SparkPeople SparkMadison- the Official Team Team Messageboard Welcome to SparkMadison! We're an active group that likes to hit the trails, ride our bikes and do other fun activities. We've joined together on a journey in pursuit of better health. SparkPeople SparkMadison- the Official Team Team Messageboard Autumn Chat 2015 Who's ready for the cooler weather? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:07:00 EST Summer 2015 Chat Happy Summer madtown! Hope you all have a wonderful 4th planned! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:58 EST Any Special Needs Parents? Looking for other special needs parents to attempt some supportive exercise and movement teaming. I'm in Verona and 24/7 with my son with inconsistent breaks. Open to any types of cost-free opportunities to move. Mon, 25 May 2015 11:03:22 EST Springtime chat Here is a chance to start a new thread without that nasty word "winter". <BR> Now we can get energized to accomplish twice as much with half the effort--solar powered people! <BR> <em>376</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:48:40 EST New Year 2015 I don't know if anyone is into resolutions. The article yesterday said to be specific and measurable. <BR> Mine is to rearrange/clean/sort one room or drawer or box of stuff at least twice a week. That works on my goal of getting organized. I already did the cabinet of plastic containers. What a feeling of accomplishment! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:16:02 EST Winter Chat Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> Let's try to become a little more active here! Having a place to chat, support, and hold ourselves accountable over the winter months seems like a good thing, especially as temptations loom with the upcoming holidays and motivation wanes with the cold and dreary winter weather. <BR> <BR> I have been giving thought to the holiday season and thought I would list some of the things I am thankful for this year. My wonderful fella who has been my rock through the difficu... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:54:52 EST Anyone interested in becoming Team Leader? Hi All... Life has been too hectic for me to be active on this team.... anyone interested in taking it over? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:59:41 EST New to SP; New Princeton Club East member I'm new to Spark People. I just rejoined Princeton Club East (after 7 years elsewhere and nowhere). My current weight loss goal is 37 pounds. I'm doing 10 am water aerobics MWF. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:56:03 EST Summer Chat Since I am back and and selfishly I know that I will be around more if people are posting, too, I'm starting this thread. Trying to liven the team back up. <BR> <BR> So. I've been running a lot and walking this summer. What are you all up to? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:37 EST April Chat Hi <BR> <BR> April is almost over and there are no postings. Where is everyone? <BR> <BR> Gail Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:57:33 EST Princeton Club/Princeton Club Express? I have a membership at Princeton Club, but my workout partners have all sort of gone off on their own. I'd love to fill in some of the gaps if anyone else is also looking for a partner. <BR> <BR> I have a pretty steady work schedule, so I'm available at 5:00 every day. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:22:26 EST Any other ketogenic fans? Hi, I go by Dani. I'm 26 years old, 5'5" tall, and two months into a ketogenic diet. I was wondering if anyone else is trying this type of diet here? What types of foods do you find help you with snacking specifically? I've been pretty successful and lost 18 pounds so far! It's amazing what magic bullet coffee can do to curb your appetite almost all day. Considering I'm losing form my heaviest weight ever, it still feels good. Yoga is also helping me feel stronger too. Thanks in advan... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:16:28 EST March Chat Hi: <BR> <BR> Anyone out there? How have you been taking these bitter cold days? If you are interested in comfort food, two days ago I blogged a recipe for crustless quiche. <BR> <BR> G. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:00:10 EST Princeton Club Biggest Loser I'm looking for fellow Madisonites/SparkPeople who are going to participating in this year's Biggest Loser challenge. Please drop me a note if you want to work at motivation each other. <em>41</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:13:04 EST Howdie Madison!! Sending a shout-out to all the spark team members in Madison. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are returning to Wisconsin after living in Jacksonville, Fl for the last two years. I can't deny it's a bittersweet return when it comes to weather and the ocean, but in every other way I will be happy to come back to my home state. <BR> <BR> I am not from Madison. I lived in Waukesha for over 15 years before moving to Florida and in the Milwaukee area for 6 years before that. However my best friend wor... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:06:46 EST December Chat Good Sunny Morning Dec.1: <BR> <BR> Well, I'm almost packed and ready to leave for warm sunny shores tomorrow. I don't think I told you all but I fell down a flight of stairs two weeks ago. My head and face went right through the dry wall and left a hole the size of a basket ball. Miraculously, the total damage to my body was three broken fingernails and black and blue marks on my face and legs. The medical staff couldn't believe that I had no fractures, no loose teeth and no spinal dama... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:55:25 EST Introducing myself Hello all. I am Roxanne and am Wisconsin born and bred. I am an aspiring novel-writer, playwright and poet. I am addicted to the Academy awards and love to see all the nominees every year culminating in an Oscar party that I host. I am a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and also cheer for the Chicago Cubs ( I know weird combination). <BR> <BR> I have been overweight most of my life. I HATE the term obese but medically speaking, that is what I am. I experienced losing 100 pounds over 20 years a... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:34:39 EST November Chat Hope you are all doing well. This weather has been so blah! <BR> <BR> g. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:50:07 EST October 2013 chat Been Mia for a while with my job but want to get October kicked off! Anyone still here. :) Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:42:47 EST Free Workouts in Madison Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm really excited to share a link to a website that I started a couple months ago. I've been shopping for a new gym in Madison and realized that there are so many free workouts in the area. I wanted a way to share my findings with my friends, family, and community. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm new to website creation, so I'm sorry that there are bugs to work out. However, I'm updating it all the time and would love if you followed a... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:55:46 EST Good Day everyone So I have started my new journey of getting my health on track and lose the weight I need to get rid of this year. <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:15:50 EST New Kid on the Block Stopping by to let you know I'm here on Spark and in Madison. How's everyone liking construction season on the Beltline?! That's enough to make me want to walk or bike to get around the city! My best! <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:02:08 EST New Full-Bodied Yoga Series: Starting June 23rd This summer I'm very excited to spread the news about a new 6-part Full-Bodied Yoga series in Madison running each Sunday at 1pm, staring June 23rd through July 28th at Bliss Flow Yoga. This is a yoga basics series geared toward curvy and fuller-bodied students, teaching you yogic breathing and other relaxation techniques, with breakdowns of the basic yoga postures and how to modify them as necessary in a body-positive, fun environment. <BR> <BR> The series is taught by Cheryl Breuer and Joe... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:56:08 EST Hello! Hi team! <BR> <BR> My name is Jenna. I've been an on-and-off Spark Person since 2011. <BR> <BR> I've become more focused on my weight loss goals out of necessity. In October of last year, I was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension--in short, too much cerebrospinal fluid within the skull; this, in turn, puts pressure on the brain. Vision changes led to my diagnosis, and I was ultimately found to have more than two times the "normal" range of cerebrospinal fluid. Under that amount of pres... Tue, 14 May 2013 19:48:21 EST Walking around Madison Hi, I'm Debbie <em>334</em> . I am wondering where folks like to walk around town? Do you have a favorite spot? Sat, 11 May 2013 09:37:21 EST Roll Call.... Who's still here on the Madison team I am back and going to be checking in more often....who else is here? <BR> <BR> Janey Fri, 10 May 2013 10:05:45 EST May 2013 Chat Anybody feel like chatting? Sun, 5 May 2013 03:17:23 EST Greetings Hello All, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and say greetings. I am hoping to be motivated by this site. <BR> I am looking to just be more balanced throughout my whole self. I try to concentrate daily on me for a bit. I am a runner and preparing for my first half marathon for the year. I will be running green bay half. Last year it didn't happen as I was sick. <BR> Many weddings to go to and a trip to Italy. Life is busy and I love it. <BR> Love a positive atmosphere! <BR> ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:35:15 EST April Chat Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing something healthy for yourselves today! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:11:09 EST March Chat- Better late than never So, how is everyone!?! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:55:24 EST Baristacide March Shows: Dance 'til you drop! There are only a few shows left before the band is on (indefinite) hiatus at the end of June, catch the best retrogoth punkpop project in town while you can! <BR> <BR> I'll be burning off a bunch of calories from a friend's birthday party TONIGHT, Saturday, March 2nd. All new songs, show starts at 9pm @ The Frequency, $5, also playing Counterfeit i & Woodson. <BR> <BR> Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10pm @ The Crystal Corner also playing TD;LR <BR> <BR> Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ Mickey's Tavern... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:35:15 EST February Chat Good Morning Friends and Campers: <BR> <BR> Hope Your day goes well in every way, including food, drink and exercise. <BR> <BR> Gail Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:09:29 EST Getting back on track... Not been a great few months for me but its time to get back on track. What are your "best" getting back on track go tos? Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:46:37 EST Local Fit2Eat Restaurant A Must! I recently visited Fit2Eat on Speedway and I'm hoping other Madtown Sparkers are hip to this quaint little eatery. The menu changes each week, focusing on healthy, low fat, low sodium like your mom would have made if she were a professional caterer. The portion sizes are sensible; I can order a full meal of main dish, side, and dessert and eat it without feeling regret or worry that I've over-consumed. I also don't have to stress over a sodium bounce on the scale the next day because they don... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:47:51 EST January Chat Good Morning and Happy New Year: <BR> <BR> I'm planning on going to the gym, running some errands, doing my PT and boxing things up for the Hospice thrift store. <BR> <BR> I have several boxes of clothes from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that have been sitting for decades. They are not soiled but need to be washed and ironed. The Thrift store will take them and get volunteers to get them ready for the rack. The manager said she always hoped to have a vintage clothes corner and now she will. ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:37:13 EST Hello Madtown! Well, I'm 32, so it goes without saying that I've tried numerous diets before. I'm thinking about having weightloss surgery, but this is my one last swing at trying it without going to those measures. I had given up on trying anything else first since weight watchers and stuff is so expensive, but this is like free weight watchers! I've only been on just over a day but love it already. We will see how this goes. Exercise and positive attitude are going to be the toughest because I suffer... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:58:27 EST December Chat Good Morning: <BR> <BR> Well, I went to see an orthopedist yesterday and the good news is that my knees are good. I probably have a little tear which is causing the pain. It is getting better, but I'm still limping. <BR> <BR> Happy December to you all. <BR> <BR> Gail Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:44:45 EST Cyber Monday Sale at the Best Yoga Studio in town! There are just a few hours left to take advantage of the biggest sale of the year at Bliss Flow Yoga on University. <BR> <BR> Make it through the holidays with the best help around and your choice of: <BR> <BR> -20 Class Pass 119.40 (reg 199) <BR> -90 Day Unlimited 179.40 (reg 299) <BR> or <BR> -$300 OFF a Pre-Paid Yoga Membership: Enjoy unlimited yoga, workshop discounts, and member-only events <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Offer ends Midnight, CST. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:20:06 EST the start of my journey Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just starting my journey with my weight loss goals. I am starting at 287 and hoping to begin my healthy lifestyle. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:37:15 EST Free Yoga for Veterans - 11/11 & 11/12 The best yoga studio in town is running a special this Sunday (11/11) and Monday (11/12) for Veterans Day. Any veterans can stop by Bliss Flow Yoga for a free drop in class. <BR> <BR> Bliss Flow Yoga - 3527 University Ave, 53705 - (608) 233-BLSS (2577) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:45:22 EST November 2012 chat Hey everyone! Is anything exciting/interesting going on in November? <BR> <BR> So far, we have vacation over Thanksgiving and I have a girl day in a few weeks, so I am very excited for this. <BR> <BR> How are you all? Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:54:35 EST Hello Madison Good Morning. Spark Teams are interesting. Looking around Spark People. <BR> <BR> I'll be back. <em>381</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:59:03 EST Newb alert! Well, sorta. I think I've been a member of this team since I joined SP a few years back, but I've never been active. Thought it might be time to change that. <BR> <BR> I've been in the Madison area for about 8 years. The first four were school, and after I graduated I took a job here. Also, I'm a new mom! My daughter is 8 months old now, crazy how fast she seems to be growing up already. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you better! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:08:21 EST Hello from the East Side! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Taunya and I live on the far east side. I was on SP people before, not really sure why I quit but Im back. Looking forward to meeting some of you soon. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:11:51 EST Exercise your mind too! It's my favorite event of the year! The Wisconsin Book Festival. You can listen to people read from their work, or others discuss a theme they share in their writing. There are writing workshops, poetry, events for young adults. Check it out! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>149</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:16:23 EST Looking for a jogging partner I live at Schenk's Corners (East High School Area) and am a moderate jogger. I do much better with a running partner. I am ok with moderate speed and occaisonal walking. Anyone interested? My challenge is that I am free on Tuesday - Thursday mornings and weekends. <BR> <BR> Jonathan Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:35:23 EST 20 Yoga Classes for $20 Bliss Flow Yoga just posted a Living Social deal for 20 yoga classes for $20. They are in my opinion one of the best yoga studios in the area. The classes relax and energize me for the day, the instructors are welcoming and easy to chat with, the studio is beautiful, and there's always hot tea and fruit available. I love the classes, especially the Friday night Happy Hour Flow with fun flow yoga for everyone followed by a delicious homemade snack provided by the owner's mother. <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:24:05 EST October 2012 Chat <BR> Hi again: <BR> <BR> Well, I think I did very well this weekend. I was so upset Friday when I looked at my statement from Employee Trust Funds indicating the check I was to get Oct. 1. There were HUGE deductions so that the check would be a shadow of what I was expecting. Anyway, I was able to set it aside over the weekend and didn't obsess. For me that's big. I called this morning and learned a few things. The "one-time" federal and state withholding is mandated by law. The federal alo... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:35:01 EST It is I - The crazy Raeven Hi all, <BR> I'm a past member who let life get in the way of my health which means I gained back my weight and am back to square 650. <BR> But I'm here now and ready to do this. <BR> I moved to Verona about 6 months ago and now live in a small apartment. I had to get rid of all my big exercise equipment but I still have my weights and DVDs. Plus I started walking again. <BR> Its such beautiful weather for walking now. It no longer feels like I'm walking on coals with fire raining down on me... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:33:23 EST Anyone watching the Badger Game today? You know that I am... ;) GO BUCKY! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 16:55:07 EST September 2012 Chat Mighty quiet in here lately....hope September brings you all back! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 16:54:20 EST ITS September! What new goals have you all set? <BR> <BR> I am planning on getting 60 miles of running for the month of September 2012! I am just getting back into the flow of things after about a year of slacking on my health I am alot heavier than I would like to be and A LOT less healthy! I got my motivation back in August...Now I have to get to making some results! I have lost 5 lbs last week which was when I started actually tracking. Honestly, I am most worried about creating healthy habits. I have ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 15:00:25 EST Hello, everyone Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm a new member on Sparkpeople and I'm glad to have found a local Madison team! I'm starting training for the Madison Marathon in May. Hope to find some support and fellow runners on the boards. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 01:40:12 EST Interest in volleyball at KEVA (middleton)? Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> Do any of you have interest in creating a recreational level volleyball team of 6 at KEVA in Middleton? Our choice of game days are Tue, Wed, or Thur. My vote is for Thurs but can be flexible. <BR> <BR> The season runs August 21 – October 14 at would cost about $60 per person (based on 6). We would need at least a couple of men to join the team. Game time varies between 5:30 and 10pm. <BR> <BR> I have played here before and am currently doing sand with the Keva team an... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:45:48 EST August Chat I had to bring Vic into the hospital ER Thursday evening. He was having trouble breathing. They ran several tests and discovered he has fluid in the sac surrounding the heart. They could drain the fluid, but it's risky because his platelets and white cell count are so low. Right now, after a dose of morphine yesterday, he is breathing easily and is in no pain or discomfort. If the fluid builds up to the point where it effecting heart function they will drain the sac. This is palliative, not c... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 07:19:22 EST Shirmiel Duncan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not necessarily new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. Not sure what else to say but I will be happy to answer any questions that you all may have. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:59:42 EST I'm Back!! <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just returning to SP after about a 2 year absence. This morning I ate 2 doughnuts and felt like crap. When I got to work today I decided it was time. Time to get back to eating healthy, working out and feeling better about myself!! I can’t wait for my journey to get back on track!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:43:21 EST Restaurant advice We're celebrating our anniversary at 45 North tonight. Any advice on how to stay on track at this chi-chi restaurant? Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:35:01 EST NEW! Spark Deals! Check out the Spark Guy's Blog...Sounds interesting to me... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 16:40:26 EST Daily Chat....July 2012 Good Morning: <BR> <BR> Happy July 1 everybody. It's the start of a new month and my one and only goal is to do more PT exercises. The one I've been doing is great and I've been consistent. But I need to do more stretches and/or the pulley to improve my range of motion and thereby take better care of myself. <BR> <BR> G. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:04:20 EST Groupon to a fun place <link><BR>s/325132-two-weeks-of-unlimited-fitnes<BR>s-classes </link> <BR> <BR> I hope the link above takes you to a groupon for fitness classes at the Chakra House, It's two weeks unlimited classes for $10. It will only give you a little taste of what they offer, but that's all it took for me with a previous groupon to get hooked on their zumba classes. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 06:44:21 EST SP's New Ultimate Grilling Guide! <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> <BR> <BR> Another great new tool from SP and just in time for summer! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:31:20 EST Daily Chat...June 2012 June already?!?!? Thu, 31 May 2012 13:35:01 EST The Color Run - Milwaukee, September 8th Is anyone else from the Madison area thinking about doing the Color Run in Milwaukee? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am planning on going with a few other SparkFriends and I thought I would post here in case anyone wanted to jump on our team once the registration opens. You save $5 (I think). <BR> <BR> I'm very excited for it! Looks like so much fun. :) Wed, 23 May 2012 13:05:30 EST Hospice Volunteering! Hello, my friends! <BR> <BR> I am settling into my new position as Volunteer Coordinator at SouthernCare Hospice (read my latest blog for more details!), and was wondering if anyone on the Madison SparkTeam was interested in volunteering?! <BR> <BR> To work directly with a patient, you will have to meet with me, fill out some paperwork, and get CPR certified. We have someone coming in to do certifications (for free) the first week of June. If that doesn't work for you, we could figure ou... Fri, 11 May 2012 10:18:11 EST Farmers Markets? I go to the Farmers Market on the Square whenever I can. Do you have any other favorite farmers markets in the area? Sun, 6 May 2012 18:23:34 EST Goals for May 2012? Has anyone set any new goals for May 2012? Let us know! Sun, 6 May 2012 18:22:38 EST Howdy from Marshall I am new to Spark and looking for motivational support, my number 1 goal is better health. I have so many goals and areas to improve on that I just can't list them all here. I am so glad to have found this site and this group of neighbors who are also on the health wagon. I look forward to meeting you all. Sat, 5 May 2012 05:56:37 EST Daily Chat...May 2012 I'm so excited for the world to wake up today. What fun plans do you all have for May? <BR> <BR> My family is planning on going to the zoo in Omaha mid-Month. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 06:51:58 EST New Front Page Design You probably all noticed this by now...but here's the official blog on it... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_STAFF </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:20:47 EST Fun Fit Bootcamp? Hi all, I'm new to SparkPeople and this group. I just bought the groupon for Fun Fit Bootcamp in Madison, and I'm wondering if anyone else will be starting bootcamp or has done this bootcamp in the past. I'm nervous! <link> </link> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:04:12 EST Gold's membership for $30? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Gold's is running a promotion right now (for the next few days) where members can refer friends to get the same rates as them. My rate is $30, for unlimited use - classes, pool, everything except the towel services stuff. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you want me to refer you...I'll have to give them my member info so that they know what rate to give you. <BR> <BR> Plus, it would be awesome to have more workout buddies! :D <BR> <BR> Karen Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:08:04 EST New in Verona Hi all, <BR> I recently moved to Verona so I'm learning my way around and having a blast. I'm hoping to make some real time friends eventually, people to walk with or do other things with. <BR> I'm 48, married with one son and two cats. I'm a mixed media artist and pagan. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale today, which I have been avoiding, and oh boy, what a shocker that was. I haven't been this heavy in 14 years. Its time to do something so that I can be healthy and enjoy my life so here I a... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:01:41 EST Crazylegs 2012 Hey everyone! Is anyone else planning on running Crazylegs in a couple of weeks? I graduated in December and moved back home to the Milwaukee area, but I'm planning on visiting Madison to do this run with a friend. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:34:56 EST Daily Chat.... April 2012 Just getting ready for's everyone doing? Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:16:28 EST One Tough Cookie Run - East Troy WI I am on the planning committee for this race and I am so excited that our website is finally launching today!!!! Please check out this 'flyer' and then click on the dog tag to check out the whole website. <BR> <BR> Not only is it going to be an amazing fun event, but 100% of the registration fee come back to our Girl Scout council! <BR> <BR> The ladies planning the course are super fun and creative. I can't wait!!!! Who is going to join me? <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:26:26 EST How to list other activities Hi! I'm new to Sparkpeople and the SparkMadison team. Yesterday I raked leaves for 30 minutes. Is there a place for these types of activities in the fitness tracker? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:54:11 EST Favorite Paths To Walk? I want to start walking more and don't really like walking on the side of the road (always worried about cars hitting me!) so I was wondering if you guys have some trails around Madison that you like using/that are particularly scenic, etc. Any ideas? I'd really appreciate it. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:14:51 EST Music & Dancing Mon 3/12 Monday, March 12 @ The High Noon Saloon <BR> Baristacide will be playing a happy hour show for the working people of Madison. The show starts at 6pm. There's a $5 cover, 21 and up only. <BR> <BR> "Unwind after work to our soothing sounds and still go to bed drunk and be strong for the next morning's hideous grind!" <BR> <BR> I don't know if I'll make it yet, there's a lot going on lately, but I hope to. Keep me informed here if you're interested, that might help encourage me to ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:13:57 EST Daily Chat....March 2012 Ready for Spring? Share your thoughts here! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:03:11 EST March Goals? What's everyone working on in March? Have you set some personal goals? Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:01:57 EST Shamrock Shuffle? i just realized today that st. patrick's day is coming up, and the shamrock shuffle will be happening soon! i haven't been training as much as i'd like, but it's nice to have buddies at a 5K...anyone running/walking it? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> btw, i believe i've seen the band that's playing before the race when i was in college - they were good fun! :D Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:48:10 EST New(ish); planning on Princeton? Hey, <BR> <BR> I opened a Spark account last year and didn't actually do anything. Now I'm back and determined to lose that college weight! I'm starting my free gym week at Princeton on Wednesday, and I'm hoping that I like it. If anyone has any opinions on it- please do tell before I sign up two years of my life there! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I love Broadway musicals (and musicals in general), I love the color pink, and am a really hard worker when I'm accountable for being so. <BR> <BR> My bi... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:51:26 EST Madison Sparkers Meetup? Hi fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone is interested in meeting up for a walk and then coffee or just a walk or just coffee?! LOL I would love to connect with my local team. Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Michele Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:53:40 EST Willy St. 'Jeff's Cheezy Pasta'- vegan Hello, would anyone happen to know the nutrition information for this food item from the deli? Does Willy St. post the nutrition in their dishes anywhere? Thanks! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 13:35:39 EST Daily Chat.... February 2012 Happy February...what do you want to talk about this month? Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:29:18 EST Music & Dancing Sat 1/28 & Thurs 2/9 My friend's band Baristacide is playing: <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 28 @ Mickey's Tavern <BR> The show starts at 10:30 PM, no cover charge. They're playing with Milwaukee's S.S. Web and Anna Wang & The Oh Boys! <BR> While Mickey's is not a great venue (small, noisy and not enough stage space), it'll be nice and warm on a winter night. <BR> <BR> Thursday, February 9 @ The Frequency <BR> They are playing with The Living Statues. No starting time or cover cost info yet, but I will update as I... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:12:40 EST GROUPON DEAL FOR YOGA IN MIDDLETON!!! If anyone's interested, Groupon currently has a deal on yoga classes that you can purchase through the end of the day Friday. <BR> <BR> It's for yoga at Blackbird Family Yoga in Middleton. You can get 5 classes for $19 or 10 classes for $35, and they must be used by July 30th. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:35:16 EST AHA Red Hot Zumbathon in February I recently found out that the American Heart Association is having a Red Hot Zumbathon next month. I am going to try to attend (pending on whether or not I can get the car) but thought I would share as it is a great price for a good cause. Below is the information, which I got from the Facebook page for this event ( <link>!/events/228049170<BR>609146/ </link> ): <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: Friday, February 24, 2012. <BR> Time: 6:00pm until 8:30pm. <BR> Where : Turner Hall , 3001... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:21:04 EST Workout Buddy Near Portage I am trying to get back on track with a workout schedule and I am looking for someone who might be doing the same thing. I am in the Portage area and I am looking at joining a gym or something, but I know that if I do that, I am going to need someone to keep me motivated. Let me know if you are in the same boat!! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:59:33 EST Princeton Club West? Does anyone have a membership to the west side Princeton Club that would be interested in working out together sometimes? Let me know if you do! <BR> <BR> I usually work until 5 so am there between 6 & 7, but leave work early sometimes to go to Zumba at 5 on Mon & Wed. Other days I'm generally on the machines, at least til the weather warms up and I can swim again. (I walk, and don't like popsicle head in the winter.) I've also recently started going to TurboKick on Sunday mornings at 9:30a. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:14:08 EST Various exercies Titles - HELP! Hi - I just joined the Y. Today I did something called "Strength Fusion" - Sculpting your body with an emphasis on strength, balance, and functional training. Includes stability ball, weight pole, weights, tubing, mat for floor exercises. <BR> I want to log this exercise in for 55 min but I don't know what to call it!! HELP!! Any ideas?? THANKS! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:37:34 EST Predicti n...Will the Packers Repeat? Hey anyone want to share their Prediction...Will the Packers Repeat and win the Superbowl again this year? Sat, 7 Jan 2012 14:18:17 EST yet another newbie... Hi all! <BR> I'm a long time "lurker" on sparkpeople, but I thought I would finally introduce myself since I'm in need of motivation after falling off the fitness track. <BR> I'm a member of the Pinnacle/Harbor/Prairie Athletic Club, would definitely love a workout buddy (early mornings or early evenings) as I hate going alone, and my hub enjoys more sports activities. I'm also a fan of barre, turbokick, trx classes. <BR> Look forward to meeting everyone on here! <BR> and hi! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:15:21 EST Newbie!! I'm going to be moving to Madison in a few weeks and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good/affordable gyms around the Hilldale area. I'm going to be an employee of UW Clinics so I can get a discounted gym membership through work but all I can think of is my old college's fitness center (small, always overcrowded, hot, smelly) so I'm slightly hesitant... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 03:57:11 EST Daily Chat.... January 2012 Here we go...New Year with New Opportunities! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:10:51 EST Golds Gym? Anyone else belong to Golds Gym in Fitchburg? Wanna take a class or work out sometime? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:54:24 EST GirlScouts of WI Badgerland Council Adventure Race Anyone interested in helping with this event? Or Racing? <BR> <BR> Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland Council, Inc. <BR> Get involved with a volunteer effort to lead and plan a new event for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council called “One Tough Cookie” on September 15th. This event will be an adventure challenge course for women. The council is interested in participants that have the ability to add to this event, either by helping to plan and organize or because you may want ... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:40:14 EST ROSE BOWL! ROSE BOWL! Who watched the Badgers win the Big 10 conference championship tonight!?!?!? Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:34:32 EST Anyone who goes to the Y I would totally love to have someone to work out with at the YMCA. I hate going by myself most days. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 16:05:15 EST Goals for 2012? It's time to start thinking about Goals for 2012....what do you want to accomplish next year? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:57:22 EST Daily Chat.... December 2011 Just getting ready for the last month of 2011...where did the year go?!?!? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:53:23 EST East Towne mall walking Sunday 12/4 anyone? Anyone up for a mall walk this coming Sunday? I could do 9am and/or 2pm! Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:53:28 EST Hello Hello! Hi there! Happy Thanksgiving! I know it's an awful time of year to try to get back into shape, but I do love a challenge... <BR> I'm new here to SparkPeople, just looking for any friendly advice or words of wisdom! Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:19:50 EST Hi I'm new. Hi, I need to lose 40 lbs. I'm gluten free and prefer to eat things without additives. Anyone else out there gluten free? I eat pretty healthy but don't exercise like I should. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:39:07 EST How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Care to share? Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:21:14 EST More open ended, and almost moot questions! Moot, because I pretty much already know the answer, which will be "whatever works". <BR> <BR> Question here is: is it better to set intermediate goals, and aim for the smaller, bite sized pieces, or take aim and the end zone right from the start? If I've managed to click the right set of buttons, there will be a ticker associated with this post, showing a goal of a 10 lb reduction, which certainly isn't a final destination. But it feels like something that's doable, especially with the init... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 16:05:52 EST High Noon Saloon, Wed the 9th, Music & Dancing While live music is nothing new at the High Noon Saloon, a close friend and bandmember of Baristacide is playing a show this Wednesday, Nov. 9th. 8:30 PM, $5.00 at the High Noon Saloon on East Wash. Guests include The Drain, The Type and Tom Teslik. Come join us for a night of freestyle dancing and exercise to live music! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dar,cntnt01,default,0&cntnt01returnid=<BR>56&cntnt01detailpage=&cntnt01year=2011<BR>&cntnt01month=11&cntnt01displa... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:45:57 EST Anyone interested in walking on Saturday morning? Its been a while since we've walked...anyone interested in walking in the Arb on Saturday Morning (November 5)? Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:07:34 EST Holiday Season is Approach ing..... what are your best tips/techniques to avoid holiday over indulgence? this is always a big challenge for me.... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:01:10 EST As the weather gets cooler.... what do you do to stay active? I have a treadmill I use and use Exercise TV since my DVD player is broken....what about you? Tue, 1 Nov 2011 07:51:47 EST Daily Chat.... November 2011 Wow where has the year gone!?!!?! Soon it will be Thanksgiving! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:26:32 EST Looking for someone that belongs to Pinnacle I like the aquatic classes, easiest to do if you have 40-60 pounds to lose, not so much impact. The classes are mainly in the morning so looking for someone who's available 8:30ish until maybe 1:00 weekdays. Will alternate and use the machines just don't like doing those myself. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:14:57 EST nice pic new old timer. neat madison capital nighttime pic. motivated me to do a look see. hi all. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:55:08 EST A Long Journey - wilbur I have been working on my health in increments for a long time. I am hoping that I get a boost to put the ball over the goal line on the last 25 lbs. I exercise a lot and the composition of my diet is fairly good. I guess I eat too many calories. I followed the Dukan diet and lost about 20 lbs but can't sustain the zero carbs forever. I am hoping to be brutally honest with myself regarding how much I am eating (and what I am eating). <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be fully engaged in the pr... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:15:00 EST So how do you deal with the yo-yos? Given the fact that I'm three weeks into peeking at this site, I haven't really experienced the yoyos yet. But the first two weeks, just by looking at labels, and being aware of calories/fats/etc, without much exercise, a few pounds seemed to get lost along the way. <BR> <BR> This past week, traveling for work, being a bit under the weather thereafter, a couple of those lbs were rediscovered. <BR> <BR> Given previous history, I can imagine that pattern repeating itself, so I thought I'd ask... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 02:15:30 EST New to Spark Local team sounds interesting. Looking forward to getting to know a few of you. Sun, 16 Oct 2011 06:35:12 EST Help w/ Water stop at the UW Running Club Fall 15K Looking for Volunteers to help with 2 water stops at the UW Running Club Fall 15K. <BR> <BR> Water stops are sponsered by Team in Training, but you don't have to be a member of Team in Training to help out. All ages are welcome. <BR> <BR> Race is on Oct 23rd and starts at Warner Park in Madison. <BR> <BR> Duties at the water stops inculde: <BR> <BR> Keep cups full <BR> Handout water to the race participants <BR> Clean up and Discard cups <BR> CHEER! <BR> <BR> We are looking for 10 - 2... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 18:16:46 EST any walks 10/8 - 10/9 ?? I'd love to go walking and finally have a weekend I'll be at home! I would probably have some combination of hubby and/or two kiddos with me (2 yr old & 4 yr old). Anyone up for one? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:00:01 EST One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes I found this deal through friends and had to share it. For $39, you can get an entire month of unlimited yoga classes over at Bliss Flow Yoga on University. Normally a month would cost you $109! <BR> <BR> I just participated in the Happy Hour Flow class yesterday, taught by Ruthie Goldman, and it was a lot of fun. Ruthie and the staff were very friendly and encouraging and the pace of the class got my heart rate up. I felt so good during the workout that I quite surpassed my own novice expec... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 23:16:36 EST What are your Fitness/ Nutrition Goals for Oct? Anyone interested in sharing your fitness/nutrition goals for October? <BR> <BR> My are: <BR> <BR> 1000 Fitness Minutes <BR> A minimum of 15 Fitness minutes each day <BR> Track everything eaten <BR> Stay in calorie range each day Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:26:39 EST Daily Chat.... Octoberber 2011 What do you want to talk about in October? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:22:35 EST Who Wants to Walk Next Weekend (Oct 1 or 2)? Weather permitting, anyone want to walk next weekend? Which day works best? <BR> <BR> We can try the Arb again at 9 or 930? <BR> <BR> Let me know. Im in if its not raining... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:26:10 EST This is me being skeptical Not of you, necessarily, but of my own motivations and motivation levels. Haven't tried anything formal by way of weight loss, but the scale has been clustering around the next higher 5 lb increment, and...let's just say it's time to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I know losing weight is possible for me, early 2010 saw me shed 10-12 lb, and then I put it back on as I got busy at work and lazy in terms of going to the gym. A friend from back home (Michigan), who I met last weekend (in Atlan... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:20:03 EST Madison bikers, I have a question for you I'm in my last semester at the UW. I'm majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and I'm currently in a design class. My design group has decided to design a bike lock. If you have ever used a bike lock, I would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a minute or two to fill out our market survey. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:56:50 EST fitness buddy Hi all - I'm a grad student at the University and have very moderate weight loss goals to shed some stress pounds. I find that the online tracking doesn't work well for me since I just ignore it on the days when things aren't going well. I'd love to find a fitness buddy to work out with in person to keep myself more motivated and accountable. I used to be a big runner, but due to a string of injuries, I'm really only allowed to do bicycling right now and strength training is okay too. I w... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:31:11 EST Next ... Walk September 25 at 930 am at the Arb!!! Thanks for the great time yesterday for those who met up for the team walk....We all agreed that we'd like to do it again next weekend soooo.... <BR> <BR> The next group walk 9/25 at 9:30am again at the Arb. We will meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. <BR> <BR> I am agreeable to a new location but this seems to be an easy choice. <BR> <BR> Please sign up here and let me know you are coming. I like to have a head count so I know we are all there to start walking! <BR> <BR> Who's in? Sun, 18 Sep 2011 11:42:36 EST Healthy Junk Food I know it's weird to call any junk food healthy, but sometimes you crave something other than lean protein, whole grains, and veggies! I figured we could post some of our favorite recipes for not-so-good foods that had an overhaul. <BR> <BR> Here's one to start: <BR> Lord of the Onion Rings (a Hungry Girl recipe: <BR> <BR> Per serving (entire recipe): 153 calories, 1g fat, 379mg sodium, 41g carbs, 16g fiber, 7g sugar, 9g protein <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 large onion <... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 04:39:41 EST Zumba Hi All! <BR> I'm planning on taking Zumba class on Sundays 5pm through the Dance of Life Studio in Madison. A friend has recommended it, and I've taken a couple other classes there. It's an easy-going, open to beginners place, as well as a fun way to exercise. You can pay per session so you can try it once to see if you like it; it's $10 per session. If any sparkers want to try out Zumba, there are several times of the week it's offered, here are some links for the studio: <BR> <BR> <l... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:06:59 EST Group Walk Our fearless leader is able to walk again! Woo Hoo! How about we celebrate that with a group walk 9/18 at 9:30am. We will meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. We usually walk half an hour out then head back. But you can make it your own by walking longer and challenge some of us to continue with you or if you need to make it short and sweet that's great too. <BR> <BR> Sign up here and let me know you are coming. I like to have a head count so I know we are all there to start walking... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:58:28 EST Introducing More 'Progress Ticker' Options Tuesday, September 06, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has long offered customizable weight loss tickers, which members can choose to display at the bottom of their SparkPages and message board posts to share their progress. <BR> <BR> In the past, you could only display a ticker if you also had a SparkPage, and "weight loss" and "weight maintenance" were the only types of progress you could share. <BR> <BR> Thanks to great member suggestions, today we have updated these progress tickers s... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:50:08 EST Daily Chat.... September 2011 What do you want to chat about today? Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:07:24 EST Name one good thing that happened today.... With all the changes going on in my life, I have been having one too many personal pity parties...Each day I am going I hope to relflect here on at least one thing that went well.... <BR> <BR> What do you think of this idea? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:03:26 EST September Daily Nutritio /Fitness goal I am starting this thread to share our nutrition/daily fitness goals in September. If people are interested in doing this, I will post this on a monthly basis. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:00:04 EST What's going on in Madison? I would like to use this thread to post events going on in you think this is a good idea? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:57:39 EST Hi! Hello, I am new to Spark People, Madison, and UW! I am looking to drop some weight and pick up healthier eating habits as well. I felt like joining this page would be awesome because I will get the chance to connect with people close by. Well, that's all I have for right now! Excited to get started! <BR> <BR> -Meecie Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:31:09 EST bike trails in Madison then Downhill Ski in winter Hi I'm Kathy and am available for the next few weeks during Aug to do some trails with you. If you are getting out as a group I'd be happy to go along. School will start in Sept and I'll only be available after school and some weekends. Then winter hits later and am interested in downhill skiing with any Madison members. I am 53 and go to Gold's Gym and enjoy working out there when not outside. Hopefully some of you have the same interests and we can be workout buddies. I need to get mo... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 09:06:24 EST Happy Birthday Ape153 (April) - August 5 It's our friend April's (Ape153) birthday on August 5th! Let's help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>E153 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 16:32:55 EST August Goals? What will you be working on this month? <BR> <BR> This week, I will be getting back on track by tracking my food and making good choices... <BR> <BR> what about you? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 08:17:08 EST Daily Chat...August 2011 August already? What do you want to chat about this month? Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:54:55 EST Two Birthday's this week! DiveMaster & Reallady99 We have two birthdays this week and they land on the same day! Lets help our friends celebrate! <BR> <BR> DiveMaster01 July 28 <BR> Reallady99 July 28 <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:21:15 EST What are you doing to survive the heat? It's been a tough couple of days...what are you doing to keep your cool? Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:01:43 EST Jam-a-thon! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd let everyone know that Gold's Gym is having a "Jam-a-thon" for charity on Friday! Here's what it says on their Facebook page: <BR> <BR> <BR> Get ready to dance your @$$ off with Rob, Shana, and Tina...and Maria!! (Or just watch and have a drink or two!) <BR> <BR> Maria will be holding her awesome Friday night Zumba class at 6:30!! Non-Gold's Gym members welcome! <BR> <BR> So tell all your friends to meet you at the Marquis Ballroom (next to th... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:53:01 EST Students Any students want to get together for activities on the UW campus? If there are any...I am a student myself! Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:49:07 EST Newbee Hi, <BR> <BR> I have recently decided to join spark and be active about it. I would love to meet other people who also are struggling with weight and maybe find out whats working for them. I have a two year old and I am always looking for something to do. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:18:07 EST Daily Chat....July 2011 Still don't know what happened to June, but let's talk in July...HAPPY SUMMER! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:09:50 EST Fun things to do in Madison on the 4th? We all know about Rhythm and Booms at Warner Park...but what other fun activities are going on in Madison over the 4th of July holiday? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:34:13 EST New to Madison Hi SparkMadison Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Tina, and I have just moved to Madison from upstate New York. Last year with the help of SparkPeople and my friends and family I worked off 90 lbs and now I have been maintaining my health for 22 weeks and counting. <BR> <BR> I am passionate about cycling and I'm happy to be back in the Midwest area around lakes as I am originally from Minnesota. I look forward to being a part of the team, thank you for your support. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:34:47 EST Farmers Market via bicycle So...tomorrow this weather is supposed to dry up, right? <BR> <BR> My plan is to bike in to the farmers market after my early morning WW weigh in. I am on the west side, so I figure I'll bike down Odana and get on the southwest trail about 8 or 8:15 a.m. From there, I'll go in all the way to W Wash...make sense? <BR> <BR> I am looking for sugar snap peas and green onions, and maybe something else...should be a light load on the way back anyway. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:59:13 EST Biking to work... I have been biking to work on and off for the last few weeks or month. It is only about 4.5 miles on the Capital City Trail - the portion between Verona Rd and Fish Hatchery Rd. It normally has been taking me 25 to 30 minutes. Today - under threat of rain, I made it in 21 minutes - I am so WOW'd since that is the time that Google Map says it should take! Pretty good for an old lady like me! I also saw 3 Sandhill Cranes in one of the park areas I ride through - that was really neat! <BR> ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:03:34 EST Zumba/Yoga Classes & More - special deal Today's living social deal is on fitness classes, as well as a few other things, at The Chakra House on John Nolen. I purchased a deal for $30 bucks -- 10 zumba classes! I think its normally 10 bucks a class so a good deal. They also have discounts on wellness services like chakra balancing and other things, but I was thrilled to see the Zumba since I've wanted to check this location out. <BR> <BR> Here's the link:<BR>ail-jp&rpi=16691519 <BR> ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:36:11 EST New girl in Fitchburg Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to spark. I'm a young, married mother in Fitchburg. I'm ready to go about reaching my goals and I'd really enjoy having local people to share my success and struggles with. As with any big challenges, a support system could make all the difference in my journey! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:52:52 EST Now You Can Earn More Points and Trophies on Spark A message from the SparkGuy..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 16, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, even if the scale isn't moving, it can still be motivating to earn SparkPoints and reach new levels of rewarding yourself. That's why we are delighted to announce some new features related to SparkPoints and SparkTrophies that just launched today! <BR> <BR> A Chance to Spin the SparkPoints Wheel TWICE—Every Single Day! <BR> Need more reason to perform all those healthful SparkPoints tasks?... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:27:40 EST I'm (Re)new(ing) here! Hi everyone. I'm Ted. Nice to meet you. I've been here before. I know from experience that the lifestyle choices laid out in SparkPeople do work. I also know thanks to some poor choices I regret making over the past year that abandoning these good habits results in a return to the way things were before. <BR> <BR> But I'm tired of beating myself up for my choices. I know I can get back to where I was. But I also know I'll need the help of others getting there and (what I struggle with the m... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:10:46 EST Kettlebell Lessons In case anyone is interested, Living Social's Madison deal today is 5 kettlebell lessons for $30 (valued at $100) at Punch Kettlebell Gym on Commerce Drive. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ttlebell-lessons </link> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:00:48 EST I am new to this site I have been tracking my effort on Sparkpeople for the past month and doing great. This is the first group that I have contacted. One of the things that I have doing during the past month is walking in the treadmill 4 to 5 times a week 30 minutes. I feel great doing that exercise. But now I broke my toes yesterday. I would like to know if anyone can provide some advice on what I can do to replace my walking exercise now that I can't walk. It is going to take 4 to 6 weeks for my toes to heal. I... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:05:43 EST Perfect Produce App Content now available on SP From the SparkGuy on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> No Smart Phone? No problem! <BR> <BR> Back in March we released our first premium app for the iPhone: Perfect Produce. <BR> <BR> We think this content is so useful, that we wanted to make it available to more people. So yesterday, we added Perfect Produce to the website. Now you can access all of this produce picking and prepping content when you're online! Just like the app, our online Perfect Produce feature in... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:28:54 EST I am new and nervous about this. My name is Lisa and I have bever been involved in anything like this before. I needed to lose weight and know that I cannot do this on my own. I found this on the internet and was hoping for some motivational tools. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:41:05 EST Group Walks I remember last summer someone organized a walk, I think it was about once a month. Is that happening again this summer? Cause I'd love to walk with people! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:20:33 EST Walking in the Baraboo area (Devil's Lake) Really want to start walking or hiking in the Baraboo area. We've got an awesome area to hike in. If anyone is interested lets get a group together. We can meet weekly, or bi-weekly or even once a month. So many trails in the area. <BR> Blessings <BR> Dan Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:11:32 EST Race for the Cure! Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to remind you that the Race for the Cure in Madison is tomorrow morning!! I will be running the 5K, and there's also the choice to walk a 5k or 3k (if I remember correctly). Should be lots of fun!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -Karen Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:59:10 EST Daily Chat.... June 2011 Wow...where did May go? Summer is almost here! Any fun plans for the summer? Tue, 31 May 2011 22:46:50 EST Did anyone do the Madison Marathon today? Just curious. I have some neighbors who are running the full marathon today...anyone from the team participating? Sun, 29 May 2011 15:24:24 EST New Spark*D program for people with diabetes A message from SparkPeople... <BR> <BR> Today we are very pleased to announce the official launch of a complete diabetes-management program from SparkPeople called Spark*D. <BR> <BR> Free for all SparkPeople members, Spark*D offers: <BR> <BR> Personalized meal plans for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes <BR> <BR> Easy-to-use trackers for food, calories and carbs <BR> <BR> A blood glucose tracker with printable reports that you can share with your doctor and/or diabetes e... Mon, 23 May 2011 22:33:11 EST Improvements to Nutrition Tracker Launching Monday A message from the Spark Guy.... <BR> <BR> I'm back to give you a behind-the-scenes look at a major feature upgrade! On Monday we will launch a HUGE improvement to the Nutrition Tracker. <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Everything for tracking foods will take place on one page that automatically updates as you move from one step to the next <BR> * There are several other improvements to the process <BR> * Overall, this makes tracking food much faster and easier <BR> * For a short t... Fri, 13 May 2011 22:11:07 EST Bike the lake? Is anybody in Madison interested in an occasional biking partner to bike the lake loop or the Capital City trail? rsvp if you are interested and want to meet up along the path... maybe at Monona Terrace? Mon, 9 May 2011 17:41:58 EST Hello & Questions! Hello Madison Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new. I've been on Spark People for about a month and a half, but I'm just now getting around to introducing myself. I'm originally from Kentucky, but I've considered myself a Wisconsinite since 2003. I'm currently a graduate student at UW, and I have about 20 to 25 lbs to shed. <BR> <BR> As a teen, I gained about 80 lbs over the course of three years as a result of medication that I didn't actually need. When I went to undergrad (at Bel... Sun, 8 May 2011 00:01:13 EST OPRAH'S LAST WEIGHT LOSS SHOW! TUES!! My sister Becky and I were in the audience for this final show on Weight Loss! Watch it Tuesday May 10th! <BR> <BR> I know for sure I will be seen in the FAT CLOTHES DROP Segment. The group in back of Oprah is Group 1 (ONE) I am in group 2 (TWO) 3rd from the right behind the railing. Becky is behind group five. She is second from the left. She did not get to participate in the Clothes drop (BooHoo). Becky got the best view of Oprah for the taping. I got the best view of her guests for the ta... Sat, 7 May 2011 20:48:59 EST Looking for a workout buddy in Sun Prairie I recently joined the Anytime Fitness in Sun Prairie and am looking for a workout buddy. I would like to work out M-F at 5:15am! My goals are to work out for an hour: cardio on M, W, F and Strength Training on T, Tr, and Saturdays. If you’re interested, send me a message! Thu, 5 May 2011 15:13:13 EST Rhythm & Booms Run, 7/2/2011 My sister and I are doing the Run to the Rhythm 5k on July 2nd. Anyone want to join us? Wed, 4 May 2011 10:27:54 EST New Month! What are your goals for May? Kathleen share her goals for May in her most recent Blog...I will be setting my goals after my Doctor's Appointment tomorrow where I will hopefully be cleared for some exercise again... <BR> <BR> What are you goals for May? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 17:24:39 EST DId anyone do Crazy Legs today? Just wondering...several did it last year but haven't heard any team chatter about it. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:08:59 EST Daily Chat.... May 2011 Happy May....does this mean we will actually get some spring weather? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:08:18 EST Spark Receipes Enhanced! Message from the Spark Guy.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you visited lately? If so, you've likely noticed several helpful changes to our free healthy recipes website. Here are some of the enhancements we've recently launched—many of these were suggested by our very own members! <BR> <BR> Better Search Options <BR> Our advanced recipe search has just gotten better! You can now search for recipes that meet specific nutrient guidelines including calories, fiber, protein, fat an... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:06:11 EST Happy Birthday HARPLUTE (Gail)...April 19 Hey Team....Today is Gail's Birthday....Drop by her page and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>247</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>283</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RPLUTE </link> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:14:11 EST Farmers' Market on the Square opensTomorrow! The Farmers Market on the Square opens tomorrow.....a sure sign of spring. Anyone going to brave the rain and go? <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:38:56 EST Becoming a WW drop out! Hi all. My name is Andrea, and I live on Madison's west side. I'll be 53 in May, and have been married for 27 years the end of this month. I have two great kids who are in college now. I have been a lifetime member of WW since in between babies (1990), and struggled after #2 with two little ones under foot and at the dinner table. I went back to WW in June 2005, and it seems that life keeps happening to me! I have refused to quit going, and now I am facing my 6 year anniversary in June!... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:51:46 EST Daily Chat.... April 2011 Where does the time go....Happy April Madison Sparkers! Fri, 1 Apr 2011 00:27:19 EST Well Life Expo Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you know that there is a "Well Life" expo going on this weekend (March 26th and 27th) at the Sheraton Hotel on John Nolen Drive (across from the Alliant Energy Center). Admission is just $5, and part of the proceeds go to quake relief in Haiti and Japan, as well as some local non-profits. <BR> <BR> I will be there at a "home health" booth, promoting clean air, water, and eco-friendly cleaning products. <BR> <BR> The expo is from 10am-6pm each... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:38:56 EST Now that Spring is here, I am going to.... walk outside more...what are you going to do? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:05:20 EST Challenges that work for you Just curious...what types of fitness challenges work for you? There are a number of SP teams that have sponsored challenges, which are the best? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:04:27 EST Emily's Birthday Challenge Hey y'all. Now that the 100 day challenge is over, I need a new challenge. <BR> <BR> My challenge is to have a 7K calorie per week calorie deficit. I will be tracking my food and my workouts using my bodybugg and I will post my deficit and weight lost once per week. I am going to keep this up until my birthday on 6/6. <BR> <BR> Anyone that wants to join me is welcome. I know Kathleen was thinking of doing it with me! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 06:58:03 EST Hi everyone! Hiii I'm Lindsay. I'm 19 and a sophomore at UW. I'm originally from Chicago but I love this school and the awesome paths and farmers market that Madison has to offer. Its nice to meet you all! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 20:32:08 EST Shin Splints I've been experiencing some pretty intense shin splints after I run, and for the whole next day. More in my right shin than the left. I can even feel pain even when I'm sitting down. I've read up on what spark people has to say about shin splints, but I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with them. Thanks! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 22:33:26 EST Great Places to Walk in Madison? Once the weather warms up, we hopefully will be getting together to walk again as we have in the past. Where are some of your favorite places to walk in or around the Madison area... <BR> <BR> One of my favorites is the Arb of Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:49:24 EST Hi! Hi all I am new to Spark and new to Madison. I am excited about this site and any helpful knowledge of about the Madison area is welcome :) Tue, 1 Mar 2011 21:05:57 EST Hi! Hi everyone, <BR> I'm not new to SparkPeople but new to this account; needed a fresh start. I'm 24, living in Madison, WI and have about 60-70 pounds to lose. I'm definitely looking for SparkFriends, especially if you blog frequently, since I'm going to try to do that! Feel free to add me or check out my page :) <BR> <BR> Kyla Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:50:09 EST A nyone one up for a Challenge in March? Thought? Ideas?Interest? Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:29:13 EST Daily Chat.... March 2011 Can you believe it's almost March already? Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:26:46 EST Shamrock Shuffle Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I saw a few people chatting about the Shamrock Shuffle in different threads....just wondering, who's going?!? I am considering it (although I haven't done too much running since my first 5K - Berbee Derby), and I saw that if you register before March 1st, it's $10 cheaper. <BR> <BR> Here's the site: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>441</em> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:19:54 EST New Navigation, Updated Pages, and More SparkPoint Message from SP..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, February 18, 2011 <BR> <BR> Good afternoon SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today we launched some minor changes to the site. We think these changes will make it even easier for our members to find all of our features. Here's a quick rundown on what you may notice. <BR> <BR> Navigation Changes and Redesigned Pages <BR> <BR> The "My Tools" tab has been renamed as "My Trackers," since this is where all your tracking tools can be found. <BR> <BR> The "Yo... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:07:31 EST Kickboxing Classes Just a heads up, the Groupon today is 7 kickboxing classes and a boxing glove from in Stoughton for $30 if anyone is interested. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:24:28 EST Happy Bday Likeawren (2/14) and Khatlady (2/15) Woo Hoo....two birthdays to celebrate this week...drop by their pages and wish them well! <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>214</em> <em>283</em> <em>218</em> <em>445</em> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 22:52:16 EST It's 48 Degrees! What did you do outside today? I went for a about you? Sun, 13 Feb 2011 15:21:29 EST Anyone watching the Badger OSU Basketball Game? It's crazy nerve racking! GO BADGERS! Sat, 12 Feb 2011 14:40:07 EST That last 20 pounds Hi, I'm Elizabeth and I live on the far east side of Madison. I'm fortysomething, married, and have a 9 year old son who gifted me with 50 pounds of "baby weight." I've been struggling off and on ever since to lose it, with mixed results. Recently my husband (who had also been "letting himself go") decided to get serious about fitness. Since fall he's been religiously counting calories and going for daily walks which have turned into daily runs (and yes, he was out there this morning... he's ... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:18:04 EST Valentine's Day My boyfriend is coming to visit me for Valentine's day and I'm trying to decide where we should go eat. One idea was Porta Bella. Any suggestions? Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:29:00 EST 100 Day Challenge Dec 1 2010 - Mar 10 2011 (FEB) New thread for February 2011.....Woo hoo! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:13:41 EST Daily Chat.... February 2011 Happy February! What do you want to talk about today? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:17:16 EST Super Bowl Plans? How are you going to celebrate the SUPER BOWL? <BR> <BR> GO PACKERS! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:16:23 EST The Snow is Coming & Im scared My goal is to get to the gym 5 days a week. But my car is really bad in the snow. So how do I get my workout in without leaving the house. I still want to lose this week. Help I need ideas please. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:56:29 EST Message from Spark People Staff Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but can easily get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I'd ask that you spread the word to prevent things like this from continuing. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:12:44 EST Hello, Sparksters! Hello all! I joined Spark People a couple of weeks ago. I've been so impressed thus far with all the features and all the support on this site. To give you a little info about myself, I'm 26 and moved to Wisconsin last June for my new job at a hospital here. I'm really looking forward to getting more involved in Spark People and getting myself to a healthier place! Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:55:35 EST Hello, Sparksters! Hello all! I joined Spark People a couple of weeks ago. I've been so impressed thus far with all the features and all the support on this site. To give you a little info about myself, I'm 26 and moved to Wisconsin last June for my new job at a hospital here. I'm really looking forward to getting more involved in Spark People and getting myself to a healthier place! Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:36:58 EST New to madison and new to sp Hi my name is Julia. I am 20 and not only new to Spark People but I am new to Madison WI too. I am originally from Upstate NY and moved here because my husband got a job. I am recently married as well. <BR> <BR> I figured with all this change in my life it was time to finally change the way I look. I have been over weight my whole life. I have made it my goal to lose at least 50 lbs by the time I go back to visit my family in July. My 87 year old 104 lbs 4'8 Nana. I promi... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:54:05 EST New Here Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm retired, 61 and have spent all of my adult life in the Madison area. I've always been overweight and I have the horror stories of being bullied when I was in school. About 5 or 6 years ago I made a decision to get in shape and hired a trainer. It worked very well. I lost some weight and was in the best shape of my life. <BR> <BR> But then my knee deteriorated to the point that I had to have it replaced and my trainer moved. It's been about 18 months since I got my ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:22:38 EST New Here Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm retired, 61 and have spent all of my adult life in the Madison area. I've always been overweight and I have the horror stories of being bullied when I was in school. About 5 or 6 years ago I made a decision to get in shape and hired a trainer. It worked very well. I lost some weight and was in the best shape of my life. <BR> <BR> But then my knee deteriorated to the point that I had to have it replaced and my trainer moved. It's been about 18 months since I got my ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:22:16 EST Spit or Swallow? They are playing this game in another group and here is how it works.. <BR> <BR> 1. someone names a food <BR> 2. The next person says if they would spit(dont like) or swallow (yummy).. <BR> 3.then the same person names a food and the cycle goes on so lets give it a go... <BR> <BR> <BR> PINEAPPLE Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:38:08 EST New Description for the Madison Team? Anyone interested in crafting a new description for the Madison Team? I know we have some very creative folks out there...please post your suggestions here! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:10:07 EST Prediction ...Packers or Bears? Let's to Pack...with the Patriots going down I got a good feeling about this year if the can not defeat themselves when playing the Bears! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:06:20 EST Skydiving did this to me..... Well, that and a scale.....saying 249...... <BR> I got my son to finally say yes to skydiving with me when he turns eighteen in July--a long time goal. <BR> Seven Hills does not take people up who weigh over 220. I haven't been on the scale in decades, I think. Well, at medical appts, but I have awesome selective listening skills. So I weigh myself and turn up with 249. <BR> I had eating issues in high school (mostly not eating but some bulimia as well) so I have never ever lost weigh he... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:26:22 EST Anyone an Ice Fisherperson? I used to be big into ice fishing in Northern WI and have not gone in the Madison Area. Anyone go? If so where is the best place to go? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 16:41:20 EST Willy St. West I saw that KHATLADY was talking about the new Willy St. Co-op in Middleton in another thread, and I was just curious if anyone (else) shops there on a regular basis, and if so what's good there... are there specialty items you like to buy? Is the produce or meat better or different than Whole Foods? <BR> <BR> I usually shop at Whole Foods or the little co-op by my house, so I'd be interested to hear if I should make a special trip to the new Willy St. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:13:25 EST New to Spark!! Hi Everyone!! <BR> I'm Tara, I just joined Spark!! I'm looking to lose 10-15lbs. I was wondering since this is a Madison Area Team, would anyone like to get together and do outdoor activities that would be an awesome workout to?? Such as Snow shoeing, skiing, or etc. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:40:50 EST Healthy recipes I just wanted to share a recipe that I made last night. It was "baked eggplant with mushroom and tomato sauce", and I liked it because it reminded me of a lasagna without the noodles, so the next time I'm craving a cheesy lasagna I'll probably make this instead (and it was only 168 calories per serving). Here's a link if you're interested: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>der.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id<BR>=10000000222191 </link> <BR> <BR> (Hopefully that l... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:07:53 EST Prediction ...Packers or Falcons? Even tho the Falcons are the number one seed, the Packers can beat them....What do you think.... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:53:27 EST SP to to launch enhancements to SparkTeam pages... FYI.....SP is going to launch a few enhancements to the SparkTeam pages early this week. These changes are based on feedback from both leaders and members on ways to make the pages easier to use for everyone. <BR> <BR> The main changes are: <BR> - Moving a number of features to the right of the page, to bring the Forums higher up the page. We moved the Huddle plus Announcements/Photos/Links/Blogs to the right, plus moved the team leader listing and team fitness minute and SparkPoint totals... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 18:01:05 EST What's your favorite tv show? Mine's The Big Bang Theory. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:34:38 EST Happy Birthday Sputnik! (Jan 4) Woo Hoo! Today is Sputnik's birthday! Drop by her page and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UTNIK512#comments </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 00:14:31 EST January 2011 Fitness Minutes Care to track your minutes with your teammates? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 23:41:35 EST Emotional Eater! Hello. Since 2004, I've gained nearly 60 pounds. I was diagnosed with a rare heart disorder and implanted with an ICD when I was 39 and told that I could no longer do strenuous exercise. Pretty much walking and light weights is all I can do so that I don't progress the condition. Rather than modify my running regime after my diagnosis, I stopped exercising altogether, and emotional eating from fear and uncertainty set in. I'm ready now to get healthy and I'm hoping weight loss will be a ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:49:28 EST Look For a Race in the Madison Area Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some races to do in the madison area this year. I did two 5K's last year and I'm looking forward to training for some more races this year. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 06:07:08 EST Happy Birthday Wywiwoman (Deb) January 1 It was Wywiwoman birthday on the 1st...drop by her page and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>WIWOMAN#comments </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:36:24 EST Motivation Tips.. Bob Harper Posting the following to help folks with Motivation, courtesy Bob Harper (trainer on Biggest Loser): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u/1/_3ilnNM7c1k </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:04:50 EST Wanna Jump Around ? How bout how to JUMP? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feat </link> <BR> <BR> Our family seats are up in those boxes... :) <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:39:33 EST In honor of the Rose Bowl ....I want to Teach you how to Bucky! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ZfIlNk </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:40:27 EST 100 Day Challenge Dec 1 2010 - Mar 10 2011 (Jan) Ready for January and the continuation of the 100 day challenge? You know what to do! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:39:53 EST Daily Chat.... January 2011 Happy New Year! What do you want to talk about today? Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:35:28 EST East side buddy Not sure if this is the right team forum for this and my apologies if it is not. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any East side/Sun Prairie person would be interested in buddying up on fitness goals. Nothing hardcore - I just want someone to take walks with, maybe hit the gym with, and help keep each other motivated via email/phone/etc. <BR> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:45:45 EST 2011 Resolutio ns/Goals? 2011 is just around the corner...what will you be working on in 2011? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:48:14 EST Rose Bowl Plans? So who's watching the Rose Bowl and what are your plans for the Game? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:47:14 EST Nutrition Q&A in Madison Magazine Just read this. Thought it was pretty cool. Fit Fresh is delicious! <BR> <BR><BR>agazine/January-2011/Ask-the-Expert-Le<BR>an-Machine/ <BR> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:48:50 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am a new member to SparkPeople and am looking to get healthy, lose weight, and be more active. I look forward to your support and encouragement along my journey and hope to do the same for you! <BR> <BR> ~Leota529 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:22:56 EST Happy Birthday MadtownBuddha - Ryan! (12/14) It's Ryan's birthday! Stop by and help him celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DTOWNBUDDHA </link> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:47:12 EST A Newbie (for the most part) says hi! Good evening fellow Madisonian Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> New to the group, although not new to SparkPeople necessarily. Have used it on and off for the past few years, and finally decided to give the community portion of the site a shot. Support and motivation are my 2 biggest obstacles. Like most people, I am my biggest critic. <BR> <BR> A little over a year ago, dramatic illness made me re-evaluate things a little bit. I have some diet restrictions that make me glad to live somewhere with a ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:02:08 EST Newbie! Hey all! I'm not a newbie to Spark but I'm new to this team. I've also been MIA for several months and am getting back into it. I started by joining a gym here in Madison and also started tracking my food again effective today! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:53:46 EST Missing Person from Madison Hey guys, I'm not sure if you heard or seen this on the news, but there is a missing person from Madison. He is the youngest brother of one of my close friends. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my friend is in NYC and the rest of their family resides in Seattle, so it's been hard for them to track him down. There's a lot of people helping out to find him, and I thought I'd just bring it to everyone's attention, just in case you DO see him. <BR> <BR> He's been missing since last week. His family, ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 09:31:44 EST Happy Birthday Jet 150 (December 3)! Drop by her page and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>T150 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>220</em> <em>244</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>283</em> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:57:12 EST December 11: Jingle Bell Run/Walk! On December 11th, there is a Jingle Bell Run / Walk for Arthritis in the Vilas area. It includes a 10k run, a 5k run + a 5k walk. 86% of the proceeds go to Arthritis research. <BR> <BR> 2010 Jingle Bell Run/Walk® Madison, WI <BR> Vilas Park Shelter <BR> Saturday, December 11, 2010 <BR> 10K run start: 10:30 AM <BR> 5K run start: 10:45 AM followed by walkers <BR> <BR> Additional details can be found here: <link><BR>ult.asp?ievent=426515# </link> <BR> <... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:06:19 EST December 2010 Fitness Minutes Want to join me again in posting your December 2010 fitness minutes? <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:13:09 EST Daily Chat.... December 2010 What do you want to share today? Here's the place to do it starting December 1st... <BR> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:58:28 EST 100 Day Challenge Dec 1 2010 - Mar 10 2011 (Dec) Our own Emily is commiting to a 100 day challenge.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806379 </link> <BR> <BR> After reading her plan, I wanted in so here's the goal: <BR> <BR> Track all food eaten <BR> Stay within your nutritional/calorie range <BR> minimum of 10 mins of activity/exercise each day <BR> <BR> Anyone else interested? <BR> <BR> If so, post let us know if you are in and then drop by each day starting December 1 and ... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 13:31:12 EST ABCs of December Holidays A ... Advent <BR> <BR> B? Sat, 27 Nov 2010 13:16:48 EST Rules for a Great Week! This was shared with me by a SparkPal and I really liked it ... hope you will too... <BR> <BR> RULES FOR A Great Week! <BR> <BR> 1. Wake Up !! Make the choice to have a good day and live a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> 2. Dress Up !! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. <BR> <BR> 3 . Learn!! Read as much as you can and gain knowledge about living a healthier lifestyle! <BR> <BR> 4. Stand Up!!..... For what you believe in.... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:03:27 EST Cooking Classes I was bummed I missed Rita's crock pot party and today I got to thinking. What if we find a cooking class healthy food related and make it a team event? I know there also used to be places where you choose from their menu and you go in and cook meals that are freezer ready. That would be fun too. I searched around and I saw Orange Tree Imports did have a Soups and Stews class in January. If you are interested post it here and if you find something you would like include that too. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 16:38:17 EST Happy Birthday Knaught61 aka Kathleen! (11/12) WOO HOO...It was Kathleen's birthday yesteday...Let's help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>AUGHT61 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:58:40 EST Hi everyone! Hi, I'm Kristin and I just had my 30th birthday. I'm hoping to drop a size by the holidays (to fit into my favorite Christmas dress!), and under 150 pounds by the end of the year. I'm really looking forward to some workout support - I have my first 5K run scheduled for 12/11 and I have been in a total exercise rut lately! Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:32:35 EST ABCs of Thankgiving A - Alot of food! <BR> <BR> B? Sun, 7 Nov 2010 15:53:16 EST Grocery Shopping in Madison? I was chatting with Rimajo this week about grocery shopping in Madison. I generally shop at Copps but it seems to be getting so expensive lately. <BR> <BR> Just curious, where do you shop? Do you notice an upward trend in groceries there as well? <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 09:04:42 EST Hi all Good morning everyone. I just wanted to pop in and say hello. I've been on Spark before and after a 6 month vacation it's time to get back at it. <BR> I'm getting ready to put on my new walking shoes and hit the trail. I have to enjoy this weather before the snow falls. <em>425</em> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know those that have joined since I left and getting back in touch with those I remember. <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 2 Nov 2010 12:45:59 EST ABC's of choice Here's a daily 'food for thought' thread to take us through November. Each day will be the next letter in the alphabet. Using the letter of the day, we have a choice in how we're going to use it & live that day. <BR> <BR> Todays letter is A! <BR> <BR> What is your A word for today? Tue, 2 Nov 2010 11:57:56 EST FALL: time for another SP Party! [11/14] <em>465</em> Hi Folks: <BR> <BR> With fall upon us & the holidays on their way, we are due for another Madison Sparkers Party! The theme this time is: FAVORITE (low-cal or low-fat) APPETIZERS! <BR> <BR> The party day will be Sunday, November 14th @ 2:30p (allowing sufficient time for the mornings SP walk) & will be held at my home in SW Madison once again. (I will email my address to those of you that plan to attend or may be joining us for the first time). <BR> <BR> If you're interested... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:42:13 EST November Fitness Minutes...any takers? Get this ball rolling for November... <BR> <BR> 11/1: 45 mins Mon, 1 Nov 2010 19:49:49 EST Daily Chat ...November 2010 Just getting ready...Hope you all are doing well! Also please feel free to jump in to help SPARK the team. <BR> <BR> Janey Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:47:58 EST New Kid on the Block Hey everyone. My name is Melissa. I've been on spark people for awhile and I'm still probably under utilizing it, but I'm new to this group. I just moved to Madison in August from Florida and am going to school at UW. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to get into shape and be more active and from the looks of this group, I'm in the right place. <BR> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 01:16:00 EST Introduction Hi Everyone, <BR> I guess I'm kind of, sort of, the newest member of the Madison, WI Sparkpeople group. <BR> I'm a bit baffled by how to navigate and understand the sparkpeople website but I also know there is a lot of information/resources and in due time I'll be an old pro:) <BR> I'm 41 years old and looking to lose at least 20 lbs (hopefully some additional muscle gain). <BR> I've been pretty active throughout my life but nobody would ever associate me we with being over active or as a... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:34:24 EST SP Dinner date? Oct 19-Tues. any interest? So, I was at my local Indian market the other day & learned there is a new Indian Foods restaurant in town, called Turmeric on Odana Road. <BR> <BR> For the month of October (only) they have a special on Tuesday evenings between 6:30-10p. Its a dinner buffet (so you can sample the different types of dishes) for $4.99. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be a great opportunity for SP Sparklers who are looking to try something different, and at a low, low price. Of course, moderation is the key i... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:44:10 EST NEW SP Feature....Mix n Match Meal Planner A message from the SP Leadership team... <BR> <BR> Are you in a food rut? In a hurry but don't know what to cook quickly? Then we have a new food feature for you! <BR> <BR> We're happy to announce today's launch of a cool new feature in the Nutrition Resource Center of the site: The Mix and Match Meal Planner! This new tool will help you create healthful, tasty and portion-controlled meals that fit your calorie range. Introduced in our groundbreaking book, The Spark, these interactive plans... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 13:34:37 EST Halloween? Do you celebate Halloween? If so what do you do? Are you going to State Street? Wed, 6 Oct 2010 18:38:43 EST Daily Chat Thread: October 2010 This replaces the Daily Chat Thread for September 2010. <BR> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 16:23:25 EST Cheese: The Newest Health Food? Being we live in the heart of CHEESEland, I thought some of my fellow sparkers would appreciate the following article, from the Dr. Oz website.. <BR> <link><BR>er-an-ounce-of-prevention?eid=7222&mem<BR>berid=32882696 </link> <BR> <BR> Cheese: The Newest Health Food? <BR> <BR> From tangy cheddar to ripe-and-moldy blue, could cheese have a hidden health talent? <BR> <BR> Hmmm. Research says maybe so. A new German study suggests cheese is actually a can... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 10:56:19 EST Hello I work in Madison. I have 6 month old and as a result I am trying to lose some baby weight. I was overweight when I was pregnant so now I have a total of 40 lbs. to lose. I have using SP for about 1 week, mainly the nutrition and exercise trackers. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:55:23 EST Fall 5k @ Elver Park coming soon! Heads-up for our SP Madtown runners! <BR> <BR> This race takes place at 9a on Sunday 10/17/2010 & is limited to 150 runners, registration is $15.00. <BR> <BR> Proceeds from the Elver Park Fall 5k and Kids’ Run will <BR> benefit kids in need of running shoes. For the past two <BR> years, Movin’ Shoes has worked with the University of <BR> Wisconsin–Madison marathon training class to provide <BR> running shoes for the students at Glenview Elementary <BR> School on Madison’s East side. <BR> ... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:18:23 EST Hey Everyone My name is Alexis and I'm back at this weightloss thing for the final time! I've lived in Madison my whole life(all 29 years) and can't imagine living anywhere else. I'm always looking for a buddy. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:02:43 EST Hello! I'm new to Sparkpeople and thought I'd introduce myself! I've lived in Madison for a little over 4 years now and just graduated from the UW-Madison. <BR> <BR> I decided now is the time to get in shape or I never will and I look forward to getting to know you guys here on the SparkMadison team! <em>249</em> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:54:35 EST New SparkPoints Wheel Prompt on Start Page! <BR> Announced Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> SP made a small change to the Start page (where you are taken after login). The first time you visit the page each day we give you an easy prompt to spin the SparkPoints wheel. SP found that members who get involved with SparkPoints both have more fun and are more successful on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> If you don't want to see the prompt again simply click the "Never show this SparkPoints popup again" on the lower right o... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:05:16 EST newby just signing in for the 1st time, my friend in Chicago told me about this, and it sure seems like fun! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 11:50:50 EST It's MadtownBuddha's (Ryan) 1st SPARKVERSARY! Woo Hoo! It's MadtownBuddha's (Ryan) 1st SPARKVERSARY! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DTOWNBUDDHA </link> <BR> <BR> Drop by his page and PARTY ON! Sat, 18 Sep 2010 11:52:13 EST Happy Birthday SweetGrl! (September 18) Happy Birthday SweetGrl! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>EETGRL%5F520 </link> <BR> <BR> Drop by her sparkpage and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>107</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 11:48:41 EST 16th Annual Fall 15K and 3x5K Relay Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I just joined the UW-Madison Running Club and we're organizing a 15k & 3x5k run to benefit the Madison Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The race is on Sunday, October 24th, 9am, at Warner Park. Here's the link if anyone is interested in participating! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:21:17 EST Devil's Lake Hike Who is up for a hike at Devil's Lake? I'm thinking first Saturday in Oct. Maybe have a picnic lunch afterwards? Let me know what you think. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:18:16 EST Hello Madison! Hello fellow Madison peoples. So nice to have a place to meetcha here. Lovely view. <BR> <BR> I can see ya all are active too! With walking and crock parties and what not. Gonna have to see if I can motivate myself enough to get out and be as active as the rest of you. I wonder. Is the energy contagious do ya think? <em>246</em> I hope so! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:26:26 EST Crock Pot Party? With fall in the air, & me trying to think up some healthy fall dishes, I got to talking to my husband about an idea. <BR> <BR> I decided to put it to the group to see if there's a pulse. I'm wondering if anyone would have any interest in getting together for a 'crock pot' party. <BR> <BR> Everyone who comes - spouses would be welcome too - would bring their favorite, healthy crock pot recipe for everyone else to sample (+ maybe a 1/2 c measuring cup to help control portions & calories). We... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 12:50:19 EST Heads-up: Opportunity Got this in an email.. thought it might be a good opportunity for some, as well as a chance to do something notable. <BR> ==== <BR> <BR> Hey Crazyleggers! Keep yourself in top form by participating in another great run and walk event...the BRIGGS & AL'S RUN & WALK FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_____________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Please join us for the Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital! <BR> <BR> Children's Hospital of Wisc... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:00:54 EST Cari Hi my name is Cari and I just signed up for this today. I am so excited to meet more people out there like me and they can help me just like I can help them. Thank you Mon, 6 Sep 2010 17:07:29 EST Taste of Madison? Did anyone attend the Taste of Madison this weekend? What did you enjoy most? Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:51:14 EST Happy Birthday DearRichie! (September 6) It's Dean's birthday today....drop by his page and help him celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ANRICHIE#comments </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>283</em> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:50:14 EST ABCs of Autumn with the chilly weather I felt the need to start this thread... <BR> <BR> A is for Autumn. <BR> <BR> B? Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:18:06 EST So who's watching the BADGER game? I will be! Go BADGERS beat UNLV! <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:16:36 EST Daily Chat Thread for September 2010 For our daily discussions...where did the summer go?!?!? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:56:54 EST Sept 12th: SP Bike ride opportunity! I'm planning a local SP group bike ride on Military Ridge Trail. We'd start in Verona & ride to Riley (that's 6 miles). Stop for pancakes (read: rest & refuel) at the place that makes'em - right across the street from the trail, then ride back to Verona making this a 12-mile loop. It's something I've been wanting to do for some time, and feel it'd be not only a good workout, but also some fun for us to do together. <BR> <BR> Besides April & I (& our spouses)- have we any takers? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:13:58 EST Happy Birthday PuffkinKitty! (August 30) Hey Team! It's PUFFKINKITTY birthday today! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>FFKINKITTY </link> <BR> <BR> Drop by her page and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:49:44 EST Happy Birthday RIMAJO aka Rita! (August 28) WOO HOO! Drop by her SPPAGE and help her celebrate! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MAJO </link> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:54:07 EST ABCs of Badger football & hockey Tie the season.... <BR> <BR> A.... Alvarez <BR> <BR> B? Sat, 28 Aug 2010 09:18:05 EST Needed: Restaurant Suggestions for birthday dinner So, tomorrow marks my 27th birthday and my lovely boyfriend Joe has offered to take me to dinner to wherever I want to go (in the Madison area). He's a picky eater (the meat and potatoes type of guy) so I'm trying to take that into consideration as well. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for good places to eat? Also, what would you recommend on the menu? It doesn't matter if it's a chain restaurant or not. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your suggestions! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:37:23 EST I have a question: re: small wedding dinner venue Yes, I am still around SP. Just way too busy since moving to Madison. But now I need some help from Y'all. <BR> <BR> My daughter (another SP member) is getting married in December. This is the second marriage for the both of them so they are just have around 40 people invited to the wedding. Now here's where we need your help. We want to take the people out to dinner after the ceremony instead of a reception. I am taking suggestions for a "fine" or higher end restaurant in the Madison area ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:16:05 EST Looking for some Advice Hello Madison Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I have been on spark for a little more then a month, and I am noticing some progress but I am getting married in January and I really want to get toned up. I am wondering if any one knows a good trainer or some good classes I could take to give me some killer arms. I have been doing it all on my own so far. <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:05:27 EST Wanna be a Ninja... OK maybe not, but I wouldn't mind being able to kick a little ass. I'm on week 3 of SP and week 10 of my diet and exercise program. Everything is going good so far, a few bumps and snags here and there, but not derailed. Wish me luck! Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:09:37 EST New person saying hi! Just saying hi - I'm excited to be trying out this website, though I have a long ways to go! Everyone here is very inspiring! <BR> <BR> ~SS81 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:31:12 EST September Spark get together! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> It sounds like there are a few people who are going to do the Zoo Run Run, either the run or the walk, or come as spectators. I was wondering if anyone would like to get together that day. I would love to meet some sparkers in person! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:16:14 EST Blogs? Do any of you have non-Sparkpeople weight loss blogs? I just recently started one and would love to check out blogs that any of you may have started. <link> </link> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:50:00 EST Zoo Run Run Hello Fellow Madison Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am planning on the Zoo Run Run being my first 5K race ever! Anyone else training right now? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 17:20:48 EST August 8: Bike ride opportunity! Hi gang! I've got an idea & hope some of you may be interested.. or better, up for the challenge! <BR> <BR> I'm proposing a 12-mile bike ride on Military Ridge Trail. We'd start in Verona & ride to Riley (that's 6 miles). Stop for pancakes (read: rest & refuel) at the place that makes'em - right across the street from the trail, then ride back to Verona. It's something I've been wanting to do for some time, and feel it'd be not only a good workout, but also some fun for us to do together. <B... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:44:59 EST August 2010 Fitness Activitie s/Mintues For those who enjoy tracking their fitness progress and minutes.... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:22:34 EST August Events/Plans? Wow...where is the summer going...It's Ausgust 1st and I can't believe that the school year will be starting soon... <BR> <BR> Do you have anything special planned in August? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:02:04 EST Daily Check in for August 2010 new opportunities...what going on with you all? Sun, 1 Aug 2010 10:42:36 EST Free Kayaking instruction 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This is sponsored by Magic 98. I've always wanted to give it a try...anyone else game? <BR> It will be @ Rutabaga off Broadway in Monona. <BR> I <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:14:26 EST Newbie from Madison, WI Hello, my name is Lois. I am a 45-year old Madisonian who's working to lose the over 40 muffin top and general plumping. I am a hard-core workout groupie who thrives on cardio (kickbox, zumba, running) but has a hard time getting weight training in. I also don't do much pilates, yoga, etc. I seem to be doing everything "right" but can't seem to get at least 10 pounds to budge. <BR> <BR> So far I'm really liking the Spark system. I've tracked my food for years, but never had such an in... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:24:19 EST Cooking What are everyone's favorite cookbooks or cooking websites? I love Sandra Lee's cookbooks, her recipes are so quick and easy and as a bonus are usually fairly healthy. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:52:51 EST