SparkPeople EVERYDAY MOTIVATORS Team Messageboard We rise by lifting others....let's encourage each other as we strive to be our best on our journey to health and wellness SparkPeople EVERYDAY MOTIVATORS Team Messageboard What Disney Character Are You/Funny Page. Anyone like Disney? Or any other fun characters? <BR> Or book characters/Marvel/DC Comics,ETC <BR> <BR> I love the Belle and Cinderella. Anybody here like them? <BR> Name your favorite one (or one that reminds you of yourself). <BR> <BR> For the Marvel and DC: I like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel..... Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:37:17 EST What happened??? I can't figure out what happened. A lot of topics have been renamed to removed. Does anyone know what happened? 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I really think we need to support one another during this time. Feel free to respond daily or as often as you wish. I care for ALL my spark friends and want all of you to stay healthy and strong. <BR> <BR> For me, since returning from Mexico, I have been hib... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:39:41 EST 2020 chat room, come on in! Hi! Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:02:06 EST 2018 Low Budget Fashionista Blog Year End Wrap Up! <link><BR>018/12/2018-fashion-wrap-up.html </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2019 12:03:32 EST 2019: Daily Hi <em>524</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2018 22:06:50 EST September; Hi! 9-1-18 <em>524</em> Have a fun weekend! I've been getting ready for my upcoming trip! Walked the Wetlands couple of miles, picked up packages, had car checked out &amp; I washed it <em>433</em> , walked Lucy dog <em>338</em> &amp;&amp;&amp;&amp;&amp; Now I'm off to dinner! Chicken sandwich sliced on Rye bread! Yummo! <em>593</em> <BR> A SP friend photo: <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Sep 2018 17:29:28 EST August: Daily Hi <em>524</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2018 08:52:17 EST Let’s Count by 2’s 2 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 17:46:23 EST Let’s Count by 5’s 5 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 17:45:42 EST Let’s Count by 10’s 10 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 17:45:14 EST Let’s share an inspiration We hold these truths to be self-evident: <BR> that all men are created equal, <BR> that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, <BR> among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. <BR> - Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States) <BR> [Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial] <BR> <BR> I truly feel that many of our elected officials need to read this and think about it’s meaning! Wed, 4 Jul 2018 12:51:04 EST July: Daily Hi <em>524</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2018 13:44:57 EST June: Daily Hi <em>524</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2018 18:53:26 EST MAY: Daily Hi’s <em>524</em> May, Tue, 1 May 2018 13:50:06 EST March: Daily Hi <em>524</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 20:46:22 EST February: Daily Hi’s <em>524</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 21:12:14 EST January: Daily Hi’s <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 10:24:33 EST 2019: Question of the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you set any new goals for yourself in 2018? <BR> <BR> No new goals! I just want to get my back issues resolved so I can get out and walk for more than 15 minutes! Mon, 1 Jan 2018 10:22:59 EST December - Say Hi <em>524</em> December! Fri, 1 Dec 2017 23:25:42 EST November ...Daily Hi's <em>213</em> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:18:18 EST October: daily Hi and post for goodies <em>524</em> Tue, 3 Oct 2017 22:49:44 EST OCTOBER... ...DAILY CHALLENGES For the month of October I will post a small challenge for you. Let us know how you did. <BR> <BR> October 1st Challenge <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Take a picture <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Snap shot a picture of something you, kids, scenery a craft that you just did. A picture speaks a thousand words. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:23:29 EST September:Daily Hi and Post for Goodies <img src=""> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:12:42 EST August: Say Hi and Post for Goodies <em>524</em> August! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:30:35 EST AUGUST.... 31 Days to Better Sleep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 31 DAYS TO BETTER SLEEP... <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and breathing. But for lots of <BR> people, getting enough sleep can range from challenging to impossible. This August, you'll learn to sleep more soundly and improve your energy levels by using these 31 daily tips. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:55:34 EST Thanks for the invite I am Robin and I live in Florida. I just returned to Spark after an absence of close to 5 years. During this absence there were many trials and tribulations and major setbacksfor me and the heathy lifestyle I had learned and maintained in the prior years when I was active on this site and attending WW meetings regularly. I am back now and working hard to re-set. I had gained about 40 lbs, which was depressing, but still remind myself that I did not re-gain all of it which means I really... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:08:24 EST TEAM BONUS POINTS...How Many Did You Get? Team points are back. Go to the top of your page under MY TRACKERS, go to MY SPARKPOINTS, Scroll down to the COMMUNITY section (second from the bottom) Click on the red flags. You are allowed 5 flags. <BR> <BR> SparkTeam Bonus Points <BR> <BR> <BR> While living healthy benefits you personally, you can also "make it count" toward something bigger by giving bonus Points to your favorite SparkTeams and affinities each day - so that they rise higher on the leaderboards and get extra suppor... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:02:22 EST July: Daily Hi and Post for Goodies Please post here daily for a goodie at the end of the month! <img src=""> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 18:23:08 EST JULY....MINUTES OR STEPS CHALLENGE 11,324 steps for me today. Sat, 1 Jul 2017 11:57:29 EST JUNE....MINS. or STEPS CHALLENGE 125 mins. <BR> 10.1 miles....21,457.92 steps Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:08:26 EST Today is a NATIONAL DAY....Come Check It Out National Blueberry Cheese Cake Day.....May 26th <BR> Friday, May 26, 2017 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cheesecake is an institution in itself. The treat’s origins go back to Antiquity, but Americans have truly made it their own by adding a variety of flavors. Blueberry Cheesecake Day is here to commemorate the most common topping which combines the ancient tradition of creamy goodness with the modern love of... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:33:39 EST LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Back Pew <BR> <BR> A pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. <BR> <BR> After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the pastor’s family expanded, so would his paycheck. <BR> <BR> After six children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the pastor’s expanding salar... Sat, 6 May 2017 11:52:41 EST MAY CHALLENGE. .DECLUTTER YOUR HOME IN 30 DAYS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Clutter can get out of control in a hurry. Odds and ends get stashed in a junk drawer to remain for eternity. Mud rooms become places where muddy shoes land and never leave. Nightstands breed glasses of water and hand lotion and books. And bookshelves, well, they become catchalls for way more than novels. <BR> <BR> So you want to declutter and maybe donate a few things to charity or gear u... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:01:09 EST MAY...MINS. or STEPS CHALLENGE for goodies Tomorrow we will be starting a new month. May already, boy time flies. <BR> Hope you will join me on our new monthly challenge for goodies. <BR> <BR> You can post either minutes or steps in this challenge. If you want to do both, that would be o.k. too. <BR> <BR> Who is up for the challenge? <BR> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:27:59 EST APRIL....MINS. or STEPS CHALLENGE FOR GOODIES You can post either minutes or steps in this challenge. If you want to do both, that would be o.k. too. <BR> <BR> Who is up for the challenge? <BR> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:07:13 EST Did You Use The Trackers Today... <em>248</em> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:12:40 EST WooHoo to drinking water today. <em>244</em> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:12:03 EST CHEW YOUR COLORS....EAT A RAINBOW CHALLENGE Chew Your Colors... <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> It's important to eat a wide variety of foods to get a good balance of nutrients. One way to cover your bases is to choose foods based on color. Today, your challenge is to eat at least five different colors of fruits and veggies before the day ends. Think yellow (banana, peppers, corn), red (tomatoes, apples, raspberries), green (broccoli, green beans, peas), purple (cabbage, eggplant, grapes), orange (peppers, squash, oranges) and even white (... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:12:31 EST Come On In For A Hug... We will start this topic on the first of March. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:58:22 EST MARCH....MINS. or STEPS CHALLENGE for Goodies We will start this challenge on March 1st. <BR> <BR> You can post either minutes or steps in this challenge. If you want to do both, that would be o.k. too. <BR> <BR> Who is up for the challenge? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:55:12 EST February ....Say Hi For Goodies <em>213</em> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 16:47:07 EST FEBRUARY ...MINS. FOR GOODIES CHALLENGE Come in and join us on a daily minute challenge. If you can't do it daily, pick a day of the week that you can add your exercise minutes to this challenge. <BR> <BR> Here is what the format will look like. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> My Exercise Minutes: 20 <BR> <BR> Team Total Minutes: 20 <BR> <BR> <BR> You add your exercise minutes to the TEAM TOTAL MINUTES. For all who participate, goodies will be coming your way at the end of month for a job well done. Let's see how many minut... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:34:49 EST Get Fit with Exercise Snacking... Get Fit with Exercise Snacking <BR> By arosenberg <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you heard the latest? Snacking is good for you. Not food snacking—exercise snacking. Researchers in New Zealand recently conducted a study that showed that multiple, brief portions of exercise in a single day—“exercise snacks,” the researchers dubbed them—may control blood sugar better than a single, continuous workout. The... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:02:35 EST 2016 Fashion Year in Review <link><BR>016-year-in-review.html </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:26:30 EST January: Daily Say Hi & Post for Goodies <img src=""> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:34:06 EST JAN. .....GOODIES FOR TEAM MINUTES CHALLENGE Come in and join us on a daily minute challenge. If you can't do it daily, pick a day of the week that you can add your exercise minutes to this challenge. <BR> <BR> Here is what the format will look like. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> My Exercise Minutes: 20 <BR> <BR> Team Total Minutes: 20 <BR> <BR> <BR> You add your exercise minutes to the TEAM TOTAL MINUTES. For all who participate, goodies will be coming your way for a job well done. Let's see how many minutes we can accumulate... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:35:11 EST December: Daily Hi and Post for Goodie <img src=""> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:24:06 EST 6 Health Issues That Are Caused From Sleep Deficit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sleep is a crucial vital process for the health and well being of every person for both mental and physical health. it is the only way to get energy after a long day of stress. <BR> <BR> While you sleep, many processes inside occur and aid our brain to keep many data and memory inside so every cell works to repair damaged tissues and rejuvenate them. <BR> Then again, when we have sleep defi... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:54:57 EST Where the Birds Fly... <em>585</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:24:14 EST A Serious Look At Our Future Quality Of Life! As of late there's a whole lot more than just weight-loss; diet and exercise that has become relevant even prevalent to our future quality of life and I want to get this out there because if not checked at the door now, means serious cognitive decline to most if not all of us. <BR> <BR> What am I talking about? I'm talking about Dementia and Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> My mother was diagnosed with it two years ago. And now she lives in an imprisonment of her broken mind. And while she lives in ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:21:26 EST What Are You Wearing Today.... I'm wearing nice velour pants with a nice warm top. A chilly day today. Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:35:28 EST What Is Calories In Vs. Calories Out/ What Is Calories In Vs. Calories Out? <BR> <BR> An Overview of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> By Jennifer R. Scott <BR> <BR> Updated March 31, 2016 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> If you're a dieter, you've probably read all about the importance of calories in vs. calories out. But what is this traditional calorie equation? Make sure you understand the important system if you're serious about losing weight. <BR> <BR> Calor... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:46:38 EST S.M.A.R.T Weight Loss & Your Fitness Device S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss &amp; Your Fitness Device <BR> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice if you knew exactly what to do to lose weight successfully? What you need is a fitness tracker and a smart goal! S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to remind you how to set a goal that maps out exactly what you need to do. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. <BR> <BR> Don't just stack up data you get from a fitness device. Use the info you track, your calories burned, food eate... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:10:08 EST YOUR BRAIN MAY BE BLOCKING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT. I was recently introduced to Bright Line Eating with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.. <BR> I'm kind of intrigued with it. It has an awful lot of similarities to the Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman. So I'm investigating. And as I do I will share what I find. <BR> <BR> How many of you have or haven't heard of it? <BR> <BR> Have you struggled with weight, dieting, or body image in the past? If so… <BR> YOUR BRAIN MAY BE BLOCKING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS IT? <BR> <BR> Bright Line E... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 18:29:37 EST CHANGE SOME BAD FOOD HABITS INTO GOOD CHOICES. Gave up chips for one month now, Eating more fruit. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:45:09 EST Give your Team Members a Smile for Today! <img src=""> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:26:56 EST Name a Song, Old or New and Artist Need you know / Antebellum Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:20:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:25:52 EST The Back Nine....Life Happens <BR> THE BACK NINE <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AND THEN IT IS WINTER <BR> <BR> You know ... Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:59:04 EST Step Challenge Are we doing Step Challenge this month? I achieved the highest Step Total so far this year and am really proud --46,859 steps! Got Silver and am really trying to increase physical activity ! <BR> I know that is the secret to weight loss for me! And I feel better. <BR> Weekly is better - that way I can try to beat each week <BR> <BR> May 1 - 30,051 <BR> May 8 - 46,859 <BR> May 15 - 32,536 <BR> May 22 - 37,222 <BR> May 29- 41,994 Mon, 9 May 2016 08:56:17 EST MAY...7 DAY CHALLENGE... Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of May. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:53:23 EST A newbie to Spark, it's been a fun ride! Hi There. I'm so excited to be a member of this team! The support on Spark, especially this team is priceless. I finally see the finish line of a long weight loss journey done naturally. I have 43 more pounds to go, then my maintenance journey begins. I hope to be as supportive to others as they have been to me...Much success! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:20:15 EST April....Step Challenge April Step Challenge: <BR> <BR> <BR> This is not a competition against each other. We are doing this as individuals to see how far we can go in a month. <BR> <BR> I know that not everyone has a pedometer so here are some guide lines. <BR> <BR> One mile equals about 2000 steps <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Who's up to this month's challenge. <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 07:15:39 EST April... MONEY JAR CHALLENGE... <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER YOU CAN JOIN IN THIS CHALLENGE AT ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH. NEW TEAM PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED!! <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE WILL START ON April 1ST...2016. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a great way to turn those sparkpoints into money!! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go until the end of APRIL. <BR> <BR> At the end of each month, you can decide to carry your penny savings over to the next month, or spend it on YOU. If you decide to carry it over, that... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:48:40 EST April Challenge .....EAT A RAINBOW This Challenge will start of April the 1st. <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> We all know the importance of eating fruit &amp; vegetables, but how many of us actually get our 5 a day. With this challenge we will be able to eat a variety of fruit &amp; veg and maybe try something we haven't tried before. <BR> <BR> These are the colours we will use- <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange <BR> *Blue/Purple <BR> *Green <BR> *White <BR> *Red <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> *Yellow/Orange-Yellow pepper, Ora... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:33:36 EST March....Step Challenge This is not a competition against each other. We are doing this as individuals to see how far we can go in a month. <BR> <BR> I known that not everyone has a pedometer so here are some guide lines. <BR> <BR> One mile equals about 2000 steps <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Who's up to this month's challenge. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:41:54 EST Are You Exercising Mindfully? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are You Exercising Mindfully? <BR> <BR> By Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> Related Content <BR> <BR> <BR> We're masters at self-distraction: If you walk into any gym, you'll likely see people's gazes fixed on magazines, TVs or phones as they chug away on treadmills or ellipticals. When jogging outside, you might run through a mental to-do list or listen to a podcast ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:14:54 EST Intermittent Fasting.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What seemed to be the latest weight loss fad a few years ago may actually be a formula for weight loss success for some. For others, including Coldplay's Chris Martin, it's a way to become more appreciative and aware of food. What is this "fad-turned-fact" you ask? Intermittent fasting. <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit that I was a skeptic when I first read the dieting steps used with ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:14:24 EST 8 benefits of drinking coffee.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 8 Health Benefits of Coffee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you enjoyed a cup of coffee this morning, you have already started the day on a healthy (and possibly more productive!) note. Not only does a cuppa Joe deliver your trusty a.m. caffeine boost, but it also may reduce the risk for certain healthproblems and can improve bodily functions. Check out the top eight health benefitsof consuming c... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:51:02 EST 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 Weirdest Fad Diets of 2016 (So Far) <BR> <BR> By: Melissa Rudy, – Melissa Rudy, Health &amp; Fitness Journalist <BR> <BR> <BR> Each year seems to usher in a new wave of fad diets. In 2015, millions of dieters tried the Paleo, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, South Beach, Zone and Macrobiotic regimes. Although some can be beneficial, most trendy weight loss plans usually pick up steam quick... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:29:17 EST Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis <BR> What Does the Research Really Show? <BR> <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> When cartilage that cushions your joints begins to breakdown faster than your body can replace it, you develop osteoarthritis. Without this protective tissue, the bones in your joints rub together, causing pain, tenderness, swelling... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:10:19 EST What Causes GERD? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What Causes GERD? <BR> Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control <BR> <BR> By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, causes painful symptoms like heartburn and acid regurgitation. Although there are many theories on the causes of GERD, experts aren't sure exactly what causes it. There are two main categories of risks that can contribute to GERD—tho... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:15:44 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When you’re watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:03:04 EST "free" Foods for Diabetes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ''Free'' Foods for Diabetes <BR> A List of Foods That Don't Impact Blood Sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> By Amy Poetker, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator <BR> <BR> In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:15:55 EST Portion Distortion Guide <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Portion Distortion Guide <BR> A List of Serving Sizes <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor &amp; Health Educator <BR> <BR> Selecting the right foods also means choosing portions that are proper serving sizes. The terms "portion" and "serving" are often used interchangeably, but they don't mean the same thing. <BR> <BR> A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:21:38 EST 7 Ways to De-Stress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 7 Ways to De-Stress <BR> Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed <BR> <BR> By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple ac... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:53:07 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> <BR> By Dean Anderson, Fitness Expert <BR> <BR> Everyone knows that athletes must plan and time their meals and snacks very carefully to reach their performance goals. But what about the rest of us? You try to squeeze in 30-60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Do you have to be careful about wh... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:20:08 EST Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Clever Cardio for Those with Mobility Issues <BR> <BR> <BR> By: Beth Donovan, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> One of my mantras is: "That which I cannot do now is my aspiration, not my defeat." <BR> <BR> If you are have trouble moving or haven’t exercised in awhile, it can be very daunting to take on new cardio moves. Most cardio moves involve the need to be on your feet, so I’m going ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:28:55 EST 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 Ways to Relax Before Bed <BR> Take the Stress Out of Sleep <BR> <BR> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Sleep is something that every body craves. So why does everyone struggle with it periodically? You’ve tried to do it right – you skip caffeine late in the day; you don’t eat a heavy meal right before bed; you make sure the lights are off; you try to follow a consistent bedtime s... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:16:29 EST Busting the 10 Biggest Cold & Flu Myths <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Busting the 10 Biggest Cold &amp; Flu Myths <BR> The Cold Hard Facts about Colds &amp; the Flu <BR> <BR> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer <BR> <BR> Eat chicken soup. Bump up your vitamin C intake. Don’t step outside with wet hair. Each year as cold and flu season approaches, you probably hear these common tricks for avoiding illness. However, not all of the prevailing wisdom about viral ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:11:37 EST Motivation to get through the Super Bowl wine free I have no intention of drinking during the Suber Bowl but old habits can be powerful. Any uplifting words, advice or encouragement would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:49:00 EST Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Defend Yourself Against Diet Saboteurs! <BR> Are Your Friends and Family Making You Fat? <BR> <BR> By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> There’s one in every crowd— at the office, in your church group, among your closest friends and family. Sometimes they mean well, sometimes they seem a tad malicious, often they have no idea how they’re sabotaging you. But every time you take a step fo... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:29:28 EST Feb....How Many Steps Challenge This is not a competition against each other. We are doing this as individuals to see how far we can go in a month. <BR> <BR> I known that not everyone has a pedometer so here are some guide lines. <BR> <BR> One mile equals about 2000 steps and each mile is about 100 calories. <BR> You can round your number up to an even number or if you have a pedometer or other devise for keep track of your steps using that number. <BR> <BR> This will start it off <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went 5.66 mi... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:02:25 EST Feb...100,000 Calories Burned As A Team Challenge So This is how the challenge works.... ever time you workout you add your total calories burned to our team total and see if we make it to 100,000 as a team!!! <BR> <BR> If you have recorded your calories burned since Feb. 1st you can add those totals to the team totals. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going back to Feb. 1st and adding up my total calories burned so far. <BR> <BR> Calories burned: 2,376 <BR> <BR> Team Total: 2,376 <BR> <BR> Now you add to this! <BR> <BR> COME ON TEAM.... <em>381<... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:47:20 EST Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Four Healthy Changes That Start in Your Kitchen Cabinets <BR> <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Lea Schneider <BR> <BR> Keeping that promise you made to yourself to kick off your healthiest year yet becomes possible when you're armed with more than just good intentions. If you're one of the many people who committed to a healthier lifestyle, both for yourself and for your famil... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:19:48 EST Hi! I'm Jaynee After reaching goal, I put together a faith-based weight loss program and actually hold classes at our church. My 15 members have lost over 200# in 5 months. All of this without me telling them how, what, or when to eat. <BR> <BR> 2 weeks ago, I added exercise time. We have been doing Leslie Samsone's walking DVDs in our fellowship hall. Doing it this way allows ALL members to participate regardless of ability. I have one in a motorizes wheelchair and another who is in her 80s and uses a wal... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:42:10 EST weight loss surgery Has anyone else been through the whole process of meetings, Phyc eval, support groups, and everything else they throw at you only to be denied the surgery? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:14:10 EST Encourage your team mates... <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:09:09 EST What Exercise Did You Do Today.... 60 mins. twist plate <BR> 32 mins. 5.57 miles on the elliptical machine Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:32:17 EST WOO HOO... If you drank some water today <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:31:05 EST Did You Use The Trackers Today.... <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:30:08 EST A-Z.......Towns or Cities Asquith Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:27:12 EST Two Words....Change One true story Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:26:20 EST A - Z ...Things you find around the house A...Air Conditioner Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:24:31 EST Fill in the Blank...... COPY AND PASTE THE ENTIRE POST THEN... <BR> <BR> ADD ONE WORD BEGINNING WITH LETTER "A" <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A child's toy - ALPHABET BLOCKS <BR> <BR> 2. Something in your wardrobe - <BR> <BR> 3. Something in your fridge - <BR> <BR> 4. A mood - <BR> <BR> 5. Something in your purse - <BR> <BR> 6. Something you buy from the supermarket - <BR> <BR> 7. Something soft - <BR> <BR> 8. Something hard - <BR> <BR> 9. A song - <BR> <BR> 10. Television program - <BR> <BR> 12. A recip... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:23:23 EST 8 Exercises for Better Balance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 8 Exercises for Better Balance <BR> <BR> By: Nancy Howard, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> I was first introduced to balance exercises by my running coach when I developed a minor ankle injury a few years ago. However, before I even began using the balance board my coach had me do series of progressive balance exercises initially using only one-foot on solid ground, followed by doing... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:21:09 EST Bonus Points For Our Team How Many Did You Get... Go to the START SECTION at the top of the page. At the bottom of this page on the right hand side you will see a section with red flags beside one of the teams that you are a member on. <BR> Click a pennant to spin! You earn Points and reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help them rise on the leaderboards! You can only click on 5 teams. <BR> <BR> What did you get today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I got...2 points for our team today. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:25:51 EST What Is Your FOCUS TODAY... My focus for today is cleaning out the fridge and organizing my spice cupboard. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:16:30 EST New Members. ..Please introduce yourselves here. <img src=""> It's great to have you on board. Tell us a little bit about yourself so that we can get to know each other better. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:15:23 EST Chit Chat Corner... This is place to come and let us know what is happening with you and getting to know the team. Enjoy your day. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:12:14 EST Inspirational Quotes of the Day...Come Share <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:08:40 EST Emoticon or Image...Say Hi to Your Team Mates.... <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:07:39 EST Daily...... Question of The Day ?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you ever incorporate veggies into your breakfast? <BR> <BR> Yes--every day! <BR> Sometimes <BR> Hardly ever <BR> I never have <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME.....Sometimes when I make an egg omelet. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:06:45 EST