SparkPeople 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Community Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=67977 Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Winter. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Jan. 14, 2017 start date. SparkPeople 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Community Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=67977 2019 Winter 5% Challenge Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x70537398 This invitation is to people who have not already joined the Winter 5% Challenge team. When you go to the Winter Team please press the join button, if you do not see the join button then you have already joined. If you have an issue with joining, please check the popup blocker on your computer. <BR> <BR> The 2019 Winter 5% Challenge Community has 389 active members. <BR> <BR> Note - please choose a team so that CERIUSLY does not have to chase you down. If you became in 'inactive' in the F... Mon, 3 Dec 2018 20:33:50 EST Final Results Winter 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66494349 If you would like to know more about the 5% Weight Loss Challenge, here is a link to the FAQ Blog <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=59<BR>44437 </link> <BR> Sign ups are happening now on the Spring Challenge Community! We would love to have you join us! <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gid=68315 <BR> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> As a Community we earned a to... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:35:30 EST Final Results Week 8 Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66462285 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> Challenge # 8 -Quebec 7549 Mi Happiness &amp; Meal Planning <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342</... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:35:52 EST Final Numbers Wk 7 Botswana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66427430 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> Challenge 7 Botswana 7,686 Miles Meal Planning <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> <em... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:33:26 EST Shining the Light on NEWTINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x66404660 I saw a blog title that caught my eye, "The Transformation Story that made me cry"! It made me cry too. You may want to have a tissue handy when you read this remarkable story. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327898 </link> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:02:24 EST Final Numbers Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66373283 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>749</em> Week 6: Naha, Japan 6714 Mi-Awesome &amp; 20" Meal <em>749</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:42:46 EST Final Results Week 5 Sedona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66358045 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Challenge #5 - Sedona 6014 Mi, 20 Min Meal &amp; Sleep <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342</e... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:16:41 EST Challenge 7 Botswana 7,686 Miles Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66297263 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #7 Feb. 25 - Mar. 3 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Okavango Delta, Botswana 7,686 Miles - Meal Planning &amp; Awesome <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise, Meal Planning ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:35:49 EST Final Results Week 4 Croatia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66271588 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>687</em> Challenge #4 - Croatia 10,347 Miles, Sleep &amp; NEE <em>687</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342</e... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:51:25 EST Final Results Week 3 - Fr Polynesia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66267474 <em>245</em> I apologize for the delay in this report. Numbers had to be validated. For the first time in ages I did this report on the forum rather than doing it in Word first and lost it when I clicked post message. Take my advice, always do your first draft as a document first. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post y... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:23:56 EST Challenge 6 Naha, Japan 6,714 Miles, Awesome & 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66249656 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #6 Feb. 18 - Feb. 24 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Naha, Japan 6,714 Miles - 'Awesome' &amp; 20 Minutes Meal &amp; The "Pause" <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise, 'Awes... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:31:12 EST Final Results Wk2 Norway 9879 Mi.Tracking & Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66212989 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>630</em> Challenge #2 - Norway 9879 Miles, Tracking &amp; Water <em>630</em> <BR> <BR> I apologize fo... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:19:17 EST Challenge 5 Sedona AZ 6014 Miles & 20 Min. Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66200503 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #5 Feb. 11 - Feb. 17 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Sedona AZ, U.S.A. 6,014 Miles - 20 Minutes Meal &amp; The "Pause" &amp; Sleep <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise, 20... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:00:14 EST Challenge 4 Croatia 10,347 Miles & Sleep & NEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66148941 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #4 Feb. 4 - Feb. 10 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Croatia 10,347 Miles - Sleep &amp; No Evening Eating (NEE) <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise, Sleep &amp; No Evening ... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:37:22 EST Shining the light on MERMAIDSPIRIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x66134273 MERMAIDSPIRIT has "out goaled" her original goal! Let's celebrate with her. I love this line from her blog; <BR> " nothing compares to how I feel. I always enjoyed walking - but now my step is "lighter" - literally." <BR> <BR> You can read it here; <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308262 </link> <BR> <BR> Page Link <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ME<BR>RMAIDSPIRIT </link> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:13:16 EST Final Results Wk 1, Australia 9,352 Miles & Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66127936 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>676</em> Challenge # 1 Rockhampton, Australia 9,352 Miles &amp; Water <em>676</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:53:45 EST Challenge 3 Fr Polynesia 9593 Miles & NEE & Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66101121 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #3 Saturday, Jan. 28 - Friday Feb. 3 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - French Polynesia 9,593 Miles - No Evening Eating &amp; Nutrition Tracking <BR> <BR> Bonjour mes amies! (Good day my friend... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:32:38 EST Weigh in thread for Rookies Jan 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x66060910 Well I finally got into the team but can't access my weigh in template .. I'm finding this very confusing Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:29:17 EST Challenge 2 Norway 9,879 Miles & Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x66051049 This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #2 Jan. 21 - Jan. 27 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Lofoten Islands, Norway 9,879 Miles - Nutrition Tracking &amp; Water <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise, Nutrition... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:28:08 EST Shining the light on BEESHELL8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x66044930 Motivation or Habit? <em>595</em> <BR> <BR> Betsy says; <BR> The truth is, motivation is not something that spurs me on to exercise every day - it's more of a habit.But when I don't feel like doing it, I think about those who can't. <BR> <BR> Read Betsy's inspirational blog, and don't forget to click that all important like button and comment your own thoughts. Reading the comments is added inspiration too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:53:31 EST Radar Report from Air Traffic Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x66017849 <em>252</em> <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <em>303</em> Please do not post here. This thread is for the radar check only, so the teams can see where they are in the air. <BR> <BR> Please post your cheers and well wishes to this link. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x659<BR>79826 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>676</em> Challenge # 1 Rockhampton, Australia 9,352 Miles &amp; Water <em>676</em> <BR> <BR> <em>342... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:49:29 EST Challenge 1 Rockhampton, Aust. 9352 Miles & Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x65980213 <em>409</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Happy New Year's Friends! Let's get ready for take off! <BR> <BR> This is for information only. PLEASE POST YOUR RESULTS ON YOUR CHALLENGE TEAM PAGE. And post questions and comments on the discussion thread. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge #1 Saturday, Jan. 14 - Friday, Jan. 20 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Rockhamp... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:34:53 EST Cheer Crew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x65979826 <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Post cheers and well wishes here. Please be supportive of all teams! Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:43 EST Challenge Theme - Make Everyday a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32146x67977x65972605 <em>213</em> <em>235</em> I hope you are on your way to the airport soon. We take off on Saturday! <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Please remember - Wherever we travel it’s a lovely summer day and we are physically fit and have ease of mobility. <BR> <BR> Note: in all travels we are environmentally sensitive and are not harming the habitat. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 21:35:47 EST 12 - Know Your Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65961080 <em>303</em> The team invitations have been sent out and you should have joined your team already. If you have not received an invitation please send CERIUSLY a Spark Mail. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> It is important that you know what you should be doing in the 5% Challenge to meet your goals. Please do the calculations now and if you like you can update this data Saturday when the challenge starts. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> First day of the Winter 5% Challenge: Saturday, Jan. 14th weigh i... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 11:36:27 EST 11 - Tracking Your Progress With a Measuring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65956634 Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. Many times you'll see a loss of inches even if the scale isn't moving. These are important Non-Scale Victories (NSV). To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time. Here are some instructions and tips to help you. <BR> <BR> How to Take Body Measurements <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1281 </link> <BR> <BR> Then record your Measurements... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:02:13 EST 10 - Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65946898 Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Are you on the path to success? Try this quiz. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/assessm<BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=52 </link> <BR> <BR> Reminder - please do not start new topics. Only our Challenge Leaders start new topics. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to all the Countdown Activities <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboar... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:26:38 EST 9 - FYI What Spark Defines as Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65940682 It might surprise you to know that playing Wii, playing an instrument, painting, heavy cleaning, playing with the kids, darts, acting, officiating at a sporting event are included! Look for things you may already be doing that you are not including in your exercise. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie<BR>s_burned_list.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Over 110 Cardio Workout Ideas - Limitless Options for Aerobic Exercise <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_art... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:10:48 EST 8 - Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65933984 Note - the 'Sorting Post on Top' button? Click it to 'Sorting First Post on Top' to make it easier to read the countdown activities. <BR> <BR> List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? <BR> <BR> <e... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:51:55 EST 7 - Triggers & Red Light Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65924650 Let's figure out what triggers us to overeat, defined as eating more calories than you need, causing you to gain weight. <BR> <BR> For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating and eating! A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:07:17 EST Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65921597 I would like a team please. Thank you! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:02:57 EST Getting to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x67977x65917586 Come and tell us a little about you! <BR> <BR> What is your name or nick name? Peggy <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for fun? Quilting, jigsaw puzzles, shopping, spending time w grandkids and friends. <BR> <BR> What diet are you following? A modified version of Paleo - new to it, so easing into it <BR> <BR> What is your favorite exercise? Just joined an exercise class 2X per week! My first in 30 years. <BR> <BR> If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I'm a newbie. <BR> ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:08:32 EST 6 – Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65915415 Note - the 'Sorting Post on Top' button? Click it to 'Sorting First Post on Top' to make it easier to read the countdown activities. <BR> <BR> Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:22:52 EST Please sign me up for the Rookie team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65903684 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bf03aad-5dbb-4713-8c65-aee5c9cf2060.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 02:19:42 EST 5 - Win Tomorrow Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65901403 Plan for success - do your homework today so you succeed tomorrow. Take a few minutes today to make your lunch for tomorrow, update your schedule and do a few things so you have time to take care of yourself and don't feel rushed. If you do not already have a list/routine please use this one or make up your own. <BR> <BR> Prepare you own WIN tomorrow checklist to help you plan for success the next day. <BR> <BR> Get water bottles ready <BR> Have healthy snacks ready <BR> Plan 3 meals for t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:51:56 EST 4 - Win Today Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65894175 With the change of season, it is easier to make lifestyle changes. There is no time limit on doing these Countdown Activities, so do what you can, when you can. Put some thought into you goals and plans to make it a happy and healthy season. You are worth it. <BR> <BR> Are you random on how you get things done? Does time get away from you and workouts are missed and meals are sketchy? Today is the day to start on your path to fitness and weight loss. It helps to the set goals YOU NEED to acc... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:42:52 EST 3 – Update Your Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65889886 Did you notice the 'Sorting Post on Top' button? Click it to 'Sorting First Post on Top' to make it easier to read the countdown activities. <BR> <BR> We ask that each member write their first name in their signature, and their time zone, and to have their pages public (not private). It's friendlier and makes it easier for everyone to get to know each other. How do you do this? <BR> <BR> Go to your Spark Page <BR> Press 'Edit Text' button <BR> Scroll down to Personal Signature <BR> Ente... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:12:24 EST 2 - Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65882256 Did you notice the 'Sorting Post on Top' button? Click it to 'Sorting First Post on Top' to make it easier to read the countdown activities and read comments in chronological order. <BR> <BR> It’s time to decide what diet if any you will stick to for 8 weeks. There are many to choose from - Spark, South Beach, Weight Watchers, American Heart Association, Diabetes Diet, Dr. Oz, Mayo Clinic, Mediterranean Diet, USDA Diet, Canada Food Guide, Dukan, Paleo, The Full Plate Diet or whatever else y... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:26:06 EST 1 - Information & Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65875660 <em>229</em> &amp; <em>523</em> Welcome 5% Challengers new and returning. The countdown to the Challenge is so exciting as we gather together and get ready for take-off. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Start date Saturday January 14th. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what you have been doing, remind yourself daily "I used to be that way, but now I am different"... quote by Linda Spangle. Empower yourself! <BR> <BR> Starting today - aim for at least 20 minutes of daily exercise to gain momentum and... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:12:36 EST Rookie wants to know where to start. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65868728 Hi all! <BR> I've been on SP for a while, but not as dedicated as I should be, so I've regained five hard lost pounds. :-( So I think I want to do the 5% challenge, but I can't seem to find the "instructions." Are we just to work on losing 5% by ourselves or are there challenges and such? <BR> <BR> Also, I see people posting "points" for their teams. How do I get some for us? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Lori Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:01:54 EST Question & Answer - Ask & Answer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65829733 OK time for the 5% Challengers ask and answer questions. <BR> <BR> The way that it goes someone asks a question, the next person answers it and asks a new question.... and it keep repeating so you can come back as often as you like. <BR> <BR> Seasons Greetings 5% Challengers <em>445</em> <em>444</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:27 EST Question of the Day - Santa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65822850 What would you like to ask Santa for and why? Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:02:36 EST Question of the Day - Your Special Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65817860 Is there some health habit you have that you think everyone should do? How does it make you healthier? <BR> <BR> For instance mine is washing my hands as soon as I come in the door, and I ask hubby and the kids to do the same. I swear I get fewer colds. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 17:16:51 EST Question of the Day - Others Notice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65812300 If you lost weight, how much weight or sizes did you lose before others started to notice? Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:12:57 EST Question of the Day - Start Over or Keep Going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65804511 When you have a 'bad' week, do you give up and stop trying for awhile? Do you pick yourself up and get right back on track? <BR> <BR> What self talk do you give yourself when you are struggling? Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:21:18 EST Question of the Day - Activity Indoors? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65798688 For convenience or because of seasonal climate changes some of us choose to exercise or stay active indoors. Do you have a favorite activity/exercise? Do you do this at home or at the gym or some place else? Anything else you want to share? Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:37:54 EST Question of the Day - Non Scale Victories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65792872 Other than numbers on the scale what are the small, everyday indicators that show you are living a healthier lifestyle. A smaller dress size, that first push up, a better BMI, energy to do whatever you want? Using that kettle bell you bought? Making good use of your gym membership? <BR> <BR> What are your wins? What are your NSV's? Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:40:06 EST Question of the Day - Did Dr. Tell You to Lose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65785662 Message from SPARK_COACH_JEN <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article about what happens when people are told they need to lose weight because of health concerns. It's a piece about what to do next when you're given that info by your doctor. <BR> <BR> If you're someone who's been told you needed to lose weight because of health issues, I'd love to hear from you! Please respond to my SparkMail with answers to the following questions: <BR> <BR> How did you feel in the mom... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:42:15 EST Question of the Day - Invite Your Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65781972 Your Friend Feed is a great way to stay up-to-date with the activities of your SparkFriends and to share your activities, too. When you are on your Spark Page and hover over the picture of a friend, the status update appears and the date they updated. <BR> <BR> I have many friends who are very active on Spark but seldom update their pages. One has not done an update in 1294 days. Do you have an active friend who can beat this record? <BR> <BR> We are still recruiting for the 5% Challenge, ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:33:33 EST Question of the Day- How do you get the Team Bonus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65773083 This question is frequently asked. <BR> <BR> On your Start Page there are 3 sections. The third section is a list of all your Spark Teams. Each team has an orange flag/pennant beside it. Clicking on the flag gives the specified team the number of points that shows up on the flag. The same number of points is also added to your personal daily total. <BR> <BR> Edit to add: The Sparking activities you do to get your personal Spark Points give you credit toward the Pennant spins. You can earn ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:01:42 EST Question of the Day - How Do You Get News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65771105 Do you read the newspaper, watch TV, listen to the radio, phone, internet, other sources Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:59:56 EST Question of the Day - TV Shows? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65761268 Do you watch health/weight loss related TV shows? What shows do you like to watch and why? <BR> <BR> Would you like to see all of the Question of the Days topics? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard.asp?board=31958x67977 </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:36:33 EST Question of the Day - Easy Go To Meals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65754534 There are times we are tired or busy and need a quick meal. What do you make for easy quick meals at home? Please include the recipes if you like. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:56:56 EST Question of the Day - Accomplish What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65747820 What can you do to make the most of the few weeks we have left in the year, that can help start the new year with a sense of accomplishment and some healthy habits already in the works? (Thanks to AMYJO1967) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:54:32 EST What's everyone having on Christmas day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x65741545 I need some ideas for Christmas Day eating <BR> What are you having along with or nstead of he turkey? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:32:44 EST Question of the Day - What to do With Chocolates? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65740541 If foods like chocolates and candy are not in your diet how do you handle gifts, impulse shopping, etc. What do you do when these foods are close at hand? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:33:58 EST Question of the Day - New Years Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65734159 Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you tell other family and friends about them? Do they help you make lifestyle changes? What are your 2017 Resolutions? <BR> <BR> Just for fun <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.google.ca/search?q=new+y<BR>ears+resolution+quotes&amp;biw=1301&am<BR>p;bih=528&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;s<BR>ource=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjH1<BR>JOg-NrQAhWpsVQKHX-PBooQ7AkIKA </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:20:23 EST No Posting Please Links to Sign Up Threads Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65733271 Here are the links to the team sign up threads that are still open: <BR> <BR> Any Team is Great! If you are adventurous or ready to change things up! Also, if your first choice team is closed you may state a preference here and if a spce opens placement will be determined by the time stamp on your post. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977<BR>x65579246 </link> <BR> <BR> Rookies - Team for first-time challengers <link>www.sparkpeople.... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:14:04 EST Any team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65729505 Any team is great. I am new to this. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:34:57 EST Question of the Day - Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65727936 How did you find your way to Spark. How has it helped you become healthier. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:43:25 EST Question of the Day - The New Normal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65721746 Nearly half of America's overweight people don't realize they're overweight. What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> <link>www.newschief.com/zz/lifestyle/20161<BR>201/nearly-half-of-americas-overweight<BR>-people-dont-realize-theyre-overweight </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/<BR>2016/12/01/nearly-half-of-americas-ove<BR>rweight-people-dont-realize-theyre-ove<BR>rweight/?utm_term=.c20c5cd1b197 </link> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:37:22 EST Question of the Day - In the News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65721733 Computer Glitch this morning. Please follow this link to article. Thanks. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977<BR>x65721746 </link> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:35:08 EST Question of the Day - Small Appliances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65715273 What are your 3 most used small kitchen appliances? What do you make with them? Why do you like them? Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:26:52 EST Question of the Day - Your Daily Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65707754 What are the most important things that you do or do not eat on a daily basis Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:20:59 EST Joining this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65703168 Hope to start my full on training in January which includes swimming, jogging and strength training. I'd like to join this team please. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:47:30 EST Question of the Day - Food on the Table? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65701381 Do you dish up your meal in the kitchen or do you have it on the table? Do you eat more when it is on the table easy to see and reach? Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:20:45 EST Rookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65699703 I would like to be on the Rookie team. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:55:29 EST Shining the Spotlight on 3_VEGGIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31958x67977x65645770 3_VEGGIESWas a first-time challenger in the fall challenge. I personally am inspired by her blog about her first challenge experience, and I think you will be too. I love this line where she says, "And so when I got on the scale and weighed myself this morning I had a victory no matter what." <BR> <BR> Follow this link to read her blog. Don't forget to check that like box and leave a comment. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269332 </link> ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:19:29 EST sorry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65615157 sorry Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:49:26 EST Rookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65610591 First SparkPeople challenge! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:41:44 EST Required Reading: Rules Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x67977x65586988 <em>227</em> <em>303</em> Do not post here for any reason. This is a read only post with a brief outline of the rules to stay active. <BR> <BR> Rules in brief: <BR> <BR> 1) post points to the Weekly Living the Good Life Challenges <BR> 2) post exercise minutes <BR> 3) do Weekly Weigh Ins. <BR> <BR> Please consider this before choosing to join the 5% Challenge and be ready to commit to this Challenge for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> We encourage everyone to read the detailed FAQ. Please vis... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:41:54 EST wrong place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x67977x65586925 too many multi tasks at once. :) <em>198</em> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:24:11 EST Awesome A Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579376 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:25:34 EST Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579360 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:23:30 EST Tiger Monarchs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579356 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:23:02 EST Teddy Bears http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579341 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:21:38 EST Starfish Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579336 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:21:19 EST Spirited Under Dawgs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579329 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:20:47 EST Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579326 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:20:27 EST Weight Warriors - Fall Rookie Graduates only! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579325 <em>227</em> This is ONLY for the graduates from the Fall 5% Challenge Rookie Team. This is not for other 5% Challengers. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:20:11 EST Rookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579315 <em>227</em> ONLY FOR NEW 5% CHALLENGERS!!! <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for this Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:18:24 EST Firecrackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579302 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:16:55 EST Determined Daisies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579299 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:16:33 EST Cloverleafs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579294 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:15:54 EST Champions in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579265 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:10:22 EST Casual Travellers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579262 We will do our best to honor your wishes but need to balance the number of people on our teams. Members are assigned in the order they sign up. <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:09:40 EST Any Team is Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579246 If you are adventurous or ready to change things up! <BR> <BR> If you are NEW to the 5% Challenge sign up for the Rookie Team. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:06:50 EST READ How to Pick YOUR Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977x65579221 Edit - Jan. 2, 2017 <BR> <BR> Challenge starts Jan. 14th. Want a team? Following this link. You will be assigned to a team. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=31924x67977<BR>x65917535x1xfirst </link> <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> PLEASE DO NOT start new topics to keep it easy for everyone to find information about the c... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:58:08 EST