SparkPeople Virginia Beach Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for all SparkPeople members in the Virginia Beach area. Welcome! SparkPeople Virginia Beach Sparkers Team Messageboard New Here Hey guys. I've lived here in VA for about a year. I have found that sticking to my weight loss plan is really hard without someone to workout with, talk to. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:31:04 EST New resident! Hey guys, I'm Heather. I've been a member of this team (and Sparkpeople) for awhile, but I've lived over in Hampton. As of this month, I'm living in Virginia Beach! I'm right down the street from Kempsville High School and Middle School. Just wanted to say hello to everyone! Let me know if you're in the area. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:03:32 EST Hello! I am a newbie to sparkpeople. I just started a new low-carb diet (under the guidance of a dietitian) this past weekend. It is a new way for me to eat as I try and combat Type 2 diabetes. I have lived in VA Beach for about 12 years now, but have lived in Hampton Roads since 1986. <BR> <BR> Susan Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:37:19 EST Fit Moms Anyone want to start a mom workout group? I go to a free workout every Saturday morning that you can bring you babies to (or not) if you need a break or if they are older! But I want to do more than that! Let me know if interested! we live near chics beach area Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:50:33 EST Anybody here Hello..... I just joined spark people on the 12th. I decided to see if there were other sparklers in my area. Let me know if you are still active in Spark people. I mostly exercise at home when it's cold. Currently trying pilates. I'm thinking of getting some of those dance videos -just thinking! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 07:58:28 EST Planet Fitness Buddy? Good evening! <BR> <BR> I belong to Planet Fitness, but am lousy about going myself. Is there anyone in the area who going to PF and would be interested in being workout buddies? I'd like to work out either in the early mornings (6-7 am) or in the evenings (after 5) due to my work schedule. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:22:18 EST I will do this! Hello my name is Gerda,i found this site by chance. I have lost 55lbs 2 years ago ,but have added back 25 lbs since then. My goal is to loose those pounds. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:54 EST What are you doing this weekend in Virginia Beach? I was just wondering what kinds of activities you would be doing this weekend. I hope it stays nice. If it does, I think I may take a bike ride. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:00 EST Anyone go to the Y I was wondering if anyone went to the Y? I just got a memebership and was looking to find a buddy. I live in Kempsville and can go to either Indian River, Greenbrier or Mt Trashmore, as long as there is stay and play hours Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:55:57 EST Hi! <em>524</em> <BR> Last month my friend asked me to train with her for a 5k run. I decided to try the couch to 5k training for 5k. Am loving it! Set a goal for a 5k for the Spartika Wounded Warriors on March 29th. I am passionate for them. <BR> <BR> Well, just found out that I have to work that Saturday because of a snow make up day. So that is out. <BR> Anyone know of a site I can go to to find out about just Virginia Beach 5k events? I have lots of Virginias but I have to go ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:36:32 EST Really doing it right this time... I joined SparkPeople years ago but was never really committed to changing my life. This year I decided to jump in wholeheartedly! My goal is to lose 80 lbs. by the end of 2014, and my main strategy right now is to focus on portion control and resisting the temptation to snack binge out of boredom or loneliness. I'm tracking what I eat every day and finally making the effort to connect with others in the community. Oh, and I announced my goal to all my friends and family on Facebook, so now I ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:03:15 EST New year new me Many health issues that can be corrected if I take better care of myself with diet and exercise Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:41:15 EST Looking for a workout/mo tivational partner! I just joined SparkPeople. I'm trying to lose a few pounds, but mainly get in shape. I've been wanting to get into a routine, but have been too lazy and unmotivated to do it. I recently got engaged and so would like to start getting into shape before the wedding next year. I have a Black Card membership at Planet Fitness (this means I can bring a guest for free anytime!) and the most convenient location for me is the one on Holland Road. I don't really know what i'm doing when it comes t... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:15:37 EST Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon 2013 Did anyone else run in this event? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 06:46:59 EST summer challenge signup I would like to start a summer challenge. I will post weekly challenges and such in a summer challenge thread. If your interested in participating sign up here. Hopefully enough people for teams but individual challenges work just fine too. Looking forward to hearing from and maybe meeting some beach sparkers. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:30:45 EST Back in Virginia Beach I am back in Virginia Beach and was curious if this group was active still. I am military so timing is everything as far as exercising goes. <BR> Just want to try to lose 40-50 pounds in the next 6 months nothing major and it can be done just have to keep my mind set on it. <BR> Sun, 19 May 2013 21:17:48 EST The Color Vibe - Chesapeake Hey!! Is anyone interested in doing this with me? We could walk/run for it and maybe even train together. Just let me know. I think it sounds like a lot of fun. :) <BR> <BR><BR>hp <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:40:24 EST Is this group active? Just wondering if any members of this group are still around at all and active? Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:01:17 EST Hi there ;) Was not sure if this group was active anymore. I started here on Sparkpeople a long time ago and then failed miserably at changing my fitness and diet lifestyle. When I got back on track, I went to My Fitness Pal to track food and fitness. But I thought I would come back to Spark too so I am just checking in here to see if there are any active members and well, just to say hello ;) Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:37:52 EST Scary, no one since last year?! Looking for someone motivated to help me stay that way. Have started walking with a couple of partners but they pooped out. Looking at a VB rec membership but don't want to go alone all the time. Open to suggestions and love outdoor activities when weather allows. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:52:23 EST On My Way Hi, I am on day 3 of week one phase one of the Dash Diet and I needed to reach out for the support I lack in my house. I feel like this could really work for me. I haven't cheated even though I am preparing foods for my husband and daughter, who are not on the restrictions I've undertaken. I need to make a change and get healthy, I have let things pass me by for too long and I have too many opportunities to continue to squander them, and the time with my family and the pictures I refuse to be... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:18:00 EST HELLO You know that time when you look in the mirror and finally allow you to see what you look like. It is not a bad thing, just an eye opener. Well I have finally had that moment, I have always been the outgoing, funny life of the party and had this image of myself in my head that I was the same on the the outside that I have always been on the inside. With that being said my name is Beth and I am a mother of 3 and a "true VB local" born and raised and the Mayflower brought my family here no... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:42:30 EST Good places to run? I was wondering if anyone knew of any good running trails in the south VA Beach/ Pungo area? My neighborhood doesn't have good sidewalks, and I don't like running in the street. The only place I know of is Mount Trashmore, and it's too far away from my home. Thanks in advance! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:42:44 EST Bike rides, Tuesday/ Thursday after work Robbins Corner Miles <BR> Distance/Pace: ~20 miles, C pace (14-16 rolling speed, 12-14 overall average, sprints available) <BR> Date/Times: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30pm, recurring year-round <BR> Where: Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1600 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach. (Corner of Pleasure House Rd). <BR> <BR> SAG: Limited/restricted. Riders should have tubes/pumps. A rider will fetch a recovery vehicle if needed. <BR> <BR> Comfort: Riders are responsible for nutrition/hydration. No scheduled stops... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:32:41 EST Color Me Rad 5K The Color Me Rad 5K is returning to Virginia Beach this year on May 5th. I had some friends do it last year and they all said it was a lot of fun so the husband and I are planning to do it this year. Anyone interested in signing up? Early bird registration ends Ferbuary 1st. Here's a link to the race if anyone is interested: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ch.html </link> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:17:12 EST Easy, Casual Sunday rides For the next several months, Team Portsmouth will be holding our Sunday "Max Relax" rides at 2 PM. These are EASY, beginner rides around historical Old Town and waterfront neighborhoods. There are other rides/groups available as well, up to a "B" pace. <BR> <BR> No one gets left behind, no one gets dropped, we have SAG support, and experienced cyclists and field mechanics on these rides. Please bring a helmet. <BR> <BR> 2 PM, Sundays, from Cycle Classics, next door to the Commodore Theate... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 09:30:24 EST Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon Anyone participating in the races for the Norfolk Freedom this upcoming weekend. Looks like great weather is in store. Come on out to participate or to cheer on our local runners. Spectator support is very much appreciated. <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:09:28 EST Wicked 10K <em>423</em> Don those costumes and come on out to the Wicked 10K at the oceanfront on October 27 for a wicked good time. Be on the lookout for a <BR> she-devil wearing Prada. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Post here if you are running, would love to meet some feloow sparkers. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:11:45 EST Team Takeover I have become unusually busy with the game we call....Life. I am looking for a motivated person to take over the Virginia Beach Sparkers team. My time on spark has become very limited and would like to see a new leader take the rains. Sparkmail me if you are interested please. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:09:03 EST New Member Hello everyone. I'm new to the group. Kind of hit a plateau and tired of eating the same thing over and over. Looking for some motivation to help meet my goals. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:14:08 EST Neptune Festival - Running Event? Anyone here running in 8k or 5k at the Neptuve Festival next weekend? Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:45:06 EST Camden Heroes Metric Century & 1/2 Metric Century Come ride with me...!!! <BR> <BR> http://camdencountync.besavvy2.egovlink.<BR>com/parksrec2012bikeride.cfm <BR> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:50:58 EST East Coast Surfing Championships Weekend of Aug 25 Surf's up - ECSC Champtionships at the oceanfront this weekend. I'll be there, get out an enjoy the gorgeous weather and catch a wave or two. <BR> <BR> Surfing USA - Beach Boys <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:39:38 EST Calling all Hampton Moms! Hey guys, I don't know if you've heard about Moms RUN This Town, but it's a free nationwide running club for moms. And it's not just for running moms. It's for moms that walk, jog, are interested in losing weight, getting in shape and getting healthy. It's a way to connect with other moms who have the same goals as you. And we have a local chapter here in Hampton. I'd like to invite any local moms to join Moms RUN This Town. It's a great group, just starting out, and we'd love to have you! Vi... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:47:17 EST Calling all Toby Keith Fans Any Toby fans out there? Toby is coming to town July 26th at the Farm Bureau, it's not too late to get tickets. I'll see you there. <BR> <BR> Stay tuned week on the team forum - TOBY WEEK,. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:02:43 EST Let's Party!!! It is time to celebrate -your wins- your special days- This is the place & we can't wait for you to get here!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> CELEBRATION~Kool & The Gang <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:40:10 EST Time to re-invent myself I have battled this weight most of my life. Due to abuse when I was a child, it flared up a long life of low self esteem, lack of motivation and food addiction. However I can no longer live my life as a victim. At some point we have to let go of the past and take accountability of what we have done to ourselves and continue doing. I'm choosing today to reinvent myself. No idea of what I'm doing so I'm going to start from scratch by learning how to eat and how to move. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:42:48 EST Summer CheerLeading Camp Come One-Come All - <BR> <BR> We are going to be working out our Cheering Muscles-WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Program~ Huddle with Team-3x/week <BR> ~ Post on team Topics 3x/week <BR> ~ Send out a Come One-Come All - <BR> <BR> We are going to be working out our Cheering Muscles-WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Program~ Huddle with Team-3x/week <BR> ~ Post on team Topics 3x/week <BR> ~ Send out a to a goodie to a team mate 3x/week <BR> <BR> This is going to be more fun than Band Camp-lol <BR> <BR> <em>244</e... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:11:09 EST 28TH Annual We Build People 5K Run/Walk By participating in this event you are assisting others in your community with Child Care, Swim Lessons, Health and Wellness programs, Youth and Teen activities, Senior programs and Summer Camp. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Date : Wednesday, July 4, 2012 @ 7:30 AM <BR> Address : Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA, 4441 South Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA <BR> Fees : 5k R... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:55:08 EST Diamond's House 2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run Diamond’s House Inc. was established in November 2009 in an effort to help eliminate homelessness and domestic abuse. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <em>186</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Date : Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 9:00 AM <BR> Address : Mount Trashmore, 310 Edwin Drive Virginia Beach, VA <BR> Fees : $30 <BR> Registration Closing Date : Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST <BR> <BR> <link>www.a... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:51:31 EST Attention Runners - Shamrock $$ Deadline Get your money in before June 30, before the first price increase. Remember the early bird gets the best deal. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:48:14 EST Hi!!! Hello everyone! I'm Latisha, a married stay at home mom of 2 wonderful kiddos ages 6 and 3. I'm looking to get healthy and reclaim my body! I'm tired of being overweight and out of shape and I want to be able to keep up with my kids. I have about 50-60 pounds to lose. I'm hoping to get into a routine of working out and eating healthy and sticking with it! Looking forward to getting to know everyone better! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:21:38 EST Hi All I have been losing the same 20 to 25 lbs my entire life. <BR> Would like to make this a permanent change. <BR> I look forward to getting back to yoga practice, which I have sidelined for the last 6 months. <BR> I think this summer will be a great time to accomplish my goals… lots of things to do at the ocean front!! <BR> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:58:30 EST Crawlin Crab Half Marathon & 5k 10/7/12 The same people that put on the Shamrock (J&A) are bringing an event to Hampton October 7th! The Crawlin Crab Half Marathon & 5k. Registration is now open. <BR> <BR> For the Half Marathon it's $60 through June 30. $75 July 1 - August 31. $90 Sept 1 - Race Weekend. <BR> <BR> For the 5k it's $30 through June 30. $35 July 1 - August 31. $40 Sept 1 - Race Weekend. <BR> <BR> They have already posted the route for both races, if anyone is interested. The website is <link>www.crawlincrabhalf... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:52:41 EST Patriotic Festival, Oceanfront, June 1-3 Show your support for our military - make your way to the boardwalk this coming weekend for a super line-up of events, concerts and the Blue Angels - a must see. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 29 May 2012 09:19:24 EST Steel Pier Surfing Classic - May 25-27 Ordering up some fantastic weather for the Memorial Day Weekend..... <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Surfs up this weekend - Steel Pier Surfing Classic at the oceanfront - bring on the waves and don't forget your <em>463</em> Thu, 24 May 2012 08:17:17 EST Strawberry Festival this weekend Hey all you strawberry lovers, it's festival time in Pungo this weekend. May 25-27. <BR> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> Tue, 22 May 2012 08:11:40 EST VB Blog Challenge Read each other's blogs... It is a great way to get to know each other & share in the journey. <BR> <BR> Goodies will be awarded to all who participate-just hit a <em>248</em> for each blog you read. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 05:48:30 EST Oceanfront Cafe - Do Drop In Teammates: stop by the new virtual oceanfront cafe for a morning, afternoon or anytime chat. Wed, 9 May 2012 14:38:12 EST Non-Scale Victories - Share Yours Teammates, please post your non-scale victories here, we'd like to give you a WOO HOO. Wed, 9 May 2012 14:35:40 EST Word of the Week, Quotes Teammates: Please check in here for the word of the week and for inspirational quotes, feel free to post your own. Wed, 9 May 2012 14:33:57 EST Read a Great Blog Lately, Please Share it Here. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870709 </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 16:08:12 EST Are You Looking for a Workout Partner ?? Teammates please post here if you are looking for a workout partner, a running buddy, playdate with the kids. Great way to meet new people. Tue, 8 May 2012 16:06:42 EST Share Your Spark Secret Tips Teammates, please share you spark secret tips here. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> One of my tricks to not over eat when dining out is to immediately box up half of the entree. You won't be tempted to overeat and you will have leftovers for the lunch the next day. Tue, 8 May 2012 16:05:03 EST HI from Va Beach Hi All! I am a recently single mom of two amazing girls in Va Beach. I have been struggling with my weight from the last 15 years, but i am now completely motivated to getting back into shape. I have currently lost 32 pounds on my own, but still have about 70 more to go. I workout at Onelife (Princess Anne) 6 days a week, and I have grown to miss the gym when i am not there. I am hoping by joining this forum, that it will give me the support and motivation that I need to be successful an... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:33:56 EST newbie single mome from vb Hey everyone my name is Amanda and I'm a 27 y/o single mom of 3 toddlers. I am a native of vb. I was a part of SP before, but really let the ball drop. I am using this site along with weight watchers. I could definately use mostivation so if anyone is up for emailing or texting to motivate each other that would be wonderful. I want to lose almost 80lbs and not only that but feel beautiful. I have 2 daughters and I want them growing up knowing they are beautiful and for all 3 of my kids to jus... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:40:22 EST OneLife Fitness VA Beach Trainer Hi everyone, I would just like to introduce myself to the group. My name is Heather and I am currently a Certified Personal Trainer at Onelife Fitness. I have a lot of personal experience with weight loss as I have lost 110 pounds thus far. I understand what it is like to be overweight and have to deal with everyday stresses of life such as being a working mother and student. Which is why I strive to help any and everybody achieve their goals no matter what they may be. Whether it is to tone ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:16:52 EST Mt. Trashmore YMCA & Walking Buddy Looking for a workout buddy, <BR> I workout during the weekday at the Y and have also been using the treadmill there. But with the weather warming up I'd like to walk more outside either at Mt. Trashmore or the boardwalk. <BR> Because of back problems I walk at a comfortable pace but don't go as far as I had been. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:17:07 EST Hello Virginia Beach Been in P/T and have a couple weeks left. Also go to the YMCA at Mt. Trashmore and look forward to some water groups there too. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:46:26 EST Hi My name is Sandy and I am the mom to a 7 year old daughter and 9 year old son. I work out at home in my gym Monday-Friday and go to Parks and Rec on the weekends and work out while the kids attend swimming lessons for a change of pace. I am trying to incorporated my kids in some summertime fitness such as walks and things. I am a working mom so I have been trying to do things at night. I have taken them and the dogs to the dog park and then play at the kids park, I have taken them to the ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:22:08 EST Hello All! Good day to you all. as a new member to SP, I am looking forward to improving on my physical, mental and emotional health through exercise and an o really healthy approach to life. I look forward to learning from you all, as well as, encouraging you all along the way. <BR> <BR> Here's to living our best life now! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 22:36:24 EST Local 5 K's Feel free to post your organizations 5K race here or let us know which race you may be running. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:07:33 EST Spring Training Happy Spring to all you VB Sparkers out there. Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather. What are some of your spring fitness goals? We'd love to hear all about it. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:03:36 EST Weight training workout partner- onelife I'm looking for another women who is looking to lift weights at onelife either p.a. or greenbrier. I currently take cardio classes but need help with a routine and a motivated partner for strength training. Send me a message if you are interested. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:29:05 EST jersey541 New to the site...Staying focused and making better food choices. It is taking me time to get use to the site..It is very busy.. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:17:44 EST Hey All!! I am. Pretty much new to this. Definitely just starting out. Looking forward to talking with people and to seeing results. Feel free to message if you want. Happy to be here! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 15:05:36 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am new to sparkpeople, but I am ready for the challenge in losing weight. I have lost 20 pounds since July 2011 and need to loose and additional 35-40. I look forward to being a part of the group and I wish you all much success in your endeavors! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:19:42 EST I can not wait!! Well i guess it is about time i introduced myself. I origionally signed up on sparkspeaople a couple years back, but i sure didn't stick with it. so i strugled with my body , weight and self image longer. then around the holiday season of 2010 my DR suggested bariatric surgery, i was just on the line to be a candidate but he was more worried about my co-morbidities. so i signed up and got the surgery this last september, after about a year of dietary work , and a lot of other self work that w... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:39:05 EST New Year Goals It's already 12 days into January, where are you with the new years goals? <BR> Are you on track? <BR> Have you slipped up? <BR> Are you focused? <BR> Do you need to adjust your goals? <BR> <BR> All are points to ponder. It's never too late to begin a goal, so start today. <em>252</em> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:36:03 EST Polar Plunge 5k Feb. 4th Are there any Virginia Beach Sparkers who are doing the polar plunge 5k this year? My friend Kelly and I are participating. It would be awesome to maybe have a little spark people group? Idk. . . just a thought :-) Fri, 6 Jan 2012 14:55:43 EST WEEKLY CHALLENGE / GOAL I'm gonna start giving myself weekly challenges/goals .... posting here to keep myself accountable. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 22:31:36 EST INSPIRATION PHOTO PROJECT Hi Va Beach Sparkers. I am a professional photographer and in 2012 I am starting a new project called Inspiration. If you have reached a personal fitness goal I would like to offer you a free 30 minute photo shoot in my studio or on location. You will receive 5-10 edited digital photos in exchange for use of your photos in my project. <BR> <BR> I am looking for people that have reached their weight loss goals, lost a significant amount of weight, achieved a goal (running a 5k, half marat... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 14:04:17 EST Hello Hey [people] I'm a Sailor stationed in Norfolk but I live in VA Beach (on Shore near Independence). I'm originally from OH. I have a 2 yr old son and a 5 month old daughter. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 16:35:39 EST Team Leaders Virginia Beach Sparkers is looking for volunteers to help lead our local spark team. Please reply if you are interested. We need to get this team jumped started, a new year is approaching and we need to put VB Sparkers on the map. Any volunteers? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:23:28 EST Hey Team Virginia Beach Hey out there. <BR> <BR> I'm Michelle. I'm at the beginning of what will be a long journey. I would love to meet some Vbeachers who want to work out together, or at least provide each other some encouragement. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:52:42 EST 2011 : Surf N Santa Anyone doing the Surf N Santa? More specifically the 5K? <BR> <em>331</em> <em>444</em> <em>331</em> <em>444</em> <em>331</em> <em>444</em> <em>331</em> <em>444</em> <em>331</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:40:22 EST Turkey Trot a little late but ... anyone doing the turkey trot at mt. trashmore? i'll be there ... black pants & orange wicked long sleeve shirt (#995). my friends that usually start with me are not running this year. <em>39</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:37:58 EST Hey guys! My name is Raven and Im working towards getting in shape. Working out is no problem i do 3 hours at the gym 6 days a week but, i have the WORST eating habits. So I hope to change that very soon. Its no point in working out for 3 hours then turning around nd eating a doughnut. Funny but sadly true. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:18:57 EST Hello Everyone are we active? Hey guys im a bit new to Spark and ivebeen looking for a workout buddy, Im in my 20's and live in Virginia Beach and would love to find a workout buddy or just someone who is working towards their goals like me :) Feel free to message me Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:34:17 EST 2011 : Wicked 10K Is anyone going to do the 2011 Wicked 10K? Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:49:06 EST Howdy! Tons of life changes have brought me back to SparkPeople. I was a member 3 years ago and while I never got to my goal weight, this was by far the best plan for me. I left and tried Medifast which worked great until I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Esphageal Cancer. Stress from dealing with that, school, and my parents knocked off MF and I regained all the weight I had worked to lose. It took me 7 moths on Medifast to lose 25 pounds and 3 months to gain it back. I do have to admit that part of tha... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:35:33 EST Neptune Festival Weekend Come on down to the oceanfront this weekend for a variety of events, something for everyone. Enjoy the wonderful cool weather and get some miles on the walking shoes. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:13:48 EST Have a Bowflex looking for workout partner i have a Bowflex Machine looking for someone who would want to work out together. Just started Sparks People yesterday. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:53:18 EST Hurricane Irene Hope everyone weathered hurricane irene well and that everyone is safe. Post pics or tell us your experiences, lessons learned, etc. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:34:37 EST Attn: Men Sparkers - Need your input please I would like to get a magazine subscription for a male friend. He's really into healthy eating, nutrition supplements and body building. Not sure what kind of men's health and body building magazines are out there. What is your favorite and what would you recommend? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:33:01 EST Fitness Buddy Wanted Anyone up for walking or playing tennis in the evening? I am NOT a morning person and will not, at this stage in my life, get up to be at Mt. Trashmore at 5:30 AM. Not happening. If you're like me and you want to walk or play tennis (believe me, I do NOT play on a competitive level--more like beginner) in the evening, say after 7:00 pm, I'd love to join you. Reply to this topic or SparkMail me if you're interested. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 16:08:11 EST Military Challenge Saturday, July 30 is the Military Challenge at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. A run with a military obstacle course. Should be a lot of fun. Come on out and support your fellow sparkers that are participating in this run. I know DGIBSON02 and his son will be participating. Anyone out there going to do this? We'd love to cheer you on also. Woo Hoo - making fitness fun. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:33:06 EST Moving to South Beach soon Hi there :) <BR> I am moving from Newport News to VB this summer and am looking into local gyms. <BR> So far I am interested in Wareing's. There is a small gym and good sized pool at the apartment I am considering, but if you have a gym you love in the South Beach area, let me know, please! If you have an apartment community you recommend that is near the beach as well, I am open to suggestions as I am not very familiar with the area. I am looking at Ocean Pebbles, Saltmeadow Bay, and the Co... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:53:38 EST Buenos Diaz Beach Peeps!!! I'm an 'old time' Sparker but a new resident of VAB and am looking for info on this team. I live near Mount Trashmore and am looking for classes/workout buddies and hoping to me some new friends- I don't know anyone here yet. I run, bike, hoop, do pilates and yoga. <em>335</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:05:53 EST New to SP & VB Hi! I am new to the VB area having just moved here not quite 2 years ago. I just discovered Spark People when a coworker told me about it--I love it! <BR> <BR> I have never been skinny (yes, I've already found the team "Never Been Skinny" :) and I have a difficult time picturing what I might look like when I reach my target goal. So...I have decided to focus on other things. I've reached the point where it's not about my looks, it's about my health. I work for the American Heart Association ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:57:29 EST Va Beach in Top 10 . . . . . . Fittest Cities in America, according to Shape magazine. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-cities-in-america?slide=31660 </link> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:28:15 EST Daily Tidbit: Eat Your Water Some words of wisdom from Runners World again - I've really been into healthy reading these days, it helps keep me motivated and what the heck? I'm learning a few things along the way too. <BR> <BR> Eat Your Water: Hydrating foods provide plenty of fluid and healthy nutrients to fuel hot summer runs. <BR> <BR> Electrolytes: Cantaloupes, Peaches and Strawberries <em>45</em> <BR> Vitamin C: Watermelon, Kiwi and Citrus <em>491</em> <em>474</em> <BR> Cancer Defense: Tomatoes, Broccoli <e... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:11:16 EST Thought for the day: Limitations Do you have limits? Who has set them - YOU or someone else? <BR> <BR> We are our own worst enemy sometimes. We are plagued with self doubt. The only limitations are ones that exist in our own minds. We can overcome. <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:25:06 EST New member saying hello Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to all this. I am planning on finding lots of support here. I am gonna work hard to reach my goal. Lets get movin! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:16:57 EST new to vb but not sp Hi, my name is Heather and I've been a sp member since 2008. I moved to vb in april of 2010 and I currently go to One life fitness almost everyday. I'm pursuing a degree in Personal training and fitness through TCC as well as getting my certifications through ACE. I started this journey at 250 lbs and now am 5 lbs away from losing 100 lbs! I never thought I could achieve this when I first started. And even after having my son in August of 2010 I still got right back on track and continued the... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:15:03 EST Hey Everyone I am New My name is Jennifer and I am a local to Va beach. I just found this site and am finding my way around. Looking forward to meeting everyone and all the useful tools on here. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 21:12:26 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Brooke :) Just wanted to tell everyone hello and introduce myself. I have been using sparkpeople the last couple of months to count my calories and I just made a profile page a couple weeks ago so I am still new to all of this. My name is Brooke. I am 25 years old and I live in Virginia Beach. I am from South Carolina and have been in this area with my sailor husband for 5 years. (I am in the Windsor Woods area off Rosemont/Holland Rd). I have 2 boys, Trent will be 4 next month, and Lane is 18 months. ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 20:51:32 EST Hi, my name is Berry I have been here before and now I am back. I have well over 100 pounds to lose and need as much support as I can get. I was scheduled for bariatric surgery and decided at the very last minute to try one more time on my own, Going through surgery was too much for me. I am married and have two grown children who still live at home, Making meals and not eating them is the most difficult for me. I am looking for someone in my area that may has the same goals. Tue, 24 May 2011 07:11:48 EST Beach Body, Here I Come!!! ....New to this...Day 2 Hello everyone! Today is my second day of my healthy lifestyle change, as well as my 2nd day on Spark People. I am a mom of 2 gorgeous little girls, Alexis 5yrs, and Lorelei 5mos. My goal is to lose 50+ pounds so I can be more healthy and have more energy for my little ones...and to feel better about myself of course. I'm really looking forward to reading about everyone's success and hope to make some buddies along the way to help motivate each other. After my 2nd daughter was born 5 months a... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:47:02 EST Pirates at the Oceanfront I read in the newspaper that the beach will have a pirate party at the beach on Saturday, May 21, including showing a movie on the beach. I think it's 17th Street. I think it would be a fun place to take the kiddies and you can get some walking exercise in. Just a suggestion for a nice family activity. Thu, 19 May 2011 09:46:13 EST Ocean Lakes HIgh School 5K Dolphin Dash OLHS is sponsoring a 5K race on Saturday, May 14th. Registration starts at 8:00 with race at 9:00. This is a charity race benefiting "Girl Effect". Come on out, the weather is gonna be perfect racing weather. Hope to see some fellow sparkers there. Thu, 12 May 2011 07:49:07 EST First Trip to the Gym TONIGHT! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a 29-year old guy who has always been overweight. I am 6'3 and weigh 270 pounds. I can't believe I'm sharing that information, but hopefully it will encourage me to want to come back to update with lower numbers. <BR> <BR> I lost 18 pounds between February and April, but stopped trying around Easter. That changes tonight. I have walked on the treadmill at home off an on, but my first ever gym workout is tonight. I'm excited and nervous all at once. <BR> <BR> This... Wed, 11 May 2011 17:47:55 EST Hi I'm new Hi everybody. My name is Angel. I currently live in VA BCH and was looking for a good program to start to get back in shape. I have tendency to slack of of programs so I am really going to strive hard to keep up with this one. <em>213</em> Mon, 9 May 2011 11:47:53 EST Newbie Hello all! I just moved to VA Beach and just signed up on this site. I'm open to suggestions and ready to see what all this place has to offer. Look forward to chatting.... Thu, 5 May 2011 20:28:59 EST Hi, my name is Alice and this is my first post. Looking forward to the first day of the rest of my life which starts now. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:55:01 EST Looking for a walking buddy Anyone go to Mt Trashmore to walk/run? I go most days about 5:30pm (after work) and on Sat/Sun...I'm looking for someone to walk with! Let me know :) Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:15:37 EST Hi VAB Sparkers! I moved here last fall and while I made new friends, I haven't found too many that like to get out and be active. I ride my bike everyday (weather permitting of course!) and love hiking the local state parks, but I would like to mix it up through different activities and workout buddies. I still have about 15 lbs to lose and I'm taking it slow so that I develop the good habits to keep it off for good! <BR> Joyce Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:21:45 EST Spring has Sprung Spring has definitely arrived in Va Beach, finally. Seems the team page has been kinda quiet, hope that means everyone out is enjoying the gorgeous weather. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities you're doing now that it's Spring??? <BR> <BR> Hope all is well with my fellow VB Sparkers, I'm feeling a summer time cookout/social coming on. Any suggestions for activities and meetings, please sparkmail me. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:36:01 EST New to VA and to Spark Hi VA Beach Spark People! <BR> <BR> I moved to VA with my husband last fall, but I am only here about half of the time right now. I would love to find some work out buddies who are interested in getting together to walk, or do outdoor workouts. I walk the trashmore loop in about 35 mins, but am flexible to walk with someone who is a little faster or slower than that. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:12:32 EST MWR Spring 2011 Run Schedule I'm not a runner, but I found this and thought someone might be interested. I don't know if they'll accept civilians, but it couldn't hurt to ask. <BR> <BR> Marine Corps 10K Wilderness Challenge <BR> Friday, March 25 <BR> Northwest Annex <BR> 421-8263 <BR> <BR> Red, White and Blue 5K <BR> Wednesday, April 6 <BR> Norfolk Naval Shipyard <BR> 967-2500 <BR> <BR> Fools Rush In 5K <BR> Wednesday, April 13 <BR> Dam Neck Annex <BR> 492-6101 <BR> <BR> Spring Fever 5K <BR> Wednesday, April 20 <BR>... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:37:27 EST Shamrock Weekend Who's running the 8K and who's running the 1/2 or marathon. Let me know your race numbers, I will be there to cheer YOU on as well as my grandson, who's running his first race, the 8K. Go Team TSA. <BR> <BR> I'll be looking for my fellow sparkers - have a great race. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:32:55 EST bike ride on Sunday Anyone interested in a bike ride on boardwalk?? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:11:04 EST Mt. Trashmore, Sat. March 12, anyone interested? Would like to organize a VBSPARKERS walk at Mt. Trashmore early Sat. March 12 - 8:30 a.m. anyone interested? For all fitness levels, just a casual meet up and walk around the lake. Please reply. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:05:47 EST Weekend looks great - who's up for a bike ride? Saturday will be cool - temps in the mid-40s, but sunday will be up into the 60s. <BR> <BR> Who's up for a ride? An hour, two hours, more? <BR> Cruise the boardwalk or Atlantic Avenue? <BR> Brave Shore Drive in the Park? <BR> Tour Chick's Beach? <BR> <BR> I'll ride your speed and distance - let's have fun!! No one gets dropped/left behind - Social Riding! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:44:47 EST TODAY ONLY - GROUPON DEAL A SUPER BARGAIN !!!!!! <BR> <BR> $25 for 10 classes at Atma Hodha Yoga, see groupon for details, but it's for today only. I signed up at lunch today. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:47:38 EST Virtual 5K Race wouldn't it be sweet if we all meet up to do this together? there are lots of weeks available but April 10-16 is the most popular and they even have training programs. <BR> <link><BR>race-home.asp </link> <BR> i signed up for the "April 10-16 5K Run" and the "5K Your Way Running Plan" team Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:59:51 EST Shamrock Marathon/Team Tourettes My children and I are signed up under Team Tourettes to signed up to run for the Team during the weekend for the Shamrock Marathon in March. My son and I are running the Townehome bank 8K and my daughter is doing the Operation Smile Final Mile for kids. My son was diagnosed with Tourette's almost 5 years ago and is doing great with it. We also have a donation page for anyone that would like to donate to Tourette Syndrome Association for the race. We have a goal of $1000 that we are greatly tr... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:27:11 EST DIVA Night at Running, etc. TONIGHT, Feb 8 <em>312</em> ANITAGOODBODY was kind enough to share the following information with me to pass the word. Hope to see some VB Sparkers at this great event tonight. ANITAGOODBODY, SKINNYPOWELL1 and GR8CGRM will there looking for ya. <BR> <BR> Dear Ladies, <BR> <BR> Every year we at Running Etc. like to put together a special evening for our fellow active females. With each event we learn how to make the next one even better, so this year is sure to be our best to date! <BR> <BR> Please... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:11:26 EST VA is for Lovers 14K Race, Feb. 12 Looks like it will be great running weather this Saturday. GR8CGRM, SKINNYPOWELL1 and ANITAGOODBODY will be running the 14K. Any other SPARKERS out there signed up? Trying to arrange a meet up during Friday night packet pick-up. <BR> <BR> Race starts at 9:00 at the Virginia Beach Field House (by Amphitheater) - come on out and support you fellow team mates during this race. It's a long one, and seeing friendly faces along the way sure helps. <BR> <BR> Hope to see a great presence of VB ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 12:31:32 EST 2011 Polar Plunge Congratulations to SkinnyPowell1 and Gr8cgrm for taking the "plunge" in more ways than one. Not only do they motivate the rest of us to excel in our healthy lifestyle goals - they pushed the envelope and jumped into the cold Atlantic waters to help Special Olympics meet their goals. Way to go girls! Congratulations to all the other Virginia Beach Sparkers who plunged but didn't mention it here on SparkPeople. Sound out and let us know so we can applaud you as well! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:05:35 EST Let's CELEBRATE Together Please SPARKMAIL me interesting events and happenings in your life you would like to share with the team. We are interested in what you are doing, milestones you've achieved and anything we can do to celebrate the great things our team members are up to. Let me know. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 12:09:42 EST Let's Celebrat Together Please SPARKMAIL me interesting events and happenings in your life you would like to share with the team. We are interested in what you are doing, milestones you've achieved and anything we can do to celebrate the great things our team members are up to. Let me know. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:51:05 EST Polar Plunge, Feb 5th GR8CGRM is brave enough to dip into the Atlantic Ocean this weekend at 2:00 p.m. to raise money for the Special Olympics. Come on out and watch all the crazies (and I mean that in a nice way). I will be there to cheer her on. Anyone else crazy, oops I mean BRAVE, enough to try an artic dip? Let us know so we can look for you there. <BR> <BR> If you would like to make a donation, please send a sparkmail to GR8CGRM as I know we aren't supposed to use SP for soliciting. <BR> <BR> Good jo... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:47:52 EST Hello Everyone! <em>30</em> <em>30</em> Nice to know that there are great site like this to get support and good info!! I look forward to meeting other Military Wives and anyone else who wants to be friend and needs support like I do. =) Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:59:13 EST Bike Ride GR8CGRM would like to meet up for a bike ride, this Sunday at 1:30 at Hooters on General Booth. The weather is gonna be great so hope to see all you bike riders there. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:15:57 EST Free Workout Found a free insanity workout on Saturdays. Hope this link works, you have to RSVP. Let me know if the link doesnt work. I signed up for this Saturday and it's FREE. Hope to see some of my fellow sparkers there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ub/?gj=ej5&a=tc1_lm1 </link> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:46:23 EST Hello!! Hi! My name is Jessyka! I had tried sparkpeople several years ago, but never really gave it a chance. I'm trying to make my life healthier and decided to give it another go! My friend and I signed up for a pole dancing fitness class yesterday and it was really fun, so I think we're going to sign up with that gym and go a couple times a week! It's the first fitness routine that has actually excited me so I think it will be way easier to stick with. <BR> <BR> Well I'm going to go print my groc... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:31:42 EST Great Meet and Greet! I had a great time at the January 21st "Meet and Greet". I truly enjoyed meeting some of my Spark friends in person and am looking forward to the next opportunity to get together with team for a little fun and camaraderie. Lets not wait too long! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:17:57 EST Sparkpeople Get-Together I am so glad I made it to the get-together! It was great meeting new people. Great conversation and food. Can't wait to do it again!!!! Thanks SKINNYPOWELL1! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:43:20 EST VB SPARKERS - January "Meet and Greet" Here's the official details on our little SPARK get together. January 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sentara Princess Anne (bldg. next to hospital) - 1925 Glen Mitchell Drive, Suite 210. Please RSVP me so I can get an accurate count. Please feel free to bring refreshments to share. Looking forward to meeting all my fellow team mates and getting to know you. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:03:23 EST Frosty 5K Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> This weekend there is another 5k at Mt. Trashmore. <BR> <BR> I registered online and it was only $22.00. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:39:58 EST New to the group New to the group and to VA Beach, well we moved from Norfolk in Nov to VA Beach. Looking forward to getting out there and meeting ya'll and losing weight. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:04:54 EST HI everyone So I'm not new to sparkpeople and yet I still feel like a newbie here in VA beach although I've been here now since july last year. Anywho, I just thought I'd come in here and say Hi. My name is Torie and I figure joining this team can hopefully help me in my weight lost journey. :D Thu, 6 Jan 2011 19:45:28 EST January Spark Get Together I would like to arrange a place for a VB Sparkers get together during the month of January. It would be great to meet fellow sparkers. I need suggestions for a place and time to meet. Your ideas are appreciated and welcomed. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:11:37 EST Getting back on Track Happy New Year to you all! I'm new here and I'm looking for a walking/workout buddy. I'm 37, stay at home mom of a twenty two month old son; husband overseas.... <BR> I live in Norfolk--Ballentine area, but will travel. I would like to start up a walking regime 7 days a week. I'm free in the mornings until 11am and in the evenings after 5pm. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <BR> Tweetummms Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:52:36 EST Working out at ONELIFE.... anyone else? I am in the process of joining ONELIFE Fitness on Princess Anne, and was wondering if anyone from the group works out there? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:24:45 EST I'm ready to rumble! :) Hey SP teams! I'm very excited to connect with you as I start taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle! I joined this community in hopes of building confidence and motivation to stay active. Over the past year, I have found a passion in running. I've been racing a TON...However, I feel like I've hit a plateau as the year has been coming to a close. I can't seem to lose any more weight and it is very frustrating. I've gone from 203 (at my peak a few years ago) to 149 (the lightest I've... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 02:57:49 EST HELLO Neighbors! I am kind of new at this. I tried to navigate myself all through the site but I get overwhelm and just log off. But I like reading people's stories on both success and struggles. Be patient I will get it one day. <BR> <BR> -June Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:25:49 EST Christmas day fun ride Yes, Virginia (Beach), Saturday is Christmas. <BR> <BR> I'm going out at noon to ride my bike. Anyone with a bike, new or established, is welcome to join me. <BR> <BR> I'll be departing from the Rite Aid parking lot, at Pleasure House and Independence. 5, 10, and 20 mile route options. No one gets dropped - this is not a speed run, but a fun ride. <BR> <BR> Since there is a chance of rain, I'll post a go/no-go message here no later than 11 AM. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:49:44 EST Hair of the Dog 5K Trashmore Hey Guys -- great way to start off the year! <BR> <BR> I just signed up <BR> <BR><BR>ylist.php Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:02:11 EST Races in December Is anyone signed up for any races this December? Sat, 4 Dec 2010 23:20:57 EST December Challenge "Jingle All the Way" <em>445</em> December Challenge, aka "Jingle All the Way" begins today, Dec. 3rd and go thru December 25th. <BR> <BR> Everyone knows the holiday song "Jingle Bells" so I made up a new Sparkpeople version. Let's see how many times a day we can sing it. Let's show our SPARK spirit. <BR> <BR> For added pizzaz, please join me in adding some bells to your workout shoes for the month of December. Every time you hear those bells jingle, it will remind you to sing. Kinda silly? yes, but... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:59:54 EST Anyone go to OneLife.. need a workout buddy! I have a membership at onelife. I usually go to the one on princess anne. I am looking for someone to work out with and keep me going! I have a LOT to lose.. and having someone to work out with will keep me more commited. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:15:48 EST New and needing support I am mother of two grown son's,,one married,,one senior in college. Not sure how my weight has crept on,,but one thing is for sure,,,it's coming off!! Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am a domestic goddess,,,work inside the home,,,,have not exercised in years,,,but enjoy outdoor activities. HELP Sat, 20 Nov 2010 22:09:41 EST 2010 Turkey Trot Is anyone doing this? I just signed up. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:45:19 EST Pumpkin Pie Challenge Pumpkin Pie Challenge. <BR> VB Sparkers are you ready for the pumpkin pie challenge? here's how it goes... <BR> Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all know what that means - baked goodies, pies, etc. My challenge to you is this... every time you would like to have something sweet, do 5 pushups (can be countertop-style, wall push-ups or regular push-ups or it can even be 5 jumping jacks - your choice). do this before you eat the first bite and ask yourself.. is this worth 5 exe... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:03:52 EST Surf-n-Santa 10 Miler Is anyone doing the Surf-n-Santa 10 Miler? Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:07:13 EST trying to be more present around here..LOL Hi, I am michelle. i am mommy to a 3.5yr old named emma. I have been a member of sparkpeople since feb 2008. I have had some successes but the weight always finds it's way in the door with stress, which I have had alot of in the last year! <BR> <BR> I really need to get myself together so I can feel better about myself and be a better mommy! I am tired of all this weight and how it makes me feel! <BR> <BR> I am from Ny but have been in VA for 10 yrs now. I live in the mt trashmore area a... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:40:31 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! I've recently came back to sparkpeople and am new to this Team. I've lived in VA Beach for a little over a year now and am loving it. <BR> I enjoy working out outdoors with walking/jogging and hiking. I am looking for a workout buddy in the hilltop area if anyone is interested. <BR> I'm a soon to be armywife and workout on post a few times a week if anyone would like to meet up in that area too :) <BR> I wish everyone the best! <BR> Make it happen one day at a time!!! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:50:13 EST No longer missing in action! I'm Baaaaaaaack! Hi team! It's been awhile since I have been here, to chat, participate etc. And I have missed you guys. I have to say that my lack of participation here has been a lack of participation in life in general and it shows. My weight has shot back up to nearly 180 lbs and I realize it's mainly because when I hit the 160's I got comfortable, I thought I could do it on my own, that I no longer needed to log onto SPARK every day and have the support of the great people I have met here. Well I am here... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 08:55:37 EST All Access 5K anyone doing this? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:07:58 EST Seeking a Weight Loss Buddy (exercise,etc) I am a 31 year old woman who lives in the Virginia Beach area and I am seeking a weight loss buddy. I am looking for someone to exercise with on a regular basis and who wants to participate in a number of healthy activities. I am looking for someone who wants to go to the gym, go walking (oceanfront, Mt.Trashmore,etc.), participate in yoga, dance classes, and who wants to go Salsa on Friday nights for a girl's night out or something instead of going out to eat,etc. I can work out at Bally's o... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:24:13 EST Neptune Festival 5/8K How many people are running this on September 25th? I know of 3 so far. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:54:05 EST Taking The First Step Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new to the community and just wanted to take the time to introduce myself. I am a Virginia Beach resident and mother of 3 that is desperately seeking to regain control of her life. I've struggled with my weight all my life, but after my last son the fight seems to have gotten tougher. My hope is that joining this community will make me more accountable and provide the support that I need along my journey. I'm trying to lose weight, live a more healthful lifestyle, an... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 19:59:12 EST New Hi Im new to the group I would love to find a workout buddy. :) Fri, 3 Sep 2010 19:37:54 EST Biggest Loser TV Night Is there anyone in the Virginia Beach area that watches "Biggest Loser"? The new season starts on September 21, and I was wondering if anyone has thought about doing a VB Sparklers TV night to watch the show together and help encourage each other?? Any suggestions or thoughts? Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:23:28 EST Quick Hello! I'm new on SPARK..Looking for mainly motivation...maybe someone who does HOT YOGA in VB at Zen to take classes with or anyone that is interested in trying HOT YOGA and would like to try it!!! <BR> <BR> I'm a military wife, hubby is currently deployed...looking to put on that initial "happy weight" <BR> <BR> 12lbs and I'll be happy!!! Wed, 4 Aug 2010 12:11:33 EST New and looking for a good place to run. Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Amber. I'm new to spark (obviously). I want to try the couch to 5k plan. Does anyone know of any good places to run in VB? <BR> <BR> Also if anyone wants a workout buddy, support buddy, or to exchange healthy yummy recipes add me as a friend. :) Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:14:31 EST Im new I am new to this forum and would like to meet friends who are in my area that would like to workout with me and maybe help each other. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:48:46 EST Just a friendly hello! Hello! <em>213</em> I'm new to all of this (as was everyone at some point). I hope that I am able to be a productive member of this team! Wish me luck, as I wish all of you the same. <BR> <BR> -Conker <em>54</em> Sat, 10 Jul 2010 01:35:32 EST Need Smaller Clothes? how about a Clothing Swap? Would anyone be interested in a clothing swap? I have a few clothes to donate and I am sure others have stuff too, it would be great to swap out our old baggy clothes for some nice fitting new ones, since we are all at different points on our weight loss journey. Please let me know if anyone is intested. Wed, 7 Jul 2010 09:33:56 EST New to the group I am new here! :waves: Looking to get my butt up and move! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:48:10 EST Hello! I've been on SP about a month and a half and am back on track with my goals (horray!) I am very thankful for the support group that SP forms it is really very helpful! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:42:36 EST New to Sparkpeople and blogging I have a goal to lose 100 pound in two years and in the process I not only want to reshape my body but redefine my life. So far I've lost 33. This year I've committed myself to working out at the gym at least four to five times a week and it was hard to get back in the habit of working out but I'm getting better and stronger along the way. However, I know that know matter how hard I work out I won't accomplish my goal if I don't eat right as well. I've made plans to monitor my eating. I even ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 21:31:55 EST Any exciting plans for the weekend? I am having a yard sale on Saturday to sell all the clothes that I have outgrown (as well as alot of other things)so that I can go on a new clothes that fit me shopping spree. Then I think we might go down to Harbor Fest for the evening and fireworks. Tue, 8 Jun 2010 12:55:03 EST Hello all! My name is Courtney and I recently moved to Virginia Beach after 4 years overseas. I just got out of a long-term relationship and am ready to start life over... but a healthier life this time. I'm hoping joining this website (as well as a new gym tomorrow) will help keep me a bit more accountable for my actions. I look forward to talking to others from my area. :) Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:05:52 EST new here, but not to va beach :) Hi everyone my name is Amanda and I am 25 years old. Like the title says I am definately a va beach native so I've never left this place lol. I am new to this site though. I'm trying something different than what I've normally tried with trying to lose weight. I have 3 children and like a lot of mom's I still have yet to lose the weight. I would love to meet new people in the same situation and people I can talk to about this big journey we're all embarking on. Its kinda hard when the p... Fri, 21 May 2010 09:26:06 EST Wicked 10K Saturday, October 30th ... let's do this Sparkers ... register soon before the price raises ... <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> <em>105</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 21:03:23 EST New team member to Virginia Beach Sparkers Hello everyone... I am a new member of this group and am looking forward to getting the support and motivation towards a healthier lifestyle. <em>30</em> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:11:33 EST Hello! Hi, there, everyone! Nice to join a group where the people are actually in the same place! Drop by my page to say hey if you get a chance. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:54:02 EST New to group! Hello Im Nicole. I just joined spark people today.. Im not too sure what im doing on the website yet, but anxious to get started. Looking for some people in the area to work out with! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:20:26 EST FREE weekly exercise and stretching!! I know it's tough sometimes staying on track with exercise on your own. Progressive Chiropractic on Baxter Road offers group exercise and stretching classes. Dr David Ranzette is a good friend and is very passionate about keeping people healthy without medications. This is NOT a trick to get you in for treatments. It IS an open invitation to anyone who needs suppoort and guidance on proper techniques on muscle toning. His office is loaded with weight training equipment and stretch bands. TUES... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:21:06 EST Hello to all and a quick question. . . So, I joined Sparkpeople almost 2 years ago and am just now getting active online (and in general, really). I really like everything I see on the team page and it is extremely motivational. Question: To hold myself accountable, I'm starting to Blog (I'm actually terrified), how do I make it so that the team can see my blog entries in the handy-dandy blog box above? <em>334</em> Thanks! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:46:48 EST SparkPeople's Exercise of the Day Side Plank <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Start by lying on your side, legs straight, feet stacked. Straighten bottom arm, keeping it in line below shoulder, and place free hand on your hip. Flex feet and balance on sides of feet (feet are stacked). <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Use abs to keep hips lifted. Hold for 30 seconds. Work up to 1-3 minutes. <BR> <BR> Special Instructions <BR> Don't allow hips to drop to the ground. Keep breathing steady. <BR> <BR> Muscles Worked: Obliques, Abs <... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:07:46 EST Hello everyone. The title is quite unoriginal, yes. A little about myself, I am a firefighter/paramedic. I am not out of shape, however ever since I completed the fire academy, I have not been nearly as disciplined about my health. I exercise enough so that I have enough endurance to still be able to do my job well. But I would love to get back to how I was when I first graduated the academy. I was in the best shape of my life then. Granted, the situation was different. It is basically boot camp for f... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 23:46:35 EST Hi there! I am very excited to get started. I am about to go on my first walk in the program in a few minutes. Hopefully I can survive the pollen attack. LOL I have done SparkPeople before, but I never joined any of the teams. I just tried to do it by myself. I am hoping that by joining some of the teams I will stay more motivated and be able to reach my goals. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:50:45 EST hi i'm still finding my way around the site. i've been here a month. it's great. i love the nutrition tracker & the spark points & the blog. and the positive attitudes! <BR> <BR> i love living in vb & try to get to the beach at least once a week. i take yoga classes (2-4/week), swim at the rec center, bike & walk too. <BR> <BR> i've got two goals: lose the last 40 pounds & participate in a sprint triathlon in the fall. i think that spark is giving me the feedback & tracking tools to ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:01:50 EST daily vitamins and hypothyroidism Hey Fellow Sparkers!! Six months ago I was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism and was prescribed levothyroxine which I take daily in the morning. I was told that you can not combine this medication with any other medication; I have to take my pill with water and then wait 45 minutes before I can eat or drink anything else. I have stopped taking any vitamins because i was afraid they would counteract the levothyroxin. Does anyone else take this medication and if so, do you take any vitamins? Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:46:08 EST New I am newbie and need a little help! General site information, team things and anything to motivate me! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 18:47:41 EST Hey everyone Hey! Just introducing myself to everyone. Quick question. . . how do you come back from being sick??? I had an ear infection for a week and had to stay out of the pool. Then I came down with some nasty stomach virus that was going around. My weight dropped considerably fast, but I know it was because I had little to no appetite. Still not feeling up to snuff and was just curious how long I should wait before going back to the gym??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> beachkid82 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:22:32 EST looking for someone to walk with @ mt.trashmore hi,I am new to spark and looking for someone to walk with me at mt.trashmore, I have 204 lb. to lose I am open for what ever time you like! this is near my home.windsor woods and holland road. <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>213</em> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:57:54 EST "Live By Example" 5K Rescue Run / 1 Mil Is anyone doing this? I was thinking about it. Sun, 7 Mar 2010 14:07:12 EST New, unsure but excited I am new to this site. Seems great and hope it will help me to succeed. I have lost 30 lbs since September on my own but have plateau'd and cannot figure out how to get started again. I want to lose 40 more pounds. I love to walk but hate doing it alone. I have moved to a home on a cul-de-sac off a main road. So there really is nowhere to walk. I am a Media Consultant and so I am behind the wheel all day seeing clients. I ofter skip breakfast and don't stop for lunch because I don't h... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 22:01:04 EST I'm a new team member I just found this team, want to be part of team in my area. Can't wait to meet and make new friends. Live in Ocean Lakes area. Looking forward to my 1st Spark Rally on March 20. Hope to meet many new people who have a common interest - fun, fitness and SP. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:12:46 EST Spark Rally Sorry, I won't be able to make daughter is going to be walking with her school in the OV St. Patrick's Day Parade. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 21:40:22 EST A new Sparker Hello to all! I am so excited to have found this team. I am still new to "sparking" so I am figuring things out as I go along. <BR> I grew up in Chesapeake and after a few moves here and there I am back home. <BR> My story is similar to most. I have been up and down the scale and I have always wanted to get healthy again. After having my three kids, I really let things go and got lazy and complacent. My unhealthy lifestyle became habit. <BR> I was recently told that due to my family ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:51:13 EST Wounded Warrior 5K Anyone walking the Wounded Warrior 5k? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 03:05:38 EST Acupuncture Any one tried it for anything? I have an appointment on Tuesday for a consultation for my issues. I have heard everything from bad to good. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:32:16 EST hey there! Hello everyone out there! I just wanted to introduce myself to the VB Sparkers. I'm brand new to the site but have been counting calories/working out since January 1. I've always been an average size, but worked my way up to my all time highest weight! Since January, I've lost only 7 pounds, but injured my knee and only been managing my food. I'm ready to get back into the gym and am excited for all of the support from this site! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:25:11 EST V-day We take care of everyone else, we show everyone around us we love them, espeically on Valentine's Day - but what are you doing today to show yourself you love YOU? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm oging for a 4 mile walk a friend - I love me enough to be healthy!! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 06:39:08 EST Greetings All Hi I'm Cheryl. I am from the Hampton area (VA Beach sparkers was the closest I could find to Hampton). I am still learning and exploring this site. I am hoping this website will give me the motivation I need to start loosing weight. Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:25:05 EST new to this site just wanna stay positive and a healthier life Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:14:16 EST Shamrock Half-Marathon Hey everyone. I know I'm still new here but I was wondering if anyone is running the Shamrock Half-Marathon this March? This is my first half-marathon and I'm trying to find some good info to help me prepare for it and what kind things I need or don't need to do or bring the day of the race? Thanks. <em>30</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:54:54 EST Hey My name is Joe and I'm a life-long VB resident, graduated from PA High School. Sparkpeople was recommended as an excellent way to track caloric, protein and water intake - and they were right! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 15:51:29 EST Hello! Hi! How is everyone? Good I hope. Well I've been exploring this site for a couple of days now and I'm liking the information I find. My name is Trisha and I'm from Virginia Beach originally but I now live in Chesapeake. I'm in the Navy and have been for almost 9 years now. I am married and have a wonderful son who will turn 2 on the 15th of this month. I'm interested in losing a little weight but also accomplishing a couple of goals. I look forward to getting to know you all. <em>334... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:20:03 EST Finally here! I put it off for sooo long. Hello, I signed up a while ago but am only now starting to get active with my weightloss and spark people. I joined a weight loss clinic that uses HMR products. Anyone else know of this diet plan? Well its been about 3 weeks and I lost 13 pounds. I just need to find a way to get all my excercise in now! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:13:37 EST Shedding the old me Hi all, I am new to this site and new to trying to be healthy. I WANT to change my ways and I WANT to feel /look better. 48 isn't that old ... I hope I can do it! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:47:17 EST Hey everyone Hello VB Sparkers! I've been on the site awhile but haven't given it my all, ready to get serious! I would love to have a buddy and support along the way from like-minded fitness people with the same goals - always much easier and more enjoyable to give and share support, hoorays, and encouragement. I tend to be a bit shy at first, but open up quickly. I emailed hello to Renee (ALWAYSCHANGING) today to reach out and get to know people, and she told me to get on here and introduce myself, so... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:14:04 EST MaFrog Good Evening, I have tried several different ways to lose the weight and don't seem to get anywhere. I know that the weight that I am at right now is not good for me. I need to say focus and determine on losing weight. Hope that this will help me. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 23:18:12 EST 2010 Virginia is for Lovers 14k I did it. I signed up to be a volunteer at the finish line for the Virginia is for Lovers 14k. Can't wait! Maybe next year I can run it! <BR> <em>312</em> <em>105</em> <em>312</em> <em>105</em> <BR> Anyone running it? Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:58:50 EST Quote of the Day I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. <BR> Anna Freud <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 23:40:12 EST Help! Im Angel...Im a military wife and mother of 5. While my husband is deployed I want to lose weight so bad. Ive lost some weight just from feeling down. When he left I was 162.8 and now I am at 164.2. I need someone to hangout with that wants to lose weight so it will motivate me. I dont really have anyone here and I could always use some new friends. Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:48:16 EST Hi My name is Tonya and I am 35yo - I have a strong desire to lose all my baby weight (boys 10,8,5yo)but having a VERY difficult time fitting exercise into my schedule and eating healthy on the run and on a budget. Does anyone have any ideas? Or how about I hope everyone has a great day too :) - that message almost sounded desperate <em>249</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:25:56 EST Coffee creamers So my goal for my first week back was to keep up with tracking my food. One of the things I am seeing is that I am always going over on fat and carbohydrates. I know one of the ways I can cut this back is by using a different creamer for my morning coffee. Right now I am using the Gingerbread creamer because they were on sale. This weekend I am going to purge my refrigerator and will need to get some new creamer. I have to have coffee in the morning and I can't gag it down without creamer. Is... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:28:07 EST klatvis Hi all I wish that i could be with you all at tropical smoothie please always feel free to stop by and see me I work at the Wa <BR> Wa on Holland Road and Independence. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:05:47 EST 2010 Team Member of the Month Challenge! Team Member of the Month Challenge! <BR> <BR> Thank you to those who wrote back offering me some challenge ideas, I greatly appreciate your support! <BR> <BR> I hope you all find a little encouragement with this challenge that I hope will run all year long. <BR> <BR> If you would like to participate in the challenge please sign up for the following goals (instructions on how to sign up are at the bottom): <BR> <BR> -Daily SparkPoints - enter the number of spark points you earned each day ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:48:34 EST YMCA Anyone go to a YMCA?? Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:03:08 EST Hello...Im Sarah Just joined & checking things out! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:12:53 EST 2010 Shamrock Marathon Now I am certainly not ready for a full length marathon or even a half marathon. But, I am ready to take on the 8k. In September I would like to tackle the half marathon in the Rock N Roll marathon. Is anyone else participating in either of these this year? Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:51:31 EST Greetings! Joined Spark about 3 years ago and fell off horribly. Now, I'm back and excited to get going on my healither lifestyle goals. Happy to have found this group of local folks to provide support and motiviation. Thanks for having me. Looking forward to making great things happen with you in 2010 Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:30:02 EST looking for a buddy I am still looking for a buddy to help me stay on track. I need someone for accountability. i live in Ocean Lakes and work in Pembroke. Is anyone in either of these areas looking for a buddy to exercise with and encourage? I would prefer a female since I am married. I am 44, so maybe someone in their 40s, but i am not that picky. Thanks. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:49:59 EST Weekly Question 11/22-11/28 In honor of Thanksgiving - what are you thankful for? Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:03:10 EST walking at lunch in Pembroke My office is in Pembroke building 5 and I have been trying to walk at lunch time. Is there anyone else in this area that would be interested in a lunch time power walk around the office park? Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:16:30 EST hello Hi, I have been playing with spark people for a couple of months, but it seems having other people would be very helpful. There is so much info on spark people it is overwhelming. Glad to find some local people. Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:40:42 EST Workout Partner (Bally's Gym Member) Hi, I am looking for a workout partner or even a small workout (or large) workout group that can come together at Bally's gym on a regular basis. I am looking for a group of people who are serious about their weight loss and health goals who will keep each other accountable. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:52:57 EST Finished "DONATING" to my gym anyone @ OneLife? Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I go to the gym formally known as golds :) <BR> <BR> Its only $29 a month if you wanted to join! <BR> <BR> At my old, but awesome, previous gym I had my ladies that I was working out with -- people to feel almost accountable to -- that kept me motivated and could REALLY use a support system :) <BR> <BR> Love Love Love -- Spinning (RPM), Body Pump, and Yoga for classes.. at first all three really intimidated me but they are super fun :) <BR> <BR> Also need to get back ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:32:31 EST Walk tomorrow??? 11/14/09 Walk tomorrow? Mount trashmore?? I have an appt at 11 here at home I have someone bringing me some medical thingy for my back but I can be there by 12 or 1230? If not tomorrow then sunday?? <BR> <BR> Any takers?? Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:04:36 EST Nor'Easter Done? Just checking to see how everyone has made out since Ida made her presence know. Hope none had any damage. We were fortunate that we had no damage just a lot of inconveniences! <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Rain, rain go away.... <BR> WE all need to dry out! Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:12:17 EST Weekly Question 11/8-11/14 Thanksgiving - what's your plan? Are you cooking? Are you bringing something to someone else's house? If you're cooking, are you cooking something special for you? Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:40:38 EST Weekly Question 11/1-11/7 What brings you the most joy in life? A person, activity, pet, what makes you smile no matter what else is going on? Tue, 3 Nov 2009 07:42:40 EST If you have Melanie's number If you have her cell phone, would you please call her and tell her Debbie's sick and won't be making it to workout. This is before 4:40 Friday, afterwards she's noticed I'm not there! <BR> <BR> This hit fast and I'm feeling horrible. I left a message at the gym, but I'm not putting my trust in that following through. <BR> <BR> Thank you to whomever may get this in time and pass on the message. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Debbie Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:00:49 EST Yogaaaaaa!!!!!! So I went to Atma Bohda Yoga studio (by lynhaven mall) this week and took a 50 minute beginners yoga class. I LOVED IT!!!! I always kinda made fun of the "yoga girls" but hey... ever notice they tend to be super slim and hot??? It's cause that stuff IS HARD!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a two week intro for 20 bux unlimited. After that there's varying fees depending on how you do it. It was so relaxing and to boot I was dripping sweat like crazy. <BR> <BR> Any one tried it? Any one know any o... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:57:27 EST Book Club Book - 1st to Die by James Patterson We're reading James Patterson's woman's murder club series, or at least going to check it out. Starting with 1st One to Die. We will discuss the book at the book club meeting on 11/9 (see spark rallies for details and to RVSP) and online after 11/9. <BR> <BR> If you want to come to the get together but don't feel you'll have finished the book by then, don't worry, come anyway I promise no one will spoil the ending! <BR> <BR> even if you don't want to read the books you can still come out ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:50:04 EST Weekly Question 10/25-10/31 Who is your biggest supporter, your loudest cheerleader? Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:50:06 EST Not new.. but starting over. Hi! I've been around here before but didn't really stay active on the boards and I have gained quite a bit of weight since the first time I was active on here. <BR> <BR> I am Jen. I'm a 29 year old single mom to a 7 year old wonderful little boy named Ethan. I have suffered chronic back pain for 2 years but in March (24th) I had a severe injury at work when a patient fell on me. I have been completely out of work since Jun 30th when the doc realized I needed to have surgery. I fought all su... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:32:34 EST Weekly question 10/18-10/24 Is there a sabator in your life? Who is it? How have you handled this person? <BR> <BR> Is there someone who seems to continually be a bad influence on you, talking you out of exercise, or into eating things you don't really want? Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:57:29 EST Sheila's Weight Loss Journey Hi everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila. I am a mother of a beautiful 2-year daughter. I have many health issues against me. I am an African American woman with Diabetes (Type 2), High Blood Pressure, and my cholesterol of late has been high. My goal is to be here to watch my little girl grow to be a woman, so this is my first step to reaching my goals. I need to lose the weight, which will ultimately help me manage my Diabetes, lower my blood pressure and lower my cholesterol. My time... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 10:11:32 EST Weekly Question 10/10-10/17 How do you 'force' yourself to exercise when you're really not interested in moving? Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:57:22 EST Intro Hello everyone, <BR> I joined this team a few weeks ago and I am just getting around to introducing myself. In that time I realized VABeach Sparkteam is a part of SparkAmerica. Currently, I reside in Portsmouth, since this team is the closest city participating I have decided to join. I am a member of OneLife Fitness(Formerly Gold's Gym)that's where my ties to VABeach are. Maybe I will visit a few times a month to make it legit:D Richmond is also participating in SparkAmerica, let's see if w... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:09:35 EST Planet Fitness Hi, I just joined Planet Fitness and was wondering if anyone else goes here? <em>231</em> It has been some time since I've worked out at a gym, and really have some work to do. Fri, 9 Oct 2009 21:18:46 EST What have you done today to make you feel proud? Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE Biggest Loser Fan. Every season I sit and cry as I watch the contestants go through the struggles and triumphs. This season (or three weeks into this season) I finally decided to get off my duff (again) and struggle and triumph on my own. I am mentally ready this time. Psyched and perhaps psycho as well. <BR> <BR> Anyway...whenever I am feeling like slipping or not doing what I am supposed to, I think "make you feel proud" Like the theme song f... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 13:18:42 EST Oct. 17, 2009 - Komen Race for the Cure 5K walk Anyone else interested in doing the 5K walk? A team must be at least 10 members, so from past experience that may not be feasible, but if anyone else would like to register and walk together, I plan to do it. Registration can be done online (it wasn't working today, but may be later) at, or in person on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11-4 or Sunday, Oct. 11 from 12-4 at the Lynnhaven, Greenbrier and MacArthur malls and Coldwater Creek in Newport News. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:22:20 EST Weekly Question 10/4-10/10 What's your weakness? Is it a specific food, drink, situation? <BR> <BR> Mine is chocolate...mmm chocolate <em>30</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2009 08:41:19 EST Scavenger Hunt Here we will name an item, someone will go find a link for the item, or picture, or video and post that link. He/She that finds the link can then post the next item to be found in alphabetical order. Example: the first item is an apple, another team member finds a picture of an apple and posts the link and then names the next item to be found that starts with the letter B - Baseball. <BR> Please use the 'add a link' button to post your links to ensure that the links will work <em>30</em> ... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:53:58 EST Weekly Question 9/27-10/3 What is something that you learned on spark (either directly from the content or from another member) that helps you stay on track? <BR> <BR> Mine is that staying active on the site means I keep my goals in the front of my mind. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:53:31 EST Name the Next Song Let's have a little fun - the name of the next song has to start w/ the last letter of the current song. Example - Song "I need a hero", the next song would start with an O. <BR> <BR> I actually love that song, so I'll start w/ the first song "I Need a Hero" - who's got a song that starts with O? Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:53:05 EST JT's Walk to raise money for ALS & Grommet Park *I'm not sure what the rules are for something like this since I'm not after donations, but it is a local event & it does involve exercise. If this is an inappropriate posting, please feel free to remove it and I apologize. <BR> <BR> Next weekend, October 4 is JT's Walk. It's a 4 mile walk along the oceanfront to raise money for the ALS association & for the construction of Grommet Island Park, the first park designed to make the beach accessible to handicapped adults and children. <link>... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:36:53 EST Hey, hey, hey. Hello! Just thought I should introduce myself, or something. Guess why I'm here would be good. I'm looking to lose about 30 pounds, hopefully. I've gained a lot of weight in college, instead of freshman five, I got freshman forty. So yeah, I'm gonna float about the forum now... :) Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:03:53 EST Tracking to my surgery date of Nov.12,2009 !!!! Hi, <BR> I am new to SP and am looking forward to meeting other people just like me, Looking for ways to be accountable to my new and healthier way of life starting now and continueing on after my WLS on Nov 12. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:59:10 EST Finishing what I started ---- I am 28yrs old. A wife for 9 1/2 yrs and a mother to 3 beautiful children: Jean 8, Julia 6 and Ary 5. I began my weightloss goals 3 yrs ago when I weighed 253 and after up and downs with emotional eating I am ready to take my final 74 lbs off for good! I am doing this for me now that all my kids are in school it is time to focus on my health and get into a career-- I want a new definition for myself!!!! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:49:25 EST another newbie Hello all. I live in VA Beach (Thalia area, but trust me I am in the ghetto part). I am 44 and have seen my weight climb over the last 8ish years. I am setting mini goals and going from there. Just reading about the local community is making me feel like I am not alone, so I appreciate it! I can do this! Fri, 4 Sep 2009 08:41:26 EST Fun!! Norfolk Hello, this account is actually my boyfriends and mine. We both love to go out and do stuff but we can never find anyone to walk with or play soccer with or even just catch a movie. If your interested write back and get to know each other and maybe hang out sometimes :) Wed, 2 Sep 2009 19:52:38 EST Newbie Alert!! Hey team - I initially joined sparks on 8/2 but really didn't do anything until this past week - but I believe I am on track now (again!). <BR> <BR> I live close to Mt Trashmore and am looking to meet people in the area. I would love to finds some walking buddies. However, I have an elementary student so I'm not available until early evenings. I know most people want to relax at the time of the day, however - it does start cooling down around 7pm and CONTINUES to get cooler as you walk, s... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:03:46 EST Hi! I joined the site about a week ago, and I really like the system and community around here. I've been battling weight issues all my life, but with my mom getting diagnosed with diabetes a month or two ago, it's become a huge priority now. I'm using the trackers and still learning my way around, but so far I think this is a good place for me. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the general discussion forum, but does anyone work out at Gold's in the evenings? I joined a... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:33:39 EST Hello! I have just discovered this wonderful site and I am looking forward to losing weight! I have been struggling for a couple of years now with my weight and I want to make some positive changes in my lifestyle so I will be healthier. I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 2 Aug 2009 11:20:29 EST ON THE RUN Hello Va Beach. My trainer suggested that I check SP. I owe her. I am excited to have this new resource. I am always looking for new ways to stay motivated and reenergize my workouts. So wish me luck! And let's have fun in the process. <em>220</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2009 15:35:17 EST Signs of Summer - Alphabetically Aromatic (garden) Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:18:14 EST How do you cope w/ a rough day? I was just reading a short article by Jillian from biggest loser about what she does to cope with a rough day besides eating and it got me wondering. For those of us that don't have a horse (one of her things is to visit w/ her horse) and other things that the higher life affords, what do you do to relax, unwind, destress, recover, etc from a rough day? <BR> <BR> I used to turn to food...but now I email a good friend of mine, will go for a walk, will read a book, when I'm really frustrated ... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:42:29 EST *waves* hi I've been on this team for a while, but I've been out of SP for a bit so I thought I'd introduce (or re-introduce if I did this when I joined) myself to the team. I've been in the beach for two years and trying to lose weight for about half of that time. Gained a lot of weight from my MIL's cooking lol. I've got a couple of weight loss obstacles - I'm a type 1 diabetic (hard) and a culinary student (double hard). Hoping to learn a lot from everybody out here about good ways to lose weight i... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 22:02:38 EST Does anyone go to Bally's? I joined Bally's last month over on Va Beach BLVD. Does anyone else go to Bally's? Mon, 6 Jul 2009 00:06:34 EST Taking Control-New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to SparkTeam and so excited about all that it offers. Having people in the same boat as you to talk to is so helpful. I have Diabetes II and have recently been put on insulin shots which upset me so much that I cried myself to sleep. After the pity party, I just took this challenge, placed it at God's feet, asked for courage and wisdom and moved on. Through this site, I found that the key to management of sugar is carb intake per meal. Once I did this, my sugar... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 20:13:51 EST Im new to this :) Hello everyone, I have tried everything and now here I am hoping to achieve my weight goal -- I need a lot of help so please help me! thanks Tue, 9 Jun 2009 22:47:02 EST Hello, again... again! Yeah, I think I said hello again about 6 weeks ago. Well, I'm REALLY back this time. My baby is 9 weeks and I have a plan. Started my old diet today and started training for a 5K today. <BR> <BR> Last year, I lost 30 lbs on Spark, ran my 2nd 5K (first was over 3 years earlier) on July 4th then ooops! My husband and I got pregnant before I could lose all the dang weight I wanted to lose! <BR> <BR> It's soooo good to be back! Today was a nice, cool day for a jog, too. Sat, 6 Jun 2009 17:58:30 EST Mt. Trashmore YMCA 5K Anyone planning on this one? It's Saturday, the Fourth of July. It's kind of a tradition and good luck for me and my hubby to run it as we did it last year (our first time--okay, we are MAKING it tradition!). <BR> <BR> There's still time to start training!! I started today from doing only walking (and having a baby two months ago) with a 2 mile run. <BR> <BR> The beginner 5K plan from Runner's World Magazine: <BR> Sat, 6 Jun 2009 17:48:38 EST Doing good Off to a good start. I lost 5 lbs in the last two days! Thu, 28 May 2009 09:34:47 EST The last first day Hi All, this is my first day on this site and I'm completely overwhelmed but determined to muddle my way through and make this work for me, finally. I am 43 years old and I have two kids, a 22 year old daughter and a 16 year old son, as well as three dogs and a cat. I have been divorced for fifteen years. I live in the Little Neck/Kings Grant area of Virginia Beach and I work near Witchduck and Cleveland Streets. I have tried so many weight loss plans, some have worked and some have not but I... Tue, 26 May 2009 15:20:34 EST AQUA AEROBICS Just wondering where the best place in VB is for aqua excercise. I know there is the YMCA and also the Rec Centers, but I don't know anyone that's been to either place. Any suggestions? Thanks. Sun, 24 May 2009 16:54:39 EST 2009 Summer Challenge - Official Thread! Hello VIRGINIA BEACH!!! <BR> <BR> The 2009 Summer Challenge has arrived (Starting 5/24/09)!! Woohoo!!!!! <BR> <BR> The goals have been created - they are: <BR> Pounds lost* (weekly weigh in - day of your choosing) <BR> Minutes all fitness minutes count (strength training and cardio) <BR> Track your food at least once a day <BR> Check in on the thread at least once a week (you don't have to post a whole lot of info if you don't <BR> <BR> want to, but please check in to let us know you're... Sat, 23 May 2009 19:45:55 EST Hi from Arrowhead (kempsville area) Hi everyone, I'm new to this but would love to hear from others in my area. I have about 50 pounds to lose thanks to being on hormones last year before a hysterectomy. It's hard to exercise because I have fybromyalgia but I am walking about 25 minutes a day. Me eating is probably where the main problem is. I just turned 36 and have two kids (ages 11 and 15) and have been happily married for 16 years come July. It's hard to eat healthy with kids and a husband who loves to load the house wit... Tue, 19 May 2009 07:30:43 EST Summer Challenge!!! Ok, I'm stealing this one from the message boards... <BR> <BR> Who's on board for losing 25lbs by labor day?!?! <BR> <BR> We'll start this Sunday and I'll set up a new team goal(s) for it. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on additional goals to help keep us on track?? Mon, 18 May 2009 11:16:07 EST Not sure how this works? Im not sure how this works but I read about it in family circle and I am stuggling with my weight. I need help and I don't have the money to pay for a trainer, nutriionist and babysitter. So any advice or real live success stories would be nice. I'm noetic and hope to lose my weight with the help of this community and possibly help others do the same! Sun, 17 May 2009 23:32:01 EST Any Rec Center Members? I live in Aragona (near Town Center) and I usually go to Bayside Rec Center to work out. I would love to find a work out buddy. <BR> <BR> The rec center is cheap and Baysides is really nice. Sun, 17 May 2009 18:53:49 EST Greetings from the Kingdom! Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Eric and I'm new. I'm 32 and currently enjoying a 1-year stent in Saudi Arabia; a long way from home and family. It looks like there is plenty of spare support here in SP. <BR> <BR> My goal is to make a change to a more healthy lifestyle. I'm giving myself 300-days to lose 30-lbs, because I want to honor my wife with a healthier me. <BR> <BR> My technique is to develop healthy habits: smarter eating, more intense strength workouts and more consistent card... Wed, 13 May 2009 11:20:34 EST hello to all my name is Jeanine and I am new to this team. I am in Pharmacy Tech school and busy with my husband and our 3 children. I want to lose 35 pounds and also be an encouragement to others during their weight loss challenges. Say hello so I can get to know my team members. Tue, 12 May 2009 22:00:29 EST What's your favorite Resturant for a healthy meal? What's your favorite place for a healthy meal, and what do you get? <BR> <BR> I'm falling in love w/ Jason's deli - I can order only a half sandwich so I'm not tempted to eat the whole thing! You have to watch the calories on a lot of their offerings, but you can 'build your own' and they have a nice salad bar. <BR> <BR> I'm also a HUGE fan of Tropical Smoothie - their fruit smoothies made w/ Splenda are well within range for a healthy SP snack! and a great, yummy, way to get in some fruit... Tue, 5 May 2009 08:20:36 EST Just got back from March of Dimes walk.. and it was hot!!! But I thought it was funny, it says it is a 5 mile walk, but I walked the same walk last week with the spark girls and it was not 5 miles..oh well..still got a good walk in!! Sun, 26 Apr 2009 11:46:27 EST 2nd book club book I put the suggestions in a hat and pulled "Mr. Perfect" by Linda Howard as our next book to read. It's been released in mass paperback so it should be easy for us to find. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you out at the next book club meeting on Monday!!! See SparkRallies for details <em>30</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 22:02:17 EST Wanting results... Hello all! My name is April and I'm sick of being obese. I'm about 50 lbs overweight. I have a cruise in October and I'm hoping to at least loose half of my goal weight. The main reason I started this though is bc I need to be healthier bc I am not. My poor bones and joints are not doing so well bc of my weight. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:38:32 EST newbie :) hello everyone!! :) im new to spark people and i am SOOOO excited. i am going on a cruise in july and i am trying to lose at least 25 pounds by then and i am extremely motivated!! just wanna wish everyone luck and say hello!! :) Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:49:06 EST Hello All! Hi! I live in the Kempsville Area of Virginia Beach. I am 28-yrs-old and am trying to lose 60 lbs. According to my BMI I am just past the obese line. I'd like to be healthier for myself and in turn my family. I thought this might be a good place to get some motivation and tips from others that have had success. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:23:55 EST What area is everyone from? Chesapeake, Grassfield area <BR> I was wondering if there is anyone else from Chesapeake. There is not a Chesapeake Sparkers. <em>40</em> <BR> I am familiar with many parts of VA Beach as I lived there for several years in the Kempsville area and then a couple years in Arrowwood, and a couple years in Pecan Gardens. I would love to participate in the activities but they are pretty far away. Wouldn't be too bad if I had someone else to go with. <em>220</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 20:56:00 EST 1st Book Club Book Our first VA Beach Sparkers Book Club book is Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster (non-fiction). <BR> <BR> We will be having an informal discussion about this book at our next meeting (date will be announced once the library meeting room is confirmed) <BR> <BR> If there's book you'd like to suggest for the book club, please post here, or email me. <BR> <BR> Those unable to join us, feel free to pick up the book and join us at the next meeting, or discuss here on this thread. It's never to... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:47:46 EST 8 glasses a day?? Ok, so I barely drink enough as it is and all i do is in the world am I supposed to drink 8 glasses of good ol h20 w/out LIVING in the potty room?? <BR> <BR> UGH! <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 14:14:52 EST Need walking pals Hi all. I am new to SP,,but very excited. I live in the Glenwood/Salem/Rock Creek area and would love to meet ladies that do not work during the day to walk in different areas. My husband gifted me golf clubs for Christmas ,,so,,,I would like to golf too,,,,or attempt it. Need to lose 40 lbs. HELP!! My son is getting married in May,,I know maybe I can lose 20 by then. Other son is a junior at Liberty. He loves home cooked meals and I love making and eating them as well. Looking forward to mee... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 21:03:55 EST Oak Grove Lake Park Distances So, I pulled out my GPS the other day when I walked here and wanted to share my results. I'm sure someone has posted this somewhere, only I haven't seen it. <BR> <BR> The distance from the p-lot to the trail is .15 miles. <BR> The distance around the loop it 1.76 miles. <BR> <BR> This will help if you are timing yourself and trying to figure out your pace as I do when I jog and end up out of breath and wonder just how far I've gone! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:23:22 EST New Sp feature coming:) <BR> ticles.asp?id=1288 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 08:50:26 EST 2009 Spring Buddy Challenge - Rules/Team ms/Update Hello VIRGINIA BEACH!!! <BR> <BR> The 2009 Spring Buddy Challenge begins TODAY!! Woohoo!!!!! <BR> <BR> The goals have been created - they look the same as the previous ones, but even if you had already joined those, you will need to join these as I have deleted the previous versions so I could get 'fresh' tracking <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 4 goals are: Pounds lost (weekly weigh in - day of your choosing), Miles walk/run/swim/bike/elliptical, Minutes all fitness minutes count (strength train... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:34:13 EST How are you today with emotions <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:57:09 EST I'm Baacckk! Hi! I am Becky, I just moved back to Va Beach/Oceanfront. My husband just got back from a 7 month deployment in February and he is heading back to work on Monday. I am ready to get back to working out and getting this weight off. I need to surround myself with a support group. My hubby is a wonderful supporter but he is one of those hubby's that thinks I would be beautiful weighing 500lbs and wearing a mumu (sp?). <BR> I have 3 kids, Chloe (3), Noah (almost 2), and Eli who is 7 months. <BR>... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 23:29:14 EST FREE self defense workshop 4/25/09 The Best Defense - a free self-defense workshop <BR> 1-4 on Sat 4/25/09 at the Great Neck Recreation Center <BR> Virginia Beach Police Department instructors will guide you through simple skills & will provide time for supervised practice. <BR> Become educated on crime prevention. <BR> Learn how to escape from potentially dangerous situations. <BR> Obtain personal safety tips. <BR> No rec center membership required <BR> Register by April 0, 2009 <BR> Register online class ... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 21:09:32 EST Book Club Meeting 3/23/09 Our first book club meeting will be held at the Windsor Woods Area Library (next to the fire house off the courner of Rosemont and S. Plaza Trail) at 7 pm in the community room. <BR> <BR> Since this is our first meeting, please bring along some suggestions for future books/authors (in written form would be greatly appreciated). We will just get together discuss how the future meetings will be, pick our first book to get us started!!! <BR> Hope to see you there!! <BR> <BR> Windsor Woods Are... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:41:44 EST Question of the week How often do you log into Sp? Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:10:31 EST March of Dimes Walk at VB Oceanfront 4/26/2009 A friend and I are putting together a team for the March of Dimes - March for Babies - walk at the oceanfront on 4/26/2009. It is a 5 mile walk to help raise money for research so that all babies may be born healthy one day. If anyone is interested on walking with us (or donating), please feel free to let me know and I will send you our team link so you can join. Thanks! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:10:54 EST Signs of Spring - Alphabetically What are the signs that Spring is arriving? <BR> <BR> This is a game I found. Thought it would be fun. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> A--April showers <BR> B-- <BR> C-- <BR> D-- <BR> E-- <BR> F-- <BR> G-- <BR> H-- <BR> I-- <BR> J-- <BR> K-- <BR> L-- <BR> M-- <BR> N-- <BR> O-- <BR> P-- <BR> Q-- <BR> R-- <BR> S-- <BR> T-- <BR> U-- <BR> V-- <BR> W-- <BR> X-- <BR> Y-- <BR> Z-- Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:33:23 EST Info I found this website called 50 million pound challenge and joined it. It is free. Didn't know if anyone would be interested. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 17:09:08 EST 5k for Alzheimers - April 4, 2009 My friends daughter organized this walk as their family has been affected by Alzheimers. She's organized this race b/c of that as well as for herInternational Baccalaureate Program at Princess Anne HS. If you can come on out and walk w/ us, so far there are a few Sparkers walking it!!! <BR> <link><BR>m?event_id=1692603&assetId=B0CD93B4-3B<BR>02-4AEC-AE28-EC9F65F21E49 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:38:09 EST 2009 Spring Buddy Challenge Buddy Challenge - I'd like to start the next challenge 3/15 and run it for 6 weeks ending 4/25. To kick off our buddy challenge I'd like to do a get together at Tropical Smoothie on Holland Road on 3/8 at 2:00. Click <link><BR>ity_sparkrally.asp?resource=5962 </link> to RSVP for this event - I like to give head counts to the establishments so we don't overwhelm them. <BR> <BR> Come out and meet and greet, get to know some new people. You'll get better... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:19:05 EST Isn't it time to schedule a monthly get together? Now that the weathers changing and with daylight savings time (yeah) can we schedule another get together? Thu, 5 Mar 2009 10:43:15 EST What Are You Doing to Exercise Today? The weather turned to yuck, to yesterday I walked the mall for an hour and hope to return today. At least there it's bright! Mon, 2 Mar 2009 06:49:16 EST Maybe it;s easier with a support group Hi, my name is Ted and I am stationed at Oceana but I live over at Little Creek. I am just looking for a support team in an effort to get this weight off and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for what you do. Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:05:02 EST Looking for a walking buddy Anyone else want to walk for at least an hour during the week days. Mt. Trashmore and/or the boardwalk work fine for me. If your in the Rock Church area we can meet up and walk around this area too. I seriously want to walk m-f and I know it might take a couple of buddies to to do it with me. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 23:24:07 EST Wow, I Saw the Sunshine Today. What Did You Do? Took a walk with buddy. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 01:40:57 EST March of Dimes Walk Just wanted to let everyone know that the March of Dimes, March for babies walk is April 26th at the oceanfront. I will be walking in it with my family, in memory of my son who passed at birth. He was born 19 weeks too soon due to sever birth defects. If you are interested register yourself and come walk! It's a great excuse to get out there and get some exercise! <BR> Also, if you would like to donate to my registry, here's my link.... <BR> <BR> http://www. marchforbabies. org/peanut090706... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 13:50:41 EST The Stairs at Mt. Trashmore I have a question about tracking the stairs for cardio. What do you list it under? If you put it in manually, how many calories burned did you write in? I've just been putting it under the stair master,but I don't know if that's accurate enough. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:58:37 EST