SparkPeople Rainbow of Faith, Care and Hope for Cure of Cancer Team Messageboard For all those that are fighting the big fight from all types of Cancer, the Supporters and Families Affected by Cancer. There is hope at the end of the rainbow. Let's fight together for the Cure!! SparkPeople Rainbow of Faith, Care and Hope for Cure of Cancer Team Messageboard TEAM CHALLENGE...DID U MAKE YOUR PERSONAL GOAL? <em>249</em> A new fantastic month ahead--and it may be time for some of us to revisit our personal goals in water intake, mindful eating, exercise minutes, steps, or the ability to lower our stress levels! <BR> <BR> So, if you're like me, it's time to change things up a bit! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Example...I've set one of my personal goals to NOT or watch the amount of processed sugar I eat in a day! With Lupus, Dry Eye Syndrome, and other autoimmune conditions, I've found that ... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 10:51:23 EST DID U EAT "MINDFULLY" 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? Eating your meals without distraction can really help--as how many times have you been distracted while eating and afterwards feel like you overate? Mindfully eating is a great way to stay on track with our daily food intake--savoring the food before us, watching the portions and taking the time to realize what we are eating is good for us overall! <BR> <BR> Same with taking seconds on certain food items, fruits and veggies all good--but there are other food items that maybe we'd feel bet... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:57:46 EST HEY WALKERS! TRACK YOUR STEPS, MILES or MINUTES! 01/15: 15522 steps Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:21:14 EST TODAY, I WILL....... ........... ...try to lower my sodium and sugar intake today and keeping my stress level as low as possible! <em>198</em> Dry eyes are going through a flare again (inflammation) so need to watch all the triggers that seem to set them off!! Sun, 13 Jan 2019 08:46:10 EST I am (alphabetical) artistic Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:39:38 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:31:26 EST When is your birthday? Mine is January 2. Mon, 12 May 2014 10:52:32 EST SPARKS TEAM PAGE REDESIGN COMING SOON! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:38:20 EST TREATMENT PROGRESS FOR JEAN (SLACHET A103145) Hi dear Spark friends! <BR> <BR> For those of you who are also friends of Jean Slachetka (SP name is SLACHETKA103145), I talked to her husband, John, today. She didn't talk to me because she was asleep and is struggling with severe back pain. She will have a scan tomorrow of her back to find out what's going on with that, and next week, they will give her the results. She is taking pain medication that helps her sleep but during the day, that medicine doesn't work as well. <BR> <BR> All her... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:58:28 EST JANUARY GET UP AND MOVE CHALLENGE! Walked the dog, lifted hand held weights & rode recumbent bike Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:31:56 EST Post a Seasonal Emoticon <em>446</em> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:42:20 EST DECEMBER GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE Post what you did today to get moving! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:04:17 EST Where is everyone from? I am from Lakewood, Colorado which is a suburb on the west side of Denver. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:25:49 EST NOVEMBER GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE Post your daily fitness miles....add your miles to the team total Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:19:22 EST CLICK....IF YOU LOVE SPARKS <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:15:37 EST OCT......GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE Here is our October Challenge that comes from our previous Team! I'm adding the last post as well, so everyone can pick up where they left off! <BR> <BR> Keep it comin' everybody! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> (Add your miles and let's see how high we can go!) <BR> <BR> Amy's last post: <BR> <BR> 4.3 miles <BR> <BR> New Team Total: 48.5 miles <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:27:35 EST SHER's Lung Cancer Returned After *+ Years Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm SHER and I was an 8+ year Lung Cancer Survivor. 8+ years ago I was in college at age 55. I got really sick in school and had to go to the hospital. A couple weeks later They told me I had stage1 Non-Small Cell Cancer in my right lung. They took 2/3 rds of my right lung out and then I had the chemo and the hair loss. I got through it and bought cute hats so I could get back to school. I finally made it and graduated in 2006 and became a Registered Medical Assistant.... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:47:08 EST Challenge: Today I will... grocery shop and clean a room well Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:44:36 EST How Has Cancer Touched Your Life? Share how cancer has touched your life. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:35:05 EST What are your goals for 2013? What goals have you set in place for 2013? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:30:00 EST Cancer Support Resources <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Don't post threads on this page if you have a cancer organization you would like to add please let me know and also if it is not National let me know the local area the organization serves. <BR> <BR> American Cancer Society (All Cancers)- <link> </link> <BR> <BR> National Cancer Institute (All Cancers)- <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Leukemia and Lympoma Society(... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:31:15 EST A Place to Come for Support or Chat This is a place to come and talk and to get support. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:07:50 EST How are you fighting back? How I am fighting back is by volunteering my time to cancer charities. I am on the committee for my local American Cancer Society Relay For Life as the Food Chair, I also have ran local events for the American Cancer Society to get the word out about programs and services that the American Cancer Society provides. I also volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society for the local Light the Night walks. I also fundraise for these two charities. I really love what I do and with the Relay for ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:53:11 EST Team name and picture Changes I just got word that the team name and picture are copyrighted material so I am in the process of setting up a team name and picture today 11/2. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:37:45 EST ABC...WORDS THAT END WITH "ING" Amazing! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:25:15 EST STRENGTH EXERCISES DONE? SHARE THAT SUPER GOAL! <em>248</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:22:25 EST CARDIO IN 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? SHARE YOUR WOO HOO! <em>342</em> <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>318</em> <BR> There are so many ways in get our cardio in a day--and what a fun way to keep our hearts and bodies healthy! <BR> <BR> So, if you've done any sort of cardio exercises today or yesterday, please share your <em>244</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:20:39 EST LOVE SP...THEN HAVE FUN & POST IT! Do you love the motivation and support shared here at Sparks? If so, please share your <em>252</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:43:09 EST (FITNESS) DO ANY SIDE BENDS 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? A variety of side bend exercises are shared here at Sparks and what a great way to whittle away on our waistlines, etc., too! <BR> <BR> So, did you do any sort of side bend exercises today or yesterday? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:36:27 EST WORD FUN (A-Z Style!) We'll start with the beginning of the alphabet -- and let's see how we do! You can post ANY word that begins with the letter following that one left by the friend before you! <BR> <BR> A: Alphabet! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:15:12 EST ARE U READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY TODAY? We can do it everyone!! Stay motivated, energized and keep those <em>250</em> days coming <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:43:57 EST The Truth about Green Tea Info! Ever wonder about the health benefits of tea? Here is an excerpt from an article shared here at Sparks! <BR> <BR> *Whether you drink it as a hot beverage to ward off Old Man Winter or iced to cool off on a hot summer day, tea is an invigorating drink that people around the world consume in copious amounts. In America alone, each person drinks approximately 155 cups of tea per year! And as researchers discover more health benefits from those little leaves, tea sales continue to climb. But w... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:08:49 EST Sparks Facts on Weight Management and Cancer Here is an artcle that is shared here at Sparks dealing with weight management and cancer. The link to the article is shown below and click to read the continuation of this great info! <BR> <BR> Many pressing reasons exist to avoid being overweight or obese and, unfortunately, cancer is one of them. It has long been known that excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes. But, fewer people know about the frightening link between cancer and obesity. In a rece... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:08:07 EST Did you journal today or yesterday? yes Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:35:17 EST SPARKS TRIVIA--GREAT INFO TO KNOW!! <em>38</em> How many nutrients are lost when whole grains are refined into white flour? <BR> -3 <BR> -9 <BR> -13 <BR> -17 <BR> -25 <BR> <BR> Answer & Explanation: 17! When grains are processed and refined, the bran and germ are removed, leaving behind the white endosperm. During this process, grains become less nutritious, losing 25% of their original protein content and 17 other essential nutrients. While manufacturers then "enrich" the flour with some vitamins and minerals, a naturally... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:26:00 EST Did you read a SP article? yes Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:07:54 EST CANCER-BUSTING RECIPES (Fitness Magazine Info)! I watched this slideshow put on by the Fitness Magazine. It's interesting and, if you'd like to see it also, please click on the link below and see what you think! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thy-eating/superfoods/cancer-fighting-<BR>recipes/ </link> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:25:17 EST GIVE A GOODIE FUN! (DOUBLE NUMBERS!) Ready to have fun and share in the wonderful friendships we have here! <BR> <BR> We'll start with "1" -- next friend to reply, add up by 1 point....and whoever gets a number that contains DOUBLE NUMBERS (ex. 1210, 66, 1,323, etc.) please gives a goodie to another Friend here on this Team! You can give a goodie to someone you know, or, the fun part, is giving a goodie to someone you don't! Just check out the bottom of the Team page and you'll see the friends that would love to get a goodie ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:16:32 EST SHARE THOSE FOOD ITEMS (A-Z Style) Please share the name of a food item A-Z style! <BR> <BR> I'll start us out with "A"! <BR> <BR> Apples! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:11:18 EST PRAYER REQUESTS and PRAISE REPORTS! Please post prayer requests or praise reports here for someone if you'd like us to say a special prayer of care and blessings for someone who would like the feeling of support we can offer. <BR> <BR> Also, you can post a praise report for the accomplishments and for the survivors who have won the fight! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> and <em>296</em> to all! <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:00:28 EST ARE U HAPPY WITH YOUR PROGRESS TODAY? <em>224</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:52:10 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST VEGGIE or FRUIT EATEN? Love those <em>291</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> -- so, what was your last veggie or fruit eaten? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Keep that healthy eating happening! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:48:19 EST DID U DO YOUR EXERCISES? SHOW US THAT WOO HOO! <em>244</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:40:46 EST 8 HRS. OF SLEEP/8 GLASSES OF WATER YESTERDAY??? We know that sleep is so important for our overall health -- and same with the intake of water! 8 hours of sleep and at least 8 glasses of water is the goal! <BR> <BR> So, let's track how we're doing! <BR> <BR> How many hours of sleep did you get last evening <em>102</em> <BR> and <BR> How many glasses of water did you drink either today or yesterday <em>91</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:38:32 EST Did You Track Your Exercises Done Today? <em>224</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:33:46 EST Did You Track your Nutrition Today? <em>224</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:32:12 EST Did you track your food today? yes Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:47:05 EST Did you read a member's blog today? Yes Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:50:55 EST DID U TAKE YOUR VITAMINS/MEDS 2-DAY? <em>224</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:07:21 EST Did You Take Time for Just YOU Today or Yesterday? So many times we get caught up in our daily lives, we forget or feel that we have no time to take care of ourselves and that includes doing things that may relax us, work on special projects or other activities that you truly love and enjoy! <BR> <BR> So, did you take time for YOU today or Yesterday? <BR> *Depending on when you are able to post your reply* <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> and love your day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:01:00 EST KEEP YOUR MIND ACTIVE TOO--LET'S COUNT UP BY 10! Please count UP by 10 and see how high we can go! <BR> <BR> Here we go............10! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:50:45 EST HOW IS THE WEATHER WERE U LIVE TODAY? <em>27</em> and in the 50's! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:25:56 EST Become Your Own Best Motivator! (Try the quiz!) Become Your Own Best Motivator! <BR> Take this Quiz, Never Lose Your Motivation Again! <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> There are several kinds of motivation problems that people run into, and each requires a different set of strategies. Let's start here with a little quiz to find out which motivational problems you might be dealing with. <BR> <BR> Get out a small piece of paper to mark your answers to the following five questions. Respond to each statement... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:44:24 EST DID U HUDDLE or COMMENT ON OUR TEAM WALL TODAY? I love to add a comment on the Huddle/Team Wall and I always feel like it's a great way to see your friends, see how they are doing and stay motivated! <BR> <BR> So, did you huddle or share a comment with us today? If so, please share your awesome <em>244</em> . Stay positive & motivated everyone! <em>104</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:41:51 EST DID YOU TAKE A WALK TODAY or YESTERDAY? <em>311</em> Let's keep moving everyone! Please share if you enjoyed a walk today or yesterday (depending on when you post)! <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Happy stepping everybody! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:20:32 EST DID U STAY IN YOUR CALORIE RANGE YESTERDAY? Yes! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:18:42 EST FIRST NAMES (A-Z) Please share a FIRST name of either a male or female and we'll do it A-Z style! <BR> <BR> Ready <em>38</em> Here we go! <BR> <BR> A- Amy! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:13:33 EST (DAILY) HUDDLE CHALLENGE! Did you huddle with your Team today? If so, please share your <em>248</em> and have fun! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:11:52 EST INTRODUCE, WELCOME or SHARE A SMILE OF HELLO! <em>30</em> Here is a great way to keep those friendships and support growing! Please feel free to use this post as an "INTRODUCE YOURSELF", "WELCOME" or just pass along a beautiful smile to your friends! <BR> <BR> Keep those wonderful <em>220</em> friendships growing--they're all the best and so are YOU! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:56:21 EST DID U HAVE A GOOD DAY YESTERDAY? Thumbs Up/Down? Looking back, did you have a "good" day yesterday? Be it with your physical activities, your overall attitude, your food choices, your activities with family or friends, work, etc. Would you call it a "good day"??? <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> for yes and <em>42</em> for maybe not one of your best days. Always remember, each new day is another wonderful chance to make it a <em>48</em> one and I hope everyone has a fantastic one today and every new day to come! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:35:49 EST (GAME TIME) LET'S COUNT DOWN! (100,000 to....???) Starting at 100,000 -- please count down by 1 and let's see how low we can gooooooooooooo <em>244</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:50:00 EST SHARE A HUG OF UNDERSTANDING and FRIENDSHIP! Ready to share a hug of friendship, understanding and care with your friends? Here we go -- and <em>247</em> to all! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:45:47 EST Put Yourself First.... Put Yourself First <BR> Reach Other Goals by Starting With Your Self <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’re a parent, school volunteer, Little League coach, and trusted assistant to your boss. You’ve been up since 6 a.m., made breakfast, packed lunches, cleaned the house, chauffeured the neighborhood kids, helped with homework, read bedtime stories, and finished extra work from the office.It’s 11:30.You’re exhausted.And, in about six-and-a-half hours you’ll begi... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:14:36 EST Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight...... Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight <BR> Why it's the most important meal of the day <BR> -- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first – and easiest – step you should take towards becoming more healthy is so, so simple; it’s eating breakfast. Breakfast eaters get myriad benefits including: <BR> a revved up metabolism started early so that it burns the maximum number of calories to fuel your activities <BR> fewer total calories consumed throughout the day <BR... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:17:19 EST Aromatherapy for the Whole Family..... Aromatherapy for the Whole Family <BR> Soothe, Energize, or Relax <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the 1920's, French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse accidentally lit his arm on fire in his laboratory. The nearest cold liquid was a vat of lavender oil, into which he thrust his arm in an act of desperation. To his surprise, the pain subsided within a few minutes and the burn healed quickly without a scar. Gattefosse spent the rest of his life researching the h... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:19:56 EST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS & SAY "THANK YOU!" Each new day is a gift, with good daily challenges and even the tough ones! But, what a fun and great way to appreciate life to the fullest by sharing your <em>304</em> for today! <BR> <BR> So, have fun and <em>304</em> everyone for making this a great group of friends! Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:43:20 EST 6 Backpack Safety Tips..... 6 Backpack Safety Tips <BR> Don't Let School Become a Pain in the Neck <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Exams. Pop quizzes. Homework. School can be a pain in the neck, figuratively. But if school is literally causing problems for your neck or back, your backpack may be to blame. Believe it or not, overloaded and poorly-positioned backpacks can actually cause serious injury. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 64% of 11- to 15-year-... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:43:50 EST Finding Time for Healthy Living..... Finding Time for Healthy Living <BR> 20 Ways to Squeeze in Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You've made the decision to get in shape, lose weight or just live a healthier lifestyle. But you're worried about how you'll manage to find the time to get to the gym, shop and cook healthy foods, or even how you'll keep your goals in mind with so many other things already on it. <BR> <BR> Your concerns are certainly valid. As a matter of f... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:03:21 EST All Is Not Lost.... All Is Not Lost <BR> The Story of Overcoming Nutrition Mistakes <BR> -- By Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After reading Tips for a Healthy Weekend, concerning our tendency to consume more on weekends, you’ve been conscious of what you’re eating and drinking. <BR> <BR> You’ve done well this Saturday: yogurt, a whole oat bagel with lite cream cheese and a grapefruit for breakfast, a slice of turkey, a slice of cheese, fresh veggies and dip and pretzels f... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:22:01 EST Learn to Love Breakfast.... Learn to Love Breakfast <BR> Reasons to Make A.M. Eating a Habit <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As a working mom with three kids at home, mornings are always hectic. Getting everyone up, fed, dressed and out the door takes precision timing and a level of organization that most businesses couldn’t match. And while I insist my children have a good breakfast every day, making sure I have something to eat before I start work is usually at the bottom of ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:54:15 EST 8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise...... 8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise <BR> It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of you have been trying to make exercise a habit. Some of you may have already succeeded in that goal. Either way, I'm proud of you for making fitness a part of your life—even if you're not always perfect at it. A consistent exercise routine offers so many benefits to your mind and your body, many of which you ar... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:28:17 EST Breaking Up (with Junk Food) is Hard to Do... Breaking Up (with Junk Food) is Hard to Do <BR> Top 3 Finalists from our Break-Up Letter Contest <BR> -- By The SparkPeople Community <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Editor's Note: The following three letters were finalists in our June 2005 Break-Up Letter Contest. We'd like to thank everyone who participated and voted. While the contest is closed, you can still read the top three letters below. <BR> <BR> Letter #1 <BR> Dear Abby, <BR> <BR> Help! I have been trying for a long time to break up with ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:04:37 EST Alternative Therapies for IBS... Alternative Therapies for IBS <BR> Relieve Symptoms Naturally <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes uncomfortable and painful symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. In the U.S., this condition affects between 10% and 30% of the population. Traditional treatment for IBS usually involves medication, which is effective, but often causes undesirable side-effects. However, according the National ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 07:39:50 EST 5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes.... 5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes <BR> Find Life Lessons When You're Less Than Perfect <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've always known that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. In high school, a B was never enough. In college, being in the middle of the bell-shaped curve wouldn't do. While the do-everything-perfectly mentality has pushed me in my adult life to advance my career and start my own business, my Type-A pers... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:06:21 EST Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia..... Nutrition Tips and Supplements for Insomnia <BR> Dietary Changes for a Better Night's Sleep <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is a good night’s sleep eluding you? <BR> Tossing and turning the whole night through, <BR> Drowsiness, fatigue, a lack of sleep, <BR> There is more help than just counting sheep. <BR> <BR> There are many factors that can cause sleep problems, and even more potential solutions. The steps you take to improve your sleeping pa... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:51:59 EST 8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain.... 8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain <BR> Be Slimmer and Healthier by Spring <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine that it’s April. The weather is warming up and it’s time to pull your spring clothes out of storage, including the bathing suit you shoved in the back of your closet in September. While doing your spring cleaning, you start to try on your warm-weather clothes and…they’re a little more snug than you remember. <BR> <BR> No, the magic clothes-... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:28:56 EST Before...Dur ring...After Journal.... The Before-During-After Journal <BR> The Write Way to Build Your Intrinsic Motivation <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Do you often have trouble finding the motivation to stick to your exercise and nutrition goals? If so, then you might not be looking in the right place. <BR> <BR> Experts who study motivation have long recognized two basic types of motivation: <BR> Extrinsic (external) motivation, when you are motivated primarily by external rewards and conse... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 05:21:04 EST Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active.... Adults with Arthritis Need to Get Active <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults with arthritis aren't exercising enough. According to researchers, who analyzed data from a 2002 National Health Interview Survey: <BR> More than one-third of adults with arthritis do not exercise at all. <BR> People with arthritis are less likely than peopl... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:58:10 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approach changing their health habits from a position of "pain". They constantly nag themselves, berate themselves and expect no... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:44:45 EST Extraordinary USES for ordinary things...... Come check out what's hiding in your cupboard. Find out how to make do with what you've already got. It's a smart and money-saving approach to life. And in fact, it can be downright fun. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post something new everyday....hope you will come and join me here for some great fun and useful ideas <BR> <BR> <BR> IDEA #1 <BR> <BR> ONE EGG REPLACEMENT <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're baking a cake that calls for one more egg than you have on hand, you can substitute 1 tea... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:02:53 EST October Challeng ....Just For Today I Will For the month of October let's do something everyday that we would like to accomplish or maybe something you did that that was a bit out of your comfort zone. <BR> <BR> Example: cleaning the house, decluttering, going for a walk, trying a new sport, talking on the phone to an old friend.....let us know each day what you did will accomplish today. <BR> <BR> <BR> For me ..... I will go for a walk with DH and take the three puppies for a nice long walk. I love to walk in the park with th... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:48:45 EST October...Post A Seasonal Emoticon <em>465</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:34:04 EST October....Tame Your Sweet Tooth Want to learn how to control your sweet tooth cravings! <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Oct. 1st I will post a helpful tip each day. Feel free to add a comment or suggestions that have worked for you. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:44:14 EST Small Bits of Fitness Add Up..... Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Where did the day go?" <BR> <BR> Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:30:44 EST Shopping Cart Essentia ls...... Shopping Cart Essentials <BR> Stock Up on these Healthy Staples <BR> -- By Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols, Health Educators <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, you’re going to start eating healthy. Congratulations are in order—and so is a trip to the grocery store. Stocking up on some new items is a must. If your pantry is full of healthy fare, you’ll stress less about meals, and you’ll be less likely to snack on nutritionally-empty junk. <BR> <BR> But should you buy 12-grain or whole wheat bread? Low... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:42:54 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? Vacations: The Perfect Reward? <BR> Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve tried every reward you can think of to keep yourself motivated. You’ve coaxed yourself with new clothes, rewarded yourself with nights out or days off, even promised yourself a new CD if you would (please, please, please) just get up this once, lace on those shoes and go jogging this morning in the rain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the rewards are workin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:02:38 EST Vacations: The Perfect Reward? Vacations: The Perfect Reward? <BR> Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve tried every reward you can think of to keep yourself motivated. You’ve coaxed yourself with new clothes, rewarded yourself with nights out or days off, even promised yourself a new CD if you would (please, please, please) just get up this once, lace on those shoes and go jogging this morning in the rain. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, the rewards are workin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:02:20 EST How to Stay on Top of Your Game..... 7 Things that Separate Weight-Loss Winners & Losers <BR> How to Stay on Top of Your Game <BR> -- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As you've probably figured out, winning at weight loss is about making long-lasting, life-altering change. Just like any sport or skill, you might start out a little rocky. Choosing healthy foods, trying different workouts, and finding the strategies that work for you will take a little practice. As you find your stride, those habits will ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:24:29 EST Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals.... Earn SparkTrophies for Reaching Your Goals <BR> Start Earning and Displaying Your Virtual Awards Today! <BR> -- By SparkPeople Support <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkTrophies are motivational tools designed to reward you for activities you perform at, from earning SparkPoints to losing weight. The trophies will be displayed on your SparkPage in two places: <BR> On the main page of your SparkPage, your five most recent trophies will scroll through under the "Awards" section on th... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:10:42 EST Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers..... Safety Tips for Nighttime Exercisers <BR> Because You Can Never be Too Careful <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows how important it is to maintain a regular fitness routine, but sometimes the day is so jam-packed with other responsibilities that exercising during daylight hours is next to impossible. However, if you like to exercise outdoors, there are some safety issues to consider if you’re going out after dark (or before sunrise). <BR> ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:09:46 EST Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement. Why a Fast-Food Nation Needs a Slow-Food Movement <BR> Spend More Time in the Kitchen and at the Table <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We eat in our cars, at our desks, on the go, in front of the TV. We eat drive-thru, take-out, delivered, packaged and prepared meals. Why? Because it fits our not-enough-time-in-the-day lifestyles. Our food matches our lives. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm certainly not the first one to think it—or say it—but we all need to slow do... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:07:35 EST Fighting Cancer.... Three stars an what inspired them to keep fighting the disease, even when times were tough. <BR> Today, lets look at Christina Applegate, Actress <BR> <BR> "Don't sweat the small stuff--not even the big stuff." <BR> <BR> How she found the cancer: an MRI in 2008 <BR> <BR> How she coped: She maintained her sense of humor and relied on support from her mother, who also was a breast cancer survivor. <BR> <BR> Best advice: "Don't sweat the small stuff--not even the big stuff. At the end of the... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:46:33 EST 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices..... 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices <BR> Get the Scoop on Picking a Healthier Ice Cream <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer and Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We are a society of ice cream lovers, with the average American licking her way through almost 5 gallons of the creamy confection each year, according to the Canadian Dairy Info Centre. (Only New Zealanders, at 6 gallons a year, eat more!) With their bright p... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:38:22 EST TWO WORDS... ..CHANGE ONE bike path Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:51:19 EST Can Money Buy Happpiness?.... Can Money Buy Happiness? <BR> How Your Bottom Line Affects Your Outlook <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ''The best things in life are free, But you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, That's what I want, That's what I want.'' In 1959, these words were written by Barrett Strong in a song called ''Money (That's What I Want).'' The song was later made famous throughout the United States and the UK when The Beatles covered it in 1963. ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:53:59 EST Last Fruit or Veggie you ate...... banana Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:58:44 EST Did you track your Exercise...... <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:58:08 EST Did you track your Nutrition...... <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:57:40 EST Total SparkPoints.... 9365 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:56:35 EST Points Till Next Trophy..... 42 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:56:07 EST Spark Trivia How Many Did You Get... 3/5 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:55:06 EST Sharing is Achieving.... Sharing Is Achieving <BR> To Succeed, Tell Others About Your Goals <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’” (C.S. Lewis) <BR> <BR> Which is why—whether you’re looking to eat healthier, increase your energy, lose a few pounds, or build up those nearly atrophied muscles—it’s good to find a fitness friend, maybe even several! In fact, experts say sha... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:52:02 EST ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAM-MATE.. ...EMOTICON <em>306</em> <em>381</em> together. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:49:59 EST NEW MEMBERS... .INTRODUCE YOURSELVES HERE <em>235</em> to the team. It's great to have you on board. We are here to help support and encourage you along your journey to better health and wellness. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:49:05 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:47:35 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY......????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite way to drink water? <BR> <BR> <BR> Plain, room-temperature <BR> On ice <BR> Hot <BR> With some sort of flavor packet added (i.e. Crystal Light) <BR> With lemon or lime <BR> I don't drink much water <BR> More than one of the above <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I like to flavor my water by using herbal tea. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:43:11 EST