SparkPeople Country Living..... Team Messageboard For anyone who lives in the country, loves the country, or is country at heart. Join us! SparkPeople Country Living..... Team Messageboard Birthday & Anniversaries Let us help you celebrate your day! Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:34:25 EST Color & Word Association Post a color and word that go together. Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:21:51 EST Modes of Transportation Post here modes of transportation. Can be types, names, etc. of cars, trucks, animals, etc. You name it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Only catch....needs to be Alphabetically. <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun here! <em>244</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:19:37 EST Hi Everybody Thank you for the welcome. I live on a small farm closer into the city, while we have a ranch further out in the boondocks. We enjoy country living and I wanted to chat with others doing the same thing. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:26:58 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I am a married mother of teens. I am a returning sparker and have come to a critical point in my journey. :D I have FINALLY discovered that it is OK to be me! <BR> <BR> So here's the big secret, I am a country girl trapped in suburbia. I have spent much of my life dreaming of disappearing to Colorado getting a big ol' log cabin with a barn, growing some xmas trees and opening a homemade bath and body lotion shop in the barn! And of course I would herd sheep because well I just t... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:13:11 EST Stepping Down Hi All, <BR> <BR> It is with sadness I am stepping down as a Team Leader for the Country Living Team. <BR> <BR> In September I sustained an injury to my back, it also meant a change to my medications which had some side effects that compounded the situation and increased the pain I have. <BR> <BR> I am staying in the team as a member but will only be doing minimal computer work so tracking etc to hopefully relieve some of the pain. <BR> <BR> I've really enjoyed the position and a couple ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:18:10 EST Healthy Holiday Survival Guide "Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season <BR> <BR> Don't let your wellness fall by the wayside this winter! These tips, recipes and workouts will help you stay healthy and motivated all the way until spring." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_center.asp?id=5 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:06:43 EST New Team Leader - MZKYNDLY (Heather) Please welcome MZKYNDLY (Heather) as our newest team leader! <BR> <BR> She will be helping us out with birthday goodies and also our End of Month Fitness post & goodies! <BR> <BR> Please drop by and let her know how much we appreciate her! <BR> <link><BR>KYNDLY </link> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:57:10 EST Few More Spark Changes Per Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback buttons were... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:09:24 EST 26 Fitness Experts Share 3 Best Weight Loss Tips Fantastic Compilation of Helpful Tips! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> From Coach Calorie: <BR> "I reached out to numerous PhDs, nutritionists, TV hosts, fitness pros, celebrity trainers, influential bloggers, authors, and personal trainers and asked them to share their 3 best weight loss tips. They didn’t disappoint. <BR> <BR> Below you will find a small section dedicated to each fitness expert that includes a picture, a short bio, and their 3 best weight loss tips. I encourage you to click th... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:12:03 EST End Of 2013 Holiday Plans And Hopes for 2014 Hello Friends! As you know, 2013 is about to close and 2014 open! What are your plans for the last 3 holidays of 2013 and what are your hopes for 2014? <em>220</em> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:53:37 EST What Did You Do For You Today Hello Friends! Do you have any idea how special you are? So today, what did you do for you? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:03:26 EST SparkGuy's Blog about New Start Page! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519295 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:21:30 EST Random Act of Kindness Weekend This weekend, let's visit 5 of your fellow team members. Some ideas are to visit their page and comment, or send a spark goodie, or maybe visit their blog and comment. <BR> <BR> I love visiting team members and encouraging them along their journey. To be honest, it really helps me to stay on track also! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Report back if you visited, or if you were visited!! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:03:38 EST Changes coming! Brand New SparkPeople Experience! "Introducing a Brand New SparkPeople Experience!" <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday, October 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> "So what's changing? Your SparkPeople "Start" page. Members of SparkPeople know this page well since it's the page you see every time you log in to your SparkPeople account. That page has undergone a few changes over the years, but none are going to have as big of an impact as this one. The page is laid out in a completely new way, and even has some brand-new features!" <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:54:03 EST 30 Day Skinny Jeans Challenge If you accept the challenge, please come back and let us know how it is going so we can cheer each other on!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> The 30-Day Skinny Jeans Workout Plan <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=the_30day_skinny_jeans_workout_plan </link> <BR> <BR> From Coach Nicole: <BR> "As a fun way to motivate our readers to keep working toward their goals, I developed a brand new challenge that is sure to kick your butt—... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:37:58 EST 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt <BR> Take 7 Minutes to Reshape Your Rear <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1947 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:20:04 EST Motivational Quotes 'The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers' - Brian Tracy Sat, 12 Oct 2013 15:06:01 EST Show Your Spark Colors,Give A Daily Shout! Hello Friends If you love Spark, Please come in on a daily basis and show your Spark colors! <em>252</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:46:15 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:30:29 EST New Team Leader - MEMORIES7 Please welcome MEMORIES7 as our newest team leader!! She will be welcoming our new members!! <BR> <BR> Be sure and drop by and tell her how much we appreciate her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MORIES7 </link> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:16:52 EST 30 New Emoticons! From SP: <BR> "Our Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions you've given. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!" Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:52:04 EST What are your September Goals? Do you have any September Goals for Nutrition? <em>301</em> <BR> For Fitness? <em>311</em> <BR> Do you want to start a new streak? <em>249</em> <BR> Continue a streak? <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about your September Goals so we can cheer each other on!! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:20:45 EST How's your summer going? Tell us what you have been doing this summer! <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> <em>342</em> <em>313</em> <em>256</em> <em>332</em> <em>260</em> <em>379</em> <em>376</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> We'd love to hear all about it! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:31:20 EST July Top 25 for Fitness Minutes 1)  KMMR87 - 3804 <BR> 2)  DOVESEYES - 3720 <BR> 3)  BROWNCOFIDDLER - 3670 <BR> 4)  WIDARLING - 3600 <BR> 5)  MEMORIES7 - 3480 <BR> 6)  MY2MANYDOGS - 3360 <BR> 7)  MOMMY445 - 3250 <BR> 8)  TDWANDD2MYK9 - 3240 <BR> 9)  CPATRICK9 - 3214 <BR> 10)  JMCKENNEY8 - 3208 <BR> 11)  INCH_BY_INCH - 3099 <BR> 12)  CESPRINGALL - 3000 <BR> 13)  MZKYNDLY - 2918 <BR> 14)  SILVERWITCH59 - 2880 <BR> 15)  JMOFFITT88 - 2564 <BR> 16)  GOPINTOS - 2540 <BR> 17)  RONNIEHUEY - 2530 <BR> 18)  DEBBYFROMMT - 2495 <BR> ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:51:10 EST July Top 25 for Sparkpoints 1)  KMMR87 - 4,632 <BR> <BR> 2)  DEBBYFROMMT - 4,582 <BR> <BR> 3)  BROWNCOFIDDLER - 4566 <BR> <BR> 4)  MOMMY445 - 3,850 <BR> <BR> 5)  INCH_BY_INCH - 3,487 <BR> <BR> 6)  TDWANDD2MYK9 - 3,487 <BR> <BR> 7)  DOVESEYES - 3,215 <BR> <BR> 8)  RONNIEHUEY - 2,942 <BR> <BR> 9)  AUTO-IMMUNE - 2,783 <BR> <BR> 10)  CESPRINGALL - 2,617 <BR> <BR> 11)  MEMORIES7 - 2,545 <BR> <BR> 12)  DUSTYPRAIRIE - 2,500 <BR> <BR> 13)  SHIRLEY721 - 2,344 <BR> <BR> 14)  MY2MANYDOGS - 2,137 <BR> <BR> 15)  NGCHIL... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:45:32 EST How Did You Do in June, any Change for July? With the change of seasons we usually notice a change in the pace of our eating or exercise. <BR> <BR> What will you change in July to keep moving or losing? Will you be continuing to use a tried and true plan or research another option? <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:00:04 EST Chicken Repellent My chickens are free-range. Here in Colorado Memorial Day is when to plant a summer garden. However, I'm afraid the chickens will make a feast of everything. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research. However, I thought the folks here on Country Living may have some solutions they've used successfully. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Mon, 27 May 2013 11:16:24 EST Laugh Time Story with a Moral <BR> <BR> A government representative visits a farm. <BR> He tells the farmer "I need to inspect your farm" <BR> The old farmer says: "Okay, but don't go in that paddock over there" <BR> The government man says; "Mister, I have the government authority with me. See this card? This card means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on this agricultural land. Have I made myself clear?" <BR> The old farmer nods politely and continues to go about is work. <BR> Later, the old farmer... Fri, 24 May 2013 18:19:12 EST Secrets of Success "This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss.asp </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 06:18:46 EST Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 <BR> Look What Our Members Accomplished! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1798 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your spark points! <em>347</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 04:45:23 EST Leaving Team Just wanted to say goodbye. I have enjoyed this team but I just don't have time to keep up with all my teams. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the great info. <BR> <BR> Jean Anne Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:31:51 EST Winter Clean Up from my Winter Bird Feeding Ok, I am a front yard bird watcher. In the winter time, I move my feeders over by my porch. Then in the most inclement of weather, I can still get to them. And we can see them closer to the house. Sounds perfect,right? <BR> <BR> Well, for the most part it is. Except........ when it comes time to clean up! I estimated I fed over 500lbs of sunflower seeds this winter, which is a whole lot of empty shells!! That also means my porch railing is a mess... with messes (aka droppings). The b... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 02:08:28 EST Ready to Play in the Dirt? Is anyone else itching to go play in the dirt? Well I guess we technically have Mud right now. We have had beautiful temps the last few days and most of the snow is gone, so things are pretty muddy. But the nice weather makes me so ansy to go outside and start playing in the dirt <em>376</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:30:59 EST Team Photo!! Hey gang. As I was just looking through some team members photos, I realized what great country living photos our members have!!!! <BR> <BR> If you have a personal favorite Country Living photo and would like to share, please send it to me, and we will feature it as a Team Photo on our Team page! <BR> <BR> Depending on how many we get, we can rotate through them every few days or a week. <BR> <BR> How fun!!! <BR> <BR> Send them to me at or send me the link and I can ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:06:29 EST New Team Leader - SILVERWITCH59 Please welcome SILVERWITCH59 (Arlene) as a new team leader! She is going to be helping out with visiting our bloggers! <BR> <BR> If you have a moment, be sure and stop by her place and let her know how much we appreciate her! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LVERWITCH59 </link> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:29:15 EST DovesEyes Update! Hey Team, I just got a message from DoveEyes this morning, and I wanted to pass it along so you can remember her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Her home is in Threat of Fire! They have left their home as the fire is close. <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to stop by her Sparkhome and let her know we are thinking about her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VESEYES </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:37:51 EST Could use a couple more Team Leaders... ... to give out goodies at the end of the month to our bloggers. This month is wrapped up so you wont have to worry about that <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> We could use another blog visitor also, to visit our bloggers throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Just send me a message if you think you might be able to help. <BR> Thanks so much! <em>247</em> <BR> Melinda Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:51:12 EST New Team Leader for Our Blogger Support! Please welcome DOVESEYES (Christine) as a new Team Leader! Christine will be visiting our bloggers. <BR> <BR> Please drop by her place and let her know how much we appreciate her time & efforts! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VESEYES </link> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:24:53 EST Ready for Rocky? <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> I have only watched the Weather Channel, nothing local yet but looks like more nasty is on the way. <BR> <BR> I need to get more hay out, and go to town for more bird seed. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 05:01:29 EST Winter Storm Q anyone? It hit here about 7 a.m. <BR> <BR> Huge snow flakes, rumbling thunder, flashes of lightening, and sometimes sleet slamming the windows. Just crazy. <em>425</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <em>40</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:35:49 EST Week 17 - Internet I was without the internet for the weekend and Monday and it felt very strange. Not being able to just log on when I wanted. My morning routine is out of whack. I did find that I was able to catch up with things around the house, washing, ironing, spring cleaned our bedroom and even managed to get some reading done. Which brings me to think how much I spend on the computer. How do you regulate computer time with housework and other commitments as well? Do you find that some things are missed ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:05:18 EST Week 16 - Music What music do you listen to? I always have music playing wherever I am. Upbeat ones for walking and exercising, background music when I am on my laptop and I have found a good radio station at work for some just great mix of music to have in the background as well. <BR> <BR> I like some of Britney Spears and Micheal Jackson for exercising, Proud by Heather Small, Eye of the Tiger just to name a few. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:58:21 EST Pros & Cons of living in the country? How do you think living in the country helps or hinders your health? I read statistics that people who live in urban areas have better health???? I think living in the city is bad for people! I think these stats must be based on access to hospitals or something. I love being able to go for a walk surrounded by greenery, trees, the river and natural scenery not roads and houses and cars and lights. Living in the country means I have a big garden and can do lots of yard work. It keeps me in tou... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:07:38 EST Kale? Anyone grow it? Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:42:16 EST Week 15 - Books With all the mod cons of internet, phones, movies, kindle etc I still enjoy reading a book. I enjoy going into a book shop, searching for a particular book or just whatever book jumps at me and the feel of the book. At the end of the day I love to pick up that book and read a chapter or two before bed. Whenever I start a new book, I like to read on the pages, acknowledgements, preface, into etc. I do not read the last page, that would spoil for me. I have many subjects that I am interested in... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:52:36 EST Any Super Bowl Party Plans? <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> I am not sure yet. Usually it is a last minute throw together type thing. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:09:38 EST Week 14 - Planning How many of us plan our days and/or weeks. I find I do a lot of planning in trying to organize myself. Some are good, others I am ok with a few days then have trouble following through. Maybe I don't allow for a bit of flexibility. Of course there are the usual, like work 5 days a week, Tuesday evening - visit Mum, Sundays - family day. How do you manage your commitments during the week? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:16:45 EST Random Act of Kindness Weekend Challenge Your mission is: Random Act of Kindness amongst your fellow teammates. Add a new friend, leave a blog message, send a goodie, and/or comment on the Sparkpage of your fellow team members. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Do this 10 times from now through the weekend! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Please report back if you completed the challenge! <BR> Have fun! Make new friends! Share your special Spark! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> ************************** INSPIRATION BLOG********************... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:19:07 EST Week 13 - January We are already 3 weeks into the New Year and before we know it February will start. How is everyone going? How are your goals progressing so far? <BR> <BR> I took a different approach to setting goals this year; instead of being all gunho and saying I am going to do this and that and it only lasting 2 weeks, I decided to look at it differently. During January I am looking deeper into the reasons I didn't achieve my golas last year and it has been interesting; so by the time February comes a... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:08:50 EST Motivational Word for the Week ........ Each week I will post a new word for us to work on; either by posting a quote, letting us know of a blog that relates, or a video that relates or how you can work with this word <BR> <BR> To start us off, this week's word is: <BR> <BR> BEGINNING <BR> <BR> 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.' - Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:36:00 EST TESK - How To Do - Week 4 - CPR CPR and Heimlich Manoeuvre very vital bits of knowledge that everyone should know how to do. As well as learning from the web with the links below it is a good idea to do a First Aid course, hands on experience is the best way to go with back up knowledge from the net when you need it. (from a website by Marc and Angel, practical tips for productive living) <BR> <BR> 4. Perform CPR and Heimlich Manoeuvre – Someday it may be your wife, husband, son or daughter that need help. <BR> <BR> • Lea... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:03:20 EST Birthday Announcement <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>214</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> January 16th is Mae's (Pastormae5) birthday and it is time to pop over to her page and wish her a happy birthday <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> Happy Birthday Mae. <BR> <BR> We all wish you a wonderful day to remember and a successful year ahead. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>214</em> <em>... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:26:53 EST TESK - How To Do - Week 3 - Google Tips Search engines, definitely a must on the www. I use Google and it has not failed me yet. I wasn’t even aware there was a Google Guide, though if I really thought about it, of course there would be one. These sites are great, I just didn’t know that you can fine tune your search, well worth a look, you will learn a lot too. (from a website by Marc and Angel, practical tips for productive living) <BR> <BR> 3. Use Google Effectively – Google knows everything. And the tips below will help you to... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:25:06 EST F.lux to improve Sleep I notice a common theme in many posts and blogs that I read. Trying to go to sleep and get enough sleep. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Spark has many articles and tips if you do a search, but I wanted to share a program called F.lux for your computer monitor. I have used it since I read about it on Mark's Daily Apple <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mprove-your-sleep/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the direct link to read more and download. It is free. <link>stere... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:51:39 EST That time of the Year! Seed Catalogs! Have you rec'd any new ones this year? What are your favorite ones? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:21:49 EST TESK - How To Do - Week 2 - Computer Knowledge <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> ‘Things Everyone Should Know (TESK) How To Do’ <BR> <BR> Where would we be without our computers and or laptops, even the smart phones these days. We would all like to brush up on our skills and maybe learn a few quick tips. And as for us grandmas just catching up with the grandchildren would be a plus. I hope you will be able to find out something you did not know from... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:11:45 EST Easy, filling, healthy recipes... What is one of your filling, healthy, and easy recipes? One of my new found favorites is.....a bit of olive oil in the skillet.....heated. Add one half of an onion and one slivered green pepper. Sauté the vegetables. When almost tender crisp, add some frozen salad shrimp and some fajita seasoning. It is amazingly delicious and low in fat as well as high in vegetables! This really fills me up for supper. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:04:56 EST Is it a Winter Wonderland at your place? Still have snow here. It is great! This was a fantastic snow we had. Didn't play too much havoc on the roads. No hard driving wind. Loved it! I took some pics the other day. Will have to see if I know how to get them off of that particular camera :) Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:39:12 EST ABC's 20/20 profiles 50% weight loss achievers ABC's 20/20 & People magazine team up for a segment tonight called "Half Their Size". They will be profiling people who have lost 50% of their weight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/half-their-size-losing-weight-and-k<BR>eeping-it-off-in-the-new-year/ </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:12:36 EST January is Nat'l Soup Month! Do you have a favorite? Maybe even a recipe to share? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:00:44 EST Any plans for New Year's Eve or Day? We were planning a get together, but the snow is putting a damper on that. We have a pretty good hill to get back up. My sister will have to come out cuz I have her daughter today, so they may stay all night. I have the other guest rooms ready in case anyone shows up. <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow should be relatively quiet and relaxing. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:10:08 EST TESK - How To Do - Week 1 - Build a Fire Knowledge is a powerful thing. Good knowledge helps you to live your life, to enjoy your life to empower you. Spark people has the healthy side of knowledge covered, but there is also another side, just living day after day, and sometimes are days can seem like they are all the same. <BR> <BR> This year we are going to experience life through a weekly post of ‘Things Everyone Should Know (TESK) How To Do’ which will give you, I hope, some life enhancing experiences. They are from a website b... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:51:53 EST Goodies - Reality Lets have some fun and reward ourselves by putting some balance in our lives. <BR> <BR> We all have received some goodies from our teams and spark friends. How about putting some balance into our lives by making these internet goodies a reality. See if you able to make one or more of your goodies a reality in real life. <BR> <BR> For instance my first ten goodies ever received are: The Spark, Sunshine, Workout Shoes, Welcome Mat, Gold Star, Embrace, Woo Hoo, Sled, I Love you, Fruit Salad <... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:29:24 EST January Fitness Challenge <em>57</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>315</em> <em>206</em> <em>313</em> <em>359</em> <em>360</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> What fitness can we concentrate on for January? Well walking is a good one and a good way to ease back into fitness. So let’s call January ‘Pedometer Month’. We need to work off those extra pounds that have creeped on over the holiday break for some of us and what better way than to walk them off. So let’s keep track of our steps all through... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:22:54 EST Team Fitness Challenge <em>237</em> <em>326</em> <em>362</em> <em>358</em> <em>324</em> <em>359</em> <em>315</em> <em>323</em> <em>332</em> <em>318</em> <em>311</em> <em>320</em> <em>401</em> <em>57</em> <em>414</em> <em>350</em> <em>331</em> <em>322</em> <BR> <BR> January - Fitness Challenge <BR> <BR> Spark People have leader boards for Spark Points and Fitness Minutes showing how many points or minutes a member of that team earned for the month. They also ha... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:03:50 EST Motivation & Goal-Setting Resources This may have already been posted, but I thought it might be a good reminder! <BR> <BR> Motivation & Goal-Setting Resources <BR> <link><BR>ion.asp </link> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:23:58 EST Week 12 - Holidays With Christmas comes holidays for most of us. My holidays will be spent spring cleaning our house which I started yesterday as well as catching up with others things that need attention. <BR> <BR> How will you be spending your holiday time? Do you go away for a few weeks or just do day trips? Do you have a tradition where you go to the same place each year and catch up with holiday friends? <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Christmas week Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:58:53 EST Country exercise What are some of the ways you get exercise because you live in the country - exercise that does not involve a video, treadmill, weights, etc.? Sat, 22 Dec 2012 13:15:45 EST Are you your own Santa? Do you give yourself gifts during the holidays? Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:07:15 EST Week 11 - Christmas Fare Well Christmas is getting closer and closer and this week I will be shopping for the food to have at Christmas time. Because it will probably be hot we usually do not have a roast for lunch. In the past we have had cold meats and salad, with a Christmas fruit pudding and custard for lunch. Mum used to put the sixpences and threepences in the pudding, but since changing over to decimal, the silver content is not there so it is not safe to do so with five cent pieces. At night just nibble on th... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:34:13 EST Good Health Is ........ ........ This is a finish the sentence post. <BR> <BR> I got this idea from the times when I used to read the the 'English Woman's Weekly' and there was a cartoon by Malcolm Bird, where at the top he would write - GOOD HEALTH IS and under the cartoon that represented his statement, he finished the sentence. eg. Good health is working up a glow. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you consider good health to be <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:16:27 EST Yeah! of the Day!! What is your Yeah! of the Day? It can be related to Anything, not just your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So far, mine is weight loss related. I had a water weight gain over the weekend, (margaritas & some inflammation) and most of it is gone. Yeah!! <em>104</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:09:34 EST Week 10 - Christmas Tree Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> This morning I was working out whether to put the tree up this year. In our family, the Christmas tree does not go up until the last birthday of the year and now all birthdays have finished. But this year it will only be DH and myself. The grandchildren will be interstate with other side families this year. It has been a long time since we had a real one, it is just a tinsile kind of tree, which leaves a mess, but I do like the lights flashing at night. <BR> ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:09:36 EST Week 9 - Christmas Cards Just going through my Christmas cards list and was wondering how many of us still send out cards. Each year there seem to be less and less. Last year I tried sending Christmas messages through the email with a picture in the email, not quiet the same. I have never been one for writing pages of all the things that happended during the year re our family like some people do. I still receive a couple of them. I would be interested to know what you do re Christmas cards and or notes or letters. <... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:19:20 EST Week 8 - Christmas <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Well the 1st of December is nearly here and it is just down hill all the way to Christmas, time will go very fast and there is much to do. How are you all going with your preparations for Christmas? For those of you who are not aware, spark people has a calendar for December called: 31 Days to Healthier Holidays. link below. It may help you with your preparations and ways... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:02:07 EST Leftover Turkey? What do y'all do with your leftover turkey? Fri, 23 Nov 2012 08:02:49 EST Week 7 - Planning Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> Well it is morning for me and the start of a new week. I guess it would still be Sunday for most of you. Both times are a great time to get the week ahead planned; exercise routines, meals and snacks. When we plan we are less likely to just eat anything that is at hand because we didn't get ourselves organized. Put some time aside and plan your week ahead taking into account exercise, meals and an hour or 2 if you can spare it for yourself to recharge your b... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:54:19 EST Week 6 - Done Well I have finally finished my studies, submitted the last assignment. The 'relief', the 'feel good feeling', the 'at last', the 'I'm free', the 'I have finally completed it'. These are all the emotions that went through me as I emailed it off. As I came to my home office this morning, I took one look around and realized that I was not dreading it. <BR> <BR> We all have unfinished tasks that can be nagging on our minds, that we keep putting off, that when we look at it we dread the thought ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:01:45 EST Anyone bring their plants indoors for the winter? And if so, any tips? <BR> <BR> I brought my porch ferns in, and really regretting it now haha <BR> <BR> I spent the extra money for the ferns, 10 of them, thinking that I could winter them and use them again next year. More bang for my buck that way. I tried to get all the dead leaves off before I brought them in, and removed dead fronds but man oh man are they a mess to deal with. Thinking about composting them. <BR> <BR> I have hardwood floors and one of the dogs is hairy enough. ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:27:56 EST Christmas Countdown Challenge 46 days left!! Just under 7 weeks! <BR> <BR> Set your goal to challenge yourself and chart your progress here!! You can count the pounds, count the inches, count the number on the scale, count your Exercise, drink your water - whatever you want to do to challenge yourself!! <BR> <BR> I have set a goal of 2lbs per week. I realize there will be other holidays and holiday parties and family dinners between now and then, but there seems to always be something. I can do this!!! <BR> <BR> You... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:05:36 EST Favorite Place to Shop? We have a Dutch Store run by Mennonites, and it is my favorite place to grocery shop. Great priced produce and dairy. I can get a case of yogurt of $2 sometimes. I like to make my own but I can't for that price. It is where I get all my bulk stuff like spices, etc. Grass fed per package rather than buying a whole/half animal. I just love it. <BR> <BR> They have an aisle for Treasure Hunting. You never know what hidden gems you are going to find. I spent an hour and a half in the stor... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:02:15 EST Week 5 - Exercises We all need to do some sort of physical activity, some we love others we know are good to do but don't necessarily enjoy them. My favorite is walking, when I get back I always feel good and energized. Which exercises or physical activity do you enjoy? Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:44:13 EST Week 4 - Family Sorry I am a bit late. My mother was not well and was taken to the hospital emergency over the weekend with a very high temperature which the staff at the nursing home could not get down. It was quiet an ordeal for a small frail women in her 80s. She is back at the nursing home now and seems to be on a slow recovery. Last night she had some color back in her cheeks and I will see her again after work tonight. My brother and sisters and other family members are all popping in on various days a... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:18:16 EST Week 3 - Breakfast In a hurry again this morning and rushed breakfast. I had a hard boiled egg in the fridge, cooked yesterday, so I made an egg sandwich and a cup of tea. I don't know if I have got all the protein, carbs and fats covered in the right proportion but it was something before I went out the door to work. Any suggestions for a quick breakfast? What are your favorite breakfasts that cover the protein, carbs and fats ratio? Seize the day. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:12:31 EST Week 3 - Breakfast In a hurry again this morning and rushed breakfast. I had a hard boiled egg in the fridge, cooked yesterday, so I made an egg sandwich and a cup of tea. I don't know if I have got all the protein, carbs and fats covered in the right proportion but it was something before I went out the door to work. Any suggestions for a quick breakfast? What are your favorite breakfasts that cover the protein, carbs and fats ratio? Seize the day. <BR> <BR> Sorry about that, wrong section, really in a hurry,... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:10:38 EST Favorite Tip? When I first started, a tip that really helped me, was to drink my water through a straw. Ice water. I am at my computer alot, so I was able to keep my glass in front of me all the time and sip away! That really helped get the ball rolling for me. <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite tip? Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:29:37 EST Winter Preparation It is still fall here in the Midwest, and I sure don't want to rush it, but I was just wondering what everyone needs to do in order to prepare for Winter in your neck of the woods? <BR> <BR> The biggest thing for us, is hay for the horses. Which I think we are all set. <BR> <BR> I also like to keep a fully stocked pantry and freezer. And it normally always is but I am especially mindful of it going into winter. <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is new, but Orscheln's had a deal where you co... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:27:20 EST Half-Way for October! We are at the halfway point for October!! Are you on track with your goals? Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:18:30 EST How Long Can I Stay Here in the Country I just turned 70 in September. I love living in the country, but it occurred to me that at some point living here will be difficult. My husband has rheumatoid arthritis and this year has not been able to do nearly as much as in the past. I do most of the mowing, all of the gardening and preserving what I grow, as well as most of the housework. I know he isn't able to do much but we both love it here and would like to stay in our own home as long as we can. A plus is that our son lives a ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:39:00 EST Week 2 - Horses It is Spring here in Australia and it is also the horse racing season; the main event during this time is the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. Where I live we have many racing stables and we are seeing more and more floats on the roads these days; from the 2 horses per float to the large horse transport vehicles. Driving to work each morning I pass a horse racing stable and give a wave as I see the jockeys taking the horses through their morning workout. <BR> <BR> I have only ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 13:45:44 EST Week 1 - Articles I often check on the internet for interesting bits and pieces and have been surprised with some of the things I come across. Some are not so interesting and some give you food for thought. Maybe you have done the same so I thought we could share some of the more interesting articles we come across to help fellow team members on their journey. It can be on anything; Health, Life, Well being, Motivation, anything that you find interesting. <BR> <BR> Below is a link to: ’30 Days to Success’ by ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:15:15 EST Day 33 - Quotes - Your Own What is a quote or quotation? - It is a repetition of one expression taken from a person’s text or speech during their life; or from a character’s speech and is attributed to that person or character. <BR> <BR> Yogi Berra’s advice ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it!’ <BR> John Lennon ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’ <BR> Anna Quindlen ‘…you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entir... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:01:08 EST Day 32 - Quotes - Challenge /Collage <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Choose a quote that inspires you to work with it. A quote that when you wake up in the morning and read it, it gets you motivated and revved up for the day to work with it and achieve. Just reading a quote and thinking ‘that sounds good’ then forgetting it, is probably fine for most of them because you are probably doing it already and it i... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:10:50 EST Day 31 - Quotes - Favorites Below is a list of some of my favourite quotes: <BR> <BR> ‘I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves’. – Anna Quindlen. (This one’s for dreaming – see blog – Inner-me) <BR> I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday <BR> ‘Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly’ – Bhagavad Gita <BR> Stop competing with others. Start competing with yourse... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:37:14 EST Day 30 - Quotes - Motivational <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> ‘I think it's important to have something to drive you towards your goal, keeping you focused and motivated. It can be anything, a book, an interview, a song, a photo, your family or friends, [a quote] it doesn't matter, as long as it pushes you a little closer to getting what you're dreaming of.’ - <link> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:10:51 EST Fall Garden? Anyone have a fall garden planted? <em>284</em> Would love to hear about it. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:37:34 EST Day 29 'N' - Quotes - Feel Good <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We all come across a quote that just speaks to us; gets us motivated, makes us smile, gives us the ahhhhh moment; has meaning for us. Find a quote that you really like; that resonates with you, that will get you to put your gym clothes on and moving; that will get you to take that next step in whatever it is you wish to accomplish; that will make yo... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:59:20 EST Autumn Country Living... ... what do you love the most? Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:58:25 EST New Buddy Thread Sign Up We are going to start this again on a new thread as to have and keep it updated. <BR> <BR> If you would like to have a buddy to talk, rant, rave, challenge or just listen to you....please post here that you do. We will see that you are assigned one as soon as available. <BR> <BR> Buddy system can be a great encouragement, motivation and support system. So....who wants one? <em>223</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:59:25 EST New Buddy Thread Sign Up We are going to start this again on a new thread as to have and keep it updated. <BR> <BR> If you would like to have a buddy to talk, rant, rave, challenge or just listen to you....please post here that you do. We will see that you are assigned one as soon as available. <BR> <BR> Buddy system can be a great encouragement, motivation and support system. So....who wants one? <em>223</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:23:02 EST September Break Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> We will be taking a partial break until the end of September. I have 2 subjects to complete to finish my studies and I need all the spare time I can find between working full time and looking after a home to put to my studies. Hope you all have a great September and we will see you in October; my how the months just fly by. <BR> <BR> Regards <BR> Sandra and Inner-Me Fri, 7 Sep 2012 21:11:05 EST Day 28 - Fountain of Youth <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <em>194</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> The following is from: Younger by the Day by Victoria Moran. <BR> I think she says it perfectly about the importance of water. <BR> <BR> ‘The fountain of youth is a water fountain. If you want every organ inside you to work properly, you need water. If you want your kidneys, which even in healthy people lose function over time, to last througho... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 16:03:42 EST Day 27 - Skin Brushing <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Before your shower each morning it is a good idea to brush your skin with a natural soft bristle brush. It is one of the best ways to care for your skin. All you need is preferably a long handled dry skin brush with soft natural bristles, or a loofah will suffice. When cleaning your face, use a wash cloth with your cleanser or exfoliating cream. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:05:25 EST Day 26 - Skin <em>344</em> <em>15</em> <em>84</em> <em>9</em> <em>41</em> <em>344</em> <em>15</em> <em>84</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> There is another organ that our body has – skin; It is the largest organ - laid out flat it would cover about 2sq meters. It is classified as an organ because it is made up of cells, which makes tissue, which breathes, it is a living organ that works day and night, whether we are awake or asleep; it does not need our intervention to do its job. One of its functions ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:57:26 EST Day 25 - Body Clock - 3-5am <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>342</em> <em>182</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>342</em> <em>186</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:37:43 EST Day 24 - Body Clock - 1-3am <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:57:10 EST Day 23 - Body Clock - 11pm-1am <em>24</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more n... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:46:57 EST Day 22 - Body Clock - 9-11pm <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:35:20 EST Day 21 - Body Clock - 7-9pm <em>436</em> <em>149</em> <em>90</em> <em>251</em> <em>268</em> <em>200</em> <em>272</em> <em>337</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:47:43 EST Day 20 - Body Clock - 5-7pm <em>246</em> <em>297</em> <em>334</em> <em>478</em> <em>30</em> <em>181</em> <em>224</em> <em>408</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:44:16 EST Day 19 - Body Clock - 3-5pm <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 16:01:42 EST Day 18 - Body Clock - 1 - 3pm <em>191</em> <em>22</em> <em>492</em> <em>140</em> <em>470</em> <em>181</em> <em>368</em> <em>258</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:54:05 EST Day 17 - Body Clock - 11 - 1pm <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>204</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more no... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:14:02 EST Day 16 - Body Clock - 9 - 11am <em>149</em> <em>276</em> <em>268</em> <em>388</em> <em>17</em> <em>203</em> <em>387</em> <em>292</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:10:57 EST Day 15 - Body Clock - 7-9am <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>481</em> <em>466</em> <em>140</em> <em>106</em> <em>265</em> <em>22</em> <BR> <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or out of balance, symptoms will be more ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:23:30 EST Day 14 'N' - Body Clock - 5 - 7 am <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> Day 14 ‘N’ – Body Clock 5-7am <BR> According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our bodies energy or Qi is in constant motion that ‘peaks’ every 2 hours with one of our internal organs which means that during this time period the organ is most active. Working in sync with our internal organs helps us to achieve good health. If the energy is blocked or ou... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:05:48 EST Day 13 - Results <em>208</em> <em>109</em> <em>279</em> <em>209</em> <em>109</em> <em>208</em> <em>209</em> <em>279</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> Transferring the information from the ‘Challenge Record Sheet’ to your trackers and teams challenge posts can be done at the end of the day or end of the week, does not matter, what does matter and gets results is that YOU DO IT. The ones who usually succeed are the ones who constantly record. When you have recorded you can then print out reports. Some repo... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:34:06 EST Day 12 - Sticking To It <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> You are on a mission. You need to follow through with what you have set in motion to get results. Writing them down makes you more accountable, shows that you mean business. Putting the sheet on the fridge or bench in view of the family lets them know you mean business. When you take the time out to work on your challenges they will understand your need to ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:30:24 EST Day 11 - Preparation <em>322</em> <em>217</em> <em>256</em> <em>331</em> <em>260</em> <em>317</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> Mornings are busy for all of us, families to organize, breakfasts to prepare, lunches to pack or just getting ready for work or out on the farm for those who have animals that need feeding, or have sowing and reaping to do. Plus we need to find time for our exercises and challenges. One way to help with the morning tasks and rush is to prepare as much as we ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:33:19 EST Day 10 - Deciding <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>101</em> <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>101</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Now that you have a recording sheet, it is now time to decide what it is you are going to track. No doubt there will be many to choose from. Exercise, nutrition, well-being, even personal challenges you may have set yourself. All these challenges are necessary if we wish to succeed on this journey. <BR> <BR> Choose challenges that are a challenge to you; that DO ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:30:25 EST Day 9 'N' - Challengers <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Most of us belong to more than one team and each team has challenges; nutrition, fitness or well-being, for the month and or week or fortnight. They change regularly; so how do we remember and keep up with them each day, week, fortnight or month. <BR> <BR> The best way of remembering your team’s challenges is to have a recording sheet handy with a list of ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:46:15 EST Day 8 - Watch the Sun Rise <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> How many of us take time out in the morning to watch the sun rise? It is a beautiful sight and each mornings sunrise is different to the last morning. No matter where you are on this planet you can watch and enjoy the sunrise. <BR> <BR> Joyful Moment - All you need to do today is: <BR> <BR> To watch the sun rise this morning, or on a morning when you have the tim... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 14:38:44 EST Day 7 - Pot Plant or Two <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <em>375</em> <em>126</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> The path and porch to your front door is the welcoming place into your home and it always looks more inviting with healthy looking plants along the path or in a pot plant or two. All kinds of plants emit a positive energy and help cleanse the air, they give us a positive feeling about life. In Feng Shui it is believed that having plants at or near your front ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:40:59 EST Day 6 - Welcome Mat <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It is time to put out the welcome mat. We are ready to welcome whatever the day brings into our homes. We welcome family members, friends, guests and visitors; we welcome life. All these things will happen whether we feel like welcoming them or not, so let’s start our day right with the attitude of ‘I am ready to welcome life into my/our home’ <BR> ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:24:55 EST Day 5 - Sweeping <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> The old wives stories of sweeping was that; when you sweep you sweep away the bad fortune and negativity from the home. Also another was that you should never sweep your house on a Monday, else you might sweep away the family’s ‘money luck’ for the entire week; there are many others but more related to the broom. Our grandmothers did it, our mothers ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:30:06 EST Day 4 'N' - Greet the Day <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> We tend to take the days, weeks and months for granted. The seasons come and go, the sun comes up, we get up and think of all the things we have to do to get through the day and at the end of the day we either complain if we have had a bad day, or rejoice if it is a good day. <BR> <BR> We need to start the day of right, we need to ‘Greet the Day’, t... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:24:25 EST Day 3 - A Name Our names are more than just a name, they have meaning. New parents will go through baby name books just to find the right name for their new baby, others will give their child the name of a relative and others will just decide on a name at the time of birth. <BR> <BR> We have grown up and we are either happy with our name or wished we had been called something else – remember the Johnny Cash song – ‘Boy Named Sue’. Some people have even gone to the effort of changing their name legally and... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:39:38 EST Day 2 - Your Very Best Friend We live in a duel world: in/out, high/low, up/down, right/wrong, yes/no, going/coming, start/stop and so on. Even the body is considered duel: left/right; so why not an outer/inner self or me. <BR> <BR> We all have an ‘inner-me’ or an ‘inner self’ or ‘Our Very Best Friend’ and we need to acknowledge her/him. (good morning Dan) The inner self has been with us all along yet some of us barely give her/him a second thought. It is time to acknowledge and recognize the ‘inner self’. <BR> <BR> Joy... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:45:17 EST Day 1 - Start As You Mean To Go Know Thyself: possible meanings – <BR> Plato - understanding oneself would enable thyself to have an understanding of others as a result. <BR> Thomas Hobbs - asserts that one learns more by studying oneself: particularly the feelings that influence our thoughts and motivate our actions. <BR> Benjamin Franklin – “There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know One's Self." <BR> <BR> A very old saying – generally meaning: to get things right from the start or to begin any... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:46:59 EST Feel Good - How It Works - Info Only Information Only – DO NOT POST HERE – Information Only <BR> <BR> I decided to change the name of one of our forums - ‘This and That’ to ‘Feel Good Day by Day’. The reason for this – we have filled our quota of forums per team. ‘Feel Good Day by Day’ is more appropriate for our ‘Joyful Moments’. I will post a ‘Joyful Moment’ for you to do when you are able. Or you can call it a reward for waking up each day and realizing that you have another day to do with as you wish. <BR> <BR> We all joi... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:22:30 EST Birthdays <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>214</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> We all have them and they should be celebrated and enjoyed. You are a one of a kind, unique person who is gifted in many ways; even if they have not come to the fore yet, they will at the right time. Please let us know when your birthday is so that we can show recognition of this wonderful day. For those of you who were born between 1st and 15th August let ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:52:28 EST Canning Jars idea I saw online yesterday that canning jars can be used to store your baking supplies, chocolate chips, excess anything really. I never thought of using them much for anything but canning but thought that was a great idea to get away from plastic storage containers. Also, did you know that the parmesan cheese lids from the larger plastic containers fit on the canning jars? Great idea since they have those nice holes in them to sprinkle spices. I am going to try that. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:52:16 EST Which Hemisphere and Country Do You Live In? <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>425</em> <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <em>676</em> <em>652</em> <em>636</em> <em>665</em> <em>620</em> <em>712</em> <em>744</em> <em>705</em> <BR> <BR> The seasons play a very important part of life for people who live in the country. The seasons dictate sowing time, harvest time, hay season, cattle, sheep, goats, bottling time etc. I live in the Southern Hemisphere, which I do... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:51:05 EST How's your Gardens (veggies & flowers) doing? Pretty sad here. Watering daily but sometimes it looks futile. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 19:57:52 EST Daily Challenge Let's try to list 1 challenge for each day here and report back to it with your results. Anyone can post the daily challenge if one hasn't been done yet for the day. <BR> <BR> Today- Drink more water than any other beverage today. Some folks get so hung up on that 8 glasses so I say change your focus. Keep track of the # of glasses if you can. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:28:49 EST Hello Hi <BR> I am Sage, a down home country girl from the Atlantic coast of Canada. I am a professional chef. So I am surrounded food all of the time and I am trying to lose 30 lbs. My hobbies including scrapbooking, reading, playing guitar and when I get home fishing, cos there is no really great fishing hole where I live at the moment. I also enjoy hiking and there are a couple really nice trails down here. <BR> <BR> I am looking for some friends and support on this journey, to help me stay o... Fri, 25 May 2012 10:15:09 EST Looking for some motivators and friends :-) I'm Katie 22 years old, nursing student, married, with a 7 month old little boy. I've been trying to lose weight for years and doing it by myself is tough. I thought I'd join Spark People in hopes I'd find some friends and motivators to help me on my journey. I want to lose 100 pounds for many reasons a few to live longer to see my baby grow up and have kids of his own and to be healthy for my family and myself... Thanks for taking time to read this and I hope I get to meet lots of people!... Thu, 24 May 2012 12:45:55 EST What did you eat from your garden today? Lettuce for me. And one tiny strawberry <em>45</em> Mon, 21 May 2012 17:39:12 EST What Motivates You? <em>272</em> <em>340</em> <em>335</em> <em>47</em> <em>19</em> <em>67</em> <em>248</em> <em>3</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We all can do with some motivation, so to help your fellow travellers on this journey let us know what motivates you. <BR> <BR> It is a certain song, or a line in a song? <BR> Maybe a certain person motivates you. <BR> Or the thought of the reward as you reach a certain stage. <BR> A special quote. <BR> How do YOU stay focused? <BR> <BR> Let us... Mon, 21 May 2012 15:54:56 EST I'm going to get myself back! Age and pounds have slowly crept up on me, but the pounds are something I can actually do something about. I never really had to watch my weight or what I ate until I hit 42 and then my metabolism just stopped. I kept doing what I had always been doing, eating and drinking what I wanted and not exercising much and now I look awful which makes me feel awful. My daughter kept telling me to check out and join this site and today I finally did. Can't wait to find my old self! Tue, 15 May 2012 12:34:04 EST Hi! Excited to have found this site and more excited to get started. I need all the support I can get and would love to be supportive to others. My goal is to lose 120lb in a year. I've been having some motivational problems. Does anyone else find getting started to be the hardest part? Tue, 15 May 2012 10:30:38 EST Hi I'm Kim ! Where to start ??? Let's see... I am 41 years old ( will be 42 in 3 months ) and my goal is to lose 150 pounds by my 43rd Birthday ! I have 3 biological children and 3 step-children, and they range in ages from 3 to 20. I work alot of hours, and I sometimes meet myself coming and going. A few weeks ago I had a severe pancreatic attack. During my week long hospital stay, it was discovered, I am in the beginning stages of diabetes, and I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and trigly... Fri, 11 May 2012 20:35:17 EST Intoduction Hello Everyone! My name is Shelinda & I am glad to be a part of SparkPeople. I joined because I realize that everything God gave me I want to do my best to put & keep it in order and one of them is my body. I am aware that if I stay committed to taking care of it that I will be taking care of "many" area's of my life. Don't want to bore anyone but I am grateful for a Website as SparkPeople to help make our Journey easier, exciting & manageable. I look forward to meeting some of you & sharing ... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:06:07 EST Hello Sparkpeople Im new at this website,im here to get happier and healthier,id also like to meet some new people going through the weight issue and wanting to eat healthier Mon, 7 May 2012 18:57:18 EST Pick Your Exercise - Closed <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>316</em> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> We all need to be active to get healthy and exercising is a great way, so here is a challenge for May. <BR> <BR> Pick one exercise of your choice and see if you can maintain it daily for - 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks. The exercise is of your choice, and the number of weeks is of your choice. <BR> <BR> Copy the list below and just ... Sat, 5 May 2012 23:36:42 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. My name is Stacie. I was on Sparkpeople years ago, so I consider this my "first time". I live in rural ontario about 35 minutes from the city. It is the only way to live. I love the privacy. Unfortunately I also have to drive to work every day and gas is a killer right now. But the quiet and slow pace is worth it. I am 38 years old, married with 4 fur children. <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose about 100 lbs total. I would be happy to just get under 200 by the time I go home to visit in Jul... Fri, 4 May 2012 22:24:16 EST New memeber hi Country living is the only way to live! Thu, 3 May 2012 14:32:04 EST ABC's of a Healthy Lifestyle Starting with "A" let's make a list of things associated with a healthy life. <BR> <BR> A- apples & attitude Wed, 2 May 2012 08:07:18 EST Look out Sparkers here comes Maddawg.... Hmm what to say...well I joined this place because it seemed like a good place to keep track of my diet, and to meet people like myself who need a little encouragement to stick with the plan. Hit the big five 0 last year and its time to get healthy. I appreciate all encouragement and really need a coach to kick me in the butt when I get off track so if there are any takers on that job just let me know haha. What else to say - I'm a businessman, enjoy country music and gardening and antiques... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 06:23:03 EST New here and need friends I'm new to spark people again. Been years since I was here last. So many new features that I look forward to using to achieve my goal. Would like to make friends. But have no idea how. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:12:36 EST Grade Yourself for April So April is winding up. How well are you doing this month with your goals? <BR> <BR> Me- I've maintained my goal weight another month. <BR> I've continued to run this month even though the half marathon is weeks behind me. <BR> Those were my main goals for the month. So I'd like an "A" please. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:09:15 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi fellow Spark People. My name is Mary and I just joined Spark People to help with a healthier life style. I think motivation has been a bigger of my problems. You know how it goes when you eat fast food and say oh Ill start tomorrow, and how one bite of something "good" leads to more bites. Along with motivation, cooking healthy, exercising and staying on track has been a major problem for me. I like to run, so I am hoping to get back into that as well. I do live a busy life and try... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:02:08 EST SMAA6659 Hello: I am from the Upper Midwest; I am a proud Wife, Mom, Grandma, and Great-grandma; Farming was our occupation and we still help our son on the farm but live in town. I like to cook, travel, do counted cross-stitch, play cribbage, and attend plays and music concerts. I like nice clothes and they are getting tight, so that is one reason I need to lose weight. I know I would feel better and have more control of my blood pressure if I lost the pounds. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:41:58 EST Challenge: Get to Know Your Teammates SP keeps telling us that those who partipate regularly on weight loss/healthy lifestyle sites tend to lose more weight and keep it off better. I have found this to be very true for me. The trick is to stay interested in the site and its tools. <BR> One of the best ways to do this is to get to know people. So here's the challenge... <BR> <BR> For the rest of April, visit 1 Country Living Team member's Sparkpage each day. Make it someone you don't usually visit. There are 12 days left in ... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:02:07 EST Thanks Thanks for the group hug. It is much appreciated. It was definitely a rough weekend. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:11:02 EST Greetings! Greetings from Winthrop, Wa. <BR> I am very new to Spark People, and I come with intent to lose weight and feel more motivated to do so. Born and raised in Idaho, I love the Methow Valley here in northeastern Washington as the climate is much the same. <BR> I am an addicted gardener and landscaping is a lifelong project as well. August of 2011, I learned how to weave using a floor standing weaving loom, I am addicted to the amazing craft of making 'fabric'. <BR> Back in the days (my 30's and ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:00:49 EST new to Country Living Just saw this team today. Live on a farm, kids are grown and love living in the country. Started this journey on December 26th, 2011 again and this time don't want to go back. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:16:07 EST Hello Hi there, I'm a 30 something girl (still don't think I'm a grown-up). Sshh! I'll be 40 next year. <BR> I've got a lot of weight to lose and need to increase my exercise (which shouldn't be hard as I don't do any at the moment ) <BR> I follow a healthy eating plan and I've noticed that I need online support and came across this... It looks great on here, albeit a bit confusing, but I'm sure I'll find my way around, eventually ;-) <BR> I just wanted to say hi!! and throw myself into the deep e... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 07:09:17 EST Hi Everyone My name is Vonda. I live in Texas. I am 54 yrs. old. I joined sp a while ago. I just could never get the motivation going that I needed. I work nights which really makes dieting hard. So I decided to try again and join your team, and hopefully get the motivation and support I need on this new journey. Here goes! Today is day 1. This time its for me and no one else. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:37:23 EST hi to everyone! Hi - My name is Sandy and I live on a wheat and sheep farm in Western Australia. I joined a SP a couple of months ago. Looking for a bit of company to help me stay on track throughout the journey. I am hoping that this time I can stay on the motivation track. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:35:43 EST Gardening Questions/A nswers/Tips No matter how long you have done gardening, we are never too old or experienced to learn from others. Post your gardening tips, questions and hopefully, someone will have the answers to help each other out. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:20:35 EST New Member here.... Hi all. I've just joined up with SparkPeople and am hoping to find the support, help and encouragement that I so badly need on my weightloss journey. I've been overweight nearly my entire adult life and am so tired of it. I want to find success and am so hoping that by joining up with SparkPeople I will make great strides. Please join me on my journey to finding the thinner more fit person who is somewhere within. <em>7</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:47:17 EST My crazy life Nichole Hi I an trying to lose 40 pounds by my wedding in September, but I am a very picky eater so its always been hard for me. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:44:49 EST What fruit have you eaten today? <em>45</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:59:41 EST Fitness is a way of life and I love it Hello everyone! I just joined Spark people. I'm hoping to meet new people in my area of San Dimas, CA because I recently moved. I'd love to have some awesome fitness buddies and try new sports. I love working out and going on new adventures with health in mind. I want to lose some weight and gain some muscle. Catch ya on the FIT side. :) Mon, 2 Apr 2012 18:58:55 EST Im new! Hi, I started my weight lose adventure two weeks ago and have lost 3 lbs already! It started out pretty rough at first, nut I think I have the hang of it now. I'm looking for friends who would like give and receive advice, motivation, and stories. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:04:51 EST Things Associated with the Country Post anything that makes you think of the country! <em>306</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:10:51 EST Word Association Let's try a new one... Reply with the first thing you think of when I say <BR> <BR> "Cow" <BR> <BR> Then we go from there with the 1st thing you think of when reading the current word. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:38:52 EST Getting Started Hi There! I've just joined and need to lose 40 pounds. I have been on diets before and lost weight, but fall off the track and gain everything back. Its discouraging and a constant battle with me. Any encouragement and tips would be great. <BR> I am finding it hard to get motivated this time, but need to lose the weight because my joints are stressed. So here goes...... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:47:47 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> New to team and new to spark people! Born and raised in a small town, grew up on a dairy farm. Still reside in the same hometown (only left for about a year and that was just to move the next town over). <BR> I work in a City but love going home to the country. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:05:41 EST Baby Animals? Tell us what new babies that you have. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:26:22 EST Heya all! Hey guys! I'm Niki. I am 24 years old. I am not really new to Spark People but been off track for a while so starting over again with my weight loss goals. I currently weigh 213 pounds and hope to get down to 130 by February of next year. Look forward to talking with all of you! <BR> <BR> Niki Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:19:21 EST Grade Yourself (Feb.) & New Focus (Mar.) How did you do for the month of February? Grade yourself....& post what your March focus is that you would like to work on or accomplish. We're here to help, however we can. <em>306</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:05:15 EST Any Veggie Gardeners With Us? Do you plant a veggie garden? If so, tell us about it. What you plant, how big....whatever you would like to share with us. Would be interesting to see what others plant and any tips that we can share are welcome. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:31:08 EST Name 3 "Name 3" <BR> I say "Name 3" of something... say, "Name 3 types of wild felines" <BR> Then you would make a list of 3 types of wild felines <BR> Lion <BR> Panther <BR> Bob Cat <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> and then you ask for three of something, like <BR> "Name 3 shades of WHITE" <BR> Beige <BR> Eggshell <BR> Ivory <BR> <BR> <BR> Got it? Ready? <BR> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:12:02 EST What Kind of Physical Activity Did You Do? We all know that we need to be active. Post whatever kind of activity that you did today. <em>311</em> <em>34</em> <em>315</em> <em>312</em> <em>332</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:22:15 EST Are You A List Maker? Do you make lists of things to do, goals, or whatever? Share with us what you do. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:12:44 EST Howdy Yall! Hey everyone! Im new to the team and have really been committed to Spark only for a month but have already lost 8lbs!! <BR> We live in South NM and I have a wonderful life. <BR> Im training a horse for my first time. I got my Filly when she was 6 months old. She is now a year and a half...She is half Arabian/Saddlebred. What fun!!! <BR> I have 2 pigmy goats that are her best friends. <BR> I have 4 Dogs: 2 Boston's, 1 teacup Chihuaha, and a Great Dane <BR> We have 3 cats, 2 turtles, ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:05:04 EST Alphabetical Animals Post any animal that you can think of in alphabetical order. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:03:00 EST A-Z Alliterative Sentences Write a sentence where EVERY word must begin with the SAME letter. We start with a and go to z. Sentences may be as long as you like or as short as 3 words. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:29:08 EST Introducing myself I wanted to thank you for the invite to this team. I am not quite as country as some maybe, I live in country, love country living, but have no farm animals,( just a cat who own's me ) not much into gardening, except I love most veggie's that I buy from lacal farm produce stands. <BR> <BR> Also, I do seem to talk on and on and on,,,,,,,,sorry. If you like a real talker, I am your woman <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:50:20 EST The Song Game <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <BR> Rules are easy: I name a song and you use one word from that song name to name another song. <BR> <BR> You can add the band or artist who wrote the song after it if you want, it's not necessary but would be helpful. <BR> <BR> For example... Don't Stop Till You Get Enough by Michael Jackson <BR> <BR> Then next person might put down... Stop In the Name of Love by The Supremes <BR> <BR> And so on and so forth. Let's ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:52:30 EST Does Anyone Want A Buddy? If you would like a buddy....sign up here or shoot me an email. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:18:59 EST What's For Dinner/Supper? By telling us what you have/had....can help each other with meals and kind of keep us accountable. Feel free to share recipes if you would like. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:00:56 EST Flowers, Alphabetically Post any flower in alphabetical order. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:41:28 EST What I Did Right Today/This Week Sometimes, we dwell on what we did wrong. Here is our opportunity to post what we did right! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:27:37 EST Update on The Share A Blog Feature.... Sparkpeople removed the feature after the feedback they have been receiving. Here is the link: <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:09:28 EST Note(s) from and/or about Sparkpeople New Facebook Share feature on your Blogs.... <BR> <BR> just a quick heads up! Have you noticed on your own blogs now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! <BR> <BR> To delete this "Share bar" feature from your blog do this: <BR> <BR> Go to your SparkPage. <BR> Click to Edit the page. <BR> On the top Un-check "Show share bar on my blog posts". <BR> Save your changes. " <BR> <BR> <BR> * It is the... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:09:33 EST Hangman ****************************** <BR> the Wheel of Fortune game on television. <BR> <BR> The person who finally guesses the quotation gets bragging rights! <BR> <BR> the letter you'd like to see filled in and I will let you know if you have a hit. <BR> <BR> For clarity I put a / between words. <BR> <BR> The author of the quotation is underneath the quote...if it is known. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:36:07 EST Challenge 1/8--1/14 The challenge this week is two-fold. <BR> <BR> Post on huddle board (this is very encouraging to others & helps us be more accountable. <BR> <BR> Take some "Me" Time. At least 10 minutes a day. It can be anything.... <BR> Post what you did each day. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:40:17 EST hi, new from east tx Hi, im from tx. We have a small back yard farm. We try to raise all of our own meat and dairy and most of our own veg. We have a pair of dexters for meat , goats for milk and chickens for meat and eggs. We just got a new calf that we r training up to be a family milk cow. She is so cute and spoiled! I take her on walks around the block at night to lead train her and she walks just like a dog. She loves her chin rubbed and she still takes a bottle ,just cause my kids like to give it to her..... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 05:44:01 EST Ideas, Suggestion s....Share Here Post any idea/suggestion that you have for this team. Challenges that you would like to do, discussions...whatever. This is your, let's hear from you! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 18:55:46 EST Hobbies That You'd Like to Share With Us? I realize that we are all very busy. When you do have free you have hobbies that you do or would like to learn how to do. <BR> <BR> Please share! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:59:48 EST Know Your Animals? In this game we will ask questions about a animal of your choice. Now there is a little twist here, The answer will be one of these four categories ...the female name, the male name , the young name or the group name. For example ... <BR> <BR> A male chicken is a....... <BR> <BR> Rooster <BR> <BR> A group of cattle are... <BR> <BR> drove or herd <BR> <BR> Once you answer the question , you ask one for the next player. Now the game begins <BR> <BR> A female alligator is a... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:55:37 EST Put Two Words Together.... All you do is put two words together to make one! <BR> <BR> Work + Out <BR> Workout Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:38:30 EST Challenge 12/7---12/17 Oops....this is the challenge I meant to post. Check it out! <BR> <BR> Post what fruits & veggies that you ate each day. We know we need them...let's see what we can do! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>69</em> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:30:22 EST Name a Color & Word Associated with It Post a color and word that go together. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:41:34 EST What FROG Have You Eaten Today? We all want to reach our goals...BUT! <BR> We all have this "little habit"...PROCRASTINATION! <BR> <BR> Who's responsible? <BR> He's your worst enemy... <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> Go to this link and watch the video / listen carefully... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What is your frog and have you eaten your FROG today? Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:57:29 EST My Weather Right Now Is.... Post how your weather is right now! Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:50:16 EST What Are Your Thanksgiving Plans? Share with us what your plans are for Thanksgiving. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:28:44 EST Struggles & Frustrations? Share them Here! Let us know what is causing your frustrations, disappointments and/or what you are struggling with today. Maybe we can help! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:59:13 EST Challenge 11/21--11/27 Let's work on this....all you have to do EVERY day is make 1 healthy choice & come to this thread & post the day & <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some examples... <BR> You practiced portion control <BR> You skipped that 2nd serving <BR> You did some type of physical activity <BR> You took a nap <BR> or whatever you can think of <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:58:08 EST NO ONE WILL HURT TOBY AGAIN!!! Here is what I cut and pasted from my blog for today, BEFORE someone "Flags" it as "Inappropriate". Funny thing, it wasn't "inappropriate for someone to TEAR my wife's heart out two nights ago. So here is "fair warning as to WHO and WHAT we are. If you don't like it LEAVE THE TEAM NOW, but you will NOT cut her to the bone like that woman did. <BR> HERE is my Blog: <BR> This is Toby's other half. Just so there are NO FURTHER SURPRISES for my WIFE down the road, we are two WOMEN who have slept ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:01:25 EST Are YOU, and YOUR HOMESTEAD prepared for WINTER? How are you getting yourself, and your homestead ready for Winter? Are you going to change your exercise routine do the the upcoming slippery weather? Do you have any tips on HOW to keep the cold OUT, and the heat IN? <BR> Brie Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:45:56 EST WORK IT BABY, WORK IT!! Our little Western themed "Shooting Gallery" is starting to take shape now. We just got the lumber recently, and Friday, we started building the stages that we will use in the shooting matches. Today, we need to show the Brits some of the area before they go home to England on Wednesday, so the construction today will consist of only an hour or two in the morning. Tomorrow, we will be able to spend ALL DAY on construction, but there is already an advisory out for 50 to 55 HPH winds in the ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:30:26 EST THE V.A. LIED TO US, WE COULD USE PRAYER This isthe short version, PLEASE read my blog for today. The V.A. said they overpaid me from 1988 to six months ago, resulting in my owing them 42,000 dollars. they AGREED to withold 500 a month from my checks, but the first of this month, I got NOTHING, and according to them, I will not see anything for two years. PLEASE READ THE BLOG, and PRAY FOR US. Brie Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:46:34 EST 5% less of me by Spring I have set a goal to lose 5% of my weight by spring. I thought I would see if anyone would want to join me and maybe make it a team goal. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:18:05 EST TEE (my other half) is about to quit Spark People I posted this here, because Tee is not a member of this team, and won't see this. <BR> This morning, she was in a serious "funk" / moderate depression, for several reasons. We have made prgress on the house, but not as much as was planned six weeks ago, TWO vehicles breaking down, and the 750 dollars in repairs that I had to do to the LAST REMAINING vehicle have put a severe dent in the amount of money that we will have for the next two months, to buy construction materials. As a result, we... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:56:04 EST Tips! What I've learn I sprain my ankle during the winter, so I do understand how difficult it is to get back on track when recovering from an injury. I think that was the final straw that made me get committed to losing the weight…my husband and son had to carry me to the van to get me to the hospital and then my husband was lifting around on me to help me get around because I couldn’t get the hang of the crutches. He already has a bad back and the experience was painful for both of use. This happened about Fe... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 06:10:03 EST Bad Spiders!! Had a scare with Ginger (our female Newfie) yesterday. She got bit by one of the nasty spiders out here and was totally paralized for about 12 hours. We took her to the vet and she had to be put on antibiotics for 10 days. When we got her home we had to put her in a sheet and carry her to the bedroom and up on the bed last night so that we could keep an eye on her. Today she is still sore but she is getting back to herself. I am afraid if one of those spiders bit Max (5 month old Australian C... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:31:26 EST Our Walking or riding logbook There are a bunch of people who can not for medical reasons, run, or do any other high impact exercises, but that doesn't mean that they can't do something to make them a little healthier. <BR> I have degenerative disk disease in the bottom three disks in my spine. High impact running is OUT for me, so I walk. Sometimes the disks press against my spinal chord, and I lose the feeling in my left leg, and more than once, Tee has gotten me my cane halfway through a walk. She now carries it with... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:22:03 EST I'm their LEADER, WHICH way did they go?? Good evening everyone, This morning, I was greeted by a Yahoo message that said that the former team leader could no longer lead this pretty active team, due to situations beyond her control. <BR> I said that I would be HONORED to do so, so here I am, asking you folks, is there anything that you would like to do differently? It seems to be running pretty well as it is, with the exception of not too many team contests, or challanges. Have those ever been tried here? we could set up some con... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 23:08:56 EST HOW MANY DAYS ON SP? how many days on sparkpeople? Mon, 2 Aug 2010 20:23:58 EST COUNT BY 2's count by 2's <BR> <BR> 2,4,6 Mon, 2 Aug 2010 20:23:07 EST THINK FAVORITE FOODS...THEN EMOTICON What are your favorite foods? These have no calories, so go for it! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 20:22:13 EST THINK FITNESS & EMOTICON Think of some type of fitneess...then emoticon Mon, 2 Aug 2010 20:20:53 EST Milkweed Milkweed <BR> A truly remarkable wild vegetable <BR> <BR> By Sam Thayer <BR> Director of the Wild Food Institute <BR> Bruce, Wisconsin <BR> <BR> Milkweed isn't your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed, Asclepias syriacqa, is one of the best known wild plants in North America. Children love to play with the downy fluff in autumn, while farmers despise it as a tenacious weed of hayfields and pastures. Butterfly enthusiasts adore milkweed as ... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:09:02 EST Hi from rural Alberta, Canada Hi there, <BR> New to this group, and also to rural living. Looking forward to getting back in shape after having a baby. Anyone else? <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:49:57 EST Advice on our first doeling please In a couple of weeks, our good friends have a goat that is going to drop a kid, and if it is a doe, we will get it. We need to know what first shots should it have? Brie Wed, 9 Jun 2010 19:51:21 EST DAILY___DID YOU HUDDLE WITH YOUR TEAM? Post on the Huddle board every day...Let the team lnow you're Here! <BR> <BR> LET"S HUDDLE TODAY! Sat, 22 May 2010 06:12:32 EST COUNT UP BY 100's Let's play...Start counting up by the 100's Sun, 16 May 2010 03:03:40 EST NEED HELP, GOT A QUESTION...ASK HERE Nancy & I really want to be here for you. Do you have questions? Need Tips? Ask us...we're here to help you. Together we can do this! Sun, 16 May 2010 03:00:57 EST What Would You Like to See on This team? Post ideas, suggestions, etc., that you would like to see or do on this team. If you would rather not post here....shoot me an email. Your input is very important to us. <BR> <BR> Waiting to hear from you! Thu, 13 May 2010 18:39:47 EST I need some suggestions I joined Spark People with a bang and its turning into a whimper. I need some help!! <BR> <BR> My mother-in-law is quite ill. Every time I start to exercise or sit down to eat a planned meal the phone rings and we are called away to her house. We can be gone anywhere from an hour to 3 hours. <BR> <BR> Her insurance company has set her up with in home nursing assistance. However, it has not helped with all the unscheduled cries for help. <BR> <BR> I find myself skipping meals and getti... Thu, 13 May 2010 12:15:51 EST Leader in Sparkpoints & Fitness Minutes this week SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1. BANDMOM_TERESA <BR> 2. ...ABETTERME <BR> 3. LIZMEYER <BR> 4. ANNROBERTS54 <BR> 5. KBUCKMASH <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. ...ABETTERME <BR> 2. BANDMOM_TERESA <BR> 3. EM4488 <BR> 4. LIZMEYER <BR> 5. ANNROBERTS54 <BR> Mon, 10 May 2010 18:41:40 EST First time I went over 500 points in a month!! I just went over 500 points this month, and I need some advice. I have seen some people who have "500 points awards on their pages, and I tried to figure out how to get one for my page and got nowhere. Does anyone know how to do it step by step? Brie Mon, 26 Apr 2010 07:04:49 EST Hello from Oregon I am a 62 year old wife, mother and grandmother living on a small 2 acre farm in Oregon. I am new to Sparks People and I'm looking forward to starting a healthier and more active life style. Sun, 25 Apr 2010 13:07:20 EST How do you eat healthy with NO refridgeration? Hi folks, Tee and I have a problem. Our 30 year old <BR> propane fridge gave up the ghost early last month, and we will not have the money to replace it for another six months. <BR> What I have done to keep us fed, is buy only food that does not need to be refridgerated. This means that ALL the meat and fish is canned. And we are eating a lot of rice and pasta till we can get another fridge. <BR> We will not be able to grow ANY food, because none of our land is fenced yet, and Texas is a... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:42:23 EST Spark Point Wheel....How many for you? Post how many points your received on the Spark Point Wheel. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 07:38:28 EST Rough weekend Hello. I have a habit of only posting when things are going well. I hate to bring anyone else down with me. But here goes... <BR> We were helping a friend with some home remodeling all weekend. I had pizza 2x, subway and McDonalds!!!! I did ok calorie wise. I tried to make good decisions. Instead of losing 2 lbs though I gained 2. So that is really +4 for the week!! I am so down right now. I just don't feel like doing anything! <BR> I keep telling myself that I have still lost a lo... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:12:57 EST Greetings from Salt Flats, Texas Hi everyone, My name is Brie, I'm 60, a high time Pilot, and retired Army. I and my sweetie pie have a long thin 80 acres with our own 4,700 foot long runway. We do not reward bad behavior, so, even though commercial power runs right down our north property line, I will not hook up to it, because the company gets it's electricity from coal powered generating plants. Instead, we built our own solar/wind generating system that provides all the power that we need for the hanger home that we are ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:09:31 EST Hello from farm country PA Hi. My name is Cindy. I am fairly new to the boards here but not to SparkPeople. I live out in the country near the small (tourist) town of Wellsboro PA. It's beautiful country here but hours from a gym! I am a stay at home mom most of the time - I do work part time in the summer doing soils testing. Our boys are 15 and 9 and are enrolled in charter school so they are home all day. :) <BR> I hope I posted this in the correct place and I look forward to "meeting" you all! <BR> Have a gr... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 13:44:25 EST Important Info to Pass Along.... Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that someone else is using it. <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you pass along this reminder to your teams: <BR> <BR> If you are going to post something on the boards or in your blog that someone else has written,... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:49:02 EST Who's Willing? Additional co-leaders are needed for this team. There will be times that I can't be online...and would be great to have more leaders for the team. Post here or shoot me an email. <em>304</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:28:36 EST Garden snakes can be dangerous Garden snakes can be dangerous <BR> <BR> I didn't think twice about this tiny fellow on my baby boxwood until I got this letter: <BR> GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS... <BR> <BR> Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. <BR> <BR> A couple in Sweetwater , Texas , had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. <BR> ... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:34:17 EST A-Z words ending in "Y" Post words that end in Y....alphabetically. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:05:24 EST Words That Begin & End With the Same Letter (game) Post words that begin & end with the same letter. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:02:47 EST New to Team, not to SP Hello from north-central BC, Canada. I live in a small town, 4500 people approximately 100kms from the city. We have a gym here, its expensive and the women's gym is in the basement - bah! Of course there is Curves but that's not something I'm interested in. Our new council is working on building a pool, so we'll see how that goes next year. I hate not having a pool. I'm single, fur-mama to a spoiled Sassi (the kat) and fin-mama to Charlie, the beta fish. My folks live here, as do my b... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:52:07 EST Hi from Kansas I've been on SP for a week or so now and doing great. I live in rural south central kansas just a couple of miles from Oklahoma. We have a small farmette with cows, goats, chickens and 8 children :) Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:33:25 EST 7 INGREDIENTS TO BAN FROM BATHROOM This was in the Care2 Newsletter today. Since we are all trying to live healthier I though it was worth posting. I find it amazing how the FDA allows companies to keep putting these harmful chemicals in our Personal Care Products. Here is the link: <BR> <link><BR>nts-to-ban-from-your-bathroom.html?&pa<BR>ge=8 </link> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:26:01 EST Why/How Did You Choose Your Username? Tell us how you come up with your username. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 19:15:51 EST New in Kentucky Hi, <BR> I am a 33 year old mother of 2 beautiful girls and married to a wonderful husband. I live on a 35 acre farm and have horses and other assorted animals depending on the season. I love Ky so much that I hate to go on vacation. It is pretty cold here right now, about 17 degrees but I am already thinking about spring. I am planning on planting a container garden this year. We always sell our chickens in the winter and buy them back in the spring, can't wait to get the girls back. <BR> L... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:53:43 EST I'm Semi New Hello; <BR> I've been aware of Sparkpeople for a while but haven't really gotten serious until now. <BR> I live on a farm in WV, in a place my son refers to as a forsaken wilderness! My husband and I love it! <BR> Right now we raise only chickens & turkeys. We hope to add goats and cattle at a later date. Need to get that fencing up! <BR> Brenda <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>444</em> Fri, 25 Dec 2009 04:55:38 EST Thanksgiving Plans? What are your plans for Thanksgiving? At your house or are you going somewhere else? Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:15:21 EST Something positive I have done lately is... In order to help myself stay a little more positive, I thought I might sart a couple of new post. I hope nobody minds. <BR> <BR> Something I did positive lately was to set down with Donna and plan for the holidays to help keep them from being so stressful (I'm an introvert and not a big fan of all the hoopla during the holidays). Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:55:18 EST Today I am thankful for... In order to help myself stay a little more positive, I thought I might sart a couple of new post. I hope nobody minds. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my wife is back home. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:52:30 EST Tickle my FunnyBone Life is TOO serious sometimes..we need a good laugh.. <BR> <BR> KEEP ON LAUGHING! Did You Know? <BR> <BR> 1. Laughing 100 times roughly equals 15 minutes on an exercise bike? Vigorous laughter increases the heart rate deepens the breathing rate, and uses muscles in the face, stomach, and diaphragm. <BR> <BR> 2. Aside from improving our moods, laughter can reduce stress, help fight infection, and reduce pain. <BR> <BR> 3. The levels of two stress hormones, cortisol and epinephrine which su... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:08:19 EST Household Tips Post any household tips and suggestions. We're all open to suggestions that might make things easier for our lives. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:59:23 EST Home Remedies Post any home remedies that you have tried and they worked for you. We realize what works for one, might not work for another. But, any help that might work, is worth knowing about. <BR> <BR> Please share. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:57:48 EST What do you Like about Rural living? Post something each day or time that you post, that you like and/or enjoy about rural living and the lifestyle. Thu, 15 Oct 2009 19:09:44 EST Echinacea Tea Does anyone know anything about echinacea tea? I bought a "wellness" tea from Celestial Seasonings that contained echinacea. I know that it is also known as coneflower and that it is good for people with colds. I thought it was a harmless ingredient until I got home and saw the warning next to the nutritional facts. It starts out warning that the tea should only be taken by adults. Those who are on prescriptions, or are pregnant or nursing must consult their doctors. No one with an aller... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 22:07:16 EST Prairie Restoration Hello all - this is my first post to this team. I live in Southern Wisconsin with my husband, 4 very spoiled Newfoundland dogs, 2 llamas, 2 fainting goats and 8 Plymouth Rock Hens. When we bought this land it was a farmer's cornfield. Over the past 6 years we have cultivated a beautiful Savanna Oaks Prairie. It is still a young prairie but we have noticed so much more wildlife since we started it. Last week we found a praying mantis. We have the Karner Blue butterfly and a lot more birds. Par... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:39:13 EST Cars/Trucks (game) Post names of cars/trucks. Let's see how many we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Oh---make it alphabetically. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 19:29:51 EST TV Shows--A-Z (game) Post names of TV shows alphabetically. Let's see what we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Have fun! <em>244</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:47:57 EST In the middle of nowhere... Hi all. I'm Danielle and I live in the middle of nowhwere and have to keep myself motivated on all my lonesome without a gym, without other active folks...I've been compared to Rocky Balboa. When he is going hardcore in the Tundra and using what is on hand to train for a fight! I love that word picture! I run in my driveway, I do old school toning and am about to start looking into this: for some more inspiration on how to get a good workout without access to ... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:28:39 EST Name the Birds (game) Let's see how many and what kind of different birds we can name. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:01:54 EST Modes of Transportation (game) Post here modes of transportation. Can be types, names, etc. of cars, trucks, animals, etc. You name it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Only catch....needs to be Alphabetically. <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun here! <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:56:00 EST Reading Nook What are you reading now (books or magazines) or would you recommend? If you have a book, article etc. you'd like to discuss....feel free. Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:50:37 EST Hobby Corner Let's talk hobbies or activities for past time. What do you do or would you like to learn? Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:48:37 EST New to team but not SP I joined the team a couple of days ago. I have been a member of SP since 12/07 and did not become active until 6/08. <BR> I have 4 dogs and 2 cats. We live in a very small town in western Minnesota. The town has a bar/restaurant, gas station and post office. I have to walk to the post office to get my mail and it is almost 2 miles round trip. The town is about 50 miles south of Fargo, ND. I moved here from Brainerd, Minnesota about 3 years ago. <BR> It is definitely a rural community.... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 15:14:05 EST Hi I'm new here! Hi everbody <em>213</em> , My husband and I and Stella and Stuie (our mini weiners) Mack (my rottie) Tux (our cat) Lacy, Annie, Junior (my 3 quarter horses) and various other animals all live on our farm in Kansas. Looking forward to getting to know some of you better. :) Sheryl Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:01:56 EST Homonyms (game) How good are you with homonyms? These are words which sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:36:59 EST Emoticon your feelings Post how you feel or how things are going with using an emoticon. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:22:37 EST Any gardeners? Just started some of my seeds over the weekend. My veggie garden is about 12'x40', but my aspargus bed is included in that. Anyone else garden and if you do, do you freeze, can or both? Tue, 17 Mar 2009 14:40:52 EST New here! This team seems pretty quiet, but I'll introduce myself anyway. I'm Anna. My husband and I run a cow/calf beef farm as well as we both work away from the farm. Needless to say-busy lifestyle seems to have left us with poor(unhealthy) food choices. I've been a member of Spark since fall of 2008 and recommited to the program in January of this year. Hope to help this group get a little more lively as well as to get support from other "rural people"! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 14:35:14 EST Do You Have Any Animals? What animals do you have or would you like to have? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:13:12 EST Back for a New Year... Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for my long absence from this group, it has been a tough year medically with my 2 children, and it consumed all of my energy. I am happy to say that due to alot of work on our diet, things are getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Let's get our momentum back! How is everyone and what are you doing lately? I have joined a "Boot Camp" style exercise class starting January 19th! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 00:44:53 EST I'm new! Hi everyone! Im new! Someday I will run my own farm, it has always been my dream and I have tremendous support from everyone. If anyone needs some motivation, please feel free to message me! Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:15:20 EST Where is everyone? I just joined this site. Where is everyone? Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:23:35 EST Berry recipes? Hi everyone, We are harvesting our saskatoon berries right now, so we are making saskatoon everything! Anyone have any good berry recipies you want to share? Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:02:20 EST FIRST TIMER ...... HELLO. I WOULD LIKE TO MEET OTHER PEOPLE THAT LIVE AND WORK ON A FARM. I NEED TO HAVE SUPPORT WITH ALL THE COOKING AND EATING OF MAKING 3 MEALS A DAY. 4 OF MY 5 CHILDREN ARE MARRIED LEAVING ONE 21 YEAR OLD SON AT HOME. I ALSO HAVE 2 GRANDSONS WITH ANOTHER GRANDCHILD ON THE WAY. SO I DO HAVE ALOT OF ALONE TIME. I ALSO HAVE A HUGE GARDEN AND I SELL THE EXTRA PRODUCE AT A ROAD SIDE STAND. Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:26:19 EST Making a living from your small farm Hi there, my husband and I have 5 acres that we would like to start utilizing for a home business. We are in Ontario, Canada <BR> <BR> Do any of you use your small farm for income? Do you have any suggestions or start up ideas? I've been having a hard time finding any up-to-date resources for this topic. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Fri, 6 Jun 2008 08:25:00 EST Country Parlor (Coffee/tea & chat) Let's post here daily or as often as we can to see how many members we have posting. Hope to see you around. Thu, 5 Jun 2008 14:08:25 EST Herb Gardening I'm wanting to start an herb garden. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for me? Are there basic herbs that one should start with? I would appreciate any help. Thanks. Thu, 5 Jun 2008 14:03:39 EST I am 45 years old... I placed this post where it should have been... sorry *S* Sat, 3 May 2008 22:19:13 EST HI everyone Hi there everyone and Happy Monday to all. <BR> <BR> I'm not "new" to this team, but I've never really posted anything other than in the huddles, so I thought I would properly introduce myself! My name is Kris and I live on a farm in upstate NY. We have beef cattle and horses. I'm about 75 pounds overweight. Oh wait.. now I'm only about 70 pounds overweight lol I'm married with 3 daughters, 2 of whom still live here at home. I have Degenerative Disc Disease in my back, so I am permanen... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 08:27:33 EST NEW TO SP AND HAPPY TO BE HERE!!! I just joined sparkpeople, and from what I've seen of the site, I'm very excited that this time, my plan will work! Let me tell you all alittle bit about me. I'm 42, with a husband (44) and 3 beautiful daughters (21, 16, and 13) and we're all going to try this plan together. My oldest daughter and I are going to try to have a bit of a "challenge" against each other, and my youngest daughter has already conned her grandmother into giving her $1 a pound that she loses! Thanks again, for havi... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:22:11 EST What are your barriers? (Also posted on Saskatchewan team) <BR> Yay, minus 3 here today! The exercise videos are getting pretty stale for me. The key for me seems to be 25 minutes or less. If I know a video or exercise is going to be longer than that I keep putting it off! <BR> <BR> My other barrier is reaching for healthy food when I get hungry. I try to keep a large variety of produce and prepare a day or two worth of mixed veggie salad first thing in the morning when my motivation is high... and I'm getting brea... Sat, 23 Feb 2008 14:37:44 EST Daily Check In I hope this is okay. I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we could just check in each day and say how were are doing. Did we exercise? Did we stay in our calorie range? Tell how the kids are doing. How we are feeling today? Whatever we want to post. Something to let the team know whose around. Does that sound okay with you??? <BR> <BR> Gene Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:26:58 EST Winter blues? Are you guys all snowed in? <BR> It's been pretty cold in Colorado this winter, but not as snowy as last year. Small snows measured in inches not feet. <BR> I'm working out with tapes in the house, seriously not motivated to go outside I run outside to do my few chores and then run back to the house, does that count as cardio? <BR> I have about 20 goats ready to start kidding any day, and then we start calving season in February and March so things will get more interesting then. <BR> So eve... Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:47:33 EST Fall in your area Where are you from, and what is special about fall in your area? <BR> <BR> I live in northern Indiana, and fall lasts forever here. The weather gets really nice and mild around the beginning of September, and often winter coats don't need to be brought out until nearly Thanksgiving. Fall is the time when the apples and pears come ripe, you can finally take a break from the garden, and the smell of wood smoke is in the air. <BR> <BR> The thing I miss the most, compared to where I grew up i... Fri, 28 Sep 2007 09:11:58 EST First Frost? Have you had your first frost yet? We got to 47 degrees F overnight. No frost yet, but I feel it coming soon. I'm in northern Indiana. :) Wed, 12 Sep 2007 08:55:56 EST What are your September plans? September is a busy month for us. The garden will basically be wrapping up, which means lots of freezing, canning, and dehydrating. <BR> <BR> We have already butchered a "crop" of rabbits and put them in the freezer, and will try to have another couple of litters before the weather turns too cold. Turkeys will have to be butchered sometime this month, except for the Thanksgiving turkey. That means two turkeys this month. <BR> <BR> We have just sold most of our flock of turkeys, because... Sat, 1 Sep 2007 10:08:49 EST Meal time...feels like I'm running a restaurant. I am looking for some advice or helpful hints. We are farmers and my husband spends a lot of time in the fields. During the busiest times he takes his meals in the tractor/combine. I need to make his meals easy to handle with one hand and one that wont cause a mess all down his adorable chin. Then I need to feed my 2 and 3yr old girls. Something kid friendly and of course healthy. And then there is me..eating on the run or just eating the girls half empty plates. <BR> <BR> Is there anything ... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 17:53:34 EST Day of reckoning for two cockerels... ... and for us! We have two 12-week-old Buckeye cockerels set aside for butchering today. This will be our first time doing this and I am so nervous. Please wish us luck.... Sun, 3 Jun 2007 10:04:46 EST Gardening, Wish me Luck! <em>146</em> Well tonight I plan on putting our garden in, I just have to get the fiancee to till it up for me. I am excited about growing our own veggies! I even went and got chicken wire to keep the rabbits out....last year they ate up all of the plants before they even got a chance to grow very big. Hope everyone is doing great! Mon, 21 May 2007 16:01:52 EST Excersize ideas??? <em>216</em> Well I am following my strength excersize according to SparkPeople but any other ideas for cardio? I have a treadmill but really, not into it. I have been doing the mowing thing about twice a week and ride my bike for about two-three miles. I jsut want a different variety so I don't get burned out. <BR> I am jelous of all the garden's been a little wet here (which I am not complaining about) so we haven't even tilled the garden. I love to garden! But over the ... Wed, 16 May 2007 11:04:20 EST New to the Group Hi everyone, I am glad that there is a group out there that know the struggles of living away from big cities or even towns. I live by the sandhills and there isn't a gym around the corner. I am glad for the nicer weather so I can get outside and mow the yard and I have also gotten the bike out of the garage! Anyway, I hope to chat with some of you soon. Wed, 9 May 2007 13:23:38 EST Ideas for motivating each other? Hi everyone, Just a note to check in and apologize for not being online much since Easter... my son and my mom in law both had stints in the hospital and I have been pretty much "off the wagon". I have not excercised at all for close to a month and have gained back 3 pounds! <BR> <BR> I'm ready to get back at it and wondering how everyone else's motivation is going? Does anyone have any ideas for encouraging each other? <BR> Yvonne Thu, 26 Apr 2007 15:11:47 EST How is everyone doing? Looks like we all must have been busy lately! Did everyone have a nice holiday? We had a white Easter, for the first time I can remember. It's been cold here - down into the teens the other night! The chicks have been hunkered down under the heat lamp a lot. <BR> <BR> We had my parents over for dinner Sunday, and then my son went home with them for his first night away from home. He handled it like a pro, and had a great time with Grammy. I don't think he missed us too much! I took advantage... Mon, 9 Apr 2007 21:53:19 EST Has anyone hatched their own chicks before? We have a mixed bag... barred rocks, brahmas, arricanas and red sussex. We have Brahma and Arricana roosters too. <BR> <BR> I tried white crested polish last year, but they were horribly targeted and picked to death by the others. It seemed like the white feathers sticking out on top of their heads kinda freaked out the others... one White crested rooster did survive. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of trying to hatch some eggs this spring to see what we get, but have never hatched my own eggs bef... Thu, 5 Apr 2007 12:08:24 EST What do you do with old chickens? Hi there, a discussion on the 'Welcome' thread just made me wonder... <BR> <BR> What does everyone do with old laying hens and roosters? I'd love to hear ideas from others. <BR> <BR> I usually make home-made chicken stock. <BR> <BR> Once I tried just stripping the breast meat off and grinding for homemade chicken strips, but there is so little meat on those old bones, it was alot of work for very few chicken strips! Tue, 3 Apr 2007 13:12:25 EST Home-made yogurt, who does what? Lori and I are both interested in what others do for yogurt! What do you do? <BR> <BR> I have a small West Bend yogurt maker and get my starter at a natural food store in town. I would typically just use milk and starter and then use it in my fruit smoothies, so I don't usually bother with anything that thickens it. <BR> <BR> Sometimes if I'm going to use it for a topping for brunch, fresh fruit or dessert I'll add a little maple syrup. Sun, 1 Apr 2007 16:42:00 EST recipes Here is a very addictive recipe for flax crackers. Do not attempt to eat just one! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Tangy Italian Flax Crackers <BR> <BR> 4 cups of flax seeds <BR> <BR> 2 big tomatoes <BR> <BR> 1 medium zucchini <BR> <BR> 1 red pepper <BR> <BR> 2 cloves garlic <BR> <BR> 2 wads if Italian parsley (1 cup) <BR> <BR> 2 handfuls of fresh basil <BR> <BR> 1 TBS. fresh oregano <BR> <BR> 1 sprig fresh rosemary <BR> <BR> 2 tsp. sea salt <BR> <BR> ½ a jalapeno <BR> <BR> 3 TBS. squished date... Sat, 31 Mar 2007 23:02:03 EST