SparkPeople Military Mamas and Papas Team Messageboard Proud parents of adult children serving in the US Armed Forces SparkPeople Military Mamas and Papas Team Messageboard H.A.L.T. This came to my e-mail today: <BR> <BR> Halt Emotional Eating. <BR> <BR> Using food as a source of comfort is something most people struggle with at some point in their lives. It’s also something we don’t like to discuss (Food, Politics &amp; Religion – Am I right?). Emotional eating is personal and for some painful, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Although it may seem impossible, there are strategies to work through it. <BR> <BR> First, be aware of your “trigger” times. The most commo... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:02:37 EST The Healthier Direction Came across this today: <BR> <BR> Here's Today's Tip... "The Healthier Direction". <BR> <BR> Most people “know” what it means to eat healthy (at least in a general sense). Most people “know” that the majority of processed, packaged, fast foods are not as healthy as vegetables and fruits. Most people “know” that sugar-sweetened beverages (i.e., sodas) are not as healthy as water. Most people “know” that stuffing themselves with typical restaurant-style meals and desserts is not as healthy as... Fri, 7 Feb 2020 11:05:17 EST Overseas again! My son, Bill, got back to the states from Iraq in March. <BR> He left this week for a 2 year stint in Korea. <BR> Please pray for him and the entire family. <BR> Thank-you. <BR> It's tough to be a blue star Mom with a pilot son stationed on foreign soils with such a short hiatus. Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:42:31 EST Chit-chat for Spring 2018 Time to start a new thread for chit-chat, even though we've kind of moved our chatting into the Challenge topic, instead! <BR> <BR> Here's wishing our military families a Blessed Easter. May you hear from your loved ones, near and far. <em>452</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 06:46:18 EST Mighty Military Mama's Challenge - 2018 Happy New Year, all! During our last challenge, we debated what to do for the next one, and this is what we came up with. <BR> <BR> We'll be logging actual miles, or converting from minutes to miles: moderate activity counts as 20 minutes = 1 mile; intense activity counts as 10 minutes = 1 mile. Those of us who bike, run, walk, swim, etc. can use the miles we travel. <BR> <BR> Even though it says 2018... feel free to get a couple of days head start! <BR> <BR> Happy Miles to all of us! ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:39:59 EST New Challenge New York to Los Angeles - 2794 Miles No matter how you get your miles, check in and post them on this new Challenge. <BR> <BR> We can do it Mamas and Papas. New York to Los Angeles - 2794 Miles. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <em>363</em> <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>311</em> <em>309</em> <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Nov 2017 16:06:49 EST Chit - Chat Autumn / Winter 2017 - 2018 And, here's the new thread... how's everybody doing? <em>593</em> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:22:54 EST Chit-Chat Spring - Summer 2017 I think it's time for a new Chit-Chat Thread... although, we kind of have moved some of the conversation over to our 2017 miles challenge thread... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=525x7444x65<BR>895091 </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to drop on by and move the team miles forward when you get the chance! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, prayers for all our service members in this uncertain time in the world! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:45:51 EST 2017 Miles in 2017 How long will it take our team to walk, bike, run, dance, or whatever the YEAR in MILES? How long do y'all think it will take use collectively to cover 2017 miles? <BR> <BR> Conversion for non-mileage measured activity: moderate intensity - 20 minutes = 1 mile, high intensity you can have a mile for just 10 minutes! <BR> <BR> Here is our Challenge thread - only rule is we start on January 1, 2017, and accumulate miles with each post - <BR> <BR> A Sample post: <BR> Starting Team total:... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:01:33 EST Chit-Chat Autumn - Winter 2016 - 2017 OK, I'm calling it... we aren't filling one in a month, and we keep forgetting to start one with each first of the month... So starting a new Chit-Chat thread for the Fall/Winter season. <BR> <BR> Just got home from my volunteer gig for my town's Last Blast triathlon of the year. They gave me three different jobs to do... started with body marking (and you know how I love that job... seeing and marking incredibly fit biceps and calves...), then they moved me with a guy named Chad over to ca... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:41:30 EST August 2016 Chit-Chat Thread We didn't start August yet? And it's the 12th? <BR> <BR> OK, gang, check-in! How's life going? <BR> <BR> It's getting real for me... I race the Age Group National Olympic Distance triathlon tomorrow. That's 1500 meter swim, followed by 24 mile bike, followed by 10K run. On my lips at the start line will be the name of Michelle Walters, 34, killed last week on the Ironman bike course when she and a small pickup truck made contact on the highway (which was not closed to vehicular traffic)... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:50:41 EST July 2016 Chit-Chat Thread Look at that... did we ever even START a June chit-chat? And here it is USA's birthday weekend! Happy Birthday to our own Sunny, as well! <BR> <BR> I've been kind of busy, and I'll bet a few of you have been, too. In my case, it's all about the training for my "events"... here's the lake from this morning. Yes, I'm still jumping in lakes (and swimming off)... about a mile and a quarter this morning, the longest I'll go before my August 13th Oly distance triathlon outing. I'm getting rea... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 14:13:54 EST The NEW My Spark Page Look! Putting this out there for anyone who's having issues updating your profile on the new My Spark Page. This is a BIG topic of discussion with the team leaders right now and many people are not happy with it. For better or worse, it's here to stay so you might as well know how to change things if you want to. Everything that we've had is still there. Some things are easier, others are more difficult. <BR> <BR> Here's the biggest complaint. <BR> <BR> If you've tried to change your profile in... Thu, 19 May 2016 23:43:28 EST May 2016 Chit-chat threat Look at that, May 8th, and we hadn't got a thread started! Quiet bunch us... or rather, busy bunch! <BR> <BR> My last update in the April thread had me headed out to Boston... that trips been over for a while. My brother did great, re-qualifying, so if he chooses to do so he can run it again in 2017. My coach did great, too... he even had his picture on a banner on Boylston street. I got my own 12 mile run in during that trip, in Boston, around many great landmarks. <BR> <BR> Then I cam... Sun, 8 May 2016 04:43:37 EST April 2016 Chit-Chat thread Noticed a couple posts in the March thread and realized... omigosh, it's April, time to start a fresh one! <BR> <BR> Carla, so sorry for your loss. Even when we know it's coming, it can be hard. Be kind to yourself and your loved ones as you put together life going forward. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Connie do you ever feel you barely get the place buttoned up "North" before it's time to open it again? Time sure keeps speeding up here! <BR> <BR> My older sis will be having her retireme... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 18:21:22 EST March 2016 Chit Chat Tread Thanks to Connie for the reminder. <BR> <BR> Hope this helps. <BR> <BR> Do have a Marvelous Monday - a Marvelous March. <BR> <BR> I go to Columbia tomorrow to meet with the Orthopedic Surgeon to see where we go from here. <BR> <BR> Take care and Hugs, Sunny Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:55:32 EST MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT! Thanks to Connie, we are starting a new Challenge - MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT. <BR> <BR> Shoot for at least 15 minutes a day then come here and post your exercise and how many minutes you "Moved it". All exercise counts. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT! <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> <em>363</em> <em>362</em> <em>237</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:52:24 EST February 2016 Chit-Chat Thread Time to start a new Chat Thread! Got a little side-lined by the "big storm" earlier in the week. Got my workout on Tuesday courtesy of Mother Nature. <em>425</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:43:58 EST January 2016 Chit-Chat Thread Happy New Year Everybody! Time for a new Chat Thread! <BR> <BR> I rang in the New Year <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Then ran the "First Run" of 2016 with 100 or so other crazies. It was a gorgeous Sunny morning... Son went South (to Kansas) to ring in the New Year with his Army buddy who was on leave in "The Little Apple" i.e. Manhattan, KS. <BR> <BR> This morning, up early, at 3 a.m. to make sure I got slots for DS and myself in the Lincoln National Guard Marathon Half-Marathon distance. ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:50:15 EST December 2015 Chit-Chat Thread What, nobody's started a December chat thread yet? We must all be busy! Here's my form of busy: had to take a picture of Rubia's first Christmas. And yes, she's showing signs of wanting to climb the tree. No surprise there! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She's a real handful as an adolescent cat, by the way. She's one of those who jumps into the kitchen sink, preferring to drink water from pans soaking (y... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 08:31:26 EST A Marine MoM who wants to surprise son Hello everyone. Actualy hello again. I joined this board and Spark People over 3 years ago. Can't remember why I left but I'm back, And happy to report that I weigh less than when I left BUT there's still more to go. I'm fighting a number of health issues they think may be related to my stroke 4 years ago. My son is currently with the 3/8 Battalion out of Camp LeJeune. He is a Combat Engineer with 2nd but on loan. He left early August for his first deployment. My goal is to weigh alm... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:24:51 EST November 2015 Chit Chat Thread Good Afternoon everyone. Just stopping by to start the November Thread. <BR> <BR> Connie, do pray that things are OK. Do let us know how you are doing when you have time. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, Sunny Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:26:50 EST Exercise Minutes for October. A new month has begun and with it a new opportunity to reach our goals. Lets start this month strong and end it the same way! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Oct. 1 30 minutes walking Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:54:58 EST October 2015 Chit Chat Thread Here we go into October. Wow, some one please tell me where September went? <BR> <BR> DH and I are going out of town for a function for our Church Friday and Saturday so off to get ready. <BR> <BR> Give October a "Spooky Start".... <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:33:07 EST Healthy Eats If you have a healthy recipe you'd like to share, please by all means post it here. <BR> <BR> I got this one today from <BR> <BR> Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous <BR> <BR> Inspired by a Moroccan tagine, this quick vegetarian dish features potatoes and carrots, but sweet potato or cauliflower would work nicely as well <BR> <BR> ingredients <BR> 2 tablespoons oil <BR> 1 cup diced onions <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 cup small-diced carrot <BR> 1 cup small-diced waxy potato... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:06:00 EST Name 1 healthy thing you did for yourself today. Staying healthy is something that entails so many aspects of ones life. It includes the choices we make when we eat, how we exercise our mind and our body. Lets focus on doing at least one good thing for ourselves each day. Baby steps. <em>183</em> <BR> <BR> Post what you did here! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:44:28 EST September exercise minutes I sure we all look forward to seeing some progress this month so what better way than to post what we do here. <BR> <BR> Come and join me. You can: <BR> <em>311</em> Walk <BR> <em>312</em> Run <BR> <em>332</em> ride your bike <BR> <em>34</em> strength training <BR> <BR> or what ever you like to do most. <BR> <BR> Let's do this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:30:01 EST Chit Chat Thread September 2015 <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the new September tread. Let us face this month is hope and anticipation. <BR> <BR> Best wishes on meeting your September goals. <BR> <BR> Sunny Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:36:30 EST Chit-chat thread August 2015 Your wish is my command, Nellie! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> And happy August to All! For me, August is starting out with Athletics. Tomorrow morning I'll be doing the State Games of America sprint distance triathlon. Hope everyone is staying safe in the heat/humidity if that's what is facing your region. <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:42:58 EST Chit-chat thread July 2015 Oh, dear, we ARE late getting July started, aren't we? Sorry about that. I think my internal calendar is OFF! <BR> <BR> So, here we are, new chit-chat for July! Looks like we celebrated Independence Day in June. <em>246</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Sunny has been pretty busy... see her on FB from time to time. To answer Connie's question, the new kitty is named "Rubia" because she's a blonde. Straight from the Spanish. The Prisoner (older cat) is teaching her house manners, whi... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:41:00 EST Eating habits are getting better I am happy to say that since going back on my Herbalife plan...taking my vitamins and supplements. ..having my two yummy shakes and a good filling healthy dinner as well as healthy snacks it's getting easier. I haven't been craving fast food or sweets at all. I am having trouble giving up the Mountain Dew though. My favorite dinner is 2 cups of Romaine lettuce, 3 Hard boiled eggs, 1 cup of thinly sliced cucumbers, and a serving of honey mustard dressing. Sometimes i add some thawed frozen... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 01:55:19 EST June Challenge <BR> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Let's Go Team.... <BR> <BR> Exercise for 10 min a day? Start your streak! <BR> Eating healthier? Start this week! <BR> Log in to SP and post to this team daily? Let's do it! <BR> Track your calories each day? Great...start! <BR> Drink 8 cups of water a day? You Can Do It! <BR> <BR> Just pick anything you want, start, and post here to keep each other accountable! Let's streak through June! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:08:16 EST Chit Chat Thread - June 2015 Good Morning and Happy June team. Hard to believe it is June 1st here as we woke up to a very chilly 54 degrees this morning. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get the June thread going. <BR> <BR> Have a Marvelous Monday. <BR> <BR> Sunny Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:06:38 EST Been gone awhile Hey everyone! Been gone since about August I think from here. Been a very long and hard road as well. Just thought I's let everyone know Dalton is now stationed in Korea and got promoted to PFC last Friday. Dylan is still stationed in Oklahoma and is now ranked Specialist. Hope everyone is doing ok. <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 23 May 2015 02:55:28 EST Chit Chat Thread - May 2015 Happy May Day, Team. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you all enjoy this beautiful day. <BR> <BR> Huggers, Sunny Fri, 1 May 2015 07:56:15 EST April Chit Chat Thread Here is it April 14th and we are still posting on March's thread. Thanks so much Connie for letting me know. <BR> <BR> Sunny Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:51:02 EST April Fitness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No matter what you do for fitness, come here and post it. We will be here to <em>321</em> You on.... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:18:14 EST March - 20 minutes of Exercise a Day Make it a point to exercise - cardio or strength building at least 20 minutes a day. More if you can but at least 20. Stop by here daily to let us know how you are doing <BR> <BR> We can do it, we are Strong Military Mamas. <BR> <BR> Go Team! <BR> <BR> Sunny Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:33:37 EST Daily Chit Chat - March 2015 Edition Thanks for the nudge, Connie... here it is... a fresh new chit chat thread for a fresh new month! <BR> <BR> Lit my candles and lifted my prayers for a team Monday tradition before work. Thinking of you all and your service members... and all our service men and women around the globe! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:09:48 EST Decated to Our Children .. Men and Daughters <link> </link> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:18:15 EST IT'S OFFICIAL!!! I am a VETERAN Marine Mom!!! IT'S OFFICIAL!!! As of 0831 this morning, I am a VETERAN Marine Mom!!! Daughter EAS'd this morning and will be home, with our grandbaby!!!, in about two weeks!!! <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>212</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <BR> Happy MoMma dance going on here!!! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:06:46 EST Will my daughter be deployed Hello. I am the mom of 5 and my second daughter, 18, is in the Army. She finished up basic on the 23rd and is in AIT. She texted today telling me to be on the heads up that if she is stationed at Ft. Lewis after AIT she will most likely be deployed in the summer. I had a feeling from the time she joined up she would be deployed. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:10:22 EST Daily Chit Chat - February 2015 edition Time for a new thread for a new month... time is flying! <BR> <BR> I'm happy for you, Carla... wishing you lots of hugs with your daughter and granddaughter when they arrive. <BR> <BR> Hope things are continuing to look up for you, Sunny. Update us when you can! <BR> <BR> Sharon, how's Cassie doing? <BR> <BR> Nellie, Wilma? <BR> <BR> Sending wishes for a good month for all of us, and prayers for the safety of our beloved service members! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:50:19 EST Marines... <link><BR>-marines-song-will-uplift-soul/ </link> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:15:06 EST Daily Chit Chat - January 2015 edition Happy New Year all... starting our January thread and inviting everyone over! <BR> <BR> My newest news is that I got up at 3 a.m. to make sure I got my slot in the Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon (half being my distance... I know my limits)! It's on May 3rd, and registration opened at 3 a.m. today. It had already nearly half sold out by the time I got up again. <BR> <BR> Representing once again in my "home race". <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good start to 2015! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:03:42 EST Christmas Jokes Three men die in a car accident on Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the Pearly Gates waiting to enter heaven. On entering they must present something relating to or associated with Christmas. The first man searches his pocket, and finds some mistletoe, so he is allowed in. The second man presents a cracker, so he is also allowed in. The third man pulls out a pair of stockings. Confused at this last gesture, St Peter asks, ‘How do these represent Christmas?' Answer: ‘They're Carol's.... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:04:14 EST Fitness minutes - December Connie has challenged us to at least 15 minutes a day of cardio so lets get moving Military Mamas and Papas. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>321</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:41:34 EST All is well Santa TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, <BR> HE LIVED ALL ALONE, <BR> IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF <BR> PLASTER AND STONE. <BR> <BR> I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY <BR> WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, <BR> AND TO SEE JUST WHO <BR> IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. <BR> <BR> I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, <BR> A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, <BR> NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, <BR> NOT EVEN A TREE. <BR> <BR> NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, <BR> JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, <BR> ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURE... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:53:51 EST Chit Chat Thread - December 2014 Starting a new thread for this month. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:28:14 EST Shake a Hand and thank them The American Solider We live in USA and Free <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Courtesy of the Red Whit and Blue They are on Stand by all the time.. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:22:52 EST Thanks to our Vets... Thanks God for those who keep our Freedom and those who fight for us.. God Bless the USA <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:43:05 EST Thank a Hero.. There are a lot of Vets that are unsung Heroes and do go for the Glory.. There are some returned and was treated as they returned unwelcome when they had lost their homes families job's .. Our men and women are Overseas still do not forget them.. I have many that call me mom.. My husband unveiled our Head Stone.. He had put at the bottom "A Mother of four but Mom to Many" I have no contacts Overseas now but ran a Ministry for 17 years.. I am Praying I get someone new soon.. They need our Pra... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:57:20 EST Lighter side of life A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: ‘Stop! Acts 2:38! <BR> (Acts 2:38 (ESV) says “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins.”) <BR> <BR> The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. <BR> <BR> As the officer cuffed the man ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:46:50 EST Focusing on our Blessings this Month So Blessed to be with Family in Kansas and meeting friends for lunch. <BR> <BR> What are you blessed with today? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:50:59 EST Chit Chat Thread - November 2014 Version And... as Connie reminded me in the October thread... it's time to start a new Month! <BR> <BR> Happy November, Thanksgiving month, NaNoWriMo and in my case, birthday month for me and my mom... I think next weekend's HM will be in her memory... I haven't done one for her yet. <BR> <BR> It's also the 5 year anniversary of the Fort Hood Shooting next week, and Veteran's Day... all of which merge in my personal timeline, putting a somber hue on the month, but also makes it a month of fresh ded... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:40:16 EST Be gone for a bit and Prayers welcomed.. Howdy Folks.. This is Old Jane Writing to let you know I am getting ready to pack the car and fix a early Dinner and spend about a hour with my Husband and his brother before I get some shut eye. I will be leaving EARLY in the morning to beat the traffic in Washington DC.. My first stop will be my Cousin Eugenia in NC and this will be a Hoot.. We have not seen each other in almost 40 years.. Coned a picture of her and family and just replied to her.. I am not a size one and 95 lbs.. Still lo... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:04:10 EST Inspired quote.. “A teachable spirit and a humbleness to admit your ignorance or your mistake will save you a lot of pain. However, if you're a person who knows it all, then you've got a lot of heavy-hearted experiences coming your way.” <BR> &#8213; Ron Carpenter Jr., The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:56:57 EST This is Wonderful.. and listen to the words <link> </link> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:57:53 EST Chit Chat Thread - October 2014 Version Happy New Month, MM&P's! I'll start our month off with prayers for all, including Sunny's sister Shar. Many team members have family or personal situations in need of that support, and it's something we are good at as military families. <BR> <BR> Extra prayers for our service members' safety, too! <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Everybody, have a good Wednesday, and let's rock getting through the Halloween month temptations! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:41:13 EST Never heard of this before <link><BR>m_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20Video&ut<BR>m_medium=email&utm_campaign=09/25/2014 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do Wounded Warriors I just have to add this to my list Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:46 EST How much does Prayer weigh <BR> How Much Does Prayer Weigh? <BR> <BR> Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. <BR> <BR> Visualizing the family... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:01:05 EST A Salute tribute.. <link><BR>ilitary-Men-Worship-The-Lord-You-ll-Ge<BR>t-Chills-God-Bless-Them-For-Their-Serv<BR>ice-6048.html?utm_source=GodVine%20Dai<BR>ly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09/24/2014 </link> <BR> <BR> We always wonder what our men and women do well this is one thing and I understand they are thick and mean lean and they know to trust God.. I hope you enjoy it.. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:13:39 EST Chit Chat Thread - September 2014 The month changed and I'm just getting to starting the new thread... Happy New Month, fellow MM&P's! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:32:52 EST Biggest Looser Team/Challenge Got this e-mail from a friend this morning. This team is looking for members so if any one is interested contact SANDRA2BHEALTHY. Might be a good challenge for fall! <BR> <BR> <BR> BL Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge. I am on the Lemon team and currently we only have 8 members. It is a great group and we have made some changes - as an example if you cannot do one of the weekly challenges you may choose your own as long as you do something. <BR> <BR> Please email SANDRA2BHEALTHY if you wou... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:19:57 EST August - Give it all you have got challenge. Set a goal and then report back when you have met that goal. <BR> <BR> We can do this! We are Military Moms - we can do anything... <BR> <BR> Best wishes for a Healthy and Fit August. Let's go team. <em>321</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:00:21 EST Chit Chat thread - August 2014 Happy New Month, team! <em>67</em> It's August, or Hot & Steamy for those of us in the US... for our service members, depending on where they are serving, conditions may vary! <BR> <BR> And it's Friday... got my red on, until they all come home... how about you? <BR> <BR> Thoughts and prayers for all... and let's rock this month, with true Military Mama and Papa resolve, resilience and when necessary, recuperation. To our health, to our stress management, and to the safety of our love... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:17:58 EST Son-in-law life flighted My son-in-law, David Fitch, was in a serious auto accident <BR> yesterday. You can see the car pictures that were in the news. <BR><BR>tail/id/574862.html <BR> He was life-flighted to the trauma center. He got out of <BR> surgery at 10:30 PM last night. He is stable, but in a lot <BR> of pain. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:54:56 EST Chit Chat Thread - July 2014 Can you believe it's time to start a new Chat Thread? Yes! It is July today. When did that happen... the year is just flying by! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after work I finally addressed the overgrowth at the base of one of my trees. Got it about halfway cut back, filling one of those big rollaway grass/leaf clipping bins. It's at the curb this morning, and that makes me feel a LITTLE bit less guilty about the state of my yard. Lots still to be done, as when I'm training, I definitely neglect... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:10:01 EST Chit Chat Thread - June 2014 Can you believe it's time to start a new Chat Thread already? <BR> <BR> Sharon, glad for the progress report on the playground... I did go peek at your business site and was impressed. Well done! <BR> <BR> Sunny, still praying and hope your church plans work out. I know what strength you get from being with the congregation. <BR> <BR> I'm battling a headache/allergies this morning... ugh! Didn't let it stop me from swimming yesterday... we shall see what today brings. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:27:04 EST Chit Chat Thread - May 2014 Good Afternoon Team and Happy May Day. Wish I lived close to you all as I would leave a bouquet of flowers on your door knob, ring the door bell, then take off. What a surprise. I remember doing this as a young girl and it was oh so much fun. <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> We are doing well. I had my colonoscopy (Ugh) and no problems. Yea! I just hate it but glad it is behind me (hehehe). <BR> <BR> We will go see Joshua on Sunday during visiting hours. We have to go through a class (ab... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:10:13 EST April Exercise minutes - Let's get moving Ok so a new month is here. How many minutes will you exercise this month. Set a goal and see how well you do by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:25:37 EST Chit Chat Thread - April 2014 A new month is here so we can set new goals and start working towards reaching them. <BR> <BR> May this be a month full of health, happiness and motivation. <BR> <BR> Wilma <em>381</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:22:16 EST Chit Chat Thread - March 2014 Looks like March is going to come in like a Lion but thankfully we can look forward to it leaving like a Lamb. <BR> <BR> I was up early so headed back to bed for a while. <BR> <BR> Do have a GREAT day and I will be back with you all later. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:22:56 EST Chit Chat Thread - February 2014 I had a whole e-mail done and ready to post and lost it to the cyber theif. Frustrating - to say the least. <BR> <BR> Connie - enjoy your time with Joel and his family. We will see you on Monday. <BR> <BR> Barb, that is some undertaking. You ROCK! <BR> <BR> I am feeling a little better but know it is just going to take some time. The doctor called on Thursday to let me know that the radiologist at the hospital who looked at the x-ray said there was pneumonia in both lungs. I can't j... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:04:46 EST Marine Corps Half Marathon Anyone else running the Marine Corps Half Marathon on September 20th at Camp Lejeune, NC? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:35:59 EST How many minutes did you exercise today! Time to get moving again so post your exercise time here. Just do as much as you can that makes you feel comfortable. Maybe it will help you stay warm with all this cold weather. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>313</em> <em>319</em> <em>135</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:17:09 EST Setting New Goals - Challenge A new year has arrived and it's time to set new goals that we would like to reach this year. <BR> <BR> Take this month to get organized and to think what you would like to do and what you will do to achieve them. Then go ahead and post them here. Together we can do this. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:09:04 EST Daily Chit Chat - January 2014 Hi everyone and a Happy New Year to you all!! Hoping you all had a great time with family and friends. <BR> <BR> Trying to start the new Year right so here I am again. Starting all over again. resetting my goals and planning on new strategies to reach them <BR> <BR> Have a good night. <BR> <BR> Wilma <em>283</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:33:28 EST Daily Chit-Chat thread - December 2013 Time for a new thread, people! Can you believe it... DECEMBER! Advent full upon us. <BR> <BR> Yesterday while walking the grand-dog I had Handel's Messiah in the headphones. Now is the time when the joyous music of the season lifts my heart beyond the wonder to which expressing gratitude for the whole month of November has lifted it. <BR> <BR> May all here be blessed with full lives, and the strength and hope to carry us through the challenges we face, and the humility to appreciate the ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:58:57 EST Daily Chit Chat Thread - November 2013 <BR> Welcome November... <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all on the thread this month. <BR> <BR> Sunny Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:58:12 EST November 2013 Virtual Turkey Trot <em>429</em> <BR> Here we go Team! <BR> <BR> Choose what fitness goals you will complete today then come back when it is completed <BR> and enter a "Goal Me" Emoticon. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:09:30 EST Which words come to mind in October? Fall Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:05:49 EST How many minutes can you Exercise in October?? Ok time to get back on track (at least I need to) and get moving so let's post our exercise here! See how much you can exercise this month!! Decide what you would like to do and if you like add the minutes during the month. If not just post what you did and enjoy it!! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start tomorrow. <em>344</em> How about you? Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:02:04 EST Daily Chit Chat - October 2013 Good evening Team. Just stopping by to say Hi and set up the October link for our chats. <BR> <BR> Hope all is well. Today was a great day - first day without any pain all day so the Synvisc seems to be working. Yea! <BR> <BR> Hope all is well with you all! What day is it tomorrow, hey, hey, hey....It's hump day. <BR> I just smile when I see that commercial. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT hump day. Sunny Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:15:57 EST Deployed Soldiers Hi everyone. I've been gone for a while, but decided it was time to get back. :-) My oldest son is a Sergeant in the Army. He's stationed at Ft. Campbell with the 101st. He is Air Assault.. crew cheif on a medivac blackhawk. He is getting ready to leave for his second deployment in Afghanistan at the end of October, first of November. Really dreading this one. Last time he was in a position to stay on base. This time, he will be flying in and out of hostile areas of course, picking up... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:56:31 EST Daily Chit-Chat September, 2013 Since I seem to be the first one Sparking this morning, I'll start the new thread! Hope this new "one a month" daily chit chat format works for us. <BR> <BR> It's Sunday morning, sun not quite up. It promises to be another scorcher here, so I'm hoping to get a bike ride in before the heat wells up. Fell asleep to the Husker game last night... yes, the infamous Football Season has set in. It kind of crept up on me, not being a huge fan, and when I took the car in for an oil change yesterd... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:31:40 EST Thought I'd mention.....RED Friday T-shirt!!! I HOPE that no one is offended, but I've designed a RED Friday t-shirt and I'm rather proud of it. IF you are interested in seeing a picture, I've posted a new blog entry with the pic. If you'd like to order, please PM me for the details. Thanks. <BR> ps. If anyone has a problem with this post, I'm sorry. I'm not making any $$ from this sale. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:31:39 EST Daily Water Consumption Different sources have different opinions on this topic, so I want to find out what you all think. Do all beverages count toward your daily water consumption or do you count only water that you drink in addition to other beverages? Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:54:37 EST Creative ways to exercise you just have to see! Ok so we all need motivation to exercise sometimes so I'll be looking for creative ways to exercise and post them here! <BR> <BR> Now to start off I found one that will really get you going and surely make you smile!! Take a look! You won't regret it! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What did you think???? Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:39:07 EST Use a word to describe yourself short Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:25:07 EST Words with the letters in January Make words using the letters of the month of January! start with J then on to a then on to n and so forth. When we get to y we start with J again! <BR> <BR> <BR> Jack Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:21:29 EST Exercise Equipment Challenge Ok time to check our exercise equipment amd get it ready to use. <BR> <BR> Take the clothes off the <em>315</em> <BR> Put some air in the <em>322</em> <BR> Dust off the <em>34</em> <BR> Clean your <em>331</em> <BR> Get your video workouts ready for <em>414</em> <BR> Your ipods for <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> And post here what equipment you use each day! You can use an emoticon if they have one or just write what you used! We have invested some good money ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:09:05 EST Fruits and Vegetable Challenge Eating healthy is one of the most important things to help us in our diet and to create new and healthy habits! So here's a new challenge! <BR> <BR> Try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can each day!! <BR> <BR> Post what you eat here and lets work towards eating healthier!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:22:51 EST Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2013 Do some cardio today plus do something that makes you feel good. <BR> <BR> I biked this morning and called a friend I haven't heard from in a while. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:16:20 EST Sorry I've been out so long Hi everybody! <BR> My life has been a bit crazy the last couple months. October 23rd we lost our dear little dog, Sadie. She was 16 and we had her almost her whole life. My poor daughter's birthday was the 25th of October and on the 26th her grandmother died, my MIL. At the same time Tyler came home from Turkey. On the 27th he went to the ER with terrible vomiting and well, other gastro problems. On Sunday I ended up in the ER with the same stuff and was admitted and stayed in the hospital fo... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:34:54 EST Daily Chit Chat #2 Hi, here we are ready to chat again! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:22:36 EST December 2012 - Your Personal Line in the Sand This is a challenge that has been bouncing around in my head during the waning days of November. We all know that December, with the dark, cold, holiday busy-ness and in some cases missing our soldiers particularly more this time of year... it's a challenge to keep fitness and nutrition in the mix. It's easy to think we can relax a little and celebrate. <BR> <BR> That's OK... we CAN! BUT... don't we also want to have a point where we say, "thus far and no farther"? Where we protect the g... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:15:14 EST Veterans' Day 2012 Celebration Information FYI This is to pass along to any veterans in your life: <link><BR>terans-day-free-meals.htm </link> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:16:36 EST November New Beginnings Let's start November out with New Beginnings. Here is a link to Coach Nicole's Boot Camp Videos (first week). Just Click on The Day One Link and do wht you can do. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1102 </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone wishing to participate, do so and then stop by with a <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to be gone until Monday - weekend away for Women of Faith Conference & time with my Friends. <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all, Sunny Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:52:02 EST Praying for our Soldiers I will come here often to post prayers for our soldiers. If you have a need, please e-mail me or post it on this thread. Together our soldiers are a strong team and together we as Military Mamas and Papas will be a strong team too. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny <BR> I have posted the Soldier's Psalm before and it is a great prayer to pray for our troops daily. <BR> They do so much for us and praying this Psalm is the least I/We can do... <BR> I love you all and I look forward to coming together ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:51:11 EST Fall into Fitness GOYBAD <BR> <BR><BR>ko&feature=related <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, Spark People would not let me add this as a link. Just copy, paste, and start dancing..... <BR> <BR> See you all tomorrow before we leave for Kansas. <BR> <BR> Sunny Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:20:42 EST Soon to be a Marine Mom My son signed on the dotted line May 23rd. We won't have a ship out date until his braces come off. At first I thought this was great I'll get all these extra months before he leaves. Now it seems to be this big looming thing in the future. <BR> I know many of you have been there and have great wisdom to pass on. The other night simply out of stress/fear I ate half a pizza :( <BR> I don't want to be the fattest mom at boot camp graduation isn't that horrible but I don't want to be ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:15:47 EST What baby step did you take today? Changes are made taking one small step at a time so go ahead and post what your small change for the day was. <BR> <BR> SMALL STEPS LEAD TO GIANT LEAPS!! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:08:37 EST USAF mom Hi, I've been away from SparkPeople for awhile, but now I'm back! My son is in the Air Force, currently stationed in Turkey. This is going to be a long stretch for me, he won't be back until June 2013, but he's doing great! <BR> He's been in for 4 years, not counting his time in ROTC. <BR> Lisa Fri, 18 May 2012 16:16:30 EST My son went to boot this week. My youngest started boot camp last Sunday, his birthday. I'm missing him, but have decided to start exercising. The house is too quiet and I need something to do. <BR> I joined a gym yesterday and went today for 1 hour. Sat, 12 May 2012 17:39:23 EST May Challenge - 31 Days - 31 Smiles Come here to record your May fitness points. Lets go team. <BR> <BR> We can do it. See you all on Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Sunny Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:57:32 EST deployment needs I am sponsoring a soldier in Afghanistan. My son was in Iraq 2 years ago. I am asking for an updated list for what a soldier needs who is in infantry. thank you in advance. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:40:30 EST Hi everyone Just wanted to say hello and I'm glad I found this sparkTeam! I'm the mom of a 19 year old LCpl in the Marine Corps, he's still state side so far…don't know for how long. I'm married, I'm an Emergency/Trauma RN and I NEED to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Looking for support and encouragement! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 00:16:15 EST 30 days---- 30 smiles ; ) Challenge <em>215</em> Hi everyone!! it's been a while since we have had a challenge so it's time to get activated and moving again!! Spring is here and with it some nice warm weather so get your walking shoes ready, your exercise clothes clean and let's do it!! <BR> <BR> Ok since everyone has there own fitness level this is something for everyone!! The idea is to see how long it takes you to get 30 days of exercise. They don't have to be everyday. As we know the body needs to recover so no over... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:35:21 EST Nebraska Proud Marine Mom I'm happy to have found this team! My youngest son is a 2LT in the Marines and left today for Afganistan. Both my husband and I were in the Navy so you'd think I'd be used to it but this is my baby!!! I decided this morning that I would workout and loose some weight while he is gone and suprise him and do a 5K with him when he gets home. I am sure I'll need support along the way. I stayed on task today but boy am I out of shape and since I tend to be a stress eater I need something to di... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:24:57 EST Daughter! My daughter left for Afghanistan last night. She called three times and text ed her brother a few times. Apparently Ft Carson had family day for the deploying soldiers and I couldn't attend because I live in Calif.Now her phones are out of commission for a while.We found out it costs 1.99 a minute for a phone call from the sandbox to Calif. because of something called "roaming".Now I have to learn how to use Scape; I think that's what it is called.Have a good weekend and stay warm and saf... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:12:29 EST Tips for New exercises, New equipment, New ... A New Year has begun <em>215</em> Happy New Year ~~~ Happy 2012 <BR> <BR> I'm sure you have all made new resolutions, set new goals and decided on trying something new to help you in this journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!! Maybe some of you even received something new for Christmas or have plenty of old stuff that is full of dust and not used yet! Time to clean everything and get organized for a new year full of exercise and fun. <BR> <BR> What new exercise, equipment ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:03:36 EST January Challenge This month's challenge is to update your Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things that you can do: <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> 1. Set New goals ~ remember to set short term goals and long term goals!! It so much easier when you plan little changes and see that you can do them!! Each small goal can help you reach your long term goals!! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> 2. Add new pictures to your sparkpage that keep you focused on your goals, keep you motivated and make you smile!! <BR>... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:53:20 EST 2012 ~~ Post Your Exercsie Here Hi everyone!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> A wonderful New Year has just begun and we have an awesome opportunity to set new goals and get moving to reach them!! <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> What new goals have you set? What new things would you like to do this year to make you a happier and a healthier you? While you set a plan just get moving and go ahead and post what you do here!! <BR> <BR> Exercise is anything that gets you moving!! So shake away the pounds and have a wonderful and exciting... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:34:29 EST Hello Friends It's been a while since I've checked in. I do stop by to see how everyone has been doing. <BR> <BR> I was at someone's house the other night and next to their door was a small square table topped with glass. It contained medals. Unfortunately it was a gift and they didn't know where it came from. I've been looking on the internet and I can't find anything like it. I'd love to get one for my sons medals (a new one just came in the mail last week for being in Afghanistan). <BR> <BR> Does an... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 17:36:18 EST December Challenge Hey Team - lets get going with a December Challenge. I am challenging you all to do at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Remember you can break it up if you wish - it all counts. <BR> <BR> The other challenge for the month is to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> God Team Military Mamas and Papas <BR> We can do this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>232</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:50:06 EST Do you check in with your child on facebook? I joined Facebook because I needed family reunion info.Now I check my Army daughter's Facebook account. I keep up with whats shes up to and see pictures of her friends and locations.She forgot to tell me she was being a good Mormon girl and visited Washington DC with a Ft Jackson's Mormon group.(I'm the Mormon-she is Catholic)and I thought she was hanging out with alcohol drinking friends.I love seeing picters of the air craft she works on etc... <BR> Facebook keeps me connected with my chil... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:01:35 EST Come and join the Spark Trick or Treat Trot Race Hi everyone! I thought I would post the link here so that those of you who would like to stay motivated can join in!! Michele was the first and surely many more will follow!! <BR> <BR> Go ahead and check the race thread and if you like join in!! <link><BR>at5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If you do, go ahead and post here!! Let's all stay active and motivated the Spark way!! <BR> Wilma <em>431</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 16:12:43 EST Daughter has Leave Aug 19 after graduation I can hardly wait until my daughter comes home sometime after Aug 19th. The army will fly her to Colorado from Virginia.She will leave her stuff at Ft Carson and fly home for several weeks.The kid has already rounded up a few EMT shifts while she is on leave.She loves being an EMT and missed it while training for the Army.I'm so proud of this kid.She turns 21 Sept 5th and has it altogether after a few roadblocks as a young teen.I can't wait to see her new set of wings! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 01:33:56 EST What to do about mosquitos? My child is being eaten alive by mosquitoes in Virginia at her base.She says the bugs drink OFF like its' Margaritas from Margaritasville.Does anybody have any ideas on what she can use thats not smelly? Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:06:19 EST Visit a Spark page and motivate others!! Time to get active and motivated and what better way to do this than motivating others!! So June is the month to visit a sparker's page month!! It doesn't have to be each day but see how many you can visit this month!! You can also visit a biog if you prefer or give a spark goodie! It's time to get everyone active again and sometimes they just need a word of encouragement to go on!! <BR> <BR> Post here any emoticon to let us know you did it (you don't have to name the page you visited... Tue, 31 May 2011 20:52:24 EST Stress over daughter is alevated I have been back from daughter's boot camp graduation for 4 days and I have improved my diet.The whole time she was in boot camp I ate anything and everything.Now that I know she is Ok.I can get back on the healthy track.I won't bemoan the lack of goodies on my birthday;Cinco De Mayo.Well not much anyway. <BR> Thank you for holding my hand for the last couple of months.I would of been more stressed out if you weren't there for me. <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 12:58:23 EST Ft Jackson Graduation I'm leaving for South Carolina at 1:00 AM.It's a long drive to the airport and the plane leaves at 6:00.I'm not use to flying ,long term parking and layovers in other states.I will see about a hour of Dallas from the airport.I'm flying into Charlotte,North Carolina and will drive to Columbia S.C. I wanted to see some country. My daughters graduation isn't until April 21 st and family visiting the 20th.I will sight see for a few days. <BR> Can't wait until I see my Army Proud daughter in he... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:14:46 EST Hi from AF Mom Just wanted to drop a line and say hello to everyone. My son has been in the AF for 5 years. He is stationed in NM. We are very proud of him and I want him to be proud of me. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:43:32 EST Daughter in Army Boot Camp Hi My daughter left for Army Boot Camp Feb 7th.Fort Jackson ,South Carolina.She is 20 years old and put herself through the EMT Academy when she was 17. She wants to be an Army medic but they only have a few female openings.It has taken her over a year to get in.She loved being an EMT. She has lots of trauma experience from working various motorcycle tracks ,last year she wanted to broaden her experience and started working for Emergency One.She worked all the big Raves and concerts in Los An... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 19:40:09 EST sites for vets I know there is concern about viruses every where but this site is ok. I click on a series of these sites for breast cancer, hunger, health and animal rescue. they just added veterans, homeless and ones that need a meal. It is a worthy cause. Please pass this link to your friends. Our veterans need to have a hot meal and a bed.<BR>ibe.faces?siteId=10&subscribeTo=remind<BR>er%20service <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:22:19 EST Dr. Oz The big day is here! My debue on nationaal TV is Feb. 1st on the Dr. Oz show. I'll be introduced as Dr. Patricia Kaine. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:52:19 EST My Word for 2011 is... A sparkfriend wrote a blog of this and I thought it would be good for us to do it too!! Here is her blog if you would like to take a look and see how her word helped her all year round!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892461 </link> <BR> <BR> So if you like, look for a word that motivates you and will keep you focused on your goals!! You can also choose a theme. Go ahead and post it here!! It's a great way to stay on track!! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:01:02 EST New to the team Hello. My name is John and I've been on Sparks for a little over a year. Looking to do my first Ironman this summer. My son is a recruit and will be finishing boot camp in 4 weeks and I can't wait to finally call him a U.S Marine when he graduates Feb 11 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:43:31 EST Back and looking for a new motivation Well, Im back and looking for a new motivation for my loosing weight. <BR> <BR> I first started my journey for loosing weight when my youngest daughter was started on dialysis. That was two years ago. I was told that I needed to loose my weight in order to just be tested to be a donor. This was my main motivation for loosing weight. <BR> <BR> Well needless to say. I was able to loose 1/2 my goal weight, but time ran out as my daughter passed away 15 weeks ago at the age of 26 from ki... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:50:08 EST Mile Challenge!! Last year we had our two champions Sunny and Barb doing hundres of miles and getting healthier and healthier!! Now it time to join them and add some miles to our goals so let join it, <BR> <BR> Set the miles you would like to do this year and post them here!! They could be walking, running, biking... The important thing is to get going!! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>312</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 20:00:55 EST 2011 - Post your exercise here!! Time to get moving again and posting our exercise minutes!! Let's keep adding our minutes to see how many we can do each month!! <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> My exercise: the exercise minutes you do <BR> <BR> My exercise total: continue to add your minutes to see how many to do! <BR> <BR> Team total: Add your time to the the team total <BR> <BR> All the exercise counts. Each minute you do will add up so take it slow if you have to the important thing is to get moving! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:15:41 EST January Challenge!! A New Beginning!! Hi Military Mamas and Papas!! <BR> <BR> 2011 is finally here and with it the excitement of a new beginning!! <em>104</em> Can you feel it!! Just the feeling of knowing that your will do awesome this year; that you will accomplish all your goals because you will be committed to living a happier and healthier life!!I feel like doing the happy dance. <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> Come and dance with me!! Let's dance our way to... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:08:20 EST Welcome 2011 ~ Time to set new GOALS!! YAY!! <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Ok so I'm a little ahead but I want you all to be prepared. 2010 is almost over. With it came good moments, awesome moments and difficult moments but we have done the best that we could and are now ready to learn from what we have done and set new goals for 2011. <BR> <BR> Take a moment to: <BR> <BR> ~~~evaluate what you did this year!! <BR> ~~~See how many goals you have a... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:44:53 EST Christmas A - Z A - Advent Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:54:11 EST To all our Veterans - Thank you!! To all those who have served in the Armed Forces and have given up so much to make this such a beautiful and free country I say. Thank You!! <BR> <BR> For those who have passes on, you will never be forgotten!! For those who continue to serve may you all be blessed!! Thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> HONOR THE VETERAN <BR> by: Sunny Paula Barnhart USMC <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Veterans are easy to recognize <BR> By their special swagger <BR> And their shattered eyes <BR> By the way they s... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:16:45 EST November Challenge - Try something new!! Hi everyone!! It's November and we are just two months away from the end of 2010 so it's time to get active and work hard so we can reach the goals we had set out to accomplish this past year!! <BR> <BR> First of all we must feel good and happy so take a moment to look at this months spark calendar which gives you 30 Day to Greater Happiness!! <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=961 </link> <BR> <BR> Now that we are feeling happy let's get moving!! <BR... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 15:27:22 EST Marine Mom + Hi, Everyone <BR> My name is Lee. <BR> My husband was in the Navy, oldest son was in the Army during Desert Storm, other three sons in the Marine Corp. Five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Career Marine in Japan right now. <BR> I hope I can be of encouragement and support here on this team. <BR> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:57:31 EST Let's get moving in August Challenge!!! Hi Everyone!! It's August!! YAY, a new month is here and time to get moving again!! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> So start this month moving and add your minutes to the team time!! Let's see how many minutes we can do this month as a team!! GO GO GO Military Mamas and Papas!! <BR> <BR> You can do anything you can think of or use some of these ideas: <BR> <em>324</em> <em>216</em> <em>414</em> <em>313</em> <em>319</em> <em>218</em> <em>317</em> <em>324... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 20:51:14 EST What Makes you Happy from A - Z A - Apple Picking in the fall. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 18:39:54 EST Trouble Sleeping My 19 year old son left for Parris Island boot camp 3 weeks ago today. I can't fall asleep at night, I've only been getting about 4 hours of sleep a night. It's starting to catch up with me and I've been very moody. Has anyone else experienced this? Does anyone have any advise on how to get to sleep? I have a 3 year old daughter so resting during the day is not an option. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:57:51 EST Dance your heart out.... I am a huge fan of dance and love So You Think You Can Dance. Last night on the show, they announced that two of the choreographers had choreographed a dance for National Dance Day on July 31st. Just thought I would share the link with you all. I am going to start learning the dance today. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope some of you join me. Dancing is good for your heart and your bootee. <em>334</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:47:23 EST Water Workout -Simple fun for everyone! Summer is here and with it comes the beach, pool and lot's of fun and out door exercise!! For those who love the water like I do and have access to a pool, lake or beach take a look at this video which shows some simple pool exercises which really give you a full body workout!! <BR> <BR> The best part is that everyone can do it!! The water will create resistance but won't let you get injured so it's something everyone can try! <BR> <BR> Go ahead and take a look. I'm sure you will love it... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:00:51 EST Let's Keep Moving Summer Challenge!! Hi Military Mamas and Papas!! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> As Connie very well has said it's time for some exercise and time to start tracking again!! I see some already agree so let's all join in and get moving together!! <BR> <BR> There are four options to choose from: <BR> <BR> # 1 - 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week!! <BR> <BR> # 2 - For those who really want to get moving and make it more challenging try doing 30 minutes 5 times a week!! <BR> <BR> # 3 - For those who wan... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 21:16:10 EST Prayer In the coming week I would like to ask for prayer for my mom.Tues will be pre-op and then Thurs she will be <BR> headed to Winston-Salem for a corneal transplant.There <BR> has been so much damage to her eye-they don't know if it will take-but we are counting on the power of prayer.-Linda Sat, 5 Jun 2010 06:25:20 EST 2 boys, USAF... Hi everyone! Hi everyone, I am proud mom of 2 boys in USAF. My oldest(Brian) has been in for 17 yrs, he is in Okinawa, Japan. And My middle son (Mark) has been in for 8 yrs, he is in MD. My youngest son (John) went to Penn State and grad. with BS in Physics, and now works as civilian with the Navy. He is still taking classes at night for his PHD. Holidays are sure lonely with you kids scattered about. Specially since I am in middle of a divorce after 26 yrs with him. Now we share every other yr. of holid... Tue, 11 May 2010 00:37:18 EST Happy Mother's Day I want to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Mother's Day. Sat, 8 May 2010 21:45:40 EST Birthday Celebrations Connie has let me know she would be happy to help with the Birthday notices so please post your birthday here so she can get them on the calendar. <BR> <BR> Thank you Connie for volunteering to help out with this. <BR> <BR> BTW - Linda's Birthday is today so add her to the calendar. Stop by Linda's Page and wish her a Happy Day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDAJOYWK </link> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Sun, 2 May 2010 09:49:17 EST 21 Simple Ways to Be Healthy Good synopsis of what SP advocates. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ple-Ways-to-Be-Healthy.aspx?source=NEW<BR>SLETTER&nlsource=44&ppc=&utm_campaign=<BR>HealthHealing&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=newsletter </link> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:21:36 EST Clean Humor Bed <BR> <BR> A vacationer was driving along a country road <BR> when it began to rain hard. Soon the road turned <BR> to mud. Seeing a farmhouse, he knocked on the <BR> door and asked the farmer if he could stay <BR> overnight. <BR> <BR> "Sure," said the farmer, "but you'll have to make <BR> your own bed." <BR> <BR> "That's all right," replied the vacationer. <BR> <BR> "Okay," said the farmer. "Here's some wood and <BR> a hammer." <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 21:19:35 EST Easter Have a happy and blessed Easter. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 20:57:55 EST USAF EOD Mama & USMMA Kingspoint Mama Hi all! I am a very proud Jesus Lovin' Military Mama!!! <BR> <BR> My oldest is in the USAF (EOD) stationed at Mtn. Home. He is just 26, has 3 deployments, 1 Bronze Star, 2 marriages and 6 adorable children already! His new bride and her 2 sons joined our family in November and we are thrilled! James is an awesome son, loves adventure and adrenaline, family and the outdoors! I had him when I was in high school and we have literally grown-up together! It seems the more we both age the cl... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:17:45 EST Beautiful Ireland and Irish blessing <link><BR>You.html </link> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:35:24 EST Lost 182 lbs. Hello, Approximately 2 years. my son, Craig/civpro1, lost 182 lbs. One of the reasons was to be able to join the Army after being out of the Army since his 20's. He couldn't get in, they said he was too old. He joined the Army Reserves at either 42 or 43. He will soon be 44, and yesterday became part of the regular Army. He says he will be sent overseas within a very short period of time. At least it is a short period of time to me. I hope you will pray for Craig and the other 15 in his... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:09:16 EST Spring Forward <link><BR>spring .htm </link> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 01:48:35 EST Humor Five months pregnant and ravenous, I decided a second helping <BR> of dinner was in order. Of course, as soon as I spooned more food <BR> onto my plate, my husband had something so say about it. <BR> "Remember. I'm eating for two," I reminded him. <BR> "True, he said. "But how many are you exercising for?" <BR> <BR> - from Da Mouse Tracks Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:50:27 EST The Mother of a Soldier I came across this poem and felt it applied to us Mamas and Papas <BR> <BR> The Mother of a Soldier <BR> <BR> The mother of a soldier <BR> -- hats off to her, I say! <BR> The mother of a soldier <BR> who has gone to face the fray; <BR> She gave him to her country <BR> with a blessing on his head -- <BR> She found his name this morning <BR> in the long list of the dead: <BR> "Killed -- Sergeant Thomas Watkins, <BR> while leading on the rest, <BR> A Bible in his pocket <BR>... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:36:17 EST The Mother of a Soldier I came across this poem and felt it applied to us Mamas and Papas <BR> <BR> The Mother of a Soldier <BR> <BR> The mother of a soldier <BR> -- hats off to her, I say! <BR> The mother of a soldier <BR> who has gone to face the fray; <BR> She gave him to her country <BR> with a blessing on his head -- <BR> She found his name this morning <BR> in the long list of the dead: <BR> "Killed -- Sergeant Thomas Watkins, <BR> while leading on the rest, <BR> A Bible in his pocket <BR>... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 21:34:45 EST Important Notice from Coach Jen This is from Spark Coach Jen <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> As a reminder: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has written, you ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 23:32:31 EST Dedicating my 10K to all our soldiers!! Hi everyone!! Hopefully on Feb. 28 my whole family will be participating in a 10K. Last year I dedicated the race to my son who was in Iraq but this year I have the blessing to have him home and doing the race with us. <BR> <BR> I would like to dedicate this year's race to all the soldiers from this awesome team who are sacrificing so much for this country. I will be writing their names on my running shirt. I just need one thing!! ALL THE NAMES!! <BR> <BR> IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO RUN FOR Y... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 20:39:11 EST Just took my 19 year old son to basic Well, last night my daughter and I drove my son to be shipped out for basic. It was so hard, he was scared and upset about going. I know and he knows it was a good decision for him but its killing me right now. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:11:21 EST The importance of the before pictures!! Try it!! Hi everyone! I'm sure most of you like me are not very fond of taking pictures of yourself with a bathing suit or exercise clothes that are tight on your body but boy did I HAVE AN EYEOPENER when I did!! <BR> <BR> Ok. I decided that I wanted to take a before picture because I wanted to see the difference at the end of the year, so I found a clear spot and flash flash, I took 4 pictures. <em>2</em> Oh my I was amazed at what I saw!! <BR> <BR> When I looked at the pictures I couldn't bel... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:28:44 EST 365 miles this year!! Let's do it!! Hi everyone!! Hope you all doing well and ready for a new Challenge!! This is a Long term challenge. You have until the end of the year to complete it!! <BR> <BR> Your goal is to do 365 miles this year. You can <em>311</em> walk, <em>312</em> run, use the <em>315</em> treadmill, <em>324</em> the elliptical machine or even the <em>332</em> bike!! All those miles count!! <BR> <BR> Every time you do your miles just keep on adding to your miles to see how many you have done and subtract... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:09:29 EST Ad for 'The Spark' I saw an ad for 'The Spark' on the Everyday Health website! The word is getting out! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 23:00:39 EST We're Back! After about 18 months where life got in the way in the form of medical issues for most of the family, Katie and I have started back. The bad news is that we gained what we had lost in the past. <BR> <BR> With the help of our Spark Friends, we hope to be as successful as we were the last time. <BR> Rick Wed, 20 Jan 2010 07:50:07 EST Phishing Warning The recent disaster in Haiti is obviously making many of us consider donating to the relief effort. Before you do, though, beware! Although an appalling tragedy, there are those who would use it for their own gain, and are sending out "phishing" emails globally, requesting "donations" which actually go to line their own pockets, and may also give the criminals details of the payment card you use. <BR> <BR> If you want to donate to disaster relief, PLEASE go directly to the appropriate websit... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 13:37:15 EST Sad news I just got a phone call from my son. He's at his base, because he's been placed on light duty for the past 5 months, while they decide if he will be discharged, or placed back into full duty. If he was not on light duty, he would have been deployed to Iraq 2 months ago with the rest of his unit. <BR> <BR> In any case, he was calling me to let me know that one of his buddies that was sent on that deployment, was killed today. :( This is the first person that he's really been close to, knew... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:17:27 EST Hi I'm new too!! Hi, my name is Sharlene I am new to sparkpeople and new to being a military Mom. My son is in the Army. Glad I found this team. Hoping to be able to deal with my son being away,the worries a military mom has, and trying to keep my eating in check. Looking forward to hearing how you all deal with it. Thanks!! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 15:43:57 EST pictures I've forgotten how to download pictures-help! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 13:56:41 EST Military Mama or Papa Sparkler !! <em>208</em> Who is the Military Mama or Papa for the next 2 weeks?? SURPRISE!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Yes, what a great way to start the New Year then to acknowledge someone's hard work and motivate them and others to keep on reaching for the stars!! <BR> <BR> So, this is the place to do it!! Every two weeks I'll choose a member from our team who continues to do well and try hard. That's all it take to become the Sparkler for the next two weeks!! <BR> <BR> When the member is chosen just tak... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:57:14 EST Daily, Weekly or Monthy Weigh-in. OK let's check the scales and see how we are starting this great New Year!! Don't be afraid. The scale is not our enemy, it is just another tool that helps us keep track of how we are doing!! <BR> <BR> Decide when you want to weigh-in. It's all up to you!! Use this thread to keep track of how you are doing!! Best of luck in reaching your goals!! <em>211</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 22:38:55 EST What are your goals for this year? Hi everyone!! The New Year is finally here so it's time to get back on track. It's time to set new goals and to make a plan to reach them. Take a few days to think about what you wish to accomplish this year. Remember to set short term goals as well as long term goals. This will help to keep you motivated!! <BR> <BR> So what are your goals for the New Year?? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> We can do this so let's go for it!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 22:03:57 EST 2010 -- Post your exercise here!! Happy New Year everyone!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It's time to get back on track and start moving those awesome bodies so GO GO GO!!! Start the year active and post your exercise here!! <BR> <BR> Ready set Go!! GO!! GO!! <BR> <em>185</em> Spark your way to a new YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:49:33 EST Prayers for some of our guys Some guys who are due to come home from Afghanistan keep getting bumped. Please pray that they get an appropriate flight and make their connections to get home in time for Christmas. Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:25:02 EST 15 Day Challenge -Getting Ready for 2010 YAY!! Hi Military Mamas and Papas!! Only 15 more days for the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 WOOHOO!! <em>283</em> Let the parties begin!! <BR> <BR> What better way to start the New Year than getting organized and having set new goals! Come on and let's do it, let's do it!! <BR> <BR> What can you do to get ready? Lot's of things!! <BR> <BR> 1. Set new goals that you wish to accomplish this New Year. You can post them here if you like but also take the time to post them on your Spark... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 05:20:25 EST Sharon/s punky521 & Cheryl/cjeannem Thank You Hello, Sharon has received an unbelievable number of notes and gifts from you all. If the flowers were real there wouldn't be space in the room for us. <BR> I read everyone to her and they really touched her heart. It did more good than you might think. She isn't allowed to leave the rest home because of her seizures. I feel that this was a way for her to take part in things she had to miss. <BR> Many thanks and God Bless, <BR> Sharon/Spunky521 <BR> ... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 15:54:50 EST Mom of twin sons in the Air Force Hi All! My 23 year old sons have been in the AF for 4 1/2 years now. One is in S Korea and one Germany. Just finished the Christmas cookies to include in the gift boxes to ship tomorrow morning. Managed to only eat 1 cookie. Of course I also had about a spoonful of batter also, but hey, everyone splurges every now and then! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 21:24:01 EST What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? pear Fri, 4 Dec 2009 23:55:18 EST Shooting at Ft. Hood Texas Just heard on the news there has been a shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas - 9 have perished and 27 are injured. <BR> <BR> There is going to be a live broadcast from the base plus a message from our president shortly. <BR> <BR> Please pray for our soldiers, their families as this is a very grim day! <BR> <BR> Sunny <BR> Thu, 5 Nov 2009 16:52:07 EST Thanks for the prayers I want to again thank everyone who prayed for my son, <BR> Bill. He has gotten his clearance to fly helicopters <BR> again. His arm is healed from the injury he sustained <BR> while in Iraq this past January. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 01:22:44 EST 300 Calories or less... If you have a great recipe with 300 or less calories, please share with us. I am sharing a recipe I got out of Cooking Light a few years ago. It is definitely Chili season here in Missouri. <BR> <BR> Chipotle Chiles and Chocolate Chili <BR> <BR> Smoky chipotle chiles and earthy chocolate add depth and richness to chili. <BR> <BR> Yield: 8 servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> Cooking spray <BR> 2 cups diced onion (about 1 large) <BR> 1 cup chopped red bell pepper <BR> 1 teaspoon min... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:44:59 EST Thoughts and Prayers On the new this morning we have 2 F-16's that crashed off the South Carolina shores.....the planes are from Shaw AFB.....thoughts and prayers for the families and their co-workers....the news report just stated the crash no other info really ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>posts </link> <BR> <BR> My daughter is stationed at Shaw AFB..... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 08:52:32 EST USMC MOM!!! My son is enlist in Marine corp. He is going to boot camp in Dec. 7th 2009. I am proud mom of Shawn. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 00:47:11 EST Great Resource for Military Families Posted on another team and just passing it along to you all. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pass along this informational link that I saw in the updates today. It is a link to info regarding Google Voice which is a tool to help manage communications. I hope you find it useful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>guide/ moving/simplify-life-enhance-communica tion.html? </link> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 20:17:27 EST YES YOU CAN!! Please read and watch!! We all have our days when we think we just can't keep on going, that what we do is just not working so we might as well just give up. <BR> <BR> Take a moment to watch this inspirational video posted by Spark and you will realize there is nothing you can't accomplish if you set you mind to it!! <BR> <BR> You are the master of your future and of what you can accomplish. Nothing is to hard or impossible. Stay focused and never give up. No matter how long it takes you will reach your goal!! And... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:25:21 EST Dance your A$$ off Challenge!!! Come join in!! Ok if your like me summer has been a great time but with all those BBQ's my scale is going the wrong direction! <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> It's time to get back on track and start moving our bodies to burn those calories so I have come up with something really easy that you can do even if you cooking, washing dishes, cleaning the house, so no excuses!! You don't even have to get all dressed up for it. No special clothes, no new sneakers nothing. Now what can be easier than that! S... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 12:39:32 EST How to thank our troops <link> </link> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 19:43:23 EST USMC mom Hi I am Amanda, my son in law is a Sgt. in the USMC. He is also currently acting as mister mom for a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old.I worry about him daily and would love support and advice from others. <BR> Amanda Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:17:59 EST Name a healthy snack. Finding healthy snacks is hard sometimes so let's come up with new ideas and write them here! <BR> The more ideas we have, the healthier we'll eat!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:34:27 EST Cooling Vests for the Sand box A friend gave me the information to get a cooling vest for the soldiers in the sand box. She lost her son and has set up a foundation to get everyone that gives her the address of a soldier in Iraq a cooling vest. Visit her web site and get the details. <BR> ****************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> To get the Cooling Vests you write to a nice lady, Debi WinE, and ask her for one. Tell her it's for your Son. <BR> Here is the important information she will need to know ... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 15:03:36 EST Just joined Just joined Sparkspeople today. I have a Daughter and son-in-law in the Airforce. So proud of them both!!! Sun, 14 Jun 2009 20:52:26 EST Pamper Yourself Challenge!! HEY HEY HEY It's time to do something for ourselves. We are usually doing things for others and that is so wonderful but in the process we sometimes forget that we are important also. So this summer it's time to PAMPER YOURSELF! <BR> <BR> The challenge is to take at least 15 minutes 3 to 5 times a week and do something for yourself. Yes TAKE OUT TIME FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!! <BR> <BR> It can be something like: <BR> <BR> -turning on a candle and just enjoying the smell <BR> -read so... Sun, 31 May 2009 17:30:02 EST Summer Staying Fit Challenge - LET'S DO IT!! Hi everyone!! Who would believe that summer is already here. It looks like it's going to be hot <em>67</em> hot <em>67</em> hot!! <em>67</em> and we'll all be <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Now, when we think of summer we think of <em>298</em> beach <em>463</em> sun and plenty of BBQ'S <em>302</em> That means eating some of the foods we love but make us gain a few pounds so what better time than to stay active than now! <BR> <BR> There are so many fun things to do during the summer and i... Sun, 31 May 2009 16:57:17 EST When you Come Home This is so beautiful & is narriated by a great inspirational speaker, Bob Perks. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Bob-Perks/Bob-Perks-When-You-Come-Home<BR>.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoy it. God Bless all of our Military Mamaas and Papas. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny Sun, 24 May 2009 18:58:52 EST she did it !! and i'm still in one piece..... Happy Memorial Day to everyone!! <BR> <BR> this year it's taken on a whole new meaning to me as Kristen just swore into the Air Force on friday - she has a year before she leaves, but she officially in the Air Force!! <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> everything went very well and there were five of us there to see her swear in at Ft. Dix, NJ. i think i did better than expected.....i didn't cry hysterically - i did a lot of that leading up to then - of course i did cry some, but when she put h... Sun, 24 May 2009 09:10:34 EST Son needs vehicle on base - advice? Hi Everyone, <BR> My son is new to an Army base where everything is a pretty far walk away. He says he needs a vehicle - nothing fancy - but here's the situation: <BR> <BR> 1. He is in Texas, we are far away and if we buy something we will need to have it transported down. - do we register it here? Can we do that in his name? Which state would he get the inspection in? What about insurance? <BR> <BR> 2. He is deploying in less than 4 months for a year - what do we do with the vehicle then? ... Mon, 11 May 2009 05:31:45 EST coupons for military families I belong to a newsletter - which gives you tips to save. <BR> I got this one today. <BR> Dear Mary, <BR> I heard that you can send expired coupons to military families because they still can use them on the base. Do you know if this is true? If it is, how can we go about sending these coupons if we don't personally know a military family, but want to help? Lori W., email <BR> <BR> Dear Lori, <BR> What you hear is true, but only overseas military base commissaries accept expired manufacture... Thu, 7 May 2009 09:16:43 EST Newbie Introduction Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Nancy and I have a son in the Army. He is not deployed (yet) and loves what he is doing - even though I get stressed out about it at times! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to finally lose a significant amount of pounds and inches so the next time we see each other, my son will be able to look at his mom with pride. Exercise is difficult right now due to severe plantar fasciitis but I am happy to say I've lost around 7 pounds just by giving up junk food and mindless eati... Thu, 7 May 2009 05:47:02 EST Hey Everyone! So I just joined the team! It is official. My 21 yr old son just finished basic training on May 1st at Lackland AFB so I guess that makes me an official Military Mom. It was a very nice ceremony. Unfortunately he got stuck there for now. No orders yet. He needs to retake a echo cardiogram (I definately don't know how to spell that one) He is supposed to be off to Firefighter Training at Goodfellow AFB but now is delayed. It kind of put a damper on the weekend. Any how can't wait to hear from ... Wed, 6 May 2009 22:29:15 EST taking ASVAB right now okay, so i know that we're still early on in the military stage, so hoping ya'll can bear with me. <BR> <BR> i dropped off kristen this morning with the recruiter and she is taking the ASVAB test as i write this. i am so nervous for some reason - she's a smart girl, but i'm hoping for her that she scores well enough in the areas that she needs to so that she can get the type of job that she wants....... <BR> i'm shaking, but at least i haven't started crying yet today....haha, that's been g... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:02:58 EST Please Pray :( Our son, Jeff just called he was in to see the dr for his ear. He has had an ear ache for a while now. The dr cleaned out the ear and it started bleeding. The dr told him he may have permanant hearing loss due to a perforated ear drum. They will give him a hearing test on Thursday and re check his ear. Don't know how this will effect him being in the Marines. Jeff is thinking he may get discharged. Please Pray for him. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:36:52 EST letter to the editor - lesson learned i copied this from another team and thought that all of us could relate and understand and never complain, knowing that it is our loved ones that are doing what they need to do... <BR> <BR> <BR> True Story..... <BR> By the way, I always check to make sure the story is valid before I send it to others. <BR> Snopes even gave the guy's name and he did write back and apologize for his mistake. He did say he was embarassed by it and did not know the meaning. <BR> <BR> -----------... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 10:25:56 EST New Team Member Hi. I am new to SP as well as this team. My name is Angie I have a wonderful husband and 2 sons. Our oldest son is a Marine. He is currently at his PDS at Camp Lejeune, NC. He finished his schooling for LVS in Ft Leonard Wood, MO on April 6th. So he hasn't been in NC long. It has been hard as his mom to let go. He came home briefly this past weekend just to get his car and drove it back to NC. It was hard to watch him drive away. Looking forward to meeting others with children in the military... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:19:51 EST Inspiring message - Yes you can!! - Please watch Hi everyone. Life is full of up and downs. Somethimes we see more downs than ups. We complain about the silly things that happen to us and we seem to drown in a glass of water. <BR> <BR> This is a vIdeo to inspire you to just go on, no matter what has happenend to you, YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN GO ON. THERE IS NOTHING STOPPING YOU BUT YOU! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> LOVE LIFE <BR> <em>30</em> BE HAPPY FOR YOU ARE BLESSED!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 11:54:06 EST help Maybe one of you could help? I am constantly getting <BR> notice for a team I am not active on,but the two teams <BR> I am active on don't show up as much. The last time <BR> this happened I had to eliminate a team.Any suggestions? I love you guys and don't want to miss anything!-Linda Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:33:02 EST Susan Boyle - A lesson to be learned!! Hi everyone. I saw this this morning and it just brought tear to my eyes. <BR> <BR> Have you ever judged a book by it's cover, well take moment look at this and tell me what you think!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER, TAKE A MOMENT TO LOOK IN AND YOU MAY BE SURPRISED!! Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:04:24 EST i can't seem to stop crying..... hey all ~ i'm new to this team, but have been with SP for just over a year. <BR> <BR> i'm joining this team now since as of thursday of this week, my daughter will have her dad's and my parental consent to join the Air Force after she graduates next year. She'll be 17 in a few weeks, but has known for a while that she really wants to go into the AF. I actually am really proud of her and her decision. She has a (female) cousin who is a Captain and uncle who was a Rtd. Lt. Col. (he has sinc... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 10:28:06 EST 303033 Challenge - Come and join us!! Hi Military Mamas and Papas!! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Ok here is the New Challenge - 303033 <BR> <BR> 30 days <BR> <BR> 30 minutes of exercise <BR> <BR> 3 times a week <BR> <BR> 3 pounds lost <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Challenge begins on Monday April 6 and ends on Friday May 15. (6 weeks) This will give you a few days of rest. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Your goal is to exercise for 30 days,with days of rest in between, do at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week and try to lose a mini... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 21:52:21 EST WARNING - Dos and don'ts of dieting!! Finding a new lifestyle is very important but it is more important to do this in a smart way. Let's use this thread to post those things that we should and shouldn't do while dieting!! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Be smart!! <BR> <em>30</em> Be healthy!! <BR> <em>30</em> Be safe!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 21:25:52 EST Hi there!! I'm pretty new to SP and have just found this team. My son is in the Army National Guard and will be leaving in a month to go to Iraq. I am very proud of him and am also worried sick about him all at once. I hope that some of you who have been through it all can help me stay sane. <em>41</em> I know that it is going to be harder to stay on track when he deploys since I am an emotional eater but I am determined to do the best I can. One day at a time is all that I can focus on right now... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 20:08:47 EST Spark Goodie Challenge Wow it's a new month already!! It's amazing how time is just flying by!! <BR> <BR> Well new month means new challenge so here goes: <BR> <BR> Each day we check in and post, track our exercise and food we are getting spark points, but what is the use of getting so many spark points if we don't use them to help motivate others. <BR> <BR> So this month take the time to send at least one spark goodie to a spark friend. The idea is that besides motivating others you will also work on your spar... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 07:36:17 EST HI I'm New Hi; I'm new to this community and glad it's here. I'm a proud mom of a 24 year old US Marine. His name is Scott and he's planning to be married in April. He joined in 2007 and has not been deployed yet (he spent 9 months in school in addition to boot camp and combat training). He got to his unit last August and they shipped out in September (he was not trained to go). He will probably be deployed this September to Afghanistan. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 00:59:40 EST Wear Red Day - Feb 6 Wear Red Day <BR> Friday, Feb. 6 <BR> ========= <BR> <BR> The Heart Truth <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> Heart disease its the num. 1 killer of women. <em>51</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> This Friday wear red to show our support for women's heart disease awareness. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Showing off your favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin. <em>129</em> <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Military Mamas and Papas celebrate National Wear ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 19:47:17 EST Update Your Spark page one topic at a time!! Hi everyone. We are already one month into the new year! How time flies!! I know you are all very motivated and looking forward to reaching your goals but I have always thought that if you right them down and visualize them they are more reachable! So here is the new challenge! Again this is for everyone and it only involves FINGERS!! <BR> <BR> Take this month to update your Sparkpage. Because of our Spread the SPARK LOVE Challenge we may have frequent visits to our page so go ahead have ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 16:27:56 EST Spread the SPARK LOVE Challenge Hi Military Mamas and Papas!! <BR> <BR> Now here is a challenge for EVERYONE and it doesn't even involve exercise except with your fingers!! HA HA HA!! So you see, it's for everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is February!! Month in which we celebrate Love and Friendship. What better way to do this than to spread the Spark Love. So here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> This month each day you will visit 2 team member's sparkpages and leave a motivating message. it can be any member but don't forget t... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 16:03:23 EST Things we shouldn't take for granted... Life is so precious and so beautiful. We have been given so many gifts and blessing that sometimes we just take things for granted and forget that sometimes they can be gone in a second. <BR> <BR> Here is a chance to remember: <BR> <BR> ~~that each day is a blessing <BR> ~~to love life and everyone and everything around you <BR> ~~that everything you have was given to you and it can be taken away <BR> ~~a chance to value and appreciate every little thing no matter how simple or insignifica... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:23:17 EST What Do They Think? What do your troops feel about the upcoming administration Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:11:50 EST How Are You Doing? Let us know how you are doing from time to time. <BR> <BR> I started Jan 1st at 255 lbs and have worked hare this week and this morning I weighed 245 lbs that's 10 lbs <em>9</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 07:47:21 EST Proud of Them Hi, I have been married to my wife Jane for 30 years the 28th of this month. I also am the proud father-in-law of 2 of the bravest. Both of my terrific daughters are married to soldiers and I have 6 of the most beautiful grandchildren. I decided to do something about this weight. Because I love them so much, I want to be here a lot longer so I can be a part of heir lives. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 09:17:07 EST Join The SparkPeople New You Bootcamp Challenge Hi everyone!! I just joined the New Challenge from SparkPeople!! It is called SparkPeople New You Bootcamp and Contest Challenge. It starts January 4th and ends on Jan 31st!! <BR> <BR> Coach Nichole will be posting a daily workout that you will be doing. There are several prizes that you can win so go ahead and sign up. <BR> <BR> The workouts are short and not to difficult so everyone can do it!! <BR> <BR> If you would like to join here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 19:02:15 EST Post your daily exercise here!! WOW how time flies. IT'S 2009! WOOHOO!! Now it's time to get back on track and time to work on our exercise and new goals for the New Year. <BR> <BR> Go ahead and post your exercise here. Let's all get back in shape. <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> What exercise did you do today? <BR> How long did you exercise today? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 13:22:19 EST New Year - New Body - One small step at a time!! <em>213</em> Hi Everyone!! <BR> <em>104</em> Are you all ready for the NEW YEAR?? <BR> <em>20</em> Are you ready for a NEW BODY?? <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <em>30</em> Are you ready for a NEW CHALLENGE?? <BR> <BR> Well let's get started!! First thing is to set the new goals you would like to accomplish during this New Year. Remember to set long term goals and short term goals. Shorter goals are better and easier to reach so they make you happier <em>30</em> but long term goals he... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 13:16:57 EST Positive Affirmations Help us reach our Goals 10 Affirmations List For Today - Jan 1, 2009 <BR> <BR> 1 - Today Begins The Rest Of My Life <BR> 2 - Maybe I Can - Yes, Maybe I CAN Really Make Any Changes I Want To Make In My Life <BR> 3 - I Want Read 10 New Affirmations ALOUD (Out Loud) Every Day <BR> 4 - I Want To ACTUALLY USE Positive Affirmations Every Day This Year <BR> 5 - I'm Going To Be Positive This Year <BR> 6 - I'm Going To Be Positive & Enjoy Life Every Day This Year <BR> 7 - I'm Choosing To Grow & Learn <BR> 8 - I'm Choosing T... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 15:29:41 EST Relay for Life I have started a team in memory of my husband. If you would like to know more or to see our team home page, please take a look at my home page here on Spark people. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 23:06:46 EST Standing in the need of prayer I do have some very sad news to report and am asking for special prayer. A friend of the family lost their 24 year old daughter yesterday. She is out in <BR> Utah on a Christmas Trip with her husband and daughter. They are in the mountains of Utah and had been snow skiing. The preliminary autopsy report is <BR> back and it looks like she died of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lung). She was a smoker - ;-( and also on birth control which is a dangerous mix. We will be back in time f... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:57:09 EST IF I WERE SANTA! If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do; <BR> I'd dump silly gifts that are given to you <BR> And deliver some things just inside your front door, <BR> Things you have lost, but treasured before. <BR> <BR> I'd give you back all your maidenly vigour <BR> And, to go along with it, a neat tiny figure, <BR> Then restore the old colour that once graced your hair <BR> Before rinses and bleaches took residence there. <BR> <BR> I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted <BR> So ... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:20:59 EST Favorite Christmas Song <BR> I love Christmas and the music of the season. <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is "Mary, Did you know?" <BR> <BR> What is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Sunny Sat, 6 Dec 2008 18:58:28 EST In the News: CNN Invstigatve Unit: America'sDiet I'm watching the most informative program on CNN about 2/3 of American's who are either obese or overweight. If you have Tivo, DVR, or even the old recording method of VCR's, I highly suggest watching/recording this program. It comes on again today.... Saturday, the 6th.... at 1:00 Central Time. If you don't receive this station, call someone who does and have them record it for you. Very informative and a real eye opener! <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2008 06:37:22 EST A Christmas Poem This was sent to me thru email this morning from a co-worker in my hubby's office. It's kinda long but thought it may hit home for many of you. Brought a choke to my throat and tears to my eyes. Be strong this holiday season and pray they all come home safe. I know I am. <BR> <BR> A Different Christmas Poem <BR> <BR> <BR> The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, <BR> I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. <BR> My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, <BR> My ... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 12:34:31 EST Christmas - tis the season to be jolly, HO HO HO!! Dec. is here and with it the celebration of Christmas! How do you celebrate this holiday? Do you do something special? Do you have a special poem, song or message that you would like to share. <BR> <BR> Well go ahead and share with us how you celebrate this beautiful Holiday!! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas!! HO HO HO!!! Merry Christmas!! <em>233</em> <em>144</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:46:26 EST How will you be Celebrating Thanksgiving?? What a special time of the year this is!! Thanksgiving!! A time to be so grateful for everything we have and to share with others!! <BR> <BR> Also a time to eat and a lot!! So what special things will you be doing for Thanksgiving. Do you have a family tradition, a special recipe you would like to share, or a special message?? <BR> <BR> Let's use this thread to explore all the reasons we have to be thankful and all the things we do to make this a very special day!! <BR> <BR> Happy Thank... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 20:26:54 EST 40 Days to a fit New Year - Challenge HO HO HO Merry Christmas!!! <em>233</em> <BR> <BR> Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way, <BR> Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh... <BR> <BR> Ok ok I know, we still have a few days for CHRISTMAS and for the NEW YEAR but what better way to start 2009 than being as fit as you possibly can right!! GOOD!! <BR> <BR> Now let's get moving!! Get you sneakers undusted, exercise clothes nice and fresh and then we exercise. We have 40 days to exercise as much as we c... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:52:53 EST Extra Christmas Card for a Soldier... When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so <BR> much would get. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Recovering American Soldier <BR> c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center <BR> 6900 Georgia Avenue,NW <BR> Washington , D.C. 20307-5001 <BR> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 10:05:28 EST Marine Mom Hi everyone! My oldest son Talon is a US Marine, now stationed in Japan. He was in Iraq earlier this year for 10 months. He is an Intelligence Specialist. He joined directly out of high school in 2005. Five days after graduation, he became a Marine. I'm very proud of him and his accomplishments. <BR> <BR> I've been with Sparks for a month now and it has changed my life. The first time I feel like I have support 100% of the time and that I will reach my goal. <BR> <BR> The very best to eve... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 08:02:35 EST Healthy Reflections Healthy Reflections is posted daily at <BR> I am thinking it could be a great way to deal with <BR> the obstacles we face day to day that keep us from meeting our goals. Feel free to respond to the <BR> Reflection. <BR> <BR> Today for me - I find that I can be pretty rigid and need to be open to change so I can reach my goals. If I can't walk in the morning, I need to be open to <BR> walking in the afternoon or several times throughout the day in order to meet my goals. I do n... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:22:32 EST What made you smile today??? My son's birthday hug this morning!! <em>30</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:07:44 EST Scary call from US Army I got a call today that when I answered he said Sgt so and so from the US Army..... Well right there I was about ready to have a heart attack as my son is in the hot zone in AFghanistan...... It turned out the guy really did not know who he was calling he was a recruiter just fishing around. NOT a good call for an Army Mom. :( Thu, 9 Oct 2008 15:57:27 EST Post your daily exercise here!! Hi everyone!! Time to set new goals and to exercise and exercise until we reach them. Here we will be posting our daily exercise so go ahead and shake that booty and get some exercise done. <BR> <BR> There are so many fun ways to exercise so be creative and do different things. It always helps to change the routine up a bit. <BR> <BR> Have you ever tried dancing to some good music, walking around the house, jumping rope, gardening or doing the hula hoop. It's all exercise so go ahead an... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 12:07:51 EST Muscle Toning Challenge New Month New Challenge!! <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Did you know that strength training helps you lose weight and tone your muscles? I guess you knew that!!! But if you are like me, we sometimes forget! So let's challenge ourselves to tone up and do some strength training! <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Each week I will choose 3 different exercises from the ones in spark and you will try to do them at least three times a week even if it is only one set of 12 - 15. It all counts. The idea is to get... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 12:01:30 EST Son Deploying The time is here and he will be leaving for Iraq very very soon. My eyes hurt so bad from crying - it just hit me last night. <BR> <BR> On a practical note ... what do I put in care packages? When do I send my first one? Are there good online companies to order things from? <BR> <BR> My diet has crashed!! I have a plan of getting back on track, but I'm really going to need some gentle pushes. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I'm glad this forum is here to dump on! <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 23 Sep 2008 06:50:15 EST Word Association Game <BR> Post the first word that comes to your mind when you see the previous word. <BR> <BR> Like word weight---lose <BR> <BR> Come on and let's see how our minds works! <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:18:26 EST Good News Just wanted to share some good news for a change. <BR> Our Son had surgery (reversal) a year ago with hopes of he and his new wife getting pregnant. That, unfortunately, has not happened. They saw the <BR> Fertilization Specialist today and they only chance they will have is Envitro. They have some of the $$ but called to see if there was any way we could help. <BR> Hubby, and I love him so, stepped up to the plate and told the kids he would help. I cried and of course, Carrie cried. The... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 19:48:21 EST Challenge - Let's Keep Tracking Losing weight is not easy, I know, but there are certain things that help us to stay on track and makes losing weight a little easier. <BR> <BR> So here's one: <BR> <BR> This month try to KEEP TRACKING. <BR> There are two major things that will help most of all: <BR> <BR> Tracking your: calorie intake <BR> <BR> Tracking your: exercise <BR> <BR> With this I mean taking advantage of spark and using there tracking tools. This will also give you more spark points so you can buy and give mo... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 17:38:46 EST New here I just joined Sparks about 2 weeks ago. I have 4 children (23, 19, 15, 12). The 19 year old is a Marine. I can't believe he left for bootcamp exactly one year ago this month. He is stationed in Hawaii, but he'll be home at the end of this month for his pre-deployment leave. It will be his first tour. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found your team and am looking forward to not only weightloss support, but also dealing with deployment. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Linda Tue, 12 Aug 2008 22:06:14 EST Challenge - Lose 4 Pounds this month!! Ok everyone. It's really time to get back on track so this is one that will keep us on our toes. <BR> <BR> This is what you have to do: <BR> <BR> You will weigh in to see your starting weight. Be honest everyone. No cheating. <BR> <BR> Each day you will weigh yourself at the same time more or less and see if you have lost weight. Remember sometimes the scale will be the same and that is ok but your goal is to LOSE AT LEAST 4 POUNDS THIS MONTH!! <BR> <BR> Now that is just one pound per... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:05:38 EST Challenge - Exercising for our loved ones!!! New month - New challenge <BR> <BR> WE CONTINUE UNTIL WE REACH OUR GOAL!! <BR> <BR> Hi everyone!! Who better to motivate us to exercise than all those wonderful people in our lives that are so special to us. <BR> <BR> So this month we will be EXERCISING FOR OUR LOVED ONES. It could be our own soldiers or those we wish to exercise for from the list used last month, or a brother, a sister, a friend, a neighbor, a spark member or any special person in our lives. May our little exercise hel... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:35:19 EST Pet names - Don't we just love them!!! Ok so let's see what your pets names are or which you can think of. It can be with ANY LETTER!! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> Gandolfa <BR> <BR> One of my cocktails. It was from the character Gandolf the great from The Lord of The Rings Series, but it turned out to be a girl so we added the a. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:44:22 EST Son's coming home for R & R Hi everyone. My son serves in the army reserves. He is on his second deployment to the sandbox. However, very shortly he should be on a plane coming home for his two week. I'm so excited, but I hate to think I'll have to put him back on that plane and send him back. <BR> <BR> Thank God for our brave men and women. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 06:12:45 EST Life after Deployment Okay, so how do we as parents help our children when they return from hazardous duty? Any ideas? My son is home for a month after his tour of Afghanistan, and he seems to be having trouble adjusting to being home. I think he was under so much stress that now it is affecting him. It has been 5 weeks since he returned to Frankfurt. At first he was all smiles, now it is all frowns. He is preoccupied, jittery, somewhat depressed. Is this normal? I think so, but how can I help him? I found a few ... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:25:33 EST Dedicated to our lonely soldiers!!! Hi everyone!! As parents our children are so lucky that we care, worry and pray for their safety. We send them packages, letters and a little taste from home. <BR> <BR> This tread is dedicated to all those soldiers who are ALONE, who have no one who cares or to comfort them in this difficult time. We need to let them know they are not alone. <BR> <BR> You can leave messages, poems, prayers or just kinds words to keep them going. You can even do extra exercise minutes and dedicate them to ... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:27:29 EST Dedicated to our lonley soldiers!!! Sorry don't use this post. There is a new one!! Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:23:15 EST What crafts are you working on? Let's Get Creative Ok so I know we have plenty of VERY VERY creative people here!! So let's talk about our projects. <BR> <BR> What have you been working on!! <BR> <BR> Do you like to sew, paint, knit, do scrapbooking, quilting...? <BR> <BR> Share ideas for project and let's get creative!! <em>268</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:48:58 EST Tell me 3 thing about yourself!! It's great to meet so many wonderful people here in SPARKPEOPLE from so many different places. If you like just write 3 things about yourself. You can add more later on!! Just 3 at a time! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:39:00 EST Write 2 positive things about yourself today!!! Hi everyone. <em>285</em> Did you know that you are the best!! <BR> <BR> If we think positive about our selves then we will become positive people, so say 2 positive things about yourself each day!! Then write them here. <BR> <BR> Say them and believe them! You will become an even better person than you already are!! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 08:28:08 EST Hi, I'm new to this team Hello to all the proud parents! My son joined the Indiana National Guard the instant he turned 17 last year. It is what he has always wanted to do. He went to BASIC last summer at Ft. Benning, GA. July 20, he leaves to finish his AIT at Benning. Then he is planning on a tour in Afghanistan before starting college. He has an ROTC scholarship for the Guard. His late father was a Seabee in the Navy. So first I was a military wife, now a military mom. There is quite a bit of difference, I... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 15:18:21 EST July Challenge - Exercising for our soldiers!! Hi everyone. We have done this challenge before and it was a great success. I thought we could do it again so we can stay motivated and really get exercising. <BR> <BR> We will be EXERCISING FOR OUR SOLDIERS. So that they stay safe and out of harms way. Here is the idea: <BR> <BR> First, I need those who would like to participate to write the names of there sons or daughter in the military or who have served in the military. <BR> <BR> Second, who's ever name is chosen will be the one we... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 19:20:57 EST SWCC Mom Hello everyone! A big hug to all the moms and dads who have a child serving in the military. My son has been in the Navy for six years (33 y/old)and is a member of SWCC. Just wanted to say hi (I'm a HUGE lurker!). <em>213</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2008 15:32:54 EST Hi all. New here. Just wanted to introduce myself to you all. I have an 18 yo son, will be 19 in 2 days. <em>236</em> <BR> He joined the army right after graduation, and is stationed atm in Fort Hood. Thank goodness close enough for him to come home often to see us. He will be shipping off to Iraq in January and Im dreading it. He's my baby and If I could I would ground him to his room to keep him home lol. <BR> Hope to make lots of new friends here and hope to give much support to you all. <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 22:15:08 EST Experienced AF mom here! Hi, My name is Marilyn and I am so glad I found this group!I wish I would have looked for the "Mamas and Papas" years ago! My son has been in the AF for 5 years and has just finished his second hazardous duty tour of Afghanistan. He is now a staff Sgt. and has 1 more year to go, then he has decided he wants to go to college and be a civilian again, HOORAY! <BR> <BR> I know how hard it is to stand by and watch our young men leave home and go 1/2 way around the world to serve our country, but... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 15:47:13 EST Graduation Part 2 We just got back from Our son's graduation from Marine Basic Training. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and support. It is just amazing how in just 13 weeks to be able to see so many changes in him. Not only to see him go from 185lbs to 146, but the tremendous growth in maturity, and attitude. I sent the Marines a young man not more than a boy that I was already proud of, but I get back a man to be even more proud of. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 04:49:14 EST Graduation I can't believe that it has been 13 weeks, but my son Brian graduates from Basic Training on Friday. He was finally able to call us Sunday to let us know that he passed the Crucible, and was now a Marine. He seemed very happy and proud. My wife and I can't wait to get down there for graduation. After that he gets a 10 day leave. Also he will be assigned to the recruiting office for 2 weeks. That means he'll be home for 24 days. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for your prayers and support. <BR> <... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 05:41:47 EST Helping military families overseas I was on the computer looking for a coupon when I came across a site, <link> </link> . On this site there is a spot that asks what to do with expired coupons. It states that we can ship them overseas because our military families can use them up to six months after their expiration date. They also have different bases that you can mail them to. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 21:03:42 EST Thank You Precious Ones... <em>232</em> <BR> To the families who have lost a precious loved one in the cause of protecting our homeland...... I can only give you my deepest heart felt expression of sympathy. They are the Lions protection us Lambs from the one who seeks to destroy us... We thank you for such brave men and women ~ who are now with our loving Lord, Jesus. <BR> <BR> Please, everyone.... Pray and give thanks for the dear ones who are currently serving in our US Forces. I pray God's divine protection ove... Sat, 24 May 2008 15:46:30 EST MEMORIAL DAY, 2007 This was posted in another group I belong to. <BR> <BR> For Our Troops <BR> © 2007 Brooke O'Neill Emery <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MEMORIAL DAY, 2007 <BR> <BR> FOR OUR TROOPS (both past and present, but particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan at present) <BR> <BR> Though I don't know your name <BR> And I have never seen your face <BR> I shed tears for you. <BR> <BR> Though my memories don't contain a time <BR> We shared together <BR> I miss you. <BR> <BR> Though we a... Sat, 24 May 2008 10:29:58 EST What did you do today to make this a better world? Many people complain that this world has gone mad, that so many things are not like they use to and that nothing came be done to change it. <BR> <BR> NOT TRUE!!! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I believe things change one very small step at a time and that every person can make a difference. A simple smile, a word of kindness to a person in need of comfort, planting a flower, saying a prayer.... <BR> <BR> So let's all continue to help make this a great world to live in!!! <BR> <BR> What did you do... Wed, 14 May 2008 05:33:57 EST Women and girls Moving Out Across the Nation I saw this on another team and thought it would be a fun challenge to participate in. It starts today and can be reached through the link below. I started a team on the site called "Sparked to a Healthier Lifestyle" if you are interested in joining in. <BR> <BR> Bonnie <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> PS - The team leader is from Texas Sun, 11 May 2008 12:35:49 EST New Member Hello everyone, I am a very proud parent of two sons in the Navy. One son is a Naval Submarine Officer that will have 19 years in this May and the other son served as a Naval Submarine Officer for 6 years and is is the Naval Reserve now. My husband retired from the Navy with 30 years active duty. I served in the Navy from 1967-1970. My father retired from the Navy with 30 years. I also have a brother that retired from the Navy. GO NAVY! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:10:50 EST New to all of this What a cool site. I'm Debby from MO., needing to loose 25 lbs. My son will be leaving for basic with the air force some time in July. He's my youngest, and I have mixed feelings about it. Glad to be here. Good luck to all of you!!! <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:06:20 EST Amazing Story to Share I just got back from Ohio where my father had taken ill and eventually passed away. Even though this was a blessing it was still very hard especially with my youngest son being in Fallujah and not being allowed to come home. The news that he wouldn't be released to come home was very disturbing, thank goodness for an organization called the Freedom Calls Foundation. The hospital worked with them to set up a video conference with my son so that he could say his goodbyes to his papaw and spe... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:26:05 EST Son Got a letter from my son that he wrote last Sunday. He stated that his knee was injured during his basic training at Parris Island. He was to go to Medical on Monday. Still haven't heard how bad it may be. Can't find out anything. I know that he is an adult and no one has to tell us anything, but it would be nice if the Marines were a little more responsive to parents in this type of situation. Sat, 12 Apr 2008 08:10:45 EST Exercise Challenge Continues Hi everyone. I don't know about you but I have grown use to the idea of keeping track of what exercise I do and I sure some of you have also. Here we will continue to post any exercise time that we do during this month! <BR> <BR> If you are new to the team this is a brief explanation to help you understand how to participate so come and join us!! <BR> <BR> You can do any exercise that you like. It can be walking, running, gardening, treadmill, eliptical, painting, or anything you can come u... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:40:08 EST Timed Goal Challenge Hi everyone. Here's a new challenge for the month. This was YOYODIETNOMORE'S idea. Here goes: <BR> <BR> "Do you have other members stating that they have a family member coming home (for good or for a visit) where they have a goal weight goal to achieve by that time?" <BR> <BR> It can also be just a personal goal that you would like to achieve by a certain date. So here's what you do. Post what your timed goal is and for when you hope to reach it. Then post here how you are doing and what ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:06:44 EST On the "Light" Side <BR> AFTER MY HUSBAND asked me to help him shed some unwanted pounds, I stopped serving fattening TV snacks and substituted crisp celery. While he was unenthusiastically munching on a stalk one night, a commercial caught his attention. As he watched longingly, a woman spread gooey chocolate frosting over a freshly baked cake. When it was over, my husband turned to me. "Did you ever notice," he asked, "that they never advertise celery on TV?" <BR> <BR> --Contributed to "Life In These United... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:47:37 EST New here Hi everyone, was just browsing through some of the teams in Spark and came across this one. I am a proud parent of a son in the US Navy. My son has been in the military for almost three years. He is on deployment right now but hopes to be back in the states near the end of May. He has signed on for six years in total so far. As always I keep our military in my prayers that they all will return safely to us. Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:19:16 EST Fruits & Veggies I found a great web site today with lots of info about fruits & veggies and just wanted to share it. There is info on serving sizes, nutritional values and suggestions on how to incorporate more fruits & veggies into your daily diet. Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 23 Mar 2008 18:53:24 EST New Marine Mom ! (and very proud) hello everyone ! i'm excited about joining sparkepeople and being able to have support from other people that are going through the same things i am. My oldest son Ronnie will be leaving for boot camp July 13th and i am truly scared to death for him and for me. Everytime i think about it lately i want to cry because my baby is leaving home .I know it will get better and i'm very proud of him but im also hoping that everyone that has been through this will leave messages and comments to help m... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 08:49:52 EST He's gone I saw my son off for the Marines yesterday. I can't believe how hard that was. I won't see him again for at least the 13 weeks of basic training. Miss him already. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 06:34:40 EST Goodie Boxes Hi, It's time to start getting the goodie boxes put together for our son. Can some of you seasoned parents out there give me some good tips about what to include? It's very cold where my son is deployed. He was supposed to send me a list, but you know how that goes. Thanks in advance. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:02:26 EST Did you have a healthy snack today, if so what???? Part of staying healthy is not starving to death and having several healthy snacks a day. But snacks should be healthy so go ahead and post, What healthy snack did you have today?? <BR> <BR> Today I had a glucerna shake. Wed, 12 Mar 2008 20:31:38 EST Dealing With Deployment!! Good morning everyone!! Like me I'm sure that many parents are trying to deal with their child's deployment! This is a difficult experience and there are so many emotions going on at the same time. <BR> <BR> Some have already had this experience and can offer some advise on how to cope with all of this or even offer tips on sending care packages. (What can and can't be sent?) <BR> <BR> This experience has it's ups and downs so this is the place to vent and deal with all of these emotions. ... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:08:32 EST Hello Hi everyone. I am not new to SP, but I am new to this group. My son Brian leaves in onne week to start basic training with the Marines. Sun, 9 Mar 2008 08:00:07 EST New Air Force Mom Hello everyone. I just came across this sparkteam and decided to join. My son graduated last weekend at Lackland afb in San Antonio. It was a great time for our family. My brother has been in the Marines for 16 years and he was also there for the graduation. I am sure some of you know how emotional the graduation is. After not seeing your child for 6 weeks and then to see how much they have changed is overwhelming. I cried so much out of pure pride for my son. Any then, my brother, wea... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 13:37:42 EST Another military mom Our son is deploying very soon. This is his first deployment. I am feeling so many emotions. I would really like to hear from other mothers about how you cope. Eating everything in sight hasn't been working that well for me :). I would like to get back on track & be a healthy, trim mom when he comes back. <em>39</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2008 20:50:53 EST 700 to 1000 + Minutes of Exercise Challenge Hi everyone. A new month begins and with it a new challenge. Let's see if we can really add minutes to our exercise this month. Come and join us and watch those pounds melt away!! <BR> <BR> Our goal will be first to decide how many minutes of exercise you want to do this month. It can be anywhere from 700 to 1000 or more minutes but that is up to you. It all depends on how hard you want to work. <BR> <BR> Then we will post our exercise minutes here as follows: <BR> <BR> Exercise Time: the ... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:24:55 EST new to you all Hello, my sweet friend Helen showed me this group from her sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I am worried/upset about my daughter going to Iraq for the first time. She just arrived a few days ago. She has been in the Air Force for over 3 years and wanted to travel but was stuck in Texas all the time. We are from California. <BR> <BR> I am honestly not sure if I am worried or what I am feeling about her being there. I am EATING a lot more junk and might be just stuffing my feelings do... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:35:26 EST Prayers needed My daughter is in need of prayers. She is in a difficult personal matter which will become quite messy before it is hopefully resolved in her favor. I strongly believe in the power of prayer and would appreciate any that you can say for her and her baby. The Army is being very supportive and I am so very grateful for the resources that they have. I am proud of her as a soldier and also as a young woman. Tue, 26 Feb 2008 11:25:49 EST Weekly Baby Step Challenges & Victories Hi everyone!!! Losing weight and having a healthy life style has to do with baby step or small changes at a time so here we will be working on simple weekly challenges that will help us continue in this journey. We will start with simple challenges but try to get some harder ones in once in a while. <BR> <BR> I will post the date and the challenge for that week. Some you will have to do daily and others only three times a week. <BR> <BR> You can post your progress daily and at the end of t... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:38:31 EST Hello Fellow Mamas and Papas ! Hi everyone! I am trying to get fit and buff ... and I have a 22 year old daughter in the US Army. So, I guess I came to the right place! I actually lost about 42 lbs. while she was deployed, so when she got home to the US, she kept making me spin around and around so she could look! She couldn't believe what size I was wearing, so she pulled out the tag on my jeans to see for herself! haha! It was a Kodak moment. <BR> <BR> I have a special place in my heart for military men and women... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 16:29:59 EST February Exercise Challenge For A Healthy Heart!! <em>26</em> This month we will be exercising for a healthy heart!! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Post all February exercise here. If you find any information that has to to with having a healthy heart then feel free to post it here also. <BR> <BR> <BR> For all our new members this is a great way to become more active in the team. Remember that sparkpeople has many articles that can help you and it also generate you strength training program. Make the best of all the tools Sparkpeople has to o... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:40:54 EST Another New Guy Hello All, <BR> I am the proud father of a 2007 Virginia Military Institute graduate who is now a 2nd Lt. in the 82nd Airborne. He is training at this time at Fort Benning completing Infantry Officers Basic Course. <BR> <BR> I am glad to see this group of SparkPeople who are proud of their military children. Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:04:53 EST Another newbie... Hello All, <BR> <BR> It's great to know that there is a group out there for moms and dads who are PROUD of their children's service! My son graduated from VMI (Virginia Military Institute) in May of 2007 and commissioned into the Army the day before graduation. He is now a 2nd Lieutenant and is finishing up his training at Fort Benning. I live in a very liberal, tiny, Central N.Y. city that more or less frowns on our military. It's discouraging and doesn't leave much room for someone lik... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 19:12:14 EST New to group Hi everyone. I am new to Sparkpeople and to this group. I hope you will allow me to come in and be a part of the fine military parents here. I am a 48 year old mom of two young men. My 26 year old is in his 8th year in the Air Force. He is a Kennel Master and k-9 trainer. He returned from Iraq in September of '07 and returned to his duties and to his assignments with the Secret Service. My 25 year old was in Iraq with the Army until 2005. He is now a paraplegic and lives at home. I am... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 21:43:16 EST Sparkpoints Challenge For 2008 I'm sure we have all made resolutions for this New Years and if we're here it's because we want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> If this program is going to work it always helps to post your exercise minutes, what you eat, how much water you drink, and even read some health articles. <BR> This is where the Sparkpoints come in to play. Try to track these basic things and see how many sparkpoints you get each day. Post those points here!! <BR> <BR> Let's make good use of all that sparkpeople has to... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 21:48:25 EST 2008 Exercise Challege 2008 is here and we have the oportunity for a fresh new start. Today we begin a new journey towards a happier and healthier and of course more active life. With this comes our exercise so let's continue to exercise because this is the best way to reach our weight goals. <BR> <BR> Every minute we do counts. Do what works great for you and enjoy it!! <BR> <BR> Let's try to push ourselves a little this month. Try to do at least 30 minutes three times a week. If you can do more even better b... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 21:40:49 EST Devotions for Dieters Hello everyone. I get a Devotional for Dieters daily from Cross Walk so will be posting it here for you all too. Hope it give us inspiration plus helping us grow spiritually this year. Be Blessed! <BR> Marilyn/Sunny332 <BR> <BR> Here is the devotional for 12/31 and I will post the 1/1 as soon as I receive it. <BR> <BR> December 31 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ecclesiastes 9:7 <BR> Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 19:03:40 EST Tips on staying healthy!!! Which do you know!! This is the year we all get in great shape, get active, but overall get healthier. This thread will be so we can write healthy tips that can help all of us. Feel free to post any that you may have!!! <BR> <BR> Let's find out the best ways to stay healthy!!!! Tue, 1 Jan 2008 17:36:11 EST Name a thing from A - Z A <BR> <BR> apron Wed, 26 Dec 2007 15:07:55 EST Curves for Women I have decided that I need some help with exercising. So my mom and I went to the local Curves today. They have a circuit that you follow with a guide to stretching before and after the workout. It really looks quite easy to follow and I go back Monday to try it out. <BR> I worry that they don't have an aerobic component though. They said that since the exercise is continuous it does raise the heart rate, but I was thinking of something like an exercycly or a treadmaster or such. <BR>... Wed, 12 Dec 2007 22:10:53 EST