SparkPeople Positively Yours....A License to Succeed Team Messageboard You have the power to succeed. It's all a state of mind. You can do anything you set your mind to. NAME: YOU......ADDRESS: HERE.....ISSUED: NOW......EXPIRES: NEVER SparkPeople Positively Yours....A License to Succeed Team Messageboard I am Back Hi everyone How are you? just stopping by to say Hi and I am back on sparkpeople. <em>244</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:35:18 EST PYQOTD---6/17 Do you have a set routine or time for your exercise? Or fly by the seat of your pants? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:18:56 EST PYQOD....6/14 A lot of people will be acknowledging Father's Day this weekend. What are or do you have plans to celebrate? Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:48:00 EST 3rd Letter Starts New Word Post a word starting with the 3rd letter of the previous posted word. <BR> <BR> Example: word posted " work <BR> <BR> New word: rage <BR> <BR> Next word: gain <BR> <BR> Let's see what we can come up with. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:19:32 EST PYQOD....6/11 What would your advice be to newcomers to Sparkpeople? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:16:16 EST PYQOD....6/3 What do you do for cardio exercise? Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:31:07 EST PY...QOTD 6/2 What goal(s) have you made for month of June? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:12:46 EST PY...QOTD 5/22 If you could be anywhere right now...doing whatever....where would you like to be? Thu, 22 May 2014 07:26:40 EST PY...QOTD 5/21 What is your favorite way to relax or spend down time? Wed, 21 May 2014 07:37:37 EST PY...QOTD 5/20 Name a person...past or present....that you would like to meet...and why. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:43:09 EST PY...QOTD 5/19 What are your goals or what do you wish to accomplish this week? Sun, 18 May 2014 23:21:16 EST PY...QOTD 5/17 What is your favorite outdoor activity? Fri, 16 May 2014 21:42:54 EST PY...QOTD 5/16 Have you ever been or are you on any of the challenge teams <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser <BR> Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) <BR> <BR> or others? <BR> <BR> How do you feel about them? Thu, 15 May 2014 22:11:19 EST PY...QOTD 5/15 Do you ever take an electronic break? tv, phone, computer, etc? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:34:03 EST PY...QOTD 5/14 What was the last food/drink that you ate/drank until now? Wed, 14 May 2014 09:15:58 EST PY...QOTD 5/13 What kind of music do you like? Tue, 13 May 2014 08:15:47 EST PY...QOTD 5/9 A lot of people will be acknowledging Mother's Day this weekend. What are or do you have plans to celebrate? Fri, 9 May 2014 07:52:03 EST PY...QOTD 5/8 Do you depend solely on scales to determine weight loss? How often do you weigh? Thu, 8 May 2014 07:48:36 EST PY...QOTD 5/7 Do you like flowers? What is or do you have a favorite? Wed, 7 May 2014 08:10:47 EST PY...QOTD 5/2 Do you battle/deal with allergies? Fri, 2 May 2014 08:07:21 EST May Fitness Minutes Do you love your body enough to work it out? How much will you work your body this month. For any team member that reaches and/or exceeds 2,000 fitness minutes, I will send a 100 point goodie to personally of their own choosing. Every team member that meets or exceeds their commitment will receive a team goodie. Your minutes must be filled out by the day before the end of the month. If we don't use the team goodies by midnight we lose them. <BR> <BR> Let's do this. Put forth the team effort ... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:07:12 EST PY...QOTD 5/1 What is your thoughts of the new design of the Team Page(s)? Thu, 1 May 2014 07:55:11 EST PY...QOTD 4/30 How have you done for the month of April? Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:04:55 EST PY...QOTD 4/29 Which would you rather have help with? <BR> <BR> 1. Cooking <BR> 2. Cleaning <BR> 3. Childcare <BR> 4. Yard work <BR> 5. Other (explain) <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:53:25 EST PY...QOTD 4/28 How many teams are you on/active with here on Sparkpeople? Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:23:17 EST PY...QOTD 4/25 Are you a procrastinator? Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:41:01 EST Name That: Place This is a fun one. You have to give a place name (country, town, city etc) that starts with the last letter in the previously given place name. So if I say have to say a place name that starts with "A"....and so on.... <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:17:13 EST PY...QOTD 4/23 Do you eat meatless meals? How often? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:39:31 EST PY...QOTD 4/22 Do you think you would be interested in or could live in a tiny house? <BR> <BR> Check this out..... <link><BR>ny-house-for-dollar30000 </link> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:29:36 EST PY...QOTD 4/21 Do you have/use the Spark Activity Tracker or something else? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:52:22 EST PY...QOTD 4/18 Wishing each of you a blessed Easter weekend. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the Easter weekend? Any made? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:36:54 EST PY...QOTD 4/17 Did you see or watch the Lunar Eclipse ..blood moon ...this past Tuesday morning? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:54:03 EST How Are You Doing w/emoticon? Sometimes we don't have the time or feel like chatting. So, stop by here and post an emoticon. It lets us know that you are still around. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:26:20 EST PY...QOTD 4/16 What is your LEAST favorite exercise? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:28:22 EST PY...QOTD 4/15 Do you or have you used any exercise videos from here on Sparkpeople? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:18:21 EST What Physical Activity Did You Do? We all realize that we need, let's post what we did today. Be it, certain exercises, dancing around, walking, playing with kids, housework, etc. Post any action that you did. This will help us keep accountable. All movement counts! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:58:41 EST Challenge Monday 3/17 through Saturday 3/22 We all know that we need water to survive, and, some of us don't get as much as we should or are consistent with the drinking of water. So, this each day how much you drink. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:40:15 EST SP Olympics In the spirit of the Olympics this is a mini challenge that will earn you a gold medal, silver medal or a bronze medal For our bodies to function in great condition we need good nutrion, daily exercise and plenty of sleep. If any of these things are missing from our daily regime our bodies will not run be in its optimal condition. Each day for 7 days(until the last day of the month starting tomorrow) we will track 5 things. See below Each item that you complete, you will earn a colored ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:51:56 EST HELP!!! Help me. Does anyone have any good protein sources? I have been diagnosed lactose intolerant and have tried lactaid, almond milk, soy(yuck) and lactaid tablets with no luck. I just plain have to stay away from dairy. This is killing me because I love Greek yogurt, cheeses and milk(non fat). I am suppose to get 60g of protein and I am lucky if I can get into the 50's. I don't like beans or protein bars. <BR> <BR> The Dr. did put me back on Nexium for the pain, thank God, I was walking h... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:14:25 EST Your opinion Do you think the Biggest Loser Winner went overboard with her weight loss? She lost a wee bit over 60% of her body weight. She went from a size 20 to a size 2 I thought she looked sickly. Even the coaches looked concerned. Did she go overboard to win $250,000. People have been concerned about this happening all along, it took 15 seasons for it to happen in some people's opinion. She lost 155 pounds in 13 weeks. I lost 120 pounds in 23 months. They say they are under a Dr. supervision... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:34:40 EST Dance 15 songs Goal I got a Nike+Fuelband for Christmas from my daughter and it has an Hour Won feature where once an hour it reminds you to get up and be active for at least 5 minutes. It fits perfectly with our groups challenge to Dance. I've been dancing my Hours Won! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 07:32:01 EST Let's see America I am doing the 5% challenge. While we jet across the world, I thought it would be fun to walk across the United States, virtually, of course. <em>334</em> Since it is so cold in alot of the U.S. let's all meet in FL in Orland. We will go to Disney World.. We will be staying at Caribe Cove Resort. Here is the link. <link><BR>ls/caribe-cove-resort/ </link> <BR> <BR> Disney World is 47 miles in size. That is amost 2x the size of Manhatten. At ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:14:57 EST Let's love February is "love" month. Let's reach out and spread that sparkpeople love. Can you invite 2 people a week to join the team? Can you read 2 blogs a week and leave a supportive/ncouraging comment? Can you stop by 2 pages a week and leave a <em>524</em> for a team mate? I think we can do this. <BR> <BR> Come back to this thread once a week and tell the team who you "loved" that week. Don't forget to love yourself. <em>91</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> mm <em>215</... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:14:08 EST Valentine's Fitness Minutes February is the "love" month. Do you love your body enough to work it out? How much will you work your body this month. For any team member that reaches and/or exceeds 2,000 fitness minutes, I will send a 100 point goodie to personally of their own choosing. Every team member that meets or exceeds their commitment will receive a team goodie. Your minutes must be filled out by the day before the end of the month. If we don't use the team goodies by midnight we lose them. <BR> <BR> Let's... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:05:47 EST Tell us Is the weather having an impact on you exercising? How? <BR> <BR> For me the weather is definitely having an impact. I hate the cold and don't leave the house unless I absolutely have to. I have even blown off Dr. appointments. I don't go to the pool. I have asthma and can't be out in the severe cold. I lost my hat and gloves so couldn't go out for a couple weeks. I have replaced them since and do go out if it isn't really windy. I have not been to the pool this year yet. It was clo... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:35:00 EST A-Z places you would like to visit Name states, countries, towns or cities, that you have visited and love or would like to visit. Say if you have been there or would like to go there. <BR> <BR> Alaska--I would like to go there. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:05:13 EST Mini challenge This mini challenge will start tomorrow, Friday January 10, 2014. Copy and paste the schedule below For five days there will be 3 things that we will track. A team goodie will be awarded to those that complete the challenge. <BR> <BR> January 10 <BR> <BR> drink at least 64 ounces of water- <em>244</em> <BR> exercise for at least 10 minutes- <em>244</em> <BR> track my food using the nutrition tracker- <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> January 11 <BR> <BR> drink at least 64 ounces of water- <... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:23:20 EST January fitness minutes This challenge will help you with the April Fool's Day challenge. How many minutes of exercise are you going to pledge for the first month of the New Year? Everyone completely filling out their minutes will receive a team goodie at the end of the month. Anyone reaching or going over 2000 fitness minutes will receive a 100 point goodie from me. Let's do this. <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>366</em> <em>522</em> <em>206</em> <em>362</em> <em>404</em> <em>217</em> <em>84<... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:09:56 EST Jan.1----April 1 April Fool's Challenge. Pick your poison. We will either decide that we want to lose a certain number of pounds during that 90 days OR a certain number of inches. On January 1 post your weight or post your measurements. If you are wanting to lose weight, post your weight weekly, if you are wanting to lose inches post your measurements monthly. At the end of the challenge goodies will be awarded. <BR> <BR> For those in maintenance if you are posting weight, you must stay within 3% of you... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:04:17 EST Santa Claus is coming Hi team. Sorry I have been MIA. Computers can be a blessing but only if the cooperate. I am on a friend's computer today. I thought I would do a Christmas challenge since we didn't have one this month. Each day give a team member a Christmas goodie with some cheer or leave a comment on a team member's page with some Christmas cheer. You will brighten someone's day and isn't that what Christmas is all about? Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you get everything you want and have ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:24:18 EST I wwil miss youu all I will not be taking part in the threads for awhile. I am having real bad computer issues and it is a real hassle to be on the threads. It has robbed me of all the joy of sparking and turned it into nothing but frustration. It has taken 32 minutes to write this so far. I wish everyone Happy Holidays. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:58:44 EST Prayers for Mom Hi all. I am requesting prayers for my loving Mom. She is having laser surgery on Thursday because the lithotripsy didn't get rid of the kidney stone. It is still sitting in the same place, the urethra. She is going to have to be put under. She has been really depressed for the last couple months and has made reference to going to be with my Dad. This terrifies me. People can lose the will to live. I keep talking about the trip we are taking in December to Pennsylvania and Christmas. Brianna ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:20:41 EST Points for the team Each day you get extra spins that you can give to your favorite teams. Most members get 5 spins to give points to their favorite teams. Please give some points to our team. Each day come to the thread and post how many points you spun for the team. It will be announced shortly what the points will do for the team. Please support your team. <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>250</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:34:19 EST Giving thanks challenge Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for our blessings. People gather with family and friends and feast. This is what was done with the Indians many years ago. Let's come to this thread and tell what we are grateful for in our lives. Try and do this at least 5 times a week. Count your blessing instead of sheep. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:30:16 EST November fitness minutes <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <BR> November already. I can't believe this year just flew by. Now the big holiday season is upon us. It is more important than ever to push that tush. How many minutes are you going to pledge this month, Thanksgiving is November 28 and turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and my Mom's famous gravy is calling my name already. I will step it up and p... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:29:27 EST Friday question What food did you think about eating today, and walk on by? <BR> <BR> Did you replace it with something? <BR> <BR> I went to the store and they have Friendly sundae cups on sale. I figured I would buy just one and have a treat. There would be no danger of binging because I bought only one. I read the label first and the calories and fat in that small cup of ice cream was not worth having to give up my nightly fruit and yogurt for. At least with the yogurt I get protein. <BR> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:24:36 EST If you love sparkpeople -----PLEASE A free commercial is being given as a prize in the Super Bowl to a small business. To win it, you must get the most votes. Please go to the link below and vote for SP everyday. Yes, you can vote once a day. SP has made it to the second round. <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>252</em> Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a SP commercial during the Super Bowl. I am so tired of seeing these commercials I lost 30 pounds on Jenny Craig, big deal, I think, I l... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:47:45 EST Nutrition From what I have been reading on blogs, and on on team message boards a lot of sparkers have gotten away from the habit of tracking their nutrition over the summer. With the holidays coming I thought it would be a good time to challenge everyone to get back into the habit. From October 1-8 just track your food everyday. Don't worry about staying in ranges. Just come to the thread and mark if you tracked or not. For everday that you tracked you get 5 points. If you track all 7 days, you ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:09:55 EST October Fitness Minutes <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>423</em> It is now officially Fall. It is cooler out and so nice to be outside. You can go hunting the pumpkin patches for your pumpkin, go to the orchard and pick apples, or just go on an old fashioned hike. How many minutes are you going to pledge to October? The holidays are almost upon us. <em>422</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:25:09 EST Mom needs prayers My Mom is having surgery tomorrow to have a kidney stone removed. Please say prayers that all will be alright. Her cardiologist is not too happy about her having the lithotripsy but it is something that has to be done. I know she will be monitored carefully, but I am still so nervous. I am not going to be at the hospital, but at home. My older brother will call me when she is done. We don't want my nervousness affecting her. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:42:12 EST Do This Today This was done on another team and everyone loved it. I hope for big participation on this team. <BR> <BR> This is for week one. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Huddle with the team <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Read a team mate's blog and leave a comment. Who? <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Drink 64 ounces of water <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> Give a team member a goodie <BR> <BR> Thursday <BR> Stay within your carbohydrate range <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> celebrate that it is Friday--How? <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:50:51 EST September fitness minutes Summer is unofficially over this weekend. It will not be official until 9/21. How many minutes are you going to pledge this month to your fitness? Some ideas for fall fitness are hiking, bike riding, walking, geocaching and you can still be working in the gardens. How about picking apples. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:26:31 EST Inquiring minds want to know? What is your favorite summer fruit and vegetable? I challenge you to eat 2 servings of your favorite this week. Come back to the thread and let us know if you ate your 2 servings this week. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is enjoying the last full month of the summer. We had this month off from the monthly challenges. Be prepared for September. My mind had a whole month to think. That can be pretty dangerous. <em>2</em> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:38:46 EST Mini Challenge for 8/12 Since we didn't do a monthly challenge this month, I thought that on Monday I would challenge the team to do 30 minutes of cardio. What you do is up to you. Come to this thread and let us know what you did and how many calories you burned doing it. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:10:25 EST ut oh It started Thursday night. July is ice cream month. My local grocery story has gas points. Well, if you bought 6 certain items you got 400 gas points, that is $.40 cents of every gallon of gas up to 25 gallons. Of course guess what the items were. I figured no problem, I can handle this. I bought I package of Cadbury bars, 1 package of magnum bars(to die for) 1 package of Luigi's Italian Ice, 1 package of 12 Hood ice cream bars, 1 package of Dove bars and one package of Friendly's Ice C... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:07:12 EST Sunday 7/7 Congratulations go to PATRICIAANN46. She leads the team in both spark points and fitness minutes for the week ending 7/7 What an accomplishment. <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:19:41 EST I was just invited to join, so here I am! This seems like a great team to join! Thanks for the invite IAMAGEMLOVER! <BR> <em>129</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:07:09 EST 4th plsnd What are your plans for the 4th of July? Are you going to fireworks? Are you going to a picnic? If you are traveling on the roads, please drive carefully, don't drink and drive, and don't use your cellphone when driving. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not doing anything for the 4th of July. I do watch the fireworks from my porch. I use to have a good view but since the trees have grown it is blocked now. I do see most of them though. Neighbors set off their own fireworks... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:59:27 EST This Too Shall Pass I was given a book from a dear friend. The last couple months I have been depressed and going through a rough time. A friend of mine bought me a book titled This Too Shall Pass. It is a book of inspirations and bible verses. It has very short chapters of how people overcame their pain, both physical, emotional. <BR> <BR> The story I read today was about a woman who was suffering with fibromyalgia. She came across a woman who told her about cognitive behavior therapy(CBT) A year later s... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:16:36 EST Steps--Sle ep--?????? I thought it may be interesting to track our steps, floors climbed, hours slept and whatever else you want to share that your pedometers record. Personally, I know I don't get enough steps in a day. I had 2 friends on who have now disappeared. I always came in last but it did push me to get more steps. I find it motivating. I hope you do to and will take part. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:16:23 EST July fitness minutes Wow, we are more than 1/2 way through 2013. I hope you all are enjoying the summer. It is that time again to pledge your fitness minutes for the month. Anyone who does 2,000 or more minutes, I will personally send you a 100 point goodie of your choice. Let's Go Team!!!!! Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:28:05 EST Christmas in July. For this challenge you are going to have to earn positivity points like you earn spark points. Each time you reach 100 points, I will send a team Christmas goodie. Each time you earn points--post how many points you earned and what you did. Example: I ate peas and earned 3 points. This challenge will be based on food and nutrition. <BR> <BR> These are all worth 5 points. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat a green vegetable. <BR> 2. Make a spark recipe. <BR> 3. Eat at least 6 servings of freggies in a... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:24:36 EST I Dare You This is a game that we played at the graduation party for my niece. You have to do the dare posted by the previous member and leave a dare for the next member. <BR> <BR> I dare you to hop 100 times on one foot. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:54:00 EST Fitbit How many team members have a fitbit or other pedometer? I am thinking about a thread where we post our steps, hours slept and floor climbed if you would like to share. This is simply for motivation. I don't get many steps and have earned only 1 step badge having mine set at 5,000. I generally get 1000-1200 steps. Anyone interested? Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:50:24 EST Team Leaders Congratulations go to: <BR> <BR> 123ELAINE456 for leading the team in spark points this week. WooHoo. <BR> <BR> PATRICIAANN46 for leading the team in fitness minutes. WooHoo. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> <em>205</em> <em>347</em> <em>309</em> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:44:07 EST Congratulations to Congratulations to PATRICIAANN46. She leads the team in both spark points and fitness minutes for the week ending 6/9. We have stars on our team. <em>380</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>91</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>320</em> <em>323</em> <em>324</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</em> <em>417</em> <em>347</em> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 12:39:34 EST June week 2 Last week was concentrated on exercise. If you so desire, you can still post to the thread. I have left the sticky on. This week let's concentrate on staying in our nutritional ranges. It is important to reach and stay within the ranges set by SP. These ranges were set for you with your goals in mind. Where are you most comfortable in your range. Do you stick to the lower end, in the middle or eat at the high end? Do you mix it up or do you eat there all the time? It takes some exper... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:54:34 EST Congratulations Congratulations to FITANDFIFTY2 aka Kathy. She leads the team in both spark points and in fitness minutes for the week ending 6/2. <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Kathy. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:06:00 EST June Week 1 I asked and it looks like most people like the short mini challenges. This week let's push our bodies more. Each day add more to your work out. An extra minute, an extra rep or an extra lap. Come to the thread and tell everyone what you did. I have the pledge your minutes tracker up and stickied for June. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:40:27 EST June Fitness Minutes How many minutes are you going to pledge for the month of June. You can swim, walk, the weather is outdoor weather now. Fri, 31 May 2013 19:37:31 EST Challenges Hi team. I am going to do the monthly fitness challenge again this month. What I want to know is what other type of challenge would you like to see this month? It is June and we are going into the hot weather. Do you want challenges that include swimming, outdoor activities, games, nutrition, give me some ideas here. There are 160 members on this team. I would like to know why we only have 5 or 6 people doing the challenges. <BR> <BR> I have no idea what everyone;s capabilities are unt... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:05:30 EST Congratulations to: 123ELAINE456 for leading the team in spark points <BR> FITANDFIFTY2 for leading the team in fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> A job well done ladies. <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <em>386</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> Sun, 19 May 2013 11:56:15 EST Mother's Day I want to wish all the Mom's on the team a Happy Mother's Day. Do you have any plans for Mother's Day? Share them with the team. <BR> <BR> I am going to go see my Mom. I purchased the Spark Solution for her for a gift. She has type II diabetes and there is suppose to be advice in the book. I hope she enjoys it. I purchased a card for her that I love. It has a big pin and the pin(you can wear it says Me Me Me Me Meeee Meeee Me Mememememem Then it says Mom you can borrow this for the d... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:03:21 EST Mini challenge 5/8--5/14 This mini challenge is going to focus on getting members active in the community and earning points. I personally think it will be fun. Every spark mail to the team I ask for ideas and/or suggestions. I don't get any so I try my best. Please, if you want to see something or have an idea, this is your team, spark mail me. I just lead the team, but it is YOUR team. <BR> <BR> The challenge will begin on Wednesday 5/8 aka as Hump Day. The challenge will be 7 days long and will have 3 chall... Sun, 5 May 2013 13:17:54 EST Congratulations to: Congratulations to FITANDFIFTY2 for leading the team in both spark points and fitness minutes in this weeks digest. Keep on sparking Kathy. <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 12:12:50 EST May Spark Points Let's keep track of our spark points for the month of May. The team member with the most points for the month of May will get a team goodie at the end of the month. <em>381</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:50:48 EST May Fitness Minutes How many minutes are you going to pledge for the month of May. It is getting nice out. It is not too hot yet. If you reach 2,000 fitness minutes, I will send you a 100 point spark goodie of your choice. Let's do it. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:31:53 EST Mini challenge 4/26 Let's finish the month with a mini challenge. The main challenge for the month is we are tracking, for this week our sodium and potassium. Last week we tracked our potassium. We proved what the articles say. Americans are not getting enough potassium in their diets. The article states their is a correlation between potassium levels and sodium levels. This week we are tracking both. For some days of the mini challenge, we will just be tracking our food on the nutrition tracker. We will... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:01:32 EST What is awesome about weightloss? Fitting into size 8 skinny jeans <BR> <BR> The feeling of success at reaching a goal. <BR> <BR> Having a complete physical and having the Dr. say <em>380</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:09:45 EST Tracking nutrients For the month of March we tracked carbohydrates, protein, fats and sodium. From April 1-7 let's track cholesterol. We all know that there are two types of cholesterol. HDL the good kind, and LDL the bad cholesterol <BR> <BR> Check with your Dr. about the amount of cholesterol you should be consuming each day. The general consensus is under 300mg a day. You will have to set your tracker to track this nutrient if you are not already tracking it. Go to your nutrition tracker and click on ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:20:39 EST April Fitness Minutes I notice that less and less members are posting their fitness minutes. I like this as a monthly challenge, I find it keeps me accountable to get the minutes pledged. Mail me your feelings on the challenge if you would like something else. <BR> <BR> How many minutes are you going to pledge for the first full month of Spring. There is more opportunity for outdoor activity now. Is this going to effect the minutes that you pledge? <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>375</em> <... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:03:00 EST April challeng e---Rise & Shine For those of you who get your dailyspark points from the start page, you probably read the April Challenge Rise & Shine. I though it would be fun to do it on the team. It is the first full month of spring(according to the calendar) and we have more opportunity to make use of the daylight after 4pm. <BR> <BR> Please read this blog. <link><BR>e_up_to_a_new_challenge_this_april </link> <BR> Even if you don't want to take part in the challenge, I think ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:55:44 EST Fats Tracking This is where we will track our fat intake. It is up to you if you just want to track your total fat or break it down to saturated and healthy. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:58:35 EST Track your proteins here 3-17 to 3-23 Track the % or your proteins for the day here! <BR> <BR> 3-17 45% <BR> <BR> 3-18 40% <BR> <BR> 3-19 40% <BR> <BR> 3-20 50% <BR> <BR> 3-21 45% <BR> <BR> 3-22 50% <BR> <BR> 3-23 40% Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:07:58 EST Proteins, proteins, proteins! Articles This week we're going to track proteins! Proteins are so important for our bodies, especially for building MUSCLE! <BR> <BR> So, thought I'd post 2 articles that are very informative about how important proteins and how much we need in a day. One note -- there may be a difference in the amount of protein you need to take in with any special health issues. So, track YOUR particular needs. <BR> <BR> How much protein is in YOUR daily diet? <BR> <BR> Protein <BR> <BR> What do you think ab... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:01:54 EST Tracking From March 1-9 we will be tracking calories and carbohydrates. Everyone has a range that they are suppose to stay within. Each day, whether you post daily or weekly write what your range is and what percentage your carbohydrates were to your calories. You can get the percentages by doing a feedback report daily and getting 2 spark points. <em>244</em> Gotta love those points, they are addicting. What we don't do for points. <em>2</em> Hopefully this will help members become aware an... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:18:35 EST March Fitness Minutes <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Wow, I can't believe we are in the third month of 2013 already. Spring is in the air. How many minutes are you going to pledge for the month of March. March has 31 days. Take the number of minutes you exercise a day and multiply that by 31. Don't forget to take your rest days. I will personally send a 100 point goodie of your choice to anyone reaching 2000 fitness minutes. Good luck eve... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:00:56 EST Inquiring minds want to know? How would everyone feel about doing a monthly challenge on tracking different nutrients on different days? I know I did the mini challenge and found it difficult to judge the "winner" I was thinking that for instance on Monday we could track sodium. You aren't suppose to have more than 2300mg a day. Tuesday could be protein and so on. calories, fat carbs, potassium and fiber.-------Or we can track one for a whole week or a whole month and do it until we go through all the nutrients. Thi... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:27:22 EST Mini challenge Okay--I didn't do a mini challenge this month so I have some team goodies to give away. Each day I would like you to track your food. After you are done eating for the day or the next day come to this thread after checking the daily report for your nutrition. Post your percentages. Example calories 1200 carbohydrates 50% fat 30% protein 20% They say that is what the percentages are suppose to be for the day. Yeah, right. We will do this for the rest of the month. Whoever has the close... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:19:09 EST Getting to know you silly survey In addition to the traditional Introduce Yourself thread, I want to add this thread as well, to have some more fun with getting to know each other. I stole this from a team that I am on. <BR> <BR> 1. What did you eat for breakfast? <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? <BR> <BR> 3. What's your relationship status? <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite fruit? <BR> <BR> 5. What is your favorite vegetable? <BR> <BR> 6. Do you have brothers and sisters? <BR> <BR> 7. Who was your las... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:36:44 EST Birthday--Annivers ary---Sparkversary Please enter any date that you want recognized with a notation of what it is. Copy and paste the previous post, enter your information and post. That is all there is to it. On your special day the team members will help you celebrate. <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> February <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> June <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> September <BR> <BR> October <BR> <BR> November ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:23:26 EST What Have You Lost????? <BR> This is from SparkCoach Daily Visual. It is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> Picture the amount of weight you've lost so far in a way that you can really visualize it—maybe you've lost a set of 20-pound dumbbells, a few cans of soup or the weight of your dog! Feel the heaviness of that weight and be proud of how far you've come! <BR> <BR> Since I started my journey 5 years ago I have lost a small child. A total of 61 pounds. Although I have been struggling for the past few years I have m... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:37:00 EST New forum A member has asked me to start a new forum. I hope the members will use the forum for motivational quotes from SP that they think other will like or any inspiration they would like to share. I hope you enjoy the new forum. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:24:26 EST Spring Who is ready for winter to be over and spring to be here? I know I can't be the only one that is sick of cold temperatures. We are having a blizzard which I don't mind. This is the first snow storm of the season that CT has really had. I just hate the cold. March 20. <em>224</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:09:14 EST Inquiring minds It has been a long time since I have done one of these. Who do you want to win the Superbowl? The San Francisco 49ers The Baltimore Ravens or don't you care. Do you watch the Superbowl and why? I am truly interested and love the game. I watch for half time. I watch for the commercials. I watch because my DH/SO does. Other(explain) If you watch the game are you going to do Coach Nicole's football workout? <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to see the 49ers win the game. I never heard of t... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:08:14 EST When do you? When do you weigh in? <BR> <BR> Do you do monthly measurements? <BR> <BR> Do you set goals for yourself monthly? <BR> <BR> I am fairly new to this team and was just trying to see if you all weigh in weekly and/or do measurements? <BR> <BR> I weigh in on Wednesdays and do my measurements on the 1st of every month. I do set little goals for myself...just to try and keep myself on task! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:33:56 EST February fitness minutes <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> How many minutes are you going to dedicate to fitness for the month of February? When figuring out your minutes remember February only has 28 days. Let's do this. <BR> <BR> <em>196</em> <em>364</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>329</em> <em>414</em> <em>403</em> <em>318</em> <em>323</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:10:56 EST Team digest This is the second time I have not received the team digest. If anyone has received it could you please let me know who was the leader in spark points and fitness minutes. I always send this person a team goodie. <em>304</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:25:54 EST Mini challenge 1/26 I thought we could end the month with a new mini challenge. This will start on Sunday January 27, at 12.01 am your time zone and end on Thursday, January 31 at 11:59 your time zone. Everyone who takes part in the mini challenge and who posts their results will receive a goodie from the team or me. Please post your results by Friday afternoon and I will send the goodies out by Friday evening. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> 1. Log in and huddle with the team. <BR> 2. Eat breakf... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:31:01 EST Do you have the answer? I finished eating breakfast about 25 minutes ago. This is what I ate. 2 large eggs scrambled hard. I added 1 ounce of non fat milk and one wedge of laughing cow garlic herb cheese to it and one pat of salted butter to cook it. I had 3/4 cup of OJ and one slice of whole wheat toast with 1 tbsp of peanut butter on it. I am starving still. I have already drinken? 4 glasses of water. That is almost all my fat for one day, however it is good fat. They say if you have a lot of protein it ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:34:11 EST How do you feel? Using an emoticon--tell us how you feel today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:32:38 EST A-Z Personality traits List a personality trait of yours for the next letter in the alphabet. <BR> <BR> I am going to let someone else start this. A is for..................... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:28:50 EST Mini challenge It is time for a mini challenge. The challenge will run for 5 days starting Monday January 14 at 12:01am your time zone and end Friday January 18 at 11:59 pm your time zone. The challenge is the same every single day. Everyone is a winner just for participating. I will be sending out goodies at the end of the challenge based on what was completed. Just do your best, that is all that can be asked for. <BR> <BR> ***If a challenge calls for eating 5 of something and you can't because of di... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:19:30 EST Does anyone else use a Heart Rate Monitor?? I use a heart rate monitor (HRM) to track my calorie burn and minutes exercising. I was just curious if anyone else on here used one as well? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 06:59:44 EST Easter challenge Team members have asked me to do a short term goal challenge. Easter is 12 weeks and 5 days away from January 1. I challenge the team to lose 12 pounds by Easter Sunday. Post your starting weight on New Year's Day. You can weigh in weekly, bi-weekly monthly, however you want to do it. Just post your ending weight on Easter Sunday. Let's see who can lose the 12 pounds. I am maintaining my weight so I will see if I can achieve that. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:54:15 EST Encouragement goes a long way. I challenge the team to read three blogs a week from different team members and to leave an encouraging comment. <BR> <BR> I challenge the team to send 3 spark goodies with encouraging comments to 3 other different team mates. <BR> <BR> That will be a total of 12 different team members that will be cheer on their journey. What a way to start a New Year. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:47:39 EST January fitness minutes Happy New Year <BR> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> How many fitness minutes are you going to pledge this new year? For those of you that are new, you take how many days are in the month and multiply how many minutes you exercise for in a day. Don't forget to account for rest days. <BR> <BR> I will again send a personal goodie worth 100 points for anyone that does 2000 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> 1/1 <BR> 1/2 <BR> 1/3 <BR> 1/4 <BR... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:41:24 EST New Year's Eve Do you have plans for New Year's Eve? <BR> <BR> I am going to do what I do every single year. Stay home. I don't like being on the roads with a bunch of drunks. I think I have been out for New Year's Eve 3 times in all my years. The last few years I haven't even stayed awake to see the New Year come in. I am usually depressed that day anyhow. We don't celebrate New Years Day so I will be home that day. Thursday I am going to go and see my son since we didn't go this Thursday. I am loo... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:37:52 EST Today it is okay to.......... Give yourself permission to do whatever today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today it is okay to remember my Dad. 19 years gone but never forgotten. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:27:00 EST Biggest victory What do you think was your biggest victory in 2012? <BR> <BR> On August 30 I reached the milestone of losing 100 pounds. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:11:01 EST 2013 Resolutions Do you make New Year Resolutions? What is your resolution for this upcoming year? Let's write a resolutions on this thread. At the end of January, February and March we will come back and visit and see how many have been kept. <BR> <BR> 1) I am resetting all my streaks on 1/1/13 except logging in. That will be on going until it is broken which I hope it never will be. One new streak I am starting is cardio 5x a week and exercise @ least 10 minutes a day. <BR> 2) I am putting $1.00 a d... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:07:30 EST Please pray for Newtown There was a school shooting in my state today. Just 45 minutes from my home 27 people were murdered by a lunatic. 18 children lost their lives and right now there are no answers for parents, 9 teachers, or administrators families. Why? Please keep the families in your thoughts and prayers. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:29:58 EST Great blog I just read the cutest blog. It was funny, witty, informative and darn right cute. Check it out. This is a new member just starting to blog. Please check I like this blog. Maybe she will get a popular blog award. I think it deserves one. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164527 </link> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:42:24 EST Mini challenge The challenge will begin tomorrow, December 11 at 12:01 am and end Monday, December 17 at 11:59 pm. Everyone who participates will get a goodie, so there are no points, no winners, no losers. This challenge will run again the day after Christmas, through the end of the year. Just disregard Sunday. If you want a real challenge, I challenge the brave to use the hunger scale on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and at any party that you go to. Not only use it, but conquer it. Let the team know ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:46:04 EST An equation to live by This is an ~INDYISM. For those of you who don't know what an ~INDYISM is, it is a piece of advice from a spark member ~INDYGIRL who has lost over 236 pounds. She is leader of The ~INDYGIRL Team and a real inspiration. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge is a different one. <BR> <BR> ADD lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, organic dairy and whole grains to your food plan. (Leaves less room for junk and it keeps you full) <BR> <BR> Divide your Restaurant meals- share them with a friend or fam... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:18:36 EST Sundays challenge I challenge the team to eat breakfast within the 1.5 hours of getting up that is recommended. This is so hard for me. I set this challenge for myself for the past week and I think I accomplished it 3 times since last Sunday. I would like to see how many others have a hard time doing this. Sat, 8 Dec 2012 08:18:13 EST Hunger scale I joined the Motivation and Consistency program on SparkCoach. You get daily challenges from one of the coaches. Great program. This is from Beck. It is the hunger scale. You are suppose to eat at around 3 or 4 and stop before 7 I thought it may interest you. <BR> <BR> Hunger Scale Reference <BR> <BR> Hunger Level Sensations and Symptoms <BR> 1 Starving, weak, dizzy <BR> 2 Very hungry, cranky, low energy, a lot of stomach growling <BR> 3 Pretty hungry, stomach is growling a little ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:17:34 EST Thursday challenge Your challenge today is to FEEL THE BURN! <BR> <BR> Whether you are doing cardio or strength training, you can push yourself just a bit more today. <BR> <BR> If you are doing strength training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Do more reps <BR> *Add weight or add a bit more weight <BR> <BR> If you are doing cardio training, try one of the following: <BR> <BR> *Go for a longer time <BR> *Increase the intensity <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:05:57 EST Mondays challenge I was asked to do a daily challenge for the team. With my computer the way it is right now, and the time of year it is, I don't see how that is feasible. But....let's start off the work week on the right foot shall we. Good, I am so please that we see eye to eye on this. <BR> <BR> Start the day off with a nutritious breakfast. That's all folks. Come to the thread and report that you did it. Who knows, there could be a surprise waiting for those who do. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 15:16:17 EST Good morning-Have a Nice Day You go to work, the grocery store, the gym--how many people that you don't know do you greet? When I go for a walk, I say hello to everyone that walks by. Some say hello back, some don't. It use to irk me when they didn't, so I didn't anymore, now I just say that's their problem not mine. <BR> <BR> Everyday greet people you meet with a Good morning, or How are you, whatever you feel like, you just might make their day, and you will make yours. Go out of your way to be pleasant and to be ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:14:27 EST NSV's The holidays are a time for family get togethers, parties with friends, office parties and cocktail parties. It revolves around drink and food. I believe now is one of the most important times to notice those non scale victories that occur. At this time of year putting on only 2 pounds can be considered a victory. <BR> <BR> I would like for the team to take their body measurements on December 1. Jot them down somewhere. Yes, that means your weight, too. If you are willing post them on ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:36:35 EST Santa Claus fitness minutes I am guilty of not doing this last month. I could blame it on my computer because the cardio part of the tracker doesn't fit to be added. It is messed up bad. I would be telling the truth but it is just an excuse. I don't even think I had 250 minutes. Like they say thought that was last month this is this month. I am starting over, from the beginning. With this being said: <BR> <BR> For the month of December I am pledging 621 fitness minutes. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:18:56 EST new to the team Hello everyone. My name is Angela, I'm 38, single mom of 2 teenage daughters (18 in college and 15 online school at home). Looking forward to some challenges and meeting everyone. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:09:20 EST Christmas cards Hi team. <BR> <BR> DUTCH1811 a member of POSITIVELY YOURS....A LICENSE TO SUCCEED had a wonderful idea that I want to pass along. If you love to receive/give Christmas cards post on this thread that you are interested in doing this. As people respond you can privately spark mail or send a goodie to each other with the pertitent information to get your Christmas card. This would be fun for birthdays also. <BR> <BR> I am up for this. Send me your name and address in a goodie or spark mail a... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:33:27 EST A-Z words describing Christma -holiday you celebra Whatever holiday you celebrate, think of words in alphabetical order that describe the holiday. <BR> <BR> A-angels. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:48:35 EST Recipe Exchange Do you know of any good recipes? I have gotten a few off from another thread on a different team. When you make a new recipe, come here and share it. Alot of members say they have hard time thinking of what to make for dinner. Let's brainstorm. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:13:39 EST Post Thanksgiving mini challenge <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I am so sorry. I spent 3 1/2 hours making up a challenge this morning and when I went to post it, all that posted were the emoticons. I knew my computer was messed up but it never did this before. I worked so hard on it, I really am in tears. Sorry. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:06:48 EST mini challenge <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <BR> Done with Halloween. Did you fall off the wagon with Halloween candy. Then you need this challenge. Do you want Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings? Then this challenge is for you. <BR> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>210</em> <em>367</em> <em>369</em> <em>471</em> <em>495</em> <em>35... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:45:04 EST joke Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods. Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death. <BR> <BR> AMEN Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:17:47 EST Goal challenge Set a goal for November and write it out on this thread. At the end of the month whoever reaches that goal will get a woohoo goodie either from the team or from me. Remember to make S.M.A.R.T. goals and of course short term. We all can do this. Here are some examples. <BR> <BR> I will maintain my weight for this month. <BR> I will drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water. <BR> I will lose 4 pounds this month. <BR> I will partake in the challenges. <BR> I will try a new recipe at least once ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:55:05 EST Turkey/Pumpkin Pie Fitness Minutes <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> One of my personal favorite holidays is this month, Thanksgiving. All the good food, the turkey, mashed potatoes, with my Mom's gravy, the best in the world. Butternut squash, turnip and carrot, bean casserole, and of course pumpkin and apple pie. I am so glad that this year I belong to the aquatic and fitness center to help me burn off those extra calo... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:37:34 EST November challenge <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> November we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time to give thanks for all of our blessings. I challenge the team to come to this thread everyday and write one thing that they are thankful for. Also to do a random act of kindness that day for someone, whether it be holding a door open for the person behind you, or just smili... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:17:14 EST Inquiring minds want to know Hurricane Sandy is going to pound the east coast. I happen to live in CT. If you don't see new challenges for Nov. or any correspondence from me, I have not abandoned ship. It only means I am without power. If by Nov. 1 the new Fitness Pledge is not put up, will someone please do it for me. I would really appreciate it. <em>304</em> If someone can think of a November challenge, feel free to post it for November's challenge, I am having a heck of a time. To every team member in the p... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:39:43 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for leading in fitness minutes. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:26:54 EST Motivational Quote This is the thread where you will post your motivational quote and tell why you picked it. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:01:52 EST My NSV I went out last night. That is big news in itself. I don't think I have been out in over a year. I went to a party with my 2 brothers and SIL. It was my SIL family and friends and a Halloween party. My brother and I were invited because we are the only ones in our family that is single and we don't go out and my married brother wanted us to get out. <BR> <BR> I was called a hot sexy mama last night. emoticon emoticon emoticon A man came up to me and asked me to dance and I said yes. We dance... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:42:48 EST Mini 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> <BR> <BR> There is no doubt, at least in CT, that Fall has arrived. There is a nip in the air and it is getting dark out earlier. This challenge is going to focus on spreading the spark, giving support and encouragement to team mates, mindful eating, healthy snacking and fall fitness. Let's keep our hands out of the Halloween candy bowl except to give the candy o... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:33:22 EST Inquiring minds want to know What does your spark name mean? How did you come up with it? Dish the story? Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:56:45 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for being the leader in fitness minutes and spark points! Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:25:51 EST Inquiring minds want to know Do you decorate for Halloween? <BR> <BR> Do you dress up in a costume to give out candy? <BR> <BR> Do you wear perfume/after shave? <BR> <BR> Do you color your hair? <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> I don't really decorate, I just have a pumpkin in the window. <BR> <BR> I don't get trick or treaters, so I don't wear a costume but I use to where I use to live. <BR> <BR> When I go somewhere special I do wear Beautifu... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:26:55 EST Sparkpeople won Thank You for Voting for SparkPeople! <BR> Wednesday, October 03, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, we told you that SparkPeople was a finalist in the OMMA Awards (Online Media, Marketing & Advertising) for Website Excellence. We asked you to help us Spread the Spark by logging on and voting for us in the Members' Choice Award category. <BR> <BR> And vote you did! SparkPeople members logged on to show their support by voting for SparkPeople. SparkPeople received an “unpreced... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:44:09 EST Inquiring minds wants to know What are you doing for Halloween? Do you have children that will trick or treat? What will you do with their candy? Do you have it x-rayed? When my son was small we use to take the candy to the Immediate Medical Care walk in and they would x-ray the candy. They did find razor blades in candy and apples. People are sick. What kind of candy don't you allow your children to keep? Do you think Halloween is getting to dangerous? Last year a 5 year old child died of a heroine overdose when... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:33:37 EST October Fitness Minutes <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <em>431</em> <BR> Trick or Treat Smell my feet Give me something HEALTHY to eat We all remember this rhyme from being a kid. Maybe they even still say it today. My child is 35 so no more <em>431</em> . If you still get trick or treaters, I don't living on the third floor, this challenge will be needed all the more. How many minutes are you ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:34:47 EST Sparkgoodie Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for leading in sparkpoints for the team. <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:58:32 EST Halloween Challenge The Halloween Challenge will start on October 1 at 12:01 am and will end on October 31 at 11:59pm There will only be a first place winner in this challenge. The winner will have their choice of a 300 point goodie. <BR> <BR> Please post your BMI and your waist to hip ratio on this thread. At the end of this challenge what do you want those numbers to be? By how much do you think you can bring it down? We all know that by working out within our target heart rate for at least 10 minutes a ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:14:26 EST Part II Halloween challenge After you have determined your resting heart rate, here is the calculator to get your target heart rate. It was posted before but here it is again. <link><BR>tor_target.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link for the BMI calculator <link><BR>tor_bmi.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Last but not least here is the link for the waist to hip ratio calculator <link><BR>tor_waist.asp </l... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:50:26 EST Next challenge For our next challenge, it would be a good idea to know what your target heart rate is. Here is the link to the calculator. <link><BR>tor_target.asp </link> It also tells you how to get your resting heart rate. You have to take this for 3 mornings. That is why I am posting this now, so you can do that. The challenge will start October first and end on October 31. Halloween night. <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:53:02 EST Trivia What do you know about Spark Guy <BR> <BR> 1. How many children does Chris have? <BR> <BR> 2. Does Chris have boys girls or a combination? <BR> <BR> 3. Where does Chris live? <BR> <BR> 4. Where is Sparkpeople Headquarters? <BR> <BR> 5. What website did Chris sell to ebay to launch sparkpeople? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:03:27 EST A-Z Vegetables or Fruits How many fruits and vegetables can we come up with that start with a-z without skipping any letters? I am not sure if there is a freggie for every letter. let's try and see. Who is going to be brave and start us off. It is not fair for me to always get the first letter. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:54:46 EST September mini challenge This is the final week before we weigh in and measure for the Summer Challenge on the 22nd. How has everyone done? Are we ready for the Halloween Challenge? <em>224</em> For the final push week, I thought it would be important to make that last ditch effort. Are you all ready to sweat this week. Here is your mission. Should you decide to accept it, you could be the winner of the Summer Challenge. I took part in the 2012 swim challenge, but I am not up for a prize. <BR> <BR> Monday ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:26:22 EST Your opinion please I had to go to Walmart and buy a new mouse for the house.(computer) While there I had to take a trip to the ladies room. There I saw dozens and dozens of Christmas trees. I asked the person back there, these aren't going on the floor yet are they? And her reply was by the end of the week. I can't believe it. It isn't even Halloween yet. When I was growing up, Santa came on Thanksgiving Day in the parade. The next day is when the "season" started and he was at all the stores. We would... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:02:58 EST Board Games Remember games that you actually had to have a board for. You didn't use joy sticks or consoles. Let's see how many we can think of. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 20:02:18 EST Something New Let's workout with Coach Nicole and Self Magazine. Use this thread to track what cards you picked for the day and how many times you repeated each exercise. If you want to use this thread to just write what exercise you did that day and the other thread for the minutes that is fine too. <BR> <BR> It will be fun to post your starting weight and measurements and then again at the end of the challenge. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:43:24 EST September Fitness Minutes Wow--can someone please tell me where the summer went? I can't believe we are in September already. How many minutes are you going to pledge this month? <BR> <BR> Again, I challenge everyone to 2000 fitness minutes. I offer a 100 point goodie as a reward from me personally. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:38:31 EST another update Thanks for the many prayers and expressions of compassion. I so appreciate them. John walked several feet today. HOOZA! <BR> <BR> Hugs! Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:30:11 EST Inquiring minds want to know What is your favorite holiday? Why? How do you celebrate it? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:18:59 EST Mini Challenge There is approximately 1 month left until the Summer Challenge is over. Then it will be weigh in time and a winner will be crowned. <em>285</em> . Since only two members took part in the last challenge not counting myself, I decided to try another one. This challenge will start Saturday August 25 at 12:01 and end August 31 at 11:59pm <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> <BR> Saturday will be know as squat Saturday. Let's get at least 25 squats in. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> Sunday ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:53:18 EST update I just want to thank you all for the warm outpouring of prayers, good wishes, and caring since my son's incident on Saturday. <BR> <BR> It has been a whirlwind of emotions since getting the text that he'd been shot. He's only been there now 8 days. On day 3 there was and IED explosion that took out 3 of his friends. Then he himself was shot sometime on Saturday and we were notified around midnight on Sunday. <BR> <BR> He is recuperating. Had surgery on his leg. Don't know the extent ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:07:14 EST Inquiring minds want to know. Have you tried SparkCoach? What do you think of it? Will you continue on with it? <BR> <BR> I just responded to a post that was quite critical of Chris's speaking and performance in the first two videos on SparkCoach. Then this poster went on to say that it is nothing but a rehash of SP and they are trying to charge for it. Why should we pay for it when it is a duplicate of SP. <BR> <BR> That got my ire up. Chris was generous and unselfish enough to give us this site for nothing. Do... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:17:15 EST August mini challenge This will be the first mini challenge for August. What better day to start a challenge than Hump Day, Wednesday at 12:01 am. The challenge will end on Tuesday August 14 at 11:59pm. There will be 3 goals each day--1 from fitness---1 from nutrition and one from encouragement. Each goal is worth 1 point. <BR> <BR> There will be 6 goals from each topic. Each goal must be chosen at least once, your favorite one can be chosen a second time to round out the week. A perfect score would be 21 p... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:51:15 EST Inquiring minds want to know <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> What are your plans for this weekend? <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to call my Mom and see if she wants to go shopping this Sunday After losing 100 pounds I deserve a new outfit. My brother and his wife promised me a new workout outfit. I need curtains for my freshly painted kitchen. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:09:21 EST A very special Congratulations If you haven't heard already, our very own IAMAGEMLOVER has hit the 100 POUND mark on her weight loss. She has worked so hard and we all know what a tremendous job she does with this team. Let's all stop by and dazzle her Spark page like never before!!!! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:26:01 EST August Money Jar$$$$$$$ Here's a way to reward yourself for your hard work during the month on spark without taking from the family budget Take the spark points that you earned for the day, and turn them into cash. I turn mine into pennies. Put them into a bank, can or jar and save them for the month. At the end of the month your spark points will equal what is in your jar. You can buy something nice for YOURSELF as a reward for all the hard work during the month. Some members carry the $$$$ over from month to month... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:26:54 EST August Fitness Minutes <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> sisboombahrahrahrah <BR> <em>322</em> <em>133</em> <em>131</em> <em>260</em> <em>312</em> <em>318</em> <em>320</em> <em>364</em> <em>366</em> <em>332</em> <em>342</em> <em>405</em> <em>415</em> <em>351</em> <em>328</em> <BR> Post you August Fitness Minutes here. This challenge can be joined anytime. Simply take the minutes you exercise a day multiplied by the number of days you work out.. Your actual total is on your s... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:22:31 EST Inquiring minds want to know <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <BR> What 5 things are you grateful for? <BR> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 1. For waking up each morning-each day. <BR> 2. For having such a wonderful/healthy mother <BR> 3. For my family, no matter how dysfunctional. <BR> 4. For my health- <BR> 5. For my friends-SP and spark friends. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:10:31 EST A sure cure for the blues Watch this video. It is heart warming. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988737 </link> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:16:23 EST Inquiring minds want to know <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> If you were told that you could go anywhere you wanted for two weeks, all expenses paid, but could never take another vacation again, would you do it? Where would you go and how would you go, fly cruise, or other? <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Australia-----fly Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:26:12 EST Inquiring minds want to know What do you think this drought is going to do to the price of food? Is it already effecting your wallet and the way you ship? <BR> <BR> I didn't really think about it until my Mom mentioned it. It might cause the price of produce to rise. It will not stop me from buying the food the I really want. Food is a necessity and I won't deprive myself on that. I will cut back somewhere else. That being said, I did refuse to pay $7.00+ for a tray of cut up watermelon, a few slices of kiwi and s... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:00:47 EST Either or Hamburger or turkey burger <BR> <BR> I would prefer a hamburger. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:36:52 EST French braids Do you/would you wear your hair in a french braid. <BR> <BR> I love my hair in a french braid. I had it cut really short now, but my Mom use to put it in a french braid all the time when I was young. When I go to her house I asked her to do it when my hair was long. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:50:38 EST Inquiring minds want to know <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> Does the weather effect your mood? <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Only if I let it. I do get tired at the end of the day when it is hot. When it rains I have to make a special effort to be positive. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:19:50 EST Inquiring minds want to know <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <BR> What is your oldie but goodie favorite emoticon? What is your favorite newbie? <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:14:41 EST 5K runner ROCKRUNNER404 ran a 5K on Sunday. Let's all congratulate her. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:16:47 EST A-Z Book Titles Starting with A going through the alphabet name the title of a book. If it begins with The ignore The. The Notebook would be Notebook Who is going to start us off. It is not fair for me to always do it. <BR> <BR> A Sat, 14 Jul 2012 13:23:53 EST July mini challenge. This is the first mini challenge of July. I realize that it is hot and no one feels like putting forth a big effort. It is a mini one. The challenge will begin on Saturrday July 14th at 12:01 am and end on Friday July 20 at 11:59 pm Each goal met is worth one point. There are 2 bonus goals at the bottom. If you meet the bonus goal 5 out of 7 days, you can take an extra 10 points for each goal. That will be an extra 20 points that you can earn, If all goals are met, including the bonu... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:43:42 EST Still thinking Hi team I am still thinking and working out the kinks of the first mini challenge. It will be posted by Wednesday and will start next Saturdays. It will be a 7 day challenge. The challenge itself will be based on exercise, both ST and cardio and nutrition with 1 item thrown in. The bonus points will be based on helping you achieve your daily spark points. <BR> <BR> Since it is summer time and you have more opportunity to be outdoors, swimming, playing, beach, plan on lots of exercise. ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:33:18 EST Thank you <em>304</em> from the bottom of my <em>26</em> for all the comments and sparkgoodies! And thanks IAMAGEMLOVER for making me do the challenge lol. :) Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:15:40 EST New Emoticons Check out all the new emoticons that I found this morning. <BR> I think you will all enjoy the extras that SP has given us. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:20:53 EST Congratulations SURLYGIRL has just run and completed her first 5K Wed, 4 Jul 2012 13:49:49 EST Tag--You're it I have been playing this on another team. It is fun, or I think so. An interesting way to get to know about your team mates. Using the team page, tag a team member by going to their page and leaving a comment starting with Tag--You're it. Leave a message about them or their page and something about you. That person will then respond to you and have to tag someone else. <BR> <BR> So that members who don't want to be bothered are not being tagged, if you want to play please respond to thi... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:14:40 EST SPARK words A-Z Going through the alphabet, use a word to describe how you feel about, the community, the tools etc. <BR> <BR> I am going to let someone else start us off. Who is going to have the honors. <BR> <BR> A stands for............................. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:07:44 EST I Challenge You Ok team. It is the last weekend of June. July 1 is Sunday. I challenge you to have a great holiday weekend. Some are considering this the holiday weekend, others next weekend. Have a good one and please be safe. If you are traveling, be a defensive driver. Please, Please don't drink and drive and stay off your cell phones. If you must use them, pull off the road and use them. Not trying to lecture, I just care about you. Happy 4th of July Enjoy!!!! <BR> <BR> God Bless America <em>... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:59:01 EST Anniversary wishes! Thanks everyone for the Anniversary wishes, much appreciated!! :) Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:46:29 EST July Fitness Pledge How Many Minutes Are You Pledging For July? Sparkpeople gives awards for 250 fitness minutes, 500 fitness minutes and 1,000 fitness minutes. If you successfully complete 2,000 fitness minutes, I will personally send you a 100 point goodie of your choice at the end of the month. I challenge you. <BR> <BR> 7/1 <BR> 7/2 <BR> 7/3 <BR> 7/4 <BR> 7/5 <BR> 7/6 <BR> 7/7 <BR> 7/8 <BR> 7/9 <BR> 7/10 <BR> 7/11 <BR> 7/12 <BR> 7/13 <BR> 7/14 <BR> 7/15 <BR> 7/16 <BR> 7/17 <BR> 7/18 <BR> 7/19 <BR> 7/20 <... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:31:25 EST July $$$$$ Jar Here's a way to reward yourself for your hard work during the month on spark without taking from the family budget Take the spark points that you earned for the day, and turn them into cash. I turn mine into pennies. Put them into a bank, can or jar and save them for the month. At the end of the month your spark points will equal what is in your jar. You can buy something nice for YOURSELF as a reward for all the hard work during the month. Some members carry the $$$$ over from month to month... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:23:32 EST Emoticons This was posted on the team leader's page. If you have any suggestions post them and I will post them on the leader;s thread for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> There's been some discussion over the past few days about updating emoticons. I know we've got some old lists of suggestions, but I figured I'd start a new one to let people post ideas for what they'd like to see added. I can't guarantee it will happen quickly, but hopefully some of the most popular ones can be added as... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:51:19 EST End of week questions There is only 6 days left to spring. I can't believe how fast this year is going. I asked about vacations last week. Summer is a nice time for fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite in season fruit? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite summer outdoor activity? <BR> <BR> Do you actually go on picnics? I don't mean beach, I mean old fashion picnic. The basket, lemonade, sandwiches, no grilling, the blanket, and of course, the frisbee or ball? <BR> <BR> Are you a baseball fan. Which t... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:56:09 EST Summer Challenge This first official day of summer is June 20. The first official day of autumn is September 22, 2012 in the United States. That is three months. How much weight can you lose in three months? I challenge everyone to lose 18 pounds by the end of summer. We will all meet back here on September 21 and post our weight. Whoever lost the most weight will receive a special goodie from me personally and a goodie from the team. <BR> <BR> Post your starting weight on June 20. How often you want ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:01:23 EST First June mini challenge This is the first mini challenge for June. It is an easy one, therefore it is 10 days long. It is going to start on Wednesday, June 13 at 12:01 am and end on Friday, June 22 at 11:59 pm. This challenge is again different. It is going to be based on the spin of the wheel for login points NOT bonus points. The only time login points come into consideration is if you spin doubles.(You will see how). Each challenge is worth one point. The two part challenge is worth 2 points if you do both... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:01:51 EST TV program--ABC TV programs you watch today. These could be old shows on Nick or shows that are new. List them in alphabetical order, easier not to get repeats. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:23:59 EST Who is "vacationing" this summer Inquiring minds want to know. Who is going away this summer? Where are you going? Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:11:04 EST ABC Summer Words Words that have to do with summer. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:07:01 EST Today is great. After one of the scariest nights of my life, see my blog, I am having one of the most remarkable days of my life. I received a popular blog award for my blog Dear Chris Downie. It was features in yesterday's spark mail. Better than that it was written by my son to Chris about me. I am a proud Mom. That is enough to be grateful and happy for. I went to go through my email and I have an email that says You Are A Motivational Member. I am flabergasted. I am not known in my family as bein... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:17:05 EST sharing a recipe ( a day early, I know! Will not have time to do this tomorrow, so am posting it early. <BR> <BR> Buffalo Style Deviled Eggs <BR> <BR> servings: 12 <BR> calories: 114.8 cal. <BR> fiber: 2 gms. <BR> sugars: .6 gms. <BR> fats: 9.1 gms. <BR> proteins: 6.5 gms. <BR> <BR> 12 large hard boiled eggs, cooked and halved <BR> 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled <BR> 1/4 cup fat free mayonnaise (or dressing like Miracle Whip) <BR> 1 tsp. minced parsley (or cilantro or italina curly par... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:42:39 EST June Fitness Pledge How many fitness minutes will you pledge this month? There are 30 days in June. Take the number of days you exercise and multiply it by the minutes you exercise a day. Remember SP gives out awards for 250 minutes, 500 minutes and 1,000 minutes. So what is your number this month. Keep in mind swimming season is here and even a game of volleyball in the pool is fitness. Good luck everyone. Have a great fun filled, healthy, safe and fit summer. Thu, 31 May 2012 09:22:06 EST June Money$$$$$Jar Here's a way to reward yourself for your hard work during the month on spark without taking from the family budget Take the spark points that you earned for the day, and turn them into cash. I turn mine into pennies. Put them into a bank, can or jar and save them for the month. At the end of the month your spark points will equal what is in your jar. You can buy something nice for YOURSELF as a reward for all the hard work during the month. Some members carry the $$$$ over from month t... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:07:30 EST Holiday plans What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Have a safe, healthy and wonderful weekend. If you are traveling drive careful and defensively. Sat, 26 May 2012 14:04:01 EST Reminder Challenge starts tomorrow morning 12:01 Sat, 26 May 2012 12:20:48 EST Mini challenge Happy Hump Day team. Now you don't think I would let the month go by without a 7 day challenge do you? By being on different teams and taking part in challenge on them, I am learning. I want to handle this one differently. We are going to earn points. The challenge will start Sunday, May 27 at 12:01 am and end Sat. June 2 at 11:59 pm.. No, it counts as a May challenge, so there will still be one or two in June. Stop the groaning, I can hear you!!!! <BR> <BR> This is how it will work. ... Wed, 23 May 2012 11:31:37 EST Happy Mother's Day Just in case I don't have time in the morning to get onto the computer I want to wish all Mom's on the team a Happy Mother's Day. I hope you have a very special day. If you wish, come and tell us about your wonderful day. Sat, 12 May 2012 11:40:57 EST Ask a question All you have to do is answer the question the previous poster left for you, and leave a question for the next poster to answer. Don't leave the same question that you answered. <BR> <BR> What is your all time favorite movie? Mon, 7 May 2012 18:54:39 EST Mini Challenge Good morning team. I have a mini challenge for you. It is a real tough one and will take the whole weekend. The details are below. <BR> <BR> 1. <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> even if it is a rainy day--find some <em>334</em> in your day. <BR> <BR> 2. <em>67</em> get out there and enjoy it, don't be in the house. If you have to work, enjoy it at lunch. NO EXCUSES!!! <BR> <BR> 3. <em>252</em> Love SP at least 20 minutes out of everyday. <BR> <BR> 4. <em>247</em> Someone ... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:08:58 EST It's Wednesday Let's weigh in today. Wed, 2 May 2012 00:10:58 EST Check in Good morning team. Today is the last day of April. It is hard to believe that 2012 is 25% over. It has been one for the record books personally. What about you? <BR> <BR> There are 3 challenges running this month. The 4th of July challenge. Don't forget to weigh in on Wednesday to have any loss count. The May $$$$ Money Jar and The May Fitness Pledge. I will have a mini challenge or two thrown in sometime during the month. <BR> <BR> Let's all finish April with a sparky finish and we... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:57:06 EST May Money $$$$$ Jar <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Double post <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's turn our spark points into savings. This is a good way to reward yourself for all your hard work through the month. Take a bank, jar, or can, and decorate it to use as a spark reward bank. What ever your spark points are for that day, turn it into $$$$. If your points were 123 that would be $1.23 Put it in the "bank". At the end of the month ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:45:11 EST Challenge Results Only 3 people completed the challenge. <BR> <BR> Congratulations to 1CRAZYDOG--JLPARKHURST who did 10 challenges <BR> Congratulations to Iamagemlover who did 9 challenges but gets credit for 5 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:28:02 EST May Money $$$$ Jar Let's turn our spark points into cash. Grab a bank, can or jar and decorate it. When you are done earning all your points for the day, turn those points into cash. If you earned 156 points, that is $1.56 Put that into your savings container. At the end of the month your spark points will be turned into savings to buy something for yourself as a reward for sparking. This is a great way to motivate yourself. You can either spend the money on yourself as a reward or continue to accumulate... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:20:14 EST May Fitness Pledge I will pledge 2,000 fitness minutes this month. <BR> <BR> 5/1-25 <BR> 5/2 <BR> 5/3 <BR> 5/4 <BR> 5/5 <BR> 5/6 <BR> 5/7 <BR> 5/8 <BR> 5/9 <BR> 5/10 <BR> 5/11 <BR> 5/12 <BR> 5/13 <BR> 5/14 <BR> 5/15 <BR> 5/16 <BR> 5/17 <BR> 5/18 <BR> 5/19 <BR> 5/20 <BR> 5/21 <BR> 5/22 <BR> 5/23 <BR> 5/24 <BR> 5/25 <BR> 5/26 <BR> 5/27 <BR> 5/28 <BR> 5/29 <BR> 5/30 <BR> 5/31 <BR> Total-25 <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:17:25 EST Challenge ends Please post your results by 11:59 tonight as that's when the challenge ends. <em>304</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:41:46 EST OMG Please read this Even if you are not a parent, please read this. This is really scary. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-hand-sanitizer-drunk-183000750.html </link> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:59:49 EST Wednesday weigh in Don't forget to weigh in today <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> . <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>91</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>9</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:41:08 EST July 4th challenge This will be a 9 week challenge that will start this coming Wednesday April 25. Whoever wants to take part will weigh in on this thread. Every Wednesday including July 4th we will weigh in. The one that loses the most weight by July 4th will receive a goodie. If someone forgets to weigh in on a Wednesday, their weight loss for that week will not count towards the total, so be sure to weigh in every Wednesday. Write it on your bathroom mirror, your calendar, hang a post it on your compute... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:38:07 EST check in 4/22 Wow---it has been a long time since we have done a check in. So much has been going on. I am going to physical therapy twice a week now, and I am really please with my therapist. I just received my schedule and I am disappointed to see that 4 of my upcoming appointments are not with him. I don't like it when they do that. Each therapist has their own technique and you get use to one who should stick with one I think.(sigh) I use the pool after therapy. I have found that I forgot how to... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:11:10 EST Furry friends Emoticon a pet. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:51:55 EST Flags of the world Post a flag emoticon and then name the country. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:49:54 EST Challenge April 22-April 28 Hi everyone: Happy Hump day. The new 7 day challenge will begin at 12:00am Sunday April 22 and end on Saturday April 28 at 11:59pm. I am not going to say which one but some of these challenges come from members who completed the last challenge <em>334</em> I am going to do things a little different this time per the poll. <BR> <BR> There will be 12 challenges. You can pick 10 and go for the "prize" or pick 5 and go for the "award" it is up to you. Also, instead of having 2 places to t... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:06:05 EST Mr. Hare or Mr Turtle. How is your weight loss going. Either post a bunny or a turtle. Rabbit or Hare? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:28:12 EST Easy challenge this week I wasn't going to challenge you this week. Then I thought about it and decided to do something that is good for your mood. It connects with April's monthly challenge. I want you to treat yourself to a treat this week. Weight Watchers Smart Ones has delicious desserts that are not too bad as far as carbs and calories etc. We all have been working hard and being <em>43</em> . Be good to yourself and treat yourself to one dessert. I bought a few of these while they were on sale and they ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 18:10:04 EST Walk the dog Let's make sure man's best friend get his exercise also. <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 18:02:59 EST Poll--please respond Ok. I did a poll on my other team and received a couple responses. Coincidentally they are on this team too. I have a couple new ideas. <BR> <BR> 1. Would the winners of the challenge be willing to come up with one goal for the challenge? <BR> 2. How about 12 goals and you can pick 10? <BR> 3. Did you find the goals too easy? <BR> 4. This is done on another team I am on. How would you feel about a seasonal goal? <BR> 5. Should we do a weekly weigh in? <BR> 6. Should it be 5 out of 7 days ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 09:47:55 EST Spark People Emoticon Use an emoticon to show how you feel about spark people. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:31:36 EST A-Z Occupations Name an occupation that starts with A then proceeds through the alphabet. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:26:54 EST Challenge Results-Please read <em>205</em> <em>109</em> <em>209</em> <em>264</em> <em>208</em> <em>279</em> <em>304</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>285</em> <em>236</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>58</em> <em>248</em> <BR> I want to say <em>304</em> to all of you who took part in the challenge. Even if you did not complete it, you stepped out of your comfort zone and tried. By trying, you tried to build new habit. Next time you may be able to achieve it. I want to say <em>242</em... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:52:23 EST Mike Wallace dead at 93 Mike Wallace passed away at the age of 93. He was the anchor of 60 Minutes. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 12:29:04 EST HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER!!! We are leaving sometime tomorrow after Evie's Cardiologist appt to go out to my FIL for the weekend. We will be having Easter Sunday at my moms then coming home sometime on Sunday. I won't have access to the internet except from DH phone. Which stinks. So I am just going to log onto SP to make sure I don't loose my perfect attendance :-) and log my fitness minutes to my Spring 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> I am taking exercise dvds, SP printouts, and equipment with me. I also get lots of ex... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:07:22 EST Check in April 5 Good morning team. I just wanted to remind you that the challenge starts tomorrow. I wish everyone good luck with it. It seems I have lost my motivation to exercise, so I will need the luck. I was all excited over getting the scholarship and I haven't gone once yet. Maybe people are right, it is just fear of the unknown. Today is a new day <BR> <BR> I want to wish everyone a terrific holiday. Eat mindful but don't deprive yourself. It is only once a year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:06:36 EST Cavaties and cardiologists So took the kids to dentist today. They have their first cavaties already. I am flabergasted!!! <BR> <BR> My 7yr has just 1 in her back permanent tooth. Her mouth is very small so part of her gum is over lapping the tooth so it is hard to clean. We also discussed seeing an ortho about these spacer things that they do nowadays with kids that helps their teeth grow in straight to prevent braces later. I am going to make an appt to check into after she is out on summer break. Its a free consul... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:50:26 EST Easy tracker for challenge April 6-12 1. Eat 2 eggs this week. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water per day 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 3. Eat 3 servings of fruit/vegetables per day 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 4. Eat 3 servings of dairy per day 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 5. Eat within nutrition goals 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 6. Post an encouraging comment on a members spark page 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 7. Exercise at lease 10 minutes a day 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 8. Walk 10,000 steps this week. <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> 1.0 <BR> 2.8 <BR> 3.3 <BR> 4.3 <BR> Mon, 2 Apr 2012 16:00:25 EST April 6-12 challenge The last challenge was good. A few people spark mailed me and said they missed it with different time zones and such. This challenge will run from 12:01 Friday April 6 until 11:59 Thursday April 12. That is 7 days and may be a little difficult with a holiday thrown in there. I am a emoticon. Don't forget, I will be doing this too. <BR> <BR> Ready--this is your challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 2 eggs this week. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water per day 5 out of 7 days. <BR> 3. Eat 3 servings of fr... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:56:52 EST Check in April 1 Happy April Fool's Day. Congratulations to 1CRAZYDOG for completing the challenge. I fell asleep before eating one of my fruits on one of the days. There weren't enough days to catch up. Oh well. I completed everything else. Thank you for participating everyone. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:24:59 EST April Fitness Pledge How many minutes will you pledge to fitness this month? SP hands out fitness awards for 250 minutes, 500 minutes and 1,000 minutes. Simply multiply the numbers of minutes you exercise a day by the number of days you exercise. April has 30 days. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:45:23 EST April Money Jar Turn your SP points into pennies. If you earned 102 points that is $1.02. Put that in a savings jar daily and post your points and how much is in your savings jar daily or weekly. At the end of the month your spark points will equal what is in your jar and you can either buy something for yourself or carry it over to the next month challenge. This challenge can be joined at anytime. New members don't have to wait until the next month. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:42:31 EST Post result I checked and from what I can tell the only one that completed the challenge is 1CRAZYDOG If this is an error, please post here. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:38:28 EST Old Commercial Lines Can you remember lines for old commercials? Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:36:50 EST Old TV Show Name an old TV show that is no longer on. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:44:33 EST April Challenge We are marching out of March. What daily steps are you taking to make sure that you achieve your monthly goals. First state what goal you will be working on for that month. Then post what steps you will take daily to achieve that goal. At the end of the month come back and post as to how you did on reaching your goal. <BR> <BR> For example: I want to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I will achieve this by: <BR> <BR> 1. drinking 16 oz. by 10am <BR> 2. drinking 32 oz. by 1pm <BR> 3. drin... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:33:30 EST Let's Decorate for Spring Let's fancy the board up with items of spring. Flowers, spring holidays, anything that reminds you of spring. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:13:25 EST Important Announcement I received a spark mail from Walking Wonder. <BR> <BR> I'm experiencing a MAJOR personal issue and I had to leave the team. Please tell the team that I'm sorry and that I'll miss them, but I don't have the time to deal with anything other than this MAJOR issue. If things get better and you still need me, I'll come back. But for now, there's just no way that I can deal with it right now. Good luck! <BR> <BR> I personally thank Walking Wonder for all she did for the team and for me helping m... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:51:04 EST Easy challenge tracker 1. Eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies 5 out of the 7 days. <BR> 2. Huddle with the team 5 out of the 7 days. <BR> 3. Reply to the daily check in with a positive affirmation about yourself 4 out of 7 days. <BR> 4. Exercise at least 10 minutes everyday. <BR> 5. Leave an encouraging message on a team members spark page 5 out of 7 days. <BR> <BR> All members who complete the challenge will get a goodie from either the team or me. I haven't talked this over with Walking Wonder yet but I am sure she... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:58:17 EST Daily check in 3/26 Magnificent Monday to everyone. <BR> <BR> Instead of doing a daily check in, I am going to post on Sunday and do a weekly challenge like yesterday. I will sticky tape it for the week. Members can post to it as they complete the steps of the challenge or as they feel like it. I will randomly do check ins throughout the week. I am spending way to much time on the computer and things that need to get done are not getting done. I am going to make a thread for members who need immediate supp... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:20:15 EST Daily check in 3/25 A must read Good morning team. First time in awhile I got up and it is cloudy. Oh well, all days can't be <em>67</em> . <BR> <BR> I am going to try a 7 day challenge. It will kind of lead us into April's challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies 5 out of the 7 days. <BR> 2. Huddle with the team 5 out of the 7 days. <BR> 3. Reply to the daily check in with a positive affirmation about yourself 4 out of 7 days. <BR> 4. Exercise at least 10 minutes everyday. <BR> 5. Leave an enco... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:05:01 EST Daily check in 3/24 Happy weekend team. Sorry I missed check in yesterday. I was running around all morning and by the time I got home it was after 5. <BR> <BR> April is coming upon us. I have notice that no one is taking part in the $$$ jar challenge and very few are pledging minutes. Is it time for a new challenge for April? Those who want to continue with those challenges the thread will be available. For me it forces me to save money. It has come in handy. This is your team. What do you want? If y... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:37:31 EST Daily check in 3/22 <em>213</em> team. What a beautiful day. It is 11 am and 79 in CT <BR> <BR> Since this is a positive team, I have some news. Today has just been filled with good news. I am so excited. Dealing with Depression team has invited me to be a leader even though I have been a member for only 3 months. They usually like a member to be 6 months on the team. One of the leaders sent me a spark mail asking me to be a leader. <em>345</em> I am totally honored. Not 10 minutes after I receive... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:12:52 EST Daily check in 3/21 Good morning team. I hope everyone is bright eyes and bushy tailed this morning. <BR> <BR> Since we are having such beautiful weather, get out there and enjoy it. Walk for 30 minutes or start to plant a garden. Spend at least 30 minutes outdoors today and get your vitamin D. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:08:48 EST Decorate for Easter <em>452</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:05:22 EST Easter Easter is April 8th----Let's decorate. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:03:30 EST Daily check in 3/20 Happy Spring. First day of spring. Hooray. <em>405</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to challenge you to walk today for 30 minutes. It doesn't have to be all at once. If you can't walk, do thirty minutes extra of exercise. We will post tomorrow on what we did and how long. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:01:41 EST Did you sleep well last night? yes Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:37:57 EST Daily check in 3/19 Good morning team. Today is the last day of winter. Tomorrow we welcome spring. CT will welcome spring with temperatures in the 50's and rain. We hit 76 yesterday and it ended up being <em>67</em> . <BR> <BR> Now for my steps. <em>24</em> I didn't quite reach the 30,000 I did 26.893. I am okay with it, considering my high before Wednesday was 4000+ I went shopping. Short of hiring someone to come everyday and drag me out of this house and force me to walk I don't think I will do... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:15:22 EST Daily check in 3/18 Good morning team! Start of a new week. A new beginning. <BR> <BR> What do you need from the team today? Tell the next poster what you need from them. Motivation, encouragements, support, a kick in the pants, or a hug, anything and why. Leave words of encouragement for the next poster. <BR> <BR> I am very lazy today and soooo unmotivated. I need a kick in the butt. <BR> <BR> SP is an <em>345</em> site. There are many tools, articles and most important teams to join. The team memb... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:05:29 EST Daily check in 3/17 Happy St. Patrick's Day team. I hope everyone is lucky today. <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> Your question today is. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What are your plans for the day? Is there a parade? An Irish Dance show? <BR> <BR> My niece is in the St. Patrick's Day parade. She does Irish step dancing. They are putting on a show tonight and she is getting her 10 year trophy. I will be there for sure. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:18:10 EST Daily check in 3/16 Good morning team. TGIF <BR> <BR> I have a weekend challenge for you. Starting at 6pm tonight and going into 11.59 Sunday I challenge each team member to walk 30,000 steps. For those without a pedometer that is roughly 6 hrs taking 2 steps a second. Even if it is not the 30,000 let's post the steps that we walked on Monday. The whole idea is to get out there and try. Let's go team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:10:00 EST Daily check in 3/15 Good afternoon team. <BR> <BR> The topic is open today. Talk about your goals, your day, whatever is on your mind. <BR> <BR> I went to the casino yesterday and had the a blast. Shopped, ate, drank and played. I did it all. What fun. Now today it is back to the real world.. We went with a high roller so we had all the perks. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:08:17 EST Daily check in 3/14 <em>213</em> all. It is hump day. I hope that it is an easy one for you. It is all downhill from here. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have a challenge for you. Since I don't know most of you by real first name it is completely unbiased. If your first name begins with the first 13 letters of the alphabet A-M do 25 crunches--if your name begins with N-Z do 25 jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> You don't have to give your first name just state if you accepted the challenge and what you did. I did 25 ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:31:36 EST Food for thought With Regret <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whitney Houston's death, while a sad thing, was the direct result of very unwise life choices. It dominates the news. <BR> <BR> Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious. <BR> <BR> Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and thief. <BR> <BR> Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding [and... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:18:59 EST Daily check in 3/13 <em>213</em> everyone. Top of the mornin to you. <BR> <BR> It is exactly one week from spring. <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>224</em> <em>253</em> <em>253</em> winter. I won't miss you. Have you got your spring clothes laundered and ready for wear yet? Are you going to treat yourself to new spring clothes? <BR> <BR> I wear jeans so they are pretty much all year long. I do have my short sleeve shirts laundered and have already worn some. I like wearing novelty Te... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:34:09 EST Daily check in 3/12 Good morning everyone. Power of positive thinking. <BR> <BR> I am taking a poll today. Do you use soap in the shower or shower gel. I use Oil of Olay body soap. <BR> <BR> Right now I am being driven crazy because my cell phone is beeping that the battery is low and I can't find the darn thing. It has to be under something. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:31:59 EST Daily check in 3/11 Happy Sunday. I want to thank all the members who commented on my blog yesterday and replied to the thread on my first 90 days. It took me quite awhile this morning to send out thank you notes. <BR> <BR> I see different opinions on daylight saving time. What is your take? Do you like it or loathe it? <BR> <BR> Personally I love it. It stays light out later and stays darker longer in the morning. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:24:14 EST Daily check in 3/10 Good morning team. Today is a special day for me. I have been on SP for 90 days today. For anyone who is interested I did a blog about it on my spark page. I hope that you read it and share your comments. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight before you go to sleep. We will have an extra hour of daylight tomorrow. I am psyched. Now that we will have that extra hour of daylight, will you come home from work and walk? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:25:44 EST Daily check in 3/9 Good morning team. It is a <em>67</em> morning and it is going to get in the mid 60's. <BR> <BR> Your question for today is what are you going to do today to make it successful. You have a license to succeed. <BR> <BR> My menu for the day is all tracked and I am within range. Right at the low end of every goal. I am going for a 15 minute walk out in this beautiful day. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:34:32 EST Daily check in 3/8 Good afternoon team. It seems the more I do the behinder I get. <BR> <BR> Just let everyone know how your day is treating you. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:31:38 EST Attitude of Gratitude 5-day exercise I just found this today, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Here's what it says: <BR> <BR> This worksheet is to help you develop an Attitude of Gratitude in your life. It is simple to do each day and will over a short period of time make you feel good about what you have in your life and increase your vibration to attract better things into your life. <BR> <BR> Appreciating the people in your life improves your current relationships and will create new and supportive relationships. <B... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 09:06:13 EST Daily check in 3/7 <em>213</em> team. I am late today. My chore person came this morning. Before he arrived I was doing the laundry and I wanted to be showered in case I did decide to do grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Today's question is Do you watch The Biggest Loser? What did you think about this season? <BR> <BR> Too much drama and whining. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 11:35:50 EST Tell us what makes you unique We are all unique individuals. So I was wondering, what it is about yourself that makes you unique? Try to keep it to just one thing - that's the challenge. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 14:35:21 EST Daily check in 3/6 Sunny but cold morning here. Good morning to you. How is everyone today? <BR> <BR> The question for today is What was your favorite meal before joined SP? What is your favorite meal now? If it is the same did you tweak it any? <BR> <BR> After asking that I really had to think. My favorite meal is pork roast, mashed potatoes, my Mom's gravy(best in the world) carrots, smothered in butter, applesauce(my Mom's homemade) and I always had to have the crispy skin off the roast. umumum good... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:23:06 EST Dsilycheck in 3/5 What a glorious <em>67</em> morning here in CT. <BR> <BR> As usually a great job on your posts yesterday. We discussed goals for March. Tell the team about successes that you had in February. We have a license to succeed. What did you succeed at in February. Did you reach a goal? If so what goal? Did something happen good in your life? Let's hear it. After your post, give yourself a big thumbs up. The next one to post, before you post give the person before you a hug and then pos... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:52:16 EST Five food myths busted <link><BR>/food-myths-busted </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:46:03 EST A Joke A BLONDE JOKE THAT YOU'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE <BR> <BR> After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the <BR> young blonde declared, 'Well, then maybe I'll just go out and catch my own <BR> alligator and get a pair of alligator shoes for free!' <BR> <BR> The shopkeeper replied with a sly smile, 'Well, little lady, why don't you go <BR> give it a try?' <BR> <BR> The blonde headed off to the swamp, determined to catch an alligator. <BR> Later in the day, the sho... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:45:03 EST Daily check in 3/4 <em>304</em> for all the <em>250</em> responses. <BR> <BR> I am one of the people that believes that Sunday starts the new week. Some folks think that it is Monday. Anyhow, this is the first day for new beginnings. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> The question for today is what is going to be your new beginning? Last week I had a difficult time making my nutritional goals in protein and calories without exceeding 160 in carbs. That is not over my goal but I usually can keep it in the 140's. Somed... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 07:44:46 EST Daily check in 3/3 Seventeen more days to Spring. For the last few years CT has not really had a spring. We have gone straight from winter into summer. I hope we have a spring this year. I like <em>67</em> days, low humidity with temperatures in the low to mid 70's. Maybe a slight breeze. <BR> <BR> The question for today is are you a baseball fan? Baseball season is almost here. There are in spring training now. My sister in law's nephew just signed on with a major league baseball team and the whole... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:20:01 EST Daily check in 3/2 Good morning team. <BR> <BR> I have a question for you. Who does the emails on the site. I went to do my emails today and where I usually have over 100, there were 0. I have been having problems getting the emails that you get points for grrrr. but not others. Now I am getting none. Every single day I have to go and reset my email address. I feel like someone is going and fooling with my settings. I posted on the technical help board yesterday and received 0 responses which is par f... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:08:07 EST March - let's "paint" the boards green We did red for February because it was heart month. Let's go green for March since it's the month of St. Patrick's Day. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:07:28 EST March 1st Question It's a new month. What are you going to do that's new this month? Maybe this could be the month that you try something you've always wanted to try. For me, it's joining a gym. I've been talking about it for a while, so I decided that this month I'm going to do it! <BR> <BR> So, what are you going to do that's new this month? Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:05:33 EST Daily check in 3/1 Good morning team. They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I guess it is true this year. It is overcast, we had snow yesterday, which should have been March 1 except for leap year and today more is to come. Keeping my fingers crossed that it goes out like a lamb. <BR> <BR> The question today is what are your monthly goals? I made a personal goal yesterday, Level 11 by the end of February, did it on the 29th <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> By the end of March I would like... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:46:17 EST Another Death in the Music World Davey Jones of the Monkees has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 66 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:52:58 EST What did you spin today? I got 7 points on the regular wheel and 5 on the bonus wheel. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:07:45 EST Leap Day Question Leap Day doesn't happen very often, but when it does, we get an extra day in the year. So for Leap Day, what are you going to do for the extra time that you get? I've done some extra fitness, but what about you? What have you done, or what will you do? Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:33:38 EST Did you drink your 8 glasses of water today? Yes I drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:43:59 EST Daily check in 2/29 Happy Leap Day and Happy hump day. Today is a Happy Day. <BR> <BR> Today's question is Have you gone back to where you lived 10 years ago and find it to be very different? New stores, new homes, etc? <BR> <BR> I went shopping with a friend and we went to where I use to live in West Hartford. Yes, the streets are the same. Some building are the same. This corner has been redeveloped and now is a strip mall with BJ's and Home Depot as the anchor stores. I use to live across the street. ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:16:29 EST Daily check in 2/28 For the first time ever I am posting the same check in on all three of my teams. <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. Today is a sad day. Let's keep the people of Chardon School in Ohio and their families in our prayers. i don't understand this. If you have a problem now, you shoot people. What happened to trying to work things out, or school guidance counselors. There were counselors when I was in HS Of course when you have adults shooting their bosses like the incident we had less than ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:47:15 EST March---How many minutes will you pledge? How many fitness minutes will you pledge in March. There are 31 days in March. You take the number of days you will exercise in March and multiply that by the number of minutes you work out a day. That will give you the number of minutes to pledge. You can copy and paste this template if you wish. <BR> <BR> 3/1 <BR> 3/2 <BR> 3/3 <BR> 3/4 <BR> 3/5 <BR> 3/6 <BR> 3/7 <BR> 3/8 <BR> 3/9 <BR> 3/10 <BR> 3/11 <BR> 3/12 <BR> 3/13 <BR> 3/14 <BR> 3/15 <BR> 3/16 <BR> 3/17 <BR> 3/18 <BR> 3/19 <BR> 3/... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:10:38 EST March....Money jar challenge I am sure you are all aware of how this works. I will explain for the benefit of the new members. Each day or how often you want to do it you post your spark points earned for that amount of time. I do mine daily. For those of you who did this in February you can carry over your February total. For every point you earned you take a penny and put it in a jar or can and save it until the end of the month. This is money that you earned and is to be spent on you at the end of the month. If... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:04:21 EST TEAM ANNOUNCEM ENT-Daily checkin 2/27 As you all know the 3 experienced team leaders have left for personal reason. The team challenges for March will remain the same. The money jar, and the pledged minutes will be the March challenges. This will give WALKING_WONDER and I a month to discuss a new challenge for April. Everything else will remain the same. This is your team. If you have suggestions or desires for the team, post them or mail us and we will do our best to incorporate them into the team. <BR> <BR> Good morning ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:46:19 EST Team Challenge Ideas Wanted We, the leaders of this wonderful team, would like to include you, or wonderful members, the opportunity to let us know what types of challenges you would like to see in the future. We want your help in making this team the best that it can be. We look forward to your ideas! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:43:52 EST New Members. ..Please introduce yourselves here ! <em>213</em> I'm Deirdre, one of the leaders of this fabulous team. I live in Massachusetts and have been a member of SP since June, 2011. In such a negative world, I need more positive, so that's why I joined this team, and I'm glad to be one of the leaders. <BR> <BR> So new members, please introduce yourelves here so we can all get to know you better Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:07:16 EST