SparkPeople Weekly Challenge(s) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=621 Weekly challenges that will inspire you to adopt healthy habits such as good nutrition, stress control, exercise, and motivation. You'll be amazed at what you can do in a week! SparkPeople Weekly Challenge(s) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=621 Weekly Challenge - "Extra Chances" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73913084 This week's challenge is all about finding "EXTRA CHANCES" to get in short bursts of movement. All those extra steps and little movements will add up! Let's take advantage of those "EXTRA CHANCES" ... here are some examples: <BR> <BR> - Pace when you're talking on the phone or brushing your teeth. <BR> - Park further away and walk from store to store and back to the car instead <BR> - Dance in the kitchen, while preparing a meal <BR> - Carry a basket in the grocery store instead of pushing a... Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:22:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "Try A New ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73878014 "TRY A NEW" healthy activity each day this week. If you don't care for what's on the list, you can choose your own, but it should be something that you know will help with your healthy lifestyle journey. You could try something different each day .... or you may duplicate. As always, your challenge so your choice. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the list (or days of the week, if you are choosing yourself), and then come back here each day and share what new thing you did each day. <BR> <BR> TRY ... Sun, 21 Jun 2020 02:14:15 EST Weekly Challenge - "Combine It" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73839892 Your challenge this week is to “COMBINE IT” whenever you can ... but at least once every day. Here are a few suggestions, but you can mix it up (make your own combinations). While doing everyday activities, it's easy to "COMBINE IT" with a simple exercise, thereby squeezing in some strength training and/or cardio. <BR> <BR> - Brush teeth/Leg lift <BR> - Blow dry hair/plié or toe raises <BR> - Phone call/tree pose or pace <BR> - Couch time/push up or kick backs <BR> - Commercial/bridge or hig... Sat, 13 Jun 2020 21:05:52 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x73839698 Hi. I am new to Spark People and am up for the challenge of a healthier lifestyle. I hope to meet new friends and new challenges. <em>244</em> Sat, 13 Jun 2020 20:15:50 EST Special Challenge - "HEALTHY CHOICE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73795919 Every day offers us a new chance to build on our clean lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to make at least one “HEALTHY CHOICE” every day. Then come here as often as you can ... and post what you did that day to make a "HEALTHY CHOICE." <BR> <BR> For example, maybe you practiced portion control, skipped that 2nd serving, exercised, or did some strength training. All healthy choices ... and I'm sure you will think of many others! Fri, 5 Jun 2020 20:14:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Quality Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73795906 Every day this week, schedule some "QUALITY TIME” ... just for you! Do something that relaxes you ... something that gives you great pleasure. <BR> <BR> It could be a hobby, a peaceful walk, a bike ride, listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then post daily how you spent your “QUALITY TIME.” Have a relaxing week! <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Sat... Fri, 5 Jun 2020 20:12:34 EST June 2020 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73766562 June Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 6/1- <BR> 6/2- <BR> 6/3- <BR> 6/4- <BR> 6/5- <BR> 6/6- <BR> 6/7- <BR> 6/8- <BR> 6/9- <BR> 6/10- <BR> 6/11- <BR> 6/12- <BR> 6/13- <BR> 6/14- <BR> 6/15- <BR> 6/16- <BR> 6/17- <BR> 6/18- <BR> 6/19- <BR> 6/20- <BR> 6/21- <BR> 6/22- <BR> 6/23- <BR> 6/24- <BR> 6/25- <BR> 6/26- <BR> 6/27- <BR> 6/28- <BR> 6/29- <BR> 6/30- Sun, 31 May 2020 20:05:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "May You ...." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73764318 As we finish the month of May, let's challenge ourselves this week to do something different every day. <BR> <BR> "MAY YOU ..." be healthy each day, by completing one-of-the-tasks each day (your choice, any order you wish). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the "MAY YOU..." list/asks, then come back here each day to post the date (or dates) you complete them. Try to do at least 1-a-day, so that you accomplish all the healthy habits throughout the week (you can duplicate, doing more than 1-a-... Sun, 31 May 2020 11:31:25 EST Weekly Challenge - "Few Minutes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73720710 Your challenge this week is to get in a habit of doing some sort of exercise everyday... and.it only takes a "FEW MINUTES!" <BR> <BR> All you need to do is choose an exercise that you will commit to doing everyday this week. It be cardio (like jumping jacks, jump rope, jogging in place) or maybe a strength training exercise (like lunges, crunches, push ups) ... and simply do that exercise for just a "FEW MINUTES.". <BR> <BR> If you’re planning to do strength training then remember to rota... Sat, 23 May 2020 20:27:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "Sleep Tight" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73681851 <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> This week’s challenge is to “SLEEP TIGHT.” Since getting some sleep is often a challenge in itself, let's see if we incorporate a few helpful hints this week to "SLEEP TIGHT." <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then come back here to post what you did to "SLEEP TIGHT" each night—by doing something... Sun, 17 May 2020 00:35:50 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mothers" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73641890 Since our week starts on "MOTHERS" Day, your new challenge is to do 1-healthy-habit-a-day. You may choose to do more, of course, but just 1-a-day will full-fill the challenge. <BR> <BR> Let's make our "MOTHERS" happy this week ... by doing the healthy things they taught us when we were growing up. <BR> <BR> As usual, copy &amp; paste, then come back &amp; post what date(s) you completed each healthy habit (or post an emotion, if you prefer). <BR> <BR> M - Move a little more today than yest... Sun, 10 May 2020 01:12:33 EST Weekly Challenge -"The 7 G's to Great Health" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73599919 Your Challenge this week is to focus on the "7 G's to great health." That's just one "G" (ie "Goal") a day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the "7 G's" (GOALS), and come back here daily to either post a goal met emoticon, or post date(s) of accomplishing each of the "7 G's to Great Health." <BR> <BR> - Gulp just water <BR> - Go whole grain <BR> - Get your sleep <BR> - Get moving <BR> - Get 5 freggies a day <BR> - Go down a plate size <BR> - Go home to eat Sun, 3 May 2020 00:51:57 EST May 2020 Fitness Mintues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73590406 May Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 5/1- <BR> 5/2- <BR> 5/3- <BR> 5/4- <BR> 5/5- <BR> 5/6- <BR> 5/7- <BR> 5/8- <BR> 5/9- <BR> 5/10- <BR> 5/11- <BR> 5/12- <BR> 5/13- <BR> 5/14- <BR> 5/15- <BR> 5/16- <BR> 5/17- <BR> 5/18- <BR> 5/19- <BR> 5/20- <BR> 5/21- <BR> 5/22- <BR> 5/23- <BR> 5/24- <BR> 5/25- <BR> 5/26- <BR> 5/27- <BR> 5/28- <BR> 5/29- <BR> 5/30- <BR> 5/31- <BR> Fri, 1 May 2020 12:54:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Torch Calories" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73557682 Your challenge this week is to "TORCH CALORIES" ... however you wish! There are numerous ways to do so, many of them fun (not the normal, sweaty gym-type workouts you used to think you HAD to do). <BR> <BR> Here's an article that might give you an idea or two, on how to "TORCH CALORIES" and have fun doing so. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>slideshow.asp?show=27&amp;page=5 </link> <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then come back daily, to po... Sun, 26 Apr 2020 01:15:58 EST "It's Time to .... " http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x73520854 "IT's TIME TO...... you fill in the blank! <BR> <BR> What do you need to just go ahead and get done? <BR> <BR> Summer is right around the corner, and "IT'S TIME TO" get those things done! It's time to get active, energized, and ready for Summertime! Whether it's more Spring cleaning, re-committing to a goal, rejuvenating your exercise routine, supporting our team(s), or something else entirely that "IT'S TIME TO." You can change it up, anytime you're ready to switch goals. <BR> <BR> Copy t... Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:39:14 EST "Special" Challenge - "IT IS SPRING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73520794 There are about 10 days left in the month of April ... and there are 10 letters in the phrase "IT IS SPRING." Celebrate the season ... by doing at least 1 healthy habit a day. <BR> <BR> So for the next 10 days, your challenge is to do 1 healthy habit a day. You do not have to do them in any specific order. Just try to do them all, and at least one-a-day, so you're doing something healthy every day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters/tasks below, and then come back daily, to post the ... Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:23:29 EST Post a "SUMMER" emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x73520774 Post any "BIRD" emoticon. It's nice to hear them singing at least ,when we have windows open. <BR> <BR> <em>585</em> <em>586</em> <em>587</em> <em>585</em> <em>589</em> <em>588</em> <em>586</em> <em>585</em> <em>586</em> <em>587</em> <em>589</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Post any "SUMMER" emoticon.... <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>463</em> <em>462</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>218</em> <em>283</em> <em>462</em> <em>67</e... Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:13:36 EST "J" is for June, July, and ...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x73520755 "J" is for June, July, and ...... and many other things that start with "J." <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Just one cookie <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2020 14:10:12 EST Weekly Challenge - "Moving" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73517764 Cardio exercise is good for your heart, body and mind. "MOVING" reduces body fat, decreases total cholesterol, boosts mood, lowers resting heart rate, and improves heart and lung function. So let’s get "MOVING!" <BR> <BR> This week your challenge is to get "MOVING" ... just do some kind of cardio exercise each day, as much as you are able. There are many cardio options to choose from. The important thing is that you choose something you enjoy, and that you are "MOVING" intensely enough to... Sun, 19 Apr 2020 01:38:23 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73477772 This week’s challenge will be perfect for “JUST YOU ‘ . . . because “JUST YOU” will decide what that challenge will be! <BR> <BR> It can be to drink your water, to get a certain number of daily steps, to eat more veggies, to get more sleep . . . only “YOU” know what you need to work on. And “JUST YOU” picks what "your" challenge will be. Then simply get it done. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and the statement below. Then for accountability, post whether you accomplished i... Sat, 11 Apr 2020 22:53:23 EST Things to do in quarantine a-z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x73472078 What are you doing in quarantine? Let's have some fun and give some ideas from A-Z <BR> <BR> Let me start....... <BR> <BR> Arranging closets Fri, 10 Apr 2020 22:13:55 EST Weekly Challenge - "Take 5-5-5-5" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73437727 Our lives can be so very, very stressful (especially right now). And that extra cortisol is fighting against our best efforts. It's time for an especially, stress-less weekly challenge. <BR> <BR> So your challenge this week is to do this simple breathing technique—as many times throughout the day as you can. Let’s even make it fun, by seeing who can accumulate the most points by the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Here’s how to do the “TAKE 5-5-5-5" breathing technique: <BR> <BR> 1. Breathe i... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 21:03:13 EST April 2020 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73426087 April Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 4/1- <BR> 4/2- <BR> 4/3- <BR> 4/4- <BR> 4/5- <BR> 4/6- <BR> 4/7- <BR> 4/8- <BR> 4/9- <BR> 4/10- <BR> 4/11- <BR> 4/12- <BR> 4/13- <BR> 4/14- <BR> 4/15- <BR> 4/16- <BR> 4/17- <BR> 4/18- <BR> 4/19- <BR> 4/20- <BR> 4/21- <BR> 4/22- <BR> 4/23- <BR> 4/24- <BR> 4/25- <BR> 4/26- <BR> 4/27- <BR> 4/28- <BR> 4/29- <BR> 4/30- Thu, 2 Apr 2020 19:22:26 EST Weekly Challenge - "Me-Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73396592 You need “ME-TIME” . . . I need “ME-TIME” . . . We all need “ME-TIME!” Is there something in particular that you really enjoy? Then that’s a good “ME-TIME” activity for you. <BR> <BR> It may be: Soaking in a tub, walking, listening to music, watching TV, doing puzzles, reading a newspaper, magazine, or book, surfing the web, praying, meeting others, doodling, playing sports, singing, dancing around the house ... or something else! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to have some “ME-TIM... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:19:42 EST "Special" Challenge - "PLANTING SEASON" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73393126 It is "PLANTING SEASON." Have you started planting that flower or vegetable garden? <BR> <BR> This 2-week challenge will help us get healthy in 14 different ways. Challenge yourself each day with something different. You can do one task per day (or more than one, if you choose). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words &amp; tasks associated with it. Then come back here daily &amp; post the date(s) you completed each task. <BR> <BR> P - Pre-plan your meals &amp; snacks today <BR> L - Lift heav... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 08:54:44 EST Weekly Challenge - "Spring Cleaning" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73356164 Your challenge this week is to do a little "SPRING CLEANING" every day. I have a feeling we've all been feeling a bit out-of-sorts lately, with the state of world, so even if it's only 1 small physical space ... reducing some of the disorganization in your life, by doing a little "SPRING CLEANING" could give you that good feeling of accomplishment. <BR> <BR> - Straighten up a room <BR> - Tackle that pile of paperwork that needs your attention <BR> - Clean out your desk, car, purse, walle... Sat, 21 Mar 2020 20:09:39 EST Weekly Challenge - "St Paddy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73319501 Your Challenge this week is to have a "ST. PADDY" week ... do 7 healthy activities that are associated with the 7 letters in "ST. PADDY," which is short for Saint Patrick's Day, right? Kinda what I was going for anyway. Just want to keep challenging us to be healthy!!! <BR> <BR> As usual, your challenge, do as you wish ... but the idea is to do at lest 1 activity each day ... more if you wish to super-challenge yourself (mark with multiple dates, if you choose that option, otherwise, use ... Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:01:29 EST Weekly Challenge - "Smarter" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73283937 Your challenge this week is to eat "SMARTER." There are 7 letters in the work "SMARTER" and there are 7 healthy habits listed next to the 7 letters, respectively. Let's be "SMARTER" about our eating this week ... by practicing some of these healthy habits. <BR> <BR> You can decide to do one-a-day, and simply mark it accomplished with a goal met emoticon of your choice. Or you can date them (and do more than one-a-day. Your challenge-your choice, as always. <BR> <BR> S = Slow down - Sip you... Sat, 7 Mar 2020 23:25:41 EST March 2020 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73248653 March Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 3/1- <BR> ]3/2- <BR> 3/3- <BR> 3/4- <BR> 3/5- <BR> 3/6- <BR> 3/7- <BR> 3/8- <BR> 3/9- <BR> 3/10- <BR> 3/11- <BR> 3/12- <BR> 3/13- <BR> 3/14- <BR> 3/15- <BR> 3/16- <BR> 3/17- <BR> 3/18- <BR> 3/19- <BR> 3/20- <BR> 3/21- <BR> 3/22- <BR> 3/23- <BR> 3/24- <BR> 3/25- <BR> 3/26- <BR> 3/27- <BR> 3/28- <BR> 3/29- <BR> 3/30- <BR> 3/31- Sun, 1 Mar 2020 20:28:41 EST Weekly Challenge - "Replace" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73242591 Your challenge this week is to "REPLACE" some of the worst foods you might normally eat with some better-for-you foods. Here are a few suggestions ... you may have other ideas, please share if you do! <BR> <BR> - have an apple instead of applesauce with all the additives <BR> - take nuts along with you when travelling instead of stopping for junk <BR> - have whole wheat bread for toast instead of white bread <BR> - have fish instead of steak for a meal <BR> - have low-fat yogurt instead of a... Sat, 29 Feb 2020 20:05:25 EST Weekly Challenge - "Daily" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73204674 Your Challenge is to do something different "DAILY.". Couldn't be simpler ... there are 7 days and 7 activities. You do NOT have to do them on the day assigned (that's just for fun!). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then come back and post a goal met emoticon of your choice. Just be sure to do something "DAILY." <BR> <BR> Super Sunday: Sleep well tonight <BR> Movin' Monday: March in place during commercials today <BR> Terrific Tuesday: Track all your meals today <BR> Wonderful Wednesday: Wash y... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 01:57:30 EST Eat "GREEN" until St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73172904 <em>439</em> <em>439</em> "GREEN" is in! <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> With St. Patrick's Day just a month away, on March 17th, it's time to think "GREEN." <BR> <BR> So, let's see how many "GREEN" fruits and veggies that we can eat from now until St Patrick's Day. Post the number of "GREEN" freggies (only green) that you eat each day.... and then add to the previous post's count. Our goal will be to see how many we can get as a team. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:01:44 EST Weekly Challenge - "Be Tricky" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73163971 Your Challenge this week is to "BE TRICKY." There are a "TRICK" or two that could help us on our health journeys, like the following (you may think of others): <BR> <BR> - Using chopsticks – slows your eating down <BR> - Reducing variety – too many choices at buffets or potlucks lead to overeating <BR> - Starting with soup - fills you up <BR> - Chewing gum when grocery shopping - decreases hunger pangs <BR> - Choosing to chew rather drink - apple/orange vs juices <BR> - Packing up ½ right aw... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 02:11:48 EST Weekly Challenge - "The Lite Side" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73122861 Do something extra or different each day to bring you over to the "LITE SIDE." It just needs to be something that you know will help with your healthy lifestyle journey. Here are some examples, but you can use your own ideas too! <BR> <BR> - do a different workout video today <BR> - complete more repetitions than yesterday <BR> - do an extra strength training exercise today <BR> - drink more water today <BR> - exercise 10 extra minutes today <BR> - eat more freggies today <BR> - get an extra... Sat, 8 Feb 2020 20:04:31 EST A to Z: What's nearby? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x73110856 From A to Z, post one thing that's in the room with you! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> A - Armoire <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2020 18:07:19 EST "Special" Challenge - "FRESH START" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73092154 <em>104</em> <em>590</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>466</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're still NEW to this NEW YEAR...and we're starting a NEW month, so let's get a "FRESH START" ... by focusing on as many healthy habits as we can. <BR> <BR> Your "Special" Challenge is to focus on as many healthy habits as you can for this month. Copy and paste the words "FRESH START," along w... Mon, 3 Feb 2020 14:53:08 EST February 2020 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73088049 Hope you are all getting in some movement. Let's do it again this month. <BR> <BR> January Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 2/1 <BR> 2/2 <BR> 2/3 <BR> 2/4 <BR> 2/5 <BR> 2/6 <BR> 2/7 <BR> 2/8 <BR> 2/9 <BR> 2/10 <BR> 2/11 <BR> 2/12 <BR> 2/13 <BR> 2/14 <BR> 2/15 <BR> 2/16 <BR> 2/17 <BR> 2/18 <BR> 2/19 <BR> 2/20 <BR> 2/21 <BR> 2/22 <BR> 2/23 <BR> 2/24 <BR> 2/25 <BR> 2/26 <BR> 2/27 <BR> 2/28 <BR> 2/29 Sun, 2 Feb 2020 22:19:10 EST Weekly Challenge - "Happy Dance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73081278 Your challenge this week is to do a “HAPPY DANCE” every day. It’s good cardio … and it's fun! You can change your song each day if you like, or keep the same one for the whole week. You can dance by yourself or with a friend. You can play the song loud or soft. Just do a “HAPPY DANCE” every day this week. <BR> <BR> Let’s see who can rack up the most points … just by doing their “HAPPY DANCE!” Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; post your points daily. You can post 1 point for every m... Sat, 1 Feb 2020 19:13:08 EST Weekly Challenge - "Fitness" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x73039669 <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>319</em> <em>312</em> <em>362</em> <em>216</em> <em>318</em> <em>324</em> <em>332</em> <em>317</em> <em>357</em> <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week is to concentrate on our “FITNESS," by focusing on cardio and strength training every day of the week. There as 7 letters in the word “FITNESS” and below are 7 tasks associated with those letters. (You may do more than 1 a day, of course, but 1-a-day will fulfill the Mini-Challenge ... Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:25:35 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just Move More" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72997538 Your Challenge this week is to try to think of new ways to “JUST MOVE MORE” every day. You don’t have to have a gym membership, you don't have to sweat a lot, and you don't have to run 5 miles, to meet your activity quota. . . all you have to do is “JUST MOVE MORE.” For example, you could do squats during TV commercials, set an alarm to get up &amp; move, or just challenge yourself to do more minutes today than you did yesterday. Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> - March in place, as you ... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:14:25 EST Weekly Challenge - "Something S-thru-S" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72953437 Your Challenge this week is to do "SOMETHING S-THRU-S" .... that is, "SUNDAY thru SATURDAY." If you do at least 1 healthy habit a day this week, you're be keeping yourself steadily on your health journey. Of course, you can certainly challenge yourself to do more than one-a-day if you wish! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, and then come back to post the date(s) you did each healthy habit. (You don't have to do them on "the day" suggested, that's just for fun, LOL) <BR> <BR> Solemn Sunday – Speci... Sat, 11 Jan 2020 22:03:42 EST Weekly Challenge - "Tiny Tweaks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72911249 Your Challenge this week is to implement “TINY TWEAKS” every day… to eat better, move more, boost your mood, or improve your overall well-being...to get this New Year off to a good start! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and choose from the suggestions below each day... or make up your own “TINY TWEAKS." You may duplicate, you may choose more than one a day, you may mix it up however you choose. <BR> <BR> - Add more protein today <BR> - Eat an extra freggie today <BR> - Ge... Sun, 5 Jan 2020 01:28:29 EST Special Challenge - "NEW WORD for the New Year" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72874204 My Special Challenge to you ... is to choose that mantra, if you will. And then concentrate your efforts in the Year 2020 on making it work for you. Do you choose a new "focus" word for the New Year? I'm choosing to try it again this New Year 2020 ... I don't always, but it can be motivating. <BR> <BR> Think about what 1 word (or phrase) would be helpful for YOU this coming New Year, to strive for or focus on. Everyone's will most likely be slightly different, as we are ALL different. <... Sun, 29 Dec 2019 18:51:39 EST January 2020 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72872706 <em>236</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <BR> <BR> January Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 1/1- <BR> 1/2- <BR> 1/3- <BR> 1/4- <BR> 1/5- <BR> 1/6- <BR> 1/7- <BR> 1/8- <BR> 1/9- <BR> 1/10- <BR> 1/11- <BR> 1/12- <BR> 1/13- <BR> 1/14- <BR> 1/15- <BR> 1/16- <BR> 1/17- <BR> 1/18- <BR> 1/19- <BR> 1/20- <BR> 1/21- <BR> 1/22- <BR> 1/23- <BR> 1/24- <BR> 1/25- <BR> 1/26- <BR> 1/27- <BR> 1/28- <BR> 1/29- <BR> 1/30- <BR> 1/31- Sun, 29 Dec 2019 13:08:03 EST Weekly Challenge - "New Year" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72869894 To help prepare for the "NEW YEAR," let's get our kitchens and pantries cleaned out. Your challenge this week is to think about obstacles in your kitchen ... what do you need for successful weight loss in your kitchen? What can you get rid of, so that there isn't clutter, so that you can have room to prepare healthy foods for you (and your family)? <BR> <BR> - clean out 1 cabinet in the kitchen <BR> - organize 1 drawer or closet <BR> - categorize the pantry shelves <BR> - sweep or mop the fl... Sat, 28 Dec 2019 23:12:17 EST Weekly Challenge - "Write Before You Bite" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72838296 The challenge this week is to "WRITE BEFORE YOU BITE" ... pre-plan your meals &amp; snacks (most days). Have a snack planned out in advance... so you reach for fruit or nuts rather than cookies. <BR> <BR> Seeing your meals &amp; snacks actually written down makes you more aware of what you’re putting into your mouth. Hopefully, you'll end up choosing lower-calorie options, still feel fully satisfied, and avoid indulging in too many extra treats this week. (Do allow yourself some, though..... Sun, 22 Dec 2019 09:01:16 EST Weekly Challenge - "Special Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72802133 Every day this week, schedule some "SPECIAL TIME” ... just for you! Do something that relaxes you. It could be a hobby, a peaceful walk, a bike ride, listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> Especially during this stressful week, with final preparation for the Holidays ... it's important to schedule some "SPECIAL TIME" to recharge. <BR> <BR> Simply copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then come back here &amp; post daily what you did for your “SPECIAL ... Sat, 14 Dec 2019 23:47:07 EST Weekly Challenge - "Better Than Yesterday" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72766130 Your challenge this week is to think about what you can do, each day, to make each day “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY” … by simply answering these 2 questions every day this week. <BR> <BR> What positive thing WILL you do today (that you didn’t do yesterday)? <BR> What negative thing WILL you NOT do today (that you did yesterday)? <BR> <BR> Every day ask yourself what will I do AND will I not do ... to make your day “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY.” The following are just suggestions, to get you thinking. M... Sat, 7 Dec 2019 23:48:22 EST Special Challenge - "HAPPY HOLIDAYS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72748981 It is always super-challenging to keep up our healthy habits during the Holiday Season. But if we challenge ourselves to do just 1 healthy habit a day, we can stay somewhat on track (of course, you can always do more-than-1-a-day, too, LOL). <BR> <BR> In an effort to continue doing our best to stay healthy, choose 1 healthy habit below ...even if it's only a few times a week that you can manage, until you complete the words “HAPPY HOLIDAYS.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words, and come... Wed, 4 Dec 2019 14:36:27 EST Message Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x72748616 Message Removed Wed, 4 Dec 2019 13:08:55 EST GAME: Christmas Song - Use 1 Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x72748236 Post a Winter or Christmas song. <BR> Then the next person should post a song that uses one word from the previous song. <BR> <BR> For example: Jingle Bells <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Use one of these two words in the next song. <em>445</em> Wed, 4 Dec 2019 11:31:59 EST December 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72739110 <em>445</em> <em>446</em> MERRY CHRISTMAS <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> December Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 12/1- <BR> 12/2- <BR> 12/3- <BR> 12/4- <BR> 12/5- <BR> 12/6- <BR> 12/7- <BR> 12/8- <BR> 12/9- <BR> 12/10- <BR> 12/11- <BR> 12/12- <BR> 12/13- <BR> 12/14- <BR> 12/15- <BR> 12/16- <BR> 12/17- <BR> 12/18- <BR> 12/19- <BR> 12/20- <BR> 12/21- <BR> 12/22- <BR> 12/23- <BR> 12/24- <BR> 12/25- <BR> 12/26- <BR> 12/27- <BR> 12/28- <BR> 12/29... Mon, 2 Dec 2019 22:09:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "Gobble" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72727817 I hope everyone enjoyed special family time to "GOBBLE" delicious food, healthy and maybe not-so-healthy. Now it's time to "GOBBLE" up some tips to help us be successful before between now and the Christmas Holiday. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the word "GOOBLE" along with the tasks associated with the letters, and come back here daily, to post the date(s) you completed each task (or post a goal met emoticon, if you prefer). <BR> <BR> G - Get stronger, by doing some strength training exercise... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 20:56:08 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x72726653 Hey team! <BR> New here, but super interested in any challenges. They tend to motivate me. I don't quite know how all this works if anyone cares to explain...sorry if it's been answered before or if there is somewhere else I should be looking/posting. Please though if you have any challenges or favorite challenges, I'd love to hear them. <BR> Thanks, <BR> -Heather Sat, 30 Nov 2019 15:59:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "Thank You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72694553 <em>304</em> It's the time of year that we think about all the things in our lives that we have been blessed with. In that spirit of Thanksgiving, I wish to say "THANK YOU" to all of you ... for being a part of this team and taking part in the challenges. You have made it a pleasure to lead to such a fantastic team! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters (and tasks) in the words "THANK YOU," and come back here...to post what date(s) you did the suggested activity. As usual, you can do ... Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:11:19 EST Create-a-Word From: HAPPY HOLIDAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x72689347 Create a word ... using the letters in the words HAPPY HOLIDAYS <BR> I'll start-- <BR> <BR> Play Sat, 23 Nov 2019 08:43:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "It Still Counts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72657508 You've probably heard the old saying, “Something is better than nothing.” And it's true! Sometimes all we have time for is 10 or 15 minutes to devote to exercise. But "IT STILL COUNTS" because any physical activity is better than just sitting! <BR> <BR> - "IT STILL COUNTS" because it means you didn't skip a workout <BR> - "IT STILL COUNTS" because you exercised regularly this week <BR> - "IT STILL COUNTS" because you are reinforcing a good habit and routine <BR> <BR> This week challeng... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:06:48 EST Weekly Challenge - "Quick Kick" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72657348 Do you sometimes need a “QUICK KICK” in the you-know-what? Well, sometimes your metabolism does, too. You can get your blood pumping with just a 1-minute, “QUICK KICK” activity first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> If you can’t do it first thing in the morning, though, you can fit this 1-minute “QUICK KICK” challenge into a time that works better for you in your day, or even make it part of your workout. The challenge is 3-part: <BR> <BR> 1. First, pick your favorite “QUICK KICK” exercise, ... Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:29:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "1,2,3, Break" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72615979 Your challenge this week is to take a "1,2,3 BREAK" every hour. Once every hour, do the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 1 cup of water <BR> 2. Do 2 minutes of stretching <BR> 3. Take 3 cleansing breaths <BR> <BR> Every day this week, as often as you think of it ... aim for once every hour, take a "1,2,3 BREAK." We know you can't be perfect, as life will get in the way, but be conscious of it and do your best. <BR> <BR> Copy the days of the week, and for accountability,come back here to... Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:55:24 EST Special Challenge - "I AM GRATEFUL FOR ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72573235 As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday, we naturally think of being thankful for what we have been blessed with. <BR> <BR> My challenge to you .... take time every day to post what you are thankful for. Having a grateful heart is a wonderful way to start a day. <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2019 10:01:01 EST Weekly Challenge - "Healthy Habits" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72570933 Your challenge this week is to practice "HEALTHY HABITS." Try to do as many as you can each day (and throughout the week) so you are touching on all aspects of our health journey at some point. <BR> <BR> - You can pick &amp; choose whatever you wish. You can do more than 1 a day, if you wish. <BR> - Copy &amp; paste below, and practice these "HEALTHY HABITS" all week long! <BR> - Post the date(s) you practiced each one (or post a emoticon if you prefer) <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 15 minut... Sat, 2 Nov 2019 23:36:31 EST November 2019 fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72552881 November Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 11/1- <BR> 11/2- <BR> 11/3- <BR> 11/4- <BR> 11/5- <BR> 11/6- <BR> 11/7- <BR> 11/8- <BR> 11/9- <BR> 11/10- <BR> 11/11- <BR> 11/12- <BR> 11/13- <BR> 11/14- <BR> 11/15- <BR> 11/16- <BR> 11/17- <BR> 11/18- <BR> 11/19- <BR> 11/20- <BR> 11/21- <BR> 11/22- <BR> 11/23- <BR> 11/24- <BR> 11/25- <BR> 11/26- <BR> 11/27- <BR> 11/28- <BR> 11/29- <BR> 11/30- Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:34:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Trick or Treat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72530197 Your challenge this week is to Roll-The-Dice ... for your "TRICK OR TREAT." Which will it be? A "TRICK" or a "TREAT?" You'll have to Roll-The-Dice every day this week to find out. <BR> <BR> Click on the link below, roll the dice, then do the number (#) task that you rolled. Some days will be a "TREAT," but some days may be more like a "TRICK" than a "TREAT." Post which date(s) you HAD to complete each task. You can even roll-the-dice more than once a day, if you want...just have fun!... Sun, 27 Oct 2019 01:14:36 EST Weekly Challenge - "PUMPKIN" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72489276 <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to accomplish as many of the health habits associated with the letters in word “PUMPKIN” below as you can each day. You can certainly have more than one date on each letter. Do as many as you can, every day this week. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the “PUMPKIN” tasks below, and then ... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 01:43:00 EST Weekly Challenge - "Small Changes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72450586 This week’s challenge is to make “SMALL CHANGES” to your diet. Make substitutions or additions to your meals &amp; snacks . . . to make them just a little bit healthier. A little adjustment to your regular food selections can improve the quality of the foods you choose to eat . . . just by making “SMALL CHANGES.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then post daily what you did—that made your meal or snack a little healthier. You may choose from the suggestions below, you may dup... Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:58:17 EST Weekly Challenge - "AUTUMN" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72406021 <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week is to do as many tasks associated with the “letters” in “AUTUMN” as you can each day. For example, if you track your food, drink your water, and rested on Sunday … you can put 10/6 next to each appropriate “letter” in “AUTUMN.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters “AUTUMN” below, a... Sat, 5 Oct 2019 22:32:15 EST October 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72369786 October Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 10/1- <BR> 10/2- <BR> 10/3- <BR> 10/4- <BR> 10/5- <BR> 10/6- <BR> 10/7- <BR> 10/8- <BR> 10/9- <BR> 10/10- <BR> 10/11- <BR> 10/12- <BR> 10/13- <BR> 10/14- <BR> 10/15- <BR> 10/16- <BR> 10/17- <BR> 10/18- <BR> 10/19- <BR> 10/20- <BR> 10/21- <BR> 10/22- <BR> 10/23- <BR> 10/24- <BR> 10/25- <BR> 10/26- <BR> 10/27- <BR> 10/28- <BR> 10/29- <BR> 10/30- <BR> 10/31- Sun, 29 Sep 2019 23:41:29 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mindful Fall Walks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72364574 This week's Challenge is to take slow, meditative, "MINDFUL FALL WALKS." It's so easy to do . . . as you walk, just be "MINDFUL" of your breathing. Concentrate on taking deep breaths, in and out, paying close attention to the air's journey in and out of your lungs. <BR> <BR> So take time this week to appreciate the beautiful Autumn season . . . with "MINDFUL FALL WALKS." Enjoy the the crisp air and the vibrant colors of the leaves changing, as you walk that stress and belly fat away! <BR> <... Sun, 29 Sep 2019 02:28:50 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x72328680 Hi. I am new to this team. I want to challenge myself a little more.....SO here I am <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 22 Sep 2019 16:10:49 EST Weekly Challenge - "5-Minute Time-Out" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72325891 Your Challenge this week is to take a "5-MINUTE TIME-OUT" ... instead of comforting yourself with food. Literally, give yourself a break (ie time-out)...before grabbing that doughnut, potato chip, candy bar, or other tempting trigger food. <BR> <BR> Instead, take a "5-MINUTE TIME-OUT" and do something else, like play a computer game, read a magazine, watch TV, listen to music, take a walk, do a craft, maybe spark a little...you get the idea. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, ... Sun, 22 Sep 2019 03:39:21 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mix It Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72287433 This week your Challenge is to "MIX IT UP" ... your exercise routine that is. Here are some ways to "MIX IT UP" this week, but you decide how you want to change up your cardio and/or strength training this week. <BR> <BR> - Exercise longer or harder <BR> - Pump up the intensity <BR> - Increase the duration <BR> - Lift heavier weights <BR> - Add a few extra minutes <BR> - Try a different type of cardio <BR> - Add intervals or short bursts <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and ... Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:57:15 EST Weekly Challenge - "Relax" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72249327 Your Challenge this week is to "RELAX" for 10 minutes every day. Sometimes when we take the pressure off ourselves, our bodies reset and start working properly again. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Each day this week, choose one of these relaxing ways to distress your life...you may repeat them, or make up your own. Then come here &amp; post what you chose to do... to "RELAX." <BR> <BR> - going for a leisurely walk <BR> - reading (on the porch or inside) <BR> - meditating ... Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:45:58 EST September 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72209058 September Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> <BR> 9/1- <BR> 9/2- <BR> 9/3- <BR> 9/4- <BR> 9/5- <BR> 9/6- <BR> 9/7- <BR> 9/8- <BR> 9/9- <BR> 9/10- <BR> 9/11- <BR> 9/12- <BR> 9/13- <BR> 9/14- <BR> 9/15- <BR> 9/16- <BR> 9/17- <BR> 9/18- <BR> 9/19- <BR> 9/20- <BR> 9/21- <BR> 9/22- <BR> 9/23- <BR> 9/24- <BR> 9/25- <BR> 9/26- <BR> 9/27- <BR> 9/28- <BR> 9/29- <BR> 9/30- <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2019 13:38:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "Healthy Breakfast" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72204883 This week's Challenge is an important, yet sometimes difficult one . . . to try and eat a "HEALTHY BREAKFAST" every morning. It doesn't have to be a big breakfast, but do your best to have a well-balanced meal every morning this week, with a protein, a carb, and just a little fat. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back here every day, to post what you ate for breakfast . . . and let's share our healthy, "HEALTHY BREAKFAST" ideas! <BR> <BR> Saturday - <BR> Sunda... Sat, 31 Aug 2019 21:19:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "Choose 2" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72165293 Your challenge this week is to "CHOOSE 2" healthy snacks per day. By eating healthy snacks throughout the day, you are stabilizing your blood sugar levels. You won't feel the "mid-afternoon slump" when you add healthy snacks into your day. <BR> <BR> Here are some healthy snacks ideas... just "CHOOSE 2" every day this week. <BR> <BR> *Yogurt and lowfat granola <BR> *Fresh fruit with natural peanut butter <BR> *Whole wheat tortilla with lowfat cheese <BR> *Handful of nuts <BR> *Fresh ve... Sat, 24 Aug 2019 23:21:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "Apple A Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72123637 We would all agree that eating an "APPLE A DAY" is a healthy thing to do, don't you think? In fact, you've probably heard ... an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? I'm going to take it one step further, and suggest that an "APPLE A DAY" keeps the pounds away! So your Challenge for this week is to eat an "APPLE A DAY," for at least 5 days out of the week. <BR> <BR> Try to at least eat an "APPLE A DAY," for 5 days out of the week, but more if you can. Come here daily &amp; post how man... Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:50:10 EST Weekly Challenge - "Consistently" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72083704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85d56ec6-7d2d-4b0b-b942-657e08148b70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week will be to choose a healthy habit ... and work on it “CONSISTENTLY.” You decide what you need to be consistent with, as this is your challenge! <BR> <BR> - Are you struggling to get in those freggies? Then you may want to work on “CONSISTENTLY” eating a certain amount of freggies every day this week. <BR> <BR> - Are too many treats sneaking into your day? T... Sat, 10 Aug 2019 22:44:05 EST Two Words - Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x72082644 Change the first word, or change the second word ... form a new phrase (ex, swimming pool, car pool) <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> sun rise <BR> Sat, 10 Aug 2019 17:57:55 EST Weekly Challenge - "Shake Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72042641 This week your Challenge is "SHAKE UP" your workout routine. In order to keep progressing, your muscles need to be woken up once in a while. Here are some ways we can "SHAKE UP" our routine a little. <BR> <BR> - Pump up the intensity <BR> - Increase the duration <BR> - Lift heavier weights <BR> - Add a few extra minutes <BR> - Try a different type of cardio <BR> - Add intervals or short bursts <BR> - Move your body in a different way <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, ... Sat, 3 Aug 2019 20:40:44 EST August 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72025961 Here we go again!!!! Let's see how many minutes we can accumulate for August. <BR> <BR> August Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 8/1- <BR> 8/2- <BR> 8/3- <BR> 8/4- <BR> 8/5- <BR> 8/6- <BR> 8/7- <BR> 8/8- <BR> 8/9- <BR> 8/10- <BR> 8/11- <BR> 8/12- <BR> 8/13- <BR> 8/14- <BR> 8/15- <BR> 8/16- <BR> 8/17- <BR> 8/18- <BR> 8/19- <BR> 8/20- <BR> 8/21- <BR> 8/22- <BR> 8/23- <BR> 8/24- <BR> 8/25- <BR> 8/26- <BR> 8/27- <BR> 8/28- <BR> 8/29- <BR> 8/30- <BR> 8/31- Thu, 1 Aug 2019 00:47:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just Go a Little" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x72001873 This week’s Challenge is to “JUST GO A LITTLE” … faster,, longer, or harder. For example, if you're a walker, “JUST GO A LITTLE” faster. If you're a biker (whether indoors or outdoors), “JUST GO A LITTLE” longer. If you’re strength training “JUST GO A LITTLE” harder by increasing your weights. <BR> <BR> "JUST GO A LITTLE” faster, longer, or harder this week . . . to spark that metabolism.(Examples: Biked-10 extra min, walked-faster, or ST-added 5 lbs). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days ... Sun, 28 Jul 2019 02:04:24 EST Petals of Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x71976064 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1828edd-07fe-4e44-9f60-7c1a8cac8f9b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all need daily motivation, continual reinforcement, and positive thoughts. Let’s encourage and support each other each day ... by sharing inspirational quotes. And don't forget to drop back in for your own petals of inspiration! Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:57:59 EST I dare you to ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x71976031 "I dare you ...:" to come here and challenge someone to a physical task, 10 jumping jacks, for example. He or she would complete that complete that task, and then challenge next person to do an exercise. <BR> <BR> Let's keep reps around 10, and make them challenging, but doable. If you need to modify for physical limitations, by all means, please do so. And have fun! <BR> <BR> I'll start: I challenge someone to do ... <BR> <BR> 10 bicep curls Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:53:03 EST Special Challenge - "HEALTHY CHOICE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71976013 Every day offers us a new chance to build on our clean lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to make at least one “HEALTHY CHOICE” every day. Then come here as often as you can ... and post what you did that day to make a "HEALTHY CHOICE." <BR> <BR> For example, maybe you practiced portion control, skipped that 2nd serving, exercised, or did some strength training. All healthy choices ... and I'm sure you will think of many others! Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:49:35 EST Weekly Challenge - "Streak This Week" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71965085 Let’s “STREAK THIS WEEK!” When we do something—anything—for so many days in a row (7 days this week), it’s called a “STREAK.” Challenge yourself to ______________(YOU fill in the blank!) every day this week. This will be your "STREAK THIS WEEK." <BR> <BR> Some healthy suggestions: Eating 3-5 fruits or veggies every day, exercising for so many minutes per day, going to bed a little earlier each night, exercising during commercials, trying one new fruit or vegetable each day. You get the... Sun, 21 Jul 2019 23:39:35 EST Weekly Challenge - "Food With Less" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71915771 This week’s challenge is to concentrate on eating “FOODS WITH LESS” ingredients. If there are many, many ingredients, often with names you don’t recognize, then the food is too processed. Every meal you eat offers a new chance to eat as clean as you can—by choosing minimally-processed "FOODS WITH LESS" ingredients. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then post daily the best quality foods you ate that day, or the percentage (%) of “FOODS WITH LESS” ingredients you ate each ... Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:19:18 EST Weekly Challenge - "Health Habits" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71871447 Your Challenge this week is to simply choose 1 of the following "HEALTH HABITS" to do each day ... so that by the end-of-the-week you will have practiced all 7 of the following "HEALTH HABITS." You may do them in any order you wish. You may do more than 1 a day, if you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the list of "HEALTH HABITS," and come back here daily, to post the date(s) that you completed each of the "HEALTH HABITS" below. <BR> <BR> 1) Stretch today <BR> 2) Take a walk today <BR> 3... Sat, 6 Jul 2019 19:27:54 EST July 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71834984 Let's all hop on the road to success and rack up those fitness minutes for July. Good luck everyone! <BR> <BR> July Minutes <BR> Goal: <BR> Achieved: <BR> Minutes to Go: <BR> <BR> 7/1- <BR> 7/2- <BR> 7/3- <BR> 7/4- <BR> 7/5- <BR> 7/6- <BR> 7/7- <BR> 7/8- <BR> 7/9- <BR> 7/10- <BR> 7/11- <BR> 7/12- <BR> 7/13- <BR> 7/14- <BR> 7/15- <BR> 7/16- <BR> 7/17- <BR> 7/18- <BR> 7/19- <BR> 7/20- <BR> 7/21- <BR> 7/22- <BR> 7/23- <BR> 7/24- <BR> 7/25- <BR> 7/26- <BR> 7/27- <BR> 7/28- <BR> 7/29- <BR> 7... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 22:51:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "Quality Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71829257 Every day this week, schedule some "QUALITY TIME” ... just for you! Do something that relaxes you ... something that gives you great pleasure. <BR> <BR> It could be a hobby, a peaceful walk, a bike ride, listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then post daily how you spent your “QUALITY TIME.” Have a relaxing week! <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - ... Sat, 29 Jun 2019 22:46:59 EST Weekly Challenge - "Every Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71787811 Your challenge his week is to do something "EVERY DAY.” It can be just 1 thing... for just 1 day, or you may choose to do more than 1 a day. Just do something "EVERY DAY" to move you forward in your health journey. <BR> <BR> You do not have to do what it says … on that day. You can change it up so it works into your schedule, and you may choose to do more than 1 a day, if you wish. Just try to do something “EVERY DAY.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; the tasks associ... Sat, 22 Jun 2019 23:55:47 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mix It Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71747029 This week your Challenge is "MIX IT UP" ... your exercise routine that is. Here are some ways to "MIX IT UP" this week, but you decide how you want to change up your cardio and/or strength training this week. <BR> <BR> - Exercise longer or harder <BR> - Pump up the intensity <BR> - Increase the duration <BR> - Lift heavier weights <BR> - Add a few extra minutes <BR> - Try a different type of cardio <BR> - Add intervals or short bursts <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week,... Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:30:26 EST Weekly Challenge - "Something New" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71706019 Your Challenge is to try "SOMETHING NEW” every day this week. All you have to do is decide what your “NEW” something(s) will be. Here are a few suggestions, but the choice is totally yours. You may do the same “SOMETHING NEW” on multiple days. <BR> <BR> *try a NEW freggie <BR> *try a NEW recipe <BR> *try a NEW restaurant <BR> *try a NEW exercise <BR> *try a NEW fragrance <BR> *try a NEW shade of make up, nail polish, etc <BR> *find a NEW website that inspires you in your weight loss j... Sat, 8 Jun 2019 23:25:02 EST What did you do today "JUST FOR YOU" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x71667500 What did you do today "JUST FOR YOU" ... It can be as simple as watching TV, walking in the sun, picking flowers or spending time with a friend. Think special me-time activity. <BR> <BR> What did you do that was fun today? <BR> What did you do that was good for your health? <BR> <BR> What did you do "JUST FOR YOU" <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <em>332</em> <em>274</em> <em>550</em> <em>492</em> <em>335</em> <em>237</em> <em>313</em> <em>474</em> <em>362</em... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 16:11:27 EST June 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71650799 Hey everyone! Let's see how many fitness minutes we can rack up for the month of June <BR> <BR> Goal Minutes: <BR> Minutes Achieved: <BR> Minutes To Go: <BR> <BR> 6/1- <BR> 6/2- <BR> 6/3- <BR> 6/4- <BR> 6/5- <BR> 6/6- <BR> 6/7- <BR> 6/8- <BR> 6/9- <BR> 6/10- <BR> 6/11- <BR> 6/12- <BR> 6/13- <BR> 6/14- <BR> 6/15- <BR> 6/16- <BR> 6/17- <BR> 6/18- <BR> 6/19- <BR> 6/20- <BR> 6/21- <BR> 6/22- <BR> 6/23- <BR> 6/24- <BR> 6/25- <BR> 6/26- <BR> 6/27- <BR> 6/28- <BR> 6/29- <BR> 6/30- Thu, 30 May 2019 21:57:57 EST "Special" Challenge - "SUMMER SPLASH" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71650791 Plan on being as healthy as you can be this season... and still make a big "SUMMER SPLASH!" It can be done! <BR> <BR> As a “Special” Challenge over the next couple of weeks, perhaps you may want to consider tackling 1 letter/task a day (of course, you’re welcome to challenge yourself to more-than-one-a-day, if you wish). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words "SUMMER SPLASH,” along with the tasks associated with the letters, and then come back as often as you can, to post the date(s) you co... Thu, 30 May 2019 21:56:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "I will..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71650778 Changing our health habits begins with 2 simple words … “I WILL,” followed by some type of chosen action. Your challenge this week is to finish this sentence every day: "I WILL..." Here are some suggestions, but of course, you complete the sentence however you see fit. <BR> <BR> - Eat more nutritionally <BR> - Increase my exercise minutes <BR> - Stretch <BR> - Mediate or get me-time <BR> - Sleep 7-8 hours <BR> - Strength train <BR> - Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; pas... Thu, 30 May 2019 21:54:44 EST Weekly Challenge - "SUMMER" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71624020 Your challenge this week is to prepare for "SUMMER." It's coming whether we are ready or not, isn't it? Even though "SUMMER" is almost here, let's keep up that momentum ... and use the word "SUMMER" to continue with our healthy habits! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the word "SUMMER" and the healthy habits associated with the letters. Then come back here to post what date(s) you completed them (you may do them on more than 1 day, of course). <BR> <BR> S - Sleep 6-8 hours tonight <BR> U - Use... Sun, 26 May 2019 12:09:37 EST I am thankful for ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x71582578 What are you thankful for today? Sun, 19 May 2019 12:44:38 EST Make a Big Salad: A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x71582576 Post a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, protein... any fresh, healthy items you can think of. Start with the letter A and continue through the alphabet. I'll start: <BR> <BR> A - Apricots <BR> Sun, 19 May 2019 12:43:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "Walk 3 in 3 for 3" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71579459 Your challenge this week is to "WALK 3 in 3 for 3" times the burn. Meaning ... if you walk 3 different ways, in 3 different days, you'll burn 3 times more fat in about 1/2 the time! How? By constantly changing up your routine, you'll keep surprising your muscles/body and revving up your metabolism. <BR> <BR> A few simple tweaks to an ordinary walk can blast 3X more fat in about 1/2 the time, so your challenge this week is to"WALK 3 in 3 for 3." Here are your options below. You choose which ... Sat, 18 May 2019 23:06:11 EST Weekly Challenge - "Quick Kick" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71536083 Do you sometimes need a “QUICK KICK” in the you-know-what? Well, sometimes your metabolism does, too. You can get your blood pumping with just a 1-minute, “QUICK KICK” activity first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> If you can’t do it first thing in the morning, though, you can fit this 1-minute “QUICK KICK” challenge into a time that works better for you in your day, or even make it part of your workout. The challenge is 3-part: <BR> <BR> 1. First, pick your favorite “QUICK KICK” exer... Sat, 11 May 2019 23:20:52 EST "Special" Challenge - "MOTHER'S DAY" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71517166 What would make your Mom the happiest on her special day, "MOTHER'S DAY?" First thing that came to my mind ... probably knowing that I'm doing my best to be the healthiest I can be. <BR> <BR> Make your Mom happy on "MOTHER'S DAY" ... by working on the healthy habits associated with the letters in "MOTHER'S DAY." (you can do more than 1-a-day, remember) <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then come back here, to post what date(s) you completed the task(s). And "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" to all the Moms ... Wed, 8 May 2019 21:15:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Winners" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71494916 Let’s be “WINNERS” this week! There are 7 letters in the word “WINNERS,” there are 7 days in the week, and there are 7 healthy choices listed next to each letter. You can just do 1-a-day to complete the challenge. Or you can do more-than-1-a-day...and be "WINNERS" all week long! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the word "WINNERS" along with the healthy choices associated with the letters, then come back here to post the date(s) you completed the task(s). <BR> <BR> W - Water: drink 8 glasses to... Sun, 5 May 2019 13:43:27 EST May 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71455401 Hey everyone! Let's see how many fitness minutes we can rack up for the month of May <BR> <BR> Goal Minutes: <BR> Minutes Achieved: <BR> Minutes To Go: <BR> <BR> 5/1- <BR> 5/2- <BR> 5/3- <BR> 5/4- <BR> 5/5- <BR> 5/6- <BR> 5/7- <BR> 5/8- <BR> 5/9- <BR> 5/10- <BR> 5/11- <BR> 5/12- <BR> 5/13- <BR> 5/14- <BR> 5/15- <BR> 5/16- <BR> 5/17- <BR> 5/18- <BR> 5/19- <BR> 5/20- <BR> 5/21- <BR> 5/22- <BR> 5/23- <BR> 5/24- <BR> 5/25- <BR> 5/26- <BR> 5/27- <BR> 5/28- <BR> 5/29- <BR> 5/30- <BR> 5/31- Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:29:49 EST Weekly Challenge - "Take a Few" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71445680 Your Challenge this is to "TAKE A FEW" minutes out of your day, every day this week ... for complete peace and quiet. Just "TAKE A FEW" minutes to relax. The rest of the day's craziness can wait. ... you'll be back shortly. You could: <BR> <BR> * Take a nap <BR> * Sip a favorite beverage <BR> * Sit outside to enjoy nature <BR> * Meditate or sit quietly <BR> * Pray or read your Bible <BR> * Read a book or magazine <BR> * Listen to music <BR> * Put your feet up <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; p... Sun, 28 Apr 2019 01:11:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Hearts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71401878 Your Challenge this week is to do at least 1 heart-healthy habit each day of the week (although you may certainly do more than 1 a day). There are 7 days in a week ... and there are 7 letters in the word "HEARTS." If we do just one of the below heart-healthy habits a day, we can keep our "HEARTS" healthy this week. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the word "HEARTS," and then come back daily, to post the date(s) you accomplished each heart-healthy task(s). <BR> <BR> H - Have some me-time today... Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:19:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "TAKE 5-5-5-5" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71362391 Our lives can be so very, very stressful. And that extra cortisol is fighting against our best efforts. It's time for an easy, stress-less weekly challenge. It's shorter as well (because I forgot to get it posted, sorry). <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to do this simple "TAKE 5-5-5-5" breathing technique—as many times throughout the day as you can ... for the next "5-DAYS." <BR> <BR> Here’s how to do the “TAKE 5-5-5-5" breathing technique: <BR> <BR> 1. Breathe in for 5 seconds <B... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 19:15:30 EST "Special" Challenge - "SUMMERTIME FUN" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71335725 Let's have some "SUMMERTIME FUN!" ...for as long as it takes. Choose a letter a day and complete the associated tasks. No time limit on the challenge. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the phrase "SUMMERTIME FUN!" and then come back, to post the date(s) you accomplish each task(s). <BR> <BR> S - Sleep 8 hours tonight <BR> U - <BR> M - Make today a sugar-free day <BR> M - Make a healthy healthy breakfast today <BR> E - Eat more fiber today <BR> R - Read a nutrition article <BR> T - Track ... Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:00:51 EST Weekly Challenge - "Sneak in Freggies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71312913 Your challenge this week is to “SNEAK IN FREGGIES” wherever you can! You may mix them up, you can repeat them, and of course, you can make up you own (these are just suggestions). Just "SNEAK IN FREGGIES" all week long ... <BR> <BR> *Have a fruit smoothie <BR> *Have a glass of low sodium vegetable juice <BR> *Add vegetables into your morning scramble <BR> *Put extra vegetables on your sandwich <BR> *Have a bowl of vegetable soup <BR> *Toss some veggies into your rice or pasta <BR> * C... Sat, 6 Apr 2019 23:22:34 EST April 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71307422 Goal Minutes: 2600 <BR> Minutes Achieved:3020 <BR> <BR> April 1-60 <BR> April 2- 120 <BR> April 3-120 <BR> April 4 -180 <BR> April 5-180 <BR> April 6- 120 <BR> April 7 - 60 <BR> April 8- 150 <BR> April 9- 60 <BR> April 10 - 90 <BR> April 11- 120 <BR> April 12 - 120 <BR> April 13 - 60 <BR> April 14- 60 <BR> April 15 - 120 <BR> April 16 - 120 <BR> April 17 - 120 <BR> April 18- 60 <BR> April 19- 120 <BR> April 20- 60 <BR> April 21-90 <BR> April 22-120 <BR> April 23- 120 <BR> April 24 - 60 <BR>... Sat, 6 Apr 2019 02:54:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "Little Tweaks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71268538 Your challenge this week is to implement “LITTLE TWEAKS” every day… to eat better, move more, boost your mood, or improve your overall well-being. By choosing “LITTLE TWEAKS” each day, you can start making small changes that will result in a big payoff down the road (if you continue with them). These "LITTLE TWEAKS" can keep you moving toward your goal. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and choose one of the suggestions below each day... or make up your own "LITTLE TWEAKS." Y... Sun, 31 Mar 2019 01:47:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "Positive" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71224592 Your challenge this week is to post one "POSITIVE" statement about yourself each day. <BR> <BR> We are often quick to make statements like, “I hate my belly, thick thighs, or whatever,” but we don’t think or say nice things about ourselves nearly as often! <BR> <BR> Stop the negative talk ... and incorporate some “POSITIVE” talk into your life. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - Sun, 24 Mar 2019 00:53:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "Streak" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71180066 Your challenge this week is to "STREAK." When we do something—anything—for so many days in a row, it’s called a “STREAK.” And it will be your “STREAK,” so you get to decide! <BR> <BR> Some healthy “STREAK” suggestions . . . eat 3-5 fruits or veggies every day, exercise for so many minutes every day, go to bed a little earlier every night, exercise during commercials, or avoid sugar every day . . . you get the idea! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste below … and fill-in-the-blank in the sentence.... Sat, 16 Mar 2019 20:43:49 EST Weekly Challenge - "No to Junk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71137370 It's hard to say "NO TO JUNK" food ... it’s so convenient, and often seems even necessary. Our lives are so busy, we have to eat-on-run or grab something quick, and that can compromise our efforts to eat clean. But with a little pre-planning, we can "NO TO JUNK" food! <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week is to make every effort to plan ahead, so that you can say "NO TO JUNK” food. You know what you consider “junk.” Try to eat a clean as you can &amp; come back here to comment or simply post ... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 21:31:59 EST "Special" Challenge - "MARCH INTO MARCH" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71105997 For the next couple 2 weeks, or until you complete all the tasks associated with the phrase "MARCH INTO MARCH," by doing at least 1 healthy habit a day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then come back to post the date(s) you completed each task. You may do more than 1, of course, you may skip a day or two (and catch up) ... just "MARCH INTO MARCH" by focusing on your health, one healthy habit at a time. <BR> <BR> M - Muscles – Strength train today <BR> A - Active – Exercise for 30 minutes to... Mon, 4 Mar 2019 21:21:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71093602 This week’s challenge will be perfect for “JUST YOU ‘ . . . because “JUST YOU” will decide what "your" challenge will be. Then simply get it done. <BR> <BR> It can be to drink your water, to get a certain number of daily steps, to eat more veggies, to get more sleep . . . only “YOU” know what you need to work on. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and the statement below. Then for accountability, post whether you accomplished it or not. <BR> <BR> "This week I challenge my... Sat, 2 Mar 2019 23:51:11 EST March 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71073774 Goal Minutes - 1500 <BR> Minutes Achieved -311 <BR> Minutes To Go -1189 <BR> <BR> 3/1-10 <BR> 3/2-10 <BR> 3/3-0 <BR> 3/4-95 <BR> 3/5-45 <BR> 3/6-105 <BR> 3/7-46 / 311 <BR> 3/8- 17 <BR> 3/9-0 <BR> 3/10-0 <BR> 3/11-95 <BR> 3/12-50 <BR> 3/13-0 <BR> 3/14- <BR> 3/15- <BR> 3/16- <BR> 3/17- <BR> 3/18- <BR> 3/19- <BR> 3/20- <BR> 3/21- <BR> 3/22- <BR> 3/23- <BR> 3/24- <BR> 3/25- <BR> 3/26- <BR> 3/27- <BR> 3/28- <BR> 3/29- <BR> 3/30- <BR> 3/31- <BR> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 20:47:52 EST Weekly Challenge - "Choose One" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71049216 Your challenge this week is to "CHOOSE ONE" of these good health habits every day. Let's try to touch base on all aspects of our health journey.... one day at a time, one aspect at a time. <BR> <BR> You may do them in any order wish, you may skip one, you may do one more than once, if you choose. Just "CHOOSE ONE" a day &amp; come back here to post what you did: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 15 minutes today <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 freggies today <BR> 3. Sleep at least 7 hours tonight <BR>... Sat, 23 Feb 2019 22:07:38 EST Weekly Challenge - "Up the Protein" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x71004057 This week’s challenge is to “UP THE PROTEIN” for breakfast every day this week. <BR> <BR> When you increase protein, you introduce a slow-burning fuel that can help you to feel less hungry and more energetic for the rest of the day. Think of what you normally eat for breakfast. Then plan to “UP THE PROTEIN” in your morning meal every day. <BR> <BR> It can be the same protein every day or different every day. Just “UP THE PROTEIN” every day. Think an egg, low-fat yogurt, a glass of low-... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:08:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Beat Stress" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70955234 Your challenge this week is practice ways to "BEAT STRESS" ... because when we're stressed, we tend to eat more, sleep less, and skip the gym. <BR> <BR> So every day this week, schedule 5 to 10 minutes to do something to "BEAT STRESS." Here are a few suggestions, but you do whatever makes you more relaxed. <BR> <BR> * Read a magazine <BR> * Take a bath <BR> * Play solitaire <BR> * Take a walk <BR> * Call a friend <BR> * Yoga/Stretches <BR> * Deep breathing <BR> * Listen to music ... Fri, 8 Feb 2019 21:52:27 EST "Special" Challenge - "BLESS YOUR HEART" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70953092 Your challenge for 14 days is to do the 14 health habits below ... to "BLESS YOUR HEART." Every time we choose to do one of these healthy habits, it benefits our heart in some way or another. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words "BLESS YOUR HEART," and the 14 tasks associated with the phrase, then post the date(s) your completed those tasks. You may do more than 1 a day, and you may do them more than once as well (on multiple days). Feel free to add emoticons for fun ... let's do our he... Fri, 8 Feb 2019 13:56:43 EST Weekly Challenge- "Hearty Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70916576 Your challenge this week is to eat a "HEARTY BREAKFAST" every morning! Do your best to have a well-balanced meal every morning ... with a protein, a carb, and just a little fat. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, and come here to post what you ate for breakfast . . . and let's share our "HEARTY BREAKFAST" ideas. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2019 20:30:07 EST February 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70904595 Goal Minutes - OK, let's try this again 1500 <BR> Minutes Achieved - 1256 <BR> Minutes To Go - 244 almost made it <BR> <BR> 2/1-0 <BR> 2/2-0 <BR> 2/3-80 <BR> 2/4-71 <BR> 2/5-42 <BR> 2/6-100 <BR> 2/7-40 / 333 <BR> 2/8-0 <BR> 2/9-20 <BR> 2/10-15 <BR> 2/11-105 <BR> 2/12-45 <BR> 2/13-105 <BR> 2/14-37 / 660 <BR> 2/15-18 <BR> 2/16-0 <BR> 2/17-15 <BR> 2/18-110 <BR> 2/19-120 <BR> 2/20-95 <BR> 2/21-30 / 1048 <BR> 2/22-120 <BR> 2/23-0 <BR> 2/24-12 <BR> 2/25-21 <BR> 2/26-15 <BR> 2/27-30 <BR> 2/28-10 / ... Thu, 31 Jan 2019 23:57:27 EST Weekly Challenge - "Pump It Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70870971 Your challenge this week is to "PUMP IT UP" every morning. All it takes is 5 minutes! First thing every morning … as soon as you can after waking up … stretch a little bit (in bed even) to warm up your muscles, turn on the radio, if you wish, and do a few strength training exercises. <BR> <BR> If morning is simply not a good time for you to strength train, it can still be of benefit later in the morning, afternoon, or early evening. Strength training should be a very important part of our... Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:23:57 EST Weekly Challenge - "Routine" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70825169 Your Challenge this week is to change up your workout "ROUTINE." The truth is the more "ROUTINE" your workout becomes, the less effective it becomes . . . because your muscles become "used to" moving a certain way &amp; therefore stop progressing. Below are some ways you can change up your "ROUTINE" a little. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then come back here daily, to post what you did. Or copy &amp; paste these suggestions, and post the date(s) you did them. As al... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 19:43:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x70784671 Hello. I joined spark with the goal of losing weight and hopefully improving my health. My medical conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression, Migraines, Fatigue, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Raynaud's Disease. I haven't known a pain free day in over 12 years, but I will not let that stop me. I look forward to making friends and being an active member of the team. Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:15:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Timing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70778272 <em>56</em> <em>128</em> <em>12</em> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>128</em> <em>12</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>12</em> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week is to watch the “TIMING” of your meals. Try to eat your 3 meals as close together as you can (say 9, 1, and 6) . . . to stretch out your nighttime fasting phase as long as possible. Or try to eat dinner earlier, with no snacking in the evening. Or maybe you can postpone breakfast in the mo... Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:23:49 EST Weekly Challenge - "Many Colors" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70730305 Your challenge this week is focus on how different "MANY COLORS" freggies you can eat each day, throughout the week. We are taught how healthy is to consume at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day. However, eating a variety of "COLORS" is just as important, so that you're getting the needed antioxidants and vitamins. <BR> <BR> YELLOW: Banana, squash, lemon <BR> ORANGE: Cantaloupe, kumquat, orange, peach, pumpkin <BR> RED: Watermelon, strawberry, cherries, rhubarb, apple, tomato <BR> PURP... Sat, 5 Jan 2019 19:19:33 EST "I have never ________." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x70727211 Just for something different.... <BR> <BR> Finish this sentence, "I have never_____". <BR> I'll get it started. <BR> <BR> I have never....eaten moose! <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2019 10:08:10 EST "Special" Challenge - "FRESH START" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70707940 This "Special " Challenge, as we start this New Year, involves getting a "FRESH START" ... by working on as many good health habits as you can. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the words "FRESH START," along with the healthy habits associated with them. Then come back here, to post either the date you focused on each health habit (or habits, as you can do more than one-a-day, if you choose), or simply post a goal-met emoticon of your choice. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>590</em> <em>244</em>... Wed, 2 Jan 2019 14:06:45 EST January 2019 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70696526 Goal Minutes - 1500 <BR> Minutes Achieved - 1223 <BR> Minutes To Go - 277 <BR> <BR> 1/1-10 <BR> 1/2-122 <BR> 1/3-20 <BR> 1/4-0 <BR> 1/5-33 <BR> 1/6-25 <BR> 1/7-95 / 305 <BR> 1/8-57 <BR> 1/9-76 <BR> 1/10-65 <BR> 1/11-30 <BR> 1/12-0 <BR> 1/13-28 <BR> 1/14-85 / 646 <BR> 1/15-35 <BR> 1/16-102 <BR> 1/17-65 <BR> 1/18-0 <BR> 1/19-10 <BR> 1/20-0 <BR> 1/21-0 / 858 <BR> 1/22-42 <BR> 1/23-93 <BR> 1/24-40 <BR> 1/25-15 <BR> 1/26-15 <BR> 1/27-15 <BR> 1/28-15 / 1093 <BR> 1/29-50 <BR> 1/30-40 <BR> 1/31-40 /... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 00:24:46 EST Weekly Challenge - "Healthy Goal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70683147 Your challenge this week is to do a different "HEALTHY GOAL" each day of the week. Feel free to change the day, to one that works better with your schedule (and the adjectives are just for fun, LOL). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, and then come back here daily ... to simply check it off, date, or post a goal-met emoticon when you complete each "HEALTHY GOAL." <BR> <BR> - Special Sunday - do something special, just for you today <BR> - Manic Monday - burn more calories, by strength train... Sat, 29 Dec 2018 21:17:27 EST Weekly Challenge - "Fork Down" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70649640 Your Challenge this week challenge to put your "FORK DOWN" in-between bites. And then don't pick it up again until you have finished chewing the previous bite. (If it's something you hold in your hand, like a sandwich, put the whole thing down until you're ready to take your next bite). <BR> <BR> One of the easiest ways to control your portions is to slow down your eating ... and one of the easiest ways to slow down your eating is to put your "FORK DOWN." <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the da... Sun, 23 Dec 2018 08:36:29 EST Cute Animal Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x70646768 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d9a552b-82bf-4615-b7e6-130e871ab556.png"> Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:00:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "One Good Thing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70611048 As busy as we are this Holiday week, our challenge needs to be simple. How about every day this week, plan to do just “ONE GOOD THING" for your health each day. <BR> <BR> For example, even straightening up an area can be that "ONE GOOD THING" ... because you are removing clutter from your life. Perhaps you might choose to stretch, strength train, track your food, drink your water, do cardio, eat a new veggie, read a health article, or even something as simple as encourage a friend along hi... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:42:36 EST Weekly Challenge - STRETCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70574036 We are all certainly under a lot of stress, with Holiday shopping upon us. Simply choose one body part to "STRETCH" each day this week ... as your Challenge for the week. There are 7 letters in the word "STRETCH," and 7 days in the week, and 7 goals associated with each day suggested below. So get ready, set, go ... let's "STRETCH" and continue to make progress throughout this Holiday season. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters in the word "STRETCH" and come back here daily, to p... Sun, 9 Dec 2018 00:16:42 EST old thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x70571532 What did you do today "JUST FOR YOU" ... It can be as simple as watching TV, walking in the sun, picking flowers or spending time with a friend. Think special me-time activity. <BR> <BR> What did you do that was fun today? <BR> What did you do that was good for your health? <BR> <BR> What did you do "JUST FOR YOU" <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <em>332</em> <em>274</em> <em>550</em> <em>492</em> <em>335</em> <em>237</em> <em>313</em> <em>474</em> <em>362</em... Sat, 8 Dec 2018 14:05:02 EST SPRING Words - ABC Order http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x70571509 <em>444</em> Here's to cold, Winter weather now... <em>444</em> <BR> and the HOLIDAYS are coming! <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's change it up and post WINTER or HOLIDAY words in ABC order: <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> A - arctic Sat, 8 Dec 2018 13:58:16 EST "Special" Challenge - "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70535714 It will be super-challenging during the next few weeks to keep up our healthy habits. But if we challenge ourselves to do just 1 healthy habit, a few times a week even, maybe we can stay somewhat on track. <BR> <BR> As we travel through the “HOLIDAY” Season, choose 1 healthy habit below, a few times a week, until you complete the words “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words, and come back here, to either post the dates you completed them, or post an emoticon if you prefe... Mon, 3 Dec 2018 15:25:59 EST Weekly Challenge - "SUPPORT" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70531407 Your challenge this week is to show yourself as much “SUPPORT” as you show others. <BR> We frequently "SUPPORT" others in our lives. But how often do we take the time to "SUPPORT" ourselves? We can't help others if we don't take care of ourselves first, right? This week is all about taking care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters in the word "SUPPORT" and then come back here, to post what date(s) you accomplished the goal(s), or an emoticon if you prefer. <BR> <BR> S – So... Sun, 2 Dec 2018 22:18:14 EST December ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70511683 Goal Minutes - 1500 <BR> Minutes Achieved - 450 <BR> Minutes To Go - 1050 <BR> <BR> 12/1-0 <BR> 12/2-16 <BR> 12/3-88 <BR> 12/4-80 <BR> 12/5-10 <BR> 12/6-0 <BR> 12/7-0 / 194 <BR> 12/8-13 <BR> 12/9-15 <BR> 12/10-82 <BR> 12/11-91 <BR> 12/12-55 <BR> 12/13-0 <BR> 12/14-0 / 450 <BR> 12/15-0 <BR> 12/16-17 <BR> 12/17-70 <BR> 12/18-62 <BR> 12/19-0 <BR> 12/20-0 <BR> 12/21-0 <BR> 12/22- <BR> 12/23- <BR> 12/24- <BR> 12/25- <BR> 12/26- <BR> 12/27- <BR> 12/28- <BR> 12/29- <BR> 12/30- <BR> 12/31- Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:10:30 EST Weekly Challenge - "Thanks!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70485697 Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving , and if you're like me, there were many reasons to say "THANKS! So your challenge this week is to be sure to shift your focus onto all the good things happening in your life. And just say "THANKS!" <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters in "THANKS!" and come back here daily, to post what date(s) you accomplished each healthy task(s). <BR> <BR> T- Thank someone in your life for something today <BR> H- Hug someone, in person or online, today <BR> ... Sun, 25 Nov 2018 00:22:51 EST Weekly Challenge - "5 Minute Break" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70448262 Your challenge this week is to take "5-MINUTE BREAK" ... instead of comforting yourself with food. Literally, give yourself a little "BREAK" (ie, a time-out)...before grabbing that doughnut, potato chip, candy bar, or other tempting trigger food. <BR> <BR> Instead of giving in to that craving immediately, give yourself a "5-MINUTE BREAK" and do something else, like play a computer game, read a magazine, watch TV, listen to music, take a walk, do a craft, or maybe spark a little. Sometimes t... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:05:01 EST Weekly Challenge - "Yes I Can" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70408977 Your challenge this week is to stop making excuses, by saying to yourself ... "YES I CAN" be healthier! There are 7 days-in-a-week ... and 7 letters in the phrase "YES I CAN." Do at least 1 task every day this week, posting the date(s) completed next to the health habit associated with each letter (you may, of course, do more than 1 a day if you choose). <BR> <BR> Y - Your choice of cardio today <BR> E - Eat lots of freggies today <BR> S - Squeeze in some strength training today <BR> ... Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:43:54 EST Delete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70376898 <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2018 10:21:14 EST Weekly Challenge - "Good Choice" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70368506 Your Challenge this week is to make one "GOOD CHOICE" every day. Those small, seemingly-insignificant "CHOICES" we make every day to help us to reach our goals. For example: <BR> <BR> - Did you exercise when all you wanted to do was sit in front of the TV? <BR> - Did you resist the drivethru and opt for a healthy alternative? <BR> - Did you drink water instead of the soda you wanted? <BR> - Did you finally do something that you’ve been putting off? <BR> <BR> They may seem insignifican... Sat, 3 Nov 2018 23:18:11 EST November ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70336116 Goal Minutes - 1200 <BR> Minutes Achieved - 1793 <BR> Minutes To Go - 0 <BR> <BR> 11/1-85 <BR> 11/2-75 <BR> 11/3-10 <BR> 11/4-20 <BR> 11/5-70 <BR> 11/6- <em>527</em> 10 <BR> 11/7- <em>527</em> 10 \ 280 <BR> 11/8- <em>527</em> 10 <BR> 11/9- <em>527</em> 10 <BR> 11/10-195 <BR> 11/11-17 <BR> 11/12-11 <BR> 11/13-10 <BR> 11/14-75\ 608 <BR> 11/15-75 <BR> 11/16-75 <BR> 11/17-10 <BR> 11/18-10 <BR> 11/19-155 <BR> 11/20-16 <BR> 11/21-335 (all day cooking and cleaning) \ 1284 <BR> 11/22-313 (al... Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:48:53 EST Weekly Challenge - "Rev It Up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70325578 Your Challenge this week is to “REV IT UP ” ... your metabolism, that is. There are many ways to do just that. <BR> <BR> Below are 7 of those ways. And there are 7 days in a week. You may choose to do 1-a-day ... or may choose to do more-than-1-a-day, to really "REV IT UP!" <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the ways to "REV IT UP," and come back hereto record the date(s) you accomplished your goals this week. <BR> <BR> 1) Lift heavier weights <BR> 2) Vary your cardio <BR> 3) Eat less, but mo... Sat, 27 Oct 2018 20:30:47 EST Special "Bag of Candies" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70325538 With Halloween this week, no doubt we've all got candy on the brain. <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> Do you remember what's it like when somebody offers you something from a big, assorted “BAG OF CANDIES,” and you never know what you'll get? I've put together a big “BAG OF CANDIES” for you …some very sweet, some not so sweet. <BR> <BR> Your "Special" challenge, for the next couple of weeks ... is to close your eyes and think of a number between 1 and 14 each day, and then go see what you pull... Sat, 27 Oct 2018 20:28:15 EST Weekly Challenge - "Consistently" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70285407 This week’s challenge is to work on a particular health goal “CONSISTENTLY.” <BR> <BR> - Perhaps you are you struggling to get in those freggies? Then maybe you will want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" eating 4-5 fruits &amp; vegetables every day this week. <BR> <BR> - If you are sneaking too many treats into your day, then maybe you will want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" limiting them. <BR> <BR> - If you are struggling to get that exercise in, you may want to work on "CONSISTENTLY" getting tho... Sat, 20 Oct 2018 23:38:05 EST We go together like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x70273187 OK, lets have some fun with this one..... <BR> <BR> We go together like <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9426b070-7b7f-41d8-b4d9-c76b0af701f8.jpeg"> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:00:02 EST Weekly Challenge - "Talk A Walk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70248176 Your Challenge for this week is to "TAKE A WALK." There are many different ways to "TAKE A WALK" ... in fact, alternating the "type of walk" you take will be of benefit to your health goals (think shaking-up your workout routine). Here are just a couple of ways to "TAKE A WALK" .... the choice is yours! <BR> <BR> - Power walking –quicker, shorter steps with arms pumping <BR> - Interval walking –alternate between fast bursts &amp; slower recovery pace <BR> - Mindful walking –focusing on br... Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:14:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "FOR 5 MINUTES" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70203628 Your Challenge this week is to straighten up some physical space in your life. Choose a chore &amp; work on it “FOR 5 MINUTES,” and then you can stop! <BR> <BR> Even though your goal is "FOR 5 MINUTES" ... you may want to keep going, you may find out how much gets done in so little time, and you may feel better, just because you're more organized. <BR> <BR> You can pick the space in your home, office, etc. that needs straightening up. You can pick the same space the next day if the work i... Sat, 6 Oct 2018 23:55:11 EST October ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70166221 Goal Minutes - 1000 <BR> Minutes Achieved - 1082 <BR> Minutes To Go - <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 10/1-35 <BR> 10/2-35 <BR> 10/3-35 <BR> 10/4-47 <BR> 10/5-55 <BR> 10/6-0 <BR> 10/7-20 \ 227 <BR> 10/8-20 <BR> 10/9-120 <BR> 10/10-35 <BR> 10/11-35 <BR> 10/12-0 <BR> 10/13-15 <BR> 10/14-0 \ 452 <BR> 10/15-35 <BR> 10/16-0 <BR> 10/17-35 <BR> 10/18-0 <BR> 10/19-40 <BR> 10/20-10 <BR> 10/21-0 \ 572 <BR> 10/22-35 <BR> 10/23-10 <BR> 10/24-82 <BR> 10/25-87 <BR> 10/26-35 <BR> 10/27-12 <BR> 10/28-11 \ 844 <B... Sun, 30 Sep 2018 17:33:39 EST “STREAK” Penny Jar Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70161698 <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> “STREAK” Penny Jar Challenge <BR> <BR> This Challenge is a little different. It doesn't last just one week ... and you get to choose your own "STREAK." <BR> <BR> For example, I thought it would be fun to see how much money I can save by walking as many days in-a-row as I can (my choice for a "STREAK"). Of... Sat, 29 Sep 2018 20:20:53 EST Weekly Challenge - "Get Some Sleep" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70161672 <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> This week’s challenge is to “GET SOME SLEEP.” It may sound simple enough, but for some of us, it can be a real challenge. Try to "GET SOME SLEEP" every night—by doing something you know works for you . . . or by trying something different (a few suggestions below). <BR> <BR> - Cool down the room <BR> - Turn off ... Sat, 29 Sep 2018 20:13:26 EST Weekly Challenge - "Today I will ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70125311 Your challenge this week is to do "BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, by answering this statement "TODAY I WILL... " <BR> <BR> Just ask yourself this question each day: What can I do "TODAY" that will make it "BETTER THAN YESTERDAY?" Change doesn’t just happen in a day. If it did, we’d all be perfect from Day One. It takes time, patience, and commitment ... along with failure, sweat and tears. But if you break it down into smaller goals (like: "Tomorrow I will ... because today I didn't ....), than c... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:16:57 EST Weekly Challenge - "Do Some" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70087805 Your challenge this week is to "DO SOME" exercise every day. Do whatever exercise you want. Do as little as you want Do as much as you want. Just "SO SOME" exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then every day, come here &amp; post "what" exercise you did and "how much" you did. Just "DO SOME" every day. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:07:56 EST Weekly Challenge - "Sit Less" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70049128 “Being sedentary is not the same as being inactive.” You can workout every day, but still have “sedentary behaviors.” It’s important to more more and "SIT LESS” throughout the day. <BR> <BR> So this week’s challenge is to simply move more and "SIT LESS” . . . . to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle. Here are some ways to accomplish this: <BR> <BR> - Stand up/walk in place during commercials <BR> - Set an alarm, to get up &amp; walk around every 30 minutes <BR> - Pace on the sidelines as... Sun, 9 Sep 2018 01:34:53 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x70004440 This week’s Challenge will be perfect for “JUST YOU" . . . because “JUST YOU” get to decide what that challenge will be! <BR> <BR> It can be to drink more water, to get a certain number of daily steps, to eat more veggies, to get more sleep . . . only “JUST YOU” know what you need to work on. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and complete the statement below. Then for accountability, post daily whether you meet your challenge (or not). <BR> <BR> "This week I challenge my... Sun, 2 Sep 2018 00:11:44 EST September ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69996255 Goal Minutes - <BR> Minutes Achieved - <BR> Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> 9/1- <BR> 9/2- <BR> 9/3- <BR> 9/4- <BR> 9/5- <BR> 9/6- <BR> 9/7- <BR> 9/8- <BR> 9/9- <BR> 9/10- <BR> 9/11- <BR> 9/12- <BR> 9/13- <BR> 9/14- <BR> 9/15- <BR> 9/16- <BR> 9/17- <BR> 9/18- <BR> 9/19- <BR> 9/20- <BR> 9/21- <BR> 9/22- <BR> 9/23- <BR> 9/24- <BR> 9/25- <BR> 9/26- <BR> 9/27- <BR> 9/28- <BR> 9/29- <BR> 9/30- Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:09:40 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x69988236 Looking for some new challenges to keep the motivation revving! <BR> <BR> I'm 42, married, have three kids in high school and work full time... learning to carve out some time for me as well! Thu, 30 Aug 2018 06:42:34 EST Weekly Challenge - "Something Each Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69967752 Your Challenge this week is to do "SOMETHING EACH DAY." You can choose to do more than 1 thing each day, but do at least "SOMETHING EACH DAY"... to keep you moving forward on your health journey. (BTW, the silly adjectives before the days-of-the-week don't mean anything...and you do not have to do them "on that day" either) <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and the health habits associated with them. Then come back here daily, to post the date(s) you completed them. <BR> <... Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:02:11 EST Weekly Challenge - "Dreaded Plateau" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69917766 This week your Challenge is shake things up a little ... to bust through that "DREADED PLATEAU." In order to avoid that "DREADED PLATEAU," at some point you will need to change up your workout routine. The more "routine" your workout is, the less effective it becomes. Your muscles become "used to" moving a certain way &amp; therefore stop progressing. <BR> <BR> Here are some ways you can "shake things up" a little. Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then come back here daily, to pos... Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:44:17 EST "Special" Challenge - "SCHOOL SHOPPING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69883503 It's that time of year again...when our children of school age toddle off to again. Many of our schedules will change along with our children's. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself each day during the next 2 weeks, with something different each day. You can stay healthy over the next 2 weeks in 14 different ways. You can do more than 1 a day, if you wish, but only 1 a day is required to complete the challenge. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; post the words "SCHOOL SHOPPING" and then come back here dail... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:53:54 EST Weekly Challenge - "Take 10" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69830476 Your Challenge this week is to "TAKE 10" minutes out of your day, every day this week ... for complete peace and quiet. Just "TAKE 10" to relax. The rest of the day's craziness can wait. ... you'll be back shortly. You could: <BR> <BR> * Take a nap <BR> * Sip a favorite beverage <BR> * Sit outside to enjoy nature <BR> * Meditate or sit quietly <BR> * Pray or read your Bible <BR> * Read a book or magazine <BR> * Listen to music <BR> * Put your feet up <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the ... Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:25:16 EST Weekly Challenge - "60 Seconds" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69790297 Your Challenge this week is to choose at-least-one of these "60 SECOND" activities below each day, but you could try to fit in as many as you can – after all, they will only take "60 SECONDS." You may do more than one a day, and you may also do any activity as many times as you like through the day. <BR> <BR> We can make each day better, "60 SECONDS" at a time! <BR> <em>12</em> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>12</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>56</em> <em>12</em> ... Sat, 4 Aug 2018 21:34:21 EST Weekly Challenge - "Winners" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69736601 Let’s try to be “WINNERS” every day this week! There are 7 letters in the word “WINNERS” ... there are 7 days in the week &amp; there are 7 healthy choices listed next to each letter. You will receive 1 point for each letter completed each day… so you can score anywhere from 1 to 7 points a day. <BR> <BR> Of course, you will want to try to earn all 7 points available every day ... so you will be “WINNERS” every day this week! That means you can rack up a total of 49 points for the week. Let... Sat, 28 Jul 2018 23:56:16 EST August ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69731335 Goal Minutes - <BR> Minutes Achieved - <BR> Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> <BR> 8/1- <BR> 8/2- <BR> 8/3- <BR> 8/4- <BR> 8/5- <BR> 8/6- <BR> 8/7- <BR> 8/8- <BR> 8/9- <BR> 8/10- <BR> 8/11- <BR> 8/12- <BR> 8/13- <BR> 8/14- <BR> 8/15- <BR> 8/16- <BR> 8/17- <BR> 8/18- <BR> 8/19- <BR> 8/20- <BR> 8/21- <BR> 8/22- <BR> 8/23- <BR> 8/24- <BR> 8/25- <BR> 8/26- <BR> 8/27- <BR> 8/28- <BR> 8/29- <BR> 8/30- <BR> 8/31- Sat, 28 Jul 2018 15:30:51 EST Weekly Challenge - "One Extra Thing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69655666 Your Challenge is to do “ONE EXTRA THING” every day this week ... to move you forward on your health journey. That “ONE EXTRA THING” could be any of the following (or something else of your own choosing). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back daily, to post that "ONE EXTRA THING" you chose each day (you may repeat, if you choose). <BR> <BR> Or copy &amp; paste the "extras" below &amp; post a date next to it when you complete it. Your challenge...your choice! <B... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:40:28 EST Weekly Challenge - "The Right Snacks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69614470 Your challenge this week is eating “THE RIGHT SNACKS” in between meals. Ideally, "THE RIGHT SNACKS" should be a complex carb (think freggies or fiber) paired with a little protein. . . to keep you satiated and your metabolism revved up, like: <BR> <BR> - Veggies &amp; hummus <BR> - Greek yogurt &amp; fresh fruit <BR> - Tuna on whole grain crackers <BR> - Protein energy bar + skim milk <BR> - Popcorn &amp; tomato juice <BR> - Cottage cheese &amp; nuts or fruit <BR> - Banana with peanut... Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:32:10 EST Weekly Challenge - "Comfort Zone" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69541799 Most of us tend to do the same workout, day after day … and never venture out of our “COMFORT ZONE.” Then we hit a wall, the scale stops moving, and we're in that dreaded plateau. We’ve all been there! <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to switch up your strength training and/or cardio workouts. The fitness experts say we need to get out of our “COMFORT ZONE” . . . to spark our metabolism and challenge our muscles differently (to increase growth of lean muscle). <BR> <BR> You can eithe... Sat, 7 Jul 2018 22:13:54 EST "Special" Challenge - HAPPY 4TH OF JULY" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69368889 I hope everyone is enjoying a “HAPPY 4TH OF JULY.” Enjoy yourself, but don’t forget about being as healthy as you can be…while enjoying the Summer season. <BR> <BR> As a “Special” Challenge over the next couple of weeks, perhaps you may want to consider tackling 1 letter/task a day (of course, you’re welcome to challenge yourself to more-than-one-a-day, if you wish). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words “HAPPY 4TH OF JULY,” along with the tasks associated with the letters, and then come ... Wed, 4 Jul 2018 13:23:19 EST New Challenges - Weekly and Monthly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69341237 Your Challenge this week is to simply choose 1 of the following "HEALTH HABITS" to do each day ... so that by the end-of-the-week you will have practiced all 7 of the following "HEALTH HABITS." You may do them in any order you wish. You may do more than 1 a day, if you wish. <BR> <BR> 1) Stretch today <BR> 2) Take a walk today <BR> 3) Drink more water today <BR> 4) Meditate today <BR> 5) Lift some weights today <BR> 6) Do something you love today <BR> 7) Eat something good for you tod... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 03:27:47 EST Weekly Challenge - "Health Habits" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69341230 Your Challenge this week is to simply choose 1 of the following "HEALTH HABITS" to do each day ... so that by the end-of-the-week you will have practiced all 7 of the following "HEALTH HABITS." You may do them in any order you wish. You may do more than 1 a day, if you wish. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the list of "HEALTH HABITS," and come back here daily, to post the date(s) that you completed each of the "HEALTH HABITS" below. <BR> <BR> 1) Stretch today <BR> 2) Take a walk today <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 03:23:35 EST July ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69333371 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 7/1- <BR> 7/2- <BR> 7/3- <BR> 7/4- <BR> 7/5- <BR> 7/6- <BR> 7/7- <BR> 7/8- <BR> 7/9- <BR> 7/10- <BR> 7/11- <BR> 7/12- <BR> 7/13- <BR> 7/14- <BR> 7/15- <BR> 7/16- <BR> 7/17- <BR> 7/18- <BR> 7/19- <BR> 7/20- <BR> 7/21- <BR> 7/22- <BR> 7/23- <BR> 7/24- <BR> 7/25- <BR> 7/26- <BR> 7/27- <BR> 7/28- <BR> 7/29- <BR> 7/30- <BR> 7/31- <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:23:53 EST Weekly Challenge - "Tech Free" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69290808 Your challenge this week is to take at least one 10-minute “TECH-FREE” break during your day ... preferably at night, right before bed. <BR> <BR> Spend that “TECH-FREE” break daily … doing anything that doesn’t involve a cell phone, tablet, or computer. For example: take a walk, rock in a chair, daydream, read, play the piano, take a bath, pray, meditate … simply unplug &amp; relax. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and then come back here, to post how you spent your “TECH-... Sat, 23 Jun 2018 20:01:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just Move More" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69248320 Your challenge this week is to “JUST MOVE MORE” every day. You don’t have to have a gym membership, you don't have to sweat a lot, and you don't have to run 5 miles . . . all you have to do is “JUST MOVE MORE” today than you did yesterday. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to "JUST MOVE MORE" here and there, throughout the day. It will add up. <BR> Here are some suggestions (you may think of others): <BR> <BR> - Stand up &amp; walk in place during commercials <BR> - Set an alarm, to get up &a... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:57:34 EST Weekly Challenge - "Great Health" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69206757 Your challenge for this week is to practice some habits for "GREAT HEALTH." There are 7 "GREAT HEALTH" habits listed below...and 7 days in a week. You may choose to do 1-a-day, or you may choose to do more. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the "GREAT HEALTH" habits, and come back here daily, to post the date(s) you completed them. Enjoy "GREAT HEALTH" this week (and on and on)! <BR> <BR> 1. Get moving – 30 minutes today <BR> 2. Get 5-a-day - eat many freggies today <BR> 3. Drink smarter - no ... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:45:20 EST "Special" Challenge - "PLANTING SEASON" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69174252 It is "PLANTING SEASON." Have you started planting that flower or vegetable garden? <BR> <BR> This 2-week challenge will help us get healthy in 14 different ways. Challenge yourself each day with something different. You can do one task per day (or more than one, if you choose). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words &amp; tasks associated with it. Then come back here daily &amp; post the date(s) you completed each task. <BR> <BR> P - Pre-plan your meals &amp; snacks today <BR> L ... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 14:35:34 EST Weekly Challenge - "Every Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69164959 Your challenge his week is to do something "EVERY DAY.” It can be just 1 thing... for just 1 day, or you may choose to do more than 1 a day. Just do something "EVERY DAY" to move you forward in your health journey. <BR> <BR> The title before each day of the week doesn’t really mean anything. And you do not have to do "that" … on that day. You can change it up so it works into your schedule. <BR> <BR> Just try to do something “EVERY DAY.” Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; the tas... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 00:33:43 EST June ~ Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69157181 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 6/1 <BR> 6/2 <BR> 6/3 <BR> 6/4 <BR> 6/5 <BR> 6/6 <BR> 6/7 <BR> 6/8 <BR> 6/9 <BR> 6/10 <BR> 6/11 <BR> 6/12 <BR> 6/13 <BR> 6/14 <BR> 6/15 <BR> 6/16 <BR> 6/17 <BR> 6/18 <BR> 6/19 <BR> 6/20 <BR> 6/21 <BR> 6/22 <BR> 6/23 <BR> 6/24 <BR> 6/25 <BR> 6/26 <BR> 6/27 <BR> 6/28 <BR> 6/29 <BR> 6/30 Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:09:03 EST Weekly Challenge - "I Will" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69124810 Changing our health habits begins with 2 simple words … “I WILL,” followed by some type of chosen action. Your challenge this week is to finish this sentence every day/ Here are some suggestions, but of course, you complete the sentence however you see fit. <BR> <BR> - Eat more nutritionally <BR> - Increase my exercise minutes <BR> - Stretch <BR> - Mediate or get me-time <BR> - Sleep 7-8 hours <BR> - Strength train <BR> - Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; pa... Sun, 27 May 2018 00:52:06 EST Weekly Challenge - "One More" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69082782 We all know we need to eat more freggies. And I think we would all like to, but find it is difficult. So let’s challenge ourselves this week is to sneak in just “ONE MORE” freggie ... at least 1 meal or snack every day this week (that’s just "ONE MORE" than you usually eat). <BR> <BR> There are plenty of ways to sneak in “ONE MORE" freggie. Here are a few suggestions, but you may have your own ideas (feel free to share). <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>370<... Sat, 19 May 2018 23:19:47 EST Weekly Challenge - "Meditate" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69044036 Your challenge this week is to just relax and "MEDITATE." Take 10 minutes every day to relax, reflect, breathe deeply, clear your mind &amp; focus on you. You can listen to soothing music, take a bubble-bath, read quietly ... whatever helps you unwind. Just try to "MEDITATE" every day this week &amp; shut the world out for 10 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, then come back &amp; post what you did to relax your mind (or just post a goal met if you wish). <B... Sun, 13 May 2018 00:25:28 EST Weekly Challenge - "Cardio For 30" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x69007138 If you can do "CARDIO for 30" minutes ... just 5 days out of the week, you will accumulate the 150 minutes that is recommended for heart health. And it doesn't even have to be 30 minutes all at one time ... you can break it down into 10-minute intervals. <BR> <BR> You can walk, run, bike, do a video, swim--whatever you want, as long as you do "CARDIO for 30" minutes ... at least 5 days this week (BTW, you can certainly do more if you wish). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week,... Sun, 6 May 2018 14:07:39 EST May ~ Monthly Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68978394 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 5/1 <BR> 5/2 <BR> 5/3 <BR> 5/4 <BR> 5/5 <BR> 5/6 <BR> 5/7 <BR> 5/8 <BR> 5/9 <BR> 5/10 <BR> 5/11 <BR> 5/12 <BR> 5/13 <BR> 5/14 <BR> 5/15 <BR> 5/16 <BR> 5/17 <BR> 5/18 <BR> 5/19 <BR> 5/20 <BR> 5/21 <BR> 5/22 <BR> 5/23 <BR> 5/24 <BR> 5/25 <BR> 5/26 <BR> 5/27 <BR> 5/28 <BR> 5/29 <BR> 5/30 <BR> 5/31 <BR> Tue, 1 May 2018 20:37:50 EST "Special" Challenge - "MAY FLOWERS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68976547 Well, hopefully the “APRIL SHOWERS” have now brought the “MAY FLOWERS” and you have been enjoying them! <BR> <BR> So your challenge for the month of May is to do as many of the following healthy habits listed by the letters in “MAY FLOWERS” as you can. <BR> <BR> You can choose to do one-a-day…and post the day you accomplished that goal. Or you can choose to do more-than-one-a-day (and continue through the month) and post multiple dates of completion. <BR> <BR> M – Mix up your exerci... Tue, 1 May 2018 14:03:54 EST Weekly Challenge - "S.T.R.E .T.C.H." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68960083 A daily “STRETCH” routine loosens tight muscles ... and iIf you add focused breathing into your “STRETCH” routine, you’ll also calm your mind &amp; enhance your mood. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back here daily, to post which “letters” you stretched. For example, if you did “shoulders, triceps, torso, &amp; hamstrings” on Saturday, you would post: S,T,T,H that day (perhaps aiming to post a full “STRETCH” everyday). <BR> <BR> S – Shoulder rolls <BR> T – Trice... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 21:59:45 EST What are you doing today to get fit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x68935424 Post ONE THING are YOU doing TODAY to get fit. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:38:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "Spring Cleaning" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68919831 Your challenge this week is to do a little "SPRING CLEANING" every day. Even if it's only 1 small physical space, reducing the chaos &amp; disorganization in your life by doing some "SPRING CLEANING" gives you that good feeling of accomplishment. <BR> <BR> - Straighten up a room <BR> - Tackling that pile of paperwork that needs your attention <BR> - Cleaning out your desk, car, purse, wallet, closet, etc <BR> - Cleaning out the pantry/fridge of junk food <BR> <BR> These are just sugges... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:02:36 EST "Special" Challenge - "APRIL SHOWERS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68901621 For the rest of the month, let’s be as healthy as we can be … while the “APRIL SHOWERS” bring on the “MAY FLOWERS” (can you guess what your next “Special” Challenge may be?) <BR> <BR> To complete this challenge, copy &amp; paste the words “APRIL SHOWERS.” Then for the rest of the month of “APRIL,” do as many of the healthy habits, listed by the letters, as you can. <BR> <BR> You can choose to do one-a-day…and post the day you accomplished that goal. Or you can choose to do more-than-one-a... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:14:07 EST Weekly Challenge - "S.T.O.P." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68879740 This week’s challenge is to simply “ S.T.O.P.” ... that is, to simply “STAY TOTALLY ON PROGRAM.” When you’re tempted this week (and no doubt you will be, at some point), just remind yourself that you need to “S.T.O.P.” No excuses, no forgetting to plan ahead, no sneaking this or that, no cheating. <BR> <BR> Say “NO” to anything that will throw you off track, and say “YES” to making good healthy choices so you will “STAY TOTALLY ON PROGRAM.” Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; c... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:18:57 EST Weekly Challenge - "Do Better" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68836651 Your challenge this week is to "DO BETTER" each day .... when it comes to eating healthier. What will you choose that will make an impact on your eating habits? Here’s a few suggestions, but feel free to use a different one that means more to you. It needs to be one habit you will stick with for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> • No late night snacking <BR> • Eating breakfast every morning <BR> • Limiting sodium, fat, or carbs (you pick the item you need to work on) <BR> • Stay within calo... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 21:53:50 EST April - Monthly Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68791824 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 4/1 - <BR> 4/2 - <BR> 4/3 - <BR> 4/4 - <BR> 4/5 - <BR> 4/6 - <BR> 4/7 - <BR> 4/8 - <BR> 4/9 - <BR> 4/10 - <BR> 4/11 - <BR> 4/12 - <BR> 4/13 - <BR> 4/14 - <BR> 4/15 - <BR> 416 - <BR> 4/17 - <BR> 418 - <BR> 419 - <BR> 4/20 - <BR> 4/21 - <BR> 4/22 - <BR> 423 - <BR> 424 - <BR> 4/25 - <BR> 4/26 - <BR> 4/27 - <BR> 42/8 - <BR> 4/29 - <BR> 4/30 - <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 01:23:47 EST Weekly Challenge - "Apple or Pear" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68791810 We’ve all heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, I’d like to suggest that the fiber in an “APPLE or PEAR” might just keep the extra pounds away! <BR> <BR> This week ... challenge yourself to eat an "APPLE or PEAR” every day. Actually, any fibrous fruit or veggie would fit this challenge. If you don’t care for either “APPLE or PEAR,” how about an orange or some berries? As always, make these challenges your own. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week &amp; come b... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 01:16:49 EST Weekly Challenge - "HEALTHY" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68750225 Your challenge this week is to make it a "HEALTHY" week. Simply do at least one "HEALTHY": habit each day of the week, although you may certainly do more than 1 a day. They may be done in any order you wish, as well as done more than one day of the week if you choose. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the 7 letters/tasks in the word "HEALTHY" below, and then come back here, to post the date(s) you accomplished each "HEALTHY" task(s). <BR> <BR> H - Have fish with 1 of your meals today <BR> E -... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:01:02 EST Say it in 5 words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x68742883 Post anything you want.....BUT....it has to be in a 5-word sentence. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Yes, I can do it! <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:38:29 EST Words in the Phrase http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x68737619 How many words can we make out of the phrase “Amazing things are about to happen". <BR> <BR> Here’s how the game is played: The first person can type “pen”, then the next person adds on another word, and so on. When a new word is added to the list, copy and paste the existing words to your reply box, then add the new word before posting. . That way we’ll know how many words were made from the phrase! We already did the first two words below <BR> <BR> The words should consist of 3 or mor... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:08:11 EST "Special" (10-Day) Challenge - "IT IS SPRING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68730025 There are 10 days left in the month of March ... and there are 10 letters in the phrase "IT IS SPRING." We are all hoping that Spring weather is coming soon, even though a lot of us are experiencing unseasonably cold temperatures (ie northeasters, hurricanes, etc). So April 1st will be here in in 10 days ... and we will either say, "IT IS SPRING" ... or "April's Fools!" <BR> <BR> For the next 10 days, do 1 healthy habit a day...just 1 a day (for the challenge). Copy &amp; paste the letter... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:19:34 EST Post FLOWER emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x68706344 Time to switch it up again ...time to think about Spring, isn't it? Let's post some Springtime pictures. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>379</em> <em>184</em> <em>146</em> <em>214</em> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:06:07 EST Weekly Challenge - "Step-It-Up to Move-It-Down" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68706317 As we "STEP-IT-UP" . . . we "MOVE-IT-DOWN," (our weight loss tickers, that is). So let's track those steps/minutes this week, and challenge ourselves to increase our activity daily. <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and come back here daily to post your increased activity. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:02:39 EST Weekly Challenge - "1, 2,3 , Freggie Challenge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68662108 Eating our fruits and vegetables is probably one of the most important steps on this health journey. Even though we know we should have at least 5 "freggies" (fruits or veggies) a day, sometimes it's just not doable. But 3 freggies a day...now, that's more doable. <BR> <BR> So let's try just this "1, 2, 3 FREGGIE CHALLENGE" instead this week! Here's how to take the "1, 2, 3 Freggie Challenge" this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Try to eat 1 new Fruit or Veggie this week. It can be one you have never ... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:35:19 EST Weekly Challenge - "Pre-Plan" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68617269 We don't plan to fail, but if we fail to plan, well... that's sometimes what happens. So this week, let's "PRE-PLAN," so we don't fail. <BR> <BR> Your Challenge for this week is to “PRE-PLAN" either your meal(s) ... or "PRE-PLAN" your exercise routine, your choice. <BR> <BR> You can choose to “PRE-PLAN” your meal(s), by posting what your meal plan will be for the week (helping you to stay in calorie range &amp; get your nutrients). <BR> <BR> Or you can choose to “PRE-PLAN” your exercise ... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 22:25:21 EST March - Monthly Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68602002 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 3/1 - <BR> 3/2 - <BR> 3/3 - <BR> 3/4 - <BR> 3/5 - <BR> 3/6 - <BR> 3/7 - <BR> 3/8 - <BR> 3/9 - <BR> 3/10 - <BR> 3/11 - <BR> 3/12 - <BR> 3/13 - <BR> 3/14 - <BR> 3/15 - <BR> 3/16 - <BR> 3/17 - <BR> 3/18 - <BR> 3/19 - <BR> 3/20 - <BR> 3/21 - <BR> 3/22 - <BR> 3/23 - <BR> 3/24 - <BR> 3/25 - <BR> 3//26 - <BR> 3/27 - <BR> 3/28 - <BR> 3/29 - <BR> 3/30 - <BR> 3/31 - <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:17:22 EST Post Any EASTER EGG Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x68601984 I know it doesn't even seem like Easter this year, but maybe it will help us remember the season if we post some colorful "EASTER EGG" emoticons! <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>448</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>172</em> <em>145</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> It was time to change things up anyway <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:13:29 EST Springtime Giggles...Just for Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x68601899 How about some Holiday chuckles .... hectic times call for stress release. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Let's do a little laughing! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/735c2a2a-9ccc-4430-b5a4-6ac54e0f1678.jpg"> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:02:52 EST What's in your fridge? A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x68585220 A - Apple Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:10:28 EST When I hear ____ , I think ______. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x68582841 When I hear ____ ,I think ______. <BR> <BR> <BR> In order to play the Game, you just fill in the blank ... like this: <BR> <BR> When I hear KITCHEN, I think TABLE. <BR> <BR> "TABLE" now becomes the FIRST word in the next post. <BR> <BR> "When I hear TABLE, I think SUPPER. <BR> <BR> "SUPPER" now becomes the FIRST word in the next post. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay, you're turn: When I hear SUPPER, I think ___________. <BR> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:37:24 EST Weekly Challenge - "Consistently" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68572048 Your Challenge this week will be to choose a healthy habit ... and work on it “CONSISTENTLY.” You decide what you need to be consistent with, as this is your challenge! <BR> <BR> - Are you struggling to get in those freggies? Then you may want to work on “CONSISTENTLY” eating a certain amount of freggies every day this week. <BR> <BR> - Are too many treats sneaking into your day? Then maybe you want to work on "CONSISTENTLY ' limiting them this week. <BR> <BR> - Are struggling to get ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:18:21 EST Weekly Challenge - "5-Minute Time-Out" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68525631 Your Challenge this week is to take a "5-MINUTE TIME-OUT" ... instead of comforting yourself with food. Literally, give yourself a break (ie time-out)...before grabbing that doughnut, potato chip, candy bar, or other tempting trigger food. <BR> <BR> Instead, take a "5-MINUTE TIME-OUT" and do something else, like play a computer game, read a magazine, watch TV, listen to music, take a walk, do a craft, maybe spark a little...you get the idea. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:26:18 EST “Kick 4 Out-The-Door In 4” … B4 St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68517241 “Kick 4 Out-The-Door In 4” … B4 St. Patrick’s Day! <BR> Do you want to super-challenge yourself to lose 4 pounds before St. Patrick's Day?!?!?! That will be in 4 pounds in 4 weeks, which would only be 1 pound per week. That’s a healthy rate of losing and you might even lose more, but the challenge will be to “Kick 4 Out-The-Door In 4” … B4 St. Patrick’s Day, which is 4 weeks from now, March 17th. <BR> <BR> All you need to do is post here on this topic that you are joining the challenge... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:51:36 EST Fixing a bad habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x68498090 We all have habits that are unhealthy or that we want to change. One way to change a habit is to substitute something else. <BR> <BR> For example, if your bad habit is that you drop your dirty clothes on the floor each night, decide that from now on, you will put them in the hamper instead. Or if out-of-control portions at the table are your unhealthy habit, try using a smaller plate at mealtime. <BR> <BR> Name your habit and what you will do to try &amp; change it. Use this thread to r... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:44:25 EST Special "VALENTINE'S DAY" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68480441 <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>129</em> <em>255</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> When we think of “VALENTINE’S DAY,” probably chocolate &amp; treats are what first comes to mind. So how about … to celebrate “VALENTINE’S DAY” in a healthier way … we challenge ourselves to do something healthy as well (to balance it out a little, LOL). <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters &amp; tasks asso... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:55:02 EST Weekly Challenge - "4-U-HEART" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68480437 <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, doesn't it just seems natural to think about what you can do “4-U-HEART.” If you can tackle just one heart-healthy habit a day, you can keep doing what’s good “4-U-HEART” all week long. <BR> <BR> So your challenge this week is to do at least 1 heart-healthy habit each d... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:52:10 EST Weekly Challenge - "Reward Yourself" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68434795 We often don’t give ourselves enough credit. We forget to pat ourselves on the back for healthy behaviors ... like eating lots of freggies, working out, getting our sleep, drinking enough water, limiting caffeine, staying in calorie range, or practicing relaxation methods to manage stress. <BR> <BR> So this week your challenge is to concentrate on your healthy behaviors. Then “REWARD YOURSELF.” Here are some suggestions of ways to “REWARD YOURSELF” (that don’t include food): <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 23:07:10 EST February - Monthly Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68433416 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 2/1 - <BR> 2/2 - <BR> 2/3 - <BR> 2/4 - <BR> 2/5 - <BR> 2/6 - <BR> 2/7 - <BR> 2/8 - <BR> 2/9 - <BR> 2/10 - <BR> 2/11 - <BR> 2/12 - <BR> 2/13 - <BR> 2/14 - <BR> 2/15 - <BR> 2/16 - <BR> 2/17 - <BR> 2/18 - <BR> 2/19 - <BR> 2/20 - <BR> 2/21 - <BR> 2/22 - <BR> 2/23 - <BR> 2/24 - <BR> 2/25 - <BR> 2//26 - <BR> 2/27 - <BR> 2/28 - <BR> Sat, 3 Feb 2018 18:23:25 EST Weekly Challenge - "Get Moving" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68388074 Anytime you simply "GET MOVING," you're burning calories. And when you sit for long periods of time (like on the couch or at your desk), fat-burning enzymes in your body are "switched off," which can stall weight loss. <BR> <BR> So for the next week, make it a point to “GET MOVING,” as often as you can, for as long as you can. Sometimes if we tell ourselves we only have to do 5 or 10 minutes, once we get started, we’ll decide we can do more. Maybe even set a timer to remind yourself to “GE... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 21:47:59 EST Share Some Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x68359534 We all need daily motivation, continual reinforcement, and positive thoughts. Let’s encourage and support each other each day ... by sharing inspirational quotes. And don't forget to drop back in for your own daily dose of motivation! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ec57291-8a89-49cd-b200-33321060596e.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:53:29 EST "Choose" Your Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68359504 Every day ... you can "Choose Your Challenge." <BR> <BR> It can be a different challenge every day. But YOU get to "Choose Your Challenge" daily. Here are some suggestions, but only you know what you you need ... to stay on track and move closer to your goals <BR> <BR> * No late night snacking <BR> * Try a new recipe once a week <BR> * Exercise at least10 minutes every day <BR> * Eat breakfast every morning <BR> * Drink 8 glasses of water each day <BR> * Stay within calorie range. <... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:49:10 EST Find Hidden Emoticons Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x68359454 This is a fun game! There are many emoticons that are "hidden" ... that have been used in the past and have gone into hiding! Let's find them and post them here! <BR> <BR> Here's how to find them: Click to Add an Emoticon. Then Post Message. Once your entry is posted, in the message box, click on "Edit Your Post" and change one of the numbers in the middle, and then post it again ... to see if it throws up a "hidden" emoticon that you haven't seen before. <BR> <BR> If it does throw up a ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:37:38 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x68359351 Share your daily fitness activity here. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>362</em> <em>324</em> <em>216</em> <em>318</em> <em>237</em> <em>135</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> You can post what exercise you "plan to do" <BR> <BR> Or post what "exercise you did" today. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:15:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Rest And Relax" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68342459 Your Challenge this week is to "REST &amp; RELAX "for 10 minutes every day. It’s important to calm your thoughts &amp; relax your body at least once a day. Below are some great ways to distress and decrease those cortisol levels. <BR> <BR> You may choose the same one(s) more than once, and you could also choose your own, of course (these are just suggestions). <BR> <BR> - going for a leisurely walk (any exercise) <BR> - reading on the porch (or inside) <BR> - meditating <BR> - sipping a... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:52:09 EST Weekly Challenge - "A NEW YOU" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68294801 Your Challenge this week is to work towards “A NEW YOU” in this New Year. Chances are you are still trying to permanently establish those new, healthy habits you have chosen for the year 2018. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, by checking off some of the following healthy habits this week, you will start getting closer to “A NEW YOU” in this New Year. <BR> <BR> Even though doing 1 task a day will complete the challenge (as there are 7 letters/tasks &amp; 7 days in the week), you can certainly choose t... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:01:39 EST "YOUR OWN" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68209050 This challenge is "YOUR OWN" challenge! It may be a daily challenge like getting enough water ... or a weekly challenge like making a new recipe or planning your meals. Or maybe you just need to work on a certain health goal consistently. <BR> <BR> What do you need to focus on? What will help you to stay on track and move closer to your goals? Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking. Or you may already know exactly what you are going to choose. <BR> <BR> * No late night snacking ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 21:07:51 EST January Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68206291 Goal Minutes <BR> Minutes Achieved <BR> Goals to Go <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14 <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17 <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27 <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:22:18 EST New Challenge - "RETURN TO BASICS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68195111 It's the beginning of a New Year, which means it's time for us to "RETURN TO BASICS." Your challenge for the next 2 weeks will be to do as many of the following basic, healthy life skills as you can ... as often as you can. <BR> <BR> There are 14 letters in the words "RETURN TO BASICS" ... and there are 14 days in the 2 weeks. You may do as many as you want each day, although only 1 a day is required to fulfill the challenge. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters/tasks, and then post the... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 22:58:50 EST New Challenge - "HAPPY NEW YEAR" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68155922 As we near the end of the Year 2017 &amp; get ready to wish everyone a “HAPPY NEW YEAR,” let’s continue to try touch on each aspect of our health journey …. day by day, and one by one. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words/letters “HAPPY NEW YEAR,” along with the tasks associated with each letter. Then return daily &amp; date when you complete a task (or post an emoticon, if you prefer). Once again, you will note that there are 14 letters in “HAPPY NEW YEAR.” Therefore, you will have 2 weeks... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:10:52 EST New Challenge - "MERRY CHRISTMAS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68077652 Because the Holidays are about 2 weeks away ... and just for something different, let’s do a 2-week, “MERRY CHRISTMAS" challenge! <BR> <BR> So you will have 2 weeks to complete this Challenge. The goal is to do 1 letter/task each day (as there are 14 letters in "MERRY CHRISTMAS" &amp; there are 14 days in 2 weeks). It is, however, perfectly fine to double-up if you miss a day. And of course, you may also do more than 1 healthy habit each day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the words &amp; ta... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 22:42:41 EST Challenge - "10 Minutes or Less" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68035100 What healthy lifestyle habit can you do in "10 Minutes or Less?" Think about your overall health here . . . it doesn't have to be about weight loss. Just post one thing that you can do in "10 Minutes or Less," to benefit your health. <BR> <BR> For example, I'll start it, by posting: <BR> <BR> Put a healthy snack in your purse before going out. That way if you get hungry, you won't be tempted to stop at the drive through. <BR> <BR> Okay . . . someone else's turn to share. Keep coming bac... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 20:59:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Squeeze It In" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68035077 Strength training is such an important part of our health journey, and often the most neglected. So your challenge this week is to “SQUEEZE IT IN.” <BR> <BR> How many times throughout the day are you waiting for something? You wait for the coffee to brew. You wait in line at the post office. You wait for the commercials to end so your show will resume. Do some strength training exercises while you’re waiting for something this week. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples of how you could “S... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 20:56:22 EST December Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x68032314 Goal Minutes <BR> Minutes Achieved <BR> Goals to Go <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14 <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17 <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27 <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 10:50:58 EST Weekly Challenge - "Each Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67992836 “EACH DAY" is different. So your challenge this week is to pay close attention to how you feel “EACH DAY" of the week, and do something different "EACH DAY." <BR> <BR> You can mix it up, if you wish. In-other-words, you don't have to strength train on "Terrific Tuesday" if Wednesday is a better day for you to do that ...the adjectives are just there to be cute (hopefully). For accountability, come here to post dates completed "EACH DAY," or emoticons, if you prefer. <BR> <BR> Solemn Sunda... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:04:20 EST Weekly Challenge - "Eat A Rainbow" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67950965 Your challenge this week is to "EAT A RAINBOW." See how many different colored fruits &amp; vegetables you can eat. You could use this challenge to see how wide a variety you are already eating and/or help you improve the amount you consume on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week; then come daily &amp; list the freggies you ate each day. Here are a few in each category for easy reference. "EAT A RAINBOW" ... for your health this week! <BR> <BR> <BR> GREEN – aspa... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:15:00 EST Weekly Challenge "A-U-T-U-M-N" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67905100 <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Your Challenge this week is to do as many tasks associated with the “letters” in “AUTUMN” as you can each day. For example, if you track your food, drink your water, and rested on Sunday … you can put 11/12 next to each appropriate “letter” in “AUTUMN.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters “AUTUMN” below, ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:08:37 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mindful Fall Walks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67856042 This week's Challenge is to take slow, meditative, "MINDFUL FALL WALKS." It's so easy to do . . . as you walk, just be "MINDFUL" of your breathing. Concentrate on taking deep breaths, in and out, paying close attention to the air's journey in and out of your lungs. <BR> <BR> So take time this week to appreciate the beautiful Autumn season . . . with "MINDFUL FALL WALKS." Enjoy the the crisp air and the vibrant colors of the leaves changing, as you walk that stress and belly fat away! <BR> ... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 22:43:26 EST November Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67823726 Fitness Minutes Goal <BR> Fitness Minutes Achieved <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29 <BR> 30. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:20:14 EST Weekly Challenge - "P-U-M-P-K-I-N" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67808633 <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <em>147</em> <em>431</em> <em>147</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Your challenge this week is to do as many “letters” in “PUMPKIN” as you can each day (especially on Halloween, right!) . For example, if you track your food, drink your water, and rested on Tuesday … you can put 10/31 next to each appropriate “letter” in “PUMPKIN.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste letters “PUMPKI... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:56:07 EST Replace a Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x67787639 Two words will be posted. You change one, then the next person will change one and so on. <BR> <BR> Example: fall weather <BR> <BR> Now choose one word to carry on with the other. <BR> <BR> fall picture <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:47:35 EST Answer the previous question, then, ask one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x67785360 Let's have a little fun and get to know each other better. Answer the question and then ask one of your own. <BR> <BR> Do you own a treadmill? Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:27:32 EST Weekly Challenge - "O-C-T-O-B-E-R" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67763768 Your Challenge this week is to complete as many tasks associated with the letters in “OCTOBER” as you can each day. For example, if you track your food, drink your water, and rested on Sunday … you can put 10/15 next to each of the appropriate “letter/tasks" in “OCTOBER.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters/tasks for “OCTOBER” below, and then date when you completed each task. You can certainly have more than one date on each letter. Do as many as you can, every day this week … and make ... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:34:21 EST Weekly Challenge - "A-U-T-U-M-N" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67725051 Your Mini-Challenge this week is to do as many “letters” in “AUTUMN” as you can each day. For example, if you track your food, drink your water, and rested on Saturday … you can put 10/14 next to each appropriate “letter” in “AUTUMN.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste letters “AUTUMN” below, and then date when you completed each task. You can certainly have more than one date on each letter. Do as many as you can, every day this week … and make “AUTUMN” your healthiest season! <BR> <BR> A – Add ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:41:37 EST Yeah! Bonus Points for the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x67716935 <em>347</em> This thread is for posting your daily bonus points. <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> It's easy, and you can earn points every day when you go to your "Spark Point Page". Here's what you do: <BR> <BR> 1. You can access the page by going to"My Trackers", then go to "My Spark Points", and then to the "Community" choices where you will see "SparkTeam Bonus Points". <BR> <BR> 2. Click on "Use Bonus Points". A page will come up with your teams listed, and a flag in front of each with... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:54:40 EST Weekly Challenge - "You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67678888 This Weekly Challenge is very personal one. "YOU" decide what "YOU" need to address &amp; set a personal mini-goal for yourself. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and answer the following question. Then come here &amp; post how "YOU" did (or just post an emoticon, if you wish). <BR> <BR> This week I will (or will not) ________________. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Sunday - Sun, 8 Oct 2017 09:32:15 EST Weekly Challenge - "Comfort Zone" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67632823 Most of us tend to do the same workout, day after day … and never venture out of our “COMFORT ZONE.” Then we hit a wall, the scale stops moving, and we're in that dreaded plateau. <BR> <BR> So your challenge this week is to switch up your strength training and/or cardio workouts. The fitness experts say we need to get out of our “COMFORT ZONE” . . . to spark our metabolism and challenge our muscles differently. <BR> <BR> You can either change up what type of cardio you do, or do intervals o... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:12:11 EST October Calories Burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67632001 Not only is it important to keep track of our Nutrition, Water and Fitness Minutes but it is also important to keep track of the Calories that we burn. You can come back and update this post daily or weekly whatever works best for you. <BR> <BR> Calories Burned Goal- <BR> Calories Burned Accomplished- <BR> Calories To Go- <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:19:56 EST October Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67631978 Goal Minutes: <BR> Minutes Achieved: <BR> Minutes To Go: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:11:53 EST a-z words with double letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x67600734 OK, let's try a new game. This game is words from a-z with double letters somewhere in the word. <BR> <BR> Let me start <BR> <BR> Apple ~~~~ See, double p's, now it's your turn. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:05:29 EST Weekly Challenge - "Get Some Sleep" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67589903 This week’s challenge is to “GET SOME SLEEP.” Since getting some sleep is often a challenge in itself, let's see if we incorporate a few helpful hints this week to "GET SOME SLEEP." <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week. Then try to "GET SOME SLEEP" every night—by doing something you know works for you . . . or trying something different (suggestions below). You can add your own, or duplicate . . . just sleep tight! <BR> <BR> - Cool down the room <BR> - Eat a whole grain &amp;p... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:19:49 EST The "MOVE" Challenge - "Up 10 for 60" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67559816 The “MOVE” Challenge is simple. Every 60 minutes, make it a point to get up and “MOVE” for 10 minutes. Perhaps set an alarm to get up &amp; walk around every 60 minutes. Or even just stand up &amp; walk in place during commercials. <BR> <BR> It doesn’t even have to be a full 10 minutes. This is YOUR challenge. You will have your goal met when you decide you’ve accomplished what YOU set out to do. <BR> <BR> Are you up for the “MOVE” challenge? To avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle,... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:46:22 EST Weekly Challenge - "Quality Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67549499 Every day this week, schedule some "QUALITY TIME” ... just for you! Do something that relaxes you ... something that gives you great pleasure. It could be a hobby, a peaceful walk, a bike ride, listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> Engaging in activities purely for pleasure is an important part of maintaining good emotional and mental health. And actually scheduling something you enjoy can also give you a healthy dose of energy for your day. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:47:52 EST Weekly Challenge - "Just Get Moving" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67508057 Your challenge this week is to make it a point to “JUST GET MOVING” ... as often as you can, for as long as you can. Keep a tally, at the bottom of your post...and watch the minutes accumulate. <BR> <BR> The challengers with the most minutes at the end of the week will be awarded special goodies! And everyone who participates at least 4 days during the week will receive goodies as well. So "JUST GET MOVING!" <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then come daily, to post how many minutes you were... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 22:39:18 EST Weekly Challenge - "Tiny Tweaks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67465572 Your challenge this week is to implement “TINY TWEAKS” every day… to eat better, move more, boost your mood, or improve your overall well-being. By choosing “TINY TWEAKS” each day, you can start making small changes that will result in a big payoff down the road (if you continue with them). These "TINY TWEAKS" get you “unstuck,” and keep you moving toward your goal. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, and choose one of the suggestions below each day... or make up your own “TIN... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 20:14:53 EST September Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67459728 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 9/1 - <BR> 9/2 - <BR> 9/3 - <BR> 9/4 - <BR> 9/5 - <BR> 9/6 - <BR> 9/7 - <BR> 9/8 - <BR> 9/9 - <BR> 9/9 - <BR> 9/10 - <BR> 9/11 - <BR> 9/12 - <BR> 9/13 - <BR> 9/14 - <BR> 9/15 - <BR> 9/16 - <BR> 9/17 - <BR> 9/18 - <BR> 9/19 - <BR> 9/20 - <BR> 9/21 - <BR> 9/22 - <BR> 9/23 - <BR> 9/24 - <BR> 9/25 - <BR> 9/26 - <BR> 9/27 - <BR> 9/28 - <BR> 9/29 - <BR> 9/30 - Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:40:31 EST Weekly Challenge - "Many Veggies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67426234 Your challenge this week is to eat as “MANY FREGGIES” as you can! <BR> <BR> Here are some ways to add fruits and vegetables to your day. You may mix them up, repeat the same another day, or think of your own way to incorporate “MANY FREGGIES.” <BR> <BR> * Have a fruit smoothie <BR> * Have a glass of low sodium vegetable juice <BR> * Add vegetables into your morning scrambled eggs <BR> * Put vegetables on your sandwich <BR> * Have fresh fruit or vegetables for snack <BR> * Have a bowl... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:26:12 EST Weekly Challenge - "Better Than Yesterday" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67382977 Your challenge this week is to think about what you can do, each day, to make each day “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY” … by simply answering these 2 questions every day this week. <BR> <BR> What positive thing WILL you do today (that you didn’t do yesterday)? <BR> What negative thing WILL you NOT do today (that you did yesterday)? <BR> <BR> Every day ask yourself what will I do AND will I not do ... to make your day “BETTER THAN YESTERDAY.” The following are just suggestions, to get you thinking... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:05:37 EST Weekly Challenge - "To-Do-List" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67343735 Your challenge this week is to tackle your “TO-DO-LIST.” Straightening up even one small physical space will help clear mental space, allowing you to be more efficient the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Below are just suggestions for your “TO-DO-LIST.” You should make your own, as you know what jobs need to be done. <BR> <BR> * Return things to their rightful places <BR> * Tackle that pile of paperwork that needs your attention <BR> * Get that recycling done <BR> * Clean out the pantry/fr... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:12:22 EST Returning to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x67321296 I left most of my teams a few years ago(2014) after a worsening of arthritis symptoms/pain (2013). My spinal arthritis decided to move up and into my upper back and neck, causing a dramatic increase in pain and decrease in flexibility. Out of frustration I quit most of my teams since I couldn’t participate in exercise challenges. I had two rounds of steroid treatments. The first round resulted in some improvement that didn’t last. A few months later I had a second, longer round. That wor... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:47:37 EST Weekly Challenge - "Earn Health Points" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67300488 This week's challenge is to "EARN HEALTH POINTS." A trophy goodie will be sent to the Challenger that has accumulated the most points by the end of the week. But goodies wil be awarded to ALL who participate!!! Let's see who can accumulate the most points! <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste, then post how many total points you accumulated each day. You can keep track by subtotaling each day with the "My total points _________ below. Here's how you can "EARN HEALTH POINTS:" <BR> <BR> 1 point for... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:03:11 EST Daily "Do It" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x67275017 You can come here every day . . . and challenge someone to a physical task, 10 jumping jacks, for example. He or she would complete that complete that task, and then challenge next person to do an exercise. <BR> <BR> Let's keep reps around 10, and make them challenging, but doable. If you need to modify for physical limitations, by all means, please do so. And have fun! <BR> <BR> I'll start: I challenge someone to do ... <BR> <BR> 10 bicep curls Tue, 1 Aug 2017 13:43:43 EST August Calories Burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67274674 Not only is it important to keep track of our Nutrition, Water and Fitness Minutes but it is also important to keep track of the Calories that we burn. You can come back and update this post daily or weekly whatever works best for you. <BR> <BR> Calories Burned Goal- <BR> Calories Burned Accomplished- <BR> Calories To Go- <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR>... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:41:46 EST August Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67274635 Goal Minutes- <BR> Minutes Achieved- <BR> Minutes To Go- <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> 31. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:29:38 EST Weekly Challenge - "Winners" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67258840 Let’s try to be “WINNERS” every day this week! There are 7 letters in the word “WINNERS,” there are 7 days in the week, and there are 7 healthy choices listed next to each letter in the word “WINNERS.” <BR> <BR> You will receive 1 point for each letter completed each day… so you will score anywhere from 1 to 7 points a day. Of course, you will want to try to earn all 7 points available for each day (so you can earn up to 49 points for the week) … and be “WINNERS” every day this week! <BR> ... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 22:51:31 EST Weekly Challenge - "Be Smart" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67216649 This week’s Mini-Challenge is to “BE SMART” about the choices we make every day. There are 7 letters in the words "BE SMART" ... and there are 7 days in a week. And small, everyday decisions can make a big difference in our overall health. <BR> <BR> So this week, let’s try to “BE SMART” ... and do something different every day that will help us “BE SMART” about our health. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the letters “BE SMART” below, and come back every day, to post the date you accomplished... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:31:51 EST Make a sentence using Last WORD as First... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x67210302 Today is the first day of the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <BR> OK, now it's your turn....The next sentence would start with life, and so on! Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:17:45 EST What healthy meal are you cooking tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x67203791 Are you preparing a delicious, healthy meal tonight? What you're having for dinner might "spark" someone else ... and visa versa. <BR> <BR> Let's share our scrumptious recipe ideas, and enjoy getting healthier together! <em>4</em> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:13:54 EST Daily “DO IT” Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67203787 You can come here every day . . . and challenge someone to a physical task, 10 jumping jacks, for example. He or she would complete that complete that task, and then challenge next person to do an exercise. <BR> <BR> Let's keep reps around 10, and make them challenging, but doable. If you need to modify for physical limitations, by all means, please do so. And have fun! <BR> <BR> I'll start: I challenge someone to do ... <BR> <BR> 10 bicep curls <BR> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:10:57 EST Daily "Healthy Choice" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x621x67203785 Every day offers us a new chance to build on our clean lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to make at least one “HEALTHY CHOICE” every day. Then come here as often as you can ... and post what you did that day to make a "HEALTHY CHOICE." <BR> <BR> For example, maybe you practiced portion control, skipped that 2nd serving, exercised, or did some strength training. All healthy choices ... and I'm sure you will think of many others! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:09:26 EST ABC: Words Endind in ...ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19077x621x67203738 .Post a word that ends in "ing." The first post begins with the letter A. The next post begins with the letter B, the next C, and so on. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> <BR> Asking <BR> <BR> <BR> Next post should begin with the letter B <BR> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:58:15 EST Weekly Challenge - "Get It Done" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67176407 This week’s challenge is to “GET IT DONE.” You need to decide what you need to work on this week. . . and everyone’s goal will be a little different. But whatever it is ... just “GET IT DONE!” <BR> <BR> It could be eating with your calorie range, not snacking after dinner, organizing, meditating, upping your exercise routine, scheduling me-time, or cooking more meals at home (to suggest a few). You decide! <BR> <BR> Copy, paste, &amp; finish the statement below, and post daily "what you d... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:29:20 EST Weekly Challenge - "Special Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67131956 Every day this week, schedule some "SPECIAL TIME” ... just for you! Do something that relaxes you. It could be a hobby, a peaceful walk, a bike ride, listening to music, reading a good book, or talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> Engaging in activities purely for pleasure is an important part of maintaining good emotional and mental health. And anticipating something fun can get you up in the morning and keep you going through the day. <BR> <BR> Simply copy &amp; paste the days of the week, th... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 20:12:45 EST Weekly Challenge - "Start a Streak" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67089991 Your challenge this week is to "START A STREAK," which could then become a habit. When we do something—anything—for so many days in a row, it’s called a “STREAK.” <BR> <BR> Some healthy "STREAK" suggestions are . . . eat 3-5 fruits or veggies every day, exercise for so many minutes every day, go to bed a little earlier each night, exercise during commercials, or try one new fruit or vegetable each day. You get to decide ... and "START A STREAK" this week. <BR> <BR> Copy, paste, &amp; compl... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 20:04:42 EST July Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67087875 Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved - <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> 6/1- <BR> 6/2- <BR> 6/3- <BR> 6/4- <BR> 6/5- <BR> 6/6- <BR> 6/7- <BR> 6/8- <BR> 6/9- <BR> 6/10- <BR> 6/11- <BR> 6/12- <BR> 6/13- <BR> 6/14- <BR> 6/15- <BR> 6/16- <BR> 6/17- <BR> 6/18- <BR> 6/19- <BR> 6/20- <BR> 6/21- <BR> 6/22- <BR> 6/23- <BR> 6/24- <BR> 6/25- <BR> 6/26- <BR> 6/27- <BR> 6/28- <BR> 6/29- <BR> 6/30- Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:42:23 EST Weekly Challenge - "Healthy Choices" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67048929 This week your challenge is to focus on the most important aspect of our journey—your health! Yes, we all want to loss those nasty, extra pounds. But let’s try to look at our weight loss as a “side effect” of our main goal, which should be to be as healthy as we can be! So your challenge this week is to make at least 1 heart-healthy choice every day. <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste the days of the week, choose 1 thing daily that makes your happy &amp; does your heart good. Come back here da... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:08:03 EST Alternate Weekly Challenge - "Five for Five" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67019067 <em>39</em> It happens! Mini-challenge bomb . . . I see many didn't care for this week's challenge, so I'm giving you an "alternative challenge" ... calling it the "Five for Five." <BR> <BR> So this week, I challenge you to eat 5 fruits or vegetables every day, for 5 days ... TUESDAY through SATURDAY. Doable, right?!!! List them ... all of them. Include how you cooked them, if you wish to share. Be healthy . . . eat those FREGGIES!!! <BR> <BR> Tuesday -- <BR> Wednesday -- <BR> Thurs... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:37:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "Fun in the Sun" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x67009206 Your Challenge this week is to send some Summer “FUN IN THE SUN” to your fellow Challengers ... by either sending them a Summer-fun goodie (flip-flops, beach towels, beach balls, etc), OR by leaving lots of Summer-fun emoticons (seashells, sun, picnic basket, sunglasses, sun, starfish) on their sparkpages. <BR> <BR> Two Helpful Hints: <BR> <BR> If you press down the “m” key, and click the emoticon more than once, it will repeat for you, as many times as you click the emoticon! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:44:04 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mix & Match" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66969256 Let's "MIX &amp; MATCH" these good health habits this week. It will allow us to touch base on all aspects of our health journey ... one day at a time, one aspect at a time. <BR> <BR> You may "MIX AND MATCH," doing them in any order wish. Just choose one a day &amp; come back here to date when you completed them (and add an emoticon for fun, if you wish). <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 15 minutes today <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 freggies today <BR> 3. Sleep at least 7 hours tonight <BR> 4. Do a... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:03:55 EST Weekly Challenge - "SPRING" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66928248 It is obvious that “SPRING” has sprung …continue enjoying the newness of this time of year. This week challenge yourself each day, to do something different every day … to improve your health this “SPRING.” <BR> <BR> Copy &amp; paste below, then put the date that you complete it next to it, and perhaps an emoticon (for fun). <BR> <BR> S – Stay within your calorie range today <BR> P – Prepare a vegetarian meal today <BR> R – Read 1 nutritional article today (get your points!) <BR> I – I... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 23:08:07 EST OK Ladies..Let's talk premenopause and menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x66920394 PREMENOPAUSE and MENOPAUSE <BR> <BR> OK ladies lets talk.... <BR> <BR> I know that this might be a subject that some are a bit uncomfortable talking about, me included, but I think that it would be a beneficial discussion. Some of us are experiencing it, some have already gone through it and some are not quite there yet. <BR> <BR> Let's discuss the affects of this and how to conquer what it does to us and our bodies. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 13:17:17 EST June 2017 Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66915358 New month. New goals. Let's set them and get our bodies moving . <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes Goal - <BR> Fitness Achieved - <BR> Fitness Minutes To Go - <BR> <BR> 6/1- <BR> 6/2- <BR> 6/3- <BR> 6/4- <BR> 6/5- <BR> 6/6- <BR> 6/7- <BR> 6/8- <BR> 6/9- <BR> 6/10- <BR> 6/11- <BR> 6/12- <BR> 6/13- <BR> 6/14- <BR> 6/15- <BR> 6/16- <BR> 6/17- <BR> 6/18- <BR> 6/19- <BR> 6/20- <BR> 6/21- <BR> 6/22- <BR> 6/23- <BR> 6/24- <BR> 6/25- <BR> 6/26- <BR> 6/27- <BR> 6/28- <BR> 6/29... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 18:24:13 EST Weekly Challenge - "PLATEAU" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66885623 Some ways to bust through a “PLATEAU” are to watch your portion sizes, up your intake of whole foods, veggies, &amp; protein, stay within your calorie range, and find ways to combat stress &amp; get more zzz's, as they also affect weight loss. In addition, challenging your muscles and shaking up your exercise routine are also great ways to bust through a “PLATEAU.” <BR> <BR> There are 7 days in the week, 7 letters in the word “PLATEAU,” and 7 suggestions below … for busting through a “PLATE... Sat, 27 May 2017 21:31:39 EST Weekly Challenge - "Each Day - Flowers" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66844141 Flowers are blooming all over the place …… enjoy the freshness of this time of year. This week challenge yourself "EACH DAY," to do something different to improve your health, for 7 days ... in 7 different ways. <BR> <BR> "EACH DAY" focus on something different. You need only do 1 per day (although you may certainly do more). Copy &amp; paste the letters, then come back here daily, to post the date completed next to it, and perhaps an emoticon (for fun). <BR> <BR> F – Freggies - eat as ma... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:58:26 EST Weekly Challenge - "Mothers Day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13343x621x66804569 With "MOTHERS DAY" coming up this Sunday, it got me thinking about what would make my Mom the happiest on her "special" day. I think my Mom would be very happy if she knew that I was taking good care of myself ... being the healthiest I can be. What do you think your Mom would want for "MOTHERS DAY?" If you do a goal-a-day this week, you'll be well on your way ... to being the healthiest you can be, and make your Mom happy on "MOTHERS DAY," too. <BR> <BR> As usual, copy &amp; paste, then co... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:51:50 EST What is your word for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x66798429 Lets share <BR> <BR> what is your Word/s of the day <BR> <BR> sometime a good quote can make a day special... <BR> <BR> <BR> My word for today is.......TRY AGAIN Fri, 12 May 2017 19:29:46 EST Finding your balance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x621x66798336 OK team.....Let's talk! There are some of us who are struggling and need your help. Emotions, activity, junk food, eating to much. Let's put our heads together and figure out a balance. <BR> <BR> How do you find your balance? Life, food, exercise, emotions, weight loss (or lack there of), did I mention food? <BR> Fri, 12 May 2017 19:03:05 EST Guilty or Not Guilty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11546x621x66798324 Guilty or Not Guilty? <BR> <BR> Answer the previous question "Guilty" or "Not Guilty" then leave a new question for the next poster. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> I'll start..... <BR> <BR> Have you ever "forgotten" on purpose to log something on your nutrition tracker because you didn't want to see it? Fri, 12 May 2017 19:00:06 EST