Jan 6th <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What is your favourite healthy dessert? Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:42:07 EST Opposites, from A to Z add - subtract Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:06:12 EST Question of the Day, Jan 4 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What hobbies do you enjoy doing and do you do them regularly or are you so busy you don't get to enjoy them as much as you would like. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:58:19 EST Welcome CVRONEK (Chris) as co-leader of the team Hi all! I am thrilled that Chris (CVRONEK) has agreed to join me as co-leader of the team! All of us who know Chris love her warmth and cheerfulness. Chris is a landscaper by profession and a nature girl at heart. Chris comes from a very close family that enjoys lots of good food and laughter (most often at Chris' house. lol) Proud mom to adult children Kenny, Ashely, and Nick, Chris is also a caring sister and wonderful daughter who visits her mama almost daily. I am thrilled that Chri... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:28:29 EST Question of the Day, Jan 3 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is the best thing that ever happened to you? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:55:02 EST Question of the Day, Jan 2 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:47:46 EST Question of the Day, Jan 1 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Question of the Day <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Does your family have a tradition for New Year's Day Dinner? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:52:56 EST Question of the Day, Tuesday Dec 31 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Of the Day Dec 31st <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How do you bring in the New Year? <BR> <BR> We always have a quiet evening at home watching a marathon of our current favourite TV show. For many years we had "Father Ted" marathons. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:22:53 EST Question of the Day, Sunday Dec 29 <em>38</em> When do you take down your Christmas tree and decorations? <BR> <BR> We never take anything down until at least the New Year. Living in the country, we have a tradition of chucking the undecorated Christmas tree off the balcony towards the river, then when the snow melts we put it in the brush pile where it will eventually provide kindling for the maple syrup season. <BR> <BR> When John worked, I always tried to get things done before he returned to work, but it seems like we always forget... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:52:00 EST Question of the Day, Saturday Dec 28th Do you make resolutions on New Year's Eve? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:38:45 EST New Team Leader - ShirleyX Please welcome the teams new leader, Shirley. She and several other members graciously answered my email asking for someone to lead the team. <BR> <BR> I've known Shirley for years on Sparks, since I once led the Goodbye Fat team and she was a member of that team. <BR> <BR> Shirley is an awesome lady and will be a good leader. Please give her all the consideration and help that you gave to me as leader. I will be staying on as a member and will soon be back on the chat thread again. <BR>... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:43:28 EST Question of the day, December 18 Do you wear perfume? Whats your favorite? Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:13:37 EST Question of the day, Dec 15 What is a talent that you wish you had? Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:01:01 EST Question of the day, December 14 What is your family's Christmas morning routine? Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:05:58 EST Question of the day, Dec 13 Do you like old movies? If so, what is your favorite one? <em>272</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:34:17 EST Question of the day, Dec 12 What is the oldest thing you own? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:35:47 EST Question of the day, Dec 11 What is the nicest compliment you can recall getting? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:16:10 EST Question of the day, December 9 What holiday treat do you find hardest to resist? Mon, 9 Dec 2013 07:42:22 EST Question of the day, Dec 6 What is your favorite saying? Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:36:27 EST Question of the day December 5 Whats on your Christmas wish list? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:41:38 EST Question of the day, Dec 2 Is your Christmas tree up? <em>446</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 07:52:08 EST Christmas Recipes It's great to share our favourite recipes for the holiday. Nice to try new ones and perhaps older ones that we've forgotten about. <BR> <BR> If you have one, two, three, etc., Christmas ones, please share with the team? <BR> <em>4</em> <em>446</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:11:26 EST Healthy Challenge for December! Challenge yourself with a healthy challenge from now til January 1st! <BR> <BR> Could be drinking those glasses of water daily that you find difficult to do . . . <BR> <BR> Could be to get in those healthy fruits/veggies daily that you just haven't been doing . . . <BR> <BR> Could be to just be nice to yourself daily, give yourself a good pep talk . . . <BR> <BR> Could be to do something for Christmas each day, like baking & freezing, decorating, planning holiday meals . . . <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:27:48 EST Question of the day, Nov 29 Whats your favorite kind of pie? Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:19:17 EST Question of the day, Nov 27 How many people will you be having Thanksgiving dinner with? Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:35:31 EST ...Be Thankful... <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be Thankful <BR> (Unknown) <BR> <BR> Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, <BR> If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> <BR> Be thankful when you don’t know something <BR> For it gives you the opportunity to learn. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for the difficult times. <BR> During those times you grow. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:48:23 EST Question of the day, Nov 26 Do you plan to do any shopping on Black Friday? Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:14:57 EST Question of the day, Nov 24 Had any good news lately? Share! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:36:26 EST Question of the day, Nov 22 Whats on your refrigerator door? Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:52:48 EST Question of the day, Nov 20 What is on your coffee table? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:21:57 EST Question of the day Nov 19 What is your favorite season? Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:31:27 EST Question of the day Nov 18 What was the last store you shopped at, and what did you buy? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:45:11 EST Question of the day, Nov 17 Do you like to go to holiday craft shows and bazaars? Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:48:04 EST Question of the day, November 16 When do you usually start decorating for Christmas? I ask this because my neighbors have their tree up, and lights on their house already. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:29:31 EST Question of the day, Nov 15 How often do you re-arrange the furniture in your home? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:42:13 EST Question of the day, November 14 What is the last movie you saw, either in the theater or at home? What did you think of it? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:24:07 EST Question of the day Nov 12 What is usually the most productive time of day for you? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:20:45 EST Question of the day, Nov 11 What was the best part of your weekend? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:42:38 EST Question of the day, Nov 8 What have you accomplished so far today? Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:35:30 EST Question of the day Nov 7 Let's go outside! Whats your backyard like? Do you do lots of planting in the Spring? Do you spend much time there when the weather is nice? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:57:12 EST Question of the day, Nov 6 We've almost finished with the house tour, lol. Today please tell us about your living room! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:54:11 EST Question of the day, Nov 5 Continuing on with our tour of your home... <BR> <BR> What does your dining room look like? Do you eat there often, or are most meals eaten in the kitchen or elsewhere? Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:21:48 EST Question of the day, Nov 4 Yesterday, you gave us a tour of your kitchen! Today, tell us what your master bedroom looks its decorated, colors, etc. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 07:34:47 EST Question of the day, Nov 3 For the next couple of days, we're going to do a house tour! Today we'll start with the kitchen. Please tell us what your kitchen looks like! (Is your kitchen big, or small? What colors are the walls, curtains, etc.) Sun, 3 Nov 2013 08:09:08 EST question of the day, Nov 2 Have you ever had a bad experience here on Sparks? Sat, 2 Nov 2013 08:08:31 EST Question of the day Oct 31 Last day of the month! Was October a healthy month for you? What are you plans to make November a success? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:43:33 EST Trick or Treat on Halloween? What do you do for Halloween? Do you give out treats? Turn off the lights and not answer the door? Other? <BR> <BR> Come in and share what you'll be doing tomorrow night . . . HALLOWEEN! <BR> <BR> <em>421</em> <em>423</em> <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>275</em> <em>431</em> <em>275</em> <em>333</em> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:44:14 EST November Challenge . . . Pedometer Tracking A great exercise for any type of body, any age of person, is walking! Wearing a pedometer is encouraging because you want to see how many steps you can rack up daily. <BR> <BR> It's not a competition, not for comparing yourself to others . . . it's for doing it for yourself, getting fitter and yes, perhaps lose a few pounds along the way! <BR> <BR> If you don't own a pedometer and would like to join in, I'd suggest getting a cheaper on at Walmarts, they work good, they do the job! <BR> <B... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:33:15 EST Question of the day, Oct 30 Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:42:14 EST Question of the day Oct 29 Do you like it when people just drop by, or would you prefer that they call first? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:11:32 EST Question of the day, October 28 What was the last health/fitness item that you bought for yourself? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:45:53 EST Question of the day, October 26 We did this before and it was fun, so lets try it again! What is something you remember fondly from your childhood or teen years, that is no longer around? You can name as many things as you want. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:41:51 EST My beloved stepdaughter passed away Letting you know that my beloved stepdaughter passed away. <BR> She fought her cancer with dignity, calmness and courage. <BR> <BR> She will always be in our hearts and prayers. <BR> <em>296</em> <em>458</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:44:38 EST Question of the day, October 25 What is the very first thing you see when you walk in the front door of your house? <BR> <BR> What is the very first thing you see when you walk in the back door of your house? Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:04 EST Question of the day, Oct 24 Whats your favorite breakfast cereal? <BR> Whats your favorite salad dressing? <BR> Whats your favorite snack food that is healthy? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:20:43 EST Question of the day, Oct 22 How did you discover Sparkpeople? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:22:12 EST Update on Irene! I had a spark friend send this blog to me about Irene. I hope I can get the link to come in for you. Great picture of our Irene and spark friends who visited her in hospital and good report about her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518857 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:35:39 EST Question of the day, Oct 21 What room of your house gets messy the fastest? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:16:37 EST Question of the day, October 20 Do you normally get many "trick or treaters" at your door on Halloween night? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:38:44 EST New & Improved Start Page coming soon! On Monday, Sparkpeople is changing the Start Page; <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:30:14 EST New change coming to Sparks - Oct 21 A brand new Start Page is coming on October 21 and here is the link to take a look at it. <BR> I think it is great, so easy to find everything I want and need. Changes can be daunting for most of us but I think this one will be easy to adapt to and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=int roducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople_exper ience </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:19:45 EST Do you have allergies in the fall? I've been hearing of many people who have fall allergies. Some itch, some get a rash, etc. Speaking for myself, my bronchitis has flared up and it did last fall. <BR> <BR> So I'm interested in knowing if any of you have allergies? what are you allergic to? what do you take for it? Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:09:53 EST Is this a totally insane idea? I've been slacking for about a month, especially on my nutrition. I eat healthy food--that's all I have, but I've been exceeding my calories most days. Not my much. Si I'm thinking about changing my goal so it will increase my calorie range just a little. Is this a totally insane idea?Please give your opinion and be honest. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:54:08 EST Question of the day, October 11 Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen? (or anywhere else in your house?) What sort of junk is in it, if you have one? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:31:05 EST Question of the day, October 10 Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? When do you normally start it? <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:43:39 EST Question of the day, October 8 How many pairs of shoes do you own? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 07:52:25 EST Question of the Day, October 7 What do you have planned for the week? Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:43:51 EST Woohoo for new emoticons! Sparks has given us new emoticons, check them are a few of them; <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>524</em> <em>527</em> <em>550</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <em>544</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:22:22 EST Goals for October September goals here really helped me and I hope it did you too! <BR> <BR> Come on in and put down your goals for October, be as specific as you can and then come in as often as you wish to let us know how you're doing. Also let us know if you need encouragement or if you have some Woo Hoo's concerning your goals, to share with us. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>265</em> <em>311</em> <em>417</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:35:39 EST Question of the day, Sept 28 The month is coming to an end....what changes will you make to your program in October, or will you keep doing what you're doing? Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:23:41 EST Question of the day, Sept 27 What is your favorite inspirational saying or scripture verse? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:58:33 EST Value... <BR> Value <BR> -Unknown <BR> <BR> A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" <BR> <BR> Hands started going up. <BR> <BR> He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. <BR> <BR> He then asked, "Who still wants it?" <BR> <BR> Still the hands were up in the air. <BR> <BR> "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dro... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 07:41:18 EST Today is "Talk Like A Pirate" Day! <BR> <em>221</em> <em>8</em> <em>221</em> <em>8</em> <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> Avast me mateys! Its Talk Like A Pirate Day! So while you're talkin' like a pirate, be sure to take time to workout like one too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=172 </link> <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call a group of pirate ships? <BR> <BR> A; And ARRRRmada! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> A pirate walks into the bar and orders a jug o' grog. Barte... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:22:35 EST Question of the day, Sept 18 Actually more than one question today! <BR> <BR> 1. Were you named after anyone? <BR> <BR> 2. Do you like your handwriting? <BR> <BR> 3. What color is your car? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:50:19 EST Question of the day, Sept 16 Aside from the normal stuff (wallet, drivers license, cell phone, etc) what do you always carry in your purse? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:09:14 EST Question of the day, Sept 15 Aside from Sparkpeople, what other websites do you visit regularly? Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:38:19 EST Question of the day, Sept 14 What is the last store you shopped at, and what did you buy there? Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:58:34 EST Question of the day, Sept 13 What did you last splurge on for yourself? Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:00:41 EST Question of the day, Sept 12 How much do you usually spend on groceries per week? How many people is that for? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:22:37 EST Question of the day, Sept 9 What was the last thing you purchased online or from a catalog? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:48:08 EST Asking for prayers for my stepdaughter! I've kept something from the team and now need to tell you. <BR> Two weeks ago we learned that Rolly's oldest daughter Sharon is dying of liver cancer and only has a short time to live. <BR> <BR> Sharon lives in British Columbia, miles from us. She has been in the hospital for two months, without us knowing and now she will not be getting out of the hospital and does not want her father to fly out there to see her. I know she is thinking of her dad when she says not to come, she knows he's... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:22:40 EST Question of the day, Sept 7 What do you do with clothes that get too big for you? Do you keep them "just in case", or do you get rid of them? <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:56:49 EST Question of the day, Sept 6 Do you flavor your water, or do you drink it plain? Do you get at least 8 glasses a day? Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:26:59 EST Question of the day, Sept 5 The holiday season will be here before you know it. What will you do to stay on track when it gets here? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 08:19:43 EST Question of the day, Sept. 3 What book are you currently reading? Or, if you're not reading anything lately, what was the last book you read? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:21:12 EST What You Love... This is from Geneen Roth.... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Here's what I remember (and remind myself to remember!) daily: discipline is the act of showing up for what you love. <BR> <BR> I know that seems a bit paradoxical, that you or we need to show up for what we love because if we love it, why wouldn't we show up for it automatically? If I love to come out to my writing studio, why wouldn't I come out everyday no matter what and pick up my pen or sit down at my computer? <BR> <BR> If I love to f... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:23:08 EST Question of the day, August 31 What are your plans for the weekend? Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:31:24 EST Over & Over Again... Over And Over Again <BR> by Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <BR> "What you do over and over again, becomes a part of you. What you do over and over again, becomes so comfortable and familiar that you don't even think about it. <BR> <BR> So what do you do over and over again? What thoughts do you think to yourself again and again? <BR> <BR> What words do you repeatedly say to others? What habits have you built into your daily life? <BR> <BR> Do something once, and it has a small effect. Do someth... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:23:37 EST QOTD August 28 Do you belong to a gym, or do you workout at home? Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:52:13 EST Info needed - how to dry lavender flowers. My lavender plants are beginning to bloom and when out fully, I'd like to dry some to put in sachets to go in my drawers. <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me info about how to go about this? <BR> <BR> Do I have to wait a certain time to cut the blooms off the plants? <BR> <BR> How do I dry them? <BR> <BR> How long does it take? <BR> <BR> As you can tell, I'm a beginner and want to do it right! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>304</em> <em>378</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:02:59 EST Question of the day, August 27 What is your favorite thing about Summer? (Only 25 days of Summer left!) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:06:07 EST QOTD August 26 How is your house decorated? Do you have a particular "style"? Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:15:07 EST Goals for September Hard to believe but September is right around the corner, literally! <BR> <BR> Take your time and think about goals you'd like to set for September then come in and put them down. Try to be as specific as you can. <BR> <BR> Then check in with us often to let us know how you're doing, ask for encouragement if needed/wanted, give support to all. <BR> <BR> I'll be back in the next few days with my September goals, going to think hard on this one! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:56:00 EST "Make It Happen" Make It Happen <BR> — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> The obstacle itself is not enough to stop you. What stops you is your assumption that you can’t get past that obstacle. <BR> <BR> The problem is not that you have too much of this or too little of that. The problem is, you’re waiting for perfect conditions that will never come. <BR> <BR> The achievement that really happens, happens in the real world. The things that get done, get done in less than ideal conditions. <BR> <BR> Don’t make excuses... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:57:32 EST Homemade Trail Mixes . . . ? ? ? I found recipes for homemade Trail Mixes on a healthy eating site on Face Book. I've copied and printed some of them. But they only give the Protein, Fat and Carb count of each serving, not the calorie count. I know dried fruit is high in calories but have thought of making my own mix from these recipes and work at figuring out the cals since it came from a healthy eating site. Figure they can't be too bad??? <BR> <BR> Would like your input on this please. Most contain nuts and dried fr... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:59:35 EST A Mermaid, or a Whale? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. <BR> It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" <BR> <BR> A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. <BR> <BR> To Whom It May Concern, <BR> <BR> Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curio... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:33:13 EST Just For Fun! :) What did you do today? <BR> <BR> Pick the month you were born: <BR> <BR> January-------I kicked <BR> February------I loved <BR> March--------I karate chopped <BR> April----------I licked <BR> May----------I jumped on <BR> June----------I smelled <BR> July-----------I did the Macarena With <BR> August--------I had lunch with <BR> September----I danced with <BR> October-------I sang to <BR> November-----I yelled at <BR> December-----I ran over <BR> <BR> Pick the day (number) you were born on... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:32:47 EST QOTD August 20 What are your grateful for today? Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:36:50 EST QOTD August 19 Do you enjoy being alone sometimes, or do you always prefer to have people around you? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:53:56 EST It's National Tell a Joke Day! <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Happy National Tell a Joke Day! Let's celebrate the day by telling our best (or worst) jokes here on this thread! I'll get us started... <BR> <BR> <BR> Q: What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? <BR> <BR> A: a thesaurus. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:38:13 EST Question of the day, August 15 Are you able to eat "anything with moderation", or are there foods that you just cannot trust yourself with at all? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:01:46 EST The 3 Steps to Success Three Steps To Success <BR> Here are three simple steps to make things happen in your life: <BR> <BR> 1. DO IT. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it like this: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. <BR> Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; <BR> perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all." <BR> <BR> If you wait until you have all the facts or until ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:11 EST Question of the day, August 13 Do you have any hidden talents? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:37:07 EST Question of the day, August 12 I was thinking about this quote today; <BR> <BR> "Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. <BR> In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. <BR> Release the hurt. Release the fear. <BR> Refuse to entertain your old pain. <BR> The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. <BR> What is it you would let go of today?" <BR> -- Mary Manin Morrissey <BR> <BR> Are you holding on to old pain and doubt? Is this ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:11:04 EST Question of the Day, August 9 What turned out better than you thought it would? Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:45:23 EST Question of the day, August 8 What is your favorite skin care product? Thu, 8 Aug 2013 08:33:45 EST 7Harsh Truths To Improve Your Health 7 There are no health bailouts <BR> <BR> <BR> The US financial sector was recently rescued from their appalling behaviors by a shiny $700 billion government bailout. But appalling health behaviors cannot be similarly rescued. Why? Because poor health behaviors create health debts that cannot be neutralized by a pen stroke. <BR> <BR> What are these health debts? The things that matter - quality of life, longevity of life, emotional health, disease prevention, psychological health, physical he... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:00:00 EST 7Harsh Truths To Improve Your Health; 6 of 7 One more discussion from an online article; <BR> <BR> Unhealthy ignorance is not healthy bliss <BR> <BR> Pretending our society's unhealthy plights don't exist exacerbates the problems. Ignorance is not bliss. It's an intellectual and human-decency crisis. <BR> <BR> 67% of US adults are overweight or obese. The US ranks 1st in health care costs (as % of GDP), but 49th in life expectancy. US health care costs are estimated to be $13,100 in 2018 for every man, woman, and child. <BR> <BR> We... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:57:46 EST 7 Harsh Truths To Improve Your Health; 5 of 7 <BR> Here is another discussion from an article I found online. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pain is not gain <BR> <BR> "No pain, no gain" - or so the saying goes. I disagree. <BR> <BR> Pain is painful. Humans have a simple response to anything painful - we stop! So, isn't the whole "no pain, no gain" argument backwards? Pain incites de-motivation, resentment, rejection, even fear. Which of those promotes improved health and happiness? Try none. <BR> <BR> The Eureka! Lesson: ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:20:53 EST 7 Harsh Truths To Improve Your Health; 4 of 7 <BR> You cannot out exercise poor nutrition <BR> <BR> "It's 'okay' for me to eat this gluttonous cake wedge because I'm going to the gym later." <BR> <BR> How silly. <BR> <BR> You cannot out exercise poor nutrition. First, losing fat, gaining muscle, and just getting healthier isn't only about "calories in, calories out". That's far too simplistic. Your nutrition choices affect your metabolism, sleep patterns, mental acuity, stamina, and happiness (just to name a few). <BR> <BR> Second, ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:58:51 EST 7Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health 3 of 7 Here's another truth for us to discuss. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your health won't be perfect, ever <BR> Is health perfection really the goal, or is health greatness? I vote greatness! After all, perfection doesn't guarantee greatness, and greatness isn't perfect. <BR> <BR> Perfection is quicksand. It snares you in a devilish trap of illusion and frustration. It's too heavily nuanced with details, rules, false promises, and other venomous constraints. As a result, your enth... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:28:27 EST 7Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health;2 of 7 Another discussion from an article I found online. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> Health (like life) is unfair. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, all things health are not created equal. Some people have better genetics than others. Some have received more meaningful health education than others. Some have better socio-economic conditions than others. Some are flat out luckier. And all of these things are excuses. <BR> <BR> The Eureka! Lesson: <BR> Fairness isn't the point. Opportunity is. Amer... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 06:14:18 EST 7Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health (1/7) <BR> I got this from another website, from an article entitled "7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Health." I thought it would be interesting to discuss these 7 "truths" one by one... so here is the first one. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Nobody is responsible for your health but you <BR> The quality of your health is not a responsibility you can delegate. Nor can you legitimately blame others for your unhealthy plights. Healthy lifestyle choices matter. And they're made by ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:40:16 EST #backontrack for the month of August . . let's go! You've probably read about this but if not, read on. <BR> <BR> You know how you feel when you have a really "on" day? Where you've exercised, eaten well, and feel like a million bucks when your head hits the pillow at night? For the next 31 days, beginning August 1, we want you to make a concerted effort to have as many "on" days as possible. This challenge is a simple one, but can be amazingly effective if you simply take the time and effort to focus your energy on the little things you may... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:08:11 EST Question of the day, July 31 Do you like it when friends or family drop by your house unexpectedly? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:13:34 EST Question of the day, July 29 When you are struggling with your weight loss efforts, do you reach out and ask for help, or do you keep it to yourself? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:52:10 EST Question of the day, June 28 What is your favorite room in your house, and why? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:01:17 EST .Happy Take Your Pants For a Walk Day! Yes...a real holiday! Today is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day! <BR> <BR> Walking is a great way to get some why not take your pants for a walk today? Just make sure you're in them, lol. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> PS: And don't forget to hydrate! <BR> <em>194</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:47:27 EST .Get Off The Scale This is something I've posted on my teams before, so it might seem familiar to you...but I think its definitely worth re-posting. <BR> <BR> Please understand that this is not about NEVER weighing yourself. Its about not letting the scale be the entire world or the only way you judge your progress or self esteem. <BR> <BR> Whether you weigh yourself once a week or once a month or even every single day...or if you're like me and don't weigh yourself at all....remember that its just a number, ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:58:44 EST Question of the day, June 25 As of today, there are about 58 days until the first day of Autumn. What progress would you like to make in that time? What are you doing to make it happen? Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:22:11 EST Question of the day, June 24 What talent do you wish you had? Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:20:34 EST