SparkPeople 2020 Spring 5% Challenge Community Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=71569 Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this spring. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve our health! Starting Saturday, April 4th. SparkPeople 2020 Spring 5% Challenge Community Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=71569 Week 7 No Evening Eating - how did you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73791210 Were you able to limit your evening eating? Is it a challenge for you or have you mastered it, just a nice little evening snack. <BR> <BR> Do you have Night Eating Syndrome is defined by two core criteria: the ingestion of at least 25% of your daily calories AFTER supper and/or awakening to eat at least three times per week. <BR> <BR> How did you do week 7? Thu, 4 Jun 2020 22:51:45 EST Week 5 Kitchen Clean Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73743043 Many of us are homebodies this month and eating all our meals at home, so this is timely. Also this is Spring Cleaning Time! An organized kitchen makes meal preparation easier and helps you make better food choices. Does your kitchen need an overhaul? This week declutter, clean, organize, eliminate excess, and prioritize the contents of your kitchen. <BR> <BR> How did your Kitchen Clean Up Go? Wed, 27 May 2020 15:18:35 EST Week 4 Get Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73726282 Did it make you more aware of how much time you are immobile - like regularly sitting for long periods, or crashed on the sofa? <BR> <BR> Ideally every 30 minutes take a movement break, and it doesn’t matter what type of movement you do. Did the get up and move stick with you? Did you have a timer/reminder to take a break and get up? Sun, 24 May 2020 18:59:48 EST Challenge 8 Bangkok 5000 Mi & Menu Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73710138 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> <em>432</em> Challenge #8 Saturday, May 23 - Friday, May 29 <em>432</em> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Bangkok Thailand 5,000 Miles &amp; Exercise &amp; Meal Planning &amp; No Evening Eating <BR> <BR> The challenge begins Saturday morning. Exercise &amp; Meal Planning &amp; No Evening Eating (NEE) done prior to SATURDAY DOES NOT COUN... Thu, 21 May 2020 22:12:26 EST All About You Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73656166 11. What is something you like to do that other people consider weird? <BR> 12. What decade would you have liked to have lived in and why? <BR> 13. What is the best pizza topping combination? <BR> 14. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but never had the courage to do? <BR> 15. When do you feel like you’re the most authentic you? <BR> 16. What’s your favorite thing about your best friend? <BR> 17. If you needed to run away from everyone, where would you go? <BR> 18. What’s your funn... Tue, 12 May 2020 13:16:47 EST All About You Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73651520 <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <BR> 1. What is your most memorable birthday? <BR> 2. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended? <BR> 3. What is a favorite memory of something you did with a friend? <BR> 4. What are three adjectives you’d want someone to use to describe you? <BR> 5. Do you believe in luck or chance? <BR> 6. What was the best thing that happened to you today? This week? This month? <BR> 7. What was your favorite thing you ate today? <BR> 8. What is the first thing you notic... Mon, 11 May 2020 17:32:46 EST Week 3 Sleep - did it help you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73641777 Our Spring theme Self Care is defined as taking an active role in protecting your own well-being, particularly during periods of stress. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. <BR> <BR> Did focusing on Sleep improve the quality of your sleep or the amount of your sleep? Sun, 10 May 2020 00:24:09 EST Challenge 6 Quito Ecuador 5,000 Mi & Social http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73630357 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> Challenge #6 Saturday, May 9 - Friday, May 15 <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Quito, Ecuador 5,000 Miles - Social Connection &amp; Clean-Up Kitchen <BR> <BR> The challenge begins on Saturday morning. Exercise &amp; Social Connection &amp; Kitchen Clean-Up before SATURDAY DOES NOT COUNT!!!! <BR> <BR> Grab your bags,... Fri, 8 May 2020 00:48:21 EST Challenge 5 Cairo Egypt 5000 Mi & Clean-Up Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73587490 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> Challenge #5 Saturday, May 2 - Friday, May 8 <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Cairo, Egypt 5,000 Miles - Clean-Up Kitchen &amp; Get Moving <BR> <BR> The challenge begins on Saturday morning. Exercise &amp; Kitchen Clean-Up &amp; Get Moving before SATURDAY DOES NOT COUNT!!!! <BR> <BR> The Giza Necropolis stands on th... Thu, 30 Apr 2020 23:42:52 EST Overall Challenge Team Standing - Week #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73578027 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here! this topic is the Results only. Please post your cheers and well wishes to the following link. <em>304</em> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x7<BR>1569x73570944 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36b1a8d0-d1b0-45f7-b65e-b9e7aac19b2f.png">Challenge #2 - Bhutan (5000 miles) &amp; LTGL - Nutrition Tracking &amp; Daily Schedule <img src="htt... Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:07:49 EST Week #2 Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73578005 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here! this topic is the Results only. Please post your cheers and well wishes to the following link. <em>304</em> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x7<BR>1569x73570944 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12620e6c-9895-48d1-82b1-d843f58e0b6b.png">Challenge #2 -Bhutan (5000 miles) &amp; LTGL - Nutrition Tracking &amp; Daily Schedule <img src="http://... Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:01:39 EST Week #1 Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73571007 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here! this topic is the Results only. Please post your cheers and well wishes to the following link. <em>304</em> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x7<BR>1569x73570944 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>662</em> Challenge #1 - Angkor, Cambodia (6000 miles) &amp; LTGL - Water &amp; Daily Schedule <em>662</em> <BR> <em>362</em> Exercise <em>354</em> <BR> 20,006 TEDDY BEARS <BR> 18,... Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:12:18 EST Overall Challenge Team Standing - Week #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73570958 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Please do not post here! this topic is the Results only. Please post your cheers and well wishes to the following link. <em>304</em> <BR> <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x7<BR>1569x73570944 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>662</em> Challenge #1 - Angkor, Cambodia (6000 miles) &amp; LTGL - Water &amp; Daily Schedule <em>662</em> <BR> ROWDY REBELS - 44 <BR> AWESOME A - 38 <BR> TEDDY BEARS - 36 <BR> FIRECRACK... Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:05:55 EST Cheer Crew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73570944 <em>529</em> <em>321</em> Post cheers here! Please support all the teams! <em>592</em> <em>593</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:04:13 EST Week 2 How was Conscious Eating & Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73551258 Conscious Eating is eating slowly and without distraction, listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you're full. You distinguish between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating. You are eating at an appropriate time like a routine meal time. <BR> <BR> How did that work for you? <BR> <BR> Did nutrition tracking help you have a weight loss that week? What method did you use to track? Fri, 24 Apr 2020 22:54:55 EST Challenge 4 Machu Picchu 5000 Mi & Get Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73545500 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> Challenge #4 Saturday, April 25 - Friday, May 1 <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Machu Picchu, Peru 5,000 Miles - Get Moving &amp; Sleep <BR> <BR> The challenge begins on Saturday morning. Exercise &amp; Get Moving &amp; Sleep before SATURDAY DOES NOT COUNT!!!! <BR> <BR> We are heading high into spectacular Peruvian ... Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:12:50 EST Challenge 3 Canadian Rockies 5000 Mi & Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73505935 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> Challenge #3 Saturday, April 18 - Friday, April 24 <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Canadian Rockies 5,000 Miles - Sleep &amp; Nutrition Tracking Conscious/Eating <BR> <em>249</em> SLEEP STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT, Ends Thursday Night. <BR> <BR> The challenge begins on Saturday morning. Exercise Sleep &amp; Nutrition Tra... Thu, 16 Apr 2020 22:43:16 EST Weekly Landing Bonus Information! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73493808 <em>213</em> Hello 2020 Spring 5% Challengers!!! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the 2020 <em>575</em> Spring <em>126</em> 5% Challenge ~ our SECOND Challenge of the 2020!!! <BR> <BR> The Overall Leadership Team hopes that you are enjoying your 'travel time' with your fellow team mates and we trust that you are having a GREAT Challenge ~ getting in some exercise and working the LTGL (Living The Good Life) portion(s) of the Challenge. <BR> <BR> We also hope that you are making the m... Tue, 14 Apr 2020 20:26:58 EST INTRODUCING: Tech Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73487866 Hello 2020 Spring 5% Challenge Community! To say that 2020 got off to an 'interesting' start would be quite the understatement! Because of our 'new normal' and the 'new world that we now live in', Lynn (KALISWALKER) had an idea to try to help get technology into the hands of those that need it. <BR> <BR> She formed a new team called 'Tech Savvy Helpers' and invited some like-minded and interested individuals to the group to help coordinate our collective strengths and figure out how we cou... Mon, 13 Apr 2020 19:54:39 EST Week 1 How Did You Do With a Daily Routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73481460 You need a daily schedule with a specific times which includes at least the basics. Know what time you will get up in the morning, what time you will go to bed at night, meal times, 2 snack times (if you are a snacker), some exercise, some social contact - phone, chat on Spark, video chat, email, social media, but something to connect you with the outside world. Someone out there a friend, a neighbor, a relative needs someone to call on them and ask how they are doing and give them attention.... Sun, 12 Apr 2020 15:42:53 EST Challenge 2 Bhutan 5000 Mi & Conscious Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73467251 FYI as we do our travels, to keep our challenge less competitive this season, all travel distances will be 5,000 miles; so we all land early enough to enjoy the cultural opportunities. <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> Challenge #2 Saturday, April 11 - Friday, April 17 <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> DESTINATION - Bhutan 5,000 Miles - Nutrition Tr... Thu, 9 Apr 2020 23:37:47 EST Spring 2020 Challenge Theme http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73412287 <em>303</em> If you have not yet joined your challenge team, please check your Spark Mail. If you don't have an invitation please let _WARRIOR4LIFE know immediately. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>235</em> You will soon be on your way to the airport, for take-off Saturday, April 4th! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>432</em> Please remember - Wherever we travel it’s a lovely summer day and we are physically fit and have ease of mobility. We are in a healthy environment, free to enjoy the co... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:42:16 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73402673 What is your name or nickname? Andrea <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for fun? Quilt, Four-wheeling, camping, gardening, <BR> <BR> What diet are you following? I have done Weight Watcher but now Spark <BR> <BR> What is your favorite exercise? I like to walk but I need a hip replacement so am doing elliptical, which is not my favorite but I can do it with out pain. I do like Yoga exercises <BR> <BR> Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? As mentioned, I have ... Sun, 29 Mar 2020 21:14:12 EST Stolen phone and quarentined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73393456 Just a note phone was stolen, and I was and still am quarentined. I thought I was on a teddy bear team. Now not sure what to do. Let me know if I am on a team, or on the challenge, or what. Just got Spark people emails today. Let me know. Thanks <BR> Sally Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:16:09 EST Tech Savvy Special Helpers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34772x71569x73390688 Hi 5% Challengers. During this challenge many of us will be home bound and this is a great time to learn more about our tech gadgets and media available to us. We can learn more about our iPads, laptops, iPhones, Android phones, Netflix, youtube, Spark, Microsoft, Apple, programs, games, whatever. <BR> <BR> To make this happen we need some special helpers. You don't have to be an expert, just willing to share you knowledge and answer a few questions. Please share your experience, patience a... Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:47:49 EST Join team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73288648 Hello fellow poochies, I'm hoping to still be part of the pack. Ally Mon, 9 Mar 2020 00:07:38 EST Big mistake - need to delete topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73286825 This is a mistake. I wasn't suppose to add a topic. I misunderstood the instructions for joining a team and did exactly what I was asked not to do. Please help me figure out how to eliminate this topic. Sun, 8 Mar 2020 16:02:23 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73264887 What is your name or nickname? Mar <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for fun? read, stained glass, crochet, tv <BR> <BR> What diet are you following? Calorie counting <BR> <BR> What is your favorite exercise? None, its a struggle. <BR> <BR> Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Motivation to exercise <BR> <BR> If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Newbie <BR> <BR> 2 random fun facts about you? Im 64 and have never had a cavity! Love grandkid... Wed, 4 Mar 2020 13:35:38 EST 3+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73254737 Beautiful lovely day in SW lower Michigan, and it is March 2nd! <BR> <BR> I spent time with a good friend today. <BR> <BR> I have a great husband. <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2020 20:12:10 EST Hoping to join the Spring 5% Challenge Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73254726 What is your name or nickname? Cynthia <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for fun? Take care of my horses, play with and train my 3 yr old St. Poodle. We walk a lot as she is a very very active busy dog. Read books and spend time with family and friends, <BR> <BR> What diet are you following? I am weighing and measuring everything I eat - nothing is off the list as long as I measure and weigh it and put it in the calorie count. I use intermittent fasting when I can. <BR> <BR> What is your... Mon, 2 Mar 2020 20:09:01 EST Leadership postions for Spring filled thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73235275 <em>87</em> SPRING COMETH SOON! <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Hello fellow 5% Challengers! I hope you are enjoying our winter challenge. We are starting to look ahead to our spring challenge, and we will have leader vacancies to fill. <BR> <BR> <em>202</em> DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A LEADER? <em>202</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Ask yourself the following: <em>38</em> <BR> <em>129</em> Do I love the 5% Challenges? <em>129</em> <BR> <em>321</em> Do I enjoy inspiring others? <em>... Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:28:08 EST Links to All Countdown Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73204550 I am posting these Activities early because I am traveling in South Amriva. Also you can start planning for your success soooner. If you have questions about the spring challenge please contact _WARRIOR4LIFE <BR> <BR> Take part in these Countdown Activities as they fit into your schedule. It will help you develop your action plan for success. You are off to a FRESH start and in the future, you will join your team for an exciting 8-week Challenge. When you put thought into your desired action... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:37:17 EST 16 - What's the Best Diet & Exercise Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73204476 Whether it was medical advice, motivational advice, something you read, or a friend told, or your ideas, etc. - what has helped you do better with fitness and or diet? <BR> <BR> 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. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:19:24 EST 15 - Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73204472 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>Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation,... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:18:12 EST 14 - Light Your Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197976 Motivational Quotes/Mantras <BR> <BR> Prepare yourself for success by having the words that will move you to action and keep you on track for the 8 Weeks of the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> What can you tell yourself every morning that will give you a sense of purpose for your day? <BR> <BR> What can you tell yourself when you are thinking of skipping a walk or a workout? <BR> <BR> Is there something you can tell yourself when you are reaching for that second helping or that cookie? <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:08:48 EST 13 - Before Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197974 <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> We have done activities to help track our progress. Let's do one more for a Non-Scale Victory (NSV) - take a before picture this week and if you like you post it on your page. At the end of the challenge take another picture so you can see the difference 5% makes. Thinking of that future picture can help you visualize your success. <BR> <BR> Save the outfit so you can wear it in your AFTER picture! <BR> <BR> Did you notice the 'So... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:07:49 EST 12 - Know Your Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197968 <em>189</em> It is important that you know your 5% Challenge goals. Please do the calculations and you can update when the challenge starts. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> First day of the 5% Challenge: Saturday, April 4th weigh-in (record weight on your team page) <BR> <BR> Last weigh-in for the 5% Challenge: Saturday, May 30 <BR> <BR> A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> To calculate your 5% (example): <BR> <BR> Current weight X .05 = ________ pound... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:06:28 EST 11 - Tracking Your Progress With Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197919 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... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:57:03 EST 10 - FYI What Spark Defines as Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197914 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... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:55:52 EST 9 - Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73197849 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... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:40:16 EST 8 - Triggers & Red Light Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196451 Time to figure out what triggers you to overeat, defined as eating and drinking more calories than you need, causing you to gain weight. <BR> <BR> For 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 kitche... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:52:08 EST 7 - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196435 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> Motivation is the reason for people's actions, willingness and goals. Motivation directs ones behavior, what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior. It is one of the most important reasons that inspires a person to move forward in life. An individual's mo... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:41:28 EST 6 - Win Tomorrow Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196431 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 your 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 good meals for... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:39:54 EST 5 - Win Today Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196429 With the change of season, it is easier to make lifestyle changes. Put some thought into your goals and plan to make it a happy and healthy season. Build good habits, you are worth it. Motivation is what get you started, habit is what keeps you going. <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? Plan for a successful and productive week and get out of the time waster, bad habit rut. Your success is found ... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:38:50 EST 4 – Update Your Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196425 This is a fun activity, updating your Spark Page. This is your time to shine - tell us about yourself, add pictures of you, your hobbies, pets, etc. For new Sparkers this will get you Sparking. <BR> <BR> When's the last time you updated your information? Please look at your Spark Page; time has a way of slipping by and goals, progress, and even programs change. Will new teammates and team leaders get an accurate picture of who you are and where you're at? Feeling stuck in a rut or need of a... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:37:16 EST 3 - Healthy Eating & Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196143 <em>249</em> 5% Challenge starts April 4th <BR> <BR> 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 you can follow for 8 weeks. Your diet will determine what you eat, how often and how much. There are many to choose from - Spark, South Beach, Weight Watchers, American Heart Association, Diabetes Diet, Dr. Oz, Mayo C... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:13:33 EST 2 - Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196132 Starting today - aim for at least 20 minutes of daily exercise to gain momentum and surge into the challenge. You can break it into smaller sessions if that helps. But don't mistake being busy for being physically active. You need exercise to have ease of movement, strength to do your daily activities, be healthy and to feel happier. Begin with the end in mind! <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> <BR> Resources - Dust off the scale, put your exercise clothes out where you can see them, pull out the ru... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:11:00 EST 1 - Information & Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73196093 <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. Start date Saturday April 4th! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> If you are a blogger please mention the 2020 Spring % Challenge and invite your friends to join. You can use the 'Share This Post With Others' button under a blog too. This will help us recruit new members. This link is to our Community page. <BR> <BR> <link>w... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:00:15 EST 2 Words Change One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73144833 Tow Truck Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:29:49 EST Counting Up the Emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73144767 I am starting with 1 <BR> <BR> <em>1</em> <BR> <BR> Click on an emoticon, then take out the number and replace it with the next number in the series. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:19:21 EST What R U Doing? How is Your Day Going? Pic or Emot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34687x71569x73144731 What did you do today? Or what will you doing today? in icons or pics. <BR> <BR> <BR> How are you doing today? in icons or pics. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:12:44 EST Weight Warriors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144629 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:51:41 EST Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeteers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144626 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:51:20 EST Teddy Bears http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144622 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:50:49 EST Starfish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144619 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:50:25 EST Spirited Under Dawgs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144616 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:50:02 EST Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144613 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:49:30 EST Rowdy Rebels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144607 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:48:52 EST Firecrackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144602 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:48:28 EST Determined Daisies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144597 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:47:45 EST Cloverleafs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144594 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:47:24 EST Casual Travelers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144591 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:46:51 EST The Awesome A Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144585 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> No chatting here please! <em>304</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:46:06 EST Any Team is Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144523 Any Team is Great! If you are new/undecided, adventurous or ready to change things up. You will be assigned to a team. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:36:56 EST READ How to Pick YOUR Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=34686x71569x73144516 <em>252</em> All team choice is now closed. <BR> <BR> If you still want to participate in the Spring Challenge, please reply to this thread. You may request a team if you'd like; if there is an opening, we will try to put you there. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Any questions, please Sparkmail _WARRIOR4LIFE <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> PLEASE DO NOT start new topics to keep it easy for everyone to find information about the challenge. Only Team Leaders start new topics. <em>304</em> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:34:53 EST 3 Things to Be Happy About Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73144432 I am home and have a productive day <BR> I will spend time with friends tonight <BR> Talked on the phone with friends Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:19:57 EST Introductions HERE ONLY PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x71569x73144304 We are so glad that you have joined. You are now part of a supportive high energy team dedicated to starting and FINISHING this challenge. This is the challenge to make you proud and your reward will be fun, better health and weight. We will encourage, cheer, and rally around one another and make this the best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> Because we renew our teams each season, you are surrounded by active teammates. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Come and tell us a little about you! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:47:24 EST Buzz Around the Airport http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73144285 Greetings 5% Challengers! Friendly Reminder - do not start new topics! Thanks. <BR> <BR> Time to get to know the 5% Community. If you have questions or comments please post here and a friendly teammate will come by and answer. Enjoy the chat! <BR> <BR> Let's get our 5%! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:39:35 EST Just Joined the Team - READ THIS FIRST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x71569x73144282 <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> DO NOT POST HERE - INFORMATION ONLY <BR> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT start new topics to keep it easy for everyone to find information about the challenge. Only Community Team Leaders start new topics. Thank you. <BR> <BR> 'This is a challenge to lose 5% of your body weight over 8 weeks. You will get motivation, accountability, and meet some amazing people during the challeng... Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:38:22 EST