SparkPeople Small Goals Commitment Challenge Team Messageboard Welcome to SparkGuy's Small Goals Commitment Challenge SparkTeam! Use this team to check off your goals in the 4 Cornerstones below. You don't need to do everything every day. Just do your best with this big picture in mind. The Crisscross Effects from this big picture will change your life! The fitness and health checkmarks are based on how you feel you did in that area each day. See the sticky notes in the message boards for more information. <iframe src="/cd_button.asp" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="175" scrolling="no"></iframe> SparkPeople Small Goals Commitment Challenge Team Messageboard Fostering a Positive Self-Image From Cleveland Clinic <link><BR>h/articles/12942-fostering-a-positive-<BR>self-image </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2021 17:06:46 EST AAL TODAYS GOALS except last 2 BUT DAYS NOT ENDED <img src="">PRAYR, DEVOTION, BIBLE STUDY = 3 HOURS <BR> EMAIL BEST FRIEND/PRAYER PARTNER/ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER = 1 HOUR <BR> EXERCISE = 1 HOUR <BR> BREAKFAST/BS/BP/WT/MEDS = 1HOUR <BR> WORK ON TOOLS FOR CO LEADING LINE DANCE TEAM = 1 HOUR <BR> BUSINESS CLASS =30 <BR> <em>224</em> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:43:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:29:35 EST Just joined Hi, just joined the forum! Working on reach goals set. I am keeping them simple now and hopefully they will grow with me as I continue on my journey! Sat, 14 Nov 2020 10:12:05 EST Try out a new Challenge I am the Leader of a SparkPeople Team Challenge called the Biggest Loser Challenge and it is time to recruit members for our Winter Challenge! This is a great challenge for someone who wants to set small goals and work on healthy habits. <BR> <BR> Are you looking to Lose the Winter Weight? Then the BL Challenge just might be what your looking for. The focus of the challenge is to promote a healthy lifestyle through weekly Nutrition and Fitness Challenges, and to promote healthy weight los... Thu, 5 Nov 2020 09:41:04 EST Tomato I'm Cindy from Memphis, TN and I love Tomatoes. This is almost a daily food for me. The acid used to bother me but, since I have started eating better and more healthy...thanks SP, I find that acid is no longer a problem for me. Reflux gone. <em>258</em> Sat, 26 Sep 2020 00:45:04 EST Sharing a Good Word <img src=""> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:14:44 EST AUTUMN LEAVES AND PUMPKIN FUN <img src=""> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:35:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 30 Aug 2020 17:01:03 EST Hello From SW Georgia USA Hi, my name is Holly. <BR> I am 37,married and live in Southwest Georgia. <BR> Wanted a little extra something to keep on track. <BR> That is when I found your challenge team. <BR> I like the idea of doing one small challenge at a time. <BR> <BR> When I am not exercising, I am reading, cooking, and watching nature. <BR> I want to get down to a 14 (if that is possible) if not that is ok. <BR> I am wanting to be healthy inside and out. <BR> (Not too worried about what the number is on the sca... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:12:20 EST New to the group I am so thankful I discovered this team. In my desire to accomplish my goals, I realized I needed to break the overwhelming end result of the goal into smaller attainable goals that build-up to the end result. (Hopefully) This seems like the perfect group to help me accomplish this! <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day! <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> <em>88</em> <em>90</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2020 14:18:29 EST Ready to commit I have been on SP for a while now and lost and gained weight along the way. Now I am getting it. I need to this for me, I need to work at one small goal at a time and see the benefits of reaching each goal. <BR> I am here to do just that. reach a small goal and not obsess about the big goal. Look at the big picture I feel daunted, break the big picture small pictures like a jigsaw puzzle I will get there. <BR> <BR> I am married and this July we reach our 25th Wedding Anniversary something of... Thu, 2 Jul 2020 05:15:05 EST Hey! I am new to the team. <em>30</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:09:28 EST New to the group Hi everyone my name is Tammy, I am a long time Sparker, I guess I just faded out of Spark. But I am back ready to get healthy and lose weight. I have always heard 1 baby step at a time leads to a healthier life. Well here I am wanting to accomplish 1 small goal at a time. Mon, 8 Jun 2020 22:34:07 EST I am New!! Hi I am new to the group. My goal is to get better control of my sugars and to become healthier as I travel down this road! Mon, 1 Jun 2020 15:43:56 EST YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD OR DRINK I thinks we have played the fruit and veggie game long enough, so I am going to do a different game. <BR> <BR> This game is Your Favorite Comfort Food or Drink <BR> <BR> If you have any recipes you would like to share, I am sure we would all enjoy them! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2020 19:56:15 EST PLAY TAG-w/ A GOODIE! Donna and I decided to start a new thread: TAG with GOODIE for team building <BR> and support. It is easy--and you simply <BR> <BR> Send a goodie to someone--as many as you like. <BR> You say some nice words--than say TAG--You're IT--So <BR> please pay it forward. <BR> <BR> They then send a goodie (s) to someone else and keep the <BR> goodies flowing. Nice way to cheer each other up and <BR> bolster morale. Then you just come back to the thread <BR> and mention … <em>590</em> or wha... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 19:53:47 EST SUMMERTIME & EASY LIVIN Changing the name of this thread again! <BR> Autumn Leaves and Pumpkin Fun <BR> <BR> We made it through Summer and now we move on to Fall! Tell us what you like to do in the Fall. <em>426</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>574</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Mar 2020 16:48:27 EST Goals Hi, I'm a returning member. Since I'd been away for a while, I want to start small by losing 30 lbs by focusing on drinking 8 cups of water each day, tracking calories daily, and walking more frequently. I try to keep it simple. Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:52:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:06:07 EST My Specific Goals-January 2020 We decided to create a new thread--a place we can post our specific goals for the month <BR> of October. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share--and we certainly want to cheer you on! .. <BR> Remember, the goal can be health related, consistent exercise, goals to lose weight or see some Non-scale victories, or give up a bad habit... anything you desire to reach--go for it! Tue, 1 Oct 2019 20:54:52 EST Wednesday wow! happy to be having my delicious cup of coffee and doing goal checking for my goals on the team. I'm getting stronger everyday! <BR> <BR> Im wishing everyone the best day! <em>8</em> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:33:22 EST Rejoining and re-intro duction. Hi! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be back! What sparked me was joining in on Sparkguys new goal. I just don't know where to post my daily photo. Do you? <BR> <BR> I live in the Philippines with my son, Filipina daughter in law, family. my 2-year-old grandson and faithful dogs. I just moved here from Miami, Florida this past June. The transition has been big but wonderful. I am looking forward to hiking the mountains here in the spring. <BR> <BR> I am 69 and not really feeling that ... Tue, 24 Sep 2019 02:22:53 EST WEEKLY MESSAGE OR TOPIC <em>524</em> We are going to start a new thread this week. I am always looking for input on these, so please if you have something to add for next week, let me know by Saturday PM so that I don't post one first. <BR> <BR> For the first week the question is <BR> <BR> "DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU DO TO HELP RELIEVE STRESS? " <BR> <BR> Our hope for this thread is that we can help our teammates find solutions to some of their problems. There are no right or wrong answers, just what you do Sun, 8 Sep 2019 12:42:34 EST Hi, new here I am new to this team. My name is Lisa and I have been with SP about a month now. I was here yrs ago but this time really getting the hang of it. I live in GA. I am married with 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 fur babies. Tue, 3 Sep 2019 09:07:35 EST What Are You Reading? <img src=""> <BR> Will finish up the 4th in this Harley Merlin series by Bella Forrest. The other 5 aren't in my e-reader library and I'm not that interested. There is a new one by Jodi Taylor writing under another name that I am anxious to start so when I finish up this Merlin book I'll start it. <BR> Sat, 6 Jul 2019 22:38:41 EST Introduce Rose here in Northern Nevada. Joining today. <BR> Small goals sounds like what I need in my life Sun, 26 May 2019 12:24:39 EST Left team by accident. I am wondering if anyone knows how to get back onto a private team after accidentally leaving it. I had to resign as motivational leader of the Awesome A team in the 5% Spring Challenge. I must have accidentally hit leave team after resigning on the wall. Now I can respond on or even get into the team for messages and posting my flight minutes. <BR> <BR> I still want to belong to the team and continue the challenge but I don't want to lead anymore. Wed, 8 May 2019 12:30:30 EST April Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The April Challenge is this: <BR> Each day of April perform an act of kindness and gratitude. <BR> Begin not for strangers but for those closest to you. <BR> If you have someone close that cooks everyday cook for them and don't forget to clean-up. <BR> just a suggestion but find something and let us know on this thread!! <BR> <BR> WHO''S UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?? Come on and join in You'll f... Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:11:41 EST Introduction Good day, everyone! <BR> <BR> I came upon this challenge a few days ago in an older e-mail, and it's right up my alley. I'm looking forward to do many more, manageable challenges and getting to know everyone. Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:45:04 EST A suggested Joyous Life Pledge Reply with an emoticon if you agree with this WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS LIFE PLEDGE by OLDEROWL <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> We pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, <BR> -to live every moment guided by principles based upon religion or which we deem to be in harmony with the universe, <BR> -to refer to our g... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:23:32 EST Expanding my involvement on SP. Hi, and happy Sunday to all. <BR> New to this team but not So. I've been on and off SO fir a few years, but never really committed. <BR> Starting to portion, count calories, log in food and drink that water. <BR> This time , in time, I'll make a difference. <BR> David Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:15:58 EST Hi, my name is Lisa I have a food addiction, more specifically, sugar addiction. I am ready to give up. I have for years kept track of weight and sometimes (not often enough) tracked my food on this site, but keep doing that without any success of actually losing weight/improving my health. I am diabetic and in this last year been diagnosed bulimic. My weight has gone up instead of down the last few months. My cholesterol is high. I have never posted here before and thought maybe if I had a few friends I might h... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:35:36 EST How's Your Weather? <img src=""> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:25:57 EST New to the Team Hi, My name is Rayetta. I am 53 years old and the mother of two. I have 2 grandchildren and a set of twins that I have adopted as grandchildren. My daughter is engaged to a young man that has twins. I have been overweight for what seems like forever and am trying to lose what I can. I had a real eye opener last year and am committed to doing my best. I was diagnosed with a terminal illness and am unable to exercise due to the illness, but I am going to do what I can. The illness isn't w... Sun, 6 Jan 2019 23:12:28 EST spark challenges. join here. I decided to do all the spark challenges for the New Year. It is for the month of January. Click on the links to join/ I hope to see you there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2019 16:43:33 EST Greetings from Colorado I am a 56 year old widow. My 24 year old son lives in Seattle and is getting married in June. He chose a beautiful town in the Cascade Mountains and I am both excited and scared to have my baby boy make this step into adulthood. My 19 year old daughter is in college in Pennsylvania and is visiting me here in Colorado for Christmas, and I am planning to visit her in August. She just passed all her finals for her first semester and we are going caroling together Saturday evening. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:04:28 EST Returning to SP Hi All, <BR> I returned to SP several weeks ago and am beginning to join an appropriate team/challenge or two. I’m 74 years and in addition to weight loss need to manage my life better. This challenge sounds like a good place to start. <BR> Lindsay <BR> Arkadelphia AR Sat, 10 Nov 2018 16:30:50 EST Just joined team Hi I just joined, my name is Joyce. I have been a member of sparks since 2013 but didn't get real active until 2014 and since have joined a number of teams. I am not sure where we start on this time. Sparks has been a great help to me. Since Jan this year I lost 22 lb and overall I have lost 31 since I got serious with my goals. <BR> <BR> Any information is greatly appreciated on what we do here , I want to continue on my journey of a healthy lifestyle. Blessing to you all Thu, 8 Nov 2018 13:52:55 EST Taking a break! <em>213</em> Just giving everyone a heads up, so I don't worry anyone. I am taking a break from Sparkspeople and will be on FaceBook very little.I will continue to come to log my food and exercise and to do a current status, but that's it for the time being. May not be back until the new year, not sure at the moment.Will also do the team bonus points. So Happy Holidays to you all. For any birthdays and anniversary to my wishes are with you.Thank you all for your encouragement, support and... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 20:05:54 EST LET US BE THANKFUL Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, I thought maybe we could add this thread so we can share some things that we are thankful for. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for both of my daughters. Yesterday, October 31st, my oldest daughter, Paula, turned 53. Today my youngest daughter, Pamela, turns 48. They have been such a blessing to us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Nov 2018 16:44:13 EST Healthy/Fast Dinner Ideas Here is the new thread for healthy dinner ideas. Sometimes when in crunch for time the fast and healthy hit the mark. Healthy doesn't mean it can't be fast. I'll start but feel free to add your own creations to this thread. <BR> <BR> Sausage and Veggies <BR> 2 pounds of Smoked Sausage links, your choice beef/turkey/pork <BR> 2 bags frozen broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix of veggies. <BR> This is super simple and super quick for nights of dinner in 30 minutes or less. <BR> <BR> Slice smoke... Mon, 8 Oct 2018 14:22:03 EST SUGGESTION BOX Hello team members! This new thread is meant to simulate some new ideas! <BR> I sincerely hope you will help your team leaders to help you by giving us some ideas that would make our team stronger and more fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will get us started: I would like to hear from more members about how they plan to achieve their goals. Never know how you can Spark another member! Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:28:02 EST A-Z how are you feeling? Make it positive! A - amazing Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:39:58 EST Today's goal I need to do research for an article I need to write. I have been procrastinating on this and today I get the research done. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:08:06 EST small goals My goal for the week is to get my butt into the gym for weight lifting 5 times! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:40:45 EST Hello Hello, I just joined this team. <BR> I have never been good at writing or keeping goals, but it is the one thing I am determined to learn especially when it comes to fitness. Just have to remember small steps. <em>313</em> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:11:42 EST New to this team I am restarting SP and getting myself out of my stuffing my emotions with food. I had gotten down to 250 &amp; now up to 267. I reverted back to the little bullied child that I was 60 years ago. I decided yesterday was the Firtst Day of the rest of my Life. I am also a recovering Alcoholic 25 years. Wed, 30 May 2018 16:09:14 EST Moving Onward...1 Small Goal at a Time = #1SG@AT I have had so much success here at Sparkpeople over the last 28 days. <BR> <BR> I am amazed at my ability to follow the plan, adjust the plan to meet my needs and stay focused an consistent. <BR> <BR> I am also amazed at the profound effect it has had on my emotional stability. <BR> <BR> I am a bit fearful of embarking on a focus of other goals as I more often then not overwhelm myself with stuff to do to the point nothing gets done, because it is not feasible. <BR> <BR> However, to m... Fri, 18 May 2018 08:56:51 EST Hello WOW I am so glad to have come a cross this group today in the SparkCoaching program. I have become a member of Spark initially so lose weight. However, as I have began this program I have realized I can revamp my Life by making creating a Healthy Lifestyle. I am on day 27 of revamping and I have noticeable improvement in my attitude, mood and outlook on life. All that in addition to dropping 9 pounds, cutting soft drinks out of my diet, exercising 10 mins a day, walking 3 miles a day, eating ... Thu, 17 May 2018 11:07:50 EST YoYo Frustration is my mantra today.. but it is frustration of my own making. For the last month I have been losing the same 3 pounds over and over again without seeing a new number on the scale. I feel like I am committed but just not THAT committed and even though I know I make this happen with choices that I make, it is still frustrating. <BR> <BR> I think that I need to step back and think about what I am doing, What kind of goals do I want. <BR> <BR> Has anyone noticed that it is easi... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 08:44:19 EST points I had 15 points for the week. Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:10:43 EST exercise I dug out my Leslie Sansone DVD since it has been raining and snowing all day. <BR> I could only do 15 minutes nd to stop, my heart was really beating to the point of me feeling it pump. Tomorrow will try in the morning rather evening. <em>198</em> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:18:24 EST goals I plan on Reviewing my goals and maybe set a new one. <BR> Exercising more this week, at least 3 days or more. <BR> I live in Iowa and I am 79 yrs old. <em>252</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2018 13:20:33 EST Hi! I’m new here! My name is Heather and I was invited by 2BDYNAMIC to join this team! I am making very small, very doable goals as I am starting this new journey. I need to feel the success of completing them. So I’m gonna fit in small workouts, drink my water, and track my food. And I will forgive myself on bad days and keep going. Looking forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:52:18 EST Hello from Upstate New York Hello from New York State. I live in the eastern Finger Lakes region between Cortland and Ithaca. I work in Rome, NY in the Mohawk Valley. I drive through some of the most beautiful country in the USA every week day. This weekend I accomplished a major small goal for me. <BR> <BR> I framed and submitted three entries for a local art show in Ithaca. One of the pieces may get accepted as it is a juried show. Below are the 3 pieces, Fishes; Octopus' Garden; and Ex Libris Humanity. My fav... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:37:49 EST Please share your Goals <em>524</em> ..... Whether you are a new member or have been on this team for a while, we would love to know what some of your small goals are? ...&amp;#128518; ... Please keep in mind they don't always have to be weight-loss goals as there are many different things we strive for.... Eliminating bad habits, decluttering the house one room at a time, making some good habits like finding time for exercise daily. <BR> <BR> Whatever your goals, we love getting to know one another and offering ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:03:14 EST Concentrating my spark I decided this morning when I looked in my personal email and saw over 100 emails that I had to do something and do it quickly. Over 50 of them were from Spark People. I have decided to leave most of the teams except for this one, the coach team and Fitbit Users. Most of the other teams were getting to be short one liners and were diluting my spark. There is one user that was on every single team I was one and always sends the same message every morning to all of his teams. I did not c... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 12:38:19 EST What Did You Do For YOU Today? Tell us what kinds of nice things you did for yourself today. <BR> EXAMPLES: Manicure, Pedicure, Bought some perfume of jewelry <BR> watched a movie, read a book. <BR> Anything that made YOU feel good and helped you relax. <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> <em>149</em> <em>541</em> <em>286</em> <em>135</em> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:35:15 EST A prayer for America I worried that my wife and I would have bad luck on our vacation, but was presently surprised by all the good will of the local population where we are staying. My faith in America is much better. It is unfortunate that so much attention on evil doers sets the bar so low. I pray that more attention will be placed on the good will of the majority and America will prosper so we can focus on spreading goodness and the healing touch of kindness, which will be good for the mental health of all. Wi... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:59:11 EST A major goal completed, thanks to SP Small Goals I am so happy with myself. I set up a goal list (suggested by this team), One of the goals was a major goal which I broke down into small goals which I thought would take me months to finish, but it ended up taken only 3 days. I started with 1 small goal at a time and kept going as I checked them off. I love my organized kitchen and feel so good about all the hard work I've done. I will be moving on to next goal this weekend. Thank you SP. I now have a new way to look at things and not f... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:39:35 EST A Good Week This has been a really good week for me. I have been doing the new challenges. I am working on a blog post about it. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:52:44 EST Open our eyes Lord, to peaceful breathing. Best way to refresh and reduce stress is breathing. Try this simple exercise to release and breath, then follow with a talk with God. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:06:32 EST one pound at a time Finally, moved off the plateau that I have been on since the flu, cold, and sinus infection. Lost a pound this week. Also got some exercise and walking into the week. Here's to a new week of feeling good. <em>41</em> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:50:06 EST You are loved and amazing. A great thought to ponder today, ... It is from my daily devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries. <img src=""> <BR> God knows our inadequacies and insecurities. He knows what caused them and who caused them. He saw you and me before we even had them. Yet God chose us before we were born for a purpose — to fulfill a plan in a predetermined point in time (Acts 17:26). <BR> <BR> It’s time we stop comparing ourselves wi... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:43:45 EST Getting back into it. 10 minutes this morning. That is how long I did strength training. I used five pound weight on my left side and no weight on my right. Instead of normal push-ups on the floor, I did wall push-ups. It felt really good. I will work back to my full 20 minutes of strength training over the next few weeks. Next week I will try a two pound weight on my right side. Another small goal today is to get in 10,000 steps, one step at a time!! I may not need the doctor's appointment on Jan.31. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:26:42 EST New Year <BR> I just wrote a new blog post outlining my new plan and goals. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:25:07 EST Clean Slate for 2018 My goal is to start clean. Change my eating habits to more clean eating. Stop eating anything afteer 6:00 pm and to do more walking. Pray for me please. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:22:02 EST Tips For Success! For staying on track with nutrition, track your foods in advance. <em>4</em> ..... It is much easier to stay within your calorie range plus it helps with meal planning and efficiency! <BR> <BR> ( This is something I do routinely)..... <em>248</em> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:40:33 EST 2018 Goals Merry Christmas- <BR> <BR> I am making goals for the new year but i will reevaluate them monthly. <BR> <BR> 1. Journal and track my exchanges <BR> 2. Get started with exercise and commit to 2x a week when it is a habit i will increase it. <BR> 3. Drink water <BR> 4. get room cleaned out and set up Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:43:39 EST Hello Team I joined SP a while ago, but wasn't fully commited. Even though I've had some weight loss, I know I can do better. My goals are <BR> 1) To take 4,000 steps a day for 14 consecutive days and then increasing to 5,000 steps. <BR> 2) Reach my 1,200 Daily calorie goal. I'm usually under it. <BR> 3) Do 25 chair squats and 100 elevated push ups a day <BR> Thank you for all the support I'm finding here. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:28:06 EST New blog post today I am finally out from under the big pile of work. I wrote a blog post this morning. I hope you find it useful. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:17:50 EST My goals this week 1. Drink 8+ glasses water every day (day 1 YES!) <BR> 2. Exercise 45 minutes x 5 <BR> 3. No mindless munchies in the pm (day 1 - yes, cos I'm off to bed now!) Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:45:02 EST Goals in reverse First of all, thank you for this challenge. At the moment, there are so many things that are not working for me that big goals feel impossible to really grasp. Let alone do. <BR> <BR> Reading through the different challenges here made me think about some of the goals I'd like to make but can't because of the place that I live. I can't do things when I want to do them, I have to be flexible and often walk on eggshells, too. Which is frustrating, as it feels like everything is always a big mes... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:29:06 EST Feeling discouraged I have to admit to myself that I am feeling discouraged and maybe a bit depressed about my broken arm. It is not life threatening at all and is a small problem compared to what others have overcome in this group. I can't do the strength training program I have been doing using weights. I am at a loss as to what I can do until I can resume my weights. I am within sight of my BIG goal of getting down to 199.99 pounds by the end of the ear. I will not be able to do any strength training suc... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:21:41 EST How about an inspirational quote daily... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Mother Teresa Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:04:26 EST Before and After Summer 2016 -- over 265 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today Nov 2 - 207 pounds <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:12:38 EST HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN Hello fellow Sparkers: <BR> Thought it would be fun if we started a new thread for the Holidays. <BR> <BR> On here we can share foods that we are planning to cook, decorations we are putting up, any type of gifts we are making and anything you are doing to your home to get ready for the Holidays. <BR> <BR> Of course we welcome any other ideas that you have and always pictures! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:07:43 EST Reverse Planks-Help Since I've been working out now for a while (nice spark going) I've gone thru a transformation of sorts. Started with "modifications" to make things work, progressed to "beginner" exercises, and now many of the things I'm comfortable doing in the SP Workout database are classified as "intermediate" or "advanced" even. Yet one exercise--the Reverse Plank--is elusive. My body just doesn't seem to bend that way. Anyone have any tips on how to make myself more flexible in that direction so eve... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:50:30 EST Sing Out -- Wednesday - Oct. 25 I will sing out but you can be assured I promise not to sing. I only do that in my car, the shower, or other places by myself. <BR> <BR> I have had a good week so far. I have accomplished several small goals: <BR> <BR> -- Recovering from a bad cold - did 2 circuits of strength training this morning. Walked 3.57 miles all together yesterday with 32 active minutes. <BR> <BR> -- Been sketching more -- Halloween theme mostly. I love ghost stories and really well done horror movies such as t... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:19:03 EST My weekend and finding inspiration I wrote a new blog post about my weekend and finding inspiration. Take a gander or even a look. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:23:22 EST I am back!! After being out sick yesterday and laying low, I am back to work today and still keeping a low profile. I have a cold but am too antsy to sit at home. Feeling a bit better. I will not do any strenuous exercises for the next couple of days. My head is still in a bit of a fog so taking things slow and deliberate. I did some more sketching yesterday. I can't call it artwork because it is not work for me. It is joyful and relaxing. Below are some of my sketches. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:38:17 EST small goal My small goal is to lose 5 lbs. I keep this goal in mind every day and take it one day at a time. I am near my goal weight and it is a bit more difficult to lose weight, I also find I want to eat more than I did before so it is a challenge! I look forward to getting to know all of you! Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:38:01 EST Fitbit My fit bit says I've already did 6513 so for I'm doing pretty good today!!! :) Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:34:08 EST Wednesday - 10/11/2017 - Singing Out It has been a goal of mine to get my heart rate up when I walk. Today I did that. I walked 45 minutes and got my heart rate up to a peak rate for 2 minutes ( high of 151). I did 20 minutes at cardio rate and 23 minutes at fat burn. I did this by running and jogging part of my walk. That got my rate up quite well. My reward is that it felt really good. I worked up a sweat and am glad I have my own office not shared with anyone else. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my strength training and fi... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:36:02 EST Incentives and Rewards Let's talk about REWARDS: And even go a step further and mix with INCENTIVE which can bring on Motivation! .... Oh <em>224</em> .... Truth is, we are usually generous to those we love and care about; giving them Kudos and tokens of our affections. But what about ourselves? .....So today i created an incentive program for myself .... And I also got to thinking: I know of two of our gentlemen team members who have hobbies that they love. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Oct 2017 20:51:59 EST CDC links cancers to obesity CDC links cancers to obesity <BR> <BR> "The link between obesity and cancer just got even more real. A recent report finds that over 40 percent of cancer cases are tied to obesity. <BR> <BR> The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 39 percent of adults in the world were overweight in 2014 alone. That’s over 600 million adults. This number is not only expected to rise, but also include more children and adolescents." <BR> <BR> Full article: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.l... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:45:00 EST Today - Wednesday - Sept 27, 2017 So far I have: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See my new blog post at <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415642 </link> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:38:13 EST Introduction =) Good morning! My name is Donna and I joined the group yesterday. I love the team idea and the encouragement, and am hoping for an extra umph from this group. It has been hard to not want the weight to come off quickly, but I am working on doing it right so it stays off. =) Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:10 EST New to Small Goals Hi all. I joined Small Goals today! Drink my needed water this week! 💧💧💧 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:37:45 EST Fitbit Blaze I wrote a new blog post on using the Blaze: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412861 </link> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:08:27 EST New plan I just started a Kick Start food and exercise plan today . It goes for 12 weeks so am believing that at the 12 week mark I'll be loving exercise ! For today I've done 30 mins on my exercise and had delicious breakfast and lunch too. <em>249</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:58:47 EST Small goal No snacking between 2-5 pm. This was a "mindless eating time" for me. I will now crochet , read or sew during that time. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:05:12 EST Labor day weekend I had to work Friday and Saturday then met my husband up in Wendell for the weekend up in the boonies and had a great weekend except for Sunday the rainy day I had caught a chill and all of a sudden felt really tired so I went and laid down for 12 hrs. I felt better when I woke up I'm still not feeling all that great yet and my voice is hoarse and I feel nauseated!! I'll get better soon I'm not going to do exercises until I feel like I have more energy. Hope everyone had a great weekend!!! Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:49:58 EST August Small Goals Round Up I joined this group back in late July. So far it is the best of all the teams I have looked at and tried on SparkPeople. I am hoping by writing up my analysis of my August goals, it will help some one to get Sparked! <BR> <BR> I started out August looking for a more accurate way to track my work outside such as gardening. I now have a pretty good handle on that based on suggestions from many people. <BR> <BR> I learned the best place to post within the various teams in order to get feed ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:59:02 EST Labor Day weekend -- something different I decided on Friday afternoon that I was NOT going to spend any part of the weekend writing or examining how I did in August or what my goals will be for September. I have thought about it some but will not put anything in print until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We had a great weekend. We spent Friday evening just doing a general clean-up and finishing up the peaches. We had put the peaches on cookie sheets to flash freeze. Friday night I took them off of the cookie sheets and put them in gallon... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:31:30 EST And now for something completely different: Not really but I bet I got your attention. My morning started out by my waking up at 4:45 very groggy and realizing I forgot to set the alarm last night. I have been getting up at 4:30 to exercise before heading for the shower and breakfast. I stumbled around a bit and decided to head right for the shower after turning on the Keurig. I took a long shower and then got dressed and had breakfast and fixed my lunch. I skipped my exercises I have been doing for the last few days. <BR> <BR> N... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:53:55 EST Singing out today - almost 50 pounds lost. I lost another pound and am finally seeing 210 showing up on the scales. Almost 50 pounds lost. That will be a magic moment to sing about. One small goal accomplished last night is the beginning of freezing our peach harvest. Sue and I worked on it for four hours last night. I got lots of steps in up and down the stairs to the freezer. The peaches get blanched for 1 min., allowed to cool, and then peeled and cut up. They are placed on cookies sheets to be put in the freezer for freezing. Toni... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:38:10 EST A Brazilian lost in Sweden! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Thaís and I am 33 years old. <BR> As it says on the topic, I am from Brazil, but moved to Sweden 2.5 years ago to live with my then fiancé. We got married this last March. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark People before, but got off track and put it all back and more. Even though I enjoy being in Sweden with my husband, being away from the rest of my family and friends and in a whole new environment had my stress eating go out of orbit. So I decided to make ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:45:38 EST My small goal My small goal is a work-up-to one. I want to start exercising more. Since I am not really doing much right now, I want to start with with doing some form of specific exercise 2 x a week and work up from that small (tiny) goal. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:24:53 EST Exercise I try to exercise 3 times a week. Doing good so far. I have to concentrate on nutrition more. Sugar article was a eye opener. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:10:01 EST New Lesson: Limit Sugar (Watch "That Sugar Film") Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Have you seen "That Sugar Film"? It's an incredible documentary about the dangers of hidden sugar. Even though I knew a lot of the information when I watched this a couple of years ago, the motivation from this movie caused me to immediately change some behaviors. <BR> <BR> Watch the trailer in this lesson: <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=64<BR>04138 </link> <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <em>529</em> Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:27:09 EST New to team. Hello all. I joined the team today because I have a hard time focusing on my goals. I have adult HDAD and am easily distracted. I joined SP in Jan. and have lost 44 pounds actually 66 pounds if I count my ups and downs. I really need structure to keep on track. I find that at my job I am totally organized and can function quiet well, unless something goes wrong, then all bets are off and I become discombobulated. My life out side of work is crazy. I have hundreds of goals that never get... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:56:10 EST goal I'm trying this week to do 4 days of exercise. I used recumbent bike yesterday for 36 minutes and today i exercised in the pool for 45 minutes. <em>198</em> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:45:59 EST Drinking my water Day two of my small goal to drink at least 8 cups of water. I forget how long it takes to make this habit, but we will see. Then I can move on to my next goal. <em>41</em> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:06:19 EST I finally did it It took me over a year but after having knee replacement surgery on February 8 2016 I finally had more than 5,000 steps in one day. I have had 4,800+ but never quite 5,000 I did it all with staying in the house and packing, and moving too. The next day my knee hurt so I was back down to 2,500+ but I am getting there. I will <em>386</em> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:40:17 EST goals I'm trying to lose 5 more lbs. <BR> Exercise more at least 3-5 days. <BR> Improve my walking to more than 3500 steps. Hopefully after pain clinic I will reach this. Have to wait for this in October. <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:25:42 EST Intro Hi!! I have been a Sparker several years. I usually track on the app, so lose many Premium points--but the app makes tracking so easy. <BR> <BR> I am in early 60s and learning my new "normal." <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with a lung condition that until recently did not really impact me, but now severely limits my life. I had to quit working and that is a major adjustment. Finances okay, thanks to hubby's retirement planning. I do miss the extra money. <BR> <BR> I am an RN and tau... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:26:02 EST Sharing My Success Hello Friends! The days of constant chronic pain and deep depression are in remission, as are seizures and inflammatory issues. I had a close call a few days ago with Meningitis, but my skilled physical therapist helped me thru the issue and my body healed quickly. This week I began physical therapy for Osteoarthritis and weight management. The therapy is just what I needed for my mind and body. Now, with access to the AlterG Treadmill I am confident I will have better control over losing we... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:08:24 EST Introduction Hi all. I was invited to this team by SparklingMe176. I'll be posting my small goals commitment challenge items on my Spark page. I love the idea of small changes over time that add up. It's always been my philosophy as far as how to be successful...the little things add up to bigger things. Small focuses too help to build consistency and does not feel overwhelming when you are doing it. My name is Gretchen. Feel free to add me as a Spark Friend. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:05:29 EST Personal Insight and Gratitude for this Team Since joining this Team there has been a shift in my personal belief system regarding challenges, goals, and what I should expect from myself. For those that do not know me, I am 50 years young and I have been inconsistent with SparkPeople for over 5 years. The reason for inconsistency is because I have held myself to a high standard while comparing myself to many of you that are able to overcome and be consistent with tracking and building positive habits at SP. In the last two weeks I have... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:19:19 EST Word Of Inspiration <img src=""> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:10:41 EST Tammy's Introduction Hello Spark friends, <BR> I joined this team because I wanted to commit myself to small attainable goals and a way to be accountable for them and I thought this team would be perfect for that. I walk almost every day at my local shopping mall before the stores open. I joined weight watchers last year and my weight loss has been a challenge for me. But I know I can do this. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:34:34 EST Grouse mountain Hi everyone on Friday I decided to try grouse mountain two times in one day back to back . I was feeling wonderful after. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:17:14 EST NSV Okay I give up I have read through most of these narratives and I still cannot figure out what NSV stands! Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:44:54 EST Introduction Hi all! New to the message board but not Sparkpeople. Making a new commitment to get stronger and healthier. I'm a 63 y/o who retired and is now helping to take care of my mom. I've been active all my life and didn't have trouble with weight until I hit menopause. UGH! Trying to ease the stress, I workout daily by walking or doing PIYO videos. Hoping to eat better so this extra weight will come off. Thanks for being here. Robin Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:09:43 EST Introduction Hi, <BR> I've been with Sparkpeople for a few years. Started out great... well, then I got back into my old eating habits. I'm hoping this team will get me back on track. I've got about 55 lbs to get rid of. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> Judy Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:12:12 EST Baby Steps I am going to get 5500 steps each day. I know it is not a high number, but this is baby steps. Will work my way up Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:24:20 EST Your mood.... emoticon it!! :) <em>386</em> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:34:41 EST Introduction Hi Sparkers. I love these team goals. I flourish with organization, and I've just been handed a beautiful framework to begin my weight loss journey. I'm 72 and weight loss is very important. Thank you so much for the help. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:26:11 EST Introduction Hi! I'm from the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York I have been a "dieter" my whole adult life. I'm someone who has achieved goals, but am having a really difficult time getting and keeping my weight under control. I want to be a healthy weight, I want to look "normal", not be the biggest person in a group. I'm also tired of trying and failing. I like the idea of Spark People. I need to be accountable to something. I am not someone who does well when there are no bounda... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:23:41 EST Thanks to Jan/2BDynamic This is obvious to anyone looking at her activity on this team, but I thought I'd still publicly thank Jan for helping lead this team starting today. <BR> <BR> As you can tell, she's living up to her username! <BR> <BR> Thanks a bunch for your help in sparking a bunch of people, Jan! <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 18:23:47 EST Any Birthdays in July? Mine has already passed but let us know if you have a birthday in July. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 11:47:54 EST Share Your Small Goals Here Both my hubby and I stopped altogether going for a weekly coffee drink (heavy with calories) ... We got it down from once a week to once a month ........ Now stopping for good! <em>104</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:41:52 EST Spark People NEW CHALLENGE .... Link provided Would love to hear any and all Victories! ...... Since starting this team, on July 1, I have lost 2" off my waist! ..... (It's good to take measurements to have as a baseline) .... <em>9</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 10:37:58 EST Post Your Daily Log-In and Team Bonus Flags Here ! Team Bonus Flags Are Back !!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would post that our Team Bonus Flags are Back ! <BR> <BR> Just go to your Points Page and under the Community Section you will see <BR> Spark Team Bonus Points ! <BR> Click on it and it will take you to the Flag Page ! You can earn up to 5 spins depending on how many points you have earned each day ! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:24:55 EST SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System Diagram I edited this post -- Merle saved me and found the diagram on our site vs. the original post that had a link to Pinterest. <BR> <BR> Take a look at this diagram of the SP System -- made more than 10 years ago and now making a comeback :). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>stem-pyramid.asp </link> <BR> <BR> SparkCheers! <BR> <em>529</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 13:50:20 EST introduction My name is Leslie I am a TOPS/KOPS member- I ve reached my goal so I am working on maintaining plus want to get 5 lbs or so below goal. I use the exchange lifestyle change. I count my nutrition fats, proteins, carbs, vegies, fruits, milk. I been having a hard time sticking to my plan so yes I need this team. I need to stay committed. I will be out of town 2 weeks of july so I am going to work on being focused and committed. working on making my changes a habit. thanks for the team. Sun, 2 Jul 2017 08:10:00 EST Important note for mobile users: how to track Here is the process to track goals for this SparkTeam for mobile users after you join the team: <BR> 1) Login at on your mobile web browser (to be clear -- this is not available in the app yet -- we hope to add this at some point). <BR> 2) On the upper left of the mobile start page, you'll see the 3 lines/hamburger menu. Tap that menu. <BR> 3) In the dropdown, tap "My Trackers" <BR> 4) In the dropdown, tap "Track other Goals" -- this brings up the other goals page <BR> 5) Sc... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 15:25:09 EST Small Goals Commitment Challenge Links Here are links from this SparkTeam to other pages for the challenge: <BR> <BR> 1) My blog <BR> This is where I post regular blogs for motivation and accountability (although we may also post my blogs to the main SP blog platform as well). <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_summary.asp?id=SPARKGUY </link> <BR> <BR> 2) Challenge Overview Announcement <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=63<BR>45185 </link> <B... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 15:08:37 EST Team Guidelines Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Here are guidelines for this team: <BR> <b>1) Goals</b> <BR> The goal of the team is to have a place where you can track your goals from the 4 Cornerstones of the SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System. My hope is that even seeing this framework regularly will encourage you to look at life in a different, more comprehensive way than you might have in the past. Then tracking goals from the 4 Cornerstones will help you stay accountable and motivated -- and earn SparkPo... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 15:01:01 EST