SparkPeople Spark Nebraska The Official Team Team Messageboard Nebraska residents (statewide) looking to motivate and get motivated to get fit, stay fit, and/or lose their extra weight. (Click on team image) SparkPeople Spark Nebraska The Official Team Team Messageboard The Beaver Dam 5k If you have never heard of the friendly little town of Saint Edward, now is your chance to visit. The Saint Edward cheerleaders are putting on the Beaver Dam 5K for the 5th year in a row. You will get to run around the small town. This is held in conjunction with Beaver Valley Days a small town celebration. <BR> <link><BR>m5k/ </link> Wed, 30 May 2018 14:39:44 EST How to get thru the Valentine season How does everyone get thru the Valentine season. Our office is already loaded down with chocolates and treats coming in. I love Chocolate. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:47:43 EST HABITS OF HIGHLY FIT PEOPLE Found this article on <BR> <link><BR>/1011188-8-habits-highly-fit-people/?u<BR>;utm_medium=<BR>referral&amp;utm_campaign=Keywee&amp;k<BR>wp_0=624313&amp;kwp_4=2222632&amp;kwp_<BR>1=929897#slide=1 </link> <BR> <BR> How many of these habits do you have? Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:24:40 EST 2019 CHAT Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I hope you all enjoyed NYE; I had a few family members over for cards and we had a good time. After the stress of the last month, it was good to be together with no pressing agenda. <BR> <BR> Shelly, how is Matt feeling? I hope he's recovering from his recent fall. <BR> <BR> I got my Christmas decorations put away this morning and plan to organize a bathroom cupboard to make room for some bedding and then vacuum. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:22:57 EST NEW YEAR CHALLENGE This should get you off to a good start for a <em>250</em> new year! Copy and paste and then add a date for completion of each activity. <BR> <BR> H – Have 8 glasses of water today <BR> A – Add more protein to your diet today <BR> P – Preplan your meals &amp; snacks today <BR> P – Pump iron today (strength train) <BR> Y – You decide which health habit to focus on today <BR> N – Notice how often you get up &amp; move today <BR> E – Eat as clean as you can today <BR> W –Workout a lit... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:57:41 EST 4-WEEK HOLIDAY CHALLENGE This challenge was on my Start page this morning. Anyone care to join me? <BR> <link><BR>.asp?post=stay_on_track_with_our_4week<BR>_healthy_holiday_challenge </link> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:11:07 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE <em>574</em> <em>465</em> Happy Fall! <BR> I just can't resist posting a challenge when the month starts on a Sunday! I'm a little OCD. <BR> This is a POWER challenge! Copy the following template to use to keep track of your progress. Make only one post; edit it each day and then scrub it each week and start over. <BR> <BR> P = PERSISTENT -- make a plan and stick with it (5 points) <BR> O = OUTDOORS -- do something outdoors for 10-15 minutes (5 points) <BR> W = WATER -- are you gett... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:05:25 EST JUNE CHALLENGE Here's a 30 Day challenge to usher in summer. I'll be posting several days at a time so that you can plan ahead. <BR> <BR> WEEK 1: DETERMINE YOUR SUMMER GOALS <BR> (a natural place to start, regardless of the kind of goal you want to set or where you are in your health journey) <BR> <BR> June 1 - Set your ULTIMATE goal <BR> Establish your ULTIMATE goal. The first step to lifestyle change is to figure out what you want to accomplish LONG-TERM. For example, your ultimate goal may be to achiev... Wed, 31 May 2017 12:18:57 EST MAY CHALLENGE May is such a busy month for a lot of us that exercise kind of goes by the wayside. Here's an abs challenge that gives you a workout plan for every day. I've found it useful to have my workouts laid out for me when I get really busy so I don't have to think about what to do. Modify as necessary! <BR> <link><BR>0day-ab-challenge/?utm_source=newslett<BR>er&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campai<BR>gn=043017_F_Sun_Curated </link> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:14:30 EST MARCH CHALLENGE I found this in my inbox today. Looks like a great way to get back into working out if you've kind of taken the winter off (like I have). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>week-spring-shred-anna-victoria/?utm_s<BR>ource=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=030117_wed_ed_f </link> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 21:15:07 EST FEBRUARY PLANK CHALLENGE This looks like an awesome way to keep on track now that the new has worn off the New Year! <BR> Who's with me? <BR> <link><BR>ivestrongcom-plank-challenge/?utm_sour<BR>ce=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp<BR>;utm_campaign=0204_sat_curated_f </link> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 00:31:11 EST Dr. Mercola Here are a couple of articles from Dr. Mercola. There's some really good information in these. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2017/01/02/20-top-health-tips-<BR>from-2016.aspx?utm_source=dnl&amp;utm_<BR>medium=email&amp;utm_content=art1&amp;<BR>utm_campaign=20170102Z1&amp;et_cid=DM1<BR>30051&amp;et_rid=1824525550 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2017/01/02/taking-apple-cider-<BR>vinegar-at-night.aspx?utm_source=dnl&... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:02:02 EST 2017 CHAT <em>411</em> <BR> Happy New Year! Hope everyone celebrated well last night. I didn't quite make it to midnight; my son called and I didn't get a movie started so when we got done I just went to bed. <BR> <BR> We had a heavy frost and it was beautiful this morning. The wind was calm, for once, and everything had an inch of frost covering it. We got the chores done outside and then cleaned the stove and the top of the refrigerator. Good way to start the new year! <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:26:54 EST NEW YEAR'S CHALLENGE ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REPLYING TO THIS POST. <BR> <BR> This is an Accountability Challenge that we will be running through the 4 full weeks of January. Some of you may remember it from this or other teams; it’s an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <BR> It’s pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into details, if y... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:38:39 EST WORD FIND C G S N O W Z I J N E <BR> O F P L W R I C E F Y <BR> L W U X E P L A H K Q <BR> D J C K J D S L E E T <BR> V F N O B I D K F P Z <BR> S K A T E L J I E W D <BR> K L F N J A I F N Z L <BR> I W R U I P A J C G S <BR> S H E A T E R J M L O <BR> <BR> OK! I think this is workable. There are 8 words relating to winter in this grid. How many can you find? <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:27:27 EST COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR'S DAY What are you doing NOW to begin, or continue, reaching your goals? What can you do for the next 10 days to set yourself up for success in the new year? Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:14:43 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGE 2016 Anyone up for a challenge? <BR> <BR> Let's challenge each other this holiday season. Post your challenge here; I'll start it off with a challenge NOT to GAIN any weight between now and Jan. 1st! <BR> <BR> Anyone else got any ideas? Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:05:36 EST Hi from Nebraska City Hi, I am Diana from Nebraska City. I am a 60-year-old single grandma. My main goal is to lose weight, gain stamina. I am a medical transcriptionist and work from my home, so I lead a very sedentary life. The biggest challenge for me is exercise (I hate that word). I have found some videos here that a beginner specific that I will be trying. Now that the weather is cooler, I will be trying to walk more. So, here is to all of us succeeding in our endeavours. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:09:34 EST Newish to Nebraska Good Morning y'all, <BR> That was your first clue that I'm not from here. Been living in Northeast Nebraska (Norfolk) for about 9 months now. Lived in Des Moines for a short while, before that Austin, Texas. I am enrolled at Northeast Community College in the pre-Nursing program, so I've just become a full-time student for the first time in 25 years. So that's 2 flavors of culture shock. ;-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting back into the swing of fitness after a year of constant interruptions... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:33:30 EST Hello Team! Hello! My name is Halee. I'm a returning Sparker. I have around 220 lbs to lose. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:00:19 EST Hello Everyone I'm a 45 year old woman who has yo yo dieted for 20 years. I know i'm going to be in good hands on Spark People. <BR> My goals are to lose weight slow and steady. As a cook, I need to make lasting changes to my nutritional needs. <BR> I have set a goal for myself and would like input on how to stay the course. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:25:19 EST New here!!! <BR> Please copy all these words too.. Thanks) <BR> <BR> Let's find out where we're all from. If you know how to copy and paste, let's keep this in ALPHABETICAL order,(your SP name) - so we can easily see who is from where: Put your SP name (real name) - town you live in <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> 4ME2WIN (Donna) - Beatrice <BR> ABC123TIME4ME (Lisa) - Hampton <BR> AJ2274 (April) - Springfield <BR> AMWHITAKER (Anna) - North Platte <BR> ANNMHAN (Ann Marie) ~ Winnebago <BR> ANGELZ96 ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:51:44 EST COCONUT FLOUR I've been experimenting with coconut flour because my boss is gluten intolerant. Last night I made brownies and added a little applesauce to moisten them a bit. It really worked! Coconut flour is a pretty dry flour so anything baked with it needs more liquid and applesauce seems to do the trick. <BR> <BR> Anyone else cook with different types of flour? If so, what kind and can you substitute it for all purpose flour in your favorite recipes or do you use recipes specifically designed for th... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:38:23 EST 52 Ways to Ditch Your Diet for Good How many of these are you doing? Are there any that you disagree with? I look at this article and see a great challenge in the making! <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=2096&amp;page=2 </link> Wed, 18 May 2016 20:52:05 EST SHELLY'S WEDDING CHALLENGE! <em>242</em> Shelly, on your upcoming wedding! In honor of the bride, I'll be posting weekly challenges throughout the summer to get us ALL in 'wedding dress' shape. The first is stolen from my 5% challenge and will start on Sun. (Mother's Day). <BR> <BR> 'A "PLATEAU" can be very frustrating, but there are some ways to bust through them. Staying within calorie range, pre-planning your meals &amp; snacks, and watching your portion sizes are ways to tweak your daily consumption. However, if... Fri, 6 May 2016 23:24:28 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 22 years old. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I'm a returning Sparker. I have around 217 lbs to lose. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:10:46 EST SPRING CHALLENGE Ready to do some spring cleaning? Here are some tips that will have your house in tip top shape in no time! <BR> <link><BR>-16-expertrecommended-tips-springclean<BR>-kitchen/?utm_source=newsletter&amp;ut<BR>m_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=0325_B<BR>T_curated_f#slide=3 </link> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:55:31 EST 23 FITNESS TIPS Here's some great tips from fitness instructors! <BR> <link><BR>23-secrets-from-the-worlds-best-traine<BR>rs/?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_campaign=0309_2nd_ed_f#slide=1 </link> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:41:07 EST Good morning from Omaha Hello Team Spark Nebraska! I live in Omaha and joined the team yesterday. I have used SparkPeople in the past, but it's been a long time. I am back here looking to get on track with nutrition and exercise after a busy fall and winter. Spring is a good time for a fresh start. Happy to add anyone as a friend. Have a great day! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:08:52 EST Tips to Get Back on Track <link><BR>2-top-nutritionists-share-tips-back-tr<BR>ack/?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_med<BR>ium=email&amp;utm_campaign=0111_1st_ed_f </link> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:50:44 EST 6 Reasons Why You Just Can’t Stop Eating <link><BR>cant-stop-eating/ </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:27:56 EST 2016 - NE - weigh in room so sad <BR> 193 today Jan 2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> 2008 Jan 8, (220) Dec (198) <BR> 2009 Dec (193.7) <BR> 2010 Dec (204) <BR> 2011 Dec (188.2) <BR> 2012 Dec (190.6) <BR> 2013 Dec (189.5) <BR> 2014 Dec (170.8) <BR> 2015 Dec (191.7) <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:57:23 EST 2016 - NE - Let's Talk about it !! Shelly glad your mom is going ok, hope she gets to go home soon, in my prayers. Hope you had a good time with Sam and Matt for New Years <BR> <BR> Cynthia, those are good goals please sure them all we all can use some help. I gave up soda 9 years now unless it is in one of my mix drinks and I don't do that to often, sorry to tell you it didn't help me lose any weight but glad I don't drink it anymore. So keep up the good work. <BR> <BR> Lisa Have fun with family on Sat and hope you get ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:27:09 EST More Good Reasons for Strength Training 6 of them, in fact! <BR> <link><BR>se-for-health/six-benefits-of-muscle-s<BR>trengthening-exercise-you-may-not-know-about/ </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:50:37 EST Latest Health Trends This sums up the latest in health news pretty well. <BR> <link><BR>-need-to-know-about-health-trends/ </link> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:06:07 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE There's still one week left of the December Challenge, but I thought this was a good one to start now. <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1849 </link> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:50:28 EST Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 21 years old. I live in Omaha, Nebraska. I'm a returning Sparker. I have around 209lbs to lose. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:58:08 EST 15 Proven Strategies to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain <link><BR>-15-proven-strategies-avoid-holiday-we<BR>ight-gain/?utm_source=newsletter&amp;u<BR>tm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=1209_f_con </link> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:58:36 EST GREAT WEEK Anybody else have a great weekend/week. I am so appreciative of the weather. It helps with attitude, and reflexs how much I can get done. Everyone, have a super fantastic DAY! <em>205</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:43:35 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE Here's a challenge to take us through the end of the year. This is your LAST CHANCE this year to meet your goals so I've got a LAST CHANCE challenge for you. We'll take 2 challenges per week: <BR> <BR> L – Lower body strengthening for 15 minutes 3 times this week <BR> A – Activity – Get an extra 10 min. a day <BR> S – Stretching – Stretch for 5 minutes after every work out this week <BR> T – Track everything you eat and drink at least 3 times this week <BR> C – Cardio – Do a minimum of 3... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:46:22 EST THE OBESITY PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL This article states the facts and lays out a commonsense approach to the obesity epidemic in our country in a nutshell! Please take the time to read this! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2015/11/25/obesity-rates-conti<BR>nue-to-climb.aspx?e_cid=20151125Z1_DNL<BR>_art_1&amp;utm_source=dnl&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_content=art1&amp;utm_<BR>campaign=20151125Z1&amp;et_cid=DM91015<BR>&amp;et_rid=1232146518 </link> <BR> <BR> These changes would not only ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:19:19 EST nebraska weather I'm not liking the weather reports for tomorrow. It's my walk/run day. Ugh. I'm thinking I'll have to find a fun workout on SPARK! Everyone join me and let us know how much better you felt! That will inspire all of us. Thanks Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:20:10 EST Apple Cider Vinegar <link><BR>its-of-apple-cider-vinegar/ </link> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:02:11 EST Labor Day Have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend everyone. <BR> <BR> Angela <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 14:36:07 EST FIND 100 Spark has a challenge called 'Find 10' that encourages participants to find just 10 min. in their day for fitness. Since I'm currently trying to get over an hour a day this really isn't helpful to me, but I saw somewhere this weekend a challenge to cut 100 calories each day. This is more what I need so I'm challenging myself, and you, to cut at least 100 calories today. <BR> This can be anything from choosing to have a 'naked burger' to NOT drinking that soda that is calling your name. Let u... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:45:14 EST From Broken Bow Hello. Sorry, for the late start. I'm 48, female and from Broken Bow. Have lost 28 pounds already. Would like to lose another 25. Looking for buddies. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:23:04 EST Back after (8?) years. I'm Jennifer and decided this morning, I need help. I was able to log on, see these threads, but I cannot access my trackers. It just buffers. Nothing is wrong with my connection or computer. Any ideas? I'm in Omaha, so any other Omaha peeps, shout out! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:56:15 EST Yoga Poses for Better Sleep I can vouch for a couple of these: I do the first one while I'm reading and it helps to open up my hips as that is where most of my back pain comes from. The 4th one (the legs up the wall) is included in one the DVDs that I do and I often come close to falling asleep while in that pose. <BR> <link><BR>e-yoga-poses-restful-sleep/?utm_source<BR>=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campa<BR>ign=0715_f </link> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:05:04 EST New Spark Challenges! Spark has finally come up with a couple new challenges! Check them out here: <BR> <link><BR>st=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_cha<BR>llenges_feature </link> <BR> I joined and started the 28-day challenge today. Wow! That cardio workout did a number on me. Glad no one was looking; I am so uncoordinated! I think this might just be the thing to get me going again. There are teams set up to go with each of the challenges, which is great for me. I always ne... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:26:34 EST Detox on a Budget I've thought a lot about doing a detox cleanse but most of them are so expensive. Here's a much cheaper way to detox: <BR> <link><BR>p-detox-naturally/?utm_source=newslett<BR>er&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0708_f </link> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 21:06:36 EST Is Sugar Making Us Stupid? Here's an interesting article. Who knew sugar affects so many areas of our lives? <BR> <link><BR>archive/2015/07/08/high-sugar-diet-gut<BR>-bacteria.aspx?e_cid=20150708Z1_DNL_ar<BR>t_3&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_content=art3&utm_campaign=20150708Z1<BR>&et_cid=DM78901&et_rid=1024849970 </link> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:08:22 EST INTERMITTENT FASTING I always used to think that fasting was not conducive to losing weight. Our bodies store fat when threatened by a famine situation, right? Well, turns out that short-term, planned fasting actually puts our bodies into 'fat-burning mode'. According to <link><BR>chive/2013/06/28/intermittent-fasting-<BR>health-benefits.aspx?i_cid=cse-tbd-int<BR>ermittent-fasting-content </link> fasting can be a very helpful tool in weight loss as well as being ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:20:18 EST Good Common Sense! Dr. Perlmutter is the author of 'Grain Brain' and Brain Maker' and is a very informative, entertaining speaker. <BR> <link><BR>-four-simple-steps/ </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:48:59 EST HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS TO KEEP YOU CALM Have you ever tried any of these? <BR> <link><BR>-10-natural-herbs-supplements-calm-dow<BR>n/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=0705_2nd_f#slide=1 </link> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 14:47:01 EST Jump Into July Here's a forum that we can use for the new FB challenge. I will post each day's challenge here and we can discuss our progress. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:00:27 EST Another person from Plattsmouth NE Hey everyone. My name is Linette. I moved to Plattsmouth a year ago. And just joined this group. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:40:23 EST INNER THIGH WORKOUT Here's a workout for you! Warning: #17 is similar to the moves we make when we need to find a bathroom. Might want to make sure you don't have an audience <em>211</em> <BR> <link><BR>-moves-to-terrifically-toned-inner-thi<BR>ghs/ss-BBhXKRR#image=17 </link> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:03:58 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...? What is your favorite color? <BR> <BR> Mine is yellow. <em>67</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:28:18 EST Hello Out There! My name is Amy and I've got 60 lbs of weight that I want to lose. I'm trying to learn all the secrets to this website and eat healthy today. Planning seems to take me a lot of time. Anyway, I hope to learn a lot from all of you. Talk to you soon! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:44:46 EST NATIONAL (WHATEVER) DAY Today is National Pancake Day so, naturally, we had pancakes for supper. Actually, one source says that last Sat. was National Pancake Day, but since I missed that one, I went with today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is National Grammar Day. Everyone be sure to use proper grammar tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Haven't found a 'national' anything for the day after tomorrow; anyone else got one for March 5? Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:39:39 EST Hello Hello, my name is Liz. Just started today. Found the site last week. Need to lose at least 50 lbs. Hoping this is the "Spark" that gets me going. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:10:28 EST 2015 - NE - Chit Chat Room Think because there are only a hand full of people chating each day will just have one chat room a year if that is ok with everyone? <BR> if you want to go back to Month to Month I can change it any time so this will be the chat room for the year I will just come up with a new Name each year. <BR> How does that sound to everyone??? <BR> <BR> Ok so start to chat here <em>441</em> March 1 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:29:55 EST Excited to join team Nebraska- Buddy Needed! I started Spark at the beginning of the year but just recently discovered the community aspect of Spark! WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old teacher and mother of 4 from Lincoln who has 50 pounds to lose! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking for a buddy to help keep them accountable I would LOVE someone! I need a buddy to check in with daily so PLEASE let me know if you're up for the job! <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:01:23 EST Mini triathlon Fullerton, NE May 30th, 2015 <BR> 10:00 AM <BR> 2 Person Triathlon <BR> One Team Memeber Bikes, Both Team Memebers Canoe, And The Team Member That Did Not Bike Will Run A Trail <BR> <BR> Location- The triathlon will start and end at the Broken Arrow Wilderness Camp on State Highway 14 just North of Fullerton, Nebraska. WHAT YOU WILL NEED - You will need two team members, a bike, and a canoe if you have one. Our canoes are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. If you bring your own can... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:39:18 EST FEB - NE - Chit Chat Room <em>129</em> Start to Chit Chat Here in FEB <BR> <BR> sorry I am a day late but here ya go now Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:42:38 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE I'm not going to do a challenge for January. I've added a new team goal, though, and I would encourage you to check those out and join some or all of them. They pretty much sum up what we all should be doing. Use this thread to report your progress or make up your own challenge. Let's see if we can get at least 5% participation on the team goals. <BR> <BR> Make it a GREAT 2015! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:50:06 EST In Door Winter Exercises, What do you Do? I am a walker. I enjoy it. Now yes I will admit I haven't been consistent with my walking. I am a long time multi-tasker and for me it seems like when I walk I am doing nothing productive. Yes Yes I know the body is moving and it is good for me. I want more. When I take a long drive with my husband I do needle work or quilting. I always have something else going on. So I bought this great little toy a IPOD Nano. This is a big move for my over 50 year old brain. I always say, I am not ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:30:19 EST 2015 NE - Weigh In Room <em>192</em> Come weigh in here when you want too Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:06:16 EST 2015 - NE - JAN - Chit Chat Room <em>412</em> <em>408</em> Happy 2015 <BR> Here is where we will Chit Chat for the new year <BR> <em>381</em> this year <BR> We are all in this weight loss journey so lets <em>386</em> to make it to our <em>248</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:03:30 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE This is a 3% challenge. Post your starting weight and what 3% of that is and try to lose that much in the month of December. I know, not gaining is challenge enough this month, but I think we can do this. <BR> <BR> Along with your weight, post some specific things you'll do (or NOT do) to reach this goal. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:35:47 EST DECEMBER CHAT 24 shopping days, better get busy! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:31:04 EST Healthy Recipes <em>756</em> Please post your Recipes here <em>756</em> <BR> <BR> Please try to have how many <em>301</em> Calories are in things <BR> so we don't have to look them up ourselfs - Thanks <BR> <BR> If you have tried some of the recipes here on Sparks <BR> and you like them please post them also <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy this post <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:05:31 EST Nov - NE - Yak it up Room <em>426</em> Let's be Thankful this month and start to chat here on Sat Nov 1 - <BR> Thanks for being my sparks friends and support Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:25:24 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE Here's a challenge to take us from the first of Nov. through Thanksgiving. There are 25 boxes and Thanksgiving is on the 27th so that is not quite one box a day. Let's go for the blackout! <BR> <BR> This link worked on Tom's computer, so I'm hoping it will work for everyone. You can download it onto your computer or you can print it. If you have any trouble, let me know. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:58:42 EST Oct - NE - Yak it up Room <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <BR> Start to chat here on Wed Oct 1 <BR> Thanks Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:09:52 EST Sept - NE - Yak it up Room <em>150</em> Start to post here Monday Sept 1 - thanks Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:27:06 EST ABC's of Weight Loss I've been posting the ABC's of Achieving Your Dreams on our Chat thread but I thought it would be fun to make our own list of weight loss tips. Cut and paste the list and add your own tips, in no particular order. We'll see what we come up with. <BR> <BR> A - <BR> B - <BR> C - <BR> D - <BR> E - Eat ONLY when you're hungry! <BR> F - Fill up on freggies and fiber! <BR> G - <BR> H - <BR> I - <BR> J - <BR> K - <BR> L - <BR> M - Make up your mind to just do it. <BR> N - <BR> O - <BR> P - <BR>... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:10:24 EST Aug - NE - Yak it up Room <em>150</em> Start to Yak it up here on Friday Aug 1, <BR> Thank You Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:31:20 EST accountability I fell off the band wagon a bit during Jan to March. I was not following any eating plan, exercising a bit but mostly found myself sitting around and doing homework. I did not rejoin any TOPS groups until I looked at the scales in June and was totally disgusted with myself as I had gained a good portion of what I had so earnestly lost while in Harrison AR. I am back with a great group of women, I am tracking exercise and food, and I have lost nearly 8 pounds (clothes are actually fitting a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:22:09 EST DAILY ACCOUNTABILITY I know that we have a variety of ways to track all of our goals and activities, but I thought it would be helpful (to me anyway) to have a place to be accountable to others. So use this forum to let us know how you're doing in whatever area you wish to share. <BR> <BR> I'm starting this thread for activity min. and calorie intake. Continue to use the Chat Room for general conversation. Enjoy! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:37 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGES <em>213</em> Seems like a lot of us are still struggling with the weight so I'm going to try to jump start things a little with some challenges. I'll try some week-long ones to begin with because I don't think most of us want to commit to anything longer than that. I've also still got the daily challenges thread still going; sometimes it's easier to take it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Here's the first weekly challenge; it's an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> Slow down Sunda... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:12:52 EST July - NE - Yak it up Room <em>283</em> Start to Yak it up here on Tue July 1 - Thanks Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:58:57 EST Hello, my first time here... This is a little scary for me, ok, a lot scary for me. Now that I have that out of the way, hello! I'm looking forward to joining the dialogue on this Spark message board. We found out this past Sunday that we will be grandparents for the first time, and I joined SparkPeople {again} on Monday. I want to be here for as long as I can, and enjoy all the wonderful perks that come with being Gma. I know now that I need support in finding my way back to a healthy body, and I hopefully have som... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:21 EST Hello from Bellevue! Decided to join SparkPeople after reading some great blogs from others regarding weight loss. Noticed that this site will sync with a Jawbone UP - I am getting one today, so I will be interested to see how it works. The weight has slowly been creeping up on me over the years, so decided it was time to get back into shape! Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:08:07 EST New to the group! Hi everyone! I'm back on spark after taking an hiatus - I got off track, gained my weight back, and have decided to come back to get healthier - even if its only one step, pound, or inch, at a time! <BR> <BR> I live in Wayne, and have spent the past couple nights on edge with the tornadoes nearby. :( IF any of you are in the effected areas - my heart is breaking for you - you are in my thoughts in prayers. <BR> <BR> I'm also interested in meeting some fellow sparkpeole and hope to be mo... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:57:00 EST June - NE - Yak it up Room <em>218</em> Start to Yak it up here on Sunday June 1 - thanks Thu, 29 May 2014 07:57:26 EST May Chat Room A day late, but here's a room for May. Hope you all have a great day! Thu, 1 May 2014 09:39:47 EST STARTING OVER Does it seem like you need a reset? I've been slacking pretty severely this past week while trying to get moved so, now that we're pretty much settled in, I'm going to hit the reset button. I've updated my weight and my goals and I'm ready to get back at it. Starting with a little time on the elliptical this evening (if I can get to it). <BR> <BR> I'm also ready to hop on the budget bandwagon. I'm going to redo my budget on the Spark Money site and really get serious about my finances. <BR>... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:11:23 EST Introduction Well, here I am. This is new to me,( becoming part of a team). I have been trying to lose weight and get healthier most of my life. I revert to former bad habits. It is time to change! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:08:47 EST Tips & Tricks As some of you know, I have been struggling to find my motivation and my weight is at an all time high. I ran across this article in Good Housekeeping tonight and it made me realize that I'm making excuses. I wanted to share with everyone and perhaps if others of you have tips, you can share as well. <BR> <BR> The next time you start searching for reasons not to do something (exercise, eat right,etc.), try these 3 steps: <BR> 1. Take a breath and consciously acknowledge what you're doing (... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:36:03 EST Hello! My name is Alexis and I am trying to lose this baby weight (even though my baby is 2 already)! My motivation is that one year ago, I got married to the man of my dream. The wedding was amazing and everything went great EXCEPT the pictures. I honestly hated how I look! I cried when I saw them. Once that happened, I said it is time for a change. I have tried everything but nothing has worked. I don't have a gym in my small town but on a positive note, I can do a lot of outside workouts. So any ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:24:44 EST Fitness Hello everyone, i'am looking forward to this warmer weather, am looking to getting into shape. <BR> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:02:39 EST APRIL CHALLENGE <em>213</em> <BR> This challenge focuses not only on activity and nutrition, but on a wide range of lifestyle changes. We’re going to focus on one area each week and I encourage you to join in by suggesting an additional challenge for us to work on. <BR> Share your own struggles and goals and challenge us to make a change. <BR> <BR> The first week (April 1 – April 7) we’re going to focus on the inside—of the house. Have you been making piles all winter thinking ‘well I’ll put that away, ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:33:46 EST April - NE - Yak it up Room <em>450</em> Come Yak it up here on Tue April 1st - NO fooling Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:47:47 EST Hello! Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:39 EST STREAK INTO SPRING! <link><BR>st=feel_better_and_get_fitter_by_spring </link> <BR> This is a link to a new Spark challenge. They're doing it via social media again so I decided to start a thread here for it (because I don't do social media). The goal for the challenge is to get in 10 min. of fitness activity every day but I'm going to challenge us to go for 20. <BR> So, for the next 20 days (and beyond) let's all step it up, shake off the winter blues, and get moving! <BR... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:03 EST Runnerforever5 Just moved from TN to Gretna, NE to be with my mom. Although, I graduated here, it is new to me. I am a personal trainer at Fitness Together in Omaha and I think this is a great place to meet people. I workout every day and even I need a push. Great to be on this site. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:36:19 EST March - NE - Yak it up Room <em>137</em> Start to Yak it up here on Sat March 1 - Thanks Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:57:01 EST close to Nebraskan! :) I technically live in NE Kansas but we are only 20 miles from the Nebraska line, we are Husker fans and I have lots of friends in NE so I hope you'll let me stay! :) Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:27:59 EST FEB - NE - Yak it up Room <em>129</em> lets start to Yak it up here Sat Feb 1 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:51:07 EST MAKE A CHANGE Have you ever noticed in the upper left-hand corner of your 'Start' page there is a one-line statement that changes, I think, every day? I just noticed mine says 'Make a change' and I thought that sounded like a good challenge. A lot of us, especially me, seem to be in a rut so I thought maybe one change each day might help. I have a quote on my Spark page that says 'If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got'. We all know that it's true, but it's so mu... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:21:51 EST Lots to Lose..Lots to Gain Goal to lose 75LBS <BR> <BR> Jan 20: Start <BR> Jan 27 : -9. = 66 more to go Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:48:55 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am a 34 year old mother of 4 from Omaha! I am ready to kick this weight loss into high gear. My husband recently lost 60 lbs by doing nothing really, and I am kind of tired of him weighing less than me! :) I struggle a lot with food choices, since allergies prevent me from having a lot of healthy things. I am hoping to get some great recipes and start removing the unhealthy from my life! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:40:37 EST What is your workout playlist? Do you all listen to certain songs while working out? I am hoping to make a playlist for walking/running, though when I do videos I usually just listen to the instructor. Just hoping for some suggestions from my favorite SparkTeam! :) I love all types of music. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:26:46 EST Hello! Hello! I'm from North Platte and glad to be a part of the team! I have been lazy the last couple of years and am ready to get back on track! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:19:02 EST Back again! Hi all, probably certain this is the wrong place for an intro, but the laptop is laggy today just like me... :) I'm Kim from Superior, 7 kids, a trucker hubby, full time college student and have about 50lbs to lose... I was put on meds and wasn't told one of the ugly side effects was crippling my metabolism!!! So I'm off of them now and starting over after losing 40lbs in 2012... Happy to have found you guys! Hope we can get to know each other. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:17:10 EST SHAPE MAGAZINE'S HEALTHY EATING CHALLENGE Here's an eating challenge from Shape magazine. Anyone up for it? I think I'll start on Fri. <BR> <link><BR>ps/your-non-juice-detox-7-day-clean-ea<BR>ting-plan?utm_source=ShapeNewsletter&u<BR>tm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=WeightLo<BR>ss1&utm_campaign=ShapeNewsletter010114 </link> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:09:29 EST 2014 NE - Daily - Weekly - Monthly - Weigh-In Post <em>249</em> 2014 <BR> <em>192</em> Starting Wed Jan 1, 2014 we will start the new DWI daily weigh ins here <BR> <em>306</em> Good Luck on this weight loss journey Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:22:23 EST 2014 - NE - JAN - The Yak it up Room <em>524</em> on Wed Jan 1, 2014 we will come here to Yak it up about what ever you would like to talk about so come join us when you can Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:07:22 EST Omaha - Trek up the Tower <link> </link> <BR> I did this a couple years and it was a lot of fun! I know I'd never make it with my hip and back the way they are, but would encourage anyone who can to try it. The view from the top is worth it. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:46:24 EST GOALS FOR 2014 Here's a thread for your goals and resolutions for 2014. Post yours along with some steps you plan on taking to reach them and then come back every month and update. <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:37:18 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am currently a college student and college has definitely made me get into some bad habits. My goals are to find better ways to eat as well as exercise to maintain a better life through college and beyond. I'm looking forward to working with you all. :) Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:19:53 EST SPARK AMERICA This thread is for discussion about the new Spark America program and challenges related to that. Come here to talk about how you will Spark America! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=announcing_the_launch_of_sparkamerica </link> <BR> <em>232</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:39:21 EST NE - DEC - Gabfest <em>444</em> Last month of this year so come join the chat room on Sunday Dec 1 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:51:45 EST Facebook recipes.. ..ugh.... Is it just me because I'm restricting myself, or is there the best recipes on facebook, and who can eat that stuff?? It would be a 1200 calorie meal! Here a person is trying to stay on their program and eat the healthy stuff, and then you see these brownies made out of two kinds of chocolate with frosting and caramel. Help! Maybe it's the time of year with the holidays approaching. Sometimes I wish I could check into a place that you can only eat healthy for 60 days. Then maybe I could resist... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:21:11 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGES Coming into the holidays, most of us have social functions to attend where there will, undoubtedly, be lots of temptation in the form of delicious goodies. How do you handle these situations and still stick to your nutrition goals? Are there any foods that you just can't turn down? Are there any that you don't turn down, but think you could probably do without? <BR> <BR> Share your suggestions and struggles here and we'll help each other get through the season in the best shape ever! <BR> ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:38:02 EST SOCIAL SITUATION CHALLENGE <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <BR> I realize we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet but here’s a challenge for Dec. that we can actually start right now. <BR> This is a SOCIAL SITUATION CHALLENGE because many of us have a lot of social functions throughout the rest of the year, making it VERY hard to stay on track. Just maintaining our weight is sometimes hard; losing seems to be almost impossible. <BR> So here’ what I want you to do. <BR> <BR> Weigh weekly <BR> I’m sure most of us d... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:49:14 EST Hello I'm from Plattsmouth I'm still recovering from back surgery that I had in August. Trying to get to Curves 3 to 4 times a week. I'm only going around once right now. I still do have some nerve pain in my left leg from having the nerve inflamed for about 2 months. The pain is getting better. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:57:44 EST Need Motivation to Lose Weight I need to lose 20 lbs. The results I would hope to obtain: Lower cholesterol, Lower blood sugar, Being able to wear most of my clothes again. So my health is the major reason. I don't want to take meds to lower my blood sugar or lower my cholesterol. BUT, I just can't seem to motivate myself to make the choices needed. So what motivated you to lose weight? Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:10:02 EST CONTROL OR ABSTINENCE Just curious here: Do you think that your weight loss efforts are hampered more by WHAT you eat or HOW MUCH? <BR> I've been kind of hitting the sugar again lately but on average I really think that portion control is my main problem. We fixed chicken and noodles for supper tonight and had it over mashed potatoes. It was really good and I got filled up, but for some stupid reason, when my plate was empty I went back and dished up more. <em>24</em> Why do I do that? I ended up putting it in... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 20:10:52 EST NE - NOV - Gabfest <em>426</em> Start chating here Friday Nov 1 - thank you Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:37:56 EST Valentine - Go Red For Women This event is in connection with the Bull Bash in Feb. and will raise funds for the Cherry County Hospital, American Heart Association and the Bryan LGH Heart Institute. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:41:26 EST Hello Everyone I've checked out Sparkpeople before but I want to try and give it a go this time. Just wanted to say hi to everyone! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:18:21 EST discouraged,but hopeful I just weighed myself for the 2nd week,at my age this is getting really me.So once again ihave to re-adjust my thinking. Eating for reasons other than real hunger...etc.i just want to b comfortable in my clothes and my skin.Food is evil.....well when u arent eating for hunger reasons,but emotions. <em>24</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:03:57 EST Hi to All! I'm Jane, and I'm from the Hebron/Fairbury area. I'm getting started (again!) on a lifestyle journey for my health and for my family. Does anyone else have back pain just because of their belly? Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:58:24 EST BACK ON THE WAGON Get Back on the Wagon: 5 Tips to Start Fresh this Fall <BR> <link><BR>st=get_back_on_the_wagon_5_tips_to_sta<BR>rt_fresh_this_fall </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Nicole posted this article a couple weeks ago; maybe you’ve already read it. We’re going to fashion a challenge after it for the next month. This challenge will run from Sun. Sept. 29 – Sat. Nov. 2. It will require no tracking or points-keeping. <BR> We’re going to focus on 1 of her suggestions each ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:47:03 EST NE - OCT - Gabfest <em>431</em> Start to chat here on Tue Oct 1 <BR> Thank BOO (You)!! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:46:30 EST Weighing In Morning I just started Spark and have alot to learn and read. But I know I need to do this starting weight 253 want to get down to 150,2lbs a week. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:54:18 EST Introduce Hello there my name is Lyndia Harper from Bellevue Ne. <BR> <BR> 4ME2WIN (Donna) - Beatrice <BR> ABC123TIME4ME (Lisa) - Hampton <BR> AJ2274 (April) - Springfield <BR> AMWHITAKER (Anna) - North Platte <BR> ANNMHAN (Ann Marie) ~ Winnebago <BR> ANGELZ96 (Linda) - Bellevue <BR> APRY137(April) - Bellevue <BR> BABYGSMOM (Sara) - Nebraska City <BR> BELLYSMAMA (Sarah) - Kearney <BR> BHENDER254(Bonnie) - Bellevue <BR> BRISHELL (Monica) - Superior <BR> BOSCOBABE (Mimi) - Valley <BR> BOHOCHICK2 (Susan)... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:51:28 EST NUTRITION OR EXERCISE? Which one do you think is more important in losing weight? It seems like I can exercise like a mad woman but I won't lose any weight unless I'm coming within calorie range. <BR> <BR> So that brings another question: If I was better about keeping the calories down but didn't exercise as much, would I still lose? What has been your experience? <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:03:44 EST Whats Up? I came to this site to try to lose weight and to get support that is lacking at home. I want to be able to look in the mirror with pride and know that I have worked hard to be myself. I want to live positively and invite you to do the same. This will be hard because I spend all my time on the computer and hate to exercise. I am only twenty one so I am going to change my life and others. I just need a push every once and a while. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:52:18 EST NE - SEPT - Gabfest <em>150</em> Start to chat here on Sunday Sept 1 <BR> Thanks Thu, 29 Aug 2013 06:54:16 EST FALL FOOTBALL TRACKING <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to report your stats each week. Please use the following format: <BR> Days within range <BR> Days of 40 min. cardio <BR> Days of 15 min. ST <BR> Days of NONE OF THE ABOVE <BR> <BR> Please ONLY use this thread for tracking. If you have questions or just want to chat, use the thread just above this one. <BR> Thank-you! <BR> ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:56:13 EST I am from Valley Please copy all these words too,, Thanks) <BR> Let's find out where we're all from. If you know how to copy and paste, let's keep this in ALPHABETICAL order,(your SP name) - so we can easily see who is from where: Put your SP name (real name) <BR> <BR> 4ME2WIN (Donna) - Beatrice <BR> ABC123TIME4ME (Lisa) - Hampton <BR> AJ2274 (April) - Springfield <BR> AMWHITAKER (Anna) - North Platte <BR> ANNMHAN (Ann Marie) ~ Winnebago <BR> ANGELZ96 (Linda) - Bellevue <BR> APRY137(April) - Bellevue <BR> BA... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 01:00:24 EST NE - Aug - Gabfest <em>103</em> Come chat here on Thur - Aug 1 <BR> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:06:20 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, <BR> I am so glad that I found this page. This summer has been a bit difficult for me to get motivated to lose weigh, but I have a rebirth so to speak and I am going to give it my all. First, let me tell you alittle about myself. I am a nurse, I am 53, I am a dog person, ( dogs are people to.!) I am wanting so much to make a BIG change in my life. Since menopause and a thyroid issue, I have found myself heavy for the first time in my life. I was always, thin to just normal, never obese. I... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:38:08 EST FALL FOOTBALL CHALLENGE <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> OK Shelly, this one's for you! <BR> <BR> I still haven't decided whether to do this one as individuals or as teams; I'll make up my mind when I see how many people sign up. I'll give you the basics for the challenge either way. <BR> <BR> Individuals <BR> Start on the 20 yd line 80 yds to go - - 10 per week <BR> 1 yd. for each day within ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:24:54 EST Hi friends! I lost 67 lbs about 3 yrs ago... I didn't hit my ideal weight then, and I have gained back 25 lbs of what I lost. UGH! SO... I am trying hard to get back on the right path to lose the 25 I gained back and an additional 25 **sigh** I live in Mead NE. Anyone want to inspire, complain, support, laugh with me?? Let's do this!!!! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:11:46 EST Metabolism Make Over Days 1 & 2 <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 1 cup cooked steel cut oatmeal (I used regular oatmeal) OR <BR> ½ cup any Ezekiel brand sprouted grain cereal with ½ cup rice milk (I used Great Value Raisin Bran cereal and Skim milk) <BR> 1 cup or 1 piece fruit (if I had raisin bran cereal I only had ½ cup fruit or no extra fruit) <BR> <BR> Snack (enjoy twice daily) <BR> 1 cup fruit or 1 piece fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 2oz lean protein, unlimited veggies and mustard on 2 slices Ezekiel sprouted-gra... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 05:39:56 EST Joy to the World Hello, all! I am a 39 year-old teacher, wife of a wonderful husband, and mother of twins. I am 5'5" and my current weight is 144.7 pounds. My goal is to lose 15-20 pounds. I have lost the same 15 pounds several times, but I am hopeful with the assistance of SparkPeople that I can dominate my weight loss and lose the pounds for good this time. By the way, I love the SparkPeople app - it's so handy! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:04:31 EST NE - JULY - Gabfest <em>283</em> Start the chating here on Monday July 1 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 04:08:34 EST the new thinner me Hello everone. I wanted to blog but cant figure out how to do it. they say you go to yourspark page and click on blogs but that does not let me start a blog. does anyone have better directions then this? I started a year and six months ago. at my heaviest I weighed 236. i used to weigh 115 pound before they took out my thyroid adn I gained all that in less then a year. I gained 100 pounds in 90 days and have struggled to lose it. that was almost 15 years ago. A nurse at work told me about ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:58:16 EST Hello from SSC I have been on a health quest for the last couple of years. My husband and I quit smoking 2/18/2012 and remain smoke free (I have not cheated at all). We started exercising but we were not very good about it, then we formed feet problems. Thankfully, mine were corrected with orthotics so far. My husband had surgery on one and will have surgery on the other next month. He is out for the summer, but I have been walking pretty steady. Since January of this year, I have lost a total of 28 lb... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:16:16 EST HAVE YOU NOTICED THE NEW START PAGE??? Not sure if you've noticed but when I logged on to Spark today, my 'Start' page looked a little different. What do you think? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:43:01 EST good morning I'm Anna, looking forward to working with a team and meeting my weight loss goals. Hope everyone has a really inspiring day! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:25:20 EST Deck Restore Just wondering if anyone has used Deck Restore on their wood deck and how it turned out. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:59:27 EST JUNE CHALLENGE We did this last year, but I thought I'd make it available again. Here's to a great June! <em>381</em> <BR> <link><BR>ummer.html </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:53:41 EST NE - June - Gabfest <em>237</em> Start Chating here Sat June 1 = Thanks Fri, 31 May 2013 08:08:08 EST NON-SCALE VICTORIES This week's challenge is to identify changes other than the number on the scale that we've noticed since beginning our healthy lifestyle so I thought we should have an on-going thread to celebrate some of these NSVs. <BR> <BR> After a day of really bad eating yesterday, I'm noticing a definite loss of energy and a really bad mood so 2 of the most obvious NSVs for me is more energy and a better mood. Fri, 10 May 2013 21:02:43 EST Hello Hi everyone, starting this journey again for what seems like the 1000th time. This time will be different!! I have lost the weight before but always loose site of the goal and gain it back. I am an emotional eater and life has thrown some curves at me over the last few years. Time to get it back under control. Hope to make some new friends here, Bellevue is where I call home. Thu, 9 May 2013 09:15:41 EST NE - MAY - Gabfest <em>379</em> <em>376</em> <BR> Start to chat here on WED - May 1 Sun, 28 Apr 2013 07:45:24 EST SPRING INTO SUMMER CHALLENGE I know it doesn't feel like it, but summer is only 8 weeks away! It is going to warm up and we are going to want to put on those shorts and swim suits so here's a challenge to prepare us to look and feel our best. <BR> <BR> This challenge is based on an article from Jillian Micheals’ daily newsletter. She has compiled 8 great tips from members of her program and we are going to focus on one each week. If you’d like to view them all, here’s the link: <link> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:02:37 EST Hello Everybody I am restarting spark people after having a baby. I had started spark people then found out I was pregnant. It wasn't planned so I got busy and didn't really start. <BR> <BR> I am BACK! I am super exciting been tracking for 5 days so far so good. It was amazing tracking what I was eating. It really helps me to stop and think. Do I really want to have to see that on my tracker. Most times it helps not eat what I shouldn't. The tracking on the excising helps as well. I know the newness will w... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:48:43 EST NE - April - Gabfest <em>126</em> <em>376</em> Come chat here on Monday April 1 <BR> no fooling <em>103</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:33:54 EST Down 5 Pounds Hello Im Tava Lynn, Im New to Sparks People, Im Loving Every Minute Of It, I Joined On February 27,2013 I absolutely Love The Food Tracker, Fitness Tracker, All The Support Teams, Too Much To List and Knowing Nebraska Has a Team Page Is Awesome I Cant Wait To See What Is In My Community <em>252</em> Im Loving This Weightloss Journey Im On!! Cant Wait To Meet New People and Help Encourage One Another Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:05:37 EST First attempt failed Well where do I began. 13 years ago I had a beautiful daughter and when I was pregnant with her I had a heart problem. I am only 34. Sense then I have been released off of everything. I really want to get back in to shape and start losing some weight. I am 160 pounds but would love to be around the 130 range. I am wanting to start running but I am not sure where to began sense I am so out of shape. I try to walk everyday weather being ok that is. I just feel like I am in a big rut though. ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:44:01 EST NAME YOUR GOAL CHALLENGE One of my other teams has a thread called 'Daily Goals' where we can post our individual goals for the day and then come back and tell whether we met them or not. I decided to take that idea and turn it into a challenge. <BR> Each week I'd like you to come on here and tell what your goal is for the week and tell what you're going to do each day to reach that goal. Then at the end of the week come back to your original post and put a <em>248</em> or a <em>42</em> to show whether you met... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:29:45 EST NE - MARCH - Gabfest <em>137</em> <em>450</em> <BR> Start to chat here on FRIDAY March 1 - Thanks Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:17:45 EST Military Diet Plan Lisa said to post this here <BR> <BR> Here is the Military Diet I found and and followed if you have a different one post yours here also: <BR> <BR> First Day <BR> Breakfast <BR> Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water <BR> 1/2 grapefruit <BR> 1 slice toast with 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 1/2 Cup of Tuna <BR> 1 slice toast <BR> Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> 3oz any kind of meat <BR> 1 cup green beans <BR> 1 banana <B... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:31:14 EST petalpusher needs help new at this sparks dont und erstand things yet but need help to lose weigth at 66 it is so frustating back hurts have trouble walking Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:24:44 EST Hello all Hello everyone! <BR> I'm not new to SP or weight loss. I have tried off and on (more off then on) for thee last 15 yrs. The whole time I was fighting this, I was always was like well I'm not over 200 (actually weighed 198). Then the last 2 yrs, particularly the last 7 months; I have jumped over the 200 marker, with leaps & bounds. Then i was like well at least I'm not as round as I am tall. I had a great grandma that way. Then I took a tape measure, and found out that I am only about 10 inche... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 15:55:01 EST Nebraska News Really feeling sorry for the Lt. Governor and his family.. Prayers are with him for making some bad choices. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:33:45 EST NE - FEB - Gabfest <em>129</em> chat here FEB 1 - Thanks Fri, 1 Feb 2013 06:41:37 EST Great training for a 5k! My hubbie and i will be running/walking in our first 5k in March...Then some co-workers and i will be doing "5K the Hard Way" in Fremont NE in April. Here is a great site for 5K's called "C25K"..Couch to 5k. It is a nine week program to get you ready! <BR> <BR> So far, we are in week two, and it's sooo hard! It's hard with never running before, and with being heavy, doubles my problem. I want to to keep up with it...i have been told it will get easier, but when? Sure, ju... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:01:55 EST End of Month Review <BR> It is the end of the month........... reflect back how far have you come what have you accomplished, and where does next month lead? <BR> <BR> I started Spark, gave up snacking at work (bad chips bad!!!) and stopped drinking mt dew. <BR> Purchased a membership to the YMCA, only used it once before I got sick, but I have my bag packed and just waiting until I can breath easy and I am there. <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:42:02 EST A New Year and Hoping for Discipline Like everyone here I am looking to make a change. I have lost weight before, I have gained it all back. One of my motivators is to loose enough weight to fit into some dress pants that I bought a year ago that have never fit. I also want to look better in my clothes as well. <BR> <BR> I am young (33) and male and for some reason I feel kinda award mentioning that . Anyway, I joined the site because I like tracking things, I like the idea of points, and (I can't deny this), it's free. Plus I... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:53:42 EST RIGHT AND WRONG A few of us have been posting frustration over a lack of progress lately so I thought it might help to have a thread where we discuss what we're doing right and where we may be going wrong. <BR> Feel free to use this thread to discuss what you feel may be helping in your weight-loss efforts and to brainstorm what you might need to change. <BR> <BR> I'll start with my list: <BR> Right - - fruit, oatmeal, and an egg for protein for breakfast. Protein, veggies, and an apple for dinner (lunch) ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:23:08 EST Let's Get started I started this a week ago and then had a terrible week - computer crashed, chipped a tooth, explored new technology <em>40</em> . The thing I found out is I AM A STRESS EATER - gained 2 lbs on my first week. <BR> I am committed to starting over and make it right. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:12:01 EST Introduce Yourself Let's find out where we're all from. If you know how to copy and paste, let's keep this in ALPHABETICAL order,(your SP name) - so we can easily see who is from where: Put your SP name (real name) Town -- PLEASE COPY THIS PARAGRAPH ALSO - THANKS <BR> <BR> 4ME2WIN (Donna) - Beatrice <BR> 7356WILMA - (Kearney) - Ravenna <BR> <BR> ABC123TIME4ME (Lisa) - Hampton <BR> AJ2274 (April) - Springfield <BR> ALISHA_ELLEN(Alisha)-Grand Island <BR> AMANDARAEROSE(Amanda) - Orchard <BR> AMWHITAKER (Anna) -... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:40:11 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGES <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> *****PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD. USE THE CHALLENGE CHAT FOR COMMENTS SO THAT THIS MESSAGE STAYS ON TOP***** <BR> <BR> I'll be posting extra challenges here from time to time. Usually, they will be weekly challenges, but I may throw in some daily ones as well, so check back often. <BR> <BR> Here's one for this week: <BR> Connect with a team mem... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:57:59 EST RACE AROUND THE WORLD <em>312</em> <em>319</em> <em>315</em> <em>320</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> <em>185</em> <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <BR> CHALLENGE STARTS SUNDAY JANUARY 6 <BR> <BR> This challenge is going to be a team effort. We’re going on a flight around the world. I have mapped a route that takes us from North Platte to New York, New York to London, London to Mumbai, Mumbai to Sydney (Aust.), and Sydney back to North Platte. It’s a total of 24,220 miles (count each minute of a... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:50:26 EST 2013 Weekly/Monthly Weigh-in This is the Official "Weigh-In" thread. Each week (pick a day) weigh-in and post your successes and setbacks. You can post this as weight lost or gained over the week, or as your starting and ending weights, whatever you prefer. Please keep the posts to the point. (i.e. I gained 1 lb this week, I didn't get in enough exercise.) <BR> Then once a month (as close to the 1st as you can muster) post your monthly total. We want to celebrate with you and cheer you on when you're feeling like you jus... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:38:24 EST Happy New Year here I come. Starting over! Happy New year everyone! I am 52 years old and am joining to lose weight, be more consistent with exercise. Could sure use some support as I have difficulty with staying motivated. I have had problems with weight off and on, but as I get older I do find it is easier to gain and harder to lose. I want to stop yo-yo dieting and lead a healthy lifestyle. Look forward to being part of your community! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:05:11 EST 2013 - NE - JAN Gabfest <em>249</em> 2013 <BR> Each month we will have a new Gabfest chat room so please come chat with us here starting Tue Jan 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Good Luck on this weight loss journey Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:13:28 EST CB This losing weight is a "mind game" - how do I get my mind, my wanting, my cravings to stop giving me this attitude of not wanting to take better care of myself? I'm tired of how I look and feel about my body. I want to be healthy but I'm fighting this mind of mine that I will start doing better on Monday.....LOTS OF MONDAY'S HAVE BLOWN BY... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:29:23 EST DEC - NE Gabfest <em>446</em> Come chat here on Sat Dec 1 - thanks Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:47:42 EST ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REPLYING TO THIS POST. <BR> <BR> This is an Accountability Challenge that we will be running through the end of the year. Some of you may remember it from this or other teams; it’s an oldie but a goodie. <BR> <BR> It’s pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into details, if you have any questions either Spark mail me or post them to the CHALLENGE CHAT thread below this one. <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST QUESTIONS OR GENERAL COMMENTS TO THIS ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:24:31 EST CHALLENGE CHAT Use this thread for questions and general comments concerning the Accountability Challenge. <BR> <BR> Have you begun a new exercise or added a new food to your diet? Had a major breakthrough with the cravings? Or just had a better-than-average day? <BR> Tell us about it here! Tips, accomplishments, new recipes or anything else you’d like to share that is helping you to achieve your fitness goals. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <em>284</em> <em>326</em> <em>497</em> <em>319</em> <em>... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:20:22 EST WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? I was just reminded on another thread that we usually have a thread to post what we're thankful for this time of year. After the hurricanes, storms, and layoffs this past year, maybe we should keep it going all year. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with this: <BR> I'm thankful that I have a job (even though I don't like it) and that I have family close by so if I ever found myself in the kind of situation so many on the east coast are in, I would have some place to go. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:50:40 EST New to this and Nebraska Hi my name is Tabatha i am a single mom of 3 and at 28 yrs old newly divorced. I was currently at 220 when i moved out to Nebraska in Feb, now i am currently at 205. 5 more poounds and im out of the 200's yea me lol. <BR> <BR> Ps. if somone could please inform me how to gt the weightloss tracker that i keep seeing on messages Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:52:48 EST HHC Team Contact for Wk 6 Hello from the Blue Team!! My name is Jen. I hope y'all are doing well kicking out this 5% challenge! I never thought I would be able to say I was ready to lose this weight...and here I am...IT FEELS AWESOME! Anyhow, I hope to get to know y'all and maybe we can help each other in our journey! <BR> <BR> I'm on yahoo msgr as well! Zombiemom1369 <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:21:28 EST Keep on keeping on! <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:20:50 EST new wanting to get into shape First time to sparks. I am stay at home mom. Daycare provider and parttime college student. I have been unable to do much in the form of excerise for about 8 yrs do to heart problem. I was given the green light to start losing weight and Dr. Wants me train for a 5k. I just want to be able to run a block with out getting winded. Any ideas on how to start would be great. I look forward to getting back into shape. <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:23:42 EST NOV - NE Gabfest <em>430</em> <em>426</em> Start chating here Thur Nov 1 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:15:44 EST Hello All Being from small town Nebraska, it is hard to find a good way to lose weight. Especially when you're a work-a-holic tied to a desk all day. I've researched all the surgeries, and pills, and ... I don't think the side affects are worth the risk. So, it's going to be the hard way or nothing. Problem is... I live with someone who thinks fruits and vegetables are evil, and fast food should be bronzed. <BR> <BR> The goals I have for my life are being held up by my size. Granted this could be per... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:41:48 EST GREEN TEAM RACE Green team post your fitness minutes here STARTING SUNDAY, SEPT. 30. Please use the following form: <BR> <BR> Team Total: 25 <BR> My Minutes: 20 <BR> New Team Total: 45 <BR> <BR> Use whole minutes only, please; no halves. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:23:51 EST PINK TEAM RACE Pink team post your fitness minutes here STARTING SUNDAY, SEPT. 30. Please use the following form: <BR> <BR> Team Total: 25 <BR> My Minutes: 20 <BR> New Team Total: 45 <BR> <BR> Use whole minutes only, please; no halves. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:23:06 EST YELLOW TEAM RACE Yellow team post your fitness minutes here STARTING SUNDAY, SEPT. 30. Please use the following form: <BR> <BR> Team Total: 25 <BR> My Minutes: 20 <BR> New Team Total: 45 <BR> <BR> Use whole minutes only, please; no halves. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:22:23 EST BLUE TEAM RACE Blue team post your fitness minutes here STARTING SUNDAY, SEPT. 30. Please use the following form: <BR> <BR> Team Total: 25 <BR> My Minutes: 20 <BR> New Team Total: 45 <BR> <BR> Use whole minutes only, please; no halves. <BR> <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:20:11 EST Oct - NE - Gabfest <em>424</em> Chat here on Monday Oct 1 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:54:14 EST challenge I am excited about this challenge Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:52:42 EST PRE-CHALLENGE (PLEASE READ) I gave you a few things to work on and to keep in mind before starting the challenge. I hope you're making progress with those. Just as a recap, here's what I suggested: <BR> <BR> Plan: Your exercise <BR> Your meals <BR> Your involvement <BR> <BR> Make time each week to sketch out some kind of plan for your exercise and meals. I like to use my days off to get food ready for the days I'm working so that I have a little extra time every day and am not so rushed. This also ke... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:05:08 EST New Hello, I'm originally from Scottsbluff, I've been living in northeast Wyoming for the last few years but I am getting ready to move back to the Scottsbluff area, hopefully by the middle of next month. If anyone in that area would like to get together to walk or workout together please let me know, it would be really great to find someone who is like me trying to lose the weight and keep it off and make better, healthier choices...Thanks! Kathy Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:49:51 EST Hi everyone I just wanted to say hi to everyone. My name is Amanda and I am 26. I am looking to lose about 40 pounds. I had a couple surgeries in the last year, and gained a lot of weight due to the steroids i was on, so I am looking to shed those pounds and the ones i had pre-surgery. I am getting married next spring, to the most amazing man,and want to feel beautiful on my wedding day. <BR> So far I really like sparkpeople. Every thing is so easy to track, i have already downloaded it to my phone so i... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:42:32 EST 5% CHALLENGE SIGN UP <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to sign up and for questions and comments about the challenge. <BR> <BR> Before we begin next Sun. here's a couple things you may want to do: <BR> <BR> Plan: Your exercise <BR> Your meals <BR> Your involvement <BR> <BR> Make time each week to sketch out some kind of plan for your exercise and meals. I like to use my day... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:54:40 EST 5% CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> ****PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS THREAD. INFORMATION ONLY. GO TO THE SIGNUP THREAD TO JOIN THIS CHALLENGE. **** <BR> <BR> ARE YOU READY?? <BR> <BR> To increase your workouts and add some new exercises to your routine… <BR> To develop new healthy eating habits… <BR> To ditch those excuses once and for all… <BR> <BR> To lose 5% of your body weight? <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:39:03 EST New! Hey everyone, <BR> My name is Leigh and I am a 21 year old senior at UNK. My longterm goal is to lose 38 pounds by the time I enter veterinary school in the fall. I would love to start that new chapter of my life as a new, healthier version of myself! However, I need a support system in order to be successful with a weight loss routine. So thank you and I hope some of you are willing to help me go through this process. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:42:07 EST Hello from Omaha Hi everyone, obviously I am new here or I wouldn't be introducing myself :-) I am Terri, 49 and in Omaha, NE. I am an ovarian and uterine cancer survivor (11 months since my surgery). Currently I am doing well but need to lose about 45 pounds-I have ALWAYS used food to comfort myself...needed A LOT of comfort lately. I do 25 minutes of cardio daily and strength train but cannot seem to get away from a 3 pound swing one direction or the other, for the last 2 months. I know I stress eat-how do ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:47:04 EST SEPTEMBER 30 DAYS TO FALL CHALLENGE The following is a challenge that I took part in this summer from a Canadian website and I decided that it would work just as good as a fall challenge as it did a summer one. <BR> Each day's challenge is a link to a more complete description. <BR> I really enjoyed the challenge and look forward to completing it again; hope you enjoy, too! <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Oops! Sorrry about that! <BR> <link><BR>ummer.html </link> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:50:41 EST Sept - NE - Gabfest <em>150</em> Start to chat here on Sat Sept 1 -- Thanks Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:46:52 EST Hi I'm Susan Hello Nebraska Team!! I'm Susan a 40 yr old mother of four. I currently weigh 235lbs. I lost five lbs before I decided to join sp. I have decided not to weigh myself all the time, I find it discouraging. Instead of weighing my husband measured me when I began my "lifestyle change" he measured me again today a week in and I have lost 3/4 of an inch all over my body. <BR> <BR> My goal is to wear a size 12 or smaller to my sons wedding next year. Another goal is to feel comfortable in a bathing... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:36:14 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run-Lincoln Anyone going to the Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K in Lincoln NE? <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:12:38 EST starting weight start weight: 201 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:07:31 EST Hello Everyone! Just wanted to say hi to everyone in this forum. I recently joined SparkPeople in order to reach my goal of losing 30 lbs before May. This year will be my 25th birthday, graduation from grad school, moving across the country, and getting a new job. I want to be able to present the best version of me to the world as I move through these important events. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:06:07 EST AUGUST HEALTHY HABITS CHALLENGE This month's challenge is to make, or break, a habit. Choose one habit that you would like to change (either start or stop), lay out a game plan and work on it all month. Come in here and post your progress. Here are a couple links from Spark that may help you get started. <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1681 </link> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1752 </link> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:11:37 EST Aug - NE - Gabfest <em>87</em> -start chating here on Wed Aug 1 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:26:48 EST down 4 184 small steps, got to remember this!! <em>20</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:26:24 EST On the road again. My husband and I love to travel. We have a motor home and we are gone for two months in the winter months. We also take shorter trips in the summer. Eating out is a challenge when we travel and I gain weight when we are gone. Our goal this coming winter is to not eat out so much with our friends. I also eat too much late at night. I am trying to get more sleep and trying to stop the snacking. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:37:11 EST JULY CHALLENGE Welcome to the 2nd half of 2012! <em>232</em> <BR> Hope you all stay safe with those fireworks this week; sounds like they're being banned in some parts of the country due to dry conditions. <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> I'm not doing an organized challenge this month but would like to encourage everyone to come on this thread and post your goals, challenges, plans or anything else you'd like to talk about. <BR> <BR> My goal for July is to just get back in 'the groove'. June was not a successf... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:09:05 EST July - NE - Gabfest <em>283</em> Start chating here Sunday July 1 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:09:35 EST I'm here and I'm not going anywhere HELLO EVERYONE. I'm here until I reach my goal. So, If I start to whine or pout about how hard this is, just slap me and tell me to buck up. Nothing is easy in life....except putting on the pounds. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:38:55 EST skinny_12 hello everyone im from nebraska Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:35:08 EST New life, new start. I'm a type one diabetic and since I've had it, I've been abusing it it numerous ways. I really want to get on track with that, as well as lose weight and just be overall healthy. I also want to try to be more of a vegetarian and hopefully take out most to all meats in my diet. I want to lower my cholesterol since it is a factor of concern with my family. I want to take control of my life and be happy. Any advice would be helpful; I would love to talk to people on here :) Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:43:40 EST New life, new start. I'm a type one diabetic and since I've had it, I've been abusing it it numerous ways. I really want to get on track with that, as well as lose weight and just be overall healthy. I also want to try to be more of a vegetarian and hopefully take out most to all meats in my diet. I want to lower my cholesterol since it is a factor of concern with my family. I want to take control of my life and be happy. Any advice would be helpful; I would love to talk to people on here :) Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:43:09 EST New at this Hi everyone! I'm a 40-something from east central Nebraska. I'm divorced but in a relationship with a wonderful man who loves me "just the way I am" but I've put on about 50 lbs in the last 7 years and I'm not happy with myself anymore. <BR> <BR> I managed to lose alot of weight about 10 years ago before my divorce through eating right and alot of gardening and activities with the kids. Now the kids are grown and I've become pretty sedentary. <BR> <BR> I've been looking around for somethin... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:24:06 EST Hi, I am Rebekah- Hello. I am about 500 lb right now... give or take a few lbs. <BR> I remember hitting 380, and swearing I would go no higher... then 400, 420, 460, 479... now here I am... how freaking depressing. <BR> I am dealing with some SERIOUS self loathing and motivation issues. <BR> I have 11 yr old twin daughters both whom have Aspergers and also a 3 yr old son... <BR> I am so scared I will not be here for them when them need me if I don't take control of this. <BR> It seems so overwhelming and ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:34:46 EST June - NE - Gabfest <em>464</em> <em>237</em> start chating here June 1 Fri, 1 Jun 2012 06:27:23 EST JUNE CHALLENGE <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <em>52</em> <BR> WHAT'S YOUR FOCUS? <BR> Start each day, or week, with a focus—eating, exercise, strength training, etc. and let us know at the end of the day or week how well you did. Did you keep your focus all day (or week)? If not, what happened and what can you do to fix it? <BR> <BR> My focus for the rest of the week is to get back on schedule with my eating and exercise. I've been off for the last week and really need to get back on. Wed, 30 May 2012 22:22:53 EST I'm a Newbie! Hello to all, I always start out strong and eventually fall off the wagon (very hard). I am hoping this time is different. Good luck to everyone with there goals. I am completely open to any ideas. Fri, 11 May 2012 23:39:22 EST excited but a slow starter I am a homemaker with an amazing husband and 6 incredible kids. Off and on for 12 years I have been pregnant and nursing and now am needing to get in shape and loose some baby weight. But I want to be able to run with my kids, play soccer, swim, and hike. Basically be ready for any impromptu moment with my family. I would love to learn to ride a unicycle and buzz around with my Hubby. It is also hard to find exercise time without feeling guilty when my kids need me. <BR> So far I think ... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:14:13 EST May Challenge Chat Please use this thread for chatting and reporting progress for the May challenge. Have a great month! <BR> <em>41</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:18:06 EST MAY CHALLENGE <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please go to the May Challenge CHAT thread to post and leave this one for the posting of the daily challenge ONLY. That way we won't have to scroll through all the chat posts to find the challenge. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> This month's challenge will be a series of daily challenges that will be all over the board, from nutrition to exercise and every... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:12:07 EST May - NE - Gabfest <em>449</em> May 1 is may basket day and also time to start chating Here <BR> so don't get caught or you will get a kiss <BR> <BR> The tradition of May Day begins with a basket or <BR> container brimming with flowers and small gifts. <BR> The May Day basket is quietly and secretly placed on the <BR> doorstep of a neighbor or loved one, demonstrating the <BR> gift of giving without receiving. <BR> <BR> The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. <BR> The person receiving the basket... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:04:38 EST So Frustrated I have tried Weight Watchers, HCG, etc with minimal success. I went back to the basics to get myself fired up about getting fit into to the clothes that have become tight lately. For the last three weeks of 3x a week of 5:30 am gyms times, food monitoring, and back to the basics of healthy cooking.......and I have gained six pounds. I am tipping the scales at a weight that I hoped two weeks ago was my heaviest but have proven myself wrong. It's easy to be discouraged but frankly I'm to th... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:12:16 EST Becca Hello my name is Becca and I just joined spark last week to loss weight and gain motivation and energy! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:22:58 EST Hello Hello everyone, my name is Jen and I am just getting started. I am a mother of 3 boys and just really need to get myself healthy and in shape. I look forward to hearing others stories and gaining the support needed to get to my goals. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:38:01 EST Here I am! Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hello and share that I'm excited to do this! I'm wanting to make a change for myself to improve myself as well as in that process, improve my relationships. I want to be comfortable in my own skin, be happy, and be the best I can be. I've tried to do this many times, but I'm at my heaviest I have ever been and it's time to do this. My husband and I want to start a family soon, hopefully within the next year. I have so many goals as well, I can't wa... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:02:13 EST APRIL'S SPRING INTO SPRING CHALLENGE <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> Happy April Fool's Day! Hope everyone is ready for spring because it is definitely here with a vengence. Can't believe the mild winter we've had; I keep waiting for that massive blizzard to zap us all back into reality but I don't think it's coming. Anyway... <BR> <BR> April's challenge will be 4 weekly challenges to help us get into the swing of spring. The fir... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 01:43:02 EST April - NE - Gabfest <em>450</em> Start chating here on Sunday - April 1 - NO FOOLING Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:04:42 EST newbie wanting a buddy Hi my nameis Tennille iam 26 year old mother to 3 1/2 year old boy. I live in Omaha ne. Iam need to lose 100 ls. But my goal is 75 lbs by Christmas. I weighed in this morning at 249.6. Looking for a buddy to email/ text. If you think we ,could help eachother email me or you can ema me here. Hope to here from you soon. <BR> tennille rush Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:34:40 EST I'm Back I’m back again, only for the umpteen time. At least I keep restarting, correct? Where to start. I’m 33, full-time adult college student, work full-time (well just went down to part time). 100% single. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:31:59 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I just remembered that I promised weekly challenges this month. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So here's the challenge for the coming week: Do a plank <BR> Here's the link for Spark's demo. You can do straight arm like the demo or come down onto your elbows. I prefer the latter because my wrists are really weak. <BR> <link> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 22:36:12 EST SHOES SHOES SHOE... HELP! Hey All I live in Bayard, close to Scottsbluff. Our shopping stinks! I need to get measured for running shoes and I have really wide feet. Where do you guys buy your running/ work out shoes. We are close to Cheyenne and Denver and are willing to go there. Help I want to start running but have no idea where to go! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 15:05:33 EST Hello From Norfolk Hello from the northeastern corner of the state, Norfolk. Just found this site and am excited that there are other from Nebraska already on. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:38:03 EST MARCH CHALLENGE <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY! <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> In honor of our great state’s birthday on the first of March we’re going to take a virtual tour via Hwy 2 starting in Nebraska City and ending at the NE/SD border. <BR> <BR> Starting on the 1st , every 10 min. of activity that we do will get us 1 mile down the road. When we pass near to the area where you live, be sure to post a fun fact or some other info that you feel makes your... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:58:08 EST Hello from Little 'ol Bayard Hi all My name is Kori Mitich I am a 23 year old SAHM to a 17mos old baby girl! I am super excited to get healthy! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:13:09 EST March - NE - Gabfest <em>137</em> Start to gab here on Thur March 1 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:09:51 EST Hello I'm from Omaha and just joined Hi everyone, <BR> I'm just trying to find something that will work for me and I'm hoping this site is it. I am a total newbie to this site, so it will take me a while to get the hang of it. In fact, I hope I'm even doing this correctly. <BR> <BR> I, like I'm hoping a lot of you, need to lose weight and to start living a healthier lifestyle. There's so much information out there and, I have to admit, at times it's overwhelming and I walk away feeling a bit defeated. <BR> <BR> So, I'm ho... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:32:02 EST Hello From Oakdale Hello, My name is Danielle. I am 44 years young. I am married to a wonderful man (Mike). I have 7 children and 7 grandchildren. My youngest child is my daughter she is 8 years old. I want to loose weight so I can do more things with her and be around for my grandchildren that hope someday she will have. I love to do things outdoors but don't have a lot of energy to do them. That is one thing that I am working on. If there is anybody that is around my area that would like together and do thing... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:48:03 EST Newbie Looking for Help I need some help. I saw someone talking about chair exercise. Where do I find them? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:44:13 EST FEBRUARY CHALLENGE CHAT Use this thread to chat, encourage, and motivate. Have a great month! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:34:03 EST FEBRUARY CHALLENGE <em>249</em> <BR> Welcome to February! Feels more like March or April this week; this weather is scaring me, I keep expecting a blizzard or a major drop in temp. but I think the more likely scenario is a very dry year which is even more scary. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>341</em> <em>265</em> <BR> So, Coach Nicole pretty much covered all the important aspects of weight loss in the January Jumpstart Challenge so this month we're going to fine-tune all those good habits we made in Januar... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:21:46 EST North Platte Is there anyone from the North Platte area? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:42:42 EST Becky B I'm having a terrible time losing any weight!!! Please pray for me. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:43:44 EST FEB - NE - Gabfest <em>129</em> Start chating here Wed Feb 1, 2012 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:15:29 EST What went well today? What went well today.... <BR> <BR> As a teacher there are always lots of birthdays and other celebrations going on and that means snacks--snacks--and more snacks in the lounge! Although we have lots of great cooks it is a huge temptation that I don't need right now! This morning I went in the lounge and LITERALLY, without our thought (it was so ingrained, so learned) that I dipped up some dessert and snack mix for myself), ate it, and chatted with peers. Then I walked back into my room and w... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:58:22 EST Recording every BLT in the Panhandle! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I read a great anagram (I think that is what they are called) the other day...BLT! I am not talking the awesome sandwich that means summer time to me. I am talking about Bite, Lick, and Taste...recording every bite, lick, and taste. I know that I eat a lot, but by using the trackers and food logs I think I will get a real picture that will hopefully keep me motivated and realistic about what is going into my body and making the needed changes to get healthy. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:47:19 EST baczap Started the new year off right AGAIN! Got a total gym for myself and have used it faithfully every day since Dec 26th, but I need other people to keep me motivated this year. It will be fun belonging to a team instead of going solo. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:51:55 EST Newbie from Gering Hello, my name is Pam and I just discovered this website yesterday. I've been poking around on the site this morning and I'd have to say I am impressed! <BR> <BR> A little about me, I have two boys one is 5 years old and the second is only 6 weeks old. I have always struggled with my weight and since the birth of my second son, I am struggling more than ever. Fortunately I did not gain any weight with my pregnancy, I'm just squishier and not happy about it. <BR> <BR> My goal is to loose 6... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:43:09 EST Question Sorry if someone has already talked about this.... Does anyone have the Spark People Cookbook? Just curious if it is worth the money or not. If all of the recipes are the same as the ones at then I would just print them off. <BR> I would love any feedback! <BR> Thank! <BR> ~Becky Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:19:45 EST Hello Hi <BR> My name is Cindy from Tekamah i did this last year but had 2 surgeries so stopped and now im back to lose this weight finally thanks for having me <em>30</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:11:56 EST Good Afternoon Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and am very excited and anxious to begin a new healthy lifestyle and loose weight! I am 40 years old and the mother of three (ages 3, 13, and 23). Just wanted to say "Hi" and wish everyone a new year filled with happiness and Health! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:59:45 EST New...kind of... Hey! My name is Becky and I live in York. I am 32, happily married with 2 kids, ages 9 and 2. I am here to lose about 60 pounds. I work full time outside of the home so I am having a hard time fitting in any workouts. I have the time but I feel guilty when I spend my evenings on the treadmill instead of with my kids. I am sure you can all probably relate... I guess right now I am just trying to find a balance between everything in my life!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting everyo... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:59:19 EST Hello.. Looking to reclaim my bod back... Hi everyone! I am ready to get my bod back! I say this every January but this year I realllly mean it. Thanks in advance for your help! I was always thin and packed on the weight after having children. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:23:26 EST Hello I am giving this a try after my sister recommended it. A little scared of all the technology but truly want to eat healthier and get into better shape. Being a mother of 5 and stepmother of 5 leaves little time for me. Not only that but a proud grandma of 14. Need to do this to keep up with grandbabies. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:22:39 EST Thank you for the Welcome message! I'm reaching my hand out for any help and encouragement!! I have about 112 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I lost 125 three years ago, but have gained back 45 of that. I want to make this final push THE final push and stay at my goal weight forever once I reach it! At age 56 and with osteoarthritis rearing its ugly head, especially in my left knee, it's easy for me to get sidetracked. Thanks for any help and support!! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:25:39 EST JANUARY JUMPSTART CHALLENGE Use this thread to discuss the January Jumpstart Challenge and any other fitness related issues you care to discuss or post. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>408</em> <em>331</em> <em>312</em> <em>325</em> <em>34</em> <em>248</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:53:27 EST Live Healthy Nebraska <BR> <BR> I was messing around UNL's Rec Center Website and found this. I think I'm gonna try doing it in both the Weight Loss and Minutes of Activity Divisions. I haven't found a team yet, but I asked my Facebook friends if anyone wanted to do it with me. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else doing it? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:25:36 EST 2012 - NE - Gabfest (daily chat room) <em>412</em> <em>411</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE <BR> We will start to chat here Jan 1, 2012 <BR> <em>408</em> Here is to you all this will be our Year <BR> NO MORE EXCUSES <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:56:13 EST New Guy started December 27th. Hello All, <BR> I am in the military full time and have desperatly needed to lose weight for couple years, and i was told about this site. So, here i go, off and running full speed ahead. I have always been perty fit, but could never get the scale to budge or lose this belly thing. I started the Insanity workout 4 weeks ago, and just joined here this week to help track it and watch what i eat more. I have 2 children and one more due in August. My goal is to lose 55lbs before my new child... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:04:09 EST Omaha Homaha Hello All!! <BR> <BR> I'm Bailey, from Omaha. Kickin' off my second week of being back on the right track with a blog post. Just wanted to say hello to the team, and hope everyone had a healthy weekend! <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:27:41 EST DEC - NE daily chat Room <em>446</em> Start your chatting here Thur DEC 1 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:20:40 EST Old and over weight The last few years I worked out of the United States and got into some bad eating habits. My weight was 240 lbs 8-1-11 now I am at 196 and learning good eating habits. Thanks to SparkPeople. My goal is to be 180 lbs. I feel the last 16 lbs are going to be the hardest. But maybe the hardest will be to maintain the 180 lbs. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:54:25 EST Second Tries If you don't succeed, try again. Those are the hardest words for me to follow at times. But, I'm not attempting to try, but doing instead. It's hard, but life will be harder if I continue to go down this spiral. Two years ago, I started gaining weight at my office job, so I joined SPARKPEOPLE and gave up when the weight kept packing on. <BR> <BR> I no longer have that job and have since then dropped quite a few lbs, but they are slowly creeping up again. So, no more excuses, just doing. 42l... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:11:34 EST Finally Going for it in G.I. I've been on spark people for a little while, just haven't been consistent. I am a Med Aide, and have 3 kids (2, 4, 12) and a husband. My kids seem healthy enough. My 12 yo plays basketball and volleyball and loves fruit. All my kids love fruit. My husband and I, however are more on the comfort food diet. We have managed to kick a fast food habit, don't even miss it. Now I am turning my attentions to healthier things at home. I have been moving slowly on the road of living green, eating local... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:10:55 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR’S <BR> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> I’m starting this challenge early because sometimes by the first of December many of us are already so far behind that we spend the whole month playing catch-up. You know that feeling – when you realize that Christmas is _ days away and you haven’t even started on your 3-month-long to-do list. Then the inevitable happens- - the eating begins because the food is there and it is sooo good and the exercise stops b... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:51:15 EST WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? We started this thread last Nov. and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it again. We have a lot to be thankful for in this country; maybe we should make it last all year instead of only for a month. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>232</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:32:26 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE Hey everyone! I’m winging it this month because I’m drawing a total blank. Not getting a lot of interest in the challenges that I post so here’s what we’re going to do: <BR> Post your own challenge. It can be anything: nutrition, exercise, whatever. <BR> You can also post a challenge to the rest of the team (daily, weekly, or all month) if you want to. Be sure to post your progress! <BR> In addition: Post a healthy Thanksgiving recipe or a healthy version of an old stand-by. <BR> Have a ... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 20:22:32 EST NOV - NE daily chat room <em>426</em> Start talking here TUE Nov 1 - Thanks Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:34:46 EST Not new, not well and need to lose 100+ Hi everyone. I've been on sparkpeople for a few years now and can't seem to change my ways. I know it has to be something deep down inside that clicks, but I'm starting to get scared that I'm never going to change. Maybe thats the first step? I just am having so much trouble getting motivated to get healthy. I literally can't stand to look at myself in the mirror and can't stand how I look or more importantly how I feel. I'm getting married in less than a year, and I don't want my fianc... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:49:08 EST TWEAK MY MEAL PLAN!!! TWEAK MY MEAL PLAN!!! <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>180</em> <em>284</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> Ever wonder where all those extra calories are sneaking in? Where to squeeze in a little extra fiber, an extra serving of fruit, or a little more protein? <BR> Well, help is on the way! This thread is for nutrition questions and comments. If you have a question about nutrition, just ask. If you have a strategy that is working for you, share it! <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:55:33 EST Newbie on the Block Hello everyone, I just signed up and looking forward to getting started. If anyone has any <BR> easy tricks or tips to make the first few weeks easier for a newbie let me know. :) Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:33:22 EST Hello From Gordon! Wow, I haven't been utilizing SP for so long and its high time I get back into a good routine. <BR> <BR> I recently am an empty nester which means having a house to myself and most important....a fridge to myself can be a good thing or a downfall, depending on how I utilize it. Its been a huge challenge to deal with the evening snacking. I made a goal on ending my eating time to no later than 7. Keeping that goal is a different story!! <BR> <BR> Entering into the winter months, I find co... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:51:54 EST OCT - NE daily chat room <em>424</em> Start talking here on Sat Oct 1 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:47:47 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Well, my favorite month has come and gone once again and here it is October. Not a bad month either, really, but exercising outside is going to be getting a little harder. Hope you've all taken advantage of the nice weather that we've had lately and have built up a good 'head of steam' so you will be able to transition easily into colder weather activities. <BR>... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:43:41 EST Hey! Hey Everyone! <BR> Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. My husband and I have been using Sparkpeople for about 3 weeks now and are loving it! I have a lot of health problems and we're trying to start a family so it's time to make some big changes in our lives. As much as I need to lose weight I more need to make these changes for my health so we're not so focused on losing weight but to eat more balanced meals and to exercise 6 days a week. <BR> Things are going well but I've love t... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:59:43 EST NEW TEAM GOALS NEW TEAM GOALS!! <BR> I’ve revamped the team goals and I need your help. I’d like to get 10% of the team in on these goals so if you know someone on the team who hasn’t joined the team goals, urge them to do so. <BR> <em>186</em> <em>323</em> <em>57</em> <em>315</em> <em>23</em> <em>319</em> <BR> Goal # 1 is Fitness Minutes. For the past several months we’ve been hovering just under the goal (265,000) and have been in the top 10 states ( <link><BR>r... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:03:20 EST Scattergories Part 2 - New How to play: <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE answer. <BR> <BR> When the list is full, we'll move on to the next letter. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long it takes us to go through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> ________________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Copy the whole list to your post and fill in ONE answer. (Copy this line of words too - Thanks) - TRY TO TYPE YOUR ANSWER IN CAP'S thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> Letter "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Something your Thankful for - <BR> <B... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:26:33 EST NEW TEAM CHALLENGE About a month ago, CHICKY_HIP (aka Wendy) issued the following challenge: <BR> <BR> Have you guys seen the state by state fitness minutes leaderboard here on SparkPeople? Going by the actual minutes puts Nebraska in 31st place. That's low, but not bad! They also have adjusted points which adjusts the points based on population and that puts Nebraska in 6th place! I think we should try to get into first place based on the adjusted points! Do you think we can do it? Make sure you add ALL your... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:25:03 EST ABC's of Television Ok here we go I will do A then you do B and so on <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Army Wife's Sat, 3 Sep 2011 07:57:38 EST SEPT - Daily chat room for NE <em>150</em> Start the chating here Sept 1 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 05:29:26 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE This is a challenge that I did some months back with another team. I've been saving it. Copy and paste the form and then just edit the same one each week so we don't end up with such a long forum. At the end of the week, just clear the form and start over, keeping only the running totals. If you want to keep each week's totals, copy and paste and save in a Word document on your computer. Good Luck! <BR> <BR> Did you stay in your calorie range ( )? Give yourself 10 points for staying within ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:17:27 EST 9/25 Streets Alive (Lincoln) Found out about this on facebook and wanted to spread the word. Would be a good time to practice a 5k! <BR> <BR> Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 12:30pm-5:00pm. 3.23 miles of Lincoln’s streets will be closed to motorized vehicles and opened to walkers, runners, bikers, roller-bladers--anybody using human-powered transportation--to come out and Play in the Streets! <BR> <BR> General Information <BR> Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln exists to partner with Lincoln health-related organizatio... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:25:18 EST TIDBITS I come across articles or blogs once in awhile that I want to share and am not sure where to post them that they will be seen so I'm setting up this forum to do that. If you come across an interesting article or piece of advice from Spark or from anywhere else, post them here. <BR> <BR> I found an article on a blog and when I asked the writer where she got it, she replied that it was the Spark Exercise Tip Of The Day that you can subscribe to. I had forgotten about all the different e-mails ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:16:34 EST Mud run - 08/27/2011 Anyone else doing this? <BR> <BR> I'm running in the worm race with my sister and nephew... we will be running 5K ... all tethered together! I'm so excited! I think it's going to be fun! <BR> <BR> Amy Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:47:50 EST Hi! from Cambridge Glad to meet some of you! This is my 5th week with Sparks. I feel quite new even though I've been in the program a few weeks. I'm trying to "branch " out a little with joining my state team! <BR> Sounds like you are doing fantastic! Thanks to LLREED for the welcome and encouraging me to introduce myself. Way to go, Team NE!! ckopcha <BR> Chris Kopcha/Pritchard Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:11:03 EST Hello Everyone hi my name is Rebecca Oconnell, I am new to spark. My main reason for joining is to get this weight off. I have battled high blood pressure since i was 15 years old, I am now 32 with 3 boys. My doc, has informed me that having high blood pressure for all these years is causing damage to my heart, this is scary yes but for me it is harder because I come from a very bad family history of heart trouble. I have a hard to time sticking with an exercise and diet plann, but i have no choice i want t... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:46:24 EST FOOD CHALLENGE Here's a new type of challenge: <BR> <BR> Try a different food this week. It could be anything; a fruit or veggie that you've never eaten, a spice or herb that you've never cooked with, or a new kind of cheese, just make it a healthy one. Then come on here and tell us about it. <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:55:49 EST Vegetables Just curious. What is your favorite vegetables? How do you eat all your servings of vegetables each day? Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:01:58 EST State by State Fitness Minutes Have you guys seen the state by state fitness minutes leaderboard here on SparkPeople? Going by the actual minutes puts Nebraska in 31st place. That's low, but not bad! They also have adjusted points which adjusts the points based on population and that puts Nebraska in 6th place! I think we should try to get into first place based on the adjusted points! Do you think we can do it? Make sure you add ALL your fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aderboard... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:02:36 EST Granny Needs to get fit! I am going to the Holy Land in Nov. and need to get off some weight and get in shape to walk. I have a job that I do get up and down some but mostly desk work. I am trying to stay under 120 grams of carbs mostly now and reading info from other people and websites. I don't have a lot of extra time as have 2 jobs and watch my baby Grandson 3 times a week. Love to hear from you all. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:36:01 EST Aug - NE daily chat room <em>87</em> Chat here on Aug 1 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:01:51 EST hello Stopping in to say hello. New to the group. Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:08:07 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> In honor of that old August tradition, the beginning of the school year, this month’s challenge is going to focus on going back to school. The beginning of the school year always means a shopping trip for supplies and new clothes. When I was in school, the supply list was pretty short: notebooks, pencils, and crayons. By the time my kids were in school, the list had grown to include tissues and markers and now I don’t even want to see ‘the list’. <BR> So this mont... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:07:15 EST Eating in Lincoln I am from LaVista/Omaha. On Wednesday, I am going to Lincoln for a conference. I am looking for suggestions -- where should I eat lunch? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:35:23 EST It's time to make a change in my life. I am tired of being overweight, self-concious, tired, and sad. I need support to get myself back in shape and choose a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:01:35 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm Cassie. I'm a 24 year old mom to one. I'm done saying tomorrow or next week. This morning I got up and actually did exercise! My goal is 51 lbs, but if I can keep my motivation up that shouldn't be a problem. I look forward to getting to know everyone here. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:07:00 EST