SparkPeople Hey Beautiful! Team Messageboard Real Beauty starts from within. Our team is meant to inspire one another to look & feel good on the way to our goals. When We find Inner Peace with ourselves, we tap into our Natural BEAUTY SparkPeople Hey Beautiful! Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:18:19 EST Beauty Chat I cannot wait to get my favorite toiletry this week... Avon Skin So Soft Hair Removal Cream. I am looking like a beast. I hate razors. I use the cream for my arm pits and legs. <BR> <BR> For some odd reason, Nair and other removal creams do not work for me. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 15 Jul 2018 14:01:06 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:24 EST Hi There! Hey! I'm Sarah! I'm 18 and I am confident! sometimes. I didn't wash my face and just a bunch of stuff I should've done but didn't. Come in and talk to me. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:28:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:45:59 EST How Do You Post Team Goals?????????? Since they have a Team Goal for 1 face treatment per day why not add one for hair? Maybe not daily but 2-3x a week? Can you post Team Goals? Or does the Team leader need to? I'm still not familiar with all the options on this site... <em>38</em> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:39:03 EST hello beautiful how is your week going Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:23:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Oct 2012 00:30:56 EST Taking a Bath... I love to take baths and have been doing more of it, instead of showering lately. I have read that bubble bath products are not the healthiest for you. Has anyone tried to found a healthier alternative..? How about home made? I would love to learn from you all. :) Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:18:47 EST New Heeey Ladies <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself to the team. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and becoming the best that I can be. Good luck to all!!! Sat, 26 Nov 2011 20:19:27 EST Well Hello Beautiful! Hi my name is Jen! I love the idea of this group! We are all so very beautiful and should take care of ourselves on the inside and out!! Do not be scared or ashamed of your beauty! Be proud! Woohoo so excited for this group!! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:17:41 EST Mirror Image What's the mirror image saying to you these days?? Mine tells me I have more to take off in the belly area. :) <em>213</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:40:08 EST perfume I love perfume, I use it as a reward all the time. I find "preferred fragrance" brand(copies)to be soooo good, most smell dead on the originals, and at DD's they are only 3.99 for a nice big bottle; most of the bottles are very nice as well. Does anybody have a favorite fragrance story to share? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:36:04 EST I'm a new comer Hi, I'm new with a fat belly and pear thighs. I can't get past the look of the scales. I know you can't stand on them everyday for success, but I did and at a stand still. The only good thing is my clothes are feeling looser. Is that a word?? Anyway, I don't have to through away my clothes..................yet!!!! That's who I am. <em>213</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:52:28 EST Starting Fresh Hello all! I am Myiesha and I am ready to start eating healthy! Food is my biggest downfall. I don't over eat, I just don't eat healthy. I am welcoming Spark Friends that will motivate me to eat healthy and hold me accountable. Best wishes to everyone and I know that working together we all can achieve our goals!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 May 2011 12:03:16 EST Leader needed If you are interested in becoming a leader, please let me know. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:26:16 EST Hey i'm Daniela you could call me Ella or Dani it doesn't matter. many people tell me i'm beautiful but i don't feel beautiful. i guess i just need more of a confidence to make me believe that what they are saying is true. even if nobody agrees with me i'm not pretty at all its what's on the inside that counts right? Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:17:46 EST What's one of your guilty pleasures? Mine would be watching "Bad Girls Club"... <BR> I guess it's because there is really NO DRAMA in my life, so I just watch other peoples' drama! Haha! <BR> <BR> So what is one of your guilty pleasures? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:28:42 EST Daily Motivation... January 13, 2011 <BR> <BR> DESIRE IS THE STARTING POINT OF SUCCESS <BR> <BR> The first thing that will contribute to reaching your goal is that you simply want to reach it badly enough. You must learn how to desire with sufficient intensity to be successful. <BR> <BR> If you have the desire you have the power to attain success. You can really have anything you want in life if you go after it. But you have to want it. <BR> <BR> As a drowning soul desires air, as a shipwrecked person c... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:37:08 EST 2010 coming to an end... Wishing everyone much happiness in 2011!! Sat, 25 Dec 2010 20:15:46 EST hello Everybody! I'm new to SparkPeople and have never used a site like this (including forums, blogs, message boards, etc). I am very excited to meet everyone and share inspiration and a sense of community with all of you. Have a wonderful day and congratulations on all of your successes. : ) <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 04:32:17 EST Question regarding breakouts? Hi everyone, <BR> I just started my lifestyle change and was searching for a forum to ask this question. I hope this is the right place. <BR> <BR> I went from drinking 2-4 cans of soda a day to absolutely nothing but water ( 8-10 glasses a day ) and decaffeinated tea. My face has completely broke out on my forehead and chin area. Would this have anything to do with the water?? Mon, 1 Nov 2010 21:36:00 EST Quote of the Day 10/20 - Resilience My friend says the most profound things. Here is today's offering: <BR> <BR> Just because fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential. - Debra Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:14:33 EST Quote of the Day - Preserverence If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Debra <BR> <BR> This quote of the day is dedicated to my sweet boston terrier mix, who was tragically hit by a car and killed one week ago today. Picking up without him has been one of the hardest things I have had to do, topped only by discovering his body not long after the incident. <BR> <BR> He was going to be the one I started c25k with. Play on, little buddy. I will see you on the other side. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:49:58 EST Quote of the Day 10/12 - Determination “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:34:23 EST Quote of the Day 10/11 - Obsacles “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” E. Joseph Cossman Mon, 11 Oct 2010 23:38:29 EST Quote of the Day 10/10 - Energy Dig down in your reserves - you will find your energy. Buffaroo Sun, 10 Oct 2010 18:47:35 EST ENJOYMENT "True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united." I just found this quote by Humboldt, I will use it to motivate me today. <BR> I have finally gained the courage to post a message thanks to some of my spark friends. I'm looking to find a workout partner in my area. Anyone know how to do this? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 09:35:33 EST Quote of the Day 10/6 - Goals To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift. <BR> Franklin Roosevelt Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:51:50 EST Quote of the day 10/5 - service I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice. <BR> Mohandas Gandhi Tue, 5 Oct 2010 08:23:08 EST Quote of the Day 10/2 - Enthusiasm Henry Ford <BR> Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 09:34:56 EST Quote of the Day 10/1 - Confidence "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time." <BR> Anna Freud <BR> Austrian psychoanalyst & psychologist (1895 - 1982) <BR> <BR> Confidence is an ingredient to success - whether the goal is small or lofty, personal or business. How would you look if you dressed yourself with confidence today? <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 07:45:55 EST Weekly Beauty Recipe - Research I have decided to post a weekly beauty recipe. Something you could enjoy at home by yourself, or share with your friends. What recipes interest you? <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:05:15 EST Quote of the Day 9/30 Beauty “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” - Ashley Smith <BR> <BR> Discuss. I think it is important to SHOW our beauty to others each day and, to the best of our ability, to shrug off the negative that happens to us. I feel that each of us is in control of how we choose to look at things. We can choose to store up hatred, fear, an... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:02:14 EST Weekly Wednesday Welcome! I wanted to say "hello" to all existing and new members on this forum. It would be great to hear from you, so HOLLA! :) Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:05:17 EST Word Of The Day... September 18 <BR> <BR> wend \WEND\, verb: <BR> <BR> 1. To pursue or direct (one's way). <BR> 2. To proceed or go. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:05:17 EST Daily Holiday... Yom Kippur (Jewish - Sept 18) <BR> Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers. <BR> <BR> Yom Kippur is a day of "NOT" doing. There is no blowing of the Shofar and Jews may not eat or drink, as fasting is the rule. It is believed that to fast on Yom Kippur is to emulate the angels in heaven, who do not eat, drink, or wash. <BR> <BR> On Yom Kippur the Book of Life is clo... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:05:04 EST Did You Know... Did You Know? <BR> Facts, Figures & Folklore <BR> About Fall / Autumn <BR> Sept 18 : 04 days to Fall <BR> <BR> Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne? <BR> <BR> The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which "harvest" was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common. <BR> <BR> Did you know that Americans colloq... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:46:08 EST Joke Of The Day... A young man at this construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone based on his strength. He especially made fun of one of the older workman. After several minutes, the older worker had enough. <BR> <BR> "Why don't you put your money where you mouth is?" he said. "I'll bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to the other building that you won't be able to wheel back." <BR> <BR> "You're on, old man," the young man replied. "Let's see what you've got." ... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:10:24 EST Today in Television History.... SEPTEMBER 17th... <BR> <BR> 1955 - "The Perry Como Show" moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV. <BR> <BR> 1963 - "The Fugitive" premiered on ABC-TV. The show starred David Janssen. <BR> <BR> 1964 - ABC began airing the series "Bewitched." <BR> <BR> 1965 - The first episode of "Hogan's Heroes" aired. <BR> <BR> 1965 - "The Smothers Brothers Show" premiered on CBS-TV. <BR> <BR> 1966 - "Mission Impossible" premiered on CBS-TV. <BR> <BR> 1967 - The Doors appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and pe... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:28:35 EST Anyone Have Luck With Combination Skin? After hundreds of skin care products, I still haven't found the perfect solution to get blemish-free, acne-free, flawless, healthy facial skin. It's seems to me combination skin is really hard to take care of. What I always experienced - my skin would get better after 1 set or one bottle of a product then on the second bottle, the result will be either no change or downhill (back to start or getting worse) then I had to move to other products. Has anyone have tips for taking care of combinati... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:43:22 EST Hi everyone Ok, so I am new to this and a little skeptical. I have tried so many other ways to lose weight and this is the only "program" that seems to be all encompassing. I love that the nutrition tracker is on here and I can use my BB as well when I am away from my computer. I also love all the healthy articles as well. So, I hope that this is what I have been looking for because I am tired of being unhealthy. I refuse to just say overweight because it is more than weight that I am looking to change. ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 21:51:13 EST ingrown toe nail ouch I have a ingrown toe nail, soaked foot,did everything,that i can, now whats next.? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 12:25:22 EST Operation Beautiful Check out the website <link> </link> <BR> What a wonderful thing to do! Ive been doing this for a few weeks now...and It's a great feeling to know you are making some one else's day! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:49:58 EST Dance! Dance! Dance! This morning after my AM Yoga practice....I started off on a new road to travel in my daily workouts. I danced to a Salsa DVD...Whew!!!! It was a a wonderful way! When I am dancing I can always express myself! Salsa is super!!! I feel beautiful and I am burning calories at the same time! Yeah!!!! :) Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:01:20 EST What's Effective Way To Prevent Sun Tan? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm easily get tanned, especially on my face as I usually cover up the other parts, luckily no skin burned in process LOL. Even after I apply layers of sunblock or skin product with SPF 50, still get the tan effect. A bit worried if the tan will make my face more prone to blemish and besides, doesn't make me feel good to have 2 skin tone which at least 4 shades different! <BR> Is there more effective way to prevent skin to get tanned? Even if fairer skin from other races compli... Sat, 15 May 2010 09:10:43 EST cheeks hello pleasee help me.......i am little stouter to look at .......but if i start a diet my body is not getting effected rather i am losing my flush in cheeks and looking ugly...again i start eating normal stuff.....i am getting mad..please help me friends....i shouldn't loose cheeks but should put off some weight Wed, 31 Mar 2010 20:52:16 EST Hello Hi my name is Monica and I am from Utah. This is my second time here, but I wanted a fresh start to starting over again. I want to lose 150 lbs, but that can be adjusted as I get closer to my goal weight. I need all the help I can get and I am willing to help others as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Monica Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:46:50 EST Ladies - a shoe question I will be blunt - I've been in chronic back pain for nearly 10 years. It's put me in tennis shoes always because standard heels are painful. <BR> <BR> I've had to always "dress" around the tennis shoes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you direct me to any dress shoes that will help me be comfortable as well as stylish? <BR> <BR> I want to go back to being "a girl". <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 04:26:40 EST How To Get Rid Bumps On Face? Hi, <BR> <BR> My skin is getting clearer, the acne scars gradually disappear. But somehow I can't get rid the little bumps at my cheeks. They have the same colour like my skin so I guess they are not pimples. Some don't look too big but when touch them, feel as if they are big bumps hidden underneath skin. Sometimes I feel like I want to dig deep and remove them but of course, that sounds ridiculous. <BR> Any suggestion how to get rid of them? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:05:22 EST First 100 lbs lost, $0 reward ideas needed I started at 303 lbs a year ago and about to reach my first 100 lbs lost but have NO MONEY. Any NO COST reward ideas? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:00:24 EST Heyy! (im a newbie..) Hey <BR> My name is Kristen, im 23 from canada. looking to lose 15-20 lbs. Im down 2 since joining spark people. Love people and talking so feel free to message me! <BR> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 17:16:10 EST March into Beauty Day 3 Todays challenge is to wear something flattering. <BR> Maybe those jeans with that extra touch of Lycra or the pink shirt that flatters your skin tone. Feel beautiful today and you will radiate beauty. <BR> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:37:02 EST March into Beauty Day 2 Today's challenge is to look closely at your face. <BR> Do something special just for your face. Give yourself a facial or if you have the funds, make an appointment for one. There are lots of home made ideas on the internet. My skin is really dry and I am ready to get rid of that Winter dryness. <BR> <BR> Make your skin glow. <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 07:09:18 EST March into Beauty Day 1 Let's begin by taking a look at our hair. Does your hair do anything to enhance your appearance? <BR> Today's challenge is to spend about 15 minutes on your hair. <BR> -Do you need a new style? If the Bee Gee's were in the top 20 countdown the last time you changed your style.....Run, don't walk to the phone and make an appointment to have your hair styled. <BR> -Try a shine treatment <BR> -A quick deep conditioning while you shower <BR> -Do you always wear your hair up? Try it down. <BR> Jus... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 06:55:17 EST March into Beauty Daily Challenge I am thinking of stqarting a daily beauty challenge for the month of March. As I have gained weight and had to deal with lots of stress this last year I have neglected my appearance. Everyone knows that real beauty is on the inside, but let's face it, our outer beauty makes us feel better. <BR> Join in me March for a small challenge everyday. Each challenge will take only about 15 minutes a day. <BR> Let's have some fun and take better care of ourselves! <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:43:57 EST Nail polish? I would dearly love to wear nail polish but haven't in YEARS because it dries out my nails so badly, makes them crack and break, and the nail polish remover is painful. It burns when I use it and hurts for hours. <BR> <BR> Do you have any ideas for a nail polish I can use, and what I might be able to use to remove the chipped polish so I can apply new (or change colors)? <BR> <BR> I dearly miss that part of "being a girl". I've been SO craving polishing my nails the last week, but haven't... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:14:26 EST Help for sun damage! As a kid and young adult I spent a lot of time in the sun and NO SUNSCREEN. As a result I now have patches of sun damage on my face. I can't afford professional treatment and have tried several lotions and at home micro-derm but nothing is working. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a suggestion on something they used and worked? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 10:10:25 EST Hello from MN! Hi I'm Jessica from Minnesota. I just turned 30 and decided it was time to get my life back. I gained a significant amount of weight with both of my pregnancies, especially after my first child was born in End-Stage Renal Failure which required a kidney transplant when he was 11 months old. I'm seeing success with SP! I'm so excited to be here and can't wait to learn about everyone! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 18:07:26 EST Urine in Antifreeze in Perfume Gross Did You guys see this on gma? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-fake-perfume/story?id=9671475 </link> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:53:15 EST Hair help! Between sitting next to a heater, the 40 degree temperatures, the wind, the rain, the hail, not being able to blow dry my hair ... <BR> <BR> My hair (which was quite healthy before winter) is getting thrashed. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for how to keep my hair nice and healthy? <BR> <BR> I wear hats outdoors as much as I can (not always possible - and I don't want to wear hats all day long and in the house). Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:40:01 EST Hello pretty people Hello! <BR> I'm Caiti and I am getting married in a little less than 5 months! And I want to be at least 10 pounds lighter by that point...Uggh. <BR> I am annoyed because I had two years to do this (loooong engagement)and here I am scrambling at the last minute. I just got lazy. Big time. It also does not help that I try to match my fiancé, who is is 6'3.5" with about 100 pounds on me, in portion sizes.Probably a bad idea, right? :) <BR> <BR> But I can do this. I can. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:13:25 EST new products I bought Nexus shampoo and conditioner today which I have never tried. <BR> <BR> I have also been having some skin problems lately so I bought Clean and Clear pore cleanser, a black head eraser mask, new oil free moisturizer, and an eye make up remover. I'm super excited to try out these products, I hope I like them. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else bought some new products lately that they'd like to share? Sat, 5 Dec 2009 18:08:22 EST Facial Cleanser? Hello Everyone! I am having a really hard time with my skin lately. My skin is really oily and i'm having really bad break outs on my cheeks. Does anyone have any tips or ideas for me? Thanks. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:05:02 EST Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:27:22 EST Borax For those of you who make their own cosmetics, how do you keep the borax from clumping? Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:55:29 EST I need help and support !! <BR> I am on a yoyo cycle weight wise. <BR> i went from 136lbs back up to 143lbs I still have my monthly period and i get eating benges with it. <BR> i went to the gym and had a reprogram <BR> where they weighed me & measured me she did not recomend exercises to me yet because i am still seeing the chiropracter. <BR> the trainer weighed me and it did not look to good <BR> for me that is when the scale read 143. <BR> the trainer happed to be my taekwondo instructor <BR> and massage t... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 17:02:24 EST How to remove dead skin from feet ok yesterday I found out that when you use Vasaline jelly or oil,and the pumice stone, you can get your feet so soft. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 08:34:47 EST Meet new people I've lived in the same town about 4 years and I've had a hard time meeting people. I met some people, however my closest friend recently moved out of state and i've lost touch with a lot of other friends. Everyone I work with is 30+ and i'm only 22. Does anyone have any good ideas for meeting new people my age? Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:32:47 EST Good Make Up Books? Hey girls, I've been wanting to purchase a good book on Makeup. You know one that gives advice, instructions, ect. I've looked up some like "Makeup Makeovers" by Robert Jones and " Making Faces" & "Face Forward" by Kevin Aucain but they all have mixed reviews. Do you guys have any recommendations? Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:38:37 EST Some skin help, please The quick and dirty: I have great skin (thanks Mom!) that I only use water to wash and use baby wipes when going from workout to back to work. I have never had an acne issues except during TOM prep. <BR> <BR> My mom said that more skin issues came up for her when she was 35. I am 36. <BR> <BR> I am developing blotchiness/pre-acne on several areas of my face. Nothing has changed (detergent, etc.) and I believe it is from the increased exercise and sweat. In particular, the area around my gla... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:27:50 EST hi <em>30</em> Hi my name is beth and I'm 51 yrs old I have aot of problem with dark circles under my eyes makes me look really old I just left a bad marriage and starting to date again so I want to look better got any ideas. n how to cover them up Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:34:56 EST Favorite products What is everyones favorite skin care, hair care, or make up product? <BR> <BR> Right now my favorite products are St Ives Apricot Scrub, Aquage hair spray, and Warmth by Bare Minerals Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:27:50 EST sweat & washing hair Hi! How often do you wash your hair? My hair guy says not to wash too often, he washes his once a week, but when I work out on the elliptical I sweat so much. Do you use a gentle shampoo and wash often? Tue, 1 Sep 2009 08:45:37 EST Cover girl and Wet n Wild Just wanted to rave about two great eyeshadows I just bougth. Since I hear that purple/violet is in for this fall I got two purple sets one from Cover girl and one from wet n wild. They are super and I love the results. Wet N Wild was the best, the Cover Girl one you really need a base or primer for it or else it's too light to even show! But they are both super nice. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:18:02 EST DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET/KEEP STRAIGHT HAIR? I have hair that is fine and straight mostly with a little wave. I am going to a straighter hairstyle soon.. (or plan to) and I need to know what I can do for some volume on top yet keep hair fuzz free and shapely and not greasy looking. I have tried so many things in the past and cant get it to look good. Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:57:08 EST Favorite Healthy Snack I'm pretty good when it comes to eating a good breakfast,lunch, and dinner, but sometimes during the day I hit those afternoon snack attacks where I'm just craving something to eat. Got any ideas for a low-cal, healthy snack that'll keep me full and focused? :) Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:41:57 EST Aloha!! Hi everyone, my name is Jill, i am 25 and i just recently moved to Hawaii. I have very bad self-esteem and i am hoping this team can help me realize all the positive things i posess. It is time for me to stop being so critical towards myself. And i need your help in doing so. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 23:40:25 EST Hello! Hey, <BR> I'm a 21 year old looking to revamp my lifestyle using sparkpeople. I've heard great things about this place, and wanted to say to everyone, <BR> <BR> "Way to go!!!" <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> me Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:39:17 EST I'm new! Hello. I'm new to the team. I think I'm going to like this team a lot! Have a great day everyone! Wed, 22 Jul 2009 07:50:54 EST Hello All!!! Hi everyone! <BR> I've just joined the team and am excited about learning to appreciate the body that I have now with the goal of bettering this great body that God has given me. <BR> I look forward to learning from the 'veterans' of the group and spreading that message to all who'll listen. <BR> JCFJDF Fri, 19 Jun 2009 22:54:43 EST Calluses Ok I have done the pumic stone,soaked my feet, any more idead on how to get rid of the calouses,besides a pedi? Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:43:37 EST What makes you beautiful? We all may not be happy with our bodies at this point in time-but can we find something about ourselves that makes us beautiful-despite our perceived body flaws?? I find my big heart and big brown eyes beautiful. What makes you beautiful??? <em>41</em> <em>26</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:31:50 EST Feel BEAUTIFUL within/just not on the outside Hello. I'm new and extremely ready to be a new beautiful me! I'm 5'4 and need to lose 60+ lbs...I'm trying to stay on track and type in my nutrition and exercise. My problem is staying on track.....Just started exercising 3 weeks ago 5 days a week (which is walk/jogging 2-3 miles a day...I just wanted to say hello and it's great to see how many of you are so supportive to each other! I am ready to make the outside shine as bright as what I have on the inside:) <BR> <BR> -getskinny98 Tue, 19 May 2009 11:09:56 EST New and feeling beautiful! Hello, all! I am new to the group, but I love the idea of striving to feel and *be* beautiful while traveling the road to fitness. <BR> <BR> I am feeling beautiful today, because I am training for my very first race, which is a 10K, and today was my longest road run ever. 4 miles! Every step was a challenge, but I did it! Makes a girl feel strong. <em>211</em> Sun, 17 May 2009 17:43:59 EST We are all beautiful Or at least we should all think we are. I always hated the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but the older (and wiser <em>211</em> ) I get the more I kinda realize its true. Society has so skewed our idea of beauty. I see beauty everywhere I am, just being alive and blessed by the people who surround me is beautiful. I look at the old images of the greek Goddesses and their wonderful curvy figures and think that is Beauty. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of da... Thu, 7 May 2009 12:02:25 EST What makes you feel pretty? I always feel pretty with make up on, getting all dressed up with great shoes! <BR> When my guy touches my hair. <BR> Getting my nails done. <BR> Swimming <BR> A Hot relaxing bath <BR> when someone notices I have done something different Tue, 5 May 2009 20:58:13 EST Dark circles under my eyes... :-( Hey! I have dark circles under my eyes... It's genetic and they don't even get better when I get plenty of sleep! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> So.. I was wondering what concealers or creams you could recommend.. I've tried a bunch, but haven't come across anything amazing... So I'd love to know what any of you recommend!! <BR> Oh! I should also mention that I don't wear a ton of face makeup - just a tinted moisturizer, so heavy, cakey concealers aren't my first choice... Thanks!!! <BR> ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:51:16 EST What's your fav. make-up, shampoo, moisturizer? My favs. <BR> M.A.C. make-up <BR> Avada Shampoo and hair products <BR> Oil Olay skin care <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 21:54:52 EST I am totally excited! I think this is going to be a great team for me! I love fashion, beauty, and alternative health tips. I am looking forward to reading all of your great ideas and sharing my owned. <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 21:48:28 EST Hello from New Mexico Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Megan. While I don't think I'm beautiful, I'm hoping that this team can help me to believe that I am. I'm a working mom of a wonderful 14mo named Elijah and I have an absolutely wonderful hubby named Rob. <BR> <BR> My body image isn't that great, in my eyes, and I need help learning how to love myself and how to think I'm beautiful. Just thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> Megan Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:13:05 EST Anew Clinical Derma-full X3 I ordered this a few weeks ago and I can see a difference in my skin, It really does work. I ordered it online 0n EBay and it only cost me $23.00 compared to $53.00 if I would have ordered it from my Avon rep, has anyone else tried this? Sun, 12 Apr 2009 08:44:35 EST Cracked/dry heels I have not tried this yet so can not vouch for it's effectiveness, but read about it in a magazine recently and am gonna give it a go. <BR> <BR> I am a marathon walker/treadmiller so my feet take a beating. I read that if you take a Stridex pad which has acid in it and rub it on your heels that it take a lot of the dead skin away, then you apply some Vaseline, slap on a pair of socks and by morning your heels will be less cracked and dried. <BR> <BR> Let's see...... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 19:47:33 EST Hello, fellow beauties ! Hello all : <BR> My name is Victoria and I am brand new to the team. <BR> I am very interested in beauty in my funky offbeat Aquarian way, which means that I am really into skin care, having my nails painted, eyebrows waxed, making my own skin care products, but .........not a stitch of makeup on this puss of mine ! <BR> <BR> I began taking care of my skin when I was 17 and I guess it has paid off as I have just recently had my 48th birthday and have no wrinkles, grey hair or crows feet ! <B... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 23:20:18 EST Where do I get a GOOD eyelash curler? I'm having a problem with finding an eyelash curler that works. I've bought 3 in the past 4 months and none of them work. <BR> <BR> I have an old one, and the insert is actual, rubber and it worked fantastic. Well the rubber is now worn and when using it I'm taking the chance of actually cutting my eyelashes. <BR> <BR> The ones I just bought----the inserts are plastic and don't even curl my lashes! It's driving me nuts! The re-fills are even made of plastic! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:00:40 EST Second time around Ashley here. I've been on spark people since last August. All that I have done is go up and down and end up 5 pounds less than I started. I've decided that I am going to start over again and really lose the weight this time. My problem is that I can't seem to stay motivated. Any ideas? <BR> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 20:55:15 EST LOOKING SWEET. looking sweet takes a lot of hard work,courage,determination.i try my best to feel good to look good,lets encourage one another,eat healthy,take care of our body,feel good. <em>243</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 17:46:11 EST I have make up! I ordered a boatload of makeup from Avon and I have it all. I've done some playing with it. It'll take some getting used to, but I'm liking it. Once I get comfortable with my skills, I'll post some pictures. <BR> <BR> I do love the minerals line of foundation they have! It's light,but takes practice in putting it on! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:59:35 EST What did you say no to today? I said no to the home made cookies on the break table! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:57:44 EST Beauty Quick Tips & Product Reviews Nobody knows beauty like women and those of us in the trenches every day. I figured we could us a place to share our little tips and the tricks we've discovered along the way. <BR> And a place to share your reviews of products you love, hate or overall all opinion of. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 19:05:48 EST Hi I am new Hi, I am new to this team , Just found it this afternoon and it looked like a lot of fun. I live In Pa and have a house in the Mountains that we like to go and spend time there on Holidays and long weekends. I have been with Spark for over a year and love it. I have met a lot of wonderful people and hope to get to know all of you. Take care. Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:20:26 EST A revelation I don't know how it happened. I didn't reach a goal. No one gave me a compliment. I didn't fit into a pair of jeans that have been waiting in the dresser for ages. I wasn't even looking in the mirror! <BR> But yesterday a strange feeling of acceptance came over me. Acceptance for myself! Something I haven't had since before I started my weight loss journey. <BR> I was blogging about my conflicting want for a new bikini for my Spring Vacation and the reality that maybe I don't have the b... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:35:58 EST Red eyes trick I <BR> ve never tried this, but I heard that if you have bloodshot eyes..from allergies or whatever.. Put on your regular mascara, then put on a coat of blue mascara over htat. the blue neutralizes the red and brightens your eyes appearance. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:46:58 EST Raw Minerals line? Anyone tried these? Are they as great as the ads look or is that a whole lot of airbrushing they do? Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:00:37 EST Beauty 101 I have my notebook and pencil ready...Let class begin! <BR> <BR> Can someone (or someones, the more the merrier) please help me out with some basics that I have never learned! <BR> They are small things, but there seems to be so many I don't know where to start! <BR> <BR> Should I wear make up daily? The hubs says I don't need it, but I wonder if at time if I shouldn't put forth the extra effort, at least on my days off from work? <BR> I want a complete wardrobe overhaul but I can't afford... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 03:30:03 EST Hello, hello! Ahhh...introductions and the decision on what to share and what not to! I guess I'll be brave and tell all (those faint of heart, please look away from the thread!) <BR> <BR> My name is Rachel, I'm 32 and a newly wed. I've found a surreal bliss with my husband. We have a connection that is hard to explain, a love for one another that runs deep and all is based on a level of respect not around in any other relationship I've been in, including my first marriage! <BR> Between the two of us we... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 03:06:38 EST Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara Tried It I Love it! I can now replace my $25 dollar tube of Dior Show Fri, 20 Feb 2009 19:23:11 EST can someone tell me can someone tell me what makes a woman beautiful? i donot consider myself pretty at all, tell me how can i be beautiful? Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:54:05 EST Hi, Im a newbie!! My name is Brandy, I am a 28y.o. SAHM of 3, I've been married to my husband for 8 yrs. Im new to spark ppl and Im loving it...My friend told me about it and ever since I've been hooked! Im already seeing a difference and feeling it and that's great... <BR> I look forward to getting to know and making some new friends.... <BR> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:15:18 EST hi i'm new well, i'm not beautiful, but i sure would like to be seems like some women have all the looks, i always said, when god passed out beauty he for got me Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:42:03 EST Say something positive about yourself I am a Diva Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:14:04 EST Advice about CARBS! Hey Beautiful ones! <BR> I am wondering what limit people set for themselves regarding carbs intake? I've seen a lot of conflicting information when it comes to diets like Atkins/low carb diets, good carbs in bananas and berries, do they count? yet carbs in a potato are bad carbs...brown rice is better?, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find a daily number that is reasonable for low carb diet especially since the Spark nutrition tracking works great keeping track of nutrients! I keep thinking ... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:11:46 EST Drop in and say Hi! I thought if anyone wanted to just drop in and say Hi, there is not a room for that! So if anyone is interested just drop in and say what is on your mind. I was just out shovelling snow again. I'll be sooooo glad when spring gets here and all this snow is gone! Have a great day. Sue Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:17:37 EST What moisturizers do you use? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well, finally I went to a local dept. store and had them help me with my make-up. She recommended Lancome and I love it!!!! It actually stayed on my face, didn't slide off and looks great! It's expensive, but since I don't wear make-up often, it's worth it for me and will last quite some time. Much better than wasting my money on products that end up in the trash. I spent a fortune this past year, only to throw it out. <BR> <BR> The only thing is, she put moistur... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:34:37 EST Water I guess this is more of a question rather than a topic, but I've asked this before and haven't had any helpful answers. <BR> Can tea be counted as a water? <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 16 Jan 2009 22:41:27 EST I need to look beautiful and it's not happening! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 46 and restarting SP, once again! This is it though, I'm more determined then ever. <BR> <BR> However, New Years Eve brought me down and I need a pick-up. Matter of fact I've been needing a pick-up and wondering if any or all of you can help me? <BR> <BR> My problem is make-up YIKES! I'm now 46, my skin has always been oily and I was able to get away with just applying powder to hide the shine, when is reared it's ugly glow----YUCK!!! <BR> <BR> Now however, t... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 20:37:33 EST swimming secret. when your down,heavy,restless,go swinmming,your not only taken away, stress but,also doing good to your georgeos body.what do think.? Sun, 7 Dec 2008 11:11:52 EST All Things Simple: What's Your Home Made Secret? This thread corrects Natural home MAD thread. Unfortunately you cannot edit a thread's title YET. <BR> <BR> It's for all things simple, organic or home made. Enjoy :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 01:46:51 EST Product Rave: Skincare <BR> Rave about your favorite products or new finds. <BR> <BR> (((There is so much incredibly great advice on the beauty tip thread that I thought we could break it up between products and organic/home made stuff...))) <BR> <BR> Hope this helps you all sort through and collect the data you need! <BR> <BR> Have a great day tomorrow you gorgeous things you! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 01:39:35 EST Natural Home Mad Inspired beauty tips & tricks Gaea inspired this thread. If you don't mind moving your wonderful home made advice here, please share!! <BR> <BR> This is for anything home made or inspired by it... <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a big fan of olive oil, jajoba and vitamin e oil as skin softeners. <BR> <BR> If I don't use them by themselves I always mix them with lotion. <BR> <BR> It just works that much better :) Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:38:41 EST 2009 Gorgeous Fitness Goal; ONE Hello Gorgeous lovelies, <BR> <BR> It's that time of year to start chomping on thoughts of change for 2009. This is a good one because I'm going easy on you. Your job is accountability and of course commitment.... <BR> <BR> (It's easy and you can do it!) <BR> <BR> Think ONE. Just one fitness goal that you can commit to for the year. It could be weekly or monthly or daily, but it's about 12 months and consistency. <BR> <BR> Just ONE for this team. Get it? <BR> <BR> So take the rest... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 00:02:52 EST New here Hey there all! My name is Jamie and I am new to the group. I have been of SP for a while now. This sounds like a great group, can't wait to meet all of you!! Tue, 28 Oct 2008 14:03:20 EST Twins Just curious if anyone here has a twin and has to go through what I do with my sister. We always discuss looks, weight, lifestyle, and etc... Sometimes I feel as though I don't always tell her the right things, but she gets mad at me for what I am doing and how I look... Does this make sense..... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 13:55:56 EST Too thin?? How do you know if you are getting too thin?? Someone commented to my boyfriend yesterday that I shouldn't loose any more weight because I was too thin and that my face looked really sunk in. I am planning on loosing 9 more pounds but I don't want to look goofy. Now I am second guessing myself. Does anyone have any suggestions? Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:21:00 EST waxing Does anyone know of a good at-home hair removal system for your face that is suitable for acne-prone skin? Fri, 17 Oct 2008 16:16:42 EST JUST JOINED!! Hi everyone I just joined and i'm really excited I love everything makeup,beauty treatments etc read some of the posts and this is a great team. Fri, 17 Oct 2008 02:51:59 EST Wrinkles??? Does anyone have a good solution for wrinkles? Since I have lost weight, I have a lot more wrinkles around my eyes and mouth and don't know what to do about them. Also, any suggestions for the loose skin on my legs, it just hangs? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:15:21 EST FYI <BR> <BR> The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc. <BR> <BR> The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. Most people probably know this already. <BR> <BR> What you may not know and should know is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they ... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 23:04:37 EST Bowflex Ok I was curious about the Bowflex, the total gym workout! Does anyone have any input on them ex.) are they worth the $$$, do they really work, etc.... Thanks and have a great week!!! <BR> Mon, 6 Oct 2008 10:42:24 EST New Here! Good Morning Everyone. I'm Tammi and I've just joined. Thu, 2 Oct 2008 08:26:39 EST Static...HELP!! i have recently started using a straightening iron...i love how my hair looks and feels but after a few hours i start getting VERY bad static, i've tried using hairspray and even tried a static spray that i found in avon and nothing helps, i'm sure once it gets colder and drier it will get worse....any suggestions?? Tue, 30 Sep 2008 18:53:18 EST Pilates for Pink Workout while helping The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "Pilates for Pink" body-toning mat classes for every fitness level will be offered on Saturday, October 4th @ 9 a.m., Sunday, October 12th @ 9 a.m., and Saturday, October 25 @ 9:00 a.m. Your $10 donation check/money order payable to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and advance sign up will reserve your spot in class. Donations via credit card can be made at and bring your printed receipt to class. The Studio is... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 15:05:52 EST New to the team Hi, I have been with SparkPeople since 7/25/08 and was just looking through the teams. This one sounded interesting, I can always use some beauty tips. <em>213</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:20:49 EST New Website I found this website and wanted to share it with you all... It has videos for everything. Abs, cardio, kickboxing, dancing, and etc... I use it and I love it so far... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:41:11 EST Neck stretches or exercises If anyone out there knows anything to make your neck feel better please let me know. I think I am going to have to go to the doctor, but I thought I would ask you all and see if anyone had anything for me to try.. Thanks! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:17:01 EST New here but wondering.... does anyone use the gel eyeliner? i have really short eyelashes, so mascara doesnt cut it by itself! i have been using the pen kind, it stays put usually, but sometimes i have it smear down-doesnt help my dark circles under my eyes at all! <em>41</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 17:46:18 EST Hi everyone! I want to be beautiful! I was lurking around for a motivational forum and found this spot. You all seem to be very inspirational and helpful to one and other! I hope I can join in and help out! <em>213</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 17:33:10 EST Hi Hello everyone..I've been a Spark for 1 month now. I'm enjoying more as I get around the sight. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing ideas to help each other achieve our goals. I'm losing weight and learning so much.. <em>67</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:54:26 EST Eye Bags Do cucumbers really work to help the bags under your eyes? Does anyone know some other remedies that can help, mine are not bad but I don't like having them at all.. Any ideas??????? Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:52:01 EST Vote for Spark People Link from team: Wow I need to lose a whole person TY to Kimcandoit! <BR> Busines week is doing a poll about online health sites... <link><BR>ofweb2008/health.htm </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2008 01:04:39 EST New to the Team Im 26 with 70 pounds to lose. Struggling to keep on track. Mon, 1 Sep 2008 21:51:13 EST Crazy Topic I hope that this question does not offend anyone, if it does I am very sorry! Ok here goes, haha!! I was just curious on how many of ya'll truly believe that sex is an exercise? I have heard many stories that it is one of the best calorie burners along with being the perfect stress reliever ever. So what do you think??? Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:42:51 EST One Wish If you had one wish what would you wish for and why... It can be about your body, car, job, or lover!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 14:11:20 EST Hello everyone Hello! I was looking for a new team to join and yours sounded really nice. Looking nice and feeling good always lifts a persons spirits and motivates them! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:03:28 EST Blackhead cleanser? I have pretty clear skin for the most part... No pimples, but I do seem to get a lot of black heads on my chin and my nose... Does anyone know of a good cleanser to clear them up? Sat, 26 Jul 2008 08:55:37 EST Hey Everyone! Looking for some motivation! Hey all! I am Sarah.I am 25 years old. I am married. I have 5 kids. I have been battling low self esteem for my whole life and gaining all kinds of weight made it a million times worse!! I have lost quite a bit but Still have a ways to go. I just wanna feel beautiful! SO I hope to get to know everyone!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:18:24 EST "In Need Of Your Prayer's " 7-15-08 <BR> My mother-in-law left to be in her heavenly home 7-5-08 @ 1:00pm. Started with a phone call at 11:45pm July 4, 2007 and ended at 1:00pm July 5, 2008 she was just as healthy as a twenty year old (It’s so hard to understand….I truly understand the verse quote in the BIBLE…. “LIFE IS LIKE A VAPOR”. All these years I had never seen her sick one day in her life span that I knew her. She was a registered nurse for 52 years. She retired in 2006, buried her second husband in March of 20... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:48:09 EST Hi I'm new here!!! What a great idea for a team. I'm at the beginning of my weight loss and am battling not only weight but also low self esteem. Lately I find that I feel unappreciated not only by others but also by myself. This team sounds like it's just the medicine I need! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:11:30 EST stretch marks Is there anything that really helps make them not look as bad as they do? Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:36:33 EST What fragrance are you wearing today?? Im wearing Provacative Woman by Elizabeth Arden Wed, 25 Jun 2008 10:43:40 EST one of those days when i dont feel beautiful.. blech. <BR> why do i feel ugly today?? <BR> <BR> sigh. <BR> oh well. <BR> <BR> reckon i will just throw a paper bag over my head and head to the gym. <BR> <BR> haha Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:15:09 EST Sunless Tanners This was just brought up and worthy of it's own thread. <BR> <BR> The sun is out and I'm a big fan of the even tan. I did find something on clearance that seemed to work nicely. <BR> <BR> I'm not a big fan of real cheap products but I first started exploring beauty in my teens with the St. Ives lines. <BR> <BR> I found this on clearance and it's real nice! <BR> <BR> St. Ives Healthy brilliance. Protect and glow with UV protection. It's a body moisturizer that gives your skin a heal... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 17:40:47 EST Howdy Ya'll Thought I would drop in and introduce myself. I am Patricia, from NE Texas, I am 36, and happily married. <BR> <BR> Please check out my SparkPage to learn more about me! <BR> <BR> <BR> I also look forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2008 07:31:01 EST New Chick I am new to this team and happy to have found it. <BR> I'm looking forward to making new friends and geeting inspired. <BR> <BR> Luv Ya <BR> <BR> ~HuneeB~ <em>252</em> Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:30:56 EST The eyes have it: What's your routine? Here's a "cool" way to reduce puffiness from FIRST magazine. <BR> <BR> Chill two teaspoons in the freezer for five minutes. <BR> Place ice cube on tongue pressing it on the roof of <BR> mouth while keeping one teaspoon over each eye. <BR> <BR> The chilly spoons eliminate under-eye puffiness and the ice hydrates skin from the inside out to banish bloating. <BR> <BR> Another over the counter product that works is from <BR> <BR> Its their 90 second under eye miracle wonder I... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 11:59:27 EST Shampoo and Conditioner I have a lot of hair. It's medium thickness and almost to my waist. As a result, I love to experiment with shampoos and conditioners. My hair is basically straight, but it's gotten coarser as I've gotten older. When I see pictures of teenaged me with gleaming hair, I get a little sad. Any ideas on shampoos and conditioners that will make my hair really straight and shiny? <BR> <BR> I like Pantene, but I swear that it makes my hair fall out. There's a new L'Oreal one that I like as well. I ju... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 11:13:57 EST Bath and Bodyworks Bought a few CO Bigelow products from B&BW. Body Rose Silk, Lemon body cream, Quince hand lotion, Deluxe Facial Moisturizer. Also I heard Bath and Bodyworks June Sale starts Monday! <BR> Fri, 30 May 2008 23:08:49 EST Hi Everyone :) I just found this team and after reading some of the posts, I'm so happy I did. I'm looking forward to making new friends. <BR> Peace & Love, <BR> Jeannie Tue, 27 May 2008 15:20:42 EST Cellulite Sorry I didn't mean to use that bad word.. lol <BR> Does anyone know a product that will help with this. <BR> I have alittle of it above my knees it looks yuck. <BR> All the other parts of the leg are improving but that part needs help. I have heard of procedures but I dont know if they work.. You know mudd wraps etc. Please help if anyone has any suggestions.. <BR> Katielane Fri, 23 May 2008 12:15:09 EST Heaven, I mean, Ulta They just opened an Ulta around here not too long ago. I finally went tonight with 2 friends of mine. Holy moley, I love it! In some aspects, I think it's even better than Sephora. And it's so close! I'm going to have to be careful. I tried to be good and still spent $85 dollars. Wed, 21 May 2008 22:27:41 EST cancer supporters I need Help Hi team I am asking that any one who can help me out with my cancer walk. I am walking for the lost of my mom and dad. I lost my dad 6/07 and then lost my mom 9/07. Your support and donations would mean alot for me. All those in New York can also come Walk with me!!!!!! to donate please log on to my first and last name to is Laquisha Rollins. Thank you Wed, 21 May 2008 13:03:23 EST One thing to work at your....... Heay ladies!!! Just joined today, and looking forward to meeting some new spark friends. It's one thing to work so hard at losing weight, keeping fit, and eating right. But at ALL TIMES look your best. I like talking about anything that relates to beauty, so I guess I found the right place. <em>88</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 20:04:30 EST Help us fight cancer by supporting Relay For Life! Hi, my name is Amanda and I joined spark people to be more healthy, and past that on to my child. My sister and I are walking for the Relay For Life and I just want to say that since I joined to do the walk on 5/31/2008. I never seen so much passion,determination,strength and love. I have never had cancer, but I want to give back, I want to help. I see so many passionate people here helping people get on the track to becoming more healthier so I thought I would send out a message to help tho... Mon, 19 May 2008 12:58:09 EST JUST JOINED THE TEAM TODAY Hi every one I have been a part of spark for a little over a month. My progress is slow but that is ok I am making a change and loving my self more every day while I do it..... <em>252</em> Thu, 15 May 2008 17:41:37 EST Stretch Marks Hi everyone, I'm new to the group and I have those terrible stretch marks on my stomach. I had my son 2 1/2 years ago and he really made my tummy stretch. I have tried all types of oil and lotions that I can afford to get rid of the them and they are still here. Is there any inexpensive way to make stretch marks lighter or maybe perhaps disappear :) please past on some suggestions and ideas. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> virginiagirl06 Tue, 13 May 2008 10:05:46 EST I like the title... Hi, new to your team here. The old me would've probably tried to put off a team like this until I lost all my weight and "felt" beautiful. But I'm trying to change my old mindframe from being all or nothing to giving myself a little credit along the way. Hoping this attitude will make the weight-loss project something I don't completely dread, and instead be something I'm excited about doing. It's gonna be kind of hard though, I'm not used to complimenting myself or finding the things I like,... Sat, 10 May 2008 20:04:51 EST Mascara I am a mascara junkie, but I have yet to find the mascara that will make me loyal. What are your favs? Fri, 9 May 2008 14:36:19 EST Body Wraps I did my first one. <BR> <BR> It was great! <BR> <BR> I was mummified in hot soaked gauze then slipped on a plastic pants/top suit. <BR> <BR> Then I lay there (brought my own meditation CD) while she gave me a (deal) mini collegen facial. <BR> <BR> Then she left me. The whole process takes 45-60 minutes. <BR> <BR> I did not measure before or after. I no longer subscribe to CARING what the scale says. Seriously, I think it's useful for the doctors office. But when you reach goal ... Fri, 9 May 2008 12:13:49 EST Pilates I posed this question in the fitness chat corner. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried the machines? You know, a few sessions with a Pilates professional in their gym with their Pilates equip? <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 May 2008 12:10:18 EST I need a little help.... Since I started SP in the begining of March...I've noticed a diffrence in my skin tone. When I do my workouts(cardio especially) my skin gets blotchy. I know that some of it is from giving myself the workout my body needs...but what I'm concerned with is what stays. I have freckles but have noticed that there s a bit more of a brown pigmentation in spots on my face (kind of like strawberry marks but very light.) My girlfriends said that they couldn't notice it (but I also had slight make-up o... Sat, 3 May 2008 11:09:03 EST new profile image Hi, Friends! <BR> <BR> Well, I have been very gently convinced to change my profile image. <em>246</em> So, I have decided, in honor of the "new me", the "new and improved attitude", I am going to be changing my image. Now, as soon as I figure out how to post a new picture (it'll probably take me a few days to figure out how to do it), I will have a new picture, but I will still be "snorkelfan"!. Sun, 27 Apr 2008 01:05:16 EST I don't feel beautiful I'm having kind of a rough time right now, and as per usual, I'm turning the negativity in on myself. What is your favorite beauty pick-me-up? You know, your go-to thing that makes you feel prettier and more self confident? Sat, 26 Apr 2008 15:38:26 EST i just cant do it. So I've been stuck between 135-140lbs the last two months. At first I thought I'm just not trying hard enough anymore. So I upped my exercise routine and all. But I just can't loose. I've tried so many things ending all in failure. Any ideas? Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:24:55 EST new to you good afternoon to all. I am a 31 year old and i am just looking for a little extra encouragment. I am new to spark as of yesterday. It seems like a great program. Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:33:24 EST Beautiful Minds! <BR> We spend so much time focusing on our appearance, <BR> but in case anyones ever straggling online and wants <BR> to watch some really motivating and brilliant (short) lectures: <BR> <BR> TED.COM (Technology; Entertainment; Design : Ideas Worth Spreading)These are posted lectures from the TED conference in Cali, where annually they invite the best minds from all walks of life to share their ideas. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2008 20:19:18 EST New to this team hi everyone my name is felicia, i'm new to this team, and willing to get to know everyone at sp. I have a bad problem with telling myself i look beautiful on the inside and the outside. I don't like the way i look. thanks for listening. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 22:27:30 EST New Girl! Hey my name is Amy and I'm about a week old with SP! I'd love to make some new friends who can help encourage me to stay focused and fallow through! <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:32:41 EST Happy Earth Day! <BR> sending sunshine and love to everyone <BR> (also:, for those that might want to get some good ideas on how to celebrate) <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:10:00 EST blogging Just a quick question. What the heck is "blogging"? How is it different from posting messages? Tue, 22 Apr 2008 01:43:20 EST i need a change hello, everyone! My name is Barbie and I need to make some changes in my life. I joined SP in January and have been in a slump ever since. I need to lose 50 pounds. I am very conscientious about the way I look and am hoping this team will be a good boost for me. Im looking forward to getting to know some of you. Visit my spark page if you want. I am really looking for motivation and encouragement. I know I can do this! Thu, 17 Apr 2008 23:20:48 EST New and still trying to find that confidence Don't know how many times I have tried to get in shape in the past few years. Hopefully now I will stick to it. But...I think gaining some confidence along the way will only help me stick to it even more. And I think I came to the right place! Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:06:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 12 Apr 2008 12:16:48 EST Winsor Pilates I just started up with winsor pilates ...if anybody has had any exp with winsor pilates pleaseeee post about it! Wed, 9 Apr 2008 10:16:36 EST What are some "beautiful" characte ristics? Since we all have our definiton of "beauty" I thought maybe we could share with each other! Both inner and outer! <BR> <BR> inner: I love an honest person. I think honestly is such an important trait. I also love witty people and "real" people. There is nothing I dislike worse than a person who is always trying to be someone their not....fakeness is a bit disturbing for me! Actually, I can't stand it! <BR> <BR> outer: I love eyes....they say so much about a person. I also, guiltily ad... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 17:01:12 EST April Goal; Choose your own WEEKLY goal Change up your fitness program to get out of a slump. Just one week will make the difference. <BR> <BR> Examples <BR> 1. Go to the gym and get into those metabolism changing weights! <BR> 2. Take a fitness class twice a week or try spinning or yoga. <BR> 3. Take your pet for a super long walk just twice this week. <BR> 4. Play with your children for an hour just twice a week. <BR> <BR> Remember fitness is all inclusive with mind and body. Once you add enjoyment and relaxation or ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 15:29:07 EST lifting up i need some encouragement today girls! i have felt like doing nothing and not caring and that is a warning sign i know of giving up. i hate defeat and i don't want it to happen---you guys are the only thing that has ever held me accountable and it works. i just feel like i am getting lazy and not liking what i see in the mirror. i do not want to give up--finding this site was a blessing-i know this is what i am supposed to do--can someone help with some uplifting advice and motivation! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 23:56:51 EST Should I Order Nutri-System??? Okay, I saw a Summer Shape-up Program with Nutri-system on QVC this morning and was thinking about ordering it. I went to the website and saw that they have another new program - Advanced, with better options (added omega 3's, etc.) and added start up material (but it's 28 days instead of weekends off & costs a bit more). <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Well, you know you have to still buy fruit and veggies & exercise. So I'm not sure what to do. Should I just buy my own food??? The one thing I can... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 14:07:52 EST What will you do to make yourself feel beautiful? Spring is here! Easter is here! What will you do this weekend to make yourself look and feel beautiful? Will you take a walk......will you enjoy your grandchildren? Tell me all about it.......I'm all ears!! -Holly Fri, 21 Mar 2008 12:05:12 EST HI THERE I NEED THIS GROUP---MY SELFESTEEM HAS BEEN LOW FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE OF MY WEIGHT GAIN. THIS WILL REALLY HELP-HAS IT HELPED ANYONE OUT THERE? ADVICE IS WELCOMED Wed, 19 Mar 2008 22:25:53 EST I'm New and I'm Beautiful! This is a great team!! And I need to start treating myself like I am beautful. <BR> <BR> Recently the way it was described to me was that I had cacooned myself inside and the beautiful butterfly was trying to break free. So just let her break free. <BR> <BR> So here I am! <em>88</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:36:22 EST Which would you rather have??? Inner Beauty?? I thought it would be interesting to see what your take would be if you were asked which you would rather have....inner beauty or outward beauty?? Why is that more important to you? -Holly Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:39:00 EST Hello everyone! I saw this group on the SparkPages team page and it seemed like such a fun group to join~~I have been on SparkPeople in the past but this year I want to finally make that difference! I would like to meet some cool new people that can become buddies as well. Stop by and say howdy sometime! Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:20:50 EST At home pedicure/ manicure recommend ations??? I'm looking for a regime to keep my hands & feet beautiful between trips to the salon... any suggestions? Thu, 6 Mar 2008 14:52:22 EST I'm Everyone Hello Everyone, I'm Becky I'm 48, I'm 5'1 and I weigh 175.4 I'm Married to a wonderful Man for almost 30 years. We live in West Virginia. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 23:10:46 EST Co-workers and Lunch Alrighty, I'm a college student and I'm just starting placement at local womens organization. Anyway my first day was yesterday and I'll be working mondays for a few weeks then work full time. <BR> <BR> So the problem is, everyone in my office goes out for lunch at their favourite chinese place at least 3 days a week. I went out for lunch with them yesterday and then later realized how many calories are in chinese food. On top of that I can't find nutrition information for the exact things ... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:48:38 EST March Goal; Get into range Get out your kitchen scale for the month. This will help you focus on your range. <BR> <BR> :) Once you get the idea, and start choosing whole clean won't be dieting anymore. You won't be watching calories much either. :) <BR> <BR> Get into range! But first read this article :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Healthy Carb, Fat and Protein Ranges <BR> The Numbers You Need to Know <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> "Help, I am way over in protein!" <BR> "I’... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:57:45 EST Newbie I'm a newbie...first day posting...sounds like a great place to be! Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:48:55 EST new member This sounds like a fun team! I have been an SP member since late September 07 and I love it. I hope to meet lots of fun and interesting people! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 12:07:14 EST beauty tips hey does any one know of any good face moisturizers? <BR> my face and skin is so dry lately but it seems like nothing is working?? Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:06:59 EST im new hello everyone i am a 32 yr working mom of 5 ranging from 12 to 2. i am excited to meet all of you. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:13:08 EST What I love Something I love about myself oddly enough is my stomach. Even when I gain weight it is relatively flat. I hold weight very well because it distributes pretty evenly throughout my body. Most people would never guess I'm 145 lbs. <BR> <BR> I was even able to pull off a Betty Boop costume this past Halloween. I've gained since then but still very proud. Although I have to admit control top panty hose helped. Haha! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly is this fits in this topic but I also love my de... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 00:49:21 EST WISDOM TEETH !! So I got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday morning and I'm not exactly on solid foods yet ... and i'm cravingt my egg sandwich my boyfriends mom bought me for lunch yesterday (which I wasnt aloud to eat), been thinking about it all day ..... <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> How long should I wait before I start eating somewhat solid foods, such as my egg sandwich, which is very soft? <BR> <BR> Question two: <BR> I go to the gym 3 days a week for aerobics classes, today is one of my days, however... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:59:18 EST What's your favorite healthy snack??? Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let everyone know I found the perfect snack/sweet treat. It's Sunsweet Ones and there individually wrapped so you can throw a few in your purse or whatever. 4 prunes contain 100 calories with 0 fat and 12 gr of sugar, but it sure satisfies my sweet tooth and is much healthier than a candy bar. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite healthy snack? We could all use some new snack ideas. <BR> <BR> TGIF! <BR> <BR> Barb Fri, 1 Feb 2008 07:02:39 EST Good Morning All, I'm a Newbie Hello everyone, I'm new - I've been in SP for about 3 weeks but it has taken me that long just to sort through everything and choose teams that I would like to be a part of. I'm 41, recently married (my hubby is 4 years younger than me) so I really want to get it together, not for him - but for me. He's very athletic and I want to be the same. I have a 12 year old that is also overweight, so I need to consider her in all of this also. I'm looking for friends that can support me and that I ... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:09:44 EST SHAVING! Ok, so I bought the Venus Vibrance razor a couple months ago and so far I LOVE it, but was wondering what's everyone's favorite shaving cream. I really liked one called "Coochy" from Pure Romance (LOL!) but I'm all out now and really wanted to see if I can find a comparable shaving cream at the drug store! Any recommendations? <BR> <BR> And while we're at it... what's everyone else's favorite razors? Sat, 26 Jan 2008 22:36:29 EST Lasting Beauty Hi, I'm Dana, I'll be 45 in March... and I want to get more and more beautiful (both inside and out) with age. I hope you girls will have gobs of good tips on just how to do that. Sat, 26 Jan 2008 22:04:25 EST NEW GAL HELLO EVERYONE, I JUST WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING, THANK GOD THIS SITE IS ***FREE***. SO MANY SITES CHARGE. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT AND I WILL DO IT. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW EVERYONE. I AM READY AND MOTIVATED THANKS TO SP. I JOINED YESTERDAY, AND I AM DEFINITELY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2008 01:36:41 EST Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Buys... 1. Loreal Voluminous mascara(worth way more than the $4 I spend on it) <BR> 2. St. Ives Apricot Scrub(the 1 single skincare product I have used since I was a teenager) <BR> 3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smokey Rose(great nude lipstick) <BR> 4 Loreal Color Riche lip gloss in Soft Nude(great nude lip gloss) <BR> 5. Burt's Bees Milk & Honey body lotion(smells yummy an keeps my skin soft) <BR> <BR> O.k....what are everyone else's faves? <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:41:33 EST discouraged! So I'm having some trouble dealing with those who dont believe in dieting or think I'm just fine the way I am. What to do ? <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:20:10 EST newbie here just thought id take a minute and introduce myself. my name is heather. i have been married to the man of my dreams for just over 1 1/2 years. i very much like anything to do with make-up so i started selling avon about 1 year ago for extra cash. and need to get going with the exercising. so this just seemed like the team for me. if you would like to check out my avon site it Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:14:29 EST Excited! Hello everyone: <BR> I am exxcited to start to think beauty again. Tell me all the beauty tips. <BR> LeJ Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:19:46 EST Fresh and Fabulous in 2008 <BR> Nows as good a time as ever to write it down! You know you've been thinking about it! In fact, I'm sure it goes alone nicely with some of those goals for January...or even the first quarter as well as the entire year. <BR> <BR> Let's start the year off right and raise from the dead some old topics, one being, Looking good along the way to our fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Any changes for hair, fashion...or even pampering products in play? <BR> <BR> As to me, I already bought a few pairs... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:09:25 EST Hey, Lovelies! **i'm a moron. should have posted this in the sticky thread** <BR> <BR> I'm Cody and was encouraged to join by LOQUETUS. <BR> <BR> So, here I motivation, tips, & support. Any little bit helps. <BR> <BR> My plan is to lose 30 by end of April (first beach trip of the year!). Fri, 4 Jan 2008 14:10:29 EST 10 To-Do's For Making Your 2008 Comeback <BR> Borrowed from a friendly site ... <BR> Love this list. Read it! <BR> <BR> Successful weight loss and physical transformation requires a major mental effort. <BR> <BR> <BR> PERSIST. Don’t quit. “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” Sir Winston Churchill <BR> MAKE THE EFFORT. Work hard. Great comebackers use all the hours in the day: Wayne Huizenga collected t... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:45:33 EST Product Rave: Murad I thought we could be specific on our product raves. <BR> <BR> If you have one to rave about be sure to share! Mon, 31 Dec 2007 22:42:24 EST Creating a new skin care and make-up routine! I'm in the process of making several little changes (that will equal BIG changes in the end!). I REALLY need to develop a simple, easy-to-maintain skin care routine and make-up regime. Right now I'm lucky if I throw on moisturizer and eyeliner before I hit the road. It would be great to hear everyones tips, tricks and suggestions and I really want putting my best self forward to be second nature. Help! <em>20</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2007 23:26:21 EST January Goal: choose your own Keep it broad. We'll have daily and weekly goals too. <BR> <BR> For January my goals include: <BR> <BR> Staying on track at the gym with 3 days of weight training <BR> <BR> Staying on track with 5 days of cardio <BR> <BR> - the membership class at church <BR> - starting to study for personal trainer certification. <BR> <BR> Think about a broad but limited to 3 goal for January. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Dec 2007 14:51:20 EST I am new to the group Hello, all <BR> I am new to the group and I just wanted to introduce myself. I am Toya, I joined SP a few days ago and I think that it is great!! Things are going well for me. I am after a better healthier ME!!! Toya Mon, 24 Dec 2007 14:42:12 EST Just me or is it TOO QUIET?!!! I know it's a busy time of year, but is anybody out there? <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> If you're out shopping for me... sorry I'll be quiet too :) <BR> <BR> If you're working out... ROCK ON beautiful people =) Wed, 19 Dec 2007 13:47:49 EST new to the group hey everyone just joined the group, i saw it on a page from someone ive just added from another group. I figure the more groups im in the more inspired ill be to keep up and join in on the challenges, hope everyones doing well with their plans and good luck during the holidays---talk to you soon :) Tue, 18 Dec 2007 15:19:39 EST Beautiful Annonymous Here's a place to talk about all things you can't live without, including spark!! <BR> <BR> I can't live without spark people <BR> I can't live without a good scrub. My favorite product line is Murad right now. :) Fri, 14 Dec 2007 18:35:11 EST Circuit Training I joined a gym about a month ago and have been trying to make a little circuit for myself. I always start out with 10-15 minutes on the elliptical at a 5-6 incline and 15 resistance. Then I go over to the machines...I don't like free weights because I'm too intimidated and weak. I want to do something like chest/arms one day, then legs/glutes, and maybe then back/stomach. But I usually just tend to do a little bit of each so I feel balanced. Which is better? Fri, 14 Dec 2007 03:07:39 EST Aaargh! Need support! I am back to my start weight. What is wrong with me? I feel like I more motivated than I have ever been for a long term change, but also losing weight more slowly than I ever have before. <BR> To be honest, I am much more aware of daily calories, which is good and I know it will lead to loss in the end but.... <BR> Back to the beginning!!?!?!?!?! I lost 3 pounds and they are back. And I have been at this since THANKSGIVING! I kind of feel like a failure. <em>39</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 21:53:16 EST December Challenge- crunches with a twist 50-200 a day, or every other day, depending on how little or how hard you are working those muscles. Be sure to rest and not overdo it... <BR> <BR> <BR> You choose your level. But commit to it. Every day. The challenge is to see pre-Christmas results in just 3 weeks from today or tomorrow. I bet you will! <BR> <BR> 12/7 - 12/21 - okay? <BR> <BR> Use the online demo which is awesome. Or dig up an old routine. You can do this standing with a twist (remember to suck in so you feel it... Thu, 6 Dec 2007 16:05:39 EST 2008 goals- think carefully Take the rest of the year if you have to. <BR> <BR> I want 3 commitments out of ya. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> <BR> Think acheivable. Maybe, you stop and meditate 20 minutes once or twice a week. Maybe to get rid of one or two foods too high in sodium. Maybe to start shopping organic for veggies (always)...Maybe to remember to wash your face and brush your teeth BEFORE bedtime. <BR> <BR> Think acheivable and what works in your lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Small significant changes ad... Thu, 6 Dec 2007 12:40:56 EST Slowly becoming beautiful... Hello everyone- <BR> <BR> I am new to this group. I guess I am just looking for better ways to love myself inside out and also to find some good beauty tips. I grew up with a lesbian mother, so she was never much into the makeup and hairstyling. <BR> <BR> Hope you guys can help! Andrea Thu, 6 Dec 2007 11:42:29 EST 30 day super Challenge: Nov 15- Dec 15 There is a thread on this in general forum, but it's getting lost in a sea of posts.... <BR> <BR> How are we doing peoples? <BR> <BR> My major change has been cycling to work almost every day. <BR> <BR> I love how my thighs and butt are responding. Double the pleasure in workouts! <BR> <BR> :) Always day one! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:16:15 EST Hi Everyone Just joined and wanted to say hello to everyone. I'm a mother of 3 from South Carolina. <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:17:36 EST General Chat ... for the Generally Beautiful! That goes for ALL of you! <BR> <BR> So you may have disapeared for awhile. And now your back and jumping in to let us know what's happenin! <BR> <BR> Or you don't know where to post something. <BR> <BR> Or you are new and lost and need help. <BR> <BR> Use the general chat thread mmkay? <BR> <BR> THANKS! And if you still aren't sure just look for a thread that might match your inquiry before you post a new one. <BR> <BR> THANKS! :) <BR> <BR> Gobble Gobble Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:07:26 EST Giving Thanks What are you Thankful for this year? <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the love God put into my life. I have a fantastic son who I adore- and great family and friends as well. My friends are generous with their love and affections. Some very much so. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for God hearing my prayers and blessing me with opportunities to quench those prayers, particular as of late. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for God providing me with a super job that allows me many freedoms and flexibility. I ... Fri, 23 Nov 2007 11:30:37 EST An Encouraging Word... As we head into the weekend let's think of something unique about ourselves that's a positive focus... building our strengths (and hopefully sharing them). Let's elevate Beautiful people! <BR> <BR> Even if it's as simple as a big smile... let's share that with someone this weekend <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:43:40 EST 30 day super challenge starts November 15! Okay kids here we go again!. <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> Ready to push and stay focused throughout the Holidays? <BR> <BR> Your next challenge should include at least two of the following: <BR> <BR> -Get back on the treadmill 2-3 times per week. <BR> -Do it outside when it's sunny. This is good for your mind, as well. Why not kill two birds? <BR> -Get that workout video back in the T.V 1-2 times per week. <BR> -Drink more water every day- at least an added 8-16 oz more than u... Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:34:47 EST Anti-dep ressants I just now made the connection that my anti-depressants most likely made me gain 15-20 pounds. I'm slowly going off of them now because I am just sick of relying on pills to make me happy - and so far, so good. I wish I would have known about the weight gain side-effect beforehand. It only makes me more depressed. Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:01:14 EST hi! I just noticed I'd forgotten to introduce myself. such bad manners. <BR> <BR> I'm Rachel (but I have about a billion nicknames), and I'm 24, trying to lose... oh, 80 or 90 lbs. it sounds so much worse when you put it in actual pounds to lose than when you put down a goal weight, doesn't it? ugh. Tue, 13 Nov 2007 14:28:59 EST I'm baaaack. I'm finally back! I had a lot of health issues and had to take a break for a while. Now I'm on my own diet and I've joined a gym. I gained too much weight and I need to get back to where I was. Mon, 12 Nov 2007 21:51:54 EST Do you use eye cream? Who uses eye cream and what types? The crinklies are setting in - yikes. <em>211</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:26:10 EST Mascara - what's your favourite? I have been on a quest for mascara lately. And, believe me, I've tried lots. I used to always use Clinique's Naturally Glossy Mascara and it was great. My eyelashes are wispy and fine and lately I think they are getting finer and they were starting to clump together all the time. Arggh. <BR> <BR> Maybelline's Great Lash, while recommended by a friend and voted best inexpensive mascara twice was the worst for me. Clump, clump, clump. <BR> <BR> I've tried out many prestige lines and dru... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:21:16 EST Eyebrows- Tweeze with care... The bold look is back! Yay! <BR> <BR> from Mwrcury news (Donna Kato) <BR> <BR> This season marks the return of the dark and defined brows similar to the ones Brooke Shileds made famous in the 80's. Not quite as unruly, the best brows these days are bold without being distracting. <BR> <BR> "Your brows should be as full and well-shaped as possible, full and strong but groomed," says Ramy Gafni, ,founder of Ramy Beauty Therapy, "not looking like a caveman."The emphasis should be on the a... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:10:40 EST Hi everyone ....from Canada, eh! Hi fellow name is Darla and I'm from Vancouver, B.C. Home of 2010 Winter Olympics. I have found since losing 30 lbs. I am a lot more interested in my appearance. I love make-up and other beauty treats. Hoping to share and learn from you all! <em>204</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2007 16:03:40 EST hello from Ireland Hi all, my name is Niamh, I 25 and from Ireland. I joined this team because i'm not feeling very beautiful today! Have a hangover <em>33</em> plus it'll be nice to get posts about girlies things and not just exercise tips etc. <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:00:04 EST New to the team Just wanted to say Hi! This team looks like fun :) See you all on the boards!!!! Fri, 26 Oct 2007 09:33:17 EST October 22nd Newbie! Hi everyone! I was looking @ LC.WORKIT's page and saw the description of this was like it was calling me..."Hey Beautiful"! <BR> <BR> I actually needed to hear that today. I looked around the forums & think I'll like it here! Mon, 22 Oct 2007 20:58:39 EST Humor ... in the news Forget the bloody Mary, just give me the blood! <BR> <BR> HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong man who knocked back two vials of blood after a drinking binge has been jailed for two months, a newspaper reported Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Li Man-yiu, 29, told a court Monday he was "extremely thirsty" when he staggered into a hospital on September 13 for treatment for an injured toe, the South China Morning Post reported. <BR> <BR> Surveillance cameras showed Li "walk up to the laboratory counter, take... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 12:18:19 EST Organic Beauty; links for food topics and beauty.. Moving on into organics. Have you started making the transition yet? <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts and especially resources here. Books, online whatever. <BR> <BR> Now Please check this amazing site out! <BR> Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:23:17 EST 30 day Super Challenge- Starts Oct 15! This is it people. It starts Oct 15 and ends November 15. Can we handle a bit of a push here pre- Holiday- avoid some weight gain over TG Day? <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to stay with it for 30 days. Something NEW. <BR> Something you commit to for 30 days. <BR> So... what is it? <BR> When you decide, post it.. get ready set and then go. <BR> You report back your successes each week. Just once a week (or more)... <BR> <BR> Now what is it? A new routine with weights?, a tape of P... Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:37:31 EST Lip Tattoo anyone? Just had it done- owwie Permanent first friggin tattoo. Yes, very painful but I did it. She gave me a 50% deal - I couldn't resist. <BR> <BR> I feel like my lips are on fire - or have been burned badly by the sun. Now it's getting better, but yes, it's tattooing with a needle. <BR> <BR> Anyone do this? <BR> <BR> My results: They are a juicy cognac/red tint. A bit dark right now... but they will fade 50% within 3 weeks to a more neutral hue that we agreed on. <BR> <BR> So far I'm happy with th... Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:24:07 EST Halloween Baby! Ok I think I've settled on going as Dr. Evil for Halloween this year (hey the head's already shaved and I'm good at shhhh-ing) <BR> <BR> No the challenge isn't deciding what to dress up as for Halloween. <BR> <BR> The challenge is 3 weeks till Halloween who can OUT CRUNCH me?! <BR> Report back with your crunches the next 3 Wednesdays (or daily if you'd like) <BR> <BR> Just so you know I normally do about 550/week and I plan on "ramping" it up! <BR> <BR> Anyone up for it? Wed, 10 Oct 2007 12:31:44 EST Spend some extra time outside this weekend! Who's with me? Hey (it's supposed to be) Beautiful! Fri, 5 Oct 2007 17:48:35 EST Okay....I'm back... Sheepishly, I crawl back to SparkPeople after a 4 month hiatus full of bad luck and's issues allowing themselves to get in the way of my weight loss goals. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Alas, I'm back and I'm on the wagon. My birthday is in t-minus 15 days...gonna get 3 lbs off by then. I just know it. :) Mon, 1 Oct 2007 12:22:27 EST Hot DOG ok, this really has nuttin' to do with food & diets but... <BR> <BR> my FH and i are getting 2 female italian greyhounds, but we are having a tough time coming up with cute names for them!! They have not been born yet, so we don't know what colors/markings they will have. Thanks!! Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:29:39 EST Hot DOG ok, this really has nuttin' to do with food & diets but... <BR> <BR> my FH and i are getting 2 female italian greyhounds, but we are having a tough time coming up with cute names for them!! They have not been born yet, so we don't know what colors/markings they will have. Thanks!! Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:19:08 EST Huddle me Cuddle Me... let's get fit! Don't forget to huddle for quick snugglin' support! <BR> <BR> No SLACKING THIS WEEK!!!!! Time to gear up for Holidays!!!!!! Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:52:47 EST Week in Challenge: GET OUTSIDE While it's still hot! Go outside and: <BR> <BR> Run/jog <BR> Walk <BR> skip (?) <BR> Play with your kids/ball <BR> <BR> I ran my treadmill today.... so I'm playing b-ball outside with my kid tonight. <BR> <BR> Do something outside this week. The fresh air and sunshine will do you good, beautifuls!!! <em>252</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:03:54 EST The Pill and The Great Weight Gain! All right, so I'm considering going on the pill! <BR> <BR> My GYN has given me a month's sample of ortho evra lo dose, BUT I'm hesitant about starting. Researching online has revealed a lot of less than pleasant side-effects. The major one being: gaining up to 20lbs within the first two months. <BR> <BR> So, any experiences to share? Tips on beating the weight gain/water retention maybe? <BR> <BR> Also, there were some side notes on a decrease in libido. Has anyone experienced this? Is ... Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:23:08 EST Eat Clean Challenge: With promising results... can you commit to 1-3 days of: <BR> - no diet sodas (cause bloat/immitation sweetners are just not supportive of overall health. <BR> -More vegetables per meal <BR> - add a fruit or two per day. (keep them at work or on your kitchen counter.. <BR> -No butterfat (replace with olive oil...) <BR> -Lots of water. <BR> -No packaged salad dressing (use vinegar/oil or lemon juice) <BR> -lean meat in 3-6 0z servings (cook it up in advance and package it up in servings/freeze) <BR> -No sugar- or w... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:24:43 EST What does Beautiful mean to you? Our (Hey) Beautiful leader has invited me to help lead Hey Beautiful! I've accepted the honor with humility... knowing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and can mean many things to many people. Which led me to ask the topic "What does Beautiful mean to you?" By the dictionary standards it can mean: qualities that give pleasure, delight the senses or mind, wonderful or satisfying... <BR> <BR> To me beautiful can be something simple and unexpected (like an offer to help or lead or reac... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:14:44 EST A Newbie! Hello Beautifuls!! <BR> <BR> I am a new member to your team...and a fairly new member to sparkpeople. I am a 5th year student at Iowa State & I am getting married June 2nd!!! Id like to just say hi and wish everyone the best of luck!! Sun, 9 Sep 2007 21:48:41 EST Another newbie! Hi! I'm an 18 year old British girl, and one of my main reasons for losing weight, despite for my health, is in order to feel better about myself! I try to make as much of an effort most days as possible, as I think it all helps with motivation! Would love to talk to anybody else around my age! Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:05:23 EST New Member with a New Skin Question Hello all, I got this sample in the mail along with some other samples, that was just fantastic. It was called new skin - or something similar. It made my face softer than it's ever felt. But, I misplaced the little package and the envelope from the company. Anyone ever heard of it? Wed, 29 Aug 2007 14:02:01 EST Superfood of the week: PLUMS One word? DIURETIC! <BR> <BR> Can't seem to understand yet the multi-faceted benefits of fruit? Read a bit on Plums... <BR> <BR> Nutritionally Speaking: Plums are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and riboflavin. They are known for their strong diuretic properties, and make a great, energizing snack, low in sugar and calories. <BR> <BR> Originally cultivated in China, the humble plum later traveled to Europe, where it became exceedingly popular. The first European settlers introd... Tue, 28 Aug 2007 13:16:15 EST Dog Days Hello fellow Beautiful People... <BR> <BR> Looking at the posts lately, it looks like a lot of us are out on vacation or something. I know it's hot and sultry where I am, and my motivation is really low at the moment. Here I am hoping for the cooler weather and the holidays (for more reasons than one). <BR> <BR> I think it's time to challange myself a little too, for the above reasons. I have been offered a bow flex at a good price, anyone have one of those? <BR> <BR> I am going to go... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:57:55 EST Boo Looks like there will be no working out for me for quite a while, but the good news is that I'm on a specified diet. Why? <BR> <BR> Well, friday night I started to get really horrible stomach pains that seemed to come in contractions slowly coming on and then reaching a climax of pain. Then when I tried to stand up, I fainted. I ended up fainting twice and couldn't stand up. I went the ER the next day (the next day because the ER is freaking busy at night, and they had a stabbing so I would ... Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:52:12 EST Cancer Fighting fruits & veggies from (excellent site) <BR> <BR> On CANCER FIGHTING FOODS: <BR> <BR> Vegetables with the Highest Anti-cancer Activity <BR> <BR> * garlic <BR> * cabbage <BR> * soy <BR> * ginger <BR> * umbelliferous vegetables such as carrots, celery, cilantro, parsley and parsnip <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegetables with the Modest Anti-cancer Activity <BR> <BR> * onions <BR> * flax seed <BR> * citrus <BR> * cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower <BR> * sola... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 14:47:02 EST Antioxidant 101: Read it, Eat it, and Reap From <BR> <BR> Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. <BR> <BR> Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative dama... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 16:26:32 EST hello this team sounds perfect for me!!!!! <em>204</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2007 13:36:50 EST Hi I'm new too! Hi everybody, <BR> I'm new to Spark. I'm trying to lose the 200 pounds I gained due to Cushing's disease--so far 25 down! Thanks for welcoming me to your team. :) <BR> <BR> Monicaroni <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Aug 2007 19:21:20 EST Hair: How do you work it when you have no time? I woke up too late to shower. Unfortunately my long hair looks like poop today! I can normally get by with rollers or in a pony...but no time today. <BR> <BR> What's the skinny on bad hair days? How do you fix it!!!!! <BR> <BR> Please oh please oh please share!!!!! Tue, 7 Aug 2007 14:55:42 EST Rants & Raves: Feeling bad or good? What's up? Here's the hot spot for your bad days and good days. <BR> <BR> Do not rant or rave on products here. There's other threads for that. <BR> <BR> My rant today is about waking up late..... and looking like crappiola. Tue, 7 Aug 2007 14:49:08 EST Pregnancy For all you moms out there...what early signs did you have that indicated you were pregnant? So far I've been nauseous, dizzy, fatigued, moody, bloated, having food aversions, and just have a feeling that I am pregnant. <BR> <BR> And then the missed period thing is kind of hard to pin down. I only get my period every three months thanks to my kind gynecologist. I have four boxes of pills. I take nine weeks of pills jumping over the placebo pills and then take them at the end of the 3rd box.... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 02:03:12 EST Hiccups. Hello again everyone! <BR> I'm always the Hiatus Harry, it seems. I've gained <BR> back 5lbs, due to (of course) roughing it with the <BR> boys. It's been a month of sleeping when the sun <BR> goes up and all kinds of crazies. <BR> <BR> So discipline and moderation. Back on the bus, and <BR> I'm making a promise to myself not to hop off once <BR> my weight starts to get ideal. <BR> <BR> How is everyone!? :] <BR> <BR> (update on my photos which depict family life/free trees and general d... Fri, 3 Aug 2007 11:01:32 EST Creative Wording Hello Beautiful People!! <BR> <BR> Okay, here's something I think is funny, and one of the many reasons I adore my family. We like playing with words, and making no sense to any besides us, but here is a new word that we've adopted, and it's one of my favorites so far. <BR> <BR> Pisstivity (i.e. Keep it up and you will cause my pisstivity level to rise) <BR> <BR> Lately, my personal pisstivity levels have been on the up instead of at the mellow middle. Some reasons, finances, 6th grad... Tue, 31 Jul 2007 10:43:20 EST Humor surrogate father-a good one <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Smiths were unable to conceive children and <BR> decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. <BR> On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith <BR> kissed his wife goodbye and said, "Well, I'm off now; <BR> The man should be here soon." <BR> Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer <BR> happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. <BR> <BR> Good morning, Ma'am",... Sun, 29 Jul 2007 12:54:22 EST Hi, I'm New Hi my name is Jennifer and I'm 33 years old. I have lived in Spokane WA for 14 years. I previously lived in Cerritos & Moreno Valley CA for 7 years, and Casper WY for 12 years. <BR> <BR> FAMILY: <BR> I have been married for 13 years. I have 3 kids: a 12 year old girl, a 7 year old girl, and an 18 month old BOY (much different from girls- as is God's plan.) <BR> I have 3 cats, 2 ferrets and 1 dog (Border Collie.) <BR> My family is mostly in California still. I wish we lived closer. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:47:21 EST Quotes If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. <BR> <BR> Anna Quindlen (1953 - ) Tue, 17 Jul 2007 15:51:14 EST Hi Everyone! hi Sun, 15 Jul 2007 14:59:41 EST Photo Rejuvenation? I'm going to a consultation to look into photo rejuvenation. It's a lot less invasive than laser surgery and requires basically no down time. <BR> <BR> But each treatment is about $250, and they say you need about 3-5. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any better ideas? My acne scars aren't pitted, just red and stubborn and haven't gone away in years. Sun, 15 Jul 2007 01:51:25 EST I have a question? ????????? I have a question? When I'm tracking my food, I've been noticing that I'm having very little fat, should I try and keep to the guide lines? or is it alright once in a while or always to be below the amount required? Thu, 12 Jul 2007 15:54:53 EST Spotlight on YOU who? This is a new thread that recognizes each of the beautiful people here on spark. <BR> <BR> I'll be highlighting something about you that is remarkable and might be helpful to others. <BR> <BR> Tonights special beauty is APPLEhead. <BR> <BR> To say the very least, <BR> She's a lovely poet <BR> She's into apples <BR> <BR> Do we express ourselve enough in art, in writing, in hobbies? Are we making time for ourselves each week? Just one hour on you, your old you or the you you ache to be? <... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 02:58:45 EST ok, i love this team! I'm new and was just reading threw some old posts and I decided this team is perfect for me. I am glad i came across it! <BR> Elle Wed, 11 Jul 2007 11:19:56 EST hi I'm elle. I'm all about pampering myself. I have taken on the mission of taking care of myself in jan. 07, a year after my son was born. For the first year of my sons life, i lost myself and gained about 50 lbs, and just did not take care of me. I realize that if i am not taken care of neither is he or my family. So it has been six months of taken care of Elle, and i feel great! Ilike the concept of this team and look forward to meeting new people. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 11:10:00 EST SOHAPPY! 1lb to go until i'm 130! <BR> and when i put on one of my 'fat' jeans <BR> i got the <em>9</em> effect. <BR> <BR> wahooo! Tue, 10 Jul 2007 12:24:03 EST Finding Ways To Be Happier With Yourself... I find it hard to like myself sometimes...Either I feel like I'm too fat, or I feel ugly or I just don't feel good enough for some odd stupid reason. Then I resort to food as a way to make myself feel better...How do you stop yourself from eating when your feeing down? I just thought I'd ask other people what they do when they're feeling miserable. Or when your feeling depressed or things just start to go all wrong. What do you do to make yourself feel better? I would like to know what other ... Sun, 8 Jul 2007 21:25:02 EST Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Just like the title says. <BR> <BR> Less is more. <BR> <BR> When shopping, think about buying bulk and freezing back in tupperware. <BR> <BR> Buy and use tupperware like products instead (reduce) relying on ziplocks. Think about our much we produce. <BR> <BR> Remember to recycle. By now most of us live in communities where they encourage it and make it easier... <BR> <BR> Do something for the community, for the world. It will give you a sense of feeling good....and.... Wed, 4 Jul 2007 14:59:39 EST :( I'm so depressed. My little kitty must have snuck past me last night when I opened the door and I can't find him anywhere. I checked around the apartments and with my neighbors...He is my greeter in the morning! I can't eat. Sun, 1 Jul 2007 18:57:10 EST VITAMINS- are you tracking? Well do so. It will only take a few minutes to find or enter your brands... <BR> <BR> It's a great way to understand vitamins too. <BR> <BR> Like, Calcium- it's minimal in multivitamins, so you need a supplement to be sure you get it. <BR> <BR> And the B complex, also minimal in most multi's so supplement. <BR> <BR> On another note, anyone find the new "greens' vitamins? I love how energetic I feel after taking one. <BR> <BR> It's a healthy dose ofstuff like alfalfa, barley grass juice... Fri, 29 Jun 2007 13:43:35 EST Your Weekend Challenge- Manual Labor!<em >215</em> That's right. <BR> <em>215</em> <BR> Yardwork, housework, cleaning the car, unpacking, painting, anything manual goes. <BR> <BR> Me? We are going camping so hauling and dealing with a trailer is manual. <BR> <BR> Good luck and stay ACTIVE and happy, while having fun meeting personal "to do list" goals. <BR> <BR> ;) <em>85</em> <em>26</em> Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:27:58 EST Problem Skin I have problem skin!! I dont have extremely horrible skin but it is problematic. It is very sensitive and acne-prone. Oily in some spots but too dry to skip a moisturizer. Also i scar easily. So even though my pimples are fewer since my transition out of puberty i still have the scars. Any suggestions?? <BR> I drink tons of water so please dont tell me that. I just want healthy, smooth, clear skin. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 19:13:00 EST My Thighs Are Huge! Hello Beautiful People. I am having major issues with my hips and thighs. I do tons of cardio, but they don't appear to be getting any smaller. I do not want to bulk them up. Does anyone have any exercise suggestions to help aid me in my quest to slim them down? Thu, 28 Jun 2007 11:51:40 EST Hi!! Hi newbie to the group. Great idea!! Looking good is not always about weight. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 10:43:51 EST hey new girl... hey everyone, <BR> I am new at Sparks! <BR> I am 22 yrs in Canada. <BR> My goal is to lose 20lbs, im hoping i can do that with motivation from this site because i know i dont have much will power when it comes to food. i love junk food <BR> Check out my page, message me...add me as a friend <BR> i could use some people around my age to talk to! haha <BR> xoxo <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 26 Jun 2007 18:00:36 EST