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Ask the Experts

What do you need? Exercise advice from a personal trainer? A registered dietitian to walk you through the grocery store? A psychologist to help you stop procrastinating and face your fears? Perhaps a chef to help you turn low fat into high flavor? You want it? We have it. Meet our Experts and let them help you through this journey.


  • By muldertx · New reply March 22, 2014
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  • I am looking for a good cleanse. I want to start my weight loss journey with getting clear of toxins etc. . . . I think it will also help me mentally. Thanks ...

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The Journey

We all need a little motivation. Follow these women's journeys as they chronicle their challenges and accomplishments, with the help of ACE 2006 Personal Trainer of the Year Jonathan Ross. Jonathan, Community Fitness Coach for the National Body Challenge, will offer his insight and suggestions to help these women make a difference in their health and their lives.

Parental caregiving

  • By Melszac · New reply March 17, 2014
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  • I'm a new member to this network starting an incredibly strange but heartwarming journey in my life. At age 62 after many years of exciting and very rewarding careers, I have retired to take care of my ...

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Find a Buddy

If you are looking for a buddy, post here! Let the group know if you are looking for a virtual buddy or someone to meet up with in person to work out or offer support.

Looking for a workout / lose weight partner

  • By simplyme2 · New reply 9:34 am
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  • I decided that starting Monday, March 17th, 2014 I am going to start my losing weight and working out or at least getting more active. I'm totally lacking motivation tho so im looking for someone like ...

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Good Food

Let's face it. We're all busy people. And in our society, products packaged for the busy person aren't necessarily done so with our health in mind. Many of us eat out or on the run. Still, there are small steps we can all take as part of the National Body Challenge that put us into a rhythm of healthy eating and healthy living. What do you eat to be healthy while on the run?

Is Sea food good for weight loss

  • By weightloser1 · New reply April 12, 2014
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  • I like to eat sea food but I am over weight. Is sea food good for weight loss diet. I want to eat. So, please give me guideline whether I can eat or not. Thank you ...

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Feed My Family

Incorporating a healthy eating plan, when you've only got 25 minutes to cook, and five distinct sets of taste buds to please is every mother's challenge. With childhood obesity reaching alarming rates, we need to work together and make a plan. How are you feeding your family healthy meals, or where do you begin when you want to change the family's dinner menu? And while we're looking at your plate, is your glass half-full or half-empty? Does your family's health -- both physical and emotional -- need a check-up?

Recently married, what to cook?

  • By martin70 · New reply September 21, 2012
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  • Hi! I am so excited! I got married recently, we came back from our honey moon and now it seems we started our family life. All nice and shinny, but I want to be the perfect wife. So, what do I cook for ...

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

What does that inner voice inside you say or are you too busy to listen to it? It's time to take a breath, and realize that sweating the small stuff is bad for your health. Your heart, mind, joints, and muscles need to relax. We want to know: How are you doing?

Benefits Of Honey

  • By candyevans02 · New reply April 2, 2014
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  • Honey is produced by honeybees using the nectar from flowers, honey is made up of glucose and fructose containing about 70 to 80 percent sugar. Benefits are: Soothes coughs Boosts memory Treats wounds ...

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Clear the Clutter and Chaos

Coats and toys, papers and purchases... you've got too much stuff and you know it. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Share your ideas, and ask for help as you learn to live simply.


  • By Avalynn · New reply March 15, 2013
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  • Anyone else out there taking some quiet time to meditate each day ...

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The Final Frontier - The Last 10 (or 20) Pounds

Attention lifelong dieter: this is your year. Lose those last pounds once and for all and end the yo-yo diets. Come and share what you are doing and find out how others are achieving their success.

Success Maintenence

  • By IamGma · Posted April 22, 2014
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  • Has anyone experienced success with getting in shape/losing weight or other health related goal? Has anybody managed to MAINTAIN that success? I'm so close to my goals, and yet so far away... I struggle ...

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The Other Side of the Scale

Do you find yourself faced with more than 50 pounds to lose? Maybe 100? Reach out and get the support you need to turn your life around towards a healthy lifestyle. It's a long road, but you can get there. We can help. Share your obstacles, motivation, and insight with others.

Weight loss buddies

  • By Shelbyalyse17 · New reply November 21, 2012
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  • I'm currently at 289 and looking for a weight loss buddy ...

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Fit at Fifty-Plus

There's no age limit for getting healthy. While health issues change as we age, we all need healthy food, daily exercise, and a clear perspective on how to get there. After all, we never stop being human! This is your spot to share the challenges and rewards of getting fit over 50.

Working over nights

  • By Mojd80 · New reply 4:54 am
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  • I am turning 51 in May and am now working the 11pm-7am shift, 4 days on 2 off. I am occasionally having sleep problems but am pretty set there. My question is when is it best to work out? Jogging, walking ...

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Fit, Firm, and Full of Energy

You have to move to get healthy, but the options are endless. What are you doing to get fit? Need help with an exercise routine? Want to share what works for you? This is the place.

How is everybody ? Walking Warriors

  • By Nobu · New reply March 31, 2014
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  • Hello everybody, I watched on CBS that extreme weather persists in US. I'm praying for your safety and health in Japan. As for me, I'm still walking as usual. I realize that the more I walk the less I ...

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The Recipe Box

The National Body Challenge offers thousands of healthy recipes as part of its meal plans. Which are your favorites? Which is a success with the kids? Do you have your own twist? Or a whole new healthy recipe to share? This is the place.

Egg Recipes For Dinner

  • By candyevans02 · New reply March 7, 2014
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  • Arugula Salad with Poached Eggs: Arugula is a leafy green replete with antioxidants. Lemon and parmesan cut the bitterness of the greens. A poached egg makes healthy recipes like this one taste rich and ...

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What I Ate Today

Keeping a food journal is therapeutic for many dieters. Share with us what you're eating, and see how you can do better, eat healthier, and just take care of you!


  • By angelSamuels · New reply August 14, 2013
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  • Today, as its only the morning i ate 2 weetabix breakfast biscuits and a bread roll..i usually dont eat breakfast, does skipping breakfast fasten weight loss ...

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Small, Non-Scale Victories

Did you skip the bagels at the office meeting? Pass on dessert last night in favor of a walk? Enjoy some new whole-wheat healthy creation? Finally finish that 5K? Pat yourself on the back each and every day as you move towards success! Share your victories here. No matter what your goals are, you've earned bragging rights! Show us. Tell us. Sing it out!

MAKING HEALTHIER CHOICES, Week of Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2012

  • By bhmtnbiker · New reply February 15, 2012
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  • It's Healthy Snack Week! Ok, I just made that up. But what the heck, let's post our favorite snacks for under 150 calories (I'm looking for fresh ideas!). :) Donna ...

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I Can and I Will: Promises and Inspirations

Give it. Get it. Share your thoughts on what it takes to keep it going. Or find a buddy to back you up. This is also a great place to publish a contract or pledge to yourself. Let others find common goals and get insight from the little promises you make to yourself for achieving your goals. Need some ideas? I promise myself I'll * hit the gym tonight * finally try yoga * call that guy * buy that exercise ball * give up soda * run that 10K * take a trip - you get the idea.

Walking Journal

  • By Nobu · New reply 9:02 am
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  • After a harsh winter spring has finally come. I even saw a big wasp in my room today. The coralberry trees outside attract insects, even though so far I saw only this wasp. Actually they attract little ...

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The Psychology of Food

Does your relationship with food stem from stress or trauma? Have family issues added to your battle with health and weight? Did therapy increase your success with achieving your goals? For many of us, healthy living means solving the 'root problem' before any dieting or exercising can begin to have an affect. Share how the psychology of eating plays a role in your health and diet.

Dr. Oz on Overweight Pets

  • By ewcollins · New reply May 1, 2013
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  • In the April /May issue of the AARP Magazine on page 45 Dr. Oz says, "People say their weight is genetic. But people who are overweight also have overweight pets. That's not genetic." What do you think ...

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Product Plugs

Who makes the best frozen entree? Best protein bar? Which exercise DVD can you not live without? Share your favorite health products here! We want to know!

Saying Hi

  • By mommyfirst · New reply May 31, 2013
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  • I have been silently reading everyone's inspirational stories and frustrations and can say I have felt the same way as many of you for a long time. I was about 50lbs overweight and frustrated with everything ...

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Weight Loss Solutions

This discussion topic does not endorse or recommend any particular treatment, therapy, medicine or drug in the pursuit of weight loss, but provides a forum for sharing experiences with prescription, OTC (over-the-counter) drugs, alternative therapies, and surgical procedures.

Keeping track of personal stats

  • By Snorre · Posted April 1, 2014
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  • Hi! A quick question, have ever tried to track your personal stats to get motivated? How many chocolate bars you eat per day/week/month, how often do you visit gym, or similar activities? And if you have ...

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Community Help Desk

Have a question about using the community? An idea for making it better? Post here and let us know how we can help.

The Challenge

  • By Pat55 · Posted January 14, 2014
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  • I had signed up for the challenge about 5 years ago and really got motivated and looked forward every day to get on line to post and read messages, and then it was cancelled. I'd like to see it come back ...

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