SparkPeople Leslie Sansone Walking DVD'S Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=59498 Losing weight has never been easier than with Leslie Sansone. If you own any of her DVD's come join us. Walking with Leslie will have you looking slimmer and feeling great. LET'S GET WALKING! SparkPeople Leslie Sansone Walking DVD'S Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=59498 Question about losing your belly apron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x67235238 Will using Walk away the pounds dvd help this. I have what they call a belly apron and I love to walk but I was wondering it her dvd will help this. Thank you for any feed back. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:37:03 EST Hi from Georgia, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x65319713 My name is Holly and I want to start walking. <BR> I am 33 and just get married two months ago... <BR> Really wanting to get healthy. Need a little motivation. <BR> Work around 23 to 30 hours a week and have limited computer access. <BR> (Hubby don't have a computer). Will check in at least once or twice a week. <BR> see how all you wonderful people are doing. Walk on guys!!!! :) <BR> Holly <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:21:20 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x65318760 I'm glad I found this team. I do hope its an active one because I need LOTS of motivation lately! It's been a frustrating few months and I really need to get back to my regular walking schedule. <BR> I walk a lot with Leslie's videos. I have DVDs, a playlist on YouTube and even some audio walks on my phone for when I'm outdoors. <BR> NOW, I just need to start using them again! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:57:42 EST List of Leslie Sansone Tapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x63366007 Hi everyone! I wanted to share this list of Leslie tapes... :-) <BR> <BR> <link>aprilwalks.com/leslie-sansone-tapes/ </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:21:13 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x63101038 I am back at Spark after a lapse that left me almost back where I started. My first time with Spark was very successful and I need to get back to where I was. I have an autoimmune problem which causes issues with joint pain and fatigue and need some support to keep me going when I feel like giving up. One of the many things I like about Leslie Sansone is that the walks can be done in segments according to how you are feeling. My old teams and friends are, for the most part, gone and I am ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 18:29:41 EST not new but here again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x62616487 hi my name is cyndi and it seems like i have been here 1000 times but this time im here to get the job done and not delete i will be 60 in april and i want to be a healthier and happier me Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:36 EST Better Than Crunches????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x62396429 Leslie Sansone has stated in a DVD that walking is better than crunches. Do you think this is true and do YOU do crunches? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:31:11 EST Need Less Stressful Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x62102834 I recently bought "Walk Away The Stress" and it ADDED stress! Any one of you know a Leslie workout that is soothing? Something I can do at the end of the day before going to bed? Thanks!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:00:59 EST 5 Things no one tells you about working out (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x62016752 Exercising isn’t always pretty—the sweat, the matted down hair, the locker rooms—but it’s definitely worthwhile! Whether you are just starting out or returning after a long break, there are a few things no one ever really tells you about exercise. Even you regular gym bunnies might learn a thing or two from this list—oh how I wish someone had told me these when I started working out! <BR> <BR> When you can expect them, and know what to do about them, you'll have fewer barriers and hiccups a... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:36:02 EST Obesity expert: what really works for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61999674 One of the perks of writing for a living is being able to sit down with various experts on behalf of our readers. Recently, I chatted with Dr. Martin Binks, a clinical psychologist, obesity expert, and Clinical Director & CEO of Binks Behavioral Health, and Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University Medical Center. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's difficult for non-scientists to sift through the abundant research on obesity, health, and wellness. It's equally difficult for some researchers to... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:34:52 EST Surprising link between weight loss and diet soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61975461 There’s no perfect formula for successful weight loss and maintenance. As a veteran weight-loss researcher, I’ve seen it all: people who continually struggle to shed pounds and, on the flipside, champion losers. <BR> <BR> What’s their secret? To help answer that very question, Dr. Rena Wing of Brown University and I founded the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) in 1994. <BR> <BR> As the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance, NWCR tracks ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:47:51 EST How many calories you burn after exercise (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61840324 We’ve always heard that the positive benefits of physical activity continue long after your workout session is over. More energy, less stress and those “feel good” endorphins are some of the immediate effects. But what about the mysterious “afterburn” that a lot of people talk about? Do you really continue burning more calories after the workout, or is it really just during the workout that matters? A new study finds that it’s possible to burn more calories throughout the day--in fact, up... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:04:58 EST Other walking workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x61791144 Has anyone tried other walking workout dvds? I think a woman named Jessica Smith is on youtube but I'm not sure if she has dvds. Are there others? <BR> <BR> I don't think I can switch instructors. Leslie is too much fun <em>30</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:11:41 EST Why do we beat ourselves up? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61582362 If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why do we treat ourselves in such horrible ways? For some, the negative self-talk is so bad that it would literally be considered ver... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:46:21 EST WALK IT OFF IN 30 DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x61549597 Just started this on Tuesday so I did the 30 minute firm and on Wednesday did the 30 minute cardio. How do I track these? Thu, 21 May 2015 11:18:49 EST Question to ALL team members - Need your input http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x61531589 As many of you know, I post the "Question of the Day" on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week. I would like to know if anyone would like a change in the subject nature of the questions. For instance, would you like to keep the questions as they are which are random in nature? Would you like me to change the questions to relate to health (similar to the Trivia questions Spark People asks on their quiz)? Or would you rather see questions that deal on a deeper level such as personal op... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:38:39 EST Questions asked to Leslie Sansone (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61498584 Leslie Sansone really walks the walk. For 27 years, she has helped people get in shape by putting one foot in front of the other. Best known for her "Walk At Home" and "Walk Away the Pounds" fitness DVDs, she truly is America's fitness-walking authority. I recently was given the opportunity to interview Leslie via email, and the passion in her answers jumped off the screen. <BR> <BR> Read on to see Leslie's answers to member-submitted questions, her #1 secret to keeping her walks fun and int... Fri, 15 May 2015 18:43:54 EST 4 Tips to Stop the Fat talk for good (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61479559 Fat talk. We've all done it. We have all looked in the mirror at one time or another and said negative things about our physical appearance. <BR> <BR> In fact, we probably do it so often that we don't even notice it anymore. <BR> <BR> We pinch our bellies and grumble about our thighs rubbing together and look at the dimples on the backs of our legs in disgust for years. We say it in our heads, we share it with our girlfriends, and even when our partners complement our bodies, we argue wi... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:11:36 EST Deleted friends by mistake : ( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x61435263 Don't ask how, but I have deleted most of my friends, thinking I was just de-cluttering my Spark Page to make it tidier lol Please forgive me anyone who has been unfriended - and friend me - Fri, 8 May 2015 11:18:16 EST Why Should I Drink More Water? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61417771 As a whole, we are made up of 70% water. Water regulates every function in our bodies. Water flushes out waste and toxins. It also transports all the necessary nutrients we need to look and feel good. It flushes out impurities in the skin; when skin cells are hydrated, they plump up to give you a good complexion. Also, muscles that are hydrated look more toned because they are made of 70% water. Not drinking enough water is similar to depriving that less-than-vibrant plant you water every few... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:55:10 EST Lose Twice the Weight by... (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61363377 You hear all the time that to lose weight, you should track what you eat. Well, a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a "food diary" may double your weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Researchers from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults (men and women), whose average weight was 212 pounds. The researchers encouraged participants to adhere to a reduced-calorie, DASH eating plan and asked t... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:50:50 EST 12 of the Worst Restaurant Sandwiches (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61301725 A thick, juicy burger is almost as American as apple pie and many of us grew up eating a Whopper or Big Mac. With the Whopper offering 670 calories and a Big Mac providing 540 calories, would you be surprised to hear the apple pie might be the better choice since it contributes only half the calories. With a calorie contribution that large, this certainly must be why we have a weight problem in America right? Unfortunately, there are many worse offenders out there. <BR> <BR> Here are 12 of t... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:09:37 EST 4 Tips to avoid Exercise Burnout (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61301686 <BR> January is one of the best times to be a fitness professional. My exercise classes are packed with participants, the gym is teeming with energy, and people have high spirits and good intentions to get fit. It's the second full week in January, and you're still going strong as you pursue your resolutions for the year. But one of the biggest mistakes that I see right now—from novice and seasoned exercisers alike—is overdoing it. Too much exercise—especially when combined with too little r... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:04:14 EST 100 Reasons Why You Should Workout Today (from SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61246501 We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. <BR> <BR> When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> Print, save, pin or "like" this post so you'll have easy access to it on the days you need it most. <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> <BR> Because it makes you feel confident <BR> Because it helps you get stronger <BR> Because exercise he... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:54:33 EST Spark Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x61241396 I just got my Spark Tracker. I am concerned with how it's working. I have it on my bra strap, had it on when I went outside/3 flights of 16 steps, the tracker says I walked 16 steps. I walk farther than that just to my front door. The light is green showing its working. My question is for those who have one, where do you connect it to your body? Does it seem to work tracking your steps correctly? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:23:24 EST How to get rid of cellulite? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61208270 Cellulite, the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin that is often described as "cottage cheese" or an "orange peel," is most common among women, especially on the thighs and buttocks. However, both men (about 10% of cases) and women can have cellulite, which can occur anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, arms and calves. Maintaining a certain level body fat is necessary and healthy for normal body functioning. Cellulite is simply visible subcutaneous ("below the skin") fat ce... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:41:14 EST Low Impact vs. High Impact (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61124609 People often ask me whether certain workouts are "high impact" or "low impact," and in answering them, I have discovered is that there is a lot of confusion among exercisers about what these terms really mean. Yes, they deal somewhat with overall intensity and calorie burn, and are important for fitness tracking, but there's more to it than that. Low- and high-impact exercises offer different benefits and pose different risks. So here are the basics you need to know about the highs and lows o... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:45:16 EST Nicole Nichols Blog (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61086143 I was saddened (but not surprised) when I read a news story last week about how overweight women feel stigmatized and judged by others. According to the story, the survey of overweight women revealed: <BR> <BR> "A quarter said they'd rather be severely depressed than obese. About 15 percent said they'd rather be blind. A full 49 percent said they'd trade five years of their life not to be obese." <BR> <BR> This story (and the interesting comments it conjured on my Facebook page) brought bac... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:39:39 EST 9 Ways to Get more out of your time (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61059405 Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone. Last October, millions of Americans participated in the first annual “Take Back Your Time Day,” a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University. The idea arose as a way to make the public aware of the “epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine” in our society. <BR> <BR> Lack of time can be detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When we are pressed fo... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:00:13 EST Swimming good for bone health? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x61059379 To strengthen bones, we've always heard that weight-bearing and high-impact exercises (like running and lifting weights) are best. This leaves many people assuming that their low-impact workouts aren't doing much to improve bone strength. Swimming has long been touted as a low-impact exercise, one that’s easier on the body and good for individuals with joint pain, but doesn't help strengthen bones. <BR> <BR> However, a recent study from Israel’s Wingate Institute in Netanya indicates that wo... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:57:14 EST What made you smile today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x60985813 My son sent me an AMAZING letter today! He's so happy which makes me thrilled!! <em>334</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:10:04 EST Heart healthy benefits (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60957250 "Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the heart-health benefits of getting active. <BR> <BR> Lower Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> A study by the National Institutes of Health showed that regular exercise (30+ minutes of moderate activity, 5+ days a week) r... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:02:15 EST Essential health screenings (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60911153 You know the filter in your furnace only lasts three months before it gets clogged with cat hair, and you're diligent about getting the oil in your car changed every 3,000 miles. But do you pay attention to all the recommended tune-ups and maintenance on your most important machine—your body? <BR> <BR> Regular checkups are keys to early detection and successful treatment of health conditions. But remembering when to get checked for what is difficult. Here's a list of basic and essential heal... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:46:48 EST Top Beauty Foods (Spark Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60911121 There are many motivations for sticking with a healthy diet. Eating more of the good stuff (and less of the junky stuff) can help you prevent cancer, extend your lifespan, protect your heart and manage your weight. But one thing we don't always remember is that your diet affects not just your weight, but your body from the top down, the inside to the outside. Your body transforms the foods you eat into the cells that make up your hair, nails, skin and bones, along with your brain, heart, bloo... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:40:51 EST What is your favorite Leslie Sansone dvd? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x60773848 I have several I like more than some of the others but I would have to first go with the Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan. I usually customize the workout and pick between 3 and 5 of the colorful miles (the miles are labeled by color) and throw in a mat session in there which also lets you choose which one you'd like to do after the walk. It's great! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:44:32 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x60728611 my name is Jacquie and im from Dunedin New Zealand im not new to spark or Leslie but giving my self a big push to make the move to a healthy lifestyle. I am a type two diabetic and a nanna. hope to meet many of you here <BR> jacquie Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:15:36 EST How many calories ST burns? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60724918 If you are concerned about how many calories you burn during strength training, chances are that you are actively trying to lose weight (or might want to ensure you are eating enough to support strength training without losing additional weight). Although strength training is challenging and requires a lot of hard work (especially when lifting heavy weights), it doesn't typically burn as many calories as cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises like running or cycling. <BR> <BR> There is no simpl... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:45:44 EST What's the weather like today where you live? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x60695921 It's starting off a bit cloudy but the sun should shine again after noon or so and highs in the 50's Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:42:54 EST 10 ways to lose weight for good! (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60686447 When embarking upon any weight-loss or fitness journey, there are bound to be some speedbumps along the way. When those detours threaten to derail your progress, who better to turn to than the men and women who have already reached their long-term goals? Below, discover 10 insider tips and recommendations for setting goals and staying motivated, all from people who have lost 50 pounds or more (and kept it off for a year or more!). <BR> <BR> A huge percentage of weight-loss success is men... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:18:31 EST Body weight exercises (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60629877 A few weeks ago I was reading through the message boards when I came across a post from Chris 'SparkGuy' Downie to a member who was asking about what type of strength training activities he could do without access to a gym or weight training equipment. Chris did not let that deter him from offering some great recommendations of performing body-weight exercises--exercises such as push-ups and squats which can be done at home or when traveling when access to resistant training equipment is not... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:07:26 EST How to maintain muscle during weight loss (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60629843 When starting a weight-loss plan, most of us hope to lose body fat, specifically—not muscle mass. But when we lose weight, a large percentage of the total weight lost can be muscle. Is there any way to reduce that muscle loss? <BR> <BR> How to Lose Weight (Body Fat) <BR> To lose weight you need to create a caloric deficit by consuming fewer calories than you are burn each day. This is usually accomplished by: 1) eating less food (fewer calories), 2) burning more calories by exercising more,... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:04:22 EST Food on the run: Wendy's (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60580046 Sometimes you have to eat on the run. Sometimes you just want to eat away from home. But can you fit fast food into a healthy diet? Of course! Here are some healthy options you can find when dining out at Wendy's. <BR> <BR> Most of these options are below 250 calories and 10 grams of fat and can be included in a health diet once in a while. <BR> <BR> Jr. Hamburger <BR> Calories - 220 <BR> Fat- 8 grams <BR> Protein - 13 grams <BR> <BR> Mandarin Chicken Salad (skip the almond, noodles and su... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:48:45 EST Does Yoga = Cardio? (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60580020 Yoga has seen a steady rise in popularity over the past few years. According to a 2008 report released by Yoga Journal, 15.8 million American adults were practicing yoga. In 2010, that number grew to 21.9 million. The majority reported that they practice yoga for a number of health benefits, stress reduction and relaxation. Yoga is a great complement to a well-rounded exercise routine, no matter what your fitness level. It offers a variety of modifications (as needed), styles and intens... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:45:46 EST 10 signs you're getting healthier! (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60579947 By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obviously ready for new challenges that you weren’t ready for before you became fitter. <BR> <BR> You notice a new pep in your step. Thi... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:37:59 EST Why you aren't losing weight (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60505859 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p<BR>ost=8_reasons_why_youre_not_losing_weight Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:16:09 EST 7 Great reasons to SMILE! (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60496347 Smiling happens without much thought. When you're amused, such as your little brother's unsuccessful attempt to find your diary, you smirk. When an exam gets pushed back a day, you grin. When you are recognized for your top performance in sports or academics at school, you beam. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. <BR> <BR> But did you know that smiling also triggers activity in your brain? Yep, there's a serious mind-body connection there, in your left ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:51:18 EST Training ABS every day? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60496272 Who doesn't want six pack abs? Well REIGNWATER recently asked a great fitness question related to these muscles: "Does Pilates count as ab work? How often can it be done?" <BR> <BR> Want to hear what I had to say? <BR> <BR> First of all, it's important to know that the abdominals are just like any other muscle in your body. So when you strength train them to fatigue, they need a break. But let's be clear here. Fatigue is the key word. When you strength train to fatigue, that means you do en... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:41:16 EST Stay Motivated! (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60485093 It is very easy to get frustrated when the scale isn’t moving. It doesn’t matter whether we have hit a plateau or are trying to deal with medical issues. Sometimes it feels like it isn’t worth the effort to keep making healthy lifestyle choices. Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?"... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:43:46 EST What was your Non-Scale Victory today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x60484642 Even though the scale doesn't move each time you step on it, there are such things called "Non-scale victories" (NSV) which count just as much. Whether it's being able to do 10 pushups instead of 5, your jeans are easier to pull on and button, or you finished a 2 mile Walk Away The Pounds dvd instead of your typical 1 mile. There are many NSV's that don't have to deal with pounds lost. <BR> <BR> So share them! <em>30</em> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:54:00 EST Budget-friendly ways to workout @ home(SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60453387 I remember the days when I had time to drive to the gym for a workout multiple times a week. Now as a busy mother of four, those days long gone! However, that doesn't mean my fitness level has to suffer. I'm still able to squeeze in a good workout in the morning before the rest of my family wakes up. By investing in a few key pieces of equipment, I've been able to create quality, low-cost workouts without ever leaving the house—and you can, too! <BR> <BR> Although a gym membership gives... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:47:18 EST Top 5 Myths about women and ST (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60431159 Have you ever heard a woman say, "I can't lift weights. I don't want to get bulky." Or how about, "I don't want to gain muscle. I just want to tone the muscle I already have." <BR> <BR> These are just a couple of the common responses I hear when I suggest strength training to women who are interested in getting in better shape. Sadly, there are many myths that women believe about muscles and strength training. <BR> Although we've seen a bit of a paradigm shift happening the past few years i... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:51:18 EST How often(& how far) should I walk? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60431080 Walking is an excellent way to start getting fit because it costs little to nothing and can be done almost anywhere and by just about anyone. (Learn more about the health and fitness benefits of walking.) So how do you begin with a walking program? Here are a few do's and don'ts to get you started. <BR> <BR> DON'T focus too much on speed or distance. When you're new to walking, it doesn't matter how far or how fast you go. Instead, focus on slowly building up your time (starting with as litt... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:43:24 EST How many min. do you REALLY need? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60282749 New guidelines issued from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) state that 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week might not be enough. In 2001, ACSM recommended that overweight and obese adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to improve their health. 200 to 300 minutes per week was recommended for long-term weight loss. But will this amount of exercise really help you lose weight and keep it off? <BR> <BR> New research shows that "between 150 and 250... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:34:27 EST Best diet plan/fitness plan for weight loss? (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60259942 There are thousands of diet plans available these days, and there are just as many different workout programs. The trendy diets and workout plans of the past couple of years (think Paleo, Dukan, the 17-Day Diet, hCG, PINK, P90X, Insanity and more) will rise, peak and fall just like the popular diet and workout plans of the past. There will always be a new, trendy diet or workout plan. As different as they all may be, they all have one thing in common: They promise to be "the program" to help ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:15:46 EST Any favorite workout dvds you'd like to share? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x60259514 If you have a favorite workout dvd you'd like to share with all of us, please do! <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is Leslie's Ultimate 5 day walk plan. Every day of the week there is a different combo workout... 1 - 5 miles plus a toning session at the end. You can also customize which miles you want to do as well so the combo can be different each time. I love it! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:39:21 EST 5 Weight Loss Goals (without trying) SP Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60223309 It’s no secret that the majority of people who start a new exercise program do so because they want to lose weight, which is a great reason (and motivator) to get fit. <BR> That being said, if your only motivation to exercise is fat loss, you can easily find yourself frustrated and wanting to quit when progress temporarily hits a plateau (which it will). That’s why setting goals beyond weight loss alone is essential if you're going to stick with a fitness or weight-loss program for the long ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:52:41 EST Truth about Cellulite (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x60223265 Cellulite, the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin that is often described as "cottage cheese" or an "orange peel," is most common among women, especially on the thighs and buttocks. However, both men (about 10% of cases) and women can have cellulite, which can occur anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, arms and calves. Maintaining a certain level body fat is necessary and healthy for normal body functioning. Cellulite is simply visible subcutaneous ("below the skin") fat ce... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:47:29 EST New Year's Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x60156423 Are you going to make any New Year's resolutions? Do you have any fitness or health goals for 2015? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:22:04 EST A - Z: Boy Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x60066956 Andrew Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:53:22 EST How do I burn more calories? (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59653118 It sounds like you're referring to a "calories in vs. calories out" type of equation. First you need to understand that one pound of fat is made up of roughly 3,500 extra calories. So in order to lose one pound of fat, you need to create a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories. <BR> <BR> Basically, you can create a deficit of calories in three different ways: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat fewer calories than you burn each day. Keep in mind that your body burns calories all day long as part of your basal m... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:12:09 EST Motivation! (part of SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59653090 Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?" <BR> <BR> Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is stayin... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:08:35 EST How To Lose Twice The Weight (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59621376 You hear all the time that to lose weight, you should track what you eat. Well, a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a "food diary" may double your weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> Researchers from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults (men and women), whose average weight was 212 pounds. The researchers encouraged participants to adhere to a reduced-calorie, DASH eating plan and asked t... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:07:46 EST Your goal by the end of the year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x59601555 I would love to have lost 20 pounds by the end of this year but reality tells me that it isn't going to happen so I've set my sights a little lower (and more realistic!) to say that I want to see another 4 pounds drop by Dec. 31st rolls around. <em>41</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:04:28 EST Buying Organic on a Budget (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59570875 Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find organic items in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to grow. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic food sales have grown about 20 percent in the past five years, with 2006 sales... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:41:32 EST #1 Exercise for Weight Loss (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59570817 Often people will ask me to share the best exercises for weight loss. They want to know what kind of cardio activity is going to help them lose weight faster than anything else. Even if they don't enjoy it, they are willing to try whatever is going to help them reach their goals more quickly. My response is always the same. So are you ready to hear what the magic exercise is? What's going to help you lose weight keep it off long-term, and get fit? <BR> <BR> The answer is simple: Find the act... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:33:23 EST Words that end in -ing (ABC) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x59552899 Acting Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:58:41 EST The Tough, Daily decision - SP Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59387546 Exercise is an important part of my life. It makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. When I know I’ve got a stressful day ahead, starting it with exercise makes me feel like I’ll get through it successfully. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. <BR> <BR> Because of my schedule, mornings are almost always when I need to work out. If I don’t do it before my kids get up and the day gets going, I’m much less likely to do it- or, I stress about it all day, wondering if my husband will... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:23:01 EST Perfect workout for your personality! (SP Article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59261435 Dragging yourself to Spinning class each night? Having trouble waking up for those morning workouts (you know, the ones you vowed to stick with this time around)? Tired of walking on the treadmill by yourself? <BR> <BR> Having difficulty sticking to a fitness routine is a reality of most of us. If it were easy to exercise regularly, we would all be the epitome of fitness! Here's a new idea: Stop blaming yourself for lacking the willpower to stick to it. Instead, blame your workout! If you're... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:28:34 EST General Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x59198208 I went to my quilt guild meeting yesterday , all day so on my feet a lot - Have neuropathy pain - still hurt this morning - use a lot of pain pads .. can't take narcotics .. can use pot if we had it here .. works great <BR> tonight our parks and rec center is having a southern home cooked dinner - that is where the guild meets so hopefully people I know will be there .. <BR> I spent today getting all my boxes and tubs out of the shed to go thru - as what to keep and what to yardsale ,. hav... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:46:47 EST 5 Signs to get serious about weight loss (SP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59164346 It's easy to say that you want to lose weight. It's also easy to find the motivation to hit the gym regularly and choose the right foods in the beginning. After a few weeks, our motivation seems to wane and those old, unhealthy habits of yours start to creep back in. What seemed so easy at first is now difficult. You have cravings. You're tired. You miss those social dinners with your friends and doughnuts at the office. That 6 a.m. aerobics class doesn't seem as fun, and getting up without h... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:33:32 EST Best diet for long term weight loss (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59164075 Are you bombarded in the break room by the latest diet adventures of your co-workers? Are you thinking about starting that metabolism-boosting diet splashed on the cover of your magazine? You’d love to lose 30 pounds. But where do you begin? Eliminate carbs, reduce your fat, count points, track calories, push protein, use prepared meals? Is your head spinning from all these choices? <BR> <BR> Well, I have some good news! You can stop wasting time by testing every new diet plan to see if it... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:07:00 EST Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?? - SP Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59122515 Over the past decade alone, yoga has exploded into a multi-million dollar industry. Nearly 21 million Americans actively participate in yoga, spending more than $10 billion a year on classes and products (including equipment, clothing, retreats and videos), with the majority of novice practitioners citing general wellness, stress management or weight loss as one of their primary motivations for taking up the practice. <BR> <BR> However, the roots of yoga are spiritual, not physical, which ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:48:34 EST Put Yourself First! --- an SP article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59102301 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 begin the whole 24-hour cycle…again. <BR> <BR> If you find yourself saying ‘Stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off!’ you’re not alo... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:22:41 EST Ways to get back on track while having an off day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x59060586 <BR> We’ve all been there. We had a few fabulous days of eating healthy and exercising and then—BANG—all of a sudden life happens. A late night out with friends, a last-minute business trip, a sick child at home. You’ve either missed your designated time for fitness or you simply don’t have the energy to prepare a healthy meal. Either way, you’ve hit a wall and are having an off day. Sometimes it can take several days before you find yourself inspired enough to give your nutrition and exerci... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:34:22 EST Walking and Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58877195 Hello, <BR> <BR> I have just been diagnoses with having advanced osteoarthritis on both of my knees. I am going to be starting physical therapy on Wednesday. I was wondering if there are others who are using this program who have arthritis and are able to walk using it? <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:59:10 EST Two Words --- Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x58679927 I'll start this game off... <BR> <BR> Stop light <BR> <BR> (the next person removes one of those words above and replaces it with another word to form 2 new words) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:27:38 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58576053 I am using this to stay accountable to walk each day. <BR> <BR> July 18th -- 1 mile get started from -- Walk Away the Pounds DVD Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:40:52 EST Spark coach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58555228 I'm not sure if Spark people are still doing this but is there still such a thing as having a Spark coach? <BR> <BR> Have you had one and what is it all about? I'm thinking about trying it if it sounds like a good thing to do. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:10:53 EST The most difficult thing is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58540808 What part of your weight loss/exercise plan do you find the most difficult? <BR> <BR> For me, I would say there are two things of equal difficulty. There is the late afternoon snacking. Ugh. I'm not sure if it is out of boredom or what. And I don't reach for the healthy foods simply because I don't buy many of them. Another difficult thing for me to do is my WATP dvds CONSISTENTLY. I walk a few times a week but there are just "those" days where I feel like going back to bed for a morni... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:21:13 EST Can Stress Cause Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58530493 <BR> <BR> Some advertisements claim that hormonal changes from high stress lead to weight gain. These ads offer products that will supposedly normalize your hormones, thus decreasing your waist size. Should you use these products? <BR> <BR> Research does support some link between stress and weight. Stress often causes people to drop good eating and exercise habits that helped them lose weight. <BR> <BR> When people are stressed they can also have trouble falling asleep. Studies show that ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:50:20 EST Walking DVD Log In & Bonus Team Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x58377953 We can start posting our Team Bonus Points here on July 1st <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Good Luck, and Happy Spinning!! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:31:09 EST Article from fellow SP member on Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58344314 <BR> How did walking help you reach your goals? <BR> I have lost 56.2 pounds, and walking is my primary exercise. I started out walking two to three miles and now I walk five to eight miles and up to 10 miles on any given day. I love walking! Last week I walked 59 miles. I just don't walk, I power walk so I can get done in a certain amount of time. Most of my friends I have met along the way think I'm a walkaholic! I have walked in the snow, rain and cold days so there’s no stopping me when ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:33:06 EST Increase Your Chances Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58333985 Did you know that SparkPeople members who post on the Community Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not? In fact, in a recent survey, message board users lost more weight and stayed with the program longer than non-posters. Have you thought about using the Message Boards, but you’re just not sure how they might help you? <BR> <BR> There are a number of benefits to participating on the Message Boards, which serve as a great source of motivation and support as you... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:28:55 EST 15 Natural Mood Lifters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58308110 15 Natural Mood Lifters <BR> Quick and Easy Ways to Lift Your Spirit <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One morning I awoke and decided it was the perfect day to mix myself a "happiness cocktail." After indulging in my happy hour, I felt more than ready to take on the day! Just in case you’re wondering why a wellness coach is reaching for a cocktail at the crack of dawn, let me explain. <BR> <BR> While getting dressed, I thought about the many natu... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:26:22 EST Worst Reasons to Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58298562 The Worst Reasons to Work Out <BR> Stay Motivated by Exercising for the Right Reasons <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have our own reasons for working out. And while all reasons have merit (and there is nothing wrong with wanting to feel good about the reflection you see in the mirror), some reasons for hitting the gym are definitely better and more motivating than others. <BR> <BR> In fact, the goals you set and ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:50:00 EST Step Out of Your Workout Rut.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58288456 Step Out of Your Workout Rut <BR> Which Culprit is to Blame for your Fading Energy? <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> It sneaks in slowly. You might not notice it at first, but pretty soon, its presence is undeniable. It’s all around, and it’s affecting your actions. Your workouts are going nowhere. Sooner or later, this happens to everyone. <BR> <BR> When you’re stuck in a rut and no longer seeing progress, it’s important to figure out how to get out of the slump and ba... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:49:04 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58278854 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> A Look at Self-Destructive Thoughts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why do we... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:28:27 EST Small Bits of Fitness Add Up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58266782 Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> Exercise Comes in All Shapes and Sizes <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, SparkPeople Contributor <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 to go... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:22:54 EST Moderation in All Things.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58256610 Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mo... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:50:10 EST Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58245381 Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals <BR> How Self-Talk Can Help (or Hinder) Your Progress <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know that getting support and encouragement is crucial to losing weight and becoming healthier. That’s why the Message Boards, SparkPages, SparkMail, and SparkTeams are such important components of the SparkPeople program. <BR> <BR> But getting support from others is only one part of the formula for success. Equall... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:04:06 EST Finding Inspiration in Your Biggest Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58234340 Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations <BR> Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. <BR> <BR> Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. The... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:37:46 EST Safety Tips for Outdoor Runners and Walkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58226410 Important Safety Tips for Outdoor Runners and Walkers <BR> Put Your Safety First with These 6 Strategies <BR> -- By Nancy Howard, Certified Running Coach <BR> <BR> . <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago while I was out for a five-mile run on a busy street in my neighborhood, I saw another runner coming at me. While I was running facing the oncoming traffic, she was running with the flow of traffic. I always run against the flow of traffic because I want to see the driver just in case he or she does ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:32:20 EST Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58203532 Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting <BR> Key Pieces to the Puzzle <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal achievement, especially when it comes to health and fitness, can be a mystery. Most of us have no trouble with Step 1 (Setting the Goal). Setting a goal is the easy part, it's those other steps that can be a puzzle. But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies. Here are a few of our favorites: <BR> <BR> DO create a plan. DON’T wa... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:24:57 EST Strategies to Prevent Relapse After Reaching Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58192677 3 Strategies to Prevent Relapse After Reaching Your Goal Weight <BR> Winning the Mental Game <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes right down to it, the “secret” to keeping the weight you’ve lost off is really very simple: Don’t stop doing the things that helped you take it off in the first place. <BR> <BR> Obviously, you’ll need to make some small changes in your eating and exercise so that you’re achieving energy balance (to maintain weight)... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:11:58 EST The 10% Solution ...great read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58180762 The 10% Solution <BR> You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you a weight loss failure? <BR> <BR> Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what failure means. <BR> <BR> A recent study found that, in the nonsensical weight loss world, most failure has more to do with failing to meet faulty expectations than with failing to lose weight. This may not seem like a big difference, but in reality, it’s HUGE. <BR> <B... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:26:14 EST Alcohol and Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58171333 Alcohol and Weight Loss <BR> Can You Have Both? <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> . <BR> <BR> Alcohol and weight loss are enemies, but an occasional drink can have a place in a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many experts note the potential health benefits of consuming a single drink per day, including a reduced risk for high blood pressure If, however, you are exceeding one drink daily, you might be sabotaging your weight loss plans. <BR> <BR> Alcohol is metabolized differen... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:36:46 EST The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58127692 The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals <BR> Being Overwhelmed is So Over <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site. <BR> <BR> Setting and achieving goals can be very overwhelming if systems aren’t put in place. A system can take many different forms. It can be a simple post-it reminder or it can be a routine that you follow on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Once you start setting goals, it’s tough not to wan... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:22:57 EST June Challeng .....Did you walk today????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x58107736 The 1 mile walk. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:13:16 EST June Challeng .....Did you walk today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x58107719 The 1 mile walk. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:11:42 EST June Challeng .....Did you walk today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x58107705 The 1 mile walk. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:10:40 EST June Challeng .....Did You Walk Today???/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x58107693 The 1 mile walk. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:09:07 EST June....Say Hi To Your Team Mates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58087570 <em>524</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:12:55 EST June.....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x58087556 3 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:11:33 EST June....spin of wheel plus bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x58087523 5 / 5 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:07:44 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58036636 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today <BR> Don't Give Up on Your Goals! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You were confident that you were going to reach your goals once an... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:07:40 EST How to Deal with Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58024779 How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep i... Wed, 28 May 2014 08:52:59 EST 50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58012819 50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss <BR> Healthy Ways to Celebrate Success! <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Losing weight and maintaining healthy habits are both challenging, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't also be rewarding. Besides the intrinsic benefits that come from feeling better and reaching new goals, rewarding yourself for your healthy efforts will reinforce your new habits and inspire you to continue your journey. <BR> <BR> There a... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:28:05 EST Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58012703 Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <BR> Are Your Friends and Family Making You Fat? <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s one in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step forward to gain dominion over food, they’re at your elbow-- offering you a brownie, some chip... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:21:27 EST Heart Healthy Benefits of Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x58000607 Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise <BR> Your Body Benefits from Your Hard Work <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site. <BR> <BR> "Exercise improves your health." You hear it all the time, but what does that really mean? How much of a difference can exercise make in your life, and how much do you really need to do? You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the heart-heal... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:40:56 EST Pave the Way for Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x57990458 Pave the Way for Persistence <BR> Be Consistent and Persistant to Reach Your Goals <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to permanent weight loss, persistence is where the tire meets the road. There will be many ups and downs along this road, and you'll have to keep yourself going even when things get tough. If you’ve been working the previous eight steps in this plan, you have already done much of the preparation necessary to cultivate... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:47:39 EST Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x57990356 Stop Feeling Guilty about Every Mistake <BR> Don't Let Toxic Guilt Wipe Out Your Willpower <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this story sound familiar to you? You’re doing pretty well sticking within your calorie range until that box of candy shows up in the office, or all heck breaks loose and the only way to squeeze in lunch is at the local fast food joint. You give in to the candy or the double cheeseburger with fries and after that, thin... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:40:58 EST Use Measurements Besides the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x57971501 Use Measurements Besides the Scale <BR> What's So Motivating About Numbers Anyway? <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pretend for a minute that gravity doesn’t exist. Everything is weightless, including your aunt Sophie, yet it all manages to stay on the ground. You don’t know how much you weigh because scales have never been invented. How would you define your state of health? After all, you wouldn’t be able to say "I need to lose 10 pounds" or "I weigh... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:47:37 EST 9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x57971488 9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day <BR> Time to Ignore the Hourglass <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone. Last October, millions of Americans participated in the first annual “Take Back Your Time Day,” a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University. The idea arose as a way to make the public aware of the “epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time fa... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:46:49 EST Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x57971472 Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking <BR> Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting a regular walking program offers numerous health and fitness benefits! <BR> <BR> Good for your heart: Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. <BR> According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 ... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:45:53 EST MAY CHALLENG E....Did You Walk Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x57739502 Did you walk today with Leslie or did you walk using your own personal program. Sat, 3 May 2014 08:44:00 EST Question? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57731144 Just curious to know...do we ever have monthly challenges on this team? Like since it's a WATP team, maybe a goal to complete 2 (or more) DVD's a week or anything? I was just curious, as it doesn't seem like there is much said about the DVD's or which ones we're using or discussion on exercise. I hope I don't sound like I'm being critical, I'm not trying to be, just asking out of curiosity. :) Fri, 2 May 2014 13:39:52 EST May....Spin of Wheel Plus Bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x57700631 This thread will open tomorrow. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:17:35 EST May...Say Hi To Your Team Mates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57700559 <em>524</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:11:27 EST May....Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57700550 This thread will open tomorrow. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:10:57 EST Say hi for goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57679663 Hi! <em>334</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:27:56 EST Introducing myself to Team Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x57679606 Hello. I am a 59 y/o cancer survivor. I've had surgery followed by Chemotherapy. I have COPD and emphysema so I am a little limited as to the activities I can do. But Leslie's DVD's are a blessing to me! I quit smoking over 3 years ago and have found food to taste awesome! But I do have a problem eating as many calories as I should so that is one of my other challenges. Also, I refuse to give up my nightly 2 beers. So. Any support, advice or encouragement is welcome! I do have the apps for my... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:22:21 EST How far did you walk today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57405272 I walked a total of 10 miles today. <em>198</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:11:18 EST What Time Is It Where You Are? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57385868 1:44 p.m. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:44:13 EST WOOHOO.....If you moved those beautiful bodies.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x57385817 <em>244</em> <em>324</em> <em>342</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:38:04 EST 50 plus.....s parkpoints a day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x57385798 185 <em>67</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:35:59 EST A -Z ......Girls Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x57385784 Amber Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:34:12 EST April.....Spin of the wheel plus bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25586x59498x57385776 7/5 <em>331</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:32:20 EST Post A Seasonal Emoticon..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x57385767 <em>126</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:30:21 EST WOOHOO...If you Posted on the Team Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x57385755 <em>244</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:28:49 EST New Question Each Day......???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57385525 This question was asked by ZANYGIRL1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS MONTH??????????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me, I just want to stay on track! These past 2 months have been hard, never had winter affect me like this before. I was feeling depressed because I was cooped up in the house for so long and I was eating everything that I knew I shouldn't. But I've been doing really well this week, so my g... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:08:09 EST EMOTICON....How are you feeling today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57385470 <em>345</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:04:35 EST April.....Say Hi ....For Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57385417 <em>524</em> enjoy your weekend my friends. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:00:29 EST April...Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57385385 2 <em>2</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:56:50 EST Quotes For Today....Come Share!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57379980 Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 06:41:53 EST March...wheel points for login and bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57023658 7 / 100 SGP <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:22:45 EST March....bonus points for the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x57023633 20 Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:18:42 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x57017441 Hi. I'm Sharie and I love walking with Leslie. Her DVDs are responsible for most of my cardio. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:41:22 EST February .....say HI for goodies..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56598487 <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:25:54 EST February. ....Bonus points for our team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56598478 3 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:24:28 EST Awesome Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56587150 I love my iphone & I have tried all kinds of apps.My favorites consist of: <BR> ZenLab apps~ especially the weight tracker <BR> Digifit which tracks your cardio via gps & sends you messages when you go too long without using it. It tracks distance, speed, calories burned, and time. My favorite tracker. <BR> Then there's the ACTIVE APP. It gives you events near you: 5Ks, marathons, volunteering, triatholons, 10K, and on & on. <BR> <BR> There's one app I've paid for which is ZOMBIE! RUN! 5K... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:56:37 EST walking and diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56562659 Hi, has anyone had much success with their walking away the pounds workouts and their diet? I'm resetting my goals and was looking for feed back on how this has worked for some people and if staying within the spark recommended calorie range worked or if having to add or subtract calories factored in successful weightloss with this. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:09:21 EST Walk Away the Pounds DVD Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56486960 I recently purchased the following Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD's and am wondering in which order to start using them. I am planning on starting with the DVD that came free with a book I got of hers, but then not sure in which order to use the other ones as I am not sure of difficulty level or things like that on them. <BR> <BR> The DVD's are: <BR> Weight Loss Series: Muscle Mile One, <BR> Power Series: Power Mile, <BR> Power Series: Walk and Jog. <BR> <BR> I am really intere... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:14:52 EST Bare footed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56411337 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> just wondering if it is ok to do Leslie Sansone '5 mile fat burning walk DVD?' in bare footed on a yoga mat? I have only done one mile <BR> <BR> Thank you for your advice <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:30:57 EST Logging Leslie's DVD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x56377846 Hey all! I just purchased 2 of Leslie's DVD's. I need suggestions on how to log the exercise. If I finish her 20 minute mile, do I just log it as a 20 minute mile? Thanks all! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:50:59 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES....COME SHARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56121673 Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. <BR> Marcia Wieder Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:28:02 EST 100...POINTS A DAY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x56115355 227 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:02:57 EST CLICK....If You Love SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x56114949 <em>252</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:07:13 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x56114602 HELLO- I'm Flo - just found this team - I have a lot of Leslie's DVD:S. Love them, however, I haven't been using them. Really need motivation so this looks like the place to be. <BR> I am married - have 3 adult children - 7 grands - 2 greats. Was told on Christmas that I will be having another great in August. This was exciting news. <BR> I love to scrapbook,and make cards. <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:25:54 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56111813 This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:52:15 EST Jan.....Say Hi For Goodies Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x56111755 <em>524</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:43:26 EST Jan......Walk It Off In 31 Days Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x56111747 This challenge will start on Jan. 1st. What a great way to start the New Year! <BR> <BR> <BR> This is for any one that would like to take the challenge of walking at least 30 mins a day. You can use Leslies Sansone or just do what ever DVD that you have or just walk on a machine or outside. Walking is a great form of exercise and 30 mins. is very dueable. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:42:20 EST Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55952763 Hi all has anyone ordered the new spark activity tracker if so how do you like it Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:35:01 EST Leaving Leadership http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55945429 Hi all.... <BR> <BR> I've decided to leave this team but didn't want to leave without first saying something to the members. <BR> <BR> I became leader because I clicked a button to be leader when the existing "3" leaders dropped out without saying a word. <BR> <BR> If anyone has the desire to be the new leader, just step forward. <BR> <BR> Best wishes everyone on their respective journeys. <BR> <BR> Susan Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:52:38 EST Have much have you lost w/WATP videos? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55937164 I was just wondering, how much weight everyone has lost with any of Leslie Sansone walking video's and which one are you using? I have one it's a five mile one. I want to start using it but was just wondering what ya'lls results were using them. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:57:57 EST December Leslie Sansone Challenge 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55819133 Since tomorrow is the start of the 1st of a month. I thought I'd start a challenge. Plus, I need the motivation and so forth. I have the Really Big 5 mile Walk Dvd, that I haven't even started. The motivation to start seriously back on my weight loss journey happened this weekend when I visit my relatives. They asked me if I'm gaining weight. I told them yes. I've had it told by my coworkers, but seeing as me and my coworkers are more like family, i'm not sure if I believe them or not...the s... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:50:50 EST Walk It Off In 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55818390 Today is Day 2 for me anyone else have this DVD Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:48:54 EST Hello from texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x55737423 I just started walking with Leslie Sansone and I live it. It is fun and I really enjoy them. Would live support and encouragement from new friends. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 07:21:21 EST 5 mile fat burning walk DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55692095 Hiya <BR> <BR> does anyone have the '5 mile fat burning walk' DVD <BR> <BR> Do you like it? I do. <BR> <BR> Are there any other DVD's you can recommend? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:20:42 EST Check out November issue Woman's World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55583333 Slimming Water Cure Article (November 18 issue) <BR> <BR> We all know we should drink our water. Right? <BR> <BR> This article talks about drinking 2 cups of water before each meal. <BR> This works better the older you are! <BR> <BR> Awesome article and I had success yesterday or this morning when I weighed. <BR> <BR> It's definitely worth a try. <BR> <BR> Susan <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:19:04 EST Did you walk with Leslie today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55551449 If you walked with Leslie today, which DVD did you use? <BR> <BR> I used the Senior Walk today and only had time to do the warm-up. Will finish tonight. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:44:26 EST Daily/Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55542458 For those who choose to post here: Team Choice: <BR> <BR> I weigh each morning <BR> 11-6 291.6 <BR> 11-7 291.6 <BR> 11-8 290.6 <BR> 11-9 289.2 <BR> 11-10 287.4 <BR> 11-11 286.6 <BR> 11-12 286.6 <BR> 11-13 287.4 <BR> 11-14 285.4 <BR> 11-15 286 <BR> 11-16 286 <BR> 11-17 285.8 <BR> 11-20 284 <BR> 11-24 282.4 (go figure, after staying within cal and carb range, ate at buffet last night, and I lose, guess I better watch myself more the next day) <BR> 11-26 282 Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:03:47 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x55523934 hi my name is Cyndi im 57 have a good day Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:20:07 EST Come join us for 10,000 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55451755 Let's try to get the 10,000 steps going by incorporating Leslie's DVDs as well as walking outside when we can. Let's post our steps each day this month and add some additional information regarding our moods etc. as we walk off our weight "or" just get more fit. <BR> <BR> 11/1 <BR> 11/2 <BR> 11/3 508 Spark Activity Tracker, don't understand walked a mile track and had some other walking. I'm going back with my pedometer as well as the Activity tracker. <BR> 11/4 Tracker says 1808 Omron... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:31:54 EST New Feature on Spark Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55423199 Have you seen the new feature on the Start page where you can spin a pennant and give Spark Points to one of up to five of your Spark Teams? You also get the points. Today, I gave 125 points to five of my teams (and added them to my total as well). This helps them on the team leader boards. Lets all give points to this team. <BR> <BR> You find this on the new Start page in section 3 (and look for SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points) <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <em>306</em> <em>347</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:41:17 EST Tip of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x55378210 Tip for the Day: Seeing how close you are to the next size down is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> Also, put on an article of clothing that you wore when you first started your weight loss journey and that will help you see how far you have come! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:48:42 EST 1000 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55175053 I am working toward reaching 1000 all time miles by the end of this year. So far I've made it 781 miles to date. I love walking, it has improved my life so much. I will reach this goal. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:53:06 EST coupon for DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55151571 Hi everyone! I just bought the Leslie Sansone Ultimate 5 day Walk Plan DVD and inside it is a $2.00 off coupon for any other select Just Walk Leslie Sansone DVD. So if you are in the market for a couple new DVDs to spice up your collection, buy that one first, then you can use the coupon inside for another one, or share the coupon with a friend! I'm so glad I used my "allowance" this week to treat myself to this new DVD, instead of using it for my old treats of choice, which would have bee... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 14:51:03 EST What to buy at the dollar store http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x55150573 <link>www.ivillage.com/dollar-store-deals-<BR>what-buy-and-what-skip/7-b-387385?nlci<BR>d=P1|10-05-2013|&_mid=2475432&_rid=247<BR>5432.35500.50684 </link> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 12:37:18 EST 30 days of healthy meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x55096157 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1620 </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:42:14 EST My DVD's VHS Tapes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x55005477 Sometime today I hope to list my collection and perhaps you folks can share yours. Maybe we can compare. <BR> <BR> I accidently put liquid soap in my eye instead of contact lense solution, but hopefully by this afternoon it will be cleared up. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:51:47 EST HELLO AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x54972062 I hadn't been using Sparkpeople like I should for a while so I deleted my account. Now I figure I REALLY need to get help because I need to lose at least 50 pounds and I will be 60 years old next year so I can't keep putting it off. My knees sometimes bother me and I figure if I lost some weight that would help a lot with that. My main problem, is my stomach and would love to get rid of that. Hoping for some help along the way and making new friends that I can correspond with. Anyway, go... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:26:43 EST shoes or no shoes and watch for heartbeat or calo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x54946094 ok when you do your dvd do you wear shoes when you do the work out or no shoes ? do any of you use any kind of watch or something to clock your calories burned or heartbeat. <BR> i started doing 1 mile so far going to work my way up to 2mile Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:52:29 EST Top 5 October Fitness Minutes and Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x54943296 As of 10/27/2013 <BR> <BR> Top 5 October Spark Points <BR> <BR> 1) SANDYCRANE 3,705 <BR> 2) MOMMY445 3,390 <BR> 3) MAWMAW101 3,335 <BR> 4) KERRYG155 3,304 <BR> 5) THROOPER62 3,238 <BR> <BR> Top 5 October Spark Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) SPIRITSEEKER2 3,120 <BR> 2) KEELY128 3,088 <BR> 3) THEBLESSETHONE 2,972 <BR> 4) DEBULACLARK 2,960 <BR> 5) TABBYKAT75 2,900 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:20:37 EST Hello, I'm Bre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x54902235 Hello, I'm new to the team. I have always loved the Leslie Sansone Videos & DVD's. I love to use her programs because I hate walking in the rain & snow. My personal favorites are the Walk & Jog and the Walk & Kick (Power Series). I've started my journey to a new & healthier lifestyle in August. <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:52:40 EST Chicken Waldorf Salad With Dill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54877090 <BR> Chicken Waldorf Salad With Dill <BR> <BR> Yield: 4 servings <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 15 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 0 minutes <BR> Total Time: 15 minutes <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 8 oz pre-cooked chicken breast (leftovers work great here) <BR> 1 medium apple, chopped <BR> 1 cup of red seedless grapes, cut in half <BR> ½ cup of celery, thinly sliced <BR> ¼ cup of plain, fat free Greek yogurt <BR> 2 tbsp of mayonnaise <BR> 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives <BR> Salt... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:23:02 EST new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x54874483 Hi everyone! I'm so excited to find this team! I have used the Leslie Sansone DVDs for about 2 years on and off, but last year I introduced them to my class of mentally impaired adults and saw great results with the class -- weight loss, increased confidence, increased alertness, better balance. Now that I have retired, I am not as motivated to do the DVDs every day like I was with my students, so I am hoping being a part of this team will help me get back to consistently using them. My g... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:43:03 EST 6 Tips To Get Kids Your Kids To Eat More Nutritiou http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54803293 6 Tips To Get Kids Your Kids To Eat More Nutritious Foods <BR> <BR> <link>cleananddelicious.com/2013/09/05/6-t<BR>ips-to-get-kids-your-kids-to-eat-more-<BR>nutritious-foods/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:03:34 EST Scientific American Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54774692 This is a nice article that is a good introduction to people trying to lose weight. Nothing new in there, but it sums up the issue of diet and exercise balance quite nicely. <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not<BR>-simple...chology-ruins-your-beach-body/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 06:22:51 EST new here :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x54724100 I had done Leslie Sansone DVDs for years. And then I got quite ill, had surgery and quit. But now I'm back!! :o) And I already did 1 mile today! I forgot how much I loved it! I'm a little stiff but at my age that's pretty normal! Can't wait to work myself back to my favorite 4 mile DVD. But taking it slow! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:06:39 EST Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54713296 I’ve received many remarkable nature photographs over the years but this photo of a nesting Falcon is perhaps the most remarkable nature shot that I’ve ever seen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Nature is truly breath-taking! <BR> <BR> <BR> . <link>i.imgur.com/YW6Fufm.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:09:57 EST Green Bean and Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54605764 <link>cleananddelicious.com/2013/08/19/gre<BR>en-bean-tomato-salad-video/ </link> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:06:52 EST Noticed a new DVD on Amazon for sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x54580839 I just noticed on Amazon Leslie has a new dvd...Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days (2013) <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> (excerpt) <BR> <BR> Just 30 minutes a day for six days a week can transform your body when you have Leslie as your guide. Each day, perform either a 30-minute cardio walk or a 30-minute strength-training session. Leslie knows how to motivate you to keep going, and the dynamic music makes the time go by quickly. All you'll need is a small amount of space and optional hand w... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:32:08 EST ??Success Stories??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x54556999 I was wanting to know if anyone out there has any success stories to share to keep me motivated? How much did you lose and how long did it take you? <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> ~*~*~*Amy ~*~*~ <BR> <BR> Save a Tree, Save our Planet, Recycle, Think Organic <BR> _______________________________ <BR> Humorous Thought of the day: <BR> I will never ever exagggerate, not in a million years. <BR> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:42:55 EST UPDATE ON TEAM MILE TOTALS...Do Not Post Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x54406829 Fitness In Motion Team......................................<BR>.........589.11 miles <BR> Rainbow of Faith, Hope and Cure Team................120.2 miles <BR> Working Together to Reach Our Goals Team.......333.16miles <BR> Believe, Achieve, Succeed Team...........................689.68 miles <BR> 60's and Beyond Team......................................<BR>.........195 miles <BR> World's Best Grandmas And Grandpas Team....375.60 miles <BR> A Brand New Road Ahead Team........................... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:35:34 EST GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x54385102 Hello Team Mates. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU.... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a challenge for August called GET-UP AND GO CHALLENGE. Jesse (one of my team leaders) started this challenge on 3 of our teams. I have decided to extend a challenge to all the rest of teams that I lead. I'm a little late getting this challenge in but that makes it more fun and more competitive. <BR> <BR> This is how the challenge will work......For each mile of exercise you do whether it be by bike, el... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:02:44 EST GET UP AND GO CHALLENGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x54380422 Let's add our miles together and see how far we can go as a team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 miles for me today <BR> <BR> Team Goal: 2 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:10:51 EST LIST A SMALL GOAL THAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x54340705 I will give myself a well deserved haircut today. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:22:29 EST Good News Will Be Where You Look For It.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54286960 Good News will be Where You Look for It <BR> Optimism Lengthens Lifespan <BR> -- By Rachel Von Nida, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a big believer that attitude and outlook on life accounts for a lot. Research clearly shows that people are actually healthier and much happier when they wake up each day with a positive mind-set. For example, in a 23-year study by Miami and Yale Universities, people with a positive perception of aging lived 7.5 years longer. <BR> <BR> This notion may ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:42:27 EST Why Strength Training is a Must For Everyone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54275219 Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone <BR> Strength Becomes More Important with Age <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age. <BR> <BR> Everyone, no matter how young or old, should be doing some kind of regular strength training. This could be at the gym, or a... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:19:24 EST Tune In to a Healthier You..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54249025 Tune In to a Healthier You <BR> Time to Turn Off Those TV's! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you come home from a hard day, only to plop on the couch and "relax" in front of the TV? If you find it hard to escape the sights and sounds of the tube, or if watching your favorite show turns into more wasted hours than you planned, you're not alone. Americans watch TV for an average of 4 hours every day; even when we're not watching, the televi... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:24:30 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x54236073 <em>91</em> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:59:36 EST Sunny Disposition and Your Heart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54235116 Sunny Disposition May Shield You From Heart Problems <BR> Study of 7,400 people found fewer heart attacks, other conditions among optimists <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Being cheerful and optimistic may greatly reduce your risk of heart problems, according to a new study. <BR> <BR> "If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events," study leader Lisa Yanek, an assistant professor in g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:46:29 EST The Causes of Allergies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54220022 The Causes of Allergies <BR> Most Factors are Out of Your Control <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health Writer & Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While scientists don’t completely understand why allergies develop, they do believe that a combination of things create the immune system confusion, from genetic predisposition to environmental factors. <BR> <BR> There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to the development of allergies—those that you can't change,... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:25:50 EST The More You Spark The More You Lose.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54209252 The More You 'Spark,' The More You'll Lose <BR> Groundbreaking Study Shows Using SparkPeople Improves Weight-Loss Results <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Editor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Researchers have been studying what works—and what doesn't—for real, permanent weight loss for years. Various weight-loss interventions (from specialized diets to in-person support groups to educational sessions to weight-loss apps) have been analyzed, scrutinized, and reviewed in hopes of finding "the" a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:05:51 EST Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54162220 Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10 <BR> Motivation to Lose <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are overweight or obese, there are some powerful reasons to drop 10 percent of your body weight this year. Losing this amount of weight can significantly improve your health and well-being. It may not sound like a lot. In fact, most people trying to lose weight set much loftier goals for themselves, but unrealistic goals can often end in disaster. <BR> <BR> A 10 pe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:48:32 EST Allergy- Proofing Your Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54148824 Allergy-Proofing Your Home <BR> Reduce Dust Mites, Dander, Mold and Pollen <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Allergic reactions to everyday substance in the home can make life uncomfortable, no matter how much medication you take. Avoiding known allergens and making your home as allergen-free as possible can help minimize your symptoms and increase your quality of life. While no home can ever be 100% allergen-free, with the right steps you can reduce yo... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:56:36 EST 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54137390 10 Products to Pamper a Fitness Fanatic <BR> Holiday Gifts for the Active People in Your Life <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's holiday gift time again, and, like me, you may be at a loss as to what to buy your fitness-loving loved ones, especially those who are already decked in top-notch performance wear and already own the best workout gear. Well, here's an often-forgotten gift idea for your loved ones: beauty produc... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:21:09 EST Transition into a Healthy Retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54123351 Transition into a Healthy Retirement <BR> Retirement Can Be A Renaissance <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a distinguished politician who went into retirement after a long career of hectic schedules, important tasks, and continual limelight. After hanging around the house for the first week of his new-found freedom, he was gently chastised by his wife, who informed him that she ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:49:01 EST FUNctional Fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54112405 FUNctional Fitness <BR> We All Want Fitness to Be More Fun! <BR> -- By Mare Petras, Fitness Expert & Author <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? <BR> <BR> As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:36:15 EST So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54097588 So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy! <BR> How to Incorporate Soy Foods into Your Diet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a time in recent history when the closest Americans willingly came to soybeans was by driving through farm country. The only milk you could find at the grocery store came from cows, and the word “tofu” conjured images of bell-bottomed hippies. Times have changed however, and what was once a staple only in Asian markets has found its way to mainst... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:50:38 EST Is Evening Eating Destroying Weight Loss Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54084574 Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Check <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in control, everything is goin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:41:54 EST Healthy Smile, Healthy Body.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54070849 Healthy Smile, Healthy Body <BR> How Your Teeth Affect Your Health <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't think about your teeth that much unless you drink something icy cold or that little postcard reminding you to schedule your next dental appointment shows up in the mail. However, you should really give your pearly whites more attention. After all, your teeth are one of the first things people see when you smile and greet them, and... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:10:23 EST "You Know You're a SparkPerson When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54057205 ''You Know You're a SparkPerson When...'' Contest Rules <BR> See if your favorite is a winner! <BR> -- By SparkPeople <BR> <BR> Recently we held a contest based on the Message Board thread "You know you're a SparkPerson when…" Members were asked to vote for their favorite responses, and below are the top 10! <BR> <BR> You know you're a SparkPerson when… <BR> <BR> 10…You mentally count the calories that other people eat too. (KARMONSTER) <BR> <BR> 09…You look forward to your time at the gy... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:47:22 EST 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54043981 14 Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks <BR> Bored with Walking? Try These Ideas! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, Fitness Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While a walking program can be exciting and challenging at first, you don’t want to fall into a rut by doing the same thing month after month. Here are some ways to add variety to your workouts, whether outdoors or inside on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Add an Incline <BR> Even adding a moderate hill can significantly boost your energy exp... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:14:18 EST how to Set and Reach SMART Goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54030929 How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> A Printable Goal-Setting Worksheet <BR> -- By Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You might be gung-ho about tackling new goals in the New Year, but not so fast! The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using these guidelines is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with for the long haul. After reading the explanation of SMA... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 07:59:54 EST 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54019609 6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> Boost Your Body's Defenses <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your immune system is important. Very much like your own personal army, it guards your body against attacks from invaders (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses), defending against infections and several kinds of cancer. And it’s smart, too, often “remembering” certain infections so it’s ready for them the next time they try to attack. But just like any other bod... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:10:40 EST 10 Signs You Need to Loose Weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x54008659 Top 10 Signs You Need to Lose Weight <BR> Can You Relate? <BR> -- By John McGran, Professional Writer (and Dieter) <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but I’d rather laugh than cry when life sneaks up on me and cracks me right between the eyes. Case in point: my weight. <BR> <BR> It wasn’t that long ago that I was arguably in the best shape of my adult life. But being the yo-yo dieter that I am—with emphasis on the yo-yo p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:23:19 EST Beat the Crowds at the Gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53997189 Beat the Crowds at the Gym <BR> 9 Ways to Wait Less and Work Out More <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have a gym membership, you know how frustrating it can be when the gym is too crowded for comfort. Isn't it tough enough to muster the motivation to head out the door to exercise? Then you arrive, dressed and ready for a workout, only to find a fitness center so crowded that the waiting time for an elliptical is longer than the line for a m... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:01:11 EST Stop Weekend Binges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53984449 Stop Weekend Binges <BR> Is Weekend Eating Destroying Your Diet? <BR> -- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The structure of the work (or school) week can be extremely conducive to maintaining good eating habits. If you have a very predictable daily routine, it can be easier to plan meals and snacks and eat on a consistent schedule so that you never get too hungry. But when the weekend comes, all that structure disappears and leads many people into making unhealthy eating ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:14:47 EST JULY.....MONEY JAR CHALLENGE $$$$$$$$$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x53971199 REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON JULY 1ST...2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of JULY. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that's ok, because it... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:45:14 EST Taking Care of Yourself When You are the Caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53970675 Taking Care of Yourself When You Become the Caregiver <BR> Finding Health and Balance When Caring for Others <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I sat across the cafe table from my dearest friend, Margie, I was struck by how tired and drawn she looked. This was the first time we had seen in each other in months. Before, we had made a point to meet for lunch or coffee once a week. Now that she had moved her folks close by to help with her father’s ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:10:19 EST JULY...HOW MANY MINUTES WILL YOU PLEDGE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x53959262 FOR THOSE THAT ARE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE ...THIS IS HOW IT WORKS!!!! <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY YOU WILL COMMIT TO EXERCISE AND MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTH OF JULY. REMEMBER ANY TYPE OF EXERCISE IS GREAT....TENNIS, GARDENING, GOLFING, SWIMMING etc. <BR> <BR> LET'S SAY YOU WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO DO 30 MINS. A DAY YOU THEN MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 31 (DAYS IN JULY ) YOU WOULD THEN PLEDGE 930 MINUTES. <BR> <BR> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MEET OR BEAT OUR... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:50:08 EST 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53955898 8 Ways to Keep Active When You Can't Exercise Like Normal <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 10/4/2012 2:00 PM : 32 comments : 13,498 Views <BR> See More: injury, exercise, sunscreen, <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had a spot removed from my shoulder. My dermatologist cut out a pretty hefty chunk that required several stitches and has left me with a one-inch scar. <BR> Relief that the sketchy spot was history was soon replaced by panic when I was given post-op ins... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:02:49 EST 31 DAYS....TO LESS STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x53942960 Stress has been so ingrained in our days and in our culture that you probably don’t even recognize it any more .But summer is the perfect time to relax,slowdown,and Just enjoy the weather.What better time than July to use these lazy days to relieve any stress you've been experiencing? Learn to cope with stress from this month forward by starting with these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> I will post a daily tip each day this month to help make your summer more enjoyable. <em>414</em> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:51:07 EST Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53942654 Stay Motivated with SparkStreaks! <BR> How (and Why) to Start Your Own Streak Today! <BR> -- By Jen Mueller & Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Experts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At SparkPeople, we believe that streaking can motivate you to reach your goals. Put your clothes back on—we're not talking about running naked in public (although that sure could inspire you to tone up or drop a few pounds)! We're talking about a different kind of streak—when you consistently meet a goal, like tracking your f... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:27:27 EST How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53931781 How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist <BR> Boost Your Exercise Mojo with the Right Music <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch? <BR> <BR> Sure, that guy was creating a playlist to woo a gir... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:29:27 EST Hello From SW Georgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53930921 My name is Holly and I live in Southwest Georgia. <BR> I decided to join this team because I love her Walk and Jog. <BR> When I am not exercising and job hunting. <BR> I love to spend time with God, read, do things with family, and crochet for charity. <BR> Lost my first 5% with the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge. <BR> Saw this one and wanted to join. I love Leslie's Walk and Jog. <BR> She does DVDS that is good for any fitness levels. <BR> I wanted to continue getting healthy (inside and ou... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 06:48:01 EST Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53918556 Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet <BR> Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes s... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:16:51 EST Snacking Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53906894 Snacking Healthy <BR> Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you reach your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? <BR>... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:16:28 EST The Before-Dur ring-After Journal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53893288 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, 26 Jun 2013 08:59:26 EST Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53880539 Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative <BR> Cook as the Mediterraneans Do <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Would you be surprised to learn that you CAN feel good about fat in your food? Here’s a refresher on one source of fat – olive oil – the healthier oil of all oils and the natural juice of the olive fruit. Its most talked about benefit may be its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling LDLs (the bad cholesterol) and raising HDLs (the good cholestero... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:03:16 EST Exercises to Boost Your Brian Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53865865 Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power <BR> Strengthen Your Mind with These Healthy Habits <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you work out, a few things probably run through your mind: changing your body composition, burning calories, building more muscle and strengthening your cardiovascular system. But did you know that there is one body part that most of us neglect to think about in terms of exercise? This specific orga... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:46:23 EST Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53852271 Optimism and the Power of Positive Thinking <BR> Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life! <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “How do you do it?” my friend asked me one day over coffee. “You’ve had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you’re still so cheerful. What gives?” <BR> <BR> My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I’d gotten divorced and I’d been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:23:20 EST MOVEMENT CHALLENGE/HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25587x59498x53846064 OK Team, let's see how far and where you will go this summer! Here is the template for you to record your daily achievement. Let's get going! <BR> <BR> Template for Summer Mileage Challenge <BR> <BR> June Mileage Goal/Estimate: <BR> 06/21 <BR> 06/22 <BR> 06/23 <BR> 06/24 <BR> 06/25 <BR> 06/26 <BR> 06/27 <BR> 06/28 <BR> 06/29 <BR> 06/30 <BR> June Actual Total: <BR> <BR> <BR> July Mileage Goal/Estimate: <BR> 07/01 <BR> 07/02 <BR> 07/03 <BR> 07/04 <BR> 07/05 <BR> 07/06 <BR> 07/07 <BR> 0... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:48:40 EST What Eat Before You Work Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53840791 What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about what you eat before and after your workouts, too? <BR> <BR> Usually not. If you’re eating a healt... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:08:30 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53827986 A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confiden... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:49:23 EST What to Wear When You Walk.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53815049 What to Wear When You Walk <BR> Clothing, Shoes and Gear for Walkers <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rain or shine, warm or cold, walking outside can be a year-round activity. But before you head out, you’ll want to make sure you are dressed for the elements. It can be a very uncomfortable walk if you don’t have on the right gear! Here are some tips to help you stay cool, dry and comfortable, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! <BR> <BR> Fee... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:58:53 EST A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53803181 A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market <BR> The How and Why of Buying from Local Growers <BR> -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From hot summer days through those cool early fall months, farmers markets are in full swing, yielding a bounty of beautiful, fresh, local produce. Visiting a farmers market is a lovely weekend outing, but there are many other reasons to bypass the market for your weekly fresh fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> While grocery stores boas... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:20:18 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53802538 Hi I am Tami S i am new to this team but i love her DVDs right now i am doing Leslie 2 and 3 mile walking videos i have. I am preparing to do my first 5k marathon in the next 8 to 10 weeks. My goal is to finish it from beginning to end walking it! I do a lot of different excising but the most i do is walking i am walking inside and outside and i am striving to walk everywhere around town. Well i am glad to meet everyone!! Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:44:59 EST Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53789492 Your Nutrition Plan for Weight Maintenance <BR> How to Adjust Your Calories after Reaching Your Weight Loss Goal <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! This article will help you figure out how to use SparkPeople’s tools just as effectively to maintain your weight as you have used them to lose that weight in the first place. Make sure you’re logged in now so that the links below will work for you. <BR> <BR> St... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:08:51 EST Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53773930 Smarter Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> Simple Tips for Mastering Your Sugar Cravings <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re watching your calorie intake, the most problematic part of your anatomy may be your sweet tooth. Our bodies are hard-wired for an attraction to sweet foods since sweetness signals that we’re taking in the calories (energy) needed for survival. The problem arises, of course, when we’re not burning those calories. But we can... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:09:42 EST Remember to Reward Yourself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53761862 Remember to Reward Yourself <BR> How to Pat Yourself on the Back <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, SparkPeople Contributor <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 nothing ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:42:35 EST been here before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53756083 been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:34 EST 8 Exercise Energy Zappers.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53751015 8 Exercise Energy Zappers <BR> How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as they lift weights. An upbeat personal trainer stands nearby, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Something is not right, though. You're partway through your workout, and you’ve hit a slump. Is it a ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:12:07 EST Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53738176 Lactose Intolerance and a Healthy Diet <BR> Ditch the Pain, Not the Calcium <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian, with Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Milk. It does a body good. <BR> <BR> Unless it doesn't, that is. <BR> <BR> While milk is an excellent source of calcium and protein, up to 75% of the world's population cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. When they try, the result is tummy trouble that can range from a mild discomf... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:37:59 EST Think Yourself Fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53724642 Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:45:36 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53710283 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer <BR> Natural Treatments for Healthy Skin <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer is the season for showing skin. But with more exposure to the elements and greater oil and sweat production, skin problems (namely sunburn, heat rashes and breakouts) seem to increase right along with the temperature. Luckily, you can fight summer skin problems and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetics counter to do so. Try t... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:55:06 EST How to Avoid the Diet Blues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53695319 Moderation in All Things <BR> How to Avoid the Diet Blues <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods—and that's why so many diets fail. Most people just can’t tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. <BR> <BR> The more you try to eliminate your favorite foods, the mo... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:12:48 EST 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Season.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53681095 7 Fun Ways to Burn BIG Calories this Spring <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/17/2013 6:00 AM : 87 comments : 25,258 Views <BR> See More: fitness, cardio, spring, <BR> <BR> Do you love spring as much as I do? It's so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors without wearing a coat, and see the green grass and tiny flower buds flanking the streets. Every sunny day, I lament that I'm in the office instead of outdoors, which is why I get ou... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:05:24 EST Sharing Is Achieving.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53667074 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 s... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:28:12 EST The Truth About Juicing and Your Health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53655652 The Truth about Juicing and Your Health <BR> To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple decades ago, juicing was something that only overzealously health-conscious people did. You just knew someone was into healthy living if he or she owned a juicer or drank fresh juice regularly. Today, it's much more popular. People are juicing to lose weight, to cleanse and to consume more nutrients. Juicers are p... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:45:32 EST The Secrets of Success: Sneak in More Exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53614180 The Secrets of Success: Sneak In More Exercise <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/10/2010 6:05 AM : 108 comments : 53,156 Views <BR> See More: fitness, weight loss, secrets of success, <BR> <BR> We've been talking a lot in the past few weeks about exercise and weight loss: why it matters, how much you need, and ways to vary your routine for better results. What if working out and dieting alone aren't really enough to lose weight? Yes, both exercise and a healthy, calo... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:03:27 EST Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53599524 Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success <BR> Good Things Come to Those Who Believe <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! <BR> <BR> But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or e... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:54:49 EST 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53584273 13 Ways to Get Moving at Work <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 5/31/2013 6:00 AM : 67 comments : 47,441 Views <BR> See More: fitness, stretching, sitting, work, <BR> <BR> Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a computer. I love writing and editing, but I don't ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:52:21 EST Sneaky Ways to Get Fit & Healthy. .Without trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53570776 10 Sneaky Ways to Get Fit and Healthy—Without Really Trying <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 9/23/2009 7:33 AM : 193 comments : 146,485 Views <BR> See More: quick tips, excuse busters, healthy living, getting started, changes, <BR> <BR> Faster than a speeding bullet, there's a new approach to healthy living can make you fit as a fiddle. And it's as easy as 1-2-3! <BR> <BR> It's called "stealth health" and it's a philosophy that's gaining ground among experts, food m... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 09:35:05 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53557285 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obvi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:48:23 EST Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53545014 Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up? <BR> A Look at Self-Destructive Thoughts <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If we had friends that treated us the way that many of us treat ourselves, they wouldn’t be our friends for very long. Imagine a friend who calls up just to complain–about you. Or an alleged buddy who quickly says “I told you so” when you screw up. Or someone who encourages you to give up instead of encouraging you to do your best. <BR> <BR> Why do we do this? Why... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:02:43 EST Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53531809 Do Detox Diets Work? Are They Safe? <BR> <BR> By: Becky Hand, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> 3/8/2013 12:00 PM : 40 comments : 79,159 Views <BR> See More: weight loss, healthy eating, spring, diet myths, <BR> <BR> Spring is right around the corner, and as I glance around my home, I see that a thorough cleaning is in order. Dust bunnies are multiplying under my bed, spider webs are glistening on my chandelier, and a layer of dust has settled on all places too difficult to comfortably reach... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:30:25 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53519031 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains <BR> Self-Care Tips from Chronic Pain Sufferers That Really Work <BR> -- By SparkPeople Staff <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people struggle with pain. Whether it's short term from an injury or chronic due to disc issues, neuropathy or Fibromyalgia, we all want to find relief. Pain clinics and medical interventions are great places to begin, but some pain sufferers look for additional ways to find relief that don't always involve drugs, appointments or doctor ... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:54:18 EST A Beginner's Guide to Container Veggie Gardens.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53509476 A Beginner's Guide to Container Vegetable Gardening <BR> A Versatile Way to Grow Your Favorite Plants <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth and Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributors <BR> <BR> Container gardening is a useful method of growing both edibles and ornamentals when you have little or no yard, have compromised soil, or you simply enjoy the freedom to move your plants from place to place. It is an ideal technique for those in urban situations such as apartments. One of the biggest bonuses to contai... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:58:18 EST Have You Found Your Inner "Normal Eater"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53493217 Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? <BR> <BR> By: Dean Anderson, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of the goals of making a “lifestyle change” (as opposed to going on a diet) is to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating that feels normal, comfortable, usually enjoyable, and relatively easy to maintain over time. <BR> <BR> No elaborate eating rules, no worries about “good” foods and “bad” foods, no guilt feelings or verbal self-abuse for breaking the rules, no getting ob... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:33:00 EST Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53471544 Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines <BR> How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Often described as an intense throbbing or pulsing in one specific area of the head, a migraine headache is a condition that can't--and shouldn't--be ignored. This severe headache can last for a few hours or up to several days. People who suffer from migraines are often left incapacitated, seeking a dark, quiet place to rest and recupe... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:24:51 EST 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53460140 6 Sunless Tanning Secrets <BR> What the Bottle Won't Tell You <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Want to enjoy that sun-kissed look without the risks of tanning? Whether you just want to touch up some tan lines or need all over bronzing, the latest generation of self-tanners will have you glowing in a matter of minutes. <BR> <BR> The active ingredient in most self-tanners is DHA, a simple sugar that turns golden brown when exposed to certain proteins. Wh... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:46:08 EST Concentrate On Your Core... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53455716 Concentrate On Your Core <BR> Exercise Your Body from the Inside-Out <BR> -- By The American Institute of Cancer Research <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If your core is weak, you are susceptible to poor posture and injury. Lower back pain is also more likely to occur. <B... Thu, 23 May 2013 20:51:34 EST Shopping Cart Essentials.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53395619 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-... Sun, 19 May 2013 07:24:12 EST Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53386466 Can Certain Foods Help You Burn More Fat? <BR> What the Research Really Says about Acai, Green Tea, Carbs and Dairy <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants ... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:56:38 EST Allergy Tips for Every Season.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53374585 Allergy Tips for Every Season <BR> Don't Let Symptoms Prevent You from Enjoying the Weather <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every season of the year brings new obstacles to allergy sufferers. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as sensitivity to pollen in the spring or mold in the fall), or allergies that are a nuisance in every season (like pet dander and dust mites), there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your symptoms year-rou... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:49:55 EST Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53364996 Turn Money Problems into Rewarding Solutions <BR> Got Money Problems? Find Peace with Your Paycheck <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got money problems? These days, when many people earn the equivalent of 4 gallons of gas per hour, who doesn’t? <BR> <BR> For many people, money problems go beyond coping with rising prices or tweaking your budget to keep your expenses within your means; they're a way of life. No matter how much money you have, it's ... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:45:58 EST 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53352992 8 Tips for Deciphering Diet Claims <BR> Separate the Food Fact from the Fiction <BR> -- By Robert J. Davis, PhD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, which preparation methods we should use to be safe, and which chemicals and contaminants in food we should shun to avoid illn... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:19:21 EST How to Deal With Setbacks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53339952 How to Deal with Setbacks <BR> Bounce Back from Life's Hurdles <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:06:54 EST Body Composition Measures Results.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53324659 Body Composition Measures Results <BR> Use these Numbers to Track your Progress <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people can measure their weight loss by the way they feel and look: firmer thighs, a smaller waist, jiggle-free arms. But then there are the number-crazy ones who desperately need some kind (any kind!) of concrete proof that all their hard work is paying off. They want to gauge their progress a different way. Give them numbers on paper, or som... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:47:47 EST Common Myths about Happiness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53313637 Common Myths about Happiness <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish this sentence: “I could be happy if…” <BR> <BR> Did you answer something like, “If I lost 15 pounds,” “if I got that promotion,” or “if I had more money”? If so, you’re not alone. <BR> <BR> For many people, happiness is some elusive thing that’s always out of reach. You’re never happy right here and now—your happiness depends on something that’s got to happen in the future, something outs... Sun, 12 May 2013 09:12:35 EST An Exercise in Self-Esteem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53302104 An Exercise in Self-Esteem <BR> Exercise Your Way to Feeling Better About Yourself <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re like most people who want to lose weight, you probably think that shedding a few pounds will help you feel better about yourself. And chances are, you see exercise simply as something you need to do to accomplish that goal. But here’s something you may not know: this "necessary evil" approach to exercise may actually be prevent... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:25:20 EST Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53290334 Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations <BR> Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey <BR> -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. <BR> <BR> Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Thei... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:38:56 EST Put the "I" Back in Your Vocabulary.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53276211 Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary <BR> Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would you believe me if I told you that knowing the answer to one simple question could improve your chances for weight loss success by up to 100%? Well, it’s true. Here’s the question: <BR> <BR> Which of the following is the single most important factor in long-term weight loss success? <BR> <BR> A. Calorie Counting <BR> B. R... Thu, 9 May 2013 06:30:19 EST An Active Approach to Managing Menopause... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53264688 An Active Approach to Managing Menopause <BR> Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort <BR> -- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You’ve heard the jokes and the horror stories. But often, faced with the onset of menopause, most of us don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Luckily, if you’re determined to stay fit—or get fit— there’s no time like perimenopause to begin a sensible physical regimen. <BR> <BR> Physical activity, the most effective alternative therapy available for women ... Wed, 8 May 2013 08:11:00 EST 100...POINTS A DAY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53254673 167 Tue, 7 May 2013 11:39:50 EST 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53252461 7 Myths and Facts about Chocolate <BR> Melting the Myths for Good <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Whether you prefer a gooey chocolate truffle or a mug of hot cocoa, chocolate is the number one indulgence for most of us—especially on Valentine’s Day. But this indulgence comes at a price, right? After all, isn’t chocolate bad for us, full of caffeine and saturated fat? Not so fast—new research has shown that chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet af... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:06:48 EST 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53238407 10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home <BR> Make Your Home Workplace Work for You <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Working from home may seem like a dream. You have no boss popping up behind you. No employees to interrupt you with the latest office gossip. No donuts to avoid. But, working from home—with all of its perks and pluses—also presents some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:28:12 EST No Pain = BIG Gain..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53224664 No Pain = BIG Gain <BR> Is Your Exercise Program Wearing You Out? <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that a combination of diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. <BR> <BR> For some of us, common sense dictates that the more you work out—and the higher the intensity—the better. But that’s not necessarily true. Even if you’ve gradually increased the intensity, duration and/or frequency of your ... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:32:04 EST Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53215228 Yoga and You'll Go to Sleep <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many of these people rely on medication to fall asleep, but research shows that relaxation and meditation exercises can also be effective at treating insomnia. <BR> <BR> A new study from the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospi... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:34:29 EST Find Meaning in a Job Well Done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53203316 Find Meaning in a Job Well Done <BR> How to Make All Your Work Rewarding & Satisfying <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For most of us, work is a fact of life. Whether your paycheck helps care for a family, a home, tuition, or simply what you need to stay alive, we spend a large percentage of our waking hours doing some kind of work. <BR> <BR> According to recent research, most of us also have conflicting feelings about our work. Over 84 percent of... Fri, 3 May 2013 09:02:51 EST Getting Rest with RLS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53191921 Getting Rest with RLS <BR> Control Restless Legs Syndrome to Sleep Better <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> When your legs ache, you can usually lie down and relax to alleviate your symptoms. But for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS for short), relaxing only makes them hurt more. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 12 million Americans are suffering from RLS, which... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:07:04 EST Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53176470 Homemade Beauty Recipes for Spring <BR> 8 Fresh Ideas for Healthier Skin and Hair! <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tulips and daffodils are pushing up through the thawing ground, buds are exploding from once-lonely tree branches, and I’ve got mashed carrot and avocado all over my face. No, I’m not spoon-feeding a baby, but I am babying my skin with a spring-inspired face masque. Carrots and avocados are excellent sources of skin-nourishing vitamins that can help... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:04:45 EST WHAT JOURNEY ARE YOU ON..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59498x53164174 .My challenge is to cross Canada starting at Victoria, B.C. and going across the Trans Canada Highway to Novia Scotia, Halifax. <BR> <BR> <BR> WALKING ACROSS CANADA...2,780 miles (starting date April 1st, 2013) <BR> <BR> Today's Miles:... 2 miles <BR> Total Miles To Date:....113 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> 2670 miles to go to my Destination Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:39:42 EST 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53162750 4 Steps to Healthier Surroundings <BR> Spread the Spark to the World Around You <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're eager to be a positive force, there’s no shortage of people that could use some help. In 1994, 10-20% of every U.S. state’s population was considered obese. By 2001, the numbers in 30 states grew to 20% or more. According to the American Medical Association, more than 1 of every 4 adults in Alabama is obese. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is an int... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:08:30 EST Prevent Fitness Sebacks Before They Happen.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53148858 Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen <BR> Clearing the 12 Most Common Exercise Hurdles <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tra... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:41:25 EST Break Out of Your Food Rut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53136572 Break Out of Your Food Rut! <BR> 5 Ways to Make Happier Meals <BR> -- By Bryn Mooth, SparkPeople Contributor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's for dinner? What are you eating for breakfast or lunch tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If you aren't feeling excited about your meals, or if your kids are complaining about eating chicken again, you may be in a food rut. <BR> <BR> It happens easily; between work obligations, social plans, and kids' soccer practices, we tend to fall back on easy-to-prepare staple mea... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:03:34 EST 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53125401 10 Tips for a Healthier Weekend <BR> How to Stay on Track 7 Days a Week <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all know how it goes. You make good food choices, avoid temptations, and work out every morning only to find that on Friday or Saturday night, your willpower goes out the window. Somehow you begin noshing on chicken fingers and guzzling beer then snoozing through your Spinning class the next morning. Sound familiar? <... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:25:47 EST How to Stop a Migraine in it's Tracks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53114778 How to Stop a Migraine in Its Tracks <BR> Triggers & Treatments for Migraine Pain <BR> -- By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you live with migraines, you might already be familiar with the pain and discomfort they cause. Migraines are a specific type of headache often identified by episodes of throbbing pain and, sometimes, nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Migraines can be mild or severe, and they occur more commonly in women than in men. <BR> <BR> Some people... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:24:23 EST Surround Yourself with the Positive.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53103104 Surround Yourself with the Positive <BR> Picture Yourself in a Positive Light <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put yourself in a positive frame of mind, you can accomplish anything. If you can clearly see your goal, see that it’s within your grasp, there’s nothing stopping you. That’s why surrounding yourself with positive images and visual reminders can be just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> You may already have an inner voice telling you that you can d... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:31:38 EST Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53089509 Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking <BR> Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit! <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator <BR> <BR> Starting a regular walking program offers numerous health and fitness benefits! <BR> <BR> Good for your heart: Walking regularly can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease. <BR> According to the long-term Nurses' Health Study, which follows the habits and health of 72,000 female nurses, th... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:18:35 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53081528 Hi! I have been off sparkpeople since 2009 :( I am getting back on track and would appreciate as much encouragement as possible :) I have over 80 pounds to lose to be in a healthy range. Thanks for the support in advance :) Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:16:38 EST Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53077387 Eco-Exercise: Get Fit & Give Back <BR> Plus 5 Ways to ''Green'' Your Workout <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some people would only run if a bear were chasing them. Others do it to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress. But Wisconsinite Samuel Huber runs to help the planet. He is part of a growing movement of runners who realize that this form of exercise doesn't just get you from point A to point B, but can also be a vehicle for change. <BR> <BR> Huber is a ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:18:42 EST Managing Arthritis with Exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53067707 Managing Arthritis with Exercise <BR> Pain, Pain, Go Away <BR> -- By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does this sound familiar? "My joints are achy, I feel stiff all the time, and it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning." If there were ever a good excuse not to exercise – if there were ever a defensible time to throw in the towel – this would be it, right? Wrong! <BR> <BR> In fact, when arthritis is a problem is precisely the time for you to get up and get mo... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:27:38 EST The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53050032 The Importance of Setting Medium-Term Goals <BR> A Reward System to Reach Your Dreams! <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at that point to break it down into short-term goals… practice some chords in the evening, run on the weekends, or arri... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:39:09 EST Healthy Eating Horoscopes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53041268 Healthy Eating Horoscopes <BR> Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're struggling t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:28:14 EST Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53027277 Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe <BR> Smart Substitution: Baking Ingredients <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s dinner time again and all of your tried and true recipes your family loves call for cups of oil, sticks of butter, and several ounces of whole milk. But you have the solution – smart substitutions. <BR> <BR> Cookware <BR> For starters, invest in a good set of non-stick pans and skillets. These alone will help cut down the amount of oil you use to cook... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:52:06 EST 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53014598 10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick <BR> Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired? <BR> <BR> To s... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:09:00 EST Walk Away The Pounds Fat Burning Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x59498x53012438 If anyone is interested, Collage video has this dvd this week only for $5.98. They have a great selection of her dvds too. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:07:37 EST Finding the Courage to Win...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x53001874 Finding the Courage to Win <BR> A Lesson about the Strength of Vision <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> This is the story of an unassuming electrician working hard at a city zoo. He was not known as the kind to stir up trouble, but as mounting injustice swirled around him, he couldn't help himself. He wrote and published a couple of essays expressing his beliefs - and was promptly arrested and sentenced to 1... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:55:55 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x52987385 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> Good for You, Your Home and the Planet <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it’s finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs, and take on your annual spring cleaning. But often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they’re intended to clean. And the way we clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn’t ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:55:52 EST Boomerang Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x52973784 Boomerang Kids: <BR> <BR> <BR> When Boomerang Kids Move Back Home <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D., Yahoo! Contributor Network <BR> Sep 8, 2011 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.". <BR> More: <BR> Boomerang Kids <BR> Boomerang Generation <BR> Coping with Unemployment <BR> <BR> Not since the Great Depression have so many fledgling adults moved into the empty nest with mom and dad. This cyclical trend has accelerated along with the economic crisis. Faced with school l... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:25:07 EST A Solution -Focused Approach to Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x52973642 A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss <BR> Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you don’t achieve the weight loss results you’re looking for? <BR> <BR> Do you resolve to cut calories even more, try harder to resist temptations, or log extra treadmill time? These ideas could work—if you’ve been doing less than what you know you need to do to lose weight in the first place. <BR> <... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:15:24 EST Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25588x59498x52959184 Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation <BR> The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave <BR> -- By Life Coach Mary Guarino, Ph.D <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What will you do with your time once your children leave the nest? You may not have thought about it, but a new career path could be your best option. The years of parenting are spent focusing on other people’s needs, often with little time for self-reflection. Career exploration is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and personal ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:38:40 EST