SparkPeople Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul Team Messageboard This group is for those who want to become healthier: physically AND spiritually! SparkPeople Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul Team Messageboard Week 3 Check In~ Respond by Wed Feb 12 :-) Hi ladies! <BR> How was your third week? Did you spend time with Jesus daily and read His Word? How did it go with tracking your food? Which method are you using? Are you getting your workouts in?Did you post a blog? Are you reading any non-fiction books? What goal are you working on for yourself? Can't wait to hear from all of you! <BR> <BR> Please respond by Wed Feb 12th to be eligible for the prize! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:24:35 EST Week 2 Check In! Due by Wed Feb 5th Hi ladies! <BR> How was your second week? Did you spend time with Jesus daily and read His Word? How did it go with tracking your food? Which method are you using? Are you getting your workouts in?Did you post a blog? Are you reading any non-fiction books? What goal are you working on for yourself? Can't wait to hear from all of you! <BR> <BR> Please respond by Wed Feb 5th to be eligible for the prize! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:31:51 EST Week 1 Check in! Due by Wed 1-29 Hi ladies! <BR> How was your first week? Did you spend time with Jesus daily and read His Word? How did it go with tracking your food? Which method are you using? Did you post a blog? Are you reading any non-fiction books? What goal are you working on for yourself? Can't wait to hear from all of you! <BR> <BR> Please respond by Wed Jan 29 to be eligible for the prize! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:08:57 EST How's everyone doing? Just checking in for a mid-week check in! How is everyone doing? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:05:47 EST Weight Frustration So, my hubby and I have been doing Insanity and we just started our 3rd week on Sunday. I weighed in on Sunday and I was super upset to see my weight had gone UP by a couple of pounds despite the fact that we've been working out and I've been pretty careful with my food choices. <BR> <BR> After googling "weight gain during Insanity", I was a little bit relieved when I saw that it was normal. I so just want to fit into my dress pants again. They were LOOSE during Spring 2013, but now they... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:11:02 EST Day One of New Challenge! Hi Ladies! <BR> Today is DAY ONE of the challenge. Woo hoo! Who's ready??? <BR> <BR> Remember that we are committing to: <BR> 1. Post 1 blog a week (so you need a personal spark page) <BR> 2. Track your food (in whatever way you want) <BR> 3. Read your Bible daily! <BR> 4. Read 1 non-fiction book/month <BR> 5. Work on a personal goal of your own, do something every day to put you closer to that goal! <BR> <BR> Let's do this ladies! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:05:50 EST New Jan Challenge! Ladies~ <BR> <BR> We are going to be starting a new CHALLENGE on Monday Jan 20th. To join, just comment on this thread. <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Daily Bible reading <BR> 2. Track food (write it down, myfitnesspal, sparkpeople, etc~ whichever works for you!) <BR> 3. Exercise at least 4 days a week <BR> 4. Read 1 non-fiction book/month (leaders are readers, increase your knowledge!) <BR> 5. Write 1 blog on Sparkpeople each week <BR> 6. Come up with a GOAL that you... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:25:06 EST Team Name Change Hi Ladies! <BR> I'd like to change the name of the team to "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul." It's the same name as my Facebook page, and I feel like it really explains the goal of this group. I love that Clare's Peak313 Challenge brought us together, I'd just like to make the group a little more of our "own." Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:39:37 EST 21 Days to a Hunger-Free {& Healthy} Holiday Has anyone seen this challenge? <BR> <BR> You can sign up on <BR> <BR> This is the description from the email I got about it. <BR> <BR> -- <BR> Starting Monday, December 2nd, I am going to ask you to make a sacrifice so you can SHARE with someone else less fortunate this season! Every time you choose to say NO to an unhealthy habit or YES to a healthy one, I want you to pay yourself! Put this money in a jar and at the end of the 21 days, you’ll donate that to a charity of your... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:22:49 EST Week 4 Memory Verse Proverbs 4:23 <BR> <BR> Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:39:48 EST Week 3 memory verse! Week 3 memory verse: <BR> <BR> For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (1 John 2:16 NLT) Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:03:39 EST Week 1 Check in Did everyone check in on Clare's Peak313 facebook page or her blog? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:45:03 EST Belly Dance anyone here do it? Try it? I am 2 weeks in to off and on using it for fitness. Got a beginner video by Veena and Deena. NOT some sexual, pouting thing but a true using belly dance moves for working out. <BR> I LOVE it! I probably look like some sort of awkward cow, but it made me feel better, except for the parts that used muscles I never knew i had! <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:15:29 EST Hello, my name is Bonnie I am a stay at home mom homeschooling my 5 year old. I am a granddaughter, daughter, neice, sister, friend, aunt, wife, mother, and a CHILD OF THE ONE TRUE KING. I am a survivor of early childhood sexual abuse. I have been a FOOD ADDICT since I was 8 years old. Throughout my life I have moved through a long list of other addictions including various types of sexual addiction, working, shopping, internet gaming, and crystal meth. By the Power of God and the Blood of Jesus Christ, I have been h... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:33:20 EST Hi I am Michele Hi I am Michele, I am 37 years old. I have 3 kids, 5, 7, 12. I have been overweight since I was 12. It has been a hard struggle and I am tired of being tired. I am currently dealing with my second bought of diverticulitis and I have read that being overweight can be a big factor. I am really going to focus on these small goals and pray that this time I can drop some pounds! Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:14:23 EST Hi! I am Tammy Hi! I am Tammy. I am a 46 yr old mom of 2 teenage boys and also a home health nurse. I have been trying to keep motivated in my workouts so I am really looking forward to this challenge. I am determined to like to run :) I want to be able to run 5k's. The "Soul Food" will be just what I need... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:25:47 EST Hello My name is Patrice. I am so glad I found out about this. I am 5 weeks away from running my first marathon and I am losing motivation. I am also losing motivation spiritually. I feel like I am lost. Maybe over the next 5 weeks I can get both back. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:55:41 EST Hi from Nevada Hi, my name is Kris and I am from Northern Nevada. So excited for this challenge. So in need of both areas in my life. I am also looking for a "sister" that I could do this challenge with. So let me know if there is anyone who would like to team up with me. I wish you all the very very best. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Kris Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:50:00 EST Hiya! My name is Melanie (or Mellie). I'm a 32 yr. old SAHM from Texas with a 4 yr old lil gal. I'm quite new on my journey as a Christian and I've started over a bazillion times trying to lose this weight, SO this group and Claire's challenge is EXACTLY what I need right now in my life! <BR> <BR> Today I started an 8 week workout program by Fitness Blender, so I'm nervous! I don't like working out. lol <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward getting to know everyone and doing this together <em>244</em> ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:44:47 EST HI I'm Carrie My name is Carrie and live in Wisconsin. I just found this challenge and am so excited. I am new to exercising. I just do not like doing it but I will be doing my own exercise. I do the C25k and Power 90 strength as my workouts. But I really wanted to add the spiritual aspect into my daily life and this is the best of both worlds. My doctor says I am over weight and wants me to lose about 30 pounds. Since I started my workout I have lost 8 pounds but I need more encouragement. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:52:02 EST Hi! I'm Amy Hi everyone. My name is Amy and I live in Maine. I will be 35 in December and I'm a mom to two boys. I recently found out I have high cholesterol but my doctor is giving me a three months to lower it through diet/exercise because I don't want to go on meds. This was already 2 months ago and I still have yet to start exercising and eating better!!!! I can never seem to stick with an exercise regimen or eating healthy for longer than a week or two. I'm hoping by joining this group and par... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:10:47 EST Week 1 "Living and Active" Memory Scripture! Ecclesiastes 4:12 <BR> <BR> "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:29:41 EST Myfitnesspal Well, due the busyness of summer, I have put a few pounds on... Back to using the myfitnesspal app daily! I had myself set for 1600 calories. This time I let it set the calories for me, which it came up with 1270. I will stick with that until these few pounds come off, then will probably up it a little again, maybe to 1500. I don't add my exercise calories back in, so I think that it would work out well. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:24:17 EST Newest Peak313 Challenge Starts Tomorrow (9-16-13) Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> Welcome to all of our new members! <em>213</em> We're glad that you are here! <BR> <BR> The newest Peak313 challenge starts tomorrow (9-16-13) on Clare's blog (and Facebook page). I'm excited that she is doing another one. I feel like the summer flew by so quickly. I enjoyed much needed time with my family, and let my workouts shorten a bit. There were 2 weeks in a row that I hardly worked out! The first week was when my Nanny (grandma) was in the ICU and pas... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:14:54 EST Welcome, new members! Welcome to all of our new members! We are glad that you are joining us for the challenge. You will find that this is an awesome group of women who keep each other accountable and encouraged. <BR> <BR> Let us know a little about yourself on this thread. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:47:15 EST Hi! I'm Anna Hello everyone!!! I found this page through feelingfiterin's post on Facebook. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Sparkpeople for QUITE some time, but I've actually done most of my weight loss using MyFitnessPal (when is started seriously tracking EVERYTHING they were the only app that had a bar code scanner!) I've been hovering between 60-70lbs lost for over a year now, I'm proud that i've stayed consistent at least! <BR> <BR> I LOVE Insanity and P90X (1 and 2) <BR> <BR> oh <BR> <BR> and R... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:26:39 EST Living & Active 2 Just wondering if we are joining the new 5 week Living & Active challenge? It starts next Mon. It is like the one last year. I like the support here so I'm hoping others will join in. <em>381</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:02:51 EST Peak 313 Living & Active Challenge Hey All, <BR> <BR> Clare from Peak313 just posted that she's going to be starting a new 5 week challenge on Monday, September 16th. You can check it out over at her website: <BR> <BR><BR>al-living-and-active-challenge/ <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd throw it out there to see if anyone else is interested. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:43:49 EST Want to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks? Please join starting on Aug 21. We are playing in a 4-week challenge to lose 4% of your starting weight. The bet is $20 and everyone who wins splits the pot. Come join the fun! <BR> <BR> Click here to play with me: <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:45:29 EST It's been quiet here... Check in :-) Hi ladies! <BR> It's been really quiet here <em>382</em> , how is everyone doing? How's your summer going? Reading any good books? What are you summer plans? Any vacations planned? Would love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> We went to PA a few weeks ago for a week. We did a lot of hiking and swimming, it was a nice getaway! During the summer we try to go to the beach once a week depending on the weather. We usually pack a lunch and then spend the whole day there. I went to a women's ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:15:46 EST Just checking in :-) Hi Ladies! <BR> Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. Even though the challenge is completed (for now!) I wanted to encourage all of you to keep working towards your goals! Make a list of things you want to accomplish and start working towards them (even if it's just baby steps for now!) <BR> <BR> We are headed out tomorrow for vacation. We're going to PA, about 2 hours from Philly. I'm excited, but still trying to pack. I never know what to pack, so I always pack way too much!... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:26:15 EST And the WINNER is..... <em>409</em> Dawn! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Message me your address and I will get your prize in the mail to you! <BR> <BR> What a great challenge! I am thinking that we will take the month of June off from an "official" challenge but would still love to keep our group active and going! I love our group! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:32:41 EST Week 11 check in! Wow, this challenge is flying by and is almost done. How has everyone been doing? Are you keeping up with your goals? Are you spending time daily with Jesus? How are you workouts? Is your eating on track? Any new blogs posted? Looking forward to hearing from everyone! <em>386</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 12:56:59 EST Week 10 Check In Hi Ladies! <BR> Sorry the check in is late <em>24</em> It's been a BUSY weekend with my youngest son's 11th birthday. I'm at work so I need to keep this short <em>100</em> . How was your week? Any challenges? What successes have you had? Looking forward to hearing from all of you! <em>213</em> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:49:00 EST Week 9 Check in! Hi ladies! <BR> It's week 9 check in! And Happy Mother's Day! Hope you are all having a great day so far! <BR> <BR> How did your week go? How is your eating plan and exercise? Reading any good books? Are you having your daily quiet time with God? Reading His Word? Any new blogs? Looking forward to hearing from everyone! (Even if you're not "technically" still in the challenge, we want to hear from you! <em>247</em> ) Sun, 12 May 2013 12:50:46 EST Week 8 Check In Hi Ladies! Sorry I'm late getting the check in posted this weekend. It's been a hectic, yet good weekend. My youth pastor from when I was younger came as a guest speaker to our church, so we have been busy seeing them! His message was great (He preached all 5 services, 2 on Sat and 3 on Sun). After church today we were able to take them out to lunch and catch up, which was SOOO nice! I was on call Fri and Sat night. I didn't get called in on Fri, but I did get called in last night from... Sun, 5 May 2013 18:34:59 EST Week 7 Check In! WEEK 7 ALREADY?!?!?! Where has time went? How was your week? How is your reading going? Is God showing you anything new during your quiet times? How are you doing with treating your body as the Temple of Christ? Is eating healthy getting easier? Or is it more challenging as time goes on? Are you blogging? Looking forward to hearing from you. I know that we missed quite a few last week, but hang in there ladies! Still post here and keep in contact! Encourage each other and fellowsh... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:05:36 EST Week 6 Check In! Wow, can you believe that we are 1/2 way through this challenge?!?! How did this week go for you? What victories did you have? Any struggles that we can pray for? Remember: progress, not perfection! Keep at it, ladies, so proud of all of you! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 23:21:24 EST Week 5 Check In! Hi ladies! Can you believe were are already to week 5 in our challenge! How is it going for everyone? Are you doing your reading every day? Are you reading any good non-fiction books? How are your workouts? Are you focusing on healthy foods? Try any new recipes? Looking forward to hearing from everyone! Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:51:56 EST Week 4 Check In (Include week 3 if you were gone) Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 4 go (and 3 if you didn't get to post b/c you were gone on vacation!) <BR> <BR> Did you spend your daily time with Jesus? Did you read your Bible daily (I am taking away the 2 chapters/day, read what you feel the Holy Spirit is telling you! Some days He will tell you to DIG DEEP and read less but really FOCUS). <BR> <BR> Did you get your workouts in? Did you track your food (using whatever method you prefer)? <BR> <BR> Are you reading a non-fiction book to w... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:12:40 EST Week 3 Check In Hi ladies! It's time for our week 3 check in! How did everyone do? What successes did you have? Any difficulties? What new things is God opening your eyes to in His Word? Have you tried any new recipes or new workouts? <BR> <BR> I am keeping this week's check in open until next Sat (April 6) due to many families being on spring break. I want to make sure everyone is putting family first, we will be here for you when you return! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from everyone! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:39:45 EST Week 2 Check In! Check in by Mon March 25th :-) Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 2 go for you? Did you get your Bible reading in? How about your workouts? Are you reading a good non-fiction book right now? Are you tracking what you eat? If so, what method are you using? Did you post a blog this week? <BR> For those who are new to Sparkpeople, have you created a sparkpage or added some personal touches to it? Looking forward to hearing how everyone is doing! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:09:00 EST Bible reading clarification Hi ladies, <BR> The 2 chap/day of Bible reading is just a suggestion. Pray about it, God maybe telling you to just read 1 chapter if He wants you to dig in really deep that day. Or maybe He is telling you to read more... Just as long as you are in the Word daily and being obedient to His plan for you! Joyce Meyer had said that some days she just reads one verse and meditates on it all day. So there is no "right" amount to read, let the Holy Spirit guide you <em>41</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:35:19 EST Week 1 Check in! Check in here by Mon night! Hi ladies! <BR> How was week 1 of our new challenge? I don't know about you,but this week has just FLOWN by for me. I hope tomorrow doesn't go by so quickly! LOL. Did you get your Bible reading in? How about your workouts? Are you reading a good non-fiction book right now? Are you tracking what you eat? If so, what method are you using? Did you post a blog this week? <BR> For those who are new to Sparkpeople, have you created a sparkpage or added some personal touches to it? <BR> <B... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:13:56 EST Mid-Week Check In Hi ladies! <BR> Just checking to see how everyone's week is going so far. I worked the past few days, so I am happy to have some time off now until Wed! Sunday was my rest day for exercise (since I was on call for 16 hours). I rode my exercise bike on Mon and Tues. I've been doing that more lately because it gives me an extra 30-60 minutes a day to read. I have several books that I had been wanting to read, and I finished 2 of them while riding the bike (and still worked up a good sweat... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:34:56 EST Thank you I would like to thank all of you wonderful ladies for the kind words and congratulations regarding me winning the last challenge. <BR> <BR> My prize package <em>279</em> arrived on Saturday. I received a beautiful prayer journal, a God's Promises for Women and a sweet card with a crown on the front that included and encouraging note from Erin. <BR> <BR> All of those things were like something that I would have hand picked myself. Especially the beautiful purple promises book with the Bu... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:08:54 EST Serious injury, need advice Hi all, I had a major setback today. I was at a youth conference with my daughter and the youth group. I squatted down to pick up a piece of paper, and when I did, I felt the muscle in the top of my thigh "pop". It honestly felt like the muscle just ripped open. Talk about excruciating pain. So now, I'm trying to figure out what kind of exercises I can do to rehab it, once it starts to heal, but also what kind of exercises to do in the meantime that don't involve my legs. Any ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 19:35:04 EST Hi I'm Bonnie Hi everyone! I'm Bonnie from North Carolina. Eager to start the challenge as I continue a challenge I personally began in January. Have been eating clean and working out for a long time, but need to change a few things to be more consistent with the self discipline. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 21:46:18 EST New Challenge March 10-June 1. Enter here! Hi ladies! I have come up with a new challenge for us! It starts this Sunday (March 10th) and goes until June 1st (just in time for summer!) <BR> <BR> Here are the "rules": <BR> <BR> 1. Read at least 2 chapters in the Bible daily. Do some form of journaling at least 2 times a week from what you have read. This can be as simple or elaborate as you wish or have time for. I will be using the "SOAP" method (scripture, observation, application, prayer) but you can use anything you want. M... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:57:21 EST And the WINNER is..... HEART4HOME (aka Veronica)!!! Congrats! Be on the lookout for your prize pack! I will be mailing it tomorrow! Way to go!!! <BR> <BR> We will be starting another challenge on MARCH 10th (it's a Sunday). It will take us to June, so just in time for SUMMER! I will post the guidelines soon. I am going to offer it out to all the members on Clare's Peak313 FB page as well, so that gives them a week to sign up for a SP account and make a page! Can't wait!! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:33:44 EST Week 8 check- in: CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?! Hi ladies! <BR> We have made it to the end of this challenge- can you believe it?!?!? I am so proud of everyone! How did your week go? What have you learned about yourself by going through this challenge? How has it changed you physically and/or spiritually? What habits will you continue to incorporate? <BR> <BR> I will be choosing a winner this week~ can't wait!! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:01:03 EST Small success So, yesterday I posted a blog about recommitting and getting back on track. Tuesdays are always tough for me because my girls have dance lessons and they usually have snacks in between classes during their breaks. Typically, I find myself mindlessly munching on their snacks (cheezits and such). However, I did not allow myself to do that yesterday. There were also some peppermint candies in the van that I thought about eating, but I reminded myself that they’re nothing more than sugar, and ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:10:05 EST Week 7 Check In! Check in here! Hi Ladies! <BR> How did week 7 go? (This challenge is flying by!) Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a great week! an't wait to hear how everyone is doing! <BR> <BR> **Please reply by... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:39:51 EST Week 6 Check-in! Check in here! Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 6 go? (Where has time gone? This challenge is flying by!) Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a great week! an't wait to hear how everyone is doing! <BR> <... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:57:30 EST What do you eat on an average day? I'm looking for some ways to change up my food intake. I need some ideas. I thought I'd create a post here so we can all share what we typically eat in a day, at least on an average day. <BR> <BR> For me, when I'm at work, my food intake is much healthier than a day when I'm at home. I carefully plan out what I'm taking with me for the day and I stick to it because I don't have other options around. When I'm home, I am more apt to give in to temptation. So, here goes: <BR> <BR> For bre... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:18:51 EST Week 5 Check In! Check in here to be eligible! Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 5 go? (I can't believe it's been 5 weeks so far!) Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a great week! This challenge is just flying by! Can't wait to hear ho... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:33:57 EST Bender Fitness I found this blog with various workouts on it. Each day the girl posts a new workout video. Check her out! She's got some short, yet tough workouts! <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:21:58 EST Small group at church :-) The small group that I'm leading starts this Wednesday! I'm really excited for it. We're using Joyce Meyer's book "Look Great, Feel Great." I'm also incorporating lots of other info from books, articles and stuff that I've found on the Internet. This is the first group that I am leading that does not have DVDs to go along with it, so I am a little nervous about that, but God has given me TONS of stuff to share so I don't think it will be a problem! We have 25-26 women in the group (if ev... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:54:30 EST Huddle I'd like to change the subject for a brief while. I'm requesting that we throw out a challenge for the month of February and it's simply this, that as many of us huddle for the month of February. It think it can be a lot of fun. Let's see who will do it for the entire month. What do you guys say. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:39:32 EST Week 4 Check-in! Check in here by 11/28! Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 4 go? Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a great week! I'm so proud of everyone in this group. I have heard of so many positive changes that everyone is inc... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:44:13 EST What a day! My hubby and I had a crazy day! The plan for the day was for him to go a doctor's visit, and after we got home I was going to get my workout in, make cookies for our small group gathering this evening, then go to said small group gathering. Instead, we got a call from his mom when we were almost to the doctor's appointment to find out that his dad had a heart attack. Needless to say, we cancelled the doctor's appointment, turned our car around, and drove to the hospital. The roads were re... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:37:14 EST I'm Kathy Hello everyone! I'm a over 40 mom to 2 girls (8 & 4). I lost my "baby weight" from the first girl with Weight Watchers with ease, but the last 20 with the second girl just hasn't left me. I've lost and gained 7-8 pounds for the last year and am quite frustrated, could be the whole changing metabolism thing, who knows. <BR> <BR> I know I need accountability to make my goals work and have been lurking on Peak 313 for a while. Today I'm taking the leap. I'm focusing more on the wokouts and l... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:47:29 EST Jessica Smith ebook Here's a ebook from Jessica Smith. I love her DVDs! She also has a lot of YouTube workout videos that are fun (and of course free!). This booklet has a meal plan and workout schedule for her dvds and YouTube videos? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>20Great%20Abs%20Guide.pdf </link> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:01:06 EST 14 day meal plan ebook I've had this link for a while and just found it again... It's a 14 day meal plan (ebook). I think I got it from Fitness magazine- can't remember for sure. <link><BR>iums/PDFs/bhg_14daymenus_generic.pdf </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:48:22 EST So proud of everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know how proud I am of this group! Everyone is doing an amazing job. Even if you don't meet "everything" on the challenge, keep posting and stay connected to the group! We are here for you! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:46:36 EST Week 3 Check-In! You MUST check-in here! Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 3 go? Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a wonderful week! I'm so proud of everyone in this group. I have heard of so many positive changes that everyone i... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:46:20 EST Fancy wedding coming up - need advice! So, my hubby and I have been invited to a fancy schmancy wedding in February. It's actually on February 17th (a Sunday) evening. The wedding invite was pretty clear in that it didn't include kiddos, so we'll be finding a sitter for our 4 girls. The wedding invite also said, "Formal attire requested". So, my question is how fancy do I need to get dressed up? I'm definitely going to have to go shopping because I only have 2 dresses in my closet and they are spring/summer dresses, plus they... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:56:01 EST challenge Not meaning to get off the present challenge topic but I would like to see in the future 'huddling' being added to the list of challenges. I think it makes for good team participation. How about it. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:07:00 EST Introduce myself Hello- I know I'm late, but I still want to join in the challenge. <BR> <BR> I am a married to my high-school sweetheart and we have 3 kids who keep us busy. They are ages 14, 12 & 9 and are swimming & playing basketball. I live in West Michigan and I'm currently enjoying the snow. I also love crafy stuff and we are small group leaders at our church. <BR> <BR> I am using this challenge to help me continue my weight loss (10 pounds so far), track what I eat & increase my physical activity.... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:38:45 EST Free 30 day devotional from Dashing Dish site Hi ladies! I wanted to share this link for a free 30 day devotional from the Dashing Dish site. It goes great with our challenge right now! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nal/ </link> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:52:10 EST Week 2 Check-In~ Check in here to be eligible!! Hi ladies! <BR> How did week 2 go? Were you able to spend time with God daily and read at least 2 chapters/day? Did you get your workouts in? What book are you reading right now? Did you post a blog? For those new to Sparkpeople, have you added some "personal touches" to your sparkpage? Are you tracking what you eat? What method are you using? <BR> <BR> I hope that you all had a wonderful week! I'm so proud of everyone in this group- what a way to start 2013!! <BR> <BR> **Please r... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:34:33 EST Hi new members! Just wanted to say hello to all of our new members! We're glad you're here! Take a quick moment and introduce yourself to the group (if you haven't already). This is an awesome group of ladies! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:57:21 EST Great Recipe I made this recipe tonight and it was very good~ I just wanted to share with you all! :) <BR><BR>epherds-pie <link><BR>erds-pie </link> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:48:02 EST I'm Sally Hi, I found this group through Clare at Peak313, who mentioned your group in her blog today. I "fell off the health and fitness wagon" back in October, gained back a good chunk of weight I had lost, and became pretty sedentary. So, here I am, beginning again! I'm heading back to my local fitness center today to work-out. I'm also brand new to SparkPeople. I look forward to using my SparkPage and the TeamPage to help me track my progress. I'm a book reader and saw the thread about books... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:38:36 EST Mentioned in Peak313's email Do you all receive the email from Clare over at Peak 313? She mentioned this team as a fitness resource. ;) Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:31:49 EST WEEK 1 CHECK-IN HERE! You must check in here! Hi ladies! It's time for our week 1 check in! Please check in by Monday night (Jan 7th)! <BR> <BR> How did your week go? Did you get your Bible reading in daily? Did God share anything new this past week with you? Have you started reading your non-fiction book for the month? How were your workouts? Did you get in at least 4 workouts this week? For those of you new to Spark, have you had fun creating your Sparkpage? Remember, if you need any help doing that you can ask any of us on h... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:00:05 EST Tomorrow is our first check-in! Hi ladies! <BR> I hope you have all had a great week so far! Tomorrow I will be posting a new topic that will say "WEEK 1 CHECK-IN" so be sure to log on to see it! You must check in on the weekly check in posts to be eligible for the prize! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:33:35 EST 2013 Bible reading plan So I would love you ladies input on something. Our church has this plan where we read the Bible in entirety each year. I have done this for the last couple years but I'm thinking about switching it up. Last night I read something by John McArthur which said to really absorb the Word, read the same 5 to 7 chapters every day for a month. The example was that he read 1 John everyday for a month. And with longer books, like Acts, read chapters 1 thru 7 every day for a month. Then the following mo... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:19:02 EST How's your week going? Hi ladies! We're half way through our week, just checking to see how everyone is doing! Are you getting your daily reading done? How are your workouts going? Have you started reading any good books lately? Praying that everyone is having a fantastic start to your New Year! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:06:26 EST Logging food How's everyone doing with logging their daily intake? What method are you using? I believe that all methods will work if you find the one that WORKS FOR YOU! In the past, I had done well with just using a plain notebook. It had 2 different sections, so I'd use one for daily food, and other section was for all my workouts. After that I had switched to using Weight Watchers, which started out on paper but then they progressed to computer and then the phone apps. I have used Sparkpeople to... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:00:11 EST Chalene Johnson's PUSH As many of you know, I am huge Chalene Johnson fan. I love her Turbo Fire, Turbo Kick, ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Jam workouts. They are actually what got me so into loving working out! I became certified to teach Turbo Kick in 2011 and teach that during the summer (just for fun). <BR> <BR> She has a book called PUSH that is all about setting goals. She also has a free 30 day online program where there is a short video emailed to you daily. The book is also a 30 day plan, but for some re... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:54:21 EST Encouraging Teaching (overeating) I hope you don't mind if I share this here Erin. Feel free to remove it if it is not appropriate. I was listening to Back to the Bible today with Woodrow Kroll and was encouraged by today's topic. I know I need the reminder and hearing others share really blessed me. Here is the link: <BR> <link><BR>the-bible/player/overeating-319144.html </link> <BR> Praying that everyone is enjoying this day. It is cold here in NC.... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:33:26 EST YouVersion Bible App- Made to Crave For those of you who use the YouVersion Bible app- they now have Lysa Terkeurst's Made to Crave 21 day devotional study! I have her 21 day devotional through my Kindle app (got it free a while back), but this is the devotional along with suggested Bible readings. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:47:10 EST Did you get your reading in today? Hi ladies! Just a quick check in to remind you to get your reading in today! I am reading through The Message Bible right now. Every once in a while I like to switch things up a bit and read a different translation. Today's reading was Acts 11-14. I love reading about Peter and Paul! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:31:23 EST Dr Axe's Website I wanted to share another website that I like to follow: <link> </link> . He is very holistic and uses a lot of natural products. He also came out with a new workout DVD (burstfit) that is HIIT training, but I have not tried them. A lady here on SP has tried them though and was blogging about them here: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173219 </link> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:15:36 EST Dashing Dish website Hi ladies! <BR> I wanted to share a website with you called "The Dashing Dish." The lady has tons of healthy and yummy recipes. <link> </link> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:55:26 EST Sugar-free, anyone? Is anyone planning to cut out (or even drastically decrease) sugar for our challenge? I think it's a great way to cleanse out the body after all of the holiday treats! Tiffany from The Gracious Pantry has a meal plan that you can follow when you are cutting sugar. It's 6 mini meals/day. Eating more frequently during the day always helps me to cut any cravings. I get in trouble when I go too long without eating. Once I get shaky and hungry, it's harder to say "no" to certain foods! <BR... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:51:00 EST Our challenge starts TOMORROW DEC. 30th!!!!!!!!!!! Hi ladies! I'm so excited- our challenge starts tomorrow! Let's gear up for a great week! Remember, God made us to be more than conquerors! We are the head and not the tail! Ask for help, and HE will help you. WE will help you, too! I love the support of this group, you ladies are amazing! <BR> <BR> Remember, at the end of each week I will have a check-in. You MUST check in weekly to be eligible for the prize! (Please do so within a day of the post, no fair if someone does all of ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:55:04 EST Looking forward to the challenge What a great challenge Erin! I am the heaviest I have ever been and want to take back control! I love how you are encouraging God's word~we need His strength in every step we take! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:43:00 EST Dr Chilton article: New Years Resolutions I received this article in my email today from Dr Ski Chilton (he is the one that helped with the Made to Crave book by Lysa TerKeurst): <BR> <BR> 5 Ways to Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions <BR> December 26, 2012 <BR> <BR> Do your New Year’s resolutions include making healthier food choices, getting more energy, losing weight, or improving the way you feel about yourself? If so, read on! We share the five healthiest choices you can make this year to help you reach your health and weight lo... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:56:27 EST Great books... Hi ladies, <BR> Since one of our challenge goals is to read at least 1 book a month, I thought we could start a thread recommending good books that we have read or are reading now. Right now, I am re-reading "Look Great, Feel Great" by Joyce Meyer. I am going to lead a women's Bible study at the end of January at the church using this book. I'm very excited for the study! She does an excellent job of explaining WHY we should be physically fit, and how it impacts us spiritually. She has 1... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:52:53 EST Peak Jan/Feb Challenge!!! ENTER HERE!!! Hi Ladies! <BR> With the start of the NEW YEAR, I want to create a new challenge for us! There will be a small prize package that I will be putting together (fun stuff, although not as much as what Clare had to offer- sorry <em>100</em> ). <BR> <BR> Here are the rules: <BR> 1. You must have a SPARKPAGE! If you need help creating one, ask, and I'd more than happy to help you! I think that having an actual sparkpage creates accountability and helps us get to know you better. Also, you ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:30:51 EST Merry Christmas Everyone! Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Let's focus on the meaning of this day: JESUS! When your "holiday expectations" don't go as planned, try to relax and just enjoy this time of year and focus on God's great GIFT that He gave us! <BR> <BR> What are you plans for Christmas? We have 2 church services today. My oldest son (Adam, age 12) will be serving in the nursery/toddler room. He is SO excited. He had to get a dress shirt and is going to wear one of his dad's ties. I l... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:21:11 EST How's everyone doing? New Years Challenge? Hi ladies! It's been SOOOOO quiet around here. I pray that everyone is having a wonderful week and that your preparation for Christmas is going smoothly. Send us an update on how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Also, is anyone interested in doing a New Years Challenge? I would be willing to put together a little prize package for the winner (sorry, it won't be anything as elaborate as the one Clare gave out for her Peak313 challenge, but still fun). Let me know! <BR> <BR> Praying you all hav... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:06:33 EST Week of Dec 19- Dec 30th: Psalm 37:4-5 Hi ladies! For anyone who wants to join us, I will still keep posting scripture memory verses weekly. For this verse, I'm giving us a week and a half because of Christmas and since we're already half way through this week! Please feel free to comment below on what God is speaking and sharing with you as I memorize the verse! <BR> <BR> Psalm 37:4-5 <BR> Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do thi... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:03:29 EST Roll Call! Hey ladies! Just a shout out to say hi to everyone and see who all is still here with us <em>213</em> . I miss hearing from all of you! Give us an update on how you're doing. I am sure that everyone is busy with their Christmas plans right now. <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:12:48 EST Verse for 12/3 to 12/9 Proverbs 4:22 <BR> For they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body. <BR> <BR> This verse talks about the importance of staying in God's Word and listening to His instructions for us. If we pray and ask Him for guidance, He will show us how to take care of our bodies in the best way, better than any diet plan out there! He is waiting for us to come to Him, though. We need to ASK for His help and guidance, and when we do He's right there with open arms to help us! <B... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:06:55 EST Nov 26-Dec 2 Verse Hi ladies! Sorry I am late in getting this week's verse up- I've had to work late the past 3 days so haven't been able to get online much (besides putting my spark minutes in). Anyways, here is our verse for this week: <BR> <BR> Psalm 69:5 <BR> You, God, know my folly; my guild is not hidden from you. <BR> <BR> God knows how hard it is for us to stick to a diet and workout faithfully. He sees us when we slip or fall off the bandwagon. BUT, He loves us anyways! Remember ladies, progress... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:10:19 EST Scripture for 11-19 to 11-25 John 6:35 <BR> <BR> Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 <BR> <BR> This is one of the verses for Clare's new holiday challenge, so let's get a start on it now! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:02:08 EST Clare's newest challenge! Hungerl-free Holiday <BR> <BR> Hi Ladies! Clare is starting a new holiday challenge! But this one is different. While we ourselves will become healthier from it, we ALSO get to BLESS others at the same time! Go to this link for the details: <BR> <link><BR>ge-21-days-to-a-hunger-free-and-health<BR>y-holiday/ </link> <BR> <BR> Who's in for this challenge? There are too many people out there going hungry, it's really sad. My 12-year-old son and I were able to serve l... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:58:16 EST Verse for Nov 12-18 John 14:21 <BR> Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” <BR> <BR> As we continue on in this journey, it is important to remember WHY we are doing this. By taking care of ourselves, we will have more energy to help others and witness about God's love! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:47:00 EST Dr Axe: Getting rid of cellulite article Here's an article from Dr Axe about getting rid of cellulite! <BR> <BR> <BR> I've written before about getting rid of cellulite, but I wanted to share some more ways women everywhere can fight it naturally, without surgery or invasive treatment. Now, it’s important to not compare yourself to the photoshopped models on the magazine covers, or to go to unhealthy lengths to lose weight. Like the old saying goes: Comparison is the thief of joy. <BR> <BR> There is so much wrong and misleading i... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:42:49 EST Bake Oatmeal This recipe came today in Dr Ski Chilton's email. Looks yummy!! <BR> <BR> Baked Oatmeal: <BR> <BR> What You'll Need: <BR> 2 cups oats <BR> 1/4 cup brown sugar <BR> 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 cup chopped walnuts <BR> 1 cup strawberries (or other favorite berries) <BR> 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cocoa) <BR> 2 cups skim or soy milk <BR> 1 egg <BR> 3 tablespoons margarine, melted <BR> 1 tablespoon vanilla extract <BR> 1 banan... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:30:32 EST Dr Chilton article about the importance of sleep! Here's an article that I received in my email from Dr Ski Chilton (Made to Crave fans will remember him) about the importance of sleep and how it relates to weight loss. I am GUILTY of not getting enough sleep. I work crazy hours with being on call for surgeries in the night, but over the past couple years I have had a hard time falling asleep anyways. I need to focus on turning some of that around and making an effort to get to bed at a decent time (when I'm not working, lol). Here's the... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:26:37 EST Verse for Nov 5-11 Matthew 21:22 <BR> If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. <BR> <BR> This is a great reminder! God wants to see us succeed in our weightloss and fitness journey. We need to believe that He will help us. We need to go to Him in prayer daily. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:48:43 EST vote There is only 4 more days left to vote on<BR>ealth-Wellness-Moms-2012?trk=t25_Top-2<BR>5-Health-Wellness-Moms-2012#_ <BR> I think Claire has done a great job. She is currently 100 votes behind first place. Our vote can help cut that in half. Just click on the link, and hit the vote on Peak313 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:41:09 EST Week 8 Verse (Oct 29- Nov 4) Matthew 6:33 <BR> But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. <BR> <BR> This is such a great reminder that when we put God first, everything else will fall into place as He has planned. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:01:26 EST Quick check in! Hi ladies! <BR> Just a quick check in to see how you're all doing! I've had a busy week being back to work... I have tomorrow off and am looking forward to some time off with my husband. Not sure what we're doing yet, but it will be something together <em>30</em> . Does anyone have any fun plans this weekend? Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:51:46 EST Week 7 Bible Verse! (Oct 21-27) Philippians 3:14 NIV <BR> I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> Let's continue to press into God and His Word! Through Him, we can achieve all goals (physical and spiritual). He wants to see us succeed and will give us favor when we have our priorities right. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:16:03 EST Week 5 check in Don't forget to do the final check in on Clare's site! Great job, ladies! We endured and pressed in for 5 weeks <em>244</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:07:43 EST How's everyone doing? Check in here! Hi ladies! Just checking in to see how your week is going. I've been praying for you all! Enjoy your weekend! My husband is leading a men's conference through our church today and tomorrow, so it will just be the boys and me tonight. We're headed to Barnes and Noble (they both LOVE to read), dinner, then coming home and watching a movie that they picked out (Tangled~ I wanted to see it and they agreed, lol). What are you ladies doing tonight? Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:06:45 EST New Logo :-) We have a new team logo picture <em>30</em> . Clare created this new one and posted it on her page. I really like it! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:04:17 EST I'm Kelly!! Good morning ladies! I hope it is still OK to join you all? <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly. I am a 34 year old wife and mother from Nebraska. I will celebrate my 8th Wedding Anniversary with my husband Travis this New Year's Eve. We have two kids, our daughter Tobie age 8, and our son Alex age 2. Both of our kids are adopted and we are working on a third adoption, hopefully! I work from home as a Remote Medical Coder. I also am on our Church Council and chair a committee at church that h... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:10:20 EST Let's keep going! I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone in our group over the last 5 weeks. I would like to keep the group going for anyone that wants to continue (and feel free to invite friends!) I have posted a scripture for "week 6" under the scripture section, and will post a new one weekly. Let's continue to hold each other accountable spiritually and physically! Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:33:25 EST Week 6 Verse Ok, Ladies! Let's continue our journey of scripture memorization! Just because the "official" Peak313 Challenge is done doesn't mean we have to be. I will post a new scripture each week. Here's this weeks: <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 <BR> Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (New International Version) <BR> <BR> This is s... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:26:13 EST Week 5 Check In! Hi Ladies! <BR> Clare has posted the last "week 5 check in" on Facebook! Make sure to go there and do your final check in! <BR> <BR> I will continue this group for anyone who wants to keep going! It's been nice to stay accountable and get to know everyone here better! Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:08:18 EST Week 5 Verse 1 Thessalonians 5:23 <BR> May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> Can you believe that we are already in week 5?!?! Where did time go? This is a great verse to serve as a reminder of WHO are peace comes from. God will give us the willpower to complete this challenge, we can't do it on our own. We can try to do it by ourselves, but human will can only go so... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:42:18 EST Week 4 Verse Proverbs 4:23 <BR> Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is such a great reminder- we need to guard our hearts! The enemy is constantly prowling around, and he knows our weaknesses! We must be constantly on guard and ready for battle! A great book that reminds me of this verse is "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer. Has anyone else read that? <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:41:45 EST Bob Harper Article on Cravings I received this short article today from the Bob Harper website, wanted to pass it on... <BR> <BR> Control Your Cravings! <BR> The most accurate gauge of hunger is your stomach, though we often let our mind do the talking. Body cravings are easy to identify – we feel our stomach grumble and our energy levels begin to drop. Mental cravings are different because they do not come from hunger, instead they begin when we get bored and stressed. To fight these problems we use food as a source of c... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:36:18 EST Week 4 Check In Make sure to go to Clare's site <link> </link> to check in for week 4! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:43:20 EST Peak10 Workouts Not sure if any of you do the Peak10 workout DVDs, but she is coming out with a new DVD set. It was supposed to come out in Oct, but it's been pushed back till Nov. Not sure how much a set of 10 is, her regular ones are about $15-20 each. I'm saving my money for them when they are released! <em>104</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:24:37 EST Prayer request I feel like I'm starting to come down with something... My throat has been scratchy since yesterday and glands are swollen... Please pray that this goes away and does not hit me full force. I don't have time to be sick! I am going to a wedding tonight (which my husband is officiating- it's his first one!), my youngest son's football game is tomorrow night, and I am hosting a book club at my house on Sunday so I need to do some housecleaning before my friends come over <em>211</em> . I... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:37:38 EST PrayFit Has anyone read the book PrayFit? I have been following the page on Facebook, and just picked up the book yesterday from the library. He also has 2 workout DVDs out. He talks about treating your body as the Temple of God. It's a 28 day "program." I'm excited to start this book! Just wondering if anyone else has read it. I might use it for a small group for the next "semester" of our lifegroups at church (which won't start until Feb). I need to read through it first though. <link>w... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:32:22 EST Pumped! Okay, so this has NOTHING to do with working out, but I wanted to share with y'all anyway. I'm so pumped because my hubby and I are taking our 2 oldest daughters (10 & 7) to see Tenth Avenue North, Rend Collective Experiment, and Audrey Assad this Saturday. PLUS, we have upgraded tickets that allow us to go to a meet & greet before the concert. I can't wait to spend the evening with my husband and daughters in worship and listening to great music! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:34:25 EST Praise Report!!! So last week I had a sob post about how hard things had been. This week has already been MUCH better! Thank you all for letting me 'get it out'. I don't know anybody (besides those of you I've met on the Internet) that have the same struggles, so there's nobody around to vent to. That being said, thank you so much for listening and I do have an awesome praise! MY WEDDING RINGS FIT AGAIN! I haven't been able to wear them in probably four or five years. It's so nice to have them back on my hand... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:59:40 EST "8 Weeks till Thanksgiving" Weight Watcher Article This article came in my email today from Weight Watchers called "8 Weeks till Thanksgiving." Wanted to share with you ladies! <BR> <BR> Eight weeks isn’t a long time — just 56 days — but it can be enough to power up your weight loss. <BR> <BR> Here are few tips and tricks that can help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> 1.Clear out your cupboards and fridge. Donate what you can or at the very least, move your healthy items to the front so they’ll be the first thing you see when you’re looki... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:37:04 EST Week 3 Scripture! 1 John 2:16 <BR> For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world. <BR> <BR> Such a great reminder! Take charge of your cravings! Give it to God, and He will help you. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst is an excellent resource to help anyone who is struggling with this area! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:53:35 EST Time to check in again! It's time to check-in on Clare's site again! Go here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ve-week-3-craving-conquerers-checkpoin<BR>t-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Remember, you must check in weekly to be entered for the drawing at the end of the 5 weeks! You do NOT need to have a blog, but if you do you can attach a link to her page. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:47:27 EST Article about being "hooked on junk food" I found this article on FB today about why we are hooked on "junk food" and steps to break the habit! Here it is: <BR> <BR> Why we're hooked on garbage <BR> It's safe to say that junk food addiction is a very real thing. The first place to look for proof is the ever-mounting pile of scientific evidence, including a recent study out of Sweden showing that the hormone ghrelin, which activates the brain's reward system and increases appetite, reacts similarly to sugar and alcohol. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:19:59 EST Starting a new challenge after this one's over I can't find the original post where this was discussed but I love the idea. I had an idea for the scripture memorization. I have the Navigators Topical memory System. It has you memorize two verses per week on the topic in the series and it follows a this sequence: <BR> Series A: Live the New Life <BR> Christ the Center <BR> Obedience to Christ <BR> God's Word <BR> Prayer <BR> Fellowship <BR> Witnessing <BR> Series B: Proclaim Christ <BR> Has 6 more topics (don't feel like typing it all out... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:56:58 EST What's your biggest challenge so far? What is your biggest challenge so far? Thought it might help to just "put it out there" so that we can encourage each other and keep motivating each other! <BR> <BR> Mine: I do GREAT with my workouts and having memorized the verses. Mine is eating. I do eat pretty healthy, but I'd like to get rid of some of the processed foods in my diet. I plan out our meals for the week, but need to focus on planning my lunches as well. I used to just buy the Lean Cuisine or Weight Watcher frozen din... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:56:31 EST Spark Recipes I was wondering if any of you use Spark recipes and if you've had much luck? I've tried maybe 4 or 5 and none of them turned out too well. Now I'll admit I'm not the world's best cook but I would love to give it another shot <em>4</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:11:09 EST Give a Shout Out!!! How was your workout today?? How was your workout today? <BR> Awesome <BR> Great <BR> Good <BR> Ok <BR> At Least I got moving <BR> What Work Out? Tomorrow's a Brand New Day! Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:38:28 EST Refuel daily! Here's a post that Clare had on her FB today. It was such a great reminder. We can't expect our cars to go forever just on fumes, likewise we can't expect our souls to go on forever if we're not refueling daily with God's Word and time with Him! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This week, we are focusing on being DAILY DEDICATED. <BR> <BR> Have you committed your day to God? Don't try to go in the reserves from yesterday or last week. You have new grace and strength for TODAY. He has EVERYTHING you... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:59:05 EST Keep it up! I just wanted to tell you all that I am so proud of you! This group is such a wonderful group of women. I think about all of you whenever temptation hits and I want "junk food." Thanks for the support. We can do it! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:47:44 EST Clare's post: Where realization meets inspiration Clare posted this on FB today and it was really good, and so true! Wanted to share it here for those who haven't seen it yet: <BR> <BR> When Realization Meets Inspiration <BR> <BR> &#9830; I’m going to run a 5K! <BR> &#9830; No more sweets for me! <BR> &#9830; Our new budget is going to give us financial freedom! <BR> &#9830; I’ve got a new attitude on our failing marriage! <BR> We all get inspired. Sometimes we do something to prove something to ourselves. Other times it’s to prove someth... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:40:13 EST Clare's checkpoint- week 1 Clare posted the first week's check point on her Facebook site (I'm sure it's on her blog as well). To be eligible for her prize package, you must check in on her checkpoint WEEKLY! Workout 4 times a week for at least 25 minutes each time and memorize the Bible verse for that week. If you have a blog you can post the link on her site, but it's not a requirement to have one. (Although they are fun to have on Sparkpeople, helps us to "get to know you better"). Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:31:14 EST Week 2 Verse Matthew 6:34 <BR> Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  <BR> <BR> This is such a great reminder for me- I have a tendency to worry about a lot of things! My mom used to call me a "worry wart" when I was younger. I have to keep reminding myself to give it to God and let Him handle my battles. He's shown me that I need to trust Him more. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:27:41 EST Sweet Tooth I suffer from a chronic sweet tooth. I wish it was a legitimate thing with a cure, but alas, it is not. So I suffer daily. I've stopped drinking my diet sodas and sweet tea and that has helped the craving dramatically! But sometimes I still get that rotten feeling and I go nuts wanting something sweet and sugary. What's a way you combat it? Or what's a good treat to help push that craving down? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:32:18 EST tips for muscle recovery? Wednesday I could not move my upper body without feeling every bit of it (Tuesdays workout was mostly abs with weights). Today I can barely make it up and down the stairs, my quads are killing me. I'm very happy to know I have these muscles buried inside me and they are being used but are there any tips on what I should do or not do to recover? I do not plan to work out this weekend (M, T, W, F are my days) but should I go for a walk to keep stretching them, soak in the tub with epsom salts o... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:05:08 EST Almost a disastrous day, calorie-wise I've had leftover cookies laying around the house from my daughter's birthday treats and I have eaten 4 of them. Ugh! I had already plugged in my food from breakfast & lunch, so I plugged in the cookies to see what kind of damage I'd done. Surprisingly, I still have nearly 500 calories to get me through dinner. At least I know I haven't totally blown it today. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:15:15 EST The weekends are hard I've been so motivated and doing so good this week, both physically and spiritually. But the weekends always throw me. It's easy through the week, our time is so structured and the routines fit so much better. On the weekends it's hard to find that alloted time slot for my QT and exercising, and much harder to eat better. What helps you get through the weekends with all your goals more or less in tact? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:52:15 EST Peak313 Prize Package from Clare! Clare posted on her site today what her prize package is! Looks like good stuff! Here it is: <BR> <BR> 4 Peak10 DVDs (Michelle Dozois) <BR> 6# Medicine ball <BR> Candice Cameron-Burr's book "Reshaping it all" (signed) and a t-shirt from her site <BR> 3 pack Shakeology samples <BR> $15 gift card to iTunes <BR> <BR> To be eligible, make sure you are either commenting on Clare's site (she said she'll go over that in a few days) or linking your blog to her comments. <em>334</em> <BR> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:05:19 EST Mini Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecakes- Looks YUMMY! Got this today in my email from "Eat yourself skinny" site. It looks yummy and great for a fall treat! <BR> <BR> Mini Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecakes <BR> Crust <BR> 7 graham cracker sheets <BR> 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon <BR> 2 Tbsp sugar <BR> 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted <BR> Cheesecake Mixture <BR> 8 oz. Cool Whip Free <BR> 1 (8 oz) package fat-free cream cheese <BR> 1/4 cup sugar (or 6 Splenda packets) <BR> 2 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> Pumpkin Mixture <BR> 1/3 cup pumpkin puree <BR> 1 tsp. gro... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:57:38 EST I'm Christine Hi Everybody, <BR> My name is Christine. I am 40 years old with 40lbs to lose. I have been married for 15 years and have 4 kids (13, 11, 10, 3). I really need your support with this challenge. I have always put my family first and my health last. I would like to get my health in order and take my family along for the ride! (We've made healthy changes to our diet over the past 1 1/2 years but it's the physical activity that is totally lacking!) I'm really good at starting things but not so goo... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:37:10 EST Making a promise, hold me accountable :) I feel so bad because I haven't done my workouts yet this week. It's been a whirlwind of a week and I realize I only have 4 days left to get in the MINIMUM of 25 minutes/day to meet the exercise challenge for the week. <BR> <BR> I already have the scripture memorized, so I'm praying that you'll be part of the 3 cord strand and hold me to my plan. My plan is to do my Insanity workouts over the next 4 days. I will do Pure Cardio tonight, and then I'll be doing Plyometric Cardio Circuit, C... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:18:03 EST So excited! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Donna, I'm 29 and sadly, I have over 100 lbs to lose. I've been struggling with the weight loss battle for a few years now. I'm working on finding exactly what works for me and what I can work with. I have two kids, ages 6 and 5 and an awesome husband. My husband has some medical issues that we've been dealing with, making it harder but more important than ever for me to get healthy. My biggest issue is learning how to eat right so if anybody has any tips, please... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:15:29 EST Week 1 Day 2 workout What workout did you do today? I did Insanity Pure Cardio. Whew! Feels good to have that done! I have my verse memorized, and it is so meaningful to this challenge! Going to continue to recite it over and over in my head today while I'm at work! Hope you all have a GREAT day! Remember, we're in this together!!! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:52:18 EST Breakfast! Quick and Easy Ideas :-) I got this article in my email today from FitDay about "quick and easy breakfast ideas." Breakfast is the most important meal of our day, but it is the one that a lot of people skip because of lack of time or other excuses. Don't miss your breakfast! Here's the article: <BR> <BR> Simple, Fast Breakfast Ideas <BR> <BR> 1. Whole-wheat English muffin or toast, topped with fat-free cream cheese and strawberry slices. <BR> <BR> 2. Omelet made with one whole egg and two egg whites, chopped ve... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:49:42 EST Hi! I'm Shauna Hi everyone! My name is Shauna. I'm from Ohio and a mom to 4 little girls. I've been doing Insanity off and on, and I'd like to get back into the routine of doing Insanity consistently. Also, I work full-time outside the home, so my life is extra busy with work, taking care of my family, and trying to work out. I know that I need to make more time and be intentional about reading the Word. I'm excited about this challenge because of the scripture challenge each week. I look forward to ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:52:22 EST Hi Everyone! Hi my name is Kathy I'm from Philadelphia,PA. I'm 35 yo, I'm married with 4 kids. I work part time outside the home otherwise I'm home taking care of my family. I started losing weight and exercise earlier this year do to medical problems. Now its become so much more. I have 2 little girls and I want to be a positive role model for them and yet most days they are my role models in the staying healthy area. I am about to hit a major goal in my weight lose and hoping this gives me the strength ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:32:39 EST Hi, I'm Amber Hello, my name is Amber and I am a 36 yo stay home wife and mom. I've been married for 16 years and we have four children; a daughter (15), twin boys (13), and a baby girl (19 mths). I'm a fan of the Peak313 blog and Clare 's network (Women Living Well, Time Warped Wife, Comfy in the Kitchen, and Good Morning Girls). I just got back in fitness a few months ago (thanks to Erin :) ). I LOVE to read and enjoy thrift shopping and organizing. Looking forward to challenge <em>381</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:25:23 EST Today is the Day! Today is Day 1 of the Peak313 challenge!!! How is everyone doing so far? One thought that I had during the my workout this morning (as I was thinking about this challenge) was "I can do this! I haven't messed up yet!" LOL! Just had a healthy breakfast and my workout was great. I copied the Bible verse for this week onto my "notes" section of my phone so that I can look at it frequently throughout the day and memorize it! Hope you all have a great first day and I'm praying for you! <... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:47:21 EST Revelation Wellness workout videos Clare recommended a site with free Christian workout videos (they are on YouTube). I have seen some of these before, they look good! I love how she combines our physical fitness with our spiritual fitness! <BR> <link><BR>8#/user/revelationwell?feature=CAQQwRs<BR>%3D&desktop_uri=%2Fuser%2Frevelationwe<BR>ll%3Ffeature%3DCAQQwRs%253D&gl=US </link> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:15:57 EST Week 1 Bible Verse! Here is our verse that we are working on for week 1. The theme of the week is "tied together.". The accountability of this group will bind us together and strengthen each of us! <BR> <BR> Ecclesiastes 4:12 <BR> Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. <BR> A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV) Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:12:30 EST MN intro I am fairly new in being active in a group. I was so excited to see on the Peak blog that someone had created a group in Spraks. I just joined Sprak Coach today and then found this group. I am 52, happily married (30 years and counting), 3 children: one married, two in college. Currently an empty nester for the first time in 27 years. I homeschooled our 3 children so this is a big adjustment for me. I joined this challenge because I want to be memorizing scripture plus I needed to add var... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:18:53 EST "7 small steps to health" article Another Weight Watcher article, about how to make 7 small changes to increase your health: <BR> <BR> You look in the mirror one day and everything is wrong. Your hair, your teeth, your skin, your shape. Especially your shape. <BR> <BR> So you write a long list, and you make a pact with yourself that tomorrow you'll start a new whiz-bang weight-loss and life-changing plan. According to your calculations, you will be trim, taut and irresistible in three months. <BR> <BR> Three weeks down the... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 13:32:50 EST "Transform your bad habits" Here's another good Weight Watchers article I found today about transforming your bad habits: <BR> <BR> Let’s face it — even bad habits fill a need: nail biting relieves stress and constantly checking email helps you avoid working. That’s why they can be so hard to shake. We’ve got a better idea: Rehab your habit by making small, simple changes that can add up to big improvements in your routine. <BR> <BR> Rome wasn't built in a day, and similarly, saying goodbye to a habit won’t happen ove... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 13:30:37 EST "25 Small Changes" article from Weight Watchers Hi! I wanted to share an article about "25 small changes" for losing weight and cutting calories from the Weight Watchers email that I got today: <BR> <BR> Feel like you need a boost? Perhaps you've hit a plateau? Now is the perfect time to take stock of your life and to make some long-overdue changes. But adjusting eating and exercise habits can seem so daunting, it's no wonder that some of us never make it beyond the first day! So what's the best way to get started? <BR> The surest way to... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 13:18:35 EST Hi Everyone! Hey there ladies! I am Veronica and I live in NC. I am a christian wife of 15 years to my awesome husband and mom of six children. I have been on my healthy living challenge since 2010. I gave birth to my son in Feb. 2010 and have since lost 60lbs and kept it off but I need to lose an additional 50lbs to get me to where I need to be goal wise. I look forward to getting to know you all better. Feel free to friend me and I will friend you all too. I really need the accountability. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:38:05 EST It's almost time!!! Hi ladies! It's almost time for the challenge to start! <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Does everyone have a "game plan" of what they are going to do over the next 5 weeks? Have you picked a time of day to exercise? A time of day to work on your scripture memorization? A healthy meal plan? Use this group for accountability! Share ideas, motivate each other! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone better over the next 5 weeks! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:29:15 EST Hi! Hi there! I too am excited to try Clare's fitness challenge. In the last two months I've been mostly consistent about exercising 3x a week and I'm excited (and a bit of trepidation) about going up to 4x. I work full time at a university and live in Kokomo, Indiana. I have two beautiful kids, my daughter is 3 1/2 and my son is 14 months. I'm trying to get back on track to take time for myself physically and spiritually. Glad to join you! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 20:09:36 EST Need this Challenge I am looking forward to this challenge......this is timely for me! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:06:54 EST What's your workout plan for the next 5 weeks? The challenge officially starts THIS MONDAY <em>244</em> . What's your workout plan for the next 5 weeks? I plan to continue Insanity, and also weights 2-3 days a week. <em>381</em> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 00:14:49 EST Where's everyone from? Where is everyone from? I live in Battle Creek, MI (cereal city <em>20</em> ) Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:38:21 EST Headed to a new workout! I'm heading to a new workout with a friend of mine. I met her when I was teaching my Turbo Kick class this summer. She was always talking about this "fun workout class that is intense" that she takes on Wed nights. So tonight I'm going with her! It's in the next city over (about 20 minutes away) so I won't be able to join the gym, but it should be fun to take the class with her every now and then. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Did anyone try a new workout this week? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:42:27 EST Introduction Hi all! I am a 35 yo wife and mom to 4 kids ranging in age from 13- 2. I am excited to join this group as I go through Clare's challenge because I need accountability! :) I didn't struggle with weight until I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, now my weight is out of control. I know consistent exercise will help with both the weight and hormone issues, but consistency has not been easy these last few years. :) I am also excited to meet you and get to know you all better throughout this chall... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:11:54 EST Q&A on Clare's Peak313 email Clare (from Peak313) sent this email out today so I wanted to post it here for anyone who does not get her emails. Go to <link> </link> to get her emails if you would like them to come directly into your inbox. Also, a really cool thing, she mentioned our spark team group in the email. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the email: <BR> Q: I signed up to get your emails. What else do I need to do to participate? <BR> A: Nothing! Just look for each week’s emails and when it’s... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:17:07 EST Unstoppablemama Hello all! <BR> <BR> I had been planning on working into some healthier routines/habits now that my family is getting back into a FALL this challenge came at the perfect time. <BR> <BR> Thanking God for people like Clare @ Peak313 & Erin for starting this Spark Team! As another team member said, God is right on time! <BR> <BR> Excited to have this forum for cameraderie & acccountability :) Wed, 5 Sep 2012 10:20:52 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Nellie! I am from small town in central Pennsylvania. I am really looking forward to kick starting (again) an exercise program. I am typically a start stop kinda person with my exercise and dieting. I am really looking forward to the accountability!! Last year was not a good health year nor was the beginning of this one for me - something about anemia, broken collarbone, diagnosed hyphothyroid and a meniscus tear with a MCL strain which helped me put on 20 stubborn pound... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 08:46:45 EST Thanks for creating the group Erin! Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> Thanks to Erin for creating this group; I was wondering if anyone else on SP was doing the challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm Kelly. I'm 34 years old and live with my husband, our almost two year old daughter, and one very spoiled cat in a Houston suburb. Although I was overweight when I got pregnant, I didn't gain much during the pregnancy which my OB/GYN said was due to how closely I followed my diet for gestational diabetes. Suffice to say I fell off that wagon when she was bo... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 07:03:54 EST Peak313 Facebook Page <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the actual Peak313 Facebook page. I shared a link to our group on it to spread the word. We are going to see amazing things happening over the next 5 weeks! <em>345</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:33:39 EST Upper body workout Here's an upper body workout from! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=24<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:21:29 EST Great workout for beginners and knee injuries Here's a workout for those who are beginners or people with "bad knees" or knee injuries: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=21<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:20:44 EST The "J. Lo" workout Cardio and legs workout from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=20<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:19:22 EST Standing Hip and Thigh Toner Workout Here's a workout for your hips and thighs from! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=18<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:18:08 EST Cardio burst workout! Cardio Burst from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=17<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:17:08 EST Cardio, Legs and Kickboxing! I LOVE anything that involves kickboxing moves, so I'd have to say this is my favorite workout form! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=15<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:16:05 EST Full Body Workout Full Body Workout from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=14<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:14:45 EST Slide and Glide Abs Combo Video Here's a video from that works your abs! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=13<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:13:56 EST "The Surrender" move Here's a video from called "the surrender" that works your whole body and gets your heart rate up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=10<BR>&feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:12:59 EST "J. Lo Variation #2" Here's a great lower body workout using a resistance band from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=8&<BR>feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:11:48 EST More pilates Here's another pilates workout: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=7&<BR>feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:10:35 EST Pilates! Pilates workout from <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=5&<BR>feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:09:46 EST Shoulder Bridge Burner Workout Here's another workout from that works your glutes, legs and core! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=4&<BR>feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:08:58 EST "The Hover" Abs Move Here's a great ab move from called "the hover" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&NR=1&feature=endscreen<BR>&v=wMRX15MK7ws </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:07:01 EST Donkey kicks Here's a "donkey kick workout" that you do on a tree (or wall) from Looks like fun! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&feature=endscreen&v=s8<BR>QJPS7f4DQ&NR=1 </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:06:05 EST Chest, triceps, abs workout Here's another video from to work your chest, triceps, biceps, abs and back! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&feature=endscreen&v=0p<BR>NOweOJFNE&NR=1 </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:04:26 EST Medicine ball workout Here is a medicine ball workout that will work your core, upper and lower body, and some cardio! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=UUahNfJUYahKoiXgHxIvIwlA&index=1&<BR>feature=plcp </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:02:43 EST Peak313 Arm Workout! Here's a great arm workout from Clare's site! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=relmfu </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:01:16 EST Criss-Cross Applesauce Workout Here is a video called "Criss-Cross Applesauce Workout" from the Peak313 site! It combines strength training with some cardio! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>een&NR=1&v=eCkfQOatrHU </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:00:07 EST Fall is here... Don't "fall back" into old habits Fall is here (although the weather here in MI is still nice and toasty right now!) Clare from Peak313 has a video that you can watch on how to track your treats (which is great with Halloween coming up!) You can watch it here: <link> </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:56:28 EST Scriptures Each week I will post the scriptures that we are working on memorizing in the section. Feel free to post how you are doing, any tricks to memorization you do, etc! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:48:52 EST How to memorize Scripture! I learned this method from a Beth Moore DVD. <BR> <BR> She used the acronym "ABIDE" to help you memorize. <BR> <BR> A: ASK God for the ability to memorize~ He will give us the ability if we ask! <BR> <BR> B: BELIEVE you can do it. If you don't believe, you won't do it! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" <BR> <BR> I: INCREASE the portion each day/week. Print out the scripture, laminate it, carry it with you where ever you go. Tape it up around the house (bathro... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:47:39 EST SherylBarker Hi everyone. I've been sparking for two years now. I'm at a healthy weight and am working to maintain it. My 43rd birthday is Friday and I feel like I am in the best shape of my life. <BR> <BR> I work full time for a non profit health center. In addition I have two Girl Scout troops and am on a few of our Girl Scout council's committees. I also volunteer at our library, teach 2nd grade CCD, and serve as a lector and on the Finance Council for our Parish. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:21:32 EST Hello! Hi!! I'm Jamie. I live in Omaha NE. I'm single, but live with my boyfriend of 6 (almost) years. I'm trying to jump start my exercise and need to get back in touch with my spiritual side again. I haven't paid as much attention since I finished college (I went to a Jesuit college in Detroit) and feel like I need to build my relationship with the Lord again. This is my first challenge and I'm very excited! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:08:15 EST Erin (feeling fiterin) Hi! I am Erin (aka Feelingfiterin). I am from Michigan, happily married (just celebrated our 15th year anniversary!), have 2 amazing sons (ages 12&10), a boxer dog, and 2 new guinea pigs. I am a nurse in the recovery room at a local hospital. My husband is an associate pastor. We lead active, busy lives! I want to be a positive example to my boys as far as putting God first in their lives and also taking care of their bodies as the Temple of Jesus! I am passionate about helping women ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:53:00 EST Challenge! Hi! This spark team is for those who wish to participate in the Peak313 5 week challenge. To officially sign up, go to <link> </link> . We will commit to working out at least 4 days a week for a minimum of 25 minutes each time. We will also be memorizing a Bible verse each week. If you sign up through Clare's Peak313 site, she is also offering prizes! Make sure to "like" her Facebook page (peak313) as well. Looking forward to getting to know everyone better while we wo... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:42:02 EST